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A boy (R) waits for boiled water to cook instant noodle outside a shelter in Sendai, in Miyagi prefecture on March 16, 2011. A fresh fire broke out at the quake-hit Japanese atomic power plant in Fukushima early on March 16, compounding Japan’s nuclear crisis following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Japan prepares to restart work at nuclear plant Associated Press Writer
FUKUSHIMA, Japan – Japan ordered emergency workers to withdraw from its stricken nuclear complex Wednesday amid a surge in radiation, temporarily suspending efforts to cool the overheating reactors. Hours later, officials said they were preparing to send the team back in.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the workers, who had been dousing the reactors with seawater in
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LAHORE, Pakistan – A Pakistani court on Wednesday formally charged a CIA contractor on two counts of murder at a hearing held at a prison in Lahore, a police official said, in a move that may further strain relations with the United States. Raymond Davis, 36, shot dead two Pakistanis in the eastern Punjab city on January 27 following what he described as an attempted armed robbery. He said he acted in self-
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“The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” he said Wednesday morning, as smoke bil-
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Pakistan court indicts CIA contractor for double murder
a frantic effort to stabilize their temperatures, had no choice but to pull back from the most dangerous areas.
lowed above the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. “Because of the radiation risk we are on standby.” Later, an official with Tokyo Electric Power, which operates the plant, said the team had withdrawn about 500 yards (meters) from the complex, but were getting ready to go back in.
defense and the United States says he has diplomatic immunity and should be repatriated. “He has been indicted,” a police investigator assigned to the case told Reuters from inside Kot Lakhpat prison, where the trial is being held under tight security. If convicted, Davis could face the death penalty. The case has tested ties between the United States and Pakistan, a vital ally in the U.S.led campaign against Taliban militants in Afghanistan. Continued on page 6
U.S. consulate employee Raymond Davis is escorted by police and officials out of court in Lahore in this January 28, 2011 file photo.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Parliament encounters fish factory disposing waste to the sea Negara (Bali Post)—
After the protest of Pengambengan residents related to the activity of a plant processing rotten fish, a number of legislators of Jembrana House made a raid on Tuesday (Mar 15) to two fish processing factories. The entourage was led by Chairman of the Jembrana House Ketut Sugiasa accompanied by the Head of the Jembrana Licensing Office, Putu Irmawan, and Village Head of Pengambengan, Asmuni Turyadi. In the raid, the Jembrana House encountered that the fish processing factories disposed waste into the sea. The House inspected the condition of waste disposal carried out by Hosana Buana Tunggal (HBT) that caused overpowering stench. Although it had been protested, the HBT plant remained in operation as usual producing fish flour by means of rotten fish ingredients. Chairman of the Jembrana House, Ketut Sugiasa, requested the Jembrana Environment Agency and Jembrana Licensing Office to check whether the waste disposed
by the factory had adversely affected the surrounding environment or not. “It means to check whether the waste disposal processing has complied with the requirements or not. Having met the requirements, it can be granted with a new license,” he said. Sugiasa strictly stated that licensing office could only issue the permit after getting a recommendation from the Jembrana Environment Agency. Meanwhile, a legislator of Com-
To implement regulation on RTRWP, Bali Province drafts Governor Regulation Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika seems to consistently implement the Regional Regulation (Perda) No. 16/2009 on the Bali Provincial Spatial Layout Plan (RTRWP). Within the framework of implementing the regulation on the RTRWP, he said that Bali Provincial Government was drafting a governor regulation to describe in detail any clauses that had not been elaborated maximally in the regulation. “I affirm there is no conflict related to the RTRW. So, please do not be exaggerated. It is just a matter of incomplete understanding. Hence, there should be a governor regulation to describe in detail the formulation set forth in the regional regulation. Moreover, the governor regulation denoted the mandate of regional regulation being formulated,” said Governor Mangku Pastika, Tuesday (Mar 15).He said that in the Regional Regulation on RTRWP Bali there were at least 23 chapters requiring more detailed elaboration in the form governor regulation. Having accomplished it, he asked the regencies/city to immediately create
detailed rules in the form of (regency) regional regulation. “We comply with the principles. After elaborated further in governor regulation, the regencies/city should immediately form a more detailed regulation to describe the spatial layout planning in the regencies/ city,” he affirmed. He added that governor regulation would govern everything that had been made a polemic by the regents or mayor throughout Bali, so they had the regulations revised. For example, the issues on sacred area zoning would be set forth more comprehensively in the governor regulation. “On that account, there will be no longer need to have a polemic,” he said. According to Mangku Pastika, the Regional Regulation on RTRWP Bali was very urgent to be applied in Bali in the midst of rapid development. He affirmed that regents/ mayor across Bali should not feel scared to implement the regulation. “Regents or mayor do not need to fear. If we have complied with the rules or obeyed all principles, nothing should be feared. When nothing goes wrong we should not be afraid. We do not really need a new regulation,” he stated. (kmb13)
mission B, I Nyoman Sandiyasa, hoped the entrepreneur of the HBT factory might not dispose any waste damaging the habitat of the sea. Based on observation, it was discernible that sewage from the plant was directly disposed into the sea. On hearing the appeal, the factory owner, Tan Hendra Birawan, admitted that the waste had been examined in laboratory and qualified in 2008. But, if local government wanted, his party was ready to per-
form another laboratory test. “In this raid, we just undertake the control function. The waste disposal should not have a bad impact on the environment. To sum up, when our environment has been well-maintained we can attract more investors to come to Jembrana,” he appealed. Avoid disputes
Other than making a raid to HBT, the entourage of the House also paid a visit to PT Sumina, a fish-canning factory equally located at Pengambengan. In the company, the House was welcomed by Sugiarto serving as production manager. Sugiarto claimed to have completed the permit that had to be revised. Allegedly, the authority of HBT Pengambengan/PT Garam Dunia at
Cupel belonging to Tan Hendra Birawan being adjacent to PT Sumina owned by Prayitno Surowijoyo were equally not willing to sign the revision of disturbance permit (HO) of each company. Related to this matter, the Chairman of the Jembrana House, Ketut Sugiasa, did hope that disputes between the two factories could be promptly terminated. Additionally, he also hoped that both companies should compete fairly. By doing so, it could avoid inconvenient working atmosphere and absorb local labor force in Jembrana. In relatively short time, the House would invite both parties, namely PT HBT, PT Sumina and the agencies to conduct a hearing. (kmb26)
Ignoring summons for three times, Deputy Regent of Klungkung disappoints parliament Semarapura (Bali Post)—
Klungkung House was really made no fangs or powerless. Thrice summons sent to Deputy Regent of Klungkung, Tjok Gede Agung, as the Chairman of the Judiciary team, in fact kept on failing. The official that should set an example was absent and harassing the members of Klungkung House for the third time when summoned on Tuesday (Mar 15). Is the House disappointed? “That’s for sure. Moreover, that summons had been sent for three times but was not responded positively. Being disappointed, the threat of summoning by force even came into view, whereas a similar threat also brought up since the first and second summons of the House were ignored by Tjok Agung. Unfortunately, it was only a bluff. It was a discourse that never came true,” said Deputy Chairman of the House, Putu Tika Winawan, with the members such as Komang Suantara, Gede Gita Gunawan, Komang Gede Ludra, Made Mangku Kasta and others. “The House has been underestimated. Tjok Agung did not appre-
ciate the partnership so far. It shows that Tjok Agung is unable to work together to build Klungkung Regency,” accused this legislator. It was said that Tjok Agung was invited not to be abused, but to make coordination in order the synchronization of legislative-executive (Judiciary team) could be established. “We’ve got many findings in the field. A number of people questioned about the firmness of justiciary team. One of the examples is the status of evidence that was released beyond the procedures,” said Tika. The representatives also judged that judiciary team acted discriminatively in handling violations. When complaints were submitted by ordinary citizens, they were handled sluggishly. Different from the violation made by the rich, the evidence owned by businessmen could be released very quickly. Even, it did not follow the existing mechanism. “However, when farmers submitting their objection as shown by subak (irrigation cooperative) members of Sampalan Dlod Margi that
worried about their land to disappear due to excavation C dredging, it was handled indolently,” added Suantara while mentioning that Tjok Agung was paranoid because when nothing happened he had been scared. On that account, Tika Winawan, Suantara and Gita Gunawan said that parliament would apply the other rights to bring in Tjok Agung such as inquiry and interpellation right. “Of the two rights, the House agreed to summon him by force,” threatened Suantara. Tjok Agung always had a reason for not attending the summons. In the first summons, he said he did not get permission from the Regent of Klungkung, Wayan Candra. In the second absence, he argued the summons received from the House addressed to him, not to attend it but bring in the members of justiciary team and integrated licensing office. In the recent absence, Tjok Agung reasoned that he led the meeting with the state audit agency (BPKP) of Bali representatives. “I do not mean anything,” he said briefly. (kmb20)
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International Airport plan
Buleleng House of Representatives should act Singaraja (Bali Post) –
Buleleng House of Representatives are asked not to ignore or stay put on the international airport construction including its polemic in creating a Limited Company (PT) for the airport’s project. Last Tuesday (15/3), Leaders of Buleleng Non Government Organisation (NGO) Forum Sumarta alias Gatot from Bakti pertiwi NGO, Anton Sanjaya from Gema Nusantara NGO and Wayan Purmanek from Jari Simpul Buleleng NGO, stated that a discussion as such could make investors rethink in choosing Buleleng as an airport location. And so if the representatives felt unofficially told about the plan, they have to use their right to ask. If the answers from Buleleng Government executives are unsatisfying, they can ask Transportation Ministry in Jakarta. Sumarta stated that an airport can be under State Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Regional Company (PD), PT or Cooperation
based on the Law No.1 year 2009. If the management is under PT there shouldn’t be any public officials. Besides that, Sumarta and Purnamek think so far the construction has been Buleleng’s own issue when actually should be the whole Bali’s. The discussion should be widened so there’s no dichotomy between North and South Bali. If this construction comes up with pointing each other between North Bali and South Bali, then it’s dangerous. For that he suggests the management to be consortium joining from regional and cities government in Bali. “They could form BBI or Bali International Airport which will be owned by the whole Bali,” Sumarta concluded. In the near time the Forum will held a talk with House of Representatives in urging them to ask about the airport issue as this is for the people not for executives or investors priorities. (kmb15)
12 years education program delayed Since 2009, Bali province budget have started the program 12 Years Compulsory Education (Wajar) to increase the education quality of the young generation. Even though the budget prepared is high, according to Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, last Tuesday (15/3) the program was slowed down by the parents’ little understanding and support. The Governor stated the programme was to tackle poverty. Regency governments have opened wide access for young Balinese especially pupils/students from disadvantaged families by giving variety of facilities like scholarship. Sadly still many parents limit them by forcing them to help the family’s economy, and so they cut schools. Bali Government has prepared IDR 203,7 billion in the 2011 budget for education sector, increasing 19.6 percent compared to last year’s IDR 170,3 billion. The huge budget was allocated on various activities such as School Operational Aid (BOS) from central government was given extra by province government. Government has also prepared education aid funding for 2,000 Elementary school pupils, 2,000 Junior High school pupils and 5,000 High School pupils. “I admit a number of aids have been ineffective due to poverty or even the public’s mental. It’s not rare that it is not used and moreover the parents took their children’s money. The money that supposed to be used for school was used for eating instead,” Pastika explained. Many pupils in poverty areas tend to not continue school after Elementary school and worked as labours or housekeepers. This condition most felt by children in Klungkung, Karangasem and Buleleng. Besides poverty, the school’s far distance also became a factor such as long journey that needs good strength and transportation fee. For that, the Bali Province is planning to build lodgings near their schools so it’s not far anymore. Bali House of Representatives Commission IV Vice Head, Ketut Kariyasa Adnyana, admitted to support this plan very well. It is said it’s one of the best solutions. Besides that government has to control of all education funding and aids that have been given, “We have to make sure the user gets it, if it’s received of not.” (kmb13)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Regency spatial planning regulation revision needed Denpasar (Bali Post) –
After a trial in Bali House of Representatives last Tuesday (15/3), Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, responded that the Badung Regency’s planned Regency Spatial Planning Regulation (RTRWK) still hasn’t matched the Province Spatial Planning Regulation (RTRWP), “We hoped the regency government will revise their RTRWK which are against the Spatial Planning Law and RTRWP.” Pastika reminded that Bali Province Government with Bali House of Representatives have finished revising RTRWP after two years Law No. 26 year 2007 of spatial planning was applied. For RTRWK it is given three years. “There shouldn’t be any new permits given out. If forced, then it violates the Law,” Pastika explained. Connected to the new permit given to a restaurant at Selangan Beach, Nusa Dua, it seems to have
used this unrevised law. Head of Bali House of Representatives Commission I, Made Arjaya, during a raid to the area admitted the place have been violating Bali’s RTRWP and Spatial Planning Laws as in Badung’s previous RTRWK the beach demarcation line was 50 meters while in RTRWP it’s 100 meters. For that he asked the construction to be stopped until the unrevised RTRWK is finalised. Pastika was also hoped to coordinate in handling this issue.
