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NTC fighters 'capture' Qaddafi hometown of Sirte


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SIRTE, Libya // Libyan fighters have overrun the last positions of Muammar Qaddafi loyalists holding out in the city of Sirte and the revolutionaries now have all of the ousted leader's hometown within their hands.

Witnesses said the final push to capture the remaining pro-Qaddafi positions began around 8am today and was over after about 90 minutes. Just before the assault, about five carloads of loyalists tried to flee the enclave down the coastal motorway but were killed by revolutionaries.

NTC forces began searching homes and buildings looking for any Qaddafi fighters who may be hiding there.

"Sirte has been liberated. There are no Qaddafi forces any more," Colonel Yunus Al Abdali, the head of operations in the eastern half of the city told Reuters. "We are now chasing his fighters who are trying to run away."

Another front line commander confirmed the capture of the city, which was the last remaining significant bastion of pro-Qaddafi fighters almost three months after the ex-leader was overthrown by rebels.


NTC forces have overrun the last positions of Muammar Qaddafi loyalists holding out in the city of Sirte and the revolutionaries now have all of the ousted leader's hometown within their hands.

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Turkish troops attack Kurdish rebels in Turkey, Iraq


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ISTANBUL // About 10,000 Turkish troops attacked Kurdish rebels in south-east Turkey and Iraq yesterday in their biggest offensive in three years. The assault by 22 battalions of commandos and special forces is retaliation for Kurdish rebel raids in Hakkari province near the Iraq border on Wednesday, in which 24 Turkish soldiers died and 18 were wounded.

Military chiefs said yesterday the troops, supported by fighter jets, helicopter gunships and surveillance drones, had orders to "find and eliminate" members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who use northern Iraq as a launch pad for attacks inside Turkey.

After Wednesday's deadly coordinated raids, troops in helicopters pursued the rebels over the border while artillery and fighter jets pounded suspected PKK camps in Iraq, but only yesterday did the scale of the operation became clear.

It was not known whether Turkey consulted authorities in Iraq before their troops crossed the border. The PKK has been making use of the absence of a strong authority in northern Iraq for years and has launched its attacks against Turkey from its headquarters in the Kandil Mountains, 100 kilometres south of the Turkish border.

Necirvan Barzani, a high-ranking official from the Kurdish-administered region of northern Iraq, held talks in Ankara yesterday with Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish foreign minister. Mr Barzani said Iraq's Kurds shared Turkey's grief about the latest PKK attack and announced that Mesut Barzani, his uncle and president of the Kurdish region of Iraq, would visit Ankara soon for talks about co-operating against the PKK.

Mr Davutoglu told Iraq's vice president Tariq Al Hashimi on Wednesday that Turkey expected more help from Iraq on the PKK issue.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the UAE, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gergash condemned the terrorist attacks by the Kurds.  
"The UAE condemns these terrorist acts, reiterates its full solidarity with the Turkish government against extremism and terrorism, offers condolences to the families of the victims and expresses best wishes of speedy recovery for the wounded," the minister said.

As Ankara started to look into possible foreign involvement in the PKK raid in Hakkari, speculation centred on Syria. "Evidence will hopefully appear after an investigation," a government source in Ankara told The National yesterday in response to a question about a possible interference of another country. The government of Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian president, warned Ankara this month not to recognise a Syrian opposition group that was established in Turkey. Iran, another neighbour, said the Turkish government should stop promoting its secular Muslim state and market economy as a model for Arab Spring countries and should reconsider its decision to have a part of Nato's missile shield on its soil..

Ignoring the warning by the Syrian government, this week Mr Davutoglu met representatives of the opposition Syrian National Council.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, said on Wednesday the raid in Hakkari and other recent PKK attacks had "clearly shown that the terrorist organisation is someone's tool". The PKK was acting as the "subcontractor of some quarters", he said.

Cengiz Candar, a columnist, wrote in yesterday's Radikal newspaper: "Without naming names, Tayyip Erdogan has pointed to Syria and Iran."

Nihat Ali Ozcan, a PKK expert in Ankara, said it would not be a surprise if it turned out that Turkey's neighbours had cooperated with the Kurdish rebels.

"For 30 years, the PKK has always found new sponsors despite all the changes in the region," said Mr Ozcan, an analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, a think tank in Ankara.

Relations between Turkey and Syria have soured over the violent suppression of a popular uprising by the government in Damascus. Mr Erdogan has said publicly that he felt betrayed by Mr Al Assad and has been preparing a set of sanctions against Turkey's southern neighbour.

Turkish observers pointed out that the PKK was not fighting against the Syrian regime although Kurds had much less freedom in Syria than they had in Turkey, and there were many Syrian nationals in the rebels' ranks.

"It is quite telling that PKK says nothing against the Syrian regime, which suppresses Kurds in ways incomparable to Turkey," Mustafa Akyol, a newspaper columnist and book author, said in a message on Twitter.

Syria gave shelter to the PKK leadership in the 1990s and expelled the rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan from Damascus only under extensive Turkish pressure in 1998.

Ocalan was captured by Turkish agents shortly afterwards. He is serving a life sentence in a Turkish prison. Officials in Ankara underlined yesterday that there was no evidence linking Syria to the latest PKK raid.


About 10,000 Turkish troops attack Kurdish rebels in south-east Turkey and Iraq in retaliation for Kurdish rebel raids near the Iraq border in which 24 Turkish soldiers died and 18 were wounded.

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Be gentle with your family: sermon

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If you want the creator to forgive your mistakes, be gentle with others, Muslims will be advised in today's Friday sermon.

"Gentleness is having a soft side while talking or doing actions," the sermon says. "And gentleness is the title of happiness and a proof of one's faith and true Islam."

A verse addressing the Prophet Mohammed from the Quran says: "It was by the mercy of Allah that thou wast lenient with them (O Mohammed), for if thou hadst been stern and fierce of heart, they would have dispersed from round about thee."

The sermon says to be gentle within families, as the Prophet was gentle with his.

According to the sermon, once a man saw the Prophet hugging and kissing his grandsons Al Hassan and Al Hussayn and said to him: "I have 10 children; I never kissed any one of them."

The Prophet replied, "One who does not have mercy [on others] won't have [Allah's] mercy bestowed upon him."

"Another form of gentleness is being gentle with those in need, such as giving more time to one who cannot pay his debt," the sermon says.

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UAE urged to choke off contraband ivory trade

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ABU DHABI // Conservationists are pushing the UAE to step up efforts to catch smugglers amid concerns the country is becoming a popular transit point for illegal ivory on its way from Africa to Asia.

As demand increases in certain parts of the world, smugglers continue to take advantage of the UAE's location as a midpoint between the East and the West.

However the conservationists recognise the country has come a long way from the days when it was known as a centre for the processing and trade of raw ivory.

As recently as the 1980s, ivory was sold in Sharjah markets and elephant tusks were processed at carving factories in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman for export to eastern Asia.

After the UAE withdrew in 1987 from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora (Cites) - the first country to do so - shops carried bangles, paintings on ivory, figurines and sculptures with little restriction. The same year, Dubai imported more than 40 tonnes of raw ivory to be worked into jewellery and decorative items in its factories.

