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The demonstrators march to the Indonesian Bank to rally. They criticize the work rate of the President in the first 100 years. All the programs that were stated by the President during his campaign don’t work. The condition of law, education, health reform, electricity and others still the same.
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Elements of Bali Society Rally in Denpasar
Didn’t satisfy of the President work rate Denpasar (Bali Post) –
The work rate of Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Budiono was protested by several Bali’s society elements. The protesters were rallying in several places throughout Denpasar on Thursday, January
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MANILA, Philippines – A decadesold military plane crashed Thursday into a residential area in the southern Philippines, killing a senior air force commander and seven other people aboard, officials said. Two people on the ground were injured.
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health reform, electricity and others still the same. There is no significant improvement on those aspects. Ironically, the government claimed that all of the programs have been done successfully. In fact, many problem still untouched by the government. Continued on page 6
Philippine military plane crash kills 8
28th 2010. The protesters were coming from Ardham, Udayana University, and Spartan.
The demonstrators stated that the President didn’t make any positive changes in his 100 days as Indonesian leader. They rallied in front of Indonesian Bank in Renon. They said that all the programs that were stated by the President during his campaign don’t work. The condition of law, education,
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Philippine Air Force rescue teams retrieve bodies of victims from the site after a twin-prop Nomad aircraft crashed Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 at Cotabato city in southern Philippines, killing a senior air force commander and seven other people aboard, officials said.
The twin-prop Nomad aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from in Cotabato city and burst into flames, regional military commander Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer said. It crashed into three houses which also caught fire. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. The plane was acquired by the government from Australia in 1976. Three others still in service will be grounded pending results of an investigation, said air force spokesman Lt. Col. Gerardo Zamudio. The pilot radioed soon after takeoff to say the plane had an emergency and was heading back when it crashed, Civil Aviation Authority deputy director Ed Kapunan told DZBB radio. Continued on page 6
Friday, January 29, 2010
Bali News Badung Police Capture 11 Gamblers
Money of Illegal Toto Transferred to Buleleng Mengwitani (Bali Post)—
Related to the implementation of Balak Operation, the Badung Resort Police and its ranks arrested the 11 gamblers that were considered reckless and stubborn. Most of them related to illegal Toto cases. According to one of the suspects, Made Radiasa alias Kadek Olam , 40, the money of his sale was transferred through the account of BPD to the croupier having initial name Bl in Buleleng.
“The suspects were arrested within the pas one week. Apart from Badung Resort Police, some suspects were arrested by sector police,” explained Spokesperson of Badung Resort Police, Gusti Ayu Sasih, accompanied by the Division Head of Operation, Joni Lay, met last Wednesday (Jan 27). The suspect Kadek Olam was arrested by police officer led by Chief Unit of Detective, Badung Resort Police, Benny, last Monday (Jan 25) afternoon at his home at Banjar Jumpayah, Mengwitani, Badung. From the results of investigation, the police got information that Olam sold illegal Toto (togel) via SMS or direct selling. Armed with this information, the suspect was raided and arrested. From him, the police secured the evidence of money worth IDR 622,000, handphone, paito or list of issued numbers, and account book of BPD.”I deposited the money of illegal Toto through the account. The average sales per day obtained is IDR 600,000,” Olam said when asked by Mrs. Ayu
Sasih. Other illegal Toto retailers captured were Gusti Ketut Rasmini, 45, having address at Banjar Trijata, Mambal, Abiansemal. She was arrested by police officer of Abiansemal Sector Police with evidence of handphone, money worth IDR 51,000, dream book and recapitulation, last Sunday (Jan 17). In addition, police also arrested the suspect Nyoman Mulya, 48, a resident living at Banjar Sedahan, Gulingan, Mengwi. Secured evidence consisted of paito, recapitulation list, dream book, handphone and money worth IDR 30,000. Not only illegal Toto, Detective Unit of Badung Police also arrested the suspect Made Surid,50, a dice croupier taking action at Banjar Beng Carang Sari, Petang. From the suspect Surid, the police secured cash worth IDR 371,000, image sheet, black bag and three dice. Meanwhile, the police of North Kuta Sector Police arrested illegal Toto retailer, the suspect Suartana, 30, having address at Banjar
Pengubengan Kauh, Kerobokan. For evidence, the police seized a pen, 22 pieces of paito list, handphone and money worth IDR 640,000. In the meantime, Mengwi police officers, last Saturday (Jan 23) led by Chief Unit of Detective, Aldi Alfa, raided gambling at project shed of Badung Civic Center, Sempidi. As a result, police officers captured four suspects namely Suwito, 25, from Grobokan, Robi, 28, Suparjo, 47, Mulyono, 40 and Nyoman Angka Wijaya. They were arrested with the evidence of money worth IDR 695,000 and dominoes. Badung Police also arrested the suspect Made Nuada, 60, on Jalan Kebo Iwa, Mengwi. He was arrested while organizing illegal Toto gambling and secured evidence in the form of money worth IDR 100 thousand and recapitulation sheet. “This operation will continue to be performed. We urge community not to gamble anymore because it is only going to make the life more difficult,” asserted Ayu Sasih. (denpost)
Hit by Sedan, a Toddler Loses Its Life Its Mother Reports to Police While Crying Mengwitani (Bali Post)—
How unfortunate the fate undergone by Kadek Sumiati, 36, living at Banjar Gunung, Buduk, Mengwi was. In addition to losing her youngest son, Dimas,1, after she and her two children were hit by a white sedan on Jalan Raya Buduk--Tanah Lot, last Monday (Jan 25) evening, she also had to bear the medical treatment costs worth IDR13 million. Unluckily, the offender ran away and there is no information about it. “We expect the driver of the car immediately surrenders himself. We also appeal if there were any witnesses seeing or knowing the number of police (license plate) of the perpetrator, to report to police station nearby or Badung Resort Police. It is a pity this victim mother is the have-not,” said Spokesperson of Badung Resort Police, Gusti Ayu Sasih, last Wednesday (Jan 27).
For the chronology of accident, explained Ayu Sasih, it occurred around 6:00 pm Local Time where Sumiati rode Suzuki Shogun motorbike DK 5202 CQ with her two children, namely Anggi, 12, and Dimas ,1. Sitting position of Dimas was between her mother and elder sister. Because of heavy rain, Sumiati rode her motorcycle quite slowly. Arriving on the scene suddenly emerged a white sedan from the rear running at high speed. Perhaps because the driver’s view was blocked by heavy rains, the car hit the motorcycle of victim so it bounced them far enough. Rather than stop and help, the driver instead chose to flee. As a result, Sumiati was thrown to the front, while her two children were overlapped by the motorbike. The most severe injuries was suffered by Dimas because his head got serious injury. Since the road was clear
and it rained hard, Sumiati and his children laid down on the street for long time without help. Seemingly, because they did not get immediate help made the injury of Dimas worse. About an hour later, there were people passing by and helped Sumiati with her children right away. They were rushed to be taken to Sanglah Hospital. Arriving at the hospital, Dimas had to undergo brain surgery. But unfortunately, last Tuesday (Jan 26) at around 4:00 pm Local Time, Dimas’s life could not be saved. Such bitter reality clearly made Sumiati and family shocked. And unhappily, she also had to pay the operating and treatment costs of Dimas worth IDR13 million. “What a pity the mother was. She lost her son and had to bear the hospital costs as well. She came to the police station, while crying,” Ayu Sasih said pityingly. (denpost)
Farmer is seen fertilizing his farm. The high price of fertilizer made the farmer is very difficult in getting profit from their field and it made their welfare is very low.
To Anticipate Demo of SBY 100-Day Program
Bali Police Assigns 8,000 Personnel, Water Canon Alerted Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The 100-day working program of President SBY-Boediono government ended on Thursday (Jan 28). Allegedly, there would be large-scale demonstration sticking out of the community. Of course, the Bali Police took anticipative measures related to the issues. Thousands of personnel had been prepared by Bali Police along with a water cannon. This matter was justified by Spokesperson of Bali Police Gde Sugianyar when journalists asked for his confirmation, last Wednesday (Jan 27). Recorded, two third of Bali Police personnel were deployed in anticipating such large-scale demonstration at a number of points in Denpasar. “Next Thursday, we will prepare 8,000 personnel,” he said. According to Sugianyar, there were five elements of mass that would descend into the streets to criticize the 100-day program of the SBYBoediono government. Unfortunately, those elements of mass planning the demo at a number of places, until last Wednesday (Jan 27) evening, have not sent a notification letter for the demo. “We (Bali Police-ed) have not received a notification letter. Actually, if want to do demonstrations, three days earlier the coordinator of demo had should send a notification
letter. It has been set according to the procedures,” said this former Chief of Balikpapan Resort Police to some journalists last Wednesday. Regarding to location to where they delivered their aspirations, Sugianyar mentioned four points. Among them, they were in front of Udayana University campus on Jalan Sudirman, intersection of Jalan Dewi Sartika-Jalan Sudirman, in front of Bajra Sandhi monument at Renon, Denpasar and in front of the Bali House. “The number of mass is about 100 people,” he said. For placement of personnel, a half would be deployed to the field. Meanwhile, the other half would be alerted at Bali Police Headquarter. “If the personnel alerted Bali Police Headquarter is needed, they would also be deployed. It is for anticipative measure only,” said the officer with three-jasmine on the shoulders. What about the traffic? Sugianyar explained, there would be closure or transfer of traffic current. However, his party waited for further development where they would do a demo. “Obviously, there will be closure and opening of traffic flow. However, it will depend on the movement of the mass to voice their aspirations. Police personnel will be alerted,” he explained. (kmb12)
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The picture shows a rover banks is damaged. The quality of the project is very low so it only takes a while before it damaged.