In the meeting led by Vice Head of Bali House of Representatives, Ketut Suwandi, Governor also confessed that there has been a lateness in School Operational Aid funding in a number of regencies as the system changed from province to regency now central government to regency. He also stated the 2010 construction result as a yearly head of province responsibility report. Suwandi stated his condolences to the people of Japan who were hit by tsunami. (029)
Unmanaged, Japan cave threatened to close Klungkung Regency have owned many tourists objects and promoted nationally even internationally. Goa Lawah, Kertagosa, Lembongan are a few also Goa Jepang (Japanese Caves) located in Banjar Koripan, Banjarangkan. This object has 16 caves with depth around four meters each, 14 of them connect to each other from north to south. Sadly this particular object was never preserved even though promoted causing questions of its visitation suitability. The place have gone not attractive at all as many rubbishes are around, unclean, and converted to snake nest too when actually it’s located on the main route of Semarapura-Denpasar. “The supporting facilities like pedestrians and parking area for it has been
unusable as grasses grew everywhere and rubbishes covering. Also many of the gorge had landslides,” a resident nearby explained. In other hand, this object can’t create a supporting parking space especially foreign tourists visiting above Tukad Bubuh. Residents who pass the object everyday also suggest government to have clear action on what will be done to this object and should make sure no animals living there are putting residents to danger. Meanwhile, Regency Secretary, Ketut Janapria, it’s a dilemma. Stated a few months ago, the government was thinking of closing the cave as tourist object as there’s no possibility to fix or arrange it due to limited budget and won’t give any retribution for
the real regional income (PAD). Yet Goa Jepang is a historical object that can’t be scratched away from Klungkung and which should be proud to have with its nature beauty surrounding it. Klungkung classical painter, Nyoman Gunarsa, disagreed of erasing Goa Jepang as tourist object. According to him, it is not easy to get a historical valued object in any place in the world. Goa Jepang is one of the Japanese colonial ruins in Bali and built it to protect them from Americans attack in 1941. There are also these kinds of caves in Nusa Penida where it’s used to supervise Nusa Penida water traffic/mobility those moving between Karangasem (Bali) and Lombok. (bal)
Japanese Caves – A tourist object in Klungkung seemed untaken care of, yet promoted well by Klungkung Government.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Clinton tours Tahrir Square in push for reform Associated Press Writer
CAIRO – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday toured Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular uprising that toppled Egypt’s longtime autocratic leader last month. “It’s just a great reminder of the power of the human spirit and universal desire for freedom and human rights and democracy,” Clinton said. “It’s just thrilling to see where this happened.” Surrounded by a heavy contingent of U.S. and Egyptian security guards, Clinton smiled, waved and shook hands with the Egyptian citizens who thronged her during her unscheduled 15-minute stroll through the square. “To see where this revolution happened, after all that it has meant to the world, is extraordinary for me,” she said before entering a meeting with interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf. Clinton’s two-day visit to Egypt is aimed at encouraging the Egyptian people and their transitional leaders to hold true to the ideals of democratic reforms that
propelled the revolution. She is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last month and she has pledged America’s support for the transition. Her trip underscores the Obama administration’s concern that gains made since last month’s ouster of President Hosni Mubarak may be lost to impatience or a hijacking of the political system by extremists. Civic groups have raised fears that the timing of a weekend referendum on constitutional amendments and June parliamentary elections followed by a presidential vote are too rushed to permit a true representative democracy to emerge. Some believe the sequencing won’t give secular opposition groups enough time to organize into credible political parties. The most organized opposition movement in the county is the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist party long banned by Mubarak. The brotherhood took a low-key role in the initial protests against Mubarak but is now seen as moving to take advantage of the space opened by the protesters in Tahrir Square.
Black smoke billows in Pearl Square in Bahraini capital Manama on March 16, 2011, after Bahraini police killed at least two protesters and wounded dozens more as they assaulted a peaceful protest camp in the capital’s Pearl Square, an opposition party official said. AFP PHOTO/JAMES LAWLER DUGGAN
Bahrain sweeps into protest camp; 6 dead Associated Press Writer
MANAMA, Bahrain – Soldiers and riot police used tear gas and armored vehicles Wednesday to drive out hundreds of anti-government protesters occupying a landmark square in Bahrain’s capital, a day after emergency rule was imposed in the violence-wracked Gulf kingdom. At least six people were killed, according to witnesses and officials.
AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS-POOL
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) waves as she takes an unannounced walk through Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 18 days of protests that overthrew long time ally Hosni Mubarak, on March 16, 2011, during her visit to Cairo where she also met the new Egyptian leaders.
The full-scale assault launched at daybreak swept into Pearl Square, which has been the center of uprising against Bahrain’s rulers since it began more than a month ago. Stinging clouds of tear gas filled streets and black smoke rose from the square from the protesters’ tents set ablaze. Witnesses said at least two protesters were killed when the square was stormed. Officials at Ibn Nafees
Hospital said a third protester later died from gunshot wounds in his back. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of reprisals from authorities. Meanwhile, Bahrain state TV also reported that two policemen died when they were hit by a vehicle after anti-government protesters were driven out. The Interior Ministry also at least one other policeman was
killed, but did not give the cause. It was unclear whether the offensive included soldiers from other Gulf nations who were dispatched to help Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, which has been under relentless pressure from the country’s majority Shiite Muslims to give up its monopoly on power. But state TV broadcast video showing military vehicles in the square flying Bahrain’s red-andwhite flag as security officials moved through the wreckage of the encampment, set up at the base of a towering monument to the country’s history as a pearl diving center. The video showed the ground littered with debris, including satellite dishes and charred tent poles.
Assange: Wikileaks’ cables spurred Arab uprisings Reuters
CAMBRIDGE, England – Publishing U.S. diplomatic cables helped shape uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange said on Tuesday. The computer expert, who infuriated the U.S. government by publishing thousands of the secret cables, said the leaks may have persuaded some authoritarian regimes that they could not rely on U.S. support if military force was used on protesters. They also made it difficult for the West to continue its support of the long-standing regimes, Assange told hundreds of students at the Cambridge University union. “The Tunisian cables showed clearly that if it came down to it, the U.S., if it came down to a fight be-
tween the military on the one hand, and (President Zine al-Abidine) Ben Ali’s political regime on the other, the U.S. would probably support the military,” he said. “That is something that must have also caused neighboring countries to Tunisia some thought. That is that if they militarily intervened, they may not be on the same side as the United States,” Assange said. The wave of unrest began in Tunisia last December, forcing the president to flee the country a month later. Protests then sprang up elsewhere in the region, encouraging Wikileaks to pump out information on principal players in Egypt, Libya and Bahrain “as fast as we could,” Assange said. The cables were published, not just so that the people in those countries would know what was going
on, “because many of them already knew what was going on in great and grotesque detail, but rather so that it would not be possible for the West to stand up and support the (authoritarian leaders),” he said. In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February after 18 days of protests. Assange, who is fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, said cables released on Egypt’s former intelligence chief and vice president Omar Suleiman prevented the United States from supporting him as a potential successor. “It was not possible for (U.S. Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton to publicly come out and support Mubarak’s regime,” he said. About 800 students attended the talk, many having queued for hours, and they applauded Assange enthusiastically.
