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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Denpasar : Foreign tourists visit the monument dedicated to the victims of the 2002 Bali bombing in the Kuta section of Denpasar on the resort Indonesian island of Bali on October 12, 2009 as the island marks the seventh anniversary of the bombing. The 2002 blasts, blamed on the militant Jemaah Islamiyah network linked to Al-Qaeda, tore apart a busy nightclub strip on the resort island of Bali in an inferno that left 202 people dead, including 88 Australian holidaymakers.
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Indonesia remembers Bali bombing
DENPASAR - Survivors and relatives of the dead held a solemn memorial service Monday to mark the seventh anniversary of the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly Western tourists. About 70 people held a joint prayer at the memorial on the site of the blasts in Kuta, Bali’s main tourist strip where Islamist extremists detonated two bombs targeting packed night-spots in 2002. Memorial organiser Hayati Eka
Laksmi, whose husband was killed in the blasts, said the service was an opportunity to “send a message for a peaceful Indonesia”. People from 22 countries died in the massive explosions, including 88 Australians.
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think the government should focus its efforts on the recruitment of suicide bombers,” the father-of-two told AFP. “We may be able to topple their leaders, but not their young followers who have a deviant way of thinking.” He was referring to the killing last month of Noordin Mohammed Top, a Malaysian fanatic who led a splinter group the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network blamed for the Bali attack among others. Continued on page 6
Australians mourn Bali blast victims
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The anniversary came days after police killed two militants in the latest raid against Islamist networks blamed for Bali bombings and other attacks across the mainly Muslim archipelago. Gatut Indro Suranto, who was only metres (feet) away from one of the bombs but somehow survived, said it was high time the Indonesian government cracked down on Islamists who glorified “holy war” and suicide bombers. “To prevent such horrible incidents from happening to others, I
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Children carry flowers during a service commemorating the seventh anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings near the Bali bombings memorial overlooking Sydney’s Coogee Beach on October 12, 2009.
SYDNEY - About 150 people joined a sombre beachside memorial here on Monday, exactly seven years after 88 Australians died in the 2002 Bali bombings. Mourners held a minute’s silence on Sydney’s Coogee Beach for the victims, who were among 202 killed in nightclub bombings carried out by Islamist militants. It was the first anniversary since three bombers were executed over the attacks last November, and follows last month’s killing of putative mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top by Indonesian security forces. “A part of us should always re-
main angry, a part of us should always remain sorry and a part of us should always remain disbelieving,” New South Wales state Premier Nathan Rees told the ceremony. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told reporters in Tasmania the country was united behind the bereaved. “This has meant that so many lives in Australia, so many families, have been fundamentally changed because of that act of brutal terrorism in 2002,” he said. “So, I confidently say that the thoughts, the reflections and the prayers of the entire nation are with those who suffered such terrible loss back in the Bali bombings of 2002.”
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Bali News Project Operational of Kerobokan Healthcare Center worth IDR 1.2 Billion Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Public healthcare services through Kerobokan Healthcare Center (Puskesmas) triggered some complaints. The reason was that such instant healthcare center at Aseman Kawan Hamlet, Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta, was judged less representative and was too far from Kerobokan. More than that, local residents also put into question the clarity of operational of Kerobokan Healthcare Center worth IDR 1.2 billion that up to now do not come into operation. According to information, the project of Kerobokan Healthcare Center has been undertaken for years. Unfortunately, since it did not come into operation and took long time, the project works indicated unserious image. Secretary of Commission D, I Wayan Reta, said the project was less effective and inefficient. It was judged less effective because its works took so long time, while inefficient because there was no balance between the budget and realization of the project. He described that local residents often put the vagueness of Kerobokan
Healthcare Center into question. They have waited for a representative healthcare services at their area. However, their dreams did not come true. Furthermore, Reta revealed that though the project ran ‘abnormally’, the project belonging to Badung Office of Health Services was even provided with additional budget amounting to IDR 489,990,000. It was used for finishing phase and establishment of compound wall. “It means that the project analysis was inaccurate,” he asserted. Strangely, he added, it was
given again another additional budget worth IDR 128 million for the making of landscaping garden. This was considered too fantastic for such size of healthcare center. “I really could not understand whether government would like to make paradise garden with such budget,” he touched. The Head of Badung Office of Health Services, AA Mayun Dharma Atmaja, when asked about his confirmation, Sunday (Oct 11), was not willing to give more comments. He only mentioned the project of Kerobokan Healthcare Center was under process. (ded)
Designed, National Exam of Package C Equivalence for SMK Denpasar (Bali Post)— There is new information for students of Senior Vocational School (SMK) who do not pass the final exam of formal school and would like to join the equivalent exam through Package C Program (equivalent to Senior High School and Vocational High School). To attend the National Exam of Equivalency Education (UNPK), they are unnecessary to force themselves to join similar exam at Natural Sciences and Social Sciences Program that is not compatible to their domain. The reason is that Department of National Education through Standard Agency of National Education (BNSP) has been prepared to organize special equivalency exam for SMK Program in the upcoming Package C Program. Division Head of Non-Formal and Informal Education, Educational, Youth and Sports Affairs (Depdiknas) of Bali Province, Ni Made Mertanadi, stated the mat-
ter, last Sunday (Oct 11). According to Mertanadi, preparedness of Depdiknas to organize UNPK of Package C Program for SMK was revealed by the Head of BSNP, Prof. Dr. Mungin Edi Wibowo, on the meeting in Jakarta not long ago. He said, the large number of SMK students failing in National Exam at formal school and failing again in Package C Program underlay the policy. It was caused by in Package C they were forced to choose one of the Natural Sciences and Social Sciences Program. Whereas, the materials put in the exam were probably never learned by them during at SMK. “On the UNPK, SMK students failing in National Exam of formal school will be indeed given a freedom to choose one of the programs, namely Natural Sciences or Social Sciences. Yet, such freedom was judged to harm them because the materials do not belong to their study specification,”
he said. On the organization of UNPK of Package C, said Mertanadi, SMK students failing in the National Exam generally chose the program referring to closeness to their discipline they learned in formal school. For instance, SMK student with competence in technology tended to Natural Sciences Program, completely those having competence in management and tourism they tended to choose Social Sciences Program. “Since there was no Special Program for SMK, they commonly chose the program considered the most beneficial or had great opportunity for them to pass,” she said. In addition, her party could not ensure whether UNPK for SMK Program could have been implemented in UNPK of Package C of the second period scheduled in November 2009 or it would be implemented in the upcoming 2010/ 2011 academic year. (kmb13)
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A Balinese man carries a memorial plaque made in remembrance to a family member who was killed in the 2002 terror attacks as survivors and relatives mark the 7th anniversary of the deadly nightclub bombings which killed 202 people, at Kuta beach, in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 12, 2009.
Rejecting the Fusion of Cooperative Services with SMEs Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Discourse on the reduction of office services in Provincial Government of Bali started to roll. It was intended for the sake of budget efficiency. Though there was no certainty when the fusion will be recommended, the circle of House felt stiflingly hot on hearing the discourse. One of the members of the House, Nyoman Sugawa Korry, expressed his rejection if the Office of Cooperative and Small-Medium Enterprises Services (SMEs) were merged with Industry and Trade Services. This endeavor was not in harmony with the promise of Mangku Pastika on his last campaign to empower the economy of lower subjects. “We expected that Cooperative Services and Small-Medium Enterprise Services are expanded by development of self-enterprise,” he said when contacted, last Sunday
(Oct 11). It was undertaken because cooperative and SMEs were strategic concerning with the life of Bali community. He said that 98 percent of Bali’s economy was driven by small-medium enterprises and cooperative. Moreover, composition of self-employment in Indonesia stayed relatively small, less than 2 percent. Instead, the development of self-employment should be increased specifically under an agency in order it could engender more and more young entrepreneurs. Even he considered that development of Customary Credit Agency (LPD) that currently put under supervision of Regional Development Bank (BPD Bali), should be intensified in terms of its human resources, not special agency overseeing the LPD,” he asserted. The rapid growth in the asset of cooperative and LPD, they even call for serious guidance from related institutions. (029)
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After Discharge, Tens of Former BCC’s Employees Confused Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Having been discharged and salary was not paid, fate of tens of employees of Black Canyon Coffee (BCC) Indonesia of Teuku Umar Branch, Denpasar turned uncertain. They were confused where to look for new job. Even, before joining with BCC, they were willing to leave their workplace that has been deeply involved for eight years.
