Jonathan wins ruling party primaries
Jan 14: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
won a decisive victory in ruling party primaries
today, including in key states in the mostly
Muslim north, making him clear favourite to be
the countrys next leader.
selection as the Peoples Democratic Party
candidate puts him in a strong position to win
the presidential election on April 9 as the PDP
has won every such poll in Africas most
populous nation since military rule ended in
In a stark
demonstration of the power of incumbency,
Jonathan trounced rival Atiku Abubakar, a former
vice president, in all but a handful of the
countrys 36 states.
Peoples Democratic Party has spoken with
one strong voice ... Our people have chosen the
unity of our country above all other
considerations," Jonathan, dressed in his
trademark fedora and caftan-like attire, said in
an acceptance speech.
Jonathan won 2,736
votes compared to 805 for Abubakar in
Thursdays vote, said chief returning
officer Tunde Adeniran.
His candidacy had
been controversial because of a zoning agreement
in the PDP under which power is meant to rotate
between the north and largely Christian south
every two terms, a rhythm his victory ruptures.
Jonathan, who is
from the southern Niger Delta oil region,
inherited the presidency when his predecessor,
Umaru YarAdua, a northerner, died last year
during his first term. Some factions in the PDP
said only a northerner should complete what would
have been YarAduas second term.
businessman from the northern Hausa ethnic group,
had hoped to win overwhelming support in the
north. He won in some northern states such as
Kano, Sokoto and Zamfara but lost in other key
areas including Kaduna, Katsina and Kwara.
That lack of
consistency suggests hopes of a strong northern
alliance to challenge Jonathan at the elections
may be fading.
"In the end,
the PDP is the only true national party so at the
presidential election, their candidate should be
fine, especially as the key opposition parties
cant agree a workable alliance," said
Kayode Akindele, a director at Lagos-based
consultancy Greengate Strategic Partners.
campaign manager, Ben Obi, complained of
irregularities, saying the delegates lists
had been doctored, and Abubakar himself made a
fiery speech at the convention condemning
Jonathan for breaching the zoning pact.
"If rules can
be thrown away by just anyone who feels he is
powerful enough to do so, then it is an
invitation to lawlessness and anarchy," he
said, raising doubts about whether he would
quietly accept defeat and back Jonathan.
populous nation is a patchwork of more than 200
ethnic groups, roughly equally divided between
Christians and Muslims, who generally live
peacefully side by side, but regional and ethnic
rivalries bubble under the surface.
A New Years
Eve bomb in Abuja killed four people. A series of
blasts and subsequent clashes have killed more
than 80 in the central city of Jos, the scene of
frequent bursts of ethnic and religious unrest.
Analysts fear the
national debate could become polarised around
north-south rivalries if the violence intensifies
in the run-up to Aprils presidential,
parliamentary and state governorship elections.
Japan PM changes cabinet but
rough road ahead
Jan 14: Japans prime minister
appointed a fiscal hawk to a key post and
replaced his deputy in a cabinet revamp today to
cope with a divided parliament and tackle reforms
to rein in public debt, but hurdles to success
Yosano, an advocate of raising the 5 per cent
sales tax, as economics minister signals Prime
Minister Naoto Kan is serious about reforms
needed to fund bulging social welfare costs and
rein in the huge public debt, as well as about
trade liberalisation sought by business but
opposed by farm lobbies.
opposition parties able to block bills in the
upper house of parliament, Kans own
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) split over the
sales tax and free trade and the new cabinet not
necessarily united, scepticism over prospects for
progress ran deep.
would "give an impression that Japans
fiscal and tax reform will progress, led by the
finance ministry. And this will probably ease
concerns to some degree about supply and demand
in the bond market," said Akitsugu Bandou, a
senior economist at Okasan Securities.
government will continue to face a severe
situation because of political deadlock, and the
cabinet reshuffle is not necessarily going to
change the situation that the DPJ lacks political
power," Bandou said.
Kan also appointed
former administrative reform minister Yukio Edano
as his chief cabinet secretary, while retaining
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister
Seiji Maehara and banking minister Shozaburo
Sengoku with Edano clears the path for debate on
the state budget for the year from April, but it
is unclear if Kan can find enough votes to pass
UP TO THE JOB?
party has to pass the budget first. We can only
begin thinking of the market implications of the
reshuffle when the ruling party is running
parliament smoothly," said Hidenori Suezawa,
chief strategist at Nikko Cordial Securities.
