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An Indonesian worker climbs a flag pole outside of the venue holding the Association of South East Asian Nation’s (ASEAN) meeing in Nusa Dua on July 17, 2011. The 8-day conference, is being held July 16 thru 23.
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RI to broach joint ASEAN visa issue at ministerial meeting Antara
JAKARTA - Indonesia is to bring up the issue of instituting a joint ASEAN visa system at an ASEAN ministerial meeting (AMM) on July 16-23, a minister said.
“The idea to adopt a joint ASEAN visa system for visitors from outside the ASEAN region will be discussed during a ministerial meeting in Bali. The concept of a joint visa system will resemble the Schengen visa system adhered to by some European countries,” Foreign
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LONDON — “We are sorry” the full-page ad began Saturday, as Rupert Murdoch tried to halt a phone-hacking scandal that has claimed two of his top executives with a gesture of atonement and promises to right the wrongs committed by his nowshuttered tabloid, News of the World. Prime Minister David
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Minister Marty Natalegawa said. However, the minister said a joint ASEAN visa system could not be implemented soon because it must be discussed further by related officials in the future. He said the joint ASEAN
Visa system would enable visitors from countries outside ASEAN to travel in the ten member countries of ASEAN with a single visa. “We want countries outside ASEAN to see this organization as a single place to visit,” he added.
Some ASEAN countries have since 2005 been issuing free visas to visitors from fellow ASEAN member countries. Of the 10 members namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Singapor e, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia only the last three countries have not yet implemented the free-visa policy. Continued on page 6
‘We are sorry’ Murdoch tells UK in full-page ad Cameron’s Conservative-led government and the London police, meanwhile, faced increasing questions over their close relationship with Murdoch’s media empire. Cameron was feeling the heat Saturday after government records showed that Murdoch executives have held 26 meetings with him in since he was elected in May 2010 and were invited to his country retreat.
Senior police officers also had close ties to Murdoch executives, even hiring one as a consultant who has since been arrested in the phone hacking and police bribery scandal rocking Murdoch’s News Corp. Murdoch is struggling to contain the crisis, which has already forced him to shut down the 168-year-old News of the World, scuttled his bid for lucrative TV broadcaster BSkyB, knocked billions off the value of News Corp. and claimed the jobs of
two key aides: Rebekah Brooks, CEO of his British unit News International, and Wall Street Journal publisher Les Hinton. On Saturday, News Corp. ran an ad in seven British national newspapers with the headline “We are sorry.” Signed by Murdoch, it apologized “for the serious wrongdoing that occurred.”“We are deeply sorry for the hu‘We are sorry’rt suffered by the individuals af Continued on page 6
Monday, July 18, 2011
Bali News Cafes in Buleleng Spreading
HIV/AIDS Case and Crime Increasing
The “mesuryak” tradition to celebrate Kuningan Day in Tabanan.
Celebrate Kuningan with mesuryak Tabanan (Bali Post)—
Residents of Bongan Village, Tabanan, have a unique ritual tradition to celebrate the Kuningan Festivity on Saturday (Jul 16). Local Hindu devotees held a mesuryak ceremony, disseminating money after holding joint prayers. This ritual was believed to be an escort of ancestors to go back to nirvana. Bongan Gede Hamlet, one of the eleven hamlets existing at Bongan Village, organized the most festive celebration. Such heritage ritual was begun with a prayer in family temple. Then, it was resumed with the offering of several oblations at the entrance of each house compound. Around 10:00 a.m., the ritual event had been commenced. After delivering the offerings, the entire family members threw up money. Money in various denominations of rupiah ranging from IDR 1,000 to IDR 100,000 turned to be contested by residents. As soon as the money was thrown, residents immediately scrambled to get the money. Even, it frequently triggered a mutual shovel. As a result, a number of residents fell down and suffered from abrasion. The tradition of throwing money was made in turns. By doing so, residents could scramble money fairly. Mesuryak was begun from the end of housing row and ended at another end.
Those who scrambled the money were averagely young people. Their number could reach more than 100 people. Chief of Bongan Gede customary village, Made Wardana, explained that such a ritual was pinnacle of Galungan and Kuningan celebration at his village. Tradition of throwing money was organized 10 days after the ancestors came down from heaven during the celebration of Galungan. “We have confidence that our ancestors come home on Tumpek Kuningan. On that account, we escort them while cheering and throwing money,” he said. Throwing the money, according to him, signified the meaning of prosperity. Money was used to symbolize the expression of gratitude to Supreme God. The amount of money distributed depended on the ability of their families. Even, the haves might disseminate at the amount of some IDR 26 million. Tradition of escorting the ancestor was also known as ngulihang. “Obviously, our ancestors would be
very glad to see us cheering and having a lot of money,” he said. A local community figure, Wayan Astika, said that in the past the tradition of mesuryak used perforated coins. However, in harmony with the passage of time, this tradition changed and then used rupiah banknotes. On that account, the tradition was always waited by residents to get additional sustenance. No wonder, they would struggle and keep on following the tradition enthusiastically though they might injure when falling down. Residents who were fighting for the money usually obtained decent results. They could earn IDR 300,000. Afterward, the money acquired from this mesuryak event would be used to eat together. Other than local residents, mesuryak tradition also attracted other residents from outside the village. However, they only watched these unique rituals. (udi)
The fact cafes in Buleleng keep spreading in Lovina and around Singaraja City even in villages causes one route of two to three cafes competing looking for customers. In Lovina besides Café 3 there are also Café Pasha and Café VIP. Then on the west side there are Café Bunga and Café Cinta. In seririt there are Café Nibana, Radja 1 and Radja 2, Mini Rock, and Biyou. At Tukadmungga Village in the entrance of Happy Beach there are three Cafes distanced near to each other, Jasmine, permai and Badngung Happy. On the east its Café 7, Kupu-Kupu, and Bung-Bung while around Singaraja are Café Jepun Bali at Banjar Petak, Café Harum Dalu 1 and Harum Dalu 2, Dahlia, Ana, Langka and Nikki next to Sangket Terminal, lastly at least 104 cafes are in the Bumi Panju Sakti and none of them has a permit as there are no rules stating cafes has to have any permit which so they only need crowd permit from the Buleleng Police. Moreover, with the many cafes here HIV/AIDS case also increases up to 964 cases since 1999 to 2010 where infecting 234 people in Buleleng Town, 185 people in Gerokgak, 139 at Sawan, 98 at Seririt, 96 at Banjar, 55 at Kubutambahan, 54 at Sukasada, 42 at Tejakula, 37 at Busungbiu and 24 non residents. Seen from their occupation, mostly infected was housewives with 183 cases, constructors 139 cases, company owners with 113, farmers with 93, drivers with 65, hotel/shop/ salon workers with 45, sex commercial workers with 14, state civil workers with 11 cases and the rest on walking sellers, security, student, fishermen, garage workers, ticket sellers and cruise ship workers. Crime is also happening at this night entertainment places such as what happened this last week two people molested in a café. “Of course HIV/AIDS can’t solemnly being totally caused by the spreading cafes but it is not impossible either,” a HIV/AIDS activist stated. For sure an often changing sex partner and unsuitable sex behaviours is the very risk of this virus to spread. (bin)
Green Zone Decreasing Regional Regulation Needs Revision Mangupura (Bali Post)-
The fact green zone in Badung Regency keep decreasing day by day with the many buildings occupying it so, government can’t be just watching it go. As known many of it can be found in Kerobokan-Seminyak or in Canggu, even a number of warning boards are placed, a number of permanent buildings are built. For Badung there’s actually a Regional Regulation (Perda) No 3 Year 1992 on green zone where in it explains that a number of area should be a green zone. Seems this rule hasn’t been applied maximally and so representatives of Badung asked the Government to revise this regulation so it gives a good guarantee of a continuous green zone in Badung specifically. Badung House of Representatives Commission A Vice Head, Nyoman Sutrisno, and Commission D member, IGA Wiadnyana, stated a number of things a while ago. According to Sutrisno has pocketed an academy research on that particular regulation and from the whole reference that was there including the rules, this regulation is no longer relevant and expired. It was stated the dynamic growth of population and building constructions has overload because of the demand of living places and business world causing green zone decreasing each year. Wiadnyana thinks people who own lands on green zone couldn’t be blamed either as they don’t have a guarantee of their economy potential. For that this needs a revision and Badung government can give a guarantee as a justice to the public. However a deep research is needed and so it can be planned well, not causing a fatal violence towards green zone worse erased. (kmb25)
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Monday, July 18, 2011
Victim of dead cow’s beef increases
49 people hospitalized, dozens in critical condition Amlapura (Bali Post)—
The victim falling ill after eating beef of dead cow at Lean Hamlet, Bunutan Village, Abang Subdistrict, Karangasem, kept on increasing. Until Kuningan festivity on Saturday (Jul 16), 49 people underwent in-patient treatment in Karangasem Hospital. A number of patients were in critical condition, while no less than 10 others were in unstable condition. As reported previously, namely since two days ago residents of Lean Hamlet fell ill after consuming beef of dead cow (not just as sick as in previous news). A legislator from Bunutan, Iluh Purnaminingsih, said two days ago that residents of Lean Hamlet originally fell ill. Later on, their number tended to increase and on Friday had reached 20 people. Again, it increased to 49 people and they should be rushed to Emergency Room of Karangasem Hospital. Due to overwhelming patients suffering from various diseases, dozens of poisoning victims from Lean Hamlet had to be treated in hospital hallway. Director of Karangasem Hospital, Made Suardana, confirmed there had been previously poisoning patients treated in the hallway. But, it was only temporary while waiting for empty beds because the patients originally occupied the rooms were allowed to go home as they would take outpatient care. Suardana said, in terms of clinical symptoms of the patients, they were justified to have been poisoning. The symptoms showed by those patients were almost the same, where they initially complained about queasy stomach accompanied by headache, blurred sight or eye dizzy, then vomiting and diarrhea. However, Suardana
did not dare to make sure whether dozens of Lean’s residents suffering from poisoning were caused by beef of dead cow or other food consumed. He said the samples of vomit had been taken and examined in laboratory. However, Suardana added if he did not know yet about the results of laboratory tests. It was the authority of Karangasem Health Services to explain the results. Meanwhile, Iluh Purnaminingsih said that residents were consuming beef of dead cow. Previously, one of the local residents had a cow bitten by a dog. The cow was sick and it had been injected by a veterinarian. However, three days ago the cow owned by a resident of barren hamlet territory and generally poor died. Body of the cow was not discarded or buried, but distributed to neighboring residents. Local residents then processed it into lawar (Balinese traditional cuisine) or jerked meat and they consumed it. After consuming beef of the dead cow, they suffered from symptoms of food poisoning. Until Saturday night, 49 residents of Lean Hamlet were still hospitalized. It was estimated, there would other residents of Lean Hamlet falling ill with similar symptoms. Last Saturday, the duty officer in Emergency Room remained ready to serve many patients coming to get emergency care, including the victims of traffic accidents. (013)
The inhabitants of Mantring Village, Gianyar, celebrate Kuningan Day by pillow fight competition.
