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England’s coach Fabio Capello reacts at the end of the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match Germany vs. England on June 27, 2010 at Free State stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein. Germany defeated England 4-1.
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(L to C) England’s striker Wayne Rooney, England’s midfielder Steven Gerrard and England’s defender John Terry react among German and English players after the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match England versus Germany on June 27, 2010 at Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein. Germany won the match 4-1.
British MP wants inquiry into England exit Reuters
LONDON - A British member of parliament is demanding an inquiry into the state of English soccer, branding the national team’s performance at the World Cup “pathetic”. England went to the tournament in South Africa with high hopes but went out in the second round on Sunday when Germany trounced them 4-1 in Bloemfontein, their worst World Cup finals defeat.
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Conservative lawmaker David Amess said on his website that he was so appalled by England’s performance that he filed a parliamentary motion demanding action. The motion urges parliament to voice “its great disappointment at England’s pathetic exit from the World Cup finals” and says the team “let this country and their supporters down”. It calls for an urgent inquiry into
the state of the national game and says many players in England’s highlyrated Premier League are “grossly overpaid and under-perform”. Soccer’s governing body FIFA jealously guards the game from political interference. FIFA President Sepp Blatter threatened on Tuesday to ban France’s national and club teams from international competition if French politicians did not stop meddling in soccer affairs.
Amess’s “early day motion” is one of hundreds filed by members of parliament (MPs) on a wide range of subjects. They are a kind of petition which other MPs can sign up to but they are not binding and often do not lead to any action. So far, just one other MP, Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock, has backed Amess’s motion. The British media have savaged the England team for their lacklustre showing, criticised the sub-par perfor-
mance of many of its stars, and called into question the future of the team’s Italian coach Fabio Capello. Many commentators say the Premier League takes precedence in England at the expense of the national team. Britain is not the only country where poor results in South Africa have led to political repercussions. A senior adviser to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Wednesday he had suspended the side from international competition for two years following their poor performance in South Africa, where they went out in the first round. France was consumed by a political inquest after the team finished bottom of its group
Malaysian acquitted of killing Indonesian maid Associated Press Writer
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A court acquitted a Malaysian woman of killing her Indonesian housemaid, her lawyer said Thursday, in a case that highlighted complaints about the abuse of foreign domestic workers. Chen Pei Ee was charged in 2007 with the murder of Kunarsih, who was found dead with bruises
on her body in a room in Chen’s home in August that year. Police said the 24-year-old maid, who had been working for Chen for four months, died of internal bleeding. A High Court judge in central Selangor state acquitted Chen on Wednesday because there was insufficient evidence to link her to Kunarsih’s death, said Chen’s lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng. Many Indonesians use only one name. Irene Fernandez,
director of Malaysian-based workers’ rights group Tenaganita, said the outcome was “very, very worrying” because it meant nobody would be punished for Kunarsih’s death. “Definitely this is a real major concern, particularly to domestic workers. The reason being, they are so isolated,” Fernandez said. Accusations of maid abuse have occasionally strained relations between Indonesia and Malaysia,
which employs some 230,000 maids from its relatively poorer neighbor. Indonesia last year stopped sending new maids to Malaysia after several high-profile cases of maids being beaten or even found dead. The freeze is expected to end later this year after both countries complete an agreement to beef up legal protection for housemaids and improve their welfare, such as by giving them a day off per week.
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â€˜Coritanya Muntuh Mulaâ€™ of the Dayak from West Kalimantan Remind us of agricultural society tradition Inland Dayak tribe of Sanggau Regency, West Kalimantan Province participated to enliven the 32nd Bali Arts Festival (BAF), last Wednesday (Jun 30). By presenting art composition entitled Coritanya Muntuh Mula, the artists under direction of Department of Culture and Tourism of Sanggau Regency could widen the outlook of BAF visitors about Dayak typical arts. Supported by 18 dancers and gamelan players, the art envoy of the regency having adjacent to the border of neighboring country, namely Serawak, Malaysia, showed off art of attraction consisting of nine sections related to each other. Present as leader was the Head of Sanggau Culture and Tourism Services, Paul Krosse Oyot and Ruth Alipius as head of the art studio. Such interrelated art attractions assembled in succession described the tradition of Sanggau Dayak community in the past. Or at least, the story reminded us of the traditions of agrarian society. It was commenced by an attraction of lifting rice mortar. Before being used to pound rice, the mortar should be moved to a wider space. However, the mortar was described quite heavy, so it was required the implementation of ritual activity. Procession of uplifting the mortar was accompanied by music and ritual of reciting spells or ritual prayer. Finally, the mortar could be removed easily. Furthermore, the art envoy featured a Betayong Dance. This dance described the invocation of permission to take honey from a beehive. A number of beautiful dancers played the role as bees and the queen of bee.
Meanwhile, some male dancers portrayed the honey seekers. The dance described a ritual of invoking permission to take the honey in the beehive. Described, human beings required honey but did not intend to disturb the bees. The bees also provided the opportunity for people to enjoy the sweetness of honey produced. It is a symbol of appreciation and mutual preserve of the balance of nature and respect to all living creatures, including the small bees. No less interesting attraction in the performance was blow piping. Dayak community of West Kalimantan used to do so when hunting animals in the forest. Blowpipe is made from bamboo. Blow piping was also done to drive out animals that often interfered with nest of bees such as lemurs and tigers. Art envoy as participant from outside Bali also provided playing drum
attraction, (in local language it is called bogonang) as an expression of joy after successfully completed the job. Besides, they also staged a white plate dance. This dance represented a sign of gratitude or thanks for the successful realization and the pleasure derived. As an illustration of the Dayak communities having an interesting game long ago, the art envoys presented popular folk spin-a-top game show. This game also contained a profound philosophy that if someone concentrated or focused on the goal, he would succeed or become a winner. As a symbol of mutual assistance or cooperation is intense among The Dayak community, the art troupe also featured a mat weaving dance. The mat was made in mutual cooperation to be used as the sitting base and sleeping mats. Then, the Kondan
The picture show the dancer from Dayak tribe perform in the 32nd annual Bali Art Festival (BAF) in art center Denpasar. mass dance was also staged to BAF visitors describing the interactions within the community of Sanggau Dayak. The dance reflecting the excitement was generally performed when the local community organized a regular harvest party. And, no less interesting attraction was the toast of wine (drink the palm wine together). Palm wine as symbol
of honor was presented to guests. In fact, a number of BAF visitors were also invited to taste their wine. Meanwhile, the Head of Sanggau Culture and Tourism Services, Paul Krosse Oyot, said to preserve local arts, his government routinely provided funds each year to art studios through regional budget. Every single village usually has an art studio. (08)
In devotional services through the arts Beauty can stop everyoneâ€™s eyes flickering. Beauty of the kid song can lullaby a baby. Similarly, beauty also can toss the imagination, soothe the mind and draw people to get near. Bali has many sources of that beauty offering the charm of nature, culture or adventure. By maintaining traditions inspired by Hinduism, Balinese people go on running in harmony with the time. In other words, they do not feel inferior because of inheriting those traditions. Beauty in the form of various dance movements has been introduced since early ages. On seeing a dance staged, a toddler may watch it attentively or its fingers move and move as if imitating the movement of the dance. Virtually all customary villages in Bali have gamelan troupe. This troupe plays important role in expressing their
entertainment arts and accompanying every ritual activity. This existence gives opportunity to villagers from child to adult to express their artistic talent especially in dance, drama and gamelan arts. Young girls under twelve or elementary school age have a chance to participate in performing Rejang Dance. By wearing white and yellow costumes and floral decoration on head, they dance beautifully accompanied by gamelan music. Rejang Dance is one of the sacred dances performed in relation to the organization of temple anniversary or odalan. Other than putting a basic love to their tradition, they also show devotional service or ngatur ayah through the arts. When they grow older, right on entering secondary school, they join customary village youth club or Sekaa Taruna. Here, with their male friends
and their brothers and sisters start to learn about organization. Many things can be learned through this organization. Since it has affiliation to customary village, they can learn about the making of some simple oblation under guidance of senior oblation maker and various traditional arts. In Bali, this youth club actually play important role in preparing young generation to maintain their valuable cultural heritages or to prepare themselves for inheriting customary responsibility. With their male counterpart, here the young girls also learn to play drama or more complex traditional arts. Popular genres of performance showed are pure entertainment and the one in combination with sacred dance. The latter usually features Calonarang. This magical drama involves a combination of male and female players. In essence, this
Calonarang drama highlights the endless fight between truth and untruth symbolizing by sanctified effigies or tapakan like Rangda and Barong. By and large, it is also associated with ritual events at local temple. In the following stage, when woman gets married she will enter the new organization, namely customary village. Having learned much about ritual works, it is now the time to practice them in wider social life. They should attend some socio-religious activities when the events engage the members of customary village. At this stage, household mother can remain to show her devotional service through the arts other than social works. Through the arts, they may join the drama or individual psalmodic singing or pasantian. How is about their private life? It is
normal as others. They also have opportunity to build career in their profession. In modern life with heterogeneous professions as today, woman also works as men do. Traditions do not impede them to reach outstanding achievement in self-employee or office job. If they work at daytime, some social works will be held at the evening. Tradition is not something obsolete. Even, it retains abundant inspirations to create something new and creative that is advantageous for modern life. However, traditions should also be reviewed and adjust to the current condition without leaving behind its core. Tradition does not hinder women to get their career achievement. Even, it stays to give them a channel to express their spiritual sense through devotional services. (BTN/punia)
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Allegation of corruption at ISI Denpasar
State Attorney decides Prof. WR as suspect Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The picture shows Badung central government which is located in Sempidi
Just Like Paiton Areal
Brightening Lights Everywhere at Badung Government Central Mangupura (Bali Post) –
Lights on every corner brightening the central government at Sempidi made the areal some sort of posh hotel. The lights added great atmosphere, not only at night sometimes during the day. Yet, this condition contrasts the government’s program in energy saving. The Central Government Areal Mangupraja Mandala has a capacious of 46,67 hectares and with that capacity, you never can miss it in Sempidi from its huge entrance ‘til the buildings in every corner of the road. The artistic looking lights were placed through the area and in the east side there’s at least 10 lights brightening the main road. And yet, that’s just the main one, there are smaller ones for the entrance and also in the parking lots. If all is turned on in the same time, there’s no areal not covered by lights which shows how glorious the Badung Central Government is and also it made itself a city central too. It made anyone who saw it amazed by it, including questioning the expense used from Badung regional budgets (APBD) to accommodate this luxurious view. On Wednesday (30/6), Head of
General and Supplies Unit Badung Regional Secretariat, I Nengah Ngarta, admitted does not know how much electricity payment will be asked from the central government including how much for the maintenance too. Apparently the project was not fully handover yet from Adi Karya to the region government. “So it is not yet counted how much needed to be spent. It’s all still managed by Adi Karya,” Ngarta explained. After the handover then it will be known how much Badung’s budget has been spent. For sure with all work unit area (SKPD) moving in Badung, the electricity spending will increase. “There will be additional. Right now the electricity spending was for the regional secretariat including the tennis court at Lumintang and more. This is around IDR 150 million a month. Mean-
while the old office is in each work unit area,” Ngarka added. Ngarta explained that the brightening atmosphere will be there and he even said it’s similar to the Paiton Power Plant Areal at Situbondo. The Regional Government must be efficient in operating the lights later on. “Which one should be on, which one should be off will be managed later on,” Ngarta concluded. Similar statements to Ngarta, Head of Public Relations and Protocol Badung Regional Secretary I Gede Wijaya explained, from the essential even esthetic side, the lightings were needed as the central government has a large area. Even though, energy saving has to be considered and done especially in this electricity crisis era. And so a strategy to be efficient is the most important thing for this situation. (ded)
Allegation of corruption occurring at the Indonesia Institute of Arts (ISI) Denpasar continues to spread. After Nyoman Suteja and Nyoman Sanggra were designated as defendant, Denpasar State Attorney (Kejari) had secretly set Prof. WR as a suspect. Determination of WR as a suspect was immediately announced by Head of Denpasar State Attorney, I.B. Siwananda, last Wednesday (Jun 30). Accompanied by the Head of Special Crime Section (Kasi Pidsus) of Kejari Denpasar, Ridwan Kadir, the official who served in the office of Attorney General from this Friday, said the case had been upgraded to investigation stage. “An investigation warrant (Sprindik) has already existed since last May 25, 2010. Therefore, we have determined the suspect. Today, investigation is underway and there is a possibility on the addition of new defendant,” he said. When asked whether the WR was someone who had been frequently mentioned by witnesses in court of the same case as defendant Nyoman Sutedja and Nyoman Sanggra? While smiling Siwananda said that all would know what he meant. “I think you surely have known about the matter,” he said.