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The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange speaks to the media after his extradition hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Incentive Tour Package to Singapore IBP
Adi Dharma Hotels Group had provided a four-day incentive tour package to Batam and Singapore. Probably, it is the only hotel in Bali giving a high appreciation by sending 39 staff and management for an amazing holiday trip. They were entitled to get the trip because of their utmost effort both in keeping the hotel operations and services to guests as well as in preserving the survival of Balinese culture and tradition by establishing the Adi Lalita Dance Studio, namely a club of Balinese dancers and musicians. After working, they usually practiced to express their artistic talent and made performance to accompany some ritual ceremonies or other social functions whose participants consisting of the staff ranging from the top management to gardeners. It is the first holiday trip taking an international destination, where the incentive tours provided in previous years only took domestic destination as yearly program.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for March 8 through March 19, 2011 8 March Anggar Kasih Perangbakat Bukit Buluh Gunaksa - Klungkung Tirta Sudamala Bebalang - Bangli Paibon Pasek Bendesa Sangsit - sawan Buleleng Pasek Gelgel Pangi Dawan - Klungkung Gunung Tengsong Lombok - NTB Dalem Benawah Benawah - Gianyar Dalem Bitra Bitra - Gianyar Dalem Banyuning Banyuning Timur Buleleng Dalem Pauman Batan Getas Titih Denpasar Tengah Padang Tegalalang - Gianyar Merajan Pasek Gelgel Desa Sande - Pupuan Tabanan Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung Desa Adat Pagan Denpasar Hyangaluh/Jenggala Besakih - Gianyar Merajan Pasek Lurah Tutuan Gunaksa Klungkung Merajan Pasek Gelgel SelulungSelulung Merajan Pasek Subrata Medahan Merajan Pasek Munggu Munggu Pura Tengkulak Tulikup - Gianyar Penataran Badung Ogang Village Sidemen Karangasem 9 March Buda Umanis Perangbakat Puri Agung Dalem Tarukan Tarukan Pejeng Tampak Siring-Gianyar Rambut Siwi Jembrana Batu Bolong Canggu - Kuta Pasek Marga Klaci Klaci - Tabanan Agung Pasek Dauh Waru Jembrana Ratu Pasek Sangsit Sawan - Buleleng Pasek Tangkas Darma Reyanggede Tabanan Banyuning Village Temple Banyuning Buleleng Srijon Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Lebah Pangkung Petemon
Tirta Anom Padang Sigi Sading - Tampak Siring Dadi Agung Pasek Bendesa Dukuh Manuaba Tegalalang Pedarmaan Batursari Ngilis Jegu Penebel Tabanan Puncak Mundi Nusa Penida 19 March Purnama Kedasa Odalan Betara Turun Kabeh Besakih Karangasem Ngusaba in Bukit Jati Temple Bangli Batur Kalanganyar Bangli Masceti Pejeng Aji Tegalalang - Gianyar Dalem Tangsub Sukawati - Gianyar Penambangan Badung Denpasar City Ngusaba in Lempuyab Madia Temple Karangasem Ngusaba in Batur Temple Bangli Village Temple Singakerta Ubud Pasek Gelgel Tagtag Kukuh Marga Tabanan Gaduh Ketapian Sumerta Denpasar Pasek Bendesa Batur Tuak Ilang Tabanan Pasek Agung Tagtag Kelod Peguyangan Denpasar Agung Pasek Bendesa Tonja Tonja - Denpasar Pasek Gelgel Angsri Baturiti - Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Bale Agung Subamia Beraban Dukuh Sari Belatung Bengkel Timpag Kerambitan Pusat Dukuh Sari Belatung Rendang Karangasem Pita Maha Palangkaraya Kalteng Canda Peraba Komplek Polri Jelambar Jakarta Barat Agung Jagat Natha Denpasar Pemerajan Agung Puri Petak Gianyar Dadia Agung Tangkas Kori Agung Abiansemal Badung
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.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Teen cancels Facebook party with 200,000 ‘guests’ SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian schoolgirl had to cancel her 16th birthday party after her Facebook invitation went viral and close to 200,000 people said they would turn up at her house, reports said Tuesday. The Sydney girl had wanted her schoolmates to attend, and the post — which included her address — said they could bring friends if they let her know, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. “(It’s an) open house party as long as it doesn’t get out of hand,” she wrote, adding that she had not had time to invite everyone individually. But within 24 hours more than 20,000 people had replied to the public event to say they were attending and by Tuesday almost 200,000 potential partygoers had reportedly accepted the invitation. The girl’s father, who asked not to be named, said his daughter had invited “a few friends” over Facebook but had initially been unaware of the settings required to stop
strangers from viewing the information. “She was just anxious about whether anyone would show up to her birthday,” he told the Telegraph. Police said it appeared the girl’s original post had been reposted by an “unknown person” and this had gone viral, as they warned of the dangers of advertising parties on social networking sites. “The father has given us an undertaking that he will have the Facebook page removed and the party will definitely not be going on,” police Inspector Terry Dalton told ABC Radio. “There will be no party
at that address. “The only thing that anybody who turns up on that street will be met by will be some police vehicles patrolling the area.” In 2008, then 16-year-old Corey Worthington attracted global attention when he threw a wild party while his parents were away, after making an open invitation on his MySpace page. About 500 people turned up to his two-storey home in Melbourne, and in the ensuing hours police called in the air wing and the dog squad to help subdue revellers.
An Australian schoolgirl had to cancel her 16th birthday party
Berlusconi: I’m too old for too much sex Hospital treats 3-year-old alcoholic Associated Press Writer
ROME – Premier Silvio Berlusconi has told an opposition newspaper he is too old to have had all the sexual encounters he is accused of by Italian prosecutors. The 74-year-old faces trial in
Milan over charges that he paid for sex with a Moroccan minor and used his influence to try cover it up. In court documents, the prosecutors have identified 33 women, including the Moroccan, involved in parties at Berlusconi’s villa. The premier told La Repubblica — a leftist
newspaper that has called for his resignation in the wake of the scandal — that “even though I am a little brat ... 33 girls in two months seems like too much even for a 30 year old.” He vows to participate in all hearings of his trial, which opens April 6.
LONDON – Hospital authorities say they have treated a 3-year-old child for alcoholism. The Heart of England NHS Trust that runs three hospitals in central England confirmed Tuesday that a child had been treated by medical staff after being given alcohol regularly. The trust revealed the data in response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act by a newspaper, which re-
quested data on underage drinking. The case highlights a new low in Britain’s struggle to control a bingedrinking culture which has seen alcohol-related deaths double in the past two decades. Chris Sorek of the lobby group, Drinkaware, says Tuesday that any alcohol could disrupt a child’s development.
fecture, just south of Fukushima, said radiation levels were about 300 times normal levels by late morning. While those levels are unhealthy for prolonged periods, they are far from fatal. Days after Friday’s twin disasters, millions of people were struggling along the coast with little food, water or heat, and already chilly temperatures turned to snow in many areas. Up to 450,000 people are staying in temporary shelters, often sleeping on the floor of school gymnasiums. More than 11,000 people are officially listed as dead or missing, and most officials believe the final death toll will be well over 10,000 people. In an extremely rare address to the nation, Emperor Akihito expressed his condolences and urged Japan not to give up. “It is important that each of us shares the difficult days that lie ahead,” said Akihito, 77, a figure deeply respected across the country. “I pray that we will all take care of each other and overcome this tragedy.” He also expressed his worries over the nuclear crisis, saying: “With the help of those involved I hope things will not get worse.” Since the quake and wave hit, authorities have been struggling to avert an environmental catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex, 140 miles (220 kilometers) north of Tokyo. The tsunami knocked out the backup diesel generators needed to keep nuclear fuel cool, setting off the atomic crisis.
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FILE - This Sept. 27, 2010 file photo shows Italian journalist Emilio Fede attending the ‘Amfar’, foundation for Aids research, in Milan, Italy.
Pakistan... From page 1 Questions surround the identity of the victims, with some media reports saying the men worked for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, and that they might have been known to Davis. Other reports suggest they were armed robbers who had already targeted others in Lahore before attempting to rob Davis, tailing him on motor bikes along a congested city road. The case has also strained ties between the CIA and Pakistan’s main In-
ter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, which said it was unaware Davis was working in Pakistan. There is mounting speculation the United States might back payment to the victims’ families of compensation, or blood money, as laid out under Pakistani law, even if it is loathe to support a payment in what it sees as a case of self-defense. Under that scenario, Pakistan could facilitate U.S. contact with the families of the two slain men — and, presumably, the family of a third man who was struck and killed by a U.S. vehicle going to help Davis after the shooting — to offer a deal.
“The best, perhaps the only, option for the government is to pacify the relatives of those killed to come to some compromise,” said Talat Masood, a retired Pakistani general. “It’s the only option everyone seems to be working on.” Such payments are sanctioned by Islamic law and are common in some parts of rural Pakistan as a way to settle disputes. But the victims’ families would have to agree. A U.S. embassy spokesman said he had no knowledge of any negotiations to settle the case. The principle of diplomatic immunity was key to the case, the spokesman added.