The country's role in the illegal trade was highlighted by the conservationist Esmond Bradley Martin, who began collecting trade data in the UAE in 1972 and wrote a series of essays over two decades about the large quantities of raw, poached African elephant ivory he saw being brought into Jebel Ali Free Zone, central Dubai and Ajman to be processed into jewellery.

As a representative of the World Wildlife Fund, he then pressed UAE officials - including Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is still the Minister of Finance and Industry - to close the factories and rejoin Cites, which it did in 1990.

"After first Dubai and then Sharjah were exposed, the leaders saw it as bad publicity and closed them all down," Mr Martin said in a recent interview.

In an article he wrote in the East African Wildlife Society's Swara magazine in 1992, Mr Martin noted that the Government had recently incinerated 12 tonnes of confiscated ivory. And while he did find ivory pieces available in some souqs, mainly for tourists, "only a limited amount of items are available," he said. He added that the Emirates "were never a major consumer of ivory".

While experts agree that is still the case, the country has again found itself in a pivotal position. A surge in demand from China has driven large volumes through UAE transit hubs.

"There's a huge discrepancy between what's being locally detected and what's moving through the UAE without being detected," said Tom Milliken, an elephant expert for the wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic which compiles trade data for Cites.

Traffic is able to track trade chains from seizures further along the transit routes. Last year alone, 6,681kg of ivory seized elsewhere had passed through the UAE. In that period, the UAE itself seized nothing.

Since then, the UAE has only recovered 40kg, in three seizures - against 7 to 8 tonnes that Mr Thomas estimates has moved through the country.

By comparison, China is making about two ivory seizures a day.

The number of seizures that have implicated the UAE as a point of transit has also surged. Until three years ago, there was about one a year. That jumped to 10 in 2008, to 55 in 2009 and to 69 in 2010.

Abdul Al Hamiri, the Cites official with the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, said the UAE's regulations are strong and its penalties harsh. Traffickers face fines of up to Dh50,000 dirhams and up to six months in jail.

"That has caused a big drop in the movement of those endangered animal species," he said.

Dr Elsayed Al Ahmed, the Dubai-based regional director of International Funds for Animal Welfare for the Middle East, said the UAE has become a hub for trade of endangered and exotic animals, such as cheetahs, lion cubs, baboons and rare birds. Some smugglers find a market in the UAE with people keeping exotic pets at home and in private zoos, while others re-export them.

Local sellers are sometimes caught selling small pieces of ivory, but there is not a large market for it in the UAE, he said.

"From time to time, we notice there are some sales of small pieces, but this is not like other countries or a case of open markets," he said.

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Qaddafi killed as Sirte falls to NTC: Libya


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SIRTE, Libya // The Prime Minister of Libya's interim government, Mahmoud Jibril, has confirmed that former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has been killed.

Libya's National Transitional Council leader said Qaddafi died of his wounds as fighters battling to complete an eight-month uprising against his rule overran his home town Sirte today.

The era of Moammar Qaddafi has ended with his death and the capture of Sirte in Libya by the National Transitional Council.

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"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Qaddafi has been killed," Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli.

A NTC official said his body was now being taken to a secret location.

"Qaddafi's body is with our unit in a car and we are taking the body to a secret place for security reasons," Mohamed Abdel Kafi, an NTC official in the city of Misrata told Reuters.

Nato said they couldn't yet confirm reports from revolutionary fighters that Qaddafi was captured or killed in the fall of his hometown. In Washington, US officials were also still working to confirm the reports, a senior Obama administration official said.

However, television networks around the world are broadcasting an apparent photograph of the former leader's body released by the NTC.

The photo, apparently taken on a mobile phone, showed a pale, bloodied and dead-eyed man closely resembling the deposed Libyan ruler, with dark frizzy hair and similar facial features.

It was not clear if the man was dead or wounded. He appeared to be bandaged and had a blank expression. He had a stream of blood from the side of his mouth and was wearing a bloodstained, dark-coloured shirt.

It is common for anti-Qaddafi fighters to photograph and record scenes from the battlefield.

The Misrata Military Council, one of multiple command groups for revolutionary forces, earlier released a statement that said Qaddafi was dead. Another commander, Abdel-Basit Haroun, said Qaddafi was killed when an airstrike hit a convoy trying to flee.

Previous reports of Qaddafi family deaths or captures have later proved incorrect.

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Located on the banks of Sharjah’s picturesque Khaled Lagoon, the Corniche Al Buhaira Hotel Sharjah is a 5-star property within easy reach of the city centre.

The hotel features a total of 259 elegant guest rooms and suites. Guest rooms are neutrally decorated with classical furnishings, with all rooms offering lovely views over the lagoon or the city.

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Blacksmith bit off part of roommate's ear, court told

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DUBAI // A blacksmith admitted to biting off his roommate's right ear, leaving him permanently disabled, a Dubai court heard this morning.

SM, a 22-year-old Indian, told Judge Hamad Abdul Latif he did not start the fight with RN, 35, also Indian. But he admitted to biting the tip off of RN's right ear, leaving him 1 per cent disabled.

He is charged with assault and illegal alcohol consumption.

Records show that at midnight on August 18, the men, who shared a room, began fighting.

RN testified that he had known SM for more than a year, and both lived in the same room at Al Fatah Contracting Company in Muhaisenah 2.

He said that on the night of the incident, SM entered the room extremely drunk.

"He attacked me and bit my ear. I tried to push him away from me, but he had his teeth tightened on my ear to the extent that when I pushed him away, he cut its tip off," RN told prosecutors.

He denied assaulting SM, and said that his screams brought an Egyptian colleague to the room, who saw the bleeding and called police.

"I don't know his reasons for attacking me," RN said.

SM said they both were in the room consuming whisky together when a dispute erupted over where they ate. He said RN attacked him first.

A verdict is scheduled for October 27.

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Dh7,000 for each freed Palestinian

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GAZA // Hamas will give Dh7,340 to each detainee released by Israel to Gaza under a landmark prisoner exchange deal.

"It has been decided that to honour the freed prisoners, each of them will be given US$2,000," said a statement from the office of Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas government.

Hundreds of freed Palestinians tasted their first full day of freedom yesterday, with both sides mulling their gains - and losses - after the prisoner swap with the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Tuesday marked the successful completion of the first stage of a prisoner exchange agreement between Hamas and Israel in which 477 Palestinians were released and Mr Shalit went home after five years in Hamas captivity.

The scenes of tearful jubilation were played out hundreds of times over in the Palestinian Territories as families were reunited with their loved ones.

Among the Palestinians freed, 15 of them arrived in Doha yesterday.

The released prisoners landed in the Qatari capital on a chartered plane at 3am and were greeted by the deputy prime minister, Ahmad Abdullah Mahmoud. The prisoners were taken to a hotel and were expected to undergo medical check-ups later.

Israel will eventually have handed over 1,027 prisoners in exchange for Mr Shalit - more than ever before. "Yesterday was one of those rare days in which happiness, the exact same happiness, reigned in both Gaza and Galilee," wrote the Haaretz newspaper columnist Gideon Levy.

