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A Chinese woman whose child was killed in a stabbing incident gets help outside a elementary school in Nanping in east China’s Fujian province Tuesday March 23, 2010. A former doctor armed with a large knife killed eight children and injured five others Tuesday at the school, a local official said.
Man stabs, kills 8 children at Chinese school Associated Press Writer
BEIJING – A former doctor armed with a large knife rampaged outside an elementary school in eastern China, stabbing eight young children to death and wounding five others Tuesday, a local official and a state news agency said.
The assailant was arrested after the early morning attack, launched as students were arriving for school, Xinhua News
Agency said. His rampage was finally stopped by passers-by and school security guards, Xinhua said, citing Wu Jiachong, the owner
of a nearby shop. The attacker, Zheng Minsheng, 41, worked as a doctor in a community clinic before resigning last
June, Xinhua said, citing Huang Zhongping, spokesman for the Nanping city public security bureau. Zheng was known to have a history of mental illness, said a man surnamed Wu in the Nanping city government office, who would not give his full name as is common among Chinese officials. Continued on page 6
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BAGHDAD – Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry says a Saddam Hussein-era mass grave dating to his 1991 suppression of a Shiite revolt has been unearthed in the south. Ministry’s spokesman Kamil Ameen says government teams working on an irrigation project found the grave in an agricultural area in Maysan province. Ameen told The Associated
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An Iraqi soldier stands guard as he looks at a damaged concrete wall after a bomb attack in Baghdad March 23, 2010. A roadside bomb wounded four people in central Baghdad, a police source said.
Press Tuesday that about 20 bodies were unearthed. The irrigation project has been put on hold until the excavation is complete. Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion toppling Saddam’s regime, mass graves have been found across Iraq. Following Saddam’s defeat in the first Gulf War, Iraq’s Shiites revolted in the south, but were brutally suppressed. Hundreds of thousands are believed to have been killed.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Bali News Denpasar Mayoral Election
Installation of Banners of Both Candidates Violate Rules Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Direction from the Denpasar Electoral Commission with Supervisory Committee to all campaign teams of each candidate of mayor—deputy mayor in relation to attributes associated with socialization was not fully implemented. The proof, so far a number of installations of socialization attributes belonging to each candidate violated the provisions stipulated in the law. One of them was the banner belonging to candidate couple of Dharma-Negara and Subawa-Udiyana on Jalan Hasanuddin, Denpasar. Based on monitoring of Bali Post at a number of banner installation points, last Monday (Mar 22), the number of banner installation showed an increase again. If previously the candidate couples supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had dismantled the attributes of socialization, later on they reemerged in larger numbers. Ironically, several banner installations of the leader candidates in the Denpasar City ignored the prevailing stipulation of Regional Regulation. For example, the banners were installed across the pavement and the road body. The banner belonged to candidate couple of number 1 set up at the next to Alangkajeng Hamlet, Jalan Hasanuddin, clearly surpassed the road border because the end of its
banner occurred above the road. A similar condition also happened to that of Subawa-Udiyana package on the same street. Even, the package supported by Democratic Party and Functional Group (Golkar) Party also set up banner above the park of road median that had been agreed not to be allowed. Chairman of Denpasar Supervisory Committee, Ni Made Wirati, admitted such violations did not belong to her authority to take action. When associated with the infringement of Regional Regulation, it became the authority of Denpasar Sanitation and Landscaping Services (DKP). “We are only authorized to take action against the offender in connection with campaign materials. So if the deeds violating the Regional Regu-
lation, it is the DKP that should make coordination,” explained Wirati last Monday. Meanwhile, the Secretary of winning team of Dharma—Negara, Eko Supriyadi, said his party would promptly dismantle those banners violating the provision. “We will immediately take off the banners. We have just discussed about the matter with Mr. Gung Kompyang (AA Kompyang Raka, Chairman of the Dharma-Negara Campaign Team-ed),” said Eko when encountered at the office of Denpasar House. In the meantime, Wirati also admitted her side regularly monitored the installation of socialization attributes of each campaign team. “If there is any violation, we will ask each team to remove it,” she said. (kmb12)
As for Regional Leader Election by Punching
Potentially Creates Public Confusion Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The return to voting method by punching as a follow up of the mechanism for the upcoming regional leader elections is vulnerable to make confusion and can potentially create many invalid votes. These conditions must be addressed seriously by the implementers and perpetrators, so that the public can understand about the mechanism as suggested by the Act No. 32/2004. A political observer, Tjok Atmadja, stated since the rules had implied so, people might submit to them. Probably, residents could be truly awkward because previously in the General Election and the Presidential Election they have been familiar with ticking method. “Electoral organizers and perpetrator must undertake it all out in this regard. Do not let the execution of democracy spend expensive budget, but its political legitimacy is small,” said Tjok Atmadja, last Monday (Mar 22). This Rector of Ngurah Rai Univer-
sity (UNR) Bali stated the Electoral Commission still had time to do socialization. The two months remaining time could be utilized well by conducting approach to the community. Simply use the popular ways so people could understand thoroughly. Meanwhile, participation of the perpetrators of the regional leader elections was still expected in convincing their supporters. Through simakrama or social gathering event as usually established, a candidate could deliver how to use the voting rights in the upcoming elections. “A candidate certainly does not want to lose the votes of their supporters as a result of invalid ballots,” he said. Toward the possibility of many invalid votes as a result of using the previous punching method, Tjok Atmaja said it might happen. However, his party could not estimate the volume. It would depend very much on how the Electoral Commission and their candidates made the socialization. “Indeed, the mechanism in use during the legis-
lative and presidential election is ideally continued. But, if the rule requires the mechanism back to previous punching, people should be willing to do so,” he said. Meanwhile, the Head of Bali Electoral Commission, Lanang Perbawa had observed the rules about the elections. So far, the day before the voting time came, his party had attempted the socialization, either face-to-face, installation of banners at strategic places or through a number of ads on mass media. “We’ve been anticipating this condition much earlier,” he explained. Related to possibility of many invalid votes as a result of shocked community, Lanang Perbawa did not expect it to happen. He said the large number of invalid votes was not necessarily caused by the way of voting. His party then provided examples of mechanisms used in the last legislative and presidential election where many invalid votes were found, too. (015)
Governor of Bali Got Angry
Accusing the Printing House as Ringleader of Chaos National Examination for senior high school (SMA) / high vocational school (SMK) has been held for decades, but only this time it ran lousily. The problems lay on the exam materials for a number of schools in Amlapura got accidentally exchanged and similar case also happened at one of the schools in Denpasar. As a result, such incident beyond the imagination of the national exam organizers made Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika and Deputy Head of Commission IV of Bali House, Ketut Kariyasa Adnyana furious. Both accused the printing house, in this case Perum Percetakan Negara RI as ringleader of the chaos. According to Mangku Pastika, the core problem did not have something to do with the incompetent performance of national exam organizers, but purely on incompetence of printing house. Apart from the existing solutions, said Mangku Pastika, the matter was not true and not good because it was affecting the mental of children facing the tests. “On that account, we must complain in accordance with the existing provision and regulations to the printing house. If necessary, we no longer use them because this poses a bad precedent for the implementation of the national exam,” asserted Mangku Pastika in annoyed face in the midst of his monitoring to the implementation of national exam at SMK 3 Denpasar, last Monday (Mar 22). The printing house in charge to handle the national exam in Bali, according to him, should work extra carefully so as not create a chaotic implementation of the national exam. By nature, the national exam itself required the peace of students to follow the test and if there was any chaos it could disrupt their concentration. Comparable opinion was made by Deputy Head of Commission IV of Bali House, Ketut Kariyasa Adnyana. Even,
this people’s representative from Buleleng accused the state-owned printing house had failed to improve the quality of the national exam as aspired by the government. “Performance of the printing for the national exam in this year is really disappointing. Several problems arise due to inaccurate performance of the printing house,” he said. According to Kariyasa Adnyana, the omens of chaos in the national exam of senior high school / vocational high school seemed to find a problem starting from the process of distribution made the organizer in Bali frenzy. According to schedule, those exam materials should have arrived in Bali at the latest on last Friday (Mar 19) afternoon. However, the exam materials just arrived in Bali on Saturday (Mar 20) at around 11:00 am Local Time. Moreover, the amount of exam materials distributed was incomplete because there were some new sub regions just receiving the materials in complete state at around 04.00, Monday (Mar 22), or only four hours before the implementation of the national exam on the first day. “Quality of printing performance was terribly disappointing,” he said. Head of Bali Educational, Youth and Sports Services, I Wayan Suasta, admitted to have headache to find out a solution in order the national exam of SMA/SMK in Bali could be held as scheduled. His party had taken specific policy in relation to the accidental exchange of questions for the subject of Bahasa Indonesia with English happening at some schools. “We have no other choice but prepare a backup by copying them under supervision of the Supervisory Team of the national exam and police. This policy had to be done in emergency case so that the exam could be continued and did not harm the students participating in the national exam,” he added. (By Denpost)
