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A Cambodian soldier (L) stands guard at the Preah Vhear temple in Preah Vihear province, some 500 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh on February 8, 2011. Cambodian and Thai troops held their fire on February 8, as the UN Security Council said it was willing to meet to discuss four days of deadly border clashes near a disputed 11thcentury temple.
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Uneasy peace holds after Thai, Cambodian troops clash Reuters PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia – Thai and Cambodian troops stood on high alert on Tuesday after clashing in disputed jungle around a 11th-century Hindu temple, as both sides face intense regional diplomatic pressure to lay down arms. Soldiers on both sides of the border held fire but dug in positions, bracing for more fighting after four days of deadly clashes in the 4.6-sq-km (two-sq-mile) contested area around the Preah Vihear temple claimed by the Southeast Asian neighbors.
Thailand and Cambodia blame each other for provoking intense exchanges of fire that killed at least two Thais and eight Cambodians
and energized ultra-nationalist Thai “yellow shirt” protesters who are demanding Thailand’s government step down. In Cambodia’s
Preah Vihear province, soldiers allowed some journalists through military checkpoints near the 900year-old clifftop temple.
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CAIRO – Egypt has a plan and timetable for the peaceful transfer of power, the vice president said on Tuesday, as protesters called more demonstrations hoping to show their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak remains potent. With signs growing the government may be gaining the upper hand in the struggle for power, Vice President Omar Suleiman also promised no reprisals against the protesters for their two-week
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campaign to eject Mubarak after 30 years in office. “A clear road map has been put in place with a set timetable to realize the peaceful and organized transfer of power,” said Suleiman, Mubarak’s long-time intelligence chief who has led talks with opposition groups including the Muslim Brotherhood — Mubarak’s sworn enemy. So far the government has conceded little ground in the talks. The embattled 82-year-old president, who has promised to stand down
Felled trees, small craters and blackened remnants of fires told a story of fierce fighting around the temple which sustained only minor damage from grenades fired from over the border. Cambodia’s government accused Thai soldiers of causing a wing of the temple to collapse, but there was no visible evidence of such damage when Reuters reporters visited the site. Continued on page 6
when his term expires in September, appears to be weathering the storm engulfing Egypt, at least for the moment. Negotiations that brought together the government and opposition factions took place this week under the gaze of a giant portrait of Mubarak. Continued on page 6
FILE - In this April 22, 2009, file photo Egypt’s intelligence chief Omar Suleiman is in Jerusalem.
AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, File
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Bali News For security vibes, customary villagers should avoid consumptive life Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The komodo dragon is seen on the island.
If Komodo eliminated,
Minister of Culture and Tourism to sue N7W Jakarta (Bali Post)—
Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik threatened that his party would take legal action if the Komodo as a finalist of the New7Wonders (N7W) was be eliminated. “If Komodo is removed I will sue them (the organizing committee—Ed) because a lot of voters worldwide had voted Komodo for this event,” affirmed the Minister at the press conference on the clarification about Komodo in Jakarta, Monday (Feb 7). If participation of Komodo would be eliminated from the voting of N7W, said Wacik, then the right of voters that had chosen the Komodo dragon would be violated. Wacik himself had been preparing legal measures by making a commitment to a lawyer. “I have talked to Todung Mulia Lubis,” he added. According to Wacik, the threat of the organizer that would remove the dragon from 28 finalists due to unwillingness to host the final event of N7W on November 11, 2011 was an unfair attitude. “I think it is unfair. If we are unwilling to host, it should be diverted to other countries,” he said. Minister of Culture and Tour-
ism revealed that the terms proposed were illogical. It was impossible for Indonesia to prepare a budget worth IDR 400 billion to carry out the event. Even, the statement on readiness to host the event was required to pay a license fee of USD 10 million. Wacik asserted if his side had never signed a contract in any form as a willingness to host the event. Similarly, he did not know if there was another party through a consortium that had made commitment mentioning that Indonesia was ready to host. “I never signed any contract with N7W Foundation unless a registration fee worth USD 199 multiplied by three because we proposed three locations such as Lake Toba, Krakatau Vol-
canic Islands, and Komodo National Park,” said Wacik. Minister of Culture and Tourism said in the near future his party would be communicating with the ministers from countries of other finalists including Abu Dhabi and Brazil that previously had expressed their interest to host the final of the event. Against the efforts made in promoting Komodo, Wacik said to have invested approximately USD 10.5 billion within the past three years. But, Wacik affirmed that such promotion was not in vain because in the past three years Komodo had been progressively known with the increase of tourist visit up to 400 percent, from 16,000 to more than 50,000 tourists. (son)
The Tri Hita Karana concept stays to play an important role in efforts to create the security stability in a customary village, primarily in the Palemahan (environmental) and Pawongan (social) aspect having direct contact with the life of community. It includes how to minimize in order an area is not used as an operation base by robbers. On that account, Palemahan and Pawongan aspect should acquire a priority. An observer of customary law, Prof. Dr. Nyoman Budiana, declared that each community had the right to establish a boarding house on their own land. However, the community had to pay attention to the concept of Tri Mandala (three horizontal spatial divisions) so the sacredness element was still maintained. If it was not built permanently, at least the boarding house established did not look shabby. “Maintaining the security stability of a region can remain to refer to the Palemahan aspect,” explained Budiana on Monday (Feb 7) when commenting that certain region was made an operation base by robbers in running their criminal action. Then, regarding to Pawongan aspect, a region could activate the security elements in the territory. Among them, there were Jagabaya, Pecalang, Bala Desa or other security element owned by each customary village. As consequence of
the existence of these security elements, there were charges imposed to residents in the territory. “While collecting the levies, the officers will indirectly make the data collection on the regional migrants domiciling in the territory. It is very important in line with the increasing mobilization of the population migration,” he said. Nevertheless, existence of such security elements should be continuous. It would be not good if it only lasted temporarily and was not impossible to potentially raise new problems. Budiana then took an example of the existence of Jagabaya at Celuk Hamlet, Panjer Customary Village that continuously oversaw the area. “Continuous security service by Jagabaya will help engender the environmental security,” he said. Aside from the issues on Palemahan and Pawongan aspect, the landowners should also be encouraged to contract out their land carefully. They might not forfeit important aspects due to merely pursuing material. Expectedly, the land contracted would remain to have high value and did not turn to slum area or even not become the operation base of crimes. Nevertheless, his party realized if the development of community’s life had been overburdened by consumptive behavior, so that they would apparently prefer to pursue business interests without considering security. (015)
The children are playing in the rice field in a village in Bali.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Five Years Old Died of Dengue Dengue seemed to still haunt the public with its potential causing death if the victim had a shock or Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS). In the beginning of February, five years old I Gusti Ngurah Lanang from Banjar Kelan, Tuban, Kuta, died after several hours intensively cared in Sanglah Hospital last Saturday (5/2). As known, Dengue has been a problem to tackle each year. In 2010, Dengue cases reached its highest point with 10.556 cases while in 2009 it was 5.500 cases. In Sanglah Hospital itself, the past 5 days there has been 30-40 Dengue patients. A while ago, Head of Bali IBP/Ole
The big waves destroyed houses in Buleleng Regency.
