QATAR | Page 20 SPORT | Page 7 Charity event to support education projects Time for change, says IOC boss, ahead of revamp INDEX QATAR 2, 20 3 REGION ARAB WORLD INTERNATIONAL 4, 5 6 вЂ“ 17 COMMENT 18, 19 BUSINESS 1 вЂ“ 12 CLASSIFIED SPORTS 7 1 вЂ“ 12 DOW JONES QE NYMEX 17,537.13 13,590.49 78.62 -17.34 -0.10% +61.82 +0.46% +0.71 +0.91% Latest Figures pu QatarвЂ™s offer to buy the company behind the landmark Canary Wharf office quarter was rejected yesterday. Songbird, the property firm which controls 69% of Canary Wharf Group, said in a statement that its management had rejected a joint takeover approach from sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and US company Brookfield Property Partners. The cash bid, pitched at 295 pence per share and valuing Songbird at almost ВЈ2.2bn ($3.5bn), had been revealed on Thursday. Business Page 1 WORLD | Crime Crackdown on вЂ�dark marketsвЂ™ A global crackdown has shut down dozens of online вЂњdark marketsвЂќ selling illegal goods and services and masking their identities using the Tor encryption network, officials said yesterday. The joint operation by US and European law enforcement arrested 17 people in a massive international operation against the underground bazaars. вЂњIt is a plain fact that criminals use advanced technology to commit their crimes and conceal evidence,вЂќ said Assistant US Attorney General Leslie Caldwell. ASIA | Summit Japan and China leaders to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to hold their first summit next week, reports said yesterday, after presiding over two years of animosity between AsiaвЂ™s two biggest economies. The countries have вЂњagreed to arrange a summit next weekвЂќ in Beijing on the sidelines of the APEC forum, JapanвЂ™s national broadcaster NHK said. Page 9 in Blatter praises QatarвЂ™s efforts Company rejects QIA proposal d SPORT | World Cup BUSINESS | Property Vol. XXXV No. 9535 November 8, 2014 Moharram 15, 1436 AH www. gulf-times.com 2 Riyals Many new roads to be ready in three years In brief Joseph Blatter, president of world soccerвЂ™s governing body FIFA, has affirmed that вЂњthe State of Qatar won the honour of organising the 2022 with transparency and maturity and is now working hard to build and equip facilities for the World CupвЂќ. Blatter described in remarks to the QatarвЂ™s Al Sharq newspaper that the accusations and criticisms against Qatar as вЂњnothing more than being just a smoke in the air and that the charges could not be confirmed as there was no evidence to support these allegations so far on the groundвЂќ. The FIFA president said the вЂњ timing of the tournament has not yet been resolvedвЂќ. Blatter praised the great efforts being made by Qatar in the field of sports facilities, noting that вЂњQatar is seeking to build modern and advanced facilitiesвЂќ. Sport Page 1 he R is bl TA 978 A 1 Q since GULF TIMES SATURDAY The new roads are expected to improve the traffic flow in the city and surroundings By Ramesh Mathew Staff Reporter HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani holding talks with Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah in Doha yesterday. Sheikh Tamim holds talks with KuwaitвЂ™s Emir QNA Doha H H the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday discussed with visiting Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah the close and cordial relations and ways to further support and develop them in different spheres. During the meeting, which was held at DohaвЂ™s Hamad International Airport, the two leaders reviewed the prospects of supporting joint GCC work towards more integration, especially all that would achieve the common interests in addition to the regional and international developments of common interest. The meeting was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Min- ister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and a number of sheikhs and ministers. From the Kuwaiti side, the meeting was attended by KuwaitвЂ™s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah and senior Kuwaiti officials. Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) secretary-general Dr Abdullatif Rashid al-Zayani also attended the meeting. The Kuwaiti Emir, accompanied by a delegation, was on a short fraternal visit to Doha. The Kuwait Emir also visited the United Arab Emirates yesterday. In Abu Dhabi, he was received by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Yemeni president brings Houthis into new govt Reuters Sanaa Y emenвЂ™s president has announced a new cabinet including members of the Shia Houthi group, state media said yesterday, in a move that could help end a crippling standoff in the Arab nation. Under a power-sharing agreement signed last month, the Houthis are meant to withdraw their forces from Sanaa once a new administration is formed. Tensions rose last week when they set an ultimatum for President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to form a government within 10 days or face вЂњother optionsвЂќ. The new government will be headed by prime minister-designate Khalid Bahah, a former oil minister and ambassador to the UN. The 34 ministers named on state television and news agency Saba include half a dozen Houthi loyalists, whose portfolios will include the civil service and social affairs. Once a religious movement seeking greater autonomy in the north, the Houthis have in recent months become YemenвЂ™s power-brokers and sent their militiamen into the west and centre of the country, far beyond their traditional redoubts. Page 3 and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Sabah discussed вЂњthe progress of the GCCвЂќ during yesterdayвЂ™s meetings, UAE official Wam news agency said. Gulf foreign ministers will meet in Doha on Monday to prepare ground for the annual GCC summit, set for December 9. Sheikh Sabah also paid a brief visit to Manama yesterday during which he met with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah. The official Bahrain News Agency said that the meeting reviewed bilateral relations and the march of the GCC as well as ways of enhancing common Gulf action. The two leaders discussed the latest regional and international developments and exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual interest. Clashes hit refugee camp A number of new roads, which are in the ambitious Expressway Programme of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), are expected to be completed in the next three years, according to the 2013-2014 annual report. The new roads are expected to improve the traffic п¬‚ow in the city and surroundings. Prominent among the projects undertaken by the countryвЂ™s road planners are the West and East Corridors which provide vital connectivity for the western areas with Hamad International Airport (HIA). The two massive highways together cost the exchequer close to QR4bn. Their works are expected to be complete in the middle of 2017. Ashghal is to take up a total of 14 new road projects, worth about QR20.31bn next year as part of its Expressway programme, Gulf Times reported recently. A total of 12 projects worth QR18.21bn have been taken up so far. This year also saw the completion of four major roads. A total of 11 Expressway projects are under different phases of construction across Qatar. While the authority awarded works worth approximately QR12.9bn in 2012-13, the п¬Ѓgure tripled to QR38.4bn in this п¬Ѓnancial year, Ashghal president and senior engineer Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi said in a message in the annual report. The Western corridor has four twolevel interchanges on the New Industrial Area Road, the West Industrial Area, the East Industrial Street and the Al Aziziya Extension; the East Corridor has a four-level interchange on the Al Wakrah bypass and two-level interchanges at the Barwa Access, Najma Street Extension and Al Matar Street. Works on both the corridors are currently on. The corridors, it is pointed out, would give strategic links with the southern side of the city as well. They also connect the areas lying on with the Orbital Highway and Truck routes to HIA. The new interchanges being built will provide access to residential areas on the Al Matar Street, the Najma Street Extension, the Barwa Access Road and a new Al Wakrah bypass. It is also pointed out that nearly 600 trees have been uprooted from the construction areas and replanted on other locations in their neighbourhood as part of the countryвЂ™s commitment to protect the environment. The new areas will have approximately 500sq km of landscaping. The 15-km-long QR1.046bn Dukhan Central Highway, starting on the western side of the Wajba Interchange and ending on the eastern side of Al Shahaniya town, is among the major ongoing works. The eight-lane road (with four lanes on either side) is expected to be completed by the last quarter of 2016. The ongoing QR2.33bn Al Muntazah Street extension, comprising an 8-km dual carriageway between the Eastern Industrial Road interchange and Woqod Interchange will be operational in the last quarter of 2016, according to the report. Besides the six graded interchanges, some of which are under construction, the project will also feature a tunnel to Barwa City. The QR837mn F-Ring Project between Al Muntazah and Al Matar streets is intended to provide straight access to HIA. A direct link to the cityвЂ™s southern areas is another major ongoing work. The main highlight is the construction of a 7.2km road of international standards, with either three or four lanes on either side. As part of the project, dedicated cycle paths and pedestrian ways are also planned. When completed the project is expected to streamline the mobility and reduce traffic congestion with greater access to HIA. AFP Jerusalem S tone-throwing Palestinians battled Israeli police in a refugee camp in East Jerusalem yesterday as the top EU diplomat warned of a new wave of violence if peace efforts remain deadlocked. Clashes shook the Shuafat camp for a third straight day, with security forces п¬Ѓring tear gas at crowds of youths who set alight tyres and rubbish bins. Community officials say the wave of unrest is fuelled by a sense of hopelessness resulting from IsraelвЂ™s policies in East Jerusalem, which have left many youths with a sense they have nothing to lose. Page 5 An image from a billboard put up by Ashghal at a location near Barwa Village to inform commuters of the ongoing works of the East Corridor. Obama approves sending 1,500 more troops to Iraq AFP Washington P resident Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to aid Baghdad government and Kurdish forces п¬Ѓghting the Islamic State (IS) group, roughly doubling the number of US troops in the country, the White House said yesterday. The 1,500 troops will include a group of advisers to help Iraqi forces plan operations and a group of trainers who will be deployed across the country, officials said, as Washington steps up the pressure on the IS militants. Some of the advisers will be deployed to western Anbar province, where the Iraqi army has been forced to retreat from advancing IS militants, a defence official who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP. Some of the additional troops will begin to arrive in Iraq in the next several weeks, the official said. вЂњAs a part of our strategy for strengthening partners on the ground, President Obama today authorised the deployment of up to 1,500 additional US military personnel in a non-combat role to train, advise, and assist Iraqi security forces, including Kurdish forces,вЂќ a statement said. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended the move to Obama based on a request from the Iraqi government and the assessment of US Central Command, which is overseeing the air war against the IS militants, the Pentagon said. The deployment coincides вЂњwith the development of a coalition campaign plan to defend key areas and go on the offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantвЂќ, it said, referring to IS п¬Ѓghters who have grabbed large areas of Iraq and neighbouring Syria. The training will focus on 12 Iraqi brigades - nine Iraqi army and three Peshmerga brigades, the Pentagon said. The training sites will be located in northern, western, and southern Iraq and вЂњcoalition partners will join US personnel at these locations to help build Iraqi capacity and capabilityвЂќ, it added. Page 4 2 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 QATAR School brawl students released T he Public Prosecution has released 17 students, who were arrested by the police after a п¬Ѓght broke out at a local independent school earlier this week, local Arabic daily Arrayah reported yesterday. The students, of Al Mana Independent Secondary School, who were involved in the п¬Ѓght, were released after they renounced their personal claims in the issue. Quoting the parents concerned, Arrayah had reported on Thursday that while three students were referred to the juvenile section, the others had to spend a night at Al Rayyan police station. However, the parents of the students told the daily that the school could have contained the situation within its campus and should not have got the police into it. They have also submitted a compliant to the Supreme Education Council (SEC) against the schoolвЂ™s action. The parents concerned, argue that the school should have called them п¬Ѓrst and tried to contain the situation and settle the issue in a friendly manner. вЂњThat they were arrested by the police is a difficult situation for the young students. The school should try to discipline students with proper pedagogical means, especially when the case was just a simple п¬Ѓght,вЂќ one parent said. However, Saad Ahmed alDirham, deputy school director for administration and students affairs, said that the decision to call the police after the п¬Ѓght broke out was completely compliant with the law. вЂњCalling the police in such situations is not a new procedure. SEC instructions indicate that security should be called in case of a big trouble, and the discipline strategy gives us the right to do so,вЂќ pointed out al-Dirham. Outlets closed for selling food unfit for human use The director of Doha Municipality has issued an administrative decision to close a bakery, a restaurant and sweet shop for 15 days, local Arabic daily Arrayah reported yesterday. The outlets were closed for selling food unfit for human consumption and also made in unhealthy conditions in breach of law No.8 of 1990 regarding the regulations of control over food for human consumption and its amendments. Similarly, a supermarket was closed for 14 days within the limits of Al-Daayen Municipality for violating the standards of keeping and handling foods. Another supermarket was closed at AlRayyan Municipality for 15 days for keeping expired foods. A shop was closed for 10 days at Umm Slalal Municipality for not abiding by the proper hygienic regulations for handling food materials, Arrayah added. More than 42% of school students obese: study A new study conducted by Qatar UniversityвЂ™s (QU) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has shown that 42.6% of school students are obese or overweight, local Arabic daily Arrayah has reported. This marks a 3.6% increase over the rate вЂ“ 39% - revealed by a study conducted by the Childhood Cultural Centre in 2009, the report adds. Dr Mohamed Ahmedna, associate dean for research at QU, said random samples were taken from a number of schools. Out of 1,108 pupils aged between nine and 12 years, 472 were found obese or overweight. Such students were also found to be not eating fruits and vegetables as well as not engaging in physical activity in their leisure time, according to the report. Dr Ahmedna said to improve the situation, the university is executing a project named вЂњAqdarвЂќ (I can) to bring about positive changes in childrenвЂ™s lifestyles. The project includes holding a 15-day health camp during the mid-year vacation for weight loss and delivering lectures at the end of a study day. These are followed by monitoring the weight loss through the Internet, the report further says. 60% of regionвЂ™s waste water п¬‚ows into sea: report The Middle East has huge prospects in the water space, especially when it comes to optimising TSE utilisation A pproximately 40% to 60% of the regionвЂ™s waste water is discharged into the sea when it could be stored and reused for other purposes, according to ArcadisвЂ™ 2014 Middle East Aquifer Recharge report. вЂњThe region should use treated sewage effluent (TSE) as the precious resource it is and stop thinking of it as waste or a useless by-product,вЂќ said Titia De Mes, Water for Industry Leader, Middle East, Arcadis. вЂњTSE can and should be recycled, but this requires a change in thinking from be- ing a choice and a cost to a necessity and investment вЂ“ the optimal choice for the Middle East is aquifer recharge and recovery.вЂќ Arcadis is a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy п¬Ѓrm working in partnership with clients to deliver sustainable outcomes through the application of design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services. The report reveals that merely 60% of TSE could be stored in the aquifer and used at a later time through various approaches, highlighting three different methods of aquifer recharge вЂ“ aquifer storage & recovery, aquifer storage transfer and recovery and aquifer recharge and recovery. The different techniques involve water that is re-injected back into the aquifer for later recovery, whether it is used by a single well, stored for a prolonged period and pumped through another well, enabling natural treatment or built with infrastructure or an existing landscape, such as a wadi, to enhance groundwater inп¬Ѓltration, also enabling natural treatment. Further, the report highlights the key discrepancy of TSE planning and implementation across the GCC countries. Doha and Abu Dhabi are currently pumping excess desalinated water in the aquifer to act as emergency storage whereas other key cities are still in the middle of research for the use of TSE, it is observed. вЂњThe outcomes of aquifer QRC doctors treat Mauritanian children with defective hearts A medical team from Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has performed a number of cardiac catheterisation procedures for free in Mauritania, beneп¬Ѓting dozens of poor children who were born with congenital heart diseases. The doctors have used latest catheterisation technologies to treat defective heart valves and ventricular septal defects (VSDs). Of the 97 children, at least 30 were catheterised after they were found medically and physiologically п¬Ѓt. The project was co-ordinated with the National Centre of Cardiology, Nouakchott, and the Mauritanian Red Crescent. QRC secretary-general Saleh bin Ali al-Mohannadi said the three doctors have voluntarily contributed their efforts for the programme. вЂњSometimes, thousands of poor children with congenital heart diseases (often the cause death before turning 16) rely on such missions,вЂќ he noted. The mission also distributed gifts and toys to the children in a bid to provide psychological support. It also intends to help young patients to respond well to treatment. The cardiac catheterisation programme of QRC was launched in 2004 and implemented in many countries including Sudan, Morocco, Mauritania, recharge are good for countries economically and environmentally вЂ“ saving costs, reducing the carbon footprint and improving the environment. While the region is progressing, there is still an essential requirement for overcoming constraints вЂ“ the next step involves engaging the regional water community, government bureaus and ministries and associated industries in a conversation that can lead to implementing rules and regulations,вЂќ said De Mes. The Middle East has huge prospects in the water space, especially when it comes to optimising TSE utilisation. Industry experts need to drive environmental change, local development and ultimately create sustainable solutions, it is further noted. FM meets UN envoy The Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah meeting with the UN special envoy for Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura in Doha yesterday. They exchanged views on the developments of the Syrian crisis. MoI selects staff for Umrah pilgrimage The Ministry of Interior (MoI) will send a group of selected staff members from different departments on Umrah as it has done in previous years. As part of preparations for the journey, the organising committee held an introductory meeting for the participants at the MoIвЂ™s Al Bidda Auditorium last week. The programme was attended by Umrah pilgrimage superviser Maj Hussain Aman al-Ali, administrative and financial in-charge Capt Nasser Abdullah Mohamed and Islamic preacher Sheikh Ahmad Ziyad from the Ministry of Awqaf. A total of 50 employees have been selected for the trip this year. Maj al-Ali welcomed participants of the Umrah pilgrimage, who were selected in view of their outstanding performance and service, and stressed that the objective of the mission is to spread the spirit of love and brotherhood among the ministryвЂ™s staff and give them the opportunity to visit the Holy Land and identify the most important and prominent Islamic legacies. Capt Mohamed said organising the Umrah trip for individuals with distinguished performance, from among the male and female staff members of the MoI, has become an annual tradition as the ministry considers it as a kind of recognition for those employees. He explained that the candidates for Umrah are nominated on the basis of certain criteria stipulated by a committee. WISH partners with WISE to conduct health study T he World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has held a special debate on education and wellbeing in partnership with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The event marked the п¬Ѓrst collaboration between the two global initiatives of Qatar Foundation aiming to ensure impactful outcomes in healthcare innovation and education in Qatar, the region and across the globe. The joint panel between WISH and WISE was formed as a reп¬‚ection of HH Sheikha Moza bint NasserвЂ™s global work, aiming to explore and highlight the link between healthy children and happy children. Moderated by Dr Harry Anthony Patrinos, manager, Educational Global Practice at the World Bank Group, the panel investigated integrated approaches to understanding the relationship between education attainment and wellbe- ing, and explored some of the projects and initiatives that are leading the way in this п¬Ѓeld. The panelists included Dr Mandana Arabi, executive director of Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences; Prof Sir Harry Burns, professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University; and Prof Marwan Awartani, president of Palestine Technical University and secretary general of the Universal Education Foundation: Learning for Well Being. WISH has also established the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children and Young People Forum, chaired by Prof the Lord Richard Layard, wellbeing programme director at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. The forum will further explore the role of education in wellbeing as part of its remit to produce evidence-based reports and provide recommendations for policymakers at the second WISH Summit taking place in February 2015 in Qatar. Prof the Lord Darzi of Denham, executive chair, WISH, said: вЂњWISH and WISE share a passionately held belief that emerging global challenges can only be overcome with innovation and increased collaboration. The link between education and wellness is increasingly well documented, and I am conп¬Ѓdent that our experts can identify the best way forward. Together, we are working for a healthier, bettereducated world for all.вЂќ Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali alThani, chairman, WISE, said: вЂњThe Education and Wellbeing panel is an important contribution to the emerging consensus on the need for a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to the great challenges of our global age. Combining the expertise of WISH with the reach and experience of WISE provides an unrivaled platform from which to tackle this issue.вЂќ A QRC mission doctor comforts a child before the operation. Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon. Covering 160 operations pegged at QR2,240,000, the programme is focusing on children with birth heart anomalies living in poor countries. The average cost of treatment is QR14,000. Four-year-old Mahfouz was examined in 2011 by the п¬Ѓrst QRC mission to Mauritania. Back then, the doctors rejected him because his weight was not enough for cardiac catheterisation. However, he qualiп¬Ѓed for the treatment after three years and doctors had successfully closed the hole in his heart. Ahmed Ould SidвЂ™Ahmed Agg, secretary-general, Mauritanian ministry of health, thanked the medical team saying the Qatari mission is an example of brotherly co-operation between the two countries. вЂњWe at the Ministry of Health are willing to sustain and deepen this relationship,вЂќ he stressed. WISH-WISE panel at WISE 2014 in Doha. Sales of sport equipment rise as temperature drops By Joey Aguilar Staff Reporter A s the drop in temperature makes conditions favourable for outdoor activities, sales of outdoor sport equipment and accessories have started increasing, a supervisor at a leading sport shop in Qatar told Gulf Times. He said their weekly bicycle sales have increased to 21% since the second week of October. Sales of bicycles for children have also risen signiп¬Ѓcantly since last month. With races being organised regularly, he said that many cyclists have started upgrading their bicycles, including spare parts and accessories. Groups such as Qatar Chain Reac- An increasing number of cycling races and other events in Qatar have helped push sales of bicycles and outdoor sport equipment and accessories. tion hold cycling competitions regularly. The sports shop has been receiving an average of 35 racer bikes per week for repair and maintenance, according to the supervisor. вЂњMany residents, especially Qataris, have become health- conscious and are very active in cycling,вЂќ he said. One of his regular male Qatari customers told him that he had to be physically п¬Ѓt before joining training in the armed forces as a reservist. Part of their preparation includes biking a minimum of 20km a day and 100km every weekend. Some have enrolled in mixed martial arts (MMA) training centres in Doha while others prefer hiring personal trainers. The supervisor said these were some of the reasons behind the surge in sales of their MMA equipment, apparel and training accessories such as punching bags, boxing gloves, hand wraps, shin guards, helmets, shorts and shirts. The shop has also recorded a signiп¬Ѓcant increase in sales of вЂњgiвЂќ or uniform used in taekwondo and karate. Besides bicycles, he said sales of shoes, sports apparel and accessories for running and triathlon (for both males and females) was also up due to the increasing number of fun runs and running activities organised during this time of the year. The demand for indoor sports goods (table tennis and badminton, among others) has apparently started slowing except for gym equipment such as bars and plates. The shop has received several quotations from existing and newly opened gyms in the country, including those in the Wakrah area. вЂњDemand for treadmills and cross trainers have slowed down a little probably because many people want to do their workouts outdoors,вЂќ he pointed out. вЂњBut many gyms have opened recently and some people prefer staying indoors to exercise.вЂќ With the regular hosting of various international and national sports competitions, the supervisor said new sports shops and bigger bike centres will open in the coming months. вЂњOur sales will surely be affected because some shops will sell brands that we donвЂ™t have, such as high-end bikes,вЂќ he said. Sales at their branches may vary due to factors such as location and size of the shop. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 3 REGION Tehran stalls probe into вЂ�bomb researchвЂ™: IAEA Reuters Vienna I ran is failing to address suspicions it may have worked on designing an atomic bomb, according to the latest report by a UN watchdog, potentially complicating efforts by world powers to reach a deal with Tehran on its nuclear programme. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tehran had still not provided information it was due to produce more than two months ago to help advance a long-running IAEA inquiry into suspected nuclear weapons research. The conп¬Ѓdential document was issued to IAEA member states less than three weeks before the November 24 deadline by which Iran and six global powers are seeking to end a decade-old standoff over its atomic activities. вЂњIran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures,вЂќ it said. The IAEA was referring to two steps that Iran had agreed to carry out by late August, by pro- viding information concerning allegations of explosives tests and other activity that could be used to develop nuclear bombs. Iran denies any intention of seeking atomic weapons, saying its nuclear programme is aimed at generating electricity. The UN agency said the two sides last met on November 2 in the Iranian capital and had agreed to meet again as soon as possible, but not before November 24. вЂњThere is no progress, basically,вЂќ one diplomat familiar with the Iran п¬Ѓle said. The continuing deadlock in the IAEAвЂ™s investigation sug- gests that any renewed headway will probably have to wait until after the negotiations between Iran and the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia are concluded. Iran wants the talks to lead to a removal of international sanctions on its oil-dependent economy, but Western officials say it must step up co-operation with the IAEA to help clarify long-standing concerns about TehranвЂ™s nuclear ambitions. While the six powers want Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment programme - and thereby lengthen the timeline for any covert bid to assemble nuclear arms - the IAEA is investigating allegations of past Iranian research on designing an actual bomb. Even though it has long been clear that the IAEAвЂ™s inquiry into the possible military dimensions of IranвЂ™s programme will not be completed before the target date for a deal with the powers, Western diplomats had hoped for more progress by now. Iran and the powers will meet in Vienna from November 18 to try to seal a long-term agreement resolving a standoff that over the last decade has raised fears of a new Middle East war. Experts differ on the need for Iran to come clean about all its alleged bomb-related work: some say that full disclosure is necessary to make sure that any such research has since ceased, while others argue this objective can be achieved without a full вЂњconfessionвЂќ. Israel and hawkish US lawmakers may pounce on any accord if they feel it does not sufп¬Ѓciently resolve the issue. вЂњConcrete progress is needed on the central issue of whether Iran has worked on nuclear Iran draft bill seeks lashes and п¬Ѓnes for dog lovers Supporters of Saleh protest over threat of UN sanctions SalehвЂ™s General PeopleвЂ™s Congress (GPC) party warns that any sanctions will exacerbate the crisis in Yemen AFP Sanaa T housands of supporters of YemenвЂ™s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Shia rebels took to the streets yesterday to protest threatened UN sanctions against the ousted strongman and insurgent chiefs. Saleh, who stepped down in early 2012 after a year of Arab Spring-inspired protests, is seen as the main backer of Houthi rebels who have overrun the capital and several other areas since September. Protesters, many brandishing machineguns, gathered in Tahrir Square in the capital Sanaa, chanting slogans hailing Saleh and condemning Washington for proposing the sanctions. вЂњThe people want Ali Abdullah Saleh,вЂќ they chanted, warning President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi: вЂњWe shall not listen to America!вЂќ SalehвЂ™s General PeopleвЂ™s Congress (GPC) party called the protests, warning that any sanctions would exacerbate the crisis in Yemen, which has been gripped by years of instability. The UN Security Council was set to endorse the US-drafted proposal to slap a visa ban and assets freeze on Saleh and two of his allies, Shia Houthi rebel commanders Abd al-Khaliq al- Houthi and Abdullah Yahya alHakim, diplomats in New York said on Tuesday. The GPC has accused the US embassy in Sanaa of giving an ultimatum to Saleh to leave by yesterday or face sanctionsвЂ”a claim that Washington has denied. Saleh served as YemenвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst president after uniп¬Ѓcation in 1990 but quit under a regional peace plan. The Houthi rebels fought Saleh while he was in power but the former foes now appear to be allies. Protesters carried portraits of Saleh along with pictures of rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi. Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthi is the younger brother of the rebel chief and was among the commanders who oversaw the storming of Sanaa in September. Hakim is Abdulmalik alHouthiвЂ™s military second-incommand. The 15 members of the Security Council had until yesterday evening to raise objections before the proposal returns to the sanctions committee for action. The top UN body in August called on the Houthi rebels to end their armed uprising against President Hadi and warned of sanctions against those who threaten the stability of Yemen, which is a key US ally in the п¬Ѓght against Al Qaeda. The turmoil has raised fears that the impoverished country, which neighbours Saudi Arabia and lies on the key shipping route from the Suez Canal to the Gulf, may become a failed state. The Houthis, also known as Ansarullah, have been able to expand their territory largely unchallenged by government forces, taking control of the capital, the key port of Hudeida, and the provinces of Ibb and Dhamar. The only real resistance they have faced has come from Sunni tribes and Al Qaeda militants. Fifteen rebels were killed when armed tribesmen attacked a Houthi assembly point near the central town of Rada with guns and rocket-propelled grenades late Thursday, tribal sources said. Al QaedaвЂ™s leader in Yemen accused the Shia rebels of collaborating with the United States and Iran to try to вЂњdestroyвЂќ Sunni Muslims. An audio message purported to be from Nasser al-Wuhayshi, posted online yesterday, says the aim of the вЂњcrusaders and the Iranians is to destroy effective Sunni forces and the faithful mujahideen, and to empower their collaboratorsвЂќ. Al Qaeda uses the term crusaders to refer to Western powers, especially those countries which have intervened militarily in Muslim countries. US drones conduct frequent raids against militants of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is considered by Washington as the most dangerous arm of the jihadist organisation. вЂњHouthis have joined in, taking their role alongside the Iranians and the crusaders in the war: the Americans from the air, and the Houthis on the ground,вЂќ Wuhayshi said in the recording posted on YouTube. weapons and is maintaining a capability to revive such efforts,вЂќ said US expert David Albright and former IAEA chief inspector Olli Heinonen said in a commentary this week. The US-based Arms Control Association said it would be naive to think that IranвЂ™s leaders would admit to any bomb work. The main goal should be for an agreement to ensure that the IAEA obtains sufficient information to determine that Iran has halted any such activity, the research and advocacy group said. AFP Tehran D Supporters of YemenвЂ™s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh demonstrate in Sanaa yesterday. Top Qaeda leader killed by Yemen forces: report Yemeni security forces have killed a senior Al Qaeda operative in the southern province of Lahij, where he was known as the groupвЂ™s local chief, state media said yesterday. Saba news agency, quoting an unnamed security official, said that Turki al-Assiri, a Saudi also known as Marwan al-Mekki, was shot dead on Thursday in the Tuban region. He was killed as he resisted arrest and one of his companions was wounded and detained, the official said. Assiri вЂњwas an Al Qaeda leader and its emir in LahijвЂќ, the official added. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which operates in Yemen, is classified by the United States as the networkвЂ™s deadliest franchise. Last month Washington slapped $45mn in rewards on the heads of AQAP leaders in Yemen. AQAP was born out of a 2009 merger of its franchises in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The group has exploited instability in the impoverished country since a 2011 uprising overthrew president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen has joined forces with the United States to target the militant network, and the group has come under repeated deadly strikes by drones. On Wednesday, AQAP announced the death of two top commanders, Shawki alBaadani and Nabil al-Dahab, in drone raids on Monday. Tribal sources had said at least 20 militants were killed in those strikes. The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but US officials rarely confirm individual strikes. og lovers in Iran could face up to 74 lashes under plans by lawmakers that would ban keeping the pets at home or walking them in public. A draft bill, signed by 32 members of the parliament, would also authorise heavy п¬Ѓnes for offenders, the reformist Shargh newspaper reported. Dogs are not common in Iran, although some families do keep them behind closed doors and, especially in more affluent areas, walk them outside. IranвЂ™s morality police, who deploy in public places, have previously stopped dog walkers and either cautioned them or conп¬Ѓscated the animals. But if the new bill is passed by parliament then those guilty of dog-related offences could face lashes or п¬Ѓnes ranging from 10mn rials to 100mn rials ($370 to $3,700 at official rates). Patting dogs or coming into contact with their saliva is seen as вЂњnajisвЂќвЂ”direct contact and behaviour that leaves the body uncleanвЂ”in the Islamic Republic. вЂњAnyone who walks or plays with animals such as dogs or monkeys in public places will damage Islamic culture, as well as the hygiene and peace of others, especially women and children,вЂќ the draft law states. Conп¬Ѓscated animals would be sent to zoos, forests or the wilderness, it said. The law, however, would exempt police, farmers and hunters from the penalties, which are mostly aimed at dog owners living in apartment buildings in big cities such as Tehran, according to the Shargh report on Thursday. Senior officials have warned against dog ownership, including IranвЂ™s police chief General Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam who two years ago said his officers would вЂњdeal with those who carry dogs in publicвЂќ. Thousands mourn Saudi attack victims AFP Riyadh T Mourners attend yesterday the funeral of eight people killed by masked gunmen in the town of Al Dalwa in Saudi ArabiaвЂ™s Eastern Province. housands of mourners joined yesterday the funeral of eight people killed during an unprecedented rampage against minority Shias in Saudi ArabiaвЂ™s Eastern Province. Seven of the dead were killed when masked gunmen opened п¬Ѓre on Monday night at a crowd in Al Dalwa town, as Shias commemorated Ashura. An eighth from a neighbouring village was killed by the assailants as they robbed his car to use in the attack, residents and local press said. Mourners poured into Al Dalwa from across the kingdom, a witness told AFP, saying that some also came from neighbouring Bahrain. вЂњSunnis and Shias, we are brothers! We shall not abandon our homeland,вЂќ chanted mourn- ers, according to footage aired online, amid calls to reject sectarianism. Senior officials in the kingdom have denounced the вЂњterroristвЂќ attack, which also led to the deaths of two policemen in a shootout with alleged suspects. Posters of the deceased Sunni policemen were carried in the funeral. Interior Minister Prince Mohamed bin Nayef on Wednesday evening visited families of the murdered civilians, as well as the wounded in hospital, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The kingdomвЂ™s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, said such crimes вЂњare against the teachings of Islam and create chaos among the ummahвЂќ, or community of believers, SPA reported. Since 2011 protests and sporadic attacks on security forces have occurred in Shia areas of Eastern Province. 4 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 ARAB WORLD Two dead as Mursi supporters clash with police Agencies Cairo T wo people were killed yesterday when supporters of EgyptвЂ™s ousted president Mohamed Mursi clashed with police and residents outside Cairo, security officials said. In the province of Fayoum, south of the capital, violence erupted after Mursi supporters staged a protest following Friday prayers, leading to the death of a 19-year-old student. Security officials said police used teargas after protesters п¬Ѓred birdshot at them. The exact cause of the studentвЂ™s death was not immediately clear, said health ministry official Medhat Shukri. He added that three policemen were also wounded in the clashes. Another person was killed when pro-Mursi protesters clashed in the Ain Shams district northeast of Cairo with residents opposed to the Islamist president, who was toppled by the army last year. Two other people were wounded in the clashes which erupted after the protesters п¬Ѓred birdshot and live rounds at Ain Shams residents, a Cairo police official said. Security officials said that 13 people who took part in protests yesterday in support of Mursi were arrested, including п¬Ѓve in Fayoum who were found in possession of petrol bombs. Supporters of Mursi still attempt to stage protests demanding his reinstatement, but their rallies have dwindled amid a deadly government crackdown since the army ousted the Islamist last year. At least 1,400 people have been killed in the crackdown, while more than 15,000 have been jailed and hundreds sentenced to death. The authorities have tightened security around universities after more than a dozen students were killed in violence sparked by pro-Mursi protests during the last academic year. In other violence yesterday, a soldier and a civilian were killed and one person was wounded when gunmen opened п¬Ѓre on an army checkpoint near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, security sources said. The Brotherhood maintains it is a peaceful movement and denies involvement in anti-state violence that the government says has killed more than 500 people, mostly police and soldiers, since MursiвЂ™s ouster. Attacks are often claimed by Islamist militants based mainly in the Sinai Peninsula, where the Egyptian army began clearing residents last week to create a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip following attacks that killed 33 soldiers. Iraq army corruption helped IS: top cleric Reuters Baghdad I A picture taken yesterday from the Turkish southeastern border city of Mursitpinar shows peshmerga fighters running in front of destroyed buildings in the Syrian city of Kobane. Peshmerga blunt, donвЂ™t break, siege of Kobane Some villages have been taken back but the frontlines in the town itself are little changed Reuters Mursitpinar, , Turkey/Beirut I raqi Kurdish forces have blunted but not broken the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobane, a week after arriving to great fanfare with heavy weapons and п¬Ѓghters in a bid to save it from Islamic State. Kobane has become a test of the US-led coalitionвЂ™s ability to halt the advance of the insurgents. The town is one of the few areas in Syria where it can co-ordinate air strikes with operations by an effective ground force. The arrival of the Iraqi Kurd peshmerga, or вЂњthose who face deathвЂќ, with armoured vehicles and artillery, has enabled them to shell Islamic State positions around Kobane and take back some villages. But the frontlines in the town itself are little changed, its eastern part still controlled by the insurgents, and the west still largely held by the main Syrian Kurdish armed group, the YPG, and allied п¬Ѓghters. вЂњThere is no change at all in Kobane as a result of the peshmerga. Maybe one or two streets are gained then lost, back and forth,вЂќ said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war. вЂњISIS (Islamic State) posts are well entrenched in Kobane city, and the Kurds say they need more heavy weaponry to make a dent ... There also needs to be better co-ordination between the Kurdish units and coalition air forces,вЂќ he said, adding that Islamic State suicide attacks were also proving effective. The peshmerga entered Kobane in more than a dozen trucks and jeeps last Friday from Turkey, cheering and making victory signs. They were given a heroesвЂ™ welcome by Turkish Kurds and Syrian Kurdish refugees, angry at TurkeyвЂ™s refusal to send in its own troops and optimistic, as they lined the streets cloaked in Kurdish п¬‚ags, that the peshmerga would turn the tide. The Kurdistan Regional Government, which runs a semiautonomous region in northern Iraq, has made clear from the outset that its peshmerga п¬Ѓghters, numbering around 150, would not engage in direct combat in Kobane but rather provide artillery support to Syrian Kurds. вЂњOf course the presence of the peshmerga has been helpful because theyвЂ™re shelling ISIS positions, destroying their п¬Ѓghters and weapons,вЂќ Idris Nassan, a local official in Kobane, said by telephone. вЂњBecause of the peshmerga shelling weвЂ™ve stopped ISIS advances in the western rural areas as well as the east and southeastern frontline of the city,вЂќ he said. There was intense п¬Ѓghting in the days after their arrival, with heavy shelling and almost continuous gunп¬Ѓre as peshmerga forces and п¬Ѓghters from SyriaвЂ™s moderate rebel ranks helped the YPG push the Islamists out of some surrounding villages. Yesterday, a coalition jet bombed a site southwest of the town. No gunп¬Ѓre or shelling could be heard across the border. Nassan said that вЂњconstant shellingвЂќ by peshmerga forces had taken away some of Islamic StateвЂ™s ability to attack and that there had been good co-ordination between the Kurdish units and the Free Syrian Army, the moderate rebel п¬Ѓghters. A Reuters correspondent on the border said the intensity of the shelling had died down since then, and there had been no obvious change in the frontlines in the town itself. вЂњISIS brings new п¬Ѓghters and supplies all the time, so we need new п¬Ѓghters and supplies too,вЂќ Nassan said, adding Islamic State п¬Ѓghters had seized nine tanks in an attack on the ShaвЂ™ar gas п¬Ѓeld in central Syria which they were bringing to Kobane. The ShaвЂ™ar gas п¬Ѓeld, to the east of the city of Homs, has changed hands four times since July when Islamic State п¬Ѓghters п¬Ѓrst seized it. The Observatory said Syrian government forces retook it on Thursday. Hevi Mustefa, the Kurdish leader of the Syrian province of Afrin, said Islamic п¬Ѓghters were massing for an attack there, 200km to the west of Kobane. Afrin, which declared autonomy like Kobane and a third Kurdish-dominated region, Jazeera, now risks becoming вЂњanother KobaneвЂќ, Mustefa said during a visit to Ankara. raqвЂ™s most inп¬‚uential Shia cleric said yesterday corruption in the armed forces had enabled Islamic State to seize much of northern Iraq, criticism that will add to pressure for reforms in the face of an insurgency. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has become increasingly critical of Iraqi leaders following Islamic StateвЂ™s lightning advance created IraqвЂ™s worst crisis since a US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussain in 2003. IraqвЂ™s army, recipient of $25bn in US training and funding, collapsed in the face of the onslaught. Further Islamic State gains and the beheading of Western hostages triggered USled air strikes. Speaking on live television through an aide in the holy southern city of Karbala, Sistani asked rhetorically what would happen if the military were corrupt. вЂњWe think that the security deterioration that happened some months ago can answer that,вЂќ Sistani said. вЂњObjectivity demands that the different military positions should be occupied by those who are professional, patriotic, faithful, courageous and not affected in doing their duties by personal and п¬Ѓnancial inп¬‚uences.вЂќ Sistani, whose word is law for millions of followers, went on to say that вЂњeven the smallest corruption is bigвЂќ. The 84-year-old cleric is a reclusive п¬Ѓgure and always delivers his public messages via a proxy. In the past few months, he has openly criticised Iraqi leaders and politicians, saying their bickering and sectarian differences were undermining Iraq. The comments about the army mark a deeper level of concern over the stability of Iraq. US air strikes have prevented Islamic State making further Police general killed as Iraq forces advance Militants shut down eastern Syria schools Reuters Beirut I slamic State has shut all schools in areas it controls in eastern Syria pending a religious revision of the curriculum, residents and a monitoring group said yesterday. Islamic State is tightening its rules on civilian life in Deir alZor province, which fell under near-complete control of the Islamist militant group this summer. The government still controls a military air base and other small pockets. The announcement came on Wednesday, after Islamic State held a meeting with school administrators at a local mosque on the outskirts of Deir al-Zor city, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors all sides of the conп¬‚ict. вЂњIslamic State informed them that teachers shall undergo a religious instructional course for one month, and that Islamic State officials were currently developing a new curriculum instead of the current вЂ�inп¬ЃdelвЂ™ education,вЂќ the Observatory statement said. At the start of the academic year in September, Islamic State revised the school curriculum in areas it controls, eliminating physics and chemistry while promoting Islamic teachings. Their latest move aims to further reduce the school day into several hours of religious learning at the expense of academic subjects, according to local activists. вЂњTheyвЂ™ve announced that they will only teach religion and a little bit of mathematics. Their rationale is that all knowledge belongs to the creator, so even the multiplication table shouldnвЂ™t be taught,вЂќ said an activist called Abu Hussein al-Deiri. Some locals protested the school shutdown, according to footage posted online by activists. It showed two dozen girls and boys appearing to be under 12 years of age marching with a few female teachers clad in black veils as required by Islamic State since the beginning of the academic year. The children chanted: вЂњWe want schoolвЂќ. large-scale advances since August, when the Al Qaeda offshoot beat back Kurdish peshmerga forces in the north and triggered a massive exodus of minority communities. Lacking a strong army, IraqвЂ™s government turned to Iranianbacked Shia militias. But their alleged violations of human rights have exacerbated sectarian tensions, with the Sunni minority complaining of kidnappings, torture and executions. Militia leaders deny those accusations. Britain has said it will send more army trainers to Iraq in coming weeks to support the Iraqi armed forcesвЂ™ battle against Islamic State. But even if more Western countries step up support for IraqвЂ™s military, the overriding question will be whether the Shia-led government can revive an alliance with Sunni tribesmen who helped defeat Al Qaeda during the US occupation. Leaders of the Albu Nimr tribe in Anbar province, which has seen hundreds of its members massacred over the past two weeks, say the Baghdad government and military ignored repeated pleas for help as Islamic State closed in on them. Islamic State has pressed its advances in Anbar, coming ever closer to Baghdad. It is now encircling the provinceвЂ™s largest air base, Ain al-Asad, and the vital Haditha dam on the Euphrates. Some tribal leaders acknowledge that the government may be reluctant to support Sunni п¬Ѓghters because weapons ended up in the hands of Islamic State before due to corruption. Nevertheless Sunni tribes are demanding help. вЂњIf the central government will not be able to give us military support soon, we will resort to other options, including requesting ground troops from the international coalition,вЂќ Sabah Karhoot, chief of the Anbar Provincial Council, told a news conference in Baghdad. Members of the Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters take part in a security deployment on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, on Thursday. A suicide bomber killed a senior Iraqi police officer in Baiji yesterday as security forces regained ground from militants in the strategic northern town, officials said. The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged tanker truck at a checkpoint in the Al Sinai area which officers had said was retaken more than a week before, killing Major General Faisal Ahmed and three other policeman, and wounding six. Three other suicide bombers driving military trucks failed to find targets in the same area. The bombing came after a senior officer told AFP that government forces now hold вЂњmore than 70%вЂќ of the townвЂ” including neighbourhoods in the south, east and northвЂ”and were battling to capture the rest. An army brigadier general also said that вЂњmajor progressвЂќ has been made in Baiji, and that the Iraqi flag has been raised over important buildings including the police headquarters. Iraqi forces entered the town, which had been under the control of IS for months, on October 31 after fighting their way up from the south. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 5 ARAB WORLD Clashes rock E Jerusalem refugee camp for third day Masked Palestinian youths prepare to throw stones during clashes with Israeli security forces in the refugee camp of Shuafat in East Jerusalem yesterday. The European UnionвЂ™s new foreign affairs chief says there is a real вЂњurgencyвЂќ to pick up and advance the moribund peace process AFP Jerusalem S tone-throwing Palestinians battled Israeli police in a refugee camp in East Jerusalem yesterday as the top EU diplomat warned of a new wave of violence if peace efforts remain deadlocked. Clashes shook the Shuafat camp for a third straight day with security forces п¬Ѓring teargas at crowds of youths who set light to tyres and rubbish bins. The camp descended into chaos on Wednesday after one of its residents deliberately ran down two groups of pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing a border policeman and injuring another nine people before being shot dead. Yesterday, a young Israeli also died of injuries sustained in the attackвЂ”the second of its kind in a fortnight. Police barred men of 35 and under from attending Friday prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City, for fear of a repeti- tion of heavy clashes there earlier this week that prompted Jordan to recall its ambassador. Police said that in the event the Old City was calm and 15,000 worshippers prayed at Al Aqsa without incident, with more than 1,300 police deployed to maintain order. Annexed East Jerusalem has been engulfed by violence over the past four months, with clashes occurring on an almost daily basis in several п¬‚ashpoint Palestinian neighbourhoods. Community officials say the wave of unrest is fuelled by a sense of hopelessness resulting from IsraelвЂ™s policies in East Jerusalem, which have left many youths with a sense they have nothing to lose. The anger has been further fuelled by IsraelвЂ™s ongoing settlement activities in the eastern sector of the city as well as efforts by far-right Jewish fringe groups to secure prayer rights at the Al Aqsa compound, which is holy to Jews as well as Muslims. Speaking on her п¬Ѓrst official visit to Jerusalem, the European UnionвЂ™s new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said there was a real вЂњurgencyвЂќ to pick up and advance the moribund peace process. вЂњThe risk is that if we do not move forward on the political track, we will go back... again to violence,вЂќ she told reporters. вЂњThatвЂ™s why I see the urgency in moving forward.вЂќ But she also п¬‚agged up IsraelвЂ™s settlement building on lands the Palestinians want for a future state as an вЂњobstacleвЂќ to a negotiated peace. Shortly afterwards, Mogherini met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who gave a terse statement dismissing all criticism of his settlement policy. вЂњI reject the п¬Ѓctitious claim that the root of the continuous conп¬‚ict is this or that settlement,вЂќ he said. вЂњJerusalem is our capital and as such is not a settlement.вЂќ Netanyahu ordered the security forces to either seal up or demolish the homes of any Palestinian involved in anti-Israeli attacks, an official said yesterday. He said the decision was вЂњapprovedвЂќ at a security meeting late on Thursday as part of a package of measures to restore calm in the city. Daniel Seidemann, an Israeli lawyer who tracks developments in East Jerusalem, said the last time such a punitive demolition was carried out was in April 2009 when the security forces razed the home of an East Jerusalem Palestinian who had killed three Israelis a year earlier. Gaza bombings spark new row between Fatah, Hamas AFP Gaza City A series of bombs in Gaza yesterday targeting the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas triggered a bitter new spat with rivals Hamas in a blow to reconciliation efforts. At least 10 blasts hit the homes and cars of several Fatah officials, triggering a furious response from the party which placed the blame squarely on Hamas, the de facto rulers in Gaza. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the early morning bombs. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who had been due to visit Gaza today with new EU foreign affairs chief Federica Women shout slogans during the demonstration in Amman yesterday. Protesters in Jordan call for scrapping peace deal Agencies Amman S everal thousand protesters took to the streets of Jordanian cities yesterday, calling on the government to scrap its peace deal with Israel following escalating violence at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. вЂњDeath to Israel,вЂќ crowds chanted in several cities, with activists demanding that IsraelвЂ™s embassy in Amman be closed. вЂњWhy are you keeping the embassy of the Jews? It should be demolished with everyone in it,вЂќ Sheikh Hamam, head of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood party, said in central Amman. вЂњRecalling the ambassador is a futile measure. It does not change anything. We demand on behalf of the people the scrapping of the shameful treaty,вЂќ he told the crowd. вЂњOur fight is over Al Aqsa, it is not in Iraq or in Syria,вЂќ he said, referring to JordanвЂ™s participation in a USled coalition conducting air strikes against militants in those countries. Jordan recalled its ambassador from Israel on WednesdayвЂ”the first time it has taken such action since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1994, denouncing what they called вЂњviolationsвЂќ at the Al Aqsa mosque. Tensions over the compound have fuelled repeated clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in recent weeks, culminating in a one-day closure of the mosque last month. Violence flared again in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank yesterday. Jordan blames Israel for the crisis, saying the rapid expansion of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land coupled with vocal demands by Jewish nationalists for greater access to the Jerusalem holy site have inflamed passions. вЂњAl Aqsa needs liberation and all of the people of Jordan are ready to wage jihad to liberate our sacred sites,вЂќ demonstrators chanted in Amman. Others sang a song that calls on Palestinians to вЂњrun down settlers in the streets, chase them everywhere and assault them with sticks and stonesвЂќ. Hamam told supporters that Netanyahu was вЂњa criminalвЂќ who вЂњneeds to understand that we are all ready to die for Al AqsaвЂќ. The crowd echoed him, chanting back: вЂњWe are coming to Jerusalem, martyrs by the millionsвЂќ and вЂњIsrael must be wiped out.вЂќ Banners were held up calling for вЂњthe liberation of Al AqsaвЂќ. Other placards said the shrine was вЂњa red lineвЂќ. Jordanian officials fear wider unrest in the West Bank could spill over into their own country, where a majority of the population are descendants of Palestinians who fled across the river Jordan following the creation of Israel in 1948. Some clashes broke out yesterday when dozens of youths from the sprawling Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman tried to reach a main highway, with security forces pushing them back, witnesses said. Jordan, which is a staunch US ally, has suggested the crisis over Jerusalem could imperil the 1994 peace treatyвЂ”a prospect that Amman never raised during much bloodier Israeli-Palestinian flare-ups, such as the July-August Gaza war. Israel has given repeated assurances it understands JordanвЂ™s concerns and does not seek to alter the status quo in the Muslim holy sites of Jerusalem. King AbdullahвЂ™s Hashemite monarchy has been custodian of the sites since 1924. Mogherini, promptly cancelled his trip. One of the explosions targeted a stage in western Gaza City set up for a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary on Tuesday of the death of veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who founded Fatah. This year is the п¬Ѓrst time in years a public commemoration of ArafatвЂ™s death is to be held in Gaza, which has been ruled by Hamas since 2007 when the movement ousted forces loyal to Fatah, sparking a bitter and sometimes bloody feud. For seven years, Gaza and the West Bank were ruled by separate administrations until the two factions inked a deal in April which led to the formation of a national unity government that took office in June. Based in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the unity governmentвЂ” which is formed of technocratsвЂ” has yet to fully take up its functions in Gaza where Hamas has remained the de facto authority. вЂњFatah condemns and deplores the explosions targeting the homes and property of its leaders and the stage,вЂќ said a statement from the party. вЂњBombing the stage is evidence that those behind the attacks are looking to derail the national unity agreement and the festival,вЂќ it said, demanding that the unity government investigate who was behind the attacks. Hamas also condemned the violence, describing it as a вЂњheinous crime aimed at damaging (GazaвЂ™s) internal stabilityвЂќ. вЂњHamas strongly condemns this criminal incident in which some Fatah houses were targeted. We call on the security forces to investigate and to bring the involved to justice,вЂќ spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement. Several top Fatah officials lashed out, placing full responsibility for the attacks on Hamas. вЂњThe Fatah central committee condemns the crimes which took place this morning against its leaders and lays the responsibility for these crimes upon Hamas,вЂќ senior Fatah official Nasser al-Qidwa told reporters in Ramallah. Azzam al-Ahmed, a top Fatah official who is responsible for all issues affecting the reconciliation efforts, said the fact that the Islamist movement had condemned the attacks вЂњdoes not absolve Hamas from bearing full responsibilityвЂќ. 6 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 AFRICA Tanzania rejects report that ivory was smuggled during XiвЂ™s visit Reuters/AFP Dar es Salaam T anzania has denied allegations by a campaign group that Chinese officials smuggled out large amounts of illegal ivory during a state visit by President Xi Jinping last year. Foreign Minister Bernard Membe rejected as вЂњliesвЂќ a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), which said members of XiвЂ™s large delegation of businessmen and officials had sent the ivory home in diplomatic bags on the presidential plane. China has called the allega- tions вЂњbaselessвЂќ. вЂњClaims that the Tanzanian government neither cares nor takes any action against ivory smugglers are false,вЂќ Membe told parliament. вЂњThe EIA report is fabricated... to tarnish the image of our country and our friend, the Chinese nation.вЂќ Poaching has risen in recent years across sub-Saharan Africa, where well-armed criminal gangs have killed elephants for tusks and rhinos for horns that are often shipped to Asia for use in ornaments and medicines. The situation has been most dramatic in Tanzania, where the EIA said elephants вЂњare again be- ing slaughtered en masse to feed a resurgent ivory tradeвЂќ, with 10,000 killed last year alone. International trade in ivory has been banned since 1989. Membe acknowledged that Tanzania was among the worldвЂ™s major sources of smuggled ivory, but denied that the Tanzanian and Chinese governments were involved in the illegal trade. He questioned the timing of the allegations, a week after Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete made a reciprocal state visit to China. вЂњThose who are spreading this cooked up report are jealous of ChinaвЂ™s success. They want to be the only ones doing trade with China, getting loans from China and attracting investors from China,вЂќ said Membe. вЂњTanzania is a sovereign country, we will not be forced to choose our friends.