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Procuration of lawsuit had been signed Bali Post

MANGUPURA - Continuation of legal proceedings after the sealing of Best Western Kuta remains unclear. Yet, it has been about half a month since the Best Western Kuta and Badung Regency mutually threatened to bring the sealing case to the realm of law. Until Monday (May 30), none of both parties had filed a lawsuit.

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Best Western Hotel being closed down due to violation that had been done by the hotel. Continuation of legal proceedings after the sealing of Best Western Kuta remains unclear. Yet, it has been about half a month since the Best Western Kuta and Badung Regency mutually threatened to bring the sealing case to the realm of law.

However, the Badung Regency has indicated a good progress in response to the reporting of Best Western Kuta to Denpasar Metro Police. The Regent of Badung AA Gde Agung has signed a procuration given to the lawyer team of Badung Regency to report the Best Western to Denpasar Metro Police. Currently, the lawyer team led by Suryatin Lijaya was formulating the incriminating articles for the actions of Best Western Kuta closing the seal affixed by the Badung Regency. Continued on page 6

Australia acts on Indonesia abattoir scandal Agence France-Presse

SYDNEY – Australia on Tuesday suspended live animal exports to 11 abattoirs in Indonesia after state television broadcast “shocking” images of cattle being mistreated in the slaughterhouses. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said he made the decision after being provided with footage from animal welfare group Animals Australia, which he described as “completely unacceptable”. “No one accepts the mistreatment of animals,” Ludwig told a press conference, adding that the video imagery was “shocking in

the extreme”. The minister halted the trade of live animals to the facilities identified by the footage, and has ordered an independent inquiry into the treatment of animals along the entire supply chain to Indonesia. Ludwig said while live cattle exports were a valuable trade for Australia, he would not rule out expanding the suspension to other facilities if more evidence of cruelty and mistreatment came to light. “It is important that we demonstrate to the community that we do take animal welfare outcomes very, very seriously,” the senator said. Continued on page 6

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Cow eat hay brought by the farmer in a field hit by drought, on May 26, 2011 in Saint-Martin-en-Haut, near Lyon. Australia on Tuesday suspended live animal exports to 11 abattoirs in Indonesia after state television broadcast “shocking” images of cattle being mistreated in the slaughterhouses.


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Dredging activity at Beratan lakeside unlicensed Bali Post

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Environment Agency targets IPAL Bali Post

DENPASAR - Having made a raid to facilities of wastewater treatment plant (IPAL) in a number of hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other tourism supporting industries, the Bali Environment Agency (BLH) also targeted the sewage treatment plant operated by government-run and private hospitals and medical clinics in Bali. The main target would be focused on monitoring the facilities and management of medical waste generated by hospitals and clinics. Existence of poorly managed medical waste was a potential source for the spread of diseases and it was very harmful to public health. Head of Bali Environment Agency, A.A. Gede Alit Sastrawan, told the matter on Monday (May 30). According to Alit Sastrawan, his party had not had valid data related to the number of private and government-run hospitals and clinics in Bali. He saw there was a tendency that health facilities increased rapidly from year to year. He believed that not

all health facilities had equipped their operations with medical waste treatment facility. As a matter of fact, small-scale hospitals and clinics did not necessarily have a medical waste treatment facility. Nevertheless, they were obligated to make cooperation with larger hospitals or clinics in processing their medical waste so as not to pollute the environment. “There should be no medical waste disposed to landfills (TPA) because it is very hazardous,” he reminded. According to Alit Sastrawan, medical waste could be in liquid or solid form. It was said that solid medical waste was generated during routine patient care, surgery and in high-risk units. Probably, these

wastes were hazardous and could result in a high risk of infectious germs to patient, attendants of patient including hospital staff. Some examples of solid waste were bandage or wrap of dirt, body fluids, amputated limbs, used syringes, bags of urine and blood products, infusion bottles, ampoules, injection bottles, catheters, plasters and masks. Meanwhile, medical waste generated by hospitals has certain charact e r i s t i c s, whether physical, chemical or biological. These hospital wastes could contain a variety of microorganisms, depended on the type of hospital, the level of processing performed before discharged. (kmb13)

TABANAN - Public order officers (Satpol PP) of Tabanan Regency finally took decisive action against the dredging project at the Beratan lakeside, Baturiti, Monday (May 30). The project intended for a parking lot was directly paused as soon as the officer arrived at scene around 10:00 a.m. The heavy equipment used to flatten the land looked to have been parked on the edge of land. The atmosphere was a bit tense when the officers came near to the site. Operator of the land project promptly took action when asked to present his permit. Apparently, the project on one hectare of land did not have a permit at all. Since it was unlicensed, the officers reprimanded him again as well as summoned the owner. Similarly, the officers prohibited the project to continue its activities until it obtained official permission from the Regent of Tabanan. “Since the operator is unable to present his permit, we are forced to discontinue the project. Please submit the permit according to the prevailing procedures,” said Section Head of Investigator of Civil Servant of Satpol PP Tabanan, Wayan Budiana, on the sidelines of leading the operation. His party admitted the discipline was carried out because he got direct orders from the leadership in Tabanan. He explained the lakeside dredging project had already been reprimanded, and the owner was summoned on last May 9. In the meantime, the operator represented by the Village Head of Candikuning, Mudita, agreed not to continue the project until the permit was issued. “In fact, the project was resumed again,” said Budiana. Since found to have violated, the public order officers discontinued the project. According to Budiana, the operator would be asked for his information about the project. He judged

the project had infringed the law No. 12/2002 concerning with Public Order. Operator of the land, Putu Bagiada, denied if the project was said to have not permit. He claimed the permit was still in the process of filing. “We have submitted the permit and it is being processed,” he said accompanied by his son, Putu Artha. The man also rejected if the project would damage the land of the lake. Instead, his party wanted to beautify the condition of the lakeside. At the same time, he also accommodated small traders and reduced the traffic congestion in Bedugul. He explained the land was leased from the owner valued at IDR 400 million for ten years. Since he wanted to help the parking lot during the Panca Bali Krama ritual at Ulun Danu Temple, his party continued to work on the project. “We no longer dredge the land, but only hardened it,” he said. The parking lot was planned to be made free for devotees. When the building permit had been issued, the land would be used as catchment area and his party was ready to cooperate with the Tabanan Regency. Meanwhile, some residents at Candikuning regretted the comment of legislator from Baturiti, Nyoman Suta. They assessed, the official did not pay attention to the efforts of local residents to promote Bedugul. “Ideally, if there are residents violating, it should be first communicated, not even blocked like this,” criticized Artha. Another resident, Semara Putra, said that people’s representative should ideally motivate its residents who wanted to move forward, moreover if it was meant to develop the area of Lake Beratan. This man also asked the representative to act fairly. In other words, he had to protect all walks of life in the territory. (udi)

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Abroad Tourist Interested In Wedding Tourism Antara

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Celukan Bawang Vapour Generated Electricity Power Station Bali Post

SINGARAJA – The Celukan Bawang Vapour Generated Electricity Power Station (PLTU) at Gerokgak still being questioned by the locals as many had happened but no clear reasoning was ever given by General Enerby Bali (GEB) Company. What’s more Buleleng Government and Bali Government admits difficulties in contacting the investors an dos it is still not known what was the result from it. Last Sunday (29/5) tens of family heads who was relocated due to it did not get the certificate that was promised also the payment for the new house their in still not paid asked this problem during a meeting with Governor Mangku Pastika in Buleleng. One of them was Ketut Mangku Wijana or Kuwi who admitted to have received an explanation letter about the company based on the questions asked during the same meeting last April with number 000/42/DPU/2011

dated 11th May 2011. in that letter signed by Ir. Putu Agus Budhiana, MSi, it was explained that PT GEB have received the permit to generate electricity for public service also as the tender winner to build the power station as published by the General Director dated 6th July 2007. It was also stated that GEB will report officially of their activities yet nothing has been received. Before, Head of Buleleng Secretariat Nation Section, Putu Meles, also stated to House of Rep-

resentatives that Buleleng is having difficulties in contacting the investors. After listening to the explanation, Mangku Wijana couldn’t understand how government took care of these investors when actually this project has been going on for so long and disadvantaged people as besides they had to move, they also lost their job. “This is weird, a project that should make people better yet we became the victims,” he explained. (kmb15)

DENPASAR - Just recently, aboard tourists pay a lot of interest in wedding and health tourism package in Bali and it seems those kinds of tourism has good prospects to develop. The Head of Centre of Research in Culture and Tourism University of Udayana, Bali, Dr Ir Agung Suryawan Wiranatha MSc, in Denpasar, said that it is the responsibility for all stakeholders including the private sectors and domestic governments to manage and develop wedding and health tourism in Bali. “Let me give you an example how, let’s say, the government arrange the promotion road shows abroad. They might say, Bali is an excellent place for them to make their wedding celebration and party. Religion atmosphere anywhere in Bali particularly in hotel facilities, I think, is the one they need to experience, and is also very suitable for wedding ceremony,” said him. He explains, in general tourists in Bali doing the wedding party in the beach. They always want to feel the atmosphere and nuance of sunset, yet they mix the wedding ceremony with their own traditions. “This kind of tourism, I believe, got to manage in serious way because the visiting tourists are quite many to Bali. Usually they arrange the wedding in groups,” he said. Spa as a kind of health tourism, in the last several years also attracts the tourists, and it is now “booming”. “We can say that Bali is an international centre of the excellence for spa. Foreign tourists are interest in spa in Bali which always uses the traditional spices from Bali and Java in the compositions. In additions, they also like to have some traditional massage and ‘lulur’,” he said.