High Wave Hit Seririt
Singaraja (Bali Post) –
At least 13 fishermen houses and its meeting place on the beach shores of Banjar Sari, Pengastulan Village, Seririt, have been severely damaged after hit by strong wind and high waves from last Sunday (6/2) night to Monday (7/2) morning. Two houses collapsed and its remains drifted to sea. Based on the supervision last Monday, all the houses were not suitable to live in anymore as it collapsed down to its foundation. The residents were worried the wave will keep on destroying their houses if they rebuild it. “It’s not worth it, we can’t sleep in these houses no more,” Made Kompyang Ayu, wife of fisherman Nengah Nedeng, stated who got half of their house collapsed due to the wave. Besides houses, a meeting place owned by Manik Segara Fishermen Group, Pengastulan Village, was also a victim. The poles to the place were
taken away due to its foundation being eroded. This place no longer can be used as half of the building has been dragged to sea. Head of the group, Made Kamiartha, stated the high wave has been happening since two months ago and has been eroding residents’ houses foundation bit by bit. Yet the hugest hit was last Sunday at 8 pm local time causing houses destroyed up to its roofs. Head of Regional Disaster Management Board (BPBD) for Buleleng, Ketut Astasemadi, came to location to
see the situation and stated relocation for the fishermen living place will be done, “We have instructed the Head of Pengastulan Village to collect data of the fishermen who lives in this area then they will have their hosues relocated.” For the relocation fund, BPBD wit other involved institutions will help in their houses construction although the fishermen are asked to prepare its own land first, “We will help the construction as long as the residents will prepare their own land to be built. On fund aid it will come from Sea and Fishery Agency or other institutions.” (kmb15)
4.005 Unemployed in Klungkung Semarapura (Bali Post)
Right now in Klungkung there are 4.005 unemployed from having their education up until elementary to graduate. From the 134.380 work finder, they were mostly 15 years old and above. Klungkung couldn’t do much to tackle it so nor creating new job opportunities except for State Civil Worker Candidates (CPNS) which opens every year. “We can’t create these unemployed creative as there has been no Training Centers (BLK) in Klungkung Regency,” Head of Klungkung Social, Labor and Transmigration Agency, Nyoman Rahayu, explained last Monday (7/2). It was said, the possibility to make BLK in Klungkung is very little as the Regional Budget is very limited. This year 2011, the Agency only received IDR 615 million and most probably decreased as it’s still discussed by the House of Representatives. If so will be
given, as much as IDR 400 million will be used for routine funds such as employee salaries, electricity and water fees, office equipments and more, “What can we do with the rest IDR 200 million?” A number of programs that can be done were social rehabilitation, house repairing and some others like transmigrations and evaluation on previous transmigrates development. Yet not all of them can be all happening. Connection to the BLK that’s not happening in Klungkung was admitted to be one of the factor that cause unemployment can’t be stopped in Klungkung as the Regency can’t create a skillful unemployed yet. If a company needs them, then the Regency will send them to a BLK in other regencies or cities such as Denpasar, “The request comes from mini markets, working overseas like cruises, therapists, house keepers, but
Ogoh-ogoh not prohibited Gianyar (Bali Post)—
13 Fishermen Houses Damaged
the skillful ones can’t be prepared by Klungkung.” For that, it’s not odd if CPNS are being invaded every year by the unemployed as thousands of them were trying for the only hundreds quota. Klungkung unemployed also taken overseas such as in 2010 based on Migrant Workers Placement and Protection Services (BP3TKI) data 32 people sent to USA, 3 to Brazil, one each to Turkey, Malagasy, and Arab Saudi. Meanwhile, CPNS offers were just what the officials needed when actually it’s overcrowding and some of them don’t seem to get any work. “There were no regulations on the ideal ratio between State Civil Workers and the population. We offer CPNS as what’s needed by each Work Unit Area (SKPD), and quota are decided by Central Government,” Head of Klungkung Regional Employment Board (BKD), Nengah Sudiarta. (kmb20)
Health Agency, dr. Nyoman Sutedja, stated to tackle the disease it needs its handling strategy changed. One of them is by fogging (spraying dengue mosquito killer pesticides), “Fogging only done when dengue case happens in one area. The fogging can’t be in early morning yet above 8 am as mosquito vectors started to do activities this time.” What needs to be clarified is in supervising its larva by maximizing larva supervisors duties as destroying its larva is more effective than fogging. Besides that, the public are hoped to keep a clean environment around especially on water savings or carriers. (kmb24)
Gianyar Regency currently retaining a number of potencies vulnerable to conflict should pay serious attention. Moreover, the Nyepi Day or Day of Silence celebration falling in March 2011 has been on the doorstep. A number of potential conflicts existing in Gianyar Regency need mapping to avoid any inconvenient causes. The matter was revealed in the preparatory meeting of Nyepi celebration 2011 in the marquee of Gianyar Regent residential house, Monday (Feb 7). The meeting involving the elements of police, armed forces, subdistrict heads, middle assembly of customary village (MMDP), interfaith forum (FKUB) and regional intelligence community (Kominda) of Gianyar was led by Chief of Gianyar agency for national safety and community protection (Kesabangpollinmas), I.B. Putra Siwagatha. The meeting revealed that Gianyar government would not intervene related to the ogoh-ogoh (papier mache demon) parade before the celebration of Nyepi Day of Caka Year 1933, next March. In this regard, the regency government did not prohibit or otherwise, regarding to the activity. The ogohogoh parade had become a tradition of local community every year before the celebration of Nyepi. However, the arrangement was fully de-
livered to each customary village. As monitoring carried out in some places, it was discernible a number of hamlets or group of residents in Gianyar Regency had started to make the ogoh-ogoh effigy. The making of ogoh-ogoh was performed by local residents in group or hamlet. However, the creativity of people in Gianyar Regency seemingly made the government a little worried. Especially, the ogoh-ogoh parade could be very prone to security problems. Moreover, some regions remained to retain a conflict. It turned to become serious attention to Gianyar Regency and its security apparatus to anticipate the smoothness of the Nyepi celebration. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of Gianyar Police, Ketut Sadra Antara, said it was required a joint mapping for the conflict-prone potencies. Some subdistrict heads had given a report of potential vulnerabilities associated with the conflict existing in each territory. By doing so, it would simplify the implementation of safeguards for the Nyepi, chiefly the ogoh-ogoh parade. Apart from the element of police and armed forces, the security would also be definitely performed by customary villages by deploying their pecalang (security taskforce) or relevant agencies to maintain the security with chief of customary village as responsible person. (kmb16)
The picture shows one of the “ogoh-Ogoh” giant pupet made before Nyepi day celebration.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Website: Chechen rebel leader claims airport bomb Associated Press Writer
MOSCOW – A website affiliated with Chechen rebels has released a video in which insurgent leader Doku Umarov claims responsibility for last month’s deadly suicide bombing at Russia’s largest airport and threatens more bloodshed if Russia does not leave the region. The Kavkaz Center website says it received the video late Monday. It was not clear when or where the video was recorded. The Jan. 24 attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport killed 36 people. Russian investigators say the bomber was a 20-year-old man from the Caucasus region that includes Chechnya, but have not released his name or other details. “You see this special operation carried out by my order ... more special operations will be carried out in the future,” Umarov says in the video, wearing a camouflage uniform and a skullcap. “Among us there are hundreds of brothers who are prepared to sacrifice themselves” in further attacks, Umarov says in the video. “We can at any time carry out operations where we want.” Over the weekend, the website released another video in which Umarov also threatened more attacks, saying 2011 would be “the year of
blood and tears.” Chechen rebels have fought two full-scale wars against Russian forces since 1994. Major offensives in the second war died down about a decade ago, but the insurgency has continued with small clashes in Chechnya and in neighboring Caucasus republics. The rebels have claimed responsibility for an array of terrorist attacks, including last year’s double suicide bombing of the Moscow subway system that killed 40 people. Umarov, who seeks to create a Caucasus emirate independent from Russia and governed by Sharia law, said in the earlier video that he could call on 50 to 60 suicide bombers if necessary. The blast at Domodedovo, south of the Russian capital, raised strong concerns about Russia’s strategy against the insurgents and about its ability to protect against future attacks. The day after the bombing, President Dmitry Medvedev said that terrorist attacks in the country increased in 2010, although he did not cite figures. The bomb went off in the waiting hall of the international arrivals area at the airport. As in many other airports, there were no security procedures to go through in order to get into that area.
AP Photo/The Kavkaz Center
This image taken from video received late Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 by The Kavkaz Center, a website affiliated with Chechen rebels, shows insurgent leader Doku Umarov speaking in a video in which he claims responsibility for last month’s deadly suicide bombing at Russia’s largest airport.
AFP PHOTO/ HO / South Korean Defense Ministry
South Korean Colonel Moon Sang-Gyun (R) shakes hands with North Korean Colonel Ri Son-Kwon (L) during inter-Korean military talks at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on February 8, 2011.
Two Koreas hold first talks since island attack Agence France Presse
SEOUL – The two Koreas Tuesday began their first talks since the North’s deadly shelling of a South Korean border island in November sent tensions soaring, Seoul’s defence ministry said. The military talks began at 10 am (0100 GMT) at Panmunjom on the heavily fortified frontier, a ministry spokesman told AFP. Tuesday’s closed-door discussions were to focus mainly on preparations for high-level military talks, possibly between defence ministers, at a date yet to be fixed. But the South sees it as a chance to test the sincerity of its neighbour’s peace overtures in recent weeks after months of confrontation. Relations have been icy since the South in May accused the North of torpedoing a warship near the disputed Yellow Sea border and killing 46 sailors, a charge it denies. The November 23 bombardment of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island also near the border, which killed two marines and two civilians, briefly sparked fears of war. But in an abrupt change of tack this year, Pyongyang has launched a series of appeals for dialogue. The turnaround came as its key ally China presses for the revival of
six-party nuclear disarmament talks to ease overall tensions. The talks, grouping host China, the United States, the two Koreas, Russia and Japan, are aimed at disarming the North in return for economic and diplomatic gains. They have been stalled since December 2008. The United States says the North must mend ties with the South before the nuclear dialogue can resume. But the two Koreas remain far apart on who is to blame for the months of tension. Seoul demands Pyongyang take “responsible measures” over last year’s attacks and promise not to repeat them as a precondition for any wider dialogue. The North denies any involve-
ment in the sinking of the Cheonan warship. It says its artillery attack on Yeonpyeong was in response to a South Korean live-fire drill there, which dropped shells into waters claimed by the North. “There is a possibility of the talks ending up confirming each other’s stance,” a military official was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency before the colonel-level discussions began. “The two sides may hold multiple rounds of the preliminary talks.” The South staged a series of military drills after the shelling and began fortifying Yeonpyeong and four other “frontline” islands and reinforcing marines posted there.
