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1 dead, 30 wounded in more India Kashmir protests Associated Press Writer
SRINAGAR, India – Government troops fired at thousands of people protesting Indian rule over the country’s portion of Kashmir on Monday, killing one person and injuring more than 30 as the wave of violence that has swept through the region continued unabated.
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The top elected official in the predominantly Muslim state, Omar Abdullah, was in New Delhi and met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Defense Minister A.K. Antony to discuss steps to defuse the unrest that has left 34 people dead over the past seven weeks. “The need is to end the cycle of violence. Some semblance of normalcy has to be a precursor for any political initiative,” Abdullah told reporters. The recent tension in the Himalayan region — divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both — is reminiscent of the late 1980s, when protests against New Delhi’s rule sparked an armed conflict that has since left 68,000 people dead, mostly civilians. Kashmiri Muslims have held massive street protests, attacked security camps with rocks and burned police stations. Government forces have responded by using live ammunition and tear gas to break the protests against Indian rule. Clashes erupted again Monday in dozens of places across the region, as protesters defied a
round-the-clock curfew. Government forces fired on thousands of protesters holding street protests in the southern town of Kakpora, killing one and wounding five, a police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. In the northern village of Kralpora, protesters set a security bunker on fire and ransacked a counterinsurgency police force camp, the officer said. Troops opened fire, injuring eight protesters, three critically, he said. Protesters also burned a government building and a local intelligence office in Budgam, a town to the west of Srinagar, the region’s main city. Four protesters were wounded there, the officer said. In Srinagar, troops announced over public address systems mounted on their vehicles that stern action would be taken against those violating the curfew. However, hundreds of protesters came out on the streets in several neighborhoods, chanting “Go India! Go back” and “We want freedom.” Troops fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse the protesters, the police officer said. Continued on page 6
Obese mom dies in Romania, 5 months after birth Associated Press Writer
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A Kashmiri Muslim protester throws a policeman’s bamboo shield on a burning government vehicle after protesters set it on fire during funeral procession of Tanveer Ahmed in Pampore, outskirts of Srinagar, India, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010.
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In this Feb. 17, 2010 file picture Victoria Lacatus, a 25-year-old pregnant woman weighing 528 pounds (240 kilograms), is lifted by fire fighters out of an ambulance in Bucharest, Romania.
BUCHAREST, Romania – A 25year-old Romanian woman weighing 528 pounds (240 kilograms), who gave birth to a baby girl more than 5 months ago, has died. Relatives of Victoria Lacatus say she died of a heart attack Sunday after developing a high fever and breathing problems. Doctors from Craiova hospital in southern Romania said Lacatus’ heart stopped. Hospital manager
Florin Petrescu said doctors tried to resuscitate Lacatus for 30 minutes, a task made difficult because of her extreme obesity. When Lacatus gave birth on Feb. 18, Dr. Daghni Rasasingham, of Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London said the case was rare, given the mother’s weight and height of 5 feet and 3 inches (1.6 meters). Rasasingham said she would be at risk of clots, diabetes, post-birth bleeding and infection.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Bali News Cultural enchantment at TMII
Keling Brahmin mesmerizes spectators A fragmentary entitled Keling Brahmin performed by Gita Chandra Art Community from Klungkung successfully enthralled hundreds of visitors to the Indonesia Miniature Park (TMII), in particular Balinese pavilion, last Saturday (Jul 31) night. Former President of Indonesia, Megawati Soekarno Putri, also made her time to be present at the event entitled TMII Archipelagic Cultural Enchantment Festival 2010. At least, 500 spectators were reluctant to move from their seat from the beginning until the end of the performances. Moreover, the Keling Brahmin fragmentary performed at the last session was filled with many moral messages fitting for the future leaders of this country. Similarly, the message was truly relevant for the societal life today. The story told about a Brahmin (priests) from Java coming to Bali to meet the King Waturenggong, a wise king ruling the Suwecapura Kingdom and could bring the Suwecapura Kingdom, Klungkung, Bali, to its golden period in the XVI century. The arrival of Keling Brahmin who remained to belong to the family of the King Waturenggong had religious mission as a priest. Unfor-
tunately, his arrival did not get pleasant welcome and appreciation. Keling Brahmin looking shabby and ugly even got bad treatment where he was not recognized as the family of the King Waturenggong. Ultimately, the Keling Brahmin was tortured and expelled from Suwecapura. Once upon a time, the king held a Nangluk Merana (pest prevention) ritual at Besakih Temple. It was intended to poise the universe due to influence of negative effects. In fact, a calamity afflicted the Suwecapura. The series of rituals turned disorganized. Pest attack occurred malignantly and harmed the farmers’ crops. Mount Agung vibrated and Suwecapura was afflicted by contagious disease. Apparently, such conditions were created by Keling Brahmin because he was abused by the attitude of the king. Through his inner power, King Waturenggong realized that the chaotic condition was caused by
his action and accepted Keling Brahmin. Many moral messages were contained in the performance. A leader had to show wisdom in dealing with things. Likewise, the circle of social community should not simply judge a person from outer appearance, but should also be from sincere intention to perform the obligation. Other than Keling Brahmin fragmentary, some other spectacular performances were the Sekar Cempaka dance becoming the mascot of Klungkung, Subak Pemagpag and Sekar Duduk where all were presented by the Gita Candra art community initiated by the Regent of Klungkung, Wayan Candra. Apart from Megawati, a number of ambassadors from neighboring countries and the circles of higher officials in Bali, such as Deputy Governor of Bali AA Puspayoga and Regent of Klungkung Wayan Candra took his time to watch the art performance involving 70 artists. (bal)
Chaotic, Gianyar regency Parking System Gianyar (Bali Post) -
Condition of existing parking chaos in a number of areas including Ubud, almost the same as the condition of parking every day in the Gianyar Regency. Parking that there are at Regent’s office also chaotic conditions, lack of regular and mixed. Starting from parked vehicles until the wheels of two, and personal service in Gianyar district government pages. The observation last few days in the regency of Gianyar, parking chaos vehicles that exist in local government due to the lack of signposts and boundary vehicle parking in the Office of the Regent of Gianyar. While Sunday (1 / 8) yesterday, through the coordination of Head of Asset Management, as well as Perwat
, Sat-Pol PP and the Affair and Infocom have agreed to restructure and reorganize Gianyar regency office park, which during his impression was rather chaotic, it is clear Kadis Infocom Communications and Gianyar Regency, Ida Bagus Adi Saputra gaga. Structuring planned to install the lines and signs, so that the allotment of parking the vehicle wheels and two wheels for four employees, guests, or people who come to the office of Regent to more clearly. With this style expected to generate impression of a neat, well grow a culture of discipline and can be a model for other government offices in Gianyar regency, he said. While Head of Asset Management and Perwat, Cok Gde Agusnawa explained, structur-
ing associated parking in Gianyar Regency Office said his office would do so in the near future. In addition to ordering the vehicle is intended, will also expand the parking by dismantling one of the buildings stare at the Fire Command Post. With the parking lot will be broader and more orderly. While visible Pol PP, I Wayan Kujus Pawitra, related settlement plan Gianyar regency park it in parking enforcement efforts have been prepare personnel to manage and order parking page This Gianyar Regent Office. Land shortage and lack of signs between vehicles parked motorbikes, four wheel makes sometimes officers overwhelmed regulate parking in the Gianyar district administration center. (Kmb16)
Sarbagita bus unsure to overcome traffic congestion Solutions to resolve the traffic congestion by the operation of Sarbagita (Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, Tabanan) bus by Bali Provincial Government seems to less resonate and it is believed would not be effective. Within the next three months, Bali Provincial Government will launch the operation of Sarbagita bus. This bus will serve the new route starting from Tabanan to Denpasar and Gianyar. Target of this pilot project is to unravel the traffic congestion points in Kuta including the route to Nusa Dua. Unfortunately, the public response to this solution was not so encouraging. It was proven when a question proposed: “Are you sure the operation of Sarbagita bus to become an effective solution used to overcome the traffic congestion on the strategic intercity routes?” Answers of respondents were focused on the choice ‘not sure.’ There were 72.6 percent of respondents admitted to ‘not sure.’ They generally assessed the habit of using buses had not been established yet. In addition, respondents generally admitted to not know where the direction and the bus terminal were due to lack of socialization. Meanwhile, respondents claimed to believe that the Sarbagita bus could overcome the congestion amounted to 14.3 percent. They expected that after the operation of the bus there would be a new policy in the use of private vehicles. At least, respondents expected there should be endeavors to overcome the burden of congestion. In the meantime, respondents who claimed to know nothing about the matter reaching 13.1 percent. They said the rate of vehicle growth was very high and weakness of policing on the roads would make any solutions ineffective. When asked about the question: “In your opinion, what kind of measure should be taken by government to address the inter-regency congestion in Bali?” respondents generally expected the government to make a review on the implementation of public transportation route. It was noted that 50 percent of responses laying on this proposal. They assessed the existing route was not effective to drive them to their workplace. In addition, public trans-
ports were often stuck in congestion so it made the respondents feel unsafe to arrive at workplace. Then, the proposal on the addition of new road links was not so much in demand. Respondents assessed the addition of a new road link including flyover would not resolve the problem permanently. Only 23.8 percent of responses considering the addition of new road link could overcome the congestion. Other proposal related to the restrictions against the use of personal vehicle and determination on the number of passenger for private vehicles was considered not so urgent, either. Only 26.2 percent of the response rated the determination of passengers in private vehicles would be able to overcome the congestion. Most respondents expected the authority should review the existing routes of public transport and made a tryout before offering another alternative to overcome the congestion. When the question “Is it necessary for Bali Provincial Government to make a policy or regulation on private vehicles including its passengers for the sake of Sarbagita’s smoothness?” proposed, there were 42.7 percent admitted to be ‘unnecessary.’ Respondents only wished the optimization of public transport arrangements. Addition of Sarbagita bus was only assessed to add the crowdedness on the roads. Moreover, the road targeted to be passed through by Sarbagita bus had indeed been jammed because of the high volume of vehicles. By adding new vehicles, it would increasingly trigger the seizure of road space. Nevertheless, there were 39.4 percent of respondents considered it necessary to stipulate the private vehicles along with their passengers. This measure was predicted to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads. The current problem is that many people drove a single private vehicle to Nusa Dua without passengers beside the driver. On the other hand, there were also respondents giving no definite answer. In general, they were reluctant to give responses because they considered no matter whatever solution taken would be ineffective. Approximately 17.9 percent of the respondents belonged to this choice of attitude. (dir)
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Mayor Asked DTRP to Supervise Border Violation Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Floods during Thursday (29/7) early morning in 12 parts of Denpasar City received special attention from the Mayor of Denpasar. The Mayor realized the heavy rain at the upstream caused it and with houses being under the river flow it became victims. Also border violation became the causer of the floods in this cultural city. To minimal the disaster in the future, Denpasar City Government has planned some programs. Besides that, Denpasar Mayor I.B. Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra also asked connected officials such as Spatial Planning and Housing Agency (DTRP) to always be aware of river border violation, “Report it to DTRP if there’s a border violation, if it’s ignored then there’ll be worse consequences.” The statement was given after receiving reports from Padangsambian’s Village Head. I
Made Denda Sudiarta. on Primary School (SD) No.11 and No.13 Padangsambian. The river flow behind those schools is narrowing. It is suspected caused by houses being built around the river. In front of the Mayor, Denda stated tens of houses are built on the west of the river which means its part of Padangsamian Klod. It is expected those houses took the border between 60 cm to 1,5 meters. “On the east of the river, the area is our responsibility so we have declined people who want to build near the border,” Denda stated.
