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Japanese Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) Naoto Kan announces he will run for the September 14 DPJ presidential election in Tokyo on August 31, 2010. His rival Ichiro Ozawa threw down the gauntlet to challenge Prime Minister Kan for his job after they failed to resolve their differences in a closed meeting.
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Japan politics keeps US base dispute in limbo Agence France Presse
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TOKYO – A deadline to resolve the fate of a US airbase in Japan came and went Tuesday with scant progress on the toxic dispute, which has claimed one prime minister and spells a headache for another. Washington and Tokyo started arguing over the Marine Corps base on Okinawa island after the centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power a year ago, ending a half-century of nearly unbroken conservative rule.
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The Futenma base is now located in an urban area of the island, where residents have long complained about aircraft noise and the risk of accidents, and is set to be relocated to a coastal location of Okinawa. Tuesday marked the August 31 deadline by which both sides had aimed to come up with a workable plan on the construction method —
but so far Washington and Tokyo have not managed to settle on a final design. The joint working group submitted a paper that mentions two options for a new coastal site at Henoko — with Japan proposing a single offshore runway and the US favouring a larger, V-shaped runway. Continued on page 6
(FILES) French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is seen in a street of Paris on July 27, 2010 during the shooting of US director Woody Allen’s latest movie “Midnight in Paris”. Iran’s foreign ministry criticised the media on August 31, 2010 for branding French first lady Carla Bruni as “prostitute” after she expressed support for a woman sentenced to death by stoning.
TEHRAN – An Iranian newspaper said on Tuesday that Carla Bruni, the wife of France’s president, deserved to die after she expressed solidarity with a woman sentenced to be stoned for adultery. The hardline daily Kayhan called Bruni a “prostitute” whose lifestyle meant she deserved a similar fate as the Iranian woman who was sentenced to death for adultery. Carla Bruni was one of several French celebrities who published open letters to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case has caused international outrage and highlighted Iran’s use of stoning as capital punishment. Continued on page 6
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Bali News The poor estimated to increase following the rise of staple food’s price Amlapura (Bali Post)— A member of Karangasem House, Nyoman Oka Antara, last Monday (Aug 30), in Karangasem estimated that the number of poor people in Karangasem had increased again. It was kindled by the price of staple foods like rice rose again, while over 65 percent of Karangasem population living in dry region was unable to yield rice. Oka Antara from barren region of Kubu rejected the statement of official of the Bali Community and Village Administration Empowerment Agency (BPMPD), Putu Astawa, saying the number of poor household (RTM) in Karangasem had gone down by 14.42 percent (5,905) according to the calculation of Central Statistics Agency (BPS). It was mentioned that in 2006 the rate of poor household in Karangasem reached 41,826, and then two years later declined to 35,921. Putu Astawa also said Bali managed to exceed the target on the decline of RTM as much as 430. Central government targeted the decline of poor households in Bali at the rate of 6,360 this year, but in Bali it had dropped by 6,790. “I admit we are still weak in the field of data. However, it was the result of calculation made by BPS,” he said. Oka Antara added that after the price of rice rose, in the future the tariff of clean water and electricity would rise as well. Additionally, the President had planned to increase the salaries of civil servant by 10 percent and was also worried to be followed by the rise in staple food’s price. In fact, most Indonesian people belonged to small community, and not civil servants. “The salary increase of civil servants had a great impact on the distress of life and purchasing power of the society,” he said. He added the recent reality of poor household could be seen in remote and mountainous rural areas where people’s life was getting more difficult. The community could not afford to buy rice and the poor at Kubu area were forced to consume dried rice. Neglected child
Chairman of Karangasem Agency for Regional Development (Bappeda), I.W. Artha Dipa, said the development in Bali stayed to lack of balance, mainly due to the tourism development. It was only focused on southern Bali, while northern and eastern Bali remained dry. All this time, he said, tourists traveling to Karangasem just for urinating and defecating, while they only ‘laid an egg’ or stayed in Denpasar or Badung. Oka Antara stated to agree with Artha Dipa. According to Oka Antara, it was caused by Karangasem only built the lighthouse projects, such as cruise port. Despite many tourists came down from the cruise ship, they were then directly transported by travel agent to Ubud, Gianyar or other local tourist destinations. “Karangasem is indeed serving as a place to defecate and urinate only,” he said. Artha Dipa recognized that many children in Karangasem were still neglected. Such neglected children or beggars of Karangasem were recorded to reach 151 persons and outside the orphanage there were still 117 neglected children in terms of education or other basic living needs. Meanwhile, those accommodated in orphanage only amounted to 103 children. In fact, Artha Dipa added that based on the data of village officers there were 760 people suffering from social problem in the form of mental disorder. They generally lived very tragically where their family put them in stocks at dirty and unworthy place. Some of them also roamed around the roads in a devastating condition without clothes and left untreated. “With such condition of society, we in Karangasem shuddered and are very worried about being unable to meet the target of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, among others, reducing the rate of poor population to 5-10 percent only,” said Dipa Artha. (013)
The farmer is harvesting their orange. The price of fruits is increasing especially near the “lebaran” holiday.
Corruption cases in Indonesia in 2010 cause a loss of IDR 2.1 trillion Denpasar (Bali Post)—
In the first Semester of 2010, Indonesia booked some losses due to corruption acts reaching IDR 2.1 trillion with 176 corruption cases. The figure was released by Chairman of Bali Corruption Watch (BCW), Putu Wirata, in the seminar held by Extension Program of Faculty of Law, Udayana University. He said it was a significant increase from the same period in 2009 worth IDR 1.17 trillion with 86 cases. Putu Wirata also said that Indonesia belonged to the most corrupt country in Asia and was ranked 111th of 150 countries with a performance index of 3.0 in the period of 2009. Previously, in 2008 Indonesia was ranked 126th in the world corrupt country. Since 2009 the performance index of Indonesia increased gradually from only 2.8. “To overcome the problem, supervision of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) must be strengthened for corruption cases in the region, getting political support of the Head of State without intervention, and cleaning the police and the attorney from perpetrators getting involved in corruption,” said Putu Wirata in Denpasar, last Monday (Aug 30). Corruption cases in Indonesia widely encountered today, according
to Putu Wirata, were of the recruitment of civil servant candidates, price mark-up in the procurement of goods and services, unlawful sale and purchase of licenses, ‘broker’ of regional budget with the contractor and businessman, recruitment of judges and the registrar, distribution of cases from the head of district court (KPN) to the judge, as well as obscuring testimony of witnesses and evidence and others. “Based on our observation, approximately 50 percent of defendants in corruption cases sent to General Court were acquitted, while the cases handled by Special Corruption Court were 100 percent convicted to be guilty,” he said. In the meantime, the Deputy Chairman of KPK, Dr. Mochammad Jassin, stated the state’s loss managed to be saved up to 2010 reached
IDR 1 billion more remitted to the state’s or regional treasury post. These funds came from the money of substitutes worth IDR 31.51 billion, confiscated cash (IDR 30.15 billion), fines (IDR 7.6 billion), loot money (IDR 69.20 billion), the auction (IDR 1.92 billion) and current accounts (IDR 1.72 billion). “Reform of the role and function of internal oversight, state’s or regional financial control, foreign loans and public funds as well as the state’s and regional asset management control, state-owned enterprises and region-owned enterprise will overcome effectively the corruption occurring in Indonesia,” he said. According to him, the existence of one-stop services implemented in some regions could also become one of the solutions to reduce the corruption. (par)
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Jailed, Children should get their rights Denpasar (Bali Post)
The picture show tourists passed through a man who is harvesting his seaweed. Seaweed is one of the main commodities that can be developed on the sea in Bali.
