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A flower farmer is harvesting the crop in her field.So far the plants growing on the agricultural lands or rice fields in Klungkung Regency remain to be dominated by flower plants.
Agriculture in Klungkung Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon parents of twins PAGE 12
Flowers in demand, chili growers disappointed Semarapura (Bali Post)— So far the plants growing on the agricultural lands or rice fields in Klungkung Regency remain to be dominated by flower plants. Though the price is not fairly high, but farmers’ interest is still high. “Flowers are required by Balinese all the times. Therefore, the market demand for flowers is never quiet. Even though the price is not too high, it can be sold easily,” said a farmer in the area of Carik Lepang, Tojan, Klungkung, Ni Ketut Sempog, Friday (Apr 29). This mother of four children admitted to have worked on land belonging to other residents in three places. They were respec-
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tively 1,200, 1,500 are and 2,500 square meters. Of the cultivated land, the woman familiarly called Mrs. Ari planted various crops.
Most of them consisted of chili, flower and corn. “Flowers are planted every season, while the chili is usually intercropped with bitter
gourd,” said the 58-year old woman who is still quite energetic. Actually, she just worked herself to handle the three plots of rice fields after the death of her husband several years ago. Meanwhile, her children had their own job. There was working in bank, as tailor and others. “But for hoeing works, I usually hire other daily worker,” she said. Continued on page 6
Royal newlyweds spring honeymoon surprise LONDON – Prince William and his new bride sprang a surprise, announcing they would not leave immediately on honeymoon and the prince will return to his day job as a helicopter pilot next week. A statement from St James’s Palace on Saturday said William and Kate would spend the weekend in Britain following their wedding and have a honeymoon abroad in the future but it “will not be disclosed in advance”. The prince “will return to work as a search and rescue pilot next week”, it added. The announce-
ment appeared to be a way of throwing the media off their trail amid fears that photographers would pursue the couple wherever they chose to spend their honeymoon. Continued on page 6
In this photo provided by Clarence House on Saturday, April 30, 2011, Britain’s Prince William, center left, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center right, pose for a photograph .
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Monday, May 2, 2011
Bali News Kuta Central Parking dying
Role of Badung Government questioned Mangupura (Bali Post)—
Not many people know if the Kuta Central Parking is actually a type C terminal. Similarly, it is the only one terminal operated in Badung Regency. Unfortunately the Kuta Central Parking is not functioned accordingly so it loses competitiveness against unauthorized terminal. Not only that, its function as a terminal is also questioned because it is often converted to organize particular events. It is not wrong if a number of people then call the Kuta Central Parking ‘dying.’
The traffic jam in Kuta can be avoided if the bus drivers want to place their vehicles in Kuta Central Parking.
Chairman of the Badung Land Transportation Organization (Organda), K.N. Sutarma, accompanied by Deputy Chairman of Organda doubling as Secretary of taxi service cooperative or Komotra Bali H. Hasbi and Secretary of Komotra Bali Asmara, Friday (Apr 29), said that formerly the Kuta Central Parking was only plotted as a central parking. However, it was then converted into a type C terminal through the Decree of Transportation Minister in 1997. Serving as a terminal in the middle of Kuta tourist area with a very crowded traffic makes the Kuta Central Parking terminal special. During the administration of Regent Alit Putra, the Regent of Badung issued a Decree No. 1244/1997 regulating the buses of more than seven meters were prohibited from entering the Kuta (Kuta, Legian and Seminyak) area. It was meant to anticipate traffic congestion frequently occurred in Kuta so the good tourism image could be well maintained. Buses sizing more than seven meters should park in the Kuta Central Parking. Then, to transport passengers from Kuta Central Parking would use official shuttle bus of Komotra. “Unfortunately this rule has been ignored. Now, many large size buses even get into Kuta area. As revealed re-
cently, many large buses preferred to park in the souvenir market and tourists wishing to come to Kuta should take public transport with inappropriate route. These conditions have been going on since the past eight months,” said Sutarma. According to H Hasbi, so far the Kuta Central Parking as type C terminal was not functioning well even far from the expectation. Even, the ratio of buses parking at Kuta Central Parking against those parking in unauthorized parking space was 9:1. Such condition was increasingly aggravated as the Kuta Central Parking area was often taken advantage to organize large events. “If there is a big event, the whole area would be blocked. As consequence, buses do not get any space to park. It is amusing, isn’t it? It is a public transport terminal but vehicles do not get space to park,” he alluded. Additionally, Asmara revealed the minimal facilities in Kuta Central Parking as a terminal. Tour guides and drivers often complained because they were not provided with waiting room or cafeteria. Those facilities were absolutely available as one of the requirements for a terminal. Dying function of Kuta Central Parking caused them concerned. They did hope that government could make more resolute policy in regulating the Kuta Central Parking. It should not give impression that the Decree of Transportation Minister setting forth the Kuta Central Parking as type C was in fact redundant. Even, the Komotra threatened to hold a massive demonstration if government did not respond it seriously. They also urged the Badung Regency to pay more attention to transport issues both related to terminal and the route. “Operate the Kuta Central Parking accordingly. There should be no longer unauthorized terminal. If government cannot operate this type C terminal, how will it operate the type A Mengwi terminal?” satirized Sutarma. In relation to chaotic condition of the Kuta Central Parking, Sutarma revealed that his party had made agreement on February 9 with the Indonesian Tour Guides Association (HPI) of Bali Chapter to transit passengers at Kuta Central Parking. Afterward, passengers would be transported by shuttle bus. (kmb25)
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Economic problems trigger violence in society Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The condition of one of the museum in Denpasar.
Unclear, continuation of Yajña Museum Hall Mangupura (Bali Post)—
Continuation of the Yajña Museum Hall is unclear. Since four years ago, the project intended for the venue of entertainment has had no continuation. As a result, physical condition of the hall looks abandoned. Overall, many physical conditions of the Yajña Museum are not fully utilized. Even, there is an impression if the development of such museum building is accomplished half-heartedly. Especially for the hall, the building has not been finished with tiles. And the same time, the wall has been overgrown by mosses. When asked for his confirmation, the Head Unit of Yajña Museum, Gede Sujana, Friday (Apr 29), admitted that the wantilan hall development had not yet been fully accomplished. Its development had been started in 2006 and discontin-
ued a year thereafter. According to him, the House circle had time to check the wantilan hall development, and they had revealed their readiness to struggle for the development budget. However, since government remained to have other priorities, the wantilan development was temporarily suspended. Sujana added, his party had proposed the continuation of the wantilan development to Badung Cultural Services. As for the Yajña Museum project, the Badung Regency Government planned to perform revitalization in 2012. Priorities of the project would
be put emphasis on the front appearance of the museum namely to build the entrance split gates into the Yajña Museum. Meanwhile, the Division Head of Cultural Heritage, Badung Cultural Services, Dewa Sumitro, said that continuation of the development of Yajña Museum wantilan hall had been proposed. However, he had not detailed when it would be implemented. He just explained the future arrangement of Yajña Museum would be implemented by degrees. One of them, the development in 2012 would be focused to enhance the look of the Yajña Museum. (kmb25)
Billboard Zone Should Established DENPASAR - Denpasar Government failure through Cleanliness and Garden Office in arranging advertisement responded seriously by local House of Representatives. However the government effort in arranging advertisement needed the certainty zone of the advertisement especially billboard is still ambiguous. The problem is many illegal billboards without supervision. Commission C member of House of Representatives Denpasar A.A. Susruta Ngurah Putra yesterday said this condition influenced region earning from advertisement tax. If government policy has clear related with the advertisement setting, advertise
tax prediction can estimate. In APBD (Provincial Budget) 2011, advertise tax targeting more than 12,7 billion rupiah while last year this subject contributed 11,5 billion rupiah. This fact showed significant increase from major APBD which before planned as much as 9 billion rupiah. He exemplified the existence of billboard on Sudirman Street, in front of Puri Ayu Hotel. DKP stated they have not yet rose permission about the billboard but the billboard had functioned as outdoor promotion media. “If there is no permission, it means there is no tax. That’s fact what we need to clarify,” said Mr. Susruta. The same opinion confessed by
Commission B member of House of Representatives Denpasar I Wayan Mariyana Wandhira. He hoped the clarification about the certain advertisement zone in Denpasar. “If there are many grey zone, we worried about the unclear tax,” said him. The Head of Garden and Cleanliness Office (DKP) Agus Prihantara confessed his team will arrange advertisement pattern in Denpasar. Advertisement arranging needs much time and fund. It proves by last year government had contributed 400 million rupiah but the result has not appeared yet. “It needs hard work and support. For the regulation we had prepared it,” said him.
