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The witness Andreas Bambang Sugiarto give his statement in the trial of the couple, Yoseph Indawan-Maria Maywati Atatang, in Denpasar court.
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Denpasar (Bali Post) – The trial for the murder of Yoseph Indawan-Maria Maywati Atatang with the defendant Paulus Bambang Sugiarto was held in Denpasar court on Tuesday, October 27th 2009. The trial was very tense because the witness Andreas Bambang Sugiarto rejected his previous statement.
The condition made the judge IGN. Adhi Wardana, presented the police who investigate the case, Made Sutirtayasa. The witness said that he didn’t know about the murder case. “I was being tortured by the police so I was forced to make
that statement. Actually, I never conducted the murder,” Bambang said in front of the court. He also said that he never sign the statement and the police who signed it for him. Continued on page 6
Landslide struck village office Singaraja (Bali Post) -
The heavy rain which happened in Busungbiu district in Buleleng regency for three days, create landslide in Tista village in Busungbiu. The wall of Tista village office and a hall was destroyed by the landslide. In addition to the walls, the road connected Pupuan, Tabanan, with Pekutatan, Jembrana closed. The landslide destroyed the road in
Tista village and the condition made the traffic in the area was disturbed for several hours. The destruction caused by the landslide cost hundreds million rupiah. I Made Niposter, the head of Tista village, on Tuesday, October th 27 2009, said that the rain had fall in the village since last week but the heaviest rain fall on the last three days. Continued on page 6
The wall of Tista village office was destroyed by landslide. Heavy rain falls since three days ago in the village and causing landslide.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Bali News Serious, Traffic Jam at Southern Bali
Provincial Govt Must Take Difficult Decision Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Few days after the robbery, the BRI bank in Gastu Barat started to operate. The activities was seen in the bank on Tuesday, October 26th 2009
After Robbery at BRI Dalung
The Office Opens Today, Four Officers Mutated AFTER the robbery ensued at BRI Unit of Gatsu Barat, Dalung, Northern Kuta, Badung, situation of location looked silent, last Monday (Oct 26). Though police have removed the police line installed in front of door, the bank was not opened officially. Based on monitoring of Bali Post, last Monday (Oct 26), police line has been removed. Its rolling door looked to have been open. There were two officers in charge at location. One officer was security, Nengah Wirya, and another bank officer was Luh Gede Wirawati. Open door made a number of customers who wished to save their money or had other interests came in. However, local officer informed that bank was not opened actively. “Excuse me sir, what is the purpose of your coming? This bank has not been opened actively,” said the security officer last Monday. Not only one customer coming to the bank, but more up to tens came to the bank. However, after provided with explanation by bank officer, they cancelled to save or withdraw their money. Information gathered, mentioned that the bank would be operated normally effective from Tuesday (Oct 27). Though
it remained encapsulated by aura of trauma, the officer of local bank stated that the bank would be opened. “Tomorrow, this bank will be open,” said Nengah Wirya confessing that he was a security officer taken from BRI of the office at Jalan Gajah Mada, Denpasar. After the robbery afflicting a loss of IDR 295 million, four officers becoming a victim such as AA Mirah Darmasti, Wayan Riska, Ketut Suyatna and AA Yuniari were said to be mutated. However, it has not been known for sure where they would be assigned. They were mutated to release their trauma. Certainly, after the in-
cident, the four officers feared to work at that unit (BRI Unit of Gatsu Barat—ed). Meanwhile, the officers that would be in charge at BRI Unit of West Gatsu, Dalung, Northern Kuta, Badung were not known, either. Meanwhile, Head of BRI Unit of West Gatsu, Luh Gede Wirawati, when asked about her confirmation last Monday, was not willing to give any comment on the robbery case. And so were the four colleagues strung by perpetrator were reluctant to give information about the incident. “Simply ask confirmation to police officer. All information has been given to police,” she said. (jay)
Condition of traffic at Southern Bali is getting more serious. Even, the program undertaken by Transportation Services in the era of Governor Dewa Bratha seemed to have no continuation today. The plan of toll road and bridge connecting Serangan to Tanjung Benoa, for instance, has completed its detailed engineering design (DED) and now its realization did not come true. “The matter of traffic jam becomes a big problem for Southern Bali as there is not a solution yet,” said Deputy Head of Commission III of Bali House, Wayan Adnyana, in the hearing with the Head of Transportation , Informatics and Communication Services, Ida Bagus Parsa, in the room of Meeting Committee, last Monday (Oct 26). The Head of Commission III, Putu Agus Suradnyana, admitted that community of Southern Bali had not choice other than fly-over or subway, particularly at roundabouts and crossroad of Ngurah Rai Airport. “Just imagine that traffic jam up to some km is only caused by traffic light,” he said. “Bali Provincial Government should dare to make difficult decision among the most difficult ones,” he added. Even though touching customary and cultural aspects, it should be chosen an alternative of the smallest intersectional problem. Meanwhile, in 2010 Ngurah Rai Airport would be renovated to anticipate the arrival of 15 million of foreign tourists.
Afterwards, harbor and crossing authority (ASDP) would make Gilimanuk-Ketapang as international harbor to anticipate the growing number of domestic tourists to Bali as delivered by the Head of Bali Transportation Services, I.B. Parsa. “All facilities will be prepared to improve the security and convenience of passengers,” he said. As consequence, the number of human and goods crossing to Bali would increase. Seeing this reality, Agus Suradnyana admitted that Bali was impossible to stop investment moreover it contained the interest of central government. “We hope this condition would be anticipated promptly by Provincial Government in order the traffic would not get more and more crowded,” he expected. Adnyana added that traffic jam in Bali was just like an egg and hen. Both blamed each other so that there were no concrete measures. “Fly-over was opposed, while underpass never came true because the reason of budget,” he said. In the meantime, private vehicles kept on increasing (some 85 percent) out of the number of vehicles so the traffic jam became more serious. Alternative of public transport was less favored because of less convenient and secure. Whereas, he said that Jakarta having serious traffic jam, under Governor of Greater Jakarta, could make a breakthrough by means of subway around Jakarta. (029)
Alleged a Bomb, Plastic Pack to Shock Residents Semarapura (Bali Post)—
A black plastic pack shocked the residents around the five-cross, Klungkung, last Monday (Oct 26), including the officers of Joint-Office of Vehicle’s Administration (Samsat) of Klungkung. Such plastic pack was neatly strung and put under name board of the office. A number of identification officer and Criminal Researcher of Klungkung Resort Police were assigned to recheck in person the pack at location. Information at location mentioned that such plastic pack was first seen by an owner of food stall around location at 9 a.m. Local Time. He informed the finding to a number of surrounding residents, including some police officers in charge at five-cross post. The information was resumed to Klungkung Resort Police. When asked about his confirmation,
Chief of Klungkung Resort Police, Moch. Yudi Hartanto justified the information about plastic pack alleged to be a bomb. Considering lately the bomb issues made people very restless, police officers took prompt action to follow up the information of resident. A number of police personnel mobilized to location to perform identification. In fact, when the pack was opened, it contained a sarong. “Indeed, its string and appearance was suspicious. Since it was neatly strung and put right under name board of Samsat’s Office,” said Chief of Klungkung Resort Police. He also appealed community that no matter how small the suspicious goods were should be reported to related authority. “It would better to be alert and report it, though it was not bomb, rather than we take late action,” appealed Chief of Resort Police. (kmb20)
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Three houses were drowned by flood in Manistutu village, Jembrana. There was no victim in the disaster.
The people of Sebatu village, Gianyar, work together to clean the houses which is covered by mud.