Kan has also
sought multi-party talks on tax and social
welfare reform with an eye to outlining changes
by June, but opposition parties say they want to
see DPJ proposals first.
worry that the 46-year-old Edano, who made his
name in a former cabinet post in charge of
cutting waste, may not be up to the demands of
his new job.
"He can be an
easy target (for opposition parties) because of a
tendency to straight-talk but also to committing
gaffes and offending people unnecessarily,"
said Sophia University professor Koichi Nakano.
had threatened to boycott debate on the budget
for 2011/12, starting on April 1, unless Sengoku
and Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi, censured by
the upper house in November for their handling of
a row with China, were sacked.
The government can
enact the budget because the DPJ controls the
powerful lower house, but the opposition can
block bills needed to implement the spending in
the upper chamber.
Edano has also
been a critic of DPJ powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa and
his appointment could deepen a rift in the party
over the veteran strategist, who faces indictment
over a funding scandal.
Many Ozawa backers
oppose a sales tax rise as well as the free trade
deals Kan wants to pursue.
Yosano, who held
key posts in Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
governments before the conservative party was
ousted by the Democrats in 2009, bolted the LDP
last year to set up the tiny Sunrise Party. He is
leaving that party to join the cabinet.
largely agree that raising the sales tax is
essential but many lawmakers fear angering
voters, especially ahead of local polls in April.
picture is that they (the ruling party) will lose
big time in the April elections and that is when
the knives will come out for Kan," said
Jesper Koll, director of equity research at
JPMorgan Securities Japan.
Kan, who took over
as Japans fifth premier since 2006 last
June, led his party to defeat in an upper house
poll a month later after clumsily floating a
possible rise in the sales tax.
He has since seen
his support rates more than halved from the 60
per cent or higher he enjoyed initially.
sees better governance in some Afghan areas
Jan 14: Efforts to improve governance in
Afghanistan are bearing fruit in areas where a
troop surge has driven back the Taliban but more
work is needed to sustain progress as Washington
prepares to thin troops next year, a US official
clear to us that within the security bubbles
created by the sacrifice of Afghan and coalition
forces, weve made a great deal of
progress," said Henry Ensher yesterday, the
top foreign civilian official for four key
southern provinces, including the traditional
Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.
US commanders say
President Barack Obamas decision in late
2009 to pour an extra 30,000 troops into
Afghanistan, bringing US forces to almost
100,000, has chased the Taliban out of some areas
and allowed reconstruction to take root.
"It will be
critical during this time periodthe
winterthat we use this period of reduced
violence to ensure that were making gains
in governance ... So that were able to hold
that progress if there is increased violence
later in the year," he told reporters in a
video briefing from Afghanistan.
residents of southern Afghanistan, where US
officials have touted their military success in
2010, were forming local councils and were
beginning to engage with their local leaders in
ways that for years were made impossible by
Taliban intimidation and poor security.
typically subsides during the winter. US
officials hope this springs fighting season
will reveal a weakened insurgency as they rush to
show progress ahead of July 2011, when Obama
plans to start bringing home troops and move
toward ending the long and unpopular war.
Afghan and western
leaders hope Afghan forces will control security
by the end of 2014, even as they acknowledge that
corruption and poor governance in Afghanistan,
and militant sanctuaries in Pakistan, will be an
bolstering governance in Afghanistan, where
militants chased many local officials out of
office and where government agencies fail to
provide many Afghans with basic services, will be
a linchpin for security.
Afghans trust in the government would
diminish support for the Taliban, which has
proved a resilient adversary that expanded in
2010 to new areas of Afghanistan.
The White House
has not said how quickly it will remove troops or
from where. But as other NATO nations look to end
their combat missions, many analysts question
whether Afghan forces will be able to fill those
gaps any time soon.
civilian officials in Afghanistanpart of a
reconstruction, training and aid effort that has
cost some $56 billion since 2002 -- would work to
continue such progress even if violence picks up
as expected in the summer months. (AGENCIES)
flood clean-up starts, tough task ahead
AUSTRALIA, Jan 14: Australias third-largest city
started cleaning up stinking mud and debris today
after some of the countrys worst floods on
record, but in a sign of the task ahead, it could
take six months to pump flood waters out of
Queenslands coal mines.
Many suburbs in
the states capital Brisbane, a city of two
million people, remained submerged after
floodwaters inundated the riverside city
The floods in
Queensland, which started in December 2010, have
killed 19 people. Tens of thousands of homes have
been inundated with floodwater and more than 60
people are missing.