This former Head of Amlapura State Attorney confirmed that the upgrading of the case was absolutely not caused by an order, pressure or intervention from any party. It was purely based on the result of investigation plus some evidences found. “Please be written, that the upgrading status of this case is not caused by any order, pressure or intervention,” he asserted. Why this case was just revealed to surface, according to Siwananda, it could not be separated from the outbreak of concentration of the investigator, because they should handle the trial process and open a new page the same case. “We do this in a hurry. On the one hand, of the first case of ISI is still under trial process, while on the other hand, we begin a new investigation. So, we should focus on accomplishing them one by one,” he explained. Meanwhile, Legal Counsel Suardana acting on behalf of WR considered such determination was highly influenced by political nuance. With the intervention of political elements in the field of law enforcement, it was believed there would be a weak point. “It is the right of investigators to determine our client as a suspect. However, we will prove everything in the trial later on,” he asserted. (015)
Rabies Prevention at Denpasar
Animal Husbandry, Fishery and Marine Agency Redo Rabies Vaccination Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Rabies spreading is still threatening Denpasar and so Denpasar Animal Husbandry, Fishery and Marine Agency (Disnakanlut) came up with a new idea to minimalise the threat by redoing rabies vaccinations or called sweeping. This was confirmed by the Agency’s head, Ir. I Dewa Made Ngurah, who was met during Denpasar City House of Representatives’ plenary session on Wednesday (30/6). Dewa Ngurah mentioned the Denpasar Government’s effort to anticipate rabies will never stop. This was then seen by having the mass vaccinations again. “Villages with rabies threats will be prioritized, for its animal victims and people too,” Ngurah stated. This is done again as some dogs weren’t vaccine yet in the previous one. Through this, he hoped those who have rabies infected pet dogs can be given a vaccine. The method they’re going to use is by going to houses doorto-door. This had to be done as some residents won’t go to the
communal meeting place (balai banjar). These residents attitude is dangerous and can be the source of rabies. In an infected area, ideally all animals infected should vaccine to minimalise the threat. “Minimally all the animals in that infected area 70 percent should have been given vaccines,” Ngurah explained. Besides this sweeping, officials are also going to do socializing and eliminating. Officials have prepared some supporting equipments such as tulup, nets, and more. “This tulup equipment is to be used for vaccination or to kill by placing the poison inside the equipment,” Ngurah added. Dewa Ngurah admitted the vaccine prepared for this program reached 9.500 doze and hoped will be used this year. Meanwhile the vaccination used since the beginning of the year until June was more than 18.700 and eliminated 5.000 dogs, positive cases reached m28 dogs spread in 19 villages. “And the human victims reached 6 people in 1 ½ years time,” Ngurah concluded. (kmb12)
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Vengeful new militant group emerges in Pakistan Associated Press Writer
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistani authorities now believe a dangerous new militant group, out to avenge a deadly army assault on a mosque in Islamabad three years ago, has carried out several major bombings in the capital previously blamed on the Taliban. The emergence of the Ghazi Force was part of the outrage among many deeply religious Pakistani Muslims over the July 2007 attack by security forces against the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, a stronghold of Islamic militants. The fierce attack, in which scores of young, heavily armed religious students died, inspired a new generation of militants. These Pakistanis have turned against a government they felt has betrayed them and, to their dismay, backed the U.S. role in neighboring Afghanistan. The brief but bloody history of the Ghazi Force illustrates the unintended results of Pakistan’s policy of promoting Islamic extremists to fight India in the disputed area of Kashmir. That policy — which Pakistan denies it pursues — now threatens regional stability as the U.S. and Pakistan’s other Western partners pour billions of dollars into
the country to stop the rise of Islamic militancy. The new group is made up of relatives of students who died in the Red Mosque assault. It is named after the students’ leader, Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was also killed. The mosque’s adjacent religious school, or madrassa, had been a sanctuary for militants opposed to Pakistan’s support of the U.S.-run war in Afghanistan. Private television stations broadcast vivid scenes of the assault — commandos in black fatigues rapelling down ropes, the crackle of gunfire, bodies of blackshrouded girls carried out through the smoldering gates. Those images stunned the nation, especially families of the students and Pakistanis with deep religious feelings. Islamabad’s inspector general of police, Kalim Imam, told The Associated Press that the Ghazi Force was behind most of the deadliest attacks in the capital during the last three years. The attacks targeted the military, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency or ISI — which had ties to a number of militants — and a five-star hotel frequented by foreigners and the Pakistani elite.
Soldiers belonging to Royal Gurkha Rifles fire a light gun towards an insurgent position in Nahr e Saraj, Helmand province, on June 30.
NATO kills over 30 Taliban in Afghan gunbattle Agence France Presse
KABUL – NATO forces in Afghanistan said Thursday they had killed at least 31 Taliban fighters and captured a rebel chieftain after a raid on an insurgent hideout in the southern province of Helmand. Troops called in air support during running gunbattles in the province’s troubled Baghran district which erupted after rebels attacked soldiers moving in on the compound with machine guns and rockets, it said.
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FILE - In this July 31, 2007 file photo, pro-Taliban militants take control of a mosque of a shrine which is named after Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque in Lakarai in Pakistan’s tribal area of Mohmand along Afghanistan’s border.
NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that the Taliban chief of Naw Zad, another restive district of Helmand, was injured and detained following the fighting. “Afghan and international security forces captured the Taliban district chief of Naw Zad and killed a large number of insurgents during an operation in remote Baghran district in northern Helmand province last night,” it said. German army General Josef Blotz, a spokesman for ISAF, said at least 31 insurgents had been killed in the operation. “Throughout the four-hour
firefight enemy forces attempted to use improvised explosive devices against the security force,” he told reporters, referring to home-made bombs regularly used by the Taliban. “However Afghan and coalition forces employed precision air fire and suppressed the enemy,” adding that a huge arms cache and a quantity of opium had been discovered and destroyed. Troops captured several wounded insurgents following the fighting, ISAF’s statement said, and no civilian or soldier was hurt. “This joint force operation dealt another significant blow to the Taliban network,” said Colonel William Max-
well, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Centre director. Taliban militants are waging an insurgency against tens of thousands of international troops in Afghanistan under UN mandate to help keep President Hamid Karzai government’s in power. The Taliban, who were in power between 1996 and 2001 before being toppled in a US-led invasion, have intensified their fight in recent years. In June, 102 foreign soldiers were killed in the Afghan war, making it the deadliest month for NATO in nine years of conflict. So far this year 322 troops have been killed, compared to 520 for all of 2009.