The nuclear crisis has triggered international alarm and partly overshadowed the human tragedy caused by Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, a blast of black seawater that pulverized Japan’s northeastern coastline. The quake was one of the strongest recorded in history. Later Wednesday, national broadcaster NHK showed military helicopters lifting off to survey radiation levels above the complex, preparing to dump water onto the most troubled reactors in a desperate effort to cool them down. But Edano has already warned that may not work. “It’s not so simple that everything will be resolved by pouring in water. We are trying to avoid creating other problems,” he said. “We are actually supplying water from the ground, but supplying water from above involves pumping lots of water and that involves risk. We also have to consider the safety of the helicopters above,” he said. Radiation levels had gone down by later Wednesday, but it was not immediately clear if the workers had been allowed back in, or how far away they had withdrawn. The workers at the forefront of the fight — a core team of about 180 — had been regularly rotated in and out of the danger zone to minimize their radiation exposure. Meanwhile, officials in Ibaraki pre-
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Small bomb wounds 4 in Indonesia’s capital Associated Press Writer
JAKARTA – A mail bomb addressed to a moderate Muslim leader exploded in Indonesia’s capital Tuesday as police were trying to defuse it, wounding four people. The explosive, delivered to the offices of the Islamic Liberal Network, was placed in a hole carved into a heavy book titled “They should be killed for their sins against Islam and the Muslims.” Witnesses told TVOne station that it arrived with a note to Ulil Abshar Abdalla, a prominent member of the U.S.-funded group, asking him to name those who should top the “hit list.” He was not in the office when the parcel arrived. “This is clearly a terror attack,” said Anton Bachrul Alam, spokesman for the national police, after video of the officer’s bungled attempt to diffuse the bomb aired on local television. “We are still investigating and don’t want to speculate at the moment as to who may have been behind this.” Hours later, MetroTV reported that a second mail bomb was sent to the office of the National Board of Narcotics, which is headed by Lt. Gen. Gories Mere, a Christian and former chief of the police anti-terror squad. It was diffused without incident. Indonesia, a secular nation of 237 million people with more Muslims than any other in the world, has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks blamed on the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah since 2002, when suicide bombings on Bali island killed 202 people. Many of the victims were foreign tourists. A new terrorist cell discovered just over a year ago has shifted tactics, experts say, instead targeting the moderate Muslim leaders like President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his security forces. The militants accuse
Yudhoyono, who launched a crackdown on terrorism that has resulted in hundreds of arrests and convictions, of being an infidel and lackey of the West. Abdalla, who joined Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party a year ago, has been a hated figure among hard-liners in Indonesia for a decade. Through radio shows, the Internet, discussion groups and publications, he and his network have worked hard to undercut extremism. In an interview with MetroTV, however, Abdalla said he believed the attack was motivated by politics, not religion. “I’ve been with the Islamic Liberal Network for 10 years and nothing like this has ever happened,” said Abdalla, the son of a respected local Muslim cleric. “It’s only just now.” A worker at a nearby radio station captured Friday’s blast on video. He had his hand-held camera rolling when police arrived, hosing down the makeshift device while they waited for the bomb squad to arrive. They then tried to remove cables from the detonator on their own. Four people were wounded in the explosion, including two of the officers, said Alam, the police spokesman. Most Muslims in Indonesia practice a moderate form of the faith, but a small, extremist fringe has grown more vocal and violent in recent years, as they seek to carve out an Islamic state. They have targeted Christians, members of Islamic sects and others whom they consider blasphemous with little pushback from the government.
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An Indonesian armed anti-terror policeman (R) looks on as security personnel of the national narcotics agency man a security checkpoint at the agency’s building in Jakarta on March 16, 2011 after police defused a bomb package addressed to the agency’s chief Brigadier General Goris Mere, a former top official at the national police bomb unit. A top Indonesian anti-terror official said that regional terror outfit Jemaah Islamiyah was behind the “book bombs”, one of which exploded in the capital and injured four people.
Public asked not to draw
Oil price volatility may contribute hasty conclusions over blast 1.5 percent to inflation Antara
JAKARTA - If the present oil price volatility continues, it could contribute one to two percent to Indonesia‘s inflation, an observer said. “This prediction will particularly be true if the domestic oil price is raised by Rp1,000 per liter,” M Ikhsan Modjo of the Brawijaya University said here on Tuesday. He said that this would constitute the first round contribution to the inflation as there would also be a second round one which would boost the inflation further.
However, if the price is raised by Rp500 per liter, it will only contribute between 0.7 and 0.8 percent to the inflation rate, he said. Modjo said that if the domestic oil price was raised by Rp500 per liter only the government would be able to save Rp7 trillion to Rp8 trillion, while if the government raised it by Rp1,000 per liter, the government would be able to save Rp14 trillion and Rp15 trillion. He said that of the three options offered by the Subsidized Fuel Oil Consumption Limitation Supervisory Team, the option of raising the price was the most rational. “There would be no problem with
inflation as long as the economic growth remains high,” the observer said. After all, he added, raising the oil price has a strong legal basis, namely the law on the 2011 state budget. The law provides a chance for the government to increase the oil price at home if the world crude price reached 10 percent of the assumption price set at the state budget, he said. “I think the increase in the world crude price has reached over the 10 percent level of the assumption price in the 2011 state budget, which was set at US$80 per barrel,” M Ikhsan Modjo said.
Indonesia still plans nuclear reactors near fault Associated Press Writer
JAKARTA – Indonesia says four nuclear reactors it plans to build near a volatile fault will be safe and more modern than the Japanese plant critically damaged by an earthquake and tsunami. Ferhat Aziz, a spokesman for
Indonesia’s Nuclear Energy, says the nation of 237 million badly needs alternative energy sources. The four reactors will be built on Bangka island by 2022. Bangka is near Sumatra, the heavily populated island where a 2004 earthquake caused the massive tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen
nations. Aziz insists the Indonesian reactors will be safe, saying they will use technology 40 years more modern than the Fukushima plant leaking radiation in Japan. Both countries are on the “Rim of Fire,” an arc of active faults encircling the Pacific Basin.
JAKARTA - Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto called on the public on Tuesday not to draw hasty conclusions about the parcel bomb explosion that happened in Jakarta earlier in the day. He said the police were still investigating the incident, working hard to find the perpetrator(s) or motives behind it. “We must not draw conclusions too early regarding who were or the motives behind it as the process of investigation is still ongoing. Let us just wait for the results of the investigation. We hope it can be solved soon,” he said after a meeting at his office. The impromptu meeting was attended by National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo, head of the State Intelligence Agency, Sutanto, and head of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Arsyad Mbai. Djoko called on the people not to quickly jump into conclusions or accusing each other before there was complete evidence.Timur Pradopo said an investigation was still going on. At around 10 am on Tuesday, someone sent a parcel to Radio News Agency 68H in Utan Kayu,
East Jakarta, for Ulil Abshar Abdalla, former coordinator of the Islam Liberal Network. The package was to be handed to Ulil at around 1.30pm when a security guard saw something suspicious in it and then reported it to police at the Matraman station who then reported it to the East Jakarta police resort. The chief intelligence of the police resort, Commissioner Dodi Rahmawan and Inspector Bara Libra Sagita then came to check the package. But the package exploded while it was being examined at around 4.05pm injuring Dodi, Bara and a security guard. Djoko Suyanto called on the public to increase alertness and not to hesitate to report to the police in case they found suspicious things around them. He said the government condemned the act. “The government condemned anyone behind it. The act is against humanity and our efforts to assure that people should always use peaceful and democratic means and persuasions to settle any problem,” he said. He pledged he would take those responsible to justice if evidence is complete. He called on the people having information that could be used by the police to uncover the case to give it to the police.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bali Today Seeing Bali through the fisheries perspective To most people in and outside Indonesia, Bali Island is mainly one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Surrounded by beautiful blue seas, and at many places lined by white sandy beaches with many scenic landscapes, Bali is always the foreign or domestic tourist‘s preferred destination. However, not everything in Bali is related to tourism. During my trip to the “Island of Gods” with representatives of the agriculture ministries of 31 countries, including Australia, Italy, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, with Secretary to the Coordinating Ministry for People`s Welfare Indroyono Susilo recently as host, I was introduced to the other face of Bali, namely the location of a center for fisheries research and development in Indonesia. The research center called the Institute of Research for Mariculture stands tall on a 6.7-hectare plot of land in Gondol, northern Bali. With green hills on one side and Gondol beach on the other, the facility is apparently the only research center for marine life in Indonesia so far. “This research center has been operating since 1985. Initially it was established to breed milkfish in the area. But after years of research, we also found that the waters here have other potentials, namely shrimp, grouper fish and now we are developing abalone (scallop) as our newest research object,” Director of the Marine Research and Development Center for Aquaculture I Nyoman Adiasmara Giri said. Budi, a researcher working at the facility showed me the way around the facility especially the breeding pool location. He said apart from breeding shrimp, grouper, clownfish, yellow-Fin tuna and milkfish, the facility also done hybridization between tiger grouper and humpback grouper. He showed me the hybrid fish pool where hundreds of juvenile blue grouper with dots all over their body are being gathered. “We choose to breed grouper because the fish has high economic value in the market. In Indonesia, the fish worth around US$30 each while in Hongkong restaurants the price can hike up to US$30 per plate,” he said. Budi also showed me a big pool with diameter 17 meters and depth six meters where big yellow-fin tuna fish are kept. Budi said the facility now had 130 pools containing milkfish, seven pools for grouper and a net cage in Gondol beach with width 17 kilometres. He said with the amount of pools and seeds, now 324 people living around the area had used milkfish seeds from the facility while other 40 chose to breed grouper seeds. “The presence of the facility here
has helped creating more job opportunity for the people around as well as increasing their income,” Budi said. After circling around the facility, me and the rest of the participants were brought to another facility called Research Institute for Marine Observation (RIMO) in Perancak, about an hour away from Gondol. RIMO is a Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) of Marine and Fisheries Research Agency at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries established in 2004. It has a mandate to develop strategic research and application of national marine observations to support the creation of a sustainable marine resource management. In developing its programs of research and observation Brok cooperates with national and international research institutions under the vessel of Southeast Asia Centre for Ocean Research and Monitoring (SEACORM). Located in Perancak, State, Bali, about 100 km west from Denpasar or 35 km to the east of Gilimanuk, RIMO owns several high technology facilities namely Earth Station Satellite Data Receiver NOAA-AVHRR, Themis Ocean Data, Fiber Optic Internet Connection (256 kbps) and V-Sat (128kbps), Tidal Observer Station, Automatic Weather Station (AWS), Water Quality Laboratory and Mangrove Nature Laboratory. “RIMO with its satellite facility will broadcast every phenomenon in the ocean and share it with the fishermen. So far we have made products such as map of fishing ground namely in Bali strait, Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara waters. The map can be directly accessed by the fishermen through internet, radio, fax and even text message. Such information will allow the fishermen to go fishing effectively in the sea,” Agus said. He explained the potential fishing ground map in the facility worked based on the data which was sent from the satellite. He said in order to decide the best place for fishing, the satellite first searched for the presence of chlorophyll in the ocean. According to him, waters with a large amount of chlorophyll was the most probable place of fish since chlorophyll placed first in the food chain in the ocean which will attract plankton and eventually plankton attract fish. He added the institution had also developed coral monitoring project where they routinely dive underwater to the coral initiative area to analyze and map the distribution of coral reef area. “Maintaining coral reef is important as a factor that preserve the continuation of fish and eventually human. It must be maintained and protected from the negative impacts of climate change and people?s destructive activity,” he said.
Men shopping at the Bali’s art shop that sold traditional wooden craft statue that usually also being exported to various countries in the world.