Rain in Jembrana and Gianyar
To Cause Three Houses Sink and Muddy Flood Negara (Bali Post)—
Heavy rain showering Jembrana and Gianyar, last Sunday (Oct 25) night, caused a number of houses were engulfed by flood. In Jemberana, Benel Dam at Manistutu Village overflowed. As consequence, a number of houses belonging to local residents living at riverside sank until left its roof at sight. The incident killed no lives. Such flood soaked at least three buildings up to three meters. In the meantime, the rain overwhelming the territory of Tegallalang, Gianyar, Sunday night caused a misfortune to the family of I Wayan Lanus (90) from Pujung Kelod Hamlet, Sebatu Village, Tegallalang, Gianyar. In the midst of heavy rain, suddenly his house was lunged by landslide accompanied with muddy flood. The incident almost killed a life. Local residents could save Wayan Lanus who was once washed away by the flood. In that disaster, the house existing on the depth of 50 meter, at a valley, was washed away by muddy flood until sanctum of the family, customary pavilion and kitchen were badly damaged. At the time of incident, six members of the family almost became victim. They were Wayan Lanus, his wife Ni Nyoman Patri (80), his son Nyoman Alit (34), his daughter-in-law Ni Made Suwetri (39), and his grandsons, Wayan
Sukadi (12) and Made Sukandana (5). Lanus, who just recovered from his illness, was washed away by muddy flood lunging their house. Lanus was washed away until 200 meter from his bed. Local residents knowing the incident attempted to save them by evacuating and finding Lanus hooking onto riverside of Yeh Injin, Pejengaji. This victim suffered from injury on right hand and his leg was swollen until he got medical treatment at Sanjiwani Hospital of Gianyar. Meanwhile, five other members of his family were safe in the incident. Landslide and muddy flood occurred at 1:30 a.m. Local Time. It happened because the landslide at roadside above a gorge with the height of 50 meter. The rain starting from Sunday night around 10:00 p.m. Local Time made some sectors of the road flood. Gianyar Regent Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Tjok Ace)
inspected the location right away. The Regent Tjok Ace instructed the office services and related authority to collect data on the incident. After a Month
In the meantime, in Jemberana a house belonging to I Gusti Komang Dapna sank. Apart from sinking his house, his kitchen building was invisible. On the surface of water, one could only see its roofs. Besides, his sanctum comprising seven shrines were not entirely discernible, either. Then, his rice granary was washed away by the flood. Other than his house, that of I Gusti Putu Suartawan was also inundated by water. Deputy Regent of Jembrana, I Putu Artha, inspected the location in person. According to Artha, local residents should have left such hazardous location. Moreover, their land has been given indemnity. (sur/dar)
Grandfather Washed 200 m Away by Flood TERRITORY of Tegallalang, Gianyar, last Sunday (Oct 25) night shocked. House of a family was scraped by muddy flood due to landslide. Not only house, the family was also once lunged by flood. However, they could be saved. Less fortune fate was undergone by I Wayan Lanus (90) from Pujung Kelod Hamlet, Sebatu Village, Tegallalang, Gianyar. This old man just recovering from illness should struggle to save himself in the midst of amuck by flood. Before saved by local residents, Lanus once hooked onto riverside. This victim suffered from injury
at right hand and swollen until he should get medical treatment at Sanjiwani Hospital of Gianyar. Meanwhile, other five members of his family were safe on the incident. Information at location mentioned that landslide and muddy flood occurred at 1:30 a.m. Local Time early in the morning. The incident originated in the landslide at roadside located above a gorge with the height of more than 50 meters. The rain falling since Sunday night at about 10 p.m. Local Time made a number of road sectors in Gianyar flood. Last afternoon (Oct 26), ruins of
landslide resembling the Situgintung case has been set up a police line. The incident became an ‘object’ to passers-by. Meanwhile, evacuation of victim was committed at early morning on last Monday until the morning by local residents with the help of related authorities. Head of Tegallalang subdistrict, Nyoman Darmawan, inspecting the location right away comingled with local residents at location. Victim Wayan Lanus suffering from injury was wholly helped by Gianyar Government through coordination of Social Services of Gianyar Regency. (dar)
Three Sea Sand Thieves Captured at Bugbug Beach Amplapura (Bali Post)—
Civil Servant Police Unit (Pol PP) of Karangasem, last Monday (Oct 26), captured three thieves of sea sand. Sand theft at Lepra Beach, Bugbug within the past few days turned more aggressive so the beach underwent sufficiently serious abrasion. Teens of coconut trees fall down and they left their humps scattering around the local beach. Head of Satpol PP of Karangasem, IB Anom Suryadarma, accompanied by Section Head of Enforcement, IGK Raka Grantipala, leading the operation said that sand of Bugbug Beach was known to have good quality. On that account, the sand stolen by surrounding residents was sold to consumers bringing truck from Gianyar, Badung, Denpasar and Tabanan. It was said that such refined sand almost ran out and only left gravels. Afterwards, the surface of such beautiful beach became pockmarked and at a number of points has been lower. It caused the coastal abrasion in front of prawn breeding project. One of the sand miners captured and taken to the office of Pol PP was I Nyoman Sukarta (26). He admitted to be from Samuh Hamlet, Bugbug. Sukarta
with two other friends were captured and evidences in the form of carrying stick and shovel were seized. “For the first phase, we will give briefing to these perpetrators of sand theft,” he said. Actually, added Suryadarma, the sand thieves have been frequently given briefing. Even, perpetrators were once handed over to police and sent to court. Sukarta admitting to steal sea sand was just for side job beyond his main job as a boat attendant. He was unlucky whereas there were more than 50 other residents also engaging in such sand digging. Sand diggers at the beach, added Sukarta, sold the sand to truck’s driver even those from outside Karangasem. The sand was sold at IDR 20,000 per meter cubic. A source at location said that trucks conveying the stolen sand have commenced their activity from 3 a.m. Allegedly, they deliberately performed the activity at night to avoid the inspection done by Pol PP. Punishment for sea sand theft, he said, was severe enough pursuant to the Act of Environmental Affairs. Based on Regional Legislation No.492, a violator could be imposed with a fine of IDR 500 million and subsidiary punishment of six-month imprisonment. (013)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Obama: ‘I’m skinny ... but tough’
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
President Barack Obama Agence France-Presse
MIAMI - US President Barack Obama on Monday lashed back at critics who fear he lacks the steel to be a successful president, saying “I’m skinny ... but I’m tough.” Obama, who is trying to navigate a climate of sharp political partisanship, said he was spoiling for a fight to enact his ambitious
agenda. “There are people saying mean things about me and folks are worried,” Obama said, as he headlined a pair of Florida Democratic Party fundraisers that racked up a total of 1.5 million dollars. “Just ‘cause I’m skinny doesn’t mean I’m not tough. I don’t rattle,” Obama said, tongue in cheek. “I’m not going to shrink back, because now is the time for us to continue to push and follow through on those things that we know have to be done but haven’t been done for decades.” Obama reeled off a list of what he billed as the early achievements of his administration, including rescuing the economy from a possible depression. He also said he was “confident” that he would be able to force a landmark healthcare reform bill through Congress by the end of the year. A number of commentators have in recent weeks started to question Obama’s fortitude, worrying that his cool demeanor masks a lacking killer instinct.
Iran says two nuclear fuel options still on table Agence France-Presse
TEHRAN - Iran said on Monday it could ship out some of its low-enriched uranium to be upgraded abroad or buy the fuel directly, as a UN team ended its inspection of a newly revealed atomic plant. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran was mulling the UN-brokered deal which envisages sending Tehran’s low-enriched uranium (LEU) abroad to be converted into nuclear fuel, and would announce a decision within days. “For the supply of (nuclear) fuel, we may buy it like in the past or we may deliver a part of our (low-enriched uranium) fuel that we don’t need now,” Mottaki told the official IRNA news agency, indicating for the first time that Tehran could possibly agree to the UN-drafted deal. “Both options are on the table.” Mottaki is also the most senior official to talk about buying the fuel directly from a foreign supplier since the UN atomic watchdogbrokered deal was suggested earlier last week. The UN-brokered deal was proposed first by world powers through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mottaki said. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also suggested this arrangement a day before October 1 high-profile talks in Geneva between six world powers and Tehran about Western concerns over Iran’s nuclear programme. Western powers back the UNbrokered deal and are keen that
Iran’s LEU be taken out of the country as they suspect Tehran would process it further on its own to higher purity levels and use it to make atomic weapons. Tehran denies the charge. France has said the deal aims to transport 1,200 kilos of Iranian LEU to Moscow to be converted. The Islamic republic is estimated to have 1,500 kilos of LEU at its enrichment plant in the central city of Natanz. But the UN-led offer has met with tough opposition from some top officials who suspect Western powers of creating obstacles for Iran’s uranium enrichment drive, which they ultimately want suspended. Enrichment of uranium is the most controversial aspect of Tehran’s nuclear programme since it can be used both to generate electricity — as Tehran says it is doing — or to make the fissile core of an atom bomb. “Making a decision to choose which option is on the agenda of the Islamic republic, and in the next few days the decision will be announced,” Mottaki said. Meanwhile, Alaeddin Borujerdi who heads parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, told ISNA news agency that the four-member team of UN experts on Monday ended its inspection of a controversial second uranium enrichment plant. “They ended their job,” the MP said without elaborating. A source close to Iran’s atomic body also told AFP the inspection had ended and the team “will leave tonight.”
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Jamila Delalic reacts after judges at the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal adjourned the trial of Radovan Karadzic, after he boycotted his trial in The Hague Netherlands, Monday Oct. 26, 2009.
Karadzic genocide trial set to resume Agence France-Presse
THE HAGUE - Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic vowed to boycott the second day of his genocide trial in The Hague Tuesday as the court prepares to hear the prosecution’s opening statement. Karadzic refused to attend the first day of his trial on Monday, forcing a one-day adjournment after a sitting of just 15 minutes and the presiding judge accusing him of obstructing the process. Despite an appeal from judge OGon Kwon to reconsider, Karadzic said through a legal representative on Monday that he would also not be present for the second day of the hearing — insisting he needs more time to prepare. Karadzic, 64, is conducting his own defence. He is charged with 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the 1992-95 Bosnian war that claimed about 100,000 lives and forced some 2.2 million people from their homes. He denies all the charges, but faces life imprisonment. Kwon on Monday warned Karadzic of “measures that can be taken should he continue to obstruct the progress of the trial”. This may
include imposing a defence lawyer on him or proceeding in his absence. But after meeting Karadzic in his jail cell, his legal adviser Marco Sladojevic said the former leader of the self-proclaimed Bosnian Serb republic “will not appear” before the court Tuesday as he needed more time to study a million pages of prosecution evidence and hundreds of witness statements. Sladojevic also stressed that Karadzic “will never accept any imposed counsel” as demanded by the prosecution. International law professor Willem van Genugten of the Tilburg University in the Netherlands, said the judges appeared to be buying time in adjourning the trial for a day in a bid to “lure Karadzic to the court”. While they had threatened to impose a lawyer on him, actually doing so could could mean months of legal wrangling, he told AFP. The court has denied repeated requests by Karadzic for a months-long
delay in the start of the trial. “If Karadzic is not there tomorrow, the judges may have no choice but to start negotiating with him for a delay,” Van Genugten said — as allowing the prosecution to make its opening statement in Karadzic’s absence may give him grounds for a later appeal. The hearing is set to open at 2:15 pm (1315 GMT). Karadzic stands accused of having “participated in an overarching joint criminal enterprise to permanently remove Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat inhabitants from the territories of Bosnia Hercegovina claimed as Bosnian Serb territory,” according to the charge sheet. Key among the charges is the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys at the UN-protected enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995, as well as the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that ended in November 1995. He is alleged to have worked with Yugoslav strongman Slobodan Milosevic, who died midway through his own UN genocide trial in March 2006. Karadzic’s former right-hand man, Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, is still on the run.
Thai PM backs autonomy for troubled south Agence France-Presse
BANGKOK - Thailand’s prime minister backed Tuesday a suggestion by his Malaysian counterpart to grant autonomy to the insurgency-hit Thai south, as five more people were killed in the Muslim-majority region. Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would discuss the plan for the restive southern provinces on the Malaysian border when Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak visits Thailand in December. Razak said in a newspaper interview published on Monday that Thailand should offer “some form” of autonomy to the region, where more
than 3,900 people have been killed since separatist violence erupted in January 2004. In response, Abhisit said: “That’s the right approach. “My government is working to make it materialise and in early December I and my Malaysian counterpart will visit the southern region,” he told reporters. Malaysia’s Razak told Thai English-language daily The Nation that “you may not want to call it autonomy but there could at least be some form of involvement”. “It is Thailand’s decision to consider how far such autonomy in the
deep south should go, and Malaysia, as a neighbour, would not intervene in the matter,” he was quoted as saying. The region was an autonomous Malay Muslim sultanate until 1902 when it was annexed by mainly Buddhist Thailand, sparking decades of tension that spiralled into a full insurgency five years ago. Thai government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the Malaysian premier had admitted the southern violence was a “totally Thai domestic affair” and had vowed to cooperate with Thailand to solve the problem.
