INDEX 2, 20 QATAR 3 REGION 3-5 ARAB WORLD INTERNATIONAL 6 вЂ“ 17 COMMENT 18, 19 BUSINESS 1 вЂ“ 12 CLASSIFIED SPORTS 7 1 вЂ“ 12 QATAR | Page 20 SPORT | Page 1 Ashghal official underlines importance of govt and private sector partnership Gaultier survives World Open scare DOW JONES QE NYMEX 17,623.20 13,729.78 75.97 -29.59 -0.17% +6.24 +0.05% +1.76 +2.37% Latest Figures pu The first online auction for fancy vehicle numbers launched recently by the Traffic Department has concluded with a revenue of more than QR421mn for 19 numbers. The highest bid for a number amounted to QR200.43mn for вЂњ336633вЂќ. The second highest price was QR200.40mn for вЂњ333355вЂќ. This was followed by QR12.31mn for вЂњ337337вЂќ. The winning bidders are required go to the General Directorate of the Traffic Department within 24 hours of the end of the auction to sign the purchase contracts. Failing to do so would make them lose their claim for the designated number. It also entails the loss of the security deposit of QR20,000. Arabic daily Arrayah reported yesterday that the Traffic Department intended to offer around 10,000 fancy numbers at such auctions in batches. The world is awash in oil even as both Iraq and Libya - the two countries responsible for OpecвЂ™s recent recovery in supply growth вЂ” are both in the throes of conflicts AFP Paris O EUROPE | Tension Sweden вЂ�has proof on sub incursionвЂ™ The 2015 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) will be held in Equatorial Guinea, the Confederation of African Federations (CAF) said yesterday. Original hosts Morocco were stripped of hosting rights of the January 17 to February 8 tournament after insisting on a postponement due to the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. CAF refused to postpone the event and Morocco failed to confirm its commitment by last weekвЂ™s deadline, forcing the continentвЂ™s governing body to seek new eleventh hour hosts. Sport Page 4 QATAR | Health Psychiatry dept for children A psychiatry department for children is to be opened at Muaither next month, Dr Majid Ali al-Abdalla, consultant psychiatrist at the Hamad Medical Corporation, has told local Arabic daily Arrayah. The new department will be opened in two stages, an outpatient clinic followed by a section for resident patients. in Fancy numbers fetch QR421mn Equatorial Guinea to host African Cup d QATAR | Auction SPORT | Football Vol. XXXV No. 9542 November 15, 2014 Moharram 22, 1436 AH www. gulf-times.com 2 Riyals IEA sees further drop in oil prices In brief Sweden said yesterday it had evidence that a mini submarine entered its waters in October, in a Cold War-style incident that triggering a week-long hunt fuelled by heated speculation of a Russian incursion. вЂњThe Swedish defence forces can confirm that a mini u-boat violated Swedish territory. This is a serious and unacceptable violation by a foreign power,вЂќ the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Sverker Goeransson told reporters. Page 11 he R is bl TA 978 A 1 Q since GULF TIMES SATURDAY People taking part in the Beat Diabetes Walkathon yesterday. PICTURE: Jayan Orma Thousands join Beat Diabetes Walkathon By Joey Aguilar Staff Reporter M ore than 7,000 Qatar residents participated in the п¬Ѓfth Beat Diabetes Walkathon yesterday in a bid to raise awareness about the disease that has affected millions of people worldwide. World Diabetes Day was observed yesterday. The annual event attracted dozens of schools and groups in the country, as well as families and individuals, who joined the 2km walk at Aspire Park. It was organised by Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) and the Landmark Group. вЂњPeople should be active, eat a balanced and healthy diet and undergo regular blood screening to beat diabetes,вЂќ Dr Abdullah al-Hamaq, executive director of QDA, told reporters on the occasion. вЂњDiabetes is on the rise all over the world and countries are struggling to keep pace,вЂќ he cautioned. According to a statement from QDA, the latest estimates of International Diabetes Federation (IDF) revealed that 8.3% of adults (382mn people) have diabetes across the world. The number is expected to increase to more than 592mn in less than 25 years. A sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits and low levels of awareness are noted as key contributors to the rapid incidence of type 2 diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa. Type 1 diabetes, which affects children and relatively younger people, is considered to be caused by hereditary factors. The condition has been on the rise with more than 79,000 children (0-14 years) across the region believed to be affected by the disease. вЂњThe walk also aims to educate the community on how to prevent diabetes and obesity such as doing regular exercise and living a healthy lifestyle,вЂќ Dr al-Hamaq said. He had recently announced that many general practitioners in the country would beneп¬Ѓt from a threeyear programme that aimed to further upgrade their skills in treating diabetes. The European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the Gulf Group for the Study of Diabetes had renewed another agreement to provide a post graduate continued education for doctors across the GCC. An ongoing event at Katara вЂ“ the Cultural Village titled Katara Campaign with Action on Diabetes, ends today. Some of the activities include dietary education, blood glucose monitoring, healthy cooking and physical activities. A zone was also set up for children. Echoing the statements of Dr alHamaq, Landmark Group chief operating officer Santosh Pai told reporters that the annual event received an overwhelming response from Qatar residents. вЂњSince the diabetes epidemic is growing, we feel that we can do something to at least raise awareness and change their lifestyles,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe want people to make a conscious effort to lead healthier lifestyles and regularly monitor their blood glucose levels. These are essential to the long-term health of our family, community and nation,вЂќ Pai added. Dr al-Hamaq, Pai and Aspire Logistics event manager Abdullah alKhater joined the participants in the 2km walk. il prices are expected to keep sliding well into 2015, held down by weak demand and increased shale production, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said yesterday. Global prices have collapsed by some 30% since June, and crude futures slumped on Thursday to lows not seen since September 2010, diving well below the $80-per-barrel mark. The IEA said while there had been speculation that the high cost of shale extraction вЂњmight set a new equilibrium for Brent prices in the $80 to $90 range, supply/demand balances suggest that the price rout has yet to run its courseвЂќ. вЂњOur supply and demand forecasts indicate that barring any new supply disruption, downward price pressures could build further in the п¬Ѓrst half of 2015,вЂќ it added. Prices were unlikely to reverse course anytime soon, as there are вЂњdeep structural changesвЂќ transforming the industry. China, which in recent years has had a voracious appetite for energy, is now entering a less oil-intensive stage of growth, while technological innovations have unlocked shale resources in North America. вЂњA return to previous price highs may not be a close prospect, as it is increasingly clear that we have begun a new chapter in the history of the oil markets,вЂќ the IEA said. Dealers were also betting that the 12-nation Opec group, which is meeting on November 27 in Vienna, would decide against cutting output quotas. This is because Opec is battling to maintain its foothold in the US market against the п¬‚ood of oil being extracted domestically from shale rock - which had in part caused the global glut. As pressure mounts on Opec to slash output, Ali al-Naimi, Saudi ArabiaвЂ™s oil minister, said that вЂњtalk of a price war is a sign of misunderstanding - deliberate or otherwise and has no basis in realityвЂќ. вЂњWe do not seek to politicise oil, nor do we collude against anybody. For us, it is a question of supply and demand. It is purely business,вЂќ he said on Wednesday. In a report to the G20 group of leading industrial powers ahead of a summit in Brisbane, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the вЂњrecent appreciable fall in oil prices, if sustained, will boost growthвЂќ. But the lower prices are hurting some crude exporters, including Venezuela, Iran and Russia. The latter two are also struggling with the impact of Western sanctions. The IEA noted that production at current or even lower prices may not be uneconomical, but вЂњit may take a toll on social stability and thus indirectly affect production prospectsвЂќ. Prices had touched a high in June of $115.71, when the Islamic State organisationвЂ™s offensive in Iraq had pushed up costs. But abundant supplies, tepid demand and the strong dollar have forced them back down. Supply growth also shows few signs of abating. On Thursday, US production hit a new record. The world is awash in oil even as both Iraq and Libya - the two countries responsible for OpecвЂ™s recent recovery in supply growth - are both in the throes of conп¬‚icts. Demand growth is meanwhile expected to remain at the п¬Ѓve-year low rate of 680,000 barrels a day in 2014, reaching an estimated 92.4mn barrels a day, the IEA said. вЂњRelatively weak Chinese demand growth, coupled with large absolute declines in both European and OECD Asia Oceania, curb the upside momentum otherwise provided by gains in other non-OECD economies and the US,вЂќ it said. Accelerating global momentum is seen lifting demand growth to reach 1.1mn barrels a day to 93.6mn barrels a day. Oil prices rebounded slightly yesterday, although they remain well below $80. Brent hit an intra-day low of $76.76 earlier in the session, the lowest since September 2010, before climbing back up to $79.10. US crude was up 58 cents at $74.79. Business page 1 IS releases audio of chief Baghdadi after death rumours AFP Baghdad T he Islamic State group has released a deп¬Ѓant audio recording it said was of chief Abu Bakr alBaghdadi, after air strikes on militant leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed. In the 17-minute message, the man purported to be Baghdadi vowed that IS, which has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria, will continue to expand despite international air strikes, and that its opponents will be drawn into a ground war. вЂњBe assured, O Muslims, for your State is good and in the best condition. Its march will not stop and it will continue to expand,вЂќ said the man in the recording, whose voice sounded like BaghdadiвЂ™s but whose identity could not be independently conп¬Ѓrmed. вЂњSoon, the Jews and Crusaders will be forced to come down to the ground and send their ground forces to their deaths and destruction,вЂќ he said. US President Barack Obama has announced plans to double the number of US military personnel in Iraq to up to 3,100 to help advise and train BaghdadвЂ™s forces - a move the man in the audio recording said was the start of the ground war between the two sides. The message was the п¬Ѓrst said to be from Baghdadi since a video released in July, shortly after IS proclaimed a вЂњcaliphateвЂќ over parts of Iraq and Syria, of the militant leader delivering a Friday sermon in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. While the recording seemed aimed at dispelling speculation that Baghdadi was seriously injured or dead, it did not mention the strikes against IS leaders. But it did reference the decision by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, EgyptвЂ™s deadliest militant group, to pledge allegiance to Baghdadi and IS, which was announced after the strikes. The US said that coalition aircraft launched strikes targeting IS leaders in the area of their northern hub of Mosul last Friday, setting off a п¬‚urry of speculation that Baghdadi was wounded or killed. Some reports meanwhile pointed to another alleged strike near IraqвЂ™s border with Syria, saying Baghdadi was hit there instead. But officials in both Iraq and the US have made clear that no one is yet certain about BaghdadiвЂ™s fate. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said on Monday that вЂњthe bottom line from our perspective is we simply cannot conп¬Ѓrm his current statusвЂќ. And senior Iraqi officials from the interior and defence ministries and the intelligence service said investigations were ongoing. Iraq retakes strategic town from militants Iraqi forces yesterday recaptured the strategic town of Baiji in a significant victory over the Islamic State group, as the UN accused the militants of crimes against humanity in neighbouring Syria. Baiji is the largest town to be retaken by government troops since IS-led militants overran The death of the elusive IS leader would be a major victory for the USled coalition, but with both areas where strikes were rumoured to have hit Baghdadi far from government control, conп¬Ѓrming anything there much of IraqвЂ™s Sunni Arab heartland in June, subsequently declaring a вЂњcaliphateвЂќ in Iraqi and Syrian territory. The northern town, which had been out of government control for months, is located near IraqвЂ™s largest oil refinery on the main highway to the IS-held second city of Mosul. Page 4 will be difficult if not impossible. Rumours of BaghdadiвЂ™s demise have surfaced before and the absence of video in ThursdayвЂ™s release by the IS groupвЂ™s media arm is likely to fuel further speculation he was indeed wounded. 2 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 QATAR Rising cases of overtaking from the wrong side Citizens have expressed concern over rising cases of overtaking from the right on the countryвЂ™s roads, local Arabic daily Arrayah has reported. The number of violations had reduced following a decision by the Traffic Department to seize the cars of offending motorists. However, the citizens point out that some people are indulging in this practice again, the report states. They have called for strict implementation of the rules to prevent overtaking from the right, particularly in the peak hours. Thousands of expatriates arrive in Qatar from different countries every year, they say, adding that many are unaware of traffic rules and proper driving methods. What is required is greater awareness, which, they say, is more important than recording violations and imposing penalties, according to the report. The citizens say the factors responsible for this violation include severe traffic congestion and worries over arriving late for work. However, these are no justifications for indulging in a dangerous practice like overtaking from the right, which causes accidents and hampers the traffic flow, the report adds. 60 violations by commercial outlets reported The Ministry of Economy and CommerceвЂ™s (MEC) inspection campaign at various markets in the country has resulted in the issuance of some 60 violation reports to different commercial outlets. The penalties for such violations vary from temporary closure of the erring shop to fines as stipulated by laws and consumer protection regulations. Most of the violations pertain to describing an item in an inaccurate manner and giving wrong information about it, displaying expired products and charging rates higher than those originally mentioned by the outlet. The MEC will publish the names of violating outlets if the penalty involved is administrative closure of the shop. F Ring road to be ready before National Day More than 95% of work on F-Ring Road which would serve as a vital connecting link between Hamad International Airport (HIA) and western areas of the country, has already been completed, Arabic daily Al Raya reported, quoting the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) official. The 8-km long would be ready before the Qatar National Day celebrations on December 18. Last week, a section of the road from Al Wakra side to the HIA was opened for traffic. When ready the road would also provide easy connectivity for those travelling between the Industrial Area and the HIA. A tour of the area made by the newspaper found the work of the road is in the final stages. The road is expected to reduce the traffic congestion for motorists commuting towards the Corniche from the southern areas of Doha. Armed forces begin rehearsal for parade The Qatar Armed Forces have started rehearsals for the military parade that will take place on Qatar National Day, local Arabic daily Al Sharq has reported. National Day is celebrated on December 18. The participating forces gather at the Al Dihailiyat camp for the rehearsals. At least 10-12 sections of the armed forces and other security forces have arrived at the camp to participate in the rehearsals, which started on Sunday and will take place every day except on Fridays and Saturdays. According to the report, a committee has been formed for the military parade. It comprises officers representing the different units and sections of the armed forces and security departments that take part in the parade. The committee held its first meeting recently and discussed arrangements and preparations for the military parade and National Day. Draft resolution addresses rights abuses in Syria QNA New York T he State of Qatar, on behalf of nearly 60 UN member countries, has submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly on the situation of human rights in Syria. Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, QatarвЂ™s permanent representative to the United Nations, presented the draft resolution to the Third Committee of the General Assembly (concerned with social and human rights) on behalf of the states which adopt the draft resolution. Sheikha Alia explained, in her statement, that the draft resolution aimed at addressing the вЂњserious violationsвЂќ of human rights and international law in Syria вЂњwhere the human rights situation continues to deteriorateвЂќ, stressing condemnation of indiscriminate killing and deliberate targeting of civilians as a violation of international humanitarian law. The resolution, she said, expressed alarm over the escalation of violence in Syria and its victims including refugees and serious violations of human rights and international law, particularly the use of heavy weapons, air strikes and throwing explosive barrels and The draft resolution aimed at addressing the вЂњserious violationsвЂќ of human rights and international law in Syria вЂњwhere the human rights situation continues to deteriorateвЂќ starving civilians by Syrian authorities. The draft resolution also addresses issues such as sexual violence, child abuse, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, prevention of humanitarian assistance and the issue of the differentiation between civilian and military targets, as well as the issue of accountability for violations of international law committed in Syria, Sheikha Alia added. She said the draft resolution highlighted the issue of extremism and terrorism where it denounced and condemned terrorist acts and all violations of international law by any party to the conп¬‚ict, especially the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, and Syria and militia п¬Ѓghting for the regime, terrorist groups linked to Al Qaeda and other extremist groups. It is expected that the committee would vote on draft resolution next week to the General Assembly in order to submit it to the UN General Assembly for vote next December. QTA holds health awareness campaign Dr Saif Ali al-Hajari speaking at a function yesterday. вЂ�A Flower Each SpringвЂ™ programme kicks off in Al Khor today T In co-operation with the Supreme Council of Health, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) organised a health awareness campaign for its employees as part of the вЂњWorkplace Wellness Programme.вЂќ Free consultations on blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity were offered during the two-day campaign. The programme aimed at raising awareness among employees on healthy lifestyle practices. QTA chairman Issa al-Mohannadi is seen with a team from the SCH during the programme. he 17th edition of вЂ�A Flower Each SpringвЂ™ programme will kick off today in Al Khor and will introduce another Qatari natural plant under the name: Thanoun вЂ�the Cistanche phelypaeaвЂ™. Dr Saif Ali al-Hajari, chairman, the Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) and head of вЂ�A Flower Each SpringвЂ™ programme, praised the support extended by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to the programme, which was launched in 1999. The programme aims at introducing the п¬‚ora of Qatar in their natural habitats to the local community in order to be protected and grown well. He said the programme will organise several activities including п¬Ѓeld trips and festivals focusing on this plant, adding that new activities on water and electricity conservation will be added to this year programme in order to promote the rational consumption of water and electricity. Al-Hajari said that some 300 people and a number of schools will attend the inauguration ceremony, adding that the programme will continue until next May. Cistanche is a genus of holoparasitic desert plants in the family Orobanchaceae. The genus Cistanche includes 16 species. They form an attractive group of phanerogamic root parasites. BMW Group urges people to buckle up B MW Group Middle East is marking World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) by urging drivers and passengers to buckle up. Commemorated annually on the third Sunday of November, WDR is endorsed by the United Nations. This year, on November 16, the occasion will remember the millions killed and injured on the worldвЂ™s roads as well as their families and many others also affected. There will also be a special reп¬‚ection on the tremendous burden and cost of this global problem. вЂњBMW Group Middle East launched its вЂ�Stay Alert. Stay AliveвЂ™ road safety campaign in 2010 as part of its commitment to raise awareness of the importance of wearing seatbelts. WDR provides us with a great opportunity to reinforce this messaging in line with such a credible global awareness day,вЂќ said Leanne Blanckenberg, corporate communications manager of BMW Group Middle East. The premium automotive manufacturerвЂ™s вЂњStay Alert. Stay AliveвЂќ road safety campaign puts the following questions to drivers and urges them to buckle up: вЂњDo you buckle up as soon as you get in the car?вЂќ, вЂњDo you insist that your passengers wear a seatbelt?вЂќ and вЂњDo your children have the right car seat safety restraints for their weight and age?вЂќ. If the answer is no (even just once), then one needs to read the following п¬Ѓve reasons why motorists should buckle up: вЂњSeatbelts save lives and reduce injuriesвЂќ: according to the World Health Organisation, wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of a fatality among front seat passengers by 40-50% and among rear seat occupants by 25-75%; вЂњItвЂ™s the law: wearing a seatbelt while driving or as a passenger is the law and any person found not to be buckled up will face a considerable п¬Ѓne. Similarly, if a child is over 10 years old, s/he must wear a seatbelt, while children less than 10 years old must be restrained using the correct type of child seat; вЂњSeatbelts = life: seatbelts are designed to stop the uncontrolled movement of people within a vehicle and therefore one of the most important tools to prevent serious injury or death in a road accident; вЂњEven the best drivers have accidentsвЂќ: even the most skilled drivers cannot be 100% certain of the ability to prevent an accident when another driver is at fault. It is, therefore, essential that every driver and passenger wears a seatbelt any time they are in a moving vehicle; and вЂњSeatbelts reduce child fatalitiesвЂќ: children are not small adults вЂ“ they need specialised protection in a moving vehicle. Appropriate child restraints are essential to reduce the risk of injury. It is essential for parents to make sure that they use the right restraint for their childвЂ™s age and size. There are different seats available and the selection of the appropriate one is crucial in ensuring that the child is effectively protected. These are rear-facing infant car seat (designed for infants under the age of one year; at BMW, this is known as BMW Baby Seat 0+), child safety seat (targeting toddlers aged one to four years; at BMW, this is known as BMW Junior Seat I-II), booster seat (made for small children aged four to six years; at BMW, this is known as BMW Junior Seat II-III) and booster cushion (for children aged six to 11 years; at BMW, these are known as BMW Booster Cushions). Lebanese students win Grand Award in Intel science contest Economist to present lecture at TAMUQ S D tudents from Lebanon who created the вЂ�AutocoolвЂ™ project won the Grand Award for the best overall project at the п¬Ѓfth Intel Science Competition Arab World 2014 held in Qatar for the п¬Ѓrst time. The solar powered cooler aims to maintain a carвЂ™s interior temperature at an acceptable condition when parked in sunlight. A project which focuses on CYP2C19 polymorphisms in the Saudi population bagged the second place. It proposed a clinical response to Clopidogrel, an oral, thienopyridine-class antiplatelet agent used to inhibit blood clots in coronary artery disease. Tunisian studentsвЂ™ invention which uses artiп¬Ѓcial intelligence and computer vision to develop an operating system for head-mounted displays was awarded third place. вЂњThe students have demonstrated outstanding knowledge and application in the science, technology, engineering and maths or known as STEM subjects,вЂќ said Dr Ayman Bassil, head One of the winning students from Lebanon receiving the Grand Award at the closing ceremony of the fifth Intel Science Competition Arab World 2014 in Doha. He was joined by (from left) Rabea Mohammed al-Kaabi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar; Dr Thomas Zacharia, executive vice president of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation; Dr Wyatt Hume, executive director of Education, Training and Development at Qatar Foundation; and Ferruh Gurtus, corporate affairs group director, Intel Corporation. of research training at Qatar FoundationвЂ™s Research and Development. He added that it is important for students to take their passion and enthusiasm for science demonstrated during this competition back to their home countries. Bassil hopes many of them will be inspired to pursue a career in science, technology or innovation. The event has gathered more than 100 students from nine countries across the Middle East and North Africa competing in six scientiп¬Ѓc categories. Participants presented their projects in front of international judges at the Qatar National Convention Centre. r Miles Kimball, professor of economics and survey research at the University of Michigan, USA, will present a talk, вЂњHow Subordinating Paper Money to Electronic Money Can End Recessions and End Inп¬‚ation,вЂќ at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) on Monday. The lecture is hosted by the Liberal Arts Programme at TAMUQ. Dr Troy Bickham, chair, Liberal Arts Programme, said: вЂњWe are very excited about hosting Dr Kimball for this lecture as it highlights the broad interests of our students and further underlines that social sciences, arts and humanities are an important part of engineering education at Texas A&M.вЂќ Kimball writes the blog Confessions of a Supply Side Liberal and earned a PhD from Harvard University in 1987. His expertise is in the areas of macroeconomics, economics of uncertainty, cognitive economics and labour. Research includes business cycle theory, utility theory, eco- Dr Miles Kimball nomics of uncertainty, survey measures of preference parameters, economics of happiness, origins of preferences, consumption, labour supply, risk aversion, investment, and technology shocks. In his abstract, Kimball said that it has long been taken for granted that paper currency earns a zero interest rate, making it difficult to lower other interest rates more than a fraction of a percent below zero. Moderating the talk and discussion will be Dr Khalid Rashid Alkhater, director of research and monetary policy at Qatar Central Bank (QCB) and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee and the Investment Committee at QCB. Dr Mohamed al-Maitami Silatech man joins new Yemen govt Dr Mohamed al-Maitami, who served for four years as senior representative of Doha-based Silatech, has been named YemenвЂ™s minister of planning and international co-operation under the new government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahhah announced recently. Dr al-Maitami is an economist and professor at the University of SanaвЂ™a. In addition to Silatech, he has held positions with Georgetown University (US), the Yemeni Centre for Studies and Research and the Economic Research Forum. Silatech is a regional social initiative focused on improving employment and enterprise opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. During Dr al-MaitamiвЂ™s tenure with Silatech, the organisation pioneered a variety of job training, microfinance and enterprise development programmes that benefited tens of thousands of Yemeni youth. Silatech CEO Dr Tarik M Yousef said, вЂњYemen was one of the first countries in which Silatech programmes had a strong presence and Dr al-Maitami played a leading role in fostering close partnerships for us there. Yemen faces serious challenges but I am confident that with his experience and knowledge, Dr al-Maitami will serve Yemen well. We at Silatech offer him our heartfelt congratulations and look forward to strengthening our partnerships in Yemen.вЂќ Founded in 2008 by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Silatech is a dynamic social initiative that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. Silatech, which means вЂ�your connection,вЂ™ finds innovative solutions to challenging problems, working with a wide spectrum of NGOs, governments and the private sector to foster sustainable, positive change for Arab youth. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 3 REGION/ARAB WORLD Internet вЂ�smart п¬ЃlteringвЂ™ in Iran soon: minister AFP Tehran I ran will have вЂњsmart п¬ЃlteringвЂќ within six months to weed out Internet content the authorities deem offensive or criminal, the telecommunications minister said yesterday. Tehran already blocks access to popular websites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to stop Iranians from surп¬Ѓng content seen as immoral or undermining the Islamic regime. Mahmoud VaeziвЂ™s remarks come just days after a body tasked with policing the Internet ordered his ministry to regularise the use of Instagram within two months or access to it would be blocked. Last month, Iran prevented ac- cess to an Instagram page devoted to the lifestyle of TehranвЂ™s young elite that stirred indignation in the sanctions-hit country. In September, the judiciary gave the government a month to ban messaging applications Viber, Tango and WhatsApp over insults to Iranian officials, but they remain accessible. Internet censorship is a bone of contention between conserv- ative hardliners and government members including President Hassan Rohani who use social networks. Rohani, a moderate, has called Internet censorship counterproductive, but ultra-conservatives who control key institutions disagree. Vaezi said вЂњthe п¬Ѓrst phase of smart online п¬Ѓltering will be ready within a month, a second phase within three months and a third within six monthsвЂќ, the Isna news agency reported. In September, Fars news agency quoted him as saying ministry engineers were working on ways to remove вЂњcriminalвЂќ content from social networks. At the time, a police official said that вЂњsmart п¬Ѓltering of social networksвЂќ would be better than blocking the Internet so us- ers could still beneп¬Ѓt вЂњfrom the usefulвЂќ aspect of the web. Iran formed a special Internet police unit in early 2011 to combat вЂњcyber crimesвЂќ, particularly on social networking sites which are popular among the opposition and dissidents. The unit came under harsh criticism, and its chief was sacked in December 2012 after blogger Sattar Beheshti died in custody, triggering an international outcry over reports he was tortured to death after criticising the Iranian regime in his posts. Official п¬Ѓgures show that more than 30mn people out of IranвЂ™s total population of 75mn use the Internet. A recent study found that 69% of young users use illegal software to bypass official restrictions. Despair fuels violence in riot-hit area of Jerusalem AFP Jerusalem T he stench of teargas, burnt tyres and вЂњskunkвЂќ riot control liquid п¬Ѓlls the air in an East Jerusalem district shaken by months of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces. Along with the foul odours there is a sense of despair in Issawiya, a neighbourhood of 20,000 people where a lack of prospects for young Palestinians fuels frustration and violence. вЂњThe youths here have no future. The town has no future,вЂќ local council member Mohamed Khader Abu el-Hummus said. Issawiya, which lies in a valley east of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, has been the scene of near-daily clashes since July, when Jewish extremists burned alive a Palestinian teenager in revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. Local activist Raed Abu Riyaal said that since July, 150 youthsвЂ” including minorsвЂ”had been arrested for violent clashes with police. Fearing a wider outbreak, police have combined forces with the Jerusalem municipality to crack down, п¬Ѓning residents for previously ignored misdemeanours, from parking and traffic to business and construction violations. But far from quelling tensions, the Israeli measuresвЂ”along with the police closure of three of the districtвЂ™s four entrances with concrete blocksвЂ”are perceived as unjust punishment for the youth uprising. вЂњThis is collective punishment,вЂќ Abu Riyaal said, noting the difficulties the townвЂ™s 3,000 youths now face on their way to high school. Residents have appealed to IsraelвЂ™s supreme court against the closure, with the state due to п¬Ѓle its response by Wednesday. At a new makeshift police camp at the entrance to Issawiya on Thursday, officers put on helmets and riot gear while others mounted horses. A surveillance balloon, recently launched by the Jerusalem municipality, loomed in its п¬Ѓxed spot overhead. A senior policeman was telling local leaders in Arabic that parents were responsible for their children and they must keep them at home to prevent clashes. Residents of the district had traditionally been farmers, but Israeli expropriations of lands for nearby settlements and roads have reduced their lands from 3,100 acres to 500 on which they live. Israeli authorities also plan to use land near Issawiya for a national parkвЂ”a move critics say is designed to prevent the expansion of the crowded neighbourhood. The main entrance leading to the next-door Israeli settlement of French Hill, where many residents of Issawiya work, has been cut off by concrete blocks. At a recent demonstration, hundreds of marchers called for an end to the restrictions. Most were locals, but there were also Israeli activists who turned out to show solidarity with the people of Issawiya. As they marched they held up signs reading вЂњNo to collective punishmentвЂќ and вЂњYou are turning Issawiya into a big jail.вЂќ вЂњWe canвЂ™t work anymore. There are non-stop clashes,вЂќ Abu Abed al-Joabe, a baker, said. Residents feel they cannot escape the raging violence. The Jamjum familyвЂ™s house caught п¬Ѓre after being hit by teargas canisters and stun grenades. Moatasem, 39, recounted taking his paralysed father from bed and rushing him to the nearby Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital as п¬Ѓreп¬Ѓghters battled the п¬‚ames. вЂњWhen I returned from hospital, the house had been totally burnt,вЂќ he said. Palestinian worshippers walk outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers yesterday. Israel relaxes curbs at Aqsa after Kerry talks Police say 40,000 worshippers attended Friday prayers, which passed off without incident AFP Jerusalem I srael eased restrictions at JerusalemвЂ™s Al Aqsa mosque yesterday after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced an agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the п¬‚ashpoint compound. The site has been the focus of months of unrest in annexed Arab East Jerusalem that has spread to the occupied West Bank and Arab communities across Israel, raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Palestinians have been infuriated by a far-right Jewish campaign for prayer rights at Al Aqsa that threatens an ultra-sensitive, decades-old status quo. The violence prompted Kerry to hold a п¬‚urry of meetings with the two sides in neighbouring Jordan on Thursday, after which he announced unspeciп¬Ѓed conп¬Ѓdence-building measures. Men of all ages were allowed entry for Friday prayers at Al Aqsa for the п¬Ѓrst time in вЂњmonthsвЂќ, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. вЂњItвЂ™s been four months that I havenвЂ™t been able to pray at Al Aqsa on Friday, even during the holy month of Ramadan,вЂќ Amir, 18, from East JerusalemвЂ™s volatile Silwan neighbourhood said. Police said 40,000 worshippers attended the prayers, which passed off without incident. Rosenfeld linked the decision to lift age restrictions to KerryвЂ™s talks in Jordan with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and King Abdullah II. вЂњFirm commitmentsвЂќ were made to maintain the status quo, Kerry said at a news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. Israel and Jordan, which has custodial rights at the compound, also agreed to take steps to вЂњde-escalate the situationвЂќ in Jerusalem and to вЂњrestore conп¬ЃdenceвЂќ. вЂњWe are not going to lay out each practical step. It is more important they be done in a quiet and effective way,вЂќ Kerry said. вЂњIt is clear to me that they are serious about working on the effort to create de-escalation and to take steps to instil conп¬Ѓdence that the status quo will be upheld.вЂќ Kerry met separately in Amman with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who he said also committed to help calm emotions. вЂњPresident Abbas and I... discussed constructive steps, real stepsвЂ”not rhetoric but real steps that people can takeвЂ”in order to de-escalate the situa- tion and create a climate where we can move forward in a positive and constructive way,вЂќ Kerry said. вЂњPresident Abbas strongly restated his п¬Ѓrm commitment to non-violence, and he made it clear that he will do everything possible to restore calm and to prevent the incitement of violence and to try to change the climate.вЂќ German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is also due in the Palestinian territories and Israel from today for talks with leaders on both sides, a spokesman in Berlin said yesterday. A preacher at Al Aqsa yesterday denounced вЂњIsraeli aggressionвЂќ in his sermon piped over loudspeakers. Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Wednesday he would order the installation of metal detectors at the entrances to the compound along with facial-recognition technology. Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Islamic Waqf which runs the compound, rejected the idea. An Israeli human rights group yesterday accused the police and paramilitary border police of вЂњserious irregularitiesвЂќ in dispersing Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem. An 11-year-old Palestinian boy was wounded in the Issawiya neighbourhood on Thursday when a so-called sponge round hit him between the eyes during clashes, medics said. вЂњRegulations stipulate that foam-tipped bullets must only be aimed at the lower body,вЂќ the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said. вЂњYet the testimonies we have received... indicate that police forces operating in East Jerusalem have п¬Ѓred at, and hit the faces of, residents and journalists,вЂќ it added. Yemen rebels seize Qaeda stronghold Agencies Sanaa Y Thousands of southern Yemenis perform Friday prayers following a demonstration demanding separation from the north in Aden yesterday. emeni Shia Muslim Houthi п¬Ѓghters backed by government forces drove the local wing of Al Qaeda from one of its last strongholds in central Yemen yesterday in intense п¬Ѓghting that killed at least 35 people, tribal sources said. The HouthisвЂ™ Ansarullah movement has become the main political force in Yemen since capturing Sanaa in September and then pushing south and west into the Sunni Muslim heartland of Al Bayda province, where Ansar al-Shariah has allied itself with local tribes. Tribal sources said the Houthis had met stiff resistance as they pushed towards the village of Khobza district using Katuysha rockets and heavy artillery. They said at least 25 Houthis and 10 Ansar al-Shariah and tribal п¬Ѓghters had died in the п¬Ѓghting, which began on Thursday afternoon. Ansar al-Shariah and its allies withdrew to Yakla district, on the border with Maarib province. The п¬Ѓghting has given YemenвЂ™s strife a sectarian slant as Sunni tribes have lined up with Ansar al-Shariah, the local afп¬Ѓliate of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which views Shias such as the Houthis as heretics. Last month, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber killed at least 47 people, mostly members of the Houthi group, as they prepared to stage a rally in Sanaa. The rise of the Houthis has challenged the authority of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and violence has continued despite UN-backed efforts to п¬Ѓnd a political solution. Instability in Yemen, which lies next to key shipping routes from the Suez Canal to the Gulf, stems from the 2012 overthrow of long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been accused of backing the rebels. A new cabinet, including members considered close to the Houthis, was sworn in on Sunday in a bid to resolve the political crisis, despite calls for a boycott from both Saleh and the Shia militia. Meanwhile, thousands rallied yesterday for independence in the main southern city of Aden waving the п¬‚ags of the former South Yemen. вЂњRaise your voice southernerвЂ”itвЂ™s death or independence,вЂќ they chanted. Emboldened by the Houthis expansion in the north, southern activists began a campaign of protests last month, including an indeп¬Ѓnite sit-in in Aden. The south was independent between the end of British colonial rule in 1967 and union with the north in 1990. 4 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 ARAB WORLD Jordan takes anti-IS battle to Internet, mosques AFP Amman J ordan is cracking down on п¬Ѓrebrand preachers and online extremism to tackle militants after joining US-led air strikes on the Islamic State group. The desert kingdom shares borders with conп¬‚ict-hit Iraq and Syria, and is struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, adding to its own problems with homegrown Islamists. Its decision in September to join the anti-IS coalition has put Jordan in even graver danger, but authorities insist its borders are secure and have launched a sweep against militants that extends to the Internet. вЂњJordan is waging a war against jihadist ideology and amended the anti-terrorism law... because the Internet has become the main tool for mobilising and recruitingвЂќ militants, said analyst Hasan Abu Haniya. Since joining the anti-IS п¬Ѓght, вЂњ130 IS sympathisers have been arrested, most of them members of Salaп¬Ѓst groupsвЂќ, said defence lawyer Mussa Abdalat. вЂњOnly 50 of them have been brought to trial before the state security court... while the rest are still awaiting prosecution,вЂќ Abdalat said. But for those already convicted or facing trials at military tribunals, the charge has often been the same: spreading the ideology of a terrorist group on the Internet. Authorities have also moved to bring some of the countryвЂ™s nearly 6,000 mosques under tighter control by weeding out preachers who deliver п¬Ѓery promilitant sermons. вЂњWe have stopped 25 imams from preaching because they violated regulations,вЂќ Ahmad Ezzat, the spokesman for the ministry of religious endowments and Islamic affairs, told AFP. вЂњSome of them tried to use the minbar (pulpit) for political reasons while others used it to propagate extremist ideas,вЂќ he added. JordanвЂ™s ministry of Islamic affairs appoints imams, pays their salaries and monitors their sermons. Preachers must refrain from making political statements as well as saying anything that could undermine the sovereignty of the state or fan civil unrest. Egypt has also moved to control mosques by laying out the theme of sermons on Fridays, as it faces growing unrest following the militaryвЂ™s ouster last year of the Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. Authorities say 1,300 Salaп¬Ѓsts are п¬Ѓghting in the ranks of IS, which has declared an Islamic вЂњcaliphateвЂќ on territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria. They are estimated to number 4,000 in Jordan itself. Hundreds are followers of Al QaedaвЂ™s Syria franchise, Al Nusra Front, but many switched allegiance to back the Islamic State group when Jordan joined the US-led coalition. вЂњThe war on terror is a continuous process, (fought) on three fronts,вЂќ government spokesman Mohamed Momeni said. These were вЂњdirect military confrontation, security efforts to monitor terrorist organisa- tions... and religious awarenessвЂќ in places like schools and mosques вЂњto eradicate extremist ideologyвЂќ. Jordan passed its first antiterrorism law in 2006, when Al Qaeda suicide attacks on three Amman hotels killed 60 people. In April parliament adopted controversial measures to tighten the noose, as fears grew that the more than three-year war in Syria could spill over and threaten the kingdomвЂ™s security. These criminalised вЂњthe use of information technology, the Internet or any means of publication... to facilitate terrorist acts or back groups that promote, support or fund terrorismвЂќ. On Monday two Jordanians were sentenced to п¬Ѓve years each for IS membership and two others for allegedly posting promilitant comments and articles online. Last month former Al Qaeda mentor Issam Barqawi, also known as Abu Mohamed alMaqdessi, was arrested only four months after being released from jail. Barqawi, who was once mentor to IraqвЂ™s slain Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was jailed again after the state prosecutor accused him of using the Internet to promote Al Nusra Front. Iraq retakes strategic town from militants Soldiers, police, Shia militiamen and tribesmen were all involved in the operation to retake Baiji, and are now pushing farther north, an official says AFP Baghdad I raqi forces recaptured the strategic town of Baiji yesterday in a signiп¬Ѓcant victory over the Islamic State group. Baiji is the largest town to be retaken by government troops since IS-led militants overran much of IraqвЂ™s Sunni Arab heartland in June, subsequently declaring an Islamic вЂњcaliphateвЂќ in Iraqi and Syrian territory. The northern town, which had been out of government control for months, is located near IraqвЂ™s largest oil reп¬Ѓnery on the main highway to the IS-held second city of Mosul. Its recapture further isolates militants farther south in the city of Tikrit, the hometown of executed dictator Saddam Hussain, although IS still controls large parts of Iraq as well as swathes of Syria. вЂњIraqi forces were able to regain complete control of the town of Baiji,вЂќ Ahmed al-Krayim, the head of the Salaheddin provincial council, said. Soldiers, police, Shia militiamen and tribesmen were all involved in the operation to retake Baiji, and are now pushing farther north, Krayim said. вЂњIraqi forces are on their way to the Baiji reп¬Ѓnery,вЂќ north of the town, where security forces have held out against repeated militant attacks, he said. Breaking through to the massive reп¬Ѓnery would be another signiп¬Ѓcant win for the government in Baghdad. The operation to retake Baiji began more than four weeks ago when security forces and progovernment п¬Ѓghters started advancing towards the town from the south, slowed by bombs militants had planted on the way, and п¬Ѓnally entered on October 31. The nearby Baiji reп¬Ѓnery once produced some 300,000 barrels of reп¬Ѓned petroleum products per day, meeting 50% of the countryвЂ™s needs, but it would take time before it could be brought back online. The townвЂ™s recapture was marred by a suicide bombing yesterday that targeted a military command headquarters set up at Tikrit University, south of Baiji, killing at least four people, army officers said. Baghdad was also hit by violence yestrday, when two car bombs killed at least 17 people and wounded at least 57, officials said. One explosion went off near the Tigris River in the Graiat area, killing at least seven people. The other struck near a restaurant in the Adhamiyah district, killing 10, they said. Baghdad is hit by near-daily bombings and shootings that kill hundreds of people each month. And security forces, despite being deployed at checkpoints and other positions across the city, are consistently un- able to prevent the attacks. Iraqi troops initially struggled to regain ground from IS after the start of the militant offensive. But helped by US-led air strikes, support from Shia militias and Sunni tribesmen, assistance from international advisers, and a signiп¬Ѓcant reshuffling of top officers, BaghdadвЂ™s forces have begun to make progress. Washington has repeatedly said that it will not deploy вЂњcombat troopsвЂќ to Iraq, though top US military officer General Martin Dempsey said on Thursday that sending small teams of US troops into combat with local forces remained an option. The US has already announced plans to send up to 3,100 military personnel to Iraq to advise and train its forces and protect American facilities. IS released an audio message on Thursday it said was from its chief Abu Bakr al-BaghdadiвЂ” rumoured to have been wounded or killed in air strikesвЂ”in which he vowed the group will continue to expand and draw its enemies into combat on the ground. Dempsey also predicted that if the government in Baghdad fails to follow through on promises to bring the countryвЂ™s Sunni Arab and Kurdish minorities back into the fold, вЂњthen the Iraqi security forces will not hold togetherвЂќ. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-AbadiвЂ™s government has made progress on one of those fronts, reaching an initial agreement with the countryвЂ™s autonomous Kurdish region to ease long-running disputes over п¬Ѓnances and oil. Mourners carry the coffins of members of an Iraqi Shia militia, who were killed in clashes with Islamic State fighters near Diyala province, during a funeral procession in Najaf, southern Iraq, yesterday. Islamic State committing war crimes: UN inquiry AFP Geneva T he Islamic State group is committing crimes against humanity on a large scale in Syria, a UN report said yesterday, painting a horriп¬Ѓc picture of beheaded minors and women held as sex slaves. In its п¬Ѓrst report focused on acts by the IS group, the independent UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said massacres, beheadings, torture, sexual enslavement and forced pregnancy were now part of life in areas of the war-ravaged country under the control of the extremists. вЂњThe commanders of ISIS have acted wilfully, perpetrating these war crimes and crimes against humanity,вЂќ head of the commission Paulo Pinheiro, a Brazilian diplomat, told reporters, using an alternative acronym for IS. вЂњThey are individually criminally responsible for these crimes,вЂќ he stressed, calling on the perpetrators to be brought to justice, for instance before the International Criminal Court. Based on more than 300 interviews with people inside or who have п¬‚ed areas under the control of the militants, the report paints a chilling picture of life under its rule. The investigators also relied on documents, photographs and video footage released by the IS group itself, and Pinheiro said that by вЂњdocumenting their own crimesвЂќ the group would be more easily brought to justice one day. The IS group, which has declared an Islamic вЂњcaliphateвЂќ in an area spanning eastern Syria and northern Iraq, is seeking to вЂњsubjugate civilians under its control and dominate every aspect of their lives through terror, (and) indoctrinationвЂќ, the report found. Massacres, the beheading of boys as young as 15, amputations and lashings in public squares with residentsвЂ”including childrenвЂ”forced to watch were on the list of crimes. There was also the widespread use of child soldiers, stoning women to death for suspected adultery and holding women as sexual slaves and forcing them to bear children to the fighters. One person who п¬‚ed the groupвЂ™s stronghold Raqqa told investigators he had seen a man punished in a public square for looting. вЂњTwo people held the victim tightly while a third man stretched his arm over a large wooden board. A fourth man cut off the victimвЂ™s hand,вЂќ the witness said. вЂњIt took a long time,вЂќ he said. вЂњOne of the people who was standing next to me vomited and passed out due to the horriп¬Ѓc scene.вЂќ Others described scenes of still-bleeding bodies hanging from crosses and of heads placed on spikes along park railings. One man said he witnessed the killing of a 16-year-old boy in Al Ashara. The boyвЂ™s body was hung on a cross in a public square вЂњfor people to see what it looks like to be punished by ISISвЂќ. вЂ�Drift racingвЂ™ offers a respite from war AFP Damascus A s cars roar around a track on the outskirts of Damascus, motorsport fans for a moment forget the misery of SyriaвЂ™s civil war and revel in the thrill of the race. For the п¬Ѓrst time since SyriaвЂ™s devastating conп¬‚ict broke out in March 2011, the capitalвЂ™s regular вЂњdrift racingвЂќ championship has returned this autumn. For the fans, and for drivers like Zaher Dahkul, the Friday races offer a rare chance to switch off from the violence. вЂњThe most beautiful thing about this sport is that when you put on your helmet and fasten your seatbelt, you can just forget about all the countryвЂ™s problems,вЂќ said Dahkul, a championship hopeful who has won several local and international prizes. Last organised in 2010, the races were once a regional draw, attracting drivers and hundreds of fans from across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In the past month, drift racers have brought the championship back to life on Fridays, with the number of contestants rising steadily. Brought to wider attention by The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftвЂ”the 2006 entry in the popular Hollywood racing п¬Ѓlm franchiseвЂ”вЂњdriftingвЂќ involves drivers forcing their cars to slide sideways during turns and makes for spectacular races. Some of the drivers are professionals, but many are amateurs, paying to A driver takes part in a drift race organised by the Syrian automobile club in Damascus. enter the race and using their regular vehicles. Close to the Damascus airport road, the privately owned Zaman al-Khair (Good Times) racing circuit was until recently closed by п¬Ѓghting between rebel forces and President Bashar alAssadвЂ™s regime. But the area around the airport fell squarely back under government control in recent weeks and now the races and their fans have returned. вЂњEveryone is happy that the races are back,вЂќ 18-year-old university student Mohamed al-Afghani said, excitedly watching a recent race despite the rain. SyriaвЂ™s war has left more than 195,000 people dead, forced millions from their homes and thrown more than half the population into poverty. Afghani said he would love to join the race with his own vehicle but he cannot afford the 3,000 Syrian pound ($15) entry fee. вЂњI donвЂ™t have the resources. I barely have enough to support myself,вЂќ he said. Organisers were still able to attract 20 contestants to a recent race, which they described as вЂњan amazing turnoutвЂќ. One of the organisers, Khaled alAtassi, said the Syrian automobile club he once headed started organising drifting championships вЂњbecause of their popularity, and because of their relatively low cost in comparison to other car racesвЂќ. Atassi said he hopes the competition will be a stepping stone to bringing back other, bigger races, like the yearly Discover Syria rally that was launched in 2003 but interrupted when the war began. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 5 ARAB WORLD 3 Lebanon troops hurt in bomb explosion Bouteп¬‚ika вЂ�hospitalised in FranceвЂ™ AFP Grenoble, France A lgerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika, 77, has been admitted to hospital in the southeastern French town of Grenoble, a French government source said yesterday. The clinic did not offer a reason for his hospitalisation nor give an update on his condition but Bouteflika has been in poor health since 2013 when he was treated for a вЂњmini-strokeвЂќ in Paris. According to the regional newspaper Le Dauphine Libere, Bouteflika was admitted in the cardiology unit of a private clinic called the Alembert. It said the entire floor had been booked to ensure security. About 35 anti-riot police were deployed in and around the hospital and cordoned off the street. A police source said Bouteflika discreetly flew into Grenoble on Thursday. Bouteflika spent 80 days being treated for the mini-stroke in 2013. He returned to Algiers looking frail in a wheelchair in July of that year and was not seen in public for months. He returned to Paris for more minor treatments in January. That did not stop him standing for election for a fourth time in April 2014, winning with more than 80% of the vote. The opposition refused to recognise the result. He has been seen only on rare occasions since. In a break from tradition, he failed to appear in public for Eid al-Adha prayers last month. His decision to seek a fourth mandate after 15 years in power sparked both derision and criticism from those who questioned his ability to rule after the mini-stroke. As early as 2005, he was hospitalised in Paris after suffering an intestinal haemorrhage and has never fully recovered. However, Bouteflika still remains popular, being credited with helping to end a devastating civil war in the 1990s and contain Arab Spring protests in 2011. A veteran of the war of independence against France, Bouteflika first came to power in 1999. His third term was dogged not only by ill health but also by corruption scandals. And he has never freed himself from the pervasive control of the military, despite being determined to roll back its influence and curb the powers of its intelligence heads, who have dominated politics since independence. вЂњIвЂ™m not three-quarters of a president,вЂќ he said af- ter being first elected in 1999, addressing critics who saw him as another puppet of the military. Despite his efforts, the army and the DRS intelligence agency are still widely considered to be the real power in Algeria. Bouteflika was born in Morocco on March 2, 1937 to a family from western Algeria. In 1956, he joined the National Liberation Front (FLN) in its struggle against France. At just 25, he became minister of sport and tourism under AlgeriaвЂ™s first president, Ahmed Ben Bella. From 1963 until 1979 he was foreign minister. A dapper п¬Ѓgure known for his three-piece suit even in baking Saharan conditions, Bouteп¬‚ika is respected by many for his role in ending the civil war that killed at least 150,000 people. The military-backed governmentвЂ™s decision to cancel elections in 1991, which an Islamist party had been poised to win, sparked a decade of bloodletting. Bouteп¬‚ika proposed an amnesty for rebels who laid down their arms and twice secured public endorsement for вЂњnational reconciliationвЂќ through referendums. The first, in September 1999, was a major gamble but paid off, leading to a sharp decrease in violence that Agencies Beirut A Police stand yesterday in front of the Alembert clinic in Grenoble, where Bouteflika is believed to be hospitalised. helped propel Bouteflika to a second term in 2004. The resignation shortly afterwards of Mohamed Lamari, a Moscow-trained former army chief and key proponent of eradicating the armed Islamists, was a step forward in curbing the militaryвЂ™s power. And the 2007 death of General Smain Lamari, a close ally of the shadowy intelligence chief Mohamed вЂњTewп¬ЃkвЂќ Mediene, the powerful hidden force in Algerian politics, was thought to further strengthen Bouteп¬‚ikaвЂ™s hand. Libya frees nine Turks detained by army AFP Benghazi L ibya yesterday released nine Turks who had been captured by the army and handed them over to representatives from Ankara, a government statement said. The men had been captured by troops in the embattled eastern city of Benghazi, where former general Khalifa Haftar has launched an offensive against Islamist militants. A statement from the internationally recognised government said the men were freed in response to a request by the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL). They were handed over to Turkey in an operation monitored by UNSMIL chief Bernardino Leon, the statement said. In June, more than 400 Turks were evacuated from Libya following threats by Haftar, who accuses Ankara of backing his Islamist opponents. Most of those evacuated had been working at a power station in the city of Sirte, home town of slain dictator Muammar Gaddaп¬Ѓ. A spokesman for Haftar, Mohamed Hijazi, said вЂњthe army released the Turkish nationals after making sure that they were not involvedвЂќ in п¬Ѓghting that has rocked Benghazi almost daily since May. Haftar launched an initial offensive against Islamists in LibyaвЂ™s second city in May with no government support, but in October, with Islamist militia inп¬‚uence growing, he launched a new campaign, this time backed by government troops. Three years after Gaddaп¬Ѓ was toppled and killed in a Nato-backed revolt, Libya is awash with weapons and powerful militias, and run by rival governments and parliaments. Also yesterday, LibyaвЂ™s rival government said it had seized an Airbus A300 at an airport in the oasis town of Ghadames, southwest of Tripoli, because it was carrying вЂњsuspicious cargoвЂќ. A statement said that seven crew membersвЂ”three Russians, two Ukrainians and two TajiksвЂ”were also detained. A spokesman for the internationally recognised government, which is based in the east, said the aircraft was carrying вЂњhumanitarian aidвЂќ for southwestern regions of Libya. Security personnel gather at the site of a bomb blast at a police checkpoint in Al Marj, east of Benghazi, yesterday. Refugees risk Egypt deportation: Amnesty AFP Cairo R ights group Amnesty International urged Egypt yesterday to release dozens of mostly Palestinian refugees who have п¬‚ed the Syrian conп¬‚ict, saying they were being held illegally and threatened with extradition. Since the army removed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last year, Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Egypt suspected of supporting him have been targeted by the authorities and the media. Among at least 66 refugees currently in detention is a group of 56 Palestin- ians from Syria, rescued by the Egyptian navy on an island 4km north of Alexandria and then arrested. They were abandoned last month by people smugglers who were to have arranged their passage to Europe, London-based Amnesty said. вЂњThe public prosecutor ordered their release on November 5, but the national security department still issued them with deportation orders. They are at imminent risk of forcible return to Syria,вЂќ an Amnesty statement said. It said at that least 15 women and children aged between eight months and 16 were in the group. Five Palestinians who п¬‚ed the Gaza Strip after IsraelвЂ™s summer offensive are also in custody and face being returned to the enclave, the rights group said. вЂњBy unlawfully detaining dozens of refugees and issuing them with deportation orders the Egyptian authorities have displayed a shocking level of indifference to their suffering,вЂќ said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, AmnestyвЂ™s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa. вЂњThe Egyptian authorities are cruelly п¬‚outing their international obligations and EgyptвЂ™s constitution to offer protection and sanctuary to those seeking refuge in their country.вЂќ Amnesty cited available information as showing Egypt has deported this year at least 150 refugees from Syria back there or to other countries, including Lebanon and Turkey. But he never succeeded in neutralising Mediene, despite steps to emasculate the military intelligence agency in 2013. BouteflikaвЂ™s third term in 2009 followed a constitutional amendment allowing him to stand again. His supporters argue that under his stewardship public and private investment created millions of jobs and dramatically lowered unemployment. But a lack of opportunity continues to drive many Al- gerians abroad as youth unemployment remains high, despite windfall oil revenues. When the Arab Spring erupted in January 2011, Algeria witnessed deadly unrest. A month later, Bouteп¬‚ika met an opposition demand and lifted a 19-year state of emergency. He also granted pay rises and announced piecemeal political reforms. But these won little opposition support, and legislative elections in May 2012 saw the FLN tighten its control of parliament. roadside bomb struck a Lebanese army vehicle yesterday, wounding three soldiers near the п¬‚ashpoint town of Arsal on the border with Syria, the military said. After the blast unidentiп¬Ѓed gunmen on the outskirts of Arsal opened п¬Ѓre on the troops, who shot back, the army added. вЂњAt around 9am (0700 GMT) an explosive device hit a military vehicle as it was patrolling around the town of Arsal. The device was planted on the side of the road. Three troops, among them an officer, were wounded,вЂќ it said in a statement. It was the latest attack on the army in an area that has been targeted by insurgent groups from Syria. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. In August, the Sunni town of Arsal saw a п¬Ѓerce battle pitting the army against militants who streamed in from Syria across the Lebanese border. Fighting ended with a truce mediated by local clerics, but the militants took with them 30 Lebanese army and police hostages. Three have since been executed, and efforts to free the rest have so far yielded no concrete result. Lebanon is sharply divided over the war in neighbouring Syria, and has regularly seen deadly battles linked to the conп¬‚ict next door. Most Sunnis support the revolt seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Shias generally back Damascus and its ally Hezbollah. 6 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 AFRICA Burkina factions, army agree on make-up of govt Reuters Ouagadougou M ilitary, opposition parties, civil and religious leaders on Thursday adopted a charter creating the framework for a transitional government in Burkina Faso after a popular uprising forced longtime President Blaise Compaore from power. The authority, which was approved unanimously, will return the West African nation to civilian rule and guide it to elections late next year. Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida declared himself head of state on November 1 after Compaore resigned and п¬‚ed the country last month amid mass protests against his efforts to change the constitution to seek re-election in 2015 after 27 years in power. The African Union last week issued Burkina Faso a two-week deadline to restore civilian rule or face possible punishment, though regional bloc ECOWAS later advised against international sanctions. вЂњToday was the day of compromise,вЂќ said Herve Kam, a member of the Balai Citoyen civil society group. вЂњBoth soldiers and civilians agree on a civilian transition. The institutions of the transition will be led by civilians.вЂќ The new head of state, who will not be permitted to stand in the elections, will be chosen by a special college composed of eight religious and traditional leaders and п¬Ѓve members each from the army, opposition and civil society. The president will then name a prime minister to appoint a 25-member government. The charter also calls for a 90-member national transitional council to serve as a legislative body. It will be composed of 30 opposition representatives and 25 members from both the civil society and the army. The remaining 10 seats will go to other political parties, including members of CompaoreвЂ™s former ruling coalition, which did not participate in the negotiations. Zida, who has repeatedly pledged to hand over power to a civilian authority, is expected to enact the charter within days, participants in the talks said. вЂњOn all the points, even where we had differences of opinion, among Burkines we have reached a consensus. We have a charter that will be promulgated very quickly,вЂќ opposition leader Zephirin Diabre said following the planвЂ™s adoption. Boko Haram seizes town of kidnapped schoolgirls AFP Kano B oko Haram has seized the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok, from where 276 girls were kidnapped more than six months ago and which the government vowed to secure after the mass abduction. The April 14 kidnapping in the impoverished town in southern Borno state brought unprecedented global attention to the armed Islamist groupвЂ™s brutal п¬Ѓve-year uprising. Heads of state and top celebrities joined a viral social media campaign calling for the rescue of the seized, mostly Christian, schoolgirls, 219 of whom are still being held. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has repeatedly promised to rescue the schoolgirls, including on Tuesday when he launched his bid for a second term in office ahead of February 14 polls. In a July meeting in the capital Abuja with those affected by the kidnapping, Jonathan and top military brass also pledged to provide better security for the town. But the violence in the northeast has intensiп¬Ѓed since, with Boko Haram reportedly seizing more than two dozen towns and NigeriaвЂ™s security forces report- A screengrab taken on November 9 from a Boko Haram video shows Boko Haram fighters parading on a tank in an unidentified town. Children attend classes in a UNHCR camp for Nigerian refugees in Minawao, in the extreme northwest of Cameroon. Almost 17,000 Nigerians in this camp have fled their country, terrified of raids by Boko Haram. edly absent in many areas. The military was not immediately available to comment on the developments in Chibok. Given ChibokвЂ™s symbolic signiп¬Ѓcance, its fall raised fresh doubts about the Nigerian governmentвЂ™s whole approach to the abduction вЂ“ and its ability to handle the Boko Haram threat. Mali tries to trace over 200 Ebola contacts Reuters Bamako/Geneva M ali is trying to trace at least 200 contacts linked to conп¬Ѓrmed and probable Ebola victims in an effort to control its second Ebola outbreak, health officials said yesterday. An initial batch of contacts linked to a two-year-old from Guinea who died of Ebola last month were close to the end of their 21-day quarantine period when Mali conп¬Ѓrmed its second case this week. There have been at least four more suspected Ebola deaths, all linked to an imam who entered Mali from neighbouring Guinea and died late last month with Ebola-like symptoms that were not recognised. Malian health ministry spokesman Marakatie Dow said a woman who had helped wash the imamвЂ™s body died on Thursday at the Gabriel Toure Hospital in MaliвЂ™s capital, Bamako. Dow said an initial Ebola test result for the woman was positive, making her the fourth clinically conп¬Ѓrmed Malian case, al- though further analysis would be carried out abroad. вЂњThere are 200 contacts if we add those linked to the case of the woman yesterday,вЂќ Dow told Reuters. Reuters journalists outside the Nenecarre mosque in BamakoвЂ™s Djikoroni Para neighbourhood, where the imamвЂ™s body was washed, said four health workers in protective gear entered the mosque to disinfect it but no effort was made to stop people from entering for Friday prayers. A World Health Organisation spokesman said more than 250 contacts were being traced across four locations. These included the Pasteur Clinic where the imam was treated вЂ“ not connected to the Institut Pasteur, a French-based institute specialising in infectious diseases вЂ“ as well as a house in Bamako that he visited and the home of a nurse who treated him and died. Mali is the sixth nation to have conп¬Ѓrmed Ebola in West Africa, which is battling the worldвЂ™s worst epidemic of the haemorrhagic fever. At least 5,160 people have been killed since it erupted in March. Three killed in military helicopter crash A Nigerian military helicopter crashed and exploded on Thursday, killing all three crew on board in the northeast region of the country where the army is battling Boko Haram Islamist insurgents, the army and witnesses said. The incident occurred in an area where there were no immediate reports of combat or of Boko Haram activity. Boko Haram, which seeks to establish a caliphate in religiously mixed northern Nigeria, has stepped up attacks since the government announced a purported ceasefire last month which was later rejected by the groupвЂ™s leader. вЂњA ground attack helicopter on an armed patrol crashed around the Federal University of Technology Yola, Adamawa State. The crew of three was lost in the ill-fated accident,вЂќ the army said in a short statement on its website. вЂњFor Chibok to have fallen, after everything that has happened, it just underscores the mess we are in,вЂќ Emman Usman Shehu, a regular on the Bring Back Our Girls protest marches in Abuja, told AFP. вЂњChibok is also symbolic for Boko Haram. It should have been obvious to everyone that Boko Haram was going to target Chibok. It shows a lack of compassion, a lack of empathy and a lack of concern.вЂќ вЂњChibok was taken by Boko Haram. They are in control,вЂќ said Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose daughter and niece are among the hostages being held. Mark and the senator for southern Borno, Ali Ndume, said that the militants attacked about 4pm (1500 GMT) on Thursday, destroying communications masts and forcing residents to п¬‚ee. Ndume said that he had received calls from п¬‚eeing residents about the attack that the town вЂњwas now under their (Boko Haram) controlвЂќ. вЂњThere is no telephone service now in Chibok, which is why it took time before the reports reached me,вЂќ he added. Mark said the attack on the town appeared to come after Boko Haram overran the towns of Hong and Gombi in neighbouring Adamawa state following the groupвЂ™s ouster from the commercial hub of Mubi. Boko Haram invaded the two towns after vigilantes and hunt- ers armed with home-made guns, bows and arrows, machetes, clubs and spears forced them out of Mubi, residents said late on Thursday. The militants had previously renamed the town Madinatul Islam or вЂњCity of IslamвЂќ in Arabic and began administering their strict version of Shariah, including amputations for suspected thieves. Gombi is 145km by road from Chibok. Mark said Chibok residents, many of whom had stayed hoping for their daughtersвЂ™ return, п¬‚ed when the shooting started and telecom towers were destroyed by rocket-propelled grenades. At the July meeting with Jonathan, Chibok community leaders stressed that aside from Under Compaore, Burkina Faso has emerged as a regional power broker and key Western ally against Islamist militants. France has a special forces unit and surveillance drones based there as part of a regional counter-terrorism operation. The country, which is emerging as one of AfricaвЂ™s top gold producers, also mediated crises in neighbouring Mali and Ivory Coast. Jonathan: has repeatedly promised to rescue the kidnapped girls. the trauma of the mass kidnapping, locals remained in daily fear of attack and pleaded for more security. Ayuba Chibok, whose niece is among the hostages, said at the time that people told the head of state that they вЂњwere tired of sleeping in the bushesвЂќ. Chibok elders told AFP in a series of phone calls in recent months that security had deteriorated, despite the promises made at the meeting. A senior rescue worker warned late last month that ChibokвЂ™s fall was imminent. Pogo Bitrus, chairman of the eldersвЂ™ forum in Chibok, also conп¬Ѓrmed the attack but said Boko Haram may have had inside information about security in the town. The vigilantesвЂ™ leader had left for Maiduguri to procure new cartridges for his menвЂ™s shotguns after supplies ran low, he said. вЂњHe was due to come today, so it looks like they knew what was happening,вЂќ he said by telephone from Abuja, adding that there was no word on casualties. вЂњChibok is now a ghost town with only Boko Haram in control.вЂќ But Bitrus said the vigilantes were preparing for a counterattack and troops had been deployed from Damboa, 36.5km away by road to the northwest. вЂњI can assure you they are going to retake Chibok,вЂќ he added. Zimbabwe ruling party suspends Mugabe critics Reuters Harare Z imbabweвЂ™s ruling ZANUPF party suspended several senior officials aligned to Vice-President Joice Mujuru yesterday, weakening her position in an п¬Ѓerce battle to succeed ageing President Robert Mugabe. A ZANU-PF politburo meeting, chaired by Mugabe, suspended national party spokesman Rugare Gumbo, expelled war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda and endorsed the suspension of half the partyвЂ™s provincial chairmen, citing вЂњdisciplinary issuesвЂќ. вЂњAll these decisions taken by the politburo are with immediate effect,вЂќ ZANU-PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo told reporters. He did not give details. The suspended politicians were seen as Mugabe critics and have been accused by MujuruвЂ™s rivals, including MugabeвЂ™s wife Grace, of plotting a challenge to AfricaвЂ™s oldest leader at a congress set for next month. The 90-year-old, who has ruled the southern African country since independence from Britain in 1980, has been nominated by all the partyвЂ™s 10 provinces to retain his post as party president at a congress due in the п¬Ѓrst week of December. Mujuru became MugabeвЂ™s deputy 10 years ago and denies plotting against him, However, political observers say her denials appear only to have fuelled a campaign in state media to discredit her with reports of extortion and abuse of office. Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa are seen as MugabeвЂ™s most likely successors when he leaves the political stage, experts say. вЂњItвЂ™s fair to say at this stage that the suspensions ... from the Mujuru camp have weakened her quite signiп¬Ѓcantly,вЂќ said Eldred Masunungure, a political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe. Mujuru, a former guerrilla known as вЂњSpill BloodвЂќ during the 1970s independence war, and Mnangagwa, generally called вЂњThe CrocodileвЂќ, have both served in MugabeвЂ™s cabinet since 1980. Mugabe won another п¬Ѓveyear term last year in a vote condemned by the opposition as a fraud and questioned by the West. He is eligible for a п¬Ѓnal term in 2018 but constant ru- Mugabe: expected to retain his party presidency. mours about failing health have fanned an often vicious battle to succeed him within his ruling ZANU-PF party. He has dismissed fears that Zimbabwe could descend into political chaos if he died in ofп¬Ѓce. Probe into S Africa Marikana killing comes to an end AFP Centurion, South Africa F amily members of 34 South African miners killed at Marikana said that they hoped the truth behind the shooting would be revealed as a two-year probe ended today. The п¬Ѓndings will not be released until next year, but evidence put before the inquiry badly tarnished the police claim that they acted in self-defence when they gunned down the striking Lomin miners in August 2012. вЂњItвЂ™s been a long journey, but we are very thankful for these two years,вЂќ said Nosihle Ngweyi, whose husband Michael was killed after being shot twice by police. вЂњWe hope the truth will eventually come out.вЂќ The August 16 shooting was the worst violence witnessed in South Africa since the advent of democracy in 1994. In the days before, 10 others were killed by some of the strikers, including non-striking miners, security guards, and two police officers who were hacked to death. The Farlam Commission of Inquiry was established by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the events at Marikana. It has the power to recommend certain individuals be investigated and criminally charged. Family members of the victims gathered yesterday for a prayer service after the commission adjourned for the п¬Ѓnal time. Holding hands, they each spoke the names of their lost relatives, while Pretoria bishop Jo Seoka prayed for the families of those killed to вЂњlet their burden go and try to forgiveвЂќ. In the last week of the commission, the police argued the strikers had acted treacherously by bearing arms against the state. вЂњThe South Africa we do not want is one where public dissent is expressed by groups of people bearing weapons and bent on conп¬‚ict and mayhem,вЂќ said police lawyer Ishmael Semenya. вЂњWe donвЂ™t want a South Africa where industrial negotiations that can be resolved through dialogue are left to fester until police intervention is inevitable.вЂќ But lawyers representing the survivors of the massacre lambasted this attitude, saying that the police killed the miners in revenge for the deaths of their two colleagues days earlier. вЂњThe police decided that because their colleagues were killed, to sentence these people to death,вЂќ said lawyer Dali Mpofu. The police were also accused of a widespread cover-up and вЂњa deliberate attempt to misleadвЂќ the investigation. Mining house Lonmin was widely criticised during the inquiry for failing to engage with the workersвЂ™ wage demands. It has also been blamed for the murders of its security guards and non-striking miners. вЂњThere was a cold and deliberate decision taken by Lonmin to instruct people to come to work even though their lives may be in danger, because of п¬Ѓnancial concerns,вЂќ said commission lawyer Geoff Budlender. The mining house has denied any responsibility. Its lawyers said criticism of the companyвЂ™s handling of the labour dispute вЂњwould essentially mount to criticism of Lonmin for having acted within the legal frameworkвЂќ. The commission has until the end of March next year to present a report to Zuma. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 7 AMERICAS US House passes Keystone bill but prospects unclear in the Senate Reuters Washington T he Republican-led US House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline yesterday, but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress. The legislation, approved by Obama to pledge $3bn for climate fund 252 votes to 161, circumvents the need for approval of TransCanada CorporationвЂ™s $8bn project by the Obama administration, which has been considering it for more than six years. House lawmakers were conп¬Ѓdent the Senate would follow suit and pass its version of the bill. The billвЂ™s sponsor, Republican Representative Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, said before the vote that the House would make it вЂњas easy as possible for the Senate to Speaking at a news conference in Myanmar yesterday, Obama said his position on the 800,000 barrels per day pipeline had not changed. Obama, who has raised doubts about how many jobs the pipeline would create and said that he does not want to interfere with the State Department review of the issue, cited pending legal action in Nebraska. The president said that it was hard to evaluate the pipeline pro- posal until the actual route was known. The White House has not made clear whether Obama would use his veto to block the legislation currently before Congress, but he has threatened to use that power in the past. The congressional bills have highlighted both the importance of the pipeline to Louisiana, whose economy is heavily oil-dependent, and the fact that the president cannot count on full support from members of his Democratic Party on some issues. Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, the head of her chamberвЂ™s energy committee, is cosponsoring the Keystone bill in the Senate with Republican John Hoeven of North Dakota. She is battling to retain her Senate seat in a run-off election against Cassidy on December 6, after last weekвЂ™s midterm elections. Nuclear force вЂ�sufferingвЂ™ from systemic problems Reuters Washington AFP Washington P he US nuclear force is plagued by declining morale, manpower shortages and mismanagement that could jeopardise its safety and effectiveness, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said yesterday. The Pentagon chief cited sobering results from two reviews and said the military had neglected the nuclear force as it had been preoccupied with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade. Reviews ordered by the Pentagon вЂњfound evidence of systematic problems that if not addressed could undermine the safety, security and effectiveness of elements of the force in the futureвЂќ, Hagel told reporters. The п¬Ѓndings showed вЂњa consistent lack of investment and support for our nuclear forces over far too many years has left us with too little margin to cope with mounting stressesвЂќ, he said. The inquiries urged an end to excessive bureaucracy and вЂњa resident Barack Obama will announce a $3bn US contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change, an administration official said yesterday. The large size of the contribution took climate policy watchers by surprise and doubles what other countries had previously pledged ahead of a November 20 deadline. It would be the second major move on climate change taken by Obama after big Democratic losses in last weekвЂ™s midterm elections. Obama is expected to announce the pledge at this weekendвЂ™s meeting of G-20 industrial nations in Australia. The Green Climate Fund will work with private sector investment and help spur global markets in clean energy technologies, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and manufacturers including those from the United States. вЂњThe fund will be able to deploy innovative instruments. That is the key distinguishing characteristic of the GCF; it has the opportunity to mobilise signiп¬Ѓcant п¬‚ows of private capital,вЂќ Abyd Karmali, managing director of climate п¬Ѓnance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Rich countries had pledged in 2009 to mobilise $100bn a year by 2020 to help developing countries tackle carbon emissions. Earlier this week, Obama announced a climate deal with China. The US will strive to cut total greenhouse emissions by about 25% by 2025, while China will aim for a peak in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. In the run-up to the global climate talks in Paris next year, developing nations view п¬Ѓnance as a vital part of any deal. Hela Cheikhrouhou, executive director of the fund, lauded the US pledge as a game-changer. вЂњIt could have a domino effect on all other contributions,вЂќ she said. The US pledge roughly doubles the $3bn already promised for the fund, which will hold a п¬Ѓrst donorsвЂ™ meeting in Berlin on Thursday. talists who say it would increase carbon emissions linked to climate change. Passage of the companion bill was not assured in the Senate, which is expected to take up the measure on Tuesday. Supporters were still one vote shy of the 60 needed to overcome a п¬Ѓlibuster, a blocking procedure, an aide to a Keystone supporter said yesterday. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity. п¬Ѓnally get a bill to the presidentвЂ™s desk that approves this longoverdue Keystone XL pipelineвЂќ. Approval for the pipeline, which would help transport oil from CanadaвЂ™s oil sands to the US Gulf coast energy hub, has rested with the administration as it crosses an international border. The decision has been pending amid jousting between proponents of the pipeline who say it would create thousands of construction jobs and environmen- T culture of micromanagementвЂќ marked by petty inspections, ofп¬Ѓcials said. Hagel unveiled an вЂњaction planвЂќ that calls for making the nuclear force a higher priority, reorganising the command, reassuring troops of the importance of the mission and boosting funding and personnel. The moves came after a series of embarrassing revelations about the state of the nuclear force and land-based missiles in particular, with dozens of airmen caught cheating on a proп¬Ѓciency test for overseeing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). A number of senior nuclear commanders also were disciplined for personal misconduct, with the general in charge of the ICBM force sacked after he went on a drunken bender during a trip to Russia. Hagel said that troops who work with nuclear weapons are worried that they have no career prospects in a military that often seems indifferent to their mission. вЂњThe root cause has been a lack of sustained focus, attention and resources resulting in a pervasive sense that a career in the nuclear enterprise offers too few opportunities for growth and advancement,вЂќ he said. To boost morale, the US Air Force is giving a raise to ICBM crews and issuing a new medal to recognise excellence in вЂњnuclear deterrence operationsвЂќ, officials said. The Pentagon planned to ask for a 10% annual increase in funding for the nuclear force over the next п¬Ѓve years, which would come to at least $7.5bn, Hagel said. вЂњWe will need to make billions of dollars of additional investments in the nuclear enterprise over the next п¬Ѓve years,вЂќ he said. Most of the recent scandals have been centred on the landbased missiles maintained by Air Force crews, though the Navy also had a cheating scandal among sailors who work on submarines armed with nuclear missiles. Hagel has granted permission to the Navy to hire more civilians to help maintain its nucle- Hagel announcing a series of reforms to the troubled nuclear force during a press briefing with Air Force Global Strike Commander Lieutenant-General Stephen Wilson (left) and Air Force Secretary Debrah Lee James at the Pentagon. ar-armed submarines and the Air Force planned to add about 1,100 troops and civilians to its nuclear command to п¬Ѓll manpower gaps, the Pentagon said. Concerns about slipping standards in the nuclear force since the end of the Cold War are not new, and HagelвЂ™s predecessor, Robert Gates, ordered a review in 2008 that came to similar conclusions. Asked why the problems had been allowed to fester, Hagel said the Pentagon had been focused on вЂњtwo large ground warsвЂќ in Iraq and Afghanistan and the country had become complacent about the role of the destructive weapons. вЂњI think thereвЂ™s been, nationally, a sense of just taking it for granted. So what? ThereвЂ™s not going to be a nuclear exchange,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe just have kind of taken our eye off the ball here.вЂќ Hagel was due to travel to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, where airmen oversee intercontinental nuclear missiles and bomber aircraft. Arms control advocates argue morale problems are inevitable because the crews sense their mission has become obsolete with the collapse of the Soviet Union. AmericaвЂ™s costly nuclear arsenal, which includes nucleararmed submarines, bomber aircraft and land-based missiles, is far too large for the post-Cold War era and should be scaled back, said Kingston Reif of the Washington-based Arms Control Association. вЂњThe reality is that nuclear weapons play an increasingly limited role in US national security policy, but our arsenal is still conп¬Ѓgured and sized for a Cold War world that no longer exists,вЂќ Reif said. Takata hit with US criminal probe over exploding airbags AFP Tokyo J apanese auto parts maker Takata said yesterday that US justice authorities have opened a criminal investigation into its exploding airbags, which have been linked to at least п¬Ѓve driver deaths. The Tokyo-based п¬Ѓrm said it was вЂњdealing withвЂќ a subpoena from a grand jury in New York targeting the defect, but declined to give further details. вЂњWe have received it,вЂќ a Takata spokesman said. вЂњOf course, we are dealing with it. We have also received an instruction from NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States) to deal with it.вЂќ The US federal grand jury and the NHTSA have told the п¬Ѓrm to submit documents related to airbag problems, Takata said. The safety watchdog has ex- panded its вЂњurgentвЂќ warning to owners of cars with affected airbags to take them to dealers to п¬Ѓx the problem immediately. Some 16mn vehicles produced by 10 global automakers have been recalled worldwide over worries that their Takata airbags can explode when inп¬‚ating, п¬Ѓring potentially deadly shrapnel at the carвЂ™s occupants. The affected automakers are Honda, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota. Four deaths in the United States are thought to be related to the problem and on Thursday, Honda said an exploding airbag had also killed a woman in Malaysia, as it recalled a further 170,000 vehicles worldwide over the issue. The 43-year-old pregnant woman, whose unborn baby also died, was involved in a head-on collision on July 27 in Sarawak state on the island of Borneo, ac- This file photo taken on November 11 shows visitors looking at displays of Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corporation at a car showroom in Tokyo. Japanese auto parts maker Takata said yesterday that US justice authorities have opened a criminal investigation into its exploding airbags, which have been linked to at least five driver deaths. cording to a local official. Shrapnel from the Takatamade airbag was found lodged in the dead womanвЂ™s neck, while her unborn baby died several days later in hospital. вЂњ(Her) death was due to the object which came out from the airbag. No one else sustained injuries in the crash,вЂќ the official told AFP. United States police reportedly investigated at least one driver death as a murder due to the victimвЂ™s grisly injuries, until their focus switched to the vehicleвЂ™s airbag. The US criminal investigation comes as the 80-year-old п¬Ѓrm faces lawsuits and regulatory probes, although top executives have been largely mute on the mounting crisis. вЂњWhen companies put their own proп¬Ѓts ahead of the lives of American consumers, they deserve to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,вЂќ US Senator Claire McCaskill said. вЂњIвЂ™m pleased the US Attorney has taken swift action here to open a criminal probe,вЂќ the Democrat lawmaker added. The powerful Senate Commerce Committee has announced it will hold a hearing next Thursday on the Takata airbag case, including how the company and US auto safety regulators have tackled the issue since the recalls began in 2008. вЂњThe hearing will focus on how defective Takata airbags became installed in so many vehicles and the responses of both auto makers and the NHTSA to remedy the safety defect to protect consumers,вЂќ the committee said in a statement. Takata, whose Tokyo-listed shares have lost about half their value since an investigation was opened in the summer, has warned of a bigger-than-expected annual loss as a result of the scandal. In a statement late on Thursday, Takata said it had accounted for costs tied to the recalls, but could not predict its total п¬Ѓnancial liabilities. Also on Thursday, Takata rejected a high-proп¬Ѓle report that claimed it had covered up the results of tests on the faulty airbags a decade ago. White House intruder review reveals Canadian gunman took a tour of Parliament weeks before attack string of security blunders: reports AFP Washington A n internal review of the security lapses that allowed an intruder to scale a fence and enter the White House has revealed a string of Secret Service blunders, reports said on Thursday. The New York Times cited a Department of Homeland Security review which said вЂњperformance, organisational and technicalвЂќ failures had allowed Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez to evade security and make his way into the building in September. The review said that 42-yearold Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife during the incident, could have been stopped by a Secret Service officer who was supposed to be stationed on the North Lawn with an attack dog. However, at the time Gonzalez scaled the fence and bolted across the lawn, the officer in question was sitting in his van making a personal call on his cellphone. Because of this lapse, the attack dog was unable to вЂњlock ontoвЂќ Gonzalez and вЂњmay not have seenвЂќ him at all, the review said. The intrusion was the most serious incident in a string of security lapses involving President Barack Obama, which ultimately led to the resignation of Secret Service director Julia Pierson in October. Obama and his family had left the White House shortly before the intrusion took place. The review found authorities had also failed to properly investigate Gonzalez after he had come to the attention of law enforcement months earlier, the Times reported. Gonzalez was arrested on gun charges in Virginia in July before being stopped again outside the White House a month later while carrying a hatchet. He was not arrested on that occasion. The review revealed that Gonzalez was spotted by officers patrolling the street outside the White House climbing over a section of fencing missing an ornamental spike. They ordered him to stop and drew their п¬Ѓrearms but elected not to shoot because they did not believe he was armed. Another officer stationed near the outer front door of the White House also decided not to use lethal force when confronted by Gonzalez because he did not believe he was armed. The officer did not follow Gonzalez into the building because he believed the door was locked and that the intruder was cornered, the review said. But the door was open, allowing Gonzalez to overpower a female officer stationed there. Gonzalez entered the East Room of the White House before exiting and charging down a hallway. He was eventually apprehended by two agents who had just п¬Ѓnished their shifts. Reuters Ottawa T he man who shot and killed a Canadian soldier in October and then stormed the countryвЂ™s parliament with a riп¬‚e before being shot down himself, had taken a tour of the building less than three weeks earlier, a parliamentary spokeswoman said yesterday. The information suggests that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Muslim convert who struggled with drug addiction, may have planned the October 22 attack well in advance. Heather Bradley, spokeswoman for House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer, conп¬Ѓrmed that Zehaf-Bibeau is shown on video footage taking a tour of the Parliament building on October 4. Such tours take the public into the central Hall of Honour, down which Zehaf-Bibeau ran on October 22 with a п¬Ѓrearm and a knife, past the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with his Conservative caucus. Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead outside the Library of Parliament at the end of the Hall of Honour, not far from the Conservative caucus room and another room where opposition New Democratic Party legislators were meeting. Police have said Zehaf-Bibeau made a video of himself beforehand, saying that he was motivated by his opposition to Canadian foreign policy. Police said the video, which has not been released to the public, also showed he had religious motives. The attack came the same week that the Canadian government sent jet п¬Ѓghters to the Middle East to take part in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants. In the wake of Zehaf-BibeauвЂ™s attack, current and former intelligence and police officials told Reuters that they did not have the resources to track closely all the Islamic extremists who may pose a threat in Canada. Police have said that ZehafBibeau was not under surveillance at the time of the attack. A US government source told Reuters that he was regarded as a threat by Canadian authorities but not enough to warrant constant surveillance. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 8 ASEAN Style statement Parliament rails at UN chief over Rohingya comments AFP Yangon M A model presents creations by British designer Zhandra Rhodes during the KL Fashion Weekend in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Rhodes presented her couture collection in collaboration with MalaysiaвЂ™s batik and handicraft centre Karyaneka. Obama supports Suu KyiвЂ™s bid to change constitution AFP Yangon U S President Barack Obama urged Myanmar Friday to hold вЂњfree, fair and inclusiveвЂќ elections as he threw his weight behind a bid by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to change a constitution that bars her from the presidency. Obama held talks with fellow Nobel laureate Suu Kyi at her lakeside villa in MyanmarвЂ™s commercial capital Yangon, after arriving from the capital Naypyidaw where he discussed the nationвЂ™s troubled reform process with President Thein Sein. Speaking at a joint press conference he warned MyanmarвЂ™s reforms since shedding outright military rule in 2011 were by вЂњno means complete or irreversibleвЂќ and called for вЂњfree, fair and inclusiveвЂќ elections in the nation, where Suu Kyi and her party are set to contest crucial polls next year. Suu Kyi, who has publicly stated her desire to be president, is barred from the top office by a constitutional clause ruling out anyone with foreign spouse or children from the presidency. Her late husband and two sons are British and the democracy champion is seeking an amendment. Using strong language, Obama took up the issue telling reporters that вЂњthe amendment process needs to reп¬‚ect inclusion rather than exclusion.вЂќ вЂњI donвЂ™t understand the provision that would bar somebody from running for president because of who his (someoneвЂ™s) children are.вЂќ Suu Kyi, whose National League for US President Barack Obama and opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi hold a press conference after their meeting at her residence in Yangon yesterday. Democracy (NLD) party is expected to sweep polls in late 2015, branded the contentious clause as вЂњunfair, unjust and undemocraticвЂќ adding вЂњit is not right to discriminate against one particular citizenвЂќ. The issue is currently being debated in parliament, where 25% of the seats are ring-fenced for the military. вЂњThe majority of our people understand that this constitution cannot stand as it is,вЂќ if democracy is to be achieved, the democracy п¬Ѓgurehead added. The pair spoke in the garden of Suu KyiвЂ™s villa in a reprise of their landmark meeting in 2012, which saw the US leader throw his political might behind MyanmarвЂ™s transition from junta rule. After talks with his counterpart Thein Sein late Thursday Obama expressed cautious optimism for the once-cloistered nation that balanced out earlier warnings on the risks of вЂњbackslidingвЂќ on the transition. вЂњWe recognise change is hard and you do not always move in a straight line but IвЂ™m optimistic,вЂќ Obama said. During his two-night trip to Myanmar the US leader has also raised alarm over the direction of reforms, however, citing the cramping of freedom of expression, ongoing conп¬‚icts and the treatment of MyanmarвЂ™s minority groups - especially the Muslim Rohingya. Obama was whisked from Yangon airport to tour the British colonial-era secretariat building in the cityвЂ™s downtown where Suu KyiвЂ™s father, independence hero General Aung San, was gunned down by political rivals in 1947. Their talks at Suu KyiвЂ™s lakeside family home came almost four years to the day after she was released from years of house arrest. He later moved to a university compound for a town hall style questionand-answer session where the serious political discussion was punctuated by peels of laughter as a relaxed Obama took off his jacket and bantered with the mainly young audience. Several among the crowd brieп¬‚y held up banners reading вЂњreform is fakeвЂќ, prompting a riposte from the US leader who said вЂњOh we have some signs... thatвЂ™s why we are here, to talkвЂќ. On his last visit, Obama received a fanfare welcome from thrilled locals a year after Thein Sein began to open up the country. Most political prisoners have been released and by-elections have seen Suu Kyi become a lawmaker, while foreign investors have arrived in lockstep with the lifting of most sanctions. But the atmosphere has slowly soured, with many observers saying reforms have stalled. This time there was little of the streetside cheering for Obama. Even Sui KyiвЂ™s star power earned as the torch-bearer of democracy during the dark junta years having waned in the eyes of some as she has edged away from her role as a resistance icon to become a player in the nationвЂ™s fractious politics. For his part, Obama has been battered domestically with poor approval numbers compounded by a thumping defeat for his Democrats in last weekвЂ™s midterm elections. Air Force One departed at dusk, taking the US leader and his entourage to a п¬Ѓnal stop on a three-leg tour in Brisbane, Australia, for talks with G20 leaders, where global growth and security issues are likely to dominate. Solidarity rally UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon enters the Myanmar International Convention Centre to attend the East Asia Summit in Naypyitaw yesterday. China identiп¬Ѓes вЂ�dozensвЂ™ of Uighurs in Thailand Reuters Beijing C Indonesian Muslim activists raise their fists during a solidarity rally for Palestine in Jakarta, yesterday. Dozens of protesters demanded the world to stop violence on Palestinian people. A recent wave of violence on both Israeli and Palestinian territory has sparked fears of further unrest. yanmarвЂ™s parliament yesterday lambasted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for using the term вЂ�RohingyaвЂ™, accusing him of interfering in the countryвЂ™s affairs during a visit this week that has kicked off fresh furore over the Muslim minority. The issue of the identity of the Rohingya, who mainly live in western Rakhine State, is incendiary in Myanmar. Several bouts of religious violence between Muslims and Buddhist ethnic Rakhines left scores dead and more than 140,000 in fetid displacement camps -- mainly Rohingya. Many Burmese insist the Rohingya are illegal migrants from Bangladesh and give them the derogative label вЂњBengaliвЂќ, even though many of the Muslim group can trace their ancestry back generations in the former junta-ruled nation. On Thursday UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon raised the вЂњserious humanitarian issueвЂќ of the plight of the group, who have scarce access to public services, employment and healthcare, on the sidelines of a summit in MyanmarвЂ™s capital. вЂњI encouraged the leaders of Myanmar to uphold human rights, take a strong stance against incitement and ensure humanitarian access to Rohingya living in vulnerable conditions,вЂќ he told reporters in Naypyidaw. US President Barack Obama, who left Myanmar yesterday after a two-night trip, pressed the case for minority rights, particularly of Muslims -- although he demurred from using the term Rohingya in front of his hosts despite having used it liberally before entering the country. Parliament yesterday led the backlash against BanвЂ™s comments. вЂњUsing the term вЂ�RohingyaвЂ™ -- which cannot be accepted or acknowledged by our people -is an insult to our sovereignty,вЂќ Thein Nyunt, a lower house MP said, who submitted an emergency proposal to both chambers of parliament rejecting BanвЂ™s speech. вЂњStating the existence of an ethnic group which really doesnвЂ™t exist is against Myanmar law,вЂќ he said, adding it BanвЂ™s comments were likely to re-ignite violence in tinderbox Rakhine. The motion -- which is largely symbolic -- was adopted unopposed by both houses. Most Rohingya are denied citizenship by the Myanmar government, which does not include the term in its list of official ethnic minorities. Just ahead of his visit Obama expressed concerns over the rights of MyanmarвЂ™s Muslim minority groups and told a press conference yesterday that вЂњwe are paying attention to how religious minorities are treated in this countryвЂќ. вЂњAny legitimate government has to be based on a recognition that people are equals under the law,вЂќ he added. As he delivered those comments he was п¬‚anked by opposition leader and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, who has come under п¬Ѓre for failing to unequivocally condemn violence against Muslims or п¬Ѓght against policies rights groups say discriminate against the Rohingya. Conditions in the Rakhine displacement camps are so dire that 100,000 Rohingya are estimated to have п¬‚ed south, often in rickety boats. Rights groups say many are vulnerable to trafficking gangs in Thailand and Malaysia. hinese officials in Thailand have identiп¬Ѓed вЂњdozensвЂќ of Uighurs from the Chinese region of Xinjiang who were rescued by Thai police from a human-smuggling camp and those conп¬Ѓrmed from China will be sent home, a Chinese newspaper said yesterday. Thai police previously told Reuters that the roughly 200 people rescued in March were believed to be Uighurs, a Muslim people from the western Chinese region who speak a Turkic language, many of whom chafe at government restrictions on their culture and religion. The Global Times, a tabloid published by the Chinese Com- munist PartyвЂ™s PeopleвЂ™s Daily, said ChinaвЂ™s consulate in the southern Thai city of Songkhla had identiп¬Ѓed some of the men and discovered вЂњdozensвЂќ of them were Uighur. But it did not know the nationality of women and children who are also with the group, the newspaper said. вЂњOnce we conп¬Ѓrm that they are Chinese, they would be sent back to China,вЂќ a Chinese diplomat surnamed Qin told the newspaper. In 2009, 20 Uighurs were deported from Cambodia to China despite the objections of the United Nations and human rights groups, who said they faced lengthy jail terms upon their return. New York-based Human Rights Watch also criticised Ma- laysia for deporting six Uighurs to China last December. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, however, told a daily news brieп¬Ѓng in Beijing that he could not conп¬Ѓrm that any of the people in southern Thailand were Uighur. вЂњChina has maintained communication with the Thai side. Our attitude is that we are opposed to illegal immigration,вЂќ Hong said. Hundreds of people have been killed in unrest in Xinjiang in the past two years, prompting a crackdown by Chinese authorities. Small numbers of Uighur people have begun trickling out of China to Southeast Asia. They are believed to go overland into Laos or Myanmar, and then on to Thailand and elsewhere. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 9 AUSTRALASIA/EAST ASIA DIPLOMACY UNREST CORRUPTION ENVIRONMENT CRIME North KoreaвЂ™s Kim to send special envoy to Russia HK student protesters plan Beijing visit Anti-graft watchdog finds gold, cash in officialвЂ™s home Bushfire rages in world heritage Blue Mountains Fiji police make arrest after Aussie womanвЂ™s death North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is to send a personal envoy to Russia, state media said yesterday, the latest in a series of diplomatic moves by the isolated country as it fends off accusations of crimes against humanity. North Korean diplomats have been on a vigorous campaign in recent months to counter a UN resolution urging the countryвЂ™s referral to the International Criminal Court, a move which it has dismissed as part of a US-led plot to destroy its political system. The short one-paragraph dispatch said Choe Ryong Hae, a high-ranking member of the ruling WorkersвЂ™ Party widely seen as a close confidant of Kim, would visit Russia вЂњsoon.вЂќ Three Hong Kong student leaders plan to take their fight for greater democracy to Beijing today as frustration grows over the city governmentвЂ™s inability to negotiate on electoral reforms in the former British colony. Protesters have occupied some of Chinese-controlled Hong KongвЂ™s most economically and politically important districts for more than six weeks in their demand for free elections in 2017. Hong Kong Federation of Students leader Alex Chow said on Thursday he planned to travel to Beijing with fellow activists Eason Chung and Nathan Law and they hoped to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. ChinaвЂ™s anti-graft watchdog has discovered 37 kg (82 lbs) of gold, documents for 68 houses and 120mn yuan ($19.6mn) in cash in the home of a Communist Party official who is being investigated for corruption, state media said. The amount seized in the home of Ma Chaoqun, the former manager of the Beidaihe Water Supply Corp, was so large that state news agency Xinhua called it вЂњshockingвЂќ. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in Hebei has accused Ma of bribery, embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, according to the Beijing News newspaper. More than 200 firefighters in Australia were fighting a bushfire in the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales yesterday, media reports said. Emergency services advised residents in Blaxland and Warrimoo to evacuate as the fire burned between two ridges and a nearby highway, broadcaster ABC said. The report said the fire was raging in difficult terrain, making efforts to contain it possible only by air. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told ABC the fire had settled but a change in the wind direction at night could push it towards properties in the area. New South Wales experienced temperatures of up to 45.8 degrees Celsius yesterday. Fiji police arrested a local man following the grisly discovery of the decomposed body of an Australian woman on Viti Levu island, officials said. The body of Tracy Ann OвЂ™Brien Maw was found on Monday hidden in bushes near the village of Vunavutu. вЂњI can confirm to you that we have taken in a local man in relation to the death of Maw,вЂќ police spokeswomen Ana Naisoro said. вЂњAt this moment we cannot reveal the identity of the person because we have not charged him yet. But I can say that we have a strong lead.вЂќ Fiji police have not said how Maw died and because of the extreme state of decomposition the body was cremated immediately after a post mortem examination. Keeping traditions alive Australia, Britain tell Putin to stop being a bully AFP Brisbane V Women pose with traditional Korean side dish kimchi, or fermented cabbage, during the 2014 Seoul Kimchi Making and Sharing Festival at Seoul City Hall Plaza yesterday. More than 2,300 volunteers made 250 tonnes of kimchi to give away to needy people during the winter season. Tech giant Google takes п¬Ѓght against illegal п¬Ѓshing online AFP Sydney T echnology giant Google has taken the battle against illegal п¬Ѓshing online, with the company unveiling a tool in Australia yesterday that harnesses satellite data to track thousands of boats in real time. A prototype interactive tool, which was developed in conjunction with environmental activists SkyTruth and marine advocacy group Oceana, was unveiled at the once-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney. The tool is the latest salvo from environmentalists against illegal п¬Ѓshing, which is currently estimated by the Global Ocean Commission to cost the world economy up to $23.5bn a year. вЂњWhile many of the environmental trends in the ocean can be sobering, the combination of cloud computing and massive data is enabling new tools to visualise, understand and potentially reverse these trends,вЂќ Brian Sullivan of GoogleвЂ™s Earth Outreach and Oceans section said. The tool uses data points from the Automatic Identiп¬Ѓcation System network, which picks up GPS broadcasts of a vesselвЂ™s location to map movements. The prototype has tracked just over 3,000 п¬Ѓshing vessels, with a public tool set to be released down the track. SkyTruth said the system, which will only monitor п¬Ѓshing vessels, would make activities usually invisible to the wider public easily viewable. вЂњSo much of what happens out on the high seas is invisible, and that has been a huge barrier to understanding and showing the world whatвЂ™s at stake for the ocean,вЂќ SkyTruthвЂ™s president and founder John Amos said. вЂњSatellite data is allowing us to make human interaction with the ocean more transparent than ever before.вЂќ The Global Ocean Commission, an independent panel launched in February 2013, said evidence showed seas have been п¬Ѓshed to dangerously low levels, with 90% of the worldвЂ™s large п¬Ѓsh stocks вЂ” such as tuna and swordп¬Ѓsh вЂ” already gone. The commission said one of the challenges in tackling illegal п¬Ѓshing was the lack of jurisdiction on the high seas. While the high seas make up 64% of the oceanвЂ™s total surface area, they fall beyond national jurisdictions and suffer from a lack of oversight, the organisation said. The World Parks Congress, which is being held in Sydney until November 19, has drawn thousands of delegates and is set to lay out a global agenda for protected areas for the next decade. ladimir Putin faced an icy reception at the G20 summit with BritainвЂ™s David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and AustraliaвЂ™s Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the вЂњlost glories of tsarismвЂќ. The Russian president arrived in Brisbane late yesterday for the weekend summit of world powers at a time of heightened tension with host Australia, which has sent three ships to its northern coast after a п¬‚otilla of Russian navy vessels appeared there this week. Prime Minister Abbott said the appearance of the four Russian vessels, which include a heavily armed cruiser and destroyer, were вЂњpart of a regrettable patternвЂќ of growing Russian military bullishness. Russia in turn yesterday warned France of вЂњseriousвЂќ consequences unless Paris this month delivers a warship whose handover has been delayed by the Ukraine crisis -- setting the stage for confrontation with French President Francois Hollande. The French presidency conп¬Ѓrmed that Hollande and Putin would hold a bilateral meeting in Brisbane today evening. It declined to comment further on the warships controversy in light of MoscowвЂ™s latest intervention. On Thursday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that conditions вЂњhave not been metвЂќ to deliver the ships to Russia. BritainвЂ™s prime minister, speaking to the Australian parliament, warned Russia it faces further sanctions if it does not commit to resolving the conп¬‚ict in Ukraine, calling MoscowвЂ™s actions вЂњunacceptableвЂќ. вЂњIt is a large state bullying a smaller state in Europe. WeвЂ™ve seen the consequences of that in the past and we should learn the BritainвЂ™s Prime Minister David Cameron and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a joint press conference at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday. lessons of history and make sure we donвЂ™t let it happen again,вЂќ Cameron said. Russia on Thursday dismissed the WestвЂ™s claims that it has been sending fresh military hardware into eastern Ukraine, which could fuel a return to allout conп¬‚ict in place of an uneasy ceaseп¬Ѓre. The WestвЂ™s relations with Moscow have grown increasingly tense since the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in July, killing 298 passengers and crew including 38 Australian citizens and residents. Kiev and the West claim the plane was blown out of the sky with a missile supplied by Russia, an allegation Moscow denies. Abbott told Putin to вЂњcome clean and atoneвЂќ for the shooting down of Flight MH17. вЂњRussian action in Ukraine is unacceptable,вЂќ Cameron told reporters in Canberra before heading to Brisbane. вЂњIf Russia takes a positive approach towards UkraineвЂ™s freedom and responsibility, we could see those sanctions removed. If Russia continues to make matters worse, we could see those sanctions increase. ItвЂ™s as simple as that.вЂќ The European Union, the US and Australia are among those that have imposed sanctions on Russia for what they see as MoscowвЂ™s desire to redraw modern EuropeвЂ™s borders. Pro-Russian rebels have been п¬Ѓghting Ukrainian government forces since April in a war that has claimed more than 4,000 lives and driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. The Australian navy said yesterday it had sent a third ship to help monitor the Russian п¬‚eet that has appeared in international waters off its north coast, which also includes a tugboat and a refuelling vessel. Aboriginals use G20 to call attention to plight DPA Brisbane I ndigenous Australians were the п¬Ѓrst to hit the G20 protest trail this week, saying they plan to use the Brisbane summit of world leaders to call attention to the chronic problems they face. Hundreds of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders marched through a city in lockdown yesterday to protest deaths in custody and the treatment of AustraliaвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst nation. In the п¬Ѓrst march on Monday, dozens marched behind a handful of women holding a banner that read: вЂњSorry means you donвЂ™t do it again.вЂќ Some in the crowds were draped in AustraliaвЂ™s second п¬‚ag - the black, red and yellow emblem of the peoples who inhabited the country for tens of thousands of years before European settlers arrived. One placard in the same col- Protesters demand human rights for AustraliaвЂ™s Aboriginal community near the venue of the annual G20 leaders summit in Brisbane yesterday. ours and the words вЂњAustralia is a crime sceneвЂќ scrawled on it stood out. вЂњThat really is what the situation has been here for a long, long time,вЂќ said a Kunwinjku man from the Northern Terri- tory who gave his name only as Alan. вЂњMost of the blacks donвЂ™t have very good lives. We are struggling for country and our rights. IвЂ™m here and I will walk to the Murri place to show that to the G20 and the world.вЂќ Two more Aboriginal protest marches are set for the weekend, with participants due to make their way from the city to the G20 summit venue and on to Musgrave Park. The park is the traditional gathering ground of the Murri, the tribal group that once inhabited much of Queensland. They were forcibly removed but given unfettered access to the land decades later. Human rights advocates say indigenous Australians, who make up 2.4% of the overall population of 23mn, are worse off than rest of society. They face the lowest life expectancy, high unemployment, endemic illiteracy and domestic violence; a disproportionate number are living rough or in prison and have alcohol problems. Some three weeks ago protests took place in various cities over the death in police custody of Julieka Dhu, a Northern Territory woman who was locked up for unpaid п¬Ѓnes. Police said the 22-year-old fell ill and was treated and discharged from hospital before her death. The protesters and DhuвЂ™s family demanded an independent inquiry. The campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginals is edging forward, but only slowly. Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently said the referendum on amending the constitution wonвЂ™t be held before the next election in 2017 because broad support cannot be guaranteed then. вЂњStop stealing children,вЂќ one placard in MondayвЂ™s march read. Activists say the number of Aboriginal children being taken away from their families by welfare authorities is on the rise in some states. They compared the intervention to government schemes from the early 1900s to the 1970s that spawned the so-called stolen generations. The state or the church in those days would place Aboriginal children in orphan- ages or with white families to вЂњsocialiseвЂќ them. Many never saw their birth families again. The government formally apologised to indigenous peoples for the practice in 2008. The protesters also called on the government to halt spending cuts. The 2014 national budget provides 534mn Australian dollars ($465mn) less in funding for indigenous community programmes. Opposition politicians have in recent weeks said less than half the 4.8bn Australian dollars allocated to the Indigenous Advancement Strategy has actually been made available. In September, indigenous leaders called for clarity and noted budget cuts were hindering the delivery of key social services. Last month, Amnesty International urged Canberra not to abandon Aboriginal communities through cuts to funding. вЂњWe know Aboriginal families are strongest when they can stay connected to their homelands,вЂќ the human rights watchdog said. вЂњWith proper services like health, education, water and shelter, people can be healthier, live longer and continue their cultural traditions.вЂќ An indigenous artist designed the п¬Ѓsh-and-snake logo of the 2014 G20. The standard protocol of a traditional greeting will give the groupingвЂ™s leaders a taste of indigenous culture. Six white Australians have been picked for the wider experience on a new television show, First Contact, due to air Tuesday. The SBS channel sent them to live in Aboriginal communities to see what life is really like. Producer Darren Dale said six in 10 non-indigenous Australians have had little or no prior contact with Aboriginals. вЂњThe biggest stereotypes are that they are drunks, they donвЂ™t want to work and they want government handouts,вЂќ Dale told Fairfax Media. 10 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 BRITAIN FUNERAL Kieran Megraw (right) helps carry the coffin bearing the body of his brother Brendan Megraw for a funeral service in Belfast, Northern Ireland, yesterday. Brendan Megraw, 23, was abducted from his home in Belfast and killed by the IRA in April 1978. ENTERTAINMENT MOTORING DECISION PEOPLE Rolling Stones settle claim for cancelled shows M25 surface collapses after roadworks in rain BatterseaвЂ™s Covent Garden Market to get вЂ�faceliftвЂ™ Georgia ex-politician found dead in hotel The Rolling Stones have settled a legal spat with insurers over a claim for cancelled shows in Australia and New Zealand after Mick JaggerвЂ™s girlfriend, LвЂ™Wren Scott, took her own life in March, a spokesman said yesterday. Before their Australia-Asia tour, Jagger and his bandmates had taken out a policy to cover financial losses in the event that the unexpected death of a loved one caused tour date changes or cancellations. Insurers initiated a US court filing four weeks ago to avoid paying an insurance claim made by the rock band when Scott committed suicide, arguing that her death was not entirely unexpected and so may not have been covered by the policy. Drivers suffered major rush-hour delays yesterday after an area of the M25 collapsed following roadworks in heavy rain. Police said vehicles had been left with damaged tyres after the road surface fell in near Leatherhead in Surrey at about 5.30am. Highways workers were carrying out emergency repairs yesterday morning, clearing concrete debris from the anti-clockwise carriageway near junction nine and fixing the surface of the road. By 9am, only one lane out of four was open as the incident resulted in delays of more than two hours, with queues back to Junction 13 for Staines. A Highways Agency spokesman said work had been carried out in the area before the road collapsed. The Nine Elms area in Battersea has been given a double boost, with the wholesale market granted planning permission for a significant facelift, including the construction of 3,000 homes, and the transport secretary approving a ВЈ1bn connecting Underground line. New Covent Garden Market, BritainвЂ™s biggest wholesale market, which has been central to fruit, vegetable and flower sales in the capital since 1974, is to be revamped in a 10year project costing ВЈ2bn. The market is part of a regeneration project for the area. About 600 of the homes planned for the site, a fifth of the total, will be reserved for local Wandsworth residents to buy or rent through affordable housing schemes. A prominent former politician from Georgia who was advising UkraineвЂ™s new president has been found dead in a hotel room in Park Lane. Kakha Bendukidze, 58, described as the architect of the former Soviet republicвЂ™s liberal economic reforms, was staying at the InterContinental. Scotland Yard said officers were called there at 4.30pm on Thursday. It added that the death was not being treated as suspicious. Bendukidze, who was reported to be in London for surgery, was known as a respected reformer and fierce anti-corruption activist. Since May he had been serving as an aide to UkraineвЂ™s President Petro Poroshenko Britain in вЂ�real possibilityвЂ™ of exiting EU, Major warns Guardian News and Media London S ir John Major has issued a powerful warning to BritainвЂ™s natural allies across Europe that they risk forcing the UK out of the EU unless they agree to a series of reforms including restrictions on the free movement of people. In a heartfelt plea to members of Angela MerkelвЂ™s CDU party in Berlin, the former prime minister said he was sounding the alarm as he warned that the chances of Britain leaving the EU now stand at вЂњjust under 50%вЂќ. Speaking at the CDUвЂ™s main think tank, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Major said: вЂњI put the chance of exit at just under 50%...I ask our European partners to realise we are close to a breach that is in no-oneвЂ™s interest. BritainвЂ™s frustration is no game. It is not a political ploy to gain advantages and concessions from our partners. There is a very real risk of separation that could damage the future of the United Kingdom - and Europe as a whole.вЂќ Major added: вЂњWhat we must all realise is that a divorce may be п¬Ѓnal. Absolute. A reconciliation would be unlikely.вЂќ But the former prime minister, whose speech was sent to Downing Street, appeared to rebuke David Cameron, who has annoyed the German chancellor and other leaders with the strength of his rhetoric against the EU in recent months. Major told his Berlin audience: вЂњI hope both sides will approach the negotiations with care: with a determination to п¬Ѓnd a solution - not justify a breach. Wise negotiators will tone down the oratory and turn up the diplomacy.вЂќ The former prime minister famously moved to repair relations with the EU after replacing Margaret Thatcher in 1990 by travelling to Germany to declare that he wanted Britain to remain at the heart of the EU. Nearly a quarter of a century later, he has decided to travel back to Germany and to return because he fears that the UK is in danger of stumbling out of the union. He says he feels uncomfortable about some of the rhetoric in Britain but he also believes that some EU leaders do not appreciate that Britain is serious about achieving reform. In a speech designed to inп¬‚uence Merkel, who is regarded by Downing Street as the key player in the negotiations, Major gave an indication of the issues that Cameron will place on the negotiating table ahead of an in/out referendum by the end of 2017, if the Tories win the general election next year. These include reforms to the freedom of movement and placing subsidiarity deп¬Ѓned by Major as the principle that the EU should act only where a nation state cannot - on a new legal footing. In a clear message to the German chancellor, who has ruled out reform of the principle of free movement of people, Major said a failure to make concessions in this area would push Britain to the exit. He said the recent inп¬‚ux of migrants from eastern Europe and other parts of the EU represented one of the largest population movements in peacetime Europe. Speaking in highly personal terms, Major said he felt deeply uncomfortable about talking about restrictions on immigration. He said: вЂњI hate having to make this argument. I hate it. As a boy, I was brought up among immigrants in south London. They were my friends and my neighbours. I have huge admiration for people prepared to uproot themselves to п¬Ѓnd work and a better way of life for themselves and their families. It takes a great deal of courage to do so. They deserve a warm welcome - not a chilly rebuff.вЂќ Catherine meets One Direction Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, meets boy band One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance in support of the Entertainment ArtistesвЂ™ Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London. Plans to stop IS п¬ЃghtersвЂ™ return home outlined AFP London P rime Minister David Cameron yesterday outlined plans to seize passports from British п¬Ѓghters and stop them returning from п¬Ѓghting overseas, while proposing landing bans on airlines that fail to comply with LondonвЂ™s no-п¬‚y lists. Some 500 Britons are estimated to be п¬Ѓghting in Iraq and Syria, both of which are facing a major offensive from the Islamic State (IS) militant group. вЂњWe will shortly be introducing our own new Counter-Ter- rorism Bill in the UK,вЂќ Cameron said in a speech to AustraliaвЂ™s parliament before travelling to the G20 leadersвЂ™ summit in Brisbane, adding that there was вЂњno opt-out from dealing with thisвЂќ. These will include вЂњnew powers for police at ports to seize passports, to stop suspects travelling and to stop British nationals returning to the UK unless they do so on our terms. Besides, вЂњnew rules to prevent airlines that donвЂ™t comply with our no-п¬‚y lists or security screening measures from landing in the UK,вЂќ will also be included he added. British media reports said the legislation, to be introduced in parliament this month, would block individuals from returning from Syria and Iraq to Britain for at least two years unless they comply with strict measures. These could include being escorted back to Britain and then facing prosecution and bail-style reporting conditions. Border guards and airport police would also be given new powers to seize passports from those they suspect of planning to travel abroad for terrorism, the reports said. Stopping п¬Ѓghters from returning to Britain unless they agree to the requirements Sturgeon takes over as new SNP leader AFP Edinburgh S cotlandвЂ™s ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) yesterday crowned a new leader to build on a surge of support following a defeat in SeptemberвЂ™s independence referendum that still looks set to result in greater autonomy. First Minister Alex Salmond announced his resignation after the result, in which 55% of voters said вЂњNoвЂќ to breaking away from the United Kingdom, and has now been replaced by his deputy Nicola Sturgeon. Delegates rubber-stamped SturgeonвЂ™s election as SNP leader at the partyвЂ™s annual conference in Perth - she was the only candidate - paving the way for her appointment as ScotlandвЂ™s first female first minister next week. Sturgeon, 44, said it was a вЂњprivilegeвЂќ, adding: вЂњIn Alex Salmond I have the hardest of acts to follow.вЂќ Salmond led the SNP for nearly 20 years and spent seven as first minister, transforming the nationalist party from a marginal organisation to a major political force. In his outgoing speech to the conference later yesterday, Salmond repeated his belief that Scotland can still become an independent nation despite the referendum vote. вЂњWhen the history of Scottish independence is written, be in no doubt that September 18, 2014, will be remembered as the most significant breakthrough in Scottish political history,вЂќ he said. вЂњWhy? Because despite everything that the Westminster establishment threw at Scotland, 45% of the people - 1.6mn women and men living and working in Scotland chose hope over fear. вЂњA much higher number than our opponents ever thought possible when we started this campaign.вЂќ The SNPвЂ™s membership has swelled since the referendum from 25,000 to 84,000, and Salmond said he hoped it could reach 100,000 before the British general election in May. Although Scotland remains part of the UK, the closeness of the referendum campaign prompted the British government to promise new powers for the devolved government in Edinburgh. Proposals are set to be outlined by the end of the month and laid into legislation by early next year. Welcoming her appointment, Sturgeon said it was a вЂњgood time for our a party and itвЂ™s a good time for our countryвЂќ. The conference also saw Stewart Hosie elected as the partyвЂ™s new deputy leader. He is a lawmaker in the British parliament in London but not the Scottish parliament, so will not be able to take over SturgeonвЂ™s job as deputy first minister in Edinburgh. would not п¬‚out international law, a parliamentarian argued, because the proposed measures fall short of making them stateless. Prominent lawyer Alex Carlile, a Liberal Democrat who reviewed the validity of antiterrorism legislation for the government before he was elevated to the House of Lords, told the BBC that taking away the citizenship of Islamic State п¬Ѓghters on the grounds they had committed treason would not stand up to a legal challenge. But he argued that the measures Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled are likely to hold up in court. Carlile said the measures вЂњwill be within the European Convention on Human Rights because they donвЂ™t ban a UK citizen from entering the United Kingdom if they have no other nationality, only place restrictions on it.вЂќ The two-year Temporary Exclusion Orders could be renewed by a court and any breaches would be punishable by jail. Britain raised its terror threat risk level to вЂњsevereвЂќ in September - meaning an attack is thought вЂњhighly likelyвЂќ - due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. MillionaireвЂ™s family attacked by gunman London Evening Standard London T Nicola Sturgeon waves to the audience as she is formally announced as the new Scottish National Party (SNP) leader at the party conference in Perth yesterday. he wife and two daughters of a multi-millionaire businessmen were threatened by a masked gunman who broke into their ВЈ5mn home and stripped them of jewellery before emptying the safe. Catherine Stiff, the wife of Robert Stiff, was punched in the face by the 6ft 4in robber. One of her daughters, in her twenties, was also attacked. Both were taken to hospital with minor injuries and suffering from shock following the raid on the six-bedroom house, which backs onto a golf course in Kingswood, near Epsom. The other sister, also in her twenties, was left shocked but was unhurt. A manhunt was under way yesterday to trace the вЂњdangerous and violentвЂќ robber, who police believe visited the road a number of times before the raid to stake out the property. Police believe the man вЂ” reported to be armed with a sawnoff shotgun вЂ” broke into the home from the back and could have approached it from the golf course. Catherine Stiff, who is in her п¬Ѓfties, said: вЂњThereвЂ™s nothing more I can say. IвЂ™m really sorry but youвЂ™ll need to speak to Surrey police. Thank you very much.вЂќ Her Zimbabwe-born husband set up healthcare recruitment п¬Ѓrm Team24 which was sold for more than ВЈ25mn three years ago. He has since worked for major charities and is a patron of The PrinceвЂ™s Trust. More recently he has launched a number of business enterprises, including a boutique run by his two daughters. Neighbours today spoke of their shock at the attack. One said: вЂњThere were police everywhere and a police helicopter up in the sky. This is a quiet area, you simply canвЂ™t imagine something so awful would happen here, especially to such a lovely family.вЂќ Another neighbour who did not want to be named said: вЂњThe family are in a terrible state after this terrible shocking incident. It was really violent and they are in trauma.