Many Israeli commentators yesterday discussed Tuesday's unusual sight of green Hamas flags flying in the West Bank.

They also noted the huge boost the deal had given to the Islamist movement - and the trouble it could spell for Israel.

"The day after is a day for deep and rational soul-searching. And there is no time. The kidnapping of the next Israeli is not a question of if, it is a question of when," wrote Yediot Aharonot's military commentator, Alex Fishman.

Meanwhile, in Cairo, an Egyptian journalist who was accused by an Israeli official of violating "all the basic ethical rules of journalism" by interviewing Mr Shalit just moments after he was released denied she pressured him into doing the interview.

Shahira Amin - celebrated in Egypt for quitting her job as a state television reporter during the uprising that led to the removal of the president, Hosni Mubarak, in February - conducted Tuesday's interview for the state-owned Nile Television.

Ms Amin told an Egyptian chat show yesterday that she had asked Mr Shalit to do the interview and he consented.

The discussion was conducted on the no-man's-land in the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, she said.

Mr Shalit was accompanied by Hamas members and Egyptian intelligence agents.

"He was tired. I sat with him at first for two minutes and said, 'I understand you want to see your parents as soon as possible and don't want to give interviews, but the world wants to know how you are doing so don't deprive us of some words.'

"If he refused, we wouldn't have pressured him." The Egyptian Gazette, a government-owned English daily, reported on its website yesterday that the head of Egypt's state television had also said that no one had forced Mr Shalit to do the interview with Ms Amin after his release.

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Plane crash families holding out for answers

Awad Mustafa

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DUBAI // The families of the Azza Air transport crew who died in Sharjah two years ago today are still waiting for the final findings of the crash investigation - and some closure.

The Boeing 707-320C cargo freighter crashed shortly after take-off from Sharjah International Airport in 2009, killing the six crewmen. The four-engined plane plunged into a deserted stretch of land near Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, narrowly missing several roads.

"We would like to know what has happened but until now we have not been told anything," said Ahmed Mohammed Ali, the son of the pilot, Capt Mohammed Ali.

"We believe that the report should be sent to the families and published in the press by the concerned aviation authorities. However, we have not been provided with any details and have been going back and forth between different departments since the crash."

The investigation by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority, with assistance from the US National Transportation Safety Board, has focused on the cargo plane's four turbofan engines, which were at least 24 years old.

An interim report released by the GCAA last January showed no evidence of an in-flight fire and said the aircraft exploded and burned because of the fuel on board. The accident was ruled non-survivable.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, the director general of the GCAA, said the wreckage was sent to Miami in the US to be examined. The investigation there focused on one engine.

"Engine number four was examined … in the presence of the GCAA and NTSB investigators," Mr Al Suwaidi said. "The engine teardown showed explicit rubbing marks as an indication of engine rotation prior to the impact."

The engine is suspected to have either failed with a loss of thrust, or been switched into "thrust reversal" mode while at high power, which allows little time for a pilot to react, the interim report said.

No Boeing 707 flights have entered the country since the accident, Mr Al Suwaidi said. And 11 operators with 48 aircraft have been banned from UAE skies over safety concerns.

Aircraft from five countries have been banned and operators from two other nations require approval before entering UAE airspace, he said.

"The accident and other incidents and accidents of foreign aircraft raised the need for making new regulations concerning foreign operators," Mr Al Suwaidi said.

The families of the crew have not all received compensation in the time since the accident, Mr Ali said.

"Two or three families are still awaiting the insurance payouts," he said.

Mr Ali said the crewmen were hired from several companies that either did not insure them or were finalising payments.

Capt Ali's family has been compensated, but Mr Ali said he was still waiting for answers.

"For the first seven months we were in shock and disillusioned, but afterwards we went to find out the reasons but no one has given us any yet," he said.

"I have always been trying to reconstruct what has happened to understand it.

"This has been a very turbulent mental and emotional ride. Whenever I board a plane I am reminded of what has happened, and that is very hard."

The crash has also affected Azza Air Transport, the company that owned the plane.

Capt Aidarous Al Tayeb, the carrier's director of flight operations, said the ban on its operations in the UAE had hurt its bottom line.

"We flew regularly from Dubai and Sharjah to Khartoum and Nyala in Sudan and to Kano in Nigeria," Capt Al Tayeb said. "Although the economic crisis has affected the trade, this was a lucrative and profitable route for us."

He was also pessimistic about how long the investigation would take.

"Such an investigation has to be clear and concise, and I believe it may take up to five years before it's complete," Capt Al Tayeb said.

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National Survey To Assess The Prevalence Of Diabetes And Risk Factors


The Ministry of Health signed an agreement with the University of Sharjah, Sanofi and The Baker Foundation to conduct a two year national survey of diabetes that will determine the prevalence of diabetes and its risk factors in the United Arab Emirates.

The agreement was signed by Prof. Dr. Hossam El-Din Hamdi, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. George Morcos General Manager of Sanofi Gulf in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Assistant for Health Policy, Dr. Amer Abdel-Hamid, Advisor to His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah for Higher Education and Prof. Dr. Samy Mahmoud, director of the University of Sharjah and Dr. Mohamed Ismail, deputy director of the University of Sharjah Financial and Administrative Affairs, and Dr. Salah Taher Al Haj, Vice Chancellor for community Affairs.

The survey is being conducted for the first time in the region and will include 6,000 citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates. The groups of specialists have been selected by the Ministry of Health, after being trained in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sharjah and The Baker Foundation in Australia. The training focused on how to obtain the necessary information and data and record it in the survey forms.

Professor Dr. Amer Abdel-Hamid, Advisor to His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and President of the Academy of Sharjah for scientific research, who will oversee the research for this survey, said, “Everything we see today is a reflection of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, President and Founder of the University of Sharjah, which is crucial to the development of Sharjah’s vision for better education and health.” He added, “it is the result of several teams’ hard work and dedication, a combined effort that reflects the common goal of universities, medical schools, the Academy of Sharjah for Scientific Research, hospitals and other educational and health organisations, to cooperate with specialized international institutions. This collaboration has always been the vision of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. We hope the study will produce quality results that will determine the risk factors of diabetes.”

Prof. Dr. Hossam El-Din Hamdi, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine said, “This cooperation would bring together a variety of specialized scientists to discuss one of the most important diseases afflicting the global community. This survey will be crucial to identifying scientific ways to counteract the effects of the disease and its risks”.

Prof. Dr. Sami Mahmoud, Director of the University of Sharjah, during his speech said that this triangle of integration will lead to positive results. The collaboration between the Ministry of Health, as a governmental body, the University of Sharjah, as an educational body, along with Sanofi and The Baker Foundation, for heart disease and diabetes, as industry bodies, is important in the fight against diabetes and the reduction of risks. Dr. Sami also stated that, “this cooperation with its significant scientific research is aligned with the strategy of the University of Sharjah. We are completely invested in this initiative and are ready to engage more partners as well as provide all the resources needed.”

Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Assistant for Health Policies added, “The agreement signed today reflects a unified national response to diabetes, resulting from an agreement signed earlier this year between the Ministry of Health and the University of Sharjah as well as this study.”

Dr. Fikri also said “The Ministry of Health will provide all the necessary support and resources to conduct this survey and we look forward to creating a database of national health information. This will help identify specific solutions that will effectively address the issue on a national scale.”

Mr. George Morcos, General Manager of Sanofi in Gulf said, “As a socially responsible player, Sanofi is committed to enhance the wellbeing and standard of living of our society as a whole. Considering the alarming state of diabetes prevalence in the UAE, we have dedicated massive efforts to provide the best possible tools in order to increase awareness, medical practice development and patient education. Today, we are very happy to collaborate and to partner with the UAE Ministry of Health, the University of Sharjah and The Baker IDI institute for the launch of this important UAE Diabetes Epidemiology study, which will give the right number of prevalence of diabetes in the nation”.

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DUBAI // Two men were acquitted of kidnapping two women and robbing them after blackmailing their sponsor for a Dh2,000 ransom, a Dubai court ruled today.

The two men had denied the charges when they appeared before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance in April.

"Acquittal, it's acquittal," yelled MB, 35, as he and EA, 32, heard the verdict yesterday.

Judge Maher Salameh told the men to behave themselves and stay away from crime. The specific reasons for the acquittal will be released later.

Prosecutors had accused EA and MB, both Egyptians, of pretending to be police officers and forcing two women, one from Nigeria and one from Uganda, to come to their apartment. They then called the women's sponsor and asked her for Dh2,000 ransom to free them, prosecutors said.

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Emirati jobs target 'will fail without subsidies'


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ABU DHABI // Efforts to place more Emiratis in private-sector jobs are unlikely to succeed unless the Government subsidises salaries, the Minister of Labour said yesterday.

"What can we do when it comes to Emiratisation — that's my main concern," Saqr Ghobash told a meeting of GCC labour ministers in the capital.

Emiratis 'need more training on the job' Emiratis and job experts say there is a need for more on-the-job training to help UAE nationals become better integrated into the private workforce. Read article

1,400 teachers to lose their jobs by end of year Move is part of Emiratisation plan and will also see male teachers replaced with females in lower grades. Read article

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"Why do we need subsidies? Because the gap between the private and government salaries is quite big. Unless we provide these subsidies, there is a little chance that we will succeed with Emiratisation."

Mr Ghobash said the issue might seem to be of little immediate concern, but the real problem could lie 10 years in the future.

The ministry was not in a position to say who should fill specific private-sector posts, a decision that ultimately lay with business owners, he said.

The GCC ministers did not discuss setting quotas or limits for expatriate workers to encourage a local workforce, Mr Ghobash said, but "we are studying what are the challenges of localisation".

A Gulf-wide policy for the labour market was discussed, but nothing has been finalised, he said.

"The most important aspect of this joint action is the collaboration and exchange of knowledge in such vital and decisive areas as enabling our citizens, especially youth, to find job opportunities," he said.

"This is an essential element in our efforts to preserve national identity, introduce reform into the labour market and develop our labour legislation."

At yesterday's meeting, ministers applauded the efforts of the Saudi telecommunications company STC, where more than 91 per cent of the staff are Saudi nationals.

Dr Khaled Al Souhem, STC's general manager of resource development, said the company had targeted a Saudi workforce since it was formed in 1998.

They had achieved it by recruiting Saudi nationals from graduate school onwards, providing training opportunities and giving them experience in crucial tasks, such as sending them abroad to negotiate investments.

"The goal is to create incentives," Dr Al Souhem said. "It is not hard to bring people in; what is hard is keeping them."

The Saudi labour minister, Adel Fakeih, said his country could never eliminate all expatriate employees, but attracting Saudis to the labour market was important because of the 10 per cent unemployment rate among the country's citizens.

Qatar, meanwhile, is encouraging private companies to recruit only Arab labourers rather than those from Asian countries to avoid what its government sees as social and security problems.

"We are targeting Arabs in general, because the number of the [Qatari and GCC] population is small," said Hussain Al Mulla, undersecretary at the labour ministry in Qatar.

A special committee is negotiating with private companies to focus on workers from countries such as Tunisia and Egypt, he said.

Mr Ghobash said such a policy would be impracticable for the UAE because most Emiratis and Arabs in general would not fill low-income posts.

According to estimates from the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi, about 73 per cent of Emiratis in the capital are below the age of 30 and a large number are at or near the point of graduation from secondary school and university.

With more Emiratis looking for work, concerns are rising that the public sector cannot absorb them all, and the Government is trying to steer graduates to the private sector.

But authorities have met numerous challenges, mainly that government jobs continue to be better paid.

An announcement by the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council (ADTC) early last year indicated that Emiratisation quotas on private companies could eventually be scrapped, and the Government will offer subsidies to companies to encourage them to employ and retain Emirati staff.

No timeline was given for the phasing out of the quota system, but officials from ADTC suggested it would happen as more Emiratis become better qualified to enter the private sector.

A policy study compiled by researchers from United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) last summer found that the Emirati public sector employment market was reaching saturation point, and recommended that the Government should focus on education reform and subsidising of private-sector wages rather than Emiratisation quotas.

* Additional reporting by Manal Ismail


UAE Minister of Labour tells meeting of GCC labour officials that gap between private and government salaries is so large that subsidies would be required to meet Emiratisation targets.

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Call for FNC to be given more supervisory role

Ola Salem

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ABU DHABI // The success of the newly elected FNC will hinge on its being given a stronger supervisory role, political analysts and former members said yesterday.

A symposium to consider the recent elections led to a heated discussion between former and newly elected members on what should be done to ensure a better turnout in 2015 than last month's 27.8 per cent.

Dr Ebtisam Al Kitbi, a political science professor at United Arab Emirates University, called for the council to be given greater powers.

It should be able to do more than question ministers, she said.

Dt Al Kitbi called for the constitution to be amended so that FNC members could hold government ministers accountable.

"If I had to make a choice, I would let go of the council's advisory power. The supervisory power is much more important," she said.

"To give me the ability to really question a minister, to remove the vote of confidence from him, to give me a proper role."

Dr Al Kitbi said new committees should be formed with an investigative role. The FNC relies on its members' own research, field visits and the Audit Bureau's reports.

Ahmed Shabeeb Al Dhaheri, a former deputy speaker of the FNC, said the key role of any member of parliament was to hold ministers accountable. Members needed a forum in which they could make suggestions on which laws could later be based, he said.

In the case of this week's road accidents in thick fog, he said he would like to question the measures taken by the Ministry of Interior.

"Where are you, Ministry of Interior, in solving the problem?" he said. "What comes out of it could be a suggestion, for example to lower speed."

More powers, said Dr Al Kitbi, could lead to a larger turnout of voters.

Nasser Al Shaikh, a former Dubai candidate, said an effort should be made between now and 2015 to ensure greater participation in the next elections.