Pradnya Kirana Magazine held competition for children Bali Post

DENPASAR - The cheer of hundred kindergarten kids from Badung and Denpasar filled Kertalangu Cultural Village, East Denpasar, as their enthusiasm starts filling their holiday joining competitions of quick counting category TK A and TK B, nature themed colouring category TK A (colouring a rainbow, sun and clouds) and TK B (colouring kids playing in a garden) also photogenic competition held by Pradnya Kirana magazine last Sunday (29/5). The once in three months event was to tighten their relationship between kindergarten kids, sharpen creativity, develop imagination and balancing intellectual (IQ) and emotional (EQ) intelligence. The redactor of the magazine, Komang Sutrisna, stated the activity was a way to socialise and communicate between committee, parents and kids. One of the unique point of this event that everyone gets a trophy. “We don’t want kids to be disappointed if they are not the best because they are all winners and we don’t want parents to be over pressuring their kids,” Sutrisna explained. It was then announced the winner of Photogenic were Dewa Agung Bagus Satria Putra , Desak Keisha Ling, and Ezekiel Brian. For Colouring Category TK A won by Putu Satria Widi, Niesha and Anya, meanwhile Category TK B won by Komang Sri Nandya, Yoga Satria, and Mita. For quick counting category TK A, Ardelia Dewi Aprily, Gek Ana and Surya won again. Also for quick counting category TK B won by Gung Widya, Eren, and AA. Ayu Arlinda Putri S. (wid)

Unauthorized terminal at Buleleng

Transportation Agency not responsible with it Bali Post

SINGARAJA - With the many shadowing terminals as many public transports drivers halted their vehicles not in their area. Head of Buleleng Transportation Agency, Gede Witama, revealed on Sunday (29/5) that it is not the Agency’s authority anymore to take care of that as there are no laws on it also it was only those inside the terminal that the agency is responsible with. “It’s

not that we’re scared of ordering them but what’s happening now is violation that we don’t take care of,” he explained. So far it is known that these shadowing terminals are hard to organize as many more are found in different spots such as Penarukan Terminal, Ahmad Yani Street in front of Banyuasri Terminal also Satlit Asri Estate, Banyuasri. So far the agency has asked these drivers to find their

passengers inside the terminal yet they tend to stay outside as no one is inside. Meanwhile the competition between drivers also got tighter. Not only that, goods vehicles are also not wanting to take out their goods in its place and keep on going bringing their goods inside the city. “This is a problem and because it is not us who takes care, we have tried to make them use the facility there is,” he stated. (kmb)

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New NATO strikes as Kadhafi says ‘ready’ for ceasefire Agence France-Presse

TRIPOLI – NATO launched air raids early Tuesday on Tripoli after visiting South African President Jacob Zuma said that Moamer Kadhafi is “ready” to implement an African Union plan to end the Libyan conflict. Zuma, representing the African regional group, held talks Monday with the Libyan leader as NATO insisted that Kadhafi’s “reign of terror” is nearing an end. “He is ready to implement the road map of the AU,” Zuma told journalists in comments broadcast on South African and Libyan television. It would begin with a ceasefire that must include a halt of NATO bombing, Zuma said. But the South African mediator did not publicly discuss the key obstacle: Kadhafi’s departure. The rebels have reiterated they’ll accept no settlement that keeps Kadhafi in power. Kadhafi insists that “all Libyans be given a chance to talk among themselves” to determine the country’s future, Zuma said. Libyan state television reported fresh NATO air raids overnight Monday to Tuesday against targets in Tripoli, the suburb of Tajura and Al-Jafra, a city to the south of the capital. The report, on Jamahiriya TV, cited a military source as saying that “NATO colonialist crusaders” had targeted military

and civilian sites in Tripoli and Tajura, causing deaths and damage. From the centre of Tripoli, which NATO warplanes have been attacking for several weeks now, an AFP reporter reported warplanes flying overhead and distant explosions around midnight local time (2200 GMT). Jamahiriya TV also said there had been air raids on civilian and military sites in the city of Al-Jafra, 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of the capital. Zuma said that NATO raids were undermining African mediation efforts. “Even going there had to be delayed because of bombing,” he said in apparent reference to an initial AU mission to Libya. “We only went there long after the time that we had taken a decision, and even going there, you have to ask permission from the NATO to get to Libya.” In Rome, meanwhile, five generals, two colonels and a major announced they had defected from Kadhafi’s forces — and also said the regime’s army was now at 20-percent capacity.

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Fugitive Thaksin denies Thai PM ambitions Agence France-Presse

SYDNEY – Fugitive Thai ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has denied he wants to be leader again and insists his youngest sister Yingluck, who is challenging for the post, is not his puppet. In a rare television interview at his luxury home in Dubai, he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Lateline” programme he was confident his Puea Thai party would win elections due in July. “According to the polls of many institutions, including our interim report, we are confident that we are winning,” said Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives abroad to escape a jail term for graft. The polls will pit his sister Yingluck Shinawatra against his arch-foe, current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the elite-backed Democrat Party, in what is expected to be a closely fought battle. Yingluck is politically inexperienced and many in Thailand feel her nomination as the opposition candidate for premier confirms

Thaksin’s central role in the kingdom’s political landscape despite living in exile. Thaksin, hailed by many rural and working class Thais for his populist policies for the masses but loathed by the Bangkok-based elite, which sees him as corrupt and authoritarian, admitted he still has influence. “Well, I may influence in terms of the ideas and thinking because I have more experience than others and then I just want to see them have success,” he told the programme which aired late Monday. “And I just share my experience as former prime minister and the experience of running around the whole world.” But he denied his sister was his puppet, instead saying she was his “clone”. “Well, she’s my youngest sister. She worked for me from the beginning. So I teach her, I train her, the working habit style is nearly exactly like me,” he said. He said clone means “the same culture, the same background, the same ideas, the same attitude, the same thinking.”

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South African army soldiers patrol at Matiga military airport in Tripoli

Tiananmen mothers say government hints at payment, no apology Reuters

documents from the period. “We’re still in a waiting period,” he said, on a rare official trip for foreign media to his department, hidden down an unassuming back ally in central Beijing. “We’ve not yet reached the time to open them up,” Yang added. “The rules state 30 years, at least. It can still be delayed even after 30 years, if the archive authorities decide it. It’s the same rule for every country.” After the crackdown, the government called the movement a “counter revolutionary” plot, but has more recently referred to it as a “political disturbance.” The Tiananmen Mothers say they have documented 203 people killed in the crackdown, but that many victims and their families have not been identified. The group has campaigned for years for the government to open dialogue and publicly acknowledge the victims, but says its grievances have mostly been ignored despite individuals being subject to surveillance and “personal restrictions.”

BEIJING – Mothers of civilians killed during pro-democracy protests near Tiananmen Square more than two decades ago said on Tuesday authorities had raised the issue of compensation but offered no apologies or public account of the military crackdown. A group of 127 mothers signed a letter, drafted ahead of Saturday’s 22nd anniversary of the military sweep of protesters in Beijing, which said public security officials had approached one unnamed victim’s family twice since February about payment. “The visitors did not speak of making the truth public, carrying out judicial investigations, or providing an explanation for the case of each victim. Instead, they only raised the question of how much to pay...” the letter said. On June 4, 1989, after weeks of protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, troops backed by tanks crushed the demonstrations, prompting global condemnation. The government has never released an official casualty count, but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand dead. Yang Dongquan, head of China’s State Archives Administration, told reporters on Tuesday Reuters that the government had A paramilitary policeman stands guard near red flags on put a 30-year lock on Tiananmen Square


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Swiss-Belhotel International Opens Bali Sales Office IBP

Hong Kong-based international hotel management company SwissBelhotel International announced the recent opening of a new Sales Office in Bali, Indonesia. “Swiss-Belhotel International currently manages three hotels in Bali: Swiss-Belhotel Bay View in Nusa Dua, Pat-Mase Villas in Jimbaran and Bali Kuta Resort by Swiss-Belhotel in Kuta. This year, we will open Swiss-Belhotel Segara in Nusa Dua which will bring room inventory to close to 700. More negotiations are presently going on for additional hotels and projects in Bali,” stated Emmanuel Guillard, Senior Vice President for Operations and Development, Indonesia and Malaysia. “With this number of rooms to fill per day, the opening of Bali Sales Office in Denpasar is crucial and timely,” he added.

Jeffrey Wibisono has recently been appointed Regional Director of Sales – Bali Region who will lead the office in strengthening the company’s marketing and sales position in Bali. Commenting on the opening of the new office, Chairman and President Mr. Gavin M. Faull said, “Bali has been one of the busiest destinations in Asia. With the patronage of travelers from Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe and America, we recognise the importance of having this office to support our operations.” Swiss-Belhotel International manages and operates over 60 hotels and projects in fourteen countries from Australia to China, from Indonesia to Vietnam, from Malaysia to the Philippines from United Arab Emirates to Kuwait from Doha to Kazakhstan. The group is expanding rapidly with Regional Offices in Sydney, Jakarta, Hanoi, Dubai and Shanghai.

Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for May 25 through July 8, 2011 25 May Buda Pon Tolu Catur Temple Buwana Sanding Tampaksiring 26 May Wraspati Wage Tolu Peninjoan Temple Besakih - Karangasem 1 Jun Buda Keliwon Gumbreg Pasek Gelgel Kukuh Marga Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Dukuh Selemadeg Tabanan Puseh Guwang Village Sukawati Merajan Pasek Ketewel Ketewel Merajan Pangeran Tangkas Kuro Agung Jeroan Sading Dalem Setra Batu Nunggul Swana Nusa Penida 8 Jun Buda Paing Wariga Merajan Pasek Gaduh Kayubihi Bangli 11 Jun Tumpek Uduh/Pengatag Puseh / Village Temple Batuan Sukawati Pasek Bendesa Kekeran Mengwi Manik Mas Besakih - Karangasem 15 Jun Buda Wage Warigadean Kepisah Sumerta Denpasar Pasek Gelgel Gerih Abiansemal Badung Puncaksari Penarukan Peninjoan Bangli Bangun Sakti Besakih - Karangasem Antegsari Kaba-Kaba Kediri Tabanan Pesimpangan Batur Pande Kaba-Kaba Kediri Tabanan 17 Jun Sukra Umanis Warigadean Odalan Ida Ratu di Penataran Agung Besakih - Karangasem Odalan Ida Ratu Puraus Merajan Salonding Besakih 19 Jun Redite Pon Julungwangi Panti Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Banjar - Singaraja 21 Jun Anggar Kasih Julungwangi Tirtaharum Tegalwangi Bangli Pasek Tohjiwa Wanasari Tabanan Pasek Tangguntiti Jakatebel Tabanan Pasek Bendesa Sangsit Sangsit Buleleng Dalem Waturenggong Taro Tegalalang

Ibu (Pura Kaja) Wanasari Selemadeg Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Tulikup - Gianyar Manik Bingin Sidemen - Karangasem 22 Jun Buda Umanis Julungwangi Penetaran Gana Bebalang Bangli Dalem Gede Banjar Pande Bangli Puncaksari Sangeh Abiansemal - Badung Dadia Agung Pasek Sanak Sapta Resi Gianyar Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Tohjiwa Jakatebel Merajan Pasek Prateka Batusesa Mr. Jeroan Dauh Cemenggon Puseh Penegil Darma Kubutambahan Singaraja 30 Jun Wraspati Wage Sungsang Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung Desa Tangkas Klungkung Siang Kangin Tampuagan Tembuku Bangli Odalan Ida Ratu Mas Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Petemon Odalan Ida Bhatara Bang Tulus Dewa Besakih - Karangasem 6 Jul Buda Keliwon Dunggulan Wakika Temple Kupang, NTT Agung Girinatha Temple Sumbawa Besar NTB Dukuh Sakti Temple Dukuh Kediri-Tabanan Atambuananta Temple Kutamba NTT Webananta Temple Kupang, NTT Giripati Mulawarman Temple Pontianak Mustika Dharma Temple Cijantung I Jakarta Timur Mustika Dharma Kompleks Kopassus Cijantung Jakarta Timur 7 Jul Wraspati Umanis Dunggulan Watukaru Temple Tabanan Lempuyang Luhur Temple Karangasem Kentel Gumi Temple Klungkung Pasek Gaduh Temple Umadesa Kediri Tabanan Pasek Kubayan Temple Wangaya Gede Penebel Tabanan Merajan Pasek Temple Tohjiwa Tiyingan - Klungkung Merajan Pasek Gaduh Temple Umadesa 8 Jul Sukra Paing Dunggulan Ulun Suwi Temple Jimbaran - Badung Luhur Temple Cemenggon, Sukawati - Gianyar Pasek Ubung Temple Ubung - Denpasar

Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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26 dead as bus plunges into pond in India Associated Press Writer

GAUHATI – A bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a large pond in India’s remote northeast, killing at least 26 people, an official said Tuesday. The bus was crossing a wooden bridge over the pond when it gave way and fell more than 15 feet (4.5 meters) into the water below, local magistrate S.K. Roy said. The accident took place late Monday night near a village called Hajo, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state. Local villagers were the first to arrive on the scene and they pulled out 26 bodies. Six people were rescued and are at a local hospital. Local television reported that the bus was carrying 40 to 50 people. By Tuesday morning, police divers had arrived at the accident site to continue the search, said Swapnanil Deka, a senior police official. Thousands of villagers had gathered at the accident site. The 26 bodies, shrouded in white cloth, had been laid out by the side of the pond, local television showed.

Procuration... From page 1 AFP –

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi sex trial to resume after vote defeat

According to the Head of the Badung public order officer (Satpol PP), I Ketut Martha, the disputes of Best Western Kuta was still under process. Based on information he had, the Regent had signed the procuration and the legal team was currently preparing the report materials. Badung Regency was touted to use several articles to ensnare the Best Western Kuta, namely Article 216 and Article 219 of the Criminal Code. Meanwhile, on the side of Best Western Kuta, according to its attorney I Wayan Wesna Astara, his party had not filed a lawsuit to the Administrative Court of Denpasar. His party was is still under process to do so. “We keep making coordination, while the lawsuit is still being discussed,” he said. Related to the plan of Badung Regency to report his client to police, Wesna stated the matter was still being discussed, too. (kmb25)

Agence France-Presse

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MILAN – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s trial on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute resumes on Tuesday, a day after his centre-right coalition suffered a crushing defeat in local elections.

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Berlusconi himself will not attend the hearing, where his lawyers are expected to challenge the court’s right to hear the case. The 74-year-old is accused of having last year paid for sex with Moroccan-born Karima El Mahroug, better known as “Ruby the Heart Stealer”, when she was 17. He is also accused of abuse of power for having allegedly pressured police to have her released from custody when she was arrested for theft. He has denied all the charges, accusing prosecutors of plotting against him. Berlusconi faces several years in prison but is unlikely to face jail time even if convicted due to sentencing guidelines in Italy for over-70s. His lawyers say the prime minister will not be present at what will be only the second hearing of the case after the trial opened in April. Berlusconi is attending a bilateral summit in Romania on Monday and Tuesday. The trial comes at a very sensitive time for the billionaire tycoon. His People of Freedom party suf-

fered defeat in local elections on Monday, losing control of Milan to the left for the first time in 18 years. Left-wing lawyer Giuliano Pisapia triumphed in Milan with 55.10 percent of the vote against incumbent mayor Letizia Moratti’s 44.89 percent. In Naples, which was already controlled by the left, Luigi De Magistris, a former prosecutor, also defeated his rival with 65.37 percent. The centre-right lost other votes in Cagliari, Novara and Trieste but the defeat in Milan — Italy’s economic capital — was seen as the most symbolically significant and a bellwether for anti-Berlusconi sentiment. Berlusconi had actively campaigned on Moratti’s behalf and declared the vote should be seen as a test of his popularity, which has been falling after a series of legal and sex scandals and continued weakness in the economy. “I think the will for change is a signal for the entire country.... Berlusconi has become obsessed in recent years with his own affairs,” Pisapia said in an interview with

news channel SkyTG24 after his victory. From Romania, Berlusconi acknowledged defeat but remained combative, Italian news media reported. “We lost. It’s clear. But now we have to remain calm and move forwards. The majority is determined and united,” he said. “Every time I suffer a setback, I triple my forces,” he said. Analysts say the defeat will put pressure on the coalition between Berlusconi and the Northern League party, which has shown signs of growing disenchantment with the prime minister’s leadership in recent weeks. “It’s a personal defeat for Berlusconi.... We can say that Berlusconi’s time is up,” said Marc Lazar, a French professor specialising in Italian politics. Lazar warned that the partnership with the Northern League would be “more uncertain” but said the vote would not bring down the government. “It’s a major shock for the governing coalition,” he added.

The announcements follow the airing of a programme on ABC television late Monday that showed animals dying prolonged deaths and being cruelly mistreated in several abattoirs in Indonesia. The ABC said it had evidence of cruelty, including kicking, hitting, gouging of eyes and breaking of tails of some animals as Indonesian workers attempted to force cattle into slaughter boxes. The head of animal welfare at Indonesia’s agriculture ministry, Sri Mukartini, would not comment on specific incidents. “Animal welfare is a relatively new issue in Indonesia. We’re still developing regulations,” she told AFP in Jakarta. Canberra funds a number of projects aimed at improving infrastructure and training to promote better animal handling and slaughter practices, and Ludwig noted that not all Indonesian abattoirs were at fault. But pressure is mounting on Australia to ban live exports to its Asian neighbour entirely, with two independent lawmakers vowing to introduce a bill to parliament calling for the immediate suspension of the

trade to Indonesia. They also want to see the winding down of the whole industry within three years. Independent MPAndrew Wilkie, whose support is critical to the fragile coalition government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, said the financial benefits of the trade should not influence the government’s decision. “We have cattle going to Indonesia which are being mistreated by numerous slaughterhouses on a scale that proves it is a systemic problem, not only in Indonesia... but it’s a systemic problem in Australia’s whole live export industry,” Wilkie told reporters. Australian live cattle exports were valued at Aus$684.5 million (US$734 million) in 2010. Indonesia was the largest market with just under 60 percent of trade. In 2010 Australia sent some 521,000 cattle to Indonesia, where a lack of widespread refrigeration makes live exports preferable in some areas, and has already sent some 88,480 there this year, according to industry body LiveCorp. In 2006, Australia suspended live animal exports to Egypt after concerns about animal welfare.


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KPK questions Mallarangeng in sports ministry corruption case Antara

JAKARTA - Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng was grilled as a witness by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over alleged corruption in his office. “I received the summons from KPK to come here as a witness,” he said upon arrival at KPK here on Tuesday. Earlier, KPK chief Busyro Muqoddas said Andi was expected to be able to clarify the status of the money mentioned by his secretary, Wafid Muharam, as a hedge fund.

