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Anti-government protesters sit down in front of Egyptian Army tanks to prevent them from moving, as one climbs on the tank to chant and fly the Egyptian flag before being ordered down by a soldier, at the protest site opposite the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.
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Associated Press Writer CAIRO – Egypt’s vice president met with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups for the first time Sunday and offered sweeping concessions, including granting press freedom and rolling back police powers in the government’s latest attempt to try to end nearly two weeks of upheaval. But the opposition leaders held firm to a demand the government rejects: that President Hosni Mubarak step down immediately. And the source of the opposition’s sudden power — the youthful protesters filling Cairo’s main square — said they weren’t even represented at the talks and won’t negotiate until Mubarak is gone. “None of those who attended rep-
resent us,” said Khaled Abdul-Hamid, one leader of a new coalition representing at least five youth movements that organized the 13-day-old protests. “We are determined to press on until our number one demand is met” — the ouster of Mubarak. “The regime is retreating,” Abdul-Hamid told The Associated Press. “It is making more concessions every day.” At the same time,
there were signs that the paralysis gripping the country since the crisis began was easing Sunday, the first day of Egypt’s work week. Some schools reopened for the first time in more than a week, and so did banks — though for only three hours, with long lines outside. A night curfew remains, and tanks continue to ring the city’s central square and guard government build-
ings, embassies and other important institutions. Since protests began Jan. 25, the 82-year-old Mubarak has pledged not to seek another term in elections to be held in September. The government promised that his son Gamal, who had widely been expected to succeed him, will not do so. Mubarak appointed a vice president — Omar Suleiman — for the first time since he took office three decades ago. He sacked his Cabinet, named a new one and promised reforms. And on Saturday, the top leaders of the ruling party, including Gamal Mubarak, were purged. Continued on page 6
Aguilera repeats line of national anthem Associated Press Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas – Christina Aguilera flubbed a line as she belted out the national anthem at the start of the Super Bowl Sunday night. When she was supposed to sing the line “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” she instead repeated an earlier line, with a slight variation. She sang “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming,” which is the same line from earlier in the song but with the word `watched’ instead of the
word `hailed.’ The mistake immediately set social networks abuzz with people commenting on the error. Aguilera’s representative did not immediately return a call and e-mail seeking comment. She’s not the first person to mess up the lines of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In
2001, Macy Gray was famously booed for her off-kilter rendition of the national anthem. She garbled the words at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, her home state. She later told The Associated Press: “That was definitely life’s most embarrassing moment.”
Singer Cristina Aguilera sings the national anthem before the start of the Super Bowl between the G4reen Bay Packersa and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Landslide at Untalan Three people died Amlapura (Bali Post)—
Illegal sand mining activities in Karangasem killed more victims as buried dead by the avalanche of mining cliff in the region of Untalan Hamlet, Jungutan Village, Bebandem Subdistrict, Karangasem, Sunday (Feb 6) morning. Of the four miners, the three dead victims consisted of a high school student in Karangasem I Ketut Sudita, 17, I Ketut Landep, 43, Ni Komang Pasmi, 50, and Kadek Sudita, 43. The survivor I Komang Giur, 45, was fairly lucky because he was at the farthest location from the avalanche of cliff hoard. He was crushed and buried under the avalanche of the material, but it was not so severe. He succeeded to go out from the pile of stones and sand. In the hematoma and tottering condition, he attempted to escape from the pile and then looked for help to local residents to dig out three other victims who were no other than his family. Giur had to walk about 1 km to the settlement of residents to inform about the disaster afflicting him and his family. When residents came to evacuate the three other buried victims, they had been found dead. The three victims died horribly with hematoma wound and broken body and bones. The witness-victim Giur said that four of them left for the location of illegal sand mining at Untalan on last Sunday at around 08:00 a.m. Local Time by bringing shovels and hoes. They expected to get sand to be sold for their daily bread and butter. When they just dug around for an hour, unexpectedly the cliff of more than 10 meters high ava-
lanched and befell the four of them. Admittedly, he did not think if the cliff would avalanche because it looked quite strong. Additionally, it was sunny and did not rain on that day. However, the fate said differently. Evacuation of the three bodies of victims was performed by hundreds of Untalan residents led by I Wayan Santa, the hamlet chief. It was also directly monitored by the Chief of Karangasem Police, Ketut Onik Suirawan. Allegedly, the incident was caused by negligence of the victims. They dug illegally or without permission at the former location of sand mining without reclamation or rehabilitation. Formerly, the sand location was excavated by investors from China living in Denpasar named A-Shian. In addition, the location had been abandoned by two investors with the reason of losses. Meanwhile, the Hamlet Chief Wayan Santa said the avalanche was alleged to be caused by unstable condition of the cliff. The sandy land was unstable, especially in the rainy season. He said it was indeed not raining then. But, the previous torrential rain flushed and caused the local land wet and heavy so that it was un-
stable or prone to landslides. Moreover, it kept on vibrating due to the hit of hoes belonging to those illegal sand miners. In the meantime, the bodies of three victims were directly buried in the cemetery of Untalan customary village on that afternoon. Both licensed and illegal sand mining in Karangasem continued to kill lives as buried by the avalanche of the excavation cliff. No less than a dozen of miners had been killed and injured. However, the miners were never deterrent to earn a livelihood for their survival. As in the Karangasem territory, condition of the sand mining in Bebandem was extremely desolate. The sand mining site in operation or former excavation site abandoned by previous investors were then taken advantage traditionally by illegal sand miners consisting of local residents. It actually harmed the surrounding environment. It then turned to a cliff or gaping ravine and was difficult to be planted as without land rehabilitation and prone to landslides or flash floods. Additionally, the location of excavation was the foot or slope of the Mount Agung or the hills range denoting the territory of rainwater catchment. (013)
Melasti Route Heavily Damaged Vehicles Jammed Semarapura (Bali Post) –
Tojan-Watu Klotok route, Klungkung, has been the local government’s own routine agenda. Not yet a year, it’s been damaged again with holes around disturbing vehicles and causing traffic jam. Moreover the route is mostly used by heavy carrier trucks. A number of Tojan people feel sad about it. One of them, Ketut Rengkug, last Sunday (6/2) stated his disappointment, “They should have prioritized quality when repairing it so it won’t damage again.” The condition now also affects
for the coming melasti ceremony for Nyepi (5th March) as it is the way to Watu Klotok Beach, “That needs to be reassessed by the government. During melasti ceremony, this route will get more crowded. So are there possibilities to divert vehicles.” When asked for confirmation, Head of Transportation, Communication and Information Agency, Nengah Sukasta, admitted to have thought of waus to anticipate traffic jams during melasti ceremony. Yet for diversions it has to be coordinated with the police remembering Gelgel route that can be the di-
version is also damaged, “We will try to cut truck routes in Tukad Unda to go to By-Pass Tihingan or other routes. We have to coordinate first.” He stated that it is not possible to divert it permanently remembering Watu Klotok route is the only route arranged for heavy vehicles. Head of Public Works Agency, IB Adnyana did not decline the condition of Watu Klotok route yet apparently the Budget from Klungkung Government could not completely fix it, “We just repair it lightly. The repair done every year was tarring holes on the road.” (kmb20)
Tourists enjoy their time in Watu Klotok Beach.
