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CHICAGO – A mammoth storm threatens to dump mounds of fresh snow, sleet and ice on about 100 million already winter-weary people from the US heartland to the east coast, forecasters said Monday. Blizzard, winter storm and freezing rain warnings were issued for more than 25 states, from North Dakota and Colorado down to New Mexico, then up through Texas, Kansas and Missouri to the Great Lakes region and across Pennsylvania to New England. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urged residents to prepare in earnest for the fury of the storm as it barrels eastward across the country. “A storm of this size and scope needs to be taken seriously,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who warned that “it’s critical that the
public does its part to get ready.” Fugate urged residents in storm affected regions to “check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and young children — those who can be most vulnerable during emergencies.” Scores of schools and government offices in US Midwest were closed Monday as freezing rain be-
gan to fall, threatening to turn roads into deadly ice rinks and down power lines and trees. Airlines warned of significant delays and cancellations and offered customers a chance to rebook flights at no fee. The worst of the storm was expected Tuesday as a large amount of moisture sucked up from the Gulf
of Mexico feeds the huge system and is transformed into snow and thunderstorms. Powerful winds and heavy snow could create white-out conditions and drifts as high as six to eight feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters), making travel impossible. “Lurking behind this impressive winter storm is a powerful shot of Arctic air as a frigid surface high drops down from central Canada,” the National Weather Service warned. Wind chills were forecast to drop to 30 to 50 below in Colorado, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Kansas, Idaho and even parts of Texas. Continued on page 6
Japan volcano erupts with big blast of ash, rocks Associated Press Writer
TOKYO – A revived volcano in southern Japan erupted Tuesday with its biggest explosion yet, shooting out a huge plume of gas, boulders and ash and breaking windows 5 miles (8 kilometers) away. The danger zone around Shinmoedake volcano was widened to keep residents safe. The largest eruption since it burst back to life last week covered wide areas in ash, shot boulders onto dis-
tant roads, knocked down trees and broke hundreds of windows in hotels and offices. No serious injuries have been reported since the initial eruption last Wednesday, but public broadcaster NHK said a woman suffered cuts from shattered glass in Tuesday’s blast. NHK said the eruption was five times larger than the initial activity last week, which was Shinmoedake’s first major eruption in 52 years. Continued on page 6
AP Photo/Takaharu Town Office, Shuji Uchimura
In this Jan. 27, 2011 photo released by Takaharu Town Office, lightening is pictured with time exposure during an eruption from Mount Shinmoedake in the Kirishima range on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, southern Japan.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Bali News Badung entourage leaves for Italy
Arguing for promotion, spend billions of rupiahs Mangupura (Bali Post)— In addition to the procurement of official vehicles in the Badung House considered contradictory to the condition of the current society, in 2011, the traveling habit of Badung Regency entourage remains to go on. On the upcoming February 15-21, the first entourage will leave for Italy to participate in BIT tourism exhibition. The Badung Regency Government argued that billions of rupiahs taken from the public money through the Badung Regional Budget were effective for promoting Bali tourism in general and Badung tourism in particular. The Head of Badung Government Tourism Office (Kadisparda), Tjok Raka Darmawan, Monday (Jan 31), said the promotion to Italy would involve a number of participants. Among others, there would be an envoy of the Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI), a dancer, a décor artist, stand management in the BIT consisting of the Head of Badung Government Tourism Office and three staff and involved the members of the Badung House. The Regent of Badung A.A. Gde Agung would also be expected to lead the entourage. The fund of Badung Regional Budget taken to finance the participants (excluding the members of the House) approximately amounted to IDR 600 million. Tjok Raka could not explain how much fund required for financing the departure of those legislators as it lay in the authority of the Badung House’s Secretariat. In addition, there would be a group of tourism entrepreneurs. Differently, the employer entourage did not use the regional budget. Tjok Raka countered if the departure of Badung Regency entourage was only intended to have leisure and squander the public money. Instead, he argued, the entourage would perform direct promotional efforts to boost the tourist visits from Europe. European tourists remained a minimal market compared to that of Australia and East Asia. Therefore, it should be worked on seriously. “Promotion like this is very effective because we can meet the European businessmen in person. There we can directly interact and offer the potential we have. Moreover, we will also invite the foreign mass media,” he said. Furthermore, the position of Badung in the trip was to participate in the national campaign held by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the RI. All provinces were invited to attend the activity. In addition to Badung, Bali Provincial Government would also take part. BIT was seen as a potential tourism promotional event in addition to two other events such as ITB (Germany) and WTM (London). “Obviously, the purpose of the activity is not for fun, but for promoting tourism that later on can be expected to boost the tourist visits,” he added. Meanwhile, Secretary of the Badung House, IGN Rai Sudharma, revealed the promotion involved ten members of the House. Document submission of five participants had been approved in the embassy. Related to the budget, he was not able to explain. He simply referred to the budget of the House’s Secretariat in the form of annual allocation. However, based on the account of overseas official travel of the Badung House’s Secretariat, the budget set was IDR 3.2 billion for four departures. In other words, each departure would spend maximally at IDR 800 million. (kmb25)
The picture shos the Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport which is located in Jakarta.
Civil aviation takes advantage of 11 Indonesian Air Force Bases Mangupura (Bali Post)— Dozens of air bases belonging to the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) is now taken advantage as civil enclave or operation of civil aviation carried out at the air base owned by the Indonesian Air Force). Some of those air bases are the Abdulrahman Saleh, Adisucipto, Achmad Yani, Atang Sanjaya, Halim Perdana Kusuma, Husein Sastranagara, Iswahyudi, Juanda, Kalijati, Panasan, and Sulaiman. “Of the total airports cooperated, 11 airports of them have the status as civil enclave. Meanwhile, the remaining 49 airports have the status as military enclave or military aviation activities utilizing the airport facilities,” said the Air Force Chief of Staff Sukirno KS in Kuta, Monday (Jan 31). Utilization of the air base (military enclave) as an airport (civil enclave) is based on Joint Decree issued by three ministers including the Minister of Defense and Security/ Commander of the Armed Forces, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Finance. Similarly, the decree stipulated that 11 air bases could be used as an airport and 49 airports could be used as an air base. “Utilization of the airports poses an attempt to save the state’s assets
while providing benefits to the community that is not merely oriented for financial interest,” he said. Air Force base in Singkawang, West Kalimantan and Morotai, North Maluku, recognized Sukirno, would soon be operated for civil aviation. As a matter of fact, it physically could be operated when some requirements had been complied with. According to him, the relationship of the Indonesian Air Force and relevant authorities regarding to the utilization of civil and military airport had been going on for so long. However, so far the implementation remained partial and did not have a clear legal reference. “The use of joint airport as a base in an emergency situation, and on the contrary, air base for civil aviation in the in-
terest of business, is expected to provide mutual benefit,” he said. Meanwhile, the Director General of Air Transportation, Ministry of Transportation, Herry Bakti, said the deal would bring benefits to the airline in improving the operational efficiency and business development for both the airline and the airport operators. “In the future, pursuant to the needs in the country’s border territory, the military enclave as an airport of civil aviation would possibly increase,” he said. He also admitted the plan to open other new civil enclaves for flight operations in Morotai and Saumlaki by using military air base there. It was intended to trigger the increase of maritime economic activities of the local communities. (par)
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Special Building, Mayor Recommendation Needed A house which has multiple air conditioners. Water from air conditioner is one the cause of Legionnaire disease.