Mass Prayers at Ground Zero Seven years ago, right on October 12, 2002, the humanity tragedy of Bali Bomb has completely damaged the Legian area and Bali tourism in general. Monday (Oct 12), commemoration to recall the tragedy and at the same time to utter a shout of peace to all over the world, was organized again at Ground Zero, Bali Bomb Monument, Legian. The Head of Kuta Village, Gede Suparta, Sunday (Oct 11), said that the commemoration of this year was humble. This year, the community of Kuta entirely entrusted the celebration to community or family of victims that would like to perform contemplation. Foundation of Bali Bomb Victims organized a mass prayers at 09:00 Local Time. In the afternoon, it was resumed with the lighting of peace torchlight. The event was also continued with paddle for peace, release of turtle hatchlings and other spontaneous activities. The event was specially intended for Kuta residents including foreign tourists and other components of community. To secure the location, it has been installed special divider and pursuant to the planning, this would be installed permanently. (ded)
ees reported the case to Directorate of Criminal Researcher of Bali Police. He expected that his report could be promptly followed up because the management of BCC Teuku Umar treated them arbitrarily. “I hope that our report could be followed up shortly. Most importantly, we want that management could pay our salary,” expected Hary. According to Hary, he was appointed as kitchen head at BCC Teuku Umar. He submitted his application letter because BCC put advertisement in media. “We read the advertisement on newspaper, and then we thronged to apply. BCC accepted us. However, the end of our endeavor was like this and he (Mufid Wahyudi—ed.) was irresponsible,” he said angrily. (kmb21)
Due to Bringing Drugs, a Frenchman Captured Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Cyril Terrien (45) from France could not avoid when police officer of Directorate of Criminal Researcher, Bali Police, captured him last Thursday (Oct 8). The man living at Campuan Hamlet, Ubud, Gianyar, has so long become operation target of police since he was alleged to get involved in drugs dealer. Police’s allegation was in fact correct. Police officer found evidence in the form of hashish in his bag. It was known after the police performed a frisking. “The suspect has been arrested. He is still undergoing an examination,” said Spokesperson of Bali Police, I Gde Sugianyar, last Sunday
(Oct 11). He said that the capture of the suspect took place on Jalan Nakula, Kuta, Badung at 18:00 Local Time. From the hand of suspect, police could seize a hashish package of 9.1 gram. “The evidence was kept in the wrap of lead paper,” said former Balikpapan Resort Police. Capturing process of the suspect took place slowly. Having got information that the suspect got involved in the ownership of drugs, police officer led by Kokot Indarto, carried out surveillance right away. “As soon as he went out from his accommodation (in Ubud, Gianyar—ed), journey of the
suspect was dogged,” he revealed. The suspect left for Kuta. Nevertheless, police kept on following him. When the suspect arrived at location, police did not want to lose his traces. They straightforwardly captured the suspect. “Frisking process was also carried out at that time,” he said. Proven to bring illegal drugs, the suspect was taken to Headquarter of Bali Police. Unluckily, the suspect was not willing to give information when he was intensively examined at investigator’s room. “The suspect told nothing about from where he got the drugs and how much he purchased it,” he added. (kmb21)
Allegedly, Many Illegal Residents in Denpasar Denpasar (Bali Post)—
One of those employees and acting as field coordinator, Hary, confessed to feel confused after he and other employees of totally 45 were discharged by Mufid Wahyudi, President Director of Indonesian Master Franchiser. “I do not know what to do now. My salary was not paid, either,” revealed Hary, last Sunday (Oct 11). Not only Hary had uncertain fate. Some other employees of ex BCC felt the same matter because looking for a new job took long time and needed hard work. Some of them have worked at other places for years but they were willing to leave it and joined with BCC. “But finally, we are discharged,” he sighed. On that account, Hary as field coordinator and representative of employ-
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After Lebaran holiday, many illegal passengers thronged Denpasar. From the site inspection held by team of resident controlling at customary hamlets, it was found many regional migrants having no ID card where they domiciled. If the residents happened to have ID card, they were not registered at that hamlet. Based on the finding of some cases in Denpasar, it was alleged that many false residents mentioned in official demographic registration but did not live at that location. Such cases were widely encountered at a number of hamlets in Denpasar having heterogeneous population. Head of Eka Sila Hamlet, Gede Eka Santika, together with
his hamlet secretary Ketut Suteja Kumara found that out of 608 residents registered in Denpasar Civil Registration, in fact only 393 residents really existed and lived at that hamlet. The remaining 215 residents were false but they have registered and had ID card of Denpasar City. Based on such finding, his party has reported to Civil Registration to be processed. “We do not want that residents registered at our hamlet but the real residents do not exist,” said Secretary of PDI-P of Denpasar. Based on that fact, he expected many things could be helped. For instance, demographic database tended to single identity number (SIN) that could be promptly implemented. Such magnitude of false
residents, according to Suteja Kumara, could be caused by some factors. Some of them , the resident did not report his or her move but remained to use the old Household Card (KK) and ID card to submit demographic administration at Civil Registration. Facility at Civil Registration caused the controlling at the field rather difficult. Secondly, there was possibility of data fraud at the level of Civil Registration so the data at hamlet and Civil Registration would be different. It was proven on last legislative and presidential election where many residents did not come to give their vote, not caused by their preference not to choose, but they no longer lived at that hamlet. (kmb)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
militia leader’s release
East Timor lawmakers attack government over Agence France-Presse
DILI - Lawmakers in East Timor shouted jibes at each other Monday in a fiery censure debate over a government decision to free an Indonesian militia leader accused of crimes against humanity. Members of the opposition Fretilin party and allies pushed the motion against the government of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, accusing it of breaking the law in an August decision to release militia leader Martenus Bere. “Let’s not say the freeing of Martenus Bere was in the national interest, as it violates the constitution,” former prime minister Mari Alkatiri told parliament as opposition lawmakers shouted that the government had undermined East Timor’s independence. “This government has become accustomed to disrespecting the constitution and the law, opposing national and international laws,” Alkatiri said. Bere was arrested after crossing into East Timor on August 8, five years after being indicted for his role in a string of human rights violations including the 1999 Suai church massacre in which up to
200 people were killed. Gusmao defended freeing Bere from jail as a “political decision” that was “in the national interest.” “There are many accusations from politicians accusing me of being a dictator like Suharto, but I would like to ask if you are not the ones who are dictators,” he said, referring to the late Indonesian strongman. “We did not release (Bere). We transferred him to wait for the next step of the justice process,” he said, adding that Bere had continued to stay at the Indonesian embassy in Dili since his August 30 release. Riak Leman, a lawmaker from the governing coalition Social Democratic Party, said Bere’s release was necessary to prevent reprisals against Timorese studying in Indonesia. “Apart from that, even if Martenus Bere was never released, the victims of his actions in 1999 wouldn’t have arisen again,” he said, to catcalls from the opposition. A vote on the opposition censure motion was expected later in the day. The parliamentary debate was broadcast live on local radio and television and it was standingroom only in the parliament’s public gallery.
Putin visits remote Pacific island
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Agence France-Presse
RUSSKY ISLAND - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday said Russia would press ahead with costly plans to build infrastructure on a remote Pacific island to enable it to host a major Asia-Pacific summit in 2012. Putin said the economic crisis would not hamper multi-billiondollar plans to develop Russky Island, which is set to host the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2012. Putin visited the island — a former military base near
Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, seven times zones away from Moscow — before flying on to China, where he is due to hold talks with senior Chinese officials. The planned projects include a giant bridge to connect the island with the city, now a short ferry ride away. Speaking at a government meeting on Russky Island, Putin said there had been doubts regarding the location for the APEC summit but Russia decided to go ahead. “When the global economic crisis broke out, we once again weighed all pros and cons. As a result, we’ve come to the conclusion that we can’t pass up such a chance,” Putin said. “All the principal decisions have been made. They are final. The work has begun.” Putin called the regeneration project “a good chance to concentrate resources (and) solve many of the problems of our largest metropolis in the Far East.” Russia is planning to increase energy links with the Asia-Pacific region and the APEC summit is seen as a prestige project that will help the government burnish its international credentials, boost the local economy and create thousands of jobs. The summit will help Russia “strengthen its international standing” and boost ties with neighboring countries, Putin said.
Four Sudan Islamists to hang for murder of US diplomat Agence France-Presse
KHARTOUM - A Sudanese court sentenced four Islamists to death for a second time on Monday for the murder of a US diplomat and his driver in Khartoum last year. The sentencing came a day after a court prosecutor read out a letter by mother of John Granville, who worked with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), asking for the death penalty. “The murder of a person is as illegal from shariah’s (Islamic law) point of view as it is in Sudanese criminal law,” the judge, Said Ahmed al-Badri, said when announcing the sentence. The court had sentenced the men to death in June for killing Granville and his driver Abdel Rahman Abbas in January 2008, but the sentence was cancelled in August after Abbas’s father then forgave the men. Under Islamic law, the victim’s family has the right to forgive the murderer, ask for compensation or demand execution. Granville’s mother, Jane Granville, at the time had asked for the men’s execution but her letter was rejected because it was not notarised. One of the four condemned men is the son of a leader of pacifist Islamist group Ansar al-Sunna, which is linked to Salafism — a hardline form of Sunni Islam practiced mainly in Saudi Arabia — but is not involved in politics. A group calling itself Ansar alTawhid had claimed the New Year’s Day murder according to SITE, a US-based organisation which monitors Islamist websites.
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In this file picture taken on June 24, 2009 three of four Islamists (excluding man in center) accused in the 2008 killing of a US diplomat and his Sudanese driver, raise their hands and shout slogans as they walk out of a Sudanese court in Khartoum.
41 dead as suicide blast hits northwest Pakistan Agence France-Presse
PESHAWAR - A massive suicide bomb hit northwest Pakistan killing 41 people Monday, as the military geared up for an assault on Taliban rebels blamed for increasingly bloody and brazen attacks. The bomber flung himself at a paramilitary convoy passing through a busy market in Shangla, a northwest district near Swat valley where the army claimed to have flushed out Taliban rebels after an offensive launched in April. But Islamist extremist groups appear far from quashed, with an audacious raid on army headquarters over the weekend leaving 22 people dead and underscoring the vulnerability of the nuclear-armed nation. The Al-Qaeda-linked Tehreek-e-
Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement, holed up in the lawless northwest tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the daylong hostage drama near Islamabad, and vowed more attacks. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Shangla blast, but the suicide bombing bore all the hallmarks of a TTP strike, and hit in a one-time stronghold of fugitive Swat Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah. “Forty-one people were killed and 45 were injured in the suicide blast,” said Mian Iftekhar Hussain, information minister for the North West Frontier Province. “Twelve of the injured are in a serious condition.” He told AFP that six of the dead were military personnel and the rest civilians. Major Mushtaq Khan, a
spokesman at the military-run Swat Media Centre, said: “It was a suicide blast. The attacker was on foot.” Fazlullah Khan, a Shangla member of parliament, told the private Geo television channel that the attacker struck in a crowded bazaar in Alpuri town, but he said the bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the convoy. The military launched their offensive in and around Swat valley after Taliban militants bent on imposing a harsh brand of Islamic law advanced to within 100 kilometres (60 miles) of Islamabad. Military and government officials have vowed to follow up the Swat offensive with a full ground assault on the northwest tribal belt, with air strikes late Sunday and early Monday hitting Taliban strongholds there.
