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Thursday, April 15, 2010
This frame grab taken off Chinese state CCTV shows Chinese rescue workers searching through the rubble of collapsed buildings following a strong earthquake in Yushu County in northwest China’s Qinghai province on April 14, 2010. The death toll in the strong earthquake, which was measured by the US Geological Survey at a magnitude of 6.9, has risen to around 400, with another 8,000 injured, Chinese state media reported.
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Quake in western China kills 400, buries more Associated Press Writer
BEIJING – A series of strong earthquakes struck a far western Tibetan area of China on Wednesday, killing at least 400 people and injuring more than 10,000 as houses made of mud and wood collapsed, trapping many more, officials said.
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The largest quake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey as magnitude 6.9. In the aftermath, panicked people, many bleeding from their wounds, flooded the streets of a Qinghai province township where most of the homes had been flattened. Paramilitary police used shovels to dig through the rubble in the town, footage on state television showed. Officials said excavators were not available and with most of the roads leading to the nearest airport damaged, equipment and rescuers would have a hard time reaching the area. Downed phone lines, strong winds and frequent aftershocks also hindered rescue efforts, said Wu Yong, a local military chief. Workers were racing to release water from a reservoir in the disaster area where a crack had
formed after the quake to prevent a flood, according to the China Earthquake Administration. The Wednesday morning quake was centered on Yushu county, in the southern part of Qinghai, near Tibet, with a population of about 100,000, mostly herders and farmers. The USGS recorded six temblors in less than three hours, all but one registered 5.0 or higher. The China Earthquake Networks Center measured the largest quake’s magnitude at 7.1. The main quake sent residents fleeing as it toppled houses made of mud and wood, said Karsum Nyima, the Yushu county television station’s deputy head of news, speaking by phone with broadcaster CCTV. “In a flash, the houses went down. It was a terrible earthquake,”
he said. “In a small park, there is a Buddhist pagoda and the top of the pagoda fell off. ... Everybody is out on the streets, standing in front of their houses, trying to find their family members.” The death toll rose to about 400 by afternoon, according to CCTV. Emergency official Pubucairen, who goes by only one name, was quoted as saying that the number of injured has risen to more than 10,000. The earthquake comes a little less than two years after a magnitude-7.9 quake in neighboring Sichuan province left almost 90,000 people dead or missing. That quake flattened several schools, killing thousands of students. Poor design, shoddy construction and the lax enforcement of building codes were found to be rampant.
In Jiegu, a township 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the epicenter that appeared to be one of the worst hit, the local fire brigade was trying to rescue 20 students stuck inside a school, Kang Zifu, head of the rescue team, told state television. They were also working to pull out 40 to 50 people trapped in a toppled fourstory building, according to CCTV. It did not say what type of school it was. More than 85 percent of houses had collapsed in Jiegu, while large cracks have appeared on buildings still standing, the official Xinhua News Agency cited Zhuohuaxia, a local publicity official, as saying. “The streets in Jiegu are thronged with panic and full of injured people, with many of them bleeding from their injuries,” said Zhuohuaxia, who goes by one name. The provincial emergency office told Xinhua that 700 soldiers were trying to clear the rubble and rescue buried people and that 1,000 more troops would be dispatched. Continued on page 6
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Bali News Perpetrator of theft with weighting targets South Kuta
Two houses burglarized, losses reach IDR 371.9 million Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Now, jurisdiction territory of South Kuta Police seemingly becomes the target of home burglary perpetrators. It is discernible from the current rampant house burglary action around Jimbaran, Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua. Recently, two houses belonging to residents were known to have been burglarized by criminals. Even, the total losses suffered by the victims reached hundreds of million of rupiahs. According to sources at police station, the two residential houses burglarized by robbers respectively belonged to Ignatius Michael Setiawan, 34, and James Mark Scown, 38. The incident took place last Sunday (Apr 11). Initially, the house of victim Michael Ignatius located at Jalan Raya Puri Gading Block No FI. 6 Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung, was known to be frisked by thief at 4:00 pm Local Time. Victim was extremely shocked when observing the condition of his room was in a mess. Having checked a little deeper, victim found a number of his possessions vanished. Among others, there were cash worth IDR 28 million, 9 gold rings, 3 pieces
of jewelry pendant, 4 pieces of gold bracelets, a pair of earrings, 11 watches of different brands, Opel glasses, a laptop, a Nokia handphone and an LG handphone. The victim claimed to suffer from material losses reaching IDR 350 million. The case was then reported to South Kuta Police. “Police have performed investigation at the crime scene. Allegedly, the perpetrator entered into the house by prying the side door. And the perpetrators were also estimated to be more than one person,” said one of the officers at Denpasar Metro Police who refused to mention his name. Meanwhile, a few hours later, the house of victim James Mark at Taman
Mumbul, Jalan Pulasari Gang Wiria No. 297, Nusa Dua, South Kuta, was also known to have been burglarized by a thief. The victim from Australia previously went out. As soon as arrived at home, the victim found the main door of his house was damaged. “Perpetrator is suspected to have pried the door with a hard object,” he said. Then, victim went into the room and immediately checked the valuables stored. In fact, some belongings like a bag containing documents and money as much as 40 Australian dollars have vanished from their place. “Victim admitted to suffer from a loss worth IDR 21.9 million. So, the total loss of both victims reached IDR 371.9 million,” he added. (kmb21)
Narrowing the chance of child rapist
School supervision should be made stricter Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The education realm in Denpasar is flinched again. The consecutive cases of rape experienced by two elementary school students in Denpasar within the past month made the parents nervous. Moreover, perpetrators of rape to underage children have not been traced until now. On responding to these incidents, Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika reminded in order the supervision of school children could be tightened. “Supervision is not only the responsibility of the school itself, but also the active involvement of communities, especially families,” asserted Mangku Pastika to reporters last Tuesday (Apr 13). As a precaution to narrow the movement space for ‘mutton monger’ targeting the underage children, he said, local governments would seek appointment of security force personnel (security guards) for the schools. He hoped that similar initiatives were also undertaken by schools, particularly schools that had no security guard. “The existence of security guard at school is really urgent for the moment,” he said. Besides, Mangku
Pastika also emphasized that one of the future possibilities to respond the condition was by the appointment of security guards. Chairman of the Headmaster Association of Indonesia (AKSI) of Bali Province I Wayan Rika and an education observer Putu Rumawan Salain said that children had a right to be protected, grow and develop safely. They said sexual violence against children did not only cause physical injury, but also psychological injury or trauma. “This psychological injury is the most serious. We will coordinate with colleagues and headmasters to discuss what steps to be taken, whether it is by issuing recommendation or appealing to the public considering that education is not only the responsibility of school, but also a collective responsibility,” said Rika justified by Rumawan Salain. Furthermore, Rumawan Salain expected all schools to improve their alertness to their students by delivering tasks to each teacher to be responsible for their students since the coming to homecoming. In addition, the school was also asked to increase the
number of security guard and complement the function of school security with CCTV. “The equally important are the parents of students should equip their children to always be careful with strangers and give practical guidance on how to protect themselves from the attacks by other people. Similarly to remember the characteristics of the person, the plate number of motorcycles, cars and so on that are easy to remember,” he suggested. Meanwhile, the Headmaster of Bali Public Elementary School I Wayan Darsana admitted to be sad to read about the successive rape case against the elementary school students. On responding to this, since the beginning his party had obliged the parents to register the names of person who picked up their children. The school was also required to recognize clearly the people who were registered by the parents. If the person who picked up outside the listed on the pretext of the orders concerned parents, the school should cross check the truth to parents and the picker up was obliged to leave its identity at school. (kmb13)
Perpetrator motortheft captured, another flees Denpasar (Bali Post)—
A perpetrator of motortheft, Suparlan alias Lan, 30, was successfully confined by the ranks of Criminal Detective Unit of Denpasar Metro Police, last Friday (Apr 9) at 8:00 pm Local Time. The suspect was arrested while making purchase-sell transaction with a motor fence in front of the Super Economy (SE) supermarket, Jalan Gatot Subroto Tengah, Denpasar. Unfortunately, the perpetrators managed to eliminate the traces and now they are still being chased by police. Spokesperson of Denpasar Metro Police, Gede Sukawiyasa, last Tuesday (Apr 13), confirmed the arrest of suspect from Sekotong, West Lombok. Sukawiyasa said the suspect was still undergoing examination in the investigator room. “Another perpetrator was still under pursuit because when running the action, they worked together,” said the officer with one jasmine on the shoulder. Previously, the suspect stole the motorcycle belonging to I Dewa Nyoman Dauh, last Friday (Apr 9). The suspect stole it at Jimbaran area. The motorcycle of victim was Supra Fit with police plate DK 7229 DA stolen by prying its ignition key. “The suspect utilized a T-letter key to steal the motorcycle of victim. By and large, he acted with his friend who is still at large,” explained the man from Bangli who moved to Petang.
Well, as soon as the police received a report from the victim, they immediately did an investigation. The officers under control of Chief of Criminal Detective Unit of Denpasar Metro Police Mohammad Arif Sugiarto spread in the field to dig up information. The hard work of the police apparently was not in vain. Accurate information managed to obtain. “Officers received information that at the scene (Jalan Gatot Subroto Tengah, in front of SE—ed) there will be a purchase-sell transaction of the motorcycle,” he said. Police also lurked that location. Once the suspect handed over the stolen motorcycle, police took him directly. The suspect was confined without a fight. “Once checked, the motorcycle seemed to belong to the victim Nyoman Dauh. The victim claimed his motorcycle was lost at Jimbaran area. Apparently, the bike was stolen two hours before the suspect was arrested,” he explained. Based on the results of the temporary examination, the suspect claimed to have acted in six scenes. This was done since the beginning of March 2010. Places being targeted by the suspect namely Jimbaran and Kuta. After successfully stealing a motorcycle, the suspect immediately sold it at varied prices starting from IDR 1 million to IDR 1.5 million. And all evidences were sold outside Bali. “We also seized three vehicle registration documents,” he added. (kmb21)
Klungkung, now positive to rabies Semarapura (Bali Post)—
Rabies free status born by Klungkung Regency has expired. Because, after for long time surrounded by rabies infected regencies like Gianyar, Bangli and Karangasem, rabies is now positive to serombotan (assorted fresh vegetables with hot sauces) land of Klungkung. Even, the outbreak happened two weeks ago. The positive status of rabies for Klungkung had inadvertently disclosed by the Executive Task of the Head of Klungkung Health Services, Ketut Sutarta, when attending a working meeting of Klungkung House with Secretary of Klungkung Regency Government and the management team of Klungkung Hospital at the Office of Klungkung House, last Tuesday (Apr 13). Because of slip of the tongue, Sutarta was rebuked by the Head of Klungkung House, A.A. Gede Anom, who was then acting as head of the meeting. According to Agung Anom, the case could not be published because it should be based on research. Rebuked by the Head of House,
Sutarta immediately corrected his statement by replacing that Klungkung region belonged to the status as rabiesthreat-free category. Beginning by converting the discussion that from the mid of January to March 2010, Klungkung recorded 134 case of dog bite. It has spent 4 vials of anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) per dog-bite victim. Such changing of conversation topic was conducted at the same time when answering the questions of a member of the Klungkung House Komang Suantara who questioned why the VAR stock in Klungkung Hospital ran out. By accident, not long ago he drove his son to ask for VAR after being bitten by an ape. “For the status of Klungkung, currently it is free from rabies threat,” he said. Related to the shortage of VAR, Sutarta admitted to borrow from his partners in Denpasar. Considering the budget for the procurement of VAR was not due. He was desperate to take the endeavor even though he realized it did not comply with the procedures. (kmb20)
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Perpetrator of ATM burglary haunts
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Melaspas and Mendem Pedagingan at Pura Swah
Hundreds of Seraya residents say prayers
Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Amlapura (Bali Post)—
Perpetrator of ATM burglary seemingly remains to be wandering in the Denpasar City. This is evident from the existing events within the past week. There were two reports to the police desk related to ATM burglary. The latest victim was Ni Wayan Radin, 40, living on Jalan Sekarwangi II, Kesiman, East Denpasar.
