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Students who are graduating from senior high school are riding their motorcycles all around the city. The students express their happiness by painting their school uniforms and going to public places in groups.
Denpasar gain the best graduation level in Indonesia
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Denpasar – Bali Education Department stated that Denpasar earn the best graduation level throughout Indonesia for the senior high school. The Head of Denpasar Youth and Sport Department, I Gusti Lanang Jelantik, said “once again Denpasar is the best graduation in Indonesia for Senior High School.”
He said that the best predicate is given to the city based on the average of all subject of student such as science and social study. The average for both subjects is 56 through 58. “The student who get the highest mark for science is coming from SMAN 4
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Vihara Kuta opens for the tourist
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DENPASAR - Vihara Dharmayasa Kuta, Badung, held the Waisak celebration on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 and it was open for public. Tourists from Indonesia and abroad could come to the vihara and joined the celebration. The Head of Dharma Semadi Foundation Vihara Dharmayasa Kuta, Indra Suarlin, said “we are open for domestic and foreign tourists every year. That’s why the foreigners and locals blend during the celebration of Waisak Day here.” He said that the celebration was held yesterday at 7.13 pm local time.
Even the ceremony start at night but the people had been coming since early in the morning. Among those were also few foreigners. Some of them were also coming with their friend and families. “They were keep coming until the peak of the ceremony at 7.13,” Indra said. Vihara which has the capacity of 500 people can accommodate double that number by adding a tent on the yard so there would be no problem if the tourists wanted to come and join the commemoration of the holy day. Continued on page 6
Denpasar while for social study is from SMAN 3 Denpasar,” he added. Jelantik explained that the good score remove the negative opinion last year due to the problems and the leaking of questions for the test. Continued on page 6
Foreigners take part in the Waisak day commemoration.
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Bali News Two bodies of terrorist suspects
Remain in Bhayangkara Hospital of Central Java Police Jakarta (Bali Post)—
Tourists are enjoying water sports in Benoa. Benoa Harbor as a tourism harbor is increasingly disturbed by the presence of floating trashes around the harbor lagoon.
Benoa Harbor under threats of floating trashes Surabaya (Bali Post)—
Benoa Harbor as a tourism harbor is increasingly disturbed by the presence of floating trashes around the harbor lagoon. The dirtiest location was in the east of guiding pier because its U shape caused the trashes to accumulate in the lagoon. It was revealed by General Manager of PT Pelindo III for Benoa Harbor Branch, H Iwan Sabatini, in Surabaya on Sunday (May 15). According to him, the current condition of Benoa Harbor was very disturbed by the trashes. Such condition set to reap complaints from ship agent or ship captain whose propeller was disrupted by trashes. “It is a bad thing for Bali and can affect the cruise ship visits to Benoa. However, we will attempt to clean up the harbor lagoon regularly. It has become a part of the harbor lagoon maintenance,” he said. The trashes were not only floating, but some of them already had sunk in the maintenance lagoon. Last March, he said, the sea bed was replete with trashes as thick as 20 cm at certain points. There were plastic
bag trashes which denoting a floating ones from residents, while other trashes were attached to fishing ropes. Possibly, they were trashes from elsewhere around Benoa Harbor. According to Iwan, some time ago Pelindo III Benoa was even accused of causing waste and garbage. “Our business is entirely focused on services and does not generate any waste or garbage at all,” he explained. On observing the waste arising in the lagoon of Benoa Harbor, it could possibly be from the Serangan landfill or elsewhere. The trashes at Serangan landfill had been mounting, while plastic and
organic trashes seemed to have not been sorted and treated properly. As consequence, the trashes could not diminish or were not decomposed into humus that could be used for fertilizer. A part of the high piles of rubbish, he said, possibly avalanched into the ocean or light plastics were flying in the wind. He expected the Denpasar Environment Agency could pay attention to the matter, so the Bali tourism would not be disturbed by the emergence of garbage on the beach and the harbor lagoon increasingly highlighted. (059)
Two bodies of the suspected terrorists who were killed in an ambush by the anti-terror police squad (Densus 88), National Police Headquarters, in Sukoharjo were still in the Bhayangkara Hospital of Central Java Police in Semarang for further examination. “Before brought to Jakarta, a DNA examination will be carried out to the two bodies,” said Division Head of Public Relations Insp. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam, in Jakarta, Sunday (May 15). The two bodies known to be Sigit Qurdowi and Endro Yunanto were still undergoing a DNA examination for identification purposes, while autopsy had been performed previously by the medical team. Meanwhile, the body of resident known to be Nuriman, 40, had be handed over to the family living on Jalan Kantil III, RT 2/RW 3, No. 9-A at Kampung Dukuh, Sanggrahan Village, Sukoharjo Regency, Central Java. For information, the two terrorist suspects who were shot dead by the anti-terror police squad of the National Police Headquarters in Sukoharjo belonged to Tauhid al-Jihad group. “The two people killed named Sigit Qurdowi serving as the Amir Team Hisbah, the leader of Tauhid Al Jihad, along with his bodyguard Hendro,” said Anton. Sigit was a person who taught how to assemble bombs to terrorist groups of Cirebon and Central Java. When the arrest was carried out, the two wanted terrorist suspects of Klaten bombers were on Jalan Pelajar Pejuang, Cemani, Solo. “From the two suspects, police could seize two FN firearms, one Baretta firearm, a unit of active mangosten grenade, around one hundred of ammunition for FN firearm,” said Anton. Furthermore, when the search was performed at the home of Sigit, it was found approximately 7,600 pieces of sharpened nuts. “Some of the sharpened nuts have been coated with rubber. Probably, they are likely for catapult or mixture of homemade bombs,” explained Anton. Chronology of the arrest began when a perpetrator hitchhiking another rode his motorcycle from a house in the area of Cemani, Solo and then led to Surveillance Team of the antiterror police squad and Action Team. “Suddenly, they turned south and were immediately followed by the Surveillance Team and Action Team. When the Action Team was trying to stop the motorcycle, the hitch-hiked Sigit Qurdowi shot the members of police squad. Then, the members reacted by returning fire,” said Anton. (010)
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Shed of Yangbatu scavengers burned out Yangbatu, DenPost—
Tabanan (Bali Post)—
Lately, the weather condition in the waters of south Bali indeed continued to deteriorate. As consequence, local fishermen were unable to go to sea as usual. Among their break en masse, they preferred to fix their boat equipments. Jimiyana, 50, one of the fishermen on the coast of Yeh Gangga, Sudimara, Tabanan, together with his friends, preferred to repair some parts of their boat on the beach on Sunday (May 15). Due to the raging waves, they decided to have a break and park their boat since the past two weeks.
A fisherman is fixing his boat. ermen were busy repairing the boat body or other equipments. One of them re-painted the boat body and replaced balancer of the boat. According to Jimiyana, the bad weather condition had
happened for many times. Even, it occurred almost all the year round without interruption. Such a condition, he said, made the economy of fishermen worse. (udi)
To hold regular operation
Involve Mobile Brigade with long barrel firearm Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The ranks of Bali Police continue to intensify their raid on the highway for anticipating undesirable things. This routine raid is specifically targeting narcotics and explosives that might be transported by vehicles. This operation also involves the Mobile Brigade of Bali Police equipped with long barrel firearm. However, the result targeted was zero. The joint team could only secure a motorcycle without being equipped with documents. The raid was held around Jalan Cokroaminoto, West Denpasar, precisely in front of the mosque, Friday (May 13) night. Led by the Chief Unit of Narcotic of Bali Police, AKBP Sobirin, the joint team stopped the passing vehicles, such
as motorcycles, cars, box van and trucks replete with freight, one by one. “This is a routine operation. Our targets are narcotics and explosives,” said AKBP Sobirin when met on the sidelines of the operation. Inspection to vehicles was not only intended to check the completeness of documents, but also upholstery, luggage and other hidden places. The joint team, including the Bali Police Mobile Brigade, conducted a detailed examination. Their luggage was entirely checked until inside parts. In the nearly one-hour inspection, the joint team did not find any suspected goods. “There are no narcotics and explosives found in the raid this time,” he explained. However, said AKBP Sobirin, his party secured a new Honda Vario motorcycle without docu-
At daybreak, three fires occurred in Denpasar
Break of sailing, fishermen at Yeh Gangga repair their boat Jimiyana said the high waves were quite dangerous for their activities as fishermen, while the size of their boat was relatively small. “Rather than taking a risk, we then choose to have a break first,” he observed. Every day, the fishermen relied on their catch over lobster and beltfish by using nets, fishhooks and lobster pot. Due to high waves, they could not use the equipment for fishing. As a result, the catch dropped drastically. By and large, fishermen could catch lobster at least 2 kilograms per day. Due to large waves, the result dropped to half a kilogram, whereas the price of lobster could penetrate IDR 250,000 per kilogram. “Actually, the catch remains to exist, but the waves are not conducive. Decline in our fish catch also happens to beltfish. A number of fishermen are desperate to sail but they cannot do so longer due to the lacing of waves. Maximally, they are only at sea for 2 hours per day,” he said. To kill their time, those fish-