Connection Agency Planned Traffic Routes Changing Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Traffic threatening Denpasar are now being felt by Denpasar residents should be taken seriously by the government. So Denpasar Connection Agency (Dishub) planned some routes changing in some streets in Denpasar. This changing is also to anticipate the daily traffic especially on certain times. Head of the Agency, I Gede Astika, SH mentioned when leading a route changing socialization meeting last Monday (30/8) which was also joined by Denpasar City House of Representative Head of Comission B, Eko Supriyadi and other institutions connected. Astika mentioned it starts with arranging parkings and also changing routes covering streets such as Gatot Subroto (Gatsu), Kecubung, Imam Bonjol, Gunung Galang, Surpati, Kapten Agung, Bedugul, and Dewata at Sidakarya. Head of Traffic Board of the Agency, Nyoman Sustiawan said around Gatsu Tengah Street such as Gatsu I and Gatsu II often there are piles of vehicles coming in and out those two streets. This caused a queue until between Gatsu and Nangka Street. Also in Gatsu VI until
Bedahulu street, often had crossing vehicles. To lessen the traffic, Gatsu II will be closed from the north and south except for motorbikes and who lives there so that vehicles will go to Gatsu will be directed to Gatsu VI. Meanwhile Gatsu IV will be closed from the south and will be one way. Gatsu VI will be closed on the north. For Kecubung, as asked by the people, from being two ways it will be one way from the south. It is hoped what’s implemented Kecubung can lessen the traffic in Hayam Wuruk especially in front of Cipta Dharma School. For Surapati, Kepundung and Kapten Agung, especially in Permit Agency of Denpasar City, there will be a close open system. For Gunung Galang Street around Imam Bonjol, the same implementation will happen with the time and volume of the traf-
fic. For the morning and the afternoon there will be a one way from the east for Gunung Galang Street. And those from the west who wants to go through will not be allowed. Sustiawan mentioned there’ll be a changing in Bedugul-Sidakarya Streets route. Bedugul will be one way towards Dewata meanwhile Sidakarya will still be two ways. Those who came from Sidakarya turning to the left will be one way until Undiknas Campus towards Bedugul Street. Sustiawan explained before this will be implemented there will be a long week socialization and there’ll be step by step changing. For the first one it will be done early September around Gatsu Streets. If during the trial caused problems then it’ll be evaluated again by the Agency and those involved. (kmb12)
Tiara Grosir Shoppers Riot Being Fixed, 50 Kilogram Gas Tube Exploded Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Shoppers and workers of Tiara Grosir Supermarket, Cokroaminoto Street, Denpasar got riot on Monday (30/8) after a bomb like explosion herd. Yet it was sourced from a 50 kg gas tube placed on the west of the supermarket. The jumbo exploded when going to be fixed by workers. Not only that made it panic, puffing smokes were also floating. Luckily no casualties or got hurt in this incident. It is suspected caused by a leakage. According to a worker, the explo-
sion was heard around 2.50 pm wita, “All of a sudden I heard a loud explosion. Like a bomb. Me, and other workers went out the supermarket straight away.” The worker who don’t want its name to be known said besides the sound there were the smoke which caused everyone to go out, “That gas tube been placed outside the supermarket and everyday being piped through the supermarket.” Management then stated, the gas tube was problematic and so it was taken out and left outside on the
west side, Tiara Grosir Vice Operational Leaders, Nopri mentioned, “The tube was taken out due to gas smelt. The tube turned out to have leakage which so needed to be fixed.” Two workers fixed it yet it didn’t manage so it was called another worker. The gas tube was closed by plastic waits and while waiting, all of a sudden the tube exploded as the plastic can’t keep the gas pressure, during the explostion, both workers who was fixing it was under the tree. So they are safe. (kmb21)
Every child has its right to get education, health and developing its potential, even when jailed. To clarify it back that’s why Minister Joint Decree Letter (SKB) Year 2009 on Children Social Protection Facing Law. Yet it’s implementation is not all yet such as in Bali they don’t get a suitable education yet. Head of Bali Region of Indonesian Children Protection Commission, dr. A.A. Sri Wahyuni, SpKJ, on Monday (30/8) said this implementation can still be continued, “So the jail is its house. They can continue their education in a school.” Although for Bali itself, children who got jailed couldn’t continue their education as there is no school that wants to accept them, “What’s really needed in Karangasem Child Jail is a fast packet. Most cut their schools so it is hoped teachers who came there can give some study materials. All this time a fast packet couldn’t be done as it should have at least 20 children while in this prison there are only 14.” Besides education, health should be taken care too. In a child jail there is no doctors or nurses, “Actually that opportunity is opened wide. Sadly no one applied.” Of course Karangasem Child Jail is near a Hos-
pital and there’s a doctor visit once a week, yet it would be great if there is who stayed. In the SKB the minister also said jail is the last resort for children who got into problems or restorative justice, “It is seen from the children’s mistake. If it’s only a little robbery, it just needs guidance different from murder needs something heavier. Anything that is restorative justice is still being discussed.” To remove their jail aura, three months before they’re free they should be sent to an institution. In the east Indonesia that place is in Lombok named panti Paramitha. In there they’re given guidance and taught skills. According to Yuni, the place and the fee will be a problem for the Karangasem Child Jail children. On children there are on adult jails in each region, Yuni suggested they should be moved when they got their punishment already. As the child jail guidance is better for physical and mentally, “If they are in adult jail, they can get “cleverer” in doing crime and can get sexual disorders.” In the implementation, not all children were sent to the child jail after punishment was given. This is due to the parents who felt Karangasem is quite far. (san)
Calonarang: The King, the Witch and the Priest AT the beginning of 7th century, a Balinese prince becomes the king of Java, the great Erlangga. His mother, Mahendradatta, was a Javanese princess who ruled Bali with her Balinese husband, Dharmodayana, until the husband, suspecting her of practising evil magic, exiled her to the forest. When Erlangga’s father died, leaving Mahendradatta as a rangda or a widow, she conspired to use her band of pupils trained in the black arts to destroy Erlangga’s kingdom. Her chief grudge against Erlangga because of fancied insults to her beautiful daughter, Ratna Menggali – the noblemen of Daha had refused her in marriage for fear of her mother’s evil reputation. Calonarang (Erlangga’s mother who practising evil magic) went with her pupils to the cemetery and they prayed and danced in honour of Begawati, the deity of black magic, to help them destroy Daha. The goddes appeared and danced with them, granting her permission, warning the witch, however, to preserve the center of the kingdom untouched. The witches danced at the crossroads and soon people fell in great numbers. Discovering the cause of the epidemic, Erlangga ordered his soldiers to go and kill the witch. They stole into her house while she slept and stabbed her in the heart ,
but Calonarang awoke unhurt and consumed the daring soldiers with her own fire. The witch went once more into the cemetery and danced with her pupils, dug out corpses, cutting them into pieces, eating the members, drinking the blood, and wearing the entrails as necklaces. Begawati appeared again and joined in the bloody banquet, but warned Calonarang to be careful. The witches danced once more at the crossroads and the dreadful epidemic ravaged the land, the vassals of Erlangga died before they could even bury the corpses they bore to the cemeteries. The desperate king sent for Mpu Bharada, the holy man from Lemah Tulis, the only living being who could vanquish the witch. Mpu Bharada planned his campaign carefully. He sent Bahula, his young assistant, to ask for the witch daughter’s in marriage. Highly flattered, the mother gave her consent and after a happy and passionate honeymoon, Bahula learned from his wife the secret of Calonarang’s power. The possession of a little magic book which he stole and turned over to his master. The holy man copied it and had it returned before the disappearance could be noticed. The book was a manual of righteousness and had to be read backwards. The holy man was then able to restore life to those victims whose bodies had not yet decayed. (BTN/Doc)
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Drill begins hard work of drilling to reach miners Associated Press Writer
SAN JOSE MINE, Chile – Thirty-three men stuck a half mile underground are now the longesttrapped miners in recent history as a huge drill is the early stages of digging a planned escape route. The men were trapped Aug. 5 when a landslide blocked the shaft down into the San Jose copper and gold mine in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert. Last year, three miners survived 25 days trapped in a flooded mine in southern China, and the Chileans surpassed that mark Tuesday. While doubts and extreme challenges remain, experts said the rescuers have the tools to get the job done — though the government still says it will take three to four months to reach the miners. “The drill operators have the best equipment available internationally,” said Dave Feickert, director of KiaOra, a mine safety consulting firm in New Zealand that has worked extensively with China’s government to improve dangerous mines there. “This doesn’t mean it will be easy,” he added. “They are likely to run into some technical problems that may
slow them down.” The 31-ton drill made a shallow, preliminary test hole Tuesday in the solid rock it must bore through, the first step in the weeklong digging of a “pilot hole” to guide the way for the rescue. Later the drill will be outfitted with larger bits to gradually expand the hole and make it big enough so the men can be pulled out one by one. Before rescuers dug small bore holes down to the miners’ emergency shelter, the men survived 17 days without contact with the outside world by rationing a 48-hour supply of food and digging for water in the ground. Aside from their rescue, a union leader has expressed concern for the men’s livelihoods. San Esteban, the company that operates the mine, has said it has no money to pay their wages and absorb lawsuits, and is not even participating in the rescue. State-run mining company Codelco has taken over. Union leader Evelyn Olmos called on the government to pay the workers’ wages starting in September, plus cover the roughly 100 other people at the mine who are now out of work and 170 more who work elsewhere for San Esteban. Its license has been suspended by the government.
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Men work on a new drill to be used in the rescue operation of 33 trapped miners at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, seen in Melbourne on August 22, 2010, has rejected a quick return to the polls and welcomed a “new political landscape” after inconclusive national elections prompted the biggest upheaval in decades. AFP/File/William West
Australian PM rejects new polls despite deadlock Agence France Presse
SYDNEY – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Tuesday rejected a quick return to the polls and welcomed a “new political landscape” after inconclusive national elections prompted the biggest upheaval in decades. Gillard was making her first major speech since the weekend of the August 21 election, which produced the only hung parliament since 1940 and left the major parties scrambling for the support of independents. “Some say this situation is all too difficult and we should just return to the polls. I disagree,” Gillard told the National Press Club in Canberra. “The Australian people have voted for this parliament and our job is to make it work.” As final vote-counting continues, neither Gillard’s left-leaning Labor party nor the conservative Liberal/National coalition is able to reach the 76 seats needed for a majority, with both relying on the support of cross-benchers.
The lone Greens MP is expected to side with Labor, while one of the independents will announce his decision on Tuesday or Wednesday and the main bloc of another three unallied members will start formal negotiations later this week. The political limbo follows a dramatic period in Australian politics after Gillard staged a party revolt against elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in June to become the country’s first woman leader. The Welsh-born former lawyer
then banked on a honeymoon period to call quick polls but a woeful campaign put Labor in peril of becoming the only single-term government since World War II. Gillard echoed the three-man “kingmakers” bloc, whose support will be crucial, when she said the elections were a “historic opportunity” to move on from parliament’s traditional two-party dogfights. “Australia’s new political landscape requires a government that can find new ways to develop policy and establish consensus around the major issues that come before the next parliament,” Gillard said. “Because if the new government doesn’t find new ways to establish consensus and parliamentary support then we will have gridlock and we will quickly look more like Washington than Westminster.”
Devastating Pakistan floods finally heading to sea Associated Press Writer
KARACHI, Pakistan – Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained. The floods have moved down from the mountainous northwest, submerging or affecting almost one-fifth of the country at their peak. Waters have begun to recede in the north and in the eastern province of Punjab, but they have been submerging towns in southern Sindh province close to the Indus River over the last 10 days. The scale of the disaster has raised concerns about the stability of nuclear-armed Pakistan, which is al-
ready reeling from al-Qaida and Taliban violence and massive economic woes. Foreign countries have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to help Pakistan respond to the floods. Even the country’s archenemy, India, has offered assistance and announced Tuesday that it was increasing its aid from $5 million to $25 million. The last two towns in the path of the floods were hit late Monday, said disaster management official Hadi Bakhsh. “The floodwaters hit Khahre Jamali and Jati towns last night, and now there is no other village or town in the way of the deluge,” he said, adding that people had already fled the towns, parts of which were under 10 feet (3 meters) of water. “The floodwaters are now heading to the Arabian Sea,” he said. Authorities have struggled to feed, house and arrange medical care for the survivors of the
floods. Foreign donors and the United Nations were slow to respond to the disaster, in part because it took a long time for its extent to become clear. Aid is slowly reaching the worstaffected areas by army helicopter, road and boat, but millions have received little or no help. The U.N. warned that additional funding for emergency food was urgently needed to ensure supplies into next month. Authorities have also struggled to cope with a growing number of cases of severe diarrhea and malaria caused by dirty water that offers a perfect breeding ground for insects and disease. More than 500,000 cases of acute diarrhea and nearly 95,000 cases of suspected malaria have been treated since the floods first hit, the U.N.’s World Health Organization said Tuesday.