International IMIGRATION Australian Consulate General Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Phone: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 221195 (General) +62 361 241120 (Immigration)
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HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada.
HOSPITAL Bangli Bangli General Hospital Jl. Kesumayuda 27, Bangli Phone : +62 366 91521 Gianyar
Royal Danish & Norwegian Mimpi Resort Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 070 The Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No. 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.286 465 France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485 The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506 Honorary Consulate of Spain Komplek Istana Kuta Galleria Blok Vallet 2 No 11. Jalan Patih Jelantik Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.769 286 USA Consulate Agency Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 188 Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.222 426 Consulate General of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.227 628 Honorary Consulate of British Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.270 601 Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735 Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775 Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310 Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 â€“ 15 Fax : 226 363 Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690. Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142. Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada , (Private) Jl. Sudirman No 50, Denpasar Phone : 227 560, 234 824 In relating with health, Bali also has insurance and medical evacuation company, that is: AEA International - SOS Assistance Bali. PT Abhaya Eka Astiti, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 24X, Kuta 80361. Phone : 755 768 Fax : 755 768 One thing that should be noted by tourists here is that the Blood Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh) Negative blood. Badung Bali Medical Clinics There are some medical clinics that are well known by foreigners in Bali. Some of them are western owned and operated : Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) provides excellent Primary Health Care & Emeregency Medical Services for tourists, traveler, and expatriate living in Bali. Emeregency Room, Ambulance, Clinic Services, Insurance & Medical Evacuations also available. Open 24 hours Phone : 761 2631. Located Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.100X, Kuta, Bali 80361 - Indonesia. http://www.bimcbali.com International SOS Clinic Bali Opened in 1999, offers International SOS members and visitors to Bali comprehensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency medical service. Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361, Bali - Indonesia Phone : 720 100 Fax : 721 919 E-mail : email@example.com ttp ://www.sos-bali.com Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic Jl Pratama No. 81 Phone : 771 324 Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta Phone : 753 268 Dental Clinic Dr Indra Guizot, Jl. Patimura 19, Denpasar Phone : 222 445, 234 375 DDS. Ritjie Rihartinah, Jl Pratama No. 81 Nusa Dua Phone : 771 324 Retno W. Agung, Jln. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.4A Br. Tamansari â€“ Sanur Phone : 288 501
Clinic Mas Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974573 Toyo Clinic Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 978078 Permata Bunda Clinic Jl. Patih Jelantik 50 X, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 942082 Ubud Clinic Jl Raya Ubud No.36 Campuhan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974911 Gianyar General Hospital Jl. Ciung Wanara 2, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 943049 Karangasem Karangasem General Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai, Karangasem Phone : +62 363 21001 Klungkung Klungkung General Hospital Jl. Flamboyan 40-4, Klungkung Phone : +62 366 21371 Negara Negara General Hospital Jl. Gelar, Negara Phone : +62 365 41006 Tabanan Laboratorium Clinic Jl. Gunung semeru No. 8, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 819260 Mengwi Clinic Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai 46, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 880550 Darma Kerti Hospital Jl. Teratai 16, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 812359 Tabanan General Hospital Jl. Pahlawan 14, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 811027 Singaraja Prodia Clinic Jl. RA Kartini 12, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 24-516 Singaraja Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai 30, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 22-573 Pet Clinics Kayumas: (0361) 226934 Sayang Binatang: (0361) 483121 Satwa Kertha Husada: (0361) 263018 Pantai Sindhu: (0361) 287518 Sidakarya: (0361) 724492 Pedungan: (0361) 720026
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
News FBI rescues 52 kids from prostitution Agence France-Presse
AP Photo/Peter Liow
Rescuers use a sniffer dog as they search for victims near a collapsed suspension bridge over the Kampar River in the village of Kuala Dipang, 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. The new footbridge across a Malaysian river collapsed late Monday while schoolchildren crossed it during a camping trip, killing one girl and leaving two missing and feared drowned in the currents below, officials said Tuesday.
Malaysian girl dead, two missing after bridge collapse Agence France-Presse
KUALA LUMPUR - One child died and two others are missing after a bridge collapsed at a campsite in northern Malaysia, sending a group of students plunging into the river below, police said Tuesday. Nineteen of the youngsters were rescued from the fast-flowing river after the accident Monday evening in Perak state, where they had been among 298 children on a camping trip. “From reports from the teachers on the scene we believe that there were 22 children on the bridge when it collapsed,” said Kampar police chief Aziz Salleh. “Nineteen of these students have been rescued,” he told AFP. “We have found one Indian girl drowned and another two are still missing, so we are carrying out search and rescue operations to find the two students.” Salleh said that most of the survivors were quickly hauled out of the river by their teachers. Some 300 rescuers were at the scene, scouring the riverbanks for any sign of the missing pair. The camp was part of the
government’s “One Malaysia” scheme, aimed at fostering integration among the multicultural nation’s ethnic groups, through activities like traditional cooking, cultural education and games. State television showed dozens of parents at the campsite waiting for news of their children, as investigators examined the supports of the 50 metre walking bridge, which appeared to have been torn out of the ground. Deputy premier Muhyiddin Yassin visited the site and spoke with distressed parents, promising the government would probe the cause of the collapse of the newly installed bridge. “What has occurred should not have happened and we want a full investigation into what happened and those responsible to be held accountable,” he said. Witnesses said the children were
walking across the narrow bridge to attend a dinner when the accident occurred. One survivor, 12-year-old K. Mathivanan, said the children were playing and jumping on the bridge before it began swaying, and then suddenly gave way. “Suddenly we were thrown into the river and I managed to grab a rope hanging off the collapsed bridge. The river currents were very strong but I managed to pull myself to safety,” he told state news agency Bernama. Mohammad Safri Abdul Rafar, a teacher who was nearby, said he was alerted by the screams of students coming from the river. “I jumped over the fence and dived into the river and managed to rescue three or four students. The current was very strong and I almost drowned and was forced to return to the bank,” he told Bernama.
WASHINGTON - US authorities rescued 52 children, including one as young as 10, from prostitution rings and arrested nearly 700 people during a nationwide sting operation over the weekend, the FBI said Monday. The three-day push in 36 US cities “led to the recovery of 52 children who were being victimized through prostitution” and the arrest of close to 700 others, “including 60 pimps, on state and local charges,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. “Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes-against-children task forces,” said Kevin Perkins, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. The roundup, which officials said took place over the previous 72 hours, was part of a larger FBI program called “Innocence Lost,” whose task forces have removed nearly 900 children from the streets since 2003, convicted 510 people and seized 3.1 mil-
lion dollars in assets, the FBI said. Agents targeted truck stops, casinos, street corners and websites as part of their hunt for offenders. “They target areas known to have prostitution,” FBI special agent Jason Pack told AFP. “When they find young looking ones they try to find ways to engage the folks and go from there,” he said. The youngest person taken off the street was a 10-year-old girl in the midwestern United States. The other 51 were mostly females under age 18, he said. The FBI said initial arrests for solicitation typically uncovered larger, more organized efforts to prostitute women and children across the United States. “It is repugnant that children in these times could be subjected to the great pain, suffering, and indignity of being forced into sexual slavery for someone else’s profit,” said assistant attorney General Lanny Breuer of the Criminal Division. The roundup however “has shown us that the scourge of child prostitution still exists on the streets of our cities.”
Monster shark stalking Australian tourist waters Agence France-Presse
SYDNEY - A monster shark at least five metres (16 feet) long is lurking in popular waters off northeastern Australia, drawn to the area by the dumped carcasses of beached whales, officials have said. Queensland fisheries minister Tim Mulherin said bite marks on a carcass, found off the popular tourist spot of Stradbroke Island, suggested that a great white shark — also known as white pointer — was menacing the area. “The experts believe it would have taken a white pointer at least five metres long to cause this kind of damage,” said Mulherin. Conservationists said they believed the dumping of dead whales was luring the deadly great white to the area, and called for carcasses to be towed further offshore. “It would certainly attract a lot of
predators and scavengers — white pointers love dead whales,” said Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland president Simon Baltais. “It is costly but is the loss of one human worth it because it was too costly to tow carcasses further out?”. Great white sharks are the world’s largest known predatory fish, and can grow up to six metres long and weigh 2,240 kilograms (4,938 pounds). There was a spate of shark attacks in Sydney during the southern hemisphere summer earlier this year, including the savaging of a navy diver near the iconic Opera House. A surfer lost his hand in an attack just 36 hours later at Bondi Beach. According to records, 194 people have been killed in shark strikes in Australia over the past two centuries but researchers are quick to point out that more people die from bee stings and lightning strikes.
Couple’s murder trial... From page 1 However, the judge didn’t believe it so he told the witness who is also the defendant to write down his signature. After being matched to the one in the statement report, the signature is quite similar.
Bambang also had an argument with the prosecutors regarding the distance of the house which is different with the one stated previously. The defendant also stated that he was hospitalized for five days because he was abused by the police. The trial will be continued next week.(015)
Landslide... From page 1 The peak was yesterday which caused landslide happened in several parts of the village. The villagers were started to clean
the area especially the road because it is the only access and the main road for the village. There is great hope that the government will help the village after the disaster.(kmb15)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Indonesia is not a refugee ‘dumping ground’: governor Agence France-Presse
TANJUNG PINANG - An Indonesian provincial governor refused Tuesday to allow an Australian customs vessel to unload 78 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, saying Indonesia is not a “dumping ground” for refugees.
AFP PHOTO/Kris ARIA
A young Sri Lankan asylum-seeker holds up a placard during a protest on board his boat at Merak seaport in Serang, on Indonesia’s Java island, on October 26, 2009. An Indonesian provincial governor refused Tuesday to allow an Australian customs vessel to unload 78 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, saying Indonesia is not a “dumping ground” for refugees.