Bali non oil and gas export reach $40 million Antara
Denpasar – Bali gained $40 million in January 2011 from non oil and gas export. The number decrease 13% compare to the similar month last year which was $46 million. Based on the data gained from Bali Industrial and Trade Department stated that the income is also decease 19% compare to December 2010 which was $49 million. The main source income is the small industries and household crafts which was 75% from the total export. The small industry products exported from Bali were canned fish, shoes and textiles worth $16 million and it was 35% from the total export in January 2011.
Handicrafts also gave large contribution to Bali export which was $20 million. While the farming product contributed $9 million to Bali’s income. The Head of Publication Division in Bali Government, I Ketut Teneng, said that the farm-
ing export products were dominated by fishery products. He added that handicrafts demanded by the customers abroad are products from bamboo, statutes, and furniture. There is also demand on candles and other handicrafts products.
Bali Authorities to Limit Access to Vehicles from Other Provinces Denpasar - The provincial government of Bali is trying to reduce traffic congestion in Bali by enforcing stricter controls on vehicles operating in Bali with police registration plates from locations outside the island. Stricter controls limiting the use of nonBali registered vehicles would bring the double benefit of not only reducing the traffic on Bali’s roads but increasing provincial tax revenues. Ketut Sudira, the head of the provincial revenue office (Dispenda), said: “We have held an
internal meeting. One of the main items on the agenda was the plan of the Bali provincial government to bring into line vehicles operating in Bali with non-Bali police registration plates.” Sudira said there are non-Bali vehicles who operate in Bali for months, and in some cases years, without making any contribution to Bali’s road taxes. In the planned crackdown, police working with provincial authorities will target vehicles spending more than three months in Bali, demanding that vehicles staying more than 3 months
on the island obtain Bali registration plates. Efforts are now underway to calculate the number of “illegal” non-Bali vehicles more or less permanently based in Bali. Authorities also expect that the recently introduced on-line vehicle registration system will assist in identifying cars, truck and motorcycles operating in Bali while avoiding paying road taxes. Current rules stipulate that vehicles spending more than three months in the province should be re-registered with DK plates.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Local products can compete with imports IBP
DENPASAR - All these years, technology products from outside Indonesia always had been the king in the market. But nowadays, there are local brands that gain dominant market share, especially when talking about laptop and netbook products. Axioo is one of local brand that gained public approval on laptop and netbook. In fact, this inhouse made product already spread its business, after sucess in selling the netbook Axioo Pico and tablet pc Axioo Picopad. The local brand launched three new prod-
ucts recently. They all laptop types and equiped with new generation processors, intel core i3, i5, and i7. Those three new intel processor are the newest version that developed by Intel which have the capabilities four times processors. According to Terra Retail Manager of Bali Nusra Region Riszka Anggraeni that accompanied by Lusman Yunarto, Marketing supervisor exhibition Axioo, in quality the Axioo have the same capability with import products. Axioo can compete with import products in Asia Pacific region. ‘’Axioo can use the spare part of import products. The difference is
Axioo made in Indonesia, so it can manage to minimize cost. Thus make our products much cheaper than import products,’’ Riszka explained. All three products have different consumer segment. According to her the one that using i3 processor is made for students and office workers. Meanwhile the i5 and i7 are made for graphic maker, multimedia, and video editing. She believed the three variants can help the purchase numbers of Axioo in Bali. ‘’I think we can sell around 1,000 units in Bali. Now our market share is 30 percent of laptop market in Bali,’’ she added. (kmb18)
GADO GADO (Vegetable Salad With Peanut Sauce) INGREDIENTS: 100 gr Long bean cut, blanched 1 cup Bean sprout, blanched 100 gr Spinach, blanched 1/4 ea Cabbage chopped and blanched 1 ea Carrot (medium), thinly sliced, blanched 4 sq Hard beancurd, deep fried, sliced 4 ea Hard boiled eggs, cut in wedges 2 tsp Shallot, sliced, fried 1/2 cup peanut sauce PREPARATION: Prepare the sauce by blending first four ingredients until coarse. Put in pan with all other ingredients except fried shallots and lime juice. Simmer over very low heat for I hour. Stirring to prevent sticking. Stir in lime juice and shallots just before use. Arrange all vegetables and on a dish and pour over the sauce. Garnish with bean curd and eggs, sprinkle with shallots and serve with deepfried krupuk. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
BE SAMPI MESITSIT (Dry Spiced Beef) OVERVIEW: Don’t be misled by the rather uninteresting appearance and name of this beef dish. It is wonderfully flavored and generally so popular that it’s worth making a large amount. Cook as directed below, then if you have leftovers after a meal, deep fry the beef until very crisp. Drain thoroughly and store in an airtight container. This crisp beef is excellent as a finger food with cocktails, and also makes a tasty accompaniment to rice-based meals. INGREDIENTS: 1 kg beef topside, cut in 4 steaks 250g each 8 cloves garlic, peeled 2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed 1 tbsp chopped palm sugar 2 large red chilies, seeded 2 tbsp laos peeled and sliced 2 tsp dried shrimp paste 2 cloves ground 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black peppercorns, coarsely ground 2 tbsp oil 2 tsp freshly squeezed limejuice PREPARATION: Bring 5 liters (20 cups) of lightly salted water to the boil in stockpot. Add beef and boil for approximately 1 hour, until very tender. Remove from stock. Meat must be so tender that its fibers separate very easily. Keep stock. Pound meat until flat and shred by hand into fine fibers. Place garlic, coriander, palm sugar, red chilies, Laos, dried shrimp paste, cloves, salt and peppercorns in food processor and puree coarsely, or grind in a stone mortar. Heat oil heavy saucepan and sauté the marinade for 2 minutes over medium heat. Add shredded beef, mix well and sauté until dry. Season with limejuice. Remove from heat and allow cooling. Serve at room temperature with steamed rice. Helpful hint: Do not tempted to use a food processor to shred the meat; you will obtain the correct texture only by shredding the meat with your fingers or a fork. (www.baliguide.com/balifood) C.045 ibp
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Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali located in Negara regency, west part of Bali. It is a beautiful Hindu shrine set in the cliff bank with wide Indian Ocean just in front of the temple. This temple has been renovated and moved to the top of hill for better location of worshiping to the god. Rambut Siwi Temple or local people call Pura Rambut Siwi is supported by the local resident including the maintenance, ceremony and other activities. The local believe that every temple in Bali keep secret of holy including Rambut Siwi Temple. This temple owns the representative temple building which is set beside of main road from Denpasar to Gilimanuk. We can see all cars driven by local Hindu people will stop for a while in this temple for worshiping to get the god bless of securing during the journey. It is the same local people do at other temples in Bali like Gua Lawah and Pulaki Temple. The main temple located in cliff bank and blessed by
the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. From the top of the cliff, we can see the old temple building on the ground and just in front of the ocean. Meanwhile the beautiful panorama of the blue Indian Ocean will add the impression of your experience. It is opened for tourist destination in west part of Bali and the right place to visit during your vacation in this island. Rambut Siwi Temple is one of big temple in Bali located in Yeh Embang Kangin countryside, Mendoyo district and Jembrana regency. It is about 2.5 hours drives from Denpasar town go to the west part of Bali or 45 minutes drive from Negara town. This temple is daily taken care by a group of community which is called â€˜Pangemponâ€™ come from Pekutatan district. It is simple way to reach this temple from Denpasar and just follow the main road to Gilimanuk. On the way to Gilimanuk, in particular of entering the regency of Jembrana area, you will find out a temple in the left side where most of the cars stop. Rambut Siwi Temple is visited by many tourists and it is one of the tourist destinations in Bali or Places of Interest in Bali.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
BUSINESS Japan shares surge, central bank adds further $43 billion Associated Press Writer
BANGKOK – Japanese stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering some of the massive losses sustained over the last two days following a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Other Asian indexes also bounced back even as the human and economic toll from the disasters, including an escalating nuclear crisis, remained unclear. Oil prices hovered above $97 a barrel after big losses overnight. In currencies, the dollar was up against the yen and the euro. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index briefly surged more than 6 percent but softened slightly after Japan suspended operations to prevent a stricken nuclear plant from melting down after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility. The Nikkei closed up 5.7 percent to 9,093.72 as traders searched for bargains after a panic selling sent the index spiraling down nearly 11 percent the day before. The Nikkei on Tuesday closed at its lowest level in almost two years after shedding more than 1,600 points, or 16 percent, over two days. The plunge prompted Tokyo Stock Exchange President Atsushi Saito to release a statement late Tuesday calling for calm. He noted that foreign investors were net buyers the last two days. “I also believe that Japan’s experience, knowledge and technologies in the area of recovering from earthquakes should not be underestimated and that the stock market will calm down soon,” Saito said. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan pumped cash into Tokyo’s money markets for a third day in a row, bringing its total liquidity injection to 55.6 trillion yen ($688.3 billion) since Monday. That helped banking shares perk up: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, the country’s biggest bank, was up 2.2 percent, and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. gained 5.4 percent. Japan’s powerhouse exporters also caught their breath after suffering staggering losses. Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s No. 1 auto maker, shot up 9.1 percent, Sony Corp. rose 8.8 percent and truck-maker Isuzu Motors was 10.5 percent higher. Heavy industry shares rose as the shock of the disaster gave way to thoughts of rebuilding. Kobe Steel soared 15 percent, and Nishimatsu Construction Co. Ltd. jumped 5.8 percent higher. Still, investors still kept a close watch on a rapidly changing crisis at a crippled nuclear power plant in
northeast Japan. Authorities were still struggling to control the situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant after a string of explosions and fires, as well as a burst of radiation. “It is very early days for calculation of any impact on the economy and the stock and bond markets,” according to Sarah Williams, head of Japanese equities at London-based Threadneedle, which manages about $65 billion in assets. “Until the safety of these plants is assured, investors will remain cautious.” Markets elsewhere in the region advanced. South Korea’s Kospi added 1.8 percent to 1,957.97 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.7 percent to 4,558.20. Benchmarks in Taiwan, Singapore and New Zealand were also higher. However, markets in Indonesia and the Philippines — which count on Japan for a relatively large share of their exports — were down. Vietnam and Malaysia also slumped. Taiwan’s TAIEX index recovered some lost ground — up 1.1 percent — after losing 3.4 percent Tuesday. But the index’s near-term outlook remained shaky due to extensive trade ties between Taipei and Tokyo. “Taiwan’s trade exposure to Japan is among the highest in the Asia region,” DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore said in a report. The nuclear crisis overtook financial markets around the world Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 137.74 points, or 1.1 percent, at 11,855.42. The broader S&P fell 14.52 points to 1,281.87. Investors sold stocks primarily because of fear that the disaster in Japan would slow down the global economy. Japan is the world’s thirdlargest economy, manufacturing goods from computer chips to automobiles, and buys 10 percent of U.S. exports. In currencies, the dollar was up at 80.94 yen from 80.83 yen late Tuesday. The euro fell to $1.3985 from $1.40 late Tuesday. The dollar had fallen against the Japanese currency in the aftermath of the earthquake as investors bet that Japanese investors would close down overseas bets and bring their money home. Demand for the yen may keep up as Japan seeks to fund the country’s rebuilding. After a huge Japanese earthquake in 1995, the yen gained about 20 percent against the dollar in three months. Benchmark crude for April delivery was up 4 cents at $97.58 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract tumbled $4 to $97.18 on Tuesday as the prospect of falling oil demand from Japan sent crude prices down.