Initiation (melaspas), religious foundation burial (mendem pedagingan) and grandiose inauguration (ngenteg linggih) at the temple named Pura Swah or Pucaksari Gunung Kembar, Seraya, Karangasem, took place on the tenth black moon (Balinese calendar) or Tuesday (Apr 13). No less than 600 residents from toddlers to grandparents of Seraya Customary Village, Bunutan, Karangasem, attended the ceremony on the mountain top nestled in the eastern of Mount Lempuyang. The enthusiasm to perform devotional service for building the temple and to say prayers of Seraya residents deserved to be appreciated. Hundreds of residents of not only adults, they also invited children and parents to worship climbing an altitude of over 1,000 meters above sea level. They were strong enough to climb though while holding infants, children and bringing offerings. Head of Seraya Customary Village, Made Putu Suarsha, delivered that due to devotional service of local Seraya villagers in the south of the mountain as supporting devotees and 18 families from the Pekarangan, Bunutan Village in the north of the mountain, the refurbishment / construction of the temple could be realized. Mutual help was undertaken in carrying the cut stones to the summit of mountain. In addition, it was also assisted by other volunteers outside Seraya Villagers. A padma (lotus shrine), four padma shrines, a papelik and pesamuan building located in the utama mandala (innermost courtyard), and a gazebo made from cut stones. Suarsha who is also the Chairman of the Committee for Refurbishment
In a statement of the victim, her cash amounting to IDR 2 million in the ATM suddenly disappeared. Even, the victim’s money was transferred to an account belonging to other person in the name of Mrs. Nindia Inda with account number 181461419. The case had been reported to the police station and was being handled further. According to the victim, previously she was about to conduct a transaction at ATM of Bank Permata located right at the Dunkin outlet, Sanur, South
Denpasar, last Sunday (Apr 11) at 4:00 pm Local Time. Victim also inserted her ATM card and tried to transact. However, victim was extremely shocked when she knew the balance could not be withdrawn. Once she checked the information of balance, in fact the remaining money was only IDR 50,000 whereas, previously, the balance of the victim’s money reached IDR 2,060,000. Knowing this, the victim was confused because she never felt to make any
transaction previously. Later on, the victim rechecked it to the bank. Having been checked, it was known her money was transferred to the account belonging to other person. Feeling to be harmed, the victim reported the case to police station. Up to these days, police remained to investigate it. “The investigation is under progress. It is unknown yet who did it,” said one of the police officers at Denpasar Metro Police, last Tuesday (Apr 13). (kmb21)
Avoid sexual crimes on children Teach children to say no The suffering of elementary school student who was raped last Monday (Apr 12) by men stranger did not only leave scars mentally but also physically. Of course, due to brutal deeds of perpetrator, the victim had to have surgery on her genitals because she suffered from a worrisome torn injury. According to Made Marker, in the forensic examination conducted at Sanglah Hospital, the victim did not only suffer from injury at genitals section but also several bruises on her neck and back. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Commission for Child Protection (KPAID) of Bali Region, A.A. Sri Wahyuni, who is also one of the physician team of Psychiatry Department of Sanglah Hospital said her party could not have evaluated the mental condition of the victim because the victim was still in the physical care and not ready for questioning. “At the latest within one week we will evaluate her mental condition,” she said when contacted last Tuesday (Apr 13).
The impact of mental disorders in children who suffered from sexual abuse, according to Yuni, did not appear immediately. The most rapid effect could be seen within two weeks. “We can see the earliest effects appearing that her sleep is restless, delirious, afraid to go out and afraid to meet strangers,” said Yuni. More than that, children who experienced sexual violence cases usually would bring trauma until puberty. For that purpose, the perpetrator should be immediately arrested, she expected, because it did not only make the family feel the trauma and anxiety, but also affect the surrounding residents. She also appealed the media not only to focus on the victims because repeated publication might cause the mental condition of the victim and the family became worse. “So, she expected the media to be more focus on the perpetrator or the process of perpetrator search,” said Yuni. Subsequently, what actions should parents take in order their children do
not become the next victim? According to Yuni, since early stage the parents should teach their children about the vital organs of their body, especially in the triangle areas namely chest and genital. “It is easy to do. Children can be invited to take a bath together, a woman with her mother and the boy with his father. There they are given explanations about the importance of organ and why they should not be held by strangers,” explained Yuni. Meanwhile, from the information, the elementary school children raped had confessed to feel hypnotized. To avoid the hypnosis of the perpetrator, the child must be taught to say no to strangers and no matter how attractive the offer or conversation he gave. “Hypnosis would work if we have been communicating with the perpetrator. So teach children not to heed the stranger inviting them to talk and not to stare at perpetrators,” explained Yuni. (kmb24)
Former judge sued 1.5 years Alleged to commit fraud Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The defendant Ida Bagus Rai Pathiputra, 60, was finally demanded one year and six months in jail, on the trial at Denpasar District Court, last Tuesday (Apr 13). This former judge was convicted of doing a criminal act of fraud by the public prosecutor Kusumadewi Retnasari. The defendant was assessed guilty of criminal fraud, as prosecutors charged, violated article 378 of the Penal Code. In her claims, the prosecutor also asked the judge panel led by Daniel Palittin in order to declare the defendant remained in custody. Prosecutors also outlined a number of the facts revealed during the trial. Based on the testimony of witnesses,
among them Imam Sunadhi (victim), Komang Baruna Giri, and the defendant’s own testimony were related to one another. Victim and Baruna justified, the defendant intended to sell his land and offered it to the victim on last December 6, 2003 at the Natour Kuta Beach Hotel, Badung. The agreed price for the sale of land located on Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur was IDR 300 million. As a pre-payment, the victim handed over money worth IDR 150 million. According to the agreement between the defendant and the victim, the price of land would be paid when the land certificate was issued by Denpasar Land Office (BPN), about two weeks later. When offering the land, the de-
fendant said the certificate was under process, and would be completed approximately within two weeks. However, after the time specified, the certificate promised by the defendant was not delivered to the victim. As a result, the victim suffered from a loss worth IDR 150 million. Against the prosecutor’s demands, the defendant immediately filed a defense in writing. The judges got surprised, when he learned the defendant had prepared a written defense. “How do you know the demands of prosecutor and today your defense has been ready?” Daniel questioned in surprise. Responding to the question of the judge, the defendant claimed it was unnecessary to delay it. (015)
/ Construction of the temple reported the that funds for such project development were obtained from Bali Provincial Government, Social Fund of Karangasem Regency and donation from Badung and Gianyar Regency, and a number of donors both of institutions and individuals. Totally, his party could obtained the fund worth over IDR 858 million and have been used for building the shrine of Pura Swah worth some IDR 473 million. The remaining more than IDR 401 million would be used to build the compound wall of the temple. Currently, his party only could establish temporary wall to prevent landslide in the form of piles plastic bags containing soil. Meanwhile, Pura Bhur or local people called it Buar-buaran located at the lowest slope was just in the form of foundation of compound wall, while the shrines remained very simple. His party also built a shrine whose pillars made from dadap tree (erythrina) with thatch roof and some other shrines taking advantage of rock stone and dadap trees. Similar thing also performed to Pura Bhur in the mid-mountain slopes in the form of a simple sanctum made of stone. According to Suarsha, the temple was classified into kahyangan jagat (universal temple) because it glorified Ida Batara Hyang Geni Jaya as manifestation of Supreme God. The melaspas ceremony was officiated by higher priest Ida Pedanda Gde Ketut Abah from Geria Jungutan, Bungaya, Karangasem. Meanwhile, the present officials on that occasion were the Regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg and hundreds of officers or Hindu devotees in Karangasem. (013)
A series of Ngambeng processions at Pura Samuantiga Gianyar (Bali Post)—
Pura Samuantiga serving as the ancestral temple of customary villages in Bali will organize a pedudusan agung ceremony on April 29. A series of activities that are routinely held every two years was preceded by an ngambeng procession. Last Tuesday (Apr 13), dozens of children from Bedulu Village performed the ngambeng tradition. Chairman of the Pura Samuantiga Assembly Committee, Wayan Patera, disclosed that ngambeng denoted a tradition held by the local residents, especially children from fifteen days prior to the temple anniversary. In this tradition, the kids looked for materials to be used as a means of ceremonies at the temple. They visited every home of local residents by ut-
tering ngambeng and the residents have understood this. Materials referred to included coconut, banana, leaf and others. This ngambeng procession has been organized from generation to generation. As a matter of fact, the word ngambeng is derived from the word ambeng denoting one type of grass plant species having sharp tip. Therefore, the execution ngambeng performed by children is intended to sharpen their conviction. Furthermore, after the ngambeng procession held by these children eight days before the temple anniversary, it is resumed with Pengerauh. The residents who have been visited by the children come to temples to offer a number of materials used in the ceremonies whole-heartedly, he explained. (kmb16)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Michelle Obama launches solo agenda on Mexico tour
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First lady Michelle Obama Associated Press Writer
MEXICO CITY – Michelle Obama is on her first official, solo foreign trip as first lady, launching what aides call an international agenda invoking her considerable star power to engage the world’s youth. Her first stop: Mexico City. Mrs. Obama flew into Mexico late Tuesday after stopping in Portau-Prince, Haiti, to view the ruins three months after a massive earthquake killed an estimated 230,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless in the Caribbean nation. Her visit to the Mexican capital Wednesday and Thursday is also part goodwill tour to highlight relations between the United States and its southern border ally. The first order of business Wednesday is a trip to Los Pinos, the residence of President Felipe Calderon, to meet privately with his wife, Margarita Zavala. The mission to Mexico book-ends Mrs. Obama’s leading cause at home, a campaign against child obsesity . In another sign of the important friendship between the two countries, the White House recently announced that the second state din-
ner of President Barack Obama’s administration will be in honor of Mexico, on May 19. After the closed-door sit-down with Zavala and a joint tour of the National Museum of Anthropology, Mrs. Obama was to spend the rest of her public time with children. She planned to visit Escuela Siete de Enero, a public elementary school; give a speech at Universidad Iberoamericana to area high school and college students; and lead a round-table discussion with youth leaders at La Hacienda de Los Morales. Her international agenda appears similar to what she’s been doing domestically. Since becoming first lady in January 2009, Mrs. Obama has made it her practice to involve students in almost every undertaking at the White House. Students helped plant her vegetable garden, professional musicians have been brought in to give students lessons, and she and members of her staff mentor young women. The first U.S. first lady of color, Mrs. Obama often says magic played no part in her getting to the White House. She now hopes to travel the world delivering “youcan-do-it”-style pep talks to help inspire a new generation of young people to become leaders and problem-solvers in their communities. The meeting between Mrs. Obama and Zavala will not be their first. The first ladies met on the sidelines of international summits their husbands attended last year. They also met quietly at the White House in February when Zavala came to Washington to attend a conference on reducing the demand for drugs — a problem so serious in cities and towns along the U.S.-Mexico border that nearly 23,000 people were killed in the violence between warring drug cartels in the past three years, according to a report by the Mexican government.
