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After 25 years, CNN seeks Larry King’s replacement
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In this courtroom sketch, Anna Chapman, left, Vicky Pelaez, second from left, the defendant known as ‘Richard Murphy’, center, the defendant known as ‘Cynthia Murphy’, second from right, and the defendant known as ‘Juan Lazaro’ are seen in Manhattan federal court in New York, Monday, June 28, 2010.
NY suspect dubbed femme fatale of Russian spy case
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NEW YORK – Anna Chapman has been called the femme fatale of a spy case with Cold War-style intrigue — a striking redhead and self-styled entrepreneur who dabbled in real estate and mused on her Facebook page, “if you can dream, you can become it.” Chapman’s American dream, U.S. authorities say, was a ruse.
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The 28-year-old Chapman, they say, was a savvy Russian secret agent who worked with a network of other operatives before an FBI undercover agent lured her into an elaborate trap at a coffee shop in lower Manhattan. Though the U.S. has branded the operatives as living covertly, at least in Chapman’s case, she had taken
enough to infiltrate “policymaking circles” and feed information back to Moscow. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz has called evidence against Chapman “devastating.” She is “someone who has extraordinary training, who is a sophisticated agent of Russia,” he said. Continued on page 6
Japanese PM applauds World Cup squad AFP
TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan hailed Japan’s World Cup squad on Wednesday after a nail-biting defeat to Paraguay ended the Blue Samurai’s unexpectedly strong performance in
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care to brand herself publicly as a striver of the digital age, passionately embracing online social networking by posting information and images of herself for the world to see. Prosecutors have charged Chapman and 10 other suspects with following orders by Russian intelligence to become “Americanized”
South Africa. “They showed the world the real strength of Japanese football by working as a team,” Kan said in a statement. “I applaud them for their brave battles.” In a gruelling match, Asia’s last representatives in South Africa
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has hailed the country’s World Cup squad after a nail-biting penalty-driven defeat to Paraguay ended the Blue Samurai’s unexpectedly strong performance in South Africa.
fought bravely but failed to dominate Paraguay, eventually losing a penalty shoot-out 5-3 after the match ended 0-0 after extra-time. It was the first time the Japanese had advanced to the knockout phase since the 2002 World Cup, which Japan co-hosted with South Korea. The team’s strong showing came as a surprise to many at home, where expectations were low for the national squad, which in recent years has performed poorly on the international stage.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Bali News Tourism businesspeople also restless with criminal cases Gianyar (Bali Post)—
Intensity of community security and order (Kamtibmas) disturbance occurred in hotels, villas and resident’s houses in recent months in Gianyar Regency apparently also triggered unrest to tourism businesspeople. A number of customary cases and criminals such as theft with violence needed to be addressed seriously. This matter was delivered by Chairman of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Gianyar Chapter, Dewa Arimbawa, in the midst of workshop on the anticipation of community security and order disturbance in Convention Hall of The Royal Pitamaha Ubud, Gianyar, last Tuesday (Jun 29). Among the two cases above, the most feared to tourism was the disturbance of community security and order in the form of criminality. Although it has been determined an integrated security system standards in the implementation of security to the area of hotel and restaurant, Dewa Arimbawa assessed that such system needed to be re-evaluated. “For that purpose, we need a shared understanding in looking for solutions,” he explained. In response to the unrest of tourism businesspeople on a number of criminal cases happened, Chief of Gianyar Police Ketut Suardana when met after serving as speaker in the workshop, claimed to realize the matter. Moreover, the assessment toward the Chief of Gianyar Police who still retained a lot of home works in disclosure of major cases. This former police chief of Jembrana said his party had attempted to uncover the cases. Police had formed a team and had information about a number of names alleged
to be the perpetrator. However, he remained to find obstacle concerning with the evidence. In years to come, the Gianyar Police would conduct an internal evaluation. The team established was expected to work more enthusiastically. Besides, the external measures were also encouraged to public, private homes, hotels, in order they could participate in protecting the environment and security. One of the solutions offered was the use of an alarm system. Mentioned, there were 37 points of vulnerability to crime of theft with violence threat in Gianyar. Among them, nine points were in the Sukawati subdistrict, six points in Ubud subdistrict, two points in Payangan, four points in Tegallalang, five points in Blahbatuh, six points in Gianyar and five points in Tampaksiring subdistrict. All these critical points located at remote and isolated areas such as the location of villa at Keramas and Medahan Village, he said. (kmb16)
Women Gong Kebyar Parade:
As companion troupe, it could steal attention NOTWITHSTANDING its presence on the Women Gong Kebyar Parade at the 32nd Bali Arts Festival (BAF) was merely positioned as companion, the appearance of the women gamelan player community of Cudamani Art Troupe, Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar, remained successful to steal the viewers’ attention. With performance on the same stage as the envoy of Jemberana Regency, namely Ardana Kusuma Women Gamelan Troupe, Tegalcangkring Village, Mendoyo, last Monday (Jun 28) night, this gamelan troupe successfully made high-quality of art creativity as well as reinforced the trade mark of Gianyar as the region of arts. Amazement of the audience had been blaring when they opened the performance with a lelambatan gamelan composition entitled Segara Wira which had
a high level of difficulty. The gamelan music composed by I Made Arnawa depicted the ambience of fishermen’s life at sea through the brunt of the waves, wind and blazing fast of sunburn. Preview of the atmosphere was transformed into the form of lelambatan gamelan music with emphasis placed on the instruments such as reong, gangsa and drums. Such explosive appearance continued when gamelan player community backed up by artists of three generations (children, adolescents and adult— ed) presented the Kebyar Duduk dance and new dance creations entitled Sekar Rare composed by I Nyoman Cerita in the final session. Without significant difficulty, those talented artists from Ubud tourist village were successfully transforming the ideas of artists into the artwork filled with amazement. (ian)
The picture shows the run about in Teuku Umar street. The government is planning to build fly over to solve the traffic problem in Bali.
Many hotels dormant, while villas increasing Employees only earn salary at IDR 75,000 A number of hotels in Karangasem belonging to jasmine category are now dormant and even they have no choice other than closing their operations. The problem lies in the insufficient income to pay the electric bill. The reason, aside from the number of tourist visits to the Karangasem remains low, recently the jasmine or star hotels should compete against the villas or hotels managed under the guise of residential houses in order to avoid hotel and restaurant tax (PHR). The dormant or closed hotels and restaurants in Karangasem do not only belong to investors but also to Karangasem Regency. Two restaurants and hotels owned by Karangasem Regency Government in the region of Lava Land that are closed and dormant are not worth selling. They are Putung Hill Hotel and Restaurant and Balina Hotel at Buitan Beach, Manggis, Karangasem. Both properties were contracted to investors from Bandung. However, the management did not work and eventually was abandoned. As a result, some employees of the hotel and restaurant did not earn certain revenue. Some of them remained to survive, while others resigned and looked for another job, such as becoming a member of the House, teacher, farmer or raising chickens, wan-
der to cruise ship or hotel employees overseas. The glory of Putung Hill that formerly well known until overseas, now its echo has subsided even local tourists rarely mention it. Local residents deplore the tourist attraction that has gone faded since several years ago in harmony with the dormant condition and damage of the hotel properties that had been closed. Similar story on faded tourist attraction also occurred at Bukit Jambul, Rendang. In the past, the hilltop destination situated on the Klungkung-Besakih route was famous for its hotel and restaurant. However, since several years ago the buildings had been closed because they were less maintained and destroyed in keeping with the passage of time. Now, they only leave the ruins of walls and building foundation that virtually invisible from the street because had been covered by dense shrubs. Such old hotel and restaurant retain myriad of stories about early development of the leisure business in Karangasem that has been closed. Meanwhile, new hotel development projects such as Chateau de Bali located on the Mimba Hill, Padangbai, Karangasem and another hotel nearby almost suffer from similar fate. Actually, the project began its construction work
in 2008. According to local community, two investors that respectively built the hotel on the hilltop which was previously heavily wooded and had beautiful view at the cape of Padangbai Harbor already spent much funds. However, within nearly the past one year the hotel project did not show any project activities. The reason, they were still waiting for permission and amendment of Regional Regulation on Bali Regional Spatial Layout Plan (RTRW). In fact, investors had gotten a lot of facilities in the matter of license, including from the Regent of Karangasem I Wayan Geredeg who dared to amend one article of the Regional Regulation (Perda) on Detailed Spatial Layout Plan (RDTR) of Candidasa Area by Regent Regulation in 2008. The RDTR mentioned that Mimba Hill area was allocated for agricultural green area functioning as forest reserve, and then the Regent Regulation amended it into the area of exclusive tourist object. Land on the hilltop was dredged and flattened, while forests and trees were cut down. He expected the hotel project could run smoothly, so that more local labors could be absorbed, and increased the regionally generated revenue (PAD) of Karangasem Regency. Unfortunately, it is now remaining to become a sweet dream.