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ment. Moreover, it was not equipped with police plate. Even, the rider did not use a safety helmet. Meanwhile, the motorist claiming from Singaraja was also alleged to have been under influence of alcoholic beverages. “My motorcycle is new, sir. Its vehicle registration has not been issued. Sorry, I forget to bring my wallet,” claimed the man who lived in Sesetan, South Denpasar. Nevertheless, the operation carried out posed an anticipative measure. Similar raids would continue to be done at different locations and time. Not only at night, it would be also held in the afternoon, evening and dawn. “We’re sorry, the schedule is secret. Please see where the next location will be,” he said. (kmb21)
Almost simultaneously, three fires occurred downtown Denpasar. The first scene was in the area of Jalan Cok Agung Tresna, Yangbatu, Denpasar, impinging the shed of scavengers. The second incident happened to the house of a resident who suffered from mental disorder living at Ponjok Hamlet, Serangan, and another afflicted a tire and petrol kiosk on Jalan Imam Bonjol. The three incidents occurred almost simultaneously, so the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Denpasar almost deployed all fire trucks to extinguish the fire until the morning. The biggest incident was at the shed of scavengers in the area of Yangbatu Kangin, Dangin Puri Kelod, East Denpasar, precisely near Yangbatu Cemetery and the Bali Regional Office of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, from 10:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. The sheds occupied by about 58 families with more than 75 people burned out because of candle. The candle was placed on a wardrobe belonging to a resident named Paidi and it fell down around a cloth. Paidi who daily worked as a satay and gasoline seller was unable to control the fire which suddenly expanded. The fire consequently spread to the other sheds and burned out the shed complex with the extent of about 2,300 square meters. Losses were estimated to reach IDR 300 million more. Used goods collected and ready to be consigned were totally burned out. Similarly, a commuter motorcycle also caught on fire. Meanwhile, many dwellers including a number of infants were seen running and their mothers cried on seeing their homes were engulfed in fires, but no casualties fell. The large fire with many combustible goods
made nine units if fire trucks owned by BPBD of Denpasar were deployed on site, and assisted by two fire trucks of Badung Regency. Meanwhile, the fire at Ponjok Hamlet, Serangan Village, South Denpasar, was caused by kerosene lamp belonging to Wayan Sudarma at around 2:30 a.m. The fire could be put out around 03:00 a.m. The homeowner was known by neighbors as the person who suffered from mental disorder and worked as scavenger. His shed sizing 6 x 6 meters caught on fire. However, Sudarma could be saved. When the officers could not have accomplished to handle the fire on Serangan Island, the officers had to flee to Jalan Imam Bonjol, to a tire and petrol shop. The owner named Faisol. When he would like to refuel the fire engulfed in the kiosk. Since its location was close to the office of BPBD, the fire could be extinguished quickly. Chief Executive of the BPBD Denpasar, Made Sudhana Satriagraha when contacted on Sunday (May 15) said that specifically for the handling of scavengers at Yangbatu Kangin Hamlet, the team from various lines of Denpasar Municipality was involved because the number of victims affected was quite a lot. Therefore, the colleagues of cadet disaster standby of Bali Social Services and Denpasar Labor Force set up a tent for shelter of residents. Similarly, the Denpasar Red Cross provided Family Kit for their needs during the evacuation. “After the emergency response to extinguish the fire, the Denpasar Municipality with its disaster relief program worked closely to handle the post-disaster condition. On that account, the condition of victims can be assisted,” added Sudhana. (108)
AFP PHOTO / HO / CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL INDONESIA
This handout picture released on May 13, 2011 by Conservation International Indonesia and taken on May 8, 2011 off the resort island of Bali shows a new species of fish named “Manonichthys”. Scientists from Conservation International have discovered eight new fish and one new coral species off Indonesia’s Bali island. Indonesia is a massive archipelago of 17,000 island which are home to rich marine biodiversity.
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John Kerry warns Pakistan over Bin Laden Reuters
ISLAMABAD – A visiting senior United States senator warned Pakistanis on Monday that members of Congress were asking “tough questions” about economic aid to Islamabad after Osama bin Laden was killed on Pakistani soil. Senator John Kerry told a news conference he had not come to Islamabad to apologize for the May 2 secret U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden and infuriated the Pakistani military. But the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a Democrat close to President Barack Obama, said U.S.-Pakistani ties were too important to be unraveled by the incident. In a veiled warning to the Pakistani security establishment, made up of the powerful military and the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, he said: “The road ahead will not be defined by words. It will be defined by actions.” “I emphasized to our Pakistani friends — and they are friends — that many in Congress are raising
tough questions about our ongoing economic assistance to the government of Pakistan because of the events as they unfolded, and because of the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan,” he said. Washington’s fragile ties with ally Islamabad took a beating after U.S. special forces flew in from Afghanistan on a secret operation and killed bin Laden on May 2, nearly 10 years after he orchestrated the September 11 attacks on the United States. Pakistani intelligence officials said on Monday that 12 militants were killed and four wounded in separate missile attacks by U.S. pilotless aircraft in Pakistan’s North Waziristan, region seen as a global hub for militants. Such drone operations have fueled anti-American sentiment in Pakistan because they are seen as a violation of its sovereignty. An intelligence official said one of the dead militants, an Arab, was the son of an al Qaeda operative identified as Abu Kashif. There was no way to verify the death toll. Militants often dispute official accounts of drone attacks.
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US Senator John Kerry talks to foreign media representatives during a news conference after meeting with Pakistani military and political leaders in Islamabad on May 16, 2011.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, right, with his attorney Benjamin Brafman, is arraigned Monday, May 16, 2011, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, on charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid on Saturday. StraussKahn must remain jailed at least until his next court hearing for attempted rape and other charges, a judge said Monday. AP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand, Pool
Denied bail, IMF chief is ordered held at NYC jail Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK – The chief of the International Monetary Fund was spending the night in jail at Rikers Island, a 400-acre penal complex that offers a strikingly different level of comfort than the $3,000-anight Manhattan hotel suite where authorities say Dominique StraussKahn tried to rape a maid. Strauss-Kahn was being held on a charge that would normally result in release, but he was denied bail Monday after prosecutors warned the wealthy banker might flee to France and put himself beyond the reach of U.S. law like the filmmaker Roman Polanski. Strauss-Kahn’s weekend arrest rocked the financial world as the IMF grapples with the European debt crisis, and upended French presidential politics. Strauss-Kahn, a member of France’s Socialist party, was widely considered the strongest potential challenger next year to President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Making his first appearance on the sex charges, a grim-looking Strauss-Kahn stood slumped before a judge in a dark raincoat and opencollared shirt. The 62-year-old, silver-haired Strauss-Kahn said nothing as a lawyer professed his innocence and strove in vain to get him released on bail. “This battle has just begun,” defense attorney Benjamin Brafman told scores of reporters outside the courthouse, adding that StraussKahn might appeal the bail denial. Because of his high profile, Strauss-Kahn will be held in protective custody on Rikers Island,
away from most detainees, said city Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello. Unlike most prisoners who share 50-bed barracks, he will have a single-bed cell and will eat all of his meals alone there. He’ll have a prison guard escort when he is outside his cell. Rikers is one of the nation’s largest jail complexes, with a daily inmate population of about 14,000 — more than the prison populations of many states. Famous inmates have included rapper Lil’ Wayne. The complex’s notable history includes accounts of run-ins between inmates and guards. In one such case last year, a guard was sentenced to six years in prison for ordering inmate beatings as part of a rogue disciplinary system. Prosecutors said he imposed order in a unit at the complex by having teenage inmates beat other teenagers who had stepped out of line.
Bomb found near Dublin ahead of UK Queen’s visit Reuters
DUBLIN – The Irish army destroyed a makeshift bomb discovered on a bus near Dublin on Tuesday ahead of a historic visit by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, amid the biggest security operation ever mounted by the state. The visit, the first by a British monarch since Ireland won independence from London in 1921, is designed to show how warm neighborly relations have replaced centuries of animosity. But the discovery of the bomb on
a bus headed for Dublin, and a coded warning on Monday about a possible bomb in London, were stark reminders that a small minority remain violently opposed to continued British rule in Northern Ireland. “These things happen when global personalities visit anywhere in the world,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said. The bomb was found in the town of Maynooth, 25 km (15 miles) from Dublin and blown up by an army bomb disposal unit in a controlled explosion, the military said. Britain’s Foreign Office
said the queen’s visit would still go ahead. Streets across the capital were sealed off, with police on almost every corner and helicopters whirring overhead. One of the city’s main tram lines was closed after a second suspicious device was found at one of the stops. The army later
said it was a hoax. “They are dragging us into the dark ages,” said Tom O’Neill, a 34-year-old salesman on his way to work in Dublin, describing those who planted the bomb as a tiny minority of “oddballs.” “There are some people in Ireland that have to get over the whole English thing,” he said.
Police officers stand outside Dublin Castle in Dublin on May 16, 2011, on the eve of an historic trip by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland.
