TWENTY years ago, there was the
Earth Summit. Gathering in Rio
de Janeiro, world leaders agreed
on an ambitious blueprint for a
more secure future. They sought
to balance the imperatives of robust
economic growth and the needs of a
growing population against the ecological
necessity to ...
POLITICAL power is
always a double-edged
sword. The more of it you
amass, the more people
expect you to use it to do
big things, and, when you don't,
the more ineffectual you look.
That's the dilemma in which
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of
Israel finds himself. He avoided
A SYRIAN artillery barrage killed
more than 92 people, including 32
children, in the worst violence since
the start of a UN peace plan to
staunch the flow of blood from
Syria's uprising, activists said on
The bloodied bodies of children,
THE fourth graduation ceremony of the Musical Arts Centre, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, was held on Friday at the Qatar National Theatre. Minister of Culture, Arts, and Heritage HE Hamad bin Abdulaziz al ...
THE Qatar Exchange (QE) showed a mixed performance during the five trading sessions of the week that started on May 20. The official QE index increased by 0.09 percent over previous week's closing and finished...
NOVAK Djokovic will accept the 'unique' French Open challenge of becoming the first man in 43 years to monopolise all four Grand Slams, but six-time champion Rafael Nadal has his own history to make...
A FEW snapshots from Cannes this week: Freida Pinto in floorlength, crystal-studded Atelier Versace, with chartreuse lace slit to the upper thigh, a slim half-peplum of gold snaking around one hip, accessorised with a metallic.
QATAR Petroleum´s offshore operations held its ´Annual Recognition Ceremony´ at the Al Ghazal Club recently. The main objective of the event was to honour its managers and employees who have distinguished themselves for their outstanding performance in 2011. During the event, Mubarak Awaida al Hajri, operations manager at offshore fields, expressed his gratitude for the support of ...
STUDENTS of MES Indian School put up brilliant performances in the Secondary School (class X) Examination 2012 conducted by the CBSE, Delhi, India. The examination was based on the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system introduced by the board some years ago. The system comprises of Formative Assessments (FA´s) and Summative Assessments (SA´s). MES is the only Indian School in the region with highest number of ...
TEXAS A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) hosted its third electrical, mechanical, petroleum and chemical summer programme (EMPC programme) last month. Fifty grade 11 Qatari students participated in the programme, which familiarised them with engineering and educational programmes available at TAMUQ. Programme activities and projects included solving real-life engineering...
CITADEL, the investment firm run by Ken Griffin, said it lost money on Facebook (FB) trades in its broker-dealer unit. The loss at Citadel Securities may be as much as $35 million, according to a person with knowledge of the firm, who asked not to be named because the information is private. "Citadel Securities was impacted by issues with Nasdaq and the Facebook initial public offering," Katie Spring, a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based firm, said on ...
RISING tensions with India and China over the European Union´s ´arrogant´ law on carbon emissions could rob the region of the markets that can rescue it from economic malaise, airline leaders said on Thursday. They also said they had prepared contingency plans for a possible exit of Greece from the euro, as part of the industry´s extensive crisis management, and they were worried about a...
THE United States and Japan need to tackle their tax issues and China must relax restrictions on the yuan as they share responsibility with Europe for restoring global economic health, EU leaders said ahead of a June summit of the G20 economies. In a letter addressed to all 27 European Union nations, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President.
ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss struck his second hundred in as many matches to answer one earlier Saturday from West Indies skipper Darren Sammy in the second Test here at Trent Bridge. At the close of the second day, England were 259 for two in reply to the tourists´ first innings 370, which featured Sammy´s 106 — the all-rounder´s maiden Test century. England was 111 runs behind, with Strauss 102 not out and Kevin Pietersen, who had struck...
TWO-TIME defending champion Chennai Super Kings will start as the overwhelming favourite in the Indian Premier League final against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday following two dominating performances in the playoffs that saw it seal a place in the final for the fourth time in five years. Chennai packed off starstudded Mumbai Indians in the "Eliminator" - the equivalent of a quarterfinal - after just about scraping through to the four-team playoff. It then ran.
BARCELONA gave coach Pep Guardiola the perfect send off, beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Friday to win the Spanish Cup on the coach´s last match in charge after a memorable four seasons in the Catalan hot seat, Lionel Messi, with his 73rd of the season, and a Pedro Rodriguez double got the goals inside the first half an hour to finish off the Basque side and deliver Guardiola his 14th and final trophy at the club. Guardiola leaves the side he played for with...
HARD to believe, then, that this car has been around for so long and held on to success for so many years on end. With the 2012 model year, it´s 37 and counting. Thirteen years before the first 3er the company dabbled with the sport passenger concept through the release of the Neu Klasse—compact, nimble cars that imbued the holistic driving experience with something that had been largely absent in many passenger vehicles: real, sporting fun. The 3 Series was ...
BRAD Pitt, in Cannes to promote his latest movie Killing Them Softly, has no intention of following fiancee Angelina Jolie into directing. The 48-year-old, one of Hollywood´s biggest stars, hit the red carpet at the film´s world premiere in Cannes recently, drawing noisy crowds and the world´s media to the glitzy ceremony. As well as playing mob enforcer Jackie Cogan in the violent but darkly comic gangster movie, Pitt was one of its main producers, a side of ...
AFTER the success of Dabangg, Sonakshi Sinha maintained a low profile and stayed away from media glare. She says it was not intentional as she was working non-stop during that period. "It was not intentional. I don´t think anything that I do is intentional... It is just a coincidence as some films got delayed due to whatever reasons," Sonakshi told reporters, adding that her second film Rowdy Rathore will be released before time. "In fact, Rowdy Rathore is releasing early...
A 16-YEAR-OLD Indian-origin
‘genius’ from Germany has managed
to crack puzzles that had
baffled the world of maths for
more than 350 years. Shouryya
Ray, from Dresden, has solved two
fundamental particle dynamics
theories which physicists have
previously been able to calculate
only by using powerful computers.
Shouryya has been hailed a genius
after working out the problems set
by Sir Isaac Newton.
A VIDEO of a Saudi woman confronting
the religious police over
breaking modesty rules with her
painted nails has gone viral after
she posted it on the YouTube,
Daily Mail reported on Saturday.
The woman, who has not been
identified, refuses their demands
that she leave the mall where she
is shopping and tells them that
her nails are “none of (their) business”.
It has ignited a debate in