Nigeria: Sect leader threatens retaliation Associated Press Writer
LAGOS, Nigeria – A leader of a radical Muslim sect that left 700 people dead in Nigeria allegedly has issued a videotaped threat calling for new violence as the one-year anniversary of their attack nears. Imam Abubakar Shekau, whom police claimed to have killed during the July 2009 violence, told a Nigerian journalist that he had taken over as leader of the Boko Haram sect. Shekau told the reporter that he suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh during the fighting, but had been rescued by “fellow believers and protected by Allah.” “I have the intention to retaliate,” Shekau said in the local Hausa language. The Associated Press could not
immediately verify the authenticity of the recording cited by Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper Thursday. Police officials could not be immediately reached for comment. The newspaper said a reporter got the 25-minute interview with Shekau on April 19 after being blindfolded and driven to a hideout near Maiduguri, the site of much of the violence last year. The interview took place with Shekau seated before a stack of religious books and near a Kalashnikov rifle. Asked where the sect obtains weapons, Shekau answered: “We get them from where we get them. God said we should get them, the holy prophet said we should get them.” Boko Haram — which means “Western education is sacrilege” in
Hausa — has campaigned for the implementation of strict Shariah law. Nigeria, a nation of 150 million people, is divided between the Christian-dominated south and the Muslim-held north. A dozen states across Nigeria’s north already have Shariah law in place, though the area remains under the control of secular state governments. Boko Haram sect members rioted and attacked police stations and private homes a year ago this month, sparking a police crackdown. Authorities have been accused of killing Boko Haram leader MohammedYusuf while he was in custody. Police officials said he was killed while trying to escape, but army officials said he was alive when he was arrested.
AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi Chiba
A family of Indian descent watches the 2010 World Cup match Nigeria vs South Korea in Poenix township in Durban on June 22, 2010. The match ended in a 2-2 tie, giving South Korea a spot in the second round of the tournament.
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
Friday, July 2, 2010
Gunmen kill 2 Street violence hits Indian Police: men in central Sweden Kashmir for 3rd summer Associated Press Writer
STOCKHOLM – Gunmen shot and killed two men and wounded a third person in the central Swedish city of Sodertalje early Thursday, police said. Police spokeswoman Bjorn Engstrom said the men were shot at a location used for card games in the Ronna area of the city, which is about
Associated Press Writer
SRINAGAR, India – It is summertime in Indian-controlled Kashmir and the streets are roiled by unrest. Young separatist protesters in jeans and bandanas hurl rocks at Indian troops, who respond with tear gas, baton charges and live ammunition. At least 11 people have died in the past three weeks of street violence, and a round-the-clock curfew is in force. Shops, businesses, schools and government offices are shut. Authorities have postponed college examinations and have blocked text messages on cell phones in an attempt to prevent demonstrators from mobilizing. It is the third summer in a row that deadly protests have erupted, a symptom of the tensions permeating this Muslim-dominated Himalayan region, which has long chafed under Indian rule and is patrolled by hundreds of thousands of troops. A two-decade-long Islamic insurgency has waned but popular anger has not. Even moderate Kashmiris hoping for greater autonomy within India, which is predominantly Hindu, have been frustrated by the government. “The unrest has become a cycle where what people are fighting for is not even acknowledged as a political issue by New Delhi,” said Sheikh Showkat, a law professor at Kashmir University. There is a long history of separatist movements in Kashmir, which has been divided between archrivals India and Pakistan since 1947. Most were peaceful until 1989, when the bloody armed insurgency erupted, demanding India’s part of the region merge with Pakistan or get independence. More than 68,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in the uprising and subsequent In-
30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Stockholm. He said police are searching for two or three gunmen. A scooter they used in their getaway was later found burning nearby. The wounded man was hospitalized and is in a stable condition, Engstrom said.He would not give any more details about the victims because they have not been fully identified yet.
Google says China partially blocks search service Associated Press Writer
(AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Indian paramilitary soldiers beat a Kashmiri civilian during a protest in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Authorities brought new areas under curfew in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Wednesday to control the worst street violence in a year, triggered by the killing of 11 people allegedly by government forces over the past two weeks. dian crackdown, and the region remains a tinderbox waiting for a match to light. The latest street violence erupted after a police probe in June found Indian army soldiers had killed three Kashmiri civilians in a staged gunbattle and then claimed their victims were militants in order to claim a reward. The army responded by suspending two officers. In an anti-India protest following the incident, a teenager who was reportedly just passing by was killed when he was hit in the head by a tear gas grenade fired by police. That killing sparked more violent demonstrations and a police crackdown that killed 10 more people, according to police and witness reports. “Our fight is against Indian occupation and as long as this military occupation continues this place will continue to witness human rights violations,” Masarat Alam, a top separatist politician, told reporters recently. According to police, Alam has
gone underground to evade arrest. In an effort to contain the violence, authorities Wednesday expanded a curfew to most parts of Srinagar, the main city in Indian Kashmir, and the key towns of Anantnag and Baramulla. Thousands of government forces also patrolled the troubled town of Sopore, under curfew for a sixth straight day. Police have arrested about 100 top separatist leaders and activists. “This is not a simple law and order matter brought about by lack of good governance,” Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Indian Kashmir, said after three people were killed Tuesday in a shooting blamed on troops. “It is a battle of ideologies in which various anti-national forces and vested interests have come together to create trouble.” India has an estimated 700,000 soldiers in Kashmir, even though police estimate only about 500 armed rebels remain in the fight.
BEIJING – A Google search feature was blocked in China on Thursday, the company said as it awaited Beijing’s decision on whether to renew its operating license amid tensions over censorship. Mainland users were unable to use the search giant’s “suggest” feature, which offers possible results as they start to type a query, the company said. “It appears that search queries produced by Google Suggest are being blocked for mainland users in China,” said Google spokeswoman Jessica Powell in an e-mail. “Normal searches that do not use query suggestions are unaffected.” Google’s relations with Beijing have been tense since the U.S.-based search giant said in January it no longer wanted to cooperate with Chinese Web filtering following hacking attacks traced to China. Google Inc. closed its China-based search engine March 22 and began routing users to its unfiltered Hong Kong site. But the company said this week it would stop automatic switching because Beijing objected and threatened to revoke its license. The application deadline was Wednesday, and Powell said Google has received no word from regulators. She said the license runs through
2012 but must be renewed annually and declined to say what Google’s status is while it awaits an answer. The official Xinhua News Agency said “there will be a result soon” and Google was “very late” in submitting the application. Phone calls to the regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, were not answered. A foreign ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, did not answer directly when asked whether Google would be allowed to operate in China. “Internet operating companies, while doing business in China, should abide by Chinese laws and regulations,” Qin said. “We hope all foreign companies, including Internet companies, should comply with Chinese laws and regulations.” The China site, Google.cn, was operating Thursday with a tab that said “we have moved to google.com.hk.” Clicking on that took users to the Hong Kong site. The loss of its Chinese license would set back Google’s efforts to tap into the world’s most populous Internet market of nearly 400 million users. Web surfers could reach the Chinese-language Hong Kong site by typing in its address, but industry analysts say some are likely to switch to Chinese competitors such as Baidu Inc.
Naomi Campbell to testify at war crimes court Agence France Presse
THE HAGUE – Supermodel Naomi Campbell will be summoned to testify over a “blood diamond” she was allegedly given by Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, a war crimes court announced Thursday.
British supermodel Naomi Campbell will be summoned to testify over a “blood diamond” she was allegedly given by Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, according to a war crimes court for Siera Leone.
Taylor has been on trial since 2008 for his alleged role in the civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone, accused of arming rebels in return for illegally mined diamonds. The Special Court for Sierra Leone, sitting the The Hague, ruled that Campbell be subpoenaed to appear before the court to answer claims by actress Mia Farrow that Campbell was given the diamond by Taylor after a dinner hosted by former South African president Nelson Mandela in September 1997. “What it is going to happen now is just a matter of when it happens,” the court spokesman Peter Andersen told AFP.
(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, a surveillance camera is seen in front of the Google China headquarters in Beijing, China. Google Inc. said one of its Web search features was blocked in China on Thursday, July 1, 2010 as the company awaited Beijing’s decision on whether to renew its operating license in their latest skirmish over censorship.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Indonesian student stabbed to death in Thai South Antara
NARATHIWAT - An 18-year-old Indonesian religious student was stabbed to death at a mosque in the restive Thai south on Thursday, police said.
AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD
Obama film co-director Damien Dematra (L) poses with Ilham Anas, (R), the Indonesian look alike of US President Barack Obama at the Jakarta cinema house on June 30, 2010 for the debut screening of “Obama Anak Menteng” or “Obama the Menteng Kid”, a film about Obama’s childhood days in Indonesia.
Obama movie set for debut in Indonesia Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - A film about US President Barack Obama’s childhood days in Indonesia debuts in Jakarta on Wednesday, promising a very different perspective on the man in the White House. The film, “Obama Anak Menteng” or “Obama the Menteng Kid”, is set in the upscale Jakarta neighbourhood of Menteng where Obama lived from 1967 to 1971 with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. Co-director Damien Dematra said it would show the US president in a light that Americans might find strange. “Viewers, especially Westerners, will see a different world. They’ll see Obama eating chicken satay, not hamburgers. They’ll see his neighbours and friends wearing chequered sarongs and Muslim caps,” he told AFP. Even so, producers skirted controversy surrounding the extent that Islam influenced Obama’s early years in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. A scene showing Obama, who is Christian, praying like a Muslim
was dropped as it was deemed “too political”, Dematra said. “He was just imitating other kids when they were praying but it didn’t mean he wanted to be Muslim. That scene wasn’t even shot because I didn’t want people to take it out of context and use it against him,” he said. Based on his interviews with Obama’s surviving neighbours and friends in the Indonesian capital, Dematra claims the film is “60 percent fact and 40 percent fiction”. It features a cast of little-known Indonesian actors and was filmed in just over a month in the West Java city of Bandung — which retains some of the sleepy charm of 1960s Menteng. Its budget was a million dollars, Dematra said. Twelve-year-old American Hasan Faruq Ali plays Obama, or Barry as the president was known to his schoolmates. Like Obama, Ali — who had no prior acting experience — is the son of a mixed-race couple and moved from the United States to Indonesia as a toddler. He speaks Indonesian and English, just as Obama switched between his mother-tongue with his
parents and Indonesian with his friends. Clips available on the Internet show “little Barry” learning to box with his stepfather after getting into a shoolyard fight, but ultimately learning to resolve conflicts through means other than violence. “You’re from the West, but black. You’ve got weird hair and a big nose,” a neighbourhood boy replies when Obama introduces himself as Barry. “We have to stick together to achieve our goals and resolve our problems and fights,” Barry later tells his friends. Dematra said he did not want the film to be political, but to give viewers a sense of how Indonesia’s cultural diversity — mostly Muslim but with significant Hindu, Christian and other minorities — might have influenced “this pluralist and inspiring figure”. But the trip, like another scheduled for March, was postponed due to pressing issues in the United States. Obama is now expected in November. The makers are hoping to release the film internationally in September.