Data on Victims of ATM Breakin Different Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Data on victims of ATM break—in at the Bali Police is different from the data existing in Bank Indonesia (BI) of Denpasar Branch. This indicated that most victims reported their case to their respective bank. On that account, the data finally did not synchronize. At Headquarter of Bali Police, the officers received a report from 43 victims. Meanwhile, the Bank Indonesia has data regarding to the same matter of 200 people. Seeing this difference, many victims did not report their case directly to the police station. “We hope, the victim reported their case to police station. By doing so, the police would be much easier to conduct an investigation,” said Spokesperson of Bali Police, Gde Sugianyar, last Wednesday (Jan 27). The customers becoming the victims of ATM break-ins are required to report to police station in order to know the location of ATM used for transactions by perpetrators. “Of course, we will also be easier to know which mode to use by perpetrators,” he said. The large number of customers reporting their case to customer service of bank, possibly their losing money was immediately replaced by the bank. “In detail, the data available at Bali Police show that customers of BCA is 17, Bank Permata (12), BNI (8), Bank Niaga (3) and ING Bank—a DutchBank (1) and Bank Mandiri (2),” he explained. Out of the 43 customers who were affected, added the man being very familiar with journalists, the total loss reached IDR 745,368,830. “These are just provisional number of victims. There is possibility that victims will continue to grow,” he added. What about the development of a number of suspects arrested by Researcher and Criminal Agency of National Police Headquarters? Is there any connection with the ATM break-in case in Bali? According to Sugianyar, his party has not made coordination with the National Police Headquarters. “We did not make coordination yet. We’re still waiting for the results examination,” he added. (kmb21)
Again, a Patient of Rabies Suspect Treated Patients having to be treated at Sanglah Hospital due to suffering from symptoms of rabies continue to come and go. After the Karangasem resident that once treated in Nusa Indah room with rabies suspect status, now is the time for resident of Bangli, Nyoman W, 35, treated in the Nusa Indah room since last Monday (Jan 25) with the same status. Secretary of Rabies ManagementTeam of Sanglah Hospital, Ken Wirasandhi, said a patient came with symptoms of headache and tingling at the bite wound on his right leg. “The patient was bitten by a dog a month ago and already got full anti-rabies vaccine (VAR),” Ken said. The symptoms experienced by patient was alleged to have relation to the administration of VAR. “Basically, VAR is a weakened rabies virus. Possibly, the patient’s body is forming antibody so it causes symptoms of dizziness and numb,” said Ken. As a result of such possibility, Ken added, in the patient’s PCR was encountered the existence of rabies virus due to indication of VAR administration. “Like in the past experience,in patients who have obtained complete VAR at initial PCR examination was found rabies virus.
But after the antibodies have been formed, further examination showed negative result,” explained Ken. For that purpose, the patient is currently being evaluated and tested for further PCR to monitor the presence of the virus. “At the moment, the condition of patient is stable and expected the symptoms arising are reaction to VAR administration,” added Ken. Meanwhile, the supply of anti-rabies serum (SAR) at Sanglah Hospital seemed to be untouched. Stock still amounted to 95 doses. “There was once a child patient who was bitten by dog on the finger. He was referred from Buleleng Hospital and advised to give the SAR. However, pursuant to requirements of examination, the patient was not given SAR because some requirements were not complied,” said Ken. Meanwhile, in Emergency Room of Sanglah Hospital it was recorded that new dog bites numbered 13 cases. Availability of VAR last Wednesday (Jan 27) afternoon once turned empty and some patients had to go home without getting VAR. But according to Ken, stock of VAR at Sanglah Hospital would soon be filled again and the fastest was on Wednesday (Jan 27) afternoon. (san)
Singapore Investors Reached Bongkasa
Badung Regional Representatives Council Warned Disparda Denpasar (Bali Post)
Sources of funding for tourism area development in Bongkasa, Abiansemal, come from Singaporean foreign investors. Some constructions will take place in the local area to support the realization of tourism development program launched by the Badung Regional Tourism Office (Disparda). In the meeting of Commission C of Badung Regional Representatives Council (DPRD), Wednesday (28 / 1) yesterday, the council requested clarification on the investor’s program that will crawl the area that is still fully natural. In the meeting, it was explained that there will be a MoU between the community and a foreign investor from Singapore named Thomas, in the near future. According to Head of Badung Disparda, I Made Subawa, as many as 40 homes of Bongkasa residents, have been transformed into home-stays ready to meet the needs of tourists. Similar things happened to a number of other tourism supporting facilities. This foreign investor was chosen, said Subawa, because the Badung regency only allocated the infrastructure budget project for rural areas of Bongkasa. In addition, the foreign investor appointed is considered to have had credibility on village tourism development projects. The investor has been successfully working on similar projects in Tibet, China and
Ghongzu, he said. The investor will make a presentation about the Bongkasa tourism village concept in front of the Badung regency officials. Subawa also explained that the investor will only help the funding for the community to beautify their homes and its surroundings. The investor will not be the entire player. The ownership and management of the area will be kept public. “Not only that, the people will also be paid”, he said. Meanwhile, a Commission C member, I Nyoman Sudiyasa, questioned the role of foreign investor who is working on the tourism village project. According to him, the missions and programs brought by foreign investors should be clear. He claimed to be anxious, if in the future this investment would actually be harmful to the society. Sudiyasa further asserted that it is not about being allergic to the investment from outside, moreover, after seeing the program has been running quite well. However it should be noteworthy if later, the program offered only a mere lure for people to leave their land, it must be monitored carefully. “We do not reject, but investors must explain in detail of what their role will be, including programs which will be implemented in this tourism village project. We should not leave it until they actually become harmful to society”, said. (DED)
Friday, January 29, 2010
Bullet mailed to Japan PM Agence France-Presse
TOKYO - Bullets and death threats arrived by mail on Thursday at the offices of Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and the secretary-general of his centre-left party, police said. The bullet sent to the premier’s office was detected by security staff using an X-ray device.
“They gave the unopened envelope to police, who confirmed later that it was indeed a bullet,” a prime minister’s office spokesman said,
quoting Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yorihisa Matsuno. The office of Ichiro Ozawa, the powerful secretary-general of Hatoyama’s Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), received an envelope containing what was believed to be a rifle bullet, said a Tokyo police spokesman. A note to Hatoyama read
“Die”, while a card addressed to the party chief said, “The target is Ozawa,” officials said. It was not known who was responsible or what the motivation was. In similar threats since the Hatoyama government took power last September, bullets have previously been sent to Ozawa’s office
and residence, the DPJ headquarters and major broadcaster TV Asahi. Approval ratings for the Hatoyama government, which ended a half-century of conservative rule, have plummeted as both the premier and Ozawa have become embroiled in political funds scandals.
Operation underway to retrieve Ethiopia plane’s black boxes Agence France-Presse
BEIRUT - Search teams on Thursday sought to recover the black boxes from an Ethiopian aircraft that cr ashed off Lebanon’s coast, with hope the data would provide answers to the mystery surrounding the tragedy. “We expect to have them some time today,” Lebanese Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi told AFP. He added that while search teams had picked up the flight data recorder signals, it remained unclear whether the boxes were still inside the body of the Boeing 737-800, which plunged into the Mediterranean on Monday with 90 people on board. “If the black boxes are not in the body of the plane, it is easier to access them,” Aridi said. “But if they are still inside the plane, this will necessitate another procedure completely.” The boxes were located in a seafloor trench and their recovery may take time, a defense ministry official told AFP on condition of anonymity. US navy destroyer the USS Ramage picked up the signals late Wednesday approximately 10 kilometers (six miles) west of Beirut airport at a depth of 1,300 metres (4,265 feet) below sea level, an army spokesman told AFP, requesting anonymity. The Ocean Alert, a civilian vessel stationed in Cyprus, was working to find and retrieve the device, he said. The vessel is equipped to access objects 2000 metres (6,561 feet) below sea level. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, bound for Addis Ababa, crashed into the Mediterranean minutes after takeoff from Beirut at 2:37 am (0037 GMT) during a raging thunderstorm on Monday. All 83 passengers and seven crew are presumed dead. Only 14 bodies, including those of two toddlers, and some body parts have been found so far.
Several Lebanese families have begun holding memorial services for their loved ones even though their bodies have not all been recovered. Rescue officials have said a number of the bodies may still be strapped to their seats underwater and hope to recover them once they find the wreckage. There were conflicting reports as to whether the jet exploded while airbound or after it had hit the water, and officials have said there will be no answers until the data from the black boxes is retrieved and analysed. They have said they are counting on the flight data recorders to explain why the pilot veered off course on takeoff but have ruled out sabotage. Ethiopian Airlines spokesperson Wogayehu Tefere said the pilot was experienced and had been with the company for 20 years. The US National Transportation Safety Board and the French body for civil aviation security, the Bureau D’Enquetes et D’Analyses (BEA), have sent experts to join a team investigating the tragedy. An international search operation was launched Monday by the Lebanese navy, the United Nations Inter im Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Ocean Alert, the USS Ramage and other vessels and helicopters. Ethiopian Airlines has had two other deadly accidents over the past 25 years, one of which was a hijacking which ended in a crash when the plane ran out of fuel. Flight 409 had 30 Ethiopian nationals on board, including the seven crew members. Most of the Ethiopian passengers were employed in Lebanon as domestic workers and were flying home to see their families. There were also 54 Lebanese on board, most of them Shiites from southern Lebanon. Many were transiting in Addis Ababa to other countries in Africa, where they work. Also among the passengers was Marla Sanchez Pietton, wife of France’s ambassador to Lebanon.
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A relative of missing Ethiopian Airlines air hostess Seble Gtedeke, 24, weeps as she stands beside her picture at her home in Addis Ababa on January 28, 2010.
Iran hangs first two post-election ‘rioters’ Agence France-Presse
TEHRAN - Iran on Thursday hanged two men convicted of being Mohareb (enemies of God), in the first executions of dissidents since protests erupted over the disputed presidential election in June, news reports said. “Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani Pour, whose cases were confirmed by a Tehran appeals court, were hanged on Thursday morning,” ISNA news agency said, quoting a statement from the Tehran prosecutor’s office. The pair were also charged with plotting to topple the Islamic regime, the agency added. They were the first reported hangings of people tried after the wave of protest that broke out following the re-election last June 12 of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a second four-year term. Amnesty International urged Tehran to lift Zamani’s death sentence in October. A member of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, he was among scores of people arrested in the mass demonstrations after the election. Rahmani Pour’s lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, denied that her client had anything to do with the post-poll riots.
“He was arrested in Farvardin (the Iranian month covering March-April) before the election and charged with cooperation with the (monarchist) Kingdom Assembly,” Sotoudeh told AFP. He was aged 19 at the time of his arrest, she said. Sotoudeh said she had been prevented from representing Rahmani Pour at what she called his “show trial” in July, and that many of the charges related to when he was a minor. The statement from the prosecutor’s office said nine other detained protesters faced similar charges. “Nine others among the recent months’ rioters are still in the appeal phase and, if they are convicted, then based on the law their sentence will be carried” out, it said. They are all charged with being Mohareb, trying to topple the regime and belonging to the outlawed main opposition group the People’s Mujahedeen Organisation and the monarchist Kingdom Assembly of Iran, the statement said. Being convicted of Mohareb can carry the death penalty. Iranian authorities arrested an estimated 4,000 people including journalists and reformist politicians in a massive crackdown in the weeks following the presidential election.