Legionnaire disease kindled by poor sanitation Denpasar (Bali Post)— Within the past few weeks, Bali has been staggered by the presence of Australians suffering from Legionnaire disease. Though it seems new, the Legionnaire disease has actually been found in Bali in 1987. So, what is really the Legionnaire disease? Legionnaire disease is an acute respiratory tract infection caused by Legionella pneumophilia bacterium and other species of Legionella. The diseases caused are such as cough, fever and pneumonia. As a matter of fact, the disease is not dangerous for those having good bodily resistance, but highly susceptible to the elderly, smokers and people with diabetes. According to the Head of Bali Health Services, Nyoman Sutedja, the habitat of Legionella bacteria causing the Legionnaire disease was on the water with a temperature between 35o to 45o. By and large, the bacterium causes pneumonia if the immune system of the body decreased. On that account, for those having water heaters and swimming pools should pay attention to their sanitation because the bacterium liked living in those places. Sutedja appealed the hotels and villas in Bali to pay serious attention to the sanitation of water reservoir, especially the hot water reservoir tower and swimming pool. By
doing so, the disease would not flourish well in the future. “The water must contain chlorine with concentration of about 0.2-0.5 ppm, mainly on the streams of hot water and swimming pool,” said Sutedja. If the sanitation of water was not considered properly, these bacteria would possibly develop easily. For the case of pneumonia disease, resumed Sutedja, caused by Legionella bacterium was found in 1987 and the case had disappeared. Then, some foreigners were seen again suffering from the Legionnaire disease in Kuta in October 2010. “However, it was known that the affected residents had traveled every-
International Airport Project, Buleleng Government Will Not Give Up
where. Therefore, it could not be made sure if they were infected in Bali or elsewhere,” said Sutedja. Nevertheless, the infection of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacterium was not sporadic as bird flu. “The case is like any other pneumonia. It is curable and the potential of death is not as severe as bird flu,” said Sutedja. In Indonesia, the pneumonia caused by Legionella bacterium was not specifically identified but belonged to the pneumonia disease in general. “Essentially, if our environmental sanitation is good and clean, of course the bacteria or virus will not be able to develop flourishingly,” added Sutedja. (kmb24)
Singaraja (Bali Post) – Even though there has been donation towards the international airport project in Buleleng, Buleleng Government seems to not give up either. After MoU was signed, a number of Buleleng officials did not give up on keep researching and supervising on how to minimize negative affect from it. Head of Public Relation and Protocol Buleleng Regional Secretary, Made Juniadi, last Monday (31/1) stated that the airport project was a strategic way for the Buleleng Government to develop
Denpasar (Bali Post) – In finishing the revision of building permit (IMB) regional regulations which is done by Special Committee VII of Denpasar House of Representatives (DPRD) last Monday (31/1), they visited the Permit Agency. This visitation was received by Head of Denpasar Permit Agency, A.A. Ray Soryawan and the committee discussed further the revised regulations. Interestingly, in the meeting they just discovered that a special building has to have a Mayor Recommendation before a permit was given. Besides that, on field supervisions are so minim which causes many violations have been done. Member of the committee A.A. Susruta Ngurah Putra questioned the recommendation as he just knew of this regulation. Meanwhile Soryawan stated that special buildings there are now have been following regulations such as five starred hotel, “There has been a regulation on it. But I don’t know the details or specification to a special building.” In the meeting it was revealed that the on field supervisions done by Spatial Planning and Housing Agency, Peace and Order Agency
and Police Civil Service are still weak as many violation keep on happening. According to one of the committee member who is also Head of Commission B, Eko Supriadi, revealed that many facts on permits are not matching to what the Agency has as the lowest officials such as Head of Villages tend to just sign in agreeing to giving permits without understanding the rules and regulations of getting an IMB, “The fact that there’s many violation on the field was because of a weak supervision.” He asked for the lowest officials to be given intensive and guidance in supervision so they realize the responsibility to face a violation in their area, “If it’s ignored then it will damage Denpasar, especially if these officials keeps being weak in supervising.” Meanwhile, Ketut Resmiyasa questions the number of IMB that has been done yet it’s not taken by the owners. He said violation like this tends to lessen income and violating rules, “The owner only got the copy of IMB as evidence yet the real one is never taken which causes IMB retribution gone. If this let it will make us lose regional taxes (PAD).” (kmb12)
One of the five star hotel in Bali in Nusa Dua area.
the area further. As in the future, this airport will answer transportation problems also opening accessibility for the Buleleng people in many things, even for the whole Bali. According to Juniadi, the airport construction needs a specific and deep research or visibility study firstly first. This research not only see from the affect towards the economy and agriculture, but also on geology, physic, biology, sociology, economy and culture. It is explained Buleleng is a suitable location to build the international airport remembering the land needed is around 1.000 hectare
meanwhile there are 43.000 hectare unproductive land here so many things can be developed from here. It is also said that it can’t be denied that it can cause a negative risk even though positive affect will be much bigger such as opening a market towards local goods from agriculture, small and medium industries, from sea and more, “For the people please don’t be negative to the risks that might happen, but let’s get together in reaching safety and disciplinary so the plan of creating an airport can happen.” (kmb15)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Russian police arrest dozens at anti-government rallies Reuters
MOSCOW – Russian police detained several dozen people at anti-Kremlin rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg on Monday as they tried to protest against limits to freedom of assembly. A crowd of about 600 chanted “Freedom, Freedom!” in sub-zero temperatures on Moscow’s Triumph Square, heavily outnumbered by riot police, who dragged more than a dozen activists off to waiting buses after detaining them at a metro exit as they headed to the rally. “This is our democracy. Look at what happens in Russia!” yelled one youth as black-helmeted OMON riot police arrested him. Rights activists and Kremlin opponents have staged demonstrations on the square on the last day of each month with 31 days, in a symbolic reference to the right to free assembly enshrined under Article 31 of Russia’s constitution. President Dmitry Medvedev has promised to allow more pub-
lic criticism of the authorities since he was steered to power by his close ally Vladimir Putin, now prime minister, in 2008. But most opposition groups say little has changed and their activities are still restricted. In St Petersburg, police said they had detained about 60 people at a rally in the heart of city where protestors cried: “We demand freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and an end to censorship.” Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who spent 15 days in jail after a New Year’s eve protest, rallied the Moscow crowd with calls for an end to Putin’s grip on power since he became president in 2000 and later prime minister. “The rubbish tip of history awaits Putin just like all dictators,” he told Reuters, raising chants of “Putin resign” and “Russia without Putin.” Moscow authorities gave permission for 1,000 people to gather, but in the past police have beaten or detained demonstrators they accused of infractions at such rallies.
Protesters shout slogans as they set on fire to a huge poster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a rally at the US Embassy in solidarity with the Egyptian anti-government protesters in Manila, Philippines Tuesday Feb. 1, 2011.
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Egypt’s army promises no force against protesters Associated Press Writer
CAIRO – Egypt’s military pledged not to fire on protesters in a sign that army support for President Hosni Mubarak may be unraveling on the eve of a major escalation — a push for a million people to take to the streets Tuesday to demand the authoritarian leader’s ouster.
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Police officers detain an opposition activist during a banned antiKremlin protest in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. Opposition groups have been calling rallies on the 31st day of each month to honor the 31st article of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly.
More than 10,000 people beat drums, played music and chanted slogans in Tahrir Square, which has become the epicenter of a week of protests demanding an end to Mubarak’s three decades in power. With the organizers’ calling for a “march of a million people,” the vibe in the sprawling plaza — whose name in Arabic means “Liberation” — was of an intensifying feeling that the uprising was nearing a decisive point.
“He only needs a push!” was one of the most frequent chants, and a leaflet circulated by some protesters said it was time for the military to choose between Mubarak and the people. The latest gesture by Mubarak aimed at defusing the crisis fell flat. His top ally, the United States, roundly rejected his announcement of a new government Monday that dropped his highly unpopular interior minister, who heads police
forces and has been widely denounced by the protesters. The crowds in the streets were equally unimpressed. “It’s almost the same government, as if we are not here, as if we are sheep,” sneered one protester, Khaled Bassyouny, a 30-year-old Internet entrepreneur. He said it was time to escalate the marches. “It has to burn. It has to become ugly. We have to take it to the presidential palace.” Another concession came late Monday, when Vice President Omar Suleiman — appointed by Mubarak only two days earlier — went on state TV to announce the offer of a dialogue with “political forces” for constitutional and legislative reforms.
South Korea’s Lee open to summit with Kim Jong Il Associated Press Writer
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s president pressed North Korea on Monday to take responsibility for two deadly attacks last year and to change its pattern of provocations if it wants to improve relations with the outside world. President Lee Myung-bak also said he was open to meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Il for talks — but that North Korea must change its behavior and show sincerity first. “North Korea has a good opportunity to change” its behavior,” he said during a panel discussion televised live. “I have high hopes for a change.” Lee’s appeal comes as the two Koreas negotiate on holding high-level defense talks, the first in more than three
years, to ease months of hostility on the Korean peninsula that have raised fears of war. Tensions have been at one of the highest levels in decades since North Korea’s artillery bombardment of a South Korean island in November killed four people. The attack on a front-line civilian area — one of the gravest assaults by North Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War — came eight months after the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang. The North has denied its involvement in the sinking, which killed 46 South Korean sailors. After weeks of threatening war, the North has pushed recently for talks with South Korea and the resumption of six-nation negotiations over its
nuclear weapons program. Last week, South Korea agreed to defense talks in what would be the rivals’ first official contact since the November artillery barrage. The two Koreas have not yet agreed on a date for preliminary talks. Lee said North Korea must change its pattern of behavior — raising regional tensions with provocations and then seeking negotiations to wrest badly needed aid — if it wants to improve ties with the South or see the resumption of nuclear-disarmamentfor-aid negotiations. “When (North Korea) has a position that it really intends to have genuine talks rather than armed provocation, we can have South-North Korea talks and economic exchanges, and discuss the sixparty talks,” Lee said.
Asked whether a summit with North Korea’s leader was possible, Lee said: “Yes. I don’t deny it. I’d hold a summit if necessary.” Before last year’s attacks, the two Koreas reportedly pushed for a summit but failed to agree due to differences over North Korea’s demand for food aid. Lee has said in the past that he was willing, in principle, to meet Kim at any time if that would help foster peace on the Korean peninsula, which has remained in a technical state of war since the Korean War ended in a truce. The leaders of the two Koreas held their first-ever summit in 2000, with then-South Korean President Kim Daejung traveling to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Il. The second summit was held in 2007 between then-President Roh Moo-hyun and Kim.
