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The defendant Nyoman Susrama (middle) was escorted by police officers to the penitentiary in Denpasar Court on Monday, October 26th 2009.
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The witness on the trial of AA. Narendra Prabangsa murder case denied all of his statement in the notification report. The witness IB. Made Adnyana Narbawa who also the suspect on the murder case, said that he was forced to give the statement.
Australia, Indonesia ministers seek closer ties
“The other suspects said that I hit the victim and I saw Daryatno alias Jampes clean up the blood with sand. I can not argue with them because they were more than me. I ask the police to make my statement similar with the other,” he added Narbawa said that he was afraid with the other suspects so he lied to the police.
JAKARTA - Australian Defence Minister John Faulkner met his newly appointed Indonesian counterpart here Monday for talks on boosting cooperation to fight people smuggling. Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the meeting covered closer defence ties and joint efforts to stem the growing number of asylum-seekers using Indonesia as a springboard to
The judge Emmy Herawati was not satisfied with this answer. The witness admitted that he took part in the reconstruction done in Susrama house in banjar Petak and the reconstruction was done on his free will without any force from other people. Continued on page 6
reach Australia by boat. “Australia wants to increase cooperation on defence matters with us,” said Yusgiantoro, who was appointed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono only last week. He said a draft accord on closer cooperation would be “followed up by the foreign ministry”, but he provided no further details of the agreement. Australia and Indonesia announced last week they had agreed
to work on a new “framework” for dealing with asylum-seekers. The visit is a “good opportunity... to follow up on issues discussed between Prime Minister (Kevin) Rudd and President Yudhoyono last week,” Faulkner’s office said in a statement. “Ministers will discuss the ongoing strength of the bilateral defence relationship and opportunities for further cooperation.” Continued on page 6
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Bali News Aftermath of the Rikasano’s Murder
Tens of Officers of Kuta Sector Mutated Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The case on the murder to a Japanese, Rikasano, and Mayumi as a victim of robbery accompanied with raping attempt not long ago resulted in an aftermath for internal police institution. Due to the murder of Rikasano, tens of officers at Kuta Sector Police suddenly got mutation.
Farming becomes less attracted to people of Bali. The condition can be seen by the farming processes which are mostly done by the labor for outside Bali. The tents which become the shelter for the labor from Java is seen on the road near the rice field.
Continued, Peeling Out of Clove Tree at Lemukih
Tracing Dog Failed to Find out Perpetrator Singaraja (Bali Post)—
The action of peeling the clove and fruit trees at the area of plantation at Lemukih, Sawan subdistrict kept continuing. Tens of clove trees belonging to Gede Kartu (45) were destroyed by unknown person. Later, similar incident afflicted the clove trees belonging to Ketut Supala (55) at Lemaya Hamlet, Lemukih Village. Damaging to clove trees of Supala from Buyan Hamlet, Pancasari Village, Sukasada subdistrict was estimated to ensue on last Saturday (Oct 24) night or Sunday (Oct 25) late morning. Estimated, the trees damaged amounted to tens of stems. However, the identified peeled trees were 15 stems of mangosteen, 4 stems of clove and 5 stems of durians. Such productive clove and fruit trees were peeled and even a number of trees were sawed. “I have not seen other trees. Perhaps, there are more trees peeled out,” said Supala last Sunday. As published by Bali Post, the peeling also transpired one day before to the stem of clove, mangosteen and durian belonging to Gede Kartu, a resident of Buah Banjah Hamlet, Lemukih Village. A number of 51 stems of clove, 1 mangosteen
and 2 durians of Gede Kartu were peeled by unknown person on last Friday (Oct 23). Allegedly, the peeling action had something to do with the case regarding to disputes of Lemukih Customary Village and a group of residents holding certificate of ownership of the land in disputes. Such allegation was supported by the fact that victims belonging to the group holding the certificate of land in disputes. Chie of Sawan Sector Police, Supardi, together with officer from Bali Police, last Sunday assigned tracing dog to search for the perpetrator of clove trees at Lemukih Village. Unfortunately, the dog could detect the footprints of perpetrator because the plantation bordered with some rivers. “We will attempt to reveal the case,” he said. Action series of clove peeling tree added the number of criminal cases alleged to have relation to the dispute land at Lemukih. About a month ago, unidentified person burned three units of house. Similarly, the incident was alleged to have relation to dispute land at the village. The three victims belonged to the group holding the certificate of ownership for the dispute land. (kmb15)
Even though joint officer of Criminal Researcher of Kuta Sector Police and Denpasar Metro Police has revealed the murder case, having been analyzed profoundly, it had an impact to internal police institution. Thus, the information could be gathered, last Sunday (Oct 25). According to a resource, police was judged to have been negligent in carrying out their duties related to the case undergone by both victims. When receiving the report of Mayumi that she has been robbed and would be raped by someone, police officers at Kuta Sector Police did not respond it. It was said that when Mayumi reported the case, police officers were indifferent. Even, they were busy with their own job. Due to this negligence, Chief of Denpasar Metro Police, I Gede Alit Widana got angry. “Supposed that officers in charge at that time responded the report of Mayumi promptly, probably Rikasano would not die at the hand of David Goltar Wicaksono,” explained a resource whose name asked to be made secret. The eighteen officers of Kuta Sector Police
mutated belonged to the unit of Criminal Researcher, Intelligence and Security, Police Service Center and Preparedness Service. They mutated to Sector Police of KP3 Benoa and Preparedness Service of Denpasar Metro Police. Meanwhile, the officers filling the positions were from Denpasar Metro Police who had fresh look and were young. “All officers on duty at that night were mutated,” he explained. Related to that mutation, Chief of Denpasar Metro Police, Alit Widana, did not reject it. Former Chief of Tabanan and Gianyar Resort Police justified the existence of mutation to 18 personnel of Kuta Sector Police. However, Chief Alit Widana refused if the mutation was carried out in connection with the case afflicting Rikasano and Mayumi. “No, it has nothing to do with that case (of Rikasano and Mayumi— ed). It was merely intended to give new atmosphere within the police institution of Kuta Sector Police. Nothing is special,” he explained when asked about his confirmation, last Sunday (Oct 25). (kmb21)
Arrested, After Stealing Whisky at Supermarket Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Wicked intention emerging suddenly often becomes a boomerang for the perpetrator. Ultimately, it ends at detention cell to account to the deeds. Such unlucky fate afflicted Aditya Danai Agung Gumelar (24), a resident of Jalan Dhyana Pura Gang Plawa, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung, last Friday (Oct 23). By pretending as a consumer at Bintang Supermarket, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung, the suspect stole a bottle of whisky. However, since his wrongful action was found, he was captured and then handed over to Kuta Sector Police. Now, the suspect has inhabited detention cell at the police station. Information gathered, Sunday (Oct 25), told that theft ensued around 8:30 p.m. Local Time. With steady self-confidence, he came into local Bintang Supermarket. Originally, attitude of the suspect looked like ordinary consumer that would like to buy something. Right away, the suspect walked to the outlet of spirits. Evil intention emerged to have a whisky.
Allegedly, suspected as a drunkard, he did not bring any penny of money to supermarket. While paying attention to its surrounding and taking advantage of the negligence of shop’s attendants, perpetrator started to target a whisky on display. As soon as the attendants were inattentive, perpetrator took a bottle of whisky and put it into his shirts. In fact, the shop’s attendant did not lack for wiliness. They seemed to have noticed the attitude of the suspect when he stood near the display of spirits. When the suspect would escape, the attendant contacted security officer that a thief entered the supermarket. Promptly, the suspect could be captured when passing through cashier counter. The suspect was handed over right away to Kuta Sector Police. Due to such theft, supermarket afflicted a loss of IDR 58,400 as said by a police officer of Kuta Sector. In the meantime, Chief Unit of Criminal Researcher of Kuta Sector Police, I Made Karsa, when asked about his confirmation, justified such capture. “We have arrested the suspect,” he said briefly. (kmb21)
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A Week after Bitten by Dog, Just Referred to Sanglah Hospital Denpasar (Bali Post)—
A resident of Delundungan Hamlet, Kubu, Karangasem, named Made Tamu (35) has been under medical treatment since last Saturday (Oct 24) at Nusa Indah room of Sanglah Hospital. Originally, Tamu came to Sanglah Hospital to get the second vaccination (VAR) after a dog bit him a week before. Since he sighed to be numb at the wound of ex bite at the time of vaccination, he was then referred to have inpatient treatment at Sanglah Hospital. Met in Nusa Indah room, Sunday (Oct 25), his young brother-inlaw, Nyoman Budana told that his brother was bitten by wild dog entering his house compound some a week before. Originally, the dog bit the second son of Budana, Made Muliana, who was playing at his courtyard. On seeing the dog was biting his son, Tamu attempted to chase away the dog by throwing a stone at the dog. The dog did not go away but even attacked back and bit his
To Save Pig
Female Breast of a Girl Bitten by Dog Amlapura (Bali Post)—
The case of wild dog bites progressively spread out at Kubu. A girl of 19 years old from Kubu, Karangasem, last Sunday (Oct 25), was sent to Sanglah Hospital to get anti-rabies vaccine (VAR). At about 9 a.m. Local Time, Sunday (Oct 25), savage dog bit her breast and arm. At that time, she was feeding her pig at a cage beside her house. Suddenly, the dog, whose owner was unknown, came and attacked the pig. To save her pig, the girl attempted to chase away the dog. Instead, the dog attacked her breast and arm savagely until seriously injured. Victim was once sent to midwife nearby. Since it was Sunday, her family worried local community health center was close. Finally, she was sent to Sanglah Hospital to get VAR because Karangasem Hospital did not supply VAR. The case of bites by savage dogs alleged to be infected by rabies kept on happening at Kubu. Previously, it was reported four people have been referred to Sanglah Hospital and one of them was from Munti Gunung died because of late handling after bitten by wild savage dog. (013)
two ankles and a part of his buttock. A passer by attempted to help Tamu, but he was attacked as well. Fortunately, the man, according to Budiana, wore jean trousers so the dog could not injure his leg. Soon after bitten by the dog, Tamu and his son were sent to community health center nearby. Since VAR was not available in Karangasem, Tamu and his son were referred to Sanglah Hospital. “Physician asked him to come a week later for the second VAR. On that account, on Saturday (Oct 24), Tamu came to Sanglah Hospital to obtain the second VAR. Because he felt numb on his injury, physician suggested him to have inpatient medical treatment,” Budiana said. Meanwhile, local residents have killed the dog biting Tamu and his son so that they did not know if the dog was positive to rabies or not. “Condition of my brother is now getting better. But, I do not know if he is positive to rabies or not,” he added. (kmb24)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Mouse Attack Spread Out
Farmers to Neglect Ready-to-Harvest Corn Tabanan (Bali Post)—
Mouse attack at a number of subak territory of East Selemadeg and Kerambitan subdistrict was getting more serious and expansive. It was difficult for farmers to overcome the problem. Due to loss afflicted, farmers confessed to be sluggish and to have no vivacity to cultivate their land.