The victim was knifed seven times while he slept in the mosque in Sungai Kolok, a border town in Narathiwat province. Six other students were sleeping nearby but nobody else was harmed in the attack, police said. The initial investigation suggested the attacked was linked to a
personal quarrel with local teenagers, rather than the insurgency that has gripped the Muslim-majority southernmost provinces of Thailand for six years. More than 4,100 people — both Buddhists and Muslims — have been killed during the rebellion, which is led by shadowy Islamic separatist militants.
Indonesian police to sue magazine over pig cover Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Indonesian police will sue a news magazine over a story on corruption because the cover depicted an officer with piggy banks, and pigs are considered dirty in Islam, the police chief said Thursday. The threat of legal action against the publishers of Tempo magazine, a respected Indonesian and Englishlanguage weekly, came days after it ran an in-depth feature on alleged police graft and embezzlement. National police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri did not respond to the corruption allegations but said officers had been “hurt” and angered by the report, particularly the piggy banks on the cover. He claimed that the magazine had depicted police as pigs, when in fact the cover shows a graphic of a uniformed officer with three piggy banks on leashes made of yellow crime-scene tape. “The fact that we are illustrated as pigs hurts us a lot,” Danuri told
reporters after attending a service to mark the 64th anniversary of the establishment of the mainly Muslim country’s police force. “Don’t illustrate us like that. We’ll try to prevent our personnel from being angry because they were illustrated as pigs, which is haram (forbidden). This will definitely provoke our personnel,” he added. The June 28 edition of Tempo explored evidence of embezzlement among senior officers, some of whom were allegedly found to have millions of dollars in bank accounts. The Indonesian police force is seen as one of the most corrupt institutions in one of the most corrupt countries in the world. It also stands accused of torture and abuse including against political prisoners and women. US-based lobby group Human Rights Watch said in a report in May that Indonesia’s criminal libel and defamation laws were increasingly being used to intimidate whistle-blowers and silence critics of powerful institutions.
Government to issue new power rates Antara
JAKARTA - The government will issue energy and mineral resources decree No 7 of 2010 dated June 30, 2010, on new power rates. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Darwin Saleh said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the decree will serve as a legal umbrella
in the introduction of an average of 10 percent raise in power rates starting on July 1, 2010. “The power rates (TDL) hike by an average of 10 percent is carried in energy and mineral resources ministrial decree no 7 of 2010 on power rates provided by state power company PT PLN,” he said. The ministerial decree is based on
Law No 47 of 2009 on the 2010 State Budget, revised in Law No 2 of 2010 on the revised 2010 State Budget on subsidized electricity of Rp55.1 trillion. The TDL hike had also considered the approval of the House Commission VII in the hearing with the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister of June 15, 2010. With approval of the House Com-
mission VII, the TDL hike did not include customers including business companies with a capacity of 450 volt ampere (VA), 900 VA and 6,600 VA and higher. The Ministerial Decree No 7 replaces Presidential Decree No 104 of 2003 on PLN’s TDL. He also said that energy and mineral resources ministrial decree No 7 of 2010 was about PLN’s obligation to meet the
set criterion of service quality. PLN’s Business and Management Risk Director Murtaqi Syamsuddin added that the service quality criterion covers duration and frequency of a power disruption, mistakes in power meeting readings, speed in power connection, and speed and effectiveness in dealing with power disruptions.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Bali Today Hotels and restaurants closed on account of low tourist visits Bali Post
AMLAPURA - Closure of hotels and restaurants also expanded to Candidasa and Tulamben area. The Cedi Hotel at Buitan Manggis has never operated and instantly turned dormant. Now, its property becomes a haunted house, partly collapsed. Tourism practitioner who is also a legislator of Karangasem House, IGA Mas Sumatri, recognized that many hotels and restaurants in Karangasem grew dormant. It also included the Candi Dasa Beach II, which was not fully in operation. Understandably, the operational costs only must be funded by external cost. It is considered, the number of hotel room and restaurant exceeds the tourists that would like to stay or eat. Advisor of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Karangasem Regency, Nyoman Sadra, who is now also turning his professions into a legislator in the Lava Land, revealed the same opinion. According to both legislators, Karangasem Regency Government, in this regard the Karangasem Culture and Tourism Services should find out the valid data, how many was the average of tourist visit coming and needing a hotel room in Karangasem. Having obtained the proper data, it should be followed by calculation of the actual number of room and restaurant seat required. By doing so, it would not encourage people to sell or contract their land to investors, and then due to insufficiency of tourist visit the
projects would then be neglected. “On that account, do not assume the regionally generated revenue (PAD) will definitely increase in keeping with the growing number of hotels and restaurants, although tourists are deserted,” added Sadra. He admitted that he could not help wondering, when many hotels and restaurants were uninhabited, low room occupancy rates and even forced to close, but the permit of villa residence belonging to foreign investors or joint venture with local people, even increasingly penetrated into remote villages, hilltops and foot of mountain. “What’s up now? Is it because we are unable to manage tourism in our own homes?” questioned Sadra again. Added, tourism objects and attractions in Karangasem were sold cheaply. It was not far different where the employees were paid cheaply and they were even regarded as a housemaid. This mainly happened to the
Friday, July 2, 2010
Time : 09.00 – Finished Activity : Workshop Place : Natya Mandala ISI Denpasar Time : 10.00 - 12.00 Activity : Legong gender creation with Tiger Barong by Yayasan Seni Puspa Kirana, Banjar Tangkup, Kedisan village, Gianyar Place : Kalangan Angsoka Time : 17.00 - 18.30 Activity : Joged bumbung dance Banjar Payuk Tembuku, Bangli Place : Kalangan Ayodya Time : 19.30 - 21.00 Activity : Wayang kulit parade by Puppet master Gede Sugiantara from Tejakula village, Buleleng Place : Wantilan Time : 20.00 - 22.00 Activity : Drama Gong parade by Tabanan Place : Gedung Ksirarnawa Time : 20.00 - 22.00 Activity : Balaganjur parade to accompanied the performance by Klungkung, Jembrana, Karangasem, and Tabanan regencies Place : ISI Denpasar open stage Time : 20.00 - 23.00 Activity : Children’s Gong Kebyar parade by Sekaa gong anak-anak Rare Angon SMPN 2 Abiansemal, Badung with Sekaa Gong Alit Puspa Sari Banjar Suda Kanginan Kediri, Tabanan Place : Ardha Candra open stage
villa of foreign investment or joint venture with local partner in disguise as private residential house. Sadra added at the area of Jasri Beach laid approximately 50 villas. Based on information received, the condition of labor was immensely apprehensive. Some of them were paid at IDR 75 thousand a month. They were considered lower than a housemaid. Due to low salaries, last year many employees left hotels or villas and turned their profession into a teacher. Chairman of PHRI Karangasem, Wayan Tama, admitted that many hotels and restaurants were dormant or closed. However, since investors never returned their permit, local government then considered they were still in operation. Unpaid Hotel and Restaurant Tax has been considered as remainder. “Ideally, related agencies, Regional Revenue Services (Dispenda) and Culture and Tourism Services should recheck or perform data collection to the field in order they could understand about the actual situation whether they are still in operation but recalcitrant to deposit the tax or already bankrupt. On that account, we are not necessary to wait for the hotel and restaurant taxes (PHR)
The photo show view of Candidasa village at Karangasem regency of Bali Island. Closure of hotels and restaurants also expanded to Candidasa and Tulamben area. The Cedi Hotel at Buitan Manggis has never operated and instantly turned dormant. Now, its property becomes a haunted house, partly collapsed. and considered them as claims whereas the hotel and restaurant themselves had been bankrupt and closed down for so long,” he said. Tama who is also a legislator of Karangasem House said to have not known for sure about how many hotels or restaurants were closed in Karangasem. Because, hotels and restaurant that had been closed or not in operation did not reported or return their license. “We recommend to
record intensively the hotels or restaurants that are still in operation or closed,” he said. In the meantime, the Head of Dispenda Karangasem, I Gede Adnya Mulyadi, acknowledged being difficult to attract taxes or levies from the villas or a house owned by a foreigner or joint venture with local people being under disguise of residential house. His party, the Karangasem House, suggested a solution by making a regulation. (bud)
Rural tourism in Badung:
Pangsan Village as a pilot project Development of tourism sector in Badung Regency is expected to become motivator of a variety of existing socio-economic potentials. In addition, it is also intended for the welfare and intellectual life of Badung society. Therefore, Badung Regency began to develop and pioneer the community-based cultural tourism, as well as to pay attention to environmental aspects. “It is one of the destination development models that can protect the culture of community, to preserve the environment and to involve the public directly. As the result, Badung started building rural tourism,” said the Head of Badung Government Tourism Office, Made Subawa, recently. It was also said that the current rural tourism was one of the flagship
programs of the Tourism Office of Badung Regency. As a flagship program, it was expected to open new job opportunities in rural areas, to tackle poverty, to invite the community to implement the behavior of Clean and Healthy Living (PHBS). “Based on monitoring in the field, there are currently a number of villages that have the potential to be developed into rural tourism. One of them is Pangsan Village,” he said. Pangsan Village has panoramic and pristine views and various tourist attractions such as rafting and trekking. Rafting has a mileage of 2.5 hours, while two lines of trekking have relatively hard trekking level with a distance of 5 km and soft-trekking with a distance of about 2 km. The atmosphere of the route to lo-
cation of rafting and trekking activity is also very beautiful. Because, when having a promenade around the field, you will be presented with unique attraction of plowing rice fields by Bali cow, planting rice, harvesting rice and other integrated attractions. All of these activities have been perfectly packed into a single entity called Simantri (integrated farming system). “This is what we have developed at Pangsan Village, so that this village becomes a pilot project for the Bali Provincial Government which is currently developing a variety of programs that also involves plantation, animal husbandry and fishery, including the processing of livestock waste that can produce gas and energy used directly by households,” he said. (image/015)
Friday, July 2, 2010
Balinese Culture UDANG PANTUNG KUNING
Bali Arts Festival 2010:
(Lobster in Yellow Sauce)
A festive extravaganza for all communities The 32nd annual Bali Arts Festival (BAF) is the event to shows off some stunning treasures of Balinese arts from the classical to contemporary ones and involves school children to the elderly. For the whole month, Balinese community and visitors will have an extravaganza. So, do not miss it! Balinese artists, community and visitors from around the world will come together and indulge their art appetite in the season of art performances on the bijou island of Bali. It really belongs to them. Participating artists in the festival have made their best preparation finalized through ‘preliminary session’ of Bali Arts Festival held by regencies/city across Bali. Of course, they would like to show off their best for the sake of their respective region. Perhaps, the most attractive and wanted program in the festival is the gamelan orchestra and dance shows. One of the objectives of the arts festival is to preserve the ancient or classical arts once existed in Bali. Without this endeavor, many dance and gamelan composition treasures owned by Bali may have come to the edge of extinction. Young generation tends to leave their tradition and gets absorbed in living their life with daily routines. So, the presence of festival will revive those dormant arts.