Hearing this report, the Mayor asked if Denpasar DTRP officials have checked the location or not and Denda answered none of them have came yet, “If not yet, quickly report it to DTRP. So it’s checked. Don’t just let it happen, the violation will spread.” As told before, because of the rain on Wednesday (28/7) evening, at least 12 locations in Denpasar were flooded. One of them hit the neighboring schools SD 11 and SD 13 Padangsambian. After flood was easing, the two schools were filled with mud. (kmb12)
Closing of TLAF 2010:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Freeing Green Zone 8 Rules Should be Erased Gianyar (Bali Post) –
To freed south Gianyar area from green zone, which had Ida Bagus (IB) Mantra Street going through it, needs 8 rules to be taken out. Even now, there are more uncontrolled constructions which definitely violated those 8 rules such as terms corresponding to beach, the road, terms of Pura (temple) holiness limit, Province Spatial Planning Detail, Region’s parts and more. From the data collected on Sunday (1/8), since IB Mantra Street was opened couple of years ago, it never closed an opportunity on developing the areas around it. Gianyar has two tourist objects which are Ubud and Lebih. For Lebih, the Gianyar beach shores are now being invaded by tourist accommodations such as hotels, villas and its kinds. Ironically, even though it doesn’t have permits from government, investors only being backed by certain individual from the village are brave
enough to construct it. Connected officials who should’ve dealt with it seem to have shut their eyes. These problems can be seen around Purnama Beach, Keramas Beach, Masceti Beach until Lebih. South Gianyar’s shores do have huge potential and with the IB Mantra Street, it has definitely changed its spatial planning and also its residents thinking. One Village institute now is contaminated by the development and asked Gianyar Region Government to free it from being a green zone. Head of Region Planning and Development Agency (Bappeda) for Gianyar, Ida Bagus Nyoman Rai, SH, did not refuse this condition. Before and after the street was opened the green zone was already planned. This has 8 rules at least and to make it not a green zone it needs those to be erased. Yet that power only comes from the Gianyar Regent as the government leader. (kmb16)
Kites Festival draws myriads of spectators Six Workers Drowned By Lalanglinggah Beach Waves Tabanan (DenPost)—
Implementation of the Tanah Lot Arts Festival (TLAF) 2010 had entered the final day on last Sunday (Aug 1). The festival held from July 26, 2010 reached the peak of the crowds in keeping with the organization of Kites Festival on the final day. Such myriads of visitors were estimated to increase three-fold when compared to the previous days. The crowded condition had made the security officers to work extra in directing the traffic streams and parking of vehicles. As told by one of the Beraban customary villagers, I Wayan Sukir, the parking lot for participants of the contest was filled
with a large amount of vehicles. On that account, his party should divert some vehicles to the main parking area located in the west of Tanah Lot Tourist Object as an attempt to anticipate any inconveniences. In the meantime, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Tanah Lot Kites Festival 2010 who is also the Operations Manager of Tanah Lot Tourist Object, I Made Sujana, said the committee had always been trying to maximally perform their duties, including security forces for organizing and securing the locations of Kites Festival. Such measures were intended to prevent any criminal actions that could have been taken advantage by particular par-
ties considering the densities of visitors increased dramatically accompanied by the progressive number of two-wheeled or four wheel vehicles. Meanwhile, the winners of the Kites Festival would be announced through the official website of Tanah Lot namely at www.tanahlot.net on August 3, 2010. Closing of the festival on last Sunday was jazzed up by the presentation of Cenk Blonk contemporary puppet show. In addition, the atmosphere of that night was also graced by colorful fireworks resumed with the prize presentation of bleganjur gamelan music and klepon cake competition. (gap)
English Café New way to learn English IBP
DENPASAR – English Café offer a new way of learning English where the student and learners will found a relaxing situation, filled with fun and humor. That was how the General Manager of English Café, Ni Made Nursani, SKM. MARS, describe the place to International Bali Post (IBP) during the opening ceremony of the course on Saturday, July 31st 2010. In English Café, the student
will not found the hectic and stressful condition like they have in regular school. Nursani said that the early idea of the course is to create different English course in Denpasar. The course which is located in Gunung Soputan Street I no 16A, also offer a wonderful environment to support the study. Eva Trianasari SS, the planning and development coordinator explained that English Café will give another way of learning English. “Our motto is we will make you
addicted to English. The addiction is in a good way where the students will want to learn ore about English. The course also acts as a regular café where the students can order meals and drink,” she added. The course is aiming to be one of the biggest courses in the future and they want to keep Bali as one of the most famous tourism destination in the world through language. For that reason, they open the opportunity for everyone who wants to learn English.
One Victim Died and Stranded Tabanan (Bali Post) -
Six villa constructors were taken by Lalanglinnggah Beach’s wave at West Selemadeg last Saturday (31/7) evening. Five of them managed to save themselves yet one, Wawan Sugianto (30), was found stranded and dead on Sunday (1/8). The incident happened around 5.30 pm when Wawan and his 5 colleagues from Nongko Jajar, Pasuruan, East Java who are Abdul Fatah (30), Ariful Ma’arif (29), Handoyo (40), Ngadiman (22) and Efendi (17) were bathing together at the beach after working as villa constructors-apparently owned by an Australian. They were bathing in the shores and then went further where Wawan was brave enough to go even further more despite a resident’s warning who said the place can be dangerous. What was worried then happened, a huge wave hit the six workers and made them panic. The five tried so hard in saving themselves yet Wawan kept being rolled by the wave which caught him and sank him. The
five colleagues didn’t believe what happened in front of their eyes. They then asked local residents to contact West Selemade Police. That evening the others and residents tried to find Wawan until late night and yet was not found. When it was continued the next morning, around 10 am a resident confirmed have found a human body stranded at Pengasahan Beach 500 meters away from where Wawan sank. The founding was then confirmed by residents and friends on location which they believe it is Wawan Sugianto. He was already dead when found and bad odor came out from his body. Both of his eyeballs were gone suspected eaten by fishes and his mouth, nose and ears were bleeding. Wawan’s body then was evacuated to Corpse Sterilizing Installation (IPJ) at Tabanan General Hospital Board (BRSU) which then sent home to his home village at Pasuruan on Sunday (1/8) afternoon. (gap) – photo: Wawan Sugianto’s body evacuation, victim was taken by Lalanglinggah wave at West Selemadeg, Sunday (1/8).
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Risk of disease rises amid deadly Pakistan floods Associated Press Writers
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistan dispatched medical teams Monday to the deluged northwest amid fears that cholera could spread after the worst floods in the country’s history that have already killed up to 1,200 people, an official said. The disaster has forced 2 million to flee their homes. Residents have railed against the government for failing to provide enough emergency assistance nearly a week after extremely heavy monsoon rains triggered raging floodwaters in KhyberPakhtoonkhwa province. The government says it has deployed thousands of rescue workers who have so far saved an estimated 28,000 people and distributed basic food items. The army has also sent some 30,000 troops and dozens of helicopters, but the scale of the disaster is so vast that many residents said it seems like officials are doing nothing. Thousands more people in the province remain trapped by the floodwaters. The anger of the flood victims poses a danger to the already struggling government, now competing
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A woman carries her child as she wades through floodwater next to her collapsed house in Kamp Koroona village near Nowshera, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010.
with Islamist movements to deliver aid in a region with strong Taliban influence. “We need tents. Just look around,” said flood victim Faisal Islam, sitting on the only dry ground he could find in Nowshera district — a highway median — surrounded by hundreds of people in makeshift shelters constructed from dirty sheets and plastic tarps. Like many other residents of Pakistan’s northwest, people camped out by the highway in Kamp Koroona village waded through the water to their damaged houses to salvage their remaining possessions: usually just a few mud-covered plates and chairs. “This is the only shirt I have. Everything else is buried,” said Islam. The army has given them some cooking oil and sugar, but Islam complained that they needed much more. Now people in the northwest also face the threat of waterborne disease — which could kill thousands more if health workers cannot deliver enough clean drinking water and treat and isolate any patients in crowded relief camps. “To avert the looming threat of spread of waterborne diseases, especially cholera, we have dispatched dozens of mobile medical teams in the affected districts,” said Sohail Altaf, the top medical official in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa. Officials have yet to receive concrete reports of cholera cases, but fear of an outbreak is high, said Altaf. Patients with stomach problems from dirty water are being treated in government medical camps, he said. The disastrous flooding comes at a time when the weak and unpopular Pakistani government is already struggling to cope with a faltering economy and a brutal war against Taliban militants that has killed thousands of people in the past few years. The death toll from the disaster has ranged from about 870 provided by the prime minister’s office to 1,200 given by Bashir Ahmed Bilour, senior minister in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa, who warned that it could go even higher. More than 2 million people have been displaced, he said.
