IT was one of those rare political
moments when the campaign-
screech and repetitive
mumbling stopped. Last week,
a French television interviewer
asked Francois Hollande, the
favourite to win France's presidential
election on Sunday, if he thought
there were too many foreigners ...
AND so it came to pass
that in 2012 - a year
after the Arab awakening
erupted - the US
made two financial commitments
to the Arab world that
each began with the Nos. 1 and 3.
It gave Egypt's military $1.3 billion
worth of tanks and fighter jets,
THE Emir Football Cup, the
most prestigious soccer competition
in Qatar, is on a
nation-wide tour to create a
buzz before the grand final
on May 12 at the Khalifa
The Cup undertook a visit
RASGAS Company Ltd on Thursday announced its support for the Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) Youth Diabetes Prevention Camps as a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. The company...
JESSICA Simpson, the onetime pop star, had her first and last Top 10 hit more than a decade ago, with I Wanna Love You Forever. But that didn't stop Elle magazine from putting her on its April cover (naked and pregnant, in an echo of the ...
THE Social Development Center (SDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, has announced partnership with Al Ijarah Holding for the Reyada Awards, an award designed to honour Qatari entrepreneurs and organizations that support ventures. According to a SDC press release, Al Ijarah Holding has been named as the official partner while Qatar Islamic Bank and Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd are gold sponsors. The award committee has received.
INSPIRED by its experience of participating at the International Universities Arabic Debating Championships organised by the QatarDebate Centre in April 2011, Kuwait University (KU) recently organised the first debate league for students of the institution. According to a press release issued on Thursday, Kuwait Minister of Education and Higher Education, President...
QATAR University´s Computing Club held a RoboFight competition on Wednesday. Club members took part in the final rounds with the robots they had designed and programmed. Four teams consisting of 3- 5 members from various majors and levels took part in the event, which was organised under the supervision of QU Student Activities Department. Its objective was to offer club members the opportunity to gain practical skills in robot design and ...
THE Middle East fuel oil market is braced for a tightening third quarter as soaring power generation demand is set to curb Saudi Arabia´s exports and Western sanctions could deprive the market of Iranian supplies. But although tighter supplies should push Gulf fuel oil premiums higher and could lift the Singapore ship fuel bunkering market, fears of regional fuel oil shortage are unfounded, traders and analysts in the Middle East and in Asia say. "Saudi Arabia...
SCANDINAVIAN airline SAS posted a first-quarter loss that was more than twice analyst forecasts, hurt by a weak economic environment and rocketing jet fuel prices. SAS has been struggling for years with higher costs than no-frills competitors like Ryanair and Norwegian Air Shuttle. The airline, half-owned by Sweden, Norway and Denmark, made a pretax loss of 1.1 billion Swedish crowns ($163 million) against a Reuters poll forecast loss of 514 million ...
THE European Central Bank held interest rates at 1 percent on Thursday and will resist calls to do more to fight the eurozone crisis, putting the onus on governments to foster growth and head off anger over austerity policies. Police mounted a heavy presence outside the Barcelona hotel where the policymakers were meeting, ahead of protests expected against the Spanish government´s spending...
THE San Antonio Spurs pummelled the Utah Jazz 114-83 on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in their NBA Western Conference firstround playoff series. Tony Parker scored 18 points and handed out nine assists for the Spurs, who are the top seeds in the West and whose coach, Gregg Popovich, accepted his NBA Coach of the Year award before the contest. After the Spurs extended their...
BIRLA Public School became the proud winner of the QCA Under-14 Girls Cricket Tournament after beating Pakistan Education Center in the final. The tournament, organised by the Qatar Cricket Association in Doha, began on April 1 and concluded on April 25. Hiral Agarwal of BPS was the star performer in the final. She smashed a superb 68 runs and took a wicket, playing an instrumental ...
IT took a record-setting Real Madrid to finally dislodge Barcelona from its perch atop the Spanish league with a competition-high 32nd title and its first in four long seasons dominated by its biggest rival. Madrid won 3-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday for its first league championship since 2008, forcing Barcelona to relinquish the title after three straight years despite winning 4-1 against Malaga in a game in which Lionel Messi broke a 39-year-old European ...
THE commercial success of The Dirty Picture gave new life to biopics. Bollywood has now lined up a slew of real people´s real stories, though filmmakers admit these are churned out with a dash of entertaining fiction. Paan Singh Tomar closely followed The Dirty Picture and turned out to be a hit. Some upcoming biopics include Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rang Rasiya, Shoot Out At Wadala, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 and Barfi. But filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt ...
JOSS Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its spinoff Angel and other witty TV ensembles such as Firefly and Dollhouse, applies his own superpower — playful dialogue and group camaraderie — as writer and director of the superhero mash-up The Avengers. The film is filled with clever interplay among its garishly costumed cast, which includes Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America ...
AT a time when Kollywood filmmakers don´t think twice about giving their films Tamil titles rather than in English, Mollywood actress Remya Nambeesan is gearing up for the shoot of her next film titled Pizza. The mystery-thriller, directed by debutant Karthik, will have her romancing actor Vijay Sethupathy (of Thenmerku Paruvakaatru fame). But won´t the title invite trouble? "We hope not. The film is titled Pizza not because the makers wanted a....
SAUDI Crown Prince Nayef bin
Abdul Aziz has described as
“unacceptable” Iran’s attitude
towards three islands under its
control which Gulf Cooperation
Council member UAE claims it
owns, a report said. “I reiterate the
kingdom’s condemnation to the
unacceptable attitude of neighbouring
Iran that continues to
ignore the legitimate right of the
United Arab Emirates over its
three occupied islands,” said
IT took a record-setting Real
Madrid to finally dislodge
Barcelona from its perch atop the
Spanish league with a competition-
high 32nd title and its first in
four long seasons dominated by its
biggest rival. Madrid won 3-0 at
Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday for
its first league championship since
2008, forcing Barcelona to relinquish
the title after three straight