It is something like new rendezvous between the arts themselves with their former spectators and young generation. Gamelan composition like Gong Kebyar always draw myriad of spectators through the years. As if the dynamic tones and lively spirits of the composition could have conjured up every single spectator in the amphitheater. Or dancedrama taking the sequels of Mahabharata or Ramayana all the times had some humorous interludes. It drove people to guffaw. Seemingly, to local people, without seeing these performances would be incomplete. Meanwhile, another kind of dance called Joged Bumbung is no less attractive to see. This social dance can be said as an interactive dance as the beautiful dancer will have a session where she invites one of the spectators to join the dance. This invitation is shown by offering shawl to the appointed audience. All regions across Bali have this Joged Bumbung dance with slightly different version. The dance itself is merely intended for entertainment purpose. Other than performances above, it also presents some kid traditional games and gallivanting shows. According to local tradition, the latter is intended to exorcise the evil spirits from the territory of customary
village. For the show, customary villager or art troupe dances a barong effigy supported by two players. It is performed from one entrance gates to another throughout the village where every family will offer some oblations and in exchange they will obtain holy water to be sprinkled within the house compound and to the entire family members for the unseen (niskala) security. Hindu psalmody known as kekawin or kidung also jazzes up the festival. It is presented through Utsawa Dharma Gita event or literally means the festival of the songs on dharma. This involves participants of adult and school children. Other than deepening of religious teaching, it also aims at implanting the love to religious literature and entertainment. Like welcoming the New Year, this arts festival always offers the old and new ‘art products.’ Aside from the basic contents of the festival as mentioned above, it also gives opportunity to local handicrafts, painting exhibition, fashion shows, flower arrangement and Balinese traditional culinary festival. To sum up, Bali Arts Festival has some 100 hundreds of attractions for you to explore. It is the right rendezvous for art enjoyers from around the world while taking pleasure in the magnificence of Bali Island! (BTN/punia)
OVERVIEW: A real gourmet treat from Bali, this could also be made with huge prawns. In Bali, coconut chunks are roasted directly on charcoal, then the charred skin scrapped off and the flesh grated for making the coconut milk. INGREDIENTS: 4 sml lobsters, weighing about 500 gr each or 1 kg large prawns 5 cups water 2 lemongrass, bruised 2 fragrant lime leaves 4 cups coconut milk few drops white vinegar fried shallots to garnish SPICE PASTE: 5 red chilies, seeded and chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 7 shallots, peeled and chopped 5 cm fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped 5 cm ginger, peeled and chopped 4 candlenuts 1 ½ tsp coriander ½ tsp dried shrimp paste toasted 1 sml tomato, peeled and seeded 2 tbsp oil 1 ½ tbsp tamarind pulp 1 salam leaf 1 lemon grass, bruised PREPARATION: Prepare spice paste by grinding or blending all ingredients except oil, tamarind, salam leaf and lemongrass. Heat oil, add spice paste and all other ingredients. Cook over moderate heat for about 5 minutes, then cool. Wash lobsters and leave whole. Bring water to the boil, add lobsters and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lobsters, plunge in iced water for 1 minutes, then drain and remove meat. Return shells to the pot of water, keeping lobster meat aside. Add spice paste, lemongrass, lime leaves and vinegar to the water with the shells and simmer until 4 cups of stock remain. Add coconut milk and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain stock and return to pan. Add lobster and simmer for 1 minute. Serve garnished with fried shallots and accompanied by white rice.
Bali Post/Eka Adhyasa
Ngelawang performance that can be seen by tourists at The 32nd Bali Art Festival that being held in Art Center. The 32nd annual Bali Arts Festival (BAF) is the event to shows off some stunning treasures of Balinese arts from the classical to contemporary ones and involves school children to the elderly.
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Friday, July 2, 2010
Enjoy the uniqueness of Nusa Lembongan LIKE the water flows, myriad of foreign tourists throng the island of Nusa Lem bongan. So, it is not mistaken if this bijou island becomes one of the most popular marine tourist attractions. Every day, they come to the tiny island located in the Klungkung Regency. Even, during peak season the number of tourists coming can reach 1,500 people. Sweetness of honey belongs to Nusa Lembongan makes a number of cruise companies selling holiday package over there. One of them is Bounty Cruise based at Benoa Harbor. In the morning at around 9:30 am Local Time, Bounty Cruise has started its voyage to Nusa Lembongan. Passengers are just like a king because they are served by the crews amicably. Like the facility on a luxury cruise, breakfast is available aboard. In order to enjoy the facility, tourists must purchase a ticket at IDR 700,000 for foreign tourists and IDR 500,000 for domestic tourists. Interestingly, there is a holiday package specially intended for local residents of
Bali at very cheap and affordable price, namely IDR 300,000 per person. With such budget, we are able to enjoy many games and facilities. Eating as you like, can take advantage of the games like banana boat, snorkeling, enjoying the beautiful streets of Nusa Lembongan Island up to playing water slide. However, if you want to try diving or jet skiing additional cost will be charged. Owner of the Bounty Cruise, Gede Wiratha, said it was time for the people of Bali to know more. â€œForeign tourists come to Bali for a holiday. Why do not we vacation in our own home? Therefore, we give special price to the local community. They also need to enjoy the beauty of Bali,â€? he said with a distinctive style. The voyage from Benoa to Nusa Lembongan Island takes approximately one hour by speed at 20-25 knots or 45 kilometers per hour. During the voyage, we get to enjoy some entertainment, ranging from watching films to sing along on the boat deck. Songs played by the
bands are adjusted to the tourist market. On Monday, for example, is specifically serving tourists from China, so the song played is a Mandarin song. At around 10:30 am, the voyage
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from restaurants to a variety of games. This place is also used as a transit point to the island of Nusa Lembongan by using a boat with a distance of about one kilometer. (BTN/Doc)
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BUSINESS Swedish central bank raises rate as economy grows fast Agence France-Presse
STOCKHOLM - Sweden’s central bank raised its main interest rate by 0.25 points to 0.5 percent on Thursday, a move expected amid a strong rebound in the country’s economy, and it forecast more growth this year. “The Swedish economy is developing strongly following the severe downturn. The repo rate now needs to be raised gradually towards more normal levels to attain the inflation target of two percent and to ensure stable growth in the real economy,” the Riksbank said in a statement. Eight analysts interviewed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast the 0.25-percentage-point increase. The central bank also significantly increased its economic growth forecast for this year to 3.8 percent, up from 2.2 percent forecast in May, but said Sweden’s gross domestic product (GDP) would grow just 3.6 percent in 2011, down from its May estimate of 3.7 percent growth. After being hard-hit by the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Sweden has bounced back and taken a lead in the European economic recovery. In the first quarter this year, the Scandinavian country’s economy grew significantly, jumping 1.4 percent from output the previous quarter and 3.0 percent on a 12-month basis, according to official statistics.
But the central bank cautioned on Thursday that the economic situation abroad could still slow Sweden’s recovery. “The uncertain public finances situation abroad means at the same time that many countries need to tighten their fiscal policy substantially to reduce their budget deficits,” the bank said. “This tightening is expected to dampen GDP growth in the euro area, which will also hold back GDP growth and inflation in Sweden in the long run,” it added. Until its latest decision, the bank’s main interest rate had been at a historic low of 0.25 percent since the beginning of July 2009, or exactly one year. A number of analysts had recently warned of the risk of a real estate bubble if the rates were maintained at such a low level. The Riksbank meanwhile said Thursday it expected its repo rate to remain at 0.5 percent through the third quarter, before raising it to 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter and gradually pushing it up to 2.1 percent by the third quarter next year.
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Toyota Motor’s Lexus brand staff dusts a Lexus luxury car at a Tokyo showroom on July 1, 2010.