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Roro Mendut Drama
Arja RRI Denpasar ”Flooded” with Audiences As there are many entertainment choices provided in this modern age, the art of dramatari arja (Dance drama opera performance, a development from Gambuh) still enables to live its existence. It is proven, this arja presented by Bali Arts Family (Keluarga Kesenian Bali) RRI (Indonesian Republic Radio) Denpasar on the 32nd Bali Arts Festival stage on Monday (28/6) evening, was totally “flooded” by audiences. They diligently watched the art of the popular 1970s era drama dance until the end. Seeing the audiences enjoyment in watching it, the stars of the arja artists community then agreed to extend their performances to 2 ½ hours when it should be finished at 10 pm. Presented at Kalangan Ayodya, Art Center, Denpasar, by Ni Luh Camplung (Made Murniasih), Gede Tomat (Sang Ketut Pesan Sandiyasa) and friends successfully “hypnotized” the watchers. Even though the rules of arja-ing are still held firmly, the drama dance titled “Roro Mendut” did not became a very serious one as Gede Tomat (Penasar Patih), Gusti Ngurah Surnadi (Kartala), Nyoman Sunarta (Wijil), Gusti Putu Sucinta (Penasar Mantri) and Ni Luh Camplung (Desak Rai) also Putu Raksa as Liku, performed dynamically so it succeeded to echo laughter from the audiences. The soundings of Gong Semaradhana (gamelan) and Gending Sesenden (songs) made the performance much more enjoyable to watch. The story started with Roro Mendut’s disagreement on being arranged marriage with an old
man named Ki Tumenggung Wiraguna. So then she was allowed to get out of the castle but with condition that she’s able to get incomes by herself to pay taxes. She accepted the challenge and wiling to sell cigarettes so she can pay taxes. Amazed by her beauty, the men scrambled to buy her cigarettes especially the ones she used. Even the price was expensive, they are sold well. In the same time, Roro Mendut is having a relationship with Paranacitra. The love life she had with the youngster from the lower village was heard by Wiraguna and got jealous straight away. Wiraguna challenged a duel with Pranacitra which then killed Pranacitra with his chest being stabbed by a kris. Seeing her loved one dead, Roro Mendut then bravely took out the kris on Pranacitra’s chest and stabbed her own chest. (ian) IBP/doc
Chikungunya Attacked Candikusuma An Unborn Died Negara (Bali Post) –
The illness caused by mosquito bite attacked tens of Candikusuma, Melaya residents the past month. The illness chikunguya and dengue caused a 7 months unborn child of Hikmah (32), a housewife, died as she got the illness. According to Hikmah’s statement on Tuesday (29/6), she had dengue three weeks ago and was treated at hospital for 11 days. As she was pregnant, she was suggested to go to Sanglah Hospital at Denpasar. On the journey towards there the baby died inside but it was born normally. Information from Candikusuma stated that many have been attacked by Chikungunya illness such as in Madura Village and in Tirtakusuma Village. “Most are at Madura village, almost everyone got it,” the resident’s figure, H Ali, explained. According to him the whole body
weakening and aching illness felt by everyone including his siblings Sakmad (55), M Gani (45) and Bidah (65). He stated Baidah’s foot was swollen and expected caused by the illness. A Tirtakusuma resident, Sainah (65) admitted got the illness as well since two days ago. The high fever started after taking leaves at Madura village where the illness mostly was. Same statements revealed by Madura village resident, Husaini (43), who had the whole family infected by the illness and being treated in Negara hospital for a week. The majority of the residents are now concern as there’s no attempt in prevention from the village officials or the Jembrana region government. Meanwhile the Head of Health and Social Agency, dr. Putu Suasta, couldn’t be contacted to confirm on Tuesday afternoon. (sur)
The picture show the Roro Mendut drama which was performed in the 32nd annual Bali Art Festival (BAF) in art center Denpasar.
5 Foreigners Have Slept with Stanly Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Stanly, who was involved in KMC’s (30) raping case, turns out to be liked by many foreign tourists. After investigated, it was revealed that the accused have slept with five of them and also has a foreigner girlfriend from the Netherlands. It’s also revealed his unpleasant action was witnessed by someone. Denpasar Police Department investigators are in the middle of finding out the motif of the offense. An inspected witness admitted had a peep on what the accused did to the victim. It’s also revealed that the Australian was drinking with the accused before it happened. They were drinking more than three different high alcohol content drinks such as Vodka, Mashroom, beer and one
more branded drink. Vice Chief of the police department, Great Adjunct Police Commissioner (AKBP) Putu Mahasena, confirmed about the investigation. “The victim was drunk after drinking with the accused,” Mahasena stated last Tuesday (29/6) as the one of the facts known by now, “There’s a witness that saw them both. Looking from the witness side report we are sure that we have captured the right person,” Mahasena added. The officials have confiscated some evidences such as victim’s panties, bed sheets, and other underwear too. Meanwhile, the actor behind it said it was done because of liking each other feelings. “No one was forcing,” Face covered Stanly explained. Stanly admitted they have been
drinking a lot before it happened. When asked how many bottles? “I don’t know, it was a lot,” he added. Turns out the foreign tourist favorite Stanley just been working in Bali the past 9 months as a surfing instructor and a drink seller at Kuta Beach. “He was liked by many foreign tourists, yesterday there were lots of them coming to visit him,” whispered an official, “He also has a Dutch girlfriend.” As told before, the case began when the victim met the accused last Friday where they spent the night drinking. The victim who stayed at Aneka Beach Hotel Street, Jalan Raya Pantai Kuta, was brought to a hotel Poppies II Street, Kuta. The accused forced the victim to have an intercourse. (jep)
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Aquino takes power, vows to end Philippines poverty AFP
MANILA (AFP) – Benigno Aquino took over as president of the Philippines on Wednesday with a vow to lift his nation out of poverty and wipe out crippling corruption that he said thrived under his predecessor. In his inauguration speech to a mass of supporters wearing his family’s signature yellow, the 50-year-old bachelor promised to honour the trust of the millions of Filipinos who delivered him a landslide election victory. “Today marks the end of a regime indifferent to the appeals of the people,” Aquino said in one of many stinging criticisms of Gloria Arroyo, whose nearly 10 years in power were marred by allegations of vote rigging and massive graft. “Through good governance in the coming years we will lessen our problems. The destiny of the Filipino will return to its rightful place and, as each year passes, the Filipino’s problems will continue to lessen.” Aquino said ending poverty by eradicating corruption would serve as the foundation of his administration’s six-year term. “Our foremost duty is to lift the nation from poverty through honest and effective governance,” said Aquino, an economics graduate who spent the past 12 years as a member of parliament. Police estimated 500,000 people turned up at a seaside Manila park for Aquino’s inauguration, and the event took on a festival-style at-
mosphere with a popular folk singer belting out songs of hope before the oath-taking. The crowd roared and waved yellow flags as Aquino, wearing a traditional Filipino “barong” shirt, took his oath in front of a Supreme Court judge. “I think he can reduce corruption and improve governance,” high school teacher Terlito Malaya, 52, said as he waited for Aquino to be sworn in. “Poverty is also a very big problem and needs a permanent solution... but no one should think right now that he will fail.” One crucial factor in Aquino’s election victory on May 10 was his status as the son of democracy heroes Benigno and Corazon Aquino, who remain revered for their efforts to overthrow dictator Ferdinand Marcos. His father and namesake was shot dead at Manila airport in 1983 as he returned from US exile to lead the democracy movement against Marcos. The new president’s mother took over from her martyred husband and led the “people power” revolution that overthrew Marcos in 1986, then earned a reputation as an incorruptible leader during six years as president. “My parents sought for nothing less, died for nothing less, than democracy and peace,” Aquino
said. “I am blessed by this legacy. I will carry the torch forward.” Aquino repeated his warning to Arroyo and her allies that he would investigate them for their alleged crimes while she was in office. “To those who are talking about reconciliation... we have this to say: ‘There can be no reconciliation without justice’,” he said. Aquino then referred to a Truth Commission that he announced on Tuesday would be set up to investigate and potentially prosecute Arroyo for alleged corruption, vote rigging and human rights abuses. “Those who are guilty should face justice. We cannot continue with this practice where no one is made to account and they will continue to abuse,” Aquino said. Part of Wednesday’s events saw Aquino escort Arroyo in a limousine from the presidential palace to the Rizal Park venue for the oathtaking ceremony and transfer of power. They shook hands and smiled for the press at the presidential palace, but Aquino avoided making eye contact in their awkward encounter. At Rizal Park, the crowd voiced ironic cheers as Arroyo departed before Aquino was sworn in. Although she was an unpopular leader, Arroyo, 63, won a seat in the elections to represent her home town in the national parliament. East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta and Aquino takes power, vows to end Philippines US Trade Representative Ron Kirk were among poverty Photo:Aquino takes power, vows to the foreign dignitaries to attend the ceremony. end Philippines poverty AFP/Graphic
Taliban attack major NATO base in Afghanistan AFP
Map showing Jalalabad in Afghanistan where gunmen set off a car bomb and fired rocket propelled grenades
KABUL (AFP) – Gunmen set off a car bomb and fired rocket propelled grenades at one of the biggest NATO bases in Afghanistan on Wednesday in a brazen daylight attack claimed by the hardline Islamist Taliban. Several assailants were killed during the strike on the Jalalabad air base in eastern Afghanistan, and two service personnel were injured, according to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. “Jalalabad airfield is under attack,” ISAF spokesman LieutenantCommander Iain Baxter told AFP as the battle was under way. The assault came just days before US General David Petraeus is due to take up his post as NATO commander in Afghanistan after he warned of a “tough fight” ahead in the nearly nine-year conflict. Concerns about the progress of the war against the hardline Islamist Taliban have mounted following the dramatic sacking of Petreaus’s predecessor, US General Stanley McChrystal, and an increasing death toll among foreign troops. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed claimed the attack — the latest strike to hit NATO bases in Afghanistan in recent weeks — in a telephone call to AFP. “Afghan and ISAF forces repelled a number of insurgents when they attacked Jalalabad airfield this morning using a vehicle-borne im-
provised explosive device, rocketpropelled grenades, and small arms fire,” an ISAF statement said, adding that the assailants did not breach the base perimeter. Several insurgents were killed, it said, without disclosing how or how many, adding that two members of the security force were injured. Their nationalities were not given. “This was not only an attack on a combined Afghan and ISAF facility, it was also an attack on the people of Afghanistan,” ISAF said. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the government of the province of Nangarhar, of which Jalalabad is the capital, said suicide bombers were also involved in the strike. Jalalabad is one of NATO’s largest bases in Afghanistan, after Kandahar in the south and Bagram, north of Kabul, which have both been attacked by insurgents in recent months. Last month, the Taliban attacked the main NATO base in Kandahar, the heartland of the Islamists’ insurgency and the focus of a US-led campaign to drive out the militants. A similar attack in May on Bagram airfield about 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of Kabul triggered several hours of fighting, resulting in the deaths of an American contract worker and 16 militants. A total of 100 NATO troops serving in Afghanistan have been killed in June, making it the deadliest month for the alliance since the USled invasion of 2001 that ousted the
hardline Islamist Taliban. The toll for the year to date is 320, compared with 520 in all of 2009, according to an AFP tally based on figures kept by the independent icasualties.org website. NATO has seen a dramatic upswing in casualties as the alliance steps up military operations and taking the fight to the Taliban in areas where the Islamist militia has previously been unchallenged. The United States and NATO have a combined 140,000 troops in Afghanistan, set to peak at 150,000 by August under McChrystal’s “surge” strategy. Last month the Taliban threatened a new nationwide campaign of attacks, targeting diplomats, Afghan parliamentarians and foreign contractors, as well as foreign forces. Petraeus, who is expected in Afghanistan at the weekend, sought to reassure an anxious US Congress on Tuesday that the NATO-led troops are making headway in Afghanistan, amid fraying public support for the war. He told senators the coalition force “has achieved progress in several locations” this year but warned them to brace for a “tough fight” ahead against Taliban insurgents. Wednesday’s attack also coincided with a visit by US Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss efforts to battle corruption and enforce the rule of law in Afghanistan, just days after billions of dollars in US aid was blocked because of graft concerns.