AP Photo/ Jo Bo-hee, Yonhap
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks with experts at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Lee is urging North Korea to show responsibility for two deadly attacks last year, ahead of looming defense talks between the divided countries.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Aston International launches a new website IBP
JAKARTA - Aston International launched its new website www.AstonInternational.com featuring a complete new look and a range of useful and innovative features including an industry first search function for conference and banquet venues. Some of the new features are live chat function allowing clients to get their questions answered instantly, a quick reference guide to all Aston hotels, a new booking engine allowing guests to see rates and availability for any day of the year and to book with instant confirmation, new high quality image libraries, several 360 degree tours of Aston hotels so guests can experience their own tour of each property, Google maps with detailed hotel locations including places of interest and nearby attractions, and an innovative search function allowing professional meeting planners to search for suitable meeting and banquet facilities which are customized to their requirements. In addition, Aston has increased the page loading speed by up to 40% making Aston-International.com one of the fastest and most user friendly hotel websites in South East Asia. Aston International’s E Commerce Manager, Ms. Tenaiya Brookfied, said:” For years we have consistently developed and improved our electronic distribution capacities making web based distribution one of Aston’s most important priorities and a core competency. This has resulted in us being able to generate often more than 50% of hotel’s revenue via the internet, making Aston an industry leader in Indonesia. The new enhanced website with its many innovative features will further enhance our E-commerce strength and leadership role”.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for February 1 through March 2, 2011 1 February AnggarKasih Tambir Dalem Puri Temple in Batuan - Sukawati Dalem Kediri Silakarang in Silakarang Singapadu - Gianyar Dalem Temple in Sukawati Village - Gianyar Dalem Temple in Singakerta Village - Ubud Gianyar Dalem Lemben in Ketewel - Sukawati Gianyar Paibon Pasek Tangkas in Peliatan - Ubud Puseh ngukuhin in Keramas - Gianyar Pemerajan Agung Ki Telabah in Tuakilang Tabanan Karang Buncing in Blahbatuh - Gianyar Dalem Bubunan in Seririt - Buleleng Desa Badung Temple in Denpasar Merajan Pasek Gelgel Gobleg in Turupinghe Banjar - Buleleng Luwur Pedengenan Bedha in Bongan Tabanan Merajan Dukuh Sebudi in Keramas - Gianyar Merajan Pasek Ngukuhin in Keramas - Gianyar Pucak Payongan in Kedewatan - Ubud Gianyar Tanah Kilap “ Griya Anyar” in Suwung Kawuh - Denpasar Selatan Selukat Temple in Keramas - Blahbatuh Gianyar Dalem Tampuagan in tembuku - Bangli Dalem Waturenggong in Desa Taro - Gianyar Dalem Bentuyung in Ubud - Gianyar Puseh Temple in Ubud - Gianyar Dalem Temple Peliatan Ubud - Gianyar 2 February Buda Umanis Tambir, Tilem Kawulu Sari Bankar Titih Kapal - Badung Ulun Kulkul (Aci Sarin Tahun) Besakih Karangasem Dalem Yang Taluh Sidemen Karangasem
Dalem Kangin Sidemen - Karangasem. 16 February Buda Keliwon Matal Puseh & Desa Temple Sukawati Village - Gianyar Merajan Agung Batuyang - batubulan Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Sawan - Buleleng Maspahit Temple Sesetan - South Denpasar Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran Tegalalang Panti Pasek Gaduh Sesetan - South Denpasar Merajan Pasek Kubayan Wangaya Gede Pedarman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih Karangasem 17 February Purnama Kesanga Penataran sasih Temple Pejeng - Gianyar Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah Batur Village Kintamani - bangli 26 February Tumpek Kandang Day Puseh Temple Gianyar City Luhur Dalem Sagening Kediri - Tabanan Merajan Pasek Gelge Tegal Gede - Badung 2 March Buda Wage Menail Dalem Tarukan LinggihCemenggaon Sukawati Gianyar Pasek Dangke Bambang - Bangli Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Puseh Menakaji Peninjoan - Bangli Merajan Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh - Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Celuk Celuk - Sukawati - Gianyar Baler Sada Temple Banjar Pemebatan, Kapal Mengwi
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, February 2, 2011
Cyclone roars toward Australia’s flooded north Associated Press Writer SYDNEY – Authorities scrambled to airlift hospital patients from the path of a cyclone roaring toward waterlogged northeastern Australia and urged low-lying communities to evacuate because of potentially deadly flash floods. Cyclone Yasi was expected to slam into the coast of Queensland state Wednesday as a Category 4 storm and dump up to three feet (one meter) of rain on communities already saturated from months of flooding. “This storm is huge and it is lifethreatening,” Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said. “I know many of us will feel that Queensland has already borne about as much as we can bear when it comes to disasters and storms, but more is being asked of us — and I am confident that we are able to rise to this next challenge.” Yasi was barreling toward the Queensland state coast as a strong Category 3 storm with winds up to 137 mph (220 kph), but was expected to turn into a Category 4 storm with wind gusts up to 155 mph (250 kph) by Wednesday. Bligh said the military would airlift 250 patients from the waterfont Cairns Base and Cairns Private hospitals to Brisbane, the state capital. Although there were no mandatory evacuation orders yet, residents in waterfront and low-lying areas from the cities of Cairns to
Townsville were being advised to leave. Ian Stewart, the state’s disaster coordinator, said many people were deciding on their own to evacuate and that he would discuss with mayors whether forced evacuations were needed. “In reality, we would like people to get as far south as possible, as quickly as possible, without of course breaking the rules,” he told reporters. Another storm, Cyclone Anthony, hit Queensland early Monday but quickly weakened and did little more than uproot some trees and damage power lines. Queensland already has suffered flooding since heavy rains started in November. The floodwaters killed 35 people, damaged or destroyed 30,000 homes and businesses and left Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, under water for days.
Pakistani court blocks release of American suspect Associated Press Writer
LAHORE, Pakistan – A Pakistani court has ordered the government not to release an American official arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis. The Lahore High Court has also told the government on Tuesday to place the American on the “exit control list” that would prevent him from leaving the country. The U.S. has argued that the American, who has not been named,
has diplomatic immunity and has been detained illegally by Pakistan. The embassy has said he acted in self-defense when he shot the two men in Lahore last Thursday because they were trying to rob him at gunpoint. The chief justice of the Lahore High Court, Ijaz Chaudhry, demanded the federal government determine whether the American has diplomatic immunity within 15 days. He said he will review the decision.
AP Photo/Tertius Pickard, File
FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, two local residents walk through floodwater after getting ice and food to take to their flooded residence in the suburb of New Farm in Brisbane, Australia.
Storm From page 1 Officials warned the public to stay at home rather than try to brave the crippling storm. “It doesn’t take a whole lot to make everything slick and if roads aren’t treated they’re going to get icy and then it’s going to snow on top of that, which is going to make matters worse because you can’t see the ice,” Pat Slattery, a spokesman for the weather service, told AFP. “One of the concerns about the freezing precipitation is if it gets heavy and starts taking down power lines and trees because people have no way to keep their homes warm, and a bitter cold will follow right
Japan volcano erupts From page 1
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Pakistani security officials escort a U.S. consulate employee, who has not been named by US authorities, second from left, at a local court in Lahore, Pakistan on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency has restricted access to the mountain, and on Tuesday broadened the no-go zone to anywhere within a 2 1/2-mile (four-kilometer) radius of the crater. Two lodges and scattered homes are within the perimeter. Dozens of domestic flights in and out of Miyazaki — about 590 miles (950 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo — were grounded last
on the heels of the snow and freezing rain.” As much as 18 inches (45 centimeters) of snow was expected in the Chicago area and officials warned that ploughs would not be able keep up, making side streets impassable. Gusts up to 60 miles per hour could also lead to flooding along the lake shore as waves build up to 25 feet. Many other areas were predicted to get over a foot (30 centimeters) of snow. “The east coast will begin to get in on the winter weather action Monday night as the precipitation begins to nose its way over the Appalachians,” the weather service warned. “By Tuesday morning the mid-Atlantic and southern New England states will be in the mix.” The storm arrived just
days after a rare thunder-snow storm paralyzed air and ground travel from Washington to Boston. After building up early Wednesday with ice and freezing rain, last week’s storm blindsided the US capital at the height of the evening rush hour Thursday, not even sparing President Barack Obama, who faced travel delays upon returning from a day trip to the US Midwest. There was no word yet on whether the latest storm would impact Groundhog Day on Wednesday, when the nation watches Phil, the weather predicting groundhog in Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania), to see if six more weeks of winter are still to come.
week and more cancellations followed. Train service was temporarily suspended in the area and many schools closed.The local government also reported damages to crops. Officials in the town of Takaharu have urged about 1,100 residents who live near the volcano to go to evacuation centers because of the danger of debris, ash and landslides. The warning was not mandatory, however, and some residents were returning to their homes. Experts said a dome of lava was growing larger inside the 4,662-foot
(1,421-meter) volcano’s crater, but it was not certain whether the dome would grow enough to spill over the rim and create large flows down the volcano’s sides. Avalanches of superheated gas, ash and rock have already been observed. The Japanese islands, part of the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire,” are volcanic in origin and dozens of volcanos still are active. In 1991, 43 people died in the eruption of Mount Unzen, also on Kyushu island.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Foreign ministry to coordinate RI workers repatriation from Egypt Antara
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Indonesian pro-democracy demonstrators release a dove during a rally in Jakarta on January 31, 2011. The demonstrators support the Egyptians democratic struggle and demanded accountability for the Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and condemning the violence by Egytian security forces against protestors as angry nationwide revolt to topple Mubarak regime raged into seventh day. The repatriation of Indonesian migrant workers from Egypt will be coordinated by the foreign affairs ministry, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said here on Tuesday.