Pillow fight and suck race to grace Kuningan Feast Gianyar (Bali Post)—
Balinese people mark the celebration of Kuningan by various ways on Saturday (Jul 16). Aside from saying prayers in respective merajan or family temple, worshipping in a number of temples in their territory was also mandatory. Celebration of Kuningan was also enlivened by various traditional competitions as organized by Yowana Darma Karya youth club of Mantring Village customary village, Petak Kaja, Gianyar. The youth club organized a variety of traditional competitions. It was said if some of those traditional competitions had been ig-
nored so far. Among them, there were pillow fight, sack run, eel catching, tug of war and some others. Interestingly, it was also accompanied with a futsal match, a trendy game currently favored by young people. Chairman of Yowana Darma Karya youth club, Wayan Juli Astawan, mentioned that various competitions and games were held by involving young people from subgroups (tempek) existing at the hamlet, namely Tempek Kangin, Tempek Manuk and Tempek Sema. “Other than reviving the ancient traditional games, this activity is also meant to enliven the twenty-
fourth anniversary of our youth club,” he said. Surely, implementation of the competitions could provide entertainment for local communities. Most residents of Mantring Hamlet came to location and watched the competition at local volleyball court. Meanwhile, in the evening, the residents were again entertained with a variety of dances and arja operetta. Interestingly, it was also jazzed up with the presentation of pencak silat martial arts. All activities were enthusiastically supported by members of Mantring Hamlet youth club. (kmb20)
A Mazda car almost burnt out Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Residents around Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur, Denpasar, precisely in front of the KFC Sanur, Friday (Jul 15), were shocked by an incident of fire. A vehicle of Mazda E 2000 driven by Nyoman Kanti, a resident from Tabanan, suddenly went up in smoke. Fortunately, Fire Brigade of Denpasar was quickly deployed to location so the vehicle was not totally on fire, and only seats were
afire. According to Nyoman Kanti, the vehicle owned by Utama Karya contractor firm located on Jalan Hayam Wuruk, Denpasar, previously had no problems. Vehicle with police plate of DK 1449 IJ was driven as usual. ”I was alone. I just came from saying prayers in the office. At that time, I was about to go to Tuban for a business,” he explained when met at the scene then.
Nyoman Kanti took the road section of Jalan Hayam Wuruk and Jalan Hang Tuah, Denpasar and then he planned to resume his journey to Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Denpasar. However, when passing in front of KFC Sanur, suddenly a cloud of thick smokes emerged under the car seat. He realized it when local resident told him. “There are smokes emerging under your car, sir,” shouted a resident.
Nyoman Kanti quickly stopped his car in the middle of the road, approximately 10 meters from traffic light on the crossroad of Jalan Hang Tuah, Denpasar—Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Denpasar. Such incident caused traffic congestion on the road section. “I instantly got down. Few minutes later, the fire brigade arrived. Perhaps, a resident has called it. The fire could be extinguished within a couple of min-
utes later,” he said. In the meantime, Chief of South Denpasar Police, Leo Martin Pasaribu, accompanied by Unit Chief of Criminal Detective, I Nengah Sudiarta, said his party was still investigating the incident. Allegedly, it was triggered by a short circuit in the engine of the car. “We’re still investigating it. The exact cause is still being investigated,” he said. (kmb21)
Monday, July 18, 2011
Egypt PM picks two deputies ahead of cabinet change Reuters
CAIRO - Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has chosen a leader of one of Egypt’s oldest political parties and an economist to be his deputies as part of a planned cabinet reshuffle, state news agency MENA said Saturday. The prime minister also announced on his Facebook page that he had accepted the resignation of his Foreign Minister, Mohammed El-Orabi. MENA said Orabi resigned to pave the way for the reshuffle. Sharaf is in the middle of consultations over the reshuffle he promised last week after Egyptians resumed protests in Cairo to press for faster reforms and a speedy trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, ousted in February. Sharaf was expected to announce his new cabinet Monday, MENA said. No names were floated as a replacement for Orabi, who took over earlier this month succeeding Nabil Elaraby, who became Arab League Secretary General. The news agency quoted Sharaf’s foreign policy adviser and spokesman, Mohamed Hegazy, as saying the prime minister had chosen Hazem El Beblawi “to supervise the economic file and the economic group within the cabinet.” Sharaf also chose Ali al-Silmi of the Wafd Party, Egypt’s oldest party, as his deputy “for political development and democratic transformation,” the agency said. Hundreds of protesters camped out for more than a week in Cairo’s Tahrir Square have been demanding tangible changes on the ground to improve their lives. They also want speedier trials of Mubarak and some of his aides accused of graft, and of police officers suspected of killing demonstrators in January. Beblawi, 74, is an adviser to the Arab Monetary Fund in Abu Dhabi.
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Assisted by monks, the Dalai Lama, center with hat, mixes mandala sand with river water from the Anacostia River as part of a blessing ceremony in Washington, on Saturday, July 16, 2011.
China slams Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama Associated Press Writer
BEIJING — China on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama as an act that has “grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs” and damaged Chinese-American relations.
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President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso (L) meets with Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf in Cairo on July 14, 2011.
The strident statement from China’s Foreign Ministry came hours after Obama met with the Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was in Washington for an 11-day Buddhist ritual. China had already called on the United States to stop Saturday’s meeting, warning it could hurt relations between the two countries. After the 45-minute private session at the White House, China said the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy had lodged objections with U.S. representatives in Beijing and Washington.
“Such an act has grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and damaged Sino-American relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in the statement. “We demand the U.S. side seriously consider China’s stance, immediately adopt measures to wipe out the baneful impact, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and cease to connive and support anti-China separatist forces that seek ‘Tibetan indepen-
Venezuela’s Chavez heads to Cuba for chemotherapy Reuters
CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez headed to Cuba Saturday for an unknown period of time for chemotherapy after giving up some powers and saying doctors had found no malignant cells in his body after cancer surgery last month. Chavez, 56, resisted opposition calls to temporarily hand the presi-
dency of the South American OPEC member to his vice president during his absence. Instead, he delegated subordinates limited powers that included budgetary matters. A former soldier whose long working hours and image of invincibility have helped him win numerous votes, Chavez is now visibly weakened as he plans a bid for re-election in 2012. Chavez, who has said he had
a large tumor removed in June in Cuba, boarded a flight to the Caribbean island Saturday for chemotherapy. Chavez calls Cuba’s Fidel Castro his mentor. While he has not said what type of cancer he has or for how long he will be out of the country, he implied he would not stay for long. “I should say that after the extraction of the tumor and all the
studies that we have been doing rigorously until today ... no other malignant cell has been detected in my body,” Chavez said at a rally where supporters and government ministers broke into tears. “Based on the doctors’ examination yesterday, in a few days we’ll be back and ready for a final return,” Chavez said.
dence,’” Ma said. China considers the Dalai Lama a separatist intent on ending Chinese rule over Tibet. The Nobel laureate says he seeks only a high level of autonomy for Tibet. The meeting came less than 10 days before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to visit the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and meet with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Beijing’s top foreign policy official.“It’s difficult to say at the moment whether this meeting will be affected,” said Jin Canrong, an international affairs expert a t Renmin University. “But this meeting is quite important and whether it takes place or is canceled will give us an indication of what the followup impact will be.” Vice President Joseph Biden is also scheduled to visit China this summer, followed by a trip to Washington by his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Obama last met with the Dalai Lama in February 2010, infuriating Beijing during a tension-filled year in which China and the U.S. also feuded over online censorship and arms sales for Taiwan. Relations were considered back on track in January when President Hu Jintao visited Washington.
