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Leaders of Southeast Asian countries, from left to right, Philippine’s Presidential Spokesman Ricky A. Carandang, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam’s President Nguyen Tan Dung, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Laos’ Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak and Myanmar’s President Thein Sein hold hands as they pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.
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Bali has historical value for ASEAN Summit Plan to produce declaration Denpasar (Bali Post) -
Bali has historic meaning for ASEAN. In Bali, there are many important agreements produced here as a part the development of the association. The statement was said by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, during the opening of the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre (BNDCC) on Thursday, November 17, 2011.
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The President said that among those important agreements was the Bali Concord I in the 1976 ASEAN Summit which emphasized on the cooperation between the ASEAN countries. “In Bali Concord I is being regulated the behavior in the relationship of those countries,” he
added. In 2003, ASEAN Summit in Bali resulted in Bali Concord II which marks the deal in ASEAN Countries to develop the community based on three pillars which are Politic and security, economy, and culture. Continued on page 6
In Bali for summitry, Obama announces trade deals Associated Press Writer
BALI, Indonesia — Tightening ties with Asian nations as China’s might rises, President Barack Obama prepared Thursday to be the ﬁrst U.S. president to take part in a summit of East Asian nations. Ahead of his diplomatic efforts here, the White House announced trade deals to show progress on the jobs front back home. Security issues and the U.S. vision for an increasingly robust American role in Asia are expected to be central themes for Obama’s participation in the East Asia Summit in Bali. Continued on page 6
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Bali News 6%<RSWLPLVWLF HFRQRPLFJURZWKWR UHDFKSHUFHQW Mangupura (Bali Post)â€”
The decreasing price of seaweed make the farmers worry
6HDZHHGSULFH GHFUHDVHIDUPHUVZRUU\ Semarapura (Bali Post) â€“
The seaweed farmers of Nusa Penida are worried as the past two months their production result have gone low moreover drastically. For katoni type for explained where before was IDR 5,500 per kg has gone to IDR 2,900 per kg even IDR 1,500 per kg as stated by Head of Dusun Kelodan II, Jungutbatu, Komang Rejeki, when met last Tuesday (15/11). It was stated farmers were on their harvest season yet due to the rain it was hard to dry it and caused the quality less. â€œMoreover many of the lands used to dry the seaweeds became tourist objects and so there are less lands,â€? Rejeki explained.
If the condition is like this all the time, automatically seaweed farmers got affected on their familyâ€™s economy ability. The same situation was also stated from a seaweed farmer from Lembogan, Wayan Suarbawa, when contacted last :HGQHVGD\ 6XDUEDZDVWDWHGWKH
production is still good. Farmers usually JRWODQGVSDUWVIRUHYHU\NJWKH\ have every month and expected the decrease was due to the export limit policy applied by the government recently which have been causing exporter only be in a â€˜wait and seeâ€™ situation. (kmb20)
$UW%XLOGLQJGDPDJH Ceilings holed rooftops unsuitable Since the past few years the Gede Manik Art Building at Udayana Street, Singaraja, seemed never fixed and with rainy season everything just leaks from the top. as seen last Wednesday The ceilings are still holed speFLÂżFDOO\DERYHWKHPDLQVWDJH%HVLGHV
disturbing the view, it also cause waters coming in. The similar situation also happened at Sasana Budaya Building at Veteran Street, Singaraja where the condition was worst. A couple of months ago, Head of Buleleng Culture and Tourism, Putu Tastra Wijaya. promised to do a repair
using the Year 2012 Budget and so artists who are using the two buildings are watching if the promise will be granted. â€œWe kept on hoping there will be a fund from the 2012 Regional BudJHWWRÂż[WKHWZREXLOGLQJVÂ´D\RXQJ artist who was practicing for theatre at Sasana Budaya stated. (ole)
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was optimistic if the economic growth up to the end of 2011 could reach VRPHSHUFHQWLQDSSURSULDWHZLWKWKHWDUJHWSUHdetermined. Such optimism was revealed amid the global ÂżQDQFLDOFULVLVDIIHFWLQJPDQ\FRXQWULHVDQGKDYLQJWKH impact on the global economic growth. Âł$PLGWKHFXUUHQWJOREDOÂżQDQFLDOWXUPRLOZHFRQWLQXHWRVKRZUHVLOLHQFH:HKDYHFRQÂżGHQFHWRUHDFK WKHJURZWKDURXQGSHUFHQWWKLV\HDUÂ´VDLG6%< in the ASEAN Supreme Audit Institutions Summit, :HGQHVGD\1RY According to him, armed with a very large market, stable exchange rates and peaceful regional situation, ASEAN especially Indonesia remained an attractive place for business and investment. He added that ASEAN KDGDFKLHYHGDVLJQLÂżFDQWEUHDNWKURXJKWKLV\HDU â€œWe have been struggling, not only for