EVER since the culture wars of
the 1980s, Americans have been
familiar with "the race card" -
an epithet used to discredit real
and imagined cries of racism.
Less familiar, however, is an equally
cynical rhetorical tactic that I call "the
Here's how it works. When confronted
with an instance of racially charged
violence against a black ...
AFEW days ago, Alan
Greenspan, the former
chairman of the Federal
Reserve, spoke out in
defence of his successor.
Attacks on Ben Bernanke by
Republicans, he told The
Financial Times, are "wholly
inappropriate and destructive."
He's right about that - which
makes this one of the very few
things the ex-maestro has
THE Emir His Highness Sheikh
Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani and
Her Highness Sheikha Moza
arrived in New Delhi on Sunday
afternoon on a three-day official
visit to India.
HH the Emir and HH Sheikha
Moza were welcomed at Palam air
base by ...
QATAR'S bourse closed lower for a fourth straight session, making its largest one-day decline in a month as investors cut their risk exposure while they await more company earnings. The index closed 47 points ...
SPAIN'S 2010 world champion Jorge Lorenzo, riding a Yamaha, won the season-opening Qatar MotoGP under the Losail floodlights on Sunday to record his first elite class victory at the desert venue. Lorenzo finished ahead ...
"ITHINK Americans are much more into 'Downton Abbey' than we are," Nicky Kinnaird, the British founder of the London-based beauty store Space NK, said recently with a laugh. "That's just fine for us. They may not be able to ...
TWENTY faculty members of the American School of Doha (ASD) participated in the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools´ (NESA) ´Spring Educators Conference´ in Athens, Greece, from March 31 to April 3. Five of the teachers made presentations at the workshops during the three-and-ahalf- day convention that had brought together about 600 educators of all grades and disciplines. Top level presenters were brought in ...
SEVEN students of MES Indian School attended the fourteenth lecture of the Qatar Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) recently. The lecture was delivered by Professor Kirk R Smith, a joint Nobel Peace prize winner, for his work on environment and climate-related issues, as well as an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Talking of the different kinds of incomplete combustion and the section ...
GEORGETOWN University´s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) won the Qatar Universities Debate League (QUDL) championship which was held recently. Some of the universities which took part in the event include Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar along with Georgetown University´s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Arwa Elsanosi and Eileen Francis, senior SFS-Q debaters, reached ...
THE GCC banking sector is expected to remain stable, profitable and keep growing, an analysis of the GCC banking sector performed by QNB Group has concluded. Total assets in the sector rose by 8.9 percent in 2011 to $1.46 trillion, equivalent to 106 percent of regional GDP. By comparison, assets in the UK equal 341 percent of its GDP. This suggests that there is still plenty of room for GCC assets to grow in relative terms. GCC banking assets have been ...
ABU Dhabi National Energy (TAQA), a state-owned oil explorer and power supplier, has sold its 7 percent stake in Tesla Motors, cashing out from the US electric carmaker´s steady stock rally. TAQA, which is 75-percent owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, said it made a profit of $113 million on the sale, which was effected through the stock market and at Tesla´s last closing price would have ...
SPAIN, sucked back into the centre of the eurozone debt crisis, is headed towards a financial crunch in 2013 that may force it to seek international help, analysts warn. Alarm has spread on the financial markets over Spain´s rising public debt, bulging deficit, fragile banks and a slide into recession at a time of soaring unemployment. Investors pounced in the past week, forcing the government to...
ARABI´S big win against El Jaish secured a spot for Al Rayyan in the semifinals of the HH Emir basketball Cup, which will start on Tuesday. Arabi sent El Jaish out of the tournament with the final score 92-77. They are going to the semis with a spotless win. In the second game, Rayyan defeated Qatar Club 88-65. Rayyan´s team standing of 1-1 in the tourney made the match a must win for them in order to claim the fourth spot in the semis. Arabi point guard Mansour Elhadary ...
MARQ Marquez of Team CatalunyaCaixaRepsol, 2011 runner-up, outpaced Andrea Iannone of Speed Master to win the season-opening Moto2 race at the Losail International Circuit on Sunday. The third place was picked by Pol Espargaro of Pons 40 HP Tuenti and his teammate Esteve Rabat was fourth. Thomas Luthi, who was on the top for most of the week, finished in the fifth place, having been crammed for space by the winner on the first corner in ...
MANCHESTER United all but sealed a 20th English title as they moved into an eight-point lead over Manchester City at the top of Premier League on Sunday with just six games left to play. United beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Old Trafford to pile the pressure on City ahead of their match away to Arsenal later Sunday. But City were unable to respond, with Mikel Arteta´s goal three minutes from time securing a 1-0 victory for the Gunners that saw them ...
DR Ami Shah Nagarajan, 38, a specialist in integrative medicine who lives in New York, estimates that she spends $150 a month on Mustela and California Baby products for her 3-year-old twins. "I spend more on my kids than I do for myself," she said. "It´s worth it to me to get something pure for them." While Nagarajan said she was mindful of using beauty products with minimal chemicals even before she had children, other mothers have become more ...
NICOLE Kidman is in negotiations to portray Hollywood icon Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco, the indie project centering on the actress-turnedprincess from producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, sources confired. Le Pogam is the Europacorp co-founder who recently launched his Stone Angel production and financing company. He surprised many last fall when he beat out several other bidders to pick up Grace of Monaco as a spec script by Arash Amel ...
ACTRESS Anushka Sharma, who is popular among the youth for her perfect figure, suggests to young girls not to follow any body-type blindly. She feels that they should try to be fit and follow their instructors. "Fitness has become such large part of our lives. There are gyms at every nook and corner. There are such wonderful trainers. You need to get the right assistant and follow what is right for you. Don´t try to become like me or Deepika (Padukone) or ...
QATAR has increased its women’s
team for the London Games,
adding a third competitor for the
first ever appearance by women
from the Gulf state at an
Olympics. Sheikh Saoud bin
Abdulrahman al Thani, the general
secretary of the Qatar Olympic
Committee, said on Sunday the
IOC offered a wild card invitation
for 19-year-old Bahia al Hamad to
compete in the 10-metre,
women’s air rifle competition.
Swimmer Nada Arkaji and sprinter
Noor al Malki had previously been
given wild cards.
A UN-BROKERED plan to stop
the bloodshed in Syria effectively
collapsed on Sunday after
President Bashar al Assad’s government
raised new, last-minute
demands that were swiftly rejected
by the country’s largest rebel
group. The truce plan, devised by
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi
Annan, was supposed to go into
effect on Tuesday, with a withdrawal
of Syrian forces from population
centres, followed within
48 hours by a cease-fire by both
sides in the uprising against four
decades of repressive rule by the