Based on observation of Bali Post on last Sunday (Oct 25), many farmers neglected their corn that actually was ready to harvest. “We do not know if the result is enough to pay the harvesting expenses or not,” said a farmer of Subak Sungsang. The Head of Indonesia Association of Paddy and Crops Farmers (AP3I) of Bali Branch, I Ketut Arsana Yasa, said that a number of pekaseh (subak leader) gathering at his house informed that the mouse attack was truly difficult to overcome. Even, the attack has spread out to a number of subaks in Selemadeg and West Selemadeg. “This attack is too savage so it’s hard to handle. The only one method is by capturing them one by one to prevent its reproduction. We expected there will be togetherness in handling this matter,” said the man who is familiarly greeted as Ketut Sadam.
Fear for Planting Rice
Other than being powerless, farmers also feared for planting paddy after the corn season. At a number of subaks, mice have damaged the seedlings. Sadam said many farmers and their leader came to him telling their worries if they planted paddy right away. Whereas, according to him, on last Umanis Galungan (Oct 15) was the time to plant seedlings. “By this condition, farmers are still in doubt whether next March could have harvest or not,” said Sadam while adding that February-March would become a mass harvest in Tabanan. Previously, Sadam said that mouse attack at a number of subaks in Kerambitan and East Selemadeg subdistrict to corns and paddies resulted in a loss worth billions of rupiah. One hectare of
corn could lose some IDR 16 million. In the meantime, the Head of Agricultural Services, Food Plant and Horticulture of Tabanan, I Gusti Made Sukawijaya, was panic on responding the publication regarding to harvest failure undergone by farmers at East Selemadeg and Kerambitan subdistrict. He argued against the statement given by the Head of Indonesia Association of Paddy and Crop Farmers (AP3I) of Bali, I Ketut Arsana Yasa, revealing some 1000 hectares of corn failed to harvest. Sukawijaya said that the damage due to such attack was only some 15 percent. Regarding to the increase of mouse population attacking the agriculture, Sukawijaya asserted to commit mass hunting and trapping pursuant to the standard of integrated insect control denoting the best and effective method. (kmb14)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Japan PM speaks out against excessive capitalism Agence France-Presse
TOKYO - Japan’s centre-left Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Monday launched a broadside against the excesses of capitalism, in his first parliamentary address since taking office last month. Speaking on his vision of a kinder, gentler society guided by the spirit of “fraternity,” Hatoyama said market forces were useful for a country but must be tempered in order to create a liveable society. “It is self-evident that free economic activity in markets invigorates society,” said Hatoyama, 62, who swept to power in August elections, ending more than half a century of almost unbroken conservative rule. “But it is also obvious that the idea of letting markets decide everything for the survival of the strongest, or the idea of ‘economic rationalism’ at the expense of people’s lives, does not hold true any more.” Hatoyama said that in Japan — the world’s number two economy, now emerging from its deepest recession in decades — thousands of people commit suicide every year because of financial difficulties. “My primary duty is to correct this anomaly and restore the Japanese tradition of mutual support in a way that fits with modern times,” said Hatoyama, the scion of a powerful and wealthy political dynasty. “I want to create a new bond that connects people by sharing values,” he said, citing sports, arts, volunteer work and the Internet as examples. Hatoyama’s Democratic Party of Japan won a sweeping victory
AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-SAADI
An Iraqi soldier stands outside the Justice Ministry in central Baghdad on October 26, 2009, a day after a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle outside. Iraqi security forces were on high alert a day after twin suicide vehicle bombs killed 99 people and blasted government offices in Baghdad.
AFP PHOTO/Kazuhiro Nogi
Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
in August 30 lower house elections, ousting the business-friendly Liberal Democratic Party which had ruled with only one break since 1955. The new government has promised more generous social welfare, including child payments and free school tuition, and has vowed to return power to elected politicians by reining in the powerful state bureaucracy. Almost six weeks in office, Hatoyama is riding high on strong public support and landslide wins in two upper house by-elections on Sunday.
Calm returns to Jerusalem’s Old City after clashes Agence France-Presse
JERUSALEM - Israeli police reopened the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to Muslim worshippers and tourists on Monday, a day after the latest clashes erupted in and around Jerusalem’s flashpoint site. The streets of the Old City remained calm after the latest violence to shake the site, known as Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) to Muslims and as Temple Mount to Jews. “There are still a number of police patrolling in and around the Old City,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. “But the Temple Mount will be open to both visitors and Muslim worshippers.”
The site of the compound is the holiest place in Judaism and thirdholiest to Muslims, after the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina. Dozens of Israeli police and Palestinians were wounded when clashes erupted at the compound on Sunday after Muslim leaders called on their followers to defend the site, accusing Jewish extremists of plotting to enter. Police twice entered the compound and clashed with stonethrowing Palestinian youths in the narrow streets of the Old City, Jerusalem’s main tourist attraction. At least 18 Palestinians were detained during the fighting. Sunday’s violence was the latest to rock the holy site, where perceived changes in the status quo have often sparked deadly clashes.
Twin suicide vehicle bombings kill 99 in Baghdad Agence France-Presse
BAGHDAD - Twin suicide vehicle bombs blamed on Al-Qaeda killed 99 people, blasting the justice ministry and a provincial office in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraq’s bloodiest day in more than two years. More than 700 people were also wounded in the mid-morning nearsimultaneous attacks, which the government said were carried out by AlQaeda and supporters of ex-dictator Saddam Hussein’s banned Baath Party. The twin bombings left streets littered with charred bodies and tornoff limbs, and buildings in ruins. They also destroyed dozens of cars and smashed water pipes, spewing dirty water into the streets, while authorities closed off roads leading to the bomb sites. US President Barack Obama led international condemnation of the attacks and offered his condolences by telephone to both Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani.
One of the attackers exploded a truck bomb at a busy intersection near the justice and municipalities ministries, while the other detonated a car bomb opposite the nearby Baghdad provincial government offices. Haidar Assem, an employee of the ministry of municipalities, said he awoke to find himself in Al-Karama hospital, his head bandaged and his shirt covered in blood. “I was busy working when there was a massive explosion,” said the 30-year-old engineer. “My colleagues fell down all around me, the office became completely dark and then I found myself in the hospital.” Government spokesman Ali alDabbagh and Major General Qassim Atta, spokesman for the Iraqi army’s
Baghdad operations, both said 99 people had been killed in the attacks. A senior official in the health ministry, which bases its toll on combined figures from hospitals, confirmed the figure and added that more than 700 people had been injured. Atta added that the truck was carrying one tonne of explosives and the car was packed with 700 kilograms (more than 1,500 pounds) of explosives. The toll was the highest in an attack in Iraq since four coordinated truck bombs on August 14, 2007, killed more than 400 people in two Kurdish villages. Shortly after the attacks, Maliki visited the site of the provincial government attack, where he spoke to officials and security officers. “These cowardly terrorist attacks must not affect the determination of the Iraqi people to continue their struggle against the remnants of the dismantled regime and Al-Qaeda terrorists,” Maliki said in a later statement.
Ben Ali wins landslide in Tunisian election Agence France-Presse
TUNIS - Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was re-elected with 89.62 percent of the vote in Sunday’s elections for a fifth term in office after two decades in power, according to final results released Monday by the interior ministry. The results from all of the north African country’s 26 constituencies showed Ben Ali’s score ranging from 84.16 to 93.88 percent of the vote. But he did even better among overseas voters who gave him a whopping 94.85 percent. Ben Ali’s little known rivals trailed far behind, with two candidates close to the government, Mohamed Bouchiha and Ahmed Inoubli, getting
around five and 3.8 percent respectively. The only real opposition candidate, Ahmed Brahim, came in last with 1.57 percent of the vote. In the parliamentary election, Ben Ali’s Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party won 161 of the 214 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, with the remaining 53 to be divided proportionally between six of the eight competing parties. Ben Ali, 73, ousted Tunisia’s first elected president since independence from France, Habib Bourguiba, for senility in 1987. At every vote since then, his opponents have cried fraud over the staggering scale of Ben Ali’s win. In the last elections in 2004, Ben
Ali was returned to office with 94.4 percent of the vote, while his RCD won an overwhelming majority in parliament. After ruling the north African country for 22 years, Ben Ali faces a difficult economic climate in spite of prudent financial management. Ben Ali vowed to elevate Tunisia to the rank of developed countries, and he has committed himself during his next mandate to reducing an unemployment rate of 14 percent. Tunisia has been commended for its “solid economic foundations” and “real efforts at modernisation” by the International Monetary Fund, but the army in 2008 had to put down unemployment riots in a mining region.
International IMIGRATION Australian Consulate General Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Phone: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 221195 (General) +62 361 241120 (Immigration)
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HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada.
