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A Thai Buddhist monk and a young supporter of anti-government demonstrators gather for a free breakfast
Protesters defy state of emergency in Bangkok Associated Press Writer
BANGKOK – Thailand’s beleaguered government moved to shut down media outlets of anti-government demonstrators Thursday after declaring a state of emergency, while the activists vowed to escalate their protests if an information blackout is enforced.
The defiant “Red Shirts” have controlled areas of the Thai capital for nearly a month in efforts to get Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament, and they planned another mass
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The environmental contamination is still happen in Denpasar. The contamination is often done by printing or convection businesses that still throw heir waste not on the proper place. When the authorized officers inspected the area, they still found the businesses which throw the waste to the sewer. The locals in the area already reported the case to the authorities because the people worried
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groped for ways to resolve the crisis without use of armed force. Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the government has shut down PTV, the satellite TV station of the Red Shirts, and is
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Contamination still found in Denpasar
rally Friday despite the emergency order that empowers the military to move against large gatherings. Abhisit canceled a trip to Hanoi on Thursday to attend a summit of Southeast Asian leaders as he
looking for Web sites disseminating “distorted information” such as claiming that Abhisit authorized the use of force against demonstrators. “We aim to control the broadcasting of certain media, including TV stations and others. It is very clear that some of the media broadcasts have been destructive to the stability of the country,” he told reporters.
that the waste can be dangerous for our health. I Nyoman Puja, the head of Law Enforcement Division in Denpasar Civil Police, said that the department conducted inspection to check on the report by the people. Previously, the inhabitant of Pulau Ayu Street, reported to the department about the contamination. “Mr. Darlis reported that has been contamination in the area. He is afraid that the water will be contaminated,” Puja said. Continued on page 6
In order to prevent pollution and contamination, the authorized department inspected the business that has the potential to cause the problem
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Bali News Due to elections, population census in Denpasar held ahead of time Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Schedule of the 2010 population census will be about to start in next May. However, due to a large number of important events such as regional head elections and holidays in May, the population census in some regions had been moved forward to this April 2010. As carried out by the Denpasar Central Agency of Statistic (BPS), it had started the census in Denpasar City since Wednesday (Apr 7). Enumeration began at the residence of the Mayor of Denpasar IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra on Jalan Tjok Agung Tresna. In the census on last Wednesday, the enumerator provided some 43 items of question. Head of BPS Denpasar, Wayan Suta, met after undertaking the census toward the number one man in Denpasar revealed the census would actually take place from May 1 to May 31, 2010. However, for some subdistricts, the schedule had been advanced, including in Denpasar. Advancement of the census schedule was caused by the implementation of the regional head elections and the holidays in May,” said Suta. Given, before taking down to the field the officers had been provided with adequate training. It aimed at equalizing the perception on the concept on the definition used as reference by field personnel in conducting the data collection. This year’s field officers were recruited through village heads amounting to 1,822 persons. Training was held in 7 different locations and organized in four generations. It was said the enumerator to the residents took place once every ten years. Through this program, it would be obtained clear data about
the number of residents living in one area. For the case of Denpasar, said Suta, there were no inaccessible areas, such as those found in other subdistricts in Bali. However, there were many elite houses in Denpasar that according to him denoted one of the obstacles in conducting the enumeration. “In Denpasar, I think there is no difficult area, but many elite areas. This is what I believe will become an obstacle to perform the enumeration,” said this former Head of BPS Bangli. The elite residential area was considered difficult, said Wayan Suta, because the dwellers of the house had fairly busy activities, so they were rarely at home. When visited, the house was often empty. To deal with these constraints, his party had instructed to all field officers to meet with one member of the families. Meanwhile, in the midst of answering the questions of enumerators, the Mayor Rai Mantra accompanied by Spokesperson Made Erwin Suryadarma reminded the of-
ficers to be really careful to measure, so the result would be able to help the government set out the development programs in Denpasar. “Do not only record the population based on written data, but the officers must immediately come into their respective house and not simply take a photo copy of household registration card (KK) and give questionnaires to the community,” said Rai Mantra while appealing the Denpasar community to provide real data to the census officers. Rai Mantra affirmed the non-existence of good control against the population could lead to population explosion resulting in social problems and weaken the resilience of the region. Free entrance and exit of regional migrants without clear rules and inadequate supervision would also reap trouble. Both problems were initial seeds of other problems in various sectors. A domino effect, said Rai Mantra, often created bigger problems than the original problem becoming the trigger. (kmb12)
1,170 cases of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia Denpasar (Bali Post)—
In 2009, it was recorded there were 1,170 cases of migrant workers (TKI) facing problems in Malaysia. Most of the problems were unpaid salaries by their employers. This matter was explained by Deputy Ambassador to Malaysia, Tatang Budi Utama Razak, in the midst of Indonesia-Malaysia Formal Sector Cooperation Opportunities in the placement of Indonesian migrant workers, last Wednesday (Apr 6) in Kuta. According to him, the problem of migrant workers in formal sector workers was easier to resolve
than that of informal sector. “Problems in formal sector are more easily resolved because since the very beginning has been made agreement on of minimum standard of salary and a single employer has at least 2000 workers in charge. It is somewhat more difficult to deal with the informal sector which is usually one employer supervises one worker, so that the problems are more personal,” said Tatang. In order to protect the Indonesian migrant workers working in Malaysia, continued Tatang, the Malaysian Embassy together with Indonesian Embassy established a
joint committee to resolve the problems of migrant workers in Malaysia. No doubt, there remained illegal migrant workers entering into Malaysia and they finally faced problems. “Hopefully, the Joint Committee is expected to resolve the issues accordingly and to protect the migrant workers working in Malaysia,” explained Tatang. For the protection of migrant workers, the Malaysian government, according to Tatang, was very consent because they realized the Indonesian migrant workers gave major contribution to economic development in the State. (kmb24)
Shooting range becomes cowshed,Shooting athlete trains at home Negara (Bali Post)—
Limited facilities and infrastructure do not discourage the spirit of shooting athletes of Jembrana to practice. Shooting range at the area of Kresna Jvara Square that should be used for their practice is now even becoming a cowshed. As consequence, the athletes have no other choice but practice the shooting in their respective backyard. Nevertheless, the achievements showed by the athletes especially the junior ones sufficiently proud. Even, in the recent Bali-wide shooting championship in Singaraja, the athletes of Jemberana could win three gold medals. Chairman of the Indonesian Shooting and Hunting Association (Perbakin) of Jembrana Chapter, R Ahmad Nurwakhid, met last Wednesday (Apr 7) hoped the shooting ranges could be immediately repaired and fit for national and international games. As organizing region, Perbakin Jemberana targeted to become an overall champion in the next provincial event of 2011. “In short term, we are targeting the success in Provincial Games next year, while for long-term we will develop and prepare the athletes from elementary up to senior high school in order to become better athletes of Jembrana in the provincial and national arena,” said Nurwakhid who is also the Chief of Jembrana Police. To optimize the recruitment, his party also
invited a number of people who liked to shoot squirrels. According to him, they already had enough basic to shoot, so they just needed training in this sport. In separate place, Chief Executive of Perbakin Jembrana, Henry Oka justified the existence of limited shooting facilities and infrastructure. Jembrana had shooting range but untreated. Such condition forced the athletes to practice in their backyard. Shooting range was only 10 meters and using air pistol. Perbakin itself has also submitted a proposal to ask for supporting equipment including rifle fire, like a center fire, free pistol and standard pistol. “We just have air pistols and air hunting riffle. But, the athletes, especially the junior ones remain to practice and perform fairly with the limited facilities,” he explained. Selection process of athlete was conducted through a try-out and shooting competition like championships as in last February in Denpasar and Singaraja recently. In the tournament, contingents of Jembrana could win 4 gold medals. Even, junior athletes who were still studying at elementary school won a silver medal. “We still do intensive exercise for three times a week in the back of the house. The basic techniques of shooting used air rifle,” he explained. His party targeted 10 gold medals in the upcoming Provincial Games from individual and group contingent. (sur)
Barong Baronan temple targeted by thief Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Supporting devotees of Barong Baronan Temple, Benoa Village, South Kuta, last Monday (Apr 5) were made surprised by the action of thief. The local temple was frisked by thief and a number of sacred paraphernalia vanished from its place. As a result of this incident, the supporting devotees of the temple suffered from a loss worth IDR 15 million. The theft incident was just known by one of the devotees at 5:00 pm Local Time. Witnesses saw the condition of temple was in disarray. Well, having rechecked inside, in fact there were several sacred paraphernalia disappearing. Additionally, the witness told the
incident to other supporting devotees. “As further measure, the case was reported to South Kuta Police, Denpasar,” said a police officer at Denpasar Metro Police, last Wednesday (Apr 7). Some police officers of South Kuta were assigned to make investigation to the scene. Investigation of the crime scene and examination of witnesses had been undertaken. Allegedly, the thieves could enter into the temple with ease because the temple’s door was not locked. After the examination, it was known that a brass bell disappeared from its place. More than that, three bayonets, 18 spearheads of Dewata Nawa Sanga and an umbrella were also known to have lost. (kmb21)
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ATM of Dutch citizen burglarized, IDR 3 million loses Denpasar (Bali Post)—
ATM burglary case occurred again in Denpasar. The balance of ATM belonged to a Dutch citizen, Annick Vivien Rijneke, 33, was known to decrease at the amount of IDR 3 million. In fact, the victim felt she had never engaged in transactions at the ATM. It was unknown for sure, whether the mode of ATM burglary case was the same as that allegedly carried out by hackers. Police officers were still investigating that ATM burglary case. The information collected in the police, last Wednesday (Apr 7) explained, the victim knew her money diminished after performing a transaction at ATM BII located around Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Denpasar, last Monday (5 / 4) at 03:00 pm Local Time. Of course, this incident made the victim extremely shock as soon as knowing the balance decreased at IDR 3 million. “Victim admitted she never made any transactions previously. Suddenly the balance diminished,” said one of police officers at Denpasar Metro Police. Victim also believed the loss of
her money was done by irresponsible person. Thus, victim who temporarily stayed at Ramayana Hotel in room No. 9, Sanur, South Denpasar, reported the case to the police station nearby. “Police are still tracing the perpetrator together with its mode,” explained the officer whose name should be kept secret. Apart from the case of ATM burglary, a theft case by weighting with burglarizing a house also ensued at Jalan Bukit Sari Gang Uluwatu I No. 2, Jimbaran, South Kuta. The house belonging to Mislawati Fortuna, 26, was known to have been burglarized last Tuesday (Apr 6) at 06.00 pm. A
number of valuables worth tens of millions of rupiahs had been successfully taken away. According to the report of the victim, the alleged thief was more than one person entering the house by prying the window of the house. Perpetrators could act freely because the house was empty then. “The valuables reported to have lost consist of four cell phones, an ATM card, a pair of earring, a gold necklace, two gold rings, pendants and cash worth IDR 300 thousand. Total loss of the victim reaches IDR 20 million,” detailed the officer. (kmb21)
Renovation at Hotel Sanur Beach Bali Hotel Sanur Beach Bali will start its latest renovation project later this month. “In our continued efforts to improve our facilities, we will renovate all bathrooms of the Superior Rooms over the next 4 months, i.e. until the end of July, 2010” said Ms. Margit Arnold, the General Manager. The
refurbishment will completely refresh the bathrooms, replacing the bathtubs with glass showers and adding several new artistic elements. Hotel Sanur Beach Bali features 426 rooms and suites, 2 beach front villas, 2 large pools and a choice of restaurants and bars.