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Courtyard by Marriott
Choose Bali to open its 900th hotel NUSA DUA - Courtyard by Marriott has chosen Bali as its first location in Indonesia for its 900th hotel in the world, which opened recently in the famous Nusa Dua resort area of the renowned tropical island destination. Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua is owned by PT Peninsula Bali Resort and will operate under a longterm management agreement with Marriott International with Nicolas Reschke as Director of Sales and Marketing. “We are very excited about entering the Indonesian market,” said Janis Milham, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. “This fabulous new hotel allows Courtyard the opportunity to provide leisure guests with a breathtaking destination highlighting our open design layout and popular
MoMo Café coupled with additional services such as a Kids Club and spa.” Situated minutes away from Bali’s popular 18-hole championship golf course and local attractions, offering a variety of entertainment and restaurants, the new hotel is situated in a prime location for travelers. Bali offers a wide selection of goods to take home as souvenirs, from sculpture, traditional and modern paintings to ceramics and fashion. All of them are available in shops and galleries throughout the island. The 250 deluxe guestrooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Bali are filled with local charm, featuring unique paintings by I Gede Putra Udiyana, a recognized Balinese artist from Denpasar. Each spacious room offers, a private balcony, a garden terrace or a terrace with close to pool access that allows guests to enjoy the fresh air and
soak in the natural beauty that surrounds them. Deluxe bedding, with minimum 32-inch LCD panel TVs and satellite channels ensure that guests are able to enjoy relax and unwind. Six suites with oversized accommodations and double-sized balconies are available for honeymooners. MoMo Café, Courtyard’s Asian culinary innovation, presents a menu that blends western dishes with local favorites. Fresh local ingredients blended with the chef’s creativity makes the quality food a delight for guests. The open kitchen and woodfire oven produce delightful aromas that create a warm home-like ambiance. MoMo 2 Go is providing “on the run” guests with a “grab and go” kiosk filled with sandwiches, pastries and a wide variety of beverages. The pool-side bar allows guests to treat themselves to cold drinks and tasty
snacks while lounging in the sun. A picture-perfect setting for destination weddings and gatherings, the Courtyard by Marriott Bali has two ballrooms with the largest one accommodating up to 180 persons for a sit down dinner or up to 324 theater style. Both rooms are versatile and can be divided into smaller meeting space. A stunning landscaped courtyard separates the two function rooms and makes for excellent breakout space or cocktail receptions al fresco. Exercising outdoors is a must in Bali and an ideal track for runners is the idyllic paved surroundings of Nusa Dua, where they can work out and explore at the same time. A wide variety of water sports are available in Bali including scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing and surfing at the local beach ten minutes from the resort. For those interested in strength
and cardio training, the fully equipped gym at the hotel offers personal trainers and state of the art machines. Recharging before going out to enjoy the nightlife of Bali is important and the Courtyard by Marriott Bali offers six individual massage and treatment rooms for guests to get pampered and relax. Three massage rooms for two, are great for couples. A wide variety of treatments are available including traditional Balinese massage performed by trained therapists. The Spa will open at the beginning of May. Courtyard by Marriott along with more than 3,100 Marriott-affiliated hotels worldwide, participate in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows its over 30 million members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar spent during each stay.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event forApril 27 through May 23, 2011 27 Apr Pagerwesi Day Laban Sindu Jiwa Temple Kedewatan Ubud Kehen Temple Bangli Wirabuana Temple Magelang Jawa Tengah Padang Sakti Tangtu Temple Denpasar Timur Jogan Agung Temple Ketewel Sukawati Gadung Pengiasan Temple Dauh Puri Denpasar Pasek Gelgel Temple Buruan Kaja Tabanan Pasek Gobleg Temple Kerambitan tabanan Pasek Gelgel Meliling Temple Tabanan Masceti Selasih Temple Sanding Tampak Siring Paek Gaduh Temple Buduk Dadia Pasek Gelgel Temple Kelabang Moding Merajan Pasek Gelgel Sekalan Marga - Tabanan
8 May Redite Umanis Ukir Sangah Gede Dukuh Segening Temple Tegal Tugu Gianyar
2 May Tilem Jiyestha Bhujangga Waisnawa Gumrih Temple Jembrana
17 May Anggar Kasih Kulantir Penataran Tangkas Temple Sukawati Dalem Lagan Temple Bebalang Bangli Puseh Lembeng Temple Ketewel Sukawati Pasek Gelgel Penulisan Temple Kerambitan Tabanan Gaduh Temple Sading Dalem Gandamayu Temple Klungkung Pura Sanghyang Tegal Temple Banjar Taro Kaja Tegalalang
7 May Tumpek Landep Day Pasek Gelgel Temple Pedungan South of Denpasar Agung Pasek Temple Tangun Titi kaler Tabanan Agung Pasek Silamadeg Temple Selamadeg Tabanan Pasek Tangkas Temple Kediri Tabanan Kerta Temple Banyuning Barat Buleleng Dalem Tenggaling Sengguan Tenggaling Sengguan Singapadu Kawitan Arya Wang Bang Pinatih Pinatih Peguyangan Singaraja Bhujangga Weisnawa Temple Tegalcangkring Jembrana Taman Desa Bubunan Temple Seririt Buleleng Penataran Pande Dalem Batur Jati Banjar Pandean Mengwi Dalem Pingit Temple Br, Taro Kaje Tegalalang Dadia Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Selat Village Sukasada Buleleng Batur Arya Warih Kepaon Cengolo Sudimara Tabanan Ida ratu Pande Temple Besakih - Karangasem Mr. Pasek Toh Jiwa Temple Toh Jiwa Tangungtiti Penataran Pande Kusamba Temple Klungkung Penataran Agung Pinatih Tulikup Temple Banjar Menak Desa Tulikup Gianyar
11 May Buda Wage Ukir Pasar Agung Temple Besakih - Karangasem Pasek Bendesa Pasar Badung Temple Legian Kuta Gede Gunung Agung Dukuh Temple Munggu Badung Hyang Agung Ibuwanasari Temple Tegal Puseh Village Temple Temple Bebalang Village Bangli Dalem Perancak Temple Badung Pasek Bendesa Hyang Selat Temple Kerobokan Badung Kekeran Langit Temple Sading Mengwi
18 May Buda Umanis Kulantir Pasek Tangkas kaler Temple Tabanan Gaduh Benoh Temple Ubung Denpasar 22 May Redite Keliwon Tolu Dalem Alas Harum Temple Kaba-kaba Kediri Tabanan 23 May Soma Umanis Tolu Puseh/Balai Agung Ubung Temple Kupang Penebel Tabanan Kawitan Sakula Gotra Temple Kepuh Kaba-kaba Kediri Tabanan Bhujangga Rsi-Tambak Bayuh Temple Bayuh Paibon Tangkas Kori Agung Temple Ceningan KanginNusa Penida Batu Madeg Temple Besakih - Karangasem Penataran Agung Penatih Temple Banjar Saba Penatih
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
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News Guatemala: Massacre work of Mexico drug gang Zetas Associated Press Writer
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The Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, which was part of an aid flotilla heading for Gaza in 2010. A new aid flotilla aiming to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip threatens to deal a fresh blow to Turkish-Israeli ties, a year after the bloody Israeli seizure of the Mavi Marmara.
Israel-Turkey ties threatened by new Gaza flotilla Agence France Presse
ISTANBUL – A new aid flotilla aiming to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip threatens to deal a fresh blow to Turkish-Israeli ties, a year after a bloody Israeli seizure of a Turkish activist ship. Bilateral relations remain stuck in crisis after several fence-mending meetings between the one-time allies over the past year failed to yield results, a Turkish diplomat told AFP. The two countries, he said, “have failed to reach an agreement” also on reconciliation proposals by a UN commission investigating the deadly Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara ferry last year. Moreover, tensions could shoot up again as a new aid flotilla is getting ready to depart for Gaza in June in another attempt to break the blockade. At least “a dozen boats carrying supplies and passengers from several European ports, including Marseille, will sail to Gaza in the third week of June,” said Quassima Ibn Salah from the Turkish Islamist charity IHH, which spearheaded last year’s bid. The Mavi Marmara will take part in the new venture as well, but it is unclear whether it would
depart from Turkey, she added. The Greek and Swedish branches of the Ship to Gaza association, and various organisations from Italy, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland will join the new fleet dubbed “Freedom Flotilla II.” Israel has already asked Turkey and the European Union to stop the convoy. On Monday, Israeli forces fired warning shots at a Malaysian aid ship as it approached Gaza, forcing the vessel to retreat to Egypt, organisers and the Israeli military said. On May 31 last year, Israeli marines swarmed aboard the Mavi Marmara, the flagship of an international aid flotilla bound for Gaza, killing nine Turkish activists in international waters and
plunging relations with Ankara into deep crisis. The bloodshed provoked worldwide condemnation and in August, UN chief Ban Ki-moon set up an international commission to investigate the raid. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday denied reports that Ankara was considering withdrawing from the panel, but signalled discontent with the body’s apparent efforts to find a mid-way between Turkey and Israel. “I have told UN secretarygeneral Ban Ki-moon that this is not a commission to reconcile Turkey and Israel but to do justice... We do not need a mediator,” Anatolia news agency quoted Davutoglu as saying.
SAN BENITO, Guatemala – Guatemala declared a 30-day state of emergency for the northern Peten region following the brutal massacre of 27 people at a cattle ranch. President Alvaro Colom called the killings sadistic and perverse, and said they were the work of a drug gang. Colom said he would go to the jungle-covered region to personally direct operations aimed at rooting out what is believed to be a Mexican drug cartel that has taken up residence in Peten. “Guatemala must face up to this aggression aimed not just at our country but at the whole region,” Colom said in an address broadcast to the nation late Monday. Such declarations traditionally give the army emergency powers, including permission to detain suspects without warrants. The attack late Saturday and early Sunday on an isolated cattle ranch was of one of Guatemala’s largest postwar massacres. Gunmen believed to belong to Mexico’s Zetas cartel killed 27 farm laborers, in-
cluding two women and two children, and left their severed heads scattered across the pastures of the cattle ranch. A message written in the blood of the victims was daubed across a wall of the ranch house, threatening the owner. A 23year-old laborer who survived the attack said he was stabbed in the stomach, but his attackers were distracted by an attempt by some of the other victims to flee. The chilling scene was related by the surviving farm worker, who spoke to The Associated Press Monday from his hospital bed in a nearby town. Authorities asked that the survivor not be named for security reasons. The survivor said he fell to the ground as he was being stabbed, and at that moment some of the ranch employees tried to flee, distracting his attacker. He said he was able to walk, badly wounded, to safety. “I don’t know how I survived,” he said. The man had worked planting forage crops at the ranch, when gunmen arrived late Saturday asking for the owner — a man authorities said had links to the drug trade.