HOSPITAL Bangli Bangli General Hospital Jl. Kesumayuda 27, Bangli Phone : +62 366 91521 Gianyar
Royal Danish & Norwegian Mimpi Resort Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 070 The Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No. 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.286 465 France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485 The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506 Honorary Consulate of Spain Komplek Istana Kuta Galleria Blok Vallet 2 No 11. Jalan Patih Jelantik Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.769 286 USA Consulate Agency Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 188 Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.222 426 Consulate General of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.227 628 Honorary Consulate of British Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.270 601 Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735 Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775 Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310 Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 â€“ 15 Fax : 226 363 Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690. Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142. Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada , (Private) Jl. Sudirman No 50, Denpasar Phone : 227 560, 234 824 In relating with health, Bali also has insurance and medical evacuation company, that is: AEA International - SOS Assistance Bali. PT Abhaya Eka Astiti, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 24X, Kuta 80361. Phone : 755 768 Fax : 755 768 One thing that should be noted by tourists here is that the Blood Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh) Negative blood. Badung Bali Medical Clinics There are some medical clinics that are well known by foreigners in Bali. Some of them are western owned and operated : Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) provides excellent Primary Health Care & Emeregency Medical Services for tourists, traveler, and expatriate living in Bali. Emeregency Room, Ambulance, Clinic Services, Insurance & Medical Evacuations also available. Open 24 hours Phone : 761 2631. Located Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.100X, Kuta, Bali 80361 - Indonesia. http://www.bimcbali.com International SOS Clinic Bali Opened in 1999, offers International SOS members and visitors to Bali comprehensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency medical service. Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361, Bali - Indonesia Phone : 720 100 Fax : 721 919 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org ttp ://www.sos-bali.com Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic Jl Pratama No. 81 Phone : 771 324 Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta Phone : 753 268 Dental Clinic Dr Indra Guizot, Jl. Patimura 19, Denpasar Phone : 222 445, 234 375 DDS. Ritjie Rihartinah, Jl Pratama No. 81 Nusa Dua Phone : 771 324 Retno W. Agung, Jln. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.4A Br. Tamansari â€“ Sanur Phone : 288 501
Clinic Mas Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974573 Toyo Clinic Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 978078 Permata Bunda Clinic Jl. Patih Jelantik 50 X, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 942082 Ubud Clinic Jl Raya Ubud No.36 Campuhan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974911 Gianyar General Hospital Jl. Ciung Wanara 2, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 943049 Karangasem Karangasem General Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai, Karangasem Phone : +62 363 21001 Klungkung Klungkung General Hospital Jl. Flamboyan 40-4, Klungkung Phone : +62 366 21371 Negara Negara General Hospital Jl. Gelar, Negara Phone : +62 365 41006 Tabanan Laboratorium Clinic Jl. Gunung semeru No. 8, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 819260 Mengwi Clinic Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai 46, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 880550 Darma Kerti Hospital Jl. Teratai 16, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 812359 Tabanan General Hospital Jl. Pahlawan 14, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 811027 Singaraja Prodia Clinic Jl. RA Kartini 12, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 24-516 Singaraja Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai 30, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 22-573 Pet Clinics Kayumas: (0361) 226934 Sayang Binatang: (0361) 483121 Satwa Kertha Husada: (0361) 263018 Pantai Sindhu: (0361) 287518 Sidakarya: (0361) 724492 Pedungan: (0361) 720026
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
News South Korea court convicts disgraced stem cell scientist Agence France-Presse
AFP PHOTO/RAMZI HAIDAR
Lebanese chefs prepare a giant tabbouleh to set a new world record in Beirut on October 25, 2009. Under the watch of a Guinness adjudicator, 250 sous-chefs and their 50 bosses from the state-run culinary school chopped and sliced over three and a half tonnes (7,000 pounds) of the salad, using 1,600 kilogrammes (3,520 pounds) of parsley, 1,500 kilogrammes (3,300 pounds) of ripe tomatoes and 420 kilogrammes (926 pounds) of onions. The tabbouleh record came only a day after Lebanon broke a Guinness record with a two-tonne serving of the chickpea-based dip hummus.
Salad days in Lebanon as it sets third Guinness food record Agence France-Presse
BEIRUT - While Lebanon may be far from adept at making governments, food is another matter: on Sunday Lebanese chefs came together to break a third Guinness record for food this year — this time with tabbouleh. Under the watch of a Guinness adjudicator, 250 sous-chefs and their 50 bosses from a private culinary school chopped and sliced over three and a half tonnes (7,000 pounds) of the salad, using 1,600 kilogrammes (3,520 pounds) of parsley, 1,500 kilogrammes (3,300 pounds) of ripe tomatoes and 420 kilogrammes (926 pounds) of onions. The tabbouleh record came only a day after Lebanon broke a Guinness record with a two-tonne serving of the chickpea-based dip hummus. The tiny Mediterranean country — which has yet to see a government formed over four months after a general election — also set a record in August for the largest ever kebbe, a dish of minced meat and cracked wheat. National songs blared from loudspeakers as the white-clad cooks mixed the tabbouleh into a mega-sized pottery dish on Sunday cheered on by
thousands of onlookers, some waving Lebanese flags. “Hummus comes from where? Tabbouleh comes from where?” asked the event host on a microphone. “From here, from Lebanon,” screamed the crowds in response. “One hundred percent Lebanese!” A battle over hummus and tabbouleh between Lebanon and Israel — two neighbours still technically at war — emerged last year and efforts have been underway ever since to clearly identify such dishes as exclusively Lebanese. Both hummus and tabbouleh, as well as other treats such as baba ghannouj, an eggplant dip, are widely popular in Lebanon, Israel and around the globe. “El Hommos Lebnaneh Tabbouleh Kamen (Hummus is Lebanese and Tabbouleh is too) is an attempt to break the current Guinness world records of hummus and tabbouleh, reaffirming the
Lebanese proprietorship of these two dishes,” said a statement issued by the industrialist association and food syndicate, which planned the weekend events. “It’s pretty much common knowledge that I don’t back down,” said Fadi Abboud, who heads the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, just before the results were announced. “And this time, I’m not stepping down.” Lebanese industrialists have said their case was similar to the one over feta cheese in which a European Union court ruled in 2002 that feta is exclusively Greek. They argue that just as France and Scotland have succeeded in protecting their geographical appelation rights for sparkling wine from Champagne and Scotch whisky, so should Lebanon for some of its dishes.
Lost Aussie boy, 8, found in ice-cream aisle Agence France-Presse
MELBOURNE - An eight-yearold boy who disappeared from his bedroom in the middle of the night was found helping himself to chocolate ice cream at his local 24-hour supermarket, police said Monday. Police picked up the child at about 3:50 am inside a Safeway store in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell
after staff reported the barefoot youngster was roaming the store alone. “Police arrived to find the boy with his head buried in the frozen food section after it appears he may have taken a liking to some chocolate ice cream in the aisle,” Victoria Police said in a statement. The child was reunited with his parents shortly afterwards, but not before a short stint at Camberwell
police station. “It appears his liking of chocolate extended to the watch house at Camberwell as the boy eyed off the local stash, forcing police to move quickly to ensure their emergency sustenance was kept intact,” police said. The boy will not be charged for shoplifting over the ice-cream he ate in the store, police said.
SEOUL - A South Korean court Monday imposed a suspended prison term on a disgraced scientist whose claims of stem cell breakthroughs rocked the scientific world until his research was found to be faked. The court passed a two-year sentence suspended for three years on Hwang Woo-Suk after convicting him of embezzling research funds and of ethical lapses in obtaining human eggs for experiments. It found him not guilty of defrauding private entities which had contributed funds to his research. Prosecutors had demanded a four-year jail term for Hwang, 56, who went on trial in June 2006. He remained expressionless as the verdict was read. Judges ruled he had known that his team “exaggerated or manipulated” some experiments, although they found no evidence he directly instructed them to do so. Hwang shot to fame in 2004 when he published a paper in the US journal “Science” claiming to have created the world’s first stem cell line from a cloned human embryo. In a follow-up paper in 2005 in the same journal, he maintained that his team had developed 11 patientspecific embryonic stem cell lines. The claims raised hopes of new treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s. The government showered Hwang and his team from the prestigious Seoul National University (SNU) with money and honours. Hwang was awarded the title of “Supreme Scientist”. But his reputation was tarnished in November 2005 amid allegations that he had violated medical ethics by accepting human eggs from his
own researchers. Hwang apologised for the lapse but the scandal widened with reports from local television network MBC that his entire research was fabricated. In January 2006 an SNU investigative team ruled in a report that his findings were faked and said he had produced no stem cells of any kind. But he still retains a loyal following. After sentence was passed, supporters inside the courtroom clapped and shouted “Doctor Hwang, cheer up!” Hwang smiled and shook hands with them. saying his lawyers would decide whether to appeal. About 100 supporters outside wildly applauded Hwang as he walked out through a crowd of journalists. The court received petitions from 55 lawmakers and others calling for leniency. Hwang was also found guilty of breaching a law on bioethics which bans illegal human egg transactions. “Hwang and his team failed to prove that they were not involved in illegal trading of human eggs,” the verdict said. The judges said Hwang had misappropriated a combined 830 million won (704,000 dollars) in research funds by using borrowed bank accounts or manipulating tax bills. But they said he did not do so for personal profit. Hwang’s work in creating Snuppy (Seoul National University puppy), the world’s first cloned dog, has been independently verified. While on bail during the trial, he focused on animal cloning after losing his government licence for human stem cell research. “His brilliant achievements in animal experiments, his sincere repentance and the fact he was already disciplined by his school should be considered,” the judges said.
Australia... From page 1 An Australian customs vessel carrying 78 Sri Lankan migrants who were intercepted off the southern coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island last week is expected to dock in an Indonesian port this week. Yusgiantoro said most of the migrants were “seeking a better life”. “Their destinations include New Zealand and Australia. Indonesia is a transit (point),” he said. “On one hand, they want to improve their lives. On the other,
there is a problem of humanity which we have to consider. This is our dilemma.” Rudd’s centre-left government has said the spike in the number of asylum seekers arriving by sea is due to “push” factors such as unrest in countries like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. But the conservative opposition has said the government’s softening of the previous administration’s rules on unlawful boat arrivals has opened the way for the increase.
Prabangsa’s murder trial... From page 1 However, his testimony wondering around once more when Narbawa said that he didn’t know about the murder and he was not on the crime scene at that time. The judge was very furious with
the condition and asks the witness to answer the truth. “We will see which statement that is correct in court because we need evidence for it,” said the judge. (015)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
RI, Australia firming up defense cooperation Antara
JAKARTA - The Indonesian and Australian governments have agreed to put their bilateral defense cooperation on a firmer basis and to continue it in the future. After a meeting with his Australian counterpart, John Faulkner, here on Monday, Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the two countries’ commitment to improving defense cooperation would be formalized in a memorandum of understanding which was now still under discus-
sion. “Indonesia-Australia cooperation in the defense and military fields was confirmed earlier by the ratification of the Lombok Treaty signed by the two countries on November 13, 2006,” Yusgiantoro said. Based on the treaty, the two
countries had agreed to step up cooperation in the defense and military fields under a stronger legal umbrella, such as the memorandum of understanding currently being discussed. Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry’s International Cooperation Strategy director general, Brig Gen Syaiful Anwar said there were two important points in the memorandum of understanding, namely an overall defense cooperation as part of an action plan in the
Lombok Treaty and human trafficking. “The Lombok Treaty permits the two countries to form a legal umbrella for defense cooperation called ‘Corporate Activity in the Field of Defense’,” he said. A legal umbrella for cooperation on human trafficking or illegal immigrants would be discussed by the two countries’ foreign affairs ministries. “Starting next week, the two parties will discuss human traf-
Government to develop six sectors to create more jobs
Sumatran tiger succumbs during surgery Antara
BANDA ACEH - A Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) which was being treated at the Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA), Aceh province, eventually succumbed during an operation. The tiger which was caught in a pig trap, died when the team of doctors of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Syiah Kuala University was cleaning an injury on its hind foot in Banda Aceh, Monday. A minor operation that lasted about two hours was done by the doctors on a BKSDA operation vehicle which carried the tiger, because it was too weak to be moved. Tigers from South Aceh Regency were caught in Jambo Apha village on Wednesday (21/10) by the villagers. When caught, it was already very weak. During the week a tiger was roaming around causing fear to the
villagers. The tiger was brought to the Aceh province BKSDA in Banda Aceh on Saturday (24/10) for intensive treatment. Previously, BKSDA and the vets along with the local government agreed to restore the condition of the tiger before cutting off its right front foot which was seriously injured. It is feared that its weak condition does not allow it to be t anesthetized, but shortly after cleaning its wound the tiger succumbed. “It was very weak, making it impossible cut off its foot. But to save its front leg was not possible,” said Munawar Kholis, veterinarian of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Munawar said that was 130 cm long and 90 cm high received 14 bottles food because it was too weak to eat.
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A female Sumatran tiger with a wounded leg rests inside a cage at Banda an office of Aceh’s Agency of Conservancy and Natural resources (BKSDA) after was caught by villagers on October 21 at Jambo Apha village in South Aceh, Banda Aceh on October 24, 2009.
Many ‘Matuto’ paintings found in Kaimana Antara
JAYAPURA - Many “Matuto” paintings, as a kind of scratches from the pre-historic rock arts, were found in a number of villages which belong to Kaimana District, Provinice of Papua Barat, a local official has said. Matuto is a shape of a halfman lizard and believed as the ancestor of heroes, Head of Jayapura Archaeology Center, Drs.M.Irfan Mahmud,M.Si said here Monday. From the research, according to Irfan, a lot of matuto paint-
ings were found at niche surfaces made as canvas for the artists of the pre-historic time in several archaeological sites. Matuto motif belongs to an anthropomorphic group with religious meaning representing the people’s ancestors living in Kaimana in the pre-historic time, he added. He pointed out that besides matuto, the anthropomorphic group also includes a palm-print motif which means a protective power to prevent from evil things, and a human motif. Matuto paintings were found in
ficking or illegal immigrants, and the Defense Ministry will be part of a task force which is to be formed by the deputy foreign affairs minister,” Syaiful said. Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro in the meeting with his Australian counterpart extended his gratitude for the Australian government’s support for West Sumatra post-earthquake management by giving financial assistance of A$12 million and an emergency hospital.
the sites of Omborecena, Memnemba, Memnemnambe and Tumberawasi located in Maimai village. Whereas in Namatota village, matuto paintings were also found in the sites of Werfora I, Werfora II, Werfora III and Werfora IV. The other pre-historic paintings which were scratched at the niche surfaces are in the motifs of lizard, fish, tortoise, crocodile, cuscus, snake, bird and sea horse which belong to the fauna group. In the geometrical motif, there are the pictures of sun, direction mark, rectangular and circle. The
pictures of man’s cultural objects include those on the shapes of boat, boomerang, spear, rock axe, sago hammer and mask. Pre-historic men scratched paintings on niche surfaces with natural color substance and their works were called rock arts which served as media to express ideas or thoughts concerning certain events. These archaeological relics are sort of civilization from the ancestor’s community in Papua, and have enriched the national culture.
JAKARTA - The government is paying attention to the development of six economic sectors believed to be able to improve the investment climate and create more jobs, a senior minister said. “There are six sectors raised (at the meeting). We will seriously encourage and speed up the development of the six sectors,” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa said after a meeting at his office here on Monday. The six sectors are infrastructure, energy, food resilience, small and medium businesses, industry and services, and transportation. “Speeding up development of infrastructure is a must. There must be allout efforts to speed up its development. The other urgent issues are energy, including electricity, and food resilience,” he said. He said the development of manufacturing industry must draw attention from all parties because it could employ a great deal of workers. “So far, we only export raw materials. We don’t want to do that again. Therefore, we must think of how to process them into goods,” he said. He said local resources-based industries, such as oil palm-based industries must be encouraged. “Don’t export crude palm oil only. We must also think of how to develop its downstream industries to be able to create more jobs,” he said. Industry Minister MS Hidayat meanwhile said the six sectors would draw serious attention from the government in the next five years. “The industrial sector is part of the six sectors,” he said. The manufacturing and processing industries would be directed towards improving the added value of Indonesian products and creating more jobs, he said.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Bali Today IPCC 31st Session held in Bali
Indonesia lifts the issue of emission and absorption of CO2 IBP
DENPASAR – Bali once again becoming a place of prestigious meeting to talk about climate change on October 26 through October 29. The 31st session of Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) will be discussing several issues that will be put in the fifth assessment report. There are 430 delegations from 140 countries and research center attending an opening session of 31st IPCC. According to Chairman of IPCC Rajendra Pachauri the meeting is basically a regular session of IPCC meeting. The main purpose is to come up with the approval on the outline of the fifth assessment report that we just starting now. ‘’This can be said as a former session of the fifth assessment report,” he stated. He added The Bali 31st meeting of IPCC is the prestigious one since it lay foundation for the next IPCC Assessment Report. The four days session will requested inputs to member countries in order to finalize fifth assessment report (AR V). The focus of the sessions of three IPCC working groups will be to agree on the chapter outlines and schedules of the respective contribu-
tions of its working groups to the AR V, agreeing on cross cutting matters and modalities for addressing them, and considering a proposal for the preparation of a synthesis reports, its scope and nature. Before the 31st session in Bali, IPCC scoping meeting held in Venice, Italy on July 13 - 17, 2009 where the AR V outline was drafted. The Fifth assessment report will be published in 2013 (working group I scientific basis) and 2014 (working group II - impact, adaptation, and vulnerability, working group III - mitigation of climate) Meanwhile Rahmat Witoelar, Chairman of the national council on climate change accompanied by Director General of the meteorological,
climatological, and geophysical Agency Indonesia Sri Woro B. Harijono said Indonesia will lifts the issue of emission and absorption of CO2. He reasoned the issues are raised by Indonesia because it’s geographic position as a tropical country and a maritime continent. ‘’We can absorb CO2 through our forest and maritime,” he explained. Especially for the maritime absorption, Sri Woro collaborated that Indonesia through Indonesia Ocean Current can be part of climate change ventilation of the world’s climate and help the absorption of CO2 in the ocean. She give a hence about the measurement result of GAW Kototabang Station which shows the average of CO2 in Indonesia is still
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Chairman of IPCC Rajendra K. Pachauri (right) striking the Balinese Gong during the opening of 31st IPCC session at Nusa Dua, Bali, on Monday, October 26. lower that Mauna Loa, Hawaii and the global average of CO2 measured all over the world. To strengthen the link between scientific deliberations in the IPCC meetings and the series of UNFCCC negotiation meetings, Indonesia is suggesting that the body produces several scientific
briefs that include topics such as setting up the reference level of emissions for REDD, updates on scientific debates on carbon sinks, both for pristine and degraded forests, and on peat lands and oceans, and elaboration on scenarios of different targets of stabilization of carbon concentrations in the atmosphere.
Historical Development of the Indonesian Seafarers
First Tourists Arrived in Bali by Ship World History has seen human life development as closely related to the sea as an important form of survival. From the time of the Industrial Revolution, on 1740 – 1850 in Europe, particularly in Britain, reflected a series of technological innovations and changes as the first phase of a major industrial transformation. These innovations, centered mainly in the textile industry, the iron industry, and the improvement of the steam engine, saw Britain becoming the textile capital of the world, as sea-
going ships did since 2600 B.C. highlighting the ongoing technological and “idea” revolution. Whilst living on the Indonesian Archipelago, Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820-1887) or Multatuli, a Dutch writer, described the area as ‘the equator string of emeralds’, Indonesians have since retained their position as a nation of seafarers, inseparable of maritime life. Sailing the sea, multiracial people harbored in the Indonesian Archipelago. This original group included an Indonesians living during 200-300 BC.
The photo shows a sailing race that conducted in Bali waters.
These seafarers mingled with fellow seafarers originating from India and China. The multiracial seamen stayed in the new region, forming a mixed community, which then formed an early Indonesian community. They ventured to sail thousands of nautical miles from their homelands to find new lands. The maritime development stage, starting from the Stone and Bronze Ages until the Eighth Century, rapidly increased towards the introduction of various kinds of ships in the Hindu-Indonesian Era. The course of history from the ships used at that time was evident from the carvings on the Borobudur Temple walls. There are at least ten carved monumental works depicting three types of ships or boats. Firstly, there are the mortar/hollow boats; secondly, big ships without leeboard, and thirdly, a big ship fitted with outriggers. The largest ship had two kinds of masts with a sharp pointing bow and stern. The stern had triangular sails (jib sails). It is interesting to see a drawing of an eye, illustrated on the hull, expressing a universal habit, closely connected to traditional belief, something fishermen
still hold. Indonesian seafarers reached Madagascar in several stages, with the last migrants coming in the 16th Century. The Marine Tribe among the Madagascar ethnic groups was well established. This particular race was to be the forefathers of Indonesian seafarers. The Indonesian seafarers also frequently visited China, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Australia, making their journey in small traditional ships, whilst the Strait of Malaya had already become the trading center of Asians from the years 650 – 670. In this city, Indonesian seafarers and traders got in touch with those from India and China. Indonesian traders, among them Javanese from the harbors of Gresik, Tuban and Surabaya, were very familiar with the Malaya ‘world trade center’ at that time, including merchants from other regions and foreign countries. Ma Huan, a Chinese delegate visiting Java in 1413 claimed that wealthy Chinese traders and natives resided in these harbors whilst boosting trade with china wares, precious stones and manufactured goods from abroad (such as ceramics, crockery, plain and patterned silk and linen and also perfumes).
Traders from the Lesser Sunda Islands Region sold spices, sandalwood and handicrafts to Javanese merchants in exchange of rice. The change in trade maps occurred in 1511, when Malaya fell into the hands of the Portuguese, who then introduced a trade monopoly in the Strait of Malaya. This monopoly inflicted a loss upon the traders, who thereafter looked for alternatives. Aceh’s vessels set sail along Sumatera’s West Coast and established trade transactions in commodities of forest and agricultural products cultured in the rich soils in the region. Entering the Strait of Sunda, vessels from the Sumatran Coast headed for Javas’ north coast harbors. The Kingdom Banten had played an important role since the 16th Century in developing the region following the Portuguese take over of Malaya. The changes resulted in the start of partial trading from the Straits of Malaya to the Straits of Sunda. Banten took over Sunda Kelapa, one of the trading harbors, in 1527. A number of sailboats, or junks of 150-ton load capacities, exported rice and pepper, with these northern Java harbors becoming prosperous because of the surplus of rice from inland Java. To be continued…
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Balinese Culture Bali prioritize on decreasing poverty Antara
DENPASAR – The development of tourism and the high hotels and restaurants taxes seemed not affecting the welfare of the people in Bali. Currently, there are 82 villages which have 35% percentage of poor families. I Nyoman Puasha Aryana, the head of Welfare Division in Bali Social Department, said “we are focusing in handling the economics so in 2010 the condition will be better. The people in Bali should have business to increase their welfare.” The government also in-
vites the companies in Bali to take part in decreasing the poverty in the island. “The programs can not only being handled by the government. We wanted hotels and other companies to take part in the program,” he added. Based on the data from Bali Government, the 82 villages spread throughout Bali. The high number of poverty spread in Buleleng, Karangasem, Bangli, and Klungkung. Puasha Aryana said that the big hotels in Badung regency should save some of their benefit and donated it to the people that need it. The donation could be given
to Bali’s Social department in order to be received by the one that really needed it. The donation also could support the program by Bali’s Governor, Made Mangku Pastika which wanted to decrease poverty in Bali. The fund donated by the hotels and the proper education will make the villages develop their own business in order to i n c r e a s e t h e i r w e l f a r e . “ We should analyze what resource available on each village and the ability of the people. This way, we can create a proper program for them,” Purusha Aryana added.
Tourists from Malaysia increasing Antara
DENPASAR – The number of tourists from Malaysia is in the fourth place on the list of the highest number of tourists visited Bali from January through August 2009 period. Based on the data from Bali Tourism Department, the number of tourists from Malaysia during those periods was 93,860 people. The number increase 17%
compared to the same period last year which was 80,177 tourists. The tourists from Malaysia was 6% from the total tourists visited Bali. The Malaysian tourists jump above the tourists from South Korea and Taiwan on the list. Made Kawiana, a tour guide, said that most of the tourists from Malaysia are very fond of Bali and they believe that Bali is still a safe tourist destination. “I often take tourists to the coun-
try side or art center like Ubud and they like it there,” he added. The death of the terrorist Nurdin M Top who is originally from Malaysia didn’t affect the number of tourists from Malaysia visited Bali. There is great hope that the government will keep the good relationship with Malaysia in order to increase the number of tourists coming to Bali. The promotion also must bi increased to attract the tourists.
(Vegetable Salad with Peanut Sauce) INGREDIENTS: 100 gr Long bean cut, blanched 1 cup Bean sprout, blanched 100 gr Spinach, blanched 1/4 ea Cabbage chopped and blanched 1 ea Carrot (medium), thinly sliced, blanched 4 sq Hard beancurd, deep fried, sliced 4 ea Hard boiled eggs, cut in wedges 2 tsp Shallot, sliced, fried 1/2 cup peanut sauce
PREPARATION: Prepare the sauce by blending first four ingredients until coarse. Put in pan with all other ingredients except fried shallots and lime juice. Simmer over very low heat for I hour. Stirring to prevent sticking. Stir in lime juice and shallots just before use. Arrange all vegetables and on a dish and pour over the sauce. Garnish with bean curd and eggs, sprinkle with shallots and serve with deep-fried krupuk. (http://www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Zedoary (Kaemferia galanga) is sometimes erroneously known as lesser galangal. This ginger like root has a unique, camphor flavor and should be used sparingly. Wash it and if you are fussy (most Balinese cooks aren’t), scrape off the skin before using. Dried sliced kencur or kencur powder can be used as a substitute. Soak dried sliced in boiling water for 30 minutes, use 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of powder for 1 inch fresh root. If not available replace quantity given with half ginger and half laos (galangal). (http:// www.baliguide.com/balifood)
(Lemon Grass) This intensely fragrant herb is used to impart a lemony flavor to soups, seafood and meat dishes and spice pastes. It can also be used as a skewer for satays. Cut off the roots and peel off the hard outer leaves, use only the tender bottom portion (6-8 inches). If the lemongrass is not required sliced, it is normally hit a couple of times with the edge of a cleaver or a pestle to release the fragrance and tied in a knot to hold it together during cooking. (http://www.baliguide.com/ balifood)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Tenganan Village is one of the oldest Balinese Traditional located in Karangasem Regency, east part of Bali. This village is much referred by cultural literature science of Tenganan Pegringsingan, which is very famous in the island. It own very unique local community life pattern which is one example of Bali Aga Village cultures (Hindu Prehistoric) and different with other countryside in plain of Bali. Nowadays, this village has been appointed as a place for tourist destination which can present the attractive and unique matters which able to add the variation of object and fascination for tourist to come. Tenganan Village presenting the unique traditional culture The specification of tourism object at Tenganan Village is consisted of: * Countrified pattern of rural having the character of Linear * The structure of bilateral society orientation at seniority collective * Special Ritual System in high frequency by serving the religion solidarity, artistically and social me-
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International chanical solidarity * The tradition of Mekare-Kare on every June is a faith tradition as the screw pine in ritual context, religion value, spirit of struggle and test of physical delaying accompanied by traditional gamelan of Selonding * The Art Crafting Weave of cloth fastens which is famous called by Ikat Pangringsingan that is designed and arranged by the typical color. Tenganan Village Geographically Tenganan village is geographically situated among the hill in west and east part of this village. This village is located in Manggis sub district and Karangasem Regency or about 1 hour drive from Denpasar Town. It is a small village consisted of three Banjars (group of local community) those are Banjar Kauh, Banjar Tengah and Banjar Pande. The regional of this village is consisted of three complexes those are resident, plantation and rice field complex. The history of Tenganan village is expressed in a few versions. The first version is mentioned that the resident of Tenganan
village are come from Paneges Village, a village is located near with Bedahulu Village that is located Gianyar Regency. The second version is expressed that word of Tenganan recognized in one of Bali inscription that was written by the word of Tranganan. The third version is expressed that the Tenganan Village Resident prays to the Bukit Lempuyang Temple. The word of Tenganan is ascribed by a Tengah root word which can mean to aim to middle of Pegringsingan, the fasten cloth type weave that is typically produce by Tenganan village resident. The structure of resident in Tenganan village is built in linear consisted of six rays. Each of ray consisted of some lawn broadly, the building form where the local community use it to present the handicraft for tourists. All the tradition existences of the human being are harmoniously with the God, human and environment as according to Tri Hita Karana concept. The Tourism Destination of Tenganan remains to draw during the time, goodness as tourism cultural object, tourism nature and agriculture tourism. (www.balistarisland.com)
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BUSINESS German consumer sentiment posts first fall in a year: GfK Agence France-Presse
FRANKFURT - German consumer sentiment has fallen for the first time since September 2008 owing to rising petrol (gasoline) prices and forecasts for higher unemployment, the GfK economic research institute said on Monday. GfK’s consumer index, the result of a survey of around 2,000 individuals, “has experienced a light decline in autumn,” the institute said, slipping to 4.0 points in October from 4.2 points in September. A drop in a sub-index of consumer readiness to make large purchases was largely responsible for the decrease and reflected concerns that higher oil and energy prices would eat away at disposable income, GfK noted. Fears of rising unemployment are also strong, even though a widely feared upturn in the number of jobless has failed to occur so far.
Leading German economic institutes have even reduced their forecast for the number of unemployed in 2010 to 4.1 million from estimates in April of just under 5.0 million. Around 3.3 million people are now jobless in Europe’s biggest economy. At the same time, the end of Germany’s cash-for-clunker’s scheme that paid drivers 2,500 euros (3,750 dollars) to scrap an old car and buy a new one has reduced the number of people shopping for autos, GfK noted. Whether or nor consumption contributes to a slow and fragile German recovery will depend on unemploy-
ment in the coming months, it said. On Friday however, a key survey by the Ifo research institute showed that German business confidence had reached its highest level for more than a year. But the creation of a new centreright coalition government in Berlin and the especially fiscal support for taxpayers it has promised “was apparently not enough to life the mood of private households further,” UniCredit economist Alexander Koch commented. Meanwhile, “the outlook for substantial layoffs well into next year remains intact,” he said.
South Korea’s economy grows at fastest rate for seven years South Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace for more than seven years in the third quarter, official figures showed Monday, as Asia’s economies lead the world out of its slump. Gross domestic product rose 2.9 percent quarteron-quarter in July-September and 0.6 percent compared with a year earlier, the central Bank of Korea said in an advance estimate. Asia’s fourth largest economy had recorded a 2.6 percent gain quarter-onquarter in April-June but the figure represented a 2.2 percent contraction yearon-year. On a year-on-year basis, Monday’s figures showed that GDP turned positive for the first time in four quarters. “Industrial output, led by chips and automobiles, posted robust growth in the third quarter,” the bank said in a statement. “Private consumption and facility investment also grew, contributing to growth.”
Amid a global recession sparked by the financial crisis, the economy had tumbled 5.1 percent quarter-on-quarter in the last three months of 2008 before rising 0.1 percent in JanuaryMarch. Its recovery has been fuelled by aggressive government fiscal spending and rate cuts. Exports have profited from the local currency’s sharp drop against the dollar until recently, and overseas stimulus programmes. Exports rose 5.1 percent quarteron-quarter in the three months ending September 30, after jumping 14.7 percent in the second quarter. Private spending increased 1.4 percent compared with a 3.6 percent gain in the preceding quarter. Capital investment climbed 8.9 percent after rising 10.1 percent in the second quarter, while construction investment declined 2.1 percent compared with a 1.7 percent expansion three months earlier. South Korea’s better than expected numbers are the latest indication that Asia is powering the global recovery. China last week announced its economy grew 8.9 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier. The continent’s largest economy Japan grew at an annualised rate of 2.3 percent in the second quarter. South Korea has recorded a string of positive data recently. Sales at major department stores increased in September at the fastest pace in eight months. Manufacturers’ confidence remained at a two-year high for a second
straight month in October, while major exporters Hyundai, Kia and Hynix Semiconductor have reported strong third-quarter performances. The central bank said inventory build-up, which rose 2.9 percent quarter-on-quarter, also contributed to the high third-quarter figure. Economists said growth would likely slow in the fourth quarter, with the waning impact of the government’s stimulus measures. “Continued strength in exports will be the main driver for economic growth, while domestic demand will be weakened due to the withdrawal of fiscal stimulus,” Oh Suk-Tae, an economist at Standard Chartered, told Dow Jones Newswires. “Fiscal factors may lead to a slowdown in GDP growth in the fourth quarter.” Kim Myung-Kee, director-general of the bank’s economic statistics division, said full-year GDP was likely to be flat or fall by no more than one percent. Finance Minister Yoon JeungHyun was more upbeat. “The third-quarter growth is a surprise given that the economy still faces many downside risks such as a fiscal restraint, exchange rates and (higher) oil prices,” he told a forum. “Things are improving fast enough to predict positive annual growth for this year just a few months after the International Monetary Fund predicted a contraction of 4 percent for the South Korean economy.” (Agence France-Presse)
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Two office workers (R) walk by as a sweeper (L) does her work before the advertisement for a fashion house in Beijing on October 26, 2009. China’s vice premier Li Keqiang said Monday the country’s economic recovery has firmed up and was “better than expected”, after data showed that third quarter growth accelerated to 8.9 percent.
China’s economic recovery ‘consolidated’: vice premier Agence France-Presse
BEIJING - China’s vice premier Li Keqiang said Monday the country’s economic recovery has firmed up and was “better than expected”, after data showed that third quarter growth accelerated to 8.9 percent. “Currently the momentum of China’s economic recovery has been consolidated and economic development was better than expected at the beginning of the year,” Li said at an international tax conference in Beijing. “China has the confidence, conditions and ability to achieve the full year goal of social and economic development,” Li said, referring to Beijing’s target of eight percent growth for 2009. The world’s third largest economy had expanded by 7.9 percent in the second quarter and 6.1 percent in the first three months of the year — the slowest rate in more than a decade due to the impact of the global financial crisis. Li said the government would maintain an active fiscal policy and
moderately loose monetary policy while increasing the “flexibility and sustainability of the policies”. He did not elaborate on what “flexibility” would entail. However, he warned that the foundation for a global economic recovery was not yet firm as many uncertainties remained, ranging from shrinking international trade to high unemployment rates worldwide. Li also called on the international community to oppose trade protectionism, which he said “hinders recovery”. At the same conference, vice finance minister Wang Jun told reporters that fiscal revenue would pick up in the fourth quarter. “Because of the weak base over the last fourth quarter and as China’s economy grows, I believe fourth-quarter fiscal revenue will improve further,” Wang said. China swung to a fiscal deficit of 96.8 billion yuan (14.18 billion dollars) in September, according to the finance ministry’s website. Fiscal revenue rose 33 percent onyear to 560.9 billion yuan last month, while fiscal spending was up 32.9 percent at 657.7 billion yuan.
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Association marks 20 years of greening Hollywood Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – With local, organic food, minimal electricity use and on-site composting, the Environmental Media Association’s 20th anniversary party might be the green standard for future Hollywood awards shows. The awards-show dinner, held Sunday on the Paramount lot, modeled its message — recognizing the industry’s efforts to go green with an organic, low-waste, environmentally friendly event. “It’s such a great example to have an elegant Hollywood party that’s sustainable,” said EMA president Debbie Levin. “It’s extremely easy if you just think about what you’re doing.” Founded by Norman and Lyn Lear and Alan and Cindy Horn, the Environmental Media Association encourages Hollywood to spread the word about going green. Twenty years later, the group counts the Endangered Species Coalition, the Alaska Rainforest Campaign, the Sierra Club and the World Wildlife Fund among its partners. It has been honored by the White House and praised by Al Gore — years before “An Inconvenient Truth.” The group has met with hundreds of Hollywood writers, directors and producers, helping them incorporate green themes into their films and TV shows and encouraging them to
make those productions more environmentally friendly. “If we can help the populace know as much about climate problems as they know today about Balloon Boy, we will have succeeded,” the 87-year-old writer-producer said. EMA’s latest efforts include assembling a group of young celebrity ambassadors to encourage green behavior among their fans and launching an organic garden program in public schools. One of those ambassadors, actress Amy Smart, said she drives a hybrid car, recycles and eats organic. Actress Olivia Wilde, who also drives a hybrid, said Hollywood sets tend to be “very wasteful places,” but things are changing. “We can try to waste less paper and have scripts distributed more responsibly. We can use corn-based products for craft services and we can go as far as solar-powered trailers,” she said. “It’s not overwhelming if you take it step by step.” EMA has worked with the Screen Actors Guild to make its annual awards gala more green and consults with writers, producers and directors on making Hollywood sets and story lines more environmentally conscious. The group celebrated its 20th anniversary with an awards ceremony honoring individuals and organizations that help increase public awareness of environmental issues.
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FILE - In this July 29, 2004 file photo, from left at bottom, producer Norman Lear, his wife Lyn Davis and Lear’s grandson Ben Lear, sit with actors Leonardo DiCaprio, top left, and Ben Affleck, top right, during the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Norman Lear and his wife, Lyn, helped create the Environmental Media Association to encourage Hollywood to spread the word about going green. Now, 20 years later, the group counts the Endangered Species Coalition, the Alaska Rainforest Campaign, the Sierra Club and the World Wildlife Fund among its partners.
Breton zombies thrill late night Jackson fest
Agence France Presse
GOURIN (France) – Zombies invaded the small village of Gourin in the rural heart of France’s Brittany region on Sunday as part of a global tribute to singer Michael Jackson. Over 700 people, most of them dripping with fake blood, sporting latex scars and wearing suitably ripped clothes converged on this normally quiet French backwater’s community centre to take part in “Thrill the World 2009”. At 2:30 am on the dot 71 of the macabre merrymakers took to the floor to reinterpret the famous zombie dance from the video of Jackson’s 1982 monster hit
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FILE - In this file publicity image released by Sony Pictures Animation, ‘Sam Sparks,’ voiced by Anna Faris, and ‘Flint Lockwood,’ voiced by Bill Hader, are seen in Columbia Pictures’ animated film ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.’ Fans scrambled to see 3-D movies such as ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ this year and new 3-D televisions could soon have home viewers feeling like they’re surrounded by a spaghetti hurricane on their couches.
Crowded theaters build momentum for 3-D at home Next year major electronics manufacturers Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. plan to introduce 3-D-capable high-definition televisions for the mass market. You’ll still need to wear special glasses, though. Movie studios hope 3-D can help lift the sagging home video market the same way it has pushed up box office results. The initial price of such sets is expected to be high — perhaps 20 percent more than normal sets of the same size. But costs should come down in the coming years. Depending on prices, 3-D-ready TVs could be in 28 million to 46 million homes worldwide by 2013, predicts Alfred Poor, an analyst with GigaOM Pro. He estimates that next year, as many as 2.5 million sets worldwide will be sold with 3-D capability. “We’re raising a whole generation of kids who expect to see this effect for their movies at home,” Poor said. “I think people want 3-D. I just don’t think they’re going to want to pay a whole lot more for it.”
To avoid the need for special screens, some manufacturers of TV sets are shunning the 3-D technology common in theaters in favor of what’s known as “active shutter.” That uses an infrared emitter on the TV to tell battery-powered glasses when to flicker the left and right lenses in conjunction with the images on the screen, which gives the perception of three dimensions. The sets themselves will require relatively minor upgrades from today’s models, but the glasses will cost more, raising the price of the overall package. There’s no question 3-D movies are popular. They generated more than $1 billion at box offices worldwide this year, and on a per-screen basis, 3-D showings typically bring in more than double the revenue of regular screenings when a movie is offered in both versions. For hits like Disney/Pixar’s “Up” and 20th Century Fox’s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” more than half of ticket revenues came from 3-D screens, despite accounting for far
fewer showings, according to research firm Screen Digest. Those screenings tend to fill up, and moviegoers are willing to pay a few dollars extra per ticket. Making these 3-D movies hasn’t been cheap, and so far there hasn’t been an adequate way to recoup those higher costs in the home video market, which brings in far more dollars to studios than the theatrical release. In September, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. released a two-disc pack of “Monsters vs Aliens” with just a 3-D bonus vignette accompanying a 2-D version of the movie. It comes with cardboard glasses with magenta and green lenses that create a 3-D effect. The so-called “anaglyph” technology is out of date and can distort colors but works with regular TVs. “We think for 10 minutes or so, it’s a fun experience, but it’s not a great experience for an hour-and-a-half or two-hour-long movie,” said John Batter, DreamWorks’ co-president of production for feature animation. The studio is considering a re-release of the movie at higher prices using modern 3-D technology, followed by future releases after 3-D TVs become available next year. Batter said 3-D releases “will certainly grow over time and it will become I think a significant part of our home video business in a three- to five-year cycle.”
‘Thriller’. The Gourin dancers strutted their stuff at precisely the same moment as fellow Jackson fans in places as far away as Beijing, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Mexico and Sydney. The official start time was 0030 GMT, just after midnight, a reference to the opening line of “Thriller”. International time zones being what they are however, this meant that the event in Gourin started at 2:30 am, just before clocks were turned back an hour to winter time in France. After the dance-off organiser Delphine Aldag said she had been
amazed by the event’s success. “We were hoping for perhaps 50 dancers and maybe four or five hundred people. It completely surpassed our expectations,” she told AFP “We want to do the same thing next year only bigger,” she added. “We’re planning a whole zombie weekend with films, dancing and a parade through the village,” she continued. Many of the zombie dancers said they had come as a way of saying goodbye to Jackson, who died suddenly at the age of 50 on June 25. “I came tonight because I couldn’t
go to Michael Jackson’s concert in London and this was my way of paying homage to him,” said 19-year-old Anna who said Jackson represented her childhood. Other revellers were just there for the fun. “I’m here to dance with my cousin. I feel like Michael Jackson when I dance. My favourite song is ‘Bad’,” said seven-year-old Matteo, sporting sunglasses and a hat and suit similar to the outfit worn by Jackson in the video for “Billie Jean”, another of his hits. And this being Brittany, the evening would not have been complete without some traditional folk music.
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Fans scrambled to see 3-D movies such as “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” in theaters this year and new 3-D televisions could soon have home viewers feeling as if they’re surrounded by a spaghetti hurricane on their couches.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Japan’s hip young farmers dig in to avert food crunch Agence France Presse TOKYO - Young Japanese are fleeing the urban jungle for the halfabandoned countryside on a mission to make farming cool again and cut Japan’s frightening food deficit in the process.
Organic farming converts, ricegrowing Tokyo fashionistas and other young greenfingers have trickled back into rural Japan where many farm towns have been slowly dying amid fast-greying Japan’s demographic crunch. Japan, the world’s second-largest economy, now imports 60 percent of its food, and many worry about future food security if climate change rocks global food supplies or energy costs swing international grain prices. In a high-tech country that grew rich on selling cars and electronics, the young farmers are standing up to reinvent the image of agriculture. “No matter how big Japan’s economy is, no matter how much cash it stacks up, this country will soon be unable to buy so much food from overseas,” Yusuke Miyaji, 31, recently told a crowd of young farmers.
“I want to make a job in the primary sector cool, striking and profitable,” said Miyaji, dressed in overalls, to applause from his audience. “Kids should dream of becoming farmers, not baseball players!” Miyaji, who comes from a pig farming family, has created a network called Kosegare, a word meaning farmer’s son, that has attracted more than 200 young farmers and supporters who share his sense of crisis. “The time left for us to revamp this industry is probably about five years,” Miyaji warned his squad of youthful activist farmers. Under his scheme, produce is marketed under the network’s “Refarm” brand. Members share information on organic farming and urge supportive consumers to buy directly from them to cut distribution and commission costs. Encouraged by the movement,
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Japanese farmer Kaori Nukui harvests shiitake mushroom at her mushroom houses in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture on June 29, 2009. Over 200 young farmers and supporters gathered in March at an inauguration of the “Kosegare” network, a humble word for a farmer’s son, aimed at encouraging those from farming families to return home.
Kaori Nukui, 31, who joined her parents last year to grow green tea and shiitake mushrooms, said that after years in the city she now saw a business opportunity in family farming. “I had no interest before in taking over this business,” said Nukui, who had worked for Tokyo consulting and public relations firms for seven years, as she drove a pick-up truck to a mushroom house in Iruma, north of Tokyo. “My mother also wanted me to marry a businessman rather than work the land,” she said. “But when I thought of starting a business myself, I realised my parents had already built a good foundation for me.”
GAO: FDA fails to follow up on unproven drugs Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has allowed drugs for cancer and other diseases to stay on the market even when follow-up studies showed they didn’t extend patients’ lives, say congressional investigators. A report due out Monday from the Government Accountability Office also shows that the FDA has never pulled a drug off the market due to a lack of required follow-up about its actual benefits — even when such information is more than a decade overdue. When pressed about that policy, agency officials said they have no plans to get more aggressive.The GAO says the FDA should do more to track whether drugs approved based on preliminary results actually have lived up to their promise. The FDA responded that the report paints an overly negative picture of its so-called “accelerated approval” program, which is only used to approve drugs for the most serious diseases. “Millions of patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses have had earlier access to new safe and effective treatments,” thanks to
Data shows Japan’s farming population is quickly ageing and that many farm households have no working heir, as birth rates have fallen and children have left country towns for the bright city lights. More than 70 percent of Japan’s working farmers are aged 60 or older, and nearly half are over 70. Only 8.5 percent are aged 39 or younger. About 3,800 square kilometres (1,520 square miles) of farmland have been abandoned and laid waste throughout the nation. In 88 percent of cases, the owners said they were too old to work the fields. Japan, which kept its food self-sufficiency ratio above 70 percent in the late 1960s, now produces only 40 per-
NASA is ‘go’ for crucial rocket test Agence France Presse
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FILE — In a Jan. 29, 2009 file photo reflections are seen in the sign on the global headquarters of AstraZeneca in London.
the program, the FDA said in its response to the report. In 1992, the FDA began speeding up the approval of novel drugs based on so-called surrogate endpoints, or laboratory measures that suggest the drug will make real improvements in patient health. HIV drugs, for example, are cleared based on their virus-lowering power, a predictor of increased survival. Drugmakers favor the program because it helps them get products to market sooner, without conducting long-term patient studies that can take
years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. A condition of quicker approvals is that drugmakers conduct follow-up studies to show the drug’s benefits actually panned out. But the GAO report, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, identified several drugs still on the market that never lived up to their initial promise. And in the 16 years that the FDA has used accelerated approval, it has never once pulled a drug off the market due to missing or unimpressive follow-up data.
cent of its food and buys almost all its wheat, corn and soy beans from overseas. Domestic production of meat, particularly beef and pork, has fallen from 96 percent in 1960 to about half in 2007. The country grows enough rice for domestic consumption, thanks to heavy trade protection which has also made the rice sector highly inefficient. The government has for years tried to reduce rice farming acreage in order to limit supply, keep the market price high, and thereby allow Japanese rice farmers to continue to make a living. The new government led by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has pledged to abolish the policy but keep subsidising rice farmers.
WASHINGTON – NASA is set to blast off a prototype rocket on Tuesday that carries hopes of returning humans to the Moon, and for the first time to Mars, despite deep uncertainty about the program’s future. The space agency said everything is in order for Tuesday’s twominute, 30-second test of the Ares I-X rocket, a first look at the launch vehicle designed to replace NASA’s aging space shuttle fleet. It is “an early opportunity to test and prove flight characteristics, hardware, facilities and ground operations associated with the Ares I,” the space agency said. Data will be collected from over 700 sensors spread across Ares IX, providing a stream of information that will be scrutinized for months. But more rides on the launch than data. It is the culmination of three years work on Constellation, a human space flight program conceived by former president George W. Bush in the wake of the 2003 Co-
lumbia shuttle disaster that killed all seven crew onboard. The program includes plans to create “Orion,” the space shuttle’s successor that by 2017 would carry astronauts into space in a bid to return to the moon and later make a first human trip to Mars. But an independent panel of experts threw cold water over Constellation’s starry-eyed aspirations in a report to US President Barack Obama on Thursday, warning that NASA needs three billion dollars a year more to meet its goals. “The US human space flight program appears to be on an unsustainable trajectory” due to lack of funds, panel leader Norman Augustine, former president of aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, said in the 155page report. The 10-member-panel floated the idea of manned space flights to asteroids, and flyovers close to the moon and Mars, both projects that would not require complicated landing arrangements. For Obama, who leads an increasingly cash-strapped nation, that may sound like a good option.Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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L-R) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Serena Williams of United States, Dinara Safina, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva of Russia and Venus William of United States line up during the draw for the WTA Championships at the Museum of Islamic Art on October 25, 2009 in the Qatari capital Doha.
Russian front battles for Safina Agence France Presse DOHA - Dinara Safina found powerful allies in compatriots Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva on Monday as an imposing Russian front was launched in defence of the besieged world number one. Still without a Grand Slam title, Safina has again deposed 11-time major winner Serena Williams to begin her 26th week on top of the standings in 2009. It’s an elevation unlikely to stem the flow of criticism aimed at the 23year-old, who is considered by many in the game to be unworthy of the top ranking. But Kuznetsova, the French Open winner and a former US Open champion, threw her weight behind Safina. “I think Dinara deserves it. She’s there because she played the final of French Open, the final of Australian Open,” said Kuznetsova, ahead of the season-ending, eightwoman WTA Championships which starts here on Tuesday. “I’m not going to be the one to say you have to be No. 1 by winning a Slam. The criticism is always going to be there. There are people who cannot sit and just concentrate on their own life.” Dementieva, the Olympic champion, also lent her support to Safina.
“She’s not the first one who’s in the No. 1 position without winning a Grand Slam.” said Dementiva. “But she’s the one who has won a lot of big events this season, and she was in the Grand Slam finals a couple of times. She worked very hard to get to the No. 1 position, and we have to respect this. She is very close to winning a Grand Slam title.” As well as the glaring absence of a major title from her CV, Safina has crumbled when the Grand Slam exposure was at its sharpest. She won just three games in her Australian Open final loss to Serena Williams, was beaten again in straight sets by Kuznetsova in the French Open title match before a third-round loss to Petra Kvitova in the US Open. Just as damaging was her 6-1, 6-0 loss to Venus Williams in the Wimbledon semi-finals, a defeat which again illustrated her mental frailities. But Safina, with three claycourt titles to her name this year, taking her career total to 12, insists she has given up listening to her critics.
“I don’t care anymore. They can say whatever they want,” said the 23-yearold. “I have been in three Grand Slam finals and I’ve been in two semis. Last year I was winning every tournament and they were asking me why I’m not No. 1. “This year I became No. 1, there is no Grand Slam. It’s not that I don’t want to win a Grand Slam. But you’re not a robot that you can play one hundred percent all the time.” The WTA Championships, which boasts a 4.55 million dollar prize fund, sees the world’s top eight split into two groups, played on a round-robin basis. Safina, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus are in the White Group. Serena and Venus Williams, who is the defending champion, Dementieva and Kuznetsova make up the Maroon Group. The top two in each pool will play in the semi-finals with a 1.5 million dollar top prize awaiting Sunday’s champion.
New NBA season looms with top stars on unfamiliar teams Agence France Presse
WASHINGTON – Top stars on unfamiliar teams have revamped the set of contenders trying to dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers as National Basketball Association champions with the 2009-2010 season opening Tuesday. Massive center Shaquille O’Neal will join NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, who averaged 28.4 points and 7.6 rebounds a game last season, in trying to bring the Cleveland Cavaliers their first title. “My mission is to win a ring for the ‘King,’” O’Neal said. Veteran playmaker Vince Carter is among five new players who join Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic as the reigning Eastern Conference champions cope with losing top talent, including Turkey’s Hedo Turkoglu to Toronto. “Vince gives us somebody who can create his own shots or create shots for somebody else,” said Magic general manager Otis Smith. Rasheed Wallace will join a healthy Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in powering the Boston Celtics while Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess join Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and a healthy Manu Ginobili with the San Antonio Spurs. But the Lakers have made some changes of their own in a bid to repeat as NBA champions, swinging a deal with the Houston Rockets to bring in forward Ron Artest, a talented but often controversial figure. “I’m coming to a team that already has a great nucleus of guys,” Artest said. “I want to be a part of
the team.” Kobe Bryant, who averaged 28.6 points a game last season, and Spanish big man Pau Gasol, who pulled down 9.6 rebounds a game, led the Lakers run to a 6517 season and a playoff crown last season. Now that they have won a title, the challenge will be for the Lakers to play as well in a repeat bid. Artest will provide the hunger as he tries to win his first NBA title and should work well in the Lakers’ triangle attack. Keeping Artest from becoming trouble or a distraction will fall to Bryant and Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who helped manage the eccentric Dennis Rodman during the championship heyday of Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls. Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum will play critical roles for the team as well, with Jackson wanting to stress defensive work this season, especially from Bynum. “Offensively, he’s doing great, but those defensive things have got to change,” Jackson said. “That’s where we want to make our statement as a team, defensively.” Much is expected from the Cavaliers after their 66-16 season ended with an Eastern Conference playoff upset. “I wouldn’t call it pressure but teams will be coming for us,” O’Neal said. A backdrop to Cleveland’s season will be the free agency status of James after the end of the campaign, whicfh figures to set off a bidding war for his services that a first-ever NBA crown would only turn into a King’s Ransom.
China sprinter fails doping test at National Games Agence France Presse
BEIJING - Up-and-coming Chinese sprinter Wang Jing, who won the women’s 100 metres at the National Games, has been stripped of her title after failing a doping test, organisers said Monday. The 21-year-old Wang, the third competitor at the Games to test positive for banned substances, now faces a possible life ban from the sport, according to an official quoted by the state Xinhua news agency. “The violation of doping regulations by Wang Jing again shows that there are still a small number of athletes using banned substances as they seek personal rewards,” the National Games organising committee said on its website. Wang’s positive test will serve as an incentive to clamp down on
illegal drug use in sports nationwide, the committee said. Wang won the 100m championship last week in a time of 11.50 seconds, becoming the first athlete from China’s southeastern Fujian province to win an athletics gold medal at the National Games. According to Xinhua, Wang tested positive for the steroid epitestosterone and epitestosterone metabolites following her October 22 victory. “Team members that have trained with Wang Jing’s coaches can be disqualified from all events at the National Games competition,” Xinhua quoted Shen Chunde, vice head of China’s Track and Field Centre, as saying. “The Track and Field Centre can also ban Wang Jing and her coaches from competition for life.” Wang has the right to appeal and can request that her second urine
sample be tested, Shen said. Before her positive doping test was made public, Wang was banned from running in the National Games 200m finals on Sunday night. Wang represented China at last year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, running in the 100m and the 4x100m relay. Earlier at the ongoing National Games, female shooter Li Jie tested positive for the beta-blocker propranolol and female rower Guo Linna for 19-norandrostenedione, a precursor for the anabolic steroid nandrolone. On Monday, Guo was banned from competition for four years and fined 15,000 yuan (2,500 dollars) by the Henan provincial rowing association, Xinhua said in a separate report. Guo’s coach, Zhang Hui, has been banned for life, as he was involved in two positive doping cases, the first dating back to 2001, it said.
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Shaquille O’Neal (L) and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers pose for a portrait during 2009 NBA Media Day on October 3, at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, Ohio. Top stars on unfamiliar teams have revamped the set of contenders trying to dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers as National Basketball Association champions with the 2009-2010 season opening Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Liverpool end losing streak as Chelsea stay top Agence France Presse
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FC Barcelona’s Seydou Keita of Mali, scores past Zaragoza’s goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo, from Argentina, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009.
Classy Barcelona hit Zaragoza for six Agence France Presse
MADRID - Mali international Seydou Keita scored a first ever hat-trick as champions Barcelona got back to their best, crushing Real Zaragoza 6-1 at Camp Nou on Sunday to move three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table. Barca had experienced a blip with a Champions League home defeat to Rubin Kazan in midweek but responded with a football masterclass to punish Real’s 0-0 draw at Sporting Gijon on Saturday. Keita scored a memorable hattrick (24 min, 41, 86) to take his season’s tally to five while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and also had two goals ruled out for offside. “Doubts? I don’t think we had any doubts to be honest,” said Keita. “We showed today that we are a great team and go out to win. “On a personal level I am happy with my first hat-trick although I am not really a goal-scorer.” Ibrahimovic joins Valencia’s David Villa at the top of the scoring charts on seven goals while Lionel Messi has six goals after scoring a fine chip. Barca were three goals up after a destructive first half but that was not enough as they tore Zaragoza to shreds in the second half and it could have been double figures. On 24 minutes Barca made the breakthrough with Messi showing quick thinking from a corner to clip a ball in and Keita got in front of his man to score with a diving header. Five minutes later Ibrahimovic thundered in a ferocious free-kick from 25 yards although goalkeeper Juan Carrizo will be disappointed. Barca scored a third on 41 minutes with Xavi producing a sublime
pass to release Ibrahimovic and the Swede crossed for Keita to smash home his fourth goal of the season crashing into the back of the net as he did so. In a spot of role reversal Keita turned provider for Ibrahimovic zipping in a low cross which the Swede deftly flicked in off his boot on 56 minutes. Messi produced a cheeky chip in the 80th minute and Keita completed his hat-trick four minutes from time as Zaragoza prayed for the final whistle. Earlier Spanish international Villa returned with a bang scoring his seventh goal of the season as Valencia defeated 10-man Almeria 3-0 on Sunday to move into the top four. Villa missed the 0-0 draw with Barcelona due to a thigh injury but started against Almeria and headed in on 54 minutes before Pablo Hernandez scored a sensational 35 yard chip and Juan Mata completed the scoring. Almeria’s cause was not helped by the dismissal of goalkeeper Diego Alves after an hour for fouling Pablo. Valencia supplant Deportivo La Coruna in fourth on goal difference with Sevilla just a point ahead in third. “This was an important game for and three points that could make the difference between Champions League football at the end of the season,” said Valencia coach Unai Em-
ery. Depor saw a four-game winning run come to an end in emphatic fashion, crashing to a 4-0 defeat at Valladolid. “Nobody in the dressing room is talking about the Champions League,” insisted Depor coach Miguel Lotina. Earlier Villarreal finally recorded their first win of the season with a first goal from Brazilian club record signing Nilmar and a freekick from Spanish international Joan Capdevilla sealing a muchneeded 2-1 home win over Malaga on Sunday. “Perhaps we sat a bit too far back but the points were too important and we couldn’t slip up,” said coach Ernesto Valverde. “It was our first win and you always hope a good run can start from here.” It was Valverde’s first league win since taking over in the summer and lifts the club off the foot of the table with Malaga replacing them. Nilmar arrived at Villarreal with a big reputation and his 11-millioneuro fee made him the most expensive player in the club’s history. It had been a slow start for the Brazilian forward but in the 27th minute he got his first goal in Villarreal’s colours. Malaga responded close to halftime through Albert Luque but Capdevila’s free-kick on 54 minutes restored Villarreal’s lead and for once they held on.
LONDON - Liverpool ended a four-match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over champions Manchester United as several of Premier League leaders Chelsea’s nearest pursuers lost ground Sunday in the title race. Reigning champions United stayed in second place, two points behind the Blues, as Liverpool revived their faltering title bid with a 2-0 win at Anfield thanks to second-half goals from Fernando Torres and substitute David Ngog. Arsenal missed the chance to close the gap on Chelsea to three points when, having gone 2-0 up against second-bottom West Ham, they saw the home side come back to force a 2-2 draw at Upton Park in a match where the Hammers finished a man down after Scott Parker was sent-off. It was a draw that was bound to raise fresh questions about whether Arsenal were too “soft” to win the title. Manchester City, who could have gone fourth, squandered a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw at home to Fulham while, in Sunday’s other match, Bolton pulled further clear of the relegation zone with a 3-2 win over Everton at the Reebok Stadium. At Anfield, Spain striker Torres, played in by Yossi Benayoun, shot high past United keeper Edwin van der Sar in the 65th minute before, five minutes into added on time, Ngog kept his cool. Both teams finished a man down after United defender Nemanja Vidic and Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano were sent-off after collecting two yellow cards apiece. “The mentality was good, everyone was working together, plus the ‘keeper (Jose Reina) to the last fan on the Kop,” Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez told Sky Sports. “The players answered a lot of questions, that is the most important thing,” the Spaniard, who’d received a public vote of confidence from Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow before kick-off, added. Victory ended Liverpool’s worst run for 22 years and saw them close the gap on Chelsea to six points.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, whose team have now lost their last three league encounters against Liverpool, insisted he had no complaints about the result but suggested a raucous Anfield crowd had got to referee Andre Marriner. “All in all, Liverpool were the better team,” Ferguson said. “They deserved their victory.” However, he added: “Every decision, they (the crowd) put the referee under pressure all the time.” Ferguson promised United would bounce back, saying: “At some points of your season you are going to have disappointments. Last year we lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool, got hold of the bit again and won the league. That’s our challenge.” In the all-London clash at Upton Park, Arsenal went ahead when West Ham and England goalkeeper Robert Green made a mess of Bacary Sagna’s cross, allowing Robin van Persie to shoot into the unguarded net. Van Persie then turned provider, Willaim Gallas heading in from the Dutch international’s corner in the 37th minute. But, with 16 minutes left, Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone could only parry Alessandro Diamanti’s free-kick and Carlton Cole’s follow-up header gave the Hammers hope. And, 10 minutes from time, they were level when, after Alex Song made minimal impact with Cole in the box, Diamanti equalised from the penalty spot. West Ham then saw midfielder Parker sent-off before Green saved at point-blank range from van Persie. Second-half goals from Joleon Lescott and Martin Petrov put Manchester City in front before impressive finishes from Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey helped visitors Fulham gain a point. Ivan Klasnic’s first Bolton goal sealed victory for the Trotters, who moved up five places into 12th spot. Bolton went 2-0 ahead through Lee Chung-Yong and Gary Cahill before Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini drew Everton level only for Klasnic to deny the Toffees a point.
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Liverpool’s Spanish forward Fernando Torres (L) breaks clear of Manchester United’s English defender Rio Ferdinand to score the first goal of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England, on October 25, 2009.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Rossi is just what the doctor ordered for motorcycling Agence France Presse SEPANG - Valentino ‘the Doctor’ Rossi may not be a household name to many people but having secured his ninth motorcycling world title here on Sunday he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Schumacher.
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Italy’s Valentino Rossi is showered with champagne as he celebrates after winning the MotoGP World Championship with his third place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix motorcycle racing at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009. Australia’s Casey Stoner won the race.
The 30-year-old joined the late Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood and his compatriot Carlo Ubbiali in terms of titles but still trails Angel Nieto, who won 13 titles in the lower categories of 125 and 250cc, and the legendary Italian Giacomo Agostini, who won 15 titles for MV Agusta. Rossi was born to be a motorcyclist as his father Graziano was third in the 250cc 1979 world championship and he quickly gained a taste for the action. Rossi was always a precocious talent and having finished ninth in his first season on the 125cc class in 1996, winning one race, he then progressed to securing the world title in 1997. The gregarious Italian - known on the circuit as the ‘Doctor’ - then captured the 250cc crown in 1999 on his then favoured Aprilia mark. Rossi, who has been linked to taking on a Formula One drive with Ferrari, decided the next year to take on the 500cc class and made an immediate impact with Honda. He was a fast learner in the elite version of the sport as he finished second in his first season behind three-
Hamilton: McLaren must pick a team player Lewis Hamilton says whoever drives the second McLaren in 2010 must help push the team forwards and not be a disruptive influence. Several drivers, including Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg, and even the newly-crowned world champion Jenson Button have been linked to the team, which is expected to replace Heikki Kovalainen prior to next season. “I don’t mind who comes to the
team as long as they come in peace and bring peace and want to be productive and move the team forward,” Hamilton told the Daily Mail. Though Button has indicated that he would like to stay at Brawn, should the two parties find an agreement on contract terms for next season, Hamilton said he would relish the challenge of racing against his countryman in equal machinery. “I’d welcome Jenson as my team-
mate,” said Hamilton. “He’s a levelheaded and very committed guy. He earned the world championship and he’s done a great job over the years. I couldn’t be happier for him. “He will be a tough competitor next year - whether at Brawn or McLaren. “Of course, Jenson is going to be a tough competitor again next year, but all I hope is that I have a chance to actually race with him from the start of the year.”
time world champion Kenny Roberts Junior, before capturing his first title at 500cc the following year. Rossi was to go on and win three titles with Honda before moving on to Yamaha as they searched for a winning formula to get them back on terms with their bitter Japanese rivals. He duly repaid their faith in him by taking the 2004 title coming home ahead of five Honda riders just to rub it in, but by then he had already be-
come the first rider to land all the world titles in every discipline. However, it has not been always so easy for Rossi as he lost out on the title two years in a row, firstly to American Nicky Hayden in 2006 and then to Australian youngster Casey Stoner the following year but as ever he was admirably honest in taking defeat in its stride. “It was very important that I learnt to lose during those two campaigns,” said Rossi, who earned a reported 34million dollars in 2007. “It gave me strength.” Charming and irrepressible as he is, he has as always a delightful quote for celebrating his title on Sunday.
Published on Oct 27, 2009