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Beautiful rice field is seen on the picture. The Government could develop the local farming to avoid importing the crops that can be grown in our country therefore it will strengthen the national food security.
Import weakens national food security Bali Post
DENPASAR - Indonesia is indeed the most promising consumer of import goods. Central Statistics Agency (BPS) noted the import growth continued speeding until reaching a new record. Until March 2011, the import value of Indonesia reached USD 14.48 billion or grew by 23.23 percent compared to February amounting to USD 11.75 billion. It was the greatest volume of monthly import of all time.
Even, it has potential to weaken the national food security. An economist, Prof. Dr. Gede Sri Darma, said the high absorption rate of imported products in Indonesia will hamper the endeavor to achieve the food self-sufficiency. Even, the surge of imported goods had the potential to harm the economic sectors. Continued on page 6
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JAKARTA - Achieving significant progress in the efforts to form an ASEAN Community by 2015 is one the three main priorities of Indonesia’s policies as this year’s ASEAN chair, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said. “As the ASEAN chairman this year, Indonesia has three priorities and the first is to ensure significant progress in efforts to establish an
Indonesia does not only import manufacturing goods such as electronic products, but also imports agricultural products like rice, sugar, flour, meat and even salt. Actually, such an excessive import policy will be more detrimental than beneficial. In the short term, invasion of imported products will make local food prices to be dropped.
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ASEAN Community by 2015,” Yudhoyono said in his address at the opening of an ASEAN-European Union Business Summit at the Jakarta Convention Center here on Thursday. The president was of the opinion the ASEAN Community was an effort to expand and strengthen the role of ASEAN economies, and Indonesian vision for ASEAN was also to narrow development gaps among ASEAN countries. Continued on page 6
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Achieving significant progress in the efforts to form an ASEAN Community by 2015 is one the three main priorities of Indonesia’s policies as this year’s ASEAN chair, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left) said.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Bali News Abrasion in Klungkung
Jumpai Beach turns more severe Semarapura (Bali Post)—
Severe abrasion does not only occur on the beach of Tegalbesar, Negari, Banjarangkan, but also on Jumpai Beach. Tens of hectares of paddy fields in the region have now floated to whereabouts. However, local residents are unable to do much except let it go. “It has been the will of nature and it is impossible to prevent,” said the Village Head of Jumpai, Wayan Sukariana, Wednesday (May 4). According to Sukariana, the abrasion turned more severe since 1999 where at least 50 hectares of paddy fields owned by local residents disappeared. They included the land owned by investors from Jakarta. “We do not submit a proposal to the Regency Government for the prevention. We realize that Klungkung Regency has no enough budgets to handle the abrasion,” said Sukariana. Indeed, he said, to slow down the rate of abrasion, it had been prepared a
greening program along the coastline of Klungkung Regency. Based on observation, the verge of shoreline at the Jumpai area has farther protruded to ashore. Even, the abrasion also eroded a part of the seaweed drying floor belonging to local company. The owner was forced to use a sand dune to prevent
the raging waves. Previously, abrasion also occurred at Tegalbesar Beach. Aside from washing away rice fields, the abrasion destroyed the roads, venue of melasti procession and cremation ground of local residents. As a result, the venue of melasti was diverted to another location. (kmb20)
Thieves Gang Caught IBP/Bali Putra
The abrasion which happen on Jumpai Beach in Klungkung Regency.
Denpasar - Four suspects of thieves gang who are usually using machete in their action caught in Bali. They were often stole foreigner villas in Senggigi, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Two of them are recidivist in the same case while they also had felt police’ bullet. They are coming from Lombok named Gede Tarub alias Ajang (41), Yanim alias Mr. Lusi (36), Hendra alias Pajar (25), and Supriadi (19). The thieves’ seizure began
by Lalu Hendra arrest. “The first arrest pointed to Lalu Hendra who was had been left Kerobokan Jail on February 2011,” said the Head of First Unit Dit Reskrim Bali Police Commandant Bambang Wirawan at press conference in Police Headquarters (4/5). Police investigated Lalu Hendra then they caught his partners in separate place. This gang revealed they had been stole three foreigner villas in the area of Senggigi. “Their crime scenes at most held in Lombok. They confessed they had stole three foreigners,” said Bambang. In Bali this gang said they targeting one location. “They had stolen in Benoa on May 2011. Their mode was prying window by iron lever then they entering the villa to take precious goods at night,” said the Head of Public Relation Bali Police Commandant Hariad. From this gang, police confiscated any kinds of evidences like a Jupiter Z motor cycle with number plate DK 3142 FC, a white Honda Vario motor cycle with number plate DK 3381 IH, one iron lever, and a machete. Police also kept one Acer laptop in its bag, and a hand phone as it addressed as loot. Four suspects threatened punishment up to 7 years in jail due to they broke passage 363 KUHP about theft crime.
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Illegal dredging in Bedugul discontinued by force Tabanan (Bali Post)—
Illegal dredging activities on the lakeside of Bedugul, Candi Kuning Village, Baturiti, was forcibly discontinued by the Tabanan public order officers (Satpol PP), Wednesday (May 4). The project should be closed because it had no permit. Moreover, it was later known if the dredging project would be used for personal interest. Closure of the dredging project was carried out around 10:00 a.m. Local Time. The public order officers led by the Head of Operation Section, Wayan Sukadana, directly came to location. Incidentally, the project was still in operation that morning. “Since it has no permit, the process of land dredging was closed and stopped,” said Sukadana after leading the closure. According to him, the dredged area reached 7,000 square meters, located right next to the office of Candi Kuning Village’s Head and the shore of Lake Beratan. Although it did not belong to type C excavation, the dredging activities on the lakeside were quite dangerous. During the rain it was worried to trigger landslides. Moreover,
the location was adjacent to the verge of the lake. After being closed, the project owner was directly summoned to be questioned in the office of public order officer. “We will wait for the results of the examination. Obviously, the project has been closed,” he said. Owner of the land dredged, Made Mudita, said that his dredging permit was under process. He admitted if the land dredged was privately owned. The land would be used for parking lot and reducing the congestion in the tourist object considering the parking lot in Bedugul always crowded during the high season of guests. “We want to reduce the traffic congestion, especially during holiday season,” argued the Village Head of Candi Kuning.
Indonesia deals with water crisis 2015, Bali in clean water crisis Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The growth of human population leading to deforestation and illegal logging reduces the water absorbing capability and becomes a crucial issue faced by Indonesia. Aside from undergoing food and energy crisis, Minister of Public Works of the RI, Djoko Kirmanto, stated that in years to come Indonesia would also experience a water crisis due to increasing population. Even, such complicated problem was estimated to trigger a struggle for clean water. “Indonesia should not face a water crisis because we are the fifth country in the world rich in water. On that account, we ask the experts to consider how to utilize a lot of water during the floods so it could overcome the crisis in the dry season,” Kirmanto said in Denpasar, Wednesday (May 4). According to him, Indonesia had more than 1,250 dams that could accommodate water of 12.5 billion m3. Meanwhile, the large dams with international standards amounted to 132 units and those meeting the criteria pursuant to Government Regulation No. 37/2010 concerning with dam was currently around 284 units. “With such amount of dam, Indonesia can cope with flooding as well as resolve the water crisis,” he said. Directorate General of Water Resources, Ministry of Public Works, Suharto Sarwan, said the water problem was related to the provision of water and the needs of water. “The demand is increasing, while the supply remains constant. As a result, this condition triggers a water crisis,” he said. On the other hand, the present rain was very difficult to predict. Sometimes it rained shortly, while on the other occasion the rain lasted longer.
These conditions affected the water availability. To that end, it was required an effort to manage and utilize the existing water sources like the long and wide rivers, including the search for rain water reserves that could be accommodated in dams or reservoirs. “Five measures taken to overcome the water crisis can be done through conservation, empowerment, repair to damage springs as well as community involvement in maintaining and providing adequate information for society,” he explained. Meanwhile, the Head of Bali Agency for Regional Development (Bappeda), Tjokorda Ngurah Pemayun in the midst of the inaugural event of the Coordination Team of Water Resource Management (TKSPDA) for Bali-Nusa Penida River Area estimated that population density and limited carrying capacity were kindled by a massive land conversion resulting in Bali’s clean water crisis in 2015. Based on data in the Bali Agency for Regional Development, the water scarcity had been perceived in Southern Bali area and elsewhere in keeping with the rapid population growth. As a consequence, the water demand was also increasing. “We predict that in 2015 Bali will experience a water crisis, particularly in the Southern Bali region,” he said. He described, the water crisis was triggered by the increasing burden of high density that was not shored up by natural resources. Badung Regency and Denpasar Municipality would be seriously affected by the upcoming water crisis if there were no serious efforts to address the public awareness to safeguard and not to exploit the natural resources. (par)
The beautiful sunset on Balangan Beach.