JAKARTA - The repatriation of Indonesian migrant workers from Egypt will be coordinated by the foreign affairs ministry, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said here on Tuesday. “Indonesia actually has a very small number of workers in Egypt, only a few hundred people, and their repatriation following political unrest in Egypt will be coordinated by the foreign affairs ministry,” Muhaimin said after the installation of echelon IV officials at his ministry. Following the political unrest in Egypt to demand President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, the Indonesian government is currently making efforts to repatriate all its citizens from the Middle Eastern country. Muhaimin said there were around 6,000 Indonesian citizens including migrant workers, students, and tourists in Egypt and thus the government wanted them all repatriated. Besides Indonesia, other countries whose citizens are in Egypt at present are also repatriated to their countries
of origin. Meanwhile, Xinhua news agency reported that a chartered flight of Thai Airways left Bangkok on Tuesday morning for Jordan to evacuate stranded Thais in violence-stricken Egypt. Quoting a Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman, Xinhua said that early Tuesday morning, a chartered flight from Jordan already evacuated some 87 Thais who had been trapped at the Cairo International Airport for three days. Those stranded passengers will be then moved out from the Amman Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan when the flight of Thai Airways arrives there in the afternoon. The flight is expected to arrive in Bangkok at about 2.45 a.m. Thani Thongpakdi, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said five Thai officials including psychologists and high- ranking officers from the custom department also went with the Thai Airways’ flight in case those Thais need help. All Thai nationals in Egypt were now safe and officials from the embassy were standing by at the Cairo Airport to help, he said.
RI signs fisheries accords with three countries Antara
JAKARTA - Indonesia’s marine affairs and fisheries ministry recently signed fishery agreements with three countries consecutively India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, a minister said. The extended memorandum of understanding between Indonesia and India on marine and fishery was signed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India last January 25, Marine Affairs and Fishery Minister Fadel Muhammad said at a press conference here Monday (Jan 31). On January 24, Minister Fadel had a meeting with Indian Minister
of Earth Sciences Pawan Kumar Bansal to discuss the two countries’ responses to the impact of climate change and the need to conduct further research on the role of the oceans in global climate change, Fadel said. The two nations’ cooperation covered marine productivity, marine ecosystem health research and monitoring, climate change joint research and observation, marine re-
sources management and applications, he said. As the world’s second most populated country, India was a potential market for Indonesia’s fishery products, especially tuna, the minister said. India also planned to invest in seaweed processing in Luwuk and Banggai, Central Sulawesi Province. From India, Minister Fadel proceeded to Sri Lanka for a working visit. Fadel and Sri Lankan Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr Rajitha Seranatne at their meeting had discussed bilateral cooperation in the marine and fishery sector as well as in aquaculture, particularly in the Indian Ocean.
Minister Fadel on the occasion also emphasized the importance of eradicating Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing to support sustainable and wise marine and fishery resources management in the Indian Ocean especially. Both countries agreed to prepare a draft memorandum of understanding on marine and fishery cooperation expected to be signed in middle of 2011. Sri Lanka and Indonesia also planned to organize a forum of businessmen engaged in the fishery industry.After visiting Sri Lanka, Minister Fadel went to Maldives to meet Maldives Fishery and Agricul-
ture Minister Dr. Aminath Jameel in Male. The two ministers agreed to follow up their meeting by drafting a Letter of Intent expected to be signed in March. Fadel expressed his interest of learning Maldives’ experiences and policies in managing their small islands. In the meeting with Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, Minister Fadel said Indonesian businessmen were interested in investing in the fishery sector in Maldives, according to a press statement of the Indonesian marine affairs and fisheries ministry.
Egyptian crisis not disrupt RI tourism Government wary to possible surge in world oil price
JAKARTA - The Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (Asita) believed that the ongoing political unrest in Egypt will not disrupt tourism in Indonesia. “The political crisis in Egypt has no impact on our tourism business,” spokesman of Yogyakarta’s chapter of Asita, Edwin Ismedi Himna, said here on Tuesday. He said Egypt has so far not been a potential market of and contribution to Indonesia’s tourism. According to Edwin, not many tour and travel agencies in Indonesia worked in the Egyptian market. “Not many of tour operators offer tourism packages in Egypt,” Edwin said,
adding that if any, it was combined with religious tourism because Egypt was close to the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Therefore he said the political crisis in Egypt did not affect tourism business in Indonesia. E d w i n s a i d t h a t eve n i n Yogyakarta, the number of Egyptian tourists visiting the cultural city was only a few, and even according to statistics they were mixed with tourists from African and Middle Eastern countries. “Thus the political unrest in Egypt has no significant impact on our tourism, especially in Yogyakarta,” he said, adding that so far he has been working more in regional tourist market in Malaysian and Singapore.
JAKARTA - The government is now wary of a potential surge in the world oil price as a consequence of the political upheavals in the Middle East, according to a minister. “We definitely must be wary about a possible surge in oil prices. I don’t think there are countries that like high prices when the world economies are in difficulty,” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Radjasa said on Monday. He said if world oil prices soar too high, manufacturing production might come to a halt and the impacts might be substantial. Oil producing countries are cognizant about the possible eventualities. “I think, the impact of the chaos has not been here yet,” he said, adding that the chaos in Egypt and Tunisia had no impact yet on the adjustment of Indonesia’s oil price assumption (ICP) and the
national economy. “Based on the oil supply in Indonesia, a hard work is needed to increase the national oil production,” Radjasa said. The national oil lifting targets as amount of 970,000 barrel to reach in 2011, considering Indonesia’s oil production has been in a decline every year. “I’ve already asked the Executive Agency for Upstream Oil and Gas (BP Migas) to keep oil production consistently at 970,000 barrels per day,” he said. Exploration must be increased, investment be maintained, enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations be spurred and old oil wells must not be deserted. On the demand, it is need to retrenchment step and fuel diversification to anticipate a surge in world oil prices. “Don’t speculate and don’t be panic, I believe OPEC will keep the stabilization by increasing their productions,” Radjasa said.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Bali Today Tourists visit to Bali increase 8% Antara Denpasar – The number of foreign tourists came to Bali in 2010 was 2,576,142 people, increased 8% compared to the previous year which was 2,385,122 tourists. The head of Bali Statistics Department, Gede Suarsa, said “the number of tourists was over the target set by the government which is 2.3 million tourists.” He said that the high number of tourists was because the promotion which is often done by the government and other tourism private sector from Bali. Most of the foreign tourists were coming through Ngurah Rai International Airport and only 30,628 tourists came using sea transportation. Suarsa explained that from the top ten countries on the lists of the origin of the tourists, six countries show significant increase and the others were decreasing. The increase happened on the tourists from Australia which increased 43%, Malaysia increase 16%, Taiwan 1.5%, Singapore 73%, Germany 12% and England 2.9%. While the four countries that decrease are Japan which decreased 26%, China 4%, South Korea 0.13% and the tourists from France also decreased 8%.
Tourists crowded at Kuta beach. IBP/Yudi Karnaedi
Ngurah Rai Airport equiped with hotel Again, Baby Antara
Kuta – The development of Ngurah Rai Airport which will be finish in 2013 will equip the international airport with hotel. The Director of Angkasa Pura I, Tommy Sutomo, said Monday that hotel is one of the supporting facilities needed in an airport. “If there is a delay on a flight and the passengers will need time to rest, so the passengers will be accommodated there. The hotel is special for that kind of purposes,” he added.
Even tough there will be a hotel in the airport area but he stated that it will not for business. “It will not be a huge hotel but only a small place for the passengers to stay, just like an inn. The main area is the airport and the hotel is only the minor support building,” Tommy said. The hotel will be built together with the terminal in one development package. Tommy explained that the development of Ngurah Rai Airport will start with the access road, parking lot, terminals, and han-
dling package with sophisticated system. “Package handling with modern system is a part of automatic baggage system. In all airports in Indonesia, there is no similar system. We are targeting to be made in March 2011,” Tommy said. He also explained that near the APEC conference in Bali in November 2013, the development of the airport has been started since early 2011 where 130,000 square meters of terminal will be built and it will cost more than 2 trillion rupiah.
The photo shows activity on Ngurah Rai International Airport on Bali island.