Tourists complain about plastic waste at Watu Klotok Semarapura (Bali Post)—
Watu Klotok Beach is not only visited by devotees for Melasti procession, purificatory rite and other ceremonial activities, but also by collectors of mosaic stone coming to the beach every day. Even, the challenging waves of the beach have attracted a dozen of foreign tourists who love surfing. They come from Sweden, Germany, Canada, Japan and several other countries. Unfortunately, there are no public facilities available yet. Similarly, condition of the beach is also dirty, mainly due to plastic waste. It kindles some complaints of tourists. As the observation made on the Watu Klotok, Sunday (Feb 6), a number of tourists looked to walk along the beach after enjoying the waves by surfing. Four of them were Eric, 40, and Christian, 40, from Sweden, while Matzo Gilla, 32, from Germany and Sara, 25, from Canada. “We have surfed for many times on the Watu Klotok Beach,” admitted Christian. Eric had been living in Bali (Sanur) for three months. According to him, he had tried surfing at some locations in Bali such as Sanur, Nusa Dua and Kuta. “The waves on the Watu Klotok Beach are no less challenging than in other places I have visited,” he said. Even, according to him, Watu Klotok had its advantage if compared to Sanur, Nusa Dua and Kuta. Other than having a temple (Watu Klotok Temple) with a beautiful view, the surrounding nature also remained pristine along with its agricultural land. “Moreover, the surfing people here are not as many as on the other
beaches. Therefore, we can surf here more freely and conveniently,” he added and confirmed by Erick, Matzo and Sara. However, according to Sara, the Watu Klotok Beach was dirty. A lot of plastic waste scattered everywhere. Ideally, she said, the authorities should pay serious attention to the matter. The Watu Klotok actually was very potential as an alternative of surfing site for tourists. “It is supported by sufficient parking lot. Then, it just needs a better arrangement. Most importantly, please do not dispose plastic waste as it seems the biggest problem for Bali in general,” said the woman who had been in Bali for two years (settled in Ubud). Meanwhile, Matzo also suggested the community to put a care. Teaching children to avoid littering, especially into the river, at early age was a good start. “Bali is a good island inhabited by friendly community. Supposedly, littering behavior should be eliminated. I often see people disposing their trash directly into the river,” said Matzo. Additionally, the toilets and changing rooms were not yet available, either. It was complained by tourists. “Yes, there are tourists coming here every day. They just enjoy the beach or do surfing,” said a permanent trader in the parking area of Watu Klotok Beach, Ni Ketut Sumariati. She also added there were no changing rooms or toilets that could be functioned for the sake of comfort of tourists visiting the Watu Klotok. As a matter of fact, the bathroom had already existed but could not be functioned and the water was not available. (kmb20)
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Trapped in Egypt, Budiartini Comes Home At Last Negara, DenPost
At last a worker from Jembrana, Ni Gusti Ayu Ketut Budiartini, came to her home at Mendoyo Village, Dauh Tukad after being trapped in Egypt. She was one from four workers from Jembrana working in Egypt, other three are Desak Nyoman Sumiati (31) from Taman Baruna Cempaka Street 35/A, Negara, Jembrana, Ni Made Sasri (39) from Banjar Tunjung Dauh Marga, Delod Berawah Mendoyo Village and Suci Ariani (36) from Banjar Pageh, Tuwed Village, Melaya. When met last Sunday (5/2), Budiartini admitted that the hotel she works in knows of her departure and what’s more they have helped her way home knowing the condition and situation in Cairo, Egypt has been burning. Gusti Ngurah Komang Sirwa, father of Budiartini, was touched of her arrival. She went by an airplane from Cairo, transited in Dubai and Singapore, then head to Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali. She has also contacted the BP3TKI in Denpasar. Her contract there is actually until March, but due to the condition the hotel permitted her to go, “I worked in the spa and I couldn’t continue it anymore.” She said she lives in an apartment 10
minutes away by walk from her work place. Yet as there were huge demonstrations, the hotel told its employees to stay in the hotel. The hotel was also attacked by demonstrators once, but no casualties. Her work place was secured well even when she was going home they really give attention and compensated her trip. She admitted to have liked working there as it is very different from other countries she has worked in such as Turkey for three years and Arab Saudi for 2 years. After 7 months in Egypt, she learnt a lot, firstly on the very interesting culture being visited by many researchers and historians. It is hard for her to leave yet with the unstable condition, she couldn’t do anything but to go home. (120)
To minimize disasters
The roof which collapse in Sanglah Hospital and damaged a car.
Sanglah Hospital Pharmacy Roof Collapse A shocking incident happened on 11 am local time last Sunday (6/2) at Sanglah Hospital area as the roof of Kimia Farma Pharmacy front building suddenly collapsed. Even there were no casualties, but it really surprised people passing by and a dark blue Feroza car with number DK 917 YC which parked in front of the pharmacy was severely damaged as the
front window broke. The car was said to be owned one of the hospital’s worker, Ni Wayan Sumawati. According to a worker statement, the building where the pharmacy is has gone old. Due to the rain lately it is suspected causing roofs decayed and collapsed. The remains of the collapse roofs were then cleaned up. (san)
Amlapura (Bali Post) –
asked government to pay attention to cow breeders in Bali especially Karangasem, moreover the Governor did programmed in buying female cows with interesting prices, “I hope village farm products can be given a way for its marketing as these farmers are mostly in poverty, don’t let poverty grow again because their beef products were unsold or price decreased.” In other hand, Mangku Pastika stated the main causer of decreasing price on local beef was due to import beefs are coming in and duty free entry. He said his side will state this to the central government which is the Trading Ministry to have local farm products protected, “There is a self-supporting program from central, without protection the local farmers will be and feel disadvantaged.” (013)
Purificatory ritual held Duty Free Entry Imported Beef Local Beef Unsold in Besakih Temple Gianyar (Bali Post)—
Recently, natural disasters continue to afflict the people all over Bali, particularly the Gianyar Regency. A series of those catastrophic incidents get serious attention from the Shiva-Buddha higher priests of Gianyar coalesced into the Dharma Ghosana Gianyar. Some efforts to minimize the disasters begin to be prepared. One of them is through the implementation of Bendu Piduka or purificatory ritual that will be held by Ida Dang Hyang Dwijendra in Besakih Temple, Tuesday (Feb 8). Significance of the ritual first held in Bali, according to the Chief of Dharma Ghosana Gianyar, Ida Pedanda Wayahan Bun, from Griya Sanur Pejeng, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, as well as the originator of the idea, was responding to the rampant natural occurrences such as diseases to human beings, epidemic to animals and plant disease occurred recently touched his heart as a higher priest to provide something for the salvation of the universe. It referred to the story on the pilgrimage of Dang Hyang Dwijendra as a higher priest in which most of his devotion was intended for social activities. One of them was when resolving the epidemic in Gading Wani Village hit by contagious disease. “I want the duty of a higher priest is not only officiating ritual, but should also be poised with social services,” he said.
In the next implementation, the Bendu Piduka ritual participated by all BuddhaShiva higher priests across Gianyar Regency would be held by saying sincere prayers to Supreme God in order He would be pleased to cope with the natural disasters afflicting Bali incessantly. With the power of sincere prayers, it would be able to overcome all obstacles happening, he added. Expectedly, the purificatory ritual could be followed by devotees throughout Bali, so that Bali could be completely kept away from natural disasters. Especially, Gianyar was admitted to have advantage compared to other regions since the pre-historic, ancient Bali and modern times. Evidently, the pilgrimage of Rishi Markandeya, Dang Hyang Dwijendra and Mpu Kuturan were always started from Gianyar. In addition, a number of Sad Kahyangan temples existed in Gianyar, including the Penataran Sasih and Pusering Jagat Temple. “Hopefully, this trailblazing activity can be used as an example throughout Bali,” he hoped. Further, Ida Pedanda Wayahan Bun hoped that all higher priests should not only focus on chairing rituals, but should also balance it with social activities, so the meaning of Loka Pala Sraya could be expanded, not only chairing rituals. By such activities, the role of higher priests would be discernible in providing and invoking for salvation for the entire Island of Bali. (kmb)
Cow breeder of Karangasem lately been disadvantaged as local beef meat price have gone down due to being unsold according to a supervising done at Datah Village, Abang, Karangasem, last Sunday (6/2). A farmer also cow breeder, Nyoman Renas, stated that there were people buying his beef but in a cheaper price. Due to economy needs, so he sells it so, yet these merchants ran away from paying it, “After sold cheaply, they don’t want to pay. When actually we the whole family have worked hard for years in breeding these cows.” Public Figure from Selumbung Village, Manggis, Karangasem, Ketut Toya, stated the difficulties during the Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, visitation to Karangasem. Toya
The beef which will be sent to the market.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
British PM reignites multiculturalism debate Agence France Presse
LONDON – On June 22, 1948, the ship Empire Windrush docked just outside London loaded with hundreds of men from the West Indies, marking a sea change in British culture — the start of mass immigration. More than half a century on and after successive waves of arrivals from across the world, Britain is struggling more than ever with the vexed question of how to integrate the newcomers. Prime Minister David Cameron has now reignited the debate by claiming in a speech on Saturday that the long-standing policy of multiculturalism is a failure and in part to blame for fostering Islamic extremism. Multiculturalism — generally understood as meaning no single culture or set of values should be promoted above any other — was encouraging different cultures to live separate lives, said Cameron. Young Muslims felt drawn to violent ideology because they found no strong collective identity in Britain, he added in the speech at the Munich Security
Conference on Saturday. “If we are to defeat this threat, I believe it’s time to turn the page on the failed policies of the past,” he said. His frank remarks came at a time when the issue of homegrown Islamic militancy is fresh in the minds of many here, almost two months after a botched suicide attack in Stockholm by a man allegedly radicalised in Britain. They were also sure to remind listeners in Britain of the attacks on the London transport network in 2005 by four home-grown suicide bombers, which killed 52 people. While the speech was swiftly condemned by Muslim groups and opposition politicians, the furore masked the fact that this is just the latest problem Britain has faced with integrating outsiders. Jewish immigrants faced hostility for centuries and it was not until the late 19th century that they enjoyed freedom in every walk of life. Now there are countless examples of Jewish people at the highest level in every profession in Britain, such as leader of the main opposition Labour party Ed Miliband, the son of Jewish refugees.
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Photo provided by Munich Security Conference shows Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron delivering a speech at the International Conference on Security Policy in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Feb 5, 2011.
Cambodian soldiers look at a burned site near the Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, some 500 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh on February 5, 2011. Thailand and Cambodia on February 5, 2011 agreed a ceasefire to halt fighting near a disputed temple that left at least five people dead, but border tensions remained high.
