THE verdict delivered against
Charles G Taylor for crimes
against humanity ends a saga that
began on Christmas Eve 1989.
Taylor and a group of Libyantrained
followers invaded Liberia, igniting
a regional conflagration that eventually
engulfed parts of ...
THE good news first: People
are finally admitting that austerity
measures are not working.
Now the bad news: There
seems to be little prospect of
a near-term course change.
This was the month the confidence
For the past two years most policymakers
in Europe and many
politicians and ...
INDIA'S Aditya Mehta exhibited
superb touch and sound temperament
as he beat two world champions
in a single day to win the Asian
Snooker Championship final crown
At the Qatar Billiards and
Snooker Federation's Hall, Mehta
ALTHOUGH I am married with no plans to be single, I recently signed up for several online dating sites as research for a book I am writing. The process was fun until I saw a question asking me to describe my hair. I didn't want to check the "bald" box. I wanted to say I had a shaved head ...
THE Ministry of Environment (MoE) recently organised a symposium titled ´How To Combat Tuta Absoluta (leaf miner)´ at the department of agriculture, in Doha. Head of Agricultural Affairs at the MoE Adel al Kaldi and other specialists and officials of the department took part in the event. Dr Khaled Alruichida, an agriculture expert at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Italy, made a presentation at the symposium. In his address ...
DOHABank, one of the leading banks in Qatar, has won the Golden Peacock Global Award 2012 for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the third consecutive year, a release from the bank said on Saturday. Doha Bank Group CEO R Seetharaman received the award during the 7th International Conference on Social Responsibility which was attended by CSR leaders, bankers, academics, environmentalists, economists, legislators and policy makers ...
TWO women — one from New Zealand and based in London and the other an Australian-Polish — have crossed paths in Doha and are now supporting the development of Qatari women to be more commercially and financially competent. In an interview with Qatar Tribune, Rachel Petero, owner of Women Leading Change Qatar (WLCQ), a women empowerment programme which would be launched...
THE head of China National Petroleum Corp signalled on Saturday that China was still considering a deal to become Russia´s largest single pipeline gas customer even as its supply options, including unconventional and liquefied natural gas, multiply. CNPC Chairman Jiang Jiemin, visiting Moscow as part of a delegation led by Vice Premier Li Keqiang, who is on track to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao, reiterated to an economic conference that most of the ...
US TREASURY Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Friday that if Europe mismanages its crisis it could slow US growth but said the US financial system could handle any resulting pressures. "The US financial system is in a very strong position to withstand the foreseeable pressures we might face from Europe," he said in an interview on American Public Media´s Marketplace programme. Geithner said that, on balance, Europe was making headway ...
THE balance sheets of the world´s four largest central banks have expanded 2.6 times over the last five years from $3.5 trillion in January 2007 to $9.1 trillion in March 2012 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20 percent. Between 2000 and 2007, the balance sheets of central banks in advanced economies remained within a range from 9 percent to 13 percent of GDP. Since then they have risen to over 20 percent of GDP. Two major events have ...
RAFAEL Nadal crushed Fernando Verdasco for the 13th time in his career on Saturday to set up a fourth Barcelona Open final with long-time rival David Ferrer. The Sunday showdown will be a repeat of the 2008, 2009 and 2011 finals which were all won by Nadal. French Open champion Nadal, fresh from winning an unprecedented eighth straight title at Monte Carlo last weekend, overwhelmed Verdasco 6-0, 6-4 in just 85 minutes with four breaks of serve.
QATAR Al Anabi Racing Top Fuel team driver Khalid Al Balooshi is the No. 6 qualifier at the midpoint of qualifying for the O´Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, just outside Houston. Both cars, making up the two-time defending NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel World Champions owned by His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al Thani, have qualified for Sunday´s race. Balooshi, the rookie Top Fuel driver from the UAE is clearly making excellent progress in learning...
ROBIN van Persie´s 35th goal of the season cancelled out Peter Crouch´s opener as Arsenal picked up a 1-1 draw at Stoke. While Arsenal knew a victory would have tightened their grip on third place in the Premier League and they controlled the game throughout, a draw does their hopes of Champions League football next season little harm. At a venue they have rarely enjoyed, they fell behind ...
EARLY on a chilly March morning, my iPhone alarm clock sounded. I extracted myself from deep within a navy blue comforter, sat up and opened the door. I had momentarily forgotten where I was. Oh, right. I gazed out at Lake Taupo, a sprawling lake on New Zealand´s North Island. Ducks gliding along just offshore were an invigorating sight. So were the mountains that rose behind them, and the predawn periwinkle and orange sky beyond. It was my third ...
SITAR player Anouska Shankar, whose album Traveller takes a journey through the music of India and Spanish flamenco to explore their shared Gypsy roots, was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine´s annual world music awards. At a time of political unrest in Mali, artists from there took two awards - veteran Sahara Desert bluesmen Tinariwen were named as Best Group while their young compatriot Fatoumata Diawara was Best Newcomer ...
ACTOR-PRODUCER Sanjay Dutt says he wants to be like his late father Sunil Dutt, who was like a pillar of strength for his family. "I want to be like my father. Dutt saheb was like a great support in our lives. I want to be exactly like him. But I would also tell my kids how I was during my childhood days and not to be like me," Sanjay, who had a turbulent life because of his drug addiction, told reporters recently. The actor has three children - the eldest is daughter ...
SAUDI ARABIA on Saturday recalled
its ambassador to Egypt after angry
protests outside its embassy over an
arrested Egyptian lawyer, sparking a
diplomatic spat. State news agency
SPA said the embassy in Cairo as
well as the kingdom’s consulates in
Alexandria and Suez were closed.
The measures were in response to
demonstrations outside its missions
A ROADSIDE bomb in Afghanistan
has killed 10 members of the Local
Police on Saturday. Officials said
they were killed in Chak district
while travelling in a pick-up truck.
The Afghan Local Police are a government-
sponsored militia force that
works alongside the Afghan army
and the national police.