BAD NEWS: the Obama administration
and the West hold a
lousy hand as they go into talks
with Iran. In a world of dreams
and miracles, the conversations,
starting on Saturday, would end
with the mullahs renouncing their drive
toward nuclear weapons, and the disappearance
of a thunderhead of foreboding
THE creative dynamism of
American business is astounding
and a little terrifying. Over
the past five years, amid turmoil
and uncertainty, American
businesses have shed employees,
becoming more efficient and more
productive. According to The Wall
Street Journal on Monday, the
THE Qatar Biomedical
Research Institute (QBRI) is
set to initiate its activities
from Weil Cornell Medical
College in Qatar (WCMC-Q),
according to Javaid Sheikh,
dean of the college.
Established by the Qatar
Foundation, the QBRI ...
QATAR Islamic Bank (QIB), Qatar's second-largest lender by market value, posted a 20.9 percent jump in first-quarter net profit, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday. The bank made a net profit of QR388 million.
WORLD 800m record holder David Lekuta Rudisha is sure to race in Doha next month's Samsung Diamond League opening round and set the pace for his Olympic Games gold medal chase. The Kenyan superstar, the 2010.
THE appeal of child actors is deceptively straightforward: They embody innocence or the shock of its loss. But the danger of overacting is ever present, as is the possibility that a child expected to act naturally may seem more stilted than an adult...
GEORGETOWN University´s School of Foreign Service in Qatar SFS-Q´s Qatari Cultural Club recently hosted an informal discussion led by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Khalid bin Mohammad al Attiyah, to help clear the fog surrounding potential career avenues in Qatar´s foreign service. The initiative was spearheaded by Haya al Thani and Hessa al Misnad, executive members of SFS-Q´s Qatari Cultural Club and two of the driving forces behind its ...
THE ´180 Degree Change´ campaign launched by Al Sadd Football Club to connect it with the community in a responsible manner came to an end on Tuesday. Al Sadd is the first professional club in the GCC region to launch a host of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes through the ´180 Degree Change´ in partnership with IMPACT – Corporate Social Responsibility Solutions. All the CSR initiatives, targeted at a large segment of the community in ...
THE Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani returned to Doha early on Wednesday, wrapping up official visits to the Philippines and India. Earlier, HH the Emir had arrived on a one-day state visit to Manila on Tuesday. Upon arrival, HH the Emir proceeded to the presidential palace and met Philippine President Benigno S Aquino III. The two leaders held a round of official talks and discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing them, in...
QATAR National Bank (QNB) has made a higher bid for Denizbank, the Turkish unit of stricken Belgian lender Dexia, after earlier talks stalled over price, four sources familiar with the matter said. "The bid has been reactivated, and is on the table," said one source. "The new offer is closer to what Dexia is expecting," he added, saying that QNB´s original offer had been dismissed as too low. No immediate comment was available from QNB and their advisors Citigroup.
THE Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will consider gradually relaxing curbs on intra-day position limits in the forex market that were imposed in December to curb speculative bets on the rupee, a deputy governor said. The central bank will consider such measures "within the overarching prerequisite of facilitating genuine hedging needs of the customers," H R Khan said in a speech at a foreign exchange dealers´ conference in Zurich, which was put up on the RBI ...
BOEING Co said it has made several design choices for its upcoming 737 MAX, the reengined version of its bestselling narrowbody aircraft, to ensure it hits its ambitious fuel-efficiency targets. The plane-maker said it would improve the craft´s aerodynamics by extending the tail cone and changing the way it integrates the engine with the wing. Boeing last year unveiled plans to put new fuel-efficient engines in its existing 737 design. Boeing named ...
WEST Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard hammered a 33-ball 64 and then bagged 4-44 as Mumbai Indians scored a 27-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Pollard´s mid-innings blitz, during which he smashed four sixes and six fours, helped Mumbai pile up a huge total of 197-6 after being put in to bat at the Wankhede Stadium. But the home team got a scare as Owais Shah smashed a 42-ball 76 with five sixes and five fours.
TOP seed and world No 21 Andrew Arbuzov and his crew lived up to their billing, finishing the Day One of the Qatar Match Racing Cup 2012 (Grade 3) in the leading position at Doha Bay on Wednesday. Arbuzov skippered Yury Antipov, Vyacheslav Kaptyukhin and Alexey Borovyak to the top of the first round-robin with maximum possible five wins, despite the light winds of 7 and 8 nautical miles speed. The Russian star´s team, before the day .
LIONEL Messi scored his 61st goal of the season to help Barcelona beat Getafe 4-0 on Tuesday and provisionally trim Real Madrid´s Spanish league lead to a single point. Alexis Sanchez scored in each half while Pedro Rodriguez also netted as the three-time defending champions earned its 10th straight league win to increase the pressure on Madrid, which can restore its four-point lead by beating Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Messi took his league-best tally to 39 goals ...
IT was 105 degrees – as hot as a typical steam room – at Pure Yoga on the Upper East Side on a recent Saturday, but for the 16 women already perspiring through a series of plie squats in a ballet-based barre method workout, it wasn´t blistering enough. "We´re turning it up to 110 degrees by popular demand," the instructor, Kate Albarelli, 31, announced in the sort of cheerful tone that would usually signal a time to rest. The women looked as delighted as if she´d given ...
KRIS Humphries has warned Kim Kardashian´s new lover, Kanye West, that he´ll need a lot of patience in his relationship with the reality star. The basketball star, 27, apparently wished the rapper ´good luck´. It´s also claimed that Kris thinks Kim had been unfaithful during their relationship which resulted in a marriage lasting just 72 days. On US website Radar an insider close to Kris apparently claims, "When Kris found out about Kim going public with ...
A PREGNANT Shilpa Shetty says that she is glued to the television set whenever team Rajasthan plays a match. She also talks about missing Shane Warne, and loving how everyone´s pampering her Q: Your team´s won two matches, you are eight months pregnant, SFL is doing well - one of the happiest phases of your life? A: Life has always been good, but it´s just that presently, there is lot of excitement and wait for the arrival of our baby. Then immediately we have ...
QATAR Islamic Bank on
Wednesday said net profit in the
first quarter this year increased 21
percent to QR 388 million compared
to the same period in 2011.
According to the bank’s financial
statement, the core business of
the bank grew in the first quarter,
leading to a 19.9 percent increase
in operating income reaching
QR777 million in the first quarter
of 2012 compared to QR648 million
in the corresponding period
QATAR National Bank (QNB) has
made a higher bid for Denizbank,
the Turkish unit of stricken Belgian
lender Dexia, after earlier talks
stalled over price, sources familiar
with the matter said. No immediate
comment was available from
QNB and their advisors Citigroup
declined to comment. The sources
spoke on condition of anonymity
as the matter is not public.
Denizbank shares rose as much as
5.7 percent on the news. Dexia,
crippled by the eurozone crisis,
has been trying to sell the Turkish
bank for over six months.