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Luxury home Burglarized
500 Million worth of jewelries are Missing Tabanan (Bali Post) —
A house owned by a conglomerate, Wirawati (41) is located at Jalan By Pas Kediri-Tabanan, Uma Pala environment, Banjar Tegal Belodan, Dauh Peken village, Tabanan, was burglarized by thieves, on Sunday (21 / 3). Jewelries taken were estimated to reach 500 million rupiah. Earlier, on Saturday (20 / 3) at approximately 05.00a.m., the victim along with her husband Masaharu Diraja (51) and family members left for Pura Dalem Ped, Nusa Penida to perform prayers. Before leaving they admitted to have locked the doors and windows tightly. This family had just returned the next day at around 13:00. But a
number of irregularities were found immediately. The rear window of the house was damaged. Also, the closets were destroyed and ransacked. Apparently some jewelry was also missing such as: goldedged diamond necklace weighing 50 grams, six gold diamond rings, and a gold emerald necklace weighing 300 grams. The victim estimates the number of losses to reach Rp
500 million. The victim reported the incident to the City Polsektif Tabanan. Tabanan Police Pahumas Kompol Endung Hardanto says alleged perpetrators were suspected to enter the empty house by prying the window. Police have not succeeded in revealing who the perpetrators of theft of gold ornaments in large quantities. (KMB 14)
Gianyar regency office vacant Monday (22 / 3) yesterday, the atmosphere of district (regency) Gianyar looks different from usual days. Out of the several offices in Gianyar Regency neighborhood only a few employees who seem to have gone to work. The rest, mostly following the leave for a wedding, Piodalan, and Ngaben ceremony. From observation done yester-
day morning, began to go door atmosphere environment Gianyar Regency looked very empty. Usually a large parking lot at the front district government offices is crowded with vehicles from people who were in need of registration or vehicles owned by employees. Red plate vehicles were at minimum. The same scene was also seen in the district gov-
ernment canteens. The number of employees who work was only a little, because mostly asked for leave, said one of the employees in Gianyar regency. In fact, in one of the office, out of the 22 employees there were nine who asked for leave. This leave was mostly asked because of the ceremony. (kmb16)
Central Lombok Violent Crime Syndicate
One Suspect Arrested, Five on the Run Denpasar (Bali Post) —
For the past few months, the police jurisdiction of the South Kuta are often become the target of thieves, especially the perpetrators of theft with violence. However, after doing investigation on the field, the police finally managed to uncover who was responsible. Apparently, the perpetrators of this community had troubling syndicates from Central Lombok (attic). Unfortunately, the police could only arrest one perpetrator Bagiana alias Adi Santoso (28). Meanwhile, five other players with initials UM, MJ, AE, UI, and IN had escaped from police pursuit. They are still being hunted and allegedly still hanging in Bali. ‘’We’ve managed to catch one perpetrator. We are still chasing the five others,’’ said South Kuta Kapolsek AKP Nanang Prihasmoko, on Monday (22 / 3) yesterday. Kapolsek Nanang Prihasmoko explained Bagiana is quite clever. In fact, the police had been fooled when he undergoes a thorough police investigation in South Kuta. By pretending to eat lunch, the suspect apparently
fled away. ‘’At last we managed to catch the suspects again a few hours later. Directly concerned and thrown him into prison cells,’’ he explained. The process began with the arrest of the suspect when police received reports from victims Bernadus who lived in Jalan Kemuning, on March 14, 2010. The victim claimed to lose his phone allegedly stolen by a thief. When the incident happened, the victim’s bedroom door was not locked. Reskrim police forces of South Kuta investigate directly in the field. Crime scene and witnesses examination was performed. From the results of that investigation, police suspect Bagiana. The suspect was arrested at his boarding house in one of the rooms located in Jalan Srikandi, Nusa Dua, on Wednesday (17 / 3) at 11.00 am. However, the difficulties the police entrap the perpetrator because the evidence was minimal. In the course of investigation, the suspect suddenly asked permission to eat lunch. ‘’Well, at that time the suspect fled. So we go back after him. On that day, the suspect arrested,’’ he said to the media crew.
Fleeing of the suspect has made investigators intensify inspection. The suspect had not confessed, after a run and was arrested back the suspect finally opened his mouth. Indeed, recognition of the suspect not only him who often do the theft. There are still five other players who enter the network. “This group of six people is masterminded by UI,’’ he explained. Of recognition from Bagiana, he joined theft because he was forced by UI. Bagiana was lured for big income work. Bagiana joined to Bali. However, upon arriving in Bali, rather than obtain lawful employment, Bagiana instead forced to make theft. ‘’I was threatened by principal UI. If not, I will be killed,’’I Bagiana. In fact, when he stole from the victim’s house Bernadus, he got a mobile phone. The phone’s direct sale price was Rp 350 thousand. Furthermore, the money was divided by the perpetrator UI. ‘’I was just given Rp. 50 thousand. Meanwhile, the rest were asked principals UI. This UI often theft with a knife, if caught, he also threatened the victim,’’ he added. (kmb21)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wedding Convoys got accident Gianyar (Bali Post) —
Convoys of bridals passing through Banjar Sema, Bitera, Gianyar, on Monday (22 / 3) yesterday experience accident pileup. Four four-wheeled vehicles, namely Suzuki APV, Toyota Avanza, Mitsubishi Kuda, and Isuzu rural transport car (Angdes) were in an accident that absorbed locals’ attention. Information on the location of the pileup incident, which started when the bride in Suzuki APV AD 9367 LF driven by Made Darwika collided with DK 1804 KD Toyota Avanza (not a bridal party) which is right in front. Surprised from the crash behind, the driver of the silver Avanza could not control the vehicle and hit the gas pedal instead. It then hit the Mitsubishi Kuda DK 1134 EJ in front of him. Furthermore, the driver of Mitsubishi Kuda, Gusti Made Putra who is still one party with the bridal procession was panic. So he hit the Angdes DK 1435 F Isuzu in front of him. “I hit the Avanza in front of me, because after the way up, suddenly the
Avanza slowed down, I saw the brake lights burning,” said Made Darwika to the police. Gusti Made Darwika and his son who was driving the Mitsubishi Kuda and angdes is part of a convoy of wedding party from Negara towards Karangasem. Prospective groom themselves were in Mitsubishi Kuda driven by Made Putra. Pileup that occurred was not to cause casualties or injuries. Only material losses are estimated to reach tens of millions of rupiah. Almost all vehicles experienced the same damage, which is wrecked on the front bumper. The most severe damage experienced by Avanza owners. Result of hard crash, the back and front of the car were wrecked. Top agreement, officers seized vehicle registration from each vehicle for further inspection. “Three out of four vehicle involved were carrying out religious activities, so while this was only the vehicle registration which we stand, “ cleared Kasat Lantas Polres Gianyar,AKP Aria Bima Viyasa, SIK. (kmb16)
National Exam in Buleleng Disrupted:
Exam Materials Switch, Answer Sheets Run Out Singaraja (Bali Post)—
Implementation of national examinations (UN) in Buleleng, last Monday (Mar 22), was interrupted. Other than the existence of questions getting accidentally exchanged, the stock of the computer answer sheet (LJK) also ran out. Exchanged questions happened at SMAN 4 Singaraja. As consequence, it made the implementation of the test delayed for about 30 minutes. Fortunately, the Head of Buleleng Educational Services, Made Suyasa, quickly provided with reserve answer sheets to the students so the implementation of the national exam could run smoothly again. The National Exam Committee of Buleleng Regency, Dewa Made Suyadnya, said the accidental exchange of exam materials was revealed when the teacher on duty opened the envelope containing the test scripts at around 07:45 am Local Time or 15 minutes before the test began. Once opened, the test script inside did not match with the label on the envelope. In the envelope, it was written the subject manuscript of Bahasa Indonesia according to the subjects tested on the first day. Having been opened and about to be distributed to students, in fact it was precisely about the English script, which should be tested on last Tuesday (Mar 23). Such situation caused the students, teachers, supervisors and committee panic. Luckily, at the direction of the Head of Buleleng Educational Services, the supervisor and the committee could find a solution as soon as possible. They contacted all schools
existing within one sub region to collect over the remaining manuscripts at each school. As the result, the number of scripts needed could just be collected from five schools. Though it could be resolved, but participants at SMAN 4 Singaraja could just start at 08:30 am or 30 minutes later than schedule. Meanwhile, the accidentally exchanged answer sheets also happened at SMAN 1 Gerokgak. At this school, the envelope should contain about Bahasa Indonesia subject, but after unsealed it contained the manuscript of chemistry. Head of Buleleng Educational Services, Gede Suyasa, said the exchanged test scripts had been quickly overcome by providing a backup script given by the committee. However, Suyasa admitted to feel worried if the exchanged answer sheets would occur again in the implementation of the national exam on the second day, last Tuesday. “I worry if this problem occurs again on the second day, while the backup scripts have run out. Hopefully, no more problems like this will happen again,” he said. In addition, said Suyasa, his party lacked for the reserve of answer sheets for the implementation of national exam on the second day. This happened because on the first day the number of answer sheets was not enough so the committee had to take a back up. If similar problem happened on the second day as well, the committee would find it difficult to get spare answer sheets. “I hope the answer sheet would suffice,” he wished. (kmb15)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Nazi hit man convicted in Germany for 1944 murders Associated Press Writer
From left: Cabinet ministers Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour government denied involvement in a cash-for-lobbying scandal, after three of its exministers were suspended just weeks before an election.