вЂќ Tanzania and China signed investment deals worth more than $1.7bn during KikweteвЂ™s visit to Beijing last month. The president said this week that China was his countryвЂ™s вЂњall weather friendвЂќ. In recent years, Chinese companies have signed deals to build a $1.2bn gas pipeline and a $3bn coal and iron ore mine project in Tanzania. Opposition leaders in the east African country called for an investigation into the allegations to be conducted by an international panel. вЂњIf the reports are established to be false, action should be taken against those who made the allegations. But if the allegations are proven true, stern diplomatic measures should be taken against our Chinese friends,вЂќ said opposition politician Zitto Kabwe. The EIA report said that the ivory buying spree sent prices soaring. When Xi visited in March last year, members of his government and business delegation bought so much ivory that local prices doubled to $700 per kilogramme, the UK-based EIA said in a report, citing ivory traders in the city of Dar es Salaam. вЂњWhen the guest come, the whole delegation, thatвЂ™s then time when the business goes up,вЂќ the EIA quoted a vendor named Suleiman as saying. The traders alleged that the buyers took advantage of a lack of security checks for diplomatic visitors to smuggle their purchases back to China on XiвЂ™s plane. Similar sales were made on a previous trip by ChinaвЂ™s former president Hu Jintao, the report said, adding that Chinese embas- sy staff have been вЂњmajor buyersвЂќ, since at least 2006. A Chinese navy visit to Tanzania last year by vessels returning from anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden вЂњprompted a surge in business for Dar es Salaambased ivory tradersвЂќ, it said. A Chinese national named Yu Bo was arrested during the naval visit as he attempted to enter the cityвЂ™s port in a lorry containing 81 elephant tusks which he planned to deliver to two mid-ranking Chinese naval officers, the EIA said. Yu was convicted by a local court in March and sentenced to 20 years in jail, it added. Ebola death toll nears 5,000 Reuters/AFP Geneva/Accra T he death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4,950 out of 13,241 cases in the three worst-hit countries of West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday, calling for widespread rigorous control measures to halt the virus. вЂњCase incidence is declining in some districts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, while steep rises persist in other districts,вЂќ the United Nations agency said in a statement. The latest п¬Ѓgures to November 4 reп¬‚ect 132 new deaths since the last update issued on Wednesday, which was as of November 2. A slowdown in LiberiaвЂ™s Ebola outbreak and the continued rampant rate of infection in Sierra Leone may reп¬‚ect contrasting ways the two countries are dealing with burials, WHO experts said earlier (see accompanying report). Shoring up defences in states neighbouring the three countries remains critical, the WHO said. Nigeria and Senegal have stamped out outbreaks, while Mali has recorded one case. вЂњThe best protective measures for non-affected countries are adequate levels of preparedness including heightened surveillance to detect and diagnose cases early and well-prepared staff and operational planning to ensure that suspect cases of Ebola are managed safely and in ways to minimise further spread,вЂќ the Travel and Transport Task Force on Ebola Virus Disease said in a separate statement issued yesterday. Members include the WHO, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the World Tourism Organisation, the International Air Transport Association, and International Maritime Organisation. The group said that measures such as quarantine of travellers arriving from Ebola-affected countries could create a false impression of control. It could also reduce the number of healthcare workers volunteering to help п¬Ѓght the outbreak. вЂњSuch measures may also adversely reduce essential trade including supplies of food, fuel and medical equipment to the affected countries,вЂќ it added. The task force voiced concern at reports that medical care had been denied to sick seafarers on board ships that had previously called at ports in the Ebola-affected region. West African leaders have meanwhile appointed Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe to supervise the regionвЂ™s efforts to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic. The leaders who gathered on Thursday in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, called for accelerated People walk past a billboard with a message about Ebola in Freetown. efforts to make vaccines available against the disease. Organisations should prioritise the provision of vaccines at subsidised prices to the affected countries, as well as others, they said in a communique after reviewing the impact of the disease in the region. The Accra meeting is the third called by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) this year to discuss how to tackle Ebola. The meeting also saw additional pledges of п¬Ѓnancial assist- ance from member countries and partners in support of measures to п¬Ѓght the disease. GhanaвЂ™s President John Mahama, who currently chairs the regional grouping, said that although some countries had made progress in stabilising the epidemic, a lot more needed to be done to eradicate it. вЂњEbola is still a serious matter and we still have a lot of urgent work to do to defeat the virus and also seize the moment to strengthen our public health systems for the future,вЂќ Mahama said in closing remarks at the meeting, attended by a dozen regional leaders and international aid agencies. He said members were committed to going the full length to defeat the disease. вЂњI wish to acknowledge that our political will is high and our commitment is strong in this battle against Ebola,вЂќ he added. The ECOWAS also called for international help to go beyond immediate medical care for Ebola-hit nations. The grouping warned that lives had been blighted by the epidemic, and that among issues that needed to be addressed were the needs of children orphaned by the disease and the economic impact of the crisis. Regional and international responses to Ebola should вЂњextend beyond the obvious and tangible needsвЂќ, said ECOWAS chairman Mahama. More than 2,000 orphans had been registered in Liberia alone, according to a statement released after the meeting of ECOWAS heads of state and government on Thursday. At the same time, about half of those who recovered from Ebola were unable to return home or to work. вЂњWith such large numbers of the labour force unable to work as a result of infection or quarantine measures, the economies of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have all but crumbled,вЂќ said Mahama. As a result, aid to the three countries worst hit by the outbreak should include a plan for their вЂњfuture sustainabilityвЂќ, he added. вЂњWe cannot and must not leave them as the disease found them. To do so would make all our efforts and all our assistance virtually meaningless,вЂќ he said. A number of foreign governments, notably the United States and Britain, have set up medical facilities in Liberia and Sierra Leone but there have been re- quests for more to be done. The World Bank has mustered some $500mn to help battle the disease as well as strengthen social services in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The European Union announced it was committing в‚¬280mn immediately and an additional в‚¬1bn for the control of the epidemic in the region. And Japan will provide up to $100mn in fresh aid to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government said yesterday, after the United States called for further global efforts to combat the deadly virus. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the aid would come on top of $40mn assistance announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in September. вЂњWe will go ahead with our assistance in an appropriate manner for the purpose of helping treat Ebola patients and preventing infections from spreading further,вЂќ Suga told a news conference. Suga said Abe was expected to give further details on the latest package during upcoming international gatherings, which kick off with an APEC summit in Beijing next week. The announcement came after a White House official said US President Barack Obama was seeking more than $6bn in emergency funding to п¬Ѓght the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and respond to cases in the United States. Fewer infections attributed to safe burial rites AFP Geneva F Saaristo: (the safe burial teams) are doing a really hard job and they are often stigmatised and even ostracised from their own communities. ar fewer people are being infected with the deadly Ebola virus through unsafe burials thanks to vigorous efforts to make them safer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. While nearly 60% of all Ebola infections in August happened in connection with handling highly contagious dead bodies and customs and practices linked to burials, that number has now fallen to around 20% in some places, said Pierre Formenty, a top WHO Ebola expert. вЂњThe tendency is really that in many places we have decreased the transmission through funer- als,вЂќ Formenty told reporters in Geneva. The drop, he explained, is linked to strict procedures put in place to ensure not only safe but also digniп¬Ѓed burials in the three west African countries at the heart of the outbreak that has claimed nearly 5,000 lives. The WHO has set a target of ensuring that 70% of Ebola burials in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are safe by December 1. While the numbers vary between districts in the different countries вЂ“ ranging from around 50% in western Sierra Leone to as high as 80% in the east of the country вЂ“ Formenty said the target вЂњwill probably be reachedвЂќ. The UN health agency and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) presented a new manual yesterday on how to ensure not only safe and digniп¬Ѓed burials in the areas hit by the outbreak. The manual, based on dialogues with a range of Christian and Muslim organisations, emphasises the importance of protective gear but also of including family members in burial rituals by for instance allowing them to dig the grave or view and pray over the body. West African burial customs and traditions like washing and touching the deceased and spending several days sitting watching over the body have been blamed for a majority of Ebola infections. Ebola is at its most contagious stage in a person dying or who has just died of the virus, so safe- ty procedures must be stringent, Formenty said. He stressed though that it was equally important to try to accommodate the traditions of the families and communities as far as possible and to explain the procedures to them. Otherwise they would reject assistance in the burials and transmission, which appears to be п¬‚attening in many places, would pick up again. вЂњItвЂ™s not because this is Ebola that these people do not have the right to be buried in a digniп¬Ѓed way,вЂќ he said. Panu Saaristo, head of Emergency Health at the IFRC agreed, stressing that providing respectful and digniп¬Ѓed burials was вЂњimportant for the entire social cohesion in the communitiesвЂќ. The WHO has said that around 500 safe burial teams, each made up of six people, including body handlers, disinfectant sprayers and a community communicator, are needed in the three mostaffected countries. Local Red Cross volunteers constitute the vast majority of safe burial teams in the hard-hit countries, and the organisation is rapidly ramping up the numbers of teams. Saaristo stressed the need to ensure the teams have enough protective equipment, but also to provide them with moral support. вЂњThey are doing a really hard job and they are often stigmatised and even ostracised from their own communities,вЂќ he pointed out. Formenty: that it is equally important to try to accommodate the traditions of the families and communities as far as possible and to explain the procedures to them. Burkinabe leader dismisses AU deadline for power handover Suicide bomber kills seven at Nigeria bank Reuters Damaturu, Nigeria A suicide bomber killed at least seven people outside a commercial bank in a northeast Nigerian town yesterat, the latest suspected attack by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, police and local residents said. The blast occurred at an ATM point of a branch of the First Bank of Nigeria in Azare in Bauchi state, an area that has suffered previous attacks by the Islamist militants who appear to be ignoring a ceaseп¬Ѓre deal announced by the government last month. вЂњWe can conп¬Ѓrm that one of our branches in Azare was attacked by suspected insurgents, speciп¬Ѓcally the ATM point,вЂќ Babatunde Lasaki, First BankвЂ™s head of media and external re- lations, told Reuters by phone from the bankвЂ™s headquarters in Lagos. Local police said they believed a female suicide bomber carried out the attack, and four other suspects were arrested. Police conп¬Ѓrmed seven dead at the scene, with 10 people taken to hospital. An employee of another nearby bank in Azare said at least 13 people died as a result of the blast. Lasaki said none of First BankвЂ™s staff at the Azare branch, which is on the main road to Kano, were among the victims. Banks have been among the locations attacked by Boko Haram, which has killed thousands, mostly in the northeast, in its campaign to establish an Islamic enclave in northern Nigeria. The group, whose name means вЂњWestern education is sinfulвЂќ in the local Hausa language and whose targets include schools, is described by the government as the biggest threat to security in Nigeria, AfricaвЂ™s biggest economy and leading oil producer. On October 22, a bomb exploded at a bus station in Azare, killing at least п¬Ѓve people and wounding 12. On Monday, a suicide bomber killed at least 30 people in a procession of Shia Muslims marking the ritual of Ashura at Potiskum in neighbouring Yobe state. NigeriaвЂ™s government announced last month that a ceaseп¬Ѓre had been agreed with Boko Haram and that talks were under way in neighbouring Chad for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted in April by the Islamist rebels. But although mediator Chad has said the negotiations are still on, a series of recent attacks across NigeriaвЂ™s northeast by suspected Boko Haram п¬Ѓghters has raised serious doubts about whether a lasting peace pact can be achieved. Prospects for this took another hit at the end of last month when a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video recording the kidnapped girls were вЂњmarried off вЂќ to his п¬Ѓghters, contradicting Nigerian government statements that they would soon be freed. NigeriaвЂ™s military says it killed Shekau a year ago, and authorities said in September that they had killed an impostor posing as him in videos. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking a second term in elections in February, has faced rising criticism at home and abroad for failing to halt the Boko Haram insurgency or obtain the release of the schoolgirls. The military leader of Burkina Faso, Isaac Zida, has dismissed a demand by the African Union (AU) that the country return to civilian rule within two weeks. вЂњIt is really not a worry for us. The African Union can say three days, it is an engagement only for the African Union,вЂќ Zida said late on Thursday. вЂњBut for us, what is important for Burkina Faso is to reach a consensusвЂќ to create вЂњan organ of transitionвЂќ following the resignation of president Blaise Compaore last week, Zida said. The presidents of Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana on Wednesday brokered an agreement that a civilian would lead a one-year transition in the run up to elections in November 2015. Zida is currently holding talks with the opposition and other groups, which has not excluded a role for the military during the transition. The AU has threatened Burkina Faso with sanctions unless power is handed to a civilian within two weeks, but Zida said he was not вЂњafraid of sanctionsвЂќ. вЂњWe are more concerned at the moment about stability and peace in Burkina Faso,вЂќ he added. The crisis was discussed on Thursday in Accra by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which decided to create a contact group for Burkina Faso headed by Senegal, Radio France Internationale reported. The ECOWAS called on the international community not to impose sanctions on Burkina Faso вЂњgiven the efforts that are being made on the regional levelвЂќ. Pistorius lawyers to oppose appeal of вЂ�lightвЂ™ ruling Lawyers for South AfricaвЂ™s disgraced athlete Oscar Pistorius said yesterday that they will oppose the stateвЂ™s bid to appeal his five-year manslaughter sentence for killing his girlfriend in February 2013. Brian Webber said they have filed papers at the High Court in the capital Pretoria stating their вЂњintention to oppose the leave for appealвЂќ. He refused to divulge the reasons for the appeal saying they would be released вЂњin due courseвЂќ. On Tuesday, prosecutors lodged court papers pressing for a murder conviction and a harsher sentence for the Olympic and Paralympic star, calling his punishment вЂњshockingly lightвЂќ and вЂњinappropriateвЂќ. The defenceвЂ™s action signals the beginning of a second round of a legal battle with the state. The 27-year-old double amputee was two weeks ago handed the five-year sentence by Judge Thokozile Masipa, after a sensational trial which lasted over seven months. The judge found there was not enough evidence to convict him of premeditated murder, jailing him for five years, but the athlete could serve just one-sixth of that sentence in prison. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 7 AMERICAS Former Navy SEAL comes forward as bin Laden shooter AFP Washington A former United States Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, Land teams) who took part in the 2011 raid on Osama bin LadenвЂ™s compound broke cover on Thursday, claiming to be the man who п¬Ѓred the fatal shot which killed the Al Qaeda leader. Robert OвЂ™Neill, 38, told the Washington Post that he shot bin Laden in the forehead at his hideout in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad three years ago. Jihadists were reported to have swiftly issued a death threat against him following the revelations. The former commando told the Post that he decided to come forward ahead of planned media appearances next week when his identity was disclosed by SOFREP, a website operated by former SEALs. SOFREPвЂ™s revelation was in protest at OвЂ™NeillвЂ™s decision to reveal his role in the mission. The highly decorated Montana native told the Post that he was near the head of the column of US soldiers that raided bin LadenвЂ™s compound, adding that at least two other SEALs п¬Ѓred shots. The newspaper said two SEAL team members had corroborated his identity. SITE, which monitors jihadists websites and media, said calls have now been issued for the killing of OвЂ™Neill. In postings on Twitter and the al-Minbar Jihadi Media forum, jihadists distributed pictures of OвЂ™Neill and messages in Arabic and English addressing lone wolves to take revenge for the former Al Qaeda leader, SITE said. вЂњOne jihadist wrote in Arabic, for example, вЂ�We will send the picture to the lone wolves in America, this Robert OвЂ™Neill, who killed Sheikh Usama bin Laden...вЂ™вЂќ SITE said. Another posted in both languages said, вЂњTo our loved ones among the Muslims in the United States of America, this is your chance for Paradise, the width of which is the heavens and the earth,вЂќ SITE added. OвЂ™Neill is set to appear in a documentary on the Fox network next week. At bin LadenвЂ™s compound, OвЂ™Neill was located in the number two position for the attack on the Al Qaeda leaderвЂ™s bedroom. Bin Laden brieп¬‚y appeared at the door but the SEAL in front of OвЂ™Neill apparently missed his shot. вЂњI rolled past him into the room, just inside the doorway,вЂќ OвЂ™Neill said. вЂњThere was bin Laden, standing there. He had his hands on a womanвЂ™s shoulders, pushing her ahead.вЂќ OвЂ™Neill said he could clearly identify bin Laden through his night-vision scope, despite the darkness of the room вЂ“ and he п¬Ѓred. The on-etime SEAL said it was clear that bin Laden was dead as his skull was split. OвЂ™Neill is the second member of the elite unit involved in the bin Laden raid to go public, in a move which has dismayed military brass and serving SEALS who maintain a п¬Ѓerce, Omertalike code of silence. Matt Bissonnette published his account of the raid, No Easy Day in 2012 under the pseudonym Mark Owen. Bissonnette appeared to take issue with OвЂ™NeillвЂ™s version of events in an interview with NBC News. вЂњTwo different people telling two different stories for two different reasons,вЂќ Bissonnette said. вЂњWhatever he says, he says. I donвЂ™t want to touch that.вЂќ This undated photo obtained yesterday, courtesy of the Montana Standard and photographer Walter Hinick, shows former US Navy SEAL Robert OвЂ™Neill. The Post said OвЂ™Neill had long agonised over whether to go public but п¬Ѓnally decided to do so after concerns that others would leak his identity, which was already known in military circles, by members of Congress and at least two news organisations. He п¬Ѓnally decided to come forward after meeting with relatives of victims of the September 11, 2011 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. OвЂ™Neill said he decided on the spot to speak about how bin Laden died. вЂњThe families told me it helped bring them some closure,вЂќ OвЂ™Neill told the Post. But his decision has been met with anger from some of his SEAL colleagues. In an October 31 letter to the Naval Special Warfare Command ranks, Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci and Rear Admiral Brian Losey stressed that a вЂњcritical tenetвЂќ of the force was to вЂњnot advertise the nature of my work nor seek recognition for my actionвЂќ. OвЂ™Neill had already served almost 15 years as a US Navy SEAL by the time of the raid on bin LadenвЂ™s compound, and was serving in the elite SEAL Team Six unit. In 2009, he served on a mission to rescue a ship captain held hostage by pirates off the coast of Somalia. The story was turned into a п¬Ѓlm starring Tom Hanks as the captain, Richard Phillips. A вЂ�mereвЂ™ 2mn rats in New York City There may be 8mn stories in the Big Apple, but one of them вЂ“ that New York City is home to 8mn rats, or one for every human resident вЂ“ is probably a tall tale, according to research by a Columbia University statistician. In truth, the cityвЂ™s rat population is probably closer to 2mn, said Jonathan Auerbach, a Columbia doctoral student who wrote an essay on the subject published in Significance magazine. The urban lore that there are as many rats as citizens dates back at least a century, Auerbach says. It may have endured in part because reliably estimating the cityвЂ™s rat population is difficult even though the creatures are hardly invisible, as most New Yorkers who see them skittering about the subway tracks or hear them rustling through trash piles will attest. вЂњAnimals are terrible survey respondents,вЂќ he wrote in the article, which was the winning entry in a young statisticians writing competition organised by LondonвЂ™s Royal Statistical Society. Auerbach did not let the difficulties deter him, arguing that more precise estimates would be useful given that the rodents spread disease, start fires by chewing on electric cables and occasionally bite people. His initial plan was to use a method that involves capturing a random sample of rats, marking them, releasing them, and then capturing another random sample of rats. But the cityвЂ™s health department, which is responsible for dealing with rats, was not enthralled with the idea, Auerbach wrote. Instead, he used complaints from the public about rat sightings, which the city tracks and publishes online. Combining the data with a number of assumptions, he was able to extrapolate the number of rat-occupied lots to about 40,500 across the city, or less than 5% of the total. If each inhabited lot is home to a typical colony of 50 rats, that would mean there are about 2mn rats in the city. Activist held for feeding homeless A 90-year-old activist arrested for serving meals to the homeless in Florida vowed on Thursday to continue his charitable work, even if it means going to jail. Arnold Abbott was detained on two separate occasions this week along with two pastors from local churches in Fort Lauderdale for handing out food to the cityвЂ™s homeless. The activists were arrested after violating a city ordinance passed last month that places new restrictions on distribution of food to the homeless in public places. However, Abbott said on Thursday that he would continue his practice, telling NBC in an interview: вЂњIвЂ™m awfully hard to intimidate.вЂќ вЂњI certainly will follow this through until we beat them,вЂќ he said. вЂњYou canвЂ™t sweep the homeless under the rug.вЂќ Abbott could be jailed for up to two months and fined $500 if he is found in breach of the law. Fort Lauderdale police have defended the arrests of Abbott and the two pastors, saying they are only enforcing the law. Free trip offer ... if the name is right Wanted: woman, preferably single, likes travelling ... and must have the name Elizabeth Gallagher. A Canadian who recently split with his girlfriend is seeking a fill-in who shares her name to take a free trip around the world with him. The unusual offer was made on social networking website Reddit on Monday, and has since gone viral. In the post, Jordan Axani, 28, of Toronto says he booked the trip back in March when he and a woman named Elizabeth Gallagher were dating. вЂњWhile our relationship has come to a close, I am still planning on going on the trip and she is not (naturally),вЂќ he said. Axani explains that having the name on the tickets changed after their breakup would be вЂњnear impossibleвЂќ. And because the trip вЂ“ with stops in New York, Milan, Prague, Paris, Bangkok, New Delhi and Toronto вЂ“ involves several airlines, he says it is вЂњnot worth the headache or money to cancelвЂќ. And so he came up with the scheme to swap in another Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher as his travel partner, insisting there are no strings attached. The first leg of the trip leaves on December 21 from New York. Rough plane landing in Edmonton Four people were sent to hospital after a rough landing at Edmonton International Airport in Western Canada late on Thursday, but there were no severe injuries, the operator of the Air Canada Express flight said yesterday. The operator, Jazz Aviation, said three of the injured passengers had been released from hospital but one was still under observation. Jazz said the accident occurred about 8.30pm local time (0330 GMT yesterday). The flight, AC8481, was en route to Grande Prairie, in northwest Alberta, from Calgary, Alberta, and was carrying 71 passengers and four crew members. Obama hosts lunch with Congress Reuters Washington R epublican victors of TuesdayвЂ™s US congressional elections broke bread with Democratic President Barack Obama yesterday. On the menu besides sea bass: whether the two sides can put aside bitter battles over healthcare and immigration and enact some legislation in the two years to come. In a small private dining room, Obama was sandwiched between Republican Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senator Harry Reid, who will lose his title as Senate majority leader in the new Congress after a wave of Republican support swept Democrats out of power. Beside Reid: Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, whose party takes control of the Senate in January. вЂњRepublicans had a good night,вЂќ Obama acknowledged to reporters. But the president said that he had promised Boehner and McConnell to be open to good ideas for legislation, whether from Republicans or Democrats. вЂњThe American people just want to see work done,вЂќ Obama said before the leaders tucked into a lunch of herb-crusted sea bass, a salad of Bibb lettuce and pumpkin tart. вЂњTheyвЂ™re frustrated by the gridlock. TheyвЂ™d like to see more Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi listen as Obama speaks to the media during the lunch meeting with congressional leaders at the White House yesterday. co-operation. I think all of us have the responsibility ... to try to make that happen,вЂќ said Obama, whose second and last four-year term ends in January 2017. Remarks in the run-up to the meeting suggested Obama and the Republicans would keep going at each other no less than they did before Republicans seized control of both houses of Congress in the November 4 vote. Boehner and McConnell have said Republicans intend to send Obama legislation repealing all or parts of the presidentвЂ™s landmark 2010 healthcare law. Obama has pledged to ignore Republican warnings and use his executive powers to ease some restrictions on undocumented residents, since House Republicans have steadfastly refused to advance immigration legislation. The president said he wanted to focus on building momentum in the economy where there is Amanda Knox: freelance reporter DPA Los Angeles O nce the subject of a thousand headlines, convicted murderer Amanda Knox is now writing them, a local newspaper editor in Washington state said on Wednesday. Ken Robinson, managing editor of the West Seattle Herald, told DPA that Knox was working as a freelance reporter for the neighbourhood newspaper. Knox has been writing theatre reviews and human-interest stories for the paper for a few months, initially under a pen name and more recently with her own byline, local media reported. вЂњAmanda is a very bright, very Knox: convicted of murder in Italy. capable, highly qualiп¬Ѓed writer,вЂќ web editor Patrick Robinson told the Daily Beast. вЂњItвЂ™s really about giving a young, talented writer an opportunity at a normal life.вЂќ An Italian court in 2009 convicted Knox and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of murdering KnoxвЂ™s roommate Meredith Kercher, and she spent four years in prison in Italy before the conviction was reversed on appeal. Courts reversed that decision in January, upholding the conviction. The case is awaiting further appeal. Recent articles by Knox for the West Seattle Herald include a review of the Vietnam war play Dogп¬Ѓght and a story about a local cashew-milk company under the headline вЂњLetting her inner nut shineвЂќ. Her bio line reads, вЂњAmanda Knox is a freelance writer and a West Seattle residentвЂќ. CDC boosts national stockpile of Ebola protective gear The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is increasing its national stockpile of protective gear for US hospitals handling Ebola patients after a вЂњsudden increaseвЂќ in demand, the agency said. The CDC has ordered $2.7mn in personal protective equipment that is being configured into 50 kits for rapid deployment to hospitals, it said in a statement. Some US orders of protective equipment have been backlogged amid growing domestic demand, as manufacturers prioritise a flood of requests from aid agencies trying to curb the outbreak in West Africa. The CDC tightened its guidelines for people handling Ebola patients on October 20, requiring a fluidresistant gown, gloves, a hood, shoe coverings and a face mask. вЂњWe are making certain to not disrupt the orders submitted by states and hospitals, but we are building our stocks so that we can assist when needed,вЂќ Greg Burel, director of CDCвЂ™s Division of Strategic National Stockpile, said in the release. support from both parties. This could include boosting manufacturing and exports and investing in early childhood education. Republicans want to concentrate on jobs and the economy too, a House Republican leadership aide said. вЂњRepublican leaders will remind the president that the list of House-passed jobs bills is a great place to start for immediate, bipartisan action to help create more private-sector American jobs,вЂќ the aide said. The meeting was expected to focus on some major bills that must be passed promptly, once Congress begins its postelection вЂњlame duckвЂќ session on Wednesday. It will be the вЂњoldвЂќ Congress, the one that ends its legislative session in mid-December and has a Democratic Senate pitted against a Republican House, that must produce these bills. At the top of the list is a $1tn spending bill to keep the government running beyond December 11, when current funding runs out. Obama said he wanted to update leaders on the п¬Ѓght against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, and the administrationвЂ™s work to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Other bills likely to see action in the month-long session include one to extend some temporary tax provisions, a bill renewing Pentagon programs and an expiring terrorism risk insurance bill that is important to developers of major construction projects in big cities. Congress is expected this year to debate ObamaвЂ™s plans for arming and training Syrian rebels. Authorisation for these activities expires on December 11. It is expected also to begin debating whether to formally authorise military force against the Islamic State, but a vote might not come until next year. Manet painting sells for $65mn at auction AFP New York A stunning 1881 masterpiece by Edouard Manet sold for $65mn at auction in New York on Wednesday, a record for a work by the French impressionist artist. Le Printemps, which the auction house ChristieвЂ™s had valued at $25-30mn, depicts a famous actress of the day and was exhibited in 1882 to critical acclaim while Manet was one of the most famous living artists. The canvas has been owned by the same family for more than a century and for the last 20 years been on loan to the National Gallery of Art in Washington. It was snapped up by a buyer in the front row who calmly fended off furious bidding on the telephone to clinch the picture for $65.13mn. The previous auction record for a work of art by Manet was $33mn вЂ“ a self-portrait sold in 2010 at SothebyвЂ™s in London. This October 31 file photo shows Edouard ManetвЂ™s Le Printemps displayed during a media preview at ChristieвЂ™s in New York. But ChristieвЂ™s failed to sell its second most expensive lot, Les constructeurs avec arbre by French cubist painter Fernand Leger, which had been valued at $16-22mn, after paltry bidding interest. A spokeswoman initially told AFP that the painting had fetched $17.53mn but later apologised for any misunderstanding, saying it had failed to sell. 8 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 ASEAN Style parade Transgenders win landmark court case in Malaysia AFP Putrajaya T Models present creations by Indonesian designer Shafira Encyclo during the Jakarta Fashion Week 2015 yesterday. Slain Myanmar journalistвЂ™s supporters seek probe Reuters Yangon A funeral was held yesterday for a Myanmar journalist, two days after his body was exhumed from a shallow grave where soldiers buried him when he died in military custody a month earlier. Some 400 family, friends and supporters of the journalist, Par Gyi, gathered early in evening at the Yeway Cemetery, on the outskirts of Yangon. The crowd chanted slogans and sang protest songs during the ceremony. Some of them held signs protesting the death of the journalist, who died under mysterious circumstances on Oct. 4. вЂњDoes the military have a license to kill?вЂќ asked one sign. вЂњAll the people are Par Gyi,вЂќвЂќ said another. Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition National League for Democracy, and Nobel laureate, sent п¬‚owers to the funeral. Tin Oo, a senior member of the NLD, attended the funeral and spoke to Than Dar, the wife of Par Gyi, calling for justice for the late journalist. Nyan Zaw, a member of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, which is investigating the death, told Reuters that the examination team Business class ban planned for top executives An Indonesian ministry is to ban top executives at state-owned companies from flying in business class on official trips, news reports said yesterday. вЂњI will issue a letter requiring everybody to fly economy,вЂќ State Enterprise Minister Rini Soemarno was quoted as saying by the Merdeka.com news portal. вЂњFlying in economy class feels the same,вЂќ she said. вЂњWe donвЂ™t want to waste money.вЂќ The ministryвЂ™s secretary, Imam Putro, said he did not mind flying in economy class even though he was entitled to business class. вЂњThis policy comes from the highest leadership in this country,вЂќ he was quoted as saying by Detik.com news portal, referring to calls by new President Joko Widodo for government agencies to tighten their belts. The ministry was drafting the regulations, he said. Several ministries have banned officials from holding meetings in hotels instead of their own offices. Supporters and relatives surround the coffin of slain journalist Par Gyi during his funeral ceremony at Yaway cemetery in Yangon yesterday. would send an autopsy report to the Ministry of Health today. The investigation continued, he said. After the body was exhumed on Wednesday, witnesses began to express concern that Par Gyi was tortured before he was shot. Robert San Aung, a lawyer for the family who was allowed to examine the body, said it bore several bullet wounds. вЂњI saw gun shot wounds to the chest, jaw and head,вЂќ he said. вЂњI saw bruise marks on both legs that looked like something had rolled over his legs and thighs. This was not a normal death. This was murder.вЂќ Par Gyi was arrested on Sept 30 after completing a photo assignment on clashes between the military and the rebel Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) in the east, the Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has said. The AAPP has disputed statement by the military that said Par Gyi was shot when he tried to steal a gun from a soldier and escape after being detained because he was an information officer for an obscure insurgent group called the Klohtoobaw Karen Organisation. Than Dar, a prominent womenвЂ™s activist, has denied her husband was a part of any military organisation. She says she suspects he died while being tortured, leading the military to bury his body in secret. She also says the DKBA has denied Par Gyi was connected to any rebel military organization. Than Dar searched for her missing husband for several weeks after he disappeared in late September and made enquiries with the Myanmar Army, which failed to give a response. The Army didnвЂ™t announce his death until 19 days after he died. The incident comes as MyanmarвЂ™s government is preparing to host US President Barack Obama at a summit next week. The US State Department has called for a transparent investigation into Par GyiвЂ™s death. Two independent reports regarding alleged military abuses also came out this week, putting more pressure on the Myanmar government. An investigation by the Harvard Law School released a report yesterday saying that troops commanded by MyanmarвЂ™s interior minister and two other senior officials tortured and killed civilians over six years ago while п¬Ѓghting an ethnic rebellion. The report did not accuse the officers of ordering troops to commit abuses, but said they took place because of long-standing policies that sanctioned вЂњthe direct targeting of civilians and were designed to effect large-scale displacement.вЂќ On Thursday, Fortify Rights, an organisation that documents human rights violations in Southeast Asia, said the Myanmar army has targeted, attacked, and killed civilians in Kachin State and northern Shan State. hree Malaysian transgender women yesterday won their landmark bid to overturn a anti cross-dressing law in the conservative Muslimmajority nation. A three-judge appeals court panel ruled that a state provision barring Muslim men from dressing as women was unconstitutional, saying it вЂњdeprives the appellants of the right to live with dignityвЂќ. вЂњIt has the effect of denying the appellants and other sufferers of GID (gender identify disorder) to move freely in public places... This is degrading, oppressive and inhuman,вЂќ judge Hishamudin Yunus said. The verdict overturns a 2012 lower court ruling, which had dismissed the challenge by the three appellants over their arrest four years ago under the law in southern Negri Sembilan state. Malaysia has a double track court system with state Islamic laws governing civil matters for Muslims, who account for 60% of the countryвЂ™s 30mn people. Some Malaysian states also outlaw cross-dressing by women. Aston Paiva, the plaintiffsвЂ™ lawyer, said the ruling could be used to challenge any arrest of transgender people throughout Malaysia. вЂњItвЂ™s quite historic... This will be a precedent... This court binds all other high courts,вЂќ Paiva said. A Negri Sembilan state legal advisor declined comment on whether his side would seek to appeal the verdict at a higher court. вЂњI am happy we won the case. I feel more relaxed now,вЂќ one of the plaintiffs said by phone. вЂњI have waited for this.вЂќ She and the other two plaintiffs have shied away from any public appearances and were not in court. The case is the п¬Ѓrst attempt to overturn the prohibition on cross-dressing in the Southeast Asian nation, where homosexuality and transgender lifestyles remain taboo, and questioning laws is sensitive. вЂњThis is a signiп¬Ѓcant victory for transgender people in Malaysia. They now have the right to cross-dress and express themselves as the persons they want to be,вЂќ Boris Dittrich of Human Rights Watch said after the verdict. Human Rights Watch in September called on the government to repeal all laws that criminalise transgender lifestyles after the US-based group found that they face systematic and constant repression, mistreatment, social ostracism and вЂњrisk arrest every dayвЂќ. The group had said in a report that the abuses faced by transgender Malaysians include physical and sexual assault and extortion by authorities and shaming. Authorities face no accountability, the report added. Nisha Ayub, a transgender activist, said FridayвЂ™s ruling would encourage her community вЂњto come out rather than being oppressedвЂќ. вЂњThe п¬Ѓght will still be there,вЂќ she said. Activists and transgender people say that in the past attitudes were fairly tolerant in the historically moderate country. Malaysians accused of hacking US news website AFP Kuala Lumpur T he US-based Environment News Service yesterday accused Malaysian government hackers of shutting down its website after it ran a story on a new book implicating a senior politician in alleged graft. вЂњThe attack on our site came from a Malaysian government entity as identiп¬Ѓed by their IP address,вЂќ Sunny Lewis, editorin-chief of Environment News Service (ENS), said in an email statement, adding the attack shut down its servers for two hours. The hacking came after the news service ran a story about plans to publish Lukas StraumannвЂ™s book, Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia despite demands by a law firm representing Abdul Taib Mahmud, a stalwart of the ruling coalition, to withhold publication. Taib, 78, governor of Sarawak state and a powerful member of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, has faced mounting accusations of enriching himself and his cronies through a stranglehold on the stateвЂ™s economy, charges which he denies. The book Money Logging investigates the massive destruction of the Borneo rainforest by Malaysian loggers, described by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown as вЂњprobably the biggest environmental crime of our times.вЂќ Malaysian officials were not immediately available for comment. Sarawak is among MalaysiaвЂ™s poorest states, but Swiss-based forest protection group Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) says Taib could be worth as much as $15bn, which would make him one of the worldвЂ™s richest people. Authorities in Sarawak have previously threatened to jam Radio Free Sarawak broadcasts that focus on alleged graft by the state government. The service was founded by BrownвЂ™s sister-in-law Clare Rewcastle Brown. JUSTICE Top court reserves judgement in sodomy trial DPA Kuala Lumpur T he п¬Ѓnal appeal hearing over Malaysian opposition leader Anwar IbrahimвЂ™s sodomy conviction ended yesterday after eight days of legal arguments, with judges saying they will make a ruling at a later date. Chief Justice Ariffin Zakaria, who led a п¬Ѓve-men bench at the countryвЂ™s highest court, said they needed time to digest the points raised by the defence and prosecution. Anwar, 67, is seeking to overturn an appeals court decision in March that sentenced him to п¬Ѓve years in prison for sodomising his former male aide in 2008. Anwar and his supporters, as well as human rights groups, say the trials are politically motivated. MalaysiaвЂ™s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim leaves court with his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and supporters after his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy concluded at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya yesterday. His lawyers attacked the former aideвЂ™s credibility and said DNA evidence could have been tampered with. вЂњWe hope justice will prevail,вЂќ Anwar lawyer Ram Kar- pal told reporters outside the courtroom. вЂњThis is a case involving a politician. When they are in trouble, they always scream conspiracy,вЂќ lead prosecutor Mohamed Shafee Abdullah said. вЂњAnwar has been given a fair trial,вЂќ he added. Shafee said judges could give their verdict in the next week. This is the second time Anwar has been on trial for sodomy. He was sentenced to nine years in prison for sodomising his ex-driver in 2000. If the court rules against Anwar, the 67-year-old opposition legislator will go to prison and lose his seat in parliament. He will also be barred from running for any political position for five years after finishing his prison term, possibly putting an end to his turbulent attempts to become the leader of the predominantly Muslim South-East Asian country. Singapore PM wins defamation case against blogger Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong won a High Court defamation case against a blogger yesterday, the first time the citystateвЂ™s leader has sued an online critic. Roy Ngerng, 33, was sued for his blog post in May when he was alleged to have implicated Lee in impropriety in connection with how funds in SingaporeвЂ™s mandatory retirement savings scheme, the Central Provident Fund(CPF), are managed. SingaporeвЂ™s leaders have in the past sued or settled out of court with several foreign media publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and The Economist for alleged defamatory remarks but this is the first time a blogger has faced such action. High Court judge Lee Seiu Kin ordered Ngerng was not allowed to publish or disseminate such claims in the future, or any words and images to the same effect. Damages will be assessed at a later date. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 9 AUSTRALASIA/EAST ASIA INVESTIGATION CRIME DISCLOSURE NUCLEAR TREMOR Parliament endorses inquiry into ferry disaster Police rescue 11 babies from trafficking ring Abducted woman вЂ�died of drug overdoseвЂ™ in N Korea Local government nod for first reactor restart 6.4-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea South KoreaвЂ™s parliament yesterday passed a bill on setting up a full, independent inquiry into AprilвЂ™s ferry disaster, ending months of bickering which has interrupted almost all legislative work. The bill calls for the appointment of an independent counsel and a 17-member panel to conduct a 18-month inquiry and bring charges against those responsible for the disaster. The panel includes three members drawn from the families of victims. The Sewol ferry sank off the southern coast in April with the loss of more than 300 lives, most of them teenagers on a high-school trip. Police in China have rescued 11 babies from a trafficking ring and are seeking to track down the parents, an officer said yesterday. Thirty-two suspects have been arrested in connection with the case, which is centred around the Yunnan province in ChinaвЂ™s southwest and has made national headlines. China has a flourishing underground child trafficking industry, for which tens of thousands of children are believed to be stolen or sold each year, with demand fuelled by a traditional preference for sons and a one-child limit. Police in Yunnan began an investigation into the suspected trafficking in February. Megumi Yokota, a Japanese national abducted by North Korean agents decades ago as a schoolgirl, died from an overdose of medication in 1994 and was buried in a pit with other corpses, a South Korean newspaper said yesterday. Yokota, who has been an iconic symbol of Japanese nationals abducted by the North and TokyoвЂ™s efforts to ascertain their fate, died of an overdose of sedatives and sleeping pills in a psychiatric ward. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo AbeвЂ™s administration eased some sanctions on North Korea in July in return for PyongyangвЂ™s reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. The final obstacle to restarting two nuclear reactors in Japan was removed yesterday when local politicians granted approval for a plant to go back online, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster. The green light from the assembly and governor of Kagoshima prefecture, marks a victory for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which has faced significant public opposition to its drive to re-start nuclear power generation. вЂњI want to inform the economy, trade and industry minister about my understanding of the governmentвЂ™s policy to push for restarting nuclear power plants,вЂќ Governor Yuichiro Ito told a news conference. A 6.4-magnitude quake struck yesterday off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said, but no destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected. The quake, which was initially reported at 6.9 magnitude before being revised lower, hit at a depth of 65 kilometres in the New Britain region. вЂњIt would have been very widely felt,вЂќ said seismologist Emma Mathews from Geoscience Australia, which put the quakeвЂ™s reading at 6.6 magnitude.. Mathews said while the threshold for a local tsunami was any quake within a depth of 100 kilometres, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that based on all the available data there was no threat of a destructive wave. Lantern festival China, Japan set aside isle row for leadersвЂ™ meet Reuters Beijing/Tokyo C South Koreans look at lantern figures during the Seoul lantern festival yesterday. The lantern festival under the theme вЂ�SeoulвЂ™s gleaming world heritageвЂ™ is being held from Nov 7-23. Apec restrictions вЂ�worse than prisonвЂ™: dissident AFP Beijing C hinese authorities have imposed restrictions вЂњworse than prisonвЂќ on activists ahead of an international diplomatic meeting in Beijing, a leading dissident said yesterday after Washington voiced вЂњdeep concernвЂќ over human rights in the country. The measures imposed on dissidents ahead of the AsiaPaciп¬Ѓc Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit from Monday are the worst since a smothering security clampdown for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said activist Hu Jia. Hu has campaigned on environmental and HIV-related causes, among others, and was Giant condom raises eyebrows in Sydney An 18-metre (60-foot) bright pink condom raised eyebrows in Sydney yesterday after it was erected over a Sydney landmark as part of a new awareness campaign about HIV. The giant sheath was placed over a heritage-listed obelisk at Hyde Park in the centre of the city. вЂњThis installation is sure to create lots of interest as weвЂ™ve selected a very visible icon in a high traffic area,вЂќ said Nicholas Parkhill from the Aids Council of New South Wales (ACON) behind the campaign. Parkhill said while new drugs were able to help in the fight against HIV, the virus which causes Aids, condoms were still crucial in stopping the spread of the disease, particularly among gay men. вЂњWe need to constantly find new ways to promote this message, especially in the lead up to World Aids Day on December 1,вЂќ he added. But Wendy Francis from the Australian Christian Lobby said the stunt was disappointing and вЂњinappropriate for open spaces where children can see itвЂќ, she told Australian Associated Press. The number of new HIV cases in Australia is at its highest level in 20 years with 1,235 new cases diagnosed in 2013. The giant condom will be on the obelisk until Wednesday. previously jailed for three years on subversion charges. He has since intermittently been under house arrest, with his latest conп¬Ѓnement coming after he voiced support for pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city of Hong Kong. вЂњThe restrictions IвЂ™ve faced under house arrest during Apec are worse than when I was in prison,вЂќ he said. вЂњAt least then I had the right to see my family and loved ones.вЂќ Police had planned to escort him to Shenzhen to visit his daughter for her seventh birthday -- she lives with his ex-wife -- and ensure he was not in Beijing during the high-proп¬Ѓle meeting, he said, a process of forced holidays known among activists as вЂњbeing travelledвЂќ. But the trip was cancelled at the last minute after he had already bought presents and a cake. вЂњThis is her п¬Ѓrst birthday since entering primary school,вЂќ Hu said, п¬Ѓghting back tears. вЂњI just wanted to be with her, light some candles and sing вЂ�Happy BirthdayвЂ™.вЂќ HuвЂ™s comments came just hours after the White House released a statement by National Security Advisor Susan Rice expressing вЂњthe administrationвЂ™s deep concern regarding the treatment of human rights defendersвЂќ in China. Rice made the comments while discussing вЂњthe deterioration of ChinaвЂ™s human rights situationвЂќ with American and Chinese advocates in Washington, the White House said. Protest leaders seek meeting with Beijing AFP Hong Kong H ong Kong protest leaders made a formal request yesterday to speak with China over political reform, calling on a proBeijing politician to act as their mediator. Protest numbers have dwindled since mass rallies mobilised tens of thousands demanding fully free elections for the cityвЂ™s next leader. But demonstrators are still entrenched at key intersections with a вЂњtent cityвЂќ spread across the main Admiralty site. Fruitless talks with the Hong Kong government two weeks ago have led to an impasse and protest leaders now want to bypass the unpopular local administration altogether. Leading protest group the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) presented an open letter yesterday to the cityвЂ™s former leader Tung Chee-hwa requesting his help to arrange a meeting with Bei- jing officials. вЂњWe hope Tung can show political generosity... and help arrange a meeting between students and Chinese officials either in Hong Kong or in Beijing so that we can directly express the situation in the city,вЂќ the federation said in the letter published Friday. The Hong Kong government вЂњdid not have the ability to respondвЂќ to student demands, HKFS said, adding that they hoped to hear back from Tung by tomorrow. вЂњTung Chee-hwa is well-respected from the perspective of Beijing and was the former chief executive of Hong Kong so I think he is in a good position to mediate,вЂќ political analyst Sonny Lo said. вЂњThere is a window of opportunity here,вЂќ he said. TungвЂ™s office had no immediate comment. HKFS had considered trying to gatecrash the upcoming Asia-Paciп¬Ѓc Economic Cooperation (Apec) global п¬Ѓnancial summit of global leaders in Beijing, but abandoned the plans saying the possibility of actually meeting Chinese ofп¬Ѓcials was too remote. Kerry, who is in Beijing for a foreign ministersвЂ™ meeting ahead of the summit, said earlier this week that the USChina relationship was the вЂњmost consequentialвЂќ in the world. But he warned it needed to be вЂњcarefully managedвЂќ. President Barack Obama is due in Beijing on Monday for the gathering of leaders from the 21 Apec member economies, after which he will have meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two major powers have clashed repeatedly over a range of issues, with Beijing last month warning Washington to keep out of events in Hong Kong, which has seen weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations. hina and Japan agreed yesterday to work on improving ties and signalled willingness to put a bitter row over disputed islands on the back burner, paving the way for their leaders to meet at an Asian-Paciп¬Ѓc summit next week. The agreement, ahead of an expected ice-breaking chat between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the gathering in Beijing, signals a thaw in ties between the worldвЂ™s secondand third-biggest economies. Relations have been soured over the past two years by the territorial row, regional rivalry and the bitter legacy of JapanвЂ™s wartime occupation of China. Abe said the two sides were making п¬Ѓnal arrangements for one-on-one talks, although neither he nor ChinaвЂ™s foreign ministry conп¬Ѓrmed that the talks were set. вЂњBoth Japan and China are coming to the view that it would beneп¬Ѓt not just the two countries but regional stability if a summit is held,вЂќ he told a TV programme. But in signs that fundamental problems would not easily be resolved, Abe also said there had been no change in JapanвЂ™s stance on the isles at the heart of the territorial dispute, while ChinaвЂ™s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, urged Japan to properly handle sensitive issues like history and the islands. вЂњThe two sides have agreed to gradually resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue through various multilateral and bilateral channels and to make US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) meeting in Beijing yesterday. efforts to build political mutual trust,вЂќ the two countries said in statements released simultaneously. The communiques followed a meeting between Yang and AbeвЂ™s national security adviser, Shotaro Yachi. The statements said China and Japan also вЂњacknowledged that different positions exist between themвЂќ regarding tensions over the islands in the East China Sea and agreed to set up a crisis management mechanism to prevent вЂњcontingenciesвЂќ. Abe, who has not met Xi except to shake hands since taking office in December 2012, has been calling for a one-on-one meeting at the Nov 10-11 AsiaPaciп¬Ѓc Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit, while insisting no conditions be set for talks. China has sought assurances that Abe would not repeat his December 2013 visit to TokyoвЂ™s Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead, seen in Beijing as a symbol of JapanвЂ™s past militarism. Such a promise would be hard for the conservative Abe to make, however, and the Japanese leader told the TV show that the agreement did not cover speciп¬Ѓc issues such as his shrine visits. Beijing has also demanded that Japan acknowledge the existence of a formal territorial dispute over the tiny islands, which are controlled by Japan but also claimed by Beijing. The uninhabited isles are known as the Diaoyu in China and the Senkaku in Japan. In an English-language commentary, ChinaвЂ™s official Xinhua news agency called the agreement вЂњan encouraging icebreaker that has been painfully overdue.вЂќ вЂњIt has brought the relationship between the worldвЂ™s second and third largest economies back to temperatures above the freezing point. Should it be properly implemented, it will mark a turning point in the trajectory of China-Japan relations.вЂќ Page 18 Murder plot charge against AC/DC drummer dropped AFP Wellington A murder-for-hire case against AC/ DC drummer Phil Rudd collapsed yesterday when New Zealand prosecutors found there was insufficient evidence to proceed, just 24 hours after police п¬Ѓled the sensational charges. In a major embarrassment for the police, authorities said a charge of вЂњattempt to procure murderвЂќ against Rudd had been withdrawn. However, the 60-year-old rocker is still accused of drug possession and threatening to kill, which carries a jail term of up to seven years. Even with the primary charge dropped, the case still represents the second blow to AC/DC this year, after dementia forced founding member Malcolm Young to retire in September and move into a Sydney care facility. But the heavy rock pioneers are vowing to play on, with a new album and tour coming up. RuddвЂ™s barrister Paul Mabey said police failed to consult before taking the murder plot allegation to court on Thursday and This still frame grab shows the drummer with legendary rock band AC/DC, Phil Rudd, attending a hearing in court in Tauranga, New Zealand. prosecution lawyers ordered its withdrawal after a review found there was insufficient evidence. вЂњThe charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid,вЂќ Mabey said in a statement. вЂњThe Crown SolicitorвЂ™s (prosecutorвЂ™s) opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn.вЂќ He noted the case had attracted world- wide publicity and said Rudd had suffered вЂњincalculable damageвЂќ and would consider вЂњany possible remedies he may haveвЂќ. вЂњQuestions arise as to the degree of care taken by those responsible for arresting and charging him,вЂќ the lawyer said, pointing out the case had fallen apart less than a day after Rudd п¬Ѓrst appeared in court following a raid on his North island mansion. The Crown SolicitorвЂ™s office conп¬Ѓrmed the charge had been withdrawn but refused to comment further. Police in New Zealand have the power to lay charges in preliminary hearings and the case is then taken over by prosecutors working for the Crown SolicitorвЂ™s office. вЂњThe Crown reviewed the charges and made the decision to withdraw the charge of attempting to procure murder. Other charges remain before the court,вЂќ police said, without commenting further. Mabey said Rudd would defend the charge of threatening to kill, and described the cannabis and methamphetamine possession charges against his client as вЂњminorвЂќ. In the court documents tendered on Thursday, police had accused Rudd of trying to organise a hitman to kill two men in late September. 10 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 BRITAIN LAW AND ORDER LEGAL CRIME OFFBEAT VERDICT Four men held in terror plot probe Max Clifford loses appeal to cut sentence вЂ�CannibalвЂ™ death victim named by police Lost dog becomes social media sensation ComaвЂ™ fraudster jailed for con Four men have been arrested in connection with an alleged terror plot. Counter-terror police detained the men, aged 19 to 27, overnight at locations across west London and High Wycombe in the Thames Valley area, Scotland Yard said. Armed officers assisted at two premises and during an on-the-street arrest, the force said, although no shots were fired. All the men have been taken to police stations in central London and remain in custody, while a number of residential addresses and vehicles are being searched. The arrests and searches are part of an вЂњongoing investigation into terrorismвЂќ, the Metropolitan Police said. PR king Max Clifford has failed in his attempt to have his eight-year sentence for sex offences cut. The Appeal Court accepted that the trial judge had made errors but yesterday decided that the sentence was вЂњjustified and correctвЂќ. Clifford, 71, was jailed in May for a string of indecent assaults carried out between 1977 and 1984 using his celebrity connections to lure girls and young women. The former celebrity agent had branded his accusers вЂњfantasistsвЂќ but he was convicted at Southwark crown court. CliffordвЂ™s lawyer had argued the length of the jail term imposed was unfair and insisted his client was not a danger to women. The woman who was murdered in an act of cannibalism has been named as Cerys Marie Yemm. Officers found Matthew Williams, 34, attacking the 22-year-old in the Sirhowy Arms Hotel, a halfway house for ex-offenders in Argoed, a village near YemmвЂ™s hometown of Blackwood. He was stunned with a Taser and arrested at the scene during the early hours of Thursday but later died. Williams had only recently been released from prison. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is probing his death. Gwent Police said Williams was local to the area while the woman was from Blackwood, and the pair were known to each other. A sheepdog called Jasper was back with his owner yesterday after a four-day search in the rugged Lake District that captivated more than 250,000 followers on social media. Messages of joy poured in from around the world after the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team brought Jasper down Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, and keen walker Adam Nolan was reunited with his border collie. вЂњIвЂ™m over the moon to announce the safe return of my best friend Jasper,вЂќ Nolan said. вЂњThis is just the best news. WeвЂ™re so grateful to you all.вЂќ Dog lovers drummed up global support for a search that drew in people with private helicopters, soldiers on leave and 6,000 actual searchers. A fraudster who allegedly tried to evade justice by claiming to be a comatose quadriplegic has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after conning his frail neighbour out of more than ВЈ40,000. Alan Knight cleaned out the bank accounts of dementia sufferer Ivor Richards after the pensioner was taken into a care home, Swansea Crown Court heard. It was later discovered that the 47-year-old had also forged RichardsвЂ™ will - even using the names of two dead women from a newspaperвЂ™s obituary section as counter-signatories. After he was arrested, he even tried to blame his estranged son, claiming he was trying to set up him up. Top Labour pair deny plotting against Miliband London Evening Standard London L abour yesterday descended into more in-п¬Ѓghting as two shadow cabinet ministers were forced to deny plotting against Ed Miliband and an MP attacked the embattled leaderвЂ™s critics as вЂњpolitically braindeadвЂќ. Potential successors Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham responded angrily to a report that they had privately struck a вЂњnonaggression pactвЂќ in case Miliband had to fall on his sword. Both front-benchers are suspected by Miliband allies of preparing to run for leader if he loses the 2015 election. Burnham caused anxiety by making a crowd-pleasing speech at conference, while Cooper is said to have been spending suspicions amounts of time вЂњin the Tea RoomвЂќ with MPs. CooperвЂ™s spokesman said the idea of a pact was вЂњliesвЂќ, while BurnhamвЂ™s spokesman insisted there were вЂњno discussions of this kindвЂќ. Barry Gardiner, Labour MP for Brent North, said the antiMiliband critics were damaging the party. He went on: вЂњThese guys are wrong, they have miscalculated and they are politically braindead because we need to be п¬Ѓghting this government on behalf of the electorate, not п¬Ѓghting personal battles within our own party.вЂќ Former cabinet minister David Blunkett tried to calm the atmosphere, calling for an end to вЂњthis bout of political insanityвЂќ. But Lord Soley, who as an MP chaired the parliamentary party, said Miliband was not seen by voters as a вЂњcharismatic potential prime ministerвЂќ. It was also revealed that shadow Welsh secretary Owen Smith told activists the movement was вЂњdyingвЂќ and that unless it became вЂњmuch, much more vigorous then we are lostвЂќ. A poll by YouGov for LBC radio found that 49% of people surveyed believed LabourвЂ™s chances of returning to power would be improved if Miliband were replaced. His leadership was also savaged by the New Statesman, the Left-wing magazine that backed him for the top job in 2010, which branded him an вЂњold-style Hampstead socialistвЂќ who does not understand the вЂњlower middle class or material aspirationвЂќ. Some Labour lawmakers in seats in northern England have become nervous about a threat posed by the anti-EU UK Independence Party (Ukip) after it came close to beating Labour in a by-election last month. The disgruntled lawmakers believe Miliband is too Londoncentric and too focused on academic policy debates rather than engaging with votersвЂ™ concerns on вЂњdoorstep issuesвЂќ such as immigration. вЂњHe needs to be doing the right thing,вЂќ John Mann, a Labour lawmaker who has criticised Miliband in the past, told BBC radio. вЂњWe do not need more policies ... We need him out and about, literally on the doorstep, listening to people and reп¬‚ecting on what they are saying.вЂќ LabourвЂ™s former Cabinet minister Peter Hain said he was вЂњangryвЂќ about the вЂњmutterersвЂќ in Labour ranks who were fuelling reports about plot. Meanwhile Douglas Alexander, the partyвЂ™s general election coordinator, called for unity. вЂњHe (Miliband) has got challenges but all of us have got challenges in every political party and every one of us in the Labour party has to reп¬‚ect the reality that divided parties lose elections,вЂќ Alexander told BBC TV. Moving tribute Military personnel and veterans line the platform as a specially-designed locomotive dedicated to mark the centenary of World War I pulls into the station at KingвЂ™s Cross in London yesterday. The trainвЂ™s first carriage carried a livery filled with tributes and images to the regiments and people who served along the railway between London and Edinburgh. Govt claims victory as EU defers budget bill AFP Brussels E U п¬Ѓnance ministers yesterday agreed to extend a deadline for Britain to pay a huge 2.1bn-euro bill until September 2015, with Finance Minister George Osborne hailing it as a victory in his countryвЂ™s latest showdown with Brussels. Prime Minister David Cameron had refused to meet the вЂњunacceptableвЂќ demand by the original December 1 cut-off, and the new deadline means he Savile abuse inquiry extends to 41 hospitals Guardian News and Media London T he number of hospitals investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile has been extended to 41, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said. A further nine hospitals or ambulance services вЂ“ including the former psychiatric hospital Bethlem Royal hospital in London вЂ“ have launched investigations into abuse claims against the late DJ since June. The fresh allegations came to light after the publication of inquiries at 28 NHS trusts , which found widespread abuse by Savile against victims aged from п¬Ѓve to 75. The п¬Ѓndings prompted the department of health to apologise for the вЂњwholly inadequate proceduresвЂќ that allowed the former BBC DJ to carry out the abuse while holding positions of authority at NHS institutions, including the high-security hospital Broadmoor. Since June, allegations have come to light involving nine hospitals or ambulance services: Birch Hill and Scott House hospitals in Rochdale, Bethlem Royal and Shenley hospitals in London, West Yorkshire Ambulance Service, St MartinвЂ™s hospital in Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead, Meanwood Park hospital near Leeds and Calderdale Royal hospital. In a written ministerial statement, Hunt said Leeds General Inп¬Ѓrmary, Stoke Mandeville and the Royal Victoria Inп¬Ѓrmary in Newcastle, which were already investigating alleged abuse by Savile, were also looking at allegations that had emerged since June. The publication of the reports had been delayed until January 2015, Hunt said: вЂњAt the request of the Crown Prosecution Service, the publication of the NHS investigations into Jimmy Savile is being delayed until the conclusion of ongoing legal proceedings. вЂњTherefore, I wish to advise the House (of Commons) that there will be a delay in the pub- lication of the outstanding NHS investigation reports. We now hope trusts will publish their reports in January 2015, alongside Kate LampardвЂ™s lessons learnt report.