FOUR weeks ago, I criticised The
New York Times for overplaying
an article on an investment
made by Ann Romney's blind
trust. The article was but one
installment of the intense campaign coverage
scrutinising Mitt ...
DOES America need an Arab
Spring? That was the question
on my mind when I
called Frank Fukuyama, the
Stanford professor and
author of The End of History and the
Last Man. Fukuyama has been working
on a two-volume ...
THE high level event on
women in development at the
ongoing Unctad XIII called for
an inclusive approach towards
development and globalisation
Speaking on the occasion,
Qatar Museums Authority...
THE Qatar Music Academy (QMA) on Monday held a workshop on Arab music. It was attended by about 100 kindergarten students from Qatar Academy who were introduced to Arab classical music and the rich musical...
QATARI high jump Olympic medal prospect Mutaz Essa Barshim aims to rise steadily and stay healthy before he approaches the London Games in July-August this year. The Asian indoor record holder had a superb.
EDGAR Allan Poe once wrote that, "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." So imagine how Poe might feel about The Raven, a thriller that casts John Cusack as the legendary - and legendarily tragic - author and poet in...
QATAR Airways (QA) recently won two major awards at the 2012 Annual Skytrax World Airport Awards, held in Vienna. According to a press release issued by the airline on Monday, Qatar Airways´ Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport (DIA) was named World´s Best Premium Service Airport, for the second year running. The terminal was recognised for its superior five-star service and excellent customer care while Qatar Airways-owned Oryx Rotana.
STAFF of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Lusail Real Estate Development Company celebrated World Earth Day by planting saplings in the vicinities of both companies, on Sunday. According to a joint press release, Qatari Diar Administration Director Abdullatif al Noaimi said that the company hopes to promote greener and more environmentally friendly real estate and recognises this year´s Earth Day as an opportunity to lead...
A "WARM and deep partnership" between Qatar and India is blossoming following the Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani´s recent visit to India, said India´s Union Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textiles Anand Sharma on Monday. Pointing out that the size of Qatar-India bilateral trade had reached $12 billion, he said there is tremendous opportunity in both Qatar and India for...
THE Indian rupee posted its sharpest single session fall in nearly a month on Monday hit by deepening worries over capital inflows, and keeping traders on guard for possible intervention from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The near-term outlook for the rupee remains weak. Concerns over growth and a lack of clarity about further interest rate cuts are being compounded by fears about foreign...
OIL traders buying from national oil firms could face new disclosure rules within a year as part of an effort led by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the group told Reuters on Monday. The EITI, which has already implemented similar measures in oil producers Iraq and Norway, said that the rules would apply to all companies trading with EITI signatories. This would include Swissbased traders Vitol and Glencore as well as UK based...
CHINA and Germany, the world´s two biggest exporters, can nearly double their bilateral trade in the next three years, but must also improve their market access and combat protectionism, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Monday. Speaking at a German- Chinese economic forum in the city of Hannover, Wen also pledged that Beijing would protect intellectual property rights - a key concern for ...
RAFAEL Nadal prepared on Monday to move from one record-setting week to the next as the eight-time Monte Carlo champion settled in as top seed at his home Barcelona Open. Less than 24 hours after crushing Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 for his eighth straight trophy on the clay of the principality, Nadal was outlining his chances of claiming a seventh in Barcelona, the hotbed of Spanish tennis. "Beating the number one is special, but Novak (mourning the ...
FORMER British Open champion Ben Curtis won his first US PGA Tour title since 2006 on Sunday, holding on for an emotional twoshot victory over Matt Every and John Huh. Curtis, the surprise winner of the British Open in 2003, birdied the par-five 18th for an even-par 72 on the day and a nine-under total of 279. "It´s been a tough couple of years," a teary Curtis said as he struggled for composure.
CHELSEA is bracing for a Barcelona onslaught on Tuesday as the wounded Catalans bid to recover from domestic disappointment by reaching their third Champions League final in four seasons. The holders — stunned 1-0 by Chelsea in last week´s semifinal first leg — completed a week to forget on Saturday when a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid at Camp Nou effectively handed the domestic title to...
FACEBOOK makes sharing easy – too easy, some would say. Because one´s social network often consists not only of actual friends but also relatives and sortof friends, along with sort-of friends of their sort-of friends, you need to be careful about what you post. Yes, the site does allow you to define smaller circles of friends, but that requires constantly monitoring what should – and should not – be shared with whom. All of this has created an opportunity for ...
ACTRESS Rachel McAdams is reportedly set to marry beau Michael Sheen as both want to take their relationship to the next level. "Michael is planning on proposing to Rachel very soon. They both want to take their relationship to the next level. They are madly in love and want to start a family together," showbizspy.com quoted a source as saying. "They met while filming Midnight in Paris and that´s where they want to get married," the source said. McAdams earlier said ...
SHE is as bold as one can get. But Paoli Dam, who did a full frontal nudity scene in Bengali movie Chatrak last year, says boldness is all in the head. "What is bold for you may not be bold for me. Boldness is a state of mind," Paoli, now the lead actress of Bollywood film Hate Story, said to be topped with dollops of intimacy and violence, said in an interview. No wonder she picks roles that most other actresses...
SYRIAN troops killed 28 civilians
in the central city of Hama on
Monday, monitors said, as UN
military observers toured protest
centres near the capital and both
the European Union and the
United States imposed new sanctions.
THE Indian rupee ended at three
and half month low to 52.50/51
against the American currency on
good dollar demand from banks
and importers on the back of higher
dollar in the global market
amidst sharp fall in equity markets.
It had ended at 52.51/52 per dollar
on January 9, 2012.