Assange faces ‘denial of justice’: lawyer Agence France Presse
LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would face a “flagrant denial of justice” if extradited to Sweden over allegations of rape and molestation, his lawyer told a court Monday. The 39-year-old Australian could face the death penalty if further extradited to the United States on separate charges relating to WikiLeaks, his lawyer Geoffrey Robertson said at the start of a two-day extradition hearing in
London. Swedish prosecutors want to question the whistle-blowing website’s chief over allegations he raped one woman in Sweden and molested another, moves which Assange claims are politically motivated. Robertson said a rape trial in Sweden would violate Assange’s human rights. “He would be tried behind closed doors in a flagrant denial of justice,” he told the high-security Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court. “The Swedish custom and practice of throwing the press and public out
of court when rape trials begin is one that we say is blatantly unfair, not only by British standards but also by European standards,” Robertson added. Assange’s lawyers are also expected to argue that the extradition request is unacceptable because he has not been charged with any crime. The judge is expected to defer his ruling until later this month. If the decision goes against Assange, he will be able to appeal all the way to England’s supreme court. At the end of the first day’s evi-
dence, Assange claimed that a “black box” of accusations against him was being opened to inspection. “On the outside of that black box has been written the word ‘rape’. That box is now, thanks to an open court process, being opened,” he told reporters. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to media as he leaves Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Inaugural Bali Culinary Professionals Open 2011 IBP
PECATU - The first Bali Culinary Professionals (BCP) Open 2011 Golf Tournament from 28-29 January 2011 closed with all participants satisfied. The competition organized by BCP was held at the New Kuta Golf in Pecatu and Bali Golf and Country Club in Nusa Dua. The event was held to raise funds to support the Young Chefs Club Bali Chapter. All profit generated will be going to education and development of these future culinary professionals. The golf event is planned for biannual, similar to the culinary golf competition held in Philippines, aiming to put Bali in the map as a prominent international sports and holiday destination. The competition used Stableford point system, which attracted more than 60 participants, mainly from Bali, as well as Lombok, Jakarta, Perth, Canada and Singapore. The field was full as the 4-man scramble tournament got underway shortly after 1:00 p.m. The winners were announced during the gala dinner held at Nikko Bali Resort and Spa ballroom on Saturday 29 January 2011.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for February 1 through March 2, 2011 1 February AnggarKasih Tambir Dalem Puri Temple in Batuan - Sukawati Dalem Kediri Silakarang in Silakarang Singapadu - Gianyar Dalem Temple in Sukawati Village - Gianyar Dalem Temple in Singakerta Village - Ubud Gianyar Dalem Lemben in Ketewel - Sukawati Gianyar Paibon Pasek Tangkas in Peliatan - Ubud Puseh ngukuhin in Keramas - Gianyar Pemerajan Agung Ki Telabah in Tuakilang Tabanan Karang Buncing in Blahbatuh - Gianyar Dalem Bubunan in Seririt - Buleleng Desa Badung Temple in Denpasar Merajan Pasek Gelgel Gobleg in Turupinghe Banjar - Buleleng Luwur Pedengenan Bedha in Bongan Tabanan Merajan Dukuh Sebudi in Keramas - Gianyar Merajan Pasek Ngukuhin in Keramas - Gianyar Pucak Payongan in Kedewatan - Ubud Gianyar Tanah Kilap “ Griya Anyar” in Suwung Kawuh - Denpasar Selatan Selukat Temple in Keramas - Blahbatuh Gianyar Dalem Tampuagan in tembuku - Bangli Dalem Waturenggong in Desa Taro - Gianyar Dalem Bentuyung in Ubud - Gianyar Puseh Temple in Ubud - Gianyar Dalem Temple Peliatan Ubud - Gianyar 2 February Buda Umanis Tambir, Tilem Kawulu Sari Bankar Titih Kapal - Badung Ulun Kulkul (Aci Sarin Tahun) Besakih Karangasem Dalem Yang Taluh Sidemen Karangasem
Dalem Kangin Sidemen - Karangasem. 16 February Buda Keliwon Matal Puseh & Desa Temple Sukawati Village - Gianyar Merajan Agung Batuyang - batubulan Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Sawan - Buleleng Maspahit Temple Sesetan - South Denpasar Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran Tegalalang Panti Pasek Gaduh Sesetan - South Denpasar Merajan Pasek Kubayan Wangaya Gede Pedarman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih Karangasem 17 February Purnama Kesanga Penataran sasih Temple Pejeng - Gianyar Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah Batur Village Kintamani - bangli 26 February Tumpek Kandang Day Puseh Temple Gianyar City Luhur Dalem Sagening Kediri - Tabanan Merajan Pasek Gelge Tegal Gede - Badung 2 March Buda Wage Menail Dalem Tarukan LinggihCemenggaon Sukawati Gianyar Pasek Dangke Bambang - Bangli Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Puseh Menakaji Peninjoan - Bangli Merajan Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh - Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Celuk Celuk - Sukawati - Gianyar Baler Sada Temple Banjar Pemebatan, Kapal Mengwi
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbul-umbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
UK says Labour government aided Libya over bomber release Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former Labour government tried to make it easier for Libya to seek the Lockerbie bomber’s release, according to an official report published on Monday that could stoke anger in Washington. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was jailed for life for blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988. Scottish authorities freed him in August 2009 on compassionate grounds after concluding he had just months to live because of cancer. He is still alive The report by Britain’s senior civil servant, Gus O’Donnell, said the government decided British interests would be hurt if he died in a Scottish jail because of “the extremely high priority attached to Mr Megrahi’s return by the Libyans.” The British government developed a policy to help the Libyans make an appeal to the devolved Scottish government for Megrahi to be transferred under prisoner agreements or released on compassionate grounds, the report said. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the report showed there was no conspiracy, as some in the
United States had suggested, between British oil giant BP, which has interests in Libya, the Scottish government and London to free Megrahi. “It was a decision taken by the Scottish government, the wrong decision, but their decision nevertheless,” Cameron told parliament. Cameron, who took power after defeating Labour in an election in May and has regularly called the release a mistake, promised last year to publish documents reviewing it. Frank Duggan, president of the Victims of Pan Am 103, a group that represents the families of U.S. victims, said he did not believe the report’s conclusion. “I think this is one more evidence of everyone pointing the finger at someone else for having made this decision,” Duggan told BBC television. U.S. senator Charles Schumer, a
long-standing champion for the victims, said it “strained credulity” that the British government’s position was not well known by the Scottish authorities, even if no formal pressure was applied. “This report confirms what many of us have long suspected: the British government and BP wanted Megrahi released so that an oil deal being negotiated with Libya could go forward,” Schumer said. FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 file photo, Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, left, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, and son of the Libyan leader Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, gesture on his arrival at an airport in Tripoli, Libya following his release from a Scottish prison.
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Philippine general in graft probe shot dead Associated Press Writer
MANILA, Philippines – A former military chief accused of embezzling at least $1 million from the armed forces died of a gunshot wound Tuesday in what witnesses described as an apparent suicide at his mother’s grave. Retired Gen. Angelo Reyes was pronounced dead on arrival in a Manila hospital from a single gunshot wound in the chest after visiting the
grave, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said in a news conference broadcast nationwide. Ona refused to immediately confirm that Reyes had committed suicide, saying he was awaiting autopsy results. Witnesses interviewed by DZBB radio station at the cemetery said they saw Reyes send his children to his car before a single shot rang out. Reyes headed the military from 2001 to 2003 and was recently accused in a high-profile congressional hear-
Egypt... From page 1 “The president welcomed the national consensus, confirming that we are putting our feet on the right path to getting out of the current crisis,” Suleiman said in comments broadcast by state television, after briefing Mubarak on the talks. Hundreds of thousands have joined previous demonstrations and the United Nations says 300 people may have died so far. But many in a country where about 40 percent of people live on less than $2 a day are desperate to return to work and normal life, even some of those wanting to oust Mubarak. Some normality is returning to Cairo. Traffic was bumper to bumper in the city center on Tuesday and queues quickly built up at banks, which are still open only for restricted hours. While opposition groups talk to Suleiman, mainly younger protesters called for a push to remove Mubarak as the authorities tried to squeeze them out of central Cairo. Suleiman promised that the harassment of
ing of pocketing money from the armed forces. Corruption is an explosive issue in the inadequately equipped and poorly paid 120,000-strong military that has sparked several insurrections in the last two decades by disgruntled soldiers. In startling testimony that started last month, retired military budget officer Col. George Rabusa claimed that huge amounts had been diverted from key military units into a kitty for all kinds of illegal payoffs.
protesters would end. “The president emphasized that Egypt’s youth deserve the appreciation of the nation and issued a directive to prevent them being pursued, harassed or having their right to freedom of expression taken away,” he said. Tuesday’s demonstrations will test the protesters’ ability to maintain pressure on the government. Those camped out in tents on Tahrir Square have vowed to stay until Mubarak quits, and plan more mass demonstrations on Tuesday and Friday. The release of a Google Inc executive, Wael Ghonim, after two weeks in which he said he was kept blindfolded by Egyptian state security may galvanize support. Activists say the Egyptian was behind a Facebook group that helped to inspire the protests. “I am not a symbol or a hero or anything like that, but what happened to me is a crime,” he told private Egyptian station Dream TV after his release on Monday. “We have to tear down this system based on not being able to speak out.” A posting on the social network site after the interview said: “Anyone who saw the Wael Ghonim interview and is not going to Tahrir tomorrow (Tuesday) has no heart.”
Among the recipients of the unaudited payoffs were past military chiefs of staff who each month collected millions of pesos (tens of thousands of dollars) for personal use plus huge “send-off” payments when they retired, he said. Rabusa alleged that Reyes, who had attended the hearing, was among the recipients of the payoffs, which had to be converted into dollars because the peso equivalent was too bulky. Rabusa said under oath he was
Uneasy... From page 1 ‘A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY’
Cambodian soldiers said there was no sign of fighting since early Monday, but the situation remained tense. “We’re ready because we can’t trust the Thais anymore,” said Muong Van, an infantry soldier. In Cambodia’s northern frontier areas, pigs and chickens roamed deserted villages. Schools and temples were turned into makeshift refugee centers, and naked children played as people collected firewood or queued for handouts of rice and water. On the Thai side, villages such as Ban Sangam in Si Sa Ket province about 7 km (4.3 miles) from the border were eerily quiet, aside from the occasional sound of military trucks. Somsak Suvarnsujarit, governor of Si Sa Ket province, said 16,654 people had been evacuated. “There is still a lot of uncertainty and we will only let people move back into villages when there is a clear sign from the army that situation has returned to normal,” he said. The Thai government said 30 Thai soldiers and 4 villagers had been wounded so far. At least 55 Cambodians have
among the officers who delivered money to Reyes — including more than $1 million when he stepped down. Reyes denied the accusations and later filed graft charges against Rabusa and a senator whom he accused of conspiring to malign him. The government of President Benigno Aquino III, who was elected last year on the promise of prosecuting corrupt officials, supported the investigations into military graft.