US bank bailout was ‘critical’ Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON – The US government’s multi-billion-dollar bank bailout helped avert a second Great Depression and cost taxpayers much less than expected, but was far from perfect, a congressional watchdog said Wednesday. The Congressional Oversight Panel said the controversial $700 billion dollar bailout, launched in 2008, provided “critical” support for financial markets at a key time and will cost $25 billion — a fraction of the original estimate. The Troubled Asset Recovery Program (TARP), which was signed into law by then president George W. Bush and taken up by Barack Obama, “provided critical support to markets at a moment of profound uncertainty,” it said in its final report. The comments come nearly three years after the government stepped in to oil the wheels of the financial markets after Lehman Brothers’ collapse prompted vital inter-bank lending to dry up, leaving many household names in jeopardy. TARP’s main success, according to the report, came not just through the massive sums injected but “by demonstrating that the United States would take any action necessary to prevent the collapse of its financial system.” “Through a combined display of political resolve and financial force, the TARP quelled the immediate panic and helped to avert an even more severe crisis.”
“TARP will cost taxpayers $25 billion — an enormous sum, but vastly less than the $356 billion... initially estimated,” it said. The Treasury Department, according to the panel, deserved credit for lowering costs through the “diligent” management of assets and “careful restructuring” of AIG, Chrysler, and GM. But the oversight panel was not wholly supportive of the policy. “Although this much-reduced cost estimate is encouraging, it does not necessarily validate Treasury’s administration of the TARP,” it added, citing poor transparency and the failure of some programs. The policy was a dangerous gamble with taxpayers’ money, the congressional watchdog concluded. The panel detailed how 18 large financial institutions at one stage received a staggering $208.6 billion in TARP funding almost overnight as the government tried to prop up the system. “At one point, the federal government guaranteed or insured $4.4 trillion in face value of financial assets. “If the financial system had suffered another shock on the road
to recovery, taxpayers would have faced staggering losses.” TARP was also criticized for compounding the sense that some “too-big-to-fail” banks can get away with wildly reckless trading. “By protecting very large banks from insolvency and collapse, the TARP also created moral hazard,” the report said. “Very large financial institutions may now rationally decide to take inflated risks because they expect that, if their gamble fails, taxpayers will bear the loss.” But whatever the report’s verdict, the bailout is unlikely to become popular among US taxpayers and voters. With nearly 14 million workers unemployed, it is widely seen as a Washington sop to vested interests on Wall Street that did little to help Main Street. “Because the TARP was designed for an inherently unpopular purpose — rescuing Wall Street banks from the consequences of their own actions — stigmatization was likely inevitable,” the report noted. It added that the Treasury Department’s failure to clean out failed executives and clamp down on high salaries added to the stigma.
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Shoppers (R) select vegetables at a market in Phnom Penh on March 16, 2011. While still among one of the world’s poorest countries, Cambodia has emerged from decades of conflict as one of the region’s rising economies.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Touring juggernaut Chesney on the road again Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kenny Chesney isn’t happy with what he’s seeing on the video screen. He’s been watching it while singing a song during a rehearsal for his “Goin’ Coastal” tour and it just doesn’t snap. He gives instructions over the sound system to personnel at the back of the warehouse space where Chesney and his crew have been at it for several weeks. “I want the picture to change every time he hits the snare drum — BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP!” he says while air hammering an imaginary kit. A little later, his seven-piece band stumbles a bit and Chesney tells the group, “We’ve got to get that intro down.” He worries over what he’s going to say to the crowd at certain key moments, crafting and discarding drafts as he goes. “I’m glad you’re here. You can help me with this,” he tells a small group of record label executives and media. This is Chesney in lock-down mode. With just a few rehearsals left till his tour kicks off Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., Chesney was agonizing over every detail. “There’s a lot of mixed emotions for me right now because I’m for the first time seeing everything we’ve worked so hard on come together,” Chesney said. “And I’m very happy about that. But on the other hand it’s
not all together yet so it’s the thing that keeps me up at night when I’m preparing to do this.” The attention to detail is what has made Kenny Chesney one of the most bankable acts in the touring business, regardless of genre. Since 1999, Pollstar figures show he has sold more than 8.8 million tickets and grossed more than $460 million. Only the Dave Matthews Band has sold more tickets over the last decade and only Matthews and Celine Dion have grossed more. Chesney took the year off the road in 2010 to concentrate on his lauded new album “Hemingway’s Whiskey” and to make three films — a 3D concert movie and two documentaries about football. With his return to touring, he’s bringing along Uncle Kracker and Billy Currington to open his arena shows; the Zac Brown Band will join them on11 stadium dates throughout the summer.
Dion returns to recessionhit Vegas with new show Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS – Celine Dion has returned to the Las Vegas stage in a parade of sparkly dresses with thighhit slits, a stage full of trumpeters, violinists and drummers, and a special appearance by Stevie Wonder. The French-Canadian crooner sang the romantic opuses that made her an international star, including “My Heart Will Go On” and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” in her encore performance Tuesday night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. She also shared a pre-recorded duet with Wonder to his “Overjoyed.” “Was that neat or what?” Dion told the concert hall of more than 4,000 people as a holoAP Photo/Julie Jacobson gram of Wonder faded from the stage. Celine Dion A lot is riding on this sequel performance. Dion, who gave birth to twin boys nearly five months ago, is tending to an expanded family while trying to mirror or surpass her previous success in a city that has yet to pry itself free from the embrace of a brutal recession. The new three-year production pays tribute to Old Hollywood, with a 31-person orchestra dressing the stage, including an entourage of guitarists, back-up singers, drummers and a pianist, all clad in black tuxedos and gowns. Gone are the Cirque du Soleil-style dancers and theatrics that saw Dion harnessed to a cable and flown in the air during her previous, five-year stint at the Colosseum that ended in 2007. “From Michael Jackson to James Bond to ‘Mr. Paganini,’ it’s so different, and it’s so classy, and it’s fun,” Dion told The Associated Press before the show. “Different flavor. Different colors of music.” She performed songs made famous by Jackson, Billy Joel and Ella Fitzgerald. There was also a mod homage to James Bond and a “Smooth Criminal” jam session. A chandelier twinkled above the stage during a performance of “Because You Loved Me,” smoke licked at Dion’s heels during “All by Myself,” and in a haunting mid-concert rendition of Jacques Brel’s “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” Dion tearfully contemplated the loss of a lover in her native French. The concert hall swelled at the emotion. Women cried, cheered on their feet and wiped their eyes dry.
Currington’s beachy vibe is a lot like Chesney’s, but he’s never experienced anything like the “Goin’ Coastal” tour before. He’s trying to raise his game to keep up with country’s biggest draw. “We actually had to bring in a little more production than we’re used to,” Currington said. “It’s a new experience for me playing places that big and needing this much gear.” Chesney says this year’s show will be leaner than previous productions. “But I feel like it’s better,” he said. “I feel like musically it’s better and that visually it’s really, really good and we’ve been working on that a long time. So it’s very exciting to get to do what I love to do again, you know, and to feel that energy and to be that person up on stage. It’s an unbelievable feeling to feel all those people focus energy right on you, and us as a band we can feel that. There’s no feeling like that anywhere.”
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This March 9, 2011 photo shows Kenny Chesney rehearsing for his ‘Goin’ Coastal’ tour in Nashville, Tenn.
Foreign box office sales plunge after Japan quake Associated Press Writer
Early estimates indicate a steep drop-off in box office revenue outside the U.S. immediately following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The country is one of Hollywood’s biggest international markets, although industry analysts say the disaster’s long-term financial impact on movie studios should be limited. Box office revenue in Japan plunged about 41 percent last weekend, compared with the prior weekend, according to data from Rentrak Corp. In the U.S., the decline over the same time period was about 3 percent. Japan is a major market for Hol-
lywood, which looks to international ticket sales to help recoup the costs of producing films. U.S. box office revenue was about $10.6 billion in 2010, while international box office revenue was $17.6 billion. “Japan is a vitally important part of the international box office,” said Paul Gergarabedian, president of the box-office division of the tracking service Hollywood.com. “No question about it that the impact has already been felt.” Among the top films playing on big screens in Japan last weekend were The Walt Disney Co.’s “Tangled,” News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox’s “Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and the Oscar best-picture
Drew Barrymore to direct romantic comedy Reuters
LOS ANGELES – Drew Barrymore plans to direct her second movie, “How to Be Single,” a romantic comedy comedy based on a 2008 novel of the same name. “Single” explores the loves lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over the course of ten years. Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn wrote the adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s book. The New Line project will be in the vein of the studio’s successful multi-story pictures such as “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Valentine’s Day.” (“Single” actually is a reteaming of the “Not That Into You” team; Barrymore and production partner Nancy Juvonen produced that movie while Silverstein and Kohn wrote the script.) Barrymore made her directing debut in 2009 with “Whip It,” the well-regarded female-centric roller derby flick starring Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, and Marcia Gay Harden. She recently wrapped a starring turn in the environmental movie “Whales.”
winner from The Weinstein Co., “The King’s Speech.” Fox spokesman Chris Petrikin said “Narnia” had been doing well in Japan, but that ticket sales dropped off 66 percent last weekend, compared with the prior weekend. According to Rentrak data, Japan box office revenue for “The King’s Speech” sank 72 percent. It was the first weekend for “Tangled,” which brought in $1.7 million. But the financial impact should be manageable for Hollywood studios, said Tuna Amobi, a media and entertainment analyst for Standard & Poor’s Equity Research.
