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Terrorists may also be targeting other vessels in the shipping lane off Malaysia’s east coast, according to an advisory issued Wednesday by the Navy’s Information Fusion Centre seen by The Associated Press. “The terrorists’ intent is probably

to achieve widespread publicity and showcase that it remains a viable group,” the Navy advisory said. “However, this information does not preclude possible attacks on other large vessels with dangerous cargo.” The Navy did not say which terrorist group is planning the attacks.

Spokesmen at the Defense Ministry and the Information Fusion Centre were not immediately available for comment. The Malacca Strait is the favorite route of oil shippers between the Persian Gulf and Asian Pacific markets. The strait, just 1.7 miles at its narrowest point, was the secondbusiest shipping lane of crude in 2006, with 15 million barrels a day passing through, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. Singapore lies at the southern tip

of the Malay peninsula and is home to the world’s busiest port. The Navy said in previous successful terrorist attacks on tankers, small fishing boats or speedboats were used, and these kinds of boats could be used to attack ships in the Malacca Strait. The Navy, which said it is coordinating with regional partners regarding the threat, recommended ships add lookouts and lighting, avoid fishing areas and maintain a good speed.

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Denpasar must clean from posters Denpasar (Bali Post) –

The phase of Mayor Election in Denpasar has now in the step of determining the number for each candidate. Denpasar Election committee had conducted a drawing to determine the number for the candidates on Thursday, March 3rd 2010.

The election itself will be held in May 2010. In the drawing, the one who received number one is I.B.Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra-IGN Jaya Negara, followed by the candidate from Golongan Karya, Democrat, and fifteen other parties, Wayan Subawa-I.B.Gede Udiyana. The drawing was led by the head of Denpasar Election Committee, I

Made Gede Ray Misno. He hope that everyone who involved in the election to preserve the safety and the conducive situation in Denpasar. They all must obey the rules including the placement the posters of the candidates. IGP Artha, the member of Indonesian Election Committee said “started from today, all of the post-

ers must be removed.” He also told the candidates to increase their awareness during the activities that involved many people such as sports or cultural activities. The candidates were supported by their supporters during the drawing. Subawa was followed by a group of “baleganjur”, the traditional Balinese music.(kmb12)


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Bali News Students Packed Denpasar’s Anniversary Celebration Denpasar (Bali Post) —

The main celebration of the Denpasar City’s 18th anniversary by holding a night of achievement and appreciation in the Arda Candra Open Stage. Denpasar Cultural Park, had received a positive response from thousands of students in Denpasar. Thousands of students in their uniform have packed the open stage since early afternoon. In addition to the attendance of PAN & Bureaucracy Reform Minister E.E. Mangindaan, a number of cultural attractions in the form of entertainment displayed were quite interesting. Visitors who come to the celebration on Tuesday (2 / 3) night were mostly high school students and teachers from various schools in Denpasar. ‘’We shall attend under the instructions of our schools. That is why we came up in our uniform,’’ said one student of a vocational PGRI school in Denpasar. Not only the students, but

teachers also came to the entertainment event with their batik uniforms. Unfortunately, after a view minutes, many teachers and students who chose to leave before the event was finished. In this occasion, the mayor of Denpasar I.B. Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra said Denpasar in its age is creeping up as a teenager and yet already able to instill its identity. Admittedly, his governance was able to develop pattern of harmonious living in the City of Denpasar despite it has been resided by many different backgrounds, religions, and origins. Rai Mantra said that building one’s identity is not easy. It requires comprehensive programs

and well integrated actions in all lines as identity involves the attitude of everyday life and the whole life expression. For that, Denpasar municipal government prioritizes education management issues seriously. This is proven by the higher budget for education of 36.9 percent in year 2009 had been allocated. In the age of 18, Rai Mantra expects identity of Denpasar can be felt, so naturally the citizens still develop insights without creating fear over bad influence for themselves. ‘’Now it’s the time we dig deep into creativity in building culture oriented Denpasar city, implementing the motto of honoring diversity, and keeping Balinese culture,’’ he said. (kmb12)

The Abandoned Building of Danvantari Public Hospital Bangli (Bali Post)

The fantasy of Bangli regency authority to officially open the Danvantari Hospital on May 10th this year coincided with Bangli’s Anniversary could unfortunately left only as a plan. As a proof, there was not a penny being poured from the Bangli 2010 Government budget. That caused one of the crucial healthcare development threatened to fail until the end Bangli Regent Arnawa governance. Ironically, some buildings which have spent funds of around 30 billion rupiah are in fact abandoned and neglected. A number of wild plants are growing freely through the walls in a number of buildings. In fact, as the buildings continue to be unattended, weeds have covered a number of white tile floors. The unstoppable weeds

also barged into a room, creating a frame of a neglected garden. Similar thing happened to a number of window glasses. Some painted walls have begun to change color and there are also a number of cracks and peels to be found. These conditions give the haunted impression when night falls as electricity is yet to be installed in the building. Chairman of Bangli Parliament I.B. Raka Mudarma when confirmed on Wednesday (3 / 3) yesterday, confirming the lack of allocations disbursed through the 2010 Bangli budget. The limited funds owned by the regency and the high cost of the upcoming Regent Elections are the main cause of unsustainable development of the hospital. Admittedly, there was a plan with executives to officially open

the hospital’s operation, coinciding with Bangli’s Anniversary, on May 10th. However, budget constraints have led them to expectations that can not be realized. Proposal to get an injection of funds through the central government budget had been submitted. The hope is there when a few months ago several members of the Central Parliament had the chance to review the location of the hospital. Apparently, until now there has been no fresh air regarding the fund injection from the Central Government. Nevertheless, he is still relying upon the lobby with the central government. “I hope some room for Bangli will be made in the Central Government Budget Correction, so it can be disbursed to Bangli to continue the development of the public hospital in addition to the Bangli regional budget,” he said. (kmb17)

Development Project Unit of Sangeh Fish Stopped Mangupura (Bali Post) —

Fish Development Project Unit owned by Povincial Government, located in the Sangeh village, has stopped. The project, worth billions of dollars, is allegedly deviating from its initial plan. Now, the project is in limbo with unclear fate. The society began to question the clarity of this project. Based on the location, there are at least seven large dried out or malfunctioning ponds. Some buildings are appeared to be unfinished and neglected. Nothing has absolutely been seen from this project site. Moreover, the entrance originally used for vehicle access into the project site, has also been closed. Project materials were also seen scattered in some corners of the site. Badung Parliament Member from Sangeh, Sunartha IB, on Wednesday (3 / 3) yesterday said that the fresh and salt water fish breeding ponds in Sangeh has been neglected long enough. The project is said to have been stopped since December last year. According to him, society began to question the clarity of the project as there has been no proper socialization being held. “Many

are asking what the project is about and why it was abandoned,” he said. Sunartha confessed his deep regret upon the neglected Bali provincial project. Environmental conditions are so badly affected, considering the project location is not far from Sangeh tourist attractions, restaurant businesses, and other fish breeding sites. In addition, many parties would have thought that the project is owned by Regency of Badung. With the neglecting of the project, Sunartha admitted his fear that it could damage the image of Badung Regency. “So we really hope that relevant agencies can quickly complete this project and provide explanation to the public,” he said. Meanwhile, Head of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Marine Life Office in Badung, I Made Badra, justifies that the project is owned by the Provincial Government of Bali. However, he also claimed not to know the details of the project in question. “The project is owned by the provincial government, so they are the ones who have the authority,” says Badra. (DED)

Operations of Yadnya Museum Being Questioned Mangupura (Bali Post) —

The existence of Yadnya Museum is being re-questioned by Badung Parliament Members. In the coordination meeting between the Badung Cultural Affairs (Disbud) Officials and Members of Commission D, held on Tuesday (2 / 3), the commissioners deeply regretted the fact that this museum has not been operating with lack of maintenance over the site’s conditions. Chairman of the Commission D, I Wayan Mendra said it was regretful that the Museum located near Taman Ayun Mengwi has not been operable. In fact, the neglected museum building has been long waited for, especially by tourists. Moreover, the Yadnya Museum is considered potential in add point of interest to Taman Ayun. In response to this, Mendra said that the Commission will soon inspect the site to see the root of the problem more clearly. In addition,

Mendra urged relevant agencies to make renovations to the Yadnya Museum. ‘’We have urged the government to immediately resolve this problem,’’ he said. Answering this, Head of Badung Cultural Affairs Office (Disbud) Ida Bagus Bhasma said that his party is now doing follow-up and conducting a series of operational preparation for Yadnya Museum. His office, he said, has been trying to complete lack of collection objects that will be placed at the museum. ‘’What clear is that we are in preparation stage to open a Yadnya Museum to the public. Preparations are nearly completed and we will do the socialization after that,’’ he said. Further, he said, his department is now also intensively inventorying the existing temples in Badung. One of the forward steps done by Disbud Badung in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, is by creating a digital Map of Culture. (DED)

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Change of Handler in Central Parking Denpasar (Bali Post) —

Denpasar city administration which plans to work on the central park as the parking spot for Badung Market, had submitted the idea found since 2007 years ago. Unfortunately, until now parking infrastructure provision in Denpasar has never been realized. Ironically, Denpasar city administration had budgeted funds of Rp 6.3 billion in 2008 budget to create relocate the parking spots. However, in its development, a central location instead cultivated parking area from the initial plan. Currently, the project which instead done is the Payuk Payuk Market project (South of Kumbasari Market). The move resulted in the development plan of the central park in Pasar Badung had not realized. Now, new developments re-emerged. If previous projects of central parking were handled by Department of Public Works Denpasar, now it is experiencing staff turnover. Central parking project is re-budgeted in 2010 and will be taken over by Office of Space and Housing Administration (DTRP) Denpasar. ‘We currently do not handle the central parking. DTRP is handling it now,’’ said the head of the Public Works Office in Denpasar Ir. Ketut Winarta which confirmed the central parking, problem on Wednesday