KPK had arrested Wafid for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rp3.2 billion in the form of cheques by M El Idris, the marketing director of PT Duta Graha Indah, and Mindo Rosalina Manulang or Rosa, the former marketing director of PT Anak Negeri. The bribe was allegedly given

in connection with the bid for the Athletes House project in Jakabaring, Palembang, worth almost Rp200 billion. The building is to be used to accommodate athletes from ASEAN countries participating in the Southe East Asian Games in November 2011. The project still continues despite the allegations of corruption that have now developed to implicate legislators including former ruling Democrat Party general treasurer, M Nazaruddin.

Indonesia, Malaysia sign agreement on maids Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesian domestic helpers would have better working conditions in Malaysia under a new agreement between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur designed to end abuse, a government minister said Tuesday. Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said the agreement signed in Bandung late Monday meant the lifting of a two-year freeze on Indonesian maids working in Malaysia. “After going through a long negotiation process, we have eventually reached an agreement that is a ‘winwin solution,’ with a number of improvements for the Indonesian worker,“ he said in a statement. “All this while, Indonesia and Malaysia continue to conduct research, evaluation and improvement in worker-placement mechanisms to protect the rights of both workers and

employers.“ The agreement seeks to remove common areas of dispute between maids and their employers, as well as some of the ways the women, who often have little or no education, have been intimidated and blackmailed. They will be allowed to retain their passports instead of giving them to their employers, and will be guaranteed the right to communicate with relatives and Indonesian authorities, Iskandar said. Rather than working seven days a week as was common in the past, the women would be entitled to one day off or cash compensation in lieu. Both governments will now determine the recruitment fee, including flight and accommodation costs usually borne by employers and maids and fixed by recruitment agencies. However, the agreement made no

mention of a minimum wage, which was understood to be one of Indonesia’s negotiating points. Malaysia is one of Asia’s largest importers of labor such as domestic workers, mainly from Indonesia. The women often work for as little as MYR400 ($130) a month, and have no laws governing their conditions. Indonesia froze the market in June 2009 after a series of incidents of mistreatment of Indonesian citizens at the hands of their Malaysian employers. Malaysian woman Hau Yuan Tyng, a 45-year-old mother of two, is serving 11 years in jail for inflicting horrific wounds on her Indonesian maid, Siti Hajar, using a hammer, scissors and scalding water. Siti, 35, escaped from her employer’s upscale condominium last year and made her way to the Indonesian embassy. Pictures of her injuries appeared in newspapers in both countries.

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Students display posters with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (top) and members of his political party’s photographs on it during an anti-corruption protest in front of the Palace in Jakarta on May 31, 2011.Yudhoyono angrily denounced the media and users of social networking websites for spreading false allegations against his embattled party. The ex-general lashed out at those spreading allegations of graft at the highest levels of the Democratic Party, which is reeling after former treasurer Mohammed Nazaruddin fled the country in the face of a corruption probe.

Indonesia forest decree to help CO2 projects, enforcement key Reuters

JAKARTA - A landmark forest protection ruling by Indonesia might be good for investors trying to save carbon-rich forests, but only if a ban is enforced and progress is made in using the market to save the environment. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed an order this month imposing a two-year ban on new licences to clear primary forests and peatlands, a key part of a $1 billion climate deal with Norway last year. The decision, delayed by five months, has earned praise and concern from green groups but broad support from investors and analysts as a first step towards better protection and more transparent management of Indonesia’s dwindling

rainforests. “The next two years are critical ... they have to set the stage for sustainable management in the long run,” said Frank Sperling, senior adviser on climate risks, forests and carbon at WWF Norway. The decision also bolsters a U.N.-backed programme that aims to reward poorer nations for saving their forests by putting a price on the carbon stored in the soil and in trees. Forests soak up lots of planet-warming carbon dioxide and can play a major role in slowing the pace of climate change. The programme, called reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), uses carbon offsets to reward projects that protect forests under threat of clearing. Each credit represents a tonne

of carbon locked away. Indonesia has about 40 REDD projects and the programme could develop into a multi-billion dollar global market in forest carbon credits if nations agree on a new climate pact. Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Macquarie are investing in Indonesian REDD projects and firms such as Gazprom have committed to buy forest carbon credits. “It’s definitely a step forward for REDD because if you didn’t have this, what you have is basically no moratorium on logging and you would have the peat being cleared,” said Martijn Wilder, global head of Baker & McKenzie’s environmental markets practice in Sydney. The challenge is implementing the moratorium. And that’s where Indonesia has often fallen short because of lack

of manpower, corruption and powerful oil palm, timber and pulp and paper companies pushing to expand their landholdings. “There is no a clear system for monitoring, verifying and reporting the success and failure of the implementation of the moratorium except using the indicative map which will be revised six-monthly,” said forest policy analyst Fitrian Ardiansyah. As part of the presidential ruling, the government released a map of the areas to be protected. Agus Purnomo, special climate change adviser to the Indonesian president, told Reuters the area covered by the moratorium totaled 72 million hectares, out of the nation’s total forest area of 188 million ha. “Also, there is no clear indication for enforcement system so that the moratorium and the overall reform of

land use and forestry can be achieved successfully,” said Ardiansyah, of the Australian National University in Canberra. Failure to enforce the ban would undermine the deal with Norway, which is aimed at promoting efforts to protect Indonesia’s forests and develop skills to measure, verify and report real emissions reductions from forest preservation. That could scuttle a government programme to develop a REDD framework that aims to support REDD investments nationally, several of which are nearing the issuance of credits. With the lack of a global carbon market for REDD, investors rely on selling offsets on the unregulated voluntary carbon market in which corporate buy the credits to meet emissions reduction goals.


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Bali Today Hope and Pray for Japan IBP

DENPASAR - Balinese origin who was born on 1989 is one of the youngest jewelry designers in Indonesia. According to his experience, Komang Tri or Tri as he used to be called - has gone through all over the Asia Pasific countries for exhibition and fashion week event. He lived in Singapore during his college, and was graduated from Singapore Media Academy then continued his study on Jewelry International Management. His artwork is totally creative with special kind of design where you may not see too many available in his jewelry store. He designs the jewelry based on a story or philosophy which add more special touch into the artwork. From Bali, Jakarta to Hongkong – he had a really well recognition for his design. Recently, he was the jewelry designer of Putri Indonesia 2011 for Bali province and for some distinguish people, i.e; Indonesian actresses – Olla Ramlan & Sheila Marcia. Post the tsunami in Japan on March, 2011, Tri felt devastated and initiatively work with his colleagues

from fashion industry to raise funds for Japan. From Hongkong, Mardiana Ika found the idea interesting and she will have her futuristic and elegant gown to be presented at the show. Wishing the gown would capture someone’s heart to buy it in order to generate funds for the needy in Japan. Others, Ramadhani A Kadir (Yogyakarta), Shinta Chrisna (Bali), Dwi Iskandar (Bali), Windy Chandra (Jakarta), and last but not least, a fashion designer from Japan herself – Seiko, will also join the event to show what comes from their heart to help Japan through their masterpieces. Tri will also celebrate his one year experience in fashion industry by

launching a brand new crown for Puteri Bali which will be attended by Ms.Dwita as Puteri Bali 2011. The venue, The Stones Kuta will definitely be the most perfect place to burst these designers’ masterpieces to the publics’ eyes as they will find elegance, romance and warmth ambience at the show.

Asian tourists posed in front of Ground Zero Monument. Artist from Bali initiatively work with his colleagues from fashion industry to raise funds for Japan.

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The Fifth Annual Biznet Bali International Triathlon DENPASAR - The Fifth Annual Biznet Bali International Triathlon returns to Jimbaran Bay on Sunday, June 26, 2011, with a record number of international athletes expected to participate on an individual and team basis in the either the Olympic-distance or sprint-distance events. The winner of numerous awards and dubbed the “triathlon for the soul” – the Biznet Bali International Triathlon is a community-based event in which participants swim in the tropical waters of Jimbaran bay, and cycle and run through Nusa Dua and the roadways of Bali’s Ungasan peninsula. The event is comprised of three separate components. The Olympic distance race begins with a 1.5 km swim, followed by a 42 km bike race and ending with 10 km run; the Sprint race

begins with 500m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run; and team relay 2-3 athletes starts at 7 a.m. “The race is experiencing an increase of 35 percent in participant this year compared to 2010, it is expected to attract over 600 athletes from 15 different countries as well as a thousand of spectators watching the race”, says Andreas Kansil, Event Director of Fifth Annual Biznet Bali International 2011. The title sponsor for this year’s race is Biznet Networks, one the leading telecommunication provider in Indonesia, delivering Network, Internet, Hosting and Cloud Computing services. In Indonesia, Biznet has laid more than 1,700 of fiber optic route to deliver Broadband Internet and Local Loop services. Biznet Technovillage is currently under construction; it is a 15,000 m2 office and Tier-3 datacenter

facility in Cibubur. Adi Kusma, President Director of Biznet Networks states, “Along these years, we have shown our commitment to support range of active, dynamic and innovative activities in Indonesia. As one of the leading telecommunication companies in Indonesia, we believe that our success today is coming from our great team; where they show solid teamwork, strong work commitment and ability to innovate. Triathlon challenges its participants to give their best performance to win the race. This concept similar with what Biznet believes. We will continue to innovate so we can improve what we have today.” The winner of 2009 and 2010 race in the women category, Michelle Mitchell will be making her return in this year’s race. Mitchell, who just recently be-

came a professional Triathlete, stated, “Since racing in Bali last year, my triathlon has been going really well. I love the Triathlon for the Soul and my husband and I are really looking forward to making it back again this year.” Mitchell will be joined by the Indonesian Olympic swimming legend Richard Sam Bera. The Brand Ambassador of Speedo Indonesia and the third finisher in the Indonesian category last year spoke highly of the race and pointed out “Bali International Triathlon has always been more than just a tri race. It’s must-do yearly race for me to see what I can do, in one of the most spectacular beautiful place on earth.” Another notable entry in the race is the famous multitalented Indonesian pop singer artist Denada Tambunan who will also be joining Bera and Mitchell in the Olympic distance

race of 1.5K swim race, 40K race bike and 10K running. Biznet Bali International Triathlon has been giving a positive economic impact to the island of Bali, specifically in Jimbaran. The race brings substantial business to Bali hotels and restaurants, the people of Jimbaran have been wonderfully steadfast in demonstrating their support year after year, and without their support the race would not be possible. When asked about the future of Triathlon and other similar races in Bali, Kansil stated, “Bali has the potential of becoming a destination for many endurance and extreme races. We have come onto the scene at a time when young Indonesians are looking for new sporting challenges. We are looking forward to see you at the Fifth Annual Biznet Bali International Triathlon, on June 26, 2011, at Jimbaran Bay, Bali”.