Toyota leads domestic sales recovery despite recall woes Agence France-Presse
TOKYO - Toyota Motor continued to lead the recovery of domestic sales among major Japanese automakers despite a succession of recalls, an industry body said Thursday. The world’s leading automaker sold 140,207 vehicles in Japan in June, up 26.7 percent from the same month last year, when the world’s largest automaker struggled in the deep, global financial crisis. The speed of Toyota’s recovery outpaced the Japanese auto sector as a whole, whose collective sales volume rose 20.6 percent on year to 293,537 units in the month, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said
Separately, Toyota’s luxury Lexus brand also increased its June sales by 16.3 percent to 2,151 cars on year. Toyota has enjoyed steady recovery of its sales since the industrywide crisis of last year, when global auto sales plunged as banks hesitated to issue loans to consumers, who watched their budget due to the slow economy. But robust demand in Asia has helped to buoy sales and production of Japanese automakers. Second-largest maker Honda Motor increased its June sales by 18.5 percent to 44,377 from the same month last year. Sales of third-ranked Nissan Motor rose by 11.5 percent to 43,313. Toyota has benefited from cus-
tomer loyalty, after the company withdrew around 10 million vehicles worldwide since late last year for safety issues. Following the global recall woe, which is linked with fatal accidents in the US market and has resulted in colossal lawsuits, Toyota had to also recall a number of cars over minor defects. In the latest blow to the brand, Toyota warned on Thursday of an engine fault worldwide in eight models of its luxury Lexus and Crown sedans, potentially requiring a recall that could affect up to 270,000 units. The carmaker on Wednesday issued a total of 50,839 recalls in Japan over faulty airbags and seat belts in models built between 2000-2001.
expectations of an imminent rise in the key interest rate from its current record low 2 percent. “A surge in overseas demand for semiconductors and automobiles contributed to the unprecedented export and trade balance figures,” said An Byung-Hwa, head of the ministry’s export-import division. An, quoted by Yonhap news agency, said exports of semiconductors jumped 97.3 percent year-onyear and automobiles gained 57.7 percent. An said a sharp rise in shipments to China and developing economies fuelled the gains last month, although exports to the United States,
Japan and the European Union also rose compared to June 2009. The ministry report forecast a trade surplus of 18.94 billion dollars in the first half, with exports gaining 35.0 percent on-year to 222.45 billion and imports rising 40.0 percent to 203.50 billion. The country’s industrial output grew year-on-year in May for the 11th straight month, in another sign that the economy is rebounding fast from the global downturn. The finance ministry has raised its growth projection for this year to 5.8 percent, up from 5.0 percent previously and compared to actual growth of just 0.2 percent last year.
Japan becomes Sri Lanka’s top lender: treasury South Korea reports record trade surplus Agence France-Presse
COLOMBO - Japan has emerged as Sri Lanka’s biggest single lender for the first four months of 2010, overtaking China, Russia and the World Bank, the treasury said Thursday. Japan, which lent 421.8 million dollars to build roads, a hydro power project, a hospital and clean water facilities, accounted for about a third of the 1.49 billion dollars in funds received from January to April this year. Sri Lanka received a total of 2.2 billion dollars in foreign loans and grants last year, with China accounting for more than half of that at 1.2 billion dollars. Sri Lanka depends on Japan, India
and China for aid as traditional Western donors have curbed financial assistance due to Sri Lanka’s human rights record and the government’s handling of the final days of the civil war last year. The United Nations estimates some 7,000 people were killed during the final months of the 37-year ethnic conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels, which ended when government forces wiped out the rebels’ top leadership in May 2009. The US has scaled back military assistance to Colombo, while Germany and Britain have pruned aid to Sri Lanka. The European Union is withdrawing trade concessions to Sri Lanka from August 15.
SEOUL - South Korea recorded its largest-ever trade surplus of 7.472 billion dollars in June thanks to healthy overseas demand, official figures showed Thursday. Exports rose 32.4 percent from a year earlier to 42.653 billion dollars while imports increased 36.9 percent to 35.181 billion, according to preliminary trade data released by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. The previous record surplus was 6.5 billion dollars in June 2009. The figure is the latest in a series of strong economic data for Asia’s fourth largest economy, and will fuel
Friday, July 2, 2010
Rapper Lil Wayne gets probation on drug charge Reuters
PHOENIX – Rapper Lil Wayne, already serving one year in a New York jail for a gun-related crime, was sentenced on Wednesday to three years probation in Arizona on a drug possession charge. Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was spared time in an Arizona jail under a plea deal stemming from his January 2008 arrest at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in the state. Under the deal, the 30-year-old Grammy winner pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug. Three other drug and weapons charges were dismissed. Wayne appeared in court via a video hookup from New York, where he has been jailed since March after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. James Tilson, Carter’s Arizona attorney, said he was pleased with the court’s action. “We’re quite glad that we were able to wrap everything up,” Tilson told Reuters. “It’s a favorable plea agreement that will allow Mr. Carter to pursue his career.” Carter will begin his Arizona probation following his New York sentence, Tilson said. The rapper’s tour bus, carrying 11 others, was stopped and searched by Border Patrol authorities after they said they were alerted by a drug-sniffing dog. Agents found nearly four ounces of marijuana, an ounce of cocaine, 41 grams of Ecstasy and a .40-caliber pistol registered to Carter. Carter, whose album “Tha Carter III” was the biggestselling U.S. release of 2008 and won him best rap album and three other prizes at the 2009 Grammy Awards. His album “Rebirth” was released on February 2 after delays and largely negative reviews.
After buying tickets for the two Twilight series movies about 1 1/2 months ago, Alice Griffin, 23, of Las Cruces becomes excited Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Cineport 10 in Las Cruces, N.M., upon realizing she will be seeing the third movie, ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,’ premiering at midnight.
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‘Eclipse’ howls past midnight record with $30M Associated Press Writer
John Woo receives hometown honors in Hong Kong Associated Press Writer
HONG KONG – John Woo has received one of the top official honors awarded by his hometown Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government announced Thursday the veteran director has been bestowed the Silver Bauhinia Star in recognition of his contributions to Hong Kong and Chinese cinema. The award is named after the semiautonomous territory’s official flower. Woo made his name in Hong Kong with stylish action thrillers before moving onto Hollywood, where his credits include “Face/Off” and “Mission: Impossible II.” He returned to Chinese film in 2008 with the twopart historical epic “Red Cliff.” Hong Kong announced its annual honors list Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule.
LOS ANGELES – “The Twilight Saga” has rung up another record midnight hour. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” took in more than $30 million from midnight screenings Wednesday, according to distributor Summit Entertainment. That surpassed the previous midnight record of $26.3 million set on opening day last November by its predecessor, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” Summit was still counting the numbers and was not expected to have a final overnight number until Thursday. But Summit reported the figure was likely to come in signifi-
cantly higher than $30 million. The huge start for “Eclipse” puts the latest chapter in the vampire-romance series on track for one of the biggest opening days ever. “New Moon” also holds that record, taking in $72.7 million in its first day. The new midnight record is even more impressive considering “Eclipse” managed it in the middle of the week. “New
Moon” opened on Friday, typically a busier day at theaters. Fans lined up Tuesday hours ahead of the first midnight show times for “Eclipse,” which continues the story of brooding teen Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her love triangle with vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). With the Fourth of July weekend ahead, “Eclipse” is positioned for a colossal first five days. The record five-day haul for a movie opening on Wednesday is $200 million for last year’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
Julianne Hough keeps coy on Ryan Seacrest rumors Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country singer and “Dancing With The Stars” pro Julianne Hough isn’t making her romantic life public, but she is giving hints that rumors linking her to “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest are true. When asked Tuesday whether she is dating Seacrest, Hough laughed and said that she wasn’t going to confirm or deny anything. While she answered, Hough looked up and to the right with a coy smile on her face. Hough went on to say: “Ryan’s great. He’s a really good guy.” Hough was in Nashville to participate in the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp for people with Williams Syndrome. She sang karaoke with the campers at a local bar and signed autographs. AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File
FILE - In this July 29, 2008 file photo, Hong Kong director John Woo looks on during an interview in Hong Kong. Woo has received one of the top official honors awarded by his hometown Hong Kong.
FILE - In this June 9, 2010 file photo, Julianne Hough attends the 2010 CMT Music Awards, in Nashville, Tenn.