"Right now we
are still rescuing people, we are still
evacuating people. So we are right in the middle
of the emergency response," said Queensland
state premier Anna Bligh, who has described
Brisbane as looking like a war zone.
"We need to
brace ourselves, when this goes down and its
going down quite quickly, its going to
stinkan unbearable stench," said
The disaster has
crippled Queenslands infrastructure and its
coal exports, pushing up world prices by around a
The event has been
blamed on the strongest ever recorded La Nina
weather phenomenon in the Pacific, which has also
affected other countries.
rains and flooding across a third of Sri Lanka
have killed 23 people, forced 100,000 to leave
their homes and threatened food supplies on the
agricultural ministry said at least a fifth of
the nations rice crop had been destroyed,
raising concerns over supply shocks and higher
Rising food prices
are stoking global inflation with many
agricultural commodity markets driven higher by
bad weather in key producing countries. Record
food prices are also raising the risk of riots in
developing nations and trade protectionism.
CUTTING COAL EXPORTS
Bligh said her
government would concentrate efforts to help the
state coal industry meet demand in Asia, after
Commonwealth Bank estimated the floods would
remove 14 million tonnes, or 5 per cent, of
global coking coal exports this year.
critical right now, to get that supply chain
fully functional," Bligh told reporters.
Gladstone Ports Corporation said today it will
restart some coal export shipments yesterday as
rail lines serving the terminal reopen and it
begins to replenish stocks that have fallen to
two days of supply.
QR National said today that its Blackwater line
serving Gladstone could resume service as earlier
as January 20.
The line has been
closed since December and serves the states
biggest coal miners, including BHP Billiton , Rio
Tinto and Xstrata . They have all declared force
majeure, unable to meet export contracts.
Still, a lack of
equipment means that it could be up to six months
before mines can return to full operation, mining
just nothing left to hire, all the pumps are
working non-stop," said Dave Walker, who
manages water pumping for Total Water Management.
"It could be months before all the water is
almost two-thirds of the worlds
metallurgical coal exports, most destined for
Asian steel producers. Ninety percent comes from
and trucks fanned out across Queensland state,
ferrying food and clothing over an area the size
of South Africa, as the weather bureau warned the
threat of cyclones and fresh rains would last
But a cyclone
forming in the Coral Sea, which had threatened
the coast, had begun moving north into the
Pacific, said state premier Bligh.
keep watching it, but maybe our luck is about to
change," she said.
which started before Christmas, continued in
other areas of Queensland, with the 6,000
residents of Goondiwindi, southwest of Brisbane,
facing a record flood.
countrys wild weather continued, police
evacuated communities in neighbouring New South
Wales state overnight as flooding threatened the
border towns of Boggabilla and Toomelah.
Torrential rain in
Victoria state also led to evacuations in Halls
Gap and Glenorchy, northwest of Melbourne, with a
flood peak expected on Friday morning.
The town of
Beaufort was also under threat with a nearby lake
threatening to burst banks, police said.
CITY A STINKING
In the centre of
Brisbane, a drop in the swollen Brisbane River
left foul-smelling mud covering areas beside the
citys cultural centre and Wheel of Brisbane
Aerial views of
the city showed a sea of brown with rooftops
poking out, but the water was receding.
Boats have been
used in many areas to reach houses, with sofas
and fridges floating in water. Residents have no
idea when they might be able to return to their
me this would become this serious, this
terrible," said Su Liu, a Chinese student
studying marketing at the University of
She fled her home
near the riverside university on Tuesday as water
poured into the second floor of her apartment
building and was now sheltering in an evacuation
Power has been
restored to 170,000 homes, but power company
Energex said 66,000 homes across southeast
Queensland remained without electricity.
Bligh called on
insurance companies to show compassion and
flexibility. Many Queenslanders, thinking they
were covered against floods, have discovered that
is not the case, she said.
estimated the flood damage at 5 billion dollars,
with 1 billion dollars (1 billion dollars) of
that to be underwritten by insurers.
not in the interests of anyone in our community,
including those companies, to stall or delay
recovery," said Bligh, whose disaster
handling has won wide praise, reviving ruling
Labors flagging hopes of re-election in the
Polling last year
showed only 28 per cent of Queenslanders would
support Labor at elections due next year, while
Blighs own popularity was so low that
resurrecting her support was an "impossible
mission", Brisbanes Courier-Mail
industry buoyed for banner year in 2011
YORK, Jan 14: Up to 16 million people are expected
to take cruises this year, an increase of 6.6
percent over 2010, with Europe, the Caribbean and
Alaska among the top destinations.