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Pakistani flood victims catch fish along flooded roads in Shah Ghar village, Muzaffargarh district, Punjab province, Pakistan Monday Aug. 30, 2010. Some flood victims lay nets along flooded roads hoping to catch fish from overflowed rivers as they wait for relief goods to come.
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Dynamic New Management Team This is an exciting time to be part of The Elysian community as the resort approaches her fifth anniversary. The resort which first introduced the boutique cluster villa concept to the market is rapidly developing into other market sectors. “My five years at The Elysian have gone by in rapid fashion. No doubt this is due to the excitement of being able to watch the resort grow from opening day until the present time. Our success as a select resort can be directly attributed to our young and resourceful team who share a common vision in creating a strongly interwoven community within the brand itself. Coupled with our cutting edge concepts is an innovative management style that fosters personal growth while allowing the whole team to continually reach new benchmarks. The combined experience of our team will ensure that The Elysian
family will successfully pave paths into new territories and it is great to play a part in it.” Thasia Handayani. Thasia Handayani was recently appointed as The Elysian’s General Manager and highlights a distinguished career of ten years in the travel and hospitality sector. Thasia’s multilevel experience will certainly keep The Elysian forging ahead The Elysian’s former General Manager, Gusti Redita has moved into a supporting consultant role for the Elysian Group as the newly formed Elysian Group operation’s now include Resort Property Concepts and Developments, Restaurant and Spa
Operations, Property Sales, Land Banking Investments in addition to Resort Design and related services. It is an interesting portfolio for the vibrant brand and assisting the team in their endeavours is the newly recruited Marketing Manager, Kinta Kania and the former Head of Operations, I Made Arsana has been promoted to Thasia’s youthful management team as The Elysian’s Executive Assistant Manager. All of the changes and appointments herald a new era for the young company who have experienced resounding success since their launch into the marketplace with the slick 26 villa Elysian Resort in 2005. The Elysian is proud of their achievement and recognize the role played by the youthful management team that will ensure that The Elysian remains as one of Asia’s premiere luxury brands.
Brain Awareness Training IBP
LEGIAN - All staffs should be aware with hotel product and get in touch with the brand itself. To fulfill this awareness, recently all Department heads and the second layer of All Seasons got training conducted by Accor Corporate Training Asia, Mr. Hendra J. Ngantung. This training just took 1 day on 13th August’10 and divided into 2 ses-
sions, morning and afternoon. The aims of this training is to give brain awareness about All Seasons itself, why All Seasons is created, what is the position of All Seasons in Accor group, what is the meaning of All Seasons and what All Seasons sold to the guest. Mr. Kahar Salamun, General Manager of All Seasons hope by this training all parties could bring more up the feel of All Seasons to the guest, so they could enjoy their stay in All Seasons.
Temple Ceremony Calendar of Event (Sep 3- 23 2010) 4 h – “Tumpek Wayang”, day devoted to “Sanghyang Iswara”, the lord of puppeteers, when blessing ceremony is given to shadow – puppet play sets for proper function and magical power. Temple Festival at: - Pr.aspahit, Jembrana. - Pr. Panti Gelgel, Ds. Pangembungan, Sesetan, Badung. - Pedharman Dalem Sri Aji Kresna Kepakisan, Besakih. - Pedharman Dalem Sukawati, Besaih. - Pedharman Kaba-Kaba , Besakih. - Pedharman Dalem Bakas, Besakih. - Pr. Pedharman Mengwi, Besakih. - Pr. Penataran Giri Purwa, Ds. Kutarejo, Tegal Dalimo, Banyuwangi. 5th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Maospahit, Ds. Gerenceng Denpasar. 8th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Ulun Kulkul, Besakih. - Pr. Melanting, Ds. Camenggaon, Sukawati. - Pr. Penataran Agung, Teluk Padang, Karangasem. - Pr. Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Pangembungan, Bongkasa, abiansemal. - Pr. Pasek Bandesa, Ds. Riyang Gede, Penebel Tabanan. - Pr. Pasek Banjar Jawa, Buleleng. - Pr. Gaduhan Jagat, Ds. Singakerta, Ubud. - Pr. Masceti Tengah, Ds. Mancawarna, Tampaksiring. - Pr. Penataran Batulepang, Ds. Kamasan, Klungkung. - Pr. Paibon Pasek Gobleg, Ds. Kedonganan, Kuta - Pr. Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Songan, Batur,
Kintamani. - Pr. Pasanggerahan Agung, Ds. Bebandem, Karangasem. - Pr. Penataran Dalem Peed, Nusa Penida. - Mr.Pasek Perateka, Ds. Pekandelan, Sidemen, Karangasem. - Mr.Pasek Perateka Taman Sari, Sukasada. - Pr. Kawitan Jero Wenayu, Ds. Wenayu, Bedulu, Gianyar. - Pr. Jati, Ubud. - Pr. Gua, Besakih. 10th _ Temple Festival at: - Merajan Geriya Kebon – Tabanan. - Pr. Candi Gora, Ds. Tianyar, Karangasem. 14th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Puseh Jagat Dalem Dukut, Nusa Penida. - Pr. Dalem, Ds. Batuyang, Batubulan. - Pr. Pasek Magending, Kediri, Tabanan. - Pr. Pasek Undagi, Ds. Timpag, Kerambitan, Tabanan. - Pr. Desa + Pura Pucak, Br. Taman Bedulu, Gianyar. - Mr.Pasek Tangkas Kori Agung, Ds. Sulahan. - Mr.Pasek Padang Rata, Ds. Padang, Karangasem. - Pr. Telaga Sakti/Dalem Tarukan, Ds. Ambengan, Nusa Penida. - Pr. Dalem, Ds. Padangan, Pupuan, Tabanan. - Pr. Yogha, Br. Teba Jero, Kaba-Kaba, Kediri Tabanan. - Pr. Dalem Purwa, Br. Kawan, Bangli. 15th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Agung Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Sibang Kaja, abiansemal. - Pr. Dalem Samprangan, Gianyar. - Pr. Ds. Galiran, Bhakti Seraga, Buleleng.
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 “umbul-umbul”, 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.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Grenade hits Thai state TV station; no wounded Agence France Presse
BANGKOK – A grenade exploded in the compound of Thailand’s state-run broadcaster Tuesday, damaging several vehicles but causing no injuries in the latest in a spate of unclaimed attacks in the capital. The grenade was deflected by trees before landing and detonating in the outdoor parking lot of the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand, known as NBT, just after lunchtime, said Bangkok police chief Lt. Gen. Santan Chaiyanont. The attack was the fourth grenade explosion in five weeks in the Thai capital, which is still rife with political divisions and under emergency rule. The earlier attacks left one person dead and a dozen wounded. No one has claimed responsibility for any of the explosions, but the government says the recent attacks justify keeping Bangkok under a state of emergency that was imposed during anti-government protests and riots in April and May in
which 91 people were killed and 1,400 wounded. NBT has been criticized by antigovernment Red Shirt protesters for reporting that favors the government. Santan, the police chief, and a Cabinet minister inspected the site after the attack, along with a bomb squad. Santan said initial theories that the grenade was fired from an expressway overlooking the compound were unlikely since police were on the expressway at the time of the attack. Rattana Jarernsak, executive director of NBT, said a half-dozen cars were damaged by the grenade but there was no plan to evacuate. “The explosion hasn’t really affected the journalists, and we’ll continue our operation,” Rattana said.
Mexico captures reported drug lord ‘the Barbie’ Associated Press Writer
MEXICO CITY – Texas-born fugitive Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias “the Barbie,” is the third major suspected drug lord to fall in Mexico in the past 10 months and a coup for President Felipe Calderon in his embattled war on powerful cartels. Valdez, who got his improbable nickname from his fair complexion, is wanted in the United States for allegedly smuggling tons of cocaine and inside Mexico is blamed for a brutal turf war that has included bodies hung from bridges, decapitations and shootouts as he and a rival fought for control of the divided Beltran Leyva cartel. Calderon called Valdez “one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and abroad” in a Tweet. He vowed that operations to bring down the rest of his gang will continue following his arrest Monday in Mexico State, an area that borders Mexico City. The arrest was the culmination of a yearlong intelligence operation, the Public Safety Department said in a statement. The statement offered no other details, but included a photograph of Valdez sporting stubble as he kneels on the ground, a police officer’s hand on his shoulder. Valdez was charged in May in
U.S. District Court in Atlanta with distributing thousands of pounds of cocaine from Mexico to the eastern U.S. from 2004 to 2006. U.S. authorities had offered a reward of up to $2 million for information leading to his capture, and the Mexican government offered a similar amount. There was no word from Mexican authorities on any extradition plans. Mexican authorities say Valdez has been battling for control of the Beltran Leyva cartel since its leader, Arturo Beltran Leyva, was killed in a December shootout with marines in Cuernavaca, a favorite weekend getaway south of the Mexican capital. The fight against Hector Beltran Leyva — a brother of Arturo — has made a battleground of what was once a relatively peaceful pocket of the country and brought the drug war ever closer to Mexico City. Their fight has spread westward toward the resort city of Acapulco. The U.S. State Department says Valdez headed a group of assassins for the Beltran Leyva gang. He “is the person most responsible for pushing the battle into central and southern Mexico,” the department says on its website. Valdez’s capture is the government’s latest victory against the crumbling Beltran Leyva cartel.
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Thai forensic policemen investigate a damaged car after a suspected grenade exploded in front of the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand building in Bangkok on August 31, 2010.