Storm kills 61 in India, Bangladesh Agence France Presse
KOLKATA, India – A violent tropical storm killed at least 61 people and devastated more than 65,000 homes as it swept across eastern India and Bangladesh overnight, officials said Wednesday. Winds of up to 120 kilometres an hour (75 mph) tore across northeast India and neighbouring Bangladesh around midnight on Tuesday, ravaging mud and tin-roofed homes, uprooting trees and bringing down electricity lines. Officials in eastern West Bengal said 34 had keen killed in the north of the state, while the chief minister of neighbouring Bihar state put the death toll at 25. Two were reported dead in Bangladesh, including a police officer. “The storm has left a trail of destruction everywhere,” West Bengal minister of state for civil defence Srikumar Mukherjee said told local television from the spot. “Most of the victims were buried under the collapsed walls of their homes.” The figures for the number killed and the damaged houses are expected to rise, officials said, as relief officials rushed to the affected areas where roads were blocked by fallen trees and phone lines were down. The storm was an extreme form of what is locally known as a “nor’wester” — a weather pattern that develops over the Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year, the West Bengal weather office said. Nor’westers normally bring refreshing winds that blow across the low-lying region in March and April and lower temperatures, Gokul Chandra Debnath, director of the weather office, told AFP. Mohammad Ibrahim, 40, a resident of Hematabad village in West Bengal, told AFP by phone that it was the worst storm he had ever seen.
Map of India locating West Bengal. A violent tropical storm killed at least 61 people and devastated more than 65,000 homes as it swept across eastern India and Bangladesh overnight, officials said Wednesday.
British Army dismantles car bomb in NIreland town Associated Press Writer
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A bomb disposal robot examine a suspect car bomb abandoned outside Newtownhamilton PSNI station, Northern Ireland,Tuesday, April, 13, 2010. The suspected car bomb was abandoned outside the station early Tuesday.Army technical officers are currently examining the car abandoned outside the police station in Newtownhamilton in County Armagh.
DUBLIN – British Army experts dismantled a dud car bomb Tuesday outside a police base in the Northern Ireland border town of Newtownhamilton, the second such threat in the past two days. Unlike Monday’s car bomb outside the British spy headquarters in Northern Ireland, the Newtownhamilton device failed to detonate. An Irish Republican Army splinter group called the Real IRA claimed responsibility for the first bomb but has yet to confirm it planted the second. Police evacuated more than 50 nearby homes after receiving telephone warnings about the abandoned car in Newtownhamilton. British engineers using a remotecontrolled robot spent more than 12
hours slowly prising open the car doors and disconnecting the bomb’s power source, timer and wiring from the main explosives, which were liquid and flammable. The rising dissident IRA threat appears timed to undermine the latest progress in Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant government. On Monday, the coalition gained responsibility from Britain for lawand-order matters, a step that had taken years of negotiations. The governments of Britain, Ireland and the United States say the move should encourage the Catholic minority to support the police and inform on the IRA dissidents operating in their communities. The IRA killed nearly 1,800 people in a failed 1970-1997 campaign to get Northern Ireland out of the United Kingdom. Most IRA
members disarmed and renounced violence in 2005, but splinter groups continue to mount attacks in hopes of upsetting political cooperation within Northern Ireland. For the past decade the dissidents’ car bombs either had been intercepted by police or failed to explode — until Feb. 22, when a small car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in another border town, Newry. On Monday, dissidents ordered a Belfast taxi driver at gunpoint to deliver a car bomb to the gates of the army base housing the MI5 spy agency. He drove it there, but shouted a warning to security guards about 20 minutes before it detonated. Neither explosion caused any serious damage or injuries, even though both were near civilian homes.
International IMIGRATION Australian Consulate General Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Phone: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 221195 (General) +62 361 241120 (Immigration)
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HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada.
HOSPITAL Bangli Bangli General Hospital Jl. Kesumayuda 27, Bangli Phone : +62 366 91521 Gianyar
Royal Danish & Norwegian Mimpi Resort Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 070 The Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No. 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.286 465 France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485 The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506 Honorary Consulate of Spain Komplek Istana Kuta Galleria Blok Vallet 2 No 11. Jalan Patih Jelantik Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.769 286 USA Consulate Agency Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 188 Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.222 426 Consulate General of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.227 628 Honorary Consulate of British Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.270 601 Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735 Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775 Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310 Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 â€“ 15 Fax : 226 363 Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690. Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142. Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada , (Private) Jl. Sudirman No 50, Denpasar Phone : 227 560, 234 824 In relating with health, Bali also has insurance and medical evacuation company, that is: AEA International - SOS Assistance Bali. PT Abhaya Eka Astiti, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 24X, Kuta 80361. Phone : 755 768 Fax : 755 768 One thing that should be noted by tourists here is that the Blood Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh) Negative blood. Badung Bali Medical Clinics There are some medical clinics that are well known by foreigners in Bali. Some of them are western owned and operated : Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) provides excellent Primary Health Care & Emeregency Medical Services for tourists, traveler, and expatriate living in Bali. Emeregency Room, Ambulance, Clinic Services, Insurance & Medical Evacuations also available. Open 24 hours Phone : 761 2631. Located Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.100X, Kuta, Bali 80361 - Indonesia. http://www.bimcbali.com International SOS Clinic Bali Opened in 1999, offers International SOS members and visitors to Bali comprehensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency medical service. Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361, Bali - Indonesia Phone : 720 100 Fax : 721 919 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org ttp ://www.sos-bali.com Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic Jl Pratama No. 81 Phone : 771 324 Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta Phone : 753 268 Dental Clinic Dr Indra Guizot, Jl. Patimura 19, Denpasar Phone : 222 445, 234 375 DDS. Ritjie Rihartinah, Jl Pratama No. 81 Nusa Dua Phone : 771 324 Retno W. Agung, Jln. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.4A Br. Tamansari â€“ Sanur Phone : 288 501
Clinic Mas Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974573 Toyo Clinic Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 978078 Permata Bunda Clinic Jl. Patih Jelantik 50 X, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 942082 Ubud Clinic Jl Raya Ubud No.36 Campuhan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974911 Gianyar General Hospital Jl. Ciung Wanara 2, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 943049 Karangasem Karangasem General Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai, Karangasem Phone : +62 363 21001 Klungkung Klungkung General Hospital Jl. Flamboyan 40-4, Klungkung Phone : +62 366 21371 Negara Negara General Hospital Jl. Gelar, Negara Phone : +62 365 41006 Tabanan Laboratorium Clinic Jl. Gunung semeru No. 8, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 819260 Mengwi Clinic Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai 46, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 880550 Darma Kerti Hospital Jl. Teratai 16, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 812359 Tabanan General Hospital Jl. Pahlawan 14, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 811027 Singaraja Prodia Clinic Jl. RA Kartini 12, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 24-516 Singaraja Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai 30, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 22-573 Pet Clinics Kayumas: (0361) 226934 Sayang Binatang: (0361) 483121 Satwa Kertha Husada: (0361) 263018 Pantai Sindhu: (0361) 287518 Sidakarya: (0361) 724492 Pedungan: (0361) 720026
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
Thursday, April 15, 2010
News Hundreds evacuated in Iceland as volcano erupts Agence France Presse
(AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)
FILE - In this April 7, 2010 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI, listens to his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein during the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican. The Vatican goes into full-fledged damage control mode in the priest sex abuse scandal ahead of the pope’s first foreign trip since it erupted.
Vatican goes into damage control mode over abuse
REYKJAVIK – Up to 800 people were evacuated in Iceland early Wednesday because of a volcano eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the south of the island, a police spokesman said. “Between 700 and 800 people were evacuated from their homes because of the risk of an eruption in Eyjafjallajokull and because there were a lot of earthquakes in the area,” Baldur Sigurdsson told AFP. “We do not know exactly when the eruption started, but most probably around one o’clock this morning,” Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, a professor of geophysics and civil protection advisor, told AFP.
“Officials in two aeroplanes have seen smoke. The eruption is rather small at the moment,” Gudmundsson said, however noting there was an increased water flow coming from the glacier. Icelandic public broadcaster RUV said on its website the evacuees were being directed to Red Cross mass care centres. Last month, the first volcano eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier since 1823 — and Iceland’s first since 2004 — briefly forced 600 people from their homes in the remote, lightly populated area 125 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital Reykjavik. Gudmonsson said that eruption, at the Fimmvorduhals volcano, had ended Tuesday.