achieving the targets predetermined by the leadership of Indonesia, but also for consolidating the development of the three pillars of ASEAN Community, namely the politicalsecurity pillar, pillar of the economy and socio-cultural pillar,â€? he said. The President reminded there were no countries in the world being immune to the global and regional challenges. However, with the support of their people, government could stand strongly in the face of challenges. Of course, it would be stronger with the support of other countries in the region. â€œPromoting good governance also has economic dividends. Good governance ensures an effective and accountable policy making. It will help create a favorable business environment, and provide substantial elements for the growth,â€? he said. $W WKH PRPHQW WKH JOREDO ÂżQDQFLDO FULVLV KDG DIfected several countries, and had an impact on the JOREDOHFRQRPLFJURZWK,WZDVOLNHWKH$VLDQÂżQDQFLDO crisis in 1998 which destroyed most economies of the ASEAN country members. â€œIndonesia faced the worst condition. Besides, the collapse of our economy also had an impact on our political system. In response to this condition, the calls for good governance can no longer be ignored,â€? he said. He further explained, the Asian financial crisis in 1998 appeared and was exacerbated by a lack of prudence in the way we managed it and so were the widespread corruption, escalating debt, ineffective law enforcement, or bad public service. Sluggish and ineffective response from government even made everything worse. â€œMeanwhile, the unemployment rate increases and the number of poor people is multiplied. Unavoidably, WKLVOHDGVWRKRUL]RQWDOFRQĂ€LFWDVZHZLWQHVVHGLQVRPH parts of the region,â€? he revealed. Nevertheless, Indonesia took many lessons from the crisis. It had become vivacity and a drive leading to reform and transformation. â€œThe reforms have made us more resilient amid the current global challenges,â€? he said. (par)
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Magoak-goakan Dance denoting a historic dance in Buleleng Regency was used to commence the ritual pinnacle of megat sot or vow payment of the Deity Panji Sakti on Wednesday (Nov 16). The dance was presented in the heirloom storing temple of the Deity Panji Sakti at Panji Village, Sukasada Subdistrict. From the temple, the entourage headed for Ulun Danu Batur Temple in Kintamani, Bangli. On the way to Ulun Danu Batur, it was accompanied with the procession of sprinkling wine along the route as long as some 70 kilometers. When arriving in the Ulun Danu Batur Temple, the entourage resumed the procession by surrounding the Mount Batur while spreading a white cloth estimated to reach 17 kilometers in length. The vow payment ceremony
posed one of the vows uttered by the King Panji Sakti. Vow payment ceremony held in the Ulun Danu Batur Temple was intended to pay off the debts of the King of Buleleng, Ki Barak Panji Sakti. By doing so, it would not become a burden physically and psychically. Additionally, it was aimed to improve the livelihood order to reach the peaceful and prosperous Buleleng.
The ceremony held in the Batur Temple was witnessed by the former Governor of Bali Dewa Berata, Regent of Buleleng Putu Bagiada, Chairman of the Buleleng House Dewa Nyoman Sukrawan, senior ÂżJXUHVRIUR\DOSDODFHVLQ%XOHOHQJ D QXPEHU RI RIÂżFLDOV RI %XOHOHQJ and Bangli Regency as well as community estimated to reach thousands of people. (kmb15)
Safeguarding of ASEAN Summit
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Strict safeguarding of theASEAN Summit made the individual teacher QDPHG1XUXVVHFXUHGE\7UDIÂżF$Ifairs Unit of Denpasar Metro Police and Kuta Police on Wednesday (Nov 16). He was secured as carrying a sharp weapon in the form of machete. He was examined in Kuta Police. Pursuant to the results of preliminary examination, the perpetrator admitted to bring the machete because it was just purchased by his friend, Ngurah S. Chief of Kuta Police, I Gede Ganefo, said on Wednesday (Nov 16) the perpetrator was secured when taking some pictures at the Ngurah Rai Statue, Tuban. Police
suspected when the perpetrator ran wild and took some pictures. â€œWe examined him as carrying a backpack. On that account, we probed him and it was known if he carried a machete,â€? said Chief Ganefo. It was known when police searched his backpack. Ultimately, police found a sharp weapon in the form of machete. To that end, police then secured and took him to Kuta Police Headquarters. As per initial examination, he admitted if he just purchased the new machete for IDR 50,000. Nevertheless, Kuta Police consistently secured the offender for further probes. â€œWe do not want to be missed. No matter what the reason you give, you must be
secured temporarily to avoid undesirable things,â€? he said. An individual teacher from Bandung with a friend was secured by police in charge of the Summit VHFXULW\RIÂżFHUVDWWKHDUHDRIWKH Ngurah Rai Statue, Tuban. Such individual teacher was secured after being found carrying a sharp weapon inside his backpack. From the confession of the perpetrator, the activity of taking some pictures and videos in the junction of Ngurah Rai Statue was intended to make a learning application for his students. â€œWe are still performing further probes. For subsequent legal process, we are still waiting for the result of probes,â€? he added. (kmb21)