International IMIGRATION Australian Consulate General Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Phone: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 221195 (General) +62 361 241120 (Immigration)
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HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada.
HOSPITAL Bangli Bangli General Hospital Jl. Kesumayuda 27, Bangli Phone : +62 366 91521 Gianyar
Royal Danish & Norwegian Mimpi Resort Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 070 The Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No. 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.286 465 France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485 The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506 Honorary Consulate of Spain Komplek Istana Kuta Galleria Blok Vallet 2 No 11. Jalan Patih Jelantik Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.769 286 USA Consulate Agency Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 188 Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.222 426 Consulate General of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.227 628 Honorary Consulate of British Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.270 601 Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735 Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775 Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310 Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 â€“ 15 Fax : 226 363 Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690. Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142. Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada , (Private) Jl. Sudirman No 50, Denpasar Phone : 227 560, 234 824 In relating with health, Bali also has insurance and medical evacuation company, that is: AEA International - SOS Assistance Bali. PT Abhaya Eka Astiti, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 24X, Kuta 80361. Phone : 755 768 Fax : 755 768 One thing that should be noted by tourists here is that the Blood Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh) Negative blood. Badung Bali Medical Clinics There are some medical clinics that are well known by foreigners in Bali. Some of them are western owned and operated : Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) provides excellent Primary Health Care & Emeregency Medical Services for tourists, traveler, and expatriate living in Bali. Emeregency Room, Ambulance, Clinic Services, Insurance & Medical Evacuations also available. Open 24 hours Phone : 761 2631. Located Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.100X, Kuta, Bali 80361 - Indonesia. http://www.bimcbali.com International SOS Clinic Bali Opened in 1999, offers International SOS members and visitors to Bali comprehensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency medical service. Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361, Bali - Indonesia Phone : 720 100 Fax : 721 919 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org ttp ://www.sos-bali.com Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic Jl Pratama No. 81 Phone : 771 324 Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta Phone : 753 268 Dental Clinic Dr Indra Guizot, Jl. Patimura 19, Denpasar Phone : 222 445, 234 375 DDS. Ritjie Rihartinah, Jl Pratama No. 81 Nusa Dua Phone : 771 324 Retno W. Agung, Jln. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.4A Br. Tamansari â€“ Sanur Phone : 288 501
Clinic Mas Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974573 Toyo Clinic Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 978078 Permata Bunda Clinic Jl. Patih Jelantik 50 X, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 942082 Ubud Clinic Jl Raya Ubud No.36 Campuhan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974911 Gianyar General Hospital Jl. Ciung Wanara 2, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 943049 Karangasem Karangasem General Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai, Karangasem Phone : +62 363 21001 Klungkung Klungkung General Hospital Jl. Flamboyan 40-4, Klungkung Phone : +62 366 21371 Negara Negara General Hospital Jl. Gelar, Negara Phone : +62 365 41006 Tabanan Laboratorium Clinic Jl. Gunung semeru No. 8, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 819260 Mengwi Clinic Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai 46, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 880550 Darma Kerti Hospital Jl. Teratai 16, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 812359 Tabanan General Hospital Jl. Pahlawan 14, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 811027 Singaraja Prodia Clinic Jl. RA Kartini 12, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 24-516 Singaraja Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai 30, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 22-573 Pet Clinics Kayumas: (0361) 226934 Sayang Binatang: (0361) 483121 Satwa Kertha Husada: (0361) 263018 Pantai Sindhu: (0361) 287518 Sidakarya: (0361) 724492 Pedungan: (0361) 720026
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Maoist rebels ambush Indian troops, killing 27
Magnitude 6.5 quake hits southern Mexico AP
MEXICO CITY – A strong 6.5magnitude earthquake rattled the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca Wednesday, and was felt at least as far away as Mexico City. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered in a sparsely populated, mountainous area of Oaxaca near the southern Pacific coast. Gilberto Lopez of the Oaxaca
PATNA, India – Up to 200 Maoist rebels ambushed paramilitary troops in eastern India, killing at least 27 in the latest bold attack by the guerrillas, a senior police official said. A 63-member patrol of the Central Reserve Police Force was ambushed in dense forest Tuesday evening in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh state, said Sunder Raj, a senior local police official. Ten troops were wounded, he said. Girdharilal Naik, another police officer, said the paramilitary soldiers also fired at the insurgents, numbering up to 200, and the fighting lasted nearly 90 minutes. The rebels fled after police reinforcements reached the remote area that is a stronghold of the rebels, who are also called Naxals, after the village of Naxalbari where their movement started in the 1970s. Inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, the rebels have tapped into the rural poor’s growing anger at being left out of the country’s economic gains and are
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A battalion of Indian Special Police Officers (SPO) take part in a training session at a police outpost now present in 20 of India’s 28 states. They have an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 fighters. In recent months, the rebels have grown bolder despite a renewed government military offensive against them. Late last month, officials blamed the group for causing a train derailment that killed nearly 150 people in West Bengal state. In April they killed 76 troops in an attack in Chhattisgarh.
India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called the rebels the country’s greatest “internal security threat.” They frequently target police and government officials, whom they accuse of colluding with landlords and rich farmers to exploit the poor. About 2,000 people — including police, militants and civilians — have been killed over the past few years.
Australian, 90, accused of raping 4 Thai sisters AP
BANGKOK – A 90-year-old Australian was arrested and charged with raping four young sisters whom he allegedly lured to his home in Thailand with imported chocolates and English lessons, police said Wednesday. One girl was 5 when the alleged abuse began. The sisters are now 7 to 15. Karl Joseph Kraus was arrested Tuesday at his home near the northern city of Chiang Mai, where police confiscated about 100 photographs of naked children, said Doi Saket police chief Kritapol Yeesakorn. Some photos showed the elderly man posing naked with other children, and police are trying to identify them and contact their families, Kritapol said. He said police were investigating if Kraus was part of a pedophilia network, noting many of the pictures were emailed overseas. Kraus, who has lived in Thailand more than a decade, approached the girls’ family in 2008 with an offer to teach the sisters’ English, said Kritapol. “He would lure them into his house with sweets, usually chocolate from aboard or luxury sweets, and he would ask them to perform sexual acts with him,” Kritapol said. “For the eldest of the four sisters, he recently gave her 4,000 baht instead of sweets.” The sum is about US$120. The parents recently noticed the girls had lost interest in playing out-
state civil defense department said his office is still assessing the situation and did not yet know if there were injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 2.22 a.m. local time (0722 GMT; 3:22 a.m. EDT). Its center was about 75 miles (120 kilometers) westsouthwest of Oaxaca city, the state capital, and 220 miles (355 kilometers) south-southeast of Mexico City.
side and asked them what was wrong, and then took them to police who immediately sought an arrest warrant, the police chief said. He was charged with rape and sexual abuse. Kraus’ Australian passport says he was born in Berlin. The Australian Embassy in Bangkok could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. Kritapol said Kraus does not have a lawyer yet and has refused to talk to police until he has one. Neighbors described Kraus as an active 90-year-old who still drove his own car, police said. But when police arrested him he acted weak, walked with a cane and complained of diabetes and high blood pressure. Police took him to
a Chiang Mai hospital where he remains under surveillance. The date of his next court appearance is not yet known. Several Southeast Asian countries — including Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam — are magnets for pedophiles because of lax law enforcement, corruption in the justice system and poverty that forces children into prostitution. A number of high-profile suspects have been caught in Thailand, including a Canadian arrested in 2007 after an Interpol manhunt sparked by some 200 Internet photos showing him allegedly abusing Vietnamese and Cambodian boys. He was sentenced to eight years and three months in jail.