Disposed At Irrigation Singaraja (Bali Post) – In this past four days, another baby disposal at Singaraja City happens again. After a baby was thrown to a river in Lovina, this time another baby was found irrigation in Merak Street, Gang Setia Kawan, Kayu Buntil Area, Singaraja, last Monday (31/1). The baby was found floating on Kali Mumbul irrigation around 7.15 am local time. It was first found by a nearby location resident while bringing his child to school. It was then reported to the Singaraja Police. Head of Public Relation for Buleleng Police, Police Commissioner I Nyoman Sukasena, accompanied by Head of Criminal Research Singaraja Police, First Inspector Agus Dwi Wirawan, on Monday stated that the baby was already not breathing when brought to Singaraja General Hospital to be checked medically. It was then stated the baby was a boy and was born 6 hours before it was found. The weight is 2,8 kg and height 45 centimeter, “Police is still investigating to find out who have done it.” (kmb15)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Balinese Culture Batun Bedil
Statue of Great Heroes Guarding Denpasar On the way home from providing lectures overseas, Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu monk of India, dropped in the house of his friend, who is also a king. There, he was entertained in familial atmosphere. In the meantime, they also talked about religion passionately. His friend asked why the Hindus worshiped idol like statue. This young monk smiled while asking permission to his friend to borrow the picture of his grandfather on the wall. Having been taken and handed over by a servant, Vivekananda examined and placed it on the carpet. Afterward, Vivekananda politely remarked if his friend would not have the heart to touch the photo by the toe of his boots. Finally, the friend realized his mistake that worshipping a statue or the like would help in conceptualization. Meanwhile, according to a French linguist, Ferdinand de Saussure, in the language of sign there are the signifying (object) and the signified (concept or reference). In this context, photograph is the object, while grandfather is the reference. God has been universally acknowledged to be the most perfect. To help concentrate the mind on God, the Hindus apply a medium like various kinds of sanctified effigies. Each devotee has different ability to contact Him. Common people may use a medium, while those having higher spiritual knowl-
edge do not need any medium. Therefore, none is wrong and it is a freedom. Inspired by puranic or mythological stories, many Hindu artisans in Bali manage to make various kinds of sculpture. When visitors happened to have island excursion, you may encounter many statues such as outside the temple, at the end of each bridge, intersection, hotel’s gardens or even on the pavement on the protocol roads in Denpasar. Sacred statues are placed in the sanctum representing gods and goddess as well as heavenly creatures, decorative statue installed in commercial premises and the last one is statue to commemorate the great heroes. Statues depicting the great heroes can be encountered in the regencies pursuant to their respective origin. One of the great heroes of Bali is I Gusti Ngurah Rai as the name of local international airport. Right in the east of the airport stands still the Statue of Ngurah Rai. He was the commander of Ciung Wanara troops of Bali struggling bitterly against the Dutch colonial for the sake of freedom. With him, there were some other companions in arms. For instance, I Gusti Ngurah Bagus Sugianyar, his statue is strategically installed in the intersection of Jalan Gatot Subroto and Jalan Cokroaminoto, Ubung. As if he welcomes every-
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one entering the city from outside Denpasar and outside Bali from the west. Then, Cokorda Agung Tresna—Head of Badung Struggle Headquarters. His statue is installed on the intersection of Jalan Gatot Subroto and Jalan Nangka, right in the east of Sugianyar’s statue. Meanwhile, Ida Bagus Putu Japa was a member of Pembela Tanah Air (embryo of the Indonesian Military) immortalized with a statue put in the Renon roundabouts. In the meantime, Puputan Badung Square located right in the heart of Denpasar City also retained statutes of other great heroes. The statues are placed in the northern side of the square. They depict the bitter struggle of the Badung Kingdom against the colonial until their last bloodshed. This heroic incident occurred on September 20, 1906 and now it is celebrated as the Puputan Badung Day. Those statues are intended to show an appreciation over the merits of great heroes of Bali that had dedicated their entire life sincerely for the nation. Similarly, they denote an educational medium to introduce the heroes to younger generation so they get a simple illustration about the heroes living before their time. Last but not least, they also give good visual impression to the arrangement of urban landscaping and attraction to tourists reflecting one of the artistic treasures owned by Bali. (BTN/punia)
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Dadar (Coconut Pancake) OVERVIEW: This pancakes, with a sweet coconut filling known as Unti, are a popular snack food and also sometimes eaten for breakfast. INGREDIENTS: 100 gr (3 ½ oz) rice floor 2 tablespoons sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1 cup fresh coconut milk 2 tablespoons oil PREPARATION: Combine rice flour, sugar, salt, eggs, coconut milk and coconut oil in a deep mixing bowl. Stir well with whisk until all lumps dissolve. Strain through strainer. Batter should be a very liquid in consistency. Heat nonstick pan over low fire. Add 4 tablespoons of mixture and fry very thin pancakes. Cool pancakes down to room temperature. (www.baliguide.com/balifood) C.045 ibp
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Welcome to Gua Gajah (Elephant Cave) which is located in west side of Bedulu countryside, Blah Batuh Sub district and Gianyar Regency. It is about 27 km from Denpasar town. This cave is built at crevasse edge from the federation of 2 rills that is called Pangkung River, where the irrigation is mixed with Petanu River flow. The federation area of two rivers is called Campuhan/Mixture. It owns the magical energy on the basis of Rwabineda Concept/two different matters on this basic concept hence Gua Gajah (Elephant Cave) is intentionally built among two rivers. The word of Gua Gajah is anticipated coming from the word of Lwa Gajah, the name of Buddhist Temple or hermitage for Buddhist monk. The Gua Gajah’s name is written on Negarakeertagama papyrus which is compiled by Mpu Prapanca on 1365 M. Lwa or Lwah/loh mean the river and it reflect to the meaning that the hermitage is located at Gajah River or in Air Gajah. In the year inscription 944 Saka, it is mentioned with the name of ‘ser ring Air Gajah’ that is meaning the Subak leader in Air Gajah. The word has mentioned that the hermitage of Lwa Gajah is located in Subak Air Gajah. There is a relief which is almost looking like the form of mountain on the entrance of this cave. It was carved many designed on the relief like grove with the stick, close leaf, animal for example forest pig, tortoise and specters. The cave mouth is decorated by the bas-relief with the eye turn around to the right or west side. There is an article letter of Kediri type from the early of 11 century was written on the wall left side or east side. There is a pool (Patirthaan) as a place to take the holy Tirtha water for Hindu ceremony which is located in the middle of the cave courtyard. This Holy Pool is previously piled up by land and it has been found on 1954 by Krijgsman from the Ancient Department. The Holy pool is equipped by the statue douche which is parallel arranged in two groups.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Recalls erode value of Toyota’s global brand Associated Press Writer TOKYO – Toyota remains Japan’s No. 1 global brand, but its value has fallen by nearly a fifth because of the recent massive recalls that dented consumer trust in the quality of its cars, according to an international consultant. An Interbrand report released Tuesday said that the value of the Toyota Motor Corp. brand dropped 16 percent to $25.66 billion compared with its last report released a year ago. New York-based Interbrand assesses brands from around the world based on financial strength, influence on purchasing decisions and earnings potential — a method considered a global standard for ranking brands. Toyota’s Lexus luxury model nameplate, which placed seventh last year, dropped to eighth, losing 19 percent of its value, Interbrand said. Toyota has suffered a series of quality lapses since late 2009, and has announced recall after recall, mostly in the key U.S. market. The latest recall came last week. Most of the affected vehicles were in Japan, making for the second biggest auto recall in Japanese history. Interbrand said rival Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. placed second, followed by electronics makers Canon Inc. and Sony
Corp., and then video-game maker Nintendo Co. Honda and Nintendo had the same placings last year. Canon and Sony switched places from the previous year, with Canon moving up this year from fourth to third, and Sony sliding from third to fourth. Interbrand also compared brands in Japan with brands in China. Although China has surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy, Japan had more of what are considered top global brands than did China, it said. Japan had six brands Interbrand classified among the best global brands for 2010 — Toyota, Honda, Canon, Sony, Nintendo and Panasonic Corp. China had none. Interbrand said China had powerful brands that had yet to go global but were powerful in their home market such as China Mobile, a telecommunications company. China Mobile is already worth more than Toyota, underlining the sheer size and growth potential of Chinese companies, according to Interbrand.
Taiwan economic growth at 23-year high in 2010 Agence France-Presse
TAIPEI – Taiwan’s economy grew 10.47 percent in 2010, its fastest rate in 23 years, but it will slow to half that figure in 2011, the government said in a preliminary estimate. The growth rate last year was the highest since 1987, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said in a statement posted on its website late Monday. “China was a major contributing factor to Taiwan’s trade growth last year, and the two economies are closely linked,” said Cheng Cheng-mount, an economist at Citibank Taiwan. Taiwan’s exports jumped 34.8 percent to $274.64 billion last year, with those to China and Kong Kong hitting a record high $114.75 billion, or 41.8 percent of the overall figure, the finance ministry said earlier. For 2011, the directorate general predicted growth of 5.03 percent, stating that
uncertain factors in the year ahead included slow progress in improving the employment situation in developed countries. The economy expanded 6.48 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, the directorate general said. Although Taiwan is highly dependent on overseas markets, domestic demand accounted for a bigger share of growth than exports in the fourth quarter, it said, citing a rebound in consumer confidence. In 2009, under the influence of the global economic crisis, the island’s economy shrank 1.93 percent. The government called the data an advance estimate, with the official growth figure for 2010 due to be announced at a press conference later this month. Taiwan’s economy was the world’s 20th largest in 2010, according to US government data based on purchasing power parity, which takes into account the cost of living in different countries.