Two big motorcycles Electoral Commission decides four locations for open campaign secured by Denpasar Police Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Democratic extravaganza in the form of Denpasar mayor-deputy mayor election for the 2010-2015 terms immediately enters into the stage of campaign. In this period, each candidate will be ensured to hold open campaign to draw voter’s sympathy. To accommodate the implementation of this open campaign, Denpasar Electoral Commission had determined the locations of open campaign in all subdistricts. At least, four locations of open campaign had been determined. Head of Working Group of Denpasar Electoral Commission, I Gede John Darmawan, when met on the sidelines of the meeting schedule of the campaign, last Wednesday (Apr 7) said there were four locations pre-
pared for the open campaign. The four locations comprised the Captain Japa Square for East Denpasar Subdistrict, Kompyang Sujana Square for West Denpasar, Captain Pica Square for South Denpasar and Ngurah Rai Stadium Denpasar for the North Denpasar. Except for these four locations, the Electoral Commission was still discussing about the location of open campaign at Lumintang Square. However, the location had not been final, and would be discussed further. “For Renon area, we do not use it as the location of the campaign,” said John. In addition to open campaign, the Electoral Commission would also conduct a campaign through candidate debates. For this debate, said John Darmawan, each would be given op-
portunity for five times. The first phase would involve the two couples who followed by the prospective candidates of mayor and deputy mayor. After that, it would be followed by the package of deputy mayor. “The campaign period will commence with the delivery of the vision and mission of the candidate couple in a plenary session of the House,” said John Darmawan. Related to the opening of the campaign, the Electoral Commission would organize a chariot parade followed by the two candidate couples of mayor-deputy mayor. However, each candidate couple was not allowed to take their supporter in large quantities. “Each couple is recommended to take only 50 people supporters,” said John. (kmb12)
The House reveals the ”red report” of the executive Negara (Bali Post)—
A number of suggestions and reprimands delivered by the Jembrana House against the 2009 Accountability Report (LKPJ) of the Regent of Jembrana in their recommendation last Wednesday (Apr 7). The House considered the performance of the Regents had not been maximal because it had not reached the development priorities as well as the vision and mission of the regional government consistently. A number of ‘red reports’ in the field of development, health, education and administration were delivered in plenary session without the presence of Jembrana Regent I Gede Winasa.
Deputy Regent of Jembrana I Putu Artha was present in the capacity to represent Winasa. One of the highlights was the existence of inter-regional cooperation or companies expending the budgets but was not important and did not engender any results visible to the public. Some of the cooperation consisted of that with Banyuwangi Regency worth IDR 210 million over five years, with the Office of Advocates and Legal Consultant worth IDR 1.1 billion and with the HiroshimaJembrana Friendship Association worth IDR 409 million. The House requested in order the cooperation
was reviewed and recommended to make cooperation with the Badung or Gianyar Regency so the regency could provide business opportunities for SMEs industry. Other than education sector, during the year 2009 there were still many residents who did not complete their elementary education, so the level of public education stayed low. Investments were considered failed because there was no multiplier effect and a decrease in per capita income of residents. In addition, the Regent was also asked to support the law enforcement and settlement of cases rolling in Jembrana Regency. (sur)
But police seem to transfer responsibility Denpasar (Bali Post)—
After Directorate of Traffic Affairs of Bali Police secured the three Ferrari cars as they did not have complete documents, recently it was the turn of Denpasar Metro Police to seized two big motorcycles alleged to have not had legal documents. Unfortunately, the arrest case of three Ferrari cars was unknown how the resolution was. The information collected at Denpasar Metro Police, last Wednesday (Apr 7), the two big motorcycles were secured by the side of Denpasar Metro Police on December 17, 2009. However, the case was just reported, last Tuesday (Apr 6). Well, this also raised a big question in the case of securing two big Suzuki motorcycles. In the police report with Number LP-A / 799/IV/2010/SPK, the two big motorcycles were secured around Jalan Gunung Sanghyang, Denpasar. Police made the arrest because the two riders namely Eka Sukmana and Mark Richard Roe did not have a complete document. Police also suspected the two big motorcycles with police plate DK 4121 HD and DK 6424 MB were administratively illegal. Sources in Denpasar Metro Police stated, the two riders namely Eka Sukmana and Mark Richard Roe could not present their vehicle registration letter or the complete documents. So both motorcycles were secured in Denpasar Metro Police. Thus, a source,
whose name asked to be made secret, revealed. More strangely, police officers at Denpasar Metro Police and Bali Police seemed to mutually throw the responsibility. It was clearly visible when a reporter would like to ask for confirmation about the truth of the case. As stated by Chief of Traffic Affairs Unit, Wahyu Tri Cahyono, he himself admitted not to handle the case. Chief Wahyu explained to reporters, his party only handled the matters related to driving license ownership. Meanwhile, the problem having something to do with completeness of document, he said, was the authority of vehicle registration office (Samsat). Afterward, the reporters attempted to ask for confirmation to the Division Head of Registration and Identification of Bali Police, Agus Sugianto. Instead, Agus Sugianto claimed to have not known about the case. “I do not know about the problem and do not handle the case. Who told you so?” he said briefly. Other information mentioned most owners of big motorcycles in Bali have not had complete documents. In fact, some said that almost 90 percent of big motorcycles in Bali were alleged administratively legal. Seeing these circumstances, police officers should take firm action against the existence of such administratively illegal big motorcycles. (kmb21)
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Kyrgyz opposition forms interim government AP
Firefighter remove the body of a victim of a landslide in Prazeres shantytown in Rio de Janeiro
Fresh mudslide as Brazil death toll tops 145 AFP
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – Another devastating mudslide crushed dozens of homes in the Rio de Janeiro area as rescuers searched Thursday for survivors of floods and landslides that have claimed the lives of at least 148 people after the worst rains in half a century. As many as 45 houses were swept away by the latest mudslide in the hard-hit city Niteroi Wednesday night, firefighters told Globo television network, adding that some 60 people were believed to be inside th doomed buildings at the time. As of midnight, 20 people had been pulled from the rubble alive but three were dead, authorities said. “We heard a huge noise and when we turned around everything had come down,” a resident of the hillside favela told the Globo cable news station. Civil Defense officials late Wednesday said that 145 people were confirmed dead — not counting the latest victims in Niteroi, a city across the bay from the state capital and part of the greater Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area. Images broadcast by a Globo television helicopter showed firefighters struggling to rescue survivors from piles of mud-covered rubble and twisted metal. Globo said rescuers eventually asked the helicopter to leave so they could listen for sounds from
buried survivors. The toll was likely to rise further as dozens of people were reportedly still missing following the rains, which displaced more than 1,400 people and destroyed scores of homes. Flooding over the past days has been so intense that authorities urged area residents to remain indoors. Heavy rain, which began on Monday, fell intermittently on Wednesday amid sunny spells, providing hope that the worst was over. Emergency officials said most fatalities were in hillside slums around the city of Rio de Janeiro, where torrents of water triggered devastating mudslides and scenes of chaos. Trash, stones and rubble dotted the muddy hills of Niteroi on Wednesday, alongside precarious homes. “People have nowhere to go, they’re all doomed,” Vinicius Gomes, the cousin of a landslide victim, told AFP. Various officials and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva criticized decades of administrative malfeasance which allowed shoddy home construction in high-risk zones. “Our aim now is to save lives. Of course we’ll have to remove houses from risk areas in Niteroi,” local mayor Jorge Silveira told journalists. But the authorities were blasted in the press for a failure to anticipate the disaster.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – An opposition coalition in Kyrgyzstan proclaimed an interim government Thursday in the wake of clashes that left dozens dead nationwide, and said it would rule for six months before calling new elections. Opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva said she would head the interim government, and that the parliament was dissolved. She said the new government controlled four of Kyrgyzstan’s seven provinces in the Central Asian nation, which is home to a key U.S. military base that the opposition has said it wants to close. Otunbayeva urged President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to resign after he fled the capital amid violent clashes that started on Tuesday. Thousands of protesters have clashed with security forces throughout the country, driving out local governments and on Thursday seizing government headquarters in the capital. “His business in Kyrgyzstan is finished,” she said, adding that Bakiyev has fled for the central Jalal-Abad region, where he is trying to consolidate his supporters. Since coming to power in 2005 amid similar street protests known as the Tulip Revolution, Bakiyev had ensured a measure of stability in the country of 5 million people, but the opposition said he did so at the expense of democratic standards while enriching himself and his family. He gave his relatives, including his son, top government and economic posts and faced the same accusations of corruption and cronyism that led to the ouster of his predecessor, Askar Akayev. Otunbayeva blamed Bakiyev for the violent clashes. “Yesterday’s events were a response to aggression, tyranny and a crackdown on dissenters,” she said. “All the people who have been killed and who got wounds are the victims of this regime.” The Health Ministry said 68 people have been killed and 400
Kyrgyz protesters waving the national flag, ride on a truck in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
people hospitalized in clashes nationwide. In the past two years, authorities have clamped down on the media, and opposition activists say they have routinely been subjected to physical intimidation and targeted by politically motivated criminal investigations. Kyrgyzstan hosts a key U.S. military base that serves as an essential transit point for supplies to the military operations in nearby Afghani-
stan. The opposition has called for the closure of the air base at the Manas airport outside the capital. In Bishkek, most of the government buildings, as well as Bakiyev’s houses, have been looted, and two major markets were burned down. A paper portrait of Bakiyev put up at the government headquarters was smeared with red paint. Obscenities directed at him were written in black spray paint on buildings nearby.