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Families look on as they wait for paratroopers to return from their year-long tour in Iraq with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, July 30.
US combat mission in Iraq to end on Aug 31: Obama Agence France Presse
WASHINGTON – The United States will end its combat mission in Iraq as scheduled on August 31 despite a recent flare-up in violence, President Barack Obama said in a speech prepared for delivery Monday. “Shortly after taking office, I announced our new strategy for Iraq and for a transition to full Iraqi responsibility,” Obama will tell a national convention of Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, Georgia, according to excerpts of his speech released by the White House. “And I made it clear that by August 31, 2010 America’s combat mission in Iraq would end,” the president continued. “And that is exactly what we are doing, as promised, on schedule.” When he became president, Obama inherited a security agree-
ment with Baghdad that calls for all US forces to pull out by the end of 2011. He has ordered the force to draw down to 50,000 by September 1. There are about 65,000 US soldiers currently stationed in Iraq. The pullout confirmation comes amid an increase of violence in Iraq, with the Baghdad government releasing figures Saturday that said 535 people died in July, including 396 civilians, 89 policemen and 50 soldiers. That figure was the highest for a single month since May 2008 when 563 people were killed in violence. But Major General Stephen Lanza,
a spokesman for US forces in Iraq, said the Iraqi figures did not “reflect the security situation” while data provided to media by unofficial sources were “grossly overstated.” Obama said that even as militants try to derail the country’s progress, “violence in Iraq continues to be near the lowest it’s been in years.” He said the United States will maintain a transitional force in Iraq in the coming months and remove all of its troops by the end of 2011. US forces will focus during this transitional period on supporting and training Iraqi forces, counterterrorism missions and protecting US civilian and military initiatives, the president said. “But make no mistake, our commitment in Iraq is changing — from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats,” he stressed.
Drunken man kills 11 in China tractor rampage Associated Press Writer
BEIJING – A drunken man went on a rampage while driving a shovel loader in northern China, smashing into shops and vehicles and killing 11 people, a government spokesman said Monday. The incident began when 38year-old Li Xianliang killed a customer Sunday at the Hongyuan coal depot in Hebei province’s Yuanshi county where he worked driving a shovel loader, said a news release issued by the county government. Li, who had been drinking, then drove his loader down an adjacent road, smashing into cars, buses, motorcycles, trucks and roadside shops,
the news release said. The tractor eventually came to a stop in a field where police subdued the man after the hour-long rampage. The man was taken into custody and likely faces the death penalty if convicted of murder. The news release said eight people were killed outright and 20 injured, while a Yuanshi county spokesman, who refused to give his name as is common with Chinese officials, said three more had died in hospital. Photos posted to online news websites showed blankets covering the dead, vehicles smashed or flattened after being run over, and the fronts of shops torn out by the loader’s powerful shovel.
China has seen a string of apparently unrelated rampage attacks this year, often by knife-wielding assailants targeting kindergartens and elementary schools. Fears over copycat attacks led the central government to limit coverage about the assaults, which have left more than two dozen people dead and scores wounded. The grisly attacks, which have also included a courthouse shooting and random slashing attacks at markets and on a train, have prompted an increase in public security and calls for more attention to be paid to mental health problems that often go undiagnosed and untreated.
In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, a man smokes near smashed vehicles at Yuanshi county, in north China’s Hebei province.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Maya Ubud to host painting Bali Tropic receive an award exhibition on water colors artwork MAYA Ubud Resort & Spa will feature a group painting exhibition featuring water colours artwork of 20 selected painters titled “Look Back, Reflect on Nature” from August 1 – 31, 2010. The twenty (20) artists of Agus Budiyanto Aquarelle Studio through their beautiful paintings invite us to return to the environment, for viewing the paintings one will be able to look back, reflect and be encouraged to make every effort to maintain the balance of nature. The Aquarelle’s beautiful works
can be viewed during this exhibition at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa from August 1 – 31, 2010. Part of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to the Bali International Women’s Association (BIWA) to support their social and environmental projects. According to the curator Frigidanto Agung, this artworks trying to tell us about how the surroundings affect the way we live. Objectively reviewing the environment is part of empathy towards survival in the future. Why? Because
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future life is determined by how the environment is maintained, the part of the environment that is an integral element of daily life such as: oil, water and air, cause us to comprehend the continuance of future life with these elements. This exhibition marks how global warming, as a movement that must become the pursuit of every human being in maintaining the balance of nature, where the real environmental damage will not occur if the balance of nature becomes the main activity in our everyday steps and actions. The activities of this exhibition, invites us to return to the environment, whether only taking notice to a certain environment, or maintaining environmental balance in the process of everyday life, whatever our activities may be towards the environment. ‘’What is on display in this exhibition, is to ponder on the environment in the language of nature, to expose nature in all its wondrous balance, where the beautiful portrayal of life in observing the astuteness of the elements of nature, become a fascination to display as an unfeigned symbol, an integral form, in the outlook of everyday life. The paintings in this exhibition are a way to see how nature is in balance,’’ he said.
ANOTHER prestigious award for Bali Tropic Resort & Spa given by International Business & Company Award 2010 as “The Best Quality Service of The Year”. The award are signing by Minister of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Jero Wacik SE, and Minister of People & Welfare of Republic of Indonesia, Dr.H.R.Agung Laksono Shown in the picture: Mr. Nyoman Aryadana, Executive Assistance Managerof Bali Tropic Resort & Spa pose together with all department heads and the award
Soft shell crab promotion Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant VISITORS of the Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant in Bali Dynasty Resort can enjoy the Soft shell crab promotion that starts from August 1 and valid through October 31, 2010. This 3 months promo will makes visitors able to enjoy delicious sea crab. There are three different kinds of crabs, the Rajunan, the normal crab and the Soft Shell Crab that can be choose in this promotion event. The Soft Shell Crab used for this promotion is a sea crab, which can be found in the Kedonganan Sea which is located near Jimbaran beach. The taste of the soft shell crab is very soft. The shell is eatable due to the shell of this crab is very soft. The Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant serve three different preparations; Fried soft shell crab with golden sand sauce, Sautéed soft shell Crab with salted egg, and Fried soft shell Crab with oats sauce.
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Honorary Consulate of British Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.270 601
France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485
Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735
The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506
HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada. RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 – 15 Fax : 226 363
Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775
Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690.
Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310
Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142.
Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Australian woman lodges 33 million dollar sex claim Agence France Presse
SYDNEY – A publicist Monday sued Australia’s poshest department store and its former head for 33 million US dollars over alleged sexual misconduct that led to the disgraced chief executive’s resignation. “I have now commenced legal proceedings,” said 25-year-old Kristy Fraser-Kirk after filing documents in the federal court claiming Mark McInnes, the former chief executive of the upmarket David Jones stores, made unwelcome sexual advances and comments to her. “I am a young woman standing here today simply because I said it wasn’t OK, because I said this should never happen to me or to anyone. I just want to be treated with respect,” she told reporters outside her home. Fraser-Kirk alleged in her statement of claim that McInnes behaved inappropriately at a lunch in May and at a function in June, placing his hand under her clothing and touching her bra strap. He also urged her to try a dessert by suggesting it was similar to a sexual act, she alleged in the le-
gal documents. McInnes abruptly quit in June after claims of inappropriate behaviour were made. Mark McInnes admitted behaving “in a manner unbecoming of a chief executive to a female staff member” at two functions, the company said, without giving further details. Fraser-Kirk is suing the store, McInnes and nine David Jones directors for 37 million Australian dollars (33.3 million US), claiming the company took no action to address the inappropriate behaviour. The suit seeks 35 million dollars from the store, five percent of it’s profits during the time McInnes worked there, and another two million dollars from McInnes, or five percent of his salary. In a statement, David Jones said both the company and its directors would defend the claims vigorously.
“I had high hopes for my career at David Jones and I believe that I could have gone far in my career had I been able to continue,” FraserKirk told reporters. “I have tried my best to have this matter resolved fairly and with justice, but that appears not to be possible at the moment.” If she does win punitive damages, the publicist pledged she would give all the money to a charity that works with victims of sexual misconduct at work.
A publicist Monday sued Australia’s poshest department store and its former head for 33 million US dollars over alleged sexual misconduct that led to the disgraced chief executive’s, Mark McInnes, resignation.
Somali pirates hijack cargo UNESCO adds 5 sites to the World Heritage List ship with 23 crew Associated Press Writer
NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates hijacked a Panamanianflagged cargo ship with 23 crew onboard during an early morning raid Monday, the European Union Naval Force said. The crew onboard the 17,300-ton MV Suez are from Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India, the force said in statement. “The MV Suez reported being under small arms fire from a pirate attack and minutes later she reported pirates on board,” the statement said. “Immediately after the first report a helicopter was directed
to the ship but pirates had already taken over the command of the vessel.” The ship, which is carrying bags of cement, was traveling in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor, a stretch of water patrolled by a naval coalition. Navies say the ocean is too big for them to stop all pirate attacks. Pirate attacks have gone down recently because of monsoon weather off the Somali coast. At least 17 ships and hundreds of crew members are still being held, including a British couple who were seized from their yacht last October.
A ship is docked outside the container terminal at the southern Yemeni port of Aden June 16, 2010. Pirates hijacked the Panamaflagged MV Suez cargo vessel with 23 crew on board early on Monday, the European Union naval force said.