Thai-Cambodia border fighting ‘damages’ temple Agence France Presse
PHNOM PENH – Cambodia has accused Thailand of damaging an 11th-century temple in military attacks and has appealed to the United Nations to halt the “aggression” amid fresh bouts of cross-border fighting. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the United Nations Security Council to hold an urgent meeting “so as to stop Thailand’s aggression” which has “gravely threatened peace and stability in the region”. But Thai government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn rejected the accusation that his country was the aggressor, saying: “Thailand has clear policy that we will not invade any country.” Thai army spokesman Colonel Sunsern Kaewkumnerd said Sunday’s unrest was “more serious” than the previous two days of violence. He said about ten soldiers were injured, but that there were no reports of new deaths. The ancient Preah Vihear temple, which is surrounded by disputed territory, was damaged by Thai artillery fire, according to Cambodia, which said one wing of the building had “collapsed” as a result. Ties between the neighbours have been
strained since Preah Vihear was granted UN World Heritage status in July 2008. Thailand and Cambodia have each accused the other of starting the ongoing clashes. Violence erupted on the border for the third day in a row on Sunday evening, ending a ceasefire agreed after earlier fighting left at least five people dead. Hun Sen said “many” artillery shells had been fired into Preah Vihear temple on Sunday, in a statement addressed to the current president of the UN Security Council. He said some shells fired by Thailand had landed around 20 kilometres (12 miles) inside Cambodian territory. As the fighting raged on and spread to other border areas, Thai army
spokesman Sunsern said both sides were in talks to negotiate a ceasefire. Thai television showed images of bloodied soldiers and people being evacuated clutching blankets. Thousands of people fled their homes as villages were evacuated on both sides of the frontier after the fighting first erupted on Friday. Observers say the temple dispute had been used as a rallying point to stir nationalist sentiment in Thailand and Cambodia. The World Court ruled in 1962 that Preah Vihear itself belonged to Cambodia, although its main entrance lies in Thailand and the 4.6square-kilometre (1.8-square-mile) area around the temple is claimed by both sides.
Clashes break out during Bangladesh strike Agence France Presse
DHAKA – Police fired tear gas at protesters in northwestern Bangladesh on Monday as minor clashes broke out across the country during a paralysing nationwide strike called by the main opposition party. In Rajshahi town, 150 miles (200 kilometres) northwest of Dhaka, hundreds of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activists threw rocks at police and vandalised vehicles, prompting police to react with tear gas and baton charges. “At least 15 strike supporters were arrested,” deputy commissioner of Rajshahi police Anwarul Morshed Khan told AFP. Thousands of riot police patrolled
through Dhaka and other key cities as the strike brought much of the country to a standstill, with all shops, businesses and schools shut, and major roads across the country deserted. The BNP, led by two times ex-premier Khaleda Zia, called the strike to protest against controversial plans for a new airport, rocketing food prices and a stock market crash that has hit thousands of small investors. Dhaka’s benchmark DGEN share index has shed nearly 30 percent from its peak early in December. Groups of investors joined the strike after the index sank 5.7 percent on Sunday, triggering protests by small traders in central Dhaka. The market lost 3.5 percent in the first five minutes of trade on Monday. Eight buses were set on fire overnight in the capital just hours before
the strike was enforced, police said. “At least 8,500 police have been deployed in Dhaka. Security is tight,” the deputy commissioner of Dhaka police, Habibur Rahman, told AFP. BNP officials and supporters held small protest marches, chanting slogans against the government. The party’s head office was cordoned off by scores of riot police, who had a water cannon ready to break up protests. An autorickshaw was set on fire outside the office, with police arresting one activist. An AFP photographer at the scene saw police use batons against protesters. The strike was the third that the BNP has called since suffering a crushing defeat in December 2008 elections.
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Activists from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party clash with riot police during a nationwide strike in Dhaka.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Fire Drill Training IBP
LEGIAN - Fire prevention is intended to reduce sources of Ignition also included teaching people how to avoid causing fire. This is what All Seasons Legian did recently in order to train and practice all the teams on how to react to a building fire and maximize passive fire protection of buildings. Conducted by All Seasons Legian Engineering department, explained briefly on the Fire pattern, causes of fire, impact and the fire equipment used also give direction for the escape route and access for the emergency exit in case fires happened. This is the essential information should be known by the teams so that they could take any precaution to prevent fires. This training was also attended by the hotels in our neighborhood.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for February 1 through March 2, 2011 1 February AnggarKasih Tambir Dalem Puri Temple in Batuan - Sukawati Dalem Kediri Silakarang in Silakarang Singapadu - Gianyar Dalem Temple in Sukawati Village - Gianyar Dalem Temple in Singakerta Village - Ubud Gianyar Dalem Lemben in Ketewel - Sukawati Gianyar Paibon Pasek Tangkas in Peliatan - Ubud Puseh ngukuhin in Keramas - Gianyar Pemerajan Agung Ki Telabah in Tuakilang Tabanan Karang Buncing in Blahbatuh - Gianyar Dalem Bubunan in Seririt - Buleleng Desa Badung Temple in Denpasar Merajan Pasek Gelgel Gobleg in Turupinghe Banjar - Buleleng Luwur Pedengenan Bedha in Bongan Tabanan Merajan Dukuh Sebudi in Keramas - Gianyar Merajan Pasek Ngukuhin in Keramas - Gianyar Pucak Payongan in Kedewatan - Ubud Gianyar Tanah Kilap “ Griya Anyar” in Suwung Kawuh - Denpasar Selatan Selukat Temple in Keramas - Blahbatuh Gianyar Dalem Tampuagan in tembuku - Bangli Dalem Waturenggong in Desa Taro - Gianyar Dalem Bentuyung in Ubud - Gianyar Puseh Temple in Ubud - Gianyar Dalem Temple Peliatan Ubud - Gianyar 2 February Buda Umanis Tambir, Tilem Kawulu Sari Bankar Titih Kapal - Badung Ulun Kulkul (Aci Sarin Tahun) Besakih Karangasem Dalem Yang Taluh Sidemen Karangasem
Dalem Kangin Sidemen - Karangasem. 16 February Buda Keliwon Matal Puseh & Desa Temple Sukawati Village - Gianyar Merajan Agung Batuyang - batubulan Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Sawan - Buleleng Maspahit Temple Sesetan - South Denpasar Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran Tegalalang Panti Pasek Gaduh Sesetan - South Denpasar Merajan Pasek Kubayan Wangaya Gede Pedarman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih Karangasem 17 February Purnama Kesanga Penataran sasih Temple Pejeng - Gianyar Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah Batur Village Kintamani - bangli 26 February Tumpek Kandang Day Puseh Temple Gianyar City Luhur Dalem Sagening Kediri - Tabanan Merajan Pasek Gelge Tegal Gede - Badung 2 March Buda Wage Menail Dalem Tarukan LinggihCemenggaon Sukawati Gianyar Pasek Dangke Bambang - Bangli Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Puseh Menakaji Peninjoan - Bangli Merajan Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh - Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Celuk Celuk - Sukawati - Gianyar Baler Sada Temple Banjar Pemebatan, Kapal Mengwi
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbul-umbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
News Anti-Berlusconi hackers block Italy government website Reuters
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ROME – The Italian government’s website came under attack from computer hackers on Sunday, police said, after opponents of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said they would target the site to protest against curbs to media freedom. The action was the latest against Berlusconi, who has faced protests since prosecutors opened an investigation last month into wild parties at his Milan villa, accusing him of illegally paying for sex from a prostitute who was under 18. Access to the website www.governo.it appeared to be blocked briefly during the afternoon, although it was working normally by evening. The hackers, calling themselves Anonymous Italy, criticized a number of Italian government policies and said they were responding to a cable leaked by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks from the U.S. embassy in Rome. In the cable
dated a year ago, U.S. diplomats described a new Italian media law as “troubling, as it appears to have been written to give the government enough leeway to block or censor any Internet content.” “The bill also appears to favor PM Berlusconi’s Mediaset television service, while disadvantaging Sky, one of its major competitors.” Computer hackers using the name Anonymous have acted in recent weeks on behalf of WikiLeaks, which infuriated the United States by releasing U.S. military and diplomatic documents in the past year. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in an Italian television interview on Sunday that in coming weeks Wikileaks would publish new, sensitive documents about Italy’s government. A weekend of protests against Berlusconi continued on Sunday when demonstrators gathered outside his villa. Italian television reported that six people suffered slight injuries when marchers tussled with police.
In this Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, photo provided by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia, Gosnell bushfire brigade battles a fire at the rear of a house in the Perth, suburb of Roleystone, Australia.
Wildfires wreck 41 Australian homes Agence France Presse
PERTH, Australia – Wildfires in western Australia have destroyed at least 41 homes, officials said Monday, stressing that the number could rise with the flames roaring out of control. Heat and high winds triggered by last week’s ferocious Cyclone Yasi fed two major blazes in the west coast city of Perth at the weekend, with strong gusts grounding water bombing aircraft and creating fast and erratic flames. “Unfortunately it appears that we have lost 41 houses at this stage totally, and 19 partially damaged,” said fire chief Craig Hynes. “That number could increase,” he added as damage assessment teams fanned out. Hynes said there had been no serious injuries or fatalities at this stage but cautioned that authorities were yet to bring the fires under control. Both were burning in heavily vegetated areas on the city outskirts in rugged terrain that was difficult to access except by air. “We’re still calling both fires uncontrolled and we won’t be able to let people back into the areas due to safety reasons,” he said. “We are very concerned about
the safety of the fire grounds and we are doing our best to make sure that there are no injuries. Life is our priority.” One firefighter was in hospital with injuries sustained while he was trying to defend properties but his condition was not serious. Hynes said emergency officials had readied themselves for “remarkable” winds as Yasi, a top-category storm that ripped into Australia’s northeast coast Thursday, moved toward the west coast as a low pressure system. Stretched crews would get some reprieve as the winds, surging at top speeds of 75 kilometres (47 miles) an hour, eased Monday afternoon, though Hynes said easterly gusts would “remain a concern”.