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Japan crisis spikes demand for radiation pills Associated Press Writer
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In this photo taken Saturday, March 12, 2011 and provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a Laysan albatross chick that washed a shore is seen at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge near the Hawaiian Islands.
Tsunami killed thousands of seabirds at Midway Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Japan’s nuclear crisis is spiking demand in the U.S. and a few other places for a cheap drug that can protect against one type of radiation damage — even though the risk is only in Japan. Health agencies in California and western Canada warned Tuesday that there’s no reason for people an ocean away to suddenly stock up on potassium iodide. Some key suppliers say they’re back-ordered and are getting panicked calls from potential customers. “Tell them, `Stop, don’t do it,’” said Kathryn Higley, director of radiation health physics at Oregon State University. “There’s a lot of mythology about the use of potassium iodide,” added Dr. Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician and disaster preparedness specialist at Columbia University. “It’s not a radiation antidote in general.” The pill can help prevent radioactive iodine from causing thyroid cancer, for which children are most at risk in a nuclear disaster.
Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency has stored potassium iodide to distribute in case of high radiation exposure, and the U.S. Navy is giving it to military crews exposed to radiation as they help with relief efforts in Japan. But government and independent experts say that Americans have little to fear from any radiation released by the damaged Japanese nuclear plant. “You just aren’t going to have any radiological material that, by the time it traveled those large distances, could present any risk to the American public,” said Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jazcko. Other governments echoed that warning. “We do not expect any health risk following the nuclear reactor releases in Japan, nor is the consumption of potassium iodide tablets a necessary precaution,” British Columbia’s health ministry told the public Tuesday. In Russia, where memory of the very different Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago is strong, media reports said pharmacies in Vladivostok, a major port just west of Japan, had run out of the pills.
HONOLULU – Thousands of seabirds were killed when the tsunami generated by last week’s massive earthquake off Japan flooded Midway, a remote atoll northwest of the main Hawaiian islands, a federal wildlife official said Tuesday. At least 1,000 adult and adolescent Laysan albatross were killed, along with thousands of chicks, said Barry W. Stieglitz, the project leader for the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuges. Many drowned or were buried under debris as waves reaching 5 feet high rolled over the low-lying atoll about four hours after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck Friday. The white-and-black feathered Laysan albatross is not in danger of becoming extinct. About 1 million of the birds live at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge about 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu, making it the largest Laysan albatross colony in the world. But Stieglitz said the deaths could account for a significant share of Laysan albatross chicks hatched during the current season. “We may see just a slight decline in breeding birds next year, next year and the year after that,” he said.
“There will be a gap in the breeding population when these birds that would have grown up this year, would have matured and started breeding for the first time.” The waves hit each of the three islands inside the atoll. Spit Island, about 15 acres, was completely overrun. The tsunami washed over 60 percent of Eastern Island, an islet of nearly 370 acres. Waves also covered 20 percent of Sand Island, the largest of the three at almost 1,200 acres. Biologists are less sure how many ground-nesting bonin petrels may have died, because these birds live in underground burrows and would have been buried in areas covered by waves. Stieglitz estimated the death toll would reach the thousands.
Since the bonin petrel feed at night, however, Stieglitz said he was hopeful many were out foraging when the tsunami hit before dawn. Stieglitz said many wildlife populations rebound from natural disasters like this. But he said the tsunamis aren’t helpful to species facing threats like climate change, a loss of habitat, and invasive species. “When you start piling the natural catastrophe on top of invasive species invasions and all of these other things, it makes the population a lot less resilient and more susceptible to extinction,” he said. “It’s rather unfortunate timing, in our eyes. Not that there is ever a good time for this, but there are better times than worse times. And in this era, this is a worse time.”
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Pharmacist Donna Barsky measures potassium iodide for a prescription at the Texas Star Pharmacy on Monday, March 15, 2011 in Plano, Texas.
NASA, Russian astronauts land in Kazakh steppe Associated Press Writer
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A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri and US astronaut Scott Kelly on board lands near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
ALMATY, Kazakhstan – NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely Wednesday in the snowy expanses of central Kazakhstan after spending five months on the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule carrying Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka landed at 1:53 p.m. (0753 GMT) about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the northern Kazakh city of Arkalyk. Kelly returns to earth just as his twin brother Mark, husband of wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, prepares to take part in the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour’s final
mission in April. The capsule came back to harsh conditions, including a stiff wind that blew it on its side and rolled it 22 meters (25 yards) from its touchdown point through fresh snow. Rob Navias, a spokesman for the U.S. space agency NASA on the scene, described conditions as “like a scene from the North Pole.” The space travelers were bundled into blankets after being pulled from the capsule, then placed in reclining stretchers as they slowly acclimated to the planet’s gravity after months of weightlessness. The capsule landed about 3 1/2 hours after undocking from the ISS. After hurtling through space, it deployed a parachute about 15 minutes before touchdown, slowing its speed
from 800 kph (500 mph) to about 290 kph (180 mph). A second parachute slowed its descent to 25 kph (16 mph). Then with the ground just a few meters (yards) away, six engines on the capsule’s bottom were fired, bringing it to a gentle landing in a powdery cloud of fresh snow. The first out was Kaleri, who has now spent a total of 770 days in space over five flights, making him the second most experienced space flier in history after compatriot Sergei Krikalyov. Navias said Kaleri smiled and winked at him as he was lifted out. Skripochka and Kelly also appeared to be in good shape. “Scott Kelly is looking remarkably well,” Navias said.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Inter floor Bayern to reach Champions League last eight Agence France Presse
MUNICH, Germany – Holders Inter Milan reached the Champions League quarter-finals after a dramatic 3-2 win at Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s Last 16 second-leg clash put them through on the away-goals rule. It ended 3-3 on aggregate after goals by Bayern’s Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller were cancelled out by Inter’s Samuel Eto’o and Wesley Sneijder before Goran Pandev scored the Italians’ crucial third in the 88th minute. “It’s a big relief for us, because Bayern also came into this match thinking they could win,” said Inter defender Esteban Cambiasso. “We got off to the ideal start, although things didn’t then go our way, we kept our belief. “(Inter goalkeeper) Julio Cesar thought he had lost the game for us at halftime, so I am pleased for both him and Pandev. “There is plenty of heart and enthusiasm in this team, we can go onto something big.” For Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, whose contract will be terminated at the end of the season, it had been all too predictable. “We threw it away, not for the first time this season,” said the Dutchman who ruled out resigning in the wake of the defeat and says he wants to “help pull the players out of the hole they are in”. Italian delight was tempered by the Germans’ bitter disappointment. “We have played too passively and made too many mistakes at the end,” said a visibly disappointed Gomez. “We didn’t finish our chances to counter-attack, you can’t do something like that against a team like that without being punished.” Dutch winger Arjen Robben was
just as stunned by the result. “It is unbelievable, I don’t know how it came to this,” said Robben. “We made individual concentration errors, but it could still have been 4-1 at half-time. “It doesn’t seem possible that we could concede three goals against a side like that. “I do not know how we can save the season, apart from making sure we qualify for the Champions League next season.” The slender first-leg lead Bayern had worked so hard to earn was cancelled out after just four minutes when the Munich defence unwisely allowed Eto’o a free run at goalkeeper Thomas Kraft. The 30year-old Cameroon star needed no second invite to plant his shot firmly in the back of the net for his 32nd goal of the season to level on aggregate. But Bayern refused to panic, as they have so often done this season, and worked hard to turn their possession into chances. They made it 1-1 on the night when Dutch winger Arjen Robben fired in a cross which Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar fumbled and the ball into the path of Germany striker Gomez. The Bayern star, the scorer of the
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Milan’s players celebrate after winning the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Inter Milan with 3-2 in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. goal in the first-leg, shielded the ball with his body before flicking it over his head and into the empty goal on 21 minutes. It was his eighth Champions League goal of the season and his 29th in all competitions. Then with half an hour gone, Bayern took the lead when Robben threaded a pass through the Milan defence for German international midfielder Mueller to give Bayern a 2-1 lead. It should have been 3-1 in the 34th minute when French winger Franck Ribery beat his marker and was left
to sprint unhindered into the Inter area, but he fired over both Cesar and the crossbar. And somehow the ball stayed out when Mueller lunged in a goalmouth scramble with Cesar and hit the post before bouncing back into play leaving a dismayed Mueller to contemplate what might have been. With half-time approaching Sneijder fired just over the Bayern net from a direct free-kick in a frantic first 45 minutes. The game’s tempo dropped after the break, but
Bayern kept up the pressure as Gomez fired at Cesar with an hour on the clock. Sneijder then put his side level on the night in the 63rd minute when Eto’o squared the ball for the Dutchman to drill his shot into the back of the Bayern net from the edge of the penalty area. Pandev scored the winner with two minutes left when Eto’o squared the ball into the path of the Macedonian striker whose shot gave Kraft no chance and Milan march on towards the final on May 28.
Japan-Montenegro game cancelled Abidal to have surgery for liver tumour - club
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TOKYO – Japan’s game against Montenegro next week has been cancelled following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the island nation, according to its football authorities. The game was scheduled to be played at the Shizuoka stadium in central Japan on March 25. The association has also been trying to put on a match against New Zealand on March 29 at the national stadium in Tokyo, but an official said that too would be difficult. Two home games of Kashima Antlers and Nagoya Grampus in the AFC Champions League have been postponed, while J-League matches last weekend were also put off.
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Japan’s game against Montenegro next week has been cancelled following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the island nation, according to its football authorities.
