ARAB WORLD | Page 3 SPORT | Page 12 Iraqi Sunnis set terms for joining unity government Manchester United start afresh as Premier League begins INDEX 2, 16 QATAR ARAB WORLD INTERNATIONAL COMMENT BUSINESS 1вЂ“4, 7, 9-12 3, 4 TV LISTINGS 5, 6 5вЂ“13 CLASSIFIED 8, 9 SPORTS 1вЂ“12 14, 15 DOW JONES QE NYMEX 16,662.91 13,505.26 97.03 -50.67 -0.30% -17.53 -0.13% +1.45 +1.52% Latest Figures pu The Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza accused Israel yesterday of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce that has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on Thursday. An Israeli military spokeswoman said: вЂњWe have no knowledge of such an incident.вЂќ The Palestinian ministry in the coastal territory said Israeli troops shot at houses east of the town of Khan Younis. The ceasefire, renewed on Thursday for five days after a previous truce expired, has largely halted more than a month of fighting in which 1,945 Palestinians, many of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel were killed. Page 4 No cure or vaccine is currently available for Ebola, with the WHO authorising the use of largely untested treatments in efforts to combat the disease AFP Geneva T QATAR | Inspection Bakery closed after health check Ukraine said yesterday it had destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that entered onto its territory in an incursion that has sent crossborder tensions rocketing. Nato accused Russia of active involvement in the вЂњdestabilisationвЂќ of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin separatists have been fighting against Kiev for four months. Page 9 INDIA | Economy Modi scraps planning body Indian Premier Narendra Modi yesterday announced an end to Soviet-style economic planning in an Independence Day speech as he pressed ahead with modernising the governmentвЂ™s cumbersome policymaking apparatus. The commission, set up in 1950, was a relic of the socialist policies put in place by IndiaвЂ™s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Pages 10, 15 in Israel accused of violating truce Ukraine вЂ�destroys Russian armourвЂ™ d PALESTINE | Charge EUROPE | Tensions Vol. XXXV No. 9451 August 16, 2014 Shawwal 20, 1435 AH www. gulf-times.com 2 Riyals Ebola вЂ�moving too fastвЂ™ In brief The Doha Municipality director has ordered the temporary closure of a bakery at the Doha Jadeed area after inspectors of the Health Inspection Department spotted there вЂњmaterials harmful for healthвЂќ. The law permits the closure of such violating food facilities for up to a maximum of 60 days for a single violation at one time, according to estimation of the administrative authority in charge and the gravity of the violation. he R is bl TA 978 A 1 Q since GULF TIMES SATURDAY Fire raging in a warehouse on Street Number 2 of DohaвЂ™s Industrial Area yesterday evening. PICTURE: Jayan Orma. Fire razes warehouse in Industrial Area Peter Alagos Business Reporter I n a major blaze that broke out in Doha for the second consecutive Friday, the warehouse of a leading soft drink brand was burned down on Street Number 2 of the Industrial Area yesterday evening. There were no casualties. The blaze, п¬Ѓrst spotted around 5.45pm, was brought under control within an hour by п¬Ѓreп¬Ѓghters from the Civil Defence. But smoke was still pouring out around 7.45pm. Last Friday, a curtain showroom near the Decoration Signal along the Salwa Road was destroyed in a п¬Ѓre. The owner claimed a loss of at least QR1.5mn. The warehouse that caught п¬Ѓre yesterday was used to stock products from a leading soft drink company. Kenyan national Danson Karinga, one of the security persons of the Gulf Publishing and Printing Company press, located across the warehouse, told Gulf Times that he was alarmed after noticing thick black smoke billowing around 5.45pm. Five to 10 minutes after п¬‚ames had erupted from the building, two police patrol cars were on the scene, followed by Civil Defence vehicles, personnel and ambulances. Karinga, along with colleagues from European Security, Diaa Gamal Mohamed Abdelhafez and chief security Maamer Salaimi, assisted the police in trying to cordon off the area to protect passersby and onlookers. вЂњA huge crowd had gathered immediately just outside the warehouse. We helped the police seal off the area to avoid anyone getting hurt. There might be gas tanks or other п¬‚ammable materials inside the compound,вЂќ he said. Police had diverted traffic going towards Street Number 2 where the warehouse was located. Based on KaringaвЂ™s estimate, at least six ambulances and eight п¬Ѓre trucks responded to the scene. The п¬Ѓreп¬Ѓghters were also assisted by more than 10 private trucks supplying drinking water in trying to control the blaze. вЂњI was impressed with the way the authorities had responded to the incident. They were able to deploy the п¬Ѓre trucks to the area in no time.вЂќ Karinga said if authorities had not responded immediately, the п¬Ѓre could have spread easily to nearby facilities. Last FridayвЂ™s п¬Ѓre at Al Shark Exhibition along Salwa Road had destroyed the ground п¬‚oor of the three-storey building that housed the companyвЂ™s showroom and office space in the mezzanine area, which was also used as a workshop for upholstery projects. The п¬Ѓre had also destroyed another office housed inside the building and damaged the nearby Studio Qatar. Page 2 he Ebola epidemic is moving faster than the authorities can handle and could take six months to bring under control, the medical charity MSF said yesterday. The warning came a day after the World Health Organisation said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated and that вЂњextraordinary measuresвЂќ were needed to contain the killer disease. New п¬Ѓgures released by the UN health agency showed the death toll from the worst outbreak of Ebola in four decades had climbed to 1,145 in the four afflicted West African countries - Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. вЂњIt is deteriorating faster, and moving faster, than we can respond to,вЂќ Joanne Liu, the chief of Doctors without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, told reporters in Geneva. She added that it could take six months to get the upper hand. вЂњIt is like wartime,вЂќ she said a day after returning from the region. вЂњI donвЂ™t think we should focus on numbers. To really get a reality check, weвЂ™re not talking in terms of weeks, but monthsвЂќ to control the epidemic.вЂќ Elhadj As Sy, the new head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, painted a similarly bleak picture, speaking of a вЂњfear factorвЂќ in affected countries that was hampering medical assistance. Also recently returned from the region, As Sy said he agreed with MSFвЂ™s six-month timeline for bringing the outbreak under control. The WHO said on Thursday it was co-ordinating вЂњa massive scaling up of the international responseвЂќ to the epidemic. вЂњStaff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak,вЂќ it said. The epidemic erupted in the forested zone straddling the borders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia earlier this year, and later spread to Nigeria. Liu said while Guinea was the initial epicentre of the disease, the pace there has slowed, with fears now focused on the other countries. The last days of an Ebola victim can be grim, characterised by agonising muscular pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and catastrophic haemorrhaging described as вЂњbleeding outвЂќ as vital organs break down. No cure or vaccine is currently available for Ebola, with the WHO authorising the use of largely untested treatments in efforts to combat the disease. Hard-hit nations are awaiting consignments of up to 1,000 doses of the barely tested drug ZMapp from the US, which has raised hopes of saving hundreds. Canada says between 800 and 1,000 doses of a vaccine called VSVEBOV, which has shown promise in animal research but never been tested on humans, would also be distributed through the WHO. But MSFвЂ™s Liu warned against focusing on drugs. вЂњIn the short term, theyвЂ™re not going to help that much, because we donвЂ™t have many drugs available. We need to a get a reality check on how this could impact the curve of the epidemic,вЂќ she said. The cost of tackling the virus is also threatening to take a severe toll on the economies of already impoverished West African nations hit by the epidemic. In Nigeria, in particular, a more serious outbreak could severely disrupt its oil and gas industry if international companies are forced to evacuate staff and shut operations, rating agency MoodyвЂ™s has warned. As countries around the world stepped up measures to contain the disease, the International Olympics Committee said athletes from Ebolahit countries had been barred from competing in pool events and combat sports at the Youth Olympics opening in China today. Pages 5, 6, 8 вЂ�999, what is the address of the emergency?вЂ™ R aising awareness about health issues and ensuring the wellbeing of the public are the inspiring forces that continue to motivate Amjad Abumaali, an emergency medical despatcher working at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) for the past six years. вЂњAt the age of 25, I decided to take up the profession as a call despatcher for emergency services. I joined College of the North Atlantic - Qatar in 2005 and completed three years of pre-nursing study. I joined HMCвЂ™s Emergency Services in 2008 and graduated from the university in 2011,вЂќ he recalled. Abumaali said that becoming a family man brought a big change to his life and also strengthened his views towards safety. вЂњEvery time I sit in my car, I think about my family. Wearing a seat belt and driving carefully are the two basic precautions one needs to observe on the road to avoid acci- dents and endangering lives.вЂќ Over the past three years, the HMCвЂ™s Ambulance Service has grown signiп¬Ѓcantly to meet the changing and evolving needs of QatarвЂ™s population. But the role of ambulances and critical care paramedics is dependent on the efficient performance of the emergency call despatchers. вЂњEvery day, I come in to work 15 minutes before the start of my shift to get a sense of how busy the earlier shift was. Then, I settle into my shift, preparing myself to answer emergency calls. When you answer a call, you have to be prepared for any type or scale of emergency. All calls have to be answered within п¬Ѓve seconds and every bit of training comes in handy for you to deliver essential support that relates to a patientвЂ™s life,вЂќ he explained. вЂњEach time I receive a call, I prepare myself mentally as I donвЂ™t know what level of emergency I might be present- Abumaali: вЂњKnowing that people are in distress and being able to get help to them as fast as possible has been my source of joy and satisfaction since joining HMC as a medical despatcher.вЂќ ed with. Staying calm and communicating clearly is key as the person on the other end of the line is often panicked and you have to process large volumes of information being given to you in a short space of time,вЂќ he explained. He highlighted that as soon as the emergency call despatcher received a call, he or she began asking the caller for information and enters the information into the specialised communication system. This system provides the despatcher with a set of general entry questions such as вЂњwhat is the address of the emergency?вЂќ, вЂњwhat is the phone number you are calling from?вЂќ, вЂњwhat exactly happened?вЂќ, вЂњhow old is the patient?вЂќ, вЂњis he/she awake (conscious)?вЂќ and вЂњis he/she breathing?вЂќ. Abumaali explained that based on the answers, the despatcher will instruct the caller to stay on the line while he despatches the nearest am- bulance to the site. вЂњThis is the most critical part of the call and, during this time, co-operation from the caller is essential.вЂќ The Ambulance ServiceвЂ™s Medical Communication Centre triages all emergency medical calls and deploys the most appropriate resources in a standardised and consistent manner. вЂњAs soon as an emergency happens, people need to call 999 because even a few minutes can make a difference in saving a life. It is also important to be aware of where you are, either by knowing the address or being able to describe the surrounding area, as clear details will help the ambulance reach you faster,вЂќ he stressed. вЂњKnowing that people are in distress and being able to get help to them as fast as possible has been my source of joy and satisfaction since joining HMC as a medical despatcher.вЂќ Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 2 QATAR Fire at warehouse Bangladesh embassy observes mourning T A firefighter battling a fire that broke out yesterday evening at the warehouse of a leading soft drink brand on Street Number 2 of Doha Industrial Area. There were no casualties. The fire, first spotted around 5.45pm, was brought under control within an hour by Civil Defence firefighters. PICTURE: Jayan Orma HMCвЂ™s new service a big relief for patients with intestinal issues T he Home Total Parenteral Nutrition Service, introduced recently at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), is beneп¬Ѓting families of patients who are not able to obtain proper nutrition orally. вЂњWe are very grateful for the services HMC is providing our daughter. It has changed our life as a family,вЂќ said Hind Mahmoud, mother of three-year-old Kenzi Nader, who has been using the service for almost two years now. The service was created speciп¬Ѓcally for patients with intestinal function failure as irregular or failed intestine function can lead to mal-absorption of vital п¬‚uids and nutrients. It is often caused by a congenital disease of the bowel or surgical sectioning of a signiп¬Ѓcant length of the bowel, leading to a condition called short bowel syndrome. As a consequence, nutrients must be administered directly into the vein through the placement of a special intravenous catheter. This form of nutrition is called Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). Dr Kamal Osman Hassan, paediatric gastroenterology senior consultant and head of the Paediatric Gastroenterology Section at Hamad General Hospital (HGH), explained that prior to the new homecare service, patients requiring parenteral nutrition were required to spend a signiп¬Ѓcant Kenzi: homecare service amount of their time at the hospital. вЂњWith the Home Total Parental Nutrition Service, our patients can now stay at home with their families and enjoy the life that other children have. They can go to school, shopping, outdoor parks and travel with their families; things that Lankan expat jailed for drug dealing A Doha Criminal Court has sentenced a Sri Lankan expatriate to three years in jail and п¬Ѓned him QR 200,000 for dealing in drugs, local Arabic daily Arrayah reported yesterday. The man would be deported on completing his sentence. He was caughtle trying to sell marijuana to an undercover police agent. The Drug Prevention Department of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) had received a tip-off about suspicious behavior by the accused. An undercover agent asked him for the drugs and the accused told him that he would give him the marijuana for QR2,200 at a certain location. Eventually, the undercover policeman met the accused at the agreed location and the accused handed him a package containing the drug while the policeman handed him the money. All this took place while police personnel watched from a distance. The accused was then arrested at which point he tried to throw the money on the ground but policemen caught him and searched his accommodation. They found about 1,583gm of marijuana, as later conп¬Ѓrmed by the forensic evidence laboratory, and some scattered pieces of magazine papers used for folding, besides a scale believed to be used to weigh the drugs. However, the accused denied all charges and pleaded innocence during investigation by the Public Prosecution. Ultimately, the court found him guilty and convicted him based on the testimony of the policemen and the quantity of illicit drugs found at his residence. were very difficult before,вЂќ he explained. Mahmoud recalled that Kenzi was admitted to the hospital shortly after birth due to birth defects in the intestine which prevented her from absorbing vital nutrients. She spent one year in the hospital before being introduced to the homecare service. вЂњDuring this period it was also very hard for us to stay with her all the time because of our commitments with work and our other children. We are much relieved with the home service,вЂќ she said. Both doctors and patientsвЂ™ families admitted that the long stay in hospital required to administer the parenteral nutrition adversely affected the quality of life for patients and their families. вЂњChildren who came for intravenous nutrition at an early stage in their lives showed very slow development compared to other children of their age,вЂќ stated Dr Hassan. Mahmoud pointed out that during the year Kenzi spent in hospital, her development was very slow; she wasnвЂ™t even able to crawl. вЂњBut after transferring to the home service, she was able to walk in three months only; we were very happy and surprised with the massive change.вЂќ Prior to transitioning to the Home Parenteral Nutrition programme, parents are provided with training explaining how to administer and connect the parenteral nutrition bag to the intravenous catheter and how to clean it. Nurses from HMCвЂ™s home healthcare service visit the patients in their homes regularly (usually once per week), to perform checkups and provide any additional medical assistance. HMC also provides patients with all required equipment for the Home Parental Nutrition programme. Mahmoud added: вЂњWe are all happy that we can now spend more time with our daughter. HMC doctors and nurses have been very helpful and responded to all of our needs, answering our phone calls even after their working hours. IвЂ™m really grateful for that.вЂќ Dr Hassan also explained that the beneп¬Ѓts of the programme go beyond the patients enrolled in the service. вЂњNot only does this new system provide patients and their families with a greater opportunity to live their lives like any other family and to establish a better environment for their child to grow, it also allows us to provide beds to other patients that were once occupied for years by patients needing parenteral nutrition,вЂќ he added. he Bangladesh embassy yesterday observed the 39th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day. In the morning, the programme started with hoisting of the National Flag at halfmast by ambassador Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker at the embassy premises in presence of officials and community members. A minuteвЂ™s silence was observed as a mark of respect to the Father of the Nation and the martyrs of August 15, 1975. Messages from president, prime minister and foreign minister of Bangladesh on National Mourning Day were read out. This was followed by a discussion on the life and works of the Father of the Nation. Speakers highlighted the contribution of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the national life of Bangladesh. They urged all to work whole heartedly to fulп¬Ѓl his dream of a prosperous Bangladesh. They also emphasised on the need for educating the younger generation about the life and works of Bangabandhu. In his speech the ambassador recalled the epic role played by Bangabandhu in BangladeshвЂ™s emergence as an independent country. He mentioned that August 15 is the saddest chapter in the history of Bangladesh. вЂњAs a nation we must learn a lesson here вЂ“ our mourning should be turned into our strength and we should work hard to fulп¬Ѓll the dream of the Father of the Nation вЂ“ a golden Bengal.вЂќ He thanked expatriate Bangladeshis in Qatar for their hard labour and contribution to the nation building towards fulп¬Ѓlling the dream of Bangabandhu and for demonstration of unity, fraternity, liberal and moderate attitude. A documentary on the life and works of Bangabandhu was also screened during the event. The Bangladesh ambassador hoisting the national flag on the National Mourning Day at the embassy yesterday. Emir and Malaysian PM hold discussions HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday held a telephone conversation with Malaysian prime minister Mohamed Najib Abdul Razak. Discussions dealt with bilateral ties and ways to enhance them as well as a number of regional and international issues, particularly the situation in the Gaza Strip. Greetings to India, Korea HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani have sent cables of congratulations to the Indian president on the occasion of the anniversary of his countryвЂ™s Independence Day. HH the Emir and HE the Prime Minister have also sent cables of congratulation to the Republic of Korea president of the on the occasion of her countryвЂ™s National Day. Find alternative to diversions: experts E xperts and citizens have stressed the importance of п¬Ѓnding alternative solutions to help avoid the inconvenience caused by road diversions and closures while work on big projects is under way, Arabic daily Al Watan has reported. Engineer Ahmed Jassim al-Jolo said temporary solutions such as steel bridges are required as road users cannot be expected to remain patient for п¬Ѓve years, for instance, before some big project is completed, the report states. Hamad Hadi al-Baridi, a member of the Central Municipal Council (CMC), said temporary bridges should also be installed and used in some areas with traffic congestion, especially in the heart of Doha, according to the report. Mohamed al-Yahri, a citizen, believes that building temporary bridges is the right solution rather than having traffic diversions and road closures. He, however, was critical of steel bridges with single lanes as he argued that these would be rendered useless if a car broke down in the middle of the bridge. Members of the CMC and citizens have also highlighted the importance of awarding contracts for the construction of temporary solutions such as steel bridges to experienced companies and that the cost of these projects should not go up so as to avoid waste of public funds. Recently, CMC member Mushaal al-Dahnim said a temporary steel bridge being built over the Al Obaidly roundabout would be completed within two months. Al-Dahnim told Arabic daily Arrayah that the bridge, being built for QR36mn, would be a temporary solution to the problem of congestion on ERing Road where vehicle queues extend from the Al Thumama roundabout to the Al Obaidly roundabout. Work is progressing on the temporary steel bridge over the Al Obaidly roundabout. PICTURE: Nasar T K Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 3 REGION/ARAB WORLD IAEA chief to visit Iran before probe deadline Reuters Vienna U N nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano will visit Iran tomorrow in an apparent attempt to push for progress in a long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran. AmanoвЂ™s trip comes ahead of an August 25 deadline for Iran to provide some information relevant to the International Atomic Energy AgencyвЂ™s inquiry into what it calls the possible military dimensions of the countryвЂ™s disputed nuclear programme. Iran dismisses Western accusations that it has been working to develop a capability to assemble atomic weapons. The visit - announced by the IAEA yesterday - will be AmanoвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst to Iran this year and the third since 2012. Western officials say Iranian clariп¬Ѓcations of the IAEAвЂ™s concerns would also advance efforts by six world powers to negotiate an end to a decade-old standoff over TehranвЂ™s atomic activities, suggesting some sanctions relief may depend on it. With major gaps remaining over the permissible future scope of IranвЂ™s uranium enrichment programme, the talks between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, China, Britain and Russia were in mid-July extended until November 24. Iran says it is enriching uranium to generate electricity, and not to accumulate п¬Ѓssile material for a potential atomic bomb, as the West suspects. Tehran rejects such suspicions as based on false and fabricated information from its enemies but has promised, since pragmatist Hassan Rohani became president in mid-2013, to work with the Vienna-based UN agency to clear them up. Under a phased co-operation pact hammered out late last year, an attempt to jumpstart the longstalled IAEA investigation, Iran agreed in May to implement п¬Ѓve nuclear transparency measures by August 25, two of which directly dealt with the nuclear bomb inquiry. However, so far there have been no public indications of any movement by Iran on the agreed steps. A brief statement issued by the UN agency yesterday said, without elaborating: вЂњThe director general of the IAEA ... will visit Iran for meetings on August 17 with Iranian leaders and senior officials. The visit is part of the efforts to advance dialogue and co-operation between the agency and Iran.вЂќ Diplomatic sources said in late July that the IAEA - which is tasked with preventing the spread of nuclear weapons in the world was concerned about IranвЂ™s lack of engagement with the investigation. They said there was still time for Iran to meet its commitments, noting that Tehran had occasionally waited until the last minute to make concessions in the past. But the slow pace of co-operation may reinforce an impression in the West about continuing Iranian reluctance to give the IAEA the information and access to sites and people that it says it needs for its investigation. вЂњUnless Iran addresses the IAEAвЂ™s concerns ... the chance is reduced of successfully negotiating a long- term nuclear agreement between the (six powers) and Iran,вЂќ the Institute for Science and International Security think tank said this month. After years of what the West saw as Iranian stonewalling, Iran as a п¬Ѓrst step in May gave the IAEA information it had requested about its reasons for developing Exploding Bridge Wire detonators. These can be used to set off an atomic explosive device but Iran says they are for civilian use. Tehran agreed to clarify two other issues by late August - concerning alleged work on explosives and computer studies related to calculating nuclear explosive yields. They were among 12 speciп¬Ѓc areas listed in an IAEA report issued in 2011 with a trove of intelligence indicating a concerted weapons programme that was halted in 2003. Iraqi Sunnis set terms for joining unity government A spokesman for tribal and clerical leaders says Sunni representatives in Anbar and other provinces have drawn up a list of demands Reuters Baghdad T ribal leaders and clerics from IraqвЂ™s Sunni heartland offered their conditional backing yesterday for a new government that hopes to contain sectarian bloodshed and an offensive by Islamic State militants that threatens to tear the country apart. One of the most inп¬‚uential tribal leaders said he was willing to work with Shia prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi provided a new administration respected the rights of the Sunni Muslim minority that dominated Iraq under Saddam Hussain. Ali Hatem Suleiman left open a possibility that Sunnis would take up arms against the Islamic State п¬Ѓghters in the same way as he and others joined US and Shia-led government forces to thwart an Al Qaeda insurgency in Iraq between 2006 and 2009. Abadi faces the daunting task of pacifying the vast western desert province of Anbar, where Sunni frustrations with the sectarian policies of outgoing Shia premier Nuri al-Maliki have goaded some to join the Islamic State insurrection. Iraq has been plunged into its worst violence since the peak of a sectarian civil war in 2006-2007, with Sunni п¬Ѓghters led by the Islamic State overrunning large parts of the west and north, forc- ing hundreds of thousands to п¬‚ee for their lives and threatening ethnic Kurds in their autonomous province. Winning over Sunnis will be vital to any efforts to contain the violence marked by daily kidnappings, execution-style killings and bombings. Taha Mohamed al-Hamdoon, spokesman for the tribal and clerical leaders, said Sunni representatives in Anbar and other provinces had drawn up a list of demands. This would be delivered through Sunni politicians to Abadi, a member of the same Shia Islamist party but with a less confrontational reputation than Maliki, who announced on Thursday he would stand down. Hamdoon called for the government and Shia militia forces to suspend hostilities in Anbar to allow space for talks. вЂњIt is not possible for any negotiations to be held under barrel bombs and indiscriminate bombing,вЂќ Hamdoon said in a telephone interview with Reuters. вЂњLet the bombing stop and withdraw and curtail the (Shia) militias until there is a solution for the wise men in these areas.вЂќ IraqвЂ™s most inп¬‚uential Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said the handover of power offered a rare opportunity to resolve the crisis. Sistani told the countryвЂ™s feuding politicians to live up to their вЂњhistoric responsibilityвЂќ by cooperating with Abadi as he tries to form a new government and overcome divisions among the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish communities that deepened under Maliki. Abadi himself, in comments online, urged his countrymen to unite and cautioned that the road ahead would be tough. Sistani, a reclusive octogenarian whose authority few Iraqi politicians would dare openly challenge, also had pointed comments for the military, which offered no serious resistance when the Islamic State staged its lightning offensive in June. вЂњWe stress the necessity that the Iraqi п¬‚ag is the banner they hoist over their troops and units, and avoid using any pictures or other symbols,вЂќ Sistani said, in a call for the armed forces to set aside sectarian differences. Maliki was blamed for blurring lines between the army and Shia militias. Maliki endorsed Abadi in a televised late-night speech during which he stood next to his successor. The United States has asked European countries to supply arms and ammunition to the Kurdish forces, US and European officials have said. In Brussels, European Union foreign ministers decided that individual member states were free to send weapons to the Kurds, provided they had the consent of Iraqi national authorities. The EU said it would also look at how to prevent the Islamic State, which has overrun some oilп¬Ѓelds in Syria and Iraq, beneп¬Ѓting from oil sales. Several European governments, including France, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, have said they will send arms to the Kurds or are considering doing so. In London, the British government also said it would consider вЂњpositivelyвЂќ any request for weapons from the Kurds. Members of the Yazidi minority arrive at the Syria-Iraq border, in Fishkhabour, northern Iraq, yesterday. Security Council blacklists militants in Iraq and Syria Reuters United Nations T he UN Security Council took aim at Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria yesterday, blacklisting six people including the Islamic State spokesman and threatening sanctions against those who п¬Ѓnance, recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken the Islamic State - an Al Qaeda splinter group that has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate - and Al QaedaвЂ™s Syrian wing Nusra Front. Islamic State has long been blacklisted by the Security Council, while Nusra Front was added earlier this year. Both groups are designated under the UN Al Qaeda sanctions regime. A top Saudi cleric called yesterday for a global code of conduct for leaders, scholars and young people to halt a further slide into violence and вЂњterrorвЂќ in the Middle East. The kingdom has grown increasingly alarmed since militants from an offshoot of Al Qaeda captured large areas of neighbouring Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate. At his Friday sermon in Makkah, the imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Sudais, decried вЂњmass massacres against humanityвЂќ in Gaza, Syria and Iraq. вЂњAll of this happens under the sight and hearing of the international community ... which raises fear that a generation would come to believe only in violence, terror and the clash of civilisa- tions,вЂќ Saudi state news agency SPA quoted Sudais as saying. He said вЂњthere was an urgent need to prepare a global code of conduct in which the leaders and scholars would deliver their messages and in which the youths would set their thoughts right and the path of the new media is set rightвЂќ, SPA added. The report did not go into details of the contents of such a code of conduct. Militant groups regularly use websites to spread messages from п¬Ѓrebrand clerics and publicise attacks. The kingdom has kept a close eye on sermons for evidence of militancy since Al Qaeda staged attacks that killed hundreds in Saudi Arabia a decade ago. The authorities are worried that anger at the violence in Syria and Iraq, coupled with hardline teachings by some local religious leaders, could inspire a new generation of militants. former Algerian army officer who escaped house arrest in France in 2013 and joined Nusra Front in Syria, and Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al-Charekh of Saudi Arabia, dubbed вЂњa leading terrorist internet propagandistвЂќ who heads Nusra Front in SyriaвЂ™s Latakia district. Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali and Hajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi, both from Kuwait, were sanctioned for allegedly providing п¬Ѓnancial support to Nusra Front - AjmiвЂ™s fundraising includes at least one Twitter campaign, according to UN experts - while Abdelrahman Mohamed Zaп¬Ѓr al-Dabidi al-Jahani of Saudi Arabia was named because he runs Nusra FrontвЂ™s foreign п¬Ѓghter networks. Britain initially aimed to adopt the text by the end of August, but accelerated its plan after a surge by Islamic State, which poses the biggest threat to Iraq since Saddam Hussain was toppled by a US-led invasion in 2003. The resolution condemns the recruitment of foreign п¬Ѓghters and expresses readiness to blacklist people п¬Ѓnancing or facilitating travel of foreign п¬Ѓghters. It expresses concern that revenue generated from oilп¬Ѓelds captured by both groups is being used to organise attacks. Islamic State militants are selling oil from oilп¬Ѓelds in Iraq and reп¬Ѓneries they control to local communities and smugglers, augmenting their existing ample п¬Ѓnances, US intelligence officials said on Thursday. The resolution condemns any direct or indirect trade with Islamic State or Nusra Front and warns such moves could lead to sanctions. It asks UN experts charged with monitoring violations of the councilвЂ™s Al Qaeda sanctions regime - to report in 90 days on the threat posed by Islamic State and Nusra Front, and on details of their recruitment and funding. Yemen Qaeda vows revenge against US Cleric seeks code of conduct to stem terror Reuters Dubai YesterdayвЂ™s resolution named six people who will be subject to an international travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo, including Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, an Iraqi described by UN experts as one of the groupвЂ™s вЂњmost inп¬‚uential emirsвЂќ and close to its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Islamic StateвЂ™s swift and brutal push to the borders of IraqвЂ™s autonomous ethnic Kurdish region and toward Baghdad has sparked the п¬Ѓrst US air strikes in Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops in 2011. The Security Council resolution вЂњdeplores and condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist acts of ISIL (Islamic State) and its violent extremist ideology, and its continued gross, systematic and widespread abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian lawвЂќ. It also blacklisted Said Arif, a AFP Dubai T Artists paint graffiti on a wall in Sanaa on Thursday denouncing the execution of 14 Yemeni soldiers by insurgents with suspected links to Al Qaeda in the southern province of Hadramout on August 8. he Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered the networkвЂ™s most dangerous branch, has threatened revenge attacks against the United States for air strikes on Islamic State jihadists in Iraq. In a statement posted on the its Twitter account late Thursday, AQAP said US air strikes on jihadist targets in Iraq were a вЂњdeclaration of warвЂќ by вЂњZionist and CrusaderвЂќ forces that will not go unpunished. вЂњThe declaration of war by (US President Barack) Obama on Muslims in Iraq and the subsequent targeting of the mujahedeen by American aircraft clearly shows that the Zionist-Crusader threat is still the most dangerous to the Islamic ummah (world),вЂќ the statement said. IS has been disavowed by the Al Qaeda leadership and AQAP did not refer to it by name, talking instead of вЂњour Muslim brothers in IraqвЂќ. But the key Al Qaeda affiliate, born of a 2009 merger of its franchises in Osama bin LadenвЂ™s native Saudi Arabia and ancestral homeland Yemen, expressed вЂњsolidarityвЂќ with the group. вЂњOnce we п¬Ѓnd a way to hurt America, we will follow it, Allah permitting, as jihad is the cause of Allah,вЂќ AQAP said. вЂњWe call on all Islamic groups to support their brothers by harming America and by making it part of their jihad plans to hit America militarily, economically and in the media. вЂњWe call on Muslims anywhere, especially those who can enter America, to support their brothers by waging war against America in any way they can.вЂќ AQAP has been linked to a string of attempted attacks on the United States in the past, including a botched bid to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009. It has been a major target of the US вЂњwar on terrorвЂќ, sustaining repeated deadly drone strikes on its leadership since 2002 matched only by those on Afghanistan and Pakistan. This month, US drones and jets have raided Islamic State targets in Iraq, after the jihadists seized swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad, attacking religious minorities, including Christians. 4 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 ARAB WORLD Palestinians accuse Israel of violating Gaza truce The Palestinian government in Gaza says Israeli troops shot at houses east of the town of Khan Younis Agencies Gaza T he Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza accused Israel yesterday of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce that has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on Thursday. An Israeli military spokeswoman said: вЂњWe have no knowledge of such an incident.вЂќ The Palestinian ministry in the coastal territory dominated by Hamas Islamists said Israeli troops shot at houses east of the town of Khan Younis. The ceaseп¬Ѓre, renewed on Thursday for п¬Ѓve days after a previous truce expired, has largely halted more than a month of п¬Ѓghting in which 1,945 Palestinians, many of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel were killed. The truce got off to a rocky start with Israel launching an air raid early on Thursday in response to rocket п¬Ѓre from Gaza in violation of the earlier truce. There were no reported casualties in any of these incidents. The latest ceaseп¬Ѓre, mediated by Egypt, gave the parties an additional п¬Ѓve days, until late on Monday to come up with a comprehensive agreement to end the war in Gaza. Negotiations hosted in Cairo were expected to reconvene tomorrow. Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuвЂ™s security cabinet debated the emerging deal at a meeting held behind closed doors yesterday, after a protest by 10,000 Israelis in Tel Aviv, angry at the warвЂ™s inconclusive results and the prospect of facing more rocket п¬Ѓre from Gaza once the truce comes to an end. An Israeli official said after yesterdayвЂ™s meeting that any deal struck in Egypt had to вЂњprovide clearly for security arrangementsвЂќ for Israel. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to elaborate. Few precise details of the indirect negotiations have emerged, but the broad outlines are well known: the Palestinians want an end to IsraelвЂ™s blockade of Gaza, an extension of the stripвЂ™s maritime and security boundaries and the building of a sea port and reopen- ing of an airport in the enclave. For their part, the Israelis want an end to rocket п¬Ѓre from Gaza, the full demilitarisation of the territory, and for the Palestinian Authority headed by Western-allied President Mahmoud Abbas to take over responsibility for managing GazaвЂ™s 12km border with Egypt at Rafah, an effort to prevent the smuggling of weapons and other military-use equipment. For the п¬Ѓrst time since п¬Ѓghting began between Israel and Hamas on July 8, residents in Gaza City were able to attend Friday prayers without fear of being killed. In the Shati refugee camp, a few hundred men prayed in the rubble of one mosque, lining up their prayer mats directly under the teetering remains of the minaret that looked as if it could collapse at any moment, after around two thirds of the mosque was pulverised. Dozens of mosques have been damaged in the п¬Ѓghting. The imam at the mosque in the Shati camp called during the sermon for the destruction of Israel. вЂњWe must do our prayers with or without the existence of a mosque, and people are praying under the rubble,вЂќ said Ismael Redwan, who lives close by. Palestinians pray yesterday underneath a toppled minaret during Friday prayers at a mosque that was targeted by Israeli army strikes in Gaza. Dutch man returns Israeli honour after family killed AFP The Hague A 91-year-old Dutch man honoured by Israel for shielding a Jew from the Nazis has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in a Gaza air strike. Henk Zanoli returned his Righteous Among the Nations award to the Israeli ambassador in The Hague this week after an Israeli F-16 destroyed his great nieceвЂ™s Gaza home, killing all inside. вЂњIt is with great sorrow that I am herewith returning the medal I received as an honour and a token of appreciation from the State of Israel for the efforts and risks taken by my mother and her family in saving the life of a Jewish boy during the German occupation,вЂќ Zanoli said in a letter dated Monday. According to ZanoliвЂ™s letter addressed to the Israeli ambassador, the bomb dropped by the Israeli military on July 20 during its mas- sive Gaza offensive п¬‚attened a four-storey building at the Bureij refugee camp, killing all inside. вЂњThe great-great grandchildren of my mother have lost their grandmother, three uncles, an aunt and a cousin at the hands of the Israeli military,вЂќ Zanoli said in the letter, published by liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz and widely circulated in the Dutch media. вЂњIt is particularly shocking and tragic that today, four generations on, our family is faced with the murder of our kin in Gaza. Murder carried out by the State of Israel,вЂќ Zanoli said. The nonagenarian was too frail to deliver the letter in person, but instead sent it, with the medal, to the Israeli embassy in The HagueвЂ”the same place he received the accolade three years ago. вЂњFor me to hold on to the honour granted to me by the State of Israel under these circumstances, would be an insult... to those in my family, four generations on, who lost no less than six of their relatives in Gaza,вЂќ Zanoli said. UN envoy plans Libya trip to negotiate truce Reuters Paris T he new UN special envoy to Libya plans to visit Tripoli as early as next week to seek a ceaseп¬Ѓre between armed factions whose clashes have turned parts of the capital into a battleп¬Ѓeld, his office said. Bernardino Leon aims to end п¬Ѓghting between brigades from Misrata and п¬Ѓghters allied to the western town of Zintan, whose rivalries erupted a month ago into the worst clashes since the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddaп¬Ѓ. The battles, which involve brigades of former rebels who once fought Gaddaп¬Ѓ together, have forced the United Nations and Western governments to evacuate their diplomats, fearing Libya is sliding into civil war. A statement by his office said LeonвЂ™s Tripoli visit for talks would be conducted with the United Nations as the only international mediator accepted by all Libyan parties. вЂњIt is in this framework (that) I am planning to travel to Tripoli as early as next week to continue to support the talks between the parties,вЂќ it said. Most of the п¬Ѓghting has raged over the international airport in Tripoli, which п¬Ѓghters from Zintan have controlled since sweeping into the capital during the 2011 war. Misrata and Zintan forces have exchanged barrages of Grad rockets, artillery п¬Ѓre and mortars across southern Tripoli, forcing hundreds of families Demonstrators protest at Freedom Square in Benghazi yesterday against the parliamentвЂ™s decision to call for UN intervention to protect civilians and state institutions in Libya. from their homes and killing more than 200 people. LibyaвЂ™s fragile government still has no national army and often put former rebels on the state payroll as semi-official security forces, as a way to co-opt them into the new state. But the heavily armed rival brigades are allied with competing political factions and are often more loyal to their region, city or local commanders than to the Libyan central government. вЂњIn my personal opinion, there are some urgent matters and a principle that should be agreed. The principle is that this should be a real ceaseп¬Ѓre where ... I expect both sides to (both) talk in good faith and not to use it for military regroupment purposes,вЂќ Leon said. He said talks should address conп¬‚icts in other parts of Libya, the government control of airports with UN support, and the withdrawal of armed groups and their allies from Tripoli. Several thousand people rallied in Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata and other cities against the Congress, which has called on the United Nations to protect civilians. Gunmen attacked protesters in Martyrs Square in downtown Tripoli, and police responded by opening п¬Ѓre. It was unclear if there were any injuries. Three killed as Mursi backers, foes clash AFP Cairo T hree people were killed as supporters and opponents of EgyptвЂ™s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi clashed after Friday prayers, security officials said, a day after п¬Ѓve people died in sporadic violence. Supporters of Mursi have attempted to stage rallies since Thursday, the п¬Ѓrst anniversary of a deadly police crackdown in Cairo that left hundreds dead, but security forces have swiftly quashed them. On August 14, 2013, after then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had removed Mursi, EgyptвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst freely elected president, police cracked down on his supporters at protest camps in CairoвЂ™s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares, leaving hundreds of people dead. Yesterday, two people were killed when pro-Mursi supporters clashed with their opponents after the weekly prayers in CairoвЂ™s western neighbourhood of Faisal, a security official said. Clashes erupted when pro-Mursi marchers set off п¬Ѓreworks close to shops and residences in the area, the official said, adding the two men were killed by live ammunition and birdshot. Riot police later intervened and also clashed with pro-Mursi protesters. Eight Mursi supporters were arrested and a security officer and three conscripts were wounded in Faisal, the security official said. The interior ministry said that вЂњan armed and masked Mursi supporterвЂќ was killed by security forces south of Cairo when they intervened to break up a clash between the two groups. Five people including a police officer were wounded in a separate protest in north Cairo. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 5 AFRICA Ghana cholera outbreak at вЂ�staggeringвЂ™ level A cholera outbreak in GhanaвЂ™s capital has reached вЂњstaggeringвЂќ levels, an official said yesterday, blaming poor sanitation and overcrowded health facilities for the rapid spread of the disease. Cholera has killed more than 40 people in Accra since June and infected 3,100 others, according to the Ghana Health Service. While the city has been hit by cholera before, the director of health services for the greater Accra region, Linda Van Otoo, said the current outbreak was вЂњstaggeringвЂќ. вЂњIt is a total outbreak and the cases in Accra keep increasing daily,вЂќ Otoo said. Cholera causes diarrhoea, dehydration and death if left untreated. It is transmitted by ingesting food or drink contaminated with human waste. Otoo puts the blame for the outbreak on poor sanitation in AccraвЂ™s more impoverished districts. Media wronged jailed dissident Three Rwandan news outlets were ordered yesterday to apologise for accusing a jailed opposition leader of witchcraft, according to the head of an independent media watchdog. An article printed in a newspaper and a news website, and then repeated by a radio station, alleged that Victoire Ingabire tried to poison a child while in prison. вЂњWe found that it was a malicious story,вЂќ Fred Muvunyi, head of the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), told AFP. Ingabire was sentenced in December to 15 years in jail on several charges including terrorism. Somalia soldiers battle warlord in Mogadishu AFP Mogadishu S omali government and African forces battled a powerful warlord in Mogadishu yesterday, with security forces then storming a major radio station critical of the п¬Ѓghting and arresting journalists. Witnesses reported at least п¬Ѓve dead in a gun battle lasting several hours, after the army backed by African Union (AU) troops launched a pre-dawn assault on the base of warlord Ahmed Dai in a bid to disarm his militia. There were bursts of intense gunп¬Ѓre and heavy explosions with rocket-propelled grenades п¬Ѓred by both sides, witnesses said, reporting at least п¬Ѓve dead. вЂњFighting was very heavy, both sides used heavy machine guns and п¬Ѓred grenades,вЂќ said Abidiweli Mohamed, a local resident, adding he had seen п¬Ѓve dead bodies, including three civilians. But Dai escaped the attack and is reported to be on the run. After п¬Ѓghting calmed, security forces turned to one of MogadishuвЂ™s main radio stations, Radio Shabelle, arresting 20 staff and seizing equipment, with a security official accusing it of вЂњnegativeвЂќ broadcasts about military operations. Soldiers patrol in the Wadajir district, south of the capital, following the Somalia governmentвЂ™s operation against warlord Ahmed Dai. A Somali man carries the body of his child, who was killed during heavy fighting in Mogadishu. вЂњThey have arrested 20 members of staff, including the director, and equipment was also seized,вЂќ said Mohammed Bashir, a producer at the station. вЂњI escaped only because I had gone to pray.вЂќ SomaliaвЂ™s government launched a campaign to disarm militias earlier this month, with troops backed by the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Boko Haram kidnaps scores in northeast Nigeria, say witnesses AFP Maiduguri B oko Haram Islamists have kidnapped scores of people from п¬Ѓshing communities in NigeriaвЂ™s extreme northeast, hauling some of the hostages away on boats across Lake Chad, witnesses said yesterday. Several people were also reportedly killed in the militant raids on a number of villages in the Kukawa Local Government area in Borno state, a Boko Haram stronghold. The remote area has poor mobile phone coverage, and details of the attacks that took place on Sunday have taken days to emerge. A few survivors travelled to BornoвЂ™s capital Maiduguri, where they briefed reporters on the latest mass abduction by the insurgents, who caused global outrage in April when they kidnapped 276 girls from their school. They are still holding 219 girls. вЂњAt п¬Ѓrst we thought (the attackers) were soldiers ... But when they began shooting at people and setting п¬Ѓre to homes we realised they were Boko Har- am,вЂќ Halima Alhaji Adam, from the village of Doron Baga. Adam said that the militants kidnapped roughly 100 young men aged between 15 and 30. Her account was supported by two other local women and a man who also reached Maiduguri as well as a leader of a vigilante force which is helping the military in the counter-insurgency п¬Ѓght. Abubakar Jatau, from Baga, said that 97 men and boys were taken in the raid, which began late on Sunday and continued into the early hours of the following morning. вЂњThey killed 28 people, including four they slaughtered along the shores of Lake Chad. The 24 others were shot dead inside the village during the attack,вЂќ he said. There was no official corroboration of the death toll or any comment from the military. The hostages вЂњwere forced into motorboats and taken into ChadвЂќ, Adam said. Another woman who escaped, Fatima Suleiman, said that locals feared the hostages would be used as вЂњfoot soldiersвЂќ by the extremists, who regularly carry out strikes on military and civilian targets in the impoverished area. Mohammed Gava, the Maiduguri-based vigilante leader, said that a number of girls and women were also taken. Jatau said the multi-national joint task force, made up troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger and which is nominally responsible for security in the area, rescued 23 of the female hostages. The others backed up his account, with Suleiman saying about 20 people were rescued. The force was formed more than a decade ago вЂ“ long before Boko Haram became a threat вЂ“ to crack down on cross-border smuggling. The survivors who spoke to AFP said soldiers from this force deployed to the area after the attacks and clashed with Boko Haram п¬Ѓghters on Wednesday when the insurgents returned. The troops вЂњgave them a good п¬ЃghtвЂќ, said Suleiman. Boko Haram, which says it wants to create an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, has been accused of kidnapping hundreds of people in the northeast to use as conscripts, wives and slaves. Yesterday AU troops displayed rockets and machine guns that they had seized from the raid, despite militia commander Dai insisted the only guns he had were a вЂњfew for self-defenceвЂќ. AMISOM said in a statement that it had launched the raid вЂњfollowing a tip-off that there was an arms cacheвЂќ, and arrested 20 gunmen. Fighting took place in a neigh- bourhood close to the heavilydefended airport zone, headquarters of the 22,000-strong AU force. War-torn Somalia is awash with guns after more than two decades of conп¬‚ict, with several politicians and local leaders commanding what are effectively private armies. Such forces are not connected to SomaliaвЂ™s hardline Shebaab Islamists, who are п¬Ѓghting to topple the internationally backed government. The clashes come just two days after UN Security Council envoys brieп¬‚y visited a fortiп¬Ѓed zone within the dangerous capital, where they promised to support the п¬Ѓrst elections in decades, scheduled for 2016. The п¬Ѓghting comes as warnings grow of a humanitarian crisis in Somalia, three years after more than 250,000 people, half of them children, died in a famine. UN aid chief for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini told UN en- voys on Wednesday that вЂњall the signs that we saw in the prefamine period in 2010 are hereвЂќ. Lazzarini said that the country is вЂњat a critical crossroadsвЂќ in an appeal for more aid, saying it would be вЂњmorally intolerable for the world to let Somalia go into crisis only a few years after the devastating famineвЂќ. A million people have п¬‚ed their homes inside the country, and more than a million live in neighbouring nations as refugees. President Jonathan п¬Ѓres striking doctors DPA Kano T he death toll from the Ebola virus in Nigeria rose to four yesterday as President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly п¬Ѓred thousands of doctors who have been taking part in weeks of nation-wide strikes. Jonathan ordered the dismissal of around 16,000 doctors in an internal memo to the health ministry, according to newspaper Premium Times. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu instructed that вЂњletters of terminationвЂќ be issued immediately to all affected resident doctors in hospitals. The move allows the health ministry to вЂњmake internal arrangements to get alternative doctors to cater for patientsвЂќ, said ministry spokesman Isiaka Yusuf. Doctors and nurses in public hospitals across the nation of 169mn people вЂ“ according to World Bank estimates вЂ“ have taken part in work stoppages since July 1 and are refusing to return to work until their working conditions and salaries improve. The strike is severely hampering efforts to curb the epi- demic in AfricaвЂ™s most populous state. Also yesterday, the ministry announced the death of nurse Justina Obi Echelonu, who died in quarantine at the First Consultant Hospital in Lagos, NigeriaвЂ™s commercial capital, as well as a new conп¬Ѓrmed Ebola case. EchelonuвЂ™s death raises the number of people killed by Ebola to four in Nigeria, local newspaper Vanguard reported. In all, 11 Ebola cases have been conп¬Ѓrmed so far, while 169 people are under surveillance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is warning that West AfricaвЂ™s Ebola outbreak вЂњcontinues to escalateвЂќ. The WHO has said that a вЂњmassive scaling up of the international responseвЂќ is necessary to get the outbreak under control. By August 13, 1,975 cases and 1,069 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. In Liberia, the justice ministry has released 100 pre-trial detainees with minor offences to protect them from Ebola in overcrowded prisons, local newspaper Front Page Africa reports. Ghana, meanwhile, has is- President Jonathan using a hand sanitiser as a precaution against contracting Ebola during an emergency meeting with state govenors and their health commissioners in Abuja on Wednesday. sued a travel alert to Ebola-affected countries and has placed a ban on holding international conferences for the next three months. The government is also procuring protective gear for 10,000 people, after 37 suspected Ebola cases were reported вЂ“ although all tests came back negative. вЂњOur strategy is to prevent the disease from spreading to Ghana,вЂќ said Communications Minister Edward Omane Boamah. Further aп¬Ѓeld, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Liberian athletes were no longer participating in the Youth Olympics in Nanjing due to the Ebola outbreak, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. Teams from Sierra Leone and Nigeria also refused to participate in the games, saying that the special health check-ups ordered for athletes from Ebola-affected countries were discriminating. 6 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 AMERICAS Ferguson protests call attention to вЂ�militarisationвЂ™ of local police By Nick Carey, Reuters Ferguson, Missouri A US military programme that sends armoured cars, camouп¬‚age and other battleп¬Ѓeld equipment to police departments is under fresh scrutiny following protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the death of an unarmed black teenager. The hundreds of people who have gathered each night since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by an unnamed police officer last Saturday have been met with police clad in body armour and using tear gas, smoke bombs and stun grenades. On Thursday, US AttorneyGeneral Eric Holder said it was clear the scenes playing out in the Saint Louis suburb вЂњcannot continueвЂќ. And while he condemned acts of violence and looting by some protesters, he said it was the role of law enforcement to reduce tensions in the city, rather than exacerbate them. вЂњAt a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conп¬‚icting message,вЂќ Holder said. Ferguson, along with many other US communities, has taken part in the PentagonвЂ™s Excess Property Programme, known as 1033, which distributes surplus military equipment to police. The programme began in the early 1990s to assist anti-drug efforts and grew after the attacks of September 11, 2001. A report released in June by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), titled War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarisation of American Policing, documents the п¬‚ow of armoured robots, military-style riп¬‚es and tactical vehicles to local police departments. The programme has proved popular with police forces across the country, with local officials saying that it saves them money and offers valuable equipment to protect police officers. Through the programme, ArizonaвЂ™s Maricopa County has amassed a stockpile of 120 assault riп¬‚es, п¬Ѓve armoured vehicles and 10 helicopters, the ACLU report found. The city of North Little Rock, Arkansas, obtained 34 automatic and semiautomatic riп¬‚es, two robots designed for Afghanistan and ground troop helmets. вЂњWhat weвЂ™re seeing in Ferguson is a reп¬‚ection of the militarisation of American policing,вЂќ said Kara Dansky, senior counsel with the ACLUвЂ™s Centre for Justice. вЂњTheyвЂ™re trained to think of what they do as going into battle.вЂќ Asked about the programme at a Defence Department news brieп¬Ѓng on Thursday, a spokesman said that the programme This picture taken on Wednesday shows a police officer aiming his weapon at a demonstrator protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson. had proven useful because it allows US law enforcement to reuse military equipment that would otherwise go to waste. вЂњThat said, it is up to law enforcement agencies to speak to how and what they gain through this system. And IвЂ™m not going to inject the Pentagon into this discussion,вЂќ Rear Admiral John Kirby said. The police response in Fergu- son to the protests has generally been regarded as п¬Ѓerce. Early on Wednesday, a protester was shot and critically wounded after police said he pointed a gun. The next night, two journalists covering the protests were arrested at a McDonaldвЂ™s вЂ“ and then quickly released. President Barack Obama, in an attempt to defuse tensions in Ferguson, called on the police authorities to respect peaceful demonstrations. вЂњThere is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting,вЂќ Obama said. вЂњThereвЂ™s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protesters or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.вЂќ Veterans have taken to social media to marvel, and in some cases express dismay, at the tactical supplies used in Ferguson. вЂњI led foot patrols in downtown Baquba, #Iraq in 2005-06 w/less п¬Ѓrepower than #Ferguson PD,вЂќ tweeted Phillip Carter, the director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Programme at the Centre for a New American Security. Local authorities initially defended the response. However, facing a chorus of criticism, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Thursday said that the town had come to resemble a war zone, and he named a black Missouri Highway Patrol captain to oversee security in Ferguson. Meanwhile in Ferguson, people described the police response to the protests as unnecessary and over the top. вЂњWe canвЂ™t even protest peacefully in our own neighbourhoods where we pay taxes without being subjected to tear gas and rubber bullets,вЂќ said Al Cole, 36, a salesman. вЂњThere was no need to treat unarmed protesters that way. None.вЂќ Missouri names officer in teen shooting case Reuters Ferguson, Missouri P olice named Darren Wilson as the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and said that the youth was the key suspect in a robbery that occurred minutes before the shooting, which sparked days of sometimes violent protests. Wilson was the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday, police said, giving in to pressure to identify the six-year veteran officer with a clean record, and to provide details about the investigation in order to ease tensions in the largely black suburb outside Saint Louis. Days of protests had cast a spotlight on racial tensions in greater Saint Louis, where civil rights groups have complained in the past of racial proп¬Ѓling by police, of the arrests of a disproportionate number of blacks and of discriminatory police hiring practices. At a news conference yesterday, police released incident reports, video stills of the robbery and provided a more detailed timeline of the August 9 events. The reports, based on video surveillance and witness interviews, said that the events unfolded shortly before noon, with a report of a robbery at a Ferguson convenience store. Two men, Brown and 22-yearold Dorian Johnson, entered the store and Brown became involved in a вЂњstruggle or confrontationвЂќ with someone else at the store, apparently over a box of cigars, a police report said. One page of the report named Brown as the вЂњprimary suspect in this incidentвЂќ, describing him as being dressed in khaki shorts, a white t-shirt and sporting a red baseball hat. It identiп¬Ѓed Dorian Johnson, the friend who was with Brown when he was shot, as a second suspect. That page of the incident report appeared to be written by a police officer whose name was redacted from the publicly released version. The officer appears to suggest he or she was able to observe BrownвЂ™s body вЂ“ found in khaki shorts and a white t-shirt вЂ“ after he was shot by Wilson. вЂњI responded to that scene and observed Brown,вЂќ the officerвЂ™s report said. вЂњAfter viewing Brown and reviewing this video, I was able to conп¬Ѓrm that Brown is the primary suspect in this incident.вЂќ Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said at a news conference yesterday that Wilson came upon Brown about 12.01pm, walking down the street not far from the convenience store, and Wilson had shot the teenager by 12.04pm. Jackson did not discuss details of the actual shooting. The police version that has thus far been provided of BrownвЂ™s shooting differs markedly from witness accounts. An incident in a store in Ferguson last Saturday is seen in these still images taken from a security camera and presented to the media during a news conference by the Ferguson Police Department yesterday. Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol addresses the media following an announcement that Officer Darren Wilson had been involved in the shooting of teen, Michael Brown, in Ferguson. Police said that Brown reached into the police car and struggled with the officer, who shot and killed him. Wilson sustained a facial injury, which was treated in a hospital, they said. Witnesses have said Brown was trying to get away from the officer, who tried to grab him after telling him to move off the street and onto a sidewalk. Brown held up his hands in a sign of surrender but was shot several times, they said. Some residents expressed outrage that police suggested Brown was a robbery suspect when he was killed. вЂњFor them to say this is an armed robbery makes me think this is a cover up,вЂќ said Ferguson resident Milton Jackson, 37. вЂњI donвЂ™t believe what the officer did was called for. Even if there was a robbery, it was unnecessary force to shoot an unarmed black man.вЂќ Arthur Austin, 39, another resident, said: вЂњThis is how the police operate here, they always defame the name of the victim. Michael Brown had never been in trouble so it doesnвЂ™t add up. The more I hear, the less I trust what the police are saying.вЂќ Police had held back naming Wilson for nearly a week because of fears that he could be harmed amid a volatile and sometimesviolent week of angry protests that followed BrownвЂ™s death. The move to identify the ofп¬Ѓcer comes after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Saint Louis County and the county police on Thursday, seeking copies of initial police reports of the shooting. Civil rights leaders from around the country, community Court asked if вЂ�No copsвЂ™ sign enough to ward off police AFP Ottawa A man prosecuted for selling marijuana has asked CanadaвЂ™s high court to weigh in on whether posting a вЂњNo CopsвЂќ sign should have warded off police scrutiny. The defendant operated a small shop selling drug paraphernalia in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He posted a sign at the front door warning police they were not allowed on the premises without a warrant, according to court documents. The manвЂ™s lawyer also wrote to the market townвЂ™s police chief advising officials they are not welcome at the store. Undercover police personnel ignored the warnings and went in to purchase marijuana from the store owner, who was then charged with trafficking of an illicit drug. At trial the evidence was Fraudulent Ebola drug warning Reuters Washington T he US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that it has become aware of products being sold online that fraudulently claim to prevent or treat Ebola. The FDAвЂ™s warning comes on the heels of comments by Ni- geriaвЂ™s top health official, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who reportedly said earlier on Thursday that eight Ebola patients in Lagos will receive an experimental treatment called nano-silver. Erica Jefferson, a spokeswoman for the FDA, said she could not provide any information about the product referenced by the Nigerians. The FDA did not specify any products in its warning. Silver has been used as an antibacterial for centuries. Silver particles known as nano-silver have been incorporated into consumer products such as socks and bedding to help block odours caused by bacteria and mold. The US Environmental Protection Agency considers nanosilver a pesticide. thrown out on the basis that the sting amounted to an unlawful search. But the manвЂ™s acquittal was overturned on appeal. The British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled that the store is a public place and so police may enter to investigate criminal activities. вЂњAn objectively reasonable expectation of privacy in a retail store could not be achieved simply by posting a sign excluding law enforcement officers,вЂќ Justice Nicole Garson said in the decision. The Supreme Court of Canada is now considering whether to hear the case. Cargo ship loaded with trash undocks from International Space Station The privately operated cargo ship Cygnus undocked yesterday after a month-long stay at the International Space Station, the US space agency said. It was loaded with rubbish from the station and was scheduled to burn up in the EarthвЂ™s atmosphere tomorrow over the Pacific Ocean, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said. The space freighter, whose name is the Latin word for swan, was launched in mid-July from the eastern US state of Virginia. It was loaded with 1,500kg of supplies for the station. The mission was the second supply flight for the cargo ship developed by the Virginia-based firm Orbital Sciences. It is to fly at least eight more missions through 2016 as part of a $2bn contract with Nasa. activists and protesters also demanded that the officer be identiп¬Ѓed and be held accountable for the killing. Thousands of protesters, demanding justice for BrownвЂ™s killing, had clashed with riot gear-clad local police since last Saturday, but there was a marked shift on Thursday to a calmer tone after the governor put an African-American Missouri Highway Patrol Captain in charge of security for the area. On Thursday night, a small number of police mingled with the crowd, urging a healing to the racially charged situation, in marked contrast to the riot gear, rubber bullets and tear gas that had confronted protesters earlier in the week. Just three of FergusonвЂ™s 53-strong police force are black, while two-thirds of the townвЂ™s population of 21,000 are black. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who was named on Thursday to oversee security in the area, reported yesterday that the near weeklong period of unrest and angry confrontations between police and protesters appeared to be over. Under his direction, roadblocks were lifted, and instead of using teargas and intimidation, JohnsonвЂ™s teams walked the streets to talk with protesters and listen to their concerns. вЂњLast night was a great night,вЂќ he said. вЂњPeople were talking ... getting their voice out. Mexico mayor held for murder and extortion AFP Morelia T he mayor of a small city in western Mexico was arrested on Thursday on charges of murder and extorting money for drug cartels, the Michoacan state prosecutor said. Dalia Santana Pineda, mayor of Huetamo, a small city of 41,000 people, is accused of ordering the killing of Antonio Granados Gomez in April. She also вЂњcharged 20% salaries of municipal employees, money that ended up in the hands of Servando GomezвЂќ, leader of the Knights Templar cartel, state prosecutor Jose Martin Godoy Castro said. Pineda was arrested after a judge ordered a warrant for the murder of Granados Gomez, who was ordered to be killed because of personal differences. In recent years, drug cartels have penetrated into the highest levels of power in Michoacan state. In April, the state number two, Jesus Reyna, was also arrested for ties to the Knights Templar. And a few weeks ago, the son of former governor Fausto Vallejo was arrested. And the former municipal president of Lazaro Cardenas, a major Paciп¬Ѓc port, was recently detained for links to the cartel. Last week, a video revealed possible ties with another mayor to the drug gang. Michoacan, on MexicoвЂ™s Pacific coast, is a key trafficking area in the drug trade to the United States. Farmers and other civilians in the state took up arms in February 2013 claiming that the local police was too incompetent or corrupt to protect them from local criminal gangs. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 7 ASIA Pope warns of вЂ�cancerвЂ™ of despair AFP Dangjin, South Korea P ope Francis has warned of a вЂњcancerвЂќ of despair in materially obsessed, outwardly affluent societies and urged South Korean Catholics to reject вЂњinhumane economic modelsвЂќ in a stark message to wealthier Asian nations. In an apparent reference to South KoreaвЂ™s high suicide rate, he also warned 45,000 people at a mass in a World Cup stadium in Daejeon of the вЂњculture of deathвЂќ that can pervade countries where the quest for rapid growth marginalises the poor and vulnerable. The message, delivered on the п¬Ѓrst papal visit to the region in 15 years, was designed to resonate not just with South Koreans, but in other dynamic Asian economies where many are beginning to question the social consequences of rapid growth and rampant consumerism. вЂњIt is almost as though a spiritual desert is beginning to spread through our world. It affects the young too, robbing them of hope and even, in all too many cases, of life itself,вЂќ he said. And he returned to the theme later in the day in an address to a gathering of 10,000 young Asian Catholics in Dangjin, when he spoke of the вЂњidolatry of wealth, power and pleasureвЂќ and its unacceptably high human cost. In a visit to a shrine near the western city, where the young believers were celebrating Asian Youth Day, the Pope also touched on the acrimonious relationship between North and South Korea, saying both sides should not lose hope in an eventual reuniп¬Ѓcation. вЂњPray for our brothers in the North, that, just as in a family, there should be no winners or losers,вЂќ he said, leading a momentвЂ™s silence for the unity of the two countries. вЂњKorea is united by a common language. When in a family More than 50,000 people attend the PopeвЂ™s first Mass at Daejeon stadium. Francis speaking during his visit to the shrine of Solmoe. visit by the вЂњso-called PopeвЂќ. Among the capacity crowd in the stadium were 38 survivors and relatives of victims of AprilвЂ™s Sewol ferry tragedy in which 300 people died, most of them schoolchildren. Francis offered a special prayer for the dead and their families and, before the mass, held a brief private audience with some of the relatives. вЂњIвЂ™m a Protestant but I believe the papal visit will help heal the wounds from the Sewol disaster,вЂќ Kim Hyeong-Ki, a father of one we speak the same tongue there is always hope,вЂќ he told a young South Korean woman who expressed sorrow at the ongoing hostilities. The mass in Daejeon, some 160km south of Seoul, was the PopeвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst public event following his arrival in Seoul on Thursday, which nuclear-armed North Korea marked by п¬Ѓring a series of short-range rockets into the sea. The North, which split from the South after the 1950-53 war, rejected accusations that it had timed the launches to upstage the of the victims, told AFP. The ferry tragedy has largely been blamed on a corrupt culture of regulatory negligence that placed proп¬Ѓt over safety. In his homily, Francis called on South Korean Christians to combat вЂњthe spirit of unbridled competition which generates selп¬Ѓshness and strifeвЂќ and to вЂњreject inhuman economic models which create new forms of povertyвЂќ. He also warned of the вЂњspirit of despair that seems to grow like a cancerвЂќ in societies where surface affluence hides deep inner sadness. вЂњUpon how many of our young has this despair taken its toll,вЂќ he said. Thousands without tickets for the mass had cheered and waved п¬‚ags as the Pope rode to the venue in an open-topped car, stopping from time to time to give a personal blessing to young children and infants held up by their parents. вЂњI think this is the most important and unforgettable moment of my life,вЂќ said Han Hye-Jin, 26, an office worker in Daejeon. The PopeвЂ™s visit to South Korea is very much aimed at fuelling a new era of growth for the Catholic church in Asia, and his address at the youth event carried a clear evangelical message. God, he said, вЂњis asking you to go out on the highways and byways of this world, knocking on the doors of other peopleвЂ™s hearts, inviting them to welcome him into their livesвЂќ. Although the church is making some spectacular gains in Asia, Catholics still only account for 3.2% of the continentвЂ™s population. But expansion faces tough challenges, especially in China which prohibits its Catholics from recognising the VaticanвЂ™s authority. According to various reports, scores of Chinese Catholics were prevented from travelling to South Korea for Asian Youth Day, and Beijing also warned Chinese priests in attendance not to participate in any event involving the Pope. The centrepiece of the PopeвЂ™s п¬Ѓve-day visit to South Korea will take place today, when up 1mn people are expected to gather in downtown Seoul for an open-air mass at which Francis will beatify 124 early Korean Catholic martyrs. H ello Kitty has been sent on her п¬Ѓrst space mission, as JapanвЂ™s global icon of cute celebrates its 40th birthday in extraterrestrial fashion. A Hello Kitty п¬Ѓgure is now circling the Earth aboard a small satellite equipped with a digital message board, part of government-funded project to attract private companies into the space business. The initiative calls on fans to come up with short messages that will be п¬‚ashed on the board sitting above the 4cm (1.5вЂќ) cat, according to KittyвЂ™s creator Sanrio. The white feline with a red bow sits by a window looking back at Earth, with the board displaying messages of up to 180 characters in English and Japanese. вЂњIt can be a message that you want to send from space to some- one special on Earth, or it can be something more general,вЂќ a spokesman for Tokyo-based Sanrio said yesterday. The satellite was launched in June from Russia. The moon-faced mouthless white cat п¬Ѓrst appeared in 1974 on a coin purse in Japan. It has since built up a worldwide fan base, appearing on tens of thousands of products, from handbags to aircraft, in some 130 countries. China airline sued for rejecting HIV carriers: report AFP Beijing The Hello Kitty under a scrolling display in front of a window of the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite, is seen in what Sanrio Company said is a still image from a video. AustraliaвЂ™s federal treasurer sorry for insulting the poor DPA Sydney A ustraliaвЂ™s Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has apologised over remarks about the effect of changes to the fuel tax that were perceived as insulting to the poor. вЂњI am really genuinely sorry that there is any suggestion at all that I or the government doesnвЂ™t care for the most disadvantaged in the community,вЂќ Hockey said on Mcquarie Radio. вЂњI am sorry about the interpretation. I am sorry about the words.вЂќ In a debate on the new national budget on Wednesday, opposition parties opposed the proposed indexation of the fuel tax to inп¬‚ation, saying that any price increases would hit lowerincome households hardest. But Hockey on Wednesday ar- gued the reverse was true. вЂњThe people that actually pay the most are higher income people, yet the Labor Party and the Greens are opposing it,вЂќ he told broadcaster ABC. вЂњThey say youвЂ™ve got to have wealthier people or middle-income people pay more. Well, change to the fuel excise does exactly that вЂ“ the poorest people either donвЂ™t have cars or actually donвЂ™t drive very far in many cases.вЂќ Despite a п¬‚urry of criticism and ridicule, Hockey initially stood by his remarks. Australians on social media accused the treasurer of being out of touch with working-class Australia. A lawmaker from the state of Victoria noted that residents of rural Australia generally earn less, have further distances to travel and public transport was limited. вЂњWe canвЂ™t all hop on cows and ride into town,вЂќ Ricky Muir was quoted as saying in an ABC report. Reporters asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott what he thought of HockeyвЂ™s comments when he returned from a trip abroad. вЂњPlainly I wouldnвЂ™t say that,вЂќ Abbott told a press conference in New South Wales. Hockey went on Macquarie Radio shortly afterwards. Two held in Malaysia for вЂ�stealing from MH370 victimsвЂ™ AFP Kuala Lumpur M alaysian police have arrested a bank officer and her husband over allegations they stole more than $30,000 from the accounts of four passengers aboard missing п¬‚ight MH370, an official said yesterday. The couple have been held in police custody since Thursday on suspicion of withdrawing 110,643 ringgit ($34,850) from the accounts of two Malaysian and two Chinese MH370 vic- tims, said Zainuddin Ahmad, a district police chief in Kuala Lumpur. Police are also looking for another suspect, a Pakistani man, who is believed to have received part of the money in his account through an online transfer, he added. ChinaвЂ™s leadership failed to receive an unprecedented message of goodwill sent by Pope Francis as he flew over the country, Vatican officials admitted yesterday, blaming technical problems for the mishap at a delicate moment in relations with Beijing. The Pope was offering his blessings in a message to ChinaвЂ™s President Xi Xinping on Thursday, taking advantage of protocol that sees him send a note to nationsвЂ™ leaders as he travels through their airspace. But the message never arrived, the PopeвЂ™s spokesman Federico Lombardi said, leaving ChinaвЂ™s embassy in Rome in the position of having to request the PontiffвЂ™s words be retransmitted. It was the first time that the Pope had been permitted to fly over China, with the worldвЂ™s media giving extra scrutiny to the papal dispatch, which invoked вЂњthe divine blessings of peace and wellbeing on the nationвЂќ. His words were later resent via the Italian embassy, as Beijing and the Holy See have no formal diplomatic relations. When pope John Paul II visited South Korea in 1989, Beijing refused to let his plane fly over China. A child looks at Francis, surrounded by bodyguards, at the end of his visit to a shrine in Solmoe. Hello Kitty on space mission AFP Tokyo China fails to receive Papal message after glitch вЂњWe believe he is still in the country. But as to the full particulars of the case вЂ“ itвЂ™s all still under investigation,вЂќ Zainuddin told AFP. Zainuddin declined to name the bank, where the woman in custody reportedly worked at for the last 10 years. The Star daily reported that the four bank accounts were with HSBC and quoted HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd saying in a statement that the matter was referred by the bank to the police, declining further comment. HSBC officials could not immediately be reached. T wo HIV-positive passengers and a friend are suing a Chinese airline for refusing to let them on board, in the countryвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst such lawsuit, state media reported yesterday. The pair planned to travel from Shenyang in the northeast to Shijiazhuang, south of Beijing, but were barred from the Spring Airlines plane after they informed staff of their status, the Global Times said. The two, along with an HIVnegative travelling companion, were told that their tickets had been cancelled. All three sued the budget airline, accusing it of discrimination and demanding an apology as well as compensation of 48,999 yuan ($8,000), the paper said. A Shenyang court accepted the case, making it the п¬Ѓrst lawsuit against an airline for discriminating against an HIV-positive person in China, it added. вЂњThe courtвЂ™s acceptance of this case signalled that HIV carriers can protect their rights through legal channels,вЂќ it quoted plaintiff Cheng Shuaishuai as saying. China has a long history of discrimination against those with HIV. It bans them from becoming civil servants, and they face the possibility of losing their jobs if their employers discover their status, while some have sought hospital treatment only to be turned away. In recent years top officials have begun speaking more openly about HIV prevention and control, but discrimination remains an issue, with campaign groups and international organisations saying widespread stigmatisation has complicated efforts to curb the spread of the virus. Under Chinese law air carriers can deny transport to infectious patients, people with mental illness or passengers whose health condition may endanger others or themselves. Liu Wei, the plaintiffsвЂ™ lawyer, said that did not mean Spring Airlines had the right to reject the trio, as there was no evidence their presence on board would infect anyone else. The airlineвЂ™s president Wang Zhenghua told a Chinese media outlet on Tuesday that the company did not discriminate against HIV carriers, and blamed the incident on staff anxiety. However, he also blamed the passengers, and said that the company would not deny HIVpositive travellers transport in future, as long as they did not make themselves вЂњoverly noticeableвЂќ to avoid scaring other customers. His comments provoked criticism online, with one user of ChinaвЂ™s Twitter-like Sina Weibo posting: вЂњThis fundamentally trampled on human rights.вЂќ 8 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 BRITAIN Woman is tested for Ebola virus in Scotland It appears it is a matter of time before a case tests positive AFP Scotland A woman who fell ill at an immigration facility centre in Scotland is being tested for the Ebola virus, health officials said yesterday.It is thought to be вЂњhighly unlikelyвЂќ that the woman, who British media reported is from Sierra Leone, would test positive, a Lanarkshire health authority spokesman said. The woman was being held at the Dungavel House south of Glasgow, which is used to house asylum seekers before they are deported from Britain. The facility has a capacity of up to 200 people. вЂњWe are currently investigating a possible caseвЂќ of Ebola, the spokesman said. вЂњThis is a precautionary measure and it would appear at this stage to be highly unlikely the patient will test positive for Ebola.вЂќ The Ebola outbreak has so far claimed more than 1,000 lives in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.The medical charity MSF has said the outbreak is moving faster than aid organisations can handle while the World Health Organization said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated. English health authorities said yesterday they are investigating an outbreak of food poisoning that has affected 156 people in Britain and others in France and Austria. Salmonella Enteritidis is a strain of bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness and is often associated with poultry or eggs. Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever. Public Health England (PHE) said that over the past few months, 55 cases had been seen in the southern county of Hampshire and 25 in London while, further north, there had been 33 cases in Cheshire and 43 in the West Midlands. In France, 49 people had been affected while an unknown number of cases had also been reported in Austria. вЂњIn England, the cases occurred as isolated clusters over several months and have been managed locally, but are now being reassessed as potentially linked under a national investigation,вЂќ PHE said in a statement. Tests had indicated that the cause of the illness was from a single source. вЂњWe will continue to monitor the situation and, if there is any further public health action necessary, then we will ensure that this takes place,вЂќ PHE added. Preview of Cinderella Artists from the Mariinsky ballet rehearse, during the press preview, Cinderella at the Royal Opera House in London. The п¬Ѓrst punch took my eye out, says academic attacked at home Evening Standard London A n academic told today for the п¬Ѓrst time how he tried to п¬Ѓght off a group of men in a desperate bid to protect his family despite suffering appalling injuries and being half-blinded. Paul Kohler, a father-of-four, was left unrecognisable by the savage beating and spent two days on the operating table as surgeons battled to rebuild his shattered eye and forehead. He spoke out as police today released new CCTV footage of a suspect captured just seconds after bloody eight-minute attack at the ВЈ2m family home in Wimbledon. Speaking from his bed at a south London NHS hospital, Kohler told the Standard: вЂњThe п¬Ѓrst punch in the hall took my eye out, I thought I had lost the eye at that stage because it stopped functioning. вЂњBut I just kept thinking of my wife and daughter and her boyfriend upstairs. вЂњThey got me on the п¬‚oor but I managed to stand up and at one stage and trade blows with them. вЂњI got a few blows in, but these were thumps like I never had in my life - they could really punch.вЂќ Police are investigating whether MondayвЂ™s attack was linked to KohlerвЂ™s ownership of a cabaret bar in central London. One line of inquiry is that the four masked men were looking for takings from the Cellar Door in Covent Garden, which hosts cabaret, burlesque and drag. But Kohler said he believed the attack Paul Kohler was left with potentially вЂ�life-changingвЂ™ injuries. may have been a case of mistaken identity. The head of law at the School of Oriental and African Studies added: вЂњI was thinking that they had the wrong house. вЂњEnglish was not their п¬Ѓrst language, but they were using the deп¬Ѓnite article talking about вЂ�the moneyвЂ™, like there was a particular stash, but there was no money to give them. вЂњIвЂ™ve got a pretty graphic memory of it all, I never lost consciousness and eight minutes can last a long time.вЂќ Kohler and his wife Samantha MacArthur, 50, were playing a board game with their eldest daughter, Eloise, and her boyfriend when four men appeared at their ВЈ2mn Wimbledon home at about 10pm. Kohler said the men demanded money and ransacked the house looking for valuables. MacArthur was pinned down on the landing and Eloise locked herself in a bedroom and called 999. CCTV footage released today, taken about a minute after the attack, shows a suspect п¬‚eeing through New Wimbledon Theatre car park, off The Broadway, while removing surgical gloves worn during the incident. He appears to be wearing a black coloured top with sleeves rolled up and a watch on his left wrist, dark jeans, and has dark short hair. Two men arrested at the scene, aged 32 and 23, have appeared in court charged with aggravated burglary and GBH. They have been remanded in custody. Police today issued the fresh images in the hope of tracking down two men who apparently п¬‚ed after the attack, in KingвЂ™s Road. One headed in the direction of Wimbledon town centre. Both are thought to be between 20 and 30 and of Eastern European origin. Officers are also asking for information on anyone who saw a two-door cabriolet style, silver Volkswagen car. Detective Inspector Dan OвЂ™Sullivan said: вЂњThis new piece of CCTV is crucial in the identiп¬Ѓcation of one of the suspects. вЂњIt is my п¬Ѓrm belief that this man and his associate, would have been stained with blood spatter from the violent attack inside the house. вЂњBoth were also wearing white surgical gloves when they п¬‚ed. While they attempted a quick exit, IвЂ™m sure members of the public would have seen them.вЂќ Kohler added that the care he had on the NHS вЂњhas been fantasticвЂќ. вЂњYesterday I felt quite traumatised by it, but I feel a lot stronger today. вЂњMy sight straight ahead is now ok, but the problem is turning the eye because thereвЂ™s damage to the socket. вЂњThey are doing an operation once the swelling has gone down.вЂќ Irish Catholic leader offers resignation AFP Belfast C ardinal Sean Brady, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, conп¬Ѓrmed yesterday that he has offered his resignation to Pope Francis. The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who has faced criticism for his handling of a clerical sex abuse investigation, made the announcement the day before his 75th birthday. вЂњLast month I offered my resignation to Pope Francis in accordance with the requirement of canon law,вЂќ Brady said in a statement.Under current Vatican practice, bishops tender their resignation at 75, then the pope decides when it should take effect. In recent years, Brady became embroiled in accusations that he mishandled child abuse allegations during an investigation into notorious paedophile father Brendan Smyth. In 1975, as a young priest and canon lawyer investigating the actions of Smyth, Brady did not report the allegations of abuse to the police. Smyth continued to abuse children until his arrest and conviction in the 1990s. In 2012, Brady issued a public apology to the victims but refused to step down. During a private meeting with Pope Francis last month, clerical abuse victim Marie Kane asked for Brady to be removed as head of the Irish Church due to his handling of the 1975 inquiry. On Friday, she said she was disappointed Brady had not stepped down earlier. вЂњHe should have done this a long time ago. He shouldnвЂ™t be just doing it now because of his 75th birthday,вЂќ she told RTE state radio. Brady became archbishop of Armagh and primate of sll Ireland in 1996 and has led the Irish Church at a time when a series of damning reports and revelations revealed the extent of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland. He is credited with playing a key role behind the scenes in the Northern Ireland peace process. In 2006, Brady became the п¬Ѓrst Catholic primate to meet with п¬Ѓrebrand Protestant leader Ian Paisley, in groundbreaking talks. Pope Benedict XVI elevated Brady to the College of Cardinals the following year. In January 2013, pope Benedict appointed Eamon Martin, 52, to succeed Brady as Archbishop of Armagh whenever he steps down. Brady said archbishop Martin will take up the role вЂњas soon as Pope Francis accepts my resignationвЂќ. Police to hand moped robbers вЂ�super AsbosвЂ™ Evening Standard London C onvicted smash-and-grab raiders are set to be hit by so-called вЂњsuper AsbosвЂќ in a bid to halt the plague of robberies in London. Scotland Yard is drawing up an extraordinary set of orders aimed at preventing proliп¬Ѓc convicted robbers from re-offending after they are released from jail. The serious crime prevention orders are usually reserved for the most hardened criminals and gangsters, such as drug barons, people-traffickers and money-launderers. Now specialist detectives are drafting innovative curbs designed to prevent raiders using mopeds or motorcycles to target fashion and jewellery stores and commit yet further crimes. They include an order requiring convicted robbers to own just one motorcycle helmet, which they must present to police so it can be photographed and the image put on a database. The move would mean someone wearing the helmet could be easily identiп¬Ѓed if they were caught on CCTV committing a robbery. Another restriction would be to ban the criminals from walking down a street carrying a helmet вЂ” a bid to prevent them stealing bikes. Further orders, lasting п¬Ѓve years, would bar robbers from riding pillion and associating with known accomplices. They are being drawn up by detectives from the MetвЂ™s spec- ialist lifetime offender management unit, which targets LondonвЂ™s most serious criminals. The unitвЂ™s head, detective Insp Karl Amos, said the orders are designed to prevent serious crime, not impose a further punishment on top of the court sentence. He said: вЂњIt would be unfair to ban people from legitimately riding motorbikes or mopeds because they might need one to get to work. вЂњThese measures are designed to be proportionate and our aim is to restrict the ability of these people to commit further crime. The helmet order will restrict them from having something which hides their identity.вЂќ The unit is working with the Flying Squad and prosecution lawyers to examine different ways of tackling the scooter gangs targeting jewellery stores and shops in the West End. A small number of individuals could be targeted with the orders, which have to be approved by a judge. Amos added: вЂњThese are individuals who are not subject to a live police inquiry but they are potentially doing something wrong. We want to make sure they think twice about it. ItвЂ™s about getting them to look over their shoulder all the time.вЂќ If the orders are breached, offenders can face prosecution and up to an extra п¬Ѓve years in jail. Smash-and-grab gangs have struck hundreds of times at boutiques and jewellery stores from Knightsbridge to Kensington in recent years, stealing millions of pounds of goods. One proliп¬Ѓc gang was jailed last year after netting ВЈ1mn of valuables in raids on 48 stores within seven months. The number of recent robberies led one boutique owner to appeal to retailers to fund their own police patrols in the West End. Security measures in some stores now include bullet-proof glass and steel shutters вЂ” but the criminals are constantly changing tactics to elude police. In recent weeks raiders have struck twice at the Dorchester hotel in Mayfair, escaping with a haul of watches and jewellery, as well as committing robberies in Knightsbridge and St JohnвЂ™s Wood. вЂњIt would be unfair to ban people from legitimately riding motorbikes or mopeds because they might need one to get to workвЂќ The Flying Squad, which traditionally targets armed robbers, has now been tasked with investigating the most serious and violent of the raids. So far the squad is investigating more than a dozen attacks on stores and hotels in central London this year вЂ” and officers say they have charged individuals in almost every case. Detective superintendent John Kielty, head of the squad, said: вЂњWe are always looking at ways of making it more difficult for these people to commit these type of crimes.вЂќ He said talks are now taking place with the Crown Prosecution Service to submit the п¬Ѓrst application for a serious crime prevention order. Police are also working with shops and stores in an effort to improve security. Detective superintendent Caroline Barker, head of the Central Task Force, said detectives from the MetвЂ™s organised crime command worked with the offender management unit to monitor and enforce the orders. She added: вЂњKarl Amos and his team are constantly looking for fair but innovative approaches to remove opportunities that enable criminals to continue with their offending. This is just one example of those.вЂќ Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 9 EUROPE Clinton: intercepted. Media: German security recorded Clinton discussion Reuters Berlin G erman security agents recorded a conversation involving Hillary Clinton while she was US Secretary of State, media reported yesterday, a potential embarrassment for Berlin which has lambasted Washington for its widespread surveillance. ClintonвЂ™s words were intercepted while she was on a US government plane, GermanyвЂ™s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and German regional public broadcasters NDR and WDR said, without giving details of where she was or when the recording was made. The respected broadsheet quoted German government sources saying that the conversation had been picked up вЂњby accidentвЂќ and was not part of any plan to spy on WashingtonвЂ™s top diplomat. The fact the recording had not been destroyed immediately was вЂњidiocyвЂќ, said one of the sources. Both GermanyвЂ™s government and a spokeswoman for the National Security Council at the White House declined to comment on the reports yesterday. Relations between the United States and Germany were hit last year by revelations by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden that Washington spied on German officials and bugged the phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The dispute was revived in July when GermanyвЂ™s Federal Prosecutor arrested Markus R, a 31-year old employee of GermanyвЂ™s foreign intelligence agency (BND), on suspicion of spying for the Americans. Details of the German recording of ClintonвЂ™s conversation were included in documents that Markus R had passed on to Washington, said the German media reports, without citing a source for that information. The newspaper and the radio stations said a joint investigation had discovered the documents also showed GermanyвЂ™s government had ordered the BND to spy on a Nato partner state, without naming the country. The media reports said US authorities had brought up the affair in recent discussions, including one between current Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Merkel said in an interview last month that the United States and Germany had fundamentally different conceptions of the role of the intelligence service, and she stressed the Cold War was over. Ukraine army вЂ�destroysвЂ™ part of military convoy Reuters Kiev U kraine said that its artillery destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered its territory overnight and said its forces came under shellп¬Ѓre from Russia yesterday in what appeared to be a major military escalation between the former Soviet states. RussiaвЂ™s government denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine, calling the Ukrainian report вЂњsome kind of fantasyвЂќ, and in turn raised its own serious concerns about activity by the US-led Nato defence alliance near its borders. Moscow accused Kiev of trying to sabotage aid deliveries to eastern areas torn by п¬Ѓghting between pro-Russian separatists and the Western-backed government of MoscowвЂ™s former satellite. In a call to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, as reported by RussiaвЂ™s state news agency RIA, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow was вЂњseriously concernedвЂќ by increased Nato activity and called for a ceaseп¬Ѓre to get aid into Ukraine. The agency did not specify what Western military movements he meant. Nato said that there had been a Russian incursion into Ukraine, which is not a member of its mutual defence pact, but it avoiding calling it an invasion. Other European capitals accused the Kremlin of escalating a conп¬‚ict that has revived Cold War-era animosities and chilled the regionвЂ™s struggling economies. The United Nations said it could not verify the reports from the Ukrainian border but called for an immediate de-escalation. Ukrainian border guards patrol near the small Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk in the Donetsk region, on the border with Russia. The Ukrainian army вЂ�destroyedвЂ™ military vehicles that crossed from Russia, it was reported. Kiev and its Western allies have repeatedly accused Russia of arming pro-Moscow separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, and of sending undercover military units onto Ukrainian soil. They have also expressed concern Russia may use an aid convoy it has assembled on the border as a pretext for stoking the conп¬‚ict. It was not clear whether the armoured column was officially part of the Russian army on active service. But evidence of Russian military vehicles captured or destroyed on Ukrainian territory would give extra force to KievвЂ™s allegations вЂ“ and possibly spark a new round of sanctions against the Kremlin. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military, told a news brieп¬Ѓng that KievвЂ™s forces had picked up a Russian military column crossing the border under cover of darkness. вЂњAppropriate actions were undertaken and a part of it no longer exists,вЂќ Lysenko said. The situation in the conп¬‚ict zone was becoming increasingly tense, he said, with Ukrainian forces which are п¬Ѓghting proRussian separatists also coming under artillery attack from Russian territory. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko briefed British Prime Minister David Cameron on the incident and told him a вЂњsigniп¬ЃcantвЂќ part of the Russian column had been destroyed, according to statement from PoroshenkoвЂ™s office. But RussiaвЂ™s defence ministry said no such military force had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine. State news agency RIA quoted a ministry statement saying: вЂњThere was no Russian military column that crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border either at night or during the day.вЂќ It called the Ukrainian report вЂњsome kind of fantasyвЂќ. Britain summoned RussiaвЂ™s ambassador to ask him to clar- I taly said yesterday that it wants to halt an operation to rescue boat migrants in the Mediterranean, urging the EU to take it over as the number of people crossing from north Africa surged past the 100,000 mark. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said ItalyвЂ™s вЂњMare NostrumвЂќ operation вЂ“ a large-scale naval deployment launched after twin shipwrecks last October- could not continue for a second year and must be taken over by the EU border agency Frontex. вЂњWe do not believe that Mare Nostrum, which was a shortterm project, can go on for a second year. I will do my utmost to make sure Frontex and Europe take over,вЂќ he told a press conference in Rome. вЂњIf this does ify reports of a military incursion into Ukraine, and European Union foreign ministers said any unilateral military actions by Russia in Ukraine would be a blatant violation of international law. In a sign of efforts to unwind the crisis, the Kremlin said that the Ukrainian and Russian chiefs of presidential staff met in Russia yesterday and the Ukrainian foreign minister said he would meet his Russian counterpart in Berlin tomorrow. Earlier yesterday, responding to reports that a Russian column had entered Ukraine overnight, Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance had seen what he called a Russian incursion into Ukraine. вЂњIt just conп¬Ѓrms the fact that we see a continuous п¬‚ow of weapons and п¬Ѓghters from Rus- sia into eastern Ukraine and it is a clear demonstration of continued Russian involvement in the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine,вЂќ the Nato chief said. A spokesman for RussiaвЂ™s border guard service was also quoted by Russian news agencies as denying that any Russian military units had entered Ukraine. In a statement issued by the Russian foreign ministry, Moscow accused Ukrainian forces of intensifying the п¬Ѓghting against pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to sabotage Russian efforts to get aid into rebel-held areas. A caravan of 280 trucks taking Russian aid to eastern Ukraine was parked on the Russian side of the border yesterday. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it would deliver the aid after Kiev ex- pressed fear the convoy could be used to help the rebels and urged both sides yesterday to agree quickly on how it should be done. After Ukraine reported the clash, RussiaвЂ™s rouble currency weakened against both the dollar and the euro. Russian shares were also dragged lower. Global equity markets retreated and yields on benchmark German government bonds вЂ“ a traditional safe haven for investors вЂ“ plumbed record lows below 1%. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in a Twitter post that he would meet RussiaвЂ™s Sergei Lavrov and the German and French foreign ministers tomorrow in Berlin. вЂњIt can be at a square table or a round table,вЂќ he said. вЂњBut we have to talk.вЂќ Hollande honours вЂ�southern D-DayвЂ™ veterans AFP Onboard the Charle De Gaulle P Hollande reviews troops during the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the вЂ�Operation DragoonвЂ™ landings in Provence, on the French aircraft carrier вЂ�Charles de GaulleвЂ™, in Toulon.. Earlier the day, Hollande and French officials attended a ceremony to pay tribute to the French resistance during World War II, at the Mont Faron memorial in Toulon. EU urged to take over migrant boat rescues AFP Rome A Russian armoured vehicle with servicemen is seen on a road outside Kamensk-Shakhtinsky town in Rostov region, about 30km from the Russian-Ukrainian border. Nato Secretary General Rasmussen has confirmed media reports that Russian military vehicles have crossed the border into Ukraine, his office says. not happen, the Italian government will have some decisions to make. Responsibility for the MediterraneanвЂ™s borders must belong to Europe.вЂќ The Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) operation is estimated to cost в‚¬9mn ($12mn) a month. Many of those rescued try to avoid being registered on arrival because they hope to travel on to claim asylum in the richer countries of northern Europe. вЂњThe migrants do not want to come to Italy, but to Europe. Does Europe want to defend its borders?вЂќ Alfano asked, saying that sea and land borders вЂњare just the sameвЂќ and must be given the same priority. вЂњThe EU has allocated в‚¬80mn to Frontex, not just for Mediterranean borders but for all its borders. вЂњNow the new commission must look again at its priorities, establish defence and border protection as a European priority and allocate the necessary budget,вЂќ he said. According to ministry п¬Ѓgures, close to 117,000 migrants arrived in Italy by boat between August 2013 and July 2014, with Mare Nostrum rescuing 63,000 of them. The UN refugee agency this week said that more than 100,000 people had arrived in Italy by sea since the beginning of 2014, over half of them п¬‚eeing war, violence and persecution. ItalyвЂ™s La Stampa daily ran an interview yesterday with the woman they said was the 100,000th person to arrive, Syrian mother Iftikar al-Daye. вЂњI left Damascus two years ago, with my son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. We have been in Egypt all this time, and left in a boat from there,вЂќ she told them. вЂњI used to be a cook for the Syrian rebels but left for fear of reprisals.вЂќ Meanwhile, the arrivals continue as traffickers take advantage of calm summer seas. On Thursday, more than 1,000 migrants were plucked from their boats, two of them dying after being rescued вЂ“ one during an airlift to hospital and another aboard a Mare Nostrum boat, according to the ministry, which did not elaborate. The arrival numbers are far higher than the previous record of some 60,000 arriving in 2011 at the height of the turmoil triggered by north AfricaвЂ™s Arab Spring revolutions. Most of the migrants making the risky and often deadly journeys come from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria, but many others hail from across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. resident Francois Hollande and 15 African leaders paid tribute yesterday to the hundreds of thousands of troops who, 70 years ago, launched the southern invasion of occupied France that opened up a second western front against HitlerвЂ™s Nazis. After a colourful military ceremony on the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle under clear blue southern France skies, Hollande said that Europe вЂњshould never forget that its salvation came from the southвЂќ. Hollande was joined on the carrier by 15 leaders from FranceвЂ™s former African colonies, in recognition of the key role soldiers from these countries played in liberating France, two months after D-Day smashed the п¬Ѓrst hole in GermanyвЂ™s defences. Around 240 veterans, many in their 90s, also took part in the commemorations on the vast grey warship, anchored off Toulon. The actions of the troops from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia but also from former colonial possessions in sub-Saharan Africa were вЂњdecisiveвЂќ, Hollande said. вЂњBy their sacriп¬Ѓce, these men bound our country to Africa with a bond of blood that no one can undo,вЂќ said Hollande. вЂњTo the youth of Africa, I want to say that we have not forgotten, even if France took too long to learn the lessons in terms of emancipation and recognition.вЂќ And he pledged that Europe owed the countries to its south вЂњwhat it gave us in 1944 вЂ“ support, solidarity, developmentвЂќ. After his speech, Hollande warmly greeted veterans, resplendent in their military uniforms and medals, many conп¬Ѓned to wheelchairs. One veteran, 94-year-old Armand Conan, told AFP: вЂњSeventy years after the liberation, our role as former Resistance п¬Ѓghters is to pass on to the current generations the values that inspired the national Resistance Council.