been wounded, according to figures provided by Cambodia’s government. NO U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING PLANNED
Reasons behind the fighting remain murky. Some analysts say hawkish Thai generals and nationalist allies may be trying to topple Thailand’s government or create a pretext to stage another coup and cancel elections expected this year. Others say it may be a breakdown in communication channels at a time of strained relations over Cambodia’s flying of a national flag in the disputed area and laying of a stone tablet inscribed with “This is Cambodia.” Diplomatic pressure is building. China, the ASEAN southeast Asian regional grouping and Washington have urged both sides to show restraint. In New York, the U.N. Security Council rejected Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s call for an urgent meeting and the deployment of peacekeepers, saying the problem should be solved at a regional level The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which both Cambodia and Thailand are members, dispatched Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to Cambodia on Monday and to Thailand on Tuesday in a bid to defuse the crisis.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Police Name Two Suspects in Ahmadiyah Incident Antara
JAKARTA - The police have named two suspects of the clash between Ahmadiyah congregations and local residents in Kampung Pendeuy, Umbulan Village, Cikeusik Sub-district, Pandeglang District, Banten Province. About 1,500 people stormed a house in Banten province over the “We have named two suspects weekend to stop 20 Ahmadiyah folwhose initials are U and W with re- lowers from worshipping. They gard to the Ahmadiyah case,” a po- killed three men and badly wounded lice spokesman Senior Commis- six others, while destroying the sioner Boy Rafli Amar said here house and setting fire to several cars and motorbikes. Tuesday. Indonesia is a secular country of The suspects are local residents of the village where the incident oc- 237 million people with more Muscurred, Boy said, adding that the lims than any other in the world. Despite a long history of religious police named them as the suspects based on investigation and informa- tolerance, a hard-line fringe has tion from several witnesses and grown louder in recent years and the government — which relies on the video recordings. According to Boy, 12 witnesses support of Islamic parties in Parliahad already been asked for informa- ment — has been accused of caving tion about the clash and the police in to it. Rights group said Tuesday a 2008 had assigned some of its personnel to assist the Banten Police and decree that bans religious activities Pandeglang Police in conducting an of Ahmadiyah, thought to have 200,000 followers in the investigation. Three people were killed and five archepeligic nation, should be immediately revoked. They say it only injured in the clash. The dead are Roni, from Jakarta, encourages violence. The latest attacks on Ahmadiyah and the siblings Karno and Mulyadi — which drew rare condemnation of Cikeusik. The three dead people are under- from President Susilo Bambang going an autopsy at the Banten Po- Yudhoyono — were captured on video and have circulated widely on lice Hospital. Meanwhile, the five injured vic- national television and the Internet. The most disturbing clip, posted tims, Pipip of Cilegon; Dias, Ahmad, Deden Dermawan of Jakarta; and M on YouTube, showed assailants reAhmad of Ciledug, are taken care at peatedly pounding two victims — who had been stripped naked and Rasa Asih Hospital. The day before, Indonesia’s presi- appeared to be dead — with heavy dent ordered an investigation into an sticks. A policeman came to the scene attack on members of a minority Muslim sect after a gruesome video but his screams of “stop” were almost inaudible among dozens who emerged of a mob beating several victims to death with machetes, shouted “Allahu Akbar” or God is Great. sticks and rocks.
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Indonesian from various religions hold hands together in downtown Jakarta on January 7, 2011, as they condemn the bloody religious clash which claimed three lives. The incident, involving more than 1,000 Muslims who stormed a house in West Java to stop the minority Ahmadiyah Islamic sect from holding worship, has been condemned by the government and rights activists.
The Ahmadiyah are considered deviant by many Muslims and are banned in many Islamic countries because they believe that Muhammad was not the final prophet. “I have ordered a comprehensive investigation to find out the real cause of the incident so that those guilty, or violating the law, can be penalized,” Yudhoyono told a news conference. He also called on security forces as well as local governments to be
BI: Rupiah can strengthen below Rp9,000 per dollar Antara
JAKARTA - Bank Indonesia (BI) said the rupiah still has a chance to strengthen below Rp9,000 per dollar following the central bank‘s decision to raise its key interest rate to 6.75 percent from 6.50 percent previously. “According to our preliminary calculation, the rupiah may strengthen below Rp9,000 per dollar without disrupting the competitive edge of our exports and BI`s balance sheet,” BI Deputy Governor Hartadi A Sarwono said here on Monday. He said BI had predicted the rupiah would strengthen against the dollar when it raised the bench-
mark interest rate, locally known as BI Rate, last Friday (Feb 4). The BI decision to raise the key rate encouraged foreign investors to again buy the local unit. The rupiah‘s appreciation was badly needed to curb inflationary pressure fueled by imported inflation, he said. “The rupiah`s appreciation is still tolerable, provided the currencies of our trade rivals also strengthen against the dollar,” he said. He said BI did not worry that foreign capital inflows would raise its monetary cost which would eventually cause the deficit of its balance sheet to soar. “For the central bank, macro stability is above all. Of course, we
must try to minimize pressure on the BI balance sheet but the main priority is national economy,” he said. Commenting on BI‘s decision to raise its key rate by a quarter percentage point to 6.75 percent early this month, he said it was caused by a rapid change in expected inflation due to the increase in global food commodities and crude oil. “Unless we give a signal by raising the BI Rate we fear inflationary pressure in the future cannot be controlled,” he said. BI had kept the key rate unchanged at 6.50 percent for the eighteenth month in a row since August 2009.
proactive in taking action against the instigators of such violence. “Don’t wait until the conflicts and clashes have already happened,” Yudhoyono said. Many attacks on religious minorities in recent years have been carried out by members of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front, known also for smashing bars and attacking transvestites and anyone one else considered “blasphemous” with bamboo clubs and stones. The group pressured local au-
thorities late last year to shutter a Christian church located in a densely populated Muslim area, and assailants stabbed a Christian worshipper and beat a minister on the head with a wooden plank as they headed to prayers. Thirteen members of the Islamic Defenders Front have gone on trial in the case, and state prosecutors on Monday sought a six-month prison term for Murhali Barda, a local group leader, for instigating the Sept. 13 attack.
Ternate Typical Batik Promoted In Expo 2011 Antara
TERNATE - Ternate typical batik fabrics in North Maluku will start to be promoted in Batik Expo 2011 in a bid to introduce the characteristics of this region. “It is part of our efforts to introduce various potentials that we have through Batik Expo 2011,” fair organizer Ruhani Malik said here on Monday. He said the promotion of Ternate typical batik fabrics through Batik Expo 2011 would take place this week at Jatiland Mall in the city of Ternate. With a variety of art exhibitions, Ruhani said the batik fair was expected to inspire various parties of the development of various charac-
teristics possessed by the region. Besides, the Batik Expo 2011 is also expected to be a special attraction for all public elements in the region to love local typical products being developed nowadays. “Honestly speaking that such an expo is rarely organized by business makers here, and therefore the local people this time are expected to get familiar with the local typical batik that we are going to promote,” Ruhani said. He said the prices of the high quality batik were affordable because it would range from Rp50,000 to Rp200,000 per piece. The Expo 2011 in Ternate will introduce typical local batik in addition to batik Solo and batik Yogyakarta.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Bali Today Spiritual Farming:
From One Green to Some other Greens
A farmer working with his buffalo on his rice field. Economic growth of Bali in 2010 still depended on the growth of the mining and quarrying sector reaching 19.43 percent. The Bali’s economy growing by 5.83 percent was only supported by the growth of agricultural sector at 1.76 percent.