(3 / 3) yesterday. Winarta said the authority of Department of Public Works is to focus on handling existing road problems in Denpasar. Moreover, the issues of roads and itsassociated work are quite a lot and needing PU authority’s concentration. Anything related to buildings will be taken by DTRP. On the other hand Denpasar DTRP Head Ir.Made Kusuma Diputra, MT admitted he was doing repairs on design drawings made several years ago. ‘’We are doing repairs design drawings for the central parking project in the parking lot of Badung Market,’’ said the former Head of Denpasar Civil Registry Service. Meanwhile, Chairman of Commission B of Denpasar Parliament Ir.Eko Supriyadi said the central parking project should be done immediately. Related to the project design, Eko pleaded that there is not many alteration done to it. ‘’I think the design changes were not too many. So I think the realization can be implemented immediately,’’ said Eko Supriyadi yesterday. As known, the central parking project plans to apply ‘level street’ pattern in Badung Market. This means that the lot will have two floors, one parallel to the Melanting Temple floor or and the other will be underground. (kmb12)

Flees from Kerobokan Jailhouse Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Prisoner Wayan Sonny Armaya was ensured no to get parole, remission and other rights, as a result of his action escaping from Kerobokan Jailhouse. Moreover, Kerobokan Jailhouse planned that convict whose legs had been shot because of caught grab would be placed in isolation cell. Head of Jailhouse Institution Security (KPLP) Maliki explained the terms of a prisoner to obtain remission, parole and other rights were well behaved during the arrest. Sonny’s act was categorized into severe violation, with consequence to be sentenced according to the decision imposed by judges. “If not mistaken, actually the punishment of Sonny only left for several months,” explained Maliki, last Wednesday (Mar 3). Sonny’s position as assistant to warden at Temple (prisoner who was given the trust to help the warden) actually had a good thing. With this position, Sonny’s remissions were likely to gain more than their other fellow prisoners. So did about parole, this former robbery perpetrator was getting a little easiness. “However, the rice

has become porridge. Sonny certainly will not get their rights from his own mistakes,” he said. Maliki told that before fleeing the behavior of Sonny was very good. So, the concerned was then given confidence as assistant to jailer. He added that to become an assistant to jailer, a prisoner should have absolutely best behavior. Assessment of an inmate’s behavior was carefully done by a designated officer. Consequence of Sonny’s act, in the end also had a negative impact on the warden. According to the rules, then the officer would be subject to disciplinary sanctions. About the form of discipline punishment, according to Maliki, would be mutation of position from previously as the duty officer to be public officers. As reported previously, Sonny informed to have fled from Kerobokan Jailhouse. However, recently the information was confusing because some said Sonny ran by leaping over the prison walls, while some others said he ran away when asked to clean up at Rupbasan. After a successful escape from the area of Kerobokan Jailhouse, Sonny then grabbed and stole vehicles. (015)

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Burglar’s Shed Raided by Police Sneaks 100 Sack of Cement Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Performance of police officers led by Chief of Detective Unit of West Denpasar Sector Police Wayan Wisnawa was worth thumbing up. On last Monday (Mar 1) night, they raided a shed house on Jalan Subak Dalem, West Denpasar, occupied by a gang of thief from Banyuwangi. Officers of West Denpasar Sector Police eventually could capture the suspect Yudiman, 35, Imam Safi’i, 22, Agus Suhendra, 19 and Sutikno, 28. This thief gang had involved in theft case of 100 sacks of cement and hundreds of iron bars. When asked for his confirmation, Chief of West Denpasar Sector Police Agus Nugroho, last Wednesday (Mar 3), confirmed the arrest of thief gang with the origin of Banyuwangi. The suspects came to Bali by disguising as a laborer projects, further drained the targeted goods. Reveal of the case began with the information if at the Peguyangan area, exactly Jalan Subak Dalem, West Denpasar, theft frequently happens. Based on the information, the officer Wisnawa performed investigation immediately. As a result, police suspected a

shed building in the project belonging to Gusti Bagus Surya Adi Putra, 40. Surya claimed to have lost 100 sacks of cement of Busowa, Gresik, and Tonassa brand. In addition, the man who lives in Wahyu Muding Asri housing complex, Kerobokan, Badung, suffered a loss of hundreds of iron, water pump, and wood frame. The police then interrogated the workers who worked there, including the foreman, Yadiman. The results of police investigation made Yadiman not move slightly and admitted his action. In his action, the

suspect from Banyuwangi involved his labors namely Imam, Agus, and Sutikno. Meanwhile, they have done the action since two months ago. Other than capturing the thief gang, police officers also secured the evidence in the form of two sacks of cement, wood frame, and three wraps of cement. Now, the four suspects had been sent to cell. As a result of their actions, Surya claimed a loss worth tens of millions of rupiahs. “A lot of workers had side job as a thief, so please be cautious. Do not let be fooled and our goods drained,” asserted Chief Agus. (by denpost)

Sprayed by Fire, Face Burnt Misfortune afflicted Dahre Arisandi, 32, a resident of Jalan Pulau Ayu Denpasar who is a seller of meatball last Wednesday (Feb 3). When he would like to go selling, Arisandi even should be hospitalized at Sanglah Hospital because a part of the face and hair on fire right due to be sprayed by fire. One of her relatives told that at that time of the incident Arisandi was going to do selling as usual. Since seeing the fire in the stove was not burning in his meatball pushcart, then Arisandi attempted to revive. ”But the fire actually did not went out. So, when he switched on the gas stove’s fire suddenly burst.” “When lighting the fire my friend happened to bow as he checked

whether the fire was flaring or not,” said a relative of Arisandi. Due to his face was close to the stove, and then a fire grabbed and burnt the hair on the rear. The face and eyes of Arisandi were injured due to the blast of fire. He was then promptly brought to Sanglah Hospital and until last Wednesday he was still under treatment at Sanglah Hospital. (kmb24) Drinks Kerosene, Toddler Vomits

This is a warning for parents not to put hazardous substances within the reach of children especially placed in a drinking-water bottle. This was experienced by a toddler, Mohamad Fahrad, 3, a resident of the Jalan Dewata Ayu Sidakarya. Since

he considered the kerosene in the mineral-water bottle was drinking water, this kid should be treated at Sanglah Hospital and had vomited. According to his father, Fahdi, the night before he and his family held a grilled fish dinner party. “I forgot to save the kerosene put in a bottle of mineral water packaging. Without my knowledge, it was drunk by my son,” Fahdi said. Similarly, he could not ensure how much kerosene was drunk by the toddler. Clearly, he had seen his son crying, holding the bottle containing the kerosene. “He was playing outside and I happened to be in the house. Suddenly, he was crying while holding a bottle of kerosene,” said the father of Fahrad. (kmb24)


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Strong earthquake hits Taiwan; 12 people injured AP

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U.S. President Barack Obama

Some Dems are wary of Obama’s final health push AP

WASHINGTON – Rank-and-file Democrats in Congress remain wary of health care legislation in spite of President Barack Obama’s closing argument for overhauling the system, well aware that success is far from assured and political perils abound. “I think he has succeeded in prying open a window of opportunity, but it’s a very narrow window,” said firstterm Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. “And he and the leadership here had better clamber through that narrow window while they can.” In a speech Wednesday at the White House, Obama called on lawmakers to end a year of legislative struggle and angry public debate and enact legislation ushering in near-universal health coverage for the first time in the country’s history. He called for an “up-or-down vote” within weeks under rules denying Republicans the ability to block the bill with a filibuster. “At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem,” the president said. “And so I ask Congress to finish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law.” Appearing before a select audience, many of them wearing white medical coats, Obama firmly rejected calls from Republicans to draft new legislation from scratch. “I don’t see how another year of negotiations would help,” he said. “I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote.” Lawmakers were almost finished merging House and Senate versions of sweeping overhaul legislation when a special election last month cost Democrats their filibuster-proof Senate majority, throwing the effort into disarray. Obama is attempting to revive it with one final push, but with Republicans united in opposition, there is no certainty about the outcome. The lift appears heaviest in the House, where the legislation passed by a narrow 220-215 margin in November. Since then several Democrats have defected or departed, and all 254 who remain are eyeing November midterm elections and a restive elec-

torate clamoring for more jobs and skeptical of the health overhaul effort. “It’s fragile,” Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., said of the mood in the House. “It’s getting close to the election.” Thirty-nine Democrats voted “no” on the House bill, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will probably need some of those to switch their votes. The legislative package now under consideration has less restrictive language on federal funding of abortion than approved by the House, something that Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., leader of the anti-abortion Democrats, said could cost 10 to 12 votes. Underscoring the pressure, many of the “no” voters made themselves scarce Wednesday while others said they had to wait to study Obama’s plan before stating their position. “I haven’t seen the president’s proposal so I’m going to look at it,” said firstterm Rep. Scott Murphy, D-N.Y Nonetheless, Pelosi vowed to answer the president’s call. “Our families and businesses deserve reform that will create millions of jobs, strengthen Medicare, reduce our deficit and no longer deny care or drop coverage to those who need it most,” Pelosi said. “We must act now.” Republicans said Democrats would be sorry. “Americans do not want a trilliondollar government takeover of health care stuffed with tax hikes, Medicare cuts and giveaways to Washington special interests,” said House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.” Obama’s endorsement of an upor-down vote sealed Democrats’ intention to move forward under rules allowing for a simple majority vote in the Senate, thereby circumventing Republicans, who now command enough votes to deny Democrats the supermajority normally needed to act. But House Democrats want assurances that if they pass the Senate-approved bill as planned, the Senate will pass a package of changes to fix things House Democrats don’t like, such as a special Medicaid deal for Nebraska.

