ONE Spaniard recently put it this
way: "We are being told to
tighten our belts and drop our
drawers at the same time."
Unemployment is higher in
Spain than anywhere else in the eurozone,
and the economy has been
starved back into ...
SOMETIMES it's hard to
explain why we need strong
financial regulation - especially
in an era saturated
with pro-business, promarket
propaganda. So we should
always be grateful when someone
makes the case ...
THE decision by the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) not to
shortlist Doha for the Olympics and
Paralympic Games 2020 does not
curtail the country's ambitions or its
work towards becoming a regional
and global sports...
PLANS are underway to create a single agency that will be responsible for Qatar's national food risk assessment. The body will implement an integrated 'farm to table' food safety management in the country. Currently, food...
QATAR'S purchase of stakes in engineering group Siemens and oil giant Shell follow a pattern of the Gulf Arab state investing to accelerate its domestic development and, in the case of Shell, underlines its long-term faith in ...
AL AHLI Club qualified for the final of the prestigious Heir Apparent Volleyball Cup, to be held on May 25. Its rival for the title will be mighty Al Arabi Club. In the third and decisive play-off, played at Al Arabi Club on Wednesday in a charged...
THE Cannes film festival is buzzing this year with a string of hit movies in the official lineup. The unseasonably cold, wet weather has done little to dampen spirits among the famously picky critics and journalists on the French...
QATAR Science & Technology Park (QSTP), developer of the Rasad remote monitoring technology, signed an agreement with UK´s health services provider to help enhance National Health System (NHS) service to millions of patients across England. The agreement was signed on Tuesday with Harmoni and Corinium Technologies Limited — two companies that will deploy the technology in the UK on behalf of the NHS. Rasad, the first ´Made in Qatar´ ...
QATAR Academy (QA) students embarked on weeklong learning trips ´Week Without Walls´ to different Asian and European countries recently. The students visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in Asia, and Italy, Switzerland, England and France in Europe. Each year, Grade six to 10 students enrolled in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) select from a vast array of local and international weeklong trips, focusing on the International ...
THE Social Development Center (SDC) awarded the winning entrepreneurial projects for the first series of Reyada Awards to Qatari entrepreneurs at Qatar National Convention Center on Tuesday. The award is designed to honour Qatari entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organisations that support entrepreneurial ventures. The awards were presented by Munira bint Nasser al Missned, chairperson of the board of trustees, SDC; and Amal al Mannai, executive...
THE rupee slumped to a record low against the dollar on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on policymakers to restore confidence in the currency at a time when appetite for risky assets is ebbing around the world. The rupee fell beyond the symbolically significant level of 56 to the dollar, and traders said it could fall further to 57. The currency has already dropped more than 13 percent from its 2012 peak in February. Global risk aversion, brought on by the debt.
THE takeover battle for Cove Energy looks set to run after Thailand´s PTT Exploration and Production trumped Royal Dutch Shell with a $1.9 billion offer, underscoring interest in new east African gas finds. Shares in Mozambiquefocused Cove jumped as much as 12 percent to 250.5 pence on Wednesday, above PTT´s offer of 240 pence a share and signaling investors expect Shell...
CHINA´S Cabinet promised on Wednesday to step up efforts to reverse a steep slowdown in the world´s secondlargest economy and said it would encourage private investment in energy and other state-dominated industries. Chinese leaders have gradually eased controls imposed over the past two years to cool an overheated economy and inflation. But some analysts warn they need to move faster as global demand and Chinese consumer spending weaken.
MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni smashed a 20-ball 51 not out to set up a comprehensive 38-run win for his Chennai Super Kings side against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. The skipper cracked two sixes and six fours in his explosive knock which helped defending champions Chennai to 187-5 off their 20 overs in Bangalore before they restricted Mumbai to 149-9. Chennai will now play the Delhi Daredevils on Friday for a place.
THE one-two punch of the Miami Heat is set to deliver the knockout blow and book a return trip to the Eastern Conference finals. League MVP (most valuable player) LeBron James had 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Dwyane Wade scored 28, and the Heat pounded the visiting Indiana Pacers, 115-83, on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference best-of-seven ...
ASIAN champions Japan whipped Azerbaijan 2-0 in a friendly at home on Wednesday to boost its morale before opening its final World Cup qualifying campaign next month. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa, now hunted by Manchester United, opened the scoring just before half-time and Stuttgart striker Shinji Okazaki made it two up near the hour mark. Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni, worried after they lost their final two matches in...
BONNIE is missing" blared the email subject line. A 2-yearold female pit bull weighing 55 pounds, with gray and white markings, she was last seen on the corner of Maple Avenue and Myrtle Street in my community, wearing a chain collar. "I am asking for your help in finding my lost dog," her owner pleaded. I immediately felt a pang of anxiety. And then one of confusion. Exactly what was I supposed to do with...
THE Austrian director Ulrich Seidl makes a habit of blurring boundaries: his work encompasses fiction (Dog Days) and nonfiction (Animal Love), and he typically works with nonprofessional actors using documentary-like settings and improvisatory techniques. But there is little middle ground when it comes to the reception of his films. Seidl tends to be condemned as a misanthrope who goes to unseemly lengths to prove the depths of human misery or hailed.
AT a time when other actresses are making comebacks, Raveena Tandon is planning her sabbatical. "I want to help my daughter Rasha, with her homework and accompany my son Ranbir Vardhan, to his swimming classes," she smiles and says. So is her tryst with tinsel town over? "Not really. I have completed two films, but will now be choosy about my roles," she says. The actress admits that things are different in the industry now. "Bollywood is engrossed in...
EGYPTIANS voted on Wednesday
in the country’s first free presidential
elections, with Islamists and
secularists vying for power with
competing visions of an Egypt liberated
of ousted dictator Hosni
Mubarak’s iron grip.
THE rupee slumped to a record low
of 56 to the dollar on Wednesday,
and traders said it could fall further
to 57. The fall ratchets up pressure
on policymakers to restore confidence
in the currency at a time
when appetite for risky assets is
ebbing around the world.