International IMIGRATION Australian Consulate General Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Phone: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 221195 (General) +62 361 241120 (Immigration)
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HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada.
HOSPITAL Bangli Bangli General Hospital Jl. Kesumayuda 27, Bangli Phone : +62 366 91521 Gianyar
Royal Danish & Norwegian Mimpi Resort Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 070 The Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No. 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.286 465 France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485 The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506 Honorary Consulate of Spain Komplek Istana Kuta Galleria Blok Vallet 2 No 11. Jalan Patih Jelantik Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.769 286 USA Consulate Agency Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 188 Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.222 426 Consulate General of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.227 628 Honorary Consulate of British Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.270 601 Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735 Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775 Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310 Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 â€“ 15 Fax : 226 363 Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690. Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142. Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada , (Private) Jl. Sudirman No 50, Denpasar Phone : 227 560, 234 824 In relating with health, Bali also has insurance and medical evacuation company, that is: AEA International - SOS Assistance Bali. PT Abhaya Eka Astiti, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 24X, Kuta 80361. Phone : 755 768 Fax : 755 768 One thing that should be noted by tourists here is that the Blood Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh) Negative blood. Badung Bali Medical Clinics There are some medical clinics that are well known by foreigners in Bali. Some of them are western owned and operated : Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) provides excellent Primary Health Care & Emeregency Medical Services for tourists, traveler, and expatriate living in Bali. Emeregency Room, Ambulance, Clinic Services, Insurance & Medical Evacuations also available. Open 24 hours Phone : 761 2631. Located Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.100X, Kuta, Bali 80361 - Indonesia. http://www.bimcbali.com International SOS Clinic Bali Opened in 1999, offers International SOS members and visitors to Bali comprehensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency medical service. Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361, Bali - Indonesia Phone : 720 100 Fax : 721 919 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org ttp ://www.sos-bali.com Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic Jl Pratama No. 81 Phone : 771 324 Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta Phone : 753 268 Dental Clinic Dr Indra Guizot, Jl. Patimura 19, Denpasar Phone : 222 445, 234 375 DDS. Ritjie Rihartinah, Jl Pratama No. 81 Nusa Dua Phone : 771 324 Retno W. Agung, Jln. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.4A Br. Tamansari â€“ Sanur Phone : 288 501
Clinic Mas Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974573 Toyo Clinic Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 978078 Permata Bunda Clinic Jl. Patih Jelantik 50 X, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 942082 Ubud Clinic Jl Raya Ubud No.36 Campuhan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974911 Gianyar General Hospital Jl. Ciung Wanara 2, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 943049 Karangasem Karangasem General Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai, Karangasem Phone : +62 363 21001 Klungkung Klungkung General Hospital Jl. Flamboyan 40-4, Klungkung Phone : +62 366 21371 Negara Negara General Hospital Jl. Gelar, Negara Phone : +62 365 41006 Tabanan Laboratorium Clinic Jl. Gunung semeru No. 8, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 819260 Mengwi Clinic Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai 46, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 880550 Darma Kerti Hospital Jl. Teratai 16, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 812359 Tabanan General Hospital Jl. Pahlawan 14, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 811027 Singaraja Prodia Clinic Jl. RA Kartini 12, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 24-516 Singaraja Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai 30, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 22-573 Pet Clinics Kayumas: (0361) 226934 Sayang Binatang: (0361) 483121 Satwa Kertha Husada: (0361) 263018 Pantai Sindhu: (0361) 287518 Sidakarya: (0361) 724492 Pedungan: (0361) 720026
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
Friday, January 29, 2010
News Wartime shell explodes at Vietnam schoolyard: NGO Agence France-Presse
HANOI - Hundreds of Vietnamese school children escaped injury when a Vietnam War-era shell exploded in their playground, a group working to clear unexploded ordnance said Thursday. The blast shook walls and shattered windows Wednesday afternoon at the middle school in Dong Ha city, Quang Tri province, in central Vietnam, a statement from Project Renew said. It said the 105-mm shell exploded five minutes before students were scheduled to take a break from classes. Nobody knew the shell was buried under a large tree stump which was
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Darlene Etienne, 16, is treated at a French military field hospital after being rescued from a collapsed school building by a French search and rescue team in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Etienne was pulled out of the rubble 15 days after an earthquake hit the Caribbean capital.
Girl pulled alive from rubble 15 days after Haiti quake Agence France-Presse
PORT-AU-PRINCE - Rescuers hauled a girl alive from the ruins of Haiti’s capital 15 days after its devastating quake, in a rare moment of joy in a nation where survivors were Thursday still gasping for aid. Severely dehydrated and so weak she could barely talk, 16-year-old Darlene Etienne managed a whispered ‘thank you’ to her rescuers after what appears to be the longest ordeal of any survivor so far. Stunned bystanders clapped and cheered with joy as the French rescue team pulled her out from under the debris of a house in Port-au-Prince. “She just said ‘thank you,’ she’s very weak, which suggests that she’s been there for 15 days,” rescue team Commander Samuel Bernes told AFP. “She was in a pocket surrounded by concrete, completely dehydrated.” Amazed rescuers spoke of a miracle after neighbours heard a faint voice in the rubble. Colonel Michel Orcel, a doctor at the field hospital where she was treated, said the girl was happy and asking questions about her friends. “She is 16 years old, she is alive and she has her whole life ahead of her. She was speaking, she said that she was happy,” Orcel said. International rescue teams have saved around 135 people buried alive when the January 12 7.0-magnitude quake flattened Port-au-Prince and several other towns in the impoverished Caribbean nation. The last was a 31-year-old man rescued Tuesday, although he was thought to have been entombed by a powerful aftershock around two days after the initial tremor.
Haitian President Rene Preval said “nearly 170,000” bodies had been counted since the quake, significantly higher than previous estimates of 150,000. Preval suggested Haiti’s legislative elections, due next month, would have to be postponed. “I don’t think the time is right to hold elections now given the conditions in which people are living,” Preval told AFP. “However, we must speak to the other protagonists and reach a consensus on this issue.” A massive aid effort has swung into place to help the more than one million people left homeless by the disaster, but many Haitians say they have yet to receive vital supplies of food or water. Near the destroyed presidential palace where crowds queued under a blazing sun, Immacula Cadet said she was hungry but was afraid of getting hurt in the long lines for food aid if fighting erupts over the handouts. “I don’t want to battle in the road to have a little bread,” she told AFP. “We really have problems. “We need all that (aid). We need food, we have no water.” US military and Haitian officials insist food aid is becoming increasingly available in areas outside the capital as coordination improves. The US military, which has poured 20,000 soldiers into Haiti, said it had begun to hand out 14 million meals and
aimed to supply half a million people with fresh water within a few days. Aid agencies say the relief effort has been one of the biggest in history, unlocking thousands of tonnes of food, water, medical equipment and emergency supplies as well as scores of rescue teams and field surgical units. “It is the most complicated catastrophe we have ever been confronted” with, World Food Programme executive director Josette Sheeran told business leaders and politicians at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Energy biscuits and 200,000 family-sized tents top the wanted list, while Ann Veneman, executive director of the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, said another priority was to open centres for orphans to protect them from traffickers. “The protection of young girls is a problem in the camps,” she added. Children “need to be fed, they need to be sheltered, they need to be found, and to be kept alive and safe,” said Veneman. Former US president Bill Clinton is also at Davos to launch an initiative bringing private sector cash into Haiti’s reconstruction. The International Monetary Fund said it was rushing 114 million dollars in emergency aid for essential imports and to make cash available for banks and transfer houses.
being burned for removal, Project Renew said, citing the school principal. More than one-third of the land in six central Vietnamese provinces is lethally contaminated with unexploded bombs and land mines left over from the war against the United States, said a study released last year by Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and Vietnam’s Ministry of Defence. It said Quang Tri was the worsthit province, having more than 80 percent contamination. The study found that more than 10,500 people had been killed and 12,000 wounded in the six provinces since the war ended in 1975.
NH teacher, 100, gets degree a day before dying Associated Press Writer
CONCORD, N.H. – It was Harriet Richardson Ames’ dream to earn her bachelor’s degree in education. She finally reached that milestone, nearly three weeks after achieving another: her 100th birthday. On Saturday, the day after receiving her diploma at her bedside, the retired schoolteacher died, pleased that she had accomplished her goal, her daughter said. Ames had been in hospice care. “She had what I call a ‘bucket list,’ and that was the last thing on it,” Marjorie Carpenter said Tuesday. Ames, who turned 100 on Jan. 2, had earned a two-year teaching certificate in 1931 at Keene Normal School, now Keene State College. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in South Newbury, and later spent 20 years as a teaching principal at Memorial School in Pittsfield, where she taught first-graders. Through the years, she had taken classes at the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth Teachers College and
Keene State to earn credits for her degree. With her eyesight failing, she stopped after retiring in 1971 and was never sure if she had enough credits. Her wish for a degree became known when a Keene State film professor interviewed her a couple of years ago for a piece on the college’s own centennial, which the school celebrated last year. The school decided to research her coursework and see if it could award Ames her long-sought diploma. The offices of the provost, registrar and other departments worked quickly in the last month to determine, that indeed, it could. “She wanted to be the best that she could be,” said Norma Walker, coordinator of the Keene State College Golden Circle Society, an alumni group for classes that graduated 50 or more years ago. Walker said when she mentioned to Ames during a recent visit that the college was working on the degree, Ames started to cry and said, “‘If I die tomorrow, I’ll know I’ll die happy, because my degree’s in the works.’”
Elements... From page 1 For example the electricity in Indonesia that is still very worrying. The cost of 25 billion rupiah only can supply electricity to 57% of Indonesian citizen. The rest are still living without electricity. The power also very unstable and that made
blackout often happen in several area including Bali. The protesters were received by one of the officer of the Indonesian Bank. There were no incidents happened during the rally and the demonstrators return to their places with the tight guard of the police officers. (015)
Philippine... From page 1 Television footage showed one charred body among the flaming debris as people tried to help firemen put out the blaze, some dousing the fire with garden hoses and pails of water. Among those killed in the crash was Maj. Gen. Butch Lacson, the air force commander in the southern Philippines, Zamudio said.