Associated Press Writer
SAO PAULO – UNESCO added five cultural sites to its World Heritage List on Sunday, including the Imperial Citadel of Thang LongHanoi in Vietnam. The citadel, built in the 11th century by the Viet Dynasty, became the 900th site listed as a World Heritage Property. With the other four sites added, the total increased to 904. The new sites are the historic monuments of Dengfeng in China, the archaeological site Sarazm in Tajikistan, the Episcopal city of Albi in France and a 17th-century canal ring in Amsterdam. On Saturday, UNESCO added nine sites to the list, including Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, home to nuclear bomb testing in the 1940s and 1950s. UNESCO said the tests had “major consequences” on the geology and environment of the atoll and symbolized “the dawn of nuclear age. Also added to the list Saturday were the Turaif District in Saudi Arabia; Australia’s penal colony sites; the Jantar Mantar astronomical observation site in India; a shrine in Ardabil, Iran; the Tabriz historic bazaar complex, also in Iran; and the historic villages of Hahoe and Yangdong in South Korea. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s meeting to consider cultural sites for listing ends Tuesday.
(AFP/File/Michael J. Field)
A traditional Micronesian canoe sits on the shore of an atoll in the Pacific’s Kiribati islands. Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands, a zone that is the largest marine protected area in the world, also won UNESCO heritage endorsement as one of the world’s largest intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems.
1 dead... From page 1 Abdullah, in New Delhi, described the situation in the Kashmir valley, where resistance to rule by predominantly Hindu India is strong, as worrisome and said that “some antisocial elements are hellbent to foment trouble, mayhem and bloodshed in the valley to satiate their political designs.” On Sunday, he appealed to people of all shades of opinion, the media and religious heads to join the gov-
ernment in stopping the bloodshed, adding that he and his government cannot do it alone. Last week, local authorities asked two retired judges to investigate the deaths of protesters, but the move has failed to calm the anger. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir since 1947. Both claim the region in entirety. Separatist politicians and militants reject Indian sovereignty over Kashmir and want to carve out a separate homeland or merge with predominantly Muslim Pakistan.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Indonesia to review special autonomy for Papua Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Indonesia next year plans to review Papua’s special autonomy, a report said Sunday, amid increasing demands for a referendum on the region’s self-determination.
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Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (L) shakes hands with his North Korea counterpart Pak UiChun (R) during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry office in Jakarta on August 2, 2010. Pak met his Indonesian counterpart after his four-day trip to Myanmar.
Luwak coffee sales up following ‘’haram” edict Antara
LIMA, West Lampung Indonesia’s largest Muslim scholars “haram” edict on Luwak Coffee, “helps boost” the sale of specially processed coffee by 30 percent. “Instead of avoiding Luwak coffee’s ‘haram’ edict, people are getting more curious about it,” said a local coffee dealer Wahyudi Santoso, here Monday. The publication on the “haram” edict gives a positive impact on powdered Luwak coffee sales. “The public’s response is shown at a fair in Lampung, in which people wanted to know more about the mongoose (luwak) husbandry to the coffee powder making process, the sale of the product increased by
up to 70 kilograms, or more than 30 percent,” he said. Previously, Luwak coffee business dealers were worried that the edict might decrease their sales, but what happened was the opposite, it increased and trigged them to improve the quality of the product. West Lampung’ Luwak coffee has the best quality beans in the world; it is also exported to Korea and Taiwan, which raised the number of consumers even further. Lampung’ Luwak coffee powder prices reached Rp750.000 per kilogram, and the coffee beans are priced Rp200.000 per kg. Previously, West Lampung District Chief Mukhlis Basri said that Luwak Coffe from West Lampung is the best in Indonesia, because the
coffee consumed by Mongooses (luwak) is derived from high quality coffee. “Besides, the producers also paid good attention to the coffee powder processing and packaging, so that quality can be maintained,” he said. Mukhlis also said that luwak coffee became a leading commodity of West Lampung. “The coffee has become a competitive commodity in West Lampung district, which made the coffee producers to become increasingly curious of the commodity as their main source of income,” Mukhlis said. Coffee farmers should be smart in seizing the golden opportunity, and it is also very important for the producers to maintain quality,” he said.
IIMS clinches RP2.4 trillion in transactions Antara
JAKARTA - The Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2010 wound up on Sunday with Rp2.4 trillion in car sales transactions clinched during the 10-day expo. “We are satisfied at the IIMS’s achievement this time,” Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Motor Vehicle Producers (Gaikindo) Sudirman MR said. The transactions rose 41 percent compared to last year and outstripped the Gaikindo-set target of Rp2 trillion, he said.
The increase was in line with the automotive growth which reached 76 percent in the first half of 2010 compared to the same period last year, he said. “The number of cars sold in the expo is 10,087, while the number of visitors is 279 thousand compared to 241 thousand last year,” he said. He said car sale volume during the 10-day expo rose 50 percent from last year when car orders reached 5,518 units. Compared to last year, the number of sole authorized agents and
automotive supporting industries taking part in this year’s expo also rose to 22 and 181 respectively, he said. Hopefully, the success would encourage domestic car producers and sole authorized agents to contribute to the development of the national automotive industry, he said. In addition, he added the automotive industry would hopefully become one of the engines of the national economic growth. “If the automotive industry grows well, more and more workers will be employed.”
The proposed review follows President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s order on Thursday for an audit of special autonomy programmes, amid complaints that they had failed to reduce poverty in Indonesia’s easternmost territory, which borders Papua New Guinea. “If it’s stagnant and there is no progress, then we have to know why,” Yudhoyono said. “We will conduct an audit to find out what has gone wrong, whether it is the management, the budgeting, the supervision or its efficiency.” He added that, among Indonesia’s 33 provinces, Papua received the most money from the state budget. The “comprehensive review” would cover areas including the implementation of regional administration and accountability of performance, Home Affairs Ministry official Sumarsono was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Post. “The parameters of the evaluation are now being prepared,” said Sumarsono, who oversees regional administration and special autonomy matters, adding that the central and Papuan governments would determine the parameters. In July, thousands of Papuans rallied to urge the provincial parliament to demand a referendum on self-de-
termination and reject its special autonomy. The rally in the regional capital Jayapura urged Papua’s provincial parliament to hold a plenary meeting to declare that special autonomy was a failure, according to protest leader Markus Haluk. Haluk also said the Indonesian government and Papuans, who are indigenous Melanesians, needed to establish a dialogue, with the UN or a neutral country acting as mediator. An upper house of tribal leaders, the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP), voted in June to reject the autonomy status, which was introduced in 2001 after the fall of former President Suharto’s military dictatorship in Jakarta. MRP chairman Agus Alue Alua said an audit would only confirm the central government’s failure in improving people’s welfare in Papua. Papua has gripped by a low-level insurgency for decades and despite Indonesia’s vast security presence in the region Jakarta remains extremely sensitive to any signs of separatism. Indonesia has sent mixed messages about its willingness to loosen its grip on Papua, offering talks with separatist rebels on one hand while jailing and killing their leaders on the other. Access to the area by foreign journalists has been restricted.
Indonesia inflation puts pressure on rates Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Indonesia’s annual inflation rate climbed to its highest this year in July due to rising food prices, officials said, putting pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates this week. The Consumer Price Index accelerated 6.22 percent in July compared to a year earlier, up from 5.05 percent in June. “This is the highest inflation so far this year,” statistics agency chairman Rusman Heriawan told Dow Jones Newswires. Analysts said the higher-than-expected inflation increased the possibility of an interest rate hike. “Year-end inflation will likely be
above the government’s upper range of four to six percent,” Standard Chartered economist Eric Sugandi said. “This certainly opens the door for a rate hike.... Bank Indonesia may even start hiking this week.” The central bank will meet Wednesday. It has maintained its benchmark rate at a record low of 6.5 percent since August 2009. In other economic news, the trade surplus shrank to 580 million dollars in June from 2.47 billion dollars in May due to a recovery in imports and a decline in exports, the statistics agency said. Imports rose 16 percent from the previous month and 47 percent from a year earlier to 11.71 billion dollars.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Bali Today Bali exports 7.1 tons of coffee Antara
DENPASAR - The Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali exported 7.1 tons of coffee worth US$58,645 in the five period of January-May 2010, a regional government spokesman said.
Tourists are walking in the coffee plantation. The Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali exported 7.1 tons of coffee worth US$58,645 in the five period of January-May 2010, a regional government spokesman said.
Bali’s Chief Regional Government Spokesman I Ketut Teneng said that the January-May 2010 coffee exports were sightly higher than those exported in the same period in the previous year. He said that in term of volume the exports this year only increased 9.26 percent and of value they increased only by about 2.27 percent. Teneng said the exports were shipped to Japan, France and a number of other European countries. Actually, Bali’s nonoil/gas exports to Japan in January 2010 reached 28.3 million US dollars, a 24.3 pct increase compared to the 22.8 million dollars in last year’s same period. “This means that the Balinese businessmen had become increasingly able to meet the wished for the Japanese for quality products,” head of the Bali industrial and trade export agency Putu Bagiada meanwhile said recently. Bagiada said Japan is only second to the United States in purchasing Bali’s handicraft articles and some other nonoil/ gas commodities worth 30.5 million dollars on the same time, while third on the list is France with 17.9 million dollars.
Golf competition to be held during SVF 2010 Antara
SANUR – The amateur golf competition which will be held during the Sanur Village Festival (SVF) could develop golf in Bali. Grace Jeanie, the Public Relations Manager Balibeach Golf Course Sanur, said “we hope that the SVF which is being held started on August 4th through August 8th 2010 will resurrect the golf tourism.” More than 200 golfers from Indonesia and abroad will compete in the event. The golf competition itself will be held on August 6th and 7th and it could make golf tourism attract tourists. She said that Victoria Tjiong, young golfer from Bali who currently rank 7th in the world will also take part in the event. “David Thomas, a senior golfer from Australia who currently stays in Bali will also compete along with Dhita and Marcella Pranovia who just won bronze medal in Asian Student Sport Competition,” Jeanie said. There is great hope that the athletes for the sport will also increase if there are continuous competition
in Bali. Jeanie said that many of the participants from abroad already sign in through phone but they are officially become participants after paying the fee which is 800,000 rupiah. The winner of the competition will receive many interesting prices such as millions of rupiah, motorcycle, plane tickets to Singapore, television, and others. There are also vouchers to stay in several hotels in Bali such as Grand Kuta, and Bali Niksoma. There will be also special prizes for the hole in one such as ticket to Nagoya, Japan, 5 cars, and 200 million rupiah. “The competition is divided into several categories which are Flight A, B, C, ladies and senior, longest drive and nearest to the pin. Ida Bagus Gede Sidharta Putra, the head of SVF committee, said that the festival will dig all of the potential in Sanur especially in art, culture and tourism. Golf plays an important role in develop tourism in Sanur. “We give the opportunity for the activities which support tourism,” he added.