Bill Clinton meets Saudi king in Riyadh AFP
Former US president Bill Clinton
RIYADH (AFP) – Former US president Bill Clinton met Saudi King Abdullah in an unannounced two-day visit to the oil-rich kingdom, the official SPA news agency said. Clinton met Abdullah, the Saudi intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, assistant defence minister Khaled bin Sultan and other top officials at the king’s farm outside Riyadh
Wednesday evening where they discussed “issues of mutual concern,” SPA said. No specific details were given on the nature of the visit of Clinton, who arrived in Riyadh late Tuesday. The former president runs the New York-based William J. Clinton Foundation, which promotes and funds action on a number of current problems with global reach such as poverty, health, AIDS and climate change.
The Saudi government has been a major supporter of Clinton’s post-White House activities, donating 10 million dollars to the construction of his presidential library, and between 10-25 million dollars to his foundation in 2009, according to foundation records. Clinton, president from 1993 to 2001, is also the husband of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who visited Saudi Arabia in February for talks on Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
International IMIGRATION Australian Consulate General Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Phone: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 221195 (General) +62 361 241120 (Immigration)
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HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada.
HOSPITAL Bangli Bangli General Hospital Jl. Kesumayuda 27, Bangli Phone : +62 366 91521 Gianyar
Royal Danish & Norwegian Mimpi Resort Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 070 The Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No. 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.286 465 France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485 The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506 Honorary Consulate of Spain Komplek Istana Kuta Galleria Blok Vallet 2 No 11. Jalan Patih Jelantik Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.769 286 USA Consulate Agency Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 188 Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.222 426 Consulate General of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.227 628 Honorary Consulate of British Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.270 601 Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735 Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775 Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310 Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 â€“ 15 Fax : 226 363 Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690. Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142. Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada , (Private) Jl. Sudirman No 50, Denpasar Phone : 227 560, 234 824 In relating with health, Bali also has insurance and medical evacuation company, that is: AEA International - SOS Assistance Bali. PT Abhaya Eka Astiti, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 24X, Kuta 80361. Phone : 755 768 Fax : 755 768 One thing that should be noted by tourists here is that the Blood Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh) Negative blood. Badung Bali Medical Clinics There are some medical clinics that are well known by foreigners in Bali. Some of them are western owned and operated : Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) provides excellent Primary Health Care & Emeregency Medical Services for tourists, traveler, and expatriate living in Bali. Emeregency Room, Ambulance, Clinic Services, Insurance & Medical Evacuations also available. Open 24 hours Phone : 761 2631. Located Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.100X, Kuta, Bali 80361 - Indonesia. http://www.bimcbali.com International SOS Clinic Bali Opened in 1999, offers International SOS members and visitors to Bali comprehensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency medical service. Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361, Bali - Indonesia Phone : 720 100 Fax : 721 919 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org ttp ://www.sos-bali.com Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic Jl Pratama No. 81 Phone : 771 324 Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta Phone : 753 268 Dental Clinic Dr Indra Guizot, Jl. Patimura 19, Denpasar Phone : 222 445, 234 375 DDS. Ritjie Rihartinah, Jl Pratama No. 81 Nusa Dua Phone : 771 324 Retno W. Agung, Jln. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.4A Br. Tamansari â€“ Sanur Phone : 288 501
Clinic Mas Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974573 Toyo Clinic Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 978078 Permata Bunda Clinic Jl. Patih Jelantik 50 X, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 942082 Ubud Clinic Jl Raya Ubud No.36 Campuhan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974911 Gianyar General Hospital Jl. Ciung Wanara 2, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 943049 Karangasem Karangasem General Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai, Karangasem Phone : +62 363 21001 Klungkung Klungkung General Hospital Jl. Flamboyan 40-4, Klungkung Phone : +62 366 21371 Negara Negara General Hospital Jl. Gelar, Negara Phone : +62 365 41006 Tabanan Laboratorium Clinic Jl. Gunung semeru No. 8, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 819260 Mengwi Clinic Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai 46, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 880550 Darma Kerti Hospital Jl. Teratai 16, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 812359 Tabanan General Hospital Jl. Pahlawan 14, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 811027 Singaraja Prodia Clinic Jl. RA Kartini 12, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 24-516 Singaraja Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai 30, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 22-573 Pet Clinics Kayumas: (0361) 226934 Sayang Binatang: (0361) 483121 Satwa Kertha Husada: (0361) 263018 Pantai Sindhu: (0361) 287518 Sidakarya: (0361) 724492 Pedungan: (0361) 720026
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Friday, April 9, 2010
News Chinese man gets death for slaying 8 children Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) – A court in southeastern China sentenced a former doctor to death on Thursday for murdering eight children who were on their way to school, state news agency Xinhua reported. Zheng Minsheng, 41, attacked the children last month just before school began in Nanping in Fujian province. He admitted to “intentionally killing” the children, at a trial which lasted for four hours, Xinhua said. “I’m willing to shoulder responsibility for what I’ve done,” the report quoted him as saying. Prosecutors played 15 video clips of Zheng stabbing children with a knife, it added. “Zheng, appearing agitated, repeatedly told the court he had been
In this April 5, 2010 photo provided on April 7 by the Navy Visual News Service, members of a visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul inspect the hijacked Indian cargo dhow Faize Osamani in the Gulf of Oman
Somali pirates warn SKorean destroyer to stay away AP
SEOUL, South Korea – Somali pirates warned a South Korean destroyer chasing a hijacked supertanker with 24 sailors on board not to get any closer or else risk endangering the crew, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday. All crew members of the South Korean-operated, Marshall Islandflagged Samho Dream are safe, the pirates said by phone Wednesday through the tanker’s captain in the first contact since the hijacking Sunday in the Indian Ocean. However, “the safety of the sailors will be in jeopardy” if the destroyer sails any closer, the pirates warned, a ministry official said. Pirates have been on a streak of ship hijackings in recent weeks, with at least 16 ships and some 240 crew members believed held captive off Somalia’s lawless coast. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, and mul-
timillion-dollar ransoms have become a way to make money in the impoverished nation. On Wednesday, pirates hijacked a Turkish vessel with a crew of 25 off the Kenyan coast, according to the EU Naval Force. Separately, a hostage on board the hijacked Indian cargo dhow Faize Osamani drowned Tuesday when the ship was used to attack another vessel and navies intervened. The Samho Dream, loaded with about $160 million in crude oil, was hijacked on Sunday. A South Korean naval destroyer on anti-piracy patrol in the area took off in pursuit of the 300,000-ton tanker and caught up with
it the next day, officials in Seoul said. The captain said the pirates are “heavily armed” and warned that they should not be provoked since the tanker is carrying a large amount of crude oil, a ministry statement said. The hijackers had demanded direct contact with the ship’s owner, it said. Formal negotiations over the crew’s release have not begun, Foreign Ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun said. The tanker remained anchored about 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) off the Somali coast, with the South Korean destroyer monitoring nearby, the ministry said. The crew includes five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos.
water seemed clear but the officers take it to the lab for further investigation because the gutter in the area is filled with liquid. Puja said “the sample water is already taken and will be examine in the lab. We also will interrogate
the owner of Deva Salon, Abdul Sakur.” The officers were also inspecting other areas such as Dimas batik, Banyumas Batik and Sugeng Batik, but there was no contamination found in the area (kmb12)
Contamination... From page 1 The officers directly inspected to the scene. The house of Mr. Darlis and Deva Sablon is next to each other. When the sample water was taken from the well, the
turned down by a girl and suffered unfair treatment from the girl’s wealthy family, which prompted him to carry out the attack,” Xinhua said. “Prosecutors said Zheng, who is not married, had been unsuccessful in relations with women, his family and in his career, so he felt life was meaningless,” it added. “Zheng had no history of mental illness, according to police.” Five children survived the attack, one of whom is still in intensive care, Xinhua said. There have been a series of stabbings at Chinese schools and universities in recent years. In 2008, a student stabbed to death a law professor in class at an elite Beijing law school after he suspected the professor of having an affair with his girlfriend.