The weather bureau said Yasi was expected to cross into Western Australia state later Monday, drenching the red desert centre with intense rains. Hundreds of homes were flattened and at least Aus$500 million of crops wiped out when Yasi made landfall near the tourist city of Cairns last Thursday, the second tropical cyclone to batter northeastern Australia in a week. The storms followed severe flooding which swamped tens of thousands of homes and killed more than 30 people in the region. The extreme weather has been linked to an extremely strong La Nina climate pattern, usually characterised by increased flooding and cyclones for the vast southern continent.
Airliner evacuated in Chile after bomb threat Associated Press Writer
SANTIAGO, Chile – Chilean authorities evacuated passengers and crew from an Iberia airline flight to Madrid, Spain, following a bomb threat Sunday. Police said later they arrested a Chilean woman in the case. Authorities said a team from Chile’s
civil aviation agency searched the airliner and found no explosives. A police official, Alfred Chiang, said Sunday that investigators arrested a woman who had dropped off a passenger at the terminal. He said police were still trying to determine a motive for the call, which was made minutes before the air-
liner was to take off. The civil aviation agency said 312 people were removed from the plane after the police communication center received the threat. Officials said passengers were taken to a nearby hotel and would be put on a new flight to Madrid on Monday.
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A demonstrator wears a mock mask of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, during a demonstration in Arcore, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, to demand Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s resignation following allegations he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl and used his office to cover it up.
Egypt... From page 1 Sunday brought another concession that would have been unimaginable just a month ago in this tightly controlled country: Suleiman’s meeting with opposition groups including the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed since 1954 but is the ruling party’s largest rival. Egypt’s opposition — essentially banned by the government for decades — has long been hampered by a lack of cohesiveness. Sunday’s talks could be a sign the government is trying to divide and conquer as it tries to placate
protesters without giving in to their chief demand. Mubarak is insisting he cannot stand down now or it would only deepen the chaos in his country. The protesters, skeptical of a regime they blame for repression, corruption and widespread poverty, vow to maintain their pressure until Mubarak leaves. The United States gave key backing to the regime’s gradual changes on Saturday, after President Barack Obama signaled more strongly that it was time for Mubarak to leave. On Sunday, speaking to Fox News ahead of the Super Bowl football broadcast, Obama said he would not be drawn into predicting when Mubarak would leave office.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Attack on Ahmadiyah Must Be Legally Accounted For Antara/Associated Press
SEMARANG/JAKARTA - Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said Sunday‘s bloody attack on Ahmadiyan members in Pandeglang, Banten Province, should be legally accounted for. “The attack on members of the Ahmadiyah community that left three people dead is a violation of law and human rights, and therefore it should be legally accounted for and thoroughly investigated,” the minister said here on Monday. Patrialis said that in the implementation of human rights in Indonesia, there were restrictions and conditions that should not be violated but be respected by all parties. “The human rights of every individual as stipulated in the article 28 of 1945 Constitution should not be violated,” Patrialis said, adding that that the implementation of human rights in moral and religious values, public orders, and security should not be violated. Asked about the bloody attack on the members of Ahmadiyah community in Padeglang on Sunday, the human rights minister said it was beyond his authority to comment on it any further. “The government`s stance in relation to the attack on Ahmadiyah members will be officially conveyed by Religious Affairs Minister Suradharma Ali,” Patrialis said. On Sunday, a machete-wielding mob of Muslims attacked the home of a minority sect leader in central In-
donesia, killing three and wounding six others, police and witnesses said. Local police Chief Lt. Col. Alex Fauzy Rasyad said about 1,500 people — many with machetes, sticks and rocks — attacked about 20 members of the Ahmadiyah Muslim sect who were visiting their leader in his house in Banten province on Indonesia’s main island of Java. He said the crowd demanded that the sect members stop their activities, but the request was rejected. As a result, the crowd stabbed to death at least three men, destroyed the house and set fire to their cars and motorbikes. Six others were hospitalized, four with critical injuries. The police were called, “but the attackers came faster,” Rasyad said. The attack was the latest targeting the Ahmadiyah sect in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Many Muslims see followers of Ahmadiyah as holding heretical beliefs. Indonesia is a secular country with a long history of religious tolerance. But in recent years a hard-line fringe has grown louder and the government — which relies on the support of Islamic parties in Parliament — has been accused of caving in to it.
Supporters of a minority sect lie on beds at a hospital in Pandeglang, Banten province on February 6, 2011 after their group clashed with Indonesian Muslims. State-run news agency Antara reported that six people were killed in the clash which was sparked after a sect follower stabbed a resident. The police confirmed three dead.
The Islamic Defenders Front pressured local authorities late last year to shutter a Christian church located in a densely populated Muslim area, and assailants stabbed Christian worshipper and beat a minister in the head with a wooden plank as they headed to prayers.
The Setara Institute for Peace and Democracy, a human rights group, says attacks on religious freedom by hard-liners are steadily increasing. It says in 2010 there were 64 incidents, ranging from physical abuse to preventing groups from performing prayers and burning houses of
worship, up from 18 in 2009 and 17 in 2008. Ahmadiyah, believed to have 200,000 followers in Indonesia, is considered deviant by most Muslims and banned in many Islamic countries because of its belief that Muhammad was not the final prophet.
Indonesia posts 6.1% GDP growth in 2010 Cabinet reshuffle imminent Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA – Indonesia’s gross domestic product grew 6.1 percent last year, officials said Monday as Southeast Asia’s biggest economy confirmed its position among the top ranks of emerging markets. Central Statistics Agency chairman Rusman Heriawan told reporters that the resource-rich country of 240 million people posted 6.9 percent growth in the fourth quarter compared with 5.8 percent a year earlier. The figures made it among the best performers in the Group of 20 rich and developing countries. The full-year growth figure compared with 4.5 percent in 2009 and was in line with expectations, putting Indonesia on course to reach its target of 6.0-6.5 percent growth in 2011. The country’s stock market saw a slight uptick on the data, with the benchmark index 0.1 percent firmer at 3,499.613 at midday. The market soared around 40 percent last year but has shed more than five percent so far in 2011 due to concerns about rising inflation, on top of persistent infrastructure bottlenecks and endemic corruption. Heriawan said Indonesia could look forward to stronger growth this year, in line with the broader recovery of the global economy from the 2008-2009 financial crisis. “If the global economic recovery continues, I’m pretty sure that we’ll be able to reach higher economic growth in 2011,” Heriawan said. The statistics agency said exports in the fourth quarter increased 16.1 percent, a sign of the appetite for Indonesian resources from China and India. Investment climbed 8.7 percent and government spending rose 7.3 percent.
Household consumption increased 4.4 percent, a key figure given that some 60 percent of Indonesia’s gross domestic product is attributed to domestic demand. The government under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last year announced a massive overhaul of the country’s decrepit infrastructure worth $140 billion to 2015, $90 billion of which has to come from the private sector. Standard Chartered Bank economist Fauzi Ikhsan said new and improved ports, roads, bridges and railways were essential to Indonesia’s ambitions to become a regional economic powerhouse. “The economic growth was supported by high commodities prices which raised the country’s export income. Foreign direct investment and public consumption also helped the growth,” he told AFP. “In the near future, the government should push infrastructure development as this is important to attract private investment.” Indonesia needed to be rescued from bankruptcy a little over a decade ago when it was hit hard by the Asian financial crisis of 19971998, leading to the fall of autocratic strongman Suharto after 32 years in power. Since then it has won plaudits for rebuilding its foreign currency reserves, restoring confidence to its banking system and managing the macroeconomic levers of the economy with a steady hand. It recently won upgrades from Fitch and Moody’s ratings agencies, lifting its sovereign debt to one below investment grade. But with interest rates rising this month for the first time since 2008 in the face of inflation above seven percent, analysts warn the economy is still vulnerable. Sharp outflows of speculative foreign capital, which poured into the country last year, pose another threat to stability, along with opposition to further economic reform from politically entrenched vested interests, they say.
JAKARTA - The government is predicted to reshuffle some of its ministers, House Deputy Speaker Priyo Budi Santoso said here Sunday. “I learnt about it from friends of the Democratic Party,” he said. According to him, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was considering the ministers‘ performance, so may have conducted a reshuffle of the cabinet. In one year of the administration, he added, some of the ministers who did not show good work and many did not see programs some ministers had carried out. “Frankly speaking, some ministers failed to show good performance in the past year,” he said. Priyo, one of Golkar Party‘s central executive board heads, added, because of the problem last year, President Yudhoyono had to deal with the problems himself. Furthermore, he said, it was the President‘s right to keep or discharge a minister. “Golkar Party noted that several ministers had done their best, but it was mainly for the Head of State to decide. Let`s wait what the President will do,” he said.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Bali Today Bali to produce 37,000 tons of fish Antara
DENPASAR - The Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali has set itself a target of producing 37,000 tons of fish in 2011, a fishery official said. “The target is far higher than the production in 2010 which was only 324,000 tons,” Head of Bali`s Maritime and Fishery Service, I Gusti Putu Nuriatha said. He said that the regional government however expected that Bali would be able to achieve the target. For this, it would encourage farmers to take part in the freshwater fish
culture. It will also encourage the development of sea fish cultivation, including the development of seaweeds, he said. Gusti Putu Nuriatha said that Bali was determined to raise its fishery production annually to reach 353 percent in 2014 based on the target of the Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries.
The Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali has set itself a target of producing 37,000 tons of fish in 2011, a fishery official said.
Telkomsel offer 50% SLI discount IBP
DENPASAR – In order to give benefit for the customers in February, the month which has many holiday, Telkomsel offer a special 50% discount program for international direct call (SLI) VoIP 01017 to China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan. The GM Sales & Customer Services Telkomsel for Bali and Nusa Tenggara area, Syaiful Bachri, said that the special program is valid until February 28,
2011 for kartuHALO, simPATI, and Kartu As users. The customers also can get 50% discount for roaming call service, unlimited BlackBerry roaming package, and unlimited roaming data package. The program also apply in the network of five Telkomsel international partners, they are China Unicom (China), SingTe l (Singapore), CSL (Hong Kong), Maxis (Malaysia), and Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan). Syaiful said that the program is the token of appreciation from
Courtesy of Telkomsel
One of Telkomsel customers using the Telkomsel data service.
Telkomsel to its customers especially those who use various international services. “We hope that the customers can enjoy the cheap price of our service during the holiday such as Chinese New Year and Valentines day to communicate with families, friends and loved one,” he added. The customers can enjoy the cheap price of SLI through VoIP 01017 and they only have to pay 245 rupiah per minute to China, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and only 440 rupiah per minute to Malaysia and Taiwan. In order to be able to use the program, the customer only need to press 01017, for example to call to Singapore, 010176512345678. Special for simPATI and Kartu As users who is in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Taiwan, Telkomsel also provide seamless USSD Call Back (UCB) cheap program started from 6,500 rupiah per minute to call any number in Indonesia. The customers can register to obtain the program by writing CALL REG and send SMS to 2662 and the tariff is 5,000 rupiah. For those who want to use the facilities on those five countries at the same time, there is also unlimited roaming package which cost 75,000 rupiah per day. There is also similar package for BlackBerry users which is the Unlimited BlackBerry Roaming package for unlimited pushmail,
chatting, browsing, and social networking (not including streaming) for 25,000 per day. Syaful said “the customers must make sure that the BlackBerry service has been activated in the phone. There is one day and three days package and it can be obtain by contacting *266# which is the single browser menu for all our international roaming
service.” In order to enjoy the discount, the international roaming fixture in the SIM card must be activated first. The customers of simPATI and Kartu As can activate it by typing IR and send it to 6616. While the kartuHALo users can contact the call center 111 or come to the nearest GraPARI center.(kmb18)
Bali’s import decrease 6% Antara
DENPASAR – Bali’s import during October through December 2010 period was $46.92 million, decreased 6% compare to the similar period in 2009 which was $49.94 million. The head of Bali Statistics Department, I Gede Suarsa, said Monday “the decreasing number of import showed that we can save our money while our non-oil and gas export increase.” He explained that the number of export on the same period was $110 million. The number increase greatly compare to the same period in 2009 which was
$60 million. Bali’s imports were mostly electrical and mechanical devices, jewelries, weed and optical equipments. The goods were coming from Germany, Vietnam, US, Hong Kong, and China. “It is okay to import production goods because it will give positive effect on Bali’s development and the level of welfare in Bali,” Suarsa said. On the other hand, he doesn’t agree that Bali should imported consumption products such as food and drink because it will give bad effect on the local production. It will also take a lot of money to import those kinds of goods.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Balinese Culture Buleleng Regency:
New Airport, New Hope Government of Buleleng Regency is serious to build a new airport in the region. Having signed the MoU, a number of relevant officials in Buleleng began making various efforts, including studies to minimize the negative impacts of the project. Spokesperson of Buleleng Regency Government, Made Juniadi, said the airport project was actually a strategic breakthrough for the government of Buleleng Regency to become a developed region. In the future, the airport would answer the transportation problem as well as open the accessibility of the public in all areas. Even, it would not only be felt by the Buleleng society but also by
Balinese society in general. The new airport would certainly encourage the new hope for the people of North Bali in order they could keep pace in the economic growth with the South Bali. According to Juniadi, construction of the international airport needed a prior specific in-depth study. The study itself did not only examine the economic and agricultural impact, but also did it in terms of geological, physical, biological, sociological, economic and cultural aspect. It was explained that Buleleng was very appropriate for the development of international airport since the land required for the project reached around 1,000 hect-
ares and Buleleng had about 43,000 hectares of dry land or unproductive land for agriculture. Therefore, it was worth using for development sector at large. According to him, the international airport development would inevitably lead to negative risks. However, it was estimated to have a greater positive impact. One of them was opening market opportunities for local products such as that of agriculture, small and medium industries, marine and others. “On that account, the society should not think a priori against the risks that may occur. But, let realize the security and public order so that the airport development plan can be realized accordingly,” he said. (BTN/kmb)
The photo shows the view on Singaraja’s street on Buleleng Regency. Government of Buleleng Regency is serious to build a new airport in the region. Having signed the MoU, a number of relevant officials in Buleleng began making various efforts, including studies to minimize the negative impacts of the project.
Sweet and Colorful Ball Cakes Inspired by the back-to-nature movement and consumption safety, people are encouraged to prepare a nice-looking and safe cake. It is implemented as in the making of klepon cake. This is one of the favorite cakes for Balinese people. In their tradition, when a family organizes a wedding ceremony, it will invite customary villagers to come and bring along with any kind of fresh cake. By doing so, the family will be unnecessary to make abundant cakes. On the contrary, when others organize the same ceremony, the family will do so. In short, it is the tradition of mutual assistance in the form of cakes procurement. Aside from such socioreligious need, this klepon is also good for accompaniment of drinking coffee or tea or even as
single refreshment. To make this klepon ball cake is required the ingredients as follows: 500g white sticky rice flour, 1 cup of palm sugar (sliced thinly for sauce), ½ tsp salt, a glass of warm water, 1 cup of grated coconut. For nice natural color, simply use the ½ cup of extract of
suji leaf or dracaena (green) and 100 gram of purple sweet potato paste. First of all, steam the flour until half-done and take out. Gradually mix it with water and add the respective coloring agent so that results in two kinds of batter. Take a small portion of the batter and make small balls with a size of around the quail egg. Do this until the batter runs out. Then, put sliced palm sugar inside the balls and close the hole by kneading the batter. Later, prepare boiling water by pan and put all balls into the water. When the balls have looked to float, take them out. Serve them on plate and sprinkle with grated coconut. (BTN/punia) C.045 ibp
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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Ubud Monkey Forest is a small rain forest dwelt by some group of monkeys and other tropical animals. It is strategically located in the hearth of Ubud Village, precisely located in the region of Padang Tegal Village, Ubud Sub district and Gianyar Regency. Monkey Forests in Balinese language called Wanara Wana are spread out in the island and Ubud Monkey Forest itself own very important function of the continuity the monkey habitat in Bali. Meanwhile the local community own important role to keep this forest naturally in order to all wild animals able to live smoothly. Ubud Monkey Forest is dwelt by 200 monkeys, pertained to long tail inclusive macaques or macaca fascicularis group which owns the wide disseminating area. Among the amount monkeys living in this forest, there are 23 adult male, 79 adult female and 98 still babies. All the monkeys in this forest consisted of three groups, dwell certain area and use the certain place and certain time. However, it also happened that entire group can use the forest and whenever two groups exist at same place and time, they will fight each other. These monkeys are believed as Gods Guard of Dalem Agung Temple, The Hindu Temple exist in the middle of forest. There are three Holy Temples in this monkey forest and those are existing surround the forest and it is estimated built in the middle of 14 century, in the early governance of Gelgel dynasty. Dalem Agung Temple is located in northwest from the forest represent the existence of most important temples. Beside of two others, that are Permandian Temple, in Westside from this forest and Prajapati Temple which is located in south-east side where the place of Dewa Siwa (Siwa God), one of the Khayangan Temple in Padang Tegal Village.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
BUSINESS Deposit insurance costs climbing for big banks Reuters
WASHINGTON – Megabanks will have to pay more for U.S. deposit insurance under a new regulation set for final approval on Monday as the government advances a boatload of financial oversight changes. Other measures to be considered this week include curbing bonus plans at banks that encourage too much risk-taking, and limiting the role of muchmaligned credit ratings. A congressional committee will also weigh the funding needs of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The White House was also expected to release next week proposals for fixing the housing finance system and the government-sponsored companies at its heart, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. On Monday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp was expected to approve a rule mandated by the Dodd-Frank reforms, enacted in July after the 2007-2009 financial crisis that led to huge taxpayer bailouts of the nation’s largest financial firms. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup combined would have to pay about $1 billion more per year under the new, liabilities-based FDIC insurance fund assessment formula, according to industry estimates. Approval of the rule would shift some of the burden for maintaining the FDIC’s deposit insurance fund off of smaller banks, which mostly rode out the crisis unscathed, and onto large institutions that received massive government aid. Community banks lobbied for the change, arguing large banks pose more risk to the financial system and so should contribute more to the fund. The Independent Community Bankers Association estimated the change would save banks with less than $10 billion in assets about $4.5 billion over three years. If approved, the rule would
take effect on April 1, hitting the big banks’ second-quarter results. Citigroup Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach told analysts last month that the FDIC assessment change was shaping up as the single largest impact from Dodd-Frank on the bank. Dodd-Frank also called for banning incentive-based pay plans at banks that promote excessive risk-taking by executives. The FDIC will consider a proposal on the rule, which could force some firms to defer some executives’ pay. The proposed rule will require executives at the largest financial institutions to have half of their bonuses deferred for at least three years, according to two people familiar with proposal. The proposal applies to top executives at financial companies with $50 billion or more in assets such as Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley. On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission is slated to take up a DoddFrank provision with major impact for the Big Three credit rating agencies — Moody’s Corp, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. The legislation called for federal agencies to sharply reduce their reliance on credit ratings, widely seen as flawed in the run-up to the financial crisis. The SEC will discuss whether to propose a rule along these lines. The U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday on funding for the CFTC, which must implement dozens of new Dodd-Frank regulations and needs more staff and resources to handle the job. Some House Republicans want to restrain spending at the SEC and the CFTC, partly to combat the federal budget deficit and partly to undermine the Dodd-Frank reforms that were opposed last year by most Republicans.