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 : email@example.com ttp ://www.sos-bali.com Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic Jl Pratama No. 81 Phone : 771 324 Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta Phone : 753 268 Dental Clinic Dr Indra Guizot, Jl. Patimura 19, Denpasar Phone : 222 445, 234 375 DDS. Ritjie Rihartinah, Jl Pratama No. 81 Nusa Dua Phone : 771 324 Retno W. Agung, Jln. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.4A Br. Tamansari â€“ Sanur Phone : 288 501
Clinic Mas Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974573 Toyo Clinic Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 978078 Permata Bunda Clinic Jl. Patih Jelantik 50 X, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 942082 Ubud Clinic Jl Raya Ubud No.36 Campuhan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974911 Gianyar General Hospital Jl. Ciung Wanara 2, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 943049 Karangasem Karangasem General Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai, Karangasem Phone : +62 363 21001 Klungkung Klungkung General Hospital Jl. Flamboyan 40-4, Klungkung Phone : +62 366 21371 Negara Negara General Hospital Jl. Gelar, Negara Phone : +62 365 41006 Tabanan Laboratorium Clinic Jl. Gunung semeru No. 8, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 819260 Mengwi Clinic Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai 46, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 880550 Darma Kerti Hospital Jl. Teratai 16, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 812359 Tabanan General Hospital Jl. Pahlawan 14, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 811027 Singaraja Prodia Clinic Jl. RA Kartini 12, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 24-516 Singaraja Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai 30, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 22-573 Pet Clinics Kayumas: (0361) 226934 Sayang Binatang: (0361) 483121 Satwa Kertha Husada: (0361) 263018 Pantai Sindhu: (0361) 287518 Sidakarya: (0361) 724492 Pedungan: (0361) 720026
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
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News Discreet sex education breaks Indian taboo Agence France-Presse
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Palestinian children visiting the Marah Land Zoo outside Gaza City ride donkeys painted in a zebra-like pattern, Thursday, Oct . 8, 2009. Zoo keepers have found a creative way to draw crowds to the Gaza zoo that suffered losses during the war with Israel. Zoo workers replaced 2 zebras that died of hunger during the January war with donkeys painted black and white.
In Gaza, the zebra is a donkey Agence France-Presse
GAZA CITY - At Gaza’s “Happy Land Zoo,” donkeys earned their stripes and became zebras. The two made-in-Gaza zebras have become symbols of life under the Israeli blockade, a local attraction and a bit of a joke. “The zebras are locally manufactured,” says zoo director Mahmud Barghut, grinning from ear to ear. “We take a donkey and draw stripes on it.” The operation takes two days and entails the use of sticky tape and French-made hair colouring, which Barghut says works best for this kind of job. The two imposters stare at visitors with sad eyes from a tiny, fly-ridden cage. “We couldn’t afford real zebras,” says Barghut. Since the Islamist Hamas movement seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, the Palestinian enclave has been under a blockade, with Israel and Egypt only allowing in humanitarian and basic supplies. Hundreds of smuggling tunnels have since been built under the border with Egypt, to bring in anything from weapons to cars, petrol and toys. But the tunnel imports can be costly and Israel drives up the prices by regularly bombing the smuggling tunnels. The zoo’s lion and two ostriches were brought in through the tunnels when they were babies, but a zebra would be prohibitive.
“It would have cost us 30,000 dollars,” says Barghut. A donkey — a ubiquitous feature of Gaza’s streets — can be had for just 700 dollars. Smuggling wildlife into Gaza came to international attention in March 2007 when EU officials who were monitoring the Rafah border crossing with Egypt at the time caught a Palestinian woman trying to sneak in three live crocodiles. The toothy reptiles, each about 40 centimetres (16 inches) long, were taped to the woman beneath a loose fitting robe. The woman, who came under suspicion for appearing inordinately fat, told border guards she intended to sell the crocodiles to a Gaza zoo. In a sealed-off, overcrowded territory of 1.5 million people that has little in the way of entertainment, the zoo on the outskirts of Gaza City is highly popular. “There’s nothing but the zoo or the beach,” says Barghut. But visitors from outside may well find “Happy Land” a sad place. Other than the would-be zebras, lion and two ostriches, there’s only a camel and some birds. Their cages are tiny and their food is strictly rationed. The lion gets 10 kilogrammes (22 pounds) of meat per day, about half of what Barghut said is the recommended amount. The animals are often sick and the
medicine they need is unavailable in Gaza. “If there was an animal protection group here, they would have us all arrested for mistreating the animals,” says Barghut. “I tell myself that it’s a sin not to take care of them properly, but I try to do my best.” There used to be other animals, including a leopard and monkeys, but they were killed during Israel’s devastating military offensive at the turn of the year. “Most died of thirst or hunger. For three weeks, we couldn’t approach the zoo. An (Israeli) tank was posted by the entrance,” Barghut said. “I called emergency services but they told me they weren’t even able to help people.” About 1,400 Palestinians were killed in the 22-day offensive. Barghut says he loves the little zoo he built just over a year ago but, after pumping all his funds into it, he’s now broke and putting the animal park up for sale. “I have no more money to maintain it.” The zoo isn’t exactly a cash cow. Most Gazans have little money and Barghut has to keep the entrance fee affordable — the equivalent of 30 cents (0.20 euro) per child. “The zoo is meant for children. When they come here, they are happy, they run, they have fun. They want to see the lion and the zebra — they believe it’s real,” says Barghut. But four-year-old Yara al-Masri isn’t fooled. “I know it’s not a real zebra, but it’s a pretty donkey,” she says, laughing.
NEW DELHI - In a Delhi classroom, 40 sheepish girls and boys stare silently at a sketch of a couple making love. The sex education lesson for 15year-olds is not part of India’s national syllabus, and the exclusive private school teaching the subject is taking a risk by passing on the facts of life to its pupils. Traditionalists say such classes are against Hindu sensibilities and invade a private matter that is best dealt with inside the family home. But, with rapid social change in India, calls for teenagers to be taught about human reproduction and sexual health are growing, and private schools across the country now give discreet lessons to their privileged pupils. “India allows teenagers to learn English and other European languages, devour pizza, burgers, wear skimpy clothes, and dance to English music,” teacher Rubina Hussain Sheikh told her class. “These Western influences are welcomed. So why is talking about sex in schools not accepted?” Sheikh, a counsellor whose lesson communicates sexual information in a simple and relaxed manner, admits it is a “tricky subject”, but she believes it is a vital duty to combat ignorance. She displays slides from the ancient Indian erotic text Kamasutra, as well as drawings of how an adolescent’s body develops, and graphics to explain AIDS and the rise of sexually-transmitted diseases in India. Students at the school often hesitate to ask questions, she said, but they all feel the course helps clear away many of the misconceptions and the secrecy that shrouds such taboo subject. “I had no clue about sex, pregnancy and the precautions required to protect oneself during an intercourse. I am glad that I am aware now,” said Riddhima Tiwari, a 15year-old student at the school, which asked not to be named to avoid publicity.
Parents said they had permitted the course to be taught as they were aware their children needed to be able to look after themselves, adding it would pass on information which they would be shy of discussing at home. But millions of students studying in government schools are denied any such advice, as India state governments avoid all mention of introducing sex education in schools. “If implemented, the subject would have adverse effects on young minds,” said Swami Nityanand, a Hindu priest in Delhi and a senior member of the right wing Hindu organisation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Nityanand said he never uses the word “sex” in front of his young disciples, as he feels that Indians learn all the facts of life naturally and need no guidelines on the topic or diseases related to it. In 2007, Nityanand’s followers burnt school books that discussed contraception and sexually-transmitted diseases, and forced the government in the western state of Gujarat to drop reproduction chapters from science textbooks. “Imparting this kind of education would mean devaluing Indian culture and values, so I will fight until the end to protect our rich heritage,” he told AFP. But a 2007 survey “Indian Adolescent: Changing Sexual Behaviour”, conducted by doctors and voluntary organisations, concluded that there was an urgent need for sex education in schools. It said around 40 per cent of all HIV infections in India occurred in the 16-24 age group and clinicbased evidence suggests that a third of all abortions may take place among unmarried teenage girls. Teen pregnancy also doubled in the previous five years, the survey stated. And, according to the National Crime Records Bureau, more than 20,000 rapes are reported every year, of which 25 percent of the victims are minors.
Indonesia remembers From page 1 “If it continues, the threat of terrorist attacks will always haunt our life,” Suranto said, urging the government to counter “wrong religious perceptions” propagated by Islamist radicals. One of Asia’s most violent Islamist ideologues, Noordin was killed by police in a raid on a house in Central Java on September 17. Analysts say he knew of the planning for the 2002 Bali attacks but was not directly involved.
Instead he was blamed for subsequent attacks including one against the Australian embassy in Jakarta in 2004, Bali again in 2005 and twin suicide blasts against the luxury hotels in Jakarta on July 17 this year. Indonesia has killed or arrested hundreds of Jemaah Islamiyah militants since 2002, but two of the alleged Bali plotters — Dulmatin and Umar Patek — remain at large and are believed to be hiding in the southern Philippines.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Teaching, learning process in Padang resumes Antara
PADANG - After a nine-day hiatus, teaching and learning process at schools in earthquake-devastated city of Padang, West Sumatra, resumed on Monday.
AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO
In a picture taken on October 8, 2009 Indonesian elementary school children study outside their damaged school in Lubuk Alung sub-district in Pariaman following the recent 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck the western coast of the island. After a nine-day hiatus, teaching and learning process at schools in earthquake-devastated city of Padang, West Sumatra, resumed on Monday.
Indonesian villagers oppose terror suspects’ burials Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Indonesian villagers said Monday they had rejected a request by the family of two terror suspects killed by police to bury the bodies in their village, saying they were unwelcome dead or alive. The brothers, alleged planners of July 17 twin suicide attacks against luxury hotels in Jakarta, are believed to have been killed in a raid on their hideout on Friday, although police have not confirmed their deaths. The family of the dead men, Syaifudin Zuhri bin Jaelani and Mohammed Syahrir, wanted to bury
them in their father’s childhood village of Sampiran, West Java. But village chief Maman Suparman said the request had been rejected after meeting of elders on the weekend. “We don’t want terrorists in our midst, dead or alive. We condemn what they did... killing innocent people is inhuman. It’s against Islamic teachings,” he told AFP. “All of us disapproved. Our village’s name will be tarnished. If the bodies are brought here we will drive them out.” Jaelani and Syahrir were accomplices of slain Malaysian terror leader Noordin Mohammed Top, the alleged
mastermind of the hotel attacks who was killed by police in Central Java on September 17. Police have confirmed the deaths of two brothers in the raid and are expected to formally identify them later Monday. The brothers will probably be buried in a public cemetery in east Jakarta, next to another of the July 17 plotters who was killed in an earlier police operation, Tempo newspaper quoted their sister, Sucihani, as saying. The attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels killed seven people as well as the two bombers.
Indonesia detains 260 Sri Lankan migrants: police Agence France-Presse
BANTEN - Indonesia detained about 260 Sri Lankan migrants in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra while attempting to make their way by wooden boat to Australia, police said Sunday. Police and the Indonesian Navy
had intercepted the boat in the waters off Krakatoa Island at around dawn, Banten Sea Police director Alex Fauzi Rasad told reporters. “The migrants, including women and children, had set off from (the West Kalimantan province of) Pontianak on October 6 and were heading to Christmas Island,” in the
Indian Ocean off the Australian mainland, he added. “We’re now taking the boat to port and will investigate the case,” Rasad said. Indonesia is a key staging point for people smugglers bringing Afghans and other nationals for a perilous onward sea journey to Australia.
Local education office spokesman Musdek said the magnitude 7.6 earthquake on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, had had a terrible impact on a number of schools but the teaching and learning process at several elementary schools in the city had returned to normal on Monday. Musdek said a total of 1,108 class rooms and supporting facilities such as toilets and libraries had been demolished by the earthquake. “We are afraid that the school children will have various diseases as a result of the quake’s impact,” Musdek said, adding that assistance to have the education process returned to its normal course in Padang was urgently needed. Meanwhile, Masyudi Sang, a teacher of a school at Padang Selatan subdistrict, said about 80 percent of the students of six elementary schools in Padang started to study as usual on Monday. But he was uncertain if all of his students were present at school or
not. The magnitude-7.6 earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, claimed more than 800 lives, and left thousands of people homeless. The disaster was the latest in a spate of natural and man-made calamities to hit Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of 226 million people. The quake was felt around the region, with some high-rise buildings in Singapore, 440 km (275 miles) to the northeast, evacuating staff. Office buildings also shook in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Padang, capital of West Sumatra province, sits on one of the world’s most active fault lines along the “Ring of Fire” where the Indo-Australia plate grinds against the Eurasia plate to create regular tremors and sometimes quakes. Geologists have long warned that Padang may one day be destroyed by a huge earthquake because of its location.
Rupiah weakens on profit taking moves Antara
JAKARTA - The rupiah weakened against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank spot market here on Monday morning on profit taking moves. The Indonesian currency traded IDR9,485-IDR9,500 per US dollar, down 35 points from IDR9,450-IDR9,465 per US dollar at the market’s close a day earlier. The rupiah’s depreciation was normal after it had previously strengthened significantly, Rully Nova, a foreign exchange analyst, said here on Monday. However, he believed that the local unit would soon move upward again as positive sentiment particularly from the external factor would reoccur, he said. The rupiah still had a chance to gain further and might reach the level of below IDR9,300 per US dollar, because foreign investors were still active in the market while waiting for a financial report of corporation in the third quarter of 2009, he said. “If the corporation financial report is sound, investors will be
back to buy the rupiah and shares in the stock exchange,” he said. Besides, investors also wait for the announcement on the new cabinet lineup on October 21 as they are curious of those to be appointed ministers. Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia (BI) Budi Mulya said recently he was optimistic that Indonesia’s economic growth would reach 4 to 4.5 percent later this year. “Previously, BI was a little bit pessimistic and predicted that national economic growth would be below 4 percent. But seeing the latest developments, the BI board of governors raised its estimate to 4 to 4.5 percent,” Budi Mulya said in Manado, North Sulawesi, early this month. He said that the indicators of the economic growth included strong domestic market which was supported by big number of population reaching 220 million. Besides, prices of Indonesia’s commodities overseas were showing an upward trend, which was an indication that national economy would be able to grow.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Bali Today IDR 1 Billion, Budget Required for Nusa Penida Pier Bali Post
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Two Balinese looking for the items of penjor, an offering that made by Balinese during the celebration of Galungan and Kuningan. Wednesday (Oct 14), Hindu devotees will celebrate Galungan festivity. Spiritual preparation to celebrate the “victory day” has been carried out since Thursday (Oct 8) known as Sugihan Jawa, while in the following day, Sukra, Kliwon, Sungsang (Oct 9) is known as Sugihan Bali.
Interpreting Galungan in Modern Context
Not Just Victory of Dharma against Adharma WEDNESDAY (Oct 14), Hindu devotees will celebrate Galungan festivity. Spiritual preparation to celebrate the “victory day” has been carried out since Thursday (Oct 8) known as Sugihan Jawa, while in the following day, Sukra, Kliwon, Sungsang (Oct 9) is known as Sugihan Bali. Many Hindu devotees feel confused whether to celebrate Sugihan Jawa or Sugihan Bali. They think the word “Jawa” and “Bali” have something to do with geographical name, whereas they do not. Similar connotation is often used by Balinese to call regional migrants from outside Bali by mentioning that they were from Java though they actually come from Lombok, Kalimantan or other regions in Indonesia. On that account, the significance of Sugihan Jawa is macrocosmic purification as our place to live in. This purificatory rite takes place in physical manner or sekala by cleansing up the shrines or other sanctums used as worshipping place. Afterwards, on Sugihan Bali, Hindu devotees put offerings that are essentially intended for self-purification (microcosm), so they are free from any bad deeds. By spiritual and physical purity, devotees could interpret the
Galungan holiday as the victory of dharma (truth) against adharma (untruth). On that Friday, devotees should perform tirta gocara or pilgrimage by departing to the ocean—springs or can be carried out at merajan or family shrines. In yogic practice, on Sugihan Bali Hindu devotees perform yoga focused on self-introspection. To welcome the Galungan festivity, devotees should have spiritual purity by controlling the self from any temptation of sensual objects. By doing so, conceptually the Sugihan Jawa and Sugihan Bali prepare Hindu devotees to face any kinds of worldly temptations through the celebration of Galungan. On these two festivities, the power of dualism is attempted to work on balance as capital to attain composure and peacefulness. A lecturer of Hindu University of Indonesia (Unhi) Denpasar, Wayan Suka Yasa, said that the most substantial principle in the celebration of Galungan and Kuningan was the upholding of dharma (truth). To uphold the dharma is required a purificatory rite for universe and the self. The process was commenced on sugihan. “Sugi” stands from cleansing. If on Sugihan Bali devotes cleansed the self (microcosm), while Sugihan Jawa was associated with the cleansing of beyond the self, macrocosm. This spiritual climbing passed through panyajan ritual (promised to uphold the dharma). To do this, there should be some endeavors meant to remove bad characters within the self. For this purpose, procession of penampahan or butchery of Galungan was implemented. Actu-
ally, it symbolized the butchery of bad characteristics within the self. They were associated with pig. If the characteristic of rajas and tamas have vanished from the self, the remaining one is satwam. “All festivities in the series of Galungan celebration contain philosophy that should be interpreted in modern context,” said Suka Yasa. Ida Rsi Bhujangga Waisnawa Putra Sara Shri Satya Jyoti from Gria Bhuwana Dharma Santhi, Sesetan, said similar opinion. Such Sugihan denoted a procession to purify the universe (macrocosm) and the self (microcosm) in the endeavor to prepare the self for spiritual activity. In that Sugihan ritual, there was ngererebu procession. This procession posed one of the microcosmic purificatory concepts. It should not only be viewed in terms of ritual perspective. In reality, there was also a masimakrama concept or maintaining social relationship. When a perebuan procession was organized, family members were present. Having presented to God, the offerings consisting of rice, meat, egg and others were enjoyed together. This atmosphere would be able to tighten the relationship. It was hoped that any disputes occurring among the family members could be resolved through the procession. Actually, in that context, there should be mind purification, from intricate to peaceful, so peacefulness and tranquility would be present by Galungan festivity. Additionally, Galungan also constitutes a moment to perform introspection or self-evaluation, whether we have been able to control our passions or to remove the characteristics of rajas and tamas. (lun)
SEMARAPURA - Klungkung Government should spend more money to finance the dredging of rock at the pond of Nusa Penida Pier if it would not like something bad to happen at the pier and ro-ro ship. At least, IDR 1 billion of fund should be allocated for the dredging program due to silting up of some 1 meter high. Similarly, it would take more than two weeks. Therefore, operator of ship should take the right time in order the dredging project would not disturb the public service. The Head of Technical Administrator Unit (UPT) of Nusa Penida Crossing Pier, Made Kastika, when asked about his confirmation in Nusa Penida not long ago confessed to have been in preparation of dredging schedule due to silting up threatened the safety of ro-ro ship, both the physical body of ship and safety of passengers. The right measures should be well considered to avoid any negative presumption of the public. “During the dredging works, automatically the ships could not be operated,” he said. He also added that, the dredging was ensured to be carried out in 2010 coinciding with physical examination of ship. “Such docking will take us some a month. At the same time, we can undertake the dredging works,” he said. Related to the budget required by the project he expected the Klungkung House could provide a tolerance during its discussion. The dredging is a
need that should be undertaken to anticipate any inconvenience that may have been caused to ro-ro ship. Previously, it has been reported the pond of pier or crossing harbor of Nusa Penida underwent silting up as high as 1 meter. It could threaten the safety of ships both physical body of ship and passengers inside. Ideally, the Nusa Penida Pier has not undergone any silting up yet because it only occurred within three to four years after the pier came into operation. Such silting up threatened the operational of ro-ro ferry Nusa Jaya Abadi. Therefore, ship’s captain should be careful on taking out and taking the ship into the pier. Moreover, during the low tide, the base of ship is vulnerable to get in touch with rocks at the bottom of pier’s pond. Silting up could transpire quickly because at the bottom of pond lived many coral reefs and they increased rapidly. (kmb20)
The public offices get three days off during Galungan celebration Antara
DENPASAR – Public offices at Bali get three day off during the celebration of Galungan that will fall on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. They will get three days off starting Tuesday, October 13 and end at October 15, 2009. ‘’These three days off to public servants are common thing when Hindu’s Bali celebrated Galungan, a day to celebrate the victory day of Dharma against Adharma,” said the head of publication and human relations of Bali’s Province, I Ketut Teneng.
