WHEN Sir Mervyn King spoke
of the ‘zigzag' pattern we
could expect in 2012, he
wasn't wrong. Official data -
and private surveys - have
been all over the place lately.
But the underlying message has not
changed: The recovery is still fragile,
SO can we talk about the Paul
Ryan phenomenon? And yes, I
mean the phenomenon, not
Ryan, the chairman of the House
Budget Committee and the principal
author of the last two congressional
Republican budget proposals, isn't
QATAR and the Philippines
on Tuesday signed an agreement
to establish a joint business
council in addition to a
number of memorandums of
understanding (MoUs) during
the Emir His Highness
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al
THE Qatar Exchange benchmark index rose 0.2 percent to 8,771 points, its first gain in six sessions. Gainers outnumbered losers nine to seven and four stocks closed flat. Vodafone Qatar surged 10 percent to a near.
AL RAYYAN Club star Targuy Ngombo returned to lift his team to a vital 87-79 victory against Al Gharafa Club in their first face-off at the Emir Cup Basketball best-offive semi-finals, on Tuesday. Ngombo missed two games in the elimination.
UNDER the storied stone atrium of the Hearst Building in Midtown, a small pale figure emerged from the elevator the other day. Thin and casually chic with blond hair and young-Mariel Hemingway eyebrows, she could have been any glossy fashion editor ...
VISITORS flocked to Qatar Airways´ (QA) stand during the five-day annual Qatar Career Fair held recently. Students, graduates and working professionals took advantage of the employee and HR support available on Qatar Airways´ showcase stand to gather information on job vacancies and opportunities available with the national airline. Representatives of Qatar Airways´ National Scholarship Programme (QRNSP), which supports selected ...
QATAR Centre for Volunteer Activities (QCVA) celebrated the Qatar National Volunteer Day at the Al Rayyan Theatre in Souq Waqif on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari expressed his admiration for the venue which, he noted, would serve as an important addition to the country´s cultural infrastructure. "This is the ninth such event, which we hold annually to honour ...
THE Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani arrived on a one-day state visit to Manila, the Philippines, on Tuesday. On arrival, HH the Emir was welcomed by Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Del Rosario, Secretary of Energy Jose Rene Almendras and several senior officials, Qatar´s Ambassador to the Philippines HE Jassim bin Ali al Obeideli and Philippine Ambassador to Qatar HE Crescente R Relacion. Then, HH ...
DUBAI-BASED Drake & Scull International expects its Qatari unit to increasingly contribute more to the firm´s overall growth as Qatar´s construction boom continues. "Tenders for major projects in the hospitality, rail and the infrastructure sectors are underway in quarter two and we are currently bidding across all our business lines," DSI Chief Executive Khaldoun Tabari said...
OIL prices fell below $102 a barrel on Tuesday as weak US jobs figures and expectations of growing crude oil stockpiles raised the prospect that US demand will remain tepid. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for May delivery was down 68 cents to $101.78 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 85 cents to settle at $102.46 in ...
JAPAN´S Sony Corp flagged a record $6.4 billion annual net loss, double an earlier forecast and a fourth straight year of red ink, as it writes off deferred tax credits, heaping more pressure on its new CEO to turn around the electronics giant. Sony, which plans to axe 10,000 jobs - around 6 percent of its global workforce - according to media reports this week, has been hammered by weak demand for ...
WEST INDIES held the upper hand at the end of the third day of the first Test on Monday as it reduced Australia to 248 for 5, still trailing by 201 runs. Only a solid 73 by captain Michael Clarke and a typically stubborn unbeaten 47 by veteran Mike Hussey all but ensured that the Aussies would avoid the follow-on. Clarke was disappointed with his team´s performance in the match so far. "We have no excuses for not bowling and fielding as well as we would have...
ASIAN Club and Al Feroz Club entered the final of the Qatar Airways Cricket Tournament, to be played on Friday. Qatar Airways is sponsoring the tournament for the A Division teams, organised by the Qatar Cricket Association. At the West Bay Grounds, both the second batting teams comfortably defeated their rivals as Asian Club downed Commercial Bank of Qatar by five wickets and Al Feroz cruised to a sixwicket triumph against Qatari Diar ...
BAYERN Munich is hunting its first win over Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund for two years on Wednesday in the eagerlyanticipated clash which could decide the German league title race. With five league games left this season, second-placed Bayern is three points behind leaders Dortmund and the winner at Borussia´s sold-out Signal Iduna Park stadium will be in pole position to claim the league title. "We can´t afford to lose," admitted Bayern...
ONE of the world´s busiest airports, Hartsfield- Jackson in Atlanta, lies a mere 312 meters above sea level. Which, it turns out, is perfect for your taste buds. At low elevations, the 10,000 or so taste buds in the human mouth work pretty much as nature intended. With an assist from the nose – the sense of smell plays a big role in taste – the familiar quartet of sweet, bitter, sour and salty registers as usual.
ULIA Roberts has essayed all kinds of roles with aplomb and acclaim and now this versatile actor has shown her villainous streak in the Hollywood movie Mirror Mirror directed by Indian origin filmmaker Tarsem Singh. She says she had fun playing a negative character. "It was fun to play this villain because there aren´t any real rules of syntax or reality that apply to her. So, I could kind of do anything and just go off the rails in any direction at any time and it would .
ACTRESS Sonam Kapoor, who is known for her style statements, is a voracious reader and would like to pen down her autobiography some day. "You know I think I am too young and inexperienced and I don´t know if I have the talent to write, but you know everybody is narcissistic. I would like to write about my life one day or the other. I am an actor after all, but I don´t know if right now I ...
SYRIAN troops killed 50 people on
Tuesday, in an assault on Assad’s
opponents. United Nations-Arab
League envoy Kofi Annan said it
was “a bit too early” to dismiss as
a failure his attempt to halt the
conflict and, in a letter to the UN,
said Assad must make a “fundamental
change of course” and
adhere to a ceasefire due to begin
THE rupee slid to a near-threemonth
low on Tuesday weighed by
dollar demand from oil importers,
while choppy local shares and worries
over global growth kept risk
appetite subdued. The rupee ended
at 51.475/485 to the dollar, weaker
than Monday’s close of 51.14/15,
after touching a low of 51.495, a
level last seen on January 16.
Emerging market currencies, including
the rupee, received a boost after
robust Chinese trade data raised
hopes for improvement in risk