вЂќ Dieng Tidiane, a former Senegalese infantryman, said he was вЂњvery emotionalвЂќ to return to the shores of the country he helped liberate seven decades ago. HollandeвЂ™s wide-ranging speech, which covered global crises ranging from Ukraine and Iraq to the Ebola epidemic, was followed by a naval parade of 19 warships from various former Allied countries and a spectacular aerial display. The southern landings вЂ“ much less well-known than the Normandy landings on D-Day on June 6 вЂ“ were however pivotal in pushing the Nazi army back towards Germany and hastened the end of World War II in Europe. After the success of D-Day, the Allies desperately needed to secure the deep-water ports of Toulon and Marseille to resupply troops for the eventual push towards Berlin. Following much debate between the Allied leaders вЂ“ then British prime minister Winston Churchill preferred a Balkan invasion вЂ“ вЂњOperation DragoonвЂќ was launched on the beach- es near Marseille on August 15, 1944, with a total force of 450,000 men. In contrast with the Normandy landings, where there was only a token French army presence, more than half (250,000) of the invading force was French. In turn, this French force had a large number of troops from what were then colonies of France, mainly from Algeria and Morocco, but also infantry from Senegal and soldiers from Paciп¬Ѓc islands. Facing the Allies was the German 19th army with 250,000 badly equipped and shattered troops spread all along the coast, poorly defended with barbed wire, mines and heavy artillery. As a result of this mismatch, the bloodshed seen on the Normandy beaches was largely avoided as the Germans quickly realised they could not defend their position. On the evening of August 15, of the 100,000 men who had successfully landed, around 1,000 had fallen, death on a much smaller scale than D-Day, which saw some 10,000 casualties. вЂњWe underestimate the importance of these landings,вЂќ historian Jean-Marie Guillon told AFP, adding that they were less well-known than the D-Day invasion because вЂњthey went too well!вЂќ For Adolf Hitler, coming two months after the blow of DDay, it was a debacle. He would later describe it as вЂњthe saddest day of his lifeвЂќ and it led 10 days later to the joyful liberation of Paris. Swiss investigate alleged cellar serial rapist Swiss prosecutors said yesterday that they were probing claims that a 60-year-old man raped and tortured at least six women in a cellar, filming them in the process. First revealed by the tabloid Blick, the case was later confirmed by prosecutors. The alleged rapist, who has been remanded in custody, is an engineer and a divorced father, sources said. He was caught by accident in March when emergency services were called to deal with flooding caused by a burst pipe at a building in the small town of Hausen, northwest of Zurich. Firefighters became suspicious when they found a bed, video camera and television in a cellar, and called the police. Police officers who arrested him seized medication and videos that enabled them to identify and locate several victims. They also found an underground plantation of 650 marijuana plants. 10 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 INDIA PM vows to п¬Ѓx bureaucracy Modi emphasises need for better governance but announces no major reforms Agencies New Delhi P rime Minister Narendra Modi yesterdaty voiced dismay at the government in-п¬Ѓghting he found on assuming office in May and vowed to п¬Ѓre up the bureaucracy to deliver results in a country desperately in need of growth and development. Delivering his п¬Ѓrst Independence Day speech, Modi emphasised the need for better governance but announced none of the sweeping market reforms that many who handed him IndiaвЂ™s biggest election mandate in three decades have been awaiting. Critics say that Modi, who spoke for more than an hour from the ramparts of the 17th-century Red Fort, from where Mughal kings ruled Delhi for two centuries, scores high on oratory but has delivered on few of his election campaign promises. He did, however, unveil an initiative yesterday to improve access to п¬Ѓnancial services for the two-п¬Ѓfths of Indians who lack a bank account and are often at the mercy of moneylenders who charge extortionate interest. In a departure from precedent, Modi did not speak from behind bulletproof glass, or from a prepared speech. He also announced that he would replace the central Planning Commission that for decades guided the countryвЂ™s socialist-style economy with a more modern institution. The 63-year-old prime minister, a newcomer to central government after running the industrialised state of Gujarat for more than 13 years, bemoaned New DelhiвЂ™s bureaucratic disarray. вЂњI saw that even in one government there were dozens of governments. It was as if each had their own п¬Ѓefdoms,вЂќ he said, touching on a key concern for many Indians, who have come to revile the layers of bureaucracy and rampant corruption. вЂњThe government is not an assembled entity but an organic entity. I have tried to break down these walls,вЂќ Modi said. The government led by the Congress Party that was ousted in the election was seen as ineffectual and unable to carry out reforms as departments from п¬Ѓnance to environment worked at cross-purposes. Modi promised in his election campaign to revive economic growth that has fallen below 5%, choking off job opportunities for the 1mn people who enter the workforce every month, and dangled the prospect of new roads, factories, power lines, high-speed trains and even 100 new cities. So far, there has been little movement on any of these tasks, which will require an overhaul of land acquisition laws, faster environmental clearances and an end to red tape. Many of his supporters have been disappointed that he has not cut food aid and other costly welfare schemes to channel money into more effective poverty reduction steps. However, economists said it was too early to expect dramatic initiatives. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort as children form the number 68 on the occasion of the 68th Independence Day in New Delhi yesterday. In a departure from precedent, Modi did not speak from behind bulletproof glass, or from a prepared speech. вЂњLetвЂ™s get our expectations to real, acceptable levels,вЂќ said Shubhada Rao, chief economist at YES Bank. вЂњFor the п¬Ѓrst three years, it is going to be a repair-and-mend phase ... only then the economy will be ready to take off. Until you repair, these big bang announcements would go to waste.вЂќ In his speech, Modi spoke of the need to strengthen the manufacturing sector and appealed repeatedly to investors: вЂњCome, make in India.вЂќ The prime minister also restat- ed his solidarity with the wider South Asian region but held back from mentioning Pakistan which is also celebrating its independence 68 years ago. He also spoke about violence against women, saying his head hung in shame to see incidents of rape and sexual assault continuing unabated since the world was stunned by the gang-rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi in 2012. He said that while the law will take its course, Indian society must itself be raising sons in the best possible manner. вЂњAfter all, a person who is raping is somebodyвЂ™s son. As parents, have we asked our sons where he is going? We need to take responsibility to bring our sons who have deviated from the right path, to bring them back.вЂќ And there was widespread outrage in May when two teenagers were found hanging from a mango tree after being gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh. The girls, who were aged 14 and 15, were attacked while going to the toilet in п¬Ѓelds after dark as like hundreds of millions of Indians - they did not have a toilet in their own home. вЂњWe are in the 21st century and yet there is still no dignity for women as they have to go out in the open to defecate and they have to wait for darkness to fall. Can you imagine the number of problems they have to face because of this?вЂќ Modi told the assembled VIPs. вЂњPeople may criticise me for Planning Commission to be axed вЂ�as times have changedвЂ™ Agencies New Delhi I Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitely greet each other at the Red Fort. ndiaвЂ™s national Planning Commission certainly tried to present a modern image, with a Twitter proп¬Ѓle that promised вЂњFaster, More Inclusive and Sustainable Growth.вЂќ But, on the 68th anniversary of the countryвЂ™s independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi п¬Ѓnally condemned to oblivion the lingering vestige of IndiaвЂ™s early attempt to mimic the Soviet command economy. Its 12th Five-Year Plan, covering the period until 2017, will go unfulп¬Ѓlled. вЂњTimes have changed since the Planning Commission was created,вЂќ Modi said yesterday, in a speech. A new institution would be set up вЂњin a short span of time,вЂќ added the 63-year-old leader, who swept to power in a general election in May. Wearing a white kurta tunic and saffron turban, Modi spoke from the ramparts of the 17thcentury Red Fort in Old Delhi, continuing a tradition begun by independent IndiaвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Yet while respecting one tradition, Modi broke with another. It was Nehru, a socialist who admired Josef StalinвЂ™s drive to industrialise the Soviet Union, who in 1950 set up - and chaired - the Planning Commission to map out a development path for IndiaвЂ™s agrarian economy. The collapse of Soviet communism in 1991 killed off Gosplan - as that countryвЂ™s State Planning Committee was known. Yet its Indian counterpart survived the ensuing economic shock and cautious market reforms that followed. Modi never had a high opinion of the Planning Commission - as chief minister of the industrial powerhouse of Gujarat, he stunned the panel last year by turning up at a meeting with a video that accused it of highhandedness and hobbling IndiaвЂ™s states with one-size-п¬Ѓtsall policies. This June, a governmentbacked report suggested replacing the Planning Commission with a think tank more in line with a US-style Council of Economic Advisers. вЂњSince the Planning Commission has deп¬Ѓed attempts to reform it to bring it in line with the needs of a modern economy and the trend of empowering the states, it is proposed that the Planning Commission be abolished,вЂќ the report said. Arun Shourie, an inп¬‚uen- tial member of ModiвЂ™s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had derided the Planning Commission set in a hulking New Delhi building with 500-600 employees - as a вЂњparking lotвЂќ for political cronies and unwanted bureaucrats. In 2012, it was pilloried for spending $50,000 to renovate two office toilets, and then it was lampooned for suggesting that citizens who consumed goods worth Rs27 or more a day (44 US cents) were not poor - in a country where millions struggle to survive on less than $2 a day. ModiвЂ™s announcement was received with a positive spirit by the industry. вЂњCreative thinking is required for building a new India with public-private partnership and optimum utilisation of resources and power to the states,вЂќ the Con- federation of Indian Industry said. But the Congress Party slammed the announcement. вЂњThis appears to be an attempt to centralise powers in the hands of one individual,вЂќ said senior leader and former minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Modi has focused on bringing to order IndiaвЂ™s unruly state apparatus. He has beefed up the prime ministerвЂ™s office, ordered bureaucrats to get to work on time and - in a law passed this week - restricted the power of judges to appoint each other. In so doing, Modi has taken a leaf from the book of another leader in Moscow - Vladimir Putin. Following the chaos of the 1990s, the Russian leader established a centralised вЂњvertical of powerвЂќ that underpins his power in the Kremlin. Japan visit from Aug 31 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to Japan at the end of the month on his first bilateral visit outside South Asia since coming to power, officials said yesterday. Modi will visit from August 31 to September 3 and plans to meet with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito, said a statement from the external affairs ministry. вЂњThe Government of Japan sincerely welcomes the visit of the Prime Minister, which will further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and India,вЂќ said a separate statement from the Japanese embassy. Modi had been expected to travel to Tokyo in early June but altered his plans so he could be present for the unveiling of his new governmentвЂ™s first budget. talking about toilets from the Red Fort. But I am from a poor family, I have seen poverty п¬Ѓrst hand. For the poor to get dignity, it has to start from here.вЂќ Modi said India should strive to ensure that every household should have a toilet within the next four years and pledged to ensure that all schools had separate toilet facilities for girls and boys. The prime minister also called for a change in mindset in a country where a baby boy is still sometimes seen as more of a blessing than a girl - particularly in rural areas. Despite laws banning parents from п¬Ѓnding out the sex of their unborn child, Modi said only 940 girls were being born for every 1,000 boys. вЂњWho is responsible for this imbalance in our society? I urge the doctors and mothers not to sacriп¬Ѓce their daughters for sons,вЂќ he said. He urged an end to caste and communal violence, drawing a critical response from his political opponents who have accused his Bharatiya Janata Party of inciting social tensions for electoral gain. Modi has been dogged for years by allegations that he did too little to prevent riots in Gujarat in 2002 in which more than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed. He denies wrongdoing and was exonerated by an investigation ordered by the Supreme Court. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a senior п¬Ѓgure in Congress, praised what he called вЂњan inclusive, harmoniousвЂќ speech while Yogendra Yadav of the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi party lauded Modi for speaking вЂњspontaneously and with some conviction.вЂќ Page 15, 16 IN BRIEF PM pledges bank accounts for all Prime Minister Narendra Modi set out plans yesterday to ensure all Indians can have a bank account, blaming the high level of suicides among farmers on their inability to pay back money-lenders. вЂњWhy are our farmers committing suicide? ItвЂ™s because they have to take money at huge interest rates from the money-lenders,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe will have a prime ministerвЂ™s people wealth scheme so that even the poorest of the poor can have a bank account of their own.вЂќ Modi said the government would set up a scheme to provide farmers with special guarantees in exceptional circumstances worth up to Rs100,000. Clean India campaign Modi said a clean India campaign will be launched on October 2 this year. вЂњA vision will be launched on October 2 to be accomplished by 2019 on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,вЂќ Modi said. He emphasised the governmentвЂ™s resolve for вЂњSwachchh BharatвЂќ (Clean India) and urged Indians to make the country a clean and healthy place. вЂњCan our country not become clean? If crores of Indians decide to clean the country, no force in the world can dirty our place,вЂќ he said. вЂњDo we want to live in filth,вЂќ he asked. Model village to be developed Electrifying speech, say people across the nation IANS New Delhi I ndians across the country yesterday heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his stirring and maiden Independence Day address - for capturing the nationвЂ™s imagination. In city after city, and on social media, the young and the not-so-young universally hailed ModiвЂ™s speech in Hindi, comparing it with the dour and dull way his predecessor Manmohan Singh spoke. In his trademark style, the 63-year-old prime minister, who took office in May, spoke extempore and with his usual conп¬Ѓdence, taking a peep at his notes only occasionally. Most people were impressed the way Modi communicated. A few were overawed by what he spoke. вЂњI am very much inspired. He spoke from his heart. I will personally do whatever I can for the countryвЂ™s development,вЂќ engineering student Prafulla Sahu, 22, said in Bhubaneswar. вЂњIt was really a great speech. The prime minister tried to give us a roadmap to take the nation forward,вЂќ said Jitendra Singh, 42, a government employee, in Jaipur. Said K Srinivasan, a retired bank employee in Chennai: вЂњThe speech shows that India now has a great leader. It is a speech of a statesman and not a politician.вЂќ Added fellow Chennai resident C R Gopalrathnam, a senior executive in an IT company: вЂњThe speech was extempore and electrifying.вЂќ Sahil Sharma, 26, a creative A waiter arranges various food items prepared in the Indian tricolour at a hotel in Bangalore yesterday. The hotel management has taken a unique approach to attract customers and also to celebrate the 68th Independence Day by preparing several food dishes in orange, white and green colours which represent the Indian flag. copywriter with an NGO in New Delhi, said: вЂњIt was an electrifying speech delivered with so much conп¬Ѓdence. That he described himself as the Pradhan Sevak was highly impressive.вЂќ In Agra, K C Jain, president of the Real Estate Developers and Colonisers Organisation, said: вЂњThe speech touched the common man.вЂќ Raghav Nehra, 20, an engineering student in Chandigarh, said: вЂњI was impressed that he spoke impromptu. There was no paper reading. The speech deп¬Ѓ- nitely had emotion and connect with the people.вЂќ Said Sunny Singh, 46, a businessman in Jalandhar: вЂњThe speech was inspiring. It had freshness. Earlier speeches by prime ministers were a drag.вЂќ Medical professional M Harris, 37, in Thiruvananthapuram, said: вЂњIt is the best I have heard so far. He was doing it extempore. He spoke very well. I never thought I will hear it from start to п¬Ѓnish but I did that.вЂќ M R Kaushal, a retired government employee in Shimla, said: вЂњI have never heard any prime minister who repeatedly addressed himself as вЂ�Pradhan SevakвЂ™.вЂќ School teacher Banambara Mishra said in Odisha: вЂњHis speech will encourage people to maintain cleanliness.вЂќ Entrepreneur Rakesh Kandolkar, 30, said in Panaji: вЂњModiвЂ™s speech was a fresh breath of air after a decade of dour speeches by Manmohan Singh.вЂќ Anil Bhagawati, 72, a pensioner in Guwahati: вЂњI could feel the change the country is going to witness in the days to come.вЂќ Meenakshi Baruah, a teacher in Morigaon in Assam said: вЂњFor a change, I felt something as I was listening to the speech... It is a kind of fresh air.вЂќ Umesh Mehta said on Twitter: вЂњAfter hearing inspiring, evocative and emotional speech, feeling really happy and charged. JAI HIND!вЂќ K P Sharma: вЂњModiвЂ™s speech electriп¬Ѓed Indians, young and old alike.вЂќ Sanjeev Sanyal: вЂњWow, what a speech! Modi lays out a clear, actionable vision for India.вЂќ Smita Barooah: вЂњOur nation has a roadmap. Our nation is in safe hands.вЂќ The prime minister yesterday announced a new initiative under which each MP would develop a model village in his/her area. The вЂњSaansad Adarsh Gram YojnaвЂќ will be launched on the October 11 birth anniversary of social reformer and political leader Jayaprakash Narayan, Modi said. вЂњIf we have to build the nation, we have to start from the villages,вЂќ Modi said, adding that each MP should select a village in his/her constituency and convert it into a вЂњmodel villageвЂќ by 2016. вЂњEvery MP has to develop one village in his or her constituency into a model village under this scheme,вЂќ Modi said. Emphasis on consensus Modi said his government wanted to move ahead on the basis of consensus and not majority in parliament and it had got вЂњunprecedented successвЂќ in taking along opposition parties during the budget session. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 11 PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN Security forces in talks on deal with insurgents Clashes as protesters advance on Islamabad Reuters Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan A fter months of intense п¬Ѓghting in southern Afghanistan where hundreds of Taliban п¬Ѓghters have battered Afghan troops in daily attacks, the special forces commander in Helmand province is seeking a deal with the insurgents. Helmand province is the source of about half of AfghanistanвЂ™s opium and some areas have fallen under the control of drug dealers and the Taliban. Hundreds of US and British soldiers were killed and wounded there over years of п¬Ѓghting but now it is the Afghans who are in charge of security as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of this year. вЂњBased on my contacts with Taliban and tribal elders I have already started talks,вЂќ Afghan special forces commander General Asadullah Shirzad, told reporters on Thursday, referring to his efforts in the provinceвЂ™s Sangin district. вЂњNow security is much better in Sangin but to have a peaceful province we need more time to talk.вЂќ Shirzad declined to give details of his negotiations but said he hoped to extend talks across the province once calm had been restored in Sangin. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi denied any negotiations with security forces in the province, saying вЂњwe do not have any plan to talk now.вЂќ The battle for Helmand contributes to a troubling security outlook for Afghanistan where the hardline Taliban, in power from 1996 to 2001, are seeking to oust foreign forces and set up an Islamist state. In June, as many as 800 Taliban п¬Ѓghters were involved in some assaults on government offices and police outposts in Sangin. Afghan forces say they have killed 400 Taliban across Helmand since then. The government does not provide figures for its casualties. The deputy commander for the army corps stationed in three southern provinces including Helmand, General Ghulam Farooq Parwani, said his forces would continue п¬Ѓghting the Taliban, but he did not deny talks had started. At least 40 Taliban п¬Ѓghters were killed and more than 50 injured in an operation launched in northern Afghanistan, police said. Activists from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party clash with supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N in Gujranwala Agencies Islamabad C Supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan take part in a protest march to Islamabad, in the eastern city of Gujranwala yesterday. lashes broke out yesterday as protesters led in convoys by cricketerturned-politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric advanced on the Pakistani capital to try to topple the government they say was elected by fraud. Khan and preacher Tahir-ulQadri say the May 2013 general election that brought Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to power in a landslide was rigged, and are demanding he resign and hold new polls. They plan to rally in Islamabad to press their claims, at the end of a вЂњlong marchвЂќ - in reality a motorised cavalcade - which set off on Thursday from the eastern city of Lahore, around 300km away. Police and witnesses said activists from KhanвЂ™s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party clashed with supporters of SharifвЂ™s Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) in the town of Gujranwala, some 200km southeast of Islamabad. Khan said shots were п¬Ѓred on his march, telling ARY television news: вЂњThey threw stones at us while standing at police vans. They п¬Ѓred bullets at us.вЂќ However, police said there were no shots and a news agency photographer at the scene also heard no gunп¬Ѓre. вЂњWorkers of PTI and PMLN clashed in Gujranwala and threw stones at each other,вЂќ a police spokeswoman said. вЂњThere was no п¬Ѓring incident.вЂќ The photographer said a group of up to 40 youths who were following the convoy and shouting slogans clashed with workers from KhanвЂ™s party before being dispersed by police. Marvi Memon, a PMLN member of parliament and spokeswoman, said the events Pakistani Taliban claim Quetta airbase attacks AFP Islamabad T he Pakistani Taliban yesterday said they were behind attacks on two military airbases in the countryвЂ™s restive southwest which left 12 militants dead. Gunmen armed with automatic weapons, grenades and wearing suicide vests tried to storm the Pakistan Air ForceвЂ™s Samungli airbase and Khalid military airbase, both in the Baluchistan provincial capital Quetta, late on Thursday. It was the third violent episode at Pakistani air facilities in recent months, raising questions about their security. Security forces repelled both attacks after more than nine hours of п¬Ѓghting, Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister of the insurgency-hit province, said, adding that the militants did not penetrate either base. Two different factions of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attacks and said they were a response to the militaryвЂ™s ongoing assault on militant hideouts in North Waziristan tribal area. The Fidaeen-i-Islam group initially claimed responsibility in a phone call from commander Ghalib Mehsud. вЂњThe attacks were in revenge to military operation launched against us in North Waziristan,вЂќ Mehsud said. вЂњWe will launch more and bigger attacks on government and military installations.вЂќ Later Azam Tariq, chief of TTPвЂ™s South Waziristan chapter and a former chief spokesman for the umbrella group, also claimed responsibility. Lieutenant General Naseer Janjua, the top army commander in the region, told reporters 12 attackers were killed, raising the overnight death toll of nine. Reporters were shown nine corpses and pieces of three bodies of attackers along with the weapons and explosives recovered during the search operation after the attackers were killed or blew themselves up. At least 11 security personnel were wounded, Janjua said. Ahmed said the attackers, wearing suicide vests, arrived in a pickup at the rear of the perimeter of Samungli base adjacent to houses and markets and made a hole in the wall. вЂњWhen security forces engaged the attackers and п¬Ѓred bullets, they blew themselves up,вЂќ he said. Ahmed said all the attackers appeared to be of Central Asian or Uzbek origin. A senior military official said rockets were п¬Ѓred at Samungli airbase, with two landing inside the perimeter fence. He said no damage was caused. Quetta cityвЂ™s police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that militants п¬Ѓrst launched an attack on Samungli airbase before targeting Khalid military airbase around an hour later. Police had defused four bombs near the outer wall of Khalid airbase, he said. The Taliban have threatened a bloody response to the military offensive in North Waziristan but since its launch in June there have been no major TTP attacks. Pakistan launched the offensive shortly after a brazen assault on Karachi airport that left dozens dead and extinguished a largely fruitless peace process. Later that month, gunmen opened п¬Ѓre at a plane landing at Peshawar airport in the countryвЂ™s northwest, killing a passenger and wounding two crew members. in Gujranwala were вЂњregrettableвЂќ but said there was no shooting and her partyвЂ™s workers had been provoked by what she called Khan and QadriвЂ™s вЂњviolent speeches.вЂќ Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the premierвЂ™s brother, ordered an investigation into the clashes and appealed for calm. Supporters of PTI, which came third in last yearвЂ™s election, lined up to welcome the convoy in towns along the Grand Trunk Road which links Lahore and Islamabad. Exact numbers on the march were difficult to judge, and more people are likely to join it as it passes through towns along the route, but Khan already hailed it a success. вЂњI can only see that the monarchy is nearing its end,вЂќ Khan said, referring to Sharif. вЂњThe people have decided as I had said that 1mn people will come to Islamabad, and they have come out.вЂќ Both Khan and Qadri had originally planned for their marches to converge on Islamabad on Thursday, PakistanвЂ™s Independence Day, but it now looks likely that neither will reach the city before early today. A spokesman for Qadri, the head of his own Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) movement, said that their convoy was further along the road to Islamabad than PTIвЂ™s, in the town of Jhelum, some 120km south of the capital. вЂњOur convoy is moving at a very slow pace and we expect our arrival in Islamabad very late tonight,вЂќ he said. Security in Islamabad has been ramped up in recent days, with more than 20,000 police and security forces on the streets. After days of speculation that the authorities would seek to stop marchers entering the city, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Thursday that both parties would be allowed to hold rallies. Almost all roads into the city had been blocked with barbed wire and shipping containers, but many barriers were removed yesterday. Government officials have accused the march organisers of trying to derail democracy and Sharif said the marches were a distraction from more pressing issues. PMLN spokeswoman Memon said Khan had ignored constitutional routes to address his grievances, including an offer by Sharif to set up a judicial commission to investigate rigging allegations. вЂњAll his efforts are undemocratic and unconstitutional and an effort to derail democracy,вЂќ she said. Pakistan is waging a military offensive against Taliban hideouts in the northwest, while also trying to boost a sagging economy and solve a chronic power supply crisis. Highlighting the fragile security situation facing the country, militants attacked two airbases in the southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday, with 12 attackers killed by security forces. Some members of SharifвЂ™s ruling party have suggested the protests are secretly backed by elements in the powerful military, which has had an uneasy relationship with Sharif. How far Khan and Qadri succeed in destabilising the government is likely to depend on the stance taken by a military, which has a long history of mounting coups. While few people think there will be a coup many officials fear the threat of unrest will increase the militaryвЂ™s hold over the government. The military has been frustrated with the government, in particular over the prosecution of former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf for treason. There was also disagreement between the government and the army on how to handle the Pakistani Taliban with the army favouring military action and the government holding out hope for peace talks. Schools without students, teachers Internews Karachi I Pakistani security officials display ammunition recovered from militants after they attacked the Pakistan Air ForceвЂ™s Samungli airbase in Quetta, yesterday. t is a mystery of the missing students from the schools in PakistanвЂ™s Sindh province that even Sherlock Holmes might п¬Ѓnd hard to solve. What are three schools doing in such close proximity in Long Khan Brohi village in Ghand Tar UC in Shaheed Benazirabad district and why was there not a single student there? вЂњWell, what are students going to do without a teacher?вЂќ said Syed Adnan Ahmed, the drawing teacher appointed at the middle school. The school, in fact, had three staff members - an office boy, a sweeper and the art teacher. As for the two primary schools, one on the left for boys and the other for girls, only a few feet from the middle school, they had no one there. вЂњIf the primary schools get a teacher or two, the students will go there, of course. But right now there is no one there to teach children at the primary level and what of this middle school when no one here has passed class п¬Ѓve to be promoted here?вЂќ the art teacher said. The three schools were es- tablished on a request of Sumar Khan, son of Long Khan Brohi after whom the village has been named. вЂњHeвЂ™s our village elder, our wadera, who visits the education department every month with requests for teachers so that the schools should be able to fulп¬Ѓl their purpose of imparting education,вЂќ said Ahmed. вЂњPeople at the education department always tell me not to worry and that they will appoint teachers for the schools. I tried again during the summer vacation and was again told that it would happen soon. вЂњNow the vacation is also over and pretty soon the school year will conclude with no progress in the matter. These schools were built in 2008.вЂќ вЂњThis has been going on for six years now. God alone knows for how much longer our children will have to remain without basic education,вЂќ said Sumar Khan, the village elder. According to the data available with Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, executive director of the Institute for Social Change, a local NGO researching education in the interior of Sindh, there are about 40 households in Long Khan Brohi Goth and some 150 children of school-going age. 12 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 PHILIPPINES Palace, MILF п¬Ѓnally agree on draft BBL The agreement has been saved by a timely meeting Manila Times Makati T he government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have reached agreement on issues raised in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Bill, Malacanang said yesterday. Citing a joint statement signed by executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said both parties вЂњhave concluded discussions on the various issues involving the draft Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL)вЂќ, after a series of вЂњproductive meetingsвЂќ. вЂњThe parties have agreed that the resolutions arrived at by both parties will be incorporated into the п¬Ѓnal draft Basic Bangsamoro Law that will be prepared and submitted to president Beningno Aquino 3rd,вЂќ Valte told reporters in a news conference. The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the 15-member MILF-led body in charge of drafting the BBL, submitted its 97-page, 18-article draft to Malacanang on April 22. The palace reviewed the draft and handed the MILF a copy of the review with its comments and proposed revisions on June 21. Apparently, a substantial part of the BTC draft was not acceptable to Malacanang. The revised provisions were also rejected by the MILF. Mohagher Iqbal President Benigno Aquino III Shortly after the draft law was returned, president Aquino also met with MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ibrahim in Hiroshima, Japan, in a surprise meeting. It was also a surprise meeting between the two principals that served as a turning point in peace negotiations with the rebel group under the Aquino administration back in 2011. A series of discussions between the panels had been held in Kuala Lumpur, Manila and the latest, in Davao City, in an attempt to bridge the gap between the BTC and Malacanang versions of the proposed law. Both panels earlier declared that the п¬Ѓnal draft of the Bangsamoro bill will be submitted to the president by August 18. Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the mutually-agreed August 18 deadline for the completion of the п¬Ѓnal draft of the BBL aims to show to everyone that both panels have nothing else in mind but to pursue peace and achieve it. Once the peace panels submit the п¬Ѓnal draft of the BBL to Aquino, the president will in turn submit it to congress for passage into law. Under the п¬Ѓnal peace agreement, the Bangsamoro political entity replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is envisioned to enjoy greater п¬Ѓscal and political powers. The new autonomous government will be parliamentary in form and is designed to get block grants from Congress, which means that it will get automatic appropri- ations each year based on a formula that will be outlined in the proposed law. The MILF has been п¬Ѓghting since the 1970s for an independent or autonomous homeland for the nationвЂ™s Muslim minority in a conп¬‚ict which has claimed tens of thousands of lives. The Aquino government and the MILF signed an accord in March that laid out a roadmap for п¬Ѓnal peace by the middle of 2016. The deal called for MILF control of a new southern autonomous region, and the rebels would lay down their arms. However the process ran into difficulties after a draft bill creating the autonomous region was submitted to Aquino for review in April by a joint commission of MILF and government representatives that drew up the document. The presidentвЂ™s legal team later ordered a series of changes that frustrated the MILF, which last month accused the government of trying to renege on the terms of the peace agreement. The joint statement said Friday the resolutions arrived at by both parties since the new talks began on August 1 вЂњwill be incorporated into the п¬Ѓnal draft Basic Bangsamoro Law that will be prepared and submitted toвЂќ Aquino. The statement did not discuss the details of these resolutions. The deadline of mid-2016 was set since Aquino must stand down by then after the end of his single six-year term as mandated by the constitution. There are no guarantees his successor will want to proceed with the peace plan. Gaza protest Militants in pledge of allegiance to jihadists AFP Manila H ardline Muslim guerrillas in the Philippines said yesterday they have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, the extremist jihadists who now control large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Clips have been uploaded in recent weeks on the video sharing site YouTube showing both southern Philippinesbased Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf rebels pledging support to the Islamic State (IS). вЂњWe have an alliance with the Islamic State and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,вЂќ BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama told AFP by telephone yesterday, referring to the brutal jihadist groupвЂ™s leader. Misry conп¬Ѓrmed that a YouTube video uploaded on Wednesday, showing a purported BIFF leader п¬‚anked by armed men reading a statement of support for the IS, had come from his group. BIFF split in 2008 from the PhilippinesвЂ™ main Muslim rebel group, the 12,000-member Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The latter signed a peace agreement with president Benigno AquinoвЂ™s government last March. BIFF, which is believed to have a few hundred п¬Ѓghters, has rejected the peace talks and pursued the decades-old armed campaign to establish an Islamic state in the southern Philippines which was begun by the MILF. Abu Misry, described by the Philippine military as a BIFF spokesman, said his group had no plans to impose the radical IS brand of Islam in the Southeast Asian nation. Beheadings, mass executions and the taking of child brides have marked the IS campaign across large parts of Iraq and Syria. Abu Misry said his group had not sent any п¬Ѓghters from the Philippines to help the IS, nor was it recruiting people to join the IS. вЂњBut if they need our help, why not?вЂќ he added. Colonel Dickson Hermoso, spokesman for a southern Philippines-based army division, described BIFF as a вЂњterroristвЂќ group engaged in extortion to п¬Ѓnance its activities. вЂњThereвЂ™s no evidence that Filipino п¬Ѓghters are being sent there (to Syria and Iraq),вЂќ Hermoso told AFP, while adding that both BIFF and IS followed an вЂњextremeвЂќ brand of Islam. A purported Abu Sayyaf video has also been uploaded on Youtube showing one of the groupвЂ™s most senior leaders, Isnilon Hapilon, mentioning Al-Baghdadi as he read out a statement that pledged allegiance to the IS. He was п¬Ѓlmed linking arms with more than a dozen men, some with faces covered, as they stood at a forest clearing to pray and listen to his statement. Hapilon carries an $5mn reward on his head by the United States which considers his group a вЂњforeign terror organisationвЂќ engaged in beheadings, bombings, and kidnappings. Philippine military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Zagala dismissed the video clips. вЂњThis is propaganda and we will not give these terrorists the satisfaction by commenting,вЂќ Zagala told AFP. Charges of illicit trade in tobacco rejected Manila Times Quezon City R epresentative Magtanggol Gunigundo of Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) has downplayed allegations of illicit trade in the tobacco industry, saying these were mere propaganda raised by some disgruntled industry players. вЂњAll the data thus far on the alleged illicit trade in the tobacco industry are those culled from studies and surveys commissioned by a private company that holds a grudge against a competitor. This can hardly be considered a basis for any kind of probe or review,вЂќ Gunigundo said. вЂњCorporate battles shouldnвЂ™t be a national concern unless laws are being broken. But in the case of the tobacco industry, we havenвЂ™t seen any official document or Filipino protesters during a protest rally in front of the US embassy in Manila, Philippines. data to support the allegations of illicit trade,вЂќ he said. Guinigundo issued the statement after a foreign manufacturer called for third party monitoring of the production facilities of tobacco companies in the country. вЂњWe shouldnвЂ™t even be entertaining these things. We cannot and should not give credence to such proposals. They are self-serving and manipulative, and the people pushing it must think we Filipinos are stupid,вЂќ the lawmaker said. Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Santos-Henares had rejected the proposal outright, saying there was no need for it. She said the proposal violates the countryвЂ™s National Revenue Code. Gunigundo said the real issue is how to preserve the gains of the sin tax reform law that congress passed in 2012. Rice, corn stocks falling, now at critical levels Manila Times Makati T he PhilippinesвЂ™ supply of rice continued to drop to critical levels at the beginning of July this year, with rice stocks inventories barely enough to get past the lean season, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority-Bureau of Agriculture Statistics (PSA-BAS). In a report, the PSA-BAS on Friday said as of July 1, the countryвЂ™s total rice stock inventory was at 2.03mn metric tonnes, or 12.2% lower than the previous monthвЂ™s 2.31mn MT and 7.7% below the 2.19mn MT of July 2013. Compared with the previous month, rice stocks in National Food Authority (NFA) depositories, with 94.4% imported rice, increased by 12.1% as imported rice from Vietnam replenished the dwindling stocks. NFA chief Arthur Juan also yesterday quit amid accusations of extortion by a Bulacan-based rice trader but his resignation was rejected by presidential assistant for food security and agricultural modernisation Francis Pangilinan. PSA-BAS said stock levels in households and in commercial warehouses decreased by 18.7% and 15.7%, respectively. Compared with last year, rice stocks in the households and in the commercial warehouses grew by 8.3% and 0.7%, respectively. On the other hand, stocks in NFA depositories dropped by 34.6%. Of the stock level at present, 43.4% were with the households, 34.1% in the commercial warehouses and 22.5% in NFA depositories. вЂњThe total rice inventory for this month [August] would be good for 59 days. Stocks in the households would be sufficient for 26 days, in commercial warehouses for 20 days and in NFA depositories for 13 days,вЂќ PSABAS said. The NFA is required by law to have at least 30-day buffer stock during the lean months, which will end in September. Massive disbursements of government rice stocks, however, only de- pleted further the already thin buffer stocks in NFA warehouses, leaving most of the current rice stocks at the hands of commercial traders. NFA chief Arthur Juan also yesterday quit amid accusations of extortion by a Bulacan-based rice trader but his resignation was rejected by presidential assistant for food security and agricultural modernisation Francis Pangilinan Commercial traders were able to keep prices of rice higher despite such disbursements of NFA rice in major markets. This means that consumers will have to bear another two months of high rice prices. In an earlier report, PSA-BAS said price upswings were sustained for both well-milled and regular-milled rice with two more months before the end of the lean season. Wholesale prices of well-milled rice average P41.37 per kilogram, or 0.32% higher than last weekвЂ™s level and 16.83% than last yearвЂ™s level. Meanwhile, retail prices of P43.92 per kg posted an increase of 0.39% from last week and up by 18.19 % from the previous yearвЂ™s quotation. Prices of regular milled rice in wholesale markets averaged P38.47 per kg or a 0.29% spike from last week and 19.81% higher than last yearвЂ™s level. Retailers sell their stocks at P40.45 per kg, or 18.55% higher during the same period in 2013. For corn, stock inventory was pegged at 161,800 MT as of July 1, or 14.2 % lower than last monthвЂ™s level of 188,500 MT. This, however, was 31.3% more than last yearвЂ™s record of 123,200 MT. Month-on-month, corn stock levels in households increased by 0.7%. But stocks in commercial warehouses and in NFA depositories decreased by 21.0% and 0.2%, respectively. Corn stock levels in all sectors increased compared with last yearвЂ™s record. Around 63.0% of this monthвЂ™s total corn stock inventory were with commercial warehouses, 33.4% were with households and only 3.6% were with the NFA depositories. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 13 SRI LANKA/BANGLADESH/NEPAL AGRICULTURE CARGO RESTRICTIONS EVENT CONSTRUCTION 6th phase of вЂ�Divi NegumaвЂ™ programme to start in Oct Eastern Terminal to be operational by Dec Bill seeks to ban land sale to foreigners Defence seminar to focus on challenges Landfill to dispose of municipal waste The Sri Lankan government will launch the sixth phase of the вЂњDivi NegumaвЂќ domestic agriculture programme on October 20, the ministry of economic development said. Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa said the time for the programme had been selected under advice from the Meteorological Department. He said the government is able to control vegetable prices during festivals due to the Divi Neguma programme which promotes domestic agriculture projects. Under the sixth phase, seed packets containing six varieties of food crops will be distributed among 2.5mn families in this crop season. The construction of East Container Terminal (ECT) under the Colombo Port Expansion project (CPEP) will be declared open in December this year, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) officials said. They said by the second quarter of the year, 43.2% of the construction of the ECT has been finished and it is expected to be completed before the end of the year. With the construction of the ECT, SLPA expects to have a deep draft berth to cater to new generation deep draft vessels, increase container handling capacity, reduce ship waiting time in the port, increase the efficiency with the latest equipment and to have a green port facility. Sri LankaвЂ™s cabinet has approved a bill restricting the transfer of islandвЂ™s land to foreign citizens. The Land (Restrictions on Alienation) Bill proposed by President Mahinda Rajapakse, in his capacity as the minister of finance and planning, prohibits selling both private and public land to non-citizens of the country. The proposed bill has been prepared by the Legal Draftsman and cleared by the Attorney General. The decision has been taken due to the increasing demand for foreign investments, with the expansion of the governmentвЂ™s development activities. However, the ban will not be applied to foreign diplomatic missions. The Sri Lankan ArmyвЂ™s annual Defence Seminar this year will focus on the post-war challenges and the countryвЂ™s march to be the Wonder of Asia, the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake said. The fourth Annual Defence Seminar - 2014 is scheduled to be held from August 18 to 20 at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo under the theme вЂ�Sri Lanka: Challenges to a Rising NationвЂ™. At least 20 speakers, including 10 foreign scholars are will share their views on the topic. Close to 200 foreign participants, 35 defence attachГ©s and more than 40 diplomats representing 66 countries are expected to attend this yearвЂ™s sessions. The Sri Lankan government, looking for an environmentally acceptable and economically feasible solution for the disposal of municipal solid waste in the Metro Colombo Region, has received approval to construct a landfill in the northwest. The government plans to construct a sanitary landfill in Aruakkalu in the Puttalam district and transport the solid waste generated in Colombo and its suburbs to the landfill by train. According to the government, the current collection of solid waste in Colombo is about 700 metric tonnes per day and with the other urbanised local authorities in the Metro Colombo Region, the collection is about 1,200 MT per day. Seychelles govt seeks Lanka help to expand health sector Agencies Colombo S eychelles has sought Sri LankaвЂ™s assistance in developing the countryвЂ™s heath sector. The request came during a meeting Seychelles Health Minister Mitcy Larue had with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Thursday. The minister was accompanied by the Chief Executive Ofп¬Ѓcer of the Seychelles Health Care Agency Dr Suresh Menon and several other high-level health officials. Rajapakse, expressing his satisfaction of the recent strengthening of ties between the two island nations, promised assistance. вЂњThe changes and progress we have seen (in Sri Lanka) is just remarkable,вЂќ Larue said. вЂњAs island nations, we really need to work together.вЂќ The delegation, on a study tour to explore the healthcare sector in the country, earlier visited both government and private hospitals in Sri Lanka and spoke highly of the services available in the country. вЂњYour health indicators are as good as any developed country,вЂќ said Menon, while requesting the president for assistance in two speciп¬Ѓc areas: assistance in developing primary health centres and in training doctors and specialised nurses. The delegation said there were a number of Sri Lankan doctors working in Seychelles, providing excellent services to the people. Menon also said his countryвЂ™s biomedical unit is almost entirely staffed by Sri Lankans. During his visit to Seychelles in June this year, Rajapakse held bilateral discussions with leaders on strengthening collaboration in the health sector. The president also declared open a Nawaloka Medical Centre in the countryвЂ™s capital city Victoria. At that time, Sri Lanka also established branches of major business institutions in Victoria. They include branches of Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka Insurance and Mihin Lanka. Homage to Mujibur Rahman Bangladeshi children lay a wreath at the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial in Dhaka yesterday. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, BangladeshвЂ™s founding father, was killed along with many of his family members in a military coup on August 15, 1975 by a group of disgruntled army officers. BNP leader is charged with money laundering By Mizan Rahman Dhaka Seychelles Health Minister Mitcy Larue shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in Colombo. Ferry ownerвЂ™s son arrested Bangladesh yesterday arrested the son of the owner of a ferry which sank earlier this month killing at least 100 people. Omar Farroque Limon was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion members from his relativeвЂ™s house in DhakaвЂ™s Khilkhet area. Acting on a tip-off, a team of RAB raided the house and arrested Liomon, said the battalionвЂ™s Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan. The ferry, which had over 200 passengers sank on August 4 in Padma River in Munshiganj area. The ferryвЂ™s owner Abu Bakkar Siddique was arrested earlier this week. He blamed the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) officials and lessees of launch ghats (terminals) for the tragedy. T he Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has п¬Ѓled a charge-sheet against a top Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader for allegedly siphoning off 95.4mn taka to England. ACC director Nasim Anwar, who is also the case investigation officer, п¬Ѓled the chargesheet against Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain at the Chief Metropolitan MagistrateвЂ™s Court, commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said. The charge-sheet will be placed before the magistrate on Case п¬Ѓled against garment factory By Mizan Rahman Dhaka T he Bangladesh government has filed a case with the labour court against a readymade garments (RMG) factory for continuing production in defiance of an official order for evacuation of the unit over safety concerns. The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) п¬Ѓled the case against Newtech Apparels Ltd located at the southeastern port city of Chittagong, officials said yesterday. It is the п¬Ѓrst such case since the launch of garment fac- tory inspection programmes by Western retailers. DIFE Inspector General Syed Ahmed said the case was п¬Ѓled for the sake of workersвЂ™ safety as the factory violated the governmentвЂ™s directive. The government could take action against more garment units found violating the DIFEвЂ™s directive for evacuation, sources said The Accord, a group of European retailers, in the meantime said Newtech is unsafe for production and occupancy in its current state as its engineers found that the concrete columns supporting the structure were severely over-stressed. Earlier, on June 17 last, the Review Panel, based on the п¬Ѓndings of the Accord engineers, recommended that all п¬‚oors of Newtech Apparels above the ground п¬‚oor be evacuated immediately. The DIFE also issued an evacuation order. However, while inspecting the factory again in July, the Accord engineers found workers continuing their work on the third, fourth and п¬Ѓfth п¬‚oors. On August 6, the Accord again found workers continuing to be present in the factory above the ground п¬‚oor. The Accord then notiп¬Ѓed the Inspector General who subsequently п¬Ѓled the case against Newtech Apparels for violating the law, the DIFE said. Monday, following the weekend and government holidays, court sources said. The commission on August 7 approved the п¬Ѓling of charges against Mosharraf, who is a former health minister, after investigations into his assets by the anti-graft body revealed irregularities. Although the ACC interrogated the BNP leaderвЂ™s wife Bilkis Akhter Hossain, she was not charged because she was not found to be involved. вЂњDuring interrogation, Mosharraf confessed that he transferred the money to his wifeвЂ™s account but that his wife was not involved with the laundering, so she was spared from the charge-sheet,вЂќ ACC Floods, landslides toll rises to 40 The death toll climbed to 40 in Nepal following floods and landslides caused by two days of incessant rain, according to news reports yesterday, while the home ministry said dozens were likely missing. Thirteen people died in Surkhet district and six in Dang district because of flooding. Three people each were reported killed in landslides in the districts of Rukum, Rolpa and Gorkha, among the fatalities in several areas. Heavy rains have swept away homes and damaged roads across the countryвЂ™s hilly western region and along the eastern plains bordering India, said home ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal. вЂњThe constant rain has also forced us to close a bridge along the East-West highway after it cracked and caved in.