THE European Union was conceived
in hope: hope that peaceful,
law-based integration would
exorcise the demons of the
Continent's past and embed
democratic norms and institutions in
its political culture. That hope has come
closer to realisation than ...
ONCE upon a time a rich
man named Romney ran
for president. He could
claim, with considerable
justice, that his wealth was
well-earned, that he had in fact
done a lot to create good jobs for
American workers. Nonetheless,
the public understandably ...
JACK Bruce has only one complaint about the short time he spent in Lifetime, the lauded and influential band headed by jazz drummer Tony Williams. "We didn't play enough," says the singer/bassist, who came ...
AROUND 600-odd expatriate professionals of diverse nationalities, seeking jobs in the West, attended a seminar organised by one of the world´s biggest immigration groups, World Wide Immigration Consultancy (WWICS), at Doha Seef Hotel on Tuesday. The seminar was held to showcase job, business and academic opportunities available in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and ...
TEXAS A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) recently organised a dinner for eight employees of Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) who completed the university´s five-month community education programme. The course, titled the OASIS Quest Program, aims to prepare professionals to pursue university degrees in the middle of their careers. The programme targets adults who ...
MAias Alyamani, a Syria-born composer, recently joined members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra to perform his compositions before an enthusiastic Doha audience. His works have been performed by musicians of the stature of Daniel Barenboim and Gidon Kremer. He has also worked with Emmy-award winning composer and conductor Dave Pierce. Alyamani´s music has been enjoyed by audiences ...
INDIA´S Reliance Industries has renewed a quarterly contract with Qatar to buy 50,000 tonnes of gas-to-liquid (GTL) naphtha for August-October loading, traders said on Wednesday. The premium was fixed at about $25.00 a tonne to Middle East quotes on a free-on-board (FOB) basis. Reliance, which also exports naphtha made from crude, will be buying the two cargoes over the ...
THE US trade deficit narrowed in May from April, weighing less on economic growth this spring. American companies sold more products in Europe and China, while cheaper oil lowered the amount spent on imports. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday that the trade deficit fell 3.8 percent to $48.7 billion in May, down from $50.6 billion in April. Exports rose 0.2 percent to $183.1 billion. The increase reflected stronger sales of telecommunications ...
RECESSION-PLAGUED Spain unveiled new austerity measures on Wednesday designed to slash 65 billion euros from the public deficit by 2014 as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yielded to EU pressure to try to avoid a full state bailout. The conservative leader announced a 3-point hike in the main rate of Value Added Tax on goods and services to 21 percent and cuts in unemployment ...
IT will be an all-Egyptian show in the final of both the men and women´s classes at the Doha WSF World Junior Squash Championship at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Thursday. Three of the four matches on Wednesday provided the expected winners. The only upset result came when Yathreb Adel defeated second seed Emily Whitlock in three games after the English player needed medical attention following a mid-court .
TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas believes the painful lessons of his dismal spell in charge at Chelsea will help him succeed at White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas was the surprise choice to replace Harry Redknapp at Spurs following a turbulent period with Chelsea that ended with the Portuguese coach sacked after just eight months. At the time of Villas-Boas´s dismissal, Chelsea were a club in crisis following reports of rifts between the manager and a ...
THE FIRING of Diego Maradona as coach of Al Wasl will be a loss for professional football in the United Arab Emirates, the head of the country´s Football Association said on Wednesday, after the former Argentina great helped put the league on the global map. Yousuf al-Sarkal, said he was "disappointed" to hear that Al Wasl had fired Maradona and said he should have been given more time to turn around the Dubai club. He said that the club´s failure to win ...
IF one is inspired by a movie, its rights should be bought to make one´s own version, actor Ajay Devgn suggests, adding this is akin to paying a tribute to that work. Hrishikesh Mukherjee´s Gol Maal inspires his forthcoming film Bol Bachchan, which he has co-produced with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. "A lot of people told us that we didn´t need to buy the rights. But ideally, if a film ...
IF Vidya Balan gained 12 kg to play southern sex siren in The Dirty Picture, Pakistani actress Veena Malik claims she has put on 5 kg for the Kannada version of the film and that her dialogues have not been dubbed. "I had to put on five kg for the role because the script demanded so. Size zero does not exist´s in the south. I was 48 kgs, now I am 53 kg. Fourty per cent of the shooting has been completed,"...
PRACHI Desai is one of the few outsiders who have managed to make it big in filmdom. But the actress, who hopes to do 25 films in future, says it is not easy for outsiders to get a break in Bollywood. "I feel that the industry can be unfair sometimes. When you are an outsider, people don´t take you seriously. I personally think you need an extreme push for people to promote you and bring you to a certain level," the 23-year-old said. The young actress, who started ...
QATAR Islamic Bank (QIB) , the
country’s largest lender by market
value, posted an 8.7 percent drop
in second-quarter net profit on
Wednesday, Reuters calculations
show, missing analysts’ expectations.
The bank made a net profit
of QR348.9 million ($95.8 million)
for the quarter, according to
Reuters calculations, falling short
of the QR382 million it recorded a
JAPAN summoned the Chinese
ambassador on Wednesday as a
diplomatic row flared up after three
Chinese patrol boats approached a
chain of islands at the centre of a
bitter territorial dispute. The
Japanese coastguard said the vessels
entered Japanese waters
around the islands in the East
China Sea known as Senkaku in
Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese
early on Wednesday.