Economic problems and high rate of demographic mobility in Bali are some causes triggering the recent horizontal and intergroup conflicts. Limited and imbalanced job opportunities compared to the population growth of job seekers may lead to unemployment, poverty, deviant behavior, crime and social insecurity. Director of Department of Economic Development, Udayana University, Dr. IGW Murjana Yasa, stated that regional migrants might lead to new social layer. They could result in a burden because many of those migrants failed to live properly. As a result, they would become homeless and squatters as well as highly vulnerable to the occurrence of deviant behavior, including a crime. “Unfair economic growth has resulted in tremendous gap between the rich and the poor. This striking difference is the trigger of various deviant behaviors, such as crime and clashes among local residents,” said Murjana in Denpasar, Thursday (Apr 28). According to him, many of new regional migrants lost their control so they could no longer think clearly. The condition caused them to be easily influ-
enced to do and work on areas that did not comply with social norms and legal norms. “In other words, this issue must be seriously addressed. The solution is how to reduce the demographic mobility and increase job opportunities,” he said. Government was advised to keep on increasing and utilizing community resources in order to curb violence habits within the society. This could be carried out by skills training and official labor placement. These efforts needed to be accompanied with the provision of adequate working capital and job opportunities in accordance with their interests and areas of expertise. Economic growth in 2010 and 2011 is expected to affect the welfare of the population, particularly employment. In 2011, there is a specific thing that must be worked out because based on population census 2010 it was recorded that population grew from 1.46 percent in the 19902000 to 2.15 percent in 20002010. Therefore, this mobility control is a significant problem when we first want to suppress the population growth to increase per capita income and competition to get a job will be tougher because the rate of unemployment is very high. (par)
Residents chaotic, a monkey gets into bathroom Singaraja (Bali Post)—
Residents living on Jalan Pulau Timor, Banyuning Village, Singaraja, were surprised by the presence of a huge monkey getting into the bathroom of one the residents at 11:30 a.m. Local Time, Thursday (Apr 28). Interestingly, the homeowner did not know when the monkey went into the bathroom, while the bathroom itself was in the house. When it was about to be arrested, the long-tailed monkey was raging and destroying all tools found in the bathroom. Fortunately, it could be arrested two hours later after the homeowner caught it by means of snares. Family house of Made Bidja is situated in a densely populated settlement. Additionally, it is located in the suburban area as well as far from river and forest. As consequence, local residents were amazed because it was not impossible for the monkey to pass without being known by anyone. Such conditions could make people suspect if the long-tailed monkey was a magical one. Moreover, one of the family members in the house was lying ill. One of the family members of
Made Bidja, Made Agus Putra Wijaya, said the monkey was suddenly in the bathroom. A lot of people were actually in the house. Initially, Wijaya said he heard the sound of goods falling down in the bathroom. Having checked into the bathroom, in fact there was a great monkey with long tail. Together with his family, he directly closed the bathroom while thinking how to capture it. “When being trapped in the bathroom, everything was destroyed,” he said. Wijaya then made a snare and it was inserted through the opening of the bathroom’s window. After struggling for two hours, the monkey could be finally paralyzed. “Once the snare captured it, I immediately got into the bathroom. I held its hands and feet and then tied with wire,” he said. According to Wijana and local residents, as long as the knowledge of people living in the vicinity of Jalan Pulau Timor, there was no resident raising a monkey. Allegedly, it was not a pet as it usually indicated scars of bond on the waist. Until last Saturday afternoon, the long-tailed monkey remained bound. (kmb15)
Monday, May 2, 2011
Obama zings Trump at White House dinner Reuters
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama went to town on Donald Trump Saturday night, mocking his possible presidential ambitions in a sendup at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. With Trump in the hotel ballroom audience of celebrities, politicians and journalists, Obama zeroed in on Trump-fed conspiracy theories that he was not U.S.-born. “Donald Trump is here tonight,” Obama said, grinning as he prepared to roast the real estate tycoon turned showman who was a guest of the Washington Post. Obama earlier in the week released a longer version of his birth certificate after Trump had fueled the birth certificate controversy while testing the waters for a possible 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination. Now Trump can finally get “back to focusing on the issues that matter. Like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?” Obama jibed. Roswell is shorthand for a UFO
incident in the vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico, where, according to some theories, an object that crashed in 1947 was an extra-terrestrial spacecraft carrying alien occupants. Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur were slain rap icons, whose deaths also have also become a subject of continuing uncertainty. Obama went on to suggest that Trump’s biggest decisions typically involved the trademark firings he routinely carries out on his reality television business challenge series. “These are the kinds of issues that would keep me up at night,” Obama deadpanned. “Well handled, Sir, well handled,” he said of a recent firing on an episode of the show
“Celebrity Apprentice.” Trump grinned, pursing his lips and looking uncomfortable. At one point big video screens in the ballroom flashed an image of what was labeled “Trump, The White House,” a take-off on the mogul’s practice of naming buildings after himself. The mock-up portrayed a hotelcasino-golf course at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with bikini-clad girls frolicking in the fountain that adorns the White House front lawn and gold columns substituted at the front for white ones. Also coming in for ribbing were Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman — all potential Republican challengers for the White House in 2012.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner in Washington DC, April 30, 2011.
Cambodian soldiers stand guard near the Thai-Cambodia border in Samrong in Oddar Meanchey province on May 1, 2011 a day after Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged fire on their disputed border for a ninth straight day on April 30. AFP PHOTO
Fighting eases on Thai-Cambodian border Agence France Presse
BANGKOK – Fighting appeared to subside on the Thai-Cambodian border on Sunday, allowing some evacuees to return home after more than a week of heavy clashes which left 17 people dead, officials said. There were some clashes overnight Saturday-Sunday involving grenades and mortar fire, in which one Cambodian soldier died, but the front line has been quiet since then, Cambodian defence ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat told AFP. The two neighbours have been exchanging artillery shells along their disputed jungle frontier in their bloodiest conflict in decades, forcing more than 85,000 civilians to flee on both sides. As a tentative calm returned to the border area, some of the more than 37,000 Cambodian civilians displaced by the violence were starting to go home. “Since the situation today is quiet, around 10 to 15 percent of the evacuees have returned home,” Nhim Vanda, deputy president of Cambodia’s National Committee for Disaster Management, told AFP.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva described the easing of tensions as “a positive sign”. He added: “We will monitor the situation for the next couple of days, before allowing people to return home.” The two countries have come under increasing international pressure to stop the violence, but an attempted truce announced on Thursday after local-level military negotiations proved short-lived. Ties between the neighbours have been strained since the 900-year-old temple Preah Vihear was granted UN World Heritage status in July 2008. The World Court ruled in 1962 that the 900-year-old temple belonged to Cambodia, but both countries claim ownership of a 4.6-square-kilometre (1.8-square-mile) surrounding area. On Friday Cambodia said it had asked the World Court to clarify that ruling. The most recent deadly clashes have been mainly centred around two temple complexes about 150 kilometres (90 miles) west of Preah Vihear. Seven Thai troops and nine Cambodian soldiers have died since the fighting began on April 22, and Bangkok has said a Thai civilian was also killed.
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Libya’s Gaddafi survives air strikes, son killed - government Reuters
had been killed in the attack. Saif al-Arab, 29, is one of Gaddafi’s less prominent sons, with a limited role in the power structure. Ibrahim described him as a student who had studied in Germany. The grandchildren killed were preteens, Ibrahim said. The appearance of an assassination attempt against Gaddafi is likely to lead to accusations that the British- and French-led strikes are overstepping the U.N. mandate to protect civilians. “I am aware of unconfirmed media reports that some of Gaddafi’s family members may have been killed,” said Bouchard. “We regret all loss of life.” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a long-time ally of Gaddafi, called it attempted murder. “There is no doubt the order was given to kill Gaddafi. It doesn’t matter who else is killed, kill Gaddafi ... a murder, this is a murder,” he said in Caracas.
TRIPOLI – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO air strike on a Tripoli house that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren, a government spokesman said on Sunday. Libyan officials took journalists to the house, which had been hit by at least three missiles. The roof had completely caved in places, leaving mangled rods of reinforcing steel hanging down among splintered chunks of concrete. “What we have now is the law of the jungle,” government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim told a news conference. “We think now it is clear to everyone that what is happening in Libya has nothing to do with the protection of civilians.” NATO denied targeting Gaddafi, or his family, but said it had launched air strikes on military targets in the same area of Tripoli as the bombed site seen by reporters. “NATO continued its precision strikes against regime military installations in Tripoli overnight, including striking a known command and control building in the Bab al-Aziziyah neighborhood shortly after 1800 GMT Saturday evening,” the alliance said in a statement. NATO’s commander of Libya operations, Canadian Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, said the target was part of a strategy to hit command centers that REUTERS/Louafi Larb threaten civilians. “All A missile which the Libyan government said was from a NATO’s targets are military coalition air strike is seen in the house of Saif Al-Arab in nature ... We do not tar- Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in Tripoli get individuals,” he said in April 30, 2011. Libyan leader Gaddafi survived a NATO a statement. airstrike on Saturday night that killed his youngest son Saif Ibrahim said Gaddafi’s al-Arab and three of his grandchildren, a Libyan governyoungest son, Saif Al-Arab, ment spokesman said.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Dewi Sinta Hotel:
Relishing Sea View in Fusion with Terraced Rice Fields PHYSICALLY, Dewi Sinta Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is not as grandiose as the hotels located in the premier tourist resorts of Nusa Dua, Sanur or Kuta. However, never misunderstand! The budget hotel located in the Tanah Lot tourist destination has its own uniqueness, both in terms of panorama or services extended. “Though it is a budget hotel, we provide services based on the standard of star-rated hotels,” said I Gusti Gde Aryadi, the owner of the hotel, last week. Most importantly, continued Aryadi, he provided services for guests with friendliness, honesty and professionalism, so as to create impressive images for the only hotel in the favorite tourist area in Bali. Familiar and familial atmosphere was not only intended for the staff, but also became a priority for every single traveler. “We also give awards for the best employees as a way to encourage the morale of our workers in providing the best services,” added the pioneer of Tanah