Fluctuating prices of some public basic needs are ensured not to affect the staple stock of Balinese people. Though the observation to a number of traditional markets showed the price hike to some commodities, the increase was still in not too VLJQLÂżFDQW UDQJH )RU H[DPSOH the price of rice belonging to local IR 64 with super and medium quality only rose by 2 percent. Previously, the IR 64 local super rice was sold for IDR 8,150 per kilogram and after the rise turned to be IDR 8,300 per kilogram. Meanwhile, the rise in commodity prices also occurred in chicken flesh. According to a number of traders, the increase was kindled by the high dePDQG IRU FKLFNHQ Ă€HVK XVHG LQ Hindu rituals in Bali. â€œWe sell broiler flesh for IDR 25,000 SHUNLORJUDPZKLOHWKHĂ€HVKRI kampong chicken is a little bit expensive namely IDR 32,000 per kilogram,â€? said Nyoman, a WUDGHURIFKLFNHQĂ€HVKLQ%DGXQJ Market. Related to the price hikes, the Division Head of Domestic Trade, Bali Industry and Trade Agency, Bagus Ketut Wijaya, ZKHQDVNHGIRUKLVFRQÂżUPDWLRQ on Wednesday (Nov 16) said the price hike was perfectly natural because the commodities were needed in greater amount than on usual days. If any improvement, LWZDVXVXDOO\QRWWRRVLJQLÂżFDQW and only one or two types of commodities faced the increase. â€œPrice hike is not triggered by stock shortage, but it has been the law of market, where high demand is responded by price hike of the goods. However, the price
hike remains under monitoring of Bali Industry and Trade Agency so it will not surpass the predetermined price,â€? he explained. In the meantime, the staple stocks of Balinese community amid the price hike of various commodities, Bagus Wijaya said that based on prognosis of basic needs of Balinese people in the period of July-December 2011, the supply of nine commodities could still meet the needs of consumers. From the data, the rice stock up to next December 2011 was reported 670,578 tons with the needs of community reaching 45,864 tons, so the remains came to 624 714 tons. The stock of sugar reached 17,241 tons, while the need was 5,289 tons and the remains came to 11,952 tons. Then, the stock of wheat flour amounted to 9,522 tons and last stock then left 7,092 tons. Meanwhile, the stock of cooking oil amounted to 19,909 tons with the needs of 4,955 tons and made the final stock 14,954 tons, chicken flesh (3,028.24 tons) with remains (590.50 tons), beef (1,795.32 tons) with remains (963 tons) and eggs (4,282.89 tons) with remains (2,138.89 tons). â€œBased on the prognosis of the outstanding food stock distributed in Bali, it can be said that up to next December the supply is still sufficient for Balinese people. Price of the nine basic commodities so far is relatively reasonable,â€? he said. Toward a number of religious celebrations such as Christmas, New Year and Galungan, a number of basic commodities were predicted to rise slightly. (bit)
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existing buildings and public facilities in Denpasar are still minim for disable people accessibility and so they request for it. This was stated by Ketut Masir who has a disability when met at Denpasar House of Representatives last Wednesday (16/11). It is proved that accessibility for the disable will give and equal opportunity as seen at Denpasar Government there has been a special pedestrian called yellow line which helps blind people so they wonâ€™t get lost. â€œIt helped us in doing our activities,â€? Masir stated. Masirâ€™s arrival was accompanied by Head of Denpasar Workforce, Transmigration and
Social Agency, I Made Erwin Suryadarma Sena, S.E., M.Si., connecting to the International Disable Day this coming December. Masir was welcomed by Vice of the House, A.A. Ngurah Gede Widiada accompanied by Vice Head of Commission D, Wayan Sugiartha. Erwin stated the Denapsar Government attention and commitment to the disables kept increased with helps and activities also facilities including for accesses keep being increased. To adopt facilities and easy access for them, Denpasar Government will produce a Mayor Regulation which then bourhgt up to Regional Regulation on arranging access equipping for the disables in public spaces. (kmb12)
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Obama warns North Korea on proliferation Agence France Presse
United States President Barack Obama has said that the US would take ﬁrm action to prevent North Korea proliferating nuclear material to other states or terror groups. “The transfer of nuclear materials or material by North Korea to states or nonstate entities would be considered a grave threat to the United States and our allies,” Obama said in a speech to the Australian parliament. “We would hold North Korea fully accountable for the consequences of such action.” The US leader said his country would “act firmly” against any proliferation activities by North Korea and vowed that Washington’s commitment to neighbouring South Korea would “never waver”. The US sees Pyongyang’s uranium enrichment programme, revealed a year ago,