Govt in lobbying row as ex-ministers suspended Agence France Presse
LONDON – Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour government denied involvement in a cash-for-lobbying scandal Tuesday, after three of its ex-ministers were suspended just weeks before an election. Former Cabinet minister Stephen Byers, who has been at the centre of the row, was suspended late Monday after a documentary was aired in which he was secretly filmed apparently offering his lobbying services for payment. Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon and former health secretary Patricia Hewitt were also suspended pending an investigation into the programme’s claims, the Labour party said. All three deny wrongdoing. Brown has dismissed calls by the opposition Conservatives for a government investigation, and officials said an internal review carried out Monday found no current ministers or civil servants had been improperly influenced. “There is not a shred of evidence, not a single scintilla of evidence, of any impropriety whatsoever,” Justice Secretary Jack Straw told the BBC Tuesday. However, he said the trio’s behaviour had brought the party and parliament “into disrepute” and said there was “incendiary” anger among Labour lawmakers, who have a tough battle to win re-election in a vote expected on May 6. “It appears that former cabinet ministers are more interested in making money than they are in properly representing their constituents,” he said. In the undercover sting for a Channel Four television documentary, the lawmakers were filmed apparently making an offer to a reporter posing as a lobbyist to use their government connections in exchange for money. “The Labour Party expects the highest standards of its representatives and believes that they
have a duty to be transparent and accountable servants to their constituents at all times,” the party said, announcing the suspensions. Byers described himself in the programme as a “cab for hire”, charging up to 5,000 pounds a day for his services. Hewitt and Hoon were filmed suggesting they would charge 3,000 pounds a day for their services. All three were close to Brown’s predecessor as prime minister, Tony Blair, and are due to step down as lawmakers at the election. Hoon and Hewitt had also led a failed attempt to dislodge Brown as Labour leader in January. The scandal comes less than a year after a major row over MPs’ expenses rocked parliament, and Conservative leader David Cameron described it as “shocking”, saying: “It is a question of government integrity.” His party said Brown’s refusal to launch an investigation was “outrageous”. Byers, a former transport secretary, boasted to the undercover journalist he had made a secret deal with current Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis over the termination of a rail franchise contract. Both the rail firm, National Express, and Adonis denied this. He also claimed Business Secretary Peter Mandelson had amended food labelling regulations after he intervened on behalf of a supermarket giant. Mandelson said he had “no recollection” of having talked to Byers about the issue, adding that the whole incident was “very sad and rather grubby”. Byers has since insisted he “exaggerated” his influence, adding that he had “never lobbied ministers on behalf of commercial interests”. In a separate development, the BBC said it had uncovered widespread abuse of parliamentary rules by more than 20 MPs from all the main parties who had accepted free overseas trips from foreign governments.
AACHEN, Germany – A German court on Tuesday convicted an 88-year-old man of murdering three Dutch civilians as part of a Nazi hit squad during World War II, capping six decades of efforts to bring the former Waffen SS man to justice. Heinrich Boere, No. 6 on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most-wanted Nazis, was given the maximum sentence of life in prison for the 1944 killings. “These were murders that could hardly be outdone in terms of baseness and cowardice — beyond the respectability of any soldier,” presiding judge Gerd Nohl
Justice finally caught up with former SS assassin Heinrich Boere as a German court jailed the 88-yearold pensioner for life for shooting dead three civilians in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in 1944.
said. Boere sat in his wheelchair, staring at the floor and showing no visible reaction as the verdict was announced. During the trial, which began in October, Boere admitted killing a bicycle shop owner, a pharmacist and another civilian in 1944 as a member of the “Silbertanne” hit squad — a unit of largely Dutch SS volunteers responsible for reprisal killings of their countrymen. He said he had no choice but to follow orders to carry out the killings. “As a simple soldier, I learned to carry out orders,” Boere testified in December. “And I knew that if I didn’t carry out my orders I would be breaking my oath and would be shot myself.” But the prosecution argued that Boere was a willing member of the fanatical Waffen SS, which he joined shortly after the Nazis had overrun his hometown of Maastricht and the rest of the Netherlands in 1940. Though sentenced to death in absentia in the Netherlands in 1949 — later commuted to life imprisonment — Boere has managed to avoid jail until now. One German court refused to extradite him because it ruled he might have German nationality as well as Dutch. Another would not force him to serve his Dutch sentence in a German prison because he was absent from his trial, having fled to Germany. “We welcome the conviction, we welcome the sentence and this is again another proof that even at this point it is possible to bring Nazi war criminals to justice,” Efraim Zuroff, the top Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said by telephone from Jerusalem. “It also underscores the significance of the renewed activity on the part of the German prosecution,” he said. Dolf Bicknese — the son of pharmacist Fritz Hubert Ernst Bicknese, one of the victims — also voiced satisfaction. “I’m happy that the judge made a good decision,” he said. Defense lawyer Gordon Christiansen said he would appeal to a German federal court. Boere will remain free until the appeals process is complete. Boere was born in Eschweiler, Germany — on the outskirts of Aachen, where he lives today. The son of a Dutch man and a German woman, he moved to the Netherlands when he was an infant. Boere has testified that he decided to join the SS at age 18 after the Germans had overrun the Netherlands and he saw a recruiting poster signed by Heinrich Himmler that inspired him. After fighting on the Russian front, Boere ended up back in the Netherlands as part of “Silbertanne” — a death squad believed to be responsible for 54 killings in Holland.
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi against party joining elections Associated Press Writer
YANGON, Myanmar – Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers say the detained opposition leader would “not even think” of registering her party for Myanmar’s upcoming elections under the junta’s restrictions but she will let the party decide for itself. Suu Kyi is under house arrest and is effectively barred from running and voting in elections under recent laws enacted by the military-ruled government. One of the laws requires parties to register for the elections or cease to exist. Lawyer Nyan Win said Suu Kyi told him Tuesday she “would not even think of registering under these unjust laws” but she will let her party decide on its own. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy plans to meet next Monday to decide whether to register for elections later this year.
AP Photo/Khin Maung Win
A Buddhist monk walks past a convoy of riot police deployed outside Yangon, Myanmar, City Hall on Friday, March 19, 2010. A day after Myanmar’s ruling military junta announced electoral registration rules, security has been tightened in the town.
International IMIGRATION Australian Consulate General Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Phone: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 221195 (General) +62 361 241120 (Immigration)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
News Nigerian oil union protests killings of workers Agence France Presse
Former US Presidents Bill Clinton (R) and George W. Bush listen as US President Barack Obama speaks about relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti, during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2010. The former presidents will seek to reassure Haitians with a visit Monday that the world has not forgotten them.
LAGOS – Nigeria’s white-collar oil workers union on Tuesday protested the murder of two colleagues in the restive oil hub of the Niger Delta and gave the government two weeks to hunt down the killers. “We have issued a 14-day ultimatum to government and the security agencies to fish out the killers of two of our members,” said Bayo Olowosile, secretary of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN). The duo, staff of a subsidiary of the staterun Nigerian National Petroleum (NNPC), were seized by unknown men on March 13. Their bodies were found on Saturday in in southern Delta State, Olowosile told AFP. “PENGASSAN ...calls for full investigation of this cruel murder and the resultant prosecution of those responsible within 14 days failing which our association may be compelled to take whatever action deemed appropriate to oblige
government to fish out the culprits,” he said. In February 2009, the union threatened to call a strike to protest the rising wave of killings and kidnappings of oil workers in the region, but the action never took off after government promises to address their grievances. For more than three years, the Niger Delta, home to Nigeria’s multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry, has been rocked by violent attacks and kidnappings targeting oil companies, workers and their families. Some are carried out by militants claiming to be fighting for a fairer share of the region’s oil wealth for local people, others by criminal gangs out to make ransom money. A government amnesty deal saw a brief lull in violence and kidnappings until the end of January when a leading rebel group called off its ceasefire it declared last year. The surge in violent attacks slashed crude production in the world’s eighth largest producer to 1.5 million barrels a day, from a peak of 2.6 million at the start of 2006.
Presidents Bush, Clinton visit devastated Haiti AP
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton clasped hands with residents of one of Haiti’s massive tent cities Monday on a tour of its quake-devastated capital — a visit intended to remind donors of the immense needs facing the recovery effort. The two former leaders, who were tapped by President Barack Obama to spearhead U.S. fundraising for the crisis, made their first joint visit to Haiti. They spotlighted the dramatic need for help ahead of a critical March 31 U.N. donors conference in New York where Haitian officials will ask for $11.5 billion in reconstruction help. At a news conference with President Rene Preval on the grounds of the collapsed national palace, Bush said he was struck by the devastation caused by the Jan. 12 earthquake. “It’s one thing to see it on TV, it’s another to see it firsthand,” said Bush, who was making his first visit to Haiti. “Hopefully our visit will remind people that Haiti needs help.” Clinton and Bush later greeted quake survivors camped on the Champ de Mars, the national mall filled with 60,000 homeless people. Secret Service agents and Haitian police surrounded the men as they waded into a fenced-in section of the mall where dozens of families have pitched blue, orange and silver tarps. While many of the homeless welcomed the visit as a sign that the U.S. would continue to supply aid, some said they were
disappointed the presidents did not bring anything more tangible. “The visit is like no visit at all. They walked inside, it’s to show off,” said Rene Pierre, a 35-year-old homeless man. About 100 protesters burned tires and an American flag outside the national palace to demand the return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was flown from Haiti aboard a U.S. plane during Bush’s presidency and now lives in South African exile. Clinton and Bush visited the country as it struggles to feed and shelter victims of the magnitude-7 quake, which killed an estimated 230,000 people. Another 1.3 million quake survivors are homeless, with many living in camps prone to dangerous flooding in the April rainy season. The former presidents also visited the Maxima SA woodworking plant where manager Evelien Degier, a native of the Netherlands, said they can build houses for $2,000. She said she hopes the presidents help direct investment to companies like hers that employ Haitians as part of the reconstruction effort. “It’s wonderful to have the handouts and the food,” she said. “But now people need to go back to work to real life to earn real money.”
A Nigerian naval security officer patrol in the Niger Delta. Nigeria’s white-collar oil workers union protested the murder of two colleagues in the restive oil hub of the Niger Delta and gave the government two weeks to hunt down the killers.