вЂќ Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 11 EUROPE France scales down cat hunt AFP Paris F rench officials have scaled down a frantic hunt for a mysterious big cat prowling on the outskirts of Paris after scotching earlier fears it was a tiger. Sightings of a large feline padding around wooded areas only 40km east of Paris on Thursday sparked a desperate search operation involving at one point as many as 200 police and soldiers, backed by a helicopter. Authorities initially claimed it was a tiger but subsequent investigations on the animalвЂ™s tracks showed it was probably much less dangerous. Experts from the national hunting and wildlife office and a nearby big cat park said: вЂњWe can exclude the presence of an animal from the tiger species.вЂќ They added though that вЂњthe feline is still being huntedвЂќ. An official source told AFP that the search had been scaled back for the moment and the helicopter grounded although forces remained вЂњmobilisedвЂќ in case of a fresh alert. The story generated wall-towall coverage in France on rolling news channels. Local paper Le Parisien splashed a picture of the animal on its front page with the headline: вЂњThe unbelievable tiger alert.вЂќ But the threat level was downgraded yesterday, with the local director of public safety, Chantal Baccanini, saying there was вЂњno danger for the general populationвЂќ. вЂњItвЂ™s between a domestic cat and a bigger feline,вЂќ said Eric Hansen from the national hunting and wildlife office ONCFS. The mayor of the town of Montevrain, where the animal was п¬Ѓrst spotted on Thursday, estimated that the animal weighed around 70kg. But Hansen said it was likely to be about half this weight and probably вЂњnot dangerousвЂќ. Despite deploying around 100 police, п¬Ѓreп¬Ѓghters and soldiers immediately after the sightings, the search proved fruitless. Torrential rain hampered the scaled-down hunt. Tiger or no tiger, Montevrain resident Jean-Francois Ameur was taking no chances as he told his 12-year-old son to wait for a neighbour to pick him up from school in a car. вЂњItвЂ™s been running for 48 hours and it hasnвЂ™t eaten, so yes, IвЂ™m worried,вЂќ said Ameur. Ukraine needs stronger army to stop Russia: PM Reuters Kiev U kraineвЂ™s top priority is to build an army strong enough to stop Russian military aggression, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said yesterday as he made recommendations for top positions in a new coalition government. The prospect of an all-out war returning to eastern Ukraine has piled pressure on the countryвЂ™s struggling economy, driving the hryvnia currency down by some 17% this month and pushing borrowing costs sky-high. UkraineвЂ™s pro-Western leaders and Nato have accused Russia of sending soldiers and weapons to help pro-Russian rebels in eastern regions launch a possible new offensive in a war that has killed more than 4,000 people since April. Yatseniuk is in power-sharing talks with President Petro Poroshenko and others to form a coalition as quickly as possible following an October 26 election, won by groups led by the president and prime minister, who with other pro-Western forces swept pro-Russian groups out of parliament. Increasing violence, truce violations and unmarked ar- moured convoys travelling across the rebel-held region have aroused fears that a shaky September 5 ceaseп¬Ѓre could collapse. Kiev says the convoys are carrying Russian troops; Russia, as it has in the past, denies its forces are there. вЂњBuilding an army, which is capable of stopping aggression from Russia, is the number one task,вЂќ Yatseniuk told journalists. The Russian-backed rebels struck a bellicose tone. вЂњIf they (Ukraine) move from building up forces as a demonstration, as a threat, to some concrete action, we are ready for this,вЂќ Alexander Khodakovsky, a E uropeвЂ™s deep-space robot lab Philae worked against the clock yesterday, attempting to drill into a comet 510mn km from Earth to crown a historic exploration before its battery runs out. Charged with 60 hours of onboard power, the lander bounced twice after touchdown on Wednesday, settling in a crevice in a mystery location, shadowed from battery-boosting sunlight that could have extended its core mission. Despite a rough start, the washing machine-sized probe sent back fascinating images and data from mankindвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst on-site survey of a comet, proud scientists said during yesterdayвЂ™s countdown to hibernation. All 10 onboard experiments had kicked into action вЂ“ including the drill meant to take a subsurface sample of comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, racing towards the Sun at 18 kilometres per second. It was as yet unclear whether the drill had managed to pierce the shell of the enigmatic Solar System comet, or whether it would have enough power to relay any data to its orbiting ernment forces and rebels had continued in the past 24 hours in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with one soldier and one п¬Ѓve-year-old child killed in different attacks. Poroshenko told security ofп¬Ѓcials there was вЂњno reason to panicвЂќ over the situation in the east. вЂњIf events begin to unravel in spite of the peace plan, Ukrainian armed forces today are ready and capable of repelling (an offensive),вЂќ Poroshenko said in statement, adding Kiev remained committed to п¬Ѓnding a peaceful solution to the crisis. Russia warned this week that any resumption of hostili- ties would be catastrophic for Ukraine after Kiev said it was redeploying troops to be ready for any rebel offensive. Yatseniuk suggested Deputy Finance Minister Vitaly Lisovenko should take the role of п¬Ѓnance minister in the new coalition government because of his deep involvement in IMF loan talks. YatseniukвЂ™s PeopleвЂ™s Front party would support PoroshenkoвЂ™s choice for defence minister and foreign minister, he said. He also recommended the chief executive of state energy п¬Ѓrm Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolev, for the position of energy minister. Sweden says it has proof of foreign submarine intrusion Reuters/AFP Stockholm S weden has proof that a small foreign submarine was operating illegally in its waters last month, its top military officer said yesterday after a mysterious episode that triggered the countryвЂ™s biggest military mobilisation since the Cold War. More than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters scoured Baltic waters off the capital Stockholm in October after reports of foreign вЂњunderwater activityвЂќ, but without п¬Ѓnding or bringing to the surface any submarine. вЂњThe military can conп¬Ѓrm that a small U-boat breached SwedenвЂ™s territorial waters. We can exclude all alternative explanations,вЂќ the head of SwedenвЂ™s armed forces, General Sverker Goransson, told a news conference. He said Sweden had not been able to identify which country was behind the intrusion. The submarineвЂ™s presence was picked up by military sensors, Goransson said. Supporting evidence, he said, included a picture showing a bubble pattern typical of a diving submarine and a sonar image of tracks on the sea п¬‚oor. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that the intrusion into Swedish territorial water was unacceptable and that Sweden would bolster its capabilities in detecting and identifying such activity. вЂњWe will defend SwedenвЂ™s territorial integrity with all available means,вЂќ Lofven said. The submarine hunt reп¬‚ected tensions in a region where governments are increasingly worried about Russian assertiveness because of MoscowвЂ™s role in the Ukraine crisis. Sweden has already said it will increase spending on its military, including up to 70 new п¬Ѓghter jets and new submarines, as it looks to reverse decades of underspending on its armed forces. The Nordic country has also drawn closer to Nato in the past few years although the current government has ruled out seeking membership of the alliance. The October submarine hunt was triggered after sightings of a вЂњman-made objectвЂќ on October 17 вЂ“ later matched by hundreds of reports from members of the public who thought they saw вЂњsomethingвЂќ in waters near Stockholm вЂ“ and evoked memories of dozens of dramatic Cold War U-boat hunts in the 1980s. In the most dramatic incident, This photo was interpreted to show an object travelling southwards at a speed of one knot inside Swedish waters on October 15. The white around the object shows water escaping from valves at a pressure before the object disappears below the surface. Goranson and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven at the news conference. a Soviet submarine U137 ran aground close to one of SwedenвЂ™s largest naval bases in 1981 and was only allowed to leave after a humiliating wait. Apart from that incident and several conп¬Ѓrmed visual sightings, Sweden has never produced hard evidence of a Russian submarine in its waters. Tomas Ries, an expert at the Swedish National Defence College said yesterdayвЂ™s announcement was a major breakthrough for the Swedish military. вЂњDuring 10 years of obsessive Cold War submarine hunts, they Comet probe Philae in race against time to crown stellar feat AFP Paris senior separatist military п¬Ѓgure, told Reuters. Yatseniuk, who is expected to remain as prime minister in the new cabinet, said that he did not expect UkraineвЂ™s economy to grow before 2016 due to the costs of the conп¬‚ict. One of the п¬Ѓrst tasks of a new government would be to come up with a new budget that the prime minister promised would be вЂњvery toughвЂќ. The new government would implement reforms required under a $17bn International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan programme. A Ukrainian military spokesman said shelling between gov- mothership, Rosetta. The orbiter and lander have two communications windows per day вЂ“ the next should open about 2100 GMT, but with a long delay for the signal from Rosetta to arrive on Earth, scientists face a nervous wait to know if Philae is still awake, and whether a drill sample had been uploaded. вЂњWeвЂ™re hoping to get contact again this evening. This would be fantastic, but itвЂ™s not secured,вЂќ lander manager Stephan Ulamec said in a brieп¬Ѓng webcast from mission control in Darmstadt, Germany. вЂњItвЂ™s going to be really, really close, whether we make it to the link or not,вЂќ added mission scientist Valentina Lommatsch. Astrophysicist Philippe Gaudon, who heads the Rosetta mission at French space agency CNES, told AFP: вЂњWe think the robot may switch off around midnight.вЂќ A drill sample had been among the most highly anticipated results from PhilaeвЂ™s mission, with scientists hoping for clues to the formation of the Solar System 4.6bn years ago and even the appearance of life on Earth. Philae landed on the lowgravity comet after a nail-biting seven-hour, 20km descent from Rosetta, which had travelled never came up with anything, nothing at all,вЂќ he told news agency TT. вЂњItвЂ™s very uplifting to know that we have succeeded.вЂќ However SwedenвЂ™s armed forces commander refused to disclose details of the evidence or comment on how the navy detected a submarine but failed to identify its origin, citing national security interests. вЂњHow we have done that with our sensors I wonвЂ™t go into because thatвЂ™s top secret and that would reveal the capability that we have in our systems,вЂќ Goeranson said. A sonar image showing sub-sea tracks left behind by a submarine. Maths genius Grothendieck dies AFP Paris A Ulamec explains PhilaeвЂ™s probable landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at the satellite control centre of the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany. more than a decade and 6.5bn km to get there. The touchdown did not go entirely as planned, when PhilaeвЂ™s duo of anchoring harpoons failed to deploy and it lifted off again ... twice. Its location remains unknown, but data and photos from the lander showed it was probably at an angle in a crevice, in the shadow of a cliff about a kilometre from where it п¬Ѓrst touched down. Besides 60 hours of power on its main battery, the lab had been designed with solar panels for a potential recharge. But in its dark location, one solar panel was receiving about 80 minutes of sunlight per 12.4hour comet day and two others 20 or 30 minutes вЂ“ much less than the six or seven hours engineers had bargained on. When it eventually does fall into slumber, there is always the off chance that Philae may be jolted back to life in the coming months as comet вЂњ67PвЂќ draws closer to the Sun, said ground controllers, and then pass on outstanding data. But, вЂњwe would have to be extremely luckyвЂќ, said Lommatsch. The Rosetta-Philae team said they were already ecstatic at the results. вЂњLetвЂ™s stop looking at things that we could have done if everything had worked properly,вЂќ said Andrea Accomazzo, п¬‚ight operations director. вЂњLetвЂ™s look at things we have done, what we have achieved. вЂњThis is unique and will be unique forever!вЂќ So far, the 100kg lab has sent back the п¬Ѓrst-ever photos taken on a comet, and probed its surface density, temperature and composition. The в‚¬1.3bn ($1.6bn) mission aims to unlock the secrets of comets, which some astrophysicists believe may have вЂњseededвЂќ Earth with some of the ingredients for life. Rosetta, with Philae riding piggyback, was hoisted into space in 2004, and reached its target in August this year, having used the gravitational pull of Earth and Mars as slingshots to build up speed. lexander Grothendieck (pictured), one of the great eccentric geniuses of 20th century mathematics, has died in France at the age of 86. The maths master reached the very pinnacle of his profession before abandoning the discipline, taking up anti-war activism, retreating into the life of a recluse and refusing to share his research. He died on Thursday in a hospital in Saint-Girons in southwestern France, staff said, without giving further details. Born in 1928 in Berlin to a Russian anarchist father and a journalist mother, GrothendieckвЂ™s parents left him behind in Germany while they went to п¬Ѓght in the Spanish Civil War. They were reunited in France, where Grothendieck was to spend most of his life, only for his father вЂ“ a Jew вЂ“ to be rounded up by the Nazis and killed in Auschwitz. Grothendieck went on to become a revolutionary mathematician, doing groundbreaking work on algebra and geometry that won him the Fields medal, known as the Nobel prize of the maths world, in 1966. According to the legend that has built up around Grothendieck, his talents were not obvious when he was a young man. It was while he was studying at the University of Montpellier that two professors gave him a list of 14 questions, considered to be yearsвЂ™ worth of work, and told him to pick one. Grothendieck came back a few months later having completed them all. вЂњHe was one of the giants of mathematics who transformed mathematics entirely with his work,вЂќ said Cedric Villani, who won the medal in 2010. French President Francois Hollande praised the memory of вЂњone of greatest mathematiciansвЂќ who вЂњwas also an extraordinary personality in his philosophy of lifeвЂќ. Grothendieck refused to accept the Fields award and turned down the job offers that poured in from around the world. His life was already headed in a more radical direction, given a boost by the 1968 student protests in Paris. By the 1970s, he had all but abandoned his research, preferring to focus on environmental politics and anti-war activism. He quit the Institute of Higher Scientiп¬Ѓc Studies near Paris after discovering it took a small part of its п¬Ѓnancing from the defence ministry. He also gave up a post at the College de France to join the University of Montpellier where he often found himself on the frontlines of anti-nuclear protests. вЂњHis greatest and unique violence against the scientiп¬Ѓc community was that he stopped doing mathematics,вЂќ celebrated mathematician Denis Guedj told FranceвЂ™s Sciences et Avenir magazine. Grothendieck did not completely give up on his research, but increasingly refused to share it publicly. In the early 1990s he handed 20,000 pages of notes and letters to a friend who looked after them for several years before passing them on to the University of Montpellier. Under strict orders from Grothendieck, they have been kept under lock and key in the universityвЂ™s archives. In his later years, there were reports that Grothendieck had descended into religious mania. He had moved to a tiny village in the Pyrenees where he refused all visitors and jealously guarded his privacy. With his passing, a new generation of mathematics students may get the chance to explore the treasures he left behind and fully appreciate the impact he had on the profession. вЂњThe ideas of Alexander Grothendieck have penetrated the subconscious of mathematicians,вЂќ his most celebrated student, Fields medal winner Pierre Deligne, told Le Monde newspaper. вЂњHe was unique in his way of thinking.вЂќ 12 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 INDIA CONTROVERSY DEFENCE LEGAL POLITICS LAW AND ORDER Minister denies forged mark sheet claims Nuke-capable missile successfully test fired Government response on NRI voting issue sought CPI-M silence on Mani issue irks Achuthanandan Probe into nursing studentвЂ™s suicide begins The Congress yesterday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a fake certificate controversy surrounding Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ram Shankar Katheria, saying вЂњunworthyвЂќ people had been appointed to deal with education. вЂњThe minister (Katheria) should not have been inducted into the council of ministers,вЂќ Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmad said. вЂњSuch unworthy people should not be a part of the department of education.вЂќ Katheria has rubbished the charges against him. He said there was no truth in the allegations and added that if he was in the wrong, action would have been taken against him by the authorities. India yesterday successfully test fired its nuclear capable Dhanush missile from a warship off the Odisha coast hours after conducting a training launch of Prithvi-II missile from a military base in the state, a senior defence official said. Dhanush was test fired from a naval ship off the coast of the state over the Bay of Bengal around 7.40 pm. The launch was part of an exercise by the armed forces and the missile reached the designated target with high precision, official said. The missile launch and its flight performance were monitored from the Integrated Test range at Chandipur in stateвЂ™s Balasore district, about 230km from Bhubaneswar, test range director M V K V Prasad said. The Supreme Court yesterday asked the government to consider and respond on the report of the committee set up by the Election Commission that has recommended electronic voting or proxy voting by NRIs. An apex court bench of chief justice H L Dattu and Justice A K Sikri asked additional solicitor general to take instructions from the government and revert in four weeks. A 12-member committee set up by the Election Commission has recommended that NRIs staying overseas could be permitted to cast their vote electronically or by proxy. The committee, however, rejected the feasibility of NRIs exercising their franchise at the diplomatic missions. Veteran CPI-M leader V S Achuthanandan has criticised the partyвЂ™s state leadership for not seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation probe against Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani over corruption charges. In a letter to general secretary Prakash Karat, Achuthanandan demanded to know which party committee was against a CBI probe against Mani. A bar owner alleged two weeks ago that Mani asked for Rs50mn - and got Rs10mn - to reopen 418 bars that were closed from the start of the current fiscal. Since then, the 91-year-old Achuthanandan has been asking Mani to resign and the Congress-led state government to seek a probe by the CBI into the allegation. The Kerala government yesterday launched a probe into the death of a 19-year-old nursing student, who jumped from the 10th floor of a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. The incident took place at the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospital last week. Rogi Roy succumbed to injuries after battling for life for a few hours. In a Facebook post yesterday evening, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala announced the governmentвЂ™s decision to launch the probe. вЂњThe parents came and met me and I also felt sad seeing their condition and immediately ordered a detailed probe,вЂќ Chennithala said. Filmmaker tries to play down row over вЂ�elitistвЂ™ remark By Ashraf Padanna Thiruvananthapuram N oted Malayalam п¬Ѓlmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan is upset at the controversy surrounding his comments a week earlier. Last week, Gopalakrishnan had wondered how some п¬Ѓlm buffs could follow foreign п¬Ѓlms at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) when they even failed to understand the English subtitles. This had prompted a section of п¬Ѓlmmakers and writers to denounce his remarks as вЂњelitistвЂќ. It also triggered street protests against the п¬Ѓlmmaker, an ardent campaigner for Malayalam to be made official language for administrative purposes, for the вЂњanti-Malayalam biasвЂќ in his statement. Gopalakrishnan, however, clariп¬Ѓed he was only calling for stricter screening for delegates as serious п¬Ѓlm enthusiasts have started deserting the festival, arguably IndiaвЂ™s largest in viewer participation. вЂњI never said those who do not understand English would not be allowed in. ThatвЂ™s not a criterion. But we are not in a position to accommodate all,вЂќ said the п¬Ѓlmmaker who is the chairman of the festivalвЂ™s advisory council. The 19th edition of the IFFK opens here on December 12. Though the organisers have received more than 10,000 applications to the festival, they are planning to limit the delegates to 7,000. Apart from regular festival goers, only п¬Ѓlmmakers, technicians, scholars, critics, journalists, members of п¬Ѓlm societies and campus п¬Ѓlm clubs are welcome this time. In the application form, there were also a few questions on п¬Ѓlm to test the knowledge of those intending to attend the event. вЂњWe should know what kind of people are coming to watch films and if their interest in films is genuine. WhatвЂ™s wrong in testing their aptitude?вЂќ asked Gopalakrishnan, a pioneer of KeralaвЂ™s film society movement. One of the п¬Ѓnest п¬Ѓlmmakers of India, Gopalakrishnan was honoured with the nationвЂ™s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2006. He also received more than a dozen national awards for вЂ�best directorвЂ™ or вЂ�best п¬ЃlmвЂ™ since his debut 1973 п¬Ѓlm Swayamvaram, a milestone in Malayalam cinema. However, his reported comments against вЂњpeople who do not even understand English subtitlesвЂќ have irked many including writer N S Madhavan who ridiculed him through a series of comments on Twitter. Gopalakrishnan said he was aware of the criticism against him in the social media though he did not have an account on Facebook or a Twitter handle. The п¬Ѓlmmaker insisted he was being quoted out of context. вЂњA couple of television channels have been misquoting me. This is a manufactured controversy,вЂќ said the director who received the British Film InstituteвЂ™s award for the вЂ�most original imaginative п¬Ѓlm of the yearвЂ™ for his Elippathayam in 1982. Gopalakrishnan feels many of the delegates come to the festival expecting вЂњsex and violenceвЂќ as the п¬Ѓlms screened are not censored. This results in a lot of problems inside the theatres during the screenings. The organisers are trying to avoid such an embarrassment for п¬Ѓlmmakers coming with their п¬Ѓlms for the festival, he said. ChildrenвЂ™s Day celebrated A schoolboy cries as he and schoolmates, dressed up as IndiaвЂ™s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, pose during a photo event for ChildrenвЂ™s Day celebrations at a school in Amritsar, Punjab, yesterday. ChildrenвЂ™s Day falls on November 14, coinciding with the birth anniversary of IndiaвЂ™s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Govt claim of resolving WTO impasse вЂ�untrueвЂ™ IANS New Delhi T he Congress yesterday accused the Narendra Modi government of hiding the truth and said its claim of having reached an agreement with the US on resolving the impasse in WTO was a вЂњdeliberate attempt to mislead the peopleвЂќ. Congress deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said in a statement that the BJP-led government was resorting to вЂњone-upmanshipвЂќ and the issue of public stockholding for food security was actually forced by India at the Bali ministerial meet Jailed Congress MP attempts suicide IANS Kolkata W est Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday suspended jail officials and onduty hospital staff in the wake of the reported suicide attempt by suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, who is in jail for his alleged complicity in the Saradha scam. GhoshвЂ™s condition is now stable. He was hospitalised yesterday after he complained of feeling unwell, police said. Ghosh had on November 10 threatened to commit suicide if others involved in the swindle were not arrested within three days. Banerjee yesterday said in the state assembly the superintendent of Presidency Jail, attending doctor, nurse and onduty staff of the hospital have been suspended. Police said Ghosh claimed вЂњbefore jail authorities that he had consumed 30-40 Alprazolam pillsвЂќ. вЂњWe are waiting for jail authorities to conп¬Ѓrm if it is an attempt to suicide, after which we will proceed accordingly,вЂќ deputy commissioner of south division, Murlidhar Sharma, said. The Trinamool MP was shifted to SSKM Hospital around 3am. вЂњKunal GhoshвЂ™s condition is stable now. He is responding вЂњGhosh has told the doctors that he took 3040 Alprazolam tablets from the evening up to night time on ThursdayвЂќ to treatment and speaking. His stomach was cleared on arrival (at hospital) and he was given a liquid diet also,вЂќ said Sumanjit Roy, deputy commissioner, detective department. вЂњThe circumstances under which he said he was unwell are still under inquiry and whether there was any attempted suicide or not is yet to be ascertained,вЂќ said Sharma. Ghosh, who headed Saradha media arm before being arrested in November last year, has been alleging the involvement of several leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress, including its top brass. He also urged the court to disallow anyone from meeting him in the jail, lest he be вЂњdissuaded or inп¬‚uencedвЂќ. вЂњGhosh has told the doctors that he took 30-40 Alprazolam tablets from the evening up to night time on Thursday. He was given a stomach wash as per protocol. The contents in his stomach has been sent for forensic examination,вЂќ SSKM Hospital director Pradip Mitra told mediapersons here. West BengalвЂ™s opposition parties and legal luminaries yesterday slammed the Mamata Banerjee administration for the reported suicide attempt. State BJP president Rahul Sinha said those in power want to вЂњп¬Ѓnish offвЂќ Ghosh by any means. вЂњSo they thought when he had declared his intention to commit suicide, they should not keep him under close observation. Had he managed to take his own life, those involved in the scam would have felt relieved,вЂќ said Sinha. and it had been secured and protected. вЂњThe commerce ministerвЂ™s (Nirmala Sitharaman) statement attributing that the agreement reached at Bali ministerial meeting was temporary peace clause is factually incorrect and political dishonesty,вЂќ Sharma said. He said it was IndiaвЂ™s strong and uncompromising stance that forced the issue of procurement of foodgrains for public stock holding on the Bali WTO agenda despite stiff opposition from the US, the European Union and other developed countries. вЂњIndia fought tenaciously and succeeded in putting together a global coalition of developing countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. That forced the developed countries to cede ground, and agree to negotiate a permanent solution to change the dated WTO rules,вЂќ he said. Sharma said India also secured for itself and other developing countries protection from any challenge at WTO for any breach until negotiated permanent solution was found. Sitharaman on Thursday said an agreement has been reached with the US on the issue of food stockpiling which meant an end to the impasse over the WTO accord to ease global customs rules. Ballet performance She added that the deal opens the way for a consensus on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) which had eluded the World Trade Organisation members in July. Sharma said NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government had engaged in needless posturing by stalling the TFA and insisting for a permanent solution by December 2014. вЂњThe TFA was among the nine agreements which were reached at the WTO Ministerial meeting in Bali. By refusing to honour the Bali agreement, the BJP government embarrassed India and left it globally isolated. It also adversely affected the credibility of India in multilateral forums,вЂќ he said. Kerala bravado falters as dam water rises IANS Thiruvananthapuram T Members of the London-based Avant Garde Dance Ballet Company performs вЂ�The Black AlbumвЂ™ in Bengaluru. The dance performance with three different hip hop choreographies was organised by the British Council. вЂњIt is, therefore, strange that government now claims to have resolved bilaterally with the US. It has been IndiaвЂ™s firm and consistent position that multilateral agreements and issues can only be revisited in the concerned multilateral organisations which, in this case is the WTO,вЂќ Sharma added. He said the claim is nothing but вЂњa face-saver from the US to extricate India from a situation which was this governmentвЂ™s creation.вЂќ вЂњThe prime minister and his government are better advised not to make claims that will invite more ridicule,вЂќ he said. he water level of the Mullaperiyar dam reservoir, which is located in Kerala though its waters serve Tamil Nadu also, touched 140 feet yesterday. Unlike in the past, the state remained quiet about the development. вЂњIt has been raining heavily and 14mm of rain has been reported since Thursday... and the water level has touched the 140 feet-mark,вЂќ a resident said. At a cabinet meeting here on Thursday, it was decided that tough steps will be taken if the level touches 140 feet, but no action has been taken yet. Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been at loggerheads over the dam, built under an 1886 accord between the then Maharaja of Travancore and the erstwhile British Raj. The water level has breached the 140 feet-mark only on two earlier occasions. In 1992 it touched 143.8 feet and in 1995 it was 141.60 feet. In November 2011, when Kerala Water Resources Minister P J Joseph had claimed that the water level was around 134 feet at his home town Idukki, a couple of shutdowns followed. A 208-km-long human chain and numerous local protests were held. Leader of the opposition V S Achuthanandan had also said during the 2012 election campaign that the Left Democratic Front was prepared to raise money to build a new dam if neither Tamil Nadu or the Centre were willing to help. But matters came to a standstill when in May this year the Supreme Court struck down a Kerala assembly act restricting the water level at 136 feet. It also gave the safety standards at the dam a clean chit. After the verdict, the Kerala assembly, for the fourth time, passed a unanimous resolution that the central government should act as a mediator for building a new dam at Mullaperiyar. Sources close to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that one way to revive the issue now was to approach the apex court in the coming days. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 13 INDIA LEGAL CONTROVERSY OFFBEAT POLITICS CRIME Expedite trial against Madani, court told CBI reply sought over вЂ�morphedвЂ™ ministerвЂ™s photo Police hide under tables to escape angry squatters BJP seeks suggestions for Delhi manifesto Orison groupвЂ™s director held in chit fund scam The Supreme Court yesterday asked a Bengaluru court to conclude the trial against 2008 serial bomb blast conspiracy prime accused Abdul Nazir Madani in four months. The apex court bench extended the interim bail of Kerala-based PeopleвЂ™s Democratic Party leader Madani by four months. But the court rejected MadaniвЂ™s plea to allow him to move to Kerala for his medical treatment. Besides, the court declined any relaxation in the conditions of bail. The Karnataka government, in an affidavit, told the court that Madani was influencing the witnesses by using his connections. The Karnataka government gave the court a list of witnesses who have turned hostile. The Delhi High Court asked the CBI to file a detailed status report on a plea seeking to bring to a logical end the preliminary inquiries into the alleged morphing of a photo of IndiaвЂ™s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and union Minister Najma Heptulla. The plea filed by AzadвЂ™s grand-nephew Firoz Bakht Ahmed alleged that the morphing of the photo was done at HeptullaвЂ™s instance when she headed the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Heptulla is the minority affairs minister in the Narendra Modi government. Justice Vibhu Bakhru sought a response from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by December 16, after it failed to file the reply on the issue. Policemen hid behind cupboards and under table as a group of people claiming to owe allegiance to West BengalвЂ™s ruling Trinamool Congress rampaged through a police station in Kolkata yesterday. Enraged over the administrationвЂ™s attempts to evict encroachers from a piece of land owned by the state public works department, a group of slum dwellers residing on the plot staged a demonstration and pushed the officials away. When police swung into action and nabbed 10 of the demonstrators some of them forcibly entered the Alipore police station and beat up the security personnel with sticks. Stones were also hurled at the police station. The BJPвЂ™s Delhi unit yesterday called for suggestions from people to be included in its manifesto for the upcoming assembly elections. The party launched a revamped website for this purpose and asked people to contribute their ideas. вЂњI appeal to the people of Delhi to give their suggestions on the development and upkeep of the city. The party will consider the ideas while framing the manifesto,вЂќ Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay said. According to Upadhyay, the refurbished web site gives the people and party workers a forum to put forward their ideas and suggestions which can be viewed by others. The CBI yesterday arrested Sagar Kumar Ray, one of the directors of Orison Group of companies, in Odisha for his alleged complicity with Artha Tatwa Group chief Pradip Sethy, who has duped thousands of people through a chit fund scam in the state. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the chit fund scam, interrogated Ray for his links with the AT Group and later arrested him as he failed to provide satisfactory answers. вЂњHe has received huge amount of money in his personal account as well as in the accounts of his companies which he could not satisfactorily account for,вЂќ a CBI official said. Trade tops agenda as Modi meets Cameron Sterilisation deaths expose menace of faulty drugs IANS Brisbane A head of the G20 Summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his п¬Ѓrst bilateral meetings with European Union president Herman Van Rompuy and British Prime Minister David Cameron where economic co-operation topped the agenda вЂ” and ended the day with a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Modi, who п¬‚ew down here earlier in the day for the G20 that begins today, п¬Ѓrst visited the Queensland University of Technology and listened keenly to latest developments in agricultural research, and mingled freely with students and researchers. Modi held talks with an EU team headed by Rompuy, who said the bloc was keen to вЂњre-engageвЂќ with India in all areas, especially trade. Modi told him that the вЂњEU should take advantage of the new economic environment in IndiaвЂќ. An India-EU free trade agreement is yet to be concluded. Negotiations are stuck on key points, including the EUвЂ™s demand for signiп¬Ѓcant duty cuts in automobiles and tax cuts on wines, spirits and dairy products, and also a demand for a strong intellectual property regime. The value of EU-India trade grew from 28.6bn euros in 2003 to 72.7bn in 2013. Rompuy tweeted after the talks: вЂњIndia and EU are strategic partners with vast potential for more co-operation including economic. Good bilateral talks with India PM.вЂќ ModiвЂ™s proposal for an international Yoga Day, which he suggested at the UN, got further impetus with Rompuy telling him that the 28-member EU supported his call for a Yoga Day. ModiвЂ™s meeting with Cameron was another highlight of his engagements at Brisbane. Cameron, who is meeting the Indian prime minister for the п¬Ѓrst time, told him that relations with India were at the вЂњtop of the priorities of UKвЂ™s foreign policyвЂќ. Also, вЂњYourвЂ™s is a very inspiring vision. UK wants to partner in any way we canвЂќ, the external affairs ministry quoted the British side as saying. Reuters Bilaspur T Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks at genetically modified plants during a visit to the QUT campus in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday. Furore over Bihar CMвЂ™s racial remark IANS Patna A t least six leaders of the ruling Janata Dal (United), including ministers and legislators, have openly criticised their own Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi for his controversial remarks that upper castes were foreigners and Dalits and Tribals were indigenous people of the country, and demanded his removal. The national leadership of the party, too, has asked Manjhi not to cross his limit while addressing public meetings or any official function across the state. JD-U president Sharad Yadav and party general secretary K C Tyagi have requested Manjhi not to say anything that creates controversy as it will harm the image of the party ahead of next state assembly polls and will provide ready-made issues for the opposition BJP to target the party and its government, a senior JD-U leader said . JD-U legislators Sunil Pandey, Gajanand Sahi, Anant Singh, Neeraj Kumar have slammed Manjhi. Bihar Animal Husbandry Minister Baidyanath Sahni and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh said Manjhi should not make such remarks that create controversy. вЂњChief minister should not make such statements,вЂќ Sahni said. Sunil Pandey has demanded ManjhiвЂ™s ouster. вЂњManjhi is creating controversy instead of running the government; he should be removed,вЂќ he said. Not hiding his anger, Pandey demanded calling a legislature party meeting for choosing a new leader to replace Manjhi. вЂњPeople had given mandate to Nitish Kumar and not Jitan Ram Manjhi. Hence, he should be removed immediately in view of his irresponsible remarks,вЂќ he told the media here. Gajanand Sahi said Manjhi should avoid making such remarks as it would harm the party. вЂњManjhi should not target any one as he is holding a constitutional post,вЂќ he said. Earlier, JD-U legislator Anant Singh termed Manjhi вЂ�madвЂ™ for his remarks and said he should be sent to a mental asylum. Anant Singh, who belongs to the upper caste Bhumihar community demanded his removal. Neeraj Kumar, who is also JD-U spokesperson said that the JD-U does not agree with the chief ministerвЂ™s remarks. вЂњThis is his personal opinion. We talk of inclusive politics.вЂќ Another JD-U leader Sanjay Jha, close to Nitish Kumar, said ManjhiвЂ™s remarks against upper castes were highly objectionable and uncalled for. вЂњIt is not tolerable because he used such words to create division and tension in the society,вЂќ said Jha, who is a Brahmin, adding that such remarks are harming the party and even the good work done by the state government was not getting its due. he recent deaths of 15 people linked to a small pharmaceutical factory in Raipur have highlighted how easily adulterated drugs can enter IndiaвЂ™s huge healthcare system. Experts say the government is underestimating the scale of the problem, hampering efforts to rein in abuses in one of the worldвЂ™s biggest markets for counterfeit and substandard drugs. Stuffed in glossy packaging and sometimes labelled with the names of legitimate companies, fake drugs are commonly passed off to consumers as genuine and sold in developing nations around the world. Estimates vary of the number of fake drugs in India. According to an estimate from the World Health Organisation, one in п¬Ѓve drugs in India is fake or faulty. The government, by contrast, says the п¬Ѓgure is closer to 0.3%. Regulating a sector beset by bribery, collusion, cartels and other coercive practices poses a challenge for government officials when selecting which manufacturers to buy from, a 2013 report by the United Nations Ofп¬Ѓce on Drugs and Crime found. The drug regulator was criticised for only having 124 employees, according to a parliamentary report two years ago. By comparison, the drugs regulator in the US, where the population is four times smaller, has about 14,500 employees. Official visit вЂњStates procure medicine through a tender and the manufacturers that bid the lowest quote win the order to supply, regardless of their manufacturing process or distribution systems,вЂќ said Bejon Kumar Misra, head of Partnership for Safe Medicines India, a non-governmental organisation. вЂњIt is an easy crime because it is impossible to tell there is a problem with the drugs just by looking at themвЂќ But G N Singh, the drugs controller general of India, said quality and safety came before price in the tender process. вЂњIf the drugs are found to be substandard, we will suspend the license of the manufacturer,вЂќ he said. Some experts fear complacency is a factor. вЂњThere is a lack of regulatory oversight and if you are cutting the costs right down to the bone, then sometimes you are cutting too far,вЂќ said Roger Bate, an academic at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. вЂњI donвЂ™t see it getting better, because the government doesnвЂ™t admit there is a problem, let alone trying to address it,вЂќ he added. The central government might be spurred into action by the latest scandal which has hit Top Kerala cop linked to photo leak: woman IANS Thiruvananthapuram T Governor of the US state of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, waves as she arrives to attend a function at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar yesterday. After her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York, Haley is in India to take forward her initiative to sell Carolina as a profitable investment destination. headlines at home and abroad. Thirteen women who attended a squalid sterilisation camp last weekend have died, and the prime suspect is a batch of pills supplied by a small drugs factory, Mahawar Pharmaceuticals, located in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The owners of the plant deny all wrongdoing. Two more deaths underlined suspicions that it was drugs, not dirty equipment or botched operations, that were to blame. One of the two, 80-year-old Anjori Maheshwari, arrived at a hospital complaining of fever and dizziness. He was clutching a strip of pills from the same batch of antibiotics used by the women at the sterilisation вЂњcampвЂќ. A day later he was dead. вЂњThe doctor said my father died because of this medicine,вЂќ Chuni Lal, the manвЂ™s 38-yearold son said, as he wept on the veranda of his home. вЂњWhat can we do, we are poor people?вЂќ The state government yesterday banned the sale and distribution of all medicines from Mahawar. Reliable estimates of the number of fatalities from tainted drugs are hard to come by. In one of the worst cases, counterfeit drugs were blamed for contributing to the deaths of more than 300 infants in Kashmir in 2012 after they were given medicine at the stateвЂ™s main paediatric hospital. вЂњIt is an easy crime because it is impossible to tell there is a problem with the drugs just by looking at them,вЂќ said Anil Bansal, a doctor at the Delhi Medical Council. вЂњAs the industry becomes more lucrative, the problem is getting worse.вЂќ he director general of police M N Krishnamoorthy will probe the complaint of solar panel scam accused Saritha Nair against additional director general of police K Padmakumar, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said yesterday. Nair on Thursday complained to Kerala police chief K S Balasubramaniam, alleging that it was Padmakumar and a few political leaders who were behind uploading her semi-nude and nude pictures on the social media, which had gone viral. вЂњKrishnamoorthy will conduct the preliminary probe into the complaint,вЂќ said Chennithala. Padmakumar said since the solar panel case is being heard in several courts and being a subjudice matter, he will make no comments on this issue. In her complaint, Nair said that when the solar panel case was registered it was Padmakumar, then inspector general of police, who was heading the probe team. Her complaint said that Padmakumar after conп¬Ѓscating her mobile phones and laptops, held back one laptop and two mobiles and it was in those that these pictures were there. The solar panel scam has been making headlines in Kerala since June 3 last year when Nair was arrested. Two weeks later, her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan was also taken into custody for duping numerous people by promising them agencies for solar panels and windmills. In the immediate aftermath of the case, three staffers of Chief Minister Oommen ChandyвЂ™s office lost their jobs for being in close touch with Nair and for almost a year this scam rocked the state and ChandyвЂ™s post as chief minister was under a cloud, with the Left opposition unleashing numerous protests inside and outside the assembly. Nair is currently out on bail, and time and again she has been threatening to reveal more about the scam. 14 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 LATIN AMERICA DISPUTE PEOPLE MILITANCY AVIATION OPINION Argentina accuses UK of Falklands вЂ�provocationвЂ™ Cuban athlete defects while in Mexico Farc guerrillas abduct two Colombian soldiers Radar cut leaves airport вЂ�blindвЂ™ for eight minutes Unrest to have economic impact: Mexico minister Argentina has accused Britain of carrying out military exercises near the Falkland Islands, saying it amounted to a вЂњnew provocationвЂќ in the long-running dispute over the rocky South Atlantic archipelago. Although the islands have been ruled by Britain since 1833, Argentina claims them as their own and in 1982 attempted to seize control in a brief but bloody war that has tarnished ties between London and Buenos Aires ever since. вЂњArgentina rejects in the strongest terms these naval and military exercises,вЂќ the foreign ministry said about the manoeuvres carried out 350kms east of its mainland, adding it had filed a complaint with the British embassy. A Cuban athlete due to take part in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico has deserted and is headed to the US, Mexican and Cuban officials said. Sandra Mustalier, 28, was a table tennis player with the Cuban team at the games, which opened yesterday in the eastern city of Veracruz. вЂњDo not look for me, I am fine. I wish everyone good luck,вЂќ Mustalier wrote on her Facebook page, according to Carlos Padilla, president of the Mexican Olympic Committee. He said Cuban athletes often desert their delegations at international competitions to try to avoid returning home. вЂњIt is part of what the essence of each individualвЂ™s freedom requires,вЂќ Padilla said. Farc rebels kidnapped two Colombian soldiers after clashes between the Marxist guerrillas and the military in the far east of the country, the army said. The capture, which comes amid a slow-moving peace process between the rebels and the government, took place in Arauca Department, bordering Venezuela, the National Army of Colombia said in a statement. The double abduction came after a military operation in a rural area during which a soldier was killed and two wounded. The army accused the guerrillas of вЂњa flagrant violation of the commitment not to kidnap ColombiansвЂќ and demanded their release. A power outage left the control tower at ColombiaвЂ™s main airport without radar for eight minutes, the civil aviation agency said, admitting the incident was вЂњserious.вЂќ The blackout happened on Wednesday when two power stations failed, cutting electricity to El Dorado International Airport in Bogota - whose control tower coordinates not only flights to and from the capital but the entire countryвЂ™s air traffic. вЂњWe were blind for several minutes, until (power) was restored,вЂќ said Gustavo Lenis, director of the agency that regulates commercial flights. He said air traffic controllers had been able to maintain contact with pilots using battery-operated radios. Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said that there would likely be some impact on Latin AmericaвЂ™s No. 2 economy from protests over the apparent massacre of 43 students abducted by police seven weeks ago. Videgaray told local radio that the often violent protests that have broken out around the nation could hurt new investment and delay hiring by companies. вЂњIt would be naive to say that it will not have an effect on the economy, but I would dare to say that this is not the most important thing,вЂќ Videgaray said, pointing to the need to resolve investigations into the horrific crime. El Salvador takes steps to tackle scourge of femicide Reuters San Salvador F or nearly a decade, Flor Cornet endured the almost weekly beatings on her face and arms by her husband in their rural home outside El SalvadorвЂ™s capital city. He also threatened to take their two children away and forbade her from leaving the house. Then the death threats came. вЂњI knew my life was in danger when during one of his attacks of rage he put a machete to my neck that left a line of cuts. He thought he owned me. He told me I was worthless, that I wouldnвЂ™t be able to survive without him as I had no money or job,вЂќ Cornet, 40, said. вЂњI п¬Ѓnally left him. On the news, IвЂ™d hear about women being killed by their husbands. I didnвЂ™t want to be one of them.вЂќ CornetвЂ™s ordeal of years of abuse is a scourge faced by many women in the Central American nation of 6mn. Riven by gang warfare, El Salvador is one of the worldвЂ™s most violent countries. Rights group say its macho culture, which views women as child-bearers and mothers, along with a justice system that too often fails to punish perpetrators of crimes against women, fuels widespread genderbased violence. Last year, nearly 4,000 El Salvadoran women ended up in hospital because of domestic and or sexual abuse in the home. Rights group say gender-based crimes are massively under-reported because fear prevents more women from coming forward. Cornet said she left her husband just in time. But for thousands of El Salvadoran women, domestic violence has ended with their death. Until recently, El Salvador was known as the worldвЂ™s capital for femicide - deп¬Ѓned as the killing of a girl or woman by a man because of her gender. At least 2,250 femicides have been reported in El Salvador from 2010 to September 2014, according to the Organisation of Salvadoran Women for Peace (Ormusa), a local rights group. The victimsвЂ™ former or current boyfriends, husbands or family members or friends are often the perpetrators. Scenes of women and girls murdered and then discarded like rubbish in alleyways, city streets and dumpsters continue to hit local headlines. The victims often show signs of torture, rape, or mutilation and dismembered body parts. UN Women says femicide is a growing phenomenon across Latin America. Half of the countries worldwide with very high femicide rates are in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica, according to a 2012 report by the Small Arms Survey. To tackle the violence, Costa Rica in 2007 became the п¬Ѓrst country in Latin America to pass a law which deп¬Ѓnes and punishes femicide as a speciп¬Ѓc crime. Seven other countries in the region have followed, most recently El Salvador where a law on femicide came into effect in 2012. The law was part of landmark legislation to address gender-based violence by former president Mauricio Funes of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) that was formed by ex-guerrillas from the countryвЂ™s civil war. вЂњFemicide is the most extreme expression of violence against a woman. This is a product of misogyny and machismo, based on the view that a man owns and controls a womenвЂ™s body and that a womanвЂ™s body doesnвЂ™t belong to them,вЂќ said Yanira Argueta, a former FMLN п¬Ѓghter and now the head of the Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Women (ISDEMU), a government agency. El SalvadorвЂ™s femicide rates have fallen from a peak of 923 in 2010 to 175 femicides in 2013, Argueta said. People buy clothes at a mall in Caracas after the so called вЂ�fair pricesвЂ™ established by the Venezuelan government prior the Christmas season came into effect. Maduro cuts prices of goods to boost ratings Reuters Caracas I n Venezuela, Christmas has begun in November. President Nicolas Maduro has launched a plan dubbed вЂњOperation Merry ChristmasвЂќ to lower the cost of toys, clothes and appliances for shoppers, potentially boosting his slumping poll numbers as the country struggles with a weakening economy. With soldiers selling subsidised holiday food and some 27,000 government inspectors leaning on private businesses to cut prices, Maduro hopes to take the edge off the countryвЂ™s 63% inflation during the Christmas shopping season. That may help him improve approval ratings that dropped to 30% in September, according to pollster Datanalisis. The governmentвЂ™s price control czar Andres Mendez kicked off the holiday shopping season earlier this month with orders that businesses keep prices down and warnings that merchants must not charge more than 30% markup on any item. Bachelet reveals torture ordeal under Pinochet AFP Santiago C hilean President Michelle Bachelet made rare public remarks on her detention and torture by the countryвЂ™s former military regime, saying вЂњmaturityвЂќ had helped her reconcile with the past. Bachelet was arrested in 1975 by late dictator Augusto PinochetвЂ™s political police and held at the infamous Villa Grimaldi interrogation and torture centre in the capital Santiago - an experience she discussed in an interview for a programme on TV network Chilevision. вЂњI was mainly tortured psychologically, and some beating, but they didnвЂ™t вЂ�grillвЂ™ me,вЂќ she said, using political prisonersвЂ™ slang for the practice in which detainees were strapped to a metal bedspring and given electric shocks. вЂњI was lucky compared to so many others. Many of them died.вЂќ Thousands of people were held at Villa Grimaldi during the dictatorship, of whom 236 were executed or disappeared. Bachelet, 63, served as ChileвЂ™s first woman president from 2006 to 2010, and returned to office this March for a new term. Her father, Alberto, was an army general who opposed PinochetвЂ™s 1973 overthrow of socialist president Salvador Allende. He was arrested in the aftermath of the coup and died in prison in 1974 from the torture his one-time subordinates inflicted on him. The following year, the regime arrested Bachelet and her mother, Angela Jeria. Bachelet, who was secretly a socialist activist at the time, was released after several weeks and went into exile. вЂњAt first I was very angry, in infinite pain,вЂќ she said. вЂњI wouldnвЂ™t have imagined in that moment holding a dialogue with people I would later open a dialogue with.вЂќ She also spoke about her partner at the time, socialist leader Jaime Lopez Arellano, who disappeared during the 1973-1990 dictatorship. вЂњI would love to know what really happened to him: if he disappeared, if heвЂ™s dead, if heвЂ™s somewhere else,вЂќ she said. Bachelet addressed rumours that Lopez Arellano had given up the names of other activists under torture possibly to protect her. вЂњSome people say he gave up certain names because they told him if he didnвЂ™t they would kill me and my mother in exile,вЂќ she said. вЂњIt was very hard for me because I had a strong sense of duty, because I was young. When youвЂ™re young things are probably much more black and white. I felt like I had personally betrayed the cause,вЂќ she said. вЂњToday I look at it with a lot more maturity.вЂќ More than 3,000 people were killed or disappeared and 38,000 tortured during PinochetвЂ™s rule. Within days, shops were slashing prices and soldiers were organising Christmas вЂ�fairsвЂ™ full of subsidised goods from food to electronics. One throng of people gathered outside a downtown Caracas toy store to pick up cutrate Barbie dolls that had been marked down by nearly 80% to 553 bolivars, only around $5 at the black market exchange rate. вЂњIвЂ™m buying six Barbies before they run out,вЂќ said Carmen Suarez, a mother-of-two who got permission to leave work. вЂњThey said I could buy six as long as I didnвЂ™t buy the same model twice.вЂќ The strategy has worked for Maduro before. A year ago, he enjoyed a sharp jump in poll numbers after a theatrical wave of forced price reductions that boosted the Socialist PartyвЂ™s standing in the subsequent municipal elections. Maduro and his ministers accuse the opposition, together with business leaders, of leading an вЂ�economic warвЂ™ to artificially spur consumer prices and create product shortages. His detractors say the coun- tryвЂ™s inflation rate of more than 60%, the slowing economy and nagging shortages of staple goods symbolise the failure of late socialist leader Hugo ChavezвЂ™s state-led economic model. Even those benefiting from the stateвЂ™s largesse are tired of the now-customary long lines. вЂњThe government has good intentions, but they need to п¬Ѓnd a different way to do this,вЂќ said Alberto Monsalve, 36, who waited overnight in a line to buy a laptop computer for 8,300 bolivars, less than $75 at the black market exchange rate. Controversial dating coach faces Brazil ban Reuters Rio de Janeiro B Bachelet: rare public remarks razil will deny a visa to Julien Blanc, a self-proclaimed pickup artist who travels around the world teaching men how to seduce women using techniques that include choking and intimidation. BrazilвЂ™s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement yesterday that there are вЂњenough elementsвЂќ about BlancвЂ™s background to deny him a visa. Blanc, a Swiss-born dating coach at California-based Real Social Dynamics (RSD), advocates using physical aggression and emotional abuse to convince women to have affairs, according to videos of his workshops on YouTube. One of his pick-up techniques to вЂњopenвЂќ a woman is to approach the target and choke her before covering her mouth to keep her quiet. A pie-chart, designed by Blanc as a cheat-sheet of his techniques and published on his Facebook proп¬Ѓle, shows вЂњpower and controlвЂќ in the centre, and slices describing how to вЂњuse coercion and threats, use intimidation, use emotional abuse, use isolation, deny, blame and minimise, use children, use economic abuse, use male privilege.вЂќ According to RSDвЂ™s website, вЂњbootcampвЂќ workshops in Brazil are scheduled in Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis in January, at a cost of $2,500 per participant. The site lists several men as instructors, including Blanc. BrazilвЂ™s foreign affairs ministry said Blanc hasnвЂ™t applied for a visa, but if he does, Brazilian consulates around the world have been instructed to immediately contact the ministry. вЂњItвЂ™s very positive that the Brazilian government is reacting to this and saying this guy is not welcome here,вЂќ said Leila RebouГ§as, from Cfemea, a feminist organisation. вЂњWe canвЂ™t just accept it and call it freedom of expression, because itвЂ™s not.вЂќ Brazil is the latest country to join a wave of international backlash against Blanc since details of his dating advice techniques emerged earlier this month. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 15 PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN Pakistan: security вЂ�inextricably linkedвЂ™ with Afghanistan Reuters Islamabad P akistanвЂ™s military told new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the security of the two countries was вЂњinextricably linkedвЂќ yesterday as Ghani kicked off a two-day trip aimed at rebuilding damaged ties between the two countries. Relations have been harmed by regular accusations from both countries that the other is harbouring anti-government insurgents who cross the porous border and mount deadly attacks. The trip is GhaniвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst state visit to Pakistan. A tweet from PakistanвЂ™s Major General Asim Bajwa, head of the militaryвЂ™s public relations wing, said GhaniвЂ™s trip took place amid a positive atmosphere and that border co-operation was вЂњin focusвЂќ. вЂњTribute to Pak sacriп¬Ѓces, Bodes well for region,вЂќ he said. вЂњSecurity, stability a shared goal. Our security inextricably linked.вЂќ Pakistan Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said discussions between Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who took power last year, would be wide-ranging. вЂњPeace and stability, everything to do with bilateral cooperation, political engagement, economic co-operation, the training programme - everything is on the table,вЂќ she said. One of PakistanвЂ™s chief concerns is the growing inп¬‚uence of its arch rival India in Afghanistan as Nato troops pull out this year. India has trained hundreds of Afghan security officers under a bilateral agreement. Earlier this month, the Pakistani military offered a brigadelevel training package to the Afghan military. Such offers have been made before, but the Afghans declined amid suspicions that Pakistan was sheltering Afghan insurgents. Ghani met yesterday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and the two set a goal of doubling two-way trade to $5bn within two years, an Afghan statement said. Ghani, who took power in September following a protracted election dispute, has sought a role for China in mediating peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban. China enjoys good relations with both Afghanistan and Pakistan, which also faces a Taliban insurgency, and is concerned about Islamist militancy in its Xinjiang region. Aslam says Pakistan welcomes an expanded role for China and is awaiting any requests from the Afghan government that might help kick-start the moribund Afghan peace process. Sartaj Aziz, right, walks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, left, during his visit to Islamabad yesterday. According to the diplomat, two approaches to dealing with the Taliban are currently being considered by Afghanistan. Chief executive Abdullah Abdullah favours completely resetting ties with Pakistan and using them to approach the 43% of Pakistanis blame вЂ�bad luckвЂ™ for poverty Internews Islamabad N ot many blame bad governance or poor policies of the previous governments for poverty in Pakistan. For majority in Pakistan, they are poor because of sheer вЂ�bad luckвЂ™. According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey, 43% believe it is because of вЂ�bad luckвЂ™ that they remained poor. Around 15% think it is because they are not hard workers, 44% say that it is because they were born in poor families, 9% think it is because they did not go abroad for employment. There are 20% who think that it is because they do not earn through illegitimate means, while 11% attributed their poverty to illiteracy whereas only 1% of the respondents to Gallup Pakistan survey named other factors as the reason for poor people being poor. The same survey was conducted in 1981 (33 years ago). At that time 50% Pakistanis believed that poor people were poor because of bad luck, 40% believed it was because they were born in a poor family. This data was released by Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan. Thirty-three years ago, a nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four provinces was asked вЂњWhat are the reasons for people being poor?вЂќ Responding to this question, 17% respondents said it was because they were not hard workers, 50% said it was because of вЂ�bad luckвЂ™, 40% said it was because they were born in poor families, 13% said it was because they did not go abroad for employment, 18% said it was because they did not earn through illegitimate means, while 31% attributed their poverty to illiteracy. 5% of the respondents named other factors as the reason for poor people being poor. Apart from decline in respondents who named illiteracy as the reason for poverty, results for all other factors were almost the same in both surveys with вЂњJust bad luckвЂќ and вЂњThey were born in a poor familyвЂќ once again being mentioned by a high percentage of respondents. Gallup Pakistan has been polling in Pakistan since 1979 (over 35 years). During this time millions of Pakistanis have been surveyed by over a thousand interviewers of Gallup. In 2014, Gallup Pakistan has decided to release historical Public Opinion Data collected 35 years ago. Taliban, the diplomat said. Ghani, in contrast, would prefer to follow Karzai and try to deal with the insurgents directly, through contacts in restive eastern Afghanistan, and bypass Islamabad, the diplomat said. The Taliban, who dismissed the Afghan election as a US plot, have often said they will п¬Ѓght on until all foreign troops have left Afghanistan. About 12,500 US-led troops will stay on into next year on a Nato training and support mission. Electronic voting prone to rigging, says poll official Internews Islamabad A n official of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) surprised members of the parliamentary committee on electoral reform yesterday, when he told them that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were just as prone to fraud - if not more so - as traditional polling methods. Khizar Aziz, director general (information technology), ECP, candidly told the parliamentary body that the software used by EVMs could be manipulated to affect the results. He said that EVMs installed at polling stations were vulnerable to hacking via Bluetooth signals and other forms of wireless connectivity. In fact, he told members that the machines could even be tampered with while in storage. Aziz, who delivered a technical brieп¬Ѓng on the merits and demerits associated with EVMs and biometric technology, said that it was a myth that EVMs could make the electoral exercise 100% fair and transparent. He cited the examples of six European countries, which had switched back to conventional voting methods after abandoning EVMs because of a lack of transparency and trust. The Supreme Court of Germany had also declared EVMs unconstitutional, he said. The panel was told that though India had conducted three general elections on EVMs in 2004, 2009 and 2014, criticism of the voting ma- Registration point Policemen searching internally displaced residents of Bara, a town of the Khyber Agency who have fled the military operation against Taliban militants, as they wait at a registration point in Peshawar yesterday. The Pakistani military launched a major offensive in North Waziristan in June and say they have killed more than 1,100 militants so far, with 100 soldiers losing their lives in the operation. AfghanistanвЂ™s losing battle against opium DPA Kabul R ahmatullah, 19, is from Sangin, one of the most violent districts in Afghanistan. Last month he worked in an opium farm as a daily wage labourer for three weeks. He earned Pakistani Rs4,000 ($40). Since June his district in the volatile southern province of Helmand has seen a series of Taliban onslaughts, including attacks by hundreds of п¬Ѓghters taking over police checkpoints and main roads. The province is the top poppy producer in the country, accounting for 46% of national cultivation. The amount of poppy grown is highest in northern areas, where violence has also increased. The Afghan government has no control in the area where he works, says Rahmatullah, who now lives with his family in a displaced persons camp in the outskirts of Kabul. вЂњI went there for short-term employment during the planting. I worked in a п¬Ѓeld owned by a landlord,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe stayed in the poppy п¬Ѓeld day and night because there was constant work.вЂќ He and two of his friends from the camp worked in the poppy п¬Ѓelds from before the sunrise to late afternoon. He said he will do it again next year. Each year, thousands of labourers work in farms across the country during poppy cultivation and harvest time to earn extra money. Officials estimate the industry indirectly employs around half a million Afghans, more than the total number of people in the security forces. Billions of dollars spent in last 13 years for counter-narcotics efforts have yielded few results in Afghanistan. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report this week that the area under opium poppy cultivation rose by 7% this year to 224,000 hectares of land, higher than the previous peak of 209,000 hectares in 2013. In 2002, a year after the Taliban regime was toppled in a US-led invasion, 74,000 hectares was being used to grow poppies. Afghanistan now supplies 90% of the global opiates market, which includes heroin. chines had been severe and the credibility of the process was questionable. The ECP official said that during an interaction with the Indian election authorities, it emerged that there was no mechanism available to ascertain if an EVM had been tampered with. They said it was not possible to check 1.4mn machines to ascertain which ones were manipulated, Aziz told the committee yesterday. EVMs were currently in use in eleven countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, France, Austria, India and Estonia. The committee was told that advantages of using EVMs included speed and accuracy, and elimination of вЂ�rejected votesвЂ™ - something that sparked controversy in dozens of constituencies in previous general elections, where the number of such votes was more than the difference of votes polled to the winner and the runner-up. On biometrics, the panel was informed that the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) did not have complete biometric data for 10 to 12 per cent of all voters from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This was conп¬Ѓrmed by Nadra representative Qaboos Aziz. In addition, it was revealed that there was a 10-15% margin for error in the biometric data as the thumb ridges of individuals involved in manual labour, or those suffering from skin-related diseases, would not have matching biometrics. Old age also makes biometric veriп¬Ѓcation through п¬Ѓngerprints more difficult, he said. вЂњWe failed on counter-narcotics,вЂќ said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, the head of analysis and policy at UNODC. вЂњIf one element was missing over the past decade, it was perhaps political will.вЂќ Officials blame growing insecurity, political instability, and botched counter-narcotics efforts of the past for the increase. Juma Gul, 38, also from Sangin, left his village two years ago after refusing the TalibanвЂ™s request that he join insurgent п¬Ѓghters. Previously he worked for a local strongman who owned a vast poppy farm and paid him and three other farmers in raw opium. The last harvest he worked there, he sold his 4.5kg share for $300. вЂњIn my area, the opium business still continues, but now under the Taliban protection. Only those people who support the Taliban can continue to live there, not us,вЂќ Gul said. The problem is systemic across the country. A lawmaker from a north-eastern province said opium farming grew in her areas because the government was unwilling to take up arms against senior officials involved in the trade. вЂњThe problem is that we are not targetting the fundamental issue, the maп¬Ѓa network of the drug-industrial complex,вЂќ said parliamentarian Nilofar Ibrahimi. This year poppy cultivation in her province Badakshan increased by 77%, and eradication decreased by 50%. вЂњUntil three years ago Badakshan was a safe, opium-free province. Now itвЂ™s insecure, as well as a poppy-affected province.вЂќ вЂњFarmers and traffickers are not the problems. It is the institutions and networks that are behind them,вЂќ she said. There have been very few highproп¬Ѓle arrests in the past 13 years. One example officials give is of Haji Lal Jan, an alleged drug kingpin, who received a 15-year prison sentence. He was accused of п¬Ѓnancing the Taliban with his drugs money. This year his case was unexpectedly sent back to a court in Kandahar, where three provincial judges signed his release. Officials say 10% of opium revenues go to the Taliban. But they say the increase in opium cultivation and decrease in eradication this year is partly due the presidential elections. вЂњWith the presidential election going on, there was a huge demand for funding and that funding is not available in the legal economy. That money has to come from somewhere,вЂќ said Lemahieu. Kabul officials agree that the elections affected the eradication programme, but say this was due to competing demands on security personnel, not to divert the drugs money. вЂњThe government had planned to destroy at least 21,000 hectares of poppycultivated areas this year, with the help of the police and the army,вЂќ Counter Narcotics Minister Mobarez Rashidi said. Only 2,700 hectares was eradicated. вЂњThere were no security forces available for us and the success of the election process was more important,вЂќ Rashidi said. Officials say the opium economy contributes up to around 20% of AfghanistanвЂ™s gross domestic product. Neither has international money helped combat the spread of poppy farming. The US has spent more than $7bn on counter-narcotics efforts in the past 13 years. 5 Taliban militants killed Pakistani police said yesterday they had killed five Taliban militants in a gunfight in the southern port city of Karachi. The shootout came as police raided a suspected hideout of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the poor neighbourhood of Gulshan-e-Buner to the east of the city, senior police official Rao Anwar said. вЂњPolice asked the militants to surrender, but they opened fire, after which police responded,вЂќ he added. вЂњFive terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire,вЂќ Anwar said, adding that a large stash of weapons was recovered from the scene. Karachi, a city of 18mn people which contributes 42% of PakistanвЂ™s GDP, has been plagued by sectarian, ethnic and political violence for years. 16 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 PHILIPPINES Brazilian sensation Mendes set to captivate Manila audience Manila Times Manila Sergio Mendes T he catchy and delightful sound that instantly stirs listeners to sing, sway and swoon to its beat will sweep the local concert scene when bossa nova legend Sergio Mendes returns to Manila with his band for a live concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City today. The Big Dome show will kick off the two-city tour dubbed Sergio Mendes & Brasil 2014 Live In Manila! that will end with another concert tomorrow at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. Joe Pizzulo, former lead vo- calist of the group will also participate in the show. Arranged by Ovation Productions, the musical event will spotlight the bossa nova sensation from Brazil as he showcases his wonderful and easy listening Presidential office urges Binay to face senate probe By Joel M Sy Egco Manila Times M alacanang yesterday said Senate President Franklin Drilon set a вЂњgood exampleвЂќ by subjecting himself to questioning by the senate committee investigating the Iloilo Convention Centre (ICC), and hinted that Vice President Jejomar Binay should follow DrilonвЂ™s lead and show up at the chamber to face his detractors. Binay has refused to attend hearings of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee, which is looking into allegations that he enriched himself through corruption when he was mayor of Makati City. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Drilon set a good example by allowing the senate to investigate the ICC project. вЂњHe agreed to appear before the hearing, and he inhibited from asking questions (of) the resource persons,вЂќ Lacierda told reporters. вЂњAs to whether it would be good for the vice president to emulate, we will leave it with him to decide whether he should follow the example of Senate President Frank Drilon,вЂќ he said. Lacierda added that he was вЂњnot competentвЂќ to reply to questions regarding the charges against Binay, who has been accused of getting kickbacks from the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2, among others. вЂњIt will be up to the senators to ask the questions,вЂќ he said. During ThursdayвЂ™s probe by the Blue Ribbon committee, Franklin Drilon: good example? Drilon belied claims that the convention centre was overpriced as alleged by his former staff, Manuel Mejorada. He said he will inhibit from the probe but will make himself available to answer questions. Drilon added that he will submit to the committee his fourpage affidavit on the project. While the Palace put in a good word for Drilon, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president and Rep. Tobias Tiangco of Navotas City (Metro Manila) said the ICC controversy proved that the senate president received more funds from the Disbursement Acceleration Programme (DAP) than he has admitted. вЂњI said it before and I will say it again: Senate President Frank Drilon received close to P1bn in DAP funds from (Budget_] Secretary (Florencio) вЂњButchвЂќ Abad. The documents presented during the senate probe on the ICC as to where the funds were sourced showed that Drilon had P150mn in DAP, and there were more,вЂќ Tiangco said yesterday. The Navotas City congressman noted that the report of Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson on the ICC showed that funding totalling P150mn came from DPWH allocation in the national budgets for 2012 and 2013. The amounts were listed in the memorandum sent by DPWH-6 Western Visayas Regional Director Edilberto Tayao to Singson on November 5. The letter detailed that P100mn of the funds was sourced from DPWHвЂ™s funding under the General Appropriations Act of 2012 (Special Allotment Release Order No. A-12-01294) while P50mn of the funds came from DPWHвЂ™s funding under the General Appropriations Act of 2013 (SARO No. A-13-00079). вЂњHe (Drilon) should explain why he only admitted to receiving P100mn for the ICC when, in fact, he gave P150mn for the project. I thought he is all for upholding transparency in the government,вЂќ Tiangco said. Mejorada, the former Iloilo provincial administrator, has filed plunder and graft charges against Drilon, Singson, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez and other government officials before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the ICC project. Drilon has assured more big ticket projects to Iloilo but cautioned his detractors to be more circumspect in п¬Ѓling administrative and criminal cases against Cabinet secretaries. In a radio interview after the Senate Blue Ribbon investigation on Thursday, he said Mejorada admitted he has no evidence to prove overpricing in the construction of the ICC. The accusations are extremely unfair and a clear case of harassment and concocted lies out to harass the project implementers such as the Cabinet secretaries and the people of Iloilo in a move to stall the development of the province, Drilon added. The senate president was instrumental in bringing big development projects in Iloilo, including the new Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan Iloilo, Hall of Justice, 1,600 classrooms in partnership with the Federation of Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Iloilo Esplanade I and II among others. Soldier quarantined on island has fever By William B Depasupil Manila Times O ne of the 108 Filipino peacekeepers quarantined in Caballo Island in Cavite after returning from Liberia has developed a fever, raising possibility that he might be infected with Ebola. The soldier, whose name was not released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), was transferred yesterday afternoon to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the frontline facility of the Department of Health (DOH) for infectious diseases. AFP Public Affairs Office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, allayed fears that the deadly outbreak has reached Philippine soil, and said there is no cause for alarm. вЂњWe will follow the advice of DOH officials regarding our peacekeeper who has fever,вЂќ Cabunoc said. One of the barracks for the Filipino peacekeepers in isolation on Caballo Island. Radio reports quoting DOH officials said the soldierвЂ™s fever had subsided but he was still feeling weak. The rest of the peacekeepers in Caballo, Cabunoc said, were all in good health and showed no symptoms of any illness. вЂњRoutine activities like videoke, ball games, skype webcam communication with loved ones are ongoing,вЂќ he said. Health Acting Secretary Janette Garin said the peacekeeper was discovered to have fever Thursday night, a day after the contingent arrived from Liberia. Garin said the soldier was previously afflicted with malaria.The most common symptoms of Ebola include fever, sore throat, dry cough, weakness, severe headache, joint and muscle aches, diarrhoea, dehydration, stomach pain and vomiting. Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa.The peacekeepers were taken to Caballo for a 21-day quarantine. Navy Capt. Luzviminda Camacho, commander of Task Force Liberia, said the soldiers were examined and tested before they left Liberia and all were found negative for the Ebola virus. The peacekeeping contingent from Liberia is composed of 108 members from the Philippine Air Force, 24 members of the Philippine National Police and one Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel. sound and style that made him the most popular musician in South America and an international star in the past 50 years. Mendes will take concertgoers through a breathtaking array of bossa nova hits, such as Mas Que Nada, Constant Rain (Chove Chuba), For Me, Night And Day, The Look Of Love,Fool On The Hill, Scarborough Fair, Pretty World, Never Gonna Let You Go, RainbowвЂ™s End, Olympia and Alibis. Pope to bring message of hope to nation AFP Manila P ope Francis will bring a message of hope when he visits the Philippines in January, Church officials said yesterday, on a trip that will see him tour areas devastated by last yearвЂ™s super typhoon. Millions in the fervently Catholic country are expected to turn out to catch a glimpse of the pontiff during his п¬Ѓve-day visit, with officials planning tight security. The pontiff will celebrate mass in the capital Manila as well as the central city of Tacloban, which was hard hit when super typhoon Haiyan swept in a year ago leaving more than 7,350 people dead or missing and condemning millions more to deeper poverty. вЂњHe will come to bring the message of solidarity and hope,вЂќ Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle told reporters late yesterday. вЂњHe really admires the faith and resilience of the survivors.вЂќ Authorities are preparing for unruly crowds as Filipinos have been known to hurl themselves at religious icons during frantic processions, said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who is overseeing government preparations for the visit. вЂњWe are a bit worried about such behaviour вЂ” this is a living image of God,вЂќ he said. Ochoa declined to elaborate on planned security measures and refused to discuss any speciп¬Ѓc threats that authorities are worried about. But he insisted the government would ensure the safety of the 77-year-old pontiff. вЂњAbout 95 % of government preparations is all about security,вЂќ he said. вЂњWe want to make sure that the Pope is safe.вЂќ President Benigno Aquino will greet the Pope when he arrives at Manila airport from Sri Lanka on January 15, his protocol officer Marciano Paynor said -- a break from usual protocol, as the president usually only welcomes world leaders at his palace. Francis will be accorded state honours at the palace in Manila the next day before celebrating mass in one of the countryвЂ™s oldest churches and meeting with families at a large indoor stadium, Tagle said. Francis will spend the whole of January 17 in Haiyan-devastated Leyte province where he will celebrate mass in Tacloban and meet with the faithful in the neighbouring Palo town. The following day he will meet with youngsters at ManilaвЂ™s largest Catholic university, then celebrate mass at the capitalвЂ™s Rizal Park, which can accommodate millions, Tagle added. The late John Paul II made the last papal visit to the Philippines, in 1995. Five soldiers, nine militants killed after clash in Talipao town DPA Manila F ive soldiers and nine militants were killed in a clash yesterday in the southern Philippines, where the military has launched an offensive against kidnappers of two German hostages freed last month, a military spokesman said. The п¬Ѓghting erupted in Talipao town on Jolo, an island 1,000 kilometres south of Manila where Abu Sayyaf rebels had held the Germans captive for six months. Twenty-six soldiers were wounded in the п¬Ѓghting, said military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc. The soldiers were on patrol when they encountered about 300 Abu Sayyaf bandits, he said. The military launched the offensive against the militants after the German hostages вЂ” a 72-year-old man and 55-yearold woman вЂ” were freed on October 17. The Abu Sayyaf allegedly received 250mn pesos ($5.6mn) in ransom. The kidnappers earlier threatened that if a ransom was not paid, they would kill one of the hostages, who were seized in April while sailing in a yacht from the western province of Palawan. They were still holding captive two birdwatchers from Switzerland and the Netherlands who were seized in February 2012, two Malaysians, a Japanese, four Chinese and five Filipinos who were captured separately. Anti-graft court upholds charges against NapolesвЂ™ kin By Reina Tolentino Manila Times T he anti-graft court SandiganbayanвЂ™s Special Third Division has denied with п¬Ѓnality an appeal п¬Ѓled by Jo Christine and James Christopher Napoles, seeking dismissal of charges levelled against them in connection with the pork barrel scam. They are facing graft charges with their mother businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles as co-accused along with Sen Juan Ponce Enrile. In an eight-page resolution issued yesterday afternoon, the court affirmed its earlier resolution, denying the appeal for lack of merit. The two Napoles children are set to be read the charges on November 19, along with seven others charged with graft as codefendants of Enrile and whose respective motions were denied by the court in rulings also issued yesterday. вЂњIndeed, a plain reading of the aforesaid documents establish that the crime of violation of Section 3(e) of RA (Republic Act) 3019 has been committed and that the herein accused, including the accused-movants, are probably guilty thereof,вЂќ the court maintained. It was referring to the ombudsmanвЂ™s joint resolution, the counter-affidavits of Enrile, Gigi Reyes and John Raymond de Asis as well as sworn statements of pork barrel scam witnesses, among others. вЂњThe issue as to whether these prosecution witnesses are telling the truth is best ventilated during the trial of the case,вЂќ the court said. It said the same of the issues on whether they faked documents and signatures that are subject matter of the case, and on whether they conspired with the other accused. The resolution was penned by Presiding Justice and Third Division Chairperson Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and concurred by fellow Associate Justices Alex Quiroz, Samuel Martires, Jose Hernandez, and Maria Cristina Cornejo. In October, Jo Christine and James ChristopherвЂ™s scheduled arraignment was deferred pending their appeal to the courtвЂ™s resolution п¬Ѓnding probable cause against them on September 29. A division of п¬Ѓve was created to resolve the issue of probable cause against several private individuals, including the Napoles siblings, who are defendants in the graft charges against Enrile. The court failed to reach a unanimous vote on them, when it found probable cause last July, and thus the need to designate two other justices of the Sandiganbayan to sit temporarily with the Third Division. It also issued several separate rulings on EnrileвЂ™s co-accused. In an 11-page resolution, the regular Third Division also denied for utter lack of merit an appeal on admission of amended graft charges п¬Ѓled by Depart- ment of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and employees Rosario NuГ±ez, Lalaine Paule and Marilou Bare and another п¬Ѓled by NapolesвЂ™ nephew Ronald John Lim, who remains at large. Also denied were former Technology Resource Centre (TRC) Director General Antonio OrtizвЂ™s appeal on the denial of his request for the dismissal of his graft case along with that of Myla OgerioвЂ™s request to dismiss the case. Napoles, according to Marina Sula, told her, not to abandon her when the pork barrel scam broke out. Sula, the businesswomanвЂ™s employee-turnedwitness, made the revelation during yesterdayвЂ™s hearing on NapolesвЂ™ petition for bail at the SandiganbayanвЂ™s Third Division. Napoles had sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) before the Court of Appeals (CA) on an arrest warrant issued to her in connection with the illegal detention charge filed by Benhur Luy, another of her former employees. Napoles, who was present at the courtroom, was seen grinning in her seat as Sula narrated how the businesswoman appealed to her. Also, Sula said, she was told by the businesswoman that they should meet with Cheryl Jimenea. Napoles reportedly hired Jimenea as her consultant early last year. Jimenea was a former ap- pointments secretary of deposed president and now Manila Mayor Joseph вЂњErapвЂќ Estrada. Sula said Napoles told them (employees) to shred documents from their office relating to lawmakersвЂ™ projectsвЂ“such as receipts, disbursement vouchers вЂ“ вЂњso that no evidence would be seen connecting her to the NGOs (non-government organisations) if a search warrant was issued.вЂќ The NGOs allegedly served as conduits for pork barrel funds. Napoles is named a respondent in the P172mn plunder charge against Enrile before the SandiganbayanвЂ™s Third Division, which is hearing her petition for bail over which Sula testified. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 17 SRI LANKA/BANGLADESH/NEPAL Gen Singh receives honorary Nepal army title Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav on Thursday conferred the honorary title of general of the Nepal army upon visiting Indian Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh at a function organised at the PresidentвЂ™s Office. On behalf of the Nepal government, President Yadav, who is also the chief commander of the Nepal army, conferred the title. Nepal and India have a long tradition of exchanging the honorary title of each otherвЂ™s armies given the long and unique cultural, religious, historical and military ties and continuation of the same, said the army in a statement. During the ceremony, President Yadav also handed over the insignia of Nepal army general, sword and certificate to Gen Dalbir Singh. Earlier in the day, Gen Dalbir Singh visited the Kavre-based Nepal army-run Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre where the Nepal army imparts training to peacekeepers along with international peacekeepers. In the evening, the Indian army chief also unveiled an annual publication, вЂњSewa SumanвЂќ, brought out by the Nepalese Army WivesвЂ™ Association. Gen Dalbir Singh is in Nepal on a four-day official visit at the invitation of his counterpart, Gen Guarav Sumsher Rana. Opposition slams Hasina aide over poll remarks By Mizan Rahman Dhaka T he main Bangladesh opposition BNP yesterday claimed that their apprehension of manipulation any election under Awami Leagueled administration has proved right with the recent remarks of prime ministerвЂ™s adviser HT Imam about the January 5 polls. вЂњWeвЂ™d said earlier that Awami League was trying to hold an election with a political motive to perpetuate its power by using the election commission. Our allegation has proved right with HT ImamвЂ™s remarks,вЂќ said Bangladesh National Party (BNP) acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Earlier on Wednesday, HT Imam, addressing a programme of the Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL), student front of ruling Awami League (AL) at Dhaka University, said: вЂњYou (BCL men) just pass the written test; weвЂ™ll see how much we can help you with the viva voce to be civil servants of the government. Our leader (Sheikh Hasina) has told us to arrange jobs for you by any means.вЂќ He also pointed out the advantage of having party men in the administration, and how the AL beneп¬Ѓted from them. вЂњDays before the January 5 polls, many pro-AL officials were inducted in mobile courts that helped the government resist the BNP-JamaatвЂ™s bid to thwart the election. They (proAL officials) stood beside us,вЂќ Imam said. Fakhrul briefed the reporters about the BNP standing committee meetingвЂ™s decisions and the proposals made there. He said the BNP policymakers strongly denounced the inclusion of the names of BNP leaders Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Habiganj Mayor GM Gaous in the supplementary charge-sheet by the CID in the former п¬Ѓnance minister SAMS Kibria murder case. The BNP spokesman alleged that their party-backed public representatives are being implicated in various cases with a political motive to cripple the party leadership. The CID on Thursday submitted a supplementary charge-sheet against 32 people, including former minister Lutfozzaman Babar, former prime minister Khaleda ZiaвЂ™s political secretary Harris Chowdhury, Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Habiganj Mayor GM Gaous, in the Kibria murder case. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted the charge-sheet incorporating Celebrating Science Day the names of 11 more accused in the last supplementary chargesheet before a local court. Five people, including Kibria, were killed and 70 others injured in a grenade attack on a public meeting of Awami League at Baidder Bazar in Sadar Upazila on January 27, 2005. Fakhrul said the government is implicating BNP leaders, including its chairperson and senior vice chairman, in вЂ�false casesвЂ™ as part of its heinous plot to illegally cling to power and suppress the partyвЂ™s democratic movement. The BNP leader warned that the consequences of such acts will not be good. He said the BNP will continue the movement against the government and will announce tougher programmes in due time to force it to hold a fresh inclusive election under a nonparty administration. Dhaka police crack down on illegal foreigners, 31 held By Mizan Rahman Dhaka T Nepalese school students demonstrate a hydraulic bulldozer model during an exhibition organised to mark World Science Day for Peace and Development with the theme of вЂњQuality Science Education: ensuring a sustainable future for allвЂќ at Hanumandhoka in Kathmandu, Nepal. World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual event organised on November 10 to raise public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies. Couple in dock for minorвЂ™s marriage By Mizan Rahman Dhaka A mobile court in Bangladesh has jailed a couple for marriage of their nine-year-old daughter. Ali, 40, and his wife Tahura Begum, 35, of Kalikapur village in Nilphamari district made all arrangements to marry their daughter Farida Akhter, a class-8 student, off to her cousin on Thursday night. On information, sub-district executive officer of Kishoreganj Siddiqur Rahman and officer-in-charge of Kishoreganj police station Mostaп¬Ѓzur Rahman went to the spot along with a police team. Later, the mobile court, led by the sub-district executive officer and executive magistrate Siddiqur, stopped the marriage and detained the couple. The court also п¬Ѓned them 1,000 taka. Putimari union council chairman Abu Sayem conп¬Ѓrmed the incident, saying it will help curb the early marriage in the area. Commenting on the incident, experts said there has been good progress towards improving girlsвЂ™ and womenвЂ™s lives over last two decades. For example, primary enrolment of girls has been increasing with over 95% now starting primary school with more girls than boys completing primary education. Also, the number of women dying in childbirth between 1990 and 2013 fell by 70% and, with an opportunity to achieve the Millennium Development Goal target. Recent evidence shows that child marriage in Bangladesh is declining. The proportion of girls marrying before the age of 15 years has decreased from 52% to 17% in the last 30 years. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir: вЂњAwami League was trying to hold an election with a political motive to perpetuate its power.вЂќ he detective branch (DB) of Bangladesh police has detained 31 foreigners from Dhaka on various charges including that of overstaying. Sheikh Nazmul Alam, deputy commissioner of police, said the 31 foreigners were nabbed in nightlong raids at Banasree, Gulshan and Uttara localities of the capital Dhaka. Of them, 21 are Nigerian, four Sri Lankan, three Ugandan, and three others from different countries. The crackdown came as more than 50,000 foreigners are reportedly staying in Bangladesh illegally posing serious threat to national security as well as creating extra pressure on domestic job market, officials said yesterday. The SB is working to п¬Ѓnd out other nationals who are also illegally staying in the country. Besides, a total of 140,700 foreign nationals have entered Bangladesh from January 2012 to date. Of whom how many are overstaying in the country is yet to be known, sources said. However, most of the foreigners usually enter Bangladesh as tourists and overstay and work in different sectors like garment, telecom companies and NGOs violating the laws of the land, they added. According to them, many of these foreigners are also allegedly involved in different types of anti-state activities in connivance with some nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and others. In some cases, these illegal foreigners were found involved in drug and arms trading, prostitution, money laundering, terror п¬Ѓnancing and making fake currency notes like US dollar, euro, pound and also Bangladeshi taka, sources at different government security agencies said. Experts said the detection of illegal foreigners is becoming difficult as the government did not take strict measures to check the illegal practice. High officials of state security agencies said for lack of a deportation centre they do not get satisfactory result of their drives against the illegal foreigners which discouraged them to go for any vigorous action in this regard. вЂњWe have arrested a good number of illegal foreign nationals on several occasions. But they used to secure bail from the court and again involve themselves in different illegal activities,вЂќ a police superintendent at the Immigration office said. According to the official, when arrested, these foreign- ers usually say that their passports have been lost and also give fake address of both their native countries and in Bangladesh which takes certain time to verify and decide about their fate. But for lack of a deportation centre the security agencies cannot deport the illegal foreigners. вЂњIf Bangladesh had a deportation centre then we can detain these foreign nationals for a certain period for permanent deportation to their respective countries. But now after п¬Ѓve to seven days of arrests, the foreigners get bail from court where the security agencies have nothing to do,вЂќ he added. Replying to a question, he said, that some of these foreignersвЂ™ involvement in anti-state activities is difficult to prove. However, a former adviser to the caretaker government, Hossain Zillur Rahman said the government should take immediate steps against these illegal foreigners for the sake of national interest. вЂњThe governmentвЂ™s indifference to round up illegal foreigners is also depriving the country of earning handsome amount of royalty as these foreigners remit their earnings through illegal chennels.вЂќ Zillur Rahman, however, urged Bangladesh missions abroad to be more careful before issuing tourist visas. No downward pressure on currency: banker Reuters Colombo S ri LankaвЂ™s rupee currency is in an appreciation trend and the monetary authority will manage any volatility through intervention, the central bank governor said yesterday. The rupee has been defended from both appreciation and depreciation via central bankвЂ™s moral suasion, which has compelled the market to trade forwards. The rupee forwards have also been capped by the central bank from time to time, dealers have said. Traders say the currency is under downward pressure due to dollar demand for imports and record low interest rates. Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, however, said there was no downward pressure on the currency. вЂњWe see a BOP (balance-of-payment) surplus being recorded and we have seen trends which show that there is a tendency for rupee to appreciate,вЂќ Cabraal said. вЂњIn that sense we are also conscious that we need to manage the process in a way that it is not going to be causing any turmoil.вЂќ Currency dealers say the central bank has prevented extreme volatility, but it has also discouraged banks from foreign exchange trading. вЂњThe business of central bank is to provide stability, not to provide violent п¬‚uctuations,вЂќ Cabraal said. вЂњThe monetary act law also contemplates moral suasion. So if some trader has a problem with it, he must canvass to change the law.вЂќ He said the central bank will use appropriate instruments to smoothen volatility depending on short- and long-term conditions. вЂњWe do not do a day-to-day business. It is our job and not the tradersвЂ™ job,вЂќ Cabraal said. Turning to interest rates, Cabraal said rate levels seem to be вЂњappropriate in the current contextвЂќ and would help the economy grow by the targeted 7.8% this year. The central bank will announce its monetary policy rates for November on Tuesday. Cabraal also said credit growth has improved, and picked up to 4.6% in September year-on-year from 2.6% in August. It hit a more than four-year low of 0.8% in July. He also said the central bank sees next yearвЂ™s annual average inп¬‚ation, measured on a 12-month moving average, at close to 4%. It slowed to a 55-month low of 3.8% in October from 4.2% a month earlier. Ajith Nivard Cabraal: вЂњWe see a balance of payment surplus being recorded...вЂќ 18 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 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 All eyes on Putin as G20 summit starts in Brisbane President Vladimir Putin was making waves even before he arrived in Brisbane for the G20 summit , despatching four Russian warships to the region to keep the Australian coast guard on the alert. While the hosts saw the gesture as needless posturing, the Russian leader, recently voted for the second time the worldвЂ™s most powerful man by Forbes magazine, clearly revels in the attention Ahead of the start of the п¬Ѓrst Australian G20 summit, the talk in Brisbane was primarily about the 62-yearold Kremlin head. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who threatened last month to вЂњshirt frontвЂќ Putin in Brisbane, would have been happy to do without him at the summit being held today and tomorrow. Abbott blames the Russians for the downing of п¬‚ight MH17 over the eastern Ukrainian conп¬‚ict zone in July. Thirty-eight Australians were among the victims, and Abbott in any case sees the Kremlin head as the aggressor in the conп¬‚ict. In an interview yesterday, Putin said he would not seek confrontation at the summit with the US and Europe over the sanctions they imposed against Russia over the conп¬‚ict. вЂњIf this theme is mentioned, I shall speak on the subject, of course, but I am not going to propose these questions for discussion myself,вЂќ Putin told RussiaвЂ™s Tass news agency. Many of the worldвЂ™s leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron aim to speak to the Russion president about UkraineвЂ™s escalating civil war. For days Australian media have published pictures of Putin in military dress, describing him as вЂњaggressorвЂќ or вЂњspy.вЂќ While the Russians stress that the warships from their Paciп¬Ѓc п¬‚eet have arrived before the coast with peaceful intent - as is common at summits - old reп¬‚exes die hard between the former enemies of the Cold War. FranceвЂ™s contract to supply Mistral class helicopter carriers to the Russian navy will come up for discussion at a meeting between Putin and President Francois Hollande. The French would face a large п¬Ѓnancial penalty if they do not supply the п¬Ѓrst vessel which is due for delivery soon. US President Barack Obama has constantly warned against providing the Russians with additional military advantage with a view to the Ukraine conflict. This is the second summit in a week attended by both Obama and Putin, following the Apec summit of Paciп¬Ѓc rim powers in Beijing. This time no bilateral meeting is planned - the two had a couple of brief encounters in Beijing - but Putin is likely to use the gathering to try to drive a wedge between the US and its allies. Russia recently reacted sharply to Nato manoeuvres in Eastern Europe, conducting tests with nuclearcapable intercontinental missiles and п¬‚ights close to Nato airspace by its long-range bombers. An end to the tensions in this, the worst crisis between Moscow and Washington since the end of the Cold War, is not in sight. In fact, the conп¬‚ict could worsen with far-reaching effects on the global economy. Democrats and Republicans must make a growth pact American leaders must respond with a policy agenda focused on reviving growth now and sustaining it in the future By Glenn Hubbard New York A merica, once again, has a divided government, with the Democrats holding the White House and the Republicans controlling both houses of Congress. But that does not necessarily mean that the п¬Ѓnal two years of Barack ObamaвЂ™s presidency need to be deп¬Ѓned by stalemate and mutual recrimination. The electorateвЂ™s desire for change and fear of continuing slow growth, which pushed the Republicans to their victory in this monthвЂ™s midterm congressional election, prompts discussion about new policy options designed to raise growth, employment and incomes. Of course, AmericaвЂ™s experience with divided government can leave one pessimistic about the two partiesвЂ™ ability to compromise; but, as Mexico recently demonstrated when its three big parties agreed on a market-oriented вЂњPact for MexicoвЂќ, even bitterly opposed political parties can overcome their suspicions to embrace needed reforms. The list of potential policy actions that could beneп¬Ѓt the US вЂ“ trade liberalisation, comprehensive regulatory reform, and immigration and education reform, among others вЂ“ is long. But only two policies are particularly promising for such a вЂњPact for AmericaвЂќ: federal infrastructure spending and corporate-tax reform. Enactment of these reforms would generate a win for each side вЂ“ and for both. But such a bipartisan consensus requires removing both the left and the rightвЂ™s ideological blinders, at least temporarily. On the left, a preoc- cupation with Keynesian stimulus reп¬‚ects a misunderstanding of both the availability of measures (shovelready projects) and their desirability (whether they will meaningfully change the expectations of households and businesses). Indeed, to counteract the mindset forged in the recent п¬Ѓnancial crisis, spending measures will need to be longer-lasting if they are to raise expectations of future growth and thus stimulate current investment and hiring. The right, for its part, must rethink its obsession with temporary tax cuts for households or businesses. The impact of such cuts on aggregate demand is almost always modest, and they are poorly suited for shifting expectations for recovery and growth in the postп¬Ѓnancial-crisis downturn. Clearly, the economy is AmericansвЂ™ top concern Politics complicates matters further, because the exclusively shortterm focus on the п¬Ѓscal impact of spending and revenues clashes with policies whose beneп¬Ѓts accumulate over time. While such beneп¬Ѓts may not appear to be вЂњstimulusвЂќ, their mounting effect better serves the objective of raising expectations of future demand and growth. But the concerns of serious people, whether on the left or the right, are not so different. Will economic growth accelerate sufficiently to boost job and income growth? Can the barriers that exclude many Americans from recovery and future prosperity be removed? Federal infrastructure spending and corporate-tax reform should top the list of policies capable of attracting bipartisan agreement, because they promise signiп¬Ѓcant long-term productivity, income, and employment gains, while also supporting short-term growth. A commitment to a multi-year federal infrastructure- spending programme, for example, could increase demand, private investment, and employment, even though projects may not be immediately available. And such a programme, normally proposed by Democrats, can and should be crafted to secure Republican support as well. To that end, an infrastructure programme should give states and localities a key role in selecting the projects to be funded, and these governmental units should have вЂњskin in the gameвЂќ by funding part of the costs. Policymakers should also give serious consideration to regulatory reforms that would reduce the expense of new projects and assure their timely completion. An infrastructure programme oriented in this way вЂ“ as opposed to a grab bag of politically expedient shovel-ready projects вЂ“ should be able to muster conservative support. And, done properly, federally funded infrastructure projects should provide substantial beneп¬Ѓts to lowerincome Americans. Better transport infrastructure, for example, would not only create jobs, but would also reduce the costs of commuting to work. Corporate-tax reform also offers a good opportunity for bipartisan agreement, especially given that Obama and congressional leaders of both parties have expressed interest. While gains from fundamental tax reform вЂ“ say, replacing the current tax system with a broad-based consumption tax вЂ“ are large, on the order of 0.5-1 percentage point per year of economic growth for a decade, corporatetax reform would also boost growth. Reducing the tax rate for companies substantially, while eliminating targeted business-tax preferences and broadening the corporate-tax base, would increase both investment and workersвЂ™ wages. Allowing multinational companies to repatriate overseas proп¬Ѓts without paying additional US tax would also bolster investment and job creation at home. Given that recent research shows that much of the burden of corporate taxation is borne by workers in the form of lower wages, Democrats should embrace tax reform as a way to support income growth. One could add to such a reform further support for low-income Americans by increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit for single workers. Given their policy objectives, conservatives should support a well-crafted federal infrastructure programme, and liberals should support corporate-tax reform. But changes in the political process would help move matters ahead. Because the payoffs from infrastructure spending and tax reform do not п¬Ѓt neatly within the п¬Ѓve-year or ten-year budget window used by AmericaвЂ™s п¬Ѓscal scorekeepers, measuring more completely the beneп¬Ѓts from such policies is vital to attracting political support. Moreover, any increase in spending on infrastructure or any revenue loss from tax reform should be offset elsewhere. For example, future growth in Social Security beneп¬Ѓts or the homemortgage-interest tax deduction could be scaled back for more affluent individuals, as progressive indexation, proposed by conservatives in the US, and the adjustment of mortgageinterest tax deductions in the United Kingdom, started during the Thatcher administration, attest. Clearly, the economy is AmericansвЂ™ top concern. Its leaders must respond with a policy agenda focused on reviving growth now and sustaining it in the future. But that can happen only if enough legislators in both parties, and the president, remove their intellectual and political blinders and reach the long-term compromises needed to create jobs and increase incomes. The time for a Pact for America has arrived.- Project Syndicate zGlenn Hubbard, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W Bush, is dean of Columbia Business School. This is the second summit in a week attended by both Obama and Putin To Advertise [email protected] Display Telephone 44466621 Fax 44418811 Classified Telephone 44466609 Fax 44418811 Subscription [email protected] 2014 Gulf Times. All rights reserved The US Capitol Building in Washington. The US electorateвЂ™s desire for change and fear of continuing slow growth, which pushed the Republicans to their victory in this monthвЂ™s mid-term congressional election, prompts discussion about new policy options designed to raise growth, employment and incomes. Focus shifts to India after US-China climate deal By Valerie Volcovici and Tommy Wilkes New Delhi/Reuters A fter this weekвЂ™s carbon deal between the US and China, No 3 emitter India faces growing pressure to devise a clear strategy and step out of ChinaвЂ™s shadow during pivotal global climate talks. India has given no sign what kind of commitment it will make to address climate change in a global agreement. Officials previously stressed that India would likely opt to slow emissions growth rather than set a peak year on the grounds it is entitled to economic growth. That position might no longer be tenable after China - often IndiaвЂ™s ally in resisting speciп¬Ѓc pledges at talks to reach a global accord - said this week its carbon emissions would peak by no later than 2030. President Barack Obama deepened US cuts to 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025, a goal it should be on track to meet with proposed new rules on power plant emissions. IndiaвЂ™s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has already set renewable energy targets for the country, including using solar energy to ensure full energy access by 2019, but analysts and experts are expecting more deп¬Ѓnitive commitments. The US-China deal вЂњfrees up India to say what it believes is an equitable stance ... now that China is saying what it plans to doвЂќ, said Alden Meyer, director of international policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. While ModiвЂ™s pledge to boost renewable energy is welcomed by activists, New Delhi has stressed it will mine more thermal coal to get power п¬‚owing to the third of its 1.2bn people still without electricity. With the US-China agreement widely viewed as a modest, symbolic measure, India might take the opportunity to step out of ChinaвЂ™s shadow during UN climate talks next month in Lima, Peru. Indian officials declined to comment on the US-China deal. Privately, they say ModiвЂ™s new government is п¬Ѓnalising the position it will take to Lima in December. Earlier this month, Modi recast the almost defunct prime ministerвЂ™s council on climate change, seeking to reinvigorate the body ahead of a pivotal year for global talks. Indian delegates have long been ardent defenders of the principle of вЂњcommon but differentiated responsibilityвЂќ - the concept that the burden of emissions reductions and п¬Ѓnancial assistance on climate change for poor countries belongs to developed countries, who have a historical responsibility. The concept has often hampered global climate negotiations, especially as some developing countries became emerging economies. Jairam Ramesh, IndiaвЂ™s former environment minister and chief negotiator, believes it is time to rethink that approach. вЂњDifferentiation is essential but is this distinction made in a completely different era over two decades back still meaningful? Simply put, it is not,вЂќ he wrote in an op-ed on Thursday. Some experts think India can now play a more prominent role as a bridge between the US and China and developing countries. вЂњIndia will be doing a balancing act,вЂќ said Krishnan Pallassana, India director of NGO The Climate Group. India will likely argue that its per capita emissions are around 1.9 tonnes per person - dwarfed by China with around 7.2 tonnes per person and less than half the 5 tonnes world average. This gives Delhi plenty of room to argue that its own commitment should differ from ChinaвЂ™s as it continues to grow its economy and justify its continued use of fossil fuels. Local environmental groups say IndiaвЂ™s new climate strategy needs to address its reliance on coal. вЂњEnergy poverty is no longer a justiп¬Ѓcation for coal expansion,вЂќ said Ashish Fernandes of Greenpeace India. US officials are now turning their attention to India to ensure it helps secure a п¬Ѓnal UN climate treaty, which is to be negotiated in Lima and then sealed in Paris in 2015. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, travels to India next week to meet officials working on climate change, while former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Carol Browner was in Delhi this week chairing the US India Track II Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 19 COMMENT Google Glass loses its shine with consumers While Google Glass may п¬Ѓnd some specialised, even lucrative, uses in the workplace, its prospects of becoming a consumer hit in the near future seem slim By Alexei Oreskovic, Sarah McBride and Malathi Nayak San Francisco/Reuters A fter two years of popping up at high-proп¬Ѓle events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event last Sunday. HeвЂ™d left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product - he recently wore his pair to the beach. But BrinвЂ™s timing is not propitious, coming as many developers and early Glass users are losing interest in the much-hyped, $1,500 test version of the product: a camera, processor and stamp-sized computer screen mounted to the edge of eyeglass frames. Google Inc itself has pushed back the Glass roll out to the mass market. While Glass may п¬Ѓnd some specialised, even lucrative, uses in the workplace, its prospects of becoming a consumer hit in the near future are slim, many developers say. Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects. Plenty of larger developers remain with Glass. The nearly 100 apps on the official web site include Facebook and OpenTable, although one major player recently defected: Twitter. вЂњIf there was 200mn Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective. ThereвЂ™s no market at this point,вЂќ said Tom Frencel, the Chief Executive of Little Guy Games, which put development of a Glass game on hold this year and is looking at other platforms, including the Facebook Inc-owned virtual-reality goggles Oculus Rift. Several key Google employees instrumental to developing Glass have left the company in the last six months, including lead developer Babak Parviz, electrical engineering chief Adrian Wong, and Ossama Alami, director of developer relations. And a Glass funding consortium created by Google Ventures and two of Silicon ValleyвЂ™s biggest venture capitalists, Kleiner Perkins Cauп¬Ѓeld & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz, quietly deleted its website, routing users to the main Glass site. Google insists it is committed to Glass, with hundreds of engineers and executives working on it, as well as new fashionista boss Ivy Ross, a former Calvin Klein executive. Tens of thousands use Glass in the pilot consumer programme. вЂњWe are completely energised and as energised as ever about the opportunity that wearables and Glass in particular represent,вЂќ said Glass Head of Business Operations Chris OвЂ™Neill. Glass was the п¬Ѓrst project to emerge from GoogleвЂ™s X division, the secretive group tasked with developing вЂњmoonshotвЂќ products such as self-driving cars. Glass and wearable devices overall amount to a new technology, as smartphones once were, that will likely take time to evolve into a product that clicks with consumers. вЂњWe are as committed as ever to a consumer launch. That is going to take The lack of a launch date has given some developers the impression that Google still treats Glass as an experiment time and we are not going to launch this product until itвЂ™s absolutely ready,вЂќ OвЂ™Neill said. Brin had predicted a launch this year, but 2015 is now the most likely date, a person familiar with the matter said. After an initial burst of enthusiasm, signs that consumers are giving up on Glass have been building. Google dubbed the п¬Ѓrst set of several thousand Glass users as вЂњExplorersвЂќ. But as the Explorers hit the streets, they drew stares and jokes. Some people viewed the device, capable of surreptitious video recording, as an obnoxious privacy intrusion, deriding the once-proud Explorers as вЂњGlassholesвЂќ. вЂњIt looks super nerdy,вЂќ said Shevetank Shah, a Washington, DCbased consultant, whose Google Glass now gathers dust in a drawer. вЂњIвЂ™m a card carrying nerd, but this was one card too many.вЂќ Glass now sells on eBay for as little as half list price. Some developers recently have felt unsupported by investors and, at times, Google itself. The Glass Collective, the funding consortium co-run by Google Ventures, invested in only three or four small start-ups by the beginning of this year, a person familiar with the statistics said. A Google Ventures spokeswoman declined to comment on the number of investments and said the website was closed for simplicity. вЂњWe just found itвЂ™s easier for entrepreneurs to come to us directly,вЂќ she said. The lack of a launch date has given some developers the impression that Google still treats Glass as an experiment. вЂњItвЂ™s not a big enough platform to play on seriously,вЂќ said Matthew Milan, founder of Toronto-based software п¬Ѓrm Normative Design, which put on hold a Glass app for logging exercise and biking. Mobile game company Glu Mobile, known for its popular вЂњKim Kardashian: HollywoodвЂќ title, was one of the п¬Ѓrst to launch a game on Glass. Spellista, a puzzler released a year ago, is still available, but Glu has discontinued work on it, a spokesman for the company said. Another developer, Sean McCracken, won $10,000 in a contest last year for creating an aliens-themed video game for Glass, Psyclops, but Google never put it on the official hub for Glass apps, making it tougher to п¬Ѓnd. He has quit working on updates. Still, there are some enthusiastic developers. Cycling and running app Strava п¬Ѓnds Glass well-suited for its users, who want real-time data on their workouts, said David Lorsch, vice president of business development. And entrepreneur Jake Steinerman said it is ideal for his company, DriveSafe, which detects if people are falling asleep at the wheel. In April, Google launched the Glass at Work programme to help make the device useful for speciп¬Ѓc industries, such as healthcare and manufacturing. So far the effort has resulted in apps that are being tested or used at companies such as Boeing and Yum BrandsвЂ™ Taco Bell. Google is selling Glass in bulk to some businesses, offering two-forone discounts. CrowdOptic, which uses Glass as portable computers for surgeons and other people out of offices, is currently in use at 19 US hospitals and expects that to grow to 100 hospitals early next year, said chief executive Jon Fisher. Alex Foster began See Through, a Glass advertising analytics п¬Ѓrm for business, after a venture п¬Ѓrm earlier this year withdrew its offer to back his consumer-oriented Glass п¬Ѓtness company when it became clear no big consumer Glass release was imminent. вЂњIt was devastating,вЂќ he said. вЂњAll of the consumer glass startups are either completely dead or have pivoted,вЂќ to enterprise products or rival wearables. Weather report LEGAL HELPLINE Three-day forecast TODAY Non-payment of salaries High: 29 C Low: 20 C Hazy at places at first becomes moderate temperature with scattered clouds relatively cold by night SUNDAY Taking unpaid leave because the company is planning to close down and trying to avoid paying its employees is not advisable By Nizar Kochery Doha QUESTION: I work with a contracting company on a twoyear definite contract and have already completed one year. For the past three months I have not gone to the company because it has no job for me. The company manager is not in Doha because of financial problems. Can I file a complaint with the Labour Department for non-payment of my salary? My company has made me sign a letter saying I would not work for a competitor. It now seems that the company has filed a complaint against me for absconding. I havenвЂ™t absconded. Can I use my colleagues as witnesses in the case? ST, Doha ANSWER: File a complaint before the Labour Department for nonpayment of salaries. Taking unpaid leave because the company is planning to close down and trying to avoid paying its employees is not advisable. Article 44 of the Labour Laws stipulates that the employer shall undertake to enable the worker to perform the work. If the worker attends the place of work and is willing to perform the work but could not do so for reasons beyond his control, he shall be considered to have actually done the work and be entitled to his entitlements. Accordingly, the employer is obliged to pay the workerвЂ™s salary as long as such a worker is on the employerвЂ™s employment even if no work has been assigned. However, the employer has the right to terminate the employment contract or file an absconder complaint if the worker is absent from work for more than seven days continuously. The worker has to try to prove before the court that he did not abscond and the complaint is malicious. The worker has the right to plead before the judge to allow him to call his colleagues as witnesses. LandlordвЂ™s condition Rules on autopsy Q: My landlord doesnвЂ™t respond to my e-mail correspondence regarding the end of my lease, saying that only a written notice would be accepted. Also, the landlord says I shouldnвЂ™t leave the house unless he has made an inspection of it? I have paid all rents and the only problem is I havenвЂ™t вЂњhand-deliveredвЂќ a letter announcing the end of lease to the landlord. He threatens not to return the deposit to me even if I hand over the keys unless his inspection is over. JL, Doha Q: Is post-mortem banned in Qatar? In case of death of someone who was healthy, what are the procedures for his family members to call for a post-mortem? Is it necessary to have permission from the family for post-mortem? ET, Doha A: If there is any provision in the lease contract which indicates that вЂњonly written noticesвЂќ are allowed, then the notification must be this mode; otherwise, if no provision states so, any means of communication shall be accepted by the law. To avoid complications, provide landlord with the letter in writing and allow inspection of the premises. Otherwise the inspection will be delayed and the procedures will take extra time. A: Except for criminal or pathological reasons or for educational purposes, Autopsy of human corpses is prohibited in Qatar under Article (2) of Law No 8 of 2003. Autopsy shall be carried out for reasons such as: вЂњsuspecting that there is a crime in the occurrence of the deathвЂќ or вЂњdeath resulting from committing a crime or associated with a crimeвЂќ. A forensic physician shall carry out autopsy in both cases on the basis of a resolution by the competent investigating authority, and it is not necessary to obtain the permission of the family of the deceased. According to Article (4) of the said law, autopsy for pathological purposes is implemented in case the reason for death cannot be known by means of clinical inspection, laboratory, X-ray and medical analysis provided that it is carried out in a period not exceeding 24 hours since the time of death or knowing about it. In this case, autopsy shall be carried out on the basis of a resolution by the minister or the person who authorises after obtaining permission from the court. It has to be implemented by a physician of histology and it is not necessary to obtain the permission of the family of the deceased. Autopsy for educational purposes shall be implemented for the purpose of studying the human body. It shall be implemented by the specialist faculty members in medicine colleges and their students under the supervision of their professors. It is not possible to implement autopsy for educational purposes except after obtaining an authenticated permission from the deceased person before his death or the permission of his inheritors and the consent of the religious court. It is also possible to implement autopsy of deceased persons who identity or inheritors or relatives who may object to autopsy are not known. In all cases, it is not possible to carry out autopsy if the deceased said in his will that he did not want his corpse to be subjected to autopsy. z Please send your questions by e-mail to: [email protected] High: 29 C Low : 21 C Clear MONDAY High: 29 C Low : 20 C Clear FishermenвЂ™s forecast OFFSHORE DOHA Wind: NE-SE 03-12/ KT Waves: 1-3/ Feet INSHORE DOHA Wind: NW-NE 05-15/ KT Waves: 1-2 Feet Around the region Abu Dhabi Baghdad Dubai Kuwait City Manama Muscat Riyadh Tehran Weather today Clear P Cloudy Clear Clear Clear Clear Clear Clear Max/min 30/21 24/11 31/17 26/12 27/23 30/21 25/12 12/03 Weather tomorrow Clear P Cloudy Clear Clear Clear Clear Clear Clear Max/min 30/21 27/15 32/16 28/13 27/23 30/21 24/12 13/05 Weather tomorrow C Showers P Cloudy P Cloudy Fog P Cloudy Rain C Storms P Cloudy Clear M Cloudy C Storms P Cloudy Rain T Storms Cloudy P Cloudy P Cloudy C Rain C Rain Clear T Storms P Cloudy Clear Max/min 19/15 24/17 34/24 12/08 27/17 18/11 29/24 31/17 23/19 16/13 33/26 34/18 13/08 28/24 02/-3 26/14 07/-1 12/09 19/16 10/01 30/26 37/17 16/10 LEGAL SYSTEM IN QATAR The third party holder who has transcribed his title to the property may purge the property of any mortgage inscribed before the transcription of his title in the Land Registry. The third party holder can exercise this right even before the mortgagees have served upon him a formal summons to pay. Such right may exist until placing the attachment entry over the propertyвЂ™s registration at the request of the mortgagee. If the third party holder decides to proceed with the purge of the property, he must serve upon the inscribed creditors a letter by registered mail together with an acknowledgement slip, containing: (a) An extract of his title deed, setting out the particulars, nature and date of the act of disposition, full and precise description of the property and particulars of its previous owner. If the disposal is a sale, the price and its attachments should be indicated. (b) The date and number of the transcription of his title in the Land Registry. (c) A list of rights inscribed on the property before transcription of his title. This list shall contain the date of the inscriptions, the amount of the inscribed debts and the names of the creditors, and (d) The sum at which he values the property. This sum must not in any case be less than the sum remaining to be paid by the third party holder on the price of the property if the act of disposition was a sale. The third party holder must, by the registered letter informing his intention to pay off the inscribed debts up to the amount at which he has valued the property. His offer need not be ac- companied by a cash amount, but must be an offer showing his willingness of settlement by an amount payable immediately whatever may be the date of which the inscribed debts accrue due. According to Article 1099, every inscribed creditor and every surety of an inscribed debt has the right to apply for the sale of the property which the third party holder wishes to purge, provided that his application is made within thirty days of the date of the last registered letter accompanied by an acknowledgement slip. The application shall be made by a registered letter accompanied by an acknowledgement slip to the third party holder and to the former owner. The applicant must deposit in the court treasury a sum which is sufп¬Ѓcient to cover the cost of the sale by auction, but he shall have no right to a refund of expenses advanced by him if no higher price than that offered by the third party holder is obtained as a result of the auction. The failure to comply with anyone of these conditions entails the nullity of the application. The applicant may not renounce his application without the consent of all the inscribed creditors and all the sureties. 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 P Cloudy Clear Clear Cloudy P Cloudy Clear T Storms Clear P Cloudy Cloudy T Storms P Cloudy C Rain P Cloudy Cloudy P Cloudy C Rain P Cloudy T Storms Clear T Storms Clear Clear Max/min 21/15 25/18 34/24 11/08 26/16 19/13 30/24 32/20 23/18 17/12 33/25 34/21 13/12 30/24 05/02 28/14 08/04 14/09 26/18 06/00 31/26 26/17 19/09 20 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 QATAR Public-private sector partnership вЂ�vital for development in QatarвЂ™ During the Amigos de Espana 2014, the Spanish Business Council вЂ“ Qatar had bestowed awards of recognition to al-Tamimi and al-Dolaimi By Peter Alagos Business Reporter A n official of the state-run Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has underscored the importance of government and private sector partnership, particularly in QatarвЂ™s billion-dollar infrastructure and development projects. Speaking to Gulf Times at the Amigos de Espana 2014 held at the residence of Spanish Ambassador Carmen de la Pena on Wednesday, Road Projects Department director Saud Ali al-Tamimi said the government was constantly on the lookout for вЂњgood and qualiп¬ЃedвЂќ foreign companies. Citing the $1.1bn development project at the Industrial Area in Doha, al-Tamimi noted that Qatari engineers beneп¬Ѓtted from the sharing of experiences and best practices when undertaking collaborative projects with international п¬Ѓrms. вЂњWe are looking for enhanced co-operation with them because we are an open country. We have a strong economy and the country is busy with a lot of projects. We need good and qualiп¬Ѓed companies to share in our progress and ambitions,вЂќ alTamimi explained. This was echoed by ABM Qatar CEO Abdulla Mubarak A alDolaimi, who speciп¬Ѓcally noted that his company was looking forward to working with more Spanish companies. When asked about which sectors would beneп¬Ѓt from the presence of Spanish п¬Ѓrms, alDolaimi said companies from Spain excelled in the п¬Ѓelds of construction, transport, infrastructure, and sports. вЂњSports is another sector that the Spanish are good at. In Spain, IвЂ™ve seen many stadiums and they have hosted many sports events that were not held in Qatar yet,вЂќ he said. During the Amigos de Espana 2014 or Friends of Spain, the Spanish Business Council вЂ“ Qatar had bestowed awards of recognition to al-Tamimi and al-Dolaimi. The awarding ceremony was created two years ago under the joint initiative of the Spanish embassy and the SPB to recognise projects that Qatari com- Al-Dolaimi (fourth from left) and al-Tamimi are flanked by Spanish ambassador Carmen de la Pena (centre) and members of the Spanish Business Council - Qatar during the annual Amigos de Espana 2014 awarding ceremony. PICTURE: Jayan Orma panies are developing with the Spanish business community. SBC president Francisco Garrote said al-Dolaimi was this yearвЂ™s recipient in the вЂњpersonal categoryвЂќ while al-Tamimi received the award on behalf of Ashghal in the вЂњinstitutional categoryвЂќ. Garrote announced that alDolaimi was recognised for sponsoring Spanish companies Collosa, Ah Asociados, and Saitec while al-Tamimi received the award in relation to AshghalвЂ™s local roads and drainage programme. In her opening speech, de la Pena said: вЂњWith these awards, we do not only want to thank the support and assistance that Qatari partners provided to our companies but we also want to stress the commitment from the Spanish companies in establishing a fruitful and lasting relationship with the key players of this country.вЂќ De la Pena said Spain had almost 60 established companies in QatarвЂ™s infrastructure and contracting, education, transport, power and energy, environment and oil and gas sectors. вЂњAll these companies are international ones and could be integrated under the вЂ�Marka EspanaвЂ™, вЂ“ Spanish brand initiative, a policy to promote the image and work of Spanish companies abroad,вЂќ de la Pena said. Lessons from Singapore for Qatari professionals Q atar Leadership CentreвЂ™s Government Leaders were given an extensive, inside look at SingaporeвЂ™s experience in public policy development during a п¬Ѓve-day Learning Journey in Singapore in the last week of October. The Qatari Government Leaders, all of whom hold managerial and executive positions across a range of government institutions, took advantage of the opportunity to learn from SingaporeвЂ™s success in developing government best practice to create an efficient and responsive public sector. The 27 Qatari men and women learned from senior government officials, thought leaders and business executives during the Learning Journey, which was jointly organised by Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) and Civil Service College (CSC), Singapore. CSC is the central learning institution for SingaporeвЂ™s public service; QLC provides a national platform for leadership excellence in line with the goals of 2030 and beyond. Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali alThani, board member and managing director of QLC, noted that the Learning Journey вЂњwill bolster the strategic capacity of these Government Leaders to contribute to the achievement of national goals by allowing them to learn from the experience of SingaporeвЂ™s respected civil service institution and adapt the lessons to government service in QatarвЂќ. Qatar ambassador to Singa- pore Mohamed bin Ali Sultan al-Ali al-Maadid and Singapore special envoy to the Middle East, ambassador Zainul Abidin Rasheed from the ministry of foreign affairs, met with the Qatari group in Singapore. Ambassador al-Maadid expressed his appreciation for the co-operation of Singapore with QLC, saying: вЂњWe can learn much from the Singapore experience in developing an active international business hub, with a high standard of living. SingaporeвЂ™s success came as a result of systematic planning, aided by the development of a professional class of government employees.