The plane had stopped in Cotabato on its way from Davao city to the southern city of Zamboanga, Ferrer said. One woman who was in one of three houses hit by the plane in Cotabato suffered head and body injuries, said national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina. Cotabato Mayor Muslimin Sema said one fireman also was injured.
Friday, January 29, 2010
RI, Timor Leste to cooperate in small enterprises development Antara
AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO
Protesters from a cross-section of civil society and labour groups shout slogans during a rally in front of the Indonesian parliament building in Jakarta on January 28, 2010 to condemn the performance of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s government after its first 100 days in office. Yudhoyono, who has won two elections mainly on the back of promises of economic growth and clean government, has been forced to deny allegations that some of the bank rescue funds found their way into his campaign coffers.
Protesters rally to mark SBY’s 100th day in office Antara
JAKARTA - Protesters staged rallies in Jakarta and several other cities, such as Surabaya, Bandung, Padang, Makassar, Palembang, Kudus, Maluku and Kendari, to mark President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)’s 100th day in office, on Thursday. In Jakarta, they rallied among other things in front of the vice presidential palace, the finance ministry, and the Parliament building. A group called ‘White Revolution Movement’ protested in front of the vice president’s palace and later proceeded to the finance ministry. “We stage rally today because we consider SBY has totally failed his programs, including reform and poverty eradication,” Rahman Latukonsina of the Islam University, coordinator of the White Revolution Movement, said here on Thursday. The Movement demanded that Vice President Boediono and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani resign for their involvement in the Bank
Century bailout case. They also asked for President Yudhoyono’s accountability on the bailout of the problematic bank. The protesters included members of ‘Jaringan Pemuda Penggerak’ (Jumper), ‘Forum Komunikasi Muda Mudi Depok’ (FKMD), ‘Rakyat Pasti Menang’ (RPM) and ‘Gerakan Mahasiswa Nasional Indonesia’ (GMNI). Around 200 policemen guarded the vice presidential palace. In front of the finance ministry, hundreds of protesters grouped in the Anti-Corruption Youth Action Committee (KAPAK) demanded en end to corrupt practices in Indonesia and the settlement of the Bank
Century bailout case. “It’s a must for all the people in this country to pay attention, respond to and voice harsh criticism on the Century case,” Nico Latuconsina, KAPAK coordinator, said. The people were furious, bored and tired with corrupt practices, especially those done in the name of the people, he said. Meanwhile, at the Parliament building, several legislators including Ribka Tjiptaning, Rieke Diah Pitaloka and Okky Asokawati received protesters mostly members of labor unions and farmers from Forum Serikat Buruh (FSB), Kamiparho DKI Jakarta, Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal Indonesia (FSPMI), and Konferensi Serikat Buruh Indonesia (Kisbi). Thousands of protesters marched along Sudirman and Thamrin boulevards toward Monas (the National Monument).
JAKARTA - Indonesia and neighboring Timor Leste have formed a Joint Coordination Committee responsible for development of cooperatives, small and medium enterprises (CSMEs) in the two countries. “The Joint Coordination Committee’s function is discussing and developing cooperation possibilities in the cooperatives, small and medium enterprises sector that can lead to the conclusion of pertinent accords,” Cooperatives,d Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Sjarifuddin Hasan here on Wednesday. He said the committee was formed on the basis of a joint agreement of the two countries on development of cooperatives, small and medium enterprises. Sjarifuddin said the Joint Coordination Committee would be tasked to coordinate and monitor the implementation of follow-up programs and to consider the issues from the joint interest related to Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (KUKM) between the tow countries. “The Committee will then periodically report to the related ministers who are responsible in the
KUKM development,” Sjarifuddin said. He added that the Committee would meet once a year either in Indonesia or Timor Leste. Earlier in the day here, Sjarifuddin and Timor Leste Minister for Economy and Development Joao Mendes Goncalves signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in cooperatives and small and medium enterprises. The cooperation would among other things cover information exchange on KUKM development policy program, national and international trade promotion, special exhibitions, trade cooperation, and creation of business partnership. It also covers various KUKM opportunities to participate in trainings on managerial skills in technical field, and formal education on cooperative management field. Both parties would also support each other to facilitate bilateral symposiums, seminars, conferences, workshops, and KUKM representative meetings, besides facilitating and supporting KUKMs to open market access in the two countries and other potential countries.
President inaugurates Labuan power plant Antara
BANTEN - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday inaugurated the Labuan thermal power plant (PLTU) at Sukamaju village, Labuan sub district, Pandeglang District, Banten Province. Accompanied by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, the president arrived at the PLTU location at around 10 am. On the occasion, the president simultaneously inaugurated the Labuah Angin PLTU in North Sumatra. PLTU Labuhan has a capacity of 300 Megawatt (MW) and PLTU Labuhan Angin 2x115 MW. The president was later scheduled to hold a video conference with the audience at PLTU Labuhan Angin. The president would also witness the presentation of assistance
to Banten residents from State Electricity Utility (PLN). The assistance would include fishing nets for local fishermen, funds for rural road, school and clean water facility constructions. The head of state also witnessed the presentation of aid from Banten provincial authorities to Banten communities in the form of housing facilities and 20,000 electricity connections. After the PLTU project’s inauguration, the president and the first lady were scheduled to plant rain trees (Samanea saman). While in Banten, Yudhoyono was also scheduled to visit Labuan State Junior Elementary School SMPN 2 at Caringin village, Labuan Sub district, Pandeglang, and have a dialog with local teachers and students.
Some 20 ATM scam suspects now behind bars Antara
JAKARTA - A special detective team set up by the National Police Headquarters has rounded up 20 people suspected of involvement in the recent automatic teller machine (ATM) break-ins in the country. “The number of suspects al-
ready arrested reached 20 today and we are still hunting 10 others,” the head of the National Police Headquarters’ Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), Commissioner General Ito Sumardi said here on Wednesday. Ito said that ATM hacking cases had continued to increase
because the suspects had committed the crimes since 2006 based on information obtained by investigators. Previously, police had identified 13 suspects of whom 10 were already arrested and the remaining three still being pursued. Bank customers’ losses by the
ATM scams were estimated to total Rp6 billion. The suspects arrested were known by their initials as F, SA, MS, MI, Ri, Su, Aj, Ir and the suspects on the police’s wanted list as Yu, Sup, Pa and J. Up to now, police had not yet found any indication that the ATM
scams at different places in the country were inter-linked. But police were still following up clues of a possible link between the cases in Bali and those in Jakarta. “The question is that the scams in Bali were carried out under guidance from Jakarta,” “Ito said.
Friday, January 29, 2009
Bali Today Many Hotels Have Not Been Operational
DPRD Requested Re-Calculation of Rooms Needed Bali Post
AMLAPURA – Many hotels and restaurants in Karangasem have not been operating and it is much suspected caused by the number of rooms that have exceeded the number of tourist arrivals in Karangasem On the other hand, the hills and even mountain slopes with beautiful scenery such as the Mimba Hill, Padangbai, Karangasem are continuously targeted by investors. On the Mimba Hill and Mimba region, there are not only the Panorama hotel which was already completely built and Chateau De Bali (CDB) which is still under construction, but there are also a number of small hotels and villas (houses belonging to foreign people). While the other hills in Padangbai, for example in the Western part of Silayukti temple, on the top, and slopes of the hill there are also a number of hotels and restaurants. There are hotels owned by foreign investors and also restaurants owned by Padangbai’s local citizens. Related to the number of closed hotels due to bankruptcy or investors who no longer able to finance the operation, members of regional representative council of Karangasem, I Nyoman Sadra, BA, on Wednesday (27 / 1) yesterday, had asked the executive or the Karangasem Regent tore-count the hotel rooms needed for the visiting tourists. According to him, we should not let Karangasem to continue building hotels, sacrificing the environment, only to become
closed or bankrupt someday. Sadra suspects that Karangasem is having excessive hotel rooms. Meanwhile, the villas, either licensed or unlicensed, and homes masked as small hotels or villas are rapidly increasing. As a result, hotel occupancy rate was very low, often even lower than 30%. Sadra deeply regretted the environment and landscape of hills which are natural tourism assets are often sacrificed to build hotels. In fact, after being built, they are not necessarily beneficial in the long run. He cited the example, after the Mimba hill on Padangbai was dredged; now the Cateau De Bali (CDB) hotel development is uncertain. This is caused by the controversial disagreement attracted by the violation of space allocation plan and the “RTRW” law in Karangasem district and Bali province. In addition to CDB, the Mimba hill had also inhabited by the Panorama hotel, projected to the southern outcrop of Padangbai harbor. “Prebekel” (Mayor) of Padangbai, Kadek Suyasa Aris said, only CDB who violates the “RTRW” law because in one of the
article it is mentioned that the area is a green area functioned for agricultural protection, while at the location where the Panorama hotel built is included in the tourism effective area (KEP). ‘’Legalization of Bali’s Provincial RTRW new testing materials have been submitted to the Constitutional Court,’’ said Aris. In relation to the stuttering of CDB development, other than the suspected cash-strapped investors due to the global crisis, it is also because CDB is still awaiting permission process. He says, not only the region of Padangbai hills that is targeted, but a few foreign investors have also purchased beautiful land on the Andakasa hillsides. On the other hand, Sadra said that on the foothills of the road to the yacht port located in Labuan region, Ulakan village, Manggis, have also been standing three large storied properties which two of them are each owned by investors from Gemany and the United Kingdom. ‘’In the villages along the Jasri coast, there are more than 50 villas standing,’’ said Sadra. (013)
Prioritize road to open access at tourism objects IBP
DENPASAR - The traffic congestion that usually happen in the Denpasar - Nusa Dua route raise concern from Bina Marga, the agency that responsible for roads’ development in Indonesia. According to Director of Technic Management at Directorate Bina Marga, Public Works Department Danis H. Sumadilaga, to solve the problem central government plan to build Serangan - Tanjung Benoa Bridge or a high way that will build around Dewa Ruci roundabout. The bridge, said Sumadilaga, will cost around IDR1.3 trillion, meanwhile the high way cost less
around IDR150 billions. But up until now, the government doesn’t have budgets on the two projects. ‘’We still count and do some researches about the two choices, which one is the best option for Bali,’’ he stated. He admitted if traffic congestion can make Bali less attractive in tourists’ perspectives. That’s why, Sumadilaga explained, government trying to fix the problem as soon as possible because the traffic congestion in that route has been happened for sometimes now. ‘’We will give fund support on the road development in Bali, especially for the tourism reason. So far we’re already build road to connect Nusa Dua, Sanur, Denpasar to Kusamba, and
will build ring road that will go around Bali,’’ Sumadilaga elaborated. On National Outcome and Income Budget of 2010, added Chief of The Eight Chapter on National Road Development Ir. Susalit Alius, CES, his area (Bali, NTB, and NTT) have budget allocation worth IDR1,07 trillion from IDR16 trillions that central government will spend to build national road. Especially in Bali, the allocation will focus on building the road to support the tourism sector. He stated, recently his office already built connection road to Tanah Ampo, Karangasem in order to give access to cruise port. (iah)
Balinese girls performing Pendet Dance, one of traditional Balinese dances. Art groups that teach traditional Balinese dancing and music develop rapidly throughout the world. The condition gives positive effect to tourism in Bali.