At least 35 killed in Afghan avalanche: official Agence France Presse
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan – An avalanche struck a remote mountain area of northern Afghanistan two weeks ago, killing at least 35 people and burying houses beneath the snow, a local official said Tuesday. The disaster struck in Badakhshan province in the far north, but harsh weather and the remoteness of the province bordering China, Pakistan and Tajikistan meant local
Man stabs... From page 1 Eight children from Nanping City Experimental Elementary School were killed, and five were being treated at a hospital, Wu said. Six died at the scene. The victims’ ages were not known, but Chinese elementary schools typically have students ages 6 to 12.
officials had to travel for weeks to seek help. “An avalanche swept through five civilian houses in Arghanj Khowa district killing 35 people including men, women and children,” said Marouf Rasikh, the spokesman for northern Badakhshan province. “Two representatives of the district got to the provincial capital after travelling for 13 days on snow-blocked roads and they informed us of the incident last night,” he added.
The school, located in Fujian province, was closed and students were sent home for the day. Counseling would be provided for students when classes resume Wednesday, Xinhua said. China has witnessed a series of school attacks over the past several years, which are often blamed on personal grudges or people with psychiatric problems, leading to calls for improved security.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Govt appoints RI‘s representatives in ACWC Antara
Jakarta - The government has appointed two persons to represent Indonesia in the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC). “Two Indonesian representatives in the ACWC have been appointed by the government,” State Minister for Women`s Empowerment and Child Protection Linda Amalia Sari said here on Tuesday. She one of the persons would represent Indonesia at ACWC for women‘s rights and the other for children‘s rights.
“Ahmad Taufan Damanic of KKSP Foundation in Medan, North Sumatra, is appointed Indonesian representative for children`s rights and Rita Serena Kolibonso of Mitra Perempuan`s Women Crisis Center for women`s rights,” Linda Amalia said. Early in February this year, the government had opened registration
for the selection of Indonesian representatives in ACWC, because each ASEAN country had to have two representatives: one expert on women‘s affairs and one expert on child affairs. The candidates should be Indonesian citizen, from both government and non-government officials, have English ability, have good un-
derstanding about women and child issues at national and international levels, and have knowledge about ASEAN cooperation. “The candidates should also have moral integrity, be independent, and have a wide national and international networks,” the minister said. She said the Indonesian representatives in the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children should be the right persons with high credibility. Linda Amalia also said the se-
lected representatives were required to have a strong understanding about child and women‘s affairs. She said the selection process was made openly and transparently by a small team made up of related institutions, among others Foreign Affairs Ministry and Law and Human Rights Ministry, State Ministry for Women‘s Empowerment and Child Protection, Coordinating Ministry for People‘s Welfare, Manpower and Transmigration Ministry, and the National Commission of Women and Child Protection
Some 62 yachts register for Sail Banda 2010 Antara
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 file photo, a female Sumatran tiger that is believed to have killed 3 men is seen inside a trap set up by forest rangers and environmental activists at a palm oil plantation in Sungai Gelam, Jambi province on Sumatra island, Indonesia. A rare Sumatran tiger dragged a man from a hut in an Indonesian village and broke his neck as friends tried to rescue the victim, an official said Monday.
Floods submerge 2,674 buildings in Sarolangun Antara
Jambi - Floods inundated 2,674 buildings in Sarolangun district, Jambi Province, Sumatra Island, as the Batanghari River overflowed on Tuesday. Houses, school buildings and mosques were flooded, said Aslami MZ of the Jambi administration,
here on Tuesday. The flood also affected hundreds of hectares of rice fields and plantations, he said.Flood waters submerged houses at a height of up to 150 cm. Floods triggered by incessant heavy rains, caused the Batanghari River‘s tributaries, namely Batang Asai, Batang Limun, Batang Merangin, Batang Tembesi, and
Batang Air Hitam to overflow since last Thursday (March 18) at a height of up to two meters. At least 23 villages in six sub districts have been affected by the floods. The sub districts are Pauh, Mandiangin, Limun and Sarolangun town. The worst-affected villages were Muaro Tempalo in Limun sub dis-
trict and Mandiangin sub district, he said.At least 500 families have been evacuated to higher grounds. The local authorities have set up emergency tents and distributed relief aid such as rice, instant noddles, blankets, baby food to flood victims.The natural disaster is estimated to have caused material losses of billions of rupiahs
Ambon - At least 62 yachts from abroad have been registered to join the upcoming international marine event of Sail Banda 2010 from July to August this year. “Our target is that at least 200 boats and yachts will participate in the event, and some 62 of them have been registered. We still have three months left to have our target met,” Sail Banda local committee spokesman Cak Saimima said here on Tuesday. He said the event was intended to introduce Maluku’s marine tourism potentials to international community, and to convince them that the province was really safe for tourists. Sail Indonesia 2010 will depart from Darwin on Saturday July 24 at 11 am local time and during the following 3 months the participants are invited to participate in a series of Cultural Festivals at the different stopovers across Indonesia on the islands of Timor, Banda, Ambon, Buton, Lembata, Wakatobi, Flores, Sulawesi, Bali, Java, Borneo, Belitung and finally on to Batam or Bintan just south of Singapore. “Therefore we are making every effort to be good host and organizer of Sail Indonesia 2010,” Saimima said, adding that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on December 14, 2009 appointed Banda, Ambon, and Southwest Maluku (MBD) district town of Wonreli in Kisar island to be the location of the international marine event.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Bali Today Rare seaweed need to be preserved Antara
Nusa Penida – The people throughout Bali urge the government to preserve the rare seaweed (spinosum) wyhich is currently developed in Nusa Penida, Klungkung. Wayan Candra, the head of Klungkung regency, said that the spinosium seaweed is very rare and in Indonesia only can be found in Nusa Penida area. Nusa Penida is a small island located 10 miles southeast of Bali. “We must preserve and develop the rare seaweed because it has high economics value,” Candra added. According to the locals, researchers from Udayana University and other universities in Indonesia and also abroad explained that spinosum seaweed is very rare. The researchers also said that they are very grateful that they can still find and study about the rare seaweed. I Putu Balon, a seaweed farmer, said that there are two kinds of
seaweeds grow in Nusa Penida, spinosum and katoni. “At first, we don’t know that it is rare seaweed so we didn’t develop it. However, now almost all of the farmers grow it because it has high economic value,” he added. An officer in Klungkung Farming Department said that currently, the katoni seaweed is competing with the similar variant from Southeast Sulawesi so the price is not too good. However, the spinosium is very rare so it is quite expensive in the market.
The picture show seaweed farmer is drying his harvest. Rare seaweed called spinosium which is only found in Nusa Penida give high economic value to the local.
First Day of UN was Chaotic Denpasar, Bali Post -
Implementation of the first day of the national examination (UN) for High School / Vocational High School in Bali, on Monday (22 / 3) yesterday, was really chaotic. The faulty State Printing party as the winner of the RI tender has caused printing problems in the UN in Bali. A number of schools were so distraught because they were receiving computer answer sheet (LJK) far below the number of UN participants. There are also LJK in damaged condition found. Worst of all, there are a number of schools that received inconsistent materials with subjects tested on the first day, such as the Indonesian question confused with the English exam materials which is due to be tested on the second day, Tuesday (23 / 3). Confusion about the incident can be found in Denpasar ’s SMAK Harapan. In this case, there were about 8 envelopes (one envelope containing an average of about 10 packages) for the social program whose contents were mixed. The subjects written on the cover were different with the actual content. The cover of the envelope listed Indonesian question, but the contents were about the English language. Errors of the printing press were known only about 10 minutes before the UN starts. As superintendent of the room
opened the sealed envelope containing the Indonesian questions to be distributed to the participants of the UN, it is known that eight envelopes were containing the English language materials instead. The findings were immediately communicated to the team for the next UN inspector reported to the City of Denpasar Disdikpora. Finally, a decision was made to distribute emergency backup copies. Chairman of the UN Committee in SMAK Harapan Denpasar, Dra. Aat Rohati, says that once the mistakes became known, it has immediately being discussed with the team supervisor. Not daring to make a decision, eventually they were contacting the Disdikpora which eventually taken over backup copy under the supervision of the UN Supervisory Team and police. ‘’All of these events we noted in by the minutes. The time taken for this issue to finally compensated for their exams so that students get extra time,’’ Rohati firmed. Problems of the English materials that had already opened, according to her, was finally sealed immediately after subsequent meetings held in Subrayon and secured by the police in order to prevent leak. ‘’UN participants at Harapan Christian High School recorded are 289 people, as many as 149 people among social science major,’’ said Rohati accompanied by Harapan Christian High School’s Principal I Nyoman Rubin. Rubin added, the school also found
there were a number of UN participants who must answer the question with faulty LJK (computerized answer sheet), because it seems to have been folded. ‘’To overcome this, however, there were no backup LJK,’’ he said. Problems also found in SMAK Santo Yoseph Denpasar. UN questions that every room should have two packages of the package 27 (A) and the package 60 (B), even 8 in the majors IPS room because the same package of the package 27 (A). Head of St. Joseph High School, Drs. Nyoman Sunarya was reluctant to comment and asked DenPost to contact the Chairman of IV Subrayon Drs. Wayan Rika, M.Pd. ‘’I’m sorry we do not have the authority to give a statement on this, because the news events we have reported to the Chairman Subrayon IV. Please contact Chairman Subrayon IV,’’ said Sunarya. Wayan Rika when contacted confirmed the discovery of such cases according to reports from St. Joseph High School. Not only that, when subjects were tested biology there was a lack LJK by 6 sheets. Finally, the decision was made of photocopying LJK to overcome the deficiency. In SMAN 4 Denpasar, said Rika, also found many imperfect or folded LJK. LJK in a damaged condition makes it worried, lest students’ responses are not perfectly readable by a computer. (BY DENPOST)
Seven year imprisonment for rapist Antara
DENPASAR - The prosecution in the trial of an Indonesian man accused of raping a Norwegian exchange program student demanded a seven-year jail term for the defendant in a Denpasar District Court session here Monday. Oktaviano Prastiwan P Tolok (24) raped the student while she was drunk at a location near the campus of Udayana University (Unud)’s economic faculty, Jimbaran, last November 15, public prosecutor Ari Dewanto said in his arguments. The man who hailed from East Nusatenggara (NTT) was waiting for customers at a motorcycle taxi stand at Kuta when he saw the girl making her way in the street in a wayward way. He then offered her to take her to her hotel on his motorcycle. But on the way to the hotel the defendant decided to take her elsewhere, a dark and quiet spot near the sports field of Unund’s economic faculty where he raped her. The girl who was left lying on the spot eventually came to her senses and, after realizing what had happened to herself, reported the incident to her hotel’s security. Police in the end were able to locate and arrest Octaviano. The public prosecutor said the defendant had committed an immoral and socially reprehensible act and at the same time damaged Bali’s image as a safe tourist destination. The only alleviating factors about the defendant was that had frankly confessed his misdeed and had never been convicted before. The court session was adjourned until next March 29 when Octaviano would present his defense in court.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Balinese Horoscope For Balinese people the days and the minutes can be lucky or unlucky according to their own unique correspond to a simple characteristic such as Monday – ‘moon’day, Sunday ‘sun’day, and Saturday – ‘saturn’ day. In the Balinese calendar system, the days have many more names and therefore more characteristics which determine their over-all quality. For example Friday August 10, 2007, becomes in the Balinese calendar ‘Jumat Wage, Wuku Krulu’, and so 10 August 2007 will be different from the same date in 2006. Even if two persons were born on the same day, let say between 23 November and 20 December, if they were born in different years they will have the same zodiac sign but not the same characteristic as the result of the different days of the Balinese Horoscope. Two children who were born on the same date but in different years will have different Balinese birthdays. Those who were born on 18 December, 1998 will have a different birthday, therefore to those born on 18 December, 1999. In general, both will inherit the characteristics of Sagittarius. A more detailed description of their characteristics can be found, however, in the Balinese horoscope.(BTN)
(Roast Duck In Banana Leaf) OVERVIEW: The rich flavor of duck is greatly enhanced by a host of pungent roots, herbs and seasonings in this dish, which is invariably a great favorite with visitors to Bali. The Balinese have great admiration for the duck and consider it to be a particularly strong animal as it is, like the turtle, the only one able to survive on land as water.