The various handicraft articles and goods of the Balinese like household utensils from bamboo combined with rattan have become very popular. Garments of Balinese handicraft workers have beautiful designs and styles and had also been exported to Japan, in addition to Japanese traditional clothing developed by the Balinese like the kimonos were also exported to Japan. An exporter of handicraft goods from Mas Ubud village, Nyoman Sudana, said the handicraft articles from Bali had been increasingly imported to Japan as that country’s economy had been improving substantially. Bali’s paintings had also been exported to Japan, especially those of a spiritual nuance like pictures on worshipers of Buddhism on big canvas. Japanese like small and practical articles for gifts or presents, like albums of banana leaves, kimonos, and gold coated ballpoints with Balinese ornaments. Silver accessories are also sought like earrings, broaches of different types and styles, flowers, butterflies and sought by youngsters, Nyoman Sudana said.
Bali’s Bulog to release 4,000 tons of subsidized rice Antara
DENPASAR - The Bali branch of the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) plans to sell 4,000 tons of subsidized rice to the poor in August at Rp1,600 per kg or about Rp4,000 below the normal market price. The market operation would target 134,384 poor households in eight districts and one municipality in Bali province, Wayan Suyasa, chief of the Bali Bulog’s task force for subsidized rice for the poor, said here on Saturday. He said the subsidized rice would be sold to the poor at Rp1,600 per kg in early and late August in anticipation of an increase in rice prices ahead of the post-fasting
month festivities, locally known as Lebaran. If the rice prices rose in the lead up to Lebaran, the poor would feel comfortable as one of their basic necessaries had been met, he said. Earlier, in the January-July 2010 period, Bulog also sold 13,460 tons of subsidized rice to the poor in the province. Of the amount, 4,586 tons were sold in Buleleng district, 3,439 tons in Karangasem district, and 1,200 tons in Tabanan and Bangli districts each, he said. To meet demand for subsidized rice for the poor, Bali bought 6,500 tons of rice from South Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara provinces, he said.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Needs Expanding, Marine Tourism Destination in Bali Marine tourism especially in Bali has excellent prospects to be a world destination. Secretary of the Indonesian Marine Tourism Association (Gahawisri) of Bali Chapter, IB. Agung Partha said to become a leading destination was required additional attractions, especially in the areas of marine tourism in Bali, including marine tourism areas in Eastern Indonesia. He said the entrepreneurs of marine tourism as in Bali expected that all tourists could utilize the entire marine tourism services. However, the offer of marine tourism in Bali including in East Indonesia might not damage the natural beauty of the sea. Entrepreneur of marine tourism in Bali, including in Indonesia in general should suppress the negative impact of marine tourism, including the damage of underwater environment. Described, other than minimizing the damage of marine nature, marine tourism businesspeople with the government should attempt to create a new attraction in the areas of marine tourism in Indonesia. At the moment, a marine tourism destination popularly visited by many tourists in Indonesia comprised the Komodo Island, Tulamben, and other marine tourism object. The waters having potency to become marine tourist destination needed increasing by new attractions. For example, government or tourism businesspeople
Jukut Belimbing (Star Fruit Leaves In Sweet Sauce) Star fruits trees grow in many Balinese gardens, a convenient source of leaves for vegetable dishes. The leaves are crunchy with a slightly bitter tang. If not available you can substitute with spinach leaves.
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Diver dives in Tulamben water. Marine tourism especially in Bali has excellent prospects to be a world destination. could sink a ship. This ship would become a site of development of marine biota including coral reefs. The ship sunk on seabed would become a new tourist attraction. Earlier in the 1940s had sunk the USS Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben. The ship was sunk in the colonial era. Up to these days, such sunk ship remains to become the main attraction at Tulamben marine tourism. He hoped the old ships at Tanjung Priok could be drowned in Bali or East Indonesia region. This is done to create a new attraction in the area of marine tourism in Bali, including in Eastern Indonesia. He assured, if the central
government could sink old ships in the area of marine tourism in Bali and East Indonesia they would become an attraction for tourists. Diving participants from abroad would be challenged to enter into the space of ship that had been sunk on the seabed. Up to this day, Agung Partha admitted that Bali indeed remained to have marine tourist attractions. However, they needed adding with a new attraction. Moreover, if Bali Provincial Government could lobby the central government to sink old ships at the area of Bali marine tourism. Automatically, the treasures of marine tourism of Bali will be getting richer and more interesting.
PREPARATION: Bring 3 liters (12 cups) of lightly salted water to the boil in a stockpot. Add star fruit leaves. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain leaves, and then cools to room temperatures in ice water. Drain and dry well. Place half of the spice paste into saucepan and sauté for 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and salam leaf, reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens. Season minced beef with the remaining spice paste. Place on banana leaf and roll up very tightly into the shape of a sausage. Steam for 15 minutes. Allow to cool, open banana leaf and break meat into its original minced consistency. Mix the coconut milk and mince beer well and add star fruit leaves and mix again. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature with steamed rice. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Tum Bebek OVERVIEW: Tum, leaf-wrapped bundles of highly seasoned food, are made with almost any basic ingredient in Bali, ranging from eels, to chicken, pork, beef or duck. INGREDIENTS : 600 gr boneless duck, skin removed and minced 1 tbsp fried shallots 1 tbsp fried garlic 1/3 cup coconut milk, thick 3 tbsp basic spice paste 4 bird’s-eye chilies, sliced 1 tbsp salt 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed 12 pieces banana leaf, cut in 20 cm (8 in) squares 12 ea salam leaves PREPARATION: Combine the above ingredients except for banana leaf and mix well. Fold a heaped tablespoon of the mixture into the center of a banana leaf and wrap. Steam parcels for about 15 minutes, until well cooked. If banana leaf is unavailable, use greaseproof paper in preference to aluminum foil. The above mixture can also be used for duck satays; simply add 200g of grated coconut and double the quantity of the basic spice paste salt and pepper. Spear 2 heaped tablespoons of the paste around a large satay skewer or stalk of lemon grass. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
West Bali National Park IBP
West Bali National Park is nature conservation with pure ecosystem managed by zone system for multiple research purpose involving the education, tourism and recreation. It is one of the national park located west side of Bali Island with beautiful panoramic, unique nature ecosystem and fresh atmosphere. West Bali National Park or most the local people call Taman National Bali Barat is one of the tourist destinations in Negara Regency and many visited by tourists. It is situated in west side of Bali Island and close to Gilimanuk Port or about 4 hours drive away from Bali’s International Airport. Some of the Bali West National Park Area located in Grokgak sub district, Singaraja Regency and some of the area located in Melaya Sub district, Jembrana Regency. It is very easy to locate it from Denpasar direction to follow the main road go to
Gilimanuk Port or Singaraja town to Gilimanuk Port. According to Republic Indonesia Forestry Minister decision written on the official letter no 493/Kpts-II/1995 that West Bali National Park own 19.002,89 ha which is consisted of 15.587,89 ha land and 3.415 ha ocean. The conservation effort toward the ecosystem at this park goes to three objective activities as follows: 1. To protect the ecosystem those support the life 2. Pickling the variety of flora and fauna including the habitat 3. Exploiting everlastingly the nature resources including the ecosystem West Bali National Park area is a green are spread out along the main road Denpasar – Gilimanuk – Singaraja about 150 kilometers. Topographic of this park own constant gradation between mount, hill, valley, bay and sea. The mountain area is involving up to
71% from the total park area as protected forest with multifarious faunas like deer, forest pig, lion, birth etc. meanwhile the flat area is about 29% located in north part of main road Gilimanuk – Singaraja until Java Sea. If we look from the conception, this area is a Giri/Gunung or mounts which is completed by the forest (Wanagiri). According to Kidung Utama Tantri script there is a word mention Ning Wana Ukir which gives the direction that the Wana Giri philosophy is well written to describe the total of this world. West Bali National Park own high potential of flora and fauna those are consisted of 14 variety of protected floras involving Sawo Kecik (Manilkara Kauki), Sono Keling (Dalbergia Latifolia). From the fauna, Jalak Bali Birth (Leucopsar Rothscildi) is one of the endemic fauna in Bali Island there are pure habitat found in this park along to Prapat Agung and surrounding area. Other faunas can
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
BUSINESS British government tells banks to kick-start lending Agence France-Presse
LONDON - British banks must use first-half profits to boost lending to businesses, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said in an interview on Sunday, ahead of key results for the nation’s top lenders As major banks prepare to reveal that they bounced back in the black during the first six months of 2010, they must get credit flowing, Osborne told The Sunday Telegraph newspaper. “We have got to be pretty clear with the banks ... that we will not tolerate banks piling the pressure on small and medium-sized businesses,” the finance minister said. “They have an economic obligation to assist that sector and give it all the assistance that they got.” HSBC begins the half-year banking results season on Monday, followed by Lloyds Banking Group and Standard Chartered on Wednesday, Barclays on Thursday and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Friday. The banks are expected to unveil combined first-half profits of about 8.4 billion pounds (10.1 billion euros, 13.2
billion dollars), according to the paper. “Every small and medium-sized company that I have visited in recent weeks has had some problem with their bank — either they have found it difficult to renew their overdraft or they demanded additional collateral, often someone’s house,” Osborne told The Sunday Telegraph. “The danger is that, particularly next year, when there is a huge amount of refinancing required, that the small and mediumsized businesses suffer from a lack of access to working capital.” In reaction, industry body the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) said the sector was “well aware” of its crucial role — and welcomed the return of profits to the troubled sector. “Banks are well aware of their responsibility to society and our commitment to support the economy by
lending to individuals and firms,” said BBA chief executive Angela Knight in a statement. “The return of profitability to the banking sector is a positive sign and indicates that the sector is helping the UK economy move out of recession.” She added: “Banks have made repeated binding commitments to support business. There are funds available to lend to firms with a viable business plan. “But the industry’s ability to support the economy needs to be considered as the increased capital and cash we are required to hold cannot both be set aside and used to finance lending.” Lloyds and RBS are now 41-percent and 83-percent state-owned, after both groups received substantial government bailouts at the height of the global financial crisis.