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A virtual picture released by French science institute CNRS shows the external (L) and internal morphology of a fossil, found at a site in Franceville, Gabon. Scientists unveiled fossils from west Africa Thursday that push back the dawn of multicellular life on Earth by at least 1.5 billion years. AFP/CNRS/El Albani//Mazurier
Study pushes back dawn of multicellular life on Earth Agence France Presse
PARIS – Scientists unveiled fossils from west Africa Thursday that push back the dawn of multicellular life on Earth by at least 1.5 billion years. Just how complex the newly discovered organisms are is sure to be hotly debated. But there can be no doubt that the creatures unearthed from the hills of Gabon, visible to the naked eye, have upended standard evolutionary timelines. “The cursor on the origin of complex multicellular life is no longer 600 million years ago, as has long been maintained, but more like 2.1 billion years,” said Abderrazak El Albani, a researcher at the University of Poitiers and lead author of the study. The findings were published in the British journal Nature. Up to now, conventional scientific wisdom held that the planet was populated only by single-celled microbes until the so-called Cambrian explosion, a major surge of biodiversity that began some 600 million years ago. Ever-more complex life forms
emerged rapidly from there, eventually creating an evolutionary tree with homo sapiens atop one of its branches. “Multicellularity represents one of the principle thresholds in evolutionary history,” Philip Donoghue and Jonathan Antcliffe from the University of Bristol said in a commentary, also in Nature. But the new organism, which appears to have lived in colonies, shows that the drive toward complexity began much sooner. Shaped like cookies with ragged edges and a lumpy interior, more than 250 specimens have been found so far, El Albani said. “They have different body shapes, and vary in size from one to 12 centimetres (0.4 to 5.0 inches),” he told AFP by phone. The fossilised creatures may also have crossed an-
other threshold of evolution far earlier than any other known organism. Unlike simple bacteria, their cells appear to have membrane-bound nucleus housing and protecting its chromosomes, the genetic blueprints for life. Geochemical analysis shows that the organisms lived in slightly-oxygenated ocean waters, leading the researchers to speculate that oxygen may have been an essential catalyst for the leap from single- to multi-cell life forms. “The Proterozoic Eon saw two major events of oxygen buildup in the atmosphere and the oceans,” El Albani explained. The first of these would have occurred just before the Gabon specimens emerged, and the second ahead of the Cambian explosion. Earth’s earliest, primitive life forms are thought to have sparked to life about 3.9 billion years ago after the socalled Late Heavy Bombardment, a 100-million-year fusillade during which our young planet was pummeled by meteorites that blasted craters the size of Thailand and France.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Cholesterol drugs for the healthy still debatable Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO – Should healthy people with low cholesterol take a pill to lower their cholesterol even more in hopes of preventing heart problems? The question is dividing heart doctors and confusing patients. An analysis published Monday questions research that led federal regulators to allow the statin drug Crestor wider use for prevention. The Food and Drug Administration broadened Crestor’s market to millions more people in February, partly because of a study reported in 2008 by Crestor’s maker. Consequently, more doctors are putting healthy people on statin drugs, sometimes inappropriately, heart doctors say. And they say too little attention is paid to potential risks, such as developing diabetes. The earlier Crestor study funded by AstraZeneca PLC was controversial from the start. Its findings: Crestor cut the risk of certain heart problems in half for the middleaged and older men and women in the study, who had normal levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol (below 130), and high levels of a measure of inflammation called C-reactive protein, CRP. It not only suggested a new use for Crestor, but a new blood test for CRP. Critics suggested the dramatic re-
sults might be exaggerated because the experiment was stopped after two years instead of the planned five. They questioned why the authors didn’t report the rates of death from heart attack and stroke, which when teased out of the data turned out to be unaffected by Crestor. The new analysis, appearing in Monday’s Archives of Internal Medicine, raises those questions again. A second paper in the same journal finds no justification from the earlier results for using a test for CRP to make treatment decisions. And a third paper, an analysis of 11 published studies including the 2008 study, finds no evidence that statins help high-risk people without heart disease live longer. “Why take a medicine that hasn’t been shown to make you feel better or live longer? Yet that’s what millions of Americans are doing,” said Archives of Internal Medicine editor Dr. Rita Redberg, a cardiologist at University of California San Francisco. Cholesterol-lowering drugs, including statins, are among top sellers nationally and globally. More than 238 million prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs were dispensed by retail pharmacies in 2009, with more than $17 billion in sales, according to the health industry data firm IMS Health.
Researchers said Monday they found no evidence that the cholesterol-reducing drugs known as statins can help extend the life of patients at risk of heart disease. AstraZeneca’s Crestor was among the drugs studied in the meta-analysis published in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal.
Mars Rover Sees Huge Crater Better Than Ever
The picture show a Mars Rover.
NASA’s intrepid Opportunity rover currently rolling across the surface of Mars has just caught its bestyet glimpse of its next stop – the huge Endeavour Crater. The rover’s latest photo of the Mars crater has revealed new details not discernable from previous images taken on the ground. Several high points visible along the crater’s rim can be correlated with spots seen from orbit. The image is a so-called “super-resolution” picture assembled by combining information from multiple photos to achieve a highly-detailed portrait. But don’t think Opportunity will be arriving at Endeavour any time soon. The rover, which is now in its seventh year on Mars, still has many months of driving before it reaches the huge
crater, which is 13 miles (21 km) wide. Opportunity landed on the red planet in January 2004 along with its sister rover, Spirit. The pair were originally planned to travel the Martian surface for only 90 days each, but have now set the record for the longest mission on Mars. The Endeavour Crater was selected as a long-term destination for Opportunity in 2008 after the rover finished up a two-year study of Victoria Crater. Endeavour Crater is about 25 times wider than Victoria. Opportunity has now covered more than a third of the 12-mile (19-km) route between the two craters. Recent observations of Endeavour Crater taken by a spectrometer on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
have revealed clay minerals exposed at the crater. Clay minerals, which form under wet conditions, have been found extensively on Mars from orbit, but have not yet been examined from the surface. Additional observations with that spectrometer are helping the rover team choose which part of Endeavour’s rim to visit first with Opportunity. Scientists on the Opportunity team have been informally naming features seen on Endeavour after places visited by British Royal Navy Capt. James Cook in his 1769-1771 Pacific voyage on the H.M.S. Endeavour sailing ship. Spots visible in the new image include “Cape Tribulation,” “Cape Byron” and “Cape Dromedary.”
Friday, July 2, 2010
WORLD CUP 2010
Liverpool appoint Hodgson as manager Agence France Presse
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Brazil’s striker Luis Fabiano (R) celebrates after scoring a goal with Brazil’s midfielder Kaka during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match Brazil vs. Chile on June 28, 2010 at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.
Kaka, Luis Fabiano connecting for Brazil at WCup Associated Press Writer
JOHANNESBURG – A quick look. A pass. A goal. Another assist from Kaka and another goal by Luis Fabiano for Brazil. The pair have come up big for the five-time champions at the World Cup, teaming up like they did when they played for Brazilian club Sao Paulo before becoming top stars in Europe. Luis Fabiano has scored three goals in four matches in South Africa, two of them after passes from Kaka. And the two have been creating some of the most dangerous scoring chances for their team at the World Cup, leaving opponents humbled with their crafty moves. “We have a perfect connection,” Luis Fabiano said. “We understand each other. I just have to get in position and I know he will get the ball to me.” Kaka setup Luis Fabiano with a perfect through ball in Brazil’s 3-1 win over Ivory Coast in the group stage, leaving the striker in front of the net for the team’s first goal. On Monday, in the 3-0 win against Chile in the second round, Kaka one-touched a quick pass to Luis Fabiano inside the area, who dribbled past the goalkeeper before finding the open net for the team’s second goal. “We have a very good connection, especially because of the time we played together for Sao Paulo. One look is enough to know what we are going to do,”
Kaka said. “I hope to give him many more assists in the rest of the World Cup and that he ends up as the top scorer.” Kaka and Luis Fabiano played for Sao Paulo from 2001-03, winning the 2001 Rio-Sao Paulo title and reaching the final stages of the Brazilian championship in 2002. Kaka left for AC Milan in 2003, while Luis Fabiano moved to FC Porto in 2004 and then to Sevilla in Spain a year later. Luis Fabiano was the leading scorer in last year’s Confederations Cup with five goals in five matches, including two in the final against the United States to help Brazil win the title. This year he is trailing Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain, Spain’s David Villa and Slovakia’s Robert Vittek, who each have four. “I’m trying to help Brazil win the title, that’s what I want,” said Luis Fabiano, whose other goal at this tournament also was against Ivory Coast. “If in the end I’m also the top scorer, better.” Kaka arrived at the World Cup as Brazil’s biggest star, but he struggled to stay in shape after a season plagued by injuries with Real
Madrid. He has yet to score a goal, but said he is perfectly happy sticking with the playmaking role in South Africa. “That’s fine,” Kaka said. “Of course everyone wants to score goals in a World Cup, but honestly, it’s not something I worry too much about. I’m happy to keep helping my teammates score so Brazil can keep winning.” Kaka also had an assist on Elano’s third goal against Ivory Coast. Surprisingly, this year the sportmanlike playmaker has also been making headlines for some on the field trouble. Kaka missed Brazil’s match against Portugal in the group stage because of a late red card against Ivory Coast — in a collision that could easily have been a no-call. He also received a yellow card on Monday against Chile, his third in three matches. “I’ll try to be more careful now,” Kaka said. “I don’t want to run the risk of missing a semifinal in the World Cup.” Brazil will play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals on Friday in Port Elizabeth. Brazil was eliminated by France at the same stage four years ago in Germany.
LIVERPOOL – Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was named on Thursday as the new manager of Liverpool, signing a three-year contract on Merseyside, the Premier League club said. “The 62-year-old former Fulham, Inter Milan and Switzerland manager has agreed terms with the club on a three-year contract and becomes the 18th manager in our history,” the club said in a statement. Hodgson takes over from Rafael Benitez, who quit Anfield last month after a disappointing season saw them finish seventh in the table. He began his management duties as early as Thursday by overseeing the first day of pre-season training at the club’s Melwood training ground. “This is the biggest job in club football and I’m honoured to be taking on the role of manager of Britain’s most successful football club,” said Hodgson. Manager of the year Hodgson joins Liverpool after a successful spell at Fulham, guiding their Premier League rivals to the final of the Europa Cup in May. “The club have made a good appointment in Roy Hodgson,” said club captain Steven Gerrard. “Rafa (Benitez) left a few weeks ago and I know the club were determined to take their time and get the right man for the job,” the 30-year-old told Liverpoolfc.tv. “Roy is hugely experienced and I believe he is the right man for Liverpool. “I think it’s been worth the wait and I’m sure he’s just keen now to get on with it and start to quickly put in
Roy Hodgson, seen here in April 2010, was named as the new manager of Liverpool, signing a three-year contract on Merseyside. place his plans for the new season.” Hodgson was Liverpool’s first choice despite a host of other names being mentioned and media reports said it cost Liverpool two million pounds to win the release of the Englishman from his contract at Craven Cottage. Former Liverpool stars also welcomed the appointment and hoped for a new era of stability and success at the club. “The club needs a steadying influence and Roy will provide that,” said former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson. “He’s done a fantastic job at Fulham and has a wealth of experience having managed all over Europe. Former Reds striker John Aldridge said Hodgson would “fit the bill perfectly” at Anfield and win the respect of the squad.