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Wednesday, June 1 2011

Balinese Culture

Regalia Show Las Vegas Coming To Bali IBP

DENPASAR - Raining Heart Productions is proud to announce the Premiere Show of the new fully realized theatrical show “Regalia-The Enchanted Forest” at the Bali Theatre (Bali Safari and Marine Park) on June 4th, 2011(Show begins at 19:00PM – Dress code smart Casual). After this initial Premiere event, “Regalia-The Enchanted Forest” will be performing at the Bali Theatre twice a week until the end of December 30th, 2011. This unique theatrical extravaganza is currently the only show of its kind in Indonesia - features world-class floor and aerial acrobats and supported by a plethora of characters and dancers in an extraordinary stage setting with awe-inspiring costumes designed by Swiss designer Orlando Bassi (Cirque Du Soleil, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, 20.000BC, Legend Of the Seeker) and choreographed by the renowned French fire-fusion performer Jerome “Jay” Maurel. The acrobatic performers and

characters of Regalia are considered the best in their craft – most of them have been performing in Las Vegas, New York, Berlin and Paris at Cirque Du Soleil and other major theatrical shows, some of them even graced the stages with Aerosmith, The Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz etc. at the Grammy’s, the Oscars and other worldwide televised shows. The Indonesian folk based story line closely interacts with the beautifully orchestrated music by renowned World Music composers led by German producer H. Peter Heckmann. The show incorporates live musicians - featuring the highly regarded Jakarta based Jazz singer Yucca Rose, a group of World Music percussionists, as well as the Hungarian violinist Helga Sedli. Female Lead: Sunny Soriano - A Los Angeles-based aerialists who has shared stages with the Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz and Josh Groban. She has also performed on internationally televised presentation of The Grammy Awards. Dancing professionally since the age of four, a move to Los An-

geles introduced her to circus performance – a world she now dominates as one of its leading contemporary exponents. She has toured and performed in various live stage shows and at some of the biggest festivals and events in the world, such as the Coachella Music Festival (US) and the Electric Picnic Festival (Ireland), as well as Cirque Du Soleil and National Academy of Recording Arts (Grammy’s) special events. Male Lead: Maximiliano Palacio – this exciting Argentinean performer makes his home in Los Angeles. A supreme athlete who excels in both Polo and Rugby, many will remember him in a supporting role on “Desperate Housewives.” A successful New York model, Palacio is a also a gifted thespian at home in both comedic and Shakespearean roles. It was while hosting his own hit show 12 Corozones with Penelope Menchaca that Maximiliano began acrobatic dance training with Soriano, a turn in his career he took with remarkable ease due to his innate athleticism.

Base Gede

(Basic Spice Paste) INGREDIENTS: 300 gr large red chili halved, seeded and chopped 100 gr garlic, peeled and chopped 75 gr ginger, peeled and chopped 500 gr shallot, peeled and chopped 75 gr laos, peeled and chopped 100 gr kencur root, peeled and chopped 175 gr fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped 2½ tbsp dried shrimp paste, roasted 2½ tbsp coriander seed crushed 75 gr candlenut 1¼ tbsp black pepper corn crushed 2½ pinch nutmeg, freshly grated 8 cloves 150 ml coconut oil 250 water ¾ tbsp salt PREPARATION: Combine all ingredients except water in food processor and grind coarsely. Place in heavy sauce pan, add all remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for approximately 60 minutes or until all water is evaporated and marinade changes to golden color. Cool before using. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)

Tambusan Be Pasih

(Diced Fish Roasted in Banana Leaf) OVERVIEW: The spicy fish dish is excellent for barbeques. INGREDIENTS: 600 gr (1¼ 1lb) boned mackerel fillets, skin removed and cut in 2.5 cm (1in) cubes ½ cup basic marinade 1 heaped tbsp tamarind pulp, soaked in ¼ cup warm water and juice extracted 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 ½ tsp salt 3 lemon leaves, cut in hair like shreds 3 tbsp oil 2 salam leaves 2 square of banana leaf 30x30cm (10x10 in)

PREPARATION: In deep bowl combine mackerel cubes, spice paste, tamarind juice, crushed black pepper, salt, lime leaf and oil, and mix very well in order to coat fish evenly. Cover and marinate in cool place for 2 hours. Place one salam leaf in center of each piece of banana leaf. Top with half of seafood mix and fold the same way as for Tum Bebek. Place parcels directly onto moderately hot charcoal and roast very slowly for one hour. Alternatively, bake on rack in a moderate oven or under a grill for about 30 minutes. Serve with Sambal Matah, Sambel Tomat, wedges of lime and steamed rice. (www.baliguide.com/balifood) C.045 ibp

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Tenganan Village IBP

Tenganan Village is one of the oldest Balinese Traditional located in Karangasem Regency, east part of Bali. This village is much referred by cultural literature science of Tenganan Pegringsingan, which is very famous in the island. It own very unique local community life pattern which is one example of Bali Aga Village cultures (Hindu Prehistoric) and different with other countryside in plain of Bali. Nowadays, this village has been appointed as a place for tourist destination which can present the attractive and unique matters which able to add the variation of object and fascination for tourist to come. Tenganan village is geographically situated among the hill in west and east part of this village. This village is located in Manggis sub district and Karangasem Regency or about 1 hour drive from Denpasar Town. It is a small village consisted of three Banjars (group of local community) those are Banjar Kauh, Banjar Tengah and Banjar Pande. The regional of this village is consisted of three complexes those are resident, plantation and rice field complex. The history of Tenganan village is expressed in a few versions. The first version is mentioned that the resident of Tenganan village are come from Paneges Village, a village is located near with Bedahulu

Village that is located Gianyar Regency. The second version is expressed that word of Tenganan recognized in one of Bali inscription that was written by the word of Tranganan. The third version is expressed that the Tenganan Village Resident prays to the Bukit Lempuyang Temple. The word of Tenganan is ascribed by a Tengah root word which can mean to aim to middle of Pegringsingan, the fasten cloth type weave that is typically produce by Tenganan village resident. The structure of resident in Tenganan village is built in linear consisted of six rays. Each of ray consisted of some lawn broadly, the building form where the local community use it to present the handicraft for tourists. All the tradition existences of the human being are harmoniously with the God, human and environment as according to Tri Hita Karana concept. The Tourism Destination of Tenganan remains to draw during the time, goodness as tourism cultural object, tourism nature and agriculture tourism. It is a very famous village throughout Bali where most of the local people knows where it is located. It is located in Karangasem Regency and close to Candidasa. You can find many travel agencies serve the tour to visit this village and you may join Karangasem Tour which you will discover places of interest in east part of Bali including this village.

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BUSINESS Greece to draw new EU-IMF loan for reforms Agence France-Presse

ATHENS – Greece will receive a new loan from Europe and the International Monetary Fund in return for additional spending cuts and a faster rate of privatisations, a newspaper report said Tuesday. Top-selling Ta Nea daily said Athens had concluded a deal with its ‘troika’ of creditors — the EU, IMF and the European Central Bank — that includes “a new loan”, according to sources in Brussels. Eleftherotypia daily said the new loan could be up to 60 billion euros ($86 billion) to enable Greece to meet its payments schedule from 2012 onwards. In return, the government will make additional cuts of up to 10 percent to higher-paid civil servants and impose a stricter hiring procedure, only replacing one in ten job openings, said Ta Nea, which is politically close to the ruling Socialist party. A new entity called the Public Property Fund, independent from the state, will also be created to oversee the privatisation drive,

both dailies said. Greece is currently locked in negotiations with representatives from the three organisations which last year bailed out the country with a 110-billion-euro ($157-billion) loan. It needs a scheduled instalment of the loan, worth 12 billion euros, to pay its bills in July. But the IMF has threatened to withhold its share of the funding without a broader agreement that will make Greece’s debt — over 350 billion euros — sustainable. Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou has said the talks are expected to conclude by Wednesday at the latest. Ta Nea said an agreement will be announced on Friday afternoon, after the close of European markets. “The EU-IMF report will note that Greece’s debt is not viable and

point out delays in the fiscal adjustment and structural reforms programme,” it said. An emergency eurozone summit for June 5-6 is also expected to be announced on Friday, the daily said. At least three eurozone states — Finland, the Netherlands and heavyweight Germany - have expressed reservations towards a new Greek bailout. The privatisation drive, designed to raise some 50 billion euros by selling choice state assets such as the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation and part of the Public Power Corporation, has met with union opposition. Greek unions are meeting on Wednesday to finalise another general strike, expected to coincide with a European worker mobilisation on June 21.