In this photo taken Tuesday, June 29, 2010, Australian Karl Kraus, center, is escorted by Thai policemen
Her mother, who lives in western Moscow, said she is convinced of her daughter’s innocence. “Of course I believe that she’s innocent,” Irina Kushchenko told The Associated Press. She refused to comment further. Chapman and nine others accused of being ring members were arrested across the Northeast and charged with failing to register as foreign agents, a crime that is less serious than espionage and carries up to five years in prison. Some also face money laundering charges. An 11th suspect was arrested in Cyprus, accused of passing money to the other 10 over several years. Prosecutors said several of the defendants were Russians living in the U.S. under assumed names and posing as Canadian or American citizens. It was unclear how and where they were recruited, but court papers said the operation went as far back as the 1990s. Exactly what sort of information the agents are alleged to have provided to their Russian handlers — and how valuable it may have been — was not disclosed. The FBI finally moved in to break up the ring because one of the suspects — apparently Chapman, who was bound for Moscow, according to court papers — was going to leave the country, the Department of Justice said Tuesday. The court papers allege that some of the ring’s members were husband and wife and that they used invisible ink, coded radio transmissions and encrypted data and employed methods such as swapping bags in passing at a train station. Farbiarz called the arrests “the tip of the iceberg” of a conspiracy by Russia’s intelligence service, the SVR, to collect information inside the U.S. The arrests raised fears that Moscow has planted other couples. Such deep-cover agents are known as “illegals” in the intelligence world because they take civilian jobs instead of operating inside Russian embassies and military missions. Russian officials initially denounced the arrests as “Cold War-era spy stories” and accused elements of the U.S. government of trying to undermine the improving relationship between Moscow and Washington. But the White House and Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that the arrests would not damage ties between the two nations. At a court hearing Monday in federal court in Manhattan, where Chapman was jailed without bail, her attorney called the case against her weak. He said she had visited the United States on and off since 2005 before settling in Manhattan to start a business. Chapman took an apartment a block from Wall Street and began using online social networks, including LinkedIn and Facebook, to develop business contacts and to market her skills. On her LinkedIn page, Chapman is listed as the chief executive officer of PropertyFinder Ltd., which maintains a website featuring real estate listings in Moscow, Spain, Bulgaria and other countries. Biographical information on Chapman on the Lifenews.ru website said she was the daughter of a Russian diplomat, who at one time worked in Kenya. It said she moved to Britain after marrying a Briton whose father was Europe director for Auchan, the French supermarket chain, which operates many stores in Russia. “Love launching innovative hightech startups and building passionate teams to bring value into market,” Chapman’s LinkedIn summary says. She lists previous jobs at an investment company and a hedge fund in London. The summary also says she earned a master’s degree in economics at a Russian university in 2005. In more than 90 photos posted to Facebook, Chapman is pictured in various countries, including Turkey, where she is in one of the rooms of the luxurious Hotel Les Ottoman, in Istanbul. There are also what look like family photographs from Russia and photographs of her dressed in a student uniform. Her Internet footprints also include a photo of her posing with a glass of wine between two men at the Global Technology Symposium at Stanford University in March — it cost more than $1,000 to attend — and video clips, speaking in Russian about the economic opportunities in her adopted home. Media reports quickly branded her a femme fatale, and tabloids splashed her photos on their front pages. An acquaintance, David Hartman, owner of a New York real estate company, described Chapman as “pleasant, very professional, friendly.” “There’s nothing too crazy about her that I knew of,” he said.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Minister to Inspect Sail banda Preparations Antara
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Indonesian policemen examine a derailed train following an accident in Madiun on June 29, 2010. A packed passenger train derailed in Indonesia, killing at least eight people, an official said. The train was heading from Purwokerto to Jember in East Java province when it went off the tracks, transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told AFP.
NU‘s Bekasi Chapter denies supporting campaign against Christian Antara
CIKARANG - A spokesman for the Bekasi district chapter of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) denied here Tuesday the organization was involved in an Islamic campaign to fight “a certain religion” in the region. “NU is not part of the group that wants to fight a certain religion because Islam is a blessing for the entire universe,” Munir Abbas Bukhori, chairman of the Bekasi district chapter of Indonesia`s largest Muslim mass organization, said in a statement to ANTARA. He said he needed to make NU‘s stand clear as certain media had re-
ported NU was among a number of Islamic mass organizations in Bekasi which had vowed to counter a perceived process of “Christianization” in the region. “One newspaper carried a report saying NU`s Bekasi chapter has joined the Islam Defenders` Front (FPI), Muhammadiyah and certain other organizations in setting up an anti-Christian front. This is entirely
beside the truth, because NU does not want to get involved in something that will only damage inter-faith relations,” he said. Nonetheless, Munir said, NU would continue to struggle for the realization of Islamic shariah in the country by its own methods. “We have our own methods to achieve the goal,” he said. Earlier, a number of Islamic mass organizations at a meeting in Bekasi‘s Al Azhar Mosque attended by more than 500 people issued a declaration in which they expressed opposition to “rampant Christianization” in the region.
Earthquake Jolts Bengkulu Antara
BENGKULU- An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted Bengkulu province on Wednesday morning but there was no immediate report of a tsunami, casualties or material damage. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was located 4.62 degrees southern latitude and 101.20 eastern longitude at a depth of 71 km under the sea level, some 150 km southwest of Bengkulu. Earlier on Sunday evening, June 27, 2010, a stronger earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale also jolted the province but there was no
casualty nor material damage. The BMKG said Sunday’s earthquake was located located 4.62 degrees southern latitude and 101.17 degrees eastern longitude at a depth of 16 km under the sea level, around 152 kilometers southwest of Bengkulu city. Bengkulu province is prone to earthquakes and was jolted by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake in 2000 and more powerful one measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale in September 2007. The 2007 a powerful earthquake jolting Muko-muko district in Bengkulu was followed by many aftershocks with tremors felt in remote areas. At the time the district of Mukomuko in the northern part of Bengkulu province was hit by a four-meter-high
tsunami which struck 100 meters inland from the shoreline. The disaster affected around 200 families who had already fled their houses to higher ground after the earthquake, and damaged more than 14,000 houses, including 3,830 had totally destroyed. Indonesia is prone to seismic upheavals due to its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. On Saturday a powerful earthquake jolted West Java district of Tasikmalaya, damaging a resident’s house. The quake destroyed the roof of the house’s veranda but there were no reports of fatalities in the disaster, he said.
AMBON - Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono is scheduled to inspect the preparations of Sail Banda in Ambon on July 22. “Accompanied by Sail Banda national committee chairman Fadel Muhamad who is also maritime affairs and fisheries minister, Laksono will inspect the preparations of the international marine event, scheduled to from July 24 to August 17, 2010,” the event’s local committee spokesman Cak Saimima said here on Wednesday. Saimima said Agung and Fadel would inspect the preparations in Ambon on July 22 before leaving for Darwin, Australia, the next day with Maluku Governor Karel Albert Ralahalu to dispatch Sail Banda participating yachts from Darwin to Banda and Ambon. According to Saimima, the preparations for the international marine event, themed “Small Islands for Our Future,” had been 90 percent completed and that the event could
kick off any time. “We would like to be a good host in our effort to promote our marine tourism potential in this province, as well as convincing the international community that Maluku is absolutely safe and conducive for visitors after being torn apart by three-year sectarian conflict from 1999 to 2002,” Saimima said. He added that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyhono would visit Banda as an icon of the international marine event on August 3, 2010. “Thus based on coordination with the national committee chairman Fadel Muhammad, the president would arrive in Ambon on August 2, and before leaving for Banda the next day the head of state will attend the Sail Banda peak event on August 3 at Jos Sudarso pier, and then declare Maluku as a national fish barn,” Saimima said. He said the president would also board KRI Barakuda to tour Ambon’s Inner Bay to inspect the yachts participating in Sail Banda, and then leave for Banda by KRI Surabaya until August 4, 2010.
Four bird flu suspects in Pontianak hospital Antara
PONTIANAK - The Soedarso General Hospital here is currently treating four children with suspected symptoms of bird flu or being infected with the H5N1 virus. The head of the hospital‘s services department. Tita Selati Sundari, on Tuesday identified the patients as De (10), Da (8), AP (15) dan W (9). “The four suspected bird flu sufferers were previosly treated at a community health center and were admitted here while suffering from high fever and breathing difficulty,” Tita said. Samples of the patients‘ blood were being taken for further examination at a laboratory of the provincial health office so it would still take a day or two before there was postive proof they really had bird flu.
If the laboratory test results proved positive, the hospital was ready to treat the four children as it had a sufficient supply of the needed medicine, she said. Earlier, the Pontianak General Hospital had also admitted a suspected bird flu sufferer, identified as De (4.8). However, Da‘s blood samples tested negative. Two weeks ago, scores of chickens in east Pontianak died suddenly prompting the local animal health authorities to conduct a cull of all poultry in the area. A provincial animal official said blood samples were taken from 40 of the dead chickens and 32 of them proved to suffer from new castle disease and eight from bird flu. West Klimantan province was officially certified to be be free of bird flu by the agriculture ministry only Last January 25.
Fertilizer price hike not to affect food production : Suswono Antara
GRESIK - Minister of Agriculture Suswono guaranteed that increase in the price of fertilizers would not affect national food production. “The increase is also offset by a raise in the government`s main price in unhulled paddy by 10 percent,” he said at PT Petrokimia Gresik in East Java Tuesday. He said the growers still have an advantage of Rp1.5 million per ton of unhulled paddy at the current price. “After cutting off the fertilizer price
increase by an average of Rp200,000 the farmers still have a gain,” he said. Right now the farmers are very efficient in using fertilizers. The farmer who normally used 5 quintals for each hectare of land, only need to use 2.5 quintals, so that it will indirectly raise the price and changed their thoughts in reducing the use of their fertilizers. The agriculture minister said he will also revise the target of fertilizer subsidy, so that the subsidized fertilizer of Rp2 trillion could be used to build agricultural infrastructure like irrigation and farmer‘s training.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Bali Today Indonesia is one of the major gas emitters Antara
Denpasar - Indonesia is one of the world’s major CO2 gas emission contributors because it uses coal and petroleum in production processes, including power generation. “Therefore,the government’s policy to replace oil with natural gas is an appropriate measure to maintain the environment,” Udayana University academic Ketut Gede Dharma Putra said here on Wednesday. He said Indonesia had geothermal sources in abundance and thus it could be used optimally for environmentally friendly production processes. “Even Bali alone needs greater power energy supplies at present and in the future,” said Dharma Putra, an environmental affairs observer. He was of the opinion the use of Bali’s own potentials was an appropriate effort in realizing regional self reliance in the energy field.
To realize regional self reliance, he said environmentally friendly paradigm should be adopted in Bali as a main tourist destination. Bali which is to be declared as Bali Clean and Green should be able to adopt the use of renewable energy. “The implementation of green energy has something to do with the effort to use renewable energy to meet public demand,” Dharma Putra said.