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A sign is displayed at Lexus of Marin on January 26, 2011 in San Rafael, California. Toyota remains Japan’s No. 1 global brand, but its value has fallen by nearly a fifth because of the recent massive recalls that dented consumer trust in the quality of its cars, according to an international consultant.
Oil stays above $100 a barrel in Asian trade Agence France-Presse
SINGAPORE – World oil prices stayed above $100 a barrel in Asian trade Tuesday on fears the escalating turmoil in Egypt will disrupt supply flows through the strategic Suez Canal. Prices barrelled through the psychological threshold overnight for the first time since the 2008 economic crisis as protests in Egypt demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak mounted. Egypt is not a major oil producer, but is home to the vitally important Suez Canal, which carries around 2.4 million barrels of oil a day — roughly equivalent to the daily output of Iraq or Brazil. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for March delivery, was down 20 cents at $91.99 per barrel in afternoon trade. Brent North Sea crude for March fell 50 cents to $100.51 after touching 101.73 overnight, the highest level since October 2008. Prices were slipping in early Asian trade as
traders cashed in their profits, said Ong Yi Ling, investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore. “One of the factors might be profit-taking since we’re at 27-month highs,” she told AFP, adding that the dip might be temporary as the Egyptian political crisis dragged on. “For Brent, we can still see more upside... If the tensions continue, it will continue to provide support for the oil prices,” she said But the ebullient gains on the crude market would eventually be capped by “many parties that are concerned that high prices might form a threat to the economic recovery,” Ong said. Egypt has been engulfed in more a week of street protests demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Analysts from Barclays Capital said while the concerns over Egypt fuelled the oil price increase, “we think that the probability for closure of the Suez Canal is extremely unlikely at the moment.”
BP returns to dividend list Reuters
LONDON – BP confirmed an expected return to paying dividends, which it cut at the height of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last summer, and said it planned to sell two refineries and refocus on oil and gas production. The news could be overshadowed by a court case later on Tuesday at which the company’s oligarch partners in TNK-BP will seek an injunction to block BP’s planned Arctic exploration joint venture with Russian state-controlled Rosneft. BP said on Tuesday it would pay a fourth quarter dividend of 7 cents per share and 42 cents per American Depositary Share — in line with analysts’ expectations.
The company said it would sell two refineries in the U.S. — halving its capacity there — and invest more in oil and gas exploration. However, the company also flagged that the pain from the oil spill continued to flow, adding another $1 billion to its earlier $40 billion estimate of the total bill. Analysts had recently started to cut their own estimates of the oil spill bill. BP said fourth-quarter Replacement Cost (RC) net income was $4.61 billion, as a big rise in oil prices outweighed a 9 percent drop in oil and gas production. Excluding one-off items of $250 million, RC net income came in at $4.36 billion, behind the $5.09 billion average forecast given by nine analysts polled by Reuters.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Jury deadlocked over Hamlet’s mock murder trial Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – A notorious criminal case that waited 400 years to go before a jury resulted in no definite answer to the question of whether the defendant — Hamlet Prince of Denmark — was sane when he committed murder. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy presided over a mock trial Monday night at the University of Southern California, an event sponsored by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. The hung jury, which included actors Helen Hunt and Tom Irwin, deliberated with the audience eavesdropping by video feed. Of the 12 jurors, two found the prince insane, while 10 found him to be sane at the time when he stabbed Polonius, the adviser to the king in the classic Shakespeare play. Noted Los Angeles attorneys filled in as prosecutors and defense lawyers before an audience of other lawyers, students and onetime Hamlet actor Mel Gibson. “It has taken well over 400 years for our client to get his day in court,”
said Blair Berk, who represented Hamlet. “To be sane, or not to be sane, at the time he killed Polonius. That is the question.” Berk and the other defense attorney, Richard Hirsch, played on Shakespeare’s words in arguing that Hamlet had a classic personality disorder. “He was truly a melancholy Dane,” said Hirsch, noting that Hamlet’s own mother proclaimed him to be mad. But the prosecutors, Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers and attorney Nathan J. Hochman, argued that Hamlet was sane — though obsessed with avenging the death of his father, the king. Meyers told the jury that Hamlet’s murderous behavior was not a result of insanity. “This is anger, and what today would be
called payback,” she said. She also said that his vision of his father as a ghost giving him orders was not evidence of his mental state. “Seeing ghosts was not uncommon in the state of Denmark,” she added. Both sides called to the witness stand famed forensic psychiatrists who have testified in high profile cases including those of O.J. Simpson, Charles Manson and the Unabomber. Dr. Saul Faerstein said Hamlet was “totally crazed and unhinged,” citing soliloquies in which “he’s talking to himself with no one else there.” He said Hamlet “was experiencing was an auditory hallucination” when he saw his father’s ghost. “That was a sign of a significant psychological disorder,” Faerstein said. Dr. Ronald Markman disagreed, saying that Hamlet knew right from wrong and did not meet the current accepted criteria for having a major depressive disorder. “My opinion is, he was sane-based on his behavior before, after and during the act.”
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Actor Graham Hamilton portrays Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, during a mock trial at the University of Southern California. in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
Japan pianist plans marathon Chopin concert
Associated Press Writer
Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES – Halle Berry has pulled out of a film job to prepare for a custody fight over her young daughter. A spokeswoman for the Oscar-winning actress says Berry backed out of a role in “New Year’s Eve” that was scheduled to shoot in New York this week “due to pending custody litigation involving her daughter.” Publicist Meredith O’Sullivan did not say where or when the custody case would be heard. Berry and her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, have a daughter, Nahla, who will turn 3 in March. Attempts to reach Aubry on Monday were unsuccessful.
TOKYO – A renowned Japanese pianist on Tuesday announced plans to break his own Guinness world record by playing all 212 of composer Frederic Chopin’s solo piano pieces at an 18-hour concert in Tokyo. Yukio Yokoyama told a news conference he wanted to “better understand Chopin and let many more people know about Chopin”. He said he would play the 212 Chopin pieces by ear at the May 3 concert at Tokyo Opera City from 8:00 am (2300 GMT) to 2:00 am the following day, with intervals. Yokoyama’s record-breaking Chopin concert in May last year saw him play 166 pieces in chronological order over more than 16 hours to commemorate the bicentennial of the composer’s birthday, without using sheet music. The feat saw Yokoyama take the Guinness world record for “most pieces of music per-
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formed by a solo artist in 24 hours”. Along with the 166 pieces played last year, the pianist said the upcoming concert will see him play 46 pieces that the Polish-born Chopin himself decided not to publish, including a work that he composed at the age of seven. “Rather than perfectly finished works, you can glimpse the human nature of Chopin in his unpublished works,” he added. Born in 1971, Yokoyama studied from the age of 16 at the Paris Conservatoire. After graduating in 1990, he was awarded the third prize at the XII International Chopin Piano Competition in the same year. “I have kept playing pieces of music by Chopin since my debut and have been trying to see how close I can get to him,” Yokoyama said. “I hope to convey the beauty in some of Chopin’s works that he himself was not even aware of,” he said. The concert will be open to the public and will also be broadcast by a Tokyo radio station.
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK – David Arquette’s publicist says the actor has checked out of rehab. In an e-mail Monday to The Associated Press, Cindy Guagenti confirms the 39-year-old actor left Sunday after completing treatment for alcohol and other problems. He entered an undisclosed rehab center nearly a month ago. Arquette and Courteney Cox announced their separation in October after 11 years of marriage. They have a 6-year-old daughter, Coco. The couple met on the set of the movie “Scream” in 1996 and married three years later. They are co-starring in the fourth installment of the “Scream” series, due out this year. Arquette co-starred with Drew Barrymore in the 1999 romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed.”
Japanese pianist Yukio Yokoyama has announced plans to break his own Guinness world record by playing all 212 of composer Frederic Chopin’s solo piano pieces at an 18-hour concert in Tokyo.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
China gives parents control of kids’ online gaming Agence France Presse
Tracks of two prehistoric birds found in Alaska Reuters
70 MILLION YEARS AGO
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Fossilized tracks from two newly discovered prehistoric birds have been found in Alaska’s Denali National Park, according to findings released by an expert in Arctic paleontology. The previously unknown birds were among a wide variety of birds that left fossilized tracks in Denali, Tony Fiorillo, a paleontologist and curator at the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, told Reuters in an interview. “The skies over Denali were a pretty busy place,” he said. The birds are considered new species and now have names given by Fiorillo and his team — “Magnoavipes denaliensis,” incorporating the park’s name for a bird that left especially large tracks, and “Gruipeda vegrandiunis,” roughly translating to “tiny one,” for a bird that left small tracks. Fiorillo, lead researcher on the project, published his findings in the current issue of the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Previous research determined that pterosaurs — flying winged reptiles — also dwelled during the Cretaceous period in what is now Denali, he said. Denali National Park, one of the
most popular visitor destinations in Alaska, is also drawing increased attention from paleontologists. Because of the characteristics of the rock formations there, Denali has proven to be one of the best places in the world to find prehistoric bird tracks, Fiorillo said. Thousands of prehistoric bird tracks have been found there, but what is particularly important is the variety. “It’s the most biodiversity represented by the tracks (in the world),” he said. Some of the tracks match species that dwelled during that period in more southern latitudes of North America or in Asia — suggesting birds migrated from great distances to Alaska to breed and nest in Cretaceous summers just as they do today.