Lot tourist object calmly. Dewi Sinta is the oldest hotel since the Tanah Lot was visited by many tourists. The entire building is designed by perfectly combining the traditional elements and stylish architecture to engender a convenient tourism sanctuary to unwind. Aura of the sanctity exuded by the Tanah Lot Temple, Enjung Galuh Temple and Pakendungan Temple give more profound tranquility. Meanwhile, the existing lush tropical gardens confer a typical countryside nuance. There are 20 rooms consisting of 2 types on offer, namely standard and deluxe room with air conditioning, private bathroom with hot and cold water, IDD telephone, TV, and mini bar. In front of the hotel rooms stretches an enchanting terraced rice fields in combination with the verdant fairways of golf course and swimming pool. These added-value backdrops made this accommodation close to nature. Additionally, it is also equipped with spa treatment
facilities featuring with Balinese therapies to blissfully pamper guests with freshness and fitness. In the meantime, Dewi Sinta is also equipped with restaurant offering a variety of menu choices such as Balinese, Indonesian, Chinese, Seafood and European cuisine. All delicacies are carefully prepared by well-experienced cooks. Interestingly, breakfast, lunch and dinner are optionally served in a la carte or buffet style. Other amenities equipping the hotel property are an open stage and a conference room with a capacity of 300 people. Such facilities offer a dinner party with traditional cultural performances such as Kecak, Tektekan, Legong and shadow puppets. Best services, guaranteed security and good relationship with the surrounding communities led the hotel to achieve some outstanding achievements such as the Security Certificate from the Bali Police with gold predicate, bronze medal in THK Awards and the best taxpayer in Tabanan Regency. (BTN/015)
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event forApril 27 through May 23, 2011 27 Apr Pagerwesi Day Laban Sindu Jiwa Temple Kedewatan Ubud Kehen Temple Bangli Wirabuana Temple Magelang Jawa Tengah Padang Sakti Tangtu Temple Denpasar Timur Jogan Agung Temple Ketewel Sukawati Gadung Pengiasan Temple Dauh Puri Denpasar Pasek Gelgel Temple Buruan Kaja Tabanan Pasek Gobleg Temple Kerambitan tabanan Pasek Gelgel Meliling Temple Tabanan Masceti Selasih Temple Sanding Tampak Siring Paek Gaduh Temple Buduk Dadia Pasek Gelgel Temple Kelabang Moding Merajan Pasek Gelgel Sekalan Marga - Tabanan
8 May Redite Umanis Ukir Sangah Gede Dukuh Segening Temple Tegal Tugu Gianyar
2 May Tilem Jiyestha Bhujangga Waisnawa Gumrih Temple Jembrana
17 May Anggar Kasih Kulantir Penataran Tangkas Temple Sukawati Dalem Lagan Temple Bebalang Bangli Puseh Lembeng Temple Ketewel Sukawati Pasek Gelgel Penulisan Temple Kerambitan Tabanan Gaduh Temple Sading Dalem Gandamayu Temple Klungkung Pura Sanghyang Tegal Temple Banjar Taro Kaja Tegalalang
7 May Tumpek Landep Day Pasek Gelgel Temple Pedungan South of Denpasar Agung Pasek Temple Tangun Titi kaler Tabanan Agung Pasek Silamadeg Temple Selamadeg Tabanan Pasek Tangkas Temple Kediri Tabanan Kerta Temple Banyuning Barat Buleleng Dalem Tenggaling Sengguan Tenggaling Sengguan Singapadu Kawitan Arya Wang Bang Pinatih Pinatih Peguyangan Singaraja Bhujangga Weisnawa Temple Tegalcangkring Jembrana Taman Desa Bubunan Temple Seririt Buleleng Penataran Pande Dalem Batur Jati Banjar Pandean Mengwi Dalem Pingit Temple Br, Taro Kaje Tegalalang Dadia Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Selat Village Sukasada Buleleng Batur Arya Warih Kepaon Cengolo Sudimara Tabanan Ida ratu Pande Temple Besakih - Karangasem Mr. Pasek Toh Jiwa Temple Toh Jiwa Tangungtiti Penataran Pande Kusamba Temple Klungkung Penataran Agung Pinatih Tulikup Temple Banjar Menak Desa Tulikup Gianyar
11 May Buda Wage Ukir Pasar Agung Temple Besakih - Karangasem Pasek Bendesa Pasar Badung Temple Legian Kuta Gede Gunung Agung Dukuh Temple Munggu Badung Hyang Agung Ibuwanasari Temple Tegal Puseh Village Temple Temple Bebalang Village Bangli Dalem Perancak Temple Badung Pasek Bendesa Hyang Selat Temple Kerobokan Badung Kekeran Langit Temple Sading Mengwi
18 May Buda Umanis Kulantir Pasek Tangkas kaler Temple Tabanan Gaduh Benoh Temple Ubung Denpasar 22 May Redite Keliwon Tolu Dalem Alas Harum Temple Kaba-kaba Kediri Tabanan 23 May Soma Umanis Tolu Puseh/Balai Agung Ubung Temple Kupang Penebel Tabanan Kawitan Sakula Gotra Temple Kepuh Kaba-kaba Kediri Tabanan Bhujangga Rsi-Tambak Bayuh Temple Bayuh Paibon Tangkas Kori Agung Temple Ceningan KanginNusa Penida Batu Madeg Temple Besakih - Karangasem Penataran Agung Penatih Temple Banjar Saba Penatih
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
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James Nicholas surveys the damage in Hackleburg, Ala., Friday, April 29, 2011, following a tornado touchdown Wednesday afternoon that destroyed much of the small community and caused 27 deaths.
Volunteers pour into South after tornadoes Reuters
BIRMINGHAM, Ala – Unemployed social worker Betty Perry walked out of the Red Cross shelter in downtown Birmingham barefoot after giving her shoes to a woman whose own pair was blown off in the storm. “Someone else needed the shoes more than I do,” Perry said on Saturday of her gesture after the devastating tornadoes that swept the South earlier this week and hit Alabama particularly hard. Perry is one of thousands of people who have poured into the battered region, or locals who have volunteered to help clean up. They are offering food and drink, shelter for the homeless and in some cases literally their own possessions. Perry’s daughter, Birmingham City Councilwoman Kim Rafferty, worked a 27-hour shift at the Birmingham shelter starting Wednesday afternoon. Perry’s friend, Margie Robertson, came straight from her own cancer radiation treatment to sweep the floors and com-
fort storm victims at the shelter. The tornadoes this week were the deadliest since the Great Depression and have left at least 350 people dead. The devastation is the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some people dropped everything as soon as they heard of the disaster and rushed to help. When a group of employees at a YMCA camp near Talladega, Alabama heard about the tornado in the college town of Tuscaloosa 100 miles away, they loaded three SUVs with chainsaws, medical supplies and clothes and drove there. “I could not have sat at home knowing there are people buried out there under rubble,” said Sabrina McClain, program director of YMCA Camp Cosby, which sits
near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. They arrived at the University of Alabama’s Recreation Center on Thursday and were immediately put to work. They distributed water and food and even babysat young children so their weary parents could get some muchneeded sleep. On Friday, the group’s SUV caravan bobbed and weaved its way through Tuscaloosa — a brown paper bag scrawled with the words “Food and Water” in black marker announcing their offerings. Amid downed power lines, uprooted trees and piles of debris, McClain helped canvas the Forest Lake neighborhood. When she saw people, the group stopped and hopped out, carrying supplies in their hands.
Hotel fire in China kills 10, injures 35 Agence France Presse
BEIJING – A fire at a hotel in northeastern China killed 10 people and injured 35, state media reported, in the latest deadly accident to highlight lax Chinese fire safety. The blaze broke out about 3:30 am (1930 GMT Saturday) at a hotel operated by Chinese budget hotel chain Home Inns in Tonghua city in Jilin Province, the
official Xinhua news agency said. It was extinguished half an hour later. The victims died of smoke inhalation after the fire started in the stairwell and sent thick plumes of smoke to the upper floors of the hotel, Xinhua said, citing the city’s publicity department. Local government officials did not answer calls from AFP. The injured have been taken to
hospital, including three in a critical condition, Xinhua said. Authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze. Deadly fires are common in China and are typically blamed on lax observation and enforcement of fire-safety measures. Last week, 18 poor migrants died and nearly two dozen were injured when a fire swept through an illegally constructed building in Beijing.
Sempog admitted to often get lucky. When the price of chili reached IDR 100,000 per kilogram a few months ago, she was in the harvest season. Therefore, she could nearly enjoy the earnings of IDR 1 million every four days. Similarly, it happened to her flower harvest in the period of Galungan some time ago. She got the price of IDR 20 per kilogram. “On usual days, the price of flower is ranging from IDR 500 to IDR 2,000 per kilogram,” she said. Such luck also happened to the harvest of her current bitter gourd. The price was IDR 3,000 per kilogram. “The result is pretty good,” she said. Similar good price is also lived through by the other farmers of the same region. Today, their agricultural lands are
dominated by secondary crops if compared to paddy plants. However, in the chili harvest season that would last a next few weeks, she claimed a loss. The same fate also happened to the other chili farmers. They were disappointed because many chili crops planted three months ago died due to excessive water. During the last planting season it rained incessantly. What about rice? When asked the question, Sempog admitted to only grow rice occasionally. Aside from requiring high operational and maintenance costs, the price of output always dropped during the harvest time. It did not include the incessant pest attack making farmers lose money. “On that account, I prefer to grow secondary crops,” she added. (kmb20)
Royal newlyweds... From page 1 The prince is known to enjoy outwitting the media, whom he still holds responsible for the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 as she was being pursued by photographers. The prince’s office stressed that the couple “have asked that their privacy be respected during the coming weekend and during their honeymoon”. The royal family is thought to be prepared to take legal action to prevent any media outlet attempting to disrupt the trip. So after being the focus of the world on Friday, watched by an estimated global television audience of two billion, William will return to the rural tranquility of his Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Anglesey, northwest Wales. After a night of partying, the couple departed from Buckingham Palace on Saturday by helicopter. The Duchess of Cambridge, as Kate is now officially known, wore a belted short blue dress, with a cropped black jacket and black wedge heels, while the prince was dressed in an open-necked white shirt, dark blazer and beige chinos. The smiling couple held hands as they strolled through the palace grounds, then shook hands with royal staff before leaving. The pageantry of their
wedding service had given way to a night of dinner and dancing for the royal couple and 300 guests, who partied until 3:00 am. The new duchess said Friday the couple had had a “great day” and expressed relief that the forecast rain never came. Speculation about their secret honeymoon destination has focused on Africa, as William proposed to Kate in Kenya last year. Jordan has also been touted as a possibility and would have nostalgic appeal for Kate as her family lived in the kingdom for two years when she was a child. But given the current upheaval in the Middle East, it might be considered a compromised choice. A secluded Caribbean island would allow the couple to escape the prying eyes of the media. Bequia and Necker Island have the benefit of being easily secured, and Kate’s wealthy entrepreneur parents are frequent visitors to the ultra-exclusive Mustique. Lizard Island, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, has also emerged as a contender. Amid estimations that the wedding was watched by roughly a third of the world’s population, the BBC said almost 25 million people saw it live in Britain alone, with nearly 35 million catching some of their coverage throughout the day. More details emerged in the press of the ceremony.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Thousands of workers flock to HI roundabout Antara
JAKARTA - Thousands of workers from various areas in and around Jakarta began to flock to Hotel Indonesia (HI) roundabout in Central Jakarta on Sunday morning to mark Labor Day or May Day.
