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Ban Ki-moon Should Reject the Report of the Panel on Sri Lanka and Restore Confidence in the UN

An analysis of notices published by the UN Panel of Experts (POE) calling for submissions and email correspondence this writer has had wit...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wet Weather in Dubai

The current wet weather in Dubai has been accompanied by bursts of strong winds which saw a huge digital print hanging from a prominent building on Sheikh Zayed Road Monday. It was later carefully taken down by workmen under the watchful eyes of the Dubai Police. The bad weather is expected to continue through Tuesday.

These pictures of the torn digital print show the pain brought about by the inclement weather in Dubai adding to the woes occasioned by the economic crisis. For those counting cars however, the news is that traffic in Dubai has seen a marked increase from January this year. 

Outdoor activities including construction work on the Metro are also affected by the weather. At the Metro Station near Emirates Towers workers are normally seen working thorugh the night under fllodlights. The lights were off and the workers nowhere to be seen as the gusty winds and driving rain slowed traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road, Tuesday evening.

Friday, March 27, 2009

My Pick of The News

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Multiple Personality Disorder

It was quite by chance that I watched Stephen Sackur interview Chris Costner Sizemore on BBC's Hardtalk today. Not having watched the film, it dawned on me that the lady's recollections were very similar to a book that I had read many years ago from my father's collection: The Three Faces of Eve.

Not being too sure, I checked on the web and sure enough, it was Eve herself being interviewed.

If you're interested in psychology, the story is quite fascinating. You can read the gist of the story here, or with some luck watch it on BBC. Better still, read the book.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Moderation is the catch word for travelers worldwide

Recent news reports of a decision by the Dubai Executive Council have had mixed reactions particularly on the blogs. But as Chris Pritchard writes in the Sydney Morning Herald, it makes good sense for international travelers to be sensitive to cultures and sensitivities in various countries.

Marketers however, often believe that being bold is not just beautiful but makes for a healthy bottom line too. Here's another story from the Sydney Morning Herald of how an airline is promoting 'no hidden extras' in its low-cost, low fares business model.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

How to make your career recession-proof

People the world over have been hard hit, many below the belt. The IMF predicts the worst is yet to come. Ben Bernanke says next year will be better. The President of the UAE has himself weighed-in to shore up confidence in the UAE and Dubai.

In this article on the CiB website, Julie Blunt tells us what we should be doing to make ourselves recession-proof.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Having fun with words on Kipp

The Kipp Report has generously used my comments on the current doom and gloom. It certainly brightened my day. Read it here.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


The attack on the Sri Lanka Cricket Team in Lahore has benumbed the international cricket world and underscored the importance of security for high profile sportspersons.

The large haul of arms and ammunition showcased by the Pakistani police as having been abandoned by the attackers appears inconsistent with the fatalities and injuries reported. An inconsistency that we should all be thankful for, as the consequences of an attack using all the lethal capability of the weaponry displayed would have been horrendous.

Two reports suggest that the Sri Lankan Team Manager had in fact asked for additional security before the Lahore test and that it had been given. Television footage of the attack and the accusations leveled by some members of the Sri Lankan team and the Match Referee would indicate that this was certainly not the case.

With its long-running conflict, Sri Lankans are well aware of the sometimes frustrating security measures adopted in the country where entire localities are virtually sanitized prior to a VIP visiting the area or even simply passing through. When the visiting team was assured of being provided in Pakistan the security provided for a Head of State, they certainly would have expected no less.

In that case what went wrong?

The answer could well lie in the confusion that arose following the unseating of the PML governor in Punjab. Many questions arise: Why was the security insufficient? Did the attackers know that there would not be much security? Did the attackers have any link to the political demonstrators whose actions apparently prompted a call for more security by the Sri Lankan Team Manager?

The only reported security response in the immediate aftermath of the attack was where the stranded umpires were driven to Lahore Stadium by a Police Officer after removing the dead driver’s body from the minibus.

Cricket fans around the world, as indeed the cricketers themselves, would be waiting for a report from the Pakistani authorities.

The International Cricket Council should lay down minimum standards of security for all tours and these should be enhanced depending on separate threat assessments for each event.

In Words

Loved and mentored by parents with values and discipline and a passion for good English; guided by teachers who wouldn't spare the rod to ensure excellence; copywriter; on-line journalist; editor-in-chief; and at long last, giving into the passion; Freelance Writer.

Nurtured in advertising and PR from freelance copywriter to account director and agency head; engaged throughout to humanitarian work in NGOs including the Red Cross and the UNDP; and experienced in both public and private sectors.

Looking forward to a future of writing on diverse subjects; sharing knowledge and experience; enriching the lives of others; but most of all, acquiring more knowledge and using it to make the world a better place for all.

More of my writing:
* Fuelling the Peace Process * Concepts for decentralisation of government * PEACE: Is it still an elusive dream? * Interview with the late Major General Trond Furuhovde first Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission * How polar bears are affected by global warming * Red Cross takes lead in clean water for Sri Lanka flood victims * The poorest hardest hit by Sri Lanka floods *