Art groups develop rapidly abroad Antara
DENPASAR – Art groups that teach traditional Balinese dancing and music develop rapidly throughout the world. The condition gives positive effect to tourism in Bali. Kadek Suartaya, a lecturer in Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Denpasar, said “the most famous art groups are Sekar Jaya in US and Sekar Jepun in Japan.” He explained that those art groups were the pioneer on those countries. Currently, there are tenth of art groups in many countries that offer lesson for those who wanted to study Balinese cultures. The art groups were established by the former of ISI students who came from various countries. “After finishing their study in ISI, the students often estab-
lish art groups in their native countries and teaches dances or music for those who want to study it,” Suartaya said. Ami Asagawa, a manager of an art group in Tokyo, said that many people interested in studying the music or dances. “An art group can have thousands of members who wanted to learn Balinese dances. They are very interested in the unique culture of Bali,” she added. Tourists from Japan who come to Bali for holiday also often take the opportunity to watch and learn Balinese dances and music. Suartaya said “the art groups often take part in Bali Art Festival (PKB) which is held annually in Bali.” For that reason, the art groups often invite teachers from Bali in order to develop their skills in the art. They also visited Bali to learn first hand from the expert.
Friday, January 29, 2009
Balinese Culture Government to develop 1,298 hectares coffee plants DENPASAR – Bali farming Department is targeting to develop coffee plant for 1,298 hectares in 2010. Made Sudharta, the head of Bali Farming Department, said “the development of the plant has high economics value and supported by the government.” In order to develop the coffee farming, 1.94 million seeds is needed because every hectare need approximately 1,500 plants. The type of coffee is Arabica because it is the best. The priority of the farm is the mountain side because the plant is also will be used to prevent flood and landslide. Coffee plant also could maintain the number of underground water supply. Sudharta said that the development of the plants will be done in several areas such as Kintamani in Bangli, Kubu in Karangasem, Sukasada in Buleleng, and Petang in Badung. There is great hope that the development of the plant will help in preserving the underground water in Bali. The department will prepare the seed as soon as possible because it takes six months before the seed can be planted. “The seed will be planted
around November or December this year,” he added. Bali produced 13,800 tons of coffee in 2009. The number increase slightly compared to the previous year which was 13,664 tons of coffee.
The farmer could also put their animals such as cow in order to give the coffee plant natural fertilizer. Sudharta said that the farmers should put forward environmental friendly method in developing the plant.
The coffee plants. Bali farming Department is targeting to develop coffee plant for 1,298 hectares in 2010. Made Sudharta, the head of Bali Farming Department, said “the development of the plant has high economics value and supported by the government.”
Kue Mangkok (Cup Cakes) Ingredients * 350 grams rice flour * some water * 150 grams all purpose flour * 200 grams fermented cassava / tapioca (tape singkong) * 400 grams sugar * 200 cc warm water * 2 Tsp baking soda * 250 cc club soda * 1 Tsp vanilla * food coloring (your choice of 3 or 4 colors) * salt to taste
Directions Add enough water to the rice flour so that its weight increases to 500 grams. Add the all purpose flour to the rice flour mixture and stir well. Add the fermented tapioca and sugar. Mix well. Add the warm water and work the dough for about 10 minutes.-Add the baking soda, the club soda and vanilla. Mix until everything is evenly distributed. Finally, add the food coloring and blend until smooth. Warm the cup molds for about 5 minutes and fill it for about 4/5 full. Put in a steamer with the water already at a rolling boil. Steam for about 20 minutes. (http:// asiarecipe.com)
Crisp Sweet Striped Cookies (Kuping Gajah) Ingredients * 500 gram wheat flour * 150 gram granulated sugar * ½ tsp. salt * ½ tsp. vanilla * 2 eggs, lightly beaten * 1 Tbs. cooking oil * 100 cc water * ½ Tbs. cocoa powder * 800 cc oil for frying
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An Indonesian fisherman unloads fresh catch of fish in Jimbaran village, Denpasar on the island of Bali on January 20, 2010. The six countries of East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the Solomon Islands - borders the Coral Triangle vast region of Southeast Asia known as the Coral Triangle which experts says has the highest marine biodiversity in the world and the ocean’s answer to the Amazon rainforest. The area is threatened by climate change and over-exploitation.
Directions Thoroughly mix sugar, salt and vanilla. Add the beaten eggs and stir well. Add oil, stir once more, and then divide in half. Divide the flour in half as well. Take 1 Tbs of flour from one part and add it to the other. Mix the flour with each half of the sugar and egg mixture. Add cocoa powder to the smaller mix. Add 50 cc of water to each half. Knead until smooth and not sticky to the touch. There will be two types of dough, white and brown. Separately, roll both pieces of dough out on a plastic covered cutting board until they are about 1 mm thick. Place the two together, then roll up. Wrap with plastic and place in the refrigerator for approximately an hour or until the dough hardens. With a sharp knife, cut the dough vertically into flat cylinders about 2 mm thick. Flatten once more with a rolling pin. Fry in hot oil until crisp. Remove, drain. (http:// asiarecipe.com)
Friday, January 29, 2010
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. It is situated in the peaceful area which is far from the local resident that is ideally for worship. There are some temple building spread out through the tranquility of rain forest and the big mountain of Batukaru as a back drop. 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 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
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BUSINESS Obama offers mixed remedy for US economy Agence France-Presse
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A Chinese worker walks at the building site of a property development project in Shanghai on August 28, 2009. Political leaders, central bankers and financiers at the World Economic Forum have attacked China’s monetary and trade policy and questioned its ability to tackle an overheating economy.
China’s economic policies under fire from world deciders Agence France-Presse
DAVOS - Political leaders, central bankers and financiers at the World Economic Forum have attacked China’s monetary and trade policy and questioned its ability to tackle an overheating economy. Top Chinese officials face an increasingly difficult task insisting that Beijing is acting in the interest of the world economy by keeping its yuan currency weak against the dollar and maintaining a huge trade surplus — 196.1 billion dollars in 2009. Even in a keynote speech on the first day of the Davos forum on Wednesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a veiled attack against China, saying festering trade imbalances were harming economic recovery. “Currency is central to these imbalances,” he said. “Exchange rate instability and the under-valuation of certain currencies militate against fair trade and honest competition,” he stressed. “Persistent external imbalances” was also raised by Ibrahim Dabdoub, who heads Kuwait’s central bank. “Somehow we have to tackle this part of the imbalances. We have to tackle the imbalances between China and the US, and the Gulf oil exporters and the US,” he said. Billionaire financier George Soros added to the calls from Europe and North America for China to allow its currency to appreciate. “The case for revaluing the renminbi is getting stronger and stron-
ger,” he said, insisting that a stronger yuan would be “good for China and the rest of the world.” Soros also expressed scepticism about whether China would beat asset bubbles building up in its economy. “The jury is out,” he said of China’s efforts to contain high property prices and credit. The campaign will be “a major test for the Chinese government.” China’s economy has been expanding at red-hot pace, but the growth rate of the property and stock markets has heightened inflation fears which have already forced Beijing to cut bank lending to deter a consumer splurge on cars and property. Ahead of a keynote speech Thursday on the financial crisis and reforms by Vice Premier Li Keqiang, defending China in Davos has been left to the deputy chief of the central bank Zhu Min. “It’s very important to have a stable yuan particularly in this very volatile market,” he said. It was “good for China, it’s also good for the world.” Zhu said the cheap US dollar was encouraging trading that could bring a repeat of attacks on Asian currencies during the region’s financial crisis of the 1990s. Investors are borrowing dollars and putting the borrowed funds into
emerging markets, where interest rates are higher, generating a better return than saving in the dollars, said Zhu. This phenomenon, called the “carry trade” is a “massive issue today”, he added. “It’s bigger than the Japanese yen carry trade 12 years ago.” He warned that if the US carry trade continues and the United States suddenly increases interest rates, funds could flow quickly out of emerging economies, back into the US market. This could cause a collapse in emerging market currencies and spark a repeat of the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis, some experts say. Then, investors borrowed the cheap Japanese yen to put into southeast Asian economies, fueling strong growth before exports slumped amid a global demand slowdown. Speculators attacked southeast Asian currencies, believing they were overvalued. Thailand abandoned its fixed exchange rate to the dollar. Other currencies followed and crashed under crippling debt and soaring interest rates. “It’s what we learnt from the Asian financial crisis. Because the yen went back to the Tokyo market,” said Zhu. “Everyone is concerned about the direction which the capital flow will move. It’s an absolute real risk for the year,” he said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama tried Wednesday to blend mixed messages on job creation and fiscal discipline as he offered a contradictory State of the Union fix for the battered US economy. In his address before Congress late Wednesday, he called for swift legislation that could cost billions of dollars to create jobs to fix the double digit unemployment dogging his one year old administration. But at the same time, he sought a government spending freeze to stem ballooning budget deficits that threaten to double federal debt held by the public to 15 trillion dollars. If the Senate were to heed Obama’s call to emulate legislation passed by the House of Representatives for a rapid jobs creating program, it could cost about 150 billion dollars — but some analysts say this is still a drop in the ocean considering the magnitude of the problem. Obama’s agenda “is not bold enough to address the severity of the problems facing the economy,” including the critical task of keeping the current workforce intact, said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, an independent US think tank. He cited the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office showing the unemployment rate, currently at 10 percent, staying above 8.0 percent until well into 2012 and not falling back to normal levels until 2014. “This is a crisis for tens of millions of workers who will face unemployment solely as a result of bad economic policy and Wall Street greed,” Baker said, calling for “a much larger stimulus, more expansionary monetary policy from the Fed, and a lower dollar to bring down the trade deficit.” More than seven million Americans have lost their jobs since the United States plunged into recession in December 2007 and nearly 25 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed because they cannot find full-time work, or have given up looking for work, latest data showed. Obama himself acknowledged the “truth,” saying the steps he proposed
“still won’t make up for the seven million jobs we’ve lost over the last two years. But he pointed out that achieving full employment required a “new foundation” for long-term economic growth, which analysts warn will be difficult to build as the nation grapples with a bleak fiscal outlook fueled by mounting debt. Obama, who is at a rocky point in his presidency and has shifted his rhetoric to adopt a more populist tone, also announced a freeze in government spending for three years, saying most discretionary government programs would be affected. “Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don’t. And if I have to enforce this discipline by veto, I will,” he said. But government frugality during an economic downturn may boomerang, some analysts argued. The US economy only emerged from recession in the third quarter of 2009 and if the government does not move swiftly to nurture the fragile recovery, the country may plunge into a “double dip” recession, they warned. “Focus on fiscal discipline, while welcome, is often a prelude to the closing of the door to new programs for the worst off among us,” Max Fraad Wolff, a New York based economist, wrote in the Huffington Post website. “If this occurs, there will be more anger and disappointment from the mass of Americans. If finance reform, deficit reduction and renewed leadership vigor are what the public wants from the Obama administration, it will be a very challenging 2010,” Wolff said. There are others who believe Obama is only paying lip-service to fiscal discipline. “Obama’s spending freeze would apply to a narrow sliver of spending (somewhere around one eighth of total spending) and at best, savings would be less than one percent of the total budget,” said Alison Fraser, an economist with the conservative Heritage Foundation. “At a time when the (annual) deficit is 1.4 trillion dollars and we face a sea of even worse red ink as far as the eye can see, such a freeze is tantamount to bailing out — forgive the double entendre — the Titanic with a dixiecup.”