Mr Al Dhaheri said there was a "general feeling" that there would be universal suffrage in the next elections. "There is a feeling that everyone will get a vote," he said.

And voters could choose all 40 members of the council, he said. Until now, half the council has been elected and the other half appointed.

He also suggested the current system of voters being able to choose several candidates might change. "That might disappear next time, voters might get only one vote," he said. "In Saudi Arabia they had more than one vote, and that changed to one." That, he suggested, could solve the problem of scattered votes.

Sheikha Eisa Ghanem, the only women elected, from Umm al Qaiwain, said there should also be a better screening process for candidates.

"Not anyone should be able to be a candidate," she said. "How can it be that one of the rules of the NEC is for a person to be only literate, and then they are expected to discuss local and regional issues?"

Last month there were 450 candidates, 85 of them women.

"For me it was easy and simple," she said. "I didn't understand why people advertised so much and worked so hard."

Salem Al Ameri, one of the the three members of his family to win a seat in Abu Dhabi, played down suggestions that tribal loyalties had been a major force in voting.

"If this was true then I would have had the same number of votes as other Al Ameris, but that didn't happen," he said. "We won out of our hard work."

Under the constitution. the first meeting of the new FNC should take place on or before November 21.

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Muammar Qaddafi: myth of glory, feet of clay

John Thorne

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TUNIS // Five days after revolt against him broke out in February, Muammar Qaddafi mounted a podium in Tripoli vowing never to relinquish control of the country he had ruled for more than four decades.

"I am a glory that Libya cannot forego and the Libyan people cannot forego!" he shouted with characteristic bombast. "Muammar Qaddafi is history, resistance, liberty, glory, revolution!"

Eight months later, Qaddafi was dead, reportedly shot yesterday while trying to flee his besieged home town of Sirte; he was 69. At turns flamboyant and brutal, he leaves to Libyans a country scarred by his quest to remake it in his own image.

With Sirte's capture, Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) is expected to declare the country liberated. It must now address the legacy of corruption, autocracy and violence that characterised Qaddafi's "Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya."

For centuries Libya was not a candidate for greatness. Called the "arid nurse of lions" by the Roman poet Horace, the country is mostly desert with its 6 million inhabitants clustered in a handful of cities.

Libya struck oil in 1959, attracting western oil firms, but King Idris invested little of Libya's new wealth in creating jobs. Meanwhile, Arab nationalist sentiment seeped in from the east.

It was this environment that helped shape a young Qaddafi.

Born according to most accounts in 1942 to a nomadic horse trader, Qaddafi grew up in the coastal city of Sirte. In the late 1950s he became politically conscious.

"Arab nationalism was exploding," Qaddafi told Time magazine in 1973. "The Suez Canal had been nationalised by the Egyptians in 1956; Algeria was fighting for its independence. The monarchy had been overthrown in Iraq. In Libya, nothing was happening."

On the morning of September 1, 1969, army tanks converged on Tripoli, and King Idris's government swiftly collapsed.

The officers who staged the coup declared its aims as "unity, freedom and socialism", and warned that all resistance would be "crushed ruthlessly and decisively." At their head was 27 year-old Captain Muammar Qaddafi.

The Arab world hailed the coup as a rejoinder to Arab defeat in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It was also a personal triumph for Qaddafi, who had seen himself as "a leader without a country".

In the late 1970s Libya was reorganised as a jamahiriya, a term minted by Qaddafi to mean "state of the masses". In reality, Libya remained firmly under his own control.

Industries were nationalised and political parties banned, while disastrous experiments with collectivisation during the 1980s gutted the economy and impoverished millions of ordinary Libyans.

Meanwhile, Qaddafi embarked on a whirlwind of quixotic projects, dragging Libya with him.

In the name of pan-Arabism, he forged abortive unions with Egypt, Syria and Tunisia. Evoking Africa solidarity, he lavished Libya's oil wealth on sub-Saharan countries.

Famously, Qaddafi bankrolled liberation movements and militants groups, from the Irish Republican Army to Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.

Libya attacked neighbouring Chad repeatedly during the late 1970s and 1980s.

For most of his career, Qaddafi's chief foe was the United States, which bombed one of his houses in Tripoli in 1986 following a bombing in Berlin that targeted US soldiers and was blamed on Libyan agents.

Two years later, four days before Christmas, Pan Am flight 103 from London exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 234 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground.

British and US authorities blamed the attack on Libyan agents, and the United Nations slapped international sanctions on Libya. In 1999, staggering under diplomatic and economic pressure, Libya began secret talks with the US and UK on repairing relations.

Two Lockerbie bombing suspects were surrendered for trial, and in 2003 Libya renounced attempts to acquire a nuclear weapon. By 2005 both US and UN sanctions were lifted against the country, and western oil firms were once again pumping Libyan oil.

That rapprochement came to a halt in February when Libyans inspired by revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt rose up against Qaddafi's regime.

In the eight months of war that followed, Qaddafi reminded Libyans - and the world - of his determination to keep power at virtually all costs. Next page

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$1m bail set for Texas teen charged with murdering Emirati soldier


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One of the teenagers accused of murdering the Emirati military officer Salem Saif Al Mazroui during a robbery on August 7 in Houston, Texas, was yesterday granted bail, set at US$999,999 (Dh3.6 million).

The bail for Corey Trevon Perry, 17, was not posted and he remains in custody. His arraignment has been reset for December 7.

Houston shooting victim 'stood by father to the very end' Chief prosecutor says Salem Saif Al Mazroui took a bullet for his father. Read article

The Arab heart of a Texas town Houston enjoys strong links with the Arab world, not least with the tens of thousands of migrants drawn by its economy, energy industry and even its beaches. Read article

US mosque community's grief for Emirati gunshot victim A mosque community in Houston is rallying around the ailing father of UAE soldier Salem Saif Al Mazroui, who was killed in his flat. Its members deny the crime was one of hatred. Read article


Mr Perry and Detone Lewayne Price, 18, were arrested separately in August and charged with capital murder after the shooting of Mr Al Mazroui.

Mr Al Mazroui was shot in the back as he and his father tried to flee a burglary in their apartment complex in south-west Houston.


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Lessons in choosing the right camel

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AL AIN // The first encounter between Adrian Hayes and Saddam the camel did not go well.

"That one, Saddam, just hisses and spouts and spits and growls," says Mr Hayes. "Mine's OK, he knows me."

The complexity of camel relationships is just one part of training for Mr Hayes, the explorer who leaves for the Empty Quarter next week on a 1,500-kilometre recreation of Sir Wilfred Thesiger's desert crossings.

Mr Hayes has trekked to both poles and across Greenland, but when it comes to the sands he will rely on the wisdom of Saeed Al Masafri and Ghalfan Al Jabri, army officers and Bedu camel herders.

Mr Al Masafri, 26, and Mr Al Jabri, 27, were selected from a group of 20 officers for their camel know-how.

They are full of good advice: hiss to make the camel stand, click to make the camel sit, call him with a cry of "hay hay oooay". If you want him to slow down, pull the rope.

Never confuse your camel with a horse and say, "whoa". This will make him speed up and running without stirrups puts weight on the rider's spine.