Thousands of Kuwaitis ‘storm parliament’ Associated Press Writer
Thousands of Kuwaitis stormed parliament on Wednesday after police and elite forces beat up protesters marching on the prime minister’s home to demand he resign, an opposition MP said. “Now, we have entered the house of the people,” said Mussallam al-Barrak, who led the protest along with several other lawmakers and youth activists also calling for the dissolution of parliament over alleged corruption. The demonstrators broke open parliament’s gates and entered the main chamber, where they sang the national anthem and then left after a few minutes. The police had used batons to prevent protesters from marching to the residence of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad alAhmad Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, after staging a rally outside parliament. Witnesses said at least ﬁve demonstrators were injured and treated on the site. Some activists said they will continue to camp outside parliament
until the premier is sacked. Chanting “the people want to remove the prime minister,” the protesters started to march to the nearby premier’s residence when police blocked their way. This was the ﬁrst political violence in the oil-rich Gulf state since December, when elite forces beat up protesters and MPs at a public rally, though activists have been holding protests since March. Tension has been building in Kuwait over the past three months after it was alleged that about 16 MPs in the 50-member parliament received about $350 million (259 million euros) in bribes. The opposition has been leading a campaign to oust the premier, whom they accuse of failing to run the wealthy nation and ﬁght corruption, which has become wide-spread. Earlier on Wednesday, about 20 opposition lawmakers boycotted a parliamentary session, a day after the government and its supporters succeeded in rejecting a bid by the opposition to quiz the premier over allegations of corruption.
Kuwaitis gather outside the parliament in Kuwait City, in October 2011, during a protest calling for the resignation of the government.
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as a grave threat and has repeatedly urged the communist state to take “concrete steps” towards denuclearisation before sixnation disarmament talks can resume. Ofﬁcials expressed concern this week about a new domestically built light-water reactor which is soon due to start operating, saying it was a violation of UN Security Council resolutions and 2005 commitments by North Korea. Talks between the US, China, Japan, Russia and both Koreas opened in 2003 and resulted in a 2005 agreement, but discussions have stalled since December 2008. North Korea quit the six-party talks in April 2009, a month before staging
its second atomic test. It has since made numerous overtures about returning to the negotiating table but insists there be no preconditions. Washington and its allies say talks cannot resume without concrete actions including the cessation of weapons development and testing, ending enrichment activity and readmitting UN nuclear inspectors. Obama said the US would maintain a strong presence on the Korean peninsula and China had already shown it could be a valuable “partner” in preventing proliferation and reducing tensions in the region. “We’ll seek more opportunities for cooperation with Beijing,” he added. Washington and Seoul vowed last month to raise combat-readiness against North Korean attacks after two deadly incidents last year, with South Korea warning further provocation was likely as the regime grapples with succession.
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the army has struggled to regain territory lost to the militants. ADEN - Unidentiﬁed gunmen shot Saleh, in power for 33 years, has dead a senior Yemeni security police refused to implement a Gulf-brokered ofﬁcer in the southern port of Aden power transfer plan, aggravating proon Wednesday, a local ofﬁcial said, in tests and bringing the impoverished the latest of a series of attacks during country to the brink of civil war. ten months of mass protests against the president. Colonel Abdulhakim al-Qadi was shot in a busy market and the assailants were able to escape, the ofﬁcial told Reuters. He died at the scene. Southern Yemen has been the scene of clashes between the army and al Qaedalinked militants who have seized three towns during a popular movement to oust autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Neighbouring oil giant Saudi Arabia and the United States fear spreading anarchy in Yemen is emboldening al Qaeda’s regional wing, one of the global Islamist network’s most aggressive branches. In southern Yemen, AP Photo/Hani Mohammed tens of thousands of A Yemeni protestor waves his national ﬂag from atop refugees have ﬂed to a street light, during a demonstration demanding the Aden and neighbour- prosecution of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh ing provinces to es- in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. cape the ﬁghting and
