A FEW years ago, on the eve of the
Keegan family's holiday in
France, a friend from the
Treasury teased me by saying:
"Enjoy the exchange rate you
have so long advocated."
This was at a time when the
pound/euro rate, having been close to
EUR1.50 in the ...
ABOUT two years ago, Dr
Pamela Cantor gave a
speech at a congressional
retreat put together by the
Aspen Institute. Her talk
was titled "Innovative Designs for
Cantor is a psychiatrist who specialises
in childhood ...
DON'T go anywhere on Monday
at 4 pm!
Because that is when Qatar's
sports icon Nasser bin Saleh al
Attiyah will launch his fifth
attempt at the men's skeet medal
in the Olympic Games.
In his previous four appearances,
Attiyah, who is also a car
POLITICAL leaders in Greece have agreed on most of the austerity measures demanded by its creditors and are now eyeing pension and wage cuts to find the final 1.5 billion euros of savings still needed, a source close to the talks ...
CAMERON van der Burgh's 100m breaststroke world record denied Kosuke Kitajima a historic treble and gave South Africa an Olympic swimming first on Sunday. Van der Burgh was never headed, winning in 58.46sec to better the previous world.
KATE Beckinsale has everybody fooled. The British actress, who recently turned 39, looks perfectly natural and quite convincing kicking butt as the vampire Selene in Underworld (2003) and two of its sequels, as Anna in Van...
THE Traffic Department in the Ministry of Interior (MoI) is holding a series of awareness activities as part of its safe driving campaign during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Department has also intensified its patrols with the help of Internal Security Force (Lakhwiya) and Rescue Police (Al Fazaa), especially during iftar time as people rush to reach their destinations before Maghrib time. The campaign is being held under the slogan ´Ramadan and Safe...
IN direct contrast to their fleeting stay in Qatar, the financial empowerment of migrant workers in the country can be made enduring once they are equipped with the right education and awareness, a recently-concluded study by Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFSQ) has shown. Using a randomly controlled trial approach, the two-yearlong groundbreaking research resulting...
THE Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) in association with the Ministry of Interior hosted 5,900 persons from four expatriate communities for iftar. The first iftar in a series themed on ´Iftar and Brotherhood Programme for Communities´ started by hosting 1,700 Pakistanis, including families, at Al Arabi Sports Club on Thursday evening. The iftar gathering was attended by the head of Community Services...
AL KHALIJ Commercial Bank (al khaliji) on Sunday announced its half year results for the period ending June 30, 2012. The bank registered a net profit of QR262 million, a 5 percent increase as compared to QR249 million achieved for the same period last year. "Economic indicators suggest that Qatar´s economy continues its vigorous growth and the recently announced 2012 – 2013 government budget should create ample opportunity in various sectors of the economy,"...
ALUMINIUM Bahrain (Alba) said its second quarter net profit dropped by almost half to 35.6 million Bahraini dinars ($95 million) on lower metal prices and higher gas costs. Aluminium prices on the London Metal Exchange dipped close to $600 a tonne when compared with the same period last year, according to the company. Bahrain´s state-run energy supplier also raised ...
THE German and Italian leaders have pledged to do everything to protect the eurozone, the German government said on Sunday — further underlining European politicians´ determination to get a grip on the continent´s debt crisis, but again offering no details of any action. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Premier Mario Monti spoke by phone on Saturday and "agreed that Germany and Italy will do everything to protect the eurozone," German government ...
GEORGIA´S Lasha Shavdatuashvili and North Korean An Kum-Ae both claimed gold on a day of shocks and a refereeing controversy at the Olympic judo competition on Sunday. Shavdatuashvili won the men´s under-66kg division, less than a year after progressing from the junior ranks to the seniors. And An went one better than four years ago in Beijing as she added under-52kg gold to the silver already in her trophy cabinet. But it was a day marked by the failure of ...
ZARA Phillips, grand daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, had a few royal fans in the stands as she made her Olympic equestrian debut on Sunday, earning a respectable score in the eventing dressage competition despite a slight mistake. Phillips´ grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as her mother, Princess Anne, were in the VIP seats at Greenwich Park as Phillips rode her horse, High Kingdom, through the paces of a standard dressage test to demonstrate ...
After the ground-breaking participation of four females at the London Olympic Games, Qatar is set to step up promotion and development of women´s sports in the country and the region. According to Ahlam Salem al Mana, chief of the Qatar Women´s Sports Committee (QWSC), Qatar is planning to stage an under-14 international football tournament for girls tentatively planned for April next year...
ALL superstars have massive fan following among the youth. However, there are some actors who are ladies´ favourite. India´s first superstar Rajesh Khanna was perhaps the first ladies´ favourite star. He was the first Indian film star whose mere glimpse had women swoon. His fleshy, resonant voice coupled with a quiet and mellow style of dialogue delivery could have any woman fall for him. His characteristic smile accompanied by winking, unique dance ...
BIPASHA BASU, who has posed in itsy-bitsy clothes for a bold poster of Raaz 3, says she had no reason to hire a body double for the shoot as she is comfortable with her toned body. "I have always been comfortable in my skin and never been conscious of my body," Bipasha said in a press statement. According to insiders, producers were reluctant to approach Bipasha for the shoot, given its controversial nature ...
BOLLYWOOD´S famed Bachchan family is under constant media scrutiny with rumours finding their way in print almost each day, but Abhishek Bachchan says its better to keep mum than issuing clarifications. "What is the use of clarifying things? The media will write what they want to. They write something and then I react... I don´t see any point in that," Abhishek said."I don´t think people even care what I think, that is why I don´t say much," he added ...
AN Afghan governor and at least
17 Taliban militants were killed in
violence, authorities said on
Sunday. Mohammad Ismael Wafa,
the governor of Chak district, some
30 from Kabul, was on his way to
office when Taliban militants fired
at his vehicle on Sunday, Xinhua
reported. Seventeen militants were
killed by Afghan police, army and
NATO-led forces in different
QATAR Solar Technologies (QSTec)
and Kahramaa on Sunday signed
a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) aimed at implementing
electricity generation through solar
energy. Chairman and CEO of
QSTec Dr Khalid Klefeekh al Hajri
and Kahramaa President Engineer
Essa Hilal al Kuwari signed the
pact on behalf of their respective
organisations. QSTec, a provider of
efficient solar solutions.