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Indonesian labourers march towards the presidential palace during a rally to mark May day in Jakarta on May 1, 2011. Thousands of Indonesians demanded better social security for workers as they held a peaceful Labour Day rally, amid a heavy police presence.
The workers grouped in the Committee for Social Insurance Action (KAJS) arrived at the roundabout in buses. They carried banners and posters and wore uniforms and jackets of their respective labor unions. KAJS is made up of 67 labor unions, including the Indonesian Farmers Council, Depok Workers Forum, Bogor Workers Alliance, Banten Workers Alliance and Aspek Indonesia. They were expected to march from Hotel Indonesia roundabout to the State Palace to stage a rally. In its press statement, KAJS said they would use May Day 2011 as a
momentum to urge the government to implement national social insurance. Some 100 thousand workers are expected to join the rally at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout. While they march to the State Palace they will form a human chain as a symbol of people’s demand. KAJS Secretary General Said Iqbal said the rally is the people’s ultimatum to urge the government to immediately implement the mandate of the 1945 Constitution and Law No. 40 of 2004 on National Social Insurance System by endorsing the bill on Social Insurance Board (BPJS) into law.
RI Air Force to get 16 Brazilian fighter planes Antara
MALANG - Sixteen Brazilian Super Tucano EMG-314 fighter planes are to be delivered to Indonesia in 2012 to complete the country‘s weapon system, Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Imam Syufaat said here on Friday. He said the fighter aircraft were
confirmed to be delivered in 2012 after the Air Force Headquarters signed a Letter of Credit for the purchase of the fighter planes. “The Letter of Credit also states a period for training of our mechanics and pilots,” he said. He said the fighter planes would be delivered in stages as of early in 2012. “The value of the contract
is around US$260 million and right now our task is preparing the means and facilities including shelters, hangar and office space,” he said. The fighters have capabilities which are superior compared to others. “Even the US chooses Super Tucano to strengthen its air force although its procurement is now hin-
dered by a political policy in that country,” he said. He said Indonesia had made the order after its OV-10F Broncos were grounded. “According to plans the Super Tucano fighters would be used to carry out tactical operations missions in helping land troops because the aircraft has the capability of
conducting air-to-land close air support,” he said. The aircraft has a single engine made by Empressa Braziliera and also a capability of shooting smoke to the ground precisely to show the enemy‘s position. The aircraft is not only functioning as a trainer but could only be used to carry out destructive missions.
China to foster cooperation with ASEAN Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA– Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Saturday Beijing wants to boost cooperation in trade and security with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In a policy speech on the last day of a three-day visit to Indonesia, the current chair of ASEAN and its biggest member, Wen extolled the virtues of an ASEAN-China free trade agreement (FTA) that came into effect in January. “China is committed to deepening practical cooperation with ASEAN,” Wen said. He said China would accelerate the development of various areas from telecoms and electricity to infrastructure projects in the region, and would support efforts to boost transport links between ASEAN nations and China. “Last year, China became ASEAN’s biggest trading partner. We launched the largest FTA among developing countries and we have set the target of $500 billion in two-way trade by 2015,” Wen said. “China stands ready to work with ASEAN to maintain regional security and stability,” he added. ASEAN is comprised of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Indonesian officials say Jakarta wants to renegotiate its part of the landmark free trade pact to protect vulnerable sectors from competition with Chinese manufacturers. On Friday, Wen held talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and announced billions of dollars in loans for badly needed infrastructure projects in the archipelago.
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Indonesian soldiers chant a song as they march after attending a security roll call ahead of the Association South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) Summit 2011, in Jakarta on May 1, 2011. Indonesia will host the ASEAN Summit meeting on May 7-8.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Bali Today Sanghyang Jaran Dance from Bona Village
Tourists convoy using Volkswagon in Bali island. The Indonesian Tour Guides Association (HPI) of Bali Chapter complained about the pilferage committed by illegal travel agencies via the Internet. HPI recorded there were many pilferage cases, especially against the Mandarin tourist group spending holidays in Bali.
HPI Bali complains about illegal travel agencies Bali Post
DENPASAR - The Indonesian Tour Guides Association (HPI) of Bali Chapter complained about the pilferage committed by illegal travel agencies via the Internet. HPI recorded there were many pilferage cases, especially against the Mandarin tourist group spending holidays in Bali. During 2010 there were about 30 cases of pilferage committed by perpetrators of such illegal business. Head of Mandarin Division of HPI Bali, Chandra Salim, stated those cases resulted in bad image to Bali tourism. It was proved by sufficient number of complaints from foreign tourists through consulate general of the countries concerned. “Earlier this year, there were five cases. It is likely to continue to take place if local government does not take decisive action against those illegal travel agencies,” Chandra said in Denpasar. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Bali Liang, Hartono, said that Bali Liang and HPI attempted to minimize the negative consequences of violations frequently carried out by perpetrators of illegal tourism. His party had made a joint agreement governing the
rights and obligations of both parties. “Additionally, it also regulates about the working system between the travel agency and tour guide considered as part of a binding employment contract,” he said. According to him, a legal travel agency was obliged to employ licensed and responsible Mandarin tour guides under HPI Bali. On the contrary, tour guides were unable to work without a request from the legal travel agency. “By doing so, pilferage by illegal travel agencies can be minimized,” he said. It was explained the agreement made was intended to enhance the performance professionalism and quality of service as well as avoid unfair competition among the members. Such a joint agreement should be obeyed by every mem-
ber of both institutions. On that account, his party had to socialize before the agreement would be in effect on May 1, 2011. “Any violation will be imposed with severe sanction, namely by revocation of business permit or license of tour guides,” he said. Meanwhile, the recent data of HPI Bali indicate the number of registered tour guide is approximately 8,198 people. However, the active members only amount to 5,127 people. They are divided into 14 language divisions including the domestic division (Indonesian). Most of them are English-speaking tour guides and then followed by Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Italian, German, Russian, French and others. (par)
Sanghyang Jaran dance is one of the sacred dances in Bali. In terms of its function, it is only performed in a series of sacred ceremonies in relation to trance, not intended for profane entertainment show. This concept also applies to Sanghyang Jaran dance growing and developing in the village of Bona. The Sanghyang Jaran dance functions as a medium to repel disaster afflicting the society. This Sanghyang Jaran dance almost has the same meaning as many other Sanghyang Dances like Sanghyang Dedari. One of the community leaders of Bona Village doubling as Sanghyang Jaran artist, Made Sija, explained the emergence of Sanghyang Jaran dance was inspired by the incident of contagious diseases attacking the residents of Bona. Local residents suddenly fell sick and died instantly. They were very worried and finally looking for a medium, but they failed. People were then turning anxious or living through horrible ambience. Triggered by such an atmosphere, people did not dare to leave the house. Each house was then marked off with thorny pandanus leaf and smeared with chalk in the form of cross sign. Anxiety of local community was very serious until they should leave the house while hitting coconut midrib onto the ground or any objects to generate noisy atmosphere. One of the aims of doing so was to drive out evil spirits from the Bona Village. Unfortunately, the endeavor was not successful, either, he explained. Finally, local villagers gathered in the Puseh Temple, the abode of Lord Vishnu, to invoke protection and to expel the evil spirits. Suddenly, there were two girls possessed. They received vision from the deity instructing the devotees in attendance to make light music to accompany the dance. Since there was no gamelan instrument at that time, they only used a cappella along with vowel sounds of prayer and praise to Supreme God to apply for safety. One of them was by accompaniment of cak a cappella. The holy spirits entering into the girls’ body were always changing. Sometimes, they behaved finely (Sanghyang Dedari), sometimes on the opposite just like holding an object (Sanghyang Jaran). Strangely, while being still possessed, the girls asked to have a bath, not by water but by fire. As requested, the community kindled a fire with coconut fibers. Those who got possessed were even trampling on fire, but their legs did not catch fire. On seeing the
fact, people were very confident if the people dancing the Sanghyang dance were possessed by the spirit of the deities to dance the Sanghyang Jaran and Sanghyang Dedari, he said. Very rare In the development of Sanghyang Jaran dance today, many people use it for commercial purposes. However, the Sanghyang Jaran used to pamper tourists is not the one sanctified by devotees. Rather, it is the Sanghyang Jaran deliberately created as a performance, as existing in the Paripurna Dance Studio of Bona Village. Today, the performance of Sanghyang Dance at Bona Village, particularly for tourist attraction, is very rare because some other stages have already performed the same dance. Made Sija, owner of the Paripurna Dance Studio of Bona said the rules of Sanghyang Dance were begun by notification ritual to deities. Then, it was resumed with burning incense, and then the incense smokes encapsulated the Sanghyang dancers, while the Kukus Arum sacred song was chanted by some residents repeatedly until the dancers getting possessed. If they had been getting possessed, their body would tremble involuntarily. Having been possessed by the Sanghyang Jaran, the dancers jumped into a smoldering campfire, kicking the fire here and there and the singing of the song was even more excited. As long as the song was chanted, the dancers continued to dance until leaving the arena as if they were pursued. “Movement of this dance has no particular patterns and it can be danced so perfectly or in harmony. The Sanghyang Jaran as implied by the name jumps, runs fast and heehaws like the cry of horses,” he explained. In practice, some dancers even came occasionally in a hurry though they happened to be at home because they had simultaneous spiritual contact when putting into a trance. Without wearing hobbyhorse they directly ran toward the fire. Physically, people saw it a fire, but the dancers of Sanghyang Jaran in unconscious condition saw the fire as water so they did not feel hot when touching or kicking the fire. When the dance began, there was only a fire on coconut fibers burned in the midst of the darkness. There should be no lights on. Based on past experiences, when the Sanghyang Jaran dancers saw the lights, they would run amuck and in closed eyes they ran toward the light and wanted to take it. After turning off the lights, the dancers would return to dance the Sanghyang Jaran at the campfire area. (BTN/dar)
Monday, May 2, 2011
Balinese Culture Government Must Dare Act Firmly Against NII: Legislator Antara
DENPASAR - The government should dare to take the firmest possible actions against activists of the Indonesian Islamic State (NII) movement, a legislator said. “The NII is a banned movement, so public prosecutors and police must quickly limit their space of movement,” House of Representatives’ Commission-III vice chairman Aziz Syamsuddin said. Speaking after attending the dedication of a Law and Human Rights Center at the Bali governor’s office complex, Aziz said law enforcers should no longer play games with the radical organization. He said NII was not an organization with a legal status and therefore it could be dealt with by way of freezing and dissolving it. “Thus it is for the government to respond and to take action against its activists,” Aziz said, adding that the Law and Human Rights Ministry should also actively familiarize the people about the existence of the outlawed NII movement. Meanwhile, Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said here on Thursday night that the NII movement aimed to disrupt the Unitary State of the Indonesian Republic (NKRI).
