WHY is it that when Ai
Weiwei is detained, the
west assumes that he is a
victim of trumped-up
charges, but when Bo Xilai
is dismissed as the Chongqing party
chief, London and Washington follow
every step of Beijing?
The political upheaval triggered by
JUST how stupid does Mitt
Romney think we are? If
you've been following his
campaign from the beginning,
that's a question you have
probably asked many times.
But the question was raised with
particular force last week, when
Romney tried to make...
A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND travel clinic
for people going out of, or coming
into the country with endemic diseases,
is set to open in Qatar within
the next few months, a top official
said on Tuesday.
The clinic is likely to be located
either at the Hamad General
MASRAF Al Rayan on Tuesday announced that its net profit increased 7.8 percent at QR353 million in the first quarter of 2012. In the same period last year, net profit of the bank stood at QR328 million. The bank's...
INDIAN trio of Aditya Mehta, Pankaj Advani and Kamal Chawla maintained their winning run and led their respective groups at the Asian Snooker Championship. Qatar's top player Ahmed Saif has kept up his good run, winning all his three matches in the ...
ANNA Chlumsky is back, and this time she doesn't plan to leave. The first time around, Chlumsky rose to fame as the adorable Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl (1991) and My Girl 2 (1994), and then starred in Trading Mom (2004) and ...
THE new fixed time appointment system which was recently launched at the Hamad General Hospital (HGH) outpatient department (OPD) has been extended to all clinics on the second floor of the OPD including general medicine, diabetes and endocrinology, and chest medicine. "The new system has been successful and we are receiving positive feedback from patients. They are pleased with the short waiting time and doctors and patients have enough...
QATARGAS on Tuesday announced its support to the Qatar Independent Technical School (QITS) in Doha, by funding the construction of six new classrooms. According to a press release issued by the company, Qatargas Chief Operating Officer - Administration Ghanim al Kuwari made the announcement at a foundation laying ceremony of the new facilities held at the school premises. Qatargas Public Relations Manager Mansour Rashid al Naimi...
QTEL hosted an awards ceremony for high-achieving employees in Doha, recently. The event ´The Qtel Awards: A Sense of Achievement´ is part of an ongoing programme aimed at honouring the employees´ achievements and celebrating professional success at Qtel. At the Qtel Awards, executives distributed Long Service Awards to employees celebrating 20 years of service; CEO Excellence Awards, to employees who made significant contributions to...
ROYAL Dutch Shell has agreed to buy Cove Energy for 1.12 billion pounds, lifting its offer to access East Africa´s huge gas reserves, but failing to quell hopes of a bid battle for the Mozambique-focused explorer. Cove´s directors recommended the offer from oil major Shell, which matched rather than beat a rival offer made by Thai state-controlled oil firm PTT Exploration and Production in February, as Shell betted that its expertise would help secure...
THE future of Petroplus´ UK refinery Coryton, which employs around 900 people, will be decided by the middle of May, when the current deal supplying it with crude runs out, administrator PwC said on Tuesday. Work on a potential sale or restructuring of the refinery´s debt is underway with a view to reaching an agreement before the deal expires in the middle of May, or the plant will close. "We´ll do a deal or shut Coryton when the current arrangement finishes ...
GREECE´S beleaguered economy will further contract by close to 5 percent of output this year, the Greek central bank said on Tuesday, revising a previous forecast and warning of deeper unemployment woes. "The bank estimates that the average annual rate of GDP reduction will approach 5 percent (in 2012)," Bank of Greece governor George Provopoulos told shareholders as he released...
ANDY Murray continued to apply polish to his claycourt tennis as the second seed reached the third round of the Barcelona Open with a comfortable defeat of Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday. Murray, playing the tournament for only the third time, secured his second career win at the Real Club de Tenis in 78 minutes. The world number four now stands 4-0 over Stakhovsky, a Ukrainian journeyman ranked 68th. Murray is working to reach the form which took...
CAPTAIN Virender Sehwag produced an unbeaten knock of 87 as Delhi Daredevils scored a comfortable eightwicket victory over Pune Warriors to remain on top of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. The hard-hitting opener stroked three sixes and 10 fours off 48 balls as Delhi scored 148-2 in only 16 overs after restricting Pune to 146- 2 at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. In Kolkata, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers was abandoned...
TWO of Aspire Academy´s football teams, Aspire 98 and Aspire 95 performed well against English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs in an age group friendly match at the Aspire zone recently. Aspire 98 team won its both games, winning 2-1 in the opening game and 1-0 in the second. Both games were evenly contested and could have gone either way. Tottenham had some very good ...
SOME people cannot travel without Advil or a neck pillow. Dr David M Eisenberg, an associate professor at the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, feels incomplete without his beloved paring knife and eight-inch Wustoff cleaver. He was wielding both with sweaty zeal the other day on the dais of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, demonstrating a stir-fry with perfectly browned shiitake mushrooms and a...
BRITISH fashion designer Victoria Beckham had her soccer-superstar husband "David in mind" when helping create a new special edition of Range Rover´s off-road vehicle, the "Evoque". "I´ve stayed very true to myself. I´ve designed a car that I want to drive, a car that I think David wants to drive," the former Spice Girl said in an interview in Beijing, where she was promoting the vehicle. "I think that though women will drive this car, it has a masculine edge...
MODEL-ACTRESS Payal Rohatgi has dropped a hint about her plans to get married to wrestler-boyfriend Sangram Singh. But she says she wants him to earn a lot of money before they tie the knot. "I want him (Sangram) to earn a lot of money because I don´t know whether I´ll work after marriage or not," the 32-year-old, who met her beau on reality show Survivor India, said. "I want to get whatever I wish for, so I am pushing Sangram for a lot of things and he has ...
QTEL will use its own cash to pay
off any debts maturing in 2012
and is not “undertaking” any refinancing
options currently, the former
monopoly said on Tuesday.
“Qtel does not have any immediate
refinancing requirements and
accordingly is not undertaking any
refinancing at this time,” the company
said in an emailed statement.
“Current year maturities will
be addressed using cash on
hand,” it added.
BATTING maestro Sachin
Tendulkar, on his 39th birthday on
Tuesday, released a book commemorating
his 100th international
century titled Sachin - A Tribute
To The Legend at a glittering ceremony
in Mumbai on Tuesday. The
book, published by The Hindu
group, was conceptualised after
Tendulkar scored his 100th international