вЂќ In preparation for the Government LeadersвЂ™ Learning Journey, Singapore ambassador to Qatar Wong Kwok Pun spoke at a Qatar Policy Seminar in Doha in June at QLC, in which he highlighted Qatar-Singapore bilateral relations. His perspective served to frame the visit to Singapore as he highlighted signiп¬Ѓcant government initiatives and developments of recent decades. The Qatari group considered essential elements for good government, including principles of governance, the formation of strong institutions and the development of good policy in various arenas, whether for urban infrastructure, national healthcare or industrial development. Captain Abdulla bin Sultan alGhanem, a QLC participant from the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), found the visit useful, noting: вЂњThe Learning Journey to Singapore was an opportunity to closely monitor government performance and revisit essential best practices; it promises to yield positive results when our knowledge is applied to the State of Qatar.вЂќ Researchers and instructors from the CSC outlined the role of public service in economic development strategies, as well as in human and social development planning. вЂњDuring the Learning Journey to Singapore I became familiar with best practices in areas such as education, commerce and industry,вЂќ said Munera al-Mohannadi, head of the department of personnel at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce. вЂњI beneп¬Ѓted from these experiences and will deп¬Ѓnitely apply what I learned in my work in Qatar.вЂќ As part of the visit, the QLC Government Leaders visited SingaporeвЂ™s National University Health System and Singapore Polytechnic. The group examined these organisations in the context of SingaporeвЂ™s strategic planning processes while policymakers highlighted similarities and differences between Qatar and Singapore. The International Advisory Group worked with the Government Leaders in adapting relevant learning lessons from the experience. QLC is accepting online applications from qualiп¬Ѓed Qatari professionals for its 2015-2016 national leadership programmes at www.qlc.org.qa The closing date for applications is December 4. Heavy vehicle drivers flout parking ban QLC Government Leaders with Mohamed bin Ali Sultan al-Ali al-Maadid (front row, fifth from left), Zainul Abidin Rasheed (front row, fifth from right), Tina Ng, director of CSC International, Civil Service College, Singapore (front row, fourth from right) and CSC officials during the Learning Journey. Some QLC Government Leaders with Wong Kwok Pun, Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali al-Thani and staff following their return from the QLC Learning Journey to Singapore. Catamarans hog the limelight T Heavy vehicles continue to be parked in some vacant plots in Doha in violation of Law Number 19 of 2007 and its amendments, especially Article Number 77. The parking of heavy vehicles and equipment has been banned in Doha city and suburbs from January 30 this year. This picture was taken yesterday afternoon behind the Gulf Times office on the C Ring Road. PICTURE: Jayan Orma. he second edition of the Qatar International Boat Show, which concludes today, has featured some of the best cruises and yachts of the industry. Among them is a Lagoon 39 catamaran from the Beneteau Group, represented by Tan Services in the Gulf. It is one of a family of sailing catamaran cruisers, ranging from 38ft to 62ft - all of which are sloop rigs with spacious cabins in each hull and living space on the bridge deck. The double hulls, according to the builders, ensure stability and plenty of living space, making them ideal for family days out. Lagoon has been building luxury catamarans since 1984 and has sold over 3,200 of them since then, with the company holding a 35% market share in sailing catamarans worldwide. The Lagoon 39 on show has already been sold to a Qatari buyer, while a Lagoon 38 was recently sold in Dubai and a Lagoon 52 to a Saudi buyer, sources said. Prices for the range are between QR450,000 and QR900,000. Dubai-based Gulf Craft, another major manufacturer of luxury yachts and п¬Ѓbreglass boats, has been a regular at the expo since its start. The company is one of the worldвЂ™s top 10 super-yacht builders. With an annual production capacity of some 400 craft, its range of Majesty Yachts is on show вЂ“ including six boats ranging from 40ft to its Majesty 101 вЂ“ a 101ft (30.8m) boat with 91 ton displacement, and one of the largest yachts in this yearвЂ™s show. Gulf Craft will soon be opening a $100mn new facility in a two-sq km Dubai Maritime City. The projects, expected to be spread over 83,000sq m, will be completed in п¬Ѓve years. The largest boat on show at the exhibition is a 40m Floating House from Emirates Waves, a company based in Abu Dhabi. It has six bedrooms, all with private bathrooms (with optional jacuzzis), two master living rooms, an on-board cinema and an upper п¬‚ybridge among other attractions. The п¬Ѓbreglass hulled boat has a top speed of around 16 knots. It took about 18 months to be completed and costs around QR12mn Floating House, the largest boat taking part in the expo. One of the bed rooms of Lagoon 39. COSTLY DELAYS | Page 10 US DEBUT | Page 11 Airbus 9-mth profits beat estimates Alibaba seeks to raise $8bn in bond sale Saturday, November 15, 2014 Moharram 22, 1436 AH INCOMING LEADER : Page 12 GULF TIMES Turkey says G20 must be more inclusive BUSINESS Opec diplomacy picks up from Iraq to Libya amid oil plunge Bloomberg Kuwait O pec producers are stepping up their diplomatic visits before the groupвЂ™s meeting in two weeks, potentially seeking a consensus on how to react to oil prices that have plunged to a four-year low. Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah alThinni п¬‚ew to Riyadh on Thursday just as Iraqi President Fouad Masoum left the kingdom after a two-day visit where he met with King Abdullah, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. Rafael Ramirez, VenezuelaвЂ™s foreign minister and representative to Opec, held talks in Algeria and Qatar. Saudi ArabiaвЂ™s Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi toured Latin America. вЂњThe Saudis will not walk the road alone, they want to see everyone share the burden with them,вЂќ Kuwait-based analyst Kamel al-Harami said by phone. Saudi Arabia, the worldвЂ™s biggest oil exporter, is trying to build consensus among fellow members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries before they meet November 27 in Vienna, he said. Falling oil prices are straining state budgets among Opec members, including IraqвЂ™s government, which is leading a costly war against Islamist militants, and Libya that is struggling to keep crude output steady amid political divisions and violence Falling oil prices are straining state budgets among Opec members, including IraqвЂ™s government, which is leading a costly war against Islamist militants, and Libya that is struggling to keep crude output steady amid political divisions and violence. IranвЂ™s Islamic Republic News Agency said Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, the nationвЂ™s oil minister, delivered a message to Ku- wait on behalf of President Hassan Rohani. Zanganeh briefed Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on developments in oil markets, the agency said. He also came to Qatar, IRNA reported. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro said he had sent Ramirez to п¬Ѓve countries, according to a televised address from Caracas.вЂњWe are in a campaign to defend Venezuela, Venezuelan oil, international markets and the price of oil,вЂќ Maduro was cited as saying on Thursday. вЂњOil sustains the development of our economic and social life.вЂќ Ramirez met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteп¬‚ika, with both nations reaffirming a joint position to defend prices, state-run news agency Algeria Press Service reported. He also came to Qatar where he discussed crude prices and stability of oil markets with HE the Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, and HE the Energy Minister Dr Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada, in Doha on Thursday, VenezuelaвЂ™s foreign ministry said in a statement. HeвЂ™s also is scheduled to travel to Iran and Russia, according to the ministry, while Maduro said the trip would include Mexico Saudi Arabia remains committed to seeking a stable oil prices and speculation of a battle between crude producers has no basis, al-Naimi said on November 12 in Mexico after a visit to Venezuela. Opec members Libya, Venezuela and Ecuador have called for action to prevent crude from falling further. LibyaвЂ™s Opec governor Samir Kamal said last month that the group must cut daily output by 500,000 barrels as the market is oversupplied by about 1mn barrels a day. This reп¬‚ected his personal view, he said at the time. вЂњThey can all come to Saudi Arabia and ask the Saudis to support oil prices, but that will not change anything,вЂќ al-Harami said. вЂњAt the next meeting, al-Naimi will look for a cut by all the members and if he doesnвЂ™t get it, nothing will change.вЂќ QIA and Italian funds to buy $205mn stake in food firm Inalca Reuters Milan State-backed Italian and Qatari investors are to buy a в‚¬165mn ($205mn) stake in Inalca, expanding the Italian meat producerвЂ™s overseas markets in the first such deal by the two investment partners. Under the deal signed yesterday, the IQ Made in Italy joint venture will buy a 28.4% stake in Inalca, currently wholly owned by Italian food producer and caterer Cremonini. Italian state-backed private equity fund Fondo Strategico Italiano (FSI) and Qatar Holding, a fund created by the Qatar Investment Authority, set up the joint venture in March 2013 to invest in a range of Italian companies in the food, fashion and luxury, tourism and leisure sectors. The joint venture was agreed in 2012 as part of ItalyвЂ™s efforts to tap QatarвЂ™s vast wealth to support national industries struggling to finance their way out of recession. вЂњWith this investment we aim to support the distribution of food вЂ�made in ItalyвЂ™ abroad,вЂќ Maurizio Tamagnini, FSI chief executive. Inalca could also devote part of the new funds to acquisitions, Cremonini said in a joint statement with FSI. Under the deal signed yesterday, the IQ Made in Italy joint venture will buy a 28.4% stake in Inalca, currently wholly owned by Italian food producer and caterer Cremonini Lawyer firm Latham & Watkins advised FSI and Qatar Investment Authority in the deal. It took the two investors around 18 months to finalise their first joint transaction. FSI, which has a similar arrangement with KuwaitвЂ™s sovereign wealth fund, last week announced a в‚¬76mn investment in the Rocco Forte hotels group with the Kuwait Investment Authority. 2 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 BUSINESS Thai Q3 GDP seen picking but pace of recovery slows Reuters Bangkok ThailandвЂ™s economy probably expanded slightly in the third quarter after a military coup in May returned some stability to the country, but the pace of recovery will likely be slower than expected as exports and domestic demand remain sluggish. Southeast AsiaвЂ™s second-largest economy suffered virtual paralysis in policy-making from months of political unrest before the coup. Badly bruised sectors such as tourism are still struggling, while consumer spending continues to be sluggish. вЂњFragile domestic demand and weak exports temper high hopes of a swift upturn in the Thai economy following the removal of political uncertainty,вЂќ said economist Bernard Aw with Forecast Pte. in Singapore. Gross domestic product (GDP) was forecast to grow a seasonally adjusted 1.8% in July-September from the previous quarter, when it expanded 0.9% and avoided a technical recession, a Reuters poll showed. On an annual basis, the economy probably grew 1% after expanding 0.4% in April-June, the poll showed. In the first half, the economy contracted 0.1%. When the junta seized power, it said it needed to restore order after the unrest and get the economy moving. While it has approved government spending on big infrastructure projects and other measures to create jobs and income, the benefits are not expected to trickle down until next year. Government stimulus has helped lift sentiment, but private consumption, which makes up half of the economy, remains subdued as Thais are heavily indebted. Critics say the continued imposition of martial law has also dented confidence and is keeping visitors away. Rumblings of uncertainty among some in the business community over the armyвЂ™s ability to run the economy and concerns over the health of ThailandвЂ™s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, who underwent surgery and remains in hospital, have also fuelled anxiety. A recent bright spot was an unexpected rise in exports for September. However, the central bank sees no export growth this year, while most economists predict a contraction. The median forecast in the Reuters poll was for 1.3% GDP growth this year and 4% next year. But economistsвЂ™ estimates for 2014 ranged from 0.2-2.5%, signalling divergent views on how the economy will pull itself out of the slump. The planning agency, which compiles GDP data, has forecast growth of 1.5%-2.5% for 2014 and 3.5%-4.5% next year. Workers assemble a car at a Mitsubishi Motors plant in Laem Chabang, Thailand. The countryвЂ™s economy probably expanded slightly in the third quarter, a Reuters poll showed yesterday. вЂ�India-US deal breathes new life into trade talksвЂ™ AFP Sydney A breakthrough agreement between India and the United States in a bitter row over food subsidies has вЂњbreathed new lifeвЂќ into the World Trade Organisation, Secretary-General Roberto Azevedo said yesterday. Azevedo, in Australia for the G20 meetings of world leaders in Brisbane this weekend, was upbeat after ThursdayвЂ™s deal, which also follows an understanding between the US and China to reduce tariffs on information technology trade. вЂњI commend the leadership that has been shown on all fronts in recent days вЂ“ it certainly has breathed new life into the WTO,вЂќ he told reporters, adding that he felt an agreement on the stalled Bali package trade agreement was in reach within weeks. The dispute between India and the US had left trade talks at an impasse for months. India had refused to endorse the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in July unless its food stockpiles were Azevedo: Optimistic. Malaysia growth slows to 5.6% in Q3 AFP Kuala Lumpur Growth in MalaysiaвЂ™s economy slowed to a вЂњmoderateвЂќ 5.6% in the third quarter as exports decelerated, the central bank said yesterday, but it added that domestic demand was expected to support steady expansion. Southeast AsiaвЂ™s third-largest economy depends heavily on exports but in recent years has increasingly leaned on domestic demand as demand in key overseas markets stutters. In the three months through September, private-sector activity вЂњremained the key driver of growthвЂќ, while exports expanded at a вЂњslower paceвЂќ of 1.5%, Bank Negara said. The latest figure compares with 6.5% in the previous three months and 6.2% in January-March. Third-quarter growth in 2013 was 5%. вЂњWhile risks to growth have increased, the Malaysian economy is expected to remain on a steady growth path,вЂќ Bank Negara said. вЂњGoing forward, domestic demand will remain the key driver of growth.вЂќ Inflation averaged 3% in the third quarter, down from 3.3% in the second. Malaysia is planning to introduce a 6% goods and services tax next year, which economists say in necessary to help lower one of AsiaвЂ™s highest debt-to-GDP ratios, but the plan remains controversial. Thousands protested against the plan in an opposition-led rally in May, with many fearing it will burden ordinary consumers already struggling with rising prices after the government cut for subsidies of petrol and other goods. exempted from possible punitive measures, prompting the US to accuse it of taking the WTO вЂњto the brink of crisisвЂќ. But both sides agreed on Thursday that IndiaвЂ™s food security programmes would not be challenged under WTO rules вЂњuntil a permanent solution regarding this issue has been agreed and adoptedвЂќ. Ahead of the resolution, Azevedo said the impasse had вЂњeffectively paralysed the multilateral negotiations in the organisationвЂќ, calling it the вЂњmost serious crisis the WTO has facedвЂќ. But in Brisbane the WTO chief said he strongly welcomed the development, which paves the way for progress on the TFA. The TFA was hammered out last December during tough negotiations at a World Trade Organisation conference in Bali вЂ“ the WTOвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst global accord since its 1995 founding. Azevedo has said the agreement вЂ“ which the organisationвЂ™s 160 members failed to reach agreement on in July вЂ“ is crucial to ensuring the WTOвЂ™s relevance. He said yesterday that the US-India agreement represents a вЂњsigniп¬Ѓcant stepвЂќ in efforts to get the Bali package back on track. вЂњYesterday I received very positive news that the US and India had reached an understanding that will help us overcome the stalemate,вЂќ he said. вЂњI strongly welcome this development and I applaud the leadership that has been shown by India and US to move the process forward.вЂќ Azevedo said that after this weekendвЂ™s G20 meetings in Brisbane, which bring together the leaders of the worldвЂ™s biggest economies, he would return to Geneva to begin consultations as soon as possible. He said there was a вЂњhigh probabilityвЂќ that the Bali package would be approved on the back of the US-India agreement. вЂњI think this breakthrough with the US and India is very important,вЂќ he said, adding that they were the key players at the heart of the impasse in July. вЂњThe chances that we can in Geneva, with everybody, with all other WTO members, п¬Ѓnalise this understanding are very signiп¬Ѓcant,вЂќ he said. вЂњI am hopeful, we can do it in a very short period of time, certainly in the next two weeks.вЂќ China lending drops sharply October bank lending drops 36% from September; money supply growth cools more than expected; slowdown fuels calls for bolder policy steps; interest rate, RRR cuts likely in 2015; govt seen likely to cut growth target next year Reuters Beijing C hinaвЂ™s bank lending tumbled in October and money supply growth cooled, raising fears of a sharper slowdown in the economy and prompting some economists to urge the government to ratchet up stimulus measures, including cutting interest rates. Chinese banks made a much lessthan-expected 548.3bn yuan ($89.5bn) worth of new loans in October, down 36% from September, central bank data showed yesterday, pointing to deepening economic weakness in the fourth quarter. The drop in credit came after some banks reported bad loans rose at their fastest clip in two years over the summer, while deposits shrank, limiting their ability to lend and highlighting growing strains on the п¬Ѓnancial system as the worldвЂ™s second-largest economy cools. вЂњThe downward pressure on the economy will increase if we donвЂ™t step up policy support,вЂќ said Wang Jun, senior economist at China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), a well-connected think tank in Beijing. Wang said the central bank should п¬Ѓrst consider cutting reserve requirement ratios (RRR) for all banks to encourage them to lend more, although cutting interest rates remains an option. Broad M2 money supply rose 12.6% in October from a year earlier, trailing market expectations of 12.9% and the second slowest growth rate in 2-1/2 years. Other data on Thursday also showed that ChinaвЂ™s economy lost further momentum in October, with factory growth dipping and investment growth hitting a near 13-year low as the property market continued to weaken. The surprisingly weak credit data came despite the central bankвЂ™s recent injection of some 770bn yuan ($125.63bn) in three-month loans into some banks via a вЂњmedium-term lending facilityвЂќ, fuelling doubts about the effectiveness of its targeted policy approach. вЂњThe central An employee counts yuan banknotes at a bank in Beijing. Chinese banks made a much less-than-expected $89.5bn worth of new loans in October, down 36% from September, central bank data showed yesterday. bank seems to be more inclined to use innovative tools to release liquidity, but such tools have limited effectiveness,вЂќ said Niu Li, an economist at the State Information Centre, a top government think tank. Niu said either cutting interest rates or RRR should be policy options, given low inп¬‚ation and high borrowing costs. He expects fourth-quarter growth to slow to 7.2%-7.3%, bringing full-year growth to 7.3%. Despite a raft of stimulus measures earlier in the year, ChinaвЂ™s annual growth slowed to 7.3% in the third quarter, the weakest since the global п¬Ѓnancial crisis. Still, few government economists see the central bank making any aggressive policy moves before the end of the year. вЂњThe probability of cutting interest rates and RRR will be high next year,вЂќ said Zhang Bin, senior economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), a top government think tank. Chinese leaders have indicated they will tolerate slower growth as long as the job market remains strong, but a further slowdown could hit manufacturers harder, raising the risk of debt defaults that could cascade through the п¬Ѓnancial system. Highlighting the growing pressure facing Chinese companies, the industry ministry has said п¬Ѓnancing costs of manufacturers jumped 13.5% in the п¬Ѓrst nine months from a year earlier, and were 5.6 percentage points higher than factoriesвЂ™ revenue growth. Sluggish demand and overcapacity are compounding the problems, particularly for heavy industry like steel mills. Policymakers have ruled out big stimulus measures as China is still struggling to deal with a mountain of local government debt, the hangover from 4tn yuan ($650bn) in spending rolled out in 2008/09 to cushion the impact of the global crisis. Similarly, the central bank has only cut RRR for selected banks and pumped more short-term cash into the system in a bid to channel credit to more vulner- able sectors of the economy. Debt levels at ChinaвЂ™s 200 biggest companies increased by п¬Ѓve times between 2007 and 2013 and п¬Ѓnancial pressures on them will likely intensify as the economy continues to cool, Standard & PoorвЂ™s said yesterday. Top government think-tanks, which make policy proposals, have urged the government to cut its economic growth target next year, probably to around 7%, from around 7.5% this year. Chinese leaders are due to map out economic and reform plans for 2015 at a major work conference next month, including economic targets for the year ahead which will be unveiled in parliament next March. The soft economic performance in October cemented the view that China is on track to grow at its weakest pace in 24 years. The government is almost certain to miss its annual growth target this year for the п¬Ѓrst time since 1999, when the economy was hit by the Asian п¬Ѓnancial crisis. Philippine Airlines looks for investor to fund expansion AFP Manila S truggling Philippine Airlines said yesterday it is looking for a new investor to help fund an expansion programme that would see AsiaвЂ™s oldest airline buying more longhaul jets. вЂњI would prefer an airline with more destinations so we can expand our presence,вЂќ newly-installed president Jaime Bautista said. He added that the company may take another airline, or a company with interests in the aviation sector, as an equity partner. Under Philippine law a foreign airline may acquire up to 40% of a carrier like PAL, Bautista said, while stressing there were no ongoing talks at this point. вЂњThere are names we are looking at, but we are not at liberty to disclose (them) at this time,вЂќ he told a news conference. Bautista said the carrier plans to buy long-haul planes over 10 years вЂ“ either by converting a previous order for narrow-body aircraft from Airbus into bigger planes or taking up BoeingвЂ™s proposal to sell it 777 jets. PAL is to open new local and international routes over the next three years, including Manila-New York from March 2015, he added. After struggling with losses amid competition from budget carriers, high fuel costs and a labour dispute, PAL returned to proп¬Ѓtability this year, posting a net proп¬Ѓt of 1.49bn pesos ($33mn) in the three months to June. Lucio Tan, one of the PhilippinesвЂ™ richest men, named Bautista to lead the airline after regaining control of PAL in September, buying out San Miguel CorpвЂ™s 49% interest in the airline for a reported $1bn. Bautista said PAL is reviewing a massive reп¬‚eeting programme initiated by the previous management, which had ordered 64 planes from Airbus for more than $7bn after San Miguel won management control of the airline in 2012. The airlineвЂ™s listed parent PAL Holdings disclosed last month it was вЂњseriously studyingвЂќ the possibility of deferring aircraft deliveries, complaining that вЂњtoo many ordersвЂќ had been made. PAL will take delivery of 10 Airbus A321s this year and another 10 of the same model in 2016, Bautista said yesterday. Some of the 28 Airbus planes set for delivery after 2016 may be converted to long-haul jets, he said, without giving further details. вЂњWeвЂ™ll have to study this very carefully. ItвЂ™s easy to buy airplanes but difficult to dispose,вЂќ he added. вЂњWe will take advantage of the reп¬‚eeting programme to improve our service, reboot costs and hopefully, become a proп¬Ѓtable airline.вЂќ PAL will now focus its European operations on its newlyopened London route and add more п¬‚ights to Honolulu, while scaling down Middle East operations due to lower-than-projected demand, he said. Its new fuel-efficient Airbus jets will allow PAL to compete better when Southeast Asian nations ease air traffic restrictions next year, he added. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 3 BUSINESS Indonesia sharpens centralised Islamic finance oversight Reuters Jakarta IndonesiaвЂ™s capital market regulator has signed an agreement with the countryвЂ™s national Shariah board to strengthen oversight of the Islamic finance industry, supporting a centralised approach being favoured elsewhere around the globe. A country-level approach to regulating Shariah-compliant financial services was pioneered by Malaysia in 1997 and is gaining traction elsewhere as authorities try to standardise industry practices and improve consumer perceptions. The agreement would support efforts by IndonesiaвЂ™s financial services authority, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), to formulate rules governing Islamic financial services, said OJK chairman Muliaman Hadad. This would help create new Shariahcompliant products, develop a wider pool of Shariah scholars, and support education and awareness efforts in the industry, he added. IndonesiaвЂ™s national Shariah board has traditionally focused on broader religious matters, although it has issued 95 rulings relating to Islamic finance services, 14 of those related to the capital market. But authorities want to encourage a wider product range to help Islamic banks grab a bigger share of the market, as the sector plays catch-up to more mature markets in Malaysia and the Middle East. Indonesia has the worldвЂ™s biggest Muslim population but its Islamic finance market lags well behind that of Malaysia. IndonesiaвЂ™s Islamic banks held 4.9% of total banking assets in the country last year compared with more than 20% for their Malaysian counterparts. A centralised model to supervising Islamic finance is increasingly being adopted across the global industry, although it remains a rarity in the Gulf region. Previously, many countries left Shariah boards in individual Islamic banks and financial firms to decide whether their products and activities obeyed religious principles. This approach has been criticised for inviting potential conflicts of interest, and for producing conflicting rulings that confused investors. Last month, OmanвЂ™s central bank set up a five-member Shariah board to help oversee the sultanateвЂ™s Islamic banking industry, while PakistanвЂ™s securities commission established a nine-member Shariah board in May of last year. Morocco and Nigeria have made similar moves, while the United Arab Emirates plans to develop an independent authority which will be backed by specific legislation. Authorities in Indonesia want to reshape the countryвЂ™s Islamic finance industry by encouraging consolidation and building a new regulatory system. Regulators are finalising a five-year roadmap to be presented this month to industry players, who have repeatedly called for clearer laws. China gives tax breaks on HK-Shanghai stock link Policy removes big point of concern for foreign investors; mainland Chinese investing in HK exempt from income tax for 3 years; exempts income from QFII, RQFII programmes temporarily; no guidance on taxation of previous profits Bloomberg New Delhi I ndia allowed foreigners to own as much as 74% of HDFC Bank, the nationвЂ™s most valuable lender by market capitalisation, paving the way for a Rs100bn ($1.6bn) share sale by the company. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board, a panel of government officials that approves foreign investment in the country, made the decision regarding the Mumbai-based lender, a п¬Ѓnance ministry official told reporters in New Delhi yesterday, asking not to be identiп¬Ѓed citing departmental rules. He declined to provide more details. The bank has plans to raise about Rs100bn by selling shares to domestic and foreign investors after an increase in the foreign investment limit, HDFC Bank Deputy Managing Director Paresh Sukthankar told reporters on October 21. Last December, the Reserve Bank of India restricted foreign institutional investors from buying shares in HDFC Bank after overseas investments had crossed the then 49% limit. Reuters Shanghai/Hong Kong C hina will temporarily exempt taxes on proп¬Ѓts made from a landmark scheme linking the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, the п¬Ѓnance ministry said yesterday, removing a potential stumbling block for global investors eager to directly buy Chinese stocks for the п¬Ѓrst time. Market players cheered the announcement, though Chinese regulators left themselves wiggle room to apply a tax to foreign investors at a later date. The Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect, to be launched on November 17, will let international investors trade Shanghai-listed shares via the Hong Kong stock exchange, and mainland investors to trade in Hong Kong shares via the Shanghai Stock Exchange. While the programme will be constrained by quotas initially, analysts say it has the potential to create the worldвЂ™s third-largest stock market if the two boards are fully integrated. But there have been major concerns over implementation, the impact of prodemocracy protests in Hong Kong, and tax policy for the scheme. Clarity on tax policy had been anxiously awaited, especially as the programme is set to launch on Monday. Individuals and companies in Hong Kong buying shares in Shanghai will be temporarily exempted from paying income tax on gains for an unspeciп¬Ѓed period. ChinaвЂ™s exemption of capital gains taxes вЂњremoves a huge concern for investors and brokers,вЂќ said Nick Ronalds, head of equities for the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association in Hong Kong. вЂњLaunching the scheme with tax uncertainty looming would have been a major obstacle for investors and removes a big source of risk and uncertainty,вЂќ he said. BeijingвЂ™s statement said that mainland individuals buying shares in Hong Kong through the programme would be exempt from income tax for three years, but will be liable for tax on dividends. The statement also said that business India allows foreigners to own 74% shares in HDFC Bank The bank plans to raise about $1.6bn by selling shares to domestic and foreign investors A banner introducing the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect is displayed in front of a panel showing the closing blue-chip Hang Seng Index at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on November 10, 2014. China will temporarily exempt taxes on profits made from a landmark scheme linking the stock exchanges, the finance ministry said yesterday. tax on Qualiп¬Ѓed Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) and Renminbi Qualiп¬Ѓed Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) schemes вЂ“ the two main avenues currently available for foreigners to invest in Chinese stocks вЂ“ will also be temporarily exempted. Mainland companies will be taxed on proп¬Ѓts and dividends earned through the scheme, based on ChinaвЂ™s Enterprise Income Tax law, according to a Q&A that the Finance Ministry issued along with its announcement. However, tax experts say that this law doesnвЂ™t directly apply a separate tax to proп¬Ѓts from share sales. Investors on both sides will be liable for stamp duties, and Hong Kong investors will be taxed 10% on dividends earned from mainland investments, ac- cording to the announcement. In the Q&A, the ministry said that the goal of the tax policy was to support development of the connect scheme, promote liberalisation of the capital account and create fair tax treatment for investors under the connector and the QFII/ RQFII schemes. вЂњI have to say, this is not bad,вЂќ said Brian Ingram, chief investment officer at Ping An Russell Investments in Shanghai, in reaction to the announcement. He pointed out that the MoFвЂ™s mention of the risk of вЂњunfair tax policyвЂќ suggested regulators want to give QFII and RQFII formal equal treatment with participants in the stock connect programme. вЂњThis can deп¬Ѓnitely be a positive boost for participation in the A-share market,вЂќ Ingram said. Some industry executives said the lack of a п¬Ѓrm timeline for foreign investor tax exemptions worried them. вЂњClearly, it is not a permanent change and we have seen China revoke exemptions on tax in the past,вЂќ said James Badenach, partner in the п¬Ѓnancial services tax division at EY in Hong Kong. But he added that the announcement was a step in the right direction. Nor did the announcement say what would be done with proп¬Ѓts earned previously under the QFII and RQFII schemes; industry insiders say that most institutional investors have escrowed between 10% and 15% of proп¬Ѓts in case a tax is announced. вЂњFor long-established QFII investors, this announcement may be a bit frustrating: there is still no clarity on what should be done with the $400m-1.2bn that QFII asset managers have withheld for previous years,вЂќ said Stephen Baron of Z-Ben Advisors, a fund consultancy focused on the China market. ItвЂ™s unclear how much of a boost the tax incentive will give to mainland investment in Hong Kong. Mainland investors have been hesitant to invest in overseas stocks through the current Qualiп¬Ѓed Domestic Institutional Investor (QDII) scheme, which allows Chinese stock punters to buy shares overseas through mutual funds. Analysts believe they will be similarly wary of investing in Hong Kong shares in the п¬Ѓrst phase of programme launch, leading to concerns about the impact of one-way п¬‚ows on the pool of offshore yuan in Hong Kong. вЂњThe governmentвЂ™s decision will allow the lender to proceed with the planned share sale and boost capital ratios to increase lending as the economy revives,вЂќ Vishal Narnolia, Mumbai-based banking analyst at SMC Global Securities said by phone. вЂњAlthough foreign investors hold close to 74% stake in the bank as of now, they can invest in the proposed share sale after the rule change,вЂќ he said. Shares of HDFC Bank gained 1.6% to Rs930.1 in Mumbai yesterday, extending this yearвЂ™s advance to 40%. The stock trades at 20.5 times estimated proп¬Ѓt, close to the highest level since October 2011, data compiled by Bloomberg show. HDFC Bank, led by Managing Director Aditya Puri, had a capital adequacy ratio of 15.7% as of September 30 and a gross bad-loan ratio of 1%, exchange п¬Ѓlings show. Samsung SDS strong debut frees cash for LeeвЂ™s successors Reuters Seoul S hares in Samsung SDS Co, the IT services arm of the Samsung Group, doubled on debut yesterday, unlocking $5bn for the conglomerateвЂ™s three heirs as they plan a generational succession at South KoreaвЂ™s dominant conglomerate. SDS is 19.05% owned by the three children of Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee, 72, who has been hospitalised since suffering a heart attack in May. While the children did not sell any of their shares in SDSвЂ™s $1.1bn initial public offering, analysts said the listing put a value on their holdings and would free up cash to pay inheritance taxes or increase holdings in group companies. вЂњItвЂ™s not a company thatвЂ™s near the top of Samsung GroupвЂ™s ownership structure. It is the company most п¬Ѓt to maximise proп¬Ѓts for the groupвЂ™s major shareholders,вЂќ said Eugene Securities analyst Yoon Hyuk-jin. SDS became the 5th most valuable company on the South Korean bourse with a market capitalisation of about $26bn as of yesterdayвЂ™s opening. With its strong debut, the Lee heirsвЂ™ stake value is close to an expected inheritance tax bill of up to $5.5bn. The SDS listing was South KoreaвЂ™s largest since May 2010 and will be followed by the expected $1.2bn to $1.4bn December IPO of the Samsung GroupвЂ™s de facto holding company, Cheil Industries Inc. The Lee heirs, including Samsung Electronics vice chairman JY Lee, own 41.8% of Cheil. At the top of CheilвЂ™s indicative 45,000-53,000 won per share IPO price range, their combined stakes would be worth 2.8tn won ($2.55bn). SDSвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst-day jump had been expected. Given the Lee siblingsвЂ™ large ownership stakes, investors expect it to add new businesses or boost dividend payouts to increase the value of the family membersвЂ™ stakes вЂ“ a pattern seen at other South Korean conglomerates, known as chaebol. Hyundai Glovis, a non-core Hyundai Motor Group affiliate 32%-owned by group heir apparent Chung Eui-sun, and SK C&C, an IT services company 33%-owned by the chairman of SK Holdings, saw revenue or dividend payouts climb after going public. Also, just 7.9% of SDS shares were sold in the IPO, creating a scarcity premium for what is expected to become a key constituent of SeoulвЂ™s main Kospi index. вЂњThis company has good business categories. It will continue to add value, revenue and market capitalisation, eventually helping with the succession,вЂќ said Kim Hyun-su, a fund manager who invested in Samsung SDS shares at IBK Asset Management. SDS opened trade at 380,000 won, valuing it at about 29tn won, compared with an IPO price of 190,000 won. The stock lost some ground to 342,500 won as of 0452 GMT, but remained more than 80% above its IPO price. SDS, which also provides logistics services, generates about 80% of its sales from group affiliates, including about 65% from Samsung Electronics and its subsidiaries. That dependency dented earnings in the July-September quarter, when SDS reported a 131.4bn won operating profit, down 9.3% on the year, partly due to fewer shipments of Samsung Electronics products. Still, SDS is seen as having room to grow, as it handles less than 20% of Samsung ElectronicsвЂ™ logistics in the European and the North American markets. SDSвЂ™s biggest shareholder is Samsung Electronics with a 22.6% stake. 4 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 BUSINESS OW Bunker collapse to shake up worldвЂ™s largest ship fuel market Singapore Reuters Singapore The collapse of OW Bunker in the wake of an alleged fraud at its Singapore trading unit will shake up the city stateвЂ™s more than $25bn marine fuel market, the worldвЂ™s largest, as major companies expand and small ones shrink amid a credit squeeze. OW Bunker, a leading supplier of marine fuel oil known as вЂњbunkerвЂќ, filed for bankruptcy in Denmark a week ago after it revealed losses of at least $125mn at Dynamic Oil Trading, prompting banks to refuse to provide new credit lines. In a market that relies heavily on open credit, traders fear the incident could create a domino effect, pulling more companies down with it. вЂњCredit is so tight, only the big boys will survive,вЂќ said independent energy consultant Ong Eng Tong. A slew of creditors have launched legal actions in Singapore to reclaim debts, while fears of counterparty exposure have pushed up credit costs and driven bunker fuel premiums to hit more than 2-year highs. Fuel oil sellers are demanding payment guarantees for oil sold to bunker companies, while the cost to insure such deals is also set to climb as claims relating to OW Bunker roll in. Shipowners are also heading to other ports in Asia, with Hong Kong sellers getting up to 20% more inquiries from shipowners following OWвЂ™s collapse. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Shipping Association have said there was no disruption to bunker supply in the city state. Backed by strong credit lines and balance sheets, major oil companies BP, Royal Dutch Shell and independents Glencore, Vitol and Hin Leong could expand their market share, but small companies in the supply chain are vulnerable, traders said. вЂњSmall traders, who used to rely on open credit or sleeving are the ones suffering the most,вЂќ a bunker fuel trader in Singapore said. Because of the sheer size of SingaporeвЂ™s bunker fuel market, with close to 43mn tonnes of oil sold last year, there are more companies supplying ship fuel than the 63 bunker fuel companies licensed by MPA, traders said. Smaller players act as retailers, borrowing credit lines and bunker delivery notes from big companies that act as middlemen for a fee, and using the credit buy fuel oil for delivery to shipowners. The process is known in the industry as sleeving. вЂњItвЂ™s not always a case of poor credit, more a case of risk and bringing something to the table for a counterparty,вЂќ a second bunker fuel trader said. вЂњThis is a very competitive market and things like this can make a difference in getting the support from a supplier.вЂќ There are no official figures on how many such firms there are in Singapore, but a traderвЂ™s estimate put it at 30 to 40. A fuel oil trader said a shake-up in the messy industry was long due, but others expect the business model to continue once the incident blows over. вЂњThe underlying model makes money...itвЂ™s still very much a relationship business,вЂќ a second fuel oil trader said. вЂњIt all will have an impact but the question is about duration. Maybe we will see the likes of Shell increase delivered business.вЂќ Rising costs has also tweaked a peculiarity in the Singapore market, where oil delivered to ships is cheaper than fuel oil sold from tanks. Delivered bunker prices are now about $8 per tonne higher than exwharf fuel oil, traders said. No immediate plans to enter Chinese market: BlackBerry Reuters Beijing B lackBerry Chief Executive John Chen sees Asia as key to reviving the loss-making smartphone makerвЂ™s fortunes but expanding in the regionвЂ™s biggest market China, where security data concerns are rife, is currently not a priority. Chen, who has been managing the companyвЂ™s turnaround for the past year, told Reuters that concerns over information security and the political backlash that security breaches could create dimmed the allure of the worldвЂ™s biggest smartphone market for BlackBerry for the time being. Instead, the company is keen on expanding in India and Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Chen said in an interview in Beijing this week during his п¬Ѓrst visit as CEO to mainland China, where he attended the Asia Paciп¬Ѓc Economic Cooperation forum. вЂњIt takes too long to ramp up to a size that is even reasonable (in China),вЂќ said Chen. вЂњEven if I have that time and money IвЂ™ll probably have better returns going into a different set of markets that we are already in, like India, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.вЂќ Questions about BlackBerryвЂ™s China strategy resurfaced last month after Chen told reporters that China was вЂњtoo big a market to ignoreвЂќ and that he was actively considering how to tackle a country in which BlackBerry maintains a skeleton staff. BlackBerry shares have BlackBerry chairman and CEO John Chen speaks at the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York City. Chen said the company is keen on expanding in India and Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. also п¬‚uctuated in recent weeks on rumours of a potential acquisition offer from Chinese hardware giant Lenovo Group. Chen, a Hong Kong native who made his name turning around soft- ware firm Sybase during the 2000s, said he had met with Chinese government officials, investors and telecom carriers in Beijing. He also said he held informal meetings with executives from Lenovo and smartphone mak- ers Xiaomi and HTC Corp. Chen said BlackBerry would be open to a partnership with an Asian counterpart that вЂњhas something serious to offer in business, not cash, because we have $3bn in cashвЂќ. The most difficult question for BlackBerry in China remains information security, which Chen has made the bedrock of BlackBerryвЂ™s brand. He said any expansion into China would likely require an agreement with Chinese authorities over how BlackBerry would respond to requests for user data, and BlackBerry would have to provide a level of security that both Chinese and Western authorities were вЂњcomfortableвЂќ with. вЂњI donвЂ™t want to get sucked into a geopolitical equation,вЂќ he said. In 2012, BlackBerry reportedly allowed the Indian government to read some encrypted communications but not messages from its corporate customers. The Indian authorities had said that, after the 2008 militant attacks in Mumbai, they needed access to private messages for law enforcement purposes. Chen said he understood the law enforcement argument, but did not want to jeopardise BlackBerryвЂ™s security reputation. He said he would not turn over information without a court order. вЂњThere has got to be a compromise,вЂќ he said. At the same time, Chinese stateowned enterprises, which comprise a large proportion of the Chinese corporate market that BlackBerry covets, may be sceptical about data security issues, he added. These security concerns, however, will not stop BlackBerry from exploring ways to enter вЂњa great marketвЂќ, Chen said. China may be вЂњsometimes sensitive because of securityвЂќ issues, he added. вЂњBut there are opportunities.вЂќ India inп¬‚ation hits 5-yr low, fans rate cut hopes AFP New Delhi I A farmer arranges onions in a tractor at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Umrana, Maharashtra. IndiaвЂ™s inflation rate has hit a new five-year low, official data showed yesterday. ndiaвЂ™s inп¬‚ation rate has hit a new п¬Ѓve-year low, official data showed yesterday, fanning speculation the central bank could п¬Ѓnally start cutting interest rates and spur stumbling economic growth. Inп¬‚ation as measured by the Wholesale Price Index or WPI, which contains IndiaвЂ™s biggest basket of goods, fell to 1.77% in October from a year earlier вЂ“ marking a second straight п¬Ѓve-year low вЂ“ as the fuel-import-reliant nation beneп¬Ѓted from falling global oil costs. The decline in IndiaвЂ™s annual wholesale inп¬‚ation rate, which stood at 2.38% in September, was helped by falls in prices of both oil and food, including onions вЂ“ a staple in Indian cooking. Wholesale price inп¬‚ation was riding at over 6% in May. Businesses have been clamouring for a cut in IndiaвЂ™s steep interest rates which they say have discouraged investment and consumer spending and mired the country in its longest period of sub-п¬Ѓve-per cent growth. The hawkish central bank has resisted such ap- peals, determined to break the back of inп¬‚ation, a chronic problem in India that causes misery for hundreds of millions of the countryвЂ™s deeply poor citizens. The latest wholesale price data came two days after official п¬Ѓgures showed consumer price inп¬‚ation had dropped to 5.52% last month, below the central bankвЂ™s six-percent goal for January 2016, and down sharply from double-digits last year. With inп¬‚ation falling faster than expected, some economists say the central bank could cut rates as early as the next monetary policy meeting set for December 2. вЂњAn early start to the Reserve Bank of IndiaвЂ™s policy loosening cycle still looks on the cards, possibly as soon as next month,вЂќ said Capital Economics analyst Shilan Shah in a research note ahead of the latest data. But many economists still worry that when the low year-ago base effect drops out of the price data, inп¬‚ation will again start rising. вЂњWe still expect the Reserve Bank of India to remain on hold as risks remain to the 6% inп¬‚ation target for January 2016,вЂќ said Goldman Sachs economist Tushar Poddar. Hong Kong Q3 growth faster than expected Reuters Hong Kong H ong KongвЂ™s economic growth in the third quarter was faster than expected on strong domestic spending and exports although the government warned the pickup was unlikely to sustain in the п¬Ѓnal quarter due to the effects of the pro-democracy protests. Business activity in the former British colony has been hit by street protests since late September, choking off the cityвЂ™s shopping and п¬Ѓnancial districts and affecting tourism. But recent global demand for tech goods has helped exports. The economy expanded a seasonally adjusted 1.7% in the third quarter, the government said yesterday after contracting unexpectedly in the second quarter. Annual growth was 2.7%, compared with a 1.8% expansion in the previous three months as private consumption grew at its fastest pace since the п¬Ѓrst quarter of 2013, beneп¬Ѓting from the launch of AppleвЂ™s iPhone 6. вЂњLooking ahead, the rather encouraging developments in the third quarter may not be able to extend into the fourth quarter, in light of disruptions to economic activities due to the вЂњOccupy MovementвЂќ since late September,вЂќ the government said in a statement. The impact of prodemocracy protests on the city may only be seen in the fourth quarter, but economists say there is anecdotal evidence it has dragged on economic activity. вЂњThe lack of hard data makes it difficult to assess the impact of the demonstrations, but with surveys suggesting sales in some sectors such as jewellery and fashion items were down by as much as 50% year-on-year in early October, GDP growth is likely to drop back sharply in the current quarter,вЂќ said Gareth Leather, an economist at Capital Economics in London. The median projection of п¬Ѓve economists for third quarter growth was for an expansion of 1.8%. Three economists with quarterly forecasts estimated GDP would expand 0.4% from the June quarter, when it contracted by 0.1%. Underpinning third quarter growth were exports, which rose by their fastest pace since the fourth quarter of 2013. The services sector also gained from a pick-up in visitors while consumption strengthened after two quarters of stagnation. The government revised its 2014 GDP estimate to 2.2% after cutting it to 2 to 3% from 3 to 4% at the start of the year. The economy expanded 2.9% in 2013. Warner Music in п¬Ѓrst big label music deal in China AFP Beijing W arner Music announced a partnership on Thursday with Chinese Internet company Tencent that will include streaming, in the п¬Ѓrst such deal for a major global record label in the huge market. The Warner Music Group, whose roster of artists ranges from Prince to Coldplay, said the deal would let it distribute to TencentвЂ™s platforms across China including QQ Music, a start-up streaming service similar to Spotify. The deal is the п¬Ѓrst for one of the three global label conglomerates in China, where international companies have long complained that rampant piracy has slashed revenues for creators of everything from music to software. вЂњBy providing wider access to highquality, licensed music on authorised services, the deal will create greater choice for consumers, greater value for artists and a more sustainable business for music companies and service providers,вЂќ a joint statement said. The agreement, however, will exclude applications on mobile telephones. Warner said that it hoped to reach its own partnerships. The deal is the latest expansion into Asia for the Warner Music Group, which earlier this year bought Hong Kong-based Gold Typhoon, which both signs local artists and runs the China operations for international stars including Japanese girls group sensation AKB48. For Tencent, the agreement would allow the company to expand more п¬Ѓrmly into music. Its core businesses are online games as well as messaging applications such as WeChat, which had 468mn active users at the end of the last quarter, according to company п¬Ѓgures. Stu Bergen, international president for Warner Recorded Music, said that the company had put a priority on expansion into China, which has the worldвЂ™s largest population and where musical tastes are quickly evolving. вЂњProviding music fans with access to high-quality music, and the right mix of regional and global artists, will be integral to the growth of the digital music sector in China,вЂќ Bergen said in a statement. ChinaвЂ™s economy has soared into the worldвЂ™s second largest in the past two decades. But the global music industry, which is desperate to boost п¬‚agging revenues in the developed world, has seen relatively little money from China. Music sales were just $82.6mn last year in China, a fraction of the $4.47bn in the US, while the second largest market, Japan, witnessed steep decline, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Consumer habits when buying music are far more subjective to national cultures than, for example, buying toasters. But the industry points to piracy as a major impediment in China The relationship between China and the three label conglomerates вЂ“ Warner, Sony and Universal вЂ“ began to change in 2011 when they together signed a deal with the countryвЂ™s largest search engine Baidu to start licensing of songsвЂ™ MP3 п¬Ѓles. Max Hole, chairman of the Universal Music Group International, recently said that China was leapfrogging the record stole model that dates back decades in Western nations and Japan. вЂњThe traditional model of purchasing musical product, be it physical or digital, has never really existed in China on any major scale,вЂќ Hole told a conference earlier this year in Singapore. вЂњThe market is moving straight to one where itвЂ™s all about securing access to tracks. We are in the middle of an extraordinary transition,вЂќ he said. International streaming companies, which have posted rapid growth, are yet to appear in China. Taiwan-based KKBOX started a streaming service before Spotify and focuses on Asian pop music, but has not entered the mainland. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 5 BUSINESS DJIA WORLD INDICES Company Name Microsoft Corp Exxon Mobil Corp Johnson & Johnson Wal-Mart Stores Inc General Electric Co Procter & Gamble Co/The Jpmorgan Chase & Co Chevron Corp Verizon Communications Inc Pfizer Inc Coca-Cola Co/The At&T Inc Merck & Co. Inc. Intel Corp Intl Business Machines Corp Visa Inc-Class A Shares Walt Disney Co/The Home Depot Inc Cisco Systems Inc 3M Co United Technologies Corp American Express Co McdonaldвЂ™s Corp Unitedhealth Group Inc Boeing Co/The Goldman Sachs Group Inc Nike Inc -Cl B Du Pont (E.I.) De Nemours Caterpillar Inc Travelers Cos Inc/The Lt Price 49.86 94.84 108.50 82.46 26.47 88.62 60.51 115.65 51.30 30.32 42.67 35.75 58.88 33.81 163.69 249.90 90.83 98.51 26.06 158.58 107.91 90.76 96.29 95.62 129.59 189.76 95.33 70.97 101.16 103.06 % Chg 0.49 0.19 -0.52 -0.58 0.19 0.02 0.47 -0.69 0.20 -0.35 -0.29 0.39 -1.12 0.39 0.55 -0.41 0.37 -0.50 1.48 0.15 -0.21 -0.34 0.85 -0.29 0.82 -0.25 -0.82 0.60 0.05 -0.16 11,065,924 2,503,722 1,326,372 4,479,186 5,698,217 2,273,866 2,129,119 1,773,531 5,222,079 8,025,254 3,916,494 8,370,436 2,146,693 6,946,314 1,159,813 663,514 1,321,824 1,521,966 14,008,151 446,263 725,154 666,832 3,654,572 842,730 2,018,763 416,165 1,128,823 1,055,671 736,456 346,836 FTSE 100 Company Name Wpp Plc Wolseley Plc Wm Morrison Supermarkets Whitbread Plc Weir Group Plc/The Vodafone Group Plc United Utilities Group Plc Unilever Plc Tullow Oil Plc Tui Travel Plc Travis Perkins Plc Tesco Plc Standard Life Plc Standard Chartered Plc St JamesвЂ™s Place Plc Sse Plc Sports Direct International Smiths Group Plc Smith & Nephew Plc Shire Plc Severn Trent Plc Schroders Plc Sainsbury (J) Plc Sage Group Plc/The Sabmiller Plc Rsa Insurance Group Plc Royal Mail Plc Royal Dutch Shell Plc-B Shs Royal Dutch Shell Plc-A Shs Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc Rio Tinto Plc Reed Elsevier Plc Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc Randgold Resources Ltd Prudential Plc Petrofac Ltd Persimmon Plc Pearson Plc Old Mutual Plc Next Plc National Grid Plc Mondi Plc Meggitt Plc Marks & Spencer Group Plc London Stock Exchange Group Lloyds Banking Group Plc Legal & General Group Plc Land Securities Group Plc Kingfisher Plc Johnson Matthey Plc Itv Plc Intu Properties Plc Intl Consolidated Airline-Di Intertek Group Plc Intercontinental Hotels Grou Imperial Tobacco Group Plc Imi Plc Hsbc Holdings Plc Hargreaves Lansdown Plc Hammerson Plc Glencore Plc Glaxosmithkline Plc Gkn Plc G4s Plc Friends Life Group Ltd Fresnillo Plc Experian Plc Easyjet Plc Dixons Carphone Plc Direct Line Insurance Group Diageo Plc Crh Plc Compass Group Plc Coca-Cola Hbc Ag-Cdi Centrica Plc Carnival Plc Capita Plc Burberry Group Plc Bunzl Plc Bt Group Plc British Sky Broadcasting Gro British Land Co Plc British American Tobacco Plc Bp Plc Bhp Billiton Plc Bg Group Plc Barclays Plc Bae Systems Plc Babcock Intl Group Plc Aviva Plc Astrazeneca Plc Associated British Foods Plc Ashtead Group Plc Arm Holdings Plc Antofagasta Plc Anglo American Plc Aggreko Plc Admiral Group Plc Aberdeen Asset Mgmt Plc 3I Group Plc #N/A Invalid Security Lt Price 1,274.00 3,456.00 179.70 4,455.00 2,130.00 224.65 871.50 2,598.00 463.60 415.30 1,724.00 195.00 408.70 956.50 735.50 1,554.00 629.50 1,235.00 1,058.00 4,318.00 1,985.00 2,594.00 267.40 390.10 3,496.50 454.80 466.60 2,294.50 2,198.00 376.20 848.00 3,043.50 1,054.00 5,320.00 4,245.00 1,461.50 1,150.00 1,481.00 1,212.00 198.30 6,530.00 937.00 1,069.00 479.90 468.40 2,051.00 76.95 243.40 1,156.00 296.70 3,141.00 204.80 342.10 425.30 2,660.00 2,562.00 2,849.00 1,251.00 642.30 987.00 612.50 328.25 1,459.50 321.60 271.40 327.30 722.50 989.00 1,547.00 409.80 280.00 1,883.50 1,352.00 1,042.00 1,375.00 298.00 2,609.00 1,065.00 1,556.00 1,729.00 372.90 845.00 734.00 3,658.00 430.90 1,658.00 1,046.00 231.55 459.60 1,103.00 528.00 4,651.50 3,050.00 1,066.00 868.50 717.50 1,355.50 1,594.00 1,199.00 441.00 412.30 0.00 % Chg 0.08 0.03 1.64 0.61 -1.16 -0.47 -0.57 0.12 -0.09 0.70 0.00 2.01 1.77 -0.51 -0.41 -0.32 -0.08 0.73 -0.84 0.65 -0.20 0.93 0.87 0.41 -1.65 -0.35 -0.43 0.95 1.01 0.64 0.24 -0.03 1.25 -0.65 1.36 0.93 2.40 -0.13 0.92 0.92 1.08 -0.48 0.09 0.02 -0.87 -0.10 0.37 0.37 0.09 1.68 0.45 -0.15 0.59 1.26 -2.85 0.55 -0.94 0.97 0.69 0.10 0.08 -0.21 0.38 1.04 -0.44 -0.06 -0.48 -0.45 0.45 -0.89 -0.11 -0.19 -1.17 0.10 -0.07 -0.86 0.12 0.95 1.57 0.00 1.08 -0.65 0.41 -0.37 0.22 -0.30 1.70 1.18 -0.13 0.55 0.19 -1.70 0.16 0.00 -0.52 0.00 -0.40 3.37 -0.25 2.01 0.63 0.00 Volume 2,687,626 531,648 7,239,294 285,485 1,000,632 75,034,551 1,115,261 1,415,304 4,741,722 1,852,199 374,436 32,263,638 5,942,038 4,883,691 1,111,192 1,392,925 851,956 711,636 1,582,297 1,043,521 210,146 179,657 12,497,314 1,255,725 1,656,302 2,250,638 1,002,339 1,632,083 1,939,836 4,914,313 2,666,628 2,206,990 2,682,420 501,192 629,959 1,442,973 1,323,722 519,314 1,199,992 5,835,523 261,955 3,560,759 589,898 1,984,600 5,862,180 386,243 55,316,813 6,106,145 1,322,691 9,622,524 205,926 5,865,690 1,170,610 4,956,923 394,327 225,701 1,011,171 732,165 16,009,349 768,002 819,674 16,031,849 5,431,453 2,537,291 2,449,682 1,198,949 1,490,432 2,083,986 926,803 1,761,368 3,341,303 1,689,609 1,061,641 1,463,611 144,037 6,438,090 616,591 956,118 1,125,438 265,637 11,126,029 2,295,129 2,676,386 1,317,627 18,987,162 5,047,703 3,965,468 16,764,202 3,784,147 737,010 1,997,192 2,718,218 733,459 1,012,548 1,882,012 901,614 2,763,079 1,266,046 488,691 2,538,097 1,318,370 - TOKYO Company Name Inpex Corp Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd Sekisui House Ltd Kirin Holdings Co Ltd Japan Tobacco Inc Seven & I Holdings Co Ltd Toray Industries Inc Asahi Kasei Corp Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Kao Corp Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd Astellas Pharma Inc Eisai Co Ltd Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd Fujifilm Holdings Corp Shiseido Co Ltd Jx Holdings Inc Lt Price 1,366.50 2,296.50 1,578.00 1,467.00 3,918.00 4,550.00 808.60 988.10 412.00 7,725.00 577.50 4,502.00 4,967.50 1,810.00 4,411.00 1,739.50 4,069.50 1,772.50 449.50 % Chg 1.37 3.52 6.19 0.38 -0.42 0.13 1.14 1.26 0.98 1.23 1.16 -0.45 0.76 1.29 -0.35 0.43 1.24 -0.48 -2.13 Indices Volume Volume 7,251,000 4,457,700 15,182,700 4,512,100 6,292,500 3,746,600 12,387,000 12,081,000 12,097,000 2,149,600 7,719,600 2,704,100 4,464,900 14,268,900 2,537,100 3,557,700 7,086,700 3,430,200 28,869,200 Lt Price Change Dow Jones Indus. Avg S&P 500 Index Nasdaq Composite Index S&P/Tsx Composite Index Mexico Bolsa Index Brazil Bovespa Stock Idx Ftse 100 Index Cac 40 Index Dax Index Ibex 35 Tr 17,651.99 2,039.66 4,685.40 14,760.20 43,381.85 51,272.92 6,647.21 4,203.78 9,248.46 10,137.60 -0.80 +0.33 +5.26 -18.57 -361.95 -573.11 +11.76 +15.83 -0.05 -2.80 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 17,490.83 1,400.41 24,087.38 5,433.82 1,109.63 28,046.66 8,389.90 3,315.67 23,189.66 5,049.49 +98.04 +10.90 +67.44 +10.36 +4.23 +106.02 +32.05 +10.74 -93.36 +0.82 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 Fujitsu Ltd Panasonic Corp Sharp Corp Sony Corp Tdk Corp Keyence Corp Denso Corp Fanuc Corp Rohm Co Ltd Kyocera Corp Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd Nitto Denko Corp Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nissan Motor Co Ltd Toyota Motor Corp Honda Motor Co Ltd Suzuki Motor Corp Nikon Corp Hoya Corp Canon Inc Ricoh Co Ltd Dai Nippon Printing Co Ltd Nintendo Co Ltd Itochu Corp Marubeni Corp Mitsui & Co Ltd Tokyo Electron Ltd Sumitomo Corp Mitsubishi Corp Aeon Co Ltd Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Gro Resona Holdings Inc Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdin Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Gr Bank Of Yokohama Ltd/The Mizuho Financial Group Inc Orix Corp Daiwa Securities Group Inc Nomura Holdings Inc Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdin Ms&Ad Insurance Group Holdin Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Tokio Marine Holdings Inc T&D Holdings Inc Mitsui Fudosan Co Ltd Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd Sumitomo Realty & Developmen East Japan Railway Co West Japan Railway Co Central Japan Railway Co Ana Holdings Inc Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Kddi Corp Ntt Docomo Inc Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc Chubu Electric Power Co Inc Kansai Electric Power Co Inc Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc Tokyo Gas Co Ltd Secom Co Ltd Yamada Denki Co Ltd Fast Retailing Co Ltd Softbank Corp Lt Price 3,881.50 577.00 307.60 0.00 179.00 2,393.00 1,702.50 1,554.00 31,500.00 2,704.50 1,760.50 7,121.00 887.60 498.50 1,431.50 7,486.00 362.00 626.80 1,446.50 303.00 2,401.50 7,250.00 56,000.00 5,487.00 20,590.00 7,470.00 5,515.00 12,800.00 6,224.00 684.20 1,081.50 6,969.00 3,720.00 3,637.50 1,610.00 4,275.00 3,640.00 1,231.50 1,058.00 12,875.00 1,369.50 731.20 1,638.50 7,723.00 1,257.50 2,318.50 1,231.50 645.10 648.00 479.90 4,444.50 661.90 205.00 1,638.00 964.40 725.60 3,010.50 2,565.50 1,755.00 3,741.00 1,447.50 3,640.00 2,861.00 4,605.50 8,947.00 5,788.00 17,945.00 271.80 6,584.00 7,584.00 1,866.50 442.00 1,440.00 1,234.00 1,492.00 1,290.00 653.30 7,163.00 405.00 44,205.00 8,143.00 % Chg 1.38 0.17 1.08 0.00 0.56 0.65 1.58 1.14 0.00 0.09 0.06 -0.10 1.41 1.16 0.25 1.64 -1.63 -0.29 0.70 1.00 2.19 3.57 0.96 1.46 0.19 3.46 1.51 1.51 0.71 -0.55 0.89 0.56 2.59 0.40 1.45 3.12 1.11 0.98 -1.12 2.79 -1.37 0.05 -0.52 -2.55 1.66 0.80 3.18 0.30 0.62 1.24 -1.81 0.18 0.44 0.46 0.74 0.04 1.52 1.22 0.49 1.56 0.38 2.19 2.78 2.69 0.89 0.21 2.02 2.22 0.41 -0.65 0.59 0.68 2.38 3.48 3.04 2.54 -0.26 0.15 2.02 -0.18 -0.35 Volume 4,851,300 8,473,000 50,707,000 22,611,000 4,400,600 5,955,000 5,063,300 209,300 7,221,300 4,886,000 2,557,700 22,583,000 19,592,000 7,243,000 1,519,900 27,059,000 24,963,000 13,709,300 23,767,000 10,788,700 3,034,700 195,200 2,884,200 2,038,400 988,700 3,795,600 994,600 2,077,800 23,362,000 13,816,600 13,655,100 12,321,700 2,785,000 5,052,400 2,544,300 8,062,600 5,384,900 4,019,000 945,200 12,563,500 10,359,800 13,852,400 2,089,300 8,109,200 7,621,200 12,595,000 61,657,800 15,767,700 27,027,000 14,157,500 9,344,000 131,959,100 8,427,100 16,491,000 42,235,200 2,032,000 2,384,600 5,821,200 4,057,200 2,942,700 9,561,000 10,595,000 6,906,000 1,455,700 1,197,600 704,000 28,918,000 3,455,200 5,121,300 7,074,400 35,392,800 3,448,000 5,664,200 2,291,000 3,361,900 10,841,000 1,813,200 13,783,700 1,788,500 14,742,000 SENSEX Company Name Zee Entertainment Enterprise Wipro Ltd Ultratech Cement Ltd Tech Mahindra Ltd Tata Steel Ltd Tata Power Co Ltd Tata Motors Ltd Tata Consultancy Svcs Ltd Sun Pharmaceutical Indus State Bank Of India Sesa Sterlite Ltd Reliance Industries Ltd Punjab National Bank Power Grid Corp Of India Ltd Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd Ntpc Ltd Nmdc Ltd Maruti Suzuki India Ltd Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd Lupin Ltd Larsen & Toubro Ltd Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd Jindal Steel & Power Ltd Itc Ltd Infosys Ltd Indusind Bank Ltd Idfc Ltd Icici Bank Ltd Housing Development Finance Hindustan Unilever Ltd Hindalco Industries Ltd Hero Motocorp Ltd Hdfc Bank Limited Hcl Technologies Ltd Grasim Industries Ltd Gail India Ltd Dr. ReddyвЂ™s Laboratories Dlf Ltd Coal India Ltd Cipla Ltd Cairn India Ltd Bharti Airtel Ltd Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd Bharat Heavy Electricals Bank Of Baroda Bajaj Auto Ltd Axis Bank Ltd Asian Paints Ltd Ambuja Cements Ltd Acc Ltd Lt Price 376.15 563.90 2,616.00 2,638.00 478.15 88.80 523.90 2,606.45 886.75 2,787.85 240.15 969.15 938.60 144.10 393.25 143.10 154.85 3,329.55 1,255.85 1,443.95 1,621.65 1,093.50 158.55 369.20 4,191.65 730.55 154.65 1,692.30 1,126.85 756.15 157.30 2,964.40 930.10 1,610.70 3,569.40 489.70 3,435.05 142.30 356.30 609.20 267.70 388.35 734.85 245.85 1,014.80 2,652.85 476.90 672.20 230.10 1,510.85 % Chg 0.86 0.91 1.51 -0.26 1.46 0.06 -0.54 0.70 -2.37 2.52 1.97 -0.01 0.44 -0.38 1.93 0.28 2.38 0.03 0.05 0.40 0.32 -1.64 4.10 0.23 0.31 1.14 0.45 -0.01 -0.19 -1.07 3.55 1.26 1.54 -1.76 -1.20 2.75 -0.96 2.12 2.65 -2.32 2.06 -0.65 0.60 -0.79 1.49 1.65 0.70 4.25 1.72 0.59 Volume 1,566,770 2,321,095 310,174 352,020 7,837,528 8,105,340 5,053,958 773,411 3,282,962 5,819,661 4,633,599 2,148,465 942,427 3,620,463 5,218,172 13,053,812 3,191,944 126,931 524,405 448,730 1,104,196 739,770 6,822,452 5,187,570 698,496 770,907 5,463,762 2,058,054 1,309,222 444,426 11,693,774 431,108 2,256,399 1,022,141 49,394 3,281,338 204,684 11,916,591 3,508,579 2,861,805 3,084,644 2,718,559 2,732,188 9,754,855 1,119,348 460,899 3,531,041 5,613,549 1,119,284 260,839 The euro spent most of the day down against the dollar, but by evening recovered to $1.2483 from $1.2476 in New York. Weak eurozone growth weighs on euro, stocks AFP London S luggish economic growth in eurozone heavyweights Germany and France weighed on the European single currency and the regionвЂ™s stock markets yesterday. Nevertheless equities ended in positive territory, with LondonвЂ™s benchmark FTSE 100 index rising 0.29% to end the day at 6,654.37 points. The Paris CAC 40 climbed 0.35% to 4,202.46 points, while in Frankfurt the DAX 30 added 0.05% to 9,252.94. Milan jumped 0.97% and Madrid edged up 0.07%. вЂњShares in Europe п¬‚uctuated in and out of gains and losses yesterday continuing the sideways trading seen since the beginning of the week,вЂќ said analyst Jasper Lawler at CMC Markets UK. Official data showed France and Germany narrowly avoided a new recession in the third quarter, while the broader 18-nation eurozone also faces anaemic growth with just a 0.2% expansion. Eurozone inп¬‚ation came in at a low 0.4% as expected. вЂњThe moderate growth and inп¬‚ation was cause for relief in European markets but narrowly avoiding recession is hardly a cause for exuberant buying,вЂќ said Lawler. Analyst Mike McCudden, at online broker Interactive Investor, said вЂњthe euro will no doubt remain under pressure as investors anticipate fresh stimulus intended to drag the region out of the mire.вЂќ The shared single currency spent most of the day down against the dollar, but by evening had recovered to $1.2483 from $1.2476 late in New York on Thursday. But without a fresh signal from the European Central Bank equities are unlikely to get an immediate strong push upwards. вЂњAny positive market impact will be limited and temporary,вЂќ Daiwa Capital Markets economist Chris Scicluna told AFP. The euro remains weighed down from expectations that the European Central Bank could expand its asset 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 purchasing programme in 2015, dealers said. Across the Atlantic, Wall Street was п¬‚at in midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.08% to 17,639.01 points after having eked out a new record on Thursday. The broad-market S&P 500 slid 0.03% to 2,038.82, while the techrich Nasdaq Composite rose 0.02% to 4,681.06. Meanwhile, in company news yesterday, European aerospace giant Airbus said quarterly net profits nearly halved, as it ran into headwinds from adverse foreign exchange moves. Airbus shares rose 1.6% to в‚¬48.46 as investors cheered a big improvement in the groupвЂ™s cash п¬‚ow. In London foreign exchange deals, the British pound retreated to $1.5654, down from $1.5708 on Thursday. The euro climbed to 79.94 British pence from 79.43. On the London Bullion Market, the price of gold rose to $1,169 an ounce from $1,161.75 late on Thursday. 