Mr Al Jabri's advice is important: sing to your camel to make it forget its thirst, and don't beat him. He will remember it for 10 or 12 years and bite you in your sleep.

After a period of "agony", Mr Hayes now rides Hamlool, a retired racer, with poise and can mount a standing camel, no matter how tall.

"He can ride the camel walking or running," says Mr Al Masafri. "Do you know why? Because he loves the desert, he loves this nature. He is good because he's very happy and if he is happy all things come easily."

Camel boot camp consists of sessions lasting two and a half hours at Mr Al Jabri's farm in the Al Ain desert, where Mr Hayes applies the basic knowledge he acquired with the British army in Oman in the 1990s.

"But I don't use camels that much on the way to work so it's been a relearning," he says. "It's different muscles. Your legs are spread quite a bit so you're stretching things more. It's the same as sitting crossed legged. It's not a natural thing so you have to get used to it."

On the 40-day trek, the men will do between three and four hours on foot and camel each morning and afternoon, at an average speed of 6-7kph.

They will take basic provisions, goatskin canteens for water and wear sandals, khanjar daggers and brown kanduras in the style of Thesiger and his companions. Or, as Mr Al Masafri puts it: "My water, my kandura and my underwear. No BlackBerry."

"We'll all training, walking on sand, hiking on sand, the general fitness stuff," says Mr Hayes. "We're not on a race. Part of the thing is to experience the landscape. You can always train more but I'm relying on natural versatility and ability to adapt."

Each session presents a new lesson. On Thursday, his first practice while wearing a kandura, he learnt the importance of the traditional wrap worn as undergarments. It gives riders added modesty and flexibility.

The men will have two kanduras each. The camels will be fed dates and barley and the men will rely on basic provisions and traditional hospitality, just as Thesiger did. Mr Hayes hopes to stay as true as possible to the original crossings.

"You can do classic re-enactments on ice caps, on oceans and on mountains where you go back to completely traditional gear," he says.

"On land you can't because there are people living, there are villages, so when it's not classic we'll go with the times as it is."

The seven camels picked for the trek by Mr Al Masafri and Mr Al Jabri are young males of the soughan breed. There are in peak condition, and run of up to 30km each morning and 12km in the afternoon. Dhofari camels will be used for the rugged mountains of southern Oman. Next page

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Al Zahra Hospital & Mosaic International Launch World’s First Eastern Total Knee Replacement System


Al Zahra Hospital, Sharjah, announced today (Wednesday, October 19, 2011) that it has performed a first-of-its-kind knee implant surgery in the U.A.E. The Freedom Knee™, the world’s first total knee system was implanted in a 48-year old female patient today. This implant has been tested and approved by the US FDA for high flexion activities (e.g. praying, kneeling and sitting on the floor). The latest development complements Al Zahra Hospital’s continuous pursuit of new innovations in the medical field to ensure that UAE residents can be provided with the best possible treatments available across the globe.

Dr Deepak Bhatia, Senior Orthopedic Consultant, Al Zahra Hospital, said, “This has been a breakthrough surgery for us, and we take pride in becoming the first hospital in the region to use a knee implant of this kind. This advanced knee replacement system requires minimum bone cutting, which is a major benefit for the patients, as our population is known to have a high incidence of osteoporosis and less bone stock. Moreover, this knee provides the required high-flexion to allow our patients to perform their daily activities with complete freedom. Patients have also been able to carry out sporting activities such as swimming, golfing, tennis, and hill walking after undergoing this surgery. The availability and multiple choices in size enable this operation to be carried out both in large male and small female patients without any compromise. This is extremely important, as women in our region tend to have smaller bones compared to their Western counterparts”.

Dr Bhatia added that the new implant shortens the hospitalisation to around three days and is also suited for younger patients requiring a knee replacement surgery. The availability of a skilled medical team, state of the art diagnostic equipments and advanced surgical techniques also plays a vital role in such surgeries.

Dr Asit Shah, the lead designer behind the Freedom Knee, pointed out, “Long survival of any joint implant needs good anthropometric analysis based on the target population, and the implant design should take these specific anatomical differences into consideration. The Middle Eastern knee is different as there is a difference in the shape and angle of the tibia and femur. With the high prevalence of obesity and osteoporosis amongst patients in the region, by the time the patient has come for surgery the knee problems are very advanced. With the new system available, patients can be assured of a high-flexion knee replacement that requires minimum bone resection.”

“At Mosaic International, we continuously strive towards providing the best solutions to suit the needs of our patients and assist them in restoring their mobility. We are delighted to launch this unique knee joint replacement system which will give the patient enhanced freedom of movement and function,” said Nand Kapadia, Managing Director of Mosaic International.

The Freedom Knee has been launched by Mosaic International, one of the leading healthcare solutions providers in the GCC, in association with Maxx Medical, a global medical device company with USA-based research and manufacturing facilities. Mosaic International, founded by Anil Khimji and Nand Kapadia is engaged in the distribution of a comprehensive range of innovative and cost effective healthcare products.

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Philippine flood effort delayed by red tape

Ramona Ruiz

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ABU DHABI // Ten days after a third typhoon hit the Philippines, bureaucratic hold-ups mean the fund-raising efforts of Filipino groups in Dubai and the Northern Emirates have yet to begin.

Meanwhile, their compatriots in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, led by Bayanihan UAE, the umbrella organisation of 68 Filipino groups, has already sent more than Dh17,000 of aid to the country where hundreds were killed by flooding.

Bal Junio, the president of Bayanihan UAE, said the group had asked donors to give cash, rather than boxes of goods. "It's easier and we don't need to spend money on shipment costs," he said.

But FilCom, Bayanihan's counterpart in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, is still waiting for approval for a fund-raising campaign.

Fund-raising needs to be cleared by the Philippine Consulate, and then approved by the Red Crescent Authority (RCA). However, when FilCom sent its request to the RCA - approved and stamped by the consul general, Benito Valeriano - it was told it had to be on a government-issued form.

FilCom asked Mr Valeriano to sign the correct form, but he said he needed approval from Manila first. Alan Bacason, the FilCom president, emailed the foreign affairs department in Manila on October 7 to ask it to clear Mr Valeriano to sign the government form. That approval remains pending - and so a proper request has yet to be put to the RCA.

Once it is, Mr Bacason believes the Red Crescent approval would take "a day or two". "This will only happen once we receive an authorisation from Manila," he said.

Filipinos have begun to express their impatience at the delay. "Why is it taking so long?" said Myrna Rebulanan-Anderson, the head of the Lightform International Photographers Guild in Dubai.

"Three typhoons swept across the country but we haven't started our fund-raising campaign."

Dubai Filipinos who want to help can send money directly to the Philippine Red Cross or to Philippine TV stations such as GMA-7 and ABS-CBN.

Aguman Kapampangan, a Dubai group with 100 members, sent 30,000 pesos (Dh2,600) from its emergency fund to the Philippine Red Cross.

"We felt the need to act quickly to sustain the many flood victims forced out of their homes," said Angel Timbol, the group's president. "At least nine towns in the province of Pampanga are still flooded."