“Isn’t it kind of neat to think about the idea that in the Cretaceous, 70 million years ago, Alaska might have served the same kind of avian needs that it does today?” Fiorillo said. Fiorillo has been conducting paleontological digs in search of prehistoric bird tracks in Denali since 2006 and has been examining other fossils in the park since before then. He helped discover the first dinosaur track in the park in 2005, which happened to be in a location close to the park road that carries busloads of summer tourists. Along with birds, hadrosaurs — duckbilled, plant-eating dinosaurs — were plentiful in Alaska during the Cretaceous period, according to his research. Fiorillo and colleagues from the University of Texas and the University of Alaska Fairbanks calculate that Alaska held about 500,000 hadrosaurs at any given time during that period — roughly equivalent to modern caribou populations in Alaska.
SHANGHAI – Chinese authorities have ordered online video game operators to allow parents to monitor their children’s playing sessions as part of a nationwide crackdown on the growing problem of Internet addiction. The Ministry of Public Security was one of eight government departments that issued a joint notice on Monday ordering online gaming companies to comply with the new guidelines by March 1. Upon proving their identity, parents will be able to put daily or weekly restrictions on their child’s game playing time, the notice said. They would also have the option of putting in place a total ban. Some parents and experts however expressed doubts that the order would be effective. “It’s unnecessary and it will prompt more rebelliousness from the children,” Xie Guangji, the father of a 14-year-old boy in Cangzhou in northern Hebei province, was quoted as telling the China Daily newspaper. Gu Jun, a sociologist at Shanghai University, said the order seemed unfeasible and a recipe for family conflicts. “It’s a governmental gesture
rather than an efficient solution,” Gu told the newspaper. The notice also spelled out that online game companies had a responsibility to help parents restrict “inappropriate” video game playing. It urged game operators to employ special staff to assist with the project and to set up web pages and hotlines. The document suggested children should spend less than two hours a week playing online games and should spend no more than 10 yuan ($1.50) on online games a month. The number of teenage Internet addicts in China has risen to 33 million, the China Daily reported, citing the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government think-tank. Concerns over Internet addiction have spurred a new industry, with unlicensed Internet treatment centres springing up around China. Last year, two web “boot camp” instructors were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after a 15-yearold was beaten to death at a treatment facility in the southern region of Guangxi. At another rehabilitation centre in east China’s Jiangsu province, 14 youths staged a mutiny in June, tying up their instructor and fleeing the facility over its tough military-like techniques, state media reported.
Chinese authorities have ordered online video game operators to allow parents to monitor their children’s playing sessions as part of a nationwide crackdown on the growing problem of Internet addiction.
Diabetes in pregnancy a risk for mom years later Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – A type of diabetes that strikes during pregnancy may disappear at birth, but it remains a big red flag for moms’ future health — one that too many seem to be missing. Roughly half of women who’ve had gestational diabetes — the pregnancy kind — go on to develop fullfledged Type 2 diabetes in the months to years after their child’s birth. Yet new research shows fewer than one in five of those women returns for a crucial diabetes test within six months of delivery. That’s the first of the checkups they’re supposed to have every few years to guard against diabetes’ return, but no one knows how many do. The research, by testing-lab giant
Quest Diagnostics, is sobering because if they only knew, many of these new mothers could take steps to reduce their chances of later-inlife diabetes that can bring with it such complications as heart disease and kidney damage. “It’s almost as if you got a preview ... a window to the future,” says Dr. Ann Albright, a diabetes specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This is a population that really should be targeted for intervention.” And more mothers-to-be soon may join the ranks. The American Diabetes Association is recommending a change in how pregnant women are tested that will identify more mild cases than today, based on some recent studies that found treating even
those mothers leads to easier deliveries. If obstetricians eventually sign on, it has the potential to double diagnoses — although most mild cases would need only better nutrition and exercise, not diabetes medications, the association cautions. New CDC estimates show nearly 26 million Americans have some form of diabetes, the vast majority of them the Type 2 kind that’s linked to being overweight. Tens of millions more have high enough blood sugar to be classified as pre-diabetic. Women can have either Type 2 diabetes or the insulin-dependent Type 1 variety at the time they become pregnant. That’s a separate issue, and those women are urged to have their diabetes tightly controlled to avoid a range of risks to baby and mother.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Premiership transfer record smashed in Torres Chelsea move Agence France Presse LONDON – Chelsea smashed the British transfer record to sign Spain striker Fernando Torres for £50 mln ($80 mln) from Liverpool, who had earlier made a club record swoop for Newcastle forward Andy Carroll on a dramatic January deadline day. The Blues last week had a 35 million pounds (56 million dollars) offer for Torres rejected, a move which prompted the 26-year-old to submit a written transfer request on Friday, which was also turned down. But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was determined to revitalise his faltering English champions and the Russian finally got his man late on Monday. In the end, total spending by English Premier League clubs approached 200 million pounds (321 million dollars) compared to 29 million pounds (46 million dollars) last January as the transfer market went wild. A remarkable day in the Premier League gathered pace from the moment Liverpool had a bid accepted for England striker Carroll. Liverpool had two previous offers for Carroll rejected but the player — who despite an impressive first season in the Premier League has also made the front pages with some unsavoury headlines — forced Newcastle’s hand by delivering a transfer request which the Magpies reluctantly ac-
cepted. The conclusion of that deal just before the 2300GMT transfer deadline on Monday allowed Liverpool to accept Chelsea’s jawdropping offer for Torres. “These have been some hard days for me, especially because of everything I am leaving at Liverpool, but I am sure I am taking one of the biggest steps forward in my career,” Torres told Chelsea’s official website. “Chelsea are the kind of team I want to play for. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe and are always fighting for everything. “The target for every footballer is to play in one of the top-level clubs in the world and I can do it now.” Torres was not the only arrival at Chelsea as they struck a deal with Benfica for Brazilian defender David Luiz. The transfer is believed to be worth 17.1 million pounds (27.3 million dollars) up front, with another 4.3 million pounds (6.8 million dollars)
to be paid in 2013 and midfielder Nemanja Matic to join Benfica as a makeweight. Young striker Daniel Sturridge left Chelsea to join Bolton on loan for the rest of the season. As well as Carroll, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish also landed prolific Uruguay forward Luis Suarez from Ajax in a 22.6 million pounds (36 million dollars) swoop. Suarez agreed a five-and-a-halfyear contract and the 24-year-old, who scored 111 goals in 159 matches for Ajax, will wear the iconic number seven shirt made famous by the likes of Dalglish and Kevin Keegan. Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky’s unhappy spell at Anfield was ended by a loan move to Championship club Nottingham Forest. Blackpool, who held on to Charlie Adam after possible moves for their playmaker to Liverpool and Tottenham fell through, made four signings.
Amauri returns to Parma Turin - Juventus have allowed Italy forward Amauri to join former club Parma on loan until the end of the season. The Brazilian-born 30-year-old has struggled to make an impact with the Turin giants after joining in 2008 following two excellent seasons with Palermo, and has been deemed
surplus to requirements by coach Luigi Del Neri. A statement on the Juventus website read: “Juventus Football Club announces that an agreement has been reached with F.C. Parma for the loan of Amauri Carvalho De Oliveira until 30th June 2011.’’ Although Amauri spent three sea-
sons as a Parma player earlier in his career, he never played a first-team game as he was sent out on loan to Napoli, Piacenza, Empoli and Messina during that time. But with Parma struggling near the foot of the table, he is likely to be the man charged with scoring the goals to keep the Gialloblu in the top flight.
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2011 file photo, Liverpool’s Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring a goal against Bolton Wanderers during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, England.
