FRANCE is glad to be rid of
Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost the
country's presidency in a runoff
election this weekend to the
Socialist candidate, Francois
Hollande. He was ineffective in office
and prone to gaffes in public.
But the French will miss him more
THE French are revolting.
The Greeks, too. And it's
about time. Both countries
held elections on Sunday
that were in effect referendums
on the current European
economic strategy, and in both
countries voters turned two
It's far from clear how soon the
votes will lead to changes ...
WITH a spring in their step and a broad
smile on their faces, hundreds of graduates
proudly donned their traditional caps
and robes as they walked side by side during
Hamad Bin Khalifa University's
NURSING experts from across the GCC gathered at the First Creating a Culturally Competent Caring Model of Nursing Symposium on Sunday to conceptualise a unified GCC nursing care model which will be made applicable to all hospitals...
RASGAS Company Limited (RasGas) on Tuesday announced that it successfully delivered the first Q-Flex liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel at the Barcelona terminal in Spain. It is not only the first RasGas
AL GHARAFA sealed its place in the 2012 Emir Cup final with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over Al Kharaitiyat at the Al Sadd Stadium on Tuesday. Both were deadlocked 1-1 during the regulation time ...
IN 2004 the fashion designer Helmut Lang, was at the peak of his fame, sold the remaining shares of his label to Prada, which already owned the rest, and a few months later quit the fashion business altogether. He spent the following year at his house in the Hamptons ...
FORBES Middle East has unveiled its ´Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Business Women in Listed Companies´ ranking. Leading the pack in the ´Top 50 Richest Arab Business Women in Listed Companies´ category is Sheikha Amna bint Mohammed al Thani, a stakeholder in the Mannai Corporation (MCCS) with $86.9 million to her name. Coming in second is Maryam Khalfan al Naeemi from the UAE who owns a sizeable stake in the Commercial Bank ...
FORTY-five students of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) graduated at a colourful commencement ceremony held at the Education City Student Centre, on Monday. According to a press release, 43 students were conferred with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion, graphic and interior design while two students received the Master of Fine Arts degrees in design studies. This year´s graduation ceremony, which is the 11th ...
INTERNATIONAL students say they have relished the multicultural element of their educational experience as they reflect on their time at university in Qatar. Erin Joy Gibson, 27, moved here five years ago after her husband was offered a job in Doha. She feels fortunate to have received a culturallyrich education. The talented student was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in interior design with a minor in art history from Virginia Commonwealth ...
QATAR National Broadband Network (Q.NBN) and Vodafone Qatar have signed an interim wholesale agreement to bring highspeed communications to the residents of Qatar. The agreement was signed by Q.NBN CEO Mohamad al Mannai and Vodafone Qatar CEO Richard Daly. The agreement will enable a licensed telecom operator to use Q.NBN´s network to deliver telecom services ...
ROYAL Dutch Shell is in talks with Iraq to cut the production target for the Majnoon oilfield, oil ministry documents show, in a move that may prompt discussions with other companies and lead to a downsizing of the country´s unrealistic output goals. The documents, seen by Reuters, mention a reduction in the target at the supergiant Majnoon field to 1 million barrels per day from 1.8 million bpd. Shell executives met oil ministry officials on March.
GERMANY and the European Commission on Tuesday called on EU nations to stick to their agreed budget cuts despite mounting voter discontent, but promised some new efforts to boost growth to alleviate economic hardship. In elections on Sunday, voters in France and Greece gave strong support to parties who want to roll back or slow down the spending cuts and tax increases that have defined Europe´s response to its debt crisis. That added to cries ...
AUSTRALIAN players Shane Watson and Shaun Tait powered Rajasthan Royals to a seven-wicket victory over Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday, and Kings XI Punjab beat the Deccan Chargers by 25 runs. Watson smashed an unbeaten 90 as Rajasthan made 126-3 in only 16.2 overs after Tait had taken 3-13 to help restrict the home side to a meager 125-6 at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. Watson hammered four sixes and 10 four ...
ESTONIAN Olympic discus gold medallist Gerd Kanter will be seeking to become the fourth man in 100 years to defend his title at the 2012 London Games later this year. Shaking off early season rust and a little bit of extra fab at the Aspire Academy track before kick-starting his crucial season in the Samsung Diamond League on Friday, the 33-year-old giant said he would be happy to launch the allimportant season in Friday´s Samsung Diamond League ...
SPAIN will begin as hot favourite to complete an unprecedented treble next month when the European Championship ventures into new territory in Poland and Ukraine. Winner of Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, Spain will become the first footballing nation to complete a hat-trick of major championships if Vicente del Bosque´s side retains its crown. No side has ever retained the European championship, underscoring the concentrated ...
MARSHALL Reid, 12, a sixth-grader from Sanford, NC, has a know-it-all quality that can drive some teachers crazy. As he does prep work for a Cuban black-bean stew for his family´s supper, he leans over a cutting board with a selfassured smile and a dramatically furrowed brow. Quickly, he dices red and green peppers for the pot, then slices limes and avocados and chops cilantro, scooping them into garnish bowls. Next, his mother, Alexandra Reid...
JENNIFER Lopez has said it would be a "blessing" to be a mother once again and added that she was open to adopting a child. The 42-year-old singer and actress revealed details about how she fared during her pregnancy with twins Emme and Max, who have just turned four, the physical changes she experienced, and how motherhood has changed her life. Lopez was in Los Angeles to present her latest film based on the best-seller about pregnancy What To Expect.
ACTRESS Parineeti Chopra, whose first solo film Ishaqzaade hits theatres on Friday, holds three degrees in finance and always dreamt of becoming an investment banker. But the global recession of 2009 changed her future, and she ended up acting. "I have three degrees. I have done triple honours in business, finance and economics. I have grown up wanting to be a banker, so studying finance was an automatic thing," the 23-year-old said ...
AL-JAZEERA has closed the China
bureau for its English channel after
Chinese authorities refused to renew
its correspondent’s visa, marking
the first time an accredited foreign
correspondent has been forced to
leave the country in over a decade.
Melissa Chan had reported from
Beijing for Al-Jazeera since 2007,
as well as maintaining a Twitter
feed with 15,000 followers.
UN-ARAB League envoy Kofi
Annan told the UN Security
Council on Tuesday his Syria
peace plan may be the “last
chance” to avoid civil war as the
government pursues attacks and
the torture of prisoners. Annan
said government forces “continue
to press against the population”
despite a cessation of hostilities
that started on April 12.