Denpasar... From page 1 It also shows that the students is Bali have good quality because they can still get the best mark even tough the questions are made in different method. “The tight supervision strating from the making of the questions, distribution, as well as during the test make it impossible for leaking or copying the test,” Jelantik said.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Denpasar, IB Rai Mantra, said that he is very satisfied with this year’s national exam. The rate of Debpasar is 99.98% for 2011 exam. “Even there are two students that fail the exam but Denpasar is still the best in Indonesia. I hope that the great achievement can be maintained every year,” he said.
Vihara Kuta... From page 1 The vihara which is located on the strategic place in Kuta make many tourists often coming to the place and take part in the certain ceremony. Indra Suarlin said that the Waisak is commemorated by meditating and praying. Near the precise time, the ceremony was started by “Pradiksa” where the people walk around the Buddha statue counterclockwise three times. The ceremony was led by Biku Suci Rana Dharmayana. Through the celebration, there
is great hope that Indonesia will be more peaceful and also could develop the solidarity among the people (Menyama Braya). Besides, the commemoration also could give happiness to all mankind and to grateful for everything that God has given us. The commemoration of Waisak Day has three important meanings whish is to commemorate the birth, the glory, and the death of Budha Siddartha Gautama, Indra Suarlin said.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
6.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Malang Antara
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Buddhist monks walk in procession as they gather alms in Magelang town in Indonesia’s Central Java province on May 16, 2011 on the eve of Vesak Day. The Buddhist minority celebrates Vesak religious festival, a day that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha in this predominantly Islamic country.
MALANG - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Malang district in East Java at 7.17 am local time on Saturday. Karangkates Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) spokesman Adi Supriyanto said the epicenter of the earthquake was located 9.55 southern latitude and 112.55 eastern longitude at a depth of 25 kilometers under the sea level, about 170 kilometers southeast of Blitar. “But it has no potential to trigger a tsunami, and so far there was no report of casualties or material damage in Blitar and Malang,” Adi Supriyanto said. He said the earthquake was strongly felt by the people in Malang and Blitar who scrambled out of their houses for fear of an aftershock. Lying in an area of intense seismic activity where several tectonic plates collide, the Indonesian archipelago had frequent earthquakes.
Last Thursday afternoon on May 12, an earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale shook Banda Aceh and environs, causing panic among people in high rise buildings. The epicenter of the quake which struck at 02.41 p.m. was in the sea 71 km southwest of the Aceh provincial capital at a depth of 33 km, spokesperson of the local meteorology, climatology and geophysics office, Vina said. But the quake was not strong enough to trigger a tsunami, casualties or material damage. Aceh province was last hit by a strong quake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale on April 28, with its epicenter 63 kilometers northwest of Meulaboh, West Aceh district, at a depth of 20 km. Many people panicked and rushed out of their houses or office buildings as they felt the strong tremors. Aceh bore the brunt of a 8.9-magnitude undersea earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami on December 26, 2004, killing more than 200,000 people.
Kalimantan forest Public called on to stay calm on areas hosting some 8.7-magnitude quake prediction of world’s lungs Antara
MARTAPURA - Forest areas in Kalimantan Island, including those in Banjar districts, are host to some of the lungs of the world, a local official said. “The forest areas in Kalimantan Island which include forest areas in Banjar district are host to some of the world’s lungs so that their sustainability should always be maintained and preserved,” Nasrun Syah, secretary of the Banjar district administration, said here Tuesday.
He said, in addition to holding some of the lungs of the world, forests in Kalimantan also play an important role in maintaining the balance of nature so that the island which is administratively divided into four provinces is spared from disaster. Disasters such as floods are due
to illegal logging or other activities that damage forests. However, all these natural disasters have been avoided because forests in Kalimantan were well preserved. “Keeping and maintaining forests as well as the life within them is not only the government’s duty but also of every component of society,” Nasrun said. He explained the forest areas in Banjar district were so large that more than it covered half of the region’s territory was 471,097 hectares.
BANDUNG - West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan has called on the general public to stay calm but remained alert on a prediction that Jakarta, Sumatra and Bandung may be shaken by an up to 8.7-magnitude earthquake centered in the Sunda Strait. “I think whatever the news we need to remain alert,” Ahmad Heryawan said when on a motorcycle tour covering a distance of 54 kilometers in West Java through Purwakarta and Subang Tuesday. He also said that he will still coordinate with the head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics agency (BMKG) for more accurate data on earthquakes from
Presidential Special Staff for Social and Disaster Affairs Andi Arief in a discussion in Jakarta Sunday. “BMKG is an institution with the highest authority in issuing a statement on quakes,” Heryawan said. “It is true that a quake may strike Java Island to Papua, but Kalimantan has no such potential. I believe that there will be a quake on each day but in small scale below 9 on the Richter scale, and therefore is not noteworthy,” Heryawan said. He said that in anticipating natural disasters including quakes, the West Java provincial administration has already familiarized natural mitigations, so that the general public would become more familiar with what they need to do in such urgent cases, he said.
Maluku needs rp17.51 trillion for TNI helicopter makes marine resources management emergency landing in Papua Antara
AMBON - The eastern Indonesian Province of Maluku until 2016 needs a total funds of Rp17.51 trillion for its local marine and fishery resources management program. “Such an amount of funds is needed for the programs of capture fisheries development, fish cultivation, fish processing, post harvest, fishery resources conservation, and
marine and fisheries research and technology,” local maritime and fisheries office spokesman Bastian Mainassy said here on Tuesday. He said that of the Rp17.51 trillion of funds, Rp5.43 billion would be allocated to capture fisheries, Rp4.49 trillion for fish and seaweed cultivation, Rp2.56 trillion for processing fish and seaweed processing factories and their facilities, Rp2.41 trillion for human resources development, and Rp2.61 trillion
for researches. Bastian said the need of the funds had been conveyed to Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry to be accommodated in the state budget with the involvement of private companies. “We have the potential for sustainable fish around 1.64 million tons per year or 26.3 percent of the national fish but only 300 to 500 tons have been used per year,” he said.
JAYAPURA - A Bell-412 helicopter belonging to the Indonesian Armed Forces, reportedly made an emergency landing in Kenyam sub district, Nduga District, Papua Province, Monday. The helicopter, operated by The Cendrawasih Regional Military Command (Kodam) XVII , developed engine trouble and had to land at an unscheduled spot in Kenyam
sub district at around 10.58 am local time, according to information obtained by ANTARA correspondent in Jayapura on Monday. The helicopter with flight number H-5105 and flying took off from Timika to Kenyam at 9.31 am local time. Kodam XVII Cenderawasih Spokesman Lt. Col. Ali Hamdan Bogra, in response to press questions, said he still waited for detailed information from Timika on the incident.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Bali Today RI’s Spa Industry Grows 7 PCT Annually Antara
NUSA DUA - Indonesia’s spa industry grows by an average of 7 percent a year, making it one of the Asian countries recording significant growth for the industry, a minister said. “Indonesia is among the three Asian countries recording the fairly high growth of spa industry. It comes next to India and China,” Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik said at a press conference following a global spa summit here on Monday night. He said his ministry was serious about developing the spa industry as it had the great potential to contribute to the tourism industry. In addition, the spa industry also employed a great deal of workers, he said. However, he added he did not know exactly the number of workers employed in the spa indus-
try nationwide. “We have not yet made a survey on the number of workers employed in the spa industry because it is something new in this country. However, we will soon conduct such a survey to see the extent to which the industry has contributed to revenues from the tourism industry estimated to reach US$7-8 billion,” he said. Meanwhile, Jeff Matthews, cochair of the 2011 global spa summit, said the Indonesian spa industry continued to grow. Indonesia was the first country in Southeast Asia to develop the spa industry as modern business.
According to data, spa industries worldwide had a total turnover of US$260 billion, he said. “But we don’t know how much is the turnover of the spa industry in Indonesia,” he said. Spa Finder CEO Peter Ellies who is also a board founder member of the global spa summit said Bali was chosen to host the summit at the request of delegations to such a summit held in Turkey last year. Global spa summit is an annual international meeting to discuss spa industry and health. The Bali’s meeting brought together 296 participants from 38 countries.