Beaches in Denpasar lack of public facilities Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The existence of Sanur Beach and Padanggalak Beach in Denpasar denoting tourist attraction in fact does not only lack of beach lifeguards. The white sandy beach tourist attraction is not supported by adequate public facilities. It is indicated by the non-existence of public facilities along the beaches such as public bathrooms, toilets and others, whereas the coastal territory belonging to the cultural-oriented city has become a tourist attraction with significant contribution to the regionally generated revenue (PAD). Ketut Arya Saputra from the Democratic Faction and I Made Suweta from PDI-P faction of the Denpasar House asked the Denpasar Municipality Wednesday (May 4) to immediately complete the public facilities at some points of the beach. Moreover, the Padanggalak Beach had become the ceremony destina-
tion for the Hindus, such as for the melasti (purificatory rite) procession. “We hope the public facilities on the beach could be provided to avoid the slum impression of the beach,” said Suweta. In line with Suweta, Arya Saputra also criticized the public facilities along the Sanur Beach. Except for the issue of public toilets provision, this faction also expected the installation of street lighting ranging from the Bali Beach area until Pengembak Beach, Sanur. “We see a lot of street lightings in the lane are out of order,” he said. He also highlighted the problem on the existence of CCTV installed by Denpasar Municipality. The surveillance device should be well maintained, so they could function properly. “Maintaining the security at tourist destination like Sanur is truly important to prevent any crimes,” said the legislator from Serangan Island. In relation to the provision of pub-
lic facilities, the Head of Denpasar Spatial Planning and Housing Services, I Made Kusuma Diputra, said his party faced a little obstacle because the hotel operators were not willing if in front of their hotel was built a public bathroom or toilets. On that account, the public toilets were only built by government at locations where there was no tourist facility, such as on the Sunrise Beach and Semawang Beach. On both locations his party had prepared public facilities. “We are constrained by the hotel operators not to build toilets in front of their hotel,” he said. From the observation of Bali Post along the Sanur Beach, some restaurants and hotels took advantage of public land to place tables for their guests. Ironically, the land was used for business activities by the enterprise nearby. The public land here is the space outside the jogging track. (kmb12)
LED TV threatened to be dismantled Mangupura (Bali Post)—
When the findings of corruption eradication commission (KPK) have not been resolved, the Bali Crisis Center project or LED TV at Dewa Ruci Junction, Kuta, was afflicted by another issue. Controversial project of the Bali Provincial Government was touted to get affected by the underpass construction that will be implemented soon. From the planning, LED TV in fact has touched the track of underpass project, so it is threatened to be dismantled. From the information gathered, including the detailed design, in fact the area of LED TV entered into the construction of the Dewa Ruci Junction underpass project. Meanwhile, the Dewa Ruci statute had been feared to be displaced, but it remained safe at its original position. This had also been justified by the commitment maker official (PPK) of Dewa Ruci Junction Underpass Project, Hendro Satrio, who was
asked for his confirmation Wednesday (May 4). Hendro did not argue if the LED TV entered the track of the underpass project. “Indeed, the LED TV is affected, while the Dewa Ruci statue is not,” he said. Though Hendro admitted if it was affected by the underpass, he was unable to explain about the continuation of LED TV. So far, it had not been decided whether it would be demolished or removed. He reasoned it was still under technical review. When asked about the physical works, Hendro stated it was still waiting for the accomplishment of land acquisition process handled by the Badung Regency. Possibly, the physical works of the underpass spending totally around IDR 311 billion could have been implemented in next August. Separately, the Badung Regency Government Land Acquisition Team conducted an internal meeting to discuss about the continuing process of the underpass land ac-
quisition last Wednesday. Division Head of the Badung Governance, I Nyoman Soka, revealed that the meeting only discussed about the decree of location and committee determination. Schedule and measures of the land acquisition could only be issued after both decrees had been accomplished. Back to the issue of LED TV, this project of Bali Provincial Government reaped controversy in 2010. The LED TV was the target of severe criticism and rejections. At the beginning of its development, quite many people assessed if the project did not comply with the rules because pursuant to the rules of Badung Regency, the location of LED TV should be sterile from any advertising displays. After the operation, it was often criticized because it seemed redundant and found to display commercial advertising. And the latest issue was the finding of KPK if the LED TV was overpriced worth IDR 4.6 billion. (kmb25)
Friday, May 6, 2011
Workers to enter Japan reactor for first time since blast Reuters
TOKYO – Workers were set to enter the No.1 reactor building at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Thursday for the first time since an explosion ripped its roof off a day after the devastating March earthquake and tsunami. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said 12 staff equipped with protective suits, masks and air tanks would go through a special tent set up at the entrance to prevent radiation leaks. They will then spend about 10 minutes each inside connecting eight duct-pipes to ventilators that will filter out the radioactive material in the air. “Groups of four will go in one by one to install the ducts. They’ll be working in a narrow space,” TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto told reporters at a news conference. The high radiation levels inside the building have so far prevented workers from entering to repair its cooling systems, and TEPCO has said it may take the rest of the year to bring the nuclear plant back under control. The workers are expected to be exposed to about 3
millisieverts of radioactivity in the 10 minutes they will spend in the building, Matsumoto said. Under Japanese law, nuclear plant workers cannot be exposed to more than 100 millisieverts over five years, but to cope with the Fukushima crisis, the health ministry raised the legal limit on March 15 to 250 millisieverts in an emergency situation. Radiation of up to 49 millisieverts per hour was detected inside the building on April 17 when the company sent in a robot. The magnitude 9.0 quake and massive tsunami that followed on March 11 killed about 14,800 people, left some 11,000 missing and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. It also knocked out all the cooling systems at the Fukushima plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, leading to the greatest leak of radiation since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. People living within a 20 km radius of the plant were evacuated and banned from returning home on April 21 due to concerns about radiation levels. The Japanese government and TEPCO have come under fire both at home and abroad for their handling of the crisis.
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Syrian women and children walk after crossing the border into the northern town of Bukayaa, Lebanon, Friday, April 29, 2011, as they flee the violence in the Syrian town of Talkalakh.
Syrian troops storm Damascus suburb, make arrests Reuters
AMMAN – Hundreds of Syrian soldiers in combat gear broke into houses and made arrests overnight in the Damascus suburb of Saqba, scene of a mass demonstration against the president last week, a resident said on Thursday. “The soldiers did not say who they were. People think they are from Maher’s Fourth division,” the female resident, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters, referring to the president’s brother Maher al-Assad.
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In this image released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., a radio-controlled PakBot robot opens a door inside the reactor building of Unit 2 as it is monitored with another Pakbot from behind during inspection of the tsunami-damaged facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Monday, April 18, 2011 in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.
“They cut off communications before they came in. There is no resistance. The demonstrations in Saqba have been peaceful. Scores of people have been arrested,” she said. Thousands joined a demonstration in Saqba last Friday demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad. On Wednesday, army units backed by tanks tightened the siege of two defiant urban centers, a sign
that Assad is widening the use of the military to crush demonstrations against his autocratic rule. Tanks and armored vehicles deployed around Rastan town and army units set up checkpoints in Sunni districts in Banias, days after the army division led by Maher al-Assad crushed protests in the southern city of Deraa with shellfire and machineguns. Before the army stormed Deraa,
the cradle of the Syrian uprising, Assad had relied mainly on security forces and secret police to confront the mass demonstrations. “Assad’s decision to use the army is pretty much the utmost escalation of force he can muster and a clear signal that he has no interest in any reconciliation,” an Arab government official monitoring the situation in Syria said. Assad belongs to the minority Alawite sect. His father Hafez ruled majority Sunni Syria for 30 years, succeeded on his death 11 years ago by Bashar. The elder Assad extended Alawite control of the army, which is now led by mostly Alawite officers and effectively controlled by Maher al-Assad, military experts say.
Obama refuses to release bin Laden photos Agence France Presse
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse, citing national security risks and saying the United States should not brandish “trophies” of its victory. Obama’s war cabinet had been debating whether to publish gruesome post-mortem photos of the Al-Qaeda terror chief, who was gunned down by US special forces in a covert raid inside Pakistan on Sunday. “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an
incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool,” Obama told the CBS show 60 Minutes. “That’s not who we are. You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Obama said, arguing that DNA and facial recognition testing had established beyond doubt that the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks was dead. “There’s no doubt among AlQaeda members that he is dead. The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again.” A Pakistani intelligence official said one of bin Laden’s children, now in custody along with a Yemeni wife of the Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader, saw her father shot dead. His daugh-
ter, reported to be 12 years old, “was the one who confirmed to us that Osama was dead and shot and taken away,” said the Pakistani official. Obama’s top security aides had debated whether to publish a photo of bin Laden to prove he had been killed, but feared a backlash in the Muslim world, possibly targeting US troops or interests. Some senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill said they had seen the pictures, and described them as graphic, but later reports suggested the images circulating on Capitol Hill were not authentic. Three US senators retracted their claims of having seen a graphic photograph of Osama bin Laden’s corpse.
AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright (L) prior to the start of a ride by bicyclists from the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride around the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 4, 2011.
