THE deep pockets of Chinese governments
are envied by countries
around the world. But Chinese citizens,
officially presented as the
masters of the country, have little
knowledge of how and where this public
money is spent by their 'servants.'
In particular, ordinary people ...
IS the election of Mohamed
Morsi, the Muslim
Brotherhood candidate, as
president of Egypt the beginning
of the end of the Camp
David peace treaty between Israel
It doesn't have to be. In fact, it
could actually be the beginning of a
real peace between ...
PRIME Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad
bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani on
Friday reiterated Qatar's willingness
to contribute to efforts to end
the ordeal of the Syrian people,
while stressing the necessity of the
Worse than expected US jobs data added to concerns over the global economy on Friday, sending stocks even lower. The 80,000 increase in payrolls in June was slightly below market expectations for an increase of about 90,000...
FOR Roger Federer, it's Wimbledon final No. 8. For Andy Murray, it's No. 1 - and the first for a British man since 1938. Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, beat defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday.
IN February, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz were asked to direct Katy Perry: Part of Me, a 3-D concert movie on which they were already producers. That was the good news. The bad news for Cutforth and Lipsitz, an Emmy-winning...
SARAH Aziz, a student of Bright Future Pakistani International School (BFPIS), has topped among all the three Pakistani schools in Qatar, scoring 966 marks (92 percent) out of 1,050 in the Secondary School Certificate Part-II annual examination. The exams were held in March and the Islamabadbased Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) announced the results recently ...
AVANT Assessment, a leading, US-based global provider of multi-lingual language assessments, and Qatar Academy have announced the formation of a groundbreaking partnership. Avant will custom develop three Arabic tests, funded by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Dr Gregory A Hedger, director of Qatar Academy, reached out to Avant Assessment for help in meeting the Academy´s goal of teaching their Arabic ...
STUDENTS of Stenden University organised ´A Year to Remember´, a charity gala dinner to celebrate the end of the academic year for all universities in Qatar at Katara recently. The main objective of the event was to raise funds for various social community projects. The students showcased a spectacular performance which encompassed four different dance performances from different countries. The event was organised by the students of ...
JAPAN´S government could run out of money by the end of October, halting all state spending including salaries, pensions and unemployment benefits, because of a standoff in parliament that has blocked a bill to finance the deficit. The deficit financing bill, which would allow the government to sell bonds needed to fund almost half of the budget, has languished in parliament as the ruling Democratic Party tussles with opposition parties that can use their control...
US EMPLOYERS hired at a dismal pace in June, raising pressure on the Federal Reserve to do more to boost the economy and further imperiling President Barack Obama´s chances of reelection in November. The Labour Department said on Friday non-farm payrolls expanded by just 80,000 jobs in June, falling short of forecasts though a tad higher than a revised May reading of 77,000. Job creation during the month wasn´t enough to bring down the country´s lofty...
CHINA´S plan to test yuan convertibility in a new services hub being built near Hong Kong fanned excitement Beijing may be dismantling its rigid capital controls sooner than expected. A reality check paints a different picture and suggests that China´s latest test bed carries risks that will make the country´s policymakers move slowly. The experimental zone of Qianhai - dubbed a $45 billion "mini Hong Kong" - will be a pioneer of the gradual opening...
PETER Sagan sealed the first week of his maiden Tour de France with his third stage victory in a crash-ridden 207.5-km sixth stage which seriously hurt the chances of some leading favourites. The 22-year-old Slovak outpaced the leading part of a scattered bunch to achieve a spectacular treble ahead of Germany´s Andre Greipel, the winner of the two previous stages and one of many riders to hit the ...
LEWIS Hamilton put on a solo show to thrill the rain-soaked crowds and top the times in Friday afternoon´s second free practice session for this weekend´s British Grand Prix. On a soggy, puddle-strewn circuit at Silverstone, the 27- year-old Briton threw his McLaren around the track in thrilling fashion, frequently rescuing it and himself when he appeared to be sliding off. His dramatic effort...
MEMBERS of the US Olympic team of NBA stars reported to training camp on Thursday and will start workouts on Friday before the roster is trimmed to a final 12-man squad on Saturday. Injuries have cut the list of 20 candidates to 14 healthy ones, with such stars as centre Dwight Howard, guards Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade, and forward Chris Bosh — a third of the likely Olympians — out of London consideration. What remains is the core from two US.
IF one is inspired by a movie, its rights should be bought to make one´s own version, actor Ajay Devgn suggests, adding this is akin to paying a tribute to that work. Hrishikesh Mukherjee´s Gol Maal inspires his forthcoming film Bol Bachchan, which he has co-produced with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. "A lot of people told us that we didn´t need to buy the rights. But ideally, if a film ...
IF Vidya Balan gained 12 kg to play southern sex siren in The Dirty Picture, Pakistani actress Veena Malik claims she has put on 5 kg for the Kannada version of the film and that her dialogues have not been dubbed. "I had to put on five kg for the role because the script demanded so. Size zero does not exist´s in the south. I was 48 kgs, now I am 53 kg. Fourty per cent of the shooting has been completed,"...
PRACHI Desai is one of the few outsiders who have managed to make it big in filmdom. But the actress, who hopes to do 25 films in future, says it is not easy for outsiders to get a break in Bollywood. "I feel that the industry can be unfair sometimes. When you are an outsider, people don´t take you seriously. I personally think you need an extreme push for people to promote you and bring you to a certain level," the 23-year-old said. The young actress, who started ...
A UNITED Nations peacekeeper in
Congo was killed by an exploding
shell, an official said on Friday, as
rebels in the country’s volatile east
took a strategic border crossing
into Uganda. The Indian peacekeeper
was killed overnight on
Thursday as fighters from the M23
rebel group attempted to take the
town of Bunagana, said Madnodje
Mounoubai, the United Nations
spokesman in Congo.
LIBYANS will vote in their first free
national poll in more than half a century
on Saturday amid fears that violence
could taint an election meant
to usher in a temporary national
assembly and draw a line under
Moamer Qadhafi’s 42-year autocratic
reign. Voters will select a 200-member
assembly that will choose a
cabinet to replace the self-appointed
interim government and also pick a
new prime minister.