"We are very
bullish about 2011," Bob Sharak, of the
Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA), told a
press conference. "The cruise industry has
been extremely resilient, particularly during the
latest economic downturn."
three-quarters of cruise passengers last year
were from the United States and Canada and 26 per
cent were international, according to CLIA, North
Americas largest cruise industry group with
25 member cruise lines.
Its 2011 forecast
is based on previous passenger numbers and
CLIAs executive vice president for
marketing and distribution, credits exciting new
ships, increasing global passengers, new
destinations and the inclusivity of cruises for
the buoyant outlook.
As CLIA released
its report yesterday, Cunard Lines new
Queen Elizabeth cruise liner made its maiden call
in New York. As it set off on a world cruise it
was set to rendezvous with its sister ships,
Queen Mary and Queen Victoria, for a fireworks
display in New York Harbor.
Cos new 4,000 passenger, 900 million
dollar, cruise liner, which was rolled out last
week in Florida, is due to make it maiden
Caribbean cruise on January 26.
largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbeans Oasis
of the Seas, which can carry more than 6,000
passengers, was launched in 2009.
Americans and Europeans make up the bulk of
cruise passengers, Sharak said only a small
percentage of the residents of those regions took
cruises in 2010.
lots of room to grow," he added.
Cruise lines are
also looking to new markets in China, Brazil and
Russia, and for new destinations in Asia, the
Mediterranean and the Greek Islands.
An increase in
group and family bookings and consumers booking
earlier are also positive signs, according to
A 2010 study by
the New York City Economic Development
Corporation (NYC EDC) also revealed how lucrative
cruises are for the ports where the ships call.
conducted by Business Research and Economic
Advisors (BREA), showed cruise passengers and
crew spent an estimated 144.6 million dollar in
New York City in 2010, up from 93.8 million
dollar the previous year. Embarking passengers
had the deepest pockets and spent 117.9 million
spending for passengers staying in the city
before and after the cruise was 437 dollar per
person for a two-night stay. (AGENCIES)
costs global economy $7-12 bln a year-study
Jan 14: Maritime piracy costs the global
economy between $7 and $12 billion a year,
researchers said , with Somali piracy in
particular driving up the cost of shipping
through the Indian Ocean.
Somalias coasts in fragile skiffs armed
with AK-47s, ladders, grappling hooks and little
else, Somali pirates were judged responsible for
95 per cent of the cost.
occasional attacks on ships continue in the Gulf
of Guinea, Nigeria and Malacca Straits.
reportpresented at London foreign policy
think tank Chatham Housesaid there had been
some 1,600 acts of piracy since 2006, causing the
death of over 54 people.
It looked at the
cost of ransoms, added insurance premiums,
rerouting of ships, naval patrols, security
equipment, piracy prosecutions and other indirect
costs including increased food prices in East
Africa from higher delivery costs.
these costs are increasing astronomically,"
said researcher Anna Bowden from the
Colorado-based think tank the One Earth Future
Foundation, which conducted the study.
"What is even
more concerning is that all these are simply
treating the symptoms. Almost nothing is being
done to treat the root cause."
A host of navies
from emerging and developed powers including of
the European Union, China, India, Russia, Japan
and the United States have upped patrols in the
region to combat piracy, but little has been done
onshore in Somalia.
estimated the total cost of piracy had increased
roughly fivefold since 2005.
In November 2010,
it said the highest ransom on record -- 9.5
million dollarswas paid to release a South
Korean oil tanker, up from 7 million dollars to
release a Greek supertanker in January. The
average 2010 ransom looked to be around $5.4
million, the report said, up from only $150,000
thistogether with a rising number of
pirates and the increasing distance they operated
from shorewar risk and kidnap and ransom
(K&R) premiums for ships passing through the
region had tripled and increased 10 fold
Assessing the cost
of rerouting shipping was difficult as shipping
lines were often reluctant to release details,
the report said.
Canal revenue had fallen 20 per cent in the past
two years, the report said, although this was in
part due to the economic crisis. The researchers
estimated around 10 per cent of shipping traffic
was now avoiding the area.
very difficult to get data from the shipping
companies," she said. "But weve
made the best estimates that we can."