He said besides public offices, the schools also stop their education activity for two weeks started from October 12, 2009 and ended at October 26, 2009. Even all the public offices that belong to the government get three days off during the Galungan celebration, the hospitals still open to give service to public. After Galungan celebration, ten days later Hindu’s Bali will celebrate Kuningan day, this day also to celebrate the victory of Dharma. The holy day that comes every 210 days according to Pawukon always celebrate on Wednesday, Wuku Dungulan.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Balinese Culture Bali concerned about coalition of H1N1 viruses Antara
DENPASAR - The Balinese, who are keeping and raising pigs, are reminded to continue to improve the stables and cattle cleanliness and farm environment to prevent the development of H1N1 virus into a new variant that is more dangerous. It was considering a H1N1 influenza virus has the potential for a genetic mutation, assimilation or adjustment
An Indonesian official (L) explains to a tourist how health declaration cards should be filled at Ngurah Rai airport, in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on June 12, 2009 during the widespread of H1N1 virus. The Balinese, who are keeping and raising pigs, are reminded to continue to improve the stables and cattle cleanliness and farm environment to prevent the development of H1N1 virus into a new variant that is more dangerous.
with the environment and even to coalesce with other viruses to develop into a new variant which is more malignant, said the chairman of Udayana University Research Institute, Prof. Dr. Ir I Gede Mahardika, MS. He reminded the news related to H1N1 affected people and victims, should not be careless in maintaining their cleanliness and that of their cattle stables and surroundings. He said that until now no research had been conducted with the result ensuring that the H1N1 virus in pigs or commonly called “swine flu” can be directly transmitted to humans. However, if the virus undergoes a mutation, assimilation, or even in coalition with other types of viruses, it will have the ability to transmit directly to humans. “We can prevent all these, if all the pig pens and farms are kept clean, cattle are given adequate food and healthcare, so they would not serve as a medium of the virus developing into a new variant that is more dangerous,” said Prof Dr Mahardika, who has a background of farming. If the pigs are numerous in some areas in Bali and the neighborhood kept clean, not only H1N1 virus is difficult to develop, but other types of virus are also difficult to survive. He warned against the spread of the H1N1 virus, during the treatment of patients at Sanglah General Hospital Center (RSUP), Denpasar and also others treated at other hospitals. UNLAM Research Institute has also provided information about the importance of cleanliness and health of cattle pens and stables, in order to prevent the H1N1 virus from growing in the paradise island, he said. “It’s important for us to do such things, so there would be no more concern about dangerous virus attacks, while keeping the society and tourists not to worry about the virus,” added Prof Dr Mahardika.
Guling celeng (Suckling Pig) Overview: If there’s just one dish that people remember after a visit to Bali, it’s this famous delicacy, usually known by its Indonesian name, Babi Guling. Ingredients: 1 suckling pig, weighing about 6-8kg 1½ tbsp salt 200 shallots, peeled and sliced 100 gr cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 50 gr ginger, peeled & chopped 300 gr candlenuts, chopped 350 gr fresh turmeric, peeled &chopped 3 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed 80 gr laos, finely chopped 120 gr bird’s-eye chilies, sliced 10 stalks lemon grass, finely sliced 1 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 tsp dried shrimp paste, roasted 5 fragrant lime leaves, finely shredded 2 salam leaves 2½ tbsp oil 4 tbsp turmeric water
Preparation: Ensure inside of suckling pig is completely cleaned out. Season inside and outside with salt. Combine all other ingredients, except turmeric water, and mix thoroughly. Fill inside of suckling with mixture, close belly with string or thin satay skewer. Rub the outside of the pig with turmeric water until the skin is shiny yellow. Place suckling pig on roasting rack and roast in hot oven (220°C / 425°F) for approximately 1 hour. Rest for 10 minutes in warm place before serving. When serving, first remove the crisp skin with a strong carving knife, then loosen meat from the bones and cut into even dice or slices. Place a heaped tablespoon of stuffing on each serving plate, and then top with meat and skin. Traditionally this dish is eaten with Jukut Nangka Mekuah and steamed rice. Helpful hint: If you have a large barbeque with rotisserie or constantly turning spit, you can cook the pig over charcoal for an authentic Balinese flavor. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Ubud Palace/Puri Saren
PURI Saren Ubud (Ubud Palace) is an Ubud Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses as a residence of Ubud King. It is set in the center of Ubud Bali with traditional art market just in front of it and it is found by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel who has commanded from year 1800 - 1823. This palace is an artistic cultural life center, while the traditional market is the symbol of local economics resident. The existence of Puri Saren as a palace is equipped by a Wantilan/auditorium that is a large building of meeting room and a banyan tree as shelter place at the daytime. The traditional market is the place of society economics and its existence is always border on palace as artistic cultural life center. It means that the both pole meeting is describing the dynamics of society and kingdom life. The tourists who purchase the tour package to Ubud will visit this place and they will feel not complete if they are not invited to visit the Puri Saren (Ubud Palace) and traditional market, because both of these tourist destinations are the soul and identity of Ubud Village itself. The
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palace is very beautiful with artistically traditional building and contains the high esthetics value. It is situated in the good temperature which can give the ruthless and freshness for every visitor. Some world class painters from Europe have lived in Ubud like Rudolf Bonnet, Walter Spies, Arie Smith, Antonio Blanko, Hans Snell and others. These entire world class painters through its painting masterpiece have indirectly followed to promote Bali Tourism because theme or their painting objects are about the culture and nature of Bali. Ida Tjokorda Agung Sukawati has exploited his palace as lodge place for his entire respectable guest. In the year 1928, the Tjampuhan Hotel is founded for all empireâ€™s guest and on 1934, this hotel is opened as a lodge for empireâ€™s guest and also used as a center place of Pita Maha Organization Activities. Tjampuhan Hotel is an eldest hotel in Ubud with the traditional style. In growth hereinafter, Ubud as a tourism destination is one of tourist area in Gianyar Regency own separate specification. (http:// www.balistarisland.com)
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BUSINESS British rates to stay at record-low until 2011: study Agence France-Presse
LONDON - The Bank of England will keep its key lending rate at a record-low 0.50 percent until at least 2011 as Britain recovers from a deep recession, an independent economics consultancy forecast on Monday. The centre for economics and business research (cebr) added that British borrowing costs would remain below two percent up until 2014, in its latest quarterly ‘United Kingdom Prospects’ report. “The forecasts show base rates of 0.5 percent to 2011 at least, remaining below 2.0 percent to 2014,” it said. “The forecasts are based on the assumption that the incoming government will need to take fiscal action of around 100 billion pounds in tax rises and spending cuts to correct the fiscal deficit. “If — as the bookmakers expect — the new government is Conservative, the forecasts suggest tax rises of 20 billion pounds and spending cuts of 80 billion pounds,” added the consultancy. The opposition Conservatives are widely expected to defeat the ruling Labour Party at a British general election due by mid-2010. The Bank of England (BoE) last week kept its key interest rate at a record low 0.5 percent amid signs of improvement for the recession-hit British economy. It also agreed to continue its quantitative easing (QE) programme to pump out
175 billion pounds (194 billion euros, 287 billion dollars) of new money. The cebr on Monday predicted that the BoE would eventually increase QE by an extra 75 billion pounds by “purchasing a wider range of assets than hitherto.” Under QE, the BoE creates money by buying bonds from commercial institutions in the hope of boosting lending in the economy. On Monday, the cebr also forecast further weakness for Britain’s currency, with the pound set to fall to 1.40 dollars and possibly below 1.00 euro. The British central bank in March slashed borrowing costs to the current record-low level and embarked on a radical QE policy in an attempt to lift Britain out of recession. Britain’s economy shrank by 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with activity in the first three months of 2009, which was better than the previous estimate of minus 0.7 percent, according to recent official data. That was the second upgrade to the forecast since July — but it was still the fifth quarterly contraction in a row amid soaring unemployment levels.