Monday, July 18, 2011
New General Manager of The 1O1 Legian IBP
LEGIAN - This week, Managing Director of PHM Hospitality Kristian Kuntadi is proudly announced the appointment of Dewi Mas Bloem, from Hotel Manager into First Balinese Female General Manager of PHM for the new Smart Stylish Experience Hotel, The 1O1 Legian. Before her new appointment, Dewi Mas Bloem has been assisting Kristian Kuntadi to develop The 1O1 Brand, as the Midscale Premium Brand of PHM Hospitality through its pilot project, The 1O1 Legian. Prior to this Pre-opening appointment, Dewi Mas was also involved on the Brand development of The Haven Hotel as The first Four Stars Deluxe Brand of PHM, through pre-opening project of The Haven Seminyak. During her Pre-opening appointment as Hotel Manager since 1 August 2010, Dewi Mas had brought along over 12 years hotels experience, Sales & Marketing strategy and Product Passion to visualize the concept into both Tangible and In-tan-
gible Hotel product with her smart stylish preopening team. Together with her team, Dewi Mas had successfully soft opened The 1O1 Legian on the 1 April 2011. Now through consistent guidance from PHM Hospiptality, the 1O1 Legian launched their grand opening by July 8, 2011, which also use as the official launched of THE 1O1 brand in Indonesia.Through this appointment as General Manager of The 1O1 Legian, Dewi Mas will not only oversee the Operation Department at The 1O1 Legian, she will continue to oversee the Sales & Marketing department as one of her expertise, to drive the property as new urban legian, with Smart Stylish Experience Concept for Midscale Premium market
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for July 9 through August 6, 2011 09 Jul Pura Catur Buana Sanding, Tampaksiring - Gianyar 10 Jul Pura Peninjoan
26 Jul Pura Puseh, Pura Desa Batua, Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Pasek Bendesa Kekeran Mengwi - badung Pura Manik Mas Besakih - Karangasem
Besakih - Karangasem
16 Jul Pura pasek Gelgel Kukuh,Marga - Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Dukuh Selemadeg - Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Mambang Selemadeg - Tabanan Pura Puseh, Pura Desa Guwang, Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Dalem Setra Batununggul Sewana,Nusa Penida Klungkung Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Ketewel - Gianyar 17 Jul Aci-aci Penaung Taluh di Penataran Besakih Karangasem Pura Gunung Kuripan Lombok Pura Tirta Besakih - Karangasem Pura Purnama Camenggaon,Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Amerta Jati Komplek ALRI, Cinere - Jakarta Sel. Pura Jagatnatha Singaraja Pura Dang Hyang Tulus Dewa Apuan,Susut - Bangli Pura Jagathitha Selong - Lombok Timur Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Gobleg,Banjar - Buleleng Pura Desa, Pura Puseh Batur, Kitamani - Bangli Pura Asah (Alas Arum) Batur,Kintamani - Bangli Pura Dalem Kedewatan Celuk,Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Agung Mandara Giri Gunung Semeru - Lumajang, Jatim Pura Pengubengan Besakih - Karangasem Penataran Agung Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah,Batur,Kintamani Bangli Merajan A. Puser Jagat Meranting Batukandik,Nusa Penida - Klungkung 23 Jul Merajan Pasek Gaduh Kayubihi - Bangli
30 Jul Pura Kepisah Sumerta - Denpasar Pura Pasek Gelgel Gerih, Abiansemal - Badung Pura Puncaksari Penarukan, Peninjoan- Bangli Pura Anteg Sari Br Dangin Pangkung, Kediri-Tabanan Pura Bangun Sakti Besakih - Karangasem Pura Pesimpangan Batur Pande Dangin Pangkung, Kediri Tabanan 01 Aug Odalan Ida Ratu Geng PenataranBesakih - Karangasem Ida Ratu Raja Puraus Mr. Saloding Besakih - Karangasem 03 Aug Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Kayuputih,Banjar Buleleng 05 Aug Pura Tirtaharum Tegalwangi - Bangli Pura Beratan Baturiti - Tabanan Pura Batu Klotok Lepang - Klungkung Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Wanasari - Tabanan Pura Pasek Tangguntiti Jakatebel - Tabanan Pura Pasek Bendesa Sangsit,Sawan - Buleleng Pura Dalem Waturenggong Tarokaja,Tegallalang - Gianyar Pura Ibu (Pura Kaja) Wanagiri Selemadeg - Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Tulikup - Gianyar Pura Mnik Bingin Ds Dukuh,Sidemen - Karangasem 06 Aug Pura Penataran Gana Bebalang - Bangli Pura Dalem Gede Banjar Pande - Bangli Pura Puncak Sari Abiansemal - Badung Pasek Dadia A. Sanak Sapta Resi Peteluan,Sidan - Gianyar Pura Puseh Penegil Darma Kubutambahan - Buleleng Pura Dalem Maya Br Teruna,Blahbatuh - Gianyar
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.
Monday, July 18, 2011
An apology is seen in Britain’s national newspapers by News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch in London on July 16, 2011. Rupert Murdoch used advertisements in British national newspapers on Saturday to apologise for “serious wrongdoing” by his News of the World tabloid, News International said.
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Newspapers face uncertain future amid scandal Agence France Presse
Media groups vied Sunday to attract readers of the defunct News of the World tabloid, but analysts warned that a short-term sales surge could be followed by long-term collapse in the market. The closure of the paper a week ago amid the phone hacking scandal could see many readers abandoning newspapers altogether, while the problems facing Rupert Murdoch, an avowed fan of newsprint, are bad for an already ailing industry. In the past week, paper owners have hiked print runs, launched marketing campaigns and plans are reportedly afoot for at least one new Sunday title. After years of falling circulations, rival publishers are desperate to woo the News of the World’s estimated 7.5 million former readers. Douglas McCabe, an analyst at London-based media watchers Enders Analysis, told AFP the next few weeks could see Sunday newspaper sales rocket. “There is going to be an enormous amount of activity over the next few weeks,” he said. “Every single title will massively increase their print runs.” He added: “Circulations might actually be quite robust. I think they might go up, really go up significantly.” It is unheard of for the most popular product in a market place to disappear almost overnight and rivals of News International, Murdoch’s British newspaper wing, have piled in gleefully. The most striking response has been from the Daily Mail which is reported to be planning a new mass-market Sunday tabloid. A dummy edition will be circulated
internally in the company this weekend and it could launch as soon as the following week, the Guardian reported. The Mail on Sunday, which normally sells just under two million copies, is printing more than three million this weekend, while the Daily Star on Sunday is more than tripling its print run to 2.2 million, reports said. The Sunday Express, the People and the Sunday Mirror are all said to be increasing their print runs. But rival media companies may have only a narrow window to benefit from the disappearance of the 168-year-old News of the World. News International is rumoured to be laying the ground to launch a Sunday version of the Sun, which sells 2.8 million copies a day. This may not happen for several months, however, as News International waits for public outrage over the hacking scandal to subside. Allegations the paper hacked into the phone of a murdered teenager were the first of many hacking claims to emerge in the past fortnight, which have heaped pressure on Murdoch’s News Corp., the
parent company of News International. Most analysts said the effect of the most popular Sunday title disappearing could only be negative in the long run. “I think the Sunday market will shrink because when any newspaper closes some of its readers are lost,” said Ivor Gaber, a professor of political journalism at London’s City Journalism. And despite his optimism about the short term, McCabe at Enders Analysis saw a bleak future, predicting up to half of the News of the World’s readers would desert newspapers for ever. “To take a longer and broaderterm view... up to half of News of the World’s sales could effectively vanish,” he said. Murdoch, 80, has a sentimental attachment to his papers, despite the fact many of them do not turn a profit, and most analysts play down the likelihood of him selling off News International. But with Labour leader Ed Miliband calling Sunday for Murdoch’s British empire, which also includes pay-TV giant BSkyB, to be broken up, commentators believe anything could happen.