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US President Barack Obama talks with an employee during a tour of the EMC Precision Machining plant in Elyria, Ohio, January 22, 2010.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Michael Douglas’ son pleads guilty in NY meth case THE hard-luck son of Michael Douglas pleaded guilty on Wednesday to dealing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine while holed up in a trendy Manhattan hotel where he was arrested last year. Cameron Douglas, 31, told a judge that a New York contact first asked him if he could score the drugs in 2006. After that, “I began supplying on a regular basis.” Asked by a judge if he knew what he was doing was wrong, he replied, “Yes, your honor.” Prosecutors said Douglas had signed a plea agreement, but the details weren’t disclosed. In addition to conspiracy to distribute drugs, Douglas pleaded guilty to heroin possession — a charge stemming from allegations that his girlfriend tried to smuggle him the drug in an electric toothbrush while he was under house arrest. He faces a minimum 10-year
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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Have Been Negotiating Pre-Nup, Not Break-Up ANGELINA Jolie and Brad Pitt have denied reports they’re about to split, while friends insist the media have mistaken a pre-nuptial agreement as a signal they’re separating. The couple and Jolie’s father Jon Voight have dismissed British tabloid reports they’re no longer together - rumors that have set the globe’s gossip websites alight. And insiders claim the story couldn’t be further from the truth - the couple have allegedly signed a mega-million equivalent of a pre-nuptial agreement, which will cement their relationship. A source tells Life & Style magazine, “Brad and Angelina had a meeting with a top law firm in L.A. in December, where they worked out terms of a legal document similar to a pre-nup. “The couple signed the document in early January. They agreed to share their money and assets and custody of their six children, all of whom would live with Angelina in the event of their parents’ break-up. They didn’t talk to the lawyer about splitting, nor was that ever mentioned at the meeting. Brad and Angelina aren’t splitting right now.”
prison term at sentencing on April 27. “I think he handled it well under the circumstances,” defense attorney Nicholas DeFeis said after his jailed client’s plea. The son of the Oscarwinning actor was arrested July 28, 2009, at the trendy Hotel Gansevoort as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. A criminal complaint drawn up by a DEA agent last year said the allegations were based on information provided by three unnamed crystal meth
In this April 27, 2009 file photo, Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas, arrives at the premiere of the film ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’ in Los Angeles. Cameron Douglas pleaded guilty to trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 in Manhattan federal court.
users and dealers. The users — including someone who once worked for Cameron Douglas — had pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. Investigators say Douglas was paid tens of thousands of dollars for trafficking methamphetamine — what he referred to in intercepted phone calls as “pastry” or “bath salts.” Cash and drugs were routinely exchanged from coast to coast through shippers like FedEx, the court papers said. Cameron Douglas has acted in movies including 2003’s “It Runs in the Family,” starring his father and grandfather Kirk Douglas. He also was arrested in California in 2007 on cocaine possession charges. His attorney then said the arresting officer didn’t do his job properly.
Jay Leno says he hasn’t spoken to Conan O’Brien JAY Leno tells Oprah Winfrey that he hasn’t spoken to Conan O’Brien throughout the recent contentious negotiations over “The Tonight Show.” In quotes provided Wednesday by Harpo Productions, Leno tells Winfrey that “it didn’t seem appropriate” to speak to O’Brien. But Leno says the two comedians might talk when “things cool down.” NBC unseated O’Brien and moved Leno back to the program he had hosted for 17 years. Leno is scheduled to return to “Tonight” on March 1. In a video previewing “The Oprah Winfrey Show” interview, Leno says: “This whole thing was a huge mess.” Leno’s interview is slated to air Thursday. AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file Harpo Productions made an offer for O’Brien In this Aug. 5, 2009 file photo, Jay Leno speaks during the to appear on her show, but it hasn’t been con- panel for ‘The Jay Leno Show’ at the NBC Universal Television firmed. Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Christina Milian Sued Over Dog Attack CHRISTINA Milian is facing legal action from an 81-year-old neighbor, who alleges the R&B singer’s dog brutally attacked him in 2008. Leo Skolion filed legal papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this month, claiming the Dip It Low hit-maker is responsible for negligence and causing the attack which left him with “severe personal injuries.” In the documents, Skolion explains he approached Milian to discuss her home’s “flooding problems,” which allegedly left a gate between their properties damaged. However, he alleges one of the star’s dogs escaped and took “a huge chunk” out of the back of his arm, leaving him in need of 19 stitches. Skolion claims he is still receiving psychiatric help for depression and fear as a result of the attack. He is suing Milian, as well as her mom, Carmen, and sister, Danielle, for an undisclosed amount, according to TMZ.com. Furthermore The “Dip It Low” singer stunned fans by secretly marrying the producer/singer in Las Vegas in September - and now she has announced she and her husband are preparing to welcome a baby next year. She tells People.com, “My husband and I are expecting. We’re about four and a half months along, about 19 weeks. We’re really excited.” And Milian, who reportedly exchanged vows with The-Dream in Rome, Italy days after their Sin City nuptials, insists the wedding wasn’t quite as spontaneous as it seemed. She adds, “Honestly, it was kind of planned. We were engaged for many months.”
Friday, January 29, 2010
Mexico: Maya tomb find could help explain collapse Associated Press Writer
TONINA, Mexico – Mexican archaeologists have found an 1,100-year-old tomb from the twilight of the Maya civilization that they hope may shed light on what happened to the once-glorious culture. Archaeologist Juan Yadeun said the tomb, and ceramics from another culture found in it, may reveal who occupied the Maya site of Tonina in southern Chiapas state after the culture’s Classic period began fading. Many experts have pointed to internal warfare between Mayan city states, or environmental degradation, as possible causes of the Maya’s downfall starting around A.D. 820. But Yadeun, who oversees the Tonina site for Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, said artifacts from the Toltec culture found in the tomb may point to another explanation. He said the tomb dates to between A.D. 840 and 900. “It is clear that this is a new wave of occupation, the people who built this grave of the Toltec type,” Yadeun said Wednesday. “This is very interesting, because we are going to see from the bones who
these people are, after the Maya empire.” The Toltecs were from Mexico’s central highlands and apparently expanded their influence to the Maya’s strongholds in southern Mexico. They are believed to have dominated central Mexico from the city of Tula — just north of presentday Mexico City — between the 10th and 12th centuries, before the Aztecs rose to prominence. Archaeologists not connected with the dig expressed caution about drawing conclusions from one site, noting the Maya empire covered a wide area, with a varied and complex history. “One tomb, even if it is very fancy, isn’t going to answer big things about the tra-
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A ceramic head found in a newly discovered tomb sits on display at the Mayan Tonina archeological site near Ocosingo village in Mexico’s Chiapas state, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology an History (INAH) announced they discovered in Dec. 2009 an ancient sarcophagus in a tomb dated 840-900 BC.
jectory of Maya history all over the place ... maybe locally,” said David Stuart, a specialist in Mayan epigraphy at the University of Texas at Austin. Susan Gillespie, an archaeologist at the University of Florida, said that “the whole idea of a migration of people from Tula to the Maya area has been abandoned.” The jungle-clad site is dotted with temples and platforms left by the classic Maya. The newly uncovered tomb — first detected during maintenance work in December, and later excavated and shown to reporters Wednesday — is dug into the earth at the foot of one of the older temples. Inside, a stone bowltype sarcophagus lies inside a narrow burrow, topped by a heavy stone lid. While such lids often bore inscriptions, this one does not; the Maya apparently began to abandon their elaborate writing system in the twilight of their culture. Archaeologists also found a pottery urn and the bones of what they believe is a woman. Her skull appears to have been intentionally deformed, a practice common among the Maya. Physical anthropologists are now studying the bones, hoping to identify which group she came from. The tomb does bear evidence that at least one other pre-Hispanic group took over the site after the collapse of the Maya. The institute said the woman’s bones were displaced by boiled bones in another pottery urn, apparently put there by Tzeltal chieftains sometime in the late 1400s, just before the Spanish conquest.
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, two adult male tigers play in a pool, at a temple that offers care for tigers in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. China and other Asian nations should shut privately run tiger farms as they are inhumane and fuel demand for the endangered big cat’s bones and skin, the World Bank said Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010.