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VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has gone into full-fledged damage control mode in the priest sex abuse scandal ahead of the pope’s first foreign trip since it erupted. Officials are promising surprising new initiatives. The pope’s personal secretary is speaking out. And bishops around the world are being told to report abuse cases to the police. The revved-up strategy comes as the Vatican tries to stem the damage from weeks of revelations about priests who raped and molested children — and the church officials who kept it quiet — before the pontiff’s visit to Malta this weekend. Abuse victims on that majority Roman Catholic Mediterranean island are seeking a papal audience and apology. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi declined Tuesday to confirm whether Benedict would meet with victims, but didn’t rule it out. The pope is prepared to meet with victims, Lombardi said, but “in a climate of meditation and reflection, not under media pressures.” Before previous foreign trips, Lombardi has declined to confirm meetings with abuse victims until after they were held. The Vatican has been reeling for weeks since reports surfaced that Benedict — when known as Joseph Ratzinger and served as archbishop in Munich from 1977-82 — approved therapy for a pedophile priest who was allowed to do pastoral work. The priest was later convicted of molesting boys. Since then, hundreds of people have come forward with abuse accusations in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, and old cases with connections to Rome and the pope himself have come to light in the
United States. Initially, the Vatican responded defensively, with Vatican officials and cardinals accusing the media, the Masons, pro-abortion rights and pro-gay marriage supporters for plotting attacks against the pope. Recently, the Vatican has shifted course, still complaining about an anti-Catholic campaign but also promising more transparency and taking initiatives to at least give an impression that change is afoot. Lombardi said new initiatives were being studied, including more papal meetings with victims as well as a “deepening of the measures of prevention and response” to abuse. He declined to elaborate. But victims groups have long complained that the Vatican has never issued any universal norms instructing bishops on the pastoral care they should provide for victims or prevention strategies to make sure pedophiles aren’t admitted into the priesthood in the first place. On Monday during a trip to Chile, the Vatican’s No. 2 official, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said he believed the pope would take further initiatives “which won’t fail to surprise us.” He declined to elaborate. Benedict’s personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, spoke out Tuesday for the first time since the scandal broke, defending the pope’s prolonged silence on the German cases
and charging that Benedict had done more than anyone else to crack down on abuse. “It does not make sense, nor is it helpful, for the Holy Father to comment personally on each case,” he told the daily Bild, Germany’s highest-circulation newspaper. “It is overlooked too fast that various bishops and bishops conferences carry responsibility.” The Vatican for weeks has been trying to argue the same — that abusive priests were primarily the responsibility of bishops, not Rome. That strategy has also been employed by the Vatican’s lawyers in the U.S. who are trying to shield the Holy See from lawsuits alleging it was liable for the failure of bishops to report abuse cases to police. On Monday, the Vatican posted on its Web site what it claimed is a longstanding policy requiring bishops to report abuse to police, where civil laws require it. Such a policy has never before been explicitly spelled out. Attorney William McMurry, who has sued the Holy See in Louisville, Kentucky, on negligence charges, said posting the policy was nothing more than an attempt by Rome to “deflect attention and responsibility for the past onto the bishops.” “If they always wanted bishops to report, they wouldn’t need a black letter policy today,” McMurry said.
Lava spews from the Fimmvorduhals volcano during last month’s eruption near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Up to 800 people were evacuated in Iceland because of a volcanic eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the south of the island.
Quake... From page 1 A local military official, Shi Huajie, told CCTV rescuers were working with limited equipment. “The difficulty we face is that we don’t have any excavators. Many of the people have been buried and our soldiers are trying to pull them out with human labor,” Shi said. “It is very difficult to save people with our bare hands.” Five thousand tents and 100,000 thick, cotton coats and heavy blankets were being sent to help survivors cope with strong winds and temperatures of around 43 degrees
Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius), the Qinghai provincial government said in a statement. The epicenter of the first quake was 235 miles (380 kilometers) south-southeast of Golmud, a large city in Qinghai, at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers), the USGS said. Xinhua cited officials at the China Earthquake Networks Center as saying at least 18 aftershocks have been reported and that more temblors exceeding magnitude 6 were likely to occur in the coming days.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Bloody clashes in Jakarta over cemetery demolition Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Bloody clashes broke out in Indonesia’s capital on Wednesday between scores of demonstrators and security forces over the demolition of a cemetery, witnesses and officials said. Security forces used teargas and pepper bullets against demonstrators armed with machetes
and sticks in over two hours of clashes around the cemetery in northern Jakarta’s Koja area.
Witnesses saw at least five demonstrators beaten severely with batons by police as they were being led to emergency vehicles. Twenty-nine members of the security forces were injured, nine of them seriously, Jakarta city spokesman Cucu Ahmad Kurnia
told AFP. “Nine were badly injured. One had a hand cut off and another had his stomach ripped out with a machete,” he added. Demonstrators were upset as they thought the cemetery, the resting place of a Muslim holy m a n , wa s t o b e d e m o l i s h e d ,
Kurnia said. “But we’re only demolishing the old buildings and gate. In fact, we will leave the graves alone. There’s been a miscommunication,” he added. “We’re still negotiating with the demonstrators to find the best solution.”
SJ served as case Nine Vietnamese fishing boats captured in West Kalimantan waters interlocutor: police Antara
PONTIANAK - West Kalimantan marine and fisheries authorities have intercepted and detained nine Vietnameseflagged boats that were fishing illegally in Indonesia’s Economy Exclusive Zone (ZEE) recently, a local fisheries official said. The nine foreign fishing boats were now being herded to Pontianak port where they were expected to arrive on Thursday night (April 15), according to Bambang Nugroho. the head of the provincial Marine and Fish Resources Supervision and
Control (P2SDKP) agency, said here Wednesday. He said he still did not know how many people were on board the foreign fishing boats as the vessels were still on their way to Pontianak port. Bambang said illegal foreign fishing activity was particularly high in three zones of Indonesia’s territorial waters, namely the Natunas, the Arafura Sea and the sea north of North Sulawesi province because these areas were rich in fish and other marine resources. West Kalimantan waters were part of one of the three zones together with the seas around Natuna and Karimata islands and
the South China Sea which hold potential fish reserves of one million tons per year. According to data from the Marine and Fisheries Ministry, Indonesian marine police caught a total of 185 foreign fishing boats that were operating illegally in Indonesian waters in 2007. The number rose to 242 in 2008 and dropped to 180 in 2009. With the capture of 180 illegal fishing boats in 2009, the marine police had prevented the loss of Rp720 billion to the state assuming that each of the vessels could have inflicted a loss of Rp4 billion.
JAKARTA - Police have arrived at the preliminary conclusion that Sjahril Djohan (SJ) was a case interlocutor in the police force, the National Police Headquarters’ acting chief spokesman, Sr Com Zulkarnain Lubis, said. “He served as a bridge between Haposan and the police,” Zulkarnain said here on Wednesday. The acting police spokesman said to verify this conclusion a follow-up examination was still needed where SJ must be confronted with other parties involved. He said police might confront SJ with former chief detective Comr Gen Susno Duadji and Gayus Tambunan, who is now a Rp15 billion corruption
and money laundering suspect. “They could be confronted with one and another. Standing procedures stipulate that if one says something about the others then they should be made to meet each other,” Zulkarnain said. But Zulkarnaen also said that up to now SJ had not yet been confronted with the three-star police general, pending the results of further examinations. Earlier, Susno Duadji has told a House hearing that SJ was involved court mafia practices at the national police. Susno made the disclosures when he met with the House Commission III on legal affairs and with the Anti-Mafia Task Force. On Tuesday, SJ returned to Indonesia from Australia after making a stopover in Singapore for a health check.
Killer’s death no solace to Indonesian schoolgirl’s father THE death in a police raid of an Islamic extremist who led the beheading of three Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia five years ago gave little solace to the father of victim Theresia Morangki. Cocoa farmer Herneus Morangki, 67, said he thought of his 15-year-old daughter every day as he passed her grave on the way to his fields, and the death of killer Enal Tao could not ease the pain. “Every day I have to pass by her grave on the way to work, so I’ll always remember her,” he told AFP by telephone from his home in Poso, Central Sulawesi province. “My daughter was such a good child... quiet, obedient and never any trouble. My heart still hurts today. She’s my daughter, how can I ever forget?” Police vowed to hunt down four other suspects who are still wanted for the murders after Enal, 38, was shot dead in a raid in Aceh province on Monday. Enal led a group of men who attacked four teenage girls with machetes as they walked to a Christian high school outside the city of Poso, Central Sulawesi, on October 29, 2005. The brutality of the crime shocked the world and turned the spotlight on the threat of Islamic extremism in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. The attackers beheaded three of the girls in a ritual-style killing to avenge the deaths of Muslims at the hands of Christians during religious violence in the restive area. The fourth girl escaped with a gash across her chest and alerted villagers. Police said Enal dumped one of the girl’s heads near a church as a warning to the wider Christian community in Poso. “Enal Tao’s death is good news for us. He was a very dangerous man and was wanted for a string of cases,” Poso district police chief Roemtaat told AFP, referring to other crimes including the shooting of a policeman and robbery. Six members of the gang of 12 have been arrested since
2007 and another gave himself up to police four months ago, he said, leaving four still at large. “We’ll continue to search for the other suspects,” Roemtaat said. Theresia’s stepmother, Yulin, said hardly a day went by when the family did not think of her. “She was such a good child, why did she have to die in that manner? It happened a few years ago but we still feel the loss of our daughter,” she said. She said the killing of Enal was not enough. “We want all of them arrested and brought to justice. Only then will we feel peace,” she said. Religious violence flared in Central Sulawesi in 2000 and 2001 and continued sporadically for several years, with killings by both sides. Herneus and Yulin blamed a small group of violent fanatics for Theresia’s murder, not AFP PHOTO / BANDI Muslims in general. “Despite what happened, we’re not an- Hernius Morangke (L) visits the tomb of his daughter, Theresia Morangke (C), and Alfita Poliwo (R), on April 14, 2010. gry with Muslims. We don’t blame all Muslims for a crime committed by a few. We bomb-making and military tactics. leave this case to God,” Yulin said. The suspected leader of the Aceh group, an Indonesian memAnalysts believe the strife in Central Sulawesi created a hard core of Islamist fighters who have grown beyond local ber of Jemaah Islamiyah called Dulmatin, was killed by police concerns and linked up with others from regional groups like in March. Jemaah Islamiyah. He masterminded the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings which Enal was one of scores of religious radicals who have been killed 202 people before fleeing to the southern Philippines, killed or captured since police discovered a terror training where he passed his bomb-making skills to other Asian milicamp in Aceh in February, where militants had been learning tants. (Agence France-Presse)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Bali Today ”Discover Indonesia” supporting Nusantara Tourism Program Antara
DENPASAR – Discover Indonesia program support all area in Indonesia to promote their tourism sites in Bali. The program is also similar with Nusantara Tourism Program (NTP) which is also offer assistance and guidance in developing tourism in various areas. Amos Lillo, the head of NTP, said “the program is very positive and it is on the same track with our program so we can cooperate. Currently, many areas are consulting with us in developing their tourism program.” Bali Tourism Board (BTB) and one of its members, Bali Village, created an event called “Discover Indonesia” which will be held in Kuta started on April 30th through May 2nd 2010. The event is held to promote other areas in Indonesia through Bali. Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, the head of BTB, said that through the event, there is great hope that other http://www.smh.com.au
The Bali drug couriers Martin Stephens (left) and Renae Lawrence at a court hearing in Denpasar.