ASEAN visa issue... From page 1 Earlier, the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) comprised of member tourism organization from the 10-member nations of ASEAN, is busy lobbying their respective governments to adopt a policy of a single visa valid for all ten countries as a critical step of turning ASEAN into a single tourism destination.
According to ASEANTA‘s VicePresident, Elly Hutabarat, the idea of a single ASEAN visa has received widespread support from the governments of the association but has encountered problems in moves towards the actual implementation of the measure due to the varying immigration and visa policies among the 10 countries.
‘We are sorry’... From page 1 fected. We regret not acting faster to sort things out,” it said. A front-page headline in another Murdoch paper, The Times, called it a “Day of atonement.” Murdoch was running a second ad in Sunday papers headed “putting right what’s gone wrong,” in which he promised the company would cooperate with the police inquiry and compensate hacking victims. The public displays of contrition came after News Corp. last week hired PR firm Edelman Communications, whose clients include Starbucks and Burger King, to help with public relations and lobbying. The hiring coincided with an abrupt change in tone — as recently as Thursday Murdoch was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying the company had handled the crisis “extremely well in every way possible” and complaining he was “getting annoyed” at all the negative headlines. Cameron has appointed a judge to conduct a sweeping inquiry into criminal activity at the News of the World and in the British media as he tries to distance the government from the scandal. But Rupert Murdoch’s son James, Brooks and ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson were all guests at the prime minister’s country house, Chequers. Coulson’s stay in March came only two months after he resigned as Cameron’s communications chief amid the spiraling scandal — an invitation that critics said showed poor judgment on Cameron’s part and revealed the cozy relationship between political leaders and Murdoch’s powerful media empire. Coulson is one of nine people arrested and questioned by police over what they knew about phone hacking at the News of the World. No one has yet been charged. Foreign Secretary William Hague defended the government Saturday, saying “it’s not surprising that in a democratic country there is some contact between leaders” and media chiefs. “I’m not embarrassed by it in any way, but there is something wrong here in this country and it must be put right,” Hague told the BBC. “It’s been acknowledged by the prime minister and I think that’s the right
attitude to take.” Hague said Cameron had invited Coulson to Chequers “to thank him for his work, he’s worked for him for several years, that is a normal, human thing to do.” Cameron said last week that the relationship between politicians, the media and the police in Britain had grown too close and must be changed. Murdoch began his apologies Friday as he met with the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, whose phone was hacked by the News of the World in 2002. The revelation that journalists had accessed her phone in search of scoops while police were looking for the missing 13-year-old fueled an explosion of interest in the long-simmering scandal. The 80-year-old mogul said “as founder of the company I was appalled to find out what had happened and I apologized.” The phones of celebrities, royal aides, politicians and top athletes are also alleged to have been hacked, and police are investigating whether victims of London’s 2005 terrorist bombings and the families of dead British soldiers were among the tabloid’s targets. The scandal claimed its first casualty among Murdoch’s U.S. executives Friday when Hinton announced he was stepping down immediately as publisher of the Wall Street Journal and chief executive of Dow Jones & Co. In New York, Tom Bray, chairman of a Dow Jones special committee formed to monitor editorial integrity, called the matters “deeply concerning.” “To date, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the resignation of Les Hinton as publisher of the Journal is in any way related to activities at the Wall Street Journal or Dow Jones or that any of the London offenses or anything like them have taken place at Dow Jones,” he said. The 67-year old Hinton, a staunch ally who has worked for Murdoch for more than half a century, was chairman of Murdoch’s British newspaper arm during some of the years its staffers are alleged to have hacked into cell phones. Still, he had testified to a parliamentary committee in 2007 and 2009 that he had seen no evidence that abuses had spread beyond a single jailed reporter, Clive Goodman.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Indonesia volcano spews ash in biggest eruption Associated Press Writer
TOMOHON - A volatile volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption in days Sunday, spewing hot ash and smoke high into the air and sending panicked villagers racing back to crowded government shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Indonesia on Friday arrested a principal of an Islamic boarding school suspected of being a bomb factory, following an explosion inside the campus that killed a man earlier this week, police said.
Indonesia arrests school principal after explosion
Mount Lokon, located on northern Sulawesi island, rumbled back to life last week. A series of blasts late Thursday and early Friday claimed one life — a woman who suffered a heart attack as she fled. But Surono, a government volcanologist who uses only one name, said Sunday’s 10:35 a.m. eruption was the strongest yet, shooting ash and debris 11,400 feet (3,500 meters) into the air.
Residents — thousands of whom were returning to their villages along the mountain’s fertile slopes — jumped into cars and motorcycles to flee to makeshift camps near the base. They’d been warned to stay away from the crater, but officials were unable to convince them to stay away. “We need to tend our crops and animals,” insisted Ronald Pelealu, one of thousands of evacuees from
Kinilow village. Mount Lokon is one of about 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Its last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands of people to flee their homes. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped string of faults that lines the Pacific Ocean.
BIMA - Indonesia on Friday arrested a principal of an Islamic boarding school suspected of being a bomb factory, following an explosion inside the campus that killed a man earlier this week, police said. Identified only as Abrori, the teacher was detained at his parents’ house in Bolo sub-district of West Nusa Tenggara province, after police raided the school and ended a three-day standoff with armed students. “Based on witnesses’ testimonies, they planned to carry out bomb attacks against police,” police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam told reporters. Police said the teacher was wanted in relation to the explosion late Monday which killed a suspected Islamic militant, as well as an earlier fatal knife attack on a policeman by one of his students. It was not clear if he would be charged with any offence or if he had just been brought in for questioning. Police say the Umar bin Khatab school is linked to radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who was jailed for 15 years last month for funding a terrorist group that was planning attacks against Westerners and political leaders. Scores of radical students and teachers armed with swords, machetes and sticks refused to allow police to enter the campus to investigate Monday night’s blast. A tense stalemate ensued until Wednesday when the school’s defenders mysteriously slipped through the cordon of police and army troops that had surrounded the school. Upon searching the premises police said they found evidence that the students were engaged in bomb-making activities, as well as books on jihad or “holy war”. A student of the school, Saban Arohmah, was arrested in June for killing a police officer in Bolo area with a sword slash to the neck. Arohmah reportedly belonged to Bashir’s Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid, an extremist group campaigning to bring Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority state, under strict Islamic law. Most of Indonesia’s 200 million Muslims are moderates, but the country has struggled to deal with a radical fringe of extremists who have carried out numerous attacks including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.
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Refugees of a volcano eruption queue for hot water in Tomohon on July 15, 2011. A series of eruptions at Indonesian volcano have thrown rocks, lava and ash hundreds of metres into the air and forced thousands of people to flee, officials said.
President sending teams to workers facing execution overseas Antara
JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is sending three teams from the Indonesian Migrant Worker Task Force to countries where Indonesian workers are facing death sentences. The president told the press at Halim Perdanakusuma airport here on Thursday that three teams from the Task Force would leave for Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, China
and Singapore. “The Task Force Chief, Pak (Mr) Maftuh Basyuni reports that there are three teams which will go to Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, China and Singapore,” the president said. He said that the team for Saudi Arabia was led by Maftuh Basyuni and would leave on Thursday evening. He would be there until July 21, 2011.