Gauging the impact
on global commodity prices had proved too
difficult to exactly cost, she said, but if
piracy continued with a wider economic recovery
then increased delivery costs could drive up oil,
mineral and food prices. (AGENCIES)
flu deaths more than double in Britain
Jan 14: The number of deaths in a seasonal
flu epidemic that has swept Britain since October
more than doubled to 112, up from 50 a week
earlier, figures from the Health Protection
Of the 112
confirmed deaths, 95 had the H1N1 flu strain that
spread around the world as a pandemic in 2009 and
2010, officials said yesterday.
The majority of
those who died were under 65 years old and nine
cases were in children under 14. Since October,
there have been six deaths in children under
The agency said
most of the additional 62 deaths documented since
last week did not actually occur in the past
week, but in December. They were only confirmed
in the past week because of a backlog over the
seasonal holiday period.
"Flu is still
circulating in the community and the message
remains that those people in an at-risk group
should have their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as
possible as this is the best way to protect
themselves from flu this winter," said John
Watson, head of the agencys respiratory
The surge in flu
cases has led to local shortages of seasonal
vaccines, but Britains Chief Medical
Officer Sally Davies last week advised doctors to
use pandemic vaccines left over from last season
if stocks of this years vaccines run out.
pandemic proved less severe than feared and
substantial stockpiles of pandemic vaccine went
The agency said in
a statement that the death figures so far
represent "only a proportion of those who
may have died from flu or complications from
flu" in the current season.
authorities do not usually give regular updates
of deaths from seasonal flu but are doing so this
year because the pandemic H1N1 strain was
expected to be dominant.
Estimates for flu
related deaths each winter are typically between
0 and 5,000, the agency said, but those deaths
are predominantly in people over 65 years of age,
rather than the mainly younger people being
killed by this years seasonal flu.
important that people do all they can to reduce
the spread of the virus," Watson said. He
advised "covering your nose and mouth with a
tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing of
the tissue as soon as possible and cleaning your
hands as soon you can."
checklists could cut malpractice claims:Study
YORK, Jan 14: Surgical checklists not only save
lives by preventing medical errors, they could
also make a big dent in medical malpractice
claims, according to a study in the Netherlands.
Using data from
the countrys largest medical liability
insurer, a team led by Eefje de Vries of the
Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam found that
nearly a third of the malpractice claims arose
from mistakes that likely would have been caught
by a checklist.
For the study,
published in the Annals of Surgery, the team
identified the main reasons for errors in 294
successful insurance claims related to surgeries
from 2004 to 2005. They then compared those to
the items on a comprehensive surgical checklist
called SURPASS, which is now used in several
hospitals in the Netherlands.
includes things such as making sure the operating
schedule is correct, checking that all equipment
is available, and marking on which side of the
patient the surgery is going to happen.
checklist as a whole may seem a little
intimidating, the separate parts for each stage
of the surgical pathway take little time to
complete," de Vries wrote.
They found that 29
per cent of the reasons for lawsuits could be
linked to a step on the checklist, such as
marking the patient or communication between
And in four of the
10 deaths in the claims database, at least one of
the contributing factors was addressed in the
While there is no
guarantee the checklist would have avoided those
deaths if it had been used at the time, the
researchers say it would likely have prevented
"a considerable amount of damage, both
physical and financial."
The costs are
Putting a price
tag on the medical liability system is difficult,
but one 2010 study estimated it costs the United
States more than 55 billion dollar annually, or
2.4 per cent of the countrys healthcare
experts say tens of thousands of Americans die
each year due to medical errors.
have shown that when healthcare providers follow
a checklist, they reduce those deaths
dramatically and could save money by preventing
complications that require further treatment.
"This kind of
evidence indicates that surgeons who do not use
one of these checklists are endangering
patients," said Atul Gawande at the Harvard
School of Public Health, a surgeon who has
written extensively on the topic.
Yet only about a
fourth of US hospitals use one of the three
checklists that have been proven to work, he
for hospitals is you want to adopt one of these
checklists," he said.
members start work on wines and spirits register
Jan 14: Members of the World Trade
Organization have started work on a draft
proposal for a register to protect geographical
names of wines and spirits as part of a push to
secure a global trade deal this year.
ambassador to the World Trade Organization,
Darlington Mwape, who chairs talks on the
register, told negotiators on Thursday that it
had been tough to get this far and laid down a
tight schedule of meetings to produce a
negotiating text by the end of March.
account the profound divide that has been the
hallmark of this negotiation group, I am
heartened by the steps the group has been able to
take this week," Mwape told a meeting of the
WTOs 153 members.