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INGREDIENTS: 1 whole duck, weigh about 2 kg (4 ½ lb) 18 shallots, peeled, cut in half, and sliced 6 cloves garlic, peeled, cut in half, & sliced 3 stalks lemon grass, finely sliced 5 fragrant lime leaves, finely sliced 6 candlenuts, chopped 5 cm (2 in), ginger, peeled and chopped 8 cm (3in) fresh turmeric, peeled, chopped 8 cm (3in) kencur root, peeled, chopped 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed 5 bird’s-eye chilies, slices 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed 2 tsp dried shrimp paste, roasted and coarsely crushed 1½ tbsp salt 3 tbsp oil Banana leaves, greaseproof paper or aluminum foil for wrapping PREPARATION: Wipe the duck dry and set aside. Combine all ingredients except banana leafs in a bowl and mix well. Rub the duck outside with this mixture and fill the center of the duck with the remainder. Close open duck with satay skewer. Wrap in several layers of banana leaves, greaseproof paper or foil and steam for 50 minutes. Transfer duck to a moderate oven and bake at 180o C (350o F) for 30 minutes. Remove banana leaves, cut duck meat up in small pieces and serve with stuffing. When cooked, the meat should be so tender that it falls off the bones.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tampak Siring Historical Site THE waters are created to have magical curativas energies. Each people of the year travel throughout of Bali to be purified in the clear swimming pools. After leaving a small offer deity of the means, the men and the women are going any side to bathe. In the Full Moon of the fourth month every year, the villagers of next Manukaya take a sagrada stone that will be cleaned in Tirta Empul. When the resisted inscription found , the stone was deciphered, it gave the fight of the foundation of Tirta Empul . For the thousand years these villagers had been living. by this tradition without being found out the meaning affected the stone! In 1969 the temple in Tampaksiring was renewed totally. Many of the chapels were constructed and painted again in shining colors. Outside the temple they are the rows of the supports of the sales where you can buy the busi-
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BUSINESS Greece: can keep borrowing from markets Associated Press Writer
The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, speaks during a press conference in Cancun, Mexico on March 21, 2010 in the framework of the IDB IIC 2010 annual meeting. The IDB has agreed to boost its capital by 70 billion dollars, almost doubling its capacity to make loans to countries in the region.
Inter-American Bank boosts capital by $70 billion
ATHENS, Greece – Greece will have no difficulty in raising money on financial markets in the coming months, even at high interest rates, but hopes a commitment of support from the EU will help lower borrowing costs, Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said Tuesday. The country has around euro20 billion ($27.1 billion) of debt maturing over the next couple of months and has repeatedly said it wants to avoid paying sky-high premiums to raise money from international bond markets. It has announced a harsh euro4.8 billion ($6.5 billion) austerity plan designed to bring down its massive deficit and persuade financial markets it can deal with its debt crisis. But markets have so far been unconvinced, and Greece faces borrowing costs that are double those of Germany’s. Papaconstantinou insisted Athens does not want a cash bailout. “I want to make something very clear: Greece has not asked funding from anyone. We know very well that the problems of Greece are our own problems,” he said during a financial conference in Athens, adding that “the way to borrow at good rates is for us to faithfully follow our (austerity) program.” The government has said that unless it can borrow at more reasonable rates, it might have
to turn to the International Monetary Fund for help. It has said that the outcome of a European Union summit in Brussels Thursday and Friday will be crucial. Athens is seeking details of a plan for help should it become necessary, in order to convince markets that it will not be allowed to default. Such a blueprint could boost market confidence and therefore reduce Greece’s borrowing costs. Papaconstantinou said the discussion in Brussels “is based on the decision by EU leaders that the stability of the eurozone must be defended by all means,” adding that he hoped it would have a “positive outcome.” “But regardless of this outcome, Greece will be totally able to continue borrowing without difficulty from the international markets, and fulfill its borrowing needs — and we will do this,” Papaconstantinou said. He stressed that he did not want to predict the outcome of the summit, but that the discussion was not only about Greece, but about the future of Europe’s joint euro currency. “There is a debate in progress, a debate that is quite complicated,” he said. “This is not only a debate about Greece, but also about the future of the euzorone, about the euro. Greece is not coming to this debate as a beggar, under any circumstances.” German reluctance over bailing out Greece has raised the chances that Athens could be forced to turn to the IMF.
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CANCUN – The governing board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has agreed to boost its capital by 70 billion dollars, almost doubling its capacity to make loans to countries in the region. At a meeting in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun, which will wrap up on Tuesday, top banking and finance officials also agreed to cancel Haiti’s 470 million dollar debt in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake. The increase will allow the institution to “double our capacity to lend to some 12 billion dollars a year, on average,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. “Not only is this the largest increase in the history of the institution, but it will allow us to strengthen our position as the top source of multilateral resources for the region,” he added. The bank’s 48 member countries, including several finance ministers and central bank chiefs, are attending the official gathering to
discuss the institution’s future operations and development challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean. Moreno said earlier this month that the bank was under pressure to expand its capital because its lending capacity will start to significantly fall off next year. But the capital increase was not as large as some delegations had hoped. “This is the result for the next three years. But demand continues to grow... and I don’t rule out the possibility that in four years we’ll be returning to talk about a new increase in capital,” said Brazil’s Minister of Planning Paulo Bernardo. “We were left with a bitter taste in our mouths because while it is an good increase, it is not the size
that Argentina and other countries in the region wanted,” said Argentine Economics Minister Amado Boudou. But the United States praised the decision, saying “there could be no better vote of confidence than a consensus vote on a capital injection of this size.” Last year, after the global financial crisis increased demands for development lending, the IDB approved record financing of 15.5 billion dollars — an increase of 38 percent from the previous year. The IDB comprises 48 member countries — 26 borrowers in Latin America and the Caribbean and 22 non-borrowing countries, including main shareholder the United States, China, Japan and 16 European countries.
Greek taxi drivers shout slogans during a protest in Athens on March 18. The Greek debt crisis may directly affect the US economy by hitting American exports and the financial system, Atlanta Federal Reserve regional chief Dennis Lockhart warned Monday.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Weisz, Rylance win acting prizes at Olivier awards RACHEL Weisz added a stage accolade to Hollywood stardom Sunday, winning the best-actress prize at London’s Laurence Olivier theater awards for her role in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The prize for a Londoner made good in the U.S. was fitting on a night that rewarded several Broadwaybound productions, including “Enron,” “Red” and “The Mountaintop,” a play about Martin Luther King by 28-year-old American writer Katori Hall. Rock musical “Spring Awakening” — which traveled the opposite direction, from New York to London — took four prizes, including best new musical. Weisz won for playing faded belle Blanche Dubois in the Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee Williams’ steamy southern drama. Ruth Wilson, Stella in the same play, was named best supporting actress. Weisz said it had been a delight to return to the theater after an eight-year absence.