Bali Nine convicts propose judicial review Antara
DENPASAR - Lifetime-sentenced Australian Martin Eric Stephen (34), one of Bali Nine members, proposes a judicial review to the Supreme Court through Denpasar Public Court. Stephen who involved in an 8.9 kg heroin smuggling from Australia to Bali in 2005 offering new evident to review his sentence. “We have received the judicial review documents on April 9. The trial will be held on May 7 and after that, we’ll send the documents to the Supreme Court and they’ll decide from there,” Denpasar Court Registrar Ketut Gede Rantam told reporters on Tuesday, April 13. The requested review states an objection against the court’s verdict on September 6, 2006 that rejected the appeal. At the time, the
court still insisted on imposing a lifetime sentence. Stephen included a written testimony from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) dated April 1 on his involvement in the case. The AFP mentions that Stephen’s role in the smuggling is considered minor. Stephen was arrested on April 17, 2005 at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport along with other Bali Nine members that are Tan Duc Tanh, Matthew James Norman and
Michael William Czugay, who have been sentenced to life; Rena Lawrence, who receives 20-year jail sentence; Myuran Sukumaran, Andrew Chan and Scott Anthony Rush, who are facing death penalty. The lifetime imprisonment for Stephen was ruled by Denpasar Court on February 14, 2006 and reinforced by the verdict issued on April 27, 2006. On September 6, 2006, the Supreme Court also decided to reject Stephen’s appeal.
tourism site in Indonesia will be able to promote their uniqueness through Bali. Amos Lillo and his college established NTP to accommodate the need of other areas in Indonesia that need assistance in developing tourism. “At first, we established Forum Java Promo because the areas which were seeking for assistance were mostly coming from Java such as Kediri regency. However, the areas outside Java are also asking for assistance so we established NTP.” Tourism which is developing rapidly in Bali is attracting other area to develop it as well. Through Discover Indonesia, NTP can play bigger role in assisting the development of tourism. Currently, the NTP team is preparing the proposal to develop tourism in several areas in Java and others and also to promote new tourism destinations in Indonesia. There is great hope that more tourists will visit Indonesia.
A French tourist dies snorkel at Gili Selang Bali Post
AMLAPURA — On account of forcing himself for snorkeling to the waters at the eastern tip of Bali Island, Gili Selang, Seraya, Karangasem, a French tourist named Souiade Abdel Malek, 58, eventually died on the way to the Karangasem Hospital, last Tuesday (Apr 13) afternoon. Allegedly, the victim died of a heart attack. The victim stayed at the Arya Amed Resort since a few days ago. Victim and his wife Boudence Souiade, 55, at around 08:00 am Local Time went to the waters of Gili Selang. Both French tourists were rode traditional boat accompanied by local Amed fisherman, the witness Wayan Wika (45). According to his wife, the victim actually was already not feeling well. He perceived shortness of his breath. However, since he had great intention to enjoy the great natural underwater panorama of Gili Selang, the victim persisted on snorkeling where his wife expected if he could enjoy the beauty of undersea nature his body become better. But, when he just arrived the waters of Gili Selang having a steep beach and when he was about to conduct preparation of wearing snorkeling equipment, he showed
shortness of breath. Even, it was getting severer. His wife then persuaded the victim to return home to the inn. However, when he arrived in front of the Good Karma Hotel at Lean, his disease of shortness of breath was getting more serious and vomiting. He asked the witnesses Wika to land the boat on the beach. At that time, the victim was still able to walk while assisted by his wife. There, he took a rest on the sand under a shady tree. On the other hand, a resident helped by contacting the Arya Amed Resort to pick up the victim and brought to hospital. However, because of his shortness of breath became severer, the victim was eventually escorted by others. He was taken to the Community Health Center at Culik, but the medical team there gave up and referred victims to the Emergency Room of Karangasem Hospital. Unfortunately, on the way to the hospital the victim breathed his last. Chief of Abang Police Made Wardana last Tuesday (Apr 13) with permission of Chief of Karangasem Police confirmed case. Victim’s body was once brought to the Karangasem Hospital while waiting for the decision of his wife to resolve the departure process of her husband’s body. (013)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Chris John to face challenger in Bali Antara
DENPASAR - The title fight between WBA feather weight super champion Chris John and Fernando David Saucedo, will be held at Bali’s Kartika Plasa in Kuta beach area on May 22, 2010.
Zaenal Thayeb, owner of the Sasana Mirah Boxing Camp said from Semarang on Tuesday that the place of the boxing match has also ready been set, there is no problem. “It is Kartika Plasa near Ngurah Rai airport. We have chosen the location because we also wished to promote the tourism sector to the outside world,” he said. He said he was still hoping to receive the pictures of Chris John’s challenger. “I have asked Toni Priatna (Assistant Manager of Herry’s Gym) to bring Fernando’s photos, and I am still expecting them,” he said. He said the picture of Chris John’s challenger is very important for the printing of invitations and other related matters. He also said that Toni Priatna’s group also planned to send Australians to work with his team in preparing the fight, but they have not arrived yet. When asked about Chris John’s preparations for the upcoming fight, he said he has no idea about it because Chris is always training at Herry’s Gym in Perth, Australia. But he has news that Chris John and two boxers of the Sasana Mirah Boxing Camp will return to Indonesia on April 16 or 17, 2010. He said Chris John will continue with his training in Banyuwangi, East Java, until several days before the fight on May 22. He also said that five fights will be held before the main event.
Sate Lilit Bebek (Minced Duck Satay)
INGREDIENTS: 600 gr duck or chicken meat, minced 2 cups freshly grated coconut 5 kaffir lime leaves, very finely shredded 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 tsp salt 3-5 bird’s eye chilies, very finely chopped 2 tbsp chopped palm sugar lemon grass or satay skewers SPICE PASTE: 12 shallots, peeled and sliced 6 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 3 red chilies, sliced 2.5 cm galangal (laos), peeled and sliced 2.5 cm kencur, peeled and sliced 5 cm fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced 2 tsp coriander ½ tsp black peppercorn 3 candlenuts 1 tsp dried shrimp paste pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 2 cloves 2 tbsp oil PREPARATION: Grind or blend all spice paste ingredients except oil. Heat oil and sauté spice paste for about 5 minutes. Cool then combine with duck and all other ingredients except lemon grass. Mould about 2 tablespoonfuls on lemon grass or skewers and grill over hot charcoal and golden brown. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Fruit Delicacy in Coconut Milk To Balinese people, biu batu or seedy banana is no more bizarre fruit. Actually, it is a versatile plant where ranging from its corm, false stem, leaf, blossom and fruit are often used. Though sweet, its ripe fruit is less delicious because of many seeds. However, it may be enjoyed by making it into a drink mixed with palm sugar and tamarind paste. Meanwhile, its young fruit is used for the mixture of tum (steamed chopped meat with complete spices) and lawar (chopped meat mixed with boiled vegetables served with complete spices). Here, the young seedy banana is enjoyed as vegetable in coconut milk. Ingredients: 6 pcs young seedy banana and 2 cup of coconut milk Spices: 4 cloves shallot, 2 cloves garlic, 2 small chilies, 1 red large chili, 1 slice turmeric, 1 slice kencur, ½ tsp coriander, 1tbsp cooking oil and ½ tsp salt, while MSG is optional. Others: 1 pc salam leaf, 1 tbsp of sliced large chili Method: · Slice thinly the seedy banana, cleanse and drain. Then, boil until cooked and take out. Again, cleanse to remove its sap and drain. Ultimately, press as good as possible so it nearly contain no water. · Grind all spices and stir-fry on the frying pan until fragrant. Put the coconut milk, ingredient, sliced large chili and salam leaf. Stir for a while and let them boil. Take out and it is now ready to serve. (BTN/punia)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
JAGATNATHA Temple is a Hindu Temple located in the center of Denpasar town. It is precisely located in Major Wisnu street eastside field of Puputan Badung. This temple is categorized as Kahyangan Temple and become an altar to the god for Hindu people. If it is compared with the name of Kahyangan Temples or other temples around Bali Island , this templeâ€™s name is taken from the name of mount or village which is relevant to the temple located in Besakih Temple area, Ulundanu Batur Temple area, Lempuyang Temple area, Andakasa Temple area, Puncak Mangu Temple area and others. Jagatnatha Temple is taking the special name which is not quit of various conception aspects. Among of the temples in Bali, Jagatnatha Temple is also opened by executing the small ceremony on 13 May 1968. The unique of Jagatnatha Temple does not own the Pengempon (the group of community who manage like the temple). Since the temple opening, Jagatnatha Temple only owns a few of people who arrange the fund to construct it until everyday ceremony.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
BUSINESS OECD sees shortfall in 2010 aid targets Agence France-Presse
PARIS - Aid for developing countries from major industrialized nations is expected to shrink this year from 2009 levels and miss an overall target for such assistance, the OECD said Wednesday. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that Africa by the end of the year was likely to have received only 11 billion dollars of a 25-billion-dollar increase in aid promised at a 2005 Group of Eight summit, a pledge that was to be met in 2010. The organization forecast that official development assistance would come to 108 billion dollars in 2010 after 119.6 billion in 2009. Nevertheless OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria hailed a 0.7 percent hike in aid last year provided by the 23 members of the organization’s Development Assistance Committee, which he said came despite “fiscal challenges.” But he cautioned: “Aid is less than 1.0 percent of government spending on average in OECD countries while there is still much effort needed to meet the Millennium Development Goals. “This is a vital investment with big returns for the world as a whole.”
The UN Millennium Development Goals call for halving the proportion of people whose income is less than a dollar a day by 2015. The projected 2010 overall development assistance level, 108 billion dollars, is based on 2004 prices, according to a baseline adopted by the G8 at the 2005 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland. The shortfall this year, according to the OECD, would be 18 billion dollars against the 2005 pledge, adjusted by the OECD to take account of the recent economic downturn. “While most countries have maintained their commitments for 2010, others, including some large donors, have reduced or postponed the pledges they made for 2010,” the OECD said. France, Germany and Italy are expected to miss their targets while the Netherlands, Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States are likely to meet or surpass theirs, according to OECD estimates.
The United Nations has recommended that rich countries commit 0.7 percent of their gross national income to development aid, a target Sweden is expected to surpass this year with a commitment of 1.01 percent, according to the OECD. The United States in 2009, although the largest donor by volume at 28.7 billion dollars, committed just 0.20 percent of its gross national income to development assistance. Only four other countries, Greece, Italy, Japan and South Korea, had a weaker showing. Total development aid from world’s leading industrialised nations last year came to 119.6 billion dollars, a rise of 0.7 percent in real terms. Excluding volatile debt relief, the gain was 6.8 percent, the OECD said. Five countries, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden exceeded the target 0.7 percent of gross national income in 2009.
Britain’s Brown admits giving banks too much freedom Agence France-Presse
LONDON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, facing a general election on May 6, admitted Wednesday he gave banks too much freedom during his 10 years as finance minister before 2007. Banks should have been more tightly regulated in the years leading up to the global financial crisis, Brown said in a television interview with British broadcaster ITV. Quizzed about mistakes he had made, Brown spoke of his regret in handling the banking sector during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 until 2007.
“In the 1990s, the banks. They all came to us and said, ‘Look, we don’t want to be regulated, we want to be free of regulation’,” he told ITV in an interview due to be broadcast later Wednesday. “All the complaints I was getting from people was, ‘Look you’re regulating them too much’. And actually the truth is that globally and nationally we should have been regulating them more. “So I’ve learnt from that. So you don’t listen to the industry when they say, ‘This is good for us’. You’ve got to talk about the whole public interest.” Brown gave the interview in the second week of the election
campaign in which his Labour Party is trailing opposition Conservatives in opinion polls, albeit by a narrower margin in the last few months. The Labour Party’s 2010 election manifesto, which was published on Monday, promised to tighten regulation of banks. “There will be no return to the excesses of the past — banks will face tighter regulation,” it said. Quizzed about other mistakes, Brown also cited his 2007 decision to scrap the lowest, 10pence income tax band — a move which helped spark a local election drubbing in 2008. He has previously admitted it was a mistake.