Agricultural sector facing lowest growth Antara
DENPASAR - Economic growth of Bali in 2010 still depended on the growth of the mining and quarrying sector reaching 19.43 percent. The Bali’s economy growing by 5.83 percent was only supported by the growth of agricultural sector at 1.76 percent. The figure occupied the lowest rank if compared to the growth of manufacturing sector (6.08 percent), electricity, gas and water supply (6.88 percent), development sector (7.37 percent) as well as trade, hotel and restaurant (6.39 percent). Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Bali Office, Gede Suarsa, said the low agricultural growth of Bali during the 2010 period was caused by several factors. One of them was weather anomaly. However, the total economic growth of Bali reaching 5.83 percent was encouraging. “Though the economic growth of Bali in 2010 remained below the national rate reaching 6.1 percent, the growth target of Bali in 2010 had surpassed the expectation of society and government,” revealed Suarsa in Denpasar, Monday (Feb 7). According to him, in the period of 2010 the government only projected the economic growth at 5.66 percent. Such a growth had surpassed the expectation of general public. The growth was widely recognized as the influ-
ence of the Ida Bagus Mantra bypass road development stretching in the area of Denpasar, Gianyar, Klungkung and Karangasem. “Development of the road section gave a very significant contribution to the mining and quarrying sector. The sector supports the economic growth of Bali as much as 19.43 percent,” he observed while saying if compared to the construction of the road projects in 2008 and 2009 and then in 2010 the construction of Ida Bagus Mantra bypass road highly affected the Bali’s economy. Suarsa further explained that mining and quarrying sector were providing a huge impact on the Bali’s economic growth in 2010, moreover if coupled by the growing of construction sector reaching 7.37 percent. Labor absorption, necessity of sand and limestone
widely used last year made the mining and quarrying sector soar high. “It means that in 2010 the housing sector was going through adequately significant growth. So, the two sectors very much influence the economy of Bali,” he said. In addition to the two sectors, trade, hotels, and restaurants also provided a significant contribution to the economic growth of Bali. In 2010, the growth rate of these sectors reached 6.39 percent. “This sector provides the source of growth of 2.03 basis points. Therefore, we can achieve the growth of Bali’s economy at 5.83 percent,” he said. In terms of the growth rate, this sector was indeed included in the medium category. However, in accordance with the sources of economic growth of Bali, the tourism sector was indeed exceedingly influential. (par)
Advancement of science of technology does not answer all problems encountered by human life. In agriculture, for instance, modern farmers can now have boosted the quantity of production, even in multiple amounts. On the one had, it’s a great success but on the other hand it still leaves a problem on the decline of environmental and human health quality. Green revolution occurred between 1943 and 1970s through the implementation of chemical fertilizer and good irrigation system has conjured up the rice production. In short term, it became an efficacious medicine to resolve the famine in tropical countries. Few decades later, it had an impact on the reduction of environmental quality, like pollution in water, land and others. Apart from the impact on the environment, it was also had an impact on human health like the rise of some new cancers. Realizing these facts, now Bali has an initiative to become a green province and implement the integrated farming system (Simantri). Hopefully, implementation of the system could realize the Bali Organic plan and consequently minimize the environmental destruction. Green province campaign includes some aspects, namely green culture, green economy and Bali green and clean. Green culture is intended to change the societal behavior in managing their waste management and environment. Green economy hints that all economic activities should be in the eco-friendly orientation. These two aspects will empty out into the initiative of Bali Organic. One of the aspects is applied in the agricultural field. Socialization has been intensified while establishing farmer groups. Through breeding local cows, for instance, farmers are expected to get maximal benefits. Other than increasing the number of cows, they will be able to take advantage the cow dung and urine for organic fertilizers. In the long run, it will reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Of course, this endeavor will reduce the production cost that should be spent by farmers and at the same time increase the quality of rice as well as improve the environmental quality. As a matter of fact, simple practice of this concept could have been seen around 1970s. Farmers using cows to cultivate their land could also take advantage of their cow dung. It was spread out onto the rice field and
its efficacy could last for at least for two planting seasons. In terraced rice field, it could uniquely be managed by establishing a cowshed in the upper stream. Later on, the collected dry cow dung was channeled to rice field through the water gutter. However, since being urged by the demand to multiple the rice production, farmers left the method. Introduction of hand tractor and chemical fertilizers gradually replaced the role of cows. The new method was expected to accelerate the land cultivation process. As consequence, cows were only serving as ‘family saving’ for farmers. Simple eco-friendly pest control actually has been proposed in the palm-leaf manuscript entitled “Shri Tattwa or Darmaning Pemaculan.” It has been applied by subak community in Bali from generation to generation until today. However, it seems to put more emphasis on the ritual aspect only, while herbal pesticide or other means of the oblation is only applied symbolically. For instance, bird raids are managed by offering two pieces of ketupat sidayu together with oblation and side dish of yellow dragonfly. Meanwhile, Subash Palekar from India claimed to have developed the vedic-based farming. He has initiated his ‘spiritual farming’ since 1988. In essence he said that God or nature has provided human with everything required to grow plants. So implementing the chemical fertilizers and pesticide means to oppose God and will result in bad impact to human. Cow dung and urine as well as compost are three beneficial ingredients being enough for farming both on irrigated and non-irrigated land. By doing so, he claims it is a ‘zero budget of natural farming’ as in his trilogy book entitled Philosophy of Spiritual Farming. To sum up, all movements at least refer to the same keywords namely green, natural and ecofriendly concept. They denote milestone of new awareness on modern human to re-orientate their food production in quality. This awareness has triggered the orientation in the quality of life and environment. Hopefully, the aspiration of Bali as Green Province and other green concepts could be realized supported by entire community based on their awareness of a better quality life! (BTN/punia)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Balinese Culture Bali’s Ganesha statute for Belgium devotees Antara
DENPASAR – The statute of Goddess Ratih Ganesha around two meters high and width made by Balinese artists will be purified and will be placed in the temple in Belgium. The maker of the statue, I Ketut Muja, said “the statute is made from the root of leach tree and now is still in completion.” The artist from Mukti Village in Singapdu, Gianyar, said that the statue is being worked since a year ago and it is the order from Hendrik Dom, a Belgium citizen
who often comes to Bali. “Hendrik is the one who build the temple there and it cost around 120 billion rupiah,” Muja said. Hendrik stated that the number of Hindus in Belgium is now 600 people and most of them are the locals there and some are the people from Bali. There is great hope that the statute will finish this year and will be sent directly to Belgium. “I will come to the country also and place the statue my self,” Muja explained. He also said that Hendrik often come to Bali and buy statutes from Muja,
that was how everything started. “Hendrik has a museum and he collects many of statues so the good relationship has existed since long time ago,” Muja said. Currently, there are nine statutes of Muja which are made from tree’s root in Belgium, whereas become the collection of museums or private. Muja make the roots into a wonderful piece of art so it attracts attention from the people abroad. That’s why many of his statues are exported to various countries throughout the world.
(Pork Cooked in Soya Sauce) Ingredients o 1/2 kg (1 1/4 lb) fillet of pork -or leg of pork o 1 tb Clear soya sauce o 2 tb Plain flour o 1/2 ts Powdered ginger o 20 g (4 oz) button mushrooms o 4 Cloves garlic o 1 sl of root ginger, about 2 cm -(1") across and 1/2 cm -(1/4") thick o 3 tb Dark soya sauce o Pepper or a pinch of chilli -powder o 2 tb water o 2 tb Medium dry sherry or rice -wine (optional) o 2 ts Lemon juice o 6 tb Oil or pork fat
Directions This, as its name suggests, is pork cooked in soya sauce. It is a particular favourite with my own husband and children, who always know when it is about to appear on the table because the ginger and garlic frying in the sauce smell so deliciously savoury. Cut the pork into small cubes. Put the flour into a bowl and add the clear soya sauce and ginger powder, mixing them well together. Coat the pork with the mixture and then let it stand for at least 30 minutes. http://patungganeshas.blogspot.com
Clean and slice the mushrooms. Peel the garlic and ginger and slice them very thin; you can use these thin slices as they are, or cut them again into very tiny sticks. Heat the oil or fat in a wok or thick frying pan and fry the meat, half of it at a time, turning it from time to time, for 5 minutes. Repeat the process for the remaining half of the meat. The flour that coated the meat will tend to stay in the pan or stick to the bottom of it, but leave it there-it will thicken the sauce later. Now take most of the oil out of the pan, leaving only about two tablespoons which you then heat again. In this, fry the tiny slices of garlic and ginger and the mushrooms, stirring continuously, for i minute. Add the soya sauce, the water and the meat. mix well, season with pepper or chilli powder, and stir continuously for 1 or 2 minutes. just before serving, add the sherry or rice wine and the lemon juice. Serve hot. This dish keeps extremely well in the freezer, and it is worth making a large quantity from, say, half a leg-of pork, which is much cheaper than buying pork fillet. If you are going to freeze your Babi Kecap, however, do not add the sherry or lemon juice at the time of cooking. To serve from the freezer, thaw the meat out completely and heat quickly on a high flame for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan well all the time. Add the sherry or rice wine and lemon juice just before serving. (http://asiarecipe.com) C.045 ibp
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Ponjok Batu Temple IBP
Ponjok Batu Temple is a stone temple where all temple buildings are made from stone. It is located Banjar Alasari, Pacung countryside, Tejakula sub district and Singaraja regency about 24 km eastside of Singaraja town or north part of Bali. This temple area own the wide area about 35 acre in form of black stones bank. The position of this temple is rather sticking out to the sea as a foreland or Ponjok. Base on the position and condition then this place is named by Ponjok Batu so that the temple is standing above foreland petrify and it is referred as Ponjok Batu Temple. In papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa elaborate that Danghyang Nirartha (who one spread out the Hinduism in Bali) besides executing Tirtha Yatra (visit the holy places) in Bali area, he also do at Lombok and Sumbawa Island . When he does the tirta yatra in Lombok and Sumbawa Island , he leave in Bali passing the north area of Bali and then it is named by Denbukit. Hereinafter narrated that Danghyang Nirartha found the lodging that is located in coastal periphery with its stone bank and steep rather sordid to sea in the form of a foreland which is called Ponjok. After omitting a few moments in the lodging then he go to Lombok and
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Sumbawa Island to conduct the Tirtha Yatra. At the end, the Pesraman/lodging of Danghyang Nirartha is built an altar named with Ponjok Batu Temple which has been existing since 16 century. It is founded together with the execution of Danghyang Nirartha journey in north part of Bali. Function of Ponjok Batu Temple as follows: * According to the archaeology omission at Ponjok Batu Temple , there is an Arca statue) with four hands as a fundamental of Ponjok Batu Temple building. The attribute (icon) of this Arca have timeworn, so that any kind of object brought is ignorable and the God Arca it self can not be identified. Besides of the God Statue (Arca), in Ponjok Batu Temple is also found a Lembu Nandi Arca (a cow statue) is meaning from Siwa God. If the both Arcas are interacting hence the God Arca with 4 hands in this temple is Arca of Siwa God. * According to Papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa, the history elaboration can be said that the function of Ponjok Batu Temple is for worship the supremacy of Danghyang Nirartha as a Teacher in settling Hinduism teaching, especially Siwaism. The function strengthened with the existence of special temple building in Ponjok Batu Temple is called Danghyang Nirartha Temple.