Activities W Retreat & Spa Bali Give BMW Experience
Friday, May 6, 2011
SEMINYAK - Guests at the recently opened W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak can expect a stylish and luxurious travelling experience in the BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. W Retreat & Spa Bali has designated BMW as its preferred transportation partner to complement its redefined resort experience in one of the world’s most exotic travel destinations. “We are delighted that W Retreat & Spa Bali has chosen BMW as its official car. Both brands share many values such as appealing to the young at heart with its modern design, innovation, premium services and attention to detail,” said Ramesh Divyanathan, President Director of BMW Indonesia. “As the most successful premium car provider in the world, BMW is proud to provide discerning global and local travellers with our cars that are stylish, luxurious and provide superb functionality during their stay at W Retreat & Spa Bali,” he added. “The W Bali is inspired by the destination, mixing cutting-edge design, that is why we are excited to be able to use the BMW X5, undeniably one of the top-
rated in the world. The W Retreat & Spa - Bali will offer a unique Wheels experience for our distinguished guests” according to Craig Seaward, General Manager of W Hotel Bali. Three units of the Black Sapphire BMW X5 are now available to transport guests between the resort and the airport, as well as for tours of the island. The BMW X5 is the most successful premium Sports Activity Vehicle both globally and in Indonesia. This popular Sports Activity Vehicle has registered sales of over 1,000,000 units worldwide. The new BMW X5 was introduced in Indonesia last October 2010 and are offered with two gasoline-engine models, the BMW X5 xDrive50i and BMW X5 xDrive35i, as well as one with a BMW Advanced Diesel engine, the BMW xDrive30d. The BMW Group has supplied various luxury models such as the BMW 7 Series, BMW X5 and BMW Gran Turismo to top luxury hotels in the world such as the W Hotel in Doha, Germany’s Kempinski Hotel chain including Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Canada, Elysian Hotel in North America, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok and Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event forApril 27 through May 23, 2011 27 Apr Pagerwesi Day Laban Sindu Jiwa Temple Kedewatan Ubud Kehen Temple Bangli Wirabuana Temple Magelang Jawa Tengah Padang Sakti Tangtu Temple Denpasar Timur Jogan Agung Temple Ketewel Sukawati Gadung Pengiasan Temple Dauh Puri Denpasar Pasek Gelgel Temple Buruan Kaja Tabanan Pasek Gobleg Temple Kerambitan tabanan Pasek Gelgel Meliling Temple Tabanan Masceti Selasih Temple Sanding Tampak Siring Paek Gaduh Temple Buduk Dadia Pasek Gelgel Temple Kelabang Moding Merajan Pasek Gelgel Sekalan Marga - Tabanan
8 May Redite Umanis Ukir Sangah Gede Dukuh Segening Temple Tegal Tugu Gianyar
2 May Tilem Jiyestha Bhujangga Waisnawa Gumrih Temple Jembrana
17 May Anggar Kasih Kulantir Penataran Tangkas Temple Sukawati Dalem Lagan Temple Bebalang Bangli Puseh Lembeng Temple Ketewel Sukawati Pasek Gelgel Penulisan Temple Kerambitan Tabanan Gaduh Temple Sading Dalem Gandamayu Temple Klungkung Pura Sanghyang Tegal Temple Banjar Taro Kaja Tegalalang
7 May Tumpek Landep Day Pasek Gelgel Temple Pedungan South of Denpasar Agung Pasek Temple Tangun Titi kaler Tabanan Agung Pasek Silamadeg Temple Selamadeg Tabanan Pasek Tangkas Temple Kediri Tabanan Kerta Temple Banyuning Barat Buleleng Dalem Tenggaling Sengguan Tenggaling Sengguan Singapadu Kawitan Arya Wang Bang Pinatih Pinatih Peguyangan Singaraja Bhujangga Weisnawa Temple Tegalcangkring Jembrana Taman Desa Bubunan Temple Seririt Buleleng Penataran Pande Dalem Batur Jati Banjar Pandean Mengwi Dalem Pingit Temple Br, Taro Kaje Tegalalang Dadia Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Selat Village Sukasada Buleleng Batur Arya Warih Kepaon Cengolo Sudimara Tabanan Ida ratu Pande Temple Besakih - Karangasem Mr. Pasek Toh Jiwa Temple Toh Jiwa Tangungtiti Penataran Pande Kusamba Temple Klungkung Penataran Agung Pinatih Tulikup Temple Banjar Menak Desa Tulikup Gianyar
11 May Buda Wage Ukir Pasar Agung Temple Besakih - Karangasem Pasek Bendesa Pasar Badung Temple Legian Kuta Gede Gunung Agung Dukuh Temple Munggu Badung Hyang Agung Ibuwanasari Temple Tegal Puseh Village Temple Temple Bebalang Village Bangli Dalem Perancak Temple Badung Pasek Bendesa Hyang Selat Temple Kerobokan Badung Kekeran Langit Temple Sading Mengwi
18 May Buda Umanis Kulantir Pasek Tangkas kaler Temple Tabanan Gaduh Benoh Temple Ubung Denpasar 22 May Redite Keliwon Tolu Dalem Alas Harum Temple Kaba-kaba Kediri Tabanan 23 May Soma Umanis Tolu Puseh/Balai Agung Ubung Temple Kupang Penebel Tabanan Kawitan Sakula Gotra Temple Kepuh Kaba-kaba Kediri Tabanan Bhujangga Rsi-Tambak Bayuh Temple Bayuh Paibon Tangkas Kori Agung Temple Ceningan KanginNusa Penida Batu Madeg Temple Besakih - Karangasem Penataran Agung Penatih Temple Banjar Saba Penatih
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Berlusconi: I’ll run again if needed Associated Press Writer
ROME – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday said he’ll run again for the premiership if needed, in an apparent change-of-tactic only a few weeks after indicating his nearly two decades in power were nearing an end. Last month, Berlusconi told reporters that Justice Minister Angelino Alfano could succeed him in the office after parliament’s term runs out in 2013. But the media mogul said on state TV that he and party leaders will decide in two years who will run for the office. “We’ll see at the end of this legislature if it will be necessary for the center-right to put me up for election again at the helm of the government,” Berlusconi said. If that’s the case, “I won’t hold back,” Berlusconi said during taping of the show, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Should he not run again, Berlusconi’s economy minister Giulio Tremonti would be a top choice, the premier said, adding that he would eep some political role for himself, such as running the party. The 74-year-old premier has long battled judicial woes, most of them stemming from dealings in his media empire, since shortly after he jumped into politics in the early 1990s. So far, he has either been acquitted or seen the statute of limitations expire. Among the criminal cases he is currently being prosecuted for, one is a trial in Milan in which he is accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute. Berlusconi has denied wrongdoing in all of the probes, insisting that he is the victim of prosecutors he contends sympathize with the left.
SYDNEY – Briton Claude Choules, the final World War I combat veteran, has died aged 110 in Australia, the last of more than 70 million military personnel mobilised during the conflict. Blind and almost totally deaf, Choules, nicknamed “Chuckles”, died at his hostel home in Perth overnight. “I can confirm that he has passed away. His family said he passed away at midnight this morning,” Australian Defence Force spokesman Gary Booth, who is close to the family, told AFP. “It’s too early to talk about funeral arrangements.”
From page 1 “We need to have a more just and inclusive ASEAN,” President Yudhoyono said, adding that it could be achieved through infrastructure development and ASEAN connectivity. The second priority, according to the president, was to strengthen ASEAN cohesiveness to realize wider East Asian architecture to overcome the challenges of food and energy resilience as well as climate change. While the third priority was to make sure that regional agreements could contribute to a global agreement. “The improvement of ASEAN involvement in international forum should be intended not only to encourage economic and fi-
nancial growth but also to animate regional investment and resilience against crisis in the future,” President Yudhoyono said. The ASEAN leaders will hold a two-day summit in Jakarta from May 7-8, 2011 to discuss various international and regional issues of common interest. ASEAN is made up of ten countries namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam. Nine of ASEAN heads of state have confirmed their presence at the summit except Singapore because the gathering coincides with general election in the country.
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Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures during the vote on May 4, 2011 at Rome’s Montecitorio palace, during a debate in the Lower House about to set a deadline for pulling out of NATO’s campaign in Libya and to exclude any use of ground troops as part of a deal within the ruling coalition. The motion was passed by 309 votes in the 630-seat lower house.
Last WWI combatant dies in Australia Agence France Presse
Booth said it was the end of an era. “He was a living part of history and with his death, it’s gone. There is no more link with active service personnel. “It’s hard to imagine all the things he’s seen in his life — two World Wars, horse and cart to man on the moon.” After American Frank Buckles died earlier this year, Choules was declared the last known combat survivor of the Great War that left 37 million soldiers dead or wounded. The only other surviving veteran of World War I is said to be Britain’s Florence Green, who served with the Royal Air Force in a non-combat role and is now aged 110. Born in England, Choules served with
Britain’s Royal Navy on board the HMS Impregnable in 1916 at the age of 15 and witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow. He moved to Australia after the war and was seconded to the Royal Australian Navy in 1926. As the acting torpedo officer at Fremantle in Western Australia in World War II, he disposed of the first German mine to wash up on Australian soil during the conflict. He remained with the navy after the war and spent his final working years in the crayfishing industry at Safety Bay, south of Perth. Choules had two daughters, a son, 13 grandchildren, 26 greatgrandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren.
“So far, the local food producers such as farmers have not been properly appreciated. For example, in 1998 their hard work was ignored by importing rice from neighboring countries. As a consequence, the profession of farmer is left by many people,” said Sri Darma in Denpasar, Wednesday (May 4). It was said, the domestic market invaded by imported products with competitive quality and price would eliminate the local producers. Even, it could drive the domestic entrepreneurs to shift their business from producer in various economic sectors to be an importer and even trader only. “Self-sufficiency program is merely a lip service. Actually, it is awfully strange when talking about food security, but government does not develop the domestic food production seriously,” he said. According to him, myriad imported products with cheaper price would make the local industries be at lost. Moreover, their prices were greatly different. The only possible solution for local entrepreneurs to survive was to behave pragmatically, namely becoming an importer instead of manufacturer. For example, textile traders were very pleased with the overwhelming legal China’s products at cheaper price than local products. Meanwhile, if this happened to a company employing massive workers and manufacturing millions of products, it was usually defeated by invasion of foreign products in terms of price. Consequently, local producers were threatened to go bankrupt. Later, it could kindle
enormous layoffs, so the purchasing power decreased and eventually bumped up poverty rate. “Consequences of the overwhelming imported products in the middle of uncertainty are losing the competition against other countries. Moreover, our entrepreneurs have been long lullabied by conditions and circumstances. Even, they are deliberately protected by government,” he said. He added the government intervention could no longer be given considering the ACFTA agreement had been signed. Concrete measures of government were to nurture and train the entrepreneurs so they remained competitive, particularly creating the SME entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, the Head of Bali Industry and Trade Services (Disperindag), Gde Darmaja, when asked about his comment in response to the abundant imported products, especially food, argued if the production of rice, flour and sugar included in strategic products of the community could not be fulfilled. “The import policy on strategic products such as rice and sugar is to anticipate the public demand. Government must secure the food stock for at least three months. It is unable to meet the needs of community if only relying on the domestic production,” he explained. The implementation of free-market policies such as the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), as recognized by Darmaja, provided opportunities for foreign importers to market their products to Indonesia without import duties.
Friday, May 6, 2011
RI, EU sign pact to end illegal timber exports Antara
JAKARTA - The European Union and the Indonesian government on Wednesday (May 4) announced a new agreement aimed at stemming the flow of illegally harvested timber.
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Armed police commandos patrol on motorcycle around the Jakarta Convention Center on May 5, 2011 ahead of the May 7-8 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. Thousands of police will be deployed for the meeting of ASEAN leaders in the capital of Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, which currently chairs the 10-member bloc.