TAIPEI, Taiwan – A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Taiwan on Thursday, terrifying residents, disrupting communications and triggering at least one large fire. Twelve people were injured, the National Fire Agency said. No tsunami alert was issued. The quake was centered in the same mountainous region of rural Kaohsiung county that endured the brunt of the damage from Typhoon Morakot, a devastating storm that killed about 700 people last August. Taiwanese actor Chu Chungheng said he and other passengers were close to panic when the highspeed train on which they were traveling was dislodged from its track by the quake. “Many people in my car were screaming,” he said. “I was so scared that I couldn’t make a sound. The train shook very hard and I thought it was going to overturn.” Rail service in southern and central Taiwan was suspended, as was the state-of-the-art subway system in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan’s second largest with a population of 1.5 million. Kaohsiung is about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Taipei. In nearby Tainan, a fire broke out in a textile factory shortly after the quake hit, sending huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the air. Power outages struck Taipei and at least one county to the south, and telephone service in many parts of Taiwan was spotty.

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Firemen battle a blaze at a textile factory that started shortly after a strong earthquake jolted the island, Thursday, March 4, 2010, in the southern area of Tainan, Taiwan

NKorean executed for sneaking news out: report AP

SEOUL, South Korea – A North Korean firing squad publicly executed a factory worker for sneaking news out of the reclusive communist country via his illicit mobile phone, Seoulbased radio said Thursday. The armaments factory worker was accused of divulging the price of rice and other information on living conditions to a friend who defected to South Korea years ago, Open Radio for North Korea reported on its Web site. The man, surnamed Chong, made calls to the defector using an illegal Chinese mobile phone, the broadcaster said, citing a North Korean security agency official it did not identify. The report didn’t say when the phone calls were made. The execution took place by fir-

ing squad in late January in the eastern coastal city of Hamhung, according to Open Radio for North Korea, a broadcaster specializing in the isolated country. The station broadcasts into North Korea, which tightly controls news. South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles relations with North Korea, and the National Intelligence Service, Seoul’s main spy agency, said they could not immediately confirm the report. Mobile phone use in authoritarian North Korea is tightly restricted, though the country introduced an advanced network in partnership with Cairo-based Orascom Telecom in 2008. North Koreans who manage to make illegal overseas mobile calls mostly use networks in neighboring China. Open Radio for North Korea said

it believes that more than 10,000 North Koreans living near the border with China illicitly possess Chinese mobile phones. Ha Tae-keung, the broadcaster’s chief, said it was not known to whom in South Korea the information passed on by Chong was eventually delivered. The North Korean defector said to have received the calls, only identified by the common Korean family name of Kim, may have worked for South Korean government officials, researchers or news outlets, Ha said. Ha said neither the executed man nor the defector has worked for Open Radio for North Korea. North Korea has long been regarded as having one of the world’s worst human rights records, including public executions, political prison camps and torture.


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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 – 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 : info@sos-bali.com 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 – 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

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Stampede at India temple kills 63 women, children AFP

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) – Sixty-three people, all of them women and children, were crushed to death in a stampede on Thursday at a temple in northern India where a crowd had gathered for a religious festival. “We have now counted all the bodies and they include 37 children and 26 women who had come to collect free gifts,” assistant superintendent of police S.P. Pathak told AFP by phone from the disaster site. About 10,000 people had gathered at the Hindu temple in Pratapgarh, 650 kilometres (400 miles) southeast of New Delhi in Uttar Pradesh state, to collect free clothes and food being handed out by a local holy man, he said. The stampede began when a large metal gate fell on to some of the devotees. Emergency vehicles and rescue teams rushed to the scene. “The number of those injured is not very large and most of them have gone back home after the stampede,” Pathak said from the temple where wailing people could be heard. He said not a single adult male had been crushed in the stampede as women and children were in the front of the surging crowd. “They had come from all over the district,” the area deputy police chief told AFP.

Thailand denies visa to Dalai Lama’s sister AP

BANGKOK – Thailand has denied a visa to the sister of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fearing it could upset relations with China. A top Thai Foreign Ministry official said Thursday that the Jetsun Pema and her husband had applied for visas to attend a cultural festival in Bangkok at Thailand’s Embassy in New Delhi, India, but were rejected. About 30 other Tibetan exiles in India were granted visas to attend a “Festival of Tibetan Spirituality, Arts and Cultures” that begins Friday. “We welcome cultural diversity and have no problem with people coming in and participating in the activities,” said Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, secretary to the foreign minister, but he added: “In this case, we fear giving permission will be linked to politics. We don’t want to be in the middle of international conflicts.” Thani Thongpakdi, a Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman, said the visa applications were rejected because the government does not allow people or groups to “use Thailand as a base to conduct activities detrimental to other countries.” China claims Tibet has been part of its territory for centuries but sent communist forces to occupy the Himalayan region in 1950. Many Tibetans say they were functionally

independent for most of their history and accuse China of undermining Tibet’s unique Buddhist culture and flooding the region with Chinese migrants. Although the Dalai Lama is revered in many parts of the world, Beijing reviles him as a separatist, accusing him of plotting to overthrow Chinese rule. The spiritual leader says he only seeks great autonomy for Tibetans, not independence. “We could understand the (foreign) ministry’s points, but we couldn’t quite accept China’s huge influence on the matter,” said event coordinator Apaporn Kumjaroen of the Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation. “The entry visa rejection will only bring more attention to Tibet and shed a bad light on China.” China is a major trading partner of Thailand, as it is for many Southeast Asian countries. Ethnic ties also play a part in their relations — most of Bangkok’s political and business elite have some Chinese ancestry. Apaporn said the foundation had attempted to have the Dalai Lama as a guest speaker, but his entry visa has been denied for the past decade. The Tibetan spiritual leader’s last visit to Thailand was in 1972. Three years later, Thailand established diplomatic relations with Beijing. The Dalai Lama has met with the Thai king, Thai Buddhism’s Supreme Patriarch, and the Thai prime minister in Bangkok on different occasions.

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Map of India locating Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

Egyptian court orders retrial in singer killing AP

CAIRO – An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the retrial of a real estate mogul sentenced to death for murdering his former lover, a Lebanese pop star, in a case that transfixed the Arab world. The Cairo appeals court overturned the conviction of Hisham Talaat Moustafa prompting cheers and clapping from billionaire tycoon’s relatives in the packed downtown courtroom. The Moustafa was sentenced to death last May after being convicted of paying a retired Egyptian police officer Mohsen el-Sukkary $2 million to kill 30-year-old Suzanne Tamim, while she was in Dubai in July 2008. El-Sukkary will be retried as well. The case captivated Egyptians as it involved a member of an elite often viewed as above the law. Many had wondered if the 50year-old real estate mogul tied to President Hosni Mubarak’s son, Gamal, and an influential member of the ruling party, would get away

with murder in a region where the rich are often thought to be immune. The court decision to retry the case is certain to raise charges that Moustafa’s influence will keep him from the gallows. Moustafa, a member of parliament’s upper house, the Shura Council, was also a member the ruling party’s policies committee, which the younger Mubarak chairs. Tamim rose to stardom in the late 1990s on the force of her good looks and voice, but then hit troubled times, separating from her Lebanese husband-manager, who filed a series of lawsuits against her. Tamim and Moustafa met in the summer of 2004 at a Red Sea resort, according to transcripts of Moustafa’s interrogation that were widely published in Egyptian newspapers. El-Sukkary, the former security officer, said in the transcripts in the trial that Moustafa was “always with Tamim,” that he kept a hotel suite for her, and that he took her around in his private jet. During interrogations, Moustafa said he broke up with his former

lover Tamim after his mother opposed the couple’s marriage plan. Moustafa comes from a religiously conservative Muslim family. According to Dubai investigators, el-Sukkary stalked Tamim to her apartment in the swanky Dubai Marina complex and entered using an ID of the management company from which she had recently bought her place. Blood-soaked clothes were found dumped outside the building, and police say the killer’s face was captured on security camera footage. El-Sukkary was arrested Aug. 2008 in Egypt. Dubai police traveled to Cairo to present their evidence against him but then turned their attention to Moustafa. Egypt declined to extradite Moustafa to the United Arab Emirates, insisting he be tried at home. That move was initially read by many Egyptians as opening the door for a slap on the wrist for Moustafa, who built a real estate empire of luxury hotels and resorts and was a leading force behind the pricey Western-style suburbs that ring Cairo.

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Togo’s main opposition leader Secretary-General of the Union of the Forces of Change (UFC) and opposition presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre casts his vote at polling station on March 4, 2010 in Lome. Voters in the west African country will go to pick a new president in a poll seen as a test of democratic progress in a nation notorious for electoral violence.


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Indonesia Today

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President: Kofi Annan important figure for world Antara

AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R) walks with former UN secretary general Kofi Annan (L) following a presidential lecture in Jakarta on March 4, 2010. Kofi Annan delivered a lecture to Indonesian government President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice President Boediono and cabinet ministers.