New car sales in Japan up 15 percent on-year Agence France-Presse
TOKYO - New vehicle sales in Japan jumped 15 percent in July yearon-year, an auto industry group said Monday, and just months before the government are due to end subsidies for green cars. New registrations for vehicles including cars, trucks and buses but excluding minicars, totaled 333,403 units last month, the 12th straight monthly rise, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said. Toyota, which has been recovering after a massive global safety recall crisis, sold 161,444 units, up 19.1 percent, excluding sales by its subsidiaries Daihatsu and Hino. The carmaker saw sales of its luxury Lexus surge 37 percent to 2,598 units. For the first seven months of the year, Toyota’s domestic sales grew 38.4 percent to 995,282 units, despite the carmaker being forced to recall some 10 million vehicles worldwide. Honda Motor sold 50,448 units, up 14.5 percent, while Nissan saw only a 2.3 percent rise in sales, or 50,719 units. Mitsubishi Motor sold 7,137 units, up 31.9 percent. Mazda Motor sold 21,316 units, up 27.7 percent. Also in July, sales of compact cars rose for the seventh straight month by 8.6 percent year-on-year to 153,203 units, the Japan Mini Vehicles
Association said. Japanese auto sales have been robust on the back of government incentives and tax breaks launched last year to boost eco-friendly cars and to help Japan’s economy recover after its worst post-war recession. But automakers could suffer a backlash when the subsidies for green
purchases expire at the end of September, after they were extended in March. Mazda Motor Corp senior managing executive officer Kiyoshi Ozaki predicted its vehicle sales would tumble 30 percent in the second half of the fiscal year from the April-September period, according to Jiji Press.
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A worker at Japan’s auto giant Toyota Motor assembles a LEXUS car at the company’s plant in Miyata City, Fukuoka Prefecture, on October 2, 2006. New vehicle sales in Japan jumped 15 percent in July year-on-year, an auto industry group said Monday, and just months before the government are due to end subsidies for green cars.
Chinese house shoppers gather at a property fair in Beijing on August 2, 2010. China’s manufacturing sector cooled further in July, even shrinking by one measure, but markets took the news as a sign of a desired slowdown rather than a harbinger of a slump that could derail global recovery.
China slows to cruising speed; India perks up Reuters
BEIJING - China’s manufacturing sector cooled further in July, even shrinking by one measure, but markets took the news as a sign of a desired slowdown rather than a harbinger of a slump that could derail global recovery. Manufacturing surveys from other big emerging economies India and Russia, also served to bolster investor sentiment, with Asia’s thirdlargest economy marking its 16th month of expansion and Russia’s activity improving for the seventh month in a row. HSBC survey of Chinese companies showed on Monday that manufacturing activity fell for the first time since the depths of the global downturn in March 2009, while a similar government survey published on Sunday showed a marked dip in growth. A marked slowdown in U.S. growth in the second quarter heightened market concerns about the strength of recovery in the world’s biggest economy, leaving investors betting on China and the rest of Asian to pick up the slack. One concern is that Asia, which has led the economic recovery, could lose traction if the authorities in Beijing pulled on the reins too hard, hitting demand in what has become a top export market for many of China’s regional peers. The economy already slowed markedly from April to June, expand-
ing at a 10.3 percent annual clip after 11.9 percent growth in the first quarter. HSBC, however, played down fears that world’s prime growth engine, poised to overtake Japan this year as the second largest economy, might be sputtering. “We still expect the economy to grow by around 9 percent in the second half of 2010 and 2011, driven by resilient private consumption and continued investment demands of ongoing infrastructure and new public housing construction projects,” HSBC economists Qu Hongbin and Sun Junwei said in a note. An index based on a nationwide survey of business executives conducted for HSBC dropped to 49.4 from 50.4 in June, while one compiled by China’ statistics bureau fell to a 17month low of 51.2 from 52.1 in June. With surveys still seen fitting a scenario of a controlled slowdown resulting from government efforts to prevent overheating, financial markets took the data in stride. India’s HSBC Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index, bounced back in July, driven by new orders and stronger factory output, rising to 57.6 in July from 57.3 in June when it slipped from a multi-year high. “India is on a roll. The economy was given another leg up in July as new orders continued to pour in. Even the export sector appears to be holding up well, despite worries over cooling demand abroad,” said Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
‘Inception’ lives dream to top box office for third week Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES - “Inception,” Leonardo DiCaprio’s mindbending thriller, topped the North American box office for a third straight weekend, holding off newcomer “Dinner For Schmucks,” industry estimates showed Sunday. The sci-fi summer blockbuster — one of only a handful of original, nonsequel movies to gain that title this year — hauled in 27.5 million dollars in receipts for the weekend, for a total 193 million in its three weeks of release, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. With “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan at the helm, the flick about a thief who specializes in infiltrating dreams and stealing thoughts has wowed critics with its complex science fiction concepts. In second place were comedians Steve Carrell and Zach Galifianakis with their zany comedy “Dinner for Schmucks,” about a quest to find the dumbest guy possible to invite to a dinner meal, which took in 23.3 million dollars in its opening weekend. “Salt,”
starring Hollywood’s biggest female action flick superstar Angelina Jolie, about captivating CIA agent Evelyn Salt who is accused of being a Russian spy, slipped to the third spot with 19.2 million dollars in receipts. 3-D animated film “Despicable Me” meanwhile also slipped one spot, to fourth, with 15.5 million dollars in ticket sales. The film from Universal Pictures, also stars Carell — in his second appearance in the box office chart this week — as the voice of Gru, a villain bent on snatching the moon. It has earned a strong total of 190 million dollars in its four weeks of release. In the fifth spot was another 3-D flick “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” about a gang of adventurous, wise-cracking cats and dogs, which took 12.5 million dollars in its debut week-
end. Another new release, “Charlie St. Cloud,” came right behind in sixth place, with a 12.3-million-dollar take. The movie stars teen heart-throb Zac Efron as a man who gives up his dreams of going to university to play catch with the ghost-form of his dead younger brother, while also finding love with a beautiful girl. “Toy Story 3” came in seventh with five million dollars in receipts and a massive seven-week total of 379.4 million dollars. Eighth place was claimed by “Grownups,” the Adam Sandler and Chris Rock comedy about a reunion of high school friends, which earned 4.5 million dollars in its sixth week. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” starring Nicolas Cage as a magician battling evil alongside a hapless pupil, took the ninth place with 4.3 million dollars. Rounding out the top ten was vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which took 3.9 million dollars over the weekend to bring its fiveweek total to a massive 288-milliondollars.
A clip from the movie ‘Inception’
Stallone left movie debts in Brazil: report Agence France Presse
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Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley arrives at Lynwood Correctional Facility to visit her client on July 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Lohan freed from jail: report Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES - US actress Lindsay Lohan was released from a county jail early Monday after serving 13 days for violating probation on a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence, The Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper quoted sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore as saying that after her release at 1:35 am local time (0835 GMT), Lohan was to go directly to a substance abuse treatment center. The treatment facility was not identified, but Whitmore said Lohan had left the prison in a minivan with multiple individuals, the report said. Lohan has been locked up the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles since July
20. but she was kept away from other inmates for security reasons. Lohan, who starred in the 1998 film “The Parent Trap” and 2003’s “Freaky Friday,” was arrested in May 2007 after crashing her Mercedes in Beverly Hills. After a stay in rehab, the star of “Mean Girls” and other hit films was caught two months later for drunk driving and cocaine possession. At the time, she spent a mere 84 minutes in jail. The actress has completed an alcohol education program, but was found in violation of probation because she did not attend classes regularly, The Times noted. Despite a tough period adjusting to jail life, Lohan remained cooperative and became more subdued as days passed, according to law enforcement sources, the paper said.
SAO PAULO - Sylvester Stallone may be heading for box-office success when his latest action flick opens this month, but in Brazil — where the movie was filmed — companies are complaining he left a string of unpaid debts, according to a report. The Brazilian weekly news magazine Veja said Sunday the producers of the movie, “The Expendables,” owed more than two million dollars to the local partner company O2, a lighting firm, drivers, security guards and other workers. “Since May of last year, O2 has been trying to get the money from the Americans. However since the beginning of this year, Stallone and his producers have stopped answering
their calls,” the magazine charged. “The Expendables” is billed as the most expensive movie ever filmed in Brazil, with a budget of 63 million dollars. Stallone, who earned fame from his “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchises, is banking on a muscular cast — including Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Jason Stratham and Jet Li — to make the film a hit. The 64-year-old actor not only stars in the movie but co-produced it. The storyline revolves around a group of mercenaries trying to oust a dictator from a fictitious Latin American country. Much of it was filmed in and near Rio de Janeiro. It is to get its premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and its worldwide roll-out in mid-August.
