IN his valedictory speech last year,
then-US Defence Secretary Robert
Gates argued that the partnership
between the North American and
European sides of the NATO alliance
needed a new impulse.
At the Chicago summit meeting on
SUDDENLY, it has become
easy to see how the euro -
that grand, flawed experiment
in monetary union
without political union -
could come apart at the seams.
We're not talking about a distant
prospect, either. Things could fall
apart with stunning speed, in a
matter of months, not...
THERE has been a 22 percent
rise in the number of GCC visitors
to Qatar, during the first
quarter of 2012, according to
a report of the Qatar Tourism
Authority (QTA) report.
QTA Chairman Ahmed al
Nuaimi said the...
RAFAEL Nadal dominated David Ferrer 7-6 (8/6), 6-0 on Saturday to power into a seventh Rome Masters final, beating his fellow Spaniard for the 12th consecutive time on clay. Second-seeded Nadal will now face either...
AUDIENCES probably will flock to Dark Shadows this summer, but one man may never see the film. He skips Johnny Depp movies, as a rule, having avoided Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994) and all those Pirates of the Caribbean movies...
PARENTS watched with admiration as their children performed and received certificates during a function to mark the end of their summer classes in Philippine International School of Qatar (PISQ) on Thursday. Students who attended the summer classes showcased their skills in dancing and singing. After the programme, teachers, parents and students got together in a small potluck, while the mascot from Mary Brown´s entertained the kids. The parents praised the...
QATAR Petroleum (QP) Medical Services Department participated in the global celebration of World Hypertension Day under the patronage of Minister of Energy and Industry, Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum HE Dr Mohammad bin Saleh al Sada on Thursday. The occasion, which was organised under the guidance of Director for Administration Ahmad Ali Abdulla al Mawlawi and Manager for Medical Services at QP...
SOCIAL Development Center (SDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, felicitated a batch of 118 trainees who have completed the First Step programme recently. First Step is an extensive training and development programme officially sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar. Amal al Mannai, executive director at SDC, and Bart Cahir, acting president and general manager at Exxon- Mobil Qatar, along...
THE Qatar Exchange (QE) showed a mixed performance during the five trading sessions of the week that started on May 13. The official QE index decreased by 1.09 percent over previous week´s closing and finished the week at 8,455.33 points on Thursday. The Alshall´s index (cap weighted) closed at 1,193.13 points, decreasing by 1.41 percent compared to previous week´s closing of 1,210.19 points. Alshall index is produced by Alshall...
CHINA will exclude foreign firms from bidding in its second tender for shale gas blocks, despite a need for overseas technology to help exploit massive reserves of gas trapped within shale rock formations in the world´s top energy user. China launched its shale gas push in late 2009, inspired by a shale boom in the United States Shale gas development in still at the early stage in China, where technically.
PRESIDENT Barack Obama threw his weight behind French calls for more progrowth policies in Europe on Friday, as he welcomed G8 leaders to Camp David for a summit darkened by Greece´s possible eurozone exit. Obama set the stage for a fractious meeting of world leaders by forging an alliance with new French President Francois Hollande over the need to jolt Europe back to growth. Fearing Europe´s crisis is poised worsen - with dangerous ...
AL GHARAFA Club topped the fifth and last skills assessment cum competition held during the Mini Volleyball Festival on Saturday. At the Qatar Volleyball Association indoor hall, Gharafa and El Jaish both were tied at 26 points but the former´s under-11 boys emerged the winners on better points quotient. Al Ahli took the third place behind Gharafa and Jaish. At the prize distribution ceremony, QVA Board Member Ali Ghanem al Kuwari was the chief guest ...
SPANIARD Dani Pedrosa will start in pole position in Sunday´s French MotoGP after posting the fastest time in a rain-hit qualifying session on Saturday. The 26-year-old Honda rider, winner of 15 MotoGPs, will start from pole for the 38th time, his 20th in the elite category, after edging out teammate and world champion Casey Stoner of Australia by 0.303sec. Italian Yamaha rider Andrea Dovizioso was third fastest. Stoner and Pedrosa, who last year broke a ...
WEST HAM clinched promotion to the Premier League as Ricardo Vaz Te´s late winner sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory over Blackpool in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday. Sam Allardyce´s side survived a nervous start to take the lead through Carlton Cole´s first half strike, but Tom Ince equalised soon after the break and Blackpool had several good chances to go ahead. Portuguese...
THE kook on the bus had a Starbucks cup filled with ice on his head. He was crooning a soulful version of Fly Me to the Moon. The guy was not a performance artist, and yet his serenade seemed aptly artful since the M35 bus was headed for the next big cultural destination, a rock in the East River that, as far as many New Yorkers are concerned, might as well be in space. Typically speaking, there are three reasons to be aware of Randalls Island.
JACQUES Audiard´s new movie features poverty, bare-knuckle fighting and a killer whale attack. The French director says it´s a sunny romance. Rust and Bone — a strange and surprising love story starring Academy Award-winning French actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) and Belgium´s Matthias Schoenaerts, (Bullhead) — is one of the most hotly anticipated entries at the Cannes Film Festival, but sharply divided its first audience of journalists on Thursday...
KALKI Koechlin comes from a non-film background, but the actress has managed to carve a niche for herself with her unconventional choice of scripts. She however admits it is hard to keep up the good work in filmdom. "I feel lucky enough to have had a good start by working in niche films like Dev D that have a different style. I have got an opportunity to work with some very good directors, but...
A MAJOR national study on maternal
and neonatal health reveals
maternal mortality rates in Qatar are
on par with those in the Western
world. About 20,300 deliveries took
place in Qatar during 2011, according
to the annual report of the
Perinatal Neonatal Outcomes
Research Study in the Arabian Gulf,
a three-year research project being
led by HMC.
A SUICIDE bomber detonated an
explosives-laden car outside security
headquarters in Syria’s
biggest eastern city on Saturday,
killing nine people and wounding
100, state media said.
The attack was the the first of its
kind in Deir Ezzor since an antiregime
uprising broke out in Syria in
March 2011, and the deaths there
came as at least another 10 people
died elsewhere in the country.