Sri Mulyani: ‘I upheld the essential truth’ in rescuing Century Antara

JAKARTA - Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said, in deciding to bail out the failed Bank Century in 2008, she had upheld the “essential truth” in accordance with her authority and the law. “In this case (the bailout) I took my cue from the essential truth, not from political truth, based on the authority vested in me,” the minister said in her address on the Draft State Budget at a House plenary here on Thursday. Mulyani said she had agreed since the beginning that a legal process be undertaken against those suspected to have committed crimes with regard to the Bank Century bailout scandal. “I will not give a direct response now. The government, in this case President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, will in time make his

opinion known,” the minister told the House. The minister also acknowledged she would first study the decision made on Wednesday by the House which stated that the extension of the Bank Century bailout was problematic. She said what she had decided at in 2008 was based on her authority in accordance with the law. Mulyani said the bailout was provided in an effort to overcome and reduce the impact of the global economic crisis.

The majority of House of Representatives (DPR) members said in a vote on Wednesday that violations had happened in the Bank Century bailout. Of the 537 members attending the plenary session, 325 voted for “Option C” (a statement ridiculing the bailout) and the other 212 for “Option A” (a statement justifying the bailout). The government provided a bailout amounting to Rp6.7 trillion for ailing Bank Century during the global financial crisis in late 2008. Sri Mulyani, who at that time was chief of the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK), and Boediono who was Bank Indonesia governor, now vice president, were mentioned as the most responsible persons in the Century bank case.

Indonesia holds interest rate steady Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesia’s central bank Thursday left its benchmark overnight interest rate steady at 6.50 percent and said it will likely keep it low for the next few months given the benign inflation outlook. Bank Indonesia (BI) said inflation

was on target to meet annual forecasts of four to six percent and rates would be held in check to maintain liquidity and encourage economic activity. It said recovery is likely to be stronger than previously thought with household consumption and exports strengthening, but did not specify if its five percent growth tar-

get for this year will be revised. The bank added that inflationary pressures are likely to remain subdued in the first half of the year, reiterating its view from recent months. Inflation rose to 3.81 percent in February compared to 3.72 percent in January, but it remained below the year-end target.

JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, was an important figure for the world. Annan had made great contributions during the ten years he served at the United Nations (UN), Yudhoyono said when receiving Annan at the State Palace here on Thursday. “Annan always paid great attention to human rights, MDGs, Climate Change, conflict resolution, counterterrorism, and world peace missions. Therefore, he deserves the Noble Prize,” the head of state said. Annan also played important roles in matters affecting Indonesia, including the 2004 tsunami which devastated Aceh and Nias Island (North Sumatra), he said. “I remember when he was the UN secretary general, he attended a tsunami summit organized 10 days after the tsunami (December 2004) at my invitation. He came all the way from New York to help Indonesia, and he also came when Indonesia hosted the

second Asia-Africa Conference in May 2005. Our relationships with Kofi Annan span a long period of time,” the president said. “Indonesia is currently in a transformation process, not only reform, after the crisis. Our national agenda is to continue economic development to improve the people’s welfare, reduce the poverty rate, open more job opportunities, and improve the quality of the people’s life. We want a more mature democracy,” Yudhoyono said. He said Indonesia would continue to play active roles internationally, including in participating in peace keeping missions, in helping strengthen the global economy, in curbing global climate change and fighting terrorism. Kofi Annan gave a presidential lecture which was attended by among others Vice President Boediono, and a number of cabinet ministers. Annan of Ghana, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, served from 1997 to 2006 and was the first person to rise to the position from among the ranks of United Nations staff.

Flood inundates hundreds of houses in Bekasi Antara

BEKASI - A flood caused by the overflowing of the Bekasi River inundated hundreds of houses at the Pondok Mitra Lestari (PML) housing complex, Jati Asih sub district, Bekasi, West Java Province, here on Thursday. “The flood occurred from 00.30 am to 4.00 am local time. The floodwaters came from Bagor and flowed into the Bekasi River, while there had been no rains since last night,” Mrs. Arum Rudianto (31), a resident of the PML, said here on Thursday. The housing complex had been hit by floods twice since Feb. 19. Local inhabitants are used to floods as their housing complex is located on lower ground. Nico, another local resident of PML, recalled that he and his family were sound sleep when the flood started.

“While we were asleep, I suddenly heard a mosque coordinator alerting people about the flood through a loudspeaker. I woke up and passed on the information to neighbors,” he said. The housing complex was inundated up to a height of one meter. Earlier, floods which had been hitting Bandung district had expanded to wider areas and submerged the Baleendah-Bojongsoang road. The Dayeuhkolot-Bojongsoang road connecting southern Bandung and Bandung City, were submerged by the floodwaters. The BaleendahBojongsoang road is an alternative way connecting the two areas. The Baleendah-Bojongsoang road was inundated by 30 centimeter-deep floodwaters, causing a bad traffic jam. Thousands of houses were flooded, forcing local inhabitants to evacuate to safer areas.

House majority finds faults in Bank Century bailout Antara

JAKARTA - The majority of House of Representatives (DPR) members said in a vote on Wednesday that violations had happened in the Bank Century bailout. Of the 537 members attending the plenary session, 325 voted for “Option C” (a statement ridiculing the bailout) and the other 212 for “Option A” (a statement justifying the bailout). The vote’s outcome means the majority of DPR members believe violations were committed and there were

indications of corruption, violations of banking and state finance policies, money laundering and other general crimes in the process of the merger and acquisition leading to the setting up of Bank Century and its eventual bailout by the government in 2008. All the ruling Democrat Party members voted for Option A; stating that the bailout was correct, supported by members of the National Awakening Party faction (FPKB) and the National Mandate Party faction (FPAN). One FPKB member voted for Option C and two others were absent.


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Bali Today Tabanan’s HDI Ranked 91 in Indonesia, Poverty Still Haunts Bali Post

TABANAN - The rate of human development index (HDI) of Tabanan in 2008 was 73.73. It ranked the third in Bali, after Badung and Denpasar. Meanwhile, in Indonesia the IPM of Tabanan ranked the 91st out of the 495 regencies or cities. Thus, the level of social welfare is high. However, poverty remains to coil the rice barn of Bali. Thus was revealed by Head of Tabanan Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Dewa Made Suambara, Wednesday (Mar 3). Given by Dewa Suambara, HDI was a composite index of life expectancy, literacy rates and life feasibility. The average of life expectancy in Tabanan, said Dewa Suambara, was 74.27 years and the highest number of other regions in Bali with the rate of 70.61 years. Similarly, it is much higher than the national average namely only 69 years old. This figure, he said, could be used as an evaluation for development in Tabanan. Meanwhile, despite this high HDI, poverty still haunts the development in Tabanan. From 410,162 inhabitants in 2008, 11,672 families or about 59 thousands of people lie in the poor category. In fact, most poor families were from the farmer circle. The number of poor families spread in 10 subdistricts. Penebel subdistrict had the largest number of poor families

namely 1,539 inhabitants, followed by Pupuan and Marga with respectively numbered 1,468 and 1,452 persons. “We will immediately update this data,” he said. Dewa asserted statistical data were needed to support the success of development. In the planning phase, the data became one of the considerations to determine the priority scale of development program. According to him, in 2010, the BPS conducted a population census, including re-evaluating the data on poverty that have not changed in recent years. Population census would be brought forward to April 2010 due the date in May coincide with the regional elections. For the first time he said, BPS would provide population data by name by address. A total of 1,017 officers would be working in 132 villages in Tabanan. (kmb14)

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The photo shows a farmer harvesting in the rice field. Despite this high HDI, poverty still haunts the development in Tabanan. From 410,162 inhabitants in 2008, 11,672 families or about 59 thousands of people lie in the poor category. In fact, most poor families were from the farmer circle.

Bali to develop fishery sector BIWA will held Annual Charity Tennis Tournament Antara

DENPASAR – The head of Bali Marine and Fishery Department, Bali I Gusti Putu Nuriartha, said that Bali has great potential in

fishery industry but currently only 30% of it has been developed. “We are trying to develop the rest or 70% in the next few years,” he added. Bali has commodities that highly demanded by the costumers

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The head of Bali Marine and Fishery Department, Bali I Gusti Putu Nuriartha, said that Bali has great potential in fishery industry but currently only 30% of it has been developed.

such as sea weed and fish. Nuriartha said “in 2014, the government is targeting to produce 150,000 ton of fishery products. For that reason, we must increase the production step by step started from this year.” He is very optimist the target can be achieved because Bali has great potential in the ocean. While, Made L Nurdjana, The Director General of Indonesian Marine and Fishery Ministry, said that the target for Indonesian fishery products in 2014 is 16.7 million tons. He said that there will be development of sea weed farm. The farm will be developed in Nusa Penida and in Buleleng regency. In addition to the sea weed farm, the government will also develop fish farm and most of it is raw water fish such as patin fish. The fish doesn’t need good condition of water. Nurdjana said “so the fish can be breed only by small amount of water. For example in Busungbiu district in Buleleng regency, there are farmers who run an agriculture fish under coffee tress so they will receive multiple incomes.”