Indonesia agreed to take the Sri Lankans on humanitarian grounds after their boat ran into trouble in Indonesian waters off Sumatra Island last week en route to Australia. They were rescued by the Australian navy and transferred to an Australian customs boat, the Oceanic Viking, which was to deliver them back to Indonesia — the country from which they launched their bid to reach Australia. Initially scheduled to unload its human cargo at Merak, western Java, last week, the Oceanic Viking was diverted for unknown reasons about 900 kilometres (560 miles) north to the Riau Islands port of Kijang. But Riau Islands Governor Ismeth Abdullah told reporters they were not welcome. “We ban the Australian vessel carrying 78 Sri Lankan migrants from coming ashore at Kijang port,” he said.
“Unless there’s an order from the president, the ship cannot come ashore. We’re not a dumping ground for other countries.” Indonesian officials are on board the vessel and Australian seamen could be seen distributing food to the Sri Lankans, according to an AFP reporter who went to the area by boat. Asked how they were feeling, some of the Sri Lankans shouted back that they were “fine”. They said they had fled Sri Lanka’s war-torn Jaffna region six months ago. Indonesian officials from various departments have been unable to explain why the Sri Lankans have not disembarked, amid mounting opposition from Riau officials who say they are Australia’s responsibility. “Our position is we reject the boat. Why must Indonesia accept a boat that was picked up by Australia?” provincial justice and human rights official I Gde Widiartha said. The migrants are the first test of
a “framework agreement” on asylum-seekers announced last week after a meeting between Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta. Indonesia is a major thoroughfare for migrants hoping to sail to Australia with the help of people smugglers, but it has no law against people smuggling and is not a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees. Under the framework agreement, Australia has reportedly offered millions of dollars to help Indonesia accommodate asylum-seekers in exchange for greater efforts to prevent their departure for Australia and disrupt smugglers. But the so-called “Indonesian Solution” is already under fire over reports of overcrowding and abuse in Indonesian detention centres as the migrants’ asylum claims are processed by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Rudd said he expected international agencies would ensure humane conditions prevailed. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith denied Australia was “pushing the asylum seekers into Indonesia”.
Government to conduct operation Police uncover methamphetamine against illegal foreign workers plant in apartment room Antara
JAKARTA - Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said his office would conduct orderliness operation against foreign workers illegally working in the country. “All foreign workers in Indonesia must be legal, meet criteria and laws. In view of that we will conduct an orderliness operation against those working illegally,” he said after inspecting the Foreign Workers Service Outlet at the ministry building on Monday. He said he would cooperate with the immigration office and the police for the operation. “We must work together with the immigration office and the police to keep monitoring foreign workers. We need foreign workers for economic growth but their presence must not close the opportunity for Indonesian workers,” he said. He said his office would increase control over foreign workers in the country to prevent the presence of illegal ones. On the occasion the director general of manpower placement and development, I Gusti Made Arka, said an foreign worker violating visa regulations violates Law Number 13 of 2003 on manpower. “If a foreigner holds a tourist
visa or a visit visa but works in Indonesia it means he/she violates Law Number 13 of 2003,” he said adding “we will act against them as soon as we receive report about it.” Gusti said manpower employees would always monitor the presence of foreign workers in Indonesia to assure that they work according to the jobs and period allowed by the law. He said there are now around 50,000 foreigners working in various sectors in the country such as from Malaysia, China, Japan, the US, South Korea and India. According to data the manpower ministry issued 47,320 ministerial permits for foreign workers (IMTA) in 2007, 53,150 in 2008 and 45,946 until October 12, 2009. He said around 30 companies applied for foreign employment plan (RPTKA) to the ministry everyday and 200 people applied for IMTA. From employment licensing the government receives skills and expertise development funds (DPKK) which is non-tax state income as compensation from the foreign workers. The revenue from DPKK in 2007 reached US$54.274 million in 2008 US$68.206 million and until October 12, 2009 US$56.125 million.
JAKARTA - Police uncovered a methamphetamine production facility in an apartment room in Pulomas, East Jakarta, on Monday. The head of the national police’s public relations division, Inspector General Nanan Soekarno, said the police had held two suspects namely Hariyanto alias Yudi and Hari Subroto while another suspect had been declared wanted. During the raid the police confiscated meth production containers, a stove, a drier, an oven, a refrigerator, 700 grams of methamphetamine
and 500 grams of liquid meth and 400 ecstasy pills, he said. Others being confiscated were chemicals used for making meth such as caustic soda, toluene, red phosphor, iodine, aceton and alcohol. He said the suspects had also rented a room in another apartment to keep the product. In Room 2009 of City Home Apartment in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, the police confiscated 2,000 grams of meth believably produced in the Pasadenia Apartment in Pulomas. “We are still investigating the case as the other suspect known by his
initials as TN has not yet been caught becuase he is still in Malaysia,” he said. Police believed an international syndicate was involved in the case. Seen from the evidence so far the ring could be categorized as a big network because the meth confiscated reached 3,200 grams worth Rp4.8 billion consumable by up to 32,000 people based on calculation of one gram for 10 persons. Nanan said the suspects were suspected to have been operating for several months and sold the product in Jakarta and its surroundings.
Indonesian women walk past posters advertising apartment during a housing exhibition in Jakarta on October 27, 2009. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said his new economic team is targeting seven percent growth by 2014, setting Southeast Asia’s biggest economy back on its pre-crisis trajectory. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Bali Today Ministry organized seminar for its diplomat Antara
DENPASAR - In order to increase their knowledge about democracy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) holding for its diplomats a seminar on the perspectives of democratization in developing countries. Head of the Training and Eduction Center of the Foreign Ministry’s Overseas Service Staff School, Arif Hidayat said that the ministry’s mid career diplomats in
the seminar were expected to exchange ideas with the academicians of the IPD on democracy. The seminar will carry a theme: “Democratization: Developing Countries Perspectives, and was held in Bali on Tuesday, October 27, 2009. Speakers in the seminar will include Haggai Onyango Onguka of Kenya and Garba Manga Bello of Nigeria. President Director of Institute for Peace and Democracy Ketut Putra Erawan will also appear as a speaker.
RI has significant carbon trading potential Antara
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Foreign tourist are seen shopping in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. The Indonesian tourism market is still widely open but in order to made the promotion more effective and efficient, it must be narrowed down to 15 countries in three regions. The countries are in South East Asia, Europe, and Middle East.
Indonesian tourism market focus on 15 countries. Antara
DENPASAR – The Indonesian tourism market is still widely open but in order to made the promotion more effective and efficient, it must be narrowed down to 15 countries in three regions. The countries are in South East Asia, Europe, and Middle East. The promotion strategy was one of the main topics discussed in the meeting held by Bali Hotels Association in Holiday Inn Bali hotel. The meeting which was joined by hotels representative throughout Bali and international hotel networks themed the projection for market development in 2010. I Gde Pitana, the director of Foreign Promotion, and Syamsul Lussa, the director of Market Development in Indonesian Cultural and Tourism Department and also the coordinator of Bali Tourism Board, Ngurah Wijaya. The countries which will become the focus of Indonesian marketing are Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, England, Germany, Holland, France, Russia, South Korea, Australia, China, India, Philippine, Saudi Arabia, and Republic Arab Emirate. There was an interesting phenomenon after the economics crisis happened throughout the world where the number of tourists from Singapore, Malaysia, France, Rus-
sia, and Australia was increasing. Indonesian government targeted 7,097,630 tourists in 2010. In 2011 the target become 7,324,883 and it increase become 7,552,135 (2012), 7,779,388 (2013), and 8,006,641 in 2014. Singapore which is well known for its efficiency, is one of the country send most tourists to Indonesia, followed by Japan and Malaysia. In 2010, the number of tourists from Singapore is predicted will be around 14,984,600 people. Japan will be around that number also while Malaysia will be around 6 million tourists. In Europe, Germany, England, and Netherlands predicted to become the highest tourists supplier for Indonesia. In 2010, the number of tourists from those countries will be around 82,315,300 people from Germany, 69.683.200 (England), and 27.129.200 (France). The number of tourists from Russia was also increasing gradually. According to the data from United Nation, everyday in 2009, the profit
gained from tourism in Asia-Pacific region was $2.6 billion. While last year, the total profit throughout the world was $944 billion. Indonesia was very lucky because it grow 13% compared to Asia Pacific region which was only grow 1.2% this year. Syamsul Lussa said that one of the thing that support Indonesian tourism is the promotion but the fund is always determined by the government. “Our approach is by using the less budget but producing high income. Malaysia was using $100 million and producing $14 billion but Indonesia was only using $15 million to produce $5.35 billion. So we are more efficient than Malaysia,” he added. In order to increase the efficiency, the tourism businessmen in Indonesia must alter the paradigm and ways of business. Pitana said “one of the most important thing is we must focus on the market. Many challenges ahead and many countries in Asia are started to arrange their tourism sector.”
DENPASAR - Indonesia has significant potential to engage in carbon trading but has yet to have sufficient skills compared with other countries grouped in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Indonesia’s opportunity to sell carbon is big enough but it still needs reinforcement from developed countries,” Indonesian Climate Change spokesman Agus Purnomo in Nusa Dua. Speaking after the opening of the 31st Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Purnomo said that through the panel the IPCC members were expected to reinforce the countries which had potential in carbon trade. He said that of 227 proposals Indonesia submitted, at least 30 had been agreed by Carbon-dioxide Board in Germany, and even three to five proposals have had certificate. But Purnomo added that Indonesia still needed a right time to sell carbon with reasonable price. “It is better for Indonesia to postpone the carbon sale while waiting for the result of the 15th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen next December 2009,” Purnomo said. He said carbon price would probably be more expensive after the UNFCCC in Copenhagen to recommend countries with many carbon industries to reduce emission. Meanwhile, Indonesian Climate Change Board chairman Rachmat Witoelar said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Bali was participated in by scientific institutions from geophysics, meteorology, environment, forestry, maritime, and government representatives. “Through the IPCC, scientific aspects in climate change as the basic material for the preparation of next UNFCCC will be discussed,” Witoelar said. He said Indonesia would propose that developing countries be given assistance. “Developed countries with much carbon emission should have responsibility to developing countries,” Witoelar said in the company of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) chairman Sri Woro B Harijono. The IPCC which is to last until October 29 are participated by 430 delegates from 140 countries and research institutions.
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The situation of 31st IPCC Session in Nusa Dua, Bali. Indonesia has significant potential to engage in carbon trading but has yet to have sufficient skills compared with other countries grouped in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Balinese Culture Be Pasih Mepanggang
Historical development of the Indonesian Seafarers
First Tourist Arrived in Bali by Ship The presence of the Portuguese and Dutch in Indonesian waters, created an impact on Indonesian shipping technology due to an exchange of technological knowledge between the Portuguese and the natives. A member of the Dutch East India Company or Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie’s (VOC), Willem Lodewycksz, joined the first expedition led by Cornelis de Houtman, stating that Banten’s warships resembled Galleys with two masts. Lodewycksz also noted that there were ships using outriggers, and those, which did not. Both ships were in use for sea patrolling. There was also a small “mortar” boat that was able to sail at high-speeds, something the Dutch had never seen before. Makasar and Bugis seamen’s’ chronicles, and completed data, forms a part of Indonesians’ maritime technology. These writings were compiled in the Lontara Hilang and Sure Bilang (Bugis), where important events regarding ships, traditions and agricultural equipment were recorded. With respect to ship trading, Tom Pires wrote in his Summa Oriental book, that Pasai Ocean bought ships in
Malaya as early as the 16th Century. Obviously, Malaya’s ships were of small size, as Malaya bought their ships from Pegu in South Burma. Pires stated that between February 15 to 16, there were three, or four misted big ships sailing from Pegu to Malaya each year, and 20 to 30 long keeled ships with a lesser loading capacity. These ships arrived in Malaya in March and April, and many of them were put up for sale in the harbor. As a part of the Bugis race, the Wajo, well-known for their agility in conquering the sea, were also known for developing a system of maritime law, which were recorded in their manuscripts written of palm leaves, called the Amanna Gappa Manuscript. Amanna Gappa himself was a prominent figure, playing a big role in collecting and recording the maritime law. He lived in the Wajo region in the 17th Century. Shipping traditions and development together with Amanna Gappa’s “law” system had made the Indonesians well- recognized as superior seafarers. It is the responsibility of the Indonesian nation to preserve our country’s maritime traditions. In the 1970s, a group of Ger-
man scuba divers landed at Sanur Beach, to develop Bali’s diving areas with the cooperation of locals, organized around POSSI Indonesia’s Association of Diving Sport. Two marine scientists, Dr. Nick from Britain, and Dr. Knoet, from Norway joined the diving pioneers in this tourist resort of Bali with two Indonesian officials engaged with the PPA Nature Conservation Agency. The effect of the diving development was great: (1) Bali excelled in the sport of diving in national sporting festivals, (2) Mangrove forests in West Bali, including that of Menjangan Islet, were safeguarded, (3) Tourism in Bali gained momentum, by offering diving facilities to guests, and (4) the development of diving areas such as Tulamben and Uluwatu It is interesting to note that since 1920, many foreign painters and scientists arrived at Buleleng Harbor (Singaraja) via the KPM Dutch Royal Steamship Company. They then traveled eastward to visit Pura Meduwe Karang in Kubutambahan, before arriving at their future homelands in Kintamani, Tampaksiring, Ubud and Sanur. (BTN/*)
(Marinated Grilled Fish) Overview: The fragrance of seasoned fresh fish sizzling over charcoal is almost irresistible. Ingredients: 1 kg (2 lb) whole snapper, cleaned 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper crushed 1 cup seafood spice paste Oil to brush fish
Preparation: With a sharp knife cut four slits about 2 cm (3/4 in) deep on both sides of the fish. This allows the seasoning to penetrate better and the fish to cook more evenly. Season outside with lime juice salt and pepper. Fill the inside of the fish with seafood spice paste. If possible, leave the fish to marinate for several hours to improve the flavor. Brush outside of fish with a little seafood spice paste and oil, place on charcoal grill and cook over medium heat. Turne fish frequently and continue to brush with seafood spice paste and oil. Serve with Sambal Tomat, Sambal Matah and white rice. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Jukut Kakul (Snail Soup) Overview: The French are not the only ones to have a liking for snails. The Balinese gather snails in the rice fields. But you can use the canned variety. Cucumber, zucchini or any other summer squash can be used instead of green papaya. Ingredients: 200 gr unripe green papaya 1 liter chicken stock ½ cup spice paste for seafood 1 stalk lemon grass bruised 2 salam leaves 1 tbsp oil 48 canned snails, washed and drained 1 tsp salt Freshly ground black pepper Fried shallots to garnish Preparation: Peel the papaya, cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds, then cut it lengthwise in 4 or 6 slices. Cut crosswise into slices about 0.5 cm thick. Combine stock, spice paste, lemon grass, salam leaves and oil in a large pot. Bring to boil, and then simmer for 5 minutes. Add papayas and simmer until almost tender. Add the snails and continue cooking until the papaya softens. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fried shallots. Helpful hint: If you do not care for snails. You can substitute 12 dried black Chinese mushroom. Washed and soaked I warm water for 20minutes. Add them together with the papaya to ensure they will be tender by the time the papaya is cooked. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Watukaru or Batukaru Temple
Luhur Watukaru temple or Pura Batukaru is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali (Sad Kahyangan) with Catur Lokapala Temple and Padmabhuwana Temple status. It is set in the plateau area with lush tropical rain forest surround it. Watukaru or Batukaru Temple is located at Wangaya Gede countryside, Penebel District and Tabanan regency, and west part of Bali Island. It is located right on the foot of Mount Batukaru and about 1.30 hours from Denpasar Airport. The history of this temple is difficult to be found out even in the ancient omission exists in this temple. For example some profile area like harpoon own the Ancient Bali type, but no written data found it. The effort study and research of this temple history remain to find difficulties. The temple festival at Luwur Watukaru or Batukaru Temple is executed every six-month or 210 days which is every Thursday Umanis Wara Dungulan (Balinese Calendar), just the day after Galungan Day (the biggest
Balinese Hindu Holidays). The extension day of temple festival is executed during eleven day, to give the opportunity for Hindu public society especially in Bali to come for praying. Pengempon (the society who take care of the temple) has the obligation to take care of the temple inclusive of ceremony execution. This fact is one of characteristic power outside of physical of Watu Karu Temple. Kubayan is commissioned holy occupation lead the temple ceremony and his status higher than all priests in Pretending pertinent Ancient. In the execution of praying during the temple festival or the certain day ceremony, it has to be preceded by doing pray in Beji Temple which is located in eastside of Watu Karu Temple or inside of Madya Mandala (middle area) and Nista Mandala (outside area). After doing pray in Beji Temple, then the praying is continued in the main temple building located in the center of temple area. This is also not need again clean the hand and gargle because, it has been conducted the hallowing of body by
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conducting pray in Beji Temple. This is specification of praying procession in Watukaru Temple. The three elements temple area of Watukaru or Batukaru is equal to other temples in Bali generally which is consisted of outside area (Nista Mandala), Middle area (Madya mandala) and Center area (Utama Mandala). After refurbishing three temples are of this temple in some years ago, the element conception and structure of these three temple areas are progressively become everlasting and conceptual. This is especially in outside area where we can meet the existence of Wantilan building (Meeting Hall) which can be used for multifunction and it is located on the right of the entrance gate. The refurbishment at the parking area has made easy for the Hindu society or all tourists who pay a visit to this temple. It is also other public facilities like toilet which is located at outside temple area or the left side of entrance gate is in good condition and cleans enough. (www.balistarisland.com)
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BUSINESS India’s central bank holds rates Agence France-Presse
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A South Korean worker cleans a window at a shop in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. International experts Tuesday debated ways to measure the world’s well-being, in line with G20 calls for statisticians to take into account people’s happiness and not just their economic output.
Forum seeks ways to assess world well-being rather than wealth Agence France-Presse
SEOUL - International experts Tuesday debated ways to measure the world’s well-being, in line with G20 calls for statisticians to take into account people’s happiness and not just their economic output. The global economic crisis “has revealed the growing gap between official statistics and people’s perceptions of their standards of living,” said Angel Gurria, secretarygeneral of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The four-day forum opened in the South Korean port city of Busan to investigate ways of “going beyond GDP” (gross domestic product) and produce a new set of data to better measure the quality of life. Gurria told experts on the environment, development, business and social issues that without such new indicators, a “crisis of confidence” could erode trust in institutions and in democracy itself. The OECD’s forum follows a call by G20 leaders at their September summit for statistics “to better take into account the social and environmental dimensions of economic development”. It will also push ahead with the recommendations of an expert com-
mission set up by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the subject. The Sarkozy commission chaired by Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wants to move away from indicators based on production to ones based on people’s well-being. It says these should assess the levels of freedom, security and contentment as well as economic and ecological resources. The idea of replacing GDP was pioneered by the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Starting in the 1970s, then-monarch Jigme Singye Wangchuck promoted “Gross National Happiness” as the goal of development rather than gross domestic product. Gurria, in a keynote speech, said even during the years of strong growth, “GDP was growing but most people did not necessarily feel better-off. Now, the problem is even more critical.” In addition to the loss of jobs, pensions and houses so far, he pre-
dicted unemployment would continue to rise in most OECD countries throughout 2010. “Last but not least, the emergency rescue package that many countries put in place are often perceived as having mostly benefited the lucky and undeserving few,” Gurria said. “Going forward, there is a major risk that people will lose confidence in markets and institutions, and in the capacity of governments to address their problems. “This is a major political challenge: we have to restore trust and we can only achieve this if policy action has tangible impacts on people’s life.” Gurria said political momentum is now building for a new generation of statistics to focus on social well-being and progress as well as sustainability issues and various forms of inequality. “Economic resources are not the only thing that matters in people’s life.”
MUMBAI - India’s central bank held key interest rates steady at record lows on Tuesday, but said it was time to roll back some of the “unconventional” measures taken to counter the global financial crisis. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Duvvuri Subbarao said in a statement that the economy was not ready for a hike in “conventional” short-term lending rates, the main policy tool at the bank’s disposal to influence lending. But the bank did reverse some of the monetary policy measures taken during the global financial crisis that had served to increase liquidity in the banking system when there were fears about a lending shortage. Economists had anticipated the decision to hold short-term interest rates, saying any hike would likely come later this year or in early 2010 once a recently observed economic uptick had become entrenched. “The precise challenge which the bank faces is to support the recovery process without compromising on price stability,” Subbarao said in the statement. He is expected to make a statement later Tuesday, The repo, the short-term rate at which the central bank lends to commercial banks, was kept at 4.75 percent, while the reverse repo, the rate at which it borrows from banks, was held at 3.25 percent. “The policy was on expected lines. The RBI is sending signals and preparing the system for a tightening of rates in the near future, led by inflationary concerns,” said Rupa Rege Nitsure, economist with state-run Bank of Baroda. The RBI did increase the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) — the minimum share of bank deposits to be held in government bonds, cash and gold — for commercial banks to 25 per-
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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Duvvuri Subbarao (R) attends a meeting with Indian bankers at RBI headquarters in Mumbai on October 27, 2009. cent, from 24 percent. “Reversing conventional measures is not appropriate for now, but the unconventional measures can be reversed immediately,” said Subbarao after the half-yearly review of monetary policy. The central bank said there were definite signs of recovery and kept its earlier growth forecast at 6.0 percent “with an upside bias” for the year to March. Inflation has mirrored the growth in output, rising to 1.0 percent over 12 months for the week ended October 10 after a poor monsoon sent food prices spiralling across the country. The central bank has said inflation could rise further in coming months, forecasting it at 6.5 percent by March next year. Siddhartha Sanyal, an economist with Edelweiss Securities, said he thought the bank would have sounded more concerned by rising inflation. “We expected the central bank to be more hawkish, looking at rising inflation,” he said. Indian share prices — which had been taking their cue from a Wall Street plunge — recovered briefly in reaction to the announcement, but were still down 1.43 percent in afternoon trade.
Singapore visitor arrivals rise in Sept: govt Agence France-Presse
SINGAPORE - Singapore said Tuesday visitor arrivals in September grew 7.1 percent from last year, the first increase recorded in 2009. The Singapore Tourism Board said in its monthly report that 799,000 people visited the city-state in September, up from 746,000 for the same month in 2008. Increased arrivals from Indonesia and Malaysia, the biggest and third-biggest source of visitors respectively for Singapore, were the main drivers behind the rise, the tourism board said. Malaysian arrivals increased 51.2 percent to 68,000 while Indo-
nesian arrivals rose 27 percent to 183,000, it said, attributing the improved figures to the Eid al-Fitr Islamic public holidays in the two countries. Singapore’s tourism sector is suffering from the global slump as people cut back on business and leisure travel with arrivals slumping in the first eight months of 2009. The city-state is targeting 9.0-9.5 million visitors this year, generating an expected 12.0-12.5 billion Singapore dollars (8.6-9.0 billion US) in revenue. It received 10.1 million visitors last year, missing its target of 10.8 million as travel slowed in the second half due to the global slump.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Actor Val Kilmer to play journalist in Georgia war film Agence France Presse
TBILISI - US actor Val Kilmer has arrived in Georgia to portray a journalist covering last year’s Georgia-Russia war in a Hollywood film about the conflict, the movie’s coproducer said Tuesday. “He will take part in filming in (the Georgian city of) Gori and play the role of a journalist who covers last year’s war,” the co-producer, Papuna Davitaia, told AFP. Davitaia refused to provide any further details about the role and said Kilmer would be in Georgia for a week of filming. Georgian media on Tuesday noted Kilmer’s resemblance to a Dutch cameraman, Stan Storimans of the RTL news channel, who was killed during a bombing raid in Gori, and speculated that his character would be based on Storimans. The 24 Saati (24 Hours) newspaper ran front-page photos comparing the two men. Kilmer, known for his roles in “Top Gun” and as singer Jim Morrison in “The Doors,” is the second Hollywood actor in Georgia this month for the film. US actor Andy Garcia, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1991 for his role in “The Godfather: Part III,” spent a few days in Tbilisi last week to portray Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in the film.
Finnish-American action movie director Renny Harlin announced in August he was shooting the film. Best known for action movies such as “Die Hard 2” and “Cliffhanger,” Harlin told Variety magazine he was keen to make a serious movie based on the conflict. Harlin’s film would follow an American journalist and a cameraman who get caught up in the fighting. Harlin said the movie would be a “strong anti-war statement.” Georgian media have raised questions about the film’s impartiality, pointing out that co-producer Davitaia is a pro-Saakashvili member of parliament. Georgia and Russia have competed to put their own spin on what happened during the war, which saw Russian forces pour into Georgia to repel a Georgian military attempt to retake the rebel region of South Ossetia. Russian forces occupied swathes of Georgian territory and bombed targets across the country before mostly withdrawing into South Ossetia and another rebel Georgian region, Abkhazia, which Moscow later recognised as independent countries. Tbilisi contends it was facing a large-scale Russian invasion before the attack on South Ossetia, while Moscow insists it was protecting Russian citizens and peacekeepers in the region from an unwarranted Georgian attack.
Jackson fans prepare for concert movie farewell Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson fans will get a poignant glimpse of what might have been as a movie charting the tragic singer’s rehearsals for his concert comeback makes it worldwide debut on Tuesday. More than 100 hours of behind-thescenes footage for Jackson’s aborted return to the stage have been distilled into a two-hour film hyped by organizers as the last ever performance by the “King of Pop.” Jackson family members and fans will gather at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles for a 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Wednesday) premiere, one of more than 15 simultaneous screenings held across five continents in a reflection of the pop icon’s global reach. “This Is It” will go on a limited twoweek release in theaters worldwide starting Wednesday, with advance tickets in several countries selling out within days of going on sale last month. “It’s a movie about rehearsing for a concert that never happened,” Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal said in a recent interview. Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles for a gruelling series of 50 concert spectaculars scheduled to begin at London’s 02 Arena in July. More than 800,000 tickets had been
sold for the concerts, with organizers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever. Jackson was putting the finishing touches to the show at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles have ruled a homicide. Video footage from the rehearsals had been intended to help organizers critique the show and was never intended for public viewing. Sony bought the footage for 60 million dollars after executives saw only several minutes. Sony has said an “unprecedented number” of shows across the United States have sold out and other cities — including London, Sydney, Bangkok and Tokyo — experienced similar levels of demand after tickets went on sale in September. Analyst Jeff Bock of box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations said the film could “play bigger than Elvis.” “This is more of a memorial than a movie,” Bock told AFP. “I think we could be looking at 70 to 100 million dollars in the first five days alone, which is extraordinary for this type of film. The movie got an early stamp of approval from Jackson’s long-time friend and confidante, actress Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor, who recently underwent heart surgery, hailed the movie as the “single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen” in a tweet on micro-blogging site Twitter.
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Comedian Bill Cosby, right, is congratulated by his TV co-stars from ‘The Cosby Show,’ Malcolm-Jamal Warner, left, and Phylicia Rashad, after receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2009.
Joke’s on Bill Cosby as Seinfeld, Rock pay tribute Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Someone had to hold Bill Cosby back to keep him from crawling over a balcony and joining fellow comedians on stage as the stars lined up to pay tribute to his life’s work. When the lights went out for the start of the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Cosby filled the dark silence Monday night. “Hellooo?” he called out at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. And once again, he had his audience laughing. Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld saluted their fellow funny man with the nation’s top comedy prize, along with two co-stars from “The Cosby Show,” Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. They hailed Cosby’s work breaking down racial barriers and stereotypes and replayed his standup routines. Cosby quipped that usually when a man sees his life flash before his eyes, it’s for a bad reason. “But this is all right,” he said. First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, were among those in Washington watching clips from Cosby’s long career — from his classic standup routine of Noah’s chat with God about building an ark to dealing with the stresses of raising a family as a TV dad. Seinfeld and Rock shared the
stage and said they followed Cosby’s comedy albums as children, which inspired their own careers. Then they got lost in banter about how they could never measure up, after seeing Cosby together more recently at New York’s Apollo Theater. “What was he wearing?” Rock said. “Something ridiculous,” Seinfeld quipped. “But he did two hours — all new material.” “I’m not that funny,” Rock said. “I’m definitely not that funny,” Seinfeld said. Instead, Seinfeld and Rock tossed to a clip of Cosby’s classic impression of a visit to the dentist. “The first thing he grabs is an iron hook,” Cosby says in the clip. “Then he starts to drill and you see and smell smoke coming out of your mouth!” As a clip of Cosby’s famous impression of a visit to a dentist ended, Cosby turned to his wife, Camille, who smiled and clapped. Cosby later said comedians’ wives often want autopsies of their husbands’ brains to see what’s going on in there. Comedian Dick Gregory chimed in with jokes about his long friendship with Cosby. “When the stock market crashed
last September, they was going to repossess my Rolls-Royce,” Gregory said. “I said, ‘Bill, what do I do?’” Cosby’s response, according to Gregory: “Don’t park in front of the house!” Critics often point out that “The Cosby Show,” which aired in the 1980s, broke new ground because it was about a successful black family with a father who’s a doctor and mother, a lawyer, raising five children. Gregory said Cosby started breaking barriers even earlier with the “I Spy” TV series, which cast a black man and a white man as co-stars. After that, Gregory said, promoters never again referred to him as a “Negro comic.” “A billion years from now, you will be respected for what you were able to do,” he said, looking up at Cosby who was seated in a balcony. “You painted words with your mouth, and they will always exist, and they will always last.” Of all his accomplishments as a comedian, actor, author and television producer, Cosby said he is most proud of the “Cosby Show,” which he carefully crafted. Rashad, who played Claire Huxtable on the series, flew from London where she is in rehearsal for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” to be part of the show at Cosby’s request. On stage, she recalled the chemistry she and Cosby shared as TV parents.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Simple lifestyle tweaks key in climate change fight: study Agence France Presse
WASHINGTON - The United States could cut greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of France’s total annual emissions by getting Americans to make simple lifestyle changes, like regularly maintaining their cars or insulating their attics, a study showed Monday. If US households took 17 easyto-implement actions — like switching to a fuel-efficient vehicle, drying laundry on a clothesline instead of in a dryer, or turning down the thermostat — carbon emissions could be cut by 123 metric tons a year by the 10th year, the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. “This amounts to... 7.4 percent of total national emissions — an amount slightly larger than the total national emissions of France,” showed the study led by Thomas Dietz of Michigan State University’s department of sociology and environmental science and policy. “It is greater than reducing to zero all emissions in the United States from the petroleum-refining, iron
and steel, and aluminum industries, each of which is among the largest emitters in the industrial sector,” the study said. But the lifestyle changes come with a much smaller price tag and no great change to the way Americans live. At present, US direct household energy use accounts for 38 percent of the country’s carbon emissions, or 626 million metric tons of carbon — a whopping eight percent of global emissions “and larger than the emissions of any entire country except China.” To quickly bring down those numbers, the researchers suggested greater focus on consumer behavioral changes and less on efforts to develop new technologies and put in place so-
The picture show the sky filled with smoke. The United States could cut greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of France’s total annual emissions by getting Americans to make simple lifestyle changes, like regularly maintaining their cars or insulating their attics, a study showed Monday.
called cap and trade regimes. The researchers grouped 17 actions Americans could take to reduce carbon emissions into five groups: weatherization, switching to more efficient equipment, maintaining equipment, adjusting appliance setting — such as the temperature on water heaters — and modifying daily personal use. The action with the greatest potential to reduce US carbon emissions was the switch to a fuel-efficient vehicle. That alone would, according to the study’s model, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by just over five per-
cent by year 10, or by more than 31 million metric tons. Weatherizing homes by improving attic insulation, sealing or replacing drafty windows and doors, could cut carbon emissions by 21 million metric tons. Installing energy-efficient appliances to replace those that have reached the end of their useful life would save nearly 12 million metric tons of carbon emissions. Even seemingly minor steps like not speeding away from a stop sign when driving, regularly maintaining one’s car, or turning down the heat-
ing at home in the winter to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), could save between four and eight million metric tons in carbon emissions by year 10. The lifestyle tweaks and positive results don’t have to be limited to the United States, either. Similar percentage reductions are possible in Canada and Australia, which have carbon profiles comparable to that of the United States, while Europe and Japan could save around half of the US level in percentage terms by getting their citizens to make the same changes, the study said.
New Japanese glasses Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ visits Brazil bring tears to the eyes Agence France Presse
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A combo picture shows Japanese eyewear maker Masunaga Optical Manufacturing’s blinking glasses “Wink Glasses” to avoid dry-eye when the users concentrate on video gaming or on the Internet at the International Optical Fair Tokyo on October 27, 2009. The Wink Glasses, powered by button batteries or USB, has a small sensor to watch how often the user blinks and to make lens fogs when the user keeps his eye open for five seconds without blinking.
TOKYO - The Japanese eyewear company behind Sarah Palin’s designer glasses has come up with a high-tech solution for obsessive videogamers and bookworms whose eyes dry out from lack of blinking. Masunaga Optical Manufacturing Co. Ltd. said Tuesday its “Wink Glasses” — retailing for 40,000 yen (430 dollars) — were an answer to the ocular dehydration caused for instance by prolonged computer use. When a sensor detects that the wearer has not blinked for more than five seconds, the glasses “fog up” by gradually making a liquid crystal display over one eye turn opaque. A simple blink clears the lens again. Masunaga, based in the central Japanese city of Fukui, has enjoyed a boost in sales since Palin burst to international prominence last year as the Republicans’ vice presidential pick in the United States.
SALVADOR DE BAHIA - “The Thinker,” the iconic sculpture by French artist Auguste Rodin, has a new home for the next three years: a museum in this tropical city in northeastern Brazil. The figure, of an athletic man sitting and resting his chin on his hand in contemplation, is one of 62 works being loaned to the new Rodin museum in the Palacetes das Artes in Salvador de Bahia, which opened its doors on Monday. “The Kiss,” another Rodin work almost as famous, is also on display. The unprecedented cooperation between the Brazilian and French museums was finalized out as part of the Year of France in Brazil, a celebration of French culture that winds down next month. But the entire arrangements took eight years to complete. “These works carry the marks from the hands, from the fingers of Rodin as he worked to give shape to his ideas and instincts. In that, they are unique and rare, and allow us to understand the creative process of the artist,” said Heloisa Helena, the conservator of the Salvador museum. Rodin (1840-1917) remains one of the best-known and most prolific French artists. His trade-
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An installation of French artist Auguste Rodin is seen at a room, ahead of the opening of an exhibition at the ‘Palacete das Artes Rodin Bahia’ museum, an event held as part of the Year of France in Brazil celebrations, in Salvador, northern Brazil, on October 24, 2009.
mark was powerful, expressive and slightly oversized hands on his figures, and faces that are remarkable for their liveliness. Salvador de Bahia has lost a lot of its glory since losing its status as Brazil’s first colonial capital. But with a general increase in Brazil’s wealth, its fortunes are on the upturn, and tourists are
flocking to see its baroque architecture and enjoy the effusive African heritage of its three million inhabitants. “Having these works here will allow our own artists to communicate with the world. It will be a new tourist attraction for Bahia,” the state’s culture minister, Marcio Meirelles, said.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wozniacki forced to grow up quickly Agence France Presse
DOHA - Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki has come a long way in 12 months, breaking into the world’s top 10, reaching a first Grand Slam final before seeing her sporting reputation threatened. The 19-year-old has also slogged through a marathon agenda of 87 matches in 2009 and seen her run to the US Open final reduced to a footnote in the Kim Clijsters title-winning story. With her first participation in the season-ending WTA Championships here marking the end of her year to remember, it’s a recent incident in the Luxembourg event that is threatening to undo all her work. Her injury pullout when cruising to victory in the low-key indoor tournament prompted a WTA investigation after a reported surge in Internet betting on the match. Wozniacki insists that there was nothing suspicious in the incident which came in the match against home player Anne Kremer. “I didn’t do anything wrong. I was injured. There was no chance for me to finish, so I decided to stop. I don’t have anything to do with betting. I’m against it,” said Wozniacki. “I went to the hospital the next day to get a scan. The doctor told me that I had a strain.” Wozniacki insists she has nothing to fear from the WTA investigation. “I talked to them. There’s nothing suspicious about the match. So there is no big deal.” Twelve months ago, Wozniacki was 12 in the world; now she is number four and widely-tipped to make a Grand Slam title breakthrough next year.
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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark talks at a press conference ahead of the WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. As well as her run to the US Open final, the baby of this 4.55 million dollar tournament, reached seven other trophy matches, winning titles in Ponte Vedra Beach, Eastbourne and New Haven. “I’m really pleased about my season,” she said.
French PM calls for change after Marseille-PSG clashes Agence France Presse
HEM, France - French prime minister Francois Fillon on Monday demanded 24-hour notice prior to the cancellation of sporting events after violent clashes between Marseille and Paris-Saint Germain football fans. Hundreds of supporters from the rival clubs had to be dispersed by police in the Old Port area of Marseille on Sunday evening after their Ligue 1 match was postponed at short notice due to an outbreak of swine flu at the Parisian club. Around a dozen people suffered minor injuries. “I ask that from now on there should be 24 hours’ notice before the cancellation of a big match,” Fillon said during a trip to the northern French town of Hem. “I ask the Minister of Sport (Rama Yade) how we can make the (French Football) Federation observe a 24-hour period of notice when they decide to cancel a game.” The prime minister condemned “in the strongest terms possible” the violence that followed as “inacceptable”. Earlier, the French Professional League (LFP) announced that a new date for the match will be set on Thursday. Marseille had requested that the match be played this Wednesday, which they termed “the only intelligent date” in view of their Champions League commitments.
But the league’s Competitions Commission ruled out Wednesday as premature and an emergency meeting has now been called by the LFP for Thursday. “The experts have strongly recommended a minimum isolation period of 72 hours, at least until Wednesday morning. This was accepted by PSG,” the LFP said in a statement. “As a result it’s not feasible, unless our experts change their minds, to put the team in the plane on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. “Only after three days will we know the extent of the virus - we won’t be clear of new cases by Tuesday or Wednesday. “From a purely physical point of view, playing a top-level match with players who haven’t trained for three or four days, some coming back from illness, seems impossible and is without any doubt an injury risk.” PSG on Saturday confirmed that their former France international attacking midfielder Ludovic Giuly and defender Mamadou Sakho had contracted swine flu. It was then announced on Sunday that midfielder Jeremy Clement had also contracted the virus and there were fears that two other squad members had symptoms. One of these was believed to be striker Loris Arnaud. The match was the first in France at senior level to be cancelled due to swine flu.