Taiwan, China to hold informal trade talks next week: report Agence France-Presse
TAIPEI - Taiwan and China will hold informal talks next week in preparation of a much-anticipated trade pact, local media reported Monday. Huang Chih-peng, director of Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, will lead a delegation to the mainland for the discussions, the Commercial Times said, citing unnamed sources. The upcoming meeting, the fourth of its kind, is expected to set a timetable for formal negotiations and decide who will represent the two sides in the talks, according to the report. It added the informal discussions also aim to determine which industries will be the first to enjoy preferential tariffs when the “Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement” is concluded. The report said Taiwan is expected to let the petrochemical, industrial equipment and textile sectors get preferential treatment first,
as the three account for 30 percent of the island’s exports to the mainland. The Bureau of Foreign Trade declined to comment on the report when contacted by AFP Monday. Government officials here have said they expect the trade pact will be signed next year. They argue it will boost the flow of goods and personnel, raising annual economic growth by more than one percentage point. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which favours independence from China, has strongly opposed the pact, which it claims would demote Taiwan to the status of a local government in future talks with the mainland. China and Taiwan split in 1949 after a civil war, but relations have warmed since May last year, when the China-friendly Ma Ying-jeou assumed the presidency. In the first seven months of 2009, China accounted for 25.6 percent of Taiwan’s total exports, making it the largest buyer of the island’s products and services.
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This file photo taken on January 21, 2009 shows boats plying the Singapore river under a bridge near the financial district of Singapore. Singapore’s economy grew by an estimated 0.8 percent in the third quarter from a year ago, official figures showed on October 12, 2009, cementing the trade-driven city state’s recovery from its worst recession and boosting the prospects of other Asian countries affected by the global slowdown.
Asian recovery hopes boosted by Singapore Q3 growth Agence France-Presse
SINGAPORE - Singapore’s economy grew 0.8 percent in the three months to September from a year ago, official estimates showed Monday, boosting recovery hopes in other Asian economies hit by the global slowdown. It was the trade-dependent economy’s first yearon-year expansion in five quarters and was based on July and August numbers. The estimate is expected to be revised when the full September numbers are available next month. “It’s a good sign for the rest of Asia,” said Dariusz Kowalczyk, chief investment strategist with financial services firm SJS Markets Hong Kong. “The recovery in the global economy has had a meaningful impact on regional growth.” Singapore was the first Asian economy to go into recession as a result of the financial crisis that began in the US housing sector — but also among the earliest beneficiaries of improved demand in industrial countries this year. “A clear but modest recovery is underway globally, at least for the next three or four quarters,” the ministry of trade and industry said in a statement. While gross domestic product (GDP) will fall in 2009, the government amended its full-year forecast to a contraction of 2.0 to 2.5 percent, well below the previous estimate of negative 4.0 to 6.0 percent growth. “One-off factors such as restocking activities and fiscal stimulus measures will continue to support growth in the near term,” the ministry said. On a seasonally adjusted quarterly basis, GDP surged 14.9 percent following a 22 percent expansion in the second quarter to June, the ministry said. It was the second successive quarter-on-quarter growth period. Growth in the third quarter was driven by expansion in the biomedical and electronics manufacturing industries, which are the key pillars of Singapore’s industrial sector. Manufacturing, which accounts for almost a quarter of Singapore’s GDP, grew 8.3 percent in third
quarter from a year ago and expanded 34.9 percent on a quarterly basis. The services industry shrank 2.4 percent on the year but expanded 9.5 percent on a quarterly basis. The construction sector surged 12.4 percent year-onyear but fell 0.6 percent from the previous three months, the ministry said. “Growth was driven by the continued expansion of biomedical and electronics manufacturing output, and improvements in the trade-related and tourism sectors of the economy on the back of a gradual stabilisation in global economic conditions,” it said. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the country’s central bank, said in a separate statement Monday it was maintaining the policy of “zero percent appreciation” for the Singapore dollar in light of the modest recovery. The MAS carries out its monetary policy through the Singapore dollar, which is weighted against a basket of currencies of major trading partners within an undisclosed trading band known as the nominal effective exchange rate (NEER). “MAS will therefore maintain the current policy stance of a zero percent appreciation of the NEER policy path,” it said. Song Seng Wun, a regional economist with CIMB-GK Research, said Singapore was “firmly out of recession” with GDP expanding in the third quarter. He has narrowed his 2009 growth forecast for the city-state to a contraction of 2.0 percent from minus 3.0 percent previously. The third-quarter data boosted local share prices, with the benchmark Straits Times Index up 0.54 percent at 2,666.87 in mid-afternoon trade. Singapore’s economy sank into recession in the second quarter of 2008 as the global financial crisis unfolded, hurting demand for exports to its major markets including the United States, Japan and the European Union. Its worst previous recession since gaining independence in 1965 was in 2001 when GDP contracted 2.4 percent.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Alicia Keys to Release New Album, ‘The Element Of Freedom’, Dec. 1 This year wouldn’t mean anything without a brand new album from Alicia Keys and on December 1, the 12-time Grammy Award winner will release “The Element of Freedom”, her fourth studio album on MBK/J Records.
Samantha Burke Releases ‘Law’ DNA TEST American model Samantha Burke has released the results of a DNA test which “conclusively” proves Jude Law fathered her baby. The 24 year old hit headlines earlier this year when it was revealed she had fallen pregnant after a brief fling with the actor while he was filming new movie Sherlock Holmes in New York. Burke gave birth to little Sophia last month and she went ahead with
DNA testing to prove the child’s paternity. The model’s representative, Eileen Kock, confirmed Law as Sophia’s father. She says in a statement, “Samantha can confirm that DNA testing has conclusively established that Jude Law is Sophia’s father.” Law’s publicist refused to comment on the statement, adding, “We don’t discuss this. We consider it an entirely private matter.”
Marge Simpson makes cover of Playboy “D’oh!” doesn’t even start to cover it. Marge Simpson — the blue beehived matriarch of America’s most loved dysfunctional family is Playboy magazine’s November cover, the magazine said on Friday. Simpson, tastefully concealing her
Marge Simpson, a character from the Fox television network’s animated television series “The Simpsons”, poses in Los Angeles. Marge Simpson, a character from the Fox television network’s animated television series “The Simpsons”, poses as she arrives for a block party on the Fox studio lot celebrating the series’ 350th episode in Los Angeles, California April 25, 2005.
assets behind a signature Playboy Bunny chair, is the first cartoon character ever to front the glossy adult magazine, joining the ranks of sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford. Playboy said the cover and a three-page picture spread inside was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the “The Simpsons” and part of a plan to appeal to a younger generation of readers. Scott Flanders, the recently-hired chief executive of Playboy Enterprises, told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview that the Marge Simpson cover and centerfold was “somewhat tongue-in-cheek.” “It had never been done, and we thought it would be kind of hip, cool and unusual,” Flanders told the newspaper. He said the magazine hoped to attract readers in their 20s compared to the average Playboy reader’s age of 35. Playboy also promises a story inside called “The Devil in Marge Simpson”. The issue arrives on newsstands on October 16. Playboy magazine’s circulation has slipped in recent years in the face of competition from the Internet, which offers free and plentiful pictures of naked women online. The magazine’s circulation fell 9 percent as of the end of June 2009, according to figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. But Flanders told Reuters earlier this week that there were no plans to close the print edition. “Over my dead body will we quit producing the magazine in print,” he said.
Keys’ first single, “Doesn’t Mean Anything,” was written and produced by Alicia and her longtime production partner Kerry “Krucial” Brothers. The moment the single impacted radio on September 21st, critics declared it an instant hit: “Alicia Keys Is Back” proclaimed NYPost.com’s Pop Wrap column. “It’s so perfect, it’s so brilliant and it’s so unmistakably Alicia.” While Keys’ collaboration on Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and “Doesn’t Mean Anything” continue to climb the charts, Keys will make her television debut performance of the single on Live With Regis and Kelly on October 12th. The P.R. Brown-directed video will premiere exclusively on PerezHilton.com on October 16th and will be available everywhere on October 17th including Myspace, Yahoo Music, AOL Music, YouTube and MSN Music. Alicia describes “The Element of Freedom” as a dichotomy of strength and vulnerability: “The music is really strong, and the drums are really aggressive, but my voice is vulnerable and delicate,” states Keys. “The Element of Freedom” encapsulates Keys’ process of “eliminating all of the boundaries and all the limitations, so that you can feel your freedom and express your freedom in every way you possibly can and that’s what I did with this album,” adds Alicia. In addition to Brothers, the 12-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/ producer enlists the production talents of Jeff Brasker (Kanye West, Keri Wilson) with more production pairings to be announced soon. “The Element of Freedom” is the follow up to Keys’ multi-platinum selling 2007 album As I Am, which featured the Grammy Award winning tune “No One” as well as hit singles “Like You’ll Never See Me Again,” Teenage Love Affair” and “Superwoman.”
Amy Winehouse Reportedly Gets Boob Job AMY Winehouse is boosting her chances of a successful comeback by undergoing breast enhancement surgery, according to U.K. reports. The star is poised to return to the charts in 2010 when she releases her third album - her first studio material in over three years. After struggling to banish her drink and drugs demons in London, the star jetted to the Caribbean for a eight-month break away from temptation and the limelight. But the damage to her drug-ravaged body has left the star insecure, and she has undergone $52,000 of cosmetic surgery in a bid to return to her sexy former self, reports Britain’s The Sun newspaper. A source tells the publication, “She
looks amazing, like a new woman. Amy told us she wanted a new look it’s all part of her fresh start for her big comeback. We all feared she’d fallen off the wagon when she came in. Then we saw her bouncing around with these huge boobs which stand out as she’s so tiny and skinny.” The singer reportedly underwent the procedure last week in preparation for providing backing vocals for her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield when she makes her debut TV performance on British talent show Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday. A spokesman for the star admits Winehouse was in hospital, but for a “routine procedure.”