McClaren shells out cash to save job Agence France Presse WOLFSBURG, Germany – Wolfsburg manager Steve McClaren made probably his last roll of the dice on Monday in a bid to revive his club’s fortunes and retain his job as he made five signings. Attacking midfielders Koo JaCheoul of South Korea and Venezuelan Yohandry Orozco, German international Patrick Helmes, Turkish international striker Tuncay Sanli and Jan Polak were all brought in as McClaren spent some of the money made from Edin Dzeko’s 27million pounds departure to Manchester City. McClaren, who won the Dutch title last season with FC Twente, got the dreaded vote of confidence before the winter break after an underwhelming start to his tenure at the club. The 21-year-old Koo, top scorer in the recent Asian Cup with five in six matches, signed a three-and-ahalf year deal from Jeju United, while Orozco, 19, signed through until 2015 from Zulia FC. Helmes, who had been relegated to the bench at Bayer Leverkusen, cost 5million euros. Later on Monday the German
club brought their final day transfer signings to five with the arrival of Tuncay from English Premier League side Stoke City, and Jan Polak from Anderlecht. Tuncay, who joined Stoke from Middlesbrough in 2009, has joined on a 5.2 million euro transfer as was confirmed later by his former club. “Stoke City have today finalised a 5.2 million euros deal to provide Turkish international Tuncay Sanli with his “dream move” to the German Bundesliga,” read the statement. “The 29-year-old striker signed for the 2008-09 champions Wolfsburg after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical on transfer deadline day. “Manager Tony Pulis insisted that Tuncay’s desire to play in Germany and to further his international ambitions as captain of the Turkish national side had been important factors behind that decision to leave City after 17 months at the Britannia Stadium. “Tunny came to me at the weekend and asked me if the club would help him to achieve his dream,” said City’s manager following confirmation of the deal.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Clippers beat Bucks 105-98 Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin had 32 points and 11 rebounds for his 39th double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers withstood a fourth-quarter challenge to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 Monday night for their ninth straight home win. The Clippers tied the third-longest consecutive home victory streak in franchise history set when the team was known as the Buffalo Braves and won nine in a row from Oct. 22-Nov. 23, 1974. They got another bit of good news, too. Eric Gordon, the Clippers’ leading scorer who was expected to be out for a month because of a right wrist injury, is now day-to-day and will join the team for its upcoming 10-game road trip, a team spokesperson said. Randy Foye added 20 points in his fourth consecutive start in place of Gordon, while Baron Davis added 18 and DeAndre Jordan had 16. The Clippers were 25 of 27 from the free throw line in a game that featured 18 lead changes. Corey Maggette scored 25 points against his former team as the Bucks’ three-game winning streak ended. Ersan Ilyasova added 15 and Andrew Bogut 14 points and 11 rebounds. Griffin shot 13 of 20 from the floor, made all six of his free throws and had six assists, although he was on the bench for part of his teammates’ game-winning rally. The Clippers ran off 11 straight points to turn a one-point deficit into a 94-84 lead with 5:17 remaining. Five different players scored, although none of them was Griffin. Maggette scored the next six points for the Bucks before Carlos Delfino added a basket, drawing them to 96-92. Foye missed, but Davis scrambled to collect the re-
bound, then dribbled several seconds off the clock before kicking out to Foye, whose 3-pointer kept the Clippers ahead 99-92 with 42 seconds left. Delfino turned the ball over when he stepped out of bounds, and the Bucks were forced to foul over the final seconds.The Bucks outscored the Clippers 16-8 in the third to take their largest lead, 71-64. Maggette, Ilyasova and Bogut had four points each in the spurt. The Clippers by closing with a 132 run, including six by Ryan Gomes, led 77-73 going into the fourth. Jordan kept his cool when Jon Brockman grabbed the front of his jersey and nearly dragged him to the court after Jordan’s alley-oop dunk. After shooting 26 percent in the first quarter, the Bucks found their offfense in the second. Brandon Jennings, who finished with 12 points, hit back-toback 3-pointers to launch a 16-6 run that gave Milwaukee its first lead of the game. From there, the teams traded leads until Griffin’s jumper put the Clippers ahead 49-47 at the break. The Clippers rolled through an easy opening quarter when they shot 58 percent and led by 12 points. The highlight of Griffin’s array of dunks was a fast-break one-handed windmill he slammed down to cap his own run of six straight points.
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, shoot over Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
Clijsters up to second in world tennis rankings Agence France Presse
PARIS – Australian Open winner Kim Clijsters has risen to second place in the world rankings and within close range of Caroline Wozniacki who holds on to the top spot despite once again failing to win a Grand Slam title. China’s Li Na, who lost in Saturday’s final in Melbourne, moves up to a career-best seventh place with Francesca Schiavone of Italy up to fourth behind Vera Zvonareva. Former world number one Serena Williams, who has not played since winning the Wimbledon title last year, falls out of the top 10.
Associated Press Writer
WTA world top 10: 1. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 8655 pts 2. Kim Clijsters (BEL) 8515 (+1) 3. Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 7405 (-1) 4. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 5055 (+3) 5. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 4862 (+1) 6. Venus Williams (USA) 4645 (-1) 7. Li Na (CHN) 4450 (+4) 8. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 4385 9. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 3935 10. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 3340 (+4)
Arkansas boxer who died was examined before match
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Kim Clijsters of Belgium poses with the women’s singles championship trophy in front of the bathing boxes on Melbourne’s Brighton Beach on January 30, 2011 a day after winning the Australian Open tennis tournament women’s singles title.
BENTON, Ark. – A man who died at a hospital after an Arkansas boxing match had been examined by a doctor before he entered the ring, a member of the state Athletic Commission said Monday. Authorities say Anthony Jones, 28, of El Dorado, Ark., died Sunday morning at University Hospital in Little Rock, where he was taken Saturday night after his fight with Quincy Palmer in Benton was stopped in the second round. Jones, making his professional boxing debut in the heavyweight division, had been scheduled to go four rounds against Palmer. Athletic Commission member Jason Stuart of Little Rock, a lawyer, said he was the supervising commissioner in charge at ringside in the Fitness Unlimited facility at Benton. He said everything at the event followed proper procedures and Jones had been examined by a physician before getting into the
ring with Palmer. Larry Harris, promoter of the “Benton Beatdown,” said referee Martin Tunstall of Sheridan stopped the Jones-Palmer fight after Jones was sent to the mat by a blow to the head. Emergency medical personnel stationed ringside went into the ring to attend to Jones, Harris said. “He was talkative, alert, having a few problems,” Harris told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Jones was taken to Saline Memorial Hospital before being transferred later Saturday night to the hospital at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Harris said he was told after the fight was stopped that Jones might have suffered from a kidney ailment. Stuart said that might have been the case. “Preliminary reports indicate there might have been preexisting conditions that weren’t known to (Jones) and weren’t detectable by pre-bout medical examinations,” Stuart said.
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Vettel happy in his role at Red Bull SEBASTIAN Vettel said that he is very happy at Red Bull and has dismissed speculation that he may be tempted to join Ferrari in the next few years. The world champion, speaking at the launch of Red Bull’s new RB7, says he remains fully committed to the team and that his focus is very much on defending the drivers’ and constructors’ crowns they won in 2010. “It is smart to not put too much weight in those things,” he said when asked about the Ferrari rumours. “In the off-season there are no wheels turning unfortunately and obviously there are still pages to be filled with ink - something to be written or something to be said.
“So it is easy to see some things come up and they don’t understand the whole idea, so that is the so-called off-season and I think I said many times I am very happy where I am.” Vettel added that he is very happy within Red Bull and was looking forward to opening up his 2011 campaign - adding that he isn’t thinking far beyond that at this point. “I feel very comfortable in the team, and obviously our focus is on the new car, on today’s test and we have always gone step by step so we should not think ahead too much,” he said. “I don’t want to get too personal about it but if I was to ask you where you see yourself in five or 10 years, for every one of us it is a difficult question to answer...”
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Repsol Honda MotoGP rider Casey Stoner of Australia listens to a question during a press conference at a hotel in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
Stoner excited to be part of Honda CASEY Stoner says he is excited to wear the Honda team colours for the first time after four years with Ducati. The Australian admitted he is overwhelmed to be joining the same team his childhood star Mick Doohan once won many championships for. “I’m really excited and it’s a great emotion to wear the Repsol Honda colours for the first time,” Stoner said during the official presentation of the team in Kuala Lumpur. “When I was a child, I used to
watch Mick Doohan winning championships one and the other with these colours and for me it’s an honour to be part of this team. Stoner is determined to gain understanding of the RC212V’s strong
and weak points as he knows it will be a tough season competing with strong drivers such as his teammates Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso. “It will be important to understand better the strong points of the RC212V and where we have to improve to be competitive at every tack. I’m very motivated for the new challenge,” Stoner said.
Mercedes launches its 2011 contender MERCEDES has officially launched its new MGP W02 chassis at Valencia ahead of the start of official 2011 testing this morning. The team issued a head-on ‘teaser’ image of the car to the media over the weekend, but has now fully taken the wraps off the new design. Having made a disappointing start to 2010 - its first season in its new factory Mercedes guise - Ross Brawn’s team opted to halt development on the W01 early and focus all its efforts on the 2011 rules package and the W02 design instead. Notable features of the new car include changes to the airbox and sidepods, plus the higher nose that has been common on 2011 chassis so far. The livery has also received
slight adjustments for the new season, with a larger amount of green colouring for title sponsor Petronas. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher will both get a chance
to drive the car today, with Schumacher keen to find out whether the W02 will prove bettersuited to his style than last year’s machine.
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Germany’s Red Bull Formula One driver World Champion 2010 Sebastian Vettel, second left, and Australia’s Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber, right , poses and Team Principal, Christian Horner, left, and Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, second right, with the RB7 car during the official presentation of the Red Bull Formula One Team 2011.