Danish economy enters recession Agence France-Presse

COPENHAGEN – Denmark entered recession in the first quarter after its gross domestic product shrank for the second consecutive three-month period, official figures showed Tuesday. Statistics Denmark said the economy had slipped 0.5-percent in the first quarter compared to the last quarter of 2010, according to seasonally adjusted figures. It also revised its fourth quarter 2010 figure to a drop of 0.2 percent, compared to its previous report the economy had declined 0.4 percent during that quarter. “There was a decline of 1.9 percent in domestic demand, where private consumption, public spending and investments fell,” Statistics Denmark explained. It added though that a boost in exports had countered the negative trend. A nation is deemed to be in recession if the economy contracts for two consecutive quarters.

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A woman gives Danish pastry to a man dressed up as a German World War II officer in Frederikshavn, northern Jutland, on May 21, 2011. Denmark entered recession in the first quarter after its gross domestic product shrank for the second consecutive three-month period, official figures showed Tuesday.

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Pedestrians pass before a share prices board in Tokyo on May 31, 2011. Japan’s share prices rose 188.76 points to close at 9,693.73 points at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, nearly two percent higher with the key index lifted by an upbeat outlook from manufacturers in the world’s number three economy.

Japan jobless rate rises, factory output anemic Associated Press Writer

TOKYO – Japan’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in six months in April and industrial production remained anemic after a record drop in the aftermath of March’s earthquake and tsunami. The twin disasters have already sent Japan’s economy back into recession and Moody’s Investors Service warned Tuesday it could downgrade Japan’s sovereign credit rating due to the faltering economy and massive public debt. The jobless rate edged up to 4.7 percent from 4.6 percent in March due to job losses in the retail and wholesale sectors, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said. The number of workers in those sectors dropped in April by 390,000 from a year earlier. “A lot of part-time workers in the wholesale and retail sectors lost their jobs due to weak demand following the March tsunami,” said Hiroshi Watanabe, economist at the Daiwa Institute of Research. The number of workers in the hotel and restaurant businesses in April fell by 30,000 from a year earlier, underscoring a plunge in tourism following the March disasters and an ongoing crisis at a tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant. Japan’s industrial production — a key barometer of economic health — inched up 1 percent in

April from the previous month after plunging a record 15.5 percent in March amid supply disruptions in the wake of the disasters. The earthquake and tsunami killed more than 24,000 people and destroyed hundreds of factories in Japan’s coastal northeast, forcing manufacturers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp. to suspend production. Auto production alone plunged 60.1 percent in April from a year earlier because of manufacturing disruptions caused by parts shortages. While overall April factory output fell short of a projected rise of 2.2 percent, the government said industrial production will pick up quickly in coming months, with a rise of 8 percent expected in May and another 7.7 percent in June. “A slump in production after the March disasters hit the bottom in March and April, and a recovery in factory output, especially in the auto sector, is under way,” said senior economist Hideki Matsumura at the Japan Research Institute. The ministry said output in the transport machinery sector, which includes auto production, will surge 35.7 percent in May and 36.7 percent in June. Automakers have said domestic production is recovering fast as shortages of parts ease.


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Sean Kingston moved to ICU after watercraft crash MIAMI – Hip-hop singer Sean Kingston has been stabilized and moved to the intensive care unit at a hospital after crashing his watercraft into a Miami Beach bridge, his publicist said Monday. The publicist, Joseph Carozza, said Kingston’s family is grateful for everyone’s prayers and support. Kingston and a female passenger were injured when the watercraft hit the Palm Island Bridge around 6 p.m. Sunday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said. The Miami Herald reports that a passing boater saw the accident and took the two on board his vessel. Both were hospitalized early Monday at Ryder Trauma Center, but Pino said he didn’t know their conditions. Authorities are investigating the

crash, and “nothing at this point would indicate that alcohol played a role,” Pino said. Kingston rose to fame with his 2007 hit “Beautiful Girls” and was also featured on songs by artists including Justin Bieber. His self-titled debut album sold over 1 million copies worldwide. On Twitter, Bieber posted a message of support for Kingston. “Got my friend Sean Kingston in my prayers tonight,” Bieber tweeted early Monday. “A true friend and big bro. Please keep him in your prayers tonight as well.”

Prince William (R) and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace

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A number of hip-hop musicians were in Miami Beach over the weekend for Urban Beach Week. In a 2007 interview with The Associated Press, Kingston described his music as a fusion of reggae, pop, rap and R&B. “It’s Sean Kingston genre. I have my own genre,” Kingston told the AP at the time. “No disrespect to no artist or dudes out there. I feel like I am my own person. I am doing my own thing.” His music has been unique among hip-hop offerings, as Kingston refused to use profanity. “To put it in my music, that’s not the message I am trying to send out,” he said in the 2007 interview. “That’s not the type of artist I am trying to be.”

Sean Kingston AP

Hollywood star Blanchett digs in over carbon tax SYDNEY – Hollywood star Cate Blanchett Tuesday defended her decision to front a campaign promoting the Australian government’s carbon tax, saying she backed action on climate change for her children’s sake. Dubbed “Carbon Cate” by the Sunday Telegraph, the actor was attacked as being a jet-setting, multi-millionaire who was out of touch with ordinary Australians who fear a rise in the cost of living from a price on carbon. “I’m not really surprised by the reactions from people on the other side of the debate. People are entitled to their opinion,” said Blanchett, who was dismissed in one comment piece as “just another

morally vain Hollywood star”. The Oscar-winning actor, who has three young boys with husband Andrew Upton, said there was a cost to society from carbon pollution, and this was what she was passionate about as a mother. “That’s where it gets me in the gut,” she told The Sydney Morning Herald. “I can’t look my children in the face if I’m not trying to do something in my small way and to urge other people. “Yes, I’ve been fortunate in my career but that’s no reason not to stand up for something that I deeply believe in.” Blanchett’s star role in the new television campaign, which is

funded by a coalition of unions and green groups and urges Australians to “Say Yes” to a tax on carbon, has become a national talking point in the climate debate. Centre-right opposition leader Tony Abbott used the celebrity endorsement to attack Prime Minister Julia Gillard in parliament on Monday. “This is a prime minister who’s happy to listen to actors, but she won’t listen to voters,” he said. Australians are among the world’s worst per capita carbon polluters and Gillard has proposed a tax to be levied on major industrial polluters by July 1, 2012, with plans for a full emissions trading scheme in three to five years.

William and Kate’s Canada itinerary announced Jersey Shore’ star Snooki in Italy fender bender Agence France-Presse

LONDON – Prince William and his new wife Kate will visit eight cities during their July visit to Canada, their first overseas royal tour as a married couple, palace officials announced Monday. The couple, officially titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will kick-off their visit in Ottawa before taking in Gatineau, Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Summerside, Yellowknife and Calgary. From there, they will fly to California and spend two days in the Los Angeles area. “The couple are very much looking forward to their first joint royal tour,” a royal source said. “Their purpose is to strengthen

the very strong ties that exist between Canada and their royal family and for the duke and the duchess to get to know Canada better.” William, the son of Charles and Diana, princess of Wales, last visited Canada when he went to Vancouver aged 15 in 1998 with his father and brother Prince Harry. He was given a pop star’s welcome and was mobbed by teenage girls. The brothers also toured Ontario province with their parents in 1991. Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, the year after she and Charles divorced. As Canada is a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as its sovereign, the duke and duchess will visit as members of the Canadian royal family.

NEW YORK – Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and a fellow “Jersey Shore” cast member have been involved in a minor traffic accident in Italy. The popular MTV reality show is filming its fourth season in Florence. The network said in a statement late Monday that two cast members were involved in a crash. The statement said no alcohol was involved and no one was arrested. It provided no further details. Phone messages left for Snooki’s manager, Scott Talarico, were not immediately returned Monday night. SallyAnn Salsano, executive producer at “Jersey Shore” production company 495, tells The StarLedger newspaper that the incident was “just a minor fender bender.” She says the show is still filming. Photos posted on celebrity gossip website TMZ.com show Polizzi and co-star Deena Nicole Cortese, apparently uninjured, sitting on the sidewalk after the crash. The show’s first and third season are set in SeaAP – FILE side Heights, N.J. The second season sent the cast to In this March 30, 2011 file photo, reality television star Miami. Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi


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Sony to restore most PlayStation services this week Agence France-Presse TOKYO – Sony said Tuesday it plans to restore by this weekend PlayStation Network services worldwide except in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, after being targeted in a massive online attack in April.

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Illegal skin-whitener could kill, Philippines warns are being administered by people who have experience in injecting medicines,” Cirunay told AFP. She said the agency had monitored many cases of glutathione use resulting in ailments, but gave no figures. The agency said that claims had been made that glutathione whitened the skin by deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase, which helps produce melanin, the pigment that gives human skin its colour. But these claims have been widely disputed, the agency said. It warned that repeated injections of the drug could lead to kidney failure, blood poisoning and toxic epidermal necrolysis, in which a large portion of the skin peels off, exposing the human body to many infections. “The alarming increase in the unapproved use of glutathione administered intravenously as a skinwhitening agent at very high doses is unsafe and may result in serious consequences to the health of users,” its advisory said. The government is gathering evidence that could lead to prosecutions, Cirunay said without giving details. Skin-whitening treatments and products including soaps, lotions AFP/File and deodorants are popuIllegal injections of a cancer-treating chemical pose a risk lar in the Philippines and of death to legions of Filipinos other Asian countries.