A bank clerk counts US dollars and Chinese yuan at a bank in Hefei, east China’s Anhui province on April 13, 2010.
Obama says no timeframe for China to act on yuan Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday again pushed China to readjust its “undervalued” currency but refused to give any timeframe for Beijing to act despite pressure from American lawmakers. Obama said he raised the prickly currency subject with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of a twoday nuclear security summit in Washington but that Beijing considered it a “sovereign” issue and was “resistant” to pressure. “I’ve been very clear the fact that it’s my estimation that the RMB (renminbi or yuan) is undervalued and that China’s own decision in previous years to begin to move towards a more market-oriented approach is the right one,” he told reporters at the end of the summit. “And I communicated that once again to President Hu.” Obama said China “rightly sees the issue of currency as a sovereign issue” and was “resistant to international pressure, when it comes to them making decisions about their currency policy and monetary policy.” But the US leader reminded China that it had to live up to its pledge at a meeting of the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging economies in “making sure that currencies are tracking roughly the market and not giving any one country an advantage over the other.” The pledge was part of a G20 deal for “rebalancing” the world economy to achieve sustained growth and prevent future financial crises, he said. Under the deal, countries such as China were advised to wean away from overdependence on exports and emphasize on domestic consumption to fuel economic growth. US lawmakers, facing electionyear pressure, have threatened sanctions against Beijing, saying that China’s action to keep the yuan artificially low against the dollar had re-
sulted in a ballooning US trade deficit and a loss of American jobs. But Hu, in talks with Obama Monday, delinked the yuan’s value from the US trade deficit or the nearly 10 percent unemployment grappling the United States. “RMB appreciation would neither balance Sino-US trade nor solve the unemployment problem in the United States,” Hu told Obama, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency. However the China News Service quoted Hu as saying that China “is firmly committed to the direction of reforming the RMB exchange rate regime. This is based on the needs of China’s own economic development.” Specific reforms “will be jointly considered based on changes in the global economic situation and the situation with China’s own economy. Particularly, outside pressures will not advance (the reform),” Hu said, according to the report. International critics say that China keeps the rate of its yuan artificially low against other foreign currencies to boost exports. But China defends its exchange rate policy as necessary for the survival of Chinese manufacturers and to support jobs growth. US lawmakers are pushing the US Treasury to label Beijing a “currency manipulator” — a move that would open the door to sanctions by Washington. But the Treasury announced the delay of a report that was due in midApril and which could have slapped China with the “manipulator” tag, with Geithner saying there were better ways to advance US interests. China made its currency a little flexible in 2005 following US pressure, but when the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, it repegged the yuan to around 6.8 yuan to the dollar. Between 2005 and 2008, China had allowed the yuan to appreciate by about 20 percent against the dollar. Some experts however say the Chinese currency remains undervalued by up to 40 percent.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
1913 Abraham Lincoln film found in NH barn cleanup In a tale celebrating the romance of movies, a contractor cleaning out an old New Hampshire barn destined for demolition found seven reels of nitrate film inside, including the only known copy of a 1913 silent film about Abraham Lincoln. “When Lincoln Paid,” a 30-minute film about the mother of a dead Union soldier asking Lincoln to pardon a Confederate soldier whom she had initially turned in, stars the brother of John Ford, director of “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Quiet Man,” and other classics. “I was up in the attic space, and shoved away over in a corner was the film and a silent movie projector, as well,” Peter Massie, a movie buff, said of his discovery in the western New Hampshire town of Nelson. “I thought it was really cool.” It was the summer of 2006, and the film canisters sat in his basement for a while before Massie thought of contacting nearby Keene State College, where film professor Larry Benaquist thought it was a rare find. After working with the George Eastman House film preservation museum in Rochester, N.Y., the college determined that the film, directed by and starring Francis Ford, did not exist in film archives. In fact, it was one of eight silent films star-
ring Ford as Lincoln; there are no known surviving copies of the others. “The vast majority of silent films, particularly from the early period — the first decade of the 20th century — are gone,” said Caroline Frick Page, curator of motion pictures at George Eastman House. “That’s what makes these stories so incredibly special.” The college, which plans an April 20 film screening, received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore it. It took a Colorado lab a year to complete the task. Benaquist said the images themselves were well preserved, likely because they endured decades of New England winters in the barn, which also was well sheltered by trees. Ni-
trate film, which was phased out in Hollywood in the 1950s, is highly flammable. The 35 mm film itself had shrunk and the sprocket holes used on projectors were shredded. “What the laboratory had to do was remanufacture the sprocket holes to a new dimension, make it in strips, adhere it to the image, and then run it through a printing process where they would print it, frame by frame,” Benaquist said. Benaquist thinks the film was discovered in Nelson because the town is on Granite Lake, the site of many summer camps through the years. He said there was a boys’ camp in the area of the barn and believes the films were shown to entertain the children, then put away and forgotten.
In this handout photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director and film star Francis Ford is seen in the roll of Abraham Lincoln in a 1913 film that had been lost for 97 years.
Justin Bieber Glad He’s Not Pamela Anderson Owes $500,000 In Back Taxes A ‘Corny’ Disney Star TEEN pop sensation Justin Bieber is convinced he has been embraced by the hip-hop community because he isn’t a “corny” Disney star like his contemporaries Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. The 16-year-old singer is mentored by R&B superstar Usher, and Ludacris provided a rap cameo on his hit track Baby. Bieber is glad hip-hop’s finest are fans of his pop sound - and he’s adamant they are eager to work with him because he didn’t follow the same route to fame as many other teen artists. He tells MTV.com, “I like hop-hop a lot. I’m really glad they’ve taken a liking to me. Having Luda (Ludacris) and having Lil Wayne give me shout me out on UStream, you know - it’s cool. I think it’s because I didn’t go through the Disney route. I didn’t go corny, but, like, at the same time I’ve been cool and collected.” However, there is one former Disney child star Bieber is inspired by - ex-Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake. He adds, “Well, basically I look at people like Usher and Justin Timberlake and how they went from being a child star to blowing up and doing what they’re doing now. I look up and see what they do and see that’s what I want to do... and things that I want to do that’s different and things that I wanna do that’s working for them.”
PAMELA Anderson’s financial woes are continuing - the Baywatch beauty allegedly owes almost $500,000 in unpaid taxes to the state of California. The star has been dogged by reports she’s facing bankruptcy after allegations emerged last year that she owes $1 million in unpaid taxes and construction bills. Now, Anderson is being chased by officials at the California Franchise Tax Board, who claim the actress owes them $493,000 in income tax payments. A tax lien was filed against Anderson in April 2009, and she has appeared on an annual list of taxpayers who have allegedly failed to pay up. Meanwhile Pamela Anderson has created her own vegan milkshake for Millions of Milkshakes in was joined by PETA in West Hollywood on Friday for the official launch of the tasty new treat. Pam’s new shake is
created with vegan ice cream, pineapple, coconut and banana; and she’s thrilled that hers is the first vegan shake served at the shop. But the “Baywatch” babe-turnedmilk-maid says the shake’s flavor is nothing new. “[It’s] what my kids like, what I make for them at home,” she says. When asked about her “Dancing With The Stars” routine she mentioned she’s working very hard to perfect her Rhumba, addind, “I’ve been doing that all morning so I’m dying for a shake.” Anderson isn’t the first celeb to have her own signature shake at Millions of Milkshakes Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton and David Beckham all have one too. The actress has been a vegan for 15 years.
Zoe Saldana Gives James Cameron Demands For ‘Avatar 2’ WE all know there’s going to be an Avatar 2 even if James Cameron hasn’t committed to it yet. Zoe Saldana expects to return to the role she innovated as Na’Vi warrior Neytiri. She just needs a few things from Cameron before she can do it again. “He already knows how I like to approach it,” Saldana said. “I need at least 6 to 7 months of training and stuff to get into Neytiri again and whatever’s going to happen is going to happen.” Saldana spent four years learning and practicing the motion capture performance style as well as the basic skills for a nature native. She’ll keep that experience, but it still requires prep time. “It does take training,” she said. “It’s
not something that I can just turn on and off. Everything is a learned skill. The same way it took me like 2 to 3 months to channel Aisha, you know Neytiri is going to take her time as well. I mean, there are people we are kind of incarnating. It takes a little bit of preparation.” Right now, Saldana has nothing but time to prepare. Who knows when Cameron will start writing Avatar 2, let alone shooting it. “The good thing that we all know about Jim is - it’s not so good sometimes because we sometimes have to wait like 10 years for it – but by the time he does come around, he gives you something that sort of changes your life or at least touches it in such a way. So I do know that Avatar 2 is going to be just as great as the first one because Jim’s the S-H-*-T.”
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Astronauts take 3rd, final spacewalk; valve stuck Associated Press Writer
AP Photo/John Antczak
A NASA Global Hawk robotic jet sits in a hangar at Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on April 13, 2010. The Air Force turned over to NASA three Global Hawks, which were designed for military reconnaissance but equipped with science sensors for conducting atmospheric research over the Pacific. The space agency will use them for unmanned, long-duration, autonomous research flights.