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Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa speaks during a press conference in Tokyo on February 7, 2011. Japan’s central bank chief pressed the government to speed up fiscal reforms to ease the industrialised world’s largest debt, after ratings agency Standard & Poor’s cut Japan’s credit rating.
Japan central bank head urges reforms, new growth Associated Press
TOKYO – The head of Japan’s central bank said the country lacks a sense of urgency to tackle the reforms needed to improve government finances that are in “very bad shape.” Japan needs to raise its growth potential and improve its fiscal health, Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa said Monday at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. He called on the government to cut expenditure and boost revenue because inflation alone cannot solve budget problems. While higher prices could mean more tax revenue, it could also lead to higher costs for social security and public works. Japan is currently experiencing persistently falling prices known as deflation, but prices are expected to start rising again in the next fiscal year starting April. “The country cannot continue to run deficits forever,” Shirakawa said. “Therefore, society needs a credible commitment to fiscal reform.” His comments come less than two weeks after Standard & Poor’s cut Japan’s credit rating for the first time in almost nine years. The move reminded the world of the country’s ballooning debt, now twice the size of gross domestic product, and highlighted questions about Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s ability to stem fiscal
deterioration. Kan has proposed a record 92.4 trillion yen ($1.1 trillion) budget for the next fiscal year starting April 1. He came under fire for his initial response to the S&P downgrade, which suggested that he did not understand what the move meant. Shirakawa declined to comment on Kan’s words. But he blamed the country’s general complacency on the fact that right now, Japan overall stands on relatively sound financial footing. Japanese companies are still profitable, and long-term interest rates are not rising, he said. The yen, a key international currency, has not depreciated, and the country has not seen any capital flight. Recent signs suggest Japan is emerging from a temporary “pause” and performing at par with other advanced economies, Shirakawa said. The country, however, faces looming issues that weigh on its future, such as a rapidly aging population, lackluster productivity and growing public debt. Japanese society, he said, is “losing a healthy sense of optimism.”
“Just as excessive optimism can generate an asset bubble, excessive pessimism can depress the economy,” Shirakawa said. “What is necessary is a strong will for reform and overcoming excessive pessimism.” The Bank of Japan deserves more recognition for its own efforts to support Japan’s economy, he said. Under a “comprehensive monetary easing” policy, the central bank in October lowered its key interest rate to virtually zero percent and pledges to maintain the level until prices start rising again. It also unveiled a temporary 5 trillion yen ($61 billion) fund to buy financial assets such as government securities, commercial paper and corporate bonds to help lift the economy and reverse deflation. Shirakawa said the central bank could expand the operation if the economy “deviates materially” from its projections. The central bank expects Japan’s economy to return to growth that is moderately in tandem with an expanding global economy. It expects real GDP to expand 3.3 percent this fiscal year through March.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Black Eyed Peas underwhelm Super Bowl halftime Associated Press Writer
On second thought, maybe Usher should have been the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show. The superstar had only a brief cameo in the showcase, but his tightly choreographed moves and acrobatics marked the brief exhilarating moment of a surprisingly stale medley from the normally frenetic headliners, the Black Eyed Peas. The Super Bowl performance was arguably the biggest stage yet for the quirky quartet, whose fusion of pop, dance and hip-hop have made them
AP Photo/Dave Martin
The Black Eyed Peas featuring Fergie, will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap lower down to the stage to perform during halftime of the NFL football Super Bowl XLV Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington,Texas.
global superstars. But in the massive Cowboys Arena, the group appeared to be as stiff as frontman will.i.am’s plastic hair hat. It started out with a wow factor: will.i.am, Taboo, Fergie and apl.de.ap descended from atop the stadium, outfits glittering, bedazzled outfits, singing (with the help of auto-tune) the party anthem “I Gotta Feeling” with hundreds of dancers grooving in step on the field. But the Peas didn’t match the energy of the song; they seemed tentative, and tense. It didn’t help that Fergie’s mic didn’t kick in until she was midway through her first verse. If the explanation for the Peas’ flatness was nerves, those nerves never settled, as they plodded through such songs as “Pump It” and “Boom Boom Pow.” Technically, they were fine — Fergie’s voice soared, the raps were performed right. They didn’t excite. Even former Guns `N Roses guitarist Slash seemed bored as he joined Fergie for a short snippet of “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” an unnecessary cameo that failed to add any sizzle to the set. So it fell to Usher to breathe some life into the halftime show, and he didn’t disappoint as he appeared in all white with a flank of dancers. Although Usher seemed to dance more of his No. 1 hit “OMG” with will.i.am than sing it, his syncopated moves and flips provided the energy jolt that the Peas lacked.
Natalie Portman finally “reconciled” with career Reuters
LOS ANGELES – Though she has been an actor for much of her 29 years, Natalie Portman admits there was a time when she wondered about other career choices. “There were moments when I questioned it, when I was thinking, ‘What is the purpose of this in our world? Is it as meaningful as being a doctor, being a teacher, or things that I think of as such noble professions?,’” said the daughter of a doctor and a teacher. “But I think I’ve really reconciled myself with that, and I think art is not only important but critical to the soul of a human and the soul of a community. Not to be self-important about what I do, but I’ve found a lot of meaning in it.” There’s plenty meaningful about Portman’s performance in “Black Swan,” for which she has earned her second Oscar nomination and some of the best reviews of her career. Portman plays a sheltered ballerina named Nina who finds her fragile mental state crumbling when she
lands the dual roles of the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan in her company’s production of “Swan Lake.”
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In this film publicity image released by Sony Pictures, Minka Kelly, left, and Leighton Meester are shown in a scene from “The Roomate.”
‘The Roommate’ slips into box office top spot Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES – The low-budget and widely panned horror flick “The Roommate” opened at the top of the North American box office during a sluggish weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday. The psychological thriller starring Leighton Meester as a deranged college freshman obsessed with her roommate Minka Kelly grossed $15.6 million in its three days, despite receiving poor reviews. Survey aggregator Rotten Tomatoes said only nine percent of critics gave the film a thumbs-up. Box office earnings were dented this weekend by the hugely popular Super Bowl American football championship game, due to take place later Sunday. “Sanctum,” which also got trashed by critics — came in a distant second. The 3-D underwater cave adventure produced by James Cameron of “Avatar” fame secured $9.2 million in ticket receipts. Dropping into third was “No Strings Attached,” a romantic romp starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The Ivan Reitman film
about casual sex between friends took in $8.4 million. British historical drama “The King’s Speech” jumped up one notch to fourth after drawing 12 nominations from the Oscars race. It has earned $84.1 million so far in 11 weeks of showing. Action movie “The Green Hornet” got fifth with $6.1 million, pulling ahead of Anthony Hopkins exorcism thriller “The Rite.” The horror inspired by 1970s classic “The Exorcist” captured $5.6 million. Dropping to seventh with $5.4 million was “The Mechanic,” while the Western “True Grit” came in eighth with $4.8 million.
Oscar-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen’s remake features Jeff Bridges in the John Wayne role as a drunken, hard-nosed US marshal. The film has earned $155 million in seven weeks. Vince Vaughn’s relationship comedy “The Dilemma,” in its fourth week in theaters, slipped from seventh to ninth with $3.4 million. Rounding out the top 10 was “Black Swan,” a gritty balletthemed thriller starring Natalie Portman which earned $3.4 million, for a 10-week total of $95.9 million. The film was nominated for five Oscars, including best picture and best performance by an actress for Portman.