Jazz man Jarreau leaves hospital in France Agence France Presse
MARSEILLE - US jazz singer Al Jarreau left a French hospital on Sunday after a week of treatment for breathing and heart problems that struck as he prepared to go on stage, his doctor said. “We have talked through his treatment and given him advice to adapt his lifestyle,” JeanLouis Bonnet, a doctor in the cardiology department of the hospital in the southern city of Marseille, told AFP. “We found the cause of the passing problem which was partly linked to fatigue,” Bonnet said, adding that treatment had stabilised an irregular heart beat. Jarreau’s official website said he would resume his tour on Tuesday with a concert in Hanau, Germany,
followed by further dates in the United States and Japan. Jarreau — whose jazz, pop and soul songs have won him seven Grammy awards — was about to begin a festival concert on July 22 at Barcelonette in the French Alps when he was taken ill with an unduly rapid heart beat. The 70-year-old was in a critical condition when he was transported by helicopter to an intensive care unit in nearby Gap but his condition stabilised and he was transferred to a larger hospital in Marseille. The Milwaukee-born singer’s lengthy career has encompassed many musical styles. He has won Grammy Awards in the genres of jazz, pop and rhythm and blues and released more than 20 albums between 1975 and 2009.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Seven hours the magic number for sleep: study Agence France Presse
Spencer Degen shows off three of the ten lobsters he caught on the first day of the two-day miniseason on July 28, 2010 in Miami, Florida.
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Marine life census shines light on biodiversity of the seas Agence France Presse
WASHINGTON - Crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans represent the most common species in the world’s seas, and the waters of Australia and Japan are the most diverse, according to a vast inventory of marine life published Monday. “We have made discoveries. We have learned new things,” Jesse Ausubel, co-founder of the Census of Marine Life project, which compiled the roll call of life in the sea, told AFP. Australian and Japanese waters each feature almost 33,000 forms of life that have earned the status of “species.” The waters off China, the Mediterranean Sea and Gulf of Mexico also feature in the top five in terms of biodiversity, says the preliminary census published in the open-access Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE). The roll call is the result of a 10-year project by 360 scientists at a cost of 650 million dollars. The scientists combined information that had been collected over centuries with data obtained during the decade-long census to create a list of species in 25 regions, from the Antarctic to the Arctic via the
world’s temperate and tropical seas. The inventory will be complemented with information still being gathered in areas such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Madagascar and the Arabian Sea in an even larger work which will be released in October. Even then, the inventory will be incomplete, said Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian Institution and leader of the census project on coral reefs. “The ocean is simply so vast that after 10 years of hard work, we still have only snapshots, though sometimes detailed, of what the sea contains,” Knowlton said. So far, the study has found an average of 10,750 known, named species in a given region, and the census-takers believe that for every known species, there are at least four yet to be discovered. And with the finding that crustaceans are the most
numerous, it could change the way humans think of the sea. “When people think of the ocean, they think of fish and whales,” said Ausubel. “But the big mammals are only two percent of diversity, and fish are 12 percent. We should think first of crustaceans and mollusks.” Around one-fifth of all marine life are crustaceans, followed closely by mollusks — squid, octopi, clams, snails and slugs — which make up 17 percent of species in the sea. Next, at 12 percent, come members of the pisces, or fish, family, including sharks. Single-cell microorganisms from the family of protozoa and algae and other plant-like organisms are tied for fourth place in the species inventory at 10 percent. Among others are echinoderms, including starfish, sand dollars and sea cucumbers; porifera, which includes sponges; and cnidaria, including sea anemones, corals and jellyfish. Popular marine mammals such as whales are included in the “other vertebrates” category and comprise only a tiny part of marine biodiversity.
WASHINGTON - People who sleep more or fewer than seven hours a day, including naps, are increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, a study published Sunday shows. Sleeping fewer than five hours a day, including naps, more than doubles the risk of being diagnosed with angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke, the study conducted by researchers at West Virginia University’s (WVU) faculty of medicine and published in the journal “Sleep” says. And sleeping more than seven hours also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, it says. Study participants who said they slept nine hours or longer a day were one-and-a-half times more likely than seven-hour sleepers to develop cardiovascular disease, the study found. The most at-risk group was adults under 60 years of age who slept five hours or fewer a night. They increased their risk of developing cardiovascular disease more than threefold compared to people who sleep seven hours. Women who skimped on sleep, getting five hours or fewer a day, including naps, were more than two-and-a-half times as likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Short sleep duration was associated with angina, while both sleeping too little and sleeping too much
were associated with heart attack and stroke, the study says. A separate study, also published in “Sleep”, showed that an occasional long lie-in can be beneficial for those who can’t avoid getting too little sleep. In that study, David Dinges, who heads the sleep and chronobiology unit at the University of Pennsylvania school of medicine, found that 142 adults whose sleep was severely restricted for five days — as it is for many people during the work week — had slower reaction times and more trouble focusing. But after a night of recovery sleep, the sleep-deprived study participants’ alertness improved significantly, and the greatest improvements were seen in those who were allowed to spend 10 hours in bed after a week with just four hours’ sleep a night. “An additional hour or two of sleep in the morning after a period of chronic partial sleep loss has genuine benefits for continued recovery of behavioral alertness,” Dinges said. In the study about sleep and cardiovascular disease, researchers led by Anoop Shankar, associate professor at WVU’s department of community medicine, analyzed data gathered in a national US study in 2005 on more than 30,000 adults. The results were adjusted for age, sex, race, whether the person smoked or drank, whether they were fat or slim, and whether they were active or a couch potato.
In crime-roiled Caracas, prayers for protection Agence France Presse
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People gather and pray around the tombs of a group of criminals who died some 40 years ago, at a cemetery in Caracas on July 21, 2010.
CARACAS - Crime has taken on such proportions in Caracas, arguably South America’s most dangerous capital, that some residents have turned to the only succour left: prayer. In a cemetery in the south of the city, lines of desperate citizens form every day in front of a tomb to plead for magical protection from the homicidal risks they run. Their saviour: a criminal named Ismael Sanchez who was buried there four decades ago and who has taken on the reputation of a “saint” among followers who, like most
Venezuelans, are devoutly Catholic. An 80-centimeter (31-inch) high statue of the venerated ex-villain sits atop the tomb, a rebellious figure with a pistol tucked into his belt and sporting sunglasses and a cap. Many of the devotees leave flowers at the grave. A few stick a cigarette in the statue’s open mouth. For all who visit, “Ismaelito” is the only answer left to a growing wave of violence unchecked by authorities that has plunged them into fearful insecurity. The government of President Hugo Chavez, which will rely on support from Venezuela’s vast poor population in September legislative elec-
tions, publishes no crime statistics. But unofficial figures explain why crime is by far the biggest preoccupation of the people. Every weekend, around 50 violent murders take place in the capital. There were more than 16,000 homicides across the whole country in 2009. A non-governmental group, the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, says that nine out of 10 murders committed in the past three years have gone unpunished. Although the number of police has been boosted, citizens fear them as much as the armed young men who waylay pedestrians and motorists in the street.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Big-spending City look to overhaul Chelsea, United Agence France Presse
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Arsenal’s Manuel Alumnia (C) lifts the Emirates trophy after beating Celtic’s after their Emirates Cup football match at Emirates Stadium in London, on August 1, 2010.
Young Gunners change Wenger’s transfer plans Agence France Presse
LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the impressive form of young Gunners Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong has persuaded him not to sign another midfielder. Wenger planned to bring in another central midfielder before the transfer window shuts at the end of August because he wasn’t convinced Wilshere and Frimpong were mature enough to play regularly. But with Cesc Fabregas resting after the World Cup and fellow midfielders Abou Diaby and Denilson injured, Wenger threw the youngsters in at the deep end during the Emirates Cup and was delighted with their response. English 18-year-old Wilshere and Ghana-born Frimpong, also 18, held their own against experienced internationals Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan. And they followed that by showing impressive tenacity and composure in a frenetic 3-2 victory over Celtic on Sunday that ensured Arsenal retained the Emirates Cup pre-season event at their north London stadium. “At the start I was not convinced
Wilshere and Frimpong could be the central midfielders but they have showed they can play there,” Wenger said. “We were considering going into the market for a midfielder but we won’t do that now. “Wilshere has done really well. At 18 you have to have patience but I believe he is stronger than last year. “The few months he played on loan at Bolton last season has given him something. “Frimpong is more of a fighter than a dribbler but he is eligible to play for England or Ghana and if I was English I would make sure he doesn’t get away.” While Wenger is no longer looking for a midfielder, he has plenty of other business to attend to before his side’s Premier League opener against Liverpool on August 15.
He would still like to sign at least one more central defender to make up for the departures of Sol Campbell, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre. And a move for a goalkeeper, possibly Fulham’s Australian international Mark Schwarzer, is also on the agenda, while there is still the issue of Cesc Fabregas’s future to resolve as the Gunners captain pines for a move to Barcelona. With that hectic list in mind, Wenger admitted he was relieved to see his two new signings, Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh and French defender Laurent Koscielny, perform well over the weekend. Chamakh scored in Saturday’s draw against Milan and gave a solid cameo as a substitute against Celtic, while Koscielny looked competent in both games.