Security to summit venue increasingly tightened Antara
JAKARTA - Officers increasingly tightened security in areas adjoining the venue of the 18th ASEAN Summit on Thursday. Tight security checks were seen carried out by police and military personnel with complete arms at, among other things, the gate of the Bung Karno Sport Stadium. Security officers would only allow travelers to pass into the area if they have identity cards issued by the ASEAN Summit committee. Joint security task forces were deployed at certain points and they remained stood guard on Thursday even though strong rain fell with strong winds and lightening. A number of alleys of Hotel Sultan that led to the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), the summit venue, were closed. Hotel guests who wanted to go to the convention center have to pass through one gate which was tightly guarded by security officers. “We are very sorry for those who have no identity cards issued by the committee would not be allowed entry,” a security officer who guarded the gate
of the Hotel Sultan - JCC alley said. The 18th ASEAN Summit will last from May 5 to 8, 2011, preceded with a ministerial level meeting on Thursday which would discussed various cooperation fields such as politics, security and economy. It is also expected to discuss the ThaiCambodian border problem. Police during the 18th ASEAN Summit are deploying 4,385 personnel to maintain security during the event. Police have the task to guard Ring II and III areas while the presidential guard forces (Paspampres) have the responsibility to maintain security in the Ring I areas. The police will also help other security forces securing eight hotels where ASEAN heads of state and government and delegations would stay namely Indonesia Kempinsky Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Mandarin, Four Seasons, Shangri-La, Mulia Senayan, Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriot. Delegates and parties will begin to arrive on Thursday while heads of state/government of ASEAN arrive on Friday. But there are several heads of state/government that will arrive on Thursday such as Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein.
The Voluntary Partnership Agreement with Indonesia, the world’s third-largest tropical forest nation, is the most ambitious yet of the EU’s bi-lateral pacts aimed at slowing the destruction of tropical forests, according to the European Forest Institute (EFI) in a press statement. Illegal timber until recently had represented approximately 50% of timber exported from Indonesia and 20% of timber products imported into the EU, according to various estimates. In less than 50 years, Indonesia has gone from being 82% forest to only 49% today, a trend that has led to social problems, environmental degradation and a loss of economic opportunities on a massive scale, according to studies of the impact of deforestation on the nation of 245 million people. In 2007, a UN report estimated that 73 to 88 percent of timber logged in Indonesia was illegally sourced. Between 1990 and 2005, Indonesia lost 28 million hectares of forest, almost enough to cover the landmass of the Philippines. Indonesia has boosted efforts over the past years to combat illegal logging. In fact, a recent Chatham House study reports log smuggling from Indonesia to China has fallen by 92% since 2004, and illegal logging in the forest nation has dropped 75 percent in the last decade, although some 40% of timber production remains illegal. In concluding their negotiations, the leadership of the EU and the Government of Indonesia made clear their commitment to jointly respond to the problem of illegal logging and related inter-
national trade; they also linked the implementation of a new Indonesian system for ensuring that timber has been legally harvested to recent legislation that will prohibit the importation into the EU of illegal timber and timber products. In a congratulatory speech following the signing ceremony in Jakarta today, Commissioner Karel de Gucht noted, “Not only is Indonesia the first Asian country to conclude VPA negotiations with the EU, it is also by far the largest timber exporter to enter into such an agreement.” Indonesian Forestry Minister Zulkifli called the agreement a significant breakthrough, the culmination of four years of negotiations. Two new laws recently enacted in the US and the EU thought to affect approximately one- third of Indonesia’s forest exports’ have been key drivers in the government’s decision to adhere to the strict auditing scheme to ensure legality. As of March 2013, the new EU Timber Regulation will prohibit the selling of illegal timber in the EU. Furthermore, all first-time sellers must ensure that the wood in the products they import has been legally harvested. The EU imports US$ 1.2 billion in timber and paper from Indonesia, or 15% of the nation’s exports, but the national auditing scheme will cover all exports, regardless of destination. A major exporter of timber and timber products globally, Indonesia exports furniture, plywood and pulp and paper products to Japan, the United States and the nations of the European Union, in particular Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy.
World Bank, Asean launch world development report on conflict, security Antara
JAKARTA - A new World Bank report prepared in consultation with the ASEAN Secretariat shows that conflict and insecurity affect development for millions worldwide, and capable and accountable institutions that can provide citizen security, justice and jobs are crucial to prevent violence. “Currently, there are around 1.5 billion people living in countries affected by political and criminal violence. No low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet to achieve a single Millennium Development Goal. Children living in fragile states are twice as likely to be undernourished, and three times
as likely to be out of school. The effects of violence in one area can spread to neighboring states, hurting development and economic growth for entire regions.” Jakartabased ASEAN Secretariat said in a press statement here Thursday. The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security and Development shows how organized violence in the 21st century is provoked by a range of domestic and international stresses, including youth unemployment; income shocks; tensions among ethnic, religious or social groups; and organized crime and trafficking networks. In citizen surveys done for the report, unemployment was cited as
the most important factor into gangs and rebel movements. These stresses, when combined with national institutions that lack in capacity or legitimacy, can also heighten the risk of violence. “More than 90 percent of civil wars in the last decade occurred in countries that already had a civil war in the previous 30 years. Capable, legitimate institutions are needed to mediate the stresses that lead to these repeated waves of violence,” said Sarah Cliffe, the World Bank’s CoDirector and Special Representative for the World Development Report. “National and global leaders need better ways to respond to calls for security, jobs and justice in the most
fragile situations. Good examples of what has worked in the past can be found right here in East Asia: the combination of local and national leadership, regional assistance plus global support helped restore stability in Timor Leste after the 2006 violence. The same combination was important in Aceh after the peace agreement, and in Myanmar following cyclone Nargis,” she added. In all three examples, ASEAN - the Association of South East Asian Nations - helped bring together local leadership and outside assistance. In Myanmar, ASEAN’s involvement helped bring international aid to devastated areas of the country where more than 130,000 men, women and children lost their lives.
In Aceh, ASEAN helped bring in technical assistance from the European Union to help people rebuild their lives. ASEAN’s involvement in these instances also helped ensure that region’s finest could be quickly deployed. In Timor Leste, the peacekeeping mission was made possible through years of joint training between the armed forces of ASEAN-members Korea, Thailand and the Philippines as well as long-standing cooperation with Australia and New Zealand. In post-disaster Myanmar, ASEAN was able to draw on experienced personnel from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Bali Today Archaeological heritage in Bali
Garbage in Bali not properly handled Antara
Denpasar – The garbage especially on the cities in Bali is not being handled properly and from the total of 15,000 meter cube of garbage produce everyday, only 5,094 is properly handled in the final disposal area (TPA). “The garbage which is not entering the TPA is tripled from those who come here,” said the Head of Bali Environment Department (BLH) Anak Agung Gde Alit Sastrawan. He said the garbage that not entering the TPA will be put on the sides of the streets and it could be very disturbing for everyone and the environment. The garbage problem must be handled properly by involving the society as the effort to create Bali as Bali Clean and Green Province. Alit Sastrawan stated that everyone in Bali must have the awareness to handle the issue and also support
the government anyway they can. The people must throw away their garbage in the proper place and by doing so, the officers will be easier to take it to the TPA. Meanwhile, Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, said that garbage and sanitation is complained by the tourists who come to Bali. In addition to garbage, there are ten other problems that must be handled to make Bali as the best tourism destination in the world. Among the problems are traffic jam and the long queue in Ngurah Rai Airport. It is the responsibility of everyone
to handle the problem face by Bali. Clean water also becomes the main issue in Bali. It has been decreasing both in quality and quantity. Four lakes in Bali have been suffering from sedimentation and the ground water in the dense populated area has been drained so it causes sea water intrusion. Abrasion and the damage of coral reefs are also the main concern of the government. All of them is because human activities which ignore the environment so the need of cooperation between the government and all people in Bali is essential.
Indonesia prioritizing geothermal energy Antara
KUTA – The Technological Study and Application Department (BPPT) stated that geothermal energy is the priority of Indonesia’s energy development due to it great potential. “The geothermal in Indonesia can produce up to 26,000 megawatts, said The Deputy of BPPT, Unggul Priyanto said during the International Congress On Ocean Energy And Deep Ocean Water Application (DOWA) in
Kuta. He said that from that number only 1,200 megawatts that already utilized. Seeing the potential of the geothermal energy, the government is prioritizing to manage it. “The geothermal energy in Indonesia is the most heat energy in the world. Many countries in Europe even want to buy our energy,” Unggul said. In addition to the great potential, the utilization of heat energy is much cheaper than other source of
energy. “The investment and the production cost to develop geothermal power plant is cheaper than the one from marine power,” he explained Unggul said that to build a geothermal power plant with the capacity of 1 kilowatt only needed $2,000. While the Ocean thermal energy conversion power plant (OTEC) need $ 30 million. Currently, the government is still analyzing the possibility to develop the geothermal energy.