Japan politics From page 1 “This is merely a technical study,” said Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, adding that the report will be discussed at a Japan-US meeting of foreign and defence ministers, on an as-yet undetermined date. The dispute started a year ago when the DPJ’s first premier, Yukio Hatoyama, pledged to scrap a 2006 bilateral pact to relocate the base to coastal Henoko and instead promised to move it off the island altogether. But in the following months Hatoyama flip-flopped as Washington ramped up pressure for the base to stay on Okinawa. Hatoyama, his
Iran paper From page 1 The wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote: “Spill your blood, deprive your children of their mother? Why? because you have lived, because you have loved, because you are a woman, an Iranian? Every part of me refuses to accept this.” Kayhan, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reported Bruni’s letter on Saturday under the headline: “French prostitutes enter human rights uproar.” On Tuesday it returned to the subject, criticizing Bruni’s “illicit relationships with various people” and
approval ratings slumping, backtracked on his pledge in May and stepped down in June, taking Ichiro Ozawa, the DPJ’s scandal-mired secretary general, with him. Both nations reaffirmed in May they would move the base to Henoko as originally agreed, despite local opposition and concerns the offshore runways would spoil a fragile marine ecosystem. Under the deal, 8,000 US Marines are set to be moved to the American territory of Guam to ease the burden on Okinawa, which has hosted Japan’s largest concentration of US troops since the end of World War II. Both countries are mindful of the electoral calendar on Okinawa, where a new governor will be chosen in November. An anti-base can-
didate could block any offshore runway construction. In recent days another wild-card factor has emerged — a bid to oust Naoto Kan as party leader and premier by Ozawa, the veteran party powerbroker who was widely seen as Hatoyama’s puppet master. The Mainichi Shimbun daily said Sunday that while “Kan is sticking to the Japan-US joint statement, Mr Ozawa is cautious about a relocation to Henoko”. “Futenma is expected to be an issue in the leadership race,” it said. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, a politics professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, predicted that whatever happens within the DPJ there will be little progress on Futenma until the Okinawa governor’s election. “Domestic politics... inevitably plays a role in this issue,” he said.
blaming her for causing Sarkozy’s divorce from his second wife. “Studying Carla Bruni’s record clearly shows the reason why this immoral woman is backing an Iranian woman who has been condemned to death for committing adultery and being accomplice in her husband’s murder and, in fact, she herself deserves to die,” Kayhan said. There has been no official reaction from France where the media have paid very little attention to the affair. At his weekly news conference, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called on Iran’s media to use more temperate language. “Insulting the officials of other countries and using inappropriate words, this is not approved of by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said
when asked about the issue. “The policies, the manners and the comments of other countries’ officials, we criticize them, we make objections to them and we call for them to review their deeds, but we don’t think using inappropriate words and insulting words is the right thing to do.” Ashtiani, a mother of two, has received 99 lashes for having an illicit relationship with two men. The stoning sentence has been suspended pending a judicial review but could still be carried out, an Iranian judiciary official has said. Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran’s sharia law, enforced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran is second only to China in the number of people it executes, according to Amnesty International.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Rumbling volcano keeps Indonesians in shelters Agence France-Presse
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A man carries aid at a shelter for victims of the Mount Sinabung eruption in Karo district in Sumatra on August 31, 2010. Thousands of Indonesians spent a third day in shelters as a volcano threatened a devastating eruption on Sumatra island, officials said.
KABANJAHE - Thousands of Indonesians spent a third day in shelters Tuesday as a volcano threatened a devastating eruption on Sumatra island, officials said. Governent volcanologists said 2,460-metre (8,000-foot) Mount Sinabung was not spewing as much ash and smoke into the atmosphere as it had for the first two days but it was still extremely dangerous. The mountain erupted for the first time in 400 years on Sunday, sending around 30,000 people into temporary camps as authorities ordered everyone within a six-kilometre (fourmile) radius to leave. Officials said about 7,000 people had returned to their villages Tuesday but those from within the evacuation zone were not being allowed to go home. “People are asking us if they can go home to tend to their animals and guard their homes but they’re not allowed to leave the camps,” disaster response official Mohammad Agus Widisono said. Government volcanologist Agus Budianto
said: “The volcano continues to spew smoke and ash but the cloud is only 50 metres high compared to 2,000 metres yesterday. Visually, its activities have significantly reduced. “But our instruments have recorded continuous tremors in the volcano, which means that there is magma trying to push upward.” He said the situation remained too precarious for people who live closest to the volcano to go home. “We predict that there’s still a possibility that it will erupt again,” he said, adding there was “no plan” to downgrade the threat level. Airlines have been warned to avoid Mount Sinabung in northern Sumatra but the area is remote and the ash cloud has caused minimal flight problems. Sinabung is one of 69 active volcanoes in the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago. Indonesia straddles the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity. It has more active volcanoes than any other country. Earlier this month four people went missing after the 1,784-metre Mount Karangetang erupted on the island of Siau, North Sulawesi province.
Indonesia demands 2.4 billion dollar payout over oil spill Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Indonesia has demanded 2.4 billion dollars in compensation from a Thai oil company for damages related to a spill off the northwestern coast of Australia last year, a minister said Tuesday. Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said the claim for 22 trillion rupiah (2.4 billion dollars) had been presented during talks with PTT Australasia, a unit of Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production PCL, in Australia last week. “Our calculation includes poten-
tial damage to the coral reef in the affected area,” Numberi was quoted as saying by Dow Jones Newswires. The minister is leading a government team in negotiations with the Thai company, which has asked for detailed scientific evidence to back up Indonesia’s claims.
“PTTEP has ... joined hands with Australian authorities concerned to closely follow the environmental situation,” the company said in a statement Friday, adding that the spill was limited to an area around its damaged Montara well. “The result of these studies will be released to the public when completed.” The leak in the Timor Sea from August 21 to November 3 was the worst from an offshore oil platform in Australian history, although it was
smaller than the recent BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Like the BP spill, it dragged on for months as the company tried to plug the flow with a relief well, a process that eventually succeeded. It also led to calls for tougher regulation of offshore drilling and criticism of the authorities responsible for monitoring the operation. Evidence given at a commission of inquiry showed the Montara slick grew to almost 90,000 square kilometres and entered Indonesian waters, according to environmental
group WWF. The West Timor Care Foundation, which supports poor fishermen in eastern Indonesia, estimates the spill affected the livelihoods of about 18,000 fishermen. Businesses such as seaweed and pearl farms were also reportedly hit. Following this year’s Gulf of Mexico spill, which was the biggest maritime spill on record and spewed some 4.9 million barrels of oil, BP set up a 20-billion-dollar compensation fund.
US man faces blasphemy RI, Singapore exchange border agreement charge in Indonesia Antara
MATARAM - Indonesian authorities have arrested an American man for blasphemy after he pulled the plug on a loudspeaker at a mosque because it woke him up, police said Monday. Luke Gregory Lloyd, 64, was taken into custody after he disrupted a nightly Koran reading session near his home on Lombok island which was being broadcast over the mosque’s louds p e a ke r d u ri n g t h e M u s l i m h o l y m o n t h o f Ramadan. The incident happened on August 22 and Lloyd has been under police guard at a hotel ever since, pending further investigations. “He got angry as the Koranic reading woke him up. He scolded people in the mosque before pulling out the loudspeaker’s cable,” police officer Lalu Mahsun told reporters. He could face five years in jail under the mainly Muslim country’s blasphemy laws. Police also said Lloyd’s visa had expired in 2006.
JAKARTA - The Indonesian and Singapore governments have exchanged a Ratification Agreement Charter on Fixing the Sea Boundary of the Two Countries South of Singapore. The charter agreement, according to the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta on Monday was ratified by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty M.Natalegawa and his Singapore counterpart George Yong-Boon Yeo at the Singapore foreign ministry. The agreement was the product of eight rounds of negotiations between the two countries since 2005. Under Article 5 of the Agreement, the exchange of the charter caused the agreement to become effective as of August 30, 2010. On the occasion, the two foreign ministers also signed a Joint Submission Letter for depositing the agreement to the United Nations Secretary General. The sea boundary agreed on under the agreement is the continuation of the sea boundary already agreed upon in the agreement between Indonesia and Singapore on the Sea Boundary signed on May 25, 1973. The sea boundary between Indonesia and Singapore was fixed on the basis of international law, namely the 1982 Sea Law Convention, in which the two countries are part of the Convention. In deciding on the sea boundary, Indonesia used its basic point reference in Nipa Island, and the basic lines of the Indonesian archipelago drawn from Nipa Island to Karimun Besar Island.
The basic lines are the basic lines of the archipelago whose coordinates are set in Law no 4/Prp/1960 on the Indonesian Waters which had been renewed by Government Regulation No 38/2002 and Government Regulation No 37/2008. The sea boundary in the western segment will make it easier for security personnel and shipping safety in operating in the Singapore Strait, because there is legal security on the sea boundaries of the two countries. The negotiating technical team for the Indonesian maritime limit consists of representatives of ministries and sectoral representatives of the ministries and the relevent sectoral trans agencies namely the foreign ministry, defense ministry, Military Headquarters, Navy Headquarters, and the Navy’s Hidro-Oseanographic Agency. The team also gets inputs from a team of experts comprising experts and academicians. Now that the agreement had been ratified, the next step would be increasing bilateral cooperation in managing the border regions, including those related to navigational security issues, the environment, and the use of natural resources. With the completion of the sea boundary in the western segment (Tuas/Nipa Island), there is still the eastern segment 1 and eastern segment 2 which need to be negotiated by the two countries. The eastern segment 1 is the Batam/Changi and eastern segment 2 is the area around Bintan-South Ledge/Middle Rock/Pedra Branca which is still awaiting the result of further negotiations between Indonesia and Singapore.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Bali Today Malaysian tourists persist to visit Bali amid travel advisory Bali Post
DENPASAR - Heating conflict between Indonesia and Malaysia culminated in the issuance of travel advisory to its citizens making a visit. Tourism businesspeople believed it would not have a negative influence to their visit to Bali. Deputy Head of Bali Tourism Board (BTB), Bagus Sudibya, stated that condition of Bali tourism getting conducive even triggered the rise of their visits to the Island of the Gods. “The Impact of Malaysia issuing the warning will not affect much on the visit of their citizen to Bali. I think the impact of the ban will be felt by destinations outside Bali performing large-scale demonstration condemning the actions of Malaysia,” said Bagus Sudibya in Denpasar, last Monday (Aug 30). Arrival of the neighboring communities to Bali, according to Bagus Sudibya, had enough contribution in increasing the growth of tourism in Bali. With similarity of Malayan race, Indonesia and Bali in particular would remain a part of their favorite destinations. “Character of Malaysian tourists is similar to that of domestic tourists. After the Bali bombing tragedy, both markets became the mainstay in the middle of the collapsed Bali tourism,” he said. According to him, spending of Malaysian tourists during their holiday to Indonesia reached USD 50-100. Other than spending for shopping activities, they also liked to enjoy natural attractions and nightlife. “Although it did not show the negative impact on tourism, I hope that disputes of Indonesia and Malaysia could be resolved immediately. If the case is allowed to be
protracted, possibly these tourists of neighboring country will not come here so that causes the decline in the rate of tourist visits,” said the owner of the Bagus Discovery. Meanwhile, the Head of Bali Government Tourism Office (Diparda), I.B. Kade Subhiksu, explained that arrival of Malaysian tourists in Bali during the period of January-July 2010 reached 82,059 persons or 2.09 percent decrease from the same period in 2009 recorded to achieve 83,809 persons. “Though their number drops but their position remains on the big 10 of the potential markets for Bali tourism ranked the fourth after Australia, Japan and China,” he explained. Dealing with the conflict of both countries, Subhiksu stated optimistically that such a conflict would not affect much to Bali tourism as long as the condition of the Island of the Gods was conducive. “Malaysian market has a unique characteristic associated with religion and belief practiced where the vast majority is Islam so the food required should meet the halal (lawful to Islamic law) requirements. Meanwhile, Malaysian tourists of the Indian ethnic generally like vegetarian food,” he said. (par)
Tourists enjoying their time at the beach on Bali Island. Heating conflict between Indonesia and Malaysia culminated in the issuance of travel advisory to its citizens making a visit. Tourism businesspeople believed it would not have a negative influence to their visit to Bali.