“There is no room for that group of people and organization who want to turn the country into an Islamic state. Anything that is outside the track of NKRI is illegal,” Patrialis said. Speaking at a dinner party hosted by Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika, the minister said he had no idea why the group and organization wanted to establish an Islamic state in Indonesia. Patrialis said it was feared the NII movement would disrupt national unity and integrity and therefore its existence could not be tolerated. “We are brothers in one nation and we don’t want to see the nation disintegrating. Therefore, there is no room for such a movement in Indonesia,” Patrialis said. Referring to the rampant brainwashing actions by NII activists at a number of universities in the country, the minister said it was done by only a few people. Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has warned the people in the resort island to beware of a movement that wanted to establish an Indonesian Islamic State (NII). “We have to remain vigilant because such a movement continues to exist and wants to divide the Unitary State of Indonesian Republic (NKRI),” the governor said after hosting a banquet for Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar here on Thursday evening.
Pastika said that although NII movement has long existed, has been latent for it originated from an ideology. According to him, such an ideology-based movement has lately been disturbing people in some areas across the country. “They are a heretical group with their own perception which is also schismatic, and therefore they are not a religious movement,” Governor Pastika said. Asked about possible existence of that radical group in Bali, the governor said he would submit it fully to the Bali police chief to take anticipatory steps. “To know NII existence in Bali, please ask it directly to the Bali Police Chief Insp Gen Hadiatmoko,” the governor said. Meanwhile, Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said the movement of NII organization was aimed to disrupt the NKIR. “There is no room for that group of people and organization who wants to see the country an Islamic state, for all that steps out of the track of NKRI is illegal,” Patrialis said. He said NII movement was feared to divide the national unity and integrity and therefore it could not be tolerated. “We are brothers in one nation and we don’t want to see the nation disintegrated. Therefore there is no importance of such a movement,” Patrialis said.
Udang Pantung Kuning (Lobster in Yellow Sauce)
OVERVIEW: A real gourmet treat from Bali, this could also be made with huge prawns. In Bali, coconut chunks are roasted directly on charcoal, then the charred skin scrapped off and the flesh grated for making the coconut milk. INGREDIENTS: 4 sml lobsters, weighing about 500 gr each or 1 kg large prawns 5 cups water 2 lemongrass, bruised 2 fragrant lime leaves 4 cups coconut milk few drops white vinegar fried shallots to garnish SPICE PASTE: 5 red chilies, seeded and chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 7 shallots, peeled and chopped 5 cm fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped 5 cm ginger, peeled and chopped 4 candlenuts 1 ½ tsp coriander ½ tsp dried shrimp paste toasted 1 sml tomato, peeled and seeded 2 tbsp oil 1 ½ tbsp tamarind pulp 1 salam leaf 1 lemon grass, bruised PREPARATION: Prepare spice paste by grinding or blending all ingredients except oil, tamarind, salam leaf and lemongrass. Heat oil, add spice paste and all other ingredients. Cook over moderate heat for about 5 minutes, then cool. Wash lobsters and leave whole. Bring water to the boil, add lobsters and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lobsters, plunge in iced water for 1 minutes, then drain and remove meat. Return shells to the pot of water, keeping lobster meat aside. Add spice paste, lemongrass, lime leaves and vinegar to the water with the shells and simmer until 4 cups of stock remain. Add coconut milk and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain stock and return to pan. Add lobster and simmer for 1 minute. Serve garnished with fried shallots and accompanied by white rice.
Helpful hints: if using prawns instead of lobster, peel the raw prawns and put prawns shells 4 cups of water. Simmer for 5 minutes, then combine this stock with coconut milk, prawns and all other ingredients, simmering until cooked. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Monday, May 2, 2011
Ubud Monkey Forest IBP
Ubud Monkey Forest is a small rain forest dwelt by some group of monkeys and other tropical animals. It is strategically located in the hearth of Ubud Village, precisely located in the region of Padang Tegal Village, Ubud Sub district and Gianyar Regency. Monkey Forests in Balinese language called Wanara Wana are spread out in the island and Ubud Monkey Forest itself own very important function of the continuity the monkey habitat in Bali. Meanwhile the local community own important role to keep this forest naturally in order to all wild animals able to live smoothly. Ubud Monkey Forest is dwelt by 200 monkeys, pertained to long tail inclusive macaques or macaca fascicularis group which owns the wide disseminating area. Among the amount monkeys living in this forest, there are 23 adult male, 79 adult female and 98 still babies. All the monkeys in this forest consisted of three groups, dwell certain area and use the certain place and certain time. However, it also happened that entire group can use the forest and whenever two groups exist at same place and time, they will fight each other. These monkeys are believed as Gods Guard of Dalem Agung Temple, The Hindu Temple exist in the middle of forest. There are three Holy Temples in this monkey forest and those are existing surround the forest and it is estimated built in the middle of 14 century, in the early governance of Gelgel dynasty. Dalem Agung Temple is located in northwest from the forest represent the existence of most important temples. Beside of two others, that are Permandian Temple, in Westside from this forest and Prajapati Temple which is located in south-east side where the place of Dewa Siwa (Siwa God), one of the Khayangan Temple in Padang Tegal Village.
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BUSINESS EU hits banks with credit default swap probe Reuters
BRUSSELS – The $28 trillion credit default swaps market came under investigation on Friday by the European Union, adding to official pressures bearing down on a huge and opaque business that is widely blamed for aggravating the recent banking and euro zone debt crises. The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, said it is probing whether major investment banks, including Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, colluded in their operations in a market that is already under scrutiny by U.S. authorities and being subjected to broad, new regulations. Credit default swaps, or CDS, are derivatives that let a buyer transfer loan default risk to a seller, making them a kind of insurance against default. CDS can also be bought by speculators without direct interest in the debts involved. CDS played a central role in the near collapse of AIG in 2008, which led to a massive U.S. taxpayer bailout of the former insurance giant. The contracts have also been at the heart of the debt crisis engulfing some weaker EU states. The EU probe comes as the 27-nation bloc struggles, along with the United States, to complete a government crackdown under way for months now on the broad, $600 trillion off-exchange derivatives markets, including CDS. “CDS play a useful role for financial markets and for the economy,” said the EU’s anti-trust commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, in a statement announcing the two-track inquiry. “Recent developments have shown, however, that the trading of this asset class suffers a number of inefficiencies that cannot be solved through regulation alone,” he said. Almunia added that a lack of transparency could lead to abusive behavior and that he hoped the probe would improve financial markets and aid economic recovery. The U.S. Justice Department in 2009 launched an inquiry into anti-competitive practices in the trading, clearing and pricing of CDS in the United States. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Justice Department declined to comment on the EU move. Unlike other derivatives, such as grain or metal futures, credit derivatives are risk transfers. “It’s a banking function that’s been converted by this small group of banks into a trading instrument,” said Karen Shaw-Petrou, managing director at consulting firm Federal Financial Analytics. “The problem is no one knows what anything is worth unless or until the entity against which the CDS is placed a default ... That’s what makes it very opaque,” she said. In Europe, CDS moved to center stage last year as Greece grappled with higher borrowing costs, blaming the move on speculators raising default insurance costs. The European Commission, which regulates competition in the EU, said it would investigate whether 16 investment banks had colluded or abused a dominant market position. The opaque CDS market, where industry players say the only record of some multimillion-euro deals is just a fax, has frustrated politicians who have struggled to understand it be-
cause there are few central records of trading. “It is not a transparent market,” said ShawPetrou. “It’s a liquid market ... but there’s no real proof of value other than moment-to-moment exchanges that are then impossible to verify because it’s not a public exchange.” The probe could hit banks’ bottom lines as the EU can fine companies up to 10 percent of revenues and has handed out penalties as big as 1 billion euros ($1.5 billion). Analysts said CDS trading was too concentrated. “Eighty percent of derivatives transactions on both sides of the Atlantic are done by about eight banks,” said Karel Lannoo of the Center for European Policy Studies, a think tank. EU countries and the region’s parliament are trying to agree how to revamp derivatives market rules, with some lawmakers calling for outright bans on speculative CDS trading. Such calls were heard two years ago in the United States, but major CDS dealers were able to silence them. Instead, the 2010 Dodd-Frank reforms of financial regulation mandated the first comprehensive U.S. regulation of off-exchange derivatives, including CDS. The legislation is now being implemented by regulatory agencies. The reforms mandate standardization and increased trading on exchanges or electronic platforms of derivatives. For instruments ill-suited to this, more use of central clearinghouses and disclosure of transactions is required. A comparable level of detail has yet to emerge from EU debates about derivatives oversight, leading to some concern among regulators that momentum behind global reforms could slow amid divergent regional regulatory approaches and stiff resistance from banks defending their business models. The European Commission said it will also investigate any collusion by Markit, which provides prices and whose shareholders are the 16 banks. Markit denied any inappropriate conduct. “Markit has no exclusive arrangements with any data provider and makes its data and related products widely available to global market participants,” it said in a statement. The EU said it would investigate nine of the 16 banks and ICE Clear Europe, a CDS clearinghouse owned by exchange operator InterContinental Exchange, to see if preferential tariffs given to the banks hurt competitors. The 16 banks being examined are: JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Commerzbank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, Wells Fargo Bank/Wachovia, Credit Agricole and Societe Generale. The banks named either declined to comment or were not immediately available.