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DENPASAR - Bali International Women Association (BIWA) will hold a charity tennis tournament which will be started on March 10th through March 13th 2010. The result of the charity tournament will be used to finance the social work done by BIWA in 2010. Melly St. Ange, the President of BIWA accompanied by the Vice President, Marianne Vertegal, said that the tennis tournament is the annual event done by BIWA in the last five years. Last year, the number of participants was more than 200 people from 15 countries. The tournament gives the chance for the people to donate money to help in BIWA activities. Currently, there 300 people from 29 countries become the member of the organization. Melly explained that in a year, BIWA held many charity programs. Currently, BIWA is planning to buy Mammogram tools to decrease the number of breast cancer sufferer in Bali. Bali has the equipment but it is very

old so there is a need to buy the new one. “We need the equipment to detect the disease as early as possible to save the sufferers,” Melly added. BIWA is also helping the sufferer of AIDS, and assisting in giving proper education to the poor children. Last year, BIWA gave shoes to the children in Karangasem. On May 15th, BIWA will hold BIWA Pink Ribbon Walk to increase the awareness towards breast cancer. Meanwhile, Julio Alcaraz, the Manager Bali Tennis Academy, said that this year more children will take part in the tournament. The tournament is a great venue to find talented young players. “We hope to find good players in the tournament and will train them so they can become great players in the future,” he added. Julio said that the committee had distributed invitation to schools throughout Bali so the students can take part in the tournament. The event also could attract the interest of the youth to play tennis. (iah)


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Balinese Culture

Balinese Script: A Key to Open the Asset of Bali Except for oral tradition, Balinese community also has written traditions. It is inseparable from the spread of Hinduism and Buddhism in Indonesia during the ninth to tenth centuries. At the time Devanagari and Pallawa script were widely used to perform written inscriptions immortalizing important events. Thanks to these two scripts that implanted important basic in the origin of Balinese script. At a glance, Japanese scripts (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji) have similarity to Balinese script in terms of its functions. Balinese script has three types involving the wreastra (to inscribe common words), swalalita (borrowing words from Old Javanese and Sanskrit), and modre (holy syllables). Departing from this similarity, Bali should be able to take a spirit to develop itself. If Japanese language can play important role in the regions most visited by its tourists, Bali ideally should be able to play the role at least at home. JATA Ecotourism Handbook mentions some important points regarding to ecotourism namely the principle of treasuring and preserving irreplaceable nature and precious cultural assets (including language and script); and the guidelines including to value and respect cultural assets and historical sites

and to try to communicate in the local languages. On seeing these, language and script denote important cultural asset in ecotourism development. A friend of the writer, an expert in Balinese language, once told that in Leiden, the lontars manuscript are stored in a very secure room. In order to see (read) it; one should pass through at least three security layers. Then, another point is an important lontar was once handed over to the former President Megawati by the Queen of the Netherlands in person. These indicate that how important assets the lontar manuscripts are. Have the Balinese given the same attention to theirs? Probably, only some have done it, while some others prefer to leave theirs obsolete at home without knowing what subject matter it contains. As a tourist destination Bali has a great potential to introduce this asset to visitors. Moreover, script as a medium to record important thinking, ancient tradition and literary works is worth giving serious attention. The problem is that how to make the preservation go hand in hand with the ‘business.’ It needs a business touch packaging the leisure travel and study on the native language of the destination. And more specifically, how to make the publication written in Balinese language

and script that can attract others (beyond Balinese community) to know and read it? Of course, it should feature something beneficial for them. Up to these days, Balinese characters are only widely used in the writing of lontar (palm-leaf) manuscripts. Meanwhile, for commercial book, magazine or publication for public consumption is almost unavailable. Ideally, there are regular publications using the native language (basa Bali) and Balinese script (aksara Bali). By doing so, both can be used to express Balinese culture and accommodate the needs of modern community. Through the media, both can feature relevant subject matter to modern living. On that account, the preservation will not stop at the competition of lontar inscription, writing of labels like the names of street in Denpasar, shop (along Jalan Gajah Mada), and board sign of government’s office, but keeps on meeting the demand of the users’ life. In short, Balinese scripts (along with Balinese language) should be able to accommodate the needs of its users today. They are becoming both an icon of Balinese community and a medium to express the users’ mind, emotion and communication in wider context as other languages and scripts do. Therefore, they should go hand in hand with time and make them not be left behind by its users! (BTN/w punia)

Guling Celeng (Suckling Pig) OVERVIEW: If there’s just one dish that people remember after a visit to Bali, it’s this famous delicacy, usually known by its Indonesian name, Babi Guling. INGREDIENTS: 1 suckling pig, weighing about 6-8kg 1½ tbsp salt 200 shallots, peeled and sliced 100 gr cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 50 gr ginger, peeled & chopped 300 gr candlenuts, chopped 350 gr fresh turmeric, peeled &chopped 3 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed 80 gr laos, finely chopped 120 gr bird’s-eye chilies, sliced 10 stalks lemon grass, finely sliced 1 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 tsp dried shrimp paste, roasted 5 fragrant lime leaves, finely shredded 2 salam leaves 2½ tbsp oil 4 tbsp turmeric water

PREPARATION: Ensure inside of suckling pig is completely cleaned out. Season inside and outside with salt. Combine all other ingredients, except turmeric water, and mix thoroughly. Fill inside of suckling with mixture, close belly with string or thin satay skewer. Rub the outside of the pig with turmeric water until the skin is shiny yellow. Place suckling pig on roasting rack and roast in hot oven (220°C / 425°F) for approximately 1 hour. Rest for 10 minutes in warm place before serving. When serving, first remove the crisp skin with a strong carving knife, then loosen meat from the bones and cut into even dice or slices. Place a heaped tablespoon of stuffing on each serving plate, and then top with meat and skin. Traditionally this dish is eaten with Jukut Nangka Mekuah and steamed rice.

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Farmer is seen spraying insecticide on his rice field. The use of factory made insecticide could affect the product of farming so many farmers use natural materials these days.

Helpful hint: If you have a large barbeque with rotisserie or constantly turning spit, you can cook the pig over charcoal for an authentic Balinese flavor. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)

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Destinations

Friday, March 5, 2010

International

Sakenan Temple SAKENAN Temple is a Hindu Temple located in the northwest of Serangan Village, Sub district of Denpasar and Badung regency. It is about 10 KM south part of Denpasar Town. We see a coastal view with beautiful sea, hill consecution and Nusa Dua Beach which are located in south side. The structure of Sakenan Temple is divided into 2 groups those are Sakenan Temple is a temple complex which is located in eastside and Dalem Sakenan Temple is a temple complex located in west side. According to the papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa, the name of Sakenan is coming from the word of Sakya means to earn direct unite the mind. This papyrus elaborates that Danghyang Nirartha got stuck and feeling natural beauty of calm sea with the nature of its coast. Therefore he lodge there and do the yoga to worship to the God as supremacy of the safety and prosperity. At the time of doing yoga, he directly earn unite his mind Sakya. Therefore he builds the altar called Sakenan Temple. At the moment Sakenan Temple which is

built by the Danghyang Nirartha and recognized by the name of Dalem Sakenan Temple, a complex of Sakenan Temple in west shares. The Sakenan Temple Festival executed every 6 month (210 days) that is on Saturday of Kliwon

Wuku Kuningan (Balinese Calendar) and the same time with the celebration of big holiday for Balinese Hindu which is called Hari Raya Kuningan. The celebration of temple ceremony is conducted during 3 days and the top ceremony procession is called Cer-

emony of Mapag Sakenan which is executed on second day (Sunday of Umanis Langkir). The celebration of Temple Ceremony is accompanied by the Wali Dance (Secret Dance) like Barong Ket and Barong Landung Dance. The Hindu people come to this place

for worship to the god and they are coming from various areas, especially from Badung regency. Sakenan Temple in its growth now is a place of interest in Bali which you need to visit during your vacation in this tropical island. (www.balistarisland.com)

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BUSINESS US economy shows green shoots in winter Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON - The US economy showed signs of green shoots in February despite blasts of wintry weather, although modest growth was patchy, data showed Wednesday ahead of a key government labor report. Job losses in the nonfarm private sector shrank to a two-year low and a measure of the massive services sector, which accounts for more than two thirds of the nation’s output, expanded sharply last month, private data showed. The Federal Reserve said in its Beige Book report that the ailing labor market remained “soft,” while economic conditions “continued to expand” but severe snowstorms had “held back activity” in several areas. The brace of data came ahead of Thursday’s weekly report on initial jobless insurance claims, which hit a three-month high last week as an improving trend ran out of gas. The new jobless claims report will be the final harbinger of Friday’s closely watched government monthly labor report, an important indicator of economic momentum. Analysts pointed out that severe winter weather in parts of the nation would make economic data difficult to read. “The upcoming jobs report is affected by two nationwide snowstorms that surrounded the survey week — one came early in the survey week itself,” said Robert Brusca at FAO Economics. Though the economy posted growth in the second half of 2009, snapping a year of contraction, economists say the ailing labor market poses a major challenge to a sustainable recovery from the worst recession in decades. Most of the growth has been due to government spending and the Fed’s near-zero interest rates. The Labor Department’s February labor data likely will offer little relief. Most analysts expect the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.8 percent from 9.7 percent in January, with nonfarm payroll losses unchanged at 20,000. A key index on the services sector showed stronger than expected growth in February, spurring speculation that the recovery is gaining traction.

The Institute of Supply Management said its nonmanufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) leapt 2.5 percentage points to 53.0 percent, beating the consensus forecast of 51.0 percent. Any number above 50 percent indicates growth. Analysts highlighted that it was the highest reading in more than two years in the important sector. “The V-shaped recovery started earlier in the manufacturing sector but the service sector is now getting on board,” said Brian Wesbury, chief economist at FT Advisors. Payrolls firm ADP reported that non-farm jobs in the private sector fell by 20,000 in February, matching the consensus forecast. Ryan Sweet of Moody’s Economy.com said the ADP report provides “a sense of how the labor market might have fared without the temporary disruptions from the storms.” He noted that ADP counts actual payrolls, unlike the government’s survey which is “less likely to capture those people on short-term furloughs because of weather.” The Fed’s Beige Book report gave a bleak assessment of the jobs market. “Although some districts reported an uptick in hiring or a slowdown in layoffs, labor markets generally remained soft throughout the nation, which resulted in minimal wage pressures,” said the report, which will be used at the Federal Open Market Committee policy-setting meeting on March 16. Brian Bethune at IHS Global Insight said the central bank reported slightly less forward economic momentum than the end of 2009. “While the economy seems to be picking up some momentum, massive excess capacity in factories and in the labor markets is still the order of the day,” he said, predicting the Fed will continue with its exceptionally accommodative low rate policy through most of 2010.