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The Dutch authorities allowed Starbucks Manufacturing to transfer proп¬Ѓts through royalty payments to a unit outside the country that вЂњcould be overestimated,вЂќ the EU said in the letter dated June 11. The regulatorвЂ™s п¬Ѓndings are preliminary. The EU is targeting tax deals throughout the 28-nation bloc that may have given companies unfair advantages over competitors. AppleвЂ™s Irish taxes are under scrutiny alongside accords for Amazon.com. and Fiat Finance & Trade in Luxembourg. вЂњI donвЂ™t think itвЂ™s in anyoneвЂ™s interest that multinationals skip paying taxes anywhere by moving around proп¬Ѓts and costs,вЂќ Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters in Brussels yesterday. вЂњWe should develop international standards if we lack them.вЂќ The publication of the Starbucks letter comes a week after leaked documents revealed that more than Garfield Bound And Gagged Mall Cinema (1): Kill Dill (Hindi) 2.30 & 9.15pm; The Drop (2D) 5pm; Trash (2D) 7pm; The DevilвЂ™s Hand (2D) 11.30pm. Mall Cinema (2): The Tower (2D) 2.15pm; The DevilвЂ™s Hand (2D) 4.30pm; Hassalna Al Roab (Arabic) 6.15pm; Vellimoonga (Malayalam) 8.15pm; Interstellar (2D) 10.30pm. Mall Cinema (3): Dumb & Dumber To (2D) 2.30pm; Big Hero 6 (3D) 4.30pm; The DevilвЂ™s Hand (2D) 6.30pm; Al Zazeera 2 (Arabic) 8.30pm; Jessabelle (2D) 11.30pm. Cinema Land Mark (1): Kill Dill (Hindi) 2.30 & 9.15pm; Trash (2D) 5pm; Hassalna Al Roab (Arabic) 7.15pm; The DevilвЂ™s Hand (2D) 11.30pm. 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 4. Waste away, having won a cup (7) 8. Not a serious member of the orchestra? (6) 9. Hidden difficulty dangerous to miners (7) 10. Teased roughly for not being well synchronised (6) 11. Managed to back line, being hidebound (6) 12. Blasphemy awes strangely on telephone call (8) 18. They may nip out in pairs (8) 20. Monsieur backing attempt to get the French shrub (6) 21. No part for a regular customer (6) 22. By whom attacks are mounted (7) 23. Much attracted by one return half spoken about (4,2) 24. Unfriendly lie about one who entertains first (7) A view of the interior of a Starbucks outlet in Amsterdam. The Dutch authorities allowed Starbucks Manufacturing to transfer profits through royalty payments to a unit outside the country that вЂњcould be overestimated,вЂќ the EU said in the letter dated June 11. 340 companies such as Pepsico, Ikea Group and FedEx Corp transferred proп¬Ѓts to Luxembourg using complicated tax arrangements. The commission has said tax avoidance and evasion in the EU cost about в‚¬1tn ($1.25tn) a year. The report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has put pressure on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who was the Luxembourg prime minister when most of the controversial deals were approved. A spokesman for Seattle-based Starbucks said that the company complies with all tax laws and international guidelines. The company considers the commission вЂњwill п¬Ѓnd that there is no selective advantage.вЂќ The tax deal between the Netherlands and Starbucks Manufactur- ing was concluded in 2008 and was based on a previous agreement running back to 2001, the EU said. The royalties paid to StarbucksвЂ™s Alki arm in exchange for intellectual property rights needed for the production of coffee and its delivery вЂњп¬‚uctuates from year to year and is not in line with sales,вЂќ the EU said. Between 2010 and 2012 the royalty varied between в‚¬1mn and в‚¬12mn. This disconnect between the royalties and economic value of the intellectual property is вЂњan indicationвЂќ the method agreed on вЂњmight not be the most appropriate means to approximate armвЂ™s length pricing,вЂќ the commission said. The armвЂ™s length principle is meant to ensure that, for tax purposes, transactions between subsidiaries are based on prices an unrelated company would pay. Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (2): The Tower (2D) 2.15pm; The DevilвЂ™s Hand (2D) 4.30pm; Vellimoonga (Malayalam) 6.15pm; Al Jazeera 2 (Arabic) 8.30pm; Cinema Land Mark (2): Big Hero 6 Jessabelle (2D) 11.30pm. (3D) 2.30pm; Dumb & Dumber To (2D) Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (3): 4.30 & 9.30pm; Al Jazeera 2 (Arabic) Dumb & Dumber To (2D) 2.30 & 6.30pm; Jessabelle (2D) 11.30pm. 8.30pm; Big Hero 6 (2D) 4.30pm; Hassalna Al Roab (Arabic) 6.30pm; Cinema Land Mark (3): The Tower (2D) 2.15pm; Vellimoonga (Malayalam) Interstellar (2D) 10.30pm. 4.30pm; The Drop (2D) 6.45pm; The Global Cinemas, West End Park (1): Varsham (Malayalam) 2.30, 5.30, 8.30 DevilвЂ™s Hand (2D) 8.45pm; Interstellar (2D) 10.30pm. & 11.30pm. Royal Plaza Cinema Palace (1): Kill Global Cinemas, West End Park (2): Dill (Hindi) 2.30 & 9.15pm; The Drop (2D) Rajadhi Raja (Malayalam) 2.45pm; 5pm; Trash (2D) 7pm; The DevilвЂ™s Hand Kaththi (Tamil) 5.45 & 11.45pm; Money (2D) 11.30pm. Ratnam (Malayalam) 8.45pm. Quick Clues DOWN 1. Keep down work on printing machine (7) 2. City of granite (7) 3. Even out again when up to superficial coating (6) 5. Altering shape (8) 6. Do up about ten on behalf of university (6) 7. Wait: donвЂ™t ring off! (4,2) 13. 5 component (8) 14. In a furious hurry to get from 2 (7) 15. Idiotic number like one above (7) 16. Source of power many do want to change (6) 17. Finally producing map book at a loss (2,4) 19. Beer picked up by Edward in high spirits (6) ACROSS 4. Frightful (7) 8. Whisper (6) 9. Harmful (7) 10. Prescription (6) 11. Breathe in (6) 12. Revolt (8) 18. Interpret (8) 20. Prefer (6) 21. Clippers (6) 22. Coming (7) 23. Boarder (6) 24. Arrogant manner (7) DOWN 1. Erotic (7) 2. Obtain (7) 3. Uproar (6) 5. Lawless person (8) 6. Snub (6) 7. Noisily (6) 13. Grow (8) 14. Indict (7) 15. Pudding (7) 16. Strait (6) 17. Emotional (6) 19. Educate (6) WeeklyвЂ™s Solutions QUICK Across: 1 Complacency; 9 Use; 10 Eloquence; 11 Shape; 13 Scatter; 14 Accost; 16 Remiss; 18 Tenuous; 19 Put on; 20 Agitation; 21 See; 22 Independent. Down: 2 One; 3 Piece; 4 Arouse; 5 Educate; 6 Constrict; 7 Substantial; 8 Represented; 12 Ascension; 15 Storage; 17 Aspire; 19 Pined; 21 Sin. CRYPTIC Across: 1 First violin; 9 Awl; 10 Portfolio; 11 Incur; 13 Glisten; 14 Gaffer; 16 Repair; 18 Retorts; 19 Steer; 20 Carthorse; 21 Ada; 22 Hand grenade. Down: 2 Ill; 3 Super; 4 Virago; 5 Offside; 6 Ill at ease; 7 Saving grace; 8 Country road; 12 Cafeteria; 15 Earthed; 17 Usurer; 19 Stein; 21 And. 8 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 BUSINESS Porsche capping 911 styles shows limits to choice abundance Bloomberg Munich S hopping for a car isnвЂ™t easy, even for Porsche 911 buyers. The cornerstone of the brandвЂ™s lineup comes in 22 variants вЂ” more than its paint options вЂ” and Porsche isnвЂ™t alone in offering a plethora of choice. Some BMW crossovers and Audi coupes differ by inches, as auto makers invent new niches and mix existing body styles at an unprecedented pace. German car makers alone have expanded their lineups by about 25% in the past three years and now offer more than 200 models. That growth may start п¬‚attening out by 2018, though, as an ever-wider array of choices becomes more of a handicap than an advantage for both customers and manufacturers, according to consulting company PwC. Producers are under pressure to shift resources to develop new technology, like self-driving cars, while consumers sometimes struggle with all the options. вЂњIвЂ™m looking for a safe, compact car thatвЂ™ll work well for my family since we have a toddler,вЂќ said Olga Froestl, a 31- year-old Munich resident. вЂњThe amount of choice is confusing, and IвЂ™d prefer to have less complexity.вЂќ Froestl needed a spreadsheet to compare price, navigation systems and safety features as she tried to п¬Ѓgure out how to spend a в‚¬500 ($621) monthly lease allowance from her employer, a social media company. BMW is aware of the risk of overlapping offerings and may need to rethink some of its cars as trends change, Ian Robertson, the companyвЂ™s A Porsche 911 convertible. The cornerstone of the brandвЂ™s lineup comes in 22 variants вЂ” more than its paint options. head of sales, said in an interview at its Munich headquarters. Already, space constraints are forcing dealerships to turn to virtual presentations to show the breadth of offerings. вЂњThe retail environment is probably at the most signiп¬Ѓcant crossroads in the last 100 years,вЂќ Robertson said. вЂњIвЂ™m sure there will be points in the future where we look at certain cars and say, вЂ�Maybe we need to think differently now.вЂ™вЂќ PwC predicted the number of models made by German car companies would level off after peaking at about 230 in 2018. The growing choice puts strains on auto manufacturers to cut production costs and better differentiate their offerings to consumers, even as they integrate in-car Internet service and other technology, said Felix Kuhnert, head of PwCвЂ™s automotive industry division for Europe. вЂњWe expect this strategy of segmentation to continue for the next п¬Ѓve to 10 years,вЂќ Kuhnert said. вЂњThe car industry is facing some exciting tasks.вЂќ Luxury-car models started multiplying in the вЂ™90s, according to Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. At the time, VolkswagenвЂ™s Audi offered about 10 different variants. Now, the worldвЂ™s second-biggest luxury-car maker sells about 50, including the lookalike four-door A5 and A7 coupes. In the crossover segment, only 4.8 inches in length and about $1,100 separate BMWвЂ™s X6 and a 5-Series Gran Turismo. The effort is often wasted. The expense of stocking so many cars means most customers donвЂ™t get to see all the choices, said Detlef Kuhlmey, sales manager at Autohaus Kramm in Berlin, which sells vehicles from General MotorsвЂ™ Opel. Across town, Audi Zentrum Adlershof relies on touch screens to show what wonвЂ™t п¬Ѓt in the dealership, said managing director Andre Reiser. вЂњCar makers look for something special to present,вЂќ Kuhlmey said. вЂњTo most customers it doesnвЂ™t really matter.вЂќ While the strategy has helped boost market share, it also adds a demanding level of complexity. As model offerings fan out, marketing budgets need to stretch to cover more ground, and dealers sometimes struggle to explain the differences. ItвЂ™s reaching a saturation point. вЂњEvery single variant increases development and logistics expenditure,вЂќ Achim Schneider, a spokesman for Stuttgart-based Porsche, said in an e-mail. вЂњOperationally this only makes sense if thereвЂ™s production of a certain number of units over the life of a model.вЂќ As a result, the company is capping the number of variants of the 911 for now. Next yearвЂ™s model will also have 22, which includes the 20 displayed on its website as well as convertible and hard-top GTS variants. PSA Peugeot Citroen is being more aggressive as it seeks to return to proп¬Ѓt. EuropeвЂ™s secondbiggest car maker said it plans to shrink its lineup to 26 from 45 vehicles by 2022. The shakeup is supposed to boost the Paris-based companyвЂ™s margins by focusing on the most proп¬Ѓtable segments. Others arenвЂ™t slowing down. After more than doubling its range of compacts, DaimlerвЂ™s Mercedes-Benz is revamping its naming policy, including rechristening the M-Class SUV as the GLE, to make space for even more models. The worldвЂ™s third- largest luxury-car brand plans 11 all-new models by 2020. GMвЂ™s Opel is investing $4bn through 2016 to develop 23 new vehicles in a bid to end losses. The entry-level Karl subcompact, which is due out next year, doesnвЂ™t have a direct predecessor, like the recently introduced Adam city car and the Mokka compact SUV. The lineup expansion meant investment in its production facilities and in training to teach workers how to build a wide variety of vehicles, the company said in an e-mail. Opel is also extending partnerships in low-volume segments like family vans to control costs as it expands. вЂњAll these options reduce the likelihood that people will choose any, and reduce satisfaction when people do choose,вЂќ Barry Schwartz, the Swarthmore College social theory professor who wrote вЂњThe Paradox of Choice,вЂќ said in an e-mail. Lots of choices are helpful when people know what theyвЂ™re looking for, but вЂњin general, people donвЂ™t know exactly what they want.вЂќ Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 9 BUSINESS Soros to raise FCC stake with Koplowitz rights in offer Bloomberg Madrid G eorge Soros will increase his stake in Spanish builder Fomento de Construcciones & Contratas through a purchase of controlling shareholder Esther KoplowitzвЂ™s subscription rights in a stock sale. The shares jumped. Soros Fund Management reached an agreement with KoplowitzвЂ™s investment vehicle B-1998 SL to enter into exclusive talks to buy the rights, FCC Chief Executive Officer Juan Bejar said on an earnings call today. Soros will spend about в‚¬650mn ($808mn) on the shares and rights in the capital increase and will hold about 25% of FCC once the process is completed, said a person with knowledge of the agreement, who asked not to be identiп¬Ѓed because the terms havenвЂ™t been published yet. Koplowitz will hold a similar-sized stake, the person said. FCC shareholders meet November 20 to approve a в‚¬1bn capital increase to partly reп¬Ѓnance a payment-in-kind loan that was put in place as a stopgap measure this year as part of an almost в‚¬5bn restructuring. The company, which sold assets and cut jobs to counter more than two years of losses, gets most of its earnings from environmental services such as waste management after diversifying away from construction. FCC shares jumped as much as 10% and were trading 7.4% higher at в‚¬14.50 at 2:18 pm in Madrid. вЂњSoros playing a bigger role in FCC would have a positive impact,вЂќ said Daniel Gandoy, an equity analyst at JB Capital Markets, who has a вЂњneutralвЂќ recommendation on FCC. вЂњIt would facilitate the capital increase and can have a dragging effect for other investors to come forward to the deal.вЂќ The в‚¬1.35bn loan from 37 lenders accumulates interest of 11 percentage points more than the euro interbank offered rate in the п¬Ѓrst year, increasing to a spread of 16 percentage points in the fourth year, according to a regulatory п¬Ѓling in April. As part of a deal to reп¬Ѓnance about 1bn euros of loans tied to her holding, Koplowitz agreed last month to cut her 50% stake in Barcelona-based FCC to as low as 25%, according to two people with knowledge of the matter at the time. Soros representatives will join the board of FCC with a commitment to hold the stake for at least four years, said the person with knowledge of the agreement. Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Soros in New York, declined to comment. вЂњSoros having a seat on the board is going to be seen as a positive sign by investors due to his reputation and track record and he would look to maximise his investment, so his interests should be completely aligned with those of the rest of shareholders,вЂќ Gandoy said. Swiss currency automation move may reshape trading Bloomberg London S witzerlandвЂ™s decision to mandate automated trading of currency is an unprecedented push by a regulator to limit the scope for market manipulation and may accelerate a trend already reshaping the industry. SwitzerlandвЂ™s Financial Market Supervisory Authority, or Finma, directed UBS to use electronic platforms to perform at least 95% of its foreign exchange trades after п¬Ѓnding that employees conspired to rig currency benchmarks. The action will probably prompt some banks and regulators to do the same to avoid any appearance of being lax on п¬Ѓnancial crime, said Charles Geisst, a professor of п¬Ѓnance at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. вЂњIf theyвЂ™re successful, if it can be executed well, the others will have to follow suit because UBS would simply say, вЂ�Well, come and do business with us because we donвЂ™t rig вЂ™em anymore,вЂ™вЂќ Geisst said, adding he couldnвЂ™t recall another case where a regulator has imposed a minimum automated trading share. Authorities and some FX clients have pressed banks to switch to computer-driven trading as a way to eliminate the potential for manipulation that prompted US, British and Swiss regulators to п¬Ѓne UBS and п¬Ѓve other global banks a combined $4.3bn this week. Algorithmic-driven trading already accounts for the majority of spot trades, the buying and selling of currency for immediate delivery, a trend that has cost a growing number of traders their jobs in recent years. Mark Branson, FinmaвЂ™s director, said that humans should conduct no more than 5% of currency trades to safeguard the market against misbehaviour. вЂњThe human factor played a huge role,вЂќ Branson told journalists. вЂњThe limitation of the human factor in this business will limit the potential for manipulation in the future.вЂќ Until now, the main incentive for pushing switching to electronic dealing has been cost and performance, not regulators. Computer-driven trad- The headquarters of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma) in Bern, Switzerland. The Finma has directed UBS to use electronic platforms to perform at least 95% of its foreign exchange trades after finding that employees conspired to rig currency benchmarks. ing became more appealing after the 2008 п¬Ѓnancial crisis, when foreign-exchange trading sputtered and volumes collapsed. Electronic trading offers a cheaper and faster alternative to the voice brokers who traditionally worked the $5.3tn-a-day market. вЂњBanks do want to put in electronic automation regardless of what regulators want to do because itвЂ™s cheaper,вЂќ said George Kuznetsov, head of research and analytics at Coalition, a London-based п¬Ѓnancial analysis п¬Ѓrm, who also said he knew of no precedent for the Swiss action. Electronic dealing accounted for 66% of all currency transactions in 2013 versus 20% in 2001, according to Aite Group, a Boston-based consulting п¬Ѓrm that reviewed Bank for International Settlements data. It predicts about 81% of spot trading вЂ“ the buying and selling of currency for immediate delivery вЂ“ will be electronic by 2018. More recently, automated trading in the spot foreign exchange market appears to have subsided, according to central bank FX activity cited by Aite. вЂњThis retreat is likely not permanent, but itвЂ™s not what we would have expected given the increased noise about FX п¬Ѓx scandals,вЂќ said Javier Paz, a senior analyst at Aite. He said customers appear to be relying on вЂњtrusted bank relationshipsвЂќ amid the benchmark-rigging scandal. The six banks that settled with regulators this week, which include HSBC Holdings, Royal Bank of Scotland, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America Corp, are all among the top 10 currency traders in the most recent ranking by Euromoney Institutional Investor. FinmaвЂ™s Branson said automation at UBS has increased вЂњsubstantiallyвЂќ in recent years, especially since the currency investigation began a year ago. UBS said it is already implementing remediation measures ordered by regulators and noted that it already uses computer platforms for about 90% of its currency trades. For Ann-Christina Lange, a professor at Copenhagen Business School, removing the human element from automated trading doesnвЂ™t necessarily limit market manipulation. She cited US cases of вЂњspooп¬Ѓng,вЂќ a practice banned under the 2010 Dodd- Frank п¬Ѓnancial reform. It uses computerbased applications to create the false impression of market demand by rapidly placing orders and then cancelling them. вЂњIt might be that the move towards more automatisation limits the kind of manipulation in this case,вЂќ she said. вЂњBut it might increase other types of market abuses that could not take place under human supervision.вЂќ In the bond market, London-based Liquidity Finance is trying to gain market share by pitching to clients the opportunity to trade both over the phone or using its electronic-trading system. While debt has traditionally been brokered through conversations or in e-mails, an increasing proportion is moving to computer platforms as the biggest and smallest п¬Ѓrms grow less willing to commit their own money to buying big blocks of debt from investors. The move toward automation calls for a range of new requirements deп¬Ѓning what proper business conduct means, she said. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans has called on US regulators to reevaluate whether markets have sufficient risk controls in place to oversee high-frequency trading. US regulators are unlikely to follow their Swiss counterparts because the prefer to proscribe particular activities rather than prescribe practices, according to Geisst. Regardless, the shift toward the use of technology in trading and banking will continue to transform the model, said Claudio Scardovi, who oversees the п¬Ѓnancial services practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa at AlixPartners. Making automation a requirement instead of an option, he said, вЂњreinforces the need for banks to embark on the digitisation across all services or else they will struggle to keep up with new competition.вЂќ NorwayвЂ™s oil fund targets вЂ�foreverвЂ™ horizon in real estate market Reuters Oslo T argeting an investment horizon of вЂ�foreverвЂ™, NorwayвЂ™s $860bn oil fund plans to enter the Asian real estate market next year and aims to broaden its asset range to include anything from new developments to refurbishments, it said. Stepping up its activity after a gradual start and aiming to invest around $8-$10bn a year, the fund will also do more property deals on its own as it struggles to п¬Ѓnd partners with deep enough pockets, Karsten Kallevig, its real estate chief, told Reuters. NorwayвЂ™s sovereign fund, the worldвЂ™s largest, has featured in a number of large real estate deals this year, buying BostonвЂ™s One Beacon Street tower with Metlife, ParisвЂ™s La Madeleine building and the Pollen Estate in LondonвЂ™s West End. The fund currently has around 1.3% of its assets in real estate but has a mandate to take the allocation up to 5%. It will stick to buying property in a limited number of big cities, including two it has yet to pick in Asia. Its real estate strategy has already yielded unexpectedly high returns, Kallevig said interview, although he did not believe returns would stay quite as high. вЂњWe have done very well and probably so well that itвЂ™s not really sustainable,вЂќ Kallevig said. вЂњThere is no reason we should have this high of a return on a portfolio of this type.вЂќ вЂњIf you do the math on an IRR (internal rate of return) basis, our return is approaching double digits.вЂќ In crowns, the real estate portfolio returned 8.95% in the п¬Ѓrst nine months of this year, beating the fundвЂ™s overall 7.35% return and the governmentвЂ™s 4% real return target. With interest rates holding near record lows and stocks reaching full valuation, the real estate market has boomed this year, with analysts pre- dicting that the US and German market recoveries still have some way to run while BritainвЂ™s is already closer to its top. The fund does not aim to beat market cycles but seeks long term growth. вЂњReal estate has always been cyclical so at some point there will be a downturn, unless x hundred years of history suddenly stops right now,вЂќ Kallevig said. NorwayвЂ™s fund has bought just over $10bn in properties in a handful of European and US cities since 2010 but has been buying rapidly this year and aims to invest about 1% of its assets in property each year for the next several years. A developed country with just 5mn people that produces around 1.5mn barrels of oil a day, Norway already has around 1% of global shares stashed in a sovereign wealth fund which the government expects to grow to $1.1tn this decade. Inп¬‚ows will end once oil runs out but that is still decades away, and even then the fund will con- tinue to operate like an endowment, with only the returns used by the budget and the rest reinvested. The fund has invested jointly with a wide range of investors like Prologis, п¬Ѓnancial п¬Ѓrm TIAACREF and MetLife but says its motivations, goals and resources are different than those of its partners. вЂњWeвЂ™ve started to do more buys ourselves... (and) weвЂ™ll do more deals ourselves,вЂќ Kallevig said. вЂњThe truth is that thereвЂ™s not a single partner that has the capacity to invest as much as we would like to in a given market.вЂќ Its focus cities for real estate have included Boston, New York, Washington, San Francisco, London, Paris, Munich and Berlin with Asia being the next step in its expansion. вЂњIn Asia we have done a lot of work and weвЂ™ll probably pick two cities to start with, hopefully in 2015,вЂќ Kallevig said. вЂњIn Asia there are more than two cities of interest but to do your job properly, you canвЂ™t start with more than two.вЂќ Airlines, transport firms seen as beneficiaries of oil fall Reuters London In a world where slumping oil prices and weak economic growth are triggering fears of a deflationary spiral, especially in Europe, investors are picking out firms that stand to benefit from that testing environment. Companies such as UK transport operator National Express, airlines Lufthansa and Air France-KLM and even some large consumer-goods groups like Nestle have all been singled out as beneficiaries of so-called вЂњgood deflationвЂќ, as fuel and other commodities get cheaper and perk up profits. Deflation is not a zero-sum game: a widespread trend of falling prices would cast a pall across all sectors and push consumers to delay spending. US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew this week warned that European policymakers needed to do more to avoid a Japanstyle вЂњlost decadeвЂќ of low growth. But for now, with consumer spending in relatively good shape and the prospect of an interest-rate hike in the US buoying recovery hopes, some believe вЂњgoodвЂќ deflation has the edge. вЂњThe consumer is in good shape, the oil price is expected to be a bit lower and the dollar is going to remain strong. There are stocks that will benefit,вЂќ said Chris White, head of UK equities at Premier Asset Management. National Express, which operates coach and bus routes everywhere from Coventry to Marrakesh, reported a 15% rise in profits before tax in the third quarter and stands to benefit from being able to cut the cost of fuel-price contracts, White said. National Express also has exposure to North America: it operates student buses in 32 states in the US and four Canadian provinces. The stock currently trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.20, versus rival Stagecoach GroupвЂ™s 13.49 multiple and 12.32 for FirstGroup. Oil is not the only commodity to fall this year, with the price of key soft commodities including wheat also down in the year to date. That is seen benefiting companies such as food producers Danone and Nestle, as lower production costs can help boost margins. Lower oil prices mean potentially hefty economic savings in Europe. Reuters research last month showed that the European Union could save up to $80bn in energy imports if oil prices remain low. So while a falling oil price is playing havoc with the currencies and economies of oil-exporting countries such as Russia or Nigeria, it also represents вЂњa tax cut for the rest of the worldвЂќ, said JPMorgan Cazenove strategist Emmanuel Cau. A basket of twelve stocks tipped by the bank to benefit strongly from a falling oil price, including airlines as well as car-makers BMW and Daimler, has rebounded in the last month as oil dropped through 80 US dollars per barrel. вЂњDeflation is a problem for central bankers and indebted governments, but for consumers it is not always the evil is it is made out to be,вЂќ said Andrew Parry, head of equities at Hermes Global Investors, who counts French carmaker Renault among his high-conviction holdings. Others said the low inflation backdrop would favour the telecom and healthcare sectors, since their typically strong dividend yields would beat the deflationary pressures hitting many saversвЂ™ returns. Tim Gregory, head of global equities at Psigma Investment Management, backed telecom stocks such as Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom and healthcare stocks such as AstraZeneca, Roche and Novartis. вЂњWe would favour sectors that have the capacity to demonstrate sustainable medium to long term growth and have good underlying cash-flows and pay good dividends,вЂќ he said. 10 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 BUSINESS NokiaвЂ™s raised target fails to convince investors Bloomberg Stockholm N okia OyjвЂ™s raised earnings target failed to convince investors seeking support for a stock that had gained about 25% in six months, underlining the challenge faced by Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri. Adjusted operating proп¬Ѓt at the wireless-network unit, which makes up about 90% of NokiaвЂ™s sales, is targeted at 8% to 11% of revenue long term, the Espoo, Finland-based company said today. Analysts on average predict 10.8% for 2015 and 10.6% for 2016, according to Nordea Bank AB. The stock fell the most in almost п¬Ѓve months. Suri, who took over in May after Nokia sold its money- losing mobile-phone unit to Microsoft Corp for about $7.5bn, is seeking to match investor expectations for proп¬Ѓt gains as demand from phone carriers rises. He started reviving earnings with job cuts in his previous role as head of the network unit and is focusing on more profitable contracts amid competition from Ericsson and Huawei Technologies Co. вЂњNokia is being too modest on their margin guidance,вЂќ said Hannu Rauhala, an analyst at Pohjola Bank in Helsinki. вЂњI was expecting 11 to 12% next year.вЂќ Nokia shares fell as much as 6.3%, the most since June 18, and lost 4.2% to в‚¬6.37 at 2:47 pm in Helsinki, giving the company a market value of в‚¬23.9bn ($29.7bn). The stock has more than doubled since the deal with Microsoft was announced in September last year. NokiaвЂ™s previous margin goal for the long term - a period it doesnвЂ™t deп¬Ѓne was 5% to 10%. The company had already projected that measure to be slightly above 11% for 2014. For next year, Nokia predicted the network divisionвЂ™s margin will meet the new target, signalling it may decline from this year. вЂњThe margin range in networks should be seen as a bit bearish by some as the upper end already is priced into the estimates,вЂќ Sami Sarkamies, an analyst at Nordea in Helsinki, said in a note to its clients. Revenue at the networks division will expand next year, Nokia forecast. The company also projected rising sales for its maps and patents divisions for 2015. Ericsson, the biggest maker of wireless networks, reported an operating margin of 6.7% for the latest quarter. \ The Stockholm-based company said yesterday it plans to cut 9bn kronor ($1.2bn) of costs with a program that includes headcount reductions, sending its stock up 3.2%. вЂњEricsson yesterday seemed to have more ambition when they talked about future opportunities and how they would reach them,вЂќ Rauhala said. Suri eliminated more than 25,000 jobs at the network unit to bring the business back from losses. Nokia said last month it won a $970mn order from China Mobile to provide fourth-generation phone-network equipment, software and services through 2015. Sales last quarter got a boost in North America, where Nokia beneп¬Ѓted from Sprint Corp building out a 4G network. The Finnish manufacturer is also counting on its two other businesses to drive sales and lift margins. Its digital-map unit provides data to Amazon.com, Microsoft, Yahoo! and four out of п¬Ѓve car-navigation systems. NokiaвЂ™s research and development division, which collects fees for licensing the companyвЂ™s patents, boosted operating proп¬Ѓt 17% to в‚¬98mn last quarter. The companyвЂ™s main opportunity to Baker Hughes in merger talks with Halliburton Reuters Houston/New York O The headquarters of Nokia in Espoo, Finland. NokiaвЂ™s raised earnings target failed to convince investors seeking support for a stock that had gained about 25% in six months. return to consumer products is through licensing its brand, Suri said yesterday at the companyвЂ™s investor meeting in London. Nokia, once the worldвЂ™s largest mobile-phone manufacturer, has also made products including televisions and computers in the past.вЂњWeвЂ™re not looking at direct consumer entry in handsets, per se,вЂќ Suri said. вЂњBrand licensing continues to be the operative word.вЂќ ilп¬Ѓeld services provider Baker Hughes said on Thursday it is in preliminary merger talks with its larger rival Halliburton Co, though any potential deal would likely face antitrust concerns. Two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Halliburton was looking to buy Baker Hughes, in what would be the second-largest energy deal of this year. Oil prices have slid by a third since June, eroding demand for drilling services and pummelling stock prices across the energy sector. That has prompted a п¬‚urry of chatter among executives and bankers about acquisition opportunities. A tie up between the No 2 and No 3 players in the services industry might allow them to better weather the downturn and resist pressure from oil producers to slash prices. Baker Hughes said in a statement it has вЂњengaged in preliminary discussions with Halliburton Company regarding a potential business combination transaction.вЂќ Halliburton declined to comment on the talks, which were п¬Ѓrst reported by Dow Jones and in The Wall Street Journal. A potential merger would create a drilling, logistics and well services giant worth $67bn, initially with 140,000 employees. But the merged entity would be only half the size of industry leader Schlumberger, which has a market capitalisation of $125bn. If a deal were struck, the companies could well have to sell assets to convince regulators they would not hurt competition, said Seth Bloom, a veteran of the US Department of JusticeвЂ™s antitrust division now in private practice. вЂњThe question with mergers like this is there are divestitures of submarkets that can solve the problem,вЂќ Bloom said. вЂњItвЂ™s clearly not a slam dunk to approval but itвЂ™s not automatic that you canвЂ™t get it through. You have to drill down to see what the markets are like.вЂќ The deal is also likely to draw the scrutiny of regulators in Europe, China, Brazil and Mexico, others experts said. Arguably, the antitrust concerns would be greatest outside the US, where there are relatively few services companies. There are at least seven major product lines where there is overlap between the two companies. The companies offer scores of services and technology, from drill bits, to cementing and casing work, to artificial lift systems that improve output from wells. An analyst who follows the company and did not want to be quoted said Halliburton could get the deal down with a mix of debt and equity and still maintain its investment rating. CORPORATE RESULTS Airbus nine-month profits rise but A400M woes resurface In Russia, sanctions have worsened the operating environment and pushed up risk cost expectations. The Russian operation will thus remain loss making for the rest of the year, OTP said. Foreign operations, which had produced a quarter of the bankвЂ™s profit a year ago, turned an overall net loss in the third quarter. OTP posted a 108bn-forint operating profit in the third-quarter, and 326bn forints so far this year, both figures down 5% from a year ago. OTPвЂ™s loan book shrank by 3% on an annual basis as mortgage loans and corporate loans dropped and Hungarian municipal loans were taken over by the government, while consumer loans grew. Applied Materials Airbus Group posted stronger-than-expected ninemonth earnings yesterday, muted by a resurgence of potentially costly delays for EuropeвЂ™s A400M troop carrier. EuropeвЂ™s largest aerospace group said nine-month operating earnings before one-off items rose 12% to в‚¬2.6bn ($3.2bn), sending its shares up more than 3% initially. Finance Director Harald Wilhelm said the civil aerospace industry continued to weather economic uncertainty as airlines order more efficient new jets, bringing in a slew of deposits that contributed to surprisingly strong cashflow. вЂњWe are not concerned about the market, as was very much talked about earlier this year,вЂќ he told Reuters Insider TV. вЂњThere is a very healthy booking situation and very healthy backlog.вЂќ Airbus reaffirmed forecasts for the year but introduced a caveat over the possible impact of new production and delivery delays on EuropeвЂ™s largest defence project, the A400M. It cost в‚¬20bn to develop the manouverable cargo and troop carrier for seven European NATO nations but delays and cost overruns led to a в‚¬3.5bn public bailout in 2010. The A400M has been deployed by French forces in Mali, but Airbus said there had been delays in adding advanced tactical features and refuelling on later aircraft, some of which will have to be retrofitted. вЂњGiven our past history on it, the objective remains to avoid any incremental charge, but we are on the way to assessing it. If you ask me whether I can exclude it, I cannot say that this is the case, so itвЂ™s work in progress,вЂќ he said. IC Group Sales at Danish fashion retailer IC Group, which has recently shed four brands to focus on premium clothing, rose only marginally as warm weather put shoppers off buying its autumn collection. Revenues grew 1% to 828mn Danish crowns ($139mn) while operating profit increased 2.3%, in the first quarter of its 2014/15 financial year which ended in October, IC Group said in a statement yesterday. вЂњIn the Nordic region, a relatively warm autumn had a negative impact on the sale of autumn collections in general,вЂќ it said, echoing comments from retailers in other parts of northern Europe. IC Group, the second largest fashion retailer in Denmark by market share behind privately owned Bestseller, stuck to a forecast of increasing operating profit in full-year 2014/2015. Revenues in its three premium brands, Malene Birger, Tiger of Sweden and Peak Performance, increased 7%. That compensated for a 17% revenue fall in the companyвЂ™s last remaining wholly-owned mid-segment brand, Saint Tropez. OTP Bank HungaryвЂ™s OTP Bank returned to profitability in the third quarter, posting a better-than-expected net profit of 34.1bn forints ($139mn) after a record loss in the previous quarter, the bank said on Friday. Analysts had expected a profit of 28.7bn forints in a poll by business news web site portfolio.hu. In the second quarter the bank had posted a 153bn forint loss as it provisioned heavily for governmentmandated refunds to borrowers on loans that courts had deemed unfair. That provisioning was not repeated, and the Hungarian subsidiary posted a healthy profit. However, the bank continued to struggle in Ukraine and Russia, once profitable markets where the two countriesвЂ™ conflict took its toll. The bank warned that provisions amid the ongoing Ukrainian conflict would potentially widen its losses to more than 50bn forints this year from 30bn seen earlier. вЂњIn short term, the Bank does not expect material turnaround in Ukraine; the consolidation process seems to be slow and the weak hryvnia will require constantly high provisioning,вЂќ OTP said a statement. Applied Materials posted higher fiscal fourth-quarter results but the top chip gear-makerвЂ™s outlook for the first quarter was shy of Wall StreetвЂ™s expectations and its stock fell. Chief Executive Gary Dickerson told analysts on a conference call he expects approval early next year for Applied MaterialsвЂ™ agreement to buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-stock deal worth more than $10bn. He said he expects strong demand for consumer gadgets like smartphones with improved battery life to fuel investments by chipmakers in advanced manufacturing equipment sold by Applied Materials. Applied Materials said it had a net profit for the quarter ended in October of $290mn, or 23 cents a share, compared with a net profit of $183mn, or 15 cents, in the same quarter last year. It posted fourth-quarter revenue of $2.26bn, up 14% from the year-ago period. For the current quarter, Applied Materials expects revenue to be flat to up 5% from the fourth quarter, the midpoint of which is about $2.32bn. Analysts expected fourth-quarter revenue of $2.26bn and first-quarter revenue of $2.38bn. FCC Spanish building and services company FCC booked a в‚¬788mn ($979mn) loss for the nine months to the end of September on Friday after taking a hit on assets including its UK waste disposal business. The company, which is planning a 1bn euro rights issue to pay down debt, has sold assets and laid off staff to focus on core activities and shrink a debt pile built up during SpainвЂ™s construction boom which turned to bust in 2008. FCC said the hit of в‚¬655mn it took at its UK business FCC Environment was related to the closure of rubbish dumps which were no longer profitable. It comes on top of a в‚¬1.7bn write-down in February on items including renewable energy assets. The heavily-indebted company reported ninemonth earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) up 20% to в‚¬587mn, just short of a Reuters polled forecast. Net debt stood at в‚¬6.4bn. ABN Amro In the third quarter, ABN AmroвЂ™s underlying net profit rose 56% year-on-year to в‚¬450mn, helped by a rising housing market and improvements in bad loans. Chief Executive Gerrit Zalm had said it will take three solid quarters for him to recommend privatisation to the government. That milestone, analysts say, has now been reached. вЂњThey passed the asset quality review extremely well. That was the last uncertainty,вЂќ said Benoit Petrarque, analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux, adding a sale could come in the second quarter of next year. вЂњItвЂ™s a very attractive bank right now.вЂќ A flagship of the Dutch financial services industry until the financial crisis, a much diminished ABN Amro was bought by the state in 2008 for в‚¬21.7bn ($27.08bn). The government and parliament will ultimately rule on the timetable for its re-listing. A government spokeswoman said yesterday that it aimed to return the bank to market as soon as conditions were right. ONGC Oil & Natural Gas Corp, IndiaвЂ™s biggest energy explorer, reported its first profit decline in five quarters after it sold crude oil at a lower price. Second-quarter net income dropped 10% to Rs54.4bn ($881mn) in the three months ended September 30, the New Delhi-based company said in a statement yesterday. That beat the Rs53.1bn median of 30 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The explorerвЂ™s profit was driven lower by crude oilвЂ™s slump along with discounts it gave to state-run refiners to compensate them for curbing retail prices of kerosene and cooking gas. The decline will make it harder for the federal government to sell a 5% stake in ONGC at a premium as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeks to narrow the budget deficit to the lowest in seven years. Brent crude has dropped 30% this year to the lowest price in more than four years, reducing earnings for oil producers. Brent, a benchmark for more than half the worldвЂ™s crude, averaged $103.46 a barrel in the quarter ended September 30, 5.6% lower than a year ago. The rate slumped to $78.50 a barrel in London trading today.The companyвЂ™s shares have gained 36% this year in Mumbai trading, compared with a 32% advance in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex. The stock rose 1.9% to Rs393.25 yesterday, valuing the 5% stake that will be sold at $2.7bn. The federal cabinet allowed the company to raise prices of natural gas by 33% to $5.61 per million British thermal units starting this month. Each dollar increase in gas prices boosts ONGCвЂ™s annual profit by Rs23.5bn, Chairman DK Sarraf said October 18. The government also freed retail diesel pricing from its control last month, potentially reducing the discounts ONGC pays to refiners to subsidise them. Tata Motors IndiaвЂ™s Tata Motors reported a surprise drop in quarterly net profit yesterday, hit by slowing sales at its British luxury subsidiary and higher taxes. Consolidated net profit slipped to Rs32.91bn ($533.82mn) in the three-months-to-September from Rs35.42bn a year ago. The earnings of Tata Motors, part of the sprawling Tata tea-to-steel conglomerate, significantly undershot a consensus market profit forecast of Rs46.2bn. вЂњWe had an unexpected reversal of tax credits in the quarter... and there are costs related to high investment going into JLR (Jaguar Land Rover),вЂќ C Ramakrishnan, president and chief financial officer, told reporters. Consolidated revenue rose 6.5% to Rs605.64bn in the three-months-to-September from a year earlier. The Mumbai-based firmвЂ™s tax bill totalled Rs7.38bn, a reversal of the companyвЂ™s tax credit earnings of Rs1.8bn in same period a year ago. Losses at TataвЂ™s Indian operations swelled nearly 130% to Rs18.46bn. There was also a profit fall at TataвЂ™s British luxury marque JLR unit, the firm said. Net profits at JLR shrank to ВЈ450mn ($704.86mn) in the quarter from ВЈ507mn in the same year-ago period even though sales of the premium brand grew 8%. Tata Motors is now hugely reliant on the revenues from JLR, which it bought for $2.3bn from Ford in 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 11 BUSINESS Vietnam Airlines claims IPO вЂ�a successвЂ™ Alibaba seeks to raise $8bn in bond for loan repayment AFP Hanoi Bloomberg New York V A libaba Group Holding is planning to raise as much as $8bn as soon as next week in its п¬Ѓrst US bond sale, just two months after the Chinese company completed the biggest public stock offering ever, people with knowledge of the matter said. AsiaвЂ™s largest Internet company will use the proceeds to reп¬Ѓnance its credit facilities, according to a statement yesterday. The bonds will be rated A+, or the п¬Ѓfth highest investment-grade, by Standard & PoorвЂ™s and an equivalent A1 by MoodyвЂ™s Investors Service. The debentures would be on top of the $25bn Alibaba collected in a September initial public offering, which was the biggest share sale on record. The Hangzhou, China-based e- commerce group, with a market capitalization of almost $300bn, has $11bn in loans and credit lines, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. вЂњGiven that they just had their IPO, they donвЂ™t necessarily need to come to market,вЂќ Nathan Barnard, a п¬Ѓxedincome analyst at Portland, Oregonbased Leader Capital Corp, said in a telephone interview. вЂњTheyвЂ™re pretty п¬‚ush with capital. ItвЂ™s another example of companies being opportunistic and trying to take advantage of low rates while they can.вЂќ Should Alibaba raise $8bn, the bond sale would be the largest ever denominated in US dollars in Asia, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, surpassing Bank of China, which raised $6.5bn last month selling additional Tier 1 securities. The extra yield, or spread, investors demand to hold company bonds worldwide instead of government debt fell to 1.05% on June 20, the lowest in seven years, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Corporate Index. Premiums have since risen to 1.19%. The average cost of borrowing for investment-grade e-commerce companies is 2.7%, based on the yields of bonds sold by Amazon.com and EBay, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank AG and JPMorgan Chase & Co will market the debt to investors starting next week, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identiп¬Ѓed, citing lack of authorisation to speak publicly. A п¬Ѓve-part bond sale is being considered, with four portions of п¬Ѓxed-rate notes and one tranche of п¬‚oating-rate debt, according to a preliminary offer- Alibaba.comвЂ™s headquarters is seen in Hangzhou, China. Alibaba is planning to raise as much as $8bn as soon as next week in its first US bond sale, just two months after the Chinese company completed the biggest public stock offering ever. ing memorandum seen by Bloomberg. Meetings will start in Hong Kong on November 17, continue in Singapore the following day and п¬Ѓnish in the US November 19, people familiar with the matter said yesterday. вЂњThe ratings reп¬‚ect AlibabaвЂ™s dominant position in ChinaвЂ™s online shopping market,вЂќ according to Fitch Ratings, which also ranks the company at A+. вЂњThe ratings also beneп¬Ѓt from AlibabaвЂ™s robust proп¬Ѓtability and strong cash generation.вЂќ Alibaba will be able to maintain a conservative capital structure with a strong net cash position in the next few Sensex rises to new record; rupee falls Reuters Mumbai Indian shares ended at a record closing high yesterday as foreign investors continued to pile into domestically oriented blue-chips such as Asian Paints amid a slide in crude oil prices and data showing easing wholesale inflation. Overseas investors bought shares worth Rs6.90bn ($112mn) on Thursday, bringing their total purchase in stocks to $15.12bn so far in 2014. They have also pumped in $23.15bn in debt so far, regulatory data showed. Hopes for easing inflation are also helping spur share gains. Data yesterday showed the wholesale price index rose an annual 1.77% last month, its slowest since September 2009, while data on Wednesday showed consumer prices rose at the slowest rate on record. India will also benefit from Brent sliding below $77 per barrel to its four-year low, as it imports more than two-thirds of its fuel requirements. вЂњFlows are positive on all counts as India stands out on growth prospects versus other emerging markets. The rally should extend,вЂќ said Nirakar Pradhan, chief investment officer at Future Generali India Life Insurance. The benchmark BSE index closed 0.38% higher, marking its all-time closing high of 28,046.66. The broader NSE index also gained 0.38% to end at a record closing high of 8,389.90. Domestic oriented stocks led the gains. Asian Paints rose 4.3%, while Oil and Natural Gas Corp ended 1.9% higher. Coal India rose 2.7%, while GAIL (India) rose 2.8%. State Bank of India ended 2.5% higher after earlier marking its highest level since May 26, on better-than-expected asset quality due to lower slippages and restructuring in the July-September quarter. Shares in its associate units also surged after the lender said it was close to coming up with a roadmap on associate bank mergers. Meanwhile the rupee saw its biggest single-day fall in a week yesterday tracking a continued resurgence globally in the dollar, even as strong foreign buying continues to lift domestic share markets to record highs. The rupee fell 0.1% for the week, posting its third consecutive weekly fall, despite rallies this month in debt and share markets over solid foreign buying. Falls in emerging market currencies such as the rupee come as the dollar has strengthened. Yesterday it rose to a 7-year high against the yen as investors bumped up their bets on JapanвЂ™s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling an early election and delaying a hike in sales tax. вЂњThere was some defencerelated buying, and compared to other Asian currencies, the rupee has still not weakened as such, so some catching up there,вЂќ said Uday Bhatt, a foreign exchange dealer with UCO Bank. вЂњIn the absence of any major data domestically, the rupee will hold in a 61.50 to 62range early next week,вЂќ he added. The partially convertible rupee closed at 61.72/73 per dollar versus its previous close of 61.5450/5600. The unit dropped 0.2% on day, its biggest single-day loss since last Friday. Some traders speculated that state-run banks were buying dollars on behalf of the central bank, though it was not a universal view. years, while it keeps its ratio of debt to cash п¬‚ow below 1.5 times, Fitch said. A $4bn term loan that the company obtained last year pays 2.75 percentage points more than the London interbank offered rate. Libor, the rate at which banks say they can borrow from each other, is at about 0.23 percentage point. Reп¬Ѓnancing its $8bn loan with the bond proceeds would allow Alibaba to amend covenants on another $3bn revolving facility to match the new notes, according to a preliminary offering memorandum seen by Bloomberg. The covenants on the $3bn borrowing substantially match those on $8bn facility, except that under the $3bn revolver, Alibaba isnвЂ™t required to maintain a minimum level of cash on reserve. Under the terms of the $8bn loan, Alibaba must maintain an offshore group leverage ratio of a maximum of 3:1 and an interest coverage ratio of at least 4:1, according to the sales document. Alibaba provides marketplaces for buyers and sellers, as well as services that help them conduct their businesses. Its stock has gained 69% since the September sale, advancing to $114.84 in New York on Thursday. The company is led bybnaire chairman Jack Ma, who founded it from his Hangzhou apartment in 1999 with $60,000. Its main marketplaces include Taobao, which links individual buyers and sellers, and Tmall.com, which connects retailers and consumers. Earlier this month, during the Chinese companyвЂ™s annual SinglesвЂ™ Day promotion, Alibaba reaped a record 57.1bn yuan ($9.3bn) in online sales. вЂњThe company is leveraging the momentum from its equity offering, which increases the potential investor demand in a large bond offering,вЂќ Jody Lurie, a corporate-credit analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia, said in a telephone interview. ietnam Airlines yesterday said its long-awaited IPO had been вЂњa successвЂќ, raising more than $52mn for the national п¬‚ag carrier, control of which remains п¬Ѓrmly in state hands. After decades of speculation and multiple failed attempts, the IPO went ahead with some 49mn sharesвЂ”around 3.5% of the companyвЂ”sold to more than 1,500 investors, the airline said. The company sold all of the shares offered at an average price of 22,307 dong ($1.05) a share, it added in a statement, raising more than $52mn. The buyers included two corporate investors, the statement said, without giving further details. In Vietnam an IPO is a separate process from a stock market listing. It is not clear when shares in the airline will actually be traded on the Ho Chi Minh City stock exchange. вЂњThe IPO today is an important landmark,вЂќ said Pham Viet Thanh, chairman of Vietnam Airlines, in the statement. The communist state retains a controlling 75% stake in the airline. A further 20% stake will be sold to strategic partners, while the rest is set aside for airline employees and the trade union. Analysts say Vietnam Airlines is in a relatively strong position domestically, despite new competition from low-cost VietJet Air, with the country of some 90mn a fast-growing aviation market. But it will face stiff competition from regional rivals if it seeks to expand long-haul routes. The IPO is part of a broader drive by Vietnam to clean up its sluggish state sector, long a drag on the countryвЂ™s economy, by equitisingвЂ”the local term for privatisingвЂ”hundreds of staterun companies. Vietnam AirlinesвЂ™ IPO вЂњsuccessвЂќ was touted by deputy minister of transport Nguyen Hong Truong as evidence that this privatisation drive вЂњis not that difficult with determination and a logical planвЂќ, according to the statement. Asian stock markets remain mixed AFP Tokyo A sian markets were mixed yesterday as proп¬Ѓt-taking offset another record close for the Dow on Wall Street, while Tokyo reversed morning losses to end on a high as the dollar broke the ВҐ116 barrier. The generally upbeat outlook provided support and capped any losses, while attention will turn to this weekendвЂ™s G20 summit and the release on Monday of Japanese growth data. Tokyo added 0.56%, or 98.04 points, to 17,490.83 вЂ“ its highest since July 2007 вЂ“ and Sydney rose 0.21%, or 11.60 points, to 5,454.3, while Seoul fell 0.78%, or 15.37 points, to close at 1,945.14. In the п¬Ѓnal trading session before the launch of a cross-exchange connection, Shanghai ended 0.27%, or 6.78 points, lower at 2,478.82 while in the late afternoon Hong Kong gained 0.28%, or 67.44 points, to 24,087.38. In other markets, Taipei was п¬‚at, edging up 2.21 points to 8,982.88; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co rose 0.75% to Tw$135.0 while Hon Hai fell 1.22% to Tw$96.8. Wellington climbed 0.39%, or 21.25 points, to 5,483.997; Manila rose 0.26%, or 18.71 points, to 7,217.34. Bangkok fell 0.08%, or 1.33 points, to 1,575.88 baht; Electricity Generating fell 2.01% to 170.50 baht, while Bangchak Petroleum dropped 2.07% to 35.50 baht. Singapore rose 0.32%, or 10.74 points, to 3,315.67; real estate developer Capitaland rose 0.93% to Sg$3.25 while media group Singapore Press Holdings gained 0.46% to Sg$4.33. Jakarta ending п¬‚at, edging up 0.82 points to 5,049.49; car maker Astra International rose 1.06% to 7,175 rupiah, while palm oil producer Astra Agro Lestari fell 1.69% to 23,250 rupiah. Kuala Lumpur slipped 0.11%, or 2.02 points, to 1,813.79; Nestle was down 0.58% at 68.20 ringgit while Tenaga Nasional gained 0.15% to 13.52 ringgit. After a turbulent October, global eq- A man looks at a share price board in Tokyo. Japanese stocks closed up 0.56% at 17,490.83 points, its highest since July 2007. uities have enjoyed a strong run this month, largely helped by the Bank of JapanвЂ™s decision to ramp up its stimulus programme to kickstart an anaemic economy. Traders were given a positive lead from Wall Street, where the Dow added 0.23% to hit another all-time high, while the S&P 500 rose 0.05% but fell short of another record. The Nasdaq put on 0.11%. US shares have notched up numerous records this year in response to a stream of п¬Ѓgures showing the worldвЂ™s biggest economy is well on track for recovery. The strong US economy and the BoJвЂ™s easing have also helped push the dollar higher and yesterday it hit ВҐ116.27, its highest since late 2007 and well up from ВҐ115.75 in New York late Thursday. The euro fetched $1.2451 and ВҐ144.80 compared with $1.2476 and ВҐ144.42. Japanese traders remain on alert following reports that the government is considering a delay to next yearвЂ™s planned sales tax hike as well as a possible snap election next month. вЂњAll eyes are on MondayвЂ™s third quarter gross domestic product data, which will be used to justify everything thatвЂ™s being reported in the pressвЂ”from the imminent dissolution of the lower house to the putting off of next yearвЂ™s sales tax hike,вЂќ said Kazuyuki Terao, chief investment officer at Allianz Global Investors. Also in focus will be this weekendвЂ™s Group of 20 summit in Brisbane, which will see the worldвЂ™s most powerful leaders discuss problems facing the global economy, the Ebola crisis and defence issues. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for December delivery rose seven cents to $74.28 while Brent crude for January gained 38 cents to $77.87 in afternoon trade. WTI plunged Thursday to settle at its lowest close since September 2010, while Brent dived $2.46 on the last day of the December contract. Gold was at $1,152.81 an ounce, compared with $1,158.06 late Thursday. Saturday, November 15, 2014 BUSINESS GULF TIMES QSE WEEKLY REVIEW Bourse remains bullish, but fails to break the 13,800 level By Santhosh V Perumal Business Reporter The Qatar Stock Exchange remained bullish, adding 139 points вЂ” mainly triggered by transport, consumer goods, real estate and banking sectors, but failed to break the 13,800 level during the week. Foreign institutionsвЂ™ increased buying support lifted the market by more than 1% during the week that saw HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani assert that the current trough in oil prices will not affect the domestic economy. In comparison, Dubai surged 5.7%, Abu Dhabi (3.4%), Muscat (1.33%), Kuwait (0.93%) and Saudi Arabia (0.345); while Bahrain was down 0.74% during the week that saw global credit rating agency Standard and PoorвЂ™s (S&P) also view that Qatar and the UAE are the least vulnerable to the present weakening crude. QatarвЂ™s bourse has gained 32.28% yearto-date against DubaiвЂ™s 38.21%, Abu Dhabi (15.45%), Bahrain (14.53%), Saudi Arabia (13.43%) and Muscat (2.62%); whereas Kuwait fell 4.61%. Micro and mid stocks emerged the most favourites in the upward rally during the week that, however, saw increased net profit booking pressure from domestic institutions. Transport stocks appreciated 2.9%, consumer goods (2.65%), real estate (2.02%), banks and financial services (1.33%) and industrials (0.46%); even as insurance and telecom shrank 0.41% each during the week that saw QSE say that it is keen to encourage family-owned and privately held companies, some of which are extremely large, to list their shares, as part of strategies to enhance the corporate sectorвЂ™s contribution to the national economy. The index that tracks Shariah-principled stocks was seen gaining faster than the other indices during the week that saw realty, banks and telecom together account for about 71% of the total trade volume. The 20-stock Total Return Index rose 1.02%, All Share Index (comprising wider constituents) by 1.2% and Al Rayan Islamic Index by 2.41% during the week, which saw Barwa dominate the trading ring in terms of both volume and value. Of the 43 stocks, 28 advanced; while 15 declined during the week that saw S&P say the falling oil prices will prove to be a litmus test for the Gulf region. Seven of the nine industrials; six each of the 12 banks and financial services as well as the eight consumer goods; three each of the four real estate and the three transport; two of the five insurers; and one of the two telecom stocks closed higher during the week. Major gainers included QNB, Industries Qatar, Ooredoo, Dlala, Islamic Holding, Al Meera, Widam Food, Qatar National Cement, Al Khaleej Takaful, Barwa, United Development Company, Gulf Warehousing, Zad Holding and Milaha. However, Doha Bank, Commercial Bank, Vodafone Qatar, Ezdan, Qatar Insurance and Qatar Islamic Insurance bucked the trend. Market capitalisation swelled 1.17% or about QR9bn to QR742.42n during the week. Micro, mid, small and large equities were seen gaining 2.97%, 1.81%, 1.77% and 1.15% respectively. Micro, small, mid and large cap equi- ties are up 50.58%, 36.32%, 30.32% and 26.56% respectively year-to-date. Foreign institutionsвЂ™ net buying surged to QR153.75mn against QR67.31mn the previous week. Local retail investors turned net buyers to the tune of QR21.51mn compared with net sellers of QR17.64mn the week ended November 6. Domestic institutionsвЂ™ net profit booking soared to QR169.68mn against QR3.82mn the previous week. Non-Qatari individual investorsвЂ™ net selling sunk to QR5.18mn compared to QR45.56mn the week ended November 6. A total of 66.37mn shares valued at QR3.98bn changed hands across 40,576 transactions. The real estate sector saw a total of 28.36mn equities worth QR977.35mn trade across 8,485 deals. Incoming G20 leader Turkey says group must be more inclusive OECD says plans of G20 nations to boost the world economy could beat their target of adding 2 percentage points to global growth by 2018 Reuters Brisbane T urkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu yesterday called for a more inclusive Group of 20 forum, saying it would give low income nations a stronger voice when it takes over the presidency for 2015. Davutoglu also indicated that Turkey would expand the G20вЂ™s role beyond economic co-operation and decision-making to issues such as the refugee crisis in eastern Europe, the Ebola outbreak in Africa and terrorism in the Middle East. вЂњDuring our presidency we want to be the voice of everybody,вЂќ Davutoglu said at a conference in Brisbane where he is due to attend the weekend G20 Leaders Summit. TurkeyвЂ™s more inclusive agenda contrasts with that of current host Australia, which has attempted to impose a tight focus on the disparate grouping with a pledge to increase collective global economic growth by an extra 2% over п¬Ѓve years to 2017. Davutoglu said Turkey would continue to press that goal, but underscored the importance of talking about geopolitical issues at the groupвЂ™s gathering. вЂњIf the G20 agenda is only limited to п¬Ѓnancial issues, the G20 cannot function, it cannot have international legitimacy,вЂќ he said. Davutoglu also diverged from current chair Australia on the issue of climate change, saying it was imperative to agree a UN-mandated goal to curb carbon emissions. Australia has attempted to keep climate change issues off the G20 agenda. Ankara takes over the presidency in December, its relations with Washington and Europe Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks at a G20 event held at the Griffith University in Brisbane yesterday. Turkey would expand the G20вЂ™s role beyond economic co-operation and decision-making to issues such as the refugee crisis in eastern Europe, the Ebola outbreak in Africa and terrorism in the Middle East, Davutoglu said. strained by its reluctance to take a frontline role against Islamic state militants in Syria and Iraq. President Tayyip ErdoganвЂ™s tightening grip on power has also raised concern in Europe and the US. Still, it has the opportunity to be the п¬Ѓrst country to effectively lead the grouping from an emerging market point of view. RussiaвЂ™s chairmanship last year was viewed by many analysts as a failure, while both Mexico and South Korea were too caught up in a necessary focus on world crises to set a deп¬Ѓning agenda. Davutoglu said trade and infrastructure would also be high on the agenda next year, linking these п¬Ѓnancial issues to a range of geopolitical issues such as the inп¬‚ux of Syrian refugees into Turkey and terrorism. вЂњWe spent $4.5bn for those refugees in three years,вЂќ he said. Meanwhile, the OECD said yesterday the plans of G20 nations to boost the world economy could beat their target of adding 2 percentage points to global growth by 2018, though geopolitical risks such as Ukraine and Ebola were mounting. Angel Gurria, the organisationвЂ™s secretary-general said that the more than 1,000 measures proposed since February would exceed the target, over the next п¬Ѓve years, if implemented. вЂњYes, if you take all the commitments and you assume they are going to execute impeccably, then ... it could take us beyond the 2%,вЂќ Gurria told Reuters in Brisbane ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit. In September, Joe Hockey, Treasurer of G20 host Australia, said the total had reached 1.8%. The OECD and International Monetary Fund are responsible for measuring and monitoring the national growth strategies that will be unveiled at the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane tomorrow. вЂњWe have run out of monetary policy room, we have run out of п¬Ѓscal policy room. What is left is structural reform and this is a structural reform agenda as big as it gets.вЂќ The biggest risk to the global economy was an absence of reforms but other issues were mounting, he said. вЂњYou now have some threats, geopolitical, the problems in Russia-Ukraine, the Middle East and now this Ebola is threatening...this is adding to already rather uncertain situa- tion that we have.вЂќ The OECD and G20 are both pushing to crack down on tax evasion, a key objective for the Leaders summit. Finance ministers and tax chiefs from 51 countries last month signed an agreement to automatically swap tax information in an effort to crack down on tax evasion via secret bank accounts. Garria said that while much had been done to tackle tax evasion by individuals, more progress was needed on corporate tax dodging. вЂњWhat about the multinationals? TheyвЂ™re not paying taxes because they are using the legal structures weвЂ™ve created over 80 years to avoid double taxation and we have created perfect double non-taxation. We need to reverse that.вЂќ As many as 11.71mn banks and financial services stocks valued at QR1.13bn changed hands across 12,186 transactions. A total of 5.65mn consumer goods stocks valued at QR506.71mn trade across 3,693 deals. The telecom sector saw 6.58mn equities worth QR173mn change hands across 2,016 transactions. The industrials and transport segments recorded 6.77mn and 5.9mn shares worth QR791.39mn and QR328.08mn trade across 10,756 and 2,383 deals respectively. A total of 1.4mn insurance equities valued at QR81.39mn changed hands across 1,057 transactions. In the debt market, there was no trading of treasury bills and government bonds during the week. ABN Amro to cut up to 1,000 consumer bank jobs by 2018 Bloomberg Amsterdam A BN Amro Group, the state-owned Dutch lender preparing for a share sale next year, will cut as many as 1,000 jobs by 2018 and shrink its branch network as customers move to banking on their phones. The lender will invest about в‚¬150mn ($186mn) through 2018 in information technology to improve mobile banking services, it said in a statement yesterday. The bank, based in Amsterdam, said it will take a provision of в‚¬50mn to в‚¬75mn in the fourth quarter as the project will result in 650 to 1,000 job losses. ABN Amro, which also reported a 56% increase in quarterly earnings as the nationвЂ™s economy improved, follows bigger peers ING Groep and Rabobank Groep in saying thousands of jobs will disappear as Dutch customers move to mobile banking faster than elsewhere in Europe. One of every four people in the Netherlands use banking services on their phone or laptop, ABN said on November 12. The bank has about 5mn Dutch customers, less than half of whom have been inside a branch in the past 24 months, chief п¬Ѓnancial officer Kees van Dijkhuizen told reporters on a conference call yesterday. That compares with 1.5mn visits a day to the bankвЂ™s mobile application, he said. вЂњThatвЂ™s the background to this operation,вЂќ he said. вЂњThis is not related to us having a good or bad quarter.