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Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for November 2 through 21, 2011 2 Nov Buda Wage Kelawu Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Melanting temple Camenggaon Sukawati Penataran Ped temple Nusa Penida Pasek Gelgel temple Pangembungan Bongkase Abiansemal Pasek Bendesa temple Reyang Gede Penebel Tabanan Pasek Gelgel temple Br. Jawa Tengah Buleleng Gaduhan Jagat temple Singakerta Ubud Masceti Tegeh Mancawarna Sanding Tampaksiring Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Klungkung Paibon Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Desa Kedonganan Kuta Goa di Besakih, Basukian Besakih Odalan Ida Ratu Pucak Pameneh/Bukit Kiwa Tengen Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Pejeng Merajan Pasek Gelgel Songan Merajan Pasek Prateka Pekandelan Sidemen Merajan Pasek Prateka Taman Sari Sukasada Dadia Pasek Gelgel temple Sidemen Karangase Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tampuagan Tembuku, Bangli 8 Nov Anggar Kasih Dukut Dalem temple Batuyang Batubulan Pasek Gelgel Mengening Kediri Tabanan Pr Pasek Undagi Timpag Kerambitan Tabanan Desa/ Pucak Banjar Taman Bedulu Gianyar Merajan Pasek Tangkas Kori Agung Sulahan Merajan Pasek Padang Rata Padang Puser Jagat Dalem Dukut Nusa Penida 9 Nov Buda Umanis Dukut Agung Pasek Gelgel Sibang Kaja Abiansemal Dalem Samplangan Gianyar 10 Nov Purnama Kelima Batumadeg temple Besakih Kentel Gumi temple Batur Baangli Pedarman Agung Satria Denpasar Pemerajan Agung Pemecutan Denpasar
Ngusaba di Kehen Bangli Desa Pemenang Lombok Agung Pasek Gelgel Sumerta Denpasar Pasek Gobleg Kekeran Mengwi Suranadi temple Lombok Puncak Bukit Tampak Siring Dalem Puri Agung Kintamani Dalem Agung Nongan Karangasem Dalem Ubung-Kupang Dukuh Penebel-Tabanan Dalem temple Balingkang Kintamani Pr. Tampurhyang Pusat Songan Kintamani Dalem Pulasari Bantas Sudaji Buleleng Merajan Pasek Gelgel Lebih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tulamben Penyusungan Pasek Tohjiwa Selemadeg Tabanan Pasar Agung Besakih Sebudi Karangasem Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tengkulak Kaja Suci Desa Tianyar temple Kubu Karangasem Bukit Mentik ring Gunung Lebah Batur Kintamani Narmada temple Lombok Segara temple Ampenan Lombok Ularan temple Seririt Buleleng 19 Nov Saraswati Pasek Tangkas Gempinis dalang Tabanan Pasek Gelgel sayan Bongkase Abiansemal Watugunung temple Bima Agung Jagatkarana Surabaya Aditya Jaya temple Rawamangun Jakarta Timur Pemaksan temple Banyuning Timur Buleleng Agung Wira Lokha Natha Cimahi Jawa Barat Dadia Agung Bendesa Tangkas Kori Agung Pusat Gerih Desa Gerih Abiansemal Badung Giri Jaya Natha temple Balikpapan Agung Santi Bhuana Brugelette Belgia 21 Nov Some Ribek Jati temple Jembrana Kawitan Batugaing Bangli Tirta Wening Tambak Sari Surabaya
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.
Friday, November 18, 2011
In Bali for summitry... From page 1
People stroll in front of the Benetton store in downtown Rome November 16, 2011. Benetton withdrew an advertisement using an image of Pope Benedict kissing an imam on the mouth after the Vatican protested on Wednesday at the Italian clothing ďŹ rmâ€™s latest shock campaign.
Benetton yanks pope-imam kiss ad after protest Associated Press Writer
VATI AN IT The Benetton clothing company withdrew an ad Wednesday featuring a fake photo of Pope Benedict VI kissing a top gyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an unacceptable provocation. Benetton had said its â€œUnhateâ€? campaign launched Wednesday was aimed at fostering tolerance and â€œglobal love.â€? The campaignâ€™s fake photos feature a half-dozen purported political nemeses in lip-locked embraces, including President Barack Obama and Venezuelaâ€™s Hugo Chavez, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. The photo of the pope kissing Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb of
Cairoâ€™s al-Azhar institute, the pre-eminent theological school of Sunni Islam, had been on Benettonâ€™s website all day but was pulled about an hour after the Vaticanâ€™s protest. Al-Azhar suspended interfaith talks with the Vatican earlier this year after Benedict called for greater protections for Egyptâ€™s minority Christians. A Benetton spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that the pope-imam ad was no longer part of the campaign. It wasnâ€™t clear if the ad had been published anywhere on
Wednesday images from the campaign were unfurled briefly in Milan, New York, Paris, Tel Aviv and Rome but were quickly taken away. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi called the ad an â€œunacceptableâ€? manipulation of the popeâ€™s likeness that offended the religious sentiments of the faithful. â€œIt shows a serious lack of respect for the pope,â€? Lombardi said in a statement that warned that the Vatican was studying measures to protect the pontiffâ€™s image.