Natural colors dominating 2011 hair color trend The trend of return to nature seems to continue and even it spread all over the place. The nature also inspires the world’s hairdressers. In the Makarizo International Salon Tour (MIST) 2011, Makarizo explained that concept that they use for the hair color trend in 2011. This is the report from Bali Post which was invited in the MIST 2011 held in Grand Lagoon Ballroom Sunway Resort and Spa, Malaysia recently. There are four colors presented in the event which are Fairy Gold, Glowing Red, Fierce Brown, and Stream Copper. The colors which were taken from nature reflect the great power lies in it and believed can give new spirit for the users. Not only for giving spirit but also the color chosen for this year’s trend is also created so they are suitable for the skin of Asian especially Indonesian. Art Director Makarizo Aldo Muia, said that from the natural elements emerge many unique colors that can be explored. For example fire element can create a beautiful glowing red color. “Nature is the source of priceless inspiration and also can give ideas for the hair color trend,” he added. Aldo explained that for this year, Makarizo promote the theme”Energia” which is the mix between tranquility and enthusiastic through the Concept Advanced Hair Color. Enthusiastic represent the person who is al-
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ways passionate and enthusiastic in her every movements while tranquility represent peace, love, and welfare. He explained that the two concepts create two different hair cut. For those who have the more spirited sole will be directed toward glamour and short cut. The straight short hair is one of the option for them to show their character who like challenges and full with confidence. The wave long hair style is also suitable for the enthusiastic
person. By letting the wavy hair go down, it will look simpler. While for those who have a calmer sole, the style suitable for them is the classic one. The straight short hair which combine with the asymmetric cut is suitable because is suitable with their personality which is calm and peaceful. Straight long hair also matches for them who want to have a longer hair because it reflect their compassionate side. During the show in front of the professional hairdressers from all
over Indonesia, it was only the four colors being presented. The show was also used to share the knowledge and technique on the latest hair cut and various hair dressing styles which completing the showcase MIST 2011. World class hairdressers from 3 countries Australia, Ukraine, and Brazil performed the latest trend inspired by Energia; Tranquility and Enthusiastic. All of the hairdresser are experts and have many experiences in the world of hairdressing such
as Mauricio Pina and Miguel Estelrich who have been working in the field over 25 years. Both are very famous in Brazil and already travel all around the world to show their skills. Meanwhile, the hairdressers from Australia, Vikki Brown, Judith Dierden, and Lisa Polini are also been in the business tenth of years. They also have been creating breakthrough in hair cut technique and hair color. The similar thing also applied for the hairdresser from Ukraine, Iryna Zaitseva who is the President of Intercouffure Ukrania while Oksana Nechyporuk is also the member of the company. According to the Marketing Manager Professional Division PT Makarizo Indonesia, Fani Kunarinta, Malaysia and Singapore is chosen as the place to perform new hair style is because those countries is developing in the world of hair styling. Makarizo also promote their new products Freamo and Provoc in the countries. Fani said that Freamo is a ammoniac free product while Provoc could give instant look for the users. “Both of the products are created through the Makarizo Italian technology. Especially for Freamo is using the nutri balance color system contains 6 vitamins: Vitamin C, Rice Protein, Royal Jelly, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil and Pro Vit. B5 which help to protect the hair and the scalp,” he added. (iah)
Wednesday, May 18 2011
Max Cafe Makes a Healthy Ice Cream Antara
UlUWATU - Max cafe is helmed by a family originally from Bali with a European twist, which makes ice cream does not use any chemical additives or artificial coloring. “The initial idea of Max cafe is to offer Bali great ice cream flavor with only fresh and natural ingredients,” Director Max Cafe Ami Zijta said. Max caters sweet selections such as ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, crepes, fried ice cream, brownies and European pancakes. In contrary, Max also caters the savory crave, such as hamburgers, built your own sandwiches, beef steak, Maxi goreng , pasta, and the unique dish called Panzai. Max located on the main street of Uluwatu decorated with white bamboo and lampions that is not easily to be missed in the neighborhood. Menu at Max varies; it starts with a breakfast package menu that includes selection of muesli with yogurt or toast, bread with omelets or scrambled eggs, fresh juices, fruit salad, with freshly brewed Italian coffee or tea. For lunch and dinner, Max offers selections of pasta, hamburger, panzai – a pancake based meal with pizza sensations, Maxi goreng – for those who crave for nasi goreng ala Max with curried rice, baked beans, smoked beef wrapped in an omelets. Max best choices are the selections of homemade ice creams, the variety of the freshest natural healthy drinks, and different kind of meals to complete your day in the south of Bali. The best part of Max ice cream is that it is homemade without any additives, preservatives, emulsifier, or artificial coloring, any flavor by minimum order of half a liter can be custom made to your preference. Max also caters customized flavors for professional supply like hotels, villa’s, restaurants, and cafe’s.
Guling Celeng (Suckling Pig) OVERVIEW: If there’s just one dish that people remember after a visit to Bali, it’s this famous delicacy, usually known by its Indonesian name, Babi Guling. INGREDIENTS: 1 suckling pig, weighing about 6-8kg 1½ tbsp salt 200 shallots, peeled and sliced 100 gr cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 50 gr ginger, peeled & chopped 300 gr candlenuts, chopped 350 gr fresh turmeric, peeled &chopped 3 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed 80 gr laos, finely chopped 120 gr bird’s-eye chilies, sliced 10 stalks lemon grass, finely sliced 1 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 tsp dried shrimp paste, roasted 5 fragrant lime leaves, finely shredded 2 salam leaves 2½ tbsp oil 4 tbsp turmeric water PREPARATION: Ensure inside of suckling pig is completely cleaned out. Season inside and outside with salt. Combine all other ingredients, except turmeric water, and mix thoroughly. Fill inside of suckling with mixture, close belly with string or thin satay skewer. Rub the outside of the pig with turmeric water until the skin is shiny yellow. Place suckling pig on roasting rack and roast in hot oven (220°C / 425°F) for approximately 1 hour. Rest for 10 minutes in warm place before serving. When serving, first remove the crisp skin with a strong carving knife, then loosen meat from the bones and cut into even dice or slices. Place a heaped tablespoon of stuffing on each serving plate, and then top with meat and skin. Traditionally this dish is eaten with Jukut Nangka Mekuah and steamed rice. Helpful hint: If you have a large barbeque with rotisserie or constantly turning spit, you can cook the pig over charcoal for an authentic Balinese flavor. (www.baliguide.com/balifood) C.045 ibp
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Purancak Temple IBP
Purancak Temple is also mentioning as Pura Perancak situated in the coastal area right at Purancak Countryside, Negara sub district and Jembrana Regency. In order to reach the location of this temple which is also situated in the estuary of Purancak River, we have to go the west direction and goes to through the good road with the car or other motorcycle. After going through the journey within 9 Km from the district town, all visitors who visit this temple will arrive at non-irrigated dry field. This land is fully planted by the coconut trees with beautiful panorama that make a comfortable atmosphere. Pertaining to the name (Abhiseka) of Purancak Temple, it is inseparable from the holy journey (Dharmayatra and Tirthayatra) of Danghyang Dwijendra, a famous Siwa Religion Adviser. From the domestic sources, there is opinion
that the name of Purancak Temple is come the word of Perahu Encak (Balinese Language meaning leaky boat or breaking boat). There is also from domestic source say that the this templeâ€™s name is come from word Ancak (The tree name, sycamore bodi), because when Danghyang Dwijendra crossing the sea in west part of Bali Island that is also recognized as Sagara Rupek, he firstly arrive at the location where the Purancak Temple existing now. He wait his wife and son who go up the leaky boat that had been patched by spool gourd leaf ( Waluh Pahit), while Danghyang Dwijendra go up a bitter fruit Waluh (spool gourd) by using his both hand and feet as oar . When he waiting his wife and son, he was seat under a tree which is called Ancak Tree and at the same time he do conversation with a cow farmer. Since he was seat under that tree then The Temple is built right in this location hence this temple is
named by Purancak Temple. But in conjunction to other domestic sources that is estimated the Purancak Temple is also taken away from the name of this countryside where he firstly arrive and do pray while waiting his family. This temple is kept by a priest every day who waiting and monitoring everyone who cross the way. The priest will remind and admonishing if there anyone who pass and neglect to conduct the pray based on the regulation stated by I Ngurah Ragsasa, the powerful and handle hegemony over there. Dhangyang Dwijendra and his family continue his holy journey and pass this temple. When he arrive at this temple area, the priest as a temple keeper who is also observe everyone crossing this area, he admonished and asked to Danghyang Dwinjendra to do pray in this temple. When he reach in the silent moment of praying, suddenly inscrutable fact happened
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that this temple breaks. When witnessing this inscrutable occurrence, I Ngurah Rangsasa with all his supporter are feeling very fear and then run to his house meanwhile the temple priest is very braze and request to Danghyang Dwijendra return the temple back to the perfection like previously. Dhangyang Dwijendra finally ful-
fills his request and then he do pray again to return the temple condition like previously. By blessing of his spiritual strengthens and Chastity, the temple become intact return. The priest look so happy to witness all this experiences then Danghyang Dwijendra bestow the Kalpika to the priest in order to glorify as a proof that he was done a holy journey to this place.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
BUSINESS EU president calls for level field with China Associated Press Writer
BEIJING – The European Union president called Tuesday for a level playing field in commerce between China and Europe, warning the European public could turn to protectionism if they felt China wasn’t playing fair. Herman Van Rompuy also said China’s global reputation could be harmed by its negative record on human rights, although he made no direct mention of recent cases of repression, including the detention of famed artist and government critic Ai Weiwei. “A level playing field for trade and investment is key,” Van Rompuy said in a speech to communist officials at the party’s national training center in Beijing. A nation’s people must feel they have a fair chance of winning business abroad to offset that lost through international competition, or else “populism and protectionism loom,” he said. The 27-nation EU is China’s largest export market, but European firms have been battered by low-cost Chinese textiles, leatherwear and other goods. Meanwhile, European companies, along with other foreign firms, have complained of regulatory barriers hindering their ability to compete freely in China. Beijing’s currency controls, which help boost Chinese exports, are also an irritant in relations with other countries. Later Tuesday, Van Rompuy held discussions with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on topics ranging from trade to
human rights and copyright protection. They also reviewed preparations for a 14th EU-China summit scheduled for the second half of the year. Van Rompuy met with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday. During a question and answer session following his speech, Van Rompuy said the sides had a healthy dialogue on reducing impediments and said he expected further progress to result from discussions at the upcoming summit. “The most important thing is that we go forward that we make progress that me make rules and implement them not only at the central level but also at the local level,” he said. “And I’m quite sure that ... we will discuss it in an open way and that we will take sufficient initiatives to achieve that level playing field.” Van Rompuy said he was heartened by China’s latest five-year plan for development that envisions shifting the economy away from exports and investment and toward increased reliance on domestic demand, eventually reducing and possibly eliminating its trade surplus and other imbalances. Van Rompuy stressed the central importance of human rights in the EU’s
foreign policy and called on China to honor international rights covenants it has signed. “This work is among the core values the European Union is build on. It is of deep concern for European citizens and it is reflected in our diplomacy across the world,” he said. The EU was among foreign governments and rights groups that expressed concern for Ai’s detention that began April 3 when he was stopped at a Beijing airport while attempting to board a flight to Hong Kong. That made the avant-garde artist the highest profile figure so far to be swept up in the recent crackdown on dissent, one of the biggest in years, that has seen hundreds of bloggers, academics, lawyers and activists questioned, detained, arrested or simply disappeared. Van Rompuy did not mention the crackdown directly, but indicated China’s global image could suffer from its actions. “China’s contribution to implementing the universal principles of human rights and rule of law will be important elements in shaping its global public reputation,” he said.