Buffett says mistakes were made in handling Sokol Antara
OMAHA – Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting on Saturday was dominated by somber topics, as Warren Buffett explained to roughly 40,000 shareholders how the company had been battered by a trusted former employee’s misdeeds and a string of natural disasters. Buffett assured the crowd at an Omaha convention center that Berkshire is strong enough to withstand both the David Sokol scandal and the estimated $1.7 billion in insurance losses that drove profits down 58 percent in the first quarter. Buffett said he doesn’t think he will ever understand why Sokol bought stock in Lubrizol shortly before recommending that Berkshire buy the chemical company. Buffett said he believes Sokol clearly violated Berkshire’s ethics and insider trading policies. “It’s a situation that’s sad for Berkshire and sad for Dave,” Buffett said. Sokol has denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyer issued another statement Saturday taking issue with Buffett’s comments. “David Sokol is deeply saddened that Mr. Buffett, whom he considered a friend and mentor, would disparage him as he has done today,” Levine said. Buffett acknowledged that he made a mistake by not asking Sokol more about his Lubrizol stock when they first discussed the company in January. Buffett said he had no reason to think Sokol had just bought the stock the week before. Buffett previewed Berkshire’s earnings at the annual meeting, ahead of their scheduled release on Friday. He said the biggest factor in the earnings drop was roughly $1.7 billion in pretax losses related to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Australian floods and the New Zealand earthquake. “We had probably the second-worst quarter for the insurance industry in terms of disasters around the globe,” Buffett said. Reinsurance companies, like Berkshire’s General Re and National Indemnity, sell backup insurance to primary insurers so the industry can cover big losses. Buffett estimates that Berkshire will report $1.5 billion in net income, down from $3.6 billion last year. He did not offer earnings per-share figures. Buffett and Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger spend nearly six hours answering questions at the annual meeting. One of the early questions asking why Buffett wasn’t tougher on Sokol drew mild applause from the audience because Buffett has always promised to be ruthless with anyone who hurts Berkshire’s reputation. Buffett said he didn’t have all the information about Sokol when he an-
nounced the former MidAmerican Energy chairman’s resignation in March. Buffett said he learned that Sokol had met with investment bankers about Lubrizol only after the deal was announced. Buffett and Munger both acknowledged that the March 30 news release, which included a line where Buffett defended Sokol’s conduct as legal, was poorly written. Before his departure, Sokol had served as chairman of Berkshire’s MidAmerican Energy, NetJets and Johns Manville units. Levine said Sokol never tried to withhold information from Buffett or other Berkshire officials. But Berkshire’s board said Sokol’s disclosures about his Lubrizol investment were misleadingly incomplete. Buffett said part of the reason he finds Sokol’s actions inexplicable is that years before Sokol rejected a compensation plan that might have paid him a $50 million bonus. Instead he shared the bonus equally with one of his fellow managers at MidAmerican. Jeff Matthews, a shareholder who wrote “Secrets in Plain Sight: Business & Investing Secrets of Warren Buffett” and another Buffett book, said that story about Sokol helps explain why Buffett was surprised by his actions. Matthews said he appreciated Buffett’s explanation and his willingness to take questions. “I think he did exactly what he should have done,” Matthews said. “He didn’t duck anything.” Buffett said all of Berkshire’s policies on ethics and insider trading will be reviewed to see if changes are needed, but he doesn’t think it makes sense to create a large compliance office to keep tabs on employees’ personal investments. Buffett said there are currently only three people at Berkshire authorized to make stock investments. Munger said he believes the greatest companies generally pick trustworthy people for important positions and then grant them significant responsibility. “Some of the ones with the biggest compliance departments have the most scandals,” Munger said. Buffett has dealt with scandals before at Berkshire Hathaway, most notably at Salomon Inc. in 1992 and at General Re in 2005. He took the helm at Salomon after it was revealed that the company repeatedly submitted false bids during Treasury auctions. Sokol’s roughly $10 million Lubrizol investment turned into about $13 million after Berkshire announced its $135 per share offer for the company. The $9 billion deal also includes Berkshire assuming about $700 million in Lubrizol debt. Berkshire’s audit committee said Wednesday that the board may consider legal action against Sokol to recover his trading profits and compensate Berkshire for any damage it sustained.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Harry Potter actress Emma Watson denies being bullied Agence France Presse
LONDON – Actress Emma Watson has denied that she took a break from university because she was bullied. The ‘Harry Potter’ actress said last month that she was taking time off from Brown University in the US to focus on her film career. But newspaper reports last week said the actress was bullied out of the university. In a message on her website on Friday, Watson said: “I felt the need to let you all know the reason I took a semester off from Brown had nothing to do with bullying as the media have been suggesting recently.” “I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown.” One report said that when the 21-year-old responded correctly to questions, her classmates would shout “Ten points to Gryffindor!” - a reference to a house at Hogwarts, the fictional school in the Harry Potter franchise. Watson, who plays bookworm Hermione in the series, denied that the incident took place. “I feel the need to say this because accusing Brown students of something as serious as bullying and this causing me to leave seems beyond unfair,” Watson wrote on her website. The actress said she had not made up her mind about her plans for later this year. “Please don’t try and speculate about what I might do in September — no one can possibly know because I don’t even know yet! Like my other fellow Brown students I am trying to figure out my third year and whether or not I will spend it abroad (this is common).” Staff and students at the university have backed up Watson’s claims. Last week, Watson’s spokeswoman Vanessa Davies said the actress would transfer to another university in autumn to study a different course which Brown did not offer. Watson joined the university in Providence, Rhode Island, in September 2009, initially to AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 FILE study literature. She rephoto, actress Emma Watson arrives for cently finished filming the BAFTA Film Awards 2011, at The Royal ‘Harry Potter And The Opera House in London. A spokeswoman Deathly Hallows: Part 2’, for Harry Potter star Emma Watson said the final instalment in the Saturday April 23, 2011 she will be trans- JK Rowling stories, due ferring from Brown University to another for a world premiere in London in July. university in the autumn.
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FILE - In a March 7, 2010 file photo, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Carey gave birth to twins, a baby girl and boy, Saturday morning April 30, 2011 at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles. Carey’s representative, Cindi Berger, confirmed the births to The Associated Press.
Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon parents of twins Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK – Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their third anniversary with another milestone — becoming parents to a baby girl and boy. Carey’s representative, Cindi Berger, confirmed the births to The Associated Press. The singing superstar gave birth Saturday at 12:07 p.m. EDT at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles. Berger says the baby girl was born first, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 18 inches long; her brother was next, at 5 pounds 6 ounces, and was 19 inches. Berger says the couple has not named the children yet. Cannon
drove Carey to the hospital in their Rolls-Royce Phantom. Berger said the 41-year-old Carey, who had gone through false labor, was calm, thinking that it was another false alarm. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Cannon was so nervous he went to the wrong department at the hospital, and was guided to the maternity ward by a nurse. “It was like right out of an ‘I Love Lucy’ skit,” said Berger.
Lohan wants to end necklace theft case Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Lindsay Lohan wants to enter a no contest plea to end a criminal case filed over a $2,500 necklace reported stolen, a source close to the actress said Saturday. The source, who is familiar with Lohan’s criminal case but was not authorized to comment publicly, said the actress wants to put the case behind her so she can focus on her career. No court date has been set for Lohan to enter the plea. She is scheduled to return to a Los Angeles court for a pretrial hearing May 11, but the actress is hoping to resolve the case before then, the source said. By pleading no contest, Lohan
would not be admitting guilt, and it was not immediately clear if she would face any additional penalties. The actress already has been sentenced to four months in jail for a probation violation related to the theft case. She is free on bail. Prosecutors in February charged Lohan with felony grand theft on allegations that she took the necklace from Kamofie & Co., a jewelry store near the actress’s home in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood. The charge was reduced last week by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner. Authorities allege the theft occurred roughly three weeks after Lohan, 24, was released from court-ordered rehab at the Betty Ford Center.
Lohan’s assistant turned the necklace in to authorities after police obtained a search warrant to retrieve it from Lohan’s house, but before detectives were able to conduct the search. Sautner said during an April 22 hearing that she thought Lohan’s actions were brazen, but that she did not think the case warranted a felony prosecution because many other cases involving more serious allegations are reduced to misdemeanors. Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers said she thought the ruling was an “abuse of discretion” and her office may appeal it, but no challenge has yet been filed. A little over a week ago, Sautner
sentenced Lohan to 120 days in jail and nearly 500 hours of community service for violating the terms of her probation by taking the necklace. Lohan was on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case. She was released to pursue an appeal but has not yet filed a formal motion to try to get the sentence reduced. In all likelihood, Lohan would serve a small fraction of her fourmonth sentence — possibly as little as three weeks — due to jail overcrowding. The source said Lohan’s intention to plead no contest was aimed at making good on her statement to Jay Leno earlier this week that she wanted to take responsibility for her actions.
Berger says they were listening to Carey’s “We Belong Together” after the children were born. The couple are expected to renew their wedding vows on Sunday. The pair got married in 2007 after a whirlwind romance. They were the subject of endless baby rumors, and the couple actually were expecting shortly after their marriage, but Carey had a miscarriage; they did not reveal the miscarriage until she announced her pregnancy last fall. The couple plan to live a bicoastal life, and have luxurious nurseries in both New York and Los Angeles. As far as more children, Carey recently declared she’s done.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Sony to resume some PlayStation services Reuters
This Thursday, April 28, 2011 satellite image provided by GeoEye shows the path of a tornado, a brown streak running diagonally from lower left to upper right, that struck Tuscaloosa, Ala. on April 27.