MADRID – Barcelona’s France international Eric Abidal is to undergo surgery for a liver tumour, the club said late Tuesday. The 31year-old will undergo the operation on Friday at a Barcelona hospital, the Spanish champions announced in a brief statement on their website. The club said: “A liver tumour has been detected in the player Eric Abidal and he will be treated surgically next Friday. “Abidal will be operated on by Dr Josep Fuster Obregon. Per the express wish of the player, we call for the utmost respect for the right to privacy.” The central defender, who signed from Lyon in 2007, played in both legs of Barcelona’s Champions League last 16 defeat of Ar-
senal. Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas reacted to the news on twitter, saying: “Much encouragement and a lot of strength to Eric Abidal. Bad news for football.” Real Madrid’s Brazilian playmaker Kaka also wrote on twitter: “What sad news about Eric Abidal, tumor in the liver! Let’s pray for him .. God bless!!” Abidal’s Barcelona teammate, World Cup winner Andres Iniesta, offered his support on his Facebook page, saying: “I want to show all my affection and support for Eric Abidal. I’m sure everything will be okay.” Abidal has been capped 52 times for France, having made his debut for his country in 2004. He has played in two World Cups, helping France reach the final in 2006, as well as Euro 2008.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Djokovic, Federer cruise, Clijsters out in Indian Wells Agence France Presse
INDIAN WELLS, California – Novak Djokovic extended his match win streak to 16 and Roger Federer barely broke a sweat as they powered their way into the Indian Wells fourth round with straight-set wins. Djokovic on Tuesday capped his 6-0, 6-1 demolition of Ernests Gulbis with back-to-back aces and Federer had an equally easy time ousting Juan Ignacio Chela 6-0, 6-2 in the $9 million WTA and ATP Masters Series 1000 tournament.
Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd (2) goes to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers’ Wesley Matthews (2) defends in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Portland, Ore.
Aldridge has 30 in Portland’s victory over Dallas Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points and Brandon Roy added 21 off the bench, including a key jumper with less than a minute to go, as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-101 on Tuesday night. The Blazers led 100-94 with 3:50 left, but Jason Terry’s basket narrowed it to 100-99. Roy hit a pair of free throws before a pull-up jumper that made it 104-99 with 47 seconds left. Dirk Nowitzki hit a pair of free throws, but after a timeout with 8.8 seconds on the clock, he missed a 3-point attempt from the corner and time ran out for the Mavericks. Nowitzki finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, which shot 59.7 percent for the game. The Mavericks had a tense moment in the first half when Nowitzki left the court with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. He returned to the bench a short time later, however. Dallas made its first 10 shots and didn’t miss until Brian Cardinal’s failed 3-point attempt with 3:25 left in the first quarter. The errant shot earned applause from the Rose Garden crowd. The Mavs shot 73 percent in the first quarter. Dallas led by as many as eight points early, but Portland narrowed
the gap to 24-21 on Aldridge’s dunk. Portland briefly took the lead when Wesley Matthews’ 3-pointer made it 45-43. But Dallas quickly reclaimed the lead on Terry’s 3-pointer and the Mavericks were up 56-53 at the break. The Mavericks extended the lead to 71-62 on Tyson Chandler’s dunk. The Blazers kept up the pressure, and Aldridge tied it at 76 with a turnaround jumper late in the third quarter. Portland took a 78-76 lead on Roy’s layup. It was the first of 10 straight points for Roy in a 10-2 run that that put Portland up 86-80 early in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks were without Brendan Haywood, who was sitting with lower back stiffness. Peja Stojakovic missed his fourth straight game with a stiff neck. The Blazers switched things up by starting Gerald Wallace in place of Marcus Camby. Wallace, an AllStar last season, came to the Blazers in a trade with Charlotte at the deadline last month. Camby had arthroscopic knee surgery in January and his minutes have been limited since his return. Blazers coach Nate McMillan did not say whether the change was permanent. Portland was home after two straight losses on the road. The Mavericks were coming off a 96-91 loss at home to the Lakers on Sunday.
The aces were an ideal exclamation point to a perfect season so far for Djokovic who has won all 14 of his matches this year. “I have been playing great tennis, best tennis of my life,” he said. Djokovic, who is looking to secure his second Indian Wells title, has been unstoppable this year and is 16-0 dating back to a pair of Davis Cup matches late last season. “I cannot ask for a better start of the year,” he said. “I mean, I’m just building up on that confidence and continuing to play well, and feeling up from that run that I have from Davis Cup final.” Djokovic fired four aces Tuesday as he broke Gulbis’ serve five times in the 54-minute match. “You try to take serious every opponent you have even though you are a favourite in the match,” Djokovic said. “I was just trying to keep the ball in the court, not doing too much, just returning a lot and making him play an extra shot and changing the pace.”
He captured his second major title at the Australian Open in January and followed up with his 20th career ATP Tour title last month in Dubai. The 22-year-old Djokovic has dropped just five games so far after opening with a 6-0, 6-4 against Andrey Golubev. Djokovic moves on to face his Serbian countryman and doubles partner Victor Troicki who beat France’s Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-3. Troicki and Djokovic will play each other Wednesday in singles then team up for their doubles match. Federer was on the court just four minutes longer in the hot California desert sun than Djokovic. Chela handed Federer the first set with a pair of double faults on the final two points. He finished with six double faults while Federer won 80 percent of his first serve points. The three-time champion Federer is looking to regain his match fitness as he has played just three tournaments this year and hasn’t made the final of the
last four Grand Slams. The 16-time major winner booked his berth in the fourth round where he will play the winner of a match between Canadian wildcard Milos Raonic and Ryan Harrison of the United States. In other men’s matches Tuesday, Czech Tomas Berdych beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-3, 6-2, Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-3 and Richard Gasquet surprised 10th seed Jurgen Melzer of Germany 6-1, 6-3. Second seed Kim Clijsters and defending woman’s champion Jelena Jankovic and reigning French Open champ Francesca Schiavone, seeded fifth, were added to the growing list of seeded casualties on the women’s side Tuesday. Clijsters pulled out of her match with a shoulder injury in the second set against Marion Bartoli and Jankovic lost to Serbian countrywoman Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 62. Italy’s Schiavone lost in a third set tiebreaker to Shahar Peer 6-4, 36, 7-6.
Novak Djokovic from Serbia returns the ball during his match against Ernests Gublis from Latvia during the Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells, California on March 15, 2011. Djokovic won 60, 6-1.
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Alonso: Best car will still take title Fernando Alonso has no doubts the best car will still win this year’s championships, despite tyre strategies being highlighted as one of the vital factors to enjoy a successful season. Pirelli’s high-degradation tyres are set to overhaul the way racing is conceived, with smooth drivers expected to have an edge over more aggressive rivals.
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Ferrari’s Spanis driver Fernando Alonso drives during a testing session on March 12, 2011 at Catalunya’s racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona.
Quake aftermath could hamper Honda HONDA Racing Corporation chief Shuhei Nakamoto has admitted that the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan could affect Honda’s MotoGP programme this year. Although HRC’s main facility was undamaged in last week’s natural disaster and its staff escaped injury, Nakamoto said working conditions were tough. “For sure the situation is very difficult in Japan, and our thoughts are with all the people directly involved,” he said. “As HRC, we have been lucky with no big problems, even if now it is difficult to work at our head office - we can work only five hours per day due to the power restrictions put in place. “Also access to the office is very difficult - the main train cannot reach Asakadai station - the closest to our office, and it is very complicated to reach work with only 50 per cent of trains operating. Because of this situation many people try to come by car, but now the traffic is incredibly heavy and is taking up to three hours to reach HRC, instead of only one and it’s hard to get petrol as petrol stations are closed.” He said that the most likely repercussion for Honda was a shortage of spares. “Another problem is related to our suppliers,” Nakamoto
explained. “Many of them cannot work at the moment, and this is a potential problem for the racing activities in the coming weeks. “So far we have all spare parts we need for Qatar and Jerez races, but after that, if the situation will not change, we will have to manage this carefully. “Anyway, everybody in Japan is trying their best to fix the situation and we hope all together
we will solve all problem as soon as possible.” Nakamoto added that HRC fully backed the decision to reschedule the Japanese Grand Prix for October. “This was definitely the correct decision,” he said. “Motegi has some circuit and grandstand damage. It will take some weeks to repair everything but I believe Motegi circuit will do a good job soon.”
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Honda MotoGP rider Casey Stoner of Australia takes part in the final pre-season test at the Losail International Circuit in the Qatari capital Doha on March 13, 2011.
Ferrari driver Alonso concedes strategies will still be very important this year, but the Spaniard insists the tyres will not decide the championship. “As usual in F1, the quickest or best car will win the championship in the end,” said Alonso. “Strategy is important, maybe one or two races will be decided by a very good strategy or someone very quick can have a mistake in a strategy point of view and lose that victory. “But over 20 races or 19 races you can make mistakes one time in strategy or you can do a very good strategy one time but not every race, so in the end the most important thing will be to have the quickest car and we are working for that.” Alonso reckons that, unlike last year, the strategies will vary a lot from driver to driver, and he believes teams will have to be very flexible in how they approach the races. “There are many possibilities this year,” he said. “It is not like last year so that will be the most important thing. Sometimes it is better to sacrifice some laps that you know you are very slow at the end of the run, but maybe you make one stop less. “It is a difficult call and a difficult judgement that we will need to make. We will need to be very open and very flexible in every race.” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner agrees that there will be a lot of different strategies in every race, and expects the racing to change significantly. “I think what it is going to introduce is different-shaped races,” said Horner. “You are likely to see more stops and perhaps different strategies. But at the
end of the day it is the same for everybody and it is a matter of doing the best to understand the tyres and have the best strategies. “It is something we were very strong with last year. Strategically the team was very sharp and hopefully - it is the same for everybody so we will see.” Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn thinks most teams will have to stop three times at each race, with four stops likely to mean losing time at most tracks. “With these tyres you cannot afford to go into the high degradation period because they degrade in a fairly linear way and then they fall off quite a lot towards the end of their life,” said Brawn. “So you don’t want to be falling into that period because you can lose quite a lot of time. “So ideally you set your car up and the drivers drive the car to get the best race time and the minimum number of stops so I think most of us will be looking at three-stop races – if you get to four stops then possibly you are using the tyres a bit harder than you should and it would be quite hard to make up that extra pitstop time. “It does depend which track we are at because some tracks have much shorter pitstops than others. Monaco used to be an incredibly short for pitstops so that was a track where you could afford to do pitstops without too much loss. “It depends on the circumstances but if your model shows four pitstops are faster as a race and you think you can drive to the speed available then you could see four-pitstop races.”