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In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, workers are seen at the Rumalia oil field in southern Iraq. Backed by armed bodyguards, international oil executives have flocked to this southern Iraqi city to survey their potentially lucrative prizes: the fields that it is hoped will one day dramatically increase output of cheap, plentiful crude. Oil prices rallied Wednesday as traders tracked the weak dollar, better-than-expected economic data and the latest energy inventories report for top energy consumer the United States.

Oil price jumps close to 81 dollars Agence France-Presse

LONDON - Oil prices rallied Wednesday as traders tracked the weak dollar, better-than-expected economic data and the latest energy inventories report for top energy consumer the United States. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in April, gained one dollar to 80.68 dollars a barrel. London’s Brent North Sea crude for April climbed 84 cents to 79.02 dollars. The euro shot up against the dollar Wednesday after Greece announced tough new austerity measures that analysts said opened the door to concrete assistance from the country’s European partners. The single European currency at one point jumped to a two-week high of 1.3729 dollars after Athens unveiled tax hikes and spending cuts designed to save the debt-ridden state 4.8 billion euros (6.5 dollars) and restore Greece’s tattered credibility on financial markets. A weak dollar boosts dollar-

priced crude oil because it becomes cheaper for buyers using stronger currencies, which in turn tends to lift demand. “Movements in the US (dollar) still have a powerful sway on the day-to-day moves in the oil market,” said BNP Paribas oil analyst Harry Tchilinguirian. A brace of positive US economic data also helped support oil. The US private sector shed the smallest number of jobs in two years in February, a payrolls firm said Wednesday in a report that indicated a healing labour sector as the economy recovers from recession. Non-farm private payrolls fell 20,000 in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, payrolls firm ADP said, matching the consensus forecast. The massive US services sector posted the strongest growth in more than a year in February, accelerating sharply from weak growth the prior month, a private survey showed. The Institute of Supply Management said its non-manufacturing, or purchasing managers in-

dex (PMI), registered a seasonally adjusted 53.0 percent in February, surging past the consensus forecast of 51.0 percent. Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy (DoE) announced that crude reserves gained 4.1 million barrels in the week to February 26. That compared with market expectations for a far smaller onemillion-barrel gain, according to analysts polled by Dow Jones. Stockpiles of distillates, which include diesel and heating fuel, were down 800,000 barrels last week, slightly more than the 700,000-barrel drop forecast by analysts. Gasoline or petrol stockpiles rose 700,000 barrels, in line with market expectations. Elsewhere on Wednesday, Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell reported an attack on its flowstation in southern Nigeria but said the facility was not producing at the time of the incident. Oil is Nigeria’s economic mainstay, accounting for some 95 percent of export earnings and 85 percent of budget requirements for the OPEC member country.


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Sandra Bullock Considering More Nude Scenes “The Blind Side” star Sandra Bullock recently let word slip that she’s planning on stripping off in front of the cameras. Unfortunately, fans of the star shouldn’t expect that anytime soon though. “Maybe when I’m, like, 60 I can do another nude scene... I think I might do full frontal - when I’m 60,” she said. Meanwhile Bullock and her husband Jesse James are nursing their beloved dog back to health after discovering she was “beaten” while missing for three weeks. The Blind Side star and her TV mechanic husband were delighted after their pitbull terrier Cinnabun was returned to them on Wednesday, putting an end to their frantic hunt for the missing dog. The couple had appealed to fans for help, offered a cash reward, and even called in pet detectives a week after the nine-month-old dog vanished. But James admits the pup is now in need of extra care - because she lost 23 pounds in the 25 days she was missing and had been severely injured. James says, “Someone beat the hell out of her. I don’t care about all that, I’m just glad to have her back.”

Bowersox wows ‘Idol’ judges after hospitalization Crystal Bowersox still has a healthy shot at becoming the next “American Idol.” The 24-year-old single mother from Toledo, Ohio, performed Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See The Light” to rave reviews from the judges Wednesday, the day after she was hospitalized for an undisclosed malady that prompted the show’s producers to switch the semifinal performance order at the last minute.

Jessica Simpson Refuses John Mayer’s Personal Apology (Video) JESSICA Simpson has refused to accept an apology from ex-boyfriend John Mayer over comments he made about her sex skills in a racy Playboy magazine article. The pop star admits the singersongwriter has reached out to her since his remarks about her being like “sexual napalm” hit the headlines last month. In a very candid interview with Playboy, Mayer revealed his ex was “crazy” in bed and admitted Simpson was like a drug, adding, “Drugs aren’t good for you if you do lots of them. Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me.” He has since profusely apologized for comments he made about Simpson and another ex, Jennifer

Aniston, and the pop star admits Mayer has sent her a personal apology: “I haven’t written back... I don’t accept it. “I don’t resent him. I’m just gonna let that go.” And, appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s daytime talk show in America on Wednesday (03Mar10), the singer revealed she hasn’t even read the Playboy article at the center of the controversy. She explained, “I couldn’t read the article. I heard about it... I was so disappointed in him... It made me so sad and it was really discouraging because that’s not the John that I knew.” But she’s being philosophical about the fuss: “I guess it could have been a lot worse; my phone is ringing off the hook, I have to say.”

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In this publicity image released by Fox, ‘American Idol’ season nine contestant, Crystal Bowersox, of Elliston, Ohio, is shown in Los Angeles.

“I feel good,” she told Ryan Seacrest, the Fox singing competition’s host. “I’m a tough cookie.” Randy Jackson called Bowersox’s soulful rendition “the truth,” while Ellen DeGeneres said the dreadlocked singer had “pure, raw, natural talent.” Kara DioGuardi informed Bowersox that she “hit a new level tonight.” Simon Cowell admitted he “completely underestimated” Bowersox after her performance last week of Alanis Morissette’s “Hand In My Pocket.” “I think we’ve got a serious artist with you,” Cowell said. Lilly Scott, the 20-year-old musician from Denver, satisfied the panel with her rendition of Sam Cooke’s “It’s Been a Long Time Coming.” And the often divided judges were equally impressed with the range displayed by Siobhan Magnus, the 20-yearold glass blower from Marstons Mills, Mass., during her performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Think.” “You are so bold and so fearless,” exclaimed Jackson. Other singers weren’t as favored. Didi Benami, the 23-year-old waitress from Los Angeles, was almost brought to tears after the judges slammed her uninspired interpretation of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me.” But Haeley Vaughn, the 16-year-old high school student from Fort Collins, Colo., kept smiling as they ripped down her version of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” “You need about a year of strengthening your instrument,” DioGuardi advised Vaughn. Among the singers who turned in so-so performances: 24-year-old event coordinator Lacey Brown of Amarillo, Texas, with Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me,” 19-yearold college student Katelyn Epperly of West Des Moines, Iowa, with Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” and 24-year-old preschool teacher Paige Miles of Houston, Texas, with Kelly Clarkson’s “Walk Away.”

Burt Reynolds Recovering From Heart Surgery VETERAN actor Burt Reynolds is recovering after undergoing major heart surgery last week. The Hollywood icon, 74, was admitted to a Florida hospital last month, where he underwent a quintuple bypass. He is now resting at home with 24-hour nursing care, according to Entertainment Tonight. Reynold’s manager Erik Kritzer has dismissed reports the actor’s operation was emergency surgery, insisting it had been scheduled weeks before. However, he reveals the surgery was a success and claims the actor is already on the road to recovery. Kritzer tells WENN: “Mr. Reynolds has been released from a hospital in Florida in which he had a planned

bypass operation. He wants to thank everyone for their good wishes and states that he has a great motor with brand new pipes and he is feeling great. Doctors plan on a speedy recovery. All reports that are implying he was rushed to a hospital are completely untrue as he has had this operation scheduled for over a month.” The news comes six months after Reynolds was admitted to rehab to complete a 30-day program for a prescription drug addiction after a nasty fall at his home in Hobe Sound. Reynold’s rep claimed the actor sought professional help after having painful surgery on his back.


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An adult humpback whale breaches in the shallows off Morteton Island in Queensland, Australia. A former prime minister of New Zealand pleaded with both sides on the divisive issue of whaling to “swallow a dead rat” and strike a compromise as negotiators met in Florida.