Penney make-over boosts profit Reuters
NEW YORK – J.C. Penney Co Inc’s efforts to remake itself as a more fashionable chain and raise profitability by shedding weak units paid off in the first quarter and the retailer raised its full-year profit forecast. Its shares were down 1.3 percent at midday after earlier hitting their highest level since the 2008 stock market meltdown. Penney in recent years has pushed to land more exclusive lines, such as Liz Claiborne clothing, and lure younger shoppers with stores-withinits-stores for brands such as cosmetics seller Sephora and Spain’s fastfashion chain Mango. Penney’s also eased fears that its shoppers, considered more vulnerable to the economy’s vagaries than those of Macy’s Inc, would pull back because of higher gasoline prices. “It gives encouragement that they can weather the storms,” Morningstar analyst Paul Swinand told Reuters.
But Swinand said Penney has squeezed much of the benefit it will from its initiatives. Penney is also changing the way it manages inventory, closing poor performers such as its catalog operations and weak stores. Penney, which operates 1,100 U.S. department stores, said first-quarter net income rose 6.7 percent to $64 million, or 28 cents per share, from $60 million, or 25 cents a share, a year earlier. That beat analysts’ average estimate of 24 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Penney Chief Executive Myron Ullman said that the benefits of the company’s cost-cutting efforts would continue to “significantly accelerate profitability,” leading Penney to return to historically high operating profit margins by 2014, as per the chain’s five-year plan announced last year. Penney is eyeing a profit of $5 per share by 2014, compared with $1.59 for the fiscal year that ended
in January. Much of the improvement in first-quarter profit came from lower pension expenses. On an adjusted basis, which strips out the effect of that expense, net income fell to 33 cents per share from 40 cents. Penney’s shares fell 1.3 percent, or 52 cents, to $37.93, but earlier in the session went as high as $41, the highest level since September 2008. The shares have more than doubled since their 52-week low of $19.44 last August. Ullman told analysts on a conference call that there has been “no price adversity” from customers as Penney has raised prices on its higher-end items because of higher cotton costs. Exclusive lines such as the Claiborne clothes are giving Penney greater ability to set pricing and protect its margins as it prepares for more price increases later this summer due to higher cotton costs.
Honda and Nissan accelerate efforts to resume full output Reuters
IWAKI – Two of Japan’s top automakers are trying to accelerate their efforts to resume full production, adding to hopes that a recovery from the country’s biggest earthquake on record was well on its way as the supply bottleneck eases. Nissan Motor Co Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Tuesday employees were working hard to restore production at Japan’s No.2 automaker to full levels before an October target, after defying the odds with a speedy recovery at an engine plant that was badly damaged by the March 11 earthquake. “I can tell you that every single Nissan employee is trying to (prove) me wrong when I say October. This is absolutely a sense of motivation from everybody to say we’re going to make it happen before October,” Ghosn told Reuters in an interview at the Iwaki engine plant, about 60 km (30 miles) from Tokyo Electric Power’s crippled nuclear power station. “But reasonably, I don’t think it’s going to be before October,” he added. The 560,000-units-a-year Iwaki factory, which builds 2.5 to 3.7-liter engines for the Fuga, Murano, Infiniti M, and other models, marked its return to full production capacity on Tuesday. Japanese automakers have slashed production since the magnitude-9.0 earthquake on March 11 due to a shortage of supply from damaged parts makers, a few dozen of which are still seen as being in a critical condition. “The situation surrounding (the supply chain) restoration is constantly changing, so (production) plans are changed weekly or bi-weekly in some cases, but the (restoration) process is occurring quicker than first envisioned,” said Yoshihiko Tabei of Kazaka Securities. Honda Motor joined Nissan on Tuesday in saying the recovery of its parts supply is gathering pace. “We want to move up our schedule for returning to normal,
but that depends on the supply of parts,” Honda’s chief financial officer, Fumihiko Ike, told a small group of reporters. “But we are seeing recovery speed up in those supplies.” He said the company plans to announce its earnings forecast for the current fiscal year before the annual shareholders’ meeting on June 23. Honda has limited access to electronic components, rubber parts and coloring materials, Ike said. Ike said on Tuesday this was a worst-case scenario, however, suggesting the situation at the automaker could be better than previously expected. Reporting full-year earnings in May, rival Toyota Motor Corp painted a more upbeat picture, saying production would gradually pick up from June. Addressing about 400 employees at the Iwaki engine plant to celebrate its full recovery, Ghosn expressed admiration for the workers whose dedication fueled a full recovery at record speed. “When I came here last time I remember very well: there was no electricity, there was no water, there was no fuel, there were barely no Nissan employees in the plant because there was nothing to do,” said Ghosn, who last visited the plant on March 29. “The floor was torn, the equipment was misaligned, there were pipes hanging, and frankly it was very difficult to forecast when production would be back to where it was.” Nissan would invest about 3 billion yen to reinforce the Iwaki factory’s facilities to protect it against future earthquakes, he told reporters. Ghosn surprised markets last week with a projection of higher vehicle sales this business year compared with the year ended in March despite a big disruption to production resulting from the disasters that have crippled the supply chain. Analysts have said they expect the pace of recovery to be roughly similar at all three car makers.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Schwarzenegger reveals he had child with staffer Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple’s home before they announced their separation last week. Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announced May 9 that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family’s Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger told the Times in a statement that also was sent to The Associated Press
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Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at the Israel 63rd Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Schwarzenegger was honored at the event.
early Tuesday. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry. “I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time,” the statement concluded. “While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not.” Schwarzenegger’s representatives did not comment further. A spokesman for the former first lady told the Times she had no comment. The Times did not publish the former staffer’s name nor that of her child but said the woman worked for the family for 20 years and retired in January. In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man — her husband at the time — was the child’s father. When the Times later informed the woman of the governor’s statement, she declined to comment further. The child was born before Schwarzenegger began his sevenyear stint in public office. Shriver stood by her husband during his 2003 gubernatorial campaign after the Los Angeles Times reported accusations that he had a history of groping women. Schwarzenegger later said he “behaved badly sometimes.” In his first public comments since the couple announced their breakup, Schwarzenegger said last week that he and Shriver “both love each other very much.” “We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and we’re taking one day at a time,” he said at a Los Angeles event marking Israeli independence. Their children range in age from 13 to 21.
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In one of his last acts before leaving office next week, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley presents TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey with a sign after a street was named in her honor outside her Harpo Studios in Chicago, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Winfrey will end her 25 year-run on daytime television in Chicago on May 25.
Star-studded Oprah Winfrey taping set in Chicago Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO – Thousands of Oprah Winfrey fans are expected to pack Chicago’s United Center on Tuesday for a star-studded doubletaping of her talk show as it approaches its finale. The guest lineup for “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” is a secret, but Winfrey’s producers have promised the biggest names in Hollywood. The celebrity response “has been a resounding `yes,’” executive producer Sheri Salata said. “Celebrities from film, television and music feel a deep appreciation for the support they have received from Oprah and the show over the years,” Salata said. “Oprah will be very touched by that gratitude.” Tuesday’s taping will air May 23 and 24, before Winfrey’s final show on May 25. The content of the fi-
nal episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is still under wraps. Winfrey announced in November 2009 that she would end her popular talk show after 25 years. “Oprah is in great spirits, energized and taking in every last bit of these final days,” said Salata, who figures prominently on “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes.” The show follows the final season Winfrey’s talk show and airs on her
new cable network. “The producers are a little tearyeyed — it’s hard to say goodbye,” Salata said. Harpo Productions received more than 154,000 ticket requests for seats to Tuesday’s event. Tickets were free and distributed to fans through a lottery. The United Center is home to the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks with a seating capacity of more than 20,000. It is just blocks from Winfrey’s long-time studios. It isn’t the first time Winfrey has staged a blockbuster event in Chicago. The crowd was estimated at 21,000 when Winfrey closed down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in September 2009 to film her 24th season premiere.
Angelina Jolie Bosnia movie gets December release Reuters
LOS ANGELES – Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut — a controversial movie set in wartime Bosnia — has a name and a release date. “In the Land of Blood and Honey” will be released in the United States on December 23, producers said in a statement on Monday, just in time for Oscar consideration. “The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it’s also universal,” Jolie said in a statement. “I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior
are deeply affected by living inside a war.” Jolie, who also wrote the screenplay, last year described the then untitled movie as a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman on the eve of the 1992-95 Balkans conflict, in which 100,000 people died. But it caused controversy in Bosnia with some female victims of sexual violence objecting to details in the plot and Bosnian authorities canceling a filming permit. As a result, some scenes scheduled to be shot in Sarajevo were moved to Budapest, Hungary.
Jolie, who won a supporting actress Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted”, and who is a United Nations goodwill ambassador, has asked the people of Bosnia to withhold judgment until they see the completed film. “In the Land of Blood and Honey” features a local cast, and was shot in both the English and Serbo-Croat languages. Producers Graham King and Tim Headington on Monday called it a “bold new film (which) illustrates the consequences of the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.”