Archaeological researches in Bali have found a number of archeological heritages, which belonged to prehistoric and historic remains. Prehistoric remains proved the earliest of the people’s life, started from hunting and food gathering through cultivation up to mastering the advanced technology. Such remains indicated the struggle and the achievement of the people’s life gradually, after adapting and exploring their environment its natural resources for their life, because the nature was still quite dangerous. On the other hands, the remains also demonstrated the relationship of the prehistoric Balinese people to those who lived in Java, Sumatera etc, even to the SouthEast Asian people. The most important of the prehistoric live in Bali is the invention of the metallic technology along with the megalithic tradition. During the advance technology the Balinese people have produced several kind of bronze goods for ritual purpose such as kettledrums and for daily uses as well such as axes etc. Mastering the advance technology, Balinese people have succeeded to develop stone moulds in the village of Manuaba (Gianyar) for casting bronze kettledrum. The humanmask decoration, showed a remarkable similarities to the decorations of the huge kettledrums found in the village of Pejeng not so far of the east of Manuaba, but the stone moulds of Manuaba are small in its size. It should be noted here that bronze kettledrums were not only found in Bali, but also in Java, and Eastern Indonesian Island. Another bronze moulds made of clay were also found in West Java, but not for producing kettledrums, but for making spearheads, axes, etc. Regarding the human-mask decorations, which were founds on the kettledrums of Pejeng, on the stone moulds of Manuaba and on the number of the sarcophagi found in Bali, was regarded as symbol of the leader’s or the ancestor’s spirits. The people believed that the spirit, who were abode on the top of the mountain or on the inaccessible place have the magic power for protecting the living society. When Hinduism have spread widely in Indonesia, the people believed to the sacred mountain as the place of the Hindu pantheons and the ancestor’s spirit as well. Based on this conception, then the people built their temples on the mountain area such as as Pura Besakih on the slope of Mount Agung. Along with the development of the metallic industry, the megalithic tradition increased not only in Bali, but also in Sumatera, Flores etc. Several kinds of megalithic remains were founds there namely menhirs, dolmens, menhirstatues, stepped pyramids etc. It is a matter of facts that the megalithic tradition have strongly influenced the people’s life and it is not surprising any more that living megalithic tradition could be found until to present day in Nias, Toraja, Bali and Eastern Indonesians Islands. In Bali, the megalithic remains, exe the sarcophagi are regarded as sacred monuments and functioned for worshipping the Hindu Trinity, the lo-
cal deities and the ancestor’s spirit (Sutaba 1984). Researches on the advanced technology and on the megalithic tradition in Bali in particular, have made conclusions that Balinese people have build their social organization headed by the leaders. The well organizations have made favorable conditions for mastering the advance technology. Then the social and cultural development became the solid foundation for facing the new era when Hinduism arrived in Bali (Sutaba, 1930). Bali have got Hindu-Budhis influences nearly at the 9 century A.D. as Proved by the finding of clay stuphikas and seals beared Budhis formula, near the village of Pejeng, Gianyar. Then a pillar inscription was rediscovered in Blanjong Sanur (Badung) which mentioned the name of the king Kesari Warmadewa. This inscription was originated from c.10 century A.D. Since this period, Hinduism was spread widely in Bali and went deeply into the life of the Balinese people and then survived until today. Having well developed social organization and cultural life before the arrival of Hinduism, have led the Balinese people successfully modified the new elements in accordance with their characters and became the new one bared Balinese identity. The well-known king of Bali is a couple royal named king Udayana and his wife Gunapryadharmapati (c.10 century A.D), then succeeded by their families. During the ancient history of Bali, a number of temples were built nearly in the whole island. In these temple several kinds of historical remains were preserved e.g. statues, inscriptions etc. As the follower of Hinduism, Balinese people regard the temples including the remains in them as sacred monuments for worshiping the Hindu pantheons, the local deities and the ancestor’s spirit as well. This religious function was the responsibility of the Balinese people for keeping the monuments in well conditions and the welfare of the living society. Based on the evidence found in Bali there were thousand temples, which then named Bali as “The Island of Thousand Temples” or “The Island of Paradise”. Most of the old temples are located in the village between the two rivers called Pakerisan and Petanu namely the village of Bedulu, Pejengand Tampaksiring (Gianyar). It is remarkable that the temples found here originated from different period, e.g. Pura Goa Gajah, Yeh Pulu relief (Bedulu); Pura Kebo Edan, Pura Pusering Jagat, Pura Penataran Sasih, Pura Ukur-ukuran, rock cut temple Kelebutan (Pejeng); rock cut Gunung Kawi, Pura Megening, Pura Tirtha Empul, Pura Pegulingan etc (Tampaksiring). The densities of archaeological remains in Pejeng have led the archeologist to conclude that probably Pejeng wasthe capital of the ancient Balinese Kingdom. (BTN/Sutaba)
Friday, May 6, 2011
Balinese Culture Sangeh Leads to Tourism Village The spirit of Sangeh community to realize their village into a tourist destination is so intense. Even, in the end of 2011 the Sangeh Customary Village will allocate the funds worth IDR 200 million to create a new tourist attraction in the village with population of 3500 people. “The fund of customary village will be used to arrange the Taman Mumbul (Spring Park) as tourist object at Sangeh,” said Chief of Sangeh Customary Village, IB Dipayana, recently. In the midst of coaching activities held by the Badung Government Tourism Office to rural tourism venture (Pokdarwis) of Sangeh Village, the mustachioed man said the aquatic tourist objects utilizing the freshwater with the discharge of 200 liters per second would become an alternative tourist destination other than relying on the Bukit Sari Sangeh along with its apes and nutmeg trees as its appeal. The objective was intended to meet the need of local tourists hungering for leisure. As a tourism village, explained Dipayana, Sangeh had tremendous potential. In addition to tourist attractions at Bukit Sari Sangeh visited by averagely 400 people a day, the village also had a very beautiful view as well as unique customs and cultures. Similarly, it offered a variety of culinary treasures such as grilled fresh fish in Rice Field Restaurants and Warung Bali. “Both restaurants never lack of visitors,” he said. In addition, there are restaurants serving Balinese lawar delicacy made of Manuila duck, buf-
Kare Ikan (Fish Curry)
Yield: 4 servings Ingredients
The spirit of Sangeh community to realize their village into a tourist destination is so intense. Even, in the end of 2011 the Sangeh Customary Village will allocate the funds worth IDR 200 million to create a new tourist attraction in the village with population of 3500 people. falo, beef as well as roasted suckling pig. Their location is adjacent to Bukit Sari Sangeh tourist attraction. These restaurants are nicely arranged, so that they can draw the interest of visitors from various regions such as Denpasar and Jimbaran. “These restaurants are arranged so beautifully featuring a traditional Balinese atmosphere, but still give priority to sanitation and hygiene,” he added. Road access to location has been very good, close to tourist areas of Ubud, Bedugul, Taman Ayun, Petang and Denpasar. In order to entice tourists to stay longer, villagers also set up some home stays in people’s homes. There are about 10 homes ready to let, but they remain to need a little touch of arrangement so that they will be appropriate with the demand of
tourists. “At Muluk Babi Hamlet, there are homes taken advantage for spiritual activity. Even, many tourists favor the activity,” he added. According to him, it was in line with the program of Badung Regency Government to develop tourism village in the Northern Badung. Regulation of Badung Regent No. 47/2010 set forth about the determination area of Tourism Village in Badung accounting for 11 villages including the Sangeh Village. “In essence, our society has been ready. It is indicated by their vivacity to approve the idea, implement mutual assistance, and still maintain the local tradition,” he said while adding that Sangeh Customary Village had five hamlets namely Batusari, Brahmana, Sibang, Pemijian and Muluk Babi. (BTN/015)
* 1 1/2 Lb, cleaned weight fish * 6 Shallots or 1 lg Onion * 2 Cloves garlic * 2 ts Ground coriander * 1 ts Ground ginger * 1/2 ts powdered lemon grass or 1 Blade fresh, lemon grass * 1 ts Chilli powder * 1 Salam leaf or bay-leaf * 1/2 ts Turmeric * 1/2 c Tamarind water * 1 c of thick santen (coconut milk) * 2 tb Vegetable oil * Salt * sl Cucumber * Mint
Directions It is better to select a white fish with firm flesh, such as haddock, angler-fish, swordfish or dogfish. In Australia the various fish known as whiting would be a good choice. Americans might like to use snappers. Whatever fish is used, it can be cut into small cubes or slices before frying. Heat a little oil in a heavy fryingpan, and carefully brown the fish in it. Meanwhile, in another frying-pan, fry the chopped shallots (or onion) and garlic until tender. Stir in the chilli, ginger, turmeric, coriander, lemon grass, salam, salt and tamarind water. Let this mixture simmer for 10 minutes, then put in the fish. Cover, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the santen and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with very thin slices of cucumber and chopped mint. (Alternatively, put the cucumber and mint into the kare itself for the last 2 minutes of cooking.) Incidentally, the same kare can be made with prawns. There is no need to fry the prawns separately; but fry them in the mixture of onion, etcetera for a few minutes before you put in the tamarind water. Makes 4 servings. (http://asiarecipe.com)
Mixed Spicy Chicken (Ayam Bumbu Rujak)
* 3½ lb. young chicken, cut * into frying pieces * ¼ cup sliced shallots 3 cloves garlic, sliced * 2 tsp. crushed dried red hot chili * 5 candlenut, crushed * 1/8 tsp. turmeric * 1 tsp. salt * 1 tsp. sugar * 2 cups coconut milk * 1 Tbs. Vegetable oil * 1 thick slice ginger * 1 stalk lemon grass
Directions Blend the shallots, garlic, chili, candlenut, salt and sugar with ¼ cup of the coconut milk into a paste. Heat the oil in a wok and sauté the paste for a minute or two until you can smell the aroma. Place the chicken, ginger and lemon grass into the wok and stir fry for five minutes or more over medium heat. Then add the rest of the coconut milk, and let it cook for forty five minutes, stir the chicken frequently. It is ready to be served if the sauce is somewhat thickened and the chicken should be tender. (http:// asiarecipe.com) C.045 ibp
Friday, May 6, 2011
Ubud Traditional Art Market IBP
Ubud Traditional Art Market where the existence is not far different from other markets available in the tourism area. This market as a society economics center of Ubud and it is apposite to the existence of Ubud Empire that is called Puri Saren. The market is unfolding from west to easterly divided become two group with different purpose. There are two markets available at the same area those are one block at the Westside is for a traditional artistic market and another block located in the east as an everyday traditional fundamental market requirement. This market is opened every day about at 08:00 until 18:00, even some from them still open until nighttime. While the traditional market for the fundamental requirement is opened everyday at 06:00 - even before that there is morning market started at 04:00 morning. The art crafting are sold in this art market consisted of various crafting, from traditional until contemporary crafting which its price is relatively cheap. You can do the transaction directly to the merchant which generally can be bargained. All the crafting sold in this place you can bring home as souvenir like slipper, wood idol, bag, clothes, matting, painting and a lot of more. It is very simple way and easily to find Ubud Market since it is very famous among the Balinese and it is strategically located in the center of Ubud Village. This market is located just in the front of Ubud Palace with crowded of visitor who purchases the items every day.