NWS: NE Mississippi tornado was highest-rated EF-5 Associated Press Writer
NORMAN, Okla. – At least one of the massive tornadoes that killed hundreds across the South this week was a devastating EF-5 storm, according to an analysis Friday by the National Weather Service, which suspects several others also were the worst of the worst. After the first day of assessing storm damage, the weather service said the tornado that hit Smithville, Miss., at 3:44 p.m. EDT on Wednesday was an EF-5 storm. That’s the highest rating given to assess a tornado’s wind speed, and is based in part on damage caused by the storm. The weather service said the half-mile wide Smithville tornado had peak winds of 205 mph and was on the ground for close to three miles, killing 14 and injuring 40. It was the first EF-5 tornado to strike Mississippi since 1966, and the first EF-5 tornado in the United States since a May 25, 2008, storm in Parkersburg, Iowa. Meteorologist Jim LaDue at the
weather service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said he expects “many more” of the tornadoes that killed at least 297 people during Wednesday’s brutal outbreak of severe weather will be rated EF-5. The weather service also is sending assessment teams back out to review more damage in several states, including Mississippi and Alabama. The assessments are preliminary, and are based on photos taken during the ground surveys and consultation with experts. They will be confirmed later this year. Meteorologist Mary Keiser at the weather service’s Birmingham office said the tornado that tore across Bibb, Greene and Hale coun-
ties in northern Alabama was given a preliminary EF-3 rating, which has winds of 136 to 165 mph. At least seven people were killed and 50 were injured. “The tornado track was 71.3 miles long and the largest width — the tornado at its widest point — was one mile wide,” Keiser said. “Its peak winds were 145 mph at the start and end times.” According to surveys, the tornado was an EF-1 when it touched down in southwest Greene County near the Tombigbee River just west of Tishabee. It intensified into an EF-2 as it moved north of Forkland and across the Black Warrior River into Sawyerville and the Talladega National Forest in Hale County, where six fatalities and 40 injuries occurred. It became an EF-3 northeast of Sawyerville and continued to track into Bibb County, where one person was killed and eight were hurt, according to the weather service.
TOKYO – Sony said it would resume some services on its PlayStation Network this week and offer incentives to customers to try to prevent them turning to competitors after the theft of personal information belonging to 78 million user accounts. Top Sony executives apologized for the massive data breach at a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday, the first public comments from senior management on the crisis. “We apologize deeply for causing great unease and trouble to our users,” Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s number 2 and the frontrunner to succeed CEO Howard Stringer, said bowing deeply three times during a lengthy news conference. Stringer was not at the event. Many PlayStation users around the world had been angered by the fact that the first warning of one of the largest Internet security break-ins ever came a week after Sony detected a problem with the network on April 19. The warning that user credit card information might have been stolen also came just hours after Sony
unveiled its first tablet computers at an event where executives made no mention of the PlayStation breach. Sunday’s news sparked thousands of comments on the official PlayStation fan page on Facebook, some of them from users who said they would switch to Microsoft’s Xbox Live games network. Sony said it would offer some free content, including 30 days of free membership to a premium service to existing users and in some regions pay credit card renewal fees. It said compensation would only be paid if users suffered damage. Sony did not elaborate except to say there was no evidence that credit card details had actually been stolen. It has confirmed the theft of names and addresses. Since the breach, security has been boosted on Sony’s computer systems, the company said, adding that enhanced levels of data protection and encryption would be implemented. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation had been asked to probe the breach, Sony said. “The negative impact on Sony is likely to be short-term, but the industry as a whole will suffer a longer-term impact,” said Kazutaka Oshima, president of Rakuten Investment Management.
A woman walks on a floor advertisement for Sony Corp’s PlayStation 3 game console at an electronic store in Tokyo April 27, 2011.
Museum promotes ‘Indiana Jones’ archeology Agence France Presse
MONTREAL – A museum exhibit in this Canadian metropolis opened this week showcasing onscreen archeological discoveries of Hollywood’s fictional adventurer Indiana Jones. Presented by the National Geographic Society with
US actor Harrison Ford smiles upon his arrival at “Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull” premiere in Tokyo 2008.
the support of Lucasfilm, “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition” takes visitors on a virtual tour of sites depicted in the series of adventure movies. It aims to shed light on such historical myths as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail, sought in the films by the title character played by American actor Harrison Ford. Showcased are a collection of props and film footage from Lucasfilm archives and ancient artifacts on loan from the National
Geographic Society and the Penn Museum, including gold graveyard relics from the Ur dynasty of ancient Mesopotamia and the oldest known map of the world. “We learn a lot about archeology and at the same time it’s romantic, unbridled, which is interesting,” said Monique, 61, who attended the exhibit opening on Thursday with her grandson. The exhibit is expected to attract thousands over the summer months, before packing up on September 18 and touring Europe and Asia.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Dortmund look to keep stars, say no offers for Sahin Agence France Presse
BERLIN – New Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund are optimistic of keeping their stars for next season after the club’s director of sport said Sunday they had received no offers for Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin. Dortmund secured their seventh German league title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Nuremberg and are looking to keep their young squad intact for next season’s Bundesliga and Champions League campaigns. “When and if the issue arises, we will concern ourselves with it, but for now, that is not the case,” said Dortmund’s Michael Zorc on German television channel Sport1 when asked about interest in Sahin.
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Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) vies with Real Sociedad’s defender Mikel Gonzalez during the Spanish league football match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona, at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, on April 30, 2011 .
Spanish title on hold after Barcelona, Real crash Agence France Presse
MADRID – Barcelona missed a glorious chance to close in on the Spanish league title after falling to a shock 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday as their 32-match unbeaten league run came to an end. Pep Guardiola’s side could have moved to within one point of a third successive league crown with victory after rivals Real Madrid suffered a surprise 3-2 home loss to Real Zaragoza earlier in the day. Instead, the champions now need four points from their final four games to retain the title. “We have to learn from games like this although it is shame that (Gaby) Milito had a goal ruled out that was legal,” said Barcelona defender Dani Alves. “Now we have to focus on the Champions League.” Barcelona took the lead through Thiago Alcantra on 29 minutes, but Uruguayan substitute Diego Ifran equalised on 71 minutes and Xabi Prieto converted an 82nd-minute penalty to give strugglers Sociedad a vital win. It was Barcelona’s first away defeat of the season and their first in the league since mid-September, although they retain their eight-point cushion over Real at the summit. Real coach Jose Mourinho saw his week go from bad to worse as Madrid fell to strugglers Zaragoza, three days after their 2-0 Champions League semi-final first leg loss to Barcelona. Mourinho had gone nine years without losing a home league match, but this was his second home league loss inside a month following the 1-0 defeat by Sporting Gijon at the beginning of April. “I am the only one to blame for this defeat because as a coach I wasn’t capable of motivating the team in the
first half,” said Mourinho. Guardiola resisted the temptation to rest all of his stars ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real at Camp Nou on Wednesday, fielding Lionel Messi, Xavi and Gerard Pique. Youngsters Martin Montoya, 20, and Andreu Fontas, 21, were given a chance to shine along with 21-yearold Thiago, all three of whom are products of Barca’s fabled youth system. Messi went close early on, shooting just wide, before Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay had a drive well saved in the fifth minute. The breakthrough came in the 28th minute, with Thiago latching on to a Xavi pass before scooping the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. Uruguayan striker Ifran, who had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, took advantage of a slip-up at the back to dink the ball over Jose Pinto for the equaliser. Six minutes later Gaby Milito thought he had scored for Barcelona but his header was ruled out for offside. Argentine Javier Macherano then conceded a spot-kick on 82 minutes and Prieto was fortunate to see his penalty scrape past Jose Manuel Pinto, who almost kept out the effort down the middle. Still reeling from their Champions League loss to Barcelona, Real suffered another setback at the
Santiago Bernabeu. A brace from Angel Lafita, the first due to a rare howler from goalkeeper Iker Casillas, and a penalty from Gabriel Arenas helped down Madrid, who were reduced to 10 men late on with Ricardo Carvalho sent off for two yellow cards. “We can practically say goodbye to the miracle of trying to win the league,” said Madrid captain Casillas. “Everything was more complicated because of my mistake but we are all human and make mistakes. “Now we have to go to Barcelona to try and win. We trail by two goals but anything can happen and we will go with the hope of playing the Champions League final in a month’s time.” Sergio Ramos (62 minutes) and Karim Benzema (85) pulled goals back for the hosts, but Zaragoza held on to move four points clear of the relegation zone. In other matches, in-form Argentine striker Sergio “Kun” Aguero scored his ninth league goal in his last seven outings as Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at 10-man Deportivo La Coruna to move up to fifth. Deportivo were reduced to 10 men when defender Alberto Lopo was sent off on the hour mark and Aguero struck an 80th minute winner as Atletico moved a point above Athletic Bilbao into fifth.
“We must expect that some of our players are coveted by big European clubs, but our goal is to keep our workforce.” Real Madrid had been reported here to be interested in signing Sahin, but Dortmund have safe-guarded their squad by signing up all their rising stars on long-term contracts. Dortmund play-maker Sahin, 22, has a contract until 2013, but his contract has an exit clause if a club offers at least six million euros for him. Germany defender Mats Hummels is signed up until 2014, as are national team-mates Marcel Schmelzer, teenage wunderkind Mario Goetze and Kevin Grosskreutz. Coach Jurgen Klopp, 43, has also been signed up until 2014.
Spur’s Redknapp demands goal-line technology Agence France Presse
LONDON – Harry Redknapp has called for the introduction of goal-line technology following the controversy surrounding Chelsea’s opening goal in the 2-1 defeat of Tottenham. Spurs manager Redknapp was left frustrated when Frank Lampard’s shot was adjudged to have crossed the line after being spilled by keeper Heurelho Gomes. Television replays showed the decision to award a goal was wrong and the manager now believes the case for change is clear, pointing out that Lampard was denied a clear goal in similar circumstances when playing for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup finals. “The linesman’s made a call, an honest judgement,” Redknapp said. “He’s guessed. He’s had a guess. He’s on the 18-yard line when the ball’s on the goal-line. It’s impossible to judge. No one can be sure. He’s guessed wrong and he’s made a mistake. “Until we get technology, it’ll
keep happening. When Frank Lampard can hit a shot that goes two foot into the back of the goal, it can happen. What’s wrong with getting the right decision? How is it ‘the fun of the game’? The game is about getting decisions right. The whole ball has to cross the line.” And he added: “I remember going to a European Championship game, Bulgaria v Romania, in 1996 and Romania scored a goal. It went in the net by about two feet. It was on the screens in five seconds, but Romania drew 0-0 and were knocked out. “Surely, why can’t the fourth official watch a screen and say: ‘No goal.’ It happens in tennis almost immediately. It takes seconds now.” Lampard’s effort on the stroke of half time brought the home side back into the match after Sandro had given Spurs an early lead. Carlo Ancelotti’s side then secured victory though Salomon Kalou’s 89th minute goal which also sparked controversy with the Ivorian in a borderline offside position.