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Origin of Komodo Dragon Revealed
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Canada’s first space tourist, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, gives closing remarks during his TV/Internet show from the International Space Station as seen on a screen at the Montreal performance Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 in Montreal. Laliberte, right, appears with from left: Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk, Nicole Stott and Jeff Williams, of the USA, Frank DeWinne, from the European Space Agency, and Maxim Surayev, from Russia.
Circus billionaire hosts show aboard space station
DRAGONS may come from the land Down Under. Scientists now find that the world’s largest living lizard species, the Komodo dragon, most likely evolved in Australia and dispersed westward to its current home in Indonesia. In the past, researchers had suggested the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) developed from a smaller ancestor isolated on the Indonesian islands, evolving its large size as a response to lack of competition from other predators or as a specialist hunter of pygmy elephants known as Stegodon. However, over the past three years, an international team of scientists unearthed numerous fossils from eastern Australia dated from 300,000 years ago to roughly 4 million years ago that they now know belong to the Komodo dragon. “When we compared these fossils to the bones of present-day Komodo dragons, they were identical,” said researcher Scott Hocknull, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Queensland Museum in Australia.
For the last 4 million years, Australia has been home to the world’s largest lizards, including the 16-footlong giant (5 meters) called Megalania, once the world’s largest terrestrial lizard but which died out some 40,000 years ago. “Now we can say Australia was also the birthplace of the three-meter (10 foot) Komodo dragon,” Hocknull said. The researchers said the ancestor of the Komodo dragon most likely evolved in Australia and spread westward, reaching the Indonesian island of Flores by 900,000 years ago. Comparisons between fossils and living Komodo dragons on Flores show that the lizard’s body size has remained relatively stable since then. Further support for this notion of dispersal from Australia comes from the island of Timor, located between Australia and Flores. Three fossil specimens from Timor represent a new, as yet unnamed species of giant monitor lizard, which was larger than the Komodo dragon, although smaller than Megalania. More specimens of this new giant lizard are needed before the species can be formally described.
Associated Press Writer
MONTREAL – Canadian space tourist and circus billionaire Guy Laliberte mixed star power, science lectures, music and poetry in hosting a show from the International Space Station that was broadcast on television and the Internet. People from around the world tuned in on Friday to the Cirque du Soleil founder, who brought his crusade to preserve the world’s water resources down to Earth from his host’s chair on the International Space Station. Former U.S. vice president Al Gore, U2 and Shakira were among the parade of entertainers and activists who participated back on Earth with acts performing in 14 cities on five continents. The show was aimed at raising awareness for Laliberte’s One Drop Foundation, which seeks to draw attention to the growing shortage of clean water. One of the most anticipated segments of the
evening was a chat between Laliberte and Bono, who was performing with U2 at a concert in Tampa, Fla. “You are the first clown in space and we think it’s a great idea for you to give us your perspective on our little planet while you’re not on our little planet and instead looking down on it,” Bono said. “How do we look from there, how does our little
planet look, Guy?” Laliberte replied that “planet Earth looks so great but also so fragile.” The event combined live and taped segments. Production costs for the multilingual show are estimated at between $6 million and $10 million — which is on top of the $35 million Laliberte paid to become Canada’s first space tourist. It was seen on the Internet beginning at 8 p.m
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In this photo taken on April 30, 2009, a Komodo dragon is seen on Komodo Island, Indonesia. Komodo dragons have a fearsome reputation worldwide because their shark-like teeth and poisonous saliva can kill a person within days of a bite.
Chinese fossil find gives clue to ear’s evolution Agence France - Presse
Researchers digging in north eastern China say they have discovered the fossil of a previously unknown chipmunk-sized mammal that could help explain how human hearing evolved. Paleontologists unearthed the 123-million-year-old creature, which is just 15 centimeters (five inches) long, in fossil-rich Liaoning Province, near the Chinese border with North Korea. “What is most surprising, and thus scientifically interesting, is the animal’s inner ear,” said Zhe-Xi Luo, a curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and one of the study’s authors. The condition of the “remarkably well preserved” three dimensional fossil has
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This undated handout image courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History shows the new Cretaceous mammal Maotherium. It had terrestrial habits and scampered around on the ground. From its skeleton it is estimated to have weighed about 70-80 grams (2 ounces), and was about 15 cm (5 inches) in length.
allowed an international team of researchers to reconstruct how the creature’s middle ear was connected to its jaw. The find could be the link that explains how the three bones of the mammalian middle ear became separated from the jaw hinge — where the reptilian ear is found — to form a complex and highly-performing hearing system. “Mammals have highly sensitive hearing, far better than the hearing capacity of all other vertebrates, and hearing is fundamental to the mammalian way of life,” said Luo. The development of the ear is seen as key to understanding survival techniques that steered mammals, including human ancestors, through the dinosaur-infested mesozoic period around 250 to 66 million years ago. “The mammalian ear evolution is important for understanding the origins of key mammalian adaptations,” he said. But there are still doubts where the creature, Maotherim asiaticus, fits in the evolutionary chain, and the novel ear connection could simply be a adaptation caused by changes in development, rather than an evolutionary link. The report is published in the October 9 issue of the journal Science.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Djokovic riding a wave heading into Shanghai Masters Agence France - Presse
SHANGHAI - Novak Djokovic arrived in Shanghai Monday only hours off his weekend title in Beijing and heading for a return to third in the world rankings at the expense of injured Scot Andy Murray. The Serb has been on fast-forward in Asia after winning the China Open at the same venue where he lifted an Olympic bronze medal in 2008. This week’s new Masters 1000 at the Qi Zhong complex is also a happy hunting ground for Djokovic, the 2008 Australian Open champion, who won the last edition of the Masters Cup here in November, 2008. According to ATP calculations, Djokovic will take over from Murray as third in the world rankings next Monday. But Djokovic has had little time to pause and reflect, even with a bye in the Shanghai tournament’s first round. “I feel very confident now, playing on Asian soil where I’ve had a lot of success playing in the last three years,” said Djokovic, the tournament’s second seed behind Rafael Nadal. “Shanghai was a big achievement for me last year when I won it. Coming to Shanghai after a big victory in Beijing certainly gives me a lot of motivation. “I’m just going to try to recover before the upcoming match and then start all over again. I’m not going to have much time to celebrate, that’s for sure.” Djokovic joins the top eight
seeds with a bye into the second round, where he will meet the winner between his childhood tennis friend Ernests Gulbis of Latvia and Italian Fabio Fognini. For the first time in months, Gulbis put together back-to-back wins last week in Tokyo, starting as a qualifier and reaching the quarter finals after putting out Radek Stepanek in the first round. Gulbis eventually lost to champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Shanghai, which was played as an indoor Masters in Madrid until a 2009 ATP schedule shake-up, is missing only two of the world elite. Roger Federer is resting and enjoying his new twins after a season where he reached all four grand slam finals. Andy Murray remains in London nursing a wrist injury which he hopes to have sorted in time to play in three weeks in Valencia. Federer is due to return at his home event in Basel from November 2. Rain delayed some matches on outside courts Monday, with Shanghai officials closing the roof on a showcase arena so that some play could proceed.
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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during the final of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.
Strong start for India’s Mirza in Japan Open Agence France - Presse
OSAKA - India’s Sania Mirza sent out a strong signal of intent when she elimi-
Sania Mirza sent out a strong signal of intent when she eliminated fifth seed Shahar Peer
nated fifth seed Shahar Peer of Israel in the first round of the Japan Open women’s tennis tournament on Monday. The 22-year-old Mirza, who captured her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi this season, needed one hour 52 minutes to complete a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over her frequent doubles partner. In the second round, Mirza will take on Viktoriya Kutuzova of Ukraine, the winner over Russian Maria Kirilenko who retired after losing the first set 6-2. Eighth seed Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan fell to France’s Mathilde Johansson 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, but fourth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy and seventh seed Melinda Czink of Hungary safely went through. Schiavone outclassed Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 7-5, 6-2, while Czink dispatched Japanese wild card entrant Ryoko Fuda 6-4, 6-4. In other first-round action, Britain’s Katie O’Brien breezed past Alexa Glatch of the United States 6-3, 6-4.
Mike Tyson Doesn’t Want to Know Details About Daughter’s Death Boxing champ Mike Tyson refuses to read the coroner’s report detailing how his daughter Exodus died, because he fears he will lose his temper if he discovers who was to blame. The retired sportsman is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of the four year old, who died after she was found unconscious, hanging from the power cable of a treadmill in her Phoenix, Arizona home in May. Tyson has previously broken his silence about the tragedy, admitting he was in denial. He said, “I really was beating myself up over my daughter. I was staying in the house, depressed; it was a dark moment in my life. I am working with dealing with it.” The former boxer has now opened up about the tot’s death to talkshow titan Oprah Winfrey, admitting he does not know the details surrounding the accident - and he may never do. He explains, “Because if I know, then there might be a blame for it. And if there’s somebody to blame for it, there will be a problem.” So Tyson, who has five other children, is keeping his notorious temper in check by focusing on his family: “I was so happy that I had the tools in life, you know, to not go in that direction (dealing with the pain with anger) because I’ve been that direction. My family - that’s my biggest asset.”