John Woo’s ‘The Killer’ to get 3-D remake Associated Press Writer
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Presenter Natalie Portman onstage at the 63rd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on January 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
HONG KONG – A second John Woo gangster classic will be updated with South Korean talent. A publicists’ statement says Woo will produce the 3-D, English-language version of his 1989 crime thriller “The Killer.” The Lion Rock Productions film will be directed by Korean-American John H. Lee and star South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung. His credits include “Reign of Assassins” and “The Good, the Bad and the Weird.” The 1989 original starred Chow
Yun-fat as a hitman who takes a final job to pay for the surgery of a nightclub singer he blinded accidentally. A remake of Woo’s 1986 film “A Better Tomorrow” opened in September.
FILE - IN this March 23, 2009 file photo, South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung celebrates with the trophy after winning the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in ‘The Good, the Bad, the Weird’ at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Triceraaatooops, I Am Your Faaather An enormous horned dinosaur, weighing as much as an African elephant with a skull extending about 8 feet (2.4 meters), was recently discovered by a paleontologist - within the pages of a scientific journal article. The dinosaur, dubbed Titanoceratops ouranos, lived in the American southwest during the late Cretaceous period around 74 million years ago. The horned dinosaur represents the earliest member of the Triceratops lineage, called the Triceratopsini, suggesting the group evolved its large size more than 5 million years earlier than previously thought, according to Yale University paleontologist Nicholas Longrich, who made the discovery, which will be detailed in an upcoming issue of the journal Cretaceous Research. Until now, the oldest known member of the Triceratopsini was the 68-million-year-old Eotriceratops xerinsularis found in Alberta. Longrich made the discovery while searching through scientific papers. He came across a description of a partial skeleton of a dinosaur discovered in New Mexico in 1941, which went untouched until 1995 when it was identified as Pentaceratops sternbergi. When the missing part of its frill, a signature feature of the horned dinosaurs, was
reconstructed for display in the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, it was modeled after Pentaceratops. “When I looked at the skeleton more closely, I realized it was just too different from the other known Pentaceratops to be a member of the species,” Longrich said, adding that the specimen’s size indicated it likely weighed about twice as much as an adult Pentaceratops. The new species is very similar to Triceratops, but with a thinner frill, longer nose and slightly bigger horns, Longrich said. Longrich thinks Titanoceratops is the ancestor of both Triceratops and Torosaurus, and that the latter two split several millions years after Titanoceratops evolved. “This skeleton is exactly what you would expect their ancestor to look like,” Longrich said. Next, Longrich hopes other paleontologists will find fossil skeletons of Titanoceratops that include intact frills to help confirm the differences between Titanoceratops and Pentaceratops.
Pollutants may threaten Mexico’s coast: study Agence France Presse
WASHINGTON – Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, chemical run-off from highways and many other pollutants infiltrate the giant aquifer under Mexico’s “Riviera Maya,” a new study shows. The report published in the journal Environmental Pollution argues that the waste contaminates a vast labyrinth of waterfilled caves under the popular tourist destination on the Yucatan Peninsula. The polluted water flows through the caves and into the Caribbean
Sea. This pollution may have contributed to the loss since 1990 of up to 50 percent of corals on the reefs off the region’s coast, the report said. And, with a 10-fold increase in population through 2030 expected, the problems are likely to worsen, the study noted. “These findings clearly underline the need for monitoring systems to pin-point where these aquifer pollutants are coming from,” said Chris Metcalfe, senior research fellow of the United Nations University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and
Health. “As well, prevention and mitigation measures are needed to ensure that expanding development does not damage the marine environment and human health and, in turn, the region’s tourism-based economy,” Metcalfe added.
This image obtained from the American Association for the Advancement of Science shows a sinkhole in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
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Bottle of 1773 French wine fetches record price Agence France Presse
ARBOIS, France – An amateur wine group paid a record 57,000 euros ($77,000) Saturday for a 237-year-old bottle of wine from France’s eastern Jura region at a local wine festival auction. “Finally, yellow wine has hit the big leagues,” said wine festival founder Bernard Badoz of Jura’s trademark beverage.
A bottle of Vin Jaune (Yellow Wine) from 1774 is presented in Arbois, eastern France, before being auctioned.
“To sell a bottle for 57,000 euros is not crazy,” he said of the 1773 bottle that came from a Louis XV-era vine and grapes harvested during the reign of Louis XVI. Swiss aficionado Pierre Chevrier, who bought the bottle on behalf of an amateur wine group, did not appear stunned by the price. “My passion is to open bottles and I am delighted to have bought this bottle of yellow wine, which I will drink,” he said. A type of sherry-like white wine, Jura’s yellow wine gets its colour from its maturation in a barrel under a layer of yeast. The wine festival at Arbois, in the Jura region, is also offering tastings of its 2004 vintage for the 50,000 people expected to attend this weekend.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Ronaldo double as Real keep on Barcelona trail Agence France Presse
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Chelsea’s Spanish striker Fernando Torres (R) vies with Liverpool’s English midfielder Steven Gerrard (L) during their English Premier League football match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London, England on February 6, 2011.
Liverpool spoil Torres Chelsea debut with 1-0 win
MADRID – Real Madrid responded in style to Barcelona’s record breaking, 16th consecutive league victory with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way in a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday. Ronaldo was charged up for the game after being criticised for not scoring in four matches and having seen Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday. That victory saw Pep Guardiola’s side surpass the run of 15 victories set by Alfredo Di Stefano’s Real Madrid team of 1960-1961 and put them ten points clear at the top. “I have already said that even if Ronaldo’s season ended now it would still have been fantastic. He always works hard and gives everything for the team,” said Real coach Jose Mourinho after his side cut the gap to Barcelona back to seven points. “It is more difficult for players up against him because they are afraid to tackle in case they don’t get the ball. They kick him but he is strong and can cope with it.” Real, with Emmanuel Adebayor given a starting place after his goal in the Copa del Rey against Sevilla in midweek, pressed forward from the start with the visitors encamped in their own penalty area. Sociedad were nervous in pos-
session and a poor clearance from Gorka Elustondo fell to Kaka and the Brazilian slotted the ball into the corner after just seven minutes. Ronaldo was toying with the Sociedad defence and showing his full repertoire of flicks and back-heels. He turned his man on the edge of the area and was given time to find his spot with his left foot to add to the lead. Before half-time he powered home a header from a corner to notch up his 25th goal of the season and retake the lead in the goal-scoring charts from Messi. Kaka hit the post and Adebayor miskicked in front of goal as Real continued to pressure but it was Sociedad who pulled a goal back with a rare foray forward. Raul Tamudo’s shot was blocked by keeper Iker Casillas but the rebound cannoned off Alvaro Arbeloa into the goal. Adebayor had the last say for Real with a cool finish in the final minutes. “It is important that we do not give away the title,” added Mourinho. “I have only finished second once and that was in my third season with Chelsea but if we finish second then it is not a problem.” Sociedad coach Martin Lasarte admitted his side was well beaten. “It was the right result. We had some chances but they had a lot more and we did not play how we set out to do,” he said.
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LONDON – Kenny Dalglish refused to revel in revenge over Fernando Torres as Liverpool spoiled the Chelsea striker’s debut with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Torres ignored Dalglish’s pleas to remain at Anfield as he handed in a transfer request in a successful attempt to force through a British record 50 million pound transfer last week. The Spaniard believes Liverpool are a club in transition and he jumped at the chance to join Chelsea because he sees the Blues as serious contenders for silverware. As a Anfield legend who has won every major trophy during his time as a player and manager on Merseyside, Dalglish was inevitably frustrated to see Torres lose faith with Liverpool. The Reds boss could easily have gloried in the way his tactical gameplan frustrated Torres, leading to the striker’s 66th-minute substition following a lacklustre display on Sunday. But instead Dalglish insisted his team were just focused on continuing their recent resur-
gence rather than stopping Torres. “The players approached it professionally. I don’t think it was any incentive, whatever someone else wants to do with their life is entirely their choice,” Dalglish said. “I came here to get three points, whether Carlo Ancelotti was playing up front or anyone else doesn’t matter. “He (Torres) had one shot on target when Jamie Carragher did a fantastic block tackle but I’m not here to talk any somebody else’s players. “I’ve always said the most important people to me are the people at Liverpool Football Club. We’ve got four clean-sheets in a row and 12 points, so I think anyone who is a Liverpool fan is very happy at the moment.” Just 10 days ago, Liverpool’s future looked gloomy
as Torres agitated for a move before the transfer deadline. But suddenly things are looking up for Dalglish and company. Wins over Stoke and Chelsea have lifted Liverpool to within six points of the top four and new signings Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, drafted in to replace Torres, have yet to start for the Reds. Dalglish is confident Liverpool fans, who taunted Torres mercilessly throughout the match, have every reason to be optimistic after 18 months of turmoil at Anfield. “We had a busy Monday and it has been a great week. The players were fantastic in their determination to win this match,” Dalglish said.