вЂќ Cutting 1,000 jobs would be more than 4% of the п¬ЃrmвЂ™s 22,242 employees at the end of September. Total employment has dropped by 3,928 from the end of 2010. The lender, established in its current form after the collapse of Fortis in 2008, is seeking to show itвЂ™s an attractive investment as the Dutch government contemplates whether to go ahead with an initial public offering in 2015. Return on equity, a measure of proп¬Ѓtability, increased to 11% in the п¬Ѓrst nine months, from 7.9% in the year-earlier period. ThatвЂ™s in line with the bankвЂ™s 2017 target of 9% to 12%. ABN Amro will pay the state a dividend of в‚¬125mn over the п¬Ѓrst half, it said yesterday. Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, seeking to recoup as much as possible of the в‚¬22bn the Netherlands invested in the lender, said last year he plans to sell the п¬Ѓrst stake in the bank in 2015 if conditions are right. He said last month that he planned to inform parliament of his decision around the end of this year. The bank today said thirdquarter proп¬Ѓt excluding onetime items rose 56% to в‚¬450mn as net interest income rose 15%. Impairments fell 17% to в‚¬287mn, mainly as bad-loan provisions for mortgages and other consumer loans dropped as the Dutch economy improved. Dutch gross domestic product increased 1.1% in the third quarter compared to a year earlier, the nationвЂ™s statistics bureau said yesterday, adding that the recovery remains вЂњfragile.вЂќ ABN Amro, the third-biggest lender in the Netherlands, was formed after the state took over the Dutch banking and insurance units of Fortis, which had joined a в‚¬71.9bn takeover of the former ABN Amro Holding with Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Banco Santander in 2007. ABN Amro will invest about в‚¬150mn ($186mn) through 2018 in information technology to improve mobile banking services, it said in a statement yesterday. German-French rebound helps euro-area keep expanding Bloomberg Zurich T he euro-area economy grew faster than analysts forecast in the third quarter as Germany and France rebounded and Greece showed some signs of revival. Gross domestic product increased 0.2% from the previous period, when it rose 0.1%, Eurostat, the European UnionвЂ™s statistics office in Luxembourg, said yesterday. ThatвЂ™s more than the median of 39 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey for 0.1%. The euro areaвЂ™s recovery has been in peril since economic malaise transferred from once crisis-stricken nations such as Spain and Ireland to countries in the regionвЂ™s core. With inп¬‚ation close to the lowest level in п¬Ѓve years, the European Central Bank is preparing to add to unprecedented stimulus and urged governments to invest and deliver structural reforms to support growth. вЂњWe see a picture conп¬Ѓrming an outlook of weak growth but with limited risks of a relapse into recession,вЂќ said Marco Valli, chief euro-area economist at Unicredit Global Research in Milan. вЂњSome sentiment indicators show signs of stabilising.вЂќ The euro slipped 0.3% to $1.2444 at 12:50pm Frankfurt time. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index was down 0.6%. Germany and France, the euro areaвЂ™s two largest economies returned to growth in the third quarter, with expansions of 0.1% and 0.3%, respectively. Italy remained a weak spot, shrinking for a second quarter. Cyprus was the only other member of the currency bloc to register a quarterly contraction. Greece, where a six-year recession wiped 25% off GDP and protests against austerity measures jeopardised the countryвЂ™s membership of the currency bloc, recorded quarterly growth of 0.7% in the three months through September, the third consecutive increase in output. The data may help Prime Minister Antonis Samaras as he pushes Greece to follow Ireland, Portugal and Spain out of its rescue programme. The Frankfurt-based ECB has already unleashed a barrage of unconventional measures, including a negative deposit rate, long-term loans and asset purchases, to boost growth and inп¬‚ation. President Mario Draghi said last week that policy makers commissioned proposals for fresh stimulus, stoking speculation the central bank is moving closer to sovereign quantitative easing. вЂњThe discussion about further monetary policy measures is justiп¬Ѓed, and we expect Mr Draghi will gain the upper hand,вЂќ said Karsten Junius, chief economist at Bank J Safra Sarasin in Zurich, referring to the debate on the Governing Council on more stimulus. The ECB, which forecasts growth of 0.9% this year and 1.6% in 2015, last week endorsed weaker projections such as those by the European Commission that foresee expansions of 0.8% and 1.1%, respectively. The central bank will publish its own updated outlook next month. вЂњMonetary policy has done and will continue to do its part,вЂќ Draghi said in Rome on November 12. But even if combined with a п¬Ѓscal policy, it is вЂњnot enough to generate a revival of strong and sustainable growth without the necessary structural reforms,вЂќ he said. While some support to growth may have come from the euro, down almost 11% since early May, and oil prices, which have fallen more than 25% in the same period, sanctions against Russia over its involvement in Ukraine have damped exports. EON, GermanyвЂ™s biggest utility, reported a wider third- quarter loss than last year, as a weaker ruble crimped earnings from Russia and power prices declined. Suit-maker Hugo Boss trimmed targets for the year, citing a вЂњsubstantial slowdownвЂќ in Europe, with demand declining in October and November, while Unilever reported the slowest quarterly sales growth since 2009. вЂњWe remain optimistic that the eurozone can shake off the latest economic rough patch,вЂќ said Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg Bank in London. вЂњOnce external risks like Russia have faded from businessesвЂ™ minds and the downward spiral in business conп¬Ѓdence has ended, Germany can rebound quickly and resume its leadership role in the eurozone.вЂќ FOOTBALL | Page 4 CRICKET | Page 5 Mancini returns to Inter Milan as coach Indian court names Srinivasan in IPL probe Saturday, November 15, 2014 Moharram 22, 1436 AH TENNIS GULF TIMES Djokovic seals year-end top spot, makes semi-finals SPORT Page 8 WORLD SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP FOCUS QatarвЂ™s al-Tamimi goes down fighting; Pilley advances вЂ�I am sure the experience will make him better and betterвЂ™ In quest for world title, Gaultier almost tripped, again By Satya Rath Doha G QatarвЂ™s Abdulla Mohamed al-Tamimi (left) in action against EgyptвЂ™s Omar Mosaad in World Squash Championship first round yesterday. PICTURES: Jayan Orma By Satya Rath Doha regory Gaultier has won almost everything squash has to offer. His list of honours includes triumphs at the British Open, Qatar Classic, Windy City Open, US Open and the Tournament of Champions. The 32-year-old вЂ�AsterixвЂ™, as he is nicknamed, was the п¬Ѓrst French winner of the British Open in 2007. He is also the only Frenchman till date to have won the renowned Tournament of Champions. He scaled another peak in 2009 when he became the п¬Ѓrst Frenchman to top the world ranking. Yet, thereвЂ™s one trophy still missing from his almost-full cabinet: the world title. He has come close. Not once, but an incredible four times. Two of those defeats came against Englishman Nick Matthew -- in 2011 and, most recently, at Manchester last year. Egyptian veteran Amr Shabana was his conqueror in 2007 while American legend David Palmer had to battle for almost two hours to bring Gaultier down the year before. After landing in Doha for the World Championship, Gaultier had reiterated his determination to set the record straight this year. вЂњI have trained really hard and am looking forward to a good outing at the Worlds. I have played less number of tournaments in the last few months just to keep myself fresh and п¬Ѓt for the World Championship. ItвЂ™s a dream I have been chasing for some years now and I hope it will come true this time,вЂќ he was quoted as saying. Yesterday, in what was GaultierвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst step towards realising that вЂ�dreamвЂ™, he almost suffered a nightmare. Qualiп¬Ѓer Andrew Wagih Shoukry of Egypt took the п¬Ѓrst two games (6-11, 9-11) of their opening round clash and already had a four-point lead in the third. An upset looked in the offing when Gaultier suddenly seemed to rise from his slumber. The momentum changed thereafter, as Gaultier slowly came into his elements. Long rallies and clever drop shots became the order, and it took a toll on ShoukryвЂ™s energy. As his pace dropped, the French veteran suddenly increased his and pocketed the next three games 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 to keep his dream alive. вЂњHe really surprised me with his pace, but I think I was bit off from the start. I frankly did not expect to play so badly, itвЂ™s quite unlike me, but the good thing is I managed to keep my focus. After I was down 2-0, I told myself to start from 0-0 and start all over again... All credit to him, he played exceeding well for someone who had to come through qualifying. I never played him before, so I didnвЂ™t know much about his game and he really surprised me,вЂќ the top seed said. вЂњI faced some problem with the court as well... The bounce here is completely different, itвЂ™s a brand new court so will take some time to get used to. As long as I am winning, I canвЂ™t complain. ItвЂ™s better to have such off days at the start than later and I hope today was just a one-off day,вЂќ Gaultier added. T he moment the draw was made, Abdulla Mohamed alTamimi must have cursed his luck. A top 10 seed as п¬Ѓrstround opponent is never good news. Even more so when you are the sole п¬‚ag-bearer of your nation in the main draw. EgyptвЂ™s Omar Mosaad, al-TamimiвЂ™s opening round opponent at the World Squash Championship yesterday, is no mean player. Seeded ninth and ranked 12th in the world, as against the 19-year-old QatariвЂ™s distant 68th rank, the outcome of the match was never in doubt. The scorecard might read 3-1 in favour of Mosaad, but then, numbers do not always portray the real picture. The young Qatari made his older and more experienced rival п¬Ѓght for each point. The Aspire Academy product, who has been making waves on the junior circuit in recent years, gave enough glimpses of his promise and talent during their 53-minute п¬Ѓrstround clash. The п¬Ѓrst two games were closely fought, and the п¬‚eet-footed al-Tamimi managed to make the slow-moving Mosaad sprint around the court. But the bigger experience of the Egyptian ultimately had the п¬Ѓnal say in the outcome of the match. While he preserved his energy, al-Tamimi began tiring, and after managing to wring out the third game from MosaadвЂ™s winning grip, lost the momentum in the fourth to go down 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5. His exit may have ended the host countryвЂ™s slim challenge, but he did manage to earn the loudest cheers from the capacity pro-Egyptian crowd in the stands. вЂњHe played really well. He needs to play more and more big tournaments and I am sure the experience will make him better and better. Frankly, I didnвЂ™t expect to give such a tough п¬Ѓght,вЂќ said Mosaad. Most of the other opening-round games went as per script, barring the one between Australian Cameron Pilley and Joe Lee of England which went beyond. Australia No.1 Pilley went into the match with a 4-0 win-loss record, but the fast-rising Englishman was no mood to oblige this time. Pilley had to bring out all his reserves to bring an end to the 75-minute battle. He won 3-2 (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9). вЂњIt was tough. HeвЂ™s a better player, better ranked, but I am happy with my display today. It was anybodyвЂ™s match and I kept egging myself up. Some mistakes at crucial junctures proved costly for me, otherwise I think it was anybodyвЂ™s game,вЂќ said Lee after the game. вЂњI am so relieved... We played here (at the Qatar Classic) last year but he has improved a lot since then. I couldnвЂ™t have asked for a better workout or a tougher opener, and I am sure it will help me in the upcoming matches,вЂќ said Pilley. Another see-saw battle was witnessed in the all-Egyptian clash between close friends Karim Ali Fathi and Mohamed Abouelghar. It was a match of contrasts, with Karim constantly swinging between brilliance and mediocrity. After winning the п¬Ѓrst game 11-8, he surrendered the next 1-11, took the third 11-8, and lost the fourth 5-11. The deciding game was close, with Abouelghar leading 5-2 at one stage before a п¬‚urry of errors swung the pendulum KarimвЂ™s way. He seized the opportunity with both hands to take the decider 11-7 and end the 55-minute battle. вЂњI had a tough last year. I was having acupuncture and the man just punctured my lungs! I had to have surgery and came back only last month. So I am happy with my showing today. ItвЂ™s a difficult feeling as well as I donвЂ™t have a better friend than him,вЂќ said Karim. Former world number one Ramy Ashour hardly broke sweat, barring for a lapse of concentration in the second game, in despatching Malaysian qualiп¬Ѓer Ivan Yuen 11-5, 14-12, 11-5 in a late evening match. Defending champion Nick Mathew of England and world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt will be in action in todayвЂ™s second half of the opening round draw. Gregory Gaultier (left) in action against Andrew Shoukry of Egypt yesterday. Results and Schedule RESULTS (ROUND I) 1-Gregory Gaultier (France) vs Andrew Wagih Shoukry (Egypt) 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3; Nafiizwan Adnan (Malaysia) bt Mazen Hesham (Egypt) 13-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5; Karim Ali Fathi (Egypt) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (Egypt) 11-8, 1-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7; 9-Omar Mosaad (Egypt) bt Abdulla Mohd Al-Tamimi (Qatar) 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5; 16-Mathieu Castagnet (France) bt Rex Hedrick (Australia) 11-3, 11-2, 11-8; Alister Walker (Botswana) bt Aamir Atlas Khan (Pakistan) 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6; Cameron Pilley (Australia) bt Joe Lee (England) 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9; 7-Peter Barker (England) bt Chris Simpson (England) 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5; Greg Lobban (Scotland) bt Henrik Mustonen (Finland) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4; Fares Dessouki (Egypt) bt Farhan Zaman (Pakistan) 11-8, 11-0, 6-11, 11-9; 13-Marwan Elshorbagy (Egypt) bt Olli Tuominen (Finland) 11-7 retd; 12-Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Colombia) bt Shaun Le Roux (South Africa) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6; Adrian Grant (England) bt Piedro Schweertman (Netherlands) 9-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-7; 4-Ramy Ashour (Egypt) bt Ivan Yuen (Malaysia) 11-5, 14-12, 11-5 TODAYвЂ™S MATCHES (ROUND I) Gregoire Marche (France) vs Alan Clyne (Scotland); Nasir Iqbal (Pakistan) vs Charles Sharpes (England); Steven Finitsis (Australia) vs 14-Saurav Ghosal (India); 15-Karim Abdel Gawad (Egypt) vs Abdullah Al Muzayen (Kuwait); Max Lee (Hong Kong) vs Farhan Mehboob (Pakistan); Nicolas Mueller (Switzerland) vs Ryan Cuskelly (Australia); Adrian Waller (England) vs 5-Amr Shabana (Egypt); 8-Daryl Selby (England) vs Stephen Coppinger (South Africa); Ong Beng Hee (Malaysia) vs Peter Creed (Wales); Eddie Charlton (England) vs Tom Richards (England); 3-Nick Matthew (England) vs Raphael Kandra (Germany); Omar Abdel Aziz (Egypt) vs 10-Tarek Momen (Egypt); 11-Simon Rosner (Germany) vs Danish Atlas Khan (Pakistan); Campbell Grayson (New Zealand) vs Lucas Serme (France); Mahesh Mangaonkar (India) vs Lance Beddoes (New Zealand); Asyraf Azan (Malaysia) vs 2-Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egypt) * Matches start 12 noon onwards Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 2 FOOTBALL SPOTLIGHT вЂ�PopeвЂ™ Blatter likely to ride out latest FIFA storm вЂ�He is powerful, he is untouchable, he is, I would say, the Pope of FootballвЂ™ Reuters London T eп¬‚on-coated Sepp Blatter has survived plenty of crises during his 16 years as FIFA president and although the current one over the Garcia corruption report takes world soccerвЂ™s governing body into uncharted waters, he is very likely to come through it too. Previous scandals include the collapse of FIFAвЂ™s former marketing partner ISL in 2001, allegations over bribes paid to former FIFA president Joao Havelange and other senior officials, and п¬Ѓnancial mismanagement claims made by former FIFA secretary general Michel Zen Ruffinen in 2002. Blatter survived those crises, and plenty of others including the one when he himself was investigated, and cleared, by FIFAвЂ™s ethics committee of bribery allegations in May 2011. This latest вЂњdifficultyвЂќ, as Blatter likes to call the squalls that continually hang over his organisation, shows no signs of abating and has developed into something more resembling a hurricane over the last two days. German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, head of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFAвЂ™s ethics committee, on Thursday published a 42-page summary of New York attorney Michael GarciaвЂ™s 420page report into alleged corruption surrounding the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar. Three hours later Garcia, who spent over a year investigating the alleged corruption, responded that EckertвЂ™s summary was вЂњmaterially incomplete and an erroneous misrepresentationвЂќ of his п¬Ѓndings. He also said he was going to appeal against EckertвЂ™s summary. In the meantime, FIFA executive committee members Jeffrey Webb, the CONCACAF confederation president, Sunil Gulati, the president of the U S association, and FIFA presidential candidate Jerome ChampagneвЂ”among othersвЂ”have called for FIFA to publish the report in full, redacted, or edited where appropriate. So where does all this leave Blatter, who has signalled his intention to stand for a п¬Ѓfth term as FIFA president in next yearвЂ™s election when he will be 79 years old? A revealing insight into BlatterвЂ™s mindset comes from Belgian FA president Michel DвЂ™Hooghe, a member of the FIFA executive committee, who spoke to Reuters in Monte Carlo recently. вЂњHe is powerful, he is untouchable, he is, I would say, the Pope of Football,вЂќ DвЂ™Hooghe said. вЂњHe is an incredibly intelligent man, he knows everything, and everybody, and knows how everything works. And he has enormous political nous. вЂњYou could say, and there are those in UEFA that do, that if you are 78, 79 and you are the boss of an organisation that has been seriously criticised, then you must take responsibility for the criticism. But this is not how it works in FIFA.вЂќ One former FIFA executive committee member, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, explained: вЂњHe is the world champion of manipulation, a master. There is no-one like him, no-one. вЂњLook how he handled the Sunday Times story regarding the corruption allegations over the vote to Qatar. He immediately branded all Europeans вЂњracistвЂќ because they said вЂ�Look at what is happening in Africa, in AsiaвЂ™. вЂњHe didnвЂ™t involve himself in any way about the stories regarding bribery, but just blamed Europe for being racist. That is the kind of manipulation he does on a lot of things. вЂњSo those kind of comments win him the support of those who feel attacked by what they regard as the European elite. Sepp Blatter has signalled his intention to stand for a fifth term as FIFA president in next yearвЂ™s election when he will be 79 years old. (AFP) вЂњBut he also rules by what I call, his extremely anti-democratic way of management because things are never brought to discussion. The decision-making is not based on how it would be in a western democracy. вЂњIt does not happen in FIFA. There is no forum. вЂњSo the question is how can this go on? It goes on because he is in a position to give the federations money, through World Cup bonuses and the Goal Project (grass roots funding) and does things like remove all age limits for officials. It is all totally above board. вЂњSo they can stay as long as they like, and in return he gets their votes. ThatвЂ™s all it comes down to in the end: money and votes.вЂќ No matter what the media, or his opponents say about him while this current crisis rages, Blatter looks untouchable and remains the overwhelming favourite to be re-elected president next year. Just before this yearвЂ™s World Cup in Brazil, п¬Ѓve of FIFAвЂ™s six continental confederations publicly expressed their support for him with only EuropeвЂ™s UEFA declaring its opposition. It is inconceivable to think that many will change their minds by next May. FA chairman warned over refusal to return WC watch London: English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke may be heading for troubled waters with soccerвЂ™s governing body over his refusal to return a $25,000 World Cup watch, a FIFA official has warned. A FIFA ethics committee said in September that accepting the Parmigiani watch, a present from the Brazilian Confederation during this yearвЂ™s World Cup, breached the organisationвЂ™s code of ethics and should not have been accepted. FIFA chief investigator Michael Garcia ordered Dyke, one of 65 officials to receive the gift, to return the watch by no later than Oct 24. However, Dyke has failed to do so three weeks after the deadline, indicating he will auction it on behalf of Breast Cancer CareвЂ”the FAвЂ™s charity partner. вЂњGiving something to charity is goodвЂ” but it is very clear what he has to do,вЂќ Walter de Gregorio, FIFA Director of Communications & Public Affairs, told Sky Sports News. вЂњIf he does not do it, then it is up to Garcia to take the measures he thinks are appropriate. The money (from sale of watches) goes to charities in Brazil. If Greg Dyke has another opinion, maybe he will face some problems with Garcia.вЂќ DykeвЂ™s frosty relationship with FIFA soured further on Thursday when the organisation criticised EnglandвЂ™s bid for Publish report and rebuild FIFAвЂ™s image, presidential hopeful says London: The вЂњabsolutely incredibleвЂќ events buffeting FIFA mean world soccerвЂ™s governing body must now release the full report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if it is to rebuild its tarnished image, the man who hopes to become its next president told Reuters yesterday. FIFA had hoped to draw a line under the controversy when German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, ruling on behalf of the soccer bodyвЂ™s ethics committee, said he found no grounds sufficient to re-open the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar. But within hours, former U S attorney Michael Garcia, hired by FIFA to head the investigation into the bids, said he would appeal the committeeвЂ™s conclusion and that the summary вЂњcontains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representationsвЂќ of facts and conclusions in his report. Jerome Champagne, who is to stand against president Sepp Blatter in the election next year, told Reuters: вЂњThe events that unfolded yesterday between 10am and 1pm were absolutely incredible. вЂњI was in FIFA for 11 years and have never seen anything like that. FOCUS Australia ran вЂ�clean campaignвЂ™, rejects report Reuters Sydney A the 2018 World Cup, saying it had overindulged former FIFA executive committee member Jack Warner in the run-up to the vote. But with Garcia, who spent two years investigating claims of corruption within FIFA, issuing a statement questioning the findings of the report, Dyke branded the whole affair вЂњpointlessвЂќ and a вЂњjokeвЂќ It was, as they say in Hollywood, larger than life,вЂќ the former FIFA official said in a phone interview. вЂњWe need to know what is in the report for two reasons. First we need to protect the World Cup which of course has a huge impact in the game and is the pinnacle of world football. вЂњThe world is divided, the world is suffering, and there is one moment every four years when the world comes together for the most popular sport in the world as a collective community. So we must protect its integrity. вЂњSecondly, the report needs to be published to start re-building FIFAвЂ™s image. вЂњRebuilding FIFAвЂ™s image is a very important part of my campaign and my vision. The report should be published, with the necessary redactions. I can only regret that these two objectives have not been met, that these two goals have not been scored.вЂќ Frenchman Champagne formally announced in September that he would stand for the most powerful post in world soccer. Blatter, 78, will be seeking a fifth term. ustraliaвЂ™s soccer chief has denied any wrongdoing during the countryвЂ™s failed campaign to host the 2022 World Cup, while an Australian politician has called FIFAвЂ™s investigation a вЂњsick farceвЂќ and demanded its money back. Federation Football Australia (FFA) chief Frank Lowy released a statement yesterday, rejecting a FIFA report that criticised AustraliaвЂ™s campaign tactics. вЂњI made it clear to all involved in our bid that we would run a clean campaign and I stressed this objective at every opportunity,вЂќ Lowy said. The Australian government invested A$43 million ($37.43 million) on a bid that received just one solitary vote when FIFA stunned the sporting world by awarding its 2018 showpiece tournament to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar. Responding to cries of foul, FIFA launched an independent investigation into the bidding process, conducted by American prosecutor Michael Garcia. A summary of his report was published on Thursday, apparently clearing Russia and Qatar of any misconduct but pointing the п¬Ѓnger at other countries, including Australia and England, which had been among the most vocal critics of FIFA. However, FIFAвЂ™s summary report was immediately undermined when Garcia said his п¬Ѓndings had not been accurately presented. He called on FIFA to publish his entire report, something which FIFA had previously said it would not do. Australian senator Nick Xenophon said on Friday that the investigation was a вЂњwhitewashвЂќ and a вЂњsick farceвЂќ. He called on FIFA to refund the money Australia had spent on the bid, saying they had been вЂњabsolutely ripped off вЂќ. Lowy, the billionaire owner of the shopping mall giant Westп¬Ѓeld Group, addressed some of the allegations made against Australia, saying the FFA had worked closely with FIFA throughout the bidding process. The report summary said AustraliaвЂ™s bid had funded soccer development projects around the world and вЂњhelped create the appearance that beneп¬Ѓts were conferred in exchange for a vote.вЂќ Federation Football Australia chief Frank Lowy The FFA was also accused of making payments to CONCACAF, the regional body for soccer in north and central America, which вЂњappear to have been commingled, at least in part, with personal fundsвЂќ of then CONCACAF president Jack Warner. The third main allegation was that the bid had tried вЂњto direct funds the Australian government had set aside for existing development projects in Africa toward initiatives in countries with ties to FIFA Executive Committee members.вЂќ Lowy said Australia had been encouraged by FIFA to вЂњtake every opportunity to demonstrate AustraliaвЂ™s commitment to football, especially in developing regions.вЂќ вЂњItвЂ™s clear that this led us to be misled in particular relating to a payment made to CONCACAF which was later revealed to have been misappropriated,вЂќ he added. вЂњIn hindsight, there are many things we might have done differently and we remain disappointed by our experience of the World Cup bidding process.вЂќ The FIFA said they would await advice on the next steps in the process given вЂњthe apparent dispute between chairmen of the FIFA Ethics CommitteeвЂ™s Adjudicatory and Investigatory chambersвЂќвЂ”a reference to GarciaвЂ™s likely appeal against the п¬Ѓndings of a report he helped compile. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 3 FOOTBALL EURO QUALIFIER FOCUS Rooney faces England legacy questions EnglandвЂ™s Wayne Rooney (left) and Jack Wilshere race against each other during a training session at St GeorgeвЂ™s Park near Burton-on-Trent, central England. (AFP) W ayne Rooney will make his 100th England appearance today when Roy HodgsonвЂ™s side attempt to extend their 100 percent record in Euro 2016 qualifying at home to Slovenia. The Manchester United striker, 29, will lead the team out at Wembley Stadium accompanied by his two young sons, Kai and Klay, as he becomes the ninth England player to take his number of caps into three п¬Ѓgures. Rooney is on course to break former goalkeeper Peter ShiltonвЂ™s 125-cap appearance record and is also only six goals short of Bobby CharltonвЂ™s England scoring record of 49 goals. But having failed to shine for England at a major tournament since making his breakthrough at Euro 2004, he accepts he still has to prove himself worthy of comparison with World Cup winners such as Charlton. вЂњTo get 100 caps for England, thereвЂ™s not many players who have done it,вЂќ Rooney writes in the programme for todayвЂ™s match. вЂњIt would be a great achievement. IвЂ™ll be proud to join that club and it is something that myself and my family would be honoured by. But I could sit here saying IвЂ™ve got 200 caps and 100 goals for my country, but the ultimate is to win a trophy and thatвЂ™s what we all want to do. ThatвЂ™s why we play football, to win. ThatвЂ™s the target and hopefully sometime soon we can achieve that.вЂќ He adds: вЂњObviously IвЂ™m not going to be as big a legend as Sir Bobby CharltonвЂ”heвЂ™s won the World Cup with EnglandвЂ”so to eclipse that IвЂ™d have to win the World Cup, which would be a massive achievement.вЂќ After their group-phase exit at the World Cup, England have taken control of Group E by winning their п¬Ѓrst three games without conceding a goal and will be looking to record a recordequalling sixth clean sheet. With Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge still sidelined by a calf problem, Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is expected to hold on to his place up front alongside former United colleague Rooney. Raheem Sterling is in line for a recall at the tip of HodgsonвЂ™s midп¬Ѓeld diamond, having contentiously started last monthвЂ™s 1-0 win in Estonia on the bench after reportedly complaining of fatigue. Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and 20-year-old Everton playmaker Ross Barkley are both back in the squad after spells on the sidelines, while West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino will hope to win his п¬Ѓrst cap. Michael Carrick and Andros Townsend have been forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury, but both players were more likely to have featured in EnglandвЂ™s friendly with Scotland in Glasgow on Tuesday anyway. RooneyвЂ™s Slovenia counterpart, visiting captain Bostjan Cesar, will also be celebrating a milestone as he stands to win his 81st cap, which will see him surpass Zlatko Zahovic as his countryвЂ™s most-capped player. The Chievo centre-back was injured by a tackle from Rooney when Slovenia last visited Wembley, in September 2009, and the 32-year-old says that he has not forgotten the incident. вЂњMy memories arenвЂ™t the nicest. It wasnвЂ™t nice, what he did,вЂќ said Cesar. вЂњBut IвЂ™m not interested in Rooney; IвЂ™m interested in the match and our desire to avenge our two defeats against England.вЂќ After a 1-0 loss in Estonia in their opening game, Srecko KatanecвЂ™s side won 1-0 at home to Switzerland and then recorded a 2-0 victory away to Lithuania, leaving them in second place in the group. Talented Salzburg forward Kevin Kampl is a doubt due to injury, but 35-year-old striker Milivoje Novakovic is п¬Ѓt to lead the line and will look to add to his three goals in qualifying to date. FRIENDLY Suarez scores against Costa Rica in draw Reuters Montevideo L uis Suarez scored an equaliser and was just wide with what could have been a spectacular winner as Uruguay were held to a 3-3 draw by Costa Rica in a friendly. The Costa Ricans, who stunned Uruguay 3-1 in their World Cup opener in Brazil in June, levelled ThursdayвЂ™s match at the Centenario through substitute Johan Venegas in the п¬Ѓnal minute. Suarez will by mutual agreement with coach Oscar Tabarez miss UruguayвЂ™s next friendly against 2015 Copa America hosts Chile in Santiago on Tuesday. вЂњWe all know what Luis means to us but we know we wonвЂ™t have him at the Copa America so itвЂ™s good to look for alternatives to get used to playing without him,вЂќ Uruguay captain Diego Godin told reporters. Suarez is serving a nine-match suspension from competitive international football for biting ItalyвЂ™s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. Alvaro Saborio headed Costa Rica, now coached by former striker Paulo Wanchope, into the lead п¬Ѓve minutes before halftime. Suarez, playing at home for his country for the п¬Ѓrst time since his ban, took Cristian RodriguezвЂ™s pass on his chest and turned to п¬Ѓre past Keylor Navas in the 49th minute. Costa Rica went ahead again within a minute through Bryan Ruiz before Uruguay turned the match around with goals UruguayвЂ™s Luis Suarez (right) controls ball under pressure from Junior Diaz of Costa Rica during a friendly match in Montevideo. (Reuters) from central defender Jose Maria Gimenez and striker Edinson Cavani. SuarezвЂ™s shot across the face off goal just missed the target in the 88th minute and Costa Rica, having equalised, won the Copa Antel 7-6 on penalties. Carlos Sanchez, who plays for Argentine league leaders River Plate, had a п¬Ѓne debut for Uruguay on the right wing but coach Oscar TabarezвЂ™s side, always dangerous on the attack, were shaky in defence. HONDA-POWERED JAPAN HIT HONDURAS FOR SIX Talisman Keisuke Honda provided the thrust as Japan overpowered Honduras 6-0 yesterday to relieve some of the pressure on coach Javier Aguirre. Honda scored once, set up three more and was by far JapanвЂ™s most dangerous player in a lopsided game between two teams who п¬‚opped badly at the World Cup in Brazil earlier this year. вЂњWe played a complete game today,вЂќ Aguirre told JapanвЂ™s TV Asahi. вЂњWeвЂ™re building for the Asian Cup in January and obviously we will be going there to win it. We showed excellent balance tonight and brought joy to the fans.вЂќ Aguirre abandoned the tinkering that contributed to an alarming run of form in the MexicanвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst four matches in charge, naming 10 of JapanвЂ™s World Cup squad among his starting eleven in Toyota. And it took the Asian champions just nine minutes to open their account, defender Maya Yoshida stooping to head into an empty net after a wicked corner from dead-ball specialist Yasuhito Endo. Endo, discarded by Aguirre since the former Espanyol manager took over from Italian Alberto Zaccheroni following the World Cup, marked his return with a superb goal as he extended his record number of Japan caps to 147. Honda had made it 2-0 moments earlier with a cool п¬Ѓnish, before neatly teeing up Endo to smash home a right-foot shot from the edge of the box on the stroke of halftime. DPA Rome M Manchester United striker will become the ninth England player to make 100 appearance AFP London Balotelli is back as Italy battle Croatia ario Balotelli has taken centre stage with his return to the Italian national team, which welcomes Croatia in Milan tomorrow for a matchup of the co-leaders of Euro 2016 qualifying Group H. After taking most of the blame for the AzzurriвЂ™s early exit at the World Cup in June, Balotelli has had a lacklustre start to the season at Liverpool - still seeking his п¬Ѓrst goal in the Premier League and was not nominated by new Italy coach Antonio Conte for his п¬Ѓrst four games in charge. The former AC Milan forward is however unlikely to play from the start at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, where Ciro Immobile and Simone Zaza should be conп¬Ѓrmed up front. But Conte has said he will nevertheless monitor him carefully during training at the Azzurri camp outside Florence. вЂњI heard a lot of rumours,вЂќ Conte said of Balotelli, вЂњbut I prefer to evaluate players on my own. вЂњIt is right to test them and understand what kind of technical and tactical affinities they have with my idea of play, and also [to consider] their behavioural aspects.вЂќ Atletico Madrid offensive midп¬Ѓelder Alessio Cerci also rejoins the Azzurri after the World Cup debacle - despite his glum moment following his move from Torino to the Spanish club. Countering allegations that Balotelli was called to please Puma, the sports kit provider and sponsor of both La Nazionale and the striker, Conte said that both he and Cerci were considered valuable assets when they were in Italy. вЂњThey then went abroad and are having difficulties. But my duty as a coach is to understand if they can be useful for La Nazionale. It is silly to think that [Balotelli is] here because of the sponsor,вЂќ Conte said. The return of Super Mario overshadowed the п¬Ѓrst call of defenders Daniele Rugani and Emiliano Moretti, while midп¬Ѓelders Roberto Soriano and Andrea Bertolacci are in the squad after attending training stages with the Azzurri. Croatia coach Niko Kovac, meanwhile, п¬Ѓelded a largely experimental team and had no complaints as he lost 2-1 Wednesday in a friendly with World Cup п¬Ѓnalists Argentina. Both teams top Group H on a perfect score of nine points from three games, though Croatia have a better goal difference - 9-0 against ItalyвЂ™s 5-1. The Azzurri are also eager to improve their record against the Croats, who have lost only once to Italy, tallying three wins and as many draws. Wales to take advantage of KompanyвЂ™s absence Brussels: Belgium could give another outing to a threepronged strike force laced with pace and power as they look to make up for the loss of defensive leader Vincent Kompany against Group B pacesetters Wales in tomorrowвЂ™s Euro 2016 qualifier in Brussels. Third place Belgium are three points behind the Welsh but have played one game fewer and can move above their opponents thanks to their superior goal difference, while Israel are sandwiched between the two in second place. Marc WilmotsвЂ™s side will again be without captain and central defender Kompany. The Manchester City captain was badly missed as their fragile defence was frequently exposed in the friendly against Iceland on Wednesday despite a 3-1 win. This prompted goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to lay into his teammates at the end, saying that a repeat of that performance would see them beaten by Wales, whose manager Chris Coleman was at the game. Belgium coach Wilmots admitted that his defence had not been at their best, but said that he had been busy trying out different options. One such tactic was a three- pronged attack of Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi, the latter being the pick of the bunch with a cracking left-foot shot for his third international goal. Wales are no strangers to Belgium after the two were in the same qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup. The Belgians won 2-0 in Cardiff and easily finished top of the table but Coleman believes his team took great heart from forcing a 1-1 draw in the final match in Brussels. вЂњThe Welsh fans were fantastic on the night, when we scored a late goal, and weвЂ™ve got a huge contingent going again,вЂќ Coleman told Football Association of Wales TV. вЂњIf we win it doesnвЂ™t mean weвЂ™ll qualify and if we lose it doesnвЂ™t mean we wonвЂ™t. вЂњBut anything they get from us theyвЂ™re going to have to work mighty hard for. вЂњItвЂ™s another step we can take in the right direction to show we can perform against top teams like Belgium.вЂќ Wales have come to rely heavily on Real MadridвЂ™s Gareth Bale, who scored both goals in the opening 2-1 win over Andorra and made the winner for Hal Robson-Kanu when they beat Cyprus by the same margin. 4 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 FOOTBALL SERIE A SPOTLIGHT Mancini appointed Inter coach again Mancini returns to the San Siro following a six-year absence By Ed Aarons The Guardian AFP Milan W hile most international teams would have been preparing for their п¬Ѓrst training session together before this weekвЂ™s doubleheaders, South AfricaвЂ™s players spent visiting the grave of their murdered captain Senzo Meyiwa. Less than four weeks since the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot dead in a suspected robbery, Bafana Bafana go into todayвЂ™s match against Sudan knowing victory would mean they will qualify for the п¬Ѓnals of the Africa Cup of Nations. вЂњItвЂ™s an emotional time,вЂќ says the midп¬Ѓelder Dean Furman, who plays for Doncaster Rovers. вЂњIt was good for us as a squad to go and pay our respects to his family. There was a bit of a ceremony there and we went back to the family home afterwards. Senzo will always be in our minds because he was so close to a lot of the boys and was our captain for the last few games as well. Hopefully on Saturday we can go out there and make him proud.вЂќ On Tuesday, police released a man charged with MeyiwaвЂ™s murder after a court decided there was not enough evidence for him to stand trial, although they have not ruled him out of the investigation. The Bafana players will wear black armbands to commemorate their team-mate at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, around half an hourвЂ™s drive from MeyiwaвЂ™s family home in the Umlazi township and where the game was moved from Nelspruit to pay tribute to the goalkeeper. Ephraim вЂњShakesвЂќ Mashaba, the coach, admits it has been a difficult task trying to manage his squadвЂ™s emotions in what has been a harrowing few R oberto Mancini was conп¬Ѓrmed as Inter MilanвЂ™s new coach yesterday just hours after the struggling Serie A giants sacked Walter Mazzarri. A statement on the clubвЂ™s website, www. inter.it, quoted club president Erick Thohir as saying: вЂњHappy to welcome back Roberto Mancini. Together weвЂ™ll make Inter one of the very top Clubs in Europe again.вЂќ Mancini returns to the San Siro following a six-year absence, having won three straight Serie A titles during his previous spell from 2004-2008. Thohir added: вЂњToday I made the difficult decision to suspend Walter Mazzarri as head coach. It was a difficult decision because he has been continuously supportive of the direction that we have wanted to take the club, and he has worked tirelessly and selп¬‚essly for Inter, with both belief and passion. I would like to thank him sincerely for his efforts.вЂќ News of ManciniвЂ™s return was warmly welcomed by Nerazzurri fans throughout the city yesterday. Mancini, who is expected to sign a two-anda-half year deal, won three league titles and two Italian Cups in four success-laden years with the Nerazzurri. Thohir added: вЂњOur goal is to regain our rightful position as one of the very top clubs in Europe and thatвЂ™s why I am so happy to welcome back Roberto Mancini. вЂњHis track record both at Inter and elsewhere speaks for itself, and his international experience and hunger for success will, I know, drive the team to the next level.вЂќ Expectations of ManciniвЂ™s imminent arrival grew when former Inter president Massimo Moratti suggested a deal was done in denying reports he had played a role in inп¬‚uencing Thohir to choose Mancini. вЂњIt was ThohirвЂ™s idea,вЂќ said Moratti, who gave up his role as the clubвЂ™s honorary president several weeks ago. вЂњIвЂ™m sorry for Mazzarri. Obviously he did everything he could to make it work. вЂњIвЂ™m happy for Mancini. HeвЂ™s the coach with whom I won the most. HeвЂ™s a very good person and a great coach.вЂќ Former Manchester City manager Mancini had been out of work since leaving Galatasaray last season and will be welcomed with open arms by fans frustrated by InterвЂ™s failure to perform to expectations under Mazzarri. Mazzarri, who led Napoli to the Serie A runner-up spot in 2013, joined Inter in time for the start of last season but, despite glimpses of promise, had consistently seen his side underperform. Inter, ItalyвЂ™s last Champions League winners in 2010, failed to qualify for the competition under previous coach Andrea Stramaccioni, and Mazzarri fared no better last season when Inter could only qualify for the Europa League. Inter have won only four Serie A games so far this season while suffering heavy defeats to Cagliari (4-1 at home) and Fiorentina (3-0 away) as well as falling 2-0 away to relegation candidates Parma. Inter currently sit ninth in the league, 12 points behind leaders Juventus. Reports yesterday also claimed Mancini was set to bring in former England international David Platt, a one-time Juventus and Sampdoria player who speaks п¬‚uent Italian, as his assistant after their spell together at City. ManciniвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst game in charge will be a baptism of п¬Ѓre, away to city rivals AC Milan in their shared San Siro ground next week. South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in a suspected robbery four week ago. ROUND-UP Equatorial Guinea to host African Nations Cup E quatorial Guinea agreed yesterday to step in as last-minute hosts of the 2015 African Nations Cup п¬Ѓnals, replacing Morocco, who were stripped of the tournament having asked for it to be postponed over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus. That leaves one of AfricaвЂ™s smallest countries with just two months to prepare for the continentвЂ™s showpiece sporting event. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) took just three days to п¬Ѓnd an alternative host after refusing MoroccoвЂ™s request for a postponement on Tuesday. Morocco feared travelling fans could spread the deadly virus that has claimed more than 5,000 lives in west Africa. Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang agreed to host the event after talks yesterday with CAF president Issa Hayatou in Malabo, the governing body said in a statement. Having expelled Equatorial Guinea from the tournamentвЂ™s preliminaries for using weeks for the nation as a whole. вЂњSenzo will be missed by everyone. I know it wonвЂ™t sound well to people so soon but life will have to go on,вЂќ he says. вЂњ[Going to the grave] was very difficult but we felt for the players who live abroad it was an opportunity to pay their respects before we started training. They have put it behind them now. We were worried about how they might react to everything that has happened but you can see they have accepted it and are fully focused on what they have to do.вЂќ Eliminated in the quarterп¬Ѓnals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil under Gordon Igesund, South Africa failed to reach the World Cup qualifying play-offs having п¬Ѓnished behind Ethiopia in the group stage. Igesund was eventually replaced by Mashaba вЂ“ despite competition from Carlos Queiroz, Frank Rijkaard and Dick Advocaat вЂ“ for his second permanent spell, in charge having been controversially sacked on the eve of the 2004 Cup of Nations п¬Ѓnals for refusing to recall the former Manchester United midп¬Ѓelder Quinton Fortune after he asked to be excused from a training camp. Clearly Mashaba has unп¬Ѓnished business as Bafana have picked up eight points from his п¬Ѓrst four competitive matches thanks to four clean sheets from Meyiwa. They could even afford not to beat Sudan and still make it, although with the п¬Ѓnal п¬Ѓxture away against the reigning champions, Nigeria, the coach wants to п¬Ѓnish the job at the earliest opportunity. вЂњWeвЂ™ve had some good results but it will mean nothing if we donвЂ™t make it,вЂќ Mashaba says. вЂњThe Nigeria game will not only be about qualiп¬Ѓcation because in the п¬Ѓrst game (a draw) we should have beaten them. We need to make sure we get the result against Sudan.вЂќ Roberto Mancini, who is expected to sign a two-and-a-half year deal, won three league titles and two Italian Cups in four success-laden years with the Nerazzurri. (EPA) FOCUS Reuters Cape Town South Africa vow to play for their murdered captain Meyiwa an ineligible player, CAF will now bend their rules to allow the home country to take part in the 16-team п¬Ѓeld. The tournament will stay on the scheduled dates of Jan. 17-Feb. 8 and be played at four venuesвЂ”Ebebiyin, Mongomo, Bata and the capital Malabo. The latter two were used in 2012 when Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the п¬Ѓnals with neighbours Gabon. Two years ago, AfricaвЂ™s only Spanish speaking country struggled with the logistics of hosting just eight teams and now face the daunting task of being ready for double that number. CAFвЂ™s options were limited after it decided to go ahead with the event in January rather than grant Morocco a postponement. Angola and Gabon were also cited as possible alternatives but ruled themselves out of the race, while there was speculation 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar could be chosen, giving rise to the bizarre prospect of AfricaвЂ™s championship being played in Asia. Equatorial GuineaвЂ™s oil and natural gas wealth means they can foot the estimated $40-million bill for hosting the tournamentвЂ”a prerequisite that consid- erably narrowed down CAFвЂ™s options. The governing body began searching for an alternative one month ago when Morocco п¬Ѓrst gave notice of their desire to postpone the event to June or January next year. CAF characterised MoroccoвЂ™s concerns as alarmist, were steadfast in their refusal to change the dates and gambled on п¬Ѓnding an alternative for the event which accounts for the vast majority of their income. Equatorial Guinea has had no outbreaks of Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic fever, since it erupted in March and with limited facilities, it is likely to attract just a handful of travelling fans, severely reducing any threat. Equatorial Guinea reached the quarterп¬Ѓnals of the last tournament they cohosted with Gabon in 2012. They п¬Ѓnished second in their pool after victories over Senegal and Libya in their only previous п¬Ѓnals appearance. The qualiп¬Ѓers for the 2015 Nations Cup conclude next Wednesday and the draw for the tournament will be held in Malabo on Dec. 3, CAF said. Legend Pele recovering from kidney stone removal Agencies Sao Paulo F ormer Brazil striker Pele underwent a procedure on Thursday to remove kidney stones that were obstructing his urinary tract, his doctors at a Sao Paulo hospital said. The 74-year-old was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital on Wednesday with abdominal pains that forced him to cancel a book signing event in Santos, where he lives. Tests showed he was suffering from kidney and ureteral stones that were removed on Thursday morning, the doctors said in a statement. вЂњHe is clinically stable and in recovery,вЂќ they added. Known as вЂњthe King of soccerвЂќ in Brazil, Pele is widely regarded as the п¬Ѓnest player to grace the sport. He played in four World Cups and helped Brazil win the global tournament three times, the last in Mexico in 1970. BAYERN BREAK THE ONE-MILLION SHIRTS RECORD Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich sold more than a million shirts last season for the п¬Ѓrst time in the clubвЂ™s history, according to their marketing director Andreas Jung. вЂњLast season, we sold 1.3 million shirts, more than all the other Bundesliga clubs put together. ItвЂ™s a new record,вЂќ Bayern board member Jung told German broadcaster Sport1. Jung said вЂњno player in particularвЂќ had been the most sought after name to adorn a jersey by fans this season, вЂњwhich just shows how attractive the team are.вЂќ While Mario GoetzeвЂ™s number 19 shirt is proving popular after he scored the winning goal in the World Cup п¬Ѓnal, Spain star Xabi AlonsoвЂ™s number three shirt is also selling well, вЂњbut the others are not far behind,вЂќ said Jung. вЂњAnd no goalkeeping jersey has been so prized as that of Manuel Neuer,вЂќ he added without giving details. Bayern are currently four points clear in the Bundesliga and have qualiп¬Ѓed for the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare as they are already conп¬Ѓrmed winners of Group E. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 5 CRICKET FOCUS Indian court names Srinivasan in IPL probe вЂ�We have seen the report. It does suggest some misdemeanour on the part of certain individualsвЂ™ IANS New Delhi T he Supreme Court yesterday disclosed the names of four key cricket personalities, including sidelined BCCI president N Srinivasan, who were investigated by the Justice Mudgal Committee for allegations of spot п¬Ѓxing and betting in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The development resulted in scathing comments from the cricketing fraternity and demands for the guilty to be вЂњput behind barsвЂќ besides the Indian cricket board once again postponing its much-awaited AGM and annual elections. The apex court bench comprising justice TS Thakur and justice FM Kalifullah said those under the Mudgal scanner were Srinivasan, his son-inlaw Gurunath Meiyappan, BCCI chief operating officer (COO) Sunder Raman, IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals coowner Raj Kundra and at least three yet unnamed players. In the wake of the developments, the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the subsequent elections - scheduled for November 20 - were put on hold for another four weeks. The BCCI had earlier postponed its AGM and annual elections after the Supreme Court ignored pleas to reinstate Srinivasan in his post as board chief on September 1. The court bench yesterday said the Mudgal committee report dealing with the conduct and role of the quartet in the spotlight would be given to these four people as well as to the BCCI and the petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar for their respective rejoinders. The court, however, said the identity of the players named in the report will be held back for the time being. The court said it would make the report available to lawyers on both sides so that they can make their arguments when the next hearing takes place November 24. The court said all the parties will п¬Ѓle their objections to the report within four days of its receipt and they will have the liberty to п¬Ѓle responses to rival objections in another four days and directed the listing of the matter for November 24. вЂњWe have seen the report. It does suggest some misdemeanour on the part of certain individuals,вЂќ justice Thakur said at the outset of the hearing. вЂњWe have had an occasion to go through the report. There are certain п¬Ѓndings recorded by the Mudgal Committee, which may be understood to be indicting some persons with regards to whom inquiry was conducted,вЂќ the court said in the course of the hearing. The committeeвЂ™s п¬Ѓndings drew scathing comments from the cricketing fraternity amidst demands for the guilty to be вЂњput behind barsвЂќ. Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said all individuals named by the court should be jailed. Petitioner in the IPL corruption case Aditya Verma said Srinivasan has ruined BCCIвЂ™s reputation while former Indian skipper Bishan Singh Bedi also welcomed the courtвЂ™s decision. BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla, however, said these developments do not jeopardise IndiaвЂ™s forthcoming tour of Australia and they are not in any hurry to hold elections. Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar also criticised the BoardвЂ™s decision to postpone the AGM, saying it was against the boardвЂ™s constitution. In another development, a court yesterday п¬Ѓxed Dec 8 for commencing arguments on the issue of framing charges against accused cricketers S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others in the IPL spot-п¬Ѓxing case. BCCI president N Srinivasan (left) and Indian Premier League chief operating officer Sundar Raman are among the four people named in the Mukul Mudgal Committee probe. The other two are Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and SrinivasanвЂ™s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. BOTTOMLINE Steady Misbah writes his name in Pakistan cricket history AFP Abu Dhabi F our years and three months ago a frustrated Misbah-ul-Haq (pictured) considered burning his cricket equipment and leaving the game for good. But on Thursday he made history, becoming PakistanвЂ™s most successful Test captain of all time as his men secured a thumping 248-run win over New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. In recording his 15th victory as skipper, the much-maligned Misbah eclipsed Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, giants of the game in Pakistan, who captained the side to 14 Test wins apiece. The New Zealand win came on the back of a 2-0 whitewash of Australia, PakistanвЂ™s п¬Ѓrst series win over the Aussies in 20 years. With his calm, dogged perseverance, Misbah stands apart from the perennial turbulence and upheaval of Pakistani cricket and he can now hold his head up among the greatest ever to lead his country. He took over the team at one of its darkest moments, in the wake of the 2010 spot-п¬Ѓxing scandal that saw then-captain Salman Butt and two fast bowlers banned and jailed in Britain. Under MisbahвЂ™s unп¬‚appable guidance, the side seems to have left behind the controversies and off-п¬Ѓeld antics that plagued it in the past. Misbah said it had been a tough journey. вЂњWhen I look back today I was not even in the team,вЂќ he said. He had been dropped for the fateful England tour of 2010, which ended in disgrace for the team as captain Butt and bowlers Mohamed Asif and Mohamed Aamer were caught by a newspaper agreeing to bowl noballs to order. вЂњIt was a tough situation but bad days or good days I never lost hope, and today I am placed above Imran and Miandad as Test captain which I had never thought of,вЂќ said Misbah. The 40-year-old had some low moments this year. He scored just 67 runs in PakistanвЂ™s 2-0 series defeat in Sri Lanka in August and dropped himself for the last oneday international against Australia, just before the Test series. вЂњThe journey of the Pakistan team has been similar to the journey of my lifeвЂ”not being in the side was one of the toughest times not only in my career but in my life as well; but I never give up,вЂќ he said. вЂњSince I was called up to lead the team I obviously had to justify my position as a batsman too.вЂќ His cautious approach with the bat earned Misbah the derogatory nickname вЂњTuk-tukвЂќ from Pakistani fans who prefer the high-octane big hitting of Shahid Afridi. But Misbah answered his critics in the second Test, equalling the great Viv RichardsвЂ™ record for the fastest Test century of all time, off just 56 balls. That innings typiп¬Ѓed the anger of a man keen to show his detractors that he can play with aggression while still acting responsibly for the good of the team. Former captain Rashid Latif said Misbah deserves all the accolades. вЂњHe has led Pakistan in an admirable manner,вЂќ said Latif. вЂњHe deserves the highest civil award of Pakistan for setting the team on a path of recovery and to greatness.вЂќ Even in the toughest moments Misbah never lashed out at his critics, preferring to do his talking on the п¬Ѓeld. вЂњI come from a small place called Mianwali,вЂќ said Misbah of his hometown in the Punjab Province. вЂњThere people glue to the television and pray for me and for the Pakistan team, and it is because of their prayers and prayers of my mother and family that I am here. вЂњAs for my critics I never get distracted, because they have a job and I have a job, whoever does it well will be remembered.вЂќ Teammate and close friend Mohamed Hafeez said MisbahвЂ™s personality had helped him to succeed. вЂњGood things happen to good people and since Misbah is a good man, the Almighty has blessed him with honours,вЂќ he said. Pakistan retain under-scrutiny Hafeez for second Test Abu Dhabi: Pakistan yesterday retained all-rounder Mohamed Hafeez (pictured) for the second Test against New Zealand despite his bowling action being reported. HafeezвЂ™s action was reported as suspect by match officials after the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, which Pakistan won by 248 runs for a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. The second Test starts in Dubai from Monday. Under the International Cricket Council rules on suspect bowling action, Hafeez has 21 days to have a mandatory bio-mechanic assessment of his action. But in that period he is allowed to bowl at international level. Injured opener Ahmed Shehzad misses out and is the only change to the side that won the successive Abu Dhabi Tests against Australia and New Zealand. Chief selector Moin Khan said Shehzad is a forced change. вЂњThe change has been forced on us owing to a head injury to Shehzad. Team Pakistan is keen and confident of maintaining its winning sequence in the remaining two Tests as wellвЂќ, said chief selector and manager Khan. Shehzad hit a career-best 176 in the first Test but suffered a fracture on skull after being hit by a bouncer from New Zealand seamer Corey Anderson on Monday. One from Shan Masood or Taufiq Umar is likely to replace Shehzad. The third Test will be played in Sharjah from November 26. Squad: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufiq Umar, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Ehsan Adil, Harris Sohail, Imran Khan, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar Babar. 6 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 CRICKET AUS VS SA, 1ST ODI BAN VS ZIM, DAY 2, 3RD TEST Clarke injured as Aussies win first ODI against Proteas Teenage spinner gives Bangladesh the edge in third Test Nathan Coulter-Nile claims 4 for 48 to be adjudged Man of the Match AFP Perth, Australia A ustralian captain Michael Clarke suffered a worrying recurrence of a hamstring injury as his side beat South Africa in the opening one-day international at PerthвЂ™s WACA Ground yesterday. After being sent in to bat in the opening encounter of the п¬Ѓve-match series, the home team posted 300 for eight from their 50 overs. In reply, South Africa threatened a record run chase at the venue when their skipper, AB de Villiers (80) and David Miller (65) put on 126 for the п¬Ѓfth wicket, but ultimately fell 32 runs short and were dismissed for 268. Despite the efforts of de Villiers and Miller, the South Africans were always behind on the back foot after losing early wickets, with paceman Mitchell Johnson (2-38) celebrating his announcement as the ICC Cricketer of the Year by claiming both Proteas openers, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, in quick succession. Recalled wicketkeeper Matthew Wade claimed п¬Ѓve catches in the South African innings, while man-of-the-match Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed 4-48. The 33-year-old Clarke reinjured his troublesome left hamstring as he made just 11 from 20 balls in the Australian innings and was immediately ruled out of taking any further part in the match. вЂњMichael has reinjured his left hamstring and is currently being assessed,вЂќ team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement released by Cricket Australia. вЂњHe will have a scan tomorrow and take no further part in the matchвЂќ Clarke has battled a degenerative back condition in recent years and hamstring troubles have plagued him, including missing matches on AustraliaвЂ™s past two overseas tours, to Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates. вЂњMichael has reinjured his left hamstring and is currently being assessed,вЂќ team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement released by Cricket Australia. вЂњHe will have a scan tomorrow and take no further part in the match.вЂќ The injury casts a signiп¬Ѓcant cloud over his immediate playing future. He is unlikely to play in the remainder of the one-day series, and the п¬Ѓrst Test against India is just three weeks away. The World Cup, which is being cohosted by Australia, starts in February. The home side made the most of some good fortune with the bat, the Proteas dropping several catches, including grassing four chances to remove top scorer George Bailey, who made 70 from 75 balls as Australia rode their luck to recover from 144-5. The Australian vice-captain should never have reached double п¬Ѓgures. Hit on the back by the п¬Ѓrst ball he faced from Dale Steyn, Bailey was dropped twice in successive deliveries he faced when he was on just two, as South Africa struck back with a vengeance following Scorecard SOUTH AFRICA H. Amla c Wade b Johnson 8 Q. de Kock c Wade b Johnson 2 F. du Plessis c Marsh b Watson 31 H. Behardien c Finch b Coulter-Nile 20 A.B. de Villiers run out 80 D. Miller c Marsh b Coulter-Nile 65 R. McLaren c Wade b Coulter-Nile 0 V. Philander c Wade b Hazlewood 1 D. Steyn c Wade b Coulter-Nile 6 M. Morkel not out 22 I. Tahir c Warner b Maxwell 22 Extras (b1, lb1, 9w) 11 Total (all out; 48.1 overs) 268 Fall of wickets: 1-6 (de Kock), 2-18 (Amla), 3-53 (Behardien), 4-76 (du Plessis), 5-202 (Miller), 6-202 (McLaren), 7-207 (Philander), 8-215 (de Villiers), 9-222 (Steyn), 10-268 (Tahir). Bowling: M. Johnson 10-1-38-2 (5w), J. Hazlewood 10-0-50-1 (2w), N. Coulter-Nile 10-0-48-4, M. Marsh 7-050-0 (1w), S. Watson 6-0-48-1 (1w), G. Maxwell 5.1-0-32-1. AFP Chittagong, Bangladesh Y oung leg-spinner Jubair Hossain (pictured) grabbed a п¬Ѓvewicket haul in only his third Test to hand Bangladesh the advantage in the third and п¬Ѓnal Test against Zimbabwe in Chittagong yesterday. The 19-year-old п¬Ѓnished with 5-96 as Bangladesh, hoping to sweep the series 3-0, dismissed Zimbabwe for 374 runs on the third day to gain a 129-run lead. The hosts extended the overall lead to 152 runs after reaching 23-0 in their second knock by stumps. Elton Chigumbura (88), AUSTRALIA D. Warner c McLaren b Philander 46 A. Finch c de Kock b Philander 35 S. Watson c Morkel b Tahir 13 M. Clarke c de Kock b Steyn 11 G. Bailey c du Plessis b Steyn 70 M. Marsh b Philander 10 M. Wade c Rossouw (s) b Philander 35 G. Maxwell c du Plessis b Morkel 29 M. Johnson not out 13 N. Coulter-Nile not out 9 Extras (b1, lb14, w13, nb1) 29 Total (eight wickets; 50 overs) 300 Fall of wickets: 1-94 (Warner), 2-94 (Finch), 3-112 (Clarke), 4-130 (Watson), 5-144 (Marsh), 6-236 (Bailey), 7-256 (Wade), 8-276 (Maxwell). Bowling: D. Steyn 10-0-62-2 (2w), V. Philander 10-0-45-4 (1nb, 3w), M. Morkel 10-1-56-1 (2w), R McLaren 9-0-63-0 (6w), I. Tahir 10-0-54-1, F. Behardien 1-0-5-0 Sikandar Raza (82), Hamilton Masakadza (81) and Regis Chakabva (65) settled in for Zimbabwe, but all three failed to convert the starts into centuries. When the tourists resumed at 113-1 in reply to BangladeshвЂ™s 503, the overnight pair of Raza and Masakadza put on 160 runs, ZimbabweвЂ™s highest partnership for the second wicket. It surpassed the 135 by Mark Dekker and Alastair Campbell against Pakistan in 1993. Seamer Shaп¬Ѓul Islam trapped Masakadza leg-before and, three overs later, Jubair put Zimbabwe on the back foot with the wickets of skipper Brendan Taylor and Raza in the space of three balls. Zimbabwe, who went to lunch at 200-4, lost Craig ErvineвЂ™s (14) soon after resumption, but Chigumbura and Chakabva added 113 runs for the sixth wicket to help their team avoid the followon. Jubair dismissed Chigumbura through a catch by Mohamed Mahmudullah in the slips and completed his п¬Ѓve-wicket haul with the wicket of last man Natsai MвЂ™shangwe. Bangladesh won the п¬Ѓrst two Tests in Dhaka and Khulna. The series between the two lowestranked teams will be followed by п¬Ѓve one-day internationals. BRIEF SCORES: Bangladesh 503 and 23 for 0 (Tamim 8 batting, Kayes 11 batting) lead Zimbabwe 374 (Chigumbura 88, Raza 82, Masakadza 81, Chakabva 65) by 152 runs SPOTLIGHT AustraliaвЂ™s Johnson wins best cricketer of the year award AFP Abu Dhabi F iery Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson was named cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council yesterday, matching his countryman Ricky PontingвЂ™s feat of winning the award twice. Johnson, 33, spearheaded AustraliaвЂ™s attack during a 5-0 Ashes sweep of England last year and then helped his team beat South Africa 2-1, picking up 59 Test wickets between August 2013 to September 2014. This is the second time the left-arm paceman has picked up the Sir Garп¬Ѓeld Sobers trophy, named after the former West Indian great, after winning the award in 2009. His former captain Ponting also won the coveted prize twice in a row, in 2006 and 2007. вЂњSome of the greats of the game have been nominated and won this award and itвЂ™s a very special honour,вЂќ Johnson said. вЂњFor me itвЂ™s nice to be able to contribute to the team and do the job that I have always thought an opening stand of 94 by David Warner (46) and Aaron Finch (35). David Miller dropped a sitter at point from the bowling of Morne Morkel, and then in the next over spinner Imran Tahir grassed a simple caught and bowled chance. Bailey had two more lives on 38 and 47, the latter one also resulting in South African п¬Ѓelder Farhaan Behardien being forced from the п¬Ѓeld with a minor shoulder injury sustained in a diving attempt to complete the catch. BaileyвЂ™s luck came to an end when he skied a drive from the bowling of Steyn and was brilliantly caught by a back-pedalling Faf du Plessis at mid-off. Seamer Vernon Philander led the way for the Proteas, claiming both the openers on his way to п¬Ѓgures of 4-45 from his 10 overs. AustraliaвЂ™s Nathan Coulter-Nile bowls during the first one-day international against South Africa in Perth yesterday. (AFP) I have been able to do,вЂќ he was quoted as saying in an ICC statement. вЂњThis is something that IвЂ™ll be able to look back on in time when my career is over and be exceptionally proud of.