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BUSINESS Regulators seek to foil moves to undermine pay reform Reuters
WASHINGTON – Regulators began their most forceful attempt yet to clamp down on bank bonuses since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, and warned firms they would seek to counter attempts to circumvent the reforms. While the proposals pale in comparison to similar restrictions in Europe, the talk of keeping a keen eye on loopholes indicates regulators want to get tough on banks that make symbolic pay changes while finding ways to gut the intent of reforms. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp endorsed on Monday a proposal that executives at the largest financial institutions, such as Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, have half of their bonuses deferred for at least three years. The bank regulators said they may go further to ensure the bonuses properly align executives’ interests with investors, and are considering toughening the proposal to restrict executives from hedging deferred bonuses in the form of stock. The concern is executives could use hedging techniques to make up for losses if their company’s stock goes down during the deferral period, which could put executives’ interests at odds with those of shareholders. “Whether we should be prohibiting hedging in this, that is an issue that is left open,” FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said. Despite the tough talk, the U.S. plan is markedly softer than the European Union, which in December set guidelines that top bankers be limited to receiving 20 percent of their annual bonuses upfront in cash, with some exceptions. Massive cash payouts that reward bank executives and traders for shortterm returns, without regard to longterm risk, have been cited by international regulators as a factor in the recent financial crisis. The U.S. plan responds to both the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law of 2010, that directed regulators to curb pay plans that encourage excessive risk-taking, and principles agreed in 2009 by the world’s group of 20 leading economies (G20). The FDIC vote on Monday is just a first step and the proposal must still be approved by other U.S. financial regulators, such as the Federal Reserve and Securities and Exchange Commission, before being put out for comment for 45 days. It is unclear when the other regulators will act, although FDIC staff said it should be within weeks. The U.S. proposal tackles pay for
top executives at financial companies with $50 billion or more in assets, including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Morgan Stanley. How much of the deferred pay an executive could receive would be tied to the performance of the company based on decisions made by the executive during the period covered. It also calls for a large financial company’s board of directors to identify employees other than top executives, such as top traders, whose activities could potentially endanger the institution or who pose a “material risk.” The company would then have to come up with a method of paying these employees that would limit excessive risk taking. This could include, but is not limited to, deferring bonuses. Many Wall Street firms have already spread out their bonus payments in anticipation of the impending rules, but the rule could prevent banks from slipping back to old practices once public pressure wanes. “This proposal is kind of catching up with what companies are doing right now anyway,” said Joseph Sorrentino, managing director at compensation consulting firm Steven Hall & Partners. There are signs that in both the United States and Europe that there is upward creep in total compensation figures that offsets the curbs. Goldman Sachs revealed last month that it tripled Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein’s base salary and awarded him $12.6 million of stock, even after the bank’s net income plunged last year. Citigroup’s board approved a base salary of $1.75 million for CEO Vikram Pandit. Pandit had vowed in 2009 to receive an annual salary of $1 until Citigroup returned to sustained profitability. In Britain, banks such as HSBC and Barclays have raised the fixed part of bank pay in what they say is an essential move to retain staff. Paul Hodgson, an expert at independent research firm Corporate Library, said it is encouraging that regulators are trying to sniff out loopholes like the hedging of deferred bonuses — a practice he suspects is rampant at banks. “(Hedging) does even more to divorce the interests of shareholders and management,” Hodgson said.
US ‘not clear’ on French G20 food proposal Agence France-Presse
SAO PAULO – US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Monday it was not clear what France was proposing within the G20 to stamp out food price volatility, and implied market forces should be left to work unhindered. His comments, in response to a question asked at a meeting with business students and professors in Sao Paulo during a visit to Brazil, came as UN food agencies and France warned of unrest over rising food prices globally. France, the current chair of the G20 group of major developed and developing nations, has vowed to bring stability to food commodity prices, possibly by creating a new mechanism in the
World Trade Organization. G20 agriculture ministers have been invited to Paris in June to draft solutions. But Geithner said that the United States, while “working closely” with France on the issue, was wary of anything that might jeopardize the recovery from the global financial crisis. “We want to be very careful to bring balance to that perspective, that in the desire of politicians to bring stability to markets we don’t create conditions that will be damaging to not just the interests of commodity exporters but to the better functioning of the basic dynamics of the recovery,” he said. “So it’s not clear to me yet what the French are really proposing,” he said.
Geithner added that US commodity trading was conducted in a transparent and accountable system that minimized the possibility of grain and cereal price speculation that France says is occurring elsewhere. The Food and Agriculture Organization said last week that food prices have reached their highest level since the UN agency began measuring them in 1990. The FAO and another UN agency, the World Food Program, suggested that the problem contributed to protests that led to the fall of the Tunisian government last month. A previous sharp rise in food prices in 2007 and 2008 triggered food riots in a number of African countries, as well as in Haiti and the Philippines.
UBS consolidates recovery Agence France-Presse
ZURICH – Swiss bank UBS on Tuesday posted a largely expected annual profit in 2010 for the first time since the financial crisis, with full year net income of 7.2 billion Swiss francs (5.5 billion euros). The result compared with a loss of 2.7 billion francs a year earlier as
Switzerland’s flagship banking group symbolically shrugged off three successive years of deep losses with at least five consecutive quarters of positive results. “While we made substantial progress in 2010, we are fully aware that we have to continue to improve our results,” chief executive Oswald Gruebel said in a statement.
During the fourth quarter, profit before tax increased to 1.16 billion francs, compared to from 818 million francs in the previous quarter. The results were largely in line with analysts’ expectations. UBS last posted an annual net profit, of 12.6 billion francs, in 2006 before it was swept into the US subrpime crisis.
People walk on February 8, 2011 in front of the headquarters of Swiss bank UBS in Zurich. UBS on February 8 posted a largely expected annual profit in 2010 for the first time since the financial crisis, with full year net income of 7.2 billion Swiss francs (5.5 billion euros).
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Oscar nominees share lunch, tales of awards season Associated Press Writer
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Jesse Eisenberg joked that Academy Awards season feels like the endless bar mitzvahs he went to when he was 13. Melissa Leo said the road to the Oscars is like a nonstop energy drink. Mark Ruffalo admitted he’s just happy to get a free meal out of the awards marathon. An annual luncheon for Oscar contenders drew 151 of the nominees Monday, among them “The Social Network” star Eisenberg, “The Fighter” co-star Leo and “The Kids Are All Right” co-star Ruffalo. Other acting nominees on hand included past winners Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges and Geoffrey Rush, veteran nominees such as Annette Bening, Colin Firth and Natalie Portman and
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Nicole Kidman, an Oscar nominee for Actress in Leading Role for “Rabbit Hole,” interacts with photographers at the 30th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.
newcomers such as Jennifer Lawrence and Hailee Steinfeld. Best-actor nominee Eisenberg told reporters before the luncheon that the many Hollywood gatherings leading up to the Feb. 27 Oscars remind him of his early teens. “I had to go to bar mitzvahs every weekend, and this is like the same feeling,” Eisenberg said. “Putting on a suit every weekend to go meet with a lot of Jews.” Leo, considered the favorite to win the supporting-actress Oscar, said she tries to keep up her strength during the awards rush with “water, vitamins. And the excitement of it is pretty much of an energy drink right there.” First-time nominee Ruffalo said he was surprised he earned the Oscar honor given that his role probably was
the least showy in the film, whose cast includes Bening and Julianne Moore. “It’s taken me a long time to get here, so I really have been, as a meditation, making myself enjoy the hell out of it every single day,” Ruffalo said. “And I love free lunches, man. I came up as a starving, struggling actor, so I’m very grateful for a gift lunch.” Nominees shared a fine meal at the luncheon, whose menu featured appetizers of Indochina-spiced beef with avocado mousse, an entree of Alaskan black cod and a dessert selection that included mini lemon meringue tarts with blueberries and raspberry sorbet in cookie shells. Talk inevitably touched on what nominees would wear to the Oscars, one of the world’s biggest fashion showcases. Fourteen-year-old Steinfeld, nominated as supporting actress for her debut performance in “True Grit,” said that in past years, she watched the ceremony at home “mainly for the red carpet, just to see what everyone’s wearing.”
Classical label Decca relaunches, eyes future stars Reuters
LONDON – The classical music label Decca on Monday celebrated its relaunch as Decca Classics, promising to seek out new stars and ensure that the genre remains relevant to younger listeners. Part of the Universal Music Group, Decca Classics is already home to a roster of renowned performers including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Cecilia Bartoli, Renee Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Jonas Kaufmann and Mitsuko Uchida. It also boasts a catalog including singers Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland and conductor Georg Solti. “We’ve always done classical music, but for the first time in 30 years we’ve brought all sides of Decca under one roof,” said managing director Paul
Moseley, who will head up Decca Classics’ search for fresh talent.“It’s kind of a reaffirmation of our commitment to classical music, a bit like renewing your wedding vows,” he told Reuters ahead of a lunch in London formally marking the relaunch. Recent Decca signings include U.S. cellist Alisa Weilerstein and Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, as well as Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. Kurzak performed at the Decca event, as did German violinist Julia Fischer, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja and Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov. Moseley said that unlike the world of rock or pop, rampant piracy was not the biggest problem facing the classical music business. Digital purchases account for less than 20 percent of the sector’s sales, with the generally older
audience preferring to own physical CDs. Decca Classics’ biggest challenge, he added, was to identify artists who would appeal to all ages. “We’re working with a largely fixed repertoire,” he said. “Only by building stars can you make the repertoire fresh again and connect with younger audiences. “Amid declining retail opportunities, it is Decca’s duty to grow charismatic artists who we’ll be talking about in five or 10 years’ time.” He said that classical’s share of the recorded music business was stable or increasing slightly, but that, given the long-term slump in record sales worldwide, “we are facing a certain amount of decline overall.” Under the relaunch, Decca Classics will officially become part of Universal Music UK for the firsttime.
Legendary Tenor Luciano Pavarotti signed copies of “Ti Adoro,” his CD released by Decca Records on October 2, 2003, at Tower Records in NewYork.