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MANILA – Illegal injections of a cancer-treating chemical pose a risk of death to legions of Filipinos who use them to try to whiten their skin, health authorities warned Tuesday. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspects the drug glutathione is being injected in high doses as a skin-whitener, but said it can cause serious conditions including kidney failure and blood poisoning. It has issued advice against taking regular injections of the chemical — approved only for treating cancer — because the government suspects licensed skin doctors are among its purveyors, said spokeswoman Jesusa Joyce Cirunay. “We have been getting reports that they

The electronics and entertainment giant said users in the Americas and Europe and much of Asia will again be able to buy and download games online, and will also receive “welcome back” packs of services and content. The company said that since being hacked in April, it had “implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions”. Sony was attacked in one of the biggest data breaches since the advent of the Internet, in which the user names, passwords, addresses and birth dates of more than 100 million people may have been compromised. The company later suffered at-

tacks on more websites worldwide including in Greece, Thailand and Indonesia, and on the Canadian site of mobile phone company Sony Ericsson. Sony said it would also resume Qriocity online music services for PlayStation, VAIO laptops and other computers, although the resumption of video on demand services for network-enabled Sony devices would be announced later. The Japanese electronic giant partially resumed online gaming services on May 15 in the Americas and Europe and on May 28 in much of Asia. Details for fully resumed PlayStation Network services in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea, and a full resumption of Qriocity will be announced as they become available, Sony said.

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Samsung to stick with Google for its tablets Agence France-Presse

SEOUL – Samsung Electronics will depend on Google’s Android mobile-device software to run future versions of its tablet computers, a senior Samsung official said in an interview published Tuesday. “We’ll continue to work with Android on future tablets,” J.K. Shin, head of the South Korean giant’s mobile division, told The Wall Street Journal. Samsung Electronics is the world’s secondlargest cellphone maker after Finland’s Nokia but trails Apple’s iPhone and iPad in smartphones and tablets. However, the Android system has boosted its smartphone business and Samsung hopes to do the same with tablets. The iPad surprised competitors with the success of its launch early last year. Samsung responded by choosing Android for its tablets and introduced the seven-inch (17.8 centimetre) Galaxy Tab in October 2010 to take on Apple. Samsung will launch new versions of the Galaxy Tab this summer in an 8.9-inch and

10.1-inch model. Both will run the latest version of Android, known as Honeycomb. Despite Apple’s status as a major customer for Samsung components, the two companies are embroiled in lawsuits. The US firm sued its South Korean rival, claiming it copied the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung launched its own suits, alleging that Apple violated patents covering Samsung’s cellphone transmission technologies. “We didn’t copy Apple’s design,” Shin told The Wall Street Journal. “We have used many similar designs over the past years and it (Apple’s allegation) will not be legally problematic.” Samsung expects its tablet shipments to rise about fivefold this year to 7.5 million. Market data provider IHS iSuppli forecast in April that Apple’s iPad shipments would reach 39.7 million this year. “Android is the fastest-growing platform and the market direction is headed toward Android so we’re riding the wave,” said Younghee Lee, senior vice president of sales and marketing.


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Swansea City have clinched a lucrative promotion to the Premier League with a 4-2 victory over Reading

Swansea hit English Premier League jackpot LONDON – Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers admits his club have hit the jackpot as they clinched a lucrative promotion to the Premier League with a 4-2 victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final. Rodgers’ side will play in the topflight for the first time in 28 years thanks to Scott Sinclair’s hat-trick and a Stephen Dobbie strike at Wembley on Monday. After decades languishing in the lower leagues, the Welsh club will rub shoulders with world famous clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool next season. While the big guns may inflict a few painful defeats on Swansea, Rodgers knows the financial rewards from winning promotion, believed to be worth 90 million pounds, will be a major boost to a club who couldn’t even pay their electricity bill eight years ago. Back in 2003, cash-strapped Swansea beat Hull 4-2 on the last day of the season to avoid crashing out of the Football League and Rodgers believes it is fate that his side should reach the Premier League’s promised land in similar circumstances. “It’s ironic, they won that game 4-2 and a player scored a hat-trick, including two penalties,” Rodgers said. “And now the club has done it again to get into the Premier League. “The footballing gods were with us. Eight years ago they couldn’t pay the electric bill and now they’ve won a £90 million game.” Swansea will be the first Welsh

side to play in the Premier League since it was formed in 1992 and the promotion could have been extra sweet for Rodgers, who was sacked by Reading in December 2009 after just six months in charge. He has worked a miracle since taking over at Swansea at the start of this season, but the 38-year-old Irishman was in no mood to gloat. “I’ve nothing bad to say about Reading, I was just there at the wrong time,” he said. “It was a big blow to leave a club I loved, and still do. That’s why there was not much jumping around at the end.” Swansea were gifted the lead in the 21st minute courtesy of Zurab Khizanishvili’s clumsy challenge which felled Nathan Dyer in the area allowing Sinclair to roll in his first penalty. Sinclair struck again barely a minute later when he tapped in Stephen Dobbie’s cross at the far post, and just before half-time Dobbie crashed in number three. But Reading were back in it early in the second half when Noel Hunt’s header went in off Joe Allen. A Matt Mills header further reduced the deficit and Reading were inches away from equalising when Jem Karacan hit a post.

However they could not complete the fightback and Sinclair sealed promotion with an 80th-minute penalty after Andy Griffin fouled Fabio Borini. Both former Chelsea reserve Sinclair and Rodgers will have one eye on winning at Stamford Bridge, where the Swansea manager cut his teeth as a youth coach under Jose Mourinho, but for now they will just relish a remarkable achievement. “I’m very proud, I see it as the next step for me,” Rodgers added. “It was my first full season as a manager, it’s been a wonderful journey up until now - and now it’s going into a totally different stratosphere. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.” Another season in the Championship beckons for Reading boss Brian McDermott, who felt his side would have gone on to win if they had snatched an equaliser. “At half-time I just told them to get the first goal,” he said. “When it got to 3-2 I honestly thought we’d go on to win the game, and we were inches from getting the third one. “A first half like that sometimes happens in football and unfortunately it happened at Wembley. So it’s congratulations to Swansea.”

MIAMI – With Miami trailing Dallas 2-0 in the 2006 NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade took charge for the Heat and carried them to four straight wins over Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks for the team’s first and only title to date. Five years have passed since Wade scooped the 2006 NBA Finals MVP award but the Heat guard believes Nowitzki was a different and better player now going into a Miami-Dallas finals rematch starting with Game One on Tuesday. “I thought he was good then, now he’s phenomenal,” Wade told reporters on Monday as the teams continued preparations for the opener of their best-ofseven championship series. “Obviously the shot-making ability is one of the best this league has seen. But I think what he’s gotten better at is taking over games in the fourth quarter,” the Heat said about the 7-foot jump-shooting German. “And what’s phenomenal is he’s very efficient. You see a game with Dirk, he’s 8-for-14. He just makes big shots. So I think he’s a smarter player. I think he’s a hungrier player and even a more efficient player than in ’06.” The Heat, however, are also a different proposition these days. Wade partnered with big center Shaquille O’Neal during the 2006 title run. Now he has joined forces with twice league

MVP LeBron James and center Chris Bosh to form a Big Three this season that has rivals fearing a dynasty in the making. Blending their talents took a while, and the Miami trio had their growing pains early in the campaign as they struggled to find the formula to win close games at the death. Those hiccups were all smoothed out by the playoffs, as evidenced by an amazing 183 finish that catapulted them from a late 12-point deficit to the elimination of regular season-best Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals. “A lot of games may come down to the execution at the end of ballgames,” Wade added. “It came down to that late last series. We won those games in the fourth quarter, when it counted. “We understand we got players and playmakers that can do that. They (Dallas) have a lot of them as well, with their ability to shoot the ball, with their ability to move the ball around. With their unselfishness. “If it come down to that, you have two teams that are primed for it.” Wade said the Heat’s early struggles helped give them strength when they needed it most. “We went through it all regular season, we went through our bumps and bruises, and ups and downs,” he said. “You kind of figure it out eventually.”

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Nadal into last eight, Djokovic gets semi-final pass PARIS – Five-time champion Rafael Nadal reached the French Open last eight on Monday as title rival Novak Djokovic enjoyed a major psychological boost when he was handed a free pass into the semi-finals. Top seed Nadal enjoyed a 7-5, 63, 6-3 win over Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic and will next face Roland Garros bogeyman Robin Soderling, the only man to have beaten the great Spaniard in Paris in 43 matches. Fifth seed Soderling, who has reached the last two finals, losing to Roger Federer in 2009 and Nadal in 2010, beat French 18th seed Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5). Nadal, bidding for a sixth French Open title to take him level with Bjorn Borg, has looked a shadow of his usual self in Paris, shaken by the form of Djokovic, who could take his title and number one spot before the week is out. His mood would not have been improved by knowing that the Serbian second seed was excused quarter-final duty when scheduled opponent Fabio Fognini of Italy withdrew with a torn left thigh muscle. “There was a lot of wind today, which made it very awkward,” said Nadal, before dismissing suggestions that Djokovic, who will not play until Friday, might lose the rhythm that has brought him 41 successive wins this year. “After he doesn’t lose a match all year with 40-something straight victories, you think he’s out of rhythm now?” Nadal asked at his news conference. “Today the result was very positive for me, winning in three sets

without too many problems. It’s fantastic to be in the quarter-finals.” Fognini, who had been due to play his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal, suffered a tournament-ending injury in his marathon five-set fourth-round win over Albert Montanes on Sunday. “It’s the most difficult decision I’ve made. It was my first Grand Slam quarter-final and I am playing the best tennis of my career,” said Fognini, the first Italian man to reach the last eight in Paris since Renzo Furlan in 1995. Djokovic said he felt sympathy for Fognini, a player he has defeated in both of their career meetings. “Walkover from Fognini. Bad luck for him, hope he recovers fast. Today I get to enjoy Paris in a different way,” wrote the Serb on Twitter. Soderling, who needed a fifth match point to defeat Simon for the sixth time in eight meetings, said he feels inspired every time he comes back to Paris. “I have good memories of this tournament. I have won a lot of great matches here and I get a great feeling every time I come back,” said the Swede, who famously defeated Nadal in the fourth round in 2009. French ninth seed Gael Monfils, a 2008 semi-finalist, set-up a lasteight clash with third seed Federer after defeating Spain’s David Ferrer, the seventh seed, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 1-6, 8-6.