The second team led by Bambang Hendarso Danuri will leave Kuala Lumpur on July 19, 2011 while the third team will be led by Hendarman Supandji and leave for China on July 23, 2011. “This is an effort made to try to safe our brothers who are facing death penalties due to the crimes they have committed in those countries,” the President said. Yudhoyono said that they had
commonly committed crimes such as murders and drug offenses. “No matter how small the chance for them is, we will do our best to ask for pardon or leniency from our friendly countries,” the head of state said. An Indonesian migrant worker who worked as domestic helper was recently executed by beheading in Saudi Arabia after she was
found guilty. Ruyati who was sent to Saudi Arabia by manpower supplier firm PT Dasa Graha Utama, was found guilty of killing the wife of her Saudi employer, Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid, on January 12, 2010 by striking her repeatedly on the head with a meat chopper and stabbing her in the neck. Ruyati was executed on Saturday, June 18, 2011.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Bali Today Investment climate in Bali
Tourism remains a leading sector, agriculture left behind Bali Post
DENPASAR - Investment climate in Indonesia, especially in Bali, has shown significant development. Even, the Island of the Gods ranks fourth after Papua, where the first rank is occupied by Greater Jakarta. However, tertiary sector investment, particularly tourism, continues to be the most favored even reaches 82 percent. Meanwhile, agriculture is less than 1 percent and the remaining is industrial sector. This shows the interest to invest in the sector getting less serious attention from government is gradually forgotten. Division Head of Bali Investment Assessment (BPM), Suta Astawa, recently explained that investment growth in Bali during 2011 was targeted to reach IDR 15.79 trillion, with the growth of foreign direct investment (PMA) and domestic investment (PMDN) reaching IDR 4 trillion. This figure rose from the target in the period of 2010 reaching IDR 12.9 trillion with realization of foreign and domestic investment of IDR 3.1 trillion. “Plan for investment approval throughout the first quarter of 2011 in Bali reached 25 projects worth IDR 340,309,706. Tertiary sector, especially tourism sector, remains to become the most favored reaching 82 percent, agriculture less than 1 percent, and the remaining is industrial sector,” he said. According to him, investment in agriculture continued to be encouraged, but investors still preferred tourism sector as investment target. In the meantime, the more favorite target regions of investors were Badung, Gianyar, Karangasem and Denpasar, rather than Bangli, Buleleng, Jembrana, Tabanan and Klungkung. “Investors who will invest in Bali came from the United States, Australia, Holland, Germany, Canada, South Korea and France. Meanwhile, for agricultural sector they prefer to invest in Sulawesi or Kalimantan,” he said. It was said that investment in tourism had been quite a lot in Bali. However, government might not prohibit investors in tourism field as long as they complied with the existing rules. Meanwhile, Head of Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) of Indonesia, Gita Wirjawan, when giving a general lecture at Faculty of Economics, Udayana University, stated his party was conducting a development research to determine the level of productivity. “It is very important because the owners of capital will be drawn to invest in agriculture if they know the level of productivity. The more productive, the more results and higher the profit will be gained,” he said. Although Bali was based on tourism sector, the Island of the Gods, recognized Wirjawan, had tremendous agricultural potential to be worked on. Moreover, Bali had been well known throughout the world. “I think it is not difficult to promote the agriculture of Bali to investors. We just need to sit together to pack or make it concrete what we should promote, how the structure and package look like,” he said optimistically. (par)
Investment climate in Indonesia, especially in Bali, has shown significant development. Even, the Island of the Gods ranks fourth after Papua, where the first rank is occupied by Greater Jakarta.
Kuningan Day Ten days after Galungan Day, Balinese Hindu followers celebrated the prosperity day of “Kuningan”. The day of Kuningan marks the elaborate temple festival at Sakenan Temple, one of the big temples in Bali. Sakenan Temple is located in Serangan Island, frequently called Turtle Island, an ideal site for surfing. The temple will be jam-packed by locals wearing traditional Balinese costumes for three days. To reach the temple, you can either go by boat, cars or bikes. You will pass a bridge linking the Serangan Island and the south of Denpasar. It takes only around 15 minutes drive to get there. Many travel agents have taken their guests to the island where they can watch the Balinese Hindu gathering in the temple for ritual ceremonial purposes. The Kuningan Day is the time for commemoration as the ancestors return to the heaven after ten days dwelling on earth and the Balinese express their gratitude to gods for His mercy to the human races. Therefore, it is a time for holiday, visiting each other and fun. Every village in Bali will celebrate Kuningan in grand style, with colorful festivals held at the temple in some parts of Bali Island. The bamboo pole or locally called penjor, which has been erected at the front of each house compound’s entrance gate since a day before Galungan is redecorated by taking down the white clothes and substituted with the yellow clothes, symbolizing the prosperity. The Kuningan Day will provide an opportunity for travelers to see ritual procession. The day after is called as ‘Redite (Sunday) Wage Kuningan’. This day is spent concentrating the mind on holiness, to God Almighty, and also to ‘Pitara’, the holy ances-
tors’ spirits, asking for blessing and immunity from disasters or bad deeds. The next is the Pemacekan Agung that occurs 5 days after the Galungan and 5 days before Kuningan. ‘Pemacekan’ comes from word ‘pacek’ means ‘pin’. Philosophically, this day is considered as the milestone of holiness. ‘Segehan Agung’ (Great Offering) are devoted at the front of the gates of houses, buildings and temples. On the day after, called ‘Anggara (Tuesday) Umanis Kuningan’, people prepare for the upcoming Kuningan. The following day, ‘Budha Pahing Kuningan’, is considered as the ‘Pujawali Bhatara Wisnu’ day; which means the day to worship the manifestation of God Almighty as God Wisnu, the Great Preserver of the Universe. The next two days, ‘Wrespati (Thursday) Pon Kuningan’, and followed by the ‘Penampahan Kuningan’, are religious days set aside to prepare for Kuningan. The day is devoted to Sang Hyang Pasupati, the Lord of Heirlooms. Tumpek Landep is derived from the words, Tumpek, meaning Saturday of Kliwon, and Landep, meaning sharp. During this day, the heirlooms such as the “kris” (wavy dagger) and other weapons kept at the family temple are taken out for a blessing that ensures the continuation of the magic powers that bring good fortune upon their owners. Generally the special offerings are made for all tools and other objects made of metal. All kitchen implements, garden tools and metal parts of machinery and vehicles are cleaned, and adorned with a set of offerings. Visitors may experience the only place in the world where the roads are graced with numerous vehicles beautifully decorated with offerings and elaborate ornaments made from young coconut leaves.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Balinese Culture Ikan Lele
Bali support ”Fond of Indonesian Fruits” program
OVERVIEW: The whiskered catfish, though not an attractive looking creature, tastes excellent when cooked in this fashion.
Denpasar – Bali supported the “Fond of Indonesian Fruits” program launched by the government recently. It could increase the consumption of local fruits in the country. “Bali has been working to develop farming in the past few years including fruits which are marketed to hotels and restaurants,” said the Lecturer of Farming Faculty in Udayana University, I Wayan Windia. For that reason, there is great hope that it could motivate the tourism businessmen to use the local fruits. Windia said that the university has been introducing and urging the people to consume local fruits since 1985. The effort is also to decrease fruits import in order to save money and increase the income of the farmers. Bali Government through the Farming Department also does similar effort. By urging the hotels and restaurants to give local fruits to tourists, it could promote the fruits. However, the result is not maximum because imported fruits keep on coming to the local market. “The program launched by the government could give motivation to the hotels and restaurants to serve local fruits for the tour-
INGREDIENTS: 1 catfish weighing 350g 1 tsp salt 1tsp black peppercorn crushed 2 tbsp freshly squeezed limejuice 1-cup spice paste for seafood 2 cups coconut milk 1 stalk lemon grass, bruised PREPARATION: Season catfish with salt, pepper and limejuice and marinate for 30 minutes. Deep fry fish over medium heat for 10 minutes until crispy.
Local fruits ists coming to Bali,” Windia said. The local also must use local fruit for their daily consumption or even for ceremonies. He added that the higher and middle class society use 0.3% of their income to buy imported fruits. “It means that if the in-
come is 100% the 30% of that is being used to buy imported fruits,” Windia explained. There is great hope that by the “Fond of Indonesian Fruits” program, the people throughout Indonesia will use and consume local fruits.
While the fish is marinating, combine all remaining ingredients in saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until coconut milk breaks apart and sauce becomes oily and clear rather than creamy. Pour the sauce over the fried fish and serve. Helpful hint: If catfish is not available, replace with any fresh whole fish or follow the same method with any boneless fish fillet. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Cekuh (Kencur) Zedoary (Kaemferia galanga) is sometimes erroneously known as lesser galangal. This ginger like root has a unique, camphor flavor and should be used sparingly. Wash it and if you are fussy (most Balinese cooks aren’t), scrape off the skin before using. Dried sliced kencur or kencur powder can be used as a substitute. Soak dried sliced in boiling water for 30 minutes, use 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of powder for 1 inch fresh root. If not available replace quantity given with half ginger and half laos (galangal). (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Monday, July 18, 2011
Jagatnatha Temple IBP
Jagatnatha Temple is a Hindu Temple located in the center of Denpasar town. It is precisely located in Major Wisnu street eastside field of Puputan Badung. This temple is categorized as Kahyangan Temple and become an altar to the god for Hindu people. If it is compared with the name of Kahyangan Temples or other temples around Bali Island , this templeâ€™s name is taken from the name of mount or village which is relevant to the temple located in Besakih Temple area, Ulundanu Batur Temple area, Lempuyang Temple area, Andakasa Temple area, Puncak Mangu Temple area and others. Jagatnatha Temple is taking the special name which is not quit of various conception aspects. Among of the temples in Bali, Jagatnatha Temple is also opened by executing the small ceremony on 13 May 1968. The unique of Jagatnatha Temple does not own the Pengempon (the group of community who manage like the temple). Since the temple opening, Jagatnatha Temple only owns a few of people who arrange the fund to construct it until everyday ceremony. It is handled by Jagatnatha development committee with other Hindu
people. In furthermore growth after Jagatnatha Temple has been built, the ceremony execution is handled by committee of Hindu Holy Day (PAHARA HINDU) who is the institutionally personnel which is pursuant to Local Bali Governmentâ€™s Decree. Those personnel of PAHARA HINDU are generally taken away from local government of Badung Regency and Denpasar town. Nowadays, the full of execution is handled by the government of Denpasar town. This temple is many visited by tourist from all over the world since this temple is opened for tourist destination.
