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World Cup
The Ministry of Interior yesterday
signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the
General Authority of Customs for
the introduction of Al Nadeeb, the
single-window system for Customs
clearance. Page 6
Qatar has strongly condemned the
incursion of Israeli forces into the
Al-Aqsa mosque and their attempts
to prevent worshippers from
entering it. It also denounced the
repeated assaults on the mosque
and the provocative visits there
by Israeli settlers. The Foreign
Ministry affirmed in a statement
to the official Qatar News Agency
(QNA) that the state “deplores the
violations by Israel against the holy
sites and the right of the Palestinian
people as well as its violation of the
freedom of worship”. Pages 12, 15
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HH Sheikha Moza sets a challenge
for world governments, donors
and civil society to live up to their
education promises
By Joseph Varghese
Staff Reporter
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani with South Korean President Park Geun-hye during the official reception for
the Emir at the presidential Blue House in Seoul yesterday.
Agreements boost Qatar-Korean ties
atar and South Korea yesterday signed a series of agreements and memorandums of
understanding to expand bilateral
relations and strengthen co-operation.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin
Hamad al-Thani and South Korean
President Park Geun-hye witnessed
the signing of the agreements.
The Emir, who was on a two-day official visit to South Korea, earlier yesterday held a session of official talks
with President Park at the Blue House
in Seoul. The session was attended by
members of the official delegation ac-
companying the Emir and a number of
Korean ministers and senior officials.
After the talks HH the Emir and the
Korean president witnessed the signing of an agreement on military cooperation and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on co-operation
in healthcare and medical sciences
between Qatar’s Supreme Council of
Health and South Korea’s ministry of
health and welfare and of a memorandum aimed at encouraging communication and exchange of visits of youth
delegations and experts.
They also witnessed the signing of
a MoU between the central banks of
the two countries and another one
between Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology
and its counterpart in South Korea.
A memorandum of understanding was also signed on co-operation
for investment in third countries between the Qatar Investment Authority and the Office of the Prime Minister
of Korea, through the integration of
Korea’s technology and Qatar’s capital
as part of what is known as the Integration Initiative.
HH the Emir was accorded an official reception upon arrival at the
presidential Blue House. Page 34
H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser,
chairperson of the Education
Above All Foundation, has
called for universal primary education
to be the п¬Ѓrst priority for development
agenda post-2015 and set a challenge
for the world governments, donors and
civil society to live up to their promises
to the 58mn children who are denied a
primary education.
Taking part in a discussion, “Education Post-2015: The Unfinished Agenda”, at the WISE summit yesterday, HH
Sheikha Moza said “political will” was
needed for the realisation of the objective.
“We need to commit to the principle
that education should be at the centre
of development goals, as an enabler of
all other areas of development. Once
we have that commitment, we can
come together to make it happen by
galvanising partners, getting the right
aid architecture, getting resources to
the most marginalised and securing
better accountability from all parties.”
Sheikha Moza emphasised that with
this combination of factors, it would be
possible to get all children into primary
“Every child denied a primary education is one child too many. The children who remain out of school are the
most marginalised, and are therefore
most in need of assistance. If we break
our promise again, we are putting our
dignity at risk.”
The plenary session deliberations
suggested to increase funds and accountability for pledges to education, innovate
to stretch funds, deepen youth, civil society engagement on the unacceptability
of the situation, boost funds for disaster
and humanitarian purposes, get better
data and use it and prioritise quality primary education for the marginalised.
Speakers at the forum highlighted
the lack of funds in primary education.
One of the speakers pointed out that
the yearly spending for primary education globally stood at $26bn which
is equivalent to the global spending on
military expenses for a week.
Graça Machel, founder, Graça
Machel Trust, said that it was a pity
that the world leaders had not yet
learned from the wars and conflicts that
have happened already. “The world has
all the resources. We must learn to negotiate to resolve the differences rather
than going to war.” To Page 10
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Minister appoints
heavy transport
regulatory panel
PM receives dignitaries
HE Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani meeting with
the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and a Vice-President of the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) Craig Reedie who is in Qatar to participate in the third edition of Doha
International Sports Forum (Doha GOALS). The Prime Minister pointed out that Qatar is keen to
co-operate with WADA in the fight against doping. Craig Reedie praised the measures taken by Qatar
to tackle doping.
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani holding
talks with Turkish Minister of National Defence, Ismet Yilmaz, in Doha yesterday. They reviewed the
means to enhance co-operation and the latest international and regional developments.
Cabinet condemns Saudi terror attack
he weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired by HE the
Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin
Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, yesterday condemned the attack by
militants on a gathering in Al Ahsa
district of Saudi Arabia in which
at least eight people were killed.
The late Monday assault on
the gathering coincided with the
annual Ashura commemoration.
Following the Cabinet meeting, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for
Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud, made a
statement saying that the Cabi-
net expressed its condemnation
of the attack and affirmed Qatar’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia “in the face of such acts of
terrorism, reiterating the State
of Qatar’s firm position against
terrorism in all its forms and
He said that then the Cabinet reviewed the topics on the
The Cabinet approved a draft
law regulating the receiving of
Zakat funds.
Under the provisions of the
bill, “Only” the Zakat Fund Department of the Ministry of
Awqaf and Islamic Affairs shall
receive and handle Zakat money.
The relevant authority might
entrust to some associations or
private institutions or compa-
nies to receive these funds for a
specified period of time, after
the approval of the Minister of
Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.
No parties and persons within
the State shall take any measures
or actions that collect or receive
Zakat, for the purpose of spending in any of its channels without obtaining the Zakat Fund
Department’s approval.
The Cabinet approved two
draft decisions of the Minister
of Labour and Social Affairs on
regulating fundraising and foreign transfers by private charity associations and institutions
and on the issuance of specimens of establishment contracts or documents for private
charity associations and institutions.
The draft decisions included
the following provisions:
A. Regulating fundraising and
foreign transfers,
Cabinet expressed its
condemnation of the
attack and affirmed
Qatar’s solidarity with
Saudi Arabia “in the face
of such acts of terrorism,
reiterating the State of
Qatar’s firm position
against terrorism in all its
forms and manifestations”
B. Specimen contracts or documents of incorporation and the
statute for private associations
and institutions,
C. The inadmissibility of the
fundraisers without a permis-
sion from the charity organizations’ regulating authorities,
D. The necessity for the association or institution to have a
checking account under its name
in one of the local banks
E. The funds can only be used
for the purposes which it was
raised for
F. The prohibition of using
the name of the State of Qatar
in any foreign remittances for
any purpose, and prohibition of
any foreign remittances for any
purpose, without obtaining a
permission from charity organisations’ regulating authorities.
The Cabinet also approved the
accession of the State of Qatar to
the membership of the Middle East
regional agency for aviation safety.
The agency aims to enhance
the aviation safety in the Middle
East on effective basis, through
controlling aircraft altitudes,
analysing radar data, airworthiness and licensing systems.
The Cabinet reviewed the following topics and took the appropriate decision:
1. The letter by HE the Minister of Development Planning
and Statistics, Chairman of the
Standing Committee for Population on the observations and
suggestions related to the study
of “population and water in the
State of Qatar.”
2. The letter by HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce
on the results of the 94th regular
session of the Economic and Social Council, of the Arab League,
held in Cairo - September 2014.
HE the Minister of Transport
Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti
has issued Decision No. 50 of
2014 naming the chairman,
vice-chairman and members of
the heavy transport regulatory
committee and set their term and
the committee’s powers in line
with Cabinet Decision No. 35 of
The committee includes Ministry
of Transport representative
Rashed Taleb al-Nabet as
chairman and Ministry of
Interior representative Brigadier
Mohamed Saad Al Kharji as vicechairman.
Members of the committee
are Salem Salem al-Manai as
representative of the Ministry
of Economy and Commerce,
Nasser Shahin al-Muraikhi as
representative of the Ministry
of Labour and Social Affairs,
Ali Abdullatif al-Misnad as
representative of Qatar Chamber
of Commerce and Industry.
The committee’s term is a
renewable three-year stint and
it will meet for the first time on
Sunday before holding at least
one biweekly meeting or when
necessity arises.
The committee is responsible for
the regulation of heavy transport
and proposing the appropriate
mechanism in this regard, setting
rules of the nationalisation of
heavy transport activities, and
the regulation of commercial
processes between owners of
equipment and businesses, and
equipment operators.
Assistant FM meets
Arab human rights
committee chief
HE Assistant Foreign Minister
for International Co-operation
Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin
Abdulrahman bin Jassim
al-Thani yesterday met the
chairman of the Arab Human
Rights Committee Hadi
al-Yami and the delegation
accompanying him. The meeting
reviewed relations between
Qatar and the Arab Human
Rights Committee.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
PM opens international
human rights conference
E the Prime Minister
and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah
bin Nasser bin Khalifa alThani yesterday opened the
International Conference on
Security and Human Rights
Challenges in the Arab Region.
Over 400 delegates are
taking part in the two-day
event organised by Qatar’s
National Human Rights
Committee (NHRC), along
with a number of partners,
at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
The participants include
some Arab interior and justice ministers, representatives of international and
Arab human rights organisations, representatives of
a group of security institutions and research centres working in the п¬Ѓeld of
security and human rights,
in addition to a wide participation of government
entities and civil society
GCC Secretary General
Abdullatif al-Zayani attended the opening session along with the Arab
HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani
attending the International Conference on Security and Human Rights Challenges in the
Arab Region, in Doha, yesterday.
League’s assistant secretary general and legal affairs
Premier meets delegates
HE the Prime Minister and
Minister of Interior Sheikh
Abdullah bin Nasser bin
Khalifa al-Thani yesterday
met a number of heads of
delegations participating
in the International
Conference on the
Challenges to Security and
Human Rights in the Arab
Region at the Ritz-Carlton
HE the Premier met Iraq’s
Interior Minister Mohamed
Salem al-Ghabban,
Somalia’s Minister of
Interior and Federal
Affairs Abdullahi Godah
Barre, Sudanese Justice
Minister Mohamed Bishara
Dousa and head of the
Arab Network of National
Institutions for Human
Rights Mohamed Fayek.
They reviewed bilateral
chief Wagih Hanafi, Arab
Parliament Speaker Ahmed
Mohamed al-Jarwan, and
Arab Network for National
Human Rights Institutions
Chairman Mohamed Fayek.
Addressing the opening
session, NHRC Chairman
Dr Ali bin Samikh al-Marri underlined the importance of discussing the
impact of security challenges on human rights
and ways to promote these
rights without jeopardising the security of Arab
countries and ensuring
that national security isn’t
used as a pretext for vio-
lating human rights.
The Secretary General
of Arab Interior Ministers
Council, Dr Mohamed bin
Ali Kuman,in his address,
said the conference presents
an opportunity to build
bridges of co-operation between security departments
and human rights organisations.
Kuman thanked HH the
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin
Hamad al-Thani for his
constructive role in supporting joint Arab action,
and praised Qatar’s pioneering efforts in various
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Ooredoo’s Nojoom
cinema promotion back
announced that its
2-for-1 Nojoom cinema promotion is back, offering members the chance
to redeem two cinema tickets
for the same Nojoom Points’
value as one ticket, in time
for upcoming blockbuster
movie releases in November.
Nojoom members would
normally redeem a single
movie ticket for 1,600 Nojoom Points, but, until November 22, they can get a second ticket free for the same
amount of Nojoom Points.
The promotional cinema
tickets will be valid at movie
theatres in Villaggio and
City Center Doha.
There are no restrictions on
the time and day when tickets
can be used, so that customers
can visit the cinemas during
the week and on weekends.
The promotion, which
was п¬Ѓrst introduced earlier in the year, has been
re-launched due to popular
demand, as Ooredoo aims
to continually enhance the
Nojoom membership experience in 2014, the company
has said in a statement.
November will see a host of
blockbusters released in cinemas, including Dumb and
Dumber To, The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay Part 1 and The Penguins of Madagascar.
Ooredoo keeps delivering new ways to give back to
Nojoom members and has
announced several partnerships this year, including with Joyalukkas, Ahli
Bank, Barwa Bank, Uber
and Azadea Qanz Cards, the
statement adds.
Every Ooredoo customer
with a Qatar ID can enrol as a
Nojoom member, which enables him/her to earn Nojoom
Points each time s/he purchases an Ooredoo service or
uses Nojoom’s earn partners.
There are currently over
150 Nojoom partners in Qatar and abroad where points
can be redeemed.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
MoI and Customs sign
accord to introduce
single-window system
he Ministry of Interior (MoI)
has signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the
General Authority of Customs for the
introduction of Al Nadeeb, the singlewindow system for customs clearance.
The MoU was signed by public security Staff Director General Maj Gen
Saad bin Jassim al-Khulaifi and General Authority of Customs chairman Ahmad bin Ali al-Mohannadi yesterday in
the presence of a number of directors
of MoI departments.
Al-Khulaifi said the MoU would
strengthen co-operation between the
two sides and would help provide better electronic services related to customs clearance for all sectors in the
state, including the MoI.
Al-Mohannadi said the Al Nadeeb
system would help unify customs procedures and facilitate complete customs clearance in less than 15 minutes,
in addition to promoting and facilitating integration with government agencies working in the security and economic п¬Ѓelds and other bodies related
to customs clearance.
The approvals can be granted elec-
Staff Maj Gen al-Khulaifi with al-Mohannadi at the MoU signing ceremony.
tronically through the system and will
provide clients with a facility for online
follow-up of Customs clearance transactions from anywhere in the world.
He added that the authority has
signed MoUs with other government agencies, which help exchange data and important infor-
mation for Customs procedures.
The co-operation with MoI will have
a clear imprint in terms of expediting
procedures. Besides, it is a fundamental pillar of the e-government project,
Hukoomi, working within the framework of the objectives of Qatar National
Vision 2030.
Kahramaa holds awareness lectures
atar General Electricity and Water
Corporation (Kahramaa) organised a series of
awareness lectures on the
quality of drinking water
and the company’s role in
providing high-quality and
safe water for in country.
A team from conservation
and energy efficiency department as well as the water laboratory of Kahramaa
visited schools to educate
students about the highquality of water provided by
the corporation. The visit
included various activities to
increase students’ awareness
of the water quality.
The lectures included
conducting daily tests by
equipment to check and verify
water quality. Experiments
proved that Kahramaa wa-
ter complies with the highest standards of the World
Health Organisation (WHO)
and other health, safety
and environment (HSE)
The lectures come within
Kahramaa’s role to educate
society, students in particular, on water quality
from desalination plants to
the users in order to promote their responsibility
towards drinking water and
conserving it.
Kahramaa is a stateowned corporation that has
the privilege of being the
sole transmission and distribution system owner and
operator for the electricity
and water sector in Qatar.
Since its inception in 2000,
Kahramaa has operated as
an independent corporation
on a commercial basis.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Some 300 representatives of local and international companies attended the meeting.
Civil works at 35 metro
stations �accomplished’
By Ayman Adly
Staff Reporter
ivil works of some of the 35 stations of the Doha Metro Project
have been accomplished, a
senior official of the Qatar Railways
Company (Qatar Rail) said yesterday.
“Qatar Rail is also keen to maintain
the concept of sustainability and environment friendly construction and
all our contractors have four-star rating in this regard,” deputy CEO Hamad al-Bishri explained.
He was addressing the п¬Ѓrst industry
awareness day for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) companies, that was attended by almost 300
representatives from both local and
international п¬Ѓrms.
The open meeting was aimed at
getting to know the capabilities of
such companies to pre-qualify for
Qatar rail projects as subcontractors
for the main project contractors.
“We will continue holding such
meeting with both local and intentional companies because we need
great and continuous support from all
Hamad al-Bishri
potential qualified partners to accomplish our massive projects,” affirmed
He said that the project has multiple phases and involved a myriad
of works; architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical, excavation and
others. However, the project is proceeding well according to the scheduled plan.
Yesterday’s meeting was also a good
opportunity for local companies to
meet their counterparts of international companies and study the possibility of forming consortiums or joint
ventures. Simultaneously, Qatar Rail
introduced these to both the techni-
cal and contractual requirements to
be able to assume work at its project.
“There will be a link at our website
for companies to upload their profiles,
what they are and what they can offer
and their capabilities. Then a special
committee from both Qatar Rail and
the Design and Billing Contractor will
assess these companies and prequalify them for the project tenders,” said
the Qatar Rail deputy CEO.
Project tenders for various related
works will be offered in the п¬Ѓrst and
third quarters of next year and they
will be awarded in the fourth quarter
for the fourth year.
The Tunnel Boring Machines recently brought from Germany are now
in the assembly phase in Doha and are
expected to be operational soon. Further, all the deep excavation works are
progressing well according to Qatar
Rail officials.
“The event was a good initiative to
further boost the country’s economy
and would reflect positively on local companies. For instance, they can
introduce themselves to the global
market and study possible business
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Qatar-Finland school formally inaugurated
School (QFI School) hosted an
official opening ceremony yesterday in the presence of Qatar’s Education and Higher Education Minister HE
Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi and Finland’s Education, Science
and Telecommunication Minister Krista
“This is the first time in the history
that Qatar and Finland are practically
joining hands to deliver better education and creating something new,”
Minister Kiuru said on the occasion.
“As the representative of the Finnish government, I am happy to see this
partnership in a broader context – as
an important milestone in the friendly
and ever developing relationship between our countries.“
QFI School provides globally high
performing Finnish educational practices tailored for the Qatari context. A
primary school for boys and girls, the
institution is now open for grades 0, 1
and 2 for children aged 5-7. Expansion
towards grade 6 commences in 2015.
The main language of instruction is
English. Admission is in progress.
“For us the child comes first -- al-
ways,” said Principal Juha Repo. “Our
job as educators is to sustain high
school standards by supporting the
development of each and every one of
our students. We believe that the best
way to provide high-quality education
is through the joy of learning.”
QFI School operates through partnership with the campus-based school
of the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.
In the 2013 QS World University rankings, the Faculty of Education of the
University of Jyvaskyla ranked in the
top 100 globally.
“The roots of the Finnish teacher
education and the Finnish school system were established at the University
of Jyvaskyla,” explained Matti Manninen, rector of the university.
“A 130-year-old wall text in the old
HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Cahir and other officials with the graduates at the reception.
Sheikha Hind honours graduates
E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
honoured graduates of
the Centre for Development and
Population Activities (Cedpa) Global Women in Management Programme (Gwim) at a reception held
in Doha this week.
This event marked the end of a
two-week workshop, run by Plan
International USA in partnership
with ExxonMobil, which provided
intensive training and skills development for women community
leaders from Egypt, Saudi Arabia
and Qatar. The event was attended
by a number of prominent community and business leaders.
ExxonMobil has supported the
Cedpa Gwim programme for 10
years, providing intensive training
and skills development for more
than 700 women globally. More
than 190 women from several
Middle Eastern countries participated in the workshop – including
19 from Qatar.
The intensive training workshop is designed to prepare women
leaders from non-profit organisa-
tions and civil society to assume
increased leadership, responsibility and accountability and is intended to bolster skills in project
and п¬Ѓnancial management, fundraising and proposal development, strategic communication,
advocacy and women’s economic
empowerment programme design
and delivery.
This year’s programme, which
began on October 26, was held for
the п¬Ѓrst time in Doha, and had the
participation of 17 women.
Bart Cahir, president and gener-
al manager for ExxonMobil Qatar
spoke at the event, acknowledging
Sheikha Hind’s support for Gwim.
“At ExxonMobil Qatar, we believe that human potential is at the
root of every successful economy
– it encourages individuals to be
greater achievers, and also to become better members of the community.
“Programmes such as Gwim also
meet the objectives of the Qatar
National Vision 2030 – particularly its Human Development Pillar, which endeavours to enhance
women’s capabilities and empower them to fully participate in the
economic and political spheres of
Gwim responds to the call for
interventions that advance women
in the economy and give women
greater control over economic resources that impact the health
and development of their families,
communities and nations. The
programme trains women who are
already involved in their communities and helps them to improve
and expand their efforts.
festivity hall of the university declares
that “we are pursuing the best of the
youth”. We are happy to collaborate
with the Ministry of Education of Qatar in developing ever better schools
for the children of the world.”
Finnish education has repeatedly
been declared one of the best in the
world by major global ranking studies
such as PISA, TIMMS and PIRLS.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
EAC gets QR2.4mn
from Qatar Airways
ducate A Child ( EAC), a
global programme of the
Education Above All Foundation, received QR2.4mn donation as part of the Qatar Airways
The funds will go towards
benefiting children in co-funded
education programmes in more
than 30 countries worldwide,
driving toward EAC’s vision of a
world where every individual has
the opportunity to learn through
a quality education.
EAC was launched in 2012 by
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser,
chairperson of Qatar Foundation, as a catalyst to help break
down the barriers preventing
children from being in school.
EAC is working with global and
local organisations to turn commitments into action.
Qatar Airways Group Chief
Executive, Akbar al-Baker, said:
“Qatar Airways is honoured to
be a communications ambassador for the EAC initiative,
championing its messages to a
worldwide audience through our
travelling public. The funds presented today symbolise the overwhelming support received from
our passengers, together with
the matched funds from Qatar
Airways, and highlights the en-
thusiasm which this initiative
has drawn from all corners of the
Senior Vice President of Contracts and Procurement at Qatar
Airways, Mohsen Alyafei, presented the cheque to EAC representatives in a ceremony held
at the World Innovation Summit
for Education in Doha.
Marcio Barbosa, chief executive officer of Education Above
All, said: “Qatar Airways is a special partner, a leading Qatari company supporting a Qatar-based
international NGO. We appreciate the resources that al-Baker
and the Qatar Airways team have
put towards raising awareness of
the issue of out of schoolchildren
and their п¬Ѓnancial contribution
towards accelerating our efforts
to close the gap.”
The funds represent a commitment made by Qatar Airways
to match funds donated by passengers aboard its flights in seat
back envelopes. Cabin crew introduce the EAC programme and
invite passengers to donate any
amount, in any currency. The
collection programme started
following a memorandum of understanding between EAC and
Qatar Airways in April 2013, and
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Education Above All (EAA), at the launch of the Kakuma Pilot Project during the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2014. Following her
witnessing of the signing between the two partners of the project, EAA and UNHCR, Her Highness takes a group photo with UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner Janet Lim and the
partners of Kakuma. PICTURE: AR al-Baker/HHOPL
EAA launches education
project in Kenyan camp
By Joseph Varghese
Staff Reporter
Qatar Airways officials with Barbosa after presenting the cheque.
ducation Above All (EAA)
along with UNHCR, the UN
refugee agency, signed an
agreement with a number of partners to launch a four-year, holistic education pilot project in the
Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya,
on the sidelines of the World Innovation Summit for Education
(WISE) yesterday.
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser,
chairperson of EAA took part in
the launch event and witnessed
the signing of the agreement. Janet Lim, UNHCR’s assistant high
commissioner, representatives of
the partnering organisations were
also present on the occasion.
HH Sheikha Moza recollected
her visit to the Kakuma refugee
camp two years ago and spoke
about the scale of education
challenges facing displaced children and their families, and the
pressure on aid in a protracted
refugee situation.
Following the visit, Her Highness worked with UNHCR to
establish a model education programme in Kakuma. The EAA
Kakuma Project results from two
years of development and collaboration with private and public
sector stakeholders.
HH Sheikha Moza said: “We are
bringing together different sec-
tors and partners to work together
for the п¬Ѓrst time in a holistic way,
with education at the core. The
goal is to use education to help the
refugees develop the confidence to
build their futures and be productive members of the community,
whether it is in Kakuma, in their
homeland or somewhere else.”
Janet Lim said: “Education is
often a vital lifeline to a future
for a refugee. It’s a crucial part of
restoring hope and purpose for
people living in incredibly difficult circumstances. We’re both
grateful for and excited to see this
project taking off.”
Leonardo Pinheiro, director of
Strategy, Policy and Research for
EAA, said: “The Kakuma Project
represents an innovative approach to providing education in
a conflict-affected community.
Not a relief effort, the EAA Kakuma Project focuses on improving camp infrastructure and providing educational opportunities
to residents of all ages in order to
give them the confidence, skills
and knowledge necessary for selfreliance.”
The project will seek to address all the factors that currently
prevent refugee camp residents
from receiving education such as
health and nutrition, livelihood,
food security, water and sanitation and energy effecting changes
that will positively impact the
community as a whole.
The project is expected to reach
more than 70,000 individuals. It
also seeks to promote the education and development of the surrounding Kenyan host community.
EAA, which is funding the
project, will co-ordinate the efforts of a wide range of industry
partners, including experts in
construction, project management, solar technology, sports,
and water and sanitation, to create a multi-sector ecosystem
conducive to the provision and
sustainability of quality education.
The project will offer educational interventions from early
childhood education to vocational training and literacy classes.
Foreign Ministry donates $40mn for EAA’s Gaza efforts
atar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed an agreement to
donate $40mn from the Qatar
Development Fund to support Education Above All’s (EAA) Al Fakhoora programme being carried out in Gaza.
The funds will be used to rebuild and
re-equip damaged schools and uni-
versity buildings, as well as to provide
international scholarships for students
who wish to pursue studies in disciplines which respond to Gaza’s needs.
The fund will also support training programmes for professionals in both education and health sector. In effect, the
agreement will more than double the
number the students who are able to
benefit from Al Fakhoora scholarships
to complete their higher education.
Dr Ahmed bin Mohamed al-Meraikhi, director of Qatar Development
Fund, said: “Our contribution will
support the efforts to repair the damages incurred on the eight universities
in Gaza. Of the universities in Gaza,
the Islamic University and the University College of Applied Sciences have
incurred the worst damages. It is also
estimated that more than 110 schools
were destroyed. In addition to its commitment to reconstructing education
facilities Al Fakhoora will provide psy-
chosocial and social programmes to the
people in Gaza.”
Marcio Barbosa, chief executive officer, EAA, said: “EAA is grateful for
the leadership contribution made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
and the Government of the State of
Qatar. This represents a milestone to-
wards the achievement of Al Fakhoora’s current mission of reconstructing
and rehabilitating educational facilities in Gaza. MOFA’s donation is testament to the recognition by the State
of Qatar of the urgent need to improve
the lives of people in Gaza through
Call for
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser taking part in the EAA plenary during WISE 2014 yesterday. PICTURE: Maher Attar/HHOPL
Vodafone to support WISE
Accelerator programme
odafone Qatar will support the World
Innovation Summit for Education
(WISE) Accelerator programme. The
announcement was made yesterday during
the 2014 WISE summit being held at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
The WISE Accelerator is a new programme designed to support the development of innovative projects in education.
It relies on the expertise of qualified mentors and partners to provide projects with
effective strategies and concrete support
in order to ensure their development.
This year, п¬Ѓve projects in the EdTech
п¬Ѓeld were selected to join the programme.
These projects will be followed for one
year, a period during which they benefit
from tailor-made mentorship in order to
address their specific needs.
In addition, the WISE Accelerator will
serve as an intermediary to connect them
to an international network that will create
opportunities to share knowledge and п¬Ѓnd
support from donors and investors.
Four out of the п¬Ѓve projects, selected by
a committee of п¬Ѓve experts in the п¬Ѓeld of
business and education, are in the mobile
telecoms sector which shows that enterprises are increasingly aware of the importance mobile technology can play in
improving people’s learning prospects and
teacher–student engagement especially in
emerging markets.
The selected projects that make use of
mobile technology are Ustad Mobile,, Kytabu Textbook Subscription and
Strengthening Teacher Subject Knowledge
via Mobile Technology.
Vodafone aims to support the programme by mentoring the entrepreneurs,
and providing professional advice in business planning, strategic development and
organisation, п¬Ѓnancial planning, communication and marketing. Vodafone will
also explore the funding of these projects
through its commitment to innovation in
mobile education and by contributing to
the UN Millennium Development Goals.
“Vodafone is delighted to extend its
support to the new WISE Accelerator programme and to the WISE initiative in the
promotion of innovation in education. Vodafone has the required expertise for mentorship of these projects and looks forward
to guiding these entrepreneurs in their
quest to improve education using mobile
technology,” said Kyle Whitehill,CEO, Vodafone Qatar.
“Partnering with Vodafone, one of
the world’s largest telecommunications
companies, will no doubt greatly benefit
the WISE Accelerator entrepreneurs. We
welcome Vodafone’s participation in the
WISE community and we thank them for
their support,” said Stavros Yiannouka,
“Partnering with
Vodafone, one of
the world’s largest
companies, will no
doubt greatly benefit
the WISE Accelerator
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Aicha Bah Diallo, chair of Forum of African Women Educationalists, said: “What is needed
is not just donor money but coordinated money.”
Laila Bokhari, state secretary
in the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway, said: “Reaching
the most vulnerable is a priority
we are committed to. We need to
show leadership from the very
top to show the importance of
the commitment to education.”
At the turn of the millennium,
the UN led a process that resulted
in the creation of the Millennium
Development Goals, including
MDG2 – achieve universal primary education. With about 420
days before the deadline of the
MDGs, the п¬Ѓnish line remains in
the distance with 58mn children
lacking access to fundamental
human right to education.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Defence minister meets Turkish delegation
critical for
says Qatar
New York
atar has stressed the importance of
sovereignty for the Palestinian people
in the occupied Palestinian territory,
including East Jerusalem, and for the Arab
population in the occupied Syrian Golan over
their natural resources, emphasising the need
for Israel to abide by its obligations under the
international humanitarian law in order to
reach a comprehensive and just settlement to
the Middle East crisis, which is the demand of
the international community as a whole.
This came in Qatar’s statement to the UN
Second Committee (Economic and Financial)
on the item No 60 entitled �Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East
Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the
occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources’ which was delivered by HE Sheikh
Salman bin Jassim al-Thani, member of Qatar’s delegation participating in the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.
The statement pointed out that the report,
prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), showed
that more than 1bn square metres of Palestinian territories has been seized by Israel since
the onset of the occupation, adding that in
2013, 663 Palestinian structures, including
homes, were demolished, displacing more
than 1,000 people and over 1bn square metres
of Palestinian land has been seized by Israel
since the onset of the occupation.
The report also noted that the stringent
restrictions imposed by Israel on the movement of Palestinians and its discriminatory
policies, including access to land and water
allocation, do not only undermine any chance
to achieve a just peace in the region, but also
harm the environment and natural resources
and hinder the development and livelihood in
The statement expressed Qatar’s concern
about these important issues included in
ESCWA’s report, as well as what the report
showed of the soaring levels of food insecurity and vulnerability, affecting 1.5mn Palestinians, and the negative trend of the economy
of the occupied Palestinian territory, as the
unemployment rate was recorded at 38.5% in
Gaza, compared to 18.2% in the West Bank.
Qatar’s statement warned that Israel’s continued construction of settlements and the
wall inside the occupied Palestinian territory
and its exploitation of Palestinian natural resources would have undoubtedly disastrous
consequences in worsening the humanitarian
crisis, pointing out that the Israeli practices
also extend to the occupied Syrian Golan as
Israel continues to occupy the Syrian Golan
The statement also stressed that such practices are incompatible with the relevant UN
resolutions and violate the international humanitarian law and the international human
rights law.
HE the Minister of State for Defence Affairs Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah met here yesterday with the Turkish minister of
national defence Ismet Yilmaz and his delegation who are currently visiting Doha. During the meeting they exchanged views on
topics of mutual interest. They also discussed issues related to the current situations in addition to military co-operation between
the two countries. The meeting was attended by the Turkish ambassador to the State of Qatar Ahmet Demirok and a number of
Armed Forces’ senior officers.
International schools
move to revamp security
nternational schools in Qatar
with a considerable number of
Western expatriate students
have taken several steps to improve security measures.
This comes in response to advice issued by the US embassy
in view of a recent anonymous
posting on an extremist website, which encouraged attacks
against American and other
Western teachers in the Middle
One of the international
schools in Doha, where measures have been taken in view of
this notification and related information, has issued a circular
stating the steps taken to boost
security as well as some dos and
don’ts for parents of students.
In the circular addressed to
parents, the school authorities
point out that they have taken
note of the advice by the US mission and specific advice issued
by the British embassy to British schools, besides information
from some other sources.
The school has advised its security staff to be even more alert
and vigilant at this time and implemented a new “lock down”
procedure to enable all students
and staff to be safe and secure
if a threatening incident happens outside the school or on
the campus. It has also updated
its evacuation and “lock down”
The school has reviewed and
practised evacuation procedures
to allow for quick and efficient
evacuation of the school buildings
should a threat be detected there.
Stricter security measures have
been put in place at the school
gates to ensure that visitors sub-
mit their ID in return for a visitors’
pass. In addition, the two entry
gates have been reviewed to make
them more secure during the day.
The school has monitored security and travel advice from a
number of embassies and other
sources, contacted other schools
to discuss security measures and
asked for advice and support
from the local authorities.
The management has urged
parents to be understanding and
patient even if it means some inconvenience. Citing the safety of
students and staff as the “utmost
priority”, the school has requested parents to follow the security
advice, be prepared to hand over
their ID if asked to do so by the
security staff, contact the school
if they see any suspicious behaviour or have any information relevant to security, and ensure that
the school has up-to-date contact details, especially telephone
numbers and e-mail addresses,
so that it can contact parents
quickly in the unlikely event of
an emergency.
The school notes that while
it is taking the possible threats
seriously, it is not over-reacting
as it understands there is no specific planned threat against international schools in Qatar. It
has requested parents to remain
calm and not to do anything that
may cause children to become
unnecessarily frightened.
Besides the US embassy posting, the sources mentioned by the
school in its circular (for obtaining
security advice and related information) include general advice
from the British embassy, reports
from Australia and newspaper articles from the UK.
Kempinski launches
resort at Pearl-Qatar
empinski has announced that
its flagship resort, Marsa Malaz
Kempinski, The Pearl - Qatar,
will welcome its п¬Ѓrst guests on December 1.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski will be
the European luxury hotel company’s
second hotel opening in Qatar and
seventh in the Gulf, with two more
hotels in the Middle East scheduled to
open in the coming year.
Guests can book now for the new
waterfront destination via kempinski.
The new city-resort is located on its
own secluded island at the The PearlQatar and is the first ultra-luxury hotel in one of Doha’s most sought-after
locations, according to a statement.
It offers 281 rooms and suites, and
meeting-conference facilities, including a Grand Ballroom measuring 1,100sqm (11,538sqft), which is
ideal for VIP delegations or weddings.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski also features
an exclusive beach located in a private bay, along with outdoor swimming pools, water sports facilities, a
3,000sqm (32291.7sqft) Spa by Clarins, a tennis court and yacht jetties,
the statement adds.
General manager Wissam Suleiman
said on the soft opening, “This is an
important milestone as we anticipate
welcoming our п¬Ѓrst guests this com-
The Marsa Malaz Kempinski.
ing December and the wider community in Qatar, as our facilities progressively open. Our new waterfront
destination showcases the п¬Ѓnest of
European luxury, heritage and architecture blended with traditional Arabian elements. From the opulent and
grand rooms and suites to our remarkable service standards, this hotel is set
to become a benchmark for bespoke
luxury in Qatar and the wider region.”
Marsa Malaz Kempinski will offer
bespoke dining and entertainment
options for all guests upon completion early next year. Visitors can select
from six different types of restaurants,
two cafГ©s, al fresco beach-side dining, a sophisticated lounge and an
“unprecedented” rooftop lounge with
large open-air terraces, the statement
points out.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski is only a
10-minute drive from West Bay and
a 30-minute drive from Hamad International Airport. The new resort is
also closely located to numerous entertainment and shopping options at
the Porto Arabia and Medina Centrale
districts of The Pearl-Qatar, as well
as in close proximity to Katara – the
Cultural Village, Doha Golf Club and
Lagoona Mall.
Brazil Festival starts today at MIA park
By Joey Aguilar
Staff Reporter
he 10-piece Samba Chula de
Sao Braz, one of Brazil’s most
unique musical groups, is expected to usher in a lively celebration
of the three-day Brazil Festival from
today until Saturday at the Museum of
Islamic Art (MIA) park.
Featuring authentic Samba music,
the free concert will be the band’s
Middle East debut over the weekend.
In a press statement, Qatar Museums said the Qatari audience will also
have the opportunity to learn Samba
drumming or participate in the samba
dance and Capoeira workshops.
“The festival celebrates Brazil with
music, story-telling, football and stands
selling Brazilian food,” organisers noted.
Drumming workshops starts at
2.45pm today and another session
at 8pm. It will start at 3pm tomorrow and another session will be held
at 7.45pm. On Saturday, the session
starts at 1pm.
Participants will be using authentic Brazilian instruments such as the
Surdo (large bass drum), Ago-go Bell
and Snare Drum.
“They will experience some of the
passion, energy and rhythms associated with Brazil,” organisers said.
For the Brazilian Samba, some
styles are danced solo and others with
a partner. A workshop will also be
conducted from today (3.45pm) and
tomorrow (6.30pm).
It will be more of dancing and working out to a great mix of music including traditional samba and remixes of
popular songs.
Children and family members can
participate in reading sessions in Arabic and English from 3pm to 7.30pm.
The programme was developed in collaboration with resident Brazilian artist and п¬Ѓlmmaker Luciana Ceccatto
Talented local story tellers such as
Khalid al-Mohannadi and Maryam alSubaiey will join the group.
Children will also enjoy the facepainting in the colours and images of
Brazil’s wildlife. They will be guided
in making masks inspired by carnival
costumes of Rio de Janeiro.
Those who want to learn unique
Brazilian martial arts can join the Capoeira workshop which will be held for
three days.The festival also features
authentic Brazilian regional specialties and street foods especially during
the concert.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Experts make
at HMC’s annual
research day
School nurses take part in workshop
Sixty nurses from independent schools participated in a workshop on “The new World Health Organisation (WHO) Child Growth Standards for
independent school students aged five to 19”. Nurses were introduced to the new standards and trained on how to apply them properly. The
workshop was jointly organised by the Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation and the Primary Health Care Corporation.
ore than 300 senior
leaders and researchers from across Hamad
Medical Corporation (HMC)
came together recently for Annual Research Day 2014.
The event showcased the research efforts of HMC staff and
highlighted the role of research
and its application in improving
patient care.
This year’s Annual Research
Day embraced the theme “Honouring the Past, Celebrating the
Present, Shaping the Future”.
Delegates heard presentations
from research experts at HMC
on a number of topics, including “Research in the context
of an academic health system”,
“Building the foundations for
the future of research” and
“Honouring the pioneers of
HMC research”.
During his presentation, Dr
Ibrahim Janahi, executive director of research at HMC, said:
“Research is important in creating the evidence base that can
be used to drive forward changes in clinical practice to improve
outcomes for our patients. It
also enables us to understand
the causes and mechanisms of
diseases and support the development of new treatments and
Awards were presented to researchers during the event, recognising the best research carried out in 2013.
Annual Research Day 2014
PHCC’s Saha w Ajer programme ends
Dr al-Kuwari and Dr Janahi making a presentation to Dr Jassim
al-Suwaidi, senior consultant and executive director of cardiology.
award winners included Dr
Hamdy Shokr, specialist, anaesthesia - Best Oral Presentation Award; Dr Ahmed Malki,
Qatar University - Best Poster
Presentation Award; Dr Khalid
al-Ansari, Paediatric Emergency Centre, Al Sadd, and Dr
Tawfeg Ben Omran, paediatrics, Hamad General Hospital
- Best Publication Award; Dr
Mohamed Hammoudeh, senior consultant, rheumatology
- medicine - Best Researcher
Award; and Department of Surgery - Best Department Award,
for their outstanding performance in research.
HMC managing director Dr
Hanan al-Kuwari emphasised
the role of research at HMC,
saying: “Research, along with
education and health, is one of
HMC’s three pillars and plays a
central role in ensuring that our
patients receive the highest possible standard of care. Annual
Research Day 2014 has given us
the wonderful opportunity to
come together and celebrate the
valuable work undertaken by our
researchers that we are all very
proud of.”
Dr Janahi said: “This year
alone, we have approved more
than 400 projects, nearly double the number in 2012, and anticipate that around 600 new
projects will be approved by the
end of 2014.”
rimary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) concluded the Saha w Ajer
programme which was launched
in the beginning of Ramadan and
addressed to employees from the
public and private sector.
the corporation measured the
weight of all the participants
who had the desire of reaching the ideal weight. They were
also provided with healthy tips
by a PHCC nutritionist and a
qualified nursing team.
At the end of Ramadan, PHCC
nurses remeasured and followed
up on the weight of the participants to check the results.
Then, participating employees
received an appreciation certificate and a gift for taking part in
the programme.
More than 30 employees
from different corporations
such as Qatar Foundation for
Elderly Care, the Ministry of
Economy and Trade, Supreme
Education Council, Umm Salal
municipality, Al Rayyan TV,
Kahramaa and Qatar Foun-
dation participated in this
Omar al-Yafee, public relations manager at the Ministry
of Municipality and Urban Planning, explained that the ministry
is actively working with PHCC
through the consolidation of the
concept of preventive health for
He also emphasised the importance of targeting employees
from public and private companies to focus on obesity and
develop appropriate methods
to mitigate the dangers of the
Abdullah Anbar, a public relations official at Kahramaa,
stressed that the programme
was a good opportunity to raise
awareness about health education among all the Qatari society.
Mansour Hassan al-Naimi,
manager of Public Services
Department at Umm Salal municipality, recognised the efficiency of the programme. Saha
w Ajer has been a very accurate
programme because it aims to
look after employee’s health
Some of the participants who were honoured.
and wellness”, he stated.
Huda Mohsen, public relations
manager at PHCC, said that “the
awareness campaign organised by the corporation aimed to
highlight the risks of the obesity
and other problems associated
with it, and also to offer the ways
of prevention, since it has become largely prevalent in our society and is considered the cause
of other diseases”.
Dr Hebah Abu Halawah, head
of health awareness, highlighted
that “the programme aims to
combat obesity and promote the
health through dietary habits.
It was a good initiative to invest
in during the holy month to improve the nutrition and avoid
diseases as diabetes”.
“The messages carried by the
Saha w Ajer programme aims to
educate the participants on the
importance of physical activity during Ramadan, as well as
keeping proper dietary habits”,
she stated.
Weight-loss contestant sets his sights on target
who lost 30kg since
June this year, is one of
the achievers of the second edition of the BeFit programme,
organised by the Qatar Olympic
Committee (QOC) and wellness
solutions provider VLCC.
Though 1,000 applicants attempted to join the competition,
only 120 were selected. Like the
inaugural programme of 2013,
this year’s edition also began
on National Sport Day (NSD) in
The participants are given
diet and exercise advice from
the VLCC panel of experts and
are weighed at regular intervals.
They have a year to lose as much
weight as they can, with the
winner grabbing QR100,000
and the runner up winning
While weight loss is the deciding factor for determining
the winner, the true success
and challenge lie in inducing
a healthy lifestyle change that
lasts – in keeping with the spirit
of National Sport Day - being
healthy, free of preventable diseases as well as being active, truly engaged in everyday life.
Al-Emadi, 42, faced the most
difficulty when he п¬Ѓrst started
the programme. “It took me a
few weeks just to get used to the
change in the food I can eat as
well as the daily exercise.”
“During my weekly consultations with VLCC, they measure my weight as well as body
composition. According to these
measurements I still have 50kg
of fat that I need to lose – and
I’m not stopping until I lose it
Al-Emadi visits the VLCC
headquarters in Doha every
week during which the centre’s
experts examine his body weight
as well as review his progress in
terms of diet and exercise.
“I walk daily anywhere between
an hour and an hour and a half. It
was also difficult at the start, just
because I was so overweight, but
it is now more comfortable and I
greatly enjoy the walks.”
It quickly became apparent
to al-Emadi that exercise alone
would not be enough for him to
reach his weight-loss goals. “I
completely changed the way I
eat. For example, instead of my
usual, rather fatty breakfast, I
now have some water and then
later eat an apple and drink some
low-fat milk. The rest of my
meals largely consist of grilled
food with very little to no oils
High-protein food, such as
chicken breast, takes longer for
Winners of research project
under Al Bairaq announced
atar University Centre for
Advanced Materials (QUCAM) has announced the
winners of the 8th cycle of the “I
am A Researcher” module under its
Al Bairaq Programme at an awards
ceremony recently.
Al Bairaq is supported by Unesco
Doha Office (partner), RasGas
(platinum sponsor), Maersk Oil Qatar (gold sponsor) and Shell Qatar (
silver sponsor).
Group Quluwa from Omar Bin Al
Khattab School comprising Abdullah al-Mohannadi, Abdullah alHaroon and Abdullah al-Marri won
first place with their project “Manufacture of Low-cost CIS Solar Cells”.
The group also won for Best Documentary Film entitled “Our Solar
Cell” and for Most Popular Group
on Social Media.
In second place was Group Al
Dana, comprising Ahmad Jassim,
Mohamed al-Hajri, and Abdullah
Alsulaiti from Tareq Bin Ziad School
who presented “Preparation and
Characterisation of Microcapsules
Containing Linseed Oil and its use
in Self-Healing Coatings”.
Group Al Hasbah comprising Fatma al-Siddiqi and Maryam Hamed
Alyafei from Al Arqam Academy was
placed third.
CAM director Dr Mariam alMaadeed thanked the sponsors
and partners for their support and
stressed the importance of the programme in building a generation capable of research and development
Two Al Bairaq participants in the lab.
towards achieving Qatar National
Vision 2030.
RasGas head of National Development Thamer AlKaabi said Al
Bairaq provides a unique platform
for engaging Qatari secondary students in п¬Ѓelds which are critical for
the long-term development of their
future educational and professional
Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad alThani, deputy managing director,
Maersk Oil Qatar, said: “The sci-
entific and technical education for
students together with a focus on
research and innovation are closely aligned with our commitment
to building the skills and capacity
in future generations equipped to
deliver a strong, diversified and
healthy knowledge economy in
Maha al-Mannai, collaboration
manager, Qatar Shell Research and
Technology Centre University, said:
“By sponsoring the Al Bairaq pro-
gramme and the eighth season of �I
am a researcher’, Qatar Shell continues to demonstrate its commitment
to Qatar University, while engaging
in the transfer of knowledge and
sharing of best practices with the
country’s student population.”
Unesco Doha Office education
programme specialist Dr Faryal
Khan said Al Bairaq offers a vibrant
platform to potential young scientists – girls and boys alike – to
explore a career in science.
“It plants a seed in their young
minds to help make choices in pursuing a scientific career. Other
countries in the region can learn important lessons from the Al Bairaq
experience at Qatar University.
Unesco is proud to be a partner in
this important initiative.”
Al Bairaq supervisor Dr Noora alThani stated that the programme
was able to create an innovative ecosystem, encouraging the students in
the love of science and research and
The ceremony also awarded winners in the Art in Science competition – Group Eqmash, Omar Bin Al
Khattab School; Instagram competition – Group Al Fas, Omar Bin
Abdulaziz School; and Most Active
Group on Social Media – Group Al
Dana, Tareq Bin Ziad School. CAM
associate researcher Dr Aboubakr
Abdullah was named Best Professor while Eman Hassan from Al
Arqam Academy was named Most
Co-operative Teacher.
the body to digest and this is
thought to be one of the possible reasons behind the increased
feeling of fullness.
Increased protein consumption may also lead to improved
appetite control, reduced calorie
intake (essential for weight loss),
and better weight management
over a longer period of time.
These benefits are not limited to
meat lovers alone.
Vegetarians and those who
simply dislike meat can enjoy
many high-protein vegetables
such as sun-dried tomatoes,
soybean sprouts, winged beans,
and garlic. Other good vegetable
sources of protein include spinach and peas.
Protein is also the building block for muscle growth.
After strenuous exercise, the
body needs time and a certain
amount of protein in order to
repair and grow its muscles.
Proper rest and nutrition after
a workout are therefore vital
to developing the body to its
utmost potential.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Saudi says Qaeda militants behind deadly attack
audi authorities blamed
militants linked to Al
Qaeda, and a cabinet
minister was sacked yesterday, after an unprecedented
attack that killed Shia worshippers.
A royal decree dismissed
Culture and Information Min-
ister Abdlaziz Khoja.
Masked gunmen in the kingdom’s east late on Monday
killed at least six Shias, including children, during the
celebration of Ashura.
The attackers were “followers of the deviant ideology”,
interior ministry spokesman
General Mansur al-Turki told
Saudi media, using a term often employed by authorities to
describe Al Qaeda.
Activists in the Shia-populated region gave AFP the
names and ages of seven people they said had been gunned
down in Al Dalwa, a town of
several thousand people.
Five of the victims were
aged 18 or younger, including
15-year-old Mohamed Husain
al-Basrawi, and the youngest
to die, Mahdi Eid al-Musharef,
aged nine.
The activists also named
12 people they said were
wounded. The interior ministry gave a different toll of
six dead, up from five reported initially. Police said nine
were wounded.
Yesterday officials including the area’s governor, Prince
Badr bin Mohamed, visited
those recovering from their
injuries, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The royal decree dismissing
Khoja came hours after the information minister announced
the closure of a privately
owned television channel.
The decree, published by
SPA, did not give specific reasons for his removal but said it
came “at his request”.
“Thank God I served my religion, my nation and my king
for nearly a half century, faithfully and with honour”, Khoja
In his rare comments on
Twitter, he had denounced
“Saudi Arabia is a kingdom
of humanity, founded on Islam. Our motto is tolerance,
co-existence...” he posted following the shootings.
Protests and sporadic attacks on security forces have
occurred in Shia areas of Eastern Province.
The attack was a “cowardly
to miss
denies Saleh
pressured to
leave Yemen
The State Department says
statements about “alleged
threats by the US ambassador
to former president Saleh
to leave the country are
completely false”
denied reports that it
was pressuring Yemen’s
former president Ali Abdullah
Saleh, who has been threatened
with UN sanctions for obstructing
peace, to leave the country.
Saleh’s party, the General People’s Congress, said the ex-leader,
who stepped down in early 2012
after a year of Arab Spring-inspired protests, received an ultimatum from the US embassy in
Sanaa to leave by tomorrow or face
But a State Department spokesman said statements by the party
spokesman about “alleged threats
by the US ambassador to former
president Saleh to leave the country are completely false”.
“There have been no meetings
between the ambassador and GPC
officials at which any such statements have been made,” said US
spokesman Edgar Vasquez.
The GPC spokesman had denounced any such moves as “blatant interference in the internal
affairs of Yemen”.
“It is an unacceptable demand
because no foreign party has
the right to request that a Yemeni leaves their country,” the GPC
spokesman said in a statement.
The party said it had been approached by the American embas-
sy through an intermediary telling
Saleh to leave Yemen by 5pm tomorrow.
It called on Saleh’s supporters
to mobilise in order to “face any
The development came only
hours after diplomats in New York
said the UN Security Council was
poised to impose sanctions on
Saleh for obstructing peace in
A US-drafted proposal to the
Security Council would slap a visa
ban and an assets freeze on Saleh
and two of his allies, Shia Houthi
rebel commanders Abd al-Khaliq
al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya alHakim.
A committee of the council met
on Tuesday to discuss the proposed sanctions and the talks were
“constructive”, a diplomat said.
The 15 members of the council
now have until tomorrow evening
to raise objections before the proposal returns to the sanctions
committee for action.
Saleh served as Yemen’s first
president after unification in 1990
before being forced to step down
in February 2012 under a regional
peace plan.
But he is seen as prime backer of
the rebel Houthi movement that
seized the capital Sanaa in September and has since spread its
control into central and west Yemen, in defiance of a UN peace plan.
Vasquez added that the United
States continued to support efforts
by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour
Hadi and Prime Minister Khalid
Bahah to form a government in
a country seen as key in the п¬Ѓght
against Al Qaeda.
In Sanaa yesterday, a FrenchAlgerian was killed and another
man was wounded in a shooting by
Shia rebels who have overrun the
capital, security and diplomatic
sources said.
Both were Salafist students and
residents of Sanaa, and “it wasn’t
French interests that were targeted” in the shooting, a Western
diplomat said.
The wounded man was said to
be French-Moroccan.
They were stopped at a checkpoint in the capital on suspicion
of carrying explosives, leading to
an argument in which the FrenchAlgerian stabbed a Shia rebel before he was shot dead himself, the
security source said.
A suspected US drone strike
killed an Al Qaeda commander in
central Yemen, a security source
said yesterday.
“Shawki al-Baadani, alias
Khawlan al-Sanaani and also Abu
Maissara al-Hanki, was left dead
by a drone raid” that killed 20 Al
Qaeda п¬Ѓghters this week in the region of Rada, the source said.
The source said that Baadani
was among the most wanted leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula, or AQAP, seen by the
United States as the militant network’s deadliest branch.
Baadani was suspected to have
been the brains behind a 2012
bomb attack on an army parade
which killed nearly 100 soldiers in
the capital Sanaa.
The attack was later claimed by
Al Qaeda.
On Tuesday, tribal sources
and witnesses reported that twin
drone strikes killed at least 20
suspected Al Qaeda militants near
Rada, the focus of deadly п¬Ѓghting
between the militants and advancing Shia rebels.
man’s Sultan Qaboos,
in Germany for medical
treatment since July, said
yesterday he would miss annual
celebrations of his birthday this
Many Omanis have been praying publicly for the safe return of
their 73-year-old ruler after nearly four months abroad.
In a video message broadcast
on state television, Qaboos offered
greetings to Omanis on the occasion of his birthday, which falls on
November 18 and is celebrated in
Oman as a national day.
“The divine will has dictated
that the occasion this year falls
while we are outside the dear
homeland for reasons you know,”
said Qaboos.
“But, by God’s grace, He prepared the good results that will
require a follow-up in accordance
with the medical programme
during the coming period,” he
added, without giving any further details.
Sultan Qaboos usually presides
over an annual military parade in
Muscat on his birthday.
Oman’s royal court last month
told Omanis ahead of the Eid alAdha holiday that Sultan Qaboos
was in good health.
In his message, Qaboos also
greeted Oman’s armed forces,
saying he remained committed
to “equip them with whatever is
necessary to carry out their duties
and to deliver on their noble task
of protecting the homeland and
safeguarding its gains”.
Saudi beheads
drug smuggler
Students take part in a rally in Sanaa yesterday against the occupation of Sanaa University by Shia
Houthi fighters.
Iran acid attacks sharpen vigilantism row
t is a question all Iranians are
asking: who is stalking the
streets of Isfahan, throwing
acid into women’s faces?
There have been at least four
attacks in the busy city in central
Iran in recent weeks.
The crimes coincided with the
passage of a new parliamentary
bill that allows private citizens to
enforce “morality” laws. The bill
has sparked a clash between hardline politicians, who overwhelmingly support it, and moderates
including President Hassan Rohani. The split is an illustration of the
wider political challenges Rohani
faces from his hardline opponents.
Acid attacks - an excruciating
assault used in many countries to
rob women of their looks - are rare
in Iran and authorities, including
conservative clerics, were quick to
condemn them.
But in a country where volunteer militia operate as the selfappointed guardians of Islamic
behaviour, it is inevitable that
suspicions have fallen on religious
vigilante groups - so much so that
one issued a statement to deflect
Ansar-e-Hezbollah, a plainclothes militia which has conducted �morality patrols’ to enforce Islamic dress, blamed “the
enemy” for the acid attacks that
it said were carried out to “strike a
blow against security”.
Attempts to reach the group for
further comment were unsuccessful.
Police have arrested a handful
of suspects but not yet charged
anyone. Thousands of people took
to the streets of Isfahan, and hundreds in Tehran, two weeks ago to
protest that not enough was being
done to п¬Ѓnd the assailants.
Local media, which have suggested there may have been twice
as many attacks as officially confirmed, said some Isfahani women
had received text messages threatening them with attack if they
did not respect the dress code, or
hijab, which in Iran means covering the hair and wearing modest
“If you don’t observe your hijab, then you will be sprayed with
acid,” read one anonymous text
message received by a women that
the Iranian Students’ News Agency identified as Haniya.
“If the acid spraying is related to hijab, then why aren’t the
authorities giving their views
about this?” she said.
Special police units are often
deployed in Iran’s cities to enforce
the hijab, pulling aside women
they consider to be overly madeup or allowing their hair to spill
out from underneath the obligatory headscarf.
But groups like Ansar-e-Hezbollah have also long played a role
in enforcing social laws, pressuring women to dress more conservatively or confronting unmarried couples who appear in public
They have also helped the government crack down on political
dissent, such as during the protests which followed the disputed
2009 presidential elections.
Though officials have denied
links with these militant groups,
there is an overlap between their
activities and that of the Basij, a
militia that is overseen by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,
experts say.
The acid attacks happened as
Iran’s conservative-dominated
parliament was passing its mo-
rality bill, which essentially gives
legal protection to groups like
Ansar-e Hezbollah that seek to
enforce Islamic behaviour.
That bill, which critics say will
give free rein to vigilantes, has
drawn a battle line between the
hardliners and Rohani, who has
struck a moderate tone on social
“We can’t just treat one issue,
bad hijab, as the ultimate evil from
morning to night,” Rohani said in
a speech two weeks ago in which
he implicitly criticised the bill, ac-
Hunger-striker �should not mix sport and politics’
A British-Iranian woman who
is on hunger strike after being
jailed for attending a men’s
volleyball match should not
use sport to make political
points, Asia’s Olympic chief said
Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmed alFahad al-Sabah, president of the
Olympic Council of Asia, said
Ghoncheh Ghavami’s protest
could send out “wrong messages”.
The 25-year-old law graduate
from London has been refusing
food or liquids since Saturday
and heinous crime contradicting Islam and its values”, said
Abdullatif al-Zayani, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Two Saudi policemen and
two suspects allegedly linked
to the incident died in a shootout in Qassim region, north of
Riyadh, the day after the attack.
Fifteen other suspects were
over a delay in the confirmation
of her one-year sentence.
“Don’t see it only that she has a
British passport. If she’s Iranian,
she doesn’t have to use this
benefit for politics in sport,”
Sheikh Ahmed told reporters in
“We have to see it from both
sides. If she’s using this... nationality for a political situation, we will
reject it because we don’t want
anybody to use sport for politics.”
He added: “In sport we want
peace and solidarity. If somebody
will use it for wrong messages,
we can resist. You have to know
that there are different cultures
around the world, it’s not only
one culture.”
Sheikh Ahmed was speaking at
a meeting of the Association of
National Olympic Committees,
of which he is also president. He
said he had spoken to Iran and
was awaiting their report on the
Ghavami was arrested on June
20 after attempting to attend a
men’s volleyball match between
Iran and Italy in Tehran’s Azadi
(“Freedom” in Farsi) Stadium.
cording to the Shargh newspaper.
“Iranian women are Muslim
women of virtue who are all supporting hijab. So a few people in
this country should not consider
themselves the custodians of morality,” said Rohani, himself an Islamic cleric.
By that time, parliament had already passed the bill.
“This definitely does seem to
be a slap back at Rohani by the
parliament,” said Faraz Sanei, Iran
researcher for New York-based
Human Rights Watch.
“The Rohani administration is
clearly on the record as being very,
very sceptical of Ansar-e-Hezbollah and enforcing of morality
laws by vigilante groups.”
In a small victory for the Rohani
administration, Ansar-e-Hezbollah called off plans to start morality patrols in Tehran in September,
after the interior ministry said
anyone carrying out such activities would need permission from
the government.
The morality bill still faces some
п¬Ѓnal hurdles before becoming law,
but the support of parliament is a
boost for militia groups and a blow
to Rohani, according to Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, a former member
of Ansar-e-Hezbollah who now
works as a journalist in Germany.
Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani
yesterday for trafficking heroin
hidden in his stomach into the
kingdom, the interior ministry said,
the latest in dozens of executions
this year.
Mohamed Sadiq Hanif was arrested
during his attempt to smuggle “a
large amount” of heroin, the ministry said in a statement carried by
the official SPA news agency.
Last month, Saudi authorities beheaded four Pakistanis convicted of
smuggling heroin into the kingdom.
The beheading yesterday in the
eastern town of Khubar raises to 63
the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year.
Oil pipeline
catches fire
An oil pipeline near the Saudi
capital Riyadh caught fire yesterday
after an accidental explosion, the
civil defence department said.
There were no injuries.
“The fire has been brought under
control... and measures are being taken to contain the leak of
petroleum products. Special teams
from the company managing the
pipeline are on scene,” Mohamed
al-Hammadi, a civil defence spokesman, said in a statement.
The blaze erupted after the line,
which runs along a highway, was
“accidentally damaged” by work in
the area, Hammadi said.
Kuwaiti out of
A Kuwaiti citizen held at the detention centre in Guantanamo Bay
since 2002 without charge has
been transferred home, the US Defence Department said yesterday.
A periodic review board found
that holding Fouzi Khalid Abdullah
al-Awda was no longer necessary to
protect US security, it said.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
UK to send more personnel to train Iraqi forces
ritain will send more security personnel to Iraq to
help train forces for their
battle against the Islamic State
militant group, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said yesterday.
The United Kingdom, which
is supporting US-led air strikes
aimed at driving IS militants out
of significant parts of Iraq, is already training Kurdish forces in
the country.
“We will be stepping up our
training effort. We’re talking to our
coalition partners about how the...
additional training is going to be
provided, in training centres in and
around Baghdad,” Fallon told journalists in the Iraqi capital.
The training would be for battalions able to leave the frontlines, he said, without specifying
if it would involve Iraqi soldiers,
police or both.
The exact number of trainers
that would be sent had not yet
been decided.
“One particular area of expertise we have is in counter-IED
(improvised explosive devices).
We’ve learnt from Afghanistan
in dealing with roadside bombs
and car bombs and we have some
specialist knowledge to contribute,” said Fallon.
Britain already has a “small
number of people” in Baghdad,
and “will be looking now to see
how we can strengthen that, the
liaison work that we’re doing in
the ministries and the security
agencies here”, he said.
The ministry of defence said
last month that a “small, specialist team” of soldiers was providing training to Kurdish forces in
the country’s autonomous north
on the use of heavy machineguns.
And it said in a statement yesterday that Britain would be increasing the training on offer to
the Kurds “to include infantry
skills such as sharp-shooting and
п¬Ѓrst aid, alongside the provision
of further equipment”.
Fallon met with Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Kurdish
regional president Massoud Barzani and other senior Iraqi and
Kurdish officials during the trip,
on which he visited both Baghdad and the northern city of Arbil, the ministry said.
Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out sending combat troops back into Iraq, wary of
committing to a new conflict six
Jordan recalls
envoy over
Israel’s Aqsa
Jordanian Foreign Minister
Nasser Judeh accusea the
Israelis of violations and
incursions, stopping people
from worshipping freely, and
allowing extremists to enter
ncreasing strife over Jerusalem’s most volatile holy site
plunged relations between
Israel and Jordan into crisis yesterday, with Amman recalling
its ambassador for the п¬Ѓrst time
since the countries’ 1994 peace
In a sign of tensions, a Palestinian rammed his car into
pedestrians in Jerusalem’s city
centre yesterday, killing an Israeli paramilitary border policeman before he was shot dead by
police. More than a dozen people
were injured.
The incident occurred after
п¬Ѓerce clashes between Israeli
police and Palestinians at the
entrance to the Al Aqsa mosque,
Islam’s third most sacred place.
Palestinian officials said Israeli
forces had crossed the threshold
of the mosque for the п¬Ѓrst time
since 1967. Israeli police denied
going into the house of worship.
Just as Israel was grappling
with the second deadly Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in two
weeks - and the risk of a third
Palestinian uprising - Jordan
added a new dimension to the
conflict by recalling its envoy.
Speaking in Paris as he prepared to meet US Secretary of
State John Kerry, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said
Amman withdrew its ambassador because of the situation at
the Al Aqsa mosque compound.
“We have sent repeated messages to Israel directly and indirectly that Jerusalem is a red
line,” Judeh said.
He accused the Israelis of violations and incursions, stopping
people from worshipping freely,
and allowing extremists to enter.
“These violations are infuriating” to Muslims worldwide, he
The kingdom’s official Petra
news agency said Jordan would
lodge a complaint with the UN
Security Council over Israeli actions in the city and at the compound known to Muslims as the
Noble Sanctuary, housing the Al
Aqsa mosque and golden Dome
of the Rock shrine.
spokesman Emanuel Nahshon
said Jordan’s move was wrong
and did not contribute to calming tensions.
“We expect Jordan to condemn
the premeditated violence which
is directed from Ramallah, and
the murder of innocents which
is has caused,” Nahshon said in a
Jordan’s step came a little over
a week after Israel and Jordan
marked the 20th anniversary of
their peace treaty.
At a ceremony on October 26
recognising the milestone, Jordanian ambassador Walid Obeidat sounded a cautionary note
over a campaign by Israeli ultranationalists to lift a de facto ban
by Israel on Jewish prayer at the
sacred compound.
Obeidat said that any change
to the status quo there would
ultimately imperil the accord,
Israel’s second peace agreement
with an Arab state after a treaty
with Egypt in 1979.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued public assurances that he would keep
existing arrangements for Muslim prayer in place at the compound. The site has been run by
Jordanian religious authorities
before and after Israel’s capture
of East Jerusalem from Jordan in
the 1967 war.
Amnesty slams Israel
over Gaza civilian toll
he Israeli military displayed “shocking disregard” for civilian lives
in Gaza during its devastating
50-day war on militants in the
Palestinian territory, Amnesty
International said in a report
Israel rejected the Londonbased rights group’s findings,
saying it produced “no evidence”
to back up its claims in what was
effectively “a propaganda tool for
Amnesty documented eight
instances in which Israeli forces
attacked homes in Gaza “without
warning”, killing “at least 104 civilians including 62 children”.
“The report reveals a pattern
of frequent Israeli attacks using
large aerial bombs to level civilian homes, sometimes killing entire families,” Amnesty said.
While possible military targets were identified in some
cases, “the devastation to civilian lives... was clearly disproportionate”, it added.
The report charged that when
it appeared to have failed to identify “any possible military target” in a Gaza residential building, Israel may have “directly and
deliberately targeted civilians
or civilian objects, which would
constitute war crimes”.
“The report exposes a pattern of
attacks on civilian homes by Israeli
forces which have shown a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, who were given
no warning and had no chance to
flee,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s
director for the Middle East and
North Africa.
Amnesty said “Palestinian
armed groups also committed
war crimes, firing thousands of
indiscriminate rockets into Israel killing six civilians including one child”.
But the push for change by
several far-right Israeli lawmakers and settler activists has
enraged Palestinians and drawn
denunciation from their leaders.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the car ramming attack,
saying it responded to “continued Zionist crimes” against Al
Aqsa. Two weeks ago, a baby and
a woman were killed in a similar
road rampage in Jerusalem.
Last week, Israel closed the
compound in Jerusalem’s walled
Old City amid increasing IsraeliPalestinian violence around it.
The move infuriated Jordan’s
King Abdullah, who is the official custodian of the sacred compound.
The last full closure was in
2000, when the second Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, began shortly after the then Israeli
opposition leader, Ariel Sharon,
visited Al Aqsa.
Daniel Nevo, Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, said the Israeli
government was very sensitive
to Amman’s position on Al Aqsa
and to the pro-Western kingdom’s wider role in a Middle East
increasingly torn by sectarian
“Our greatest fear nowadays
is that someone is trying to create disturbances on the Temple
Mount in order to ignite the region, in order to harm both Jordan and Israel,” Nevo told Israel
“I believe that the common
interest of Israel and Jordan is to
survive ISIS (Islamic State insurgents) and the extremists to the
north and the east.”
The right-wing Netanyahu
said the latest attack in Jerusalem was a direct result of what
he termed incitement by Hamas
and Western-backed Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas over
the situation at the holy compound.
months from a general election.
Britain was one of the main
members of the US-led “coalition of the willing” that invaded
Iraq in 2003 and overthrew dictator Saddam Hussain.
The last British forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011.
Britain has not participated in air
strikes by the coalition against IS in
Syria, where the militant group has
also seized significant territory.
A Palestinian holds a Molotov cocktail before throwing it towards Israeli police during clashes on the
outskirts of Jerusalem near Shuafat refugee camp yesterday.
EU official condemns plans for new settler homes in East Jerusalem
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini yesterday condemned Israel’s plans to build another
500 settler homes in annexed East Jerusalem,
ahead of her first visit to the Jewish state later this
Going ahead with the new settler homes risks
undermining efforts to get the Middle East peace
process back on track, Mogherini said.
The European Union was leading efforts to get
the talks restarted “but this decision represents
yet another highly detrimental step which undermines the prospects for a two-state solution”, she
said in a statement.
18 die in collision
It “seriously calls into question Israel’s commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the
Palestinians”, she added.
Voicing a sense of exasperation, Mogherini said
that since previous pleas “have gone unheard, I
call on the Israeli authorities to reverse (the plans)
and put an end to its settlement policy in East
Jerusalem and in the West Bank”.
Mogherini is due to visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem,
Gaza and Ramallah on a three-day trip beginning
tomorrow meant to be “a signal of the priority
given to the region by the EU”, a spokesperson
said earlier this week.