вЂќ Tracey Storey, a specialist lawyer at Irwin Mitchell who is representing some of SavileвЂ™s victims, said: вЂњIt is incredibly worrying to see more concerns related to Savile emerge, and it is vital that authorities work quickly to fully investigate these new allegations. вЂњThe extent of the abuse highlighted by previous and ongoing investigations has been truly horrifying, and the revelation of further allegations raises even more concerns regarding his activities and how he was able to offend over a number of years.вЂќ Findings in the п¬Ѓrst round of NHS investigation reports said Savile committed вЂњtruly awfulвЂќ abuse against patients at hospitals across the country. Branded as an вЂњopportunistic sexual predatorвЂќ by investigators, Savile used the NHS and his celebrity status to вЂњexploit and abuseвЂќ patients and staff. will not have to pay before tense general elections in Britain in May. Osborne said Britain would only pay back half the amount in two instalments next year, because of arrangements involving LondonвЂ™s cherished rebate from the EU, but other European sources insisted the amount was the same. вЂњThis is far beyond what anyone expected us to achieve, and itвЂ™s a result for Britain,вЂќ Osborne told reporters after a meeting his counterparts in Brussels. The original bill was based on a recalculation of member statesвЂ™ budgets over several years, but only emerged at a summit in late October, giving Britain only a few weeks to pay up. France and Germany were set for large payouts under the new rules, while the Netherlands and Italy faced payment demands that were smaller than that of Britain. A furious Cameron had warned that the budget bill, which emerged suddenly at a summit in October, could cause his increasingly eurosceptic countryвЂ™s exit from the Lights on EU in a 2017 referendum. His Conservative party is under intense pressure from the eurosceptic UK Independence Party ahead of next yearвЂ™s elections, leading him to make a series of increasingly strident demands from Brussels. Osborne said that Britain would only pay ВЈ850mn in two instalments in July and September next year, adding that the rest would be offset against a full upfront payment of the ВЈ3bn annual rebate negotiated by premier Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. But European Ex-news editor jailed for phone-hacking Reuters London A Oxford Street is illuminated after singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini switched on the Oxford Street Christmas Lights in London. sources said the amount of 2.1bn euros - arrived at after recalculation - would remain the same for now but that it could be renegotiated after the British elections. вЂњThe amount isnвЂ™t changed,вЂќ one source said. вЂњThe British claim is mixing the amount with the rebate.вЂќ вЂњThe two elements that I said were absolutely clear were that we wouldnвЂ™t pay two billion euros on December 1 and we didnвЂ™t believe in paying anything like that amount,вЂќ Cameron said at the Northern Future Forum in Helsinki. former newspaper executive whose e-mails led to the exposure of widespread phone-hacking at Rupert MurdochвЂ™s now-defunct British tabloid, the News of the World, was jailed for eight months yesterday. Ian Edmondson, 45, worked as news editor on the paper, which was closed three years ago when revelations about the extent of criminal activity became public, sending shockwaves through MurdochвЂ™s News Corp and the British establishment. Edmondson admitted last month conspiring with colleagues to illegally access voicemails, and has been linked to 334 hacking cases, with the victims including actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller and musician Paul McCartney. вЂњI accept ... there was considerable pressure on journalists at the News of the World to obtain stories to sell newspapers,вЂќ said the judge, John Saunders. вЂњThat may have led to a belief that the ends justiп¬Ѓed the means.вЂќ Edmondson is the eighth per- son from what was once BritainвЂ™s biggest-selling paper to have been convicted of involvement in the widespread hacking of phones to п¬Ѓnd exclusive stories about politicians, celebrities, members of the royal family and others. The scam was п¬Ѓrst uncovered at the paper in 2006, but MurdochвЂ™s British newspaper arm News International said then it was limited to its former royal editor Clive Goodman and private detective Glenn Mulcaire, who were both later jailed after admitting offences. However the discovery of three e-mails sent from Mulcaire to Edmondson, then the paperвЂ™s associate editor, at the end of 2010 led to a major new police investigation. The e-mails, dating from 2006, provided instructions on how to hack the phones of the then deputy prime minister, a government minister and Frederick Windsor, the son of Queen ElizabethвЂ™s cousin. Edmondson was sacked in early 2011 and the e-mails were handed over to police who slowly uncovered a huge scandal that ultimately led Murdoch to close the newspaper. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 11 EUROPE German rail strike to end early AFP Berlin G erman train drivers said they would end a nationwide rail strike early, today at 1700 GMT, following days of travel chaos that sparked п¬Ѓerce criticism. GDL trade union chief Claus Weselsky announced yesterday the early end to the industrial action, which started with freight services on Wednesday, added passenger trains the next day and had been due to continue until early Monday. The large-scale strike, which has largely paralysed rail travel in EuropeвЂ™s biggest economy, will now end on the eve of celebrations tomorrow in the capital to mark a quarter-century since the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. Weselsky called the move a вЂњgesture of reconciliationвЂќ when he made the surprise announcement in Frankfurt. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn had earlier legally challenged the unprecedented strike action, but two labour court rulings had found the union was within its rights to stop work. The personnel chief of Deutsche Bahn, Ulrich Weber, called the latest development вЂњgood for our customers and our staff вЂќ. The company is now urgently working to resume its normal schedules on local and intercity trains as soon as possible after the strike ends, it said in a statement. The work stoppage вЂ“ the sixth bout of industrial action since September вЂ“ hit long-distance and regional rail services as well as commuter S-Bahn train networks. GDL has charged that Deutsche Bahn is stonewalling in talks over workersвЂ™ demands for a 5% wage hike and a shorter working week of 37 hours. Some 500 members of the union staged a rally yesterday outside Deutsche Bahn headquarters in central Berlin, where they had travelled on buses from various parts of Germany. Some waved banners demanding shorter work hours, complaining of frequent overtime and claiming that вЂњour batteries are emptyвЂќ. Union leaders also want to represent other groups of employees, not just drivers, within Deutsche Bahn such as conductors, catering staff and dispatchers. According to a poll released on Thursday, 51% of Germans say they do not support the strike, while 46% voiced understanding. The winners have been rental car companies and long distance coach operators. The bus company MeinFernbus said it had scheduled 500 additional services for the weekend, as bookings were four times higher than normal. Kiev: Russian tanks and troops enter rebel areas AFP Kiev U kraine said yesterday that dozens of tanks and truckloads of soldiers had crossed from Russia into Kremlin-backed rebel territory, as п¬Ѓve servicemen were killed in the latest п¬Ѓghting to tear apart a nominal ceaseп¬Ѓre. The allegations that Moscow is stepping up reinforcements for the insurgents stoked fears that both sides could slide into a return to all-out п¬Ѓghting. A column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer cannons and 30 trucks carrying troops and equipment crossed the border into the separatist-held Luhansk region on Thursday, Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said, adding that another convoy including three mobile radar stations had also entered the same area. Nato said it had not veriп¬Ѓed the claims of the latest incursion but stated it had observed вЂњa recent increase in Russian troops and equipment along the eastern border of UkraineвЂќ. вЂњIf this crossing into Ukraine is conп¬Ѓrmed it would be further evidence of RussiaвЂ™s aggression and direct involvement in destabilising Ukraine,вЂќ a Nato military officer said. However, the Russian defence ministry said yesterday that a string of Western accusations concerning troop movements around the Ukraine border were вЂњuntrueвЂќ. Lysenko said п¬Ѓve Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 16 injured in the past 24 hours in clashes between government forces and pro-Moscow rebels, underscoring the emptiness of a two-month truce that both sides continue to insist they are respecting. Fifteen civilians were wounded by shrapnel in the separatist bastion of Donetsk, the mayorвЂ™s office said, in a night of shelling in two neighbourhoods near the ruins of the airport, where government troops are holding out. An AFP journalist reported heavy artillery bombardments had resumed in the area around the strategic transport hub late yesterday. While the September truce agreement has seen full-scale confrontations halt along most of the frontline, shelling has continued at п¬‚ashpoints around the industrial east. Ukrainian President Petro A picture taken yesterday a bunch of flowers at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in the village of Hrabove, some 80km east of Donetsk. Dutch investigators have found more human remains at the crash site, an official with the separatist authorities in the region said yesterday. However, it was too early to say whether the remains were those of people killed in the downing of flight MH17 or combatants in the fighting that has taken place in the same area between rebels and Ukrainian government forces. Poroshenko warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call of an escalation in the conп¬‚ict following вЂњsigniп¬Ѓcant departuresвЂќ from the agreed peace plan, his office said. The rebels held leadership elections on Sunday, defying Kiev with a move that sought to formalise their control over the separatist-held territory. S panish judges have dropped a money-laundering case against the kingвЂ™s sister Cristina but upheld tax fraud charges, leaving her still at risk of standing trial in a scandal unprecedented for SpainвЂ™s royals. In a written ruling the court on the island of Mallorca answered the latest appeals in a case that contributed to the abdication this year of King FelipeвЂ™s father, Juan Carlos. The judges decided to вЂњpartially uphold the appeals ... dismissing the proceedings with regard to money-laundering and maintaining the charges of co-operating in tax fraudвЂќ against Cristina, 49, they wrote in a ruling seen by AFP. Judicial sources said the lesser tax fraud charges may yet be overturned by a separate investigating judge, who has the п¬Ѓnal say on whether the princess goes on trial. It would be the п¬Ѓrst time a direct relative of a Spanish monarch ended up in the dock and a big headache for Felipe who record low of over 60 to the euro before recovering to around 57. As concerns mounted over the volatile currency, RussiaвЂ™s central bank went back on a pledge on Wednesday to limit interventions by saying that it was now willing to prop up the ruble. In a rare chance for dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet his US counterpart John Kerry today ahead of the APEC summit in Beijing next week, Russian news agencies reported. But in a sign of how far relations have slumped, the Kremlin ruled out an official sit-down between President Vladimir Putin and US leader Barack Obama. The Kremlin strongman has agreed to an uncomfortable meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has promised to confront Putin over the deaths of Australians onboard the Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over rebel territory in July. Dutch investigators have recovered more human remains from the crash site, a rebel ofп¬Ѓcial said yesterday, although it is too early to tell if they are some of the 298 victims from the downed plane or combatants killed in п¬Ѓghting. Celebrations begin for Berlin WallвЂ™s fall AFP Berlin G A Deutsche Bahn office building is pictured through the installation Lichtgrenze (Border of Light) along a former Berlin Wall location in Berlin. A part of the inner city of Berlin is being temporarily divided from November 7 to 9, with a light installation featuring 8,000 luminous white balloons to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The celebrations is taking place this weekend. Key charge dropped against Spain princess AFP Madrid In response, UkraineвЂ™s border guards announced obligatory passport controls around the rebel-held areas on Thursday, effectively setting up a de facto border despite KievвЂ™s insistence that it has not given up on reclaiming sovereignty. That move dovetailed with a government decision to sever state subsidies worth some $2.4bn (в‚¬1.8bn) each year to the guerrilla regions. In the wake of SundayвЂ™s rebel polls, Poroshenko also said separatists had вЂњtorpedoedвЂќ a government proposal to give them autonomy and he ordered troops to reinforce frontline cities. The United States and European Union have already slapped tough sanctions on Moscow and PolandвЂ™s foreign minister has warned of a new Iron Curtain falling across Europe. Top EU diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Thursday that the 28-nation bloc would review sanctions on Russia in 10 days, with pressure mounting to add to the punitive measures after Moscow endorsed the rebel elections. MoscowвЂ™s foreign ministry appeared keen yesterday to pull back slightly by specifying it вЂњrespectedвЂќ вЂ“ but had not ofп¬Ѓcially recognised вЂ“ the results of the vote, although it was not clear whether this semantic nicety would be enough to ease Western criticism. The п¬Ѓnancial isolation over the Ukraine crisis вЂ“ along with falling oil prices вЂ“ has hammered RussiaвЂ™s п¬‚agging economy. The ruble plunged early yesterday by over 3% to a new took the throne in June promising an вЂњhonest and transparent monarchyвЂќ. Investigating judge Jose Castro accused Cristina of knowingly beneп¬Ѓting from suspect business dealings by her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, 46, who took the title of Duke of Palma when he married. Urdangarin is himself accused of embezzlement. The judges upheld yesterday a further charge of money-laundering against him. CristinaвЂ™s lawyers have insisted she is innocent and vowed to continue п¬Ѓghting the remaining charges. Her lawyer Miquel Roca told reporters that the defence found the decision to uphold the tax charge вЂњsurprisingвЂќ. вЂњWe are going to continue with the defence because we believe that there are not sufficient grounds to bring any kind of accusation,вЂќ he said. The investigating judge is at odds not only with CristinaвЂ™s defence team but also public prosecutor Pedro Horrach, who has branded the charges вЂњslyвЂќ and вЂњinquisitorialвЂќ. Horrach had earlier called Princess Cristina with Inaki Urdangarin. for Cristina to be just a witness in the case. Media quoted him as saying yesterday that he did not know whether she was now likely to go on trial. Urdangarin is accused along with a former business partner of creaming off в‚¬6mn ($8mn) in public funds from contracts awarded to Noos, a charitable foundation. Cristina sat on the board of Noos and Urdangarin was its chairman. Investigators suspect that a separate company jointly owned by the couple, Aizoon, served as a front for laundering the embezzled money. Summoned by Castro in February, Cristina turned up smil- ing at the court and told the judge she had simply trusted her husband and had no knowledge of his business affairs. Castro grilled Cristina in a six-hour hearing over accounts that indicated Aizoon money was used for personal expenses, including work on the coupleвЂ™s Barcelona mansion, dance lessons and Harry Potter books. A mother of four with a masterвЂ™s degree from New York University, Cristina was once considered untouchable as a member of the royal family. But the so-called Noos affair fanned public anger against the monarchy and the ruling class during the recent years of economic hardship in Spain. Detained drone suspects released The mystery over a spate of unidentified drones spotted flying over French nuclear facilities deepened yesterday after two men detained near a plant were released when police found they were harmless model enthusiasts. French authorities have been left scratching their heads after detecting at least 18 flyovers throughout the country over the past month, and police are clueless as to who is piloting these unmanned aircraft at a time of heightened vigilance in the face of Islamic extremism. In the latest incidents this week, a drone flew over the Saint-Alban atomic plant in the southeast on Wednesday night, and the next evening, an unmanned aircraft zipped over the Marcoule nuclear site just under 200km away. On Wednesday, police detained two men aged 24 and 31 and a woman after they were found with two drones near the Belleville-sur-Loire nuclear plant in central France. But prosecutor Vincent Bonnefoy later told reporters that their two drone flights вЂњhad no connection with the other nuclear sites overflown since OctoberвЂќ. The 21-year-old woman was released on Thursday, and the two men walked free yesterday. ermany kicked off celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall yesterday, set to culminate in rock stars and freedom icons joining millions at an open-air party. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, was leading three days of commemorations for those killed trying to п¬‚ee the repressive state, ahead of a giant festival tomorrow marking the joyous breach of EuropeвЂ™s Cold War division on November 9, 1989. вЂњI think you never forget how you felt that day вЂ“ at least I will never forget it,вЂќ Merkel, 60, said in a recent podcast. вЂњI had to wait 35 years for that feeling of liberty. It changed my life.вЂќ The festivities under the banner вЂњCourage for FreedomвЂќ are remembering the peaceful revolution that led communist authorities to п¬Ѓnally open the border after 28 years in which Easterners were prisoners of their own country. Germany would reunite within the year, on October 3, 1990. The city set up an ambitious installation featuring nearly 7,000 white balloons pegged to the ground along a 15km stretch of the WallвЂ™s former 155km path and dramatically illuminated them at dusk. The glowing orbs, which from above look like a long string of pearls, are to be released tomorrow from their ropes and set free into the night sky, to the stirring strains of BeethovenвЂ™s Ode to Joy. Mayor Klaus Wowereit said the worldвЂ™s eyes would once again be trained on the now reuniп¬Ѓed German capital this weekend вЂњwith joy, goodwill and the knowledge that Berlin today is an open, tolerant and globally recognised metropolis in the heart of EuropeвЂќ. Earlier yesterday dissident singer Wolf Biermann, who was kicked out of East Germany in 1976, performed his protest song Ermutigung (Encouragement) in the Bundestag lower house of parliament, in a tribute to those who resisted the regime. He used the opportunity to take a swipe at the far-left Linke, which has roots in East GermanyвЂ™s ruling party and had criticised BiermannвЂ™s invitation to appear at the session. вЂњYour punishment is to have to listen to me here вЂ“ enjoy,вЂќ he called out to heckling Linke deputies, calling them вЂњthe wretched remains of what has fortunately been surmountedвЂќ. The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, whose вЂњperestroikaвЂќ and вЂњglasnostвЂќ reforms helped pave the way for the WallвЂ™s fall, was to greet crowds at the former Checkpoint Charlie border crossing. Gorbachev, 83, who is revered here for having refrained from a bloody crackdown on protesters in 1989, will then join former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher for a debate about the legacy of those heady days, and the resurgence of tensions between Russia and the West. That evening, Merkel will attend a memorial concert at Bertolt BrechtвЂ™s historic Berliner Ensemble theatre opposite the former вЂњPalace of TearsвЂќ, where Easterners said goodbye to visitors returning to West Germany. And tomorrow she will open a major exhibition on Bernauer Strasse, a street divided by the Wall that saw harrowing scenes of families and neighbours ripped apart overnight when the Wall went up in 1961. Following a ceremony at the elegant Gendarmenmarkt square, at least 2mn people are expected to gather for an outdoor вЂњcitizensвЂ™ festivalвЂќ at the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of German unity. There, Gorbachev and former Polish president and freedom icon Lech Walesa, 71, will join German head of state Joachim Gauck, 74, a former pastor and rights activist in the East, and Hungarian ex-premier Miklos Nemeth, 66. Entertainment will range from the Berlin State Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim to a п¬Ѓreworks display and performances by East German rock band Silly and techno musician Paul Kalkbrenner. British singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel will perform the Wall anthem Heroes, which David Bowie recorded when he lived in then West Berlin. The East German authorities built the Wall, which they called an вЂњAnti-Fascist Protection RampartвЂќ, in August 1961 to halt an exodus to the West. On November 9, 1989, East German border guards, overwhelmed by large crowds, threw open the gates to West Berlin, allowing free passage for the п¬Ѓrst time since it was built. At least 389 people lost their lives trying to escape communist East Germany. 12 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 INDIA VERDICT CRIME LAW AND ORDER TRANSPORT TRAGEDY Kashmir ex-minister jailed for graft Teacher held for abusing 32 students Body of Australia-born child found in Punjab Gujarat to get seaplane services вЂ�DepressedвЂ™ woman jumps to death from hospital Former Jammu and Kashmir minister Mohamed Dilawar Mir was sentenced to three years in jail and a fine of Rs32.1mn in a 20-yearold corruption case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge, L K Gaur, sentenced 67-year-old Mir after convicting him under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court held that the prosecution has been successful in proving that Dilbagh Singh Kanwar, the then general manager of National Fertilizers (NFL), in conspiracy with Mir, had abused his position as a public servant by awarding a contract to the company Good Friends Agencies without having the power to do so. A government school teacher was arrested in Mizoram on charges of raping and sexually abusing 32 students, police said in Aizawl yesterday. вЂњSaichal village primary school teacher Lalhmingmawia, 30, was arrested yesterday after first information reports were lodged with the police by parents of two victims,вЂќ a police official said. Subsequent inquiry and interrogation of the teacher revealed that he had either molested or raped 30 more girl students in the past three years in the same school. The victims are aged between eight and 12 years and they did not report the abuse out of fear as the teacher had threatened them with dire consequences. A five-year-old boy born in Australia, who had gone missing last month, was yesterday found dead in PunjabвЂ™s Mohali town, police said. The boy, Mehram, went missing on October 28 from outside his motherвЂ™s house in MohaliвЂ™s Phase 9 area, 10km from Chandigarh. The boy was playing outside the house when he went missing. Police said the body was found from a garbage dump. Angry relatives and residents of the area blocked a road in Mohali after news of the boyвЂ™s body being found. Police had earlier booked four members of his paternal family, including his father, after the boy went missing. MumbaiвЂ™s Maritime Energy Heli Air Services (MEHAIR) Pvt Ltd, which operates IndiaвЂ™s first onshore seaplane services in Maharashtra, will soon launch regional amphibian aircraft services within Gujarat, an official said yesterday. The department of civil aviation and the Gujarat government yesterday issued a letter of intent (LoI) to MEHAIR after it was selected through a competitive tendering process. This will make Gujarat the second state to have its own regional intra-state aviation services. The LoI was handed over to MEHAIR co-founder and director Siddharth Verma by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Gujarat Aviation Minister Saurabh Patel. A 59-year-old woman patient, who was being treated for depression at a hospital in Ghaziabad, committed suicide yesterday by jumping from the seventh floor of the hospital building, police said. Neena Sarvaria, wife of Anil Sarvaria and a resident of Greater Kailash area of Delhi, was being treated at the Pushpanjali Crossley Hospital for depression. She was admitted on October 30 to the hospitalвЂ™s private ward.The woman jumped from the seventh floor of the hospital at 3pm yesterday, police said. Inspector Hardayal Singh Yadav from the Indirapuram police station said the body has been sent for post-mortem examination. Tackling forest blaze Airport review ordered as jet hits buffalo on Surat runway IANS New Delhi A day after a SpiceJet aircraft carrying 140 passengers had a narrow escape at Surat airport where the plane hit a stray animal, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju directed a high-level inquiry into the matter and the incidents of security breaches at the runways. вЂњThe minister has directed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to send teams to visit all such airports where there are similar safety concerns, within the next one month and to take remedial measures within three months,вЂќ a civil aviation spokesperson said. Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet suspended its services to Surat indeп¬Ѓnitely after one of its aircraft had a run-in with a stray animal late on Thursday night. вЂњThe minister has directed the AAI to send teams to visit all such airports where there are similar safety concerns and to take remedial measures within three monthsвЂќ вЂњOn Thursday night a stray buffalo hit one of our aircraft on take-off roll at Surat airport. The buffalo was essentially invisible against a dark background,вЂќ a spokesperson for the airline said. According to the spokesperson, services from Surat will be suspended indeп¬Ѓnitely due to aircraft being grounded and to await results of investigation along with corrective measures that will be taken by the airport authorities. The Boeing 737-800 п¬‚ight No.SG 622 from Surat to New Delhi was carrying 140 passengers and six crew. All are reported to be safe. вЂњAll passengers and crew were safe, however the aircraft was impacted quite severely and hence was grounded. An alternate aircraft was arranged by SpiceJet for the passengers who departed for New Delhi,вЂќ the spokesperson added. Earlier, aviation regulator directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) ordered an inquiry into the incident and a team from DGCAвЂ™s regional headquarters in Mumbai also visited the accident site. Safety experts feel that the incident might have had dire consequences for the on-board passengers as trying to avoid the animal at such high speed could have resulted in the aircraft overturning or going off the runway. вЂњThis is a serious incident in which there could have been many fatalities. The airports authority needs to secure the runway parameters by erecting walls or other methods,вЂќ H S Khola, former chief of the DGCA, said. вЂњSuch incidents are more prevalent around those airports which are surrounded by villages. In such cases it is very important to have necessary robust and effective ways to keep out the stray animals.вЂќ These type of breaches by stray animals from surrounding villages have been reported earlier as well from Surat. The airport there also has a п¬Ѓsh ponds just adjacent to its boundary which attracts birds, causing safety hazards. Not just Surat but the runways of national capital Indira Gandhi International Airport were infamous for stray animal breaches before. However, with the airport operatorsвЂ™ efforts and new parameter fencing with intruder alert system in place-- no such incidents have been reported in the recent past. However, a senior AAI official said that stray animals like dogs, antelope, cows, jackals, snakes, and even monkeys were found around runway areas. An Indian Air Force helicopter works to douse a forest fire near Visakhapatnam yesterday. DвЂ™Souza threatens to quit if not made Goa CM IANS Panaji I n a development which could embarrass the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) on the eve of Chief Minister Manohar ParrikarвЂ™s impending elevation to the union cabinet, Deputy Chief Minister Francis DвЂ™Souza threatened to quit the government if he was not made the chief minister. The tantrum by DвЂ™Souza comes a day before the BJP swears in a new chief minister following the elevation of Parrikar to the union cabinet, possibly as defence minister. вЂњIf I am not made chief ModiвЂ™s offer fails to enthuse Shiv Sena IANS Mumbai T he Shiv Sena has expressed its indifference to the offer of two central berths in Prime Minister Narendra ModiвЂ™s proposed expansion of his ministry in the next couple of days. Conп¬Ѓrming the developments, a senior Sena leader said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was merely implementing its promise to induct two more (Sena) nominees in the cabinet expansion. The assurance was given to the party a few months ago and the whole issue would be discussed by the party before taking a decision on the matter, he said. вЂњIt will be thoroughly discussed and a decision shall be taken by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray... It would depend on whether the offer is for cabinet, minister of state or independent charge,вЂќ the leader said, requesting anonymity. The PMO (Prime MinisterвЂ™s Office) on Thursday sought two Shiv Sena nominees to be included in the union cabinet, to join Industry Minister Anant Geete. The development came even as the Sena is undecided over extending support to the minority BJP government in Maharashtra headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Sena has been bargaining hard for securing the plum post of deputy chief minister and other important ministries in exchange for its support to the BJP in the vote-of-conп¬Ѓdence scheduled here on November 12. The BJP has made it clear that it would consider SenaвЂ™s demands only if it helps it clear the trust vote without pre-conditions. But, the Sena is wary, after it was snubbed last May during the formation of ModiвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst ministry when it got only one berth, and later as the BJP snapped its 25-year old alliance (with Shiv Sena) on September 25. The Sena leaders claim that the offer of two berths in the union cabinet would in no way affect the partyвЂ™s strategy in Maharashtra. The BJP, with 121 MLAs, plus one pre-poll ally, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, needs the support of 145 in the 288-member house. The Sena has 63 legislators, but the NCP with 41 has decided to abstain from voting ensuring smooth sailing for Fadnavis. Meanwhile Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra FadnavisвЂ™ plan to appoint a chief executive officer (CEO) for Mumbai has sparked a row, with the Shiv Sena alleging it was a move to separate the city from Maharashtra. вЂњThis smacks of a plan to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra and we shall oppose it,вЂќ party MP Rahul Shewale from south Mumbai said. Shewale added that this proved that Fadnavis lacks the conп¬Ѓdence to manage the city since the urban development department is usually handled by the chief minister. minister, I do not wish to continue in the government,вЂќ said DвЂ™Souza, who has the backing of six BJP legislators, including at least three Catholic legislators and two independents. Two of the top contenders for the Goa chief ministerвЂ™s post are Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Speaker of the assembly Rajendra Arlekar. Since yesterday morning, a section of BJPвЂ™s Catholic legislators have been demanding that a Catholic be made the chief minister. вЂњIt will send a great message to the rest of the country that the BJP has a minority chief minister, especially with another round of state elections around the corner,вЂќ BJP legislator from Calangute, Michael Lobo, told the media. The BJP вЂњwill be able to erase the communal tag once and for allвЂќ, Lobo said. Lobo is rooting for DвЂ™Souza for the chief ministerial position. Lobo was one of the 20 BJP legislators who met formally at the state assembly where Parrikar told them about his impending departure. The meeting where legislators of the ruling party will ofп¬Ѓcially choose their chief ministerial candidate and forward it to the partyвЂ™s highest decisionmaking body - the parliamentary board - will be held today. Glen Ticlo, the BJP legislator Film premiere from Aldona in North Goa, also supported the candidature of the deputy chief minister, calling it an excellent idea to promote someone from a minority faith. вЂњIt will be excellent if the deputy chief minister is made the chief minister. But if someone else is selected, we will be supportive too,вЂќ Ticlo added. Ticlo, a п¬Ѓrst time legislator, made a further pitch for widening the scope of cabinet opportunities to п¬Ѓrst-time legislators too. Parrikar had made it a norm not to allow п¬Ѓrst-time party legislators as ministers in his cabinet. вЂњWe are capable. The rule Army admits killing two Kashmir youths IANS Srinagar T Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala attends the premiere of Hindi film Rang Rasiya directed by Ketan Mehta in Mumbai. should be re-looked,вЂќ he said. Another Catholic legislator, Carlos Almeida, from Vasco, Panaji, said it would be natural progression if the deputy chief minister was promoted to chief minister. вЂњA son usually takes over from the father, it is as natural as that,вЂќ Almeida pointed out. Environment Minister Alina Saldanha, a Catholic herself, is against making religion a yardstick for political appointments. вЂњPerformance and capability alone should matter,вЂќ she said, when asked about demands by several Catholic legislators to promote DвЂ™Souza as chief ministerial candidate. he army yesterday took responsibility for the killing of two youths and injuries to two others in the November 3 п¬Ѓring at a car in Jammu and Kashmir, and said it will co-operate in any inquiry. Addressing a media conference at the 15 Corps headquarters in Badami Bagh cantonment here, the armyвЂ™s Northern Command chief, Lieutenant General D H Hooda said: вЂњWe sincerely wish that the killing of civilians wouldnвЂ™t have happened. We share the sorrow of the families. An inquiry has already been ordered.вЂќ Two youths - Faisal Yusuf Bhat and Mehrajuddin Dar - were killed in Chattergam village of Badgam district on November 3 after soldiers of the 53 Rashtriya Riп¬‚es п¬Ѓred on a speeding car. Two other youths travelling in the car were injured. Lt. Gen. Hooda said 15 civilian witnesses have recorded their statements, apart from those from the army. He said the armyвЂ™s inquiry will be completed in around 10 days, and added that the army would co-operate with any other inquiry being conducted into the incident. вЂњWe will co-operate in any other inquiry. Circumstances of the п¬Ѓring are being investigated. We take responsibility of what has happened,вЂќ the Northern Command GOC-inC said. вЂњA compensation for the victims of the п¬Ѓring has been approved by the defence ministry.вЂќ Lt. Gen. Hooda said rehabilitation of the injured would be taken care of by the army. вЂњI admit that mistake has happened, otherwise why would two civilian boys have been killed like this.вЂќ The army had earlier said the driver of the car jumped the vehicle check posts set up in Chattergam following information that guerrillas were moving in the area in a car. Police later conп¬Ѓrmed that none of the four youths travelling in the car had any militant record. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 13 INDIA PEOPLE TRAGEDY INITIATIVE OFFICIAL BREAKTHROUGH Politician faces flak over staged photo 13 babies die at West Bengal hospital Kamal Haasan club to clean 25 Tamil Nadu lakes Sushma Swaraj to visit UAE on Monday Burdwan blast accusedвЂ™s wife nabbed in Assam Ever since new Prime Minister Narendra Modi wielded a broom to launch his вЂ�Clean IndiaвЂ™ campaign last month, high-profile figures have been falling over themselves to be photographed sweeping the streets. But for one hapless politician, the move backfired after a worker was photographed scattering leaves just so he could pose sweeping them up. The images exposing Satish Upadhyay, a New Delhi leader of ModiвЂ™s BJP, went viral after they were published by the Mail Today newspaper. Upadhyay, defended himself, saying he had been invited to a clean-up event and blamed the organisers. вЂњWhoever has done it, it hasnвЂ™t been done right,вЂќ he told CNN-IBN. Crib deaths are again haunting West Bengal with at least 13 infants dying since Wednesday at the Malda Medical College and Hospital, an official said yesterday. Medical superintendent and vice principal M A Rashid said: вЂњSince Wednesday, 13 babies have died. All of them were underweight and brought in very critical condition.вЂќ Rashid said the hospital, which frequently witnesses crib deaths, is well equipped to face any kind of exigencies but the deaths were happening mostly because the babies are often brought in critical condition. The hospital accounted for at least 20 crib deaths in October while casualties were also reported in June and July. Volunteers of actor-filmmaker Kamal HaasanвЂ™s вЂ�Narpani IyakkamвЂ™ (Welfare Club), who are cleaning Madhambakkam lake in Chennai yesterday announced that they will adopt and clean 25 lakes in Tamil Nadu. вЂњCleaning IndiaвЂ™s fresh water bodies is critical and needs to be done on a war footing. All our water bodies are being converted into sewer drains and dumpyards,вЂќ read a statement. вЂњThus, All India Kamal Haasan Narpani IyakkamвЂ™s volunteers will join hands with the Environmentalists Foundation of IndiaвЂ™s team of research volunteers to adopt and clean 25 lakes across Tamil Nadu,вЂќ added the statement. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is paying her first official visit to the United Arab Emirates from November 10-12, during which she will hold discussions on bilateral, regional and other issues of mutual interest. Sushma Swaraj will also interact with the Indian community during her visit, which is taking place at the invitation of her UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan. India enjoys close and multifaceted comprehensive partnership with UAE. The well-balanced bilateral trade amounted to $59bn in 2013-14. The 2.6mn strong and vibrant Indian community forms the largest expatriate group in the UAE. A joint team of the special operation unit of Assam Police and the CRPF has arrested Sujina Begum, wife of Shahnur Alom, one of the 12 suspects involved in the recent bomb blast at Burdwan in West Bengal. Both Shahnur Alom and Sujina were on the wanted list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the blast case. The NIA recently released photographs of the 12 suspects and announced a cash award of Rs5mn on Shahnur Alom. вЂњWe arrested Sujina from the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in GuwahatiвЂ™s Boragaon area Thursday night,вЂќ said Guwahati superintendent of police (in-charge) Pranab Goswami. Bar owner reiterates graft claim against minister Rains lash Srinagar Fund shortage hampers NIA war against terrorism IANS Thiruvananthapuram W histleblower bar owner Biju Ramesh yesterday said he has briefed the vigilance team probing his allegation of money being paid to the state п¬Ѓnance minister to ensure 418 bars in Kerala are allowed to open. Emerging after a four-hour meeting with the vigilance team, Ramesh yesterday said that he stood by what he said earlier in the bar graft case. вЂњI have disclosed everything in detail and this was no questioning at all. They took down everything and itвЂ™s just the same that I have disclosed to the media,вЂќ Ramesh told reporters here. Participating in a live TV news programme last Friday, Ramesh said that State Finance Minister K M Mani was given Rs10mn to ensure that 418 bars in the state are allowed to reopen. Soon after the revelation, the Left opposition was up in arms demanding the resignation of Mani. Leader of the opposition, V S Achuthanandan, sought a vigilance probe. The Oommen Chandy government formed a п¬Ѓve-member vigilance probe team and it was they who took the statement from Ramesh. вЂњHe (Mani) asked for Rs50mn and Rs10mn was given. Everything that I revealed before was told to the vigilance. My association (Kerala Bar Owners Association) has appointed a five-member team and they have handed over all the evidence to vigilance,вЂќ added Ramesh. The executive meeting of the association held on Thursday at Kochi decided to back Ramesh and a п¬Ѓve-member committee was appointed to п¬Ѓnd out more details of the alleged bribery and if any other minister was given money. Refuting the allegations, State Excise Minister K Babu yesterday challenged the bar association to come out with evidence. Reuters New Delhi W Rains lash Srinagar yesterday bringing more misery to residents. The Leh-Srinagar highway has been shut after the region received heavy snowfall. hen a bomb went off last month in West Bengal, police at IndiaвЂ™s leading counterterrorism organisation had to hail taxis to get to the scene because they did not have enough cars. The admission by two officers from the National Investigation Agency underlines how poorly equipped it is to fulп¬Ѓl its role of investigating the most serious terrorism cases, cutting off funding to militants and putting suspects on trial. The NIAвЂ™s woes are symptomatic of an overstretched intelligence network at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi must counter the growing threat of militants from Al Qaeda, and possibly also Islamic State, gaining a foothold in the worldвЂ™s largest democracy. The NIA has no officers specialising in cyber surveillance, explosives or tracing chemicals and has been forced to ask companies to decrypt computers recovered at crime scenes, officers said. вЂњThe government has its budget constraints; we have done quite well in cracking cases with the resources at our disposal,вЂќ NIA head Sharad Kumar said. When NIA officers eventually arrived at the scene of the blast in West Bengal, bordering Bangladesh, what they discovered was important. Two members of a banned Bangladeshi militant group had blown themselves up building bombs, and the NIA believes they were part of a series of plots to destabilise Bangladesh. The NIA, which had only opened its West Bengal branch F or the second time in п¬Ѓve months, Bhutan hosted an important visitor from India, as the kingdom pulled out all stops to demonstrate its special ties with the country and warm feelings towards President Pranab Mukherjee. The visit reinforces the вЂњhigh importanceвЂќ New Delhi attaches to this relationship, the president said. The presidentвЂ™s visit came within п¬Ѓve months of Prime Minister Narendra ModiвЂ™s June 15-16, less than three weeks after assuming office in what was his maiden foreign visit as prime minister. It was, however, the п¬Ѓrst presidential visit from India to this country in over a quarter of a century. Although the president, in an interview to the national newspaper Kuensel, emphasised in response to a question that his visit вЂњhas no connection with Bhutan-China talksвЂќ, that Beijing was an elephant in the room and its persistent attempts to leverage the talks to its strategic advantage that would be detrimental to India has been a point of concern for Indian policy makers. Bhutan has no diplomatic ties with China but Beijing has been trying to put pressure on Thimphu for the last few years to allow it to open its mission in Thimphu, which the latter has been resisting. That Bhutan considers its historic ties with India вЂњspecialвЂќ needed no better affirmation than the surprise presence of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema at the airport to receive President Mukherjee, bypassing protocol. Earlier, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay was scheduled to receive the head of Indian state. Mukherjee came yesterday morning by a special Indian Air Force plane to Paro, from where he drove to Thimphu, a 56km route that was lined by п¬‚ag-wav- ing schoolchildren, villagers. At places along the route villagers brought out ceremonial offerings of fruits, п¬‚owers and incense in honour of the visiting dignitary. Mukherjee, said aides, had a 40-year relationship with Bhutan and has been held вЂњin high esteem by its leadership and common peopleвЂќ. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh described the peopleвЂ™s turnout for President Mukherjee as вЂњunprecedentedвЂќ. Later, Mukherjee was formally welcomed by the king and the queen at the Tashichhodzong, the magniп¬Ѓcent seat of BhutanвЂ™s government which also serves as the kingвЂ™s office besides housing a famous monastery. The president is accompanied by several members of parliament, including BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who is expected to be sworn in as a minister on Sunday, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and senior officials. вЂњThe government has its budget constraints; we have done quite well in cracking cases with the resources at our disposalвЂќ Before the Mumbai attack, IndiaвЂ™s security agencies were so riven by conп¬‚ict and miscommunication that they failed to process warnings about the threat of a sea-borne assault, the government said later, vowing to revamp the state machinery. Six years later and Modi has yet to lay out plans to overhaul the structure of the security services or improve the information flow between agencies, according to police and intelligence officers. Since winning power in May, his domestic security focus has been to boost surveillance of suspects in the Muslim community following the rise of Islamic State and to improve intelligence ties with the US and Israel, government officials said. So far his government has not responded to the NIAвЂ™s request made months ago to double the staff, recruit more specialists and create a national centre of excellence to train officers. A home ministry spokesman declined to comment on those requests, part of a blueprint to overhaul the NIA. Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conп¬‚ict Management in New Delhi, said there had been вЂњaggression from the new government in its statements and its posturing on terrorism. вЂњThere is no sign of a dramatic transformation in its approach, and until we get that, then the best you can hope for is for the same people to do a little better.вЂќ INFIGHTING Like many countries, India has several intelligence and investigation agencies. The Intelligence Bureau is the domestic unit and the Research and Analysis Wing is an external spy agency. The military runs its own intelligence wing and so do paramilitary organisations like the Border Security Force. Inп¬Ѓghting continues to hinder IndiaвЂ™s ability to prevent attacks and agencies are often reluctant to share information, according to intelligence officials at these organisations as well as experts. вЂњThe Indian intelligence services have long been plagued by stove piping and failure to share information,вЂќ said Bruce Riedel, a former senior CIA expert on South Asia who has advised President Barack Obama on policy in the region. вЂњModiвЂ™s new national security adviser, Ajit Doval, a long-time intelligence professional, will have the job of making the services perform at a higher level.вЂќ Search on for sailors as navy vessel sinks President denies Bhutan visit linked to China talks IANS Thimphu п¬Ѓve days earlier, was caught by surprise by the blast, as were other Indian intelligence agencies. It is now investigating the case and says it is struggling to п¬Ѓnd a dozen senior militant leaders who it said had п¬‚ed the area after the explosion. The NIA was created in response to the siege of Mumbai when Pakistani gunmen killed 166 people in a commando-style assault on two luxury hotels, a train station and a Jewish centre in 2008. The agency is seen as IndiaвЂ™s answer to the Federal Bureau of InvestigationвЂ™s counterterrorism wing, although, despite a population four times that of the US, it has about 0.5% of the funding of its American counterpart. IANS New Delhi F King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema receive President Mukherjee at the Bhutan airport yesterday. our navy personnel, including an officer, remained missing yesterday while the navy launched fullscale search and rescue (SAR) operation after its torpedo recovery vessel (TRV) sank off the Visakhapatnam coast on Thursday night. A board of inquiry headed by a captain has been constituted to investigate into the circumstances leading to the mishap. Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan, who is on an official visit to Seychelles, has cut short his visit to reach Visakhapatnam. A defence ministry release said that nine ships of the Eastern Fleet and a few aircraft, including Boeing P8I, Dorniers, Sea King 42C, and Chetak helicopters have been deployed through the night to search for the missing personnel. вЂњAt the time of the incident, there were 29 personnel on board. One sailor has lost his life during the rescue operation and four personnel (one officer and three sailors) are still reported missing,вЂќ the release said. It said that as per the initial reports, the probable reason for the sinking of the vessel seems to be ingress of sea water (п¬‚ooding) in the engine room and aft steering compartment of the vessel. Sources said the likely cause was вЂњmaterial failureвЂќ. The ship was built by Goa Shipyard Ltd in 1983. TRV is an auxiliary vessel used to recover practice torpedoes п¬Ѓred by п¬‚eet ships and submarines. The navy has witnessed a series of accidents over the past year. Earlier this year, the then navy chief Admiral D K Joshi resigned taking moral responsibility for вЂњthe accidents and incidentsвЂќ. In August last year, 18 crew members on board вЂ” three ofп¬Ѓcers and 15 sailors вЂ” were killed when blasts ripped through the torpedo compartment of the INS Sindhurakshak while the submarine was berthed at the Mumbai harbour. 14 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 LATIN AMERICA PEOPLE A Palestinian student is welcomed at the Simon Bolivar airport outside Caracas. Some 100 Palestinian students arrived in Caracas to begin their studies in medicine at a medical school in Caracas. Mexico cancels Chinese bullet train deal OFFBEAT DEFIANT POLICY DECISION Mujica offered $1mn for 27-year-old car Venezuela вЂ�collectivesвЂ™ defy disarmament bid Rousseff vows to trim budget, curb inflation Ecuador, Venezuela to press Opec to cut oil output The car that Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has driven for 27 years is no luxury vehicle but apparently is worth a lot of money. The 79-year-old, whose presidential term expires early next year, has been offered $1mn dollars for the blue Volkswagen by a Sheikh whom he met in June at the G77 summit in Bolivia. According to the magazine Busqueda, Mujica is seriously weighing the offer and would donate the proceeds to a government programme for the construction of housing for the poor. The left-leaning head of state says he has received many offers for the car, but none that compare to the SheikhвЂ™s bid. Armed groups of supporters of VenezuelaвЂ™s late president Hugo Chavez have refused to take part in a government-sponsored disarmament effort aimed at combating rampant crime, posing a delicate problem for his successor. вЂњWe are not criminal bands, we are revolutionary bands,вЂќ said a statement by representatives of 260 groups known as вЂњcollectivesвЂќ that flourished under Chavez, who died last year of cancer after 14 years in power. вЂњIt seems totally absurd to ask collectives involved in revolutionary work to give up their arms just as if they were any old criminal organisation,вЂќ the statement said. President Dilma Rousseff vowed to redouble her efforts to jolt BrazilвЂ™s sluggish economy out of its doldrums, including new measures to curb inflation and reduce spending. In an interview published in yesterdayвЂ™s editions of several of the nationвЂ™s leading newspapers, the newly re-elected leader promised to take measures to reinvigorate BrazilвЂ™s economy, the seventh-largest in the world. вЂњWe will reinforce inflation controls and will keep our spending within budget restrictions,вЂќ she said in her first major interview since her October 26 re-election. Rousseff vowed that all government spending would be put вЂњunder a magnifying glassвЂќ as her administration searches for places to cut. Ecuador and Venezuela will urge Opec to lower oil production to protect prices, which have fallen sharply since June, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said. вЂњWe are going to take a joint position to protect prices, which would imply cutting production somewhat. ItвЂ™s complicated, but that is going to be the position of Ecuador and Venezuela,вЂќ Correa said at news conference with foreign journalists. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting CountriesвЂ™ two Latin American members will jointly make their case during the groupвЂ™s next meeting in Vienna on November 27, he said. Protest over missing students AFP Mexico City M exico abruptly withdrew a multi-billion-dollar deal with a Chinese-led consortium to build the countryвЂ™s first bullet train after concerns were raised about the bidding process. The government had awarded the $3.75bn contract to the China Railway Construction Corporation and four Mexican partners on Monday after the group had been the only one to submit a bid. But President Enrique Pena Nieto scrapped the deal to avoid вЂњany doubts about the legitimacy and transparencyвЂќ of the bidding process, said Transport Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza. Ruiz Esparza told the Televisa network that the bidding would start over. The transport ministry said in a statement that the president made the decision вЂњdue to the doubts and concerns that have emerged in public opinion.вЂќ More time will be allotted to encourage more train-makers to make proposals, the ministry said. The Chinese-Mexican consortium faced no opposition when it was picked Monday to build the 210km high-speed rail between the capital Mexico City and the central manufacturing hub of Queretaro. Pena Nieto surprisingly revoked the deal three days before flying to China for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit and a two-day state visit in his latest effort to forge closer ties with the Asian powerhouse. The high-speed rail project is part of Pena NietoвЂ™s plan to bring back passenger trains to Latin AmericaвЂ™s second-biggest economy. But only one group submitted a proposal by the October 15 deadline. Top judgeвЂ™s sentence for extortion charges associated with illicit drugs trade taints late Venezuelan president and party Guardian News and Media Miami I Students and civil society groups shout slogans in front of the attorney general headquarters in Mexico City during a protest demanding that the authorities find the 43 missing students. The 43 students of the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa in the southern town of Iguala went missing on September 26 after police opened fire on them, killing six people, including three of the student, and wounding 25 others. Plaque unveiled by Prince Charles smashed Reuters Bogota A 69-year-old Colombian engineer smashed a plaque commemorating the death in 1741 of thousands of English soldiers in the coastal city of Cartagena just days after it was inaugurated by Prince Charles, said the mayor of the city who has now ordered its removal. During an official visit, Charles unveiled the black marble plaque last week with a text in Spanish that pays tribute to the bravery of soldiers led by Admiral Edward Vernon, who tried to wrest the city from Spanish colonists. Although it was the idea of CartagenaвЂ™s Corporacion Centro Historico historical society, the plaque quickly caused a stir in the city proud of the victory by the far-outnumbered Spanish over the English invaders. Cartagena Mayor Dionisio Velez Trujillo, who hosted Charles and Camilla Parker Chavez ally jailed for links to Colombian drugs cartels Bowles at the plaqueвЂ™s inauguration, said he was ordering its removal though it could be restored to the same spot with a modiп¬Ѓed inscription. вЂњIt was never my intention to stir up this controversy or tread on sensitivities but I wonвЂ™t dig my heels in. A government has to avoid mistakes but when itвЂ™s clear theyвЂ™ve happened, it is obliged to rectify them,вЂќ he said. Trujillo said he would request that CartagenaвЂ™s Academy of History come up with a replacement text for the plaque which local news websites showed bearing large cracks across its surface. The plaque had been placed at the foot of the Spanishbuilt, 17th century San Felipe castle perched high on a rock overlooking the coast to defend against naval invaders. It is now a famous Cartagena landmark and tourist attraction. The man who smashed the monument, Jaime Rendon, an engineer who describes himself as an environmentalist, told local radio he was вЂњproudвЂќ of his act and that he destroyed the plaque in case the city hall failed to carry out its promise to remove it. вЂњItвЂ™s an insult to the memory of the true heroes of Cartagena,вЂќ Rendon said. He could face charges over the incident. Sabas Pretelt de la Vega from the Corporacion Centro Historico said the plaque was intended to offer the English a tribute to their soldiersвЂ™ lost lives in the battle won by the forces of Spanish commander Blas de Lezo despite the 190-strong English armada overwhelmingly outnumbering his troops. вЂњA barbarian smashed it to pieces,вЂќ said de la Vega. вЂњIf there are historians and technicians who consider itвЂ™s worth correcting and changing it and putting a better text, weвЂ™ll do so with pleasure. вЂњThe important thing is to ... show the world that here, Hispanic America did not fall into the hands of the English empire because of what Cartagena did in 1741,вЂќ he said. t was meant to be a relaxing holiday at Disney World for Benny Palmeri-Bacchi, a senior Venezuelan judge, and his family. A chance to unwind at the Florida fantasy land from the stresses of the job. But the fairytale vacation quickly became a nightmare when his plane from Caracas was greeted by federal agents at Miami airport and he found himself carted off to jail. Now, after a secretive and far-reaching inquiry by US investigators into links between Venezuelan government officials and Colombian drugs cartels, Palmeri, 46, will be spending at least 20 years in prison. Prosecutors had accused Palmeri of taking bribes to ease shipments of cocaine through Venezuela to Mexico and the Caribbean for distribution in the US, and his admission of guilt in a federal court in Miami this week вЂ“ on money laundering, conspiracy and extortion charges вЂ“ marks the п¬Ѓrst time an ally of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has been tied to the Colombian drugs trade. The prosecutors dropped a charge claiming Palmeri was involved in the distribution of cocaine in return for his pleading guilty on the three other counts, each of which carries a 20-year jail term. Harry Landen, a Venezuela expert and professor of politi- Humala meets Putin cal science at the University of South Florida, said of the case: вЂњWhether the Venezuelan government is embarrassed by this depends on how senior this judge was, how close he was to the previous party of Chavez or the new party of Maduro, and who he knew. If theyвЂ™re smart theyвЂ™ll write him off as a rogue agent, someone acting on his own and whose activities they condemn completely.вЂќ PalmeriвЂ™s plea deal recommends that his terms be served concurrently, although the US district court judge Ursula Ungaro has the discretion at the sentencing hearing in February to make them run consecutively. The case against Palmeri was based largely on assistance from informants and built by a team of Miami narcotics investigators led by the veteran justice department prosecutor Richard Gregorie вЂ“ who had brought down the Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega in 1992. According to Gregorie, Palmeri frequently took bribes to help Venezuelan-based cartel members continue their activities, and used вЂњforce, violence and fearвЂќ to extract money or ensure silence. In one instance, the indictment alleged, Palmeri threatened an estate agent by e-mailing photographs of a man being murdered and videos of prisoners being sodomised in Venezuelan prisons. Authorities saw an opportunity to get Palmer when he applied for a visa at the US embassy in Caracas for his family holiday to Florida. PalmeriвЂ™s Miami-based lawyer, Edward Abramson, told the court at his initial appearance after his arrest in July, that his client had walked into вЂњa bear trapвЂќ of the Chile inп¬‚ation surges well above forecast Reuters Santiago I PeruвЂ™s President Ollanta Humala (left) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow yesterday. US governmentвЂ™s creation. At п¬Ѓrst Palmeri had pleaded not guilty to all charges but changed his mind apparently in return for co-operating with investigators. Prosecutors dropped the distribution charge, which carried a sentence of life. GregorieвЂ™s office did not respond to a request from the Guardian for comment. Palmeri was one of three men indicted in December 2013 by department of justice investigators looking into the Cartel of the Suns, a loose alliance of government and military officials in the government of long-time Venezuelan president Chavez, before his death last year . All were believed to be conspiring with the Colombians. The biggest п¬Ѓsh slipped the net in the summer. Hugo Carvajal Barrios, a general and the countryвЂ™s former military intelligence chief, was arrested in Aruba in July at the request of the US, when he arrived to take up his new role as VenezuelaвЂ™s consul-general on the Netherlands-controlled Caribbean island. Carvajal, named by the US Treasury department in 2008 as a вЂњdrugs kingpinвЂќ, assisted the narcotics trafficking activities of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) according to his indictment. But instead of sending him to Miami to face trial, the Dutch government bowed to pressure from a delegation of Venezuelan officials sent to the island, and released him. Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Chavez as president, complained that Carvajal had been kidnapped despite his diplomatic immunity, and threatened economic reprisals against Aruba. nп¬‚ation in Chile surged in October at its highest monthly jump in over п¬Ѓve years, over twice the estimated pace, taking the annual rate to what one analyst called an вЂњalarmingвЂќ 5.7%. The consumer price index rose 1% in October, the government said yesterday, well above a forecast of 0.4% in a Reuters poll of economists. Annual inп¬‚ation clocked in at 5.7%, the highest since January 2009 and the seventh month in a row that inп¬‚ation has been above the central bankвЂ™s tolerance range of 2% to 4%. The latest data will worry the central bank, which has said it was likely inп¬‚ation could touch 5% in the short term but that the effect of an economic slowdown will cool prices next year. вЂњThe increase in overall prices is quite alarming and I think the market may start getting suspicious about the central bankвЂ™s discourse that the uptrend in inп¬‚ation is just temporary,вЂќ said 4cast analyst Diego Colman. Weighing the desire to dampen persistent inflation with the need to stimulate the economy, the bank has chosen to go with the latter, cutting the benchmark interest rate 200 basis points in the last year. But the bank may now have to rethink its direction. Inп¬‚ation вЂњseems to be getting out of control after eight rate cuts in the past 13 months,вЂќ said Colman. Prices were up in most categories, according to the INE statistics agency, with an emphasis on food, drinks, new cars, and tobacco. The main drivers were a continued weakening of the peso against the US dollar, which has led to higher import costs, and the impact of recent tax reform. The centre-left government of President Michelle Bachelet has increased taxes to fund an overhaul of education in Chile, the top copper exporter. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 15 PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN VIOLENCE UNREST DEFIANCE RESCUE FACILITY Cop among 10 killed by Taliban in Afghanistan Roadside bombs kill six in northwest Pakistan Three more lawmakers of PTI refuse to resign Fishermen free endangered whale sharks from nets Youth loan scheme further softens conditions At least nine civilians and a policeman were shot dead by the Taliban in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia, an official said, adding their bodies were found on Thursday. The victims were kidnapped and later executed late on Wednesday in the district of Zurmar, provincial governorвЂ™s spokesperson Rohula Samoon said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement in which it said the dead were eight policemen and an intelligence service agent, according to the Khaama daily. In the first six months of this year, 1,564 civilians lost their lives, 17% more than in the first half of 2013, while the number of wounded rose by 28% to 3,289. At least six people were killed and three others injured when two roadside bomb blasts hit a passenger van and motorbike in the restive northwest yesterday, officials said. вЂњThe incident occurred in Chinori village of the Orakzai tribal district (around 75 miles northwest of Peshawar), the target was the son of a peace committee chiefвЂќ, said a local administration official. Khushal Khan, a senior administration official, confirmed the incident. вЂњThe first blast hit the motorbike, killing the son of the anti-Taliban peace militia and injuring his friend, while the second blast hit a passenger van killing five peopleвЂќ, Khan said. Three more Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers have refused to quit the National Assembly, as PTI chairman Imran Khan faces a rebellion-like situation within the party. Qaisar Jamal, Siraj Muhammad Khan and Saleemur Rehman are the three lawmakers who did not appear before the Speaker National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, to confirm their resignations which were submitted en masse with other PTI lawmakers on the direction of the PTI chairman on August 22. Siraj Muhammad Khan has now informed the NA Speaker in writing not to accept his resignation. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has accepted his written application. Pakistani fishermen have recently released three endangered whale sharks into the offshore waters in the last week of October, it was learnt yesterday. One of the specimen, an 18ft whale shark, had become entangled in the fishermenвЂ™s tuna gillnet, near Gora Bari, around 73km south of Karachi on October 26. The fishermen immediately launched a rescue mission and freed the shark from the net on the same day. Separately, two specimens, one of which was 10ft-long and the other 14ft-long, became entangled in fishing nets near Shumal Bunder, off Pasni on October 23. Rules have further been softened for seeking loans under prime ministerвЂ™s youth business scheme, and now balloting will be held for all applications sanctioned during a month based on respective share in the NFC Award. The State Bank of Pakistan issued a circular to all banks yesterday explaining the additional parameters for the scheme. Under the amended rules, the guarantor must have individual or collective net worth of 1.5 times of the requested amount. вЂњThe applicant can also provide guarantee of more than one guarantor with aggregate net worth of 1.5 times of the requested loan amount,вЂќ said the bank. Sharif to sign pacts worth $46bn during China visit Internews Islamabad P akistani Prime Minister Nawaz SharifвЂ™s whirlwind visit to China would help in ushering a new era of development, prosperity and generating employment opportunities in Pakistan. The prime minister who will spend 72 hours in Chinese capital, is awaited by hectic schedule along-with back-to-back meetings including one with Chinese President Xi Jinping while the other with his counterpart from China Li Kegiang during the stay. Highly-placed diplomatic sources told The News yesterday that a number of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) would be inked between the two countries during the stay of the premier in Chinese capital, including one historic trade corridor that would connect Pakistan with Central Asian States. The visit would help enhancing bilateral trade, developing infrastructure, enhancing people to people contacts and addressing the issue of load-shedding in the country, the sources maintained. Nawaz Sharif The ties between Pakistan and China have always been exemplary. Energy is vitally important for the economy and this has remained on the top of the prime ministerвЂ™s agenda, ever since he assumed power in June last year. The signing of several MoUs reп¬‚ects depth of bilateral relations between the two countries. Over 21 projects of generating 16,520MW with an estimated cost of around $33bn would bring substantial improvement in diverse sectors of country after completion. The prime minister would sign agreement to construct 440km KKH II (Raiot-Islamabad section), Karachi-Lahore motorway, Havelian dry port, Orange line project of Lahore, Cross border optical п¬Ѓber cable and Hari-Ruba economic zone, Sino-hydro Resource and Al Mirqab Capital among others. The visit having special signiп¬Ѓcance and an effort to control the damage done to countryвЂ™s economy by twin so-called destructive sit-ins, would attract investment of over $46bn in the country. Chinese President Xi Jinping had to cancel his visit to Pakistan due to sit-ins - consequently the country had to endure losses of billions of rupees. In last three months Pakistan has endured multiple economic losses. The visit would surely help controlling the damage done to countryвЂ™s economy due to irresponsible politics. The visit is a sincere effort to attract much needed foreign investment for the country. Both the countries are set to sign agreements to construct various roads, railway and other infrastructure development projects with the estimated cost of around $4bn. With Chinese investment, the countryвЂ™s economy is set to take off and п¬‚ourish generating numerous employment opportunities for the people of Pakistan, especially the youth. Ghulam Sakhi, right, the father of Sahar Batool, who was found dead at a garbage dump, holding up a portrait of his late daughter in Quetta yesterday. Probe after girlвЂ™s body found AFP Quetta P olice in southwest Pakistan are investigating after a six-year-old girl was strangled and dumped near a garbage heap after apparently being subjected to rape attempts. Sahar Batool, who was from the minority Hazara ethnic group, was found on Wednesday last week in Quetta, the capital of the southwestern province of Baluchistan. вЂњIt is a heinous crime and police are making all out efforts to solve it,вЂќ Inspector General of Police for Baluchistan, Amlash Khan, said. Khan said some potential suspects were being questioned. Quetta city police chief Abdur Razzak Cheema said Sahar, the daughter of a gardener working at an army facility, was found near a dump close to her home. She had been strangled with a rope, he said. вЂњThere were a lot of bruises on the girlвЂ™s body that shows that attempts were made to rape her,вЂќ he said. SaharвЂ™s distraught parents were at a loss to understand the crime. вЂњWe have no enmity with any one,вЂќ the girlвЂ™s mother Bakhtawar Bibi said. вЂњOn the day it happened Sahar went to throw out the rubbish close to the house but did not come back, I went out in search of her, but could not find her.вЂќ Uniform relief package for IDPs under study Population census plan shelved Internews Islamabad Internews Peshawar T he government has shelved the plan to carry out a population census due to the opposition from some political groups and the poor law and order situation in the country, sources said yesterday. A Karachi-based political party has recently caused a major blow to the efforts of the government because it is strongly opposed to holding of census that may increase the political strength of its rival parties and groups. They said the federal government has recently received a letter from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in which it insisted to hold a population census that would help delimit constituencies. вЂњPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately directed the concerned authorities to work on the issue of population census. вЂњBut now the ground situation shows that even the security institution could not be able to provide foolproof security cover to some 200,000 people to be hired for the census as it is already engaged in two military operations in Fata areas,вЂќ the sources said. A government official said that the fresh census is a constitutional requirement for delimiting the constituencies, be it for national or provincial assembliesвЂ™ seats or for the local bodies. A neighbour told Bibi her daughter was at the dump. вЂњShe was already dead, with blood from her mouth and nose while her all body bore bruises,вЂќ Bibi said, tears rolling down her cheeks. Father Ghulam Sakhi demanded the вЂњbeastвЂќ who killed his daughter be brought to justice. вЂњTiny Sahar insisted I give her a ride on my motorbike in the morning before work вЂ” I didnвЂ™t realise this would be the last time I ever saw her,вЂќ he said. F Civil activists participating in a protest vigil in Karachi yesterday. Financial aid for murdered coupleвЂ™s family IANS Islamabad F inancial aid has been announced for the family of a Christian couple burnt alive by a mob for allegedly desecrating the QurвЂ™an in Pakistan, a media report said yesterday. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday visited the family and announced Pakistani Rs5mn ($48,781) as compensation as well as 10 acres of land, Dawn online reported. The incident occurred in Kot Rasha Kishan town of Punjab province on Tuesday. The chief minister also announced that the Punjab gov- ernment will take care of the coupleвЂ™s three children and provide for their education and well-being. On Wednesday, police arrested 50 villagers who were believed to be part of the mob that beat the couple to death. Among those arrested was the owner of the brick kiln where 25-year-old Shama, who was pregnant at the time of the incident, and her husband Shahzad Masih worked as bonded labourers. According to reports, people from three nearby villages tortured the couple before putting them into the kilnвЂ™s furnace on Tuesday. Police alleged a local religious leader had fanned the issue. ederal authorities in Pakistan are considering a uniform relief package for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) instead of repatriating them to their hometowns. The Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) recently asked the federal government to make the relief package to IDPs of other tribal agencies consistent with what was paid to those from North Waziristan Agency. Official sources said that additional chief secretary, Fata, Mohammad Azam Khan had suggested to the federal ministry of states and frontier regions (Safron) to sanction cash assistance of Rs12,000 each for IDPs of other tribal agencies veriп¬Ѓed by the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) in addition to the North Waziristan Agency. Nadra has veriп¬Ѓed total 160,805 dislocated families from Kurram, South Waziristan, Khyber and Orakzai agencies and Frontier Region, Tank, who have been residing in and off camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. NadraвЂ™s veriп¬Ѓed number of dislocated families from North Waziristan Agency is 69,021 families. вЂњThe monthly п¬Ѓnancial implication of 160,805 families will come to Rs1.92bn,вЂќ said an official letter addressed to the Safron ministry. Monthly bill of IDPs will cross Rs2bn п¬Ѓgure if the federal government entertains the FDMA request. FDMA had registered total 102,047 dislocated families from North Waziristan Agency after launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb in June this year. After scrutiny process Nadra veriп¬Ѓed 69,021 families who have been declared eligible for receiving relief assistance. The federal government is paying cash assistance per month to all veriп¬Ѓed IDPs (Rs12, 000 each household) of North Waziristan. Besides the monthly cash assistance the government had paid one-time cash assistance of Rs5,000 for non-food items and one-time Ramazan package of Rs20,000. Financial implications have been increasing due to delay in the return process of the IDPs to their homes. Apart from this, the World Food Programme is also distributing tons of food items among IDPs. 16 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 PHILIPPINES Singer Viray set to win hearts for disaster aid Manila Times Manila Viray: singing for a cause S oul Princess Jonalyn Viray is set to conquer the concert the stage once again with Fearless: The Repeat. Besides showcasing her stage prowess, the talented belterвЂ™s second major concert also aims to raise funds for the rehabilitation of super typhoon Haiyan-stricken areas.In February, Viray success- fully staged Fearless at the Music Museum as she marked her ninth anniversary in the music industry. This November, she promises a bolder and more stellar performance for her fans. In the thick of preparations for the concert, Viray is keen on polishing every song number in her repertoire. She is also very excited to sing with Tom Rodriguez, Thor and Queen of Soul Jaya who will be her special guests.Viray rose to fame after being hailed as the п¬Ѓrst Grand Champion of the GMA Network talent search Pinoy Pop Superstar. Since then, she has showcased her wide vocal range in a series of tours, variety shows and teleserye theme songs. Viray lent her voice to the re- cording of My HusbandвЂ™s Lover ending theme, Help Me Get Over, which was chosen as Song of the Year at the 6th PMPC Star Awards for Music. Fearless: The Repeat will be held on November 14 at the Music Museum. Climate envoy to end epic walk at ground zero AFP Manila P hilippine climate change envoy Naderev Sano will today reach ground zero of the strongest typhoon ever to hit land, completing an epic march he believes will help spur global warming action. Sano will end his 1,000-kilometre trek in Tacloban, a major city in the central Philippines that was among the worst hit when super typhoon Haiyan crashed in off the Pacific Ocean exactly one year ago. вЂњItвЂ™s been a wonderful journey. Physically, the walk is starting to take a toll on my leg... but everyone is in high spirits and so am I,вЂќ Sano said as he reached the final reststop in the typhoon-damaged town of Basey. Sano and 12 other walkers have travelled an average of 25 kilometres a day since leaving the nationвЂ™s capital, Manila, more than a month ago. Sano, the Philippine representative to the UN climate change negotiations, made world headlines last year when he fasted during the annual summit in Poland to protest the lack of meaningful progress on global warming. The trek to Tacloban is another call to action, and he has garnered the support of global environment activist heavyweights, such as Greenpeace, Oxfam and Climate Action Network, as well as strong social media support. The walk is also a show of solidarity for the millions of survivors of Haiyan, many of whom are enduring brutal poverty and living in areas that leave them dangerously exposed to the next big storm. Haiyan left more than 7,350 people dead or missing as winds of 315 kilometres an hour and tsunami-like storm surges devastated poor farming and fishing communities. The typhoon was an extreme weather event consistent with man-made climate change, the UNвЂ™s weather agency said in March. вЂњWe are under no illusions that the walk will change anything (in the climate change fight) overnight, but it is raising awareness,вЂќ Sano said. A more tangible outcome of the journey was the overwhelming support of the local communities that the walkers have passed through, according to Sano. вЂњAt the least, every person who we have encountered we can safely say we have converted them on climate change action and they will become local environmental heroes in their own communities,вЂќ he said. вЂњMany of them promised to us they would continue the fight by organising with their own communities to protect their natural resources.вЂќ Sano said every local government in the 40 towns they stopped in along the way had also signed commitments to take their own action on climate change, including developing strategies to cope with stronger storms. Sano said the band of walkers had swelled to as many as 3,000 people at different stages of the trek, as school children and supporters in towns joined for a few hours or a day. The original group that started in Manila stayed each night in tents or in local community centres such as gymnasiums or schools, and they would approach each town banging drums or playing other musical instruments. Sano, 40, said he had lost a lot of weight and had a shin splint that left him in severe pain during the final stages of the walk, but he was otherwise in good health. Sano described the best part of the journey as the walk into Basey, which was the first town in his journey that had been badly damaged during Haiyan. вЂњI was personally anticipating a solemn atmosphere but what we got was a rousing welcome... I got teary eyed, many walkers got teary eyed,вЂќ he said. Protesters covered with mud shout anti-government slogans during a protest outside the presidential palace in Manila yesterday, a day before the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan that hit Tacloban city, central Philippines. Typhoon rebuilding pace defended by president AFP Manila P hilippine President Benigno Aquino yesterday defended the pace of rebuilding in communities ravaged a year ago by super typhoon Haiyan, insisting that thorough reconstruction takes time. Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to make landfall, killed or left missing more than 7,350 people as it flattened mostly poor areas in large swathes of the central Philippines. Tens of thousands of survivors are still dangerously exposed to future storms, living in tents, shanty huts or other flimsy shelters, as a prolonged rebuilding phase has only just begun. In a speech at the hard-hit town of Guiuan a day ahead of HaiyanвЂ™s one-year anniversary, Aquino said he was determined to ensure the reconstruction A handout photo released yesterday shows Philippine President Benigno Aquino visit pupils as he inspects the newly-repaired classrooms of Guiuan East Central School during his visit to Guiuan, eastern Samar province yesterday. programme was carried out correctly, rather than rushing. вЂњCurse me, criticise me but I believe I must do the right thing,вЂќ Aquino said. вЂњI am impatient like every- one else but I have to stress that we canвЂ™t rebuild haphazardly. We have to build back better... letвЂ™s get it right the first time and the benefits should be permanent.вЂќ Aquino has come under criticism for approving the governmentвЂ™s 160bn-peso ($3.6bn) reconstruction master plan only last week. He previously defended the time taken to finalise it, saying programmes from affected municipalities had to be throughly scrutinised. The governmentвЂ™s plan calls for 205,000 new homes for roughly 1mn people to be built in areas away from coastal danger zones, but this has only just started with a few thousand constructed so far. Important reconstruction work has taken place ahead of the formal adoption of the master plan, including rebuilding roads, bridges, hospitals and other vital infra- structure. In partnership with major international aid agencies, the government has also helped to roll out vaccination programmes for millions of children and given rice seeds to desperate farmers. Aquino cited international aid agencies as saying postHaiyan recovery efforts were moving faster compared with programmes in IndonesiaвЂ™s Bandeh Aceh after it was hit by mega-tsunami waves in 2004. The president also defended his decision not to visit Tacloban, the biggest city in the typhoon-hit areas but where the mayor is a bitter political rival, for one-year anniversary commemorations. вЂњI have a hunch my critics will say I am taking Tacloban for granted.... but I am not after brownie points,вЂќ he said, insisting recovery efforts were strong there and he did not have to visit personally. A year after deadly storm, women weave their magic Reuters Basey/Manila A year after one of the worldвЂ™s most powerful storms smashed into the Philippines, a group of women are stitching their lives back together by weaving colourful reeds used in handicrafts sold by the worldвЂ™s top retailers. Their workshop is a far cry from the high-end shops selling their products such as handbags and homewares on 5th Avenue in New York. Sitting in one of the caves dotting the seaside highway of Basey town in central Philippines, about a dozen women weave the reed plant, known as tikog, which is sold to sustain their families still struggling to make ends meet after Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,000 dead or missing last Nov 8. вЂњWeaving helps feed our families. But we havenвЂ™t really recovered, we still donвЂ™t earn enough,вЂќ said Marilyn Corpus, 46, from inside the cave whose cool temperature helps preserve the grass. Amongst the despair and devastation wrought by Haiyan -- the strongest storm ever recorded to hit land -- hundreds of Typhoon Haiyan survivors weave mats in a cave in Basey, eastern Samar, in central Philippines. women weavers have emerged as the main breadwinners in their families. Most of the weavers say they received relief and building materials for their homes from foreign and local NGOs and private groups, but none from the gov- ernment, possibly because of their remote location. But theirs is a rare story of hope in the regionвЂ™s rural economy, which was mainly dependent on the coconut groves destroyed by the storm. In a country where about one in four people lived below the poverty line at the beginning of last year, Haiyan drove another 1.5mn Filipinos into the extreme hardship of living on less than $1 a day. The UNвЂ™s International Labour Organisation (ILO) says nearly 6mn lost their jobs im- mediately after the typhoon -mostly retailers, service crew, coconut farmers, п¬Ѓshermen. Most of those from the 44 worst-hit provinces in the centre of the country decry the governmentвЂ™s relief effort. Data from the UN humanitar- ian team working in the disaster areas shows that more than half of the 1.05mn houses damaged by Haiyan remained totally destroyed or unsafe as of July. The government estimates it needs almost 170bn pesos ($3.8bn) to rebuild all Haiyan-affected communities. Some of the coconut farmers are now growing vegetables and have livestock, while some п¬Ѓshermen have returned to the seas, albeit only to shallow waters reachable by their unmotorised boats. But for most of the typhoon victims, a more sustainable livelihood is still far from sight. вЂњWeвЂ™re seeing very good signs of recovery, but weвЂ™re not there yet,вЂќ said Michel Rooijackers, deputy director for Philippine operations of Save the Children, adding that recent studies show many of the poor survivors вЂњare just meeting their survival level, so they are getting by, just getting byвЂќ. Almost 25,000 people still live in tents, shelters and bunkhouses in the hardest hit regions in central Philippines, including Tacloban City, considered HaiyanвЂ™s ground zero as it accounted for almost half of the death toll. A year later, SamarвЂ™s women weavers stand out as being among the most resilient and industrious workers. Weeks after the typhoon, aid organisations identiп¬Ѓed the weavers as being critical in holding families together -- both socially and as primary income earners. They were given training and funding to optimise their household standing. Philippine fashion company Banago, whose bags and home accessories are made from mats produced by Basey weavers, has doubled its workforce since the storm to about 1,000 weavers. The Banago range is a top seller at high-end retail stores such J Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstrom and MacyвЂ™s. Haiyan washed away BanagoвЂ™s entire production facilities in Basey, but the companyвЂ™s founder Renee Patron and her partners decided to restart their business a few months after the disaster struck. вЂњThe typhoon made the business more focused, and it also gave me the opportunity to learn much more about the women ... and how we can make their lives better,вЂќ said Patron. вЂњWe had the women rebuild their homes and after that we just tried to get them back to work,вЂќ said the US-based merchandiser and fashion designer. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 17 SRI LANKA/BANGLADESH/NEPAL UN rights chief accuses Lanka of sabotaging war crimes probe Colombo blamed for subjecting civil society groups and rights activists to surveillance, harassment and other forms of intimidation Reuters Geneva/Colombo T he UN High Commissioner for Human Rights yesterday accused Sri Lanka of trying to вЂњsabotageвЂќ a war crimes inquiry, creating a вЂњwall of fearвЂќ to prevent witnesses from giving evidence. The UN Human Rights Council set up the inquiry in March to investigate crimes allegedly committed by both government forces and Tamil rebels dur- ing the п¬Ѓnal stages of a 26-year conп¬‚ict that ended in 2009. вЂњThe Government of Sri Lanka has refused point blank to co-operate with the investigation despite being explicitly requested by the Human Rights Council to do so,вЂќ Commissioner Zeid RaвЂ™ad al-Hussein said in his statement. вЂњA wall of fear has been created that has undoubtedly served to deter people from submitting evidence.вЂќ вЂњSuch a refusal does not, however, undermine the integrity of an investigation set up by the Council - instead it raises concerns about the integrity of the government in question. Why would governments with nothing to hide go to such extraordinary lengths to sabo- tage an impartial international investigation?вЂќ A Sri Lankan foreign ministry official rejected ZeidвЂ™s remarks. вЂњThe government categorically rejects any insinuation of sabotaging the so-called вЂ�independent investigationвЂ™ by the panel of the UNHRC,вЂќ the official, who declined to be named, said. Sri Lanka had opposed the decision to set up the UN investigation, which was backed by 23 states, including the United States and Britain, and opposed by 12, including China and Pakistan. It has set up its own Presidential Commission into missing people and says the UN should accept that instead. вЂњOur inquiry is open, inde- information against reprisals. He also said the ministry had made an вЂњabsurdвЂќ accusation by saying the UN investigation had been compromised by the arrest of a man with blank signed forms that could be п¬Ѓlled in and submitted to investigators. Police in Kilinochchi, the former stronghold of the Tamil Tiger rebels, said the arrested 57-year-old, Sinnathamby Krishnaraja, had collected personal details and signatures from local Tamils and then п¬Ѓlled in the forms as he wished. They said he was a former Tamil Tiger member, but his son K Sudhakar said his father had never been involved in any rebel activities. pendent, and transparent. We need the backing of the UN for this credible local process, unlike its own п¬‚awed foreign inquiry held in unknown countries,вЂќ the foreign ministry official said. Zeid said Sri Lanka had mounted a campaign of distortion and disinformation, despite вЂњcompelling and widespread allegations that possible serious international crimes were committedвЂќ. Earlier this week Sri LankaвЂ™s foreign ministry said the investigators were unprofessional, selective and biased, since they had refused to divulge details of witness interviews. Zeid rejected the accusation and said it was standard procedure to protect sources of Police musical band Zeid RaвЂ™ad al-Hussein: вЂњCompelling and widespread allegations that possible serious international crimes were committed.вЂќ Zeid said the UN investigators would not be taken in by such alleged frauds and had never issued any such forms for people to п¬Ѓll in. Nepal and India п¬Ѓnalise draft to build power project IANS Kathmandu T Members of musical band of Nepal police performing during a musical show to mark Police Day and Nepal Sambat New Year 1135 at Bangemudha in Kathmandu yesterday. Jamaat leader may hang next week, says minister Agencies Dhaka B angladesh may hang a senior Islamist leader as early as next week after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence for war crimes, the law minister has said. Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, would be the second senior Islamist to hang for crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence that resulted in secession of the former East Pakistan. Law Minister Anisul Huq said he could be hanged as early as next week unless he sought a presidential pardon. The 62-year-old assistant secretary general of Jamaat вЂ” BangladeshвЂ™s largest Islamist party вЂ” has seven days to petition the president for clemency, Huq said on Thursday. вЂњOn the expiry of seven days, if he does not apply for clem- вЂњIt is a false equation to suggest that because someone may have been trying to submit false submissions, the inquiry is discredited,вЂќ he said. ency... the sentence passed by the highest court of the country can be executed,вЂќ he said. Kamaruzzaman was found guilty in May 2013 of mass murder, torture and abductions. The Supreme Court on Monday rejected his appeal, triggering violent clashes between police and Islamist protesters, who set off improvised bombs, torched cars and pelted police with rocks. In the last week BangladeshвЂ™s International Crimes Tribunal, a domestic court, has sentenced JamaatвЂ™s supreme leader and key п¬Ѓnancier to death. HuJI leader nabbed: A top leader of the banned militant outп¬Ѓt Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI), who was sentenced to death in absentia for the 2001 blast in Dhaka, has been arrested. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) media wing director Mufti Mahmud Khan said that Abu Bakar was on the run and arrested from DhakaвЂ™s Kernaiganj area on Wednesday night. Abu Bakar is said to be one of the closest associates of HuJIвЂ™s top leader Mufti Hannan. The 2001 explosions at DhakaвЂ™s Ramna Park left 10 people dead. Bakar was also charged with carrying out a grenade attack at an Awami League rally in Dhaka in 2004.In June this year, the court sentenced eight to death, including Mufti Hannan and Abu Bakar, and life in prison for six others for executing blasts during the Bangla New Year celebrations. he Investment Board Nepal (IBN) and IndiaвЂ™s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) have concluded negotiations for the project development agreement (PDA) on the 900MW Arun III hydroelectric project. IBN, the Nepal governmentвЂ™s unit that looks after execution of mega projects, and SJVN, a joint venture of IndiaвЂ™s power ministry and the Himachal Pradesh government, signed the agreement late Wednesday. IBN chief executive Radhesh Pant and SJVN executive director R K Agrawal negotiated the PDA. Earlier, IBN and IndiaвЂ™s GMR reached a PDA for the 900MW Upper Karnali hydroelectric project. Officials involved in negotiations said that IBN will prepare the PDA draft in a week and will dispatch it to SJVN for its consideration. SJVN will forward its comments and further negotiation will take place before the document is signed. As per the understanding, each household in six village development committees that will be affected by the project will receive 20 units of energy a month for free. As well as rural electriп¬Ѓcation in the affected areas, the Indian company will construct schools and a hospital for the villages. Nepal will receive 21.9% free energy - equivalent to 197MW from the project. The Indian side will study within six months of the signing of the PDA whether the project would affect any development projects upstream and downstream. The two parties have agreed on prioritising raw materials manufactured in Nepal for constructing the project. The project will be handed over to Nepal after 25 years of operation. The Nepal government and SJVN signed a memorandum of understanding in March 2008. The PDA template for Arun III will basically be similar to that of Upper Karnali Hydro Power Project. GMR India has agreed to conduct a study on downstream impact within six months from the PDA signing, and construct a re-regulating dam, if needed. The two sides are making arrangements for signing the PDA during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu, officials said. BangladeshвЂ™s besieged Islamist party п¬Ѓghts for life AFP Dhaka B angladeshвЂ™s largest Islamist party faces an existential crisis after a series of body blows, including the sentencing to death of its leaders and abandonment by its main secular ally, say analysts. While support for Islamists has surged in many Muslim majority countries of late, Jamaat-e-Islami has bucked the trend after failing to banish the taint of siding with Pakistan in BangladeshвЂ™s 1971 independence war. And with its spiritual leader having recently died in prison, top officials languishing on death row and a muted response to protest calls, observers say Jamaat itself could be on its last legs. вЂњJamaat has no future unless it transforms itself into a new party and п¬Ѓnds a new leadership that can effectively mobilise people and shake off its war-time legacy,вЂќ Dhaka-based analyst Ataur Rahman said. вЂњThe sooner it comes to realise this, the better for the party,вЂќ added Rahman, a former professor at the State University of New York. Although Prime Minister Sheikh HasinaвЂ™s Awami League and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have dominated politics since independence, Jamaat has been a kingmaker and served as a junior coalition partner as recently as 2006. But its growing marginalisation was sealed last year when it was banned from a general election after judges ruled its charter conп¬‚icted with the countryвЂ™s secular constitution. That ruling further inп¬‚amed supporters already fuming over the trials of around a dozen leaders accused of war crimes in the 1971 conп¬‚ict. Around 500 people were killed in political violence last year, both in the aftermath of war crimes verdicts and the build-up to JanuaryвЂ™s election which the BNP boycotted. But although JamaatвЂ™s mobilisations last year were a show of strength, the subsequent violence alienated the public. The п¬Ѓrst verdicts last year saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets. But there was a tepid response to calls for protests and a strike last week issued after Jamaat assistant secretary general Mohammad KamaruzzamanвЂ™s appeal against his death sentence was rejected. The International Crimes Tribunal, a domestic court, also sentenced JamaatвЂ™s supreme leader Motiur Rahman Nizami and a key п¬Ѓnancier to death in October. While the verdicts triggered sporadic violence, it was nothing on the scale of last year. вЂњJamaat has no future unless it transforms itself into a new party and finds a new leadership that can effectively mobilise people and shake off its war-time legacyвЂќ To compound JamaatвЂ™s woes, there are now signs the BNP - led by HasinaвЂ™s arch rival and former premier Khaleda Zia - is turning its back on its one-time partner in government. The BNP refrained from condemning the recent verdicts, even though one of its own leading lights has been sentenced to hang. Its failure to offer condolences after the death of Ghulam Azam, JamaatвЂ™s 92-year-old spiritual leader who died last month after being convicted of war crimes, underlined the cooling in relations. The BNP has вЂњrealised that it will alienate a big part of the electorate if it continues to support tainted Jamaat leaders,вЂќ Rahman said. Headed by Azam during the war, Jamaat opposed the secession of the then East Pakistan from Islamabad and branded the struggle for independence as a conspiracy by India. During the nine-month war, Jamaat provided the foot soldiers of the pro-Pakistani militias behind the mass killing of intellectuals. HasinaвЂ™s government says 3mn people died in the war and has defended the trials as the only way to come to terms with the past. After the war Azam п¬‚ed to Pa- kistan and faith-based parties were banned. But despite JamaatвЂ™s refusal to apologise, Azam was allowed to return in 1978 and revive the party. Its moderate electoral successes allowed it to become a king-maker throughout the 1990s. JamaatвЂ™s hierarchy has been in disarray since the election ban, with much of it in hiding to escape prosecutions over the violence. The new leader Shaп¬Ѓqur Rahman has not been seen in public for months. вЂњJamaat is paying the price for its total failure since 1971 to have acknowledged its role in the war and speciп¬Ѓcally to have allowed its 1971 student leadership to become the partyвЂ™s contemporary leaders,вЂќ said British journalist David Bergman who has written extensively on the trials. Imtiaz Ahmed, a professor at Dhaka University, said JamaatвЂ™s new leadership must address the partyвЂ™s role in the war if it is to stand any chance of вЂњreviving its fortunesвЂќ. вЂњThese latest verdicts have shown once again that it is extremely difficult to do politics in Bangladesh without coming to terms with the war,вЂќ he said. Speaking from a hideout in Dhaka, spokesman Syed Abdullah Taher said it was too early to write JamaatвЂ™s obituary although he acknowledged the death sentences and electoral ban had hit the party hard. вЂњThese trials are a sham but we canвЂ™t stage protests because police are given orders to shoot on sight the moment we try to march,вЂќ he said. Taher, however, was conп¬Ѓdent Jamaat would вЂњbounce backвЂќ, saying many followers had performed well in recent municipal polls as independents. 18 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 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 Germany marks 25 years without the Berlin Wall Since the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, Germany has slowly reuniп¬Ѓed and settled into a new role as an important political and economic power in Europe. Tomorrow, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, is to preside over the 25-year anniversary celebrations, at a moment when the countryвЂ™s newfound clout is more clear than ever. Observers feel that Germany is still not too keen to wield its inп¬‚uence in Europe and in the world more generally. But at least in the economic realm, the country has met the expectations that many people had 25 years ago. It was on August 13, 1961, that the East German government began erecting a wall to stem the п¬‚ight of its citizens toward the west. The barrier solidiп¬Ѓed the division of a country into the east, administered by the Soviet Union, and the west, administered by Britain, France and the US according to an agreement ratiп¬Ѓed in the wake of World War II. The boundary separated families In the economic and stiп¬‚ed the realm, Germany п¬‚ow of goods and services across the has met the country, expectations that former and two parallel many people had economies grew alongside each 25 years ago other. At least 389 people lost their lives trying to escape communist East Germany, according to an official toll, although victims groups put the п¬Ѓgure much higher. When, in 1989, a miscommunication led one East German official to mistakenly announce that the blockade was over, thousands of people poured into the streets and the barrier was unexpectedly overwhelmed. Less than a year later, on October 3, 1990, Germany officially reuniп¬Ѓed for the п¬Ѓrst time since the end of the war. After reuniп¬Ѓcation, many analysts expected Germany to assert itself immediately, but it took the country years to adjust and mend its economic and social п¬Ѓssures. Political scientists say it wasnвЂ™t until the 2008 euro crisis forced Germany to take a leading role in stabilising the economy and quelling market fears that a new European order became apparent. Beyond Europe, Germany with its immense exports of cars and machine tools is seen as a trade power and guarantor of the euro currency. MerkelвЂ™s cautious style, which Richard Whitman of BritainвЂ™s University of Kent summarises as вЂњnot grandstandingвЂќ, has also helped to win Germany credit. вЂњGermany has become normal,вЂќ said Whitman. вЂњWhat it has been doing over the past decade is doing what a state of its size does.вЂќ The main celebrations tomorrow take place at the Berlin Wall Memorial and at an iconic triumphal arch, the Brandenburg Gate. At dusk, 8,000 sky lanterns - tiny balloons - will be released from places along a 15km stretch where the Wall used to divide Berlin. To Advertise [email protected] Display Telephone 44466621 Fax 44418811 Classified Telephone 44466609 Fax 44418811 Subscription [email protected] 2014 Gulf Times. All rights reserved Apec summit could provide insight into East AsiaвЂ™s future The supposed вЂњAsian centuryвЂќ is being thwarted by a paradox: deep economic interdependence has done nothing to alleviate strategic mistrust By Yoon Young-kwan Seoul G iven that the 21 members of the Asia-Paciп¬Ѓc Economic Co-operation forum account for some 54% of global GDP and about 44% of world trade, the agenda for the Apec summit, to be held in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday, should be drawing much global attention. Yet the only issue in which anyone seems interested is whether or not Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet on the sidelines, and, if they do, whether a substantive discussion to ease bilateral tensions will take place. Of course, this is not altogether unreasonable, given the two countriesвЂ™ importance in shaping East AsiaвЂ™s future. Indeed, the uncertainty about whether two of ApecвЂ™s key leaders will even speak to each other highlights the grim reality of Asian international relations today. JapanвЂ™s national broadcaster NHK claimed yesterday that Abe and Xi would meet during the summit though there was no ofп¬Ѓcial conп¬Ѓrmation yet. The supposed вЂњAsian centuryвЂќ is being thwarted by a paradox: deep economic interdependence has done nothing to alleviate strategic mistrust. Given the recent deterioration of Sino-Japanese relations вЂ“ a decline that accelerated in 2012, when Japan purchased the disputed Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands in Chinese) from their private owner to prevent Japanese nationalists from taking control of them вЂ“ the mere fact that Abe will attend the summit is a major step. A meeting between Abe and Xi would offer concrete grounds for hope. The Japanese government has made signiп¬Ѓcant diplomatic efforts to orchestrate a meeting, with former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda visiting Beijing in July to try to ease tensions. According to some media reports, in order to secure ChinaвЂ™s agreement to participate in a meeting during the Apec summit, Abe even agreed to acknowledge that JapanвЂ™s claim to the Senkaku Islands is disputed. A meeting between Abe and Xi would offer concrete grounds for hope Given that such a move would imply that ChinaвЂ™s claim to the islands may have some legitimacy, AbeвЂ™s possible concession on this point is no trivial matter; it could even mean that he will agree with China to restore the status quo ante. In that case, one hopes that Xi will follow Deng XiaopingвЂ™s counsel and allow the issue to be вЂњshelved for some timeвЂќ so that the вЂњwiserвЂќ next generation can вЂњп¬Ѓnd a solution acceptable to all.вЂќ That now seems to be a realistic possibility. Indeed, lately Xi seems to have softened his tone, if not necessarily his diplomatic line. For example, he allowed Li Xiaolin, the daughter of a former Chinese president, to meet with Abe, with whom she watched a performance by a visiting Chinese dance troupe in Tokyo. And Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang shook hands with Abe at the recent AsiaEurope Meeting in Milan. One reason for Abe and XiвЂ™s newfound п¬‚exibility may be domestic political shifts in both countries, which have created a more equal balance between conservative, nationalist groups and more internationallyoriented business interests. With both leaders having spent the last two years overcoming domestic opponents and consolidating their power, they may have gained conп¬Ѓdence in their ability to compromise. In Japan, Abe has satisп¬Ѓed his conservative supporters with cabinet resolutions to allow for expanded selfdefense. Despite domestic opposition to JapanвЂ™s new security doctrine, no politically inп¬‚uential group was able to organise an effective challenge to AbeвЂ™s approach. Now, as JapanвЂ™s economic recovery stalls, the countryвЂ™s business sector seems to be pressuring AbeвЂ™s government to work harder to mitigate the impact of its deteriorating relationship with China. According to a Chinese government report, in the п¬Ѓrst half of 2014, Japanese direct investment in China was almost 50% lower than during the same period last year вЂ“ a clear sign that Japanese business leaders fear for the future in JapanвЂ™s second largest market. Meanwhile, in China, Xi has gained considerable confidence through his massive anti-corruption campaign, with the punishment of top military officers indicating that he has solidified his control over the PeopleвЂ™s Liberation Army (PLA). As a result, Xi may believe that he now has more space to address the countryвЂ™s economic slowdown, including by lessening the damage wrought by weakening ties with Japan. If this assessment is accurate, the obvious next question is how much further Abe and Xi can move toward detente, thereby appeasing their business sectors, without losing the backing of nationalists, who tend to view the bilateral relationship as a zero-sum game. For Abe, the choice is whether to tone down his nationalist rhetoric and moderate his position on contentious historical issues. This would include halting visits to the controversial Yasukuni shrine (which honors, among others, 14 Class A war criminals who were executed after World War II) and abandoning revisionism regarding the Korean вЂњcomfort womenвЂќ who were forced to provide sexual services to the Japanese Imperial Army. How Abe decides is likely to depend on his confidence in his political position. Similarly, if Xi remains conп¬Ѓdent enough in his control of the PLA and truly follows ChinaвЂ™s official policy of вЂњpeaceful developmentвЂќ, he will be able to take the kind of prudent approach that Deng advocated. This would entail recognising and trying to assuage the fears that ChinaвЂ™s rise is causing among its neighbours, as Otto von Bismarck did after German uniп¬Ѓcation in 1871. Observers might then read his recent efforts to improve relations with Japan, not to mention Vietnam, as a genuine strategic shift, rather than a temporary tactical adjustment. In this uncertain context, the Apec summit could shed much-needed light on the intentions of Abe and Xi, thereby providing crucial insight into the trajectory of Sino-Japanese relations вЂ“ and thus the future of East Asia.- Project Syndicate zYoon Young-kwan, former minister of foreign affairs of South Korea, is professor of international relations at Seoul National University. Chinese PeopleвЂ™s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers patrolling the area surrounding the media office for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) Economic LeadersвЂ™ Week at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing yesterday. The Apec 2014 Summit and related meetings are being held in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday. вЂ�SmartвЂ™ living gets real as connectivity rates rise вЂњThe Internet of things places the citizen at the heart of all technologiesвЂќ By Conor Barrins Dublin F rom robots that chop up your vegetables to detectors that measure how long you sleep, such вЂњsmartвЂќ appliances are becoming more and more a part of daily life, according to industry players. Developers at the Dublin Web Summit, one of EuropeвЂ™s biggest technology conferences, said interlinkage between people, their homes and their devices were opening up new frontiers. The developers of Everycook, a cooking device that takes in raw material and independently processes it to a п¬Ѓnished meal, hope their product will transform healthy-eating. вЂњYou go to our app, pick a recipe, get the ingredients, follow the instructions and Everycook does the rest,вЂќ founder Maximilian Tornow told AFP. Boston-based Chris Cicchitelli, founder and CEO of CastleOS, said his system would revolutionise geriatric care, allowing older people to remain out of nursing homes for longer. вЂњUsing motion detectors and sensors connected to a smartphone, youвЂ™ll know how active a person is, even how long they have spent in bed. вЂњYou will know if they have fallen and if they do fall, the system can take action based on that, call 911 automatically, even say where in the house the fall took place.вЂќ With 22,000 attendees, the Web Summit brings together some of the worldвЂ™s top companies with start-up ideas for a series of lectures and networking events. One of the focus areas at the Web Summit was on how people, objects and devices can become connected in what the tech industry is calling the вЂњInternet of ThingsвЂќ. вЂњWeвЂ™re trying to connect 99% of things, not only physical things such as street lights but people and even animals to transform lives and improve businesses,вЂќ Wei Zou, technical marketing engineer with Cisco, told AFP. Cisco estimates there will be 50bn Internet-connect вЂњthingsвЂќ in the world by 2020. The US companyвЂ™s chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior said one beneп¬Ѓt could be the end of traffic congestion when driverless cars become available on demand. вЂњThese cars will also be connected to each other and to traffic lights, meaning the п¬‚ow of traffic will be far more organised and less chaotic. ThatвЂ™s the dream for the cities at least,вЂќ she said. On a larger scale, Cisco hopes the growth in connectivity will improve medical care by developing systems for hospitals, such as allowing paramedics to feed patient information back automatically while an ambulance is in transit, so hospitals can be prepared. It also hopes to reduce the demand for resources by allowing patients to connect with doctors remotely. вЂњSome people with medical conditions do not need to go to the hospital, they can use digital media to provide the doctors with diagnostics remotely and automatically,вЂќ Zou said. One project demonstrated at the summit was вЂњCitySenseвЂќ in Dublin which monitors pollution through sensors п¬Ѓtted on courier bikes. вЂњThe Internet of things places the citizen at the heart of all technologies,вЂќ said Willie Donnelly, director of the Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG), a research centre taking part in the initiative. While tech is big business mainly based in the developed world, a number of tech companies taking part outlined ambitions to revolutionise daily life in the developing world. A US start-up said it hoped its kinetic energy-generating shoe insole could transform and increase the use of smartphones in areas of the world where there is no access to electricity. вЂњIn the developing world, 1.2bn people donвЂ™t have access to electricity but have mobile technologyвЂ”thatвЂ™s a huge problem,вЂќ Matt Stanton of Solepower told AFP. вЂњThey use it increasingly for daily critical tasks, healthcare, banking, education. ItвЂ™s truly integrated into their lives but the power is not widely available to power the devices,вЂќ he said. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 19 COMMENT Welcome to the urban village Cities can fundamentally change peopleвЂ™s lives вЂ“ and even the people themselves By Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel Cambridge I want to be a part of it вЂ“ New York, New York, Frank Sinatra sang of the city that has attracted so many of the worldвЂ™s most ambitious people, from artists and performers to businesspeople and bankers. In a sense, this is not a difficult phenomenon to explain; metropolises like New York City, with their multicultural populations, multinational corporations and multitude of talented individuals, are rife with opportunities. But the impact of large cities runs deeper than economic or even cultural power; cities can fundamentally change peopleвЂ™s lives вЂ“ and even the people themselves. In 2010, Geoffrey West, together with a team of researchers, discovered that several socioeconomic measures вЂ“ both positive and negative вЂ“ increase with the size of the local population. In other words, the larger the city, the higher the average wage, productivity level, number of patents per person, crime rate, prevalence of anxiety and incidence of HIV. In fact, when a city doubles in size, every measure of economic activity increases by about 15% per capita. That is why people move to the big city; indeed, it is why cities thrive. This law remains constant across city sizes. And it is not unique. A growing body of evidence suggests that similar functions govern even more aspects of urban life than the research by WestвЂ™s team indicated. How can cities as ostensibly different as New York, with its towering proп¬Ѓle, and Paris, characterised by wide boulevards, function so similarly? If, as Shakespeare suggested, a city is nothing but its people, the answer may lie in the characteristic patterns of connection, interaction and exchange among residents. HIV вЂ“ indeed, any sexually transmitted disease вЂ“ provides a particularly vivid example of the way that social networks shape urban life, as it spreads through linkages of sexual partners. Ideas вЂ“ and the innovations that result from them вЂ“ spread in a similar manner. Just a few years ago, a broad investigation of these complex social networks would have been virtually impossible. After all, the available tools вЂ“ isolated laboratory experiments and written questionnaires вЂ“ were both imprecise and difficult to apply on a large scale. The Internet has changed that. By enmeshing billions of people in seamless connectivity, online platforms have transformed the scope of social networks and provided new tools for researchers to investigate human interaction. In fact, an entirely new п¬Ѓeld of study is emerging at the intersection of data analytics and sociology: computational social science. Using data collected online or through telecommunications networks вЂ“ the wireless providers Orange and Ericsson, for example, have recently made some data available to researchers вЂ“ it is now possible to address, in a scientiп¬Ѓc way, fundamental questions about human sociability. A recent paper (of which one of us, Carlo Ratti, is a co-author) uses anonymised data from telecommunications networks across Europe to explore how human networks change with city size. themselves. This behaviour is quantiп¬Ѓed as the networksвЂ™ вЂњclustering coefficientвЂќ вЂ“ that is, the probability that a personвЂ™s friends will also be friends with one another вЂ“ and remains extraordinarily stable across metropolitan areas. Simply put, humans everywhere are naturally inclined to live within tight-knit communities. Of course, this idea has been suggested before. The urbanist Jane Jacobs, for example, described the rich interactions occurring in New York City neighbourhoods вЂ“ what she called an вЂњintricate ballet, in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each otherвЂќ. What computational social science offers is the prospect of quantifying such observations and gaining insights that could shape the design of urban environments in the future. The question is whether these insights could also unlock the power of human interactions in small towns, enabling them to access some of the social and economic advantages of a large city. In this sense, it is critical to recognise the fundamental difference between вЂњurban villagesвЂќ and their rural counterparts. In the latter, social networks are largely predetermined by family, proximity or history. City dwellers, by contrast, can explore a wide variety of options to create custom-made villages according to their social, intellectual or creative affinities. Perhaps that is why Sinatra left his hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey. Only in a city like New York could he п¬Ѓnd the Rat Pack. - Project Syndicate The results are striking: in large cities, people not only walk faster (a tendency recorded since the 1960s), but they also make вЂ“ and change вЂ“ friends faster. This phenomenon is likely rooted in the fact that, in accordance with WestвЂ™s п¬Ѓndings, the total number of human connections increases with city size. LondonвЂ™s 8mn inhabitants regularly connect with almost twice the number of people as CambridgeвЂ™s 100,000 residents. This increasing exposure to people вЂ“ and hence to ideas, activities, and even diseases вЂ“ could explain the impact of city size on socioeconomic outcomes. But another tendency is also consistent across cities of all sizes: people tend to build вЂњvillagesвЂќ around z Carlo Ratti directs the Senseable City Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and heads the World Economic ForumвЂ™s Global Agenda Council on Future Cities. Matthew Claudel is a research fellow at the Senseable City Laboratory. Weather report LEGAL HELPLINE Three-day forecast Assignment of debts According to Article 338, the assignor requires to obtain the creditorвЂ™s consent to the assignment By Nizar Kochery Doha QUESTION: Does Qatar Law recognise assignment of debt? I run a company which was doing well before but has incurred debts now. My children are working in Doha and they want to take the responsibility for clearing the debts. Can I pass on my liability to them under Qatar Law? Could creditors disagree with that? I have sent some mails to them but there has been no response. TM, Doha ANSWER: The Qatar Civil Code recognises two types of assignments, assignment of rights and assignment of debts. Assignment of right means the transfer of the beneп¬Ѓt of a contract from one party to another and the assignment of debts means burden of a contract from a debtor to an assignee. With regard to assignment of debts, subject to any contractual non-assignment provisions, Article 338 of the Qatar Civil Code provides an entitlement to assign obligations and in such case, the assignee replaces the debtor and assumes liability for performance of the debtorвЂ™s obligations to the creditor. Articles 337 to 353 of the Qatar Civil Code provide the related provisions. According to Article 338, the assignor requires to obtain the creditorвЂ™s consent to the assignment. Without consent, the relevant obligations are not effectively assigned under law. If the creditor receives a notiп¬Ѓcation of assignment of obligations and does not respond within the time frame prescribed by the notice, the creditor is deemed to have rejected the assignment. Assignment of rights and obligations under the contract, subject to any nonassignment provisions contained therein, is permitted by the Qatar Civil Code. Fatal accident compensation Q: How is compensation disbursed in case of death due to an accident at the job-site? In the employment contract, it is agreed that the employer will pay compensation in case of death resulting from site accidents. Is it obligatory that employer must pay this? RM, Doha A: As per law, in 15 daysвЂ™ time from the date of death the employer should deposit the compensation in the court. The court shall distribute the compensation amongst the heirs of the deceased in accordance with the provisions of the Islamic Sharia or the personal law applied in the country of the deceased. The compensation shall be vested in the public treasury of the state if three years lapse without specifying persons entitled thereto. Probation not mandatory Q: I am negotiating on service conditions to be stipulated in my employment contract. Being an experienced professional quitting a reasonably good position, I donвЂ™t want the risk of probation. I also want my п¬Ѓnal settlement to be increased to п¬Ѓve weeks of pay per year of service. Please advice. TU, Doha 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. Article 54 provides that an employer and employee can agree on the amount of gratuity provided the amount equals to or is higher than three weeksвЂ™ of the employeeвЂ™s termination basic salary for every full year that he has worked for the employer. Accordingly parties may set higher rate. Receiver of bribery Q: My friend, working with a government department, has received payment for some assistance. Is this a crime? It has been given to him by the beneficiary on his own and it has not been demanded at all. Please advice. PL, Doha A: According to Article 140 of the Qatar Penal Laws, whoever asks for or accepts, for himself or another party, money, beneп¬Ѓt or a simple promise of something against undertaking any act or abstaining from any act included in his office shall be considered as receiver of bribery. The penalty of imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years and a п¬Ѓne not exceeding what he was given or promised to be given shall apply to him, provided that it shall not be less than QR5,000. A letter of guarantee Q: Please advice on guarantee letters issued by a bank. Is it true that the applicant is required to deposit an equivalent amount in his account? Can the bank refuse to pay the beneп¬Ѓciary on any inп¬‚uence? Can the beneп¬Ѓciary transfer the guarantee? What TODAY High: 27 C Low: 20 C Slight dust and partly cloudy with chance of scattered rain at pieces at times happens if the beneп¬Ѓciary delays in claiming it? GK, Doha A: Article 409 of the Commercial Laws stipulates that the bank may not refuse payment to the beneп¬Ѓciary on grounds relating to the bankвЂ™s relationship with the applicant or to the relationship between with the beneп¬Ѓciary. A letter of guarantee is an undertaking issued by a bank stating the purpose for which it has been issued to pay a certain amount or an ascertainable amount of money to the beneп¬Ѓciary on demand within the п¬Ѓxed period of the letter. The bank may require the provision of a counter security against the issue of a letter of guarantee. The bank shall be discharged of liability towards the beneп¬Ѓciary if no demand of payment is received from the beneп¬Ѓciary during the validity period of the letter of guarantee is received from the beneп¬Ѓciary, unless it is expressly agreed to renew the term thereof. The beneп¬Ѓciary my not assign his right under the letter of guarantee to a third party without the consent of the bank. The bank shall upon expiry of the term of the letter of guarantee, return the deposit provided by the applicant for obtaining of the letter of guarantee. SUNDAY High: 27 C Low : 21 C Clear MONDAY High: 27 C C Low : 22 C Clear FishermenвЂ™s forecast OFFSHORE DOHA Wind: NW-NE 8-18/22 KT Waves: 3-5/7 Feet INSHORE DOHA Wind: NW-NE 05-15/ KT Waves: 1-2/3 Feet Around the region Abu Dhabi Baghdad Dubai Kuwait City Manama Muscat Riyadh Tehran Weather today Clear P Cloudy Clear Clear P Cloudy Clear P Cloudy Clear Max/min 30/24 21/10 31/24 23/09 26/21 34/24 24/13 10/03 Weather tomorrow P Cloudy Clear Clear Clear P Cloudy Clear Clear Clear Max/min 29/22 23/09 29/21 24/10 25/22 30/23 21/11 13/03 Weather tomorrow C Showers Clear C Storms Clear M Cloudy Clear M Cloudy P Cloudy C Showers Clear C Storms Clear Rain P Cloudy C Showers Clear C Showers Rain C Storms Clear C Storms P Cloudy Clear Max/min 21/17 24/18 31/24 10/06 27/19 28/16 29/24 33/22 25/22 19/12 34/26 32/20 13/07 30/23 08/06 32/19 12/03 14/08 31/21 15/07 31/26 23/14 20/11 z Please send your questions by e-mail to: [email protected] LEGAL SYSTEM IN QATAR A mortgagee may, upon maturity of the debt, take proceedings for the expropriation of the mortgaged property against a third party holder, unless this third party holder chooses to pay the debt, redeem the mortgage or abandon the property. Any person is deemed to be a third party holder who acquires the property or any other real right over the property by any way other than inheritance capable of being mortgaged, without being personally responsible for the debt secured by the mortgage. The third party holder who has transcribed his title deed and who was not a party to the proceedings in which judgement was given against the debtor to pay the debt may, if the judgement was subsequent to the transcription of his title, raise the defences which could have been raised by the debtor. He may, in any case, raise the defences which the debtor still has the right to raise after the judgment. A third party holder may, upon maturity of the debt secured by the mortgage, pay the debt and its accessories including the costs of proceedings from the date of the formal summons, and will retain this right up to the date of the sale by public auction. In such a case, he has a claim for all he has paid against the debtor and against the former owner of the mortgaged property. He may also be subrogated into the rights of the creditor who has been paid in full, with the exception of those rights relative to guarantees furnished by a person other than the debtor. Article 1094 stipulates that a third party holder must maintain the inscription of the mortgage which he is subrogated to the creditor until striking off the inscriptions that existed at the time of the transcription of his title to the property in the Land Registry. If, by reason of his acquisition of the mortgaged property, the third party holder is a debtor of a sum due immediately for payment and sufficient to satisfy all the creditors whose rights are inscribed on the property, each one of the creditors may compel him to pay his claim. When the debt owed by the third party holder is not yet due for payment, or is less than the debts due to the creditors, or different from them, the creditors may, if they are all agreed, claim from the third party holder payment of what he owes up to the amount due to them, and payment will be effected in accordance with the conditions on which he has agreed to pay in his original undertaking, and at the time agreed upon for payment. In neither case can the third party holder avoid payment to the creditors by abandoning the property, but when payment has been made to the creditors the property is deemed to be free of all mortgages and the third party holder has the right to call for striking off the inscriptions existing on the property. 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 Clear P Cloudy M Cloudy P Cloudy Clear T Storms P Cloudy P Cloudy Clear P Cloudy P Cloudy M Cloudy C Rain P Cloudy Clear Rain P Cloudy C Storms C Rain T Storms P Cloudy Cloudy Max/min 21/16 24/17 32/25 11/04 26/17 26/16 30/24 31/21 26/22 17/11 34/26 31/24 12/10 29/22 06/02 31/19 17/08 12/07 25/19 17/05 31/26 21/14 20/13 20 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 QATAR RotaвЂ™s charity event to support education projects P roceeds from the upcoming п¬Ѓfth Gala Dinner and charity event of Reach Out to Asia (Rota), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), will go towards education projects helping thousands of people and hundreds of communities across Asia and the Middle East. Details of the event, which takes place at the castle of Sheikh Ali bin Abdulla al-Thani in Al Rayyan on November 15 under the theme вЂњPlant a Book - Harvest a FutureвЂќ, have been announced. Under the patronage of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the event supports QFвЂ™s mission to provide world-class education and foster a progressive society by addressing immediate social needs. Sponsored by Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) and supported strategically by Qatar Petroleum, the bi-annual event gathers dignitaries and celebrities from Qatar and the region. It includes a charity auction by SothebyвЂ™s. Funds from items donated by Angelina Jolie, Alfardan Automobiles, Nasser bin Khaled Holding and Al Shaqab will help support access to education for thousands. The п¬Ѓfth Rota Gala Dinner will support young people in Nepal and the West Bank, schools in Tunisia and Syrian refugees in Lebanon. For the п¬Ѓrst time in the galaвЂ™s history, bidders will have the opportunity to support speciп¬Ѓc п¬‚agship Rota projects directly in the auction. RotaвЂ™s previous Gala Dinner raised $13mn. Regional celebrities attending this monthвЂ™s event include Parween Habib, Latifa from Tunisia, Hussain al-Jassimi, Lojain Omran, Ahmad Fathi, Saber al-Rebai and Ahlam. Auction items include a black spinel necklace worn by Jolie, a Njoud Al Shaqab Arabian horse and custom Hermes saddle, a Mini Paceman decorated and signed by Damien Hirst, luxu- rious getaways at Singita and the One & Only Resort in South Africa, and a rare MV Agusta F3 800 Ago motorbike. вЂњNo single evening has a greater impact on education access and development in the Middle East and Asia than RotaвЂ™s bi-annual Gala Dinner,вЂќ said Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser al-Thani, Rota board member. вЂњThe gala continues to be a high-proп¬Ѓle, high-impact opportunity for our generous sponsors and supporters to renew the promise we have made to our neighbours in Middle Eastern and Asian communities to invest in human potential and break down barriers to a decent Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser al-Thani with Essa al-Mannai, executive director of Rota, Hamad al-Baker, PR manager at Qatar Petroleum, and Sarah al-Dorani, acting global communication manager at Qatar Petroleum International, at a press conference. education in the face of crises and political turmoil.вЂќ вЂњProceeds from the auction will support RotaвЂ™s educational development projects, ensuring that they continue to make a positive impact and moving them forward towards RotaвЂ™s vision for the future,вЂќ she stressed. Dr Sheikha Aisha said this yearвЂ™s ceremony would feature, for the п¬Ѓrst time, a charity auction, directly supporting a number of Rota education projects in Palestine, Tunisia, Nepal, Pakistan and one help- ing Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The winning bidderвЂ™s name will be listed as the sponsor of each project. There is also a silent auction, which will feature a unique collection of artwork and gold ornaments from DohaвЂ™s Museum of Islamic Art. The results of the silent action will be announced at the ceremony. The Gala Dinner had been widely received, she said, adding that all special front-row seats вЂ“ which cost $60,000 each - had been sold. Referring to the venue of the event, Dr Sheikha Aisha said it was a вЂњunique and architectural masterpieceвЂќ known for an impressive library that has been hailed as one of QatarвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst great knowledge oases. вЂњWe are pleased that the Rota Gala Dinner and charity event will be the п¬Ѓrst event of its kind hosted at this unique venue.вЂќ QPI CEO Nasser al-Jaidah said: вЂњWe are pleased to be sponsoring the Reach Out to Asia Gala Dinner in support of its global education projects, which serve thousands of underprivileged children.