Protesters... From page 1 A protest leader, Nattawut Saikua, told followers that a media blackout “is just the first step for the government to clamp down on us tomorrow morning. If this is so, we’re going to raise our protest to the maximum level.” Abhisit declared the emergency Wednesday night after protesters briefly broke into Parliament, following weeks of protests that have paralyzed the government and cost businesses tens of millions of dollars. Lawmakers were forced to flee on ladders over a back wall and senior officials were hastily evacuated by helicopter. The demonstrators championing the rights of the rural poor appear uncowed. Their makeshift camps that were set up in Bangkok’s historic district March 12 have spread to the main commercial district and beyond, forcing large shopping malls to close and luxury hotels to be put under virtual siege. The confrontation is part of a long-running battle between supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted by a 2006 military coup, and those who oppose him. Thaksin was accused of corruption and showing disrespect to the country’s revered monarch. The demonstrators, called the Red Shirts for their attire, benefited from Thaksin’s populist policies such as cheap health care and village loans. They are demanding that Abhisit dissolve Parliament within 15 days and call new elections, claiming he took office illegitimately in December 2008 with the help of military pressure on Parliament. Instead, the prime minister has offered to do so by the end of the year. Protesters camped in the city have ignored court orders and a massive security presence. They
have shown surprising tenacity as well as organizational skills, living under primitive conditions in scorching heat and moving around the city in well-ordered motorized columns. Abhisit has been harshly criticized for failing to take strong measures to end the disruptive demonstrations. He has entered negotiations with the Red Shirts and ordered security forces to pull back from possible confrontations. The emergency decree allows security officials to detain suspects without charge for up to 30 days and gives them the option of imposing curfews, banning public gatherings and censoring media. Although the military now has greater power to restore order, both Abhisit and the army know a crackdown could result in bloodshed that would be political poison. The media clampdown may also prove difficult, with Panitan acknowledging the protesters are trying to find ways to get around the blocks. PTV, set up and financed by Red Shirt sympathizers, is particularly important to the protesters as a means of communicating their aims and plans. A number of small community radio stations are also allied with the protesters, who also use cell phones and social networking to communicate. Most of Thailand’s television stations are owned by the government but the country’s many newspapers are privately owned and reflect a wide spectrum of political opinion. Surat Horachaikul, a political science lecturer at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said the emergency announcement can be interpreted in two ways. “First, it might be an attempt by the government to buy some time. Or it might actually mean that the government and the army have reached an agreement in solving the current problem,” he said.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Indonesia to help sectors threatened by ASEAN-China FTA Agence France-Presse
AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO
Activists from environmental action group Greenpeace, wearing animal costumes, take part in a rally outside the Ministry of the Environment offices in Jakarta on April 8, 2010 to call on the government agency to enforce the law and protect the environment. US food company Cargill has become the latest multinational to demand answers from Indonesian palm oil giant Sinar Mas about claims it is devastating forests rich in carbon and wildlife, Greenpeace said.
President issues instruction to eradicate law corruptors Antara
JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has issued an instruction to eradicate law corruptors, especially tax corruptors in all government institutions, like the ministry of finance. “Now is the right time for a total eradication. I support and appreciate the right measures that had been taken by the finance ministry in eradicating tax corruptors. I also wish that the same measures are taken in other government institutions,” he said,
before leaving for Hanoi, Vietnam, at Halim Perdanakusuma airport here Wednesday. The President said after the revelation of the Gayus Tambunan case, he has received 11,294 short messages and 93 letters from the public wishing for a
total eradication of the corruptors. The President said that the crime committed in the tax sector is an extraordinary crime, because it not only involved tax officials, but other law enforcement personnel and institutions as well, like the police, prosecution office and the judiciary as well. “Some lawyers were even also implicated. I hope all of these criminals be investigated, because accumulatively they have caused the state very big losses,” he said.
Indonesian couple face caning for adultery: police Agence France-Presse
BANDA ACEH - A couple caught having extramarital sex in Indonesia were paraded naked through their village, beaten by an angry mob and now face a public caning, an official said Thursday. Bus, a 36-year-old teacher, and Yus, a 28-year-old housewife, were caught having sex on Wednesday in deeply Islamic Aceh province, where religious police en-
force sharia or Islamic regulations. “The villagers raided the woman’s house and found the couple together,” West Aceh district sharia police official Teuku Abdurrazak said. “They dragged them out, paraded them naked through the village, tied them to a post and then beat them with sticks and their bare hands till they were black and blue. “The villagers were so angry... if the police had come any later the
couple could have died.” The pair could receive up to nine lashes each in public if they are found guilty of adultery, Abdurrazak said. Aceh adopted partial sharia law in 2001 as part of an autonomy package from Jakarta aimed at quelling separatist sentiment. Nearly 90 percent of Indonesia’s 234 million people are Muslims, but the vast majority practise a moderate form of the religion.
HANOI - Indonesia has set up a committee to help local industries that feel under threat from an ASEAN-China free trade pact, Trade Minister Mari Pangestu said Thursday. But she said the agreement’s implementation would not be delayed by concerns raised among some Indonesian industries, who argue that they could be hurt by the entry of cheaper China-made goods. “We implement fully the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement,” Pangestu told AFP on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and related meetings in Hanoi. “We have set up a coordinating committee inside the country to address the issues faced by the sectors which have indicated that they are facing potential problems.” She said the industries, such as textile and footwear manufacturers, wanted the government to help them cope with the tougher environment. “Basically, it’s an issue of how they can increase their competi-
tiveness. They will be assisted in terms of purchasing new machinery, things like that,” Pangestu added. The ASEAN-China Free Trade Area is the world’s biggest by population with a market of 1.7 billion consumers, and is the cornerstone of ASEAN’s efforts to position itself as a major trade bloc. But some Indonesian industry groups have complained that they will not be able to compete with cheap Chinese imports and called for a delay in the elimination of protective tariffs on 228 product lines until 2012. “There will be no delays (in the agreement’s implementation)... We need to do our internal coordination to ensure that the issues faced by these sectors will be addressed,” Pangestu said. China and six founding ASEAN states — Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand — eliminated barriers to investment and trade on 90 percent of products on January 1. Less developed ASEAN members, such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, have until 2015 to follow.
Chinese investor to develop container port in West Sulawesi Antara
MAMUJU - A Chinese investor will develop an international container port in Belang-Belang, Mamuju, West Sulawesi, in 2011, governor Anwar Adnan Saleh said here on Wednesday. He said the Chinese investor‘s plan was the result of cooperation between the Indonesian and Chinese governments. “The two countries` cooperation has been followed up with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Beijing some time ago,” he said.
Anwar said the container port was labelled “international” by transportation minister Freddy Numberi. “The international label is not from us but a direct approval from Pak (Mr) Freddy,” he said. He believed commerce in the region would grow following the development of the port. “The port located around 40 kilometers from Mamuju will become the trade center in West Sulawesi,” he said. “I believe the operation of the port later would boost the region`s economy and open employment for the local people who have difficulties finding jobs,” he said.
President: Mafia behind illegal logging case Antara
JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono suspected that a mafia was involved in the handling of illegal logging cases in several regions so far. “I believe a mafia is behind the illegal logging activities. I call on the judicial mafia eradiction task force to also tackle this problem , reduce or stop these activities,” he said before leaving for Hanoi, Vietnam, to attend an Asean summit on Wednesday. He said eradicating mafia in the forestry sector was very important
for the sake of law enforcement as well as forest and environment conservation in the country. The President thanked Green Peace Indonesia and also Walhi that have so far been critical about and cared for environmental conservation in the country. “The government and non-governmental organizations share the same spirit with regard to environmental conservation efforts,” he said. In view of that the President encouraged the central and regional governments to cooperate with the non-governmental organizations to save the forests and the environment.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Bali Today Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort welcomes first guests IBP
Situation at Mentigi Market. The presence of Mentigi Market of Nusa Penida, lies in narrow location so it makes traders and parking overflow to the street.
Triggering crowdedness at Nusa Penida downtown,
Mentigi market must be relocated Bali Post
KLUNGKUNG - In fact, every market is inseparable from the problem. Other than being slum and vulnerable, its crowded traffic problems also become the highest impact on the market. The presence of Mentigi Market of Nusa Penida, for instance, lies at narrow location so it makes traders and parking overflow to the street. As a result, the traffic flows downtown is incredibly serious. The traffic congestion is intolerable, especially during the rush hours (from dawn until noon). On that account, in order to anticipate the future development of Nusa Penida, Mentigi Market should be relocated properly. Mentigi market represents the largest market in Nusa Penida. It is located right in the heart of subdistrict city. Its extent is no more than one hectare accommodating 130 traders and at least 30 basket-using traders. Narrowness of the market area holding a lot of traders makes the market chaotic. Parking and other traders until take advantage of road side resulting in traffic congestion. “Location of the market is less strategic. So, it is worth relocating,” said a legislator from Sakti Village, Nusa Penida, Wayan Baru, last Wednesday (Apr 7). Moreover, dealing with the development of Nusa Penida becoming a follow-up of the pier development in Klungkung mainland, it needed serious attention. “It is impossible for us to develop the market, while the surrounding settlements do not permit. Widening the road is also impossible, either. So, the only way to dispel the crowdedness of Nusa Penida city is by relocating the market,” proposed Baru. One of the sites proposed as the location of the market is the Tain Besi Hamlet where it is not so far away from Mentigi. It has more strategic position
and spreads on suburban area. Besides, it is also quite close to the urban development area of Nusa Penida subdistrict and the harbor. “Tain Besi can provide more spacious land,” he said. Head of Klungkung Cooperatives, SMEs, Industry and Trade Services, Nengah Becik, mentioned Klungkung Regency Government has designed the arrangement of Mentigi Market. But, how the arrangement looked like, Becik said it remained under progress, because it denoted a comprehensive plan for the Nusa Penida Subdistrict City. It included the making of the ring road to reduce the traffic congestion caused by the narrowness of paths in Nusa Penida. In the meantime, some traders wanted, if the market would be arranged, the location was requested to remain at the current location. Based on the observation, the condition of the current market was truly disorganized. The traders even spread their commodities to outside the market. Parking lot and terminal were also taken advantage by traders. It happened due to insufficient space for the market area. Merchants and buyers must also be jostling each other.