But concerns over China may shadow the presidentâ€™s meetings Friday and Saturday with leaders of smaller Asian nations increasingly alarmed over Chinaâ€™s claims to maritime passage and rich oil reserves in the South China Sea. Obamaâ€™s political priority remains creating jobs. Timed to his visit in Indonesia, the White House announced the sale of Boeing 737s and General Electric engines to Indonesia, Boeing 777s to 6LQJDSRUH DQG 6LNRUVN\ KHOLFRSWHUV WR %UXQHL 2EDPD RIÂżFLDOV estimated the moves would support 127,000 American jobs. Obamaâ€™s nine-day trip has focused on both expanding economic WLHV ZLWK WKH VRDULQJ$VLD3DFLÂżF PDUNHW DQG ERRVWLQJ WKH 86 military posture in the region. He arrived in Bali on Thursday after stops in Hawaii and Australia. The president will also get a chance to meet on the summit sidelines with leaders such as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with whom the president has an especially close personal relationship, as the U.S. looks to bulk up regional alliances and encourage big roles for friends. For Obama, the visit will mark a homecoming to the country where he lived for four years as a boy after his mother married an Indonesian man and moved them to Jakarta. Obama visited Jakarta ODVW\HDUDQGVSHQWWLPHGXULQJWKDWYLVLWUHĂ€HFWLQJRQKLVSHUVRQDO ties to Indonesia, something he probably wonâ€™t have as much time for on this trip. But Obamaâ€™s background as a Hawaii native partly raised in Indonesia has shown throughout his trip, which began with an economic summit in Honolulu and ends when he departs Bali on Saturday. While in Bali, Obama will be aiming to expand commercial ties and export opportunities with fast-growing Asia, looking for ways to underscore the connection between his foreign travels and U.S. jobs with an election year approaching. Nuclear nonproliferation, disaster relief and maritime security also are U.S. priorities. Behind it all, China looms large. The centerpiece of Obamaâ€™s visit to Australia was announcement of a new military agreement that will allow more U.S. military aircraft and a rotating presence of U.S. Marines into Australia, a move largely seen as a hedge against China, which immediately objected. In Bali, Obama will encounter more allies eager for U.S. support as China and its smaller neighbors argue over the South China Sea, an area that is critical to U.S. interests as well. His stop comes after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton earlier this week signed a declaration with her counterpart from the Philippines calling for multilateral talks to resolve maritime disputes such as those over the South China Sea. Six countries in the region have competing claims, but China wants them to negotiate one-to-one and chafes at any U.S. involvement. Clinton said the U.S., during the East Asia Summit, â€œwill certainly expect and participate in very open and frank discussions,â€? including on the maritime challenges in the region. Beijing said Tuesday it opposes bringing up the issue at the summit. Itâ€™s not clear how much will be said publicly about the dispute, EXW 86 RIÂżFLDOV DUH TXLFN WR QRWH WKH LPSRUWDQFH RI WKH 6RXWK China Sea, where 1.2 trillion in U.S. trade moves annually, acFRUGLQJWR$GP5REHUW:LOODUGKHDGRIWKH863DFLÂżF&RPPDQG %ULHÂżQJUHSRUWHUVWUDYHOLQJZLWK2EDPDWKLVZHHN:LOODUGFDOOHG it â€œa vital interest to the region, a national interest to the United States, an area that carries an immense amount of commerce, and an area in which we must maintain maritime security and peace and not see disruptions as a consequence of contested areas.â€?
Bali... From page 1 There is great hope that the 19th ASEAN Summit which will be held on November 17 through 19, 2011, will resulted in the Bali Concord III. The agreement could lead the way for the interaction of ASEAN Community with the global one. According to the President, Bali Concord III is the form of participation of ASEAN which is being highly demanded to create the more peaceful and democratic world. He also emphasized the importance of ASEAN in solving global problem. â€œWe cannot only become a passive watcher which is very vulnerable with the global problem,â€? the President said. He also said that the leaders of ASEAN Countries will sign Bali Declaration which will contain the importance of the three pillars such DVERUGHUFRQĂ€LFWVFULPLQDODFWDQGQXFOHDUSUREOHP (kmb1 )
Friday, November 18, 2011
South Korea interested in RI’s renewable energy Antara
AP Photo/Irwin Fedriansyah
A model sports a creation by Indonesian designer Shaﬁra during the Jakarta Fashion Week in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011.
JAKARTA - South Korea is interested in making investment in the renewable energy sector in Indonesia, a deputy minister said. Energy and Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Widjajono Partowidagdo made the remark after holding a meeting with the South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM). “South Korea is willing to invest in Indonesia, not only in Jakarta but also in other regions. Besides in electricity, South Korea is also interested in the renewable energy sector,” he said. He said that in the energy sector South Korea was very interested in taking part in the development of a receiving terminal storage in Belawang, Medan, North Sumatra. “South Korea welcomes the development of the receiving ter-
minal storage. They also are open for joining the development of the one in Semarang (Central Java). What is sure is that they will make investment as much as possible,” the deputy minister said. In the meantime, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Yong Sun said that Indonesia was a very potential country for investment, particularly in the energy sector. “We are willing to cooperate in the energy sector and power generation and this is part of our agenda in the ASEAN Summit in Bali,” the ambassador said. Kim said that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will arrive in Bali during the ASEAN summit this week to hold follow up talks on the investment plan. However, the South Korean side was not available to disclose the value of investment it would make in the renewable energy sector in Indonesia.