Factories are one of the sources of the CO2 gas. The government is trying to reduce the gas emission in Indonesia.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Time : 10.00 - 12.00 Activity : Creation dance and performance by Sanggar Siwer Nadi Swara Denpasar Place : Kalangan Angsoka Time : 17.00 - 18.30 Activity : Joged Bumbung dance by Sekaa Jaya Suara, Banjar Pangkung Liplip, Desa Kaliakah, Jembrana Place : Kalangan Ayodya Time : 19.30 - 21.00 Activity : Cak dance from ISI’s Women Cak troupe Place : Gedung Ksirarnawa Time : 19.30 - 21.00 Activity : Wayang kulit parade by Puppet master I Wayan Badra Dusun Demulih, Bangli Place : Wantilan Time : 20.00 - 23.00 Activity : Women Gong Kebyar parade by Sekaa Gong Dharma Gita Sadu Banjar Dauh Peken, Tabanan with Sekaa Gong Wanita Gita Kencana Banjar Tengah Dawan, Klungkung Place : Ardha Candra open stage
Saraswati Day, How Balinese Hindus Appreciated Knowledge There is important moment in appreciation of knowledge in Bali. You can witness a religious ceremony called “Piodalan Saraswati” or the Saraswati Day, the day to worship God in His manifestation as the master of all knowledge. Every six months according to the Balinese calendar called pawukon (from Balinese word “wuku” which means week) on Saniscara Umanis Watugunung, Balinese Hindus give their greatest honour to the knowledge. Most of the students in Bali will be busy performing the ceremony at schools, colleges and their houses. At home, they arrange books, magazines, dictionaries and everything related to the physical representation of knowledge, put them on the altarlike table. Special offerings called canang Saraswati and some other offerings are presented. They would not touch and read their books from morning until evening. Any activities that harm, burn and scratch books are considered as a betrayal of knowledge. There are two important days
that considered as the preparation day, called Petegtegan and Pangredanan, which fall on Wednesday (May 27, 2004) and Friday (May 28, 2004). Both Petegtegan and Pangredanan remind us to be aware constantly, to do self-introspection, to face all the worldly temptation by holding the purity of knowledge. In every ceremony, Balinese Hindus always come up with their imaginary symbols. They symbolise Saraswati or Ida Sang Hyang Aji Saraswati, the goddes of knowledge as a beautiful woman with some attributes. She has four hands, riding on a white swan among water lilies to tell humanity that knowledge is like a beautiful woman, very enchanting. Her hands hold a palm leaf; a lontar (a traditional book that usually written in Balinese letters); a genitri (a chain with 108 pieces of small ball) symbolises that knowledge is never ending and has an everlasting life cycle; and a guitar or wina (musical instrument) symbolises that science develops through the growth of culture. The swans symbolise prudence, so that one’s knowledge may distinguish
between good and evil. The water lilies or lotuses are the symbols for holiness. Some people prefer not to sleep all night, they perform some activities that have relationship with Saraswati day, like mekidung or mekekawin (singing a holy song) and meditation. Banyu Pinaruh
On Banyu Pinaruh, which falls on Sunday, is a moment to reinvent yourself. People go to beach, lake or river and have a swim or wash to purify their mind, body and soul. Some people take a bath with toya kumkuman (water mixed with flowers) and they will drink loloh (traditional medicine made from various leaves which is very good for our health) then pray together with their family begging for pure knowledge and wisdom. The series of ceremonies to celebrate Saraswati Day indicate the importance of knowledge has to human life. The more knowledge people have, the wiser they should be in speech, thought and deed. (BTN/Doc)
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Balinese Culture Booker Prize Winners attend UWRF IBP
DENPASAR - The 2010 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) theme is ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika : Harmony in Diversity’, the Indonesian national motto originating from the Sutasoma, advocating respect between all people, across religious, ethnic and social diversity. From October 6 – 10, the brightest global writers will come together to debate the issues that divide and unite us, in a celebration of stories and voices. You’ll hear about life and literature in China, Mexico, Djibouti, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, France, Bosnia, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada, as well as having a unique opportunity to meet writers from over 10 provinces of Indonesia.
Expand into the world of writers and writing. You won’t only find the finest voices writing in fiction and poetry today. You’ll see filmmakers, photographers, artists and performers. You’ll hear social commentators, front line journalists, cultural activists and political observers. The best contemporary thinkers from around the world come together to give their take on the complex, rich and interconnected world in which we live. Joining UWRF for the 7th international Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are Booker Prize winners Anne Enright and Thomas Keneally, Kate Adie, William Dalrymple, Ma Jian, Dewi Lestari, Frank Moorhouse, Albert Wendt, Sitor Sitimorang, Robert Adamson, Jennifer Byrne, Zakes Mda, Rabih Alameddine, Nam Le, Abdourahman Waberi, Etgar Keret, Joan London, Suad Amiry, Tabish Khair, Christos Tsolkias, Ali Eteraz, Shane Maloney and Cate Kennedy.
From 105 submissions, 15 emerging Indonesian writers have been selected to participate in the Festival this year. Those writers are Kurnia Effendi (Jakarta), Medy Lukito (Jakarta), Nusya Kuswatin (Yogyakarta), Arif Riski (Padang), Zelfeni Wimra (Padang), Wa Ode Wulan Ratna (Jakarta), Andha S (Padang), Imam Muhtarom (Blitar), Wendoko (Semarang), Yudhi Heribowo (Solo), W. Hariyanto (Surabaya), Benny Arnas (Sumatera Selatan), Magriza Novita Syahti (Padang), Harry B Koriun (Riau), and Hermawan Aksan (Bandung). Writers were selected by the 2010 Curatorial Board, comprised of noted Indonesian writer Triyanto Triwikromo, honoured Balinese poet Cok Sawitri, and one of the stars from the 2009 Festival, M Aan Mansyur from Makassar.
Student found dead Antara
DENPASAR – One of the students who are missing went they were swimming in Kuta beach was found dead. I Made Suparka, the coordinator of Badung life guard (Balawista), said “the body of Angga Widhi Adma, the student of SMPN I Karangdowo, was found by the locals on the beach approximately 300 meters from
the scene.” He said that the other victim will be found soon because after three days, the body usually will float to the shore. The victim who still being search are Dwi Anggono and Bagus Dwi Prasetya.The incident happened when five students from Klaten who are on holiday in Bali was swimming at 4.40 local time on Kuta beach. Sudeenly, big wave emerged and hit them. Two
of them manage to escape but the others were missing. The vice of the school, Sukarman, the group who went to Bali consists of 140 students and the stay in a hotel on Nangka Street, Denpasar. They arrived in Bali on Monday, June 28th 2010.After a short break, they went to Kuta beach and the incident happened. The similar incident had happened in 2006 where 4 students were dead on Kuta beach.
Nasi Kuning (Yellow Rice) OVERVIEW: Yellow, one of the four sacred colors makes this festive rice dish strikingly different from the normal, everyday steamed rice. The rice is cooked in lightly seasoned coconut milk and chicken stock for extra flavor, while the touch of oil in the coconut milk gives it a glistening appearance and keeps each grain separate. INGREDIENTS: 1½ cups long grain rice, washed and drained 2½ cups coconut milk ¾ cup chicken stock 1 salam leaf 1 pandan leaf 1 stalk lemon grass, bruised 2 tbsp turmeric water 2 cm laos cut in 4 lengthwise slices 1 tbsp salt PREPARATION: Combine all ingredients in rice cooker or heavy stockpot and simmer, covered until don. Helpful hints: if you are not using a rice cooker, cook the rice over high heat until the liquid comes to the bowl, then lower heat and cook gently so that the coconut milk does not catch and burn on the bottom of the pan. Remove the lemon grass and Laos before serving. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Gedang Mekuah (Green Papaya Soup with Seafood) OVERVIEW: Unripe papayas are often used as a vegetable in Bali. If these are not available, you can use summer squash or Chinese winter melon. INGREDIENTS: 1 unripe papaya, weighing roughly 750 gr (1½ lb) 1 cup spice paste for seafood 1 liter chicken stock ¼ liter coconut milk 2 salam leaves 1 stalk lemon grass, bruised ¼ tsp powdered black pepper 100 gr shrimps, clams, and mussels 100 gr diced firm fish 1 tsp salt Fried shallots to garnish PREPARATION: 1. Heat stock, add seafood, marinade and bring to boil. Simmer 2 minutes 2. Add salam leaves, lemongrass and papaya, simmer gently until the papaya is 95% tender. Add coconut milk and seafood and continue to simmer (do not boil) until papaya and seafood is tender. 3. If the stock reduces too much, add more stock 4. Season to taste with pepper and salt and garnish with fried shallots. Note: If you wish to prepare a lighter version of this soup then leave coconut milk and seafood out. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Thursday, July 1, 2010
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BUSINESS South Korea rejects US free trade deal complaints Agence France-Presse
SEOUL - South Korea said Wednesday it would reopen talks soon with the United States on a major free trade deal, but rejected complaints it unfairly restricts US beef and auto exports. Trade Minister Kim Jong-Hoon said the two allies would resume talks on the pact after President Barack Obama ordered his team to finalise the deal by November. “It is more important to make sure the contents of the agreement should be acceptable to us than (to carry out the) timeline,” Kim told journalists. Obama, meeting Saturday with South Korean President Lee MyungBak on the sidelines of a summit in Canada, said he ordered his team to finalise the deal before a G20 summit in Seoul in November so he can present it to Congress in the few months afterwards. “It is the right thing to do for our country, it is the right thing to do for Korea,” Obama said. Then-president George W. Bush completed negotiations in 2007 on the agreement, which would be the largest for the United States since the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement
with Canada and Mexico. But the Democratic-led Congress has not taken up the agreement. Lawmakers — including Obama, when he was a senator — contended it did not give enough access for US cattlemen and carmakers to Asia’s fourth largest economy. Some US lawmakers and others say South Korea still has barriers other than tariffs that block US exports. “I don’t think South Korea has any allegedly disguised barriers against US cars,” Kim said. “I cannot accept the logic, that the fact that (US cars) do not sell well in South Korea proves the existence of such barriers.” South Korea shipped about 700,000 cars to the United States in 2007 while just 5,000 moved in the opposite direction, official figures show. Analysts in Seoul say the figures exclude more than 125,000 vehicles made by a General Motors subsidiary in Korea while including vehicles made
by a Hyundai plant in Alabama. The free trade deal has also stirred some controversy in South Korea due to public fears over the safety of US beef. Despite angry protests from farmers and activists, South Korea in 2008 agreed to ease restrictions imposed over fears of mad cow diseases and to resume imports of beef from US cattle aged less than 30 months. Some US lawmakers want to remove the limit. “Access to South Korea’s beef market is greater than other countries in the region. There is no reason for South Korea to be singled out in this sector,” Kim said. However, the largest US confederation of labor unions vowed Tuesday to battle the trade deal. “This flawed agreement is the last thing working people need,” Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said in a statement.