“I think it’s the greatest feeling in the world, being on stage,” she said. “The adrenaline you get from it ... I think it’s very good for you as an actor.” Mark Rylance was named best actor for playing charismatic rebel Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jez Butterworth’s riotous rural drama “Jerusalem.” He beat contenders including Jude Law, for an acclaimed “Hamlet.” “Somebody asked me what it’s like to be up against Jude Law,” Rylance said. “I don’t know what that experience is like. I’m sure it’s very nice.” Hall was the surprise winner in the
best play category for “The Mountaintop,” a drama about civil rights leader King set on the night before his assassination. The play opened in London at the 65-seat Theatre503 last year before transferring to the West End. It is scheduled to open on Broadway in the fall. Hall is only the third woman, and the first black woman, to win the best new play prize in the Oliviers’ 34-year history. She attributed her success to King’s status as a “universal hero.” “I thought that because it was an American story about an American hero, no one would want to hear it over here,” Hall said. “But I was proved wrong.” “The Mountaintop” beat the heavily favored “Jerusalem” and Lucy Prebble’s “Enron,” an entertaining account of the Texas energy giant’s fall. Rupert Goold was named best director for “Enron,” which opens at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre next month.
Anne Hathaway Receiving Letters From Jailed Ex ANNE Hathaway has reportedly been receiving letters from her jailed ex-fiance, conman Raffaello Follieri, begging the actress to “wait” for him so they can reunite when he is released from prison. The Italian businessman was sentenced to fourand-a-half years behind bars in December 2008 after pleading guilty to 14 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The Devil Wears Prada actress dumped Follieri in June 2008, shortly before he was arrested by federal authorities and admitted to scamming more than $3.6 million from investment and real estate firms. The star has since embarked on a relationship with actor Adam Shulman - but Follieri has been finding it hard to move on, and regularly writes to Hathaway begging for a second chance, according to Britain’s Sunday Express. A source tells the publication, “Anne fears anything she says to him will lead to a fresh avalanche of mail. The letters are not only torturing Anne, they are putting pressure on her new relationship.”
Sandra Bullock’s Neighbors Complain Of ‘Media Circus’ SANDRA Bullock’s home in Orange County, California is under siege from the media, and her neighbors are furious - they’re begging local lawmakers to do something about the paparazzi who have set up camp on their street, desperate for the first photos of the actress since her marriage split. Sunset Beach locals have complained to police about the noise and actions of hardcore snappers, who have turned the neighborhood into a media circus. Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper his agency has received a number of calls from residents on the street where Bullock lives complaining about members of the media parking illegally and loitering. He reveals officers
have been patrolling the area on a regular basis, but had found no violations. He tells the publication, “No one has been arrested. We respond to every call and do patrols through there to make sure everybody is behaving. But so far it’s been uneventful. “They have every right to be there. There is really nothing we can do... I know it’s probably annoying to the residents there, but they are within their rights.” Bullock and her husband Jesse James separated earlier this week as news broke about his alleged infidelity. A tattoo model went public with her affair with the TV star in U.S. magazine In Touch. She claims James had a sexual relationship with her while his wife was shooting The Blind Side on location.
Ben Stiller Turns Down the Volume at the “Greenberg” Premiere YOU might not even recognize Ben Stiller at the moment, for the usually bulked-up, over-the-top comedic actor has transformed himself into a low-key guy for his latest film, the dry comedy “Greenberg.” With his graying facial hair, longish locks and much-thinner frame, it took a second to realize that the man on Christine Taylor’s arm at the film’s premiere was actually the same muscle-bound, black-haired maniac from “Tropic Thunder.” But it was, and as Stiller and his wife greeted “Greenberg” writerdirector Noah Baumbach on the red carpet in front of Hollywood’s Arclight Cinemas on Thursday, March 18, to celebrate the opening of the offbeat comedy, it was obvious that Stiller had decided to channel Baumbach’s look in order to portray the title role. “When Noah and I got together, we talked about changing how I looked for the movie,” Stiller recalled at an earlier press day for the film. “He suggested growing the hair out a little bit, and then we talked about either gaining weight or losing weight to sort of give a different feel to him. I just felt that it was important that this guy wasn’t really in his body that much. So we decided to go with losing it. I kind of wanted to go for a Noah Baumbach-type look, even though it’s not him in the movie at all. So I was just attempting to get there. So I stopped eating. I mean that’s it. You just have to do that.” “Greenberg” follows the adventures of a slightly sad slacker, a New Yorker who heads to Los Angeles to housesit his wealthy brother’s mansion; in the process, Greenberg finds romance and a reason to reconnect into life. At the low-key premiere and
after party, Stiller and Baumbach joined the movie’s co-stars Greta Gerwig, Chris Messina, Susan Traylor, Brie Larson and Rhys Ifans in celebrating. Other famous fans that turned out for the unspooling of the independent film included Hank Azaria, Jonah Hill, Greg Behrendt, Julian Sands, and Sarah Silverman. And as for why Ben Stiller decided to ratchet back his recent over-the-top movie persona to star in “Greenberg,” that question was simple for him to explain. “For me this movie was a conscious choice to work on a film with a really great filmmaker,” Stiller said, referring to Baumbach’s track record as an Academy Award best original screenplay nominee for his 2005 film “The Squid and the Whale.” “I’m always looking for that. So this one, just to be able to do something good with a filmmaker that I respect, was very exciting for me.”
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FWD101 Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller arrive at the Film premiere of “Greenberg” in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, March 18, 2010.
In this aerial photo, showing molten lava as it vents from a rupture near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, as a volcano erupts early Sunday March 21, 2010. some hundreds of people have been evacuated from a small village in southern Iceland on Sunday after a volcanic eruption which shot ash and molten lava into the air, the first major eruption here in nearly 200 years. AP Photo/Ragnar Axelsson
Iceland fears 2nd, even larger volcanic eruption Associated Press Writer
REYKJAVIK, Iceland – A volcano in southern Iceland has erupted for the first time in almost 200 years, raising concerns that it could trigger a larger and potentially more dangerous eruption at a volatile volcano nearby. The eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull (AYA-feeyapla-yurkul) volcano, located near a glacier of the same name, shot ash and molten lava into the air but scientists called it mostly peaceful. It occurred just before midnight Saturday (2000 EDT, 8 p.m. EDT) at a fissure on a slope — rather than at the volcano’s summit — so scientists said there was no imminent danger that the glacier would melt and flood the area. TV footage showed lava flowing along the fissure, and many flights were canceled due to the threat of airborne volcanic ash. After an aerial survey Sunday, scientists concluded the eruption struck near the glacier in an area that had no ice. “This is the best possible place for an eruption,” said Tumi Gudmundsson, a geologist at the University of Iceland. Nonetheless, officials sent phone messages to 450 people between the farming village of Hvolsvollur and the fishing village of Vik, some 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Reykjavik, urging them to evacuate immediately. A state of emergency was declared although there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Evacuation centers were set up near the town of Hella, but many people returned to their homes later Sunday. The most immediate threat was to livestock because of the caustic gases the eruption released. “We had to leave all our animals behind,” Eli Ragnarsdottir, a 47year-old farmer, told RUV, Iceland’s national broadcaster from an evacuation center. “We got a call and a text message ... and we just went.” Scientists say it is difficult to predict what comes next. Like earthquakes, it is hard to predict the exact timing of volcanic eruptions. “It could stop tomorrow, it could last for weeks or months. We cannot say at this stage,” Gudmundsson
said. The last time there was an eruption near the 100-square-mile (160 square-kilometer) Eyjafjallajokull glacier was in 1821, and that was a “lazy” eruption — it lasted slowly and continuously for two years. The latest eruption came after thousands of small earthquakes rocked the area in the past month. Scientists in Iceland have been monitoring the volcano using seismometers and global positioning instruments, but Gudmundsson noted that the beginning of Saturday’s eruption was so indistinct that it initially went undetected by the instruments. “The volcano has been inflating since the beginning of the year, both rising and swelling,” said Pall Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Science. “Even though we were seeing increased seismic activity, it could have been months or years before we saw an eruption like this ... we couldn’t say that there was an imminent risk for the area.” Einarsson and Gudmundsson said the eruption could trigger a more damaging eruption at the nearby Karla volcano, which lies under the thick Myrdalsjokull icecap and threatens massive flooding and explosive blasts if it erupts. “One of the possible scenarios we’re looking at is that this small eruption could bring about something bigger. This said, we can’t speculate on when that could happen,” Einarsson told The Associated Press.