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
End of an era as Vegas casino closes Agence France Presse
The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, May 16, 2011. AP Photo/John Raoux
US Rep. Giffords picks wake-up song for shuttle Associated Press Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped start the first full work day in space for her husband and the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour with the song: “Beautiful Day” by U2. It’s the same song Giffords sent as a wake-up call to Mark Kelly in 2006 when they were just dating. But this time the message-of-hope lyrics seemed to have a special meaning given her recovery from being shot in the head Jan. 8 in Arizona. This time the song was from Giffords and Kelly’s two daughters. “It’s good to be waking up in space again,” Kelly radioed back to Earth. “I want to thank Gabby, Claudia and Claire for that great wake up song. It’s always good to hear U2 and ‘Beautiful Day’ in space.” U2’s Bono, who came up with
the lyrics, has said the song is about a man who has lost everything but finds joy in what he still has. Giffords, a three-term Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, has recovered enough from the shooting to twice fly to Kennedy Space Center for launch attempts. When Endeavour’s five Americans and one Italian got off the ground on Monday, she watched from a wheelchair on the roof of the launch control center and said “good stuff, good stuff.” Endeavour’s crew has started their main duty for Tuesday: a more than
five-hour camera inspection of the shuttle’s delicate heat shield to make sure there’s no damage from launch. On Monday, NASA officials said initial photographs show only a couple of small bits of insulating foam came off the fuel tank during the crucial phase of liftoff. This more detailed examination on Tuesday is crucial because it was heat shield damage from foam that shed during launch that led to the fatal 2003 break up of Columbia during its return to Earth. Endeavour is on a 16-day mission — the second to last space shuttle flight and last for Endeavour. Its main mission is to install on the International Space Station a $2 billion international physics experiment: a giant magnet that looks for antimatter and dark energy.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Las Vegas marks the end of an era this week as one of the US gambling mecca’s last original “Rat Pack” casino-hotels, the Sahara, finally closes its doors. Opened in 1952, the Sahara hosted everyone from Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis to Frank Sinatra and the Beatles in the 1950s and 60s, and their photos still decorate the walls above the reception. But in recent decades Vegas saw an explosion of mega-sized casino resorts which left the “small” Sahara struggling to fill its 1,700 rooms at the end of the famous Strip. The death knell was sounded in March, when its owners since 2007, SBE Entertainment, announced that the casino-hotel complex with its more than 1,050 staff was no longer a viable business. “In a way it was a surprise, but in a way it wasn’t,” Michael
McLendon, a supervisor in the casino’s poker room — already deserted ahead of Monday’s final day — told AFP. “The way things were going, with the economy and all, we felt something was happening. We just didn’t know what it was,” he said. “I’m retiring. I’m done. There are not too many people out there looking for a 66 year-old anyway.” And with hard times hitting Vegas even harder than most US cities, the prospect of finding other jobs is not good. “Some dealers here, just like porters, bartenders, cocktail waitresses, they found other jobs. But the majority didn’t, because it’s not a good time, now in Las Vegas, because of the economy,” said McLendon. Sheryl Reed, a waitress in the Nascar Cafe for 11 years, hasn’t found anything. “It sucks ..You have to be in your 20s to work in Vegas, now. I left applications, they say they’ll call you, but they never call,” she said.
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A general view of the porte cochere at the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 11. Las Vegas marks the end of an era this week as one of the US gambling mecca’s last original “Rat Pack” casino-hotels, the Sahara, finally closes its doors.
Greeks mobilise to protect endangered seeds Agence France Presse
People participate at the 11th Pan-Hellenic Festival for the Exchange of Local Varieties, at Peliti land in Mesohori some 200km north-east from Thessaloniki in April 2011.
MESOHORI, Greece – The remote valley of Mesohori in northeastern Greece seems an unusual choice for a stand against genetically modified crop conglomerates who are knocking on Europe’s door. Yet thousands of organic farming advocates seeking to bar socalled “Frankenstein” foods from the continent made the journey here to help raise awareness about dangers to seed diversity. The event was an annual seed exchange festival organised by the Peliti alternative community, a Mesohori-based non-government
organisation working to preserve Greece’s vegetal wealth against an encroaching global economy. “We are doing something important here,” beamed Grigoris Papadopoulos, a 60year-old agronomist whose “green” epiphany came a decade ago after years of selling pesticide to farmers. “I realised that money is not as important as quality of life, I saw the dirt in farm chemicals,” said Papadopoulos, who came to trade his wild peach and apricot seeds. Started in 1995, Peliti’s drive to “to collect, distribute and rescue traditional seed varieties” (www.peliti.gr) has drawn notice among organic farming proponents across Europe.
The continent is caught between strong popular opposition to GM foods and pressure from major American GM producers such as Monsanto who say that European bans on such products are illegal as they breach global trade rules. Only two GM-crops are currently authorised in the European Union — a maize strain for animal feed and a potato for papermaking. Decisions on a lengthening list of others are in deadlock. An internal EU survey found half the 27-member bloc’s states see no benefit from genetically modified crops, the European Commission said in April.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Quake-hit Japan cancels Copa America plans Agence France Presse
BUENOS AIRES – Japan has cancelled plans to play the Copa America tournament in July, Argentine Football Federation (AFA) president Julio Grondona has said. “We are sorry to inform you that the Japanese team cannot participate in the Copa America 2011 in Argentina. We apologize deeply,” said a letter from the Japanese football association disclosed by the AFA. Japan’s participation in the
South American championships, to which they were invited to play, was cast into doubt after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the country’s Pacific coast. The Japanese football association finally decided to take part, but then ran into problems with convincing European clubs to release their Japanese players ahead of the start of the new season. Japan was drawn in Group A along with hosts Argentina, Colombia and Bolivia.
FA warns Ferguson over future conduct AP Photo/Andrew Medichini
Juventus players celebrate their 1-0 victory at the end of the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Juventus, in Rome’s Olympic stadium, Monday, May 2, 2011.
Top Italian football clubs reflect on failures Agence France Presse
ROME – While a lot of attention has been focussed this Serie A season on the surprisingly positive campaigns of Napoli, Lazio and Udinese, there are three other teams whose failures have been just as notable. While the other three were surpassing expectations and battling for a place in next season’s Champions League, Juventus, Roma and Sampdoria have been the big losers this term. And each one has staked their claim for the biggest of the underachievers. First there is Roma who finished second last year, missing out on the title by two points, paying dearly for a home defeat to Samp four matches from the end of the season. They began this term with high hopes of going one further and strengthened with the signings of forward Marco Borriello from AC Milan and midfielder Simplicio from Palermo. Last season, Claudio Ranieri took over from Luciano Spalletti after two games and two defeats with the club bottom of the table. But the club would later go on a record 24-match unbeaten run, based on a rock solid defence. But from the word go, this season was fraught with disappointments. Roma never really looked like challenging for the title and when they lost four games in a row in February, Ranieri walked before he could be pushed. Three of those defeats left Roma playing catch-up in the race for a Champions League finish while the fourth was a home loss to Shahktar Donetsk that preceded their eventual
elimination from Europe’s premier competition. Rookie Vincenzo Montella took over but could not significantly change the club’s fortunes. They crashed out of Europe in the last 16 thrashed 6-2 on aggregate by Shakhtar, then went their Italian Cup hopes in the semi-finals and finally Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at lowly Catania ended their Champions League aspirations. Then there is Sampdoria, who surprised everyone in finishing fourth last season under Luigi Delneri and qualified for the final Champions League qualifying round. That result earnt Delneri a move to Juventus but things started to go wrong early for his successor Domenico Di Carlo. Samp conceded a goal three minutes into injury time against Werder Bremen and then lost out in extratime in their Champions League play-off. Their league campaign was not as successful as the previous season but they were at least in European contention until a bustup between star striker Antonio Cassano and president Riccardo Garrone. Cassano was banished from the
team in mid-October and sold to Milan in January, while Garrone also decided to cash in on Giampaolo Pazzini. Selling their two best players and successful strike partnership was a disastrous move for Samp, they scored a paltry 13 goals in 21 games since their attacking duo left. With their form slumping, Di Carlo paid the price and was replaced by Alberto Cavasin. Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to to Palermo ensured Samp became the first team in Italy to be relegated the season after qualifying for the Champions League. And lastly there’s Juventus. The Turin giants spent heavily in the summer, bringing in 10 new players and adding three more in January — amongst them all were seven Italy internationals — but even so they could not significantly improve on last season’s calamitous campaign. A seventh placed finish had seen them suffer a record number of defeats and goals conceded, although they did at least qualify for the Europa League.
Associated Press Writer
LONDON – Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was on Monday warned by the Football Association (FA) as to his future conduct in relation to recent comments about referee Howard Webb. Ferguson was charged with improper conduct, relating to his pre-match media comments made about Webb ahead of Manchester United’s key Premier League encounter with Chelsea last on May 8. Ferguson is not believed to have offered a significant response to the charge. And on Monday he has learned he will face no punishment, beyond a gentle reminder not to do it
again. “A Regulatory Commission has today warned Sir Alex Ferguson as to his future conduct,” said an FA statement. “Ferguson was charged with improper conduct, relating to his pre-match media comments made about match official Howard Webb on May 6, 2011. “The chairman of the commission made the following statement following the hearing: ‘This rule was brought in at the start of the 2009/10 season and this was reiterated formally to all Clubs again on 21 October 2010. ‘This is a clear breach of the rule and it is the first time such a matter has been placed in front of a Commission.”