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BUSINESS Feds get a dose of kitchen-table economics Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The debt crisis has brought the government to the “kitchen table” to do something that hard-pressed families do routinely, which is tear their hair out over how to pay the bills. Pawn the family jewelry? Emptying gold reserves at Fort Knox and other repositories could raise a very handy $400 billion. Sell the property that has been in the family for generations? Yosemite National Park would fetch a pretty penny. At least so far, such last-gasp ideas are not in serious play at Washington’s kitchen table. But as the Aug. 2 deadline approaches for raising the country’s borrowing limit, you can bet someone in the government is thinking about them. Economists are. “The consequences of America defaulting on its debt are so unthinkable, catastrophic and costly that we should consider anything,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at the Martin Smith College of Business at California State University. “Sell gold, sell oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, do ANYTHING to avoid a default.” In short, the nation is like a family that’s overextended and close to wits’ end. To carry on without going deeper in debt, this family would have to cut its monthly bills by 70 percent or get a huge pay increase at work, enough to raise their income by nearly two-thirds. Now. Then they could scrape by without borrowing more, at least for a
little while. So calculates the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service in describing the only way the government could move ahead without taking on more debt. An end to discretionary spending, a 70 percent cut in mandatory spending or an enormous boost in tax revenue would suffice, but only for this year, it says. Then it gets even worse. Nothing like that will happen. The government is almost certain to raise its debt limit and carry on borrowing something like 40 cents out of every dollar it spends. The question is whether it will do so in time to avoid late interest payments and economic turmoil, and what size spending cuts, tax increases or both will become part of the deal. Nothing is stopping Congress from voting to raise the debt limit today. The holdup is over how to reduce future budget shortfalls, which both parties say must be done. Republicans want a huge cut in government spending. President Barack Obama wants smaller, but still substantial cuts, plus more money coming in from taxes, which Republicans oppose. To get around this, an idea has picked up steam to let the head of
the household increase the debt limit on his own, under certain conditions, and take the heat off the fractious family to agree on all the spending cuts and revenue increases now. The government bought some time in the middle of May, when it stopped making payments to federal employee retirement funds, the equivalent of halting contributions to your 401(k). The government will make up the lost retirement investments later, plus interest, keeping the funds whole. But there are no such bookkeeping maneuvers left, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says, “no way to give Congress more time.” Some big payments are coming due, including $23 billion for Social Security checks on Aug. 2, $87 billion the next day to redeem maturing Treasury securities and more than $30 billion in interest payments on existing Treasury securities on Aug. 15. Those payouts are in addition to roughly $5 billion to $10 billion the government pays daily to defense contractors, Medicare providers, federal employees and others, all part of the business of running the government. With red flags flying from credit-rating agencies, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and
the corporate sector, the pressure is intensifying for Washington to break the impasse not just by the deadline but before. That would discourage investors from fleeing from the market in a predefault panic and preserve the nation’s topof-the-line credit rating. In 1979, when Congress dragged its feet in raising the debt limit and the government ran into technical glitches processing its debt, the U.S. was late making interest payments on about $120 million of bills. It amounted to a piddling sum compared with what may be coming, causing only a brief delay and no concern by creditors that they wouldn’t get paid. Yet the mini-default permanently raised interest rates by more than half a percentage point, says the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. That’s like making your mortgage payments on time for years, seeing one monthly check get hung up in the mail for a few days, and getting hit in response with a higher rate for the life of the loan. Some Republicans have argued that the government can do the same thing a family does when faced with more bills than it can pay in a single month. It can set priorities and make only the critical payments, such as the utility bills to keep the lights on and the water flowing, and let other payments wait. In this scenario, interest payments are the most critical. Obama disputes that approach. “A family, if they get over-ex-
tended and their credit card is too high, they don’t just stop paying their bills,” he said. “What they do is, they say, how do we start cutting our monthly costs? “We don’t stop sending our kids to college; we don’t stop fixing the boiler or the roof that’s leaking. We do things in a sensible, responsible way.” Still, setting aside some bills has not been ruled out. Obama held out the possibility that the government won’t be able to send retirees their Social Security checks in time. Republicans called such remarks a scare tactic to get them to cave to his proposals. But should those checks get delayed, it’s a sure bet both parties would be scared. Messing with Social Security is not just like a family disrespecting its elders. It’s like stiffing your bookie. In political terms, it can get you broken legs. In some important ways, the federal budget is not recognizable to a real family. It’s from another planet, esoteric, full of accounting tricks, funny money, and obligations that citizens don’t have. Families don’t have the option of just voting to raise their credit card limit, for one thing. But that, in essence, is what the government needs to do, and fast, to avoid defaulting on its debt payments, sending markets into a probable tailspin and making all sorts of dire predictions come true. Even in Washington, math is math.
Stricter bank test leaves 80 billion euro hole Reuters
LONDON - Europe’s banks would be 80 billion euros ($113 billion) short of capital under a tough test of their health, more than 30 times the amount demanded in an official test, according to a leading analyst. Eight small banks on Friday failed a test of how 90 European lenders would withstand a two-year recession and were told to raise 2.5 billion euros. Twenty top banks would fail a more severe test based on the data they supplied in the official test, with lenders in Britain, France and Germany all falling short, said Kian Abouhossein, an analyst at JPMorgan, in a note on Saturday. The official tests were criticized for not applying a haircut on sovereign
bond holdings in the banking book and having too low a pass mark. “EBA stress test II is yet again an opportunity missed for EU member states encouraging banks to raise equity as Basel 3 ratios remain low,” Abouhossein said. Europe’s banks would need 41 billion euros to keep their core capital ratio above 7 percent, rather than the 5 percent pass mark used in the official test, according to Reuters calculations. JPMorgan said the shortcomings meant the results were of limited value, although the test provided far greater data and transparency than has been available in the past, allowing analysts to run an “acid test” for 27 banks using stricter criteria including haircuts on sovereign banking book exposures and a 7 percent pass mark. The banks tested would show an
80 billion euro capital deficit, including 25 billion euros for UK banks, 20 billion euros for French banks, 14 billion for German banks, 9 billion for Italian banks, 4 billion in Spain, 4 billion euros for Portuguese banks and 4.5 billion in Austria, Abouhossein said.
(FromL) Director General for “Internal Market and Services” at the European Commission Jonathan Faull, Chairman of the European Banking Authority Andrea Ernia and European Central Bank Deputy Director General of Financial stability John Fell attend the EU banking stress test press conference in central London on July 15, 2011.
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Monday, July 18, 2011
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” ()
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‘Harry Potter’ conjures first-day record of $92.1M Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES — Harry Potter has cast his biggest spell yet with a record-breaking first day at the box office for his final film. Distributor Warner Bros. reports that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” summoned up $92.1 million domestically on opening day Friday. That’s nearly $20 million more than the previous recordholder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which took in $72.7 million in its first day two years ago. The film added
$75 million in 57 overseas countries Friday, raising its international total to $157.5 million since it began rolling out Wednesday. That gives the film a worldwide total of about $250 million.
Among its first-day totals Friday was $14.8 million in Great Britain, which Warner Bros. reported was the biggest single day ever for a movie. The first 3-D film in the se-
ries, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” benefited from the higher price theaters charge for 3-D tickets, which cost a few dollars more than 2-D. In a single day, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” took in more money than four of the previous seven “Harry Potter” films did over their entire opening weekends. The finale of the “Harry Potter” saga also set a record for mid-
night screenings with $43.5 million. That topped “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which pulled in about $30 million in its first midnight shows last year. Box-office trac ker Hollywood.com projected Saturday that “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” also could break the openingweekend record of $158.4 million domestically held by “The Dark Knight.”
Jane Fonda: QVC axed my appearance over politics Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — Jane Fonda says she’s been banished from QVC amid concerns about her political past. The network says it was a routine programming change. Fonda was set to appear on the home-shopping channel on Saturday to promote her new book on aging, “Prime Time.” But the day before, she learned her segment had been cancelled. In a statement posted on her website, Fonda says QVC told her of receiving “a lot of calls” from viewers criticizing her opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if she was allowed to appear.Fonda goes on to say she is “deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure” and declares, “I love my country.” Paul Capelli, a spokesman for West Chester, Pa.based QVC, confirmed Fonda’s cancelled appearance, but specified no reason.
“It’s not unusual to have a schedule change with our shows and guests with little or no notice,” he said in an e-mail. Fonda is not currently rescheduled to appear, he said. Fonda was dubbed “Hanoi Jane” nearly 40 years ago after visiting the North Vietnamese capital, where she made radio broadcasts critical of U.S. war policy. While there, she was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft gun laughing and clapping. Though she still defends her antiwar activism, Fonda has acknowledged that the photo incident was “a betrayal” of American forces. “That two-minute lapse of sanity will haunt me until the day I die,” she wrote in her 2006 autobiography. The 73-year-old actress won Oscars for her films “Coming Home” and “Klute.” Besides her books, she has also produced and starred in a number of bestselling exercise videos. “Prime Time” will be released next month.