LONDON - With less than two weeks until the start of the Premier League season, champions Chelsea and leading contenders Manchester United are preparing for a serious challenge from big-spending Manchester City. While Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson have been content to make only minor alterations to their squads, City chief Roberto Mancini has been acquiring new players with the carefree relish of a lottery winner let loose in Harrods. Mancini has spent over 80 million pounds on four new players as City’s billionaire Abu Dhabi-based owners continue to lavish cash on the club in an attempt to buy their way to success. Recruiting Yaya Toure from Barcelona, Valencia winger David Silva, Alexander Kolarov from Lazio and Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng is a quite a statement of intent. The spending is unlikely to end there as Mancini eyes a 25 million pounds move for Inter Milan’s Mario Balotelli and a similiar offer for Aston Villa midfielder James Milner. City’s approach to squad-building will bring scorn from those who prefer teams to develop more organically, but past title triumphs by Chelsea and Blackburn prove money can buy success in the Premier League. The prospect of City mounting a sustained bid to win their first league title since 1968 looks increasingly realistic, with Ancelotti admitting Mancini’s team could be a major threat. “In theory Man City could be very difficult opponents. They have bought some fantastic players,” Ancelotti said. “It’s difficult to build a team in one summer but Roberto Mancini has the experience to do this, so it can be
done.”City’s spending recalls the period when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich engaged in an equally massive spree to turn his club into champions. Those days are gone now and Ancelotti has had to cut his cloth accordingly, with few new faces arriving at Stamford Bridge since the Italian took charge last year. Not that Chelsea need much improving after winning the double last season. Although Michael Ballack, Joe Cole and Juliano Belletti have all been released, Ancelotti has brought in only Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool. He seems content that a team with the spine of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba will continue to be competitive whoever plays alongside them. “We have the same aims as last year,” Ancelotti said. “But last year we went out of the Champions League too early so we have to do better.” United, hamstrung by the club’s massive debts, have had to adopt the same conversative approach in the transfer market. Ferguson has put his faith in the likes of Mexico forward Javier Hernandez, 22, Italian striker Federico Macheda, 18, and former Fulham defender Chris Smalling, 20, and he said: “They give us the back-up we are going to need. “There is purpose in the way they play their football. It is not just talent. “You don’t play at this club with just talent, you need something else and they have that something else.” After five years without a trophy, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects great things, even though his plans could be destablised by Cesc Fabregas’s desire to join Barcelona. “I am very confident we’ll do better than last season,” Wenger said. “We finished third last year and we hope we can improve on that.”
Messi pledges a good show in S.Korea Agence France Presse
SEOUL - Argentinian star Lionel Messi promised Monday to deliver a good performance this week when his club, Barcelona, meet South Korea’s all-star team in an exhibition match. The match between the Spanish champions and an all-star squad selected by South Korean fans will be played Wednesday in Seoul to mark the 60th anni-
versary of diplomatic ties between South Korea and Spain. “We will show a good play as many Korean fans have waited for us,” Messi told reporters. Messi had a disappointing World Cup in South Africa, with Argentina knocked out of the tournament by Germany in the quarterfinals. “It was too bad I could not score a goal even with many chances during the World Cup, but I will try my best to score this time,” he said.
“I had high expectations and I wanted to get to higher rounds but it was too bad. Now I’d like to only think about the league.” Messi said the match in Seoul would be “a good opportunity to prepare for a new season”. His teammate Daniel Alves Da Silva said South Korean fans would enjoy watching “the games of the best club in the world”. “I’ve recovered much after the World Cup since it ended sooner than I thought,” he added.
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Manchester City’s Ivory Coast player Kolo Toure (R) watches Togolese teammate Emmanuel Adebayor control the ball during a training session in Baltimore on July 30, 2010.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Murray squanders match point and loses final to Querrey Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES – Andy Murray squandered a match point in the second set and American Sam Querrey rallied Sunday for a 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 victory over the British top seed in the final of the Los Angeles Open. The 23-year-old Scotsman missed a golden chance for his first ATP title of the season and suffered his first loss in five career meetings with Querrey, who had never before taken a set off Murray. “I’ve got to be happy getting to the final and having chances to win,” Murray said. “I didn’t play my best tennis. Just tired.” World number four Murray announced a split from coach Miles Maclagan earlier this week. While he is looking at possible replacements, a final decision is not expected before the US Open. Murray played in Los Angeles for the first time as a last-minute replacement for Serbian Novak Djokovic, who withdrew citing a need for more rest. Hometown favorite Querrey won his fourth title of the season - only Rafael Nadal with five has more and became the first back-to-back champion at the 700,000-dollar hardcourt event since Andre Agassi defended his crown in 2002. “In the second and third sets I played great, some of the best tennis I’ve played,” Querrey said.
“That’s the highest-ranked guy I’ve ever beaten.” Second seed Querrey double faulted to surrender the decisive break in the last game of the first set. In the fifth game of the second set, Querrey blasted a forehand smash wide and netted a forehand to allow Murray to escape break points and hold serve. Murray had a match point on Querrey’s serve in the 10th game but could not capitalize, sending a backhand wide, and the American held to level at 5-5. “I wasn’t going to give it to (Murray),” Querrey said. “I was going to make him come up with a shot to beat me.” In the tie-breaker, Querrey smacked a crosscourt corehand winner for a 4-1 lead and finished off Murray by scoring the last three points, the last on a forehand winner to finally take a set off Murray after nine prior failures.
Querrey seized a break chance on Murray in the sixth game of the third set and the Scotsman netted a backhand drop volley to surrender the break and fall behind 4-2. Murray broke his racket on his left shoe and bloodied his right knuckles by punching his racket strings in frustration during the game, wiping the blood onto his white shirt. Querrey served for the match at 5-3 but Murray pushed him to a break point. The American answered with a forehand winner and a service winner and when Murray sent a backhand beyond the baseline, Querrey had claimed the crown. Querrey, pushed to three sets in every match, was the first ATP player this year to win multiple matches in the same tournament after facing a match point in each. He saved a match point against Janko Tipsarevic in the semi-finals.
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Sam Querrey of the US holds the winner’s trophy after defeating Britain’s Andy Murray in the final of the Farmers Classic ATP Tennis Open tournament in Los Angeles on August 1, 2010. Querrey won 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.
Marquez calls out Pacquiao Argentina still to line-up Maradona successor after defeating Diaz Agence France Presse
LAS VEGAS – Juan Manuel Marquez retained his WBA and WBO lightweight titles with a unanimous decision victory over American Juan Diaz on Saturday before demanding a third fight with Manny Pacquiao. The Mexican drew with the Filipino in 2004 and suffered a narrow defeat four years
later but will hope to come away with a victory if they meet for a third time. “The trilogy with Pacquiao is what I want,” said Marquez, 51-51, (37 KOs). “Everybody wants to see it. It’s good for all fight fans, for the Mexicans, the Filipinos. Everyone wants to see it. That’s the most important fight for me now.” The fight with Diaz was a rematch
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of a February 2009 contest, in which Diaz set the pace early before Marquez took control and scored a knockout in the eighth round. There were no knockdowns this time, but on several occasions Marquez appeared to hurt Diaz with sharp combinations. He landed more than Diaz in every one of the twelve rounds and in total scored with 288 punches, 133 more than his opponent. Diaz, 35-4 (17 KOs) said he had intended to set a more measured pace than in the previous encounter, but that Marquez had thwarted his plans. “I fought the best fight I could,” he said. “I think I fought a good fight. We were trading punches. I didn’t want to stand in front of him. The game plan was to get in there, throw combinations, step around him and get out. “But it was tough and I got hit with some good punches. He’s a great fighter.”
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (L) get advice from his trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain between rounds during his bout against Juan Diaz at the Mandalay Bay Events Center July 31, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
BUENOS AIRES - Argentina have yet to approach any potential successors to take charge of the national team following the bitter departure of Diego Maradona, manager Carlos Bilardo said on Sunday. “Julio Grondona (the Argentina Football Association) president has spoken to nobody and has told me nothing,” said Bilardo. “We are waiting. Anything could happen.” Maradona accused Grondona and
Bilardo of deceit and betrayal, blaming the pair for plotting his downfall last week. “Grondona lied to me. Bilardo betrayed me,” Maradona claimed after his colourful and controversial reign as Argentina coach came to an abrupt end. But Bilardo has dismissed the claims of the man who was part of his 1986 World Cup-winning team. “I am sure it’s not him who is guilty, but his entourage. I defended and I will continue to defend Maradona to the death,” said Bilardo.
View of a graffiti depicting former Argentina’s national football team coach Diego Maradona in a wall in Mendoza, Argentina on July 31, 2010. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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Webber: Title battle still wide open Hungaria - Mark Webber says there is still everything to play for in this year’s championship following his Hungarian Grand Prix win. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
Red Bull’s Australian driver Mark Webber celebrates on the podium of the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, after the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. Red Bull’s Australian driver Mark Webber won the race ahead of Ferrari’s Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s German driver Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes to look into pitstop issue MERCEDES GP boss Ross Brawn says his team will look into the pitstop problem that occurred during the Hungarian GP to make sure it does not happen again. Nico Rosberg lost his right rear tyre as he joined the pitlane following his pitstop. The tyre then careered down the pitlane and knocked down a Williams mechanic, who escaped with no serious injuries.
Brawn said the team believed it understood what had gone wrong, but promised to look at the situation closely to avoid a repeat. “It appears that as the guy came off with the wheel gun, it spat the wheel nut but he didn’t see it disappear,” said Brawn. “He went back on, fired the gun and realised the nut was no longer there so came back out to grab the other gun and the rear jack guy thought he had finished, so he
dropped the car and away he went. “I think we understand what happened and we will clearly look at how we can prevent it happening again.” He added: “When the gun went on to take the nut off, the gun hadn’t engaged properly so the nut was off the axle and it spat it out. The guns are so quick and powerful now you don’t see the nut travelling a the speed of light.”
AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRISTOPHE KARABA
A williams mechanics lies down after being hit by a wheel (top L) of Mercedes GP’s German driver Nico Rosberg in the pits of the Hungaroring circuit on August 01, 2010 in Budapest, during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver moved into the top of the championship standings thanks to his fourth win of the season, and he is now four points ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton as the Milton Keynes squad continues to capitalise on its superior pace. Although Red Bull was in a different league at the Hungaroring, Webber insists the title battle remains wide open as Formula 1 heads into the summer break. “It’s good to be leading the points standings, but there are still a lot of chapters to come in this world championship battle, said Webber on his website. “The top five drivers are separated by 20 points, which is noth-
ing. It’s the equivalent of just eight points under last year’s points system. “There’s everything to play for, but not until I’ve turned my phone off and had a couple of weeks’ holiday! I’ll be in touch again before Spa.” Webber, who benefited from a safety car period to take the lead of Sunday’s race, admitted his victory had been pretty easy in the end. “It feels great to go into the summer break on the back of a win,” he added. “I had to drive what was effectively a three-part race because I didn’t pit for tyres when the safety car came out early on, but the strategy paid off and I won the race pretty easily in the end.”