On October 9, five Filipino organisations shipped 13 boxes of relief, weighing a combined total of 200 kilograms, to GMA-7 and ABS-CBN, according to Wafa Kasimieh, a Dubai government employee who led the initiative.

Mrs Kasimieh won the Presidential Banaag Award in December last year, which recognises the contributions of Filipinos overseas to communities in their home country and abroad.

"This is one of my projects after winning a presidential award last year," she said. "We were able to collect brand new blankets, towels, rubber slippers and canned goods for those badly affected by the three typhoons."

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Fatal accident snarls Dubai traffic


The National Essam Al Ghalib

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DUBAI // Two men were killed and a third injured in a rush-hour traffic accident yesterday morning, officials said.

The wreck, which involved a pickup truck and a lorry, occurred just before 9am on the Business Bay Bridge, police said. A Dubai Traffic Police official said the pickup swerved out of its lane for an unknown reason and struck the rear of a lorry.

Two men in the pickup were killed instantly, while the driver suffered moderate injuries. The lorry driver was uninjured.

"At 8.52am, the Rashidiya station traffic police responded to the scene of a major collision on the Business Bay Bridge that had occurred in the Deira direction," the traffic police official said. "The accident resulted in the death of two men and the moderate injury of a third."

The driver of the pickup was taken to Rashid Hospital.

Police are investigating the incident, which caused a traffic jam that lasted nearly an hour as officials worked to clear the scene and reopen the bridge.

Mamdouh Abu Salem, 32, an Egyptian security guard, said he and other guards on the minibus taking them to their postings were delayed about 45 minutes because of the wreck.

"Traffic was completely stopped for almost 30 minutes, so we knew that something happened," Mr Abu Salem said. "Then slowly traffic started moving again and that's when we saw the emergency flashing lights of the ambulances and police cars ahead. As we passed the accident, we saw a pickup truck on a tow truck and it was completely smashed from the front."

In an unrelated incident, motorists coming into Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road about 1pm today could see three camels walking and eating inches from traffic. A herder was not attending to the animals.

"They were right at the edge eating and walking about," a witness said. "They were about an inch from the road. I had never seen that before."


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"Movement For Health" Lecture At SLC


Sharjah Ladies Club organized a lecture in cooperation with the Emirates Physiotherapy Society (EPS) of Emirates Medical Association for Fitness 180° members of the Club, titled “Movement for Health”. The lecture was presented by Naima Mohammed Saleh, Director at the Clinical Support Services in Al Wasl Hospital.

The lecture comes within the National Physiotherapy Week which is organized to run activities with physiotherapists at multiple organizations in the Emirates. It aims to emphasize the role of physiotherapy and its importance in achieving better health through prevention and treatment.

This event also comes within the Precious Investment Campaign, released by the Supreme Council for Family Affairs within all its institutions and aiming to define the role of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in raising the standards of families, as well as supporting positive behavior and emphasizing it.

At first, Naima welcomed the attending ladies and started off with a general presentation about the Physiotherapy Campaign. The campaign aims to accentuate the role which physiotherapy profession plays in fulfilling health care needs for the community, improving public awareness of the benefits of physiotherapy, and emphasizing the importance of physiotherapy in achieving better health through prevention and treatment.

Moreover, “Movement for Health” was chosen by EPS to be the theme for the Physiotherapy Week. Its purpose is to emphasize the role of movement in the prevention and treatment of many diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and musculoskeletal pain.

The lecture also included an open discussion with the attending ladies to answer their inquiries, and provide exercising guidelines that would help them improve their fitness levels. In addition, it explained how physiotherapists can help obtain optimum health through prevention and treatment.

"We are very honored at Sharjah Ladies Club to be part of the National Physiotherapy Week, run under the theme “Movement for Health”, and organized by the Emirates Physiotherapy Society (EPS) of Emirates Medical Association. This cooperation has yielded the organization of a lecture for our members, during which we emphasized the importance of movement in the individual’s life, and the importance of physiotherapy in curing diseases of this era of time such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and musculoskeletal pain. This is especially important since many of us are not acquainted with enough information that may help prevent many diseases. We, in the Club, have keen interest in the optimum health of our members, and in providing them with adequate health information. This comes within our duty to contribute for providing awareness to the community and join forces with other institutions to achieve awareness for all.” said, Badria Abdulla Al Ali, Head of Corporate Communication at Sharjah Ladies Club in this regard.

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Killings grow more gruesome as Mexican drug cartels try to out-shock

Associated Press

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MEXICO CITY // Masked gunmen dump the bodies of 35 murder victims during rush hour as terrified motorists watch and tweet friends to avoid the avenue in a coastal city. A couple of weeks later, 32 more corpses are found nearby in three houses.

A woman's decapitated body is left at a border city's monument to Columbus, the head atop a computer keyboard with a sign saying she was killed for blogging about drug traffickers.

The severed heads of five men are dumped outside an elementary school in Acapulco, and two more near a military base in Mexico City days later.

That was just in the past three weeks.

The brutal public killings that began about five years ago have worsened as Mexican drug cartels try to outdo each other in their quest to scare off rivals, authorities and would-be informers - and still stun Mexicans increasingly numbed to the gory spectacles.

Clark McCauley, a psychology professor at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and an expert on terrorism, said: "These gangs have to keep escalating because they want the shock value, but the shock value wears off. Now, to get a headline you have to get more heads, or more bodies or do something more horrific."

Latin American drug lords have long turned to grisly killings and torture. At the height of its powers in the 1990s, the Juarez cartel used to cut off the fingers of snitches and shove them down their throats, a practice that other cartels soon followed.

The current show of savagery began in April 2006 when two police officers were decapitated; their heads dripping blood were left in Acapulco, where four alleged members of the Zetas drug cartel had been killed in a shoot-out with police. Along with the heads was a sign that warned, "So that you learn to respect". The Zetas are a gang of drug smugglers and hit men led by deserters from a Mexican army unit, who for many years were assassins for the cartel.

Five months later, the La Familia cartel rolled five human heads purportedly belonging to Zetas across a dance floor in the state of Michoacán. An attached note said La Familia "doesn't kill for money, doesn't kill women, doesn't kill innocents, just those who should die," an apparent warning for the particularly violent group.

Since then, drug traffickers have plunged into even more gruesome tactics. They have tied victims to overpasses and shot them to death during rush hour as sickened motorists watched. Some have decapitated people and then posted videos of it on the internet.

"In terms of the cruelty, it is the Zetanisation of the country because the Zetas were the first to introduce these ghastly tactics into Mexico," said George W Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, who has written several books about the rapidly expanding drug cartel.

The Zetas are the game-changers.

Officials blame a group calling itself the "Zeta Killers" for dumping 35 bodies on a busy boulevard in the city of Veracruz on September 20. They said the group also killed 32 people whose bodies were found at three houses in the area on Thursday.

Last week, police in Mexico City found two severed heads on a street near a major military base accompanied by a note referring to the "Mano con Ojos," or "Hand with Eyes," drug gang. Motorists called the police after spotting one of the heads on the hood of an SUV.