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FILE - In this April 2, 1973 file photo, actress Jane Fonda holds her arm up in the air as she joins a group of anti-war demonstrators on a march toward the Western White House to protest the visit of South Vietnam’s President Nguyen Van Thieu in San Clemente, Calif.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Forests soak up third of fossil fuel emissions: study Forests play a larger role in Earth’s climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released has shown. The study, published in Science, provides the most accurate measure so far of the amount of greenhouse gases absorbed from the atmosphere by tropical, temperate and boreal forests, researchers said. “This is the first complete and global evidence of the overwhelming role of forests in removing anthropogenic carbon dioxide,” said co-author Josep Canadell, a scientist at CSIRO, Australia’s national climate research centre in Canberra.“If you were to stop deforestation tomorrow, the world’s established and regrowing forests would remove half of fossil fuel emissions,” he told AFP, describing the findings as both “incredible” and “unexpected”. Wooded areas across the planet soak up fully a third of the fossil fuels released into the atmosphere each year, some 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon, the study found. At the same time, the ongoing and barely constrained destruction of forests — mainly in the tropics — for food, fuel and development was shown to emit 2.9 billion tonnes of carbon annually, more than a quarter of all emissions stemming from human activity. Up to now, scientists have estimated that deforestation accounted for 12 to 20 percent of total greenhouse gas output. The big surprise, said Canadell, was the huge capacity of tropical forests that have regenerated after logging or slashand-burn land clearance to purge carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “We estimate that tropical forest regrowth is removing an average of 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon each year,” he said in an e-mail exchange. Adding up the new figures reveals that all the world’s forests combined are a net “sink”, or sponge, for 1.1 billion tonnes of carbon, the equivalent of 13 percent of all the coal, oil land gas burned across the planet annually. “That’s huge. These are ‘savings’ worth billions of euros a year if that quantity had to be paid out by current mitigation (CO2 reduction) strategies or the price of carbon in the European market,” Canadell said.
An Indian couple take an evening walk in the Sanjay Van forest reserve in New Delhi in June 2011. Forests play a larger role in Earth’s climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study has shown.
Opera Mini slims Oil spill cleanup turns up trove of Indian relics smartphone data streams Associated Press Writer
Opera Mini webbrowsing software for smartphones has become an antidote for congested telecom networks and carrier bills that rise along with the amount of data streamed to handsets. As the popularity of smartphones and tablets continues to surge and IBP/ist telecom carriers shy A customer tests a Nokia mobile phone at away from all-youNokia’s Flagship store in Helsinki 2010. can-eat wireless data plans, Opera is wooing users with technology that minimizes bytes of data streamed over the air. Opera Mini was the world’s most popular mobile phone browser program in June with just shy of 23 percent of the market, according to figures from industry tracker StatCounter. Nokia and Android browsers were nearly tied for second place, with 17.66 percent and 17.25 percent respectively, StatCounter reported. Opera Mini, made by Norway-based Opera Software, boasted more than 120 million users with devices ranging from simple feature phones to sophisticated table computers. “We actually minimize the amount of over the air network usage,” Opera executive vice president of consumer mobile Mahi de Silva told AFP. “We definitely think we can get more mileage for the user,” he added.
CAMINADA HEADLAND, La. — Cleanup after the BP oil spill has turned up dozens of sites where archaeologists are finding human and animal bones, pottery and primitive weapons left behind by pre-historic Indian settlements — a trove of new clues about the Gulf Coast’s mound dwellers more than 1,300 years ago. But they also fear the remains could be damaged by oil or lost to erosion before they can be fully studied. So far, teams of archaeologists hired by the oil giant have visited more than 100 sites and sent back a growing list of finds to labs for ra-
diocarbon dating and other tests, though extensive excavations haven’t been done. Scholars have also accompanied cleanup crews to make sure they don’t unwittingly throw away relics. The disaster that began when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April of 2010 has highlighted the urgent need to protect the sites, but a government scientist says neither their discovery — nor the money to study them — would have come as quickly without the spill. “We’re filling in gaps. There is some pioneering archaeological work going on as a result of the oil spill,” said Larry Murphy, lead archeologist for a council of government agencies
and trustees overseeing the oil cleanup. He said uncovering the sites, many of them prehistoric, represents “a great leap in cumulative knowledge” about Native Americans in coastal Louisiana, who have been less studied than their counterparts in other regions. Still, the oil represents an added threat to an area that already was under siege from land loss and rising sea levels. Oil has contaminated some artifacts and can interfere with radiocarbon dating, a primary technique for determining the age of an object. Many shores are still scattered with tar balls.
Forrest Travirca III, walks along Port Fourchon Beach as he searches for artifacts from Pre-historic American-Indian settlements in Caminada Headland, La., Tuesday, June 28, 2011.
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Monday, July 18, 2011
Copa hosts Argentina lose to Uruguay in shootout Reuters
SANTA FE - Uruguay knocked hosts Argentina out of the Copa America on Saturday after goalkeeper Fernando Muslera saved Carlos Tevez’s spot kick to give his side a 5-4 win on penalties. Uruguay had taken an early lead through Diego Perez before the midfielder was sent off seven minutes before halftime. Argentina equalised through Gonzalo Higuain and saw Javier Mascherano red carded shortly before the end of the 90 minutes. The match produced no more goals in extra time and finished 1-1. Uruguay will now meet Peru in the semi-finals after they beat Colombia 2-0 in Saturday’s other quarter-final. “Today we had to fight more than play ... These are two teams that came here to be champions, but this was only a quarter-final and there’s still along way to go,” Uruguay’s captain Diego Lugano told reporters. Argentina coach Sergio Batista told the post-match news conference he was disappointed but thought the players had given their all. “I can’t be content because no-one likes to be eliminated but I’m satisfied with the players,” he added. Uruguay shocked the home side by taking the lead in the sixth minute from a set-piece. A free kick by Diego Forlan, winning a record 80th Uruguay cap, was headed back across goal by defender Martin Caceres and Perez slid in to score. The lead did not last long as Argentina equalised 11 minutes later when Lionel Messi sent in a curling cross towards the far post where Higuain ghosted in behind the defence to score with a downward header. Uruguay were reduced to 10 men
in the 38th minute when Perez, who had been booked for going in on Mascherano with his studs showing, was shown another yellow card for obstruction. MUSLERA SAVES
Despite being a man down, Uruguay looked just as dangerous as Argentina with Forlan’s free kicks always a menace, although the hosts did more of the attacking with Messi delivering plenty of trademark passes into space for the forwards. Argentina created a brilliant chance in the 79th minute when Messi chipped over the defence to Higuain, who swivelled on the spot and his rising shot was turned over for a corner by Muslera. At the other end, Luis Suarez put Forlan through into the box but keeper Sergio Romero was quick to block. As the 90 minutes ran down, Mascherano fouled Suarez and was booked for the second time and sent off. Muslera made another crucial intervention in the final minute, first saving substitute Tevez’s free kick then blocking Higuain’s close-range effort from the rebound. In added time, Suarez turned a defender twice on the right but his cross was just too high and Forlan headed over. Higuain hit the near post with a shot from a tight angle with Muslera beaten just before the end of the first half of extra time and Forlan went just wide with an effort right after the team changed ends.
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Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan celebrates with teammates at the end of the 2011 Copa America quarter-final football match against Argentina, at the Cementerio de Elefantes stadium in Santa Fe, 476 Km north of Buenos Aires, on July 16, 2011. Uruguay won 6-5 in penalty shoot-out.
Ronaldo scores as Real Madrid beats Galaxy 4-1 Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES — There wasn’t much for Cristiano Ronaldo to complain about in his team’s first match following the offseason. Ronaldo scored a signature
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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (L) dribbles under pressure from Jovan Kirovski (R) of the LA Galaxy at the Los Angeles Coliseum on July 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, southern California. Real Madrid defeated LA Galaxy 4-1.
goal and Real Madrid displayed its deft scoring ability to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-1 in an exhibition on Saturday night. Jose Callejon and Joselu scored 8 minutes apart in the first half and Karim Benzema converted a header in the 57th minute as the Spanish giants showed little rust in their preseason opener. “We won, that is most important,” Ronaldo said. “We want to keep on training hard to start well this season.” Ronaldo, who set La Liga’s scoring record with 40 goals last season, entered as a halftime substitute. The Portuguese star used multiple stepover’s to fake out three defenders, then fired a sharp shot with his left foot that found its way inside the near
post. “He’s one of the best players in the world, and clearly he showed why,” Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan said. “He is not at top form quite yet, but you can still see that he has moments of brilliance that aren’t really teachable.” Madrid has spent the week training at the campus of UCLA in preparations of its second campaign under manager Jose Mourinho. Much like its season-ending 8-1 triumph over Almeria on May 21, the club appeared in fine shape. Mourinho chose to go with a younger, inexperienced lineup to start the game, keeping mainstays Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Raul Albiol and Benzema on the bench. Mourinho
brought in massive changes at halftime, subbing in nine fresh players. Ronaldo made it 3-0 just 7 minutes after halftime and Benzema finished a cross from Fabio, using his head following a sprint toward the goal. Adam Cristman got one back and scored the Galaxy’s lone goal, redirecting Antonio Adan’s save with a header into the net. That would be all they could muster against a strong back line. “At the end of the day, that’s a team worth hundreds of millions of dollars versus a team that’s worth maybe 10 (million) at the most,” Donovan said. “So we have to keep that in perspective. We enjoyed it, and we still got a lot out of it.”