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Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Real Sociedad on February 6, 2011 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Rondo scores 26 as Celtics beat Magic 91-80 Associated Press Writer
BOSTON – Rajon Rondo scored 11 of his 26 points in the third quarter when the Boston Celtics capitalized on Orlando’s cold shooting to take charge and go on to a 91-80 win over the Magic on Sunday. Boston led 4643 at halftime and stretched that to 70-55 with 3:36 left in the third quarter. At that point, the Celtics had made 9 of their 10 shots in the period while the Magic had hit just 4 of 18. Orlando scored the last six points of the third quarter, cutting the lead to 70-61, but the Celtics came right back with a 7-2 run to go ahead 77-63. They led by at least eight the rest of the way. Paul Pierce added 18 points and Kevin Garnett had 16 for the Celtics, who improved to 23-4 at home. Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who lost for the fifth time in eight games. Ray Allen made 2 of 4 3-pointers and moved within three of the NBA record of 2,560 made 3pointers held by Reggie Miller. Allen can improve on his total of 2,557 at Charlotte on Monday night. The Magic made just 3 of 24 shots from 3-point range after entering the game ranked ninth in the NBA with a 36.8 percentage. They’ve taken and made the most 3-pointers in the league. Overall, they took 30 more field goal attempts than the Celtics but made just two more. Celtics backup guard Marquis Daniels was taken off the court on a stretcher after he hurt his back
in a collision with Gilbert Arenas with 11:01 left in the second quarter. He was taken to New England Baptist Hospital for examination. Daniels was hurt after he began driving to the basket from the right side of the lane and hit his head on Arenas’ left shoulder. Daniels fell and lay motionless for a few minutes with his head facing down while surrounded by his coaches and teammates near their bench. Medical personnel put a neck brace on him and strapped him onto a stretcher. He gave a thumbs-up sign as he left to the cheers of the crowd. Leading by three at halftime, Boston took control by scoring the first seven points of the third quarter, taking a 53-43 lead. Pierce began the spurt with a 15-footer, Garnett added a baseline jumper and Allen hit his second 3-pointer of the game. Jason Richardson followed with a 3-pointer for the Magic before Rondo made two free throws and Pierce sank a layup for a 57-46 lead with 8:23 left in the quarter. It was 65-55 before the Celtics ended the quarter with five straight points — a 3-pointer by Rondo and a layup by Garnett. The Magic had raced to a 12-2 lead before the Celtics took their first lead 41-40 with 1:01 left in the half on two free throws by Garnett. Boston’s Glen Davis bruised his head and Orlando’s Jameer Nelson was kicked in the ribs when they collided under the Magic’s basket with 3:57 left in the first quarter. Both left the game but returned in the second quarter.
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Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (R) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova celebrate their victory over French duo Cornet Alize and Julia Coin during their pairs event of the Fed Cup tennis match in Moscow on February 5, 2011. The score of the match was 7-6, 6-0 for Russia. AFP
Pavlyuchenkova ousts Sharapova, takes Russia to Fed Cup win Agence France Presse
PARIS – Teenage star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova replaced a struggling Maria Sharapova on Sunday and inspired four-time champions Russia to an historic 3-2 win over France and a place in the Fed Cup semi-finals. Sharapova, playing her first Fed Cup match in three years, had crumbled to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Virginie Razzano on Saturday in her opening singles rubber and did not feature in Moscow on Sunday.
Teammates gather around Marquis Daniels #8 the Boston as he is looked after by medical personnel after Daniels collided with Gilbert Arenas of the Orlando Magic on February 6, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Daniels was carried off the court on a stretcher.
Russia had been 2-0 down overnight after Alize Cornet had seen off Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. But on Sunday, 19-year-old, world number 14 Pavlyuchenkova defeated Cornet 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 before Kuznetsova levelled the World Group I clash by seeing off Razzano 6-4, 6-4. No team had ever overturned a 2-0 deficit in the history of the event, but Pavlyuchenkova ignored the record books to partner Kuznetsova to a 7-6, (7/4), 6-0 win over Cornet and Julie Coin in the decisive doubles. Russia, the 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 winners, will now face two-time defending champions Italy at home in the semi-finals in April. “I found out on Saturday that I was playing. At the draw, we decided to see how it went on the first day and then we’d decide,” said
Pavlyuchenkova. Italy completed a 4-1 rout of Australia in Hobart with world number Flavia Pennetta extending her winning streak in the competition to 10 matches with a 63, 6-2 triumph over Jarmila Groth. That followed world number four, and French Open champion, Francesca Schiavone’s 7-6 (7/1), 36, 7-5 win over fifth-ranked Samantha Stosur. Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani saved two match points to fight back and beat the Australian combination of Rennae Stubbs and Anastasia Rodionova, 2-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 in the dead doubles rubber. “We are really happy about this match (result). It was really tough for everyone here,” Pennetta said. Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters secured Belgium’s ticket for the semi-finals thanks to a 6-7 (10/12), 6-2, 6-1 victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Antwerp
as the home side took an unassailable 3-0 lead over the United States. Yanina Wickmayer breezed past Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-0 to make it 4-0. “I was expecting (a tough match) when I came out at the start,” said Clijsters, who was part of the Belgian side which won the Fed Cup a decade ago. “I played her a few months ago, and she played a really tough match, you know a very high level and she did that in the first set today as well.” Belgium will tackle the Czech Republic, who saw off neighbours Slovakia 3-2 in Bratislava, for a place in the final. The Czechs reached their third successive semi-final after Petra Kvitova, the world number 18, swept aside Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-2 in the first of Sunday’s reverse singles to grab the key third point.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
Kubica’s condition is ‘stable but serious’ Robert Kubica was put into an induced coma last night in a bid to help his recovery from the serious injuries he suffered in a rally crash on Sunday. The Renault driver was left with multiple fractures to his right arm and leg, plus severe cuts to his forearm, after crashing out of the Ronde di Andora rally. It is understood the injuries were caused by a length of crash barrier penetrating the cockpit of his Skoda Fabia and striking him.
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The wrecked car of Formula One driver Robert Kubica, of Poland, is towed in Andora, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.
Ben Spies: Lap time, next time WITH the main architecture of the 2011 M1 becoming clearer after the first Sepang MotoGP test, new Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies is aiming to push for fast times when he returns to Malaysia at the end of the month. That might give the impression that the former World Superbike champion was well off the pace this week, but in fact he finished the three-day test in fifth place, just 0.245sec from the best lap by Honda’s Marco Simoncelli! “The test went really well,” said Spies. “It’s been the first time working with my full team - some guys weren’t here at Valencia - and it’s been good. “I have a new data guy, who I worked with in the past. He is brilliant. The majority of changes they made to the bike were exactly what I was asking for. I didn’t need 3-4 lap runs. I’d just go out and it worked straight away.” In terms of technical developments, the main aim for Spies was to evaluate the two engine options provided by Yamaha. “This test was basically to decide which engine to go with and to work with the electronics,” he said. “We had two different engine configurations to chose from and go in that direction
for the rest of the year. Me and Jorge [Lorenzo] came to the same conclusion on that, which Yamaha will work further on now. “Then basically we worked on some different chassis settings and the electronics - making fuel consumption better for the race, while still going fast. We came up with a really good solution. “Now we have a very good base and when we come back here [for the second test] it will be the first, for us, ‘real’ test where we have to start getting with it and make sure the speed is there.
“That’s when we’ll look to change the bike - geometry wise, handling wise - to get a lap time out of it and make it faster. But this test we really didn’t focus on that. “It’s been successful. I had a small mishap [crash] on the first day, but came good and I’m happy with everything. “We didn’t blaze the lap times, but we’re right there where we need to be.” Spies took two podiums and one pole position on his way to sixth, and top rookie, in the 2010 MotoGP World Championship for Tech 3 Yamaha.
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Yamaha Factory Racing US rider Ben Spies powers his bike during the MotoGP pre-season test on the Sepang circuit in sepang near Kuala Lumpur on February 2, 2011.
Kubica underwent a seven-hour operation throughout Sunday afternoon at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure to try and save the use of his right hand - and he is said to be in a ‘stable but serious’ condition. Doctors also put him into an induced coma, but he could be woken up from it sometime on Monday morning depending on his progress through the night. Renault team-mate Vitaly Petrov and his boss Eric Boullier are scheduled to visit the hospital today to get an update on Kubica’s conditions. “The news of Robert’s accident came as a real shock to the whole team,” said Boullier. “All of us, at Lotus Renault GP, wish him a quick recovery. “We have been really impressed with the way the doctors looked after him and we would like to thank the whole team of the Santa Corona Hospital for their professional approach and dedication. “I will be travelling to Italy, along with Vitaly Petrov, in order to see Robert and tell him that we are impatiently waiting for his return.” Professor Mario Igor Rossello, the hand specialist who worked on Kubica, said he was encouraged by how the operation had gone but admitted it was too early to say how well the driver would recover. “It has been a very important and difficult operation,” he said. “Robert Kubica’s right forearm was cut in two places, with significant lesions to the
bones and the tendons. We did our best to rebuild the functions of the forearm. “It took seven doctors, split into two teams and a total of seven hours to complete the operation. One team was the emergency task force from the hospital of San Paolo (Savona) that is normally appointed to treat this sort of injury, while the other team came from the orthopaedic department of the Santa Corona Hospital (Pietra Ligure).
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Formula One driver Robert Kubica, of Poland, is carried on a stretcher at Santa Corona hospital in Pietra Ligure, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.