"If you want to have cartel cred," said Mr Grayson, "you have to show you can carry off any act at any time and go as far as your enemy."

Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna has said Mexican drug traffickers copied the terror tactic from the Al Qaeda in Iraq after it posted videos on the internet of the decapitations of Americans. He said the cartels were using Al Qaeda's methods to pressure the government to halt its crackdown against drug traffickers, which had fractured many of the gangs. Next page

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Wadis warning following drowning in flash flood

Anna Zacharias

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FUJAIRAH // The municipality is warning residents to stay away from wadis after the drowning of an Emirati man, 27, in a flash flood at Wadi Wurayah on Friday.

"Wadis are like fire, you cannot underestimate them," said Mohammed Al Afkham, the general manager of the municipality.

"Their water comes very fast and very strong. We want locals and visitors to stay away from dangerous places. Don't go inside the wadis and be aware of the weather."

The municipality did an inspection tour of roads and dams across the emirate and has reopened roads that were closed after heavy rainfall last week. More rain is expected until Wednesday.

Every year there are deaths in Northern Emirates wadis because of heavy rains.

"Fujairah is all wadis and dams. You cannot fence all of Fujairah," Mr Al Afkham said. "We are putting extra signs to keep our people away."

Police yesterday said the man who died on Friday had hiked 2 kilometres into the wadi with two friends.

His friends chose to climb the mountain but he decided not to, leaving him caught in the flash flooding, which carried his body for 200 metres.

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Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority teams up with Disney for training programmes

WAM Abu Dhabi, Oct. 10th. 2011 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has teamed up with Disney Institute - one of the world's most recognised leaders in professional development - for a series of seminars aimed at inspiring industry leadership, improving service quality and better management of the sector's human resources.

The seminar programme, which runs at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi from October 31 to November 2, is being subsidised by ADTA to encourage strong partner take up.

UAE national participants will be offered places on a complimentary basis.

"This initiative lives up to our commitment to deliver best practice across our stakeholder engagement programme," said Nasser Al Reyami, Tourism Standards Director, ADTA.

"The seminars are rare opportunities to learn from a company that has consistently led the way in the hospitality, tourism and entertainment industries. We hope that, in the spirit of Disney, our stakeholders will be inspired to deliver world-class employee and customer satisfaction, memorable experiences and improved bottom-line results." Those wishing to register for the seminars can do so online by logging on to ADTA's corporate website -


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Maid jailed for sex, child with man she says was husband

Salam Al Amir

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DUBAI // A Filipina maid was sentenced this morning to one year in prison for having sex with a man she said was her husband.

"He was not able to come to Dubai to bring the marriage contract," NR, 25, said in the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours while holding her 2-month-old boy.

Her compatriot JA, whom she said was her husband, was sentenced to one year in prison in absentia as he had left the country soon after NR got pregnant.

She testified they got married in the Philippines on June 10, 2007, three days before she moved to Dubai for work. She said she had gotten an offer in Dubai that she had been waiting for and couldn't turn it down.

NR worked for her Emirati sponsor for two years, then fled to live with her husband, who also had come to Dubai seeking work.

"He came on a visit visa and resided in Satwa," she said.

On July 27 of this year, NR gave birth and was arrested. She said the staff at Al Baraha Hospital did not ask her for any official documents proving she was married.

"We didnt know we would need marriage documents to prove our relation," she said in records.

NR is charged with having sex outside the wedlock, getting pregnant from an illicit relationship, absconding from her sponsor and overstaying her visa.

She denied the first two charges, saying her marriage certificate was in the Philippines. She did not provide the court a copy.

JA left the county 10 days before she gave birth because his visa was expiring, she said.

NR will be deported after her sentence.

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Drop In Gold Prices Set To Spur Buying


Those who have stayed away from gold due to rising prices have reason to smile. The recent, near 20 per cent fall in gold prices has opened up a golden opportunity for them to buy gold jewellery, bars and coins.

From its all-time high of US$ 1920.30 per ounce, the price of the yellow metal fell more than US$ 385 per ounce to touch US$ 1531.50 and has since gone up to trade between US$ 1,600 and 1,700, which is still far away from its peak.

However, gold’s appeal as a safe-haven asset remains intact given the uncertainty in global growth and concerns about Europe’s sovereign debt, and strong investment demand is likely to push gold towards US$ 2,000 by the end of the year, newswires quoted analysts as saying.

The drop in gold prices is set to bring in more buyers to the MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show that got under way at Expo Centre Sharjah on October 4, 2011.

The 31st edition of the show was inaugurated by Sheikh Abdullah bin Salim bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. It will continue until October 8, 2011.

The opening ceremony of the show was attended by Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa – Director-General of Expo Centre Sharjah, officials of various government departments, and members of trade associations.
“Experts are of the view that gold prices have bottomed out… and with prices projected to rise this is the best time to buy into gold in a big way,” said Mr. Saif Al Midfa, after the inauguration ceremony.

“Since we haven’t had any correction for many months, this drop in prices has brought tremendous value to the market… there is no better time than this for people who are waiting to buy gold,” Mr. Midfa added.

Apart from gold, diamonds too have turned out to be an alternative investment asset class for residents, with retail sales registering 20-25 per cent increase in the first half of the year.

“Diamonds are also fast becoming an option for alternative investment. Diamond jewellery sales during the spring edition of the MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show were robust and we expect sales to shine this time too,” said Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa.

The total diamond trade volumes for 2010 reached 268.7 million carats, up by 50 per cent from 178.1 million, while the value doubled from $17.9 billion to $35.1billion, according to Dubai Diamond Exchange.

“Diamonds currently represent a huge chunk of the jewellery trade in Dubai and the sparkling designs at the show are sure to attract connoisseurs of the precious stone,” he added.

Several exhibitors are planning to launch their new designs at the show. “We are launching five, handmade, diamond-encrusted watch designs that appeal to both men and women. This is apart from the fine and luxurious jewellery that will be on display,” said Mark Karam of Mark Mucca from Lebanon.

Visitors can expect a wide variety of jewellery designs from all parts of the world under a single roof at the show. This is especially true because each exhibitor are trying to ensure that its creations stand out from others, as Dhawal Jain of Unialmaz from India pointed out: “Visitors can expect new, contemporary and modern designs which are handcrafted into unique masterpieces that can be treasured for a lifetime.”

"We balance art and fashion for distinctive and timeless creations, through the perfect mix of dreams, art and skill. Inspired by the roots of culture, each piece is backed by intensive research and changing global trends, which give our products the edge,” said Vishal Rampuria of Exquisite Jewellery from India.

Apart from rare and ethnic jewellery pieces, visitors can also expect patented jewellery, courtesy exhibitors like Coronet Solitaire that sponsored Miss India Worldwide 2011 held in Abu Dhabi recently, opportunity to customize
jewellery and creations ranging from the young and fun to the rich and classic.

General visiting hours are from 11am to 10pm, while on Friday it will remain open from 4pm to 10pm. Exclusive ladies timings are on Wednesday and Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

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