Egypt under п¬Ѓre at
UN rights council
People look at a burnt bus after it collided with three
other vehicles, including a tanker truck, yesterday
in Egypt’s Nile Delta city of Damanhur, 160km north
of Cairo. At least 18 people were killed when the bus
packed with high school students crashed. Medics were
not immediately able to say how many of the dead were
children because the bodies were badly burned after the
vehicles burst into flames.
ebanon’s parliament voted
yesterday to extend its
mandate until 2017, postponing elections again amid political stalemate and insecurity
tied to the conflict in neighbouring Syria.
The decision came the day
after Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate threatened to carry out new
attacks in Lebanon against
the Shia Hezbollah movement
which is п¬Ѓghting in Syria to bolster President Bashar al-Assad.
“The parliament voted by 95
votes out of 97 members present
to extend its mandate until June 20,
2017,” a parliamentary source said.
Only two lawmakers voted
against the extension, but 31
boycotted the session altogether
in protest over the controversial
A few dozen people gathered
outside parliament to protest the
decision, pelting the cars of arriving lawmakers with tomatoes
and eggs.
“It’s unacceptable,” Paul Abi
Rashed, an environmental activist, said.
“We’ve raised our children on
the idea of democracy that we
inherited from our grandparents, and now no one cares. Even
the politicians themselves aren’t
convinced about the reasons for
this extension.”
Parliamentary elections were
originally scheduled for the
middle of 2013, but MPs approved a 17-month extension of
their mandate on May 31, 2013.
However, the political stalemate and security concerns that
motivated last year’s extension
have only deepened in the intervening period.
The country has been without
a president since Michel Suleiman’s term ended on May 25 because lawmakers have failed to
agree on a successor.
And the war in neighbouring
Syria, which has raised existing tensions between Lebanon’s
Shia and Sunni residents, has
spilled over with increasing regularity.
The decision to extend parliament’s mandate divided the
country’s two main political
blocs, but those voting in favour
cited both the deadlock over the
presidency and the security situation.
he UN’s top human rights
body took Egypt to task
yesterday for a litany
of rights abuses, including its
crackdown on supporters of
ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, journalists and
In the Human Rights Council’s first review of Egypt’s rights
record since 2010, which covers the period since long-ruling
leader Hosni Mubarak was toppled to the turbulent ousting of
Mursi, several Western envoys
voiced alarm at the worsening
human rights situation in Egypt.
Rights groups including Amnesty International and Human
Rights Watch said the situation
is unprecedented and urged the
council to order an international
probe into the crackdown, mass
arrests and unfair trials.
But Egypt hit back, insisting
that the government of Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi had made human
rights a priority since toppling
Mursi in June last year.
“The prioritisation of human rights is at the core of the
political life of the new administration,” Egyptian Minister of
Transitional Justice Ibrahim elHeneidy told the council.
“Egypt will fulfil its international obligations,” he said.
But Western diplomats voiced
US envoy Keith Harper cited
in particular the government’s
crackdown on Mursi suppporters
in July and August 2013 that “resulted in a large number of deaths
of Egyptian citizens”.
“We are concerned about the
lack of accountability for those
accused of human rights abuses”
in these incidents, he told the
clamping down on Mursi supporters after the Islamist president was ousted in July 2013,
leaving at least 1,400 dead and
more than 15,000 jailed. Hundreds have also been sentenced
to death after often speedy trials.
Over a period of just a few days
of clashes in Cairo in August 2013,
police killed hundreds of protesters.
Britain’s Karen Pierce raised
concern over “the numbers of
detainees in pre-trial detention,
reports of mistreatment or torture, use of mass trials and trial
irregularities (and) retention of
the death penalty”.
She also decried the decreasing space for civil society and the
media to operate”.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Bail application for jailed
Swazi editor delayed
Two-year probe into
Marikana drawing to close
200 arrested in UN raids
over DR Congo massacres
CCTV captures S.Africa
police being robbed
Kenyan Muslim preacher
shot dead: police
The bail application for a jailed Swazi magazine
editor and a prominent human rights lawyer was
deferred yesterday, amid wrangling over court
procedures. Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation,
and Thulani Maseko, a member of Lawyers for
Human Rights Swaziland, have been in custody
since March. The pair were sentenced to two
years in prison after being found in contempt of
court. They had published articles critical of the
chief justice and the lack of impartiality in the
authoritarian kingdom’s justice system. Supreme
court judge Ahmed Ebrahim yesterday said
the proper procedure had not been followed in
lodging the bail application.
A two-year probe into the killing of 34 striking
miners in South Africa is drawing to a close, with
lawyers yesterday recalling the horror of the
shooting in final arguments. The 34 strikers were
gunned down by police at the Lonmin platinum
mine in Marikana north of Johannesburg during
a work stoppage in August 2012. “Looking day-in
and day-out at pictures of bodies shot to pieces
by assault rifles dulls our outrage at what is,
and should be, unacceptable in a constitutional
democracy,” said one of the commission’s
lawyers, Matthew Chaskalson. “Remember
every victim who died at Marikana... as an
individual human being with a family and a life.”
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of
Congo arrested 200 suspects in connection
with massacres in the troubled east of the
country that left over 100 dead, the UN said
yesterday. The suspects taken into custody for
the killings which began in October in the Beni
area included Ugandan Muslim rebels, who have
widely been blamed for the massacres. Police
and UN peacekeepers carried out the operation
jointly as part of “an operational strategy against
(the attacks) in Beni”, United Nations mission
spokesman Charles Bambara said, adding
“weapons, munitions, bombs and radios” were
also seized.
Two South African police were robbed of their
guns and locked in their own van on Tuesday.
The officers had stopped for lunch at a roadside
stall in Johannesburg. The robbery was caught
on the camera of a business. Footage shows
four men walking past the police van and then
disappearing from view beneath a tarpaulin
where the officers were lunching. They remerge
the officers, forcing them into the back of the
vehicle. They lock the van and leave. People
helped the officers out. They then called for
backup and a chase ensued. Three suspects
were arrested and three firearms confiscated,
including the two the gang had just stolen.
Gunmen in the Kenyan city of Mombasa have
shot dead a moderate Muslim cleric, a vocal
opponent of the radical preachings of Somalia’s
Al Qaeda-linked Shebaab insurgents. The
shooting is the latest in a series of killings of
preachers, amid power struggles between rival
Muslim factions. Salim Bakari Mwarangi was
shot late Tuesday by gunmen riding a motorbike
as he left after prayers at the Bilal mosque in
Mombasa, a key port as well as important tourist
hub for the country’s Indian Ocean coastline.
“Gunmen on a motorbike slowed down, shot at
him and sped off,” Mombasa police chief Robert
Kitur said.
ANC wants
control of
SA media,
says mogul
Guy Fawkes Day
Children celebrate Guy Fawkes day in Soweto yesterday.
Burkina army urged
to hand over power
African leaders are
attempting to bring the crisis
to an end
Burkina Faso
hree west African leaders
held talks behind closed
doors with Burkina Faso’s
new military leader yesterday to
pressure him into swiftly handing over power to a civilian government after the fall of president Blaise Compaore.
The presidents of Nigeria,
Ghana and Senegal flew into
Ouagadougou after Canada suspended its aid to the impoverished west African nation and
other nations considered similar
Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida,
the interim leader appointed by
Burkina Faso’s military, told unions
on Tuesday that he would return
the country to civilian rule within
two weeks, a day after the African
Union threatened sanctions if the
army failed to relinquish power
within that timeframe.
The military has п¬Ѓlled the
power vacuum left by Compaore,
who was deposed Friday after 27
years in power by a violent popular uprising that some had likened to the Arab Spring.
There was little ceremony as
the leaders—Nigeria’s Goodluck
Jonathan, Ghana’s president John
Dramani Mahama and Macky
Sall of Senegal—were driven to a
luxury hotel near the presidential
palace for the talks with Zida, an
AFP reporter said.
The three presidents later met
leaders of opposition parties, democracy groups and senior legal
officials, with one party leader
afterwards calling for a transition
government led by a civil society
п¬Ѓgure rather than a politician or
military chief.
Former prime minister Roch
Marc Christian Kabore, leader
of the Movement of the People
for Progress, said: “It’s obvious
we have to п¬Ѓnd someone who has
no clear political affiliations so as
not to have a biased view on the
The leaders were also meeting
with civil society and religious
groups in a bid to п¬Ѓnd a rapid end
to the crisis.
The army’s decision to take
the reins in the aftermath of
Compaore’s exit sparked angry
protests at home and prompted
threats of sanctions from abroad.
But top brass claimed that
“power does not interest us” and
pledged to install a unity government with a “broad consensus”.
Zida has repeated the promise
in meetings with opposition and
civil society leaders as well as
foreign envoys.
“If everyone agrees, there is no
reason that the transition (from
military rule) shouldn’t be done
within two weeks,” Zida said
on Tuesday, according to union
leader Joseph Tiendrebeogo.
Mogho Naba, the “king” of
Burkina Faso’s leading Mossi
tribe, told AFP he had met Zida
on Tuesday.
“They came to tell us that they
would hand back power to civilians,” he said. “The country
should regain peace and quiet.”
The army has made similar
pledges over the past couple of days,
without taking concrete action.
Under the constitution, which
has been suspended, the parliament speaker was supposed to
take over as transitional leader.
But the whereabouts of current speaker Soungalo Ouattara,
a close Compaore ally, are unknown.
French president Francois
Hollande said Tuesday that Paris
helped evacuate Compaore to
prevent a potential “bloodbath”.
Compaore and his wife are
staying in a government mansion
in Yamoussoukro, the capital of
neighbouring Ivory Coast.
Ivorian president Alassane
Ouattara has said Compaore “can
stay as long as he wishes”.
Meanwhile, international donors whose funding is crucial to
the impoverished country, are
watching the situation with concern.
Canada, which provided some
$35.6mn in aid to Burkina Faso
between 2012 and 2013, raised
the pressure on Tuesday by suspending assistance.
It said funding would be restored when a “legitimate and
accountable civil authority has
been re-established”.
Washington said it was still
“gathering facts” but could yet
withdraw its $14mn annual aid
Opposition leaders have met
with international mediators
from the United Nations, regional bloc ECOWAS and the African
Union, which has named Togo’s
former prime minister Edem
Kodjo as a special envoy to the
landlocked west African nation.
Not all opposition leaders are
against the military playing a role
in the transition.
“We have to see what model
is best for the situation and the
context,” said the opposition’s
main leader Zephirin Diabre.
The ousted ruling party, the
Congress for Democracy and
Progress, has also expressed willingness to “work with the transitional authorities”.
Ouagadougou is largely returning to normal. Last week,
thousands of protesters had gone
on a rampage against Compaore’s
bid to extend his rule, setting
parliament and other public
buildings ablaze.
he South African press
is facing huge pressure
from the ruling ANC,
which wants “total control”
of the media, the chairman of
the continent’s largest media
company said yesterday.
“Government and the ANC,
through its national democratic revolution, want total
control,” Naspers chairman
Ton Vosloo told the Cape Town
Press Club.
“Our free and independent press and media will be
facing huge challenges in the
not-too-distant future in preserving the very freedom they
enjoy to speak out against the
erosion of this freedom, corruption and other ills.”
South Africa’s ANC-led
government has been regularly
criticised in recent years for
attacks on the press, particularly after pushing a muchderided secrecy bill through
It is yet to be signed into
law by president Jacob Zuma,
but would make many aspects
of investigative journalism a
The party, meanwhile, has
repeatedly called on South Africa’s media to racially trans-
form their ownership.
But Vosloo said most companies already had significant
black ownership.
“All in all, those who complain about transformation
should have a good look at the
facts,” he said.
“My answer to the complaints (is) the ANC does not
like a free and independent
owned press.”
Vosloo worked as a journalist and newspaper editor before joining Naspers management in 1984.
Since then, the company
has diversified from print to
pay television, e-commerce
and mobile services. It generated 62.7bn rand ($15bn) in
revenue in the last financial
Vosloo retires from his position as chair in April 2015,
when former CEO Koos Bekker
will take on the role.
This is not the п¬Ѓrst time
Vosloo has warned against the
In 1993, he told the Rhodes
Journalism Review the party
would turn out as bad as the
apartheid government.
“When the real pressures
are on, they’re going to behave as badly as the Nats (National Party) did,” he said at the
time. “Never trust a politician.
That’s my motto.”
Boko Haram targets
French-owned plant
uspected Boko Haram
п¬Ѓghters stole dynamite
and pick-up trucks from
a French-owned cement works
in Nigeria after robbing a bank,
in a raid to fund and pursue their
campaign of violence in the
northeast of the African nation.
The attack in Ashaka, in Gombe state, on Tuesday came
after the Islamists robbed a
bank, blew up a police station
and razed a political party office 20km away in Nafada.
Both incidents again demonstrated Boko Haram’s apparent ability to strike at will
and further punctured govern-
ment claims that a ceasefire
deal has been reached to end
п¬Ѓve years of bloodshed.
Boko Haram funds its operations in part through bank
robberies and has previously
stolen vehicles including armoured personnel carriers,
weapons and ammunition
from the Nigerian military.
Unlike previous attacks
in recent months in the far
northeast, the militants did
not attempt to hold the town,
leaving when they secured
their loot.
French diplomats in Nigeria
said none of its nationals was
taken in the raid. The head of
the Lafarge group, Bruno Lafont, said operations had not
been affected.
Godman’s followers �attacked rescuers at site of collapse’
ollowers of one of Nigeria’s most
emergency service workers, preventing them from accessing the site of
a deadly building collapse, an inquest
was told yesterday.
“The first three days (after the collapse) were marred by the so-called
church sympathisers and the crowd,”
said the head of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi OkeOsanyintolu.
“By the time we attained momentum
after 96 hours a lot of things had gone
A total of 116 people, 84 of them
South Africans, were killed when a
guesthouse for foreign followers of TB
Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) collapsed in Lagos on
September 12.
Joshua, known to his congregation
as “The Man of God”, was scheduled to
give evidence at the coroner’s inquest
into the tragedy.
But the self-styled miracle worker,
who claims that he can see the future,
was not in court, despite the coroner
having warned that he faced arrest if he
did not appear.
Osanyintolu told the hearing that it
was only after the intervention of the
Lagos state governor that rescue workers could get to the stricken building on
the sprawling SCOAN compound.
The LASEMA general manager said
South Africa’s Lindiwe Ndwandwe, 33,
(C) who was trapped five days inside
the rubble of the guesthouse.
there was “no effective crowd control”
in the aftermath of the collapse, which
engineers have blamed on the addition
of extra floors to the guesthouse.
“The crowd impeded our operation.
They did not allow our personnel and
equipment to come in. They frustrated
the emergency workers at the scene,” he
Instead of allowing trained rescue
workers with specialist equipment to
search for survivors, only church members and volunteers were allowed to
pick through the rubble, he said.
“There were restrictions of emergency responders to the scene of the
collapse. On the first day, we were assaulted, especially my humble self,” he
“We were not allowed to do documentation. Photographs of the incident
were not allowed.
“We asked for the manifest to know
the number and identities of the people
in the building, we were not given. We
asked for the building plan, we were not
Expert witnesses at the hearing have
previously ruled out sabotage from a lowflying aircraft or an explosion, as suggested by Joshua and SCOAN members.
Osanyintolu, a medical doctor, also
rejected the theory: “On observation,
bodies were not mutilated. They were
not disjointed... the bodies were not
The court has heard that the guesthouse did not have planning permission and that other structures on the
site, including the church’s main auditorium, were structurally defective.
“The Man of God has not been personally served the witness summons,” his
lawyer, Olalekan Ojo told the court when
asked about his client’s whereabouts.
“He was unavoidably absent when
the sheriff went for the service. We
don’t want the impression to be created
he is avoiding the court.”
Expert witnesses at the hearing have
previously ruled out the theory of aerial
sabotage or an explosion and the court
has been told that the guesthouse did
not have any planning permission.
Ojo refused to accept the witness
summons on behalf of Joshua, saying he was not authorised to do so, but
promised to tell the court when his client would be available.
Similarly, the building contractors
did not receive their summonses because they could not be identified or
located, he added.
Coroner Komolafe said: “We want
Joshua to know that the court is not
persecuting anybody but (trying) to
п¬Ѓnd the truth. He should come.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
US man held in immigration detention for over 3 years
New York
avino Watson languished
in a detention centre in
Buffalo, New York, for
3-1/2 years awaiting deportation on orders from immigration
authorities. The only problem:
Watson is an American citizen.
Watson, released in 2011, is suing the US government and a
handful of immigration officers
in federal court claiming he was
unlawfully detained. He alleges
officials ignored his repeated
claims that he was naturalised
and that he would have been
released had there been a more
thorough investigation into his
Watson’s case is the latest example of US citizens and legal
residents suing the government
after being ensnared in a system
meant to improve immigration
About two dozen suits have
been п¬Ѓled since the system was
put in place in the late 1990s, but
Watson’s lawyers say his case
involves the longest detention.
The others allege unlawful detention periods ranging from a
few days to several months.
Under US law, Immigration
and Customs Enforcement may
issue a so-called “detainer” request to local law enforcement in
order to investigate an arrested
person’s residence status.
Watson pleaded guilty in 2007
to charges of selling cocaine and
served an eight-month sentence
in a programme for young, nonviolent offenders. According to
Rocky road
for Obama as
seize Senate
Republicans cruised
to victory in midterm
elections, gaining control
of both houses of Congress
in a stinging setback for
President Obama and his
fellow Democrats
resident Barack Obama
faced a political rebuke
and a curb on his policy
ambitions yesterday after Republicans seized control of the
US Senate and captured their
biggest majority in the House of
Representatives in more than 60
Tuesday’s midterm elections
gave Republicans control of both
houses of Congress for the п¬Ѓrst
time since elections in 2006 and
the п¬Ѓrst time since Obama entered the White House nearly six
years ago.
The president, who has
lurched from crisis to crisis
and whose unpopularity made
him unwelcome to many fellow
Democrats running for office,
had scheduled a news conference late yesterday.
He called a series of Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday night, the White
House said. On Wednesday, he
spoke with Kentucky Senator
Mitch McConnell, who is poised
to become the Senate’s new majority leader and with whom
Obama has a frosty relationship.
At a news conference in Louisville, Kentucky, McConnell
said he believed Obama was interested in moving forward on
trade agreements and tax reform, two issues at a Washington
standstill in the face of political
“This gridlock and dysfunction can be ended. It can be ended by having a Senate that actually works,” McConnell said.
Obama plans to meet with
congressional leaders from both
parties at the White House tomorrow to take stock of the new
political landscape.
It was “a pretty ugly night”
for Democrats, said Representative Steve Israel, chairman of
the Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee, speaking
Republicans ran races across
the country that pilloried Obama
and his policies.
The White House tried in
advance to portray the results
as not being a repudiation of
Obama’s leadership, but Democrats were stunned by the extent
of the Republican gains even in
governors’ races that had favoured Democrats.
Despite the Republican gains,
the election was not necessarily
an endorsement of their policies. Initiatives championed by
Democrats to raise the minimum
wage and legalise possession
of small amounts of marijuana
succeeded in a handful of states
where they were on the ballot.
When the new Congress convenes in January, Republicans
will be armed with their biggest majority in the House since
Democratic president Harry
Truman’s first term in the late
1940s. With some races yet to
be decided, NBC News projected
Republicans would win at least
244 seats in the 435-seat chamber.
The Republican takeover will
force Obama to scale back his
ambitions to either executive
actions that do not require legislative approval, or items that
might gain bipartisan support,
such as trade agreements and tax
It also will test his ability to
compromise with newly empowered political opponents
who have been resisting his
legislative agenda since he was
п¬Ѓrst elected in 2008. Americans
elected him to a second and п¬Ѓnal
four-year term in 2012.
In stock market reaction to the
results, the energy sector gained
on bets that new legislative
measures could be favourable.
One of the п¬Ѓrst tests could be
a bill to approve the Keystone XL
crude oil pipeline from Canada,
a project about which Obama
has voiced reservations. Republican Senator John Hoeven said
in an interview yesterday that
he has enough votes to pass a bill
early in 2015 that would approve
TransCanada’s long-languishing $8bn pipeline project.
“It’s really a good chance to
see if the president’s willing to
work with us,” Hoeven said.
The S&P Energy sector rose
more than 1.5% on hopes Republican control of the Senate
will lead to reform of crude and
natural gas export laws and motivate the Obama administration
to include those energy exports
in new, or broader, trade agreements.
New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie, a possible presidential
candidate in 2016 who cam-
Genetic data explored
for cancer treatment
San Francisco
major California university hospital is exploring
ways to gather and use genetic information gathered from
cancer patients, hoping to break
new ground in a fledgling field of
genomic medicine.
The University of California San Francisco said in an interview it is working on a new
project with Silicon Valley startup Syapse. Using Syapse’s technology, it wants to build a store of
genetic data about various metastatic cancer cases with patients’
consent, theoretically sharpening treatment or even coming up
with new therapies.
8mn women miss cervical cancer screenings
Eight million US women have
not been screened in the last five
years for cervical cancer, even
though regular checkups can
help prevent the fatal disease, US
health authorities said yesterday.
About one in 10 women, or
11.4%, aged 21 to 65 have gone
years without screening, said
the report by the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
based on national registry data
from 2007 to 2011.
“Every visit to a provider can
be an opportunity to prevent
cervical cancer by making
sure women are referred for
screening appropriately,” said
CDC principal deputy director
Ileana Arias.
“We must increase our efforts
to make sure that all women
understand the importance of
getting screened for cervical
cancer. No woman should die
from cervical cancer.”
It plans to announce its initiative today.
The application of genomics
to cancer care is a rapidly developing п¬Ѓeld. Companies such
as Foundation Medicine Inc are
taking specimens from tumour
cells to п¬Ѓnd changes or vulnerabilities that can inform care.
But UCSF hopes its use of data
analytics can set it apart: Few
hospitals are setting aside resources for a database of genetic
and medical information that a
panel of experts can analyse as
part of routine care.
What is unique about UCSF’s
methods is that its medical
school is sequencing DNA from
tumors and taking blood samples to assess overall cancer
risk, said Robert Nussbaum,
the medical geneticist leading
the project. Nussbaum said he
hopes to use the data to identify
patients for targeted therapy as
opposed to the usual chemotherapy.
Watson’s lawsuit, filed last week
in federal court in Brooklyn, a
detainer request triggered his
transfer from a New York correctional facility to immigration
A spokesman for ICE declined
to comment on the Watson case.
ICE says detainers are critical
for the government to be able to
identify, and deport, criminal
aliens being held in federal and
local custody.
The detainers have come under п¬Ѓre from local governments
and immigration advocates
claiming they are costly and
can be misapplied, with cases
of citizens like Watson or legal
residents being transferred to
federal detention facilities.
“We are all at risk if this can
happen,” said Mark Flessner,
one of Watson’s attorneys from
the firm Holland and Knight. “If
there isn’t a procedure that allows citizens to be immediately
released without any kind of due
process it just points to the broken system.”
Detainers were mistakenly
placed on 834 US citizens and
28,489 permanent residents between 2008 and 2012, according
to data from the Transactional
Records Access Clearinghouse
run out of Syracuse University.
About half the lawsuits
brought by citizens against the
government have been settled
and the rest are pending, said
Mark Fleming of the Chicagobased National Immigrant Justice Center and co-counsel representing Watson.
More than 250 municipalities
have passed ordinances to limit
compliance with the federal de-
tainer requests. The New York
City Council earlier this month
passed a bill mandating local
police decline ICE detainer requests unless a federal judge issues a warrant.
Watson moved to the US as a
teenager and says he became a
citizen in 2002 after his father
was naturalised. His case languished in court before a federal
judge appointed lawyers that
fought for his release. Watson is
suing individual ICE agents and
the government for unspecified
Teenage girl
who ran
ring jailed
Senator Mitch McConnell (centre), Republican of Kentucky, is flanked by his wife Elaine Chao and
fellow Senator Rand Paul during his victory celebration at a hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday.
The veteran Senate minority leader defeated his Democrat opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes.
paigned for fellow Republicans
around the country, said the
Senate results put the burden on
“We need to get things done ...
and put things on the president’s
desk and make the president
make some decisions,” Christie
said on CBS This Morning. He
cited tax reform, a national energy policy and job stimulation
as pressing needs.
A one-term senator before he
became president, Obama has
often been faulted for not developing closer relations with
lawmakers, particularly with
McConnell, who won a tough reelection battle against Democrat
Alison Lundergan Grimes.
McConnell will replace Democrat Harry Reid as Senate majority leader. Reid has been one of
Obama’s top political allies and
helped steer the president’s signature healthcare law through
the Senate in 2010.
“Some things don’t change
after tonight. I don’t expect the
president to wake up tomorrow
and view the world any differently than he did when he woke
up this morning. He knows I
won’t either. But we do have an
obligation to work together on
issues where we can agree,” McConnell said in his victory speech
in Louisville.
In Tuesday’s rout, Republicans
won in places where Democrats
were favoured, pulled out victories where the going was tough
and swept a number of governors’ races in states where Democrats were favored, including
Obama’s home state of Illinois.
Republicans needed six seats
to win control of the 100-member Senate. By early on Wednesday, Republican candidates had
picked up seven Democratic
seats: Arkansas, Colorado,
Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West
Democrats had dominated Republicans in the Senate, 53-45
with two independents, going
into the election but Republicans
will now outnumber them 52-45
with two independents. Louisiana’s US Senate race will be decided in a Dec. 6 runoff.
In the House, Republicans had
held a 233-199 advantage before
Tuesday’s vote. NBC News projected they would hold at least
244 seats and as many as 249
The last time Republicans
controlled both houses of Congress under a Democratic president was 1995-97 during Bill
Clinton’s administration.
Once the euphoria of their
victory ebbs, Republicans will be
under pressure to show Americans they are capable of governing after drawing scorn a year
ago for shutting down the government in a budget п¬Ѓght. That
will be a factor in their ambitions
to take back the White House in
Partisan battles could erupt
over immigration reform, with
Obama poised to issue executive actions by year’s end to defer
deportations of some undocumented immigrants.
Rocket blast probe
Deceased legislator
headed for
An incumbent Democratic
state representative in
Washington was headed for
a decisive re-election victory
yesterday even though
he died last week, results
Roger Freeman, a first-term
representative from Federal
Way, a city between Seattle
and Tacoma, had 53% of the
vote, compared to 46.9% for
his Republican challenger,
Jack Dovey.
Freeman, 48, died last week
after a battle with cancer.
His death came after ballots
were mailed to Washington
voters, where all voting is
done by mail.
“This is extremely rare,” said
Brian Zylstra, a spokesman
for the secretary of state’s
office. “But there are
protocols in place.”
Once all ballots are finalised
in coming weeks, if Freeman
wins the vote, Democrats
still will hold on to his
seat in the state House of
Representatives, Zylstra said.
Democrats in Freeman’s
district, which spans two
counties, will select three
names for a temporary
replacement and the King
and Pierce County councils
will vote to appoint one of
those candidates to the seat
for one year.
Justices inclined to let
п¬Ѓsherman off the hook
This October 28 Nasa TV file photo shows the Orbital
Sciences Corp Antares rocket, with the Cygnus
spacecraft onboard as it suffers a catastrophic anomaly
moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional
Spaceport Pad 0A, at Nasa’s Wallops Flight Facility
in Virginia. Orbital Sciences Corp said yesterday a
preliminary probe into last month’s unmanned rocket
blast shows an engine failure was to blame for the
explosion shortly after liftoff. The type of engines used
to power the Antares rocket were a pair of decades-old
Ukrainian-designed AJ-26s, that were refurbished by
Aerojet Rocketdyne.
teenage girl was jailed
for six-and-a-half years
on Tuesday for drugging
and beating girls as young as 13
into prostitution in Canada’s
capital Ottawa after luring them
through social media.
The 18-year-old ring leader
was only 15 when she was arrested along with two other girls
in 2012.
She had faced a maximum
sentence of three years under
Canadian law for youths, but
prosecutors took the rare step of
asking that she be sentenced as
an adult, which carries a much
higher penalty.
One of her accomplices was
previously sentenced to three
years in prison while the other is
still awaiting sentencing.
Acting on their own without
adult guidance, the girls used
social media to lure victims to a
suburban Ottawa home where
they would be encouraged or
forced to take drugs, and then
delivered up to adult clients.
If they refused, they were
threatened with violence and
One victim was forced kicking
and screaming into a man’s car
at a gas station. She escaped but
was quickly caught and dragged
back. Another’s clothes were
ripped off in the basement of a
house and she was photographed
The youngest victim’s mother
dropped off her daughter at the
home of one of the accused for a
sleepover. The girl returned home
distraught the next day, wearing
makeup, heels and a trenchcoat
that didn’t belong to her.
The court heard that one of the
accused would send photographs
of a new recruit to prospective
men from her cellphone, and if
they agreed, she would send the
girl by taxi to the man’s home to
sell sex.
Police eventually broke up the
prostitution ring in June 2012
after one of the victims complained to her mother, who informed authorities.
S Supreme Court justices
expressed a desire yesterday to reel in the federal government for prosecuting a
Florida п¬Ѓsherman under a whitecollar crime law for disposing of
undersized red grouper п¬Ѓsh while
he was under investigation.
During a one-hour oral argument in the case, a majority of
the court seemed inclined to rule
in favour of п¬Ѓsherman John Yates.
But it remained unclear how the
justices would write such a ruling, with some not appearing to
buy his arguments hook, line and
Yates could have faced a 20-year
prison sentence after being convicted under a records-keeping
provision of the 2002 SarbanesOxley Act, passed by Congress to
guard against corporate fraud of
the sort committed by companies
including Enron Corp and WorldCom Inc. He was ultimately sentenced to 30 days in prison.
Several justices appeared concerned that the US Justice Department interpreted the law too
broadly. It penalises the destruction, concealment or covering up
of “any record, document or tangible object.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy joked
that if Congress had wanted
the law to cover more than just
white-collar fraud, it could have
been called the “Sarbanes-OxleyGrouper Act.”
The case began in August 2007
when officials measured п¬Ѓsh on
Yates’s boat and found that 72
were smaller than permitted, violating federal п¬Ѓshing regulations.
A crew member testified at trial
that Yates ordered him to throw
the undersized п¬Ѓsh overboard and
replace them with larger ones.
Yates later told officials they were
the same п¬Ѓsh that had been inspected earlier.
The justices were critical of the
Justice Department’s decision to
prosecute Yates. Justice Antonin
Scalia wondered “what kind of
mad prosecutor would try to send
this guy up for 20 years?”
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Festive celebration
Witness: Slain
body exhumed
Cambodian people watch fireworks during the first day of the three-day Water Festival in Phnom Penh yesterday. Cambodia restarted its annual water festival which is
one of the main festivals people celebrate from November 5- 7, attracting thousands from other provinces of the country, after more than 350 people died in a
stampede while millions were celebrating the end of the annual Water Festival in 2010.
Suu Kyi says reforms
in Myanmar �stalling’
yanmar’s reform process is “stalling”, opposition leader Aung San
Suu Kyi said yesterday, warning
the US against over-optimism
before a visit by President
Barack Obama to the former
pariah state.
Suu Kyi, who has long looked
to the West to bolster her efforts
to promote democracy, voiced
caution at the pace of reforms
since the country began emerging in 2011 from almost a halfcentury of military rule.
“There have been times when
the US government has seemed
over-optimistic about the reform process,” she told reporters at her National League for
Democracy party (NLD) headquarters in Yangon.
“This reform process started
stalling early last year,” she said,
adding that she would question whether any major positive
changes had happened “in the
last 24 months”.
The Nobel laureate’s remarks
come a week before she is due to
hold talks with the US leader as
part of his two-day visit to Myanmar for a regional summit.
Obama, who is also scheduled to meet Myanmar’s former
general turned-reformist leader
Thein Sein, is likely to reiterate
a call he made last week for “in-
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to reporters during a news conference at the
National League for Democracy party head office in Yangon yesterday.
clusive and credible” elections
next year.
Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian
regime has earned international plaudits and the removal of
most Western sanctions in return for reforms, including releasing most political prisoners
and allowing Suu Kyi and her
party into parliament.
But the government has faced
growing accusations that it has
backtracked on rights issues in
Pirate Bay co-founder to
be extradited in a month
hai police said yesterday
the co-founder of the п¬Ѓlesharing website The Pirate
Bay, who was arrested this week
at the Laos border, would be extradited to Sweden to serve a jail
term within the next month.
Fredrik Neij, 36, is being questioned in the capital Bangkok after he was detained yesterday at
a checkpoint in the northeastern
town of Nong Khai.
“A Swedish national was
brought here today. He will be
put in a detention room ... staff
from the Swedish embassy will
then interrogate him,” Police
Lieutenant Colonel Nuttavuth
Sangduen, deputy superintend-
ent of Nong Khai Immigration,
told Reuters.
“It will take less than a month
to extradite him.” Neij told reporters in Bangkok that his arrest was “expected” but did not
offer any further explanation.
The Pirate Bay, launched in
2003, provided links to music
and movie п¬Ѓles that were stored
on other users’ computers.
Swedish subsidiaries of prominent music and п¬Ѓlm companies had taken The Pirate Bay
to court claiming damages for
lost revenue. Neij, who also goes
by the alias “TiAmo”, is the last
of the website’s founders to be
detained after dodging a 2009
conviction for copyright violations along with three other site
operators — Peter Sunde, Gottfried Warg and Carl Lundstrom.
recent months, with journalists jailed in several high-profile
cases and dozens of activists
arrested. Suu Kyi, who spent a
total of 15 years under house arrest under junta rule, is due to
contest the elections in October
or November next year.
But the veteran campaigner
is currently barred from taking the presidency -- a position
appointed by parliament -- because of a clause in the junta-
drafted constitution.
This bars anyone with a foreign spouse or children from
taking the top political office
—a provision widely thought to
have been written specifically to
thwart her political rise.
Suu Kyi, 69, said she did not
object to the clause because it
blocks her political aspirations
“but because it is intended to
keep one particular citizen out
of the presidency... a constitu-
tion should not be written with
one person in mind”.
Her party this year gained
around 5mn signatures on a petition to end the army’s veto on
amending the charter.
Parliament has agreed to discuss the possibility of changing
several parts of the constitution -- including the provision
that bars Suu Kyi -- in debates
expected to coincide with
Obama’s visit next week.
A majority of more than 75%
of parliament is currently required to change the constitution, however, and unelected
soldiers effectively have the п¬Ѓnal say because they make up a
quarter of the legislature.
Suu Kyi said Myanmar’s
reforms were not going in reverse.
But she added that her historic meeting last week with
Thein Sein and military top
brass and other parties had
fallen short of expectations.
In a monthly speech published in state-backed media
yesterday, Thein Sein acknowledged that Myanmar
faced significant challenges,
including holding next year’s
polls as well as ending multiple conflicts in ethnic-minority border areas.
But he urged all sectors to
“find common solutions”
to the problems in the fastchanging nation and work to
create a “culture of dialogue”.
he body of a journalist shot dead while in the
Myanmar army’s custody
has been exhumed and sent for
an autopsy, a witness said yesterday, after his death sparked
international concern.
The powerful army issued
a rare statement last month
saying soldiers had shot Aung
Naing in an insurgency-prone
eastern border region, claiming he was a member of a rebel
group who had tried to escape.
His wife Thandar, who has
vehemently denied the military version of events, travelled
to Mon state where the body
was buried to be present at the
exhumation along with activists, local security forces and
members of Myanmar’s Human
Rights Commission.
“The body was exhumed this
afternoon and taken to Mawlamyein hospital,” said Nay
Myo Zin, of the Myanmar Social Development Network who
was present at the site.
“It has not been destroyed
but decomposed,” he said, adding that initial appearances
suggested Aung Naing had
been beaten.
The US has urged a “transparent” investigation into the
death, which comes as Myanmar is facing heat over a string
of high-profile prosecutions of
The country’s reform record
is under increased scrutiny
before a visit by US President
Barack Obama and other world
leaders for a regional summit
next week.
President Thein Sein has
announced that the Human
Rights Commission would
investigate the shooting, although there were few details
about the scope of the probe
in a country where the military
was long accustomed to impunity. Aung Naing was a former
member of the democracy
movement and acted as a security guard for opposition leader
Aung San Suu Kyi during mass
protests in 1988.
His wife said she had received a message of support
from Suu Kyi, who is now an
MP, expressing hope that the
“truth be revealed”.
Myanmar’s former junta
handed out long jail sentences
to journalists while choking off
information with some of the
world’s most draconian censorship rules.
But reforms under a quasicivilian government have been
hailed as the country opens up
to the world after decades of
Police suspect journo
killed man then
reported the murder
n Indonesian journalist is
suspected of murdering a
man and then reporting
news of the killing shortly afterwards, police said yesterday.
Police arrested Edison Purba, a journalist covering crime
for the
website, last week along with
two others suspected of the robbery and killing of a man after he
withdrew money from a bank in
Pekanbaru city on Sumatra island.
“According to evidence, Edison was involved,” said Pekanbaru chief detective Hariwiyawan, adding that Purba had
regularly contacted police for
news about crime. Purba was
believed to have returned to the
scene of the killing to report on
it, according to police and media. published his report along with a
photograph Purba took of the
victim lying on a blood-stained
In the report, Purba identified
the victim a s Mulyono, 35, but
said the killer and motive were
not known. Police arrested Edison and two other suspects after
one of them turned himself in.
“One of them didn’t get the
money that was supposed to
be split among them. That was
why he confessed to the police,”
Hariwiyawan said.
Call to reopen tourist murder case
Myanmar has asked Thai police to
reopen their investigation into the
murder of two British tourists due to
concerns two Myanmar suspects
were tortured into confessing, officials said yesterday. Two Myanmar
suspects were arrested after confessing to the crimes but have since
recanted their statements, saying
they confessed only because they
were tortured. Britons Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were
killed on the Thai island of Koh Tao on
September 15. The National Human
Rights Council of Thailand (NHRC)
has opened an official investigation
into the allegations and found signs
of possible physical abuse. Officials
at the NHRC confirmed yesterday
that multiple requests for hearings
with relevant police were ignored by
investigators, who said they “were
busy” and had “other priorities.”
The NHRC also confirmed that the
two suspects’ parents have formally
submitted a petition to the body to
investigate the torture allegations.
In response, the Myanmar embassy
in Thailand submitted an official
request to reopen the investigation.
Malaysia, Netherlands press for access to MH17 site
he leaders of Malaysia and the Netherlands
vowed yesterday to keep
pressing for access to the crash
site of Malaysia Airlines flight
MH17 and bring to justice those
responsible for downing the
plane in Ukraine.
Prime Minister Najib Razak
met with his visiting counterpart Mark Rutte in Malaysia to
discuss the Dutch-led investigation into the July 17 disaster,
which killed 193 Netherlands
Malaysia says 44 of its nationals also were among the 298
people aboard the Amsterdamto-Kuala Lumpur flight when it
was brought down over strifetorn eastern Ukraine.
“We agreed that the priority
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak addresses the media as the
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) looks on during a joint
press conference at the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya yesterday.
should be to recover the wreckage, so that experts can identify
both the cause of the incident,
and the parties responsible,”
Najib told reporters during a
joint press briefing after their
Investigations have been
hampered by problems accessing the crash site as clash-
es continue nearby between
Ukrainian government forces
and pro-Russian separatists.
Kiev and the West say the
Boeing 777 was blown from the
sky by separatist п¬Ѓghters using a
surface-to-air missile supplied
by Russia.
Moscow strongly denies
the charge and has suggested
the plane was shot down by a
Ukrainian fighter jet.
“Malaysia is committed
to bring the perpetrators of
MH17 to justice, and we must
do everything possible to ensure that justice is done,” Najib said. An initial report issued in September by Dutch
investigators found MH17 was
hit by multiple “high-energy”
objects, apparently backing up
the missile theory.
The report did not apportion blame.
The government of Russian
President Vladimir Putin has
been accused by the West of
creating the conditions for the
disaster through its support —
which Moscow also denies —
of the rebels, and obstructing
the investigation.
Najib said “we have preliminary knowledge (of what took
place) but it has to be backed
by solid evidence.”
He did not elaborate.
There have been calls for the
case to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
But Rutte, who flew to Malaysia aboard MH19 - the
re-numbered former MH17
-- said culpability in the crash
was still too unclear for that.
Rutte has been vocal in
his criticism of Russia’s lack
of cooperation in the probe
but both leaders refrained
from harsh statements in the
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Atomic test site returned
to Aboriginal owners
France delays ruling on
Sewol owner’s daughter
Canberra to step up Ebola
fight in western Africa
More dead dogs found
dumped in Japan river
Helicopter and boats help
shepherd stranded whales
Defence land used by Britain to test atomic
bombs was returned yesterday to its traditional
Australian Aboriginal owners, with the area set
to be developed as a tourist site. The handover
of 1,782sq km to the Maralinga Tjarutja people
was marked by a ceremony in the remote South
Australian outback after it was excised from
the Australian Defence Department’s Woomera
training site. The land, called “Section 400”
was used by the British government for secretly
testing atomic bombs in the 1950s and 1960s.
“The Maralinga Tjarutja people have waited far
too long for this to become a reality,” Defence
Minister David Johnston said in a statement.
A French court yesterday delayed a decision
over whether to extradite on embezzlement
charges the daughter of the South Korean
tycoon blamed for a ferry disaster that killed
more than 300 people. Yoo Som-Na is wanted
in South Korea on suspicion that she embezzled
some 6mn euros ($7.5mn) from subsidiaries
owned by the family company Chonghaejin
Marine Co. South Korean authorities believe that
the alleged embezzlement contributed to safety
defects that led to the April disaster that claimed
more than 300 lives. If extradited and convicted
in South Korea, Yoo Som-Na faces up to 45 years
behind bars.
Australia will fund an Ebola treatment clinic in
Sierra Leone, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said
yesterday, responding to pressure from the
US and others to do more to tackle the deadly
outbreak at its West African source. Australia
will provide A$20mn ($17.5mn) to staff a 100-bed
treatment centre that will be built by Britain
and run by Aspen Medical, a private Australian
company. “We anticipate about 240 staff required
to do the job,” Abbott told reporters in Sydney.
Abbott’s government had raised concerns that
any medical staff infected with the disease would
not have access to treatment and would face a
dangerous 30-hour evacuation flight home.
Japanese officials said yesterday that the
number of bodies in a bizarre dog dumping case
had reached nearly 70 animals, days after police
launched a criminal investigation. Authorities
said they had found almost 30 more dead dogs,
following the discovery last week of 40 canine
corpses by a river in the eastern part of the
country. The newly discovered bodies were
mainly small breeds, such as Chihuahuas and
Toy Poodles, a local police officer said. The site
in Tochigi prefecture is some 20km from the
original dumping site. “Police are investigating
a possible link between the case today and last
week,” the officer said.
About 100 people, with help from Coastguard
boats and a helicopter, refloated 21 pilot whales
yesterday morning after a mass stranding on
the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the
Department of Conservation said. Spokesman
Peter Huggins said up to 70 whales in two
separate groups had entered the Ohiwa Harbour
near the east coast city of Whakatane late on
Tuesday. Twenty-five had died after stranding
and a further 11 had been euthanised after they
were found to be beyond rescue. The group
was jubilant after the refloating saying, “We did
it! Whales last seen heading to deeper water,
massive community effort.”
HK students plan to take
democracy call to Beijing
Hong Kong
tudents calling for full democracy for Chinese-ruled Hong
Kong are hoping to take their
protest to Communist Party rulers in
Beijing and are expected to announce
details of their new battle plan today.
The plan signals a shift in the focus
of the protests in the former British
colony away from the Hong Kong
government which has said it has
limited room for manoeuvre.
But China is highly unlikely to allow any known pro-democracy activists into Beijing, especially if the
trip coincides with this weekend’s
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(Apec) forum there.
“I think one of the ways we can
solve this problem is to go to Beijing
personally and have a direct dialogue
with Beijing officials on this matter
since the (Hong Kong) government
claims that all decisions have to be
passed up to the NPC,” Alex Chow,
leader of the Hong Kong Federation
of Students (HKFS), said last week,
referring to China’s parliament, the
National People’s Congress.
The protesters blocked key roads
leading into three of Hong Kong’s
most economically and politically
important districts for weeks.
The campaign drew well over
100,000 at its peak and hundreds remain camped out at the main protest
site in the Admiralty district, home
to government offices and next to the
main п¬Ѓnancial district.
The HKFS has not said whether
its planned trip was to coincide with
Apec, which would mean, if allowed,
it would take place in front of an audience of world leaders. Another
student leader, Nathan Law, said details would be revealed today.
Hong Kong leader Leung Chunying signalled on Tuesday that a
much-anticipated plan to link the
Shanghai and Hong Kong stock markets had been delayed as a result of
the protests and urged society to pull
together to restore order in the city
Man kills self over 200 hours
in overtime every month
A Japanese court has ordered a restaurant chain
and two personnel to pay more than half a million dollars damages to the family of a man who
killed himself after being forced to work nearly
200 hours overtime a month.
Tokyo District Court said the president of
Tokyo-based Sun Challenge, a steak house
chain, and another official had been culpable in
failing to stop the unidentified employee from
working excessive hours.
“With only one holiday given to him every
several months, the psychological load of
prolonged work and power harassment caused
his mental disorder,” said presiding judge Akira
Yamada, according to a Kyodo News report.
Yamada ordered the company and its two
officials to pay a total of 58mn yen ($510,000)
to the parents of the man, who was 24 when he
took his own life in November 2010.
The employee began working for Sun Challenge in 2007 and was appointed restaurant
manager in July 2009.
In the seven months before he hanged
himself, he had worked an average of 190 hours
overtime every month and had taken just two
days off. He had also been subjected to physical
violence and verbal attacks by his supervisor.
The ruling was “epoch-making”, a lawyer
for the man’s parents told Kyodo, noting that
unusually in a suicide claim, there had been no
finding of comparable negligence on the part
of the employee to offset the blame attached to
the company.
“This is a ruling that encourages workers
suffering from prolonged work and power harassment,” the lawyer, who was not named, was
quoted as saying.
Japan’s culture of long working hours and
unpaid overtime is regularly criticised as a leading cause of mental and physical illness among
The term “karoshi”, which means “death by
overwork”, entered the lexicon a few years ago
amid a surge in the number of people dying
because of stress-related problems, or taking
their own lives.
Taiwan defence minister
visits disputed Spratlys
Protesters holding yellow umbrellas march towards the China liaison office in Hong Kong demanding the release of people arrested in mainland China for
their support to the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.
China has ruled Hong Kong
since 1997 through a “one country,
two systems” formula which allows wide-ranging autonomy and
freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.
The protesters are demanding fully-democratic elections for the city’s
next chief executive in 2017, not the
vote between pre-screened candidates that Beijing has said it will allow.
A survey by Hong Kong University’s Public Opinion Programme on
Tuesday showed that the HKFS has
become the most popular political
group in the city.
Yesterday, Regina Ip, a former
Hong Kong security chief and a top
adviser to the city’s embattled leader
proposed HKFS be given seats on the
committee that nominates candidates for chief executive, broadcaster RTHK reported. Ip said the com-
mittee should include young people
and women and could cut back on
agriculture and п¬Ѓsheries representatives, according to the report.
Pro-Beijing groups have increasingly criticised the impact the protests are having on business. Data on
business conditions in the city’s private sector economy released in the
HSBC Purchasing Managers’ Index
(PMI) show the strongest pace of deterioration in October in three years.
The chairman of the pro-Beijing
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong,
Tam Yiu-chung, said earlier this
week he would help convey the students’ message to Beijing if they
stopped occupying main roads,
RTHK reported.
Tam was also quoted as saying a
trip by the students to Beijing during
the Apec meeting would not be successful.
aiwan’s defence minister yesterday visited a disputed island in the South China
Sea, the п¬Ѓrst such trip by a Taiwanese
military chief for more than п¬Ѓve years, amid
growing tensions in the region.
Yen Ming, together with two legislators and
several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwanadministered island which is part of the Spratlys - a chain also claimed in whole or in part by
China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and
Brunei. The defence ministry confirmed the
visit but declined to provide details.
Yen inspected the coastguards guarding the
island and called for peace, saying it was not
Taiwan’s desire to spark tensions there, the
state Central News Agency reported.
Australians pay tribute to �visionary’ Whitlam
A portrait of Gough Whitlam is placed outside the Sydney Town Hall.
housands of mourners
turned out yesterday for
the memorial service of
former leader Gough Whitlam,
hailing him as a remarkable politician who helped shape modern
Australia, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott who was booed.
Abbott was joined by six
former Australian leaders, Papua
New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Hollywood star Cate
Blanchett and almost 2,000 other dignitaries and members of the
public for the service at Sydney’s
Town Hall.
Many more watched the proceedings on a large screen in front
of the building, with the crowd
cheering for past and present Labor leaders while heckling others from the ruling Liberal Party,
most notably Abbott.
Four air force jets marked the
occasion in a brief flyover above
Sydney’s central business district
in the “missing man” formation.
“The Whitlam touch is on us
all. He touches us in our dayto-day lives, in the way we think
about Australia, in the way we
see the world,” said Graham
Freudenberg, a close friend and
former speech-writer for the Labor prime minister, who died last
month aged 98.
“He touches, still, the millions
who share his vision for a more
equal Australia, a more inde-
Australians gather in tribute to former prime minister Gough Whitlam at a memorial service at Sydney’s Town Hall.
pendent, inclusive, generous and
tolerant Australia, a nation confident of its future in our region
and the world.”
Although Whitlam was in
power for only three years - from
1972 to 1975 - before being controversially sacked, he launched
sweeping reforms of the nation’s
economic and cultural affairs.
Blanchett spoke of how some
of Whitlam’s reforms, including free tertiary education and
healthcare, helped her pursue a
career as an actress.
“I was but three when he
passed by but I shall be grateful
till the day I die,” Blanchett said.
“The effect on the geo-cultural, political map of Australia
made by Gough Whitlam is so
vast that wherever you stick a
pin in you get a wealth of Gough’s
Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson
also hailed Whitlam’s achievements, adding that they might
never be repeated again by modern-day governments “whose
priorities are to retain power
rather than reform”.
Whitlam’s oldest son, Tony, a
former politician and judge, said
his family was greatly touched by
the outpouring of affection and
respect from the public.
On Monday, a message of condolence to Whitlam’s family from
Pope Francis was read out at a memorial mass in Rome, The Sydney
Morning Herald said. Whitlam
established diplomatic relations
with the Vatican in 1973.
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Pippa �set to land
NBC Today spot’
Call for tougher checks
to prevent taxi sex attacks
Journalist sues Ireland
over French murder case
Two men arrested
over �hate crime’
BBC defends
Doctor Who storyline
The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa
Middleton is about to become a correspondent
for NBC’s Today show, according to reports. Pippa,
31, is said to be taking part in a test shoot in Utah
before being signed up for regular reports for the
US programme on subjects such as lifestyle and
health, according to the New York Post’s Page Six
site. The party planner, who was propelled into
the spotlight thanks to the royal wedding in 2011,
gave her first ever television interview to the show
in June in a chat with journalist Matt Lauer. Pippa,
who is a columnist for Waitrose, discussed the
difficulties of her new-found fame and described
her nephew Prince George as “a very dear boy.”
Ministers called for local authorities to ensure
enhanced security checks are carried out on cab
drivers to protect passengers from sex attacks.
Transport minister Baroness Kramer is writing to
Transport for London and town halls across the
country urging them to make “full use” of new
powers to probe the background of individuals
applying for taxi licences. “People need to feel safe
when using a taxi or private hire vehicle,” she told
The Standard. “We have made it easier for local
authorities to carry out checks on people who
want to drive taxis or private hire vehicles. These
checks should ensure that violent and sexual
criminals aren’t allowed behind the wheel of a taxi.”
An Irish court yesterday began hearing the highprofile case of a British journalist suing Ireland
for wrongful arrest over the murder of a French
woman in a remote spot in 1996. Sophie Toscan
du Plantier, the 39-year-old wife of a celebrated
French film producer, was found beaten to death
at her holiday home in County Cork in southwest
Ireland. Briton Ian Bailey, a former freelance
journalist who has long lived in Ireland near the
home where she was staying, was twice arrested
for questioning but was never charged. The civil
case for damages is being heard in the High Court
in Dublin before judge John Hedigan. Bailey was
in court for the start of the proceedings.
Police have arrested two men suspected of
carrying out a homophobic attack while wearing
pink tutus on Halloween night. Robert Kingsford,
21, was beaten as he tried to protect his 18-yearold friend who was being punched in Surbiton,
Surrey, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Kingsford suffered severe cuts and bruises, black
eyes and swollen lips after being kicked and
stamped on the floor. His father, Brian, appealed
for help to catch the culprits by posting a picture
of his son in hospital on Facebook. Scotland Yard
said two men, both aged 26, were arrested on
suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and
common assault.
The BBC has defended the dark themes of
its most recent Doctor Who storyline after
complaints from some viewers. The November
1 edition of the show - the first of a two-part
climax to the series - saw the Doctor - played
by Peter Capaldi - and sidekick Clara Oswald
(Jenna Coleman) caught up in a plot dealing
with the afterlife, which then led into an
invasion of earth by the Cybermen. In a
response to the complaints, the BBC said it was
stated within the episode that some of theories
about the afterlife could be “distressing”.
And it said the themes were considered to be
under п¬Ѓre
for racist
pub party
Charles turns �prince of twirls’
London Evening Standard
landlord was at the centre
of a race row yesterday after hosting a Ku Klux Klanthemed Halloween party at his
Brixton pub.
Simon Tickner blacked-up in
a witch doctor costume and was
paraded around the Queens Head
by a black partygoer dressed in a
Klansman’s outfit, who was also
pictured giving an apparent Nazi
When a woman complained on
Facebook that the party was inappropriate, she received an obscene
response, apparently from the
pub’s account.
Photographs of the event went
viral on Twitter as locals condemned the party. Yesterday Lee
Jasper, the race relations campaigner, joined a growing chorus
of criticism.
But Tickner, 45, was unrepentant about the event. He said he was
planning to give up the lease on the
pub in Stockwell Road, adding: “It
was one hell of a party.”
Nisha Damji, a PR worker, was
horrified when photographs from
the party appeared on her Facebook timeline. She said: “Because
I was friends on Facebook with the
Queens Head they were able to see
the conversation I was having with
my friends about it.
“The response I received was
beyond shocking. I was threatened
with sexual violence and called
Pub-goers hit out at the “racism” and “misogyny” online
yesterday, while Jasper told the
Standard the party was “beyond
the pale”. He added: “This isn’t
the Fifties era of �no blacks and
no Irish’ — they have totally misjudged the climate of modern
Jabeer Butt, deputy chief executive of the Race Equality Foundation, said: “It’s shocking. The people saying �a black person dressing
up makes it okay’ are wrong too.”
Tickner said he was “not interested” in the criticism. He added:
“The whole point of this place is
that it’s inclusive. It was a party
where 75% of guests were black
and no one complained.”
Arrivals are better educated
than British workforce
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The Prince of Wales was more than happy to give traditional dancing a whirl as he visited
Campeche in Mexico — although he looked a little relieved when it was over. Prince Charles,
in a beige suit, twirled a handkerchief above his head as he took part in the dance, known
as a Sarao Campechano. Dancer Carlos Javier Zamorano, 20, praised the prince’s footwork,
saying : “Even though he doesn’t know the steps his dancing was really good — he tried,
that’s the most important thing. I’m surprised he did it. If he had more practice he would be
very good.”
Plan to cut London
arts funding attacked
London Evening Standard
ritish cultural life will
be damaged if funding is
cut in London, arts leaders said yesterday in a п¬Ѓghtback against calls to divert cash
to the regions. Leading п¬Ѓgures
warned that London’s role as a
global capital of culture could
be threatened by “simplistic”
calls from MPs to “re-balance”
The culture select committee yesterday published a report
calling for “a clear arts funding
imbalance in favour of London”
to be rectified both in terms of
Arts Council grants and in the
distribution of Lottery funds.
Mayor Boris Johnson said the
report had reignited the “overly
simplistic �London vs the Regions’ debate” based on “spurious calculations”.
He added: “London is one of
the great world cities for culture, attracting visitors in the
millions, which helps generate
EU migrants
add ВЈ20bn
to economy,
claims study
billions for the economy of the
whole country. Sacrificing this
particular golden goose for a bit
of glib London-bashing will do
little to improve cultural provision in the regions and would be
an act of sabotage for one of our
country’s greatest assets.”
Peter Bazalgette, chairman
of the Arts Council, said the
division of spending should be
adjusted but it was important
to recognise how much national organisations based in
London were doing across the
country — and how many of
them, such as English National
Ballet, did most of their work
He added: “London is now
the world capital of culture. If
you have a centre of excellence,
you don’t damage it.” Nicholas
Hytner, director of the National
Theatre, said the Arts Council
should focus on п¬Ѓnding alternative sources of funding for
regional arts groups rather than
“draining” more cash from national organisations.
The National Theatre has suf-
fered a 25% cut in grants since
2010 yet its nationwide audience is far bigger. “More people
now see the NT per year in their
local theatres and cinemas regionally than see the NT on the
South Bank in London,” Hytner
said. Alex Beard, chief executive of Royal Opera House, said
it supported fair public funding
for regional arts, but added that
the investment in London “continues to bring other benefits to
the UK economy through tourism and host of related industries”.
Marcus Davey, chief executive
of the Roundhouse, said they
had partners across the country
as well as internationally and
none of them wanted the position of London weakened.
Figures outside London also
leapt to its defence. Alex Poots,
artistic director of the Manchester International Festival,
said some of their most valued partners were in the capital. “The thriving arts scene in
Manchester is good for London,
and vice versa,” he said.
uropean migrants to the
UK are not a drain on
Britain’s finances and
pay out far more in taxes than
they receive in state benefits, a
new study has revealed.
The research by two leading migration economists at
University College also reveals
that Britain is uniquely successful, even more than Germany, in attracting the most
highly skilled and highly educated migrants in Europe.
The study, the Fiscal Impact of Immigration to the
UK, published in the Economic
Journal, reveals that more than
60% of new migrants from
western and southern Europe
are now university graduates.
The educational levels of
east Europeans who come to
Britain are also improving
with 25% of recent arrivals
having completed a degree
compared with 24% of the
UK-born workforce.
It says that European migrants made a net contribution of ВЈ20bn to UK public
п¬Ѓnances between 2000 and
2011. Those from the original 15 EU countries, including
France, Germany, Italy and
Spain, contributed 64% –
ВЈ15bn more in taxes than they
received in welfare – while
east European migrants contributed 12%, equivalent to
ВЈ5bn more.
The research by UCL’s cen-
Star turnout
tre for research and analysis
of migration was undertaken
to “fill the void” in the debate
on immigration in which the
contribution of unrestricted
migration from within the EU
has become the centre of intense political and public concern.
Prof Christian Dustmann,
co-author of the study and
director of the centre, said: “A
key concern of the public debate on migration is whether
immigrants contribute their
fair share to the tax and welfare systems. Our new analysis draws a positive picture of
the overall fiscal contribution
made by recent immigrant
cohorts, particularly of immigrants arriving from the
The study shows that
not only are European
migrants more highly
educated than the UKborn workforce but they
are less likely to be in
receipt of state benefits
He said that the educational
qualifications of new migrants
to Britain, especially from
western and southern Europe,
was now extraordinarily high
and higher than any other EU
country. He said the UK would
have had to spend ВЈ6.8bn on
education to build up the same
level of “human capital”.
The study shows that not
only are European migrants
more highly educated than the
UK-born workforce but they
are less likely to be in receipt
of state benefits – 43% less
likely among migrants in the
Hawk training memoir
п¬Ѓrst to win top prize
Actress Gwendoline Christie attends the Harper’s
Bazaar Women of the Year awards at Claridge’s Hotel
in London.
past decade – and more likely
to be in employment.
They are 7% less likely to
live in social housing.
The report was criticised
as being “shallow” by David
Green of the centre-right
thinktank, Civitas. He said
that by focusing on taxes
and benefits, the report had
missed out some vital costs.
“People who migrate tend
to be young, better educated
and energetic. They make
good employees here but they
are a loss to their own country. If other European countries fail to prosper because
their brightest and best have
travelled to the UK, we are all
worse off,” he said.
Green added that the survey also disregarded the waste
of human capital involved in
too many university migrants
working as baristas or waiters.
The Conservative Immigration Minister James Brokenshire, responding to the
UCL report, said: “Since
2010, we have reformed benefits, healthcare and housing
rules to make them among the
tightest in Europe and we continue to see an increase in the
number of British citizens in
work. In the past, the majority
of growth in employment was
taken up by foreign nationals;
in the last year, three-quarters
of it was accounted for by UK
“We are creating a system
that is fair to British citizens
and those who want to come
here legitimately and contribute to our national life, but
which is tough on those who
flout the rules.”
he story of a historian’s experience training a hawk
while recovering from
her father’s death became the
first memoir ever to win Britain’s prestigious Samuel Johnson
Prize. H is for Hawk by Cambridge university historian Helen
Macdonald, 43, was the favourite
to win the £20,000 prize for nonfiction.
The п¬Ѓrst memoir to win the
prize in its 15-year history, the
book is an account of Macdonald’s grief over her father’s unexpected death and decision to
train a young goshawk, Mabel, a
pursuit that came to dominate her
Macdonald “has written a book
unlike any other, about an obsession with a wild creature, brought
to life in prose sometimes technical and always striking,” said
chair of the judging panel Claire
“Writing about wildlife and the
environment has never been better or better informed than this.”
The book is interwoven with a
biography of troubled novelist T
H White, author of the Arthurian
series The Once and Future King,
who wrote his own account decades earlier about his struggle to
train a hawk.
“She is a conjuring trick. A reptile. A griffon from the pages of an
illuminated bestiary. Something
bright and distant, like gold falling through water,” Macdonald
wrote of her п¬Ѓrst glimpse of the
hawk Mabel when she bought her
from a breeder. “In a way, Mabel
kept me in the world, but it was a
very strange world. I was becoming less and less human because I
spent so much time with her,” the
author told Cambridge News.
The prize is open to non-п¬Ѓction
categories such as autobiography,
current affairs, history, politics,
science, sport, and travel.
Also shortlisted for this year’s
prize were a biography of British politician Roy Jenkins by John
Campbell; The Iceberg, a memoir
by artist Marion Coutts; slavery
history The Empire of Necessity by
Greg Grandin; Alison Light’s family history Common People; and
Village Of Secrets: Defying The
Nazis In Vichy France by Caroline
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Cumberbatch announces
engagement in advert
Cameron seeks
24-hour sugar ban
Poll boost for
Labour in marginal
Husband surprises Mel B
with ВЈ20,000 ring
�No fixed fee’ remittance
service launched
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch
announced his engagement the oldfashioned way yesterday - by placing
a notice in The Times newspaper. The
38-year-old star of Sherlock and The
Imitation Game is to marry British theatre
director Sophie Hunter, 36. The couple
have reportedly been dating for several
months. Cumberbatch is one of Britain’s
most successful actors, known for playing
complicated but brilliant figures such
as super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes and
computing pioneer Alan Turing. The
announcement threatens to break the
hearts of many of his devoted fans.
David Cameron is to enter negotiations with
his three children to secure a 24-hour sugar
and fizzy drink ban in Number 10. The prime
minister did not disclose when the Downing
Street showdown with Nancy, Elwen and
Florence will occur, although he has previously
spoken of his battle to stop the trio drinking too
much Coke. The challenge has been made to
Cameron by Labour’s Keith Vaz, who is waging
a “war on sugar”. He urged the PM to raise
awareness of diabetes and introduce measures
to cut sugar levels in food and drink. Speaking
at Prime Minister’s Questions, Cameron told the
Commons that the consequences of diabetes
cost the NHS “literally billions of pounds a year”.
Labour is on track to take more key marginal
seats from the Tories at the next general
election, according to a poll. Research by Lord
Ashcroft in 12 Conse rvative-held constituencies
found Ed Miliband’s party is set to win nine
of them. The study looked at seats where the
MP had a majority of between 4.8% and 7.1%
- including Northampton North, Worcester,
Keighley, Cannock Chase and Croydon Central. It
found the Tories would currently hang on in just
three of them - Kingswood, Blackpool North &
Cleveleys, and Loughborough. The results come
after a previous round of polling suggested
Tories would lose nine out of 11 seats where they
had smaller majorities.
Former Spice girl Mel B’s husband surprised
her by upgrading her wedding ring to a new
ВЈ20,000 diamond ring. The 39-year-old star, who
married Stephen Belafonte in 2007, has daughter
Madison with him. And Belafonte had vowed to
renew the band every three years. Mel got the
new diamond ring this weekend. “My husband
turned up on Sunday and I thought something
was wrong and then he just handed me this
massive sparkler of a ring. “I thought, it’s so big,
it’s so gorgeous, I absolutely love it,” dailymirror. quoted her as saying. Talking further about
the surprise, The X Factor judge said: “He’s very
sweet. Every couple of years he gets me an
A London-based entrepreneur has launched
a “pay-what-you-want” money remittance
service. The brainchild of India-born Rajesh
Agrawal, Xendpay online international money
transaction platform could save customers in
the developing world a whopping ВЈ60mn over
the next five years. “Xendpay is now potentially
the first genuinely no fees international money
transfer service to bank accounts, offering
you the best exchange rates usually only
available to multinational corporations, without
compromising on transfer times or reliability,”
said the website of the money transfer service.
The users of the service can pay what they think
the service is worth.
Killers �framed
Dewani after
ransom plot
went awry’
Defence barrister says taxi
driver told a fellow inmate
that Anni Dewani was shot by
accident in quarrel between
her captors
Guardian News and Media
nni Dewani was killed in a
bungled kidnap and ransom plot after which her
killers framed her husband for
murder, the trial of Shrien Dewani
has been told.
Rather than being deliberately
targeted for assassination as the
prosecution claims, the newlywed
bride was shot by accident as her
captors argued over whether to
rape her, the defendant’s barrister
claimed in court.
When Anni’s killers realised
their mistake, they discussed
changing their plan to blackmail
by threatening to blame Dewani
for the killing unless he paid them.
But, having received advice
that this was unlikely to work, the
gangsters chose instead to cut deals
with the South African prosecution
service by which they would benefit from accusing the Briton.
The prosecution claimed
that Anni Dewani was
shot by accident as her
captors argued
This alternative account of Anni
Dewani’s murder in November
2010 was revealed during crossexamination of Zola Tongo, the
South African taxi driver who has
admitted murder and testified for
the prosecution as part of a plea
bargain deal.
Dewani’s barrister Francois van
Zyl said he would call as a witness - a convicted criminal named
Bernard Mitchell - who claims to
have struck up a conversation with
Tongo in prison.
Van Zyl said Mitchell had been
held in a cell not far from Tongo’s
in Cape Town’s Malmesbury
prison around a year after Anni’s
The two men got talking in the
prison’s shower block and Tongo
allegedly disclosed that Anni had
been shot by accident, Van Zyl told
Cape Town’s high court.
He told Tongo: “Mitchell asked
you to tell him whether it was true
what he heard people say about
the Dewani murder. You did not
want to talk, but he convinced
you that you could trust him. He
asked: why was the woman killed?
She was such a pretty girl. Why
didn’t they just rape her?”
It was at this point, Van Zyl told
the court, that Tongo “explained
that the plan was to kidnap (Anni)
and to hold her hostage but that
the whole plan went off the rails.
“When your accusers were
on the way with her to the place
where they wanted to hold her
hostage, one of them wanted to
rape her. A quarrel ensued and she
was shot.”
According to Van Zyl’s account
of Mitchell’s evidence, Tongo expressed the view that by killing
Anni the bungling hijackers had
“jeopardised the whole plan”.
So the gang adapted their tactics and discussed whether to
blackmail Dewani by “threatening
him that if he doesn’t pay you the
money, you will tell the police that
he asked you to kill his wife.
“Mitchell said you told him that
you were advised this was a stupid
plan and that it would be better to
frame Dewani – to tell the police
that it was Dewani who asked you
to kill his wife to take the spotlight
off you and the others.”
Van Zyl said Mitchell claimed
Tongo told him that while the
world thought Dewani had killed
his wife of two weeks, the reality
was that he had “done nothing”.
Tongo rejected the defence’s account of the shower-room confession as “nonsense and lies” concocted by someone who “saw this
on television”.
Anni Dewani was shot once in
the neck after the taxi she and her
husband were travelling in was
hijacked as it passed through the
Cape Town township of Gugulethu on November 13, 2010.
Passengers flee in panic as bus burns
Terrified passengers fled a packed double-decker bus moments before it was engulfed by flames on a busy high street. A police officer on patrol was praised for averting
a possible tragedy when he flagged down the bus in Wallington, south London, after spotting smoke coming from a rear wheel arch. The driver pulled up and passengers
were led to safety as the rear of the 157 from Morden to Crystal Palace was engulfed by flame at 2pm on Tuesday. Witnesses said that just minutes later a “massive
explosion” shattered the bus windows and sent debris flying.
Calls grow for poppies
exhibition to be extended
London Evening Standard
ressure was growing yesterday for the breathtaking ceramic poppy п¬Ѓeld at
the Tower of London to be kept
longer as massive crowds rush to
see it.
With thousands pressing to
glimpse the exhibition, created for the centenary of World
War I, the Evening Standard has
learned that Mayor Boris Johnson
called royal palace chiefs to beg
for it to run an extra week or two.
“The poppy field at the Tower is
Capital faces shortage of
skilled workers: study
London Evening Standard
ital London infrastructure and housing building projects worth tens of
billions of pounds are in jeopardy
because of a crippling shortage of
skilled workers, a report warned
Armies of trained bricklayers, electricians, plumbers and
carpenters are needed to prevent huge costly delays to flagship schemes across the capital,
it said.
The study, co-authored by
consultants KPMG and the London Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, estimates that around
605,000 skilled workers will
be needed on building sites by
April 2015 to complete planned
projects in London and the
These include more than
50,000 construction managers,
66,000 carpenters and woodfitters, 41,000 plumbers and
40,000 electricians. Richard
Threlfall, UK head of infrastructure, building and construction
at KPMG, said: “Unless action is
taken now, our housing targets
will be missed and infrastructure
projects delayed.”
As well as huge new housing developments, such as those
at Battersea Power Station and
Earl’s Court, the workers are also
needed to build infrastructure
projects such as Crossrail and the
Thames “supersewer” tunnel.
The biggest construction
boom in decades will require
more than 29,000 newly qualified workers being hired by the
industry each year up to 2017, but
less than half that level are currently being trained.
The report, called Skills to
Build, partly blames schools
and career advisers for fostering
“negative perceptions” of jobs in
construction trades.
The shortage is also driving up the cost of hiring skilled
workers, adding millions to
construction bills. As a result
bricklayers are reportedly earning more than ВЈ100,000 a year
while carpenters are charging up
to ВЈ200 a shift.
Don O’Sullivan, managing director of London developers Galliard Homes, said labour rates
had surged by between 10% and
20% since the summer of last
year, with bricklayers seeing the
biggest increases of all. Over the
same period, average earnings
for all workers have risen by little
more than 1%.
As many as 400,000 workers
in the industry were laid off during the recession, many moving
abroad to look for employment
in a huge “brawn drain”. Another
400,000 are due to retire over
the next п¬Ѓve to 10 years.
Colin Stanbridge, the chief
executive of LCCI, said: “Our
members have long spoken to us
about their difficulties recruiting sufficiently skilled workers.
The detailed п¬Ѓndings of this report highlight how grave skills
shortages are in the construction sector, with significant deficits of capable workers across
numerous trades and professions.”
a unique and poignant focus of
remembrance in this centenary
year,” the mayor told the Standard. “It has grown rapidly in popularity, to such an extent that it is
now a global visitor attraction.
“I’m keen to explore whether
we can keep the exhibition open
for longer, to give as many people as possible the chance to see
something so incredible, while
easing the pressure on numbers.”
But Historic Royal Palaces, the
agency which runs the Tower of
London, intends to start dismantling the installation in exactly a
week on November 12 — the day
after Armistice Day. A spokes-
woman said an extension was
“unlikely” and the exhibition’s
transient nature was part of the
artists’ intention to illustrate the
frailty of lives lost in the war.
A team of 8,000 volunteers
has been lined up to start removing and cleaning poppies and
then to dispatch them to buyers
who have paid ВЈ25 each, raising
ВЈ11.2mn for six services charities.
Johnson also spoke to Michael
Day, the chief executive of Historic Royal Palaces. A source said: “It
may be a battle to keep the poppy
п¬Ѓeld open but the public demand
to see it is overwhelming.
“The mayor thinks a fantas-
Campari Calendar
tic job has been done but does
not want people to miss out and
wants to keep crowds safe.”
The installation, by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, features
888,246 ceramic poppies — one
for each British life lost in the
1914-1918 conflict.
It opened on August 5 and was
visited by the Queen and Duke of
Edinburgh — but as the spreading sea of red neared completion
it caught the public’s imagination
more than ever.
Visitors were last week asked to
delay their trips due to high levels
of congestion during school halfterm, while Tower Hill Tube sta-
Car crash sparks п¬Ѓght
involving 25 men
London Evening Standard
French actress Eva Green poses during the presentation of
the 2015 Campari calendar in Shoreditch, central London,
yesterday. Eva Green is the face of this new edition entitled
�Mythology Mixology’ featuring photographs by Julia
Fullerton-Batten. Only 9,999 copies are printed.
tion was closed last weekend for
planned line upgrades.
Johnson fears that crowds
will become a torrent as people
become more aware of the exhibition and realise that there is
a strict deadline before it disappears forever.
Special safety barriers have
already had to be erected to stop
people leaning over to see the
poppies from the queues. City
Hall officials say public safety
could have been endangered but
for a routine maintenance closure
of Tower Hill underground station, which slowed the crowds
olice were yesterday questioning four men after a
brawl involving around 25
people erupted following a car
crash in a busy shopping street.
The п¬Ѓght broke out as rescue
workers treated the driver and
two teenage girls, who had to be
cut free from the wreckage of a
black Audi.
Witnesses said the car smashed
into traffic lights and rebounded
across Sydenham Road after apparently swerving to avoid on oncoming motorcycle at 8.20pm on
Tuesday night. A second car was
also involved in the collision. The
two female passengers were taken
to hospital but their injuries were
not serious.
Police officers called to the
scene were forced to intervene
as several groups began п¬Ѓghting
after a clash between two men
caught up in the accident outside
Selim’s Kebab House.
The owner of a nearby restaurant said: “There was a loud
bang and I saw two girls being
treated by the ambulance men.
Then it just kicked off, with people shouting and punches being
thrown. I locked the doors and
locked my customers inside.”
Another witness said: “It all
became very heated afterwards
and both sides over-reacted. I
saw people being detained and
taken away.”
Four men were arrested on suspicion of affray and assaulting
police. No one was seriously hurt.
Witnesses said a motorcyclist
who caused the driver of the car
to swerve had been targeted for
allegedly causing the smash.
Chris Newman, 26, who was
sitting in a restaurant opposite,
told the Standard: “We heard a
loud bang and I looked up to see
the car sliding across the street
with its wheels missing. It was a
big crash and a big impact.
“The driver was out in the street
saying �did you see what he did?’
I don’t know what he was talking
about but it seemed like it might
have been the motorcyclist who
made him swerve. “The Audi was
completely written off and parts
of the car were strewn all over the
four lanes of the junction.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
16-year-old Dutch girl held
on way to join Islamic State
Italy floods hit agriculture
amid claims of neglect
Controversial son of
Putin’s top ally dies
Pope sacked official for
�selling’ annulments
Top EU officials to visit
Ebola-hit west Africa
A 16-year-old Dutch girl allegedly on her way to
Syria has been intercepted by Hungarian police.
The girl was on a train from the Hungarian
capital Budapest to Belgrade in Serbia on
October 29 when police stopped her because
she had forged documents, Hungary’s CounterTerrorism Centre (TEK) said. “Our data showed
that the Dutch citizen of Moroccan descent
was in constant contact with social media sites
run by Islamist extremists for propaganda and
recruitment purposes,” TEK said in a statement.
Dutch authorities had registered the 16-year-old
as missing, and suspected she wanted to join the
Islamic State group in Syria, according to TEK.
Floods coursed yesterday through Italy,
damaging agriculture and reviving a controversy
over environmental neglect. Italy’s agricultural
heartland in the fertile north was particularly
heavily hit by the flooding. National agriculture
association CIA said mud and water had
destroyed orchards and vineyards in the regions
of Tuscany, Liguria and Veneto. Near Milan,
heavy rain swelled the Po River by almost 2m
in 24 hours, farmers’ association Coldiretti said.
Italy’s unstable, mountainous landscape leaves it
vulnerable to flooding and landslides, a problem
long made worse the abandonment of farmland
and reckless construction.
The eldest son of President Vladimir
Putin’s chief of staff, who held a senior
banking post but became a symbol of
impunity among the Russian elite, has
died, his employer said yesterday. The
37-year-old deputy chairman of state
development bank VEB, Alexander Ivanov,
achieved notoriety in 2005 when he killed an
elderly woman with his car in Moscow, but was
cleared of all charges. The LifeNews website,
known for its close links to the authorities, said
Ivanov was swimming in the sea in the United
Arab Emirates with his daughter and drowned as
he tried to save her in high waves.
Pope Francis revealed yesterday that he had
sacked a church court official who had been
caught offering to facilitate marriage annulments
for cash. The shock revelation came in candid
remarks to students attending a course at
the Roman Rota tribunal, the equivalent of
the Supreme Court for canon law, the body of
Church rules. “We have to be very careful that the
procedure does not become a kind of business
- and I am not talking about something we
know nothing about,” the 78-year-old Pope said.
“Some time ago, I had to dismiss from a tribunal
someone who was saying �for $10,000 I will do
both the civil and the ecclesiastical procedure’.”
Senior EU officials will travel next week to west
Africa to see how to improve and coordinate
European efforts in fighting the deadly Ebola
virus. Ebola coordinator Christos Stylianides
and Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis
will visit Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea from
November 12 to November 16, the European
Commission said yesterday. The new European
Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker
discussed the Ebola epidemic - which Stylianides
said requires a coordinated European response when it held its first meeting yesterday. “Affected
countries have few skilled staff. They badly need
reinforcements,” Stylianides said.
Start-up nibbles huge
halal food market with
test for pork content
Relatives stand in front of wreaths and graves of Ukrainian soldiers at the Lychakiv cemetery in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.
Ukraine peace plan
hangs by a thread
he ceasefire in Ukraine hung by a
thread yesterday after President
Petro Poroshenko accused proRussian rebels of endangering the peace
process and ordered troop reinforcements to eastern cities.
In another sign of how far apart the two
sides are drifting, Prime Minister Arseniy
Yatsenyuk announced he was cutting the
rebel-held Donetsk and Lugansk regions
off from central government subsidies, so
as not to finance “terrorists.”
Artillery explosions could be heard
early yesterday around the airport in
Donetsk, where Ukrainian soldiers have
been holding out for weeks against surrounding separatist forces.
Following salvos of Grad multiple
rockets and cannon п¬Ѓre, black smoke rose
from the nearby government-held village
of Peski.
Two soldiers were killed and nine
wounded in the past 24 hours that saw “intensified” shooting incidents, Ukrainian
military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.
“Also, the delivery of significant
amounts of military hardware and personnel from Russia to territory controlled
by rebels hasn’t stopped,” the spokesman
said, reiterating constant allegations denied by Moscow - that Russia is п¬Ѓghting on the rebel side.
Ceasefire observers representing government forces, rebels, Russia and the European security body OSCE met in Donetsk, but there was little immediate detail
available about the results of the talks.
But the already tattered truce, which was
signed September 5, has looked ever more
fragile since rebels defied the government
Sunday and held leadership elections that
they described as legitimising their two
self-declared independent states.
Ukrainian authorities say they are
preparing for the worst, following rebel
threats to expand their territory.
Poroshenko said late on Tuesday he had
ordered troop reinforcements to cities
across the east to guard against a “possible offensive in the direction of Mariupol,
Berdyansk, Kharkiv and Lugansk.”
“We are obliged as the Ukrainian state
not to allow the spread of this cancerous
tumour, to ensure the blockade of this
territory,” he said at a meeting with defence chiefs.
“Today, several new units and groupings have been formed, which will already
allow us to stop any possible attack,” Poroshenko said.
“The supplying of our armed forces
with the very latest technology - offensive, reconnaissance, guided systems - is
continuing quite effectively.”
Russia said it “respected” the rebel
elections, but Kiev, the European Union
and US all said that the polls had badly
damaged the peace process, which was
based on giving rebel areas autonomy, not
Reflecting EU concerns, new European
Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker
said yesterday that Kiev will be his п¬Ѓrst
trip outside the European Union.
Addressing the meeting of defence officials, Poroshenko said that in the wake
of what he called “pseudo” elections, he
was asking parliament to rescind the law
offering autonomy to the rebels, who are
based around Donetsk and Lugansk.
The separatists adopted a conciliatory
tone, saying that they were ready to try
and resurrect the peace process.
“We are prepared to work on a new
version of the agreement,” said the selfdeclared Donetsk and Lugansk people’s
republics in an unusual joint statement.
But Yatsenyuk likewise signalled the
government was taking a tougher line,
announcing an end to subsidies for the
eastern regions.
“We don’t want to finance imposters
and conmen,” he said. “As soon as the terrorists clear out of there and we get back
the territory, then we will pay every person the welfare payments they have the
right to.”
“To pay today is to directly finance terrorism,” he said. “The terrorists should
get out of this territory and Russia should
stop supporting them.”
Gas and power supplies will continue,
he said.
“Our citizens are on this territory and
the government will not allow these people to freeze, because this would lead to
humanitarian catastrophe.”
Ukraine’s small army has been badly
mauled during the more than half-year of
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said on
Tuesday in Brussels that Russia continues to arm, train and support the rebels,
with special forces inside Ukraine and
more troops detected moving troops
along the border.
Analysts say the Ukrainian government’s biggest fear is the threat of an offensive by Russian-backed separatists to
capture Mariupol and then push along
the coast to establish a land corridor linking Russia to Crimea - another Ukrainian
region, which was invaded and annexed
by Russia in March.
French start-up is hoping
to take a slice of the multi-billion dollar halal food
market with a device allowing
diners to п¬Ѓnd out within minutes
whether a dish contains pork.
Capital Biotech has received
orders from as far afield as Turkey, Chile and Indonesia for its
�Halal Test’ which tests within 10
minutes whether a food contains
pork meat, forbidden for Muslims and Jews.
Launched only a fortnight
ago, the company has won nearly
100,000 euros ($135,000) in orders, a “surprise” according to
co-founder Jean-Francois Julien.
The company acknowledges
that the test, a one-use device
costing 6.90 euros, does not
constitute a complete �halal’ test,
which also requires information about how the animal was
But it “allows you to dispel a
one-off doubt, for example when
you are on holiday or when a new
halal product hits the market,”
said Julien.
To use the device, the cautious
diner mixes a small amount with
hot water and inserts a small
strip into the mixture. The strip
tests for pork proteins and takes
less than 10 minutes.
France’s 5mn Muslims (the
largest population in Europe)
have been hit with food scandals
- in 2011, �halal” sausages were
discovered to contain pork - and
want to be sure they are not eating
forbidden food, said Abbas Bendali from marketing п¬Ѓrm Solis.
Capital Biotech believes how-
ever that 70% of its sales will
eventually come from professionals who want a quick way of
testing whether food is suitably
for non-pork eaters.
Bendali said the cost of the
device would inevitably deter individuals “at a time of economic
crisis.” “It’s difficult to invest
seven euros to test a bowl of pasta
that costs three,” he said. Muslims are more reassured by “a
genuine Halal certificate,” he said.
But the п¬Ѓrm is not limiting itself just to pork, hoping to make
itself the п¬Ѓrm of reference for
tests on all types of food allergies.
It intends to launch soon a range
of tests for soya, egg or almonds
- all potential allergens - in ready
meals. The п¬Ѓrm will then roll out
tests for gluten, peanut or milk. In
the long-run, the start-up plans
to extend its quick-п¬Ѓre testing to
pharmaceutical products.
However, Faycal Bennatif,
marketing director of the world’s
top biological analysis group Eurofins, told AFP it was not down
to the consumer to perform
quality tests on food products.
In the wake of the horsemeat
scandal that rocked Europe last
year, Eurofins has been inundated for requests to test meat
products but has not developed a
quick-п¬Ѓre test.
“We work with DNA sequencing in the lab which is not at all the
same method,” said Bennatif, adding he was “dubious” as to how
efficient the new quick tests were.
Capital Biotech’s “halal tests”
do not require authorisation to
be launched on the market, estimated at 5.5bn euros ($6.8bn) in
France alone, although authorities will examine the reliability of
the testing method.
Turkey seeks life term for mining disaster
rosecutors have demanded
life imprisonment for eight
executives of a coal mine
company in Turkey operating a
facility where 301 workers were
killed in May in the country’s
worst mining accident, media
reported yesterday.
Prosecutors in the western city
of Manisa are seeking life terms
on a record 301 counts of manslaughter against the suspects,
who were arrested and placed in
pre-trial detention in May.
Twenty-nine other employees
of the Soma Mining company have
also been charged with involuntary
manslaughter and face between two
to 15 years in prison if found guilty,
news agency Dogan reported.
A trial is expected to begin in
the coming weeks. Those facing
life imprisonment include the
chief executive of Soma Mining,
Can Gurkan, who is also the son
of the company’s owner.
An explosion followed by the
collapse of a mine at Soma in the
west of the country killed the 301
miners in Turkey’s worst-ever industrial accident. Most were killed
by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Expert reports pointed to several safety violations at the mine,
including a shortage of carbon
monoxide detectors, ceilings made
of wood instead of metal, and a
lack of high-quality gas masks.
Soma Mining has denied any
Cameron has problem with other leaders: Juncker
ew European Commission
JeanClaude Juncker yesterday accused British Prime
Minister David Cameron of having a “problem” with other EU
leaders, stoking a bitter budget
battle between London and
Juncker opened his п¬Ѓrst press
conference as head of the EU’s
powerful executive arm with an
attack on what he called unjustified criticisms by both Cameron
and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at a summit in October.
But he reserved his harshest
words for Cameron, who is п¬Ѓghting Brussels over a budget backpayment demand for 2.1bn euros
($2.6bn) against the backdrop of
a possible referendum on Britain’s EU membership in 2017.
“I am not the type who trembles, in front of prime ministers
or at any other time,” said former
Luxembourg prime minister
“I don’t have a particular
problem with Mr Renzi, whom I
have great respect for.
“I don’t have a problem with
Mr Cameron, Mr Cameron has
a problem with the other prime
Juncker is well known for his
often blunt way with words but
his remarks still raised eyebrows
in Brussels where his predecessor
Jose Manuel Barroso was more
guarded, stressing the importance of keeping Britain in the EU
and doing everything possible to
meet its demands.
But in recent months, there
have been signs of a growing impatience with Cameron, a feeling that enough may be enough
given that his EU-bashing seems
driven by domestic political concerns.
The stridently eurosceptic
UK Independence Party is set to
steal another parliamentary seat
from Cameron’s Conservative
Party later this month, putting
the prime minister under huge
pressure from restive supporters
attracted by UKIP’s anti-immigration stance.
Reports this week said German Chancellor Angela Merkel
had warned Cameron he was approaching a “point of no return”
with his own proposals for immigration controls.
“For the first time, Cameron
is pushing his country toward a
�point of no return’ in terms of
its EU membership,” Der Spiegel
said, citing unnamed German officials.
If Cameron imposes a quota
on EU citizens moving to Britain, violating a core EU principle
of freedom of movement, “then
that would be it,” it cited one
government source as saying.
Juncker’s comments came a
day after he told the European
Parliament the British and Italian
premiers had misled their citizens by saying one thing during
the October summit and another
to the media afterwards.
Cameron had said he had
confronted other leaders at the
summit, bluntly refusing to pay
the budget bill and claiming
that his EU peers had in effect
bushwacked him.
Renzi meanwhile had vowed
at the summit to make public the
cost of European Union “palaces” in a row over Italy’s own
budget projections.
On Tuesday, Renzi hit back,
“I’m not going to go to Brussels
to have what needs to be done explained to me, and I told Barroso
and Junker that,” he said.
“I’m not going to Europe to say
�please listen to us’, I’m not going
with my hat in hand.”
Juncker responded in kind
yesterday. “I am not the chief
of a gang of bureaucrats. We are
senior officials, we are political
men,” he told the press conference.
“To say that the Commission
must not interfere in dossiers that
fall under the EU economic coordination, to say that one will not
take lessons from Brussels bureaucrats, these things I dislike.”
Cameron strongly opposed
Juncker’s appointment, seeing
him as an insider and federalist
who would not adopt the EU reforms Britain demands.
The premier has vowed to renegotiate Britain’s relationship
with the EU then hold a membership referendum in late 2017,
provided that he is re-elected
next May.
Juncker, 69, is a seasoned conservative politician and EU insider who led Luxembourg for 19
years and also headed the Eurogroup of countries which use the
euro at the height of the single
currency’s debt crisis.
He won a reputation for plain
speaking and also for standing
up against the more powerful
EU states, particularly economic
powerhouse Germany.
“I will respond to any unjustified criticism of the Commission,
from wherever it comes,” he said
yesterday. “There will be no more
attacks without a response.”
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker rings a bell
as he chairs the first official meeting of the EU’s executive body in
Brussels yesterday.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Putin beats Obama again
in Forbes power ranking
Poll confirms surge for
newcomer Podemos
New government takes
charge in Latvia
Top French award goes to
book on Spain civil war
Borisov invited to form
Bulgaria government
For a second year in a row, Russian President
Vladimir Putin has beaten Barack Obama to the
title of world’s most powerful leader as ranked
by Forbes. In a year in which Russia annexed
Crimea, stoked a conflict in Ukraine and clinched
a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline deal with
China that Forbes called the world’s largest
construction project, Putin remained on top.
Third prize went to Xi Jinping. Pope Francis was
number four and German Chancellor Angela
Merkel number five. Among 12 newcomers are
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at number
15 and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed
caliph of the Islamic State group at 54.
Spanish political newcomer Podemos would
come a close third in a parliamentary election, a
closely-watched official poll indicated yesterday,
confirming a surge of support for the upstart that
has shaken up Spain’s two-party system. Spaniards
have become disillusioned with the ruling People’s
Party and the opposition Socialists following a string
of corruption scandals and a six-year economic
downturn. Podemos (�We can’), founded by ponytailed academic Pablo Iglesias in January, was the
most popular party in the survey from the Centre for
Sociological Investigations (CIS), with 17.6% of those
polled saying they would vote for it, compared to
14.3% for the Socialists and 11.7% for the PP.
Latvia’s parliament yesterday approved a
new cabinet under Prime Minister Laimdota
Straujuma, who kept most of the same faces
but brought in a new finance minister. The
government’s proposed action plan - with
a focus on national security amid tensions
with Soviet-era master Russia, family welfare
and economic growth - passed by 61 votes
to 39 in the 100-seat one-chamber Saeima.
There are a handful of new arrivals including
53-year-old Finance Minister Janis Reirs, a
former banker who most recently headed
the parliamentary budget and finance
A former psychiatrist, Lydie Salvayre, yesterday
won France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt,
for her book Pas pleurer (Don’t cry) in which
she interweaves the voices of her mother and
a French writer during the Spanish Civil War.
Salvayre beat off competition from favourites
Kamel Daoud, an Algerian first-time novelist, and
French best-selling author David Foenkinos to
win the prize. “I am very happy, I’m very moved,”
Salvayre said following the announcement,
made in line with a 100-year-old tradition at
Paris’s Drouant restaurant. Many of Salvayre’s
books have been adapted for the stage and she
has been translated into over 20 languages.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevenliev
yesterday designated conservative Boyko
Borisov as prime minister, paving the way
for his return to power less than two years
after he resigned amid nationwide protests.
Borisov, 55, has a week to present a cabinet
to parliament. He is yet to say whether he has
enough support for that. His GERB party won
the most seats in snap elections a month ago,
but fell well short of a majority, capturing 84 of
the 240 seats. On Tuesday, the Reformist Bloc,
with 23 seats, promised to support Borisov and
GERB, but even that left him 14 seats short of
a majority.
coalition in
danger as
party quit
eorgia’s foreign minister quit yesterday and one of six parties in the
ruling coalition pulled out, depriving it of a parliamentary majority in a rift
over the pace of integration with the West.
Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze, who
cited threats to Georgia’s pro-Western
course, and a junior minister resigned following the dismissal of the former Soviet
republic’s pro-Western defence minister by
Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili.
Garibashvili said he remained committed to closer ties with the West.
But the defection of the Free Democrats,
led by sacked minister Irakly Alasania, from
the Georgian Dream coalition increases political instability in the country of 4.5mn
crossed by pipelines that carry Caspian oil
and gas from Azerbaijan to Europe.
“We have left the coalition,” Alasania declared after his party met other leaders of
the coalition to discuss the crisis.
The Free Democrats have 10 of the coalition’s 83 seats in the 150-seat assembly.
The coalition will now need the backing of
independent deputies for a majority but a
confidence vote must be called only if seven
or more of the 20 cabinet members are replaced.
The tensions in the coalition highlight
Georgia’s difficulties trying to pursue its
goals of joining Nato and the European
Union without antagonising Moscow, with
which it fought a п¬Ѓve-day war in 2008.
Alasania had irked Garibashvili by saying
the arrests of several officials in his ministry were politically motivated and meant to
undermine supporters of better relations
with the West.
“Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration is
the most important thing for me and my
team,” Panjikidze told a news conference at
which she said four deputy ministers were
quitting with her.
“My team and I cannot hide the threats
that our country faces now,” she said, announcing she was quitting Georgian Dream.
Alexy Petriashvili, a member of the Free
Democrats, also resigned as the state minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Garibashvili said suggestions by Alasania and his allies that the country’s proWestern foreign policy was under threat
were unfounded.
“Our foreign policy course is unchanged.
It is irreversible,” he said in a statement.
“Those ridiculous and naive statements of
course will have no effect at all.”
Garibashvili said Mindia Janelidze, secretary of a council overseeing security, will
replace Alasania as defence minister and
said his critics’ statements and actions
amounted to sabotage that could harm
Georgia’s interests.
President Georgy Margvelashvili says the
crisis poses “a threat to the efficient functioning” of state institutions and to Georgia’s quest for Euro-Atlantic integration.
Georgia signed an agreement with the
EU in June which deepened political and
trade ties and has long been a US ally, but
relations with Moscow are strained and
Tbilisi has watched carefully as the crisis in
Ukraine unfolded.
Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March and still occupies the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, over which the countries went to war in
Western countries have expressed concern that the Georgian Dream government,
п¬Ѓrst formed under billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili in 2012, has persecuted political opponents and used selective justice against
Dozens of ex-officials, including a
former prime minister, defence and interior minister and the mayor of the capital
Tbilisi, have been arrested on charges such
as abuse of power and corruption since the
coalition came to power.
Historic parade!
Russian students of the Military University dressed in World War II-era uniform perform during a rehearsal of historical parade marking the
anniversary of the battle for Moscow in Red square yesterday. During Soviet times, military parades on November 7 was the central holiday of the
year and marked the Great October (Bolshevik) revolution.
German train drivers strike
erman train drivers yesterday started a four-day strike
against state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn that threatens
to harm the economy and prompted
a rare intervention from Chancellor
Angela Merkel who called for a mediator.
Deutsche Bahn’s freight train
drivers walked out yesterday and
passenger trains will be hit from
today. They will stay out until Monday morning, making it the longest
strike in the post-war history of the
German railway.
In a last minute attempt to ward
off the strike that is also threatening
to disrupt celebrations this weekend
marking the 25th anniversary of the
Berlin Wall’s fall, Deutsche Bahn
urged the GDL train drivers’ union,
with its 20,000 members, to accept
mediation talks and abandon the
strike over power and pay that will
disrupt travel for millions.
But GDL leader Claus Weselsky,
who has been pilloried in the German
media for leading his small union into
a sixth strike in two months, rejected
the renewed mediation offer.
Mass selling daily Bild urged its
readers to personally call the union
leader with their views and published his phone number.
Merkel, who rarely comments on
industrial disputes, urged the train
drivers to act with restraint, saying
that mediation between the GDL
union and Deutsche Bahn should be
“I can only appeal to their sense
of responsibility to п¬Ѓnd solutions
which do the least possible damage
to us as a country - while maintain-
ing the right to strike,” Merkel told
The Cologne Institute for Economic Research estimates that a
train strike of more than three days
could cost the economy up to 100mn
euros ($126mn) a day if п¬Ѓrms have to
halt assembly lines because of supply shortages. Nearly one-п¬Ѓfth of
freight traffic in Europe’s biggest
economy is transported by rail.
Deutsche Bahn has vowed to
maintain around half of freight traffic despite the strike, with priority
given to power plants, steel works,
chemical plants and car factories.
For passenger traffic, Deutsche
Bahn aims to maintain a third of all
train services. The network carries
5.5mn passengers and more than
620,000 tonnes of freight each day.
The walkout is the latest in a series of GDL strikes. In mid-October
the union staged a 60-hour strike
over a weekend, halting two-thirds
of long-distance trains and leaving
millions of passengers stranded at
the start of school holidays.
The GDL, which represents just
20,000 of the railways’ 196,000
workers, argues that the company
is to blame for the crisis by denying the union the right to negotiate
on behalf of 17,000 train stewards.
It also seeks a 5% pay raise for drivers and a shorter working week of 37
hours, down from 39.
Strikes in Germany are rare, with
employers and larger unions usually
able to resolve their differences at
the negotiating table.
GDL’s attempt to raise its influence by negotiating for other railway
workers is a move that companies and
politicians have criticised and want
to curb. The government is working
on a new law to limit the power of
smaller unions like the GDL.
French farmers protest cheap food imports, EU rules
lanked by mountains of
potatoes in a central Paris
square, irate farmers yesterday handed out free fruit
and vegetables to all comers in a
protest against cheap imported
Across the country, farmers
dumped manure outside government offices to protest costly
EU rules against the polluting
nitrates found in the natural fertiliser.
Organisers said between 700
and 800 farmers from the Paris
region showed up for the demonstration in the capital, bringing in some 60 tonnes of potatoes and 20 tonnes of onions,
apples and pears, all grown in
the region.
A banner reading “I want to
eat French products today and
tomorrow” stretched across a
monument in the middle of the
“Let us grow French,” shouted
Arnaud Rousseau, head of a regional farmers union, FNSEA.
Their farms are threatened by
the collapse of prices for cereals,
milk and vegetables, caused in
part by a Russian embargo, said
another union leader, Damien
Thousands of farmers and
hundreds of tractors joined protests across the country, from
northwestern Brittany to southwestern Toulouse and Pau to
eastern Dijon as well as Nancy
and Strasbourg in the northeast.
They are also protesting
increasing government constraints and charges, as well as
rising fertiliser prices.
The FNSEA is calling for “food
patriotism”, demanding that two
out of three dishes served in
public canteens be made using
French produce.
At dawn, a group of about 20
activists known as the Young
Farmers checked produce aboard
trucks heading to the canteens
of the economics ministry.
“Tomatoes from Morocco,
apples from Italy, unlabelled
produce: the economics ministry should set an example of
Made in France, and that is not
the case,” said Samuel Vandaele,
the group’s deputy leader.
In Toulouse, a line of tractors
and pickup trucks unloaded manure outside a government office.
“They are cowboys who come
to us to tell us we are not in compliance” with a new regulation
on fertiliser, one official shouted
through a megaphone.
The French government in
mid-2014 п¬Ѓnally began enforcing a 1991 European Union directive aimed at curbing nitrate
pollution, after being found
in non-compliance numerous
Some 63,000 farms have been
ordered to make often costly investments to come into compliance.
In the central city of Tours,
some 350 farmers dumped manure and slurry outside city
hall, brandishing posters reading “Manure, we can’t spread it
anymore. You can have it, help
In western Nantes, in the heart
of France’s breadbasket, hundreds of farmers and breeders
wore T-shirts emblazoned with
the slogan “Proud to Feed You”
and “Let Us Produce”, dumping
rotten leeks and manure as well
as feathers and straw outside the
main administrative building.
In the champagne growing
town of Chalons, more than
1,000 winegrowers - who do not
normally join in farmers’ protests - staged a demonstration
with the slogan “Get Off Our
Some 70 tractors drove into
the centre of southwestern Pau,
causing huge traffic pileups.
“We want to show that it’s
not going well in the countryside. We want the government
to respond to (the effects of) the
Russian embargo,” said Young
Farmers president for Bourgogne in east-central France.
A man throws potatoes as French farmers demonstrated in Dijon yesterday.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Rebellion is
growing in
party against
Gandhi family
New Delhi
umblings of dissent are
growing against the Gandhi
family that leads the hapless Congress, п¬Ѓve months after
the most resounding electoral
defeat in the party’s 129-year history.
The Gandhis’ troubles are
helping Prime Minister Narendra
Modi as he seeks to further his
agenda of economic and social
reform by winning control of the
upper house of parliament.
Disgruntled Congress members pasted newspaper over portraits of the mother-son team of
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi at a party
office in Tamil Nadu on Monday,
after a party veteran shunned
their leadership and formed his
own splinter group.
G K Vasan, a former minister,
was the latest in a series of regional leaders to quit the party, which
was pushed out of office in May,
clinging to just 44 of 543 seats in
Vasan’s departure triggered
more criticism of the Gandhis and
their perceived lack of introspection.
Yesterday, Karti Chidambaram,
the son of previous п¬Ѓnance minister P Chidambaram, said the
Congress leadership should give
state chapters of the party more
“We must rethink this highcommand observer culture,” he
said. “We cannot wait for Delhi
to show the path in every single
Congress faced further embarrassment at the weekend when
Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra shoved away the microphone of a journalist who asked
him about allegations he profited
from sweetheart land deals.
Vadra was pilloried for his responses of “Are you serious?” and
“Are you nuts?” which became
Twitter sensations. Analysts said
the incident was a reminder of
the stand-offish attitudes that led
many people to reject the party in
“The Vadra incident simply smacks of the arrogance of
power,” said Sandeep Shastri, a
professor of political science at
Bangalore-based Jain University.
Modi has repeatedly promised
a “Congress-free India” to end
the domination of a party that
has ruled India for most of the 67
years since freedom from British
rule. He blames the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that began with Rahul’s great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru for the country’s slow
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party
took control of two economically
important states from Congress
in regional elections last month,
and is expected to deal the party
further pain in another group of
state polls that end in December.
Congress general secretary
Shakeel Ahmad said the party is
thinking about ways to improve
communication, including better
use of social media. He gave no
Modi’s adept use of technology
was widely credited with helping
him win the support of millions of
young Indians. Congress has taken to Twitter and Facebook more
actively since the election but still
has a long way to go.
The party’s website promises
to factcheck statements by Modi’s
ruling nationalists “every day”. It
was last updated on May 7.
In the last seven days, Rahul has
been holding meetings with state
heads and other party members,
brainstorming and inviting suggestions to strengthen Congress
in New Delhi. The party aims to
increase its membership across
India, Ahmad said.
“Recovery of the party is not
like an electric switch, it will take
time,” Ahmad said.
“We are waiting and watching
people’s disenchantment (with
Modi), strengthening the organisation and analysing why we
Janata Dal (S) leader joins BJP
Karnataka Janata Dal (S) leader Abdul Azeem who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday is congratulated by senior BJP leaders Prahlad Joshi, B S Yeddyurappa,
Shobha Karandlaje, Jagadish Shettar and others in Bengaluru yesterday.
Major parties gear for
Delhi assembly polls
New Delhi
he Delhi assembly was
ahead of elections.
All three major parties in the
national capital - the Bharatiya
Janata Party, Aam Aadmi Party
and the Congress have started
gearing up for fresh polls likely
to take place soon.
While the election management committee as well as the
media cell of the state unit of
the BJP held a meeting to discuss poll preparations, the AAP
began printing posters for campaigning.
“We discussed all issues related to the successful management of the upcoming Delhi
(assembly) election and also
took note of the shortcomings
in the last election (December
2013),” a BJP leader said.
BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish
Upadhyay, six of the seven Lok
Sabha members from Delhi
along with some legislators
and office bearers attended the
meeting. BJP leader in charge
of Delhi Prabhat Jha was also
After the meeting, Upadhyay
told reporters: “We have sought
feedback and inputs on how to
improve our performance in the
upcoming polls from all those
present in the meeting. We
will leave no stone unturned to
The AAP has started printing
posters boasting of the work it
did in the 49 days when it was
in power in Delhi and vowed
to take on the BJP and defeat it
“We are ready to take on the
BJP. The people will choose
the AAP and we are confident
of getting a majority,” an AAP
leader said.
The Congress too attacked
the BJP.
“The Congress would teach
a bitter lesson to the communal
BJP. Congress Party leaders and
workers have been п¬Ѓghting for
delivering justice to the people
of Delhi,” Delhi Congress leader
Mukesh Sharma said in a statement.
The central cabinet on Tuesday recommended the dissolution of the 70-member Delhi
assembly where no political
party had enough numbers to
form a stable government.
The Election Commission
also cancelled three assem-
bly by-elections in Mehrauli,
Tughlakabad and Krishna Nagar which were scheduled to
vote on November 25.
BJP legislators from these
three constituencies were
elected to the Lok Sabha in May.
Delhi has been under President’s rule since February 17
following the resignation of
then chief minister Arvind
Kejriwal, who headed a minority AAP government for 49
The December 2013 assembly elections in Delhi threw up
a fractured mandate.
In other political developments, the new BJP government in Haryana said state
departments have been asked
to review decisions taken by
the previous Bhupinder Singh
Hooda government after May
16, and submit a report within
15 days.
“There were 115 such decisions concerning 23 departments. Some decisions were
taken by departments themselves on which the concerned
ministers would take further
action after proper review,”
Chief Minister Manohar Lal
Khattar, who heads the п¬Ѓrst BJP
government in the state, said.
He said further action would
be taken on such decisions after
the reports are received.
The Hooda-led Congress
government had announced
several decisions and incentives for various categories after the results of the Lok Sabha
elections on May 16. These
were done in run-up to the
Haryana assembly polls held on
October 15.
In Mumbai, meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his new
cabinet would be expanded
only after a vote of confidence
in the assembly to be held on
November 12.
“First the trust vote, then expansion,” Fadnavis said.
This effectively throws cold
water on the Shiv Sena’s ambitions as it has been demanding
its pound of flesh before the
minority government goes for a
floor test next week.
Among other things, the
Sena has sought the coveted
post of deputy chief minister
and 10 ministries or 12 portfolios without the deputy chief
minister’s post.
Both the BJP and the Sena
leaders claim that high-level
talks are underway on the issue
of power-sharing between the
two erstwhile partners.
The Shiv Sena also indicated
that unless the BJP clarifies
its stand on power-sharing by
Sunday, the party would consider sitting in the opposition
and vote against the government.
A special three-day session of the Maharashtra legislature begins on Monday for
the swearing in of all the 287
newly-elected legislators followed by the crucial vote of
According to Sena sources, if
it does not get its due before the
special session begins, it may
sit in the opposition with the
possibility of the government
failing to pass the confidence
On the other hand, BJP
sources say the party would
consider sharing power with
the Sena only if it votes in favour of the government and
helps it pass the floor test since
it has insisted on “no pre-conditions” for joining the government.
The Congress suffered reverses in both Haryana and
Maharashtra assembly elections.
President, PM congratulate
Singh over Japan honour
New Delhi
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi: rumblings of dissent.
Tamil actor Karthik joins Congress
The Congress in Tamil Nadu, hit
by the recent loss of popular
leader G K Vasan, yesterday
got a shot in the arm with
Tamil actor Karthik joing the
party. Dissolving his own party,
Akila India Naadalum Makkal
Katchi, Karthik formally joined
the Congress in the presence
of state party chief E V K S
Elangovan. Karthik’s entry
into the Congress comes days
after former shipping minister
Vasan announced his decision
to float his own political party.
Karthik is the son of late actor
Muthuraman. He had joined the
All India Forward Bloc during
the 2006 assembly polls. Later,
he floated his own party.
Mukherjee and Prime
Modi yesterday congratulated former prime minister
Manmohan Singh on receiving one of Japan’s top national
awards, the Grand Cordon of
the Order of the Paulownia
Mukherjee said the “much
deserved honour” was a testimony to the immense service
rendered by Singh in promoting India-Japan friendship.
“(It is a) Matter of joy and
pride that Japan has conferred
Dr Manmohan Singh with
Grand Cordon of the Order of
the Paulownia Flowers. Congrats to him,” Modi tweeted.
Singh, who was prime minister for a decade until the
2014 elections, was the conferred the award by Japanese
Emperor Akihito in Tokyo.
Singh is the п¬Ѓrst Indian to be
given the honour.
The Japanese embassy said
that Singh was being hon-
oured “in recognition of his
significant contributions to
the enhancement of relations
and the promotion of friendship between Japan and India
for about 35 years.”
The award is expected to
add lustre to Singh’s legacy as
prime minister at a trying time
for his Congress Party. An MP
of the Rajya Sabha, the upper
house, Singh has been largely
away from the media space for
the past six months following
his party’s election debacle.
The award is also expected
to bring into focus Singh’s
role in nurturing and fostering crucial international
partnerships. The award has
come weeks after Modi’s
much-trumpeted visit to Japan where warm chemistry
between him and his Japanese
counterpart Shinzo Abe was
on display.
Congress officials said
Singh’s relationship with Japan goes back several decades. They said Singh, who
was the п¬Ѓnance minister in
1991 when the country had
to be brought out of foreign
exchange reserve crisis, had
got promise from Japan of aid
that helped the economy ride
out the challenge.
Singh said soon after the
award was announced that he
was “truly honoured.”
“Japan’s rise as a modern,
knowledge-based industrial
power has been a source of inspiration for India right from
the time of our struggle for
Independence,” Singh said.
In his message, Mukherjee
said: “I am extremely happy to
know that the Government of
Japan has conferred one of its
highest civilian honours upon
you, making you the first Indian ever to receive this award.”
“This important recognition is testimony to the immense service rendered by
you over the years for the promotion of India-Japan relations and friendship.”
Congress president Sonia
Gandhi and her son and party
vice-president Rahul Gandhi were among those who
congratulated Singh. Sonia
described Singh as a “statesman,” saying the award
“makes us, as indeed the entire nation, proud.”
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan
Kaur pose during a photo session after receiving the honour at the
Imperial Palace in Tokyo yesterday.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Mohanlal launches music
band, to stage concerts
Pension scheme for
4mn families in UP
Arrest warrant against
Haryana sect leader
Police announce reward
for capture of militants
Credit transfer system
from Nov 11: minister
After scorching the silver
screen for more than three
decades, Malayalam superstar
Mohanlal is entering the world
of music. He has launched
music band named Lalisom The Lal Effect. The actor said his
band would hold its first show in January. The show
would have a Hologram that will project his image
in a life-size 3D format. “I wish to give back to all the
support they extended to me, through music, and
the show will have images of my films and also my
life,” said the actor. Lal said he would be travelling with
his band across the world to hold stage shows.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav
yesterday launched the Samajwadi Pension
Scheme for 4mn families, including those
belonging to the Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes and minorities. The scheme
will cover 1.2mn SC/ST families along with
1mn minority and 1.8mn poor families, he said.
Launching the scheme, the chief minister said
it was the biggest social security scheme in the
country. Yadav added that his government was
committed to helping the economically weaker
sections and that many welfare schemes had
been set rolling in the past two-and-a-half years
by his government.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday
issued arrest warrants against a Haryana-based
sect leader and another person after they failed
to appear in an ongoing case. The court directed
the government and the police to ensure that
sect leader Rampal of Satlok Ashram near Rohtak
and Rashtriya Samaj Seva Committee president
Ram Kumar Dhaka are present in the court on
November 10. The controversial sect leader’s
followers had indulged in vandalism in a court in
Hisar town, 240km from Chandigarh in July this
year when he was going there to appear in a 2006
murder conspiracy case. The high court had taken
notice of the incident and summoned him.
Police in Meghalaya yesterday announced a
cash reward of Rs1mn for the capture of militants
belonging of the Garo National Liberation Army
(GNLA) and A’chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF)
operating in the western part of the state. The
announcement came in the wake of the police
filing a charge-sheet against Social Welfare
Minister Deborah Marak and former Congress
leader Tennydard Marak for “hatching a criminal
conspiracy” with the GNLA to win the February
2013 assembly election. A cash reward of Rs1mn
each has been announced for any person
providing information leading to the arrest of the
ten “most wanted” militants.
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti
Irani yesterday said the government would launch
a new scheme for credit transfer on November 11,
a move expected to bring relief to students forced
to take a break in their education. Irani said the
Indian education system currently does not have
a system of credit transfers between institutions
and that was a major issue for students who have
been forced to take a break in their education. “It is for
this reason that the government is now announcing a
scheme for credit transfer on November 11,” she said.
The scheme is expected to cover students from class
nine up to the post graduation level and may also be
extended to PhD courses.
reforms a
long journey,
says Jaitley
Local govt
offers free
Wi-Fi to
in Kerala
By Ashraf Padanna
village council in Kerala
is offering free Wi-Fi Internet connectivity to its
Villagers can access the Internet by simply logging into the
official website of the Trikaripur
village government (grama panchayat) in the northern Kasaragod district and entering a onetime password received on the
mobile phone.
The state’s minister for local
self-governments, M K Muneer,
will officially launch the free WiFi services on Monday.
Kasaragod was the п¬Ѓrst district
in the state to get all its local government offices computerised.
“Initially, the services will be
available in an area of 1.5km in radius, covering our railway station,
bus station, government offices,
banks and educational institutions coming under the Wi-Fi
hotspot,” said A G C Basheer,
president of the local government.
By the next year, he plans to
cover the entire village, extending to 23.31sq km, with a population of roughly 33,000, where
women outnumber men by
around 2,000.
“Initial estimates, since we
installed the server and the WiFi routers at our office on the
main thoroughfare found that it
covers nearly 20% of our households mainly concentrated in the
area,” he said. “Wi-Fi connectivity in public places is no more
the privilege of urbanites alone.”
Trikaripur is among the three
dozen grama panchayats in Kerala
that received certification of the
International Organisation for
Standardisation (ISO) for quality
services and environment.
Recently, the village went “hitech” offering SMS alerts on file
movements besides installing
a kiosk with a touch-screen for
citizens to check the status of
various services at its administrative office.
“We are in the process of digitising all files at the office and it
will become paperless in the next
two months, another п¬Ѓrst in the
state,” said the young president.
The village government was
the п¬Ѓrst in the state to introduce
e-tenders for awarding work
contracts and purchases, despite
stiff resistance from the privileged contractors and politicians.
It makes the system competitive,
transparent and efficient.
“We have also launched an
intense e-literacy campaign so
that everyone can at least open a
computer, log on to the Internet
and send and receive an e-mail
by March next year,” he said.
“The instructors will go to their
doorsteps with a laptop and help
them to create an e-mail ID.”
In Kerala, all the 1,200-odd
self-governments under the
state’s three-tier panchayati raj
system are provided with computers where computerised accounting was made mandatory.
“Most of these panchayats issue essential certificates of birth,
death and marriage which the citizens can obtain in just 30 minutes
online,” said M Samsuddin, the
executive director of the Information Kerala Mission (IMK), the
project’s implementing authority.
These panchayats, including
Trikaripur, will be linked to its payment gateway so that people can
make payments like taxes online.
“With near total literacy and
teledensity, our local governments
are undergoing a silent revolution.
Their front offices resemble that
of any successful private enterprise,” he said. “Trikaripur experience will encourage them to take
it forward further.”
We have made a beginning
but a lot more needed, says
finance minister
New Delhi
Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mahaila Morcha (women’s wing), stage a protest against
atrocities against women and children, in Bangalore, yesterday. Hundreds of protesters took to
the streets to condemn growing crimes against women and children, and called for setting up
special courts to handle sexual assault cases, which are on the rise.
Man kills daughter’s rapist
�to send a strong message’
New Delhi
man man who tortured
and killed his daughter’s alleged rapist before calmly turning himself
in wanted to send a message
that those who commit such
crimes cannot escape justice,
his wife has said.
The 36-year-old father of
six turned himself into police
last week and confessed to
strangling his neighbour after
the man allegedly admitted
raping the 14-year-old.
The man, who cannot be
named for legal reasons, told
police he acted after discovering that his daughter was
According to the police report, the teenager told her father she had been raped by the
family’s trusted neighbour
and tenant, who had threatened to kill her if she told anyone. A doctor’s report confirmed the assault, according
to police.
“I was shocked because we
treated the tenant just like our
family member. He breached
my trust,” police quoted the
father as saying.
Rapes frequently go unpunished in India, where cases can take years to come to
court, and victims often face
social stigma.
At the family’s dilapidated
home in a poor area of New
Delhi the teenager stood beside her mother, a dazed look
on her face, as relatives and
neighbours queued to offer
their sympathies.
Distraught, the mother
said her husband was a gentle
“I only had the chance to
see him briefly and he told
me he wanted to warn potential rapists that they can
never escape justice,” said
the 32-year-old as she wiped
away tears.
Most of those present fully
supported the father’s actions.
“We totally sympathise
with the family. What is the
fault of this young girl or the
father? The rapist deserved
this kind of treatment,” said
next door neighbour Rani
Devi, as others nodded in
Sex crimes have been under
the spotlight in India since the
fatal gang-rape of a 23-yearold student on a moving bus
in Delhi in December 2012.
Four men were convicted
and handed death sentences
last year while a п¬Ѓfth died in
custody of apparent suicide.
None of the others has yet
been executed.
The case led to tougher
laws to deter rapists, although
there are still frequent reports
of attacks.
The father, who made
around Rs200 a day selling
burgers on a hand-cart, told
his wife he had that case on
his mind.
“He said the convicts in the
(December 2012) case were
yet to be hanged. He felt our
daughter may never get justice, so maybe that’s why he
decided to take things in his
own hands,” she said.
According to the police
report, the girl’s father confronted the tenant, becoming
enraged when he showed little
“He then attacked the tenant, gagged and strangled
him. After that, he heated a
steel spatula on the stove and
burned the man’s genitals,”
investigating officer Arvind
Pratap Singh said.
Cradling her youngest son
in her lap, the victim’s mother
appealed to the authorities to
“take a lenient view and have
mercy on my children.” Her
husband remains in police
But Singh said that while he
felt sympathy for the accused,
he had to do his duty.
“In my 20 years of police
service, I have never come
across such a case,” he said.
“The first instinct of anyone who commits a crime
is to run away. But this man
walked into the police station
on his own and calmly narrated the sequence of events.
“As a fellow human being, I
have sympathy for the father and
the family. But as a police officer,
it’s my duty to follow the law.”
inance Minister Arun Jaitley said yesterday structural reforms to Asia’s
third largest economy could only
progress slowly, adding that he
backed relaxing labour and land
laws hated by business, along
with more privatisations.
Speaking to an audience of
foreign investors, Jaitley said
people still needed to be convinced that making it easier to
hire and п¬Ѓre workers would create jobs.
He did not set deadlines possibly disappointing some in
the audience at the Indian edition of the World Economic Forum hoping for a quick reform
“There is a lot that has to be
done ... I am quite satisfied with
the beginning we have made but
it’s a long journey,” Jaitley said.
He cautioned against rushing
into big bang reforms that could
trigger a political backlash and
derail the government’s agenda.
“Reform is the art of the possible,” he said, while promising
not to take decisions that would
send negative signals to investors.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi came to office in May with
a mandate to create jobs and
kickstart the economy after a
long period of low growth. Expectations are mounting that
the government will take steps
between now and the budget in
February to stimulate investment.
India recorded better-thanexpected growth of 5.7% in the
quarter ending in June, but industrial output and investment
has not yet picked up in a sustained way.
The government has already
taken some steps to make doing
business easier and reduce red
tape and subsidies. However,
Modi has not moved ahead as
fast on privatisations or welfare
and tax reform as some of his
supporter had hoped.
Anand Mahindra, managing
director of tractors to tech conglomerate Mahindra Group, said
that investment in the economy
would pick up once companies
saw big infrastructure projects
“It takes a little while to gather
momentum, and the momentum
I sense is very positive,” he told
“When you get backhoe loaders out there digging up earth
again visibly, you will see a rush
of investment,” said Mahindra, whose company also makes
backhoe loaders.
A land acquisition law passed
by the previous Congress government and supported by
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party
while in opposition dramatically increased compensation to
farmers for land. Stringent rules
requiring consensus among sellers have made it difficult for industry to buy land.
Jaitley said he supported the
higher compensation but wanted to loosen other barriers to
land purchases.
In addition to an ongoing
process of selling off government shares in state-run companies, Jaitely said he was open
to privatising so-called “zombie” companies, many of which
have hundreds of employees
paid by the government but produce nothing.
“There are still a large number
of companies which are almost
on the verge of closure where
people are going to lose employment,” Jaitley said.
“Given a choice between them
continuing in the present state
and getting them privatised, the
second would be a preferable option.”
He did not give more details
and it was unclear how much
private sector interest there
would be in companies that include a British-era uniform factory and a government watchmaker.
Jaitley said he hoped a longdelayed bill to allow up to 49%
foreign investment in the insurance sector would be passed by
parliament within weeks, and
said he would consider allowing
more foreign investment in railways.
Unveiling п¬Ѓrst steps to reform
labour last month, India simplified employment rules and eased
the way for people changing jobs
to move social security funds.
The government also announced a series of coal field
auctions last month, replacing
a policy of discretional allocation. Jaitley said the government planned to introduce a
similar mechanism for other
minerals, without giving details.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks as World Economic Forum founder and executive chairman Klaus
Schwab watches during the India Economic Summit 2014 in New Delhi yesterday.
Hot air balloon lands tourists inside jail
hot air balloon carrying
foreign tourists landed in
a jail in Rajashthan and
caused panic among prison officials who thought a jailbreak
was being attempted, police said
The ballooning adventure
that began in Pushkar went
wrong on Tuesday after the
operator landed the balloon
on the jail premises in nearby
Ajmer city.
“The jail officials were
shocked to see this huge balloon descending on their prison
from the sky. They immediately
sounded an alert and called the
police,” area police chief Hanuman Vishnoi said.
Vishnoi said the balloon operator told him that he lost control
of the balloon owing to strong
“Thankfully, all prisoners
were in their barracks at that
time. We made some initial inquiries into the tourists, who
were from the West Indies, and
let them go.”
Jail authorities charged the
balloon operator with “unauthorised entry” and the city
administration cancelled his licence, local reports said.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Air pollution
�cutting crop
yields by half’
Agriculture hit by both urban
and rural pollution as wheat
and rice yield decrease
significantly, study finds
By Azeen Ghorayshi /
Guardian News & Media
New Delhi
A pedestrian crosses as paramilitary personnel keep watch in front of Jamia Masjid during a curfew in Srinagar yesterday. Separatists
called for the strike after soldiers fired at a private car on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday, killing two passengers and critically
wounding another two.
Curbs imposed
in Srinagar
estrictions were imposed in some areas of Kashmir’s main city Srinagar
yesterday as separatists called for a
shutdown against the killing of two men by
troops in Badgam district, an official said.
“Restrictions have been imposed in
Khanyar, Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari,
Safakadal and Nowgam areas to ensure
nobody disturbs peace in the city,” a senior police officer said yesterday.
Separatist leaders, including Syed Ali
Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohamed Yasin Malik, called for a protest
shutdown in the Kashmir Valley yesterday
against the killing of Faisal Yusuf Bhat and
Mehrajuddin Dar in army п¬Ѓring on Monday in Chattergam village.
Rajnath calls
for combined
efforts to fight
Home Minister Rajnath
Singh yesterday called
on governments across
the world to collectively
address the issue of
terrorist groups.
“Governments across the
world have to collectively
address the issue of safe
havens for organised
criminal and terrorist
groups and their tainted
money,” Singh said at an
Interpol ministerial meeting
and general assembly here.
He added: “Lifting banking
secrecy and the corporate
veil in corruption and
terrorist-related cases
would go a long way in
bringing the criminals
to book. States must
refrain from organising,
instigating, facilitating,
participating in, financing,
encouraging or tolerating
terrorist activities.”
Speaking in Hindi, Singh
said there was a need for
far greater vigilance and
stricter provisions so as to
make offshore jurisdiction
more transparent.
He also called on evolving
a strategy to tackle cyber
“In recent years, the
Internet and social media
are being increasingly used
to instigate communal riots
to destabilise the state. We
need to strengthen our
strategy relating to cyber
crime on this momentous
occasion of the centenary
year of the Interpol,” Singh
The minister highlighted
that the Internet has
become the “principal
means of communication
for extremist groups.”
“These specific Internet
forums act as a virtual
firewall to help safeguard
the identities of those who
participate. To counter
violent extremists, there
is an urgent need to
strengthen the Global
Counter Terrorism
Architecture,” he said.
The home minister also said
there has been a significant
increase in international
criminal activity.
“In the 21st century, there
has been a significant
increase in the range and
scope of international
criminal activity.”
ir pollution in India has
become so severe that
yields of crops are being cut by almost half, scientists
have found.
Researchers analysed yields
for wheat and rice alongside
pollution data, and concluded
significant decreases in yield
could be attributed to two air
pollutants, black carbon and
ground level ozone. The п¬Ѓnding
has implications for global food
security as India is a major rice
Black carbon is mostly caused
by rural cookstoves, and ozone
forms as a result of motor vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, and chemical solvents reacting in the atmosphere in the
presence of sunlight. Both are
“short-lived climate pollutants”
that exist locally in the atmosphere for weeks to months, with
ozone damaging plants’ leaves
and black carbon reducing the
amount of sunlight they receive.
The study looked at both the
effects of climate change and the
two pollutants on crop yields.
“While temperature’s gone
up in the last three decades, the
levels of smog and pollution
have changed much more dramatically,” says Jennifer Burney,
an environmental scientist at
University of California, San Diego, and co-author of the paper,
published in the journal PNAS.
“But this was the first time anyone looked at historical data to
show that these pollutants are
having tremendous impacts on
Comparing crop yields in 2010
to what they would be expected
to be if temperature, rainfall and
pollution remained at their 1980
levels, the researchers showed
that crop yields for wheat were
on average 36%lower than they
otherwise would have been,
while rice production decreased
by up to 20%. In some higher
population states, wheat yields
were as much as 50% lower.
Using modelling to account
for the effects of temperature increase and precipitation changes
in that time, they were able to
show that 90% of this loss is attributable to the impact of the
two pollutants.
The results are specific to
India’s seasonal patterns, the
crops, and its high pollution
levels, but may extend to other
places with similar problems,
such as China. Chinese scientists warned in February that
severe air pollution is slowing
photosynthesis in plants, with
effects “somewhat similar to a
nuclear winter.”
Previous studies had used ex-
perimental data looking at the
impacts of ozone on plants to
extrapolate potential losses, but
this is the п¬Ѓrst ever study to use
actual historical agricultural and
emissions data to account for
lower crop yields.
“Overall I think it’s a great
paper,” says Stanford agricultural ecologist David Lobell. “I
think in both India and China
there is growing recognition of
the toll that poor air quality has
on agriculture. This study will
certainly add to that recognition.”
Lobell and Burney both point
out that because black carbon
and ozone are short-lived pollutants, they present a clear opportunity for tackling climate
change. While long-lived greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide
and nitrous oxide can persist in
the atmosphere for decades to
centuries, addressing sources of
the short-lived pollutants will
have more immediately perceptible effects.
Measures such as improved
cookstove technology for rural
areas, or cleaner coal consumption and diesel п¬Ѓlters on trucks in
urban ones, could go a long way
to improving the impacts on agricultural yields.
“Our thought is that these are
more politically tractable points
of entry for making meaningful
change in climate,” says Burney.
“There’s a really local benefit for
taking on some sort of costly action.”
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Haiti heads into next crisis after repeated election delays
aiti’s next crisis is brewing, this time, a political
Due to ongoing political conflict,
one of the world’s poorest countries
has been unable for nearly three
years to hold long overdue Parliament and regional elections.
Since 2012, 10 senatorial seats
have been vacant, as are 130 lo-
cal council positions. The next 10
mandates in the 30-seat senate
will expire in mid-January.
In addition, short of the election of about 100 representatives
by January, the lower house will
also be dissolved.
That means that President
Michel Martelly will begin ruling
by decree early next year.
“Without elections, parliament would be rendered dysfunctional on January 12, thereby
creating an institutional vacuum
until elections are held and a new
legislature is installed,” warned
Sandra Honore, UN envoy to
Haiti, in September.
What will happen in such a
scenario is not clear.
In May, the US threatened to
withhold $300mn in aid if no way
was found out of the crisis. Canada
has also tried to apply pressure.
But it was unlikely that the large
donor countries, which include the
European Union, will stop sending
aid. Such a move would raise the
likelihood that the poverty-stricken Caribbean state would sink further into chaos.
At issue is a dispute over constitutional reforms carried out in
2010. The reforms set new criteria for organising a permanent
election commission.
The opposition accepted the
reform with strong reservations,
and parliament’s efforts to name
members to the commission collapsed amid strong resistance
among legislators.
Row over
by Charles
he mayor of the Colombian port city of Cartagena says he will ask for
a controversial plaque unveiled
last week by Prince Charles to be
The plaque is in memory of
an English naval officer and his
troops who laid siege to the city
in 1741 in an attempt to take it
from the Spanish crown which
ruled it at the time.
It was unveiled by Prince
Charles on his visit to the city
last week.
The lack of mention of the
Spanish losses was criticised by
Cartagena Mayor Dionisio Velez, who attended the unveiling
with Prince Charles, said that it
had never been his intention to
“stir this controversy, or hurt the
feelings of people”.
“A mayor has to avoid errors,
but when it’s clear he’s made
one, he is obliged to rectify it,”
he added.
The plaque, in front of the
16th-Century San Felipe fortress, recalls “the valour and
suffering of all those who died
in combat whilst seeking to take
the city”.
Guardian News and Media
Mexico City
Venezuela �in grip
of tropical diseases’
Relatives and peers of the 43 missing students arrive for a meeting with Mexican attorney general
Jesus Murillo Karam at the attorney general building in Mexico City.
Humala chides central
bank chief for pay hike
eru’s President Ollanta
Humala rebuked the head
of the central bank for his
6% salary raise, stating in a letter that the pay hike should be
revoked since it tarnishes the
bank’s image.
The central bank board recently raised Central Bank president Julio Velarde’s annual wages
to 617,344 soles ($210,913), nearly triple the president’s salary of
224,000 soles ($76,528) per year.
Humala’s letter, dated November 4, was made public by local
broadcaster RPP.
Central bank and government
officials confirmed yesterday
that the letter is authentic.
The spat comes amid the worst
economic slowdown in the Andean country in п¬Ѓve years, and
follows jabs traded between
Velarde and the government in
April over the bank’s currency
to 300,000 people. Cholera also
broke out in the country in the
aftermath of the devastation,
killing more than 8,000 people.
Martelly tried in June to circumvent the political obstructions. He
decreed that parliament elections
were to be held October 26. Beforehand, he moved to secure the
promise of support of a broad range
of political and social actors in Haiti.
But then, nothing happened.
The election law, adopted by the
lower house, collapsed on resist-
ance in the senate. There wasn’t
even a proper official declaration
about the collapse, and there was
little reporting on the developments in the Haitian media.
Confusion about the situation
has prevailed in diplomatic circles.
Even speaking before the General Assembly in September in
New York, Martelly could only say
that he had “spared no effort” in
seeking a consensus among parties
and institutions to organise “legislative and municipal elections.”
Mexico hopes
to п¬Ѓnd missing
students after
mayor’s arrest
Venezuela is in the grip of one of
the worst outbreaks of tropical
diseases in decades, and the response by public health authorities has been slow and inefficient,
two non-governmental groups
reported. In 2014, Venezuela had
over 150,000 recorded cases of
dengue, malaria, and chikungunya, the report said. The country
also had 1.2mn fever episodes
without a precise diagnoses,
according to the report by the
Health Observatory and another
group called We Defend the
Epidemiology of Venezuelan
Parliament also failed to pass
a crucial election law, with six
senators who belong to a radical opposition group boycotting every compromise with the
government. The hardliners demanded Martelly’s resignation.
The 53-year-old president and
one-time musician (nickname,
“Sweet Micky”) was elected in
2011 for a п¬Ѓve-year term.
Haiti is still reeling from a
magnitude 7 earthquake in 2010
that killed an estimated 100,000
“I must emphasise my deep
disagreement with this decision,
considering you are the official
who earns the highest salary in
the Peruvian state,” Humala said
in the letter.
“I must emphasise my
deep disagreement with
this decision, considering
you are the official who
earns the highest salary
in the Peruvian state”
The central bank said it evaluating whether to respond to letter
from Humala, a former military
officer and left-leaning radical
who turned to the right after assuming power in 2011.
Peru’s central bank is constitutionally autonomous.
Three of its board members are
appointed by Congress and another three the executive branch.
The bank president is appointed
by the Peru’s president and ratified
by Congress. Earlier this year, Humala’s government faced a wave of
criticism for nearly doubling the
salaries of his ministers.
In Peru, the minimum monthly salary is 750 soles ($256).
Peru’s economy has been hit by
a drop in key mineral exports this
year and is now on track to grow
by 3% in 2014 - about half initial government and central bank
estimates. In recent months,
Velarde has said that a strong
economic rebound will only be
possible next year if the government cuts red tape holding up
investment and mining projects.
Velarde has been Peru’s central
bank president since 2006.
Humala’s decision to reappoint him in 2011 was widely
praised by investors. Peru’s inflation rates is one of the lowest in
Latin America and is now running slightly above the central
bank’s 3% target ceiling.
he detention of the fugitive mayor Jose Luis
Abarca and his wife, who
are suspected of being behind
the disappearance of 43 student
teachers in the southern Mexican city of Iguala six weeks ago,
in co-ordination with a local
drug trafficking gang, has raised
hopes that the missing will soon
be found.
“This was the missing piece,”
Felipe de la Cruz, the father of
one of the missing students, told
Milenio TV. “This arrest will help
us find our kids. It was the government who took our kids.”
Abarca and his wife, Maria
de los Angeles Pineda, were detained in the early hours of Tuesday in Mexico City by the federal
authorities. They were immediately taken to the office of the attorney general for questioning
and medical tests.
The government is under
enormous pressure to п¬Ѓnd the
students as a п¬Ѓrst step towards
quelling the outrage triggered by
the events in Iguala, in the state
of Guerrero.
The disappearance of the students has highlighted both the
degree of collusion of some local
authorities around Mexico with
organised crime, as well as federal tolerance of this.
There have been numerous
large emotional demonstrations
demanding more action to п¬Ѓnd
the students, as well as a few
violent attacks on government
More protests are planned for
this week.
Flood misery
Last month the attorney general, Jesus Murillo, said that
Abarca ordered the municipal
police to “confront the students”
on the night of September 26,
when he learned they were in
town commandeering busses.
The students are from the
radical Ayotzinapa teacher training college about two hours drive
away, and regularly hijack busses
to use in protests.
Murillo said Abarca’s order
stemmed from fears that the students were planning to disrupt an
event centered around a speech
his wife was giving, designed to
promote her bid to replace him
as mayor in the next elections in
Abarca and his wife,
Maria de los Angeles
Pineda, were detained
in the early hours of
Tuesday in Mexico City by
the federal authorities
Police п¬Ѓrst opened п¬Ѓre on the
buses carrying the students in
a series of attacks that left six
people dead, including three students.
Amid the chaos, dozens of students were arrested after which,
Murillo said, they were handed
over to members of a local drug
gang called Guerreros Unidos.
In an interview the day after the
events, Abarca had said he was not
aware of the gravity of what was
going on that night because he was
dancing with his wife and then
dining with his family.
The mayor and his wife went
into hiding on September 30, at
the same time as reports began to
surface of Abarca’s meteoric rise
from hat salesman to wealthy
Argentina president
remains in hospital
Buenos Aires
Locals wade through water in front of their flooded
home in Pilar, northern Buenos Aires, yesterday. Heavy
rains devastated large parts of the province of Buenos
Aires, where severe flooding forced residents to use
kayaks and makeshift rafts to navigate inundated
streets and recover belongings.
businessman, as well as allegations of the way, together with
Pineda, he had governed Iguala
in close co-ordination with
Guerreros Unidos since taking
office as mayor in 2012.
The drug gang, said to control a
significant amount of opium poppy production in the mountains
around Iguala, reportedly set up
checkpoints at the entrance to the
city to keep out rival gangs.
Guerreros Unidos is one of
several offshoots of the oncepowerful Beltran-Leyva cartel
that has fallen apart in recent
years following the arrest or
death of its top leaders.
Two of Pineda’s brothers, said
to be members of the BeltranLeyva cartel, were killed in 2009.
A third brother was also allegedly
high up in the gang.
It was not immediately clear
how Abarca and Pineda were
eventually tracked down to the
working-class district of Iztapalapa in Mexico City, where
they were п¬Ѓnally arrested on
Local media published photographs of the very modest house
where they reportedly spent their
last few days of freedom. One
image shows eight small dogs in
an almost unfurnished room.
Neighbours, looking nervous as they were interviewed by
TV journalists at the scene, said
they had seen and heard nothing
of the raid, which reportedly involved 30 federal agents.
Meanwhile, parents of the
disappeared were reportedly
heading to Mexico City in search
of any information about the
whereabouts of their children
that might emerge from the couple’s arrest.
rgentina’s President Cristina Kirchner remained in
hospital yesterday for a
third day with an intestinal infection.
The 61-year-old Kirchner was
in “stable” condition, receiving
IV antibiotics and treatment for
her symptoms, her doctors said.
Kirchner was hospitalised
on Sunday night with fever and
stomach pains that were diagnosed as sigmoiditis, an infection or inflammation in the intestines.
Officials have refused to elaborate on her medical status. She
had been scheduled to travel to
Australia for a G-20 meeting in
The Argentine president, who
is in her last year in office, has
been sidelined by health issues
three times now in less than a
She had resumed her normal
work schedule October 21 after
resting for 48 hours on doctors
orders due to pharyngitis.
In July, Kirchner also had to
rest for two days due to sore
throat and laryngitis. Her recovery time then had to be extended
to a week and she cancelled her
work schedule and a trip to Paraguay.
Kirchner has been
sidelined by health
issues three times now
in less than a year
A little over a year ago, the
president underwent surgery for
an intracranial hematoma. She
was then off work for six weeks.
In early 2012, she underwent
surgery to remove her thyroid
after being misdiagnosed with
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Taliban group
warns India
after Wagah
border blast
A Pakistani Taliban group
spokesman has warned
Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi that attacks
in India would take place; The
warning follows the deadly
suicide attack at Wagah
new Pakistani Taliban
group behind this week’s
bombing on the Pakistani-Indian border said yesterday the attack was as much aimed at India
as Pakistan, suggesting that Indian targets might be next.
At least 57 Pakistanis were
killed during a popular flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday when
a bomber tried to get as close as
possible to the border in a possible attempt to cause casualties
on the Indian side as well.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, a prominent militant and spokesman for
the group, Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTPJA), said he had warned Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
that attacks in India were in the
“I have already conveyed it
to Modi ... that if our suicide
bombers can carry out attacks
on this side of the border, they
can easily do it on other side of
the border in India,” he told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
“I told him that his hands are
red with the blood of Kashmiri
mujahideen (п¬Ѓghters) and innocent people of Gujarat for which
he would have to pay the price.”
He earlier tweeted in English: “You (Modi) are the killer
of hundreds of Muslims. We
wl (will) take the revenge of innocent people of Kashmir and
Gugrat” (sic). An Indian intel-
ligence official said the account
appeared genuine.
Kashmir is a disputed Himalayan territory over which India
and Pakistan have fought two of
their three wars.
Gujarat - misspelt in the tweet
- is a western Indian state where
more than 1,000 people, most
of them Muslims, were killed in
inter-religious rioting in 2002,
when Modi was its chief minister.
India has long accused Pakistani militants of trying to attack
its targets, particularly after the
2008 Mumbai attacks in which
166 people were killed when Pakistani gunmen went on a threeday rampage in India’s financial
Ehsan said, however, that the
Sunday attack was specifically
aimed at the Pakistani military.
“I have already conveyed it
to Modi ... that if our suicide
bombers can carry out
attacks on this side of the
border, they can easily do it
on other side of the border
in India”
The elaborate border parade,
which draws hundreds of people
every day, is conducted by the
military of both sides, making
it a target for Taliban militants
п¬Ѓghting to topple the Pakistani
government and establish an Islamic theocracy.
“We have proudly stated that
our target was the Pakistani security forces and their installations in which we succeeded,”
Ehsan said.
The central Pakistani Taliban
group, known as the TTP, has effectively disintegrated this year
and split into a range of smaller
groups such as TTP-JA who appear to be exploiting their ties to
Al Qaeda to broaden their mission beyond Pakistan.
Ehsan said that unlike the
TTP’s narrow focus on war in the
tribal areas on the Afghan border, his outfit sought to attack
countries around the region.
“The TTP focuses on Pakistan only, while we have a global
agenda of jihad and therefore
we have people from all over
the world including the Arab
and Western world for this mission.”
TTP-JA has announced its
support for the Middle Eastern
group Islamic State, whose belligerent anti-Western ideology
has begun to inspire militants
across South Asia.
The group’s openly anti-Indian rhetoric differs from that
of the mainstream Pakistani
Taliban, who are mainly focused
on their insurgency against Pakistani security forces in the
volatile tribal northwest of the
A successful attack on an Indian target would severely affect
the already frosty relations between India and Pakistan.
Shelling on their disputed
Kashmir border is an almost
daily occurrence, a constant reminder that a full-blown conflict is always a threat.
Further unnerving India, Al
Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, said to be close to TTP-JA,
has announced the creation of
a South Asia wing of Al Qaeda,
threatening to stage attacks on
countries across the subcontinent.
The new group’s first major
attack was a botched attempt in
September to hijack a Pakistani
warship and attack a US navy
vessel at a base near the port city
of Karachi.
On Tuesday, India’s navy
withdrew two warships from
the eastern port of Kolkata after
intelligence agencies warned of
an attack on the port and the
44 held following lynching
of Pak Christian couple
olice in Pakistan arrested
dozens of people yesterday after a mob beat a
Christian couple to death and
burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating a copy of the
Holy Qur’an.
Blasphemy is a serious offence
in Pakistan. Local media reported
the Christian couple were accused of burning a copy of the
Qur’an and throwing it in a rubbish bin in the province of Punjab
on Tuesday. Police said their bodies were set on п¬Ѓre in a brick kiln.
“We have arrested 44 people,
it was a local issue incited by
the mullah of a local mosque,”
Jawad Qamar, a regional police
chief, said. “No particular sectarian group or religious outfit
was behind the attack.”
Meanwhile, relatives of the
couple said yesterday that they
were locked inside a brickmaking factory before their
murder to prevent them from
fleeing their debts.
Shehzad Masih and Shama
Bibi, who was four months
pregnant and a mother to three
children, were later beaten surrounded by a crowd of up to
1,500 villagers then thrown on
top of a lit furnace, multiple
witnesses said.
By the time the Muslim mob
was done, only charred bones
and their discarded shoes remained.
Jawad Qamar, a local police
official, said according to initial
akistani stocks closed at
a record high yesterday,
with analysts crediting
falling inflation and commodity
prices as well as an easing of political tensions.
The benchmark Karachi Stock
Exchange index of 100 shares
closed at 30,593 points, up 217
points or 0.71%.
The previous peak of 30,474
points came in July, but the ex-
change plunged in August as opposition groups led by politician
Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul-Qadri began rallies and a sitin outside parliament to try to
topple the government of Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Tensions peaked at the end
of August when it appeared the
military might intervene as it has
previously. But the situation has
since calmed down and Qadri
called off his protest in the capital late last month.
“Now the investors’ focus has
shifted towards economic mat-
ters from the political affairs of
the country,” said Mohamed Sohail, the chief executive officer of
Topline Securities.
On the economic front official data showed that inflation
had plunged to a 17-month low,
raising investors’ hopes that the
central bank might slash the
basic interest rate in its next review.
“The inflation (rate) has
come down to 5.8% and that is
17-month low so investors look
forward to corresponding cut in
interest rates,” Sohail said.
reports events began to unfold
more than a week earlier with
the death of Shehzad’s father, a
local religious healer.
“When he died, Shehzad’s
wife went to his room and
cleaned up the mess. There
was a trunk in his room, Shehzad’s wife took the things that
could be useful and threw the
trash in front of her house,”
said Qamar.
“The garbage collector collected the trash the next day
and told a local cleric that
he had collected pages of the
said yesterday it had “declared war on polio”, after
a damning international report
slammed the country’s campaign to tackle the virus as a
Cases of the crippling disease
have soared to a 14-year high
in Pakistan this year, with 235
confirmed infections — more
than double the total for the
whole of 2013.
Pakistan is one of only three
In line with the international
fall in commodity prices, especially oil, the government last
week slashed petroleum prices
by an average of eight percent—
the largest price relief ever.
economy has shown some glimmers of revival under Sharif’s
Ratings agency Moody’s upgraded the country’s outlook to
�stable’ from �negative’ in July,
citing its improving external
liquidity position and commitment to reforms.
countries in the world where
polio remains endemic but
years of efforts to stamp it out
have been badly hit by opposition from militants and attacks
on immunisation teams.
The problem is concentrated
in the northwest, where Taliban
militants banned vaccination
in North and South Waziristan
tribal areas on the Afghan border.
Musadik Malik, an aide to
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said the government was
launching a new drive against
polio focused on “outcomes”.
“The prime minister has declared war on polio. The PM
US envoy
summoned the US
ambassador to Islamabad to complain about a
Pentagon report suggesting
that it is granting sanctuary to terrorists operating in
neighbouring India and Afghanistan.
“Pakistan’s protest over
these unwarranted
comments was
conveyed ... to US
ambassador Richard
Pakistani pedestrians walk past the Karachi Stock Exchange yesterday.
Qur’an thrown in front of Shehzad’s house from the trash.”
older bother, said that he and
his whole family were bonded
workers paying off their debts
to the brick kiln owner, a man
named Mohamed Yousuf —
an illegal practice branded by
rights groups as akin to modern-day slavery.
“We take advance money
from the owner and work for
him, it has been going on for
years. On November 3, the
owner had called Iqbal and
detained him sensing that he
might run away to save his life,”
he said tearfully.
The allegation against the
factory owner was repeated
by two other witnesses interviewed by AFP, but denied by
his son Khawar Yousuf.
“We don’t know what has
happened, the family has been
working for us for 20 years and
we have never noticed anything
“It’s wrong to say that my
father locked them up,” he
Islamabad declares �war on polio’
Pakistan stocks close at record high
Pakistanis shout slogans during a protest against the killing of a Christian couple who were burnt alive
for alleged blasphemy, in Islamabad, yesterday.
According to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry,
the latest report by the US
Department of Defence on
Progress Towards Security
and Stability in Afghanistan carries “unsubstantiated allegations” about
the existence of terrorist
sanctuaries in Pakistan and
suggestions that “proxy
forces are operating from
here against Afghanistan
and India.”
“Pakistan’s protest over
these unwarranted comments was conveyed ... to
US ambassador Richard Olson,” the Foreign Ministry
The spat comes just days
before a planned visit by Pakistan’s army chief General
Raheel Sharif to the United
believes every child is his and
no child will be left behind,” he
told reporters.
“We are committed irrespective of the hardship, irrespective of the challenge.”
The government hopes to
take advantage of the cool winter months, when polio transmission falls off, to strike a decisive blow against the disease,
he said.
The relaunch comes after the
Independent Monitoring Board
of the Global Polio Eradication
Initiative issued a highly critical assessment of Pakistan’s efforts to tackle the disease.
“Pakistan’s polio programme
is a disaster. It continues to
flounder hopelessly, as its virus flourishes,” the report by a
panel of international experts
late last month said.
It lambasted political commitment and quality of public
health leadership as “totally inadequate”.
Pakistan is home to 85% of
polio cases around the world in
Conspiracy theories about
the vaccine being a plot to sterilise Muslims have further added to the challenges of п¬Ѓghting
the disease in Pakistan.
Pakistan takes
over PET trade
akistan launched a trade
dispute at the World
Trade Organisation yesterday to challenge the European Union’s punitive duties
on Pakistani exports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET),
the WTO said in a statement.
Pakistan says the EU has
broken WTO rules in the way
that it imposed anti-subsidy
duties on PET, which is used in
synthetic п¬Ѓbres, plastic bottles and food containers.
Under WTO rules, the EU
has 60 days to try to settle the
dispute in direct talks, after
which Pakistan could escalate
the issue by asking the WTO
to set up a panel to adjudicate.
Pakistan’s exports of PET
were worth just over $200
million last year, according to
data from the International
Trade Center, a UN-WTO
joint venture. Although its exports have grown, sales to the
EU have dwindled in the past
few years.
The EU accounted for over
80% of Pakistan’s foreign
sales of PET a decade ago, but
less than 10 percent of Pakistani PET exports went to the
EU in 2013, a tiny slice of the
EU’s $4.3bn of the material.
The dispute is the п¬Ѓrst that
Pakistan has initiated in almost a decade and its п¬Ѓrst
against the EU. It previously
launched three disputes - two
against the United States and
one against Egypt, which was
settled in 2006.
Afghan rebels suffer �heavy casualties’
Taliban militants have suffered
heavy casualties in southeastern Khost and central Uruzgan
province during clearing
The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement
yesterday at least 28 Taliban
militants were killed and 47
others were injured during the
The statement further added
the operations were jointly
conducted by Afghan national
police, Afghan national army
and Afghan intelligence national directorate of security
(NDS) forces, according to the
Afghan Khaama Press.
Other provinces, including
Laghman, Kunduz, Nangarhar,
Badakhshan, Balkh, Kandahar,
Zabul and Paktia provinces
were also covered during
the clearing operations, the
ministry said.
The statement by ministry
also added that various types
of weapons and ammunition
were confiscated.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Actress Karylle is all smiles with new endorsement deal
Manila Times
inger-actress and theatre
performer Karylle is still
the blushing bride half a
year into her marriage to Sponge
Cola vocalist Yael Yuzon.
Besides her personal happiness, she is also doing a great job
juggling her roles as a celebrity
and young wife.
As if life couldn’t get any better, she just landed a brand new
endorsement that is very close to
her heart.
The It’s Showtime host happily revealed to Manila Times that
she is now the brand ambassador
of mouthwash brand OraCare, a
responsibility she believes she
can perform with credibility,
what with having a dentist for a
According to Karylle, she had
learned the importance of oral
hygiene at a very young age.
“A lot of people don’t regularly go to the dentist so my
dad’s always reminding me what
I should do in between so I don’t
neglect my teeth and oral health
in general,” she explained.
A self-confessed foodie, she
learned from her father that in
order to avoid bad breath from
spices and the like, brushing is
not enough.
“A good mouthwash is always
necessary,” Karylle declared.
“With Oracare, there is no sting
or burning sensation that people dislike about mouthwashes.
Still, its active ingredient --stabilised chlorine dioxide -- kills
bad bacteria and neutralises
volatile sulphur compounds, the
main culprits of strong mouth
odours,” she said like a true dentist’s daughter.
Moreover, as a singer and host,
oral hygiene is a top priority for
Karylle since her mouth and
voice are her key tools.
“It’s important for me to have
a healthy mouth and fresh breath
because it gives me a certain level of confidence while I am performing,” she said.
“So at the end of the day, this
endorsement is one that’s really up my alley. I’m very happy
to be OraCare’s newest brand
ambassador,” she concluded
with a smile.
Karylle: reason to smile
Shelter, livelihood
main struggles for
storm survivors
Tacloban City
Typhoon survivor Kristina Cano, 25, puts on socks to her daughter Hannah, seven, prior to her school, inside their makeshift house at Anibong village which was severely damaged by the
2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte province yesterday.
Militants’ ransom showcase
causes concern for military
The Al Qaeda-linked Abu
Sayyaf apparently posted on
social media a short video
showing its members with
stacks of the Philippine
currency, which they said
was ransom for two German
hostages freed last month
he Philippine military
alarm that rebels may go
on an arms spending spree after they posted a video online
showing what they claimed to
be a multimillion-dollar ransom windfall.
The Al Qaeda-linked Abu
Sayyaf apparently posted on social media a short video showing its members with stacks of
the Philippine currency, which
they said was ransom for two
German hostages freed last
In the video, Abu Sayyaf
spokesman Abu Rami claimed
the money on display in a jungle setting was the full 250mn
pesos ($5.7mn) demanded for
releasing the captives. “If this
is really ransom money, then
they can use it for evil purposes
like buying more arms,” military
spokesman Lieutenant Colonel
Harold Cabunoc told reporters.
Military chief General Gregorio Catapang also warned that
the showcasing of the money
may encourage other kidnappings, but said the money on
display might not be real.
German and Filipino authorities have refused to disclose
whether a ransom was paid to
secure the release of the Germans. The video was taken off
Faceboook and not available for
general viewing yesterday.
But a major daily newspaper
carried a photo grab from the
two-minute clip on its front
page. A local reporter with Abu
Sayyaf contacts who viewed the
video before it was taken offline said he believed the video
was genuine, although it was
not possible to say whether the
money was indeed the ransom
payment. The Germans — Stefan Okonek, aged in his 70s,
and his partner, Henrike Dielen, in her 50s — were freed
on October 17 on the remote
southern island of Jolo after
six months in the hands of the
Abu Sayyaf.
Philippine authorities said
the Germans were snatched at
sea as they sailed a yacht near
the western Philippine island
of Palawan. The Abu Sayyaf,
founded in the 1990s with
seed money from the Al Qaeda
network of Osama bin Laden,
is blamed for the worst terror
attacks in recent Philippine
These have included frequent kidnappings for ransom
of Christians and foreigners
in remote areas of the southern Philippines with minority
Muslim populations.
Philippine authorities are
believed often to help in the
ransom negotiations, but never
admit any involvement. Officially, the government has a
no-ransom policy. The military
estimates the Abu Sayyaf only
has about 400 armed п¬Ѓghters.
But the group enjoys the
support of some local communities and is believed to
sustain itself through its
lucrative kidnap-for-ransom
Bandits are also known to
kidnap people and then sell
them on to the Abu Sayyaf.
Foreign department urges Filipinos in strife-torn Yemen to return
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
yesterday raised Alert Level 3 in Yemen
and urged almost 700 Filipinos there to
come home, Manila Times reported. The
DFA said the political and security situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate
and gave Filipinos there until November
30 to register for repatriation. The depart-
ment said it imposed a deadline because
the rapid response team (RRT) that would
pick up the Filipinos cannot stay there
for long. The government has no formal
representation in Yemen because its jurisdiction falls under the Philippine Embassy
in Riyadh. The DFA said the Philippine
Embassy has informed all Filipinos that
the alert level has been raised from two
(restriction phase) to three (voluntary
repatriation). There are 691 Filipinos in
Yemen, 508 of which are in Sana’a, the
capital city where Houthi rebels are
reportedly holed up. The rebels are also
responsible for the attacks against civilians by separatists and the members of
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
“All Filipinos are strongly advised to leave
Yemen as soon as possible. Currently, a
total deployment ban is imposed and all
travel to Yemen including those who are
on vacation and returning to Yemen will
not be allowed,” the statement from the
department said.
ays after super typhoon
Haiyan wiped out their
seaside community in
the eastern Philippine city of Tacloban, Pacita de la Cruz and her
family constructed a ramshackle
hut from debris they recovered.
One year later, the family is
still living in the same shack,
along the road near the city’s
seaside airport.
“It’s been tough, but we are
surviving,” said the 46-yearold mother, sitting on a bamboo
bench outside the hut. “But now
we’ve been told that we can’t live
here anymore because this is a
danger zone,” she added, referring to government-designated
areas 40 metres or less from the
Across the city, 72-year-old
п¬Ѓsh vendor Mateo Delingon and
his family are also waiting to be
relocated from the coastal village
of Anibong, where eight cargo
and passenger ships smashed
into houses at the height of Haiyan’s fury.
“We’re not looking forward to
it, but we have no choice because
we’re not safe here,” said the
father of three, as he sat by the
door of his makeshift house just
opposite one of the grounded
cargo ships.
“How will I fish if we’re far
away from the sea?” he asked.
More than 4mn people were
displaced when Haiyan left a
swathe of destruction in its path
through the Philippines on November 8, 2013.
At least 1mn survivors were
residents of coastal communities hit by tidal surges as high as
10 metres, and those are being
prioritised for relocation.
But survivors have complained that most of the resettlement sites were far from their
places of work, their children’s
schools, health centres and government offices.
So far, one year after the disaster, less than 1% of the resettlement houses required have
been built, according to the National Housing Authority.
“The magnitude of the disaster was so big that government structures and people were
overwhelmed by the workload,”
said Markus Koth, country coordinator for the German humanitarian organisation Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH).
“There’s still a lot to be done
but at the same time, I feel that
there’s already much accomplished,” he added.
In the worst-hit city of Tacloban, only 250 of more than
70,000 residents living in danger
zones have been permanently
The others are still in temporary shelters, bunkhouses,
makeshift homes or tents.
“We are working very hard to
get them all out of there,” said
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred
Romualdez, after visiting a construction site for permanent resettlement houses.
“No one’s going to be left behind,” he added.
Almost 90% of Tacloban, a regional hub in the eastern Philippines and a bustling commercial
city of more than 220,000 people, was destroyed by Haiyan.
The city is again buzzing with
commercial activity as stores,
restaurants, banks and hotels
have re-opened. The airport has
been rebuilt, but repairs are still
being done on the runway.
Public transport is back, along
with rush-hour congestion as
roads and bridges are being
п¬Ѓxed. A new public market is
also being built.
Electricity has been restored
in almost the entire city. But
livelihood remains a major concern for survivors, which destroyed more than $450mn of
crops, livestock and п¬Ѓsheries.
In nearby Tanauan town,
former п¬Ѓsherman Edwin Cinco
has started to raise pigs, drive a
rickshaw and sell п¬Ѓsh caught by
others to earn a living after losing his boat and failing to receive
a new one.
“I will do anything to feed my
family,” said the 36-year-old father of three young children.
“I can’t stand seeing them
The family used to stay in
a tent just a few metres from
a beach in the village of San
Roque, but Cinco has since built
a small wooden house with help
from the local government.
They have electricity and a
deep well for water. His wife,
Maricel, planted vegetables in
their small front yard, which
they share with Cinco’s parents.
“Sometimes, we just don’t
know where to get money,” she
said, crying as she checked on
one of her children who had fever.
“Our children don’t get
enough to eat and I’m worried
about their health.”
Glints of hope emerge in typhoon-hit Tacloban
itting on a wooden stool as his
customers mill around clutching burgers and bottles of beer,
Jacques Palami talks enthusiastically
about life in Tacloban a year after the
central Philippines town was slammed
by Typhoon Haiyan.
Owner of the brightly-lit pop-up
bar Na Ning, Palami is one of a growing number of victims of the strongest storm on record to hit land who are
committed to rebuilding the coastal
town that many feared was beyond
repair. Palami, 26, lost his childhood
home and two relatives in the typhoon
that destroyed 90% of Tacloban after
it hit land on Nov 8, killing, or leaving
missing, some 7,000 people.
Typhoon Haiyan forced as many as
4mn people to flee their homes as it
powered across the central Philippines,
packing winds of up to 315 km an hour
and causing seven metre storm surges.
Palami is among a group of local and
foreign entrepreneurs bringing innovation and hope to Tacloban, a city
Local and foreign customers visit Na Ning in downtown Tacloban.
with a registered population of around
220,000 where a year ago corpses lined
the streets and looters ran amok.
His bar, a refurbished truck that was
used by his family to deliver food to
relatives in the storm’s aftermath, is a
popular place for locals and foreign aid
workers to unwind.
“This is the time in Tacloban where
people are being creative and innovative because they have to be,” Palami,
who named his bar after his grandfather, told the Thomson Reuters Foun-
dation. “My vision is for Tacloban to
remain on the map.”
Palami, who spent 10 years working in Manila and abroad, returned to
Tacloban after Haiyan, the deadliest
Philippine typhoon on record, determined to help rebuild the city that is
about 580 kms southeast of Manila.
He set up the bar in January this year
and it is now parked just minutes from
some of the city’s landmarks -- the
cotton candy-coloured Santo Nino
church and a shrine said to be on the
site of the childhood home of Imelda
Marcos, the Philippines’ flamboyant
former п¬Ѓrst lady.
Jerry Yaokasin, Tacloban’s vice
mayor, said the city’s recovery so far
has been remarkable but much remains
to be done. About 3,000 people are still
living in dangerous areas and many
more are still struggling to rebuild a
livelihood. Tacloban, to all intent and
purposes, is now a functioning city
with much of the debris cleared, streets
buzzing with traffic, children back at
school and buildings patched up.
The scars are more obvious outside
Tacloban, in smaller, more rural municipalities where fallen trees and collapsed homes are still commonplace,
and in coastal neighbourhoods where
some families are still living in tents.
“Many thought we would not be able
to recover. People were hopeless, desperate and even suggested we should
just abandon the city,” Yaokasin said in
a phone interview.
But many, like Palami, refuse to give
up hope. Filipino actor Jourdan Sebastian and American development worker Justin Capen are the founders of
the social enterprise Taclob -- mean-
ing “to cover” in local dialect -- that
is producing eco-friendly waterproof
backpacks made by typhoon survivors.
Every purchase of a “Compassion”
backpack made of red Japanese truck
tarpaulin and denim from jeans donated by Germany triggers a donation of a
nylon orange “Courage” backpack that
can double up as a floatation device to
school children.
“Our main premise on doing this
was that we would create an opportunity for the survivors ... the ability to
give them the dignity of providing for
themselves once again,” Capen said at
an event this month on the countdown
to the Haiyan anniversary. “The backpack (also) gives the children courage so they don’t have to be afraid of
storms anymore.”
Felipa Balbuana, 36, is one of around
20 employees and typhoon survivors
working in a factory on the second
floor of a supermarket in downtown
Tacloban to produce the backpacks.
Balbuana, a mother of four, was a
housewife with no sewing experience
who lost her home to the storm. She
was looking to supplement her husband’s increasingly meagre income as
a п¬Ѓsh vendor when Taclob came to her
neighbourhood seeking staff.
“I’m very happy to have a job,” she
said. A resource centre set up by nonprofit organisation Philippines Communitere, based on a similar centre in
post-earthquake Haiti, is aiming to
provide more work opportunities.
Its two main attractions are a 3-D
printing lab and a space for local carpenters, welders and handicraft makers.
After raising almost $25,000 from
a crowd funding platform, the centre
officially opens this month with over a
dozen typhoon survivors who lost their
homes already using the space.
A different kind of hope for Tacloban
has come from members of a youth
choir hoping to win this year’s prestigious National Music Competitions for
Young Artists (Namcya), where the nation’s best choirs, pianists and chamber musicians compete.
The choir of the St Theresa Educational Foundation of Tacloban, a private school, will represent both the city
and Leyte province at the annual Namcya this month in Manila after their
planned entry last year was shelved
when Haiyan hit.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Lankan president seeks
court nod for third term
ri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has asked
the Supreme Court to determine if there is any constitutional obstacle to his becoming president for a third term,
something the top lawyers’
association says he cannot do.
Rajapakse and his family
have a tight grip on Sri Lanka’s
economy and on politics which
critics characterise as an unusually personalised system of
government. He has also been
criticised over human rights
The government has said it
will hold an early election amid
some indications its popularity
is fading but to secure another
term as President Rajapakse
must ensure the constitutional
path is clear.
Rajapakse abolished a twoterm presidential limit in 2010
stranded after
strike hits
airport work
A four-hour-long strike that
paralysed Sri Lanka’s main
international airport ended
yesterday with the government
agreeing to workers’ demand for
a pay rise, officials said.
Trade unions representing
employees at Bandaranaike
International Airport, 30km north
of the capital, were demanding
a minimum salary increase of
Rs8,000 ($62).
“The government agreed to the
demands of the workers and
resolved the issue,” an official said.
The strike that was launched last
evening has brought the operations
at the Bandaranaike International
Airport to a complete halt. According
to airport officials, the baggage
belts have stopped running and
the arriving passengers have faced
severe difficulties.
Some 3,000 passengers were
held up, unable to leave the
country due to the strike, a
spokesman for the airport said.
Several flight departures were
delayed leaving passengers
The authorities accused the
strikers of disconnecting
electricity power supply at the
airport. This has forced the
immigration officials to halt
electronic operations and work
manually, officials said.
“The control tower of the airport
was operating and could facilitate
the landing of inbound flights
although the departures are
delayed,” an official said.
Bandaranaike airport is the
biggest international airport in Sri
Lanka, and the hub for national
carrier Sri Lanka Airlines.
contest a third term,” Upul Jayasuriya, president of the Bar
Association, said.
but the Bar Association says
the limit still applies to him as
the amendment was brought in
during his second term, after he
won under the provisions of the
earlier constitution.
The Supreme Court said
yesterday Rajapakse had asked
if he could proclaim his intention to seek another term when
he completes the fourth year
of his second six-year term on
November 19, the court’s registrar said in a letter to the Bar
He has also asked the Supreme Court to determine if
there was any impediment to
him being elected for another
term, the registrar said in the
letter, a copy of which was seen
by Reuters.
The registrar, MM Jayasekera, told the Bar Association to
inform its member of the president’s request, and if they had
any points to make, they should
submit them in writing.
“Our position is he can’t
“We have made written
submissions and we have
also asked the court to
give us on opportunity to
make oral submissions in
open court”
“We have made written submissions and we have also asked
the court to give us on opportunity to make oral submissions in
open court,” he said.
Rajapakse, 68, came to power
in 2005 and retained the presidency in 2010 on a wave of popularity after the military defeat
of ethnic Tamil rebels in 2009,
ending a 26-year civil war.
The Bar Association argues that he cannot contest
for a third term without a parliamentary vote to make the
scrapping the two-term limit
retrospective. Then it must be
angladesh has made seven requests seeking data
of 17 Facebook accounts
starting from January to the
end of June of this year.
But Facebook sealed access to
�three contents’ for users in Bangladesh following the government’s
requests made between July and
December last year.
The contents, considered �seditious’ under Bangladesh law,
prompted Facebook to take action.
It was found in the statistics that they themselves have
revealed it recently.
Facebook said in its Government Requests Report: “We
respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each
and every request we receive
is checked for legal sufficiency
and we reject or require greater
specificity on requests that are
overly broad or vague.”
Mahinda Rajapakse ... eying third term
Bangladesh unveils solar power
plan for 3mn rural families
By Mizan Rahman
angladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday unveiled a plan
to provide solar home system (SHS) to 3mn more rural
families in next three years as
part of the scheme to produce
24,000megawatt (MW) electricity by 2021, with 10% from
solar power.
She said the government is
engaged in intense discussion
with the neighbouring countries to enhance regional cooperation in the power sector.
The prime minister was addressing a function in Dhaka
yesterday on the occasion of
celebrating installation of
3mn solar home systems in the
country by the Infrastructure
Development Company Ltd
She said electricity has become as a basic demand of
people now. Electricity coverage has been largely increased
over the years since 2009 due
to the constant stride of the
“Despite about 38% people
of the country still not having
access to electricity, in realisation of the election pledge of
my party every household will
get electricity connection,”
she said, adding that existing
Sheikh Hasina: “Every household will get electricity connection.”
diesel-run pumps and minigrids of the country will be replaced gradually through solar
powered irrigation pumps and
mini-grid projects.
Finance Minister Abul Maal
Abdul Muhith, PM’s adviser
Data of 17 Facebook
accounts sought
By Mizan Rahman
approved by a referendum.
But legal experts backing
Rajapakse say he can call an
early election after four years
in office, and serve again as
president if he wins.
Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said last
month a presidential election
would be held in January, nearly
two years ahead of schedule.
Rajapakse has been accused
of rights abuses and nepotism. He insists any relatives in
parliament are there because
people elected them and not
because he chose them.
His ruling United People’s
Freedom Alliance (UPFA) party won a local election in the
southeastern province of Uva
in September but with sharply
lower support.
Rajapakse cut taxes and increased salaries, subsidies and
welfare spending in a populist budget last month aimed
at winning votes ahead of the
In this report, Facebook
provided the country-wise
statistics of the governments’
requests and their responds.
According to Facebook,
neighbouring India made 4,559
requests seeking data on 5,958
users, in which case the company responded to 50.87% of
the requests made by the Indian
It also said, “We restricted access in India to a number of pieces of content reported primarily
by law enforcement officials and
the India Computer Emergency Response Team under local laws prohibiting criticism
of a religion or the state.”
Upon requests, 4,960 pieces
of content were restricted, the
report showed.
The United States made
15,433 Law Enforcement Requests for Data of 23,667 Users/Accounts, 80.15% of which
were duly responded to.
71.68% of 2,110 requests of
Britain for 2,619 accounts.
Facebook said requests by
governments for user information rose by about a quarter in
the п¬Ѓrst half of 2014 over the
second half of last year.
In the п¬Ѓrst six months of
2014, governments around the
world made 34,946 requests for
data. During the same time, the
amount of content restricted
because of local laws increased
about 19%.
“We’re aggressively pursuing
an appeal to a higher court to
invalidate these sweeping warrants and to force the government to return the data it has
seized,” the company said in a
company blog post on Tuesday.
Google reported in September a 15% sequential increase
in the number of requests
in the п¬Ѓrst half of this year,
and a 150% rise in the last
п¬Ѓve years, from governments
around the world to reveal
user information in criminal
on energy affairs Towfiq-eElahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid,
World Bank country director
Johannes C M Zutt also spoke
on the occasion with economic relations division secretary
in charter
and chairman of IDCOL Mohammad Mejbahuddin in
the chair.
Later, the PM through a
video conference, talked to the
beneficiaries of IDCOL solar
home system in Char Janajat
of Shibchar of Madaripur district, local parliament member
and the deputy commissioner
of the district.
Praising the role of IDCOL
in producing renewable energy in the country, Hasina said
the government established
IDCOL in 1997 for linking the
public and private organisations working for large and
medium infrastructure development and generation of
renewable energy.
Over the last 17 years, she
said, IDCOL has emerged as
a big partner in п¬Ѓnancing infrastructure development and
power generation in private
sector, she said.
The prime minister said protection of environment is very
crucial for sustainable development growth, reducing the
consumption of fossil fuel.
To do this happen, she said,
there is need to put in place a
smart, clean and efficient energy
in place of carbonised fuel.
environmental planning and
technological roadmap for
building carbon efficient sus-
tainable economic growth, the
prime minister said, a massive
global initiative is required for
promoting development of
renewable energy.
Hasina said the government
has formulated the national
energy policy after taking office in 1996 giving priority
on use, publicity and promotion of renewable energy. In
the Vision-2021 of the Awami
League, she said, importance
was given on generation of alternative renewable sources.
The PM said soon after taking office in 2009 her government designed a specific plan
to increase power generation,
expansion of the gridline and
promotion of the renewable
energy to reach electricity to
every house by 2021.
All those initiatives helped
augmenting solar power production to a large extent, she
said, adding the number of
SHS was less than 300,000
when Awami League assumes
office, which has increased
10 times only in п¬Ѓve years, facilitating about 15mn people to
enjoy solar power.
Hasina said rural electrification has helped bringing
momentum in the economic
activities of small traders, cottage industries and other occupations in the rural area.
Students are getting more time
for study.
Smuggled turtles seized
he rift between ruling
and opposition parties in
Nepal has further escalated as the January 22 deadline
of constitution drafting draws
closer, cross-party leaders said
There is sharp division regarding the process to be adopted and
key contentious issues of the new
constitution, yet there is no sign
of the gap being bridged in the
near future.
The country’s ruling parties,
Nepali Congress and CPN-UML,
have come up with a common
position on contentious issues
to begin the voting process, saying that as they command twothirds of vote in the constituent
assembly, their proposal should
be discussed.
But opposition parties UCPN
(Maoist) and Madhes-based
parties are of the view that the
constituent assembly cannot
take up the proposal, for fear of
being sidelined from the ongoing constitution drafting process if the proposal is taken to the
constituent assembly.
Baburam Bhattarai, chairman,
political dialogue and consensus
committee, a constituent assembly committee responsible for
settling the contentious issues of
the new constitution, has intensified cross-party talks to bridge
the gap.
Bhattarai is meeting top leaders of the major parties and people hoped this would bring the
parties closer and give the new
constitution a chance.
Leader of banned
outfit arrested
from Dhaka
A leader of the banned militant
outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI) has
been arrested in Bangladesh,
police said.
Md Ibrahim, 40, was nabbed
from Sayedabad area of Dhaka
on Tuesday night, said Dhaka
Metropolitan Police’s Detective
Branch (DB) additional deputy
commissioner Saidur Rahman.
Detective Branch deputy
commissioner Jahangir Hossain
Matubbar said that Ibrahim, who
recently received terror training
abroad, was the chief of the
organisation’s operations wing.
Details of the arrest will be
provided in a media briefing later,
said the police official.
On Saturday, three HuJI members
were held from Dhaka’s Postogola
area. Two of them were planning
to take training in Pakistan, police
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB),
earlier, arrested some members
of the outfit, who were caught
with explosives, detonators and
other bomb-making materials.
Forex reserves
reach over $22bn
in Oct: top bank
Thai policeman and customs officials inspecting confiscated Black Pond Turtles or Hamilton
Pond Turtles seized from Bangladeshi passengers’ suitcases during a press conference at
Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok yesterday. Thai customs seized 669 smuggled Black Pond
Turtles or Hamilton Pond Turtles found inside eight suitcases of four passengers upon their
arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport from Dhaka, as the four suspected Bangladeshi citizens fled the
arrest, Thai customs said.
Bangladesh’s foreign exchange
reserves reached over $22bn
by the end of October this year,
the country’s central bank said
A Bangladesh Bank
spokesman, who declined to
be named, said that foreign
exchange reserves stood at
$22,265.34mn in October after
reaching $21,836.66mn in
The country’s foreign exchange
reserve hit an all-time high of
$22bn in the middle of August,
reflecting the country’s strength
from the economic and financial
point of view.
The central bank reserve had
earlier hit $21bn in the middle of
The BB, which in the last 2013-14
fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014)
had purchased around $5bn,
has bought over $1bn so far this
financial year 2014-15 (July 2014June 2015).
Bangladesh, with a population of
about 153mn, needs a reserve of
about $10bn to meet its import
bills for three months in light
of an internationally accepted
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BCCI’s decision
to sue WICB is
simply not cricket
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is
like a dictatorial regime whose raison d’etre doesn’t
go much beyond making money. Towards that end it
will do anything; trample over friend and foe, make a
mockery of ethics and congratulate itself when the job
is done without the slightest hint of regret, much less
The BCCI’s latest target is the West Indies cricket
Board, which is facing a whopping $42 million suit
following its team’s controversial decision to abandon
their recent tour of India over a pay dispute.
It’s no secret that the WICB is a dysfunctional body
– it has been for a long time – but by threatening to
crush it underfoot when its very survival is at stake is
something only the BCCI can think of.
The WICB has stood by the BCCI through thick and
thin. In fact, without the support of the Caribbean
board, the BCCI probably wouldn’t have become the
force it is today. It defies the spirit of cricket that the
Indian board went to the extent of publicly humiliating
the WICB without
taking into account the
cordial relationship
they enjoyed in the
Ideally, the BCCI
should have talked to its
Caribbean counterpart
and sorted out the issue
in a dignified manner.
By doing that it would have regained some of its lost
goodwill. Also, the BCCI’s claim that it lost millions
of dollars because of the team’s pullout is somewhat
dicey now because Sri Lanka п¬Ѓlled in for the West
Indies at short notice and the matches are being
played to full houses.
But there are still many who believe that the Indian
board is only posturing and that in the end it will settle
for much less. West Indies great Brian Lara, for one, is
hopeful that the BCCI would eventually tone down its
“I don’t think the BCCI will be that severe on us,”
Lara told BBC Sport.
“I believe West Indies cricket will be alive. I don’t
think anybody has the intention to end our game,” the
former top batsman added.
But the damage has been done.
It is common knowledge that the West Indies’
decline as a cricketing power has left the game poorer.
Indeed, the current generation of cricket fans brought
up on a diet of quick-п¬Ѓx thrills has no idea what the
Calypso Kings brought to the game.
A sense of great expectation surged through the
crowd when players like Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards,
Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding and later
on Lara walked onto the ground – so much so that it
hardly mattered even if you were not a West Indian.
Sadly, that is not the case anymore. It will require a
total revamp of the West Indies set-up for a change to
come about. That is why the Caribbean board needs
help at this stage, not a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
The Indian
board should
have dealt
with the issue
in a dignified
American Airlines’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flying out of the paintshop, sporting the airline’s controversial new livery.
Airlines enjoy a new wave
of headline grabbing stories
New brand identities, unique
liveries and the birth of new
aircraft are among activities
that generate as much news
coverage as the usual
stereotype stories
By Updesh Kapur
here’s been a flurry of activity
across the airline business
in recent weeks and months
– and there’s no sign of it
easing up.
We’re not talking about mega buck
aircraft orders, takeovers, superior
product enhancements or even route
launches. These are news stories that
consistently make headlines yearround.
In an industry that never fails to
excite and always good at securing
column inches in print and online
media, the emphasis in recent times
seems clearly to be on a fresh wave of
stories. New brand identities, unique
liveries and the birth of new aircraft
are among activities that generate
as much news coverage as the usual
stereotype stories.
Aircraft manufacturers and airlines
have been jumping onto the PR
bandwagon through feel-good stories
– those which are supposed to exude
a sense of pride, especially among
Any talk of cost-cutting, employee
disputes and route closures is
momentarily forgotten when such
stories surface.
Boeing’s newest aircraft, the
787 Dreamliner continues to grab
headlines, two years after its debut.
As new airline customers take
delivery of their п¬Ѓrst 787s, they make
noise – and plenty of it. Rightly so,
as the Dreamliner is the industry’s
newest flying machine with both
manufacturer and operator keen to
show off their assets.
Virgin Atlantic last month
celebrated the arrival its п¬Ѓrst 787
which was soon deployed on the
London Heathrow – Boston route.
This also marked the airline’s 30th
anniversary of flying: its first ever
route was to the US in 1984.
Having inducted its п¬Ѓrst new
aircraft type for many years, Virgin
flew the 787 onwards to Atlanta as
a �thank you’ gesture to US partner
Delta which purchased a 49% stake in
the British carrier last year.
And to top it all, Virgin’s inaugural
787 witnessed two London-based
bands performing the first ever inflight
gig to be streamed live at 35,000 feet
over the Atlantic.
It was a publicity drive that
generated headlines in the UK and
US as much as around the world.
The Virgin Atlantic PR machine
was, as ever, in full flow helped by its
entrepreneurial showman, chairman
Sir Richard Branson who was onboard
the launch flight.
American Airlines introduced its
п¬Ѓrst 787 to the world last week having
rolled out the aircraft from Boeing’s
paint shop in Seattle. American’s 787
represents a major fleet enhancement
for years and comes 12 months after
exiting Chapter 11 bankruptcy to enter
a new phase in its history.
A moment of pride for American
and its employees and one of Boeing’s
biggest customers, the US giant is
carrying with it controversial baggage
of an exterior revamp that was
unveiled last year.
For aviation enthusiasts, American
will not be forgiven for dropping its
iconic and instantly recognisable
“AA” tailfin logo in distinct red and
blue letters separated by an eagle, and
the fuselage in simple silver skin with
coloured stripes across it. The identity
change was American’s first for more
than 40 years.
The airline was lambasted by its
own employees as well as a loyal
customer base of millions for the
change, particularly for dropping the
retro “AA” logo.
American’s PR supremos are still
trying to contain the controversy one
year on. It hopes the arrival of the 787
and American’s revamped business
will shift criticism away from the
livery switch that costmns of dollars
to design.
A logo is a company trademark that
is at the heart of an organisation’s
identity, proudly reproduced on all
forms of communication channels.
It is said that the true test of a logo
is if it can be remembered and easily
sketched with reasonable accuracy by
a child.
And it is children that airlines have
a soft spot for, lately strengthening
partnerships with popular brands to
spruce up their profile and identity.
Last week, Taiwanese carrier EVA
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One of EVA Air’s Hello-Kitty-themed aircraft.
Hello Kitty takes to the air with selected themed aircraft of Taiwanese carrier EVA Air.
American Airlines’ iconic logo and
brand identity being phased out.
Air operated a scheduled flight from
the capital Taipei to Paris with its
chairman, a qualified pilot, at the helm
as captain of the Boeing 777 aircraft.
It was no ordinary aircraft.
The flight marked the expansion of
EVA’s highly popular portfolio of Hello
Kitty Jets, named after the п¬Ѓctional
Japanese children’s character.
The aircraft, painted in Hello Kitty
colours, continued EVA’s successful
nine-year-old franchise with Sanrio,
the Japanese company behind the
character. A number of EVA planes
sport the livery flying within Asia and
selected longer routes from Taipei.
But this is not just about a livery.
It’s more about the Helly Kitty kids’
experience and the joy of flying. This
year, the Hello Kitty brand which is
relatively new in the western world, is
celebrating its 40th anniversary. No
wonder the marketing teams behind
both the airline and Kitty brands are
enjoying the best of both worlds.
EVA’a Hello Kitty Jet experience
is a long-term marketing strategy.
Passengers travelling on any of the
branded flights begin their travels at
check-in at the airport with Hello
Kitty boarding passes and baggage
Onboard cabin crew wear pink
aprons featuring Hello Kitty designs.
More than 100 in-flight items are
decorated with the irresistible
characters – that is, of course, if you
п¬Ѓnd the characters irresistible. Items
include Hello Kitty headrest covers,
branded pillows, hand cream, napkins,
paper cups, utensils, and snacks and
In a further move to capitalise on
the marketing drive, EVA Air has
created a selection of limited edition
Hello Kitty duty free products that
fans can purchase during their
EVA and Sanrio worked together to
launch the п¬Ѓrst generation of Hello
Kitty themed jets in 2005. Nine years
on, the fleet of six themed aircraft –
each with a unique theme – serves
destinations such as Japan, Korea,
mainland China, Guam and even the
US west coast.
EVA’s Paris – Taipei route, now in
its 21st year of operations, was chosen
as the maiden European service to
feature Hello Kitty and her friends to
further raise awareness of the airline
among passengers in Europe and
demonstrate the importance of the
French route. The marketing approach
showing characters joining hands
across the entire length of the fuselage
is designed to bridge cultural barriers
and encourage new friendships from
around the world.
The Chinese too have been making
headlines this year. In April, the
country’s first-ever home grown
commercial jet successfully completed
a 30,000km test flight around the
world. Last week, the Commercial
Aircraft Corporation of China’s
(COMAC’s) 78-seater jet took to the
air for its first domestic test flight.
As the world’s airlines buy from
manufacturers in the US, France,
Canada and Brazil, a regional aircraft
from China has long been on the
cards. It plans to enter commercial
operations with Chengdu Airlines
by the end of next month marking
China’s entry into the manufacturing
world dominated by Boeing (the US),
Airbus (Europe), Bombardier (Canada)
and Embraer (Brazil).
COMAC has so far received orders
for more than 250 of the J21-700
regional jets, mainly from Asia,
heralding a new era in an industry
that, as explained earlier, never fails
to excite.
These are all milestones. The airline
industry continues to look to celebrate
a new era or simply mark a fresh
chapter in its illustrious history. The
current year is no different.
zUpdesh Kapur is a PR &
communications professional,
columnist, aviation, hospitality
and travel analyst, social and
entertainment writer. He can be
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Tech companies п¬Ѓnd themselves in a bind
Apple Inc and Google Inc
have announced
encryption tools for
smartphones in recent
months that are so tough to
crack that law enforcement
agencies aren’t able to get
information stored on the
mobile devices
By Amy Thomson
and Adam Satariano
San Francisco/Bloomberg
S technology companies are
facing escalating pressure
to let police and spies tap
into smartphone data
and e-mails in the name of п¬Ѓghting
terrorism. Silicon Valley so far shows
no sign it plans to give in.
Robert Hannigan, head of the UK’s
surveillance agency GCHQ, said this
week that Twitter Inc and Facebook
Inc were being abused by terrorists
and urged more co-operation from the
US Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) director James Comey similarly
criticised technology companies in
September for adding new safeguards
that prevented law enforcement from
gaining access to information stored
on mobile devices.
Law enforcement and intelligence
agencies, hindered by the encryption
technology, may lobby for legislation
requiring companies to give them
access, said Daniel Castro, senior
analyst with the Information
Technology and Innovation
Foundation. That would be similar to
how telecommunications companies
are required to work with the
government on phone taps.
Facebook said this week it had
recorded a 24% increase in requests,
to 35,000, for data from governments
around the world, compared with
a similar period last year. Facebook
supports an effort in the US Senate to
require a warrant to compel companies
to disclose stored contents of an
account, according to Chris Sonderby,
Facebook’s deputy general counsel.
“ISIS is really freaking people out,
with all those people being recruited
via social media,” said Victor Asal,
director of the center for policy
research at the University of Albany,
referring to the terror group Islamic
State (IS). “It’s really raising concerns
to a much higher level than we’ve
The pleas from government
agencies leave companies in a
quandary. If they comply, technology
companies risk being viewed by
customers as incapable of protecting
privacy. Resistance leaves them
susceptible to continued allegations of
abetting criminals.
“What a number of big companies
have started to do is anchor their
brands on privacy,” said Brian
Nussbaum, a University of Albany
professor. “Law enforcement has a
hunch that this will become more of
a trend as sophisticated encryption
becomes more widely available and
wants to prevent that door from
The latest round in the debate was
sparked by an editorial page article
published this week in the Financial
Times by Hannigan. Services that
encrypt messages or help users hide
their identities online, he wrote, had
become “the command- and-control
networks of choice for terrorists and
Apple Inc and Google Inc have
announced encryption tools for
smartphones in recent months
that are so tough to crack that law
enforcement agencies aren’t able
to get information stored on the
mobile devices, including photos, text
messages, contacts and web browsing
histories. The software is so secure
that the companies themselves aren’t
able to unlock the devices even if they
receive requests from government
The two companies make the
software that runs on more than 90%
of the world’s smartphones.
Hannigan’s missive was the latest
warning shot from European officials
concerned about the Internet’s role
in luring an estimated 3,000 young
Europeans to join militants in Syria
and Iraq. Technology now allows
militants to encrypt messages, a
practice once the preserve of “the
most sophisticated criminals or nation
states”, Hannigan said.
The pressure puts tech companies
in a bind between customers and law
enforcement, said Castro. They have
implemented tougher encryption to
help reassure customers worried about
governments snooping on their private
lives, as seen in the Edward Snowden
leaks from the National Security
Agency, according to him.
“Citizens right now don’t trust
what the government is doing in terms
of surveillance, and they don’t want
the companies they are handing their
information over to handing it over to
government agencies,” Castro said.
The advances in encryption have
left phone companies and Internet
providers outside the US stuck in the
middle. Until now, police in many
countries could ask companies like
Vodafone Group Plc and Deutsche
Telekom AG to decode traffic when
they sensed a threat. With US tech
companies holding the encryption
keys, carriers can no longer do that.
“It’s an international problem
because the companies are operating
across borders and law enforcement
authorities are operating within
borders,” said Stephen Deadman,
Vodafone’s chief attorney for privacy
issues. “It requires a diplomatic
Some analysts said it was ironic
that companies such as Google mined
the data of customers for commercial
gain while restricting the government
from doing the same to track down
potential threats.
“You have security on one side
and economics on the other,” said
James Lewis, senior fellow and
director of the strategic technologies
programme at the Center for
Strategic and International Studies
in Washington.
Yet others said that view was
wrongheaded. Customers give
over their information in exchange
for using the service, not with the
expectation it will be used by the
government, Castro said.
“Privacy as it relates to government
is very different from privacy as it
relates to commerce,” he said.
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Is chocolate good for you?
By Dr Luisa Dillner
he average Briton eats more
than 10kg of chocolate a
year, nearly 3kg more than
the average Belgian, who at
least has the excuse of temptation
from high-quality confection. So
it’s encouraging that research, albeit
partly funded by Mars, has found that
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drinks in 37 people aged between 50
and 70. Cocoa contains flavanol, an
antioxidant found in plants.
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of the participants. The researchers
found that people given cocoa
with high levels of flavanols scored
better on cognitive tests and had
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associated with memory.
Senior author Dr Scott A Small told
the New York Times: “On average,
the improvement of high-flavanol
drinkers meant they performed like
people two to three decades younger
on the study’s memory task.”
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want to devour enough chocolate to
keep their brain working as well as it
did 20 years ago?
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The study in Nature Neuroscience
was small and didn’t test anyone
under the age of 50. Although the
higher flavanol group did the cognitive
tests faster, they didn’t do better on
recall questions that focused on their
ability to remember if they had seen
an image before. Part of the study
examined the effects of exercise
on cognitive function and found
no effect – contradicting previous
research. Plus, you’d need to eat lots of
commercial chocolate to get the right
flavanol levels.
There is, however, other evidence
that chocolate has health benefits. A
review (admittedly not a systematic
one, which would be more reliable,
since it would tell you how the studies
included in the review were chosen)
of cocoa and cardiovascular health
in the journal Circulation suggests
that epicatechin, a specific flavanol,
may have antioxidant and antiinflammatory effects that protect
the inner walls of blood vessels from
atherosclerosis. So chocolate may be
due some credit for widening blood
vessels, keeping their lining smooth
and increasing blood flow.
Chocolate has also been found,
in some studies, to reduce blood
pressure and the risk of stroke.
Dark chocolate, with 70% cocoa
solids, is the healthiest, since it
has little sugar, its fat comes from
cocoa butter and it contains iron
and magnesium. However, since
commercial chocolate contains
about 500 calories for every 100g,
it’s worth rationing it.
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– sadly – plenty of better options out
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Emir and S Korean president
preside over official talks
H the Emir Sheikh
Tamim bin Hamad alThani and South Korean President Park Geun-hye
chaired a session of official talks
between Qatar and South Korea
here yesterday.
The talks, which were held at
the Blue House, dealt with bilateral relations and means of
enhancing them. Issues of common interest were also discussed
during the session.
The talks were attended by
members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir and
South Korean ministers and senior officials.
Following the talks, the Emir
and South Korean president witnessed the signing of the following agreements and memoranda
of understanding:
1. An agreement on military
co-operation between the governments of Qatar and South
2. A Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in the
п¬Ѓeld of health care and medical
sciences between the Supreme
Council of Health in Qatar and
the Ministry of Health and Welfare in South Korea. The pact
includes co-operation in alternative medicine, modern techniques, medical equipment for
healthcare, e-health and medical and pharmaceutical policies
and researches.
3. A Memorandum of Understanding in the п¬Ѓeld of youth between the Ministry of Youth and
Sports of Qatar and the Ministry
of Gender Equality and Family
of South Korea, aiming at encouraging communication and
exchange of visits of youth delegations, experts and specialists
in the п¬Ѓeld.
4. A Memorandum of Understanding between Qatar Central
Bank and the Bank of Korea,
aiming to document and promote co-operation in areas related to the practices of central
banks, exchange of information
on monetary policy, п¬Ѓnancial
stability, payment system and
other activities of central banks.
5. A Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in the
п¬Ѓeld of information technology
and communications between
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and South Korean President Park Geun-hye chairing a session of official talks in Seoul
the Ministry of Information and
Communication Technology of
Qatar and the Ministry of Science and Information Technology, Communication and Future
Planning of Korea, which aims to
encourage the exchange of cooperation between the two sides
in the п¬Ѓeld of information technology and communication.
6. A Memorandum of Understanding on the Korean-Qatari
co-operation for investment in
third countries between the Qatar Investment Authority and
the Office of the Prime Minister
of Korea, through the integration of Korea’s technology and
Qatar’s capital as part of what is
known as the Integration Initiative.
7. A Memorandum of Understanding for co-operation in the
field of technology and innovation between Qatar’s Ministry of
Energy and Industry and Korea’s
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, aims to promote
cooperation between Qatar and
South Korea in the п¬Ѓeld of devel-
opment of industrial technology.
HE Minister of Energy and
Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh
al-Sada signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with the chief
executive of Korea Smart Grid
Institute between Qatar General
Electricity and Water Corporation and the Korean institute.
Qatar Investment Authority’s
(QIA) Chief Executive Officer
Ahmad bin Mohamed al-Sayed
and Korea Investment Corporation Chairman (KIC) Hongchul
Ahn signed an MoU between
QIA and KIC to establish a $2bn
joint investment fund.
Qatar Petroleum (QP) Managing Director Saad Sherida alKaabi and Kogas Chief Executive
Officer Jang Seok Hyo signed two
MoUs between QP and Kogas on
co-operation in the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as vessel
fuel and co-operation in the use
of LNG as fuel.
In addition, Qatar University
(QU) President Sheikha Abdulla
al-Misnad and Korea Foundation President Hyun-seok Yu
The Emir holding talks with Prime Minister of South Korea Chung Hong-won in Seoul yesterday.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani being received by
South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House yesterday.
signed an MoU between QU and
Korea Foundation to enhance
and develop Korean studies in
QU starting at 2015.
The target of the MoU is that
the two sides increase Korean
studies curriculum at QU. The
Korean language curriculum will
be added to the languages programme at the university so that
students could register for it and
study the Korean language and
Earlier on arrival at the Blue
House, the Emir was accorded
an official reception.
Later, the Emir attended a
dinner banquet hosted by President Park Geun-hye at the Blue
Members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir
and a number of South Korean
ministers and senior officials
were also present.
The Emir met at his residence
in Seoul Prime Minister of South
Korea, Chung Hong-won, and
his accompanying delegation.
They reviewed the relations
between Qatar and South Korea
and ways of developing them
in various п¬Ѓelds, in addition to
a number of issues of common
In the evening, the Emir left
Seoul concluding a two-day official visit to South Korea.
He was seen off at Seoul
Military Airport by the Korean
Deputy Foreign Minister for
Foreign Affairs Lee Kyung-soo,
senior South Korean officials,
Qatar’s Ambassador in Seoul
Mohamed bin Abdulla al-Duhaimi and the Ambassador of
South Korea to Qatar Chung
HH the Emir sent a cable to
President Park Geun-hye and
Prime Minister Chung Hongwon thanking them for the warm
reception and hospitality accorded to him and the accompanying delegation during the
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and South Korean President Park Geun-hye witness the
signing of agreements yesterday.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, accompanied by South Korean President Park Geun-hye, inspects a guard of honour in Seoul
Qatar University (QU) President Sheikha Abdulla al-Misnad and Korea Foundation President
Hyun-seok Yu at the signing of an MoU between QU and Korea Foundation to enhance and develop
Korean studies in QU starting next year.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Series of exhibitions
in Qatar Museums’
autumn programme
By Joey Aguilar
Staff Reporter
athaf: Arab Museum of
Modern Art will launch
“Afterwards” on November 9, a first solo exhibition
in the Middle East by internationally acclaimed Iranian artist
Shirin Neshat.
As part of Qatar Museums’
events, the show presents a
group of new and existing produced works as well as the photographic series, “The Book of
Kings (2011)” and “Our House
is on Fire (2013)”, and the video
installation, Turbulent (1998),
which comment on the historical, cultural and political realities on which the artist has focused for the past 30 years.
This and other exhibitions and
events form part of Qatar Museums’ autumn programme this
November “in a celebration of
art, creativity and heritage”.
“The autumn programme
presents a valuable bridge between cultures, honouring the
traditions of the past while embracing the future by nurturing
emerging artistic talent here in
Qatar,” Qatar Museums has said
in a press statement.
A henna night will be held on
November 7 to celebrate the opening of “Afterwards” between 5pm
and 9pm at the Souq Waqif Arts
Centre. Visitors can choose from
a number of unique henna designs
by professional henna artists.
On November 11, Qatar Mu-
Hamad al-Eida, director of communications at Qatar Museums,
announced the upcoming exhibitions at a media event yesterday.
seums Gallery in Katara will
present “Yousef Ahmad: Story
of ingenuity”.
For more than three decades,
Ahmad’s work has been influenced by his surroundings and
emotional ties with Qatar’s
culture and traditions. He is a
pioneer of Qatar’s modern art
One of Ahmad’s masterpieces is
a historic depiction of Al Zubarah
Fort (oil paintings). The exhibition showcases three phases in his
career, from early oil paintings,
mixed media calligraphic pieces to
his new conceptual artworks.
Visitors can see his works from
10am to 8pm from Saturday to
Thursday except Sunday, and
from 3pm to 9pm every Friday.
Ongoing exhibition “Mathaf
Collection, Summary, Part 1,”
which opened on November 1,
showcases works from Qatar and
the Arab world, Iran, Turkey and
other regions historically connected to the Arab Peninsula.
The show features 100 artists
from the museum’s collection
of more than 8,000 works. It is
open from 11am to 6pm except
Monday and from 3pm to 8pm
every Friday.
Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali al-Thani, patron of
Mathaf and the Permanent Collection, had earlier stressed that
“Summary, Part 1” contributes
to developing research into the
collection and its interconnections with contemporary cultures that is also present online
in the Encyclopedia of Modern
Art and the Arab World, developed by Mathaf.
The Museum of Islamic Art
(MIA) is hosting a number of
exhibitions, such as “Building
Our Collection: Mughal and Safavid Albums”. It opened to public viewing on September 17 and
runs until February 21, 2015.
The exhibition showcases
MIA’s collection of miniatures
and calligraphy and reveals the
journey of artistic refinement
from the Middle East to Asia and
Europe across the centuries.
Then, on September 29, the
museum launched “The Tiger’s
Dream: Tipu Sultan”, which
looks into the life and times of
the South Indian ruler, statesman
and patron. Featuring a selection
of objects that reflect Tipu’s image as the “Tiger of Mysore”, its
main highlight is a rare display of
24 paintings showing his victory
at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780.
The exhibition continues until
January 24, 2015.
The exhibitions are presented by Qatar Museums led by
its chairperson, HE Sheikha Al
Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa
Qatar launches
п¬Ѓrst keyless mobile
check-in technology
By Peter Alagos
Business Reporter
atar has become the only country in the
Europe and the Mena region to introduce
the hospitality industry’s first keyless
mobile check-in technology, whose launch ceremony was held at W Doha Hotel & Residences
SPG Keyless is part of a global Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) initiative, which made its official debut this week across 10 hotels in Beijing,
Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, New York and
Los Angeles.
Powered by the SPG app (available on Apple iOS
or Android), SPG Keyless enables guests via Bluetooth technology to bypass the front desk (where
available), go directly to their room and unlock the
door with a simple tap of their smartphone.
Daniel Kerzner, vice-president (Digital, Loyalty
& Marketing), Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide,
said: “We will be launching the SPG Keyless in Abu
Dhabi next year and these two hotels will be leading
the way for keyless technology in the Middle East.”
SPG Keyless is an evolution of Starwood’s
Smart Check-In, another industry п¬Ѓrst that debuted at Aloft Hotels in 2011, allowing guests
to bypass traditional check-in and access their
rooms with a RFID-equipped (Radio-Frequency
Identification) key card.
Kerzner told Gulf Times that the company
would launch the $15mn keyless mobile checkin technology early next year across 150 hotels
worldwide, translating to more than 30,000 doors.
He added that all 442 rooms at W Doha Hotel
& Residences are already capable of providing the
technology to hotel guests.
“Currently, 50% or at least one of two guests at
W are already SPG members, many of them have
the app on their phones and we expect a large
percentage of SPG members to move to keyless in
the future,” Kerzner said.
To check in using the mobile, keyless technology, SPG members must register their phone once
through the SPG app and allow push notifications.
After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel
and approximately 24 hours before arrival, SPG
members are invited to opt in to SPG Keyless.
Daniel Kerzner uses a smartphone to
demonstrate the SPG Keyless technology.
PICTURE: Jayan Orma
Guests will receive a push notification noting that
they are checked in and the SPG app will update
with his/her room number and Bluetooth key
when the room is ready.
Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest can completely bypass the front desk (where available)
and go directly to his/her room. After ensuring
that his/her Bluetooth is enabled, the guest simply opens the SPG app, holds the smartphone to
the door lock, waits for the solid green light and
enters the room.
Kerzner said Starwood tapped lock manufacturer Assa Abloy to create an all-new, Bluetoothenabled lock and keyless software designed to
securely recognise and connect with a guest’s
mobile device.
When asked of the expected influx of more
tourists to Qatar, Kerzner said Starwood is looking at expanding the technology.
“We’re always thinking about what’s next with
the technology such as integrating it with the Apple Watch and using the app over multiple devices in case several people are staying in the room.
So, I think that is something that would continue
to see in the future,” he added.
Join in the festivities!
A fun-packed festival celebrating
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including music, cuisine, sports,
dance, culture and heritage.
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new Boeing aircraft
arrive at the HIA
Qatari Diar to own 70% in Oman project
atari Diar has signed an agreement with Oman’s Ministry of
Tourism to develop the �Ras AlHadd’ project at Sur City in the sultanate.
Qatari Diar will have a 70% stake in
the multi-use project and the remainder will be held by the Oman Tourism
Development Company (Omran).
The agreement was signed in Muscat yesterday by HE the Minister of
Finance and Chairman of Qatari Diar
Real Estate Investment Company, Ali
Sherif al-Emadi and Omani Minister
of Tourism, Ahmed bin Nasser al-Mehrizi.
Al-Emadi said, “We are always delighted to be present in the brotherly
Sultanate of Oman as we have extremely strong and close ties.”
“This agreement is part of the Qatari
Government’s focus to promote investment in Oman in order to serve the
common interests between our countries. We hope that this great project
will be the beginning of a new era of
co-operation in developing the tourism and economic sectors between the
two brotherly countries.”
Khalid Mohammed Sayed, Qatari
Diar Group CEO expressed happiness
to work in the sultanate and said, “I
am pleased to be here today in Oman
to mark such an important occasion
as the agreement to develop one of the
most beautiful areas in a truly wonderful country.”
“Our presence here showcases the
deep brotherly ties between Qatar and
Oman. I am confident that we will not
stop at the Ras Al-Hadd project, but
this project will be the п¬Ѓrst of a series
of unique projects that we want to implement here in Oman; a country that
is moving rapidly towards upscale and
unique tourism.”
On the importance of the Ras AlHadd development agreement to cater
to growing expectations on Oman becoming a word-class tourist destination, Wael al-Lawati, Omran CEO said,
“We are pleased to work with Qatari
Diar Company, the leading real estate
developer in the region. Their deep
experience from many international
markets in this п¬Ѓeld will no doubt be of
major benefit when implementing the
new project according to the highest
international standards.”
“Ras Al-Hadd has fantastic growth
potential as a destination for local,
regional and international tourists to
discover the stunning wildlife of the
region, and to experience the history
and hospitality of Omani culture. This
eco-themed project delivers a number
of unique tourist attractions within
the master plan, including a wildlife
preservation and observation park,
a marine life park, and of course, the
heritage village, which will celebrate
the rich history of Omani culture surrounding Ras Al-Hadd.
“The resort and residential developments, as well as the attractions, firmly
adhere to the core themes of sustainability and responsible tourism management. These principles are based
on joining hands with the local community, both in terms of job creation
as well as preserving and celebrating
the cultural heritage of the area, and
safeguarding the environment for future generations to enjoy. The Ras AlHadd project will make a significant
contribution towards maintaining the
continued growth in our tourism sector by providing a new and truly unique
destination within the Sultanate,” he
HE al-Emadi and al-Mehrizi with senior Qatari and Omani officials at the agreement signing ceremony in Muscat.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Qatar shares snap 3-day
bull run on correction in
telecom, bank sectors
By Santhosh V Perumal
Business Reporter
Strong correction - especially in
the telecom and banking sectors
– yesterday snapped a 3-day bull
run on the Qatar Stock Exchange
as its key index fell by a sizeable 271
points. Foreign institutions’ hurriedly
squared off their positions, leading
the 20-stock Qatar Index (based on
price data) to plummet about 2% to
13,528.67 points.
Large and mid cap equities came
under severe selling pressure in
the market, which is, however, up
30.34% year-to-date.
The index that tracks Shariahprincipled stock was seen melting
slower than the other indices in
the bourse, where trading volume
was largely skewed towards realty
and banking stocks.
The Total Return Index also shed
about 2% to 20,177.81 points, the All
Share Index by 1.78% to 3,420.36
points and the Al Rayan Islamic
Index by 1.64% to 4,597.51 points.
Market capitalisation eroded
1.95%, or more than QR14bn,
to QR730.41bn with large, mid,
small and micro caps melting
2.44%, 1.36%, 0.82% and 0.46%
Telecom stocks sunk 2.41%,
followed by banks and financial
services (2.35%), realty (1.68%),
industrials (1.43%), consumer
goods (0.82%), transport (0.79%)
and insurance (0.72%).
More than 81% of the stocks
were in the red with major losers
being QNB, Industries Qatar,
United Development Company,
Mazaya Qatar, Qatar Islamic Bank,
Commercial Bank, International
Islamic, Masraf Al Rayan, Aamal
Company, Ezdan, Vodafone Qatar,
Ooredoo, Nakilat and Milaha.
However, Islamic Holding Group
and Alijarah Holding were seen
bucking the trend.
Foreign institutions turned net
sellers to the tune of QR97.57mn
against net buyers of QR14.48mn
on Tuesday.
Domestic institutions’ net buying
fell to QR16.95mn compared to
QR18.49mn on Tuesday.
Qatari retail investors turned net
buyers to the extent of QR73mn
against net profit-takers of
QR35.8mn the previous day.
Non-Qatari individual investors’
net buying rose to QR7.57mn
compared to QR2.83mn on
Total trade volume was up 1% to
11.46mn shares, value by 14% to
QR564.98mn and transactions by
19% to 6,591. The market witnessed
a 46% surge in the real estate
sector’s trade volume to 5.38mn
equities, 53 in value to QR139.93mn
and 37% in deals to 1,344.
The insurance sector’s trade
volume soared 25% to 0.25mn
stocks, value by 28% to
QR12.86mn and transactions by
56% to 187.
The banks and financial services
sector reported a 24% expansion
in trade volume to 2.32mn shares,
55% in value to QR224.31mn and
45% in deals to 2,201.
However, the telecom sector’s
trade volume plummeted 49% to
1.05mn equities, value by 41% to
QR30.29mn and transactions by
22% to 485.
There was a 47% plunge in the
transport sector’s trade volume
to 0.65mn stocks, 34% in value to
QR30.21mn and 7% in deals to 438.
The consumer goods sector saw
its trade volume shrink 40% to
0.5mn shares, value by 28% to
QR22.91mn and transactions by
25% to 269.
The industrials sector’s trade
volume tanked 13% to 1.31mn
equities and value also by 13% to
QR104.47mn but on 12% gain in
deals to 1,667.
In the debt market, a total of
25,000 treasury bills valued at
QR248.96mn traded across three
transactions; where there was no
trading of government bonds.
Dubai stocks sink
most in world as oil
slides to 4-year low
ubai’s stocks fell the most among
global markets yesterday as oil
extended declines while Saudi
shares slumped amid heightened security concerns.
The benchmark DFM General Index dropped 3.3%, the most in three
weeks, to 4,400.80 at the close. That
is the steepest slide among 93 gauges
worldwide tracked by Bloomberg so
far yesterday. Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul
All Share Index lost 1.6% for the thirdworst decrease, taking its two-day decline to 5.1%.
Brent crude sank to $82.31 a barrel at 4.35pm in Dubai, the lowest level
since October 2010, extending the bear
market reached last month on signs the
biggest Opec producers are discounting
prices to keep market share.
Saudi Arabia’s state-owned producer
lowered its charges to the US, where
production is the highest in three decades. The six-nation Gulf Co-operation
Council that includes Saudi Arabia
and the UAE holds about a third of the
world’s proven oil reserves.
“The markets are reacting to the continued decline in oil prices because their
economies are highly dependent on oil,”
Tariq Qaqish, the head of asset management at Dubai-based Al Mal, said by
phone from Dubai. “Also, yesterday’s
(Tuesday) drop in Saudi Arabia’s market, which is the biggest in the region, is
affecting the sentiment throughout the
An investor looks up at screens displaying stock information at the Dubai Financial Market. The benchmark DFM General
Index yesterday dropped 3.3%, the most in three weeks, to 4,400.80 at the close.
Gulf. If you couple this with security concerns in the region, you get this selloff.”
Saudi Basic Industries Corp, the
world’s biggest petrochemicals maker,
retreated 2.9% to 102.63 riyals, the lowest in a year. Etihad Etisalat Co plunged
9.7% in Riyadh, bringing its two-day
decline to 19% after the Saudi market
regulator started a probe into possible
violations of rules by the phone operator in disclosing quarterly results.
The selloff followed the death of two
Saudi security personnel amid nationwide arrest raids in response to an attack in the oil-rich east. Masked gunmen attacked Shia villages on Monday,
killing at least п¬Ѓve.
Saudi Arabia’s Information Minister
Abdulaziz Khoja stepped down, the official Saudi Press Agency reported yesterday, citing a royal decree.
Shares in Abu Dhabi dropped 2.4%.
Kuwait’s benchmark SE Price Index
slipped 1.4% and the main gauge in
Oman declined 1.3%. The Bloomberg
GCC 200 Index, which tracks the top
200 equities in the GCC, decreased 2%.
“If Brent breaks below $80 a barrel,
it’s going to be a sharp decline for the
regional markets,” Hisham Khairy, the
Dubai-based head of institutional trade
at Mena Corp Financial Services, said
by phone.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Real estate
sector tops
M&A deals
in the Gulf
Doha Bank wins euro STP award from Deutsche Bank
Doha Bank has received Deutsche Bank’s �Award For Excellence’ in euro Straight-through Processing (STP). The award recognises Doha Bank’s high quality of outbound euro-denominated
payment messages throughout the entire transaction cycle to the payment destination. The award was presented by Sumit K Roy, Deutsche Bank, managing director, head Middle East and
Africa (cash management for financial institutions, global transaction banking) to Dag Reichel, Doha Bank’s head of wholesale banking, in the presence of other senior officials. “Doha Bank
strives to achieve operational excellence in all its activities and is proud to offer a combination of local market expertise, global presence and advanced technology to support our clients’
processing requirements. Doha Bank also believes in fostering innovation across all banking functions, while ensuring best in class services for all clients,” Reichel said. STP automates the
end-to-end processing of capital markets and payment transactions, significantly aiding the process by automating it from the point of the first deal to final settlement, eliminating human
error and discrepancies across the transaction cycle, reducing operating costs, ensuring accuracy and shortened transaction periods. Doha Bank manages the second largest corporate
and commercial lending portfolio in Qatar and has an active presence in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Dubai managed by a team of specialist bankers.
Mena IPOs jump 10-fold,
set for further surge in ’15
he Middle East and North Africa
(Mena), which has registered a 10-fold
year-on-year jump in capital raising
through maiden offers during the third quarter of this year, is expected to see further surge
in IPOs in 2015 on robust valuations, according to Ernst & Young (EY).
“Mena IPO (initial public offering) activity
is expected to surge in 2015, particularly in the
GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) countries,
with market valuations returning to somewhere near pre-п¬Ѓnancial crisis levels. Companies in the п¬Ѓnancial services and real estate
sectors continue to dominate the pipeline,”
Phil Gandier, Mena head of transaction advisory services, EY, said.
With a growing regional economy and
regulatory initiatives being implemented, investor confidence is slated to rise and bring
liquidity to the market, he said. Government
spending on infrastructure and diversification
of oil-based economies have created more
opportunities in the private sector, he added.
“These continued developments are expected to encourage companies to raise capital from the market,” he said, observing that
Mena companies raised $1.7bn through IPOs
in the third quarter against $150.7mn in the
year-ago period.
Emaar Malls Group (EMG) was listed on the
Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and the two
IPOs of Zain Bahrain and DГ©lice Holding (Tunisia), which closed in Q3, 2014, are expected
to be listed in the beginning of the fourth
“The Q3 witnessed the largest IPO of 2014
to date; Emaar Malls Group raised $1.6bn, potentially signaling a shift in the regional business perception of local markets,” Gandier
The IPO, which closed in September this
year, was heavily oversubscribed (over 30
times), indicating growing investor confidence and appetite to deploy capital which
has been waiting on the side-lines, he added.
EMG was one of the п¬Ѓrst companies to capitalise on planned regulatory reforms in the
UAE by being exempted from having to float
55% of existing shares, ahead of the new regulations being implemented. It floated close to
15% of its shares on the DFM to raise $1.6bn.
Mayur Pau, Mena IPO Leader, EY, said Q3
historically has the lowest activity of the year
and this trend has continued in 2014.
“However, the strong fundamentals of the
Mena region and improved valuations are
likely to drive IPO volume, with a significant
backlog expected to come to market over the
next quarters as companies wait to go public
at the right time,” he said.
The Mena capital markets have been introducing new reforms and relaxing rules in an
attempt to encourage local companies consider domestic IPOs. Saudi Arabia’s recent
announcement to open its stock market to
direct investment by foreign financial institutions is likely to raise its profile on the international scene.
Given the forthcoming changes in UAE
regulations, a further potential boost for the
UAE stock market is the proposed listing of
Damac, the luxury property developer, on
the DFM. Damac has global depository receipts currently listed on the London Stock
“The more relaxed regulations are increasing the attractiveness of local markets. Regional regulators are continuing to focus more
on measures to increase IPOs, thus leading
to a much-needed deepening of the equity
market in the region and improved sentiment
from global investors,” Pau said.
The Mena regional authorities have also
been streamlining IPO rules to encourage
some of the region’s family business to list as a
way of making business more transparent, he
Gandier: Growing regional economy.
Beltone Financial
planning to raise
money for growth
gypt’s Beltone Financial has received regulatory approval for a two-stage plan to raise up to 242mn Egyptian pounds ($33.85mn) to fund growth in its financial
services businesses.
Egypt’s stock market regulator said in a statement yesterday it had approved the fundraising.
Beltone’s shares rose by 10%, prompting a brief suspension in trading.
The п¬Ѓnancial services company said it planned to raise
42mn pounds in the п¬Ѓrst phase by issuing free shares to existing shareholders instead of paying cash dividends.
In the second phase, it plans a rights issue to raise between 100mn and 200mn pounds.
Osama Rashad, Beltone’s head of investor relations, told
Reuters that the investment п¬Ѓrm would invite shareholders
to a general assembly on November 23 to approve the capital
With more than 200 staff, Beltone’s activities include
brokerage, asset management, investment banking and private equity operations. Foreign operations include offices in
Dubai and London.
Beltone chairman Aladdin Saba told Reuters in an interview last month his company planned to invest 300mn
pounds next year to expand domestic operations because it
believed the worst of the country’s economic instability had
Egypt’s economy has been battered by three years of political upheaval since a 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni
Mubarak after 30 years in power.
In July 2013, then army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
overthrew democratically-elected president Mohamed
Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood after protests against
his rule.
Sisi went on to win a presidential election in May, pledging to restore stability, and his government has made a raft
of long-awaited economic reforms.
The real estate sector appears to be more
appealing in mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
in the Gulf Co-operation Council, going by the
data for the first three quarters of this year.
Highlighting that one GCC sector that has
showed particular strength in 2014 is real
estate, Mergermarket, the world’s leading
intelligence and news service for M&As, said
in the first three quarters of 2014 there have
been five real estate deals in total - two more
than during the same period last year.
Of the GCC’s total transaction deal value for
2014 Q1-Q3 ($8.9bn), real estate accounted
for 54.1%. Globally the energy, mining and
utilities sector was in the pole position
($423bn) at the end of Q3, up 35.6% on the
same period last year, it said.
However, so far in 2014, the GCC has
experienced fall in targeted M&A activity,
following a post-crisis high in value and deal
count during 2013, it said; adding the total
value of GCC deals in the first three quarters
of 2014 has reduced by 38.6% compared
with the same period last year, in which deal
values totalled $14.5bn.
The decreased value is at odds with the
global M&A landscape, in which the total
value of deals for Q1-Q3 in 2014 was up
11.7% on the last full year. Global deals to
the end of Q3 ($2.49tn) make 2014 the third
highest annual value on record after 2006
and 2007.
“The findings of our report are surprising,
particularly given the high volume and
value of deals that took place in the GCC
during 2013. The decline in value this year
is partly explained by the lower number of
deals that have actually been announced.
However, with news that the CMA will be
opening Saudi Arabia’s market to foreign
investment, and the upgrade of Qatar
and the UAE to emerging markets on the
MSCI Index, we expect to see growth in the
region’s transaction landscape in 2015,”
Beranger Guille, Editor of Mergermarket,
Another reason identified in the report for the
decline in deal value is that lower price-tags
have been attached to GCC companies in
2014. The number of deals in the consumer
sector has nearly doubled during the first
three quarters of this year, but the $719mn
accumulated by those deals represented
a decline in value of 141.6% from the same
period in 2013.
Phil Gandier, Middle East and North Africa
head of transactions at Ernst & Young, said
with the revival of economic growth in the
GCC and the surge in financial markets, there
has been an overall improvement in investor
confidence and deal activity has increased in
consumption led sectors such as real estate
and construction, consumer products and
diversified industrials.
“The opening of financial markets is expected
to translate into stronger deal flows and
more M&A opportunities in the near future.
The GCC markets and Saudi Arabia in
particular are luring international investors,
with inbound deals comprising a third of
all deals announced in Saudi Arabia during
2014. Looking ahead, mid-market deals in
consumption led sectors will continue to
dominate the M&A landscape in the GCC in
the future,” according to him.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
�Abu Dhabi may reform
power, water subsidies’
Several Gulf governments
consider reforms as oil price
slides; any move by Abu Dhabi
likely to be modest; still running
budget surplus at current oil
price; not aware of any plans to
reform petrol subsidies
he government of the emirate of Abu Dhabi is looking
at ways to reform its system
of subsidies for electricity and water, a senior International Monetary
Fund official told Reuters yesterday,
in what would be a landmark move
by the emirate.
Several Gulf oil-exporting countries are reviewing their generous
welfare systems, as plunging global
oil prices put pressure on their п¬Ѓnances.
They ramped up spending after
the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, and
since then they have been reluctant
to make changes to the subsidies.
Now, however, tumbling oil prices Brent crude reached a four-year low
of just below $82 per barrel yesterday - are giving them the reason to
revive reform plans.
“We discussed it here at the policy level, particularly with the Abu
Dhabi government, which indicated they are now looking at ways
to streamline their subsidy policies
and put in place something different, something better targeted,”
said Harald Finger, the IMF’s head
of mission for the UAE.
“This is particularly the case of
the electricity and water subsidies.
It is probably too early to know exactly what is their plan, but the
broad direction in which it is headed
is the right one,” he said following
meetings with local authorities.
The Abu Dhabi Department of
Finance did not immediately responded to Reuters requests for
Subsidies and transfers account
for nearly 20% of Abu Dhabi’s
budget, or 47.8bn dirhams ($13.0bn)
this year, the IMF has estimated,
using data from the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance.
Household electricity bills are so
low some people leave their air conditioning on when they go on holi-
Electricity lines hang from pylons leading towards Reem Island in Abu Dhabi. Subsidies and transfers account for nearly 20% of Abu Dhabi’s budget, or
47.8bn dirhams ($13.0bn) this year, the IMF has estimated, using data from the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance.
day. UAE citizens pay 5 п¬Ѓls (about 1
US cent) per kilowatt hour in Abu
Dhabi and get water for free. Foreigners pay about 15 п¬Ѓls for electricity.
Abu Dhabi is by far the largest of
the seven members of the UAE and
exports most of its oil. Despite the
oil price drop, it is not close to running out of money, so any reforms
may be minor.
The IMF has estimated that the
UAE as a whole will need an average
oil price of about $77 per barrel next
year to balance its state budget. Even
if that threshold is breached, Abu
Dhabi holds an estimated $773bn in
its largest sovereign wealth fund, so
it can fall back on massive reserves.
Nevertheless, Abu Dhabi’s move
appears to be part of a trend in the
Gulf. Kuwait’s government said last
month that it planned to cut subsidies for diesel fuel and kerosene,
and Oman’s financial affairs minister told Reuters that his government
was likely to start cutting some subsidies next year.
In 2010, when oil prices were at
similar levels, the UAE raised its
petrol prices by 26%. But at $0.47
per litre, they remain very low by
international standards. Finger said
it would be important for Abu Dhabi
to review its petrol subsidies in addition to electricity and water, but
added: “We are not aware of concrete plans at the moment” in that
Abu Dhabi is expected to post a
п¬Ѓscal surplus of 69.7bn dirhams,
or 7.0% of gross domestic product,
in 2014, up from 55.6bn dirhams
or 5.8% last year, the IMF has estimated.
“Looking forward, the drop in oil
prices is a major topic, of course.
For the Abu Dhabi government par-
Investcorp buys
protective clothing
maker Dainese
for $163mn
nvestcorp has acquired Italian protective clothing
maker Dainese for €130mn ($163mn), the alternative investment firm said in a statement yesterday.
The Bahrain-based investor has bought the company from founder Lino Dainese, who will keep a minority stake in the business he set up in 1972. The founder
will continue to work with the company, as would the
current management team, the statement said.
The price tag, known as the enterprise value, includes Dainese’s debt but excludes cash held by the
Dainese makes clothing and helmets for motor cyclists, as well as for winter sports and horse riding.
In 2013, Dainese generated revenue of €117mn and
core profit (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation
and amortisation) of €11mn, a source familiar with the
matter said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Investcorp was competing with two other bidders,
L Capital and Searchlight, according to reports earlier
this week in the Italian press.
It is Investcorp’s second acquisition in the past week.
On October 30, it said it had bought US-based software
and services п¬Ѓrm PRO Unlimited with Bahraini sovereign fund Mumtalakat for around $300mn.
Investcorp’s president of Gulf business, Mohammed
al-Shroogi, told Reuters in an interview last month the
company was working on closing three transactions,
one each in the US, Europe and Turkey.
Mediobanca advised Investcorp on the Dainese acquisition and also arranged the п¬Ѓnancial package which
supported the deal, the source said.
ticularly, if oil prices remain around
current levels for an extended period, it means lower oil revenue,”
Finger said.
However, Abu Dhabi has done
more than many other Gulf governments over the last few years to rein
back some of the economic stimulus
spending which it introduced during the global п¬Ѓnancial crisis.
As a result, it will not need to make
any big adjustment in response to
the drop in oil prices, which is expected to have only a marginal impact on economic growth next year,
Finger said.
Opec crude
slumps below
$80 for first
time in 4 years
Opec members’ average crude price fell below
$80 for the first time in four years as Saudi Arabia and other members of the group supplying
40% of the world’s oil maintained output amid
slowing demand growth.
The Opec basket, the best measure of what the
oil exporters earn per barrel, fell to $78.67 on
Tuesday, the group said by e- mail yesterday.
That is the lowest since October 22, 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
US oil production rose to the highest in at least
31 years amid slowing global demand, helping
drive crude into a bear market last month. The
largest producers in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries reduced prices rather
than cut output, with Saudi Arabia, Iraq and
Iran offering the biggest discounts to buyers in
Asia this month since at least 2009. The group
will meet in Vienna on November 27 to discuss
whether to cut output to support prices.
“Saudi Arabia seems to have other aims than
protecting the price,” Carsten Fritsch, an analyst
at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt, said by e-mail.
“The Saudis’ attitude might only change if the
other members agree to contribute to a cut, the
likelihood of which is slim at best.”
Saudi Aramco surprised traders last month
when it trimmed November official selling prices
for its Arab Light crude to a six-year low for
buyers in Asia. The move was interpreted as a
shift in the stance of Opec’s biggest producer to
prioritise defending market share over supporting prices. Iran and Iraq followed the Saudi cuts.
While Saudi selling prices to Asia for December
increased, the cost of Arab Light for US buyers
was cut by 45Вў a barrel to the smallest premium
in a year.
Members of Opec are engaged in an internal
“price war” as they seek to preserve their share
of an oversupplied market, Iraqi Oil Minister
Adel Abdul Mahdi told the parliament in Baghdad on October 30.
Opec’s crude production rose to a 14-month
high of 31mn bpd in October, led by Iraq, Saudi
Arabia and Libya, according to a Bloomberg survey of oil companies, producers and analysts.
“As the price continues to slide, calls for action from some of the weaker producers may
intensify,” Ole Sloth Hansen, an analyst at Saxo
Bank A/S in Copenhagen, said by e-mail. “Even
a 1mn barrel cut in production would only help
stabilise the price, not support a recovery.”
Saudi Arabia is unlikely to cut more than
500,000 barrels in daily production, leaving
other members to reduce output by at least as
much for an agreement to be reached, according to Commerzbank’s Fritsch.
The world’s largest exporter is pumping oil at
close to the fastest pace in more than two decades. Average daily production of about 9.7mn
barrels this year is down from the 10mn peak
in September 2013, according to production
estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Gulf nations focus on more
investments in East Asia
By Arno Maierbrugger
Gulf Times Correspondent
Pedestrians cross a main road in front of the Sogo department store in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong. In October, Qatar Investment Authority on its own made
its first major investment in China by buying 19.9% of Hong Kong-based Lifestyle International Holdings, which runs the department store.
Singapore and Hong Kong, First Gulf
Bank has plans to open an office in China and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank is seeking acquisition targets in Southeast
Asia to expand its reach there.
In another development, the Abu
Dhabi Securities Exchange has just
staged a roadshow in Singapore and
Hong Kong to raise awareness of the
exchange in the Southeast and East
Sawiris plans Egypt spending after tax court win
Billionaire Nassef Sawiris’s OCI NV
is boosting investment in Egypt
after the company was told it
no longer has to pay billions of
pounds as part of a tax settlement,
Bloomberg reported yesterday.
The Dutch company’s unit
Orascom Construction Industries
is partnering with Abu Dhabibased International Petroleum
Investment Co to build a coalfired power plant on the Red
Sea, subject to technical studies
and government and corporate
approvals, OCI said in an e-mailed
statement today.
The Egyptian court overturned
a ВЈ7bn ($979mn) tax settlement
Orascom Construction reached in
April of last year with the government.
The tax dispute started in
October 2012 as part of an
investigation by former President
Mohamed Mursi’s government
into possible tax evasion.
Orascom was accused of not
paying taxes on the sale of its
cement business to Lafarge SA.
Mursi’s government was overthrown by the military last year,
prompting the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to
send Egyptbns of dollars in aid.
he “East Asia push” of Gulf countries has become more intense
this week with a number of announcements made that put the fastgrowing region in the focus of investment projects and business expansions.
Following the visit of HH the Emir
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in
Beijing on Monday, where Qatar and
China agreed on a strategic partnership
on a number of topics, including investment and trade, an agreement was
signed on Tuesday to launch a joint investment platform between the Qatar
Investment Authority (QIA), Qatar’s
sovereign wealth fund, and China’s
state-owned Citic Group, the country’s
biggest investment conglomerate.
The new investment platform will
be funded with $10bn and is targeting
investments in China, Singapore and
other East Asian countries. In October, QIA on its own made its п¬Ѓrst major
investment in China by buying 19.9%
of Hong Kong-based Lifestyle International Holdings, which runs a Hong
Kong department store popular with
mainland Chinese shoppers, at a price
of $616mn.
However, Qatar is not the only Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) country
that is fostering closer business ties to
East Asia. In an announcement earlier this week, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, the fourth-largest lender by
market value in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced that it will open
a representative office in Singapore this
year as part of its plans to expand in
Southeast Asia.
The bank said the move has been
made with a view on the continuously
growing trade flows between Southeast Asia and the Middle East, adding
that it was “natural and appropriate
that ADCB establishes presence there.”
Other UAE banks are also contemplating to expand in the region. National
Bank of Abu Dhabi – the largest UAE
bank by market capitalisation - is
working on developing operations in
RBS says to
review its
network in
Middle East
The coal power plant will have
the capacity to produce as much
as 3,000 megawatts of electricity
using technology that complies
with European Union standards
for emission control, OCI said. The
company hasn’t decided whether
to pursue the ВЈ2.5bn that it has
already paid as part of the tax
settlement, Sawiris said.
“The ruling gives us all options,” Sawiris said. “But we are a
good corporate citizen. We realize
the state of the economy and we
also realise the great investment
opportunities that exist in Egypt.”
The decision to reject the
probe came after a six-month
investigation by the public prosecutor, OCI said in a statement.
Sawiris relocated Orascom
Construction to Holland from
Egypt last year through a buyout
by OCI, an entity he helped set
up amid the dispute with Mursi’s
“All other previous preliminary
rulings related to the tax disputes
that were appealed and pending
the appeals committee’s final
ruling are expected to be nullified,
including all judgments issued
against Chief Executive Officer
Nassef Sawiris,” OCI said.
Asian region, to increase foreign investment in its listed companies and
to engage with potential new investors
and п¬Ѓnance management companies.
“This is one of several visits to the
Far East in recent years, and we are
confident of a positive response. We
are now seeing increasing interest in
the region from investors there, and
this roadshow is intended to boost this
trend,” said the exchange’s CEO Rashed
Al Balooshi.
In October, Bahrain said it will boost
economic relations to Southeast Asia
by using Thailand as a gateway for Bahrain to regional markets and vice versa.
The enhanced economic cooperation
between the two nations will start with
new rice orders by Bahrain.
A strong effect on GCC investments
in East Asia is also expected from the
newly established Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank, a China-based development bank that comprises of 21
nations in East, Southeast and Central
Asia with China, Singapore, Qatar and
Kuwait being the largest net contributors to the bank’s $100bn fund for lending to infrastructure projects in developing Asia.
Bad loans puncture Turkey bank profits
urkish bank profits are more exposed to an increase in bad loans
than at any time in the past 11 years
as unemployment rises amid slowing economic growth.
Provisions to cover soured debts are at
their lowest since 2003, just as Turkiye
Garanti Bankasi AS said bad loans are set
to grow “across the board” in the industry. Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS, the nation’s
largest listed state lender, cut its year-end
profit forecast by 15% last week after saying that a 1.08bn liras ($484mn) loan is
Bad consumer debts rose by 41%, the
fastest annual pace since 2010, in the 12
months through September as the economy sputtered and unemployment rose.
While non-performing loans at Turkish
banks are lower than at lenders in countries including Poland and Russia, they’ll
probably weigh on earnings because buffers have been reduced, said Murat Borekci,
head of equity research at Yapi Kredi Yatirim Ve Menkul Degerleri AS.
“Turkey’s growth rate has been decelerating since 2012, and in the coming years
we’ll see NPLs going up steadily,” Atilla
Yesilada, an economist at New York-based
Global Source Partners, said by phone, referring to non-performing loans. “The
consumer side will be the real problem.”
Analysts are more pessimistic on the
level of Turkey’s expansion this year than
the government. Growth will slow to 3%,
according to the median of 33 economists
in a Bloomberg survey. That compares
with 4% in 2013.
The government revised its year-end
growth forecast to 3.3% from 4% last
month, while joblessness at 9.8% in July
was the highest since February. Inflation
accelerated to 8.96% in October.
“The reason for NPL buildup in the system is tied to a couple of factors, the most
important one being the slowdown in economic growth,” according to Yapi Kredi’s
Borekci.Provisions for non-performing
loans fell to 74.2% in August. Meanwhile,
a gauge of consumer confidence released
last week dropped to 70.3, the lowest level
since February.
The rise in bad debts follows a lending
binge when the expansion of credit averaged more than 25% a year from 2010 to
2013. Measures introduced by the regulator at the start of 2014 have brought it
down closer to 10% in 2014. Total loans
rose to 1.19tn liras at the end of September,
compared with 990.4bn lira a year earlier,
according to data published by the bank’s
Tightened lending won’t help banks in
the short term because there’s typically a
lag between the end of a credit boom and
the formation of bad loans, according
to Ilker Yoney, chief operating officer of
Istanbul-based LBT Varlik Yonetim AS, a
former unit of Lehman Brothers Holdings
Inc, which buys and sells bad debt.
Data published by the banking regulator yesterday shows that the ratio of bad
debts to total loans in Turkish banks rose
to 2.92% in September, the highest in 17
months. That compares with 4.7% at Russian banks and 8.2% in Poland, according to the most recent data. The Turkey
number doesn’t take into account disposals of banks’ bad loan portfolios.
Turkish banking industry profit in the
nine months through September was
18.8bn liras, down from 19.8bn liras a year
earlier, according to the regulator.
“With the economy slowing and unemployment rising, there is a chance that
you could see non-performing loans start
to increase at a greater pace,” according to
William Jackson, a London-based analyst
at Capital Economics.
oyal Bank of Scotland
(RBS) is reviewing its network in the Middle East, it
said yesterday, after a media report said the British lender had
put its corporate loan book in the
region up for sale.
The statement from the
bank, 81% owned by the British
government, was issued after
Bloomberg News reported RBS
had hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to sell its Middle Eastern corporate loan book, citing
unnamed sources.
The bank has been focusing
its attention on its home market under a strategy unveiled
in February by chief executive
Ross McEwan, as it tries to rebuild its reputation after one of
the biggest bailouts in British
history during the global п¬Ѓnancial crisis.
“We are looking at options
across our CEEMEA (Central and
Eastern Europe, Middle East and
Africa) network, but no decisions have been taken,” the bank
said in a statement.
“It is business as usual and we
remain committed to serving our
customers in the region.”
A banking source told Reuters
that PwC was working with RBS,
without elaborating. A spokeswoman for PwC declined to
RBS’s credit exposure to the
CEEMEA region, as well as
Central Asia and supranationals such as the World Bank, was
ВЈ19.1bn ($30.5bn) in 2013, representing 3.4% of its ВЈ573bn of
credit risk assets, its annual report said.
In the Middle East, RBS has
offices in Qatar and the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) and offers services to corporate and
institutional clients including
п¬Ѓnancing, risk management
and transaction services, as well
as private banking to clients
through its Coutts subsidiary,
according to its website.
Many international banks
have been evaluating their
Middle Eastern operations
in recent years, as the cost of
maintaining them at a time of
constraints in home markets,
higher capital requirements
from regulators and increased
competition from cash-rich local banks makes doing business
In 2014, Barclays sold much
of its retail banking business in
the UAE to Abu Dhabi Islamic
Standard Chartered put much
of its loan book for small and
medium-sized UAE businesses
up for sale after pressure from
regulators in the US but then
decided to close customers’ accounts instead.
Should RBS try to sell some
or all of its regional corporate
loan book, there would likely
be a number of interested local banks, said a second banking source, although he questioned whether they would
be prepared to pay the kind of
price RBS would expect for the
RBS has already taken steps to
slim down its business in the region. In 2010, it sold its UAE retail business to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
Nigeria faces currency devaluation, budget woes as oil falls
sharp drop in global oil prices has raised
the twin spectres of a potential currency
devaluation and budget shortfalls in Nigeria just as Africa’s biggest economy gears up
for a closely fought and costly presidential election in February.
Nigeria, the continent’s top producer, relies
on oil for only 14% of its gross domestic product (GDP) but crude makes up 95% of foreign
exchange and about 80% of government revenues, both of which have shrunk rapidly as
Brent crude lost more than a quarter of its value
since June.
Foreign portfolio investors fearing heavy
losses on the currency have pulled out – the
main share index hit a 16-month low and the
yield on government bonds rose 10 basis points
The naira has lost around 4% this year,
prompting the central bank to hold frequent
additional dollar sales and lower the limit on
banks’ foreign currency borrowing in efforts to
prop it up.
At around 167 to the dollar, it is well outside
the central bank’s target band of 3% plus or minus 155 to the dollar. The last time it was in the
target range was in late January.
Foreign reserves fell rapidly from a peak of
$48.9bn in May 2013 to just $36bn in June. They
have since rebounded slightly and are currently
around $38.3bn.
Despite these losses, analysts say that a devaluation before the elections, when President
Goodluck Jonathan will seek a second term,
would be so unpopular that it’s unlikely unless
oil prices, now at $82 a barrel, tumble further
and force the bank’s hand.
“It will take some time of relatively low prices
... before you see foreign reserves really being
gobbled up,” Matthew Searle, senior African
analyst at Business Monitor International, said.
“If oil prices fall further to the $60s or $70s
a barrel, then the central bank will become the
main source of dollars,” and will have to decide
for how long it can keep up the п¬Ѓght. At what
point it throws in the towel is hard to tell.
The naira has lost around 4% this
year, prompting the central bank to
hold additional dollar sales and lower
the limit on banks’ foreign currency
borrowing in efforts to prop it up
Alan Cameron, London-based economist
at Nigeria’s First City Monument Bank, thinks
reserves would likely have to slide to close to
$30bn before a “last resort” devaluation would
be considered.
The last time the bank lowered its target
range for the currency was in late 2011 after the
naira came under speculative attack and tight
monetary policy failed to defend it.
In addition to a weak currency, Nigeria faces
an increasing squeeze on its government п¬Ѓnances. Finance Minister Ngozi Okonko-Iweala
told journalists last week that “Nigeria is not
broke”, and analysts agree the country is a long
way from struggling to meet its commitments.
Yet a squeeze on funding is being felt. A
source at the national assembly said money for
projects is not being dispersed as easily as before oil prices fell. An official at a construction
company, who declined to be named, said payments for a number of projects are in arrears.
Oil analysts do not anticipate Brent recovering to over $100/bl with an average of $93.70/
bl expected in 2015. A production cut by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) seems unlikely.
Oil producers have become accustomed to
high oil prices, which have held largely above
$100/bl since the Arab Spring in 2011, and all
are having to adjust to the new climate, but Ni-
geria, with a population of 170mn people, was
spending too buoyantly when times were good.
“There was significant fiscal expansion since
2010 as they were used to much higher oil prices, which makes the current price really problematic,” Samir Gadio, Head of Africa Strategy
at Standard Chartered Bank in London, said.
“You really wonder how they will cope if
prices stay at $85-90 a barrel and sustain the
existing position,” he said, adding that even
with prices at $100 a barrel it would struggle.
In theory Nigeria saves money over the
benchmark price in the Excess Crude Account
(ECA), which builds up a buffer when times are
good that can be run down during commodity
shocks. Yet despite high oil prices the ECA fell
to $4bn by September this year, according to the
latest п¬Ѓnance ministry п¬Ѓgures, from a central
bank estimate of $11.5bn two years ago.
In January this year, it was as low as $2.5bn,
before efforts by the п¬Ѓnance minister to build
it back up. Nigeria’s budget tends to assume a
conservative oil price but that is usually coupled with an overoptimistic production п¬Ѓgure,
particularly as a large volume of oil is stolen.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Rouble slumps as Russia
moves closer to free float
he rouble weakened to a record
as Russia’s central bank moved
a step closer to allowing the
currency to trade freely in an effort to
shake out speculators.
The currency slid as much as 3.1%
against the dollar before trading 1.4%
lower at 44.2255 by 3:07pm in Moscow.
The rouble pared declines after the
central bank’s First Deputy Governor
Ksenia Yudaeva said further interestrate increases have not been ruled out.
Three-month implied volatility for the
currency soared to a п¬Ѓve-year high,
while wagers for higher borrowing
costs fell.
Russia spent about $30bn to shore
up the rouble in October as oil’s slide
and US and European sanctions over
Ukraine worsened the world’s worst
currency rout. The Bank of Russia said
yesterday it was abandoning its predictable intervention policy to hamper
“speculative strategies” against the
currency. It also freed itself up to sell
foreign currency at undisclosed quantities to defend against “threats” to the
nation’s financial stability.
“It’s a big step towards floating the
rouble,” Neil Shearing, the chief emerging-markets economist at Capital Economics in London, said by phone. The
rouble is “going to find a floor more
quickly than would have been the case
under the old framework, and the central bank will spend fewer of its foreigncurrency reserves in the process.”
Reserves of the world’s largest energy exporter have fallen $73bn in 2014 to
a four-year low of $439bn on October
24 as the standoff with the US and its
allies over Ukraine worsened, oil prices
The rouble weakened 19% versus the dollar in the past three months, the most among currencies worldwide.
slid to four-year lows and sanctions
created a domestic dollar shortage.
Russia’s $2tn economy is on the brink
of recession.
The currency may stabilize by yearend, Yudaeva said. There are no limits
on the scale of possible interventions
given the size of Russia’s reserves,
she said. The central bank will spend
$350mn only once a day to support the
rouble when it falls past its lower trad-
ing band, according to a statement on
its website today. Under the prior rules,
it would pour in $350mn each time the
rouble fell by 5 kopeks past the boundary, allowing traders to profit from
keeping short currency positions and
betting on further depreciation. Russia planned to allow the rouble to trade
freely by 2015.
“As a result of the implementation
of this decision, the rouble exchange
rate will be determined predominantly
by the market factors,” the central bank
said in its statement. It “will be ready to
conduct additional interventions in the
domestic foreign-exchange market,” it
The rouble weakened 19% versus
the dollar in the past three months,
the most among currencies worldwide
monitored by Bloomberg. A largerthan-expected 150 basis-point inter-
est-rate increase on October 31 failed to
stem the rout, leading banks including
Goldman Sachs Group and Commerzbank AG to predict Russia will shift its
п¬Ѓxed trading-band policy.
“The market is likely to test the parameters of this reaction function in
the next days and, while this could imply further downside in the short term,
given the positioning, we think risks
are now far more balanced and the rouble could strengthen once the CBR decides to act,” Goldman Sachs analysts
Clemens Grafe and Andrew Matheny
wrote in e-mailed note yesterday.
Wagers for rate increases in the next
three months declined to 80 basis
points yesterday from 150 basis points
on October 31, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The rouble’s three-month implied volatility rose 180 basis points
to 21.76%, the most among 23 emerging markets tracked by Bloomberg.The
central bank also said yesterday it was
widening the list of instruments it uses
to provide foreign-currency liquidity
to banks.
It will start auctions of 12-month
repurchase agreements this month,
in addition to the one-week and fourweek facilities introduced in October.
Brent crude retreated for a п¬Ѓfth
day, trading as much as 1.4% lower
at $81.63 a barrel yesterday, down almost 30% from its 2014 peak in June.
“The current RUB weakness is mostly
oil-driven, in our view, so there is no
need for the CBR to fully oppose the
price adjustment, while with it having the option to intervene unexpectedly in any amount,” Dmitry Polevoy,
the chief economist for Russia and the
Commonwealth of Independent States
at ING Groep NV in Moscow, said in an
e-mailed comment.
fall to 5-year
low on
dollar rally
ommodities fell to a п¬Ѓveyear low as crude oil to
gold lost after the dollar climbed to the highest since
2009, curbing demand for raw
The Bloomberg Commodity Index of 22 raw materials
dropped as much as 0.9% to
115.4897, the lowest since July
2009, before trading at 115.5085
by 4:34 pm Singapore time.
Spot bullion fell to the lowest
since April 2010 as Brent crude
sank 1.3%.
Commodities headed for a
fourth consecutive annual retreat as the Bloomberg Dollar
Index surged to the highest since
April 2009.
The world’s largest economy
is recovering, triggering a rally
in the dollar and US stocks that
diverted investors from gold and
A stronger dollar makes commodities priced in greenbacks
more expensive in terms of other
currencies and less attractive to
investors seeking an alternative
Holdings in the SPDR Gold
Trust, the largest exchangetraded product backed by the
metal, slid 0.3% on Tuesday
to 738.8 metric tons, the lowest since September 2008 when
Lehman Brothers Holdings collapsed.
Spot metal fell as much as
1.9% to $1,146.34 an ounce, according to Bloomberg generic
pricing. Brent for December settlement slid as much as $1.07 to
$81.75 a barrel on the ICE Futures
Europe exchange in London.
Toyota racing to record profit, but Asia flashing red signal
with a profit of C$34mn, or 7 Canadian cents.
Total average production fell 25%.
Gross revenue fell 24.5% to C$584mn ($510.3mn).
Funds flow, a key measure of a company’s ability
to pay for new projects and drilling, fell 22% to
C$231mn, or 47 Canadian cents per share, from
C$296mn, or 61 Canadian cents.
Hannover Re
German reinsurer Hannover Re said yesterday it
is confident of meeting its full-year targets after a
strong rise in profits in the third quarter and first
nine months.
“In view of its results for the first nine months,
Hannover Re is confident of achieving its full-year
targets for 2014,” the group said in a statement.
In concrete terms, Hannover Re said it is pencilling
in “stable to slightly higher gross premium and net
profit in the order of €850mn” ($1.06bn) for the
whole of 2014.
In the period from July to September, Hannover Re
booked a 21.4% rise in net profit to €251mn.
Underlying or operating profit rose by 39.1% to
407.1mn euros on a 9.9% increase in gross premium
income to €3.64bn.
Toyota yesterday said it was on track for record
$17.5bn full-year net profit, as Japan’s major automakers wrapped up a bumper earnings season, but
a slowdown in Asia, including China, could slam the
brakes on growth.
The world’s biggest automaker revised up its fiscal
year profit forecast by 12.4% to ВҐ2.0tn, and said
revenue would come in at ВҐ26.5tn, as it saw strong
results in North America.
It also booked a ВҐ1.13tn net profit for the six months
through September, from ВҐ1.00tn a year ago, while
revenue rose 3.3% to ВҐ12.94tn.
The results came a day after rival Nissan said its
half-year net profit rose 25% to ВҐ237bn and Honda
last week reported a nearly 19% jump in its sixmonth net profit to ВҐ288.41bn.
The Japanese auto industry has benefited from the
big-spending policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
with huge monetary easing measures from the
premier’s hand-picked team at the Bank of Japan
helping push down the yen since last year.
A weaker yen boosts the competitiveness of exporters and inflates their repatriated overseas profits,
although analysts say the effect has been waning in
recent months.
Toyota reported a nearly 7.0% increase in the huge
market, but half-year results were down in some
other key Asian markets including Indonesia and
Thailand, which has been hammered by political
unrest, with sales tumbling 26% from a year earlier.
Toyota’s North American unit sales rose 7.5% to
1.39mn and Europe saw a 1.78% increase to 414,217
grew to $470mn in the quarter through September
30, from $365mn a year earlier. External production
sales were up 10% at $4.43bn.
Magna raised its forecasts slightly for full-year 2014
light vehicle production to 17.0mn units in North
America, from 16.9mn forecast previously, and to
20.2mn units in Europe, from 19.8mn.
Automakers reported their strongest US sales for
October in more than a decade on Monday, and
Canadian sales are on track to set an all-time record
in 2014.
Net income attributable to Magna rose to $470mn,
or $2.19 per share, from $319mn, or $1.39 per share,
a year earlier.
Duke Energy
Duke Energy Corp, the largest US power company
by market value, reported a lower-than-expected
quarterly revenue and profit as a milder summer hit
demand and expenses rose.
The company’s shares were down 1.5% at $81 before
the bell yesterday.
Duke said demand was hurt by a below normal
weather in the Carolinas and in the Midwest.
The company’s income from its international
energy unit was hurt by lower volumes and higher
purchased power costs in Latin America.
Duke said expenses for fuel used in power generation and purchase in the regulated sector rose 6%,
while it jumped about 14% in the non-regulated
Net income attributable to Duke rose 27% to $1.3bn,
or $1.80 per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30,
from $1bn, or $1.42 per share, a year earlier.
Canadian auto parts maker and contract vehicle
manufacturer Magna International reported a 47%
jump in third-quarter earnings that beat analyst
expectations yesterday, boosted by strong demand
in North America.
Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes in
North America, the company’s biggest market,
Penn West Petroleum, one of Canada’s largest
conventional oil producers, reported a third-quarter
loss, hurt by a drop in production and weaker oil
The net loss was C$15mn, or 3 Canadian cents per
share, in the quarter ended September, compared
Penn West
ING Group NV, the largest Dutch bank, said it would
repay the last of its state aid ahead of schedule this
week, signalling an extra dividend for shareholders
as lending growth drove a jump in pretax earnings.
In its first full quarter as a pure banking business,
ING’s underlying earnings before tax from its banking operations rose more than a third to €1.5bn
($1.88bn), beating analysts’ average forecasts of
The bank, once the globe-spanning flagship of
Dutch financial capitalism and still Europe’s eighth
largest by stock market value, was forced to
retrench in the years after the financial crisis, taking
€10bn in state aid in 2008 and selling many of its
international businesses.
It sold a stake in its insurance arm NN Group in July
to comply with the terms of the rescue package.
Announcing the early repayment of the final 1bn
euro tranche of aid, Chief Executive Ralph Hamer
said the bank was seeing signs of a recovery in its
home market and of structural recoveries in parts
of Europe.
ING’s interest income rose 7.5% year on year while
the underlying interest margin improved to 1.53%
from 1.44%. Loan loss provisions were cut by 41.7%
as lending risks fell in commercial banking and
general lending.
Steelmaker Voestalpine kept its forecast for higher
operating profits this financial year, even after
stripping out one-off boosts to income, despite a
difficult business environment in Europe.
The Austrian firm said yesterday earnings before
interest and tax (EBIT) in its second quarter to the
end of September were €226mn ($283mn), above
the average estimate of €197mn in a Reuters poll.
Its core profit in the three-month period, however,
was boosted by one-off items of €45.2mn from
assets sales in its Metal Forming Division and a pensions reorganisation in some of the division’s Dutch
Voestalpine shares fell 1.7% after the release of
the second-quarter results. The company said the
second-quarter one-off items helped it counter
slightly declining sales in the first half as a whole.
The company’s specialised steel products for its
core automotive and energy businesses generate
more than 60% of revenues.
It said operating profit in the first half rose 12.2% to
Lancashire Holdings, a British property and
casualty insurer, posted a 40% rise in third-quarter
profit, helped by fewer major catastrophe losses
and its acquisition of Lloyd’s of London insurer
Cathedral Capital.
The company, which writes policies for heavy-duty
assets such as oil rigs, ships and aircraft, also said it
would pay a special dividend of $1.20 per common
share. Pretax profit rose to $36.1mn in the quarter
ended September 30 from $25.7mn a year earlier.
Net premiums earned were up 34% to $179.6mn,
due mainly to Lancashire’s Lloyd’s of London business that came with its acquisition of Cathedral in
late 2013.
Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEx) posted a
6% rise in third-quarter profit as trading volumes
climbed ahead of a proposed trading link with
Shanghai, but said it did not know when the delayed scheme would launch.
The world’s second-largest listed stock market
operator reiterated that while it had completed
preparations, the scheme, seen as a milestone in
the opening up of China’s capital markets, had not
received regulatory approval.
The launch had been expected on October 27 and
the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission
had also said it is ready. Charles Li, chief executive
of the bourse, said last month he could not clarify
which agency in Beijing is responsible for giving
the green light. Some market watchers believe
the launch date might have been postponed due
to China’s dismay over pro-democracy protests
in Hong Kong, which have paralysed parts of the
financial centre.
Lack of clarity on how capital gains tax will be
applied is also hindering the launch of the scheme,
market professionals speaking at a Reuters China
Summit said last week.
The bourse’s net profit climbed to HK$1.28bn
($165mn) in July-September from HK$1.2bn a year
earlier, according a Reuters calculation from HKEx’s
statement on Wednesday.
Time Warner
Time Warner reported better-than-expected
quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher
subscription fees for channels offered by its Turner
Broadcasting and Home Box Office businesses.
Shares of the company, which also raised its adjusted profit growth forecast for 2014, rose as much
as 4% in early trading.
Revenue from Turner Broadcasting, the operator
of channels such as CNN, TBS and TNT, rose 4.6%
in the third quarter, mainly due to price increases
in the US.
The unit accounted for more than one-third of the
company’s total revenue.
Revenue from the Home Box Office unit, which runs
the successful crime show “True Detective”, rose
10% and accounted for about 21% of Time Warner’s
total revenue. Warner Bros, the company’s movie
and TV studio unit, reported a 3% rise in revenue,
helped by subscription video-on-demand revenue
from its television products.
Growth at the unit, the company’s biggest revenue
generator, was partially offset by weaker performance of movies such as “The Conjuring” and “Pacific
Rim”. Time Warner raised its percentage growth
forecast for full-year adjusted profit to high teens
from low teens.
Net income attributable to common shareholders
fell to $967mn, or $1.11 per share, in the third quarter
ended Sept. 30 from $1.18bn, or $1.26 per share, a
year earlier.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
The London Stock Exchange is seeking to win back
business by capitalising on new rules that clamp down on
trading in rival venues called dark pools
LSE to launch mid-day
auction for most liquid
stocks late next year
he London Stock Exchange will launch a midday auction for the largest and most liquid stocks on its
markets late next year, seeking
to win back business by capitalising on new rules that clamp
down on trading in rival venues
called dark pools.
During the two minute auction, continuous trading of
shares will be suspended, allowing buyers and sellers to execute
big orders without the risk that
prices move against them during
their transactions.
That risk has attracted many
investors in recent years to
dark pools, where shares can be
bought and sold anonymously
without informing the market
until the trade is completed.
Dark pools sprung up as a
result of a series of European
Union reforms to promote competition in equities trading introduced in 2007, and have taken
market share from public markets such as the London Stock
Exchange (LSE).
However EU regulators, concerned that dark pools could be
open to market manipulation
and that they take away liquidity
from public exchanges making
them more volatile, have now
drafted another set of reforms
that will limit the proportion of
a company’s shares that can be
traded anonymously to 8%.
That has handed traditional
exchanges an opportunity to win
back customers wanting to execute big orders.
The LSE п¬Ѓrst proposed the
idea of a mid-day auction in
March, and has been consulting
with investors about it since.
Buyers and sellers would be
able to place orders during the
auction, with an algorithm used
to determine the price.
It could offer an advantage
over dark pools, where buyers
and sellers submit the price at
which they would like to trade,
but may not be able to get the
deal done if they cannot п¬Ѓnd
a counterparty prepared to do
business at that price.
The auction would coincide
with a similar process conducted
on Germany’s Deutsche Boerse,
the LSE said yesterday.
“This is a very significant
change to the trading day,” said
Brian Schwieger, head of Equities at the LSE. “The auction
will allow participants to place
orders in a truly confidential, yet
price-forming environment via
a well understood mechanism.”
“We are aware that institutional investors hope it will encourage European markets to
follow suit, creating over time a
significant and harmonised panEuropean focus for liquidity at
midday across the continent,”
he added. The new auction will
operate in the same way as the
LSE’s opening and closing auctions. Customers will not be
charged an additional fee or
incur extra direct costs should
they choose to participate.
Tumbling oil highlights
performance divide
in emerging markets
il’s tumble to new four-year lows
yesterday prompted a heavy selloff of stocks and bonds in energyproducing emerging markets from the
Middle East to Russia, while importer
countries like India enjoyed the prospect
of cheaper fuel.
Expectations that the oil price will remain weak is creating a sharp divergence
between emerging markets that export
energy and those that import, with asset
managers starting to shift investments to
the latter.
“We’re going to start seeing some secondary effects of the oil price,” said Ilan
Solot, a strategist at Brown Brothers
Harriman in London.
“When oil falls the first thing people
do is short the oil exporters, then the next
move is thinking who is going to benefit.”
Most emerging currencies were weaker
against the dollar, with the Russian rouble hitting fresh new lows after the central bank capped daily exchange rate interventions.
In one of the countries, most reliant
on oil and gas exports, the energy-heavy
Moscow bourse tumbled more than 3%
as Brent crude fell towards $82 a barrel.
Saudi stocks fell 1%, extending Tuesday’s 3% loss while Kuwait’s main index
slumped 1.5% to three-month lows. Dubai’s bourse fell 3% at one point, led by
shares in property developers.
The oil price drop has slowed stock
market gains in the Gulf. The UAE and
Qatar have been among the best emerging market performers so far this year
with dollar-based gains of 20-30%,
while Saudi Arabia is still up around 12%.
“The fall in oil prices is providing a
headwind to these markets. Exposure
for the most part here is not through oil
companies but through sectors such as
real estate and those are being perceived
as very vulnerable,” said Julian Mayo, a
portfolio manager at Charlemagne Capital in London.
Nigerian stocks fell 1% to new
13-month lows. Oil prices are already
below the budgetary breakeven levels for
many oil exporters, with Russia estimated to need $100 per barrel.
Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela
need oil at $92, $124 and $117 respective-
ly to balance their budgets, according to
Thomson Reuters data. That means those
countries will have less cash available to
repay debts and some may have to borrow more.
The oil price fall is good news for many,
with Indian shares soaring to their fourth
straight record high, underpinned by reform efforts and huge foreign investor interest. Turkish and Asian markets are not
benefiting as much, the latter held back
by a slowing China. Turkey is vulnerable
because of its reliance on foreign capital
flows as rising US yields pull investor interest away from emerging markets.
Maarten-Jan Bakkum, of ING Investment Management highlighted a divide
within the energy importers’ group, with
reform a key variable.
“Turkey for instance ... is a fundamentally weak story. There’s no reform,
there’s political risk,” he said.
“I would say because the oil price is
coming down the market is not underperforming, but it’s struggling to do really well.”
Russia’s rouble fell more than 2% as
the central bank said it would cap daily
interventions to $350mn, a fraction of
the $2.5bn it had been spending per day
in recent weeks to prop up the currency.
“On the positive side, today’s decision
should allow the central bank to maintain
its FX reserves as the strategy of supporting the domestic currency is a costly and
often ineffective one,” Unicredit analysts
said. “But given unfavourable global sentiment, the rouble is likely to weaken further in the near term.”
Nigeria’s naira fell a quarter% to 8-1/2
month lows , a day after its central bank
intervened. Middle Eastern currencies
are for the most part pegged but the oil
price drop was causing a move in Saudi
riyal forwards. The riyal fell in the forwards market to its lowest since October
21, when the market was jolted by a sudden move caused by investor outflows.
jumped to a session high of 86 points,
having closed Monday at 64 points and
on Sunday at 20 points. Saudi 5-year
credit default swaps (CDS) have also
risen around 20 bps from late September
levels, in line with oil’s decline.
On bonds, dollar debt from oil exporters such as Venezuela, Ecuador and Angola are suffering as investors are starting
to fret about their ability to repay debt.
Angolan bond yield spreads over US
Treasuries – a measure of the premium
that investors’ demand to hold Angolan
debt compared to the safe haven asset
Asia bourses fall; Tokyo sees late rally
Sensex breaches 28,000
mark; rupee unchanged
sian markets mostly fell yesterday
but Tokyo reversed early selling to
add to the 10% rally since the Bank
of Japan’s surprise monetary easing announcement last week.
The Nikkei’s late advance came as the
dollar hit a seven-year high against the
yen in response to news Republicans had
captured both houses of the US Congress
and the head of the BoJ reasserted his determination to beat deflation.
Wall Street’s lead was neutral following a disappointing batch of economic
indicators, while the euro edged up despite news that the European Commission had slashed its growth outlook for
this year.
Tokyo added 0.44%, or 74.85 points, to
16,937.32. However, Seoul slipped 0.19%,
or 3.76 points, to 1,931.43 and Shanghai gave up 0.47%, or 11.42 points, to
2,419.25. Sydney was flat, edging down
2.0 points to 5,517.9.
Hong Kong gave up 0.63%, or 150.04
points, to end at 23,695.62.
Japanese shares enjoyed a huge boost
and the yen tumbled after the BoJ decision Friday, which will see vast sums of
extra money pumped into the economy
in a bid to tackle deflation and averting
another recession.
In other markets, Taipei shed 0.30%,
or 26.58 points, to 8,962.6; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co was unchanged at Tw$132.0, while leading chip
design house MediaTek shed 1.73% to
Wellington fell 0.39%, or 21.11 points,
to 5,402.15, ending a 12-day winning
streak; Chorus was off 0.48% at NZ$2.08
and Spark dropped 2.82% to NZ$3.10.
Manila ended 0.18% lower, slipping
13.20 points to 7,208.81; Philippine Long
Distance Telephone Co slid 5.02% to
2,990 pesos while BDO Unibank gained
5.86% to 103 pesos.
Also fuelling the buying was news that
the country’s public pension fund—the
world’s biggest—will double the amount
of equities in its investment portfolio.
– widened 19 basis points on the EMBI
Global bond index while Ecuadorean
spreads widened 12 bps after a 30 bpsplus move on Tuesday.
Traders work at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Shares closed down 150.04 points to 23,695.62 yesterday.
While profit-taking pared some of the
dollar’s and the Nikkei’s recent gains early yesterday, news that Republicans had
taken control of the Senate from Democrats sent both rising again.
Adding to yen-selling sentiment was a
speech by BoJ boss Haruhiko Kuroda that
indicated the bank was prepared to do
whatever was needed to hit a 2.0% inflation target by next year.
“In order to completely overcome the
chronic disease of deflation, medicine
should be taken until the end,” he said in
Tokyo. “A half-baked medical treatment
will only worsen the symptoms.”
The dollar—which stood at ¥113.57
early yesterday in Tokyo—jumped to
ВҐ114.37 in the afternoon, its highest since
December 2007.
The euro was at ВҐ143.17, against
ВҐ142.61 earlier in the day. The single cur-
rency was also at $1.2528 against $1.2545
in New York trade despite the European
Commission’s decision to cut its eurozone 2014 growth forecast to 0.8% from
1.2, and its 2015 estimate to 1.1% from
The focus is now on the European
Central Bank’s next policy meeting later
this week, with analysts looking for some
guidance on its plans for kick-starting
the economy.
US shares ended broadly lower Tuesday after the Commerce Department said
new orders for manufactured goods fell
and the trade deficit widened.
Analysts also said last week’s initial
estimate of growth in the third quarter, which came in at 3.5%, was likely
overstated by as much as 0.4 percentage points, and that the current quarter would be slower. The Dow edged up
0.09%, the S&P 500 dropped 0.29% and
the Nasdaq slipped 0.33%.
Oil prices extended their recent losses
as dealers looked ahead to the release of
the latest US supply report after a selloff in the previous session owing to price
cuts by Saudi Arabia.
US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for December delivery fell 49 cents to
$76.70, while Brent crude for December
fell 82 cents to $82in afternoon trade.
WTI had dropped $1.59 in New York
late Tuesday to hit its lowest closing
point since October 2011, as dealers
continued to digest Saudi Arabia’s move
to cut its prices for crude sold to the US
Brent had fallen $1.96 in London to its
lowest close since October 2010.
Gold was $1,148.34 an ounce from
$1,169.98 late Tuesday.
Indian shares edged higher yesterday after earlier hitting a fourth
consecutive record high that sent
the benchmark BSE index above
the 28,000-point mark for the
first time, as lenders continued to
rally on hopes of early rate cuts.
Continued fund flow from
overseas investors also lifted sentiment. Foreign investors bought
Indian shares worth $900.2mn in
the last four consecutive sessions,
taking their rally for so far this
year to $14.2bn.
However, gains were capped
as metals and mining companies
fell sharply tracking weaker
global prices, while investors also
booked profits as markets across
the region were subdued.
Caution also prevailed ahead
of a market holiday today.
“Overall outlook is positive. The
investment climate has improved
and is expected to be good. And
we do expect RBI to cut rates,”
said Deven Choksey, managing
director at KR Choksey Securities.
The benchmark BSE index
closed 0.2% higher at 27,915.88
points. Earlier, it rose as much
as 0.54% to break 28,000 levels
and made a fresh record high
of 28,010.39, breaching the
27,969.82 level hit in the previous
The broader NSE index gained
0.2% to 8,338.30 points. The index gained as much as 0.5% to hit
a record high of 8,365.55 points.
Markets were closed on Tuesday for a public holiday.
Banks continued their rally on
growing expectations the Reserve
Bank of India would cut interest
rates as early as its next policy
review in December, or, if not,
in February. State Bank of India
gained 2.2%, adding to its 0.8%
gain on Monday and 4.8% in the
last week. ICICI Bank closed up
1.6% while Axis Bank gained 2.9%.
The NSE bank index closed
1.3% higher. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories closed 2.2% higher after
Morgan Stanley upgraded the
stock to “overweight” from
“equal-weight”, citing improved
State-run oil marketing
companies also gained with
Bharat Petroleum Corp up 2.2% as
international crude prices fell to a
four-year low.
Meanwhile the rupee ended
almost unchanged yesterday
as traders turned cautious in a
holiday-shortened week, even as
underlying factors are still seen as
positive for the local currency.
Asian currencies posted losses
yesterday as the dollar strengthened globally on the back of a
victory by Republicans in the US
mid-term elections, ending uncertainty about the political climate
in the US.
Global factors, including
the European Central Bank
policy meeting today and the US
monthly jobs data tomorrow, will
likely determine the rupee’s nearterm direction.
However, underlying factors
are seen as positive for the
rupee, with inflation easing and
continued foreign flows helping
drive domestic shares to a fourth
consecutive record high.
“Many traders are waiting on
the sidelines for a clearer picture
to emerge after the US employment data, “ said Chintan Karnani,
chief analyst at Insignia Consultants, a currency risk advisory firm
in New Delhi.
“If the numbers are strong,
then the dollar strength will
continue and rupee may find
itself in a spot of bother.”The
partially convertible rupee closed
at 61.41/42 per dollar, largely
unchanged from Monday’s close
of 61.40/41.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Zad Holding Co
Widam Food Co
Vodafone Qatar
United Development Co
Salam International Investme
Qatar & Oman Investment Co
Qatar Navigation
Qatar National Cement Co
Qatar National Bank
Qatar Islamic Insurance
Qatar Industrial Manufactur
Qatar International Islamic
Qatari Investors Group
Qatar Islamic Bank
Qatar Gas Transport(Nakilat)
Qatar General Insurance & Re
Qatar German Co For Medical
Qatar Fuel Co
Qatar Electricity & Water Co
Qatar Cinema & Film Distrib
Qatar Insurance Co
Ooredoo Qsc
National Leasing
Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Dev
Mesaieed Petrochemical Holdi
Al Meera Consumer Goods Co
Medicare Group
Mannai Corporation Qsc
Masraf Al Rayan
Al Khalij Commercial Bank
Industries Qatar
Islamic Holding Group
Gulf Warehousing Company
Gulf International Services
Ezdan Holding Group
Doha Insurance Co
Doha Bank Qsc
Dlala Holding
Commercial Bank Of Qatar Qsc
Barwa Real Estate Co
Al Khaleej Takaful Group
Aamal Co
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% Chg
Company Name
Saudi Hollandi Bank
Al-Ahsa Development Co.
Al-Baha Development & Invest
Ace Arabia Cooperative Insur
Allied Cooperative Insurance
Arriyadh Development Company
Fitaihi Holding Group
Arabia Insurance Cooperative
Al Abdullatif Industrial Inv
Al-Ahlia Cooperative Insuran
Al Alamiya Cooperative Insur
Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Dev
Al Babtain Power & Telecommu
Bank Albilad
Alujain Corporation (Alco)
Aldrees Petroleum And Transp
Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair & C
Alinma Bank
Alinma Tokio Marine
Al Khaleej Training And Educ
Abdullah A.M. Al-Khodari Son
Allianz Saudi Fransi Coopera
Almarai Co
Saudi Integrated Telecom Co
Alsorayai Group
Al Tayyar
Amana Cooperative Insurance
Anaam International Holding
Abdullah Al Othaim Markets
Arabian Pipes Co
Advanced Petrochemicals Co
Al Rajhi Co For Co-Operative
Arabian Cement
Arab National Bank
Ash-Sharqiyah Development Co
United Wire Factories Compan
Astra Industrial Group
Alahli Takaful Co
Axa Cooperative Insurance
Basic Chemical Industries
Bishah Agriculture
Bank Al-Jazira
Banque Saudi Fransi
United International Transpo
Bupa Arabia For Cooperative
Buruj Cooperative Insurance
Saudi Airlines Catering Co
Methanol Chemicals Co
City Cement Co
Eastern Cement
Etihad Atheeb Telecommunicat
Etihad Etisalat Co
Emaar Economic City
Saudi Enaya Cooperative Insu
United Electronics Co
Falcom Saudi Equity Etf
Filing & Packing Materials M
Wafrah For Industry And Deve
Falcom Petrochemical Etf
Gulf General Cooperative Ins
Jazan Development Co
Gulf Union Cooperative Insur
Halwani Bros Co
Hail Cement
Herfy Food Services Co
Al Jouf Agriculture Developm
Jarir Marketing Co
Jabal Omar Development Co
Al Jouf Cement
Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co
Knowledge Economic City
Kingdom Holding Co
Saudi Arabian Mining Co
Malath Cooperative & Reinsur
Makkah Construction & Devepl
Mediterranean & Gulf Insuran
Middle East Specialized Cabl
Mohammad Al Mojil Group Co
Al Mouwasat Medical Services
The National Agriculture Dev
Najran Cement Co
Nama Chemicals Co
National Gypsum
National Gas & Industrializa
National Industrialization C
National Shipping Co Of/The
National Petrochemical Co
Rabigh Refining And Petroche
Al Qassim Agricultural Co
Qassim Cement/The
Red Sea Housing Services Co
Saudi Research And Marketing
Riyad Bank
Al Rajhi Bank
Saudi Arabian Amiantit Co
Lt Price
% Chg
Saudi British Bank
Sabb Takaful
Saudi Basic Industries Corp
Saudi Cement
Saudi Dairy & Foodstuff Co
Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Co
Al Sagr Co-Operative Insuran
Saudi Advanced Industries
Saudi Arabian Coop Ins Co
Salama Cooperative Insurance
Samba Financial Group
Sanad Cooperative Insurance
Saudi Public Transport Co
Saudi Arabia Refineries Co
Hsbc Amanah Saudi 20 Etf
Saudi Re For Cooperative Rei
Saudi Cable Co
Saudi Chemical Company
Saudi Ceramic
Saudi Electricity Co
Saudi Fisheries
Al-Hassan G.I. Shaker Co
Saudi Hotels & Resort
Arabian Shield Cooperative
Saudi Investment Bank/The
Saudi Industrial Development
Saudi Industrial Export Co
Lt Price
% Chg
Company Name
Securities Group Co
Sultan Center Food Products
Kuwait Foundry Co
Kuwait Financial Centre
Ajial Real Estate Entmt
Gulf Glass Manuf Co -Kscc
Kuwait Finance & Investment
National Industries Co
Kuwait Real Estate Holding C
Securities House/The
Boubyan Petrochemicals Co
Al Ahli Bank Of Kuwait
Ahli United Bank (Almutahed)
National Bank Of Kuwait
Commercial Bank Of Kuwait
Kuwait International Bank
Gulf Bank
Al-Massaleh Real Estate Co
Al Arabiya Real Estate Co
Kuwait Remal Real Estate Co
Alkout Industrial Projects C
A’ayan Real Estate Co
Investors Holding Group Co.K
Markaz Real Estate Fund
Al-Mazaya Holding Co
Al-Madar Finance & Invt Co
Gulf Petroleum Investment
Mabanee Co Sakc
City Group
Inovest Co Bsc
Kuwait Gypsum Manufacturing
Al-Deera Holding Co
Alshamel International Hold
United Industries Co
Mena Real Estate Co
National Slaughter House
Amar Finance & Leasing Co
United Projects Group Kscc
National Consumer Holding Co
Amwal International Investme
Jeeran Holdings
Equipment Holding Co K.S.C.C
Nafais Holding
Safwan Trading & Contracting
Arkan Al Kuwait Real Estate
Gulf Finance House Ec
Energy House Holding Co Kscc
Kuwait Slaughter House Co
Kuwait Co For Process Plant
Al Maidan Dental Clinic Co K
National Ranges Company
Kuwait Pipes Indus & Oil Ser
Al-Themar Real International
Al-Ahleia Insurance Co
Wethaq Takaful Insurance Co
Salbookh Trading Co K.S.C.C
Aqar Real Estate Investments
Hayat Communications
Kuwait Packing Materials Mfg
Soor Fuel Marketing Co Ksc
Alargan International Real
Burgan Co For Well Drilling
Kuwait Resorts Co Kscc
Oula Fuel Marketing Co
Palms Agro Production Co
Ikarus Petroleum Industries
Mubarrad Transport Co
Al Mowasat Health Care Co
Shuaiba Industrial Co
Kuwait Invest Co Holding
Hits Telecom Holding
First Takaful Insurance Co
Kuwaiti Syrian Holding Co
National Cleaning Company
Eyas For High & Technical Ed
United Real Estate Company
Kuwait & Middle East Fin Inv
Fujairah Cement Industries
Livestock Transport & Tradng
International Resorts Co
National Industries Grp Hold
Marine Services Co
Pearl Of Kuwait Real Estate
Warba Insurance Co
Kuwait United Poultry Co
First Dubai Real Estate Deve
Al Arabi Group Holding Co
Kuwait Hotels Co
Mobile Telecommunications Co
Al Safat Real Estate Co
Tamdeen Real Estate Co Kscc
Al Mudon Intl Real Estate Co
Kuwait Cement Co Ksc
Sharjah Cement & Indus Devel
Kuwait Portland Cement Co
Educational Holding Group
Bahrain Kuwait Insurance
Kuwait China Investment Co
Kuwait Investment Co
Burgan Bank
Kuwait Projects Co Holdings
Al Madina For Finance And In
Kuwait Insurance Co
Al Masaken Intl Real Estate
Intl Financial Advisors
First Investment Co Kscc
Al Mal Investment Company
Bayan Investment Co Kscc
Egypt Kuwait Holding Co Sae
Coast Investment Development
Privatization Holding Compan
Kuwait Medical Services Co
Injazzat Real State Company
Kuwait Cable Vision Sak
Sanam Real Estate Co Kscc
Ithmaar Bank Bsc
Aviation Lease And Finance C
Arzan Financial Group For Fi
Ajwan Gulf Real Estate Co
Manafae Investment Co
Kuwait Business Town Real Es
Future Kid Entertainment And
Specialities Group Holding C
Abyaar Real Eastate Developm
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% Chg
Company Name
Dar Al Thuraya Real Estate C
Al-Dar National Real Estate
Kgl Logistics Company Kscc
Combined Group Contracting
Zima Holding Co Ksc
Qurain Holding Co
Boubyan Intl Industries Hold
Gulf Investment House
Boubyan Bank K.S.C
Ahli United Bank B.S.C
Al-Safat Tec Holding Co
Al-Eid Food Co
Al-Qurain Petrochemicals Co
Advanced Technology Co
Ekttitab Holding Co S.A.K.C
Kout Food Group
Real Estate Trade Centers Co
Acico Industries Co Kscc
Kipco Asset Management Co
National Petroleum Services
Alimtiaz Investment Co Kscc
Ras Al Khaimah Co
Kuwait Reinsurance Co Ksc
Kuwait & Gulf Link Transport
Human Soft Holding Co
Automated Systems Co
Metal & Recycling Co
Gulf Franchising Holding Co
Al-Enma’a Real Estate Co
National Mobile Telecommuni
Al Bareeq Holding Co Kscc
Union Real Estate Co
Housing Finance Co Sak
Al Salam Group Holding Co
United Foodstuff Industries
Al Aman Investment Company
Mashaer Holdings
Manazel Holding
Mushrif Trading & Contractin
Tijara And Real Estate Inves
Kuwait Building Materials
Jazeera Airways
Commercial Real Estate Co
Future Communications Co
National International Co
Taameer Real Estate Invest C
Gulf Cement Co
Heavy Engineering And Ship B
Refrigeration Industries & S
National Real Estate Co
Al Safat Energy Holding Comp
Kuwait National Cinema Co
Danah Alsafat Foodstuff Co
Independent Petroleum Group
Kuwait Real Estate Co
Salhia Real Estate Co Ksc
Gulf Cable & Electrical Ind
Al-Nawadi Holding Co K.S.C
Kuwait Finance House
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% Chg
Company Name
Voltamp Energy Saog
United Finance Co
United Power Co
United Power/Energy Co- Pref
Al Madina Investment Co
Taageer Finance
Salalah Port Services
A’saffa Foods Saog
Sohar Poultry
Shell Oman Marketing
Shell Oman Marketing - Pref
Smn Power Holding Saog
Al Shurooq Inv Ser
Al Sharqiya Invest Holding
Sohar Power Co
Salalah Beach Resort Saog
Salalah Mills Co
Sahara Hospitality
Renaissance Services Saog
Raysut Cement Co
Port Service Corporation
Packaging Co Ltd
Oman United Insurance Co
Oman Textile Holding Co Saog
Oman Telecommunications Co
Sweets Of Oman
Oman Orix Leasing Co.
Oman Refreshment Co
Oman Packaging
Oman Oil Marketing Company
0Man Oil Marketing Co-Pref
Oman National Investment Co
Oman National Engineering An
Oman National Dairy Products
Oman Medical Projects
Oman Ceramic Com
Oman Intl Marketing
Oman Investment & Finance
Hsbc Bank Oman
Oman Hotels & Tourism Co
Oman Holding International
Oman Fiber Optics
Oman Flour Mills
Oman Filters Industry
Oman Fisheries Co
Oman Education & Training In
Oman & Emirates Inv(Om)50%
Oman & Emirates Inv(Emir)50%
Oman Europe Foods Industries
Oman Cement Co
Oman Chlorine
Oman Chromite
Oman Cables Industry
Oman Agricultural Dev
Omani Qatari Telecommunicati
National Securities
Oman Foods International Soa
National Pharmaceutical-Rts
National Pharmaceutical
National Packaging Fac
National Mineral Water
National Hospitality Institu
National Gas Co
National Finance Co
National Detergents/The
National Carpet Factory
National Bank Of Oman Saog
National Biscuit Industries
National Real Estate Develop
Natl Aluminium Products
Muscat Thread Mills Co
Muscat Insurance Company
Modern Poultry Farms
Muscat National Holding
Musandam Marketing & Invest
Al Maha Petroleum Products M
Muscat Gases Company Saog
Majan Glass Company
Muscat Finance
Al Kamil Power Co
Interior Hotels
Hotels Management Co Interna
Al-Hassan Engineering Co
Gulf Stone
Gulf Mushroom Company
Gulf Invest. Serv. Pref-Shar
Gulf Investments Services
Gulf International Chemicals
Gulf Hotels (Oman) Co Ltd
Global Fin Investment
Galfar Engineering&Contract
Galfar Engineering -Prefer
Financial Services Co.
Flexible Ind Packages
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% Chg
Company Name
Financial Corp/The
Dhofar Tourism
Dhofar Poultry
Aloula Co
Dhofar Intl Development
Dhofar Insurance
Dhofar University
Dhofar Power Co
Dhofar Power Co-Pfd
Dhofar Fisheries & Food Indu
Dhofar Cattlefeed
Al Batinah Dev & Inv
Dhofar Beverages Co
Computer Stationery Inds
Construction Materials Ind
Cement & Gypsum Pro
Marine Bander Al-Rowdha
Bank Sohar
Bankmuscat Saog
Bank Dhofar Saog
Al Batinah Hotels
Majan College
Areej Vegetable Oils
Al Jazeera Steel Products Co
Al Sallan Food Industry
Acwa Power Barka Saog
Al-Omaniya Financial Service
Taghleef Industries Saog
Gulf Plastic Industries Co
Al Jazeera Services
Al Jazerah Services -Pfd
Al-Fajar Al-Alamia Co
Ahli Bank
Abrasives Manufacturing Co S
Al-Batinah Intl Saog
Lt Price
% Chg
Company Name
National Takaful Company
Waha Capital Pjsc
Union Insurance Co
Union National Bank/Abu Dhab
United Insurance Company
Union Cement Co
United Arab Bank
Abu Dhabi National Takaful C
Abu Dhabi National Energy Co
Sudan Telecommunications Co$
Sorouh Real Estate Company
Sharjah Insurance Company
Sharjah Cement & Indus Devel
Ras Al Khaima Poultry
Ras Al Khaimah Co
Rak Properties
Ras Al-Khaimah National Insu
Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics
Ras Al Khaimah Cement Co
National Bank Of Ras Al-Khai
Ooredoo Qsc
Umm Al Qaiwain Cement Indust
Oman & Emirates Inv(Emir)50%
National Marine Dredging Co
National Corp Tourism & Hote
Sharjah Islamic Bank
National Bank Of Umm Al Qaiw
National Bank Of Fujairah
National Bank Of Abu Dhabi
Methaq Takaful Insurance
#N/A Invalid Security
Gulf Pharmaceutical Ind-Julp
Insurance House
Gulf Medical Projects
Gulf Livestock Co
Green Crescent Insurance Co
Gulf Cement Co
Foodco Holding
Finance House
First Gulf Bank
Fujairah Cement Industries
Fujairah Building Industries
Emirates Telecom Corporation
Eshraq Properties Co Pjsc
Emirates Insurance Co. (Psc)
Emirates Driving Company
Al Dhafra Insurance Co. P.S.
Dana Gas
Commercial Bank Internationa
Bank Of Sharjah
Abu Dhabi Natl Co For Buildi
Al Wathba National Insurance
Intl Fish Farming Co-Asmak
Arkan Building Materials Co
Aldar Properties Pjsc
Al Ain Ahlia Ins. Co.
Al Khazna Insurance Co
Agthia Group Pjsc
Al Fujairah National Insuran
Abu Dhabi Ship Building Co
Abu Dhabi National Insurance
Abu Dhabi National Hotels
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Abu Dhabi Aviation
Lt Price
% Chg
Company Name
United Paper Industries Bsc
United Gulf Investment Corp
United Gulf Bank
United Finance Co
Trafco Group Bsc
Takaful International Co
Taib Bank -$Us
Securities & Investment Co
Seef Properties
Sudan Telecommunications Co$
Al-Salam Bank
Delmon Poultry Co
National Hotels Co
National Bank Of Bahrain
Nass Corp Bsc
Khaleeji Commercial Bank
Ithmaar Bank Bsc
Investcorp Bank -$Us
Inovest Co Bsc
Intl Investment Group-Kuwait
Gulf Monetary Group
Global Investment House Kscc
Gulf Finance House Ec
Bahrain Family Leisure Co
Esterad Investment Co B.S.C.
Bahrain Duty Free Complex
Bahrain Car Park Co
Bahrain Cinema Co
Bahrain Tourism Co
Bahraini Saudi Bank/The
Bahrain National Holding
Bankmuscat Saog
Bmmi Bsc
Bmb Investment Bank
Bahrain Kuwait Insurance
Bahrain Islamic Bank
Gulf Hotel Group B.S.C
Bahrain Flour Mills Co
Bahrain Commercial Facilitie
Bbk Bsc
Bahrain Telecom Co
Bahrain Ship Repair & Engin
Albaraka Banking Group
Banader Hotels Co
Ahli United Bank B.S.C
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% Chg
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Company Name
Exxon Mobil Corp
Microsoft Corp
Johnson & Johnson
General Electric Co
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
Procter & Gamble Co/The
Jpmorgan Chase & Co
Chevron Corp
Verizon Communications Inc
Pfizer Inc
Coca-Cola Co/The
At&T Inc
Merck & Co. Inc.
Intel Corp
Intl Business Machines Corp
Walt Disney Co/The
Visa Inc-Class A Shares
Home Depot Inc
Cisco Systems Inc
3M Co
United Technologies Corp
American Express Co
Unitedhealth Group Inc
Mcdonald’s Corp
Boeing Co/The
Goldman Sachs Group Inc
Nike Inc -Cl B
Du Pont (E.I.) De Nemours
Caterpillar Inc
Travelers Cos Inc/The
Lt Price
% Chg
FTSE 100
Company Name
Wpp Plc
Wolseley Plc
Wm Morrison Supermarkets
Whitbread Plc
Weir Group Plc/The
Vodafone Group Plc
United Utilities Group Plc
Unilever Plc
Tullow Oil Plc
Tui Travel Plc
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Royal Bank Of Scotland Group
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Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc
Randgold Resources Ltd
Prudential Plc
Petrofac Ltd
Persimmon Plc
Pearson Plc
Old Mutual Plc
Next Plc
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Meggitt Plc
Marks & Spencer Group Plc
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Lloyds Banking Group Plc
Legal & General Group Plc
Land Securities Group Plc
Kingfisher Plc
Johnson Matthey Plc
Itv Plc
Intu Properties Plc
Intl Consolidated Airline-Di
Intertek Group Plc
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Imperial Tobacco Group Plc
Imi Plc
Hsbc Holdings Plc
Hargreaves Lansdown Plc
Hammerson Plc
Glencore Plc
Glaxosmithkline Plc
Gkn Plc
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Friends Life Group Ltd
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Experian Plc
Easyjet Plc
Dixons Carphone Plc
Direct Line Insurance Group
Diageo Plc
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Burberry Group Plc
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Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd
Sekisui House Ltd
Kirin Holdings Co Ltd
Japan Tobacco Inc
Seven & I Holdings Co Ltd
Toray Industries Inc
Asahi Kasei Corp
Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd
Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings
Kao Corp
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
Astellas Pharma Inc
Eisai Co Ltd
Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd
Fujifilm Holdings Corp
Shiseido Co Ltd
Jx Holdings Inc
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Nzx All Index
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Nse S&P Cnx Nifty Index
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Company Name
Bridgestone Corp
Asahi Glass Co Ltd
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Meta
Sumitomo Metal Industries
Kobe Steel Ltd
Jfe Holdings Inc
Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd
Sumitomo Electric Industries
Smc Corp
Komatsu Ltd
Kubota Corp
Daikin Industries Ltd
Hitachi Ltd
Toshiba Corp
Mitsubishi Electric Corp
Nidec Corp
Nec Corp
Fujitsu Ltd
Panasonic Corp
Sharp Corp
Sony Corp
Tdk Corp
Keyence Corp
Denso Corp
Fanuc Corp
Rohm Co Ltd
Kyocera Corp
Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd
Nitto Denko Corp
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
Toyota Motor Corp
Honda Motor Co Ltd
Suzuki Motor Corp
Nikon Corp
Hoya Corp
Canon Inc
Ricoh Co Ltd
Dai Nippon Printing Co Ltd
Nintendo Co Ltd
Itochu Corp
Marubeni Corp
Mitsui & Co Ltd
Tokyo Electron Ltd
Sumitomo Corp
Mitsubishi Corp
Aeon Co Ltd
Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Gro
Resona Holdings Inc
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdin
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Gr
Bank Of Yokohama Ltd/The
Mizuho Financial Group Inc
Orix Corp
Daiwa Securities Group Inc
Nomura Holdings Inc
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdin
Ms&Ad Insurance Group Holdin
Dai-Ichi Life Insurance
Tokio Marine Holdings Inc
T&D Holdings Inc
Mitsui Fudosan Co Ltd
Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd
Sumitomo Realty & Developmen
East Japan Railway Co
West Japan Railway Co
Central Japan Railway Co
Ana Holdings Inc
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone
Kddi Corp
Ntt Docomo Inc
Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc
Chubu Electric Power Co Inc
Kansai Electric Power Co Inc
Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc
Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc
Tokyo Gas Co Ltd
Secom Co Ltd
Yamada Denki Co Ltd
Fast Retailing Co Ltd
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Sun Pharmaceutical Indus
State Bank Of India
Sesa Sterlite Ltd
Reliance Industries Ltd
Punjab National Bank
Power Grid Corp Of India Ltd
Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd
Ntpc Ltd
Nmdc Ltd
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Lupin Ltd
Larsen & Toubro Ltd
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd
Jindal Steel & Power Ltd
Itc Ltd
Infosys Ltd
Indusind Bank Ltd
Idfc Ltd
Icici Bank Ltd
Housing Development Finance
Hindustan Unilever Ltd
Hindalco Industries Ltd
Hero Motocorp Ltd
Hdfc Bank Limited
Hcl Technologies Ltd
Grasim Industries Ltd
Gail India Ltd
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Dlf Ltd
Coal India Ltd
Cipla Ltd
Cairn India Ltd
Bharti Airtel Ltd
Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd
Bharat Heavy Electricals
Bank Of Baroda
Bajaj Auto Ltd
Axis Bank Ltd
Asian Paints Ltd
Ambuja Cements Ltd
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The Euro logo is pictured in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt/Main. The European single currency yesterday
slid to $1.2477 from $1.2545 late in New York on Tuesday.
Europe markets, dollar rally
on Republican victory in US
urope’s leading stock markets
and the dollar rallied yesterday
as traders welcomed the Republican victory in the US midterm elections.
London’s benchmark FTSE 100
index rose 1.32% to end the day at
6,539.14 points, while Frankfurt’s DAX
30 climbed 1.63% to 9,315.48 points
and in Paris the CAC 40 jumped 1.89%
to 4,208.42 points.
The gains erased losses posted on
Tuesday after the European Union
slashed its economic forecasts for the
But equity markets brushed off news
yesterday of sliding retail sales across
the eurozone to join a rally by the dollar
against major rival currencies after Republicans took control of the US Senate from Democrats overnight, which
many investors hope might result in
more business-friendly policies in
Gold prices dived to a fresh fouryear low and crude oil futures also initially continued their plunge on the ef-
fect of a stronger dollar, although they
later rose on news that US stockpiles
had not grown by as much as expected.
The result of the mid-term elections
is a stinging setback for US President
Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats
for the last two years of his presidency.
“The win for the Republicans in the
US mid-term elections has left Obama
as a lame duck president and sent the
greenback soaring,” said analyst Tony
Cross at brokers Trustnet Direct. “Because the commodity prices are in dollars, any appreciation of the dollar has
a corresponding depreciation on the
commodity price,” he noted in reaction
to tumbling gold and oil prices.
On the London Bullion Market, gold
plunged to $1,137.93 an ounce—which
was its lowest level since April 23, 2010.
It later stood at $1,142, which compared with $1,166.50 late in London on
Oil prices initially slid to a four-year
low, but the market rebounded in afternoon deals as traders digested news
of a smaller-than-expected increase in
crude supplies in top consumer the US.
In foreign exchange, the euro slid to
$1.2477 from $1.2545 late in New York
on Tuesday.
Company Name
Aluminum Corp Of China Ltd-H
Bank Of East Asia
Bank Of China Ltd-H
Bank Of Communications Co-H
Belle International Holdings
Boc Hong Kong Holdings Ltd
Cathay Pacific Airways
Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd
China Coal Energy Co-H
China Construction Bank-H
China Life Insurance Co-H
China Merchants Hldgs Intl
China Mobile Ltd
China Overseas Land & Invest
China Petroleum & Chemical-H
China Resources Enterprise
China Resources Land Ltd
China Resources Power Holdin
China Shenhua Energy Co-H
China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd
Citic Ltd
Clp Holdings Ltd
Cnooc Ltd
Cosco Pacific Ltd
Esprit Holdings Ltd
Fih Mobile Ltd
Hang Lung Properties Ltd
Hang Seng Bank Ltd
Henderson Land Development
The dollar at one point hit a near
seven-year high against the Japanese
currency, at 114.84 yen.
Wall Street advanced and the Dow
hit a new record yesterday on the Republican victory.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
shot up to 17,481 points shortly after
the opening bell.
It stood at 17,459.69 points in midday trading, a gain of 0.44%.
The broad-based S&P 500 rose
0.39% to 2,020.02 while the tech-rich
Nasdaq Composite Index edged up
0.06% to 4,626.35.
On the corporate front, shares in
Marks and Spencer soared 9.7% to
444.1 pence, topping London’s FTSE
100 winner board in the process.
Although the British retailer posted
only mediocre half-year profits, the
figure “beat (forecasts) and improvement to gross margins have taken
investors by surprise” said Richard
Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves
Lansdown Stockbrokers.
“Gross margin has shown a strong
improvement, in part due to the tight
control of costs which M&S is currently undertaking,” he said in a note
to clients.
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Company Name
Hong Kong & China Gas
Hong Kong Exchanges & Clear
Hsbc Holdings Plc
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd
Ind & Comm Bk Of China-H
Li & Fung Ltd
Mtr Corp
New World Development
Petrochina Co Ltd-H
Ping An Insurance Group Co-H
Power Assets Holdings Ltd
Sino Land Co
Sun Hung Kai Properties
Swire Pacific Ltd-A
Tencent Holdings Ltd
Wharf Holdings Ltd
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Russia-Ukraine conflict shields
Europe gas from oil price rout
he risk of disruptions to Russian
natural gas flows through Ukraine
this winter is protecting European prices from the rout that sent oil to a
four-year low.
UK gas for next quarter fell 13% since
mid-June, less than half the 29% plunge
in Brent crude over that time. While
Brent is typically the benchmark used
to set the price on almost half the gas
supply in Europe, the Russia-Ukraine
conflict and demand fundamentals in
the market are having a bigger impact
on prices than the decline in oil.
First-quarter supply interruptions
are still possible as Ukraine may struggle to pay Russia the full $3.1bn by yearend under an agreement brokered by
the European Union last week for gas
already consumed, according to Societe
Generale. OAO Gazprom said it received
the п¬Ѓrst tranche of payments yesterday.
The EU, which gets 15% of its fuel from
Russia via Ukraine, sought to avoid repeats of 2006 and 2009, when supplies
to the bloc were disrupted amid freezing
“Right now, gas prices in Europe are
really linked to the Russian-Ukrainian
crisis, so I don’t think the impact from
oil is as big as it could be,” Edouard
Neviaski, chief executive officer of
GDF Suez Trading, a unit of France’s
biggest utility, said in an interview in
London. “Gas prices have gone down
a little bit, but nothing of the same
First-quarter gas in the UK, Europe’s
biggest market, declined 0.5% to 55.07
pence a therm ($8.77 a million British
thermal units) by 8:56am on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London. Brent
fell as much as 1.4% to $81.63 a barrel,
the lowest level since October 21, 2010.
The European gas benchmark is at its
lowest for the time of year since 2010
after the region’s mildest year in half a
century left storage sites at record levels.
Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine
on June 16, with Gazprom saying
Ukraine’s debt stands at $5.3bn. The cut
came after Russia annexed Ukraine’s
Crimea peninsula in March and as a
conflict between Kiev and pro-Russian
rebels in the eastern part of the country
killed more than 4,000 people. Brent
crude started to slump in June as US
production added to slowing demand
Traffic signs are seen in front of a gasoline station of Rosneft in Moscow. While Brent is typically the benchmark used to set the
price on almost half the gas supply in Europe, the Russia-Ukraine conflict and demand fundamentals in the market are having a
bigger impact on prices than the decline in oil.
in Europe and China. The oil slump,
caused by a global oversupply as the
US produces the most crude since at
least 1983, may have the biggest impact
on summer gas, which has the most
“downside potential,” Neviaski said.
The contract for the six months from
April has lost 7.8% since June 19, when
Brent reached its highest this year.
Russia will resume gas flows to
Ukraine after it receives the п¬Ѓrst tranche
of payment and cash for November supplies under the accord signed October
30 in Brussels. NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy
paid $1.45bn yesterday, said Gazprom
spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov, declining to comment when the upfront payment for November supplies may be
made. Flows would halt if Naftogaz
doesn’t pay the full amount by January
1, Russian Energy Minister Alexander
Novak said October 31.
Ukraine has funds to pay for 4bn cubic meters (141bn cubic feet) of gas in
November and December, said Energy
Minister Yuri Prodan. The price will be
about $378 a thousand cubic metres, according to the accord.
While the additional volume would
help Ukraine, the nation would still
face shortages in the event of a cold
winter, according to Chris Main, a
London-based analyst at Citigroup Inc.
Ukraine’s average demand in the winter
of 2012-13 was about 6bn cubic metres a
month, he said.
The EU didn’t give any guarantees
to Russia on Ukrainian payments,
Marlene Holzner, an energy spokeswoman for the European Commission,
told reporters in Brussels October 31.
The eastern European nation can use
funds under an existing EU and International Monetary Fund assistance
package, possibly drawing €760mn
($952mn) from it ahead of schedule,
she said.
The security of gas transit to Europe in 2015 is “still open to question,”
Thierry Bros, a Paris-based analyst at
Societe Generale, said in an October 31
report. The bank cut its п¬Ѓrst-quarter
UK gas price forecast 12% to 61 pence a
therm after the deal. The price fell 6.8%
last month.
European gas demand is set to fall
9% this year, its fourth annual drop, according to Brussels-based lobby group
Eurogas. Temperatures will be warmer
than average this month in the mildest
year since 1964 before plunging below
normal this winter, according to forecaster MDA Weather Services.
“In Europe, it is much more about incremental demand, which has been incredibly mild to date, and what happens
with Russia,” Christopher Bake, head
of origination at Vitol Group, said in an
interview October 29. “The geopolitical
impact on European gas could be more
sustainable short term.”
Naftogaz says the price it pays
Gazprom under its long-term oil-indexed contract is higher than on spot
markets in Europe. With crude falling,
long-term supplies may become cheaper than on spot hubs, Bros said in an October 16 report.
“Years ago, it was actually the oilindexed gas price that was lower than
the NBP, it could happen again,” AnneSophie Corbeau, a researcher at the
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and
Research Center, or Kapsarc, said in on
October 29, referring to UK gas. “I always advise people: don’t put all your
eggs in the same basket because you
never know what could happen.”
Ukraine’s gas price from April onward as well as the size of its outstanding debt to Gazprom will be settled in a
Stockholm arbitration court. Gas buyers from EON to GDF Suez have won
price revisions from sellers including
Gazprom through talks or arbitration
after they posted losses selling gas into
domestic markets. Oil’s drop probably
won’t change the trend toward more
spot indexation in contracts, Neviaski
“People want competitive long-term
gas supplies and to be competitive in
the long run, it means you need to be
indexed on markets, so I don’t think the
lower oil prices will change the trend we
have been seeing for the past three to
four years,” he said. “It can even help to
accelerate the convergence.”
ask Medvedev
to delay oil
tax changes
Lawmakers have asked Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev to postpone changes
to the country’s oil tax regime
which may lead to a spike in
gasoline prices, Ivan Grachyov,
head of the lower house of
parliament’s energy committee,
said yesterday.
“The letter to the prime minister
was sent last week. We asked
him to postpone the changes in
these hard times. If the measures are introduced, the price of
gasoline may jump as much as
20%,” Grachyov told Reuters.
The changes, known as the “tax
manoeuvre”, foresee cuts to oil
export duties and an increase
in the mineral extraction tax,
which could ultimately lead to
increases in gasoline prices for
The price of gasoline in Russia
has already risen by more than
9% in January-October, more
than the 7.6% increase for the
whole of 2013, fuelled by higher
inflation and a weaker rouble.
Adoption of the tax changes,
which are expected to be enforced after January 1 2015, has
met with opposition from crude
oil producers, some of which
have said they will negatively
impact oil production.
The Energy Ministry, which
sponsored the initiative, has
argued the oil tax changes
strike a “golden mean” between
the industry’s investment needs
and budget priorities.
Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved
the changes to the tax regime
last month in a first reading. The
second, main reading is scheduled to be held later this month.
The country’s system of oil taxation means that oil companies
have been reluctant to invest
in gasoline production because
of high export duties, which are
in place to protect supplies for
domestic car users.
Grachyov said the cut in oil
exports duty will lead to companies “shifting the tax burden to
Analysts say the companies
with the highest exposure to
the refining sector, such as
Bashneft, Gazprom Neft and
Lukoil, will be the biggest losers
from the tax changes.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Beijing to increase limit
on foreign investment
China is moving to raise its global
competitiveness by loosening restrictions
on foreign investment in more
manufacturing and services sectors, the
country’s top regulator said.
In a draft foreign investment catalogue
China’s National Development and Reform
Commission (NDRC) cut the number
of sectors where China limits foreign
investment to 35 from 79, opening up
areas such as real estate, steel, oil refining,
paper making and premium spirits.
The draft catalogue, the latest revision of
a list first distributed in 2011, also removes
restrictions on foreign participation in
some financial services, including finance
companies and insurance brokerages,
which are still subject to Chinese
Beijing, however, will continue to bar
foreign investment in 36 key sectors,
the draft said, with Chinese legal affairs
consulting, tobacco and cultural relics
businesses added to the list.
The NDRC said that the measures were
aimed at adapting to a more globalised
economy and would help China actively
hasten its “opening up” process and
improve transparency.
“This is kind of piecemeal,” said Todd
Wang, an attorney at DLA Piper, who
specialises in US-China business
Asian to
buy 60
for $2.5bn
transactions. “(The draft list) represents
what has been happening over the past
few years.”
The European Union Chamber of
Commerce in China said the draft
catalogue fell short of expectations and
appeared “to be another incremental
development” for some foreign firms.
“The removal of the investment catalogue
altogether, in favour of a short negative
list, and increased opening in the
service sectors, would have been more
ambitious,” the European Chamber said in
a statement.
Beijing is keen to improve China’s
inefficient state-owned firms by adopting
market friendly policies to stave off
slowing growth. But despite plans for
reform of state-owned enterprises, the
government has also been reluctant to
cede too much control over the economy.
“The focus will be on opening up
manufacturing and services sectors
to the outside,” the NDRC said in a
statement on its website, adding that
the move would help boost China’s
international competitiveness. “Allowing
foreign investment to enter industries with
overcapacity and outdated technology can
accelerate efforts to upgrade the industrial
structure through market competition,”
Long Guoqiang, an NDRC researcher, told
the official Xinhua News.
The NDRC is seeking feedback on the
proposed revisions until December 3, it
China HSBC services PMI
at three-month low of 52.9
rowth in China’s services
sector weakened further in
October as new business
cooled, a private survey showed
yesterday, reinforcing signs of a
gradual economic slowdown that
could prod the government to unveil
fresh stimulus measures.
The services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) compiled by HSBC/
Markit pulled back to 52.9 in October – the weakest reading since July
– from 53.5 in September.
A reading above 50 in PMI surveys
indicates an expansion in activity while one below that threshold
points to a contraction.
A sub-index measuring new business fell to 53.1 in October from 53.2
in October, but sub-index measuring employment and outstanding
business both inched up, painting a
mixed picture.
“Overall, the service sector grew
steadily in October as the underlying business conditions continue to
look better than in the manufacturing part of the economy,” said Qu
Hongbin, chief China Economist
An employee helps a customer at a Samsung smartphones retail store in
Hong Kong. China’s services sector growth weakened further in October
as new business cooled, a survey showed yesterday.
at HSBC. “While this pattern will
likely continue, we still expect further (policy) easing measures in the
coming months to help offset the
downward pressure on the economy.”
An official survey released earlier
this week showed that the services
sector grew at its slowest pace in
nine months in October as the cooling property sector weighed on demand.
The services sector made up
46.1% of gross domestic product in
2013, surpassing the secondary sector – manufacturing and construction – for the first time, as the government aims to create more jobs
and boost domestic consumption.
On Saturday, an official factory
survey showed growth falling to
a п¬Ѓve-month low as п¬Ѓrms fought
slowing orders and rising borrowing costs.
Taken together, the surveys
appear to indicate that China’s
economy lost further momentum
heading into the fourth quarter as
a cooling property market weighed
on activity and export demand softened, putting Beijing’s official 7.5%
growth target for the year at even
greater risk.
Annual economic growth slowed
to 7.3% in the third quarter, the
weakest pace since the global п¬Ѓnancial crisis, even as the government
rolled out more stimulus measures.
A Reuters poll published last
month forecast the economy could
grow at an annual 7.3% in the fourth
quarter, leaving the full-year pace at
7.4% – the weakest in 24 years.
Most analysts believe authorities
will announce further modest support measures in coming months to
support growth, but they are divided over whether policymakers will
act more aggressively, such as by
cutting interest rates, unless there is
a risk of a sharper slowdown.
India toughs it out in WTO
food-stockpiling dispute
Hong Kong
property flagship led by
Asia’s richest tycoon Li
Ka-shing said yesterday
it plans to buy up to 60 passenger jets in a series of transactions that amount to more than
The Hong Kong businessman
made his п¬Ѓrst major foray into
the aviation industry in August
by announcing plans to buy
into Irish aircraft leasing group
AWAS, and the new purchases
expand his investments into a
п¬Ѓeld that can yield stable and
long-term cash flow, analysts
have said.
A п¬Ѓling written by Cheung
Kong Holdings for the southern
Chinese city’s stock exchange
late Tuesday said that the plan
was to buy the Boeing and Airbus aircraft from GE Capital
Aviation Services, BOC Aviation, Jackson Square Aviation,
and MC Aviation Partners.
The company confirmed yesterday that the total number of
jets was around 60.
The deals are worth a total of
more than $2.52bn, Dow Jones
Newswire reported.
Li is reaching out to the sector as premium airlines cut costs
amid п¬Ѓerce competition from a
growing number of budget carriers in Asia.
Last year, China lifted a sixyear ban on creating private airlines, helping fuel demand for
aircraft. The deals also include
acquisitions worth $800mn
made through a joint venture
formed with a subsidiary of
Japanese Mitsubishi Corp, Dow
Jones reported.
Jaitley lashes out at �unreasonable’
rich nations; backroom talks falter
before Modi’s first G20 summit;
India wrecked trade deal, linking it
to food aid; insists �peace clause’ on
stockpiles should be open-ended
New Delhi/Geneva
ndia defied the world yesterday in a
row over food-stockpiling that has
crippled attempts to reach a global
trade agreement, raising doubts that
backroom talks can reach a compromise before a Group of 20 summit this
At the end of July, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi pulled the plug on implementing a so-called trade-facilitation deal struck in Bali last year, linking
it to the emotive issue of rural poverty
in his country of 1.25bn people.
India wants to keep a so-called
�peace clause’ that protects its huge
state food purchases until the World
Trade Organisation can strike a definitive deal on stockpiling. As originally
envisaged in Bali, the clause would expire in four years.
Critics say the food stockpiling
amounts to paying farmers to produce
food, which is likely to lead to food surpluses that will get dumped on world
New Delhi’s blockade has plunged
the WTO into its worst crisis in two
decades, leading Director General
Roberto Azevedo to float the idea of
abandoning the consensus principle
on which the 160-member group operates.
Modi’s tough line jars with the �Make
in India’ pitch he has taken to investors abroad in his first five months in
charge. Having failed to make progress
on trade when he met US President
Barack Obama in Washington, he could
п¬Ѓnd himself isolated at his п¬Ѓrst G20
summit of world leaders in Brisbane,
Australia, on November 15-16.
“India’s position on trade facilitation
has been completely misunderstood
because of unreasonable positioning
by some of the developed countries,”
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told a
World Economic Forum conference in
New Delhi.
Jaitley repudiated suggestions that
India was fundamentally opposed to
trade facilitation, which would entail
easing port and customs procedures
and, by some estimates, add $1tn and
21mn jobs to the global economy.
India has begun backroom efforts to
break the deadlock, sending a top trade
ministry official to Geneva this week
for talks with Azevedo and key WTO
Trade diplomats said that there was
no hint, however, that a compromise
could be reached on India’s demands,
which have been vague and varied in
the months since its veto.
On Monday, Modi held a meeting of
Indian trade ministry officials to discuss how the deadlock could be broken
without compromising India’s foodsecurity concerns.
“If India has to submit a proposal, it
would be presented at the right time,”
a senior trade ministry official with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
India refuses to bow to foreign calls
to scale back a scheme to buy wheat
and rice that it distributes to 850mn
people. In a recent disclosure to the
WTO, India said those purchases
cost $13.8bn in 2010-11 – part of
the $56.1bn it spent in total on farm
“All that we are requesting is the
settlement of the dispute with regard
to the food stock holdings, and the
peace clause must continue to co-exist,” Jaitley said.
Diplomats say that without a WTO
deal on trade facilitation, countries
could simply tack the draft agreement
onto their existing membership terms,
Modi: Holding the fort.
putting the onus on India to object –
and explain why its interests had been
damaged by such a move.
Yet economists say WTO members
lack any effective means to bring pressure to bear against Asia’s third-larg-
est economy, which is home to a sixth
of the world population. “It’s an issue
that in India is so politicised – you have
hordes of the population living in poverty and depending on food aid,” said
Shilan Shah, an economist who covers
India at Capital Economics in London.
“The WTO hasn’t really shown the
kind of will to move on without India’s
agreement. What it demonstrates is
how important India is to the global
trading community.”
Asian LNG rally may resume, but winter boost to be mild
By Clyde Russell
Launceston, Australia
The customary rally in Asian spot
liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for
the northern winter has spluttered
long before it normally does, amid
market concern over plentiful supply
and lacklustre buying.
The spot price dropped to $13 per
million British thermal units (mmBtu)
last week, down from the recent high
of $15 reached in late September.
While the price is still 24% higher
than the 3-1/2-year low of $10.50 per
mmBtu reached at the end of July, it’s
considerably short of the previous
winter peak of $20.50 reached in early
While market expectations were that
spot prices would peak well below
last winter’s record high, the fading
of momentum in recent weeks is
somewhat surprising.
There are broader supply and demand
issues at play in LNG, but the most
likely explanation for the recent price
moves comes from the short-term
trading market.
It’s likely that cargoes bought by
traders during the seasonal summer
price slump have been offloaded, as
the realisation came that this winter
was unlikely to see a significant rally.
Also, with prices dropping to multiyear lows in the summer, there
would have been the temptation to
buy increased volumes in the hope
of making bigger profits during the
winter rally.
The clearing of these trading cargoes
may open up spot prices for a renewed
rally, but the extent of any price gain
is likely to be limited by supply and
demand factors.
Demand growth for LNG among
Asian buyers has been muted, and
this is likely to remain the case for the
winter, in the absence of a colder-thanforecast season.
The Japan Meteorological Agency
is currently forecasting that most of
the country will have a normal winter,
with the southern third of the country
having a 40% chance of higher-thanusual temperatures.
Such an outcome would mean no
unusual spike in heating demand, and
therefore less chance of spot cargoes
being sought by the world’s largest
importer of the super-chilled fuel.
The possibility of the restart of two
nuclear reactors in Japan may also
limit the demand for LNG, although
latest reports indicate that the Sendai
plant is unlikely to start generating
until early next year.
Currently all 48 of Japan’s nuclear
reactors remain offline, more than
three years after an earthquake and
tsunami destroyed the Fukushima
Daiichi plant. The Sendai units are
the first to pass the regulator’s safety
While Japan’s LNG imports did
rise a strong 10.5% year-on-year in
September, this was an exception to
recent trends, with the year-to-date
gain in imports being only 2.7%.
South Korea, the second-ranked LNG
buyer, saw a seventh consecutive
month of weaker imports, with a
6.6% fall in year-on-year imports in
September, taking the year-to-date
decline to 7.4%.
Chinese imports fell 8.1% in September
from a year earlier, although year-todate gains are still a relatively strong
India also has a positive number for
2014, with consultants Energy Aspects
estimating a gain of about 6% in the
first nine months over the same period
in 2013.
But the overall picture that emerges
isn’t one of strong demand growth,
and the likelihood of a normal to mild
winter in North Asia may keep it that
way for the next few months.
On the supply side, the wave of new
projects in Australia is starting to come
onstream, with BG Group’s $20.4bn
Queensland Curtis facility expected
to ship its first cargo by the end of
the year. Six other LNG projects are
currently being built in Australia, with
three due to start production next year,
while Exxon Mobil’s project in Papua
New Guinea started exporting this year.
This makes it likely that the Asian LNG
market will turn from deficit to surplus
over the medium term, especially
when US exports start from 2015 from
the first of two projects currently
under construction.
Increased competition from cheap
coal and now cheaper oil is also likely
to pressure LNG prices.
Overall, the likely pattern for Asian
spot LNG prices is likely to be one
of lower seasonal peaks and deeper
z Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist.
The views expressed are his own.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
India completes $900mn payment to Iran for oil
New Delhi
Indian refiners completed payment of
$900mn in frozen oil revenues to Iran
yesterday under an interim deal that
eased some sanctions against Tehran
over its disputed nuclear work, said
industry sources with direct knowledge
of the matter.
Iran and the United States, China,
France, Germany, Britain and Russia
agreed in July to extend the initial
six-month interim accord to November
24 after they failed to agree a final
resolution to their dispute before the
Tehran would have to curb its nuclear
work to ensure it cannot be applied to
weapons in exchange for removal of
the sanctions that have hobbled its oilbased economy by cutting off the flow
of payments for its crude exports.
“The first instalment of $400mn was
cleared last month and today the
companies paid the second instalment
of $500mn,” said one of the industry
The sources declined to be named
because they are not authorised to
speak to the press.
In the second instalment of
$500mn, Mangalore Refinery and
Petrochemicals and Essar Oil paid
around $220mn each, Indian Oil
Corp about $60mn and Hindustan
Petroleum about $5mn, according to
the sources.
Indian refiners settle 45% of their oil
payment to Iran in rupees through a
local bank, while they continue to hold
on to the remainder that are remitted
to Tehran under the interim deal. Iran
uses the fund in rupee accounts to pay
for imports from India.
The payments are made using an
existing mechanism based on a series
of back-to-back transactions in different
currencies that are initially channelled
through the Reserve Bank of India.
Iran will eventually get the payment in
dirhams from the United Arab Emirates’
central bank.
Tough sanctions put in place in 2012
have reduced Iran’s exports by more
than half from around 2.5mn barrels
per day (bpd). Iran’s biggest oil clients
– China, India, Japan and South Korea –
imported 6.6% less in September than a
year ago, the first on-year decline since
December, but shipments rose back
above the 1mn bpd mark allowed under
the interim deal that eased Western
US Secretary of State John Kerry will
meet Iran’s foreign minister and the
European Union foreign policy chief
in Oman on November 9-10 to discuss
the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of
the November 24 deadline for a final
Japan plans
to examine
duties on US
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at an event hosted by Kyodo news agency in Tokyo. Kuroda said yesterday he expects inflation to reach the bank’s 2% price target some time
next fiscal year as a result of its expanded quantitative easing.
BoJ ready to do more
to hit inflation target
ank of Japan Governor Haruhiko
Kuroda, who last week stunned global п¬Ѓnancial markets by expanding a
massive monetary stimulus programme,
said the central bank is ready to do more to
hit its 2% price goal and recharge a tottering economy.
Kuroda stressed the BoJ is determined
to do whatever it takes to hit the inflation
target in two years and vanquish nearly
two decades of grinding deflation.
“There’s no change to our policy of trying to achieve 2% inflation at the earliest
date possible, with a roughly two-year
time horizon in mind,” the central bank
chief said in a speech at a seminar yesterday.
“There are no limits to our policy tools,
including purchases of Japanese government bonds,” he said in response to a
question from a private analyst after the
The BoJ shocked global п¬Ѓnancial markets last week by expanding its massive
stimulus spending in a stark admission
that economic growth and inflation have
not picked up as much as expected after a
sales tax hike in April.
Kuroda said while inflation expectations
have been rising as a trend, the BoJ decided
to ease to pre-empt risks that slumping oil
prices will slow consumer inflation and
delay progress in shaking off the public’s
deflationary mind-set.
“In order to completely overcome the
chronic disease of deflation, you need to
take all your medicine. Half-baked medical treatment will only worsen the symptoms,” he said.
Kuroda repeated the BoJ’s projection
that Japan will likely hit the bank’s price
target sometime in the next п¬Ѓscal year beginning in April 2015, supported by the expanded quantitative and qualitative easing
(QQE) programme.
While he stressed that Japan’s economy
continued to recover moderately, Kuroda
said falling commodity prices could be
risks to the outlook if they reflected weakness in global growth.
In deploying QQE last April, the BoJ
pledged to double base money via aggressive asset purchases to achieve its 2%
inflation target in roughly two years. But
many analysts still doubt whether inflation will accelerate so quickly in a country
that had been mired in deflation for nearly
two decades.
The Japanese economy was hit hard in
the second quarter, suffering its biggest
slump since the global п¬Ѓnancial crisis after
an April sales tax hike dented consumption, and is expected to rebound only
moderately in the third quarter as the effects of the higher tax take time to wear off.
Kuroda stuck to his view that the pain
from the tax hike will gradually subside,
but warned that the BoJ must be mindful
of how the higher levy could affect companies’ pricing power, particularly if household spending stagnates.
On the yen’s plunge against the dollar after last week’s monetary expansion,
Kuroda reiterated his view that overall, a
weak yen was positive for Japan’s economy.
While some households and servicesector п¬Ѓrms could feel the pinch from
higher import costs, a weak yen tends to
push up export volumes and boosts profits
of Japanese companies with overseas operations, the central bank chief said.
“The benefits of a weak yen outweigh
the costs if the yen’s declines reflect economic fundamentals,” he said.
A weak yen had traditionally benefited
Japan’s economy by boosting exports.
However, the positive effects of a softer
currency have been partially nullified as
more companies have moved their production overseas in recent years.
Moreover, an increasing number of lawmakers and companies have recently complained that further yen declines could do
more harm than good by boosting import
The BoJ’s surprise easing last week
sent the Nikkei stock average surging to a
seven-year high and the yen slumping to a
seven-year low versus the dollar.
apan will assess whether
US condensate imports get
duty-free status on a cargoby-cargo basis following a softening of American export rules,
leaving the onus on importers to
convince authorities that shipments should not be hit with
In June, the US softened a
general ban on crude oil exports in place since the Arab oil
embargo of the 1970s, allowing
energy companies to export a
variety of ultra-light oil if it has
been minimally refined. Refined
products, such as gasoline and
diesel, are not restricted.
Japanese refiners were initially concerned that US condensate would be treated as an
oil product subject to import
duties, but importers now expect favourable treatment as
the п¬Ѓrst US cargo got through
customs without being taxed
as crude. Yet Japanese buyers
will still have to submit paperwork on each purchase, industry
sources said. If shipments are
consistently passed duty free
by customs, that would make
US condensate more attractive
for importers, said one industry
source. However, recent market
moves have shifted pricing in
favour of Middle East supplies,
and that could still prevent a
flood of US oil from landing in
“Whether condensate is crude
or a product is a touchy issue,
and the п¬Ѓrst imports involved a
lot of work,” said a source with a
Japanese buyer who declined to
be identified.
“But subsequent imports
should not be so tiresome as
long as you can prove it is the
same as the last time.”
Washington is facing growing
pressure to ease its ban on crude
oil exports further, with South
Korea and Mexico joining the
European Union in pressing the
BHP Billiton has said this
week it plans to try to be the п¬Ѓrst
company to export the lightly
processed ultra-light oil without explicit permission from
the US government, testing the
limits of the foreign sales ban.
US oil and natural gas output
is surging from domestic shale
formations that are tapped by
horizontal drilling and fracking.
The ultra-light liquids known as
condensate are often a byproduct of natural gas output.
Cosmo Oil Co became the п¬Ѓrst
Japanese buyer to import US oil
in more than a decade, getting
the customs-free ruling after
submitting documents detailing
the specifications of the condensate, industry sources said.
Cosmo has been slowly refining the oil for the past several
weeks after an October 9 delivery, and has not encountered
any problems, a source familiar
with the matter said.
The ultra-light crude, though
ruled customs-free, is still subject to a petroleum and coal tax
of ВҐ2,540 per kilolitre ($3.50 per
barrel), as are other crudes and
oil products.
Customs duties on products
range from ВҐ249 a kilolitre for
C-type fuel oil to ВҐ934 a kilolitre for gasoline.
South Korea and Japan were
the п¬Ѓrst to purchase condensate
from the United States after it
eased its 40-year-old ban on US
crude oil exports.
South Korean buyers do not
have to worry about import
tariffs on either US crude or
oil products due to a free trade
agreement that took effect last
year. Japanese refiners said earlier they would buy US condensate if it is priced competitively
against similar oils from Qatar
and Iran to offset the longer
A narrowing of differentials
between the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Dubai
crude, with WTI now becoming relatively more expensive
has dimmed the appeal of US
condensates, however, sources
have said. US condensate has
an API gravity of around 50 to
55 degrees, but the readings on
actual samples could differ by 3
to 4 degrees from initial projections depending on where shale
oil is produced, industry sources
also said.
“It is not that appealing now,”
said a trader with another Japanese buyer who declined to be
named. “There are concerns
about the quality of US condensate, and unless there’s a marked
merit in comparison with Qatar’s DFC (deodorised field condensate), it’s not worthwhile
taking it.”
Fresh stimulus exposes cracks in Tokyo’s growth blitz
The Bank of Japan’s surprise move
to inflate its already huge stimulus
programme exposes the cracks in
Tokyo’s plan to conquer deflation and
boost growth, economists say, but it
may give the government room to
hike sales taxes again.
On Friday, the central bank said it
would widen its asset-buying plan by
as much as ВҐ20tn ($182bn), bringing
it to an eye-popping ВҐ80tn annually,
sending the yen into a freefall and
stocks soaring.
The BoJ also halved its annual
economic growth forecast
and trimmed consumer price
expectations as a much-touted
inflation target looks increasingly out
of reach and Premier Shinzo Abe’s
plan to kickstart the economy stalls.
“The move by the BoJ shows that
Abenomics is facing big problems. The
economy is not growing, and is not
showing the power to grow,” said Ivan
Tselichtchev, an economics professor
at Japan’s Niigata University.
“Thus the government and BoJ again
have to resort to monetary alchemy.
Again, it will have a stimulating effect,
but only in the short-term.”
Friday’s decision also threw into focus
the sharp contrast of fortunes for the
US and Japanese economies after the
Federal Reserve last month brought an
end to six years of bond-buying and is
now considering an interest rate hike.
The move – which is an attempt to
stimulate growth by pumping massive
amounts of money into the economy –
is the first since the bank unveiled the
unprecedented easing scheme in April
last year.
The programme – and a target of
2% inflation by next year – were
cornerstones of the government’s
wider platform to turn around years of
deflation and kickstart the economy.
Yesterday, BoJ governor Haruhiko
Kuroda again pledged the central
bank will do whatever it can to
achieve the goal.
“In order to completely overcome the
chronic disease of deflation, medicine
should be taken until the end,”
he told private- and public-sector
officials in Tokyo.
“A half-baked medical treatment will
only worsen the symptoms,” he said.
When the programme was launched,
Abe’s revival plan was cheered by
some and it seemed to be working
well – sending the yen tumbling
against the dollar and the stock
market surging to a six-year high by
the end of 2013.
But critics derided it as a moneyprinting exercise that would leave
Japan in a bigger financial hole. It
already has the heaviest debt burden
among rich nations at more than twice
the size of the economy – a figure
that will expand as a rapidly ageing
population strains the public purse.
And earlier this year “Abenomics”
hit a wall as months of weak
indicators were compounded by the
introduction of the country’s first
sales tax hike in 17 years.
As consumers stopped spending
the economy shrank an annualised
7.1% in April-June, and with the
latest data also looking poor, there
are fears of another contraction in
July-September, which would put the
economy in technical recession.
Abe is expected to announce next
month if Tokyo will usher in a
second tax hike in 2015, but fears of
recession have cast doubt on that.
While the new revenue source was
aimed at paying down an enormous
national debt, it has put Abe in a
tricky position as he balances his prospending growth plan with controlling
government finances.
The fresh BoJ easing “confirms the
scale of the challenge confronting the
Abe government as it seeks to deliver
stronger real growth and inflation
while also reducing the fiscal deficit”,
said ratings agency Fitch.
Abe, whose approval ratings have sank,
is also facing pressure to put in place
some of the structural reforms he – and
most economists – say are necessary
to generate lasting growth.
“I think the real purpose of the
additional easing, at this particular
time, was to support the Abe
administration and to prepare for the
second tax hike,” said Kenji Yumoto,
vice chairman of the Japan Research
Data released Friday showed
September inflation slowed and
household spending slumped
further, adding to concerns.
Japan’s central bankers
acknowledged struggles in changing
consumer thinking on falling prices,
saying converting the “deflationary
mindset...might be delayed”.
Deflation may sound good for
consumers, but falling prices tend to
put off buying in the hope of getting
goods cheaper down the road,
denting investment and economic
Tsuyoshi Ueno, a senior economist
at NLI Research Institute in Tokyo,
said last week’s measures underlined
the bank’s troubles in reaching its 2%
inflation target.
“The core consumer inflation index,
which will be announced next month,
may come in lower than one percent,”
Ueno said. “So, the BoJ is doing
whatever it can. Monetary easing is a
shot in the arm that can buy time for
restructuring (the economy).”
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Asia Inc
West in
BoT sees room for rate
cut as economy falters
Yangon, Myanmar
Committee votes 6-1 to keep rate
at 2%, one wanted a cut; policy rate
kept steady for 5th straight meeting;
central bank sees room to lower
rates, says will cut GDP forecasts
sian businesses are gaining a foothold in Myanmar far quicker than
those from Europe and North
America, with China, Thailand,
Hong Kong and Singapore accounting for nearly half of the
п¬Ѓrms setting up in the fastchanging country.
According to the government’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration
Singaporean, 80 Thai, 73 Chinese and 85 Hong Kong companies signed up to do business
in Myanmar by September 30.
That compared with 18 from
Canada, 15 from the United
States, 15 from Australia, 10
from Netherlands, three from
France and two from Germany.
shown by far the most interest
among the Europeans, with 75
businesses set up in the former
Myanmar is in the midst of
shake-up in its fledgling economy, with moves to attract investment steered by a reformist, semi-civilian government
that took office in 2011 after the
end of 49 years of military rule.
Despite being rich in natural
resources, including timber, oil,
gas and precious stones, investment during military rule was
limited by Western sanctions
and concern about doing business in an unstable economy
run by exploitative, venal generals.
Asian conglomerates like
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand
Group (CP) and state energy
group PTT, Singapore’s Yoma
Strategic Holdings and Japan’s
Mitsubishi Corp and Marubeni
Corp were among the п¬Ѓrst movers in Myanmar in setting up local units.
Fifty-one Japanese businesses have been registered,
100 South Korean and 50 from
Malaysia, according to DICA,
which said there were now 783
foreign-invested enterprises in
Investment from Western
multinationals has started to
flow in after a slew of new laws
were passed and plans drafted
to boost decrepit infrastructure. Coca-Cola, Yum Brands
and Pepsi are keen to tap a market of more than 50mn consumers and Norway’s Telenor and
Qatar’s Ooredoo started cellphone services this year.
Myanmar in September revised its forecast for foreign
direct investment to more than
$5bn for the п¬Ѓscal year that
began in April – 15 times more
than during the п¬Ѓnal year of
military rule in 2009-2010.
Though the United States and
European Union have suspended
most sanctions, many п¬Ѓrms remain cautious about making
commitments, with concern over
corruption, legal uncertainty and
reputational damage from forming partnerships with individuals
on Western blacklists.
“It’s all about the US sanctions,” said Gregory Miller, a
partner with Myanmar Capital
Partners, a Myanmar focused
investment firm. “The Asian
п¬Ѓrms are more attuned to the
way Myanmar does business
than Western companies.”
hailand’s central bank left the
door open to a possible cut in
interest rates as the economy is
growing more slowly than it forecast
earlier, but held its policy rate steady
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) said at a
policy review it would cut its GDP forecasts this year and next, although exports were poised to gradually pick up in
2015 with the global recovery.
The weaker outlook has put the military government’s hopes for a solid
economic revival in doubt, and markets
have turned increasingly bearish as consumption and investment slide.
The junta, who seized power in a coup
in May to restore order after months of
political unrest, are banking on infrastructure spending to boost growth but
most of these projects are unlikely to
bear fruit until next year or later.
The BoT’s monetary policy committee (MPC) voted 6-1 to hold the one-day
repurchase rate at 2% for a п¬Ѓfth straight
meeting. But one member wanted a 25
basis-point cut, citing the need for more
accommodative policy to get the economy moving.
“The committee projects sustained
economic recovery in 2015, and deems
that the current monetary policy is sufficiently accommodative and does not
hinder the ongoing recovery,” the MPC
said in a statement.
All 19 economists polled by Reuters
expected no change in the policy rate
yesterday and also at its meeting in December, the last review of the year.
Mathee Supapongse, committee
secretary, told a news conference the
committee expects the economy to be
on a recovery path next year, with a
growth rate of more than 4%, “which
is not bad.”
The committee will cut its economic
forecasts for 2014 and 2015 from 1.5%
and 4.8%, respectively, when it meets
next month, he said.
Mathee said “there is still room to cut
rates, if necessary. But that will depend
An employee counts baht banknotes at a bank in Bangkok. The Bank of Thailand yesterday said at a policy review it would cut its GDP forecasts for this year and next.
on economic developments.” The central
bank does not expect a big impact from
the Bank of Japan’s bond buying programme on Thailand and has measures
to cope, he said.
The policy rate has been at 2% since
March, when it was cut by 25 basis points
to help business activity.
With the economy still sluggish, views
were mixed about the country’s growth
trajectory and monetary policy.
“We still expect a flat rate until the
п¬Ѓrst half of 2015. In our view, the Thai
economy is unlikely to see a technical recession and hence we see a very
low chance of a rate cut,” said Kampon
Adireksombat, senior economist of
Tisco Securities in Bangkok. But Santitarn Sathirathai, economist of Credit
Suisse in Singapore, said: “With recent
weakness in inflation, and the central
bank’s more dovish statements today,
we think the risk of further easing is
even higher.”
Krystal Tan, economist with Capital
Economics in Singapore, said the central
bank would likely want to wait to see the
impact of the government’s fiscal measures before deciding on its next move. “If
growth continues to disappoint in the
coming quarters, another rate cut cannot be ruled out,” she said.
Economic growth in the third quarter
might have been weaker than expected,
Mathee said, adding the MPC is concerned about global growth and possible
delays to public investment spending.
Southeast Asia’s second-largest
economy avoided a technical recession
in April-June but still shrank 0.1% in the
п¬Ѓrst half due to political unrest and poor
Recent data showed the economy is
in a spotty recovery, with annual exports unexpectedly rising in September but factory output and car sales
still falling.
Soft global demand and lower commodity prices have hurt Thai shipments,
while private consumption, which
makes up half of the economy, remains
weak as households are heavily indebted.
Credit Suisse predicts growth of 0.9%
this year and OCBC Bank, 0-0.5%. Official third quarter GDP data is due on
November 17.
This week, Deputy Prime Minister
Pridiyathorn Devakula reiterated that
the economy could grow 4% or even
5% in 2015, helped by public investment
spending and recent stimulus measures
worth 364bn baht ($11.2bn).
The baht lost as much as 0.3% to
32.755 per dollar, its weakest since June
3 after the central bank’s decision. The
currency has lost 1.5% since a recent
peak on October 21. The share market
was down 0.5%.
Apec leaders meet amid rival trade proposals
China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong is seen on large video screens as he
speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
summit’s senior officials’ meeting in Beijing yesterday. Leaders of more than half
the world’s economy gather in Beijing for the annual forum tomorrow.
eaders of more than half the
world’s economy gather in Beijing next week for the annual
Apec forum, with China and the US
pushing rival trade agreements as a
week-long series of international summits gets under way.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, hosting his biggest international gathering
since assuming office nearly two years
ago, welcomes representatives including US President Barack Obama, his
Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin,
and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which starts with ministerial meetings tomorrow before the main
summit on Monday and Tuesday, accounts for more than 50% of global gross
domestic product, 44% of world trade
and 40% of the Earth’s population.
In the 25 years since it was set up it
has long pushed free trade among its
members – with mixed success in the
face of bilateral deals, protectionist
tendencies, and the vagaries of global
World Trade Organisation negotiations
– and three competing concepts will
vie for dominance in Beijing.
(TPP), pushed by Washington and seen
as part of its much-touted “pivot” to
Asia after years leading wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, is being discussed
by 12 Apec nations including the US,
Japan and Australia, but market access
disagreements between Washington
and Tokyo are a particular hurdle.
The 10-member Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)
champions the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP),
which would bring together Asean and
six countries with which it has FTAs,
including China, Japan and India.
And a broader Free Trade Area of the
Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), raised in 2006
by Apec leaders and currently seen as a
way to eventually bridge the other two,
has been embraced by China.
“We don’t want to see (the) TPP rich
man’s club going off in that direction
and RCEP going off in this direction,”
Alan Bollard, Apec executive director and former head of New Zealand’s
central bank, told AFP. “We want to see
them converging.” Wang Shouwen, an
assistant minister of commerce, told
reporters Tuesday that China “hopes
concrete measures will be taken to
make progress towards the realisation
of the FTAAP” at Apec, specifically
seeking an “early date” for a timetable
to implement a roadmap for the deal.
“There is no such issue as blocking
or clash,” he insisted.
But Chinese analysts are suspicious
that TPP-driving Washington wants
to thwart FTAAP because of Beijing’s
interest in it.
“It is natural that the US would show
less enthusiasm in pushing forward
FTAAP whose establishment will inevitably offset the impact of TransPacific Partnership,” Bai Ming, of the
Chinese Academy of International
Trade and Economic Cooperation, told
China’s Global Times newspaper on
HK asset managers seek alternatives as China investment quotas dry up
Hong Kong
Asset managers in Hong Kong are
scrambling to figure out how to meet
growing demand for yuan assets after
they were hit by a double blow – a
shortage of China investment quotas
and the delay of a scheme linking
the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock
Money managers in the world’s
biggest offshore yuan hub are still
waiting for new quotas after they were
nearly exhausted in late September,
even as Beijing is accelerating its
pace of granting quotas to London,
Singapore and Paris under its RQFII
(Renminbi Qualified Institutional
Investor) programme. China’s State
Administration of Foreign Exchange
(SAFE) allocated a total of 11.1bn yuan
($1.81bn) in RQFII quotas to foreign
investors outside of Hong Kong in
October, official data showed. The
Asian financial centre got none.
It’s unclear why Beijing has not
approved a fresh quota for Hong Kong,
but market participants guess Chinese
regulators may want them to make full
use of the existing quota and wait to
announce a new quota until the Hong
Kong-Shanghai “Connect” scheme is
ready, to ensure a successful launch.
The “Connect” or “through-train”
scheme is a landmark project to
connect the equity markets in the two
cities. It would allow global investors
to trade China shares via Hong
Kong for the first time, while giving
mainland investors access to Hong
Kong-listed stocks.
It had been expected to begin trade on
October 27, but appears to have run
into regulatory and possibly technical
“To be honest, it’s a bit challenging
for CSOP because we have used
about 97%-98% of our quota. We sort
of hoped to use the through-train
but it was delayed,” said Jack Wang,
chief marketing officer at CSOP Asset
Management in Hong Kong.
CSOP is the biggest RQFII player in
Hong Kong, with an aggregate quota
of 46.1bn yuan ($7.54bn), accounting
for nearly one-fifth of the 270bn yuan
quota the city was granted.
The firm’s exchange-traded fund
(ETF) that tracks the FTSE China A50
Index and allows investors to have
exposure to the top 50 companies
in mainland China has been popular
among investors who want to hold
yuan assets.
“What we are doing now is whenever
there is some free quota from
redemptions or some of the funds are
not very suited to the market, we move
the quota to products that are more
suitable to the market,” Wang said.
Money managers had banked on the
Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect
scheme to offer a new channel to enter
China and thus release some quota for
RQFII products. Now, however, they
have to find other alternatives due to
the delay.
“We still have around 3bn-4bn yuan
RQFII quota as a buffer for the short
term,” said Freddie Chen, head of sales
at China Asset Management (Hong
Kong), which saw more than 80% of its
21.8bn yuan quota used up or reserved
for new products.
Similar to what CSOP is doing –
transferring quotas among different
products – China Asset Management
also switched part of its RQFII quota
for the CSI 300 ETF to another new
offshore ETF recently.
“We are also considering making use
of foreign partners’ quota, if they can
also apply for quota themselves, as
a potential option if new RQFII quota
and stock connect takes longer to
come out,” Chen said.
Chinese financial institutions have
started to cooperate with foreign
partners to have their products
listed in Europe and the US to attract
investors beyond Asian time zones,
but so far these products all rely on
the Chinese firms’ quota.
CSOP, for example, worked with
London-based exchange-traded
funds provider Source and Hermes
Investment Management in the past
year and launched ETF products in
London and Dublin, respectively.
The world’s second-largest economy
is hastening to expand the “redback’s”
usage globally.
Its central bank granted a 30 billion
yuan RQFII quota to Qatar on Monday,
adding to the existing 640bn yuan
quota given to Hong Kong, Singapore,
the UK, France, Germany and
South Korea.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Low growth, price cuts plague eurozone, haunt ECB
Eurozone business growth picked up less
than expected in October despite another,
deeper round of price cuts, according
to surveys that are unlikely to ease simmering tensions among the bloc’s central
Companies have been discounting
prices for over 2-1/2 years and did so last
month more steeply than at any time
since early 2010, when the single currency
area was mired in a sovereign debt crisis.
Weak growth in services and manufacturing despite further discounting will add
to pressure on the European Central Bank
on the eve of a policy meeting, as it seeks
ways of warding off deflation and bringing
inflation — at just 0.4% in October — out of
what it terms the danger zone below 1%.
Markit’s final Composite Flash Purchasing Managers’ Index, based on surveys of thousands of companies across
the region and seen as a good indicator
of growth, was all but unchanged from
September’s 10-month low of 52.0, coming in at 52.1.
“Such a weakness is worrying, as it
highlights the feeble nature of demand
in the euro area and adds to growth
concerns. Forward-looking components in
both sectors proved to be disappointing,”
said Apolline Menut at Barclays.
Although the PMI chalked up its 16th
month above the 50 line that separates
growth from contraction, the expansion
came at a cost.
A sub-index for output prices slumped
to 47.1 from September’s 48.5, its lowest
reading since February 2010 and suggest-
ing firms were desperately slashing prices.
“The eurozone still faces a significant
deflation risk. Unless there is a sustained,
clear change in the eurozone’s fortunes,
the ECB could yet ultimately have to go
down the quantitative easing road,” said
Howard Archer at IHS Global Insight.
Full-scale QE is one of the last options
the ECB has left, and while it is not expected to change tack at Thursday’s policy
meeting, there is now an even chance it
will eventually buy sovereign bonds, a
Reuters poll found this week.
For such a stimulus programme to be
effective in boosting inflation, a Reuters
poll said the ECB would need to expand its
balance sheet by around €1tn— a figure in
line with what ECB President Mario Draghi
said he would target.
But Draghi was likely to come under
fire from the bloc’s national central
bankers later yesterday over what they
see as his secretive management style
and erratic communication, not least
because they had agreed not to release
that figure, Reuters exclusively reported
on Tuesday.
That rattled markets, and alongside the
weak data and sweeping Republican party
wins in US mid-term elections that will
likely curb the legislative agenda across
the Atlantic, it sent the euro sliding back
towards recent lows against the dollar.
Shoppers in the 18 countries using
the euro ventured out less frequently in
September, according to weak retail sales
figures also published yesterday.
Retail sales are a proxy for household demand, and the data reinforced
European Commission forecasts that the
eurozone economy will have stagnated
between July and September after ex-
panding 0.3% in the first quarter and 0.1%
in the second.
Mounting economic uncertainty also
hit growth in Britain’s services industry
much more than expected last month, signalling a significant end-of-year slowdown
in the country’s recovery.
Yesterday’s Markit/CIPS services PMI
sank to a 17-month low of 56.2 in October
from 58.7 in September, weaker than even
the gloomiest forecast in a Reuters poll of
Still, no policy changes are expected
either when the Bank of England meets,
also today.
Weaker than expected data has now
pushed short sterling interest rate futures
to not fully price in the first rise in British
rates until the second quarter, a view
shared by almost half the economists in a
recent Reuters poll.
“While a rate hike this week is out of the
question and February is looking pretty
unlikely we think that the economy is
strong enough to justify action in 2Q15,”
said James Knightley at ING.
The news was no better for the eurozone’s dominant service industry where
the PMI dipped to a seven-month low of
52.3 from 52.4 and there was little chance
of much improvement this month.
France’s PMI sank further below 50 and
Italy’s suggested economic stagnation.
The composite index for Germany, Europe’s largest economy, showed the pace
of growth had eased from last month.
“The eurozone PMI makes for grim
reading, painting a picture of an economy
that is limping along and more likely to
take a turn for the worse than spring
back into life,” said Chris Williamson, chief
economist at Markit.
Monte Paschi set to approve
capital hike for up to €2.5bn
Fiat Chrysler
CEO nearly
voting stake
in car maker
taly’s Monte dei Paschi di Siena
is likely to tap investors for up to
€2.5bn next year to fill a capital
shortfall laid bare by recent stress tests,
pay back state aid and prepare itself for
a possible takeover, banking sources
The future of Italy’s third biggest
bank, the world’s oldest, has been
hanging in the balance after a review
overseen by the European Central Bank
showed it to be the weakest large bank
in Europe with a capital hole of €2.1bn
that needs to be п¬Ѓlled within nine
The rights issue is seen as a stepping stone to a sale of Monte dei Paschi,
possibly to smaller domestic rival UBI
Banca, after a calamitous three years
that have seen it lose €9.3bn and have
its former top brass convicted last week
over a derivatives deal that was meant
to hide the bank’s mounting losses.
“The reason why they are tapping the
market is because they didn’t have time
to put in place an M&A solution in the
time frame given to them by the ECB,”
said a banker working on the share
sale. “But the M&A solution will follow
sometime next year.”
Monte dei Paschi Chairman Alessandro Profumo, appointed in 2012 to try to
turn the bank around after a costly acquisition in 2007 drained its п¬Ѓnances,
told Reuters in an interview last week
a merger was one of the options under
UBI has said it has had “no contact
whatsoever” with Monte dei Paschi on
a possible deal but bankers say a tie-up
with a mid-sized Italian player such as
UBI was politically more palatable because it would avoid the sort of large
job cuts that would be triggered from a
takeover by bigger banks such as Intesa
Sanpaolo and Unicredit.
Other banks that have been flagged
as potential bidders include Spain’s
Santander and France’s BNP Paribas
but they have both denied they are interested.
The possibility of a deal would encourage hedge funds and other funds to
A view of the Monte dei Paschi bank headquarters, in Siena. Monte dei Paschi’s market value has tumbled to just €3.3bn compared to €11bn when it bought smaller rival
Antonveneta for €9bn in cash in 2007.
take part in yet another share sale for a
bank exposed to Italy’s weak economy,
bankers said.
Monte dei Paschi has carried out
three capital increases since 2008 with
the last share sale raising €5bn in June.
Since then Monte dei Paschi’s market
value has tumbled to just €3.3bn compared to €11bn when it bought smaller
rival Antonveneta for €9bn in cash in
Three banking sources said yesterday
the bank is now looking to raise as much
as €2.5bn — up from €2.1bn initially
planned — because that would allow it
to pay back the €1.1bn of state loans it
still owes.
The bank’s board meets later on
Wednesday and is expected to approve
the rights issue, which bankers lining
up to underwrite the deal said will likely
take place in early 2015.
Global coordinators for the rights
issue would be UBS and Citigroup —
which Monte Paschi has hired to advise it on strategic options — as well as
Goldman Sachs and Mediobanca, one
banker on the deal said.
Barclays, Bank of America-Merrill
Lynch, Societe Generale, Commerz-
Norway’s billion-barrel arctic
oil finds seen ripe at $80 crude
Discoveries of as much as a billion barrels of oil in
Norway’s Arctic are profitable to develop even with
crude prices at a four-year low, Det Norske Oljeselskap
ASA’s chief executive officer said.
Companies such as Statoil ASA, Lundin Petroleum and
Det Norske should join discoveries in the Barents Sea,
including the key Johan Castberg deposits, into one
development to reduce the cost of building pipelines
and an onshore terminal on Norway’s northern tip,
Det Norske’s Karl Johnny Hersvik said in an interview
“We have enough reserves,” the CEO said. “Given
that we’re able to put the different fields together, it’s
profitable at today’s oil price.”
The Arctic Barents Sea, which is estimated to contain
40% of Norway’s undiscovered resources, is seen as
key to extending the Nordic country’s oil output, which
has declined for 13 consecutive years as aging North
Sea fields are depleted. Still, a 30% drop in crude prices
since June has added pressure on the profitability of
oil extraction in a region that lacks infrastructure and
already presents cost challenges.
Statoil has delayed Castberg twice on cost concerns,
shelving an initial $15bn plan to lay pipes and build
a new oil terminal at North Cape. The most recent
postponement this year followed a disappointing fivewell exploration campaign that was meant to boost oil
resources currently estimated at 400mn to 600mn
barrels. Castberg risks a new delay as the benchmark
Brent crude price, currently at about $82 a barrel, falls
near the project’s break-even price of $70 to $80 a
barrel, according to consultant Rystad Energy.
Statoil, Norway’s biggest energy company, has started
talks with Sweden’s Lundin and other companies
with interests in the Barents Sea on the possibility of
developing Castberg with other finds, an option backed
by authorities. Those discoveries include Lundin’s Alta
and Gohta, which could hold as much as 450mn barrels
of oil in total. Trondheim-based Det Norske owns
40% of Gohta. “We’re very positive toward” a joint
development, Hersvik said. Det Norske is “optimistic”
that the operators and other partners in the area can
reach an agreement by next summer, when Statoil has
said it will present a new concept solution for Castberg.
Lundin is looking at all options, including joint
development and standalone solutions for Alta
and Gohta, CEO Ashley Heppenstall said in a phone
interview from Stockholm yesterday. It’s too early to
say whether the resources have reached a tipping
point, he added. Lundin will drill three appraisal wells
on Gohta and Alta and two more exploration wells
in the Barents Sea in 2015, it said in third-quarter
presentation material today.
“Whether these fields become commercial or not is
really going to depend on how much oil is found,”
Heppenstall said. “If you look at what we found and
what Statoil have found over the last two years, it’s now
close to a billion barrels, so it’s getting very significant.”
bank and Deutsche Bank would act as
bookrunners. Banks that underwrite
the sale will buy any stock that is left
Any potential bidder for Monte dei
Paschi would be in wait-and-see mode
to understand what the bank and its
management can do to get their house
in order, a senior banker told Reuters.
The Tuscan bank has been selling assets, closing 500 branches and cutting
8,000 jobs to boost its п¬Ѓnances.
Its woes have fragmented its shareholder base, once dominated by a
charitable foundation run by allies of
local left-wing politicians. Its biggest
single investor is now York Capital
Management, a US hedge fund, with a
5% stake.
Latin American investors Fintech
and BTG Pactual, which bought into
the June rights issue, have 4.5% and 2%
respectively and are likely to take part in
the new share sale, according to sources
close to the matter.
The banking foundation which has
2.5% stake after cutting it from more
than 30% last year to pay back debts
will also take part, as will French insurer Axa — a core shareholder with 3.7%.
iat Chrysler Automobiles
chief executive officer
Sergio Marchionne has
nearly doubled his voting stake
in the car maker after exercising
stock options and cashing in on
a share price jump after a plan
to spin off Ferrari was unveiled
last week.
The company said in a statement that Marchionne holds
12.1mn common shares after all
the transactions.
This equals a 0.75% voting stake based on a total share
capital of 1.6bn shares, including
loyalty shares, according to Reuters calculations, and compares
to a 0.4% voting stake Marchionne held previously.
Marchionne п¬Ѓrst exercised
options that were due to expire on November 3 for 6.25mn
shares and the same number
of shares in CNH Industrial,
the truck and tractor maker
that was spun off from the
Fiat group, at a total price of
€83.6mn ($105mn), filings with
Dutch market regulator AFM
The shares were then sold on
October 30-31 at a total price
of €94.3mn, according to the
records, allowing Marchionne to
benefit from a share price surge
following the Ferrari announcement on October 29.
FCA said that Marchionne
later exercised his remaining
10.67mn stock options but only
a portion of those shares were
then sold “for the sole purpose
of funding the strike price and
meeting the relevant tax liabilities,” the company added.
Marchionne said last week
he would spin off Ferrari from
the group, sell a 10% stake via
a public offering and distribute
the rest of FCA’s stake in the luxury sports car brand to its shareholders.
Dutch bank ING to pay off state
aid early as lending picks up
NG Group, the largest Dutch bank,
said it would repay the last of its state
aid ahead of schedule this week, signalling an extra dividend for shareholders
as lending growth drove a jump in pretax
In its п¬Ѓrst full quarter as a pure banking
business, ING’s underlying earnings before tax from its banking operations rose
more than a third to €1.5bn ($1.88bn),
beating analysts’ average forecasts of
The bank, once the globe-spanning
flagship of Dutch financial capitalism
and still Europe’s eighth largest by stock
market value, was forced to retrench in
the years after the financial crisis, taking €10bn in state aid in 2008 and selling
many of its international businesses.
It sold a stake in its insurance arm NN
Group in July to comply with the terms of
the rescue package.
Announcing the early repayment of the
final €1bn tranche of aid, chief executive
Ralph Hamer said the bank was seeing
signs of a recovery in its home market and
of structural recoveries in parts of Europe.
“We had two milestones to make this
year before we would consider an early
payment: a successful IPO of the insurance company and the ... successful outcome of the asset quality review and stress
tests, and we saw that just recently,” he
told a conference call for journalists.
ING comfortably passed the European
Central Bank review last month, with an
end-2013 tier 1 common capital rate of
10.1%, well above the required minimum of
“We were able to extend more credit
into the economies in which we are active,” Hamer said, adding that there were
signs of a domestically-driven recovery
in the Netherlands even as the eurozone’s
main growth engine Germany faltered.
“I see recovery in Ireland and in Spain.
Structural recoveries,” he said on a video
posted on the bank’s website. “And we see
that the ECB is supporting growth by further interest rate cuts.”
ING’s interest income rose 7.5% year on
year while the underlying interest margin
improved to 1.53% from 1.44%. Loan loss
provisions were cut by 41.7% as lending
risks fell in commercial banking and general lending.
ING said its global retail banking business also picked up, with its German operation posting record underlying third
quarter earnings before tax of €213mn.
But group net profit, which rose sharply to €928mn due to one-off items, just
missed consensus forecasts.
It said it was trying to manage down its
exposure to Ukraine and Russia, whose
economies have been hit by the conflict
in eastern Ukraine and Western sanctions
against Russia. Non-performing loan
rates in both countries rose.
The debt repayment, six months early,
means the п¬Ѓrst dividend of next year can
now go to shareholders rather than the
Dutch state. It will bring the total repaid
to €13.5bn, giving the state an annualised
return of 12.7%. “This support from the
Dutch state saw us through the crisis and
helped us to emerge stronger from it,”
Hamer said. “We are grateful to the Dutch
state and its citizens, but also to our customers who continued to stand by us.”
Shares in ING were up 1.2% at 0900
GMT, just outpacing an Amsterdam AEX
index that rose 0.9%.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Sanofi CEO’s ouster mirrors Teva corporate culture
Tel Aviv
Pharmaceutical executives are learning
that the global forces shaping the industry
sometimes come in direct conflict with the
demands of local culture.
The ouster of Chris Viehbacher, a Canadian-German dual citizen, from Sanofi on
October 29 reminded investors that while
France’s crown jewel operates globally, its
core identity is still very much French. His
dismissal echoed the departure of Jeremy
Levin almost exactly a year earlier, after
he had become the first CEO from abroad
to manage Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical
Industries Ltd
The Sanofi and Teva boards cited disagreements over how the CEOs executed
strategy or a lack of communication,
not cultural clashes. For some investors,
though, the reasons run deeper. Viehbacher, for example, may have pushed too
hard to cut Sanofi operations in France
while expanding in the US, and Levin
strained local alliances by hiring foreign
executives and terminating partnerships
with Israeli companies, they say.
“When you bring a truly global, competitive mentality of doing things into a
company like Teva or Sanofi, with their
own peculiar way of operating, there will
sometimes be a clash of cultures,” said
Gilad Alper, a senior analyst at Excellence
Nessuah Brokerage in Petach Tikva, Israel.
While companies like Sanofi and Teva
sell their products and employ workers
around the world, their importance to
the national economy accentuates the
challenge of reconciling global aspirations
with local roots. Sanofi, France’s secondlargest company by market value, and
Teva, Israel’s largest, globalised through
acquisitions even as their board remained
populated by a majority of locals.
In Viehbacher’s case, his direct ways
and informal approach upset some board
members, managers and employees in
France, where the style is more formal and
hierarchy more important, several people
with knowledge of the matter said.
Viehbacher, a French speaker who previously worked at GlaxoSmithKline, ended
some unpromising research projects during his six-year tenure, cut jobs and shut
plants in France. He also said he wanted
Sanofi to operate more like Genzyme
Corp, the Cambridge, Massachusettsbased biotechnology company that Sanofi
acquired for $20.1bn in 2011.
He relocated to the US this year as
French government officials voiced concern that corporate decision-making was
leaving the country. Viehbacher effectively
shifted the company’s center of gravity
to the US, causing resentment within the
company in France, said the people.
“Chris did a great job in terms of deals
and efficiencies,” said David Munno, head
of pharmaceutical research at Sphera
Global Healthcare, a Tel Aviv-based hedge
fund. “When he moved away from France,
though, he probably disenfranchised the
local board and politicians.”
He also began looking for a buyer for
an $8bn portfolio of products without
informing the board, Sanofi chairman
Serge Weinberg said. The sale would have
allowed the company to reduce manufacturing operations in Europe, according to
an internal company document. The document was leaked to a Sanofi union, which
in turn distributed it to reporters.
Weinberg said Viehbacher was ousted
because of a lack of communication with
the board, citing the portfolio sale as an
example. Board members learned of the
plan by reading about it in the press, he
“We are deeply committed to being an
international company,” Weinberg said on
a conference call with analysts last week.
“There shouldn’t be any misunderstanding about the issue of the French versus
the rest of the world.” Nationality won’t
be a criteria in the search for a new CEO,
he said.
Levin, a native of South Africa who
speaks Hebrew, moved to Israel after his
hiring in 2012. The former Bristol-Myers
Squibb Co executive, known as one of the
industry’s top dealmakers, was at odds
with the board about a plan to cut costs in
Israel. He also angered local executives at
the company by hiring a firm in the US to
help with investor relations.
Spokesmen for Teva and Sanofi declined to comment on whether cultural issues affected relationships with the CEOs.
Viehbacher, 54, and Levin, 61, declined to
Their ouster is a reminder that culture
can be a barrier when integrating foreign
CEOs. While in the US or the UK it’s fairly
common to have foreign-born CEOs, in
countries such as Japan, it’s still rare.
Osaka-based Takeda Pharmaceutical
Co made waves when it picked Christophe
Weber, a French national. Former executives and members of the company’s
founding family wrote to the company in
April to oppose his appointment, Yomiuri
newspaper reported.
To be sure, the culture clashes don’t
always get in the way in the drug business
or other industries. Carlos Ghosn, the CEO
of French carmaker Renault, also holds
that position at Japan’s Nissan Motor
Co and the alliance between the two
Barclays considers
8-way restructuring
arclays is considering
shifting its businesses into
eight entities in response
to rules forcing Britain’s largest
lenders to separate retail operations from riskier investmentbanking units, an internal document shows.
The lender is reviewing whether to put its UK and European
retail operations, its US holding
company and a subsidiary carrying out back-office functions
within a п¬Ѓrewall, separating them
from п¬Ѓve other entities including a derivatives trading arm,
according to the draft document
obtained by Bloomberg News.
The proposals will go to the board
on December 11.
The internal overhaul shows
the expense and disruption
banks are facing as authorities seek to avoid a repeat of the
2008 global turmoil that toppled Lehman Brothers Holdings.
At HSBC Holdings, chairman
Douglas Flint has already voiced
criticism, saying lenders will be
forced to spend billions to erect
п¬Ѓrebreaks between core services
such as mortgage lending and
riskier activities linked to investment banking.
“US and UK structural reform
requirements are driving the
breakup of the single Barclays
Bank Plc entity construct,” the
bank said in the document dated
October 15. “The resulting isolation of capital and liquidity
forces us to consider a new optimization of the broader group.”
A spokesman at Barclays in
London said the document’s
contents are “not reflective of
current thinking.” The bank
continues to “evaluate the future state of the group,” while
the “thinking remains fluid and
we will continue to review various options” in response to regulatory requirements, he said by
e-mail from London.
Barclays shares rose 0.8% to
Barclays is reviewing whether to put its UK and European retail operations, its US holding company and
a subsidiary carrying out back-office functions within a firewall, separating them from five other entities
including a derivatives trading arm.
238.70 pence at 11:25am in London. They have dropped about
12% this year.
The regulator’s proposals,
drafted by John Vickers’s Independent Commission on Banking, seek to ensure that core
п¬Ѓnancial services such as retail
deposits and payments will be
protected if riskier divisions incur losses and have to be shut
down. Banks with core deposits
exceeding ВЈ25bn ($40bn) including HSBC, Lloyds Banking
Group and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will be forced to
comply from 2019.
The Bank of England said last
month that lenders must submit
a preliminary plan of their esti-
mated legal and operating structures by Jan. 6 for review by the
Dan Hodge, co-head of Treasury at Barclays, told analysts on
a call in July that the ring-fenced
bank “will be a material entity
within the UK banking system,”
with its own capital and leverage requirements, which may be
“higher than those at the groupconsolidated level.”
“Our thinking on the size and
scope of the ring-fence bank is
evolving,” Hodge said. “From
what we see currently, we believe this is a manageable issue
for Barclays.”
Under the plans, Barclays
would keep its Barclaycard, inter-
national banking services, global
derivatives portfolio and loan
book as well as the Africa business
outside its ring-fence, though still
under the same parent company,
the document shows.
Products such as debt п¬Ѓnance
and cash management would
be offered to some global corporate-banking clients as part
of the ring-fenced unit unless
British regulators decide banks
must house these in a non ringfenced division, according to the
document. Consumer business,
mortgages and private banking
would also be handled by the
ring-fenced unit, it shows.
“Structural reform will result
in Barclays devolving into a se-
ries of individually coherent entities beneath a common group
holding company,” the lender
said in the document.
The European Commission
earlier this year presented a
proposal that would give supervisors the power to require
the largest banks to separate
certain risky trading activities
from their deposit-taking businesses if they threaten п¬Ѓnancial
stability. The proposal has come
under attack on multiple fronts
and may be changed by the new
commission and parliament.
“Ring-fencing will improve
banks’ resilience by protecting
them from shocks and facilitate orderly resolution, both of
which are needed for a stable
financial system,” Andrew Bailey, chief executive officer of the
BOE’s Prudential Regulation
Authority, said in a statement
last month.
Under the UK’s proposed
rules, no more than a third of the
board members at a ring-fenced
bank can have roles elsewhere in
the group to ensure that different parts of the institution “take
decisions independently,” the
BOE said.
Barclays is drafting its plan
as other lenders are assessing
the impact of rules on their own
businesses. Lloyds CEO Antonio Horta-Osorio last week
signalled confidence in the ability of Britain’s largest mortgage
provider to weather ring- fencing proposals, saying that most
of the bank’s assets already fall
within the п¬Ѓrewall.
At HSBC, Europe’s largest
bank by market value, Flint told
a parliament panel on October 21
that it won’t be clear if separating banks’ businesses will help
prevent another financial turmoil “till we have another crisis.”
“Ring-fencing will cost one
billion, two billion to implement, which is a structural separation that is going to be very
expensive,” Flint said. “It’s not
clear to me that structure in and
of itself changes anything.”
companies is viewed by many investors
as a success.
Drug makers companies sell and produce globally, meaning CEOs must respond
to global forces sometimes at the expense
of local needs. For most of them, the US
is their biggest single market, and they
recruit researchers from around the world.
At Teva, Levin was replaced by Erez
Vigodman, an Israeli board member who
has been credited with boosting growth at
two of Israel’s biggest companies.
While Weinberg said nationality won’t
be a factor in selecting the next Sanofi
CEO, people with knowledge of the matter
said that Sanofi reached out to AstraZeneca chief executive officer Pascal Soriot, a
France native, about the job.
“Disruptive thinking doesn’t work unless you have the board along with you,”
said Rajesh Varma, who helps manage
$19bn in Paris for DNCA Finance, which
holds 2.8mn Sanofi shares. “Maybe they
do need someone who understands the
French culture better and speaks the
same cultural language as the board.”
Harmony Gold
mulls S African
job cuts as gold
price slumps
outh African miner Harmony Gold yesterday
suggested it might have
to cut jobs as it contends with a
depressed gold price and operational problems which include
an escalating battle with illegal
The current quarter will be
a tough one as the company
last week said it was closing
its key Kusasalethu mine west
of Johannesburg for two weeks
to try to remove illegal miners
who are believed to be starting
п¬Ѓres in the mine.
“The decision comes after a third underground fire in
October was started by illegal
miners. Although no one was
harmed in any of these п¬Ѓres, it
did result in 10 production days
lost in October,” Harmony said
in its results statement.
The company is especially
sensitive about safety after nine
employees died in a п¬Ѓre in Feburuary at its Doornkop mine.
Harmony has also struggled
to get Kusasalethu back to full
production after shutting the
mine for several weeks at the
start of 2013 because of labour
violence rooted in union rivalry.
“Kusasalethu’s production
has continued to be problematic and management is working
on an alternative plan to return
the mine to profitability,” the
company said.
Chief executive Graham
Briggs implied that any restructuring at the mine was
likely to include job cuts.
“The plans at Kusasalethu
we will be signing off in the next
few weeks ... We will have to go
through a negotiating process
with unions,” he said on a conference call.
Under South African labour
law companies have to hold
talks with unions if they plan
lay-offs. “If we look at job cuts,
50% of our costs are on labour,
so any major restructuring always involves jobs and we have
to look carefully at that,” Briggs
He said Kusasalethu had not
made a profit since 2012 and the
company had been “throwing a
lot of resources at it to try and
improve the situation there.”
The company said it currently employs 6,441 people at
Kusasalethu, including contractors.
Gold producers in general are
caught in a bind as prices tumble and costs climb.
The spot price fell to fresh
four-year lows yesterday at below $1,200 an ounce — a critical level that many analysts see
as a “tipping point” that will
cause shaft closures.
The spot price fell to fresh
four-year lows yesterday
at below $1,200 an ounce
— a critical level that many
analysts see as a “tipping
point” that will cause shaft
Any move to cut jobs at
Kusasalethu could meet with
stiff labour resistance given
the heavy presence at the mine
of the hardline Association of
Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), whose
members have downed tools
in the past at Anglo American
Platinum in protest at planned
Meanwhile Briggs said the
market would get an update in
Decmber on the pre-feasibility
study at Harmony’s flagship
Wafi-Golpu project in Papua
New Guinea, with new estimates on capital expenditure.
Harmony has already said it
expects “significantly lower”
investment than previous estimates which called for spending of almost $6bn to develop
the mine. Costs will be shared
with joint-venture partner
Newcrest Mining.
US lacked hard proof in tax trial of ex-UBS banker, jurors say
S prosecutors did not present
enough hard evidence to link a
former top UBS banker to subordinates’ schemes to help wealthy
Americans hide $20bn in secret accounts from tax authorities, jurors
from the trial told Reuters on Tuesday.
A federal jury in South Florida on
Monday took a little over one hour to
acquit Raoul Weil, who headed the
Swiss bank’s global wealth management unit, of conspiring to defraud
the Internal Revenue Service. The verdict was a major setback for Washington’s efforts to crack down on offshore
tax evasion by Americans, and raised
questions about how aggressively the
government will pursue similar cases
against senior executives.
“There were no documents that
tied that man to anything, that was
our problem,” said Tracey Demyer, a
43-year-old medical assistant and one
of two jurors who spoke to Reuters.
“90% of the crucial documents did not
have that man’s name on it.”
Prosecutors had obtained the cooperation of several of Weil’s colleagues who testified at his trial in
Fort Lauderdale, but defense lawyers
extensively cross-examined them in
an attempt to undermine their credibility.
One banker, Hansruedi Schumacher,
admitted under questioning from defence lawyer Matthew Menchel that
Weil had nothing to do with a plan to
distort legal advice against promoting
certain offshore structures to American
clients, according to a transcript of the
The testimony of another of Weil’s
underlings, Martin Liechti, was piv-
otal and unconvincing, a second juror,
Miami physician Juan Carlos Palacios,
“The problem is that I believe Mr
Liechti, that he had discussions with
Mr Weil, but there was no evidence of
that. That was the problem,” Palacios
Mark Daly, lead prosecutor on the
case, declined comment.
A Justice Department spokeswoman
earlier said the decision would not impact the agency’s efforts to hold offshore tax evaders and their enablers
As a result of the verdict, future efforts by the US government to bring tax
fraud cases “will require more than just
the word of former alleged co-conspirators,” David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice
in Miami, said when the verdict was
“Corporate defendants will also be
less likely to cooperate with the government and may instead choose to begin
п¬Ѓghting the allegations made against
their institutions,” he added.
“For a jury to acquit after only an
hour means that there were some
huge holes in the government’s case,”
David Weinstein, a former federal
prosecutor now in private practice in
Miami, said when the verdict was announced.
At least 25 people, including bankers,
lawyers and asset managers, have been
charged by US authorities with assisting tax evasion via Swiss banks since
Of that 25, six have pleaded guilty,
but no trials for the other 19 are imminent as most of those charged are
The Justice Department suffered a
similar loss on Friday when a federal
jury in Los Angeles acquitted Shokrollah Baravarian, a former senior vice-
president at the local branch of Israel’s
Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, of conspiring to
help US clients defraud the IRS through
the opening of secret foreign bank accounts.
Weil, 54, was arrested in October
2013 while on vacation with his wife at
an upscale hotel in Italy, and pleaded
not guilty last year after being extradited to the US.
Prosecutors had obtained an indictment against Weil in 2008, at the start
of a lengthy crackdown under which
UBS in 2009 paid a $780mn п¬Ѓne. Its
Swiss arch-rival Credit Suisse earlier
this year paid more than $2.5bn in penalties for helping wealthy Americans
evade taxes.
The Weil verdict comes as the Justice
Department has been under pressure
to charge senior bank executives for
crimes at their institutions, and suggests the government may have a tough
time tying high-level officials to mis-
conduct by employees. w“They said
that he flew into Miami to meet clients
with one of the other witnesses. Where
are their hotel records? Where are their
flight records?” juror Demyer said. “It
just didn’t seem like they did enough
The jurors said they had discussed
during deliberations the idea that
Swiss banks were involved in helping Americans break the law, and that
Weil, as a supervisor of the business,
should have known what was going
on, but that the jurors all came to an
agreement that the government had
not proved his involvement in the
“I know this is a business. These are
bankers...we’re not stupid about this.
Weil didn’t know about this? Give me a
break,” said Palacios.
“I looked (at) the evidence over and
over and we couldn’t get the connection,” he said.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Qatar Airways’ 3 new Boeing
aircraft touch down in Doha
or the п¬Ѓrst time in its history, Qatar Airways took
delivery of three new aircraft in one day as two Boeing
787 Dreamliners and one Boeing
777 joined its expanding fleet.
The delivery which took place
in Seattle on October 27, brought
the airline’s fleet count up to 139
passenger and cargo aircraft.
The three custom-designed aircraft then departed Seattle on
October 28, arriving at the home
of Qatar Airways, the state-ofthe-art Hamad International
Airport, on October 29.
With the newest aircraft, the
airline now has some 17 Boeing
787 Dreamliners and 37 Boeing
777s, made up of a combination
of 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs,
among its fleet.
Qatar Airways Group chief
executive Akbar al-Baker said,
“We are very happy to receive
three more of our most popular
aircraft from Boeing, all on the
The 787 Dreamliner has proven to be one of the most popular aircraft in Qatar Airways’ fleet.
same day, reinforcing the fact
that this is the �year of the fleet’.
The addition of the two 787s and
one 777 ensures that we are able
to continue with our commitment to offer our passengers the
most comfortable experience in
the sky when travelling with us.
And we are very pleased to be
able to work so closely with Boeing to ensure that our aircraft
provide our passengers with the
best possible on-board experience.”
The 787 Dreamliner has proven to be one of the most popular
aircraft in the airline’s fleet, with
Qatar Airways working closely
with Boeing to ensure attention was focused on the details,
including on the 254 custommade seats across its 787 business and economy class cabins
and the specially designed interiors. Business class is configured in a 1–2–1 format with 22
seats, while economy has a 232
seating capacity in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in business class
can be fully reclined.
Qatar Airways’ 787s are the
world’s first fully connected
Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers. In addition,
the airline offers an award-winning iTouch control unit, over
1,000 movie, programming and
audio entertainment options,
an iPort, USB port, remote data
outlet, a custom designed culinary offering, plenty of storage
space for personal items and
more – all available in both cabin
Currently undergoing rapid
expansion, Qatar Airways is one
of the fastest growing airlines
operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in
its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet
of 139 aircraft flying to 145 key
business and leisure destinations across six continents.
Ooredoo chairman Sheikh Abdullah’s interview at the upcoming
Euromoney Qatar conference will analyse Qatar’s ambitious plans
to become one of the world’s best-connected nations, deploying 4G
connections, smart technology and a nationwide fibre network.
Euromoney Qatar
conference to host
interviews with
top officials
Participants at the Qatargas annual �Contractor Forum’ at the Four Seasons Doha. Right: Qatargas CEO Sheikh Khalid addressing the forum.
Qatargas �Contractor Forum’ focuses
on commitment to local market
atargas recently hosted its annual
�Contractor Forum’ at the Four
Seasons Doha, which brought together the LNG major’ key contractors
under the theme “One team one mission”
with the main objective of supporting and
developing the local market.
The theme underlines the great value
that Qatargas places on its partnership
with suppliers and service providers who
play a key role in its success.
Launched last year, the Qatargas Contractor Forum brings together contractors
and suppliers to share their experience
and learning, benefiting them and Qatargas alike. It also provides a unique opportunity for the suppliers and contractors to
learn about future business opportunities,
Qatargas expectations as well as strengthen mutual relationships for the benefit of
the broader community.
Welcoming the participants, Qatargas chief executive officer Sheikh Khalid
bin Khalifa al-Thani, said, “Our aim is to
continue to contribute positively to the
National Vision 2030, specifically in the
pillar of achieving sustainable economic
development through local market development. We have launched this contractor
forum last year to reinforce the importance of two-way communication and to
present our contribution to the local market development.”
Qatargas has established its strategic
position in the world-wide market, capitalising on all the available resources.
“You, as a partner, have directly contributed to our success. We will continue
to maintain pacesetter performance in all
aspects. In order to strengthen this position we have to look for higher return
on investment and innovative solutions,
which ultimately contribute to the bottom
In his keynote address, Qatargas supply manager Abdulla al-Subaey said, “The
main objective of this forum is to develop
the Local Market in Qatar to support the
growth of business in this fast growing
economy. This forum provides a platform
for two-way communication and our expectation is that all participants including
Qatargas utilise this opportunity to share
their individual perspective and learn
from one another in order to continuously
improve our business process which will
lead to a reduction in risk, faster execution, higher standard of quality and reduction in cost.”
This year, the forum was expanded to
include representatives from the Qatar
Chamber, Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting, Qatar Development Bank
and other local banks, all of which directly
contribute to the local market development.
Qatar Chamber director-general Remy
Rowhani delivered a speech highlighting the role of the Chamber in promoting
business and the various services offered
to member companies.
The speeches and presentations during
the Forum helped the participants to understand more on several topics including
Qatargas project plans and work inside Ras
Laffan Industrial City, Qatargas standards
and expectations and the tendering process in Qatargas.
There was also a live survey that gave
the participants the opportunity to give
their feedback to improve Qatargas processes and systems.
In his concluding remarks, Qatargas
chief operating officer (Finance) Garry
Looker stressed the management’s commitment to support and develop the local
market. He assured the participants that
Qatargas would review the feedback received during the forum and address the
concerns of the contractors. He also encouraged the contractors and suppliers to
approach the company at any time if they
have any issues or suggestions.
More than 400 hundred people, representing nearly 200 contractors and suppliers attended the event.
ome of Qatar’s “most ambitious” enterprises and
“far-reaching initiatives”
will be reviewed at the upcoming Euromoney Qatar conference this month as international interest in the country
continues to rise.
Designed to bring together
п¬Ѓnance and banking leaders
from across the region and the
world, the Euromoney Qatar
Conference will host a series
of on-stage interviews with
senior executives, aiming to
understand their plans for the
future as well as their views on
the state of national and global
With more investors looking
at Qatar following the MSCI
and S&P Dow Jones’ upgrades
of the country to Emerging
Market status, the views of
senior executives in the country
are increasingly sought-after.
The п¬Ѓrst interview of the day
will be with Ooredoo Group
chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin
Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani. With ambitious plans for
growth and a wide footprint
in markets in the Middle East,
North Africa and Southeast
Asia, Ooredoo is an active player in regional and international
п¬Ѓnance markets.
It announced the signing of
a $1bn Revolving Credit Facility Agreement with a syndicate
of global banks in May 2014
and launched a $1.25bn, fiveyear sukuk, the firm’s first Islamic bond, at the end of last
As well as discussing Ooredoo’s development strategy, the
interview will also analyse Qatar’s ambitious plans to become
one of the world’s best-connected nations, deploying 4G
connections, smart technology
and a nationwide п¬Ѓbre network.
This major investment in technology will have positive implications for companies doing
business in Qatar and will position the nation as a central hub
for innovation.
Interview will also be held
with Saad al-Muhannadi, chief
executive officer of Qatar Rail,
the company that will own and
manage Qatar’s rail network
and which is responsible for the
design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the entire rail network.
Scheduled to be completed
in 2019, the planned metro
network will be 230km-long,
while the long range rail system
will stretch across 510km of the
Euromoney Conferences regional director Richard Banks
said, “Qatar is increasingly defined on the international stage
by the ambitions of its companies and the vision that drives
its mega-projects. At this year’s
Euromoney Qatar Conference,
we are adding a new range of
interviews with some of the
senior executives responsible
for these organisations, to understand their perspectives on
Qatar’s emerging growth story,
as well as for their views on how
international banks can play a
Also speaking at the event
will be HE the Minister of Finance Ali Sherif al-Emadi and
HE the QCB Governor Sheikh
Abdullah bin Saoud al-Thani
and representatives of Qatar’s
largest п¬Ѓnancial group, QNB.
relaunched” will be held under
the patronage of HE the Prime
Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin
Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani,
and will take place on November 24 and 25 at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha.
South Korea trade body aims to bring in more investors to Qatar
By Peter Alagos
Business Reporter
outh Korea is eyeing to
lessen its trade deficit with
Qatar by increasing the influx of Korean investors to the
country, the leader of a Korean
industrial organisation told Gulf
Young-Tahk Park, executive
vice-chairman of the Korea Association of Machinery Industry
(Koami), told Gulf Times that the
latest п¬Ѓgures from the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA) revealed
that South Korea and the country’s trade deficit “is growing.”
Park was in Qatar for a “Plant
Equipment Trade Mission” and
was accompanied by seven Korean companies that specialise
in machinery for the oil and gas
Quoting QSA п¬Ѓgures for 2013,
Park said South Korea ranks second in Qatar’s list of top exporting countries with QR43.8bn or
16.5% of the total exports.
On the other hand, South Korea is number seven in Qatar’s list
of importing countries with only
QR2.6bn or 3.1% of the total imports.
“Our trade deficit with Qatar
is growing and I believe by bringing in more investors from South
Korea, we can help improve and
strengthen trade relations with
this country,” Park emphasised.
Prior to visiting Qatar, Park
said the delegation was in Egypt
along with seven South Koreabased machinery п¬Ѓrms. Last year,
Park said his group of 12 companies visited Qatar and Kuwait and
took home an estimated commodity trade of $30mn.
“We hope to find good partners
Park (left) and Lee: Hoping to find good partners.
here in Qatar and for this mission
I am expecting to replicate or
perhaps double the commodity
trade we were able to achieve last
year,” Park said.
Kwang-Il Lee, director of the
Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra), said Korea
currently has 70 registered companies in Qatar, 35 of which have
already generated $57mn worth
of investments in the construction, manufacturing and energy
Citing the country’s “ac-
tive construction sector” and
“healthy economic conditions,”
Lee said he is confident that
South Korea will be able to increase its investments in Qatar’s
energy sector and in other nonhydrocarbon-related industries.
He also stressed that South
Korea is planning to attract other
non-oil and gas industries to the
country that could help Qatar
diversify away from the hydrocarbon sector. “We are looking
at bringing in companies in the
п¬Ѓelds of renewable energy, particularly solar-powered technology, waste management, medical
and hospital services, taking into
consideration the influx of expatriates to Qatar,” Lee explained.
Hassan Jihun Cho, 1st secretary of the Korean Embassy in
Qatar, said HH the Emir Sheikh
Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s
visit to South Korea yesterday
will be highlighted by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a $2bn investment
fund between the Qatar Investment Authority and the Korean
Investment Corporation.
Park added that South Korea
would be expanding its economic
territory in China as negotiations
are being п¬Ѓnalised for a Foreign
Trade Agreement (FTA) with
China, which is expected to be
completed by the end of 2014.
Currently, Park said South
Korea’s FTAs with the European Union, US, Canada, India,
Chile, and other Asean and South
American countries comprise
61% of the global Gross Domestic
Product (GDP).
He said once the FTA with
China is п¬Ѓnalised by the end of
the year, he expects South Korea’s FTAs to reach 70% of the
total global GDP.
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Scott leads
charge in
Real Madrid,
ease into last 16
of Champs League
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Moharram 13, 1436 AH
Tendulkar says India
wanted to abandon
2007-08 Australia tour
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Doha 2019
Platini prepared to move Champions
League for 2022 World Cup
unveils plan for
night marathon U
EFA president Michel Platini said yesterday that he is
prepared to stage the 2022
Champions League п¬Ѓnal in
June in order to accommodate that
year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Amid concerns about soaring summer temperatures in the Gulf state,
a FIFA taskforce is currently assessing the feasibility of moving the 2022
World Cup from its traditional midyear slot.
While world governing body FIFA
would prefer the tournament to take
place in November and December,
Platini is pushing for a January-February slot, and he says re-arranging the
flagship Champions League, the final
of which usually takes place in May,
would not be a problem.
“As the president of the confederation, I have no problem,” the 59-yearold former France star told journal-
By Sports Reporter
he Doha 2019 Bid Committee have today unveiled their
innovative plans for the
staging of a night marathon
should they be successful in winning their bid to host the 2019 IAAF
World Championships. The concept
involves using special lighting solutions to illuminate the whole route
and showcase the event like never
BeIN SPORTS, Qatar’s premium
television network dedicated to sport
and a partner of Doha 2019, will manage the production. Lighting will be
placed throughout the route to ensure
optimum conditions for spectators
and judges and spectacular viewing
for live spectators and global TV audiences alike.
The route will run along the waterfront of Doha’s famous Corniche
connecting Doha Bay and Doha City
Centre, providing a stunning backdrop for the entirety of the race. This
setting will also create the opportunity for the staging of side-events and
activities, entertaining and engaging spectators and enabling partners
to connect with spectators through
sponsorship activation, displays and
Large TV screens and live projection on Doha’s towers will be placed
at regular intervals along the route so
that spectators can keep up to date
with coverage of the event, whilst
enjoying a festival atmosphere. This
will put the public right at the heart
of the marathon and create a truly
unique experience for athletes, spectators and officials.
Darkness falls at 6pm in Doha
meaning that the event will be staged
at a perfect time for spectators to attend the race, as well as for TV scheduling. Following the race, Doha 2019
plans to hold a balloted mass-participation event for the community,
with youth, 5k, 10k and half marathon
distances. This will enable the whole
community to have the opportunity
to become part of the World Championship experience and Doha 2019
branded participation medals will
give thousands a hint of what it is like
to be crowned a World Champion.
The public road-race event will
become an annual fixture on Doha’s
calendar as part of National Day,
enabling the World Championships
to live on long in the memory of Doha’s community and ensuring a true
legacy for Qatar and the region from
the World Championship marathon.
Furthermore, the unique lighting
solution will provide a legacy for the
hosting of marathons
around the world to enable them to п¬Ѓt with a
city’s lifestyle, climate
and broadcasting needs.
President of the Qatar Athletics Federation,
Dahlan al-Hamad, said:
“It is our aim to host
a World Championships
that uses innovative solutions to showcase athletics like never before.
Our new concept for
hosting an illuminated
night marathon will provide a unique opportunity to engage our whole
the marathon, inspiring
them by the world-class
sport that they witness
and encouraging them to
lead active and healthy
lifestyles through the
promotion of a public mass-participation
Doha is well-equipped
to stage an exceptional
marathon for the world’s
best athletes, in a stunning setting that will
capture an unprecedented spectacle for the
world of athletics.”
Doha is not the first
city to host a nightmarathon with the
Olympic marathon in
Rome 1964 and the
World Championship
marathon in Edmonton
2001 both being successfully hosted after
dark. However, this is
the first time in history that a night-time
marathon would be illuminated for the entirety of the route, using
the expertise of BeIN
ists during a briefing at England’s St
George’s Park training base in Burtonon-Trent, central England.
“Because it is not a problem for
the competition of the Champions
League, we can move the dates in 2022
and have two semi-п¬Ѓnals and the п¬Ѓnal
in June, so that is not a problem.
“Everybody speaks about the clubs
and the leagues, but if it is in November
and December, then you lose six dates
of the national teams. But we are not
so far away (from an agreement) with
A decision on the dates of the 2022
World Cup is due to be announced by
FIFA’s executive committee in March
next year.
However, a problem with the January February dates is FIFA have promised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) they would not clash with
that year’s Winter Olympics which
are programmed for then and something IOC president Thomas Bach said
earlier this week he expected them to
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Madrid, Dortmund
ease into last 16
Madrid record their 12th consecutive victory in all competitions
Rodgers claims
stars could
remain benched
for Chelsea visit
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema
shoots to score against Liverpool
during the Champions League
match at Santiago Bernabeu
stadium in Madrid. (Reuters)
olders Real Madrid and 2013
п¬Ѓnalists Borussia Dortmund
eased into the last 16 of this season’s Champions League with
two group games to spare on Tuesday.
Madrid recorded their fourth win in four
Group B games, and their 12th consecutive
victory in all competitions, beating Liverpool 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks
to a п¬Ѓrst-half Karim Benzema goal.
Meanwhile, Dortmund shrugged aside
their dreadful domestic form to maintain
their perfect record in Group D, crushing
Galatasaray 4-1 in Germany.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid and Bayer
Leverkusen won to close in on qualification for the last 16 while Juventus, Basel
and Benfica all recorded precious victories
but Arsenal threw away a three-goal lead
to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht in London.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid utterly outclassed Liverpool in winning 3-0 at Anfield two weeks ago and a similar outcome
appeared on the cards when visiting manager Brendan Rodgers named a side missing regulars such as captain Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling.
However, in the end the only goal of the
game came in the 27th minute, Benzema
converting a Marcelo cross at the back
That meant Cristiano Ronaldo remains
on 70 Champions League goals for now,
one short of the competition record still
held by Madrid great Raul.
Liverpool are now three points behind
second-placed Basel, who crushed Ludogorets Razgrad 4-0 in Switzerland with
Breel Embolo, Derlis Gonzalez, Shkelzen
Gashi and Marek Suchy on target.
Dortmund followed up a 4-0 win away
to Galatasaray in Turkey two weeks ago by
defeating the same team 4-1 in the return
п¬Ѓxture with Marco Reus, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Ciro Immobile all п¬Ѓnding
the target before a Semih Kaya own-goal
late on, with Hakan Balta grabbing a consolation for the visitors.
Arsenal should also have clinched
their place in the last 16 on Tuesday as a
Mikel Arteta penalty and strikes by Alexis
Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
put them 3-0 up at home to Anderlecht.
However, the Belgian champions produced a remarkable comeback in the
last half hour to rescue a draw, Anthony
Vanden Borre scoring twice, including
once from the penalty spot, before Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised in the last
minute to keep them in the competition.
Group A: At Turin: Juventus (ITA) 3 (Pirlo
21, Roberto 65-og, Pogba 66) Olympiakos
(GRE) 2 (BotГ­a 24, Ndinga 61) At Malmo:
Malmo (SWE) 0 Atletico Madrid (ESP) 2
(Koke 30, Raul Garcia 78)
Group B: At Basel, Switzerland: Basel
(SUI) 4 (Embolo 34, Gonzalez 41, Gashi 59,
Suchy 65) Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) 0; At
Madrid: Real Madrid (ESP) 1 (Benzema 27)
Liverpool (ENG) 0
Group C: At St Petersburg, Russia: Zenit
In Group A, last season’s runners-up
Atletico closed in on qualification with a
2-0 win over Malmo in Sweden, Koke and
Raul Garcia п¬Ѓnding the net.
Meanwhile, there was drama in Turin,
as Juventus came from behind to beat
Olympiakos 3-2 to give their own hopes
of going through a shot in the arm. Andrea Pirlo marked his 100th Champions
League appearance with a trademark freekick to put Juve ahead, but Alberto Botia
and Delvin N’Dinga scored to swing the
game in the Greek champions’ favour.
A Roberto own-goal restored parity and
Paul Pogba grabbed what proved to be the
winner in the 65th minute, although Juve
may yet come to regret seeing Arturo Vi-
St. Petersburg (RUS) 1 (Rondon 89) Bayer
Leverkusen (GER) 2 (Son Heung-min 68,
73) ; At Lisbon: Benfica (POR) 1 (Anderson
Talisca 82) Monaco (FRA) 0
Group D: At London: Arsenal (ENG) 3
(Arteta 25-pen, Sanchez 29, Oxlade-Chamberlain 58) Anderlecht (BEL) 3 (Vanden
Borre 61, 73-pen, Mitrovic 90); At
Dortmund: Borussia Dortmund (GER) 4
(Reus 39, Papastathopoulos 55, Immobile 74,
Kaya 85-og) Galatasaray (TUR) 1 (Balta 70)
dal have a late penalty saved if goal difference plays a part in deciding who goes
through to the last 16.
Leverkusen are in control of Group
C thanks to an impressive 2-1 triumph
against Zenit St Petersburg in Russia as
South Korean star Son Heung-Min scored
a second-half brace before substitute Jose
Rondon’s consolation.
And Portuguese champions Benfica
revived their European campaign by defeating Monaco 1-0 in Lisbon with a late
Talisca strike. The action continued late
last night, when Bayern Munich, Paris
Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Chelsea and
FC Porto could all clinch their last-16
iverpool boss Brendan
Rodgers warned some
of his star players of
their place in the side
for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday is far from assured after
a battling performance by their
understudies in a 1-0 defeat to
Real Madrid.
dropped captain Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling to the bench
amongst seven changes from
the side that lost 1-0 to Newcastle on Saturday. Karim
Benzema’s first-half goal was
enough for the European
champions to seal their place
in the Champions League last
16 with a 12th consecutive victory in all competitions.
However, after a disappointing start to the season, Rodgers
was heartened by the performance of his side and claimed
some of those who started
have played themselves into
contention to face the Premier
League leaders at the weekend.
“Tonight gives me great food
for thought. It wasn’t players
rested as such, we played the
team we thought could get the
result,” he said.
“We haven’t been consistent
enough for too many players to
be in the team as guaranteed
starters. The players know the
name is irrelevant to me, for
me it is about performance,
and if a player is playing well I
focus on that. I don’t focus on
what people may say. I focus
on my team, my players and
what is best for them.”
Basel’s 4-0 thrashing of Ludogorets Razgrad in the other
game in the group on Tuesday
leaves Liverpool three points
Brendan Rodgers controversially dropped captain Steven
Gerrard, Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling. (AFP)
Pogba hits Juve winner but warns over complacency
uventus star Paul Pogba underlined the challenges still facing the Italian giants in Europe
despite his maiden Champions
League goal securing a crucial 3-2 win
over Olympiakos in Turin on Tuesday.
Pogba’s second-half strike wrapped
up the points for Massimiliano Allegri’s
side to hoist the Italians up to second in
Group A ahead of the Greek champions.
Juve and Olympiakos trail Atletico Madrid by three points, and both will be
playing for their survival in the competition in their п¬Ѓnal two games.
Pogba, who became the highest-paid
player in crisis-hit Serie A last week
when he extended his contract with
the Bianconeri until 2019, struck in the
66th minute of an entertaining match
on a rainy night in Turin.
Juve could have won 4-2 but Olympiakos ’keeper Roberto, the hero when
the Greeks beat Juve 1-0 in Athens
two weeks ago, blocked Arturo Vidal’s
injury-time penalty. Although Olympiakos came to defend and played on
the counter for most of the night, Juve
survived several scares against Michel’s
enterprising visitors.
Pogba, who tasted the pain of failing
to get past the group stage with Juve
last year having reached the quarterfinals in 2013 under former coach Antonio Conte, picked the perfect time to
hit his maiden goal in the competition
on what was his 100th Juve appearance.
But he said: “Sometimes we get a bit
complacent. You can’t mess about in
the Champions League, not even a little bit. Today’s game was crucial for us.
We had to win and we did, now it’s all
up to us.”
Juventus resume their bid for a place
in the last 16 with a trip away to Malmo
on November 26 when Atletico host
Olympiakos. A win away to the Swedish champions coupled with an Atletico win in Madrid would boost Juve’s
chances ahead of their п¬Ѓnal group game
at home to the Spaniards on December
9, when Olympiakos host Malmo.
Olympiakos coach Michel, however,
remained defiant after seeing his side
come close to causing an upset in Turin.
“We’re not a big European team but
we’ve shown that we are a threat when
we travel away from home as well. Juventus is a great club with a great history, so we’re proud of what we did tonight,” he said.
“I’m proud of our performance,
especially Roberto who once again
Juventus’ Paul Pogba’s struck in the 66th minute of an entertaining match. (AFP)
showed his class. Saving that penalty
could prove decisive for us when it
comes to qualifying.
“But now we have two game left and
we will go to the Vicente Calderon (stadium, in Madrid) looking to play the
game we have been playing.”
Andrea Pirlo, on his 100th Champions League appearance, broke the
deadlock with a trademark free-kick to
give Juventus a 21st minute lead.
But the hosts were stunned three
adrift of the Swiss champions
in the race to join Madrid in the
last 16.
Liverpool travel to Bulgaria to face Ludogorets next
time out and Rodgers is hoping to set up a winner takes all
clash with Basel at Anfield on
matchday six.
“When the draw was made
we thought it would go down
to the last game against Basel.
We have to win our next game
to bring it down to that game
hopefully,” added Rodgers.
“Tonight was a great performance, we didn’t get the
result our team deserved, but
we still have a big chance to
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti
backed the п¬Ѓve-time winners to still make it through
and insisted his side wouldn’t
take things easy on Basel and
Ludogorets in their remaining
two games in the group. “We
have two games to play and
we haven’t secured first place.
We will prepare the games as
always to respect the competition,” said the Italian.
“All the teams have quality.
Given their history you would
give Liverpool more chance
but they need to win the two
games and I don’t think it will
be easy.”
As well as securing their
passage to the knockout phase,
Madrid were also boosted by
the return of Gareth Bale from
injury after a п¬Ѓve-game layoff.
The Welshman was introduced
as a substitute for the п¬Ѓnal half
hour and looked lively as he
struck the crossbar and forced
Simon Mignolet into a п¬Ѓne
save from a dipping free-kick.
“After an injury of this type
(pelvic muscle) I wanted to give
him 30 minutes and he didn’t
have any problems. He will
start on Saturday.”
minutes later when central defender
Alberto Botia beat Gianluigi Buffon
with a glancing header from a corner.
Juve needed a win, preferably with a
two-goal cushion, to boost their qualification chances and suffered a blow
early after the restart when Delvin
N’Dinga beat Buffon with a glancing
header as Juve failed to clear a free kick.
Four minutes later, Juve were back
on level terms, Fernando Llorente’s
header ricocheting off Roberto then his
post before bobbling over the line for
an own-goal. Juventus restored their
lead in more convincing fashion just a
minute later. Pogba collected Llorente’s
ball from the left and, after failing in his
attempt to send Tevez through, he п¬Ѓred
in a shot that beat Roberto down low.
Tevez saw an angled strike saved by
Roberto two minutes from time, but
after winning a penalty when he was
felled in the box Vidal saw his spot-kick
saved by the giant ’keeper. “It’s a shame
we missed the penalty, it would have
rounded off a good night for us,” Juve
coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
But the former Milan coach admitted Juve’s glass was more half-full than
half-empty. “Tonight the crucial thing
was to get the win, so we have to be
positive. We still have two games to secure our qualification.”
EPL player
London: England captain
Wayne Rooney is the highestpaid Premier League player,
in wages and endorsements
combined, according to the
latest list published by Forbes
magazine yesterday.
The Manchester United
striker earned a total of 23.4
million dollars (18.74 million
euros) last year, including 18.4
million dollars in wages and
5 million dollars in endorsements. Rooney’s earnings
put him in 43rd in the overall
list, headed by boxer Floyd
Mayweather. Real Madrid’s
Cristiano Ronaldo is second
in the list with 80 million dollars, consisting of 52 million
in wages and 28 million in
Manchester City’s Sergio
Aguero is the only other
Premier League player to
make the top 50, in 44th with
23.3 million dollars. Manchester City’s Yaya Toure (59th),
Manchester United’s Robin
van Persie (81st), Liverpool’s
Steven Gerrard (86th) and
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil (89th) are
the only other Premier League
players to make the top 100.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I’ll be remembered as one of the best: Ronaldo
Real Madrid’s Cristiano
Ronaldo kisses the
Golden Boot, awarded to
him for being joint
top-goalscorer in Europe
last season. (EPA)
orld Player of the Year
Cristiano Ronaldo believes
he will be considered one of
the greatest footballers to
have ever played the game by the time he
retires. The 29-year-old picked up the
third Golden Boot award of his career for
being joint top-goalscorer in Europe last
season in Madrid yesterdayand is also
the odds-on favourite to win the Ballon
d’Or for a third time in January.
And, while insisting he still has plenty
of years at the top left in him, the Portuguese is confident his place amongst
the greats in the history of the game is
assured. “I always want to be the best,
that is what I work towards every day,”
he said.
“I respect what people think and I am
making my own story bit by bit. I still
have a long way to go and when I п¬Ѓnish
“I always want to be the best,
that is what I work towards every
day. I respect what people think
and I am making my own story
bit by bit. I still have a long way
to go and when I finish my career
I can look at my stats to see if
I am amongst the best in history.
I am sure I will be”
my career I can look at my stats to see
if I am amongst the best in history. I am
sure I will be.”
Ronaldo was hailed by Real Madrid
president Florentino Perez as the “dignified heir to Alfredo di Stefano”, the
club legend and former honorary president, who passed away earlier this year.
And Ronaldo refused to rule out extending his stay in the Spanish capital
beyond his current deal, which expires
in 2018. “What I like most is winning.
I hope to see out my contract with Real
Madrid until I am 33 and we’ll see if I can
stay on for a few more years or not.”
Ronaldo’s blistering form has continued this season with 22 goals in 16 games
to propel the European champions to
the top of La Liga and into the last 16 of
the Champions League once more.
However, he warned against lauding
the current squad as one of the greatest in the club’s history at such an early
point in the season. “Everyone is saying
this could be the best squad Real Madrid
has ever had, but we will see that at the
end of the season. If we don’t win anything we won’t be. “The team is playing well, we have a new system and the
coach knows what he is doing.
“At an individual level things are going well. I’ve scored a few goals recently
and I am in good form. I hope it continues like this until the end of the season.
“We have (Gareth) Bale back now
from injury and he is п¬Ѓne, so we can
go far. We have to work to improve and
we will try to win the important titles
which are the league, the Champions
League and the Copa del Rey.”
Wenger slams
sloppy Arsenal
after meltdown
�It is very disappointing. Maybe we underestimated Anderlecht at 3-0’
Dortmund need Euro
form in Bundesliga: Klopp
urgen Klopp says Borussia Dortmund must
use their dazzling Champions League displays to п¬Ѓx their nightmare Bundesliga
form after reaching the last 16 in Europe on
Tuesday. Dortmund brushed off п¬Ѓve consecutive
defeats in the German top flight to romp to a 4-1
Champions League win at home to Galatasaray
on Tuesday to go п¬Ѓve points clear at the top of
Group D.
Alongside Real Madrid, they are one of the п¬Ѓrst
teams into the knock-out stage despite the worst
start to a Bundesliga season in the club’s history.
Bizarrely, Dortmund have now picked up nearly
double the points, 12, in their four Champions
League matches than the seven they have from
their 10 Bundesliga matches.
Klopp says they must use the confidenceboosting win over Galatasaray to break their losing streak when they host high-flying Borussia
Moenchengladbach on Sunday. “I told the lads to
enjoy this, it’s important,” said Klopp. “We’ve got
to feel the good things from this win, there are п¬Ѓve
days until the next game.”
Goals either side of half-time from Marco Reus
and Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos
put 2013 Champions League п¬Ѓnalists Dortmund
on their way to the knockout phase.
Galatasaray’s Berlin-born defender Hakan
Balta pulled one back for the visitors midway
through the second half before the hosts scored
twice more to put the result beyond doubt.
Italy striker Ciro Immobile made the difference
when he came off the bench for Reus just after
Galatasaray scored. He netted Dortmund’s third
just three minutes and 26 seconds after com-
ing on to kill off the away side’s fight-back, then
compounded the Turks’ misery when his cross
was deflected into the Galatasaray net by defender Semih Kaya.
“That was very disciplined, the team had things
under control from the first minute,” said Klopp.
“We defended well and, when our tactical
measures didn’t quite work, we compensated
with passion and scored some great goals.”
Galatasaray can expect a UEFA п¬Ѓne after their
fans repeatedly let off п¬Ѓreworks at the Westfalenstadion. The game was held up twice in the second half as Galatasaray fans threw п¬Ѓreworks onto
the pitch, then set off a flare in the stands in the
closing few minutes, in a repeat of scenes when
they played Arsenal away a month ago. “Everything was done in terms of security, but they still
get this stuff through. It’s remarkable. I hope it
calms down,” fumed Klopp.
Galatasaray’s former Bayern Munich and
Schalke midfielder Hamit Altintop said they had
come up well short of their pre-match expectations. “Sadly, we lost the game because of individual mistakes,” said the 31-year-old.
“We knew that Dortmund had the talent and
skill in attack. Dortmund didn’t play that well,
but we built them up. I contributed my part to the
defeat,” he added having failed to prevent the Immobile goal despite a desperate tackle.
Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli said his
side had improved from their 4-0 defeat to Dortmund in Istanbul a fortnight ago, although they
have just one point from their four group games
and prop up the section. “It was not a fair result
when you look at our display,” he said.
“The guys had been working very hard, but we
have improved compared to our п¬Ѓrst game in Istanbul. We conceded the goals because of some
little mistakes, which we’ll improve on.”
Arsenal’s players react after Anderlecht’s equalising goal during their Champions League match at the Emirates stadium in London. (Reuters)
rsene Wenger launched a scathing
attack on his Arsenal flops after they
blew a three-goal lead in a 3-3 draw
against Anderlecht that left them
still waiting to book their place in the Champions League last 16.
Wenger’s side were on course to qualify
for the knockout stages of Europe’s elite club
competition for the 15th successive season
after Mikel Arteta’s penalty and fine strikes
from Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put them in complete control by the
58th minute.
But the Gunners’ creaky defence was brutally exposed by Anderlecht in a remarkable
п¬Ѓnale that saw the unheralded Belgians score
three times in the last 29 minutes through
Anthony vanden Borre’s double and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s stoppage-time header.
Wenger was furious with the way his players squandered their advantage and he said:
“We had a poor defensive performance from
the п¬Ѓrst until the last minute. We never
looked comfortable and we got punished.
“There was a bit of bad luck because their
п¬Ѓrst goal was clearly offside but we never
looked good enough defensively. Across the
pitch we were very poor. It was a combina-
tion of fatigue and switching off. We dropped
off and were always open. We didn’t stop the
crosses or the long balls.
“It is very disappointing. Maybe subconsciously we underestimated Anderlecht at
3-0. In the Champions League you need to be
at your best mentally and we weren’t today.”
The woeful meltdown leaves Arsenal with
virtually no chance of п¬Ѓnishing top of Group
D—which was Wenger’s original target—and
instead they face a fraught п¬Ѓght just to reach
the knockout stages.
They hold a п¬Ѓve point lead over third placed
Anderlecht, but host group leaders Borussia
Dortmund on November 26 knowing a defeat against the Germans would send them to
Galatasaray needing a result in a notoriously
hostile environment. “We have very little
chance of winning the group,” said Wenger,
whose team are п¬Ѓve points behind Dortmund.
“The luck we have is with the qualification,
we still have a chance. If we had lost tonight
we would have been in a very bad situation
with qualification.”
Arteta woe -To make the evening extra
frustrating for Wenger, he is likely to be without captain Arteta for several weeks after
the Spanish midfielder was forced off with
a hamstring injury. “Arteta has done a hamstring. I don’t know for how long he will be
out,” Wenger added.
While Wenger refused to single out any
of his players for public criticism, he will be
alarmed at the ease with which Anderlecht
troubled full-backs Calum Chambers and
Kieran Gibbs, while neither Per Mertesacker
or Nacho Monreal looked comfortable at the
heart of a defence given little protection by
the Arsenal manager’s decision to send out an
attacking line-up including only one holding
midfielder in Arteta. “Our aim now is to come
back with a better defensive display against
Swansea at the weekend,” Wenger added.
Wenger’s angst was perhaps behind his
failure to shake hands with Anderlecht boss
Besnik Hasi at full-time.
But Hasi refused to dwell on that, preferring to salute his players for a herculean effort that kept alive his team’s slender hopes of
reaching the last 16.
“I didn’t get a hand (from Wenger) but I
don’t know (why). I was running with my
players to celebrate,” Hasi said. “I don’t think
we were lucky. I don’t know if the first goal
was offside. I really don’t care. I’m very satisfied with the spirit of my young team. In difficult moments they showed their character
and quality.
“At 3-0 you can say the game is over, but
we made a few changes and at 3-1 we grew in
confidence. You could see Arsenal have a few
doubts. I’m a young coach and I hope I’m going to stay here for a long time, but this is going to stay in my memory for sure.”
Borussia Dortmund’s coach Juergen Klopp celebrates with his players after winning the Champions
League second-leg match against Galatasaray in Dortmund, western Germany. (AFP)
Bordeaux coach Sagnol under fire over
�African players’ remarks
Paris: Girondins de Bordeaux coach Willy
Sagnol is facing a barrage of criticism after the
former France and Bayern Munich defender
said that African players are �powerful’ but
seemed to suggest they lacked intelligence
and discipline.
In an interview with local newspaper Sud
Ouest, Sagnol said: “The advantage of the typical African player is that he is not expensive
when you take him, he’s generally ready to
fight and he is powerful on the pitch. But
football is not just that, it’s also technique,
intelligence, discipline.”
Former France fullback Lilian Thuram and
anti-racism associations hit out at Sagnol,
who has the backing of his club. “It’s laid-back
anti-black racism,” SOS Racisme said in a statement, asking that “the LFP (French League),
FFF (French Federation) and the Sports ministry take immediate sanctions.”
Thuram said: “It is damaging that someone
can hint that �the African players’ lack this or
that quality.”
The International League against Racism
and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) said in a statement:
“These abject theories are those that during
the course of History have led to some kind
of men and women having their humanity
Bordeaux, however, stood by their coach,
with president Jean-Louis Triaud saying yesterday that the interpretation of Sagnol’s remarks
were �malicious’.
In 2011, then France coach Laurent Blanc
also came under fire after he attended a soccer federation meeting in November where
the idea of quotas for Arab and African youth
players were discussed. Blanc was cleared of
discrimination charges following an inquiry by
the French government.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Qatar players train yesterday ahead of their football friendly match against North Korea at the Lekhwiya stadium today. The match will start at 7pm. PICTURES: Fadi Al-Assaad
Inter’s Mazzarri hoping
for reprieve at Europa
Calls for Mazzarri’s head has gathered force again after a 2-0 away league defeat at Parma
o say Inter Milan coach Walter
Mazzarri is living on borrowed
time as his side take on SaintEtienne in the Europa League
today is little short of an understatement. The 0-0 draw between the sides
in Italy last time out may have left Inter
comfortably top of Group F with seven
points, but the calls for Mazzarri’s head
gathered force again at the weekend
after a 2-0 away league defeat at struggling Parma.
Even club president Erick Thohir
appears to have lost patience with the
former Napoli coach. Having thrown
his weight behind the coach for much
of a dismal start to the season, Thohir
gave the strongest signal yet that Mazzarri’s job was hanging in the balance
amid speculation that Roberto Mancini
is ready to take over.
Thohir said: “We have to analyse the
situation of the coach in as fair a way
as possible. We’ll see over the next two
games, but changing our coach in the
middle of the season is never a good
solution. We want to give him another
Italy’s last Champions League winners, in 2010, Inter have not conceded a
goal in this year’s Europa League campaign, but will come up against another
tight defence, as Saint-Etienne have
managed three goalless draws in their
п¬Ѓst three group matches to trail Inter by
four points.
There are no such worries for Fioren-
Sevilla coach Unai Emery (left) and midfielder Ever Banega during a training
session in Seville, southern Spain yesterday. Sevilla play Standard Liege in the
UEFA Europa League match today. (EPA)
tina coach Vincenzo Montella, though,
as his side entertain PAOK of Greece in
Group K, expecting to extend their 100
percent start to the group and ensure
qualification for the knockout stages.
Fiorentina won 1-0 in Greece last
time out but were dealt a major blow
when Italy under-21 striker Federico
Bernardeschi broke his ankle in training
and is expected to be out of action until
well into 2015.
In Group C, Tottenham Hotspur,
whose 5-1 victory over Asteras Tripolis
in London two weeks ago was celebrated for Erik Lamela’s extraordinary �rabona’ goal, which has gone viral on the
Internet, may not п¬Ѓnd the trip to Greece
such a comfortable outing.
Asteras have yet to lose a home match
in three seasons in European club competition, winning four and drawing
three. Ominously for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, those four victories,
all by two-goal margins, have come in
their last four п¬Ѓxtures.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last three
away European games, but have never
won in Greece against local opposition
in three attempts.
The tense relations between Sparta
Prague and Slovakia’s Slovan Bratislava
resume in the Czech capital when they
play their return match in Group I after
crowd trouble marred the п¬Ѓrst game.
Sparta won that game 3-0 but were
п¬Ѓned heavily for the behaviour of a dozen of their fans who climbed a barrier to
attack home supporters, who spilled on
to the pitch, leading to a delay of some
40 minutes.
Astra Giurgiu will look to maintain
the unbeaten home record of Romanian
clubs against Scottish opposition when
they take on Celtic in Group D.
Beaten 2-1 in Glasgow, Astra have lost
their last four European games, with
their 5-1 opening defeat at Dinamo Zagreb their worst European result to date.
But Celtic are without a European
away win in three games since beating KR ReykjavГ­k 1-0 in their opening
away trip of the season in the qualifiers for the Champions League. French
side Lille, held 0-0 at home by Everton
in Group H, travel to the north-west of
England, which has not been a happy
hunting ground for them in the past.
At Zurich, Switzerland: FC Zurich (SUI)
v Villarreal (ESP)
At Nicosia: Apollon Limassol (CYP) v
Borussia Moenchengladbach (GER)
At Tripoli, Greece: Asteras Tripolis
(GRE) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
At Giurgiu, Romania: FC Astra (ROM) v
Celtic (SCO)
At Khimki, Russia: Dynamo Moscow
(RUS) v Estoril (POR)
At Athens: Panathinaikos (GRE) v PSV
Eindhoven (NED)
At Saint-Etienne, France: Saint-Etienne
(FRA) v Inter Milan (ITA)
At Seville, Spain: Sevilla (ESP) v
Standard Liege (BEL)
At Liverpool: Everton (ENG) v Lille (FRA)
At Naples: Napoli (ITA) v Young Boys (SUI)
about Al
Hilal final
Sydney: Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is
unconcerned about Al Hilal’s
complaints over the refereeing of the Asian Champions
League final, which the Saudi
club described as a �black spot
in the history of Asian football’.
Wanderers became the first
Australian team to win Asia’s
most prestigious club title
when a 0-0 draw in Riyadh last
Saturday gave them a 1-0 aggregate win over two legs.
Twice Asian champions Al
Hilal released an incendiary
statement late on Monday,
calling for a formal probe
into the appointment of the
referees and saying they had
been denied six penalties over
the two matches.
“That’s not really a concern
for us,” a deadpan Popovic told
reporters in Sydney yesterday.
“Over the 180 minutes in two
games, they didn’t score a
goal. We did and we’re the
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have yet to
respond publicly to the Al Hilal
statement but will investigate
the brawl that followed the
final whistle on Saturday. That
incident appeared to have
been sparked by Al Hilal striker
Nasser al-Shamrani spitting at
Wanderers defender Matthew
After such scenes and the
hubristic pre-match comments
from Al Hilal coach Laurentiu Reghecampf, Wanderers
goalkeeper Ante Covic said he
found it hard to feel sorry for
the Saudis. “If they want to investigate the penalties maybe
they should investigate their
players and their behaviour
after the game,” Covic said.
Former Italy captain Cannavaro FIFA toughens racism ban for
Italian federation president
named Guangzhou coach
taly’s World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro was formally unveiled
as the new coach of Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande yesterday,
replacing his former national team manager Marcello Lippi. Lippi announced he
was stepping aside after Guangzhou won
their fourth consecutive title, sparking rumours that Cannavaro would succeed him.
At a press conference at the Guangdong
club, Lippi said he would retain the title
of “head coach”. But 41-year-old Cannavaro would take over responsiblity for
the team’s day-to-day affairs as the club’s
new “executive head coach”.
“There might be some misunderstanding about what I said before, that I would
give up and ditch the team,” Lippi told
reporters. “No, I’m still the chief director
and the head coach of the team, I’m just
not going to be on the pitch every day.”
Lippi said he would “check every few
days” on the team’s development and
would watch the matches from the stands.
The 66-year-old also said he suggested to
the club the appointment of an executive
head coach so that he could spend more
Fabio Cannavaro (centre) receives the appointment letter from Vice President of
Evergrande Liu Yongzhuo (left) and his predecessor Marcello Lippi. (Reuters)
time with his family in Italy.
“I couldn’t do anything when my family had issues, I couldn’t stand that I had to
visit home (only) every six months,” Lippi
said. “So I suggested the team should find
an executive head coach, which would allow me to visit home every two months.”
Cannavaro had a glittering career at
Parma, Juventus and Real Madrid and won
the world player of the year award in the
same year that he led Italy to World Cup
victory in Germany in 2006. The former
centre-back was previously on the coaching staff at Al-Ahli in the UAE.
He is currently being investigated by
authorities in his home city of Naples on
suspicion of illegally sidestepping one
million euros in tax.
Lippi, who managed the Azzurri in their
2006 triumph, led Guangzhou to AFC
Champions League glory in 2013 after experiencing huge club success in Europe—
winning п¬Ѓve Italian Serie A titles and a
UEFA Champions League.
IFA yesterday toughened a
ban imposed by Europe’s
governing body against
Italian Football Federation
boss Carlo Tavecchio for comments condemned as racist.
UEFA’s six month ban from official activity in Europe has been
made worldwide by the global
governing body. “FIFA’s stance
against any form of discrimination is unequivocal,” the world
body’s disciplinary committee said in announcing the extra
punishment for the 71-year-old
UEFA banned Tavecchio on
October 7 for comments made
earlier this year during his reelection campaign in July. The veteran
Italian powerbroker contrasted
the player-recruitment approach
of Italian clubs with English
teams. “Here we get �Opti Poba’
who previously ate bananas and
then suddenly becomes a firstteam player at Lazio,” he said at
the public meeting in July.
The comments appeared to
be aimed at France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who is
black, and sparked a major controversy. The chairman of the
FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to extend the sanction imposed by UEFA, the world body
said in a statement.
“As such, Mr Tavecchio is ineligible for any position as a FIFA
official for a period of six months
starting from 7 October 2014.”
Tavecchio will still be able to attend FIFA’s congress at the end of
May once the ban has ended. He
has apologised for the comments.
Former Brazilian international
Adriano was charged by Rio de Janeiro prosecutors on Tuesday over
alleged links to drug trafficking,
officials and reports said.
The former Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Parma and Roma striker, 32,
who is trying to revive his career
in France, is accused of buying a
motorbike in 2007 that was later
used by drug dealers in the Vila
Cruzeiro favela, where he grew
up, reports said. He faces up to 15
years in prison if found guilty.
Prosecutors did not request
Adriano’s arrest but asked for him
to surrender his passport. Adriano, who hit 27 goals in 48 appearances for Brazil, last played
for the Brazilian club Atletico
Paranaense. But they terminated
his contract six months ago.
Zurich: Police in riot gear were
deployed at a university in Zurich as protestors tried to force
their way into a room where FIFA
president Sepp Blatter was giving
a lecture.
At least one smoke bomb was
let off after between 60 and 100
students managed to enter the
building on Tuesday night although they did not get into the
room itself, media reports said.
Photographs sho a plume of red
smoke inside the building and the
presence of police wearing helmets and body protectors.
Outside, students held up banners with slogans such as �chase
Blatter away’.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Rossouw, De Kock
guide SA to easy
win over Aussies
Rossouw’s 50-ball 78, De Kock’s 39-ball 46 helps Proteas to 7-wicket win
ilee Rossouw scored a breezy 78
to lead South Africa to a commanding seven-wicket victory
over Australia in the п¬Ѓrst of three
Twenty20 internationals at the Adelaide
Oval yesterday.
Rossouw, making his T20 international
debut, smashed three sixes and seven
fours in his 50-ball knock to get the Proteas home with 145 for three. The Australians, earlier, could only manage 144 for six
off their 20 overs after winning the toss.
South Africa lost Reeza Hendricks off
the third ball of the innings but Rossouw
combined with wicketkeeper Quinton de
Kock (46 off 39 balls) to put on a matchwinning 129-run partnership for the second wicket.
By the time Rossouw skied Pat Cummins to Ben Cutting in the 15th over, the
Proteas only needed 16 runs for victory.
“Fortunately for me, tonight was my
night,” Rossouw said. “You’ve got to be on
top of your game and if it’s your night you
have to capitalise.”
“It’s very nice batting with Quinton, it
takes a lot of pressure off your shoulders.
Every opportunity I get I want to shine and
luckily for me tonight was my night,” Rossouw added.
The Proteas’ well-drilled bowling and
outstanding п¬Ѓelding kept the Australians
under pressure with Shane Watson, in his
п¬Ѓrst international appearance for seven
months, top-scoring with 47 off 36 balls.
Watson’s innings, with support from
James Faulkner (41 not out), revived the
home side after a poor start.
The Australians struggled to 67 for four
after 10 overs with both their international
debutants, Ben Dunk and Nathan Reardon,
failing. Dunk made just two and Reardon
four after opening batsmen Aaron Finch
(14) and Cameron White (24 from 21 balls)
had begun briskly.
“I thought we were pretty disappointing
with the bat. It was a beautiful wicket and
the guys at the top of the order didn’t really go on and get that big score,” said Finch,
Australia’s T20 captain.
“There were a lot of starts and it was
disappointing to get out like that, but the
way we fought with the ball was pretty impressive.”
The openers took 27 from the initial
three overs before tight bowling and brilliant fielding stifled the Aussies.
White cracked an uppish cut only for
Farhaan Behardien to snaffle a superb
overhead catch at point, while Reardon’s
debut dig was spectacularly cut short by
Proteas wicketkeeper de Kock.
Paceman Kyle Abbott was the pick of
the South African bowlers with three for
21 off four overs.
Australia must win the second match
in Melbourne tomorrow to keep the series
alive until Sunday’s third and final game in
South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw in full flow
against Australia during their Twenty20
match at the Adelaide Oval yesterday.
South Africa won by seven wickets (AFP)
ton boosts
amilton Masakadza
defied Bangladesh’s
spinners with an
unbeaten 154 to take
Zimbabwe to a respectable
position in the second Test in
Khulna yesterday.
The tourists had reached
331-5 in their п¬Ѓrst innings by
stumps on the third day, trailing Bangladesh’s total of 433
by 102.
Masakadza made the most
of the home team’s sloppy
п¬Ѓelding to hit 17 fours and two
sixes after starting the day
on 15. He was dropped thrice
by the same п¬Ѓelder, Shamsur
Rahman, in the slips when on
15, 19 and 74.
Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam
and Shakib Al Hasan were the
unlucky bowlers.
Masakadza, who made just
one half-century in six previous Test innings in Bangladesh,
shared an unbroken stand of
142 with Regis Chakabva (75
not out) for the sixth wicket.
Chakabva was on four when
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim missed a simple
stumping off Shakib. When he
reached nine, the batsman was
reprieved by the Decision Review System after being given
out leg-before off Shakib.
Masakadza celebrated his
fourth Test century with a
boundary off Shakib through
Bangladesh (1st inngs) ............ 433
Zimbabwe (1st innings)
S Raza lbw Taijul .......................... 11
B Chari c Tamim b Taijul .......... 25
H Masakadza (batting) ............. 154
B Taylor c Mominul b Shakib . 37
C Ervine c Rahim b Shakib...... 17
E C’bura c Mominul b Shakib 1
R Chakabva (batting) ................ 75
Extras (b2, lb7, w1, nb1) ............ 11
Total (5 wkts, 112 overs) ........... 331
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Raza),
2-84 (Chari), 3-151 (Taylor), 4-181
(Ervine), 5-189 (Chigumbura)
Bowling: Shahadat 11-2-24-0,
Taijul 30-6-94-2, Shakib 30-6-703, Jubair 18-2-63-0 (nb1), Rubel
13-4-31-0 (w1), Shuvagata 7-0-270, Mominul 1-1-0-0, Mahmudullah 2-0-13-0
the third man region.
Shakib, bowling steady
left-arm spin, picked up the
wickets of Brendan Taylor
(37), Craig Ervine (17) and Elton Chigumbura (one) in the
post-lunch session to reduce
Zimbabwe to 189-5.
But Masakadza and Chakabva defied the spinners in the
entire п¬Ѓnal session to lead a
spirited п¬Ѓghtback.
Bangladesh lead the threematch series after winning
the п¬Ѓrst Test in Dhaka by three
wickets last week.
The third Test between the
two lowest-ranked teams—
Zimbabwe at number nine
and Bangladesh at 10—will be
played in Chittagong from November 12-16. The Tests will
be followed by п¬Ѓve one-dayers.
C White c Behardien b Parnell ............ 24
A Finch c Rossouw b McLaren ........... 14
S Watson c Duminy b Abbott .............. 47
B Dunk c Duminy b Tahir ....................... 2
N Reardon c de Kock b Abbott ........... 4
J Faulkner (not out) ................................. 41
B Cutting c Miller b Abbott ................... 6
P Cummins (not out) ............................... 0
Extras (lb2, w3, nb1) ................................ 6
Total (6 wickets, 20 overs) ................... 144
Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Finch), 2-42
(White), 3-48 (Dunk), 4-67 (Reardon),
5-124 (Watson), 6-142 (Cutting)
Bowling: Abbott 4-0-21-3, Rabada 3-027-0, Parnell 4-0-28-1 (1nb), McLaren
3-0-27-1, Duminy 2-0-8-0 (1w), Imran
Tahir 4-0-31-1 (2w)
South Africa
R Hendricks c Dunk b Bollinger ......... 0
Q De Kock c White b Boyce .................. 46
R Rossouw c Cutting b Cummins ...... 78
JP Duminy (not out)................................. 6
D Miller (not out) ....................................... 9
Extras (lb2, w4).......................................... 6
Total (3 wickets, 19 overs) .................... 145
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Hendricks), 2-129
(Rossouw), 3-130 (De Kock)
Bowling: Bollinger 3-0-22-1, Cummins
4-0-21-1 (2w), Richardson 3-0-28-0
(1w), Watson 1-0-13-0, Boyce 4-0-31-1,
Faulkner 3-0-17-0, Cutting 1-0-11-0
Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza plays a shot during his
unbeaten knock of 154 against Bangladesh yesterday. (AFP)
Sangakkara, Johnson in line for a rare double
rolific Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara (pic left) and
п¬Ѓery Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson (right)
were in line for a rare double
as Cricketer of the Year after a
shortlist of nominees was announced yesterday.
The International Cricket
Council (ICC) chief executive
David Richardson announced
the shortlists for the 2014
awards, with the winner to be
announced on November 14.
During the voting period of
August 26, 2013 and September 17, 2014, the 2009 winner
Johnson claimed 59 wickets in
eight Tests at an impressive average of 15.23.
Sangakkara, who won this
prestigious award in Colombo
in 2012, п¬Ѓnished as the leading
run-getter during the same period with 1,502 runs in 11 Tests.
Since the start of the ICC
awards in 2004, no cricketer has
won it twice.
The people’s choice award,
voted for by fans, was won by
India’s fast-rising paceman,
the 24-year-old Bhuvneshwar
“This award means a lot to me
as I didn’t get it only for my individual performance but because
of the love and support of my
fans,” Kumar told the ICC.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo
Mathews and South Africa’s AB
de Villiers are also in the shortlist for Cricketer of the Year
Johnson, Mathews and Sangakkara as well as Australia
opener David Warner have also
been in contention for the ICC
Test Cricketer of the Year award.
For the ICC one-day Cricketer of the Year award, South
African trio of Quinton de Kock,
Dale Steyn and de Villiers will vie
with India’s Virat Kohli.
For the ICC women’s cricketer
of the year award, two former
winners have been shortlisted.
These are England captain
Charlotte Edwards, winner in
2008, and two-time winner Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies.
They are joined by India captain
and number-one ranked batter
Mithali Raj and England wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor.
England duo of Gary Ballance
and Ben Stokes, and New Zealand’s pair of Corey Anderson
and Jimmy Neeshan have been
shortlisted for the ICC emerging
cricketer of the year award.
There will be a new winner of
the ICC women’s T20 cricketer
of the year after the previous two
awards were won by England’s
Sarah Taylor. The players shortlisted this year are Charlotte Edwards of England, Meg Lanning
of Australia, India’s Mithali Raj
and West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor.
Alex Hales’s 116 not out
against Sri Lanka in the ICC
World Twenty20 in Bangladesh
2014, Aaron Finch’s 156 against
England in 2103 and Rangana
Herath’s figures of five wickets
for three runs against New Zealand in the ICC World Twenty20
Bangladesh in 2014 have earned
them nominations for the ICC
Twenty20 International performance of the year award.
Afghanistan’s Mohamed Nabi
and Samiullah Shenwari, and the
Scotland duo Calum MacLeod
and Preston Mommsen will
п¬Ѓght for the best player award
from the Associates and Affiliates teams.
The ICC also announced its
Test and one-day teams for
2014, with Sri Lanka’s Angelo
Mathews as captain for the longer format while Dhoni will lead
the limited-overs team.
ICC Test squad: Angelo Mathews
(captain, David Warner, Kane
Williamson, Kumar Sangakkara,
AB de Villiers, Joe Root, Mitchell
Johnson, Stuart Broad, Dale
Steyn, Rangana Herath, Tim
Southee, Ross Taylor(12th man).
ICC One-day squad: M.S. Dhoni
(captain), Mohammad Hafeez,
Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli,
George Bailey, AB de Villiers,
Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner,
Dale Steyn, Mohammad Shami,
Ajantha Mendis, Rohit Sharma
(12th man).
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Chuckers can make a quick return, says Kumble
egendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble
(pictured right) said yesterday he believes
that bowlers under scrutiny for suspect action can quickly return to competition after
remedial work.
The 44-year-old spinner is the head of cricket
committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which in June this year recommended
stringent measures against bowlers with suspect
actions. That resulted in the suspension of high
profile bowlers such as Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, Sri
Lanka’s Sachitra Senanayake, Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and
Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi.
Those suspended needed remedial work before
another assessment to get clearance.
Kumble, who took 619 Tests and 337 one-day
wickets, said necessary corrective measures can
help. “I am really positive that bowlers who have
been reported will make those necessary corrections and will be back,” Kumble, who is here for the
ICC awards shortlist, told reporters.
“It is just a matter of time before you see them
back in action. Once that happens I don’t think they
will even discuss anything to do with the angles.”
Kumble said he himself suffered the problem at
an early age.
“When I started as a 13-year old as a fast bowler
I was told to stop by my senior colleagues because
they felt that I was bending my arm as a fast bowler,” recalls Kumble, who besides England’s Jim
Laker was the only bowler to take all ten wickets in
a Test innings.
“There was no television, no video then so they
said you should not be bowling that way because
that came natural to me so immediately I changed
to bowling leg-spin.”
Kumble stressed suspect bowling actions should
be spotted and corrected at an early age.
“It is important that we encourage bowlers at an
early age because once you have a kink in the arm
for various reasons it is very difficult to correct it
as you go along, so you want to ensure that people
with good clean actions are coming through from
the bottom of the pyramid and hence it is important that it gets addressed,” said Kumble.
Kumble said controversial delivery �doosra’
(one which turns the other way than a normal offbreak) can be bowled within the allowed limits of 15
degree elbow extension.
“Nobody has said bowling doosra is illegal it is
the action that is all we are saying. So I don’t think
we should allow any change in rules,” said the master leg-spinner of his times.
Bangladesh pacer Hossain
cleared of illegal action
Bangladesh fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain has been
cleared of an illegal bowling action following independent tests, the International Cricket Council (ICC)
announced yesterday.
Hossain, 24, was reported during the first Test
against the West Indies in St Vincent in September, but
tests conducted in India revealed his deliveries were
legal as per ICC regulations.
“During a comprehensive analysis it was revealed
that the amount of elbow extension in Al-Amin’s bowling action for all deliveries was within the 15-degree
level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations,”
a statement from the world governing body said.
The analysis was performed at the ICC’s newly accredited testing centre at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on October 20, the statement added.
Hossain, who has played six Tests and 18 limitedovers internationals, opted out of the ongoing second
Test against Zimbabwe in Khulna to write his university exams. The ICC recently launched a drive against
suspect actions, leading to the suspension of leading
bowlers like Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and Sachithra
Senanayake of Sri Lanka.
We wanted to call off
Australia tour over
Monkeygate: Sachin
�I must reiterate we were very serious about the boycott and we were
fully prepared to accept the consequences of walking out on the tour’
�Tendulkar’s career
would have been
incomplete without
World Cup triumph’
asim Akram has
said that the ICC
World Cup is the
ultimate for a
professional cricketer, adding
that the 2011 Mumbai triumph
completed the career of India
maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
In his column on the eve of
100 days to go for World Cup
2015 celebrations, Akram, who
played in four World Cups
against Tendulkar, wrote:
“Personally, I think a World
Cup triumph completes the
career of a professional cricketer. And the testament to this
are the reactions of Sachin
Tendulkar when he lifted the
World Cup in his sixth attempt
in Mumbai in 2011.
“These were an expression of total satisfaction from
a modest and humble player
who wanted to win the World
Cup so desperately. On April 2,
2011, Tendulkar engraved his
name in gold as the greatest,
most accomplished and complete cricketer.”
Akram won the World Cup
with Pakistan in 1992, skippered the side to the п¬Ѓnal in
1999, and was a member of the
sides that reached the semi-п¬Ѓnal in 1987 and quarter-п¬Ѓnal in
1996. However, his last World
Cup appearance was a forgettable one as Pakistan failed to
reach the Super Six stage.
“In contrast, there are some
of the modern day icons who
have never tasted a World Cup
success. Ask Brian Lara, Rahul
Dravid, Saurav Ganguly and
Jacques Kallis, and they will
tell you what is missing from
their distinguished careers.
“Likewise, talk to Mike Gatting and he will share his regret
of playing a reserve sweeping
shot in the 1987 World Cup п¬Ѓnal, and I am sure the dropped
catch of Steve Waugh in Headingley in 1999 still haunts
Herschelle Gibbs.
“Similarly, Waqar Younis
will be cursing his early career
п¬Ѓtness issues which forced him
to return home just before the
start of the 1992 World Cup,”
the fast bowling legend wrote.
Akram was the player of the
1992 World Cup п¬Ѓnal in Melbourne, and is the third leading wicket-taker in World Cup
history, behind Glenn McGrath (71) and Muttiah Muralidaran (58), with 55 wickets.
In 2009, he was inducted into
the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
(From left) Former Indian cricketers Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar at the launch event of his autobiography Playing It My Way yesterday. (AFP)
ndian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar
yesterday said he defended teammate
Harbhajan Singh staunchly during
the infamous �Monkeygate’ dispute in
Australia and his stance “almost caused
the tour to be called off ”.
Tendulkar, speaking at the launch of
his autobiography Playing It My Way, said
that Indian team was willing to abandon
their 2007-08 Australia tour over the incident and was ready to accept the consequences of such a dramatic move.
Harbhajan was banned for three matches by match referee Mike Procter following an altercation with Andrew Symonds
during the second Test in Sydney. Australia won the match by 122 runs to take a
2-0 lead in the four-match Test series.
Tendulkar maintains all through his
book that “Harbhajan had not racially
abused” Symonds.
“I must reiterate we were very serious about the boycott and we were fully
prepared to accept the consequences of
walking out on the tour, knowing that
such an action might have resulted in the
ICC banning the Indian team,” Tendulkar
writes in the book.
The Indian team were scheduled to play
a tour game in Canberra after the second Test but decided “to lodge an appeal
Sachin Tendulkar with elder brother Ajit (left) and wife Anjali at the book launch. (AFP)
against the decision and in a gesture of
protest also decided not to travel to Canberra”. The Indian batting legend said that
they didn’t agree with Procter’s verdict.
“The hearing in Sydney had been something of a farce. That he banned Bhajji for
three months seemed to show up which
group in his opinion was lying. It is never a
pleasant thing to be called a liar and I was
extremely angry,” writes Tendulkar.
Tendulkar was batting with the offspinner when the incident happened and
he has given a full account of the incident
in his book.
“Bhajji was actually trying to be civil
with some of the Australian players, including Brett Lee, when all hell broke
loose. Bhajji had playfully tapped Lee on
the back after completing a run and Sy-
monds at mid-off took exception to this.”
“He apparently did not want an opposition player meddling with Lee and once
again hurled abuse at Bhajji. Bhajji is an
impulsive and passionate individual and it
was only a matter of time before he would
retaliate, which he soon did.”
Tendulkar blamed Symonds for the
things to turn ugly and said that it was Symonds who provoked Harbhajan and not
the other way round as the Australians
had claimed.
Tendulkar thought that the “matter had
ended” after Harbhajan’s dismissal but was
surprised to hear that a formal complaint
had been lodged against Harbhajan with
the allegation of Harbhajan having called
Symonds a “monkey”—a racial insult.
“Even so, I still believe that the matter
would not have been blown so out of proportion if Ponting had discussed it with the
captain Anil Kumble, Harbhajan and the
Indian team management before reporting
the incident to Mike Procter. In turn, Mike
Procter could also have handled the matter
with a little more sensitivity.”
In a glittering event at a posh hotel
yesterday, Tendulkar released his much
awaited autobiography.
Emcee Harsha Bhogle took the packed
hall through Tendulkar’s life and the evolution of Indian cricket with on-stage
conversations with Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip
Vengsarkar, Vasu Paranjpe, and the �fabulous four’—Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid,
VVS Laxman and Tendulkar himself.
The formal book release, which has
been published by Hachette India, saw
Tendulkar present a copy to his п¬Ѓrst coach
and guru Ramakant Achrekar.
The batting maestro earlier presented
the п¬Ѓrst copy to his mother Rajni before
the launch.
“This book is a different sort of innings
for me and was in the making for the last
three years. As with the game, I have been
honest and sincere in putting together
various aspects of my life and the book is
something I hope readers will enjoy,” said
The book has already set the Indian
record for the largest adult hardback orders on the day of release with 100,000
copies being released by the publishers.
Sachin Tendulkar presents a copy of his autobiography to his
coach Ramakant Achrekar as daughter Sara looks on. (AFP)
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Scott leads charge in
McIlroy’s absence
�It’s definitely a loss for the golf tournament, but it’s still a very, very strong field to beat’
orld number two
Adam Scott is ready
to take advantage
of the absence of
Rory McIlroy at the $8.5 million
WGC-HSBC Champions tournament starting here today.
Australian Scott is part of a
stellar п¬Ѓeld that includes 40 of
the top 50 players in the world
at the only World Golf Championships event played outside
the United States.
The 2013 Masters champion has only played once since
the American season ended in
mid-September, a jetlagged tie
for 38th at the Japan Open last
month which followed a surfing
holiday in Costa Rica. But after a
week of dedicated practice back
home in Queensland last week,
Scott is raring to go again.
He acknowledges that McIlroy’s late withdrawal—to prepare for a court case over a
dispute with his former management company—is a blow to
the event, but understands that
every player has to deal with offcourse issues from time to time.
After all, Scott himself skipped
this event last year to recharge
his batteries for a busy end-ofyear campaign in Australia.
“I know HSBC and everyone
involved understands that’s the
way this game is,” Scott told reporters at Sheshan yesterday.
Scott, who was surpassed at
the top of the world rankings
by McIlroy in early August, acknowledges that his chances of
victory are helped without the
presence of the Northern Irishman. “Selfishly, (his missing)
opens up the п¬Ѓeld a little bit this
week,” he said.
US Open champion Martin
Kaymer agreed. “It’s definitely a
loss for the golf tournament, but
it’s still a very, very strong field
to beat,” said the German.
“One player, usually it
doesn’t make a difference, but
when you talk about number
one in the world, of course you
think, OK, one player less to
beat and a good one less to beat.”
Kaymer has played only two
competitive rounds since helping Europe win the Ryder Cup
in late September, preferring
instead to recharge his batteries
for three consecutive tournaments to end the European Tour
season. McIlroy is not the only
big name missing this week.
Tiger Woods is also absent
as he continues to rehabilitate
from back surgery, while fellow
American Dustin Johnson will
not defend his title as he deals
with personal issues.
But the tournament, in its
10th year, appears п¬Ѓrmly established to the point where it no
longer relies on the presence of
a single superstar.
Haas, Price proud to
captain Presidents
Cup teams
Incheon, South Korea
rawing players from
the far-flung corners
of the globe and trying to build a team just
days before the Presidents Cup
has been a factor in the Internationals’ poor record in the event,
but 2015 captain Nick Price has a
few tricks up his sleeve to change
things around.
Price, speaking at a news conference in Incheon yesterday,
said it was difficult to build cohesiveness when players from
different tours on different continents, and who speak different languages, had only days to
prepare together for the biennial
Since the Cup was п¬Ѓrst staged
in 1994, the United States have
won eight and tied one of the
10 events. Price’s International
team will again have their work
cut out to halt the slide when the
event comes to South Korea next
year at the Jack Nicklaus Golf
Club from Oct 8-11.
Price, who has played in the
event п¬Ѓve times, said he had attempted to overcome the logistical difficulties as captain ahead
of the 2013 event by travelling
around the world to meet potential players and formulate a
“In 2012 I made a concerted
effort to go out and meet all the
players in the 15 months preceding the event and started talking
to them,” he said. “Especially the
veterans, Adam Scott, Ernie Els,
Jason Day, guys who had played
in multiple Presidents Cups, and
asked them what they felt was
lacking. Or what was going to be
the best way for us to motivate
the team and get them п¬Ѓred up
to play against the Americans in
Price’s team for the 2013 Cup
at Muirfield Village in Ohio consisted of players from his home
country of Zimbabwe as well as
South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Canada and Japan.
“The unusual thing was that
the only time we were all in the
Nick Price
same room together for the п¬Ѓrst
time was on the Monday before
the event,” he added.
“But the cohesiveness of that
team, and the morale and team
spirit was so evident in that п¬Ѓrst
meeting, they were so keen and
had the mindset that this was
going to be the one that we were
going to turn it around.”
Unfortunately, the International team could not translate
that confidence off the course to
success on it, losing for the п¬Ѓfth
straight time.
“What happened over the
next п¬Ѓve, six days can only be
surmised by saying: �That’s golf.’
I don’t know how best to explain it. Those guys played their
hearts out, they played their tails
off, did everything they possibly
could on the course to stop the
Americans from winning again.
But we lost.
“So it leaves me in a bit of a
dilemma as to how to approach
the 2015 Presidents Cup,” added
Price, who won three majors in
the early 1990s.
“I think I’m going to do a lot
of the same things—travel and
spend time and have dinners
with them. There’s a lot of work
ahead of us, coming up with a
team that can take on the might
of America. But I have a few
tricks up my sleeve this year.”
Like Price, US team captain
Jay Haas played in the very п¬Ѓrst
Presidents Cup in 1994 and was
a winning assistant captain to
Fred Couples for the last three
editions. “It sure doesn’t seem
like 20 years has passed since
that first Presidents Cup,” he
said. “Being here the last couple
of days, the magnitude of the
event has hit home.”
Khan preps for Alexander
with eye to bigger things
European Tour chief O’Grady to step down
The most powerful man in European golf,
George O’Grady, confirmed yesterday he
was stepping down as chief executive of the
European Tour.
O’Grady, in Shanghai ahead of the WGCHSBC Champions event which begins today,
said he had asked the European Tour’s
board of directors to start the process of
appointing his successor.
The European Tour said in a statement it
would make no further comment on the appointment process until the season-ending
DP Tour Championship in Dubai in two
weeks’ time.
Ryder Cup star Justin Rose, the 2013
US Open champion, was one of the first
players to pay tribute to O’Grady after the
announcement. “It’s a shame that he’s stepping down,” Rose told AFP at Sheshan International Golf Club. “He’s had a good reign,
a long reign and overcome challenges with
the economic downturn during that time,
especially in mainland Europe.
“In recent times, one of the things I’ve been
talking to George about is really just trying
to get some of the historic events back
on The European Tour, British Masters for
“As he rolls out of his position, hopefully
tournaments like that will come back on to
the calendar and he can take some credit.”
O’Grady will remain in his position until his
successor takes office. He was only the third
chief executive in the Tour’s history when
he took over at the beginning of 2005 from
Ken Schofield, who had been in charge for
30 years. O’Grady’s most notable achievements were the creation of the Race to
Dubai and in 2013 the “Final Series” of four
big-money European Tour events.
This year’s series began last week with the
BMW Masters, also in Shanghai. He also
took part in the process that saw golf reinstated at the Olympic Games from Rio 2016.
“In the aftermath of what I believe to have
been the best presented Ryder Cup since
my first involvement in the contest at Royal
Lytham in 1977, I felt this was the right time
to ask the board to begin the search for
my successor,” O’Grady said in a statement
issued in Shanghai.
“I have agreed with the board to stay not
only for the time it takes to appoint a new
CEO but also for sufficient additional time
after that to see them properly settled in.
“The board also agreed that, at that stage, I
will take up a role as president of international relations which will see me represent
the European Tour through the Olympic
Games in 2016.”
Amir Khan sees his December 13 welterweight bout against Devon
Alexander as a springboard to bigger things, but that doesn’t mean
he’ll take the US southpaw lightly. “Obviously it’s going to catapult
the winner to bigger fights,” Khan said Tuesday at a Los Angeles
press conference to promote the bout at the MGM Grand Garden
Arena in Las Vegas. “Alexander wants the big fight, I want the
big fight against Mayweather, Pacquiao. “First of all I have to get
through this fight in good style. I’m not looking past this fight I have
to stay hungry, stay focused.”
In a sense, Khan-Alexander has been a year in the making.
Britain’s former International Boxing Federation and World Boxing
Association light welterweight world champion was slated to fight
Alexander, who boasts a record of 26-2 with 14 knockouts, last
December in New York. At the time, Alexander held the IBF welterweight title, but Khan opted out of the bout, thinking he was in line
for a mega-fight with Mayweather that never materialised.
Since then, Alexander has surrendered the title to Shawn Porter, and
Khan’s fellow Brit Kell Brook seized it from Porter in August.
Khan is coming off a victorious welterweight debut in May, when he
looked impressive in a unanimous decision over former champion
Luis Collazo. That bout was on the undercard of Mayweather’s fight
against Marcos Maidana—the foe the unbeaten American selected
in preference to Khan—and saw Khan quickly shake off any rust
from a 12-month ring absence.
Berdych still searching for his �chosen one’
van Lendl might be �way too busy’
to be his mentor but Tomas Berdych has not given up the dream
of jumping on the �super coach’
If he needs any pointers on how to
carve out a successful coaching relationship with a grand slam champion,
the players’ lounge at the 02 Arena is
the place to be during the ATP World
Tour Finals which start on Sunday.
Should Berdych decide to hang out in
the area, he could п¬Ѓnd the place buzzing with the presence of no less than
five �super coaches’.
Three years after Andy Murray pulled
off a coup by hooking up with eighttimes grand slam champion Lendl, the
super-coach seems to have become a
�must-have’ accessory for many of the
top players. Eighties rivals Boris Becker
and Stefan Edberg have become familiar
sights in the locker rooms after they were
lured back into the day-to-day grind of
grand slam tennis by Novak Djokovic and
Roger Federer respectively. Goran Ivanisevic and Michael Chang will also be in
London to oversee the progress of ATP
Finals debutants Marin Cilic and Kei
Nishikori, while Murray’s �chosen one’ is
now Amelie Mauresmo.
Berdych’s desire to draft in Lendl to
his coaching set up was an obvious one—
with both hailing from the Czech Republic—but the man who guided Murray to Olympic glory and two grand slam
titles simply could not commit to a fulltime job with the world number seven.
“We had a meeting when I got back
from Shanghai. It didn’t work out because Ivan decided he’s not able to give
the full amount of the weeks that he
would like to give,” Berdych told Reuters in an interview in the run up to the
season п¬Ѓnale.
“He is going to be busy with his activities and his stuff, so not with him.”
Berdych has already drawn up a
shortlist of champions he would like
to work with but after the talks with
Lendl failed to produce the desired effect, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up
is keeping tight lipped about his possible targets.
“I’m not going to say anything because that’s not the way I want to deal
with those people. He is going to be sitting at home reading an article that’s
about him. It needs to be done by a proper way,” explained Berdych as he ran his
п¬Ѓngers through strands of his dark hair
which were sticking out from underneath his back-to-front baseball cap.
“I’m trying to bring a guy with a different experience... all those experi-
ences that he can have from playing
those big matches or prepare a player
for those big matches. It is a person
that can be a consultant or just on top
of my current team who are doing a
great job.
“It’s not easy to just say I want to
work with (a particular) past champion and it’s going to work out. It
also is about who that person is
and... seeing if that’s the right decision and if (the relationship) can
work out. If you put 10 coaches together, all of them are going to have
different things that they can see,
they can adjust and that they can
make better.
“I am looking to improve myself.
One day I am going to (retire) and I
want to say, �That was quite a successful career and I’ve tried everything I
possibly can’.”
What he would like to achieve more
than anything else is to improve his
lopsided 11-46 losing record against
the Big Three of Federer, Rafa Nadal
and Djokovic.
It has been 10 years since he п¬Ѓrst
burst into the spotlight by railroading
Federer at the 2004 Athens Olympics
but since then his wins over the tennis establishment have been few and
far between.
So does Berdych feel lucky or unlucky to be playing in what he described as “the best era of our sport”?
“Well I would say unlucky and, on
the other hand, I think sometimes it is a
pleasure to be a part of that and to have
had the chance to play the best guys like
Roger and Rafa,” said Berdych, who has
been drawn with world number one
Djokovic in Group A at the Finals.
“I don’t think there will ever be another time when someone is going to
achieve more (than them).
“But it’s also been unlucky for me as
it’s much harder to fight for one of the
slams and the higher rankings.”
Despite the misfortune he has suffered with the timing of his career,
Berdych said he still had plenty to look
forward to despite turning 30 next
“Yes I still enjoy playing and the
whole career is still very much developing year-by-year and I have to say
it is very different from the п¬Ѓrst years
to now, and I like it,” he explained with
a grin.
“There are certain stages that you
have in your career that you have to go
through and that’s what I enjoy. That’s
why I always п¬Ѓnd some new motivation to go another year.
“For me it’s more fun now because I
am older, I am more experienced and I
enjoy it even more.”
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
will be held at The O2 in London from
November 9-16.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Red-hot Rockets
rout Heat in battle
of NBA unbeaten
�The grit was something I was proud of’
Molitor introduced
as Twins manager
aul Molitor, a Hall of
Fame player and native
of neighbouring St. Paul,
was introduced as Minnesota Twins manager Tuesday,
succeeded Ron Gardenhire after
the latter was relieved of his duties to end his 13-season stint in
the dugout.
Molitor is the 13th manager
of the Twins since the franchise
moved to Minnesota from Washington D.C. in 1961, but only the
third since 1986.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval
rejected a $15.3 million qualifying
offer from the San Francisco Giants, Fox Sports reported Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Sandoval was
a key player in the Giants’ run to
the World Series championship.
He was one of 12 free agents in
Major League Baseball who were
extended qualifying offers on
Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a contract
extension that includes team options for 2019 and 2020.
The deal adds two years to
Francona’s current deal. He was
originally signed to a four-year
deal entering the 2013 season
when he was named American
League Manager of the Year.
The Los Angeles Angels signed
Cuban middle infielder Roberto
Baldoquin to a contract with a
bonus of $8 million,
reported Tuesday.
Baldoquin, who defected from
Cuba in February and has been
living in the Dominican Republic, is expected to begin his
US baseball career in the minor
leagues but could be a future
replacement for Angels second
baseman Howie Kendrick.
The Chicago Cubs reached a oneyear, $4 million contract agreement with left-hander Tsuyoshi
Wada on Tuesday.
The Japanese pitcher was called
up from the minor leagues in July
and posted a 4-4 record with a
3.25 ERA in 13 starts for the Cubs.
The deal with the Cubs includes
the potential to earn $2 million in
bonuses for games started.
NFL roundup
В„ Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson entered a
no-contest plea Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor
reckless assault and avoided jail time in his felony child abuse
Peterson received probation, 80 hours of community service
and a $4,000 fine as part of the agreement. He appeared in a
Montgomery County, Texas, courthouse before Judge Kelly
В„ The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without injured safety Troy
Polamalu and linebacker Ryan Shazier for Sunday’s game
against the New York Jets.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Polamalu sprained his
right knee in the second quarter of the Steelers’ 43-23 victory
over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night when he got caught
underneath Ravens running back Justin Forsett on a tackle by
Steelers teammate Stephon Tuitt.
„ The Indianapolis Colts activated defensive back LaRon Landry off the suspended list after he sat out four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
The 30-year-old Landry has 23 tackles in four games this season. He’s in his second season with the Colts after spending five
years with the Washington Redskins and one with the New York
Jets, totaling 583 career tackles and six interceptions.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (centre) takes a half court shot as Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (left) during their NBA game in Miami on Tuesday. (USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles
f the unbeaten Houston Rockets were
a movie, they would be in 3D.
Dwight Howard had 26 points and
10 rebounds Tuesday night and the
Rockets used their “3-and-D” attack to
pull away in the second half for a 108-91
victory over the host Miami Heat, who
suffered their п¬Ѓrst loss of the season.
James Harden totalled 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets
(5-0), who continued their league-leading three-point barrage. Houston came
in averaging 13.5 three-pointers in 31 attempts and surpassed both by draining
17-of-37 shots from the arc.
“I think we shot the ball well, especially in the second half,” Howard said.
“We moved the ball, we found the open
man and we didn’t rush. We took what
the defence gave us and we made plays
off of it.”
“They had us scrambling sometimes,”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If you
can defend a handful of those a little bit
better, get that number down (so) that’s a
little bit more manageable - but we didn’t
and they lit us up.”
Off to their best start in 18 years, the
Rockets also continued their surprisingly
stout defence, holding Miami 18 points
below its average. Houston has yet to allow more than 93 points.
“There are a lot of areas we can still improve on,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale
said. “But the grit was something I was
proud of. The guys got after it and after
they made that run we found a way to just
keep on grinding.”
The Heat (3-1) cut the deficit to 90-86
with 7:01 to play on consecutive threepointers by rookie Shabazz Napier and
Justin Hamilton. Houston responded
with 13 straight points as Trevor Ariza
drained three three-pointers and Harden
had a follow shot and blocked a shot to set
up Patrick Beverley’s layup.
“My teammates and I showed tremendous confidence, especially in the fourth
quarter when they knocked down two
threes to cut the lead to four,” Harden
said. “We responded and we just took it
from there.”
Ariza scored 19 points, making 5-of-8
three-pointers. He leads the NBA with 21
threes and Harden is third with 13.
“You have to give credit to Harden,”
Heat center Chris Bosh said. “He played a
fantastic game. He had a good game plan.
He was ready for us. He made every single
play throughout the game.”
The Rockets trailed, 47-40, before
Harden scored 10 points in the п¬Ѓnal four
minutes of the half to give Houston a 5755 lead. Harden’s three-pointer triggered
a flurry that included one from Ariza and
two from Beverley to extend the advantage to 77-64 midway through the third
Bosh, who was pursued by Houston
this summer before re-signing with Miami, scored 11 of his 21 points in the third
quarter to help cut the deficit to 83-77.
Beverley had four three-pointers and
scored 15 points for the Rockets, who shot
51 per cent (35-of-68) overall. Dwyane
Wade scored 19 points but none in the
fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 42
per cent (31-of-74).
LA Lakers ........... 106
Miami ...................... 91
New York Knicks 83
Portland ............... 101
Chicago ................. 98
New Orleans .....100
Indiana ................... 81
Phoenix .................... 112
Houston.................. 108
Washington .............98
Oklahoma .................88
Cleveland ..................82
Orlando .................... 90
Charlotte ....................91
Milwaukee ................ 87
Bruins happy with 2 points
By Steve Conroy
Boston Herald (MCT)
he Bruins did not exactly put on
the most scintillating of shows
for the sellout crowd last night at
the Garden, but these days style
doesn’t matter.
With Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Torey
Krug and Kevan Miller all out of the lineup,
the only thing that counts is the result.
And with 1:33 left in overtime, Brad
Marchand provided the result the B’s
wanted. After being thwarted on a couple of great scoring chances, Marchand
danced around defenseman Dylan Olsen
and beat Roberto Luongo with a high,
hard snap shot to lift the Bruins to a 2-1
victory against the Florida Panthers.
The B’s had just one line going, the
Bergeron trio, and the breakouts were
slightly off. While coach Claude Julien
wasn’t dishing out many compliments, he
was pleased with the nature of the victory.
“It wasn’t a perfect night. We really
struggled with that,” said Julien. “But you
know, let’s understand one thing here.
I’m really proud of the character that we
showed to п¬Ѓght through that. From the
start of the game in the п¬Ѓrst and even in
the second period until we scored that
(п¬Ѓrst) goal, it was really a tough game for
us. But the guys found a way to tie the
game and we found a way to win it.
“There was a lot of character in this
win tonight, even though it wasn’t pretty.
It takes character throughout the season
to win those kinds of games.”
These are not the Panthers we are used
to seeing. Under new coach Gerard Gallant, they are much more dedicated to
playing within a defensive structure.
They’d come in having allowed just six
even-strength goals in nine games, but
their own goals had been hard to come
by. Being without Jonathan Huberdeau,
Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Pirri, Dave
Bolland and Sean Bergenheim didn’t help.
Still, the visitors jumped on the board
п¬Ѓrst. After a scoreless п¬Ѓrst, Jussi Jokinen
took a drop pass and, with plenty of room
in front of Dougie Hamilton and Dennis
Seidenberg, ripped a wrist shot over Tuukka Rask’s glove at 4:04.
The B’s had shown little offense to that
point, but the Florida goal woke them up,
and it wasn’t long before the Bergeron
line did something about it.
Reilly Smith pinned Derek MacKenzie
along the left half wall in the offensive zone
and pushed the puck free to Marchand.
Marchand made a short pass to Bergeron,
who п¬Ѓred a turnaround shot that beat
Luongo over the glove at 7:29 to tie it up
with a goal that was desperately needed.
While the rest of the lines looked out of
sync the whole night, the Bergeron unit
remained on the attack. Bergeron led all
players with six shots and Marchand had
В„ Quarterback Tony Romo was not an active participant in the
Dallas Cowboys’ walkthrough practice in London on Tuesday as
he works through ongoing discomfort in his surgically repaired
“I think it continues to get a little bit better incrementally every
day and you just reassess it every day,” Romo said.
„ Safety Jordan Kovacs was added to the Miami Dolphins’
53-man roster on Tuesday. Kovacs spent training camp with the
Dolphins and was signed off of the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice
Kovacs replaces Michael Thomas, who was placed on injured
reserve Monday with a chest injury suffered Sunday against the
San Diego Chargers.
В„ The four receptions in three games
Greg Little (pictured) recorded since
joining the Cincinnati Bengals aren’t
likely to earn him much publicity ahead
of Thursday’s AFC North meeting with the
Cleveland Browns, the wide receiver’s original team. But comments from the former
second-round pick, including criticising
general manager Ray Farmer and coach
Mike Pettine, make Little a big point of
“Everything about this game is personal
for me and I’m going to treat it that way,”
said Little, who signed with the Bengals on
Oct. 14 after being released by the Browns
in May and cut again by the Raiders. “And
I’m going to put my team in the best position to win.”
В„ Of the 25,040 players and 8,924 relatives sent concussion
settlement notices by the NFL, approximately 200 opted out
of the league’s proposed $765 million deal which is pending
The New York Times reported a small number of additional
players attempted to opt out but missed a filing deadline. Players who opt out retain the right to file individual suits but would
likely need to prove culpability of teams and doctors.
В„ Upon closer review, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden
still wants to see improvement from quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“The jury is still out on that position,” Gruden said. “We feel
good about Robert’s progress so far and we’ve just got to continue to build and see how he does from week to week.”
Griffin missed six games with a dislocated ankle and didn’t show
much rust early in the game, completing six of his first seven
passes. But he was 12 of 18 the rest of the game.
В„ The Redskins activated wide receiver Leonard Hankerson
from injured reserve on Tuesday and waived cornerback Chase
The Redskins also released offensive tackle Terren Jones from
the practice squad.
Calgary Flames’ Markus Granlund and Washington Capitals’ Nate Schmidt skate after
the puck during their NHL game in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Flames won 4-3. (AFP)
five, combining for 11 of the B’s 25 shots
in the game
Marchand was stymied a couple of
times, but this would not end in frustration. When Hamilton handed him back a
Florida clear attempt in the neutral zone,
Marchand churned the legs, got past
Olsen and snapped off the winner.
Dallas.......................... 1 Los Angeles ................3
New Jersey .............0
MontrГ©al ..................0
Ottawa .......................3
Colorado .................. 2
Arizona ......................3
Minnesota ................ 1
Winnipeg ..................3
Boston ...................... 2
Philadelphia ........... 4
Washington .............3
Columbus................ 2
St. Louis .........................1
Chicago ........................5
Detroit ............................1
Vancouver ...................5
Toronto .........................2
Pittsburgh .................. 4
Nashville .......................1
Florida ................. 1 (OT)
Edmonton ....................1
Calgary .............. 4 (OT)
Carolina ....................... 4
В„ The Seattle Seahawks signed veteran tight end Tony Moeaki
amid a flurry of moves Tuesday that also included re-signing
wide receiver Bryan Walters.
The Seahawks have been juggling their tight end depth chart
with Zach Miller recovering from ankle surgery. Among Tuesday’s moves, the Seahawks released tight end Brett Brackett
from the practice squad.
В„ The San Francisco 49ers waived tight end-defensive tackle
Demarcus Dobbs on Tuesday and signed cornerback Chance
Casey to the practice squad.
Dobbs had 10 tackles in six games this season. He came to the
49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and logged 57 tackles
in 45 career games.
В„ The New York Giants received confirmation that cornerback
Prince Amukamara is done for the season with a torn biceps.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Qatar 2015 Profiles New Handball Stadia at 4th
Coliseum Summit MENA ConfEx held in Doha
By Sports Reporter
Doha, Qatar
atar 2015 participated at the
4th Coliseum Summit MENA
ConfEx (Conference and Exhibition) with a keynote address delivered by Fahad Fadol al-Yafei,
Head of the Venues Committee, Qatar
The two-day event, held in Doha,
saw the participation of 280 delegates
representing 26 countries and helped
facilitate discussions on challenges and
solutions in the global sports venue
Qatar 2015’s keynote address on the
second day of the summit provided an
overview of the preparations to date for
the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship, including the construction
of the three new world-class venues –
Qatar Handball Association Complex,
Al Sadd Sports Hall and the Lusail Multi-Purpose Hall.
Eng. Fahad Fadol Al-Yafei, Head of
4th Coliseum Summit MENA ConfEx, a
two-day event held in Doha, saw 280
delegates from 26 nations participating.
the Venues Committee, Qatar 2015,
said: “Qatar is completing major
preparations in its role as host nation
for the 24th Men’s Handball World
Championship. Our teams are working hard to incorporate all the technical requirements of the sport, as well as
the design elements needed to deliver a
superb spectator experience at each of
the venues. In addition to meeting the
guidelines and recommendations of the
IHF, the competition venues have also
been built to host other sports matches
and tournaments in the future.”
All three venues have been built to
include competition and training facilities to support the development
of handball in Qatar. In addition, the
Al Sadd Sports Hall and Lusail MultiPurpose Halls have been designed so
that they can host a full range of sports,
such as badminton, basketball, volleyball, rhythmic gymnastics – and
even ice hockey, in the case of Al Sadd
Sports Hall. With seating capacities of
7,700 and 15,000 respectively, the two
Halls will provide ideal destinations for
Injury puts star striker
Khalfan out of Gulf Cup
Stephane Ladjadj
rides Botanic Garden
to Sealine Cup win
�It has been another fruitful day for me. Hopefully we can continue the same way during the season’
By Chris Hoover
brilliant turn of foot in the straight
enabled Khalifa bin Sheail al-Kuwari’s
Botanic Garden to assert his superiority over his six rivals in the Sealine
Cup, a Thoroughbred Conditions race, which
featured the fifth day’s races on the sand track of
the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club yesterday.
Frenchman Stephane Ladjadj had Botanic
Garden dictate the pace from the word �go’ with
Trinityelitedotcom in close proximity but the
character of the race altered once these two runners took the п¬Ѓnal stretch. Trinityelitedotcom
failed to quicken while Botanic Garden kept on
increasing the lead to go clear of the п¬Ѓeld. Hunting Tartan п¬Ѓnished with a late rally to take the
second spot. Trainer Ghazali who saddled the
winner completed a treble for the day.
“It has been another fruitful day for me. I am
very happy with the performance of Botanic
Garden. Even Muhim and Big Gees did well to
win their races today. Hopefully we can continue in the same way during the season,” trainer
Ghazali told the Gulf Times.
In the opening event of the day, Al Sadd
Stud’s Thameem held on gamely from a fast
п¬Ѓnishing Urban Dreamer to win the Thoroughbred Maiden Plate. The Marvin Suerland ridden
Thameem raced prominently into the straight
and took charge inside the п¬Ѓnal 200 metres and
kicked clear and lasted out to win from Urban
Dreamer to shed his his maiden status in its п¬Ѓfth
outing. River Goddess and Katja also п¬Ѓnished
on strongly to п¬Ѓnish a close third and fourth respectively. The winner was saddled by Nasser
Bustavi Ismail saddled Saint De Faust displayed blinding speed in the п¬Ѓnal furlong to
take charge and win the Pure Arabian Handicap
for horses rated 50 to 80. Jockey Almotasem alBalushi timed his challenge to a nicety along the
rails while overhauling Al Mostarsil in the п¬Ѓnal
stages of the contest. Nomaas and Ashkal were
third and fourth, while Candahar after a sluggish start п¬Ѓnished on with a purpose to п¬Ѓll the
Jassim al-Ghazali trained Muhim (Declan
Cannon up) was a pillar to post winner of the
Pure Arabian Handicap for horses rated 60
and below. Though Lady’s Sandman (Pheiffer
astride) came up with a challenge at the 200
metre marker, Muhim unleashed a terrific run in
the п¬Ѓnal furlong to stretch away from the pack
and win quite comfortably. Zallal was three
lengths behind in third ahead of Saif Brooq.
Jockey Suerland took his second win for the
day when he rode out 10-year old Big Gees to
a commanding victory in the Thoroughbred
Handicap for horses rated 55 to 75. Big Gees took
the lead at the start and made very post a winning one as he cantered home to his п¬Ѓfth career
win in 44 starts. Sunley Pride was a faraway second ahead of Marked Card and Statesmanship.
Trainer Ghazali completed a double with Late
Debate (Yanis Aouabed up) recording a fluent
win in the Thoroughbred Handicap for horses
rated 75 to 95. After racing a handy second until
the home turn, Late Debate stepped up the pace
and went away to win as he pleased. The manner
sports fans in Qatar.
He added, “Projects like this are
challenging and have risks, but these
risks can be managed by keeping all
stakeholders involved from the very
beginning – which is what we have
done. Following up with tight project
control and monitoring progress helps
to ensure timely project completion
and avoid surprises during the project
implementation. By following these
measures, we have already overcome
most challenges and have delivered
two stadia with the third is on its way
to completion. We are positive that
the event will leave a lasting legacy for
sport and for spectators in Qatar.”
The Qatar Handball Association Complex was trialled and tested during the
recent IHF Super Globe Championship
2014, proving to be an excellent venue
for the international event and receiving
extremely positive feedback from visitors
and competing teams. Qatar 2015 plans to
test the other two venues before the main
championship event in 2015, by hosting
similar events there.
Qatar star Khalfan Ibrahim has been
ruled out of the upcoming Gulf Cup
after suffering a knee injury in training before playing North Korea in a
tune-up match ahead of the regional
The Al Sadd striker, 26, sustained a
partial tear of a knee ligament and is
expected to be out for three or four
Khalfan’s withdrawal constitutes a
major blow for Qatar’s preparations
as coach Djamal Belmadi will go
through his first assignment without
one of his main attacking guns.
Khalfan was named the Asian player
of the year award in 2006, becoming the first Qatari to win the title.
He played for Al Arabi at youth level
before moving to Al Sadd in 2004 before leading the Doha based club to
winning the AFC Champions League
in 2011.
QFA organises
week-long activities
in Landmark Mall
QREC general manager Sami Jassim al-Boenain (centre) is seen with the winners of the Sealine Cup at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club yesterday.
the pace, Mullen did well to bring Haashed into
contention and the Smart trainee quickened
well to overhaul Al Mizan in the п¬Ѓnal 50 metres
to win by one and a half length.
Trainer Jassim al-Ghazali and Sheail bin Khalifa al-Kuwari lead in Botanic Garden (Ladjadj astride)
after a victorious outing in the Sealine Cup at the QREC yesterday. PICTURES: Juhaim
Jockey Stephane Ladjadj rides Botanic Garden
to a half length victory over Hunting Tartan in
the Sealine Cup, which featured the eight event
card at the QREC yesterday.
of this victory suggests that the Ghazali trainee
is capable of an encore when saddled next.
Though it took 10 outings for Ibrahim alMalki schooled Sylvia Pankhurst to break
through the maiden ranks, the four-year old bay
п¬Ѓlly came up with a dazzling performance in the
Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 60 and
below. After setting her own pace for the six furlong trip, the Malki trainee skipped away from
her rivals and won with a measure of comfort
by three lengths from Barzan who was in futile
chase of the winner.
Jockey Richard Mullen showed a lot of mettle
in riding out Julian Smart trained Haashed to its
second career win with a power packed ride in
the Local Bred Pure Arabian Conditions race run
over nine furlongs. Though coming from way off
1st race: Thameem (Marvin Suerland) 1, Urban
Dreamer 2, River Goddess 3, Katja 4. Won by: ВЅ,
Вѕ, Shd. Time: 1:13.89. Trained by: Nasser al-Kaabi.
Owned by: Al Sadd Stud
2nd race: Saint De Faust (Almotasem al-Balushi)
1, Al Mostarsil 2, Nomaas 3, Ashkal 4. Won by: 3,
Вѕ, Nk. Time: 1:20.29. Trained by: Bustavi Ismail.
Owned by: Jassim bin Ali al-Attiya
3rd race: Muhim (Declan Cannon) 1, Lady’s
Sandman 2, Zallal 3, Saif Brooq 4. Won by: Вѕ, 3,
Вѕ. Time: 1:21.07. Trained by: Jassim al-Ghazali.
Owned by: Hamad bin Abdulrahman bin Hamad
4th race: Sylvia Pankhurst (Declan Cannon) 1,
Barzan 2, Diamond Laura 3, Safonic Sound 4.
Won by: 3 ВЅ, 1, 3 ВЅ. Time: 1:13.02. Trained by: Ibrahim al-Malki. Owned by: Saeed Ibrahim Saeed
5th race: Big Gees (Marvin Suerland) 1, Sunley
Pride 2, Marked Card 3, Statesmanship 4. Won
by: 5, 6, 1. Time: 1:57.02. Trained by: Mohammed
Majid. Owned by: Hamad bin Abdulrahman bin
Hamad al-Attiya
6th race: Late Debate (Yanis Aouabed) 1, Glossy
Posse 2, Elkhart 3, One Cool Bex 4. Won by: 3
ВЅ, 9, Nk. Time: 1:54.32. Trained by: Jassim alGhazali. Owned by: Shaheen bin Khalid Shaheen
7th race: Haashed (Richard Mullen) 1, Al Mizan 2,
Thawi 3, Maazouz 4. Won by: 1 ВЅ, 1 Вѕ, Shd. Time:
2:07.85. Trained by: Julian Smart. Owned by: HH
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Thani
8th race: Botanic Garden (Stephane Ladjadj) 1,
Hunting Tartan 2, Trinityelitedotcom 3, Millers
Wharf 4. Won by: ВЅ, 3, ВЅ. Time: 1:12.03. Trained
by: Jassim al-Ghazali. Owned by: Khalifa bin
Sheail al-Kuwari.
The Qatar Football Association (QFA)
is organising an array of activities in
Landmark Mall to promote the National Team’s first match in the 22nd
Gulf Cup against hosts Saudi Arabia.
The match is set for kick off on 13th
November at 7:00pm in King Fahad
Stadium, Saudi Arabia.
The QFA booth is located near
Circus Land and will open its doors
to the public on 6th November from
6:00pm until 10:00pm, and will run
until Thursday, 13th November.
Football fans visiting the mall this
week can look forward to a festive
booth that has an exciting football
theme which the whole family can
partake in.
The football-themed booth will have
activities such as football plinko, a
mini football pitch, gaming zone,
photo wall, gift counter to distribute
the prizes for the winners, and a
Qatar Airways area which aims to
engage the fans by offering special
travel packages to Saudi Arabia to allow them to be part of this important
regional tournament.
Khalid al-Kuwari, Executive Director
of Operations (Acting), QFA said: “We
are delighted to welcome our fans to
the QFA booth which offers countless
games and activities and allows them
to show their support to the national
team during the Gulf Cup. We hope
everyone enjoys what we are offering at Landmark Mall and wish our
national team the best of luck next
The 22nd Gulf Cup kicks off on
13th November and runs until 26th
November as eight gulf nations will
compete for the title.
Group A of the tournament includes
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and
Qatar while Group B consists of
United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq
and Oman.
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Leading sponsors
show support for
FINA World C’ship
QMMF president
al-Attiyah to run for
FIM Vice President’s
post once more
�I would like to thank all of our generous sponsors whom have pledged their support
for this year’s swimming season finale. We look forward to witnessing the excitement
of all the action and sharing those moments with local and international crowds alike’
QMMF President, Nasser bin Khalifa al-Attiyah.
By Sports Reporter
asser bin Khalifa alAttiyah (QMMF President) is running for the
post of the FIM Vice
President for the second time at
the elections which will be held
in Jerez, Spain from November
20-24th this year.
Apart from the elections, there
will also be the FIM Annual General Assembly headed by Vito
Ippolito, FIM President and the
agenda of the meeting will also
include the release of new championships in the Middle East
region, Asia, Africa and Latin
America taking into account the
increased popularity of twowheeler sport all over the world.
The QMMF president expressed his optimism about being re-elected again for the same
position for the next 4 years
considering the support he is
getting. Al-Attiyah won the last
election in October 2010 when
he got 74 out of 94 votes. Vito
Ippolito kept his position as FIM
President and Portuguese Jorge
Viegas got the position of the
second Vice President with 53
votes. It was recently announced
that Viegas will be competing
with Ippolito for the president’s
Al-Attiyah goes into this election having achieved quite a lot
in his current tenure which includes facilitating communications between European and
Asian motorsport unions, organisation of the many championships like the MX championship
in Qatar which is considered the
п¬Ѓrst of its kind, and many others
organised at the Losail International Circuit.
All eyes on the election now.
Action from last year’s men’s 100m freestyle finals. (Below) The Hamad Aquatic Centre.
tion, Khaleel al-Jabir, President of Qatar Swimming Association and CEO of
Doha 2014, commented: “I would like to
thank all of our generous sponsors whom
have pledged their support for this year’s
swimming season п¬Ѓnale. We look forward to witnessing the excitement of all
the action in the pool and sharing those
moments with local and international
crowds alike.”
By Sports Reporter
s preparations continue for the
12th FINA World Swimming
Championships (25m) to take
place in Doha, December 3rd –
7th, a host of leading organisations have
proudly pledged their support as official
sponsors of the event. Held at the Hamad Aquatic Centre, the event promises
to be one of the most successful sporting events of the year as the world’s best
swimmers come together for п¬Ѓve days of
thrilling action.
Aspetar, the п¬Ѓrst specialised Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in
the Gulf region and Aspire Logistics, the
strategic business unit of Aspire Zone
Foundation join Save the Dream, a joint
initiative between Qatar Olympic Committee and the International Centre for
Sport Security designed to promote and
protect the core values of sport as lo-
cal sponsors. Creative partner The Look
Company, Technogym, Zoom Arts, Virgin Megastores, Aspetar and Khazan Water have also generously pledged support
to the world class event. �ICSS’ - International Centre For Sport Security (Save
the Dream) and UNESCO completes the
line-up of sponsors.
Speaking ahead of the competi-
Directly ahead of the World Championships, Doha will host the 3rd FINA
Aquatics Convention. The convention
will run from November 29 – December
1 and provides a platform for industry
leaders and decision makers to facilitate and support sustainable growth of
aquatic sports throughout the world.
Taking place at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha, the conference includes the
FINA Extraordinary Congress, a session
to determine future innovations and
rule changes in the sport, and the 2nd
FINA Gold Swimming Coaches Clinic, a
knowledge-sharing opportunity for toplevel coaches.
Additionally, 250 future stars of the
swimming world and almost 150 of their
coaches have confirmed their places at
the Youth Programme for the 12th FINA
World Swimming Championships (25m).
Developed by Qatar Olympic Committee, under the patronage of General Secretary His Excellency Sheikh Saoud bin
Abdulrahman al-Thani, the Youth Programme has been created with the goal
of inspiring and motivating the future
world champions, record holders and
Olympians of swimming. It is the п¬Ѓrst of
its kind and will run in parallel with the
FINA World Swimming Championships
in Doha, December 3-7.
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness
the excitement of the 12th FINA Swimming World Championship, December
3rd – 7th 2014 by picking up your tickets from Virgin Megastores and online at
Speakers and delegates from Josoor Institute’s course �Sustainability
for Sports & Major Events’.
By Sports Reporter
Chevrolet announces official
sponsorship for Qatar Racing
Club’s 2014–2015 season
their cars and bikes in a safe and
controlled environment.
By Sports Reporter
aidah Automotive, a subsidiary of Jaidah Group,
and the exclusive dealer
of Chevrolet branded motors in Qatar, has announced it
will sponsor Qatar Racing Club
(QRC) and its activities for the
2014-2015 season.
Chevrolet is also the official
sponsor for the six rounds of
Qatar National Drift Championship, and the sub-sponsor
for Arabian Drag Racing League,
Qatar Mile, Sand Dunes Drag,
and the Qatar National Street
Drag Championship.
The races will take place at
Josoor Institute’s
�Sustainability for
Sports & Major
Events’ concludes
the Qatar Racing Club’s stateof-the-art facility, which is the
most technically advanced and
outfitted drag racing facility in
the country. It allows participants to unleash the power of
Mohammed Jaidah, Group Executive Director of Jaidah Group
said, “We are delighted to be the
official sponsors for QRC and all
their races, as it is Jaidah’s mission to support motorsports,
especially in a safe environment.
He added, “With great American
racing products like the Chevrolet Camaro participating, it
only made sense to support our
community and strengthen our
relationship with car enthusiasts. Our partnership with QRC
is one of the highlights of our
local sponsorship portfolio, and
we look forward to being more
involved in such events.”
The QRC has been creating motorsport events in a safe
environment since 2008. This
is strongly aligned with Chevrolet’s racing heritage of more
than 100 years of creating highperformance sport cars, making this a strong and legitimate
“We invite all Chevy owners and supporters to attend the
races and enjoy the thrill of discovering just how versatile our
cars are, as well as how much of
an adrenalin rush they can experience just watching the cars
drift and show-off their speed,”
said Khalid Samir, Operations
Director at Jaidah Automotive.
The time to race is coming soon.
peakers and delegates
who participated in
Josoor Institute’s course
titled �Sustainability for
Sports & Major Events’, which
was held on 4-5 November, and
concluded successfully. The
course was attended by over 70
delegates from Qatar and the
region, including FAs of Iran,
Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen
and Tunis.
The introductory two-day
course, which was hosting during the Doha GOALS Forum, examined sustainability for sports
and major events from an environmental, social and economic
perspective. It also examined the
global implications facing sports
and events practitioners in the region. As Qatar looks to host more
international events building up to
the FIFA World Cupв„ў in 2022 and
continuing with its drive for sustainable stadia design, the course
drew global and regional best
practice to one platform.
Josoor Institute will be introducing a set of lengthier courses
in early 2015, which will offer
professional certificates and diplomas. These more in-depth
educational programmes are
designed to give a deeper understanding of the industry and
develop the skills required to
work in sports and events for
those leaving higher education
or those planning a career.
Qatar Cricket Association to hold selection camp
for women’s under-19 team on November 8
Qatar Cricket Association has
organised a selection camp
for women’s under-19 to select
talented women for a coaching camp on 8th November
2014 (Saturday) at 2.30pm. at
the West Bay cricket ground
(Dafna). After the training suitable players will be selected
for the Gulf Cup Women’s T-20
Cricket Championship to be
held in Muscat, Oman in mid
December 2014
Skilled players who has played
cricket in Doha or in their
country and are born in Doha
or have completed two years
residence in Doha are eligible
for the Selection Camp. They
should bring with them passport copy, two photographs and
have valid residence permit.
All enquiries to be made to Mrs
Maryam Gul (66194764) Mrs
Shivani Mishra Tel 66417375,
QCA Office 44641514
Gulf Times
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Italy and Juventus Footballer
World Cup Winner, Champions League Winner
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Asian officials support Qatar’s right and ability to host 2022 WC
atar Football Association
president Sheikh Hamad
bin Khalifa al-Thani said
that various Asian sports
п¬Ѓgures have reiterated their support
for the State of Qatar, and its right and
ability to organise the football world
cup in 2022.
Speaking after his meeting with a
number of heads of delegations participating in the ongoing Doha GOALS
Forum, he stressed that these senior
sports officials said that the right to
organise the tournament was not only
important for Qatar, but also for all the
countries, and people of the Arab region and the Asian continent.
They also expressed their support
for a Qatari candidate to assume one of
the leading positions in AFC, such as a
member of an executive office of FIFA
for Asia, or vice president of the AFC
for West Asia.
The QFA president said that the
Asian footballing п¬Ѓgures underscored
the right of the State of Qatar to lead-
ership positions in view of Qatar’s possession of competencies capable of
making a positive role in favour of both
international and continental sports.
He met FIFA vice president and Jordan Football Association chairman
Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, Tunisian
Minister of Youth and Sports Saber
Buati, Palestinian Football Federation
boss Jibril Rajoub and Japan Football
Association vice president Tashima
Sheikh Hamad also met presidents of
various football federations, including
Saudi Arabia’s Dr Ahmed Eid, Lebanon’s Hashim Haider, Iraq’s AbdulKhaliq Masood, Sri Lanka’s Ranjith
Rodrigo, Kyrgyz Republic’s Semetei
Sultanov, Senegal’s Augustin Senghor
and Thailand’s Makud. These officials
are currently in the Qatari capital to attend the Doha GOALS Forum.
The meetings were an opportunity
for consultation on many important
issues, and led to agreements on many
of the key sporting matters that fulfil
public interest in various forums. They
were also an opportunity for the guests
to pay tribute to the great role played by
Qatar in supporting sporting issues.
Pereira-Santos go
down fighting in
opening match
Doha is making its debut as a World Tour venue
By Yash Mudgal
atar’s top-bet team
of Jefferson Pereira
and Thiago Santos
went down п¬Ѓghting
against Germany’s Max Betzien
and Niklas Rudolf in their п¬Ѓrst
match of the main round in the
FIVB Beach Volleyball Qatar
Open at the Qatar Beach Volleyball Academy (QBVA) courts
in Al Gharafa yesterday.
Much was expected from the
reigning Arab champions, but
they lost 2-0 in the Group A
match in 40 minutes.
The Pereira-Santos pair,
currently ranked 39th in the
world, lost the п¬Ѓrst game 19-21
and second 18-21. Their best
performance this season was
the quarterfinal appearance at
the Anapa Open in Russia in
June. They had also triumphed
at the Khanom-Chang Asian
Beach Volleyball Tour event in
Mahmoud Essam-Asef Sultan, the second team of Qatar,
also lost their Group B п¬Ѓrst match
as they were outplayed by the
Canadian pair of Josh BinstockSam Schachter 2-0 (21-17, 21-13).
The Parana Open gold medal winning pair of BinstockSchachter played superbly to
win their first match against
the hosts. The pair was playing in just their seventh FIVB
World Tour event but once
again they combined very well
to finish the game in 30 minutes.
Qatar’s third team Abdel
Rasool-Abdulaziz Khalouf also
lost their п¬Ѓrst Group C match to
Latvia’s Aleksandrs SamoilovsToms Smedins 2-0 (21-15, 2117).
Qatar’s fourth team -Ahmed Tijan- Cherif Younousse – lost to Omana’s
Haitham-Ahmed 3-0 in the
qualifying round on Tuesday.
The last time Qatar п¬Ѓelded
more than one team was at the
Durban Open in South Africa
last December.
Doha is making its debut as a
World Tour venue. Previously it
hosted beach volleyball as part
of the Doha 2006 Asian Games.
The World Tour is made up of
10 Grand Slam tournaments
and eight Opens. The next and
п¬Ѓnal tournament on the 2014
World Tour is the Mangaung
Open in South Africa that runs
from December 9-14.
Action from the opening day of FIVB Beach Volleyball Qatar Open. PICTURE: Thajudheen
Cyclists don’t have to win at any expense: Boyer
By Sports Reporter
ric Boyer, former professional road racer, said yesterday that athletes exist to win but don’t have to win at
any expense. Boyes was talking at Doha GOALS Forum
discussing the crisis in cycling.
In an onstage conversation with Cycling Anti-Doping
Foundation director Francesca Rossi and Andrey Kashechkin,
former professional cyclist, he explained that the pressures to
win come not only from an athlete’s competitive nature but
also from the enterprises that provide sponsorship, the п¬Ѓnancial problems they encounter, and the health of the athlete.
Andrey Kashechkin, founder of an academy for young cyclists in Belgium, told the session that cycling is one of the
most popular sports despite the issues surrounding the sport
but that we need to change the values of this sport by our
words and deeds.
He said “It is essential to have a program that is well structured and that has to take into account the professionalism of
the sport. The cyclists have to be helped by people outside of
the sport.”
Acknowledging that we have seen some great improvements
in the technologies used to put an end to doping, Francesca
Rossi believed that the focus should be on education to prevent doping.
She said “We also have to focus on education to prevent
doping. We need to create leaders who can say no to cheating,
and education is the key to doing just that.”
Former professional road racer Eric Boyer in conversation with former cyclist Andrey Kashechkin and Cycling
Anti-Doping Foundation director Francesca Rossi.
Third edition of
By Sports Reporter
he Doha GOALS Forum
drew to a close yesterday,
bringing together over
1,800 participants from
all over the world during the
three days and confirming its position as a catalyst for real social,
political and economic change
through the power of sport.
The opening sessions featured
presentations from some of the
Doha GOALS Forum projects
that have already been implemented, including a prosthetics programme with champions
Stephane Houdet and Hou Bin,
with two of the recipients coming
to the Forum to join the debates.
Student ambassadors from
Romania and Canada also reported on initiatives they had
set up after being inspired by attending the forum last year; and
the results of the initiative to
build sports courts in Palestine,
Gabon and Afghanistan were
also shared.
During the closing session,
ideas for new initiatives were
presented to address areas as diverse as women in sport; sport
for community health – physical
or mental health, as well as building bridges; sport for integrating
fragmenting communities; and
using sport to fight against discrimination of all kinds – by race,
faith, or capabilities.
Doha GOALS executive producer Richard Attias said: “Listening to all these ideas, it is clear is
that you want to help us extend the
reach of the Doha GOALS Forum
community. Every single initiative
suggested needs the cooperation
of multiple stakeholders in sport
– so it’s clear that the need for a
Doha GOALS community grows
every stronger.”
Among the many interesting
topics discussed, big data was of
course part of the exchanges both
in terms of athletes and sports
team performance but also for
common fans and amateur athletes. The dedicated panel agreed
that the volume and power of
data will continue to grow but
that there will always be a need
for a human element in sport.
This third edition of the forum
brought together a diverse range
of world leaders, football federations, sporting heroes, business
leaders and students.
Among the speakers included
former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and US Olympic
Gold medallist, George Foreman,
who captivated the audience and
spoke about how we all have a
common responsibility for each
other. Other participants included
former German goalkeeper Oliver
Kahn; Jamaican Triple Olympic
gold medallist, Veronica Campbell-Brown; Triple Olympic Gold
medal winner and current director
of USA Track &Field, Jackie Joyner-Kersee; Ali Bongo Ondimba,
President of Gabon, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, Sir Craig Reedie;
Former London 2012 Chairman,
Seb Coe; Triple Paralympic
Champion, Hou Bin, French Sec-
retary of State for Sports, Thierry
Ali Bongo Ondimba, President
of the Gabonese Republic: “Furthermore, thanks to remarkable
efforts like Global Watch and the
Doha GOALS Forum initiative to
eradicate racism in sport, today
sport is uniting to п¬Ѓght the darker
side of human society, to build a
safer, more integrated environment for people of all backgrounds
to come together.
“It is important that Heads of
State and CEOs around the globe
demonstrate their personal support for sportsmen and women,
by making the effort to attend
sporting events and to encourage
them to aspire to compete with
dignity and to excel on their chosen field, court or pitch.”
Hassan al-Thawadi, Supreme
Committee for Delivery and Legacy secretary general, said: “Doha
Goals is particularly unique in
the way it engages young people.
Students are incorporated as an
integral part of the event, providing them with the chance to learn
from some of the best minds in
the sporting industry, and in turn,
for those minds to learn from the
ideas and concepts that the students raise in taskforces and in
panel discussions. This combines
to produce a conference that is rich
in substance and unapologetically
ambitious in its aim to make a difference to the world through sport.
“This focus on youth, innovation and making a difference
through sport forms the essence
of our hosting of the 2022 FIFA
World Cup and our plans to ensure that the legacy of this event
benefits our country, and our region for decades beyond the final
ball is kicked.”
“Students are incorporated
as an integral part of the
event, providing them with
the chance to learn from
some of the best minds in
the sporting industry, and
in turn, for those minds to
learn from the ideas and
concepts that the students
raise in taskforces and
in panel discussions,”
Supreme Committee for
Delivery and Legacy
secretary general Hassan
al-Thawadi said
Participants addressed four
main touchstones at this year’s
forum: engaging youth, innovation and creativity, empowering
people, and the role of sport in the
Middle East and North Africa.
The forum provided the opportunity for the entire Doha
GOALS community to meet and
establish collaborative projects.
Hundreds of one-on-one meetings took place alongside the
forum through the Community
Connect app.
On the question of racism
which was discussed on many
occasions, HE Sheikh Saoud bin
Abdulrahman al-Thani, Secretary General of Qatar Olympic
Committee (QOC) described
the team work as a real key to
п¬Ѓght against racism, calling for
the development of values like
friendship and excellence.
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