Similarly, the location of the traders seemed disorganized between one merchant and another. Even, it raised an impression of mixed together. As seen on location, the traders of livestock (chickens, ducks and others) mingled with the fruit and clothing traders. Of course, it could harm the comfort of the merchants and buyers. It does only concern with the problems of traders and the narrowness of the land, the Mentigi Market is also facing problems related to sanitation and security. It has limited number of officers. Sanitation vehicle owned is only one unit serving the whole garbage of the subdistrict city. This restrictedness makes the garbage pile up in the market every day and frequently is not transported. Such condition is often complained by local residents due to the odor generated. Likewise, the issue of security personnel of the market also faces a problem, namely very limited. At the moment, there are only two personnel (one as coordinator and another as member). Moreover, they are only on duty at the night. It needs serious attention to prevent any theft action that often happened previously. (bal)
TABANAN - The resort that lies on 103 hectares land located on Tabanan, Nirwana Bali Resort, officially changed its management to Pan Pacific since April 1, 2010. With this changed operator, Nirwana Bali Resort also changes its name from Le Meridien Nirwana Bali Resort into Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort. Hans G. Winsnes, GM Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort explained it during the Media Kitchen Tour Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, Thursday. The resort which owned by PT Bali Nirwana Resort (BNR) is very unique because it’s combined Tri Hita Karana concepts with modern style management. This five stars hotel with 278 rooms already operated in 12 years and has won many awards from prestigious organizations and magazines. Its golf course that design by legendary golfer Greg Norman also has won many awards, likes ”Best Course in Asia” and ”Best Course in Indonesia”. He added the hotel will now adopt unique hospitality that only can be found in Pan Pacific’s hotels. Hans explained the unique hospitality will be experience by travelers that stay in the resort. ‘’Everyone wants to be pampered in the different ways, so in Pan Pacific we will provide experience that travelers never forget,’’ he said. According to him the hotel, which located in strategic area near Tanah Lot Temple, is adopting Tri
Hita Karana concepts in its management. The concept had been applied in water system management, land use management, and human resources. There are around 15 hectares of land that being preserved as rice field. Moreover, from the total of 103 hectares, almost 70 percent are green open space. ‘’Over the next 12 – 18 months this hotel also will undergo series of enhancements to its rooms, restaurants, and landscaping. Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort will be a brand-defining resort for the Pan Pacific brand as we seek to expand the resorts segment in our portfolio,” stated Hans. Besides applying THK concepts, this resort also have community development program through the development of Business Development Agencies (LPB) BNR. This agency provides facilities to small medium enterprises (SMEs) at Beraban Village and Tabanan. ‘’In helping the surround of this hotel to develop, we also committed in employing local workers. Around 68 percent or 680 people from 900 people that work in this hotel are from around this hotel,’’ explained Hans that accompanied by Marketing Communications Manager Dwi Lisminarni. Added Corporate Marketing PR Manager PT. Bakrieland Development Tbk. Rosel Lavina Soedjati Nirwana Bali Resort is one of the hotel that owned by Hotel & Resort PT Bakrieland Development Tbk. The strategic location made this hotel really popular. (iah)
The resort that lies on 103 hectares land located on Tabanan, Nirwana Bali Resort, officially changed its management to Pan Pacific since April 1, 2010.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Balinese Culture Dalem Kayangan Kedaton Temple The temple is located in Kukuh village, Marga, Tabanan, around 18 km to the northwest of Denpasar city dan can be reached simply through Kediri city to the north for 5 km, then turn east to the temple (approximately for 300 m). In front of the temple, there are several souvenir shops, food and beverage and other facilities for the visitors. As reached the front, clearly seen that the temple was built hidden in the jungle of 6, 5 hectares, called Alas Kedaton which means “jungle possessed by the kingdom”. This fact holds symbolic meaning that Dalem Kayangan Kedaton as sacred place was built in a location where could give composure and spiritual clarity, away from the profane materialistic life. Archeological investigation showing the temple as an ancient possession in old times, originally just a plain prehistoric or pre-Hindu shrine from the advancing megalith tradition appeared to be several small menhir, composed-gravels, megalithic statue which up to this day is sacred for the local people to pray for the salvation from na-
ture and the ancestors. Other than that antiquity, inside the temple also can be found the evidences of the times when Hindu’s influence already broaden in entire Bali; namely pseudo-phallus, Durga Mahisasuramardini statue and Ganesa statue sitting on two dragons. Pretentiously, the Ganesa statue sitting on two dragons is candrasengkala (lunar chronogram) which symbolically means the year of 1286 Saka (Balinese year) or 1364 A.D, probably showing the construction year of Dalem Kayangan Kedaton Temple in the function as sacred worshiping medium for local people to this day. The field investigation went through the evidences of Balinese people local wisdom well kept in the uniqueness of the this temple, such as jeroan yard or utama mandala which is the most sacred part proved to be lower than other yards and equipped with four entrances from four directions. The other distinctiveness shows on piodalan (the anniversary for the temple) led by pemangku (same as a priest) is held during the day and must be done before sunset.
Moreover, the ritual is does not allow any use of fire, kwangen, penjor (decorated bamboo), and prominently the exclusion of tabuh rah (cock fight). Another one is the equipment of ritual equipment using ceniga made from particular banana leaves whereas the other regions in Bali use young coconut leaves. Besides those unique nesses, there is more needed to reveal regarding Dalem Kayangan Kedaton Temple as in its hidden location in the jungle, inhabited by tens of monkeys. Occasionally, the monkeys were making ruckus when they fought over food among themselves. The jungle which is preserved by Desa Pekraman (local village) has more than 24 species of trees and has created composure for those who visited it. Between the branches and twigs, coming in sight tens of bats hanging as for measuring for their strength, skill, and stamina. Being inside the Dalem Kayangan Kedaton Temple with such scene is really a chance for enjoying the chastity, calm, and the stunning scenery yet to be tarnished like the others. (BTN)
Bubur Pulut Hitam (Black Rice Dessert) Ingredients * 240 g Black glutinous rice (washed & drained) * 60 g White glutinous rice (pulut) (washed & drained) * 7 c Water * 2 Pandan leaves, knotted * 1/2 c Sugar * Pinch of salt * 1/2 T Tapioca flour or cornflour Combined with 2 Tbs water to Form a paste * 1/2 c Thick cocnut milk * Pinch of salt
Directions Put rice in pot with water and pandan leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, remove pandan leaves and simmer for 45 minutes until liquid is thick. Add sugar and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and thickening. Remove from heat. Serve in small bowls topped with 1-2 tablespoons thick coconut milk. (http:// asiarecipe.com)
Coconut Sweet Potato Cake (Getuk Lindri) Ingredients * 2 lbs. cassava * 200 gram granulated sugar * ½ tsp. vanila * 1 cup steamed fresh-grated coconut, mixed with 1 tsp. salt * 100 cc water * food color
Directions Put in sugar and vanila in a large stockpot with water and bring it to a boil. Steam cassava until soft. Peel cassava. Mash cassava while still hot and pour the water mixture and food color (what ever color you like) and blend well.
Use the equipment as shown on the left hand side to mold the mixture. Then put them onto a serving platter, and sprinkle with grated coconut. Serve at room temperature, or refrigerate for an hour and serve chilled. (http://asiarecipe.com)
Friday, April 9, 2010
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
Ceremony 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
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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 Fed officials warn on bubbles but Bernanke cautious Reuters SANTA FE - Two top U.S. Federal Reserve officials warned about the risks to the economy from asset bubbles on Wednesday, and one suggested raising interest rates to halt risky behavior that could trigger another bust.
Still, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a relatively downbeat view of the economy during a speech in Dallas, suggesting he was in no rush to tighten monetary policy. Thomas Hoenig, president of the Kansas City Fed, reiterated his concern that the Fed’s ultra-low interest rate policies could have unintended consequences. “I am confident that holding rates down at artificially low levels over extended periods encourages bubbles, because it encourages debt over equity and consumption over savings,” Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig told a business group. Hoenig is a voter on the Fed’s policy setting panel this year and has dissented against the U.S. central bank’s promise to hold rates exceptionally low for an extended period, arguing it is no longer necessary for the Fed to tie its hands while the economy recovers. Bernanke, for his part, said the U.S. economy still faces significant headwinds, including a housing sector that has yet to recover convincingly and an ailing employment market. “We are far from being out of the woods,” Bernanke said in a speech to the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Many Americans are still grappling with unemployment or foreclosure, or both.” Hoenig said on Wednesday the Fed could raise rates to around 1.0 percent, which would keep borrowing costs at historically low levels while sending a signal that easy money policies put in place during the global financial crisis of 2008 are steadily being pulled back. “The time is right to put the market on notice that it must again manage its risk, be accountable for its actions, and cease its reliance on assurances that the Federal Reserve, not they, will manage the risks they must deal with in a market economy,” Hoenig said. However, asset price bubbles are difficult to identify, but they occur “fairly frequently” and policymakers need to be more aggressive than in the past in confronting them, New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley said on Wednesday. The Fed has faced sharp criticism for not anticipating or preventing the crisis, and former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan faced a harsh assessment on Wednesday from a
U.S. Air, United in merger talks Reuters
NEW YORK - UAL Corp’s United Airlines (UAUA.O) is in merger talks with US Airways (LCC.N) in a deal that could create the second-largest carrier in the United States, two sources familiar with the matter said. The discussions, aimed at cutting costs and competing with a combined Delta-Northwest, have been going on for a few weeks, and could fizzle or lead to talks with other carriers, the sources said. The talks are not in advanced stages, they said. This would not be the first time the two airlines have tried to merge: in 2000, they announced a $4.3 billion deal that fell apart on opposition from labor unions and the Department of Justice. In 2008, sources had told Reuters that US Airways was in parallel talks with United and Continental Airlines Inc (CAL.N) about a possible merger, when Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) was merging with Northwest to create the world’s largest airline. The talks ended as United chose to pursue an alliance with Continental instead. Airline industry consultant Michael Boyd said United’s talks with US Airways might be intended to signal to Continental that they are ready to renew merger talks.
“If you take a look at those two carriers, there’s a tremendous amount of overlap,” Boyd said, referring to United and Continental. “This is likely to get Continental, which would be a better fit, out of the barn to start talking.” US Airways shares surged 26 percent to $8.61 after the closing bell. United’s stock jumped more than 8 percent to $20.51. Shares of other airlines also rose. The New York Times first reported the news late on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the situation. A deal between US Airways and United would create one of the world’s largest airlines, but analysts are skeptical. The deal would lack support from the pilots union, a major force that has derailed mergers in the past. Speaking at the Reuters Travel and Leisure Summit in February, Capt. John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association union, suggested the union would back a merger between Continental and United, which he indicated made more sense than one between United and US Airways. Representatives of the union were not immediately available for comment. Antitrust issues will also likely come up again: the two carriers would end up with a large number of hubs and extensive operations in the Washington area.