Government to step up socioeconomic approach toward Papua Antara
JAKARTA - Poverty and perceived injustices are believed to be among the problems triggering violence from time to time in Indonesia`s eastern most provinces of Papua and West Papua, which are resource-rich regions but among the least developed ones. Eight years since the special autonomy status was given to Papua, poverty and backwardness still linger on until today. Under Law No 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua Province, the province is entitled to special funds equal to two percent of the national general allocation fund (DAU) ceiling, which is granted for a period of 20 years. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa reportedly said last year that until 2010, the government had allocated state budget funds amounting to Rp 22 trillion for Papua and West Papua which is the highest state budget allocation compared to similar funds for the country`s other regions. “The special autonomy funds are
meant to accelerate development programs in Papua and West Papua. The government has indeed seen progress. The poverty rate has declined, but not signiﬁcantly enough. It`s because of lack of support for the real sector,” Hatta said. Following the escalation of violence in Papua lately, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to establish a special unit called the Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua (UP4B) to formulate improvement in the two provinces and to build constructive communications between central and regional administrations. The UP4B was established because nearly US$3.2 billion of special autonomy funds disbursed
for Papua and West Papua provinces since 2002 have failed to improve the local people`s welfare. The team is headed by Lt Gen Bambang Darmono, a former commander for military operations in Aceh and also former secretary general of the National Defense Council. The UP4B will be based in Papua`s capital of Jayapura and work until 2014. The UP4B is also assigned to supervise the use of special autonomy funds in the provinces, as well as to strengthen the budget`s control and evaluation system. Supervision of the special autonomy funds utilization is crucial particularly because the government plans to increase the 2012 budget allocation for Papua by 23 percent. In the 2012 budget, the provinces of West Papua and Papua would receive Rp 1.64 trillion (US$186.96 million) and Rp 3.8 trillion, respectively; which are signiﬁcant increases from this year`s budget, which allotted the two provinces Rp 1.33 trillion and
Rp 3.1 trillion respectively. Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said in Jakarta recently that the President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration would prioritize a socio-economic approach to deal with the problems in Papua. The head of state also instructed concerned ministers and ofﬁcials to make sure that no violence would be used against Papua people, Julian said. The president`s instruction regarding social-economic and nonviolent approach toward Papua and West Papua is in accordance with recent appeals made by several parties including legislators and religious leaders in the country. House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Marzuki Alie said in Jakarta on Monday (Nov 14) that the problems in Papua must be addressed seriously and with concrete actions. “Every problem (in Papua) needs serious handling, and not merely statements of concern. It needs con-
crete actions by the government,” Marzuki Alie said at the opening of a new House session period. During the past one month, Papua had again come into the spotlight because of the occurrence of disturbing problems there, he said, citing at least three major issues developing in Papua, namely separatism, socioeconomic gaps, perceived injustices and a conﬂict between the management of PT Freeport Indonesia and its employees. The House Speaker said the UP4B set up under Presidential Regulation No 65/2011 must be given a chance to work effectively, and efﬁciently, and intensive communication must be done through dialogs to ﬁnd solutions, he said. Director of National Defense Institute (Lemhannas) Budi Susilo Supandji also urged the government to avoid using a military approach in managing Papua, suggesting that monitoring the implementation of special autonomy would be a good place to start.
8 indigenous miners reportedly killed in Papua Associated Press
JAKARTA — A human rights activist has accused police of killing eight indigenous gold miners
in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua. Police in Jayapura, the region’s capital, said they needed further information before they could
comment. National Commission on Human Rights ofﬁcial Matius Murib said the men were killed last week at the Degewa mining site in the remote
district of Paniai. The reason for the killings remains unclear. But he said Wednesday he believes police may have intervened
when men at the mine — 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of FreeportMcMoRan’s giant gold and copper mine — got into a clash with nonPapua miners.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Indonesia warns of ‘distrust’ over US troop deal Agence France-Presse
NUSA DUA - Indonesia echoed hinese concerns about a US military build-up in northern Australia Thursday, with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa warning it could create tension and mistrust. The plan to post up to 2,500 Marines in the NorthernTerritory from mid-2012 was unveiled Wednesday during a lightning visit to Canberra by US President Barack Obama, who said it was a “commitment WRWKHHQWLUH$VLD3DFL¿FUHJLRQ´ But it drew criticism from China, widely seen as the target of the move, with the foreign ministry questioning whether it was appropriate or “in the interest of countries in this region.” Natalegawa also expressed concern about the plan, which will see expanded access for US military aircraft as well as the troop boost in northern Australia, an area right on Indonesia’s doorstep. “What I would hate to see is if such developments were to provoke a reaction and counter-reaction precisely to create that vicious circle of tensions and mistrust or distrust,” Natalegawa said on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “That’s why it’s very important when a decision of this type is taken there is transparency of what the scenario being envisaged is and there is no misunderstanding as a result.” Obama said the notion that the United
States was afraid of or trying to edge out China was “mistaken” but stressed during his remarks on the Australian military boost that the Asian powerhouse would have to “play by the rules.” “I’ve said repeatedly and I’ll say again today that we welcome a rising, peaceful China,” he said in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday. “The main message that I have said not only publicly but privately to the Chinese is that with their rise comes increased responsibilities. It’s important for them to play by the rules of the road. “There’s going to be times where they’re not and we will send a clear message to them that they need to be on track in terms of accepting the rules and responsibilities that come with being a world power.” The Australian troop boost is seen as a clear statement by Washington that it intends to stand up for its interests in the region. The US has viewed with concern China’s growing assertiveness in the region on territorial disputes, as have many of the Asian powerhouse’s neighbours.