Balinese craftsmen prepare accessories for “Lebaran” Antara
A tourists trying a bracelet at Art Market on Bali Island. The silver craftsmen in Bali is preparing new accessories to welcome the domestic tourists during the Idul Fitri holiday.
DENPASAR - The silver craftsmen in Bali is preparing new accessories to welcome the domestic tourists during the “Idul Fitri” holiday. The accessories demanded by the tourists are the one which has the shape of flowers, bird, butterfly, and others. Made Mustika, a craftsman in Celuk village, said that usually during the “Idul Fitri” or “Lebaran” holiday, the demand will increase especially from domestic tourists who come to Bali to spend heir holiday. Currently, he has 25 workers to create the design and make the accessories. The domestic tourists often go to Sukawati market to buy souvenirs with very reasonable price. They usually buy beach cloth, shirts, paintings and others. Mustika said that he also received orders
from silver sellers throughout Bali including the one in Sukawati art market. The tourists usually buy the accessory as a gift for their friends and families back home. It is a token that they went to Bali for holiday. Nyoman Suputra, another craftsman from Ubud, said “we produce many kinds of beach cloth with various motifs, sizes, and color. The tourists who come from big cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya often buy our clot.” The products that already exported by the businessmen are also demanded by the domestic tourists. Nyoman said that the prices of the cloth depend on the quality and it is around 50,000 rupiah up to 150,000 rupiah, while paintings could cost 150,000 rupiah for each.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Collaboration of Balinese Traditional and Contemporary Art IBP
DENPASAR – A spectacular show that will be able to stunned audiences to perform regularly in Bali Safari & Marine Park. The shows that denoting a fusion of Balinese traditional performing arts and contemporary dance will be perform four times a week. Musical collaboration of diverse genres and puppet attraction are another attraction to keep audiences captivated besides the largest modern stage that claimed to be the biggest in South East Asia. It was the show entitled ‘Bali Agung—the Legend of Balinese Deities’ in Bali Safari & Marine Park, Gianyar. Peter J. Wilson, the world’s leading film director who collaborated with puppeteer, I Made Sidia, was really good at arranging the most illustrious legend mixed with the amazing effects of the western theater to create a theatrical effect. Moreover, the indoor theater complex had a capacity of 1200 seats and equipped with the latest multi-media technology, sophisticated sound systems and lighting made the theater performances alive. Executive Director, Hans Manangsang during the press conference said that the vision of Bali Agung was to create a colossal work with the overall story line summarizing the essence of Bali, an imaging about the evolution in the perspective of Balinese culture. “This is an important aspect of our commitment to conservation of wildlife and culture,” he said. The original music composition as a perfect blend of Balinese gamelan and western orchestral music enriched the performing arts production. A to-
tal of 150 artists supporting the work of art looked so good at expressing the storyline taken from historical and legendary stories of Sri Jaya Pangus, the King governing the Balingkang Kingdom in the twelfth century and his beloved wife Kang Ching Wie was a nobleman’s daughter from mainland China. What made the show truly interesting was when Bali’s most accomplished artists, including the dancers, puppeteer and musician jointly had performance with a variety of exotic and trained animals such as elephants, camels, eagles and tigers. The stretch of volcanic crater and towering volcano became a backdrop of the epic filled by sneaky plots and heroism. Bali Agung team was created
and produced by renowned theater team in the international arena. Director, composer and production designer of this spectacular theater had been involved in various large-scale productions, including the Sydney Olympics and Doha Asian Games event. “The combination of theater artists and the team is promising a unique and daily performance that can only be witnessed in the Bali Theater,” he added. Meanwhile, John Sumampaw, Director of Sales and Marketing of Bali Theater added the theater would cast the uniqueness of Balinese culture and the brilliance of its values consequently attracting the national and international audience to visit and enjoy the creative dimension of the island within the scope of a single theme park.
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Soft launching situation of show entitled ‘Bali Agung—the Legend of Balinese Deities’ in Bali Safari & Marine Park, Gianyar.
(Black Rice Pudding) OVERVIEW: Different versions of this Balinese snack are a great favorite with visitors to Bali. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup black glutinous rice ¾ cup white glutinous rice 2 pandan leaves 5 cups water ½ cup palm sugar syrup 1½ cup freshly squeezed thick coconut milk PREPARATION: 1. Rinse both lots of rice well for 2 minutes under running water. Drain 2. Put 5 cups water, both lots of rice and pandan leaf into heavy stockpot. Simmer over medium heat approximately 40 minutes. 3. Add palm sugar syrup and continue to cook until most liquid has evaporated. Season with a pinch of salt. Remove from heat and allow cooling. 4. Serve at room temperature, topped with freshly squeezed coconut milk. Helpful hints: As fresh coconut milk turns rancid fairly quickly, a pinch of salt is usually added to the milk to help preserve it for few hours. A more effective alternative is to cook the coconut milk with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch diluted in a little water: heat gently, stirring constantly for a couple of minutes. This coconut sauce will keep overnight. Milk made from instant powdered coconut will not turn rancid, although the flavor is not as good as fresh coconut milk. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Bali-China foreign trade suffers a deficit Antara
DENPASAR - Bali’s foreign trade of goods, handicrafts and nonoil and gas to China including Hong Kong in early 2010 was a deficit about 1 million US dollars. The head of Bank Indonesia Denpasar chapter Jeffrey Kairupan said in the Bali regional economic report on Monday that the purchase of goods from China reached 18.4 million US dollars in the January-May 2010 period. Meanwhile, foreign trade in a variety of crafts and non-oil and gas items from Bali especially to China and Hong Kong in the same period reached only 17.1 million dollars. This means that Bali imports from China in consumer goods and and raw materials of various small industrial products and other handicrafts reached 1.3 million dollars compared to Bali’s exports within five years early in 2010.
Balinese entrepreneurs purchased raw materials including clothing material and woven apparel will be re-exported to the USA, Europe and some other countries such as Australia. He said that the foreign trade of a variety of non-oil gas items from Bali to China and Hong Kong actually increased by 3.5 million US dollars per month. China is one of Bali’s competitors in the potential export market but the potential of the nonoil and gas commodity exports such as handicrafts by the Balinese people are high. Bali besides trading in handicraft items to China and Hong Kong, also dealt in fruits, coffee, and fish. With regard to the entrepreneurs as well as exporters of various Bali handicrafts, Made Sudana SE in Denpasar hoped that the local entrepreneurs could earn more foreign exchange; the government needs to improve its economic relations with China.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tabanan Hot Water IBP
Tabanan Hot Water is one of tourist destinations in Tabanan regency, west part of Bali. it is about 15 minutes from Tabanan town and close to Batukaru Temple. It is set on the hill bank and the river valley just in front of it. There is a main pool located in the lowest level and just beside of river meanwhile other small pools are set on the bank. This hot water is come from the Batukaru mount and flows to the hill bank at Penatahan village, the location of Tabanan Hot Water. It is located in Penatahan Village, Penebel Sub district and Tabanan Regency. It is about 1,5 hour drive from Baliâ€™s International Airport taking the simple direction to go to Tabanan Town and access to Batukaru Temple. It is strategically located beside of main road from Tabanan town to Batukaru Temple. Tabanan Hot Water is a potential place as tourist destination in Bali due to the place is unique with original hot water located in the river bank. We can find a hotel, restaurant and small spa in this hot water that completing this area a tourist destination in Tabanan Regency. It is many visited by local and foreign tourists who want to take a bath in the hot water while enjoy the natural nature surround it.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Global equities rocked by US economic fears, yen strains Agence France-Presse
LONDON - World stock markets sank heavily on Tuesday as investors shunned risky assets amid renewed fears over the United States economy, while Tokyo also dived on concern over the soaring yen, dealers said. In morning European deals, London shed 1.05 percent as British investors returned from a long weekend after a public holiday on Monday. Frankfurt slid 0.79 percent, Paris dived 1.00 percent and Madrid dipped 1.35 percent. “The market is still definitely in a negative mindset, as the engine of world growth — the United States economy — seems to be stalling,” said analyst Phil Gillett at trading firm Spreadex in London. “Risk aversion is still at the forefront of traders’ minds,” he added. Wall Street slumped on Monday after weak consumer spending figures and ahead of key data later this week expected to show the US economic recovery is slowing down. Before the weekend, New York had rallied after Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke said the US central bank was ready to step in if the economy faltered. “Continued concerns about the pace of economic recovery — specifically in the US — have provoked further risk aversion since Friday’s post-Bernanke bounce,” added CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson. In Asia on Tuesday, Japan’s multi-billion-dollar plans to boost its economy and rein in the yen were shrugged off as a fresh set of poor US data and the strong yen weighed on investor sentiment. Tokyo plummeted to a 16-month low, one day after the government unveiled an 11billion-dollar package of stimulus measures aimed at kickstarting growth and spending in the nation. That came hours after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) announced a fresh batch of monetary easing aimed at taming the soaring yen which is hampering the export sector that is key the economy’s health. However, traders were unimpressed with the efforts and, with weak consumer figures in the US pointing to a global slowdown, they bought into the safe-haven yen, sending it up against the dollar and euro. The Tokyo stock market plunged 3.55 percent to 8,824.06 points — its lowest closing level since April 2009 — wiping out Monday’s gains, as worries over a strong yen hit exporters. “It would appear that market
reaction to the BoJ’s extra stimulus has merely served to reinforce the perception of central bank impotence in the face of deteriorating economic conditions, thus fuelling risk aversion and equity market sell-offs,” added Hewson. The dollar, which had struck a 15-year low last week, slipped to 84.30 yen in morning London trade, from 84.55 yen late Monday in New York. Investors got an anaemic lead from Wall Street, where the Dow fell 1.39 percent on Tuesday after the Commerce Department released data showing July consumer spending rose by just 0.4 percent and incomes gained 0.2 percent. The data was largely in line with forecasts but analysts said the numbers were disappointing as they showed spending outpacing income. Consumer spending is a key driver of US economic growth, usually accounting for two-thirds of output. Kenneth Broux, markets strategist at Lloyds Banking Group, said equities were being hampered by two factors. First, he cited “the rate of US economic deterioration in the third quarter”. And secondly, Broux added that there was “a realisation that US and Japanese central banks have played their cards — and additional central bank stimulus may not achieve a lot.” Eyes will now be on key US economic data due to be released this week, including industrial manufacturing numbers on Wednesday and key employment figures on Friday. In Zurich, the Swiss franc reached a historic high point against the euro when the Swiss refuge currency continued to strengthen. The euro dipped to 1.2912 Swiss francs, a record low level since the European currency was introduced in 1999, after hovering either side of the symbolic 1.30-franc barrier for the past week. “The psychological barrier of 1.30 has definitely been breached,” said analysts at Zuercher Kantonalbank (ZKB). Analysts believe the Swiss franc will continue to strengthen to record levels against the euro, despite a pattern of intervention by the Swiss central bank earlier this year to dampen its rise and avoid deflation.