Iceland, a nation of 320,000 people, sits on a large volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic’s mid-oceanic ridge. Volcanic eruptions, common throughout Iceland’s history, are often triggered by seismic activity when the Earth’s plates move and when magma from deep underground pushes it’s way to the surface. All domestic flights in Iceland were canceled because airborne ash might interfere with aircraft engines, although Reykjavik appeared to be unaffected with clear visibility. Aviation authorities were to determine whether it is safe to fly again early Monday. A flight to Oslo was canceled, but most international flights into and out of Iceland were delayed but returning to normal, Icelandair said. The airline’s flights from the U.S. — departing from Seattle, Boston and Orlando, Florida — were due later Sunday in Reykjavik. Earlier, a flight was turned back to Boston, leaving about 500 people waiting for hours. First settled by Vikings in the 9th century, Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice because of its volcanos and glaciers. During the Middle Ages, Icelanders called the Hekla volcano, the country’s most active, the “Gateway to Hell,” believing that souls were dragged below. In the mid-1780s, the Laki volcano erupted, causing scores to die of famine when livestock and crops were destroyed and changing weather patterns across Europe.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Ore. town uses geothermal energy to stay warm Associated Press Writer
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – When snow falls on this downtown of brick buildings and glass storefronts in southern Oregon, it piles up everywhere but the sidewalks. It’s the first sign that this timber and ranching town is like few others. A combination of hot rocks and water like those that created Yellowstone’s geysers have been tapped by the city to keep the sidewalks toasty since the early 1990s. They also heat downtown buildings, kettles at a brewhouse, and greenhouses and keep the lights on at a college campus. Geothermal wells in this town of 20,000 mark one of the nation’s most ambitious uses of a green energy resource with a tiny carbon footprint, and could serve as a model for a still-fledgling industry that is gaining steam with $338 million in stimulus funds and more than 100 projects nationwide. “We didn’t know it was green. It just made sense,” said City Manager Jeff Ball. Geothermal energy is unknown in much of the country but accounts for 0.5 percent of the nation’s energy production. It can be seen on a snowy day in a handful of Western towns like Klamath Falls. That’s because hot rock is closer to the surface here, and comes with the water needed to bring the energy to the surface. Northern California is home to the world’s largest geothermal power complex. The Geysers, 75 miles north of San Francisco, produces enough electricity for 750,000 homes. With more than 600 geothermal wells heating houses, schools and a hospital as well as turning the turbine on a small power plant, Klamath Falls shows what everyday life could be if stimulus grants and venture capitalists turn geothermal energy from a Western curiosity to a gamechanging energy resource. Until now, geothermal energy has been limited by having to find the three essentials ingredients oc-
curring together in one place naturally: hot rock relatively close to the surface, water, and cracks in the rock that serve as a reservoir. Those limitations go away if engineers can tame a technology known as EGS, for Enhanced Geothermal Systems. A 2007 Massachusetts Institute of Technology report estimates that EGS, with support, could be producing 100 gigawatts of electricity — equivalent to 1,000 coal-fired or nuclear power plants — by 2050, and has the potential to generate a large fraction of the nation’s energy needs for centuries to come. “If we are going to try to achieve a transformational change in this country, geothermal should be part of that recipe,” said Jefferson Tester, chairman of the committee that produced the report and professor of sustainable energy at Cornell University. “It’s not treated that way. It’s typically forgotten.” One form of EGS involves drilling thousands of feet down to reach hot rock, pumping water down to fracture the rock to create reservoirs, then sending down water that will come back up another well as hot water or steam that can spin a turbine to generate electricity. The system can be dropped in practically anywhere that hot rocks are close enough to the surface to make drilling economical. The major problem with EGS is the potential to create earthquakes. Pumping water into the ground to open numerous tiny fractures in the rock for a reservoir makes the earth move — what scientists call induced seismicity. Earthquakes stopped an EGS project in the middle of Basel, Switzerland, last year, and an international protocol has been developed for monitoring and mitigating earthquake problems. As long as the wells are not close to major earthquake faults, “it is not damaging, but very upsetting to the community that lives literally on top of it,” said Ernie Majer, a seismologist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, and lead author on the protocol.
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In this March 10, 2010 photo, dawn breaks on downtown Klamath Falls, Ore., to reveal that sidewalks heated by geothermal energy have stayed clear while a park bench, trash receptacle and the street are dusted with snow. A brew pub, greenhouses, and college classrooms all use heat from volcanic rocks in this timber and ranching town. It serves as a model for a fledgling geothermal energy industry that is gaining steam with $338 million in stimulus funding.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Bruno Sad at Death of Carpenter London - Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has spoken of his sadness at the death of BBC commentator Harry Carpenter, describing the legendary broadcaster as a “real friend”. Carpenter died aged 84 on Saturday at King’s College Hospital, London. During his lengthy career he became closely identified with Bruno, whose catchphrase “Know what I mean, ‘arry?” featured in their post-fight interviews. Bruno’s agent said the former fighter was “very upset” at the news. He said: “When I told him, he said it was ‘terrible, sad news’. “Frank has many acquaintances but not many real friends. Harry Carpenter was a friend.” Carpenter famously appeared to momentarily lose his neutral stance during Bruno’s world title fight against Mike Tyson in Las Vegas in 1989, as he said: “Go on... get in there, Frank.” He worked as a sports reporter on national newspapers before joining the BBC and commentated on major sporting events including Wimbledon and the university boat race. But it was as the public face - and voice - of the corporation’s boxing coverage that he became best known. An-
other former heavyweight champion, George Foreman, felt Carpenter was a classy operator, with the broadcaster having covered Foreman’s 1974 clash with Muhammad Ali in Zaire - the legendary Rumble in the Jungle. Foreman told BBC Radio Five Live: “We all knew if there was going to be some class in boxing, someone who really brought out boxing and the human being probably, it would be Harry - great Harry. “We were all accustomed to boxing people bustling in and arguing but Harry was a real classy human being. Always a good smile, sticking right to the point as though he wanted to give the public a bird’s eye view of the human being and of the boxer.” Former world champion Barry McGuigan said his memories of Car-
penter went back to some of his earliest amateur fights. He said: “If Harry was there, you knew there was real interest in the fight. He was a lovely, quiet man. A real gentleman. He knew so much about the sport. He was an encyclopaedia of boxing and it was always a pleasure to meet him.” Another former world champion, John Conteh, paid tribute to his special understanding of boxing. He said: “He had the sort of spirit and passion for the sport that everyone involved could feel.” Boxing promoter Frank Maloney said Carpenter was “the voice of boxing”. He said: “He was probably one of the greatest commentators of all time. “His voice was so distinctive and I remember all those Ali fights and Bruno fights he commentated on. It’s like a piece of boxing history has been taken away.”
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Britain’s heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno, left, with his friend, BBC Sports Commentator Harry Carpenter, during a press conference at Bruno’s training headquarters in Canning Town, London, in this May 22, 1986 file photo. Carpenter, the BBC’s “voice of boxing” for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 84. He died in his sleep in London in the early hours of Saturday morning, the BBC reported on Monday March 22 2010. He joined the BBC in 1949 and commentated on the great ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ heavyweight fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in the former Zaire in 1974.
Mayo gets hot in 4th to Tennis aces all seek lead Grizzlies over Kings improvement in Miami Associated Press Writer
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Zach Randolph had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used the streaky shooting of O.J. Mayo in the fourth quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 102-85 on Monday night. After missing 11 of his first 14 shots, Mayo got going midway through the fourth quarter. With the Grizzlies leading by a point, Mayo made four straight jumpers and scored 10 points in just over two minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers that put Memphis ahead 92-83 with 3:28 remaining. Mayo had 20 points and Rudy Gay 17. Mike Conley scored 12 points and Hasheem Thabeet added 10 for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Kings 51-33 in the second half. Carl Landry scored 23 for the Kings, who have lost three of four. Beno Udrih had 18 points and 10 assists, and Spencer Hawes added 13 points. The Kings start a fivegame road trip Wednesday against New Jersey and don’t play another home game until April 3 against Portland. Memphis (38-33) has won two straight and
eight of 11. But with only 11 games remaining, the Grizzlies may have a tough time catching Portland for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth. They are in ninth place and trail the Blazers by four games. The Grizzlies were without starting center Marc Gasol, who missed his third straight game with a strained neck. The Kings played their second straight without injured Tyreke Evans, who leads all rookies in scoring (20.3). Evans suffered a mild concussion, a bruised jaw, lacerated gums and chipped teeth after taking an inadvertent elbow going for a loose ball in a March 19 double-overtime loss to Milwaukee. Evans will also miss Wednesday’s game in New Jersey, but could return Friday in Boston. Randolph scored eight points in the third quarter, when the Grizzlies outscored the Kings 24-18 and took a 75-70 lead into the fourth. Landry scored 13 first-half points and Hawes had 11 for the Kings, who ran off 16 unanswered points in the second quarter and led 52-51 at the half. Randolph scored 13 points for Memphis and Gay had 11.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, right, protects the ball from Sacramento Kings forward Dominic McGuire during the first quarter of an NBA basketball in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, March 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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MIAMI – Top seed Roger Federer and fourth seed Rafael Nadal will be working to polish their games as the world’s top two aim to make amends on court at the Miami WTA and ATP Masters starting on Tuesday. Also keen for some change in fortune after disappointing results at the just-concluded Indian Wells Masters will be holder Andy Murray and losing 2009 finalist Novak Djokovic, both of whom joined their rivals in early California exits last week. British third seed Murray will need a quick improvement after a disappointing desert trip as he lost in straight sets to powerful Swede Robin Soderling. Serbian second seed Djokovic was victim of the eventual champion Ivan Ljubicic in the fourth round. World number one Federer was ambushed in the desert as he went down to Marcos Baghdatis in the third round after beating the Cypriot in their six previous matches. As usual, the Swiss refused to push panic buttons, instead relying on old-fashioned practise sessions to put him right. “I need to play matches,” Federer said.”I hope to get more in Miami. I’ll definitely play a lot of practice sets until then.” Nadal suffered an equally disheartening reversal of fortune at the semi-final stage in the Californian desert, losing in a three-set comeback to Croatian Ljubicic, who is breathing new life into his game at the age of 31 after beating Andy Roddick to take the Indian Wells title. “That’s tennis. I played bad,” Nadal said. “I’m going to try to win in Miami.”