вЂќ The deaths come two weeks after the worst landslide in more than a decade slammed into hamlets in northeastern Nepal, leaving 156 people dead. Scores of people die every year from flooding and landslides during the monsoon season in the Himalayan nation. Mosharraf Hossain: charged director Anwar said. According to the chargesheet, Mosharraf concealed information about illegally amassing over ВЈ800,000, by abusing his power as health minister during the 2001- 2006 BNP government. The money was deposited in a joint п¬Ѓxed-term deposit account of Lloyds TSB Offshore Private Banking in the British Crown dependency of Guernsey. The account was jointly owned by Mosharraf and his wife. As the BNP leader had not taken permission from Bangladesh Bank to open the account abroad, it was a clear violation of section 5 of the Foreign Currency Control Act, 1947, sources said. In the charge-sheet, it was stated that the former minister claimed that he had deposited the money while residing with his wife in the UK from 1969 to 1975 to study and work, but had failed to submit any documents authenticating the claim. The ACC official said the commission would take initiatives to repatriate the money if the court found Mosharraf guilty of money laundering. The ACC director п¬Ѓled the money laundering case with Ramna police station against Mosharraf on February 2. After the case was п¬Ѓled, the former minister secured advance bail on February 10 from the High Court. The anti-graft body then п¬Ѓled a petition with the Appellate Division, which later rejected his bail. Mosharraf was arrested on March 12 and is now in jail in connection with the case. India gifts 20 ambulances and four buses to Nepal IANS Kathmandu in Birgunj to organisations under its consular jurisdiction. I Since 1994, the government of India has gifted 442 ambulances to various organisations across 73 districts in Nepal ndia has gifted Nepal 20 ambulances and four buses on the occasion of the 68th Indian Independence Day to be used by various hospitals, nonproп¬Ѓt charitable organisations and educational institutions in 19 districts of the Himalayan nation. At a public function held in the embassy premises in Kathmandu to mark IndiaвЂ™s Independence Day, IndiaвЂ™s Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae presented 19 ambulances and four buses to various organisations from 18 districts. The remaining one ambulance was gifted by the Indian consulate EarlierAmbassador Rae hoisted the national п¬‚ag and read out President Pranab MiukherjeeвЂ™s address to the nation on August 14, which stressed, among other things, IndiaвЂ™s support for peace, stability and development in its neighbourhood. At the function, the ambassador also presented books to 75 libraries and educational and training institutions located in different regions of Nepal, including remote districts. Since 1994, the government of India has gifted 442 ambulances to various organisations across 73 districts in Nepal. This has helped in bringing healthcare services to the doorsteps of thousands of people. India has also so far gifted 86 buses to various educational and welfare institutions across 24 districts in Nepal, making access to education easier for thousands of students. Gifting of ambulances and buses is a part of the larger India-Nepal Development Partnership with an overall outlay of over Rs40bn ($657.4mn). The co-operation also includes over 490 large and small projects in the sectors of health, education and infrastructure development. 14 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 COMMENT Chairman: Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Attiyah Editor-in-Chief : Darwish S Ahmed Production Editor: C P Ravindran P.O.Box 2888 Doha, Qatar [email protected] Telephone 44350478 (news), 44466404 (sport), 44466636 (home delivery) Fax 44350474 GULF TIMES Global tensions darken EuropeвЂ™s economic outlook Global tensions are taking their toll on EuropeвЂ™s economic outlook. After grinding to a halt in the second quarter, the regionвЂ™s gross domestic product could fall back into negative territory in the coming months, as the economic Cold War between the West and Russia and other global п¬‚ashpoints hit economic sentiment and consequently investment. The second half of the year looks especially challenging as severe tensions in the Middle East and the Ukraine are likely to weigh on business activity. Key indicators have already been sending out warning signals, with the Munich-based Ifo instituteвЂ™s economic conп¬Ѓdence index for the currency bloc falling sharply for the third quarter. The slowdown in the eurozone from 0.2% in the п¬Ѓrst quarter to zero in the three months ended June is also likely to fuel concerns that the currency blocвЂ™s weak economic activity could push the region closer to the brink of deп¬‚ation. This in turn is likely to renew the pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) to step up its efforts to spur economic growth and to head off deп¬‚ation, which also threatens to derail the regionвЂ™s faltering recovery from a protracted recession. The stagnation of the eurozone economy in the second quarter underlines the need for the ECB to take bolder policy action to address the continued weakness of the economy and the associated risks of deп¬‚ation, according to economists. Figures released this week by the European Union statistics office Eurostat conп¬Ѓrmed that annual eurozone inп¬‚ation hit its lowest rate in more than п¬Ѓve years in July, slowing to 0.4% from 0.5% in June. The darkening economic outlook came just as signs of life emerged from the battered economies that have been at the centre of the regionвЂ™s long-running debt crisis. But dragging down the eurozoneвЂ™s overall performance was a slowdown in the regionвЂ™s three biggest economies - Germany, France and Italy. While Germany contracted by a surprise 0.2% and France posted its second quarter of stagnation, Italy stumbled back into recession for the third time since 2008, just as Rome struggles to press on with an ambitious reform agenda. Hopes had been raised that signs of a pickup in the worldвЂ™s two largest economies - the US and China - as well as a weaker euro might help to drive economic growth in the eurozone in the run-up to the end of the year. But speaking at a press conference last week, ECB chief Mario Draghi said that US growth would outstrip the eurozone this year. In addition, many eurozone states are still battling on with tough п¬Ѓscal austerity programmes in a bid to cut back high debt and deп¬Ѓcit levels, as a result further dampening economic growth. Summer of our discontent вЂ¦ now and 100 years ago Long term, we need to challenge the idea that every problem can be solved by military action By Reg Henry Pittsburgh Post-Ga zette/MCT E ven by its usual messedup standards, the world is a big mess: Iraq is being overrun by terrorists; Libya is disintegrating; Afghanistan stumbles to doom; Ukraine is battling Russiansupported separatists; and the Israelis and Palestinians are pausing only to reload. Sorry to be so cheerful. In its excess, the world situation is almost absurdly bad. Has ever the world been so messed up? Funny you should ask. Although it is little comfort to those currently imperilled, the answer is yes. In fact, the troubles of the present age are almost always no worse than the crises of the past. History, that stern old school marm, has a way of teaching perspective. The summer of our discontent falls in August 2014. As it happens, 100 years ago this month World War I, one of the worst tragedies in human existence, was just getting underway. To mark the occasion, I have been reading The Guns of August, the 1962 classic by the historian Barbara Tuchman. She describes the п¬Ѓrst weeks of the war, which was to drag on until 1918. Today, when we think of World War I, we think of the muddy stalemate of the trenches, but that came later. In its earliest weeks, huge armies were manoeuvreing and п¬Ѓghting on vast fronts. If only righteous violence could solve all problems, life would be much easier Long before American participation, the immense scale of this new industrial-strength war - soon to produce industrial-strength casualties - was breathtaking. The Russians massing today on UkraineвЂ™s border? They would not have been enough to п¬Ѓll a sector back then. The Israelis and Palestinians battling each other in Gaza? In total, not nearly the size of the relatively small British Expeditionary Force sent to France in 1914. History allows itself bitter little jokes. Those who fought then believed that this stupid conп¬‚ict was вЂњThe War to End All WarsвЂќ. But an obscure German soldier named Adolf Hitler didnвЂ™t take the point. Just as in Greek myth, when a dragon was killed and its teeth sowed into the ground, the terrible seeds sowed were to spring up as ferocious warriors to cause further strife. Thus did World War I lead to World War II. All wars have unintended consequences, even those that end triumphantly for the cause of freedom - which happened with World War II, leaving the Nazis and the Japanese militarists defeated but Soviet Russia empowered. If only righteous violence could solve all problems, life would be much easier. But the dragonвЂ™s teeth keep being sowed and the violence keeps happening. YouвЂ™d think weвЂ™d learn. Consider most of the current strife in the world. For the dismemberment of Iraq, especially, some blame President Barack Obama for indecisiveness, and he deserves his share; it goes with the job. But to blame this president you must also blame his predecessor, He Who Must Not be Blamed (according to his apologists), for getting us into this sorry mess in the п¬Ѓrst place. Sooner or later this was bound to happen. From the moment of the US invasion, the only uncertainty was the exact date of the eventual unravelling. Soon it will be AfghanistanвЂ™s turn. Those who say we, the Americans, should stay in these countries have missed the point. A policy of neverending occupation and war is not a feasible policy; it is an admission of policy failure. We could do that no more than the German armies could keep п¬Ѓghting in 1918. I am no paciп¬Ѓst; in fact, one of my favourite memories is reading a story about a paciп¬Ѓst in LondonвЂ™s Hyde Park who kept being interrupted by a heckler, so got down from his soapbox and punched the guy in the nose. Yes, sometimes enoughвЂ™s enough. But thereвЂ™s only so much we can do for allies who expect us to do most of the п¬Ѓnancing and п¬Ѓghting. Giving emergency help to buy time is one thing, but we canвЂ™t afford neverending military welfare. The current guns of August will cease eventually. Long term, we need to challenge the idea that every problem can be solved by military action when war always seems to beget more of the same. What we need is to dust off the вЂњjust warвЂќ theory expounded by Saint Augustine and others and treat war as a matter of last resort. What we have now is the notion that war is a problem-solver of п¬Ѓrst resort, just as the kaiser once believed. It seems that in 100 years we have learned nothing. zReg Henrymay be contacted at [email protected] The eurozoneвЂ™s gross domestic product could fall back into negative territory in the coming months To Advertise [email protected] Display Telephone 44466621 Fax 44418811 Classified Telephone 44466609 Fax 44418811 Subscription [email protected] 2014 Gulf Times. All rights reserved Journalist at IsraelвЂ™s Haaretz newspaper, Gideon Levy, at his home in Tel Aviv. After Levy accused Israeli air force pilots of perpetrating вЂњthe cruellest (and) most despicable deedsвЂќ against GazaвЂ™s weakest and most helpless,вЂќ his employer hired him bodyguards. Witch hunt against war critics in Israel By Jennie Matthew Jerusalem/AFP I n Israel, dissent against the war in Gaza is bitterly quashed. The few who speak out complain of being harassed, intimidated or even sacked. The once mighty left has disappeared. It has been IsraelвЂ™s deadliest conп¬‚ict in years. More than 1,960 Palestinians were killed and 64 Israeli soldiers died п¬Ѓghting what some see as an unwinnable war. And yet the only signiп¬Ѓcant protest in Israel so far saw thousands late Thursday demand an end to Hamas rocket attacks, dissatisп¬Ѓed with the status quo after ground troops pulled out and a ceaseп¬Ѓre was extended. Liberal newspaper Haaretz decried yesterday what it called a вЂњwitch huntвЂќ against leftists and civil rights organisations after the director of the national service administration, Sar-Shalom Jerbi, told rights group BвЂ™Tselem it was being blacklisted as an employer. вЂњI feel obligated to exercise my power and stop the state assistance provided to an organisation that works against the state and against soldiers who are heroically giving their very lives to protect the safety and wellbeing of all citizens,вЂќ Jerbi wrote in a letter. He accused BвЂ™Tselem of disseminating lies and slander, endangering the state and publishing information that encourages IsraelвЂ™s enemies and leads to violent antiSemitic acts against Jews around the world. The rights group denounced the move as an attack on Israeli democracy, and asked supporters to sign an online petition to support freedom of expression and democracy. Yizhar Beer of the Keshev Centre for the Protection of Democracy in Israel, says it has never been more difficult to voice dissent in the country. In Israel, as in most countries during time of war, the local media have been patriotic champions of the offensive, uniting behind their boys on the frontline, sending them presents, highlighting the suffering of Israeli citizens and downplaying suffering on the other side. The few who have spoken out of line have been threatened or denounced as traitors. After Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy accused air force pilots of perpetrating вЂњthe cruellest (and) most despicable deedsвЂќ against GazaвЂ™s weakest and most helplessвЂќ, his employer hired him bodyguards. Many readers cancelled their subscriptions, people stopped in the street to insult him and government whip Yariv Levin denounced him as a liar, a вЂњmouthpiece of the enemyвЂќ who should be put on trial for treason. вЂњI have never faced such aggressive reaction, never,вЂќ Levy told AFP in his cramped office at Haaretz in Tel Aviv, away from the coffee shops where he fears being insulted. вЂњNobody cares here about the suffering of Gaza. More than this, if you dare to express empathy you are a traitor,вЂќ he said. Some Israelis who criticised the offensive, even on private Facebook pages, complained of being ostracised. An Arab nurse was brieп¬‚y suspended then reinstated. Other Arabs in Israel also complained of being sacked. вЂњThereвЂ™s a whole level of intimidation thatвЂ™s kept a lot of people away,вЂќ said Steven Beck of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel when asked why there had not been more protests. He likened the atmosphere to the period directly preceding the assassination of prime minister and Nobel peace laureate Yitzhak Rabin, shot dead by a Jewish extremist in 1995. вЂњThings that were shocking back then, really, really shocking have become common place... now the needle is moving to a whole new level to the extreme,вЂќ Beck said. вЂњThe question is, is it going to boil over into something or will it dissipate.вЂќ Explanations are complex. For Beer, it is rooted in the growth of the religious right and ultra-Orthodox communities, the powerful Jewish settler movement and the ongoing occupation of the West Bank. вЂњThe extremist section of Israeli society has kidnapped the state of Israel,вЂќ he said. But even Israelis who back peace talks feel helpless. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, does not officially recognise the Jewish stateвЂ™s right to exist, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is considered too weak to cut a settlement. вЂњPressure from the inside and pressure from the outside makes our society very broken,вЂќ said Beer. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 15 COMMENT вЂ�OutsiderвЂ™ Modi berates IndiaвЂ™s ruling elite An unashamed nationalist, Modi chose to use his address to focus on subjects that are often taboo in India and certainly not aired at such a grand occasion By Christian Otton New Delhi/AFP H e may be the most powerful man in India but Narendra Modi burnished his credentials yesterday as the establishment outsider as he used his п¬Ѓrst Independence Day speech to berate the ruling class on its failings. Three months on from his stunning win in the worldвЂ™s biggest election, the п¬‚edgling premier told the assembled ranks of VIPs that he had been taken aback by what he had found since moving to New Delhi and IndiaвЂ™s achievements were thanks to the common man, not its rulers. Modi is the п¬Ѓrst Indian prime minister to have been born since independence from Britain in 1947 and his style of leadership marks a sharp break with the past. While IndiaвЂ™s leaders have usually delivered keynote speeches in English, ModiвЂ™s 45-minute address in DelhiвЂ™s historic Red Fort was in Hindi. And while his immediate predecessors were shielded from the crowds by a bullet proof glass, Modi spoke both without a screen or a script. вЂњThe beauty of this country is that the son of a poor family from a poor city can rise through the ranks and is able to salute the п¬‚ag from the ramparts of the Red Fort,вЂќ said the 63-year-old who used to help his father serve tea on a railway station platform. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspecting a guard of honour to mark the countryвЂ™s 68th Independence Day at the Red Fort in New Delhi yesterday. вЂњIt was not the politicians or the rulers who built this nation. No, it was the farmers, the labourers, women, youth, seers, scientists.вЂќ An unashamed nationalist, Modi chose to use his address to focus on subjects that are often taboo in India and certainly not aired at such a grand occasion. A spate of rapes had led Indians to вЂњhang our heads in shameвЂќ, he told the crowds in a speech that included appeals to end female foeticide and communal violence. And he also made a plea on behalf of the hundreds of millions of people who have to defecate in the open as they have no toilets in their home something Modi said was intolerable in the 21st century. вЂњPeople may criticise me for talking about toilets from the Red Fort,вЂќ he said. вЂњBut I am from a poor family, I have seen poverty п¬Ѓrst hand. For the poor to get dignity, it has to start from here.вЂќ Before the election, Modi spent nearly 13 years in charge of the western state of Gujarat and had never held office in Delhi. Since he came to power, there have been reports of tensions between Modi and bureaucrats and judges who have been rattled by his muscular style. Civil servants who were rumoured to have spent their mornings on the golf course have been leaving their clubs at home, fearful of being caught out when Modi calls on their ministry. вЂњShould government officers coming on time be news?вЂќ said the prime minister as he spoke of some of his shock at witnessing departmental rivalries. вЂњI am an outsider to Delhi. But as an outsider who has now got an insiderвЂ™s view, I have been surprised by what I have seen. вЂњI have seen how even within government there were different governments. It is as if each has its own п¬Ѓefdoms, with one government department quarrelling against another... How can we take India forward like this?вЂќ While DelhiвЂ™s main thoroughfares were sealed off to allow the great and the good to reach the venue in their red-sirened Ambassador cars, several thousand members of the public were invited to attend this yearвЂ™s speech. K G Suresh, a fellow at DelhiвЂ™s Vivekanand International Foundation thinktank, said he was struck by how Modi addressed some of IndiaвЂ™s biggest problems after criticism that he has been too quiet. вЂњUsually you donвЂ™t see a prime minister talking about his own difficulties with the system and administration but today he spoke about the problems heвЂ™s facing being an outsider, adjusting in Delhi,вЂќ he told AFP. вЂњIt seemed as though Modi was trying to silence his critics because after he took charge, people started tagging him as a mute prime minister, not taking action. But he dispelled that in his speech. Modi was in his element.вЂќ Weather report LEGAL HELPLINE Three-day forecast Convictions over forgery Under Article 206, anyone who forges an official document is convicted to no more than 10 years in prison By Nizar Kochery Doha QUESTION: We have come across a number of cases over forging educational credentials. To my knowledge, some of the parties charged are innocent. Please explain forgery under Qatar Laws. If an official document is tampered what is the punishment? Please explain. BSN, Doha ANSWER: Article 204 of the Qatar Penal code deп¬Ѓnes forgery. Forging a document means altering the truth thereof by any of the following methods so that such alteration results in causing damage but with the intention of using it as a genuine document. Following are methods of forgery: 1) Any amendment by way of addition, deletion or otherwise in the writing of the instrument, п¬Ѓgures, pictures or signs contained therein. 2) Putting any forged signature or false seal or altering any true signature, seal or thumb impression and also the misuse of a signature, seal or thumb impression. 3) Obtaining by fraud the signature, seal or signature of a person who is unaware of the true contents of the instrument. 4) Producing a counterfeit document or imitating it. 5) Completing a document signed, sealed or stamped in blank without authority from the actual signatory or holder of the seal or the person making the thumb impression. 6) Falsely assuming the identity of another person or altering such identity in an instrument intended to be executed. 7) Misrepresenting the truth in an instrument once ii has been made with regard or the subject-matter thereof. Under Article 206, anyone who forges an official document is convicted to no more than 10 years in prison. If a public employee commits forgery during or due to his job, he is convicted to no more than п¬Ѓfteen years in prison. The penalty of forging an unofficial document is no more than three years in prison. Employee want to quit during probation Q: I am on probation for three months in a company at Doha. I arrived from India on July 2 and joined the company as its brand manager the same day. My one month is over. My questions are: 1) Can I resign without giving any reason and leave before the end of probation? 2) Do I need permission from the owner for exit permit? If he refuses to issue it, how can I leave the country? AB, Doha A: Though the employer may terminate the employment contract by three daysвЂ™ notice on unsatisfactory probation, such right is not extended to the employee. The employee should follow procedures under Article 49 or 51 for termination of the contract. Article 49 stipulates termination notice of one/two months depends on duration of service. However, under Article 51, the employee may terminate the service contract without such notice or reasons if the employer or his representative has misled the worker at the time of entering into the service contract as to the terms and conditions of the work. Also, the contract is terminable if the employer commits a breach of his obligations under the service contract. Regarding exit, permission from your employer is required. Seek assistance from Labour Department. Company general assembly meeting Q: I am a shareholder in charge of management in a limited liability company in Doha. Every year an audit is conducted and proп¬Ѓts are shared among partners. Since most partners are not in town, no meetings are being held usually. What is the law on this? I have now received a registered letter through a lawyer issued by one partner calling for a meeting. Please advice. YUM, Doha A: A company with limited liability shall have a general assembly meeting consisting of all shareholders through an invitation from the directors/ managers at least once a year during the four months following the end of the п¬Ѓnancial year. Each shareholder shall have votes proportionate to shares held or represented by them and have the right to attend the general assembly irrespective of the number of shares held. The general meeting discusses the report on the companyвЂ™s activity and its п¬Ѓnancial position during the year in addition to the auditor report, balance sheet, proп¬Ѓts and losses account and approve them as well TODAY High: 40 C Low: 31 C Hazy to misty and partly cloudy to fog at places by night as the determination of dividends distributed among shareholders. SUNDAY Probation is not mandatory P Cloudy Q: Does QatarвЂ™s Labour Law make probation compulsory? In my case no probation has been agreed but the employer has just issued a letter, confirming probation after one year. Is the period spent during probation treated for calculation of benefits? AD, Doha High: 38 C Low : 33 C A: Probation is not mandatory. The parties to the contract may agree to commence employment without probation as probation is not compulsory under the Law. If agreed for probation, the maximum period of probation is limited to six months. Accordingly the confirmation letter issued after one year is not in compliance. However regarding benefits, once completed, the probation period is considered as part of the overall employment term and is taken into account when calculating gratuity and other terminal rights. 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If he prefers to retain them, he is only bound to pay the value of the materials incurred by the purchaser or the increase in value of the pre-emption by reason thereof. Any disposal by the purchaser resulting in transfer of ownership or creation of any other real right shall not be effective towards the preemptor if it is made after the date on which the letter of notifying the intention becomes evidence towards third parties. The creditors whose rights are restricted shall have priority in respect of the price that has devolved upon the purchaser. The right of pre-emption is forfeited if the pre-emptor renounces his right to the pre-emption explicitly or implicitly; if six months have elapsed since the date of registration of the deed of sale; and in all other cases prescribed by law. According to Article 934, the right to pre-emption shall not be forfeited upon the death of the pre-emptor but shall be transferred to his heirs. Possession is deп¬Ѓned as the control by one person, personally or through another person, of a material thing giving the impression that he is the owner or holder of another right in kind so as to do the acts normally done by the holder of title thereto. Possession does not result from acts that are done by permission or merely tolerated. Possession may be exercised by an intermediary, provided that he exercises it in the name of the possessor. A legally disqualiп¬Ѓed person or lacking discretion may acquire possession by the intervention of his legal representative. Article 940 stipulates that no one can set up prescription contrary to his title: that is to say that no one may by himself and in his own interests change the cause and origin of his possession. A person may, however, acquire a title by prescription if the nature of his possession is changed either by act of a third party or if such person sets up an adverse claim against the owner; but in such case prescription only runs from the date of such change. Possession obtained by acts of violence, secretly or in a dubious manner, has effect, as regards the person against whom the violence, secrecy or dubious means were exercised only from the time that such unlawful means have ceased. Around the world Athens Beirut Bangkok Berlin Cairo Cape Town Colombo Dhaka Hong Kong Istanbul Jakarta Karachi London Manila Moscow New Delhi New York Paris Sao Paulo Seoul Singapore Sydney Tokyo Weather today Clear P Cloudy P Cloudy T Storms Clear Clear T Storms T Storms P Cloudy Clear C Storms C Rain P Cloudy C Storms M Cloudy P Cloudy P Cloudy C Rain T Storms C Rain C Storms Rain Clear Max/min 35/26 30/25 32/26 21/13 35/25 19/11 29/26 29/26 29/27 30/23 32/25 34/27 23/13 31/25 23/13 34/28 28/18 20/14 23/15 30/20 32/27 16/12 35/24 16 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 QATAR Ambassador Arora reads out President Pranab MukherjeeвЂ™s message at the Indian Cultural Centre celebrations. Indian expats celebrate 68th Independence Day By Joey Aguilar Staff Reporter H undreds of Indian expatriates celebrated their countryвЂ™s 68th Independence Day with a п¬‚ag-raising ceremony at the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) yesterday. Indian embassy officials, led by Ambassador Sanjiv Arora, and ofп¬Ѓcials of Indian schools attended the ceremony. After the п¬‚ag hoisting, Arora read out Indian President Pranab MukherjeeвЂ™s message, which focused on education, the economy, the environment and how to end poverty. вЂњEconomy is the material part of development. Education is the essential part of it. A sound education system is the bedrock of an enlightened society,вЂќ the president said in his message. вЂњIt is the bounden duty of our educational institutions to provide quality education and inculcate the core civilisational values of love for motherland; compassion for all; tolerance for pluralism; respect for women; performance of duty; honesty in life; self-restraint in conduct, responsibility in action and discipline in young minds.вЂќ The president noted that nearly one-third of IndiaвЂ™s population still lived below the poverty line, although poverty had declined from over 60% to less than 30% in the last six decades. вЂњThe decisive challenge of our times is to end the curse of pov- erty. The focus of our policies now has to move from alleviation of poverty to elimination of poverty.вЂќ The president said that ancient travellers such as Megasthenes, Fa Hien and Hiuen Tsang had written about IndiaвЂ™s вЂњefficient administrative systems with planned settlements and good urban infrastructureвЂќ. вЂњWhat has gone wrong with us now? Why canвЂ™t we keep our environment free of п¬Ѓlth?вЂќ he asked. вЂњThe prime ministerвЂ™s call to honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, by making India a clean country by 2019 is commendable, but it can be achieved only if each Indian converts this into a national mission,вЂќ the president said in his message. He described the general elections held in April as вЂњremarkably peacefulвЂќ, with an increase in voter turnout from 58% to 66%. The celebration also featured cultural presentations by students from various Indian schools in Doha. Ambassador Arora hoisting the national flag. PICTURES: Jayan Orma Birla Public School students at the celebrations. Patriotic fervour at school events M ES Indian School, Ideal Indian School and Birla Public School celebrated IndiaвЂ™s 68th Independence Day yesterday in the presence of officials, students, parents, teachers and staff members. At MES, chief guest P K Mohamed, acting president of the school governing board, hoisted the national п¬‚ag followed by rendering of the national anthem by the school choir. Students later sang an inspiring patriotic song celebrating the richness and diversity of Indian culture. In his presidential address, Mohamed paid tribute to the freedom п¬Ѓghters who sacriп¬Ѓced their lives for independence. Looking to the future, he cited former president A P J Abdul KalamвЂ™s dream of a developed India by 2020. вЂњKalam has always motivated the youth of India to dream, dream and dream, because dreams transform to thoughts and thoughts lead to actions. The youth is the strength of the nation. Children should work towards liberating India from the clutches of social evils like poverty, corruption and illiteracy.вЂќ Acting general secretary Kashif Jaleel, directors T K Aboobacker, Hasmal Ismail, Zubair, Anees Abu, Kunhu Mohamed, and acting prin- cipal Siraj Ahmed Geetay were among those present. The function was compered by Sufera Ashraf, a teacher. At Ideal Indian School, acting principal S Vidhyashanker unfurled the tricolour and the school choir sang the national anthem. Vidhyashanker urged students to uphold the principles of the leaders of IndiaвЂ™s independence struggle. He also urged them to п¬Ѓght the challenges posed by corruption, terrorism and oppression of women. School nurse Vernisha welcomed the gathering and administration official Firoze Vanimel proposed a vote of thanks. At Birla Public School, chairman C V Rappai hoisted the п¬‚ag in the presence of vice chairman Lukose K Chacko, management committee member Gope Shahani, life members K M Varghese and M S Bukhari, and administration manager Joseph K. Rappai recounted the sacriп¬Ѓces made by those who fought for independence and stressed the need to safeguard it. He reminded the students that the future of the worldвЂ™s largest democracy was in their hands. Participants of an ongoing summer camp presented a cultural programme on the occasion, featuring patriotic songs, dances and speeches. Ideal Indian School officials, teachers and staff at the flag hoisting. Mohamed speaking at the celebrations at MES Indian School. REAL ESTATE | Page 3 117-YEAR-OLD | Page 9 China issues registration rules draft Silver market reboots price benchmark Saturday, August 16, 2014 Shawwal 20, 1435 AH FULL-YEAR FORECAST CUT: Page 10 GULF TIMES Finnair posts $27mn loss in second quarter BUSINESS US investors switch out of Europe as recovery bet sours Hefty outflows from US funds invested in European shares; dollars flow into cheaper emerging markets; ECB stimulus seen needed to reverse trend Reuters London U S investors are withdrawing billions of dollars from European stocks as signs of a stalled economic recovery, compounded by the Ukraine crisis, halt the past yearвЂ™s scramble to buy back into the region. The switch out of Europe into emerging markets or the US is not yet a wholesale exit, with several large asset managers trimming rather than axing their exposures to the region вЂ” a far cry from the panic of 2011 at the height of the eurozone debt crisis. But the rapid pace of outп¬‚ows from easy-to-trade vehicles such as exchange-traded funds, often seen in the past as an indicator of future investor sentiment, may derail EuropeвЂ™s two-year equity rally, with investors growing impatient for the European Central Bank to act more radically to spur growth. Lipper data for 106 US-domiciled funds invested in European equities shows their longest streak of consecutive weekly outп¬‚ows since 2011 in the nine weeks to August 14. The rapid pace of outflows from easy-to-trade vehicles such as exchange-traded funds may derail EuropeвЂ™s two-year equity rally, with investors growing impatient for the European Central Bank to act more radically to spur growth. Over that period, investors withdrew $3.25bn from the fundsвЂ™ nearly $50bn assets, mostly held in ETFs. вЂњPeople had been expecting a quicker recovery in Europe and now are realising itвЂ™s not happening,вЂќ said Dan Morris, global investment strategist at New York-based TIAACREF Asset Management, which manages assets worth $613bn. вЂњThen you add on top of that whatвЂ™s going on in Russia and Ukraine and people are saying: вЂ�There have got to be better opportunities in other parts of the worldвЂ™.вЂќ As investors pulled out of European equities, the Lipper data showed US funds invested in emerging markets recorded inп¬‚ows of $5.7bn over the same period, taking their total assets to $289bn. Morris said he now prefers shares in emerging markets to European stocks in light of the eurozoneвЂ™s enervated economy and valuations which no longer look appealing. The Europe-focused funds had attracted inп¬‚ows over a year when US investors were betting on economic revival in the eurozone, where stock valuations were cheaper and the market was underpinned by the ECBвЂ™s pledge to save the euro. Now the focus is shifting to high unemployment, sluggish reforms and tit-for-tat sanctions imposed by the West and Russia, the EUвЂ™s second-largest source of imports and fourthlargest export market. вЂњUS bought Europe big last year because of ECB, reform and value,вЂќ said Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. вЂњAll three are less compelling today.вЂќ Germany, home to Russianexposed companies ranging from Adidas, the worldвЂ™s second-largest sportswear п¬Ѓrm, to airport operator Fraport and defence п¬Ѓrm Rheinmetall, was hit hardest by US investors. The US-listed iShares MSCI Germany ETF, which tracks largeand mid-sized companies, saw outп¬‚ows of $1.4bn in the п¬Ѓrst seven months of the year, equal to 30% of its current total assets. The German fundвЂ™s return over the period is a negative 5.21%, under-performing 97% of all European-focused ETFs listed in US, according to Lipper data. вЂњExpectations were for a modest recovery but it has been particularly shallow and it has been compounded by not only a strong currency but also tensions between Russia and Ukraine, as well as, more recently, the sanctions,вЂќ said Charles Shriver, portfolio manager at Baltimorebased T Rowe Price, which manages assets worth $738bn. Shriver has reduced his equity Kurds sell 3rd major oil cargo, 4th heads to Croatia Reuters London Iraqi Kurdistan has delivered its third major cargo of crude oil out of a Turkish port and a fourth is sailing to Croatia, showing the autonomous region is finding more buyers despite legal pressure from Baghdad and setbacks in the US. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), whose peshmerga forces are being supported by US airstrikes in their battle against the Sunni fighters of Islamic State, has been in a long constitutional fight with Baghdad over independent oil sales. But while some shipments have been tied up by diplomatic and legal pressure from Baghdad, an increasing number are now finding buyers. Around $350mn in oil sales have been completed or are under way from shipments sent via the KRGвЂ™s new pipeline to Turkey, a Reuters analysis of satellite tracking data shows. The first vessel of pipeline crude sailed in May. вЂњThe sales process is standardising and our order book is growing,вЂќ a senior official in the Kurdistan Regional Government said when asked about the sales. вЂњWhile we are fighting a war with the Islamic State weвЂ™re also facing an economic war from Baghdad.вЂќ Baghdad has cut the KRGвЂ™s budget since January over the oil sales dispute, saying it has sole authority to export crude from the country. One cargo of Kurdish crude aboard the United Kalavrvta tanker has been sitting off the Texas coast since late July after Baghdad asked a court to seize the vessel. The ship remains in international waters off the US coast, unable to unload. The KRG is appealing against BaghdadвЂ™s request. Another vessel carrying Kurdish crude from TurkeyвЂ™s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, the United Leadership, has been anchored off Morocco for more than two months without unloading. But a little over two weeks ago, the 1mn barrel Suezmax Kamari tanker loaded Kurdish oil at Ceyhan before sailing to a point just under 200 km (125 miles) off the Israeli and Egyptian coasts. Reuters AIS Live ship tracking showed the ship was fully loaded, based on its draft in the water. After turning its satellite tracking off on August 1, the ship reappeared four days later sitting far higher in the water вЂ” indicating it had unloaded its cargo of disputed oil. It was not possible to determine which port the oil had been delivered to or who the buyer was. In June a cargo of Kurdish oil that sailed from Ceyhan aboard the United Emblem Suezmax tanker was delivered into Israel after being transferred at sea to another ship. The KRG has denied selling oil to Israel вЂњdirectly or indirectlyвЂќ. Another cargo, again carried by the United Emblem tanker, was transferred to a second vessel off the coast of Malaysia late last month. The buyer remains unknown. Iraqi Kurdistan has been selling small volumes of oil trucked into Turkey since 2012 but has faced fiercer opposition from Baghdad since its own pipeline to Ceyhan started at the turn of the year. It now carries around 120,000 barrels per day to the port. The KRG has said it plans to increase oil sales to around 1mn bpd by the end of next year, which could potentially give it enough economic clout to speed a push for independence. This week the Kamari has again loaded crude at Ceyhan, sailing to Malta where it executed a ship-to-ship transfer to a smaller vessel called the United Carrier, a shipping source familiar with the matter said and ship tracking showed. The vessel is managed by Greece-based Marine Management Services, the same company that runs the Suezmax tankers lifting Kurdish oil. The United Carrier is now sailing towards a port in Croatia. The Omisalj port imports oil for CroatiaвЂ™s refineries, which are partly-owned by HungaryвЂ™s Mol Group, a company that has invest- ed in oilfields in Iraqi Kurdistan. A spokeswoman for Mol Group in Hungary declined to comment. The Croatian government, which owns the 100,000 barrel per day INA refining company jointly with Mol Group, was not available to comment yesterday вЂ” a public holiday in Croatia. Based on international prices above $100 a barrel, total Kurdish crude sales from Ceyhan would total around $350mn, even if some tankers have been slightly discounted. This week a senior Turkish official called on the US to lift hurdles to the sale of crude from Iraqi Kurdistan, the Financial Times reported, saying Kurdistan was facing an enemy that was boosting its operations through oil sales. Islamic State fighters are selling oil from oilfields and refineries they control to local communities and smugglers, US intelligence officials said on Thursday. вЂњWe appreciate the Turkish line of thinking and we believe other countries should also support oil sales from Iraqi Kurdistan,вЂќ the senior KRG source said. вЂњIf they are going to trust Kurdistan to fight ISIS (the previous name of Islamic State) they should not expect us to do it with one hand tied behind our back.вЂќ On Thursday Nuri al-Maliki finally bowed to pressure and stepped down as Iraqi prime minister. There are hopes the new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, will negotiate an oil sales agreement with the KRG, though some have cautioned he has previously backed MalikiвЂ™s stance on the issue. The latest signs point to the KRG continuing to step up its oil sales. The United Dynamic, another Suezmax tanker managed by the same shipping firm as the other Kurdish oil vessels is also now sailing towards Ceyhan, according to Reuters AIS Live. Yesterday the United Dynamic, which is currently empty, was off the northern coast of Tunisia. It is due to dock at Ceyhan on August 21. allocation to Europe in favour of emerging markets over the past six months. Relative valuations, a key factor in luring US buyers over the past year, have ceased to be attractive, too. European shares trade at 13.8 times their expected earnings for the next 12 months, Datastream data showed. This is close to the lowest discount to their US counterparts in 10 years at 15.6 times, and the largest premium to emerging markets at 10.7 times. The stimulus of US takeover bids for European companies, when US pharma group AbbVie snapped up British rival Shire and AstraZeneca turned down Pп¬Ѓzer, has also worn off, with suitors discouraged by valuations and doubts about tax breaks. вЂњYou want to see the European market down to around 12 or so on a forward-earnings basis,вЂќ said David L Donabedian, chief investment officer of private wealth management п¬Ѓrm Atlantic Trust in Baltimore, which has assets of $25.4bn. But without an obvious catalyst from the European Central Bank, whose mandate limits its scope for Federal Reserve-style quantitative easing, the outп¬‚ows may continue. вЂњWeвЂ™re not going to wait around for a continual decline in the economy,вЂќ said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer of BMO Private Bank in Chicago, which manages assets worth $66bn. вЂњIf there is a better opportunity somewhere else, weвЂ™re going to move that capital.вЂќ MoodyвЂ™s sees continued uncertainty in Turkey Reuters Istanbul TurkeyвЂ™s lira eased yesterday as political uncertainty in the aftermath of Tayyip ErdoganвЂ™s presidential election victory persisted, with MoodyвЂ™s warning the outlook was likely to remain unstable until at least the middle of next year. ErdoganвЂ™s victory in SundayвЂ™s vote did not resolve the countryвЂ™s credit challenges, MoodyвЂ™s said, and the political landscape would remain uncertain until at least the conclusion of parliamentary elections, due by June 2015. Turkish markets initially took ErdoganвЂ™s win as a sign of continuity, firming early on Monday, but have since traded less optimistically. The lira weakened to 2.1620 to the dollar by 0955 GMT from 2.1514 late on Thursday. вЂњUntil the political landscape reaches some stability, the countryвЂ™s structural reform agenda is likely to suffer, leaving Turkey exposed to potential shifts in international market sentiment,вЂќ Alpona Banerji, vice-president and senior analyst at MoodyвЂ™s, said in a note. The ratings agency said the credit implications of the election would not be clear until a new prime minister is appointed in late August and a parliamentary election held. Erdogan expects to announce his new prime minister as early as next week following a meeting of his ruling AK PartyвЂ™s senior leadership, he told reporters late on Thursday. Erdogan, who remains prime minister until he is inaugurated on August 28, wants a staunch loyalist as his replacement who can hold the AK Party together and win a stronger parliamentary majority in the election. That would boost his chances of pushing through the constitutional change needed to introduce the presidential system he has long coveted for Turkey. MoodyвЂ™s also forecast TurkeyвЂ™s economy would grow by 3% this year, down from 4% in 2013, and raised concern about the independence of monetary policy. вЂњA series of rate cuts to the one-week repo rate between January and July and one cut to the overnight borrowing rate increase inflation risks in Turkey and are likely to fuel questions about the central bankвЂ™s independence,вЂќ it said. Erdogan, wedded to the idea that high interest rates cause inflation, has repeatedly called for the central bank to make sharper interest rate cuts. IstanbulвЂ™s main share index was up 0.05% at 77,610.12 points, slightly under-performing the broader emerging markets index, which was up 0.14%. The benchmark two-year government bond yield fell to 9.22% from 9.24% on Thursday. Jordan bank goes on trial in Hamas п¬Ѓnancing suit AFP New York J ordanвЂ™s Arab Bank went on trial on Thursday in New York accused of aiding alleged вЂњterrorвЂќ by transferring support funds to the families of Palestinians who died in the conп¬‚ict with Israel. The families of several Americans killed in early 2000s attacks by the Hamas movement said the bank, which has a New York branch, was in violation of the 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act when it served as a conduit for the money from a Saudi Arabian fund to the Palestinian families. But the bank argued on the п¬Ѓrst day of the trial that it could not be connected to the attacks cited by the accusers. If the court п¬Ѓnds it guilty, the bank said such a ruling would place too much burden on the global banking system and its routine automatic transfers of trillions of dollars every day of money on behalf of clients not officially blacklisted. вЂњThe facts show that Arab Bank provided routine banking services in compliance with applicable counter-terrorism laws and regulations, and had no in- tention of providing support to Hamas or any other known вЂ�terroristвЂ™ organisation,вЂќ it said. The plaintiffs п¬Ѓled the suit against the bank in 2004, four years into the Second Intifada, a Palestinian uprising that left thousands of Palestinians and Israelis dead. Arab Bank lawyer Shand Stevens defended the bank, saying that it complied with US laws and that the Saudi Committee, as the source of the funds, was never named as a terror group by the US The plaintiffs said Arab Bank was the conduit by which the Saudi Committee for the Support of the Intifada Al-Quds fund sent money to the families of Palestinians who died in the uprising, including suicide bombers. They also pointed out that Hamas, which the US officially designates as a terror group, directed the distribution of the money from the Saudi fund. That made the Saudi Committee and Arab Bank active supporters of HamasвЂ™s attacks, they said. вЂњAny person who chooses to participate in a suicide bombing or other terrorist attack does so secure in the knowledge that if he or she is killed in that attack, the п¬Ѓnancial needs of his or her family will be more than met for some time,вЂќ the suit said. By taking part in supporting the families, Arab Bank вЂњknowingly aided and abetted each and every alleged вЂ�terroristвЂ™ act committed by Palestinians.вЂќ вЂњThey were using these charities to fund terrorism,вЂќ said the plaintiffsвЂ™ attorney Mark Werbner. вЂњThey wired money at the demand of Hamas. They received money on behalf of Hamas. They made direct payment to Hamas.вЂќ But Arab Bank lawyer Shand Stevens defended the bank, saying that it complied with US laws and that the Saudi Committee, as the source of the funds, was never named as a terror group by the US. He told the court the bank too had been been a victim of Hamas and other terror groups. Arab bank has 200 branches in 30 countries. Its shareholders included the king of Jordan and the family of former Lebanese prime minister Raп¬Ѓk Hariri, killed in a 2005 Beirut bombing blamed on Hezbollah, a close ally of Hamas. 2 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 BUSINESS Reach Energy whets investor appetite for Malaysian SPACs Reuters Kuala Lumpur R each Energy Bhd, set up by veterans in MalaysiaвЂ™s oil and gas industry, made its market debut in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after completing the countryвЂ™s largest-ever initial public offering by a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The 750mn ringgit ($236.44mn) IPO exceeded the initial share sales by other local SPACs such as Sona Petroleum Bhd and Cliq Energy Bhd, which raised between $100mn and $150mn last year. Reach Energy, which has no existing assets, is looking to acquire п¬Ѓrms in both the exploration and production Hong Kong cuts 2014 forecast as growth slows to 1.8% in Q2 AFP Hong Kong Hong Kong yesterday cut its economic growth forecast for 2014 after an unexpected slowdown in second quarter expansion blamed on a fall-off in tourist spending and a slowdown in domestic demand. Gross domestic product grew 1.8% in the three months ending June 30 compared to the same period last year, the lowest since 2012, a government statement said. The result falls short of a forecast by five economists polled by the Wall Street Journal, which expected a 2% year-on-year increase. The figure was also lower than the previous quarterвЂ™s year-on-year 2.6% growth, as the government lowered its growth forecast for the year to two to three per cent from three to four per cent. Exports of goods were up 2.3% year-on-year for the second quarter, helped by a pick-up in June вЂњThe distinct slackening in tourist spending of late and the slowdown in domestic demand have emerged as new sources of uncertainty affecting the overall economic outlook,вЂќ the statement said. Exports of goods were up 2.3% year-on-year for the second quarter, helped by a pick-up in June. The figure is up from the previous quarterвЂ™s year-on-year growth of 0.5%. Exports to the European Union and the US continued to grow at a moderate pace, while exports to other Asian markets improved due to a better global economic environment. Exports of services saw a 2.3% year-on-year decline for the second quarter, the first decrease since 2009, dragged by a slowdown in exports of travel services. Private consumption grew by 1.2% year-on-year for the reported period, lower than the preceding quarterвЂ™s yearon-year expansion of 2%. вЂњDomestic demand is likely to maintain only a rather slow pace of expansion in the second half of the year. Local consumer sentiment may turn somewhat cautious following the economic growth slowdown in recent quarters,вЂќ the statement said. The potential for growth may be held back by the вЂњrather fragileвЂќ advanced economies of the US and the EU, the statement added. Risks including the changing of the pace of US monetary normalisation and constrained recovery of the eurozone economy were a concern, the statement said. вЂњLooking forward, the global economy is expected to remain on a moderate recovery path in the rest of 2014. This, together with an improving mainland economy, should entail a somewhat brighter export outlook for Hong Kong in the period ahead.вЂќ segments of AsiaвЂ™s oil and gas sector, following in the footsteps of Hibiscus Petroleum, Sona Petroleum and Cliq Energy. SPACs, common in the West but still rare in Asia, attract investors who hope a team of experienced industry executives can translate seed money into proп¬Ѓts down the road. They are also drawn to bonus giveaways such as warrants attached to shares bought during IPOs. But there are risks unique to SPACs. In the US, half of the SPACs launched in the past decade have failed to complete an actual acquisition and posted negative annual returns, according to data from research п¬Ѓrm SPAC Analytics. Malaysia late last year tightened rules on SPACs to assure investors their mon- ey will be secure in the months or years that such shell companies might take to п¬Ѓnd an income-generating asset. People in the industry say only the best of SPACs have made it to the market in Malaysia, owing to the strict rules set on them. Regulators have rejected a number of applications, for п¬Ѓrms ranging from palm oil to healthcare, as their management teams lack a track record and the ability to generate returns for shareholders, a source told Reuters. MalaysiaвЂ™s Securities Commission said in December that SPAC funds from an IPO must not be used to pay remuneration for the management team until an asset acquisition is completed. The companyвЂ™s management also cannot sell their shares in the SPAC un- til assets are generating income. The п¬ЃrmвЂ™s management, whose experience and track record must fall in line with the SPACвЂ™s objectives, must hold at least a 10% stake to ensure a вЂњmeaningful п¬Ѓnancial participationвЂќ. Reach Energy is led by Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Shahul Hamid, who has had senior roles at Esso, Shell and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Other top officials include former staff from Petronas, Schlumberger and Sime Darby. According to Reach EnergyвЂ™s IPO prospectus, MalaysiaвЂ™s pilgrimage fund Lembaga Tabung Haji, CIMB-Principal Asset Management Bhd, and Hong Leong Asset Management are among the cornerstone investors in the Shari- ah-compliant company. вЂњThis is seen as the safest SPAC to date, because it is the п¬Ѓrst one to genuinely attract institutional attention here,вЂќ said a banker who was involved in the Reach Energy IPO. Shares of Reach Energy fell 6.7% to 70 sen as of 0330 GMT, down from its offer price of 75 sen per share. The stock dropped as much as 8% to 69 sen. Hibiscus Petroleum - the п¬Ѓrst SPAC in Malaysia and Southeast Asia bought a 35% stake in NorwayвЂ™s Lime Petroleum over two years ago. The purchase has earned Hibiscus Petroleum a positive cash п¬‚ow, after the company spent nearly two years in the red. But it will need more acquisitions to go beyond the 9mn ringgit to 12.6mn ringgit it has seen in net income in recent quarters, according to industry observers. The company, whose top officials have worked with global industry giants such as Chevron, Murphy Oil, Schlumberger and ExxonMobil, aims to build an asset portfolio strong enough to support dividend payments while funding newer ventures that are still in a risky phase. Sona Petroleum made its п¬Ѓrst acquisition with a 40% stake in oil and gas blocks from London-listed Salamander Energy Plc for $280mn. It targets exploration and production assets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, according to the companyвЂ™s website. Meanwhile, Cliq Energy has shortlisted two potential acquisitions and is currently awaiting regulatory approval. Thailand economy seen avoiding recession in Q2 Reuters Bangkok S ome pillars of the Thai economy remain shaky, but the country likely avoided a recession in April-June after the army took power in a bid to end political tensions and get state and private spending going again. The planning agency will announce second quarter gross domestic product п¬Ѓgures on Monday. In the п¬Ѓrst quarter, the economy shrank 2.1% from the previous three months. Earlier this year, many economists thought there would be contraction in April-June too. But the median forecast in a Reuters poll is for on-quarter, seasonally adjusted growth of 0.9%, which would mean Thailand avoided a technical recession вЂ“ deп¬Ѓned as two consecutive quarterly contractions. On an annual basis, the economy probably grew 0.3% after contracting 0.6% in January-March, the poll showed. The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has forecast on-quarter growth of more than 1% and on-year contraction of 0.4%. Skirting recession does not mean solid growth has returned. Gundy Cahyadi, an economist with DBS Bank in Singapore, said the economy might have avoided a technical recession вЂњbut the outlook is still far from being robust.вЂќ вЂњGDP growth momentum is likely to pick up in late 2014 but a return to nearterm potential will still take some time, even if the government is going to be clearly pro-growth,вЂќ he added. The junta, which took power on May 22, has made delayed payments to rice farmers, approved infrastructure projects and accelerated approvals for private investment applications halted by political unrest. The moves have helped improve sentiment. A universityвЂ™s index of consumer conп¬Ѓdence, which fell for 13 straights months through April, has risen since the coup. But consumption remains subdued and auto sales are tumbling. And the key tourist industry, which accounts for about 10% of GDP, has not fully recovered. In April-June, the number of visitors were 12.3% fewer than 2013, while hotel occupancy rates were about Workers assembling a car at a Mitsubishi Motors plant in Laem Chabang, Thailand. Some pillars of the Thai economy remain shaky, but the country likely avoided a recession in April-June after the army took power in a bid to end political tensions and get state and private spending going again. 48% in the quarter. The junta has lifted curfews but kept martial law, which can pose issues in some insurance policies for travel. Five-star hotelier Erawan group, which earlier forecast a 2%-4% rise in revenue this year, said on Thursday it expects a 9% fall. вЂњAlthough revenue will improve in the second half, it canвЂ™t offset a weak п¬Ѓrst half,вЂќ chief п¬Ѓnancial officer Kanyarat Krisnathevin said. Hemaraj Land and Development said on Thursday it cut its 2014 industrial land sales target by 25%, to 192 hectares, due to the weak economy. Exports account for more than 60% of the economy, so sustained growth gains depend on raising shipments. But these have been held by not by politics вЂ“ the crisis did not disrupt ports or factories but by weak global demand. Weak exports have in turn hit factory output. In April-June, exports rose just 0.6% from a year earlier, central bank data showed. In the Reuters poll, just one of 11 respondents вЂ“ economist Barnabas Gan of OCBC Bank in Singapore вЂ“ forecast GDP to have a second consecutive shrinkage in April-June, citing lacklustre investment and consumption during the period. Gan agrees with others that the Thai economy will see вЂњbetter times in the second halfвЂќ, helped by improved consumer conп¬Ѓdence and government spending on infrastructure. Samsung to buy US п¬Ѓrm SmartThings AFP Seoul S amsung said yesterday it had reached a deal to buy a US home automation startup SmartThings, as the South Korean electronics giant aims to expand beyond the increasingly saturated smartphone market. The worldвЂ™s top smartphone maker said it had entered into a deal to buy the US app maker, which allows people to monitor and control their home appliances via mobile devices. вЂњWith SamsungвЂ™s resources and support, SmartThings will be able to expand its platform and become available for even more partners and devices,вЂќ Samsung said in a statement. It gave no details of the value of the deal. SmartThings will continue to operate independently under its founder and CEO Alex Hawkinson and will become part of SamsungвЂ™s Open Innovation Centre, the statement said. The centre is responsible for developing SamsungвЂ™s new software and services. вЂњWe are committed to maintaining SmartThingsвЂ™ open platform, fostering more explosive growth, and becoming its newest strategic partner,вЂќ the centreвЂ™s head, David Eun, said in the statement. SmartThings, founded in 2012, has built an open platform that supports about 1,000 devices. Samsung produces electronic products including handsets, memory chips, TVs and other home appliances like washing machines and refrigerators. But the company earns more than a half of its sales and proп¬Ѓts from its mobile business, which is faced with increasing competition in an increasingly saturated market. Samsung last month reported a 20% drop in its net proп¬Ѓt for the second quarter with analysts predicting a bleak future for its key mobile unit. The п¬Ѓrm has ramped up efforts to promote Internet-enabled wearable devices like smartwatches, in a move towards the market for the Internet of Things, in which household appliances and electronic devices are connected through the network. Samsung said yesterday it had reached a deal to buy a US home automation startup SmartThings, as the South Korean electronics giant aims to expand beyond the increasingly saturated smartphone market. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 3 BUSINESS IndonesiaвЂ™s 2015 budget highlights fuel subsidy challenge AFP Jakarta Energy subsidies are set to eat up a huge chunk of the Indonesian budget again next year, the president said yesterday, highlighting the challenge for incoming leader Joko Widodo to reduce the crippling payouts. At current rates, fuel and electricity subsidies are expected to cost 363.5tn rupiah ($31.3bn), up slightly from this year, according to a draft budget for 2015 presented by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. That is around 18% of the budget, with fuel subsidies the main drain on state coffers. The subsidies are historically a tense political issue in Indonesia, where fuel price hikes to reduce the payouts have been met with massive protests and caused divisions between coalition partners in government. But economists say cutting the subsidies is vital, as they are a major drain on the economy, taking money away from other areas where it is sorely needed. They have also been criticised as being poorly targeted, as they give the rich as much of a discount on fuel as the poor. Yudhoyono, who will step down as president in October after serving a maximum of two terms, has made some limited cuts during his tenure but has been criticised for not going nearly far enough. He called on the next government to divert energy subsidies to the poor. вЂњMoving forward, it is necessary for the government and legislature to understand this,вЂќ he said, adding they must вЂњtake the steps and work together to ensure our subsidies are well targeted and that the amount spent on subsidies is not excessiveвЂќ. The last time the parliament approved a hike was in 2013, a move that triggered protests around the sprawling archipelago nation. Yudhoyono said the government forecast growth of 5.6% in 2015, while inflation was expected to ease to 4.4% and the rupiah would stabilise at 11,900 to the dollar. The government allocated around $10bn to the public works and transport ministries to give the countryвЂ™s ageing infrastructure a facelift and attract more investment. The draft 2015 budget must be approved by parliament, and the final version may differ as Yudhoyono has invited president-elect Widodo, who won last monthвЂ™s presidential poll, to incorporate his programmes into it. China issues property registration rules draft AFP Beijing C hina yesterday published a draft of longawaited property registration rules, a move expected to stabilise the real-estate market and help crackdown on corruption. Real estate taxes based on a national registration system of property ownership are regarded as an effective way to curb speculation, as the government seeks to rein in years of surging house prices вЂ“ a source of resentment for ordinary Chinese. The system is also expected to act as an anticorruption tool by preventing officials from hiding their assets. Ideas about the scheme emerged in 2007 when a landmark property law took effect but the specific rules have been long in the making and their announcement was delayed due to their sensitivity and complexity, Chinese media have reported. ChinaвЂ™s Legislative Affairs Office, a department within the countryвЂ™s cabinet or State Council, published the draft regulations yesterday, stating that a national property registration system will be established. Relevant information вЂ“ such as the location, area and origin of ownership вЂ“ will be shared among government departments including police, taxation and audit authorities вЂњin real timeвЂќ, according to the draft regulations. вЂњState authorities may look up and photocopy property registration documents relevant to their investigation according to the law,вЂќ they said. Properties including land, houses and forests are all subject to the registration, they added. A man rows a boat on a river in front of new properties in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. China yesterday published a draft of long-awaited property registration rules, a move expected to stabilise the real-estate market and help crackdown on corruption. Public opinion on the draft is to be solicited until September 15, according to the Legislative Affairs Office. Public outrage is intense over high home prices in a real estate market that critics say is vice president of a bank in the northern province of Shaanxi and a delegate to the local legislature, was sentenced to three years in prison after she was found to have purchased more than 40 properties under multiple identities. IT-savvy India no longer land of вЂ�snake charmersвЂ™: Modi AFP New Delhi I Modi: Appealing to global business to set up shop in India. ndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said a вЂњdigital IndiaвЂќ could compete with the world and hailed its IT professionals for banishing the countryвЂ™s image as a land of snake charmers and black magic. In an Independence Day speech, Modi said India had transformed itself through strides taken by its information technology outsourcing sector. But more still has to be done to get India digitally connected through the Internet and tap other technologies, he said. вЂњSome 25 to 30 years ago, the world used to think we are a land of snake charmers and black magic. But our youth has surprised the world with its IT skills,вЂќ he said. вЂњI dream of a digital India. It was once said railways connects India. To- Malaysia posts 6.4% Q2 growth Reuters Kuala Lumpur M rife with abuse by corrupt government officials, some of whom have sought to hide wealth by illegally amassing dozens of homes under false identities. In one high-profile case last year, Gong Aiai, alaysiaвЂ™s economy grew 6.4% in the second quarter, faster than expected, as exports kept up their strong performance and consumer spending stayed buoyant despite steps by the central bank to curb high household debt levels. The stronger than expected п¬Ѓgure will п¬Ѓrm expectations that the central bank could follow up JulyвЂ™s hike in interest rates вЂ“ the п¬Ѓrst in three years вЂ“ with another as early as next month in order to dampen household debt. The Malaysian ringgit extended its gains to hit a high of 3.1635 against the dollar after the GDP data was released. Gross domestic product in the April-June period showed the strongest growth since the last quarter of 2012, having accelerated from 6.2% in the п¬Ѓrst quarter. A Reuters poll of analysts had forecast MalaysiaвЂ™s gross domestic product would grow 5.8% in the second quarter. Other data released showed the current account surplus narrowed in the second quarter as imports grew more slowly and exports remained brisk. вЂњThe very strong export performance was better than expected,вЂќ Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz told a news conference. вЂњItвЂ™s very likely that the overall growth for the year will exceed growth projections made earlier.вЂќ The central bank has a forecast range of 4.5% to 5.5% for full-year GDP. Zeti added that the central bankвЂ™s efforts to curb consumer debt were working as intended, noting a recent вЂњmoderationвЂќ in household debt. вЂњIf we were to be overly stringent in our policies it will result in an over adjustment,вЂќ she said. To curb the ballooning household debt, which hit 86.8% last year, the central bank raised its interest rate from 3% to 3.25% in July. Many economists believe it will have to do more to dissuade borrowers, though they differ over the timing of a likely increase in interest rates, with views ranging from anytime between next month and next year. вЂњThis deп¬Ѓnitely provides more room for Bank Negara Malaysia to hike the interest rate,вЂќ Irvin Seah, an economist with DBS in Singapore, said of the strong GDP п¬Ѓgures. вЂњFrom MalaysiaвЂ™s perspective, all cylinders are п¬Ѓring - exports improving, domestic growth is strong, and that certainly calls for tighter monetary policy.вЂќ The current account surplus narrowed to 16bn ringgit ($5bn) from 19.8bn ringgit in the previous quarter. Exports from the trade-dependent Southeast Asian nation rose 8.8% in the quarter, led by sales of electronics and manufactured products, outstripping the 7.9% rise in the п¬Ѓrst quarter. Import growth slowed to 3.9% from 7.1% in the п¬Ѓrst three months of the year. Economists expect the current account surplus to narrow further in the second half of the year as the governmentвЂ™s infrastructure spending picks up with implementation of several projects that will raise demand for imports. day I say IT connects India... I fully believe a digital India can compete with the world.вЂќ In February, Indian Satya Nadella was appointed MicrosoftвЂ™s chief executive in an endorsement of home-grown talent that has risen to the top of the US corporate world. Modi, a tech-savvy politician who is immensely popular on Facebook and Twitter, said India must use Internet to reach out to each of its 1.2bn people. вЂњDigital India is not an elite concept anymore. We have to take broadband connectivity to every village. We have to use this idea to revolutionise health and education in India,вЂќ he said. Modi, known as zealous moderniser when chief minister of the prosperous Gujarat state, also appealed to global business to set up shop in India. вЂњI tell the world вЂ“ come, make in India. Sell anywhere, but manufacture here. We have the skill and talent,вЂќ he said. вЂњOur dream should be to see the вЂ�Made in IndiaвЂ™ signs in every corner of the world.вЂќ While known for its п¬‚agship outsourcing industry, IndiaвЂ™s manufacturing sector is still nascent. The government is anxious to create manufacturing jobs to employ the millions of Indians who enter the employment market each year. Modi also called on Indians to do their bit to promote manufacturing, saying the country should become selfreliant. Modi tapped into the philosophy preached by IndiaвЂ™s independence icon Mahatma Gandhi who urged Swadeshi вЂ“ self-reliance in manufacturing of goods. вЂњEach Indian must take a pledge so that the country does not have to import anything. Even if the youth start manufacturing one item each, it can make a huge difference,вЂќ he said. Apple stores usersвЂ™ personal data on servers in China Reuters Beijing Apple Inc has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google, which has long refused to build data centres in China due to censorship and privacy concerns. Apple said the move was part of an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its iCloud service, which lets users store pictures, e-mail and other data. Positioning data centres as close to customers as possible means faster service. The data will be kept on servers provided by China Telecom Corp, the countryвЂ™s third-largest wireless carrier, Apple said in a statement yesterday. вЂњApple takes user security and privacy very seriously,вЂќ it said. вЂњWe have added China Telecom to our list of data centre providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland china. All data stored with our providers is encrypted. China Telecom does not have access to the content.вЂќ A source with knowledge of the situation said the encryption keys for AppleвЂ™s data on China Telecom servers would be stored offshore and not made available to China Telecom. Apple has said it has devised encryption systems for services such as iMessage that even Apple itself cannot unlock. But some experts expressed scepticism that Apple would be able to withhold user data in the event of a government request. вЂњIf theyвЂ™re making out that the data is protected and secure thatвЂ™s a little disingenuous because if they want to operate a business here, thatвЂ™d have to comply with demands from the authorities,вЂќ said Jeremy Goldkorn, director of Danwei.com, a research firm focused on Chinese media, Internet and consumers. вЂњOn the other hand if they donвЂ™t store Chinese user data on a Chinese server theyвЂ™re basically risking a crackdown from the authorities.вЂќ Goldkorn added that data stored in the US is subject to similar US regulations where the government can use court orders to demand private data. A spokesman for China Telecom declined to comment. With its rising middle class, China has become an increasingly important market for Apple. Sales of the iPhone rose almost 50% in China in the three months ended June and salvaged an otherwise lacklustre quarter for the Cupertino company. Other companies have opted not to situate servers in China, where they would have to comply with local laws. Google publicly abandoned China in 2010 and moved its services, including its search engine, to Hong Kong-based servers after refusing to comply with Chinese government censorship. Microsoft Corp also does not have servers for its email service in China. Yahoo came under criticism in 2005 after it handed to Chinese authorities e-mails that led to the imprisonment of Shi Tao, a journalist who obtained and leaked an internal censorship order the government had sent Chinese media. вЂњChina doesnвЂ™t want any digital service offered to Chinese people to be hosted offshore,вЂќ said Goldkorn. вЂњI suppose it was inevitable that Apple had to comply if they were using foreign servers for Chinese user data.вЂќ In July, AppleвЂ™s iPhone was branded a danger to ChinaвЂ™s national security by state media, because of the smartphoneвЂ™s ability to track and timestamp user locations. Apple denied tracking user locations. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 4 BUSINESS DJIA WORLD INDICES Company Name Exxon Mobil Corp Microsoft Corp Johnson & Johnson General Electric Co Chevron Corp Wal-Mart Stores Inc Procter & Gamble Co/The Jpmorgan Chase & Co Verizon Communications Inc Intl Business Machines Corp Pfizer Inc At&T Inc Coca-Cola Co/The Merck & Co. Inc. Intel Corp Walt Disney Co/The Visa Inc-Class A Shares Cisco Systems Inc Home Depot Inc United Technologies Corp 3M Co McdonaldвЂ™s Corp American Express Co Boeing Co/The Unitedhealth Group Inc Goldman Sachs Group Inc Nike Inc -Cl B Caterpillar Inc Du Pont (E.I.) De Nemours Travelers Cos Inc/The Lt Price 98.67 44.60 101.28 25.61 126.28 73.78 81.56 56.65 48.71 187.43 28.55 34.62 40.87 58.48 33.98 89.21 210.19 24.40 83.54 106.33 141.46 94.06 86.50 122.95 81.17 172.32 76.80 105.67 64.92 91.77 % Chg -0.42 0.73 -0.72 -1.04 -0.54 -0.83 -0.48 -0.58 -0.59 -0.24 -0.63 -0.83 1.72 -0.51 0.12 0.68 -1.10 -0.57 -0.38 -0.47 -0.62 0.04 -0.88 -0.93 -0.79 -0.24 -0.65 0.01 -0.43 -0.49 5,111,731 25,829,580 3,464,272 16,148,346 2,686,216 3,842,463 4,529,423 8,038,285 10,490,624 1,426,783 11,555,671 15,781,455 15,510,953 4,631,864 17,891,585 4,744,274 1,108,389 22,682,174 2,809,523 1,856,730 1,056,582 2,504,910 1,884,656 2,826,467 1,388,183 1,381,491 1,253,876 2,408,083 1,487,736 779,051 FTSE 100 Company Name Whitbread Plc Wpp Plc Wolseley Plc Weir Group Plc/The Vodafone Group Plc United Utilities Group Plc Unilever Plc Tui Travel Plc Tesco Plc Travis Perkins Plc Tullow Oil Plc Severn Trent Plc St JamesвЂ™s Place Plc Standard Chartered Plc Sse Plc Sports Direct International Smith & Nephew Plc Smiths Group Plc Standard Life Plc Shire Plc Sage Group Plc/The Schroders Plc Sainsbury (J) Plc Sabmiller Plc Rsa Insurance Group Plc Randgold Resources Ltd Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc Royal Mail Plc Rio Tinto Plc Rexam Plc Reed Elsevier Plc Royal Dutch Shell Plc-B Shs Royal Dutch Shell Plc-A Shs Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc Pearson Plc Persimmon Plc Prudential Plc Petrofac Ltd Old Mutual Plc Next Plc National Grid Plc Wm Morrison Supermarkets Mondi Plc Marks & Spencer Group Plc Meggitt Plc London Stock Exchange Group Lloyds Banking Group Plc Legal & General Group Plc Land Securities Group Plc Kingfisher Plc Johnson Matthey Plc Itv Plc Intertek Group Plc Intu Properties Plc Imperial Tobacco Group Plc Imi Plc 3I Group Plc Intercontinental Hotels Grou Intl Consolidated Airline-Di Hsbc Holdings Plc Hammerson Plc Hargreaves Lansdown Plc Glaxosmithkline Plc Glencore Plc Gkn Plc G4s Plc Fresnillo Plc Friends Life Group Ltd Easyjet Plc Experian Plc Diageo Plc Crh Plc Capita Plc Compass Group Plc Centrica Plc Carnival Plc Coca-Cola Hbc Ag-Cdi Bt Group Plc British Sky Broadcasting Gro Burberry Group Plc Bp Plc Bunzl Plc Bhp Billiton Plc British Land Co Plc Bg Group Plc Barratt Developments Plc British American Tobacco Plc Barclays Plc Babcock Intl Group Plc Bae Systems Plc Astrazeneca Plc Aviva Plc Arm Holdings Plc Antofagasta Plc Ashtead Group Plc Aggreko Plc Aberdeen Asset Mgmt Plc Admiral Group Plc Associated British Foods Plc Anglo American Plc Lt Price 4,275.00 1,212.00 3,108.00 2,597.00 197.55 870.50 2,599.00 366.60 248.00 1,685.00 706.00 1,938.00 737.00 1,212.00 1,489.00 696.00 1,018.00 1,266.00 368.50 4,850.00 392.20 2,292.00 311.70 3,250.50 439.40 5,065.00 1,048.00 435.60 3,406.00 496.70 962.00 2,490.00 2,384.00 347.60 5,290.00 1,120.00 1,312.00 1,420.00 1,134.00 193.60 6,820.00 875.00 173.10 1,006.00 427.10 467.80 1,927.00 73.59 238.30 1,098.00 295.40 3,090.00 207.50 2,808.00 336.60 2,522.00 1,351.00 377.00 2,250.00 332.60 643.50 613.00 1,080.00 1,392.00 358.80 338.60 263.70 1,005.00 308.80 1,289.00 1,032.00 1,738.50 1,417.00 1,192.00 958.50 313.50 2,239.00 1,327.00 371.30 849.50 1,459.00 470.95 1,629.00 2,050.00 730.50 1,163.50 353.90 3,519.00 217.60 1,106.00 437.00 4,092.50 503.00 907.00 807.00 907.50 1,710.00 426.20 1,333.00 2,807.00 1,577.50 % Chg 1.14 -0.49 0.23 -0.73 0.64 0.52 0.27 -0.84 1.14 0.12 0.28 -0.31 -0.27 -0.57 0.47 1.02 -2.21 0.88 0.55 -0.06 0.44 0.04 1.14 -0.38 0.41 -1.07 0.10 -1.80 0.89 -0.96 -0.21 -0.06 0.13 -0.46 0.67 0.00 0.15 0.18 -0.87 -0.41 0.22 0.52 1.41 -0.40 -0.21 0.28 -0.41 0.12 -0.42 0.73 -0.10 0.26 -0.14 -0.04 -0.03 0.76 -0.37 1.70 0.40 0.21 -1.21 0.82 0.19 -0.22 -0.51 -0.41 -1.09 -2.14 0.16 0.00 0.98 0.55 -0.21 -0.17 -0.31 -0.35 0.22 0.00 0.92 -0.53 0.76 -0.22 0.12 1.21 0.83 0.61 0.80 0.50 -0.18 1.19 0.00 -0.09 -0.59 0.33 -0.74 1.45 -0.58 0.24 0.23 0.75 -0.41 Volume 474,285 4,203,438 1,062,821 486,457 39,631,358 1,388,019 2,722,736 1,666,199 20,796,189 815,204 3,692,313 523,453 1,673,762 4,478,904 2,710,670 1,126,450 2,192,918 1,130,525 3,666,610 2,136,342 2,827,676 383,995 7,196,967 2,177,706 2,406,063 318,206 2,103,504 2,649,174 3,879,769 2,142,432 3,568,863 3,448,793 4,401,410 8,147,118 1,108,056 1,980,271 1,136,329 4,281,913 1,159,347 9,545,803 234,901 5,846,236 8,081,624 825,196 3,413,650 2,287,267 257,598 82,359,530 9,840,409 2,581,623 5,360,186 586,469 11,574,812 267,881 2,716,518 1,560,689 556,663 1,597,231 608,613 6,842,644 26,955,090 2,331,224 595,118 6,169,217 19,496,290 5,111,853 10,844,287 891,380 2,616,188 2,586,669 1,451,449 3,824,618 4,016,387 1,389,376 5,399,554 10,089,624 575,417 275,405 15,280,704 2,428,991 1,301,523 24,316,976 445,157 9,605,964 3,922,316 6,430,596 4,564,099 1,968,234 32,135,324 1,805,802 6,161,680 2,911,971 5,304,377 2,573,017 1,669,030 1,429,240 605,043 1,759,665 958,548 750,628 3,514,366 TOKYO Company Name Inpex Corp Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd Sekisui House Ltd Kirin Holdings Co Ltd Japan Tobacco Inc Seven & I Holdings Co Ltd Toray Industries Inc Asahi Kasei Corp Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Kao Corp Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd Astellas Pharma Inc Eisai Co Ltd Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd Fujifilm Holdings Corp Shiseido Co Ltd Jx Holdings Inc Lt Price 1,490.50 2,074.50 1,335.50 1,370.50 3,548.00 4,370.50 707.40 814.40 368.00 6,398.00 475.70 4,375.00 4,677.50 1,493.50 4,323.50 1,874.50 3,093.00 2,023.50 517.60 % Chg -2.26 -0.88 -0.74 -0.51 0.78 -0.21 0.14 -0.95 0.00 0.27 0.44 -0.01 0.38 1.60 1.12 0.32 -0.40 1.07 -1.60 Indices Volume Volume 4,715,000 1,953,600 1,673,600 1,706,900 2,198,600 1,616,400 2,717,000 3,943,000 3,466,000 590,300 3,730,200 1,197,800 1,180,000 5,424,300 843,500 1,063,600 2,078,300 1,478,700 8,305,600 Lt Price Change Dow Jones Indus. Avg S&P 500 Index Nasdaq Composite Index S&P/Tsx Composite Index Mexico Bolsa Index Brazil Bovespa Stock Idx Ftse 100 Index Cac 40 Index Dax Index Ibex 35 Tr 16,621.55 1,950.14 4,443.36 15,242.65 44,566.02 56,512.24 6,689.08 4,174.36 9,092.60 10,222.20 -92.03 -5.04 -9.64 -48.53 -227.00 +731.83 +3.82 -31.07 -132.50 -72.60 Nikkei 225 Japan Topix Hang Seng Index All Ordinaries Indx Nzx All Index Bse Sensex 30 Index Nse S&P Cnx Nifty Index Straits Times Index Karachi All Share Index Jakarta Composite Index 15,318.34 1,270.68 24,954.94 5,559.61 1,038.99 26,103.23 7,791.70 3,314.77 21,194.20 5,148.96 +3.77 +0.18 +153.58 +16.75 +3.65 +184.28 +52.15 +19.94 +281.92 -6.59 TOKYO Company Name Bridgestone Corp Asahi Glass Co Ltd Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Meta Sumitomo Metal Industries Kobe Steel Ltd Jfe Holdings Inc Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd Sumitomo Electric Industries Smc Corp Komatsu Ltd Kubota Corp Daikin Industries Ltd Hitachi Ltd Toshiba Corp Mitsubishi Electric Corp Nidec Corp Nec Corp 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Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc Chubu Electric Power Co Inc Kansai Electric Power Co Inc Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc Tokyo Gas Co Ltd Secom Co Ltd Yamada Denki Co Ltd Fast Retailing Co Ltd Softbank Corp Lt Price 3,559.50 569.80 309.80 0.00 168.00 2,107.50 1,637.50 1,525.50 27,165.00 2,331.50 1,419.00 6,531.00 775.30 453.80 1,323.00 6,578.00 388.00 745.30 1,249.50 315.00 1,874.00 5,140.00 44,255.00 4,613.50 17,710.00 6,010.00 4,969.50 10,100.00 4,878.00 617.60 999.30 5,991.00 3,474.00 3,333.50 1,481.50 3,410.50 3,402.50 1,129.50 1,074.00 11,290.00 1,320.50 747.10 1,699.50 6,685.00 1,340.00 2,150.50 1,175.00 588.90 566.40 430.10 4,115.00 584.10 196.50 1,588.50 839.20 644.60 2,564.00 2,387.50 1,440.00 3,202.00 1,271.00 3,278.00 2,438.00 4,100.00 8,251.00 4,937.00 14,855.00 252.40 6,773.00 5,963.00 1,803.00 386.00 1,244.00 976.20 1,166.00 1,140.00 593.60 6,470.00 353.00 33,030.00 7,012.00 % Chg 0.31 -0.90 0.65 0.00 0.60 0.45 -0.52 0.03 -0.26 -0.09 -0.49 -2.08 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862,500 747,300 493,300 8,039,000 1,680,000 1,245,800 2,607,200 5,390,600 1,583,200 1,394,000 1,065,000 1,050,400 3,659,000 213,000 7,975,600 170,400 5,838,200 SENSEX Company Name Wipro Ltd Ultratech Cement Ltd United Spirits Ltd Tata Motors Ltd Tata Power Co Ltd Tech Mahindra Ltd Tata Consultancy Svcs Ltd Tata Steel Ltd Sun Pharmaceutical Indus Sesa Sterlite Ltd State Bank Of India Reliance Industries Ltd Power Grid Corp Of India Ltd Punjab National Bank Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd Ntpc Ltd Nmdc Ltd Maruti Suzuki India Ltd Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd Larsen & Toubro Ltd Lupin Ltd Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd Jindal Steel & Power Ltd Itc Ltd Infosys Ltd Indusind Bank Ltd Idfc Ltd Icici Bank Ltd Hindustan Unilever Ltd Hindalco Industries Ltd Hero Motocorp Ltd Hdfc Bank Limited Housing Development Finance Hcl Technologies Ltd Grasim Industries Ltd Gail India Ltd Dr. ReddyвЂ™s Laboratories Dlf Ltd Coal India Ltd Cipla Ltd Cairn India Ltd Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd Bank Of Baroda Bajaj Auto Ltd Bharat Heavy Electricals Bharti Airtel Ltd Axis Bank Ltd Asian Paints Ltd Ambuja Cements Ltd Acc Ltd Lt Price 545.95 2,632.55 2,362.30 484.60 90.60 2,150.70 2,499.75 541.70 814.85 289.50 2,362.50 1,002.95 133.20 910.35 410.10 142.05 174.45 2,666.55 1,321.85 1,484.10 1,183.40 953.35 285.20 356.85 3,612.55 548.25 145.40 1,479.65 714.55 178.60 2,510.55 826.70 1,124.30 1,538.00 3,326.50 425.70 2,755.75 196.20 356.45 448.60 318.60 613.35 878.25 2,135.00 212.95 365.20 377.80 617.80 210.90 1,480.85 % Chg -0.78 0.94 2.83 2.34 2.32 0.13 -0.01 1.35 1.53 2.82 -0.27 1.29 0.68 0.41 2.01 1.50 0.20 0.59 0.43 2.10 1.60 -0.39 3.67 -0.13 0.12 1.61 0.97 1.89 -0.58 -0.81 -2.64 1.76 -1.73 -1.42 1.90 3.38 0.53 0.98 0.96 1.87 1.13 1.61 0.36 -0.60 1.55 -0.92 1.04 0.33 2.53 1.96 Volume 1,141,910 169,358 492,997 6,941,850 5,204,567 331,066 844,912 10,097,992 1,895,429 5,782,374 1,767,733 2,982,543 2,746,275 816,207 7,130,861 5,445,449 1,462,203 341,033 961,736 1,636,285 575,537 1,062,577 3,411,595 4,641,067 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The DAX tumbled 1.44% to 9,092.60 yesterday. Ukraine hostilities hit Europe stock markets AFP London E uropean stocks closed lower yesterday, giving up earlier solid gains after news that Ukrainian artillery had destroyed part of a Russian military column spooked investors. In Frankfurt, the DAX tumbled 1.44% to 9,092.60, while in Paris the CAC 40 slid 0.74% to 4,174.36 points. LondonвЂ™s benchmark FTSE 100 index ended just above the п¬‚atline at 6,689.08 points, compared with ThursdayвЂ™s close. вЂњA feeling of complacency had been creeping back into investor psychology this week with a general feeling that perhaps the declines at the start of the month were overdone,вЂќ said Jasper Lawler at CMC Markets. вЂњThe encounter in Ukraine was a hefty reminder that geopolitics cannot be ignored.вЂќ Equity markets turned lower after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Kiev had shelled and destroyed part of a Russian armed convoy as it crossed into eastern Ukraine. European leaders hit out at Russia, with Brussels urging Russia to put an вЂњimmediate stopвЂќ to all forms of hostilities near the Ukrainian border and Britain summoning MoscowвЂ™s envoy. The Kremlin hit back, warning to Kiev not to interfere with a convoy of vehicles it deployed to carry humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine areas controlled by pro-Moscow secessionists. News of the rising tensions in Ukraine sent investors running for the safe havens of European bonds, sending the yields on German and French state debt to new record lows. It also hit US shares, which had posted two straight days of gains as investors shrugged off geopolitical tensions over signs the US economy continued to grow. In mid-afternoon trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.38% to 16,650.58. The broad-based S&P 500 lost 0.39% at 1,947.62, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.13% to 4,477.11. Oil prices gained in New York on the news as traders fretted about an interruption in supplies from Russia, the worldвЂ™s second-largest oil producer. In foreign exchange trade yesterday, the euro rose to $1.3389 from $1.3365 late on Thursday in New York. The European single currency climbed to 80.22 pence from 80.09 pence on Thursday, while the pound rose to $1.6690 from $1.6686. In corporate news, shares in mining giant BNP Billiton closed up 1.21% after it said it could spin-off unwanted assets to focus on top tier commodities such as iron ore, copper, coal and petroleum. Shares in the worldвЂ™s second-largest HONG KONG HONG KONG Company Name Aluminum Corp Of China Ltd-H Bank Of East Asia Bank Of China Ltd-H Bank Of Communications Co-H Belle International Holdings Boc Hong Kong Holdings Ltd Cathay Pacific Airways Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd China Coal Energy Co-H China Construction Bank-H China Life Insurance Co-H China Merchants Hldgs Intl China Mobile Ltd China Overseas Land & Invest China Petroleum & Chemical-H China Resources Enterprise China Resources Land Ltd China Resources Power Holdin China Shenhua Energy Co-H China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd Citic Pacific Ltd Clp Holdings Ltd Cnooc Ltd Cosco Pacific Ltd Esprit Holdings Ltd Fih Mobile Ltd Hang Lung Properties Ltd Hang Seng Bank Ltd Henderson Land Development platinum producer Impala Platinum fell more than 1% after it warned a п¬Ѓvemonth strike could slash its full-year earnings by up to 75%. In economic news, BritainвЂ™s output expanded by 0.8% in the second quarter of 2014 compared with output in the п¬Ѓrst three months of the year, official data showed yesterday. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.2% in the April-June period compared with the second quarter of 2013, the strongest growth since mid-2007. Rob Wood, an economist at Berenberg, said growth вЂњcould well get more lopsided in the near termвЂќ as events in Ukraine hit demand for exported goods while domestic demand expands rapidly. The upbeat British data stands in contrast to the 18-country eurozone, where growth ground to a halt in the second quarter dragged down by top economies France and Germany, official data showed on Thursday. European stock markets had risen on Thursday as data fuelled speculation that the European Central Bank would be forced to roll out stimulus measures. вЂњBad news has resumed its position as the familiar rather than the rare story,вЂќ said Capital Spreads dealer Jonathan Sudaria. вЂњFears of a European recession and deп¬‚ationary slump have been welcomed by marketsвЂќ because of the prospect of a new ECB stimulus programme, he said. Lt Price 3.58 33.75 3.69 5.81 9.81 24.95 14.74 144.50 4.82 5.91 22.95 26.00 93.40 22.85 7.62 23.95 17.10 22.45 23.45 12.92 16.46 65.35 14.70 11.74 12.22 4.46 23.40 131.50 49.80 % Chg 0.56 0.60 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.20 0.55 0.21 -1.03 0.51 -0.22 0.00 5.78 0.00 -0.26 0.63 -1.16 0.00 -0.21 -0.92 1.35 -0.15 0.41 -0.84 0.83 0.22 -0.64 0.00 0.10 Volume 19,301,283 1,873,315 229,051,500 17,759,753 15,971,074 9,583,830 3,127,714 2,162,853 22,689,626 133,825,013 17,422,510 1,432,354 72,739,928 14,835,487 57,236,986 1,452,432 8,709,152 1,777,167 11,599,890 29,504,472 20,010,951 2,593,845 71,432,797 1,166,623 2,161,748 15,413,259 5,779,044 772,275 1,344,669 Company Name Hong Kong & China Gas Hong Kong Exchanges & Clear Hsbc Holdings Plc Hutchison Whampoa Ltd Ind & Comm Bk Of China-H Li & Fung Ltd Mtr Corp New World Development Petrochina Co Ltd-H Ping An Insurance Group Co-H Power Assets Holdings Ltd Sino Land Co Sun Hung Kai Properties Swire Pacific Ltd-A Tencent Holdings Ltd Wharf Holdings Ltd Lt Price 17.40 183.10 83.90 104.60 5.26 10.12 30.75 9.72 10.74 66.15 72.45 13.64 116.80 99.25 130.30 59.25 % Chg 0.23 1.16 1.27 -0.19 0.19 0.00 0.16 -0.21 0.56 0.30 1.33 -0.44 0.00 -0.65 0.15 1.28 Volume 5,267,352 7,954,828 26,053,282 4,863,494 112,218,789 32,956,501 1,113,881 11,421,955 59,878,608 8,462,817 2,260,348 3,624,159 2,836,058 779,995 20,450,168 3,206,887 GCC INDICES Indices Doha Securities Market Saudi Tadawul Kuwait Stocks Exchange Bahrain Stock Exchage Oman Stock Market Abudhabi Stock Market Dubai Financial Market Lt Price 13,505.26 10,588.26 7,234.21 1,476.98 7,321.17 5,052.94 4,813.06 Change -17.53 -4.84 -11.50 +6.84 +22.82 +49.91 +7.99 вЂњInformation contained herein is believed to be reliable and had been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. 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Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja Phineas And Ferb Phineas And Ferb Lab Rats KickinвЂ™ It Scaredy Squirrel Saraswatichandra Pyaar Ka Dard Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara Mahabharat Yeh Hai Mohabbatein Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon - Ek Baar Phir Saath Nibhana Saathiya Ek Hasina Thi Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Suhaani Si Ek Ladki IIFA Awards 2014 Curtain Raiser IIFA Awards 2014 Green Carpet IIFA Awards 2014 Main Event Movie: Bol Bachchan Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon - Ek Baar Phir Suhaani SI Ek Ladki Saath Nibhana Saathiya Saraswatichandra Ek Hasina Thi Mahabharat Diya Aur Bati Hum Yeh Rishta Kya ` Kehlata Hai Pyaar Ka Dard Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Yeh Hai Mohabbatein Saraswatichandra Ek Hasina Thi Diya Aur Baati Pyaar Ka Dard Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara Ek Hasina Thi 6 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 TV Schedule 0625 Come Dine With Me 0710 Holmes On Homes 0800 Phil Spencer Secret Agent 0850 Phil Spencer Secret Agent 0940 Antiques Roadshow 1030 French Food At Home 1055 French Food At Home 1120 French Food At Home 1145 New Scandinavian Cooking With Andreas Viestad 1215 New Scandinavian Cooking With Andreas Viestad 1245 The Hairy Bikers USA 1310 Rachel KhooвЂ™s Kitchen Notebook London 1335 Come Dine With Me South Africa 1430 Antiques Roadshow 1525 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 1610 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 1655 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 1740 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 2000 Fat & Fatter 2055 Come Dine With Me Supersized 2230 Antiques Roadshow 2320 Bargain Hunt 0005 Cash In The Attic 0050 Phil Spencer Secret Agent 0230 Come Dine With Me Supersized 0405 Marbella Mansions 0450 Marbella Mansions 0535 Marbella Mansions 0700 0905 1048 1235 1430 1600 1800 2000 2200 0130 0415 The Yearling Show Boat High Society East Of Eden Ride, Vaquero! Where The Spies Are Summer Holiday Operation Crossbow The Comedians The Outfit It Happened At The WorldвЂ™s Fair 0500 Cheerful Weather For The Wedding-PG15 0700 The Words-PG15 0900 Despicable Me 2-PG 1045 Life Of Pi-PG 1300 You Got Served Beat The World-PG15 1500 Parental Guidance-PG 1700 Despicable Me 2-PG 1900 The Heat-PG15 2100 Bachelorette-PG15 2300 The Bling Ring-18 0030 Birdsong-18 0330 Despicable Me 2-PG 0515 You Got Served Beat The World-PG15 0615 Lightspeed 0800 Green Flash 930 The Bonfire Of The Vanities 1130 The Addams Family 1300 The Dukes Of Hazzard The Beginning 1430 North 1600 Country Strong 1800 The Darjeeling Limited 2030 The Edge Of Love 2200 Dance Of The Dead 2330 Green Flash 0130 Mexican Sunrise 0300 The Bonfire Of The Vanities The Edge Of Love on MBC Max at 2030 hrs 0610 0635 0700 0725 0755 0815 Swamp Brothers Call Of The Wildman Call Of The Wildman Project Puppy Project Puppy Weird Creatures With Nick Baker 0910 Must Love Cats 1005 AmericaвЂ™s Cutest Pets 1100 Too Cute! 1155 Treehouse Masters 1250 My PetвЂ™s Gone Viral 1320 My PetвЂ™s Gone Viral 1345 My PetвЂ™s Gone Viral 1415 My PetвЂ™s Gone Viral 1440 My PetвЂ™s Gone Viral 1510 My PetвЂ™s Gone Viral 1535 My PetвЂ™s Gone Viral 1605 My PetвЂ™s Gone Viral 1630 Too Cute! 1725 Too Cute! 1820 Tanked 1915 My Tiny Terror 2010 Deadly Islands 2105 Wildest Indochina 2200 My Tiny Terror 2255 Deadly Islands 2350 Untamed & Uncut 0045 Wildest Indochina 0135 Animal Cops Philadelphia 0225 Untamed & Uncut 0315 My Tiny Terror 0405 Deadly Islands 0455 Animal Cops Philadelphia 0545 Treehouse Masters 0630 Unguarded With Rachel Nichols 0700 Quest Means Business 0800 World Sport 0900 CNN Newsroom 0915 CNN Marketplace Africa 1015 CNN Marketplace Middle East 1030 Art Of Movement 1045 I Report For CNN 1200 CNN Newsroom 1330 Unguarded With Rachel Nichols 1400 Amanpour 1430 Inside Africa 1630 CNNGo 1730 Backstory 1830 African Voices 1900 CNN Marketplace Europe 1915 CNN Marketplace Africa 1930 Art Of Movement 1945 I Report For CNN 2000 World Sport 2030 Mainsail 2100 International Desk 2300 The Brief 2330 Unguarded With Rachel Nichols 0100 Piers Morgan Live 0615 Stepmom 0815 Armageddon 1045 People Like Us 1245 The Four 1445 Stepmom 1645 1815 Double Team The Nightmare Before Christmas 1930 Garage Sale Mystery 2100 Reign Of Fire 2245 Snake Eyes 0030 Today You Die 0200 Reign Of Fire 0345 0530 Snake Eyes Today You Die 0600 The Chronicles Of Narnia Prince Caspian 0830 Dr. SeussвЂ™ Horton Hears A Who 1000 CasperвЂ™s Scare School 1130 Shark Bait 1300 Muppets From Space 1430 Pacific Pirates 1600 Curious George Swings Into Spring 1800 CasperвЂ™s Scare School 2000 Problem Child 2 2200 Pacific Pirates 2330 Curious George Swings Into Spring 0100 Dr. SeussвЂ™ Horton Hears A Who 0245 Problem Child 2 0430 Pacific Pirates Problem Child 2 on OSN Movies Kids at 2000 & 0245 hrs 0600 0700 0800 0900 1000 1100 1200 1300 1330 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2030 2130 2230 2330 0000 0100 0130 My Kitchen Rules My Kitchen Rules Criminal Minds Make It Or Break It Nine Lives of Chloe King Low Winter Sun Lost The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons GreyвЂ™s Anatomy The Bridge The Listener Bones Private Practice The BlockUnlocked Revenge The ApartmentStyle Edition Dirt The BlockUnlocked Greek According To Jim According To Jim 0630 0730 0800 0900 1000 1100 1130 1200 1230 1300 1330 1430 1530 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2130 2230 2300 0000 0100 0200 0300 0400 VCD Double Shot XO LOOP KPOP Explosion TOP 5 TOP 5 TOP 5 TOP 5 TOP 5 [V]S VCD Double Shot XO LOOP KPOP Explosion XO LOOP Videoscope ATM (Asian Top Music) Double Shot VCD KPOP Explosion Backtracks XO LOOP 0600 0700 0800 0900 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2100 2200 2300 0000 0100 0200 0300 0400 0500 0600 Cinema Landmark (1) : Postman Pat: The Movie (3D) 2.15pm & 4pm; Plastic (2D) 6.30pm; Suniya Fi Masr (2D) 8.30pm; Anjaan (Tamil) 10.30pm. Cinema Landmark (2) : Plastic (2D) 2.30pm; Guardians Of The Galaxy (3D) 4.30pm; The Expandables 3 (2D) 6.45, 9 & 11.15 pm. Cinema Landmark (3) : Barbie & The Secret Door (2D) 2.30pm; Lucy (2D) 4.15pm; El Feel El Azraq (2D) 6pm; Guardians Of The Galaxy (3D) 8.45 & 11.15pm. Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (1) : Postman Pat: The Movie (3D) 2.15pm; Singham Returns (Hindi) 4pm; The Expendables 3 (2D) 6.30, 9 & 11.15pm. Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (2) : Barbie & The Secret Door (2D) 3 & 4.30pm; Guardians Of The Galaxy (3D) 6.30, 8.45 & 11.15 pm. Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (3) : Plastic (2D) 2.30 & 4.30pm; Lucy (2D) 6.30pm; El Feel El Azraq (2D) 8.15pm; Singham Returns (Hindi) 11pm. Mall Cinema (1) : Postman Pat: The Movie (3D) 2.15 & 4pm; Plastic (2D) 5.45pm; Vikramadithyan (Malayalam) 7.45pm; Anjaan (Tamil) 10.30pm. Mall Cinema (2) : Barbie & the Secret Door (2D) 2.30pm; Lucy (2D) 4.15pm; El Feel El Azraq (2D) 6pm; Guardians Of The Galaxy (3D) 8.45 & 11.15pm. Mall Cinema (3) : Plastic (2D) 2.30pm; Guardians Of The Galaxy (3D) 4.30pm; The Expandables 3 (2D) 6.45, 9 & 11.15pm. Global Cinemas, West End Park (1) : Vikramadithyan (Malayalam) 2.30, 5.30, 8.30 & 11.30pm. Global Cinemas, West End Park (2): Velai Illa Pattathari (Tamil) 2.45pm; Jigarthanda (Tamil) 5.30pm; Bangalore DayвЂ™s (Malayalam) 8.30 & 11.45pm. Hunter Hunted Caught In The Act One Ocean The Border Mega Factories Showdown of The Unbeatables Fight Science Banged Up Abroad Car SOS Access 360 World Heritage Ultimate Survival Alaska Blowdown Ancient Megastructures Megastructures Ultimate Survival Alaska Blowdown Ancient Megastructures Showdown of The Unbeatables Fight Science Banged Up Abroad Car SOS Megastructures Ultimate Survival Alaska Blowdown Ancient Megastructures 0630 Devon Ke Dev Mahadev 0700 Devon Ke Dev Mahadev 0730 Devon Ke Dev Mahadev 0800 Devon Ke Dev Mahadev 0830 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 0900 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 0930 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 1000 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 1030 Emax Star Quiz Challenge 2014 1100 Life OK Blockbusters Raajneeti 1400 Tumhari Paakhi 1430 Tumhari Paakhi 1500 The Adventures of Hatim 1600 Super Cops Vs. Super Villains - Shapath 1700 Savdhaan India 2 1800 Welcome - Season 2 1830 Welcome - Season 2 1900 The Adventures of Hatim 2000 Super Cops Vs. Super Villains - Shapath 2100 Savdhaan India 2200 Savdhaan India 2 0100 Savdhaan India 0200 Devon Ke Dev Mahadev 0300 Devon Ke Dev Mahadev 0330 Devon Ke Dev Mahadev Garage Sale Mystery on Star Movies at 1930 hrs 0500 Bigg Boss Saath 7 0600 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apnon Ki 0630 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apnon Ki 0700 Comedy Nights With Kapil 0800 Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon 0830 Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon 0900 Chashme Baddoor 1100 Movie 1400 Balika Vadhu 1430 Balika Vadhu 1455 Cook, Love, Eat 1500 Balika Vadhu 1530 Balika Vadhu 1600 Bigg Boss Saath 7 1700 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apnon Ki 1730 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apnon Ki 1800 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apnon Ki 1830 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apnon Ki 1900 Tba 2000 Bigg Boss Saath 7 2100 Comedy Nights With Kapil 2130 Comedy Nights With Kapil 2230 Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon 2300 Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon 2330 Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon 0300 Sasural Simar Ka 0330 Sasural Simar Ka 0400 Sasural Simar Ka 0430 Sasural Simar Ka PRAYER TIME Fajr ........................................................................3.46am Shorooq (sunrise) ..................................................... 5.07am Zuhr (noon) ............................................................ 11.38am Asr (afternoon) ........................................................3.07pm Maghreb (sunset) .....................................................6.10pm Isha (night)..............................................................7.40pm USEFUL NUMBERS Emergency ..................................................................... 999 Worldwide Emergency Number ........................................... 112 Kahramaa вЂ“ Electricity and Water ....................................... 991 Ooredoo Telephone Assistance ............................................ 111 Local Directory ................................................................ 180 International Calls Enquires................................................150 Time ........................................................................ 141, 140 Doha International Airport ...................................... 44656666 Labor Department .................................... 44508111, 44406537 Medical Commission ................................................ 44679111 Mowasalat Taxi ....................................................... 44588888 Qatar Airways ........................................................44496000 Weather Forecast..................................................... 44656590 Hamad Medical Corporation ......................................44392222 .............................................................................. 44393333 Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation ................................................... 44845555 ........................................................................................... 44845464 ............................................................................ Primary Health Care Corporation ............................... 44593333 ........................................................................................... 44593363 ............................................................................. Qatar Assistive Technology Centre ................................................................... 44594050 Qatar News Agency.................................................. 44450205 ..............................................................................44450333 Q-Post вЂ“ General Postal Corporation .......................................................... 44464444 Qatar University .......................................................44033333 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 7 BUSINESS/LEISURE Adam Fiat Chrysler growth plan challenged by possible merger delay Merger to create Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; tie-up key to US listing, capital raising to fund growth; deal subject to в‚¬500mn limit to pay out exit rights; shareholders worried about business outlook; drop in share price makes exit deal more tempting Pooch Cafe Reuters Milan S ergio Marchionne has shown he is determined to let nothing stand in the way of FiatвЂ™s merger with Chrysler, but a share price slide may yet force the CEO to hit the brakes on plans to turn the worldвЂ™s No 7 car maker into a top player. Fiat bought out Chrysler at the start of 2014 and both operate as one п¬Ѓrm. Marchionne now plans to merge them into a single legal entity Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to boost the п¬ЃrmвЂ™s global clout and pave the way for a US listing he says is key to help fund a в‚¬48bn ($64bn) growth plan. However, his plan looks to be on shaky ground. The merger cannot go ahead if too many shareholders who disagree with it take up his formal offer to buy their stock at a set price вЂ” a legal requirement triggered by Fiat moving its registered offices from Italy to the Netherlands вЂ” and recent events make that a possibility. On top of concerns that Marchionne may be overreaching with his investment plan вЂ” to grow net proп¬Ѓt п¬Ѓve-fold and sales by 60% by 2018 вЂ” FiatвЂ™s recent poor results and weak markets prompted a slide in its shares to their lowest this year and below the в‚¬7.727 price that Marchionne is offering investors who want to depart when the merger occurs. Should investors holding around 9% of eligible shares decide to sell, that would breach a в‚¬500mn payout limit that Fiat has set вЂ” and throw the merger into doubt. Fiat would have an opportunity to place the tendered stock to other shareholders and later to the public at the same exit price, an unlikely prospect while the market value remains lower. вЂњWith the share price where it is today, a delay is a possibility,вЂќ said Andrea Giuricin, a transport analyst at MilanвЂ™s Bicocca university. Garfield Bound And Gagged Cryptic Clues Sudoku Sudoku is a puzzle based on a 9x9 grid. The grid is also divided into nine (3x3) boxes. You are given a selection of values and to complete the puzzle, you must fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9 and none is repeated. WeeklyвЂ™s Solutions ACROSS 1. Dishonourable foundation (4) 3. Log cabin? (8) 9. Boy about to press for the operator (7) 10. Tries to transform observances (5) 11. Describing one who gives you a glassy stare? (12) 13. Supply bases of French vessels (6) 15. Ask oneself if the Communist at present is returning (6) 17. Insurance premiums paid by restaurant patrons (5,7) 20. Ill-treatment of Lincoln around the States (5) 21. Crooked dealer taking in a thousand for the gem (7) 22. Putting on clothes - what sauce! (8) 23. Take the lead in MoliereвЂ™s вЂњTartuffeвЂќ (4) вЂњIf there is a delay, it would impact FiatвЂ™s plans to lure foreign investors and ease its access to cash. MarchionneвЂ™s attempts to convince the market to the contrary shows he is getting a bit nervous.вЂќ Fiat said itself in a July SEC п¬Ѓling that a delay could вЂњnegatively affect FiatвЂ™s business plans and operationsвЂќ. But as the fall in Fiat shares heightened that risk, so its CEO has downplayed it. вЂњIвЂ™m absolutely unfazed by all this,вЂќ Marchionne said last week. вЂњEven if the merger were not to happen as described... none of our plans presented in May are going to be impacted.вЂќ On the approach to the merger Marchionne hit bumps in the road he did not expect: His core North American market is weakening, Italy slid back to recession in the second quarter, and conп¬‚icts from the Middle East to Russia have dampened investorsвЂ™ appetite for risk in equity markets. In addition two proxy advisory п¬Ѓrms, offering independent voting recommendations as a service to institutional investors, recommended a vote against the merger on the grounds that it decreased investor rights and tightened the grip on the company by the Agnelli family through a loyalty scheme put in place as part of the merger to reward long-term investors. The merger was approved by 84% of shares represented at the meeting, but some institutional investors, including NorwayвЂ™s sovereign wealth fund and the PeopleвЂ™s Bank of China, voted against, according to the minutes. Neither would comment on the vote. Some individual shareholders expressed their concerns over Fiat moving its registered offices away from Italy, its home for the past 115 years, and also raised worries that the share price would suffer once the stockвЂ™s primary listing moved to New York. In the end the hold-up may simply be down to a technicality. Against the price Fiat had to set to pay off dissenting investors вЂ” the в‚¬7.727 a share is based on the stockвЂ™s six-month average вЂ” its Thursday closing price of в‚¬7.33 makes that offer still a generous one. Eligible investors have until August 20 to tell Fiat whether they plan to cash in on their exit rights. The car maker will announce the number of shares for which exit rights have been exercised in the week of September 1. If a critical mass of investors breaches the cap Marchionne has set, he has said he will start the merger process again вЂ” effectively meaning a delay of several months. However, with the stockвЂ™s recent fall, a new merger attempt would lead to a lower exit price, making it easier to keep the outlay below the payout cap the second time around. Marchionne has warned that investors would be taking вЂњan enormous riskвЂќ by exercising the exit rights, because their shares could be locked up for as long as six months before the outcome is known вЂ” and then left in their possession if the cap is breached. Marchionne is counting on the merger and the US listing to help pay for a relaunch of its Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands, export Jeeps globally, and take all three to fast growing Asian markets, where the group is currently weak. That investment planвЂ™s targets and timelines look ambitious to even the most optimistic of analysts, most of whom say capital raising of some sort is needed to make it affordable. Fiat had в‚¬18.5bn of cash at endJune, but nearly в‚¬32bn in debt. Its п¬Ѓnancing costs are high and margins are weakening вЂ” operating margin stood at 2.7% in the п¬Ѓrst half of this year. It is also valued below its European peers, trading at 2.6 times enterprise value to forecast core earnings (EV/EBITDA) compared to the median of 4.3 times for the sector in Europe. Fiat has ruled out asset sales and a share issue for now, but may go for a mandatory convertible bond. However, Marchionne said any decision on п¬Ѓnancing would only be taken after FCA was created and with a delay, this would be pushed out as well. A delay to the planned October New York listing could also complicate an already challenging US offensive. Marchionne believes a Wall Street ticker is necessary to set up Fiat as a player able to rival the likes of GermanyвЂ™s Volkswagen and BMW, but after a lukewarm response to last yearвЂ™s US debut of sister company CNH Industrial, he expects it will take time for Fiat to lure US investors. Quick Clues DOWN 1. One who meddles with active group of people (8) 2. Regal forms of address for fathers (5) 4. Fancy the part of Lorna Templeton (6) 5. Tries cedar to make boards (12) 6. Would an ice-cap cool him down? (7) 7. Frustrate a fleet movement (4) 8. But always the majority, apparently (12) 12. He religiously opposed Saladin (8) 14. The crop due to be reprocessed? (7) 16. Draught excluder with pictures on (6) 18. Something bestowed on a U.S. president (5) 19. Eggs are put face upwards (4) ACROSS 1. Scheme (4) 3. End (8) 9. Beware! (4,3) 10. Alcove (5) 11. Inconsistent (3,2,7) 13. Anticipate (6) 15. Entreaty (6) 17. Undeniable (12) 20. Inexperienced (5) 21. Vertical (7) 22. Discouraged (8) 23. Sole (4) DOWN 1. Jersey (8) 2. Concerning (5) 4. Exit (6) 5. Plotters (12) 6. Weird (7) 7. Always (4) 8. Sweets-seller (12) 12. Clerical (8) 14. Acrid (7) 16. Smart (6) 18. Start (5) 19. Old (4) WeeklyвЂ™s Solutions QUICK Across: 6 Sublime; 7 Split; 9 Vogue; 10 Perhaps; 12 Deferential; 14 Sensitivity; 18 Qualify; 19 Query; 21 Askew; 22 Signify. Down: 1 Buxom; 2 Clause; 3 Imp; 4 Upshot; 5 Display; 8 Receive; 11 Testify; 13 Bequest; 15 Solder; 16 Truant; 17 Gruff; 20 Win. CRYPTIC Across: 6 Paladin; 7 Peace; 9 Fleet; 10 Manacle; 12 Stateliness; 14 Just deserts; 18 Stories; 19 Inapt; 21 Break; 22 Earring. Down: 1 Rally; 2 Patent; 3 Tin; 4 Retain; 5 Oculist; 8 Dallies; 11 Steered; 13 Hunters; 15 Thread; 16 Tuners; 17 Spine; 20 Fan. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 9 BUSINESS Silver market reboots price benchmark Reuters London T he silver market ushered in a new era of electronic benchmarking yesterday after a regulatory drive for transparency brought the 117-year-old silver вЂ�п¬ЃxвЂ™ to an end. Scrutiny of precious metals pricing from European and US п¬Ѓnancial watchdogs intensiп¬Ѓed in the wake of benchmark manipulation in other п¬Ѓnancial markets, most notably the rigging of London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor). The п¬Ѓnal conference call in the old process of п¬Ѓxing the benchmark silver price took place on Thursday between banker-dealers in the $3bn-a-day London silver market. The London silver п¬Ѓx started in 1897, predating the gold process by 22 years, in the offices of one trading п¬Ѓrm and with three others participating. At that time, the cash price of silver was 27-9/16 old pennies. Yesterday, the п¬Ѓrst LBMA Silver Price was set at $19.86 per ounce. Beginning in 1999, the process was conducted by telephone, with HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Bank of Nova Scotia-ScotiaMocatta as п¬Ѓxing members. The new price mechanism, operated by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Thomson Reuters in association with the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), is an electronic, auction-based and auditable process and is tradable with an increased Silver bars are displayed at the Austrian gold and silver separating plant in Vienna. The silver market ushered in a new era of electronic benchmarking yesterday after a regulatory drive for transparency brought the 117-year-old silver вЂ�fixвЂ™ to an end. number of direct participants. Traders were sanguine about day one of the new price. вЂњWithout enough participants in the old system, it seems to be the best solution available, maybe the way to go for the other precious metals as well,вЂќ a European precious metals trader said. The CME Group provides the platform and algorithm, while Thomson Reuters acts as administrator. The LBMA, which acted as a facilitator in the quest to п¬Ѓnd an alternative to the benchmark, will publish volumes and participants of each daily settlement on its website. Volumes on the new benchmark yesterday stood at 525,000 ounces on the sell side and 325,000 ounces on the buy side. The LBMA said three price partici- pants had been accredited to contribute to the benchmark from August 15 вЂ“ HSBC Bank, Mitsui & Co Precious Metals and The Bank of Nova Scotia. While a number of banks, trading houses, reп¬Ѓners and producers have expressed interest in contributing, вЂњthe tight schedule and the time of year has imposed time constraints on some potential participants seeking internal sign-off on the necessary credit, legal, compliance and IT requirementsвЂќ, the LBMA said. At its silver price webinar in July, the CME said that вЂњfor day one participation, we are looking at the LBMA market-makers with consistent and constant bilateral credit facilitiesвЂќ. Eleven institutions are LBMA market makers for gold and silver. Credit Suisse said on Thursday that it would be taking part in the new process, while UBS said in an e-mail that вЂњit is currently evaluating the feasibility of becoming an auction member in the near futureвЂќ. Societe Generale, JPMorgan, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Barclays declined to comment, while Goldman Sachs did not respond to a request for comment. The new benchmark вЂ“ used by producers, consumers and investors вЂ“ is set every day at noon as an online вЂњequilibrium auctionвЂќ conducted over multiple auction rounds. Like the old process, it starts with a price that reп¬‚ects the spot market level. Then within each round of the auction, participants enter their buy and/ or sell orders, which are compared at the end of each round to determine whether the market is balanced. To be balanced, the total of buy versus sell orders entered by all market participants need to be within a certain tolerance, which is initially three lakhs, or 300,000 ounces. If the market is not balanced, a new suggested price is automatically calculated (moved up or down on the side of the imbalance) and a new round begins at this price. If the market is balanced, the LBMA Silver Price is determined, and market participants then execute trades based on the buy/sell orders they entered in the last round and any at-market orders entered. The operator and administrator will have full transparency about the names during the auction process, but participants, who can change the size of their orders at any time, cannot see the names of others. The overhaul of the silver п¬Ѓx process is the п¬Ѓrst in a series of revamps of all precious metals benchmarks, including the century-old gold п¬Ѓx and the platinum and palladium п¬Ѓxes, whose operators earlier this month said were looking for a new administrator. Some of the companies that had proposed alternatives to the silver п¬Ѓx said they would send their tenders for the gold market, when the request for proposals process starts at the end of August. 10 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 BUSINESS Austrian investor Benko buys Karstadt Reuters Berlin G Shipping terminals are seen in the harbour of Bremerhaven. In recent weeks, the German economy has been hit by a barrage of bad news that has surprised even the most ardent Germany sceptics. Energy policy, reform roll-back put German economy in uncertainty Reuters Berlin T he German soccer teamвЂ™s romp to victory in last monthвЂ™s World Cup was hailed at home as a symbol of the countryвЂ™s emergence as a conп¬Ѓdent global economic power. But in an ironic twist, the feel-good triumph in Brazil may have come at a time when GermanyвЂ™s new вЂњWirtschaftswunderвЂќ, or economic miracle, is coming to an end. In recent weeks, the economy that proud German politicians have taken to describing as a вЂњgrowth locomotiveвЂќ and вЂњstability anchorвЂќ for Europe, has been hit by a barrage of bad news that has surprised even the most ardent Germany sceptics. The big shocker came on Thursday, when the Federal Statistics Office revealed that gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted by 0.2% in the second quarter. вЂњThe euphoria that weвЂ™ve seen, the perception that the German economy is booming is simply misplaced,вЂќ said Marcel Fratzscher, director of the DIW economic institute in Berlin. So why is Germany suddenly ailing? The standoff with Russia over Ukraine has received its fair share of blame in the German media. But that conп¬‚ict may not hit the economy with full force until the third quarter. It was only last month that Europe stung Moscow with economic sanctions, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Russian President Vladimir Putin. In reality, economists and some government officials acknowledge, there are deeper reasons for the recent downturn. And they have little to do with the spike in geopolitical tensions in eastern Europe or the Middle East. They start at home, where Chancellor Angela MerkelвЂ™s abrupt exit from nuclear energy after the Fukushima disaster in Japan and aggressive push into renewables has unnerved German industry. A recent overhaul of the countryвЂ™s complex renewable energy law has done little to alleviate uncertainty over future policy or assuage fears about German energy competitiveness. вЂњEnergy intensive industries in particular have lost conп¬Ѓdence in the future of Germany as a business location,вЂќ said Thomas Mayer, a former chief economist at Deutsche Bank who now runs the Cologne-based Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. вЂњI think this is a major issue that will burden German industry for years to come.вЂќ Further souring the mood among businesses has been a roll-back of economic reforms that MerkelвЂ™s predecessor Gerhard Schroeder introduced a decade ago, and which many credit with fuelling a sharp drop in German unemployment and a rebound in growth that began in 2006 when Germany itself hosted (but failed to win) the World Cup. Since coming to power in late December, GermanyвЂ™s left-right вЂњgrand coalitionвЂќ government has pushed through a reduction in the retirement age for some San Bernardino begins bondholder talks two years after bankruptcy Reuters California S an Bernardino, California, has begun face-toface talks with some of its biggest creditors вЂ“ bondholders and insurers вЂ“ for the п¬Ѓrst time, two years after п¬Ѓling for bankruptcy in a case that has slowed to a crawl in the past 12 months. Paul Glassman, an attorney representing the city, said in a court hearing on Thursday that an all-day mediation session was held on August 5 with Ambac Assurance Corp, the insurer of $50mn of pension obligation bonds issued to the city in 2005. Ambac was also negotiating on behalf of Erste EuropГ¤ische Pfandbrief-und Kommunalkreditbank AG, the holder of the bonds, and Wells Fargo Bank, the bond trustee and the п¬‚agship bank of Wells Fargo & Co. Details of the negotiations are subject to a judicial gag order. Glassman said the city will begin talks soon with another creditor, bond insurer National Public Finance Guarantee Corp, a unit of MBIA Inc San Bernardino, a city of 205,000 people located 65 miles east of Los Angeles, п¬Ѓled for bankruptcy in August 2012 with a budget deп¬Ѓcit of $45mn. The city is one of a handful of municipal bankruptcies being closely watched by the $3.7tn US municipal bond market. Bondholders, public employees and other state and local governments are keen on understanding how п¬Ѓnancially distressed cities handle their debts to Wall Street, compared with other creditors like large pension funds such as Calpers, during Chapter 9 protection. Stockton, another California city that declared bankruptcy around the same time as San Bernardino, is signiп¬Ѓcantly closer to exiting Chapter 9. Detroit, Michigan, which п¬Ѓled the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history in July 2013, п¬Ѓled a plan of adjustment to deal with its $18bn of debt in February. San Bernardino has also reached a вЂњtentativeвЂќ deal with the police union - the cityвЂ™s biggest - after months of closed-door negotiations, Glassman said. He added that the deal represented вЂњsigniп¬Ѓcant progressвЂќ in the cityвЂ™s attempt to issue a bankruptcy exit plan, known as a plan of adjustment. In June, the city reached a deal with its biggest creditor, the California Public EmployeesвЂ™ Retirement System (Calpers). San Bernardino has imposed signiп¬Ѓcant cuts in pay and other beneп¬Ѓts on its police and п¬Ѓreп¬Ѓghters. workers and won parliamentary approval for a nationwide minimum wage of в‚¬8.50 ($11.40) an hour. Next on the agenda are stricter limits on temporary workers. The pension reform, which allows longtime workers to retire four years early at 63, risks aggravating a skilled labour shortage in some sectors of the economy. Ratings agency MoodyвЂ™s said this week that it undermined the sustainability of the German pension system. The unintended effect of the policies has been to discourage п¬Ѓrms from investing at home. Corporate investment in machinery and equipment, for example, hit an all-time low of 6.2% of GDP last year, Elga Bartsch of Morgan Stanley points out, despite solid domestic demand dynamics, low lending rates and still-upbeat business sentiment. Compounding the problem has been pronounced weakness in public investment. A study by the DIHK Chambers of Commerce and Industry last month said Germany was suffering from an overall investment gap amounting to 3% of GDP, or 80bn euros annually. At roughly 17% of GDP, total annual investment levels in Germany lie below those of other industrialised countries, which average over 21%. In GermanyвЂ™s southern neighbour Austria, for example, the level is 27%. Pointing to these п¬Ѓgures, DIHK President Eric Schweitzer likens the current mood in Germany to that on the Titanic: вЂњEveryone is partying and no one sees the threat of the looming iceberg.вЂќ In private, government officials also admit to concern. The Economy Ministry has been examining ways to tackle GermanyвЂ™s investment problem and Minister Sigmar Gabriel has invited outside experts to discuss the matter later this month. After his Social Democrats (SPD) pushed through the pension and minimum wage legislation, Gabriel is trying hard to show the business community that he is listening. Earlier this month he spent nearly a week touring small-tomedium-sized Mittelstand companies in eastern Germany. вЂњThere have been periods, for example in the late 1990s, when Germany lost its economic edge,вЂќ said one government ofп¬Ѓcial, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the growth debate. вЂњAre we heading into another of these periods? There are people who are concerned that we are.вЂќ Germany still looks good compared to European partners such as Italy, whose economy also contracted by 0.2% in the second quarter, and France, which admitted this week it would miss its deп¬Ѓcit targets for this year after its economy stagnated in the period. Part of GermanyвЂ™s second quarter weakness can be explained by weather effects: the mild winter led construction п¬Ѓrms to invest more heavily in the п¬Ѓrst three months of the year, at the expense of the recent quarter. German unemployment, at a rate of 6.7%, is near post-reuniп¬Ѓcation lows and wages are on the rise, supporting domestic demand, which has taken over from trade as the economyвЂ™s main growth pillar. erman department store giant Karstadt is changing hands for the second time in four years, with Austrian property investor Rene Benko set to overhaul the loss-making chain. A familiar sight in German cities and the owner of the famous KaDeWe luxury department store in Berlin, Karstadt competes with Kaufhof, which has capitalised on KarstadtвЂ™s woes to gain market share. The two run around 100 stores each. Signa will now try to keep Karstadt out of the media limelight in order to focus fully on its restructuring, Wolfram Keil, managing director of Signa Retail, said. вЂњThe most important goal now is to achieve calm and to present, discuss with labour representatives, approve and implement the next steps of a sustainable restructuring strategy,вЂќ he said in a statement yesterday. He did not provide any details about what form the restructuring would take and Signa was not immediately available for comment yesterday, a public holiday in Austria. Signa Holding, BenkoвЂ™s property vehicle, last year bought a majority stake in KarstadtвЂ™s luxury and sportsfocused stores from US investor Nicolas Berggruen. It said on Friday it was taking over the remaining minority stake. Signa is also taking control of a further 83 Karstadt department stores that are bundled together in a separate company, exercising a call option to take over 100% of the stores for a symbolic в‚¬1 ($1.34). The revised option allows a full takeover, Signa said, and would mean BerggruenвЂ™s exit from Karstadt. Signa had previously agreed an option that would allow it to take over 75% of Karstadt, sources had told Reuters. Signa said that no further money would be paid to Berggruen as part of the deal. Berggruen, the son of an international art dealer who has a net worth of $1.9bn according to Forbes, rescued Karstadt from insolvency in 2010 but has come under п¬Ѓre from unions after failing to invest and turn around the chain. In July, KarstadtвЂ™s chief executive Eva-Lotta Sjostedt stepped down after only п¬Ѓve months in the job, hinting at a lack of support from Berggruen. вЂњDespite all of our efforts, Karstadt is still not reporting a proп¬Ѓt. We are therefore making way so that Karstadt can have a fresh start with a new owner.вЂќ Berggruen said in a statement. A source close to him said that Berggruen felt it was not only money that was necessary but restructuring and consolidation within the sector. There has long been speculation that Karstadt and Kaufhof could merge, but German retail group Metro, which owns Kaufhof, has always rejected such a move. Benko previously tried to buy Kaufhof, but Metro dismissed the bid as too low. Shares in Metro rose 1.3% on Friday, outperforming a 0.5% rise on the German index for medium-sized companies. Privately-held Karstadt doesnвЂ™t report п¬Ѓnancial results. It saw sales fall 3.9% and made a net loss of 34mn euros in the п¬Ѓrst half of its 2013/2014 п¬Ѓscal year, German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported in May. Kaufhof, on the other hand, reported a 0.5% rise in sales in Germany in the п¬Ѓrst nine months of its 2013/14 п¬Ѓscal year. Benko: Set to overhaul the loss-making chain. CORPORATE RESULTS Finnair posts weaker-than-expected profit in Q2 very mild weather conditions throughout the winter,вЂќ MVV said in a statement yesterday. Since GermanyвЂ™s decision to abandon nuclear energy by 2022, the countryвЂ™s utilities firms face competition from a massive expansion of renewable energy as well as declining wholesale power prices, pushing their gas and coal plants into loss. Larger German peer RWE and FranceвЂ™s GDF Suez have also pointed to mild temperatures as one factor when reporting a decline in profits. MVV confirmed its adjusted EBIT would rise again in the fiscal year 2014/2015, which starts in October, after an expected decline in profits by up to 19% to в‚¬170-в‚¬175mn this year. This recovery will be driven by two biomass and energy-from-waste plants in Britain, which are both scheduled to become operational next year. Loss-making Finnair cut its full-year profit forecast yesterday after posting a weakerthan-expected quarterly result due to delayed cost-cuts and tough market conditions. Stiff competition from discount carriers, high fuel prices and unfavourable exchange rates put pressure on the state-controlled airline while it struggled to implement planned cost cuts in the face of strong labour union resistance. вЂњDue to delays in the personnel cost reduction negotiations and the unfavourable market conditions driving the decline in unit revenue, Finnair estimates that its 2014 operation result will show a significant loss,вЂќ it said in a statement. The company had already cut its sales guidance in June, forecasting a significant fall in turnover from 2013, but declined at that point to update its profit outlook until it saw how negotiations with staff over cost cuts proceeded. FinnairвЂ™s second-quarter core operating result fell to a loss of в‚¬20mn ($27mn) from a profit of в‚¬7.5mn a year ago, also missing analystsвЂ™ average forecast of a shrinking profit. Finnair has in recent years expanded its flights to Asia, but that strategy would backfire if Russia were to ban European flights through its airspace. The airline said it had in June reached в‚¬176mn of annual cost savings since 2010 and that it was committed to hit its target of в‚¬200mn by the end of the year. MVV GermanyвЂ™s No.5 utility MVV Energie said its operating profit fell 15% in the first nine months of the year and joined its larger peers in blaming both a mild winter and an ongoing overcapacity crisis that is hurting prices and earnings. MVV said its nine-month adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) fell to в‚¬185mn ($247mn). вЂњAlongside developments in the energy industry, where generation prices witnessed a further decline, the companyвЂ™s business performance between October 2013 and June 2014 was affected above all by OTP Bank HungaryвЂ™s OTP Bank posted its deepest quarterly loss on record yesterday, weighed down by regulations at home and higher loan provisions in Ukraine. OTPвЂ™s second-quarter net loss was 153bn forints ($655mn) as it set aside 176bn forints to prepare for a Hungarian law forcing banks to refund loan clients. Its 109bn forint operating profit was in line with recent quarters. HungaryвЂ™s parliament required banks in July to pay refunds to customers on contract modifications that had been deemed unfair and on disadvantageous exchange rates that were used to calculate foreign currency loan payments. вЂњThose acts will put a substantial burden on the banking sector,вЂќ OTP said in its earnings statement on the Budapest Stock Exchange website. The bank, which had been profitable in nearly every quarter, even during the economic crisis in 2008 and 2009, had warned on Monday that it might suffer deeper than expected losses because of HungaryвЂ™s regulatory environment. Deputy Chief Executive Laszlo Bencsik told Reuters the bank was upbeat on its ability to generate profits as it saw problems easing in Russian and Ukraine as well as in Hungary. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 11 BUSINESS Yen bonds create Argentina CDS auction uncertainty Reuters London T he п¬Ѓnal list of securities that can be delivered into the credit auction to settle credit default swaps linked to the Republic of Argentina may not be published until a day before ThursdayвЂ™s auction, adding to uncertainty over the п¬Ѓnal recovery price. After excluding four Japanese yen-denominated par bonds from the list of deliverables due to a lack of documentation, ISDAвЂ™s Credit Determinations Committee last week received a request to incorporate the 0.45% due 2038 yen bonds alongside a copy of the prospectus for the 2005-issued securities. Market participants had until 5pm New York time last Friday to submit any additional bonds for consideration and a further three days to challenge the list. ISDA then has an additional two days to publish the final list, pushing the deadline to as late as Wednesday вЂ“ just one day ahead of the auction on August 21. вЂњAll the documentation has been sent to ISDA and that should be sufficient to include the yen bonds in the list,вЂќ said an emerging markets credit analyst at one US house. вЂњThe real question is how much of the yen bonds will actually be available for the auction. They are very illiquid and probably very tightly held by Japanese retail.вЂќ The ISDA Credit Determinations Committee judged earlier this month that Argentina failure-to-pay credit event after the sovereign after the sovereign failed to pay a US$539m coupon on its restructured bonds As the cheapest-to-deliver, the yen bonds would typically be delivered into the auction to determine the п¬Ѓnal recovery price. However, with just over US$200m outstanding, compared to US$900m net notional of CDS to be settled according to data from the DTCC, they are unlikely to go far in covering the imbalance between buy and sell orders at the end of the п¬Ѓrst auction phase. Given their low 0.45% coupon, the yen bonds currently trade around 23 cents on the dollar, compared to 48 cents for the euro par bonds, which analysts see as the next cheapest-to-deliver securities. The huge gap between prices of the two likely deliverable bonds makes ArgentinaвЂ™s auction unusual in its uncertainty. However, market activity suggests that dealers and investors are largely ignoring the impact of the yen bonds on the п¬Ѓnal price. Following last ThursdayвЂ™s announcement of the supplementary list, recovery locks on the debt hardly moved, shifting from 42-45 to 42-44. BHP Billiton set to spin off unwanted assets German Bund yields hug 1% on weak outlook Reuters Melbourne/London erman Bund yields held near their record lows around 1% yesterday, with investors increasingly betting the ECB will ease monetary policy further to lift a stagnating economy struggling with low inп¬‚ation. Data showed on Thursday the eurozone economy failed to grow in the second quarter even before the sanctions the West and Russia imposed on each other over the conп¬‚ict in Ukraine started to bite. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory note on Thursday in Crimea saying Moscow would stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation with the outside world. However, tensions remained high in Ukraine, where Kiev government forces were п¬Ѓghting pro-Moscow separatists and dozens of heavy Russian military vehicles massed near the border. Ten-year Bund yields were last 0.4 basis points higher on the day at 1.018%, having brieп¬‚y dipped below 1% on Thursday, according to traders. вЂњWe look for Bunds to hug the 1% yield ... not just for today, but rather longer,вЂќ Markus Koch, a Commerzbank analyst, said. While the ECB is unlikely to take fresh measures in the next few months, many in the market say it will eventually have to embark on asset purchases, a monetary policy tool known as quantitative easing, as pressure mounts on it to act. Against this backdrop, the market remained biased towards another downward lurch in Bund yields. вЂњIf QE expectations do accelerate, expect sharper moves downward in Bund yields but if QE continues to be delayed, this will also beneп¬Ѓt nominal bonds as the market will price mounting deп¬‚ation risk and a central bank far behind the curve. Neither hurts core bonds,вЂќ RBS strategists said in a note. Citing their own fair-value models which take into account inп¬‚ation, private sector loan growth and manufacturing activity surveys, they said Bunds were not yet expensive at these levels. They said they only become so at a yield of 0.96%. Not all in the market share this view. Didier Duret, chief investment officer at ABN Amro, said such ultra-low yield levels were reminiscent of the situation in Japan which is going through a period of prolonged subdued inп¬‚ation and bond yields. вЂњAt 1% you are bound for a negative real yield. This is Japan-like behaviour which we donвЂ™t buy here,вЂќ said Duret. He does not hold Bunds because вЂњthey are not attractiveвЂќ. The euro, which fell against the dollar on Thursday after data showed EuropeвЂ™s powerhouse economy Germany unexpectedly contracted in the second quarter, regained lost ground. G D iversiп¬Ѓed mining company BHP Billiton declared its preference for a demerger of its aluminium, manganese and nickel assets yesterday, setting the stage for the formation of a separate business that could be worth at least $12bn. BHP said its board was considering a spin-off at meetings ahead of its annual results announcement next week. An Australian newspaper said those plans were well advanced and would include the Nickel West business that the worldвЂ™s biggest miner has been trying to sell. вЂњA demerger of a selection of assets is our preferred option,вЂќ the company, which has a market capitalisation of $185bn, said in a statement to the Australian stock exchange. BHP has long aimed to sell or spin off its manganese, aluminium and nickel assets, which contribute little to its earnings. Simplifying the company would вЂњgenerate stronger growth in cash п¬‚ow and a superior return on investmentвЂќ, it said. Some of the largest shareholders in BHP welcomed the announcement. вЂњItвЂ™s good to see BHP taking the lead in the sector on this. It reassures you as a BHP shareholder. It makes me more willing to have it as a signiп¬Ѓcant bet within my fund,вЂќ said Christopher Moore, portfolio manager of Fidelity Global Industrials Fund. вЂњReally we should see more of this in the mining sector. I would expect others to take BHPвЂ™s lead. Rio Tinto, Anglo American could also follow suit in doing this.вЂќ BHPвЂ™s rivals Anglo American and Rio Tinto have both said A view of the BHP Billiton headquarters in Melbourne. The diversified mining company declared its preference for a demerger of its aluminium, manganese and nickel assets yesterday, setting the stage for the formation of a separate business that could be worth at least $12bn. they would focus on the parts of their portfolio that can deliver higher return. BHP is likely to offload between $1.0-2.5bn of its debt to the new vehicle, according to analysts. Any more than that could be challenging to handle for a company that relies on assets whose proп¬Ѓtability can be volatile. Shares in BHP were up 2.4% by 1121 GMT, outperforming a 1.3 rise in an index of Londonlisted mining companies. BHP is relying on iron ore for the lionвЂ™s share of п¬Ѓscal 2014 earnings after beating its own guidance for full-year output. вЂњSpin-offs have the potential to crystallise value that the market may not have been able to see,вЂќ said Neil Boyd-Clark, a portfolio manager at Arn- hem Investment Management, which owns shares in BHP. The Australian Financial Review (AFR) newspaper said the separate company would comprise BHPвЂ™s aluminium, manganese, nickel, Cannington silver mine and South African energy coal assets and would be worth $14bn. Analysts were divided over the precise value of those assets, with estimates ranging from $12bn to $23bn. BHP was also debating whether to spin off its coal assets in New South Wales, the AFR said, without citing any source. The new company would be based in Perth and led by BHPвЂ™s Chief Financial Ofп¬Ѓcer Graham Kerr, it said. It would have a primary listing on the Australian stock ex- change and was likely to take a secondary listing in South Africa, the AFR added. BHP declined to comment on the AFR report. вЂњWhether to list in Australia and South Africa will be a marketing decision. ItвЂ™s a question of matching the investor base,вЂќ said a banker familiar with BHPвЂ™s thinking. вЂњLooking at the base metals space you donвЂ™t have many listed names in Australia. And in South Africa, you can tap some money from pension funds who can only invest in rand.вЂќ In its statement to the market, BHP said it expected to consider a demerger when the board meets next week and would announce any material decisions immediately. BHP is scheduled to an- nounce full-year earnings on August 19. UBS analyst Glyn Lawcock said last month he expected BHP to go through a threestep process, selling its Nickel West business, then spinning off its manganese, aluminium and South African energy coal businesses as a separate company to all shareholders, before unwinding its dual-listing in London. Most of the assets that analysts expect it to shed came into the company through Londonlisted Billiton when it merged with BHP in 2001. At the time, those assets were touted for the diversity they brought, creating a mining giant with roughly equal earnings from aluminium, base metals, coal and iron ore. Asia markets rise despite downbeat data AFP Tokyo A Reuters London sian shares rose yesterday, tracking gains on Wall Street and in European markets despite downcast eurozone growth data and statistics showing a larger-than-expected rise in US jobless claims. Hong Kong gained 0.62%, or 153.58 points, to 24,954.94, Shanghai climbed 0.92%, or 20.26 points, to 2,226.73, Sydney added 0.32%, or 18 points, to 5,566.5, while Tokyo ended п¬‚at, edging up 3.77 points to 15,318.34. Mumbai and Seoul were shut for public holidays. In other markets, Wellington rose 0.31%, or 15.67 points, to 5,078.08; Spark was up 1.05% at NZ$2.88% and Warehouse Group gained 1.29% to NZ$3.14. Taipei fell 0.26%, or 23.8 points, to 9,206.81; Hon Hai lost 1.38% to Tw$107.5 while HTC rose 0.4% to Tw$127.0. Manila lost 0.74%, or 52.49 points, to 7,008.51; budget supermarket chain Puregold plunged 8.73% to 36.05 pesos, Alliance Global fell 3.35% to 26pesos and BDO Unibank eased 0.22% to 91.50 pesos. The rise followed a positive lead from Wall Street, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.37% to 16,713.58 on Thursday, extending the prior dayвЂ™s gains. Traders shrugged off the rise in initial claims for US unemployment insurance beneп¬Ѓts last week that did not alter the still-improving trend in the volatile weekly data. New jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, rose to a six-week high of 311,000 in the week ending August 9, up 21,000 from the prior weekвЂ™s revised 290,000, the Labor Department said. The four-week moving average was up 2,000 to 295,750, but still reп¬‚ected an improving jobs market. A year ago the average stood at 335,000 claims. Investors also appeared to view ThursdayвЂ™s weak second quarter eurozone growth dataвЂ”dragged down by Germany and France - as likely to spur the European Central Bank to step in with more stimulus for the 18-nation bloc. Currency markets were stable on easing concerns over the situation in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an end to the crisis in the violence-wracked country. Putin said Moscow should not вЂњfence itself off from the outside worldвЂќ despite a plunge in East-West relations over the pro-Kremlin insurgency in Ukraine. Investors interpreted the remarks as a signal by Putin that he preferred not to escalate the deadly Ukrainian crisis much further. The dollar was at 102.53 yen in afternoon Asian trade, compared with 102.45 yen in New York late Thursday. The euro bought $1.3363 and 137.07 yen against $1.3365 and 136.93 yen in US trade. In oil markets, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for September delivery rose three cents to $95.61 while Brent crude for October was up 54 cents to $102.61 in afternoon trade. Gold traded at $1,313.53 an ounce compared to $1,310an ounce late Thursday. European IPO issuance triples in first half of the year Reuters London Going on the road isnвЂ™t what it used to be for investment bankers hawking shares in companies seeking a stock market listing. Gone are the days of the private jet and the two-week carousel of five-star hotels in Europe and the US. Instead, it is more likely to be a scramble from Hong Kong to New York, often flying on commercial airlines, to capture the ear of potential investors. Companies looking to woo prospective shareholders are in a rush to get their stock listed while market sentiment is still positive, conscious that rising tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East could weaken investor appetite. Anxious to reach market before their competitors, company executives and their bankers are embarking on whistle-stop tours of financial hubs such as London, New York, Boston and Singapore, each costing в‚¬250,000 ($334,000) to в‚¬350,000 or more. вЂњYouвЂ™re getting to the market much quicker before a window might close,вЂќ said roadshow project director Fallon Painter, citing the example of Russian hypermarket chain Lenta, which squeaked through its initial public offering (IPO) the same week that Russia entered Crimea. Painter is the investment banking worldвЂ™s equivalent of a rock bandвЂ™s roadie. The company for which she works, Media Tree, is hired to organise and run the investor roadshows at which companies pitch their stock. Bankers are expecting a busy second half after strong equity markets helped European IPO issuance levels to more than triple in the first half of 2014 against the same period last year, with 130 companies selling $41.2bn of new shares вЂ“ the highest since 2007, Thomson Reuters data show. The wave of issuances helped to compensate investment banks for weak trading revenues, with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank taking the top three positions for European IPOs by deal value. With such a large number of IPOs, companies are battling for investorsвЂ™ time and bankers sometimes try to steal one anotherвЂ™s appointments. To The wave of issuances helped to compensate investment banks for weak trading revenues, with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank taking the top three positions for European IPOs by deal value. avoid such shenanigans, which can cause problems with rivals, companies such as Media Tree are hired to deal with scheduling problems. вЂњIt turns sometimes into a little bit of a rat race,вЂќ Painter said. вЂњBut itвЂ™s not convenient for them (the bankers) to have a spat when they have to see each otherвЂ™s faces on a new deal in a weekвЂ™s time.вЂќ The emergence of large institutional investors and growing pools of private wealth in Asia and the Middle East has also expanded the number of cities that need to be visited, meaning that management teams sometimes split up to cover more ground. But such a division of labour can be counter-productive, says Aquico Wen, a former Legg Mason fund manager and founder of Asia-focused fund firm Victoire. вЂњAn investor gets an incomplete picture of the management team if the chief executive heads one delegation and the chief financial officer another,вЂќ Wen said. Businesses wishing to list also face a tougher sales pitch following poor aftermarket performances from the likes of British retirement group Saga and Spanish industrial testing company Applus, which have made investors increasingly choosy about which offers they back. While some bankers privately grumble at the monotony of seeing the same presentation and often hearing the same questions in multiple locations, there is general agreement that the roadshow is a crucial part of the IPO process. A companyвЂ™s management needs to be able to present well and answer questions competently to win over investors. вЂњWhen a deal is difficult, thereвЂ™s nothing that sells a company better than a good management roadshow,вЂќ one former IPO banker said. For Marcus Bray, the managing director of roadshow and creative agency Imagination, there are parallels between his current job and his previous life as a theatre producer. вЂњIssuers and the banks really want to find a way of differentiating themselves and telling their story,вЂќ he said. The tighter timeframes and pressure to see as many investors as possible means there is little leisure time on tour for companies and their advisers. вЂњThey can be doing 20-hour days. The only time theyвЂ™re catching any sleep is on the flight,вЂќ Bray said. A cost-conscious image has also become more important in the post-crisis era - hence the decision by some firms to eschew the once-ubiquitous private planes and luxury hotels. Logistical problems are also common. The management of stock market operator Euronext was caught up in a recent taxi strike while in London, prompting Media TreeвЂ™s Painter to consider putting them on bicycles. вЂњWe didnвЂ™t know how well that would go down with management,вЂќ she said. Saturday, August 16, 2014 BUSINESS GULF TIMES Japan enters global halal market with food exports, Muslim tourism By Arno Maierbrugger Gulf Times Correspondent Bangkok Japan is taking steps to enter the global halal market whose overall value is estimated to hit $1.6tn in 2018, up from $1.1tn in 2013, according to latest studies. The country plans to massively increase its halal food exports to Muslim countries in Southeast Asia, as well to the Middle East, and focus on the halal tourism industry by stepping up the number of Muslim-friendly hospitality facilities in the country and training hospitality staff how to cater to Muslim guests. Large Japanese food companies such as Ajinomoto, Asahi Beverage, Kewpie and Umakane are all expanding their product range with halal products, and some firms are also interested in entering other halal sectors such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and Islamic finance, according to the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro). The initiative of the country whose Muslim population is just around 200,000 out of a total population of 127mn can be seen in the light of its efforts to tap new business sectors to reflate its stagnating economy. Japan is now working on leveraging growing demand from the Muslim world by increasing the output of products with halal certification, supported by institutions such as the Halal Development Foundation of Japan and the Japan Halal Association. The latter has already been approved as a halal certifying body in Japan by the influential Department of Islamic Development in Malaysia (Jakim). Another institution, the Japan Muslim Association, has been recognised as a halal certification body by IndonesiaвЂ™s top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council. Mohammad Zubair, general secretary of Halal Development Foundation of Japan, said at the inaugural Japan Halal Summit held on August 4-6 on Tokyo that the bodies are working together to create one single Japanese halal standard that should be accepted in every Muslim country in the future. Japan is known for its high-end food market that encompasses meat, chicken, packaged and ready-made meals, frozen processed food, dairy, spices and soups prepared at high quality standards. It has also a broad range of traditional food products that qualify for halal certification, such as miso paste, variants of soy sauce and instant noodles, teriyaki, sushi, ramen, sashimi and even locally grown rice. There is now also a growing number of halal restaurants in Japan catering to Muslim customers, reflecting the fact that more and more tourists of Islamic faith are visiting the country. According to the Japan National Tourist Organisation, more than 300,000 tourists visited Japan in 2013, more than double the 140,000 in 2011. While Muslim tourists predominantly come from the Muslim nations of Malaysia and Indonesia вЂ” Japan has recently eased visa requirements for both nations вЂ” there was also a slight growth in visitors from the Middle East, the organisation said. It is estimated that Muslim visitors to Japan could reach one million in the year 2020, more than triple the 2013 level, according to a forecast by Singapore-based CrescentRating, an organisation promoting global halal travel. To support this trend, Japanese tourism authorities are holding seminars in a number of tourist regions in the country to train hoteliers and restaurant owners how to cater to Muslim guests who have distinct needs when travelling, which are вЂ” apart from halal food вЂ” also prayer rooms at airports, shopping malls and hotels and other appropriate arrangements. Robust manufacturing output buoys US economic outlook Manufacturing output rises 1% in July; producer prices up 0.1%; New York state manufacturing activity slows in August; consumer sentiment ebbs in early August Reuters Washington U S manufacturing output rose broadly in July and automobile production recorded its largest increase in п¬Ѓve years, boosting the economy at the start of the third quarter. While other data yesterday showed some cooling in factory activity in New York state this month, economists said it did not change the view of an economy with strong momentum, noting that the pullback followed a robust increase in July. вЂњThe broad-based nature of the (manufacturing) gains indicates that the strong secondquarter rebound in economic growth momentum is being sustained,вЂќ said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York. The Federal Reserve said factory production jumped 1.0% last month after rising 0.3% in June. That was the largest gain since February and reп¬‚ected increases across all major categories. Auto production surged 10.1%, the biggest rise since July 2009. There were also sturdy gains in the production of machinery and computers and electronic goods, which economists said hinted at a pick-up in business investment this quarter. A stronger pace of business investment is needed to ensure sustained economic growth. The economy grew at a 4.0% annual pace in the second quarter and current forecasts peg the growth rate for the third quarter within a range of 2.5% to 3.0%. Industrial capacity utilization, a measure of how fully п¬Ѓrms are using their resources, The Federal Reserve said factory production jumped 1.0% last month after rising 0.3% in June. That was the largest gain since February and reflected increases across all major categories. last month hit its highest level since February 2008. The solid rise in manufacturing and a 0.3% advance in mining output helped to offset a 3.4% weather-driven decline in utilities production. That left overall industrial production up 0.4% in July. The data had little impact on US п¬Ѓnancial markets, with traders focusing instead on events in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government said its forces had attacked and partly destroyed a Russian armored column that entered Ukrainian territory overnight. In a separate report, the New York Fed said its вЂњEmpire StateвЂќ general business conditions index fell to 14.69 this month from 25.60 in July. A reading above zero indicates expansion. Growth in new orders slowed, but a further de- cline in inventories pointed to an acceleration in activity in the months ahead. While manufacturing is gaining steam, there is little sign of a broad pick-up in inп¬‚ation pressures at the factory gate. In another report, the Labour Department said its producer price index for п¬Ѓnal demand edged up 0.1% in July as the cost of energy products fell, offsetting an increase in food prices. Prices received by the nationвЂ™s farms, factories and reп¬Ѓneries rose 0.4% in June. In the 12 months through July, producer prices increased 1.7%. Excluding food and energy, wholesale prices gained 0.2%, matching JuneвЂ™s increase. They were up 1.6% in the 12 months through July. вЂњAside from recent energy weakness, the PPI results con- tinued to point to a steady п¬Ѓrming in underlying inп¬‚ation trends that we expect to continue to be seen in a continued inп¬‚ection higher in the core consumer price index as well,вЂќ said Ted Wieseman, an economist at Morgan Stanley in New York. Overall, inп¬‚ation has been rising in recent months, a fact acknowledged by the Fed at its July policy meeting. The US central bank, which had repeatedly warned that price pressures were too low, said the likelihood of inп¬‚ation running persistently below its 2% target had diminished somewhat. Firming inп¬‚ation and a tightening labour market have led some economists to anticipate an early interest rate increase from the Fed. The central bank, however, has shown no sign of being in a hurry to lift its benchmark lending rate from near zero, where it has been since December 2008. Another report yesterday showed consumer sentiment hit a nine-month low in early August. The Thomson Reuters/ University of MichiganвЂ™s consumer sentiment index fell to 79.2 from 81.8 in July. Meanwhile, Economists raised their forecasts for US economic growth in the third quarter but trimmed their estimates for the balance of 2014, though the outlook for both job growth and lower unemployment was strengthened. Analysts see the economy growing at an annual rate of 3.0% in the current quarter, up from a previous estimate of 2.9%, according to the Philadelphia Federal ReserveвЂ™s quarterly survey of 43 forecasters, released yesterday. Fourth-quarter growth was forecast at 3.1%, down from a previous estimate of 3.2%, and п¬Ѓrst-quarter 2015 growth was estimated at 3.1%, unchanged from an earlier estimate of 3.1%. Meanwhile, they see the economy growing at a rate of 2.1% for all of 2014, down from the previous estimate of 2.4% in the previous survey in May. Growth in 2015 is expected to come in at 3.1%, unchanged from the 3.1% estimate in the May survey. The pace of hiring was expected to accelerate in the current quarter compared with previous expectations, with an average rate of monthly nonfarm job growth seen around 228,600 versus a previous forecast of 204,700. That is expected to dip in the fourth quarter, averaging 211,200, although that is up from a prior forecast of 197,900. Hiring should average 204,800 a month for all of 2014, compared with the prior fullyear forecast of 196,500. The jobless rate was expected to be 6.1% at the end of the current quarter and 6.0% by the end of the fourth quarter. The most recent official unemployment rate released by the government showed the jobless rate in July stood at 6.2%, up a tenth of a point from JuneвЂ™s reading, which was the lowest since September 2008. Inп¬‚ation was expected to remain muted, with year-on-year core consumer price inп¬‚ation, which strips out food and energy costs, averaging 2.1% in the third quarter, compared with a previous estimates of 1.8%. Fourth-quarter core CPI was seen at 2.1% versus a previous forecast of 1.9%. Looking at the inп¬‚ation measure most closely tracked by the US Federal Reserve, the core personal consumption expenditures, or PCE, index, forecasters also see muted price pressures. The third-quarter rate was seen at 1.8%, up from 1.7% in the May survey. Coke pays $2.2bn for key Monster Beverage stake Reuters New York C oca-Cola Co said it is making a cash payment of $2.15bn for a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage Corp as the worldвЂ™s largest soda maker seeks to expand into faster-growing categories such as energy drinks. Under the agreement, Coke will have two directors on MonsterвЂ™s board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like Full Throttle and Burn, to Monster. Monster will transfer its nonenergy business, which includes HansenвЂ™s Natural Sodas and Peace Tea, to Coke. Coke will become MonsterвЂ™s preferred distribution partner globally, while Monster brands will be the only energy drinks distributed by Coke. For Coke, the transaction represents an opportunity to increase its footprint in energy drinks, a $27bn market globally, according to Euromonitor International. It comes at a time when people are drinking less soda in developed markets. Coke said last month that its quarterly revenue in North America, its biggest market, was п¬‚at, partly driven by a decline in diet Coke sales. In turn, Monster will gain access to CokeвЂ™s extensive global distribution system. The companies have a distribution agreement in the US and Canada and will amend it to expand into additional territories. On a conference call with media, Rodney Sacks, chief executive officer of Monster, said that the company would also convert distribution agreements it has with AnheuserBusch InBev in the US to Coke. вЂњWe believe it will be a winwin strategyвЂќ Sacks said. A person familiar with the transaction said that the deal enables Monster to enter markets where it doesnвЂ™t have a presence, like China and Russia, and increase its footprint in places where the company thinks it can gain share, like Brazil. CokeвЂ™s chief executive Officer Muhtar Kent said the company has the option to increase its stake to 25% and cannot exceed that amount in the next four years. Coke is under no obligation to make additional investments. Petroleum producers shift attention from Middle East By John Kemp Following four decades of war, sanctions, nationalisation and unrest, oil and gas producers are gradually adjusting to rely less on the Middle East. The countries around the Gulf and on the Arabian Peninsula still contain the greatest concentration of giant and supergiant fields anywhere in the world and have some of the most attractive oil and gas geology. But the increasingly hostile political environment above ground has forced oil and gas companies to hunt for new reserves in other parts of the world where the geology is tougher but political conditions are much easier. Diversification away from the Middle East is one of the main reasons why oil prices have remained virtually unchanged as unrest has spread across much of the region since 2011. The regionвЂ™s importance has been declining in terms of both production and share of proved reserves in recent years (http://link.reuters.com/duq62w). In 2013, the countries of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, which the BP Statistical Review of World Energy terms вЂњthe Middle EastвЂќ, accounted for almost 33% of global oil production and 17% of gas output. But the share of both has flattened in the last three years after rising strongly since the mid-1980s. The shift away from the Middle East is even more marked in terms of proved reserves, which represent future production. Middle Eastern countries accounted for 48% of proven oil reserves worldwide in 2013, down from 56% in 2005 and 64% in 1993, according to BP. The region contained 43% of proven gas reserves, down only marginally from 46% in 2005, but ending the steadily increasing share that had characterised the market since the 1980s. For the last two decades, oil and gas producers have been adding reserves more rapidly outside the Middle East. Between 1993 and 2013, oil producers added to proved reserves at an average annual rate of 4.2% in the rest of the world but just 1.0% in the Middle East. Over the same period, gas producers added reserves in the rest of the world at an average rate of 1.8% per year compared with 3.0% in the Middle East. But growth in the Middle East has slowed recently. In the second half of the period, reserve growth in the rest of the world accelerated to 2.3% a year, while reserve growth in the Middle East eased to just 1.1%. The metaphorical centre of gravity in the global oil and gas industries is gradually shifting from the Middle East towards North and South America, Africa and Asia. And the trend seems set to continue over the next decade, given the shale boom in North America, and intensive exploration and production in other regions outside the Middle East. The Middle East was a comparative latecomer to the oil and gas industry and its dominance of global production is a relatively recent phenomenon. During the first five decades of the 20th century, global oil production was dominated by the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Romania, Russia, Malaysia and Indonesia. The first oil was found in the Gulf only in 1908, followed by Iraq in 1927, Bahrain in 1932, Kuwait in 1937, Saudi Arabia in 1938, the United Arab Emirates in 1954 and Oman in 1962. As late as the 1940s, the Middle East was still a relatively small oil producer in global terms. In 1950, the Gulf countries accounted for less than 17% of worldwide production. Massive field discoveries between the 1940s and the 1960s, and extensive development work by the international oil companies, boosted the GulfвЂ™s share of global output to 25% in 1960 and 31% in 1970. But disputes escalated over pricing and government revenues. Between 1970 and 1980, a wave of nationalisations saw all production in the region pass into govern- ment ownership, after which production growth all but ceased. The Middle EastвЂ™s share of global oil production peaked at 37% in 1975, a record that has never been seriously challenged since then. The Mid East region has become progressively more hostile for international oil and gas producers. Nationalisations in the 1970s were followed by the Iranian revolution; the Iran-Iraq war; the first Gulf War between Iraq and the US; sanctions against Iraq; the second Gulf War; intensified sanctions on Iran; the eruption of a civil war in Syria; and now an insurgency in northern Iraq. Only Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE have retained a sort of calm amid the violence and geopolitical instability (and Bahrain was convulsed by riots in 2011). With the exception of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar, the rest of the region has achieved no net growth in oil production since 1976. Even in Saudi Arabia, production gains over the last 37 years (2.8mn barrels per day since 1976) pale in comparison with the increases achieved during the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. Increasingly locked out of the best Middle Eastern oil and gas fields, international oil companies have been forced to shift their efforts to other, more readily accessible, sources of supply. Huge new oil provinces were developed during the 1970s and 1980s in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea and the Soviet Union in response to the oil shocks of 1973 and 1979. Collapsing oil prices after 1985 led to a big reduction of exploration and production expenditure around the world and stemmed the shift away from the Middle East. But the renewed rise in oil prices in the 2000s has spurred a new exploration boom, and the shift away from the Middle East has resumed. The shift will almost certainly continue over the next decade unless there is a radical improvement in the regionвЂ™s political environment. Saudi ArabiaвЂ™s enormous oil and gas resources remain closed to outside companies. Sanctions have prevented any increase in oil or gas production from Iran. Syria and Iraq have become failed states where central authority has collapsed and both are convulsed by civil war. By contrast, the shale revolution has added millions of barrels per day of extra production in the US and Canada, and similar quantities of natural gas. Oil and gas companies are now exploring similar shale deposits around the world вЂ” including in Argentina, China and Russia. Enormous conventional gas reserves have been developed in Australia and the industry is prospecting for more off the coast of Mozambique. Deepwater drilling is developing oil and gas off Latin America and West Africa. The industry is also prospecting in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, as well as the South and East China Seas, East Africa and the Arctic. With the possible exception of shale, none of these resources is as geologically attractive as the giant conventional oil and gas fields of the Middle East. But the politics of the region have become too hard, so oil and gas companies are increasingly looking elsewhere. Advances in horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, seismic surveying and deepwater drilling have opened a much broader global oil and gas resource base, giving exploration and production companies many more options. Middle East producers, especially Saudi Arabia, will remain hugely influential in the oil market for many more years. Saudi Arabia and its close allies the UAE and Kuwait are the only countries that routinely hold spare production capacity and therefore play a crucial role in helping to smooth out short-term fluctuations in supply and demand. However, until the political and security situation improves, or oil prices fall, the Middle EastвЂ™s relative importance as an oil and gas producer will continue its long, slow decline. John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. HORSE RACING | Page 5 TENNIS | Page 4 Qatar holds strong hand for Doncaster showpiece Robredo topples Djokovic in Cincinnati CRICKET Saturday, August 16, 2014 Shawwal 20,, 1435 AH Pakistan again crumble to HerathвЂ™s guile GULF TIMES SPORT Page 2 QATAR ASIAN CHAMPS Both Jimmy Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja have not violated the ICCвЂ™s code of conduct, judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis rules Members of the victorious Qatar junior handball team pose at the Hamad International Airport after their arrival from Iran yesterday. The Qataris beat South Korea 29-28 in the final in Tabriz to complete a hat-trick of Asian Championship titles. Qatar finished unbeaten in the tournament beating Japan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Iran before prevailing over South Korea in the decider. CRICKET More of the same from India England on top after dismissing India for 148 despite DhoniвЂ™s defiant 82 AFP Manchester I ndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood alone as the tourists suffered yet another batting collapse to hand England the advantage on the п¬Ѓrst day of the п¬Ѓfth and п¬Ѓnal Test at The Oval. At close yesterday, England were 62 without loss in reply to IndiaвЂ™s meagre 148 all out, a deп¬Ѓcit of 86 runs. England captain Alastair Cook was 24 not out and Australia-born Sam Robson, driving well after a run of low scores, 33 not out as the hosts looked to extend their 2-1 series lead. Earlier, Dhoni made 82 вЂ”more than 55 percent of IndiaвЂ™s runsвЂ”in an innings where only Murali Vijay (18) and Ravichandran Ashwin (13) also got into double п¬Ѓgures. Seam-bowling all-rounders Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan took three wickets apiece after James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who had two each, quickly justiп¬Ѓed CookвЂ™s decision to п¬Ѓeld п¬Ѓrst in overcast conditions on a green-tinged pitch. India, as in their innings and 54-run defeat inside three days in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, lost п¬Ѓve wickets before lunch. Their top order again lacked the technique or the application to cope with deliveries that swung and seamed off the pitch. And but for Ian Bell dropping last man Ishant Sharma in the slips, India would have been 95 all out. Instead the recalled paceman, who made seven not out, lingered for more than an hour in helping Dhoni add 58 for the last wicketвЂ”easily the best stand of the innings. Thursday saw the experienced Dhoni, who had top-scored with 71 in IndiaвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst innings 152 at Old Trafford, joking about his вЂњhorribleвЂќ batting technique. But no one could fault his resolve. Under grey skies promising swing movement, England had to wait just four balls for their п¬Ѓrst wicket. Anderson, who started this match seven wickets shy of Ian BothamвЂ™s England record of 383 Test wickets, had opener Gautam Gambhir, trying to withdraw his bat, caught behind for a golden duck. SCORECARD India 1st Innings M. Vijay c Root b Woakes ..................... 18 G. Gambhir c Buttler b Anderson .......0 C. Pujara b Broad ...................................... 4 V. Kohli lbw b Jordan .............................. 6 A. Rahane c and b Jordan ..................... 0 M. S. Dhoni c Woakes b Broad ............82 S. Binny c Cook b Anderson .................. 5 R. Ashwin c Root b Woakes ..................13 B. Kumar c Buttler b Jordan .................. 5 V. Aaron c and b Woakes ........................ 1 I. Sharma not out ...................................... 7 Extras (b6, lb1) ......................................... 7 Total (all out, 61.1 overs, 290 mins) 148 Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Gambhir), 2-10 (Pujara), 3-26 (Kohli), 4-28 (Rahane), Broad, passed п¬Ѓt despite suffering a broken nose while batting in Manchester, then dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara (four) when the ball deп¬‚ected onto his stumps via pad and arm. Virat Kohli had arrived in England with a stellar reputation. But his miserable series continued when, playing no stroke, he was lbw to п¬Ѓrst change Chris Jordan for six. This exit meant the talented batsman had scored a mere 114 runs in nine innings this series at 12.66. 5-36 (Vijay), 6-44 (Binny), 7-68 (Ashwin), 8-79 (Kumar), 9-90 (Aaron), 10-148 (Dhoni) Bowling: Anderson 17-4-51-2; Broad 15.1-4-27-2; Jordan 14-7-32-3; Woakes 14-7-30-3; Ali 1-0-1-0 England A. Cook not out ....................................... 24 S. Robson not out ................................... 33 Extras (b4, w1) .......................................... 5 Total (0 wkts, 19 overs, 86 mins) .... 62 To bat: G Ballance, I Bell, J Root, M Ali, J Buttler, C Woakes, C Jordan, S Broad, J Anderson Bowling: Kumar 7-1-25-0 (1w); Sharma 7-2-12-0; Aaron 3-0-14-0; Binny 2-0-7-0; Match position: England are 86 runs behind India with all 10 first-innings wickets standing. EnglandвЂ™s Chris Jordan (5th L) throws the ball up after catching IndiaвЂ™s Ajinkya Rahane (4th L) on the first day of the fifth Test match at the Oval cricket ground in London yesterday. Jordan then caught and bowled Ajinkya Rahane for the п¬Ѓrst duck of his Test career. Vijay survived for more than 90 minutes but he fell when edging Woakes to Joe Root at fourth slip. India were now 36 for п¬Ѓve inside 19 overs, an even worse collapse than they suffered on the п¬Ѓrst day at Old Trafford where, after Dhoni won the toss, they were reduced to 62 for п¬Ѓve inside 24 overs. At lunch, India were 43 for п¬Ѓve, with Dhoni six not out. That soon became 44 for six when recalled all-rounder Stuart Binny edged a full length Anderson delivery that swung late to Cook at п¬Ѓrst slip. Wickets continued to fall as the п¬‚oodlights pierced the gloom and India should have been out for under a hundred. But after SharmaвЂ™s reprieve, Dhoni slashed Jordan over the slip cordon for a four that took India to three п¬Ѓgures and later drove him over extra-cover for six. DhoniвЂ™s deп¬Ѓant knockвЂ” which featured 66 runs in boundaries (15 fours and a six) ended when the number six pulled Broad straight to Woakes at long leg. England got through to the close with few alarms although Cook had a fortunate escape, on nine, when Bhuvneshwar Kumar appealed for lbw against the left-hander. However, Paul Reiffel ruled not out. Replays showed the ball had pitched in line and would have hit the stumps but IndiaвЂ™s ongoing objection to the Decision Review System meant former Australia paceman ReiffelвЂ™s verdict stood. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 2 SPORT SECOND TEST CRICKET ROUND-UP Pakistan crumble to HerathвЂ™s guile Left-arm spinner grabs five wickets as Pakistan finish day two at 244-6 AFP Colombo T вЂ�A BIG ACHIEVEMENT FOR A SPINNERвЂ™ вЂњIt is a big achievement for a spinner, especially since I have about 200 wickets in the last п¬Ѓve-six years.вЂќ said Herath, who got few opportunities when Muralitharan was in the side. вЂњI am extremely happy to achieve this landmark so late in my career. I always think of how I can be of assistance to the team with my style of bowling.вЂќ Herath said it was important to get Pakistan out quickly and then put up a big score in the second innings to tighten the screws on the tourists. вЂњThere is already some help for the spinners but not much. But it will take spin by the fourth day,вЂќ he said. Opener Ahmed Shehzad anchored the innings with 58, but his dismissal just before tea turned the tide in Sri LankaвЂ™s favour as Pakistan lost four wickets in the space of 30 runs. Shehzad had put on 47 for the п¬Ѓrst wicket with Khurram Manzoor and 63 for the second with Azhar Ali to lift the total to 110-1 before the collapse on either side of tea. Earlier, Sri LankaвЂ™s last two wickets added 59 useful runs to the overnight score of 2618 before the hosts were all out 45 minutes before lunch. Number 11 batsman Chanaka Welegedara returned unbeaten on 27 after adding 36 for the last wicket with Herath (17). Left-arm seamer Junaid Khan п¬Ѓnished with п¬Ѓve for 87, with all his п¬Ѓve career п¬Ѓvewicket hauls coming against Sri Lanka. Fellow seamer Wahab Riaz claimed three for 88. Sri Lanka won the п¬Ѓrst Test in Galle by seven wickets. Madugalle reaches 150 Test landmark London: Chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle became the first official to reach the 150-mark in Tests when he took the field to officiate in the fifth and final Test between England and India at The Oval here yesterday. A former Sri Lanka captain, who was a mainstay during his nationвЂ™s formative years in the Test arena, Madugalle represented his country in 21 Tests and 63 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between 1979 and 1988, in which he scored 1,029 and 950 runs, respectively. Following his retirement, he soon made the transition to refereeing and marked his debut in the Test between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Karachi. вЂњIt is a huge honour for me to reach this landmark in my career and I am extremely proud and privileged to be the first person to do so,вЂќ said Madugalle. вЂњIt is impossible for me to select a highlight from that time because I have had many happy memories. I have approached every series and every Test match in the exact same manner and I have learned a lot working across the world over the years. I would also like to thank the ICC for its encouragement.вЂќ he said. Agencies Sydney A Sri LankaвЂ™s Rangana Herath (left) celebrates with captain Angelo Mathews after taking the wicket of PakistanвЂ™s captain Misbah-ul-Haq in Colombo. (Reuters) est cricketвЂ™s top-ranked spinner Rangana Herath skittled PakistanвЂ™s top order on way to surpassing the 250-wicket mark to put Sri Lanka on top in the second Test in Colombo yesterday. The 36-year-old left-arm bowler grabbed п¬Ѓve wickets as Pakistan, replying to Sri LankaвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst innings total of 320, were reduced to 140-5 after tea on the second day at the Sinhalese Sports Club. The sixth-wicket pair of Asad Shaп¬Ѓq and Sarfraz Ahmed stemmed the rot with a 93-run stand that lifted the tourists to 244-6 by stumps, still trailing by 76 runs with four wickets in hand. Shaп¬Ѓq became HerathвЂ™s 251st victim, bowled for 42 just before stumps, but Sarfraz remained unbeaten on a п¬Ѓghting 66 in a match the tourists must win to level the two-match series. Sarfraz, the dapper wicket-keeper, insisted Pakistan will not lose sight of the fact that they must win the game. вЂњWe are here to win,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe will remain positive for the rest of the match. The pitch is getting slower and it is difficult to score freely. Spinners will have a big role to play.вЂќ Sarfraz lauded HerathвЂ™s effort, calling him a world class spinner. вЂњLot of credit to Herath,вЂќ he said. вЂњHe knows these conditions so well and makes the most of it.вЂќ Herath, playing his 57th Test, is only the third Sri Lankan bowler to reach the 250-wicket mark after world record holder Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Chaminda Vaas (355). England were вЂ�petrifiedвЂ™ of Johnson: Haddin ustralia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin reckons EnglandвЂ™s batsmen were вЂ�petriп¬ЃedвЂ™ of fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the Ashes in Australia, and that fear helped the other bowlers do well too. Australia won the Ashes 5-0, with Haddin scoring at least a half century in each Test, and was pipped to the Man of the Series post by Johnson, who took 37 wickets, a whopping 15 more than the next man, Ryan Harris. Haddin told ABC Radio: вЂњMitchвЂ™s summer was something out of the box. I think the one thing is, and Mitch realises it as well, he canвЂ™t do his job if Rhino (Ryan Harris) or Peter (Siddle) or Lyno (Nathan Lyon) are not doing their job. вЂњThey bowled really well together as a group. Mitch got a lot of the rewards for that because, to be perfectly honest, they were petriп¬Ѓed of facing him. We can gloss over it but I think that was an exciting thing about last summer, the pace Mitch bowled. But the other guys did an enormous job to support the group. And our slippers caught well.вЂќ Next year will see another Ashes series played, and Haddin is keen to be a part of that, but says there is a lot of cricket to be played before then, and heвЂ™s hoping to keep his name ahead of younger keepers on the team sheet. вЂњI do enjoy playing against England, I wonвЂ™t lie about that. ThereвЂ™s obviously a goal there. I know itвЂ™s a big cliche but IвЂ™m just worried about the small steps in front of us at the moment. вЂњWeвЂ™ve got a big series in the UAE, weвЂ™ve got India here, weвЂ™ve got a World Cup campaign. So itвЂ™s important not to think too far ahead to thinking about those events and miss вЂњMitchвЂ™s summer was something out of the box. I think the one thing is, and Mitch realises it as well, he canвЂ™t do his job if Rhino (Ryan Harris) or Peter (Siddle) or Lyno (Nathan Lyon) are not doing their jobвЂќ the excitement about playing now. I have got the World Cup and Ashes in my mind, but IвЂ™m preparing to play these other tournaments to keep moving Australian cricket in that direction we want to go,вЂќ Haddin said. HALES AIMS TO STAY ON SELECTORSвЂ™ RADAR England T20 batsman Alex Hales hopes his performances for Nottinghamshire and the England Lions will keep him on the selectorsвЂ™ radar for a place in the п¬Ѓrst ODI team. Hales has played 32 T20s for England but has yet to make his ODI or Test debuts, with the selectors oddly resistant to pick him, despite some sterling recent knocks. He made 141 off 96 balls for Notts against Middlesex this week. Hales, who also scored a ton for the Lions a fortnight ago, told the BBC: вЂњIвЂ™m feeling in really good nick across all three formats. When you come across patches like this you want to cash in whenever you can. All I can do is knock on the door with performances for Notts and the Lions. вЂњMy performances in T20 for England have been some of the best of my career so far, so hopefully if I do get the chance in one-dayers, I can take some of that experience in and hopefully build some big innings in that format as well.вЂќ There have been calls for Hales to be included in the ODI squad in particular, so that he can be part of the World Cup in Australia, with pundits feeling he would be a better option than Alastair Cook or Ian Bell at the top. SCORECARD SRI LANKA I INNINGS (OVERNIGHT 261-8) D. Prasad lbw Junaid 13 R. Herath c Khan b Rehman 17 C. Welegedara not out 27 Extras: (b-8, lb-7, nb-6) 21 Total (all out, 99.3 overs) 320 Fall of wickets: 1-79 (Silva), 2-144 (Sangakkara), 3-167 (Jayawardene), 4-177 (Tharanga), 5-215 (Thirimanne), 6-249 (Dickwella), 7-249 (Perera), 8-261 (Mathews), 9-284 (Prasad) Bowling: Junaid 27-6-87-5, Riaz 20-3-88-3 (nb6), Rehman 19.3-4-53-1, Ajmal 33-5-77-1. PAKISTAN I INNINGS: Khurram Manzoor c Dickwella b Herath 23 Ahmed Shehzad c Dickwella b Perera 58 Azhar Ali c Mathews b Herath 32 Younis Khan c Dickwella b Herath 13 Misbah-ul Haq c Dickwella b Herath 5 Asad Shafiq b Herath 42 Sarfraz Ahmed not out 66 Abdur Rehman not out 1 Extras: (lb-3, nb-1) 4 Total (for six wickets, 70 overs) 244 Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Manzoor), 2-110 (Ali), 3-122 (Shehzad), 4-131 (Khan), 5-140 (Misbah), 6-233 (Shafiq). Bowling: Prasad 9-2-27-0 (nb1), Welegedara 15-2-51-0, Herath 25-3-98-5, Mathews 7-1-13-0, Perera 14-1-52-1. Pakistan trail by 76 runs with four wickets in hand Brad Haddin (left) was pipped to the Man of the Series post by Mitchell Johnson after Australia won the Ashes 5-0. EUROPEAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS Diniz sets new 50km walk world record at Dudince, Slovakia when he clocked 3:38:45. AFP Zurich Y ohann Diniz of France smashed the world 50km walk record at the European Athletics Championships yesterday in a time of 3hr 32min 33sec. The previous record of 3:34:14 was set by RussiaвЂ™s Denis Nizhegorodov in Cheboksary in May 2008. The ecstatic 36-year-old Diniz even had time to stop for a few seconds to collect a Portuguese п¬‚ag from a fan and also waved a French п¬‚ag as he crossed the п¬Ѓnishing line for his third successive European title in Zurich. вЂњI started off cautiously, with the rest of the pack and as usual I had pins and needles in my legs. I caught the Russians and asked myself if I had made a mistake because I did the same thing at Moscow (10th at 2013 world championships),вЂќ said Diniz, who won the fourth gold medal at the Championships for France. In changeable weather conditions, Diniz had to cope with rain, sun and wind as he seized control of the race with 14km to go. He strode away to п¬Ѓnish 3min 48sec in front of SlovakiaвЂ™s Matej Toth with Russian Ivan Noskov claiming bronze, a further 1min 20sec back. DinizвЂ™s previous best time and the French record dated back to 2009 Yohann Diniz of France reacts after winning the menвЂ™s 50km walk at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich yesterday. (AFP) STEEPLECHASE WINNER DISQUALIFIED FOR SHIRTLESS CELEBRATION Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was stripped of the 3,000 metres steeplechase gold medal after performing a shirtless celebration down the п¬Ѓnal straight at the European Athletics championships on Thursday. The Frenchman, well clear of the rest of the п¬Ѓeld, pulled off his vest as he came around the п¬Ѓnal bend, put it in his mouth as he waved to the crowd. He then held it in his hand as he sprinted down the п¬Ѓnal straight for what appeared to be his third successive European gold in the event but turned out to be a premature celebration. He initially received a yellow card from a track official for вЂњacting in an unsporting or improper mannerвЂќ before he started his lap of honour. But he was later disqualiп¬Ѓed after Spain, whose athletes п¬Ѓnished fourth and п¬Ѓfth, made an official protest citing rules on вЂњclothing, shoes and bibsвЂќ, organisers said. Mekhissi-BenabbadвЂ™s compatriot Yoann Kowal, who had moved from fourth to second in the п¬Ѓnal 200 metres, took gold instead, ahead of Krystian Zalewski (Poland) and SpainвЂ™s Angel Mullera. вЂњWhen I took off my vest on the last metres, it was because of my joy, of course,вЂќ he told the championshipвЂ™s official website before the disqualiп¬Ѓcation was announced. вЂњIt was the pleasure of winning. I was so happy to defend my title.вЂќ Mekhissi-Benabbad has been involved in controversy in the past and was once suspended along with teammate Mehdi Baala after they traded blows following the 1,500 metres at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco. At one point Baala head-butted Mekhissi who responded by swinging his arms wildly as he threw a series of punches, some of which missed their intended target. Elsewhere, double Olympic champion and former world champion Barbora Spotakova won her п¬Ѓrst European gold medal in the javelin, throwing 64.41 metres with her п¬Ѓfth effort. Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia won the womenвЂ™s pole vault in dramatic style as she cleared 4.65 metres on her third and п¬Ѓnal attempt to move above Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece, who had п¬Ѓnished her competition with a best of 4.60 but was ahead on countback. Frenchman Benjamin CompaoreвЂ™s opening effort of 17.46 metres was enough to win the triple jump and RussiaвЂ™s Sergey Shubenkov retained his title in the 110 metres hurdles as he won in 13.19 seconds. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 3 SPORT SPOTLIGHT Nanjing ready to host Youth Olympic Games from today Hosts China are fielding the biggest contingent of 123 athletes. They are followed by Brazil, who have listed 97 athletes Agencies Nanjing, China R ain threatens to disrupt the start of second Youth Olympic Games, which will begin today in Nanjing, ChinaвЂ™s former capital, and run until August 28. Yesterday the weather held up after two days of persistent rain as the Organising Committee put in п¬Ѓnal touches for the vibrant and colourful 90-minute ceremony lined up at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre. Chinese President Xi Jinping, IOC President Thomas Bach, ex-IOC president Jacques Rogge, Chinese Olympic Committee head Li Xueyong and many other dignitaries from around the world are to attend the ceremony, which will showcase the youthful spirit of the event. Also during the opening ceremony, both IOC boss Bach and COC head Jinping would deliver their speeches and a Chinese female athlete would run the п¬Ѓnal lap of the torch relay before the cauldron is lit. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will bring 28 sports together in a unique multi-sport event for young athletes who are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in high-level sporting competitions while also engaging in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on the Olympic spirit and Olympic values. On Thursday night, the third and п¬Ѓnal rehearsal was performed and various new elements have been added to the programme, according to opening ceremony director Chen Weiya. вЂњEven there may be some more additions to make the events more appealing and thrilling tomorrow. Called вЂ�Light Up The Future,вЂ™ the ceremony is said to be a blend of the ChinaвЂ™s rich history with the abundance of spirit and energy that the YOG stand for. Chen also insists that the ceremony would still be enjoyed by everybody be it young or old.вЂќ вЂњOur responsibility is to show to the youth across the world an opening ceremony that is full of youth and vitality,вЂќ Chen said, adding, вЂњIn the opening ceremony you will see young people singing, dancing and generally expressing their enthusiasm for the future.вЂќ The majority of dancers, stuntmen and singers are youth. Chinese singers Zhang Jie and Zhang Liang Ying are the notable singers who would be performing tomorrow. South Korean singing sensation Kim Soo Hyun has also been roped in by the organisers. Chen however did not reveal how the cauldron would be lit on Saturday. вЂњThat part is certainly the most difficult part of an opening ceremony. We received many proposals from the NYOGOC. вЂњOne included using a dragon. We shortlisted four ideas and п¬Ѓnally picked one option. I canвЂ™t tell you how the cauldron will be lit, but I can certainly tell you that it will be lit.вЂќ PARTICIPATING NATIONS With Sierra Leone and Nigeria pulling out due to Ebola virus, 202 nations are expected to compete in the YOG. One athlete from South Sudan will compete under the IOC п¬‚ag as the African nation doesnвЂ™t have a National Olympic Committee. Hosts China are п¬Ѓelding the biggest contingent of 123 athletes. They are followed by Brazil, who have listed 97 athletes. Performers rehearse for the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games, which will begin today in Nanjing, ChinaвЂ™s former capital. The event will feature more than 3,700 competitors aged 15 to 18. BELOW: Qatari athletes and officials at the game village yesterday. QatarвЂ™s 23-member team will contest in athletics, shooting, gymnastics, equestrian, table tennis, handball and swimming. EVENTS AND MEDALS As many as 222 events in 28 disciplines will be contested. Golf and rugby sevens are newest additions to the YOG programme. Beach volleyball has come in place of indoor volleyball and п¬Ѓeld hockey has introduced new format of seven-aside. Mixed gender is a new event in shooting and a few other sports have also come up with different formats. The medals for Nanjing YOG have designed by a 23-year-old Slovak sports fan Matej Cicka. He clinched the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Medal Design Competition which was held by IOC. His winning entry, вЂ�Track of Winners,вЂ™ was chosen among over 300 entries received from 50 countries. The IOC jury described it as вЂњmodern, fresh and dynamicвЂќ when they were brought together from around the globe to pick the winner. The judging panel comprised world-renowned designer, Thomas Heatherwick, the man behind the iconic Olympic cauldron at the London 2012 Olympics ; Youth Olympic Games 400m hurdles gold medalist Aurelie Chaboudez, Short-track speed skating champion Yang Yang, Youth Olympic Games Ambassador Yelena Isinbaeva and Olympic fencer and IOC AthletesвЂ™ Commission Chair Claudia Bokel. CZECH MOTOGP Athletes from Ebola-hit nations barred from some Youth Olympics events AFP Nanjing, China the affected countries. The IOC did not respond immediately to a request for clarification. Athletes from Ebola-hit countries in west Africa have been barred from competing in some sports in the Youth Olympics that open in China today, the International Olympic Committee and Chinese organisers said yesterday. вЂњAthletes from affected areas will not compete in combat sportsвЂќ and вЂњit was also decided that no athletes from the region would compete in the pool,вЂќ they said in a statement. The decision, which affects two athletes in combat sports and one in pool events, was made вЂњwith regard to ensuring the safety of all those participatingвЂќ in the Games taking place in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, they added. They did not reveal the nationalities and names of the athletes affected by the decision. According to the Youth OlympicsвЂ™ website, there were a total of 25 people on the team lists of Ebola-hit Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. Sierra LeoneвЂ™s six-name team comprised a weightlifter, four members of the beach volleyball squad, and 17-year-old swimmer Saidu Kamara. GuineaвЂ™s four-name team was made up of two track and field athletes, swimmer Alhoussene Sylla and judoka Mamadama Bangoura, both of whom are 16 years old. The two-name team from Liberia included a track and field athlete and 15-year-old swimmer Momodou Sombai. NigeriaвЂ™s squad was the largest, with 13 members, all of them track and field or beach volleyball competitors, apart from 16-year-old wrestler Bose Samuel. It was not clear how many of the 25 competitors had already arrived, nor why only one swimmer had been barred, given that there were three from In their joint statement, the IOC and the Nanjing organising committee said that all those in delegations from west Africa вЂњwill be subject to regular temperature and physical assessmentвЂќ during the Games. вЂњWe have been reassured by the health authorities that there have been no suspected cases and that the risk of infection is extremely unlikely,вЂќ they added. They said that they had been working closely on the issue with Chinese health authorities and вЂњunder the guidanceвЂќ of the World Health Organization. But the WHOвЂ”which says the Ebola outbreak is being vastly underestimated and last week declared it an international emergencyвЂ”cast doubt on the Olympic restrictions. вЂњIвЂ™d be astonished if such a decision was taken along with us, because weвЂ™re very, very clear about this,вЂќ said Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the UN health agency. вЂњWhat we are saying is that only two categories of people should not be travelling: people who are infected with the virus, and those who are being identified as contacts of these people, who should be in a surveillance programme for 21 days,вЂќ he told reporters. вЂњThese are people who have been in close contact with body fluids of infected people, usually family members or close friends, or some health workers who have been exposed. No other restrictions are being recommended,вЂќ he added. The Youth Olympic Games begin today in Nanjing, ChinaвЂ™s former capital, and run until August 28. The worldвЂ™s worst-ever outbreak of Ebola in west Africa has killed 1,069 people so far and sparked international alarm, with several major airlines cutting flights to the region. INFECTION RISK вЂ�UNLIKELYвЂ™ Marquez tops rainy practice AFP Brno, Czech Republic C hampionship leader Marc Marquez topped the Czech Republic MotoGP free practice yesterday ahead of tomorrowвЂ™s race, with the afternoon session disrupted by heavy rain that affected times. The Spanish Honda rider and reigning world champion took 1min 56.803sec to cover the 5.4-kilometre (3.36-mile) circuit in dry conditions yesterday morning. Fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha came second 0.037sec behind his compatriot and 0.015sec ahead of MarquezвЂ™s Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa. Marquez, who tested a new bike for the 2015 season at Brno together with Pedrosa in July, said the conditions were different this time. вЂњFrom the п¬Ѓrst exit I saw that the grip was different,вЂќ he said. вЂњI started to change something on the bike because I didnвЂ™t feel good but we did a really good job and in the end I was happy with the setup.вЂќ Lorenzo was equally happy with his performance on the dry track. вЂњIn the morning we were really satisп¬Ѓed because suddenly we were very competitive,вЂќ he said. Italian Ducati rider And- Ducati rider Andrea Davizioso (left) of Italy performs a wheelie next to Honda rider Marc Marquez of Spain after the second free practice session for the Czech Grand Prix in Brno yesterday. (Reuters) rea Iannone dominated the afternoon session with a time п¬Ѓve seconds slower than his morning performance, being one of only two riders who had their times measured before the downpour started. Marquez set the best wet time ahead of Pedrosa and ItalyвЂ™s Valentino Rossi on a Yamaha. вЂњThe biggest problem was two corners in the downhill, turn 10 and 11 were completely dry in the end so one part of the circuit was completely wet and the other part completely dry,вЂќ said Marquez. вЂњFor that reason it was difficult to manage the tyres because when you push there you destroy it.вЂќ Forecasters predict more rain for todayвЂ™s practice and qualifying sessions. вЂњThis afternoon it was wet and we were not competitive compared to the Hondas, especially in the п¬Ѓrst laps,вЂќ said Lorenzo. вЂњWe donвЂ™t have so much grip, we need to п¬Ѓnd some. If it rains, weвЂ™re going to struggle.вЂќ At Brno, the 21-year-old Marquez is eyeing an 11th straight win in as many races this season, which would be a new record. Italian legend Giacomo Agostini won the opening 10 races of the premier class season in 1968, 1969 and 1970, and Marquez equalled that feat at Indianapolis last Sunday. At Indy, Marquez also became the п¬Ѓrst rider since Australian Mick Doohan in 1997 to win 10 races in a row. However, no one has ever won the п¬Ѓrst 11 races of a seasonвЂ”in part because AgostiniвЂ™s perfect season in 1968 comprised only 10 events. After 10 of 18 MotoGP races this year, Marquez leads the championship standings with a perfect 250 points, 89 ahead of fellow Catalan Pedrosa and 93 ahead of Rossi. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 4 TENNIS CINCINNATI MASTERS SPOTLIGHT Robredo topples Djokovic; Federer survives Monfils Serena to take on Jankovic after beating Pennetta T ommy Robredo shocked world number one Novak Djokovic Thursday at the Cincinnati Masters, but Roger Federer avoided an upset again Frenchman Gael Monп¬Ѓls. SpainвЂ™s Robredo, seeded 16th in the US Open tune-up, sent top-seeded Djokovic packing 7-6 (8/6), 7-5, the defeat coming a week after the world number one Serb was beaten in the third round at Toronto. The Wimbledon champion now goes into the US Open, the п¬Ѓnal Grand Slam of the year which starts on August 25, well short of matches and conп¬Ѓdence. Second-seeded Federer, a п¬Ѓve-time Cincinnati champion, held off Monп¬Ѓls 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. He booked a tough quarter-п¬Ѓnal against eighth-seeded Scot Andy Murray, who battled more than two hours against the huge serve of John Isner, п¬Ѓnally dispatching the American 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/2). Federer had a rare show of temper late in the match, arguing with the chair umpire over a decision not to call on electronic line-calling on a particular point. But Federer quickly recovered his poise, clinching the match with a service winner after breaking Monп¬Ѓls in the penultimate game. вЂњIвЂ™m just happy the way IвЂ™m playing right now,вЂќ Federer said. вЂњIt was much better than the last couple of matches. вЂњI was hitting good forehands, not making so many mistakes, returning better,вЂќ he added. вЂњSo there was a lot of positives out in the match. Sometimes frustration, but sometimes thatвЂ™s what Gael does to you.вЂќ Djokovic, who was married last month and is soon to become a father, said it wasnвЂ™t a question of the new elements in his life weighing on his tennis. вЂњI just lost the match,вЂќ he said. вЂњIt was bad. Many, many things are not clicking these two weeks on hard courts. ItвЂ™s unfortunate, but itвЂ™s more than obvious IвЂ™m not playing even close to what IвЂ™m supposed to play. вЂњI have to keep on working and trying to get better for the US Open. I just donвЂ™t feel comfortable. ThatвЂ™s it.вЂќ Robredo was thrilled to win only his second match in eight encounters with a world number one player. He beat then-top ranked Lleyton Hewitt at Roland Garros 11 years ago. вЂњItвЂ™s amazing to be here playing and to beat the number one, IвЂ™m more than happy,вЂќ said the 32-year-old Robredo, who next faces sixth-seeded compatriot David FerrerвЂ”a 7-5, 6-0 winner over Mikhail Youzhny. Murray, in search of his п¬Ѓrst title since Wimbledon in 2013, has struggled to regain top form since his return from back surgery in January. вЂњItвЂ™s a very important match for me to win,вЂќ he said. вЂњI had lost a few close matches over the last few months. It was important for me to come through.вЂќ Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, the third seed, rallied to beat Croatian Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-0, 6-1. HeвЂ™ll play FranceвЂ™s Julien Benneteau, who beat Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 6-1. Fifth seed Milos Raonic made amends with his 30th ace on match point after earlier double-faulting three times while serving for victory. The Canadian defeated American Steve Johnson 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) and next faces Italian 15th seed Fabio Fognini. Fognini beat Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. In womenвЂ™s action in the combined ATP and WTA event, defending champion Serena Williams continued her march through the draw, beating Italian 13th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2. AFP New York L Tommy Robredo of Spain returns to Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Linder Family Tennis Center on Thursday in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFP Cincinnati LiвЂ™s future вЂ�up in the airвЂ™, says Navratilova Williams next plays eighth seed Jelena Jankovic, who beat Sloane Stephens 7-6 (7/4), 6-4. Also through was world number two and second seed Simona Halep, a 6-4, 7-5 winner against Czech Lucie Safarova. вЂњToday was much better than my п¬Ѓrst match here,вЂќ said Halep, winner in Bucharest last month and runner-up to Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros. вЂњI was happy to win in two sets, since she was up 5-4. Halep earned a mouth-watering rematch with п¬Ѓfth-seeded Sharapova, who beat fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7/2). Sharapova had to rally from a break down three times in the second set but managed to п¬Ѓnish it off in two. Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina, who took out double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova in the second round, claimed her second seeded victim with a defeat of SpainвЂ™s number 15 Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. SheвЂ™ll next face former world number one Ana Ivanovic, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 winner over Svetlana Kuznetsova. Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland cruised past GermanyвЂ™s Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-1 and will take on DenmarkвЂ™s Caroline Wozniacki, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over sixth-seeded German Angelique Kerber. Navratilova in Singapore i NaвЂ™s Grand Slam future is вЂњup in the airвЂќ after an injury-hit season and the loss of her inspirational coach, tennis great Martina Navratilova told AFP yesterday. The 18-time Grand Slam champion said LiвЂ™s ability to withstand injuries was the critical question as she approaches her 33rd birthday in February. ChinaвЂ™s Li won the Australian Open in January but her season has nose-dived and along with splitting with coach Carlos Rodriguez, she has also been sidelined by a knee injury. вЂњThe body is the biggest issue for her, clearly, now,вЂќ Navratilova said in an interview, when asked whether Li was capable of winning a third Grand Slam title. вЂњShe had some motivation issues a year ago after Wimbledon but then she had a good talk with Carlos and then wins the Australian Open the following year. вЂњSo sheвЂ™s had a great year, she won a Slam which is amazing. But now she may not play the rest of the year, so itвЂ™s up in the air for her. вЂњGame-wise, does she have a Slam? Yes, but is the body going to cooperate?вЂќ Navratilova was speaking during a promotional visit ahead of her WTA Legends appearance in Singapore in October, which will run alongside the season-ending WTA Championships. Her comments underline the questions facing Li, who will miss the US Open and may not return until the inaugural Wu- han Open in her home city next month. Li, ranked third in the world, has had dips in her career before but Rodriguez, the former coach of Justine Henin, was key to her most recent revival. Navratilova, who won the last of her Grand Slam singles titles at 33, knows only too well the physical challenges that are facing the Chinese star. вЂњItвЂ™s a tricky thing. When you get older you need to curb your schedule and not play as much,вЂќ she said. вЂњBut when you play too little then youвЂ™re not match-tough, and then you start losing early and then you need to play more tournaments to get the matches. вЂњAnd then it really upsets your rhythm of getting ready, so itвЂ™s tricky when you get older. You have to keep adapting.вЂќ Of RodriguezвЂ™s decision to stop coaching Li, Navratilova said вЂњsometimes the relationship kind of runs its courseвЂќ. But she said she was open to taking up a coaching role with a top player, following the example of Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker and Amelie Mauresmo. вЂњIвЂ™d like to pass on the knowledge. ThereвЂ™s no substitute for that one-on-one, getting into the nitty-gritty of the game,вЂќ she said. вЂњAnd you can only really do that with a top player, when youвЂ™re just searching for that little edge. That sliced backhand or the dropped volley that you may only use once or twice a match but may mean the difference between winning or losing. вЂњI love getting into those details of the sport. IвЂ™m sure itвЂ™ll happen.вЂќ Injury woes: Li Na SWITCH HIT Israel to play Davis Cup in US Reuters London I Two tourists pose for a photo with US tennis legend Martina Navratilova (2nd R) as she tours the Chinatown district in Singapore yesterday. Navratilova is on a two-day tour of Singapore, as part of the build-up to the BNP Paribas WTA tennis finals in Singapore in October. sraelвЂ™s Davis Cup tie against Argentina originally scheduled for Tel Aviv next month has been moved to Florida, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said yesterday. Continuing violence in and around the Gaza Strip had prompted the ITF to call for an alternative venue for the World Group playoff tie. Announcing that the Sept 1214 tie would now be played in Sunrise, Florida, the ITF said: вЂњThe neutral venue was proposed by the ITA (Israel Ten- nis Association), who retained choice of ground after the tie was unable to be staged in Israel. вЂњThe venue has been approved by the Davis Cup Committee subject to a successful ITF site visit. The tie will be played on outdoor hard court.вЂќ Earlier this month the inaugural $1 million ATP Israel Open, also to be held in Tel Aviv, was cancelled by the governing body of menвЂ™s tennis because of the Gaza conп¬‚ict. The ATP World Tour 250 event, which was due to take place from Sept. 15-21, would have been the п¬Ѓrst high-proп¬Ѓle menвЂ™s tournament to be held in Israel since 1996. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 5 SPORT HORSE RACING Qatar holds strong hand for Doncaster showpiece Agencies Doncaster Q atari owners are represented by seven of the 18 initial entries made for the ВЈ150,000 Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Harwood International Stakes (Group 1 PA), the UKвЂ™s highest value race for Pure Bred Arabians, which takes place at Doncaster on 13 September. Julian Smart, whose racing year is split between his HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-ThaniвЂ™s Al Shahania Stud in Qatar and a summer base in Lambourn, is responsible for four including previous Group race winners Al Anga and Aden. Smart, three-time winner of QatarвЂ™s most prestigious race the H.H. EmirвЂ™s Sword, is also set to saddle Taraf, the striking silver dun п¬Ѓlly who won the Shadwell Madjani International Stakes at Newmarket in July and the Emirates NBD Conditions race at the Dubai International Arabian Races at Newbury last weekend. Leading French trainer Alban de Mieulle and owner / breeder HH Sheikh Abdulla bin Khalifa al-Thani will be hoping for a repeat of their success in 2013 when Nashmi joins the line-up after they claimed victory with Tarabak in the inaugural running of the race. Nashmi was narrowly beaten by last yearвЂ™s second, Djet Taouy, in a Listed race at Newbury in May in which Shadiya п¬Ѓnished third and is one of three entries in the Doncaster showpiece for British owners, the Almost All partnership. Although Nashmi doesnвЂ™t have Djet Taouy to worry about Umm Qarn trainer Alban de Mieulle (left) and jockey Oliver Peslier (second from left) lead in Tabarak after winning the Harwood International at Doncaster. this year he does look set to face opposition from two others from the Jean Francois Bernard yard, including No Problem Al Maury, the top lot at the 2013 Arqana Sales in France. UK Champion Arabian trainer, Gill Duffield, also has a strong hand. The pick of her three entries is Manark who won a seven furlongs Group 2 event at Newbury as a three-year-old year old. The Royal Cavalry of Oman succeeded in a rare feat when Al Mouhannad retained his crown in the Group 1 Jebel Ali Racecourse Zaabeel International at Newbury last weekend. He will be looking to improve on his third place in this race last year. Toutatix, saddled by Georgina Ward who has recently relocated to the UK from Oman, comes to the race after winning the opening Premier Handicap at NewburyвЂ™s Dubai International Arabian Races last weekend over the same distance. This represents a signiп¬Ѓcant step up in class but he looked impressive on his most recent start and never gives up without a п¬Ѓght in his races. Arabian Racing Organisation Racing Manager Amanda Smith commented вЂњWe are very grateful to Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club for their ongoing support of Arabian Racing in the UK. This race is the single most valuable of the UK season and the only race for Pure Bred Arabians staged on a Classic card in Britain. вЂњMore than 30,000 people attended Doncaster last year providing a fantastic showcase for Qatar and for Arabian Racing. I am sure Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club will be rewarded with another superb event.вЂќ GOLF Villegas takes lead with 63 at Wyndham Championship Rest, riding in mountains refresh Colombian as he seeks Wyndham win Reuters Greensboro, North Carolina C Lexi Thompson hits her tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club. NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP Duo share LPGA first round lead AFP New York L exi Thompson, gunning for her second major title of the year, shared the п¬Ѓrst-round lead Thursday with Meena Lee on six-under 66 in the LPGA Championship. Thompson, 19, won the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this year for her п¬Ѓrst major championship title. South KoreaвЂ™s Lee is a twotime winner on the LPGA Tour, but is seeking her п¬Ѓrst major. The duo were one stroke in front of American Brittany Lincicome, the 2009 Kraft Nabisco winner, who was joined in third place on 67 by Canadian Jennifer Kirby and Colombian Lisa McCloskey. American Cristie Kerr and ChinaвЂ™s Feng Shanshan, both former winners of this event, shared sixth on 68. Thompson charged into contention with three birdies in her п¬Ѓrst п¬Ѓve holes. She had seven birdies through 15 holes before she was slowed by back-to-back bogeys at 15 and 16, but capped her round with a birdie at 18. вЂњOverall it was just a really solid round,вЂќ Thompson said. вЂњI started off with birdieing two and three, so that got me a little conп¬Ѓdence early in the round, and I just tried to keep that going, pretty much keep that steady pace going.вЂќ Thompson, who played alongside defending champion Park In-Bee (72), said her length off the tee was an advantage. вЂњComing into the week I knew this golf course was going to be set up good for me,вЂќ she said. вЂњI get to hit driver on every hole, but you just have to hit it straight in majors because usually they grow the rough up pretty deep, and thatвЂ™s what majors call for.вЂќ She was philosophical about three-putt bogeys at 15 and 16. вЂњI just didnвЂ™t have good speed on the two putts and didnвЂ™t make the come-backers,вЂќ she said. вЂњIt happens, itвЂ™s golf. YouвЂ™re going to hit bad shots and miss putts, so I just tried not to let it get to me and just tried to birdie one of the last two. вЂњIt was the harder one of the holes, so I was pretty happy about that.вЂќ South KoreaвЂ™s Lee also nabbed eight birdies with two bogeys. After opening her round with a birdie at the 10th, Lee answered her п¬Ѓrst bogey of the day at 13 with three straight birdies. She picked up four more birdies with one more bogey coming in. вЂњIt was little windy out there this morning, but I putted really good today,вЂќ Lee said. вЂњSo I was really happy with my play.вЂќ South KoreaвЂ™s Ji Eun-Hee and Lee Mi-RimвЂ”winner on Sunday in MichiganвЂ”were among a group of eight players three shots off the pace on 69. New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko, who could seize the world number one ranking with her п¬Ѓrst major title this week, headlined a group of 13 players on 70. amilo Villegas, refreshed after a quick trip back to his native Colombia, carded seven-under-par 63 to earn the lead after the п¬Ѓrst round at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday. Villegas compiled an eagle and п¬Ѓve birdies for a one-stroke edge over Americans Webb Simpson and William McGirt in delightful conditions on a mild summerвЂ™s day at Sedgeп¬Ѓeld. вЂњIt was nice to go without any bogeys and I think it probably showed it was a consistent round,вЂќ Villegas told reporters. вЂњI kept it on the fairways, on the greens and just made the putts when I hit it close. My birdie putts werenвЂ™t even that long. I just hit the ball nicely.вЂќ Villegas, 32, a three-time PGA Tour winner, was heavily promoted by the PGA Tour as the next big thing when he burst on tour in 2006. But his career stalled as he battled minor injuries and loss of form and he fell to 148th on the rankings in 2012. вЂњDo I feel like I have played to my potential the last two-anda-half years? No,вЂќ he said. вЂњBut itвЂ™s not everything about golf. YouвЂ™ve got to be a little bit easy on yourself and just enjoy life. The game has been good to me. I have no complaints. вЂњDid I see (a 63) coming? Not really, but I felt good on the range this morning and just kept it going.вЂќ A keen cyclist, he returned home last week to visit his parents in Medellin, where he enjoyed some strenuous rides around the mountainous terrain. As well as Villegas played, he could not steal much local attention away from North Carolina-born Webb Simpson, the 2012 US Open champion who lives in nearby Charlotte. Charlotte is also home to Martin Laird, though the Scot was born much further aп¬Ѓeld in Glasgow. Laird has won three times on tour, most recently the Texas Open last year, but rather than using those successes as a springboard, he has regressed this season. However, a return to coach Mark McCann six weeks ago has the 31-year-old hopeful he is back on the right track after missing all four majors this year. вЂњIвЂ™d been struggling with my ball-striking a little while, kind Camilo Villegas of Colombia plays his tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Thursday in Greensboro, North Carolina. of searching,вЂќ Laird, who had been in sight of the early lead after shooting a п¬Ѓve-under 65, told reporters. вЂњWe started working on some things that we worked on in the past and with that little comfort factor knowing I played my best golf working with him in the past, we clicked and I started playing a little better and building the conп¬Ѓdence week by week.вЂќ Casey needs вЂ�win, winвЂ™ to earn Ryder Cup consideration Briton Paul Casey acknowledges he is not on the radar screen for Ryder Cup selection right now, but winning the next two weeks on the PGA Tour would likely change that. Casey, a three-time member of the European team, has won twice at Gleneagles in Scotland, which next month will host the biennial showdown between Europe and the US. This would seem to make the former world number three an ideal candidate for selection, but the depth of European talent leaves him a long way down the current pecking order. Casey instead is focusing on qualifying for the PGA TourвЂ™s four-event playoff series, which starts next week. He is on the bubble, 125th in the standings, with the top 125 after the Wyndham Champi- onship on Sunday advancing to the lucrative playoffs. An opening п¬Ѓve-under-par 65 at Sedgeп¬Ѓeld on Thursday was a big step in the right direction. вЂњIвЂ™m not ruling myself out but I would have to do something exceptional to catch his eye,вЂќ Casey said, referring to European captain Paul McGinley, who will pick three players to go with nine automatic qualiп¬Ѓers. вЂњA win, win would catch his attention. IвЂ™ve played some good golf this season, but if I was captain IвЂ™d be looking at four guys right now, as the standings sit (for captainвЂ™s picks). Those four, he said, were English compatriots Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter and ScotlandвЂ™s Stephen Gallagher. Casey is enjoying life on and off the course again after struggling with injuries that derailed his ascent to the top of the rankings while a divorce was also a major distraction. His new п¬Ѓancee, British TV personality Pollyanna Woodward, is expecting their п¬Ѓrst child in a few weeks, and he recently was granted US permanent residency status after settling in Phoenix, Arizona, where he plans to stay. вЂњYou get bored with the sunshine,вЂќ he joked. 6 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 SPORT SPOTLIGHT Manfred elected next MLB commissioner Reuters Baltimore L ong-time official Rob Manfred, the right-hand man of outgoing Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, was elected his successor in a vote by team owners on Thursday. Manfred, named MLBвЂ™s chief operating officer last year after serving as its head of labor relations for 15 years, will take over for the 80-year-old Selig when he retires in January after 22 years in charge. вЂњMy single biggest challenge is п¬Ѓlling the shoes of the gentleman who stands to my right,вЂќ Manfred told a news conference. The election of Manfred, who had to п¬Ѓght through a contest with Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner for the job, was an affirmation of the success of SeligвЂ™s regime. ROUND-UP RockiesвЂ™ Gonzalez to have season ending surgery AFP Denver T he Colorado Rockies say outп¬Ѓelder Carlos Gonzalez will have season-ending surgery on his left knee Monday. The team made the announcement Thursday night, saying Gonzalez will have his patella tendon repaired. ItвЂ™s been an injury-riddled year for Gonzalez, who is on the disabled list with not only an aching left knee but a sprained right ankle. He was out earlier this season after doctors found and removed a small tumor in his left index п¬Ѓnger. With all his ailments, Gonzalez struggled at the plate. He hit .238 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs. The last-place Rockies are already missing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who will undergo season-ending hip surgery Friday in Vail, Colorado. Meanwhile, Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie will be placed on the disabled list because of a fractured right index п¬Ѓnger. Lowrie had been trying to play through the injury. He is expected to miss two to three weeks. The 30-year-old is batting .238. with п¬Ѓve homers and 42 RBIs this season. The Pittsburg Pirates acquired right-handed reliever John Axford from the Cleveland Indians in a waiver deal. The Pirates will be responsible for the remaining portion of AxfordвЂ™s $4.5mn contract, estimated to be $1.3mn. The Indians do not get a player in return. Axford opened the season as the IndiansвЂ™ closer, but was replaced in May when control problems proved his undoing. He walked 30 batters in 43 2/3 innings this season while compiling a 2-3 mark with a 3.92 ERA and 10 saves in 49 appearances. Joe Nathan apologized for making two obscene gestures toward frustrated Detroit Tigers fans after his outing on Wednesday. Nathan, the teamвЂ™s closer, was booed when he walked the п¬Ѓrst two batters he faced in the ninth inning but did not allow a run in the 8-4 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Manfred, 55, has been credited as a key player in helping the sport achieve 21 years of labor peace after decades of bitter conп¬‚ict with the Players Association that saw a series of strikes, lockouts and courtroom battles. In forging a strong working relationship with the players union, Manfred also led the ownersвЂ™ side in negotiations that brought about the joint drug program in 2002 that has grown to become the toughest in North American professional team sports. The long period of labor peace has contributed to a robust growth of the game, with revenues more than doubling to $8bn last year from $3.9bn 11 years ago. But the game needs to attract more young fans and grow internationally. Selig smiled on like a proud papa at ManfredвЂ™s election. вЂњThere is no doubt in my mind that he has the training, the tem- Newly elected commissioner of baseball Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference after being elected by team owners to be the next commissioner. At left is MLB commissioner Bud Selig. perament and the experience to be a very, very successful commissioner and I justiп¬Ѓably have very high expectations,вЂќ said Selig. Manfred came to the ownersвЂ™ quarterly meetings favored to win the job, but on the п¬Ѓrst ballot fell short of the 23 votes he needed from the 30 clubs to win, according to sources with knowledge of the vote. The choice was down to Manfred or Werner after the third candidate recommended by a search committee, MLBвЂ™s vice president for business Tim Brosnan, withdrew before the voting began. After more than four hours of wrangling and a catered snack for the owners in a midtown hotel, Manfred was elected with the outcome announced as a unanimous 30-0. Once the winning vote was reached, Manfred was ushered into the meeting room by a stout set of security guards. The commissioner in waiting said he was unconcerned about which teams may have initially opposed him. вЂњI said my commitment to the owners was that I would work extremely hard, day in and day out, to convince all 30 of them that they made a great decision today,вЂќ said Manfred. Manfred did not want to get into job priorities so soon after the vote, adding that a lot of great ideas had been expressed. вЂњThe process provided a great opportunity for candidates to talk about issues they saw in the game and maybe more importantly provided great opportunity to get feedback from clubs about where they wanted the game to go,вЂќ said Manfred. Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos was pleased with the outcome. вЂњI think the owners elected a very conп¬Ѓdent, strong leader and I think heвЂ™s going to make a real difference in the future and can build on the accomplishments of the previous administration,вЂќ Angelos told reporters as he left the meeting. Opponents of the Manfred candidacy were believed to feel that more aggressive negotiating could help bring player salaries under greater control. Despite baseballвЂ™s rosy bottom line, MLB, unlike the National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association, does not have a salary cap, relying instead on revenue sharing and a punitive luxury tax on payroll spent over the limit. The 64-year-old Werner, who also serves as chairman of Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League and made his fortune as a TV producer, was gracious in defeat. вЂњI think Rob will make a great commissioner and IвЂ™m going to support him,вЂќ Werner said as he made his way from the hotel. вЂњSome of the ideas we talked about was to speed up the play of the game, to capture a generation of young fans that I think we need, and to make the game more popular internationally,вЂќ said Werner. вЂњAll those ideas got a warm reception.вЂќ BASEBALL Odorizzi, Longoria help Rays top Rangers 6-3 вЂ�The whole group is confident. TheyвЂ™re not braggish about it, just businesslike in a confident wayвЂ™ Agencies Arlington, Texas J ake Odorizzi retired the п¬Ѓnal 10 hitters after allowing a home run, Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Thursday. вЂњThe guyвЂ™s conп¬Ѓdent,вЂ™вЂ™ manager Joe Maddon said of his 24-year-old pitcher. вЂњHeвЂ™s swaggering out to the mound, and swaggering back in. The whole group is conп¬Ѓdent. TheyвЂ™re not braggish about it, just businesslike in a conп¬Ѓdent way.вЂќ And they have the numbers to back it up, with Odorizzi striking out seven in seven innings to help give the Rays their ALrecord 18th consecutive road game without allowing more than three runs. Odorizzi (9-9) was the starter the last time Tampa Bay gave up more than three runs - the last home game before the 10-game trip that just ended with the Rays taking three of four from the Rangers. He gave up п¬Ѓve runs in a 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on August 3. Following up six shutout innings in a win at the Chicago Cubs, Odorizzi didnвЂ™t allow another baserunner after Geovany SotoвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst homer of the season to pull the Rangers within 4-2. вЂњIвЂ™ve been growing a lot since the п¬Ѓrst part of the season,вЂ™вЂ™ Odorizzi said. вЂњI found out a lot about myself.вЂќ Jake McGee pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances, getting the Rays within three games of the major league record for consecutive road games with three runs or fewer allowed held by the 1908 Cubs. Robbie Ross (2-5) came up from Triple-A Round Rock to п¬Ѓll in for Texas ace Yu Darvish, who is sidelined with elbow inп¬‚ammation. The left-hander gave up six runs in 4 1-3 innings. Ross started the season in the Texas rotation after spending two years as a reliever. He struck out the side in the п¬Ѓrst but then looked a lot like the pitcher who Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor is unable to make the tag as Tampa Bay RaysвЂ™ Brandon Guyer steals second during the third inning of the game on Thursday, in Arlington, Texas. was sent back to the bullpen in May not long after giving up 30 runs - 23 earned - in 26 2-3 innings over п¬Ѓve starts. вЂњI just started maybe being a little too п¬Ѓne and trying to pick around the zone instead of just going right at them like I was in the beginning,вЂ™вЂ™ Ross said. Elsewhere, Los Angeles Dodgers improved to a National League-best 70-53 with their 6-4 victory over Atlanta. Adrian Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, Dee Gordon had three hits and four runs and Yasiel Puig added three hits while making the defensive play of the game by crashing into the fence to rob BravesвЂ™ п¬Ѓrst baseman Freddie Freeman of extra-bases in the sixth inning. Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 14 batters and collected his American Leagueleading 14th victory as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2. Scherzer (14-4) did not give up a run on three hits in eight innings. J.D. Martinez drove in two runs for Detroit (65-54) while pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez hit a late two-run homer for the Pirates (64-57). Right п¬Ѓelder Nori AokiвЂ™s tworun triple in the п¬Ѓfth inning gave the Kansas City Royals the lead they held to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3. The Royals batted around in a п¬Ѓve-run seventh. Oakland (73-48) has seen their lead in the AL West trimmed to two games. Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper both hit two-run homers and Stephen Strasburg threw seven strong innings as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 4-1. The Nationals (66-53) increased their lead in the NL East over Atlanta to a season-high six games. Right-hander Mike Fiers scattered three hits and struck out 14 over six shutout innings as the Milwaukee Brewers salvaged a series split with a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Second baseman Scooter Gennett doubled in two п¬Ѓrstinning runs, left п¬Ѓelder Khris Davis homered and scored twice while shortstop Elian Herrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Jon Jay slammed a pinch hit two-run double off the center п¬Ѓeld wall in the bottom of the eighth as St. Louis jumped into second place in the NL Central with a narrow 4-3 win over San Diego. The Cardinals (64-56) stayed two games behind п¬Ѓrst-place Milwaukee and leapfrogged Pittsburgh in the division and for the п¬Ѓrst wild-card spot. Center п¬Ѓelder Marcell Ozuna hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning to lead the Miami Marlins to a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. MarlinsвЂ™ reliever Mike Dunn (10-5) earned the win in two scoreless innings and set a franchise single-season record with 10 wins by a reliever. Results LA Dodgers DETROIT KANSAS CITY Milwaukee BOSTON Washington MIAMI Tampa Bay ST. LOUIS COLORADO 6 5 7 6 9 4 5 6 4 7 ATLANTA Pittsburgh Oakland CHICAGO CUBS Houston NY METS Arizona TEXAS San Diego Cincinnati 4 2 3 2 4 1 4 3 3 3 NBA Cousins hurts knee in US practice, not serious AFP Chicago US National Team player DeMarcus Cousins lays on the court and is looked over by trainers after an injury during a practice of the menвЂ™s basketball team Thursday. S acramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins injured his right knee in ThursdayвЂ™s practice, the first since Team USA lost Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George to a leg injury. Cousins will undergo what national team general manager Jerry Colangelo said is a precautionary MRI exam and is out for SaturdayвЂ™s exhibition against Brazil at the United Center. Team USA is practicing this week at Qwest MultiSport training facility in Chicago, site of the NBA Draft Combine. In addition to Kevin Durant, who withdrew last week citing mental and physical fatigue, the preliminary roster of 16 is reduced to 14 players for the exhibition this weekend. Colangelo said he is hopeful Cousins is not seriously injured. A sprained knee could bring a recovery time of 4-6 weeks, which would eliminate the center from the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain, which begins Aug. 30. The championship game is Sept. 14. The list of All-Stars not on the team represents a virtual whoвЂ™s who in the NBA, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Durant, who withdrew after Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin had done the same. Meanwhile, Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas underwent successful arthroscopy on his left wrist and is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, the team said. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 SNAPSHOTS PICTURE PERFECT Honda Moto3 rider Efren Vazquez (left) of Spain leads a pack of riders during the second free practice of the Czech Grand Prix in Brno yesterday. (REUTERS/ /DAVID W CERNY) UkraineвЂ™s Anna Voloshina performs in the synchronised swimming solo free routine preliminaries during the European Swimming Championships in Berlin yesterday. (REUTERS / MICHAEL DALDER) Bryan brothers Bob and Mike celebrate with a chest bump after their win over Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AFP / ANDY LYONS) BarcelonaвЂ™s Brazilian players Neymar (left) and Rafinha joke during a training session. (EPA / ALEJANDRO GARCIA) RIGHT: Kariem Hussein of Switzerland celebrates after winning the 400 metres hurdles during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich yesterday. (REUTERS / ARND WIEGMANN) Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulls en route to his brilliant 82 during the fifth Test against England at The Oval in London yesterday. (AFP / GLYN KIRK) Jamaican Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt listens to a question during a news conference to present the вЂ�Mano a ManoвЂ™ challenge in Rio de Janeiro. (REUTERS / SERGIO MORAES) 7 8 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 RUGBY BLEDISLOE CUP AustraliaвЂ™s cool captain eyes mission almost impossible вЂ�This game tonight is going to be about adapting to the situations that occurвЂ™ Reuters Sydney T he Wallabies will suffer setbacks against New Zealand in todayвЂ™s Rugby Championship clash and how they react to those reverses will determine whether they can upset the All Blacks, captain Michael Hooper said yesterday. Hooper and his team mates face what has proved mission impossible for any international rugby team over the last 14 months when they try to bring a halt to the world championsвЂ™ winning streak at 17 matches at the Olympic Stadium. Despite New Zealand coach Steve HansenвЂ™s assertion to the contrary, the Wallabies have not been talking up their chances of preventing the All Blacks from claiming a record 18th win and HooperвЂ™s measured comments reп¬‚ected that sense of realism. вЂњThis game tomorrow night is going to be about adapting to the situations that occur,вЂќ he told reporters. вЂњThe Kiwis are going to throw some great stuff at us, weвЂ™ve got to be able to absorb that, then put what weвЂ™re good at out on the п¬Ѓeld, and counter it. вЂњWe know weвЂ™re going to turn over the ball, we know these things are going to happen, but being able to get back at them, get back on the horse so to speak, is going to be paramount.вЂќ New Zealand are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Australia, have not lost in Sydney since 2008 and have held the Bledisloe Cup the two countries compete for annually since 2003. When Australia point to fullback Israel FolauвЂ™s 13 tries in his п¬Ѓrst 18 tests, New Zealand can counter with winger Julian SaveaвЂ™s 23 in 22 matches. Hooper has been in brilliant form this year as he led New South Wales Waratahs to the Super Rugby title but his opposite number on Saturday will be Richie McCaw, three-times World Player of the Year and long the benchmark for openside п¬‚ankers. Members of the AustraliaвЂ™s Wallabies Rugby Union pose for an official photo before their training in Sydney, yesterday. The New ZealandвЂ™s All Blacks play against Wallabies in their first Bledisloe Cup game in Sydney today. вЂњSuperb team, IвЂ™ve never beaten them,вЂќ said Hooper. вЂњI drew once and that was a little taste but you want to be able to know that you can take on these guys and try and match up with them.вЂќ If the prospect of battling such monumental odds for the п¬Ѓrst time as captain was bothering Hooper, the 22-year-old was certainly not showing it. вЂњIt feels pretty cool to be honest, IвЂ™m excited,вЂќ he added. вЂњThis is a massive game for us, the biggest game for us as a Wallabies group each year. I donвЂ™t feel any pressure because IвЂ™ve seen what the players around me can do. That makes me really excited.вЂќ The Waratahs were considered to have had a slight edge over a Canterbury Crusaders pack including McCaw in the Super Rugby п¬Ѓnal at the same arena two weeks ago, but Hooper scoffed at suggestions the All SPOTLIGHT BlacksвЂ™ skipper might be on the wane. вЂњWith the 127 caps heвЂ™s got now, thereвЂ™s no chance heвЂ™s a spent force,вЂќ said Hooper, who had just turned 10 when McCaw made his test debut. вЂњThe amount he brings to the All Blacks jersey and the guys around him is monumental. Every time you get to play against these guys, youвЂ™re pretty pumped to take him on.вЂќ Hooper expects big clashes all over the park from the off on Saturday and called on the notoriously quiet Sydney crowd to get behind the Wallabies - as they got behind the Waratahs in the Super Rugby п¬Ѓnal. вЂњIt was the п¬Ѓrst time IвЂ™d experienced it in New South Wales,вЂќ he said. вЂњIf something similar could happen tomorrow night it would deп¬Ѓnitely help the team and spark a lot of conп¬Ѓdence for us.вЂќ PREVIEW Smith loss no great drama, Springboks вЂ�young says All Blacks skipper gunsвЂ™ out to pummel Argentina today Reuters Sydney A ll Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has brushed off the almost certain loss of centre Conrad Smith for todayвЂ™s Rugby Championship match against Australia, when the world champions could set a new record for consecutive victories. New ZealandвЂ™s п¬Ѓnal preparations for the start of their title defence were hit by a pregnant pause on Friday morning when Smith rushed home to Wellington to be with his wife for the birth of their п¬Ѓrst child. Exciting young talent Malakai Fekitoa will come off the bench to replace the 77-test veteran in midп¬Ѓeld and Ryan Crotty has been called into the squad, even if coach Steve Hansen has not given up hope Smith might play a part in the match. вЂњItвЂ™s happened enough times in the past,вЂќ a phlegmatic McCaw told reporters at the Olympic Stadium. вЂњJust look at the last test we played when Conrad broke his thumb. Malakai was the last guy to play at centre in the last test so him slotting in will be п¬Ѓne. вЂњAt the end of the day, if you let those things inп¬‚uence what you do in the weekend, you havenвЂ™t really got the environment set up right so hopefully everyoneвЂ™s aware of whatвЂ™s go- Captain Richie McCaw gives a thumbs up to team mates during a training session for New ZealandвЂ™s All Blacks Rugby Union team in Sydney, yesterday. ing on and have prepared as such.вЂќ That sort of sangfroid in the face of disruption typiп¬Ѓes the sort of team culture that has helped the All Blacks match the record for most consecutive victories for a top tier nation over the last 14 months. An 18th successive victory on Saturday would add that record to an already impressive collection of honours the All Blacks have achieved in the last three years, including the World Cup triumph and back-to-back Rugby Championships. Beat the Wallabies in Sydney and again in Auckland in the return match next week and New Zealand will retain the Bledisloe Cup for an 12th straight season. McCaw becomes the п¬Ѓrst player to play 50 matches in the two incarnations of the annual southern hemisphere test championship on Saturday and his approach to feats and honours remains as grounded as ever. вЂњWe addressed it at the start of the week and said there was an opportunity,вЂќ he said of the record winning streak. вЂњIf you look at the Bledisloe, thatвЂ™s on the line as well. We just want to go out and perform well and if we do that we give ourselves a good chance of winning and getting one hand back on the Bledisloe. вЂњThose by-products would be nice but weвЂ™ve got to get the job done п¬Ѓrst.вЂќ AFP Pretoria S pringboks Damian de Allende, Handre Pollard and Lood de Jager will be the centre of attention today in a Rugby Championship Test against Argentina with an air of inevitability hanging over it. The two-time world champions have run up 100 points at home against the Pumas while conceding just 19 in two previous southern hemisphere championship matches. And the margin of victory in the п¬Ѓrst-round game seems the only issue to be resolved when the second and eighth-ranked rugby nations clash at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria. Coach Heyneke Meyer will send into battle on the South African highveld a mix of multicap вЂ�old handsвЂ™ and вЂ�young gunsвЂ™ with the 2015 Rugby World Cup in their sights. An injury to 2007 World Cup winner Jaque Fourie offers De Allende, a 22-year-old Western Stormer, a chance in the unfamiliar role of outside centre. Big, strong, fast and an excellent passer, De Allende is more used to inside centre or leftwing, roles п¬Ѓlled by skipper Jean de Villiers and fellow veteran Bryan Habana. вЂњI like his mental toughness,вЂќ said Meyer of De Allende. вЂњHe is a big guy who runs beautiful lines and has soft touches and skilful attributes.вЂќ The Springbok coach says he knows all about deadly goalkicker but often unadventurous п¬‚y-half Morne Steyn and needs depth in the crucial position. Enter Northern Bull Pollard, a 20-year-old who debuted against Scotland two months ago and a player many believe is destined for stardom. The words of legendary former Springboks п¬‚y-half Naas Botha can only boost the conп¬Ѓdence of the tall, physically imposing playmaker. вЂњHandre has an amazing skill set. He is big, fast, handles well, and has good vision and maturity. вЂњThere used to be a question mark over his goal-kicking consistency, but that has been rectiп¬Ѓed,вЂќ said one of the most accurate goal-kickers in South African rugby history. Whereas Steyn favours lying deep and tactical kicks, Pollard relishes attacking the advantage line and many pundits believe he will be the п¬Ѓrst choice come September 2015 in England. When Bakkies Botha moved to France after an unsuccessful World Cup defence in 2011 and Victor Matп¬Ѓeld temporarily retired, South Africa went from having the best locks in the world to a desperate search for replacements. Eben Etzebeth emerged as a young front-of-lineout enforcer in place of Botha, but п¬Ѓlling the shoes of Matп¬Ѓeld proved more problematic. De Jager, a two-metre-plus 21-year-old from the unfashionable Central Cheetahs, got his chance against Scotland and Meyer loved what he saw. вЂњLood is a very intelligent player and probably one of the most improved Springboks I have coached this season. I think he has got an unbelievable future.вЂќ Although Argentina say they are rebuilding, only full-back Joaquin Tuculet, left-wing Manuel Montero and tight-head prop Ramiro Herrera have no Rugby Championship experience. England-based hooker Agustin Creevy has succeeded France-based п¬‚ank Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe as skipper of a Pumas side seeking a п¬Ѓrst Championship victory after a draw and 11 losses over two seasons. Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 9 FOOTBALL FOCUS SPOTLIGHT Only thinking about future, says Suarez вЂ�I am really happy to feel like a footballer again, and to be with my team-matesвЂ™ Italy coachвЂ™s Puma deal sparks fears of conflict of interest AFP Rome A ntonio Conte (right) will earn more than any other Italy coach before him thanks to a deal with kit sponsors Puma, Italian media reported yesterday, sparking questions over a possible conп¬‚ict of interest. The former Juventus boss was named the new coach of Italy on Thursday on a two-year contract, and will be paid 3.2 million euros (ВЈ2.5mn, $4.28mn) a yearвЂ”with over half coming from sportswear giant Puma, the reports said. Conte can also boost his earnings with bonuses linked to qualifying the team for the Euro 2016 п¬Ѓnals as well as improving his teamвЂ™s world ranking, currently 14, to among the top eight. He is expected to hold a press conference in Rome on Tuesday during which the exact details of his salary will be revealed. вЂњConte: the best and the best paid,вЂќ the countryвЂ™s biggest-selling daily Corriere della Sera said, with editorialist Mario Sconcerti describing the 45-year-old as вЂњby far the best choiceвЂќ. вЂњHis charisma, having won a lot, and recently, will give him a momentum with the players that no other coach has ever had,вЂќ he said. Conte steered Juventus to a third consecutive title last season, the п¬Ѓrst time the club had achieved the feat since a п¬Ѓveseason title run in the 1930s. But PumaвЂ™s role in securing Conte for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) -- the п¬Ѓrst time any such deal has been made in ItalyвЂ”has left many critics fearing the sponsor will wield too much power. Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (centre) takes part in his first official training session with Barcelona yesterday. (AFP) AFP Barcelona L uis Suarez trained with his Barcelona teammates for the п¬Ѓrst time yesterday and then admitted he was still paying for his вЂњmistakeвЂќ in biting ItalyвЂ™s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. After getting the green light from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Uruguayan striker was the centre of attention as he took part in his п¬Ѓrst training session with the Catalan club. But afterwards, interviewed wearing a Barcelona shirt, he told the club website: вЂњIвЂ™m paying for a mistake I made and one I have apologised for, but I have to forget about all this. I am only thinking about the future, which is at FC Barcelona, the club who I dreamed of playing for.вЂќ After the uncertainty of the past weeks, Suarez stressed: вЂњI am really happy to feel like a footballer again, and to be with my team-mates. I just couldnвЂ™t wait to get started.вЂќ Suarez took an active part in the session with the main group under the watchful eye of coach Luis Enrique. On Thursday, the CAS upheld SuarezвЂ™s four-month ban from playing in competitive games as well as his nine-match international suspension, but it did al- low him to train and play in unofficial matches. And that means he could make his debut against Mexican club Leon in the Gamper Trophy, the traditional curtainraiser to the season at the Camp Nou. Suarez has reportedly been training on his own in an unknown location in Catalonia since completing his 95 million euros (ВЈ75 million, $127 million) move to the Camp Nou from Liverpool last month. He will be available to play in competitive matches from Saturday, October 25, meaning his official debut could come in the п¬Ѓrst Clasico of the campaign against Real Madrid. Suarez has never explained his propensity to bite opponents. He earned a 10-game ban for biting ChelseaвЂ™s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, after being sidelined for seven matches with Dutch club Ajax in 2010 for the same offence against PSV EindhovenвЂ™s Otman Bakkal. Suarez will be presented to the Barca fans on Monday before the Joan Gamper Trophy match and on Tuesday he will be presented to the media at a press conference. In yesterdayвЂ™s training session, Brazilian Neymar completed the full session, even though he has not received the medical all clear after suffering a fractured vertebrae in the World Cup quarter-п¬Ѓnal against Colombia. SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE Stokes expects Celtic to raise their game AFP Glasgow A nthony Stokes admits CelticвЂ™s performances must improve as they prepare to welcome Scottish Premiership leaders Dundee United to Celtic Park today. The Hoops will unveil the Scottish Premiership championship п¬‚ag before the match with Jackie McNamaraвЂ™s side, but the mood at the Glasgow club is still downbeat despite a winning start to the defence of their title at St Johnstone on Wednesday. That result was a vast improvement from their back-to-back defeats in Champions League qualiп¬Ѓers against Legia WarsawвЂ”they remain in the competition after the Polish side were punished for п¬Ѓelding an ineligible player but the games still caused signiп¬Ѓcant damage to Celtic morale. However, Stokes, who scored the opener in the 3-0 win at McDiarmid Park in midweek, says the best is yet to come from the Hoops once new manager Ronny Deila stamps his style on the team. вЂњThe gaffer has come in and he has set us up in the way he wants to play. I think there was some good football there,вЂќ said the Irish striker. вЂњWe moved the ball well, and what we havenвЂ™t done before is create many chances but we did that on Wednesday night, and took them. It was a comfortable enough win in the end. вЂњWe are only three or four games into the season and that was our п¬Ѓrst domestic game and we are only going to get better and sharper. We are still trying to improve and get our п¬Ѓtness up to peak performance.вЂќ DeilaвЂ™s men will need to be sharp against early pace-setters United, who have won both of their opening п¬Ѓxtures of the campaign. CelticвЂ™s Anthony Stokes (left) challenges St JohnstoneвЂ™s Lee Croft during their Scottish Premier League match on Wednesday. (Reuters) Mario Bilate scored a wonder goal to secure UnitedвЂ™s 1-0 win over Motherwell in midweek and now the hitman has set his sights on wrecking CelticвЂ™s title party and his clubвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst win at Parkhead since December 1992. вЂњI have been told it has been some time since we last won at Celtic Park. Now we have a good chance. Our conп¬Ѓdence is very high and itвЂ™s only going up. This is the perfect opportunity to strike,вЂќ said Dutch striker Bilate, whose new team lost last seasonвЂ™s Scottish Cup п¬Ѓnal to St Johnstone at Parkhead. вЂњIt is going to be a new experience for me. In the Championship in Holland sometimes you play in front of crowds of about 500. вЂњPlaying at Celtic when weвЂ™re top of the league will be a great experience. вЂњWe can go there with conп¬Ѓdence because we have shown we can play good football that sets us apart from other teams in the Premiership.вЂќ On Sunday, Hearts welcome Hibernian to Tynecastle for the п¬Ѓrst Edinburgh derby of the season. The clubs, who are more accustomed to clashing in the top п¬‚ight, now п¬Ѓnd themselves battling each other and fallen Glas- gow giants Rangers for promotion from the Championship following relegation last season. Both clubs go into the match unbeaten after Hibs defeated Livingston and Hearts won 2-1 away to title rivals Rangers on the opening weekend. FIXTURES Today Celtic v Dundee United Dundee v Partick Thistle Hamilton v St Johnstone Motherwell v Inverness CT Ross County v Kilmarnock вЂ�QUESTIONS OF ETHICSвЂ™ вЂњHow will Conte deal with the players who have contracts with the same sponsor who is paying his salary? Who will have the п¬Ѓnal say when it comes to renewing a contract?вЂќ Maurizio Crosetti in La Repubblica asked. вЂњWill it be the banana man who will decide? Or PumaвЂ™s managing director?вЂќ he said in a reference to FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio, who was elected last week despite describing African players as вЂњbanana eatersвЂќ. Stefano Semeraro in La Stampa warned that вЂњsport has always been tied up with questions of ethics... but this summer Italian football has had to deal with the interference, real or feared, of commercial interests.вЂќ The concern, he said, is that a coach paid by a sponsor вЂњcould favour a colleague of the same brand ahead of an athlete sponsored by someone elseвЂќ. ConteвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst match in charge will be on September 4 when Italy face the Netherlands in a friendly. Five days later, Italy begin their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Norway and the pressure will be on for a team whose failure in Brazil was the second successive World Cup at which they had failed to get out of the group stage. With a contract running until July 31, 2016, Conte has a mission вЂњto relaunch the national team and develop new players from across the federationвЂ™s training centresвЂќ, said a statement released by FICG. ConteвЂ™s time in charge of Juve was not without its controversial moments as, in the summer of 2013, he was caught up in a corruption row after he was charged with failing to report attempted match-п¬Ѓxing during his time with his previous club Siena. He protested his innocence but was banned for 10 months, reduced on appeal to a four-month touchline ban, which saw him miss the п¬Ѓrst half of last season. Conte, who captained the club during his playing career which stretched over more than 500 games and included п¬Ѓve league titles, also led Juve to a record points haul of 102 points as they won their 30th official league title last season. Brazil World Cup saw top class attacking football: FIFA Berlin: The World Cup in Brazil saw вЂњtop quality and attacking footballвЂќ which is good news for the future, the Technical Study Group (TSG) of the ruling body FIFA said in its report published yesterday. The TSG also highlighted the high level of goalkeeping despite 171 goals overall, an вЂњextremely balancedвЂќ event overall and a large number of goals scored by substitutes during the June 12-July 13 tournament won by Germany. вЂњThe competition was characterised by the top-class attacking football on display from practically all 32 participating teams,вЂќ the report said. вЂњThe trend is for teams to play positively and do everything to win a game rather than merely вЂ�not loseвЂ™ ... This is a tendency and philosophy that is very positive and promising for the future development of football worldwide.вЂќ The TSG consists of 13 men led by former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier. Its report will be the subject of several upcoming conferences for the FIFA confederations in September and October. The TSG noted several changes compared to 2010 South Africa, such as teams using one instead of two holding midfielders, hardly any long balls up front, tactical flexibility and the use of at least two strikers at most teams. вЂњSuccessful teams were not limited to just one creative player,вЂќ the TSG observed, adding: вЂњTeamwork was essential, as were key players who worked hard for the team, such as (BrazilвЂ™s) Neymar, (Argentine Lionel) Messi, (Dutchman Arjen) Robben, (German Toni) Kroos and (ColombiaвЂ™s James) Rodriguez who all made a difference and were able to decide a game on their own.вЂќ Forwards like Neymar, Messi, tournament top scorer Rodriguez and Thomas Mueller were named among вЂњpriceless assetsвЂќ for teams вЂњas they reward team play and finish off build-up play in a moment of individual brillianceвЂќ. At the other end of the field, вЂњthere is a new era of goalkeeping in modern football,вЂќ led by Golden Glove winner Manuel Neuer of Germany. вЂњDenying opponents scoring opportunities is no longer enough. The keeper has to have some of the skills of an outfield player in order to contribute to the build-up of the game, to control passes from his defenders when they are under pressure from opposing players or to intercept long balls outside of his penalty box,вЂќ the TSG said. The report named вЂњtransition the вЂ�magic momentвЂ™ of a game and a key factor in modern footballвЂќ and substitutions were also important in the difficult Brazil climate as a record 32 goals came from players who had not started the game, up from 15 in 2010 and better then the previous best 23 at Germany 2006. A stunning 41 goals were scored between the 76th and 90th minute overall. вЂњThe new record speaks volumes for the quality of the coaches, who know exactly what was needed to win a game, but also the quality of the players on the bench,вЂќ the report said. 10 Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 FOOTBALL LIGUE 1 Makelele bidding to be thorn in PSGвЂ™s side AFP Paris A familiar face will hope to make it another frustrating day for Paris Saint-Germain today as the champions play their п¬Ѓrst home game of the new Ligue 1 season against SC Bastia. The Corsicans are now coached by former France midп¬Ѓelder Claude Makelele (right), who gave up his position as Laurent BlancвЂ™s assistant at the Parc des Princes to become a coach in his own right. Makelele also п¬Ѓnished his playing career as captain of PSG and his presence on the opposition bench adds extra intrigue to a game that carries real importance to the hosts after they kicked off the campaign with a 2-2 draw at Reims. вЂњI am very happy that things have turned out this way and I canвЂ™t wait to be at the Parc des Princes,вЂќ said Makelele of the prospect of returning to Paris after last weekвЂ™s 3-3 draw with Marseille, another of his old clubs. MakeleleвЂ™s previous job means he knows exactly how PSG will set them- selves up, but he played down BastiaвЂ™s chances of recording a п¬Ѓrst ever win in this п¬Ѓxture. вЂњLaurent Blanc has a clear philosophy and he will not change just because I have been his assistant,вЂќ said the 41-year-old. вЂњI know well enough how things work there to have an idea of what to expect but I have no miracle recipe. Nobody can compare themselves with PSG in Ligue 1. In my view, no team will go to the Parc and win. But we will do everything to be the only ones who do.вЂќ PSG, who have now failed to win their opening game in any of the four seasons since the Qatari takeover in the capital, were dealt a blow on Monday when captain Thiago Silva suffered a hamstring injury in a 2-1 friendly victory against Napoli that will rule him out for several weeks. Blanc has been criticised for bringing Silva back so soon after he was afforded a long summer break, and he may now be tempted to give new recruit David Luiz a little longer to build up his п¬Ѓtness. вЂњThiago Silva did not return to training too soon. If we need to blame someone for this injury then I plead guilty. I take responsibility,вЂќ Blanc said. On the prospect of coming up against his old assistant, he added: вЂњI didnвЂ™t expect him to leave us but I am not disappointed. It was his wish, his choice to seize the opportunity.вЂќ There are seven new coaches in Ligue 1 this season and the only one to lose on his debut was Leonardo Jardim, whose Monaco side were beaten 2-1 at home by Lorient despite seeing п¬Ѓt-again Radamel Falcao come off the bench and score a penalty. They will look to bounce back at Bordeaux, whose new coach Willy Sagnol is a former Monaco player. вЂњLike Monaco, Bordeaux have a new FOCUS coach who advocates attacking football so we can expect a good game. We know we need to react after the defeat against Lorient,вЂќ said Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who will miss the inп¬‚uence in central defence of suspended captain Ricardo Carvalho. Elsewhere, Lyon travel to Toulouse on Saturday while Marcelo BielsaвЂ™s Marseille entertain Montpellier and Saint-Etienne take on Reims on Sunday. FIXTURES Today Paris Saint-Germain v SC Bastia Lens v Guingamp Lorient v Nice Metz v Nantes Rennes v Evian Toulouse v Lyon Tomorrow Marseille v Montpellier Saint-Etienne v Reims Bordeaux v Monaco SPOTLIGHT Arsenal have the X-Factor, says captain Arteta вЂ�WeвЂ™ve got experience now, we are able to win вЂ” we have the qualities to do itвЂ™ Jose headache over Chelsea number one goalkeeper AFP London J ose Mourinho knows he faces a tough job keeping both Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea when he п¬Ѓnally decides which will be the clubвЂ™s number one goalkeeper. Yesterday, Mourinho described the pair as two of the best three goalkeepers in the world and revealed he has yet to announce his line-up for the opening Premier League game at newly-promoted Burnley. Cech, 32, has been the established п¬Ѓrst choice for the last 10 years but п¬Ѓnds himself under pressure from Courtois, 22, who is back at Stamford Bridge after spending the last three years on loan at Atletico Madrid. Mourinho accepts it will be hard to keep both players happy throughout the campaign - and both have been linked with moves away if they miss out on the top job. The Chelsea manager insists the club has yet to receive an approach for Cech or Courtois but accepts that situation could change. But he said: вЂњIn this moment I donвЂ™t want to think about it. There is not an offer, so not a possibility. вЂњIвЂ™m working with them and I told them as a group today, everyone of my players in the squad IвЂ™m happy to have them. вЂњIвЂ™m not waiting for anything. ItвЂ™s not good to analyse something that isnвЂ™t on the table. Every manager in the world would like to have Courtois and Cech.вЂќ And referring to the possibility there could be more comings and going during the п¬Ѓnal weeks of the transfer market, Mourinho said: вЂњThe market is open and experience says we never can say what will happen. вЂњYou never know if a player has a different reaction or opinion in this last part of the month or if any club tries to do something with our players.вЂќ The manager is pleased, though, to be confronted with the problem of choosing between two top вЂ�keepers. He added: вЂњThe only thing I can say is in this moment they are working well and hard and we are so happy to have them both.вЂќ Chelsea goalkeepers Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois. CONFIDENCE Liverpool can thrive without Suarez, insists Rodgers Arsenal players pose with the FA Community Shield trophy after beating Manchester City in the final at Wembley Stadium in London earlier this week. (AFP) AFP London A rsenal captain Mikel Arteta is conп¬Ѓdent his sideвЂ™s opening Premier League п¬Ѓxture against Crystal Palace today will mark the start of a sustained challenge for the title. The past 10 years have seen Arsene WengerвЂ™s team achieve a top-four п¬Ѓnish on every occasion, but not once have they been strong enough to pip either Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City for pole position on the п¬Ѓnal day. Yet Spanish midп¬Ѓelder Arteta believes that could change this season. The arrival of marquee signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, coupled with an impressive pre-season that culminated with a 3-0 victory over reigning champions City in the Community Shield last Sunday, has generated a wave of optimism at the Emirates Stadium. Three squad members - Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski won the World Cup with Germany, and although the trio will not feature against Palace, their success adds to the feelgood factor at the club. The recruitment of Chile forward Sanchez was further proof that WengerвЂ™s reluctance to spend large sums on a single player has disappeared; the previous season he had spent a club record ВЈ42.5 million (53 million euros, $70.9mn) on Ozil and before that Santi Cazorla had been recruited to give the Gunners an extra dimension. Arteta, appointed captain following Thomas VermaelenвЂ™s sale to Barcelona, is sure those additions to a squad also boasting young British talent in the shape of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere can add up to a potent brew. вЂњIn the last three seasons, weвЂ™ve signed вЂ�X-factorвЂ™ players,вЂќ he said. вЂњWhen Santi came, I think fans got really excited because he was giving us something really special. вЂњWith Mesut it was something very special. Now we have Alexis - but you forget about Theo, who missed six months last year and was superb when he was п¬Ѓt. вЂњThen thereвЂ™s Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack and Rambo (Ramsey), who was unbelievable last season. вЂњSuddenly youвЂ™re talking about six or seven really good players that can make a difference in a game and thatвЂ™s what you want to win trophies.вЂќ Wenger is looking to bring in a topquality replacement for Belgian centreback Vermaelen, and an ВЈ8 million deal for Olympiakos defender Konstantinos Manolas could be completed soon. вЂ�SET A MARKERвЂ™ And Arteta says his arrival would complement the earlier sterling work done by Wenger in the transfer market. вЂњWeвЂ™ve done our business early this season so we can start from the off and thatвЂ™s what we want,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe want to set a marker and we donвЂ™t want to miss that opportunity. WeвЂ™ve got experience now, we are able to win - we have the qualities to do it. вЂњWe have the structure, the fans, the club and the desire to do it. вЂњLast season was a big step forward. To compete in the most tough and difficult league - where you are facing п¬Ѓve or six opponents ready to win the Premier League - is not easy to п¬Ѓnd anywhere else in Europe. вЂњWhen youвЂ™re playing and you look at the bench, and you see that we have options to change the game. вЂњIf we make the right decisions, IвЂ™m sure we will be there.вЂќ PalaceвЂ™s preparations are in complete contrast after reports emerged late Thursday that manager Tony Pulis had left the club by mutual consent in a shock move prompted by disagreements over transfer policy. The former Stoke City manager kept the Eagles up by overseeing a series of impressive results after succeeding Ian Holloway last November. But it is understood he became frustrated at a perceived lack of backing in the transfer market from owner Steve Parish. Cardiff City striker Fraizer Campbell, former Fulham defender Brede Hangeland and Liverpool full-back Martin Kelly have all been recruited, but Pulis saw a number of other targets, including Gylп¬Ѓ Sigurdsson, Steven Caulker and Michu, join other clubs. AFP London B rendan Rodgers insists Liverpool are still a force to be reckoned with despite the departure of star striker Luis Suarez. Suarez hit 31 league goals last season as the Reds came within touching distance of pipping eventual champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race. However, the controversial Uruguay international was sold to Barcelona after Liverpool lost patience with his behaviour following his bite on ItalyвЂ™s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup. Without Suarez there is an assumption Liverpool will fall back out of the top four, but Rodgers does not think that will be true as his team prepare for their opening match of the new season at home to Southampton tomorrow. вЂњThe game is all about opinion and every team is forensically looked at in terms of what they will produce or not,вЂќ Rodgers said yesterday . вЂњLuis was a world-class talent but we scored 101 goals last year and 70 of those came from other parts of the team. вЂњEvery big team will lose a top player at some point but no-one is bigger than the club. вЂњIf the fear factor is taken out of us that will be seen over the course of the season but for us there is no change.вЂќ Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in a friendly last weekend and Rodgers believes that result proves his team are ready to move on without Suarez. вЂњYou saw against Dortmund we have goals in the team,вЂќ Rodgers said. вЂњWe had evidence of that last season as well and over the two years IвЂ™ve been here when Luis hasnвЂ™t played we have won most of our games. вЂњWe had nearly a 70 per cent win rate in the Premier League last year which is a fantastic achievement and we hope to continue that.вЂќ Gulf Times Saturday, August 16, 2014 VINCENT KOMPANY POSTER BELGIUM AND MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALLER | 2012 EPL PLAYER OF THE SEASON | MBA STUDENT 11 Saturday, August 16, 2014 FOOTBALL GULF TIMES CONTENDERS MANCHESTER CITY Manager: Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) 2013-14 position: 1st; FA Cup: quarter-finals; League Cup: winners; Champions League; last 16 Transfers in: Eliaquim Mangala (Porto, ВЈ32 million), Fernando (Porto, ВЈ12mn), Willy Caballero (Malaga, ВЈ6mn), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Frank Lampard (New York City, Loan); Transfers out: Javi Garcia (Zenit St Petersburg, ВЈ12mn) Jack Rodwell (Sunderland, ВЈ10mn), Gareth Barry (Everton, ВЈ1mn), Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland, Free), Joleon Lescott (West Brom, Free), Alex Henshall (Ipswich, Free), Ellis Plummer (St Mirren, Free), Reece Wabara (Doncaster, Free), Marcos Lopes (Lille, Loan), Emyr Huws (Wigan Loan), Greg Leigh (Crewe, Loan), Jason Denayer (Celtic, Loan) W ith CityвЂ™s domestic supremacy reasserted with a second league title in three years, the focus of Manuel Pellegrini and his players turns to conquering Europe for the first time. After another premature exit from the Champions League last seasonвЂ”in the last 16 against BarcelonaвЂ”City would dearly love a sustained challenge for the continentвЂ™s top trophy. Pellegrini has opted for experience when he signed old hands Fernando, Bacary Sagna, Frank Lampard and Willy Caballero. PREMIER LEAGUE United start afresh as League begins LIVERPOOL Manager: Brendan Rodgers (NIR) вЂ�We will look to put right the wrongs from last yearвЂ™ 2013-14 position: 2nd; FA Cup: fifth round; League Cup: 3rd rd Transfers in: Adam Lallana (Southampton, ВЈ25mn), Dejan Lovren (Southampton, ВЈ20mn), Lazar Markovic (Benfica, ВЈ20mn), Divock Origi (Lille, ВЈ10mn), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen, ВЈ9.75mn), Rickie Lambert (Southampton, ВЈ4mn), Lawrence Vigouroux, Kevin Stewart (Both Tottenham, Free), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, Loan); Transfers out: Luis Suarez (Barcelona, ВЈ75mn) Conor Coady (Huddersfield, ВЈ375,000), Pepe Reina (Bayern Munich, Undisclosed), Villyan Bijev (Slavia Sofia, Free), Jakub Sokolik (Yeovil, Free), Luis Alberto (Malaga, Loan), Iago Aspas (Sevilla, Loan), Andre Wisdom (West Brom, Loan), Brad Smith (Swindon, Loan) AFP London J ust three months after their hopes of winning the English title for the first time in 24 years slipped away, the Reds return for a defining season under Brendan Rodgers. How Liverpool respond to the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona will determine whether last termвЂ™s impressive progress comes to a grinding halt. Rodgers has splashed out close to ВЈ100 million to replace the Uruguayan and add depth to a squad that must cope with the demands of domestic and European campaigns. T he Louis van Gaal era will begin in earnest for Manchester United today when they host Swansea City in the п¬Ѓrst match of the 2014-15 Premier League season. The 63-year-old Dutchman has impressed in his п¬Ѓrst four weeks at the United helm, overseeing п¬Ѓve wins and a draw in pre-season, but it is in the league that his achievements will be judged. Swansea were one of eight teams who came to Old Trafford and won last season, creating a sense of vulnerability that Van Gaal has been hired to banish for good. Coincidentally, United also met Swansea on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign, with the then-defending champions winning 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium in David MoyesвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst league game as manager. The result was to prove a red herring, as United п¬Ѓnished the season down in seventh place, but midп¬Ѓelder Tom Cleverley says that it will be important to set the right tone for the forthcoming campaign. вЂњWe canвЂ™t wait to get going against Swansea and look to put right the wrongs from last year,вЂќ he told the United website. вЂњWe started against Swansea last year, but away. This time itвЂ™s at home and IвЂ™m sure the fans will be the same as us: raring to go. ItвЂ™ll be the managerвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst competitive game and IвЂ™m sure itвЂ™ll be a special atmosphere.вЂќ Wayne Rooney will lead United out for the п¬Ѓrst time since being named captain after TuesdayвЂ™s 2-1 friendly win over Valencia. United will have to make do without ВЈ27 million ($45 million, 33.6 million euros) close-season signing Luke Shaw, however, after the 19-year-old left-back was ruled out due to a hamstring strain. Another team buoyed by a positive preseason period are Arsenal, who launch their assault on the league title at home to Crystal Palace. Having ended a nine-year trophy drought by winning last seasonвЂ™s FA Cup, Arsene WengerвЂ™s side gave an eye-catching demonstration of their title credentials by outclassing league champions Manchester City 3-0 in last weekendвЂ™s Community Shield. New signing Alexis Sanchez, a ВЈ30 million acquisition from Barcelona, is in line to CHELSEA Manager: Jose Mourinho (POR) 2013-14 position: 3rd; FA Cup: last 16; League Cup: quarter-finals; Champions League: semis Transfers in: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, ВЈ32mn), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, ВЈ27mn), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, ВЈ15.8mn), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split, ВЈ2.4mn), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray, Free). Transfers out: David Luiz (PSG, ВЈ50mn), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, ВЈ28mn), Demba Ba (Besiktas, ВЈ4.7mn), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland, undisclosed), Ashley Cole (Roma, Free), Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday, Free), Frank Lampard (New York City, Free), Tomas Kalas (Cologne, Loan), Wallace (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia MвЂ™bach, Loan), Bertrand Traore (Vitesse, Loan), Mario Pasalic (Elche, Loan), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, Loan), Gael Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano, Loan), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, Loan), Christian Atsu (Everton, Loan), Marko Marin (Fiorentina, Loan) Manchester UnitedвЂ™s Marouane Fellaini (centre) celebrates after scoring a goal against Valencia at Old Trafford in Manchester earlier this week. Louis van Gaal has impressed in his first four weeks at United, overseeing five wins and a draw in pre-season. (AFP) make his competitive home debut against Palace and captain Mikel Arteta has called on his side to make a positive start to the campaign. вЂњWeвЂ™ve done our (transfer) business early this season so we can start from the off and thatвЂ™s what we want,вЂќ the Spanish midп¬Ѓelder told the Arsenal website. вЂњWe want to set a marker and we donвЂ™t want to miss that opportunity. WeвЂ™ve got experience now, we are able to win. We have the qualities to do it, we have the structure, the fans, the club and the desire to do it.вЂќ Palace go into the game in crisis after reports emerged late Thursday that manager Tony Pulis had left the club after falling out with owners over transfer policy. Championship champions Leicester City will play their п¬Ѓrst top-п¬‚ight game since 2004 when they host Everton on Saturday, while fellow promoted side Queens Park Rangers welcome Hull City to Loftus Road. Champions Manchester City begin their title defence at Newcastle United tomorrow. When City last claimed the title, in 2012, they won only two of their opening п¬Ѓve games the following season, but captain Vincent Kompany feels that they now possess the necessary know-how to retain their title. вЂњWe know what to look out for. We know what not to do,вЂќ said the Belgian centreback, who has signed a new п¬Ѓve-year contract. вЂњThe players at City have got experience with winning trophies. It goes in phases. WeвЂ™re in this phase now. We feel we can win it.вЂќ Liverpool, who narrowly lost out to City in last seasonвЂ™s title race, open the campaign at home to Southampton, who saw Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren all leave for Anп¬Ѓeld in the close season. Lallana will miss the reunion with his former club due to a knee injury, but Lam- bert and Lovren are both in contention to feature in what will be LiverpoolвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst competitive game since the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Chelsea, meanwhile, are expected to hand competitive debuts to new signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas when they visit the third promoted team, Burnley, on Monday. T вЂњThe Luke Shaw case is the climax of Manchester UnitedвЂ™s predictable pre-season injury crisis due to вЂ�too much training too soonвЂ™.вЂќ Verheijen questioned why Shaw, 19, cut short his post-World Cup break and said he reported back for pre-season training too early. Van Gaal accused the left back of being unfit on their pre-season tour of the United States. вЂњLuke Shaw had to do extra training to get fter finishing last season without a major trophy, Jose Mourinho has invested heavily in a revamped squad that will be expected to bring home significant silverware in the second season of his second coming at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has a knack for winning big prizes in his second full season at each of his clubs, landing the Champions League at both Porto and Inter Milan in year two and the Spanish title at Real Madrid. To do the same in west London, he has opted for a Spanish flavour, with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas the headline signings. ARSENAL Manager: Arsene Wenger (FRA) FIXTURES Today Arsenal v Crystal Palace Leicester City v Everton Manchester United v Swansea City Queens Park Rangers v Hull City Stoke City v Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Tomorrow Liverpool v Southampton Newcastle United v Manchester City Monday Burnley v Chelsea Van Gaal is over-training Man United players: Verheijen he injury sustained by Manchester United defender Luke Shaw (right) was caused by too many training sessions from new manager Louis van Gaal, former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen said on Thursday. England left back Shaw, signed from Southampton in the close season for around 30 million pounds ($50.06 million), may be out for a month with a hamstring problem and will definitely miss the start of the Premier League campaign at home to Swansea City today. Verheijen called fellow Dutchman Van Gaal (LVG) a вЂњgreat appointmentвЂќ by United but at the same time accused the former Netherlands manager of вЂњincompetenceвЂќ and of working his players too hard. вЂњWhat LVG proves is that top coaches are not perfect. Even the worldвЂ™s best have deficiencies,вЂќ Verheijen said on his Twitter feed. вЂњLVG is tactically superior to most other coaches but planning & periodisation is not his strongest point: double sessions & muscle injuries,вЂќ added the Dutchman, an expert on football fitness and a frequent critic of the methods of top coaches. A fit. Who was in charge of his individual programme?,вЂќ asked Verheijen. вЂњLVGвЂ™s coaching skills & tactical superiority often compensate for this periodisation deficiency but there is clearly room for improvement.вЂќ Verheijen suggested Van GaalвЂ™s methods were responsible for a spate of injuries among the Dutch players before and during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a tournament where they finished third. вЂњDuring the World Cup preparation the Dutch players had to do frequent double sessions so not surprisingly the muscle injuries accumulated,вЂќ he said. вЂњAt Man United, in the first few weeks, LVG has applied the same approach and, as expected, with the same result. вЂњBut who is gonna tell a top coach that he has to raise his bar in a certain area? The вЂ�yes-menвЂ™ in his coaching staff? Journalists? Who...?вЂќ Last season Verheijen attacked the training methods of Van GaalвЂ™s United predecessor David Moyes after Dutch striker Robin van Persie was injured. He has also been critical in the past of top managers like Roy Hodgson, Roberto Mancini and Chris Coleman. 2013-14 position: 4th; FA Cup: winners; League Cup: fourth round; Champions League: last 16 Transfers in: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona, ВЈ30mn), Calum Chambers (Southampton, ВЈ16mn); Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, ВЈ12mn); David Ospina (Nice, ВЈ3mn), Elias Chatzitheodoridis (Mas Kallitheakos, Undisclosed), Hugo Keto (HJK Helsinki, Undisclosed), Ben Sheaf (West Ham, Undisclosed); Transfers out: Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona, ВЈ15mn), Johan Djourou (Hamburg, ВЈ2.5mn), Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham, Unidsclosed), Zak Ansah (Charlton, Free), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea, Free), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City, Free), Chuks Aneke (Zulte Waregem, Free), Wellington Silva (UD Almeria, Loan), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, Loan), Benik Afobe (Milton Keynes Dons, Loan) R evitalised by their FA Cup final triumph last season, a cathartic victory over Hull that ended the clubвЂ™s nine-year trophy drought, Arsene WengerвЂ™s side head into the new campaign brim full of belief that they can win the Premier League for the first time since 2004. For the Gunners to achieve that lofty ambition, Wenger will need midfield dynamo Aaron Ramsey to stay fit for the entire season, while also drawing consistently strong performances from his two key signingsвЂ”Chile winger Alexis Sanchez and France right-back Mathieu Debuchy. MANCHESTER UNITED Manager: Louis van Gaal (NED) 2013-14 position: 7th; FA Cup: third round; League Cup: semifinals; Champions League: quarter-finals Transfers in: Luke Shaw (Southampton, ВЈ30mn rising to ВЈ31mn), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, ВЈ28.8mn), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, Undisclosed); Transfers out: Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow, ВЈ5.6mn), Patrice Evra (Juventus, ВЈ1.5mn), Bebe (Benfica, ВЈ2.25mn), Jack Barmby (Leicester, Free), Federico Macheda (Cardiff, Free), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan, Free), Louis Rowley (Leicester, Free), Rio Ferdinand (QPR, Free), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, Loan), Angelo Henriquez (Dynamo Zagreb, Loan) T he painful memories of David MoyesвЂ™ ill-fated season in charge have been swept away as the fallen giants begin the road back to relevancy under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. A campaign should benefit from UnitedвЂ™s relatively undemanding fixture list in the opening weeks, when a long winning run would buy time for van Gaal to institute the changes needed to ensure at least a top-four finish and ideally a title challenge.