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BUSINESS South Korea ratifies EU free trade deal Associated Press Writer
SEOUL – South Korea’s ruling party rammed the country’s free trade agreement with the European Union through parliament amid an opposition boycott in a result that shifts focus to a still unratified deal with the United States. The approval, which paves the way for the tariff-slashing accord to take effect as early as July, came in a one-sided late night vote Wednesday that saw Grand National Party lawmakers wield their majority in the National Assembly. EU lawmakers approved the deal earlier this year. The free trade agreement brings together increasingly affluent South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, with the 27-member EU, the world’s largest economic bloc. Trade between the two sides totaled $92.2 billion last year, a gain of 17 percent from the year before. It is the EU’s first such accord with an Asian country. A total of 169 National Assembly members were present and 163 voted in favor of the legislation, which passed a little more than an hour before midnight. One lawmaker voted against it while five abstained. The assembly has 299 members. “I announce that the free trade agreement between the Republic of Korea and the European Union has been ratified,” National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae said after the vote. The main opposition Democratic Party boycotted the session in a dispute about providing safeguards for farmers and small retailers, Yonhap news agency reported. Members of the smaller Democratic Labor Party protested by standing near the speaker’s chair and holding up signs reading “Oppose the Korea-EU FTA” after Park ended debate ahead of the vote. Negotiations toward an agreement began four years ago soon after South Korea and the United States concluded negotiations on a free trade deal. Despite the later start, Seoul and Brussels stand to see their accord take effect first — a potential development that has worried U.S. businesses who see European rivals potentially gaining an advantage in the South Korean market. The EU ranks as South Korea’s fourth-largest trading partner behind China, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Japan. The U.S. is South Korea’s fifth-largest trading partner. South Korea and the EU signed their agreement in October of last year and EU lawmakers approved
it by a wide margin in February. Both sides have said they want it to take effect on July 1st. Seoul’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade welcomed the passage, saying it can help South Korea better weather global economic challenges such as Japan’s earthquake, political changes in the Middle East and North Africa and South Korea’s strengthening currency. “We expect the Korea-EU FTA to improve our companies’ overseas trade environment,” the ministry said in a statement. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, meanwhile, said the agreement will lead to growth and create jobs, among other benefits. “This is a landmark agreement and a benchmark for what we want to achieve with other key trading partners,” he said in a statement. The passage comes as South Korea’s free trade deal with the U.S. remains unratified in both countries. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last month during a visit to Seoul that the administration of President Barack Obama is determined to see the agreement passed this year. The deal is the biggest for the U.S. since the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 and would bring the country economically closer to South Korea, already a key long-term security ally. The South Korea-U.S. agreement, negotiated under the administration of President George W. Bush, stalled under Obama after his government complained the pact did not adequately address a large deficit in auto trade favoring Seoul. The two sides reached a revised deal in December that the U.S. said it felt could win congressional approval. In Washington, the White House said Wednesday it was ready to send free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to Congress for approval. The first step in the process, technical discussions with congressional aides, could begin as early as Thursday. The White House had hoped for quick approval of the deal with Seoul. But Republicans threatened to block it unless the Obama administration also completed agreements with Colombia and Panama. That breakthrough came in April, after months of negotiations.
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A woman walks her dog past the Bank of Finland in central Helsinki on May 5, 2011. ECB policymakers met in Finland on May 5 after Portugal became the third eurozone country to accept a rescue.
Portugal’s politicians back $115 billion bailout Associated Press Writer
LISBON – Portugal’s three main political parties have given their blessing to new austerity measures in return for a euro78 billion ($115 billion) bailout. The parties, which together
are forecast to collect around 80 percent of the vote in next month’s election, say ailing Portugal has no other choice. Authorities have said the country won’t be able to meet debt repayments due in June. The International Monetary Fund and Portugal’s European partners are
putting up the money as they did for Greece and Ireland. The center-right Social Democratic Party and Popular Party gave their consent to the bailout package late Wednesday. The outgoing Socialist government had already accepted it.
Housing financer Freddie Mac returns to profit Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON – The US government-controlled housing financer Freddie Mac reported its first quarterly profit in three and a half years Wednesday, after years of losses on its huge mortgage portfolio. Bailed out at huge cost to the government during the housing crisis of the past three years, Freddie Mac reported $676 million in net income for the period to March 31, compared to a loss of $6.7 billion a year earlier, and a shortfall of $113 million in the quarter to December 31. It was the first net gain in 14 quarters for the company, 80 per-
cent owned by the government, after it and its larger sister, Fannie Mae, were rescued to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars at the height of the crisis. Freddie Mac said it had achieved a positive worth of $1.2 billion in the quarter after write-offs of $2.98 billion (up from $2.77 billion a year earlier) and a $500 million injection from the US Treasury late last year. It also said it had paid a $1.6 billion quarterly dividend to the Treasury. Non-performing assets, mainly home mortgages in default, rose to $124 billion dollars — 6.4 percent of its total mortgage portfolio — from $117 billion a year earlier. “Our support of the US housing
market remained steadfast during this critical period, funding one out of every four home loans originated and helping more than 62,000 struggling borrowers avoid foreclosure,” said chief executive Charles Haldeman in a statement. But he warned the US housing sector was not clearly recovering. “Continued improvements on the employment front and in early-stage delinquencies were positive signs during the quarter, but we believe large inventories of unsold homes and a high number of distressed sales will continue to put downward pressure on home prices in many neighborhoods.”
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Networks, Emmys, reach 8-year, $66 million deal Associated Press Writer
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 1978 file photo, actorJackie Cooper, is shown in Los Angeles.
Jackie Cooper, former child star, dies at 88 Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – With his boyish looks and his thick head of blond hair, Jackie Cooper seemed to be eternally young. He was “Skippy,” taking the popular comic strip character to the big screen in a turn that would garner a best actor Oscar nod at age 9. Cooper remained the youngest player to be nominated for that category, an accolade that he likely didn’t care much about at the time: The handsome kid with the winning smile fell asleep during the ceremony in the lap of another nominee, Marie Dressler. It was that honesty that kept Cooper grounded about life in the spotlight and the realities of being a working actor, whether he was starring in films or TV shows, or behind the scenes as a director or studio honcho. “He was a fascinating guy who
really did everything, from all different aspects of the business,” said his son, Russell Cooper. “You can’t really say that about many people.” Jackie Cooper, 88, died Tuesday at a nursing facility in Santa Monica, Calif., said his other son, John. Cooper reigned with Shirley Temple as one of the most popular child stars of the 1930s. Starting in comedy shorts, he rose to top ranks with “Skippy,” a sentimental adaptation of a popular comic strip. He followed with such hits as “The Champ,” “The Bowery,” “Treasure Island” and “O’Shaughnessy’s Boy,” all co-starring Wallace Beery. With his career fading after World War II, Cooper left Hollywood for the NewYork theater. He returned to Hollywood and starred in two successful situation comedies, “The People’s Choice” (1955-58) and “Hennessey” (1959-62). He appeared as a Navy doctor in “Hennessey,” which he also produced and directed.
Zsa Zsa Gabor back in hospital with pneumonia
Zsa Zsa Gabor Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES – Ailing actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has been admitted to hospital again suffering with pneumonia, in the 94-yearold’s latest health scare, her spokesman has said. Her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, called a doctor after she had difficult breathing, and she was diagnosed with pneumonia,
said spokesman John Blanchette. “He immediately called for an ambulance and right now they’re trying to save her life, trying to drain her lungs,” he said, declining to say if the scare was more serious than previous occasions when she has been taken to hospital. Her husband “is hoping that she’ll be able to survive. Their 25th wedding anniversary is in August, and he wants to celebrate that,” the publicist told AFP. Gabor, a platinum blonde actress known for her flamboyant lifestyle, legal troubles and multiple marriages, was briefly hospitalized after Elizabeth Taylor died in March, declaring she feared she would be next to go. Her long career included spots in a dozen films and TV series, such as John Huston’s 1952 “Moulin Rouge” and the 1958 film noir “Touch of Evil” by Orson Welles. She also lent her voice to several animated films and TV series.
LOS ANGELES – The Emmy Awards and the four major TV networks agreed to an eight-year, $66 million deal that allows for changes in the ceremony marking its 63rd year in September. After protracted negotiations, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ board of governors approved the deal Wednesday night with ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Reality kingpin Mark Burnett, whose credits include “Survivor,” “Celebrity Apprentice” and newcomer “The Voice,” will produce the ceremony airing Sept. 18, according to an academy-network statement. “We are excited about the continued collaboration with our broadcast partners, and look forward to working with Fox and, for the first time, with Mark Burnett on this year’s telecast,” said John Shaffner, academy chairman and CEO. The major broadcasters will continue airing the awards in a “wheel rotation,” with Fox kicking off the new cycle. The academy earned a small increase in its license fee from the networks, which agreed to pay at least $8.25 million for the ceremony each year for a guaranteed $66 million over the life of the agreement. The previous deal, which was reached in 1992 and expired this year, provided for license fees of $7.5 million per year for the past four years. In a move aimed at boosting viewership, the agreement calls for each year’s designated network and the academy to consider reviewing the number of awards and how they’re presented. Previous efforts to trim the show’s roster of twodozen-plus categories to create a sleeker, more audience-friendly show have run into industry resistance from writers and others. The agreement notes that the interests of “various constituencies” will be taken into account. That review doesn’t kick in until after the first year of the contact, which was concluded with too little time left for Fox to attempt changes. While the Grammys and some other awards show have managed to increase their ratings in recent years, the Emmys have struggled for attention.