European businesses must engage rising Asia Agence France-Presse
As the global economic axis tilts towards Asia, European businesses are at risk of being left behind, according to a report released Wednesday by HSBC bank. The model where the West did the development work and the East took care of production with cheap labour is dead, it says, adding that innovation will increasingly originate from the East. “Unless European business confronts the implications of the re-balancing of economic power and the growth of Asia, business opportunities will be lost and business threats will increase,” it said. The “Looking East: The changing face of world business” report investigates the challenges and opportunities of the rise of Asia for European businesses and identifies current and future trends. It warns that European companies are at risk of not engaging with the new economic world order. “We are no longer looking at when West meets East, but at how the East will redefine the West and the way we do business,” said Alan Keir, HSBC’s group general manager and global co-head of
Commercial Banking. “It’s crucial that European businesses are not only appreciative of this fundamental and fastpaced change, but that they are able to respond swiftly and effectively. Our competitiveness as a region is at risk.” Firms must look at how they can capitalise on Asia’s diverse consumer base, skilled workforce and advances in research and development, while mitigating the risks posed by the macro-economic climate. Booming Eastern populations and consumer wealth will create unprecedented market opportunities for European businesses, the report says. But “the free-market, liberal principles on which the West was built are often in direct contrast to methods of rule in the East,” it adds. “European businesses need to be aware that the competitive playing field is not necessarily level.” “As the influence of the West declines, the importance of business relationships in Asia will grow: European companies must not find themselves sidelined in the new economic and political order.” In the Asian workforce, the result partly of huge investment in
education means the paradigm where the West did the design and development work and the East took care of production and manufacturing is anachronistic. Lines have been blurred. China and India are now world leaders in the knowledge economy. “They’re beating the US, Europe and Japan at their own game,” the report says. Innovation will need to become more global in focus, adds Joe Ballantyne of The Futures Company, which carried out the research for HSBC. And new strategies across different markets will need to be adopted. Greater investment in renewable technologies will also be necessary as the world’s conventional energy supplies become stretched, he says. “The story of globalisation and the integration of the world economy isn’t turning out the way many people expected,” says Ballantyne. “In future, successful businesses will need to understand how the dynamics of cultural change play out across different markets, how the geopolitical landscape is changing and even how different models of capitalism are evolving in different parts of the world.”
China’s AgBank launches world-record IPO Agence France-Presse
BEIJING - Agricultural Bank of China on Wednesday kicked off a share offer worth a world-record 23.2 billion dollars as China strives to develop depressed regions in the rural lender’s heartland. AgBank, the last of China’s “big four” state banks to list, plans to float its shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai next month with the monster IPO on track to overtake a previous record of 22 billion dollars set by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in 2006. The initial public offering has already won bedrock support from heavyweight investors — including Qatar ’s sovereign wealth fund, British bank Standard Chartered and US food giant Archer Daniels Midland. On Wednesday, smalltime retail investors had their first chance to grab a piece of the action and queues were building outside bank branches in Hong Kong where the AgBank prospectus was being handed out. “I think it will be a pretty good investment — there is good demand for this stock,” Warren Ng, 24, told AFP as he grabbed a weighty prospectus at HSBC’s headquarters in the city’s financial district. “I’ve already made up my mind. I’m going to put some money in it.” But retiree S.S. Fung said he wasn’t so sure about the massive share sale, especially after his investment in AgBank’s rival mainland lenders fell flat. “I think I’ll take a little of this one, but this is not a good time in the market,” he said. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post also reported that investors in the football-mad former British colony may be distracted by the World Cup. “The IPO has come at a wrong time as market sentiment is not good while the World Cup is going on,” Christopher Cheung, chairman of Hong Kong’s Christfund Securities, was quoted as saying. “(Some investors) think they could earn more money
from soccer betting than the IPO.” AgBank chairman Xiang Junbo said Tuesday that his company had worked hard to cut its bad-debt load, a major concern for all of China’s big banks after a state-sanctioned lending binge during the global financial crunch. And the rural lender says it is poised to capitalise on Chinese government efforts to boost economic growth in the country’s centre and west, which have missed out on the export-driven boom enjoyed by coastal regions. “The county area business will be one of our key profit drivers,” Xiang told a news conference in Hong Kong. “(AgBank) is well positioned to capitalise on China’s next wave of growth.” AgBank — which was set up two years after the communist revolution — said Tuesday it planned to raise 13.1 billion US dollars from the Hong Kong IPO, with a price range of 2.88-3.48 Hong Kong dollars (37-44 US cents) a share. The lender plans to raise 10.1 billion dollars from the Shanghai portion of the share sale, with a range of 2.52-2.68 yuan (37-39 US cents) a share. The lower price in Shanghai has fostered doubts about mainland demand for the huge IPO after recent spasms of market volatility. Some analysts consider AgBank to be the weakest of the country’s big banks, owing mainly to its burden of bad loans and the nature of its business lending to less affluent customers in rural China. Analysts say the return on capital from rural loans is typically 20-30 percent less than that for loans in urban areas, as the size of the loans is generally smaller and monitoring costs higher. Agbank’s prospectus said its bad debt ratio dropped from 4.32 percent in 2008 to 2.91 percent in 2009. AgBank said it booked a profit of 65 billion yuan (9.56 billion US dollars) in 2009, up from 51.45 billion yuan in 2008. It forecasts a 2010 profit of 82.9 billion yuan.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Mel Gibson split from ex-girlfriend turns bitter Kolodny accused the 40-year-old Grigorieva of violating its terms. He said the actor has paid LOS ANGELES – Mel Gibson’s breakup from Russian Grigorieva “tens of thousands of singer Oksana Grigorieva was sup- dollars,” is providing his daughter posed to be a quiet affair, but a con- with health insurance and a nanny fidential settlement and sealed and has bought a lavish home and court case haven’t kept the former a car for his ex-girlfriend. couple’s troubles from hitting the Kolodny’s statement said Gibson’s payments to Grigorieva will spotlight. The latest flare-up began last change, but he did not indicate how. “Mel has generously supported week when Grigorieva apparently named Gibson in a child custody Lucia and will continue to do so,” case, which is sealed and will likely the statement said. Grigorieva, who met Gibson while he was filming remain out of the public domain. The seal hasn’t kept the breakup “Edge of Darkness,” told The Asout of headlines, though, continu- sociated Press that she could not ing Gibson’s streak in recent years discuss the case. The singer denied online reof making news more for his perports, however, that Gibson obsonal life than his film career. On Monday, the actor-director’s tained a restraining order against attorney issued a statement reveal- her. Her attorney, Marci Levine, ing that the couple in May reached did not return calls and an e-mail a custody agreement for their 7- seeking comment Tuesday. A person close to Gibson said month-old daughter, Lucia. The contents of that pact were one of the main issues of the case confidential, but attorney Stephen was the Australian-American writer-director’s access to his daughter. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Kolodny said the agreement called for the couple’s daughter to spend about half her time with Gibson. Gibson’s wife of 28 years, Robyn, cited irreconcilable differences for their split last April. That case is ongoing, but it has not generated the attention of Gibson’s split with Grigorieva. Most of that case has been handled in private with few documents filed publicly. Grigorieva and Gibson were frequently photographed together when their relationship became public after the actordirector’s wife filed for divorce last year. Grigorieva also has a son from her relationship with British actor Timothy Dalton, who played James Bond in two AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, films. Gibson confirmed Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva Grigorieva was pregnant with arrive at the ‘Edge Of Darkness’ Pre- his eighth child to Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” last May. miere in Paris. Associated Press Writer
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In an image provided by CNN, talk show host Larry King is shown on the set of his program ‘Larry King Live’ at the CNN studios in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 17, 2005.
After 25 years, CNN seeks Larry King’s replacement Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK – CNN is preparing for a summertime search to find the successor to Larry King, who announced suddenly that he’s leaving the show that has been the centerpiece of the news network’s lineup for 25 years. Even though the host is changing, CNN will keep to the idea of a provocative interview show with newsmakers, CNN U.S. President Jon Klein said. “Nobody else does it,” he said. “It’s an important tool in the arsenal, and we want to keep it going.” King’s announcement Tuesday came a couple of weeks after he celebrated his 25th anniversary with a week of shows interviewing Presi-
dent Barack Obama, LeBron James, Bill Gates and Lady Gaga — precisely the unique blend of stars and statesmen he considered the signature of “Larry King Live.” King said he will continue to do occasional specials for CNN after stepping down in the fall. He was already lobbying for guests for his final week on Tuesday, extracting a promise to appear from ABC’s Diane Sawyer when she called in to
his show to congratulate him. The longtime radio host was a pioneer in cable television. From the first show, on which he interviewed then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, King’s desk was considered a valued spot for anyone interested in talking to the nation. King’s interview style was plainspoken, and critics would suggest occasionally illprepared, but he was good at making his guests feel comfortable. Klein said King was a pioneer. “He lured so many people to this new frontier of cable back before anybody understood what it was all about,” said Klein, who called King a “living, breathing Hall of Famer who is still doing the work.”
Popular South Korean actor-singer commits suicide Associated Press Writer
SEOUL, South Korea – A popular South Korean actor and singer killed himself Wednesday in distress over career pressures while caring for his terminally ill father, police said, the latest in a string of high-profile suicides in the Asian country. Park Yong-ha, 33, is believed to have “impulsively” hanged himself with the electric cord of his camcorder at his Seoul home hours after he came home intoxicated, Seoul’s Gangnam Police Station said in a statement. “We have determined that it’s obvious
he killed himself,” the statement said. No suicide note was found and Park didn’t have medical problems such as depression or money troubles, it said. Police, however, said Park had been under stress because he had to juggle management of his entertainment company and his career while his father was fighting stomach cancer. “I must be sick instead of you, father. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” the police statement quoted Park as tearfully telling his father before his mother later found the entertainer dead in his room. Park also told acquaintances earlier this week that his work was “difficult and this kind of life is so hard.” The actor had been faithfully nursing his 62-
year-old father and had been taking sleeping pills due to insomnia, an official at Seoul Metropolitan Agency said, citing Park’s mother. Park debuted in the late 1990s and starred in the 2002 television drama “Winter Sonata,” which drummed up a following in Japan and Southeast Asia. He held several concerts in Japan and released eight CD albums there. One of his fans was said to be Japan’s former first lady, Akie Abe. Park’s death was the top news in
Japan along with the country’s grueling loss to Paraguay on penalties Tuesday at the World Cup. Some Japanese TV networks had live coverage from Seoul with TV reporters standing in front of Park’s home. Park’s online fan sites both in South Korea and Japan were paralyzed due to massive traffic. He was supposed to hold 12 concerts across Japan from July 2 to Aug. 22 and the tickets were sold out, according to Japanese record company Pony Canyon Inc.