Monday, July 18, 2011
5 NKoreans fail steroids test at women’s World Cup Associated Press Writer
FRANKFURT, Germany — North Korea officials blame traditional medicine using musk deer glands for five of their players testing positive for steroids at the Women’s World Cup in soccer’s biggest doping scandal in nearly two decades. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Saturday that after two players were caught during the tournament this month, FIFA tested the rest of the North Korean squad and found three more positive results. “This is a shock,” Blatter said at a news conference. “We are confronted with a very, very bad case of doping and it hurts.” Colombia’s reserve goalkeeper Yineth Varon was provisionally suspended in late June for failing an out-of-competition test before the World Cup. The Colombian Football Federation said she had hormonal treatment that led to a failed drug test, the first doping case in the history of the women’s World Cup. FIFA annually spends some $30 million on 35,000 doping tests. Despite the cases at the women’s World Cup, “doping really is a marginal, fringe phenomenon in football,” Blatter said. The last doping case at a major event came at the men’s 1994 World Cup in the United States, when Diego Maradona was kicked out after testing positive for stimulants.
Japan promoted in Fed Cup
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Cadel Evans of Australia, left, and Ivan Basso of Italy, right, climb towards Plateau de Beille during the 14th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (104.7 miles) starting in Saint Gaudens and finishing in Plateau de Beille, Pyrenees region, France, Saturday July 16, 2011.
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Japan earned promotion to World Group II in the Fed Cup after ace Ayumi Morita coasted to victory for an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Argentina in a play-off tie on Sunday. After the hosts took a 2-0 lead on Saturday, the 23-year-old Morita whipped Aranza Salut, who replaced the out-of-form Maria Irigoyen, 6-2, 6-1 in the best-of-five contest. On Saturday on the indoor hard court in the city of Kobe, up-andcoming Misaki Doi, who reached the third round at Wimbledon at her first attempt, whitewashed Irigoyen 6-0, 6-0 in the opener to give Japan the perfect start. Morita, ranked 47th in the world, followed her with a solid 6-2, 63 victory over Mailen Auroux in the second singles. Japan are promoted along with Belarus, Slovenia and Switzerland. The play-off was originally scheduled for April but the earthquake and tsunami and ensuing nuclear emergency in northern Japan forced its postponement.
Japan have been promoted to World Group II in the Fed Cup after ace Ayumi Morita (pictured) coasted to victory for an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Argentina in a play-off tie
Evans hits back at Schlecks at Tour de France Associated Press Writer
Cadel Evans hit back at the Schleck brothers Andy and Frank after being accused of not attacking enough to win the Tour de France. On the third consecutive day of racing in the Pyrenees, Evans, the former two-time runner-up, remained defiant that if he is to win the elusive yellow jersey he will do it his way. Belgium’s Jelle Vanendert won the prestigious 14th stage from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille, in the process bucking a historical trend which saw the past four stage winners go on to win the race. Evans, who finished in a small group 46sec behind alongside French race leader Thomas Voeckler, Alberto Contador, Ivan Basso and Frank Schleck, remarked: “Don’t they say who wins here today is the winner of the Tour? “Maybe that means a breakaway (rider) is going to win the Tour.” The Australian had harsher words for the Schleck brothers. They rode in determined fashion, trying to drop rivals with furious pace-setting tactics even before the fifth and final climb during the hardest stage in the Pyrenees.
Early on the climb the Schlecks then took turns in accelerating away from the group in a bid to drop Evans, Contador and ever-improving Italian Basso — all of which were countered. While Voeckler punched above his weight again to keep the yellow jersey with his 1:49 and 2:06 lead on Frank Schleck and Evans intact, Andy Schleck snatched two seconds after he escaped inside the final kilometre. Although two-time runner-up Andy is a handful of seconds behind Evans, older brother Frank accused the Australian and Contador of wheel-watching. “We tried several times (to attack). The only one who was a little bit interested was Ivan Basso,” said Frank. “All the others just looked at each other. Me
and my brother and Basso, we tried to actually race.” When it comes to racing for the yellow jersey, tradition dictates that the rider with time to make up should attack to close his deficit. Because of his knee pain, Contador is in survival mode. Evans, meanwhile, is simply sticking to his gameplan. “Everyone says no one attacks, but you have to consider also the wind, and the closeness of the racing,” he said. “The Schleck brother are there, they ride all day, they’ve got the yellow jersey to gain and they look at me to pull for them. “I was thinking ‘Hang on a second, I’m not here to tow you to Paris’. “It’s a little bit conservative racing but these stages are hard and you have to guage your efforts really carefully.”
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Pedrosa wins German Grand Prix Reuters
BERLIN - Spain’s Dani Pedrosa won the German Grand Prix for Honda on Sunday with MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo snatching second place for Yamaha on the last lap. Australian Casey Stoner, who had started on pole position, finished third and saw his overall championship lead over Lorenzo cut to 15 points with nine races left. Meanwhile Valentino Rossi ready to ditch revised Ducati GP11 and revert back to old bike Valentino Rossi is prepared to ditch Ducati’s revamped GP11 in time for next weekend’s United States Grand Prix, following a disastrous qualifying session at the Sachsenring. Rossi qualified 16th for the German Grand Prix with only one rider - the returning Sylvain Guintoli – behind him. His deficit to poleman Casey Stoner was 1.6 seconds. The seven-times world champion was impressed with the handling of the GP12 machine – which Ducati will field next year – in testing, prompting the Italian manufacturer to introduce a B-spec GP11, heavily-based on the 2012 bike, at Assen in June.
However, results have not been as predicted and after his poor German qualifying performance Rossi said he would favour a return to the bike he began the season with – and quickly. “I don’t know if we can use it before. I don’t know if it is possible to have the old bike in Laguna Seca. We haven’t decided yet,” Rossi said. “Unfortunately this bike is very difficult to ride with an 800cc engine. It was better with the 1000 [which will be used in the GP12] and I did some good lap times at Mugello and Jerez and it was for this reason that we tried to modify [it]. With the 800 I can’t load the front and I am very slow. “It was not so bad with the 1000cc engine but with the 800 it doesn’t work well. We hope that with a better rear that the front would get better also. But that doesn’t happen. One problem is with this engine we are not able to put the same load on the front than with the 1000cc engine.
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Spain’s Dani Pedrosa of the Repsol Honda team steers his bike during the qualifying of the Moto Grand Prix at the Sachsenring Circuit on July 16, 2011 in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany.
Marc Marquez wins Sachsenring Moto2 Marc Marquez edged a little closer to Stefan Bradl in the Moto2 championship by denying the German a home victory at the Sachsenring. 125cc champion Marquez and Moto2 leader Bradl were the main protagonists in the lead battle throughout the race, with Marquez ahead until he ran wide at Turn 1 on lap 14. He stayed with Bradl, though, and was able to retaliate with seven laps to go, before eventually edging away to clinch a third consecutive win with a 0.896-second cushion. Alex de Angelis took his first podium of the season in third, having split Marquez and Bradl for a while without managing to nose into the lead.Tom Luthi made it a four-bike lead pack for a while, though he was later edged back to fifth as Bradl’s Kiefer team-mate Randy Krummenacher put on an impressive late charge to his best Moto2 result yet. Yonny Hernandez also lost out to Krummenacher in the closing stages and finished a still Moto2 career-best sixth, having run with the leaders for a spell. Scott Redding and Simone Corsi charged through from 23rd and 21st on the grid to seventh and eighth respectively. Returnee Julian Simon crashed at the first corner in his first race back after breaking his leg at Catalunya, though he escaped without further injury.Bradley Smith also ran off the road on the opening lap, and later crashed out for good while trying to fight back. Front row starter Aleix Espargaro crashed out early in a high-side that saw him collect the unlucky Max Neukirchner
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Spanish rider Marc Marquez of Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol poses with his trophy after winning the Moto2 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring Circuit on July 17, 2011 in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany.