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Monday, January 12, 2015
Batting for joint action
Issue No. 6528
DUSTY DAYS AHEAD
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SHURA GOES
TOUGH ON
FRAUDSTERS
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A
new law proposal to
toughen penalties on
fraudsters has been approved by
the majority of Shura Council
members yesterday during their
fourth regular session of the
current legislative term.
Headed by the council’s
Chairman Ali Saleh Al Saleh,
members agreed to the proposal of
Foreign Affairs, National Security
and Defence Committee, which
recommended criminalising fake
investing.
The proposal stipulated
amending some of the decrees
that are mentioned in the current
The session in progress.
Law of Punishments, issued in
the year 1976.
It recommends “punishing
all individuals involved in
collecting and receiving funds
inorder to invest them, without
obtaining the necessary approval
of the Central Bank of Bahrain
(CBB).” The penalties include
imprisonment and fine.
However, the committee
members explained, “The
proposal is a necessity to protect
the public from such types of
unsafe investments.”
In a statement to their
fellow members of the council,
the committee members
added, “The current Law of
Punishments doesn’t mention
such crimes at all, while the
community is in need ofВ such
regulations to curb this
phenomenon.”
Bahrain joins world against terror
Paris
H
is Majesty’s Personal
Representative
HH
Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad
Al Khalifa and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid
bin Ahmed Al Khalifa took
part in a massive march
against terrorism in Paris.
Shaikh Abdulla underlined
Bahrain’s support to all
measures taken by France
to maintain its security and
stability.
Several world leaders and
French citizens participated
in the rally, which was led
by French President Francois
Hollande.В By taking part in the rally,
Bahrain reemphasised its
unwavering stance against all
forms of terrorism, extremism
and violence.
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The participation also
underscores
Bahrain’s
keenness to support all
efforts aimed at eradicating
terrorism and boosting
international coordination in
this respect.
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Lebanese
Charge
d’Affaires
summoned
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Manama
T
he Ministry of Foreign
Affairs yesterday summoned
the Lebanese Chargé d’Affaires
to the Kingdom Ibrahim Elias
Assaf, following the recent hostile
statements made by terrorist
organisation
Hezbollah’s
secretary-general
Hassan
Nasrallah.
Undersecretary for the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla
asked the Chargé d’Affaires to
condemn the statements and
informed him of the need to take
deterrent legal action towards
such acts.
The undersecretary stressed
that such statements are
completely incompatible with
the nature of the fraternal
relations between the two
countries.
“These statements represent
an unacceptable interference in
the internal affairs of Bahrain
and the GCC and included a
clear incitement to violence and
terrorism, which will not be
tolerated,” the undersecretary
told Mr. Assaf.
He affirmed that Bahrain
was committed to good
neighbourly relations and noninterference in the affairs of
other countries and was keen
to develop positive relations
with all brotherly and friendly
countries.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
Egypt frees ailing
Morsi aide
Cairo
Egypt yesterday freed an
ailing former aide to ousted
Islamist president Mohamed
Morsi following 18 months
in jail without charge, his
Canada-based family said.
“On Monday December 29,
2014 the attorney general
issued an order for Khaled
al-Qazzaz’s release. Today,
Khaled was released from
his hospital room,” the family said in a statement.
Qazzaz, an adviser to Morsi
on foreign affairs, was arrested along with hundreds of
other aides and members of
his Muslim Brotherhood on
July 3, 2013, the same day
the army deposed the former president.
“He has a problem with
his spinal cord,” his brother-in-law Ahmad Attia said
from Toronto where the
family is based.
“He has shifted his disk.
There is a risk of permanent paralysis,” he said in
the English-language statement.В In November, Qazzaz was
transferred from prison to
a private hospital and has
since undergone surgery,
the family said.
SYRIA FREEZES,
HELP SOUGHT
BATTING FOR
JOINT ACTION
Security topped the discussions between Prince Khalifa and
Prince Khalifa was seen off at the Kuwaiti airport by Kuwaiti Premier and other state officials.
Shaikh Sabah.
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Kuwait
rime Minister HRH Prince
Khalifa bin Salman Al
Khalifa and Kuwaiti Amir
Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al cooperation.
Jaber Al Sabah stressed the need
During HRH Prince
to step up efforts to enhance Khalifa’s visit to Kuwait
joint GCC coordination and yesterday,
the
leaders
affirmed that the current
situation in the region
required collective action
according
to
specific
mechanisms in order to
ensure regional security and
stability.
Kuwaiti Crown Prince
Shaikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al
Jaber Al Sabah and Premier
Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al
Hamad Al Sabah were also
present during the meeting.
The two leaders reiterated
strong resolve to bolster
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advanced level of bilateral
technology to facilitate the best experience and
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stressing the member states
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It is feared that the death toll would significantly rise this
winter season.В ..
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The
Prime
Minister
reiterated keenness to build
on the solid base of the longstanding Bahraini-Kuwaiti
cooperation, noting that
the two brotherly countries
boast a long history of joint
milestone achievements.
The leaders stressed the
need to take more measures
and
precautions
that
safeguard GCC countries
and the region from being
involved in any conflicts or
wars that lead to nothing but
devastation and destruction
of the achievements of
nations and people.
Luncheon hosted
Shaikh Sabah hosted
a luncheon in honour of
Prince Khalifa and his
accompanying delegation, in
ith mercury level
going south, the
worst affected are the
refugees,
especially
the Syrians who are
reeling under sub-zero
conditions.
Local charities have
urged Bahrain residents
to donate clothes or
money to save the
lives of thousands of
refugees inВ SyriaВ who are
struggling in the brutal
winter.В Scores
of
Syrian
refugees are suffering
due to heavy snow
and
freezing
rain.
International
aid
agencies have repeatedly
expressed concern over
the harsh reality of
winter inВ Syria.
Last month, World
Food Programme (WFP)
had stopped donating
food to the refugees,
Dusty days ahead
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Shaikh Sabah hosted a luncheon in honour of Prince Khalifa.
Kuwaiti Amir and Prince Khalifa
affirmed strong resolve to
bolster joint ties and maintain
the advanced level of bilateral
cooperation in all fields,
stressing the member states
share a common destiny.
the presence of the Kuwaiti
Crown Prince and Prime
Minister, as well as senior
state officials.В Premier returns
While
returning
to
Bahrain later in the day,
Prince Khalifa was seen off
at the Kuwait International
Airport by his Kuwaiti
counterpart,
Deputy
Premiers and senior state
officials.
B
ahrain is expected to
experience mild dust
storms today andВ tomorrow.В Ministry of Transportation
Meteorological Directorate
said, today the weather
would be cold and partly
cloudy, with rising sand in
some places.В The wind speed is expected to range
between 20 KT and 25 KT although it
can reach up to 30 KT at times.
“The wind speed is expected
to range between 20 KT and
25 KT although it can reach
up to 30 KT at times,” the
directorate said. В The report of the directorate
states, the climate will be
colder for the next five days
with a minimum temperature
ofВ 10В degree Celsius and
maximum temperature of 17
degree celsius.
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Meteorological Directorate report said, the climate would be colder for the next five days with
a minimum temperature ofВ 10В degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 17 degree Celsius.
owing to lack of donations.В War inВ SyriaВ is nearing its
fifth year; millions have been
displaced and over 200,000
dead.
It is feared that the death
toll would significantly rise
this winter season. “From time to time we get
emergency calls for clothes
and other materials. They
are living in tents in various
refugee camps. They are
living on the edge without any
guarantees, anything could
happen any time. Lack of food
has become a huge problem
for them,” a volunteer from
Muslim Education Society
(MES) told DT News.В MES is currently collecting
donations for the refugees
in Syria. “BD10 is enough to
buy a winter warmth pack.
We encourage donations
at anytime to any of our
branches. Interested persons
can visit our branches in
Muharraq, Riffa, Hidd, Isa
Town, Manama or Hamad
Local charities have
urged Bahrain
residents to donate
clothes or money
to save the lives of
thousands
of refugees
inВ SyriaВ who are
struggling in the
brutal winter.В Town. They can also visit our
main office in Um Al Hassam.
We periodically send food,
clothing and other necessities
through the Turkey border,”
he said.
Meanwhile, another group
of volunteers from Al Hikma
Masjid based in Isa town is
also collecting clothes.
They are accepting all types
of clothes; for men, women
and children. The deadline
for making donations isВ this
Thursday.В 4
WITNESSES TO
TESTIFY IN COURT
Husband’s murder
TheВ womanВ told prosecutors thatВ herВ husbandВ took his own life by stabbing himself in the neck, chest and abdomen because of
financial problems.В However, she was arrested afterВ herВ 5-year-oldВ daughter told police thatВ herВ mother was behind theВ murder.
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rosecution witnesses will
testify on February 5 in the
trial ofВ aВ 27-year-old Indian
woman accused of killing her
husband.
The woman reportedly
killed
her
40-year-old
husband after she fell in love
with another man staying
abroad. The coroner’s report
concluded that the victim died
from 74 wounds across his
body, ranging from human
bites to knife injuries.В В The
woman
told
prosecutors that her husband
took his own life by stabbing
himself in the neck, chest and
abdomen because of financial
problems.В However, she was
arrested afterВ herВ 5-yearoldВ daughter told police
thatВ herВ mother was behind
theВ murder.В The child said
that she sawВ herВ mother
stabbingВ herВ father, adding
that they were engaged in
fighting everyday.В It is said that the man begged
his wife during the final minutes
of his life, to stop the attack. But
she finished him offВ by sawing
his neck. The public prosecutor
charged the defendant with
premeditatedВ murderВ based
on the daughter’s confession,
the coroner’s report and the
evidences gathered from the
scene, including the knife, which
was used to commit the crime.
Ironically, the woman
deliberately made some
cuts on her body so that
the police would believe
that she attempted to
prevent her husband from
committing suicide. But
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Bahraini accused of
forging a secondary
school diploma has been
acquitted due to lack of
evidence.
The defendant was
alleged to have had
acquired the diploma from
an Egypt-based educational
institution. But authorities
in Bahrain declared it
forged after spotting fake
stamps and signatures on it.
Officials in Bahrain
Embassy to Egypt had also
examined it and reached the
same conclusion. Judges at
the High Criminal Court
opined that the accused is a
prey to a scam rather than
an offender.
“In 2006 I read an
advertisement about an
office which could facilitate
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n Asian man who
tried
to
swap
a
forgedВ SaudiВ driving licence
with a Bahraini licence has
been jailed for six months. В The defendant will be
deported as soon as he
completes his sentence.В He
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manner to take his own
life. The woman will be
facing death penalty or
life imprisonment if she
would be found guilty.
Judges at the High Criminal
Court opined that the accused
is a prey to a scam rather than
an offender.
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Manama
D
anat Al Khaleej Travels
fell prey to robbers for the
third time in last two years, on
Saturday.
An unidentified person
allegedly broke into the
office located at Jidali, Isa
Town during the wee hours
of Saturday, causing a loss of
about BD1000 and a stack of
important documents.
The CCTV footage captured
by the cameras installed in the
office showed a masked man
walking in and ransacking the
premises. The burglar fled the
spot with a laptop, a watch and
a stack of important documents,
which comprised agreements
and air tickets.
The company was robbed
twice before in April 2013 and
September 2014.
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the study process in Egypt
and participants can finish
their secondary school in
one year instead of three
years,” the defendant
indicated in his statement.
“Therefore I travelled
to Egypt and I met an
official from the office and
I paid BD1200. I studied
and then I attended exams,
after which I received the
diploma,” he added.
The defendant was
caught after he went to
attest the certificate in
Bahrain. “I was suspended
from my work as directors
stated that my certificate
isn’t attested. Therefore, I
took it to the authorities
for ratification, and there I
discovered that it was fake,”
he explained.
stood trial before the High
Criminal Court after the public
prosecution charged him
with forgery. The defendant
reportedly filed an application
at the General Directorate of
Traffic to obtain a Bahraini
driving licence, attaching
the document what he had
claimed to be a Saudi driving
licence belonged to him.
The Bahraini driving licence
was issued and handed over to
him. But he wasВ caught later
after the Bahraini authorities
received a tip-off from
theirВ SaudiВ counterparts who
examined his Saudi driving
licence and discovered it to
be fake.В CCTV footage from the latest robbery.
“The office was burgled twice
and we have lost enough money.
We are really afraid to continue
our business in Bahrain because
of these recurring burglaries,”
said the company chairman,
Maitham Sabt to DT News.
According to sources,
during the first burglary, the
accused allegedly stole $20,000
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the public prosecution
ruled out her allegations,
by stating that it was
impossible for a human
to hurt himself in this
Bahraini, accused of
forging, acquitted
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BURGLAR TARGETS
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Monday, January 12, 2015
T
he organisers of Autumn
Fair 2015 are looking
forward to one of the biggest
shows in the 26-year history of
the series as exhibition space at
the popularВ annual consumer
products exhibition has been
sold out.
To be held under the
patronage of the Ministry
of Industry and Commerce,
over 750 exhibitors from 21
countries are expected to
participate and showcase
thousands of products from
January 21 to 29 at the Bahrain
International Exhibition and
Convention Centre.
The exhibition spans 15,400
square metres of space this
year, marking a 4 per cent
increase on the previous year’s
event. A large variety of goods
will go on sale during the 9-day
event, ranging from specialty
food, fashion and furniture, to
technology, toys, textiles etc.
Numerous
Bahraini
business houses, which will be
taking part in the exhibition,
are expected to offer many
special deals to visitors.
The exhibition also attracts
participation from Bangladesh,
India, Lebanon, Malaysia,
Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia
and Turkey. The largest
international exhibitor groups
assemble to form national
pavilions from nine countries
including China, Egypt,
Kuwait, Turkey, Syria, UAE,
Pakistan, Yemen and Thailand.
Arabian
Exhibition
Management’s
Project
Manager,
Mohammed
Ebrahim has said that the
Autumn Fair continues
to garner a spectacular
response from visitors and
exhibitors alike, from far and
wide. “Going strong in its
26th edition, this year has
witnessed a phenomenal
exhibitor
response
as
evidenced by the increase in
exhibition space. With the
vast range of products on
sale, the exhibition truly has
something for everyone and
we are looking forward in
all confidence to yet another
highly successful event,” he
said.
The fair is expected to attract
over 190,000 visitors from
Bahrain and neighbouring
countries.
and BD700 in cash in April
2013. Later on September 5,
2014 an unidentified person
managed to make away with
cash of BD4800.
Surprisingly, the CCTV
footages of earlier burglary
also show a masked person
entering the office and
carrying out the burglary
which is similar to the latest
one.
The earlier burglaries were
reported at Royal Gulf Travel
and Tourism at Budaiya,
which is one of the branches
of the company.  “There is a 24-hour
supermarket near this office.
I really don’t understand how
the person broke into the
office and fled the spot after
the burglary without being
noticed by any person,” added
Mr. Sabt.
The staff of the company,
who discovered the burglary
on their arrival, reported the
incident to the chairman at
7.30 am on Saturday.
23 housing
units
allocated
in Buri
Manama
H
ousing Ministry has
allocated 23 residential
units in Buri housing
project to applicants from
the Northern Governorate,
as part of the plan of
distributing 6166 housing
units.
The allocations were made
in line with the directives of
His Majesty King Hamad bin
Isa Al Khalifa regarding the
distribution and allocation
of housing units for eligible
citizens.
The King had directed
to distribute 40 thousand
housing units within next
few years.
The Undersecretary for
Policy and Housing Services
in the Ministry of Housing,
Dr. Khalid Al Haidan said
that the ministry called
the citizens to finish the
necessary procedures.
He asserted that Buri
housing project is at its final
stages, adding that 98 per
cent of the construction
and infrastructure work is
already over.
Gulf Air Company invites vendors for the forthcoming tender:
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Tender Title
Tender No.
Initial Bond Tender
(Refundable) Document
Fee
Appointment of Global Tax
Advisor for Gulf Air Company 14-11-1306-ITC GPP1725/-
Last date of accepting bids
Day
Date
GPP43/- Wednesday 11/02/2015
Time
13:30
NOTE: Tender documents can be purchased online using e-Tendering system starting on 12 January 2015.
• Tenderers who are eligible to supply/provide the goods/ services/ works specified above are kindly requested to purchase the
tender document online through the e-Tendering portal http://www.tenderboard.gov.bh (for assistance please contact the
Tender Board help desk on Tel: 17566617).
• An Initial Bond should be enclosed for the amount specified above or at a rate of 1% of the quotation value whichever of the
amount is lesser, provided that no initial bond’s value shall be less than BD 100/-. Ensure that the Initial bond is in a form of
Certified Cheque, Cash, Bank Guarantee or Insurance Policy, valid for the duration specified in the tender documents.
• Quotation should be deposited in the tender box provided at the Tender Submission Office, 7th Floor, Tender Board Office at Al
Moayyed Tower, before 1:30 After Noon on the tender closing date.
• All tenders/Auction are in compliance with the government tendering & purchasing regulations issued in Decrees Nos. 36 & 37
of 2002 and its executive regulations.
• The following conditions should be complied with:
1. Enclose a copy of the Commercial Registration Certificate valid for the current year, and related to the subject tender.
2. Submit the quotations on Form No. TB 02 - tender submission.
3. Ensure to stamp with the official seal on all the original documents and copies there-of, which form part of the offer.
• This announcement is to be read as part of the Tender Documents.
Important note: All public tenders related to Gulf Air Company are published on the Tender Board website:
http://www.tenderboard.gov.bh
For any enquiry on the Tender Documents, please contact procurement and logistics department on
Telephone.: +97317338419, Fax : +97317327999
MOSQUES REBUILDING
IN FULL SWING: JWD
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I
n
light
of
the
recommendations of Bahrain
Independent Commission of
Inquiry (BICI), a detailed report
was issued yesterday by Justice,
Islamic Affairs and Endowments
Ministry, explaining the process
of re-establishing 30 mosques
across Bahrain.
The ministry’s Jaffaria
Waqf Directorate (JWD) said
yesterday that a total of 23
mosques were completely
rebuilt, while the others are
expected to be reopened
within the current year.
JWD Chairman, Shaikh
Imam Ali Mosque in Hamad town.
Mohsen Al Asfoor explained
that these mosques were
demolished during the 2011
unrest. “As per Royal Decrees,
the directorate is working in full
swing to close this file and assist
Imam Ali Mosque in Zayed town.
in overcoming the negative
effects of the crisis that reflected
on the country,” he added.
Mr. Al Asfoor said that
the cost of rebuilding those
mosques is BD3,389,840. He
Prophet Grand Mosque in Karzakan.
also stated that 23 mosques,
located mostly in the Capital
and Northern governorates,
were completed in 2013 and
2014.
Meanwhile he said that they
were working in cooperation
with the ministry’s Engineering
and Projects Department, to
connect electricity and water
services to the newly reopened
mosques.
The ministry’s
Jaffaria Waqf
Directorate (JWD)
said yesterday
that a total of 23
mosques were
completely
rebuilt, while
the others are
expected to be
reopened within
the current year.
December scripts history
as sunniest month
Shaikh Abdulla
SCE to organise
forum on green
economy
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HEC no. 0864-14
upreme
Council
for
Environment (SCE), under
the patronage of His Majesty’s
Personal Representative HH
Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al
Khalifa, will be organising a
forum on international green
economy and technology on
January 20 and 21 at the Ritz
Carlton’s Ghazal Ballroom.
The two-day event will
be organised in partnership
with the United Nations
Industrial
Development
Organisation ( UNIDO).
The opening ceremony will
be attended by the Director
General of UNIDO, Li Yong
on January 19.
The forum will host
global experts in the field
of green economy and green
technology. The globally
applied best practices in the
field of green economy and
green technology will be
discussed on the occasion.
The event aims at fortifying
Bahrain’s endorsement of
sustainable
development
policies.
Manama
ecember 2014 was the
sunniest month for all
Decembers since the sunshine
records began in 1968.
According to the latest monthly
weather report of Meteorological
Directorate of Ministry of
Transport, the total hour of
sunshine was 287.9 hours. The old
record was 283.7 hours, which was
recorded in December 1996.
The directorate has reported
that December 2014 was warmer
than normal with below average
wind speed, relative humidity and
rainfall.
The mean temperature of the
month was 20.5 degrees Celsius.
This is 1.3 degrees Celsius
above the long-term normal for
December. The mean maximum
temperature of the month was 23.2
degrees Celsius.
The highest temperature
recorded in the month was
27.9 degrees Celsius set on
the December 29 due to warm
southerly winds which dominated
on that morning.
During the month, Bahrain
D
had five days with a maximum
temperature above 25 degrees
Celsius.
The
mean
minimum
temperature of the month was
18 degrees Celsius. This goes
on record as the fifth highest
mean minimum temperature
for December since 1946 and
exceeded by December 2001
(19.6В°C), December 1977 (18.6В°C),
December 1968 (18.4В°C) and
December 1954 (18.3В°C.)
The lowest temperature
recorded was 14.9 degrees Celsius
onВ December 20.
Only trace amounts of rain
were recorded on December 1
and 17 at the airport.
Northwesterly
winds
accounted 65 per cent of the
observation with gusts reaching
27 knots on December 18, 22 and
25 at the airport.
Mist affected the Kingdom
on December 11 and 12, which
reduced the visibility to 1500
metres at the airport.
The humidity also witnessed
a record dip for December since
1955 for the same month.
ALL SET TO BOARD
THE LEADERS’ SHIP
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A
fter a series of rigorous
tests and interviews,
a group of ten Bahraini
youngsters including five
women is all ready to set sail
to Japan.
The voyage is part of the
Global Youth Development
Programme,
�The
Ship
for World Youth Leaders’
(SWY2014).
The programme aims
to deepen the mutual
understanding
through
international discussion and
cultural exchange with those
from various countries. It
also equips them to develop
the ability to deal with
different cultures and the
communication skills.
“Bahrain
has
been
participating
in
this
programme since 1998.
These youngsters will get the
opportunity to visit many
parts ofВ JapanВ including the
cities and country-side which
had been hit by the Tsunami,”
saidВ JapaneseВ Ambassador to
Bahrain Kiyoshi Asako, while
addressing a Press conference
Meeting
held
Manama
hairman of Bahrain
Centre for Strategic,
International and Energy
Studies (DERASAT),
Dr.
Mohammad
Abdulghaffar,
has
received Director of
International
Peace
Institute (IPI) - Middle
East, Najib Vrijie.
Dr.
Abdulghaffar
wished Mr. Vrijie all
the success in his new
post as IPI-Middle East
Director.
They
discussed
means of boosting
bilateral cooperation
in organising joint
seminars and activities
to serve the regional
and
international
peace issues and topics
related to democratic
development in the
region.
C
yesterday.
The youngsters from
different countries including
Brazil, India, Kenya, New
Zealand, Peru, Oman, Sri
Lanka and UK will board the
ship toВ Japan.
The envoy also added
that the interactive sessions
in the ship would help the
youngsters to understand
different cultures.
The group from Bahrain
will start their voyage
toВ JapanВ onВ January 21.
The events for the delegates
include orientation, onshore
training programme and
onboard activities and ports of
call activities.
The
participants
will start their return
journeyВ onВ February 13.
“I was one among the
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Kingdom to take part in this
prestigious programme. The
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past five years,” said National
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a
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muslims do
not need
to prove their
peace,
sick
people can be attributed
to any religion!
“
@Rana8484
Just because
speech is
free let’s not
use it cheaply.
Words are powerful &
the magical property of
those who know how to
use them wisely
@DeepakChopra
“
Silence and
smile are two
powerful tools.
Smile is the way
to solve many problems and
silence is the way to avoid
many problems.
“
@cnnbrk
#Bahrain terrorism is
terrorism the
intent is the
same
world
wide be it in Paris Boston or
Manama -All such acts must
be condemned equally
@fredwillie460
“
Who needs
coffee when
a shoe falls on
your toe early in
the morning?
@Farahfraidoon
“
IThat time of
year when
Bahrain
and
Switzerland
temperatures
are almost the same
@abdulla77
“
Muslim traders handing
out free flowers
in the crowd
- rousing chorus of the
national anthem follows...
#ParisMarch @BBCChrisMorris
“
A day in pyjamas is a day
well spent by
Farah the great
@FarahAlAnsari
To all the Jews of France
and to all the Jews of
Europe, I wish to say: the
State of Israel is not only
the place to which you
pray, the State of Israel is
also your home
-- Benjamin Netanyahu,
PM, Israel
Readers’ VIEW
FIGHTING EBOLA
On January 8, WHO organised
the second high-level meeting
on Ebola vaccines access
and financing at Geneva
Switzerland.
The meeting reviewed the
current status of clinical trials
of Ebola vaccines and plans for
Phase II and Phase III efficacy
trials.
The funding mechanisms
for potential Ebola vaccine
introduction and the process
for decision-making on
introduction beyond Phase III
trials was also discussed.
This meeting was a follow-up
to the First high-level meeting
on Ebola vaccines access and
financing held on 23 October
2014.
Participants of the meeting
The meeting was chaired
by Professor Helen Rees,
University of Witwatersrand
and Co-Chair of the SAGE
Ebola Vaccine Working Group.
Participants
included
representatives
from
manufacturers and research
institutions that are currently
developing
or
testing
Ebola candidate vaccines,
government officials from
the Ebola-affected and
neighbouring
countries,
and
nongovernmental
organizations and partners.
Vaccines, therapies,
diagnostics
MIDDLE EAST 9
Monday, January 12, 2015
Since August, when the Ebola
outbreak was declared a global
public health emergency,
WHO has convened a series
of consultations and high-level
meetings with key experts
and stakeholders involved in
the research, development,
regulation and funding of
potential medical solutions for
Ebola.
Based on concerted expert
advice, the best evidence
available,
and
ethical
oversight, WHO has prioritized
a number of products for
further investigation through
human testing.
These products include
two candidate vaccines,
two antiviral drugs and
convalescent whole blood
and plasma. In addition, WHO
is working on a number of
emergency procedures with
countries and other partners
for assessment and fast-track
development of adapted
diagnostics, as well as joint
reviews of vaccine clinical trial
protocols.
Vaccines
Two vaccines are currently
being tested in humans the cAd3-ZEBOV vaccine,
developed by GlaxoSmithKline
(GSK) in collaboration with
the United States National
Institutes for Health, and
the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine,
developed by NewLink
Genetics and Merck Vaccines
USA, in collaboration with
Health Canada.
Both vaccines have shown
to be safe and efficacious in
animals and initial phase 1 trial
results published in November
reported that the GSK vaccine
is safe. Further Phase 1 results
are expected to emerge during
December to January.
Phase I clinical trials of the
cAd3-ZEBOV vaccine in healthy
adults are nearing completion
in the United Kingdom, United
States, Mali and Switzerland.
For the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine,
trials are well advanced or
near completion in Canada,
the United States, Gabon,
Germany, and Switzerland. All
trials are under the auspices of
national research institutions
in the countries where they are
taking place.
Phase II clinical trials of
the cdA3-ZEBOV vaccine
are expected to begin in
Cameroon, Ghana, Mali,
Nigeria and Senegal in early
2015.
These will test for safety and
capacity to induce an immune
response in larger numbers
and in broader populations,
including children. In order
to accelerate ethical and
regulatory approval of these
trials, WHO convened ethics
and regulatory experts from
the five countries to meet in
Geneva on 15-16 December,
to agree on a joint review of
the trial protocol presented by
GSK, the company developing
the vaccine. The outcome was
provisional approval of the
trials pending some minor
adjustments to the protocol
application requested by the
countries concerned. Experts
from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra
Leone also participated in the
meeting.
Phase III clinical trials are
planned to start in the first
quarter of 2015 in Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone to
assess the extent to which the
vaccines protect against EVD
and to gauge the feasibility of
full deployment.
Two other vaccines – one
developed by Johnson &
Johnson and the other by
Novavax – are due to enter
clinical trials in the coming
weeks.
Therapies
Blood and blood products
Transfusion of whole blood
and plasma from recovered
Ebola patients has been
prioritized for use as an
investigational
therapy.
Convalescent whole blood
donated by EVD recovered
patients is currently being
administered in Sierra Leone in
a trial run by the government.
A trial of convalescent plasma
has begun in Liberia – under
the auspices of ClinicalRM (a
In the state budget, we
have to consider the poor
class and the spending
that creates jobs, calling
for cooperation between
the government and parliament
-- Iraq Prime Minister
Haider Al Abadi
The US strongly condemns yesterday’s suicide
bombing at the Omran
Cafe in the Jabal Mohsen
neighbourhood of Tripoli,
Lebanon
--Marie Harf, the State
Department’s deputy
spokeswoman
At least 37 hurt in suicide bombers attack
LEBANON SUICIDE
BLASTS KILL NINE
clinical research organization)
with the US government and
the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation; and Guinea is
planning to start a plasma trial
in the next weeks through
a partnership between its
National Blood Transfusion
Service, and institutes in
Belgium, the UK and France,
and MSF.
Assessments of national
capacities for delivering safe
blood products outside of
clinical trial settings and plans
for recovery and strengthening
of national blood transfusion
services in the three countries
are expected to continue in
the coming months.
Medicines
A number of pre-existing
medicines already approved
for treating non-Ebola diseases
have
been
considered
for re-purposing to treat
Ebola because they have
demonstrated efficacy against
the virus in test tubes (in vitro).
The advantage of considering
re-purposing of drugs is that
these are readily available, and
their safety is known. So far only
one of these has demonstrated
sufficient activity in animals
infected with EVD to warrant
testing in clinical trials. This is
favipiravir (Toyama, Japan),
for which clinical trials have
started in Gueckedou, Guinea.
Trials are being run by
Inserm, MSF and the Guinean
government. In addition,
one other re-purposed drug,
amiodarone, has been used to
treat patients in Sierra Leone,
but it is not yet known if it has
any benefit.
Other products that are still
under development and are
not yet approved for any
disease are also being taken
into small efficacy trials
early in 2015. One of these
is brincidofovir (Chimerix,
USA) which was originally
developed
for
treating
cytomegalovirus but has
activity against Ebola virus.
Others are medicines that
were specifically developed
for Ebola, including the
monoclonal
antibody
cocktail ZMapp (Leafbio,
USA) and small inhibitory
ribonucleic acid (siRNA)
(Tekmira, USA, Canada). All
of these have been used
compassionately in a few
expatriated Ebola patients.
While promising, these
medicines are still under
development and are not
available in quantities
adequate for large-scale
clinical trials or deployment.
The scientific community is
currently testing in monkeys
a wide range of other drugs
that have been proposed
as potential therapies and
will be taking the most
promising into clinical trials.
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Tripoli
wo suicide bombers killed
nine people and wounded
37 others in an attack on a
cafe in a flashpoint Alawite
neighbourhood of the northern
Lebanese city of Tripoli on
Saturday, officials said.
Al-Qaeda’s Syria branch
claimed responsibility for the
attack in the Jabal Mohsen
neighbourhood. “Nine people
were killed and 37 others
wounded,” the health ministry
said in a statement.
A security source said, “The
first suicide bomber entered
into the Ashqar cafe at around
7:30 pm (1730 GMT) and blew
himself up.”
Panicked survivors tried to
flee the scene of the attack, said
the source.
“Then, a second suicide
attacker arrived, and blew
Samir Kayyal, 22, and Bilal
Mohammad Al Meraayan, 29,
were each strapped with several
kilos of explosives. They came
from Mankobeen - a poor
neighbourhood adjacent to
Jabal Mohsen.
A man who was lightly
wounded said he was near the
scene of the blast when the
attackers struck. “I was at the
cafe with other people, when
we suddenly heard a first
blast,” Zuheir Al Sheikh said.
“Then we heard a huge
blast, though I have no idea
what caused it,” he added.
Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria,
the Al-Nusra Front, claimed
responsibility for the blasts
via Twitter.
“#Al-Nusra Front: a cafe
belonging to the (Alawite
Arab) Democratic Party in
Jabal Mohsen was targeted
with a double martyrdom
attack, to avenge the Sunnis
in Syria and Lebanon,” read
the tweet.
The Arab Democratic
Party is the main group
representing the Alawite
minority in Lebanon. (AFP)
UAE Compassion campaign
raises Dh177 million
More than 2,800 embraced
Islam in Dubai last year
T
Saudi deputy premier and Minister of Defence Crown Prince
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (R) walks alongside Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro during a meeting in Riyadh on
Sunday. (AFP)
Syria car
bombs toll
rises to 20
Beirut
he toll from two car bomb
attacks which targeted
Al-Qaeda
and
Kurdish
checkpoints in northern Syria
has risen to 20, most of them
civilians, a monitoring group
said on Sunday.
Among the dead in
Saturday’s attacks were four
members of the civil defence
force, whose volunteers risk
their lives daily to rescue
casualties from bombing sites.
“The number of people
killed in a car bomb attack near
the Al-Nusra Front checkpoint
has risen to 15,” said the Syrian
T
Observatory for Human Rights.
Two of the dead were
members
of
Al-Qaeda’s
offshoot in Syria, Al-Nusra
Front. The other 13 were
civilians, including the civil
defence workers.
In a post on Facebook, a civil
defence force member from the
neighbouring province of Idlib
described his four colleagues
killed as “heroes”.