вЂќ Fest features Samba music and Capoeira workshops By Joey Aguilar Staff Reporter A uthentic Samba music and Capoeira workshops have been the highlights of the second day of the Brazil Festival yesterday. The 10-piece Samba Chula de Sao Braz, with their lively show on stage at the Museum of Islamic Art park, drew a large number of people. The two oldest styles of samba, samba chula and samba de roda, started with the original African slaves who were brought to Salvador in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Many children were given the opportunity to learn both Samba dance and Capoeira in an entertaining way during the performance held also on stage. Separate sessions for the Brazilian martial arts were conducted at the venue. Movies such as Rio, shown on a widescreen set up by the Doha Film Institute, have also attracted hundreds of children at the festival. For those who want to buy authentic handmade Brazilian handcrafts, organisers have set up stalls at the MIA park. Visitors can also enjoy Brazilian foods served by some of the popular hotels in Doha. Many children participated in two reading sessions (both in Arabic and English). The programme was developed in collaboration with resident Brazilian artist and п¬Ѓlmmaker Luciana Ceccatto Farah. The Brazil Festival concludes today. Families watching some of the movies on a widescreen shown by DFI. The festival features art workshops for children. A Brazilian martial artist teaches children the basic Capoeira techniques. PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam. Authentic Brazilian products are showcased at the festival. Rumailah Park still draws visitors despite вЂ�closureвЂ™ Peter Alagos Business Reporter O ne week after the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning announced the official closure of the Rumailah Park to the public, visitors continue to flock to the site. A makeshift barrier made out of red and white ribbon tied to a long nylon cord stretches across the entire circumference of the park but it doesnвЂ™t seem to affected the festive mood of children playing and families enjoying picnics in the area yesterday. One of the parkвЂ™s security guards and supervisor said visitors were still allowed in the park from 5pm to midnight. He noted that the weekends were the busiest for the park. The security guard, however, was not able to provide a direct answer when Gulf Times asked him until when would the ministry allow visitors in the park. But the ongoing operations of Yes Cafeteria, the only eatery that remains open in the area, seems to be an indication that the park would continue to A group of visitors in the Rumailah Park yesterday. PICTURE: Peter Alagos. enjoy the publicвЂ™s presence in succeeding weekends. In an earlier interview, Yes Cafeteria manager Moosa Kurumberi said throngs of customers preferred to buy food and refreshments from them because of вЂњreasonablypricedвЂќ items like bottled water, tea and sandwiches. He lamented that brisk business expected at the onset of the winter season would come to a halt as the ministry nnounced that the park would be closed indefinitely. вЂњThere is a slight feeling of distress now that we are closing the shop because we have been expecting an increase in sales since the weather is cooler and more visitors come to the park this time of the year,вЂќ he had said. Kurumberi, however, was not available for comment when Gulf Times visited Yes Cafeteria yesterday to inquire about the eateryвЂ™s seemingly extended operations. But while the staff was busy serving tea to customers, it was noticed that there were fewer food stocks displayed in the store. As Qatar continues to enjoy cooler temperatures, more people are frequenting the Corniche. Also, many families flock to the Museum of Islamic Art Park where children enjoy amenities such as the two medium-sized playgrounds complete with slides, swings and obstacle courses. The Old Airport Park has also seen an increase in the number of visitors. STIMULUS STEPS | Page 4 SCHEME GAIN | Page 9 Thai consumer confidence up in October Jet Airways posts 1st profit in two years Saturday, November 8, 2014 Moharram 15, 1436 AH SLOWING GLOBAL DEMAND : Page 12 GULF TIMES US unemployment rate falls to 5.8%; payrolls rise BUSINESS IMF, US encourage Japan, ECB monetary stimulus Global central bank governors meet in Paris; Noyer outlines scenarios for ECB bond-buying; BoEвЂ™s Carney warns of volatility risk as markets normalise Reuters Paris T he International Monetary Fund and the US encouraged the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan towards greater monetary stimulus yesterday and urged governments around the world to do their share to encourage growth in their countries. Calling the world economy вЂњfragile, brittle and fragmentedвЂќ, IMF managing director Christian Lagarde told a conference of central bankers in Paris it was вЂњperfectly legitimate and appropriateвЂќ for the ECB and the BoJ to take unconventional steps to combat low inп¬‚ation and economic stagnation. US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said central banks вЂњneed to be prepared to employ all available tools, including unconventional policies, to support economic growth and reach their inп¬‚ation targetsвЂќ, especially where governments have withdrawn п¬Ѓscal stimulus policies to help recovery. The comments came a day after the European Central Bank ordered its staff to start preparing for bolder measures if needed to п¬Ѓght falling inп¬‚ation, on top of a range of rate cuts, asset purchases and lending operations already agreed. Lagarde said governments with healthy budget positions should do more to support growth, belittling as insufficient a German announcement of an extra в‚¬10bn in spending on public infrastructure over the next three years. вЂњIn this part of the world, we have to repeat over and over that monetary policy cannot be the only game in town, and that there has to be a combination of sound п¬Ѓscal policies, use of п¬Ѓscal space for those countries that have п¬Ѓscal space in order to support growth and rejuvenate that growth,вЂќ she said. вЂњClearly the announcement that was made yesterday was in the very small ballpark of what will be needed in order to do that.вЂќ ECB Governing Council member Chris- IMF managing director Christine Lagarde (left) with US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen prior to the start of a session during an international symposium organised by the Bank de France in Paris yesterday. Lagarde said it was вЂњperfectly legitimate and appropriateвЂќ for the ECB and the BoJ to take unconventional steps to combat low inflation and economic stagnation. tian Noyer said central banks, including his own, should be prepared to buy public debt if needed to avert deп¬‚ation or a run on sovereign bonds. вЂњIn extreme circumstances a central bank should mitigate the effects of conп¬Ѓdence shocks on sovereign yields by purchasing government bonds,вЂќ Noyer told the conference. вЂњSuch an action may be vindicated if there are risks to macroeconomic or п¬Ѓnancial stability or even if self-fulп¬Ѓlling runs on public debt may be a threat to market access, or lastly to avoid the deп¬‚ationary consequences of a public debt event.вЂќ Other speakers warned that the impact of the worldвЂ™s major central banks taking divergent policy directions after a long phase of easy money could cause turmoil among currencies and increase volatility across the п¬Ѓnancial markets. Bank of England governor Mark Carney spoke of a probable вЂњbumpy transitionвЂќ between a period when markets have been awash with cheap central bank liquidity and a return to more normal monetary conditions. вЂњWeвЂ™re in this вЂ” with some exceptions вЂ” low volatility, compressed-spread environment, particularly around liquidity premia. ThatвЂ™s going to change as things normalise,вЂќ said Carney, who also chairs the global Financial Stability Board. вЂњBut that reality, or that likelihood, shouldnвЂ™t, in my view, impact the timing of the start of normalisation.вЂќ The US Federal Reserve Bank ended a multi-year bond-buying programme last week although its policymakers differ about the timing and pace of future interest rate rises. New York Fed chief William Dudley told the conference the Fed will likely raise US interest rates вЂњsometime next yearвЂќ and investors seemed to be getting the message of patience in this policy-tightening cycle. Djibouti plans LNG, oil terminals Bloomberg Nairobi Djibouti will start work on liquefied-naturalgas and crude-oil terminals by March as part of a $5bn plan to develop regional trade ties, Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority chairman Aboubaker Omar Hadi said. Construction of the two facilities will add to four new ports already being built that will quadruple cargo handling in the Horn of Africa nation to almost 80mn metric tons annually, Omar Hadi said in an interview with Bloomberg TV Africa to be broadcast yesterday. Durban, South Africa, one of the continentвЂ™s busiest ports, handles more than 80mn tonnes of cargo a year, according to Transnet National Ports Authority. вЂњWhat the Djibouti Ports and Freezones Authority wants to achieve is to unleash East AfricaвЂ™s economic potential,вЂќ Omar Hadi said. вЂњWe are trying to build the economy of the country to serve the neighbouring countries in foreign trade.вЂќ DjiboutiвЂ™s $1.5bn economy relies on services related to the countryвЂ™s location on the Red Sea, one of the worldвЂ™s busiest shipping lanes. Transport and logistics account for more than two-thirds of gross domestic product in the nation of about 873,000 people, according to Omar Hadi. The two ports under construction at Tadjourah and Goubet are expected to be completed and operational by December 2015, Omar Hadi said. Work on a multipurpose facility at Doraleh and a livestock terminal at Damerjog began last month and both are expected to be finished in December 2016, he said. Chinese, Indian, Brazilian and Turkish investors are contributing investments to each port, Omar Hadi said, without providing details. Djibouti is developing rail links, oil pipelines and other infrastructure as it seeks to become a middle-income country by 2035. The economy is forecast to grow 6% this year and 6.5% in 2015. The three existing ports in the capital, Djibouti City, currently handle about 17mn tonnes of containers, oil and general cargo a year, Omar Hadi said. That amount is expected to grow about 10% next year, he said. Traffic at the four new ports under construction is estimated at 40mn tonnes, while the LNG and crude terminals will handle 20mn tonnes, he said. вЂњThe six new ports will mainly handle export commodities,вЂќ Omar Hadi said. Underutilisation of existing capacity at DjiboutiвЂ™s Doraleh port suggests that thereвЂ™s currently no need for the country to expand its facilities, said Bert Hofhuis, founder of Fleetlink, a Cape Town-based transport consultancy. Doraleh last year handled less than half its estimated design capacity of 1.5mn twenty-foot equivalent units, he said. Djibouti also has logistical constraints that may make some of the expansion plans unfeasible, Hofhuis said. For instance, the country currently has no pipeline that would feed LNG and oil to Ethiopia or other countries in the region, he said. A port planned for the town of Goubet would be difficult to access because of dangerous currents that would require the use of a number of tugs to guide vessels, he said. A railway linking DjiboutiвЂ™s ports to the capital of neighboring Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, is expected to be completed by October 2015, Omar Hadi said. The link is being built at a cost of about $4.2bn and will help Djibouti extend its trade links into South Sudan and other East African nations, Omar Hadi said. вЂњDjiboutiвЂ™s ports are serving Ethiopia and South Sudan, and with the railways and roads development will reach the Great Lakes countries,вЂќ he said. Mohamed El-Erian, an economic adviser to German insurer Allianz and former cochief of bond giant Pimco, said central bankers should not underestimate the risk of currency market swings as their monetary policy take divergent paths. вЂњAs much as these currency moves may contribute to global rebalancing on paper, I would just caution from a market perspective not to underestimate ... the speed and size of currency moves,вЂќ he said. The euro fell to its lowest level since 2012 on Thursday, below $1.24, after ECB President Mario Draghi announced the unanimous determination of the bankвЂ™s policy-setting council to take further unconventional measures if necessary to combat falling inп¬‚ation. The ECB has begun a new wave of unlimited four-year cheap loans to banks in an effort to revive lending to businesses, and has started buying covered bonds and is set purchase bundled loans known as asset-backed securities. Draghi effectively committed the bank to boost its balance sheet by about в‚¬1tn ($1.24tn) towards the levels it had at the peak of the eurozone crisis in 2012 through those measures, and through others if they fell short. But while the euro has lost some 11% of its value against the dollar this year, it has not provoked undue alarm from EuropeвЂ™s trading partners so far. Central bankers said the issue arose on the sidelines of the annual IMF meetings in Washington last month, but other major economies understood that a weaker euro was preferable to seeing deп¬‚ation in the euro area. BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, chairing one of the sessions, hinted that the Japanese government should move faster to open up the economy to more competition to boost growth. His comments come after the Bank of Japan decided to expand its monetary stimulus policy to try to lift an economy still struggling to emerge from a decade of deп¬‚ation and economic stagnation. Lagarde said the Tokyo government should move ahead with its commitments to raise consumption tax and make more space for women in the Japanese economy. Canary Wharf owner rejects approach from QIA, Brookfield Bloomberg Berlin/London Songbird Estates, the owner of LondonвЂ™s Canary Wharf financial district, rejected an approach from Qatar Investment Authority and Brookfield Property Partners because the proposed bid is вЂ�too lowвЂ™. The Qatar fund and Brookfield may offer 295 pence a share, Songbird said in a statement yesterday. The owner of about 69% of Canary Wharf Group climbed 22% to 320 pence in London trading on Thursday after announcing the approach. SongbirdвЂ™s suitors may have to raise their bid to more than 350 pence to succeed with a purchase that would be the biggest UK property deal of this decade, Peel Hunt analysts including Keith Crawford said in a note on Thursday. Rents have begun to rise in the Docklands office district where Canary Wharf is located and residential construction in the area is climbing. A purchase would offer вЂњexposure to arguably the best large-scale developer in London as well as a unique part of London which is just starting to see rental growth,вЂќ Oriel Securities analysts including Miranda Cockburn said in a note yesterday. Any bid should reflect that the sellers would be asked to give up net asset value growth thatвЂ™s averaging at least 14% a year, the analysts said. SongbirdвЂ™s real estate was valued at ВЈ6.28bn ($10bn) at the end of June. The Qatar fund, which already owns 28.6% of the UK company, and Brookfield have until December 4 to make an offer. Other Songbird shareholders include investor Simon Glick of New York, a unit of China Investment Corp and funds managed by Morgan Stanley. вЂњThis proposal significantly undervalues Songbird and does not reflect the inherent value of the business and its underlying assets,вЂќ Songbird chairman David Pritchard said in the statement. Songbird was down 3.1% to 310 pence at the close of trading in London, giving the company a market value of ВЈ2.3bn. ThursdayвЂ™s closing price was the highest since October 2008. Canary Wharf Group plans to develop 11mn square feet (1.02mn square meters) of offices and homes in London, more than any other company, according to SongbirdвЂ™s statement. Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment in June won approval to develop almost 900 homes and about 75,000 square meters of office space at Royal Dutch ShellвЂ™s London headquarters. Canary Wharf Group plans to develop more than 3,600 homes at Wood Wharf, adjacent to Canary Wharf, after it gained approval for the project in July. Abu Dhabi looks to Asian п¬Ѓrms for oil concession AFP Abu Dhabi U AE emirate Abu Dhabi seems likely to choose Asian п¬Ѓrms when it renews a decades-old major oil concession, sources and analysts told AFP, in a historic shift for the global energy market. Powerful Western companies have dominated the Middle East oil industry for nearly a century but are facing increasing competition from energy-hungry Asia. Now Asia appears set to win its п¬Ѓrst major concession in the Middle East after the expiry of a World War II-era contract to exploit Abu DhabiвЂ™s main onshore oil п¬Ѓelds. вЂњThe Far East is вЂ�theвЂ™ market for Gulf oil and energy-based products like chemicals,вЂќ Jean-Francois Seznec, a Georgetown University professor and oil expert, told AFP. Experts believe it is inevitable that, after seeing huge boosts in oil exports to Asia, Middle East producers like the UAE will seek to attract Asian companies as production partners as well. This will вЂњhelp the UAE secure a market share in the Far East at this time of ample supplies and relatively weak demand,вЂќ Seznec said. Industry sources tell AFP that global giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) is the top contender for the Abu Dhabi bid, along with п¬Ѓrms from South Korea and Japan. The 75-year-old concession ran out in January and state-owned Abu Dhabi Nation- al Oil Company (ADNOC) is reviewing bids from nine international majors to award new long-term production-sharing agreements. The ultimate decision will be taken by the Abu Dhabi Supreme Petroleum Council, the emirateвЂ™s highest decision-making body on energy issues. An industry source said a decision is expected by the end of the year or early 2015, barring any last-minute hurdles. The previous concession, granted in January 1939, was operated by Western companies ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total, with 9.5% each, in addition to Partex Oil and Gas with 2%. The Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), which currently operates production, had the remaining 60%. The new concession will be for 40 years, local media reported and the goal is to raise output from the current 1.5mn barrels per day to 1.8mn by 2017. As well as ChinaвЂ™s CNPC, the Korean National Oil Corp (KNOC) and JapanвЂ™s Inpex Corp are among the nine companies bidding for the concession. The former partners вЂ” US giant ExxonMobil, Anglo-Dutch Shell, BritainвЂ™s BP and Total of France - are also bidding, along with newcomers Statoil of Norway and RussiaвЂ™s Rosneft. вЂњThere is certainly a natural п¬Ѓt for Asian oil companies interested in these concessions,вЂќ Victor Shum, vice president at IHS Energy Insight, told AFP. The Middle East is the primary supplier of crude oil to Asian nations and AsiaвЂ™s importance in the energy market has risen in recent years amid fundamental changes in production, exports and prices, he said. Last year China replaced the US as the worldвЂ™s top crude oil importer, after US producers increased domestic output of oil and natural gas from conventional and shale sources. China imports more than six million barrels per day, mostly from the Gulf, as opposed to about п¬Ѓve million by the US. Chinese and Korean companies have already struck smaller concession deals in undeveloped areas of Abu Dhabi. China also signed a strategic deal to import 200,000 barrels per day from the UAE until 2020. вЂњWith the growing supply from the US, we expect that Middle Eastern countries would likely have to focus more on the Asian region,вЂќ said Daniel Ang, an investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore. вЂњWe already saw Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran cut prices and believe that this is already a step towards maintaining their market share in the Asian market,вЂќ Ang told AFP. While demand from the US and Europe is declining or stagnant at best, thirst for oil is increasing rapidly in Asia and emerging markets. IHS forecasts that the Asia-Pacific share of world consumption will rise from 26.4% in 2014 to 34.4% by 2024. Given their track record on the concession, some of the Western п¬Ѓrms are likely to win parts of the rights. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 2 BUSINESS Weak yen hits S KoreaвЂ™s export competitiveness Reuters Seoul Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol at a press conference in Seoul. Lee said yesterday that while there are limitations to South KoreaвЂ™s ability to counter the weakening yen, the government will not stand pat. communiques. The won has also weathered volatility well, as authorities repeatedly stepped in to prevent excessive one-sidedness in the market. They have also engaged in dollar-buying intervention to weaken the won indirectly against the yen. In a note dated Thursday, Goldman Sachs predicted the won will strengthen against the yen and weaken against the dollar. вЂњThis combination is not necessarily negative for overall Korean exports in our view,вЂќ it said, noting that sectors that compete directly with Japan вЂ“ autos, auto parts, steel and chemicals вЂ“ account for less than a third of Korean exports. The presidential Blue House has told South Korean companies to tough it out, urging them to use the weakening yen as an opportunity to expand investment in Japanese equipment and improve their business structure. Despite concerns over household debt, another rate cut may be necessary, some analysts said. Indeed, the weakening yen was a key point during the Bank of KoreaвЂ™s October 15 monetary policy meeting, when it lowered rates by 25 basis points to 2%, matching a record low. вЂњOur price competitiveness in sectors where competition is high against Japanese companies is falling,вЂќ one unidentiп¬Ѓed central bank board member said, according to minutes released on Tuesday. Another board member expressed concern that the negative effects from a weakened yen could be bigger than in the past, as diminished demand from the eurozone and soft growth in some emerging market countries pose additional risks to exports. Nomura economist Kwon Young Sun wrote in a note this week that he sees an increasing likelihood that the Bank of Korea will cut rates in coming months. Economists at ANZ and ING also expect a rate cut in coming months. вЂњWe expect JPY (yen) weakness to have a greater negative effect on the Korean economy this time,вЂќ Kwon wrote. вЂњFirst, we believe п¬Ѓrms will delay their investments due to uncertainty over the KRW (won) market, and second, underperforming Korean equity markets are likely to have a negative wealth effect on private consumption.вЂќ Japan bank offers customers вЂ�curtain callвЂ™ loans Reuters Ogaki, Japan W hile rival banks sit on their deposits, frustrating government efforts to reп¬‚ate JapanвЂ™s stagnant economy, regional banker Takashi Tsuchiya will write you a loan to close your business or end your marriage. The portly boss of Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank (OKB) in the central Gifu prefecture, who deploys an infectious giggle as liberally as he disburses loans, sees opportunities in borrowers that most of JapanвЂ™s reluctant regional lenders would dismiss as dead ends. Such вЂњcurtain callвЂќ loans can lift customers from the wreckage of their private lives, but for Tsuchiya, itвЂ™s a creative way of supporting JapanвЂ™s sluggish regional economies, where low birth rates and internal migration are hollowing out small towns and villages and squeezing his bankвЂ™s margins. вЂњIn Japan closing a business only has a negative image. It means you failed,вЂќ Tsuchiya said. вЂњBut it Reuters Singapore T S outh Korean authorities wonвЂ™t sit on their hands while a tumbling yen undercuts the countryвЂ™s export competitiveness, the central bank chief said yesterday, but policymakers could be reluctant to reduce interest rates, and currency intervention offers limited relief. The relative strength of the Japanese and South Korean currencies is a sensitive topic in Seoul, given the rivalry between the two countries, and the yen has dropped 30% against the won in the past two years. Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol said yesterday that while there are limitations to South KoreaвЂ™s ability to counter the weakening yen, вЂњwe will not stand pat.вЂќ A South Korean п¬Ѓnance ministry official told Reuters that the government will work towards keeping the won from moving out of sync with global exchange rates, an indication it will not target the yen speciп¬Ѓcally. The won fell about 1% on Thursday after Vice Finance Minister Joo Hyung-hwan was quoted as saying the government would manage the dollar-won rate to align it with the weakening yen, although the п¬Ѓnance ministry later said the comment was misunderstood and the currency regained most of its losses. The current weakening of the yen follows a decision last month by the Bank of Japan to dramatically expand its debt-buying stimulus drive, pushing down bond yields and sending the yen to 115.52 against the dollar on Thursday, its weakest in seven years. The Bank of Japan move increased the chances that the Bank of Korea will cut its policy rate to a record low, some economists said, although the central bank may prefer not take that plunge under mounting criticism by opposition politicians of policies that encourage more borrowing by debt-strapped households. вЂњItвЂ™s difficult to make monetary policy decisions just based on currency rates,вЂќ South Korean Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan told lawmakers on Thursday. Past bouts of yen weakness have not proven that painful for Korean exports, but Japanese manufacturers have yet to cut their export prices, an option they could choose to exercise. South Korea, AsiaвЂ™s fourth-largest economy, has managed to ride out waves of monetary stimulus by the United States and Japan in recent years relatively unscathed, bolstered by strong fundamentals, plentiful foreign exchange reserves, and a hefty current account surplus. Meanwhile, another п¬Ѓnance ministry official has told Reuters it will probably not complain about JapanвЂ™s monetary policy or single out a speciп¬Ѓc country at the upcoming G20 LeadersвЂ™ Summit on November 15 to 16, and that the atmosphere would mirror that of previous meetings, where JapanвЂ™s weakening yen was only vaguely mentioned in Shipping fuel scam hits п¬Ѓrms, traders could be a positive event. You can start your life all over again. ItвЂ™s like you п¬Ѓnish your performance at a theatre and you get invited back to the stage as the applause continues,вЂќ he said, with a ripple of laughter. The loudest applause would come from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who says reviving local economies is among his top priorities. He wants annual business closures and new startups to hit 10% of all п¬Ѓrms, on a par with the United States, up from 4.5% now. Corporate closures hit a 10-year high last year, even as the economy recovered, but business starts have lagged behind, said Masashi Seki, manager at the information division for Tokyo Shoko Research, a think-tank that focuses on bankruptcies. Part of the problem is the glacial pace of lending at JapanвЂ™s 105 local banks. The loan-to-deposit ratio at the biggest two thirds of them was down at about 70% last year, compared with nearly 113% for banks in the European Union. Tsuchiya, 68, whose father also ran OKB, JapanвЂ™s 41st-biggest bank by assets, wants to be part of the solution. вЂњOur business is closely tied to local economies, so we have to help local economies to thrive,вЂќ he said. The bank has also tried the direct approach to rejuvenating Ogaki, its home town of about 160,000. Last year it paid to renovate a shuttered shopping district near its headquarters, one of the many arcaded rows of once-bustling shops that now stand testament to the decline of JapanвЂ™s smaller urban centres. All the shops on вЂњOKB StreetвЂќ are now open, but business is slow, struggling with demographic trends. Gifu prefecture had 2mn people in 2010, but JapanвЂ™s National Institute and Social Security Research expects that to fall to 1.66mn by 2040, mirroring a national decline from 128mn to 99mn by 2048. Hiroya Masuda, former governor of Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, says half the nationвЂ™s towns and villages will eventually disappear if the birthrate continues to fall and people keep moving to the bigger cities. OKB has seen some success in drumming up loan business. Lending rose 4.7% last year, beat- ing bigger local rival Juroku BankвЂ™s 2.6% and well above the 1.3% managed by JapanвЂ™s 10 biggest banks, according to central bank data. Recognising social trends has contributed to that growth. OKB is not just targeting unhappy couples with divorce loans, but also with loans for fertility treatment, or cosmetic surgery. Hardpressed single mothers are another growing segment. For all that, OKBвЂ™s net interest margin has fallen in each of the last п¬Ѓve years, and for the year ended in March was a little less than half the average at regional rivals, which in turn was a sickly 0.24%. To address weak proп¬Ѓtability at the regional banks, the government is urging them to combine. After months of inaction by the banks, secondlargest regional lender Bank of Yokohama and much smaller rival Higashi-Nippon Bank said on Tuesday they were considering a merger, followed with a similar announcement from Kagoshima Bank and Higo Bank. Tsuchiya said he had been chastened by an earlier arduous merger with a small credit cooperative, so he did not want to repeat that experience. raders and shipping companies scrambled to source fuel and take over supply contracts yesterday after Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker said a suspected fraud at its Singapore subsidiary had pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy. The alleged fraud at Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading is potentially one of the biggest п¬Ѓnancial market scandals to hit the city state since 2004, when China Aviation Oil (Singapore) ran up oil futures losses of $550mn. Some institutional and individual investors in Denmark said they were considering taking legal action against the п¬Ѓrm. вЂњAs an investor who invested in the company ... based on the prospectus, to lose all your money seven months later, you have to think about what you can do,вЂќ said Jan Ostergaard, head of investment at Industriens Pension, which holds a small stake. The collapse of DenmarkвЂ™s third largest company by revenue with around 20,000 shareholders came as a shock to the Danish Shareholders Association, which hosted special events with management from OW Bunker ahead of its March initial public offering. The head of the association told Reuters that management was repeatedly asked about what changes in oil prices might do to the company and whether they were able to control credit given to customers. вЂњWe are shocked by the fact that these seem to be the two main reasons for the companyвЂ™s fall,вЂќ Jens Moller Nielsen said. DenmarkвЂ™s Berlingske newspaper cited OW Bunker chairman Niels Henrik Jensen as saying DynamicвЂ™s head, Lars Moller, and some of his colleagues arrived unexpectedly at OW Bunker headquarters in Norresundby, Denmark, this week and explained the situation to chief executive Jim Pedersen. MollerвЂ™s lawyer Arvid Andersen told Reuters that Moller denies any illegal activities have been going on. Andersen said that what had happened was due to an вЂњuntimely lack of careвЂќ and that OW Bunker has been too quick to jump to conclusions about the situation. вЂњThe case is not that somebody has stolen money, billed п¬Ѓctitious trades or given kickbacks. The case is that a big credit given to one customer was built up,вЂќ Andersen said. OW Bunker said earlier this week it had been informed about a fraud committed by senior employees in Singapore. According to Andersen, it is only a question whether internal guidelines have been broken or not. He declined to disclose the name of the customer which had the big credit line. Moller, who a person that knows him said was a popular member of the Danish expat community, could not be reached for comment at DynamicвЂ™s office in Singapore yesterday. No-one was present at his home in a luxury condominium near the city-stateвЂ™s Botanic Gardens. Singapore Police ForceвЂ™s white collar crimes unit declined to comment on whether they were investigating Dynamic. Iron ore rhetoric should shift from China demand to oversupply By Clyde Russell Launceston, Australia One of the recurring themes in iron oreвЂ™s precipitous decline this year has been the weak state of Chinese demand. The problem with this is that it simply isnвЂ™t true. It doesnвЂ™t take much of a search to find media and analyst reports that reference softness in ChinaвЂ™s steel market as one of the major reasons for Asian spot iron oreвЂ™s 43% decline this year to a five-year low of $75.60 a tonne on Thursday. вЂњIron ore falls further as Chinese buying interest stallsвЂќ was a Reuters headline from October 17. Just in case anybody thinks IвЂ™m picking on my own colleagues, this one is from competitor Bloomberg on Thursday: вЂњIron drops to lowest since 2009 as Apec curbs dent demandвЂќ вЂ“ a reference to steel mills closures ahead of the upcoming meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group in Beijing as part of measures to control pollution. ItвЂ™s not just news reports, analysts have also pointed to the slowing growth of ChinaвЂ™s economy. вЂњIn China, slowing industrial trends and deteriorating property fundamentals are having an adverse impact on bulk commodity demand вЂ“ prices of iron ore and thermal coal both hit five-year lows,вЂќ said a recent research report from a major bank. To be fair to both the media and the analysts, many have also pointed repeatedly to the increase in supply as a factor in driving down iron ore prices. But the fact remains that because China buys two-thirds of seaborne iron ore, the focus has been very much on the outlook for its economy, and in particular the sectors that use the most steel, such as housing construction and infrastructure. ItвЂ™s here that many analysts see weakness as the Chinese authorities try to shift the economy to a more consumer-led model and away from the fixed-asset investment and export-orientated manufacturing that have driven the past decades of rapid growth. While all this may well be accurate, the fact is that ChinaвЂ™s economic situation hasnвЂ™t negatively impacted on iron ore imports. If your sole criteria for judging the iron ore market was Chinese imports, youвЂ™d have to say it was very strong indeed. Imports in the first nine months of the year were 699.1mn tonnes, a gain of 16.5% on the same period last year. This increase actually represents an acceleration in the rate of growth from 2013, when imports expanded 10.2% for the whole year. If maintained for the rest of the year, the rate of growth for 2014 would be the strongest since 2009, hardly the sign of a weak market. Of course, analysts can point to slower growth in steel output, which is up 2.3% in the year to end September, and also to high port inventories for iron ore as evidence that all isnвЂ™t that rosy with iron ore demand. While this is true, it still doesnвЂ™t explain away the fact that iron ore import demand is having a very strong year in China. Any objective analysis of China and iron ore can only conclude that itвЂ™s the additional supply to the market from the mine expansions in the state of Western Australia and elsewhere that have driven the price. The iron ore market is no longer a demanddriven story, itвЂ™s almost entirely about supply, and while there is widespread recognition that this is the case, it seems the rhetoric has yet to change. The worldвЂ™s top five iron ore producers, led by the big three of BrazilвЂ™s Vale and the AngloAustralian pair of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, are bringing nearly 400mn tonnes of new supply to market within the next three years. Some of this has already hit, taking the market into supply surplus after several years of deficits. The major miners have taken a deliberate gamble that they will be able to use their low costs of production to force virtually every tonne other than their own from the seaborne market, and shut down about 40% of Chinese domestic output as well. This is a huge call, but even if they can achieve this, it will come at the expense of ensuring prices remain low for an extended period. A more common type of market report for iron ore should be headlined something like this: вЂњIron ore declines as exports from AustraliaвЂ™s Port Hedland rise 6.5% in October to near record.вЂќ Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 3 BUSINESS JapanвЂ™s GDP seen strong enough for sales tax hike Reuters Tokyo J apanвЂ™s economy is forecast to grow enough in the third quarter to allow the government to hike the sales tax next year, but the decision remains a close call although the Bank of JapanвЂ™s expanded stimulus should help to ease the hit on consumption. The government has agreed with opposition parties to raise the sales tax twice to pay for welfare spending and contain JapanвЂ™s bloated public debt. The п¬Ѓrst hike in April this year drove the economy into its biggest slump since the global п¬Ѓnancial crisis in the second quarter. A return to growth is forecast in the third quarter as consumer spending and capital expenditure pick up, but the tax hit to the economy has proven to be much more painful than most policymakers expected, fuelling doubts about the second tax hike next year. The BoJ shocked global п¬Ѓnancial markets last week by expanding its monetary easing programme as it ramped up efforts to recharge a fragile economic recovery and stoke inп¬‚ation, which remains at the half way mark to it 2% goal. вЂњIf gross domestic product and consumption are positive, then I think the prime minister will go ahead with the tax hike,вЂќ said Takuji Aida, chief economist at Societe Generale Securities. вЂњBut now it is more a political issue than an economic issue. It can be hard to forecast what the government will do.вЂќ JapanвЂ™s economy is expected to have expanded an annualised 2.1% in JulySeptember, according to the median estimate of 24 economists in a Reuters poll. That compares with a 7.1% annualised contraction in April-June, which was the largest since JanuaryMarch, 2009. The Cabinet Office will release the data at 2350 GMT on November 16. The annualised п¬Ѓgure translates into a 0.5% expansion from the previous quarter, according to the poll. Private consumption, which makes Cranes load containers on a cargo ship at a pier in Tokyo. JapanвЂ™s economy is forecast to grow enough in the third quarter to allow the government to hike sales tax next year. up about 60% of the economy, grew 0.8% in the third quarter, the poll showed, following a 5.1% contraction in the previous quarter. Capital expenditure is expected to rise 0.9%, recovering from a 5.1% decline in the previous quarter. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he will decide by yearвЂ™s end whether to go through with a sales tax increase to 10% from 8% scheduled for next year in October. The government had previously said July-September GDP data would play an important role in making this decision. However, after the economy contracted so much in the previous quarter when the sales tax rose from 5%, worries about the plan have grown. The tax hikes are needed to help offset the burden of rising welfare spending, but some members of AbeвЂ™s own party and his closest advisers want next yearвЂ™s tax increase delayed for fear of a return to deп¬‚ation. Data next week on machinery orders could add to concerns about the outlook. The leading indicator of capital expenditure is expected to fall 1.9% in September after a 4.7% rise in the previous month. Companies have issued very strong capital expenditure plans for the current п¬Ѓscal year, but they have been slow to implement this investment, which could mean business sentiment is not as strong as some think. JapanвЂ™s external position is also expected to worsen as exports have lacked momentum. The current account due next week is forecast to show the surplus was ВҐ534.2bn ($4.6bn) in September, down 10.2% from the same period a year earlier. GIC to buy 49% stake in New Zealand malls for $798mn AFP Singapore Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC will acquire a 49% stake in five shopping malls in New Zealand for NZ$1.04bn ($798mn), its joint-venture partner said. Scentre Group, New ZealandвЂ™s largest shopping centre operator, said in a statement that it вЂњwill receive proceedsвЂќ of about NZ$1.04bn from the deal. GIC said in a separate statement the new partnership will provide it with a вЂњstable revenueвЂќ stream but did not give the value of its investment. The firm said: вЂњGIC is acquiring a high-quality portfolio of regional shopping centres... They are well positioned to capture the longterm growth of the New Zealand economy.вЂќ Scentre Group chief executive Peter Allen said entering into joint ventures in some of its wholly owned assets is a вЂњstrategic focusвЂќ for the company, with the proceeds from the GIC deal used вЂњinto our development pipeline and the repayment of debtвЂќ. Under the deal, GIC will own 49% of five shopping malls вЂ“ Westfield Albany, Westfield Manukau, Westfield Newmarket, Westfield Riccarton and Wesfield St Lukes вЂ“ with a combined gross value of of NZ$2.1bn. GIC, which manages SingaporeвЂ™s foreign exchange reserves of well over $100bn, owns prime properties worldwide as part of a long-term investment strategy. Media reports say it is leading a consortium which is in talks to buy US warehouse operator IndCor Properties from privateequity firm Blackstone Group for $8bn. A GIC spokesperson has declined to comment on the reports. Last month, GIC confirmed it will acquire a в‚¬250mn ($314.3mn) strategic stake in TurkeyвЂ™s leading commercial real estate developer Ronesans Gayrimenkul Yatirim (RGY). Billionaire MaвЂ™s pep talk on mobile drives Alibaba growth Bloomberg Beijing B A screen displays a video on airbag safety on a Toyota Motor vehicle in Tokyo. The Japanese auto parts maker at the centre of a global vehicle recall, ordered its technicians to destroy results of tests on some of its air bags. Takata technicians вЂ�ordered to destroyвЂ™ air bag test results Reuters Tokyo T akata Corp, the Japanese auto parts maker at the centre of a global vehicle recall, ordered its technicians to destroy results of tests on some of its air bags after п¬Ѓnding cracks in air bag inп¬‚ators, the New York Times said yesterday. The tests were carried out on the inп¬‚ators вЂ“ steel canisters that contain an explosive used to inп¬‚ate the bags in a collision вЂ“ after an accident in 2004 when an inп¬‚ator in a Honda Accord exploded, ejecting metal fragments and injuring the driver, it said. Citing two former Takata employees, the newspaper said Takata retrieved 50 airbags from scrap yards for tests not long after the accident. Instead of alerting US federal safety regulators to the possible danger, Takata executives ordered the technicians to destroy the test data, the paper said. Takata had no immediate comment on the report, which sent the companyвЂ™s shares down as much as 4.7%. Takata has been beset by chronic problems with defective inп¬‚ators in its air bags, which can explode with excessive force and spray metal shards. The air bags, used by many leading car makers, are the focus of a US regulatory probe and have prompted the recall of some 17mn cars worldwide in the past six years, and more could follow. The unnamed ex-employees told the New York Times that the test result in 2004 was so startling that engineers began designing possible п¬Ѓxes to prepare for a recall. The tests, supervised by TakataвЂ™s then-vice president for engineering Al Bernat, were done in the summer of 2004 at TakataвЂ™s US headquarters in Michigan, they said. After three months, an order came to halt the testing and destroy the data, including video and computer backups, the former employees told the paper. The tests were conducted four years before Takata said in regulatory п¬Ѓlings that it п¬Ѓrst tested the problematic air bags, according to the paper. Takata, which has 22% of the global market for air bag inп¬‚ators, on Thursday warned of a bigger full-year loss, and again apologised for the repeated recalls. illionaire Jack MaвЂ™s unhappiness with Alibaba Group HoldingвЂ™s mobile shopping business may be easing. Revenue from customers using smartphones and tablet computers surged 11-fold in the September quarter and helped ChinaвЂ™s largest e-commerce company beat analystsвЂ™ estimates in its п¬Ѓrst proп¬Ѓt report since its market debut. Mobile users accounted for 29% of sales across AlibabaвЂ™s retail marketplaces, compared with less than 1% in mid2012. The boost comes nine months after Ma said he wasnвЂ™t satisп¬Ѓed with progress in capturing more of the 527mn Chinese who access the Internet from handheld devices, and he called on his 20,000 employees to be вЂњall inвЂќ on mobile. ThatвЂ™s showing results as AsiaвЂ™s most-valuable Internet company now has 217mn active mobile users, which is more than the population of Brazil. вЂњWeвЂ™re one of the very few companies in China that has actually generated substantial revenue from mobile,вЂќ Joseph Tsai, vice chairman of Alibaba, said on the earnings conference call. вЂњWhen we look at the user, the consumer, when they come to use our mobile app, their commercial intent is extremely strong.вЂќ At eBay Inc., mobile contributed 21% of transaction and payment volume in the September quarter, it said last month. Alibaba is enticing customers to download its mobile applications by adding links on its website and handing out shopping credits when they click on particular links in the apps. The increase in traffic and shopping transactions makes advertisers more willing to spend money for marketing on the apps, Tsai said. Total transactions made through AlibabaвЂ™s mobile apps reached $32bn, more than tripling from $9bn a year ago. Another important piece of AlibabaвЂ™s strategy has been its mobile operating system, which it started offering in July 2011. Recently renamed YunOS, Alibaba will integrate the system into its cloud computing offerings, according to its п¬Ѓling. Mobile e-commerce in China is expected to post annual growth of 59% between 2013 and 2017 to reach about 1tn yuan ($164bn), accounting for about 24% of online shopping, according to iResearch, a Shanghai-based Ma: Ramping up preparations for a November 11 sales event. Internet consultant.вЂњMobile utilisation is only going to increase вЂ“ and people expect that experience to get even better over time,вЂќ Ken Wisnefski, founder of Internet marketer WebiMax, wrote in a report. вЂњIt is so important for businesses that want to be around in the next decade to start thinking in terms of mobile.вЂќ Last month, Alibaba announced it was partnering with Quixey Inc. on mobile search that would allow users to п¬Ѓnd content located within applications. The companies also started a global developer programme in China to encourage the integration of its search technology. AlibabaвЂ™s adjusted proп¬Ѓt beat analystsвЂ™ estimates in the second quarter as advertisers spent more money. Adjusted earnings per share reached 2.79 yuan, while revenue rose 54% to 16.8bn yuan. It added 29mn mobile users in the quarter. It was the п¬Ѓrst earnings result since Alibaba raised a record $25bn in a September 18 initial public offering that sold stock at $68 apiece. The American depositary receipts rose 3.1% to $109.37 at 11:02 am in New York on November 5, bringing their gain since the IPO to 61%. While revenue surged, proп¬Ѓtability was hurt by the costs to integrate newly acquired businesses, investments in mobile systems and marketing. Alibaba is ramping up preparations for a November 11 sales event, its busiest shopping day of the year, as it competes with Tencent Holdings for ChinaвЂ™s online shoppers. вЂњThey are doing well on monetisation through mobile advertising,вЂќ said Cheng Cheng, an analyst at Paciп¬Ѓc Crest Securities who has the equivalent of a buy rating on the stock. вЂњThey will likely do better on mobile going into the fourth quarter with the November 11 SinglesвЂ™ Day, a very mobile- driven event.вЂќ 4 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 BUSINESS Stimulus measures lift Thai consumer conп¬Ѓdence in Oct Reuters Bangkok Reuters Sydney C onsumer conп¬Ѓdence in Thailand picked up in October after a drop in September, a university survey showed, on optimism about government stimulus measures and improved exports as the junta tries to get the economy back on track. A sharp decline in global oil prices was also seen lowering transport costs and giving consumers more to spend, but domestic demand is likely to be constrained by high household debt. The consumer conп¬Ѓdence index of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce increased to 80.1 in October from 79.2 in September, when it slipped for the п¬Ѓrst time since a coup on May 22 ended months of political unrest. Private consumption, which makes up half of the economy, is a pivotal growth engine in Thailand, so getting Thais to spend is crucial for reaching official growth forecast targets. Last month, the junta announced a plan to spend 364bn baht ($11.2bn), focusing on repairing schools, hospitals and irrigation systems to add jobs as well as helping farmers. вЂњThe conп¬Ѓdence trend should be positive and continue improving but that depends on government spending. People now feel the future economy will deп¬Ѓnitely get better but they donвЂ™t know when,вЂќ Thanavath Phonvichai, an economics professor at the university that conducted the conп¬Ѓdence survey, told a news conference. He added tourism should revive at the year-end. Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krue-ngam said on Thursday the junta was ready to consider lifting martial law in some parts of the country to help the economy and tourism, which accounts for about 10% of GDP. Economists said conп¬Ѓdence may have bounced back but domestic consumption could be hurt by declining farm income and elevated debt levels, while export momentum was uncertain. вЂњOverall, the slow recovery in both domestic and external demand is an immediate headwind growth risk to Thailand at this juncture,вЂќ said Barnabas Gan, economist of OCBC Bank in Singapore. Although consumers are still wary about spending, some retailers are making proп¬Ѓts or looking for an improvement. Big C Supercenter posted a 14 percent rise in third-quarter net proп¬Ѓt, while Advanced Info Service, ThailandвЂ™s bigger mobile phone п¬Ѓrm, expected revenue to rise 4%-5% in the fourth quarter from the third due to improved demand. Thai Ratchthani Leasing said loans could grow Australia, China to sign $856mn cattle deal A Shoppers browse through a bin of clothing at a Giordano store in Bangkok. Consumer confidence in Thailand picked up in October after a drop in September, a university survey showed yesterday. 5%-10% this year, below its original target of 25% due to falling truck sales, in line with the weak auto sector. вЂњNext year, we expect loans to grow about 20% due to improving economic conditions and expectations about government measures, including infrastructure projects, and exports,вЂќ Managing Director Kovit Rongwattansophon told reporters. But Pirachaya Jumpee, an employee at a transport п¬Ѓrm, feels there has been little change. вЂњPeople may be a bit conп¬Ѓdent after the coup, but they still donвЂ™t spend much.вЂќ The conп¬Ѓdence index began falling months before Thailand entered a pe- riod of political turmoil in late 2013, and that crisis battered activity and tourism. Through April, the index fell for 13 consecutive months before rising between May and August, reп¬‚ecting rebounding conп¬Ѓdence after the junta seized power to restore stability. But the goodsentiment seems to be fading, with recent economic data largely disappointing and economic recovery slowing. Southeast AsiaвЂ™s second-largest economy avoided a technical recession in April-June but still shrank 0.1% in the п¬Ѓrst half due to political unrest and poor exports. On Wednesday, the central bank held its policy rate steady at 2% but said there was room to ease further as the economic recovery was slowing more than it had expected. The Bank of Thailand said it would cut its economic growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015 again from 1.5% and 4.8%, respectively, when it meets next month. Despite an unexpected rise in September, exports, which are equal to more than 60% of the economy, have long been weak due to tepid global demand and lower commodity prices. Consumption, meanwhile, is capped by high household debt levels. ustralia will export up to 1mn head of cattle a year to China, worth around A$1bn ($856mn), to help meet a growing appetite for red meat, Australian officials said yesterday citing a long-awaited deal set to be signed shortly. Australia Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said negotiations to п¬Ѓnally reach an agreement after a decade of on-again-offagain discussions were вЂњprogressing wellвЂќ and close to being announced jointly by the two countries. The latest talks over shipping live cattle from Australia to China resumed in February. AustraliaвЂ™s trade minister is currently in China where the cattle deal is expected to get a п¬Ѓnal sign-off. вЂњItвЂ™s a million cattle, worth A$1bn. The ink is not dry on the contract though. ItвЂ™s a great breakthrough,вЂќ Australian cabinet minister Christopher Pyne told AustraliaвЂ™s Channel Nine television network yesterday. China is AustraliaвЂ™s largest trading partner, with two-way trade of around $150bn in 2013. The two countries are in the п¬Ѓnal stages of reaching a free trade agreement (FTA) that Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants signed by the end of the year. Agriculture minister Joyce said talks over live cattle exports were being conducted outside those for an FTA and at this late stage were focused on technical aspects of breaking into the Chinese market, such as biosecurity requirements. Nevertheless, greater access for Australian agricultural goods has been a key sticking point in AbbottвЂ™s push for an FTA. Why China blurs the global aluminium picture By Andy Home London Is the world aluminium market in a supplydemand deficit or surplus? ItвЂ™s a simple enough question but an extraordinarily difficult one to answer. That much was clear at last weekвЂ™s LME Seminar. Two respected bank analysts, CitiвЂ™s David Wilson and NatixisвЂ™ Nic Brown, offered diametrically different views. Deficit, according to Brown, and one that will steadily increase over the next two years. Surplus, according to Wilson, with no sign of deficit until 2017 at the earliest. Calculating supply-demand balances in any industrial metal is a tricky business, but the problems are compounded in aluminium. There is, for example, no aluminium equivalent to the International Study Groups that do so much of the statistical leg-work in the copper, zinc, lead and nickel markets. The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) releases monthly production figures but only for primary metal, leaving the secondary scrap component of the supply chain shrouded in statistical darkness. The thorniest problem of all, however, is assessing what is going on in China. ItвЂ™s a problem that is not unique to aluminium, but it has acute resonance in this particular market, given that China is both the worldвЂ™s largest producer and consumer of aluminium. And it is China that lies at the heart of the difference in analystsвЂ™ opinions on the market balance. Analysts would probably all agree on one thing. China itself is currently in supply-demand surplus, while the rest of the world is in deficit. That inference can be drawn from those monthly IAI production figures. Production outside of China has been trending lower since 2012, when producers first started curtailing and closing capacity in response to low prices. Average daily production outside of China has fallen from 70,000 tonnes in December 2011 to 66,500 tonnes in September 2014 as the ramp-up of new smelter capacity in the Gulf region has been more than offset by closures elsewhere. Expressed in annualised terms, production outside of China has declined by almost 1.5mn tonnes. Consumption, by contrast, has continued growing to the point that the market is widely believed to have tipped into supply deficit over the course of this year. In China, however, production has grown by an annualised 7.2mn tonnes over the same timeframe. Daily Chinese output of 68,030 tonnes in September was a fresh record high. Chinese smelters have suffered from the same margin compression as their Western peers, but local government subsidies, particularly in the form of help with power tariffs, have helped protect the weak even while a new generation of plants has sprung up in the northwest of the country. Chinese consumption has also been growing, but the growth rate has slowed this year, mirroring the broader trend in all industrial metals. Which is why the Chinese domestic market is widely believed to be in surplus, a collective assessment that seems to be borne out by the significant underperformance of Shanghai aluminium prices relative to those on the London Metal Exchange. But by how much is it over-supplied? Back to those production figures. They represent hard data collected from producers by the IAI and the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association. Not all producers, however, report their production figures. The IAI, for example, estimates вЂњunreportedвЂќ production of 90,000 tonnes per month outside of China, equivalent to just over 1mn tonnes annualised. The IAI has an extensive reporting system, meaning that it has a pretty clear idea of what it is missing. Indeed, it lists the non-reporting countries on its website. But what of China? The IAIвЂ™s current assessment of unreported production in China stands at 250,000 tonnes per month, equivalent to 3mn tonnes per year. ThatвЂ™s a big variable, bigger for example than the combined output of Australia and New Zealand, a significant albeit declining aluminium production hub. And even that may be a serious underestimate, according to some analysts. Paul Adkins at China AZ consultancy, speaking in the Reuters Base Metals Forum a couple of weeks ago, warned that the IAIвЂ™s estimate вЂњis way too lowвЂќ. According to Adkins, one producer missing from the Chinese reporting system, Weiqiao, will on its own produce more than 3mn tonnes this year. And itвЂ™s far from being the only Chinese producer not making it into the official figures. In other words, even the relatively hard production figures for China only paint a partial picture. That inevitably blurs any assessment of domestic market balance. At least we can quantify the impact of any over-supply in the Chinese market on the rest of the world using another hard data series, the countryвЂ™s trade figures for aluminium. China has historically been a net importer of primary metal and a net exporter of alloy and products, although it became a small net exporter of primary in the last two reported months. ThatвЂ™s more because imports have collapsed than because exports have boomed. Far more significant is the export flow of semi-fabricated products. ItвЂ™s not a new phenomenon. China has been a consistent net exporter of aluminium in this form since 2005, although the pace is increasing all the time. And it is tempting to believe that such exports have no relevance to any assessment of global primary market balance. After all, they are products, not raw metal. CitiвЂ™s Wilson would beg to disagree. His argument is that they cause a double-count in the global consumption calculation because of the differing methodologies used in different countries. In China they get counted as first-use consumption. If, however, they are then exported to a country such as the United States, where better data allows the construction of a bottom-up demand calculation, they get counted again. No-one doubts the fact that aluminium benefits from a far more robust consumption growth story than just about any other metal, thanks to light-weighting in the automotive sector. ItвЂ™s just possible, however, that it may not be quite as statistically robust as widely perceived. And what if some of those product exports arenвЂ™t product at all? There is growing wariness among aluminium analysts about the nature of some of these exports. Is it possible that some Chinese players are performing minimal transformation of primary metal into basic вЂњproductsвЂќ to skip through ChinaвЂ™s export tax regime? The incentive is there, given that primary exports are hit with a 15% tax, while product exports qualify for a partial VAT refund. If true, such product would be going only as far as a remelter to be transformed back into its original вЂњcommodity-gradeвЂќ form. ItвЂ™s understandably a highly sensitive subject, but Adkins is not alone when he cautions that вЂњwe think the volume of metal leaking from China is greater than most people thinkвЂќ. ItвЂ™s also a statisticianвЂ™s nightmare. And one that is going to be get worse because ChinaвЂ™s product exports are steadily rising. SeptemberвЂ™s count of 340,000 tonnes matched the all-time high recorded in May 2011, while year-to-date export growth is running at 10% over 2013 levels. Few expect the trend to reverse any time soon. Most, in fact, expect product exports to keep accelerating. This export flow supports a fundamental picture of a Western market moving steadily into deficit with China supplying aluminium, in whatever form, to fill the resulting gap. But while both sides of the debate agree on that, it blurs the calculation to the point that CitiвЂ™s Wilson and NatixisвЂ™ Brown can be at such odds in their assessment of the global market balance. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 5 BUSINESS DJIA WORLD INDICES Company Name Exxon Mobil Corp Microsoft Corp Johnson & Johnson General Electric Co Wal-Mart Stores Inc Procter & Gamble Co/The Jpmorgan Chase & Co Chevron Corp Verizon Communications Inc Pfizer Inc Coca-Cola Co/The At&T Inc Merck & Co. Inc. 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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 17,544.35 2,031.95 4,622.92 14,668.34 44,754.10 53,171.65 6,575.03 4,194.01 9,303.20 10,122.90 -10.12 +0.74 -15.55 +104.96 -95.76 +534.59 +23.88 -33.67 -74.21 -138.90 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 16,880.38 1,363.67 23,550.24 5,522.10 1,096.06 27,868.63 8,337.00 3,286.39 22,694.15 4,987.42 +87.90 +7.32 -99.07 +42.91 +2.52 -47.25 -1.30 -4.57 +220.75 -46.81 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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Docomo Inc Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc Chubu Electric Power Co Inc Kansai Electric Power Co Inc Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc Tokyo Gas Co Ltd Secom Co Ltd Yamada Denki Co Ltd Fast Retailing Co Ltd Softbank Corp Lt Price 3,829.00 583.00 294.40 0.00 175.00 2,287.50 1,495.00 1,517.50 30,845.00 2,757.50 1,780.50 7,139.00 873.50 498.70 1,435.00 7,329.00 387.00 678.00 1,417.50 287.00 2,258.00 6,480.00 53,700.00 5,299.00 19,965.00 6,970.00 5,212.00 12,590.00 6,046.00 690.70 1,045.50 6,817.00 3,644.50 3,510.50 1,546.00 4,037.00 3,554.00 1,196.50 1,057.00 12,165.00 1,367.00 728.00 1,679.00 7,528.00 1,220.00 2,236.00 1,117.00 628.50 657.00 469.80 4,427.00 661.30 203.00 1,573.00 951.00 713.60 2,873.00 2,451.50 1,688.50 3,576.00 1,416.50 3,386.00 2,615.00 4,151.00 8,654.00 5,374.00 16,740.00 260.80 6,819.00 7,312.00 1,832.50 436.00 1,424.50 1,156.50 1,445.00 1,289.00 648.00 7,004.00 364.00 42,325.00 7,780.00 % Chg 0.64 0.52 -0.51 0.00 -0.57 0.84 1.01 -0.16 0.83 2.09 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Madrid stocks slumped 1.32% in yesterdayвЂ™s trading. European stocks diverge on mixed US jobs report AFP London E uropean stock markets diverged yesterday after a mixed report on US jobs while the euro recovered ground against the dollar after a strong week for the greenback. The Paris CAC 40 dropped 0.89% to 4,189.89 points, while in Frankfurt the DAX 30 fell 0.91% to 9,291.83, but LondonвЂ™s benchmark FTSE 100 index added 0.25% to 6,567.24 points thanks to gains by mining stocks. Madrid slumped 1.32% and Milan shed 0.99%. The markets focused on the mixed US jobs data which showed the jobs count came in below the 235,000 expected by analysts while the unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.8%, its lowest level since July 2008. вЂњEuropean markets were meandering around opening levels for the best part of the day in anticipation of volatility from across the pond coming from the US non-farm payrolls employment report,вЂќ said CMC Markets UK analyst Jasper Lawler. Wall Street was more stable after the Department of LabourвЂ™s report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged down 0.02% to 17,550.90 points in midday trading. The broad-based S&P 500 added 0.06% to stand at 2,032.47 points, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index slid 0.26% to 4,626.86. Brieп¬Ѓng.com analyst Patrick OвЂ™Hare called the report вЂњmore good than bad, but not indisputably great.вЂќ EuropeвЂ™s markets had rallied on Thursday as European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi signalled that the ECB was readying further stimulus measures if needed to combat deflation and stagnation within the eurozone. The euro had slumped on the news, but recovered some ground yesterday. The single European currency climbed to $1.2423 from $1.2371 late in 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 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 New York on Thursday. The euro had at one point on Thursday struck $1.2365 вЂ” the lowest level for more than two years. On Friday, the euro rose to 78.41 British pence from 78.15 pence, while the British pound climbed to $1.5845 from $1.5829 on Thursday. On the London Bullion Market, the price of gold reached $1,154.50 an ounce, up from a 4.5-year low of $1,131.24 on Thursday вЂ” a level matched also on Friday. On the corporate front, mining companies shot higher after some recent heavy losses caused by falling metals prices. Silver producer Fresnillo shot up 4.9% to 734 pence, BHP Billiton climbed 3.0% to 1,676 pence, and Anglo American gained 2.7% to 1,364.5 pence. Fallers were led by the banks, with Societe Generale shedding 2.4% to 36.18 euros, Deutsche Bank giving up 1.62% at 24.66 euros, and Standard Chartered losing 1.45% to 946.10 pence. 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The source conп¬Ѓrmed an earlier report by trade publication Automotive News that Stephen Odell, 59, will move from his EMEA position to company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, switching jobs with global marketing chief Jim Farley, 52. The changes, which will be announced officially at 1400 GMT, give Farley his п¬Ѓrst senior operating role in the company and put a seasoned operating executive, Odell, in charge of marketing, sales and service worldwide. вЂњThe idea here is to give a вЂ�fresh eyesвЂ™ approach both to EMEA and global marketing, without tearing up everything,вЂќ a senior Ford official told Reuters. The move comes at the behest of Mark Fields, who took over from Alan Mulally as FordвЂ™s president and chief executive last year. Farley and Odell have headed up two businesses where Ford has struggled to turn things around: the Lincoln luxury brand and its operations in Europe. Lincoln at one time along with General Motors CoвЂ™s Cadillac brand, dominated luxury auto sales in the US, which at the time was the worldвЂ™s biggest market. Garfield Bound And Gagged Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (1) : Bullet (2D 2pm; Big Hero 6 (2D) 3.45 & 5.45 pm; Al Jazeera 2 (2D) 7.45 pm; Interstellar (2D) 10.45 pm. Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (2) : Horns (2D) 2pm; Beauty & The Beast (2D) 4pm; Vellimoonga (Malayalam) 5.45 pm; Interstellar (2D) 8pm; Varsham (Malayalam) 11pm. Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (3) : 10 Years (2D) 2pm; Horns (2D) 3.45 pm; Interstellar (2D) 6pm; The Shaukeens (Hindi) 9pm; The Berlin File (2D) 11.30 pm. Cinema Land Mark (1): 10 Years (2D) 2pm; Bullet (2D) 3.45 pm; 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. Recognised a sound novel (4) 8. Paste diamond sent on hire, maybe (10) 9. Sweetmeat I will put in dough mixture (8) 10. From the helicopter IвЂ™m surveying the borders (4) 12. Test paper with its own solution (6) 14. ItвЂ™s not played by present schoolchildren (6) 15. Suitably equipped for those who are boring (6) 17. Show significance of French memorandum (6) 18. It surrounds a revolver and gets blown up (4) 19. Science equipment to examine underground system (4-4) 21. Could it be the cry of the triumphant chess-player? (6,4) 22. A mere pigment (4) Odell (left) and Farley: вЂ�Fresh eyesвЂ™ approach. In the past two decades, German luxury brands BMW, MercedesBenz and Audi have taken the lead in American sales, along with Lexus. Ford now links LincolnвЂ™s success to China, where the company opened its п¬Ѓrst dealerships this week and plans to have 60 stores in 50 Chinese cities by 2016. Ford plans to overhaul Lincoln with an investment of $5bn over the next п¬Ѓve years, sources told Reuters last month. Ford has said it wants to triple LincolnвЂ™s worldwide sales to 300,000 vehicles by 2020. Interstellar (2D) 5.30 pm; Jai Hind 2 (Tamil) 8.30 pm; The Berlin File (2D) 11.15 pm. Cinema Land Mark (2): Beauty & The Beast (2D) 2.30 & 8.30pm; Big Hero 6 (2D) 4.30 & 6.30pm; Interstellar (2D) 10.30 pm. Cinema Land Mark (3): Bullet (2D) 2pm; Horns (2D) 3.45 pm; Vellimoonga (Malayalam) 5.45 pm; Interstellar (2D) 8pm; Varsham (Malayalam) 11pm. Mall Cinema (1): Beauty & The Beast (2D) 2.30 & 7.30pm; Interstellar (2D) 4.30 pm; Horns Last monthвЂ™s results showed that Ford continued to lose money in Europe and in South America, while being proп¬Ѓtable in Asia as well as North America. The loss in Europe widened to $439mn from $182mn a year earlier, mainly due to weakness in Russia. In a bid to regain traction in a sluggish European market, Ford is introducing 25 new models over the next п¬Ѓve years, launching higherend versions of its mass-market models, striving to end years of losses in the region. (2D) 9.30 pm; Bullet (2D) 11.30 pm. Mall Cinema (2): Bullet (2D) 2.30 pm; The Berlin File (2D) 4pm; Vellimoonga (Malayalam) 6.15 pm; John Wick (2D) 8.45 pm; Interstellar (2D) 10.30 pm. Mall Cinema (3): 10 Years (2D) 2.30 pm; Big Hero 6 (3D) 4.15 & 6.15 pm; Interstellar (2D) 8.15 pm; Varsham (Malayalam) 11.15 pm. Global Cinemas, West End Park (1): Kaththi (Tamil) 2.30, 5.30, 8.30 & 11.30pm. Global Cinemas, West End Park (2): Rajadhi Raja (Malayalam) 2:45 & 8:45; Money Ratnam (Malayalam) 5:45 & 11.45pm. Quick Clues DOWN 2. Celebrated personage showing negative potential! (10) 3. Common sense about the right legal document (4) 4. See 13 Down. 5. About foreign money of modern times (6) 6. Top of the bill to begin a run in variety (4-4) 7. They are used for spraying aircraft (4) 11. Very small volume kept by the secretary (6-4) 13 and 4Dn. Areas that are attractive to the student of physics (8,6) 16. Excessive fondness for senility? (6) 17. Consternation when Sam gets upset in tackling his own household jobs! (6) 18. As far as the doctor is concerned, itвЂ™s a grave situation (4) 20. Supply information to William Archer (4) ACROSS 1. Difficult (4) 8. Exterminate (10) 9. Despairing (8) 10. Happy (4) 12. Unnatural (6) 14. Alter (6) 15. Victor (6) 17. Assemble (6) 18. Equal (4) 19. Intrepid (8) 21. Franchise (10) 22. Retain (4) DOWN 2. Car (10) 3. Stupefy (4) 4. Mean (6) 5. Medicine (6) 6. Glaring (8) 7. Remit (4) 11. Pugnacious (10) 13. Agreement (8) 16. Deny (6) 17. Free (6) 18. Select (4) 20. Connection (4) WeeklyвЂ™s Solutions QUICK Across: 7 Inure; 8 Eyesore; 9 Hatchet; 10 Idiom; 12 Attraction; 15 Modernised; 18 Natal; 19 Capital; 21 Blossom; 22 Flirt. Down: 1 Highwayman; 2 Gusto; 3 Mesh; 4 Letter; 5 Mediocre; 6 Solicit; 11 Manipulate; 13 Tireless; 14 Edition; 16 Income; 17 Staid; 20 Puff. CRYPTIC Across: 7 Ahead; 8 Hardest; 9 In train; 10 Pound; 12 Upperclass; 15 Listlessly; 18 Years; 19 Recover; 21 Everest; 22 Bride. Down: 1 Rationally; 2 Betty; 3 Edna; 4 Change; 5 Tropical; 6 Secular; 11 Discharged; 13 Polished; 14 Ashamed; 16 Sprite; 17 Avoid; 20 Cube. 8 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 BUSINESS US fracking п¬Ѓrms stay in top gear despite oil price slump By Edward McAllister, Reuters New York U nfazed by slumping oil prices and battering in the stock market, п¬Ѓrms that supply sand and guar gum for shale oil and gas companies are not ready yet to call an end to a four-year boom spurred by hydraulic fracturing technology. Just putting on a brave face as a downturn looms? Perhaps, but the optimism could also reп¬‚ect conп¬Ѓdence that the US shale industry is more resilient to retreating oil prices than investors might think. Oil prices have fallen 30% since late June and shares of such п¬Ѓrms as US Silica Holdings and Hi Crush, which supply sand to US drillers, followed, dumped by investors anticipating 2015 output cuts and a drop in demand. However, the service companies say business remains as strong as ever. Furthermore, they point out that most of their supply has been bought under long term contracts meaning next year should be good too. вЂњWe have not seen any data or had any discussions that indicate lower demand for our sand,вЂќ said Robert Rasmus, co-chief executive officer of sand producer Hi-Crush after the company reported record third quarter revenues this week. Hi CrushвЂ™s share price has fallen more than 40% since the beginning of September, but Rasmus said almost 90% of the companyвЂ™s sand output was sold for 2015. His comments echoed those of other п¬Ѓrms that supply sand and other materials to oil drillers. US Silica Holdings, whose oil and gas sector revenues doubled in the third quarter of this year, remains upbeat about its outlook. вЂњWe are actively engaged in conversations with our customers about their future growth, and none has brought down their estimated requirements,вЂќ chief executive officer Bryan Shinn told investors last week. Demand for sand and the powderlike gum made from guar seeds has soared in recent years. Both are used in what is known as вЂњcompletionвЂќ of an oil well, which occurs after drilling and A conductor couples railcars filled with sand to be transloaded for energy companies drilling natural gas wells in Pennsylvania (file). Firms that supply sand and guar gum for shale oil and gas companies are not ready yet to call an end to a four-year boom spurred by hydraulic fracturing technology. during fracking to keep open tiny fractures in shale rock to allow oil to escape. Analysts say that in contrast to investors who have already priced in a drop in 2015 output because of sliding oil prices, service п¬Ѓrms may still hope for a rebound and hold off with cutting their outlooks. Their optimism could also be a sign that the shale oil boom, which has transformed US energy industry since the end of last decade, has enough momentum to keep output and service п¬ЃrmsвЂ™ business rising next year and perhaps beyond even as some drillers already start cutting their 2015 investment plans. Industry experts say existing wells that have been drilled but not yet fracked will keep output surging for months and many have hedged next yearвЂ™s production well above current prices. Furthermore, while US oil prices hit a three-year low below $76 a barrel this week, several shale oil п¬Ѓrms have indicated they would remain proп¬Ѓtable if prices stayed above $70. That said, a further slide and protracted weakness could force shale oil companies and their suppliers, many of which have yet to weather a downturn, to pull back. Some clouds are already appearing. Diamondback Energy, an oil producer in the Permian Basin in Texas, said this week that it would start 2015 with п¬Ѓve drilling rigs and wait to see what oil prices do before adding three more rigs as earlier planned. Other п¬Ѓrms have also signalled potential 2015 spending cuts should oil prices remain low or slide further, eventually weighing on their suppliersвЂ™ business. Analysts are closely watching the oil rig count for any early signs of a slowdown. The number of oil rigs in North America is near all-time high, according to a weekly survey from service п¬Ѓrm Baker Hughes. вЂњIt all depends how low oil prices go and how long they stay there вЂ” and the jury is still out on that,вЂќ said Judith Dwarkin, director of energy research at ITG Investment Research in Calgary. вЂњWe will be watching the rig deployment.вЂќ In the meantime, some п¬Ѓrms still bet on a continued shale boom. United Guar, a Houston-based п¬Ѓrm that supplies guar gum to US drillers, plans to triple its processing capacity over the next 18 months, the companyвЂ™s chief executive Aamer Safraz said in an interview, conп¬Ѓdent that prices will recover. вЂњI donвЂ™t care if fracking slows in the US,вЂќ Safraz said. вЂњYou have to take a longer term view.вЂќ Jan 2016 trial date set in GM ignition cases AFP, Bloomberg New York A US judge has set an early 2016 trial date for suits against General Motors over the ignition switch defect linked to at least 30 deaths. US District Judge Jesse Furman, who has received more than 100 complaints from GM owners, has announced a trial date of January 11, 2016, a judicial source said on Thursday. Those eligible to sue include GM customers whose accidents came after the US auto giant emerged from bankruptcy in 2009. Some of the claims come from family members who lost relatives in accidents allegedly caused by the defect. Separately, GM on Thursday urged a judge to reject the lawsuits demanding $10bn for the lost value of millions of cars recalled this year for ignitionswitch fixes and other flaws. The automaker told US Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber in Manhattan that he freed it from responsibility for past errors when he signed off in 2009 on a $49.5bn government bailout. In a court filing, GM challenged customersвЂ™ claim that it forfeited immunity by hiding a long-known defect and exposing them to accidents and financial losses. If Gerber scraps or adjusts earlier rulings, the judge might let customers fight for billions of dollars in damages and penalties, or at least the lost value of their cars. If Gerber sides with GM, customers suing over the defect might get nothing or be sent to old GM, the corporate remnant the automaker left behind when it reorganised. That company has little money to pay claims after being saddled with the car makerвЂ™s worst assets and liabilities. вЂњNew GM had no involvementвЂќ in what old GM, which was responsible for switch defects, told customers about them, the company said in the filing. вЂњNew GM purchased old GMвЂ™s core assets in good faith.вЂќ GM has responded to a recall crisis by starting to settle claims for people who had accidewnts in older cars with faulty switches. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 9 BUSINESS CORPORATE RESULTS Jet Airways reports first quarterly profit in 2 years markets closed that it was adjusting its third-quarter results to include an additional $400mn charge related to US investigations into its forex business. Bank of America posted a net loss of $70mn, or one cent per share for the July-September quarter on October 15. Now, it said in a statement, the net loss is $232mn, or four cents per share. The bank said that after it posted its results it had been in вЂњseparate advanced discussions with certain US banking regulatory agencies to resolve matters related to its foreign exchange business.вЂќ Deutsche Telekom German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom said investments weighed on profits in the third quarter, but it confirmed its profit targets for the full year. Deutsche Telekom said in a statement that its net profit fell by 13.9% to в‚¬506mn ($633mn) in the period from July to September. Underlying or operating profit declined by 1.8% to в‚¬4.575bn while revenues grew by 0.8% to в‚¬15.648bn. вЂњAll strategy-related trends are clearly on an upward trajectory. An excellent performance in the German mobile market, record customer additions in the US, strong financial development in Europe and improvements in Systems SolutionsвЂ”these are Deutsche TelekomвЂ™s results for the third quarter,вЂќ boasted chief executive Tim Hoettges. вЂњFor the first time in the history of Deutsche Telekom, more than 60% of revenue was generated abroad.вЂќ вЂњThe challenges vary regionally, but we are clearly making progress everywhere,вЂќ Hoettges said. Generali Struggling Jet Airways, one of IndiaвЂ™s biggest carriers, reported yesterday a quarterly profit for the first time in two years, boosted by a one-off gain from the sale of a frequent-flyer scheme. The Indian carrier, in which fast-growing Gulf airline Etihad Airways has bought a 24% stake, remained in the red when the sale proceeds were stripped out, but the airline still improved its operating performance markedly. Jet announced a Rs698mn ($11.3mn) net profit for the secondfinancial quarter to September in contrast with a Rs8.9bn net loss in the same year-ago period. вЂњI am extremely pleased by the progress that is evident across several areas,вЂќ Jet Airways chief executive Cramer Ball, known as a turnaround specialist, said. The publicly traded airline, which last reported a quarterly profit in 2012, has been seeking to pilot its way back to profitability in IndiaвЂ™s congested skies. While IndiaвЂ™s passenger aviation market is one of the fastestgrowing globally, cut-throat fare wars and too many carriers mean most of the countryвЂ™s airlines are losing money, analysts say. Stripping out the Rs3.05bn earnings from the sale of its frequent flyer scheme, Jet lost Rs2.35bn, said the statement released after financial markets closed. But this was still a vast improvement from the airlineвЂ™s year-earlier loss. вЂњThis is in keeping with our three-year turnaround plan,вЂќ JetвЂ™s chief executive said. Jet in July forecast a return to annual profit in the next three years by 2017 through cost-cuts, route-sharing with new partner Etihad and restructuring of hefty debt. It also will phase out budget-flight operations and become a fullservice airline to trim losses. The Indian government cleared last May the Abu Dhabi airlineвЂ™s purchase of the 24% stake in Jet for Rs21bn ($330mn). Telecom Italia Telecom Italia must explore the possibility of buying or merging with Brazilian telecoms operator Oi, CEO Marco Patuano said yesterday, as the company tries to strengthen the position of its local subsidiary. Some investors are betting Telecom Italia could eventually exit Brazil but a small Telecom Italia shareholder group has voiced its opposition to a possible sale, favouring instead a merger with Oi. Patuano also faces changes in Telecom ItaliaвЂ™s shareholder base, with FranceвЂ™s Vivendi due to take an 8% stake to become the largest investor. Vivendi has not given a view on the Brazil strategy. Telecom Italia yesterday unveiled a 7.7% fall in nine-month core earnings blaming weakness in Italy and a slowdown in Brazil but said it saw concrete signs of a domestic recovery. Telecom Italia pointed to a slowdown in the pace of revenue decline at home thanks to the end of a price war and encouraging trends in broadband subscription. EuropeвЂ™s ninth-biggest phone company by market value said core earnings, or EBITDA, fell to в‚¬6.59bn in the first nine months, broadly in line with analyst expectations. Revenues fell 9.1% to в‚¬15.97bn and net debt stood at в‚¬26.6bn at the end of September. The decline in Italian revenues slowed to 7.2% in the nine months from over 8% in the first and second quarters thanks to growth in fixed broadband and to stabilisation of user revenues from its traditional mobile phone services. paying off. Shares in Vestas jumped as much as 17% after the company raised forecasts for sales, profit margins and cash flow this year on the back of a far stronger than expected performance in the three months to the end of September. Vestas posted operating profit before special items of в‚¬163mn, up from в‚¬67mn in third quarter last year and 44% above an average forecast of 113mn euros in ReutersвЂ™ poll. Revenues rose to в‚¬1.8bn from в‚¬1.4bn, again above a в‚¬1.66bn forecast from analysts. Fredriksson stressed that the 2014 results would depend on weather conditions for the rest of the year, as the companyвЂ™s employees will be busy installing new turbines during the period, which is typically its strongest. The company now expects its 2014 operating margin before special items to be 7 to 8%, up from an earlier forecast of at least 6%. Chief executive Anders Runevad was brought in a year ago after the firm issued a string of profit warnings, which sent its historically volatile shares on a roller coaster ride. Swiss Re A stronger than expected profit rise at Swiss Re boosted hopes yesterday that the reinsurance group will join the slew of insurers sharply raising their dividend payouts, sending its shares to a near eight-month high. Major European insurers are offering shareholders a bigger share of their earnings in dividends this year, as a low level of payouts for damage claims has allowed them to build up large cash piles. Swiss ReвЂ™s rival Munich Re for instance has been returning surplus capital to shareholders by buying back its own shares and raising its dividend. Swiss Re Chief Financial Officer David Cole said it was too early to comment on a special dividend on its 2014 results and the issue would be addressed in February, when the reinsurer reports fullyear earnings. вЂњOur shareholders should expect us to approach this with the same discipline and the same philosophy that we have demonstrated over the last several years,вЂќ Cole said in an interview with Reuters yesterday, after Swiss Re posted a 14% rise in net profit in the third quarter to $1.2bn. Swiss Re and others such as Hannover Re and Munich Re help insurance companies cover the cost of major damage claims, such as for hurricanes or earthquakes, in exchange for part of the premiums their customers pay. Croda Speciality chemicals maker Croda International posted a 4% rise in revenue at constant currency, marking its strongest performance in several quarters, as it saw improved sales trends in both its core markets. Shares in the company, whose customers include Unilever, LвЂ™Oreal SA and Procter & Gamble Co, rose as much as 6.6% in morning trade yesterday. The stock featured among the top percentage gainers on LondonвЂ™s FTSE-250 Midcap Index. CrodaвЂ™s Chief Executive Steve Foots told analysts on a conference call that the company had not seen any approaches yet. He was responding to speculations that Croda was being eyed by the likes of GermanyвЂ™s Evonik Industries and US-listed Dupont. вЂњWe would not be surprised to see Croda ultimately fall victim to a larger global group but the timing of a takeover remains virtually impossible to predict,вЂќ said James Tetley, an analyst at brokerage N+1 Singer. Despite the strong underlying growth, Croda said reported revenue fell 3.3% to ВЈ259mn ($410mn) in the three months ended September 30. Third-quarter adjusted operating profit fell 6.4% to ВЈ58.1mn, hurt by adverse currency movements and currency transaction costs. вЂњThis is CrodaвЂ™s strongest performance in seven quarters, and bucks the recent trends highlight by peers like Givaudan and customers like LвЂ™Oreal,вЂќ Morgan Stanley analyst Paul Walsh said, keeping his вЂњoverweightвЂќ rating on the stock. Disney Puma German sportswear firm Puma reported its first increase in footwear sales in almost two years and strong sales of its Arsenal jerseys as it increased its sales target for 2014, while paring its margin forecast. Puma, which has slipped further behind sportswear giants Nike and Adidas in recent years, said third-quarter net profit fell 45% to в‚¬29mn ($36mn) due to currency effects and higher marketing spending, slightly shy of average analyst forecasts for в‚¬30mn. Puma is splashing out to restore its reputation for sports performance after a shift into fashion hurt its sneaker sales. It ousted Nike as kit supplier to Arsenal this season and launched its biggest marketing drive yet in August with athletes like sprinter Usain Bolt and soccer star Mario Balotelli. Quarterly sales rose 3.7% to в‚¬843mn, an increase of 6.4% after stripping out currency effects. It said footwear sales, which account for 44% of the total, grew a currency-adjusted 2% - the first rise in seven quarters - helped by the popularity of its evoSPEED soccer boot, worn by several top players at the World Cup in Brazil. Vestas Vestas Wind Systems, the worldвЂ™s largest wind turbine maker, raised its 2014 earnings forecasts yesterday in a sign the appointment of a new chief last year to turn the Danish firm around is Walt Disney Co posted quarterly profit that fell in line with Wall Street expectations as the media and theme park giant rode the blockbuster performance of its movie box office hits Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy. With the TV landscape rocked by a wave of new online viewing options, Chief Executive Bob Iger bucked the trend and insisted Disney would not rush to offer standalone subscriptions to popular content such as its sports behemoth ESPN outside the traditional bundle of channels sold by cable and satellite operators. вЂњWe donвЂ™t feel a compelling need to take a product to market right now that is a direct challenge to that multichannel bundle,вЂќ Iger told analysts during the companyвЂ™s quarterly conference call on Thursday. He said he expected the current pay TV model вЂњto remain dominant for some time.вЂќ Operating income at ESPN declined due to higher contract rates for high-end National Football League and Major League Baseball games, which helped drag down the companyвЂ™s cable networks unit by 1% to $1.3bn. The drop at cable networks, the companyвЂ™s largest unit, likely drove Disney shares lower, said Gabelli & Company analyst Brett Harriss, who rates Disney a вЂњhold.вЂќ Operating income at its parks and resorts division rose 20% to $687mn due to increased attendance and higher ticket prices for theme park admissions. Revenue rose to $12.39bn, marginally above the average analyst estimate of $12.37bn. BofA Bank of America said its third-quarter net loss was more than three times bigger than reported last month, due to higher legal costs from probes into foreign exchange manipulation. The second-largest US bank by assets announced after the Italian insurer Generali reported a better than expected 12.8% rise in operating profits for the first nine months of the year, thanks to a solid performance on all fronts, and said it was on track for a rise for the year. EuropeвЂ™s third-largest insurer by market value said its nine-month operating profit rose to в‚¬3.677bn ($4.6bn), above the consensus forecast given by analysts in a company survey of в‚¬3.618bn. вЂњAs the group works hard to fulfil the strategic plan, we expect the operating result at year-end to improve with respect to the previous year,вЂќ Chief Financial Officer Alberto Minali said. ItalyвЂ™s biggest insurer also said its closely-watched Solvency I capital adequacy ratio stood at 160% at the end of September, up from 141% at the end of 2013. The second quarter marked the end of an intense phase of disposals for Generali which helped it boost its capital base, allowing it to fully focus on its operating performance. Besides delivering on its disposal programme, Generali has reduced debt and is in the process of executing a 2bn-euro efficiency programme. Just two weeks ahead of a much awaited investor day on November 19, the insurer said its premium income in the first nine months stood at в‚¬51.3bn, lifted by a 9.6% rise in life business with a 39% growth in linked products and strong performances in Italy and France. Observers explained that the market had feared Richemont would fare far worse, and had for instance been bracing for Hong KongвЂ™s вЂњumbrella revolutionвЂќ would take a heavier toll on luxury sales there. TripAdvisor Travel review website TripAdvisor reported a quarterly profit that missed analysts estimates by a wide margin as marketing costs jumped by nearly two-thirds and referral revenue lagged the companyвЂ™s expectations. TripAdvisor shares fell 15% to $71 in postmarket trading as the higher costs ate into a 39% rise in revenue. Chief Executive Officer Steve Kaufer added that lower-than- expected click-based revenue growth partially offset gains made from the purchase of travel booking website Viator in July. The company relies heavily on click-based advertising, which made up 70% of its total revenue in the latest quarter. TripAdvisor makes money when a user clicks through to a thirdparty booking site. The company launched a major advertising campaign in the third quarter, driving selling and marketing costs up 64% to $159mn. The companyвЂ™s net income fell to $54mn, or 37 cents per share, for the third quarter ended September 30, from $56mn, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, the company reported a profit of 48 cents per share. Prudential Prudential Financial, the second-largest US life insurer, reported a quarterly profit that fell short of market estimates by a wide margin, mainly due to losses tied to its derivatives programme. Overall charges and losses during the quarter totalled $1.13bn, with derivatives-linked losses forming the majority. Nearly half of the losses stemmed from a stronger dollar, particularly against the Japanese yen. Japan accounts for about a third of the companyвЂ™s international premiums. The dollar rose 5.2% against the yen in the third quarter from a year earlier. Prudential, like other insurers, is heavily exposed to persistently low interest rates and wild swings in foreign exchange rates. But it has long had a substantial derivatives program designed to smooth out that risk. The company reported operating earnings on an adjusted basis of $2.20 per share, well below the average analyst estimate of $2.41 per share. Operating income from the individual annuities business halved to $367mn. Profit in its US life insurance business fell 88% to $24mn in the quarter ended September 30, hurt by one-time charges. Net profit in the financial services businesses attributable to the company was $465mn, or 99 cents per share, for the quarter ended September 30, from $966mn, or $2.04 per share, a year earlier. The companyвЂ™s financial services business includes individual annuities, retirement services and investment management businesses NN Group Richemont Swiss luxury giant Richemont yesterday posted a sharp drop in first half net profit amid weaker demand in China, but saw trading bolstered on a market bracing for worse. The worldвЂ™s second largest maker of luxury products after LVMH saw its net profit plunge 23% during the first half of its 2014/2015 fiscal year to в‚¬907mn ($1.12bn). Analysts polled by the AWP financial news agency had expected to see a net profit of в‚¬1.08bn for the six-month-period. Despite missing the mark, the company, which counts Cartier and Piaget among its luxury brands, saw its share price surge more than 4%, with analysts saying investors had been bracing for far worse. Richemont also beat expectations on sales, which inched up two% to в‚¬5.43bn, surpassing the в‚¬5.3bn anticipated by analysts. But sales shrank two% in Asia, dragged down by dwindling sales in the companyвЂ™s two main markets China and Hong Kong. Richemont said it had lost в‚¬239mn on programmes aimed at reducing the risk of currency fluctuations. That compares to the в‚¬127mn profit the company made on those programmes during the same period a year earlier. вЂњThe external environment remains difficult ahead of the holiday trading period,вЂќ acknowledged company chairman Johann Rupert. He stressed though that the results вЂњwere fairly resilient overall, given the volatility of the environment that affected our clients and retailer partners.вЂќ вЂњWe remain confident that demand for high quality products will continue to grow in the global market,вЂќ he said. Investors appeared to agree. Following the news, the companyвЂ™s share price jumped 4.04% to 83.75 Swiss francs a piece in early afternoon trading on a slightly negative Swiss market. NN Group NV, the insurance arm of Dutch banking giant ING Group, posted a 16.6% rise in quarterly operating profit, driven by heavy cost cutting and lower debt funding costs. NN Group, whose retirement, insurance and investment services span 18 countries across four continents, said it expected to meet its в‚¬200mn ($250.82mn) cost cutting target by 2016. Operating profit from ongoing business rose to в‚¬274mn in the third quarter, compared with в‚¬235mn a year earlier. NN GroupвЂ™s assets under management increased to в‚¬180bn at the end of the third quarter, up 2.3% on year. The group reported strong sales across all regions. It has a substantial European presence with a strong position in the Dutch market, besides operations in Japan and a global investment management business. ING, which owns 68.1% of NN Group, spun the unit off in July in the largest listing continental Europe had seen for three years. The move was part of a major restructuring in which ING also shed its investment bank and cut thousands of jobs to comply with the terms of its state rescue. Allianz Shares in Allianz jumped more than 3% yesterday after the German insurer promised bigger dividend payouts having posted a forecast-beating jump in third-quarter net profit. The surprise dividend move helped mollify shareholders worried about turmoil at asset management arm Pimco, where the defection of investment guru Bill Gross has unsettled clients, triggered record investor outflows and weighed on the unitвЂ™s quarterly contribution to the group. вЂњOperating profit in asset management was still on a high level, but the high net outflows (of client funds) remains a concern,вЂќ said DZ Bank analyst Thorsten Wenzel in a note to clients. In a statement issued after ThursdayвЂ™s Frankfurt stock market close, EuropeвЂ™s biggest insurer said it would pay out 50% of net profit in dividends versus 40% up to now. Allianz had said it would review its dividend policy by the end of the year after facing calls from investors to bring its dividend more into line with peers like Zurich Insurance , which pays out around 70% of net results. AllianzвЂ™s quarterly operating and net profit rose 5% and 11% respectively, beating the average forecasts in a Reuters poll of banks and brokerages for 2.4% and 6.7% increases. Operating profit in property-casualty insurance and asset management were both ahead of average analyst expectations, but asset management still posted an 8% decline from the year earlier quarter. 10 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 BUSINESS Hedge funds under threat from pension fund rethink found them costly and complicated. A typical cost structure for a hedge fund is an annual 2% of the value of assets as a management fee plus 20% of any proп¬Ѓts, although big clients can negotiate. The cost of вЂ�smart betaвЂ™ funds, which capture part of an actively managed strategy, says by buying and selling merger candidates at a set point in the deal, can be less than 1%. European mutual funds now also offer hedge-fund-like strategies вЂ“ socalled вЂ�liquid alternativesвЂ™, which allow investors to get money out quicker than a normal hedge fund вЂ“ for a management fee as low as 1% and a lower performance fee. US peers, meanwhile, charge no performance fee. Liquid alternatives can also be sold to retail investors вЂ“ opening up a source of capital for both mutual and hedge funds that launch their own versions. Investments in liquid alterna- tives are expected to grow about 44% in 2015 according to a Deutsche Bank survey of almost 300 hedge fund managers and investors. Traditional hedge funds have grown about 13% annually since the п¬Ѓnancial crisis. The New Zealand Super Fund, a government superannuation savings vehicle which terminated some of its hedge fund investments this year, is building a team to manage money in-house, as is the LPFA. At the LPFA, roughly a tenth of its ВЈ5bn in assets are now managed inhouse from zero two years ago, helping it save ВЈ3.5mn in annual fees. Calpers paid $135mn in fees for its exposure to hedge funds last year. вЂњBuilding in-house expertise is a way to get better returns, to manage our liabilities and ensure that we have cash available when we need it to pay our pensioners,вЂќ Martin of LPFA said. Gazprom bond risks shutting on other Russian borrowers Eurozone bond yields edge higher Reuters London P ension schemes are starting to rethink their hedge fund investments in the face of high costs and poor returns, putting at risk the heady pace of capital п¬‚ows into an industry with nearly $3tn of assets. Investors pulled more than $15bn from hedge funds in the September quarter, industry data showed, ending six quarters of net inп¬‚ows. Investments from large institutions such as pension funds contribute about 63% of hedge fund capital, according to industry tracker Preqin. Pension funds are turning to cheaper, more transparent and liquid products mimicking hedge fund strategies, as well as so called вЂ�smart betaвЂ™ funds, which aim to capture a part of a hedge fund strategyвЂ™s returns at a fraction of the cost. For some, such as 63-yearold Dutch pensioner Jelle van der Linde, the switch has come too late. Van der Linde has seen his beneп¬Ѓts cut by more than six% since last year, partly because of the high investment fees his metalworkers and engineers pension fund, PMT, paid. вЂњI would have been better off putting it into an old sock. I would at least have had more than I do now,вЂќ he said. At less than 2% of PMTвЂ™s $70bn assets, its hedge fund bets accounted for nearly a third of its total expenses, according to a statement by the pension fund in September, in which PMT said the slight beneп¬Ѓts from spreading its risks were insufficient. PMT and others such as the $296bn California Public EmployeesвЂ™ Retirement System (Calpers) and BritainвЂ™s Local Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) with assets of ВЈ4.8bn ($7.6bn), are among those who have already ditched hedge funds this year. Several others, including BritainвЂ™s ВЈ20bn ($32bn) Railway Pension Scheme and San FranciscoвЂ™s city pension fund are reassessing their hedge fund allocations. вЂњIn terms of hedge funds, overall, we are sceptical about the value for money they provide for us as a pension fund,вЂќ Susan Martin, LPFAвЂ™s chief executive, told Reuters. вЂњThe lack of transparency and high fee structure is not aligned with the interest of asset owners such as ourselves,вЂќ said Martin, whose п¬Ѓrm removed one of EuropeвЂ™s largest hedge funds, Brevan Howard, from its portfolios earlier this year. In a survey of institutional investors released on Friday, Ernst & Young said that only 13% of the respondents said they planned to raise bets on hedge funds in the next three years, down from 20% in 2012 and 17% in 2013. Recent volatility in stock and currency markets could help hedge funds to attract investment given their expertise in managing downside risk, but average performance of funds in recent years has been weak. Of the 51 negative months recorded by the MSCI World index over the last decade, hedge funds вЂ“ which aim to make money in both rising and falling markets вЂ“ have on average lost money in 36 months, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index shows. Of the 69 positive months recorded by the index, equity hedge funds have lagged on 57 occasions. Calpers, the largest US pension fund, said in September that it would pull all $4bn it had invested in hedge funds such as Och-Ziff Capital Management and Metacapital because it Bloomberg London E W hile OAO Gazprom sold dollar bonds after offering an interest rate three times as big as peers, investors are skeptical many more Russian companies will follow. вЂњItвЂ™s unlikely weвЂ™ll see a п¬‚urry of deals from Russia,вЂќ Yerlan Syzdykov, who helps oversee $5.4bn as head of emerging-market and high-yield bonds at Pioneer Investment Management in London, said by e-mail yesterday. вЂњCompanies that need to raise money will struggle to attract capital, while those companies which donвЂ™t need the cash urgently will balk at the cost of funding.вЂќ Gazprom, the п¬Ѓrst Russian company to sell benchmark-sized foreign-currency debt since June, offered a 4.3% coupon for the $700mn of November 2015 securities, almost 3 percentage points more than the average rate on 141 issues of similar debt, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Unlike OAO Rosneft and OAO Sberbank, the gas producer has avoided sanctions stemming from the crisis in Ukraine. The European Union this week added to warnings from the US and Germany that Russia risks more penalties over the conп¬‚ict amid reports of escalating violence between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine began a large-scale offensive in the east, news agency RIA Novosti reported yesterday, citing Andrei Purgin, deputy premier of self- proclaimed Donetsk PeopleвЂ™s Republic. The Ukrainian government said its forces were shelled by separatists last night. Gazprom has about $4bn in foreigncurrency debt maturing over the next 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Its notes carry the highest coupon among all similar- maturity dollar bonds sold by companies with the same credit rating over the past year, the data show. The next-highest coupon is on the 2.75% 2014 notes sold by TurkeyвЂ™s Yapi Ve Kredi Bankasi AS in January. Russian companies, which have $44bn of debt coming due in the remainder of this year according to central bank data, are looking for alternative ways to reп¬Ѓnance. Gazprom last month agreed with Reuters London Gazprom headquarters in Moscow. Gazprom has about $4bn in foreign-currency debt maturing over the next 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China to consider a bond sale in offshore yuan. OAO Lukoil, RussiaвЂ™s secondlargest oil producer behind Rosneft, was seeking to borrow $1bn through a pre-export п¬Ѓnance facility this year, but postponed the plan, according to people with knowledge of the deal this week, who asked not to be identiп¬Ѓed because theyвЂ™re not authorized to speak about it. Public relations executives at Gazprom and Lukoil both declined to comment on future debt plans when contacted yesterday by phone and email. The squeeze on overseas credit may worsen as expanded sanctions could rid anyone of the desire to buy the risk, Egor Fedorov, an analyst at ING Groep NV in Moscow, said by e-mail November 5. вЂњThere was a lot of uncertainty in the market if this bond transaction is affected by the sanctions, therefore we didnвЂ™t participate,вЂќ Clemens Hansmann, a money manager at Gutmann Kapitalanlage AG in Vienna, which oversees в‚¬7bn ($9bn) of assets, said by e-mail. Such concerns didnвЂ™t scare off all foreign investors. The Gazprom issue was three times oversubscribed with 77% of investors coming from the US and the UK, including 10% from a single US investor, two people familiar with the matter said yesterday. вЂњIt looks as if they have tested the market and the deal was well received, so others may issue on the back of this,вЂќ Angelo Rossetto, a bond trader at GMSA Investments in London, who bought the Gazprom bonds in the secondary market, said yesterday by email. Private banks may be interested in coming to market, INGвЂ™s Fedorov said. The average yield on Russian corporate dollar debt has climbed 141 basis points since June to 7.21% on November 5, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co indexes. That compares with an average 5.49% yield for emerging-market corporate debt, the data show. The rouble appreciated 0.3% to 46.7220 per dollar at 4:52 pm in Moscow. Other Russian companies probably wonвЂ™t follow GazpromвЂ™s example at the moment, Sergey Dergachev, who helps oversee $10bn at Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH in Frankfurt and took part in the sale, said yesterday by e-mail. вЂњThe giants, such as Sberbank, VEB and Rosneft are sanctioned names and would face problems, while smaller names, like MTS or Vimpelcom would have to pay a much larger premium, making deals not very attractive to the issuer.вЂќ The companies he was referring to were Vnesheconombank, OAO Mobile Telesystems and VimpelCom. UkraineвЂ™s currency reserves plummet to 9-year low Reuters Kiev Pedestrians pass the Ukraine central bank in Kiev. UkraineвЂ™s currency reserves are now at their lowest level since 2005 and the central bank will have to dip into them further as more payments loom. UkraineвЂ™s foreign currency reserves plummeted by almost a quarter monthon-month in October to $12.6bn, the central bank said yesterday, due to energy payments and support for the faltering hryvnia currency. Reserves are now at their lowest level since 2005 and the central bank, which drew from its coffers to help state energy firm Naftogaz service its multi-billion dollar debt to Russia, will have to dip into them further as further payments loom. вЂњThe dynamics (of the October fall) were influenced by the need to support Naftogaz (with) almost $2bn ... and also by making payments for natural gas supplies from European suppliers,вЂќ the bank said in a statement. On Monday the bank said it had sold $1.3bn in the past month and a half to defend the hryvnia, which has lost around 40% of its value against the dollar since the start of 2014 because of political upheaval, ongoing tension with Russia and a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Despite the interventions, the hryvnia lost more ground this week, falling 7.8% to 13.96 to the dollar - its weakest since September 19. Continuing hryvnia fragility and upcoming gas payments mean the bank will have to dig even deeper into reserves soon, Standard Bank analyst Tim Ash said in a note. вЂњUkraine still has $1.6bn in gas debts to pay by year end, and $700mn-plus a month to pay for any gas deliveries ... foreign currency reserve levels might well drop into single digits by year end, which is very, very low,вЂќ he said. Last week Moscow, Kiev and the European Union clinched a deal in Brussels that would restart flows of Russian gas to Ukraine over the winter in return for Naftogaz paying part of its debt and $760mn up front for November supplies. Naftogaz transferred the first $1.45bn tranche of debt repayment to RussiaвЂ™s Gazprom on Tuesday and pledged to pay the rest according to the schedule, but it has not specified when it will start paying up front for fresh supplies. Yesterday the company received a bill for fresh flows from Gazprom, but Naftogaz stressed it would only announce the timing of any payment once it had made the decision to buy more gas. вЂњThe amount and schedule of prepayment depends on what volume and when Naftogaz orders gas from Gazprom,вЂќ Naftogaz said in a statement. The longer Ukraine can put off ordering more Russian gas, the better for currency reserves. On Monday, central bank chief Valeriia Gontareva said the International Monetary Fund, which is supporting Kiev with a multibn-dollar loan package, had agreed that the central bank can pay for Russian gas directly from reserves. They are likely already lower than the $12.6bn figure given for October due to this weekвЂ™s $1.45bn Naftogaz debt repayment. urozone bond yields edged higher yesterday as investors waited for the latest batch of US employment п¬Ѓgures, seen as crucial to convincing the Federal Reserve to tighten monetary policy. In its statement last week, the US central bank stressed that a rise in interest rates would be data-dependent, putting extra onus on yesterdayвЂ™s non-farm payrolls numbers. While the European Central Bank affirmed its accommodative approach on Thursday, expanding its balance sheet and hinting at additional unconventional measures, strategists remain unconvinced it could fully cushion bonds from a US hike. вЂњWe do believe that we will keep having this correlation between US and eurozone yields, and we should have some kind of spillover effects,вЂќ said Cyril Regnat, п¬Ѓxed income strategist at Natixis. German 10-year yields rose two basis points to 0.84%, mirroring a similar move in US Treasuries, which crept up the same amount to 2.40% in European trading. Meanwhile, the rally in Spanish and Italian bonds that followed ThursdayвЂ™s dovish ECB meeting reversed, with 10-year yields rising 2 bps to 2.16 and 2.38%, respectively. Bucking the trend, Greek 10year yields dipped 8 bps to 7.95% after eurozone п¬Ѓnance ministers backed a precautionary credit line to replace the countryвЂ™s bailout programme, which it is exiting early at the end of the year. Strategists were split over the scheme, designed to balance the need to reassure investors with the demands of domestic Greek politics. Some welcomed the fact that Greece would still have п¬Ѓnancial support, giving it a backstop if it struggles to raise money on the market next year. RBC analysts said that the credit line from the European Stability Mechanism would satisfy one key pre-condition for direct support from the ECB under its outright monetary transactions scheme. Others said eurozone demands for the IMF to remain involved in the countryвЂ™s supervision could backп¬Ѓre. The Greek public holds the IMF responsible for the harsh austerity imposed on it over the last four years. вЂњGiven the other options this is probably one of the worst ones from a political perspective,вЂќ said RBS rates strategist Michael Michaelides. вЂњThe IMF stays there, and in some ways itвЂ™s even worse because you have to raise money from the markets but you donвЂ™t get any IMF п¬Ѓnancing.вЂќ Portugal was the only other eurozone member to see yields fall yesterday, as some strategists predicted S&P would lift its outlook on the countryвЂ™s BB rating after the markets close. Ten-year yields were down 1 basis point at 3.42%. US non-farm payrolls are expected to show a rise of 231,000 jobs last month after a 248,000 increase in September, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The jobless rate is seen steady at a six-year low of 5.9%. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 11 BUSINESS Pressure mounts on Russia central bank as rouble crisis deepens Reuters Moscow T he rouble edged higher yesterday amid signs that RussiaвЂ™s central bank could take emergency action to halt a sharp slide that analysts said amounted to a full-blown currency crisis. The rouble appeared to be in free-fall in morning trading, falling over 3% against both the dollar and the euro, following similar falls on Thursday. But the currency recouped some ground in the early afternoon on market speculation of an emergency central bank meeting. A source told Reuters that the bankвЂ™s Governor Elvira Nabiullina was holding a meeting, without providing further details. By 1100 GMT, the rouble was 0.4% weaker from the previous close, at 47.07 against the dollar. The Russian currency was 0.4% weaker at 58.29 against the euro, and 0.4% weaker at 52.10 against a dollar-euro basket. вЂњThis is full-blown panic, with signs of a self-fulп¬Ѓlling currency crisis,вЂќ Dmitry Polevoy, chief Russia economist at ING Bank in Moscow, said in a note. вЂњAt such times, the central bank should intervene, after all if this isnвЂ™t a risk to п¬Ѓnancial stability, then what is?вЂќ On Wednesday, the central bank altered its interventions policy to limit its support for the Russian currency by cutting the size of its interventions to $350mn a day. Citi economist Ivan Tchakarov said in a note that вЂњthe rouble slide in the last couple of days is starting to turn into a clear and present risk to macroeconomic and п¬Ѓnancial stability in the countryвЂќ. The central bank вЂњcan ill afford a situation where the rouble weakness turns into a possible rout,вЂќ he added, calling for the bank to вЂњmassively and unpredictably intervene in the FX marketвЂќ. Also on Wednesday, the central bank reserved the option of carrying out ad hoc currency interventions in order to preserve п¬Ѓnancial stability. Several analysts said yesterday that this rubicon has now been crossed, requiring immediate central bank action in the form of heavy market interventions to defend the rouble. вЂњIn our view, if todayвЂ™s market conditions do not satisfy such criteria, then we are at something of a loss for the central An employee counts Russian rouble banknotes at a private companyвЂ™s office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. The rouble edged higher yesterday amid signs that RussiaвЂ™s central bank could take emergency action to halt a sharp slide that analysts said amounted to a full-blown currency crisis. bankвЂ™s true reaction function,вЂќ Sberbank CIB analysts said in a note. вЂњIf - and we are far from conп¬Ѓdent it will вЂ“ the CBR does intervene today, we would suggest several bouts of heavy FX sales, perhaps each in the region of $5bn. An alternative is a single $10bn shot.вЂќ Analysts also speculated that the central bank may be forced to carry out an emergency increase in interest rates, despite raising its key lending rate by 1.5 percentage points to 9.5% last Friday. вЂњPast form suggests that rates may need to rise to as much as 11.50-12.00%,вЂќ said Neil Shearing, chief emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, said in a note. Plunging oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis have shrivelled RussiaвЂ™s exports and investment inп¬‚ows, driving the rouble lower over several months. But the rouble has taken a particularly heavy hit since the beginning of October, Sensex edges lower; rupee weakens Reuters Mumbai IndiaвЂ™s benchmark BSE index edged lower yesterday after setting records in each of the previous four sessions as investors took profits in recent outperformers such as State Bank of India, with caution also prevailing ahead of monthly US jobs data. Expectations for earlier-thanexpected interest rate cuts, hopes for additional government reforms, and a pick-up in foreign buying after a recent stall had all combined to spark the latest rally in shares. The BSE index ended flat this week, marking a third straight week of gains, having breached 28,000 points for the first time on Wednesday, although it has not been able to close above that level. Markets are now looking ahead at US employment data, which could help set expectations for when the Federal Reserve will raise US interest rates. вЂњThere is pressure due to profittaking, but fresh money is coming. FIIs are continuously buying and we do expect the downside is capped for the near-term. Any fall will give investors a better opportunity to enter at better valuation,вЂќ said Suresh Parmar, head, institutional equities at KJMC Capital Markets, adding that itвЂ™s still a buy-on-dip market. The benchmark BSE index closed 0.17% down at 27,868.63 points. The broader NSE index closed down 0.02% at 8,337 points, but gained 0.2% for the week. Banking stocks led the decline. Shares in State Bank of India fell 1.42% after gaining 5.2% in the last four sessions. HDFC Bank ended 1.5% lower. Hero MotoCorp fell 2.6% after Bain Capital sold part of its stake. Sources told Reuters the US private equity fund had sold 8.5mn shares in the company to raise $400mn. Pharmaceutical companies were among the gainers. Dr ReddyвЂ™s gained 4.46% to a record high after US Food and Drug Administration said it has granted final approval to the company to make cheaper copies of Roche HoldingвЂ™s antiviral Valcyte. Meanwhile the rupee fell to a three-week low yesterday, continuing to track falls in emerging market currencies as sentiment turned cautious ahead of key US jobs data that could help determine the timing of any US interest rate hikes. Unlike domestic bonds and shares, the rupee fell during the week tracking global gains in the dollar due to fears the Federal Reserve would move earlier than expected to tighten monetary policy. The rupee fell 0.45% against the dollar in the holiday-shortened week, posting its second consecutive weekly fall. US employers were expected to have added 231,000 new jobs to their payrolls in October, with the unemployment rate forecast to hold steady at a six-year low of 5.9%. вЂњIf the US data turns out to be as good as market expects it to be, then the rupee could come under pressure in the coming sessions,вЂќ said Uday Bhatt, a currency trader at UCO Bank in Mumbai. The partially convertible rupee closed at 61.6425/6525 per dollar, weaker from WednesdayвЂ™s close of 61.41/42, after earlier falling to as much as 61.6750, its lowest since October 17. with the central bank spending around $30bn to prop up the ailing currency, its largest monthly interventions in over п¬Ѓve years. Yesterday, talk of renewed п¬Ѓghting in eastern Ukraine, where both sides have accused each other of violating a fragile ceaseп¬Ѓre, added further pressure to Russian assets. вЂњIt is becoming increasingly clear that the ceaseп¬Ѓre in eastern Ukraine has broken down - and both sides of the conп¬‚ict are now quite openly admitting this,вЂќ Danske Bank analysts said in note. The rouble is also being impacted by weaker prices for oil, one of RussiaвЂ™s key exports, as Brent crude futures dropped below $83, near a four-year low. However, analysts said that the slide in the rouble seen over recent days cannot be explained by economic fundamentals alone, arguing that it is now being driven by ordinary Russians exchanging rouble savings into dollars. вЂњWe think the roubleвЂ™s 30% depreciation year-to-date clearly poses certain risks for п¬Ѓnancial stability, as not many will have assumed such a dramatic price action when doing their business planning,вЂќ said Maxim Korovin, a forex analyst at VTB Capital in Moscow. вЂњAlthough some increase in geopolitical risks yesterday added to FX volatility, the key pressure on the rouble is most likely now primarily from households, which is a self-fulп¬Ѓlling process,вЂќ he said. Russian shares in dollar terms were also sharply lower yesterday, with the RTS index reaching a п¬Ѓve-year low below 1,000 points, weighed down by the weaker rouble. At 1100 GMT, the RTS had recovered slightly and was down 0.3% to 1,014 points, while its rouble-based peer MICEX was up 1.1% at 1,513 points, conversely supported by the slide in the rouble. Falling rouble may still be overvalued Reuters London The rouble may have plunged 25% against the dollar so far this year, but some currency traders are betting on a further 10% drop in 2015 on the grounds that the currency is still expensive once trade and inflation are factored in. RussiaвЂ™s currency is on course for its biggest weekly loss since early 2009 after the central bank decided to cap daily dollar sales at $350mn вЂ“ and investors interpreted that to mean it would not shore up the rouble. The bankвЂ™s stance is unsurprising given that prices for oil, RussiaвЂ™s main export, are at four-year lows around $82 a barrel and threaten to blow a big hole in the countryвЂ™s trade balance unless its currency remains weak. But the decision also looks prescient given that inflation and exchange rates of trade partners suggest the rouble is still overvalued - despite already crashing past the 41 roubles-per dollar exchange rate analysts predicted for the end of the year. вЂњThe central bank is saying clearly that it does not consider the rouble weak enough to take stronger action and that is fuelling more weakness,вЂќ UBS strategist Manik Narain said. вЂњIf you look at the terms of trade and current account flows, itвЂ™s hard to argue the rouble has significantly overshot. At this level of oil price, IвЂ™d say itвЂ™s getting close to fair value rather than looking cheap.вЂќ This real effective exchange rates (REER) is the weighted average of a currency against a basket of its trade partnersвЂ™ currencies and adjusted for inflation. The measure is commonly used to determine whether an exchange rate is overvalued or undervalued. While the rouble is significantly down from early-2014 levels, the currencies of RussiaвЂ™s major trade partners - other emerging economies such as Poland, Hungary, India, Turkey - are in contrast 3.5 to 11% weaker than their long-term averages. Balanced against that is the relentless capital flight prompted by Western sanctions - estimated at over $75bn in the first half of 2014 alone - and a current account surplus suffering from the fact that every $10 drop in the oil price is estimated to cost Russia $28bn in receipts. A weaker currency that shores up the surplus is therefore helpful. вЂњThe question is at what level of dollar-rouble does the current account surplus start to rise sufficiently to offset the capital outflows,вЂќ Narain added. Non-deliverable forwards (NDF)short-term contracts used by counterparties to lock in a future exchange rate - indicate a roubledollar exchange rate of around 47.7, a 3% depreciation from current levels. In a yearвЂ™s time, forwards are pricing the exchange rate at 51.5, roughly 10% weaker than spot levels. This yearвЂ™s rouble move only partly reverses the sharp appreciation of the prior decade and a half, fuelled by oilвЂ™s vertiginous rise from $30 per barrel in early-2004. Crude prices peaked at $147 in 2008 and held near $100 until 2014. JPMorgan calculates the rouble rose by almost 50% in REER terms between 2004 and September 2014, its appreciation second only to the Brazilian real among major emerging currencies. Similarly, oil prices, despite the recent drop, remain above longterm averages, Standard Bank analyst Tim Ash noted. вЂњSo the rouble might look cheap nominally over a one-year view, but over a slightly longer real time-frame the rouble still does not look cheap, and neither does oil,вЂќ he added. On the positive side, however, the rouble is not far off its 10-year average REER. Strong Wall Street lifts Asia markets AFP Tokyo A sian markets rose yesterday following another record close on Wall Street, while the Nikkei resumed its surge as a brief rally by the yen п¬Ѓzzled out. Traders were also buoyed by comments from the head of the European Central Bank that it was ready to widen its stimulus programme to support the eurozone economy. Tokyo rose 0.52% a day after easing for the п¬Ѓrst time this week on proп¬Ѓttaking. The index has soared more than 10% since last Wednesday, helped by the Bank of JapanвЂ™s surprise announcement that it will widen its own monetary base. The Nikkei added 87.90 points to п¬Ѓnish at 16,880.38. Seoul added 0.18%, or 3.39 points, to 1,939.87 and Sydney added 0.78%, or 43.0 points, to close at 5,549.1. Shanghai fell 0.32%, or 7.69 points, to 2,418.17 and Hong Kong slipped 0.42%, or 99.07 points, to 23,550.24. In other markets, Kuala Lumpur lost 7.79 points, or 0.43%, to close at 1,824.19; AMMB Holdings fell 1.06% to 6.51 ringgit, while Public Bank shed 0.55% to 18.24. Bangkok shed 0.25% or 2.40 points to п¬Ѓnish at 1,578.37; Bangkok Bank lost 0.25% or 0.50 baht to 199.50 baht, but energy giant PTT Plc gained 2.62% or 10baht to 391.00. Jakarta closed down 0.93%, or 46.81 points, at 4,987.42; Bank Negara Indonesia rose 1.33% to 5,725 rupiah, while state miner Aneka Tambang fell 1.06% to 935 rupiah. Singapore slipped 0.14%, or 4.57 points, to 3,286.39; United Overseas Bank fell 0.85% to Sg$23.30 while agribusiness company WIlmar International gained 1.27% to Sg$3.19. Taipei added 0.24%, or 21.60 points, to 8,912.62; smartphone maker HTC rose 0.37% to Tw$137.0 while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co fell 0.76% to Tw$131.0. Pedestrians look at share prices board in Tokyo. The Nikkei closed up 87.90 points to 16,880.38 yesterday. Wellington rose 0.28%, or 15.38 points, to 5,418.99; Genesis Energy added 3.8% to NZ$2.21 and Meridian Energy gained 3.3% to NZ$1.72, while Trade Me lifted 0.50% to NZ$4.00. Manila ended down 0.43%, or 30.91 points, at 7,205.72; Bloombery Resorts plunged 7.74% to 14.30 pesos and Philippine Long Distance Telephone gained 0.75% to 2,942 pesos. US shares extended their recent advance ahead of the release of closely watched October jobs data, with expectations for a healthy gain. The Dow climbed 0.40% and the S&P 500 gained 0.38%, both to new highs, while the Nasdaq added 0.38%. Analysts said support was also provided by comments from ECB president Mario Draghi signalling it was ready to introduce fresh measures to counter deп¬‚ation and boost growth in the ailing eurozone. вЂњShould it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inп¬‚ation, the governing council is unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate,вЂќ Draghi said after the bankвЂ™s latest policy meeting. The news put downward pressure on the euro, which hit a more than two-year low against the dollar. The single currency was at $1.2388, against $1.2371 in New York, where it fell below $1.2400 for the п¬Ѓrst time since August 2012. It was also at ВҐ142.75 compared with ВҐ142.47, but sharply down from the ВҐ143.20 earlier on Thursday in Tokyo. The dollar resumed its upward trend against the yen after a brief dip Thursday. It bought ВҐ115.26 yesterday, up from ВҐ115.16 in New York on Thursday afternoon. The yenвЂ™s plunge has sent Japanese shares, particularly exporters, higher. Yutaka Miura, senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities, said: вЂњThe Bank of JapanвЂ™s aggressive quantitative easing... is likely to continue to inп¬‚uence the market via currency level п¬‚uctuationsвЂ” mostly to the upside. вЂњItвЂ™s likely that the fallout effect will continue through mid-December, keeping stock prices relatively well-supported,вЂќ Miura told Dow Jones Newswires. On oil markets, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for December delivery, dropped 36 cents to $77.55 while Brent crude for December eased 52 cents to $82.34 in afternoon trade. Gold was at $1,144.92 an ounce, compared with $1,144.41 late Thursday. Saturday, November 8, 2014 BUSINESS GULF TIMES PakistanвЂ™s new economic corridor brings Mideast closer to China By Arno Maierbrugger Gulf Times Correspondent Bangkok Shortly after Pakistan on October 24 вЂ” together with 20 other Asian countries including Qatar вЂ” joined the China-driven new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), plans have been announced that the bank will fund the multibillion Pakistan-China economic corridor that will connect both countries and open a new trade route across Central Asia. The corridor is meant to become a link between PakistanвЂ™s southwestern Gawadar Port вЂ” a deep-sea port located on the Arabian Sea close to the Strait of Hormuz вЂ” and ChinaвЂ™s northwestern region via highways, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas. This new link will greatly benefit oil and gas trade from the Middle East to China, experts say. Hydrocarbons would in the future be transported from the port through PakistanвЂ™s Baluchistan province up to northern Pakistan and then cross over into China. This connection is able to cut short the 12,000-kilometre route on which Middle East oil and gas tankers have to travel to reach sea ports in China. The Pakistan-China link will also be a new axis for trading many other goods and also benefit local commuters. On the Chinese side, in the Muslim-majority province of Xinjiang, there are plans for huge economic free zones and industrial complexes. The new corridor is an essential part of the вЂњNew Silk RoadвЂќ project pursued by China that aims at unlocking the economic potential in Central Asia and connect China with important markets in the Middle East and Europe. The project is being pushed by Chinese president Xi Jinping in an aim to revive the centuries-old Silk Road trading route and has been dubbed ChinaвЂ™s вЂњMarshall PlanвЂќ in order to push the economy in its border regions and underdeveloped western neighbour states, and de facto increase its influence in Central Asia. Cruciall to the project is, however, boosting trade with important regions such as the Gulf. The вЂњNew Silk RoadвЂќ is funded by China with $16.3bn and will likely get further cash injections from the AIIB. The move to open new crossAsian trade routes comes with ChinaвЂ™s efforts to strengthen the international position of its former strictly regulated currency, the yuan. In the recent past, several trading hubs have been set up for the currency in Taiwan, Singapore, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Luxem- bourg and Seoul. The latest addition was a clearing house for the yuan in Qatar, where the Industrial and Commercial Bank of ChinaвЂ™s Doha branch has been appointed as to facilitate yuan deals in Qatar and the broader Middle East as per an announcement of ChinaвЂ™s central bank on November 4. In a latest development, even Canada has agreed to the set-up of a yuan clearing bank which will likely be based in Toronto and serve the North American market, a development that brings strong challenges to the US dollarвЂ™s formerly undisputed role as a вЂњworld currencyвЂќ. For the Gulf, the new economic corridor to China via Central Asia and the establishment of a yuan clearing hub in Qatar is expected to strongly boost economic relations to China, which this year overtook the US in being the worldвЂ™s largest economy in purchasing-power adjusted GDP terms, according to the latest ranking issued by the International Monetary Fund last month. Eurozone backs ESM credit line for Greece after bailout exit Reuters Brussels E A worker unloads grocery goods in Washington, DC. The US unemployment rate fell again in October even if job creation was lower than in September, according to data published by the Labor Department yesterday. US jobless rate falls to 5.8%; payrolls rise Non-farm payrolls increase 214,000 in October; August, September revised to show 31,000 jobs added; unemployment rate falls to 5.8% from 5.9%; average hourly earnings rise 3Вў Reuters Washington U S job growth increased at a fairly brisk clip in October and the unemployment rate fell to a fresh six-year low of 5.8%, underscoring the economyвЂ™s resilience in the face of slowing global demand. Despite the strengthening labour market picture, wage growth remained tepid, suggesting the Federal Reserve would be in no hurry to start lifting interest rates. Employers added 214,000 new jobs to their payrolls last month, the Labour Department said yesterday. The unemployment rate fell from 5.9%, even as more people entered the labour force, a sign of strength in the jobs market. Data for August and September were revised to show 31,000 more jobs created than previously reported. вЂњTodayвЂ™s jobs report conп¬Ѓrms that the US remains the bright spot in a global economic picture п¬Ѓlling with clouds,вЂќ said Michael Griffin, managing director at CEB in Arlington, Virginia. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 231,000 new jobs last month and for the unemployment rate to hold steady. US stock index futures edged up on the data. Prices for US Treasury bond prices fell slightly and the dollar was little changed. Monthly job growth has exceeded 200,000 for nine straight months, the longest stretch since 1994, sufficient strength to keep the economy on a higher growth path after it expanded at a 3.5% pace in the third quarter. The Fed last month struck a fairly upbeat tune on the jobs picture as it ended its bond buying program, dropping its characterisation of labour market slack as вЂњsigniп¬ЃcantвЂќ and replacing it with вЂњgradually diminishing.вЂќ Sturdy job gains on their own, however, will probably not be enough to convince the US central bank to start raising interest rates before the second half of 2015 given a still low level of inп¬‚ation. Wage growth is the missing piece of the jobs recovery and without signiп¬Ѓcant increases, most economists say the Fed will be in no rush to lift benchmark lending rates that it has kept near zero since December 2008. The employment report showed that average hourly earnings rose only three cents last month, leaving the year-onyear change at 2.0%, the range itвЂ™s been in for the last few years. But other data have begun to show wage growth picking up. Details of the October employment report were fairly upbeat. The labour force participation rate and the ranks of the long-term unemployed both improved. These metrics are on Fed Chair Janet YellenвЂ™s socalled dashboard and are being watched for clues on the timing of the п¬Ѓrst rate hike. The participation rate, or the share of working-age Americans who are employed or at least looking for a job, increased by one-tenth of percentage point to 62.8%, bouncing back after two straight months of declines. The employment-to-population ratio increased to 59.2, the highest level since July 2009. The number of long-term un- employed people was the lowest since January 2009. A broad measure of joblessness that includes people who want to work but have given up searching and those working part-time because they cannot п¬Ѓnd full-time employment fell to 11.5%, the lowest level since September 2008. As for job gains, they were broad-based in line with the recent trend. Private-sector employment increased by 209,000, with a second straight month of gains in manufacturing and an increase in construction. Retail hiring advanced by 27,100 as stores gear up for a busy holiday shopping season. There was little sign that the closure of casinos in New Jersey had impacted leisure and hospitality sector employment, with payrolls in the sector rising 52,000. Government employment increased 5,000 last month. urozone п¬Ѓnance ministers backed on Thursday a precautionary credit line for Greece after the country exits its bailout at the end of the year, in a bid to balance the need to reassure investors with the demands of domestic Greek politics. The Greek government has staked its survival on regaining economic policy-making sovereignty after the end of the eurozone lending programme this year and on exiting an IMF bailout a year earlier than the originally envisaged 2016. Such a move would please voters, hammered by austerity measures imposed by the EU and the IMF, ahead of possible elections next year. But it has already rattled markets, pushing up Greek bond yields. Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis told Reuters on Wednesday he hoped for an interim period of up to a year after exiting the bailout during which Greece will still get a п¬Ѓnancial safety net but would no longer be вЂњmicro-managedвЂќ by lenders. After two international bailouts totalling в‚¬240bn since 2010, when private investors refused to lend to Athens any more, Greece wanted to switch back to market п¬Ѓnancing from the start of next year. But markets reacted nervously to the plan, worried that Athens would no longer have any п¬Ѓnancial back-up. Greek benchmark 10-year bond yields rose to 8.9% in late October from 5.6% in early September. Greece and eurozone п¬Ѓnance ministers discussed ways to provide Athens with fall-back п¬Ѓnancing to boost investor conп¬Ѓdence, while addressing domestic political sensitivities. вЂњThere is strong support for a precautionary credit line in the form of an existing ESM tool called the ECCL вЂ” Enhanced Conditions Credit Line,вЂќ the chairman of eurozone п¬Ѓnance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem told a news conference. The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is the eurozoneвЂ™s bailout fund created to rescue governments cut off from markets but only in exchange for a reform package. вЂњThat is the path we will now further pursue and work on the conditions that will go with that,вЂќ Dijsselbloem said. The credit line will make use of the в‚¬11bn already granted to Athens by the eurozone to recapitalise Greek banks, eurozone officials said. The money turned out not to be needed after the European Central BankвЂ™s capital adequacy assessment of main European banks last month. The credit line could also be higher if Greek п¬Ѓnancing needs next year required that, especially if Athens ends its borrowing programme with the IMF from next year. Greek public opinion strongly dislikes the IMF, which it blames for the austerity imposed on the country for the last four years, but several eurozone countries see the IMF as an independent guarantor of Greek reforms and want it to stay. Greece and eurozone finance ministers discussed ways to provide Athens with fall-back financing to boost investor confidence вЂњThere is also a broad understanding the IMF needs to continue being involved and a further discussion will have to take place on the exact form of this involvement,вЂќ Dijsselbloem told the news conference. The recapitalisation money that could be recycled into a credit line is now in European Financial Stability Facility bonds which would be returned to the EFSF at the end of the programme in December. Greece would instead apply for and get the ECCL from the European Stability Mechanism вЂ” the successor to the EFSF. This would allow the Greek government to score political points at home by saying the country was no longer under a programme. But it would also make it possible for eurozone countries to set clear conditions for the availability of the money, even if it is not drawn upon. The ECCL would also mean that Greece will have to sign a new вЂњmemorandum of understandingвЂќ, which is politically sensitive because the previous MoU detailed austerity reforms demanded by lenders and the term is resented by Greeks as a symbol of a loss of sovereignty by Athens. Getting the credit line would take a minimum of п¬Ѓve weeks to complete. QSE WEEKLY REVIEW Local retail buying support lands bourse in positive trajectory By Santhosh V Perumal Business Reporter A precipitous fall intra-week notwithstanding, the Qatar Stock Exchange landed in the positive trajectory, the only bourse to do so in the Gulf region, mainly on local retail investorsвЂ™ buying support, during the week. Strong buying interests in the industrials, transport and insurance largely overcame the selling pressure in the telecom and banking sectors that the market rose 0.68% during the week that saw Barwa Real Estate say that its full acquisition of Lusail Golf Development is expected to be completed soon. In comparison, Saudi Arabia plunged 3.84%, Kuwait (3.08%), Dubai (3.06%), Abu Dhabi (1.46%), Muscat (0.77%) and Bahrain (0.22%) during the week that saw Mannai HED and QNB partner to provide finance solutions to heavy equipment customers. QatarвЂ™s bourse has gained 30.93% yearto-date against DubaiвЂ™s 30.75%, Bahrain (15.38%), Saudi Arabia (13.05%), Abu Dhabi (11.65%) and Muscat (1.27%); whereas Kuwait fell 5.5%. Small and mid stocks were seen emerging the most favourites in the upward rally during the week that saw foreign institutions continuing to be bullish but with lesser vigour. Industrials stocks gained 2.31%, transport (1.76%), insurance (1.35%), consumer goods (0.87%) and realty (0.53%); whereas telecom plunged 3.73% and banks and financial services (0.06%). The index that tracks Shariah-principled stocks was seen gaining much slower than other indices during the week that saw realty, banks and telecom together account for about 70% of the total trade volume. The 20-stock Total Return Index rose 0.68%, All Share Index (comprising wider constituents) by 0.64% and Al Rayan Islamic Index by 0.16% during the week, which saw Ezdan, Barwa and Masraf Al Rayan dominate the trading ring in terms of both volume and value. Of the 43 stocks, 23 advanced; while 19 declined and one was unchanged during the week. Six of the nine industrials; five each of the 12 banks and financial services as well as the five insurers; four of the eight consumer goods; two of the three trans- port and one of the four real estate stocks close higher during the week. Major gainers included QNB, Industries Qatar, Islamic Holding, Gulf International Services, Barwa, Widam Food, Al Meera, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding and Nakilat. However, Ooredoo, Vodafone Qatar, Qatar Islamic Bank, International Islamic, Untied Development Company, Mazaya Qatar, Gulf Warehousing and Zad Holding bucked the trend. Market capitalisation was up 0.76% or about QR6bn to QR733.84bn during the week. Small, mid, micro and large cap equities were seen gaining 1.03%, 0.86%, 0.54% and 0.24% respectively. Micro, small, mid and large cap equities are up 46.23%, 33.95%, 28% and 25.12% respectively year-to-date. Foreign institutionsвЂ™ net buying sunk to QR67.31mn against QR164.52mn the previous week. Domestic institutions turned net sellers to the tune of QR3.82mn compared with net buyers of QR114.67mn the week ended October 30. Non-Qatari individual investorsвЂ™ net profit booking rose to QR45.56mn against QR43.59mn the week ended October 30. Local retail investorsвЂ™ net selling plummeted to QR17.64mn compared to QR235.99mn the previous week. A total of 60.1mn shares valued at QR2.94bn changed hands across 30,307 transactions. The real estate sector saw a total of 22.65mn equities worth QR625.05mn trade across 6,304 deals. As many as 11.19mn banks and financial services stocks valued at QR960.51mn changed hands across 9,131 transactions. A total of 5.21mn consumer goods stocks valued at QR230.34mn trade across 2,136 deals. The telecom sector saw 8.08mn equities worth QR220.27mn change hands across 2,487 transactions. The industrials and transport segments recorded 6.14mn and 4.04mn shares worth QR577.81mn and QR185.17mn trade across 6,888 and 2,109 deals respectively. A total of 2.79mn insurance equities valued at QR140.25mn changed hands across 1,252 transactions. In the debt market, a total of 25,000 treasury bills valued at QR248.96mn traded across three deals; while there was no trading of government bonds during the week. RUGBY| Page 10 FOOTBALL | Page 4 All BlacksвЂ™ Hansen wary of new-look England Messi targets more history, Suarez wants his first goal Saturday, November 8, 2014 Moharram 15, 1436 AH CRICKET GULF TIMES Super Shakib leads Bangladesh to series win over Zimbabwe SPORT Page 6 CONFIDENT SPOTLIGHT Foreman: Qatar will knockout World Cup critics Rogge trusts Blatter to avoid 2022 clash with Winter Olympics вЂ�I intend to see them (Qatar) deliver a knockout blow...вЂ™ AFP Bangkok E x-Olympics boss Jacques Rogge said he trusted FIFA chief Sepp Blatter to вЂњhonour his wordвЂќ yesterday and avoid a clash between the 2022 World Cup and that yearвЂ™s Winter Olympics. Rogge said Blatter had promised that the Qatar World Cup, which may be moved to the winter to avoid the desert stateвЂ™s summer, would not come into conflict with the 2022 Winter Games. вЂњIвЂ™m sure that Sepp Blatter and Thomas Bach will find a good solution,вЂќ said Rogge, referring to his successor as head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). вЂњLetвЂ™s be clear: Sepp Blatter has pledged that he will not harm the Olympic Games, and by the way heвЂ™s also an IOC member. He will honour his word.вЂќ The 72-year-old Belgian was speaking in Bangkok after winning a lifetime achievement prize at the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards show. Debate is raging over 2022 with the World Cup timing influx. Beijing, considered favourite to host the 2022 Olympics, has said it would Debate is raging over 2022 with the World Cup timing influx. Beijing, considered favourite to host the 2022 Olympics, has said it would hold the tournament in February hold the tournament in February. Blatter has not always been true to his word. In 2011, he promised his fourth term as FIFA president would be his lastвЂ”but he is now standing for re-election next year. Rogge also backed BachвЂ™s Agenda 2020, a sweeping revamp aimed at modernising the Olympics through measures such as a dedicated TV channel and more flexibility on what sports are contested. вЂњI think itвЂ™s needed. From time to time, every organisation needs to rebuild itself,вЂќ Rogge said. вЂњDefinitely I think itвЂ™s a very good idea that the TV channel is something that is needed now... we need to have attention for the Olympic movement in the periods between the Games,вЂќ he added. вЂњFlexibility for the bidding cities is a good idea, flexibility for the Olympic programmes is also a good idea so I think many good ideas will be approved.вЂќ Forty proposed changes will be made public next week before being put to the vote at the IOCвЂ™s extraordinary session in Monaco on December 8. FORMULA ONE George Foreman speaking at a session during the Doha GOALS Forum in Doha. At bottom, Foreman (R) during his boxing heyday. By Sports Reporter Doha I n 1974, boxers George Foreman and Mohamed Ali faced off in an emphatic п¬Ѓght in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) known as the вЂ�Rumble in the Jungle.вЂ™ Three years before the п¬Ѓght, Ali visited Doha, and forty-three years later, his one-time foe Foreman was in Qatar attending the Doha Goals conference. Both journeying legends have gone around the world promoting sports and the great impact it has on its surroundings, both then and now. Foreman draws parallels between the famous п¬Ѓght and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, saying вЂњAfter the World Cup takes place the whole world will be saying QatarвЂ™s name. Qatar is going to be the name on everyoneвЂ™s mouth. I would love to come back here in eight yearsвЂ™ time.вЂќ вЂњI intend to see them (Qatar) deliver a knockout blow to their critics because theyвЂ™re going to host the world for the п¬Ѓrst time, and the whole world will be shouting the name of this country. Qatar! Qatar! I think itвЂ™s a wonderful thing,вЂќ he added. Recalling the highly publicised п¬Ѓght against Ali, Foreman told www.sc.qa: вЂњthat was 40 years ago and we just celebrated it now. Can you imagine I lost a boxing match 40 years ago and now itвЂ™s become an item of celebration? ThatвЂ™s because something good had come out of Africa. Now I am here in Qatar and I see how they invest in sports here, and it is a very smart move. There are a lot of things for fans to see here. It is a great idea to bring a World Cup here. The world is always frightened to go to new places.вЂќ For Foreman the most important thing was the friendship with his rival that has lasted for the past forty years. He says вЂњit was more than just a boxing match, Mohamed Ali and I became great friends. Ten years after I left boxing to become a minister, thatвЂ™s when we really became close.вЂќ But the man who beat the then undefeated Joe Frazier and who made two title-defences against Ali before losing it in Kinshasa in 1973 understands the sheer importance one great international sporting event can have for a country. The world renowned вЂ�Rumble in the JungleвЂ™ made вЂњthe people proud,вЂќ Foreman remembers. вЂњFor the п¬Ѓrst time they were the audience, and an audience that п¬Ѓlled a stadium. It was an item of pride that their leader had brought that country at that time. I look back, even now, and celebrate the pride it brought to Africa,вЂќ a reminiscent Foreman added. Finally, Foreman is also keen on п¬Ѓnding a favourite club to support in Qatar, and thinks by 2022 he will have found one. But for those wondering, he already supports teams in FIFA World Cup competitions. вЂњI have my teams for the World Cup. I love the World Cup, I just love those competitions! Right now my favourite countries in world football are Austria and Germany. Can you believe that? Then Brazil, and America is always in there вЂ” we did well this past World Cup! But you got to stick with your favourite, and Germany is my favourite.вЂќ Marussia shut shop, 200 staff redundant Reuters Sao Paulo T he British-based Marussia Formula One team has folded with about 200 staff losing their jobs, administrators said in a statement yesterday. FRP Advisory said the heavilyindebted team, who had been struggling for some time to stay afloat, had вЂњno sustainable operational or financial structure in place to maintain the Group as a going concern. вЂњThe joint administrators have now ceased trading Marussia F1 Team and unfortunately have had to make the remaining staff redundant,вЂќ it added. The staff were told in a long and emotional meeting just after midday yesterday. Ferrari-powered Marussia went into administration last month and missed last weekendвЂ™s US Grand Prix in Texas and this weekвЂ™s in Brazil. Fellow strugglers Caterham are also in administration and seeking a buyer. Both teams entered the cash-guzzling sport in 2010, encouraged by promises of a cost cap that never materialised, and were perennial backmarkers. However Marussia did manage to score their first two points in Monaco in May thanks to Frenchman Jules Bianchi, who is now fighting for his life in a Japanese hospital after an horrific crash at Suzuka in October when his car hit a recovery tractor. BritainвЂ™s Max Chilton was their other driver. вЂњIt goes without saying that it is deeply regrettable that a business with such a great following in British and world motorsport has had to cease trading and close its doors,вЂќ said joint administrator Geoff Rowley. вЂњWhilst the team made significant progress during its relatively short period of operation, operating an F1 team requires significant ongoing investment. вЂњSadly no solution could be achieved to allow for the business to continue in its current form.вЂќ Rowley said the joint administrators would continue to realise the assets of the business вЂњin the best interests of all the creditors.вЂќ 2 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 FOOTBALL SPOTLIGHT RETURN Rodgers expects the sack if he gets big calls wrong вЂ�You have to be bold enough to make the decisions as a manager... If you make more wrong ones than right ones you will be out of work, itвЂ™s as simple as thatвЂ™ Ibrahimovic poised for вЂ�ClasicoвЂ™ return PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. AFP Paris P aris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to make his return in SundayвЂ™s top-of-the-table Ligue 1 clash against Marseille after returning to full training yesterday, the capital club conп¬Ѓrmed. The Sweden captain took part in training for the п¬Ѓrst time since injuring his heel on September 21 and his return is a huge boost for Laurent BlancвЂ™s champions, who come into the high-security clash at the Parc des Princes, four points back of their arch rivals. The club published several photos of last seasonвЂ™s Ligue 1 top scorer in training with the headline - вЂњEncouraging signs ahead of the clasicoвЂќ. Ibrahimovic, who scored 41 goals in all competitions last season, trained with the ball for the п¬Ѓrst time on Thursday and later spoke on the clubвЂ™s TV channel about his motivation to make his return against Marseille, arguably the biggest п¬Ѓxture in French вЂњI saw him yesterday on the training ground and he was running very well. He said he was feeling a bit of pain but heвЂ™s doing really well and is running normally. I hope he will be ready Sunday because weвЂ™ve missed him and heвЂ™s a great player,вЂќ said Lucas. football in recent years. вЂњThis type of match, you have to win. IвЂ™ve played in a lot of derbies in my career, in Holland, Italy, in Spain so I have the experience in these situations,вЂќ continued the former Ajax, Juventus, AC Milan and Barcelona star. His Brazilian teammate Lucas fuelled the rumours about a potential return when he spoke to AFP and revealed the SwedeвЂ™s initial form. вЂњI saw him yesterday on the training ground and he was running very well. He said he was feeling a bit of pain but heвЂ™s doing really well and is running normally. I hope he will be ready Sunday because weвЂ™ve missed him and heвЂ™s a great player,вЂќ said Lucas. MOTIVATION Schneiderlin wants three points for Saints before break LiverpoolвЂ™s head coach Brendan Rodgers gives instructions to his players against Real Madrid during their Champions League match. By Andy Hunter The Guardian B rendan Rodgers has said he will pay with his job for too many wrong calls as Liverpool manager but maintained his team selection at Real Madrid did not fall into that category. He also п¬‚atly denied that seven changes at the BernabГ©u represented an acceptance of defeat against the reigning European champions. LiverpoolвЂ™s manager has been accused of betraying the clubвЂ™s heritage and demeaning the Champions League since making wholesale changes for TuesdayвЂ™s 1-0 loss in the Spanish capital. The fall-out continued on Thursday during RodgersвЂ™ press conference to preview ChelseaвЂ™s impending visit to Anп¬Ѓeld вЂ“ the game he made a priority over Real, with Liverpool 12 points behind the Premier League leaders вЂ“ when he described the criticism as a вЂњdisserviceвЂќ to players who were вЂњabsolutely magniп¬ЃcentвЂќ at the BernabГ©u. Tom Werner, the Liverpool chairman, who is over from the United States for SaturdayвЂ™s match, met Rodgers at the clubвЂ™s Melwood training ground on Thursday and was fully supportive of the decisions taken in Spain, according to the manager. Rodgers insisted he was employed to make вЂњbig callsвЂќ and accepted there would be consequences should they go awry. But he rebutted claims that the decision to omit Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson et al was part of a damagelimitation strategy against Real. вЂњThe only thing I showed the other night was the trust I have in the team and in this group of players,вЂќ Rodgers said. вЂњI never feared that if I play this team we are going to end up losing seven- or eight-nil and what would be the consequence of that? вЂњI would never do that, I would never pick a team that I believe couldnвЂ™t get a result from a game. I never went into a game in my life and felt that we are not going to get a result. вЂњThe thinking and the strategy that goes behind it is deep in terms of analysing the opponent. You have to be bold enough to make the decisions as a manager and that is why you are paid the money you are. If you make more wrong ones than right ones you will be out of work, itвЂ™s as simple as that. ItвЂ™s a big risk but for me IвЂ™m happy with the decisions I make. It can be a big call and people might think вЂ�You took a massive risk thereвЂ™, but you weigh up the risk and reward. вЂњThe reward for me was you get the opportunity to trust the squad and hopefully that is the biggest thing that comes out of it for me with the players, because that is what I look to do. We didnвЂ™t quite make the result but it bodes well for us in the future.вЂќ The Liverpool manager believes he is under no more pressure than usual against Chelsea on Saturday despite resting players and claiming before the Real game that the Premier League was the priority. вЂњI donвЂ™t feel it,вЂќ he claimed, adding that Werner backed his judgment at the BernabГ©u. вЂњTom spoke to me and straight away they [the owners] see the courage in playing a different team and younger players and how I have dealt with my situation here. They have always been supportive, they have been great.вЂќ Rodgers revealed that Gerrard had a scan on a hamstring problem before Liv- erpoolвЂ™s departure for Spain on Monday. The Liverpool captain was named on the substitutesвЂ™ bench against Real in readiness for Chelsea while other players were dropped following last SaturdayвЂ™s defeat at Newcastle United, the manager explained, but he denies taking the Champions League lightly. вЂњThere is no way that by changing the team I was undermining the competition or the size of the task that we had and I am not sending out a Liverpool team to lose convincingly or just accepting defeat,вЂќ Rodgers added. вЂњPeople know me well enough now that, if anything, I am full of optimism we can get a result in any arena in the world. It was no different the other night. вЂњWe had a plan to stay in the game. We were out of the game at half-time in some ways at Anп¬Ѓeld so we needed to п¬Ѓnd a way with a team that hasnвЂ™t scored in four of the last п¬Ѓve games. вЂњMaybe last yearвЂ™s team might have gone and played differently but this is the present, we are where we are, and I had to п¬Ѓnd a way to give us an opportunity to get something from the game. It wasnвЂ™t to be as we didnвЂ™t get the result.вЂќ BOTTOMLINE Coach Van Gaal feeling вЂ�lousyвЂ™ after Man UnitedвЂ™s poor start вЂњI think we will make it happen, that we will win a lot of matches.вЂќ Van GaalвЂ™s waspish mood was not helped by his lengthy injury list. Reuters London A dismal start to the season and a seemingly never-ending defensive injury crisis have left Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feeling вЂњlousyвЂќ at Old Trafford. After losing 1-0 at п¬Ѓerce rivals Manchester City last weekend, United are 10th in the Premier League following their worst start to a campaign since 1986. Speaking at a news conference on the eve of SaturdayвЂ™s home match with Crystal Palace, Dutchman Van Gaal said he was disappointed with UnitedвЂ™s lacklustre start. вЂњIвЂ™m feeling lousy for everyone that we have 13 points from 10 games,вЂќ he said. вЂњI have the experience that people have Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (centre) reacts during the EPL match against Leicester City. great belief in what we are doing now, in the way we are playing football. вЂњBut we are in a process. The process shall take more than one year. It shall take three yearsвЂ”I hopeвЂ”though that is dependent on lots of things. INJURY PROBLEMS Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, who dislocated his shoulder during SundayвЂ™s defeat, will be out for six weeks, while fellow defenders Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are still carrying knocks and Chris Smalling is suspended. Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, who has scored once in п¬Ѓve games since joining on loan from AS Monaco, will also miss the Palace game after failing to recover from a calf injury. вЂњMarcos dislocated his shoulder but did it in a positive way,вЂќ Van Gaal said. вЂњWe donвЂ™t need to operate on him, which is a relief, but maybe with this injury it is very difficult (to say) it shall not happen again. Conservatively, it can be less than six weeks.вЂќ United have conceded 14 goals in the league this season and, with Van Gaal forced to reshuffle his defensive pack on a regular basis, the former Netherlands coach said the number of injuries had not helped his sideвЂ™s cause. вЂњI have remodelled the structure of my team,вЂќ he said. вЂњNow I have to solve the problems of the injuries every week. When I want to select the same lineup, I cannot. ItвЂ™s the same every week. вЂњYou cannot create consistency and thatвЂ™s important in football. But I donвЂ™t want to complain or cry, because I have great belief in not only the players but the staff and the players and also the supporters who are supporting me.вЂќ SouthamptonвЂ™s French international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin Reuters Southampton F or Premier League momentum, and to keep conп¬Ѓdence running sky high on the south coast, SouthamptonвЂ™s French midп¬Ѓelder Morgan Schneiderlin is demanding a win over Leicester City so Saints enter the international break in perfect shape. A loss to Tottenham Hotspur before the last international spell had threatened to dent their conп¬Ѓdence, but that has since proven to be their only defeat in their last 12 games. Southampton sit pretty in second spot in the league, and have no intention of easing off the accelerator. вЂњWe are ready to kick on, we know that after Saturday we are going to have another break, the mood is very good but we know it can change very quickly,вЂќ Schneiderlin said. вЂњIt is important to us before the international break to have a good result against Leicester so we are able to enjoy our national duties. вЂњBefore whatever break it is important to get a victory, but we want to keep second place and to catch Chelsea. вЂњFor a few games now there is a lot of expectation and we responded well. Leicester are a promoted team and we know how we were when we were promoted, the anger and also pleasure we had each game.вЂќ Southampton will be looking to make it п¬Ѓve wins out of п¬Ѓve in all competitions. Leicester, meanwhile, have not won in п¬Ѓve. Having won the Champion- ship last season to gain promotion to the Premier League, the Foxes have stumbled after a bright start, and sit third from bottom with nine points from their opening 10 matches. вЂњThe players have worked exceptionally hard and there is more to come from us,вЂќ Leicester manager Nigel Pearson told his clubвЂ™s TV station. вЂњWeвЂ™re having a bit of a difп¬Ѓcult run but that in itself is something we have to adapt to. It was never going to be a very easy transition, I still think weвЂ™ve got more to come.вЂќ SaintsвЂ™ Dutch boss Ronald Koeman knows his players cannot afford to give an inch if they are to continue their remarkable progress this season. вЂњLeicester will... have good organisation on the pitch, to close the line and not leave a lot of space for us to play,вЂќ Koeman told reporters. вЂњWhen we have the ball we need good possession and good positions on the pitch to play at a high tempo. вЂњWe know that, and in all the training sessions that is what we are doing. ItвЂ™s all about possession and okay, the physical part is an important part of football, but I believe in the way of playing and that makes the difference between teams.вЂќ Everybody at St MaryвЂ™s knows, too, how important it is to pick up full points against the likes of Leicester, with some mammoth clashes looming. Between the end of this month and Jan. 10, Southampton will face champions Manchester City, Arsenal twice, Manchester United twice, Chelsea and Everton. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 3 FOOTBALL SPOTLIGHT BATTLE Pellegrini has been given targets at City and is falling short вЂ�I still believe in my team, and still back everyone at this club 100% to turn it aroundвЂ™ JuventusвЂ™ coach Massimiliano Allegri. AFP Turin J uventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expected to continue tinkering with his injury-hit side tomorrow when the Italian giants host Parma looking to reinforce their lead over title challengers Roma. Champions Juve opened up a three-point gap at the top of Serie A last week when an unrecognisable Roma succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away to resurgent Napoli. AllegriвЂ™s men host Parma, who moved off bottom spot with a shock 2-0 win over Inter, on the back of a morale-boosting 3-2 Champions League win over Group A rivals Olympiakos in midweek. However injuries among the defence mean Allegri could again deploy the 4-3-1-2 formation By David Conn The Guardian I n the aftermath of Manchester CityвЂ™s Champions League meltdown, the 2-1 home defeat to CSKA Moscow and two players sent off, it does not take a genius to work out Manuel PellegriniвЂ™s status as the manager is coming under pressure. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan has spent ВЈ1bn to fuel City since buying the club six years ago and the Abu Dhabi executives he employs are charged with securing untrammelled success for that investment. It does not need a seat on the sofa with the Sheikh in his palace watching City unravel on TV to understand what he and the chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, will make of it. They have a track record since 2008 which charts their approach to episodes of failure. It points to a practice of not instantly reacting but recognising problems and expecting them to be addressed. If they are not, and the team fall short of the goals the manager has been targeted to achieve, they do not hesitate to п¬Ѓre a manager вЂ“ and they line a replacement up, if possible. It is far too early as yet for them to be considering replacing Pellegrini, given his success last season, and with City still able to qualify for the knockout stage if they achieve the seriously daunting task of beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away. Vincent Kompany reacted to the CSKA ignominy with some п¬Ѓghting talk while cautioning that City have to вЂњput down milestones every yearвЂќ and cannot be expected to win the Champions League after decades вЂ“ before the money arrived вЂ“ when they did not even qualify. вЂњI still believe in my team, and still back everyone at this club 100% to turn it around,вЂќ the City captain said, before articulating what the executives in Abu Dhabi will be thinking. вЂњPersonality will have to show in the next games, otherwise we will have to wait another year, and no one at this club wants that.вЂќ Pellegrini will be expected to respond with improvement, and this means the possibility has hoved into view for the п¬Ѓrst time that if there is none, he could be gone before too long. Bayern, embodying the football institution to which MansourвЂ™s City project aspires, will arrive in Manchester on 25 November already qualiп¬Ѓed, with four wins from four games. It has been achieved by Pep Guardiola, the coach whom CityвЂ™s former Barcelona chief executive, Ferran Soriano, and the director of football, Txiki Begiristain, worked with when they minted BarГ§aвЂ™s glory years. City coveted and courted Guardiola for the job when they were п¬Ѓring Roberto Mancini, and they turned to Pellegrini, who has a lesser football pedigree, only when Guardiola opted for Munich. Pellegrini surpassed expectations last Injury-hit Juve face Parma in key clash that effectively kept Juve in the race for a place in the last 16 of EuropeвЂ™s premier competition. Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah, usually deployed as a wingback, played as a left-back on Tuesday but is still suffering from knee inп¬‚ammation. He has been вЂњsidelined for two weeks in order to fully recover from the injury he sustained during last SaturdayвЂ™s Serie A meeting with EmpoliвЂќ, according to the club. With defenders Martin Caceres and Andrea Barzagli and French wingback Patrice Evra still sidelined, Allegri has no choice but to again ditch his trusted 3-5-2 formation for ParmaвЂ™s visit. But the big news from JuveвЂ™s training ground on Thursday was the prospect of striker Carlos Tevez being moved back a notch to play in the hole behind front pair Fernando Llorente and fellow Spaniard Alvaro Morata. ISL can rival worldвЂ™s biggest football leagues, says Sachin Tendulkar Manchester CityвЂ™s Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini. year, winning the Premier League and League Cup and reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League, and now the huge Etihad academy has opened to try to bolster the п¬Ѓrst team. This seasonвЂ™s underlying problems, glaringly revealed in the CSKA defeat, are that the players he was sanctioned to spend ВЈ53mn buying in the summer, principally the ВЈ12mn Fernando and ВЈ32mn Eliaquim Mangala, have not п¬Ѓtted in as improvements to the championship-winning squad. There was also the overall spectacle of a team performing, in their play and in Yaya TourГ©вЂ™s and FernandoвЂ™s negligent reactions which drew their red cards, well below the level the players consider to be rightfully theirs. The clubвЂ™s owners will want Pellegrini to respond by п¬Ѓxing these major issues and in doing so, mend the details: the porous defence and strangely disconnected midп¬Ѓeld. They will not overreact; they established they were not knee-jerk hirers and п¬Ѓrers when they stuck with Mark Hughes, the manager they inherited, and gave him the enormous п¬Ѓrst wave of cash to spend before losing patience with him after 18 months. When they did so, in December 2009, much of English football scoffed at CityвЂ™s corporate portrayal of the decision to sack a manager, making an official state- ment after allowing Hughes to manage the team to a 4-3 victory over Sunderland, saying his performance was вЂњnot in line with the targets setвЂќ at the beginning of that season. They learnt from that messy experience to avoid sacking a manager during the course of a season. When Mancini was let go after the FA Cup п¬Ѓnal defeat to Wigan Athletic at a drizzly Wembley in May 2013, despite a year earlier having won CityвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst league title since 1968, City stated again that the Italian had failed to meet his targets. There was not as much mockery then, as the might of MansourвЂ™s money and MubarakвЂ™s corporate planning had amassed a squad of world-class power from which Mancini was failing to get the best. There was widespread indignation among City fans at the lack of sentiment for the winning Italian, but when the clear-eyed Pellegrini led his team to another Premier League title in May few were shouting for Mancini, and the Chilean was proclaimed on a famous banner as the fansвЂ™ вЂ�charming manвЂ™. Yet if he starts to fall short of what is expected of him this season, City fans will be less shocked at a lack of leeway allowed for what he achieved in his п¬Ѓrst season, the п¬Ѓrst non-European to manage a team to the English title. He has his targets too, for this season, to progress towards where Abu Dhabi has demanded its money must take City: to more Premier League championships and the serious stages of the Champions League; to spearhead a football brand and global empire which now includes sky blue City clubs in New York and Melbourne, in which Mansour has invested. Mubarak and Soriano have made it clear the progress expected of Pellegrini this season is to take his team beyond the round of 16, where they were last year in Europe, so at least to the quarter-п¬Ѓnal. Despite the Uefa sanctions for the losses Mansour bankrolled вЂ“ losses of в‚¬45mn were allowed under the п¬Ѓnancial fair play rules but City exceeded those вЂ“ Pellegrini was still sanctioned to make his major signings in the summer. It will be regarded as a serious issue that Mangala and Fernando have not improved the team. Mansour has not spent ВЈ1bn of his family oil fortune to watch the Premier League club he bought trudge out of European competition, and if it happens it will be considered a failure. It may not come to making a change; there are few credible alternatives, and anyway Guardiola may not consider swapping Munich for Manchester. CityвЂ™s executives hope Pellegrini will turn it around, but Guardiola is always there, the one they would have liked to have. Cricket-obsessed India will embrace football like the rest of the world and the Indian Super League (ISL) could one day rival the sportвЂ™s biggest competitions for popularity, cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar said yesterday. The ISL launched in India last month and has so far attracted a host of notable names from European football, including former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires and Italian World Cup winners Alessandro Del Piero and Marco Materazzi. Tendulkar co-owns the Kerala Blasters team which compete in the league and are managed by former England goalkeeper David James. The diminutive batsmen believes that the game might one day emulate the national sport of cricket in his homeland. вЂњFootball is definitely not as big as cricket in India but I see football getting really big in time to come,вЂќ Tendulkar told a news conference yesterday. вЂњThe response for the ISL has been incredible. People want to support football and football players in India and make it a big sport. вЂњInternationally the sport is really, really big. India has all the potential to make football as big as anywhere else in the world. But itвЂ™s not going to happen overnight. ItвЂ™s going to require a mega effort. вЂ�GIVE PLAYERS A PLATFORMвЂ™ вЂњThatвЂ™s what we trying to doвЂ”to give the players a platform to realise their dream. ThereвЂ™s nothing better than scoring a goal or you play good football and the entire world is appreciating your talent,вЂќ he added. He enthused about the atmosphere at the league game and so far the ISLвЂ™s mix of celebrity owners and high-profile players has attracted large crowds, and the gaze of the worldвЂ™s media, during its inaugural season. ISL is bankrolled by IndiaвЂ™s Reliance Industries, Rupert MurdochвЂ™s Star India and sports management group IMG. EUROPA LEAGUE Easy wins for Sevilla, Everton and Napoli BOTTOMLINE Del Bosque rejuvenates Spain squad with four newcomers NapoliвЂ™s Jonathan De Guzman scored a hattrick against Young Boys. DPA Madrid U ncapped players Jose Callejon, Ignacio Camacho, Nolito and Alvaro Morata are in the Spain squad announced yesterday by manager Vicente del Bosque for upcoming matches against Belarus and Germany. Callejon and Morata are catching the eye in Italy, for Napoli and Juventus respectively, while Nolito and Camacho are doing well in La Liga for Celta Vigo and Malaga. вЂњWe need skilful players who can open up the п¬Ѓeld and score goals. These players are all in good form,вЂќ Del Bosque said. Also included is midп¬Ѓelder Isco, who is in excellent form for Real Madrid. SpainвЂ™s head coach Vicente del Bosque. Missing from the squad are injury victims Dani Carvajal, Andres Iniesta, Diego Costa and David Silva. Regarding Costa, Del Bosque said: вЂњWe have taken this decision (to omit him) after consult- ing with the Chelsea doctors about his groin strain, regardless of whether he plays for Chelsea or not in these weeks.вЂќ When asked why he had picked Pique when the defender is now a reserve at Barcelona, Del Bosque replied: вЂњWe have a high regard for him and we are counting on him. He has shown time and again he wants to play for Spain.вЂќ Pique has publicly supported the campaign in Catalonia for a referendum about separating from Spain, which is scheduled to take place - despite having being declared illegal by the Madrid government - tomorrow. Del Bosque has also stood by winger Pedro, who is almost as little playing time at Barca as Pique. вЂњThere is no reason to marginalise them from the national team,вЂќ he said. вЂњIf they are not playing often for Barca then better for us - they will come to us fresh and keen.вЂќ Spain, who are second behind Slovakia in Euro 2016 qualifying Group C, will face Belarus in Huelva on November 15. Four days later, they will host world champions Germany in Vigo. Squad: Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Kiko Casilla (Espanyol) Defenders: Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Gerard Pique (Barcelona) Midп¬Ѓelders: Jose Callejon (Napoli), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Pedro (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Ignacio Camacho (Malaga), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Raul Garcia (Atletico Madrid) Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Nolito (Celta Vigo). DPA Madrid H olders Sevilla, Everton and Napoli moved closer Thursday to qualiп¬Ѓcation for the knockout stage in the Europa League with valuable home wins. Sevilla beat Standard Liege 3-1 on goals from Kevin Gameiro, Jose Antonio Reyes and Carlos Bacca to remain atop Group G, while Feyenoord moved off the bottom with a 2-0 defeat of Rijeka. Everton stayed top of Group H with a 3-0 trouncing of Lille thanks to strikes from Leon Osman, Phil Jagielka and Steven Naismith. Everton are one point above Wolfsburg, who caned Krasnodar 5-1 with two goals apiece for Aaron Hunt and Niklas Bendtner. Meanwhile in Group I, Napoli hammered Young Boys 3-0, with a hat-trick from Jonathan de Guzman. Sparta Prague trounced Slovan Bratislava 4-0 in the groupвЂ™s other game. In late matches, Dynamo Kiev beat Aalborg 2-0, Fiorentina were held 1-1 by PAOK, and Guingamp downed Dynamo Minsk 2-0. Earlier Thursday, Salzburg and Dynamo Moscow became the п¬Ѓrst teams to qualify for the round of 16. Salzburg won 5-1 at Dynamo Zagreb, with a hat-trick from Jonathan Soriano in Group D. Dynamo Moscow made it four wins in four matches in Group E by beating Estoril 1-0. Tottenham Hotspur moved closer to qualiп¬Ѓcation with a 2-1 win at Asteras on goals from youngsters Harry Kane and Andros Townsend. 4 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 FOOTBALL SPOTLIGHT CHANCE Messi targets more history, Suarez wants his first goal Germany call-up for CologneвЂ™s Hector Cologne defender Jonas Hector. вЂ�In attack we have distinct possibilities. We know that Neymar and Luis can play in different positions and that their responsibilities change when we have the ball...вЂ™ DPA Berlin G BarcelonaвЂ™s Lionel Messi (left) and Luis Suarez warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League match against Ajax. AFP Barcelona L ionel Messi continues his quest to become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga just days after equalling a similar feat in the Champions League when Barcelona visit Almeria on Saturday. Messi drew level with Real Madrid legend Raul on 71 Champions League goals with a brace as Barca bounced back from two consecutive defeats to beat Ajax 2-0 in midweek and progress to the last 16. The Argentine is just one goal short of the 251 goals Telmo Zarra scored for Athletic Bilbao between 1940 and 1955, but has been kept scoreless in his last La Liga outings as Barca slipped to defeat against Real Madrid and Celta Vigo. That downturn in form has coincided with Luis SuarezвЂ™s introduction to the side after serving his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguayan has yet to п¬Ѓnd the net in his three appearances for the Catalans and endured a frustrating night on his return to old club Ajax as he squandered his best chance to break his duck by п¬Ѓring straight at Jasper Cillessen with only the Dutch international вЂ™keeper to beat. However, Barca boss Luis Enrique played down the importance of SuarezвЂ™s slow start and is conп¬Ѓdent his star front three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar will click in the coming weeks. вЂњMessi is the best player I have seen in my life,вЂќ said Enrique. вЂњIn attack we have distinct possibilities. We know that Neymar and Luis can play in different positions and that their responsibilities change when we have the ball and when we donвЂ™t. вЂњI like to have those variations. We have players of a very high level.вЂќ At the back Enrique will still be without the injured Jeremy Mathieu, so Gerard Pique may be recalled after missing out in the last two games. League leaders Real Madrid are also in action on Saturday as they look to extend their 12-game winning streak against Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid eased past an under-strength Liverpool on Tuesday thanks to Karim BenzemaвЂ™s winner to secure their passage into the last 16. And the in-form Frenchman, who has 10 goals in 16 appearances this season, believes he is enjoying his best run of form since joining the European champions п¬Ѓve years ago. вЂњI always hear that a footballer enters his prime when he reaches 26. I hope that is the case for me,вЂќ he told Madrid sports daily AS. вЂњWe are in great form and enjoying playing together. I would underline the unity that exists in this group. We play together with the same attitude. вЂњWe know that any player that comes on from the bench can make the difference, can swing the match our way, and that is what counts.вЂќ Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti conп¬Ѓrmed in midweek he would recall Gareth Bale to his starting line-up after the Welsh- man looked lively in his 30-minute cameo appearance from the bench against Liverpool following a п¬Ѓve-game absence due to a pelvic muscle injury. Isco is the player most likely to make way for Bale with James Rodriguez switching to the left side of midп¬Ѓeld. Champions Atletico Madrid will be hoping to remain just a point adrift of Real when they travel to face managerless Real Sociedad tomorrow. Former Manchester United boss David Moyes and Alejandro Sabella, who led Argentina to the World Cup п¬Ѓnal in July, are among the candidates to replace Jagoba Arrasate. But president Jokin Aperribay conп¬Ѓrmed coaches Asier Santana and Imanol Alguaci will temporarily take charge for the visit of Diego SimeoneвЂ™s men. Second-placed Valencia can heap more misery on Athletic Bilbao after they were mathematically eliminated from the Champions League with defeat to Porto in midweek when they meet at the Mestalla. ermany coach Joachim Loew yesterday called up Cologne defender Jonas Hector for the п¬Ѓrst time for matches against Gibraltar and Spain. Hector, 24, is the one real surprise in LoewвЂ™s squad which also includes Hoffenheim striker Kevin Volland, who is in the squad for the п¬Ѓrst time for a competitive match. вЂњWe want to get to know Jonas Hector better. He is in good form at Cologne,вЂќ Loew said. Left-back Hector has only played 10 Bundesliga games for promoted Cologne after joining the club as a 20-year-old, initially playing for the regional league team before making his debut for the п¬Ѓrst team last season in the second division. вЂњI canвЂ™t really believe I have been nominated for the German team,вЂќ he said. After achieving promotion with Cologne, Hector had said: вЂњIf someone had told me п¬Ѓve years ago I would be a п¬Ѓrst-team player in professional football I would have said he was mad.вЂќ Back in the 23-man squad after injury are defender Benedikt Hoewedes, and midп¬Ѓelders Marco Reus, Sami Khedira and Lars Bender, who missed the World Cup through injury. Defender Mats Hummels and Julian Draxler are out injured, but Loew has picked the remaining 17 players who were in the squad for the 2-0 defeat at Poland and the 1-1 home draw wih Ireland. There is no place for striker Mario Gomez and midп¬Ѓelder Kevin Grosskreutz, and Loew has overlooked the claims of Borus- sia MoenchengladbachвЂ™s Patrick Herrmann and Andre Hahn. Germany are playing Gibraltar in a Euro 2016 qualiп¬Ѓer in Nuremberg on Friday before the world champions meet European champions Spain in Vigo four days later. Volland, who made his debut for Germany in a friendly in May against Poland but was not picked for the World Cup, is back in the squad. Volland has been a key player for the Under-21 side вЂњand has deserved to be selected again after strong performances for Hoffenheim,вЂќ Loew said. вЂњHaving Marco Reus, Sami Khedira, Benedikt Hoewedes and Lars Bender returning will do us good. Despite their young years they belong to the more experienced players.вЂќ Loew said he wanted to end the year on a positive note. вЂњWe want a clear victory in front of our home fans against Gibraltar in the European Championship qualiп¬Ѓer,вЂќ he said. вЂњAnd playing against the previous world champions Spain is always something special.вЂќ The players will gather Monday in Berlin when all 23 members of the World Cup-winning squad will be present to receive the вЂњsilver laurelвЂќ honour from President Joachim Gauck. They will include Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker, who have all retired from international duty, and the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Oezil. Later the squad will be attending the international premier of the п¬Ѓlm Die Mannschaft, a documentary on GermanyвЂ™s World Cup win, and will be presented with FIFA World Cup winnersвЂ™ badges by the governing bodyвЂ™s president Joseph Blatter. GRATITUDE Striker Berahino thanks England for вЂ�second chanceвЂ™ вЂ�THE BATTLE OF GOODISONвЂ™ AT 50 When Everton and Leeds lost their manners and tempers For the first time in a league match a referee walked off the pitch because of violent play. Too much money in the game blamed for worsening behaviour, said football authorities By Jason Rodrigues theguardian.com A вЂ�spine-chillingвЂ™ encounter was how Jack Archer, a reporter for The People, describe EvertonвЂ™s match against Leeds in 1964 - a game that saw a player sent off in the fourth minute following a chest-high tackle, two players felled after a clash of heads and fans warned for spitting at players. Such was the hostility the referee, in a first for an English league game, marched both teams off the pitch so the players and fans could cool down. When the enforced ten-minute break ended, a tannoy announcement warned that further crowd trouble could see the game abandoned. Although the First Division match was completed вЂ” Leeds winning 1-0 вЂ” mounted police then had to disperse angry fans from the streets around Goodison. LEVEL OF VIOLENCE THAT SHOCKED THE PUBLIC Even in an era when bloodcurdling tackles and unruly behaviour were common, the level of violence shocked the public. The match led to a period of reп¬‚ection but not before the national press had its say. An вЂ�unhappy day for English footballвЂ™ was how the ObserverвЂ™s John Arlott described it. Brian Crowther, match reporter for the Guardian, went further, blaming the players for their вЂ�collective irresponsibilityвЂ™, the fans for their вЂ�disgusting behaviourвЂ™ and the referee for вЂ�not being п¬Ѓrm enough.вЂ™ Mr Joe Richards, president of the Football League, reacted rather predictably, saying: вЂ�Something must be done and we must find out the causes.вЂ™ His best theory was that players were вЂ�getting so much money for points.вЂ™ RichardsвЂ™ comments were probably an attack on the decision to lift the ceiling on playersвЂ™ wages a few years earlier following a campaign by Jimmy Hill, chairman of the Professional FootballersвЂ™ Association. That decision still rankled with some in the game. In the absence of anything like solid evidence to prove better money meant a disregard for the rules, the more objective voices in the game pointed to the competitive nature of both teams as one reason for the fiery encounter. Certainly both teams had form. Less than a year earlier, an FA Cup fourth round match between the two at Elland Road ended in a fractious 1-1 draw. Writing for the Guardian, Eric Todd noted : вЂ�Leeds committed the п¬Ѓrst misdemeanour, and this was followed at regular intervals by fouls of subtle, fragrant, and sometimes cruel variation on both sides.вЂ™ By the time the two met again at Goodison in November, Leeds - managed by Don Revie and marshalled on the pitch by dogged competitors like Jack Charlton , Billy Bremner and Norman Hunter - had furthered their reputation as an uncompromising team; this was largely the same team that had been promoted the year before with a terrible disciplinary record. But Leeds could also play attractive football, as this match report showed. Nonetheless, it was their game against Everton - or the вЂ�Battle of GoodisonвЂ™ - that the FA disciplinary committee was interested in when it met on 9 December 1964. The committee suspended EvertonвЂ™s Sandy Brown for two weeks for his sending off following a punch on LeedsвЂ™ John Giles in the fourth minute of the game. The FA also punished Everton for the behaviour of their fans. Leeds came out unscathed. The FAвЂ™s judgement came with a promise that they would take a п¬Ѓrmer line with player discipline. They also threatened to close grounds if clubs didnвЂ™t tackle вЂ�rowdyвЂ™ behaviour. West Bromwich AlbionвЂ™s Burundi-born striker Saido Berahino (right). AFP London W est Bromwich AlbionвЂ™s Burundi-born striker Saido Berahino wants to thank his adoptive country England for giving him a вЂњsecond chanceвЂќ after being called up by national team manager Roy Hodgson. Berahino, 21, has been rewarded with his п¬Ѓrst senior call-up for EnglandвЂ™s forthcoming games against Slovenia and Scotland after scoring seven goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances for West Brom. Aged 10, Berahino п¬‚ed wartorn Burundi to join his family in England, where they had been granted political asylum in Birmingham, and went on to join West BromвЂ™s youth academy. Speaking of his gratitude to the country that he has represented at every age-level from under-16 to under-21, Berahino told the West Brom website: вЂњThis country gave me a second chance in life. вЂњI came to this country and it has provided me and my family with a safe place, and a better place to live in. It has given me a chance to perform what I want to achieve in life. вЂњI feel very lucky that my family and West Bromwich Albion have looked after me and guided me. I will be very proud and honoured to represent England.вЂќ Berahino is in line to become the п¬Ѓrst West Brom outп¬Ѓeld player to turn out for England since Steve Hunt in 1984 and he says he is relishing the opportunity. вЂњI remember coming home and seeing I had got my п¬Ѓrstever call up for England as a schoolboy. I was excited then and I am excited now,вЂќ he said. вЂњIt will be a very emotional experience for me. If selected, I will play with all my heart.вЂќ Hodgson п¬Ѓrst encountered Berahino during his time as West Brom manager and he explained that he felt the time was right for the youngster to make the step up from EnglandвЂ™s under-21s. вЂњI am just pleased for him, because I know how much football means to him,вЂќ said Hodgson. вЂњI was pleased that he, in his interview the other day, made it clear how important England and English football has been to him and his family.вЂќ Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 5 CRICKET SPOTLIGHT Why an Ashes win could end ClarkeвЂ™s career The Australian captain has endured a lean spell in recent times and beating England in Ashes on home turf next year would be an ideal way to bow out Australian captain Michael Clarke poses with wife Kyly Clarke at the launch of his book вЂ�Captains DiaryвЂ™ in Sydney yesterday. (AFP) By Ronan OвЂ™Connell theguardian.com A re we witnessing the end of Michael ClarkeвЂ™s international career? Over the past 12 months, the Australia captain has been a shadow of his former dominant self at the crease. The most obvious problem has been his laboured movement, which would appear to be the result of the degenerative back condition that he has carried for years. Clarke has famouslymissed only one Test through injury despite that debilitating ailment. His courage in п¬Ѓghting through this is often overlooked. But his spirit may no longer be enough to overcome the condition. During ClarkeвЂ™s past eight Tests, he has made just 357 runs at an average of 27. Almost half of those runs came during a remarkable 161 not out at Cape Town to help set up a rousing 2-1 series win over South Africa. His other scores during that period, in order, have read: 24, 23, 10, 6no, 10, 6, 23, 17no, 19, 1, 0, 2, 3, 47, 5. ClarkeвЂ™s average over those innings has been just 15. During the disastrous series against Pakistan, Clarke was unrecognisable in his play against spin. One of the best players of slow bowling in Australian history looked leadenfooted and was clearly hampered by his back problems. The 33-year-oldвЂ™s mastery of spin bowling has been built on nimble footwork. From his very п¬Ѓrst Test he has used his quick feet to reach the pitch of the ball and ceaselessly attack the tweakers. The lasting memory of ClarkeвЂ™s sparkling 151 on Test debut in Bangalore is of him repeatedly skipping down the track to п¬‚ay two of IndiaвЂ™s greatest spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Yet in the UAE, against PakistanвЂ™s accurate but comparatively modest and inexperienced spinners, he was п¬‚ummoxed. Unable to advance comfortably or with conп¬Ѓdence, he became a static target for Zulп¬Ѓqar Babar and Yasir Shah. Three of his four dismissals resulted from him becoming uncharacteristically glued to the crease against spin. Clarke in his pomp would have had few troubles combating Zulп¬Ѓqar and Shah on п¬‚at pitches that offered only slow turn. His foot movement was also less than ideal against PakistanвЂ™s quicks. This was brutally exposed when he made a half-hearted forward press to a full in-swinger from Imran Khan and had his stumps disturbed at Abu Dhabi. This laboured movement at the crease was п¬Ѓrst exposed on last yearвЂ™s tour of England when he displayed a fresh weakness against the short ball. Clarke had to that point been a strong player of short-pitched bowling and a particularly elegant exponent of the pull shot. During the 2012-13 season time and time again he had picked up the length of the ball early and then rocked back to dispatch South AfricaвЂ™s aggressive pacemen through the leg side. That three-Test series was the high watermark of ClarkeвЂ™s wonderful Test career as he crunched 576 runs at an average of 144 against the worldвЂ™s best attack. But just seven months later in England he was a different player and he has been ever since, aside from the odd throwback innings. The reality is that Clarke has done phenomenally well to play 107 Tests and 237 one-day internationals such is the severity of his condition. Not only is he one of AustraliaвЂ™s greatest-ever Test players but he is also one of the best ODI batsmen in history, having compiled 7,751 runs at the phenomenal average of 45. Consider this: Among the top 30 run-scorers in ODI history, only one player has a better average than Clarke, and thatвЂ™s Indian skipper MS Dhoni. I had formed a belief that Clarke was likely to retire from ODIs after the World Cup being hosted by Australia and New Zealand in a few months. After watching him battle through the Tests against Pakistan, now I am convinced that will be the case. Unfortunately, it also appears as though his retirement from all international cricket may not be far away. At this stage in his career itвЂ™s unlikely that much can be done to п¬Ѓx his back, and at 33 his movement at the crease could get worse rather than better. How much longer should he push himself through this pain? Clarke has achieved almost everything an Australian cricketer could desire. He has cap- tained his country in all formats, won an ODI World Cup, spent a period as the best batsman on the planet, and was part of the great Australian team that bucked history to п¬Ѓnally defeat India in their backyard in 2004. There is, however, one thing that he has not ticked off his cricketing bucket list вЂ“ winning an Ashes series in England. Clarke has known more Ashes misery than joy, being part of four losing Ashes teams, including three consecutive defeats in England stretching back to 2005. Should his body continue to restrict him in the manner it has recently, the ODI World Cup and next yearвЂ™s Ashes should be his farewell gigs. After the Ashes, Australia have a string of much lower-proп¬Ѓle Test series against Bangladesh, the West Indies and New Zealand. If Australia retain the Ashes it would be the ideal time to hand over the reins to skipper-in-waiting Steve Smith. Perhaps aptly, SmithвЂ™s twinkled-toed efforts in the UAE were reminiscent of the sort of beguiling batsmanship Clarke no longer seems physically capable of producing. Clarke welcomes return of fit-again quicks Sydney: Skipper Michael Clarke yesterday welcomed the likelihood of Australia having a surfeit of fit pacemen ahead of a demanding season of cricket climaxing with next yearвЂ™s World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The gruelling schedule of international matches at home began on Wednesday, with the first of three Twenty20 matches against South Africa. That will be followed by five one-day internationals against the Proteas, a four-Test series against India and a limited overs tri-series involving England and India before the one-day World Cup in February-March. Pat Cummins, who has played little in the last three Australian seasons through injury, made an encouraging return to international cricket in WednesdayвЂ™s T20 loss to South Africa. Josh Hazlewood, whose last international appearance was over nine months ago, starred for his New South Wales state side in the recent domestic one-day tournament. Test paceman Ryan Harris, meanwhile, returned to action this week after being sidelined since his matchwinning efforts in the Cape Town Test against South Africa back in March. And James Pattinson, who hasnвЂ™t played a first-class game since that Cape Town Test, is also on the comeback trail. вЂњI think itвЂ™s great for Australian Test cricket that a lot of our fast bowlers are on the mend,вЂќ Clarke said at the launch in Sydney of his latest book, вЂњCaptainвЂ™s DiaryвЂќ. вЂњJosh Hazlewood has done really well in the one-dayers, Ryan Harris is getting fitter and stronger, James Pattinson is back as is Pat Cummins. ThatвЂ™s a real positive sign for Australian cricket, moving forward. Over the next 12 months, I think weвЂ™re obviously going to need them all.вЂќ Clarke said AustraliaвЂ™s disastrous two-Test hammering by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates this month would serve to spark the players in all forms of the game. вЂњI guess thatвЂ™s extra hunger and fire in the belly for us as the Australian team, to make sure weвЂ™re at the top of our game, whether it be T20, one-day cricket or Test cricket,вЂќ he said. Pakistan inflicted a 356run defeat in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on MondayвЂ” AustraliaвЂ™s third heaviest loss in all matchesвЂ”to take the two-match series 2-0. вЂњI think itвЂ™s great for Australian Test cricket that a lot of our fast bowlers are on the mend. ThatвЂ™s a real positive sign for Australian cricket, moving forward. Over the next 12 months, I think weвЂ™re obviously going to need them allвЂќ FOCUS West Indies stand-off not good for cricket, says Tendulkar AFP London S achin Tendulkar said yesterday the West IndiesвЂ™ shock decision to cut short their tour of India was вЂњnot good for cricketвЂќ. However, the India great was at a loss to know what caused them to take such drastic action. Tendulkar, in London to promote his autobiography, Playing It My Way, said that since retiring last year, having played his 200th Test match and become the only man to score 100 international centuries, he had not been that heavily involved in cricket. вЂњSince IвЂ™ve retired IвЂ™ve not been following cricket as closely,вЂќ he said during a press conference at LordвЂ™s. вЂњI only read a couple of things - to go into details I really donвЂ™t know what transpired that made them take that decision. ItвЂ™s definitely not good for cricket but if I speak further on this topic it would be unwise,вЂќ the 41-yearold added. вЂњI donвЂ™t know what the respective players have said to their boards so I donвЂ™t want to make a big statement on that.вЂќ The already cash-strapped West Indies Cricket Board was left facing a $42 million (ВЈ26.2 million, 33.5 million euros) claim by their Indian counterparts for lost earnings after their side quit the tour following the fourth ODI in Dharamsala on October 17, even though the п¬Ѓfth oneday international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still remained to be played. That prompted the Board of Control for Cricket in India to respond by cancelling a tour scheduled for February and March 2016 to play three Tests, п¬Ѓve one-dayers and a Twenty20 international. The current crisis in Caribbean cricket, and the вЂњI only read a couple of things - to go into details I really donвЂ™t know what transpired that made them take that decision. ItвЂ™s definitely not good for cricket but if I speak further on this topic it would be unwise reason behind the abandonment of the India tour lay in the unhappiness of some players at the pay deal brokered by their own association and the WICB. But even if there is an internal resolution of differences between the West Indies PlayersвЂ™ Association, the unhappy players such as one-day skipper Dwayne Bravo and the WICB, that still leaves open the question of IndiaвЂ™s п¬Ѓnancial threat. The BCCI is one of world cricketвЂ™s wealthiest national governing bodies and the WICB, one of the poorest, and many observers believe there is no way India will go through in full with their claim for compensation given the inability of West Indies cricket to meet such a bill. Indeed the WICB, as is the case with several other national governing bodies, is dependent for a large part of its income on being able to sell lucrative broadcast coverage rights for an incoming tour by India, where the mass enthusiasm for cricket in the worldвЂ™s second-most populous nation makes it a huge commercial attraction. Last week, West Indies great Brian Lara, a contemporary of Tendulkar and also one of the best batsmen cricket has known, said he did not expect the BCCI to pull the plug on Caribbean cricket. вЂњI donвЂ™t think the BCCI will be that severe on us,вЂќ Lara told BBC Sport. вЂњI believe West Indies cricket will be alive. I donвЂ™t think anybody has the intention to end our game,вЂќ he added. Sachin Tendulkar says that since retiring last year he had not been that heavily involved in cricket. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 6 CRICKET FOCUS SPOTLIGHT Aussies crush Proteas to square T20 series The hosts, beaten by the same margin on Wednesday, were superior with bat and ball Pakistan want whitewash momentum against Kiwis AFP Dubai P Doug Bollinger of Australia celebrates after dismissing South Africa opener Quinton de Kock during the T20 match at Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. (AFP) AFP Melbourne A ustralia bounced back from their opening heavy loss to hammer South Africa by seven wickets and square their Twenty20 series in Melbourne yesterday. The Australians, beaten by the same margin in Adelaide on Wednesday, were superior with bat and ball to cruise to victory. The home side restricted South Africa to 101 for seven off their 20 overs and had few problems reaching 102 for three in 12.4 overs to wrap up victory. The series now goes to a decider in Sydney tomorrow. вЂњThat was as good Twenty20 bowling as IвЂ™ve seen from our boys, we bowled to the condi- tions really well,вЂќ Australia skipper Aaron Finch said. вЂњWe used our pace and (leg-spinner) Cameron Boyce was unbelievable on a wicket that doesnвЂ™t traditionally spin a lot and he deserved his wickets and the man of the match.вЂќ The Proteas, who dominated the Australians in the Adelaide opener, were always under pressure after winning the toss. Skipper JP Duminy played a lone hand topscoring with 49 off 51 balls with three fours and a towering six over the fence at the vast MCG arena before he was caught in the deep by Finch. In the space of two overs, openers Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw were both back in the changerooms. Two days earlier the pair formed a matchwinning 129-run partnership that powered the Proteas to a comfortable victory in Adelaide. In the space of 13 overs, Australia had four wickets - more than what they managed in Adelaide. Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce п¬‚ighted the ball well to snare the stumpings of Reeza Hendricks (18) and Farhaan Behardien (5) in taking two for 15 off four overs, while paceman James Faulkner claimed three for 25 off his complement of four overs. вЂњWe were outplayed in all forms of the game and thereвЂ™s a lot of learning we can take out of todayвЂ™s match,вЂќ Duminy said. вЂњWe know we need to come up with something drastic for us to come back on Sunday. These kind of things are good for youngsters, just to experience winning and losing, today was a particularly convincing victory for Australia so we need to take a lot of learning out of it.вЂќ SCORECARD SOUTH AFRICA INNINGS Q. De Kock c Dunk b Bollinger 0 R. Hendricks st Dunk b Boyce 18 R. Rossouw c and b Faulkner 12 J.P. Duminy c Finch b Faulkner 49 F. Behardien st Dunk b Boyce 5 D. Miller c Cummins b Faulkner 11 R. McLaren c Faulkner b Cummins 1 W. Parnell not out 2 K. Abbott not out 2 Extras (w1) 1 Total (7 wickets, 20 overs) 101 Fall of wickets: 1-1 (De Kock), 2-14 (Rossouw), 3-46 (Hendricks), 4-60 (Behardien), 5-90 (Miller), 6-92 (McLaren), 7-97 (Duminy) Bowling: Bollinger 4-0-23-1 (1w), Faulkner 4-0-25-3, Abbott 2-0-16-0, The Australians rustled up the runs with 7.2 overs to spare with Finch unbeaten on 44 off 30 Maxwell 2-0-11-0, Cummins 4-1-11-1, Boyce 4-0-15-2 AUSTRALIA INNINGS B. Dunk c Abbott b Parnell 23 A. Finch not out 44 S. Watson c Abbott b Parnell 30 G. Maxwell c Rossouw b Rabada 0 C White not out 1 Extras (w3, nb1) 4 Total (3 wickets, 12.4 overs) 102 Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Dunk), 2-92 (Watson), 3-99 (Maxwell) Bowling: Abbott 2-0-17-0 (1w), Rabada 3-0-25-1 (1w), Duminy 1-0-9-0, Parnell 3.4-1-17-2 (1nb), Imran Tahir 2-0-18-0 (1w), McLaren 1-0-16-0 Three-match series tied at 1-1 balls with eight fours and Shane Watson hitting 30 off 23 balls with п¬Ѓve fours. akistan will look to keep their winning momentum, which gave them a longawaited series victory over Australia, when they face New Zealand in the п¬Ѓrst Test in Abu Dhabi tomorrow Pakistan achieved a rare 2-0 win with emphatic 221-run and 356-run victories for their п¬Ѓrst series win over Australia in 20 years. The win was more signiп¬Ѓcant as Pakistan were without their match-winning spinner Saeed Ajmal who is suspended due to an illegal bowling action while spearheads Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz were both injured. But an inexperienced bowling attack of left-arm spinner Zulп¬Ѓqar Babar (14 wickets) and leggie Yasir Shah (12) forced spin-shy Australia into submission in both Tests. Pakistan will continue to attack a New Zealand team who also struggle against spin and have not won a Test series against Pakistan since a 2-0 triumph at home in 1985. More impressive is PakistanвЂ™s home record, having not lost against the Black Caps since 1969. Of the 50 Tests between the two, Pakistan have won 23 and New Zealand just seven with 20 drawn. The New Zealanders will be huge underdogs. For Pakistan, Younis Khan mustered 468 runs in two Tests against Australia while Misbah-ul Haq and Azhar Ali notched a century in each innings of the second Test. Opener Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed also hit hundreds in the п¬Ѓrst Test, a conп¬Ѓdence boost which Misbah is conп¬Ѓdent will be maintained. вЂњI am conп¬Ѓdent that we will play good cricket against New Zealand, and we should play that way,вЂќ said Misbah. вЂњThere is conп¬Ѓdence in the side and not a weak link that you can see. The batsmen are Super Shakib leads Bangladesh to series win S hakib Al Hasan became only the third player in history to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match as Bangladesh whipped Zimbabwe by 162 runs in the second Test yesterday to win the series. The left-arm spinner claimed п¬Ѓve for 44 in ZimbabweвЂ™s second innings as the tourists, set a victory target of 314, were bowled out for 151 after tea on the п¬Ѓfth and п¬Ѓnal day in Khulna. Bangladesh, who won the п¬Ѓrst Test in Dhaka by three wickets, took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. ShakibвЂ™s 10-wicket haul in the TestвЂ”he took 5-80 in the п¬Ѓrst inningsвЂ”followed a crafty 137 on the second day and deservedly won the man of the match award. The 27-year-old joined Ian Botham of England and Imran Khan of Pakistan as the only cricketers to score a hundred and claim 10 wickets in a match. вЂњI had my eye on this record ever since a journalist told me about it a few weeks ago,вЂќ Shakib said. вЂњI was lucky and fortunate to have done it. This was not an easy wicket to bat on and the ball was turning a lot on the last day. I am glad to contribute to a series win, but it was a very good team effort. Hopefully we will continue to do well in future.вЂќ Hamilton Masakadza, who scored a century in the п¬Ѓrst innings, was the only Zimbabwean to defy the spinners in the second innings with 61. Shakib began by removing Sikandar Raza and Brendan Taylor, then dismissed Masakadza after lunch before grabbing the wickets of Elton Chigumbura and Natsai MвЂ™shangwe. Shakib was supported by left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who took 3-44, and leg-spinner Jubair Hossain (2-42) as Zimbabwe lost their last п¬Ѓve wickets for 14 runs. Earlier, Bangladesh declared their second innings at 248-9 in the morning session after Shuvagata Hom completed his maiden half-century. Mohammad Mahmudullah top-scored with 71. The third and п¬Ѓnal Test starts in Chittagong on November 12. The Tests will be followed by п¬Ѓve one-day internationals. SCORECARD BANGLADESH I INNINGS 433 ZIMBABWE I INNINGS 248-9 DECL BANGLADESH II INNINGS (O/N: 201-5) Mahmudullah c MвЂ™adza b MвЂ™shangwe 71 S Hom c Masakadza b MвЂ™shangwe 50 T Islam c Panyangara b MвЂ™shangwe 1 S Hossain c Masakadza b MвЂ™shangwe 3 R Hossain not out 8 Extras (b4, lb4, w3, nb1) 12 Total (for 9 wkts decl , 83.5 overs) 248 Fall of wickets: 6-220 (Mahmudullah), 7-222 (Taijul), 8-236 (Shahadat), 9-248 (Shuvagata) Bowling: Chigumbura 6-2-13-0 (w1 nb1), Panyangara 12-3-45-1 (w1), Chatara 7-3-19-0, Waller 27-4-59-4, Raza 6-0-22-0, MвЂ™shangwe 25.5-2-82-4 (w1) ZIMBABWE II INNINGS S. Raza c Mominul b Shakib 9 B. Chari c and b Taijul 4 H. Masakadza c Mominul b Shakib 61 B. Taylor c Shuvagata b Shakib 0 R. Chakabva c Mahmudullah b Jubair 27 C. Ervine st Rahim b Jubair 21 B. Chigumbura c MвЂ™ullah b Shakib 12 M. Waller b Taijul 4 T. Panyangara not out 8 N. MвЂ™shangwe c Rahim b Shakib 0 T. Chatara lbw b Taijul 1 Extras (b4) 4 Total (all out, 51.1 overs) 151 Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Chari), 2-13 (Raza), 3-15 (Taylor), 4-85(Chakabva), 5-117 (Ervine), 6-137 (Masakadza), 7-142 (Waller), 8-142 (Chigumbura), 9-142 (MвЂ™shangwe) Bowling: Taijul 15.1-3-44-3, Shakib 18-544-5, Shuvagata 4-2-9-0, Rubel 4-2-8-0, Jubair 10-0-42-2. Teams: Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Shan Masood, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil, Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah. New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Hamish Rutherford, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will be hoping his team continues their fine form against New Zealand. SECOND TEST AFP Dhaka in good form, the bowlers are delivering. Given that we are playing in the same conditions, we are conп¬Ѓdent that we can perform well.вЂќ Pakistan have retained the same 16-man squad for the п¬Ѓrst Test and will likely make no changes from the second Test against Australia which was played at the same Abu Dhabi venue. New Zealand hope leg-spinner Ish Sodhi can come good after taking п¬Ѓve wickets in the drawn side game against Pakistan вЂ�AвЂ™. The Kiwis will also hope their experienced middle-order batsman Ross Taylor is fully п¬Ѓt after suffering a calf injury and having managed just 11 in the tour game in Sharjah. New Zealand coach Mike Hesson admitted Pakistan will be tough in the familiar conditions of the United Arab Emirates where they have been forced to play since terrorist attacks caused a suspension of international cricket in their country in 2009. вЂњPakistan are an incredibly tough team to play in conditions favourable to them. Our record against them is actually the worst against any of the Test playing nations, having won just two out of 19 series, both home and away.вЂќ The remaining two Tests will be played in Dubai (November 17-21) and Sharjah (November 26-30). After the Tests, the teams will also play two Twenty20s and п¬Ѓve one-day internationals. Mark Ramprakash. Bangaldesh all-rounder Shakib Al HasanвЂ™s 10-wicket haul in the Test followed a crafty 137 with the bat. (AFP) Rookie Shah encouraged by legend Warne Dubai: Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah yesterday said he was inspired by legendary Shane WarneвЂ™s tweets during his spin demolition of Australia which helped Pakistan win a rare series last week. Shah, 28, took 12 wickets in two TestsвЂ”his first five-day matchesвЂ”during PakistanвЂ™s 2-0 win, their first over Australia in 20 years. Shah said WarneвЂ™s tweets during the series encouraged him. вЂњItвЂ™s very encouraging that a legend like Warne supported me so much and every day he tweeted,вЂќ Shah told reporters. вЂњI have never met him but itвЂ™s my desire to meet him,вЂќ said Shah of the Australian great who took 708 Test wickets during an illustrious career which ended in 2007. Warne is the second highest Test wicket taker behind Muttiah Muralitharan. Shah said he started playing cricket only after watching the great spinner. вЂњI followed Warne in the beginning and my action was similar to his but then Aaqib Javed (former coach at Lahore academy) changed my action but he has always been my inspiration,вЂќ he said. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 7 SPORT WINTER OLYMPICS Beijing, Almaty press their cases for 2022 Games Reuters Bangkok T he two cities in the running to host the Winter Olympics that Europe didnвЂ™t want went on the charm offensive yesterday, hoping to convince Olympic delegates to award them the 2022 Games. The bidding teams from Beijing and Almaty provided a sneak preview of their ambitious plans to host the Games with separate presentations at the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly (ANOC) in Bangkok. With Pyeonchang hosting the 2018 Winter Games and Tokyo the 2020 Summer Games, the odds of Asia getting a third successive Olympics had initially seemed remote. But when the four European candidatesвЂ”Oslo, Stockholm, Krakow and LvivвЂ”all pulled out, mostly citing concerns about the astronomical costs involved, the 2022 Winter Olympics became a two-horse race between the two longshots. The Chinese capital, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, is rapidly emerging as the heavy favourite because of its strong economy and proven record. If Beijing succeeds it will become the п¬Ѓrst city to host the Summer and Winter OlympicsвЂ”both within 14 yearsвЂ”and Chinese officials are sparing no expense trying to persuade the IOC to give them the nod. In a demonstration of BeijingвЂ™s commitment, the cityвЂ™s mayor Wang Anshun п¬‚ew to Bangkok to head his teamвЂ™s bid presentation even though his home town is preparing to host the Asian Paciп¬Ѓc Economic Co-operation Summit (APEC) summit, which will be attended by world leaders including US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. BeijingвЂ™s bidders have already swung KenyaвЂ™s David Rudisha, 800m Olympic champion, poses with Best Male Athlete of London 2012 award during the ANOC Awards ceremony in Bangkok. (AFP) FORMULA ONE into action, hiring a top American п¬Ѓrm to handle their public relations and showing off a slick animation video that highlighted the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. Wang said Beijing had the full backing of the Chinese government, a key requirement for the IOC, and most of the facilities were already in place from 2008. Wang said the Games would take place from Feb. 4-20, the traditional time-slot for the Winter Olympics, and he highlighted the marketing opportunities of bringing the Games to China, telling the delegates that Beijing was a вЂњsecure, reliable and riskfree choice.вЂќ Earlier in the day, BeijingвЂ™s bid team held a news conference at one of BangkokвЂ™s best hotels, telling reporters the city had developed plans to improve its notorious air pollution, which it said would not present any problems to the athletes in the outdoor events in the FOCUS Rosberg tops practice ahead of Hamilton Hamilton leads Rosberg by 24 points going into the last two races Time for change, says IOC boss, ahead of revamp AFP Bangkok O lympics chief Thomas Bach urged delegates to seize the chance for change yesterday and approve a wide-ranging revamp of the Games likely to include a shake-up of the sports contested and a new TV channel. Bach was addressing about 1,000 representatives at the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly (ANOC) in Bangkok, ahead of the release of 40 proposals which will be voted on next month. вЂњThe time for change is now. It is not the time to start the discussion again and again,вЂќ the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president said. вЂњWe have been discussing for one year... now is the time for agreeing on something.вЂќ IOC delegates will learn the full detail of the proposals in two days time and they will be published next week before being put to a vote at the IOCвЂ™s extraordinary session in Monaco on December 8. вЂњWe have to take this opportunity now to drive these changes. Now we are sitting in the driverвЂ™s seat of the bus,вЂќ said Bach. Measures under discussion include a yearround digital TV channel and an end to the limit on the number of sports contested, with host cities also able to propose sports. Hosting bids will have to focus on the eventвЂ™s legacy to each city. The revamp is also aimed at putting the focus on athletes and youth, and improving the IOCвЂ™s organisation and structure. Bach, who has ambitions of placing the Olympics at the heart of modern вЂњsocietyвЂќвЂ”a word he mentioned some 20 timesвЂ”said the time was ripe for a makeover after successful Games at London and Sochi. вЂњThe reason to change is because we are successful, because if you donвЂ™t change when you are successful, the time will come and will come very fast when you are forced to change,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe can already see some challenges on the horizon... if we miss this opportunity, then the window of opportunity will be closed.вЂќ The 204-member ANOC is an umbrella grouping of the worldвЂ™s national Olympic committees led by the inп¬‚uential Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad alFahad al-Sabah, who also heads the Olympic Council of Asia. The sheikh was re-elected unopposed for a four-year term along with his senior vice president, former IOC executive board member Patrick Hickey of Ireland. SPOTLIGHT Hamilton and Alonso hope Button stays Reuters Sao Paulo German driver Nico Rosberg of Mercedes in action during the practice session at the Jose Carlos Pace race track in Sao Paulo. (EPA) DPA Sao Paulo N ico Rosberg topped the timesheets ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in yesterdayвЂ™s practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix where he hopes to draw closer again in the title race. Rosberg clocked 1 minute 12.123 seconds in the afternoon session on the 4.309-kilometres Interlagos circuit, 0.213 seconds faster than Formula One championship leader Hamilton. The Mercedes drivers are in a straight race for the championship. Hamilton leads Rosberg by 24 points going into the last two races, but the title wonвЂ™t be decided until the last race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23, when double points are awarded. A victory in Brazil is worth 25 points, and 50 in Abu Dhabi. Rosberg was also faster than Hamilton in the morning with a leading time of 1:12.764. But Hamilton has been on a roll lately when it matters, coming off п¬Ѓve straight wins - for a season total of 10 - to Brazil where he won the 2008 title in dramatic fashion in the п¬Ѓnal lap. Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was third in the afternoon, more than half a second off the pace, and Red BullвЂ™s Daniel Ricciardo fourth. RaikkonenвЂ™s team-mate Fernando Alonso had to jump out of his car late in the session session and use a п¬Ѓre extinguisher to stop a п¬Ѓre in his car, one of three red-п¬‚ag incidents during the 90 minutes. Practice was also stopped for a few minutes to tow away the cars Jean-Eric VergneвЂ™s Toro Rosso and the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez. mountains of Zhangjiakou and the indoor events, held in Beijing. Almaty have maintained a relatively lower proп¬Ѓle in the lead-up to next yearвЂ™s vote in Kuala Lumpur. Their presentation was led by bid committee board member Ilya Urazakov and there was no media conference. Bid officials said they did not want to answer any questions from journalists. The presentation focussed heavily on the compact nature of KazakhstanвЂ™s bid. All of the venues are within a 35-kilometre radius and many of the venues were built when Almaty hosted the 2011 Asian Winter Games. Urazakov said eight of the 13 venues are already in use and three more were being constructed for the 2017 Winter Universiade. Just two were dependent on winning the Games. вЂњThis will be the most compact Winter Olympics in the last 30 years,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe are aiming to build a new winter sports hub in the central Asian region.вЂќ The three interruptions made it difficult for teams to determine set-ups and tactics for SundayвЂ™s race through long runs. McLarenвЂ™s Jenson Button could not set a time in the morning after experiencing an electrical problem, and Sergio perez had no racing in the afternoon as Force India test driver Daniel Juncadella damaged it in a morning crash. Also testing again, and п¬Ѓnishing an impres- sive sixth, in the п¬Ѓrst session was Dutch teenager Max Verstappen in VergneвЂ™s car ahead of his proper race debut next year. Qualifying is today to determine grid positions. Not present as last week in the US are Caterham and Marussia who went into administration in October. Marussia folded yesterday while caterham said they plan to return in Abu Dhabi by raising funds in a crowdfunding project. Caterham seeks funds from fans London: Administrators of the Caterham Formula One team announced a crowd funding initiative yesterday to try to raise 2.35 million pounds ($3.72 million) by the end of next week so they can race in Abu Dhabi. вЂњIf we donвЂ™t hit the target by next Friday, obviously the pledged funds will be returned,вЂќ Finbarr OвЂ™Connell, the administrator representing Smith & Williamson, said in a statement. вЂњBut right now we are hopeful for the future of the team and we are confident that the team showing the world that it can race again will lead to a bright future under a new owner on a proper financial footing,вЂќ added the вЂ�interim team principalвЂ™. Caterham went into administration last month and have missed the US Grand Prix and are absent from this weekendвЂ™s Brazilian round in Sao Paulo. The crowd funding initiative came on the day administrators for rivals Marussia announced that team was closing with some 200 staff made redundant. Caterham said companies and fans could pledge money through a website (www. crowdcube.com/caterham), starting from a pound with anyone who pays 1,000 getting their name on the cars that would race in the Nov. 23 season-ender. In what looked like a way of selling kit and parts that would otherwise have to be auctioned off, the website offered driversвЂ™ boots, pit team overalls, gloves, front and rear wings and nosecones. Four bargeboards from 2012 cars were offered at 400 pounds, with 45,000 pounds buying a corporate hospitality package to the Abu Dhabi race. By 1600 GMT yesterday, the website was already showing contributions amounting to 105,210 pounds. But it remains to be seen if the team can reach their target. L ewis Hamilton says McLaren would be making a mistake to ditch his former teammate Jenson Button at the end of the Formula One season and should focus instead on building a better car. вЂњHeвЂ™s still got plenty of time in his capability as a driver to keep racing and winning,вЂќ the Mercedes driver told reporters at the Brazilian Grand Prix. вЂњHe just needs to be given a better car. ItвЂ™s not the team need a better driver. There are not many out there. They need a better car,вЂќ added the championship leader. McLaren have not won a race since ButtonвЂ™s last victory in Brazil two years ago and are believed to be close to signing Fernando Alonso from Ferrari for 2015, when they start a new partnership with Honda. The SpaniardвЂ™s arrival is likely to signal the end of 2009 champion ButtonвЂ™s Formula One career, although Alonso was also supportive of the Briton. вЂњHeвЂ™s a very talented driver, weвЂ™ve seen that throughout his career, and also heвЂ™s a very nice person,вЂќ the Ferrari driver told reporters at Interlagos. вЂњWe need people like him in F1. I hope he will be here next year,вЂќ added the Spaniard, who also replaced Button at Renault in 2003. Hamilton, who left McLaren for Mercedes at the end of 2012 after three years with Button as a team mate, agreed it would be strange to be left as BritainвЂ™s sole representative on the starting grid. вЂњIt is (odd) when Jenson is better than most of the drivers. HeвЂ™s a great driver. HeвЂ™s had an amazing career, and heвЂ™s still one of the strongest drivers here, so it doesnвЂ™t correlate,вЂќ said the 29-year-old. вЂњIf I had a team, I would want him in it. HeвЂ™s a great asset for any team. HeвЂ™s also just a decent guy. I hope itвЂ™s not the case.вЂќ Hamilton and double world champion Alonso were fractious team-mates at McLaren in 2007, the BritonвЂ™s debut season, with the Spaniard leaving after just one year following a falling out with team boss Ron Dennis. The two drivers get on well now with mutual respect for each otherвЂ™s talents. HamiltonвЂ™s relationship with Button was much better, however, with the older Briton pushing him hard throughout their time together and п¬Ѓnishing ahead of him in the 2011 championship. вЂњI loved the three years I spent with Lewis,вЂќ Button said. вЂњHe was extremely quick and better than me in qualifying over the three seasons but I could really challenge him in the race.вЂќ Marquez fastest in practice Valencia: Marc Marquez, seeking to create MotoGP history in Valencia tomorrow with a record 13th win of the season, topped the times in practice yesterday. The Spaniard, who wrapped up back-to-back world titles in Japan in October, won in Malaysia last time out to equal Australian rider Mick DoohanвЂ™s mark of 12 victories in 17 races in a season from 1997. As well as a record victory tomorrow, the 21-year-old Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa can also deliver Honda back-to-back team and constructors titles in the seasonвЂ™s 18th and final race. Marquez posted a best time for the combined sessions of 1min 31.296sec, with his compatriot, Jorge Lorenzo, next best on a Yamaha almost two tenths of a second adrift. вЂњThe best thing was how I felt on the bike. Finishing fastest is a reference, but the most important thing is that the pace was good, and we have been improving and testing things out,вЂќ said the champion. вЂњThis afternoon the track was a little slower, but we hope to continue improving tomorrow. IвЂ™m sure that there will be a nice fight for pole between myself, Jorge, Dani and Valentino.вЂќ In third came the Ducati of Italian Andrea Dovizioso followed by Aleix Espargaro on a Ducati and Pedrosa, the teammate of Marquez. LorenzoвЂ™s Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, who has a 12-point lead in the battle for second spot in the championship, was down in seventh spot. вЂњToday, having a very good pace came easy from the beginning,вЂќ said Lorenzo. 8 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 SPORT BASEBALL Martinez, Ibanez among 8 candidates to manage Rays Agencies New York B ench coach Dave Martinez and long-time major league player Raul Ibanez are among eight candidates the Tampa Bay Rays are considering for their next manager. President of baseball operations Matt Silverman released what he described Thursday as a preliminary list of possibilities. Others include former Washington and Cleveland manager Manny Acta, Milwaukee special assistant Craig Counsell, minor league manager Charlie Montoyo, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, former Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu and Indians coach Kevin Cash. Tampa Bay has been searching for a replacement for Joe Maddon since Oct. 24, when he opted out of the п¬Ѓnal year of his contract after leading the Rays to playoff berths four of the past seven seasons. Maddon was hired to manage the Chicago Cubs. Martinez played 16 years in the majors for eight teams and was Tampa BayвЂ™s bench coach under Maddon for the past seven seasons. IbanezвЂ™s playing career spans 19 years, including stints with the Angels and Royals in 2014. Silverman said the list of candidates likely вЂ�вЂ™will grow as we continue through this process.вЂ™вЂ™ вЂ�вЂ™With a talented core of players and a strong clubhouse culture, our next manager will step into an enviable position,вЂ™вЂ™ Silverman said. вЂ�вЂ™We will look for him to build upon that and take us to the next level.вЂ™вЂ™ Meanwhile, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera faces a criminal complaint for resisting arrest after a traffic stop in September. San DiegoвЂ™s District AttorneyвЂ™s office entered the complaint, which states that Cabrera resisted an officerвЂ™s order by force, on Thursday morning. Cabrera was arrested on suspicion of driving under the inп¬‚uence of marijuana. NBA Howard overpowers short-handed Spurs вЂ�ItвЂ™s tough with the best big man in the league rolling down the paintвЂ™ DPA Los Angeles T he highly-anticipated Texas-size showdown between Western Conference powerhouses Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs was a no-show. Instead, it was a showcase for Dwight Howard. Howard powered for 32 points with 16 rebounds, and the undefeated Rockets blasted the short-handed defending NBA Champion Spurs 98-81 on Thursday night. The Rockets moved to 6-0 for the п¬Ѓrst time since the 1996-97 season after taking advantage of the absence of Tim Duncan and Argentine Manu Ginobili, who were give the night off while Tiago Splitter (calf strain) and Marco Belinelli (groin) nursed injuries. Without big men Duncan and Splitter, Howard dominated the inside. The All-Star centre connected on 12-of-18 п¬‚oor shots and 8-of-13 free throws, as Houston matched the 1985-86 Denver Nuggets with six consecutive double digit victories to open the season. вЂњThey were short-handed, but defensively we did some good stuff out there,вЂќ Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. вЂњDwight got us off on the right foot.вЂќ James Harden had 20 points and Jason Terry added 16 off the bench for the Rockets, who led by as many as 31 in the wireto-wire beat-down, courtesy of Howard. вЂњItвЂ™s tough with the best big man in the league rolling down the paint,вЂќ Harden said. вЂњHeвЂ™s a lob target, and you have shooters around him. ItвЂ™s tough to guard it.вЂќ Howard had 20 points on an assortment of pick-and-roll plays, along with 12 rebounds, staking the Rockets to a comfortable 45-29 halftime cushion. вЂњWe ran some pick-and-rolls and we found a little success,вЂќ McHale explained. вЂњHe rolled hard and got some touches late at the rim, where he is re- Houston Rockets guard James Harden (centre) drives to the basket during the third quarter as San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green and forward Boris Diaw defend at Toyota Center on Thursday. The Rockets defeated the Spurs 98-81. ally devastating on those high passes.вЂќ Howard said: вЂњEarly in the game, we did it a lot and all the guys were able to throw it over the top and we were able to get some easy buckets. A little later in the game, guys like James and everybody were getting to the basket and making plays.вЂќ Houston continued its assault, as Harden converted a rare four-point play, a layup and a thunderous dunk, opening up a 64-41 cushion midway through the third quarter The Rockets carried an 81-55 advantage into the п¬Ѓnal 12 minutes and completed the romp for their sixth straight win in the series. Cory Joseph netted a teamhigh 18 points for the Spurs (22), who shot just 34% from the п¬Ѓeld, and a frosty 2-of-20 from behind the arc. Elsewhere, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points, Damien Lillard added 18, and Trail Blazers used a decisive 35-17 third-quarter to snap the NFL Nowitzki netted 17 points, but just two in the second half, when the Mavs were outscored 62-37. Results HOUSTON ......98 San Antonio .............81 PORTLAND 108 Dallas .............................87 NHL HoyerвЂ™s Browns roll over Bengals AFP Cincinnati, Ohio Q uarterback Brian Hoyer helped direct traffic for ClevelandвЂ™s potent running game as the Browns routed the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 on Thursday, snapping a long road losing streak against AFC North opponents. Running backs Terrance West, Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell each scored rushing touchdowns to help the Browns beat the Bengals, halting a 17-game road division losing skid that dated back to 2008. вЂњWe are playing as a team. Tonight on offence we were able to get the running game going and our defence was lights out,вЂќ said Hoyer. Hoyer was 15-of-23 for 198 yards for Cleveland who improved to 6-3 as they enter this weekend tied with Pittsburgh atop the division. The Browns rushed for 170 yards, with West leading the charge at 94 yards on a careerhigh 26 carries. Quarterback Andy Dalton was a disappointing 10-of-33 and 86 yards for the Bengals who fell to 5-3-1. Dalton also threw three interceptions for Cincinnati who had their 14-game home unbeaten streak ended. ClevelandвЂ™s defence held Bengals star AJ Green to just three receptions for 23 yards. The Browns-Bengals game kicked off a slate of 12 games in week 10. MavericksвЂ™ three-game winning streak with a 108-87 verdict. Behind by four at halftime, the Blazers buried 13-of-20 п¬‚oor shots in the decisive frame while limiting their guests to 6-of-20, to take an 81-68 into the п¬Ѓnal 12 minutes and coasted home with the win. German juggernaut Dirk Blues hold off Devils 4-3 for 7th straight win AFP Toronto R Cleveland BrownsвЂ™ Buster Skrine fights to break free from Cincinnati Bengals Mohamed Sanu after intercepting the football during the second half of play in their NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday. The п¬Ѓrst-place New Orleans Saints hope a key stretch of home games can help them improve on their season. The home span begins with this SundayвЂ™s visit by the San Francisco 49ers to the Superdome. New Orleans has followed up a 1-3 start with a victory in three of its past four to get to .500 on the season. So the Saints are in top spot, just ahead of Carolina after beating the Panthers 28-10 last Thursday. The SaintsвЂ™ second win in a row came just four days after they routed the Green Bay Packers, so New Orleans has a little bit of extra rest going into a three-game homestand. вЂњThereвЂ™s plusses and minuses with playing a Thursday game,вЂќ said New Orleans head coach Sean Payton. вЂњThe challenge overall is the quick turnaround. The beneп¬Ѓt is receiving a little bit of additional time to get people rested up. There were a number of things that we pointed out when they came back in that we have to work on.вЂќ The season is on the line this week for the Chicago Bears who square off against the Packers. Chicago has eight games remaining and at 3-5 would have to win seven of the last eight to reach 10 wins and a possible playoff game. The Packers are also coming off the bye and easily beat the Bears 38-17 in week four. If the embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler plans on turning things around he will have to do it against the one team that seems to bewilder him the most. Cutler is a dismal 1-9 as a starter against the Packers in the regular season, throwing for 13 touchdowns and a mind-boggling 19 interceptions in those games. The Carolina Panthers visit the Philadelphia Eagles in an intriguing Monday night contest. ight winger Vladimir Tarasenko remained red-hot with another goal as the St Louis Blues held on to win their seventh game in a row on Thursday. The Blues (9-3-1) led comfortably 3-0 in the third, and then 4-1, but New Jersey scored three goals in the п¬Ѓnal four minutes of the game to make it interesting. Michael Ryder netted twice for the Devils (6-5-2). St Louis goaltender Jake Allen was looking for his third consecutive shutout. The seven-game winning streak by the Blues equals their longest since they won nine consecutive games in the 2002-03 season. Elsewhere, Tampa Bay closed out a perfect four-forfour homestand, winning their fourth straight with a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames. Leading 3-2 entering the third period, Tyler Johnson and Valtteri Flippula scored to put the contest away for the Lightning. Tampa Bay (9-3-1) won its fourth straight and improves to 6-1-1 at home. Entering the contest, only Los Angeles had six home wins on the season. Calgary (8-5-2) had won three in a row and had picked up points in four straight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins ended the Winnipeg Jets modest three-game winning streak with a 4-3 shootout victory, getting the decisive goal from Sidney Crosby in the tiebreaking skills competition. Pittsburgh (9-2-1) had taken a 3-1 lead in the second period but Winnipeg tied it on goals from Jacob Trouba and Evander Kane. The Jets (7-5-2), who had won three in a row despite their lack of offence, outshot the Penguins 15-8 in the п¬Ѓrst period. The Ottawa Senators blanked the Minnesota Wild behind a 35-save performance from goaltender Craig Anderson. Rookie winger Mike Hoffman led the Senators with two goals, his second and third of the season. Winger Clarke MacArthur added his teamleading seventh goal. Results BOSTON ................5 Philadelphia.......4 Ottawa.....................3 Tampa Bay .........5 St. Louis .................4 Pittsburgh............4 Nashville................3 Colorado ...............4 NY Islanders ......2 Vancouver ..........3 Edmonton ............ 2 Florida.........................1 Minnesota.............0 Calgary .................... 2 New Jersey...........3 Winnipeg ................3 Dallas ......................... 2 Toronto .....................3 Los Angeles ..........1 San Jose ................. 2 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 9 SPORT GOLF McDowell hits another 67 to extend WGC lead to three McDowell praises putting; Poulter rolls in four birdies in last five; Scott eight back after trio of hazards Reuters Shanghai Sick Ninyette disqualified after woeful round of 90 N orthern Irishman Graeme McDowell continued to revel on a tough course set-up as he extended his lead to three strokes over Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter after the second round of the $8.5mn WGCHSBC Champions tournament yesterday. McDowell did not quite replicate his great ball-striking of the п¬Ѓrst day, but he did enough to gather п¬Ѓve birdies for a п¬Ѓveunder-par 67 at Sheshan Golf Club. вЂњI got lucky a couple of times today,вЂќ he said after posting a 10-under 134 halfway total, while Englishman Poulter also shot 67, storming home with four birdies in the п¬Ѓnal п¬Ѓve holes to vault into second place on seven-under. American Bubba Watson also carded 67, while JapanвЂ™s Hiroshi Iwata (65) had the best round of the day to join the American on six-under in tied third. McDowell and Poulter, third and second here last year, both have an affinity for Sheshan. McDowell said his short game and putting allowed him to avoid any bogeys and increase his lead. вЂњMy putter is in good form and the greens are fantastic and when I did have opportunities, I managed to make some,вЂќ he said. вЂњIt was not my best ball striking round but I hung in and IвЂ™m right where I want to be going into the weekend. Poulter, last yearвЂ™s runner-up, was in a jovial mood after his fast п¬Ѓnish. вЂњIt was probably the best IвЂ™ve played all year, which was very exciting,вЂќ he said. вЂњIt was a little frustrating the п¬Ѓrst 13 holes that I was missing chances, but the chances started going in at the end and IвЂ™m very happy.вЂќ World number two Adam Scott was not so happy after two USPGA Cappelen flies high in Tour debut Reuters Mississippi S urprise package Sebastian Cappelen looked right at home in his п¬Ѓrst ever PGA Tour event as he charged into a two-shot lead in ThursdayвЂ™s opening round of the $4mn Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. Playing this week on a sponsorвЂ™s exemption, the 24-year-old from Denmark took advantage of ideal scoring conditions with п¬Ѓve birdies in his last nine holes to shoot a sizzling seven-underpar 65 at the Country Club of Jackson. Robert Streb, who clinched his maiden PGA Tour victory 11 days ago in a three-way playoff for the McGladrey Classic, opened with a 67 to п¬Ѓnish level with fellow American Scott Pinckney and Canadian Nick Taylor. Fifteen players were still out on the course when play was suspended for the day due to fading light, the best of those being American Tom Hoge, after 17 holes, and compatriot Garrett Osborn, after 16, who were both at three under. Cappelen sank a 31-foot birdie putt at the par-three seventh, his 16th hole of the round, to get to seven under, then did well to get up and down from 70 feet off the green at the ninth for a scrambling par to maintain his twostroke advantage. Graeme Mc Dowell of Northern Ireland tees off at the fourth hole during the WGC-HSBC Champions Golf tournament in Shanghai yesterday. consecutive disastrous holes in his second round of 72. He reeled off four early birdies to move into second place, only to run up a quadruple bogey at the par-п¬Ѓve eighth where he found two separate hazards, one with his tee shot and another adjacent to the green. Things went from bad to worse when he found another hazard with his approach shot at the ninth. вЂњI hit it in water three times in two holes and had to try and move on and did the best I could,вЂќ the Australian said after fighting back to end the day eight strokes behind McDowell. вЂњIвЂ™m playing good enough to be leading the tournament. IвЂ™m playing great. IвЂ™ve just got to have a couple of good days and IвЂ™ll be right there on Sunday.вЂќ TENNIS SPOTLIGHT Wawrinka to lead rest of the world in London DPA London deal with it.вЂќ Kvitova, Petkovic to clash in Fed Cup final opener W Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will take on Andrea Petkovic in the opening rubber of the Fed Cup п¬Ѓnal between the Czech Republic and Germany starting in Prague today. After yesterdayвЂ™s draw, world number four Kvitova will face 14th-ranked Petkovic on the hardcourt of PragueвЂ™s O2 Arena at 1200 GMT today. Then 17th-ranked Lucie Safarova will take on GermanyвЂ™s world number ten Angelique Kerber. вЂњIt really doesnвЂ™t matter who is going to play п¬Ѓrst,вЂќ said the 24-year-old Kvitova, who has lost four of seven encounters with Petkovic so far. вЂњItвЂ™s been a long time since we last played each other in 2011, a lot of things have changed since that time. I know I really need to be focused on myself.вЂќ вЂњI hope the home crowd will be an advantage for us,вЂќ said Kvitova, who led the Czechs to Fed Cup wins in 2011 and in 2012 when they beat Serbia 3-1 at a packed Prague arena. Petkovic, who is 27, said she was happy to play the п¬Ѓrst match. вЂњPetraвЂ™s such a great player, she has a little more experience, sheвЂ™s already won two Wimbledon п¬Ѓnals and she won the Fed Cup before,вЂќ Petkovic said. hile Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic jockey for the top ranking position and title honours when the World Tour Finals begin tomorrow, Stanislas Wawrinka will be leading the charge from the back of the elite ATP pack. The 29-year-old Swiss, Davis Cup teammate of Federer in the upcoming п¬Ѓnal in France, has certainly lifted his proп¬Ѓle after winning the Australian Open in January over Rafael Nadal. But even with a title win over Federer in the п¬Ѓnal of Monte Carlo in April, WawrinkaвЂ™s form has been unacceptably patchy, with too many highs and lows. That is something the Swiss aims to try and change when year-end group play starts at the O2 Arena. вЂњIвЂ™m not happy with the past few months,вЂќ said the world number four whose last truly decent result was a US Open quarter-final in September. The autumn disappointments have included п¬Ѓrstround losses in Tokyo, Shanghai and in Basel, with the Swiss winning just one round last week in Paris. вЂњI need to understand what were the problems and how to п¬Ѓx them. I donвЂ™t just concentrate on the big events, every tournament is important,вЂќ said SHANGHAI: Australian Brody Ninyette was disqualiп¬Ѓed from the WGC-HSBC Champions yesterday for a scorecard error while racking up a tournament record high score of 18-over-par in the second round. Ninyette, who has been battling a gastric complaint all week, signed an incorrect scorecard after getting his totals mixed up on two holes. But his disqualification did not matter much because he was already 12 strokes behind secondlast place at 32-over 176 at Sheshan after yesterdayвЂ™s 90. The man ranked 949th in the world will have few complaints, because he still receives last place money of nearly $40,000, which is the main reason he decided to play in the п¬Ѓrst place. вЂњIвЂ™ve been sick but I canвЂ™t really afford not to play,вЂќ the affable 27-year-old told a small group of reporters before his disqualiп¬Ѓcation came to light. вЂњThe gastro (I contracted) the day before I landed. It wasnвЂ™t the best flight either. It was coming out of both ends unfortunately. вЂњIвЂ™ll battle through it and then go to Spain (for the п¬Ѓnal stage of the European Tour qualifying school).вЂќ NinyetteвЂ™s 90 was the highest round by six strokes since the tournament became a WGC event in 2009. Stanislas Wawrinka will be leading the charge from the back of the elite ATP pack. Wawrinka, who is playing the year-ender for the second consecutive year. вЂњI hope next year can be a year without all these ups and downs. I need to be able to adapt to play well in all situations. I want better results not so many ups and downs.вЂќ A new name in the п¬Ѓeld is US Open winner Marin Cilic, another п¬Ѓrst-time grand slam champion like Wawrinka who has suffered a lesser version of the post-title problems expe- rienced by the Swiss. Cilic lost in the Shanghai п¬Ѓrst round and skipped Paris with a shoulder injury which is still not at 100%. But the quiet Croatian also reached the Beijing quarter-п¬Ѓnals and won the Moscow title little more than a month after his New York success. Cilic, Milos Raonic and New York п¬Ѓnalist Kei Nishikori of Japan are the three new players in the п¬Ѓeld at this edition. вЂњItвЂ™s a great honour to be here the п¬Ѓrst time,вЂќ said Cilic. вЂњThis has been the best year of my career. I hope my success in New York opens the door for guys from the вЂ�second line.вЂ™ вЂњTennis is expanding a bit, weвЂ™re seeing more new faces on the tour. ItвЂ™s making the game interesting, there will be a bigger intensity for next season. вЂњItвЂ™s a huge motivation for me to be pushed forward. I hope to be able to play the tennis I played at the US Open, it will be interesting to see how I Becker extends deal as Djokovic coach AFP London B oris Becker has struck a new deal to remain coach of world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic, the German icon revealed in an interview with sports daily Bild on Friday. вЂњWe have a written agreement, even if for sportsmen like us, a handshake is enough,вЂќ said the 43-year-old who has been DjokovicвЂ™s main coach since December 2013. вЂњOur partnership has been crowned with success these past 12 months and IвЂ™m delighted to continue our work with the whole team,вЂќ added the triple Wimbledon champion, who when asked how long the deal was for replied; вЂњAs long as the results are there.вЂќ Under BeckerвЂ™s guidance, the 27-year-old Djokovic has won six titles in 2014, including a second Wimbledon success, after 2011, and now stands on the brink of п¬Ѓnishing the year as world number one heading into next weekвЂ™s ATP World Tour Finals in London. According to Becker, retaining the number one spot has been their main priority while the French Open title is the only Grand Slam still eluding the Serbian. 10 Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 SPORT ATHLETICS KenyaвЂ™s Jeptoo accused of long-term EPO doping AFP Nairobi K enyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo has been implicated in illegal doping dating back more than three years, according to her estranged husband and legal documents seen by AFP yesterday. The allegations of possible long-term EPO use come a week after it emerged that Jeptoo, aged 33 and seen as currently the worldвЂ™s best female marathoner, had failed an out-of-competition drugs test carried out in September, weeks before her most recent victory in the Chicago marathon. Jeptoo has denied being a Rokoduguni says Afghanistan has prepared him for England debut By Robert Kitson The Guardian EnglandвЂ™s new wing Semesa Rokoduguni believes his days spent patrolling with the British army in Afghanistan will equip him perfectly for the job of tackling New Zealand on Saturday. The Fiji-born soldier, a lance corporal and reconnaissance tank soldier in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, will win his first cap as England seek to avoid a fifth successive loss to the All Blacks. Rokoduguni, 27, has been picked in recognition of his outstanding form for Bath this season, having served his adopted country as a foot soldier in Afghanistan in 2007. He says he will feel much the same before kick-off as he did on active service. вЂњTo be honest it is similar to the pressure I felt out there in Afghanistan, especially in the field,вЂќ he suggested. вЂњOut there in Afghanistan you have to be on top of your drills every single time because if you mess up that can cost someone their life. You had to be alert every single moment. That sort of mentality fits in well on the rugby pitch. If youвЂ™re not there on time you miss the opportunity to score a try and it can cost the team. The only difference is that here there is always a next time.вЂќ He has already scored a hattrick of tries at Twickenham for the Army against the Navy but never dreamed he would play rugby for England when he left Fiji as a 19-year-old, following in the military footsteps of his father, a staff sergeant currently engaged on a UN peacekeeping mission. вЂњThe plan was to join the army, send money home to support the family and then go back home but then things changed. I was doing well in army rugby and then all of a sudden Bath phoned up.вЂќ With his unit due to be posted to Leuchars in Scotland next year, some military colleagues have been asking whether he has chosen to represent the wrong country. вЂњMy unit is a Scots unit so they are saying: вЂ�Why are you playing for them? You should be playing for Scotland.вЂќ EnglandвЂ™s head coach, Stuart Lancaster, who has named two further uncapped players, SaracensвЂ™ George Kruis and BathвЂ™s Anthony Watson, on the replacementsвЂ™ bench, believes Rokoduguni will rise to his latest challenge. вЂњHeвЂ™s 27 years old and heвЂ™s probably one of the least nervous players in the squad. I think the life experience he has means he is very composed, calm and mature. You never really find out until you put them in the frontline but heвЂ™s got the necessary experience.вЂќ Lancaster, who describes the game as вЂњa real barometerвЂќ of EnglandвЂ™s development, has also kept faith with RokoduguniвЂ™s Bath teammate Kyle Eastmond, who was substituted after 40 minutes of EnglandвЂ™s last game against the All Blacks in June. The management insist they have total confidence in the centreвЂ™s ability to defend against the significantly bigger Sonny Bill Williams. cheat and has requested that her B sample now be tested according to procedureвЂ”although if it too is positive she faces a lengthy suspension and being stripped of her most recent titles. Jeptoo, a three-time winner of the Boston marathon and a twotime champion in Chicago, is the biggest name in Kenyan athletics ever to have been tested positive and the news has stunned Kenya, whose naturally-gifted distance runners are an immense source of national pride. But JeptooвЂ™s estranged husband, Noah Busienei, has produced written allegations of JeptooвЂ™s doping dating back to early last year, when the two were going through acrimonious legal proceedings following their separation. According to an April 2013 letter from his lawyer to Jeptoo, Busienei had вЂњknowledge that... you resorted to use unrecommended or banned drug hormone which increases the red blood counts.вЂќ The letter also told Jeptoo that unless she offered a п¬Ѓnancial settlement to Busienei, вЂњhe is willing to take the necessary step by revealing/disclosing/ unleashing the doping dossierвЂќ to Athletics Kenya and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Contacted by AFP, BusieneiвЂ™s lawyer Rioba Omboto, who is based in the Rift Valley town of Eldoret in western Kenya, conп¬Ѓrmed the authenticity and date of the letterвЂ”written before JeptooвЂ™s consecutive Boston and Kenyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo Chicago marathon victories. Jeptoo could not be reached for comment, and has refused to speak to the media since news of the positive test was made public. вЂњI feel very bad for what has happened to Rita but I saw it coming,вЂќ Busienei told AFP. He said he believed Jeptoo began doping in September 2011, allegedly following advice from a foreign agent who had promised to make the couple вЂњvery richвЂќ. Athletics Kenya revealed last week that it had been informed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that a sample of JeptooвЂ™s urine had tested positive for EPO, and promised вЂњvery drastic actionвЂќ if Jeptoo is conп¬Ѓrmed as a cheat. The organisers of the World Marathon Majors (WMM) - the series of marathons in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York and TokyoвЂ”also postponed the awarding of this yearвЂ™s $500,000 prize to Jeptoo. She had been due to attend the New York marathon last weekend to collect the prize, the biggest payout in distance running. Kenya has been under pressure from WADA to take action over doping after a string of positive tests in recent years. But a report from an independent task-force released this year did not uncover any evidence of the use of drugs among top athletes, and insisted that вЂњthe few reported cases were aided and abetted by professional doctors, managers and agentsвЂќ. RUGBY All BlacksвЂ™ Hansen wary of new-look England вЂ�New Zealand are strong across the board, very experienced and with world-class players in a lot of positionsвЂ™ AFP London N ew Zealand coach Steve Hansen is adamant the world champions remain wary of an injury-hit England ahead of their clash at Twickenham today. After seeing off the US 74-6 in Chicago last week, the All Blacks begin the crunch part of their end of season tour against the 2015 World Cup hosts. While Hansen has no qualms about leaving out all-time record points scorer Dan Carter, still in his view not fully п¬Ѓt after a succession of injuries and starting with Aaron Cruden at п¬‚y-half, that is the kind of selection luxury England counterpart Stuart Lancaster can only dream of this weekend. Injuries have deprived him of п¬Ѓrst-choice centres Manu TuilagiвЂ”a try-scorer and maker in EnglandвЂ™s stunning 38-21 win over the All Blacks at Twickenham in 2012 - and Luther Burrell, as well as locks Geoff Parling and Joe Launchbury and British and Irish Lions star prop Alex Corbisiero. EnglandвЂ™s back division includes a debutant wing in Fijiborn British Army soldier Semesa Rokoduguni, whose likely direct opponent, Julian Savea, has an outstanding record of 29 tries in 30 Tests, including eight in four matches against England. вЂњI donвЂ™t think itвЂ™s that inexperienced,вЂќ said Hansen of an England back division that includes a previously untried centre pairing of Kyle Eastmond and Brad Barritt. England skipper Chris Robshaw prepares to face the All Blacks at Twickenham, yesterday. вЂњMost of them have played Test rugby apart from the Fijian lad (Rokoduguni) who has just come into the side.вЂќ Since their 2012 success, England have lost four successive Tests against the All Blacks, including a 3-0 series defeat in New Zealand in June. They have received praise for their positive approach but, less than a year out from the World Cup, a victory on Saturday would be timely for England. This weekendвЂ™s match marks EnglandвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst international since June whereas Four Nations kings New Zealand are well into an international programme. вЂ�Second-guessвЂ™ вЂњThe big advantage weвЂ™ve got is that weвЂ™ve played a lot of Tests since June and the disadvantage is England have played none,вЂќ said Hansen. вЂњI guess there is an advantage for them in that too. TheyвЂ™ve seen what we are doingвЂ”we can only second-guess. вЂњDo they stick with the adventurous game they want to play or do they think to themselves вЂ�weвЂ™ll take them on up frontвЂ™ or do they do a bit of both, which is probably more likely?вЂќ Although a New Zealand visit to Twickenham is now almost an annual event, Hansen said playing at the venue for next yearвЂ™s World Cup п¬Ѓnal was always a memorable experience for the All Blacks. вЂњTwickenham is one of the great rugby grounds, isnвЂ™t it?вЂќ, said Hansen. вЂњIt holds 83,000, thatвЂ™s what you want when you play rugby, you want to play in the big stadiums and be challenged. Twickenham is always one of those places that does that.вЂќ The head-to-head contest between EnglandвЂ™s Danny Care and New ZealandвЂ™s Aaron Smith, two of the sharper scrum-halves in world rugby, will be intriguing as will the display of leadership skills of the two п¬‚anker-captains in Chris Robshaw and All Blacks great Richie McCaw. вЂњNew Zealand are strong across the board, very experienced and with world-class players in a lot of positions,вЂќ said Lancaster. вЂњBut itвЂ™s not dissimilar to the side we played in the summer, the side we played this time last year or two years ago and, on each occasion, we either won or pushed them close.вЂќ LancasterвЂ™s side might do well to demonstrate similar obstinacy to a capacity crowd who are likely to react to New ZealandвЂ™s haka with a rousing chorus of Twickenham anthem вЂ�Swing Low, Sweet ChariotвЂ™вЂ”a response thatвЂ™s almost becoming as traditional at вЂ�headquartersвЂ™ as the Maori war dance is to any All BlacksвЂ™ international. Inevitably, the match will be viewed through the prism of the upcoming World Cup and Hansen said: вЂњItвЂ™s not far away. is it? You can just about reach out and touch it. вЂњBut weвЂ™ve got a job to do on Saturday thatвЂ™s got nothing to do with the World Cup.вЂќ PREVIEW Australia aim to continue Wales winning streak AFP Cardiff A AustraliaвЂ™s Sean McMahon carries the ball at training ahead of his Test debut in Cardiff on Thursday. ustralia will seek to stretch their winning streak over Wales to 10 matches when the two teams clash in a World Cup pool rehearsal at Cardiff вЂ™s Millennium Stadium today. WalesвЂ™ last victory over the Wallabies came in 2008 when they eked out a 21-18 win. Since then it has been nine straight defeats, albeit the last eight by single-п¬Ѓgure margins. And in total Wales have endured a 20-match losing streak against Australia and SANZAR rivals New Zealand and South Africa since that win six years ago. TodayвЂ™s match also takes extra signiп¬Ѓcance as the two teams have been drawn in the same tough pool of the 2015 World Cup, along with hosts England and unpredictable Fiji. вЂњOur whole focus in the next 12 months has to be getting out of our group in the World Cup. That has to be our primary focus,вЂќ was Wales coach Warren GatlandвЂ™s blunt assessment of a testing line-up of November internationals that also include outings against Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa. Gatland named George North at centre after injuries deprived him of regular midп¬Ѓeld backs Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams. At scrum-half, Rhys Webb is preferred ahead of 87-times capped Mike Phillips and will partner Dan Biggar, while Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny, man of the series in the LionsвЂ™ 2-1 series win in Australia last year, returns after missing WalesвЂ™s last three Tests due to injury. TodayвЂ™s match will be GatlandвЂ™s counterpart Michael CheikaвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst Test in charge of the Wallabies since Ewen McKenzie resigned last month following their fall-out from the Kurtley Beale text pic scandal. Irish seek to punch above their weight against вЂ™Boks Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is looking to his Six Nations champions to land a signiп¬Ѓcant blow on one of what he terms rugbyвЂ™s heavyweights South Africa in their one-off Test on Saturday. Schmidt, who guided Ireland to a thrilling victory over France to clinch the northern hemisphere title in March, though admits expectations of a repeat of their performance last November when they were seconds away from their п¬Ѓrst ever win over world champions New Zealand may not be met. Aside from being deprived of 15 internationals through injury, while iconic centre Brian OвЂ™Driscoll has retired, they face the same Springbok side, a mix of youth and experience, that ended the All Blacks 22 match unbeaten run with a thrilling 2725 win four weeks ago. Schmidt, who has turned the national teamвЂ™s fortunes round since replacing Declan Kidney after the 2013 Six Nations, has at least got п¬Ѓrst choice п¬‚y-half Jonathan Sexton back п¬Ѓt although outside him will be an all new centre pairing. Robbie Henshaw, only 21 and with three caps to his name, and New Zealand-born Jared Payne, winning his п¬Ѓrst cap, have not only been handed the unenviable role of replacing the legendary partnership of OвЂ™Driscoll and Gordon DвЂ™Arcy but have also been pitched in at the deep end against the вЂ™Boks. Facing that duo will be the battle-hardened duo of skipper Jean de Villiers, capped 102 times, and Jan Serfontein, the same age as Henshaw but in contrast to his inexperience he has already pulled on the Sprinbgok jersey 16 times. Schmidt, like Payne a New Zealander, is unabashed at throwing them into such a cauldron, even though the durable DвЂ™Arcy had recovered from a heavy knock he took last month. Gulf Times Saturday, November 8, 2014 POSTER O C N R A TE M S A B N A V Retired Netherlands, Ajax and AC Milan striker FIFA Player of the Year in 1992 European Footballer of the year in вЂ™88, вЂ™89, вЂ™92 11 Saturday, November 8, 2014 SPORT GULF TIMES BOXING Age just a number for USA's Hopkins AFP Atlantic City U Teams battle it out at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Qatar Open in Gharafa yesterday BEACH VOLLEYBALL Germans continue solid run in Doha 'Our plan didn't go as far as the semi-final' By Yash Mudgal Doha G ermanyвЂ™s Tim Holler and Jonas Schroder kept up their impressive run at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Qatar Open run as they entered the semi-п¬Ѓnals yesterday. The German pair п¬Ѓrst defeated PolandвЂ™s Maciej Kosiak and Michal Bryl 2-0 (23-21, 21-17) and then followed up with another 2-0 (22-20, 21-14) win, this time against Yannick Salvetti and Jean-Baptiste Daguerre of France at the Qatar Beach Volleyball Academy (QBVA) courts in Al Gharafa. вЂњThe п¬Ѓrst set was bit difficult, but we had our chance and the second set was much better. We are not used to playing under п¬‚oodlights but we adjusted well. The windy conditions made it tough but in the end everything was perfect for us,вЂќ Holler said. It is our п¬Ѓrst main draw on the World Tour and we are so happy with the results because we know the French guys play pretty well in the wind,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe played them in Antalya in Turkey and it was pretty windy and they knew how to play the ball. We knew it would be a tough game, but we managed it well and won.вЂќ вЂњOur plan didnвЂ™t go as far as the semiп¬Ѓnal,вЂќ Schroder said. вЂњWe just thought about one match after the other. We had a really good day today and very, very happy to be in the semi-п¬Ѓnals.вЂќ The pair won their World Universities Beach Volleyball World Championships earlier in the year and have now made their mark on the World Tour in only their second Tour event. Canadian pair of Josh Binstock-Sam Schachter also kept their hope alive for their back to back title victory as they also entered the semi-п¬Ѓnals defeating the Italian team of twins Paolo Ingros- so-Matteo Ingrosso 2-0 (21-19, 21-19). The Canadinas maintained the form that earned them a maiden Parna Open title last week to outplay the Italians in 38 minutes. Binstock and Schachter teamed up midway through 2013 and after getting to know each otherвЂ™s game they began to serve notice of their potential with a fourth place п¬Ѓnish at the FIVB Sao Paolo Grand Slam and gold, silver and bronze medals on the NORCECA Continental Tour. Binstock-Schachter will take on Russian pair of Ruslan Bykanov and Serguei Prokopiev in the semiп¬Ѓnals today. Bykanov-Prokopiev made it through to the semi-п¬Ѓnals with a 2-0 (21-13, 21-14) win against Peter Eglseer and Daniel Mullner, their best FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour п¬Ѓnish so far. In the last quarter-п¬Ѓnal Frenchmen Youssef Krou-Edouard Rowlandson defeated Germans Bennet PoniewazDavid Poniewaz 2-0 (21-17, 21-16). Both the semi-п¬Ѓnals will be played today morning, while the third place match and п¬Ѓnal will be held in the evening. RESULTS (QUARTER-FINALS) Youssef Krou-Edouard Rowlandson FRA  B Poniewaz-D Poniewaz GER  2-0 (21-17, 21-16) Holler-SchrГ¶der GER  Salvetti-Daguerre FRA  2-0 (22-20, 21-14) Bykanov-Prokopiev RUS  EglseerMГјllner AUT  2-0 (21-13, 21-14) Binstock-Schachter CAN  P Ingrosso-M Ingrosso. ITA  2-0 (21-19, 21-19) PRE QUARTER-FINALS Poniewaz-Poniewaz GER  bt DumekKufa R. CZE  2-0 (21-19, 21-13) Krou-Rowlandson FRA  bt GarcГaMarco ESP  2-0 (21-10, 21-17) Salvetti-Daguerre FRA  bt OlesenKildegaard DEN [18 ] 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) Holler-SchrГ¶der GER  bt KosiakBryl POL  2-0 (23-21, 21-17) Bykanov-Prokopiev RUS  OlsonSlick USA  2-0 (21-12, 21-13) Eglseer-MГјllner AUT  bt Wu JiaxinC Yang CHN  2-1 (21-23, 21-17, 15-11) P Ingrosso-M Ingrosso ITA  bt Kotsilianos-Zoupanis GRE  2-0 (21-15, 21-14) Binstock-Schachter CAN  bt GГ¶gtepe-Giginoglu TUR  2-0 (24-22, 21-16) nlike other boxers who seem to age a little with each punch they absorb, Bernard Hopkins is still a marvel to watch at 49 years of age. The Philadelphia native is gearing up for his 66th professional bout as he tries to increase his record as the oldest world champion in boxing history. He will be two months shy of his 50th birthday when he seeks to defy Father Time once more by squaring off against Russian Sergey Kovalev in a light heavyweight uniп¬Ѓcation п¬Ѓght today at Boardwalk Hall arena. вЂњThis isnвЂ™t about being an athlete, a boxer or whatever it is. This is something separate. Me as a man. IвЂ™ve been here since 1965. I have been special ever since. I still have the hunger to prove myself,вЂќ said Hopkins who hopes to add KovalevвЂ™s WBO title to his WBA and IBF 170-pound belts. George Foreman was the oldest title holder until Hopkins showed up on the scene. Foreman last fought at 48 and won his last title at 45. Hopkins turned pro in October 1988 when Ronald Reagan was president, п¬Ѓghting for a quarter century. вЂњI donвЂ™t mind putting my wits up against anyoneвЂ™s wits today,вЂќ said Hopkins on Thursday. вЂњWhen I step into the ring I am at war with everybody.вЂќ Hopkins, who grew up on the crime-plagued streets of north Philadelphia, is the second of eight children and the son of a city rubbish collector. Hopkins was arrested more than two dozen times and stabbed three times. Boxing was his way out of the projects. But not before he served time in prison for armed robbery. He was paroled at age 23. Hopkins hopes to dispose of Kovalev, who is 21 years his junior, and then defend his title at age 50. But the Russian slugger is HopkinsвЂ™ most dangerous challenger in more than a decade. вЂњAll roads lead to this п¬Ѓght. This is a huge п¬Ѓght in my career and in my life,вЂќ Kovalev said on Thursday. вЂњBernard Hopkins is a legend. He is a professor of professional boxing. This п¬Ѓght is dangerous for me but this п¬Ѓght is also dangerous for him.вЂќ Kovalev has only one minor blemish on his career, a technical draw. In his 25 wins, only four opponents have lasted more than four rounds. вЂњIn the beginning of my career, I was ready to п¬Ѓght anywhere at anytime. No one knew me in America and I built my career from zero. I fought any place, any opponent,вЂќ Kovalev said. Kovalev, who goes by the nickname вЂњKrusherвЂќ has earned a reputation as a hard puncher. In 2011, Kovalev fought and beat Roman Simakov who suffered brain injuries and died three days later. BOTTOMLINE SC donates $500,000 to Kakuma project By Sports Reporter Doha T he Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) underlined its commitment to use sport as a vehicle for social change this week when it announced its commitment to help improve the lives of refugees in Kenya. Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser unveiled the Kakuma project, a pilot project by her charity Education Above All (EAA) which is aimed at providing a holistic approach to empowering refugees in the country who have been displaced by conп¬‚ict, disease and natural disaster. Speaking at the launch of the initiative Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC said: вЂњWe got involved with partners like Educate A Child because of our belief that sport can be used as a catalyst for change. We were made aware of the project and it seemed like a right п¬Ѓt. We believe that sport and education are a platform to improve peopleвЂ™s lives. Following a trip to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya earlier this year, the SC has pledged $500,000 to help with sports equipment, infrastructure and training to help improve the lives of the 170,000 people currently served by the community. The donation is part of wider $2mn pledge to Educate A Child, the central component of Education Above All. Al-Thawadi added: вЂњWe had the chance to visit Kakuma as part of this delegation and saw the extreme difп¬Ѓculties and wanted to help with that. The SC is committed to using sport as a positive means for change so this project made sense for us.вЂќ Following the SCвЂ™s own work on the Generation Amazing programme вЂ“ an initiative aimed at using young leaders from countries such as Nepal, Pakistan, Jordan and Qatar to drive change in their own communities вЂ“ the SC saw strong similarities in the Kakuma pilot project. вЂњThere are actually a lot of synergies between this and another one of our major CSR programmes, Generation Amazing. I think both complement each other and feed into the overall goals we Supreme Committee Secretary General Hassan al-Thawadi speaking at the Doha GOALS Forum. have set ourselves,вЂќ concluded al-Thawadi. вЂњOur agreement is to provide the equipment, infrastructure and train the coaches. WeвЂ™ll also help with the sporting facilities to allow fundamental skills to be transferred to make a difference.вЂќ EAA, which is funding the project, will co-ordinate the efforts of a wide range of industry partners, including experts in construction, project management, solar technology, sports, and water and sanitation, to create an environment suitable to the provision of sustainable, quality education. The project, which is centred on the concept of lifelong learning, will offer educational interventions вЂ“ from early childhood education to vocational training and literacy classes вЂ“ that are designed to meet the learning needs of each individual regardless of age, background or special need. The project will also feature peace education programmes, as well as sports and extra-curricular activities to beneп¬Ѓt both refugees and Kenyan nationals in the surrounding community, thereby further solidifying peaceful coexistence and enhancing protection in the region.