Portugal coach Queiroz rules out quitting Agence France Presse
LISBON – Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz said he would not quit the post despite returning emptyhanded from the World Cup and amid signs that all was not well between him and star players such as captain Cristiano Ronaldo. The 57-year-old Mozambique-born coach - who was, along with Ronaldo, the focus of criticism for Portugal’s last 16 1-0 defeat by European champions Spain - said that there was no dishonour in their failing to win the trophy for the first time. “It is totally out of the question (resigning),” said Queiroz, formerly assistant coach to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. “If the national coach must resign for having lost 1-0 against Spain in the last 16 of the World Cup then there is something that is not right. “Spain is one of the big favourites. We haven’t succeeded in winning. That will be for the next one,” added Queiroz, who is in his second spell in
charge of the national side having been at the helm from 1991-93. Queiroz, who is credited for unearthing the ‘golden generation’ of Portuguese players such as Luis Figo and Rui Costa who ended up reaching the Euro 2004 final, said that he would be looking towards qualifying for the 2012 European Championships. “Continuity is assured,” said Queiroz, who has also coached South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Real Madrid among others. “For the moment we are going to rest and then do better in the next challenge ... and try and win over two or three discontented supporters.” Queiroz’ side only conceded one goal but similarly only scored in one of their four matches - the 7-0 hammering of North Korea. The coach was criticised for being unimaginative and unambitious especially when he replaced lone striker Hugo Almeida before the hour mark against Spain with the match still locked at 0-0.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Federer falters again in Grand Slam quarters Agence France Presse
WIMBLEDON, England – After back-to-back quarterfinal losses at the French Open and Wimbledon, Roger Federer is suddenly no longer the Grand Slam certainty he used to be. For the first time in eight years, Federer won’t be striding onto the Centre Court grass on Sunday afternoon for the final at the All England Club. He won’t even be playing in Friday’s semifinals. After a run of seven straight Wimbledon finals and six titles, Federer was eliminated in the quarterfinals Wednesday by hardhitting Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Struggling with what he said was pain in his back and right thigh, the defending champion was outplayed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 by the 12th-seeded Czech on the court he has called home for much of the decade. Since winning his 16th Grand Slam title in Australia in January, Federer has not been the usual Federer. He hasn’t won a single tournament and was beaten by Robin Soderling in the quarters in Paris, where he was the defending champion. “Quarters is a decent result,” Federer said in a comment that would have seemed unthinkable not long ago from a man so used to winning or playing in finals in every tournament he plays. “Obviously people think quarters is shocking, but people would die to play in quarterfinal stages of Grand Slam play. It’s not something I’m used to doing, losing in quarterfinals, because it’s not something I’ve done in the last six years.”
Federer will have to wait another year to try to equal Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles. Not only that, he will drop to No. 3 in the ATP rankings next week for the first time since Nov. 10, 2003. “I can’t wait for Paris and Wimbledon to come around next year again, that’s for sure,” Federer said. This is the first time since 2002 that Federer has failed to reach the final at Wimbledon. Since losing in the first round to Mario Ancic eight years ago, Federer had played in the championship match a record seven consecutive times — losing only to Rafael Nadal in 2008. After winning 23 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals, Federer has now lost two in a row. After winning 76 of 77 grass-court matches dating to 2003, he has now lost two of the past six, including to Lleyton Hewitt in Halle, Germany, the week before Wimbledon. Inevitably, questions will be asked about whether the 28-yearold Federer is past his prime. “Of course when you get older and you’ve accomplished what Roger has, at some point, the guy’s a human being, he’s going to have to
sort of face the fact that he’s not going to win these things and that he may never win another thing,” three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said. But McEnroe noted that many people had written Federer off after he lost his Wimbledon title to Nadal in that epic final two years ago. Federer came back to win four majors, completing a career Grand Slam at the French Open, regaining his Wimbledon crown and breaking the all-time record for Slam titles. “So to write anyone off that’s accomplished that is stupid,” McEnroe said. “But of course, at the same time, at some point, it’s inevitable that it’s going to happen.”
Switzerland’s Roger Federer acknowledges the crowds applause after losing to Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, during a Men’s Quarter Finals match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in south-west London, on June 30, 2010.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers will return for 2010-11 AP Source: Tiger Woods interviewed in Galea probe AP
BOSTON – The people that matter the most to Doc Rivers wanted him to keep coaching — so he will. The Boston Celtics’ coach will return for another season, staying with the team he led to the NBA finals twice in three years for a run at another championship. “A lot of soul-searching with the family,” said Rivers, who was in San Antonio on Wednesday to watch his son, Austin, play for the United States against Brazil in the final of the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship. “Talking to my wife, she was really the one who said, ‘You’ve got to.’ I just think she wanted me out of the house more than anything.
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FILE - In this May 19, 2008, file photo, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers speaks to the media at the team’s training facility in Waltham, Mass. Rivers is staying with the team he led to the NBA finals twice in the last three seasons.
“My kids all said, ‘You’re a coach. That’s what you are. And you’re a parent, and we appreciate both.’ And so that made it easier.” Rivers’ decision was first reported in the Boston Herald. Four hours later, the Celtics released a statement confirming Rivers would return. “Doc is a fantastic coach and leader and I am thrilled he is coming back for the upcoming season,” Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “Doc is re-energized and enthusiastic about coming back to make another run at winning a championship with the Celtics,” general manager Danny Ainge said in the two-sentence statement. Austin Rivers, a highly recruited guard who will graduate from Winter Park (Fla.) High School in 2011, scored 19 points in the U.S. team’s 81-78 victory. He scored a USA Basketball under-18-record 35 points Tuesday in the Americans’ semifinal victory over Canada. The inability to watch his four children play in sports was one of the major things pulling Doc Rivers toward taking time off from coaching. He said at last week’s NBA draft that he was hoping there would be some compromise that would allow him to give both his personal and professional lives proper attention. Rivers lives in the Orlando area in the offseason, and his family remains there. “It’s like my kids say, ‘You come to more games than most parents doing your job,’” he said. “It’s not going to be a big change. I’m still going to get to attend their games.” Rivers’ decision does not mean that the nucleus of the Celtics team that won the franchise’s unprecedented 17th NBA title in 2008 will be back for a run in 201011. Paul Pierce has reportedly said he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent, and Ray Allen is also due to become a free agent on Thursday. Rivers said he was “confident, but I’m not overconfident” about Pierce’s and Allen’s return.
Associated Press Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Tiger Woods has been interviewed by federal authorities investigating a Canadian doctor accused of distributing human growth hormone, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation of Dr. Anthony Galea is ongoing. Woods previously acknowledged that he’s been treated by the Torontobased doctor but insisted that he did not receive any performance-enhancing drugs. “Tiger willingly spoke to the authorities and cooperated fully,” Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said in an email. “It was confirmed that because he did nothing illegal, he is not the subject of any criminal investigation. Because there is an ongoing investigation involving others, there will be no further comment.” The New York Times first reported Woods’ interview, citing two unidentified people. Barbara Burns, a spokeswoman for U.S. District Attorney William Hochul, declined comment. The New York Mets’ Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are among athletes who have said they’ve been contacted by federal investigators about Galea,
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Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 14th hole during the Pro-Am at the AT&T National golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club, Wednesday, June 30, 2010, in Newtown Square, Pa. who denies any wrongdoing. In April, the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez met with three officials from Major League Baseball and told them he didn’t receive performance-enhancing drugs from Galea. Galea, who is not authorized to work in the United States, is accused of repeatedly entering the country to treat professional athletes from Major League Baseball, the NFL and Professional Golfers’ Association.
Friday, July 2, 2010
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Massa urges FIA to act over SC rules
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has urged the FIA to act to revise Formula 1’s rules in order to avoid a repeat of what happened at the European Grand Prix last Sunday.
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Ferrari’s Brazilian driver Felipe Massa gives a press conference.
Sauber eager to prolong good form SAUBER technical director James Key says the team is working hard to prolong its strong form following Kamui Kobayashi’s drive to seventh place at Valencia. The team under-performed in the early part of the season, but Key is determined to extend its run of good results with update packages planned for the next two races. “We are in a position now where the car is more suited to some track layouts than to others,” Key said. “Valencia showed that the car works when it’s in the right condi-
tions. Silverstone should be better suited to our car - it’s mainly a mix of medium and high-speed corners, which our car is definitely well balanced for. Hockenheim might be a little less suited to our car than Silverstone. “For Silverstone we have some front wing updates and modifications around the middle of the car. Then for Hockenheim we will have a rear end update which includes a diffuser step as well. The numbers in the wind tunnel are progressing well.” Key says the team is also work-
ing on low downforce performance for Spa and Monza, as well as dedicated a significant portion of its resources to next season’s C30. “We are a private team and we don’t have unlimited resources to do everything we want,” he said. “We are currently in the process of splitting our resources as best we can between the current car and the C30. We are focusing on Spa and Monza for lower downforce and drag configurations - and there will be further steps towards the end of the year.”
Sauber’s Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi drives at the start of the Formula One Grand Prix of Europe at the Valencia Street circuit on June 27, 2010.
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The Italian squad has been angry since the Valencia race, where McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton finished in second place despite having to serve a drive-through penalty, which Ferrari reckons came too late to affect him. Fernando Alonso, running right behind Hamilton when the safety car came out, finished in ninth, having respected the safety car rules. Massa said he was not interesting in joining the controversy, but he did call for changes to stop that from happening again. “I don’t particularly want to go over what happened after that, because it changes nothing in that our race was ruined,” said Massa on Ferrari’s website. “However, what happened needs to be looked into because it is not normal than someone commits a serious infraction like overtaking the safety car, when there is a dangerous situation on track and is not re-
ally penalised in practical terms. “We must talk about this together and do something to ensure a situation like this does not happen again. The team has told me that, next week there will be a meeting of the Sporting Working Group: that’s good and it’s an obvious indication that the FIA is paying close attention to the matter.” The Brazilian, who failed to score in Sunday’s race, admitted he was very encouraged by the pace of his Ferrari following the introduction of a big upgrade package. “Looking at the actual performance of the car over the weekend, I have to say the updates to the aero package and revised exhaust system resulted in the F10 making a good step forward, allowing us to fight for the front places,” he added. “Now it is important to keep pushing on the development front all the way to the end of the season.”