In this photo taken Aug. 13, 2009 South Korean actor and singer Park Yong-ha poses in Seoul, South Korea. Park was found dead Wednesday, June 30, 2010, in an apparent suicide, police and a news report said.
A simple blood test can give an accurate pointer of when a woman will hit the menopause, according to research to be presented at a fertility conference.
Scientists say test could predict menopause Associated Press Writer
LONDON – Doctors could one day use a blood test to predict decades in advance when women will go into menopause, scientists say. In research to be presented on Monday at a European fertility conference in Rome, Iranian experts say their preliminary study could be a first step toward developing a tool to help women decide when they want to have children. The test does not predict when women will lose their fertility — which typically occurs about a decade before menopause — but if doctors know when women will go into menopause, they can calculate roughly when they will run out of eggs. Scientists say the test could be especially helpful in identifying women who might go into menopause early — in their late 40s or earlier instead of their mid-50s. At the moment, there are few clues for doctors to tell which young women may be headed for early menopause. Blood tests and ovary scans only give women a few years’ advance notice. Iranian scientists took blood samples from 266 women aged 20 to 40 and measured the amount of
anti-Mullerian Hormone, or AMH, in their bodies. Testing the amount of AMH in women tells doctors how many eggs there are left in the ovaries. Two more blood samples were taken in the following six years and physical exams were also performed. Based on the amount of AMH women had, scientists used a mathematical model to estimate when women would go into menopause. Of the 63 women in the study who have hit menopause, the researchers’ prediction of the event was accurate to within four months. The study began in 1998 and is ongoing. “This is not something we could start rolling out tomorrow,” said William Ledger, a fertility expert at the University of Sheffield, who was not
linked to the research. “But if it really does work, it could be immensely useful to young women who are making choices about whether to work or have a family.” Previous studies in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere have suggested analyzing AMH could help predict when women will go into menopause, but no long-term studies have yet been finished. “If our model is validated, then women in their 20s could take a blood test and we could provide them with a good estimate of what her age will be at menopause,” said Dr. Ramezani Tehrani, an associate professor at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, who led the study.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Windows 8 in the works, details leaked NOW that you’re getting comfortable with Windows 7, it’s time to start thinking about the future. Windows 8 (or whatever it may be called) is well under way by now (it takes years for Microsoft to develop an operating system), so it was only a matter of time before the first real details would find their way out of Redmond. The biggest motherlode yet has been tapped by Microsoft Kitchen, via Italian Windows site Windowsette — a deck of confidential slides that outline Microsoft’s goals for Windows 8 and how the operating system will be designed and sold. Some of the most cogent details from the slides are outlined below. Note that, for now, all of these items should be considered mere “considerations,” and that any or all of them could eventually be stripped away from Windows 8 before it is actually released. To wit: Microsoft is in a full-on loveaffair with Apple, and for good reason. Complexity is out, simplicity is in. Can Microsoft really follow through with making Windows 8 “just work” a la Apple? It certainly wants to, and thinks “this is something people will pay for!” Webcams will be a big focus for Windows 8, with the potential goal of letting Windows 8 log you in automatically via camera image. Some vendors have built this separately already for earlier versions of Windows, and users seem to like it. Windows 8 will embrace “the cloud” by letting you take your
workspace from one PC to another via a single login that’s connected to the web. So now you can borrow my computer and I don’t have to worry about my precious documents getting disorganized. You’ll also be able to more easily combine your personal computing environment with your business workspace. It’s unclear exactly how, but presumably Microsoft’s cloud focus will play a part here. Yay, more time to work! Microsoft is focusing on three computing-form factors when Windows 8 is released: Slates (tablets), laptops, and all-in-one PCs. Traditional desktops may still be around, but this isn’t a major focus of the OS, and for good reason, since sales are falling off a cliff. Windows 8 will hopefully start up faster than ever before, thanks to a new and as-yet-undeveloped operating mode. More advanced help and support systems were meant to be part of Windows 7, but anyone who’s used the Windows 7 troubleshooters knows this didn’t happen. They’re back with Windows 8. One-button “Reset Windows” option will take your computer back to its original state while leaving your personal documents and settings intact. System Restore gets a big upgrade. There’s a Windows 8 App Store in the works, which will offer apps for any Microsoft/Windows device, from PC to phone to Zune. It even already has a URL: windowsstore.com.
Aging Swingers at High STD Risk
Middle-aged swingers — heterosexual couples who swap partners at sex parties — have been identified as an “at-risk” group for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, says a Dutch study.
All those wild and crazy nights may be catching up with swingers as they age, new research found. A Dutch study has found that swingers — heterosexual adults who engage in partner swapping or attend sex clubs for couples — have rates of sexually transmitted diseases comparable to teenagers and gay or bisexual men, both considered high-risk groups for catching herpes, HIV and chlamydia, among other infections. “In our clinical practice and field work, we started to note that there were several persons who called themselves swingers, who seemed to have STDs more often than other heterosexuals,” noted study co-author Anne-Marie Niekamp of the
South Limburg Public Health Service in Geleen, The Netherlands. “Any scientific data on the topic appeared not available. Swingers seemed to be not only a hidden population in society but also in science and health care.” The study is published online June 23 in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Researchers collected data on nearly 9,000 patient visits at three sexual health/STD clinics in 2007 and 2008. About one in nine, or 12 percent, reported being a swinger. Their average age was 43. About 55 percent of all diagnoses of chlamydia and gonorrhea were identified in swingers, compared to about 31 percent in gay men. Overall,
one in 10 swingers had chlamydia while about one in 20 tested positive for gonorrhea. Swingers over the age of 45 had higher rates of STDs than swingers under 45, according to the study. About 10.4 percent of male swingers over age 45 had chlamydia and/or gonorrhea, compared to only 2.4 percent of other male heterosexuals. The rate of chlamydia among gay or bisexual men was 14.6 percent. For women swingers over 45, nearly 18 percent had chlamydia, compared to 4 percent of other heterosexual women and less than 3 percent of prostitutes. Other STDs, such as syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B, were not measured because of the low incidence overall,
according to the study. Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD, said it stands to reason that swingers may be at higher risk of STDs than other groups, and it’s not just because of the sheer number of sex partners. Concurrent sex partners, or having sexual contact with more than one person at a time or in rapid succession, promotes the spread of STDs, Handsfield said. That’s because a person can become infected and spread the disease before they realize they have it or before they can seek treatment, Handsfield said.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
WORLD CUP 2010
Spain, Paraguay into W.Cup quarters as stars struggle Agence France Presse
JOHANNESBURG – European champions Spain reached the World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Portugal, sending Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive player, heading moodily to the exit. Spain, for whom star striker Fernando Torres was again overshadowed by goal scorer David Villa, will tackle Paraguay in Johannesburg on Saturday for a semi-final spot after the South Americans defeated Japan 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out. New Barcelona signing Villa scored his fourth goal of the World Cup in the 63rd minute of an absorbing Cape Town encounter that also saw Portugal’s Ricardo Costa sent off. Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque insisted that Torres — currently in Villa’s shadow and who was replaced by Joseba Llorente in the second half — had done his bit as Spain seek to land the trophy for the first time. “Fernando worked hard as we all have over the past month. The substitution was made because Torres had done a lot of running and we needed fresh legs,” said Del Bosque. “Llorente had a very good final half-hour. It wasn’t a change of tactics. Llorente gave us vitality.” Ronaldo left the stadium refusing to talk to reporters. “We marked Ronaldo well and neutralised his threat,” said Del Bosque. Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz admitted: “Spain had the better chances and deserved to win.” For Paraguay, it was fourth
time lucky after last-16 exits in 1986, 1998 and 2002. Their win over Japan in Pretoria, after the game had ended 0-0 after extra time, also paved the way for a possible South American sweep of the semi-final places with Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay still in contention. “Argentina still have a great chance, Brazil as always in the World Cup are getting better and we’re also there trying to do things right,” said Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino. After a largely sterile and goalless 120 minutes at Loftus Versfeld stadium, the first five penalties went in before luckless Japan defender Yuichi Komano aimed too high and the ball struck the crossbar before flying over. That left Paraguay two successful kicks away from glory and Nelson Valdez and extra-time substitute Oscar Cardozo calmly slotted their kicks past Eiji Kawashima. Meanwhile, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, under pressure to rethink his opposition to goal-line technology and video replays, apologised to England and Mexico after referee blunders featured prominently in their last 16 defeats. Blatter was reacting to a legitimate Frank Lampard goal that was disallowed at the crucial stage with England trailing Germany 2-1 on Sunday and pressing hard just before half-time. Television replays showed the
ball landing well over the line before it bounced back into the hands of Manuel Neuer, who cleared and the Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda waved play on with Germany finishing 4-1 victors. A few hours later Carlos Tevez headed Argentina in front from an offside position en route to a 3-1 win over Mexico and the situation was inflamed by the crowd seeing a bigscreen replay. Blatter told a news conference that apologies to English and Mexican officials had been accepted and said the technology debate would reopen at a July 21-22 meeting in Cardiff. He stressed that only goal-line technology would be discussed, and this would not have offered any assistance to Roberto Rosetti, the Italian referee of the Mexico match. Neither Larrionda nor Rosetti were on the list of officials who are staying on for the quarter-finals that was released later by FIFA. Referees defended themselves at an open training session north of Pretoria with spokesman Jose Maria Garcia Aranda labelling World Cup match officials “excellent”. “We have to look at 54 matches and the decisions the referees have made in them,” he said, adding sarcastically, “apparently the referees took only four or five decisions in these 54 matches and all of them were controversial.”