NASA begins science flights with robotic jet Associated Press Writer
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – One of NASA’s newest research jets soared high over the Pacific Ocean Tuesday on a 24-hour mission to study Earth’s atmosphere. Its pilot remained seated in an office chair in a windowless room in the Mojave Desert, monitoring the autonomous flight of the Global Hawk via an array of computer screens. Global Hawks were designed to perform high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance and intelligence missions for the Air Force, which has turned over to NASA three versions built in the developmental process. This month, NASA has begun putting one to work for the first time with flights over vast areas of the Pacific to demonstrate the scientific usefulness of the unmanned aircraft. “It’s never been used by a civilian agency, and it’s never been used for Earth science,” said David W. Fahey, a research physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Distinguished by its bulbous, whale-shaped nose, top-mounted engine and V-tail, the Global Hawk is 44 feet long and its wings span 116 feet — almost the wingspan of the latest Boeing 737s. Able to carry more than 1,000 pounds of science instruments, a Global Hawk can operate at altitudes up to 65,000 feet and stay aloft for 30 hours while flying a distance of more than 12,600 miles. This will allow Global Hawks to sample remote regions of the atmosphere such as the equatorial regions of the oceans and the arctic and Antarctic, Fahey said. “Given its range and duration, you can be away from these locations
and effectively operate this platform to do the kind of sampling we’re interested in,” he said. The Global Hawk is effectively a hybrid between a satellite and an aircraft, said Paul Newman, senior scientist in NASA’s Atmospherics, Chemistry and Dynamics Branch at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “This plane naturally flies in the stratosphere, so it’s a perfect platform for ozone-depletion science,” he said. In the fall, a Global Hawk will be tested for its ability to contribute to hurricane research in the Atlantic. Acquisition of the Global Hawks marks the latest conversion of military technology to civilian use by NASA. The space agency, for example, flies a converted high-altitude U-2 spy plane that has been redesignated ER-2, and a Predator B unmanned aircraft that has been given the Native American name Ikhana. In the 1990s, NASA used two Air Force SR-71 Blackbird spy planes for high-speed, high-altitude research. One of NASA’s immediate goals is to expand the envelope of the Global Hawks, Newman said. “The military typically flies at a constant altitude. They turn their instruments on when the get to a target, and they turn them off when they leave a target,” Newman said. Scientists, however,
want to turn on their instruments on the ground and turn them off only when the aircraft is back on the ground to acquire a “vertical profile of information,” he said. Various problems prevent that for the time being. Also, for now the Federal Aviation Administration allows the Global Hawks to operate only over oceans while the safety of unmanned aircraft in the nation’s airspace is studied. The Global Hawk that departed Edwards on Tuesday was expected to fly north off the Pacific coast of North America, turn west along the Aleutian Islands and then south. Below the Hawaiian islands, the craft was to turn east and fly below the orbital path of a cluster of Earth-observing satellites known as the A-Train. This was to allow actual sampling of the particles of the atmosphere that the satellites measure remotely from space. One instrument aboard the aircraft is a laser identical to one in orbit. “So we can prove that those satellites are working correctly,” Newman said. The Global Hawk was expected to return to California at about 7 a.m. Wednesday. The first flight in the Global Hawk Pacific campaign occurred April 7 and lasted 14 hours. Three more flights are planned.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A pair of spacewalking astronauts finished installing a fresh storage tank outside the International Space Station on Tuesday, but a stuck valve was threatening to jeopardize half of the cooling system. No sooner had Rick Mastracchio hooked up the fluid valves for the new ammonia tank on the third and final spacewalk of shuttle Discovery’s flight, then flight controllers encountered the valve trouble in a separate pressurizing unit. Flight director Ron Spencer said the problem needs to be resolved as soon as possible and that spacewalking repairs may be needed sometime after Discovery leaves this weekend. The problem is exasperated by the fact that a period of intense sunlight on the space station is fast approaching, and the ammonia will be expanding more than usual with the added heat. The stuck valve is in a nitrogen tank assembly on the right side of the space station. Nitrogen is used to pressurize the ammonia, which circulates through large radiators. Without that capability, half of the station’s electronics eventually might have to be turned off. The cooling system on the left side — left alone on this flight — is operating just fine. For now, so is the one on the right side. “We do have a couple tricks up our sleeves” to remotely free the valve, Spencer told reporters. He said a spacewalk would be a last resort and that it was too soon to know when a decision might need to be made. The seldom-used valve cannot be replaced alone. The entire nitrogen assembly would have to be swapped out. Fortunately, two spares already are at the space station. As engineers struggled with the nitrogen valve, Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson were dealing with a stubborn bolt on the old ammonia tank, which had been removed on the previous spacewalk.
In what almost seems to be a common occurrence on this flight, one of the four bolts on the tank would not engage. Mastracchio and Anderson were trying to secure the boxy, 1,300-pound tank in Discovery’s cargo bay when the problem cropped up. It appeared to be a misalignment, and they pulled out a pry bar to try to fix it. The pry bar wasn’t needed, but a torque-increasing device was. Mission Control told the astronauts that they had to drive in all four bolts all the way, one way or another. “How you guys feeling?” asked shuttle pilot James Dutton Jr. “I’ll feel better when we get this thing bolted in,” Mastracchio said. “No kidding,” Anderson added. When Mastracchio finally drove in the bolt, astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger shouted, “Now I can finally say good job, we have the ammonia tank in the payload bay.” Earlier, she was too quick in offering congratulations. NASA wants to return the old tank to Earth next week, in order to fill it and fly it back up this summer as a spare. The space agency is trying to stockpile as many big parts up there as possible. Only three shuttle missions are left after this one, and there will be limited room on the much smaller Russian, European and Japanese cargo ships that will be supplying the station until its projected end in 2020. President Barack Obama will outline his objectives for NASA’s human spaceflight program Thursday during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. He’s already axed his predecessor’s effort to return astronauts to the moon. The ammonia and nitrogen hoses for the new tank should have been connected during Sunday’s spacewalk. But the astronauts had trouble attaching the new tank to the space station because of a stubborn bolt, nd some chores had to be put off. A couple other tasks were scuttled Tuesday because of all the time spent on the latest troublesome bolt.
In an image made from a NASA television broadcast, Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson work in the payload bay of the space shuttle as they prepare to load a virtually empty storage tank to take bac k to earth for a refill Tuesday April 13, 2010.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Cilic passes Russian test at Monte Carlo tennis Agence France - Presse
MONTE CARLO – Croatian fourth seed Marin Cilic flirted with danger on Tuesday against Russian Igor Andreev in his first clay court match of the season before prevailing 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-4 in their second round clash. Former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played to the crowd as the charismatic Frenchman finally made his main-draw debut in the principality, defeating Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 also in the second round. Tenth-ranked Tsonga came through in just over two hours, losing serve just once on the way to a match against either two-time champion Juan Carlos Ferrero or German Benjamin Becker. “It was not an easy first match, he’s (Almagro) played a bit more than me on that surface,” said the winner. “But I’m adapting pretty quickly, just a little while to get used to it and off I went. “It’s always good to win. It’s good for your confidence, especially against a player like him.” Cilic took his time getting into form as he played for the first time since a long Davis Cup match last September on clay. “It was my first match on the clay this season and Igor has some matches already,” said Cilic, who took his record on head to heads to 4-1. He really
pushed me, it was a good opening match.” Cilic faced 18 break points, saving 14 in the struggle with the Russian whose clay highlight in February was a semi-final in Brazil. The big-hitting Croatian was held to a modest five aces and broke Andreev on 11 of his 19 chances. Spain’s sixth seed Fernando Verdasco started with a win over France’s Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-1 while other home players came through. There were wins for Michael Llodra, who put out Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3 and Florent Serra, a winner over Gallic compatriot Stephane Robert 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4. Miami finalist and tenth seed Tomas Berdych ended the hopes of fragile Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-2, 60 with the loser still taking time to recover from his doping drama and successful court appeal of last season.
Croatian player Marin Cilic serves to his Russian opponent Igor Andreev during their MonteCarlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match in Monaco. Cillic won 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-4.
Jankovic rallies to advance Suns beat Nuggets, get homecourt edge in 1st round at Charleston tennis Associated Press Writer
PHOENIX – Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points and Steve Nash had 18 points and 10 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter while the Phoenix reserves completed a 123-101 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night that gave the Suns homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Suns made 14 of 24 3-pointers, 11 of 17 in the first three quarters. Phoenix jumped to an 18-2 lead and the Nuggets never cut it to single digits after the first quarter.
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Phoenix Suns’ Jarron Collins (20) scores and is fouled by Denver Nuggets’ Chris Andersen during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in Phoenix.
The Suns can finish no worse than No. 4 in the West and would be No. 3 if they win at Utah on Wednesday night. Denver, which finished its regular season, would get the No. 4 spot and a first-round homecourt edge if Phoenix beats the Jazz. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 and Chauncey Billups 16 in the Nuggets’ 11th straight loss in Phoenix. Billups was 1 for 6 on 3s and did not have an assist in 34 minutes. Phoenix, winner of 13 of its last 15, led by as many as 23 in the second quarter, was up 70-49 at the half and led 97-70 after three. Denver’s Kenyon Martin left the game in the second quarter because of patella tendinitis. Six Phoenix players made 3s, including four reserves who were a combined 11 for 15. Channing Frye made 4 of 5 and scored 12 points. Jared Dudley was 3 of 4 for 11 points. The Nuggets, meanwhile shot 42 percent overall and 6 of 21 on 3s. Denver made a brief stab at getting back in the game. The Suns started the second half 1 of 5 shooting with four turnovers as Denver went on a 10-2 run to pull to 72-59 with 7:51 left in the third quarter. Phoenix, though, scored the next nine — a fastbreak dunk for a three-point play by Stoudemire, a 3-pointer by Frye and Nash’s three-point play — and it was 81-59 with 5:35 left in the quarter. The run reached 17-4 on another 3 by Frye to put Phoenix up 90-63 with 2::47 left in the third. It was some kind of shooting night for the NBA’s highestscoring team. Nash made one from three-quarters court that didn’t count because it came just after the first-quarter buzzer, Frye banked in a 3-pointer from 32 feet with 3 seconds left in the third quarter and Leandro Barbosa wrapped up the night with a 3 as the shot clock expired with 2.8 seconds to play. Jason Richardson scored seven of his 14 as Phoenix shot to its 18-2 lead. J.R. Smith made two 3s and a 12-footer to cut it to 31-23. The Nuggets never got that close again. After Anthony had two shots blocked under the basket, Denver’s fill-in coach Adrian Dantley and Billups drew technical fouls. Nash made both free throws to make it 65-45 1 1/2 minutes before halftime. Dudley followed with his third 3 in three tries.
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CHARLESTON , South Carolina – Former world number one Jelena Jankovic survived a scare by rallying to beat unseeded Edina Gallovits 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the WTA Family Circle Cup. The Serbian had to go the distance, needing two hours to beat Edina Gallovits of Romania at the 700,000 dollar clay court event on Tuesday. The former winner and second seed received a bye into the round of 16. “She (Gallovits) didn’t have anything to lose. She can just play freely and go after her shots,” said Jankovic, who won the tournament in 2007, and along with Nadia Petrova are the only lone ex-champions in the field. It was first match on clay this season for Jankovic who is ranked seventh in the world. “I think it’s a good thing I played a tough match like that because it gives you confidence and you get fitter and fitter for the next rounds,” said Jankovic. World number 127 Gallovits started to fall apart in the third set. “I feel like I pushed too much when I shouldn’t have and I didn’t go for it when I had it,” Gallovits said. “It was hard to find the median in the third set.” There were two surprises Tuesday as No. 11 Virginie Razzano of France lost to Monique Adamczak 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, while 15th seeded Melinda Czink of Hungary
was ousted by Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 7-6 (11/9), 6-3. No. 4 seed Samantha Stosur, No. 7 seed Vera Zvonareva, No. 10 seed Elena Vesnina and No. 14 seed Vera Dushevina all advanced in straight set wins, while No. 12 seed Aleksandra Wozniak needed three sets to advance.
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Former world number one Jelena Jankovic (pictured in March) survived a scare by rallying to beat unseeded Edina Gallovits 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the WTA Family Circle Cup.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Inter beat Fiorentina to keep treble hopes alive Agence France - Presse
ROME (AFP) – Inter Milan kept their treble hopes alive with a 1-0 victory away to Fiorentina in the Italian Cup semi-final, second leg on Tuesday to reach May’s final 2-0 on aggregate. Samuel Eto’o scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes into the second half to ensure Inter reached their fifth Italian Cup final in six years. If AS Roma manage to hold onto their 2-0 first-leg lead over Udinese next week, it will also be the fifth final between the two sides in those last six years.
