ONE of the things I love best
about political commentary
is how quickly it gets ahead
of itself. I speak of the
Michelle 2016 drumbeat.
I don't mean Bachmann; hence,
two l's. I mean Obama. And in truth
it's less drumbeat than flute warble,
but still. It's out there: a vague murmuring
AFEW months ago, Bill Gates
wrote an Op-Ed article in
this newspaper objecting to
New York City's plan to
make public the performance
rankings of its teachers. His
central point was that this kind of
public shaming was hardly going to
bring about better teaching.
In the course .
THE Deputy Emir, Heir Apparent
and the Deputy Commander-in-
Chief of the Qatari Armed Forces
His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin
Hamad al Thani on Thursday
attended a ceremony held to honour
members of the ...
EUROZONE private sector activity suffered its worst monthly slide in nearly three years in May, a survey showed on Thursday, which analysts said indicates it is locked in a dismal downturn. The flash Purchasing ...
AL AHLI Club is not awed by the reputation or all-round depth of dominant Al Arabi Club and will strive to win the Heir Apparent Volleyball Cup in Friday's final. A resurgent Ahli topped League runner-up Al Rayyan with superb collective efforts...
SHOOT at sight. Point blank. In different ways that's exactly what Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) and his characters do in Department. While his cop heroes, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati and their hazily sketched compatriots, go on a cleansing rampage against socio-paths, RGV goes on...
RASGAS was recently presented the Qatarisation Crystal Award in recognition of its support and active education initiatives as part of its Qatarization strategy. Throughout 2011, RasGas had engaged in numerous education-related initiatives most notably those with Qatar University, Texas A&M University-Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University- Qatar and Injaz Qatar. In addition, RasGas managed a total of 94 high school and university ...
ABOUT 1,000 energy industry professionals from different parts of the world attended the 10th Annual KPMG´s Global energy conference in Houston, Texas, recently. KPMG Qatar Partner and the Head of oil and gas for Middle East and South Asia Gopal Balasubramaniam represented the region at the event. According to Balasubramaniam, the conference was a huge success as many topical issues affecting the energy industry were discussed in...
THE Deputy Emir, Heir Apparent and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Qatari Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani attended the honouring ceremony of the Qatari military task force in Libya at a military camp in Al Shahaniya on Thursday. The ceremony started with the national anthem of Qatar. His Highness the Deputy Emir greeted officers and other.
A SLUMP in construction output drove Britain even deeper into recession than initially thought in the first quarter of this year, raising the chance the Bank of England will inject more cash to prop up the faltering economy. More is also expected to be needed to protect the economy from the worsening euro zone crisis. Britain is in its second recession since the 2007- 2008 financial crisis, and the prospects for a recovery are cloudy as leaders in the euro zone.
SPANISH oil firm Repsol confirmed a large oil and gas find off Brazil on Thursday in a discovery that is likely to attract more explorers to one of the world´s hottest regions for oil and gas drilling. Repsol, in partnership with China´s Sinopec , Norway´s Statoil and Brazil´s Petrobras , said the discovery in the Campos basin could hold over 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, a figure that equals more than Brazil´s expected total oil output for this year ...
GERMAN business sentiment collapsed in May and the manufacturing sector shrank as turmoil in the eurozone unsettled firms, threatening to end the immunity of Europe´s largest economy to the troubles surrounding it. Germany´s "Teflon economy" has so far avoided the fate of its European peers thanks to strong exports to other parts of the world and healthy domestic demand, and data.
RAFAEL Nadal could become the first man to win seven Roland Garros titles, but Novak Djokovic and a rejuvenated Roger Federer are braced to slam the door shut on the Spaniard´s history-making campaign. Ever since the early, membersonly French championships were thrown open to foreign players in 1925, no man has won the title more than six times, a feat Nadal shares with Bjorn Borg after his 2011 victory. Widely-regarded as the most gruelling of the ...
ROY Hodgson makes his debut as England manager against Norway as 13 of the 16 Euro 2012 finalists test their form in warm-up matches on the weekend. Like other coaches Hodgson does not have a full squad available for the Saturday game in Oslo which comes less than two weeks ahead of the June 8 start of the championships in Poland and Ukraine. Chelsea´s Champions League heroes are ...
EL JAISH Sports Club management said goodbye to Brazilian coach Chamuska at a small function. Throughout the season, Chamuska contributed to the development of the team and its participation in the major local competitions significantly displayed the team´s improved skills. Coach Chamuska played an important role in raising the team´s proficiency levels in order to compete with other teams in different championships. At the close of this ...
ACTRESS Nandana Sen shot bold scenes for Rang Rasiya unabashedly, but she feels boldness is treated with double standards in the industry. The daughter of Noble laureate Amartya Sen, Nandana, who has never feared skin show, says it is important for filmmakers to portray intimacy and women in an artistic way. "I do think boldness is a complicated issue, and needs careful consideration and treatment. Female bodies are often ruthlessly and ingloriously treated as...
KILLING Them Softly, Brad Pitt´s latest movie, takes place in an unspecified US city which has borne the brunt of the financial collapse — houses are abandoned, shops are shuttered and petty criminals and mobsters alike are struggling to get by. The movie, co-produced by Pitt, is in the main competition at the Cannes film festival this year. Pitt plays a ruthless hitman Jackie Cogan ...
SHE might just be two years old in the movie business, but actress Samantha Prabhu has powered her way to the top at a surprising speed. After delivering a superhit with Dookudu in 2011, this "lucky charm" of Tollywood can´t be more happy about her "super exciting 2012". "Eight of my films are releasing this year! I can´t be happier as I play a different character in each of these films," says a beaming Samantha. Ask the actress her reaction on being ...
EGYPTIANS swarmed polling stations
on the second day on
Thursday of a gripping presidential
election in which candidates are
pitting stability against the ideals
of the uprising that ended Hosni
Mubarak’s rule. Long queues
formed outside the voting centres
after they opened at 8:00 am,
with authorities declaring
Thursday a public holiday to allow
public sector employees to cast
KUWAITI opposition MPs accused
Finance Minister Mustafa al
Shamali on Thursday of being
responsible for wide-ranging violations
that are estimated to have
cost the Arab state billions of dollars.
They also charged that the
pension fund, headed by him, is a
partner in a local company suspected
of breaking the international
embargo on Iran over its controversial