Monfils had led by two sets to one when the tie was suspended on Sunday night and despite squandering three match points in the ninth and 11th games of the decider on Monday, the 24-year-old eventually held his nerve. “I had a problem with my ankle so I was happy to come off on Sunday night,” said Monfils. “On the match points, I was a bit rushed and was vulnerable. But I told myself just to focus on the simple stuff, be aggressive and confident about the shot. This is one of the best wins of my career.” Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela shattered Alejandro Falla’s dreams of becoming the first Colombian man to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final with a 4-6, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 win. “I was sure I’d never get to this stage again because of my age,” said 31-year-old Chela, who made the last eight in 2004. “Now I feel younger.” He will face either British fourth seed Andy Murray, who is carrying an ankle injury, or Serbia’s 15th sees Victor Troicki for a place in the semifinals. Murray recovered from two sets to love down to pull level with the Serbian Davis Cup winner when darkness halted their tie. Troicki won the first two sets 6-4, 6-4 before Murray took the next two 6-3, 6-2. The match will be played to a finish on Tuesday.

LONDON – FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s perennial enemies, the British press, on Tuesday wasted no time in sticking the knife into their embattled target after an ill-tempered press conference in Zurich. Newspapers have regularly carried allegations against FIFA during Blatter’s 13-year reign, and the country’s journalists have AFP – been scenting blood after FIFA President Sepp Blatter England’s humiliating defeat in the race to host the 2018 World Cup. The Mirror ran with the front-page headline “Bung to rights,” with a picture of a pile of money allegedly used to bribe FIFA officials. Blatter dismissed talk of a crisis during Monday’s conference, despite days of claims and counter-claims of corruption that saw two top officials suspended pending a bribery investigation. The Sun retorted with the front page headline: “Crisis? wad crisis?” and a photo of the money at the centre of the bribery allegations. “Shifty, arrogant, evasive...how shameful for world football that Sepp Blatter is likely to be re-elected unopposed as its head,” the country’s best-selling daily said. The tabloids and broadsheets agreed that Blatter’s re-election to the game’s top job on Wednesday would represent a travesty. “Blatter is such a flawed figure, set in his ways, larded in vanity, tainted by long years of wheeling and dealing, that there is no prospect of football putting its house in order while he remains at the helm,” the Telegraph’s Max Davidson wrote. The columnist also highlighted the contrast between the joyous celebrations at Wembley on Saturday, when an irresistible Barcelona team claimed the Champions League trophy, and the ongoing allegations submerging FIFA. The FIFA affair was, he wrote, a “farce of tragic dimensions at the heart of football.” The Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn took a similar view. “All we supporters can do is hold our noses and enjoy the spectacle of a balletic Barcelona side who have reminded us in spectacular style what we love about the beautiful game,” he wrote. “Because, despite Blatter’s risible ‘crisis, what crisis?’ routine last night, the stench from FIFA headquarters isn’t going away any time soon.

Press lays into FIFA chief Blatter LONDON – FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s perennial enemies, the British press, on Tuesday wasted no time in sticking the knife into their embattled target after an ill-tempered press conference in Zurich. Newspapers have regularly carried allegations against FIFA during Blatter’s 13-year reign, and the country’s journalists have been scenting blood after England’s humiliating defeat in the race to host the 2018 World Cup. The Mirror ran with the front-page headline “Bung to rights,” with a picture of a pile of money allegedly used to bribe FIFA officials. Blatter dismissed talk of a crisis during Monday’s conference, despite days of claims and counter-claims of corruption that saw two top officials suspended pending a bribery investigation. The Sun retorted with the front page headline: “Crisis? wad crisis?” and a photo of the money at the centre of the bribery allegations. “Shifty, arrogant, evasive...how shameful for world football that Sepp Blatter is likely to be re-elected unopposed as its head,” the country’s bestselling daily said. The tabloids and broadsheets agreed that Blatter’s re-election to the game’s top job on Wednesday would represent a travesty. “Blatter is such a flawed figure, set in his ways, larded in vanity, tainted by long years of wheeling and dealing, that there is no prospect of football putting its house in order while he remains at the helm,” the Telegraph’s Max Davidson wrote. The columnist also highlighted the contrast between the joyous celebrations at Wembley on Saturday, when an irresistible Barcelona team claimed the Champions League trophy, and the ongoing allegations submerging FIFA. The FIFA affair was, he wrote, a “farce of tragic dimensions at the heart of football.” The Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn took a similar view. “All we supporters can do is hold our noses and enjoy the spectacle of a balletic Barcelona side who have reminded us in spectacular style what we love about the beautiful game,” he wrote. “Because, despite Blatter’s risible ‘crisis, what crisis?’ routine last night, the stench from FIFA headquarters isn’t going away any time soon.


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Mamola impressed by Silverstone Randy Mamola believes Silverstone struck the right balance between heritage and modernisation when constructing its new track layout - and that the new Pit and Paddock ‘Wing’ provides the final piece in the puzzle. Mamola took two 500cc grand prix victories on the ‘old’ super-fast Silverstone circuit in 1980 and ’84, before the British Motorcycle Grand Prix switched to Donington Park.

FIFA offers Indonesia second chance Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA – FIFA has offered the Indonesian Football Association a second chance to elect new leadership after a vote was abandoned in chaotic scenes earlier this month, an official said Tuesday. The Indonesian football body, also known as the PSSI, has been in crisis for months over how to organise the game in the perennially underperforming nation of 240 million people. “We are very happy with FIFA’s decision to give Indonesia a second chance to hold a congress before June 30. They’ve been kind to us,” PSSI spokesman Tubagus Adhi said. “If we fail to do so this time, there will be no more mercy from FIFA.” Most officials had expected football’s global governing body to sanction Indonesia by banning it from international matches after the PSSI failed to meet a May 21 deadline to elect new leadership. A vote on May 20 descended into acrimonious rancour between supporters of rival camps, forcing a FIFA-appointed normalisation committee to call off the election. Indonesian football is divided be-

tween an old guard of long-standing PSSI leaders and “reformers” backing the breakaway Indonesian Premier League, founded earlier this year by oil tycoon Arifin Panigoro. In an effort to bring the crisis under control, FIFA has banned Panigoro, army chief of staff George Toisutta and former PSSI chairman Nurdin Halid, who is tainted by corruption, from running for the lead-

ership ballot. Indonesia were runners-up to Malaysia in Southeast Asia’s AFF Suzuki Cup last December, and were successful co-hosts of the 2007 Asian Cup, but the national team’s record is poor. Indonesia is 130th in the FIFA rankings — below Ethiopia and Yemen — and has never made the World Cup finals.

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FIFA has offered the Indonesian Football Association a second chance to elect new leadership

The event returned to Silverstone in 2010 on a revised track layout, built to meet the latest MotoGP safety standards. 13-time 500cc winner Mamola feels that the new ‘arrowhead’ section compliments the original track. “I remember racing here at Silverstone in the late ’70s and early ’80s with Barry Sheene and those guys,” Mamola told Crash.net. “During that era we also raced at other legendary tracks like Spa, Monza, Hockenheim, Paul Ricard and Imola. “The turn at Imola where Ayrton [Senna] lost his life at Imola used to be flat-out in fifth gear on a 500cc. “But as our bikes got faster those circuits either dropped off the calendar or, as with Formula One, they started to build more chicanes to slow them down and some of the character was lost. “Silverstone is now back on the MotoGP calendar and has kept true to its heritage of fast flowing corners. I’d say the new layout has the same character as the old but is even better. “It’s got the historic corners, with some new ones added in - plus this new ‘Wing’ pit and paddocks facility. “Silverstone has always had the track, but not always the rest to fol-

low. They put in the roads and infrastructure - for Bernie [Ecclestone] and the F1 guys - and now they have the pits. “That’s one thing that some other great historic tracks - for example Laguna Seca in the states - are still missing.” Bringing historic circuits up to modern standards may be a mighty challenge, but it is largely a matter of money and real estate. The new generation of ultramodern F1/MotoGP circuits, including the new track being built in Texas, face a different problem creating heritage to match the huge initial investment. “It’s kinda hard to say what you need most - a legendary circuit or legendary people to race on it,” said Mamola. “From the drawings and plans the new Austin track looks fantastic, but it needs heritage and that doesn’t happen overnight. “Look at the new tracks in Abu Dhabi or China… when we went to China for the first time we were waiting for the spaceships to land, it was so modern! “But China ends up being China [and has dropped off the MotoGP calendar] while Silverstone is back and hosting F1 and MotoGP.” The 2011 British MotoGP takes place at Silverstone on June 10-12.


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