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FILE - The Emmy trophies wait for their winners on the trophy table backstage at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in this Sept. 16, 2007 file photo taken at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Kate Hudson Glows at the “Something Borrowed” Premiere Los Angeles – It was hard to miss Kate Hudson as she slowly walked the blue carpet laid out in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday, May 3. Not only because she’s the leading lady of “Something Borrowed,” the romantic comedy that was celebrating its premiere there, but also because Hudson lit up the place with a pretty yellow Valentino gown that accentuated her very obvious baby bump and rosy-cheeked pregnancy glow. Hudson, who is eight months along with her second child, showed off a huge diamond engagement ring, too, along with the guy who gave it to her, Muse lead singer Matt Bellamy. At an earlier press day for the film, the Oscar-nominated actress mused on what having another child would do to her career choices. “I think now what’s happening to me is that I’m shifting,” Hudson, who also has a seven-year-old son from her first marriage, explained. “There are always different times and shifts in your life, especially when you have kids. Now I’m going to have two kids. Meaning that making ‘Something Borrowed’ was probably the last time that I would be able to do something on a whim, to just pack up and go away. The kids are the priority.” Those issues of family versus career aren’t as pressing for Hudson’s still-single co-star Ginnifer Goodwin, who joined the actress and their male counterparts, Colin Egglesfield, John AP Photo/Chris Pizzello Kate Hudson, a cast member in “Something Krasinski and Steve Howey, to celebrate their new flick. Based on Borrowed,” poses at the premiere of the film, the novel of the same name, it’s all about a love triangle, as two female best friends fall for the same guy. Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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Chinese tech giants fight over 4G phones Associated Press Writer
This photo from 2007 shows a man driving a rice transplanter machine while his wife (R) looks on at their paddy field in Shizuoka, west of Tokyo.
Japanese language traced to Korean Peninsula: study Agence France Presse
PARIS – Japan’s many dialects originate in a migration of farmers from the Korean Peninsula some 2,200 years ago, a groundbreaking study borrowing the tools of evolutionary genetics reported Wednesday. The findings suggest that Japan’s many language variants — and by extension much of its culture — did not emerge, as widely believed by many Japanese, primarily from indigenous hunter-gatherers already present on the archipelago for millennia. More broadly, the study bolsters the theory that agricultural expansion has been the main driver of linguistic diversity throughout world history, the researchers said. Japanese is the only major language whose origins remain hotly contested. Some scholars argue the main settlement of the archipelago occurred 12,000 to 30,000 years ago, and that modern Japanese — both
the language and the people — descend directly from this stone-age culture, which had some agriculture but was based mainly on hunting and gathering. According the this theory, the migration of other peoples from mainland Asia around 200 B.C. brought metal tools, rice and new farming techniques but had scant impact on linguistic development. Other researchers counter that
this influx from the Korean Peninsula had a far deeper influence, largely replacing or displacing both the indigenous inhabitants and their spoken tongues. Recent archaeological and DNA evidence support this theory, but researchers at The University of Tokyo wondered if additional clues might be found by tracing dozens of distinct dialects back through time to their earliest common ancestor. Where that search wound up, they reasoned, could provide powerful evidence as to which school of thought was right. To carry out the study, Sean Lee and Toshikazu Hasegama used a technique developed by evolutionary biologists to examine DNA fragments from fossils in order to create family trees, often reaching back millions of years.
BEIJING – Two of China’s biggest technology companies have launched a court battle in Europe over mobile phone patents in a rare public clash between firms Beijing is promoting as national champions. The fight between Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE Corp. highlights the challenge for communist leaders who need to manage Chinese corporate ambitions as they try to create global competitors in telecoms, energy and other fields. It is the first case of its kind between major Chinese companies, which usually settle disputes in private. “We’re going to see more of this in this industry and others,” said David Wolf, a technology marketing consultant in Beijing. “The government will find, wow, we’ve got these national champions, but now they’re trying to kill each other.” The dispute centers on fourthgeneration mobile technology, which companies that are developing it say will deliver more stable connections, wireless broadband and other advances. It is in limited use in the United States and being tested elsewhere.
Control of key patents could help decide which equipment suppliers are positioned to reap billions of dollars in sales once it is rolled out in other markets. Huawei and ZTE make network gear, the core of phone systems. They have multibillion-dollar annual sales in China, Africa and Latin America and see themselves as potential global 4G leaders. That fits with Communist Party hopes to transform China from a low-cost factory into a creator of profitable technology. Huawei announced last week it filed patent infringement lawsuits against ZTE in France, Germany and Hungary. ZTE rejected the claims and said it has asked a French court and Chinese regulators to invalidate a Huawei patent. Huawei and ZTE are among China’s first wave of fledgling multinational companies. They compete with Nokia-Siemens Networks, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent and have a small but growing U.S. and European presence. Their dispute comes amid mounting complaints by foreign business groups about Beijing’s industrial policy. They say China is improperly supporting favored companies by limiting market access and providing low-cost loans and other support.
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In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2011, mobile Internet devices of Huawei Technologies Ltd., right, and ZTE Corp, left, are displayed for sale at a computer mall in Beijing.
Stamp honors 1st American in space 50 years later Associated Press Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The first American in space, Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, was honored with his own stamp Wednesday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his flight. The Postal Service dedicated the Forever stamp Wednesday to commemorate Shepard’s suborbital flight on May 5, 1961. He is the first astronaut to
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be honored, all by himself, on a stamp. Twenty Shepard family members, including the late astronaut’s three daughters, gathered at Kennedy Space Center with more than 100 others for the afternoon ceremony, held in an outdoor rocket garden. A replica of the black and white Mercury Redstone rocket that propelled Shepard on his 15-minute journey rose behind the stage.
In this May 5, 1961 image released by NASA, U.S. astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., is seen in his space suit prior to launch on the spacecraft Freedom 7 at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
One of the two surviving Mercury seven astronauts — Scott Carpenter — drew applause when he said he was pleased that a Forever stamp was chosen to honor Shepard. Forever stamps don’t have a value on them and remain valid for first-class postage regardless of rate increases. “That’s appropriate to the stamp, but it is also appropriate to the time we should honor and remember Alan B. Shepard and Freedom 7,” said the 86-year-old Carpenter, wearing a navy ball cap adorned with the Mercury 7 emblem. Carpenter laughed as he recalled that Shepard didn’t like it that Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
beat him into space by less than a month. But he said the success of Shepard’s flight helped lead America to the moon. Shepard’s Freedom 7 capsule soared 116 miles and 302 miles from Cape Canaveral. It reached a speed of 5,100 mph before splashing down into the Atlantic. Barely three weeks later, President John F. Kennedy committed the nation to landing a man on the moon by decade’s end and bringing him back safely. Shepard went on to command Apollo 14 in 1971 and became the fifth man to walk on the moon. He died in 1998 at age 74.
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Kezman blasts ‘stupid’ Asian cup competition Agence France Presse
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Manchester United’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov (L) vies with Schalke’s defender Christoph Metzelder during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Manchester United and FC Schalke at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on May 4, 2011. Manchester won by 4-1 and qualified for the final.
Man United advance to Barca Champions League final Agence France Presse
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom – Sir Alex Ferguson said Manchester United could not afford to fear Barcelona after setting up a Champions League final showdown with the Spanish giants. United on Wednesday romped into the May 28 showpiece at Wembley after overwhelming Bundesliga outfit Schalke 4-1 at Old Trafford with a virtual reserve team, completing a crushing 6-1 aggregate victory. Two goals from Anderson plus one apiece from Antonio Valencia and Darron Gibson fired United into their third Champions League final in four years and a rematch with the team who beat them 2-0 in the 2009 final in Rome. Barcelona’s scintillating form in recent seasons have prompted some commentators to hail Pep Guardiola’s team as the greatest club side ever. But while a fervent admirer of the Catalan club, Ferguson insists his team will not be overawed when they meet in the final. “I don’t think we should be going to Wembley lacking in confidence,” Ferguson said. “I think Barcelona’s form has been very good this season. We’re playing a fantastic team. But we can’t be frightened out of (our) skins because of that. “Their form is there for everyone to see — our job is to find a solution.” Nevertheless Ferguson admitted that he had been anxious for United to avoid Barcelona throughout this season’s Champions League and revealed he would have been happy to be playing another club in the final. “I wish it was Brechin City or
somebody like that to be honest with you,” he joked. “No disrespect to Brechin City — I love that wee club. “But I think at the start of the season you say ‘Stay clear of Barcelona’. Because their form is there for everyone to see. “We’ve done our job well now that our away form has been terrific. We’ve found a good way of playing away from home. Wembley’s not an away game, it’s a neutral ground. But I think we’ll be quite well prepared.” Ferguson also declined invitations to characterise the final as an opportunity for his players to avenge their defeat in Rome two years ago, when they were comprehensively outplayed by Guardiola’s pass masters. “Revenge doesn’t come into it,” Ferguson said. “What does come into is that this is another opportunity for Manchester United to win a European trophy. “I’ve always said that other clubs have done better than us, and we should have done better in Europe. “You have to admire the way Barcelona play, they play with great style, they’ve got fantastic players. But we’ve got a job to do and we’ll find a solution. Ferguson also admitted he would seek advice from Real Madrid coach
Jose Mourinho as he attempts to plot Barca’s downfall. “I speak to him quite a lot and I spoke to him last week. Real Madrid are a different team from us. I think we’ll depend on our own knowledge of Barcelona — it’s not as if we’ve never seen them before,” Ferguson said. “But the experience that Real Madrid have and from Jose’s angle — you always take information from that because he’s very helpful that way.” Ferguson steered clear of empathising with Mourinho’s suggestions that Barcelona were beneficiaries of a sinister conspiracy to fix European competitions in their favour. “At this moment in time I don’t think that’s an issue with us. I think a final at Wembley should represent the qualities and histories and traditions of both clubs,” he said. “It’s a different set of conditions between Real Madrid and Barcelona because of the tribalism of both clubs in Spain. They’ve always been the two biggest clubs in Spain and therefore the rivalry is intense. “Many things happened in both games of the semi-final that you say to yourself ‘Well I hope that doesn’t happen at Wembley’. But we think it should be a good final.”
HONG KONG – Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman, who now plies his trade in Hong Kong, has rubbished one of Asia’s top club competitions as “stupid” and “the worst tournament I have played in”. The 32year-old launched the scathing attack after his South China side — where ex-England international Nicky Butt also turns out — tumbled out of the AFC Cup on Tuesday after losing 4-2 at Indonesian side Persipura Jayapura. “This is an unfair competition as the home side can have a great advantage,” the Serbian, who once played for Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post newspaper. “In fact, it is the worst tournament I have played in.” Kezman, whose future remains
uncertain because his contract with South China reportedly expires this month, said his side had endured 18 hours of travel for the game and the afternoon kick-off meant playing in searing heat. “I swear I was fighting to survive under these conditions and it was very difficult,” he said. “A strange competition and kind of stupid.” Ex-international Kezman and former Manchester United star Butt signed for Hong Kong’s top side on short-term deals, but Kezman said he was keen to stay on. “I haven’t spoken to the boss yet, but I want to say I have been very happy in Hong Kong over these months,” he said. “Although the football here is a bit lower standard than I expected and the competition is not so strong, the city is amazing, the club is nice, the boss is so patient and the people are so kind to help me.”