GM posts $4.3 billion loss, says 2010 profit possible AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan/Files
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on March 17, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. bipartisan panel studying the crisis. “The Fed utterly failed to prevent the financial crisis,” said commission member Brooksley Born at a hearing in which Greenspan testified. In reply to Born and other commission members, Greenspan, who is 84 and who retired as Fed chairman in 2006, said: “Did we make mistakes? Of course we made mistakes ... “Managers of financial institutions, along with regulators, including but not limited to the Federal Reserve, failed to comprehend the underlying size, length and potential impact” of market risks that contributed to the 2007-2009 crisis, he said.. However, the New York Fed’s Dudley was reluctant to endorse using monetary policy to keep inflating asset price bubbles in check on Wednesday. Instead, he urged instead relying more heavily on regulation and verbal warnings — “leaning against the wind of conventional wisdom by speaking out against the dangers associated with the incipient bubble.” Dudley differed from Kansas City’s Hoenig, saying interest rates, currently at a record low near zero, need to remain “exceptionally low” to support a still fragile economy and create more jobs. “We are not getting the job gains we would like to see,” Dudley said. “What that tells us is monetary policy has to remain on an easy setting,” he said.
DETROIT - General Motors Co posted a net loss for 2009, but said it was possible to make a profit this year and that it was laying the foundation to return to public ownership. GM reported a $4.3 billion 2009 net loss covering the period from its emergence from bankruptcy in July through the end of the year in the automaker’s first full account of its new balance sheet as a restructured company. The automaker said it had repaid $2.8 billion of its loans from the U.S. Treasury and Export Development Canada by the end of March and planned to repay the remaining $5.6 billion by June “at the latest.” GM, which received $50 billion of U.S. taxpayer support for the restructuring, has aimed to move faster to jump-start sales and launch an initial public offering that would allow the U.S. government to reduce its majority stake in the automaker. GM Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said he was “incredibly encouraged” by the company’s progress in the first quarter toward a profit in 2010 and said GM would never again find itself in the financial position it experienced before the bankruptcy. After accumulating losses of about $88 billion from 2005 through the first quarter of 2009, GM’s predecessor company fell into a government-supported bankruptcy. The U.S. Treasury currently holds a stake of more than 60 percent in the new GM. The U.S. Treasury expects GM eventually to be strong enough to attract sufficient investment and return to profitability. It had no comment on GM’s financial statement on Wednesday. “I think they’ve got a modest to good
chance of becoming profitable in one of the quarters this year,” said Mike Boudreau, of the turnaround firm O’Keefe & Associates, citing improvements in the economy and reduced structural costs. GM generated $1 billion of operating cash during the period from its emergence from bankruptcy until the end of the year, but said significant work remained. In the results released on Wednesday, GM said its losses from July to the end of 2009 included a $2.6 billion pretax loss related to a United Auto Workers union retiree healthcare program and $1.3 billion for foreign currency adjustments. For the fourth quarter, GM reported a $3.4 billion net loss and revenue of $32.3 billion. GM ended 2009 with $36.2 billion in cash, compared with $14.2 billion at the end of 2008. However, GM’s U.S. market share of 18.7 percent in the first quarter was down from 19.6 percent for all of 2009, a year in which it lost 2.5 percentage points of U.S. share. Chief Executive Ed Whitacre, who replaced CEO Fritz Henderson in December, has shaken up senior management including its sales and marketing teams in recent months to push for a faster turnaround. GM’s global market share dropped to 11.6 percent in 2009, down from 12.4 percent in 2008, with sales overall at about 7.5 million vehicles last year including medium and heavy trucks. U.S. auto industry sales fell to about 10.4 million vehicles in 2009, the worst result since the early 1980s. Most industry experts expect sales to increase to a range of 11.5 million vehicles to 12.5 million in 2010.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Whitney Houston’s Reps Deny Drug Rumors WHITNEY Houston’s aides are rushing to dismiss reports the R&B superstar has returned to her drug-taking ways after the singer pulled out of a string of European dates. The star has been diagnosed with a severe respiratory infection and she is now seeking medical attention in a French hospital. But In Touch magazine suggests Houston’s latest illness could be drug-related following an eye-witness account of her behavior at a Los Angeles hotel last month. Marlon David was sitting on the table next to Houston and her exhusband Bobby Brown during a night out at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on March 10 and tells In Touch, “I saw her pull a plastic bag out, put a folded bill to her nose and
discreetly snort a line from it of what to me certainly looked like cocaine. She’s extremely thin and looks like a disaster.” But Houston’s representatives have blasted the report, insisting the singer is not using drugs. David also tells In Touch the night out ended badly for the former couple, following a heated argument. He adds, “He (Brown) had so much trouble trying to control her. He tried to make her
leave, but she wouldn’t. She started yelling his name loudly and calling him a stupid son of a b—ch, and he told her to shut the f—k up.” Meanwhile, reports in the French press suggest the singer was admitted to a Parisian hospital, while a representative for the star confirms Houston was treated by medics for chronic rhinopharyngitis - a swelling of the membranes in the nose and throat.
Eva Longoria Parker Is Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston ‘Really Confused’ By Caught Making Out? ‘Housewives’ Lawsuit EVA Longoria Parker is desperately trying to find out more about the incident that sparked former “Desperate Housewives” castmate Nicollette Sheridan’s $20 million lawsuit against the show’s creator but no one’s talking on set. The actress admits she knows very little about Sheridan’s claims Marc Cherry slapped her during a heated exchange over a scene. In court documents, Sheridan claims she was fired from the show after complaining to ABC TV executives about Cherry’s actions towards her and other cast and crew members. Longoria Parker is “confused” about the scandal because she has always thought that both Cherry and Sheridan had a good working relationship - and both are “sweet” people. Speaking exclusively to Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show on Wednesday, the actress said, “Have you met Marc Cherry? He’s funny and sweet and probably could not harm a fly. I know they did have a thing on set, I guess it was a couple of years ago... I wasn’t on set when it happened, but apparently this incident had happened and she felt it was wrong. I am trying to get the dirt here on set but no one’s allowed to talk about it. Something happened on set regarding them doing a scene... He was showing her how to do a scene. “During that time... I didn’t work with Nicollette’s character. Nicollette’s a sweet girl too; I’m really confused about this whole thing... I haven’t talked to her since she left the show, but we used to be really friendly... I would love to see her, to find out if everything’s OK.” And Longoria Parker fears the scandal surrounding the lawsuit may have a negative impact on the show: “It’s a big lawsuit. It’s a big deal. I love the show so much that I would hate for anything to really tarnish the reputation of the show... I really would like all of it to go away.”
ANGELINA Jolie and Brad Pitt’s relationship has hit the headlines again following revelations from a former bodyguard suggesting the movie hunk had a secret meeting with his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston in December. The ex-assistant, named “Bill,” tells In Touch magazine Pitt asked him to keep an eye open for the paparazzi while he hooked up with his ex on a remote Beverly Hills canyon road on December 9. But the bodyguard couldn’t help but watch what was going on below him. He tells the publication, “They were very cozy, clearly embracing. Several times, Brad and Jen were hugging and kissing.” Bill then alerted the pair when he spotted the paparazzi nearby: “Jennifer left first, flashing Brad a quick peace sign and a smile. Brad jogged back to his motorcycle, drove off and went for an hour bike ride.” And the loose-lipped bodyguard insists that wasn’t the first time the former couple had met in secret, claiming Pitt and Aniston previously met up twice in Los Angeles and once in New York, to his knowledge. The new tabloid story comes after months of speculation about Pitt and Jolie’s relationship - the couple took legal action against a British tabloid earlier this year following reports of a ‘divorce.’ The pair’s publicists have dismissed all claims that the romance is in trouble. Pitt split from Aniston after meeting Jolie on the set of 2005 action film “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
Megan Fox protests school budget cuts with comedy MEGAN Fox and her sometime boyfriend, actor Brian Austin Green, are protesting California school budget cuts in a new video online. In a video posted Wednesday on the comic Web site FunnyorDie.com, Fox urges viewers to “call, write and annoy the governor until he cries for his mommy.” She says more than $17 billion has been cut from state educational programs over the past two years, and Green says the “terminators in Sacramento” plan to cut another $2.5 billion. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said last month that budget cuts have caused a 17 percent jump in the number of school districts facing financial uncertainty. Fox and Green’s 3 1/2-minute video had been viewed more than 66,500 times by Wednesday afternoon. In this Sept. 11, 2009 file photo, actress Megan Fox participates in a press conference for the film ‘Jennifer’s Body’ during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
Condor egg successfully hatches in California Ass
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The solar powered aircraft ‘Solar Impulse’ (HB-SIA prototype) steered by test pilot Markus Scherdel is airborne during its maiden flight at the military airport in Payerne, Switzerland, Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The prototype with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and the weight of a small car started to a two-hour test flight to examine if the plane can keep a straight trajectory. The Solar Impulse project aims to circumnavigate the world with an aircraft powered only by solar energy.