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A file picture taken on January 13, 2010 shows jet planes of Japan Airlines (JAL) at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
JAL unveils recovery plan, to cut 16,000 posts Agence France-Presse
TOKYO - After a two-month delay, struggling Japan Airlines announced on Tuesday details of a rehabilitation plan that will see the group cut more than 16,000 positions by the end of fiscal 2010. In January the flagship carrier went under with 26 billion dollars of debt in one of Japan’s biggest-ever corporate failures, but has continued flying while it goes through a painful state-led restructuring process. Since filing for bankruptcy protection in January, JAL was delisted from Tokyo’s stock exchange in February and is now going through a court-led restructuring with the help of a government-backed turnaround fund. “JAL has caused tremendous nuisance to its shareholders and creditors,” said chairman Kazuo Inamori. “I believe the rehabilitation plans submitted today marks the start of JAL’s revival,” he told a press conference. The Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp. (ETIC) said in a statement that it would inject 350 billion yen (4.14 billion dollars) into the JAL group, subject to approval of the rehabilitation plan with the court. The carrier will reduce the number of old aircraft by retiring them early and will downsize its fleet by introducing mid-sized and small planes. JAL said it would achieve personnel cuts by encouraging early retirement and selling subsidiaries, reducing the group personnel number to 32,600 at the
end of fiscal 2010 from 48,714 at the end of fiscal 2009. “We must strive to implement schemes in the plan steadily and post figures that would even exceed targets,” said Inamori. JAL hopes to post a 64.1 billion yen operating profit in fiscal 2011, which it forecast to rise to 117.5 billion yen in the year to March 2013. “The number of passengers is increasing and cargo business is robust,” said ETIC trustee Hideo Seto when asked how the fast return to profit could be achieved amid the current business environment. Seto added that the re-listing of JAL shares would be an option “around March 2012.” The government asked charismatic entrepreneur Inamori, founder of high-tech company Kyocera and an ordained Buddhist monk, to turn around the former state-run company. The ailing carrier delayed submitting its restructuring programme to the court by two months until the end of August to give it more time to refine cost-reduction measures. The company has been negotiating with its creditors for fresh financial support under the programme, having faced pressure to speed up its plan to return to health. Since filing for bankruptcy, JAL has been reducing flights and pulling out of unpopular routes, while being eclipsed by All Nippon Airways as the top Japanese carrier in terms of passenger volume and cargo.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Purse, cocaine not hers, Hilton told Vegas police
Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS – Paris Hilton had an explanation for police: The rolling papers, $1,300 in cash and several credit cards were hers, but not the purse they were in. And definitely not the bag of white powder that fell out of it. Believing it to be cocaine, an officer asked her who it belonged to. “She said she had not seen it but now thought it was gum,” Las Vegas police Lt. Dennis Flynn wrote in a report made public on Monday. Hilton told police the purse belonged to a friend. But the friend was never identified. The 29-year-old celebrity socialite was charged with cocaine possession. She was freed without bail before dawn Saturday after spending less than three hours handcuffed on a jailhouse booking room bench. Hilton’s lawyer, David Chesnoff,
said he would not comment on the police report, and added, “the facts of the situation will be tested in a courtroom.” Flynn said Hilton acknowledged also owning a broken tablet of the prescription asthma medication Albuterol found in the purse she took with her into a security room at the Wynn Las Vegas resort. Flynn said Hilton had asked to be allowed to go into the hotel after her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits, 34, failed field sobriety tests given by a motorcycle officer. The couple had been stopped in a black Cadillac Escalade after the officer smelled a “vapor trail” of marijuana smoke. Police have not said whether marijuana was found in the vehicle. Flynn said Hilton denied owning a small plastic “bindle” containing 0.8 grams of cocaine that the police lieutenant said fell out when Hilton opened the purse to get a tube of lip balm. Flynn said that while Hilton was in the Escalade, she told him she was “extremely embarrassed, due to all the people taking pictures of her,” and asked to go inside the Wynn resort to use a bathroom. Flynn estimated the crowd at about 100 people. Several photos apparently snapped with cell phone cameras have been posted on at least one Internet site showing Hilton with police at the Escalade on the neon-splashed Strip. Las Vegas police do not have cameras on patrol vehicle dashboards.
Katy Perry revisits adolescence in ‘Teenage Dream’ Agence France Presse
PARIS - Katy Perry made the world sit up and listen for “kissing a girl”, in her 2008 debut smash hit single, and her third and latest album “Teenage Dream”, hitting stores this month, again reveals her sassy side. The pop star’s very first record, a Christian-gospel inspired album released under her real name Katy Hudson, went unnoticed on its 2001 release. But with the creation of pin-up persona Katy Perry the 25-yearold’s career took off. Her second album, “One of the Boys,” has sold over five million copies worldwide in two years. It outlined the megastar’s sexy new style, embodied by the single “I Kissed a Girl”, and “Teenage Dream” continues to tread this path. In “Peacock,” the singer ambiguously stresses the second syllable, though in understated fashion in contrast to pop rival Lady Gaga’s more aggressively sexual style. “I consider “Teenage Dream” to be the logical continuation of my first album. I don’t think people want me to be anyone other than
myself,” Perry, the daughter of two pastors, said. The album sleeve captures the performer’s provocative but seldom vulgar image, picturing a nude Perry lying on a cloud of cotton candy. Her fantasy world circled the globe in this summer’s radio and music video channel favourite single, “California Gurls,” whose video features cookies and uncouth gummy bears living in harmony with American gangster rapper Snoop Dogg.
Celebrated Iranian film director Jafar Panahi stands in front of shelves of cameras during an interview with AFP in Tehran on August 30, 2010. Panahi, who spent three months in Tehran’s Evin prison, is expected to present his latest film “The Accordion” at the Venice Film Festival September 1-11, 2010.
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Venice film festival kicks off Wednesday Agence France Presse
VENICE, Italy - The Venice film festival kicks off Wednesday with a spotlight on the new generation of filmmakers as 41-year-old US director Darren Aronofsky raises the curtain with “Black Swan.” The psychological thriller by Aronofsky, who won in Venice in 2008 with “The Wrestler” starring Mickey Rourke, is set in the cutthroat New York ballet world. Other under 50s in the competition are Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola, 39, of the United States and 43-year-old Francois Ozon of France. Coppola, who won a best screenplay Oscar for “Lost in Translation” (2003), offers a dramatic comedy “Somewhere,” set in Hollywood and produced by her serial Oscar-winning father Francis Ford Coppola. Perhaps compensating for his youth, Ozon has tapped mature talent in veteran French actors Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu in his comedy “Potiche”. A total of 24 films will be in competition for this year’s Golden Lion with the late addition of “Essential Killing” by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, about a member of the
Taliban (Vincent Gallo) captured by Americans and transferred to Europe for interrogation. Gallo, of New York, is already present in the festival lineup as the director of the in-competition “Promises Written on Water,” a sombre tale about a girl with a terminal illness. A “surprise” candidate is to be announced on Sunday. Meanwhile, organisers fear that Iranian authorities were unlikely to allow prominent filmmaker Jafar Panahi to travel to Venice for the screening of his short film “The Accordion” on Wednesday. Expressing their “solidarity” with Panahi, who won the Golden Lion here in 2000 for “The Circle,” they said in a statement: “We hope that in the coming days we will receive comforting news.”
Panahi is likely to be represented at the screening by his colleague Mazdak Taebi, the statement said. Besides Aronofsky and Coppola, three other US directors are in the running for the Golden Lion: Kelly Reichardt with “Meek’s Cutoff”, Julian Schnabel with “Miral” starring Willem Dafoe and Monte Hellman with “Road to Nowhere”. Italy has four films in competition at the event running through September 11, including Saverio Costanzo’s adaptation of the bestselling Paolo Giordano novel “The Solitude of Prime Numbers”. Among the three French candidates is “Black Venus” by Tunisian-born Abdellatif Kechiche, whose “The Secret of the Grain” won the special jury prize in Venice in 2007.
JK Rowling donates 10 million pounds for MS center Associated Press Writer
LONDON – Author J.K. Rowling has given 10 million pounds ($15.4 million) to set up a clinic to treat and research multiple sclerosis, the disease that killed her mother. The creator of Harry Potter says she hopes the clinic will become “a world center for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology.”