Boxing champ Mike Tyson refuses to read the coroner’s report detailing how his daughter Exodus died, because he fears he will lose his temper if he discovers who was to blame
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tunisia, Nigeria World Cup race goes to wire Agence France - Presse
JOHANNESBURG - Tunisia scored early and Nigeria late Sunday to ensure a thrilling 2010 World Cup Group B qualifying race in Africa will go down to the wire next month. France-based striker Issam Jomaa struck in the first minute as Tunisia won 1-0 against Kenya in Rades while Victor Nsofor from Spanish club Malaga netted three minutes into stoppage time as Nigeria pipped Mozambique 1-0 in Abuja. These results left the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia two points above the Super Eagles of Nigeria with the leaders after the November 14 final fixtures qualifying for the world tournament in South Africa. Tunisia visit Mozambique and Nigeria travel to Kenya and while the two hosts have been out of the World Cup reckoning for some time, they are fighting to finish third and claim a place at the 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola. All seemed lost for three-time World Cup qualifiers Nigeria as a dour tussle with well-organised and slick Mozambique drifted into additional time at a far-from-full 60,000-seat National Stadium. But the Mambas (Snakes) resistance finally cracked after 93 minutes when a parry by goalkeeper Joao Kapango was crossed into the goalmouth and unmarked 22-year-old Nsofor nod-
ded in. Had Nigeria drawn they would have failed to reach a second consecutive World Cup after a shock second-place finish behind Angola in the 2006 qualifying tournament for Germany. Both teams were foiled by the woodwork in a cagey encounter Nigeria dominated territorially only to be let down by a blunt strike force and spectacular Kapango saves. Tunisia, who came from behind twice to force a draw in Nigeria last month, made the perfect start with unmarked Jomaa heading past goalkeeper Willis Ochieng just 60 seconds into the first half. But the North African team seeking a recordequalling fourth consecutive World Cup appearance by an African team, could not build on the early advantage and must win in Maputo to be certain of qualifying.
Algeria came from behind to defeat Rwanda 3-1 in Blida and regain a three-point advantage over African champions Egypt, who will host a top-of-the-table Group C clash next month. Mafisango Mutesa stunned the Desert Foxes with an early goal, Abdelkader Ghezzal levelled soon after, Nadir Belhadj put Algeria ahead in first-half stoppage time and Karim Ziani converted a late penalty. Ghana, who last month became the first African country to qualify for the 2010 finals after hosts South Africa, surrendered the last 100 percent record in the final round when falling 1-0 against Benin in Cotonou. The Benin ‘Squirrels’ were impressively led by striker Razack Omotoyossi and dominated without reward until France-based striker Mohamed Aoudou scored two minutes into stoppage time.
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Issam Jemaa of Tunisia, left, and George Owino of Kenya challenge for the ball during their World Cup 2010 Group B qualifying soccer match in Rades, Tunisia, Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.
Football: Heskey read to quit Villa in pursuit of World Cup place Agence France - Presse
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Bolivia’s Carlos Arce, left, fights for the ball with Brazil’s Josue during a 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer game in La Paz, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.
Bolivia down Brazil Agence France - Presse
LA PAZ - Brazil, already qualified for the World Cup, had no answer to a lively Bolivia playing at high altitude here in the Andes on Sunday. The Brazilians were 1-0 down after just 10 minutes when Edgar Olivares netted. Werder Bremen’s Marcelo Martins doubled the deficit on the halfhour and although Nilmar pulled one back for the visitors after 70 minutes the result never looked in doubt. Coach Dunga blamed the 3,600metre location of La Paz — the
world’s highest capital. “Playing up here is not easy without acclimatisation,” the Brazilian said after watching his side’s run of 11 straight victories and 19 games undefeated come to an end. Bolivia have become adept at exploiting the altitude and downed Argentina 6-1 here in April, but they lie one from bottom of the South America zone group with just 15 points. Brazil top the group with 33 points and play at home against Venezuela in their final qualifying tie on Wednesday. Bolivia are away at bottom team Peru.
LONDON - Emile Heskey is ready to quit Aston Villa in January in order to ensure he keeps his place in England’s starting line-up in the run-up to next year’s World Cup finals. The striker has established himself as the first-choice partner for Wayne Rooney in the England attack, but is acutely aware that Fabio Capello wants all the players he takes to South Africa to be starting regularly for their clubs. Heskey, signed from Wigan for 3.5 million pounds at the start of the year, has started just one Premier League match this season with Villa boss Martin O’Neill generally preferring Norway’s John Carew alongside Gabriel Agbonlahor. “I’m happy to be playing for England and, obviously, not playing at club level is difficult,” Heskey said. “It’s something I will have to look at when I get back and try to address it.” Asked whether that meant he would seek a move in the winter transfer window, the 31-year-old replied: “That’s what I mean. I will have to sit down and think about my next move. I don’t know whether I can get a World Cup place if I’m not playing for Villa. “The manager hasn’t really spoken to me about it. I just have to keep performing well in training and keep going. But you always wonder about those kind of things, whether it will affect my chances. I will just have to try to address it when the time is right.” Despite Heskey’s lack of game
time with Villa, Capello has kept faith with him for England because he believes the forward’s physical presence and ability to hold the ball up creates space for his team-mates, most importantly Wayne Rooney. After suffering a 1-0 defeat by Ukraine on Saturday — their first competitive loss under Capello — England will round off an otherwise immaculate qualifying campaign against Belarus on Wednesday.
With Rooney ruled out of the Wembley match by a calf injury, Capello will have the opportunity to see how England can cope without the Manchester United forward, whose outstanding performance in Dnipropetrovsk was described as “incredible” by the coach. The most likely option involves Steven Gerrard being pushed forward into the second striker role in which he excelled for Liverpool last season.
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England’s Emlie Heskey, left, tackles Ukraine’s Yevgen Khacheridi during the World Cup group 6 qualifying soccer match between England and Ukraine at Arena Stadium in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Lorenzo says he has nothing to lose
Jorge Lorenzo says he will have no regrets about the 2009 season even if he does not beat Valentino Rossi to the world championship. The Spaniard’s Estoril win has brought him back to within 18 points of his Yamaha team-mate in the standings with three rounds to go. He now aims to go for broke and win all the remaining rounds, but will be satisfied with his achievements in his second year of MotoGP whatever happens. “I’d bet on myself for all three races,” Lorenzo told Gazzetta dello Sport. “If I want to win the title I have no alternatives. I have one chance and I’ll go for it to the end. I don’t think I’ve made any mistakes. If I lose it’s only because Valentino has won more races than I have. I have nothing to regret and I have many years ahead to try again. Whatever the outcome, I will be partying at Valencia the night after the final race.” Lorenzo reckons next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix will be the pivotal point in the title showdown, for it will be much harder to catch Rossi if the Italian
wins at Phillip Island, and it is also a race where Casey Stoner is likely to be particularly strong. “Valentino will want to win again, and he must be working hard to do that in Australia. Next race will be the decisive one,” said Lorenzo. “At the moment I’m focusing on my riding. The bike is never perfect, you can always improve it. However, I prefer to improve myself. I’d say that at the moment both myself and my Yamaha are quite well sorted. Dani Pedrosa and Stoner are in very good shape, they will want to win. For Australia I have a lot of confidence
in Stoner, he may finish ahead of Valentino. In front of me too, however! “I’m not saying he would be happy, but in my opinion Casey wouldn’t be sorry if I end up winning the title.” Lorenzo is confident that whoever emerges on top will be a thoroughly deserving champion given the intensity of their season-long battle. “After a season such as this one, we both deserve to become champion,” he said. “It’s difficult [for me], but not impossible. This year, crashes apart I’ve always reached the podium. In all the three remaining races I will have the opportunity to win.”
Sato still chasing an F1 return TAKUMA Sato says he is is not an easy moment.” determined to return to racing He said he was chasing opin 2010 - and that he will only portunities with both the new look at options beyond Forteams entering F1 next year and mula 1 when all hopes of a established squads. grand prix drive have been ex“We are just communicathausted. The Japanese driver ing,” said Sato. “As you know has not raced since his Super now in F1, in business and evAguri team folded before the erything, it’s quite difficult to 2008 Turkish Grand Prix, and predict. Of course new teams he missed out on a Toro Rosso are coming, which is a great opseat for this year after a winportunity for me, and of course ter testing shoot-out with the current teams too. So we are Sebastien Buemi and just communicating with everySebastien Bourdais. body really and trying to find Sato has attended several any possibility, not only for IndyCar races and been linked F1.” to a seat with Gil de Ferran’s Sato admitted that if he planned team. But he said a could not get an F1 seat then switch to American racing he would definitely accept a was very much a second drive elsewhere rather than choice and he was actively spending another year on the seeking an F1 drive first. “I sidelines. “I have to have some went to the Indy 500 too and kind of option for next year there is some opportunity [in because one and a half years out IndyCar] but I always want to of racing is just too long and to be at the highest level and me it’s the limit.” he said. “If it that’s the objective,” Sato told was only half a season [withAUTOSPORT. out racing] then concentrating AP “To me, F1 is an unfinished Takuma Sato says he is determined to on F1 is fine. That was the case job so I want to get back in return to racing in 2010 - and that he will last year: we did the winter testand just have a competitive only look at options beyond Formula 1 ing and it went perfectly and it package to drive, because now when all hopes of a grand prix drive have didn’t happen. That was a very I have the experience, I have been exhausted. unfortunate moment but I will the speed. I really hope I can never give up. I’m just attackdo it. This weekend for me was painful. To come to ing every single door and if that opens the doors for Suzuka, where I have a lot of memories, but not racing next year I will be very, very happy.”
Jorge Lorenzo says he will have no regrets about the 2009 season even if he does not beat Valentino Rossi to the world championship
Published on Oct 13, 2009