LIKE Havana, only more so, the
North Korean capital,
Pyongyang, is bereft of commercial
billboards but covered with
propaganda posters. In recent
years, however, one company has been
allowed to advertise its products:
Pyonghwa Motors, a joint venture
between the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's
PUTTING too much stock in
presidential polls before
the party conventions can
be tricky. They are meaningful
because they offer a
snapshot of the state of play at the
moment, but they are hardly predictive
because many voters don't
truly engage until ...
WITH the ending of the London
2012 Summer Olympics just days
ago and the arrival of the two Qatari
medalists, skeet shooter Nasser al
Attiyah and high jumper Mutaz
Barshim, on Monday evening to a
THE Qatar Exchange (QE) showed a mixed performance during the five trading days of the week starting August 12. The official QE index increased by 0.84 percent over previous week's closing and finished the week at ...
INDIA batsman VVS Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, saying it was 'time to move on' despite his selection for the two- Test series against New Zealand. The 37-year-old said he would step down with ...
"I'M just old enough and heavy enough for people to accept me as a grandmother," Shelley Long says. The one-time star of Cheers (1982- 1987) will turn 63 on August 23. Two days later the Hallmark Movie Channel will debut Strawberry Summer, with Long cast ...
SEVEN million jobs have been created in the Gulf over the last decade but only two million of these have gone to Gulf citizens, reinforcing the need for petrochemical and chemical producers to create more opportunities for the local workforce, the downstream industry´s leading association in the region has said. More than 300 senior HR professionals in the petrochemicals sector will debate the...
Amadeus Qatar, a leading travel technology provider and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, has launched Amadeus Mobile Traveller in Qatar. It is a fully integrated and complete mobile application designed to support pretrip, in-trip and post-trip functionalities, providing travellers with access to realtime travel information including on flight, car rental and hotel bookings. Developed with the support of Techmaster...
THE month-long summer camp, ´Chill the Summer 2012´ organised by Birla Public School (BPS) concluded recently. About 240 students participated in the camp which adopted a holistic approach to learning. It provided training in music, art, dance, crafts, cooking, yoga, sports, aerobics, public speaking, personality development and much more. The students were thoroughly refreshed in the camp activities which provided a platform for all students to showcase.
SOUTH African state-owned oil firm PetroSA and US-listed Anadarko Petroleum Corp have signed a deal for oil and gas exploration in blocks off the coast of South Africa, the companies said on Friday. Under the farm-in deal, whose value was not disclosed, Anadarko will hold an 80 percent stake in Block 5/6 and Block 7 and will serve as operator, and PetroSA will hold the rest. Under a farm-in agreement, a company buys an interest from another in an ...
CHINA National Gold Corp is leading a drive offshore to help meet soaring demand for gold at home by considering a bid for the African unit of Barrick Gold, the world´s No 1 producer. If state-owned China National Gold makes a bid for all of African Barrick, it would rank as the biggest Chinese deal in Africa since China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corp´s $3.37 billion takeover of uranium developer ...
FINANCE ministry officials in Greece have calculated that the debt-stricken country´s economy will recover faster and its debt be more sustainable if it is given two more years to reduce its budget deficit, a Greek newspaper reported on Saturday. The estimate chimes with the view of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who has tried, unsuccessfully, to win such an extension in the past and is expected to refloat the proposal next week with the leaders of...
JONNY BAIRSTOW fell five runs short of a maiden Test century on Saturday before South Africa took their lead in the match to 139 at the end of day three of the third and final test against England at Lord´s. South Africa closed on 145 for three after England claimed the wickets of Proteas captain Graeme Smith (23) and fellow opener Alviro Petersen (24) after tea, and the key scalp of Jacques Kallis (31) late on. Kallis showed dissent at his reviewed dismissal for the second time in...
SPAIN´S Dani Pedrosa posted the fastest lap and set a record in the speed trap on Friday during practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The two-time MotoGP runner-up still couldn´t knock Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi out of the headlines. While Pedrosa positioned himself as the favourite to win the pole on Saturday, completing the 2.621-mile, 16-turn road course in 1 minute, 39.783 seconds.
LIVERPOOL crashed to a miserable 0-3 defeat at West Brom in Brendan Rodgers´ first Premier League match as Reds boss, while Arsenal started life without Robin van Persie with a dour 0-0 draw against Sunderland on Saturday. Rodgers took over from Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool finished eighth last season, their worst final position for 18 years, and on the evidence of a shocking result ...
THE much awaited Yash Raj Films´ romantic action thriller Ek Tha Tiger, which sees Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif coming together after four years, is a complete package and it has many USPs, says its director Kabir Khan. "There is not one USP of the film and I think that is the reason why people are liking the promo too. Ek Tha Tiger is a complete package film. It has the whole package of Salman-Katrina, action and Yash Raj productions," said Khan, who got...
AFTER featuring in some hit films, Katrina Kaif is awaiting the release of some more big ticket films. The actress believes life has been good so far but says she is looking forward to the best phase in her career. "I hope the best phase of my career is yet to come. As a person one faces different phases in life. You also face phases of unsettlement where you´re not sure about anything. Right now my life is only about going to the film sets and coming back home," Katrina...
BOLLYWOOD actor Sanjay Dutt adopted his father Sunil Dutt´s dacoit avatar from 1963 film Mujhe Jeene Do for upcoming movie Son Of Sardar (SOS). The actor had plans of remaking his father´s film Mujhe Jeene Do, but the plan has been incorporated in the Ajay Devgn-starrer SOS. If a reliable source is to be believed, Sanjay´s clothes and make-up have been modelled around his father´s look. However.
BAHRAINI security forces have
shot dead a Shiite teenager as a
group of protesters attacked police
with petrol bombs near the capital
Manama, the interior ministry said
on Saturday. A police unit stationed
in Muharaq city “came under a terrorist
attack with a large number of
petrol bombs,” late on Friday.The
official BNA news agency said the
forces opened fire in defence,
wounding one of them who later
died in hospital.
QTEL is offering its Shahry and
Hala customers three free days of
local calls and local SMS to their
friends and family during Eid al
Fitr. Hala customers who top-up
with QR50 or higher between
August 18 and August 20 will
enjoy free local calls and SMS until
midnight of August 20. To benefit
from the offer, customers should
top-up on Saturday, and enjoy free
local calling and SMS on Saturday,
Sunday and Monday.