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Plea for whaling compromise as rivals meet Agence France - Presse

WASHINGTON – A former prime minister of New Zealand pleaded with supporters and opponents of whaling to “swallow a dead rat” and accept a controversial compromise when negotiators wrap up talks Thursday in Florida. Key nations including Australia and Japan, whose relations have been increasingly strained over whaling, have been meeting since Tuesday away from the cameras at a beachside hotel near Saint Petersburg. Participants described sometimes sharp disagreements as they looked at a proposal that would allow Japan, Norway and Iceland to openly hunt whales, despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, but would also aim to reduce the total catch over the next 10 years. Geoffrey Palmer, the former prime minister of antiwhaling New Zealand who helped draft the compromise for the International Whaling Commission (IWC), acknowledged that the proposal “will not satisfy any nation.” “It cannot. It is a compromise,” Palmer told the meeting, according to a prepared text. To put it another way, often used in domestic politics — both sides would have to swallow a dead rat,” he said. Australia has already said that the compromise was unacceptable and Japan has hinted it was not satisfied. But Palmer warned the nations against

sticking to “the comfortable acrimony of our established positions.” “If we do not scale this peak, I confidently predict no further attempt will be made for 20 years,” Palmer said. “Governments will not be prepared again to commit the significant diplomatic resources that have gone into the present exercise,” he said. Japan kills hundreds of whales a year in the Antarctic Ocean, revolting the public in Australia and New Zealand where whale-watching is a popular pastime. Japan skirts the international whaling moratorium by using a loophole that allows “lethal research” on the ocean giants. Japan argues that whaling is part of its culture and makes no secret that the meat winds up on dinner plates. The compromise would bring “scientific whaling” under the control of the IWC, requiring Japan to submit DNA samples and other data to the 88-nation body. Norway and Iceland defy the mora-

torium on commercial whaling altogether by lodging objections to the international decision, a practice that would be banned under the compromise. One sticking point is whether the compromise would allow other nations to enter lawful whaling. South Korea has in the past signaled it does not want to be excluded from any international deal on whaling. Whale meat is sold legally in South Korea if the mammals are accidentally caught in fishing nets — a rule regarded with suspicion by environmentalists. Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett has said the IWC proposal alls well short of his government’s bottom line — ending Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Canberra has threatened legal action against Tokyo unless it sets a time frame to end its Antarctic hunts, threatening to sour relations between the longstanding allies.

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TiVo hopes for a lift from DVR blending ‘Net, TV Associated Press Writer

TiVo Inc., the pioneer of the digital video recorder, hopes its new DVRs coming out this spring will keep the company relevant in an age when broadcast and broadband will be combined in TVs. The new TiVo Premiere boasts a thinner, sleeker look with a revamped menu and features that will more closely integrate TV shows and Internet content. A search for an actor, for instance, brings up his movies that are coming up on TV or available for rental or purchase through Amazon.com, as well as related YouTube videos. “This is a whole new chapter in TiVo’s evolution,” CEO Tom Rogers said in an interview. “We’re moving toward `get anything you want whenever you want it.’” In doing so, the company also hopes to regain the cachet that made the word “TiVo” synonymous with TV recording — a verb that has faded in use with the rise of generic DVRs that cable TV companies make available to their subscribers. TiVo could use a sales boost because the company has barely ever made money. In the first few years after TiVo was founded in 1997, its DVRs were truly revolutionary. Today, the integration of TV and the Internet is available in a growing number of devices, from Moxi DVRs to Internet-enabled TV sets. TiVo has to work harder to stand out. Its answer is the TiVo Premiere, due to hit retail stores in early April in TiVo’s first product launch in more than two years. The $499 Premiere XL will be able to store up to 150 hours of high-definition TV on its 1-terabyte hard drive. The $299 Premiere can store up to 45 hours of HD TV on its 320-gigabyte hard drive. The DVR uses Adobe Systems Inc.’s Flash software, which is widely deployed on the Web and will enable TiVo to let third-party developers create applications for the new units. The prices of the new DVRs are comparable to the current line. The new DVRs, like previous models,

will require subscription fees ranging from $12.95 a month to $299 for three years. Customers can also choose to pay the fees in one lump sum of $399 to last the life of the unit. TiVo also fixed a few annoyances for customers. Viewers of a TV show can now surf the menu without having to leave the show. It will shrink to a small window and keep playing. Searching for shows will be easier with a new remote that has a keyboard. But it costs extra and won’t be available until late summer or early fall. Pricing has not yet been set. A new disk-space bar will show how much storage is left. And a new video bar across the menu screen will show what’s popular or recommend shows you might want to watch. Previously that required navigating several menus. “TiVo has Amazon on its boxes, YouTube and Blockbuster and (the list will) likely grow over time,” said Tony Wible, an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott. “TiVo helps aggregate all this stuff.” Although TiVo could claim its product was superior to the generic DVRs provided by cable and phone companies, its base of customers, who are typically big TV aficionados, has shrunk to 1.5 million from an alltime high of 1.7 million in 2008. DVRs from the cable company can be compelling because consumers can lease them for a comparable monthly fee, without having to buy the unit. That, and high research and development expenses, has made TiVo a consistent money loser. TiVo, which is based in Alviso, Calif., has had only one year with a net profit. That was the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, when it got $103.3 million after taxes for prevailing in a patent lawsuit against Dish Network Corp. Regulatory filings show that TiVo has accumulated net losses of more than $600 million since its inception in 1997. In hopes of consistently turning profits, TiVo has been changing its business strategy so that it’s not relying only on selling its hardware.

Scientists wowed by Mars orbiter performance Associated Press Writer

PASADENA, Calif. – Scientists are impressed with the flood of data beamed back by NASA’s most advanced Mars orbiter. The space agency said Wednesday the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent back 100 terabits of information

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In this image released by NASA/ JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona showing a view of an inverted crater in the Arabia Terra region of Mars that is among the images taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in early 2010.

since 2006. That’s equal to about 3 million songs in MP3 format. Launched from Florida in 2005, the reconnaissance orbiter reached Mars in March 2006. It is the most powerful probe ever sent to the Red Planet. Project scientist Rich Zurek of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says he is blown away by the quality of the images and other tidbits that give scientists a deeper understanding of the planet. Last year, the reconnaissance orbiter suffered several computer resets that temporarily halted science operations. It has since returned to normal.

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A TiVo Premiere box, foreground, is displayed with an HD television, Monday, March 1, 2010, in New York. TiVo Premiere combines access to cable programming, movies, web videos, and music all in one box.


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Suns rout Clippers again, 127-101 Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES – Amare Stoudemire had 30 points and 14 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns breezed to their second rout of the Los Angeles Clippers in six days, beating them 127-101 on Wednesday night to sweep the four-game season series for the second straight year. Channing Frye scored 23 points, making four 3-pointers during a 2:37 span of the fourth quarter to help Phoenix build its margin to 29 points with 6:45 remaining. Jason Richardson added 22 points for the Suns, who shot 56 percent en route to their 13th victory in 16 games. Chris Kaman had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who haven’t beaten Phoenix since Jan. 15, 2008, and are 3-13 against them since losing Game 7 of the 2006 Western Conference semifinals at Phoenix. The loss was their eighth this season by 20 or more points. Eric Gordon had 21 points. Davis, who committed a careerhigh nine turnovers in Monday’s 108-104 win over Utah, had only one against the Suns in 25 minutes. It came with 8:10 left in the third quarter, when he attempted to thread the needle with a bounce pass to Drew Gooden in the lane and the

ball was knocked away by Richardson, leading to Richardson’s 3-pointer and a 70-63 Phoenix advantage. In the previous meeting last Friday at Phoenix, Suns center Robin Lopez capitalized on Kaman’s ejection 20 seconds into the third quarter and finished with a career-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. But Kaman had the upper hand in the rematch — statistically at least — leading the Clippers to a 58-57 halftime lead with 18 points. Lopez finished with five points and four rebounds in 19 minutes. Neither team led by more than five points until Jared Dudley and Frye made 3-pointers 29 seconds

apart to give Phoenix a 51-42 margin with 5:56 left in the second quarter. The Clippers responded with a 20footer by Kaman, two free throws by Davis and a 3 by Gordon, who connected on his first four shots from behind the arc. Phoenix is fifth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Utah for homecourt advantage for the opening round of the playoffs. The Suns kick off a seven-game homestand Thursday night against the Jazz — the first of three more meetings with them, including the regular-season finale on April 14 at Salt Lake City.

John Ruiz warned David Haye not to underestimate him when they meet on April 3. The ‘Quiet Man’ will be in the opposing corner when the Hayemaker makes the first defence of his WBA heavyweight title

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Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire (1) guards Los Angeles Clippers guard Baron Davis (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

Tomic youngest Australia Davis Cup player since 1933 Agence France - Presse

MELBOURNE – Bernard Tomic became Australia’s youngest Davis Cup player in 77 years when he was named Thursday to lead off the Asia Oceania Group One tie against Taiwan. The 17-year-old was preferred ahead of the higher-ranked Carsten Ball to win a singles spot, alongside Peter Luczak for the zonal tie, starting at Melbourne Park on Friday. At 17 years and 135 days, Tomic will be Australia’s youngest player since Vivian McGrath played at the age of 17 years 84 days against Norway in 1933, Tennis Australia said. Tomic, ranked 298, will face Taiwanese number two Yang Tsunghua, ranked 322, while the 75thranked Luczak will take on Yi Chuhuan, listed at 514.

Ball and Paul Hanley will team up for the doubles rubber on Saturday against Yang and Yi. “It’s his first experience at this level and this level is like no other, but having said that he is a player who will step into the role of an important Davis Cup player very quickly,” Australian captain John Fitzgerald said. Australia’s most decorated Davis Cup player, Lleyton Hewitt, was not considered for selection after recent right hip surgery. Taiwan’s top player Lu Yen-hsun decided to pass on the tournament so that younger players could have an opportunity to gain valuable experience in major international competitions, according to a statement released by the Chinese Taipei Tennis Association.

Bernard Tomic (pictured in January) became Australia’s youngest Davis Cup player in 77 years when he was named Thursday to lead off the Asia Oceania Group One tie against Taiwan.

