WHILE Rome burned, Nero
put on fancy dress, stood on
a tower and played his lyre.
He sang of the Sack of Ilium
and roasted Christians at the
stake to light up his party. The people
were taxed to pay for his extravagance,
but he appeased them with games of
REMEMBER when Janice
Soprano shot her fiance
to death after he
punched her in the
mouth? Then she calls
Tony to come over and help her.
He mops up the blood and has
his thugs chop up the body.
"All in all, though," Tony tells
his sister sincerely, as he drops...
FORMER UN secretary-general
Kofi Annan is quitting as
international peace envoy for
Syria, frustrated by "fingerpointing"
at the United
Nations while the armed
rebellion against President
Bashar al Assad becomes ...
SOMETIMES the people who pay for a crime aren't the criminals. In Madea's Witness Protection, Tyler Perry's latest addition to his Madea franchise, Denise Richards plays a pampered housewife married to a not-sobright ...
THE Pearl-Qatar, as an icon of retail indulgence, has launched a special promotion for the Holy Month of Ramadan to enable shoppers "to experience shopping at its finest." During the period, for every QR500 spent shopping at the Pearl-Qatar, you will be awarded a QR150 gift voucher to use at leisure around the Island´s many retail shops. With the advent of Ramadan, the Pearl-Qatar is inviting residents and visitors to prolong the holiday fun as ...
THE St Regis Doha, in association with Reach Out to Asia (Rota), launched a relief campaign during the holy month of Ramadan to raise funds for cyclonic victims in Teknaf, Bangladesh. As part of the campaign — to run from August 10 to 16 — the St Regis Doha will donate QR5 to Rota for every iftar served at the hotel. Funds raised will be used to support Rota´s project in Teknaf to provide "informal ...
QATAR Charity launched a new electronic donation system recently. The system was launched at a special ceremony inaugurated by the Minister of Social Affairs HE Nasser bin Abdullah al Hemaidi, and attended by Yousef bin Ahmed al Kuwari, QC´s Chief Executive Officer; Brigadier- General Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al Ansari, director of logistics department at the Ministry of the Interior...
THE European Central Bank will gear up to buy Italian and Spanish bonds on the open market but would only act after eurozone governments have activated bailout funds to do the same, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday. Draghi indicated that any ECB intervention would start at the earliest in September and would depend on countries in trouble on bond markets making a request and accepting strict conditions and supervision. He also ...
A MIDDLE East subsidiary of Russia´s Gazprom Neft has inked two oil deals with Iraq´s self-ruled northern Kurdish region, becoming the fourth major oil company to enter into agreements with Iraqi Kurds that bypass the central government in Baghdad. The Kurds and the central government are at loggerheads over rights to develop resources. Baghdad wants to manage its energy resources ...
THE Bank of England left its monetary policy unchanged on Thursday, judging that its July decision to expand purchases of government bonds is enough stimulus for now despite the danger of a prolonged slump. Since the BoE´s Monetary Policy Committee met last month, official data has shown that Britain´s economy is in a much deeper recession than previously thought, with little sign of an imminent rebound.
QATARI shooter Rashid al Athba failed to qualify for the finals of the men´s double trap competition under heavy rains at the Royal Artillery Barracks (RAB). Athba, trying to become the second shooter to win a medal after compatriot Nasser bin Saleh al Attiyah´s heroics two days ago, had a bad opening series, which forced him to miss the medal round by a mere hit. The young Qatari fired 43, 46 and 47, finishing the qualifying round at seventh with 136. "Yes, there ...
SAINA Nehwal on Thursday created history by becoming the first Indian to reach the semi-finals in the Olympic Games badminton, while the mixed doubles pair of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza inched forward to the quarter-finals on Thursday. Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh carved out a tough win over American Terrell Gausha to move into the quarter-finals of the middleweight boxing (75kg). Singh, who won by 16-15 points ...
QATARI government leaders, Olympic legends and some of the world´s biggest sports sponsors gathered in London for the launch of Doha GOALS, a new initiative designed to develop the use of sport as a driver for social and economic change. President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and former Olympic and world champions - including Carl Lewis, Tegla Loroupe, Marie-José Pérec and Ian Thorpe - were among the guests at the event at Bayt Qatar, London, the ...
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 ...
EGYPT’S Prime Minister Hisham
Qandil unveiled a new cabinet on
Thursday that retained military
chief Field Marshal Hussein
Tantawi as defence minister while
giving the ruling Islamists and
their allies several portfolios.
Islamist President Mohamed Morsi
will swear in the new ministers
later in the day, almost a month
after he took office and ended a
US SECRETARY of Defence Leon
Panetta and Jordan’s King
Abdullah II on Thursday discussed
the question of a political transition
in “a post-Bashar al Assad
Syria,” Pentagon spokesman
George Little said. “They talked
not only about how to deal with
the current crisis that is being
fuelled by the intolerable acts of
the regime, but also the prospects
of political transition in a post-
Bashar al Assad Syria,” Little told