Cowell courts groups, maybe Abdul for ‘X Factor’ Associated Press Writer
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LOS ANGELES – Simon Cowell wants his new Fox talent series “The X Factor” to include controversy, vocal groups and, maybe, Paula Abdul on the judging panel. “We’ve spoken to her, she knows I’m a big fan,” Cowell said of his former fellow “American Idol” judge. “I’ve always said at some point we are going to be working together.” But, he added, “I have to take everyone’s opinions into account,” including the show’s other producers and the network. A decision about who will join Cowell on the four-
member panel has yet to be made and won’t be announced for another month or so, he said during an interview and teleconference about “The X Factor.” The show debuts this fall. Cowell exited Fox’s “American Idol” last season in part to focus on the new series, which has been a successful format in several countries since its debut in Britain in 2004. Abdul quit “Idol” in 2009 over a salary dispute. The winner of the U.S. version of “X Factor” will nab a $5 million recording contract with Syco, a joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music. Cowell said that’s not a
“dressed up” sum: It represents $1 million a year payment for five years, separate from the costs of recording and promotion. Cowell, known for his sharp-tongued critiques, unsurprisingly said he favors shows on which “anything can happen.” “I rip up the rule that everybody pretends to be friends and they’re all going to be pen pals for the rest of their lives, which is complete and utter nonsense,” he said. “I like people who are ambitious, and with that comes controversy.” One unwelcome flap last season on the U.K. version of “X Factor” involved the revelation that the pitch-
correcting software Auto-Tune was used on at least one contestant’s taped audition. Cowell said Monday it was the work of sound technicians and done without his knowledge. “Once we found out what was going on it was stopped immediately. ... The most important part was once the show went live and (viewers) could see that everyone was singing live and it was a proper, fair competition.” The “X Factor” contest is open to those 12 and older, including groups. Cowell is eager to find breakout talent such as the Black Eyed Peas or Destiny’s Child.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Qigong: mindful movement made in China Reuters
NEW YORK – If yoga is all the rage, can Qigong be far behind? Sometimes called Chinese yoga, Qigong is a mind-body practice that melds slow graceful movements, mental focus and deep abdominal breathing to boost and balance a person’s vital energy, or “qi”.
Matthew Cohen demonstrates Qi Gong. Alabama Hills, California, 2006.
As China’s star rises in the west, devotees believe this 5,000-year-old energy cultivation system is poised to become the new kid on the block among rat racers hungry for a more serene form of fitness. “As China becomes more of a player in the world, Chinese practice is becoming more mainstream,” said Matthew Cohen, creator of the Tai Chi & Qi Gong Basics DVD, “just as yoga became popular when the Beatles went to India.” Cohen, an instructor at Sacred Energy Arts in Santa Monica, California, said unlike in India, yoga in the west has come to favor the athletic at the expense of the meditative.
Ancient Carnivorous Insect Sported Snowshoes THE fossilized remains of a predatory insect suggest its descendants - large, meat-eating crickets - have been stuck in time for the past 100 million years or so. The insect, whose remains were found in a limestone fossil bed in northeastern Brazil, lived during the Early Cretaceous Period, when dinosaurs ruled the planet just before the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana. When alive, the beefy insect, stretching 2 inches (6 centimeters) from head to bum, would’ve been quite an oddball - sporting antennae longer than its body, tightly coiled wings on its back and snowshoes of sorts on its feet for traversing its sandy environment. The only other specimen of this species was described in 2007 and placed in its own genus Brauckmannia groeningae, as the scientist didn’t know where the organism belonged. With a new and nearly complete specimen of that species, the researchers pro-
vide a more detailed and accurate description of the ancient insect, revealing its true identity as a species of the living genus Schizodactylus, or splay-footed crickets, which also includes true crickets, katydids and grasshoppers. “They get their common name from the large, paddle-like projections on their feet, which help support their large bodies as they move around their sandy habitats, hunting down prey,” said University of Illinois entomologist Sam Heads, of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and lead author of the paper describing the new species in the journal ZooKeys. When snagging prey, these species have no particular strategy. “They come out mostly at night and they’ll crawl around their dune-like habitats and occasionally run down a prey item,” Heads said. “They can be quite quick when they need to. ... They’re quite voracious.” During a phone conversation, he recalled, “Having seen these myself in the wild, when you try to pick the things up they give a pretty good fight.” Being so fast and aggressive, the meaty insects likely had no reason to fly, Heads said, though they probably would’ve been able to uncoil their wings if the need arose. The Schizodactylus specimen had features that were different enough from other members of the genus to warrant its own species (Schizodactylus groeningae). For instance, its legs and the lobe-shaped structures on its feet had slightly different shapes than species living today.
“The world is getting more crowded, cars and computers getting faster,” he said. “Qigong is about going slower, so internally you create space.” Tom Rogers, president of the Qigong Institute, a nonprofit educational organization, said Qigong is the precursor to all Chinese energy practices. “Tai Chi is the most well known moving form of Qigong. Kung Fu is also a form of Qigong,” Rogers said from his home in Los Altos, California Rogers added that the idea of energy cultivation is foreign to westerners but common to other
cultures. “Look at e=mc2,” Rogers said of Einstein’s insight that matter and energy are different forms of the same thing. “In the west we look at mass,” he said. “Western physics made weapons. The east looks at energy.” The slow, spiral exercises of Qigong, such as Rolling the Ball or Wave Hands in the Cloud, require no equipment, can be done anywhere, and are easy to learn.”Like an onion you peel the layers back and there’s more and more to it: movements are more fluid, posture is better, energy is flowing, breathing is more efficient with movement,” he said. “As your awareness deepens you’re distracted by less and less.” He added that every chronic illness on the planet is affected by stress. “Connect with that healer within. Turn that on,” Rogers added.
A customer looks at an iPhone 4 at the Apple Store 5th Avenue in New York, in this June 24, 2010 file photo.
Cellphone security threats rise sharply - McAfee Reuters
LONDON – Cellphone security threats rose sharply last year as a proliferation of Internet-enabled mobile devices like smartphones and tablets provided new opportunities for cybercriminals, security software maker McAfee (MFE.N) said. In its fourth-quarter threat report, released on Tuesday, McAfee said the number of pieces of new cellphone malware it found in 2010 rose 46 percent over 2009’s level. “As more users access the Internet from an ever-expanding pool of devices — computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet TV — web-based threats will continue to grow in size and sophistication,” it said. McAfee, which is being bought by Intel (INTC.O) for $7.68 billion, said it expected PDF and Flash maker Adobe (ADBE.O) to remain a favorite of cybercriminals this year, after it overtook Microsoft (MSFT.O) in popularity as a target in 2010. It attributed the trend to Adobe’s greater popularity in mobile devices and non-Microsoft environ-
ments, coupled with the ongoing widespread use of PDF document files to convey malware. McAfee said Google’s (GOOG.O) Android, which last quarter overtook Nokia (NOK1V.HE) as the maker of the world’s most popular smartphone software, had been targeted by a trojan horse that buried itself in Android applications and games. And politically motivated hacking was on the rise, it said, with the highest-profile protagonist being the “Anonymous” activist group that targeted the websites of organizations it perceived to be hostile to controversial site WikiLeaks. Confirming a trend that other software security companies have reported, McAfee said spam levels had decreased sharply, especially in the second half of the fourth quarter, with 62 percent less by the end of the year than at the beginning. The company said, however, that spam’s hitting its lowest level for years simply represented a transition period with several botnets — collections of computers harnessed to act in concert — going dormant at an usually busy time of year.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
McClaren sacked by Wolfsburg Agence France Presse
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Chelsea’s Spanish striker Fernando Torres (C) shakes hands with Chelsea’s Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti (R) after being substituted during their English Premier League football match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London, England on February 6, 2011.
Torres says Chelsea caught out by Reds’ ploy Agence France Presse
BERLIN – Ex-England coach Steve McClaren was on Monday sacked by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg after just seven months in charge with his side just one point off from the relegation zone. The 49-year-old became the first English manager to coach in the Bundesliga last August, but McClaren has been dismissed in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Hanover, when he criticised star player Diego for missing a penalty. McClaren’s co-trainer Pierre Littbarski will take over as caretaker coach. “We were no longer sure that we could work with Steve McClaren until the end of the season with some stability,” said director of sport Dieter Hoeness in a statement. “We have tried to make things work for as long as possible, but we have lost faith that we can bring success.” Having coached FC Twente to last season’s Dutch title, McClaren took charge of the 2009 Bundesliga champions before the start of the season, but his team have struggled throughout. Despite being given a vote of confidence and allowed to go on a spending spree in January, McClaren’s sacking can be blamed on his team’s league position of 12th — just
a point keeps them from 16th and the bottom three. “Our main concern now is to widen the gap between us and the relegation zone as soon as possible,” said Hoeness. After McClaren sold star striker Edin Dzeko to Manchester City in January for 34 million euros, he splashed Wolfsburg’s cash in a bid to improve his team’s faltering league position. Attacking midfielders Koo Ja-Cheoul of South Korea and Venezuelan Yohandry Orozco, German international Patrick Helmes, Turkish international striker Tuncay Sanli and Jan Polak were all brought in. But Saturday’s defeat was the final straw as McClaren slammed Diego for disregarding the English coach’s order to let Germany striker Patrick Helmes take an 80th-minute penalty, which the Brazilian then missed. “The players argued about it like kids in a playground,” said Hoeness. “And because of that we were beaten in a match that we should never have lost.” McClaren was sacked as England manager after the Three Lions failed to qualify for Euro 2008. He was dubbed ‘The Wally with the Brolly’ by the British media after using an umbrella during heavy rain at Wembley in November 2007 during his final game in charge when his team were beaten by Croatia.
LONDON – Fernando Torres has admitted former club Liverpool put one over Chelsea as the Spain striker went goalless on debut for the English champions in a 1-0 defeat by the Reds. Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge was the Spain striker’s first since he moved from Liverpool to Chelsea for 50 million pounds just days earlier in one of the final acts of the January transfer window. But, having said he’d switched to bolster his chances of gaining top honours, Torres had to endure the embarrassment of being susbtituted after 66 minutes, shorty before Raul Meirelese scored Liverpool’s winner. Defeat left Chelsea a huge 10 points behind leaders Manchester United and all but out of the Premier League title race. Liverpool, for whom Sunday’s result was a fourth straight win without conceding under caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish,
deployed three central defenders to negate the impact of Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. “It was very difficult, Liverpool played a good game, with three at the back,” Torres told Chelsea TV. “We were not expecting that and maybe they took advantage of that. “I think the fair result was the draw, it was unfair to lose that game, but now we are looking forwards to the next game and will keep fighting until the end,” he added. “There are a lot of points still to play (for).” Liverpool fans could not
resist mocking their former hero and when he was substituted some chanted: “You should have stayed at a big club.” Torres meanwhile insisted he’d been happy with his reception from the Chelsea crowd. “Obviously everyone wants to win, especially if it is their first game at home, but I will still have very good memories about my reception here and want to thank all of the Chelsea fans for that nice reception,” he said. “The result was not the best, but we have to keep going and fighting until the end.”