Inter Milan’s Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o celebrates after scoring against Fiorentina during their Italian semifinal second leg football match Florence against Inter Milan at A.Franchi stadium in Florence. Inter won 1-0.
Inter assistant coach Daniele Bernazzani told Rai TV he was satisfied. “We played the game we needed to, we didn’t take many risks, we defended in the first half and Eto’o’s goal finished the tie,” he said. “In these months we’re playing for everything but fortunately that means we’re improving. I’d give anything to be in this situation.” Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli said the goal had knocked the stuffing out of his team. “We conceded a goal and we lost confidence, that’s the gist of it. It’s a shame because we were in the game,” he said. “We went for an offside that we didn’t need to and we were punished.” With his side through to the Champions League semi-finals and battling Roma and
AC Milan for the Serie A title, Inter coach Jose Mourinho perhaps gave a clear indication of where his priorities lie by resting several star players. Top scorer Diego Milito, centreback Walter Samuel, midfield enforcer Esteban Cambiasso and playmaker Wesley Sneijder all found themselves on the bench as teenage striker Mario Balotelli was amongst those given a run-out. And it was Balotelli that had the first clear cut chance of the game on 21 minutes as he dispossessed Lorenzo De Silvestri following the right-back’s poor touch and ran in from the left but, under pressure, dragged his shot wide of the far post with his weaker left foot. Just four minutes later Fiorentina had an even better oppor-
tunity as Alberto Gilardino acrobatically brought down a long ball into the box, turned and shot between goalkeeper Julio Cesar’s legs but centre-back Lucio was there to clear the ball off the line. More last-ditch defending saved Inter again on the half-hour mark as Cristiano Zanetti’s clever ball into the box found Gilardino unmarked but Cristian Chivu came across from left-back to fling himself in front of the striker’s shot to block it. Four minutes after the break Balotelli showed just what a talent he is with a rasping drive from 30 yards, when he was afforded too much time and space to set his sights, but Sebastien Frey tipped it around the post. And on 57 minutes La Viola had a mountain to climb after Eto’o fired the visitors ahead.
Valladolid stun Champions Ancelotti expects Chelsea to hold nerve for title run-in League chasing Sevilla Agence France - Presse
MADRID – Valladolid coach Javier Clemente enjoyed a winning home debut as the relegation-threatened side beat Champions League hopefuls Sevilla 2-1 at home on Tuesday to boost their hopes of staying up, moving three points from safety. It is a major setback for Sevilla and their Champions League hopes with the club staying fourth although Real Mallorca can go three points ahead of them with victory over Real Zaragoza on Wednesday. Valladolid had just one win in the last 16 games before the game but 60-year-old veteran coach Clemente - who coached Spain from 1992 to 1998 - has made it four points from his two games at the helm to enhance their chances of beating the drop. Attacker Diego Costa headed his eighth goal of the season on 41 minutes to put Valladolid ahead and Angolan striker Mateus Manucho, briefly on Manchester United’s books, struck a second on 53 minutes. “This was a big win for us and gives us more confidence to try and fight to stay in the top-flight,” said Costa. Juan Cala got a late goal back for Sevilla with a sweet 25-yard strike but Valladolid clung on with goalkeeper Jacobo Ovejero making two big saves in the closing stages. It was a ninth defeat on the road and the performance and result does
little for the fading chances of interim manager Antonio Alvarez, who replaced Manolo Jimenez, to get the job on a permanent basis. Elsewhere Tenerife finally won their first away game of the season triumphing 2-0 at Sporting Gijon to move two points from safety. Late goals from Roman Martinez (70 min) and Alejandro Alfaro (87) helped promoted Tenerife win away after 16 failed attempts and fourth from bottom Malaga, two points ahead of Tenerife, are now looking over their shoulder nervously. Later on Tuesday Europa League rivals Villarreal and Getafe lock horns at the Coliseum. Villarreal are two points off sixth spot, currently occupied by Athletic Bilbao, while Getafe are one place and two points further back. Tabletoppers Barcelona take to the field on Wednesday when they host Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou. Barcelona are three points clear of Real Madrid after beating their arch rivals 2-0 in Saturday’s ‘El Clasico’ putting them in the box seat with seven games left. “It is one of the most difficult moments I have had to experience but life has shown me never to give up,” said Iniesta. Real Madrid are in action on Thursday when they travel to Almeria knowing they will have to win all seven games and hope Barca slip up to have a shot at winning the league title.
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LONDON – Carlo Ancelotti insists there is no chance Chelsea will lose their nerve as they approach the final furlong of the race for the Premier League title. Ancelotti’s side are within touching distance of winning the league for the first time since 2006 after Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Bolton left the Blues four points clear of second placed Manchester United with four games to go. The leaders looked anxious at times as they laboured to kill off stubborn Bolton and Owen Coyle’s struggling team could even have snatched a shock draw if referee Lee Probert had awarded either of two strong penalty claims. With a trip to London rivals Tottenham next on the agenda and another tricky away game at Liverpool still to come, it seems likely Chelsea will have plenty more opportunities to show their resolve before the champagne corks start popping around west London. But Ancelotti is adamant his players’ ability to grind out wins from tense encounters like the Bolton game shows they are made of the right stuff to end United’s three-year reign as champions. “We have more possibility than Manchester United and Arsenal (to win the title) but we are not sure,” Ancelotti said. “We have to play four tough games. On Saturday we have a derby against Tottenham. We are ready to play and we are excited. We know we have to fight and we are ready to fight. We don’t want to look at the other teams. The Premier League is in our hands. We have to stay focused and calm and prepare for our games. We have to play game by game and we are not interested in the results of the other teams. There was pressure on us because we had to improve our position. The players have a very good motivation to finish the season well.” Key to Chelsea’s hopes of winning the title for the first time since the Jose Mourinho era is the form of strikers Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba. Suggestions from Bolton striker Kevin Davies that his former Wan-
derers team-mate Anelka doesn’t like playing with Drogba were made to look wide of the mark as the pair combined for Chelsea’s winner on Tuesday. Yet Anelka’s close-range header from Drogba’s sublime 43rd minute cross was the French striker’s first goal in 14 matches stretching back to January. Once again Anelka, who started as part of a three-man attack, rarely dovetailed well with Drogba and was replaced midway through the second half.
Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka (left) celebrates scoring his goal against Bolton Wanderers with teammate Salomon Kalou during their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London. Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to four points after their 1-0 win.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
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Ferrari: No worries on engine situation Ferrari is adamant there are no reasons to be worried about the reliability of its engines following an in-depth analysis on its failures in Malaysia. Fernando Alonso was forced into retirement from the Sepang race after his power unit failed with two laps to go, on the same weekend that the Sauber team, also using Ferrari units, suffered engine problems.
Ferrari is adamant there are no reasons to be worried about the reliability of its engines following an in-depth analysis on its failures in Malaysia. Fernando Alonso was forced into retirement from the Sepang race after his power unit failed with two laps to go, on the same weekend that the Sauber team, also using Ferrari units, suffered engine problems.
Yamaha concerned by power deficit QATAR-Yamaha MotoGP boss Davide Brivio has admitted that his team needs to find more power, but is concerned that the 2010 engine use restrictions could hamper its efforts to do so. Although Yamaha started the 2010 season with a one-two in Qatar for Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, the M1 appeared to lack straightline performance compared to its rivals - with Honda in particular seeming to enjoy a power advantage. With each rider only allowed to use six engines during the 2010 campaign, Brivio is concerned that catching up could be difficult. “We struggle on the straights,” Brivio admitted to Gazzetta dello Sport. “Let’s hope we can quickly find some small solution to patch the situation. “But because of the new rule that forces us to use no more than six engines for the season, finding an immediate solution may be a bit of a problem. We must take into consideration the available units.” Rossi’s bike stopped just after the chequered flag on Sunday night, having run out of fuel. Brivio confirmed Rossi’s suspicion that this was simply because excessive wheelspin during the race had used more fuel, but said it had not been a drama and Yamaha’s in-built automatic fuel
management system had not been required. “If the bike slides, you lose grip and the bike consumes more fuel,” he said. “We have a system that calculates fuel consumption during the race and leaves you with a sufficient amount to reach the end of the race. If it calculates that it’s consuming too much, it steps in by reducing the power. “There are tracks more problem-
atic than others, and it has occurred in the past that we finished right on the limit. It also depends on the combination between track and temperature: when it’s cold you consume more, less so when it’s hot. “During the post-race meeting we have established that the system did not step in. The fuel was sufficient, and in fact Valentino crossed the finish line with no problems. The system did not reduce the power.”
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Nine-time Italian world champion Valentino Rossi (C) of Fiat Yamaha team races with other drivers at the MotoGP final race at the Losail International Circuit in Doha on April 11, 2010. Rossi launched his title defence with victory at the Qatar Grand Prix after bitter rival Casey Stoner crashed out. Rossi, won by 1.022sec from teammate Jorge Lorenzo while his Italian conpatriot Dovizioso, was 1.865sec off the pace.
The team had made precautionary engines changes in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, leading to fears about its engine allocation for the rest of the season. Ferrari said on Tuesday, however, that the engines have no issues and they will be used again in this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix. And engine chief Luca Marmorini also revealed that the problems suffered by Alonso in Malaysia were probably related to the fact that he had to use it differently due to a problem with his gearbox. “We have carried out an in-depth study into what happened and the two problems are not related to one another,” Marmorini told Ferrari’s website. “In Sepang, Fernando’s engine suffered a structural failure, of a type we had never seen during the winter. “We believe there was a role played by the unusual way in which the driver had to use the engine during the race, because of the gear selection problems he experienced right from the start. Additionally, there is no connection with the problem the Sauber team experienced on the engine front at the last race, which we believe was down to an issue with electronic sensors. “Each car has eight engines it can use per driver over the season and we plan our useage strategy around this. As a precaution, we opted not to use the Bahrain race engines in Australia, but they will be used in China, having concluded that they are fit for
purpose, despite what happened at the Sakhir circuit.” Marmorini, whose team is leading both championships ahead of the Shanghai race, says the Maranello outfit has reasons to be very pleased about its pace so far. “I’m happy because I think the Ferrari package is quick, even if it could always be quicker of course,” he added. “Having said that, our pace in the race can give cause for satisfaction on the engine and car side, even if we still have much work to do on the engine front, getting even more out of it, working within the restrictions of the current regulations.” The engine boss also admitted it has been very hard to judge the unit’s true performance so far given the unusual race conditions. “Unfortunately, I would say that so far, it is impossible to have a clear picture of how this side of the package is working, as there has not been a single race weekend not affected by the weather,” Marmorini said. “In wet conditions, fuel consumption is a bit harder to control and becomes a less important factor. It’s fair to say we have done a good job so far, based on work carried out last winter, but we continue to work on this aspect of engine behaviour to improve still further. Once we have a race weekend that is completely dry, we will get a clearer picture of where we stand.”