Solar-powered plane makes successful maiden flight Associated Press Writer
PAYERNE, Switzerland – At the pace of a fast bicycle, a solar-powered plane took to the skies for its maiden flight Wednesday, passing an important test on the way to a historic voyage around the world — a journey that would not use a drop of fuel. The Solar Impulse lifted off from a military airport at a speed no faster than 28 mph (45 kph) after briefly accelerating down the runway. It slowly gained altitude above the green-and-beige fields and eventually faded into the horizon as villagers watched from the nearest hills. “There has never been an airplane of that kind that could fly — never an airplane so big, so light, using so little energy. So there were huge question marks for us,” said Bertrand Piccard, who is leading the project. In 1999, he copiloted the first nonstop round-the-world balloon flight. During Wednesday’s 90-minute flight, the plane completed a series of turns by gently tilting its blackand-white wings, which are as wide as those of a 747 jumbo jet. It climbed nearly a mile above the Swiss countryside. The weather was sunny, and there was little wind — obvious advantages for a plane so light and dependent on the sun. Engineers on the $93.5 million (euro70 million) project have been conducting short tests since December, taking the plane no higher than 2 feet and flying no more than 1,000 feet in distance. A night flight is planned before July, and then a second plane will be built based on the results of those tests. That plane will be the one to attempt the round-the-world flight
planned for 2012. “The goal is to fly day and night with no fuel. The goal is to demonstrate the importance of renewable energies, to show that with renewable energies we can achieve impossible things,” Piccard said. Aviation experts said they see a future for renewable fuels in commercial aviation, but they predicted that biofuels from plants, algae or other sources were more likely to succeed than solar power. “Solar energy does not have enough ‘energy density’ to power regular airplanes that are supposed to fly somewhere in a reasonably short time,” said Hans Weber, president of San Diego-based aviation consulting firm TECOP International, Inc. With solar planes, “the objective is only to stay aloft, not to go anywhere fast.” Test pilot Markus Scherdel said Wednesday’s flight proved that the plane could take off and land safely and handles like a passenger jet. “Everything worked as it should,” he said. While the next plane will have an outer shell, the current prototype has an open cockpit — sort of the aeronautic version of a convertible. Scherdel said the frigid air didn’t bother him and that it was “too cold for flies” that might otherwise have hit his face. “I was wearing my special underwear and a windproof overall,” he said. “I got shoes and gloves with built-in heating. You see,
we thought of everything.” Using almost 12,000 solar cells, rechargeable lithium batteries and four electric motors, Piccard and copilot Andre Borschberg plan to take the plane around the world. They will make regular stops to switch places and stretch after long periods in the cramped cockpit — and to show off their aircraft. The circumnavigation will take time. With the engines providing only 40 horsepower, the plane will perform like a moped in the sky, at an average flight speed of 44 mph (70 kph). The trip will be divided into five stages — keeping the plane in the air for up to five days at a time. Solar flight isn’t new, but Piccard’s project is the most ambitious. In 1980, a fragile ultra-lightweight experimental solar plane called the Gossamer Penguin flew short demonstration flights with one pilot on board. A bigger project called the Solar Challenger flew a single pilot from France to England in 1981 in a trip lasting more than five hours. Solar plane technology recalls the early days of manned flight, and the slow ascent of the Solar Impulse was somewhat reminiscent of the Wright brothers’ pioneering experiments in 1903. Wilbur and Orville Wright also progressed from short hops to longer flights after 1905, reaching average speeds above 30 mph (48 kph) and only slightly slower than the Solar Impulse. The loud clicks of the Swiss plane’s four propellers added another hint of nostalgia. And designers acknowledged the same worries that preoccupied the first fliers.
FRESNO, Calif. – For the first time in more than a century, a California condor chick successfully hatched inside a federal park that once was a domain of the endangered species. Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument in Central California celebrated the milestone announced Wednesday in the slow recovery of the birds. But their enthusiasm was tempered because the egg did not belong to any adult birds in the park. A pair of condors there had conceived an egg in March that biologists then took for safekeeping and replaced with a plastic egg. Biologists later discovered the embryo had died seven days into its development. “It wasn’t surprising the egg wasn’t viable,” said Daniel George, manager of the condor program at Pinnacles. “That can happen with first-time breeders.” The pair in Pinnacle later hatched an egg that was slipped into their nest after being produced by a pair of condors in the San Diego Wildlife Park captive breeding program. The chick emerged from its grapefruit-sized shell on March 24. Its sex will be determined soon with blood tests done when it receives its West Nile Virus vaccine. “It’s a good step forward for the program,” said biologist Joe Burnett of Ventana Wilderness Society, a partner in the recovery program. Removing new eggs from nests so the gangly birds with nearly 10-foot wingspans don’t accidentally destroy them is just part of the tedious recovery effort. Biologists don’t want this first generation of new birds to become discouraged if their mating efforts don’t pay off. “It’s a tenuous process because you don’t know if they will accept it,” George said. “So far all of their instincts seem to be operating properly.” Biologists and the public were able to monitor the progress of the birds’ 57day egg-sitting from Scout Peak above the cliff-side nest. Tourists have
flocked from as far as Kentucky to see the rare sight, which has not occurred in an area in free view of the public since the recovery program began. Two days before the birth, visitors witnessed the sometimes-comical reaction of the birds as the egg began to move and emit noises. “They’ll get up all of the sudden and look at it, then try to reposition it,” George said. In 1982, the last 22 California condors were placed in captive breeding programs. Since then, hunters and lead poisoning from bullets left in carcasses have hampered the recovery of the birds, which currently number 350. Over the past decade, the birds have been released at three sites around California and one in Arizona. Without parents in the wild to teach them safe behavior, some of the newborns have been caught and placed in breeding programs after repeatedly perching on power lines or coming too close to people. The birth announced Wednesday occurred after a male condor released in 2004 at Big Sur and a female released the same year at Pinnacles began exhibiting mating and nesting behavior last year. Condors generally mate for life. So far, the new parents are adapting to life with child. George said they take turns nestling their offspring to keep it warm, just as they did the egg. While one waits, the other forages for food. However, the potential that they could bring back bits of a carcass tainted with lead bullets is a threat to the survival of the youngster. Of the 77 eggs laid in the wild since 2001, 33 lived for at least six months — long enough to fly. If the newest one survives, its wings will grow from their current thumb size to a span of at least 9 1/2 feet. The young condor will live with its parents for a year. The adults will wait two years before producing another egg. “For first-time parents they’re doing a good job,” George said.
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This photo provided by the National Park Service shows an adult female condor is seen with an egg biologists put in the nest on Monday, March 22, 2010 at Pinnacles National Monument in Paicines, Calif. For the first time in more than a century, a California condor chick has hatched inside the federal park that once was the species’ domain. While biologists at Central California’s Pinnacles National Monument are celebrating the latest milestone in the endangered birds’ recovery, their enthusiasm is tempered by the fact the egg did not belong to the first-time parents. The egg was produced by a pair in the San Diego Wildlife Park’s captive breeding program.
Friday, April 9, 2010
After a Masters scolding, Woods ready to tee off Associated Press Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. – He’s gotten a scolding from the head of Augusta National and heard the words of his late father in a television ad, lecturing on the virtues of responsibility. For Tiger Woods, it could take years to know if he’s done enough right things in his personal life to become something more than a bawdy punch line. But when it comes to how well he’ll hit a golf ball after laying low for five months, that answer comes Thursday. Woods will play his first competitive round since that Thanksgiving night crash changed everything, revealing a supposed role model who was having numerous extramarital affairs. He couldn’t have picked a bigger stage to start rebuilding his life — at least the part of it that involves a ball and club. He’ll be returning from one of the longest layoffs of his career when he plays at, of all places, the Masters. An early afternoon tee time with K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar will launch what figures to be one of the most scrutinized opening rounds in golf history — not a day for winning the tournament, but surely a chance for Woods to show he’s still an intimidating presence on the course, if not the same man off it.
“The fact that I haven’t really played at all, that’s a little bit concerning,” Woods said early in the week. “I’m hoping I get my feel back quickly, my feel for the game, my feel for shots, feel more how my body is reacting and what my distances are going to be. I hope I get that back, you know, relatively quickly. Maybe, hopefully, the first hole. But if not, please hope it’s the second hole.” But first, he had to endure another critical assessment of the double life he was leading, this time from one of golf’s leading officials: Augusta National chairman Billy Payne. “It is simply not the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here,” Payne said Wednesday in a surprisingly frank dressing-down of Woods at the annual state of the Masters news conference. “It is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more im-
portantly, our kids and our grandkids. Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children.” They were the strongest words from a Masters chairman since Hootie Johnson’s famous “point of a bayonet” reply to Martha Burk in the summer of 2002 when he defended the club’s right to an all-male membership. Payne was one of the Augusta National members who stood among the Georgia pines to the right of the first fairway on Monday, the first time Woods played before a gallery since being caught cheating on his wife. “Is there a way forward? I hope yes. I think yes,” Payne said. “But certainly, his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par, but measured by the sincerity of his efforts to change.”
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Tiger Woods responds to a spectator during his practice round at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The tournament begins Thursday, April, 8.
Sweeting shocks Korolev to get back on track Agence France - Presse
HOUSTON, Texas – American qualifier Ryan Sweeting posted his first ATP Tour win of the season by upsetting fifth-seeded Kazakhstani Evgeny Korolev 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at the US Clay Court Championships. The 150th-ranked Sweeting converted three of his six break point chances in the decisive set on Tuesday to clinch the win in one hour and 54 minutes. Fellow American Mardy Fish withdrew due Tuesday to the ongoing effects of a nerve injury sustained in a fall at the Sony Ericsson
Open in Miami. Seventh seed Michael Russell also pulled out with a leg injury. Fish was replaced in the main draw by Indian Somdev Devvarman, while Michael Yani took the place of Russell. Devvarman defeated Ireland’s Conor Niland 6-4, 6-2 to set up a second-round contest with defending champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia. Yani lost to Kazakhstan?s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 7-5. A pair of Argentines, sixth seed Horacio Zeballos and Juan Ignacio Chela, both won their first-round matches on injury retirements.
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Stephen Jackson of the Charlotte Bobcats talks with head coach Larry Brown. The Bobcats clinched their first playoff spot with a dramatic 104-103 win over New Orleans.
Bobcats clinch their first NBA playoff berth Agence France - Presse
NEW ORLEANS – The Charlotte Bobcats clinched their first playoff spot with a dramatic 104103 win over New Orleans. DJ Augustin hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter, including one with 16 seconds left to give Charlotte the lead for good. That secured the first playoff berth in the franchise’s sixth National Basketball Association season. “Great year,” said Augustin,
who finished with 14 points. “The Bobcats have never made the playoffs and it’s historic. But we want to stay focused and get ready for the playoffs and try to go farther than just the first round.” Stephen Jackson scored 29 points for Charlotte, which blew a 26-point lead and trailed by as much as eight points in the final quarter. Tyson Chandler finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in his return to New Orleans for the first time since being traded to Charlotte
for Emeka Okafor. Okafor had seven points and nine rebounds. “It definitely feels good,” said Chandler. “It felt like coming back home, honestly. A lot of familiar faces in the stands. Obviously familiar faces on the other side. It was good to come back and get a win. Charlotte led by 22 points at the end of the first half, and with Toronto’s loss to Boston needed only to protect that lead to clinch the first playoff spot for the franchise.