Some 30 kilometres (20
miles) away, also in Aleppo
province, a second car bomb
exploded, this time targeting
a Kurdish People’s Protection
Units (YPG).
Egyptian police officer kidnapped in Sinai
Cairo
Gunmen kidnapped an
Egyptian police officer on
Sunday in the Sinai Peninsula,
home to Islamist militants
seeking to topple the country’s government, security
sources and the state news
agency said.
The policeman was travelling
in a bus from the north Sinai
city of Rafah to Al-Arish when
the gunmen stopped the
vehicle and took him away.
“This seems like a terrorist
operation, not a criminal one,”
a security official said.
himself up too,” he said,
updating his initial account of
a single suicide bomber.
The security source said the
army had cordoned off the
bombers’ homes. According to
Lebanese army sources, Tahar
Heavy trucks banned
A
Ras Al Khaimah
ll heavy trucks have been
banned from running on
all the internal roads of Ras
Al Khaimah in the mornings
and afternoons during peak
hours from Sunday, January
11, onwards.
According to a senior
official, the move is part of
the RAK Police preparations
for the second semester of the
academic year 2014-2015.
Abu Dhabi
The �UAE Compassion campaign to help Syrian refugees
survive severe cold and snowstorm in the Levant has raised
Dh77 million by Sunday evening, the Emirates Red Crescent
announced. The campaign
was launched last Tuesday.
Dubai
More than 2,800 people from 91 nationalities
embraced Islam in 2014, the
Islamic Affairs and Charitable
Activities Department in
Dubai (IACAD) said. It said
2014 witnessed the conversion of 2,815 people to Islam.
Hellish Affair
Austria detains teen wooers of IS fighters
Vienna
ustria has detained two
teenage girls after they
tried to travel to Syria to marry
fighters of the jihadist group
Islamic State (IS), a spokesman
for the prosecution said on
Sunday.
The girls, aged 16 and 17,
had been sent back to Austria
from Romania, where they were
picked up by authorities on a
train on Dec. 30 as they tried
to make their way to Syria to
A
marry IS fighters there.
Around 170 people, many
from Eastern Europe, have
travelled to the Middle East
from Austria to join Islamist
militant groups, according to
the Interior Ministry.
Austrian
authorities
in October detained on
terrorism-related charges
a 14-year-old boy who was
allegedly planning to travel
to Syria and had researched
on the Internet how to build
bombs.
The parents of the girls
had handed over the phone
of the 16-year old to Austrian
authorities when she went
missing in December. Data
taken from a Russian chat
application on the phone
showed conversations about
the girls’ plans, a spokesman
for the prosecutors in Salzburg
said. The girls were detained
in their homes in Salzburg
and the province of Upper
Austria after they returned
from Romania. The girls had
Bosnian and Chechen family
backgrounds, according to
APA news agency.
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MIDDLE EAST
Monday, January 12, 2015
Min denies mobile theft allegations
Manama
uwait’s Deputy Prime
Minister and Commerce
Minister Abdul Mohsen Al
Midaj has denied reports
that an Egyptian delegation
visiting his country had
stolen his mobile phone.
Reports in Egyptian media
and websites said that the
phone was stolen from the
K
Drunk worker kicks colleague to death
Dubai
worker has been accused
of kicking his workmate
on his head and causing his
death after they exchanged
curses and indulged in a fight
while they were drunk.
The 23-year-old Indian
worker, S.S., and his
countryman workmate, R.K.,
were said to be heavily drunk.
A
minister as he attended a
dinner banquet hosted in
honour of the delegation
accompanying the President.
Prosecutors charged S.S. of
assaulting R.K. and kicking
him on his head twice thus
causing his death.
TURKISH PM
HAILS RALLY
T
Ahmet Davutoglu
Chance of rain in UAE on Monday
Dubai
ver the next few
days, the UAE will
be subject to a significant
drop in temperature, with
a chance of light rainfall
Monday morning in some
areas, the National Centre of
Meteorology & Seismology
(NCMS) said.
“In general, we expect
world that everyone must confront
the threat of terror,” Davutoglu
told reporters at the Turkish
embassy in Paris in televised
comments.
“We would expect the same
sensitivities to be shown to attacks
on mosque or Islamophobia,” he
added after attending the rally
which mobilised over a million
people in Paris alone.
He praised a comment by French
President Francois Hollande that
“these fanatics (who carried out
the attacks) have nothing to do
with Muslim religion” as being of
the “utmost importance”.
He said that the attackers
had not grown up in Muslim
countries but “in Paris” and it was
this environment that should be
examined. (AFP)
partly cloudy weather to
continue over the next few
days,” an official of NCMS
said.
Brothers got training in Yemen
Dubai / Sanaa
oth
brothers
who
carried out the attack
against satirical weekly
Charlie Hebdo travelled to
Yemen via Oman in 2011
and had weapons training
in the deserts of Marib, an
al Qaeda stronghold, two
senior Yemeni sources said
on Sunday.
This
is
the
first
confirmation by Yemeni
B
End double standards on
terrorism, says Iran
Tehran
Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif Sunday
said there should be an end to
the double-standard policies
adopted by certain countries
with regard to the issue of terrorism.
Zarif made the remark during a joint press conference
with Cyprus Foreign Minister
Ioannis Kasoulides here.
officials that both Cherif and
Said Kouachi, who carried
out one of the bloodiest
Islamist attacks on the West
in decades, had visited
Yemen where al Qaeda’s
deadliest franchise, AQAP,
is based. U.S., European
and Yemeni sources had
previously confirmed a visit
by Said Kouachi. The Paris
attack puts a fresh spotlight
on the AQAP branch.
�Driver kidnapped, raped
woman in bus’
Dubai
A bus driver allegedly kidnapped a woman on the pretext of giving her a lift to her
home and raped her, a Dubai
court heard on Sunday.
The Court of First Instance
was told that the 41-year-old
Pakistani accused claimed to
the Ugandan woman that he
was an officer of the Criminal
Investigation Department.
H
security source said.
“She
entered
Turkey on January 2,”
the source said, adding
that Boumeddiene had
a return ticket from
Madrid to Istanbul.
The source said she was
believed to have
moved on to the
southeastern Turkish
city of Sanliurfa and
then to Syria but there
was “no concrete
data” to prove this.
The source said Turkey did
not arrest her because of a lack
of timely intelligence from
France.
“We do not have the luxury
to prevent everyone entering
without intelligence sharing,”
said the source, who asked not
to be named.
Arcapita sells stake in Lusail
Manama
Arcapita, a global alternative
investment management firm,
announced Sunday that it has
sold its 50 per cent stake in
Lusail Golf Development L.L.C. (“Lusail Golf”), to Barwa Real Estate
Company Q.S.C. Lusail Golf owns the development rights to a
3.66 million square meter plot of land north of Doha, Qatar. The
total value of the plot is approximately $1.4 billion.
Autumn Fair 2015
Manama
Autumn Fair 2015 will be held
from 21-29 January at the
Bahrain International Exhibition
and Convention Centre under
the patronage of Industry and
Commerce ministry. Over 750 exhibitors from over 21 countries
will participate in the exhibition which will held in an area spanning 15,400 square metres. Apart from this, nine international
country pavilions will showcase huge variety of goods during this
nine-day extravaganza.
Ithmaar opens Isa Town ATM
Manama
Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based
Islamic retail bank, announced
that it has inaugurated a new
drive-through Automated Teller
Machine (ATM) at the Isa Town
fuel station. This brings the total number of ATMs in Ithmaar
Bank’s fast growing retail banking network to 46, including 17 at
full service branches, at strategic locations across Bahrain.
Manama
luminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba) said its
sales figures for the year rose by 1.3 per
cent year-on-year to 931,526 metric tonnes
(mt) from 919,722 mt recorded in 2013, beating
forecast. Production rose 2.1pc to reach 931,427
mt from prior year production of 912,700 mt.
For the fourth quarter of 2014, sales grew to
242,322 mt, a 2pc YoY versus 237,534 mt in the
year ago quarter. Production topped 233,920
mt, an increase of 4,004 mt compared to the
same period of 2013.
Alba was able to sustain Value-Added (VA)
sales for 2014 with an average of 66pc of total
shipments.
A
Syrian refugees carry blankets at the UN-run Zaatari refugee camp, north east of the Jordanian capital Amman, on
Sunday. (AFP)
First-of-its-kind
Dubai bags coveted ISO certification
Dubai
ubai came on top in a list of cities who were
awarded an ISO certification, the first-ofits-kind, for meeting the highest standards
across different fields and sectors.
Meeting 96 out of 100 indicators, Dubai
was the best among nine other cities from
around the world to be awarded a platinum
designation for complying with the ISO 37120
international standard, which is considered the
first of its kind in the world that includes 100
indicators across various fields and sectors such
as economic, social and urban development,
along with environment, water, health,
government administration and others.
There were 19 cities representing six
continents in the fray. The ISO 37120 is
the first ISO International Standard on city
indicators and is published by the International
Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) of
Geneva.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday,
D
Monday, January 12, 2015
Alba sets record
Paris attacker likely in Syria
Ankara
ayat Boumeddiene, the
wanted partner of one
of the gunmen shot dead by
police after three days of high
drama in France, arrived in
Turkey before the killings and
may now be in Syria, a Turkish
11
Abdullah Al Shaibani, Secretary General
of Dubai Executive Council praised the
achievement while explaining how Dubai
managed to obtain the certification in a short
period soon after it was asked to establish the
world council on city data and to adopt the ISO
37120 standard in May 2014.
“This significant achievement is the
outcome of the hard work and sincere efforts
exerted by all government entities in order to
institutionalise success. Dubai’s success was
never fortuitous, but rather an institutional
work based on solid rules,” he added.
New beginning
If the inflation figures
remain very low for too
long and the economy
hardly grows, we risk
being drawn into a
downward spiral that will
intensify itself on and on.
President Obama is very
excited and particularly
pleased with the fact
that he will be the first
US President to be honoured as the chief guest
on India’s Republic Day
commemoration.
- Secretary of State
John Kerry
O
A strong message to the world in Paris
Istanbul
urkish
Prime
Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu hailed the
unprecedented rally against terror
in Paris as a strong message to the
world, adding he would expect
a similar reaction to attacks on
Muslims and Islamophobia.
Davutoglu joined dozens of
other world leaders at the march
in Paris to mourn the victims of
the three days of terror by Islamists
that began with the slaughter of
12 people at the offices of satirical
magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The presence of Davutoglu, one
of the top Muslim leaders to attend
the rally, was seen in Turkey as
hugely symbolic given that Charlie
Hebdo had often lampooned the
Prophet Mohammed.
“It is a message to the whole
Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day.
- Bank of Italy Governor
Ignazio Visco
$200 BILLION
FOR GCC RAIL
Project expected to create intra-regional trade
Muscat
ver $200 billion will be
invested to create the
40,000 kilometres long regional
rail transport corridor which
connects the six Arab Gulf
Co-operation Council member
states.
This was revealed by
Minister of Transport and
Communications in Oman
Ahmed bin Mohammed
bin Salim Al Futaisi during
the GCC Rail and Metro
Conference 2015 opened
Sunday in Muscat, Oman.
“The project provides a
good environment to attract
companies,
manufactures,
O
human resources and capital
to the region,” said Al Futaisi.
The two-day conference held
under the auspices of Advisor of
Sultan Sayyid Shihab Bin Tariq
Al Said is being attended by
more than 500 representatives
from 25 countries.
Acting CEO Etihad Rail,
Faris Saif Al Mazrouei said,
“The market will get an extra
sector in which to expand,
providing opportunities for
both the public and private
sector. We are currently
looking at the UAE, and are
in stage one of testing and
commissioning – things are
moving ahead as planned.”
Saudi Arabia had completed
1,400km line of the railway line
in its section, which is currently
being used to transport
Maduro in Saudi to
discuss crude price
Riyadh
enezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has
arrived in OPEC’s leading oil producer
Saudi Arabia, state media reported on Sunday,
after he visited Iran to discuss the impact of
plummeting crude prices.
Maduro landed on Saturday in Riyadh where
Deputy Crown Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz
received him, the Saudi Press Agency said.
V
“The Venezuelan president was accompanied
by a number of ministers,” it said, giving no
further details. While Saudi Arabia says it is
financially strong enough to withstand the drop
in world oil prices, which fell about 50 per cent
last year, the budgets of Venezuela and Iran are
under strain. Venezuela has said it is willing
to cut production to support prices but OPEC
decided in November to maintain an output.
phosphate and bauxite from
mines to the manufacturing
facilities at the port in Ras Al
Khair.
Tamkeen conducts
orientation sessions
Manama
amkeen conducted a series of orientation
sessions in communities around the
Kingdom. The sessions, which were attended
by a large number of business owners
and individuals, were organised as part of
Tamkeen’s community outreach efforts.
Sessions were held in the Islamic Society
in Arad, Al Shakhoura Youth Centre,
Mohammad Al Jowder Majlis in Muharraq,
and Hamad Town Charity.
T
Armacell announces new plant in Bahrain
Manama
aker of flexible insulation foams
for the equipment-insulation market
Armacell Sunday announced that it would
build a new manufacturing facility in
Bahrain, which is expected to create more
than 100 jobs.
The new plant, located at the Bahrain
International Investment Park (BIIP), will
produce elastomeric rubber insulation for
the US$3 billion heating, ventilating, and
air conditioning (HVAC) market in the
GCC.
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В The announcement was made during
the visit of an official German business
delegation to Bahrain, led by Deputy ViceMinister of Economic Affairs, Ministry
of Economics and Trade, North-Rhine
Westphalia, Dr. Herbert Jakoby.
Commenting on the plant, Managing
Director of Armacell International
Holding GmbH, Dr. Karl Paetz Lauter said,
“The fast growing Gulf market presents an
excellent opportunity for manufacturing
firms, and we think that not only does
Bahrain provide the most efficient access
to that growing market, but also provides
the most open and favourable business
environments in which to operate.”
В Minister of Transportation and
Telecommunications and Acting Chief
Executive of the Bahrain Economic
Development Board (EDB), Kamal
bin Ahmed said: “In Bahrain, German
businesses will find a sophisticated
regulatory
environment,
excellent
transport connections, low costs and
competitive taxes, and a highly educated
workforce.”
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GM readies Tesla e-rival
New York
eneral Motors Co. plans to launch a $30,000 electric
vehicle called the Chevrolet Bolt that would be capable
of driving 200 miles on a charge by 2017, according to
people familiar with the strategy, a move to gain ground on
Tesla Motors Inc. GM will show off a concept version of
the Bolt on Monday at
the Detroit auto show,
eight years after the
auto giant disclosed
it would re-enter the
electric car market.
G
GULF MOSTLY UP
QATAR TUMBLES
Positive momentum
Dubai
ost Gulf stock markets
maintained their positive
momentum
on
Sunday,
supported by good corporate
news, but major petrochemical
producer Industries Qatar
tumbled and dragged down the
Doha bourse after announcing
a dividend cut.
Industries Qatar plunged
its daily 10 per cent limit as
Qatar’s index dropped 2.4pc.
The company said late on
Thursday that its board had
recommended a 2014 dividend
of 7 riyals per share, down
from 11 riyals paid for 2013
and below analysts’ average
forecast of 11.13 riyals.
COUNTRY/CURRENCIES
SOUTH AFRICAN RAND
US DOLLARS
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INDIAN RUPEE
BANGLADESH TAKA
CHINESE YUAN
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INDONESIAN RUPIAH
JAPANESE YEN
SRI LANKAN RUPEE
MALAYSIAN RINGGIT
NEPALESE RUPEE
PHILIPPINE PESO
PAKISTAN RUPEE
SINGAPORE DOLLAR
THAI BAHT
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR
EURO
SWISS FRANC
BRITISH POUND
TURKISH LIRA
SAUDI RIYAL
UAE DIRHAMS
QATAR RIYAL
KUWAITI DINAR
OMANI RIYAL
EGYPTIAN POUND
JORDANIAN DINAR
LEBANESE POUND
MOROCCAN DIRHAMS
SYRIAN POUND
YEMENI RIYAL
BUY
SELL
32.3625
2.6667
3.198
171.5266
205.2967
16.8067
21.5424
36563.0713
322.5806
373.3419
9.7371
299.386
121.9512
274.1935
3.5804
87.0322
3.2776
3.4317
2.2722
2.727
1.7709
6.2212
10
9.7561
9.6899
0.7855
1.0272
19.685
1.8868
4227.7935
22.8311
591.716
913.3254
28.8184
2.6483
3.075
163.9344
194.1371
15.9236
20.0723
31397.1743
300.3003
321.6975
9.1158
247.5143
114.9425
256.6037
3.4928
85.4701
3.1536
3.3289
2.1997
2.6288
1.7185
5.851
9.9404
9.7276
9.6348
0.7764
1.0204
18.5874
1.8636
3816.3569
20.9205
420.1681
542.0348
Rates are for indication purpose only. For firm rates or for currencies not listed above please
call Bahrain Financing Company. Telephone: 17228888, Website: www.bfc.com.bh
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1 UK STG
1 SFR
100 YEN
BAHRAIN
0.3770
0.5732
0.3734
0.3178
KUWAIT
0.2855
33.8689
0.2828
0.2407
OMAN
0.3849
0.3886
0.3812
0.3245
QATAR
3.6420
3.6770
3.6074
3.0700
UAE
3.6730
3.7083
3.6381
3.0962
SAUDI
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3.1611
Alibaba to buy stake in One97
Mumbai
China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and its
unit Alipay are in advanced talks to buy a
stake for about $550 million in India’s One97
Communications, which owns an online payment platform. The investment by Alibaba is
expected to be announced by the end of this
month.
India’s car export falls
Mumbai
India’s overseas shipments of passenger cars
declined 2.65 per cent to 5,47,087 units last
year.
The industry, which faced various regulatory
issues, had exported 5,61,972 units in 2013.
A change in the product mix by carmakers had
also led to lower shipments.
New Delhi
hen it comes to rewarding topperforming employees, many large
corporates are giving out expensive gifts such
as latest iPhones, Mercs, flats and jewellery - a
trend started by a little-known diamond firm
in Gujarat a few months back.
Last Diwali, Surat-based Hari Krishna
Exports created a flutter by announcing
W
GPIC president Visits AFA HQ
Kuwait to spend
$155bn in 5 years
Zagreb
Croatia votes Sunday to elect a
president in a run-off between
incumbent centre-left Ivo
Josipovic and conservative
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both
pledging to help kickstart
the newest EU member’s ailing economy. A tight fight is
expected, as was seen in the
first-round balloting for the
largely ceremonial post.
Petrochemical
stocks
underperformed on Sunday
in Saudi Arabia, where the
sector’s index edged up 0.5pc.
The overall Saudi market index
rose 1.9pc, largely on the back
Kuwait City
uwait’s government on Sunday
announced it plans to spend 45.5
billion dinars ($155bn) on projects over
the next five years despite the plunge in
world oil prices, a lawmaker said.
The spending is slated to cover 523
key projects in a five-year development
plan starting in the fiscal year which
begins on April 1, said parliament’s
financial and economic affairs
committee secretary, Mohammad Al
Jabri.
K
Manama
Gulf Petrochemical Industries
Company (GPIC) President Dr.
Abdulrahman Jawahery visited
the headquarters of the Arab
Fertilizers Association (AFA)
in Cairo. During the visit, Dr.
Jawahery’s first after he was
appointed AFA President, he
familiarised with working of
the AFA and was received by
Secretary General Mohammed
Abdullah Zein and Senior
Officials. Discussions focused
on improving performance
and achieving targets.
Croatia votes for president
New Delhi
ndian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi promised
“truly unlimited” reforms
Sunday in his bid to transform
India’s economy into a global
powerhouse.
Speaking at a major
investment summit in Gujarat
attended by US Secretary of
State John Kerry, UN chief
Ban Ki-moon and World Bank
supremo Jim Yong Kim, Modi
pledged to slash red tape and
banish India’s reputation as a
hard place to do business.
Kim predicted that Modi’s
government was on the verge
I
T
as the strategic location of
Bahrain, they have repeatedly
expressed their eagerness to
broaden their businesses and
form more partnerships”. A B2B meeting was also
held on the occasion, which
gathered Bahraini business
owners and investors with
their German counterparts.
of lifting millions of Indians
out of poverty. KerryВ told the
gathering the United States has
looking forward to stronger
trade and diplomatic ties
between the world’s two largest
democracies, with American
companies primed for more
investment.
“I can’t think of a moment in
all my years in public life when
our destinies are converging as
significantly as they are today,”
said Kerry, who is due to visit
a Ford auto plant in Gujarat
during his trip.
At the opening session,
World Bank president Kim
Narendra Modi
hailed Modi as a “visionary
leader” and forecast India’s
talent,
high
potentials and average
performers is becoming
essential than ever.
growth would hit 6.4 per cent
this year and even faster next. BBK held its monthly “Day of Appreciation” to
announce the Gold and Silver Monthly Award
winners. Chief Executive of BBK Abdulkarim
Bucheery handed over the gold awards to
Mohammed Al Rayes and Sanjeev Bhalla from
Treasury, Investment & Institutional Banking
Division, A.Karim A.Jalil, Hamad Taleb and Ali
A.Rahman Rashid from Retail Banking Division
and Jassim Hasan Ebrahim from Information
Technology Division. Bucheery also handed
over the silver awards to Nadia Al Qassab
and Najeeb Khunji from Risk and Credit
Management Division.
The committee was assured that the
drop in oil revenues would not affect the
projects, which has a massive sovereign
wealth fund and invested billions of
dollars in a “future generations fund”.
the Chamber, the CEO, and
members from the board and
management were present.
Hailing
Bahrain’s
economic
environment,
Ms. Taufmann said, “The
German businesses located in
Bahrain are very pleased with
the business environment,
the infrastructure, as well
HCL
Technologies
has rewarded 130 of its
top performing employees with a
Mercedes or an all-expenses-paid holiday
abroad as a token of appreciation, while
Infosys gifted iPhone 6S to 3,000 of its top
performers. According to a survey by leading
global professional services company Towers
Watson, differentiating between crucial
MODI REFORMS
TO GO UNLIMITED
Germany, Bahrain for greater ties
services our economy offers,”
he said.
Representatives
from
the State of North RhineWestphalia- the Federal
Republic
of
Germany,
German Ambassador Sabine
Taufmann, BCCI Chairman
Khaled Al Moayyed, First and
Second Vice-presidents to
expensive gifts like cars, flats and jewellery
worth Rs50 crore for its nearly 1,200
employees.
Each employee who passed a �loyalty test’,
were given a Diwali gift worth at least Rs.4
lakh and were given an option to choose one
gift -- from a Fiat Punto car, part-payment
for a 2-bedroom flat or gold and diamond
jewellery.
New promise
Expanding horizons
Manama
op German business
delegates who are on
a visit to Bahrain Sunday
expressed their keenness to
hire Bahraini talents and train
them professionally.
This came during a meeting
held by Bahrain Chamber
of Commerce and Industry
officials with the visiting the
German business delegates.
Dr. Herbert Jakoby, who
is heading the delegation, on
the occasion, also extended
invitation to Bahraini
investors to visit Germany.
“We welcome Bahraini
investors to invest in
Germany and benefit from
the array of features and
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Infosys gifts iPhone6, HCL gives Mercedes
of banking stocks.
In Bahrain, the index inched
up 0.04 per cent to 1,426
helped mostly by property and
banking stocks.
Dubai’s bourse jumped
2.7pc in a broad rally led by
property-related stocks. Abu
Dhabi’s benchmark was nearly
flat. Oman’s index jumped
2.4pc and shares in Oman
Cables Industry rose 4.4pc after
it reported a 4.9pc increase
in 2014 profit. The company
earned 17.7 million rials ($46m)
last year, slightly surpassing the
estimates of analysts. Kuwait’s
bourse added 1.1pc and Egypt’s
index weakened by 0.4pc as
most stocks pulled back.
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BUSINESS
Monday, January 12, 2015
more
31 MoUs
signed
on day
one
Gandhinagar
s many as 31 MoUs were
inked on the inaugural
day of the Gujarat Global
Summit-2015, a top official
said.
“8 to 12 important MoUs
were inked during different
themes seminar, while the total
MoUs were 31,” Additional
Chief Secretary of Education
Department, Arvind Agrawal,
said.В The major MoU exchange
was done between World
Bank, Government of India
and Government of Gujarat, he
said. “World bank will support
Gujarat in the �Swachhta
Abhiyan’ (cleanliness mission)
and to build smart cities,”
Agrawal said.
A
Rescue plan for SpiceJet
by Jan
New Delhi
package to bail out SpiceJet Ltd could be finalised
as early as this month, two sources with direct
knowledge of the deal said, raising the prospect of a lastminute rescue for the indebted carrier.
SpiceJet, India’s second largest budget airline, was
forced to ground its fleet briefly last month after it ran out
of cash to pay creditors and its majority owner, billionaire
Kalanithi Maran’s Sun Group, said it would not put up
any more money.
A
Time to panic
Drought brews trouble for Brazilian coffee
Helene Siengier
razil’s coffee harvest last year was hit by one
the country’s worst droughts in decades,
with effects on the world’s largest producer
now threatening to spill over into this year,
pushing prices ever higher.
Brazil’s 290,000 growers produce around a
third of the world’s coffee -- out-producing
the country’s nearest competitor, Vietnam,
by more than three times.
But last year’s total yield was down 7.7
per cent from 2013 and well below initial
forecasts, the ministry of agriculture said
this week.
B
Production of high grade arabica slumped
even more drastically, by 15pc.
The falling production has sent prices
soaring, with arabica up by half in 2014 and
expected to keep increasing this year.
A pound of arabica for March delivery was
fetching around $1.77 on New York’s ICE
Futures US market Thursday, compared to
around $1.06 a year earlier.
Unlike many crops that are replanted and
harvested each year, coffee is grown in a twoyear cycle. So initial predictions for 2014,
made before the drought took hold, had
initially forecast a much stronger harvest.
“This harvest was all set to be a bumper one,
given many plantations were new and cultivators
had invested to increase productivity,” said Gil
Barabach of Safras & Mercado specialist news
agency.
“At the end of 2013 we expected production
to hit 60 to 65 million sacks,” Barabach said.
The final total, measured in 60-kilogram bags,
was actually just 45.3m, thanks in large part to
severe rain shortages in south and central south
Brazil, the country’s main production centres,
that stretched from the first weeks of last year
through November.
The drought had a particularly severe
impact because “it happened from January and
February, just as the beans were growing larger
and ripening,” Elias explained. (AFP)
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A
Monday, January 12, 2015
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Restaurant-review app
to rate dining service
Monday, January 12, 2015
Energy Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza Sunday visited the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) as part of his tour of major industrial oil companies in Bahrain. The Minister was
accompanied by the Secretary General of the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), GPIC Board Member, and Dr. Ahmed Al Sharayan. Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery welcomed the minister along with members of the GPIC Executive Management and Vice Chairman of the Company’s Labour Union. Minister conveyed to Dr. Jawahery government’s keenness
to encourage and develop the energy sector. Above, highlights of the visit.
BLACKOUTS TO
HURT S. AFRICA
Looming power crisis
Japan plans
$800bn
budget
Tokyo
apan’s government will
propose a record budget of
much more than $800 billion
for the next fiscal year, but
cut borrowing for a third
year, government officials
mentioned Sunday, as Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe seeks
to preserve growth though
curbing debt burden.
The third annual spending
budget considering that Abe
swept to power in late 2012
also highlights his struggle to
contain bulging welfare costs
for the rapid-aging society even
though growing discretionary
spending in places such as the
military.
J
Pretoria
outh Africa’s capacity
to generate electricity is
shrinking due to ageing power
plants, latest statistics show,
and the continent’s most
developed economy could face
rolling blackouts for years to
come.
New data released by
Statistics South Africa highlight
how the beleaguered state
power utility Eskom, which
generates around 95 per cent
of the country’s electricity, is
unable to meet demand.
Electricity
production
dropped 1.4pc from January
through November last year
S
US recalls 160,000 candles
Washington
More than 160,000 CoScentrix DD brand
candles have been recalled by the US
Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Reportedly, the candle’s high flame can
ignite the wax surface and cause a fire. CPSC
has asked people to stop using these candles immediately and return them.
A file photo taken on July 4, 2010 shows people walking along
a path in the township of Telmas, a surburb of Johannesburg, as
the cooling towers of a power plant are pictured in the distance.
compared with the same period
in 2013. In November, Eskom
had to introduce power cuts
across the country to prevent a
collapse of the grid after a coal
storage silo collapsed.В Eskom, which relies on its
ageing coal stations for supply,
has warned of a high risk of
more “load shedding” until
March at least.
But analysts predict that
the blackouts could continue
for two more years until new
power plants come on stream.
Last year’s outages cost
companies millions of dollars
in lost production and business.
Growth is forecast to rise
to 2.5pc this year, but that is
still well below South Africa’s
potential, and the impact of
cutsВ will be more this year.
S
A
still worried that a �Grexit’ could ultimately
cost Europe its single currency.В Germany
stands to lose the most if Greece fails to pay up:
some 56.5bn euros according to calculations
by Eric Dor, director of economics research
at France’s IESEG School of Management,
based on EU data. That works out to 699
euros per resident. For France the total cost
comes to over 42.4bn euros, or 644 euros per
resident.
For Italy the cost would be 37.3bn euros,
Spain 24.8bn, the Netherlands 11.9bn,
Belgium 7.2bn, Austria 5.8bn, Portugal 1.1bn
and Ireland 300 million.
Indian Railway The hot spot
plans fund
Cuba, amid the censorship, wades into wireless internet
raiser
second-largest city, Santiago at home.
Havana
New Delhi
n order to tide over its
financial crunch, Railways is
mulling over a plan to generate
Rs 2,000 crore as additional
revenue from non-tariff
sources like advertisements
on all rail assets. A policy will
be formulated to promote
and generate revenue from
advertisements on trains
and stations in a big way as
recommended by D K Mittal
committee.
I
C
uba, where Internet
access is largely limited
to government employees and
pricey pay-by-hour public
access, plans to start offering
wireless service for the first
time this month, officials said
Saturday.
Wireless
Internet
connections -- for laptops,
smartphones or tablets -- will
get a limited rollout through
state-run Etecsa in Cuba’s
T
h e
more optimistic
you are,
the better it is for your health. Those
who have an upbeat outlook on life
have significantly better cardiovascular
health than that of the pessimists, new
research has found.
Optimism boosts overall health but
its positive impact on the heart is even
greater, the findings showed.
“Individuals with the highest
levels of optimism have twice
the odds of being in ideal
cardiovascular health compared
to their more pessimistic
counterparts,” said lead author
Rosalba Hernandez, a professor
of social work at the University of
Illinois.
“This association remains significant
even after adjusting for socio-demographic
characteristics and poor mental health,”
Hernandez added.
The study examined associations
between optimism and heart health in
more than 5,100 adults.
Participants’ cardiovascular health
was assessed using seven metrics: blood
pressure, body mass index, fasting plasma
glucose and serum cholesterol levels,
dietary intake, physical activity and tobacco
use.
They also completed surveys that
assessed their mental health, levels of
optimism and physical health.
People who were the most optimistic
were twice as likely to have ideal
cardiovascular health, and 55 percent
more likely to have a total health score in
the intermediate range, the researchers
found.
Woman gives birth
just hour after she
learns of pregnancy
A
How expensive Grexit would be?
Paris
Greek exit from the eurozone would
certainly come at a cost to Europe, but
just how expensive would it be?В The amount Athens owes its partners
is equivalent to just a tiny fraction of the
eurozone’s economy, but some analysts are
de Cuba.
“Santiago (de Cuba) has
been picked by Etecsa to test
wifi service late this month,”
read a statement on the
website of the Union of Cuban
Journalists, a government
association.
Cuba, the only communistrun country in the Americas,
allows some locals such
as journalists, doctors and
athletes to have Internet access
But anyone who wants their
own router -- for a WiFi signal
-- needs permission from the
Communications Ministry
first.
The journalists’ site said
WiFi access -- unclear where
for now -- will cost $4.5 an
hour. That is the same rate,
unaffordable to many, as that
offered at public Internet cafes.
Most Cubans make under
$20 a month.
U
sing an injectable birth control method
may increase the risk of HIV infection in
women, a large meta-analysis of 12 studies in
sub-Saharan Africa shows.
The hormonal contraceptive Depo-Provera
(depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) and is
administered as a shot every three months.
The findings included data from 39,500
women.
In addition to Depo-Provera, the studies
also examined other commonly prescribed
forms of hormonal contraception.
The other birth control methods did not
appear to increase HIV infection risk for
women in the general population.
It remains unclear why the increased risk
was seen among those using Depo-Provera but
not the other forms of hormonal contraception,
the authors noted.
One possibility may be that birth control with
higher levels of progestin, the synthetic form of
the natural hormone progesterone, changed
the vaginal lining or altered local immunity,
increasing the risk for HIV infection.
R
A pedicab (“bicitaxi” in Cuba) with a national flag of the
United States is seen in Havana.
an additional feature in which users
are able to do detailed comments
regarding the level of service they
received, but the employer, who
pays a fee to access the information,
can only read the name of the waiter.
The app is free for customers to
download, but restaurants who gets
added in the client list pays a fee
in order to access the staff reviews,
ranging from a month-to-month
subscription at 75 dollars per month
to an annual subscription fee of 825
dollars.
Ward off hackers from
disabled internet!
Shire to buy
NPS for
$5.2bn
London
hire Plc has agreed to buy
NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc
for $5.2 billion (ВЈ3.4bn) in
its biggest acquisition yet, as
the Dublin-based drugmaker
strengthens its position in the
lucrative field of medicines for
rare diseases.
The takeover continues the
breakneck pace of deal-making
in the pharmaceuticals sector,
where companies are jockeying
for promising assets as a wave
of new drugs emerges from
research laboratories.
Shire will pay $46.00 per
NPS share, representing a
premium of nearly 10 percent
to NPS’ Friday close, the two
companies said on Sunday.
new phone application has
been launched called �Grate’
through which the customers
are able to rate the service of the
restaurants using their mobile
phone.
The app launched in November
2014 is available in iOS, combines
a star rating system with discreet
reviews of a waitperson’s
performance in the restaurant that
is reportedly viewable by every app
user.
The unique rating app also has
esearchers have identified a
gene that could enable soybean
increase its tolerance of soil salinity.
The gene GmSALT3 is associated
with salt tolerance that could lead to
potential improvement of soybean,
the researchers said.
“The identification of genes that
improve crop salt tolerance will be
essential to our efforts to improve
global food security,” said the project’s
w o m a n
recently gave
birth to a baby girl
just an hour after
learning about her
pregnancy.
Katherine
Kropas had no idea
she was pregnant with a 10-pound
baby until an hour before she
reportedly gave birth.
The 23-year-old had few intense
back pains, but at first, doctors
couldn’t find anything wrong with
her, so they did an ultrasound and
after looking at the report they
rushed her off into the labour.
Kropas said she felt that she’d put
on some weight, but figured maybe it
was typical holiday weight gain.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a practicing
OB/GYN, said she’s seen such cases
in her career and it tends to happen
in women who are overweight
or obese, might have irregular
periods and are less aware of their
bodies which represents a missed
opportunity for prenatal care for
the baby.
lead author Matthew Gilliham from
the University of Adelaide.
The researchers identified the gene
after examining the genetic sequence
of several hundred soybean varieties.
“We initially identified the gene
by comparing two commercial
cultivars,” said professor Lijuan
Qiu from the Chinese Academy of
Agricultural Sciences’ Institute of
Crop Sciences in Beijing.
D
o you know that even if
you had your internet
connection disabled, you could
still be emanating information
that somebody could use to
attack your computer or
smartphone?
The hackers may be able
to view what you are doing
by just analysing the lowpower electronic signals your
laptop emits even when it is
not connected to internet,
researchers reported, adding
that smartphones may be
even more vulnerable to such
spying.
By studying emissions
from multiple computers, a
matrix has been developed for
measuring the strength of the
leaks - known technically as
“side-channel signal” - to help
prioritise security efforts.
Each computer operation
has a different potential for
leaking information.
The processor draws
different amounts of current
depending on the operation,
creating fluctuations that can
be measured.
Saving data to memory
also requires a large amount
of current, creating a “loud”
operation.
The researchers are also
now studying smartphones,
whose compact design and large
differential between idle and
in-use power may make them
more vulnerable.
Satellite imagery may help find
�secret tomb’ of Genghis Khan
S
atellite imagery and more
than 10,000 people may help
discover the tomb of bloodthirsty warlord, Genghis Khan,
which has remained secret for
800 years even after his death.
The founder of the Mongol
Empire didn’t want to be found
after he died, so soldiers in his
funeral butchered anyone they
saw on their way to his tomb,
then they killed the people
who built the monument
somewhere in the vast terrain
of modern Mongolia and
finally, they killed themselves.
According to the study Ultrahigh resolution satellite imaging
enables a new paradigm in
global exploration but the
breadth of the search was so
daunting that researchers with
the University of California at
San Diego to the general public.
The search was complicated
by a number of factors unique
to the quest for the tomb. As
explained by Vice Media’s
Ben Richmond, the Mongols
absolutely hate archaeologists
trampling on their turf
disturbing the nation’s most
holy sites.
In fact, the spot where a lot
of people thought Khan was
buried was actually one of the
country’s most sacred spots.
It’s called Ikh Khorig, which
translates literally to the “great
taboo”, but has been often
called the “forbidden zone” by
outsiders.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
Tamkeen has conducted a series of orientation sessions in the Kingdom. The sessions, attended by a large number of business owners and individuals, were organised as part of Tamkeen’s community outreach efforts which seek to enhance awareness of the various support programmes and services to
develop enterprises and Bahrainis in the private sector. Sessions were held in the Islamic Society in Arad, Al-Shakhoura Youth Centre, Mohammad Al-Jowder Majlis in Muharraq, and Hamad Town Charity.
Undersecretary for Agriculture and Marine Resources, Shaikh Khalifa bin Isa Al Khalifa, has met Customs Affairs chief, Shaikh
Mohammad bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, to discuss boosting joint cooperation to facilitate the movement of trade. Shaikh Khalifa hailed
the security plans and programmes overseen by the Customs Affairs aimed at facilitating trade movement through Bahrain ports
of entry. The parties discussed topics of mutual interest, mainly obstacles faced by the agriculture sector in respect of animal and
plant shipments due to the actions required by the law of plant and veterinary quarantine. They agreed on the establishment of
an agricultural quarantine and a laboratory to be overseen by Agriculture Ministry to supervise agricultural import.
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The eGovernment Authority (eGA) will take part as a strategic partner in the third edition of the Social
Media Pioneers Forum (SMMF2015), to be held under the patronage of the Minister of Transportation
and Telecommunications, Kamal Ahmed from January 28 to 29. Vice CEO of eGA, Dr. Zakareya Ahmed
Al-Khaja affirmed that the strategic partnership with SMMF2015 serves eGA’s strategic goals for 2017
of involving all partners to promote technologies and build capacities.
Bin Hindi Informatics opened a new Samsung showroom yesterday. The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of Korean
Ambassador, Joonha Yu and president of Samsung Gulf Electronics, Ismail Yoon.
St. Christopher’s Sports and Arts Academy (SPARTA) has organised a festive camp at Saar campus. The camp hosted children
aged between five to 12 years old. Various fun-filled activities
and sports were organised on the occasion. Children practised
and developed their skills in tennis, swimming, athletics, football and basketball, as well as many other sports.
The British School of
Bahrain (BSB) had interactions with prospective
parents and students
at the Bahrain School’s
Expo,
which
took
place at the Bahrain
National Exhibition and
Conference
Centre.
The
parents
and
students
explored
their
educational
aspirations with BSB
staff and students.
After 31 years of service with the Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY), Sayed Ali Salman of ASRY Office Services, bade
farewell to his colleagues, particularly his fellow mates in the Finance and Human Resources Departments. Mr. Salman’s farewell
event was attended by the Finance Manager, В Satyan Laxman, the Human Resources and Development Manager, Shaikh Duaij bin
Mohammed Al-Khalifa and a large number of ASRY employees and trade union members. The company officials commended Mr.
Salman as a diligent employee who maintained a high level of cooperation with all his colleagues to provide the best services for
ASRY employees and customers.
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as his main musical influence,
growing up, he was into R&B and
rap. He as well as other members
of One Direction further notes
artists such as Bruno Mars, as
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and her husband Brad Pitt
were actually married before
their secret nuptials in August
last year.
“Before the wedding in
France with the kids, Brad
and I were already married in
California. As Americans, we
couldn’t marry legally in France,”
she said.
The Unbroken director also
shared how the wedding really went
down.
“One day I said to Brad, �Let’s
meet up at 4:30pm?’ I called a
justice of the peace and we signed
the documents,” she said.
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Miraval, the Jolie-Pitt family’s
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so far have taught her lots about herself and the people
around her.
The 22-year-old singer-and-actress has reportedly
experienced many ups and downs in 2014, splitting
and getting back together with Justin Bieber on several
occasions before seemingly separating for good late last year.
Asked if she has learned to cope with the pressure of being
a celebrity now, the �Rudderless’ star said, “Sometimes your
mistakes are going to teach you more about life. I have to tell
myself I can’t be perfect and that I should enjoy all the good things
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reportedly started dating the 21-year-old model.
A source said: “Harry has been getting more serious
with Nadine.”
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diamond girl” but still loves the ring unconditionally.
She said: “It’s a rock, I know. He rocked it up. It
took me a while to get used to it.
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jewellery and stuff.”
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the couple may wed soon, revealing that they are
having “big discussions” about marriage.
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the stars in limelight!
Clue: This diva is a popstar and she is
known for the flamboyant style statement.
To make it easier for you, once she showed
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Genelia D’souza
This bubbly actress made her Bollywood debut in
�Tujhe Meri Kasam’ and got recognition in Telugu
film �Boys’ and went on to rule the South Indian
film industry. She got critical acclaim for movies
such Jaane Tu…. Ya Jaane Na and down south for
Bommarillu (Telugu) and Urumi (Malayalam). She
is married to Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh.
London
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but did the Golden Globes just
spoil the show?!Well, not so fast, let’s
explain what went down…
Earlier, the Golden Globes website
showed 2014’s lucky winners with
accompanying photos next to each
category. Under the two sections for
Best Motion Picture, Drama and
Best Motion Picture, Musical or
Comedy, however, the names of two
new movies were listed.
Selma and Into the Woods were
shown under the winners for each
category, but snapshots of the 2014
winners (American Hustle and 12
Years a Slave) were shown.
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Daughter of former supermodel Glikeriya Pimenova
and former soccer star Ruslan Pimenov, this 9-year old
has been modelling since she was 3 and has starred in
ads of Armani, Roberto Cavalli and Benetton and has
been tagged as the “world’s most beautiful girl”.
Los Angeles
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is having trouble getting
pregnant again and recently
talked about their struggle
in a candid interview.
The topic will be
addressed on the upcoming
10th season of Keeping
Up With the Kardashians.
Kim, 34, and her 37-yearold husband and rapper
are parents to daughter
North West, 1.
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more
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HA HA...HEE HEE...HO HO...!
by John Graziano
CROSSWORD
Teacher: “Little Johnny, give me a sentence using the word, �geometry.’”
Little Johnny: “A little acorn grew and
grew until it finally awoke one day and
said, �Gee, I’m a tree.”
1- IRS IDs; 2- Codger; 3- Organization to promote theater;
4- Fascinate; 5- Take a load off; 6- Folk singer Phil; 7Contort; 8- Big name in insurance; 9- Madrid Mrs.; 10Confused; 11- Mother of Hermes; 12- Fish appendages;
13- High-ranking NCO; 18- Image of a deity; 19- Arrested;
24- Arid areas; 26- Edible seed parts; 27- Old-womanish; 28Not express; 29- Actress Christine; 30- Distinctive quality;
32- Cornerstone abbr.; 33- Stable compartment; 34- Flavor;
37- River to the Ubangi; 40- Rum cocktail; 45- Respire; 46Passage for walking; 48- Large homopterous insect; 50- Like
___ not; 52- Taj ___; 54- About; 55- Bingo call; 56- “Judith”
composer; 58- Not many; 60- Hindu music; 61- Make ___
for it; 62- Minn. neighbor; 64- Xenon, e.g.; 65- Takes too
much;
S U D O KU
What Does Legolas feed his horse?
Elf-elf-a
BEETLE
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You wanna hear a dirty joke?
A boy fell in a mud puddle.
You wanna hear a clean joke?
He took a bath.
YOUR STAR TODAY
ARIES
20 March - 20th April
You’re a logical person, Aries.
When insights come to you
through ESP, you tend to doubt
their validity. Don’t do this. If a feeling
is particularly strong, go with it. Don’t
write it off because it seems illogical.
LEO
20th July - 20th Aug
Doubts about business and
financial matters might weigh
on your mind now, Leo, so
much so that they invade your dreams.
The dreams are only a reflection of
your worries - they aren’t prophetic.
Your situation is probably better than it
seems on the surface.
SAGITTARIUS
20th Nov - 20th Dec
Business transactions that
could take place in your home
or perhaps involve the home
might seem a bit unclear today, Sagittarius. Before agreeing to anything, read
the fine print and verify all the facts about
what you’re signing. Use your intuition.
It’s very high at this time.
TAURUS
20th April - 20th May
Doubts about a friend’s motives could plague you today,
Taurus. This person seems to be
acting strangely and isn’t communicating. This probably has little if anything to
do with you. This person has issues that
he or she is having trouble with.
VIRGO
20th Aug - 20th Sept
A scheduling conflict may come
up today, Virgo. A business engagement could interfere with a
social event. You might doubt whether you
can attend both, but if you plan carefully,
it should be OK. Someone at home might
not be communicative, which could cause
a little worry.
CAPRICORN
20th Dec - 20th Jan
You might get a lot of mixed
messages from friends, relatives, and colleagues, Capricorn.
They may say one thing while you sense
that they mean something else. Insist on
hearing how they really feel. This can prevent a lot of resentment later.
GEMINI
20th May - 20th June
A friend or family member
might act strangely and seem
distracted. You may wonder if
he or she is upset with you. This probably isn’t the case. This person has issues
that need attention. Allow them some
space. A romantic partner might have
to break a date tonight.
LIBRA
20th Sep - 20th Oct
Confusing
communications
could be the pattern for today, Libra. Some paperwork you need to
do for a task might be delayed - hung up in
the mail or filed in the wrong place. It might
take a while to locate it, but it should turn
up eventually.
AQUARIUS
20th Jan - 20th Feb
Today you might not feel secure about your financial situation, Aquarius, and get a little
nervous. Disconcerting information
in the news about the general state of
the world economy might have planted
some unsettling seeds in your mind.
Yesterday’s solution
Down
Why do mother kangaroos hate it when
it rains?
Because the kids have to play inside
th
Across
1- Strike breaker; 5- Fountain treats; 10- Kind of radio;
14- Unit of loudness; 15- More aloof; 16- Raised platform;
17- In spite of; 20- Sedate; 21- RR stop; 22- As ___ resort;
23- Director Browning; 25- Jack of “The Great Dictator”; 27Signal that danger is over; 31- Firstborn; 35- Ark builder;
36- Seam where two bones are fused; 38- RR stop; 39- ___
bin ein Berliner; 40- Debussy subject; 41- Wrap up; 42Univ. aides; 43- Back muscle, briefly; 44- Fit for cultivation;
46- Mickey’s creator; 47- Bring out; 49- Dependable; 51“Who’s there?” reply; 53- Letters on a Cardinal’s cap; 54Manila hemp plant; 57- Small battery size; 59- Gumbo pods;
63- Direct; 66- Look after; 67- Oohed and ___; 68- Juan’s
water; 69- Draft classification; 70- Oodles; 71- Pull abruptly;
Where would you learn how to make ice
cream?
At Sundae school.
What did the fish say when he swam
into a cement wall?
“Dam.”
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CANCER
20th June - 20th July
IN HISTORY
Too much reading might have
you experiencing eyestrain and
possibly headaches, Cancer. It
might help to have your eyes checked, but
it’s probably just too much stress. You might
have some trouble focusing on whatever
work you do today, but this is only a temporary condition.
SCORPIO
20th Oct - 20th Nov
If you can, verify this before
starting anything. You aren’t being told something. Personal relationships, particularly love and romance,
should be stable and rewarding now, although today you may not have much time
to spend with those you care about. Hang
in there.
PISCES
20th Feb - 20th Mar
Some unsettling news about
your work situation might
reach you today and make you
worried, Pisces. You might question
your future in this field and possibly
consider a change. Consider it, by all
means, but this isn’t the day to make a
final decision of any kind.
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Little Known Facts
How to play:
Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column
down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.
Yesterday’s solution
Hoy en la Historia
January 12, 1970
The first Boeing 747 arrived at
London’s Heathrow airport after
its proving flight from New York.
The first fare-paying flight to
Heathrow followed on January 22
1875: Kwang-su ascended the throne
as Emperor of China at the age of four
1950: The Soviet Union
re-introduced the death penalty for
treason, espionage and sabotage
1990: Romania became the first East
European state and Warsaw Pact
member to outlaw the Communist Party
2010: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit
the impoverished Caribbean island
of Haiti, killing over 220,000 people
and making 1.3 million homeless
Picture: Getty Images
В© GRAPHIC NEWS
The human eye can
distinguish about
10 million different
colours
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THEY TURN
DESERT INTO
GREEN FIELDS
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Monday, January 12, 2015
We stand together in
freedom and together we
make it clear that no act
of terror will ever stop the
march of freedom
We now have more
than we need in parliament. We can have our
legislative programme
approved without any
difficulty whatsoever
--Sri Lankan President
Maithripala Sirisena
-- US diplomat John Kerry
BLACK BOX FOUND
Pangkalan Bun
Olivia Rondonuwu
ndonesian divers on Sunday
found the crucial black box
flight recorders of the AirAsia
plane that crashed in the Java
Sea a fortnight ago with 162
people aboard, the transport
ministry said.
But they failed to retrieve it
immediately from the seabed
because it was stuck under
debris from the main body of
the plane, the ministry added.
The recorders were at a depth
of 30-32 metres (99-106 feet),
Nigeria appeals for support
after �deadliest’ attack
I
n Burkina Faso, what was
once stony semi-wasteland
is now covered in verdant crop
fields, rescued from relentless
desertification.
Using simple agricultural
techniques largely spread
by word-of-mouth, this
tiny West African state has
rejuvenated vast stretches of
scrubby soil over the past 30
years, proving they are not
doomed and giving hope to
other vulnerable areas in the
region.
One success story is Rim, a
peaceful hamlet of about 3,000
people in the country’s north,
close to the border with Mali.
Below the village as far
as the eye can see, tall stalks
groan under the weight of
fat cobs of “baniga”, a white
sorghum grown in this part of
the country.
“This place was a desert.
But the people succeeded
in regreening the region,”
said Amanda Lenhardt, a
researcher with Britain’s
Overseas
Development
Institute
(ODI),
who
authored a report on farming
developments in Burkina
Faso.
Called “zai” or “stone
contour”,
the
low-cost
techniques were devised from
some of the region’s traditional
farming techniques, nudged
along with some outside help.В They have gained favour
in different parts of the Sahel
region -- a semi-arid band
that spans the continent
with the Sahara Desert to the
north and African savannah
lands to the south -- but have
seen particular success in
Burkina Faso.
In Rim, as in other parts of
the country’s north, farmers
now swear by “zai” after
again producing food on land
considered lost to agriculture
-- the occupation of at least 80
per cent of the population.
The technique consists of
building little stone barriers
to trap runoff water and
ensure it seeps into the
ground, preventing erosion,
agronomist Paulin Drabo
explained.
Holes for planting are then
dug next to the stones and
packed with fertiliser, which
together with the improved
hydration, helps crops sprout
up quickly.
“Before, when we planted
on bare ground, we harvested
nothing. Now, with the
technique they showed us,
the meal grows well,” Sita
Rouamba, a female farmer,
said happily.
The shift to sustainable
techniques has also expanded
the supply of arable land.
In the past, farmers
scrambled for plots on the
banks of rivers, where the soil
--French Prime Minister
Manuel Valls
Stuck under debris of AirAsia flight
I
Rim
Romaric Ollo Hien
I have no doubt that
millions of citizens will
come to express their
love of liberty, their love
of fraternity
is most fertile.В Now they can grow food
“on any kind of soil, no matter
how degraded”, said 38-yearold Souleymane Porgo, a hoe
slung over his shoulder.
Farm yields are also vastly
improved.
�Store full of grain’
 “At the moment, my
store is full of grain I haven’t
touched. I also have plenty of
beans,” Souleymane’s father,
Saidou, who heads a family
of 11 children and several
grandchildren, said.
His yields have made him
a man of means, with goats, a
motorbike and cattle, which
can be sold to pay for food if
a harvest fails.
“All of this helps me
properly care for my family,”
Saidou said with pride.
Around 30 producers
in Rim have converted to
“zai” farming, out of around
700,000 nationwide, said Joel
Ouedraogo, director of the
Federation Nationale des
Groupements Naam, a nongovernmental organisation
that works with farmers.
Between 200,000 and
300,000 hectares (500,000
and 740,000 acres) of barren
land -- В an area roughly
the size of Luxembourg -have been rehabilitated, he
estimated.
In a region threatened by
the advancing Sahara sands,
the results are impressive,
the ODI’s Lenhardt said.
Burkina Faso shows it
is “possible” to combat
climate change, said the
Canadian, who credits the
rapid adoption of the new
techniques to word-ofmouth. (AFP)
Abuja
Nigeria’s military has called
for support in tackling Boko
Haram after a major attack
on a key northeast town that
is feared could be the worst
in the bloody six-year insurgency.
Soldiers have complained of a
lack of adequate weapons and
even refused to deploy to take
on the better-armed rebels.
Three suspected militants
arrested in Pakistan
Islamabad
Three suspected militants,
including a suicide bomber,
were arrested by security
forces in Pakistan’s Quetta on
Sunday, media reported.
The security forces, acting on
a tip-off, took three militants,
including a suicide bomber, in
custody during a raid.
Colombian police nab
kingpin of drug traffickers
Bogota
Colombian police have arrested the leader of the “Office of
Envigado” gang of drug traffickers.
Julian Andrey Gonzalez
Vasquez, alias “Barny”, was
detained in Bogota after he
travelled there from Costa
Rica, where he had been
living.
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship secure recover wreckage
of AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Kumai on Sunday. (AFP)
he said in a statement. Divers
will on Monday try to shift
the position of the wreckage to
access the black box.
“However, if this effort fails,
then the team will lift part of
the main body using the same
balloon technique used earlier
to lift the tail,” Tonny Budiono,
a senior ministry official said.
After a frustrating twoweek search often hampered
by bad weather, officials
earlier Sunday raised hopes
by reporting that strong ping
signals had been detected by
Merkel presses Putin,
Ukraine on peace efforts
Berlin
erman Chancellor Angela
Merkel spoke Saturday
to Russian President Vladimir
Putin and Ukraine’s Petro
Poroshenko in a bid to arrange
a mini-summit that could
actually end the ex-Soviet
state’s separatist war.
Merkel’s office said she
stressed that Poroshenko’s
attempt to convene a fourway leadership meeting in
the Kazakh capital Astana on
Thursday would succeed only
if the warring sides committed
themselves more to an existing
truce.
“The chancellor expressed
concern about the continuing
tensions and the humanitarian
situation in the east of
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three vessels involved in the
search.
Those signals were coming
from the seabed less than one
kilometre (0.6 miles) from
where the tail of the plane
was found, Malaysian Navy
chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said
in a post on Twitter. The black
box should contain the pilots’
final words as well as various
flight data. The search, which
has involved US, Chinese and
other international naval ships,
has recovered 48 bodies so far.
(AFP)
Activist
�offloaded’
at airport
New Delhi
elhi airport authorities
barred a Greenpeace
India staff member Sunday
from flying out of India despite
holding a valid visa, a move the
campaign group described as
“bullying” by the government.
Priya Pillai, a senior
campaigner, was on her
way to London when
immigration
officials
stopped her and stamped
“offload” on her passport,
a statement from the
international environmental
group said.
Officials told her she was
barred from leaving the
country and they were “just
following orders from the
Indian government”. (AFP)
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Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (file pic)
Ukraine,” German government
spokesman Steffen Seibert said
in a statement.
Merkel added that talks in
Astana that would also include
French President Francois
Hollande should only go ahead
only if they made “concrete
progress”.
The four nations’ foreign
ministers will meet in Berlin
on Monday to make what
Poroshenko hopes are final
preparations for Astana. (AFP)
Bus-tanker
crash kills
62 in Pak
Karachi
t least 62 people including
women and children
were killed early Sunday in
southern Pakistan when their
bus collided with an oil tanker,
starting a fierce blaze which
left victims burnt beyond
recognition.
Initial reports said the
tanker was travelling on the
wrong side of the road along a
dilapidated stretch of highway,
police said. The overloaded bus
was en route to the town of
Shikarpur from the southern
port city of Karachi when the
collision occurred.
It was the second crash
involving major loss of life in
Sindh province in less than
three months.
Authorities transferred the
remains to a local morgue after
taking samples for DNA testing
in order to identify them.
A
Millions to welcome Pope
on Asia trip
Manila
Pope Francis will immerse
himself in some of Asia’s most
fervent Catholicism during a
trip to the Philippines and Sri
Lanka starting Tuesday.
The Argentinian pontiff could
attract one of the biggest gatherings ever for a pope during an open-air mass in the
Philippine capital of Manila.
The January 18 event may
draw up to six million people,
offering a pulsating example
of Asia’s status as a dynamic
growth region for the Catholic
Church.
Emergency Exit
China detains unruly flight passengers
Beijing
hinese police detained 25
angry plane passengers
who opened emergency exit
doors before take-off after
their flight was delayed by
snow, state media reported, the
latest case of rowdy behaviour
by Chinese travellers.
The passengers were forced
to wait in their seats for hours
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late Friday and early Saturday
after their China Eastern
flight from the southwest
city of Kunming to Beijing
was delayed. After requesting
that they be allowed off the
plane for health reasons,
some passengers “opened
three emergency doors in an
attempt to stop the flight” and
forced the plane to return to
the terminal.
Two of the passengers
surnamed Zhou and Li were
sentenced to 15 days in
detention for violating public
order. They were members
of a 25-person travel group
which got “overly excited”,
leading to the opening of the
doors. The other members of
the group were detained for
questioning, but apparently
later released.
The passenger told that
those on board were worried
that the vice captain could not
control himself after he “swore
and cursed”, the agency said.
The plane had already been
delayed for five hours before
they boarded, only to face
further delays while ice was
cleared from the aircraft, the
report said. Others on the
aircraft travelled to Beijing by
another flight. (AFP)
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Monday, January 12, 2015
German min urges anti-Islamic group to call off march
Berlin
erman Justice Minister
Heiko Maas urged an
anti-Islamic movement to
call off a planned march on
Monday, saying it had no
right to “exploit” the killings
by jihadists in Paris.
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Australia’s tribute to victims
Muslim hailed for saving people
US to host summit on Feb 18
EU ministers vow to defend free speech
H
Paris
Muslim man was hailed
as a hero by the French
media for saving hostages
during a hostage crisis in a
Paris supermarket.
Lassana Bathily from
Mali, an employee at Hyper
Cacher kosher supermarket
A
Paris
he United States will host
a summit on February
18 on how to fight “violent
extremism around the
world” in the wake of the
Paris attacks, US Attorney
General Eric Holder said on
Sunday.
The meeting would take
place in Washington DC
along with President Obama.
Brussels
ulture ministers from
all 28 European Union
nations vowed Sunday to
defend freedom of expression
from “terrorists” in the wake
of the Islamist attack on
Charlie Hebdo.
The ministers said the
among the dead.
Under clear blue skies,
emotions were already
running high in the shellshocked City of Light, with
many people from all walks
of life already in tears as
they began to come together
under the banner of freedom
of speech and liberty.
Lassina Traore, a 34-yearold French-born Muslim
from the Ivory Coast, gently
placed 17 candles at the foot
of the iconic monument of
the Place de la Republique,
heaped with tributes to the
dead.
Sydney
undreds of people linked hands and displayed “Je
suis Charlie” and “freedom” signs in Sydney on
Sunday as they paid tribute to the Paris Islamist attack
victims just metres from the scene of a deadly cafe siege
last month.
The crowd, led by French ambassador Christophe
Lecourtier, marched in silence down Martin Place in the
“No fear, no freedom” rally despite persistent rain.
Maas, the most outspoken
German cabinet member
against the so-called PEGIDA,
told the newspaper daily Bild
in its issue to be published
Monday that he found the
right-wing populist group
“hypocritical”.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
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in Vincennes, helped to
guide a group of hostages.
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“senseless barbarity” of the
attack aimed to undermine
European values.
SECOND FRENCH RENAISSANCE
Crowds gather for historic march
This time against terrorism
T.S. Sreenivasa Raghavan
Let’s March
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French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by head of states including (first row,L- R) European Commission President
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Former French President
Nicolas Sarkozy, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas and Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as they attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris.
Paris
ozens of world leaders
including Muslim and
Jewish statesmen linked arms
leading hundreds of thousands
of French citizens in an
unprecedented march under
high security to pay tribute
to victims of Islamist militant
attacks.
President Francois Hollande
and leaders from Germany,
Italy, Israel, Turkey, Britain
and the Palestinian territories
among others, moved off
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from the central Place de la
Republique ahead of a sea of
French and other flags.
Some 2,200 police and
soldiers patrolled Paris streets
to protect marchers from
would-be attackers, with police
snipers on rooftops and plainclothes detectives mingling
with the crowd. City sewers
were searched ahead of the vigil
and underground train stations
around the march route are
due to be closed down.
The silent march - which
may prove the largest seen in
modern times through Paris reflected shock over the worst
militant Islamist assault on a
European city in nine years.
For France, it raised questions
of free speech, religion and
security, and beyond French
frontiers it exposed the
vulnerability of states to urban
attacks.
“Paris is today the capital of
the world. Our entire country
will rise up and show its best
side,” said Hollande in a
Posthumous Video
statement.
German
Chancellor
Angela Merkel, British Prime
Minister David Cameron
and Italy Prime Minister
Matteo Renzi were among 44
foreign leaders marching with
Hollande. U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon, Israel’s
Benjamin Netanyahu - who
earlier encouraged French
Jews to emigrate to Israel and Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas were also
present.
Lookalike Paris attacker claims as IS member
Paris
man
resembling
Amedy Coulibaly, who
shot a policewoman and
took hostages at a Jewish
supermarket in the Paris
attacks, claimed to be a
member of the Islamic State
group in a posthumous video
released online on Sunday.
Speaking into the camera,
the man says he coordinated
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with the two gunmen who
attacked the Charlie Hebdo
magazine on Wednesday,
killing 12.
“I am addressing myself first
of all to the Caliph of Muslims
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he
says, referring to the leader of
IS. “I have declared allegiance
to the Caliph,” he says in
broken, stuttering Arabic,
wearing Islamic white dress
and headgear.
A text that runs at the start
of the video says the man is
Coulibaly, and that he was
responsible for the killing of
a policewoman in southern
Paris on Thursday and the
attack on the supermarket the
following day, as well as a
car blown up in a Paris street
that authorities have not so far
linked to the attacks.
he despicable act of terrorism, which claimed the precious
lives of some fine Charlie Hebdo journalists, among others,
did shake up our collective conscience.
Dozens of world leaders, including Muslim and Jewish
statesmen who joined French President Francois Hollande on
Sunday in an unprecedented march to pay tribute to the victims
of Islamist militant attacks only confirm this.
Notwithstanding the newfound bonhomie among the world
leaders there are genuine fears the fight against Islamic terrorism,
however, could turn into a fight against Islam itself.
Doubting Thomases can find the seeds of backlash against
Muslims when grenades and gunfire hit a mosque in the city
of Le Mans, Southwest of Paris, in the aftermath of the Cherlie
Hebdo carnage.
Further, the march planned by the so-called Patriotic
Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA),
a known anti-Islamic group, today goes to confirm the fear of
backlash is really real, not imaginary.
Political observers cannot but agree. Dr. Carool Kersten,
an expert on the Study of Islam and Muslim World at King’s
College London says there is going to be a backlash against
Muslims in Europe.
Opining that the backlash would go beyond responses to
radicalized elements within the Muslim Communities, Kersten
says Paris carnage will very negatively impact the very position
of Muslim communities in various European societies.
For now, the outspoken German Justice Minister Heiko Mass
has done well when he lambasted the PEGIDA rabble-rousers
and said they would simply cancel the impending march if they
had a shred of decency.
It is also equally gratifying on the part of president Hollande
to come up with a thoughtful statement on Sunday: “Paris today
is the capital of the world. Our entire country will rise up and
show its best side.”
The Sunday march, which moved off from the central Place de la
Republique ahead of a sea of French and other flags marks a second
renaissance in France’s history.
France witnessed its first renaissance between 15th and early
17th centuries spreading the message of humanism by reviving art
and culture.
Renaissance literally means rebirth. Hence the second French
Renaissance should be seen as the World Renaissance.
It means the world, as one entity, should rise up to show its best
side, putting humanism above everything including religion.
France and a few other countries just did that once, in
different circumstances though and can do it again. But what
about others? If the answer is in the affirmative, then there
cannot be any backlash against Muslims anywhere in the world.
But, much would depend on our ability to prove: that we are still
humans in heart!
(The auther is the editorial director of DT News)
Paris
Richard Carter / Fran Blandy
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rowds poured into Paris
on Sunday for a march
expected to unite more than
a million people and dozens
of world leaders in a historic
display of defiance against
terrorism.
In an unprecedented show
of unity, the leaders of Israel
and the Palestinian Authority
will both be among those
attending the rally to honour
17 victims of three days of
bloodshed that included Jews
and a Muslim police officer
Arson attack at German paper
Berlin
erman newspaper in
the northern port city
of Hamburg that reprinted
Mohammed cartoons from
the French satirical paper
Charlie Hebdo was the target
of an arson attack early
Sunday, police said.
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“Rocks and then a burning
object were thrown through
the window,” a police
spokesman said. “Two rooms
on lower floors were damaged
but the fire was put out
quickly.”
The regional tabloid daily,
the Hamburger Morgenpost,
had splashed three Charlie
Hebdo cartoons on its front
page after the massacre at the
Paris publication, running the
headline “This much freedom
must be possible!”
No one was hurt in the
attack, which police said
occurred at about 0120 GMT.
2,000 in Luxembourg
march: police
Luxembourg city
Around 2,000 people rallied
outside the French embassy
in Luxembourg in a show of
solidarity.
A minute of silence was
followed by the singing
of the Marseillaise and the
Luxembourg national anthem
and the EU anthem “Ode to
Joy”.
The march is “a real sign
of how strong France is. It
shows that France is strong
when she is united against
these people,” said the
consultant.
“I want to show that we’re
not scared of the extremists.
I want to defend freedom of
expression,” said 70-year-old
Jacqueline Saad-Rouana.
The families of those who
died in the three bloodsoaked days that shook
France to its core will rub
shoulders with royalty and
heads of state within an iron
ring of security. (AFP)
We in Britain face a very similar threat, a threat of fanatical extremism. It’s a threat
that has been with us for
many years and I believe
will be with us for many
more years to come
– British Prime Minister
David Cameron
Monday, January 12, 2015
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Zurich
ristiano Ronaldo is the
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with registration on a first come
first serve basis
The tournament is open to all
ho are legally residing in the
Kingdom of Bahrain.
Last few days for BIC early
bird Grand Prix tickets
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Manama
Only a couple of days remain
before the end of Bahrain
International Circuit’s (BIC)
Early Bird Discount, through
which fans can purchase tickets up to 20% off for the 2015
Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain
Grand Prix. The offer concludes
on Wednesday.
but, despite another prolific
year in 2014, appears this
time to be lagging behind his
two rivals.
A disappointing World Cup,
in which he was eliminated at
the group stage with Portugal,
has not prevented Ronaldo
from staking a strong claim to
win the prize for the third time
overall.
The 29-year-old Real Madrid
superstar scored a remarkable
61 goals in the calendar year
as he helped his club win the
Champions League, Copa del
Rey and UEFA Super Cup
before ending 2014 by securing
the Club World Cup.
Ronaldo scored a record 17
goals in last season’s Champions
League and has already netted a
Aidan Payne
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audi Arabia’s Qassim
Obaidan had a comfortable
6-3, 6-1 win yesterday to clinch
the boys singles 12 years and
under crown against French
player Shanon Mariani on
the fourth day of action in
the Third E.K.Kanoo Juniors
Open Tennis Championships
at the Bahrain Tennis Club
premises in Juffair.
On another cool afternoon,
Qassim a 12-year old student
at the International Saad
School in Al Khobar, Saudi
Arabia and winner of the Zain
Bahrain Juniors under 12 title
last month effected the first
break of serve in the third
game for an early 2-1 first
set lead.
Shanon a 12-year old student
at St Christopher’s School and
winner of the corresponding
phenomenal 26 goals in 16 La
Liga games this season.
Unsurprisingly, he has
received fierce support from
his club, who feel that Ronaldo
would be the only worthy
winner of the prize and felt
compelled to publicly criticise
UEFA president Michel
Platini for his suggestions that
Neuer should take the award.
Dusan Tadic strike punishes shot-shy Man United
SOUTHAMPTON TRIUMPH
Manchester
outhampton leapfrogged
a lacklustre Manchester
United into third place in
the Premier League table
on Sunday as substitute
Dusan Tadic’s goal secured
a clinical 1-0 victory at Old
Trafford.
Despite
controlling
possession, Louis van Gaal’s
United failed to muster a
single shot on target and saw
their 11-game unbeaten run
in all competitions ended
when Tadic netted in the
69th minute.
The Serbian’s goal gave
Southampton a first win at
Old Trafford since January
1988 and enabled them
to avenge their 2-1 loss in
December’s reverse fixture,
when United had managed
only three attempts at goal.
It took Ronald Koeman’s
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Southampton’s English defender Ryan Bertrand (left) challenges Manchester United’s Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio
Valencia (right).
side two points above their
opponents into third place,
while United, who have won
only once in their last five
league games, now lead fifthplace Arsenal by a single
point.
United had new goalkeeper
Victor Valdes on the bench
and welcomed Daley Blind
back from injury, while
Angel di Maria made his first
start since November, but
Radamel Falcao was absent
Qassim clinches under 12 crown
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tournament last year tried to
get back into the match, but
his service game let him down
and trailed 5-2 before winning
a break himself, before serving
three consecutive double faults
to hand Qassim a 6-3 first set
win.
In the second set, Qassim
won two breaks to race into a
5-0 lead and though Shanon
did manage to hold service in
the sixth game the contest was
over in just under an hour.
In the semi-finals of the
boys singles 14 years and
under, top seed Yousif Dhaif
of Bahrain easily defeated
his cousin and fourth seed
Mahmood Dhaif 6-1, 6-1,
while third seeded Indian
Rahul Jaideep beat Bahraini
second seed Hassan Al Qattan
7-5, 6-2.
Yousif and Rahul will play
the final today at 5pm, while the
semi-finals of the boys singles
16 years and under take place
at 4pm with Arjun Rangarajan
of India taking on compatriot
Nihil Ranjith and fellow Indian
Aditya Mori facing off with
Filipino Carlo Dela Roza.
The winner Qassim (third left), runner-up Shanon (fourth left), BTC Club Manager Hamdi Abdul
Jawad, finalists’ parents and Qassim’s sister Zainab.
from the match-day 18.
United had not played
at home since Boxing Day
and as they took time to
reacquaint
themselves
with
home
comforts,
Southampton
almost
capitalised, with the fit-again
Nathaniel Clyne shooting
wide in the first minute.
Di Maria, who had been
sidelined by hamstring and
pelvis problems, started up
front alongside Robin van
Persie, but although he
flashed a few shots wide,
United struggled to bring
him into the game.
Southampton, who have
now won four times in five
league outings, flooded
the midfield, frustrating
Unitedcaptain
Wayne
Rooney in his attempts to
create openings from deep.
(AFP)
However, Neuer -- the only
one of six German World Cup
winners on the initial shortlist
to make the final three -makes a good case to become
the first goalkeeper to take
the prize since Lev Yashin of
the Soviet Union in 1963, and
the first German since Lothar
Matthaeus in 1990, when West
Germany lifted the WC in Italy.
BIC congratulates
Prince Abdulaziz
for success in
Dubai race
DT News Network
ahrain International Circuit
(BIC) congratulated Saudi
Arabia’s Prince Abdulaziz Al
Faisal following his team’s
overall victory in the Hankook
24 Hour Dubai race in the UAE
on Saturday.
Prince Abdulaziz competing
with the Black Falcon 2 Team,
which also featured German
Hubert Haupt, Dutchman
Yelmer Buurman and Brit
Oliver Webb who shared time
behind the wheel of a Mercedes
SLS AMG GT3 and aside from
the overall win, Black Falcon 2
claimed first place in the A6 Pro
category, which featured mainly
GT3 cars.
BIC also congratulated Prince
Abdulaziz’s brother, Prince Saud
Al Faisal, whose team Black
Falcon 4 claimed first place in
the 997 Class, which featured
Porsche 991 and 997 Cup Cars.
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Tatweer, Production
play out exciting tie
DT News Network
atweer and Production played
out an exciting 4-4 draw
to share the points in the fifth
round of the second round of the
Bapco Interdepartmental Bowling
League at the Bapco Club in Awali.
Top scoring for Tatweer was
its team captain Yaseen Al Ansari
(213) high game and (572) high
series and for Production Ahmed
Hazeem (257) game and (678)
high series for the week.
Marketing were 6-2 winners
over Retirees with the main
scorers being Abdulla Abdul
Kareem(247) game and (644)
series for Marketing and the
Retirees Mahmood Oumran (226)
game and (632) series.
Projects and Information
Technology Department (ITD)
divided the points in a 4-4 draw
and during the match top scorer
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was Project’s Hassan Kamal
Hubaishi (267) high game for the
week and (678) series and for ITD
Waleed Othman (246) game and
(666) series.
Refining easily won 8-0 against
Engineering with top scorers being
team captain Jassim Ebrahim
(207) game and (606) series for
the winners and for Engineering
Joven Urbano (208) game and
Abdulla Saleh (583) series.
Security were also 8-0 winners
against the Land Team with the
top scorers being Nabeel Yousif
(213) game and (555) series
for Security and for Land team
Abdulla Al Aaydi (212) game and
(508) series.
Tonight’s schedule: Ladies vs
Tatweer. Land vs ITD. Production
vs Security, Refining vs Marketing,
Engineering vs Projects. Bye:
Retirees.
“We’ve
decided to
rule Mile out
of the Oman
game after
he copped an
ankle injury against
Kuwait”Coach Ange
Postecoglou
Wang puts dog days
behind him
Brisbane
Goalkeeper Wang Dalei
was once plagued
by controversy,
but the former bad
boy of Chinese
football made a
dream start to the
Asian Cup with a manof-the-match display against
Saudi Arabia.
Tattooed Wang was branded
a national disgrace in 2010
when he called fans “dogs”
and “morons” after China’s
defeat to Japan at the Asian
Games in Guangzhou.
Years together paying off, says
UAE coach
Canberra
United Arab Emirates
coach Mahdi Ali said
on Sunday that his
side were finally seeing the fruits of years
of labour after their
come-from-behind 4-1
thrashing of Qatar.
UAE got their quest for Asian Cup
glory off to a sensational start in
Canberra thanks to braces from
Ahmed Khalil and Ali Mabkhout,
and a standout performance
from silky midfielder Omar
Abdulrahman. UAE have been
knocked out of the Asian Cup
at the group stage in the last
three tournaments and failed
to score during the 2011 edition in Qatar.
UAE DEFEAT QATAR
T h e
Canberra
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Emiratis
nited
Arab
Emirates stormed
1 rued their
misses when
back from behind
the
pintto defeat Gulf rivals
sized Ibrahim
Qatar 4-1 as they
took a rebound on the
displayed their Asian
chest and acrobatically
Cup credentials with a
lobbed goalkeeper Majed
fluent win on Sunday.
Naser to open the scoring
Top-rated midfielder
after 22 minutes.
Omar Abdulrahman
Qatar
grew
in
was at his creative best
confidence and they
as both Ahmed Khalil
went
2-0
and Ali Mabkhout Ali Ahmed Mabkhout of UAE fights for almost
grabbed a brace after the ball with Ahmed Mohamed of Qatar up when left-back
Abdelkarim
Hassan
“Qatari
Maradona” (right).
drilled a powerful shot
Khalfan Ibrahim put
narrowly past the post.
and Mabkhout almost opened
his side ahead.
However, UAE always
Khalfan’s deftly taken chest the scoring after 10 minutes
and volley proved Qatar’s best when he smashed the ball into looked dangerous through
the trickery and imagination
moment as the 2022 World the side-netting.
Shortly
afterwards, of Omar Abdulrahman,
Cup hosts proved fragile at
Mohamed allied with qualifying topthe back, with goalkeeper midfielder
Makbhout
and
Qasem Burhan committing Abdulrahman blazed over the scorer
bar after the ball broke kindly powerful targetman Khalil.
two costly blunders.
UAE started the brightest to him on the edge of the box. (AFP)
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Pressure no issue
for Abdulrahman
Canberra
idely-tipped to be one of the stars of the AFC Asian Cup
Australia 2015, the United Arab Emirates playmaker
Omar Abdulrahman is determined to use
the high expectations placed on his
young shoulders to fuel his nation’s
campaign in Australia, starting with
victory over regional rivals Qatar
on Sunday.
At 23 years old, the attacking
midfielder is already considered one
of Asia’s most exciting talents and
in 2013 was listed by FIFA as one of
the most promising future stars on
the continent after being named MVP
following UAE’s victorious 2013 Gulf
Cup campaign.
Abdulrahman continued his success in
2014 with Emirati club side Al Ain
who reached the semi-final of the
AFC Champions League, as well
as claiming third place in the 2014
Gulf Cup with his country.
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Qatar lose bilal mohammed to injury
Canberra
Qatar’s weekend woes continued in the AFC Asian
Cup Australia 2015 with news of an injury to experienced defender Bilal Mohammed that rules him
out for the rest of the tournament following their
4-1 defeat to the United Arab Emirates in the Group C
encounter on Sunday. The 28-year-old centre back received the
injury during the final preparations for the game against regional
rivals the UAE .
Qatar goal keeper Qasem Burhan (left) helps Ismail Al Hammadi
(right) of the UAE during the Asian Cup football match between
UAE and Qatar.
Belmadi
slams Qatar
Jordan eye crucial
win against Iraq
Canberra
atar
coach
Djamel
Belmadi slammed his
side’s performance after their
4-1 defeat to the United Arab
Emirates in the AFC Asian
Cup Australia 2015 Group C
opener at Canberra Stadium
on Sunday, with the Algerian
saying he could take “no
positives” from the defeat.
Former AFC Player of
the Year Khalfan Ibrahim
had given Belmadi’s side the
opener on 22 minutes with
a sublime chipped finish
but Ahmed Khalil equalised
before half-time and the
forward added a second with
a free kick to put the Emirates
in front early in the second
half.
Brisbane
ordan coach Ray Wilkins
believes his team cannot
afford to lose their AFC Asian
Cup Australia
2015 opener
against Iraq
if they are
to return to
the quarterfinals of the
tournament.
“We could
live with a draw,” Wilkins
said at Brisbane Stadium
on the eve of Jordan’s first
Group D game versus the
2007 champions. “But then
we have to score a lot of goals
in our remaining games and
that will be a big problem for
us. Ideally we would like to
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War-torn Palestine praying for Japan miracle
Sydney
ar-torn Palestine will attempt
to bridge one of the widest gaps
in Asian football when they take on
defending champions Japan at the Asian
Cup on Monday.
The team from the Palestinian
territories has already made history just
by reaching their first Asian Cup, thanks
to their AFC Challenge Cup triumph
last year.
But they face arguably the toughest
assignment of the group stages with a
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Group D opener against Japan, whose star-studded
lineup is targeting a record-extending fifth Asian
Cup title.
It remains to be seen how the Blue Samurai will
react to a match-fixing scandal engulfing coach
Javier Aguirre, who is set to give evidence in court
in Valencia next month following allegations over
a match in 2011 when he was manager of Spanish
club Zaragoza.
While Japan are Asia’s second-ranked side at 54
in the FIFA rankings, Palestine come in 61 places
lower at 115, the second-lowest in the tournament
and above only Kuwait.(AFP)
win, but to not be defeated is
important as well.
The former Manchester
United and Chelsea midfielder
has only
been
in
c h a r g e
s i n c e
September
and
has
yet to lead
J o r d a n
to a win
ahead of the nation’s third
Asian Cup appearance. They
reached the quarter-finals in
2004 and 2011.
Monday’s game will be
Jordan’s first competitive
match under Wilkins, who
seems to have no illusions
about the task he is facing.
�No positives’ as
Qatar stare at exit
Canberra
Qatar coach
D j a m e l
Belmadi took
“no positives”
from his side’s
4-1 loss to United
Arab Emirates as the
future World Cup hosts
were left staring at an
early Asian Cup exit on
Sunday.
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Da Costa wins Formula E race
Morgan suffers broken leg
London
ngland’s Ben Morgan is
likely to miss the whole of
the forthcoming Six Nations
tournament after breaking his
leg in Gloucester’s Premiership
win against Saracens on Friday.
Morgan suffered the injury
in the second half at Kingsholm
and while no timeframe for his
return has been given by his
club, he is unlikely to play any
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Buenos Aires
ortugal’s Felix Da Costa
won Saturday’s Buenos
Aires Formula E race, the
fourth leg of the inaugural
2015 series.
Da Costa, starting from
eighth on the grid in his
AmlinAguri car, crossed
the finish line in second,
but inherited victory from
Germany’s Nick Heidfeld
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part in the Championship.
Morgan was among England’s
more impressive performers
in the November Tests after he
displaced Billy Vunipola.
Geraghty condemns Exeter
to more misery
London
Shane Geraghty’s last-minute drop goal condemned
Exeter to a fourth successive
Premiership defeat as London
Irish won 28-26 at the Madejski
Stadium on Sunday.
The Chiefs looked in control at
the interval but they fell away
in the second half and couldn’t
recover from Geraghty’s dramatic contribution in the closing moments.
Exeter were outscored by four
tries to two and it was only
the immaculate goal kicking of
Gareth Steenson, which kept
them in contention.
Blair Cowan scored two of the
Irish tries, with Tom Guest and
Alex Lewington getting the
others, while Geraghty kicked
a conversion and dropped that
goal with Tom Homer adding
a penalty.
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London
Alan Pardew believes maverick
talents such as Wilfried Zaha will
be key if Crystal Palace are to
avoid relegation from the Premier
League. Pardew’s reign at the
Londoners began promisingly on
Saturday when they came from
behind to defeat in-form city
rivals Tottenham 2-1 at Selhurst
Park.
(Venturi) who was penalised
after speeding in the pitlane.
Two sons of former Formula
One stars completed the
podium in second and third.
Brisbane
oger Federer brought
up his 1,000th victory
at tour level in style Sunday
when he beat Canadian
Milos Raonic in three tough
sets to win the Brisbane
International.
Federer was forced
to absorb some superb
shotmaking and blistering
serves from the 24-yearold before winning 6-4, 6-7
(2/7), 6-4 in two hours and
13 minutes at the Pat Rafter
Arena.
Federer’s glittering career
now includes 83 singles
titles, including 17 Grand
Slams, since his first victory
over Frenchman Guillaume
Raoux in Toulouse in 1998.
The 33-year-old is
third on the all-time list
for matches won, behind
Jimmy Connors (1,253) and
Ivan Lendl (1,071).
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FEDERER
SHINES
Mathews believed the
Christchurch
target they set New
cracking half-century
Zealand
was
30-40
by Brendon McCullum
runs short of what was
set New Zealand up for a
required.
comfortable three-wicket
Sri Lanka, electing to
win over Sri Lanka in their
bat first, posted 218-9 on
first one-day international
the back of Jayawardene’s
in Christchurch Sunday.
104 in 107 balls.
After McCullum’s 51 in
It was the 18th ODI
19 balls had provided his
century for the 37-yearside a comfortable target
old, the fifth highest runwell under four an over
scorer in the history of
as they chased 219, Corey
the shortened game, who
Anderson stepped up with
was rarely in trouble by
81 to ensure the job was
the New Zealand attack
done.
until caught in a wicket
When Anderson was
Brendon McCullum (centre) plays a shot.
meltdown late in the late
dismissed New Zealand
innings.
required a further 10 runs seven overs remaining.
(AFP)
which they achieved with
Sri Lanka captain Angelo
Maverick Zaha can save Palace
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Roger Federer claims 1,000th
win with Brisbane crown
McCullum blitz sets up
New Zealand victory
Pellegrini backs Mangala
Liverpool
anchester City manager
Manuel Pellegrini believes
France defender Eliaquim
Mangala can recover from a torrid
start to his career with the Premier
League champions.
City paid a reported initial fee
of ВЈ32 million to sign Mangala
from Porto last year in a bid to add
defensive cover for injury-prone
captain Vincent Kompany.
“To get to 1,000 wins
in front of you two greats
means a lot to me,” Federer
said, describing it as a
“special day”.
“I’ll never forget this
moment,” he added as he
was presented with his
Brisbane
International
trophy by Roy Emerson,
as well as a special award
for his 1,000th win by Rod
Laver.
“It feels very different
to any other match I’ve
ever won, because I never
thought about anything
reaching 500 or 800.
Federer’s big win was
not a foregone conclusion.
Raonic played so well that
for long periods during
the second and third sets
it looked like the milestone
would have to wait until
next week’s Australian
Open. (AFP)
Sri Lanka
D. Karunaratne lbw Milne 5,
T.
Dilshan st Ronchi b N. McCullum 19,
K. Sangakkara c Williamson b Milne
4,
M. Jayawardene c Anderson b
McClenaghan 104, A. Mathews run out
(B. McCullum/Ronchi) 15, L. Thirimanne
c Williamson b McClenaghan 23, J.
Mendis c B. McCullum b McClenaghan
23, T. Perera c Ronchi b McClenaghan 0,
N. Kulasekara not out 6, S. Senanayake
c Ronchi b Anderson 7, S. Eranga not
out 5
Total (nine wickets, 50 overs) 218
New Zealand
M. Guptill c Dilshan b Kulasekara 0, B.
McCullum st Sangakkara b Senanayake
51, K. Williamson c Jayawardene b
Senanayake 15, T. Latham st Sangakkara
b Dilshan 15, G. Elliott b Kulasekara 1,
C. Anderson lbw Dilshan 81, L. Ronchi c
Mathews b Eranga 17, N. McCullum not
out 25, A. Milne not out 7
Total (seven wickets; 43 overs) 219
Wawrinka starts
season with third
Chennai title
Chennai
tanislas Wawrinka warmed
up Sunday for the defence
of his Australian Open title
by winning the ATP Chennai
Open for a second straight year
and for the third time since
2011.
The Swiss world number
four ended Slovenian qualifier
Aljaz Bedene’s giant-killing
feats in the season-opening
$450,000 event with a 6-3, 6-4
win in a 69-minute final.
Some 4,000 Indian fans at
the Nungambakkam tennis
stadium cheered wildly as the
popular Wawrinka, making
his seventh appearance in
Chennai, outplayed Bedene.
Wawrinka pocketed $73,400
and 250 ranking points for his
efforts. But his biggest gain
was a perfect tune-up for the
Australian Open, which starts
in Melbourne on January 19.
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Gayle leads Windies to
world record triumph
Johannesburg
hris Gayle blasted
90 off 41 balls as the
West Indies achieved a
world record run chase
in the second Twenty20
international on Sunday to
beat South Africa by four
wickets.
South Africa captain
Faf du Plessis hit a 46-ball
century in his team’s
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total of 231 for seven -their second highest total
in the shortest form of
the game.
But it was overhauled
with four balls to spare on
a record-breaking day at
the Wanderers with West
Indies captain Darren
Sammy finishing the
match with a six to take
his team to 236 for six.
Lyon defeat Toulouse
Paris
Seven-time champions Lyon are the new Ligue 1 leaders
after comfortably defeating Toulouse 3-0 at the Stade
Gerland on Sunday. Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette
extended his lead at the top of the scoring charts with his
18th and 19th goals of the season while Nabil Fekir added
further gloss to a perfect evening for Hubert Fournier’s as
they lead the table in January for the first time since 2012.
Brown looks to his future as a coach in the game
London
hen the occasion demands,
Scott Brown is still
eminently capable of getting in
an opponent’s face or delivering a
sharp rebuke to a team-mate. Yet,
as the Celtic captain approaches
his 30th birthday, there is a
growing contemplative side to his
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character.
This maturity has manifested
itself not only in a more
considered playing style for
club and country but also his
prodigious bid to become a
coach.
Brown recently penned a new
contract with Celtic and has
no intention of hanging up his
boots any time soon. But, just as
he has had to reform his game
from the high-energy approach
that brought him praise and
notoriety as a kid at Hibs, he
realises he needs to look for a
vocation to sustain his attention
when he is no longer capable of
performing at the top level.
The prospect of Brown the
manager may be a long way
off but he has been taking a
hands-on role with Stevie Frail’s
Under-20 squad at Lennoxtown
and has even been spotted in the
dugout during a handful of SPFL
Development League fixtures.
Hossain bailed in rape case
Gomis emotional after Paris attack
London
wansea striker Bafetimbi
Gomis revealed his French
flag-waving goal celebration
against West Ham was
intended as a show of unity
with his country after the
Islamist attacks in Paris.
Gomis set up Swansea’s
74th minute equaliser at the
Liberty Stadium on Saturday
when his header hit a post
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But Mangala, has struggled
to justify his hefty price tag and
endured a tough afternoon in
the 1-1 draw against Everton on
Saturday.
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Gross breaks
World Cup duck
Adelboden
talian Stefano Gross won
the first World Cup race of
his career when he emerged
victorious in a thrilling slalom
at the Swiss resort of Adelboden
on Sunday.
The 28-year-old -- only fifth
after the first leg -- timed 1min
56.70sec to edge out German
Fritz Dopfer by two hundredths
of a second.
“It is with huge emotion to
win my first World Cup race at
this superb resort,” said Gross,
whose previous best placing
this season was seventh. “It is
a huge day for me and for the
team.”
Three-time overall World
Cup champion Marcel Hirscher
of Austria -- winner of the
giant slalom on Saturday -- was
third, another hundredth of a
second adrift.
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Selectors put Harris in
cotton wool for Ashes
Sydney
Leading paceman Ryan Harris
will miss the World Cup with
an eye to Australia’s Ashes
campaign in England later this
year, selectors said on Sunday.
Harris, who ranks among
Australia’s prominent fast
bowlers, was left out of the
World Cup squad named on
Sunday.
Dhaka
court in Bangladesh
granted bail to national
cricketer Rubel Hossain
Sunday in a rape case filed by
a 19-year-old actress, clearing
the way for him to play in
next month’s World Cup.
A Dhaka magistrate gave
the order, meaning the
24-year-old cricketer can be
freed later Sunday or early
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and rebounded into the
net off unlucky Hammers
midfielder Mark Noble for an
own goal.
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Lahore
akistan captain Misbah-ul
Haq said Sunday he will
quit one-day cricket after the
World Cup.
The 40-year-old said he
has informed the Pakistan
Cricket Board (PCB) of
his decision although he
intends to keep playing Test
cricket.
Misbah becomes Pakistan’s
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Monday and join a practice
session with the rest of
Bangladesh’s World Cup
squad.
GUNNERS
CHAMPION
Sanchez boosts Arsenal’s top-four bid
London
lexis Sanchez delivered a
majestic display as Arsenal
closed the gap in the race for a
top four finish in the Premier
League with a 3-0 victory over
Stoke on Sunday.
Sanchez made Laurent
Koscielny’s opener and then
netted his 17th and 18th goals
of the season either side of halftime at the Emirates Stadium to
lift Arsenal above Tottenham
into fifth spot.
The battle for Champions
League qualification is hotting
up, with Arsene Wenger’s side
now level on points with fourth
placed Southampton, who
face third placed Manchester
United at Old Trafford later on
Sunday.
“Collectively, you’re happy
A
when you score a few goals. We
had a strong start and we knew
that was vital today,” Wenger
said.
Just five weeks after Stoke’s
shock victory over the Gunners,
Arsenal legends Thierry Henry
and Robert Pires watched from
the stands as French defender
Koscielny started the revenge
mission with a sixth minute
header from Sanchez’s cross.
Arsenal right-back Mathieu
Debuchy was forced off with a
shoulder injury after tangling
with Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic.
“He has to see a specialist
then we see where we go from
there. A dislocated shoulder
can take a while,” Wenger
added.
But the hosts struck again in
the 33rd minute.
Bad Kleinkirchheim
super-G halted
Bad Kleinkirchheim
he women’s World Cup
super-G in the Austrian
resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim
was halted after just 11 skiers
had completed the course on
Sunday after a hefty gust of
wind blew down the finish gate.
Misbah to quit one-dayers
The start of the race had
already been delayed twice
and finally got underway 45
minutes late after organisers
worked to make the piste
skiable after an overnight thaw
and a storm which hit the
resort on Saturday.
It
was
a n o t h e r
moment
o
f
G
despite him never having
played for them. And he
once appeared in a video
for a Dizzee Rascal single,
having met the rapper
when they were teenagers
taking part in a version
of Ready, Steady, Cook.
Conventional, he isn’t.
On footballing duty for
his international side, the
Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC), Zakuani,
28, feared for his safety
as the team bus was
rocked by rival fans,
then pelted with rocks in
Malawi. And he has been
Wolfsburg to go ahead
with South African trip
Berlin
The death of Belgian Under21 international midfielder
Junior Malanda has left his
German club Wolfsburg
devastated but they will still
go to South Africa for their
training camp said sporting director Klaus Allofs on
Sunday.
The 20-year-old was in the
back seat of a car travelling to
join up with his team-mates
on Saturday afternoon when
it smashed into a tree -- the
two other people in the car
survived.
Allofs said the team would
fly out later on Sunday having cancelled their original
flight scheduled for Saturday
on learning the news.
Wanderers sign Tanaka for
ACL campaign
magic
from
Sanchez
as
the
former
Barcelona
forward
t o o k
Tomas
Arsenal’s English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
(left) vies with Stoke City’s Irish midfielder Glenn
Whelan (right).
Rosicky’s pass and sized up his Asmir Begovic at his near post.
options before cleverly beating
(AFP)
Sydney
Asian
club
champions
Western Sydney Wanderers
said Sunday they had
signed Japanese defender Yusuke Tanaka for their
AFC Champions League title
defence.
The Wanderers have agreed a
short-term deal with Tanaka
covering the group stage
and potentially round-of-16
matches.
Sullivan wins maiden title
Ekurhuleni
ngland’s Andy Sullivan
capitalised
on
Carl
Schwartzel’s South African
Open fourth round implosion
to claim his debut EPGA title in
a play-off on Sunday.
The 2011 Masters champion
Schwartzel looked to be heading
for victory, with the South
E
African entering the final round
at the Glendower Golf Club in
Ekurhuleni five strokes clear of
the field.
The world number 31 still
had a four shot cushion with
five holes to go. But he then
folded dramatically, dropping
a shot at the 14th, and threeputting the 16th for a double
bogey.
Zakuani named his daughter after Crewe trained
London
abriel
Zakuani’s
three-year-old son,
Trendy, was named partly
because of his dad’s love of
Twitter trending. One of
the Peterborough centrehalf’s daughters is named
after Crewe Alexandra,
second senior player after
Shahid Afridi to announce
his one-day retirement after
the World Cup.
bewildered in Libya by
gunfire during training
and military helicopters
buzzing around during a
competitive match.
And while the defender,
who was born in Kinshasa
in 1986 and then raised
in London from six,
routinely plays in front
of crowds of about
6,500 in League One, at
London Road, he is about
to experience an Africa
Cup of Nations (ACN)
where the crowds and
fervour will verge on the
hysterical.
A poor tee shot at the 17th
triggered another bogey to leave
him level with Sullivan at 11
under par. Sullivan held his
nerve when the pair returned
to the 18th for the first sudden
death hole. Both players failed to
make the fairway, with Sullivan
recovering brilliantly from the
trees to hole out from 10 feet for
a winning birdie.
P31 GUNNERS CHAMPION
32
32
Mounday, January 12, 2015
SPORTS
BAHRAIN
FIGHT TOOTH
AND NAIL
Iran’s Masoud Shojaei (left) is challenged by
Bahrain’s Mohamed Hasan (right).
2
0
Melbourne
hsan Hajsafi scored an early
contender for goal of the
tournament as Iran made the
perfect start to their bid to finally
land a record-equalling fourth
AFC Asian Cup title after posting
a hard-fought 2-0 win over
Bahrain in Group C on Sunday.
Bahrain had made a lively start to
the contest, but after Iran improved
as the half progressed, Hajsafi’s
eye-catching strike opened the
scoring for Team Melli in first half
stoppage time with 47 minutes on
the clock.
And with Masoud Shojaei
adding a second with 19 minutes
E
remaining in the 71st minute,
the 1968, 1972 and 1976
winners Iran joined the United
Arab Emirates at the top of the
Group C table after the opening
round of fixtures following their
earlier 4-1 win over Gulf Cup
champions Qatar in Canberra.
Despite Iran’s supporters
creating an electric atmosphere at
a blustery Melbourne Rectangular
Stadium, Bahrain enjoyed the
best of the early chances as Ismail
Abdullatif tested goalkeeper Alireza
Haghighi after just six minutes
before strike partner Jaycee John
acrobatically directed a back post
volley wide two minutes later.
And Iran received
a huge let off after 16
minutes as Sami Al
Husaini’s chipped ball
forward found Sayed
Dhiya racing into the
penalty area, but after
beating a static offside
trap, the midfielder headed over
with only Haghighi to beat.
Iran, though, were presented
with a golden opportunity to open
the scoring four minutes later as
Ashkan Dejagah raced in behind
the Bahrain defence only for
goalkeeper Sayed Mohamed Jaffar
to crucially smoother his attempted
chipped effort just outside the six-
yard area.
But there was little Jaffar could
do in first half stoppage time as
Sepahan’s Hajsafi superbly found
the top corner from the edge of the
penalty area to the delight of the
majority of the 18,000 crowd after
taking one touch to control the
ball after Andranik Teymourian’s
corner had been punched clear by
the Bahrain goalkeeper.
And Jaffar remained the
busier of the two goalkeepers at
the start of the second half as the
Bahrain custodian gathered Reza
Ghoochannejhad’s well-struck
dipping shot from the edge of the
area at the second time of asking
four minutes after the
break.
Iran goalkeeper Haghighi,
though, had to be on his toes
nine minutes later to beat away a
rasping effort from Bahrain striker
Jaycee John from underneath his
crossbar.
But Bahrain’s hopes of a
comeback were all put ended
as Iran took full advantage
with 19 minutes remaining as
Teymourian’s corner found its way
to Shojaei close to the penalty spot,
and the midfielder saw his scuffed
effort creep into the bottom
corner despite a despairing dive
from Jaffar.
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