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Spain’s striker David Villa (R) fights for the ball with Portugal’s defender Ricardo Carvalho (back, L) and Portugal’s midfielder Tiago during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match Spain vs. Portugal on June 29, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town.
Ronaldo a broken man after Spain defeat Agence France Presse
CAPE TOWN – Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo confessed to being a broken man on Wednesday after his side’s crushing 1-0 World Cup defeat to Iberian rivals Spain. The 25-year-old Real Madrid star said he felt a deep sadness at their exit at the hands of the European champions, who progressed to a quarter-final meeting with Paraguay thanks to David Villa’s fourth goal of the tournament. “I feel a broken man, completely disconsolate, frustrated
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Portugal’s striker Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after his team lost the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match Spain vs. Portugal on June 29, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. Spain qualified for the quarterfinals.
and an unimaginable sadness,” the 94 million-euro man said in a statement. Ronaldo arrived in South Africa vowing to confirm his status as one of the game’s most enduring talents, but he once again failed to produce his club form at country level at a major championships. Sporadically decisive in the group phase, when he scored once in a 7-0 thrashing of North Korea, Ronaldo was unable to exert any kind of influence as the 2006 semi-finalists succumbed to Spain’s fabled passing carousel. Having played on the left against North Korea and as a lone central forward in the 0-0 draw with Brazil, the world’s most expensive player began Tuesday’s game on the right. His first involvement saw him horribly mis-control a kick-out from Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo and his first dribble down the flank ended with a foul by Carles Puyol that went unpun-
ished, much to the Real Madrid star’s displeasure. The skipper registered Portugal’s first shot on target with a typically ambitious long-range free-kick and his next dead-ball effort, from all of 37 metres, forced a save from clubmate Iker Casillas. But the number seven cut a subdued figure in the second half as Spain tightened their grip on the match and was left even more isolated when coach Carlos Queiroz withdrew strapping target man Hugo Almeida in the 58th minute. Ronaldo appeared to be confused by Queiroz consistently changing tactics and the game finished without Ronaldo once getting the fans out of their seats. To make matters worse, he was forced to deny that he insulted his coach. Ronaldo stalked off refusing to answer questions after the match save to remark to a TV crew: “How can I explain it (the defeat). Ask the question of Carlos Queiroz.”
Thursday, July 1, 2010
With LeBron the big prize, free agency set to open Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK – The date has been circled on calendars around the NBA for years. July 1, 2010: The day LeBron James becomes a free agent. The day the league might begin to change forever. “I think the landscape could really shift,” former Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr said. Shopping season starts at 12:01 a.m. EDT Thursday with James as the biggest prize, a two-time MVP just reaching his prime and one of the most sought-after players ever to hit the free agent market in any sport. There’s so much more. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, James’ classmates from the 2003 draft — and future teammates in Miami if they choose. Perennial All-Stars such as Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire and Joe Johnson. NBA champions and Olympic gold medalists, now in search of something else for their collections: a maximumsalary contract. And teams are positioned at the starting line, just waiting for the race to start. “We’ve never had anything like this in my time that I can remember,” New Jersey Nets president Rod Thorn said. “There have been big-time free agents before, but never this many teams that are trying to woo them. So it’s unprecedented.” Thorn is headed to Ohio, where James will welcome suitors to his home state Thursday. He’ll be joined by new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, coach Avery Johnson and hip-hop superstar Jay-Z, a part-owner and James’ longtime friend. Then it’s back home to make
pitches the next day in New York to Wade and Bosh — though minus JayZ. (Sorry guys, the day job calls. He’s touring in Europe). The Knicks plan to drop in on LeBron, too. They can afford James and another max player, which might be what they need to finally get going again after a franchise-worst nine straight losing seasons. “We’ve had to live through some tough times in order to get where you think you start rebuilding the franchise,” team president Donnie Walsh said. “We have that opportunity now. How well, how fast we can rebuild the team can be shortcut by getting great players.” They’ll have plenty of competition. The Heat, Nets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers can offer max deals to James’ class, which would pay about $16.6 million next season. Chicago and New Jersey made trades in recent days to push them closer to joining the Knicks with enough to offer two max deals, and the Heat can keep Wade, give an additional max contract and have enough left over for another quality player. So much for the theory that free agency isn’t the route to building a winner in the NBA, where top players rarely leave because their teams can offer them more money. (James would give up about $30 million if he bolts Cleveland).
(AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
FILE - This March 17, 2007, file photo shows Utah Jazz’s Carlos Boozer (5) greeting Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) before an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. James is the biggest prize among what’s considered the deepest free agency class ever.
Serena, not Venus, still around for Wimbledon SFs Associated Press Writer
WIMBLEDON, England – Venus and Serena Williams crossed paths in the locker room at the All England Club, something the sisters often do during the second week of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. This meeting came midway through the Wimbledon quarterfinals, and they paused to chat. Serena was about to play her match. Venus was finished with hers — and it was a loss, a stunning upset against a player ranked 82nd who never before had been past the second round in 18 previous major tournaments. So much for a fifth all-inthe-family final at Wimbledon. Five-time Wimbledon champion
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Serena Williams of US plays against China’s Li Na during a Women’s Quarter-Finals at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in south-west London, on June 29, 2010.
Venus doubled-faulted five times, made a total of 29 unforced errors and was beaten 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday by Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, the lowest-ranked woman still in the draw. “I would have loved to have been around, you know, to come close and hopefully make it an all-Williams final this year,” the second-seeded Venus said. “But that won’t be.” Over and over, she would shank a shot, then turn toward the Court 1 player guest box where her parents were seated and put her palms up or shrug her shoulders, as if to indicate, “I don’t know what’s happening here.” “Didn’t do myself any favors,” the No. 2-seeded Venus said. “I missed all shots today: forehand, volley, backhand. You know, if there was a shot to miss, I think I missed it.” The men’s quarterfinals Wednesday are No. 1-seeded Roger Federer vs. No. 12 Tomas Berdych, No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 6 Robin Soderling, No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. Yen-hsun Lu, and No. 4 Andy Murray vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Murray is aiming to become Britain’s first male champion at Wimbledon since 1936, while Federer is trying to win a record-tying seventh title at the All England Club. Venus participated in eight of the past 10 women’s finals, losing to her sister three times, including in 2009. She beat Serena for the 2008 title. Tuesday’s match was the older Williams’ 77th in singles at the All England Club, and never had she won so few games. The only time she’s been beaten at Wimbledon by someone ranked lower than Pironkova was all the way back on June 28, 1997, when the American lost her tournament debut to No. 91 Magdalena Grzybowska. Really, the only factor preventing this result from truly being considered one of the sport’s biggest upsets ever is that Pironkova has done it before: She defeated Williams at the 2006 Australian Open. Still, even the first woman representing Bulgaria to make it to the final four at a Grand Slam tournament in the 42-year Open era was not anticipating this.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
Lorenzo chasing threeon-the-trot at home
Jorge Lorenzo heads to his home event in Barcelona eager to continue his relentless roll towards the 2010 MotoGP title following back-to-back wins at Silverstone and Assen.
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Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo (R) celebrates with champagne after winning the Dutch MotoGP race, his fourth victory of the season, at the TT in Assen on June 26 2010.
Evolution, not revolution for Red Bull WHILE McLaren is set to introduce a major upgrade for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next month, rivals Red Bull are set to adopt a view of ‘evolution rather than revolution’ for the first F1 event on the new Arena circuit. Despite feeling it wouldn’t have the pace of its rivals in Valencia, Red Bull secured its fourth win of the campaign in the European Grand Prix thanks to Sebastian Vettel – although Mark Webber was lucky to escape injury following his airbourne shunt after colliding with Heikki Kovalainen. Looking to build on that victory in its home race at Silverstone, Red Bull will now introduce a series of small changes for the British Grand Prix although technical chief Adrian Newey said it was difficult to make
predictions about how the team will perform. “We are really looking forward to our home race at Silverstone,” he said. “Red Bull Racing is just thirty minutes down the road and naturally a lot of our staff get the chance to see the race. It is difficult to forecast how we will perform; there are so many variables such as track temperatures, so many swings in team performances. “We won’t have any large changes for the car at Silverstone, mainly small evolutionary changes to the front and rear wings. We did make some revisions for Valencia with a new diffuser and updated F-Duct which all worked well, the team worked incredibly hard and Sebastian drove a great race. He did really well to manage the car through the race after he locked up the
brakes and flat spotted the front left tyre when the race restarted after the Safety Car period. It was a huge relief that Mark was okay after his big accident.” Newey added that the team was looking forward to sampling the new look Silverstone circuit for the first time, with the Friday practice sessions set to take on added importance. “We look forward to trying the new section of the circuit in anger for the first time,” he said. “Like all the other teams we received the plan view map which we have simulated, but not until we actually run will we be able to assess details such as bumps and grip changes. “It looks good and from my experience at Silverstone’s MotoGP round a week ago, the riders loved it.”
Red Bull’s German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Valencia Street circuit on June 27, 2010, during the Formula One Grand Prix of Europe.
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Although the Catalunya Grand Prix is one of four events to be held in Spain this season, the Barcelona event is the closest to his home town of Mallorca, a factor which makes this race particularly special for him. Having come off second-best in a classic final lap exchange with Valentino Rossi last season, Lorenzo is eager to make amends this year by making it three wins in three weeks. “Montmeló is a very special track for me, it is the closest to Mallorca and I can feel the people supporting me. Last year I lost at the final corner but now I will try to come back to the podium to celebrate with all my fans. “We have a big gap in the standings and it give us confidence and allows us to be calm, but the team will be working at the same level, I am sure. We still have twelve more races, double what we’ve already had! We should enjoy Montmeló and then, after these three consecutives races, we have earned a little break - a week for a rest!” Lorenzo’s win at Assen – his fourth of the season – has seen him move 47 points clear of Dani Pedrosa in the overall standings.