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Tottenham Hotspur’s Heurelho Gomes attempts to prevent Chelsea’s Frank Lampard’s shot but crosses the line during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, April 30, 2011.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Djokovic handed walkover into Belgrade final Agence France Presse
BELGRADE – World number two Novak Djokovic took his season’s winning streak to 26-0 on Saturday, reaching the Belgrade claycourt final when Serbian Davis Cup colleague Janko Tipsarevic handed him a semi-final walkover. Tipsarevic was suffering from a right leg injury and opted against playing the last-four clash with the French Open just three weeks away. Writing on his Facebook page, Djokovic said: “Janko had to pull out from tonight’s semi-final match because of a muscle injury. I sincerely hope he will manage to recover for the rest of the claycourt season. “I will try to get the title back where it belongs and that is Serbia.” Djokovic won the title in the tournament?s inaugural 2009 edition with victory over Lukasz Kubot of Poland. The 23-year-old Djokovic, chasing his fifth title of 2011, will face Feliciano Lopez in Sunday’s final after the Spaniard enjoyed a 7-6 (7/
3), 6-2 victory over Italian Filippo Volandri, Djokovic takes a 3-0 career lead into the clash with world number 37ranked Lopez, although the lefthander did win a set off Djokovic in their most recent meeting in Dubai in February. “I think it?s a great match for me to play,” said Lopez. “I?ve already won four matches this week. My confidence is really high at the moment and I feel great to play against Novak. I know it?s going to be tough; he?s been the best player this year. It will be a great experience.”
Bulls’ Rose says he hasn’t been informed he’s MVP Associated Press Writer
DEERFIELD – A heavy MVP favorite, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose insists the NBA has not informed him he is the winner. He said “No, not yet” Saturday when asked if he had been told he won the award. Rose’s comment came a day after a congratulatory post on teammate C.J. Watson’s Twitter account that caused a bit of a stir. That message read: “Congrats to drose on
winning the MVP he’s played unbelievable this season!!! now just need tibs to win coach of the yr.” It would hardly be a surprise if Rose won the MVP, considering he averaged 25 points and 7.7 assists while leading Chicago to a leaguebest 62-20 record. Tom Thibodeau is also a favorite for coach of the year. Rose made light of Watson’s post, saying “C.J. knows a lot of people. A lot of famous people, too, so watch that guy.”
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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose drives the ball against Indiana Pacers during the first quarter in Game 5 of a first-round NBA playoffs basketball series, Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Chicago.
World number two tennis player Serbian Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Romanian Adrian Ungur during their match at ATP World Tour 250 tournament on April 27, 2011, in Belgrade. Djokovic won with a 6-2, 6-3. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC
Pacquiao and trainer sing different tune on a Mosley KO Reuters
LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach expressed contrasting views on Wednesday when discussing the possibility of a knockout by the Filipino in his title bout next week with American Shane Mosley. While Pacquiao said a knockout had not been a specific focus during their preparations over the last two months, Roach felt stopping an opponent was the perfect way to end a fight. Mosley, 46-6-1 with 39 knockouts, has yet to be knocked out during his professional career and Roach has set his sights on Pacquiao becoming the first boxer to achieve the feat. “I think all fights should end in knockouts so I am looking for a knockout,” Roach said on a conference call with the Filipino southpaw. “Shane is a tough guy and a very durable guy and it would be a feather in Manny’s cap to be the first one to stop him. It would just prove to the world how much better he is than that other guy (Floyd Mayweather) that couldn’t stop him.” Eleven months ago, Mayweather resisted a furious early onslaught by Mosley to preserve his unbeaten professional record with an unanimous points victory in a welterweight bout in Las Vegas. Mayweather has not fought since and boxing fans would dearly love to see the American go into the ring against Pacquiao to decide the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound
fighter. For the time being, though, Pacquiao and his trainer are fully focused on the WBO welterweight title fight against veteran Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 7. “Manny will fight at a fast pace and I don’t know if Shane is going to be prepared to fight at that pace,” Roach said of the Filipino who has been installed as an oddson favorite by Las Vegas book-
makers. “But we are going to force the action and we are going to go for it (a knockout) this time. If it comes, it comes. I think Manny is definitely the guy to do it.” Pacquiao, already established as one of the best offensive fighters of all time with a career record of 52-3-2 with 38 knockouts, was reluctant to talk about his chances of stopping Mosley.
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Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, works out in front of the media in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Pacquiao is scheduled to box Shane Mosley on May 7 in Las Vegas.
Monday, May 2, 2011
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Pedrosa defeats Lorenzo at Estoril ESTORIL - Dani Pedrosa ended Jorge Lorenzo’s run of Estoril victories by passing his countryman late in the Portuguese Grand Prix and going on to claim his first win of the season. With qualifying star Marco Simoncelli’s race ending in anticlimax when he crashed on the first lap, the GP became a tense battle between Lorenzo and Pedrosa.
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MotoGP rider Repsol Honda Team, from Spain, steers his Honda during the qualifying session for the Portugal Motorcycling MotoGP Grand Prix at the Estoril racetrack in Sintra, outside Lisbon, Saturday, April 30, 2011. Pedrosa made the thirst best time.
Bradl wins hard-fought Moto2 race STEFAN Bradl took his second Moto2 win of the season at Estoril after his title rival Andrea Iannone’s gallant charge from 17th to first ended in a crash just a lap after he had finally taken the lead. Bradl controlled the majority of the race, briefly being passed for the lead by Thomas Luthi at the start of lap five, but swiftly regaining it when Luthi then crashed his Interwetten Suter at the Parabolica later on the same lap. Having only qualified 14th,
Iannone lost a further three places off the line and initially languished quietly in the midfield before repeating his Jerez performance and starting to hack his way up the order. By lap 14, Iannone was into the top three. He then challenged Julian Simon for second, running wide at the first attempt but soon making a move stick. With four laps to go, Iannone was right with Bradl and diving into the lead into Turn 7. Bradl retaliated at the first corner
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Moto2 rider Viessmann Kiefer Racing Team , Stefan Bradl, from Germany, center, cheers with bottles of champagne on the podium with Moto2 rider, Mapfre Aspar Team, Julian Simon, from Spain, left, second on the race, and Moto2 Gresini Racing Team, Yuki Takahashi, from Japan, after winning the Portugal Motorcycling MotoGP Grand Prix at the Estoril racetrack in Sintra, outside Lisbon, Sunday May 1, 2011.
only to run wide, seemingly allowing Iannone to make a break. But half a lap later, as the Italian pushed to escape from Bradl and Simon, Iannone lost control going into the chicane and crashed. He was able to rejoin but had to settle for 13th. Though Simon then did his utmost to deprive Bradl of victory, the Kiefer Kalex rider had the situation under control and stayed just in front on the final drag to the line. Yuki Takahashi took an emotional third place for Gresini, just a week after the death of his younger brother Koki in a road accident in Japan. Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter scored his best Moto2 result yet in fourth. His team-mate Kenen Sofuoglu had put in an early charge to briefly challenge Bradl for the lead, but later fell. Simone Corsi flew through from 17th on the the grid to fifth, while a series of late moves got Pol Espargaro into sixth. Other charges came from Randy Krummenacher (25th to seventh), Mike di Meglio (26th to ninth) and Esteve Rabat (23rd to 10th). Alex Baldolini finished among them in eighth. In other incidents, Claudio Corti and Michele Pirro both fell while holding sixth place, and 125cc champion Marc Marquez’s fraught start to his Moto2 career continued. The Spaniard dropped from fourth on the grid to 11th on lap one, and later crashed into Scott Redding while trying to regain ground.
For lap after lap, Honda rider Pedrosa stalked the leading Yamaha, with the gap between them rarely more than a tenth of a second. But Pedrosa did not seem to have enough speed in hand to complete a move on Lorenzo, repeatedly looking to the inside on the pits straight without ever really threatening. Then, out of the blue with four laps to go, Pedrosa got a better run out of the final corner and swept past Lorenzo into Turn 1. Once ahead, there was no stopping him, with a string of fastest laps allowing the Honda to edge away - as Pedrosa proved that his recent fitness issues were behind him by getting quicker and quicker going into the closing laps. He became the first man to beat Lorenzo at Estoril since the latter came into MotoGP and moved to within four points of the championship-leading Yamaha rider. Second-place starter Simoncelli (Gresini Honda) lost out to Pedrosa off the line, and only got as far as Turn 4 before having a violent high-side that ended his promising weekend. Avoiding that accident cost Casey Stoner a few tenths and allowed the top two to make a break from the second Honda. At first Stoner was able to match Lorenzo and Pedrosa’s pace, but he later faded to finish a lonely third. Valentino Rossi got up to fourth for Ducati on lap one and then spent the race fending off Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso. It looked like the former champion had the place in the bag until Dovizioso ramped up his attack in the closing laps and finally snatched fourth in a drag race to the line. Colin Edwards finished sixth for Tech 3 Yamaha, with Hiroshi Aoyama emerging from an early battle with Edwards’ team-mate Cal Crutchlow and Rossi’s team-mate Nicky Hayden to take seventh for Gresini. Randy de Puniet completed the top 10 on the Pramac Ducati. His teammate Loris Capirossi fleetingly held seventh following a good start but faded to 12th, while Alvaro Bautista heroically made it to the end for Suzuki in 13th just six weeks after breaking his leg in Qatar.
Published on May 2, 2011