Real Madrid to sign Dortmund’s Nuri Sahin - report Agence France Presse
MADRID – Real Madrid are poised to sign Turkish international Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund, a Spanish sports daily reported Thursday. A deal to transfer the 22-year-old midfielder “is well underway,” the daily Marca said. “This weekend I will speak with the managers of Borussia and we will make a decision,” Sahin said on his Facebook page, Marca reported. Another sports daily, AS,
said Dortmund values the German-born player at 20 million euros. Marca also reported that Real are close to signing Spanish striker Jose Maria Callejon from Espanyol of Barcelona for five million euros. The transfer of the 24-year-old is “is practically done” and will be confirmed by the two clubs at the end of the season.” Callejon played for Real Madrid’s B side before joining Espanyol in 2008.
Borussia Dortmund’s injured midfielder Nuri Sahin walks over the pitch after the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Moenchengladbach, April 23, 2011.
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Rose, Noah lead Bulls over Hawks, 86-73 Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO – Jamal Crawford could see it in the Chicago Bulls. They were trailing in a series that many expected to be a breeze for them, and the last thing they could afford was another letdown. “They were desperate tonight,” Crawford said. And now, they’re tied. MVP Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Joakim Noah added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Chicago beat the Atlanta Hawks 86-73 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night to knot this series. The top-seeded Bulls shook off a dismal performance in the opener and looked more like the team with a league-high 62 wins, building a 14-point lead and ending the game on a 9-2 run after the Hawks got within six. Now, the series shifts to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4 Friday and Sunday, with Chicago at least in better shape after a 103-95 loss in Game 1. Rose, meanwhile, can focus on the task at hand. The past few days were a blur for the Chicago product, with the news about his winning the MVP breaking, the formal announcement on Tuesday and the presentation with Stern before the opening tip. “I’m just happy that it’s over now, and we can just ball out,” Rose said. The superstar point guard showed just why he became the youngest player to win the award — at least in the first half,
when he scored 16 points. He went cold after that and wound up hitting just 10 of 27 shots, going 1 of 8 on 3-pointers, and committing eight turnovers. He did convert 4 of 6 free throws after failing to get to the line in the opener, and he insisted the left ankle he sprained in the opening round against Indiana and twisted at the end of Game 1 in this series is fine. At times, he seemed more aggressive, but the shots stopped falling. “Shots I normally hit, they just didn’t fall tonight,” Rose said. “The way that they’re playing me, I’m going to continue to shoot.” The Hawks are sagging off him, daring him to hit from the outside, and he vowed that will change. Noah helped pick up the slack. So did Luol Deng, who scored all but two of his 14 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds in the game. Carlos Boozer, bothered by a turf toe injury on his right foot, had eight points and 11 boards and heard it from the home crowd — something that didn’t sit well with Noah. “Sometimes our home crowd, it’s a tough place to play,” he said. “We have a lot of love for our
Clijsters skips Rome but hopes to make French Open Reuters
BRUSSELS - Kim Clijsters is focusing solely on trying to get fit for the French Open starting on May 22 and will not play next week’s Rome international or any tournament before Paris, the Belgian said on her blog. The world number two is still a doubt for Roland Garros after injuring her ankle at her cousin’s wedding last month. Clijsters, twice a finalist in Paris,
was already struggling with a painful shoulder and wrist. “I have been able to pick up a tennis racket in my hands for the first time in five weeks,” she wrote on www.kimclijsters.be. “We are taking it day by day. I will not in any case play any tournament in May. We will focus on being ready for Roland Garros. I can only say that we hope everything goes well and that I have trained sufficiently to be in Paris.”
crowd, but through tough times, we got to stick together.” Noah remembers being booed as a rookie, and “it’s tough.” Boozer, meanwhile, hasn’t been the same since he missed five games with a sprained left ankle. “With Carlos, I think people have to understand he’s playing through an injury right now, and he’s giving us what he’s got,” Noah said. “He’s somebody who has an unbelievable presence and he opens up a lot of things for a lot of us. I think that sometimes people are quick to bash one player, but this is a team. And we know that we need Carlos to get to where we want to go. I think Taj (Gibson) does an excellent job, but we need everybody.” Like Noah, coach Tom Thibodeau rushed to Boozer’s defense. “Carlos is giving us everything that he has,” he said. “He’s nicked up. He’s playing hard. He’s on the boards. We need that rebounding. His offense will come around.” The Bulls won even though they shot just over 39 percent and were 5 of 22 on 3-pointers, because they dominated on the glass and locked down Atlanta.
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Bulls goes up for a shot over teammate Carlos Boozer #5 and Jamal Crawford #11 and Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 86-73.
UCI takes legal action against cyclist Landis Agence France Presse
GENEVA – World cycling chief Pat McQuaid has taken legal action against disgraced former Tour de France winner Floyd Landis for libel, the governing body said on Wednesday. McQuaid, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), and former president Hein Verbruggen, “have lodged a case in the Swiss courts against Mr Floyd Landis regarding repeated, serious attacks against their characters”. “The UCI is seeking to defend the integrity of the cycling movement as a whole against the accusations of a rider who, by breaching the Anti-doping Rules, caused cycling serious harm,” the UCI said in a statement. Landis announced his retirement from cycling in January, having been unable to find a team since being stripped of the 2006 Tour de France crown after a positive test for testosterone. Landis vehemently denied doping for four years until he confessed in 2010, alleging that former team-mate Lance Armstrong was involved in systematic doping during his spec-
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World cycling chief Pat McQuaid has taken legal action against disgraced former Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, seen here in 2009, for libel. tacular Tour de France career. He also claimed that cycling chiefs “protected” some riders. “In the peloton, everyone knows that Pat McQuaid, Hein Verbruggen and other UCI officials have protected some riders, and not
others, for the past 20 years,” Landis has said. “It was manipulation, and their way of creating stars.” The UCI said legal action was “made necessary by numerous unacceptable public statements by Mr Landis”.
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Sport Williams Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brazil drives with a damaged rear tyre after a collision with another driver during the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang circuit outside Kuala Lumpur April 10, 2011.
Multiple upgrades for Williams Williams plans to take several upgrades to this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix in an effort to change its fortunes after a difficult start to the 2011 F1 season. The team heads into the first European event of the season on the back of a dramatic week behind the scenes, with technical director Sam Michael and chief aerodynamacist Jon Tomlinson announcing they will leave at the end of the season and Spygate protagonist Mike Coughlan
signing a deal to join the team from next month. After all the reshuffling prior to the weekend, Williams’ focus now returns firmly to the job at hand as it seeks to open its account for the season with Michael confirming a number of new parts will be used
in an effort to boost performance. “We’re bringing a number of upgrades to the FW33 over the next few races, starting with Istanbul,” he said. “The package for Turkey will include new brake ducts, revised front wing and rear wings, plus some other secondary items. Combined, these components should give the FW33 a decent step-up in performance. Our objective is to get the car into the points as soon as
Bautista gives thumbs-up to new Suzuki chassis RECOVERING from a broken femur and exhausted from Sunday’s race, Alvaro Bautista could only ride for 17 laps in Monday’s Estoril MotoGP test - but that was enough to give a resounding thumbs up to a new chassis for his GSV-R. All of Bautista’s test laps were done using the same set of tyres and he set a best lap-time of 1min 38.850sec on his final circulation - over a second faster than his best lap in Sunday’s race and over three-tenths-of-a-second faster than his qualifying time.
The marked improvement was largely due to a completely new chassis design for the GSV-R, which performed well on initial tests in Japan. Bautista’s few laps on the new chassis were enough to convince him that it is a significant improvement and he will use it at the French Grand Prix in two weeks’ time. “My leg was really sore today - as I expected - but it was good enough to do four laps at a time and I really wanted to understand this new chassis, so I have to forget the pain and do
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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP’s Spanish Alvaro Bautista rides during the MotoGP free practice session of the Portugal Grand Prix at Estoril’s racetrack on April 29, 2011.
some work, this is the life of a racer!” said Bautista, who broke his leg during practice for round one in Qatar just six weeks’ ago. “Anyway, I am happy I tried it because - at least at this track - the step was quite big. The turning of the bike is improved a lot, this means I can open the gas much quicker and improve my corner speed and acceleration. “The lap-time came a lot more easily with this chassis and when I followed Lorenzo, who was making low 1.38 at this point, we were really similar on the whole lap until we arrived in the slow chicane at the end of the circuit, then he disappeared because it’s just too painful to throw the bike through this direction change like I need to. “But - apart from the actual position in the race [13th and last] - I achieved everything I wanted to here in Estoril so I am happy, and I will be stronger in Le Mans.” Factory test rider Nobuatsu Aoki took over testing duties once Bautista had finished and ran through a series of electronic control strategy developments, as well as also re-testing the new chassis and positively confirming Bautista’s feedback on the improvements.
possible. “Istanbul Park has a great layout for the drivers to get their teeth into. In particular, it boasts an excellent natural overtaking spot at the end of the back straight. Turkey has the notorious turn eight, a left-hander which places considerable loads on the car’s aerodynamics. A car that can handle those pressures, combined with one capable of some significant kerb riding through the last sequence of corners, is critical at this track.” Team leader Rubens Barrichello said he was confident that the new parts
would be beneficial to the team. “I want to have a more competitive weekend with the team than we have had so far this season,” he said. “We have new parts coming for Turkey which will hopefully work in our favour. I love Istanbul Park. It is one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar and we will aim to be flat out there. Everyone says turn eight is a highlight, and it is, but I also find the circuit nice from a set-up point of view with qualifying also a good challenge. I like the track as a whole.”