How Andreas won gold as doping-victim Heidi Agence France Presse
MAGDEBURG - Having been crowned European shot put champion in 1986, Heidi Krieger was one of the stars of the former GDR. But having been subjected to a doping program like thousand of other former East German athletes, Krieger realised on her 1990 retirement that the effects of testosterone hormone abuse had left her with all the traits of a man. She opted for a sex change operation and is today known as Andreas whose birth certificate has been altered and, sporting a moustache, he now owns an army clothes shop in Magdeburg. The confident, strapping man of 1.87m shows a copy of his photo from his competition days as Heidi, and a timid girl stares out from the image with short brown hair and broad shoulders hidden in a tracksuit. “I don’t know if I would have remained as a woman, because my problems were already there, but they stole my story from me,” the 44-year-old told AFP. “I never had the possibility of saying: I do not want to take hormones. “I was barely 16 years old when my coach first gave me those blue pills.” During the 20-year period the GDR competed as a separate state, the tiny country of 16 million people won 519 medals at 11 Olympic games - 192 of which were gold. To achieve this success, the East German state ensured their athletes had the best available facilities and equipment, coaching and medical back-up, psychological testing and dietary supplements.But it was the scale of state-sponsored doping known as State Plan 14.25 - that set East Germany apart and was only brought to an end after the collapse of communism when the Berlin wall came down 20 years ago. It is estimated some 10,000 athletes were part of the doping program which even involved the Stasi,
the state’s secret police service, to make sure athletes took Turinabol, an anabolic steroid which encourages muscle growth. Each athlete was on an index of prescribed hormones and the small country from behind the iron curtain became a medal factory. Krieger was “Athlete No 54” in that list. The GDR finished second in the medals table of several Olympic Games including Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988. At the European Athletics Championships in 1986 held in Stuttgart, Heidi Krieger won gold in the shot put and Andreas still has the telegram of congratulations sent to him by GDR leader Erich Honecker addressed to “My dear friend of sport”. But the anger still burns. “At that time, I felt increasingly foreign in my own body,” he says, having opted for a sex change operation 12 years ago. “I officially became a man and I obtained a new birth certificate.” As Heidi died, so Andreas took life and the man empties a plastic bag full of medals onto the counter in his clothes shop which he won as a woman. Only the gold medal from Stuttgart is missing - he donated it to the association of the GDR’s doping victims. “That medal doesn’t mean anything to me now,” he said. Andreas is now married to a former GDR swimmer and is one of the rare athletes to have spoken out against doping while others perfer to stay silent through fear their achievements will be tarnished. But the after-effects of large-scale doping are only coming to light now with the victims suffering from a host of disorders including cancer and sterility. “I still carry plenty of anger in me now,” confessed Krieger. “After the wall came down, West Germany simply took the knowledge from the trainers in the old GDR. “These East German coaches knew how to manufacture champions, they are still producing medal winners today. “Medals count more than morals.”
Former German shot putter Andreas Krieger, who competed as a woman (Heidi Krieger) on the East German athletics team, poses with a picture of himself in 1987 during an interview in his shop in Magdeburg September 22, 2009. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Totti goes under knife for another knee op ROME - Roma captain Francesco Totti on Monday had surgery on his right knee for the second time in 18 months, his club said in a statement. The 33-year-old forward previously suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee a year and a half ago but following training on Monday he went to see the club doctor, when it was decided that he would need surgery. No details were given about long he will be on the sidelines but he is due to start his rehabilitation on Tuesday, according to the club statement, at which point an assessment will be made on when he may be available again. Totti has been in good goalscoring form for Roma this season but has been injured for their last two matches, both of which they lost.
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Inter Milan’s Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder (R) celebrates after scoring during Italian serie A football match Inter Milan vs Catania, at San Siro stadium in Milan on October 24, 2009.
Inter rivals go head to head in title chase Agence Frane Presse
ROME - Serie A title pretenders Juventus and Sampdoria will have 24 hours to make up some ground on leaders Inter Milan on Wednesday. The champions do not play until Thursday, by which time Sampdoria could have replaced them at the top if they win. The problem for the Genoabased club is that they face a tough away trip to Juventus, although on current form there is little to fear from the Turin giants. Until a week ago, Juve had not won for a month and five games, but although they have managed two wins since then, neither was convincing. Their 1-0 victory over Israeli minnows Maccabi Haifa was achieved only after some tense final moments against a team already reduced to 10 men. And their success by the same score at Siena on Sunday was earned only through a dead ball, with Amauri heading home Brazilian compatirot Diego’s free-kick. Since then Juve have found out that striker Vincenzo Iaquinta will be out for more than a month, putting more pressure on an under-performing team already missing Alessandro Del Piero. More than once this season Juve have also been thankful to Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for earning them a result. Worse still, Sampdoria come into this game in rich goal-scoring form having destroyed Bologna 4-1 on Saturday. Antonio Cassano was at his scintillating best at the weekend and although he didn’t score, and has struggled to
find the net himself this season, he was at the centre of everything creative from Sampdoria. Buffon for one is wary of the team directly above them in the table Sampdoria sit second, two points behind Inter and two ahead of Juve. “We came home from Siena with an important victory but we have to improve as quickly as possible,” he said. “We’ve got nine crucial days now that will shape our season, both in the league and in Europe. “We have to try to be attentive, concentrated and also confident. “(Sampdoria) are one of the most in-form teams of the moment, and right now they’re playing the most attractive football in Italy.” Meanwhile improving AC Milan face a tough test away to another side currently on the right path, Napoli. The southerners have won both games since former Sampdoria coach Walter Mazzarri took over from former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni. Milan,
though, are on a three-match winning streak and on each occasion have had to come from a goal down to do so. However, vice-president Adriano Galliani insists they will work on their recent slow starts. “I spoke with the president (Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi) after the match in Verona (a 2-1 win over Chievo) and he told me the team is making him suffer too much,” said Galliani. “I asked his forgiveness and promised they’d make him suffer less in future.” All jokes apart, Milan have been somewhat fortunate to come away with three victories from games that could easily have ended all square, or even in defeat. And it is only a matter of time before their tendency to concede early goals comes back to hurt them. Inter are another team coming up against form opponents in Palermo, whose win over Udinese on Sunday left them fourth and believing they can challenge for a Champions League qualification position this season.
Ferguson accepts improper conduct charge Agence France Presse
LONDON - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accepted a charge of improper conduct following his comments on the fitness of referee Alan Wiley. Ferguson criticised Wiley following his team’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford on October 3, saying the official was not fit enough to keep up with the pace of the match. Those comments infuriated many referees who claimed it was unwarranted and would leave a lasting stain on Wiley’s reputation. The referees’ union Prospect subsequently called for Ferguson to be given a lengthy touchline ban. Ferguson later apologised to Wiley, by saying: “I apologise to Mr Wiley for any personal embarrassment my comments may have caused and to the FA for going public with my views. “In retrospect I accept that they could be deemed as expressing those views in an inappropriate form. It was never my intention to bring the focus of intense media interest on Mr Wiley.” And Ferguson insisted he had never questioned Wiley’s impartiality,” adding: “I would wish it to be noted that I have always respected Mr Wiley’s in-
tegrity and that I did not state or imply that Mr Wiley is a bad referee, that he was in any way biased, that decisionmaking generally during the game was poor, or that he missed any key incident during the game. “My only intention in speaking publicly was to highlight what I believe to be a serious and important issue in the game, namely that the fitness levels of referees must match the ever increasing demands of the modern game, which I hope will now be properly addressed through the appropriate formal channels.” Many critics accused Ferguson of undermining the ‘Respect’ campaign of the English Football Association (FA), designed to encourage better behaviour towards officials at all levels of the game, and retired referee Jeff Winter said the Scot’s criticisms of Wiley were a “cowardly attack”. Despite the furore, Ferguson had no qualms about criticising the performance of referee Andre Marriner after United’s 2-0 loss to arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, questioning whether the official had “enough experience” to handle such a high-profile game. The 67-year-old Ferguson has requested a personal hearing with the FA and a date has yet to be set.
Fixtures Wednesday Bologna v Siena, Catania v Chievo, Genoa v Fiorentina, Juventus v Sampdoria, Lazio v Cagliari, Livorno v Atalanta, Napoli v AC Milan, Parma v Bari, Udinese v AS Roma Thursday Inter Milan v Palermo
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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, left, and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, right, look on during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Alonso set for ‘emotional’ Renault exit Fernando Alonso is aiming for a great result at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in what the Spaniard says it will be an emotional farewell. The two-time champion is competing with Renault for the final time before he moves to the Ferrari team, where Alonso is hoping to finish his career. The Spanish driver, who won his two titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, admits it will be an emotional final race in Abu Dhabi this weekend. “Absolutely, I would love to finish the season and my Renault career with a great result,” said Alonso. “It will be an emotional race because I have enjoyed so many special memories with this team and I am leaving behind a lot of friends. “Renault is one of the great teams in Formula One and I look forward to fighting with them on the track in the years ahead.” Team boss Bob Bell paid trib-
ute to Alonso, who he concedes will be missed by Renault. “He’s made a huge contribution to the team, especially winning two world championships in 2005 and 2006 so he will be missed enormously,” said Bell. “It’s often said that he is the best driver on the grid and I wouldn’t disagree with that so we’re understandably sad to see the end of our very successful relationship. “But we’re also looking forward and we’re all delighted to be welcoming Robert Kubica to the team as I believe he will quickly show that he is of the same calibre as Fernando. “He’s a strong team player, a great motivator and incredibly quick so we have plenty to look forward to as we enter a new era for the team.”
Hill still hopes British GP can be saved Agence France Presse
LONDON - Damon Hill believes it is still possible that a deal can be agreed with Formula One rights holder Bernie Ecclestone to preserve the future of the British Grand Prix. Plans for Donington Park to take over from Silverstone, host of the last 23 British Grand Prix, appeared to collapse after track operators issued a statement Friday that a bond issue attempt to raise 135 million pounds (147 million euros) for circuit modernisation had proved unsuccessful. Technically, Donington still has until midnight local time Tuesday to raise the reqiuired finance but Ecclestone had said their bid is “over”.
Although himself an Englishman, Ecclestone is no fan of the Silverstone circuit, like Donington situated in the English Midlands, and has made it clear that just because the British Grand Prix is one of Formula One’s oldest races it is not guaranteed an ongoing place in the sport’s calendar. There are also reports that Silverstone chiefs are unhappy with the financial terms of the deal being offered by Ecclestone. However, former world champion Hill, the president of Silverstone’s owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club, told Tuesday’s Guardian: “I am hopeful something can be resolved. “There is a good chance we can sort something out soon.” But Hill said he understood
Ecclestone could make more money by taking the race elsewhere. “He can get a value globally that is far in excess of what he can get for the UK. “We can respect that it is a difficult position for him to be in. He has to answer to his shareholders. “Other countries are bound to pay a premium, but their revenue streams are more open than they are to a promoter in the UK,” he added. “We feel the best thing to do is to designate a venue with a long enough term plan that you can tailor your investments,” explained Hill, whose later father Graham was also a Formula One world champion. “There are options on the table. There are discussions taking place and I’m hopeful something can be sorted out.”