Discussions on the
register, which would protect "geographical
indicators" or appellations like champagne
and tequila, pre-date the Doha round to open up
world trade, launched at the end of 2001.
But they have been
folded into the overall Doha package, on which
WTO members are holding intensified talks after
leaders of the G20 rich and emerging countries
called for a deal and said 2011 provided a window
for geographical indicators is a central aim of
the European Union in the Doha round.
But Brussels has
run up against scepticism from New World
producers like the United States and Australia,
where European names are often used generically,
and where officials say existing forms of
copyright and trademark make a register
The talks are
separate to related negotiations on extending the
superior protection enjoyed by wines and spirits
in global trade rules to other products like ham
and cheese or even traditional crafts. All
regional names are protected to avoid misleading
the public and to prevent unfair competition.
meeting Mwape circulated a draft covering
notification of products, one of the six aspects
of the register, following consultations earlier
in the week with key playersthe first time
in over 13 years of talks that the WTOs
full membership was able to work on a single
negotiators to meet again in the week of January.
24 when he hopes they will reach one of the most
contentious topicsthe question of what
legal commitments or obligations for WTO members
would arise from registering a product.
Another issue to
be negotiated is the question of whether the
register would be voluntary or whether
registration of a product would have implications
for all members.
Even the draft
text on notification circulated yesterday still
contains many differences that negotiators will
have to iron out in the coming weeks.
Not yet divorced Kelsey
Grammer plans Feb wedding
ANGELES, Jan 14: Actor Kelsey Grammer said he hopes
to marry for the fourth time in February.
But his estranged
wife Camille isnt so sure, and she has
filed court papers opposing a quickie divorce to
their 13-year marriage.
"Frasier" star, said in July that he
was divorcing his wife, a former Playboy model
and dancer who at the time was filming reality TV
show "The Real Housewives of Beverly
Grammer, 55, was
soon seen with new girlfriend, flight attendant
Kayte Walsh, 29, who in October suffered a
miscarriage and lost their baby.
In an appearance
on "The Late Show with David
Letterman", Grammer described Kayte as
"my new girl."
planning to get married soon," he said, then
added "Sometime in February."
Grammer, 42, asked a Los Angeles judge to reject
her husbands request to get a quick divorce
and work out a financial settlement later.
In court papers
obtained yesterday by celebrity website TMZ.Com,
she claimed that Grammer wanted a fast decision
"solely for the reason that he intends to
remarry as soon as possible."
believe this is a sufficient reason to prejudice
my rights to the community estate," Camille
Grammer said yesterday. She estimated the value
of the couples various homes and property
at more than $120 million.
Grammer made his
Broadway debut last year in a revival of musical
"La Cage aux Folles" but is best known
as the egotistical therapist Frasier Crane in the
TV comedies "Frasier" and
Bangladeshi nationals fined for overstaying in
Jan 14: At least ten Bangladeshi nationals,
who were arrested here while waiting to go to a
third country, have been fined for overstaying in
courts fined them Rs 50,000 each after they
admitted to illegally staying in the country.
They will be
imprisoned for 6 months unless they pay the fine
within two weeks, the court ordered.
The suspects, who
were arrested last October, came to Sri Lanka in
the hope to go to an African country for
employment, defendants lawyer told the
Three in 10 Americans commit
YORK, Jan 14: Three in 10 Americans commit
"financial infidelity" by lying to
their spouses about money, sometimes suffering
consequences such as separation or divorce,
according to a new survey.
Interactive online poll of 2,019 adults released
Yesterday showed 31 per cent of American couples
who have combined finances were not truthful
about issues such as hiding cash or a bank
account or about debt or earnings.
infidelity may be the new normal," said
Forbes.Com, which commissioned the survey with
the National Endowment for Financial Education.
respondents also say they have been deceived, and
both sexes lie to their partners about money in
indiscretions cause significant damage to the
relationship," said Ted Beck, chief
executive of the National Endowment for Financial
Sixteen percent of
couples affected by financial infidelity said the
deception led to a divorce and 11 per cent said
it caused a separation. Sixty-seven per cent said
it led to an argument and for 42 per cent it
lessened trust in the relationship.
The most common
lie, at 58 per cent, was hiding cash. Fifty-four
per cent of respondents admitted hiding a minor
purchase, 30 per cent hid a bill, 16 per cent did
not disclose a major purchase and 15 per cent hid
a bank account.
lied about debt and an equal number were
untruthful about earnings, the survey showed.