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been warned by the Football Association (FA) as to his future conduct in relation to recent comments about referee Howard Webb.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Unbeatable Djokovic dethrones Nadal in Rome Agence France Presse
ROME – Novak Djokovic took his unbeaten start to 2011 to 37 matches as he stunned world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4 to win the Rome Masters on Sunday. It was the fourth time in a row the Serbian has beaten Nadal in a Masters final this season and the second successive week he has done so on clay after winning in Madrid. Djokovic has won all seven tournaments he’s played this year, including the Australian Open, and will be considered the favourite going into the French Open which starts next Sunday. “I’m amazed with way I’m playing, especially today given the circumstances and the condition I was in,” said Djokovic. “I played three hours yesterday against a player (Andy Murray) who was playing great, I was on the verge of losing that match and I came back. “I was able to perform maybe my best play on clay and I beat the number one in the world on clay. It’s amazing, I’m going to enjoy this victory but then I need to get ready for Roland Garros.” The world number two, who lost all of his eight previous matches on clay against the Spaniard before his Madrid triumph, is also homing in on Nadal’s top ranking. Nadal said he simply had to pay tribute to the man of the moment. “He’s doing amazing things, he’s very tough mentally and physically,” said the Spaniard. “Every week he’s winning matches, he’s playing fantastically, he’s doing a lot of things very well and he has a lot of confidence.”
Djokovic played some wonderful tennis on Sunday. At 3-3, 30-15, he found an impossible angle to hit a forehand winner and secured the game after running Nadal all over the back of the court, the Spaniard netting a backhand on the stretch. That seemed to galvanise the Serbian and a wild Nadal forehand gave up a double break point in the next game. Incredibly he then took his eye off a routine backhand and clipped the ball off the rim and into the skies to hand Djokovic a 5-3 lead. But it is not for nothing that Nadal had already won here a record five times. After a long crosscourt exchange between Djokovic’s forehand and Nadal’s backhand, the Serbian netted when trying to go down the line and Nadal broke back. However, a netted backhand from the Spaniard brought up set point in the next game and Djokovic stepped up into the court to swipe away a crosscourt backhand winner. Djokovic held serve easily at the start of the second before Nadal raced into a 40-0 lead on his serve. However, that game would go on to last more than 10 minutes and see
Nadal broken when he sliced a backhand into the tramlines. And yet Nadal broke straight back as his fighting qualities came to the fore. He also fended off a 15-40 deficit in the next game and avoided being broken for the fourth time in a row. Perhaps more importantly, though, was the fact that Djokovic made four unforced errors in a row. He also made three straight unforced errors when leading 40-0 in the next game as tiredness seemed to creep up on him, his three-hour epic semifinal against Andy Murray on Saturday starting to show in his legs. And yet he dug deep to hold serve. The breaks eased up until Nadal had to serve to stay in the match. And the last game was a fitting finale to a wonderful encounter. Nadal twice went long on the backhand to drop to 0-40 but a Djokovic error and some big hitting from the Spaniard brought it back to deuce. However, Djokovic forced another championship point and this time, after a thrilling rally, he kept his nerve to pounce on a net-cord and fire away the winning shot. It was only Nadal’s second ever defeat here.
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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates defeating Spain’s Rafael Nadal during the final of the Men’s Rome tennis open tournament on May 15, 2011 at Rome’s Foro Italico. Djokovic defeated Spain Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in the final to win the Rome tennis open.
Tiger says he’s still aiming to be at US Open 2018 bid cities to make pitches to IOC members Associated Press Writer
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Tiger Woods walks slowly after hitting on the seventh tee during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods says he didn’t do any more damage to his left leg at The Players Championship and expects to play the U.S. Open next month. Woods made it only nine holes last week at The Players — his shortest tournament ever — when he withdrew after nine holes because of what he described as a chain reaction of pain from his left knee to left Achilles and tightening in his calf. He shot 42 on the front nine. On his website Monday, Woods said he irritated the knee and Achilles without making them worse. He said doctors have advised rest, cold water therapy and soft tissue treatment, which he said he already had been receiving. “Aggravating my injury is very disappointing,” Woods said. “I’ll do whatever is necessary to play in the U.S. Open, and I’m hopeful I can be there to compete.” The U.S. Open is June 16-19 at Congressional, a course on which Woods won in 2009 at the AT&T National. He did not say how long it would take to recover.
Associated Press Writer
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – With the global campaign in its final weeks, the three cities vying for the 2018 Winter Olympics get the chance Wednesday to make their case directly to the IOC voters. Bid leaders from Pyeongchang, South Korea; Munich; and Annecy, France, will be hoping to pick up the same kind of boost that sent Rio de Janeiro to victory in the race for the 2016 Summer Games. More than 80 International Olympic Committee members are expected to attend the closed-door presentations and question-and-answer sessions at the Olympic Museum. On Thursday, the members can visit the bid cities’ exhibition rooms at a Lausanne hotel. The briefing comes less than two months before the IOC selects the 2018 host city by secret ballot at its session in Durban, South Africa, on July 6. The Lausanne meeting will feature two figure skating greats — two-time gold medalist Katarina Witt, who chairs the Munich bid, and Kim
Yu-na, the reigning Olympic champion who will be part of Pyeongchang’s presentation. It’s the second time the IOC has arranged a special meeting with bid cities ahead of a vote, and the first for Winter Games candidates. The presentations in 2009 proved to be pivotal in the 2016 race, with Rio gaining a groundswell of support that culminated in victory several months later over Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago. The dynamics are different this time, with just three candidates in the race and many IOC members coming from countries without a winter sports tradition. Pyeongchang, bidding for a third consecutive time after narrow defeats in the voting for the 2010 and 2014 Games, has been widely considered the front-runner as it seeks to bring the Winter Games to a new territory in Asia. Munich, the 1972 Olympic host which is seeking to become the first city to stage both summer and winter games, has been seen as the main challenger, while Annecy appeared to be lagging behind. The French bid may have the most to gain from this week’s meetings.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
Pedrosa may have to miss Catalunya Honda says Dani Pedrosa’s participation in the Catalunya Grand Prix remains in doubt as he waits to decide whether his collarbone injury will require surgery. Pedrosa sustained the injury in a collision with Marco Simoncelli in Sunday’s French Grand Prix. The break to his right collarbone came while he was still healing from damage to his left collarbone from a crash at Motegi last year and subsequent complications. The Spaniard spent Sunday night in hospital and will now wait to see if the best option is to have an operation to fix the break or to let it heal naturally. A Honda statement said: “Pedrosa spent the night in the hospital, immobilised with a compressive dressing, and will decide in the next few days if he will undergo surgery to repair the fracture with a new plate or let the bone heal itself without intervention. “In either case, his presence in the Grand Prix of Catalunya, to be held on June 5th, is uncertain.” Stoner
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Australian rider Casey Stoner (L) competes ahead Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa (R) during the French MotoGP Grand Prix at Le Mans’s circuit, western France on May 15, 2011.
Newey: Vettel on top of his game SEBASTIAN Vettel has raised his game this season following his maiden Formula 1 title, according to Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey. And Newey reckons Vettel’s improved form explains the gap between the German and his team-mate Mark Webber, who Newey believes is not driving any slower than last year. “Sebastian will often work late trying to understand how the car is working and how he can improve,” Newey told the Guardian in an interview. “He’s a quick learner and rarely makes the same mistake twice. At the moment he’s really on top of his game. So far the gap between Sebastian and Mark has been bigger than last year. “It’s certainly not a case that Mark has been driving any slower that’s for sure. Mark’s just taken a bit longer to adapt to the Pirelli tyres but the gap is closing.” Newey is still hoping Webber stays on at Red Bull last year, praising the contribution made by the Australian. “I’m hoping Mark continues next season,” Newey added. “Apart from being a great person, his contribution has been significant. He’s
been a pillar of the team from the start. “Seb is very perceptive in his feedback in some regards and Mark is very perceptive in other areas. We listen to both and it helps the car.” The Briton, who won titles with McLaren and Williams, also admitted that clinching the crowns with Red Bull last year was the most satisfying of them all. “In many ways, winning the constructors’ and the
drivers’ titles with Red Bull last year was the most satisfying of all. “When I left McLaren to come here in 2006 lots of people said: ‘Newey’s bitten off too much this time. He’s going to fall on his face and wreck his career.’ “I try not to be affected by what other people say but everything we’ve achieved over the last five years has been amazing.”
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Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany competes during the Formula One race at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack on Sunday, May 8, 2011.
Casey Stoner hopes his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa’s latest injury does not end up spoiling the Spaniard’s 2011 title hopes. Pedrosa will find out today if he needs surgery to fix the broken collarbone he sustained when he crashed after contact with Marco Simoncelli in yesterday’s French
Grand Prix. Although the combination of Stoner’s win, Pedrosa’s retirement and Jorge Lorenzo’s tough run to fourth brought the Australian back into the thick of the title fight, Stoner said he did not want to profit from rivals’ injuries. “It’s definitely not the way I want to take points back,” he insisted. “Jorge had a crash in the warm-up and injured his finger, and that’s not going to be the best thing for him. Dani crashed in the race and broke his collarbone.” Stoner said he felt great sympathy for Pedrosa, whose career has been dogged by injuries. “We’ll see what happens in the future, but Dani’s so unlucky with these things,” he said. “This shouldn’t happen. Already he’s had a problem with the shoulder this year, and now he has a problem with the other shoulder. “It’s going to be tough for him to come back from. Luckily he has a bigger break [between races] than at other parts of the year to recover and be back quite quickly. But it’s going to be very tough for him. “My condolences to him and hopefully he can come back quickly and try to be fast, because for the championship we all know he’s a big threat.”
Published on May 17, 2011