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American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, seen here in 2009, posted his first ATP Tour win of the season by upsetting fifth-seeded Kazakhstani Evgeny Korolev 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at the US Clay Court Championships.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Bordeaux, Lyon keep eyes on league prizes Agence France - Presse
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Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery (2nd R) celebrates with his teammates after the UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final football match Manchester United vs FC Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on April 7, 2010. Manchester United won the match 3-2 putting Bayern Munich through to the semi-finals where they will play against Lyon.
Fergie admits United have to go for broke after Euro exit Agence France - Presse
MANCHESTER, England – Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United have to win their last five Premier League matches to have any chance of salvaging a season which has suddenly imploded in the space of a week. When Ferguson’s team flew to Germany for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, they were firmly on course for the treble. But in just eight days those dreams have been shattered in spectacular fashion as United surrendered the lead in the Premier League after a defeat against title rivals Chelsea and then crashed out of Europe to Bayern Munich on away goals on Wednesday. Despite losing 2-1 in Munich, it seemed United were set to book their place in the semi-finals as Darron Gibson’s strike and two fine finishes from Nani put the hosts 4-2 ahead on aggregate at Old Trafford. But Ivica Olic reduced the deficit just before the break and then United defender Rafael da Silva was sent off for two bookings, giving Bayern the impetus to score again through Arjen Robben. That was enough to seal United’s fate and Ferguson knows their only chance of adding another trophy to the League Cup is to win their remaining league matches and hope for a slip from Chelsea, who are currently two points ahead. “It’s not a blip. We’ve had three bad results, that
can’t be a blip. It is unusual for our club to have that,” Ferguson said. “We have a situation now where we are out of the European Cup and we have to win our next five games. It is straightforward. There is no other issue. We have to go for it.” United’s attempt to overhaul Chelsea starts on Sunday at Blackburn, where they will be without Wayne Rooney after the England forward’s surpise return to the team following an ankle injury came to a premature end. Rooney wasn’t expected back for two weeks, but Ferguson opted to risk his star man and the gamble backfired as he was eventually substituted in the second half after aggravating the problem. “It is a burst blood vessel just below the ankle joint. He won’t be out for too long. It was never a serious injury. He was unlucky he went over on it again,” Ferguson said. “He had a couple of challenges on it and didn’t get protection from that but we expected that. I don’t think he will be in contention for Sunday but he will be back next week.” Ferguson gave Bayern little credit for their impressive fight-back, opting instead to criticise the German team for calling
for Rafael to be sent off following his 50th minute tug on Franck Ribery, which followed a first-half booking for lashing out at Mark van Bommel. “The Bayern players got him sent off, there’s no doubt about that. It was only a little tug by the lad. He was 35 yards from goal and wasn’t even a goal threat,” Ferguson added. “I thought it was typical professionalism. They saw the opportunity and almost forced the referee to get the card out. He wasn’t going to do anything before that. But we have seen it before from teams like that. It’s hard to digest something like that. In one way I can say we’ve thrown it away, but in another I would say we were very unlucky,” Ferguson said. “With 10 men in a game of that magnitude it is very difficult. Then they had control of the ball, which they hadn’t had before that in the whole match. Even then they only had one chance, the header from Mario Gomez, before they scored a fantastic strike from Robben. Luck is part of the game. We have to accept that. On many occasions we have had the luck, but Bayern carried the luck in this particular tie.”
BORDEAUX – Bordeaux quickly turned their thoughts to pressing domestic matters after going down 3-2 on aggregate against Lyon in the Champions League quarter-finals. Laurent Blanc’s side crashed out of Europe’s top club competition despite a 1-0 second-leg victory here on Wednesday but did at least manage to end a string of three consecutive defeats, the team’s worst run since January 2004. Saturday’s surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Nancy saw the defending champions slip from the Ligue 1 summit as what was once a ninepoint lead was finally whittled down to nothing. Marseille lead the French standings by two points after beating Sochaux 3-0 on Wednesday and Marouane Chamakh, Bordeaux’s match-winner against Lyon, called on his side to focus ahead of their trip to Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend. “Now we have to re-group for the championship,” said the Moroccan. “We can feel a bit better after the match tonight (Wednesday). We were strong, we didn’t let any goals in and we rediscovered our spirit. “We have to focus on the championship to try to defend our title but especially to qualify for the Champions League.” Chamakh, 26, has reportedly agreed to join Premier League giants Arsenal in the summer and he hinted that this campaign would be his Bordeaux curtain call. “Was this my last match in the Champions League with Bordeaux?” he said. “Maybe.” Blanc saluted his team for their performance but lamented the “knocks” that forced both captain Alou Diarra and centre-back Marc Planus to hobble off before the end of the game. “It was important to win to stop the haemorrhage of defeats after three in a row,” he said. “But we’re very unlucky at the moment, both on
the pitch and with injuries. If we want to experience matches like this again, we need to qualify for the Champions League. It’s important for the players, for the club, for the fans, for everyone. From tomorrow (Thursday) morning we’ll try to freshen things up to focus on this match against Paris, which is difficult because we play three days later and we’re losing players.” Lyon will now meet German giants Bayern Munich to fight for a place in the Champions League final but holding midfielder Jeremy Toulalan warned his team-mates not to take their eye off the ball domestically. “It’s an honour, we’re really happy, but we have to keep performing in the championship if we want to experience this again,” said the France international. “The priority is still the league. We can have a party if we get to the final and we win it.” An inconsistent start to the season saw Lyon fall off the pace in Ligue 1 but their 2-1 win at Rennes last weekend momentarily took them to the top of the standings on goal difference. They have, however, played two games more than Bordeaux and a game more than Marseille and coach Claude Puel says they cannot afford to miss out on Champions League qualification by not finishing in the top three. “Marseille and Bordeaux have the trump cards going into the final sprint,” said Puel, whose team, currently second, host sixth-placed Lille on Sunday. “Above all, we have to stay in the top three but it will be very tough with all these teams around us. “We want to be in the Champions League next season and this group wants to continue to progress. They’ve forged something in the face of adversity and they must be allowed to grow together and progress. Playing in the Champions League regularly is the way to do that. “The bottom line is the league. Europe is the dessert for the players and for everyone.”
AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU
Bordeaux’ forward Marouane Chamakh (R) vies with Lyon’ forward Cesar Delgado (C) and midfielder Jeremy Toulalan (L) on April 7, 2010 during their Champions League quarter final football match at the Chaban Delmas stadium in Bordeaux.
Friday, April 9, 2010
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Edwards says Tech 3 could win in 2010 COLIN Edwards reckons his Tech 3 team has a better chance than ever to score MotoGP race wins this year given the quality of equipment it has received from Yamaha. The American and his new team-mate Ben Spies have been among the frontrunners in winter testing, and Edwards said their bikes were now much closer in spec to the factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, partly due to the new engine life restrictions. Colin Edwards reckons his Tech 3 team has a better chance than ever to score MotoGP race wins this year given the quality of equipment it has received from Yamaha
Tactics are alienating fans - Hirvonen THE World Rally Championship is in danger of alienating the public with its confusing use of tactics on gravel rallies, according to Ford’s lead driver Mikko Hirvonen. Having retired early on the second day of last week’s Jordan Rally, Hirvonen returned for the final day to be deployed as part of Ford’s effort to sweep the road for his team-mate JariMatti Latvala. While Hirvonen was happy to take the time penalties for checking in early on Saturday morning, he admitted he was concerned about the consequences for the watching wider world. “We are confusing the public,” said Hirvonen. “Nobody really
listens to the drivers, but there is a really easy solution: the first 10 or 15 drivers pick their road position. On the first rally of the season, the champion gets first pick and then after that, the leader at the end of the day gets to chose his place for the next day. It’s simple.” Hirvonen’s team director Malcolm Wilson is not so sure that Hirvonen’s suggestion is the right way to go, pointing out that the best drivers running in the best place on the road will not offer any variety of results. “If we do that,” said Wilson, “we’ll know who’s going to win the rally on Friday night. We could write the top five for the next few rallies now. The current system creates excitement.” Wilson’s opposite
number at Citroen, Olivier Quesnel disagreed with Wilson, saying: “I don’t think we would know the winner. Honestly, Mikko is as fast as [Sebastien] Loeb, Latvala as well. I don’t think we would have the winner on Friday night.” WRC promoter North One Sport CEO Simon Long said the time had come for change. “The regulations need to be looked at,” said Long. “As a sport it’s confusing to wake up and see the guy you thought was second is now actually sixth. We need clarity to tell a consistent story from the sport. I hope the regulations can be looked at to avoid this kind of thing in the future.”
The World Rally Championship is in danger of alienating the public with its confusing use of tactics on gravel rallies, according to Ford’s lead driver Mikko Hirvonen
“Basically, this year probably would be the closest they’ve ever been,” siad Edwards. “I’m not saying the bikes are exactly the same. But I think they’re a lot closer than they’ve ever been. That’s about all we can really ask for, being a sister team. “When you look at the speed charts, we’re right there. Everybody’s running good. I think all 18 bikes are running within 4km/ h or something like that. I think it’s a good thing. “The six engines all year, I think it’s evened out the amount of power you can actually put out and keep the thing together. So I think everybody’s just scrunched up a little bit more.” Edwards accepted that it would still be a very tall order to beat the leading factory bikes in a straight fight.
“You’ve got, I would say the top four guys, but [Dani] Pedrosa hasn’t done a damn thing in the last couple of tests. You’ve got the top three guys,” he said. “It’s going to be difficult; I ain’t going to lie to you. Anybody that’s going to bet against Valentino’s got their head screwed on wrong. But it’s definitely a possibility. Like I said, this is the closest our bikes have ever been to factory spec, so if there was ever a year it was going to flatout happen, this is definitely one of those years.” He added that he would still be pleased even if Spies beat him to the honour of taking Tech 3’s first MotoGP race win. “I would love to say it’s going to be me [winning],” said Edwards. “But if Ben does it, I’m not going to be disappointed.”