вЂќ Johnson beat the Sri Lankan duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews and South AfricaвЂ™s AB de Villiers, who were also nominated last week. De Villiers won the ICC oneday international cricketer of the year while EnglandвЂ™s Gary Balance was named the ICC emerging cricketer of the year. Australian opener Aaron FinchвЂ™s 156 runs off 63 balls against England in 2013 won him the ICC Twenty20 performance of the year award, while ScotlandвЂ™s Preston Mommsen was named the ICC Associate and Afп¬Ѓliate cricketer of the year. EnglandвЂ™s wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor also scooped the ICC womenвЂ™s one-day cricketer of the year award. EnglandвЂ™s Richard Kettleborough of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires won the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the year for the second consecutive year. BOTTOMLINE England have put Pietersen row behind them, says Cook AFP London E ngland captain Alastair Cook insisted yesterday the controversy over Kevin PietersenвЂ™s (pictured) autobiography was well and truly in the past for his side ahead of their one-day international series in Sri Lanka. England п¬‚y out tomorrow for a seven-match series designed as part of their preparations for next yearвЂ™s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. They do so with the furore over star batsman PietersenвЂ™s book having just about died down since it was launched in a blaze of publicity last month. South Africa-born Pietersen, ditched by England earlier this year following the 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia, blasted former coach Andy Flower and several current players, saying a вЂњbullying cultureвЂќ had been created in the dressing room. But Cook, speaking to reporters at LordвЂ™s yesterday, was adamant EnglandвЂ™s one-day squad had not been disturbed by all the sound and fury happening around them. вЂњWeвЂ™ve had a couple of weeks together and we havenвЂ™t felt the need to talk about it at all,вЂќ Cook said. вЂњItвЂ™s all happened now, itвЂ™s all out now from his (PietersenвЂ™s) side and as players weвЂ™ve left it, thereвЂ™s nothing more that can really come out. вЂњWe just want to build and move forward as a side and as a captain, thatвЂ™s a good place to be.вЂќ England have lost п¬Ѓve of their last six one-day international series and last week retired India great Sachin Tendulkar wrote off their chances of winning the World CupвЂ”something England have not done in nearly 40 yearsвЂ™ of trying. Indeed England, on home soil, were comfortably beaten by reigning World Cup champions India during their last ODI series, with former skipper Michael Vaughan and retired off-spinner Graeme Swann, who played alongside Cook, both calling for the Essex left-hander to step down as one-day captain of the national side. TACTICAL NOUS But having seen pundits bay for his resignation as Test captain before leading England to a series win over India last season, Cook said: вЂњDidnвЂ™t Michael Vaughan want me out as Test captain as well? вЂњThat was about a week before and he actually had to admit he was wrong then as well... It would be great if people changed their tunes in п¬Ѓve monthsвЂ™ time. вЂњDo I have the tactical nous? Without a doubt. I think the only time England have been number one in the world in one-day cricket was when I was captain.вЂќ Cook has struggled for runs in white-ball cricket during the past year, with many believing his essentially orthodox approach at the crease is symptomatic of EnglandвЂ™s outdated one-day tactics. However, Cook said: вЂњWe havenвЂ™t won over the last couple of series so we do have to improve but itвЂ™s not about a radical change of method. вЂњYou talk about strategy but for me itвЂ™s about individuals playing as well as we can. вЂњIf we can peak at the right time for the World Cup, weвЂ™ve got a really good chance and I donвЂ™t think anyone will want to play us.вЂќ Following the Sri Lanka tour, England will travel to Sydney for a triangular one-day series with Australia and India. That will give England at least 11 ODIs вЂ” 12 if they reach the tri-series п¬ЃnalвЂ”before the World Cup gets underway on February 14. England have often been accused of not taking ODI cricket seriously but Cook believes the upcoming schedule is proof they are serious when it comes to their World Cup aspirations. вЂњThis has gone back a few years of planning as to why our World Cups havenвЂ™t gone as well as they should have done,вЂќ Cook said. вЂњI for one am very excited about playing oneday cricket without Test cricket in the foreground.вЂќ He added: вЂњThat pressure on an England side is always there. People demand success because they want England to win and thereвЂ™s no point in hiding away from that.вЂќ Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 7 SPORT NFL NBA Gasol shines as Bulls beat Raptors вЂ�Pau has been unbelievable in terms of everythingвЂ™ Calm Tannehill guides Miami to win over Bills Reuters Miami T he Miami Dolphins took hold of second place in the AFC East after beating divisional rivals the Buffalo Bills 22-9 on Thursday. Miami moved to a 6-4 record with the win, keeping themselves in playoff contention, while the Bills fell to 5-5. The New England Patriots lead the division on 7-2. The Bills had won the last three meetings between the two teams but never got going against a solid Miami defense and had to settle for three п¬Ѓeld goals. MiamiвЂ™s offense spluttered at times too but quarterback Ryan Tannehill, sacked п¬Ѓve times, kept his composure and threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions on 26-of-34 passing. The Bills led 9-3 in the third quarter before Miami scored 19 unanswered points as they took a stranglehold on the game. Tannehill found Brandon Gib- son in the end zone with a seven yard pass after a strong 80-yard drive before Bills quarterback Kyle Orton gave up a safety on an intentional grounding call. Miami extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Tannehill found Jarvis Landry with an eight yard pass and a 32 yard Caleb Sturgis п¬Ѓeld goal wrapped up the win. вЂњI thought it was a good team win,вЂќ said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. вЂњI thought our defense played well. We didnвЂ™t allow any touchdowns and we played well in the red zone.вЂќ The Bills failed to make the most of two turnovers from fumbles leaving their head coach Doug Marrone frustrated. вЂњTo only get three points off two turnovers, you canвЂ™t do that. You have to take advantage of those situations,вЂќ he said. вЂњBut this was a team loss. We have to stick together. We have put ourselves in a difficult situation (in the division) and we are just going to have to п¬Ѓght our way out of it game by game.вЂќ Golden State Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa of Brazil (3-L) goes to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (C) defends during the second half of their NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Thursday. DPA Los Angeles T he surging Chicago Bulls survived the Toronto Raptors and another injury scare from their All-Star guard Derrick Rose. Spaniard Pau Gasol had 27 points with 11 rebounds and the visiting Bulls handed the Toronto Raptors their п¬Ѓrst home loss of the season, 100-93 on Thursday. вЂњPau has been unbelievable in terms of everything,вЂќ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. вЂњHe has brought a winning attitude to our team.вЂќ At 7-2, the Bulls matched the Raptors for the best mark in the Eastern Conference. But the main concern was the status of their former league MVP Rose. The oft-injured electric guard netted 20 points but provided late drama. With two minutes remaining, Rose slipped on a drive to the basket and his left knee appeared to buckle. He walked to the bench, did not get any treatment nor did he return to the game. Afterward, the Bulls took a collective sigh of relief. вЂњI feel like its cramps in my hamstring but I feel good,вЂќ Rose said. вЂњIt shouldnвЂ™t be serious. IвЂ™m going to ice it down and see if I can practice tomorrow.вЂќ Jimmy Butler netted 21 points while Mike Dunleavy dropped in 14 for the Bulls, who opened 5-0 on the road for the п¬Ѓrst time since the 1996-97 season. Trailing by seven at halftime, the Bulls outscored their hosts 35-14 in the third quarter by limiting them to 6-of-21 п¬Ѓeld goal shooting, to take an 80-66 cushion entering the п¬Ѓnal frame. The gap grew to 18 with 4 minutes 15 seconds remaining but the Raptors fought back. After Rose went down and threw the ball away, Terrence Ross splashed down a 3-pointer, Amir Johnson (14 points) followed with a fast-break slam and Toronto was within 93-88 with 1:44 to go. But Butler quieted the sold-out Air Canada Centre crowd with a 20-foot jumper and Dunleavy added two free throws with 58.9 seconds left to seal the victory. вЂњWe had a great third quarter,вЂќ Thibodeau said. вЂњIn the fourth, we did a lot to hang on. We still have a lot of work to do, a lot of things still to clean up.вЂќ Kyle Lowry collected 20 points, eight rebounds and as many assists, while James Johnson scored 16 off the bench for Toronto, held well-below its league-best 107 points per game. вЂњWe didnвЂ™t shoot well, we just didnвЂ™t play our game,вЂќ said Lowry. вЂњWe didnвЂ™t play up to it physically and defensively. We have to do that for a full 48 minutes.вЂќ Elsewhere: Memphis Grizzlies 111, Sacramen- to Kings 110: Courtney Lee converted a wide-open layup off an inbound lob pass from Vince Carter with three-tenths of second remaining, and the Grizzlies stormed from 26 down to stun the Kings, for their biggest come-from-behind win in franchise history. Mike Conley had 22 points with 11 assists, Spaniard Marc Gasol netted 20 and Lee п¬Ѓnished with 16 for league-best Memphis (8-1) winners of 18 in a row at home since February. Rudy Gay scored 25 points, while DeMarcus Cousins had 22 with 12 rebounds for Sacramento (5-4) which coughed up a 24-point lead at Dallas on Tuesday. Dallas Mavericks 123, Philadelphia 76ers 70: German juggernaut Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points, and the Mavericks built a 73-29 halftime cushion en route to punishing the winless Sixers (0-8)for their most-lopsided victory in franchise history. Reigning rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams netted 19 points in his season-debut following shoulder surgery in May for the Sixers, who shot an icy 29 per cent from the п¬Ѓeld and committed 27 turnovers in the beat-down. Golden State Warriors 107, Brooklyn Nets 99: Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry added 17 apiece, and the Warriors clipped the visiting Nets to stop a twogame slide. Jarrett Jack tossed in 23 points against his former team, while Brook Lopez and Deron Williams added 18 apiece in BrooklynвЂ™s (4-4) second loss in as many nights. Silver calls for move to allow sport bets New York: NBA commissioner Adam Silver called for changes to US laws that ban gambling on sports events in most states, saying American attitudes have changed regarding such betting. Silver, who replaced David Stern as the NBAвЂ™s boss last February, expressed his opinions in an editorial posted Thursday on the New York Times website even as a federal judge is set to rule next week on neighboring New JerseyвЂ™s push for Las Vegasstyle gambling on sports at struggling casinos and racing tracks. Under a 1992 law, state-backed US sports betting on single games is allowed only in Nevada. To help make his case, Silver cited the gambling done on NBA games beyond US borders as global interest in the league has grown over the past two decades. BOXING Wladimir Klitschko inches towards Joe LouisвЂ™ record AFP Berlin W ladimir Klitschko chases the 17th defence of his world heavyweight crowns against unbeaten Kubrat Pulev today with the legendary Joe LouisвЂ™ record of 25 defences in the division getting closer. The 38-year-old Klitschko has held at least the IBF and IBO heavyweight titles since 2006, adding the WBO title in 2008 by beating Sultan Ibragimov, before a unanimous decision against BritainвЂ™s David Haye in 2011 gave him the WBA crown. It says as much for KlitschkoвЂ™s longevity as the lack of genuine contenders that the giant Ukrainian has had few peers in the division. Klitschko takes on Pulev in his home town HamburgвЂ™s O2 World, near the Imtech Arena where he beat Haye more than three years ago. The Bulgarian has earned his п¬Ѓrst world title п¬Ѓght by becoming the IBFвЂ™s mandatory challenger. The 33-year-old has 11 knock-outs in 20 victories on his unblemished record, but sparked animosity when he boycotted MondayвЂ™s pre-п¬Ѓght press conference having been left fuming after members of his promotional team were denied access. вЂњBecause Klitschko is not behaving correctly, he doesnвЂ™t get my respect,вЂќ said Pulev. вЂњHe isnвЂ™t afraid and he will be tested (during the bout).вЂќ The Ukrainian champion pulled out of the original п¬Ѓght in September due to a bicep injury and was unimpressed by the challengerвЂ™s pre-п¬Ѓght behaviour. вЂњI cannot believe it. He is ill-advised and it looks like brainwashing,вЂќ said a bemused Klitschko, who has an impressive record of 52 knock-outs in 62 wins with the last of his three defeats now over a decade ago. вЂњSomebody from his entourage is pulling his strings.вЂќ Pulev enjoyed knockout wins over Alexander Ustinov and Alexander Dimitrenko in 2012 and his unanimous win over Tony Thompson in August 2013 earned him the right to п¬Ѓght Klitschko. He kept busy last year by forcing both Joey Abell of the USA and CroatiaвЂ™s Ivica Perkovic into retiring in the early rounds of their bouts. вЂњI am going to be dangerous, pressing the action early on Saturday. Wladimir will have to move a lot inside the ring,вЂќ said Pulev. вЂњThis is going to be the most important п¬Ѓght of my career to date.вЂќ But Klitschko has seen it all before. The champion brushed off the latest extreme efforts by USA boxer Shannon Briggs on Wednesday to earn a shot at the UkrainianвЂ™s belts. Briggs, 42, gate-crashed KlitschkoвЂ™s opening training session in Hamburg before being ejected from the building by security guards. вЂњThe people donвЂ™t want Klitschko anymore. IвЂ™m the real champ. The world wants to see the Klitschko-Briggs п¬Ѓght,вЂќ bellowed the American. He also disrupted the press conference before KlitschkoвЂ™s last п¬Ѓght against AustraliaвЂ™s Alex Leapai in April, then a scuffle broke out when Briggs approached Klitschko while he was eating in an Italian restaurant in Miami. He even taunted Klitschko, the WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA champion, from a speedboat while the Ukrainian was stand-up paddle surп¬Ѓng in Florida. вЂњI really couldnвЂ™t care less what he does,вЂќ said Klitschko, 38, after BriggsвЂ™ latest stunt. вЂњI will just concentrate on the п¬Ѓght.вЂќ Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (R) runs for a first down against Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (L) during their NFL game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Thursday. NHL Avalanche edge Rangers in shootout Agencies New York C enter Nathan MacKinnon and left winger Alex Tanguay scored during a shootout to propel the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. MacKinnon tied the score at 3-3 midway through the third period on a power-play, his п¬Ѓfth goal the season, to help the send the game into overtime. Tanguay and center Matt Duchene also scored for the Avalanche in regulation. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves. Right winger Kevin Hayes, center Derek Stepan and defenseman Dan Girardi scored for the Rangers, who received 25 saves from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Right winger Blake Wheeler scored two goals as Winnipeg bounced back from a miserable outing last time out by defeating Carolina at PNC Arena. Michel Frolik added an emptynet goal with 1:30 remaining as the Jets returned to winning ways following their 3-0 defeat against Montreal on Tuesday. Center Elias Lindholm scored on a second-period power-play for Carolina, which had a sixgame points streak snapped. San Jose Sharks edged Tampa Bay thanks in large part to goaltender Antti NiemiвЂ™s 32 saves at Amalie Arena. Center Joe Thornton and winger Tyler Kennedy scored second- Erik Johnson (6) of the Colorado Avalanche puts Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers into the glass at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Thursday. period goals that proved enough for San Jose. Tampa Bay pulled goalie Ben Bishop, who made 37 saves in the game, in the п¬Ѓnal minute but could not get the tying goal after center Steven Stamkos scored in the third period to bring his team within striking distance. Left winger Max Pacioretty scored twice to lead Montreal to an easy win over Boston at the Bell Centre. Goaltender Carey Price made 21 saves for Montreal, while Boston goalie Niklas Svedberg stopped 29 shots. Right wingers Dale Weise and Jiri Sekac and center Lars Eller also scored for Montreal while defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored for Boston. 8 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 SPORT SPOTLIGHT DEMAND Djokovic seals year-end top spot, makes semi-finals вЂ�ItвЂ™s an incredible achievement and I want to thank my team and my family...вЂ™ Woods or Mickelson as Ryder Cup playercaptain, says Daly Reuters Belek, Turkey J ohn Daly has rubbished the formation of a task force to examine ways of improving the dire recent run of the US Ryder Cup team, urging his country to appoint Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson as player-captain. Daly, winner of the 1995 British Open and 1991 US PGA Championship, has never played in the biennial team event but said it was вЂњnot rocket scienceвЂќ to work out why Europe had won eight of the last 10 editions. вЂњI donвЂ™t know where they are going with a task force,вЂќ the 48-year-old told reporters after posting a three-under-par 69 in the opening round of the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Thursday. вЂњThey should just go ahead and pick a captain. My view is that Phil Mickelson should be the next captain and play at Hazeltine. вЂњHe knows everything about the Ryder Cup so maybe it should be him or Tiger who should be the next captain. WeвЂ™ve had Tiger Woods of the USA. playing captains over the years so why not in 2016?вЂќ. The PGA of America announced the formation of the task force, which includes Mickelson and Woods, after Tom WatsonвЂ™s side lost to Paul McGinleyвЂ™s Europe by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 in Scotland in September. The job of the 11-man group is to examine вЂњthe entire Ryder Cup processвЂќ including the selection of the captain and the points qualifying system. вЂњIf they picked Phil he would have full team respect,вЂќ said Daly. вЂњItвЂ™s not rocket science why the European team has been winning, it doesnвЂ™t need a task force to work it out.вЂќ ON TOP IndiaвЂ™s Randhawa takes lead at Chiangmai Classic AFP Bangkok I SerbiaвЂ™s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his Group A singles match against Tomas Berdych to qualify for the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. AFP London N ovak Djokovic was at his imperious best as he sealed the yearend world number one spot and advanced to the semi-п¬Ѓnals of the ATP Tour Finals with a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Tomas Berdych yesterday. Djokovic п¬Ѓnishes on top of the rankings for the third time in four seasons and is only the seventh player to hold п¬Ѓrst place at the end of the calender year on at least three occasions. The SerbвЂ™s third successive victory at the prestigious season-ending event at LondonвЂ™s O2 Arena ensured he won Group A and will face JapanвЂ™s Kei Nishikori in todayвЂ™s semi-п¬Ѓnals. вЂњItвЂ™s been a long year, a long season, itвЂ™s an incredible achievement and I want to thank my team and my family and all the people who supported me,вЂќ Djokovic said. вЂњIвЂ™m aware that being number one in the world is the biggest challenge a tennis player can have. ItвЂ™s an incredible feeling and IвЂ™m very happy. вЂњThis was deп¬Ѓnitely one of the best performances. I hoped I could continue the way I played in the п¬Ѓrst two matches.вЂќ The number one ranking is a п¬Ѓtting reward for the SerbвЂ™s remarkable consistency during a year in which he won Wimbledon, reached the French Open п¬Ѓnal and claimed п¬Ѓve other titles. With top spot wrapped up, Djokovic can focus on becoming the п¬Ѓrst player to win the Tour Finals three years in a row since Ivan Lendl in the 1980s. Few would bet against him after he lost a combined nine games during his three majestic group victories. It is the 11th consecutive year that one of Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal has п¬Ѓnished on top of the rankings. And, after FedererвЂ™s brilliant demolition of Andy Murray for the loss of only one game on Thursday, it was DjokovicвЂ™s вЂњItвЂ™s been a long year, a long season. IвЂ™m aware that being number one in the world is the biggest challenge a player can have. ItвЂ™s an incredible feeling and IвЂ™m very happy,вЂќ said Djokovic turn to showcase the current gap that exists between the big three and the rest of their rivals. SIMPLY UNTOUCHABLE The 27-year-old had looked untouchable in his routs of Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka and he continued to dominate against Berdych, who had lost 16 of his 18 meetings with the Serb. BerdychвЂ™s power serve is his main weapon but the slow pace of the court at the O2 Arena has neutralised many of the big hitters this week and it was no different this time as Djokovic broke without dropping a point in the opening game. DjokovicвЂ™s remarkably agile movement when forced to defend meant there was no chance of Berdych out-hitting him from the baseline and the Czech was soon left shaking his head in frustration as he was broken again. Although the world number seven п¬Ѓnally got on the scoreboard after losing the п¬Ѓrst four games, it was too late to stop Djokovic clinching the set and with it his place in the last four. As a former Wimbledon п¬Ѓnalist, Berdych is hardly a no-hoper, but he was unable to stem the tide and Djokovic broke again in the opening game of the second set. Another break in the third game effectively ended the contest and it wasnвЂ™t long before Djokovic was celebrating his 30th successive win in indoor matches with a triumphant group hug with coach Boris Becker and his backroom staff. Berdych is likely to be eliminated after losing two of his three group matches, but the Czech will have to wait until WawrinkaвЂ™s meeting with Cilic later on Friday to conп¬Ѓrm his fate. ndiaвЂ™s Jyoti Randhawa charged ahead in the second round of the Chiangmai Golf Classic yesterday with a seven-under-par 65, claiming a one-shot lead. The eight-time Asian Tour winner birdied the last two holes for an 11-under-par 133 total, one shot ahead of ThailandвЂ™s Thanyakon Khrongpha in the $750,000 Asian Tour event. Randhawa, whose last Asian Tour victory was the 2009 Thailand Open, said it was the best he had played вЂњin a long, long timeвЂќ. вЂњI п¬Ѓred on all cylinders today. My driving, second shots and putting were good,вЂќ said the 42-year-old in a statement released by organisers. The 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, of the United States, finished on 138, behind the leader by five shots. вЂњI struggled with my putter a little bit because of a combination of bad speed. When you canвЂ™t judge the speed, you kind of second guess on the greens,вЂќ he said. The major winner is making his Thai debut and playing for a fourth straight week after recovering from a neck injury. ADVICE McIlroy & Co. must play in Europe more, says Montgomerie BOTTOMLINE Hard winter ahead for Murray Rory McIlroy of Ireland. a lot of work on the tennis court, a lot of work on my game, if I want to start the season with an opportunity to win in Australia.вЂќ AFP London A ndy Murray conceded his humiliating exit from the ATP Tour Finals was a suitably downbeat way to end one of the most difficult years of his career. MurrayвЂ™s hopes of salvaging a frustrating campaign by winning the prestigious seasonending event for the п¬Ѓrst time were shattered as Roger Federer thrashed the Scot 6-0, 6-1 to hand him the joint worst defeat of his career. The 27-year-oldвЂ™s second defeat from his three group matches was more than enough to condemn him to a premature exit from LondonвЂ™s O2 Arena and bring the curtain down on an 11-month tale of woe. Only once before, against Novak Djokovic in Miami in 2007, had Murray taken such a beating, and on that occasion he had the excuse of being less than 100 percent п¬Ѓt. Andy Murray reacts during his 6-0 6-1 loss to Roger Federer. To his credit, Murray refused to play the blame game after being blown away in 56 minutes by Federer. вЂњItвЂ™s very disappointing. I would have hoped to have done a lot better but when heвЂ™s extremely loose like he was tonight he was able to try some shots he might not in other situations. Everything he tried came off. He has the ability to do that,вЂќ Murray said. вЂњAfter tonight itвЂ™s quite clear IвЂ™m quite a long way from that level. I wonвЂ™t be able to tell you if itвЂ™s affected my conп¬Ѓdence until I start the new year. But itвЂ™s not a nice way to п¬Ѓnish the year. вЂњI know IвЂ™m going to have to put EMOTIONALLY DRAINED An emotional season had clearly taken its toll on Murray. He had battled a longer than expected recovery from last yearвЂ™s back surgery, suffered a surprise split with coach Ivan Lendl, then controversially hired former womenвЂ™s number one Amelie Mauresmo, lost his Wimbledon title in tame fashion and brieп¬‚y fell out of the top 10 for the п¬Ѓrst time in six years. Even after winning three lowkey tournaments in the last six weeks in a successful bid to qualify for the Tour Finals, he still п¬Ѓnished the year without a win against Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. He knows that record will have to improve dramatically if 2015 is to be more fulп¬Ѓlling. вЂњThe п¬Ѓrst three or four months were hard. Going through surgery isnвЂ™t easy. Maybe I didnвЂ™t appreciate that so much at the time. I found it quite frustrating at the beginning of the year,вЂќ Murray said. вЂњObviously in the middle of that period I switched coaches and stopped working with Ivan. It was a difficult time. вЂњThen after that I had a couple of tough losses at the French Open and Wimbledon when I didnвЂ™t play well. Tonight is another example of that. вЂњMixed in with those matches was some good tennis. The last six weeks were good but yeah itвЂ™s been a hard year.вЂќ The pain of being embarrassed by Federer on home ground will linger throughout the off-season and Murray, who failed to reach a Grand Slam п¬Ѓnal this year, made it clear he is determined to use that angst to fuel his bid to return to peak form. вЂњIвЂ™m not going to try and forget about it. When I think about what happened IвЂ™ll try and use it positively, as motivation for the off-season, to make some changes to things,вЂќ he said. Reuters Belek, Turkey O ne of the п¬Ѓrst tasks for George OвЂ™GradyвЂ™s successor as European Tour chief must be to п¬Ѓnd a way to entice Rory McIlroy and the rest of the elite to play on their home circuit more, according to Colin Montgomerie. The 65-year-old OвЂ™Grady announced this month that he was retiring after a decade in charge of the tour and Montgomerie believes it is vitally important for his replacement to stop the relentless drain of talent to the United States. World number one McIlroy is among several leading European players who are based in America and only travel back across the Atlantic for the best tournaments. вЂњI think the new CEO has to be very careful about the stars of our tour playing full-time somewhere else,вЂќ eight-times Euro- pean number one Montgomerie told reporters at the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open. вЂњWeвЂ™ve got to be quite careful here. The п¬Ѓrst thing a sponsor asks is, вЂ�WhoвЂ™s playing?вЂ™. And too many times nine or 10 of our Ryder Cup team are playing fulltime in America and we have to address that. вЂњWe have to have more of our stars playing more in Europe more of the time. ThatвЂ™s a big, big п¬Ѓrst job of the CEO to try and address that situation.вЂќ Montgomerie also feels the new chief executive may have to make adjustments to the fourtournament Final Series, EuropeвЂ™s equivalent to the FedExCup competition in the US. With British Open and US PGA Championship title holder McIlroy set to be conп¬Ѓrmed as the Race to Dubai money-list winner tomorrow, it will turn next weekвЂ™s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in the United Arab Emirates into something of a damp squib. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 9 SPORT AUSTRALIA VS FRANCE ENGLAND VS SA Skipper Hooper expects tough fight from France вЂ�WeвЂ™re excited to come here, we had the pleasure of playing them in our own backyard and now weвЂ™ve got to come over and do it here playing in this magnificent stadium and magnificent place in ParisвЂ™ Australia player Israel Folau (C) and teammates attend a training session at Stade Jean Moulin in Suresnes, Western Paris, yesterday. AFP Paris A ustralia captain Michael Hooper expects France to be п¬Ѓred up for todayвЂ™s one-off Test match in Paris, he said yesterday. France lost all three Test matches against the Wallabies on their June tour, twice being humbled by thrashings, including conceding seven tries in a 50-23 rout in Brisbane in which they only garnered a measure of respectability after Les Bleus scored two late tries. They also lost 39-13 in Sydney while their 6-0 defeat in Melbourne in a dire match that saw 53 scoreless minutes before a couple of Wallaby penalties, was another embarrassment. But Hooper believes they will be a different proposition on home turf at the Stade de France. вЂњWe know that the French will be a completely different outп¬Ѓt from the June series,вЂќ said the captain and openside п¬‚anker for Super XV champions the Waratahs. вЂњWeвЂ™re excited to come here, we had the pleasure of playing them in our own backyard and now weвЂ™ve got to come over and do it here playing in this magniп¬Ѓcent stadium and magniп¬Ѓcent place in Paris. вЂњWeвЂ™re looking forward to it being a really tough battle because, to be honest, thatвЂ™s what the team needs.вЂќ He also expects Philippe Saint-AndreвЂ™s side to continue to play the free-п¬‚owing, running rugby they produced in last weekendвЂ™s 40-15 victory over Fiji in Marseille. вЂњWe expect them to be open, the French show you many different things,вЂќ added the 23-year-old. вЂњYouвЂ™ve got to be prepared for that, youвЂ™ve got to adapt on the п¬Ѓeld and something the French do is they do play a great expansive game. TheyвЂ™re great with their offloads, theyвЂ™ve got big ball carriers and are solid in defence, and weвЂ™ve got to try to minimise that. вЂњItвЂ™s going to be tough to do because here in their backyard when the fans get cheering, they really get their tails up.вЂќ As for his own team, Hooper said they would not be quite as gung-ho as in their last two matches вЂ” a 40-36 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham and a 33-28 success against Wales in Cardiff вЂ” they scored nine tries and conceded as many over the two games. вЂњItвЂ™s not the best way to do it, it makes it very stressful in a game. Probably our focus on from last week (against Wales) is you want to be able to score points and then exit well and put the pressure straight back on them. вЂњThatвЂ™s something we didnвЂ™t do well last week and it ended up coming back down to the wire. For us it will be about getting points and taking pressure straight off our back when receiving the kick.вЂќ One of the players who impressed for France against Fiji was South Africanborn full-back Scott Spedding, who created two tries on his debut.But Hooper admitted that is a name which is new to his team. вЂњObviously weвЂ™ve seen what he did against Fiji so itвЂ™s in the front of our minds how he can play,вЂќ said Hooper. вЂњItвЂ™s tough to face guys who are in really good form, so for us its something weвЂ™ve got to keep an eye out on.вЂќ But it is the French old guard that most concerns the Wallaby captain. вЂњAcross their backline (Wesley) Fofana, (Yoann) Huget, theyвЂ™re all really solid, devastating players when theyвЂ™re on and theyвЂ™ve got a really big forward pack. вЂњOur forward packвЂ™s going to be tested over the course of this trip and itвЂ™s something weвЂ™ve got to be ready for tomorrow (Saturday) night because it starts here and we know weвЂ™ve got a big battle ahead.вЂќ Lancaster in search of Springbok bounce AFP London E ngland coach Stuart Lancaster needs a victory over South Africa like never before when the teams meet at Twickenham today less than a year out from the World Cup. ItвЂ™s not just that LancasterвЂ™s England have yet to beat the Springboks in four attemptsвЂ”no England side has done so in 11 matches dating back to 2006 вЂ” but rather their poor combined record against the southern hemisphere вЂ�big threeвЂ™ of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia that is the concern. Last weekвЂ™s 24-21 defeat by the world champion All Blacks meant that in 12 matches against the southern hemisphere giants since Lancaster took charge in 2012, England have won just two. If England, the 2015 World Cup hosts, are to make a serious challenge to win the Webb Ellis Trophy the chances are they will have to beat at least two of the вЂ�big threeвЂ™ on successive weekends. Doubts still remains about EnglandвЂ™s best combinations, the quality of their kicking game and captain Chris RobshawвЂ™s decision-making skills under pressure as exempliп¬Ѓed when the п¬‚anker opted for a series of lengthy scrums towards the end of the All Blacks matchвЂ” the hosts got their penalty try but left themselves no time for a clinching score. Lancaster has kept faith with the team that played last weekend, making one enforced change in handing a п¬Ѓrst Test start to wing Anthony Watson in place of injured Bath teammate Semesa Rokoduguni. вЂњI know the players are looking forward to the challenge,вЂќ said Lancaster. вЂњSouth Africa have quality and experience across the park and it will be a big test for us. вЂњItвЂ™s a long selection process. We have got 11 games (before the World Cup). These games are about п¬Ѓnding out who can and canвЂ™t deliver and weвЂ™ll see how this week goes,вЂќ added Lancaster, whose side complete their November programme at home to Samoa and Australia. But while South Africa recently Wales ready for Fiji with one eye on All Blacks Cardiff: A re-jigged Wales will seek to bounce back from another nail-biting defeat by Australia against Fiji today, with one eye on matches against New Zealand and South Africa to follow. Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins will captain a Welsh side showing eight changes to the team beaten 33-28 by the Wallabies last weekend in another dress rehearsal of pool action at next yearвЂ™s World Cup. Jenkins takes over from Paul James in the front row, while Scott Baldwin of Ospreys will make his first Wales start at hooker. Flanker Sam Warburton, the regular captain, is being rested by coach Warren Gatland ahead of the November 22 and 29 games against the All Blacks and Springboks respectively. But there are recalls in the backs for fit-again centre Scott Williams, scrum-half Mike Phillips and fly-half Rhys Priestland, who was jeered by parts of the home crowd when he came on as a replacement in the loss to Australia. ended New ZealandвЂ™s near twoyear unbeaten run, they too come into this match on the back of a defeat following a 29-15 loss to Ireland in Dublin that left Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer feeling вЂњashamedвЂќ. Meyer has made п¬Ѓve changes to the starting XV but retained the same matchday 23 that played last weekend and signiп¬Ѓcantly dropped both half-backs Francois Hougaard and п¬‚y-half Handre Pollard to the bench. Wing JP Pietersen, п¬‚y-half Pat Lambie, scrum-half Cobus Reinach, п¬‚anker Schalk Burger and hooker Adriaan Strauss have all been promoted to the starting XV. вЂњItвЂ™s about how we keep the ball, itвЂ™s about how we make decisions in the right areas.вЂќ OPINION Ecclestone: F1 doesnвЂ™t need younger fans BOTTOMLINE Caterham packing cars and parts for Abu Dhabi finale Reuters London T he Caterham Formula One team are planning to race in next weekвЂ™s Abu Dhabi season-ender even if they fail to raise a targeted 2.35 million pounds ($3.68 million) by yesterdayвЂ™s deadline, an administrator said. The British-based team, who have missed the last two races, still had to raise nearly a million pounds through a crowdfunding website with 13 hours remaining. However administrator Finbarr OвЂ™Connell, representing Smith & Williamson, told Reuters he expected the team would be going to Abu Dhabi anyway. вЂњI am 90 percent conп¬Ѓdent that we are going,вЂќ he said, adding that the teamвЂ™s cars and parts were being packed into trans- port containers and loaded onto trucks at the Leaп¬Ѓeld factory. The freight is due to be п¬‚own out of Britain to Abu DhabiвЂ™s Yas Marina circuit at the weekend. вЂњIn the last few days three in- terested buyers have come forward,вЂќ said OвЂ™Connell. вЂњThey are people with F1 connections who are seriously interested and who if any of them bought it (the team), the world would say вЂ�that makes senseвЂ™.вЂќ He said talks with a number of drivers, some with Formula One experience and others in need of a superlicence, were also advanced. He declined to divulge any names. Caterham, who have never scored so much as a point in п¬Ѓve seasons, went into administration last month after being overwhelmed by debts. The previous management, who took over from Malaysian aviation entrepreneur Tony Fernandes in July, have departed with OвЂ™Connell now the acting principal pending any sale. He expected some deals to be completed yesterday, which would give administrators вЂњthe comfort we need to be 80 percent of the way there. вЂњIf some of those things happen, we expect to be announcing we are going,вЂќ he added. вЂњIf we are still a few hundred thousand pounds short, we will The British-based team, who have missed the last two races, still had to raise nearly a million pounds through a crowdfunding website with 13 hours remaining recalibrate up to race day to raise the rest.вЂќ Formula One has had just nine teams at the last two races after Marussia, who also went into administration last month, ceased trading. The sportвЂ™s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone gave Marussia and Caterham a dispensation to miss the US and Brazilian rounds but has said they must compete in Abu Dhabi to stay in the championship. The Briton has spoken out against CaterhamвЂ™s fundraising, saying it is bad for the sport for teams to go around with вЂ�begging bowlsвЂ™. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone DPA Berlin F ormula One does not need to worry about reaching younger fans, according to the motorsport boss Bernie Ecclestone, who would rather have more older - and richer - fans. вЂњI donвЂ™t know why people want to get to the so-called вЂ�young generation.вЂ™ Why do they want to do that? Is it to sell them something? Most of these kids havenвЂ™t got any money. IвЂ™d rather get to the 70-year-old guy whoвЂ™s got plenty of cash,вЂќ Ecclestone said in an interview with the magazine Campaign AsiaPaciп¬Ѓc. вЂњSo, thereвЂ™s no point trying to reach these kids because they wonвЂ™t buy any of the products here.вЂќ The 84-year-old Ecclestone also said heвЂ™s too old-fashioned for the social media younger people use. вЂњIвЂ™m not interested in tweeting, Facebook and whatever this nonsense is. I tried to п¬Ѓnd out but in any case IвЂ™m too old-fash- Some teams fear the fan base is shrinking as Formula One fights for attention in the sports landscape, which may also have led in part to the bankruptcies of Caterham and Marussia ioned. I couldnвЂ™t see any value in it.вЂќ Many inside the F1 world have criticised that the rights holders have not come up with a sustainable public relations strategy for the social networks. Some teams fear the fan base is shrinking as Formula One п¬Ѓghts for attention in the sports landscape, which may also have led in part to the bankruptcies of Caterham and Marussia. However, when asked if heвЂ™s worried about struggling teams, Ecclestone said: вЂњNot at all. Nobody will miss the two teams because theyвЂ™re not front-running teams. TheyвЂ™ve only got a name that people would know because of the problem theyвЂ™re in.вЂќ The F1 bossвЂ™s answer to such teams: вЂњJust donвЂ™t spend as much. These teams donвЂ™t need to be in п¬Ѓnancial trouble.вЂќ 10 Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 SPORT 11TH ARAB SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIPS GREAT START Qatar women win two gold, one silver Qatar Academy Falcons begin season with a win вЂ�I am very happy with my achievement and hope to continue my form in future eventsвЂ™ QA Falcons varsity boys volleyball team. By Sports Reporter Doha Q QatarвЂ™s medal winners and officials pose for photographs during the 11th Arab Shooting Championships which is being held at the Losail Shooting Range. By Yash Mudgal Doha Q atar women dominated day four of the 11th Arab Shooting Championships by winning two gold medals and one silver at the Losail Shooting Range yesterday. First Sarah Mohamed won the skeet gold with 66 points before Matara alAseiri clinched 50m Riп¬‚e Prone gold ahead of compatriot Aisha al-Mutawa on a very fruitful day for the hosts. Matara collected 613.9 points in the 60-shot event to п¬Ѓnish ahead of Aisha, who won silver with 610.3 points. KuwaitвЂ™s Maryam Arzouqi bagged the bronze. QatarвЂ™s Mahbubeh Akhlaghi п¬Ѓnished fourth. Matara took the lead in the п¬Ѓrst series and maintained it till the end. The contest for the gold between the countrywomen was intense as Aisha tried her best in the fourth and sixth round but she failed to overtake Matara. вЂњIt is a very good day for me. I knew it will be a tough competition as everybody was targeting podium п¬Ѓnish, so I was well prepared for the competition. I am very happy with my achievement and hope to continue my form in the other future events,вЂќ Matara said. Sarah won the skeet gold defeating KuwaitвЂ™s Eman al-Shamaa, members of KuwaitвЂ™s team which п¬Ѓnished п¬Ѓfth in the Incheon Asian Games, by one point. вЂњIt is a very satisfying win in the keenly contested event. The presence of experienced Kuwaiti shooters made it very tough. I hope this win will inspire me to win more medals for my country,вЂќ Sarah said. In the menвЂ™s section, QatarвЂ™s Ali alQahtani scored 181.4 point to clinch 50m Riп¬‚e Prone bronze medal. The gold was won by OmanвЂ™s Said Hamed al-Khatri (204.9), while Saudi ArabiaвЂ™s Saad Abdulrehamn al-Juhaydili grabbed silver. Al-Qahtani also led the hosts to the bronze medal in the team event. AlQahtani (612.9) and his teammates Abdulla al-Maadeed (609.4) and Ali alMuhannadi (605.9) п¬Ѓred a total of 1828.2 points to п¬Ѓnish third behind Oman and Saudi which won the gold and silver, respectively. The members of the victorious Oman team, which scored 1843.9, were Said Hamed al-Khatri, Sinan al-Nasri and Mohamed al-Hattali. Saudi team comprised of Hussain alHarbi, Faiz al-Anazi and Khalid al-Anazi secured the second spot with 1834.4 points. atar Academy began its sports season with an impressive title run by the varsity boys volleyball team, claiming the п¬Ѓrst Near East Schools Activities Conference (NESAC) volleyball championship in Kuwait. The newly-formed NESAC is an exclusive multi event school association comprising of international schools from UAE, Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar. According to Athletics Supervisor Stephen Walker, вЂњNESAC is comprised of п¬Ѓve schools, so QA gets to be more familiar with our competition and build stronger connections as a wider community. Our teams are deп¬Ѓnitely up against very tough competition so we want all of our teams to prepare and compete to the very best of their abilityвЂќ. The title win by the 10-member boys varsity volleyball squad was a result of the teamвЂ™s collective effort led by team captain Khalid al-Hammadi, п¬Ѓnals MVP Omar al-Awad and coaches Andrew Glenville and Andrew Jacob. Shares Walker: вЂњLooking at last yearвЂ™s form the varsity boys volleyball team already has their strengths in place and our swim team will be very hard to beat in our home poolвЂќ. The junior varsity and varsity swimmers will have the chance to test their mettle this weekend when QA hosts its п¬Ѓrst NESAC swimming gala. Over 100 students will contest individual and relay events which are вЂњboth challenging and competitive, with all events reп¬‚ecting the spirit of sportsmanship,вЂќ Walker says, adding that the presence of Qatar national team members and QA students Jacob al-Khulaiп¬Ѓ, Abdulla Abu Ghazala and Noah al-Khulaiп¬Ѓ will make the competition more exciting. вЂњOne of the interesting things about sports is that it is not at all predictable and QAвЂ™s potential this year remains promising. Our boys basketball teams will be very competitive, best chance perhaps is our JV side in our home tournament in March. The girls basketball will continue their improvement. All of our footballers are training hard and are aiming for improved tournament performances. I am also conп¬Ѓdent we will send a talented cross country and track team to Jordan later in the yearвЂќ. On the home front, the school is also working on increasing participation from middle school students (grade 6-8), making sure that students enjoy learning the basic skills and fundamentals to play each sport well. There is an increased emphasis on the under 14 age group with more practice games and players п¬‚owing through to NESAC with higher skill levels. Locally, the QA will still play in QUESS events and organize friendlies with other schools. There is also the Qatar Foundation Boys U19 Football League which is played weekly in Education City. вЂњSports build physical fitness and promote a healthy lifestyle. It also helps develop positive relationships,вЂќ Walker says. вЂњMost of all for us, it helps create our identity at QA, it builds our community spirit and develops pride in what we are doing and achievingвЂќ. BOTTOMLINE вЂ�Qatar Stars League is a dream for all playersвЂ™ reputation not only in Qatar but also in the gulf region. In addition, I had a great desire to join Qatar Stars League which is really a dream for all players in the world these days. Al Ahli star striker Alain Dioko is all praise for the Qatar Stars League By Sports Reporter Doha You joined Al Ahli back in 2011 and that season you scored only 12 goals, which was not enough. What do you say about that? We had a hard and tough season, we couldnвЂ™t impose our style of play and we lost several matches which affected our conп¬Ѓdence. Our team now has better players and this is why you can also see an improvement in my performances. After all football is a team sport. I needed time to get used to the team and the league and the weather condition, I think that the number of goals that season was reasonable and good bearing in mind the fact that it was my п¬Ѓrst season with the team. A l Ahli star striker Alan Dioko, or the deadly п¬Ѓnisher as his fans like to call him, was born on 2nd January 1987 in the capital of the Congo, Kinshasa. In 2004, he joined AS Vita Club and stayed with them for two years before moving to the Oil rich Club of TP Mazembe. Whilst there, he had the chance to play with the golden generation of Mazembe. It was whilst he was with Mazembe that he rose to stardom, especially after winning the Golden Boot. He was also part of the team who qualiп¬Ѓed from Africa to take part in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. This was the п¬Ѓrst big step for the powerful forward, as he found himself on the worldвЂ™s stage. He scored the second goal in the semi-п¬Ѓnal of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, where TP Mazembe defeated Internacional of Brazil 2-0 to become the п¬Ѓrst team outside Europe and South America to reach the FIFA Club World Cup п¬Ѓnal. He was awarded the Silver Ball at the tournament. Various offers started п¬‚ooding and Dioko took his time before choosing to sign up with Al Ahli Club of Doha, Qatar. Dioko achieved great success in the league and last season won the accolade of top scorer of the Qatar Stars League with 22 goals. Here are excerpts from an interview with QSL Online where Dioko speaks about a glittering career and the secret to his all-conquering from. Firstly, could you tell us about the golden generation at Mazembie in 2009, and can it be considered the best team in your career? Then you moved to Al Kharaitiyat on loan for the 2012-2013 season, and you only scored 8 goals. That season, I have suffered some injuries which affected my playing style and my scoring of goals as well. However, I enjoyed my time with Al Kharaitiyat Sports Club which had a group of players who were pretty good and dedicated to the team. Al Ahli striker Alain Dioko (left) in action during his teamвЂ™s game against Al Khor in the Qatar Stars League recently. There are many factors that combined to weave such a team, with brilliant players in all positions; the combination of the players, the high level of technical ability, the style and п¬‚air, the physical characteristics, the desire to win. The desire to get positive results and the team spirit between us was something special; also we canвЂ™t forget the technical and administrative apparatus of the team. It was a really golden period that was recorded in the history of the team and it will never be forgotten by anyone who participated in this achievement. How did you feel when you were being awarded the Silver ball award for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup? It was a strange and unbelievable feeling, because it felt like I achieved a dream that I had been chasing for a long time. Now I have become wellknown all over the world after winning some awards and even before that, when I won the golden boot award for scoring 8 goals in the CAF. After winning these awards, you have gotten many offers, but you preferred Al AhliвЂ™s offer, was it the best one? It is normal for players to get such tempting offers, especially after doing an excellent job in both local and international competitions. Clubs are looking to strengthen their teams. In fact I have received many offers that I carefully read, but I decided to join Al Ahli club because of its good Then you moved back to Al Ahli Sports Club for the 2013-2014 season, how did you manage to achieve all of those goals? And what changes have you been through? There are no secrets in soccer. Both hard work and commitment make you achieve the aim you wish for. Al Ahli Sports Club has a number of excellent players who are equipped with a п¬Ѓghting spirit with the aim of winning. The group atmosphere and the good facilities are also part of the reason we have improved. And what part did MГЎchala play in this successful period? MГЎchala is a very clever and skilful couch, he knows how to manage the younger players and he has a distinctive style when dealing with team. Frankly its very nice. He shares with them everything even small details. His huge experience is absolutely obvious on the progress of the team. He is humble and polite at the same time. He is also very good in analysing the technical and physical data as well as preparing for the matches. What does it mean to be top scorer? IвЂ™m very happy with this title and itвЂ™s a great honour for me to have been the top scorer in the QSL. This is not easy to do especially with so many good players who have come from all overall the world. So, the title of вЂњtop scorerвЂќ didnвЂ™t come from just me alone, but itвЂ™s the result of a group effort, which includes officials, players and coaches. And what about Qatar stars league? We all live in Qatar without any restrictions or pressure. All facilities are available such as the high quality football stadiums and the good organisation of the league by the QSL management. Also, there are a group of very good local and international players that inspire the players to achieve more. What about the World Cup in Qatar? Everybody should know that Qatar will organise one of the best World Cups. ItвЂ™s also going to leave a longterm positive impact on the country and internationally. It is also going to be an example to others about organizing international events after 2022. Any last words? I would like to thank you for your good hospitality and for this exciting conversation which brought me back to the beautiful days of my early career. Gulf Times Saturday, November 15, 2014 11 SPORT LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR Deusser and Pironella gallop to elegant victory Of the 40 starters, an incredible 20 went through to the jump-off which shows the world-class calibre of the riders By Sports Reporter Doha D aniel Deusser and Pironella galloped to an elegant victory in the Euros 151,000 Five Star 1.55m class on the penultimate day of the Longines Global Champions Tour at the Al Shaqab outdoor arena yesterday. IrelandвЂ™s Denis Lynch with All Star 5 and GermanyвЂ™s Marco Kutscher with the consistent Liberty Son took the second place. The п¬Ѓrst round course set by ItalyвЂ™s Uliano Vezzani made use of the uniquely generous proportions of the spectacular main arena, with itвЂ™s sweeping lines and п¬‚owing distances. The п¬Ѓnal half of the course, however, contained some awkward turns and distances, particularly the п¬Ѓnal, short treble combination which caught out many big names. Defending champion Scott Brash was the п¬Ѓrst rider to jump clear in the п¬Ѓrst round though many experienced combinations collected four faults, including Kent Farrington and Uceko, 2014 World Championship Team silver medallist Simon Delestre and Ryan des Hayettes. Of the 40 starters, 16 went through to the final jump-off. BritainвЂ™s Brash once again set the standard as first to go in the jump-off, producing a very classy round with Lady Harris and Lady KirkhamвЂ™s exciting up-andcoming mare Hello MвЂ™Lady in a time of 38.73s to eventually take fourth. Brash has been widely tipped by fellow riders to retain his Championship title today if he can put in a top five finish in the dramatic final Grand Prix of the season. Drawn late, Marco Kutscher and Denis Lynch did what was needed to each grab the lead for a time, clocking in at 38.43s and 37.97s, respectively. Second last to go, Daniel Deusser knew exactly what was required, taking the tightest lines and sharpest turns with his п¬‚eet-footed mount to stop the clock at 37.24s. With their star Grand Prix horses resting this evening, Championship leader Ludger Beerbaum and his closest rival Rolf-GГ¶ran Bengtsson did not compete yesterday. Earlier on Thursday night, the Euros 90,500 Five Star class was won by BelgiumвЂ™s Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus, who put in a deceptively quick round to leave a large and competitive п¬Ѓeld in their dust. Second place went to Daniel Deusser and Cornet DвЂ™Amour who had looked unbeatable, and third to an ever-smiling Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun. The п¬Ѓrst round, built by ItalyвЂ™s Uliano Vezzani, was a sweeping, attacking course that took advantage of Al ShaqabвЂ™s massive arena. Many of the star riders had their Grand Prix horses in the competition which served as a generous introduction to todayвЂ™s battleground. Of the 40 starters, an incredible 20 went through to the jump-off which shows the world-class calibre of the riders present at this, the п¬Ѓnal event of the season. Championship leader Ludger Beerbaum, who announced earlier today that he would not compete Chiara as expected in the Grand Prix but instead Zinedine, rode a careful round with his young stallion to collect one time fault. His rivals for the title, Scott Brash with Hello Sanctos and Rolf-GГ¶ran Bengts- BOTTOMLINE Exciting showdown on the cards in the GCT final today By Sports Reporter Doha T he top three contenders Ludger Beerbaum, Scott Brash and RolfGГ¶ran Bengtsson spoke candidly about their individual and each otherвЂ™s chances in todayвЂ™s crucial п¬Ѓnal Grand Prix of the series where the 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour Champion will be decided at the sprawling state of the art Al Shaqab arena. Last yearвЂ™s winner, Brash has an excellent chance to repeat his 2013 performance and the British rider is happy with the way his horse Hello Sanctos has tuned up for the п¬Ѓnal event. вЂњAl Shaqab has been a lucky place for me so far. It was fantastic winning here last year. I gave Hello Sanctos a break after Vienna. Then I gave him a warmup show in Lyon last week and he jumped really good. It was my mistake we had the last fence down. HeвЂ™s come here in the best shape we can have him.вЂќ вЂњI donвЂ™t think it matters what Ludger is riding he is going to have a chance. Ludger is the man to beat. I agree with Ludger, Casall has been on fantastic form. Rolf could deп¬Ѓnitely win on Saturday, for sure. We are all going to be trying so it should (Left to Right) Ludger Beerbaum, Scott Brash and Rolf-GГ¶ran Bengtsson. be a good, exciting showdown,вЂќ Brash added. 2012 Longines GCT Championship runner-up and Olympic Silver medallist Rolf-GГ¶ran Bengtsson is quietly conп¬Ѓdently of a good show. вЂњI have only one chance here, and that is the win, which is nearly impossible to make if you have to make it. But we donвЂ™t give up. Casall ASK has had a break since the World Championships and he jumped well in Lyon. He likes the big arena and the footing here and he is an experienced horse, but you have to take it a step at a time, we will just try and jump clear in the Grand Prix п¬Ѓrst round and see how it goes.вЂќ Championship Leader and four-time Olympic Gold medallist Ludger Beerbaum who had a last minute substitute for the Grand Prix said. вЂњChiara was meant to be my ride, but she had light colic so we decided to not show her. This has left me with Zinedine, which for sure is a little bit of a disadvantage, but I am still ahead. вЂњHe has been п¬Ѓfth and second on the Tour this year so I will try my best with him. HeвЂ™s always been my second or third horse, but he did really well in Shanghai and London, so why not here. If the course is not extremely big and crazy technical, I think I have a chance. ItвЂ™s going to be very interesting for sure.вЂќ вЂњWe can be completely real- istic, if itвЂ™s just the three of us in the jump-off - Casall was unbelievable in the World Championships, more consistent than anyone else. Then Hello Sanctos would be behind Casall, then three days and then my horse. If it came to that, it would be between Scott and Rolf. I am not competing on the same level with these two.вЂќ Although itвЂ™s a three horse race to the Championship finish line, there are a number of very talented horse and rider combinations who could still snatch the в‚¬450,000 Grand Prix win. Brash managed to do the double last year winning both the Doha Grand Prix and Championship in one go, but it had never been done before. The top three will have to contend with the likes of 2014 FEI World Cup Final winners Daniel Deusser and Cornet DвЂ™Amour, 2014 Aachen Grand Prix winners Christian Ahlmann and Codex One, the exciting new partnership of Tiffany Foster and Tripple X, reigning Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat and Nasa, former Olympic Champion Rodrigo Pessoa and Status, Pan-Am Team Gold medallists Kent Farrington and Uceko, and former two-time LGCT Champion Edwina Tops-Alexander with Old Chap Tame. One of the biggest threats could well be in-form Dutchman Jur Vrieling and 14-yearold VDL Bubalu, who will be retired from international competition after Doha. The stallion has won a World Championship Team Gold medal and the NationвЂ™s Cup Final this year and could well go out with a bang in the very last competition of his career. Amongst the Qatari challengers, Qatar Armed ForcesвЂ™ Bassam Hassan Mohammed and Sheikh Ali bin Khalid al-Thani go into the п¬Ѓnal with an opportunity to do well in front of the home crowd. A podium п¬Ѓnish is a realistic chance for the duo, who have dazzled with impressive performance during the Tour. son with Casall ASK, both jumped clear though they elected not to jumpoff to save their horses for the Grand Prix today. First to go, Denis Lynch set the pace in the jump-off with All Star 5 in a time of 41.16s. Reigning German Champion Daniel Deusser and Cornet DвЂ™Amour then wiped nearly two seconds from LynchвЂ™s time to take the lead in 38.34s. Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus, who became internet sensations in Paris this summer when ConradвЂ™s bridle fell off mid-round, took over the lead with a great round in 37.67s from the middle of the draw. Diniz did her best to catch the time, but slotted into third. Sheikh Ali bin Khalid al-Thani riding Anyway II wins jump-off in the National Competition Sheikh Ali bin Khalid al-Thani riding Anyway II won the jump-off in the National Competition at the Al Shaqab arena yesterday. Sheikh Ali cocked a timing of 34.62 to take the first place ahead of Bassam Hassan Mohammed (Cantaro 32) who stopped the clock at 39.20. Faleh Suwayed al-Ajami astride Dolce Vita M was third, while Awad al-Qahtani finished fourth. In the other National championship, Bader al-Darwish (Antine Drumes) claimed the top honours with a timing of 52.00, while Saeed Nasser al-Qadi (Jessico 4) was a close second, stopping the clock at 52.03. Sheikh Khalifa al-Thani (Al Hawajer Arizona Pie 9) was third, while Bassam Hassan Mohammed (Kingdom Come) was fourth. Saturday, November 15, 2014 SPORT GULF TIMES POWERBOATS QatarвЂ™s Torrente claims pole in thrilling fashion Carella qualifies third; Chiappe deprived of first ever pole By Sports Reporter Doha T he Qatar TeamвЂ™s Shaun Torrente and Alex Carella claimed pole position and third place for todayвЂ™s Grand Prix of Middle East, round three of the 2014 UIM F1 H2O World Championship, after a thrilling third qualifying session in Doha Bay yesterday afternoon. Carella laid down the gauntlet from third place in the Q3 shoot-out with a second lap of 49.56sec, despite later complaining of a minor engine issue. That was surpassed within minutes by a lap of 49.16sec set by Philippe Chiappe, the Frenchman bidding to claim his п¬Ѓrst ever F1 pole position. But the Qatar TeamвЂ™s Torrente was not to be denied and, in fading light on Doha Bay, Torrente carded a stunning time of 48.65sec on his п¬Ѓrst run to claim pole position. вЂњThat was some п¬Ѓnish, great to watch and very exciting,вЂќ said Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor al-Thani, president of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF). вЂњAlex maybe had a little issue with his boat, but then Philippe (Chiappe) posted that time of 49.16 and it looked as though that was enough. Then up stepped Shaun and he goes under 49 seconds. Incredible. It was a great spectacle and that sets the scene nicely for the race tomorrow.вЂќ Qatar Team efforts to build two new Molgaard boats for the F-4S races paid off. Khalid Abdullah al-Kuwari and Mohamed al-Obaidly qualiп¬Ѓed in second and fourth places for the п¬Ѓrst of the races, with al-Kuwari missing out on pole position by a mere 8/100ths of a second. After a battle with AustraliaвЂ™s Briney Rigby during the early stages of the 20lap race, al-Kuwari found a fast late rhythm and reached the chequered п¬‚ag in third place after closing on runnerup Jan Andre Landsnes over the last few laps. GermanyвЂ™s Mike Szymura claimed his third win from four starts and led from start-to-п¬Ѓnish to extend his series lead to 36 points. Qualifying Five of the 16 entrants from 10 nations would be eliminated from the 20-minute Q1 session on the revised Doha Bay course. KuwaitвЂ™s Yousef alRubayan set the early target time of 51.63sec before a yellow п¬‚ag was raised when Caudwell RacingвЂ™s Ivan Brigada stopped on the racing line. QatarвЂ™s Torrente and Carella had already posted competitive times of 51.70sec and 52.12sec and returned to the pits to prepare for Q2. Action resumed with nine and a half minutes remaining. Qatar TeamвЂ™s Shaun Torrente in action during qualifying for the UIM F1 H20 Powerboat Grand Prix of Middle East in Doha Bay yesterday. Inset: Alex Carella powers to third position . PICTURES: Simon Palfreder/ Idea Marketing al-RubayanвЂ™s earlier time wasnвЂ™t surpassed and Tomas Cermak, Duarte Benavente, Jesper Forss, Brigada and Bartek Marszalak were eliminated after Cantando posted a late time of 53.02sec to stay in the hunt for the shoot-out. A further п¬Ѓve drivers would fall by the wayside in Q2 leaving six boats to take part in a two-lap shoot-out for pole position. Torrente laid down the gauntlet with two stunning laps of 50.49sec and 49.97sec to book his place in Q3. Carella survived with a lap of 50.97sec, but Erik Stark, Xiong Ziwei, Sami Selio, Francesco Cantando and Filip Roms missed out. Marit Stromoy posted a Q3 target lap of 52.37sec as Jonas Andersson took to the course for the п¬Ѓrst of his two laps and stopped the clocks on 49.86sec. Al-Rubayan recorded a 50.39sec before Carella entered the course and moved up to second with a п¬Ѓrst lap of 49.91sec before claiming provisional pole with a stunning time of 49.56sec. As the sun set over Doha, Chiappe slotted into third with a time of 50.37sec and stunned Carella with an awesome second lap of 49.16sec. This left Torrente to try and deprive Chiappe of a п¬Ѓrst ever pole position and the American produced a stunning opening tour of 48.65sec to smash the opposition and claim pole position. The Qatar Team dominated the п¬Ѓrst official practice session after Chiappe had set the early pace in his new boat. Torrente topped the one-hour stint with a best lap of 49.70sec, with Chiappe in second on 49.95sec and Carella in third (50.25sec), despite feeling the effects of a вЂ�п¬‚u virus. Benavente borrowed the spare Francesco Cantando DAC boat to set the 13th quickest time after his original hull had delaminated during Thursday afternoonвЂ™s free practice. Al-Rubayan was running as high as sixth before stopping on the racing line and forcing a yellow п¬‚ag with just under 18 minutes of the session remaining. F-4S Trophy вЂ“ race one Mike Szymura pipped QatarвЂ™s Khalid Abdullah al-Kuwari to pole position for the п¬Ѓrst of the Qatar races in the closing few minutes before the session was yellow п¬‚agged when al-Kuwari stopped on the racing line with no fuel. Jan Andre Landsnes qualiп¬Ѓed third and Mohammed al-Obaidly slotted into fourth. вЂњI was very happy with the time trials, the boat is perfect, much better,вЂќ said al-Kuwari. Szymura was not to be denied a third win of the season from four starts and, despite being pressured by Landsnes for much of the race, he reached the chequered п¬‚ag with a winning margin of 17.34 seconds. Al-Kuwari lost second on the opening lap, slipped to fourth and eventually regained third after closing to within 1.31sec of Landsnes over the last few circuits. AlObaidly ran a lonely race in п¬Ѓfth position to claim valuable championship points. Sterling work by the Qatar Team mechanics ensured that the pair of Danish-built Molgaards were ready for the п¬Ѓrst official practice session. AlObaidly and al-Kuwari ran for nine and 16 laps respectively and set best times of 1min 05.28sec and 1min 06.44sec in a 20-minute session won by Szymura with a lap of 1min 02.28sec. Today, free practice precedes the second time trials and UIM F-4S race. The 2014 Grand Prix of Middle East takes centre stage on Doha Bay from 15.30hrs. Qualifying results 1. Shaun Torrente (QAT) Qatar Team 48.65sec 2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) China CTIC Team 49.16sec 3. Alex Carella (QAT) Qatar Team 49.56sec 4. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden 49.86sec 5. Yousef Al-Rubayan (KUW) F1 GC Atlantic Team 50.39sec TodayвЂ™s Schedule 09.15-10.15 F1 free practice 10.30-10.50 F-4S free practice 11.00-11.20 F-4S time trial 13.30-13.50 F-4S race two вЂ“ 20mins 15.30-16.15 Grand Prix of Middle East 16.30 F1 and F-4S awards ceremony FOOTBALL We were better in the second half, says Qatar coach Belmadi By Our Correspondent Riyadh Qatar coach Djamel Belmadi speaks during his post-match press conference on Thursday night. Qatar and Saudi Arabia played out a 1-1 draw in the Gulf Cup opener. Q Action from the UAE-Oman match in the Gulf Cup in Jeddah yesterday. the match ended in a goalless draw. atar coach Djamel Belmadi on Thursday applauded his players for their п¬Ѓghting performance, saying his boys were dominant in the second half in their 1-1 draw against hosts Saudi Arabia. вЂњIt was difficult for us in the п¬Ѓrst half,вЂќ Belmadi said after his side snatched a point off in their opening Gulf Cup match at King Fahd International Stadium on Thursday. вЂњBut we controlled the match better in the second half. Our players lacked experience and then I had to make some changes which helped,вЂќ he added. вЂ�We were deп¬Ѓnitely far more organised in the second half,вЂќ he said. вЂњI am not satisп¬Ѓed but the 1-1 draw is not a bad result. We played well in front a hostile crowd and a strong Saudi side,вЂќ Belmadi said. вЂњWe will try to п¬Ѓx our problems in the next match,вЂќ Belmadi said. Meanwhile, Qatar captain Bilal Mohamed said that his teamвЂ™s п¬Ѓghting 1-1 draw against hosts Saudi Arabia was a вЂ�positive resultвЂ™. вЂњIt was possible to achieve a better result but the draw is a positive result,вЂќ defender Bilal said on Thursday. вЂњWe had chances to score but we could not convert those chances. We were trailing but then we fought well in the second half,вЂќ he added. вЂњWe are ready for our next two matches. We are conп¬Ѓdent that we will be able to rectify our mistakes in the coming matches,вЂќ he said. вЂњHopefully we will not waste the chances to score goals,вЂќ Bilal said. вЂњWe can see that we will win matches if we keep п¬Ѓghting like the way we did today,вЂќ he said conп¬Ѓdently. вЂњAll possibilities are there. We can win the next two matches and qualify for the semis,вЂќ he said.Qatar play Yemen on November 16 and then Bahrain on November 19.