Italians get FIFA ok for their boy from Brazil Agence France Presse
ROME – Inter Milan’s Brazilian midfielder Thiago Motta was on Monday given permission by FIFA to play for Italy allowing him to make his debut for them against Germany in Wednesday’s friendly. The 28-year-old - whose ancestors emigrated from Italy to Brazil - had expressed his desire to play for Italy, where he has been based for the past three years first with Genoa and then with Inter. Italy coach Cesare Prandelli
had selected him in the squad for the Germany friendly and was delighted to be able to announce that FIFA had given the green light to Motta, who had represented junior Brazil teams but had not played for the senior side. “The permission from FIFA for Thiago being able to play for the national side arrived this morning,” said Prandelli. “I find it fantastic that players who aren’t born in this country are demanding to put on the azzurri shirt. “I call up those who deserve to be selected, and I am rising above
the tirades over the multi-ethnic make-up of the national team, because those type of attacks do no good, not only for the image of our sport, but also Italy’s.” Prandelli, who replaced Marcello Lippi after the debacle of their World Cup defence last year, has already selected a non Italy-born player before, Italo-Argentinian Cristian Ledesma. The most celebrated crossover was Argentinian-born wing Mauro Camoranesi, who was on the 2006 World Cup winning side then coached by Lippi.
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FILE - The Dec. 22, 2010 file photo shows VfL Wolfsburg coach Steve McClaren during the German soccer cup round of 16 match betwwen VfL Wolfsburg and Energie Cottbus in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. VfL Wolfsburg announced Monday, Feb 7, 2011 that the club has fired the former coach of the English national soccer team.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Istomin, Hewitt advance at San Jose ATP Agence France Presse
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Cleveland Cavaliers power forward J.J. Hickson (21) wipes his face sitting on the bench after he was subbed out of the game during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.
Cavs set new low with 25th straight defeat
SAN JOSE, California – Fifth-seeded Denis Istomin and number seven Lleyton Hewitt reached the second round of the ATP Tour SAP Open with straight-set victories. Uzbekistan’s Istomin on Monday snapped a three-match losing streak with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over ATP tour newcomer Roman Borvanov of Moldova. Istomin reached the semi-finals in his San Jose debut last year, falling to eventual champion Fernando Verdasco. Australia’s Hewitt advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Germany’s Bjorn Phau. Former world number four James Blake opened his 2011 campaign with a victory, downing qualifier Jesse Levine 7-5, 6-1. Levine took the first break to go up 5-4, but managed to win just one more game the remainder of the match as Blake converted four of his 11 break point chances. Blake, who fell out of the top 100 after battling knee and shoulder injuries last season, said he hoped the problems were behind him. “The main goal right now is to stay healthy and to keep doing everything I need to to keep the body right and then go out there and see how I can perform if I?m healthy,”
he said. In other matches, American Donald Young defeated German Dustin Brown 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, Michael Russell edged fellow American Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 62, and wild card Tim Smyczek defeated Colombian Robert Farah 75, 3-6, 6-3. The opening night of the tournament featured an exhibition match in which France’s Gael Monfils defeated 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras 76 (7/4), 6-4. Monfils emerged the winner in a lighthearted contest, taking a camera from a photographer to snap Sampras at one point. Sampras, 39, was appearing in an exhibition here for the fourth straight year. He displayed his serve-and-volley skills while bantering with the crowd. “Physically, that’s the most I’ve served and volleyed in the last seven years,” Sampras said. “Not easy. Gael is a great mover, returns well and made me work really hard on my service game. All in all, I’m very happy with the way I played.” This exhibition marked Monfils’ debut at the San Jose tournament. He will no doubt be hoping his first appearance will follow the pattern of Verdasco’s last season, when the Spaniard followed up an exhibition win over Sampras by winning the title.
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DALLAS, Texas – The Cleveland Cavaliers added to their unhappy resume as they went down to a record 25th straight defeat, losing 99-96 to the Dallas Mavericks. With their Monday’s loss, Cleveland broke their own record for consecutive losses in the NBA — 24 amassed in a period spanning the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. It was another lowpoint for a team whose previous defeat — to Portland on Saturday — had already set the record for the most in a single season. The Cavaliers could have tied it with a threepointer in the waning seconds, but failed to get a shot off and time expired. “We’re in the record books, we all know that, something we don’t want to be a part of, but you can’t go back and turn back the hands of time,” forward Antawn Jamison said. “We’ve got to worry about moving forward. The most important thing is getting a win.” The Mavericks made sure the win didn’t come against them. Jason Terry scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas stretched their own win-
ning streak to nine — the longest active winning streak going in the league. Shawn Marion had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 for Dallas. Tyson Chandler added 12 points with 11 rebounds, and Ian Mahinmi chipped in 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Peja Stojakovic, making his Dallas debut, played more than 20 minutes and scored eight points with five rebounds. JJ Hickson scored 26 points and Ramon Sessions had 19 points and 13 assists for Cleveland, who got 18 points from Jamison. Cleveland was expected to struggle after the pre-season departure of superstar LeBron James for Miami. But no one predicted this. Af-
ter starting the season 7-9, the Cavaliers have gone 1-35 for a record of 8-44. Their last victory came on December 18. That hasn’t stopped them from playing hard, and they demonstrated their toughness in a physical game against Dallas. Dallas’ Nowitzki needed treatment on a jammed wrist and was frustrated enough by the rough play that he appeared ready to throw a punch at Sessions in the final minute. “Punch? No,” Nowitzki said. “It was nothing.” Cavs coach Byron Scott said he was pleased to see his players remain passionate. “The guys are upset and rightfully so,” Scott said. “I like that fact that guys are caring about the fact that we’re losing some close games.”
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Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, returns a shot to Bjorn Phau, of Germany, in the first round of the SAP Open tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
HRT reveals first image of new car HRT has unveiled the first graphic images of its new F111, and the revamped colour scheme that it will race with in 2011. Following its battle just to get on the grid last year, team principal Colin Kolles has worked hard this winter to give the team a stable platform with which to make progress with in the season ahead.
With technical chief Geoff Willis and chief designer Paul White working hard on a new car, Kolles also brought in renowned design expert Daniel Simon to create a new corporate image. The striking new look, which is mainly white with a chequered flag design at the rear and red flashes on the airbox and sidepods, is a total rethink on last year’s grey colours. Kolles said: “The F111 represents a significant step forward for Hispania Racing. We have made a big improvement for starting our second season in Formula 1 and what you see in our new car confirms Hispania Racing’s commitment to F1.”
HRT president Jose Ramon Carabante added: “We feel really proud of the car our drivers will run this forthcoming season. We are very pleased to introduce the first spec of the F111, which means a huge design-effort from our side. This is only a first step as we are planning several updates during the season.” The car features sponsor logos of Narain Karthikeyan’s backers Tata, as well as spaces where other sponsors can feature their logos. It is understood that the F111 will undergo its last mandatory FIA crash test this week before final preparations are made to get in on track at one of the pre-season F1 tests.
Kubica not to blame for crash, claims co-driver EVEN as Italian police attempt to determine the cause of Robert Kubica’s horrific rally accident at the weekend, the Pole’s co-driver insists that pilot error was not to blame. Jakub Gerber escaped unhurt from the wreck of Kubica’s Skoda Fabia RS after it crashed out of the opening stage of the Ronda di Andora on Sunday and, having relayed details of the accident, explained that he did not hold his driver responsible for what had happened. The local police impounded the car as soon as Kubica had been cut free - a task that only ended an hour after the incident occurred and are currently investigating possible causes, with some suggesting that a combination of wet tarmac and protruding tree roots may have unsettled the Skoda. “In a competition, you try to go as quickly as possible,” Gerber reasoned, “Robert is the type of person that thinks hard, always looks a step ahead, he’s precise, fast and clean. A complete driver.” Although initial images of the accident did not reveal the full extent of the damage to the car, reports that a section of guard rail had penetrated the cockpit appear to be true, with Gerber confirming subsequent shots of the barrier protruding through the rear of the car. “The guard rail pierced through the car and went all the way through it,” he revealed to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, “I immediately saw it was serious, and [Kubica] also had a bad bruise under his eye after hitting the steering wheel. He passed out and I exited through the window because the door was stuck. “The ambulance arrived immediately and then came the firemen, [but] they took more than half an hour to pull him out. The first crew didn’t have the shears, so they had to wait for another crew. Then the helicopter couldn’t land in that spot, so Robert had to be moved and more time was lost.” Doctors have revealed that the Pole’s treatment in the
vital hour he remained trapped in the car could be crucial to his chances of making a full recovery and, hopefully, making it back into competition. Having been airlifted to Santa Corona hospital near Genoa, he was stabilised before undergoing seven hours of surgery designed to ensure the future survival and mobility of his right hand, which initial reports suggested may have had to be amputated. “Kubica lost a lot of blood, [and] that is why the first hour was critical,” Dr Giorgio Barabino was quoted as saying by the BBC, “He was unconscious and could not be operated on when he arrived at the hospital. He needed many transfusions during the stabilising process as well, as during the very long surgery.
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In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, a piece of guard rail through the wrecked Skoda car of Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica after a crash during the rally “Ronde di Andora” in Andora, Italy.