Ruiz Warning for Haye John Ruiz warned David Haye not to underestimate him when they meet on April 3. The ‘Quiet Man’ will be in the opposing corner when the Hayemaker makes the first defence of his WBA heavyweight title, live on Sky Box Office. While Ruiz is a former world champion and vastly experienced, he’s not expected to trouble Haye as he moves towards possible showdowns with the Klitschko brothers. But Ruiz says if Haye has one eye on future targets, he’ll

pay a heavy price. “I’m there for the long haul,” he told Sky Sports News. “For David Haye to think about anybody else is going to be a big problem. I don’t want to hear the excuses afterwards - I was thinking about this guy when I should have been thinking about this guy.” Ruiz also believes he will be a better fighter than at any stage of his 18-year, 54-fight career when he climbs into the ring in Manchester. It will be the first time he has had a full training camp with new mentor Miguel Diaz and claims he will be

a different prospect to the man Haye has labelled ‘a cure for insomnia’. Diaz took charge for his last fight, a seventh-round stoppage of Adnan Serin on the undercard of Haye against Nikolai Valuev, and has already made some fundamental changes. “He’s bringing back the basics, the foundation of who I was to one point,” he said. “He’s bringing that all back and I’m happy I am becoming the fighter that I always wanted to be become - and not the slugger, that puncher leaning in too much.”

(AFP/File/Greg Wood)


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Spain puts Domenech in doldrums as French lose friendly match Agence France - Presse

PARIS – Spain confirmed their position among the World Cup favourites with a dominant 20 victory over France in their friendly match at the Stade de France here on Wednesday. The European champions prevailed through first-half goals from David Villa and Sergio Ramos, inflicting upon their hosts a first defeat in 13 home games. Worse for France was their powerlessness in the face of Spain’s masterful control of possession and the home fans made their feelings known at regular intervals by imploring under-fire coach Raymond Domenech to resign. The enigmatic 58-year-old has seen his popularity plummet since leading France to the 2006 World Cup final and the defeat will increase calls for him to step down before this summer’s finals in South Africa. Key Spanish dangermen Xavi and Fernando Torres did not even make an appearance until half-time, but although the scoreline remained the same until the end, the damage had already been done. “Losing makes nobody happy but Spain confirmed to-

night that they are big favourites for the World Cup,” said Domenech. “We lost thanks to two mistakes, two pieces of poor positioning after we gave the ball away in midfield. To beat Spain you have to be exceptional. We weren’t tonight, but we have three months to prepare for the World Cup.” Thierry Henry, representing his country for the first time since his infamous handball in the play-off victory over Ireland in November, was whistled when he left the field in the second half, while the French fans took to airing their frustrations by cheering every completed Spanish pass. Florent Malouda headed against the post from fellow substitute Djibril

Cisse’s right-wing cross in the 80th minute and it was to prove the closest the hosts came to a breakthrough. Sevilla winger Jesus Navas almost made it 3-0 in injury time but his shot across goal from the inside-right channel flashed narrowly wide. “There was a bit of everything, good and not so good,” said Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque. “We are demanding, we always want to play better.” France had made an industrious start, with Franck Ribery a persistently menacing presence on the right of midfield. The hosts, though, were playing with an untested centre-back pairing of debutant Michael Ciani and Julien Escude, and cracks quickly appeared.

Maradona says Argentina can go all the way Agence France - Presse

MUNICH, Germany – Argentina’s larger-than-life coach Diego Maradona thinks that his players can win the World Cup if they show the form that saw them beat fellow favourites Germany 10. “I am very happy because my players were so committed. They fulfilled my expectations. After 24 years Argentina needs the title, and playing at this standard we can do it,” Maradona said after Wednesday’s match. “It was a tough game, but we

showed that we are a great team, one of the best in the world,” he added. “God willing, we are going to give our people a good World Cup.” Ninety-nine days before the World Cup in South Africa, the clash found “El Diez” under pressure after the 1978 and 1986 winners - the latter victory over the then West Germany virtually singlehandedly delivered by Maradona - came within a whisker of not qualifying and for his use of over 100 different players. But his side outshone Germany on Wednesday, leaving the home side, which in contrast to Argentina

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Germany’s Serdar Tasci, right, and Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain, left, challenge for the ball during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Munich, Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

had looked solid in qualification, looking like the one needing to go back to the drawing board. “Mistakes get punished at this level,” said Germany trainer Joachim Loew, assistant coach when Germany beat Argentina in a penalty shootout in the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals. “Argentina really was a very, very strong team with lots of strong individual players. We didn’t manage to build up pressure today, to make use of chances.” After a slow start as the teams sized each other up, it was Argentina who looked the more dangerous of the two sides, led from the front by Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Fifa’s world footballer of the year 2009. In the 38th minute, Angel di Maria dribbled his way past a sea of German defenders to fire off a shot. Germany ‘keeper Rene Adler, fresh from being named Germany’s firstchoice goalie for the World Cup this week, pulled off a spectacular save, deflecting the ball onto the woodwork. But then just before the break, disaster struck for the Germans with a slip-up from Adler, who plays for high-flying Bundesliga outfit Bayer Levekusen, that suddenly made his selection look not quite so shrewd. Adler sprinted out of his goal to intercept the ball from a fast-approaching Gonzalo Higuain, but the Real Madrid star won the challenge, rounded the ‘keeper and tapped into the open goal. The episode was much to the disapproval of long-term ‘keeper Oliver “King” Kahn, now resigned to the commentary box. “If you leave your goal you have to make sure you get the ball. Otherwise you should stay on your line,” he said.

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Spain’s Sergio Ramos, left, celebrates with David Villa after scoring the second goal against France during their friendly soccer match at Stade de France stadium, outskirts of Paris, Wednesday, March 3, 2010 in preparation of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Cameroon hold Italy in goalless draw Agence France - Presse

MONTE CARLO – African giants Cameroon held world champions Italy to a 0-0 draw in a dull World Cup finals warm-up international in Monaco on Wednesday. Italy coach Marcello Lippi said that despite the 0-0 scoreline he had found the match a useful exercise. “That was a very useful match, I had the chance to have a look at many players for the first time, even those who had already been in the squad before (when Lippi wasn’t coach)” he said. Lippi used this fixture to have a look at new players and he picked an experimental line-up with a mix of regular first teamers such as captain Fabio Cannavaro and midfielder Andrea Pirlo while giving debuts to Cagliari midfielder Andrea Cossu and Bari right-back Leonardo Bonucci. The unfamiliar nature of the Italy team possibly contributed to a first half which saw barely a chance created by either side. Italy were marginally the more potent, although that speaks vol-

umes about the lack of threat from Cameroon. The world champions did have the ball in the net on 13 minutes but it was rightly ruled out for offside. Cameroon goalkeeper Souleymanou Hamidou came for a corner but made an absolute hash of his attempt, yet inadvertently his actions saved his team from conceding as when Daniele De Rossi helped the ball forward, there was only one defender between Giorgio Chiellini and the goal. There was the usual flood of half-time changes and one of the Italy substitutes, Juventus’s Claudio Marchisio, fashioned a chance for Antonio Di Natale, whose volley was deflected over. With 16 minutes left Italy came close again but Hamidou did well to come out and smother Bonucci’s close range effort from Chiellini’s flick. But Cameroon then had the best chance of the game as Pierre Webo was played in behind the Italy backline only for his first touch to be poor and allow Federico Marchetti to come out and smother on the edge of the box.


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Campos to race under Hispania name

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McLaren Mercedes Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain steers his car during a test session at the at the racetrack of Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb 27, 2010.

Teams seek McLaren wing clarification RED Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has revealed that his team and Ferrari are seeking clarification from the FIA about the legality of McLaren’s rear wing design. The design of the MP4-25 was the subject of discussion during last week’s final pre-season test at Barcelona in Spain - amid suggestions that the layout of its airbox and engine cover was helping to stall the rear-wing at high-speed and delivering the car extra straight-line performance. Now, Horner has revealed, his team and Ferrari have taken the matter to the FIA to ask whether the governing body believes it to be legal. “There’s a bit of a fuss over McLaren’s rear wing,” Horner said during a lunch with British newspaper journalists. “They have a slot on it and they can pick up a lot of straight-line speed. I think it will get resolved before the first race. We’ve asked the FIA for clarification although I think Ferrari are probably more excited than we are to be honest.” Horner said that the introduction of wing slot-gap separators several years ago was designed to stop attempts to stall wings - but he thinks the McLaren design could be being used as a way of getting around the regulations. “Basically, if you stall the wing you take all the drag off it and pick up straight-line speed,” he said. “It’s something that’s been done quite a lot over the years but with the wing separators you’re not supposed to do that. “Our question ultimately will be: ‘Is it clever design or is it in breach of the regulations’?” He added: “They must be very confident that it’s legal. I would think it will be legal.”

THE Campos Meta 1 team will race under the name HRT F1 Hispania Racing F1 Team - following Jose Ramon Carabante’s acquisition of the Spanish outfit last month. The decision was announced on Wednesday morning, together with the news that the team will be presented in Murcia, Spain on Thursday. It is expected HRT will then confirm Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok as its racing drivers, with Jose Maria Lopez believed to be on the verge of securing a deal to become the team’s reserve following the collapse of US F1. AUTOSPORT understands that team founder Adrian Campos, who sold his stake in the team to Carabante last month, will stay onboard as executive vice-president. Hispania Racing, named after

The Campos Meta 1 team will race under the name HRT F1 - Hispania Racing F1 Team following Jose Ramon Carabante’s acquisition of the Spanish outfit last month

one of Carabante’s companies, said it will continue to push with plans to build its base in Murcia, but it is expected to operate from Campos’s factory in Alzira, Alicante in the meantime. The team will be led by Colin Kolles, who has appointed as team principal and managing director last month. “The new team name signifies a new birth for our Formula 1 ambitions and highlights the incredible effort that is going on behind the scenes to ensure we make a successful debut in Bahrain on 14 March,” said Kolles on Wednesday. “While we are a new team in the paddock, we will be very proud to stand alongside such legendary names as Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus, as we hope to build our own reputation in the coming years.”


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