World Bank wants tiger farms shut Associated Press Writer
BANGKOK – China and other Asian nations should shut privately run tiger farms as they are inhumane and fuel demand for the endangered big cat’s bones and skin, the World Bank said Thursday. The call came as governments from 13 countries where tigers exist in the wild met in Thailand to discuss their conservation and how to boost tiger numbers. Tiger farms are found principally in China, as well as Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. Owners claim rearing the cats in captivity will help reduce the illegal trade in tiger parts which are used in traditional medicine, but environmentalists say it only stimulates further smuggling. “Our position is that tiger farms as an animal practice are cruel. They fan the potential use of tiger parts. That is extremely dangerous because that would continue to spur demand,” said the World Bank’s Keshav Varma, who is the program director for the Global Tiger Initiative, a coalition formed in 2008 with the Smithsonian Institute and nearly 40 conservation groups. It aims to double tiger numbers by 2022. “The Global Tiger Initiative as well as the World Bank are in favor of shutting down these farms,” he said by phone from the sidelines of the con-
ference in the beach resort of Hua Hin. Wild tiger numbers have plummeted because of human encroachment, the loss of more than nine-tenths of their habitat and poaching. From an estimated 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, the number today is less than 3,600. China alone is believed to be home to 5,000 domestic tigers, and farms thrive despite the government banning the trade in tiger parts in 1993. It has imposed stiff sentences on offenders and ordered pharmacies to empty their shelves of tiger medications purported to cure ailments from convulsions to skin disease and to increase sexual potency. The first tiger farms started before the ban, but others sprang up afterward because speculators thought the ban would be temporary. The government says the farms have been developed to attract tourists but critics say they are used to harvest tiger parts. Despite lobbying from influential businessmen for the ban to be lifted, China last month announced it would take stronger law enforcement action on the trade in tiger parts and products. It also promised stricter regulation of captive breeding. Conservationists like the group TRAFFIC welcomed the new measures but continue to call for tiger farms to be shut down.
Ginger dino shows colours of the Cretaceous Agence France - Presse
PARIS – Scientists on Wednesday said they had identified true colours of a dinosaur for the first time, a feat that also explained what role feathers played in the evolution of birds. Using electron microscopes, they identified minute, pigment-carrying cell structures in the fossilised bristles of a small dino that lived in the Early Cretaceous era, some 125 million years ago. From this, they deduct that the mohawk-quiffed carnivore was probably russet in colour and boasted a stripey orange-and-white tail. The breakthrough scanning technique may not be able to reveal
the tint of other dinosaur species that had reptilian scales, say the British and Chinese team. But it yields the first scientifically-backed evidence of a dinosaur’s colour, which eases dependence on “artist’s impressions” of these enigmatic beasts. “When I teach my students about dinosaurs, I always say we can learn about feeding, locomotion, reproduction, egg-laying and all that sort of thing,” said lead palaeontologist Mike Benton of Bristol University, western England. “The two things we don’t know and never will know, are about the noises they could make and the colours they were. Well, we’ve now discovered evidence that can tell us
for sure some aspects of colour in dinosaurs.” The study, published in the British science journal Nature, looked at spectacular fossils recovered in former lake sediments in Liaoning province, northeastern China. Since the 1990s, this area has been a treasure trove of dinosaur remains, especially small theropods — two-footed carnivores — that are believed to have been the forerunners of birds. The scientists looked at a specimen of Sinosauropteryx, a bristlecovered theropod about the size of a labrador dog, and an early bird called Confuciusornis. Their quest was the imprint of melanosomes, which are tough, pigment-carrying components found in the cells of
feathers and mammal hair. With the help of electronic microscopes that scrutinised the bristles to a millionth of a metre, Benton’s team found the telltale outlines of two kinds of melanosomes, one sausage-shaped, the other spherical. Called eumelanosomes and phaeomelanosomes, they carry pigments that give black and grey, and shades of brown ranging from light beige to ginger. Confuciusornis had patches of white, black and orangebrown colouring, the paper surmises. Areas where there were no melanosomes on the fossils were presumed to be white. Benton described this portrayal as a “minimum palette,” as feathers have other hues that are not preserved in melanosomes.
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Reconstruction of two Sinosauropteryx, sporting their orange and white striped tails.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Henin to play Serena in dream Australian Open final Agence France - Presse
MELBOURNE – Justine Henin capped her remarkable comeback by storming into the Australian Open final on Thursday where she will meet the imposing Serena Williams gunning for her fifth title. The tenacious Henin is playing her first Grand Slam since coming out of an 18month retirement and kept her historic run going with a 6-1, 6-0 demolition of unseeded Chinese Zheng Jie. Williams also had to negotiate Chinese opposition and was made to work hard by 16th seed Li Na before grinding her down 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/1) under a hot sun on the Rod Laver Arena to set up an enticing decider on Saturday. Fifth seeded Andy Murray faces 14th seeded Croat Marin Cilic in the first men’s semi-final later Thursday, while world number one Roger Federer takes on French 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday. Ever since she announced her return to tennis the talk has been about whether Henin could emulate Belgian compatriot Kim Clijsters, who won last year’s US Open on her own comeback. And the former world number one has lived up to expectations after being handed a wildcard by organisers. She destroyed Zheng
as she stayed on track to add to her seven Grand Slam titles, including the 2004 Australian Open. “The dream continues. I am going to play the number one and defending champion,” said the 27-year-old, who became the first wildcard to reach the final here. “I wasn’t sure about what I would feel on the court and how things would go. I have just enjoyed my tennis and taken it step by step. I can’t wait for the final now, it is an amazing feeling.” Asked if she seriously expected to get this far, she revealed she was quietly confident, having booked a flight out for next Sunday before the start of the tournament. “I was curious about how things would go and I’m very happy to come back like this,” she said. Henin has negotiated some tough opposition to get this far, in-
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza (pictured last
cluding fifth seed Elena Dementieva, 19th seed Nadia Petrova and talented Belgian Yanina Wickmayer. But the biggest test of her comeback will come in the form of Williams, who is angling for a 12th Grand Slam title to put her alongside Billie Jean King. She saw off Li in just over two hours, with the rising Chinese star saving four match points before a delighted Williams clinched the win with an ace. “I am happy I was able to pull it out, it was really close,” said Williams. “I wasn’t at my best today, but I’m still here which is shocking and I’m just going to do whatever I can to stay.” The world number one, who came back from the brink of defeat in a gruelling quarter-final against Victoria Azarenka, is also hoping to become the first player to successfully defend her title since American Jennifer Capriati in 2002.
(AP Photo/Paul Crock, Pool)
Justine Henin of Belgium looks at a shot from Zheng Jie of China on her way to winning their Women’s singles semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010.
Hornets whip Warriors 123-110 Associated Press Writer
October), who recently announced she was giving up the game for married life, said on Thursday she had broken her engagement with a childhood friend.
India’s Mirza calls off engagement Agence France - Presse
NEW DELHI – Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who recently announced she was giving up the game for married life, said Thursday she had broken her engagement with a childhood friend. “We were friends for years but found ourselves incompatible as fiances,” Mirza, 23, who was engaged to Sohrab Mirza, 24, last July, said in a statement from her home town of Hyderabad. “I wish Sohrab the very best in life.” Mirza’s father, Imran, said the respective families, who had known each other for years, remained on good terms. “Despite the engagement not working out, the friendship continues,” he said. The date of the wedding had not been fixed, but the broken engagement came as a sur-
prise since Mirza had said last week that she planned to quit tennis after her marriage. “It’s a long way off, but after you marry your priorities change and I would like to live with my husband, not be on the road for 35 weeks a year,” Mirza said after her firstround loss at the Australian Open. Mirza became an instant hit across India as an 18-year-old in 2005 when she became the first woman player from her country to win a WTA Tour title. She reached a career-best ranking of world number 27 in 2007, but her game fell apart since then due to injuries, and was this month ranked 57th. A Muslim, she has attracted criticism from Islamist groups in India for wearing short skirts on court.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Chris Paul scored 38 points to lead five New Orleans starters in double figures and the Hornets beat the Golden State Warriors 123110 on Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games. Paul shot 14 for 19 from the field, made all nine of his free-throw tries, dished out nine assists and grabbed six rebounds. Marcus Thornton added 18 points, David West 17 points and 12 rebounds and Emeka Okafor had 12 points and 12 boards for the Hornets, who are 11-4 in January and won three of four on this road trip. Monta Ellis returned for Golden State after missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle and had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds. He had been averaging 30.7 points over his previous 16 outings. Stephen Curry had 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds and C.J. Watson scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half for the Warriors, who looked sluggish for much of the night playing the second game of a back-toback. Many of the 16,308 fans in attendance started making for the exits midway through the fourth quarter. Corey Maggette scored 14 a night after he was both whistled for a costly technical in the waning seconds and yelled and pointed at coach Don Nelson in the Warriors’ 99-96 loss at Sacramento. Maggette struggled mightily Tuesday, missing his first 15 shots before making a jumper in the fourth quarter. He shot 3 of 22 overall. He went 5 for 13 Wednesday for Golden State, which tried to rally in the fourth quarter but was too late after falling behind by as many as 24. The Warriors lost their third straight, fourth in five and seventh in the last nine. The Hornets made it a season sweep of Golden State after also beating the Warriors 108-102 at home on Dec. 23 for their first game with 100 or more points in more than a month. Next up for the Warriors is at meeting with former disgruntled swingman Stephen Jackson, who returns to Oracle Arena for the first time with the Charlotte Bobcats
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Golden State Warriors’ Monta Ellis lays up a shot past New Orleans Hornets’ Emeka Okafor (50) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, in Oakland, Calif. on Friday night. Jackson demanded a trade before the season and finally got his wish in November. “I’ll be looking forward to seeing him,” Nelson said. “He’s a good friend. We split company and it had nothing to do our friendship. I’m not surprised at all (he’s doing so well). He’s a heck of a basketball player.” Curry’s father, Dell, will broadcast the game for the Bobcats. New Orleans improved to 24 on the road against the Pacific Division and 9-16 away from home overall.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Fergie hails ‘world class’ Rooney as United beat City Agence France - Presse
MANCHESTER – Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to a “world class” performance from Wayne Rooney after the England striker scored the injury-time winner that sent Manchester United into a League Cup final meeting with Aston Villa. Rooney’s header secured a 3-1 victory over Manchester City at Old Trafford and a 4-3 aggregate semi-final win for United, who have now reached the final of the competition a record seven times under their Scottish manager. The game was as volatile as the first leg and, among a number of lingering issues, United appear likely to face an investigation by the Football Association after City forward Craig Bellamy was hit by a missile as he prepared to take a corner. But, as Rooney took his season tally to 21 goals — following on from the four he scored in the weekend Premier League victory over Hull - Ferguson could not speak highly enough about his club?s top performer. “I thought Wayne was much better today than he was on Saturday and he scored four goals against Hull,” said Ferguson. “His control, his leading of the line and his penetration was absolutely fantastic tonight. It was a wonderful performance and true, world-class display.”