Rowling said Tuesday that the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic will be based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The university says Rowling’s gift is the largest single donation it has received. The writer is a longtime resident of the Scottish capital. Rowling’s mother died in 1990 at the age of 45, before the writer struck fame with her novels about the boy wizard.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
US grapples with bedbugs, misuse of pesticides Associated Press Writer
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(FILES) In this photograph taken on August 17, 2010, an Indian construction worker carries an empty water container as a New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) worker fumigates at the under-construction Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi on August 17, 2010, ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Delhi uses fish to combat CGames dengue scare Agence France Presse
NEW DELHI - On top of construction chaos and corruption concerns, organisers of the Delhi Commonwealth Games are now grappling with a mosquito crisis at sporting venues and are even employing larvaeeating fish. “We are taking all possible precautions against mosquitoes,” a senior official from the Delhi event’s organising committee told AFP Tuesday, asking not to be named. “But we are concerned.” An outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever in New Delhi has led 863 people to seek hospital care since July, according to an official tally, although the real number of infections is thought to be many times higher. Three people have died. The October 3-14 sporting extravaganza, already mired in severe delays and corruption allegations, will bring together 8,000 athletes and officials from 71 nations and former territories of the old British empire. Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia on Monday told reporters she had ordered municipal authorities to
spray anti-mosquito repellant “in and around” all the Games venues. Media reports said organisers were also releasing larvae-eating fish in a pond built in the Games Village to protect participants from dengue, a viral infection transmitted to humans by female Aedes mosquitoes. The disease causes a severe flu-like illness for most victims. One strain of it can cause internal bleeding. A heavy monsoon and the Games construction sites across the city, where water has gathered in large pools, have led to heightened fears this year about mosquito-borne diseases. The insects breed in stagnant
water. Delhi’s Yamuna river is also running very high. “Due to a good monsoon and a rise in the Yamuna river water levels, high density (mosquito) breeding has been found in the Village and neighbouring areas,” municipal health official V.K. Monga told The Times of India. “To check this, we have introduced Gambusia fish in the water body near the training venue,” he said. A species of the Gambusia is known as the “mosquitofish” as it consumes the insect’s larvae. The Times said a Malaysian athlete participating in a Games test event in July had contracted dengue.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has homeowners and apartment dwellers taking desperate measures to eradicate the tenacious bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous outdoor pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators. The problem has gotten so bad that the Environmental Protection Agency warned this month against the indoor use of chemicals meant for the outside. The agency also warned of an increase in pest control companies and others making “unrealistic promises of effectiveness or low cost.” Bedbugs, infesting U.S. households on a scale unseen in more than a half-century, have become largely resistant to common pesticides. As a result, some homeowners and exterminators are turning to more hazardous chemicals that can harm the central nervous system, irritate the skin and eyes or even cause cancer. Ohio authorities, struggling against widespread infestations in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and other cities, are pleading with EPA to approve the indoor use of the pesticide propoxur, which the agency considers a probable carcinogen and banned for in-home use in 2007. About 25 other states are supporting Ohio’s request for an emergency exemption. The EPA rejected the request in June but said it would consider new
information on it. An agency spokesman, Dale Kemery, said the EPA has pledged to find new, potent chemicals to kill bedbugs, which can cause itchy, red bites that can become infected if scratched. In the meantime, authorities around the country have blamed house fires on people misusing all sorts of highly flammable garden and lawn chemicals to fight bedbugs. Experts also warn that some hardware products — bug bombs, cedar oil and other natural oils — claim to be lethal but merely cause the bugs to scatter out of sight and hide in cracks in walls and floors. A pest control company in Newark, N.J., was accused in July of applying chemicals not approved for indoor use throughout 70 homes and apartments units, even spraying mattresses and children’s toys. No illnesses were reported. In Cincinnati, an unlicensed applicator saturated an apartment complex in June with an agricultural pesticide typically used on golf courses. Seven tenants got sick and were treated at the hospital. The property was quarantined, and all tenants were forced to move. Authorities are pursuing criminal charges. “When you see the anguish that bedbugs cause these people, it’s understandable why they might take things into their own hands, and some of it is very dangerous,” said Michael Potter, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky and one of the country’s leading bedbug experts.
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In this Aug. 25, 2010 photo, Delores Stewart displays bed bugs found in her home in Columbus, Ohio. A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has homeowners and apartment dwellers taking desperate measures to eradicate the tenacious bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous outdoor pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators.
Smoking cannabis relieves chronic pain: study Agence France Presse
OTTAWA - Smoking cannabis can relieve chronic neuropathic pain and help sufferers sleep, researchers said in a study published
The picture show a man smoking canabis
in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday. Smoking pot also improved their mood, said the researchers led by Mark Ware at McGill University in Montreal. Twenty-one participants in the study were asked to inhale marijuana smoke three times daily for five days. Each suffered from post-traumatic or postsurgical neuropathic
pain, caused by nerves that do not heal, for which there are few treatment options. “A single inhalation of 25 mg of 9.4 percent tetrahydrocannabinol herbal cannabis three times daily for five days reduced the intensity of pain, improved sleep and was well tolerated,” the study concluded. Less potent cannabis yielded
“intermediate but nonsignificant degrees of relief,” it added. “We found no differences in mood or quality of life” in those cases. The most common adverse effects of the drug — found to be negligible — were headaches, dry eyes, a burning sensation in areas of neuropathic pain, dizziness, numbness and coughing.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Forlan double eases Atletico to opening win Agence France Presse AP Photo/Tim Hales
England soccer manager Fabio Capello, center, attends the English Premier League soccer match between Blackburn and Arsenal at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010.
Injuries pile on the problems for Capello Agence France Presse
LONDON - Fabio Capello’s preparations for England’s opening Euro 2012 qualifiers suffered a blow on Tuesday as Peter Crouch, Phil Jagielka and his two back-up goalkeepers all missed training due to injuries. Capello is desperate to make a positive start to the Euro 2012 campaign after England’s woeful efforts at the World Cup, but the Italian is already being hampered by injuries ahead of Friday’s clash against Bulgaria at Wembley and the trip to Switzerland next Tuesday. Tottenham striker Crouch was forced to miss training at Arsenal’s London Colney centre due to a back problem, while Everton defender Jagielka was sidelined with an ankle injury suffered while playing in his club’s defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday. As if that wasn’t worrying enough for Capello, the England coach was also without Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster and West Brom keeper Scott Carson for the opening training session. Fos-
ter has a knee injury, while Carson is troubled by a back problem. Manchester City’s Joe Hart is set to be Capello’s number one in the qualifers but England were forced to ask Arsenal to supply one of their youngsters, 19-year-old reserve keeper James Shea, to ensure the squad had two goalkeepers to train with. However, the Football Association suggested there were unlikely to be any call-ups to cover for the injuries on Tuesday. If Jagielka fails to recover in time for Friday’s match, Capello will have to rethink his defensive plans as it was thought the former Sheffield United player would partner Michael Dawson at the heart of England’s defence. Matthew Upson, who played poorly at the World Cup, Joleon Lescott or Gary Cahill would compete for the vacant defensive spot. Crouch’s injury would also rob Capello of an attacking option if he can’t return to full fitness in time, but the Italian named five strikers in his squad so he will still be able to choose from Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Carlton Cole and Darren Bent.
MADRID - A double by Uruguayan star Diego Forlan inspired Atletico Madrid to an opening 4-0 victory over Sporting Gijon here on Monday in the Primera Liga. Forlan, who was named the best player of the World Cup finals where he scored five goals as Uruguay reached the semi-finals, scored his brace in the 40th and 64th minutes to add to Jose Jurado’s 11th minute opener. The victory came fresh on the heels of the Europa League titleholders European Super Cup triumph over Champions League winners Inter Milan on Friday. Jurado struck early on to show the team were not suffering from fatigue after their exertions against Inter when he shot home into the top right hand corner after a Jose Antonio Reyes corner had been partially cleared by the Gijon defence. Forlan doubled their lead close to the break when he fired in at close range after being set up by Argentinian international striker Sergio Aguero. The 31-year-old former Manchester United and Villarreal forward made no mistake in wrapping up the three points when Czech international Tomas Ujfalusi created an opening for him. Atletico could have had a hatful more but wasted their chances until Portuguese veteran Simao popped up to add a fourth in time added on after being set up by Reyes.
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Atletico Madrid’s Portuguese midfielder Simao Sabrosa (L) celebrates with Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan after scoring against Sporting Gijon during their Spanish League football match at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on August 30, 2010. Atletico Madrid won 4-0.
Japan welcomes Zaccheroni as new coach Agence France Presse
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Former AC Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni (C) of Italy holds a jersey of Japan’s national team with vice chairman of the Japan Football Association (JFA) Kuniya Daini (L) and JFA technical director Hiromi Hara (R) during his first press conference as new coach of Japan’s national football team in Tokyo on August 31, 2010.
TOKYO - Alberto Zaccheroni’s appointment as Japan coach was welcomed by local media who said Tuesday his attack-minded style could help the Blue Samurai build on progress made at the last World Cup. But they also expressed concern that the 57year-old Italian — a former AC Milan coach — lacked experience abroad or at international level and had enjoyed little major success in the past decade. The Japan Football Association (JFA) on Monday named Zaccheroni, who won the 1998-99 Serie A title with Milan, to succeed Japanese Takeshi Okada, who guided the team to the last16 round at this summer’s World Cup. The infuential Asahi Shimbun daily labelled Zaccheroni, famous for his tactic of fielding three strikers up front, as an “offensive type” of coach “who knows global standards”. But the newspaper added: “It can be said that his skills for guiding the
Japanese national team are unknown.” “He hasn’t produced results in the past 10 years and is called a past great general,” the Sports Hochi noted, adding that “it is unknown how he would cope with the culture and language barriers”. Zaccheroni, the sixth foreigner to manage Japan and the first Italian, follows in the footsteps of Brazilian legends Zico and Falcao, as well as Frenchman Philippe Troussier, known for his success with African club sides before his appointment in 1998. Zaccheroni was due to be presented to the local media at a press conference later Tuesday. He has coached a dozen Italian sides, also including Lazio and Inter Milan, since the age of 30, and took over struggling Juventus last January. The Turin side finished the season seventh. The JFA has been looking for a new coach who could push Japan “one rank higher” at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. In South Africa, Okada’s Japan upset Cameroon and Denmark and
narrowly lost to the Netherlands to reach the World Cup knockout stage for the first time on foreign soil. With a highly organised defence but lacking solid offensive tactics, they lost to Paraguay on penalties after a goalless draw in 120 minutes in the last-16. The JFA had failed to sign Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, who was sacked as Real Madrid manager in May, and Spaniard Ernesto Valverde, who commited to Greek side Olympiakos. Former FC Porto coach Victor Fernandez and former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre were also mentioned as possible candidates in the media. Zaccheroni has reportedly agreed a two-year contract worth 200 million yen (2.35 million dollars) a year with a twoyear option. The Nikkei business daily saw little risk of the Italian going back to European clubs with handsome deals in the middle of his tenure. “New challenges in his first overseas job and his first assignment as a national coach may well fire him up,” it said.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Federer and Clijsters off and running at US Open Agence France Presse
NEW YORK - The US Open got underway on Monday with straight-sets wins for second seeds and tournament betting favourites Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters. But there were upsets, too, as 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt and former world number one Dinara Safina both crashed out. Federer, seeking to regain the crown he lost to Juan Martin del Potro last year after five consecutive titles, strolled to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Brian Dabul of Argentina in the featured night match on the Arthur Ashe Centre Court. The Swiss star, who won just his second tournament of the year in Cincinnati eight days ago, was never in trouble against the former top junior as he got back to winning ways in the tournament he totally dominated from 2004 until last year’s upset in the final. “I’ve never lost a night session match here and feel very much at home. Been in six straight finals and would like to be there again this year, but the path is long and rough,” he said. “I missed many break chances but credit to Brian, too. It was his first time on centre court at a major.” Joining him in the second round was potential quarter-final opponent Robin Soderling, but he needed five sets to see off unheralded Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 7-5, 6-3, 6-
7 (2/7), 5-7, 6-4 On a hot and sunny opening day there were wins also for sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia - a 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 winner over Michael Russell of the United States - and ninth seed and 2003 champion Andy Roddick, who saw off Stephane Robert of France 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on the American’s 28th birthday. But Hewitt, at 29, found the shotmaking of unpredictable Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu too much to cope with as he went down 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 46, 6-1. It was the first time he had lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows in 11 starts and will cast further doubts on his competitiveness at the highest level of men’s tennis. Clijsters, who supplied one of the sports stories of the year here 12 months ago when she stepped out of retirement and motherhood to win her second US Open title, defeated Greta Arn of Hungary 6-0, 7-5. She took the first set in just 18 minutes, but needed to fight back after going 0-4 down in the second. Clijsters said that she felt under no extra pres-
USA escape in Istanbul thriller
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sure to repeat her outstanding play of last year. “Obviously last year I had a few more probably unanswered questions, but I think this year I know what I have to do if I want to try and do as well as I did last year,” she added. There was a reasonably comfortable winning start for top American hope Venus Williams. But there were signs in her 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Italy’s Roberta Vinci that the 30-year-old third seed, who carries US hopes with sister Serena out injured, is still feeling some pain from the left knee injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon. “I was doing pretty good until I landed on my leg on a swing volley,” she said. “She didn’t make a lot of errors so I was very happy to get through after not playing forever.” There were wins also for fifth seed Samantha Stosur of Australia and the woman who beat her in the French Open final, sixth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy. But former world number one Dinara Safina suffered more heartache as she attempts to return to her best form after a crippling back injury.
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ISTANBUL – The United States narrowly avoided a shock upset at the hands of Group B rivals Brazil to come through 70-68 winners at the World Basketball Championships here on Monday. With just two groups in action all eyes were focusing on USA and Brazil, in one of the clashes of the tournament to date. After cruising in their opening two games, USA were caught off guard by Brazil early with Tiago Splitter (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Marcus Viera (16 points) rattling the American defence for a 4643 half-time lead. The USA were able to regain the lead in the third quarter, going into the final quarter just 2 points in arrears insuring an exciting finale. The drama prevailed, with Kevin Durant (27 points, 10 rebounds) fouling Marcelo Huertas as he attempted to tie the game up at 7070. Missing his first from the foul line, Huertas then missed his second
Lamar Odom (R) of USA vies with Tiago Splitter (L) of Brazil during the preliminary round group B match between Brazil and USA, at the FIBA World Basketball Championships at the Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, on August 30, 2010.
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Roger Federer, of Switzerland, hits a winner between his legs during his opening-day match against Brian Dabul, of Argentina, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug, 30, 2010.
on purpose, rebounding his own shot before off loading to teammate Leandro Barbosa under the hoop. Barbosa could not make the shot allowing the USA to hold on. In the big group C clash of the day Slovenia were able turn around a 5 point half time deficit to prevail 91-84 over Croatia. The Croats fell apart in the third quarter, managing just 15 points compared to the Slovenians 26. It was an all round improved team effort from the Slovenians after their heavy defeat to the USA on Sunday, with four players ending the game in double figures (Uros Slokar 15, Jaka Lakovic 15, Bostjan Nachbar 11, Goran Dragic 14). Croatian coach Josip Vrankovic put the loss down to foul trouble in the third quarter. “My team played very well, especially the first half. In the third quarter we had problems with fouls with our big guys and that is why we lost. We didn’t get rebounds and we made some mistakes.” Slovenia coach Memi Becirovic credited the same quarter for his team’s success. “We played with more energy in the third quarter. We tried to play much more aggressive in defense and more assured on offense.” Becirovic also paid tribute to the large contingent of Slovenians
who have travelled to the tournament to support their team. “I am very happy for the fans that are here to support us. They are fantastic.” Group B also saw the clash of the two teams yet to record a win - Iran and Tunisia. Tunisia started slowly and were never able to recover with Iranian Hamed Haddadi impressing with a 23 point, 13 rebound performance to lead his team to a comfortable 71-58 victory. In another mismatch Australia walked over exhausted Group A rivals Germany 78-43. Both sides experienced reverse fortunes Sunday with Australia shocked by Argentina, as Germany won a thriller in overtime against Serbia. Australian youngster Patrick Mills wore down an already tired Germany with his blistering pace to ensure he would finish with 16 points and 7 assists. “It was just a matter of time,” Australian team member Brad Newley said of his team finally playing to expectations. We’ve been playing too well the past three months to let it all go in one game.” In other group A action, Serbia and Argentina recorded easy wins over Jordan and Angola respectively. Dusko Savanovic and Marko Kaselj led the Serbs with 21 points each while Kosta Perovic finished with 20 in their 112 - 69 victory. Luis Scola would top-score with 32 for Argentina in their 90-70 win.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Button: Vettel fast - but too erratic to be champion Jenson Button has admitted that there is no question about Sebastian Vettel’s speed in an F1 car, but has questioned his allround ability after being taken out of the Belgian Grand Prix by the Red Bull driver. Button and Vettel were running second and third behind a fleeing Lewis Hamilton when the German made an attempt to pass at the Bus Stop chicane, but the move ended in a collision after Vettel’s car was unsettled by a bump in the road and slammed into the left-hand side of Button’s McLaren. The Briton was out on the spot, and claimed that his title shot had been ruined by the incident, while Vettel continued to endure a problematic race before coming home 15th. “For me, he has made too many mistakes this year to fight for the world championship, but he is extremely quick, we can’t take that away from him,” Button told Reuters, “To get seven poles is extraordinary in the amount of races we’ve had - but to throw that many away is also very surprising.” Vettel remains third in the drivers’ standings, but is now 31 points adrift of leader Hamilton after failing to score in three of the 13 rounds held so far and seeing potential victories go begging in others. Despite the expanding gap between the German and team-mate Mark Webber, who finished second to Hamilton on Sunday and now lies three points adrift of the
Briton, Button does not believe that Vettel’s title bid will be extinguished by Red Bull just yet. “I don’t think they will [back Webber], I think they love Vettel,” he said, “I don’t think they will put all their eggs in one basket.” The same situation could soon become a problem at McLaren, where Hamilton holds a 35-point advantage over Button with six races remaining in the 2010 campaign. While Hamilton himself insists that there are too many points on offer to discount any of his four title rivals, Button is also feeling more confident about his chances than he was in Belgium. “When I got out of the car and walked into my driver’s room, I said that [the accident had] massively hurt my championship,” he confirmed, “But I was very down at that point, as you would be after losing so many points. “Looking at it now, it’s 35 points, which is still a lot but, in old money, it’s about 14 or 15, so it’s definitely still possible. I’m in a position now where I’ve just got to go [to Monza in two weeks’ time] and hope for a race victory. If I can come away with [that], then it’s a very different atmosphere and feeling for me. It’s a circuit I love
The picture shows the collision between Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button during the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, August 29th 2010. and where I will do very well this year. I’m confident in the car and I think I’ll have a good weekend. I’ve taken a big knock, but I am positive.”
Lorenzo: ‘Slow’ M1 like riding a 250 The Fiat Yamaha star, winner of seven races this season, had qualified second but was shuffled back to fifth at the end of lap one. The Spaniard overtook Ducati’s Nicky Hayden on lap three, then Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso on lap twelve, but could make no impression on satellite Yamaha rider Ben Spies or Repsol Honda race winner Dani Pedrosa. “I must not be disappointed, but I’m not happy with my race. I didn’t ride so well,” said Lorenzo. Lorenzo blamed a bad start, and lack of straight-line speed for his worst result. “I didn’t make a good start, and I lost two or three positions. And then after my bike wasn’t so quick on the
straight and it was like I was riding a 250 bike. I lost a lot of metres on the straight.” Indeed, if Dovizioso hadn’t made a mistake, Lorenzo thinks he would not have been able to pass. “I got a chance to overtake Dovizioso because he make a mistake in the last corner and he make a wheelie,” said Lorenzo. “I got a perfect exit in the last corner and I overtook him in the first corner. But apart from this mistake, I don’t think I could pass Andrea.” As well as lacking top speed, Lorenzo seemed to suffer more than most in the searing heat, which hit 56 degrees on the track surface. The 23year-old had to sit down after arriving in parc ferme, instead of taking part in the usual TV interviews.
“Of course the heat doesn’t help anybody to ride a bike, but especially I lost a little bit my training during these two last weeks,” he revealed. “I guess in Malaysia the heat is worse, but today I’m more tired than in Malaysia.” “These were terribly hard conditions for the riders and considering this we have to be very happy with third,” insisted team manger Wilco Zeelenberg. “It was so hot and so easy to make a mistake so before the race we told Jorge to just try to bring it home on two wheels.” Lorenzo, yet to officially sign a new Yamaha contract that will see him partner Spies next season, now holds a 68 points lead over Indy winner Dani Pedrosa. Team-mate Valentino Rossi finished fourth.