As at Indian Wells, leading seeds all benefit from first-round byes as lesser lights go into action at Crandon Park on the island of Key Biscayne at the joint ATP-WTA tournament. Both Switzerland’s Federer and Spanish rival Nadal will be competing in only their second event since the Australian Open, where Federer beat Murray for the title and Nadal quit in the quarter-finals - against Murray - due to a knee problem. The Miami tournament. which is marked by its unique Latin flavor, will mark a change for Nadal, who slipped to fourth in the rankings from third after failing to defend his Indian Wells title. A rash of injury pullouts has affected the men’s and women’s draws, with the WTA draw now missing both Serena Williams out with her continuing knee injury and number three Dinara Safina, dealing with a longterm back problem. Two-time losing finalist Maria Sharapova was forced into a late withdrawal after a scan showed bone bruising in her elbow. The absentee list leaves Svetlana Kuznetsova as the top seed, with the 2006 champion eager to make amends for her opening-match Indian Wells embarrassment against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. Venus Williams is healthy and representing the family at what is considered a hometown event for the Florida sister act. Dane Caroline Wozniacki will be playing as second in the world displacing Safina in he rankings as a result of her Indian Wells final. Out of the men’s field will be number five Juan Martin Del Potro, still suffering with a wrist injury, and Russian Nikolay Davydenko, the 2008 champion absent as a broken wrist heals.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
They can’t catch us, says Mou Milan -
Inter boss Jose Mourinho apparently rallied his players at training this morning with a cry of ‘they can’t catch us’. Il Corriere dello Sport understands that Mourinho was keen to play down Inter’s worst run in the League since the 2004-05 season. Milan had the opportunity to go top on Sunday after Inter’s 1-1 draw with Palermo, but they muffed their lines and also ended up drawing at home to Napoli. “They have wasted a big chance and now can’t catch us anymore,” Mourinho apparently said. Inter haven’t won any of their last three games in Serie A and are now just one point ahead of Milan. Massimo Moratti and Julio Cesar both claimed they were unconcerned and that the team is fully focused ahead of Wednesday’s match against Livorno. Inter then travel to face Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday in what could be another title decider in Serie A. Meanwhile AC Milan have confirmed that Alexandre Pato suffered another tear to his right thigh muscle. The striker has barely set foot on the field in 2010 and made his comeback in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Napoli. However, he lasted
only 10 minutes before pulling up and calling for a substitution. “AC Milan announce that Pato underwent medical tests to discover a first degree tear in the right femoral bicep, at the junction with the tendon,” read the statement. “In the next few days Pato will undergo further tests.” It is not clear how long he will be out for this time, but reports suggest anything up to three weeks. It is the latest relapse for the young Brazilian, who has been dogged by muscular problems this season. Since the start of January, he has suffered four different injuries, all relapses in roughly the same area.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, of Portugal, gestures prior to the start of the Serie A soccer match between Palermo and Inter Milan, in Palermo, Italy, Saturday, March 20, 2010.
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Ferdinand enjoying Benitez admits Liverpool three-cornered title fight need rivals to slip-up
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MANCHESTER, England – England captain Rio Ferdinand believes emerging in front from a three horse race will make it all the sweeter for champions Manchester United if they retain their Premier League title this season. United are two points clear at the top of the table following Sunday’s results which saw Sir Alex Ferguson’s men beat bitter rivals Liverpool while Chelsea, who have a game in hand, slipped up in a draw with Blackburn Rovers that left them four points adrift of the leaders. Meanwhile Arsenal have now moved into second place, two points behind United and with a worse goal difference. It all adds up to an intriguing finale with United seeking an un-
precedented fourth straight English title and what would be a record 19th overall. “This is probably the best title runin for years,” said Ferdinand. “There are three teams in it, which makes it fantastic for the fans and the neutrals to watch,” the centre-back added. “But we just want to finish on top. That is what we are aiming to do.” Meanwhile South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung enhanced his growing status as a United hero by diving bravely to head the winner against Liverpool, a goal that capped a fine all-round display. “The maths are easy,” he said. “We have seven games left. If we win every one, we win the title. It is not going to be easy and it could go to the last game. But we believe in ourselves. If we keep playing to our present level we can do it.”
England captain Rio Ferdinand believes emerging in front from a three horse race will make it all the sweeter for champions Manchester United if they retain their Premier League title this season
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LIVERPOOL, England – Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has conceded the club’s quest for a Champions League place is no longer in their own hands. Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by leaders and bitter rivals Manchester United dropped Liverpool to sixth spot in the Premier League table and left the Anfield club four points behind Tottenham, who currently occupy the fourth and final place on offer to English clubs for next season’s Champions League. Benitez made headlines earlier this term when he “guaranteed” Liverpool a top four finish. Manchester City are fifth in the table, two points ahead of the Reds. They also have two games in hand, as do seventh-placed Aston Villa. Liverpool have seven league games of the left and Benitez knows they will now need to win close to all of them to make sure the Merseysiders are in the lucrative Champions League next term. “We knew the game against United would be very tough. The question is now about the other teams,” said Benitez. “Tottenham won at the weekend but we have to keep going. We know they have to make mistakes and we have to keep winning games to reduce the gap and be there,” the Spaniard added. “There are still a lot of points to be played for so we have to keep going. If we can win our games we will be there at the end. As a manager you have to
believe. It will be more difficult but we have to keep pushing and I think we can do it.” “This year is a difficult year with too many things against us but still we have to keep fighting and I am confident the team will be ready for the next game against Sunderland (on Sunday).” The loss at Old Trafford came at the end of a week which saw Liverpool beat bottom of the table Portsmouth 4-1 and defeat Lille 3-0 in the Europa League. And Benitez insisted the defeat by United had to be put in context.
“The team was doing well last week, playing well and scoring a lot of goals,” he said. “You could see they started well against United. If you go there and don’t perform or don’t show character or are not strong enough that is not good. But we showed we can beat anyone if we play well and if we have some chances we have to take them and it could have been totally different. The team was not fantastic but it was not worse than United. You couldn’t see the difference in the table out on the pitch. I don’t think it is a setback.”
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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez reacts against Lille during their Europa League round of 16, second leg soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Thursday March 18, 2010.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Button: Give F1 2010 time to improve
World champion Jenson Button has warned against knee-jerk changes in the wake of the uneventful season opener in Bahrain but acknowledged that the opening round of the 2010 campaign had been a disappointing spectacle. The first race of the new norefuelling era was largely resolved in the single early pitstops, and would have been settled by lap 17 of 49 had early leader Sebastian Vettel not lost power and fallen from first to fourth.
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British Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton, left, and Jenson Button, right, are seen in front of a screen showing the new Mclaren MP4-12C Automotive at it’s unveiling at the Mclaren Technology Centre in Woking, England, Thursday, March 18, 2010. Manufacturing of the car will begin in spring 2011, and the car will cost between 125,000- 175,000 Pounds (190,000-270,000 US Dollars).
Hispania sets sights on race finish THE Hispania team says its goal for next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix is to get one of its cars to the finish of a race for the first time. After its eleventh hour rescue by co-owner Jose Ramon Carabante and new team boss Colin Kolles, Hispania arrived in Bahrain having not tested and with neither car ready to hit the track. Bruno Senna eventually made it out in Friday practice and reached lap 17 of the race before retiring due to overheating, while
his team-mate Karun Chandhok could not run until qualifying and then crashed on lap two of the race. Kolles says the team has put in a huge effort since Sakhir to ensure it can complete more mileage in Melbourne. “We have worked extremely hard since the Bahrain season opener,” he said. “We have worked long hours and successfully with Bridgestone, Cosworth and Xtrac learned from our first laps with the car and found a good basis from which to start preparation for our second grand prix in
Australia in a few days. Our goal is to improve steadily and the next step is to work towards our first race finish. I am confident we will achieve this goal very soon and having seen how we came together as a team in Bahrain I can see just how much potential and commitment we have.” Chandhok agreed that just seeing the chequered flag would be hugely satisfying at this stage. “Finishing the race would be a fantastic achievement we will strive for,” he said.
Bruno Senna eventually made it out in Friday practice and reached lap 17 of the race at Bahrain, before retiring due to overheating
“I think that even if you had won the race, you would have thought ‘where was the action?’,” Button was quoted as saying by Reuters. “It’s a sport that I love and it’s tough to see a procession.” He hopes that the lack of action at Sakhir will prove to be just a blip. “I’m not going to say ‘What are we going to do about it? It’s terrible’ because I think we’ve got to wait and see,” said Button. “It’s only one race in, so it’s not the end of the world. There’s still another 18 races to go. There’s still every chance it’s going to be a fantastic season. We just have to see what happens over the next few races and then people have got to start making the decisions if it’s not going in the right direction.” Lewis Hamilton is optimistic that next weekend’s Melbourne race will be more entertaining purely because of the nature of the circuit. “You’ve got assume that the next race will be more exciting,” he said. “There will be more people there, there should be more of an atmosphere in Australia as there always is. The track should be more favourable to the cars, it is a street circuit so it’s not the easiest place to overtake but it should be more exciting.” Button reckons the
feverish pre-season excitement generated by the winter driver moves, the return of Michael Schumacher and the rule changes made Bahrain more of an anti-climax than would have been the case had there been less hype about the 2010 field. “I think we all put a lot of pressure on ourselves in Bahrain because everyone was saying ‘it’s going to be the best year ever in Formula 1' so we put the pressure on ourselves to perform,” Button said. “But it wasn’t an exciting race to watch.” He reckons the 2009 season saw the ideal level of excitement and overtaking. “Even last year, people were saying that the racing can be boring, there isn’t enough overtaking. But for me last year the balance was good,” said Button. “You had overtaking, not a lot, but you had overtaking and when you did make a move it was a hell of a move and it was exciting.” He added that while the race format might require tweaking to ensure excitement, he was delighted with the return of low fuel qualifying right through to Q3. “I think that’s great. In that area we’ve really made a step forward, having low fuel and cars on the limit with low fuel,” Button said.