On a memorable Old Trafford evening, fuelled by an incredible atmosphere which was the legacy of an ill-tempered first leg, goals from Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick put United well in control until Carlos Tevez equalised the aggregate score after 75 minutes. Rooney?s late intervention, however, continued Ferguson?s remarkable record in the competition. “I’m proud of that and proud of the team today,” he said. “The supporters were unbelievable and, when they are like that, we never let them down. It’s a derby game and you like to win your derby games. We?ve had our fair share since I came here, but the atmosphere tonight and the fact it was a semi-final added a lot of spice to the match. “Scoring so late brought a special type of celebration.” Darren Fletcher, who had a starring role in
United?s midfield, reflected the delight in the United camp and enjoyed a slight poke at the losers when he described how his team had done their talking on the field. “It’s a semifinal and the win takes us to the final, but it was against our local rivals and you can see how much it means to the fans,” he said.
Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, second from left at bottom, reacts after scoring a goal with fellow team members during their English League Cup second leg soccer match against Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.
Chelsea charge back to top as Gunners fire blanks Agence France - Presse
LONDON – Chelsea marched back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-0 defeat of on-form Birmingham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. A Frank Lampard double helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side end Birmingham’s 15-match unbeaten run on a night when Arsenal were held to a goalless draw at Aston Villa. Chelsea were in control from the start, with Florent Malouda heading in a Joe Cole cross to secure a fifth minute lead. Ricardo Carvalho then headed against the woodwork before Frank Lampard doubled the lead with a drive from 20 yards just after the half hour mark. Birmingham could have ensured a tense finale if James McFadden had not squandered a great chance to put them back in the game. As it was, Lampard claimed his second right at the death to ensure Chelsea moved back to the top with the bonus of a significant boost to their goal difference. Ancelotti’s men are now a point ahead of Manchester United with the advantage of having played a game less than the champions. Arsenal, who entertain United at The Emirates on Sunday, are two points adrift of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side while Villa remain in seventh place, four points off Tottenham, the side currently occupying the fourth and final qualifying place for next season’s Champions League. Ancelotti paid fulsome tribute to
Lampard’s contribution. “I think he’s the best running midfielder in the world,” he said. “He has this fantastic quality to time his run into the box.” The Italian added: “It’s good we are back at the top. We have one more point with a game in hand on United and two points more than Arsenal. “That’s important because on Sunday United play Arsenal. Maybe we can improve our position on Saturday.” Arsenal came closest to breaking the deadlock, twice hitting the woodwork in an entertaining contest at Villa Park.
Cesc Fabregas rattled a shot against the post in first-half stoppage time and Tomas Rosicky struck the underside of the bar after the interval after Brad Friedel had kept out Andrey Arshavin’s shot. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted Villa had done a good job of nullifying his side’s passing game. “Villa know how not to let us play and they did that very well tonight,” the Frenchman said. Blackburn moved closer to mid-table safety after a 2-1 win over Lancashire neighbours Wigan, who were left just two points clear of the relegation zone.
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Chelsea’s Joe Cole, left, competes with Birmingham City’s Barry Ferguson during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.
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Blanc flies to meet Benitez’ Milan - Il Corriere dello Sport understands Juventus President Jean-Claude Blanc has flown to England for talks with Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez. The Spanish tactician is Juventus’s first choice to replace Ciro Ferrara who is widely expected to move from his position as Head Coach to a role as a director after tonight’s Coppa Italia QuarterFinal against Inter at San Siro. Juventus are following two strategies in their search for a new trainer. The first involves Blanc persuading Benitez to leave Liverpool immediately at the behest of John Elkann, the club’s patron and grandson of Gianni Agnelli. Il Corriere believes Blanc will try two lines of attack - first, reminding Benitez of Liverpool’s dire financial situation, and second, exploiting his tensions with the club’s American owners, who once lined up Jurgen Klinsmann as his replacement. The problem lies with Benitez’s contract, which still has four years to run and pays him around €4m every season. Both Juventus and Liverpool are in no position to pay that deal off. And that is why Roberto Bettega, the club’s vice-general manager, is pursuing a second strategy whereby Juventus will make a short-term appointment. Claudio Gentile and Alberto Zaccheroni were reportedly interviewed yesterday and both said they were prepared to take the job for the next four months. Bettega
will give them an answer later today when he has heard whether Blanc has been successful in his attempt to lure Benitez. However Ciro Ferrara insists he has “nothing to be ashamed of and no reason to hide. I do not feel that I’ve been sacked.” The reports have suggested all week that Juventus were waiting until after Thursday’s Coppa Italia quarter-final with Inter, a game you can watch LIVE on ESPN, to give him the sack. “No, I’m not being brave by coming here to this Press conference, just a sense of responsibility,” began Ferrara. “I have nothing to be ashamed of and no reason to hide. I must accept criticism and controversy as well as praise. “Will I be fired? The club hasn’t told me anything about a dismissal, so I keep working with the same determination, focus and passion that I have always worked with in my time as a player, a director and a Coach. When they have something to tell me, then they will and I’ll react appropriately. Up until then I’ll continue to respect a club that has given me so much. I do not feel that I’ve been sacked.” Considered a lame duck on the Bianconeri bench, Ferrara tried to concentrate on the upcoming match. “Inter are in good shape and the team to beat, so tomorrow we’ll try to do just that. I am only worried about the result so that Juventus can qualify for the semi-finals, it is not a concern for my future.”
Friday, January 29, 2010
Alonso, Massa upbeat over new Ferrari
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This handout image released by the Ferrari press office on January 28, 2010 shows the new Ferrari F10 Formula one launched the same day at Maranello racetrack.
Ginger dino shows colours of the Cretaceous Agence France - Presse
PARIS – Scientists on Wednesday said they had identified true colours of a dinosaur for the first time, a feat that also explained what role feathers played in the evolution of birds. Using electron microscopes, they identified minute, pigment-carrying cell structures in the fossilised bristles of a small dino that lived in the Early Cretaceous era, some 125 million years ago. From this, they deduct that the mohawk-quiffed carnivore was probably russet in colour and boasted a stripey orange-and-white tail. The breakthrough scanning technique may not be able to reveal the tint of other dinosaur species that had reptilian scales, say the British and Chinese team. But it yields the first scientifically-backed evidence of a dinosaur’s colour, which eases dependence on “artist’s impressions” of these enigmatic beasts. “When I teach my students about dinosaurs, I always say we can learn about feeding, locomotion, reproduction, egglaying and all that sort of thing,” said lead palaeontologist Mike Benton of Bristol University, western England. “The two things we don’t know and never will know, are about the noises they could make and the colours they were. Well, we’ve now discovered evidence that can tell us for sure some aspects of colour in dinosaurs.” The study, published in the British science journal Nature, looked at spectacular fossils recovered in former lake sediments in Liaoning province, northeastern China. Since the 1990s, this area has been a treasure trove of dinosaur remains, especially small theropods — two-footed carnivores — that are believed to have been the forerunners of birds. The scientists looked at a speci-
men of Sinosauropteryx, a bristlecovered theropod about the size of a labrador dog, and an early bird called Confuciusornis. Their quest was the imprint of melanosomes, which are tough, pigment-carrying components found in the cells of feathers and mammal hair. With the help of electronic microscopes that scrutinised the bristles to a millionth of a metre, Benton’s team found the telltale outlines of two kinds of melanosomes, one sausage-shaped, the other spherical. Called eumelanosomes and phaeomelanosomes, they carry pigments that give black and grey, and shades of brown ranging from light beige to ginger. Confuciusornis had patches of white, black and orangebrown colouring, the paper surmises. Areas where there were no melanosomes on the fossils were presumed to be white. Benton described this portrayal as a “minimum palette,” as feathers have other hues that are not preserved in melanosomes. The chance of determining the colour of dinosaur skin, which does not preserve melanosomes, is “slight,” he added. Palaeontologists have battled over whether theropods could have been
the template for birds, of which the first acknowledged specimen, Archaeopteryx, lived around 150 million years ago. Some argued theropod bristles were primitive feathers, which developed into full plumage, with specialised types, over millions of years. Others retorted the bristles were simply pieces of skin or other preserved tissues. “These bristles really are feathers,” said Benton. “If there were bits of skin or connective tissue or something else, they would not contain melanosomes, full stop.” Another big debating point has been this: why did dinosaurs grow feathers? Were they for flight, for keeping warm or for display, to court or scare off predators? “We now know that feathers came before wings, so feathers did not originate as flight structures,” said Benton. “We therefore suggest that feathers first arose as agents for colour display and only later in their evolutionary history did they come useful for flight and insulation.” The eight scientists which carried out the research included Xing Xu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, arguably the most famous fossil hunter alive today.
MAranello - Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are hopeful the new F10 will help them bring the world championship back to Ferrari during the 2010 season. The new car was unveiled in Maranello on Thursday, and hopes will be high that the Italian squad can return to winning ways following a disappointing 2009 season. Alonso, joining Ferrari from the Renault team, admitted the unveiled of the new car was an emotional moment for him. And the two-time champion is hoping the F10 will be strong enough to help him fight for the title this year. “This is the first time for me, the first presentation for Ferrari, and it is a big emotion for me,” said Alonso. “I want to thank the whole team because they have worked really hard in the last few months to create this dream, this new car, and I want to thank sponsors and partners as they have worked hard and there is a lot of passion.” “We are ready to take this challenge and the responsibility to bring it to 100 per cent of its potential. Felipe and I will be a very strong team and we hope we will make all the Ferrari supporters around the world very proud to see this car winning the championship.” Team-mate Massa was also excited about the new car, which will hit the track this afternoon at Fiorano with the Brazilian at the wheel. “It is undoubtedly a great pleasure to be here at another presentation of Ferrari, it is a special moment because last year was very difficult,” Massa stated. “I had the accident and everything else that happened. I am proud and very happy and feel that I want to work more than ever, so I would really hope that this will be a very competitive car and we will be fighting for the championship and our Ferrari, the red car, will be in pole position. We are really willing to do this and I am happy to be here.”