Indonesia echoed Chinese concerns about a US military build-up in northern Australia Thursday, with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa warning it could create tension and mistrust.
ASEAN different from Euro Zone Antara
ASEAN differs from the Euro Zone in that it does not only deal with economic matters, Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan (2right) said here on Thursday. Gita said this in a dialog themed “Re-envisioning the 21st Century Global Economic Architecture” as a framework of the 19th ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua.
NUSA DUA - ASEAN differs from the Euro Zone in that it does not only deal with economic matters, Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said here on Thursday. “ASEAN differs from the Euro Zone which exclusively deals with things in the economic field,” Gita said in a dialog themed “Re-envisioning the 21st Century Global Economic Architecture” as a framework of the 19th ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua. He said the Euro Zone which was now being hit by economic crisis had taken over the monetary policy making functions of European governments as reflected in the adoption of the Euro single currency. The trade minister pointed out that since ASEAN was established in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967, it has been
standing in principle on three aspects namely social, politics and security, and economy. “It means ASEAN does not only deal with economic matters,” Gita said, adding that ASEAN would not be able to move forward if it merely stood on economic integration aspect alone. For a country or region to move forward, Gita said it should be able to overcome the basic problems of adequate food and energy. Besides, he noted that the Southeast Asian countries should also be able to overcome their respective domestic connectivity problem before being successful in creating regional connectivity. The 19th ASEAN Summit is being attended by the heads of state/government of Brunei Darussalam, Camboda, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
ASEAN to keep out big power competition Myamar s proposal was discussed by the ASEAN Board of NUSA DUA - The Associa- &RRUGLQDWLRQZKLFK¿QDOO\DJUHHG tion of Southeast Asian Nations to welcome it after a number of (ASEAN) will not allow itself to questions were raised during the become an arena for big power discussions. The fourth day of the 19th competition, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said ASEAN Summit and related VXPPLWVDFWLYLWLHVZHUH¿OOHGE\ here on Wednesday. He made the statement to news- economic ministers meetings, men when explaining the results the ASEAN State Auditors meetof a series of ministerial meetings ing and a seminar on women s entrepreneurship. ahead of the ASEAN Summit. Other activities were meet“ASEAN will not allow itself to be used as an arena for big power ings of the ASEAN Political and competition,” he said replying a Security Community Board and reporter s question in connection the ASEAN Economic Commuwith conditions in the South China nity Board. The Brazilian foreign Sea and rivalry between the US minister on Wednesday signed ASEAN s TAC. and China. Indonesian Trade Minister Gita He said having adopted this stand, ASEAN was not afraid of Wirjawan in the ASEAN Investrisking its good relations with ment Forum meanwhile urged some of the big countries who are harmonization of steps with regard members of the East Asia Summit to investment for the creation of such as the US, China, Russia and the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. Japan. “The forum is important for Marty said ASEAN ministers had agreed that ASEAN had be- conveying messages and spirit that come a stable, peaceful and secure we must be together and act colregion and it had also been able to lectively,” he said when opening UHGXFHRUHYHQHOLPLQDWHFRQÀLFWV the forum. By conducting harmonization among its members. Although upheavals still oc- various countries could invest well curred at internal levels in certain in SoutheastAsia which will affect countries, Marty said a positive the scale of investment inASEAN tendency remained to make the member countries themselves. Minister Gita meanwhile also situation become better. He said ASEAN had also be- expressed Indonesia s unwillingcome an important element in the QHVVWRMRLQWKH7UDQV3DFL¿F3DUWworld marked by Brazil s agree- nership initiated by nine countries ment to sign a Treaty of Amity and including Brunei, Singapore, Cooperation with ASEAN. “This Malaysia and Vietnam as it was proves that the TAC is increasingly not yet ready for it in terms of its welcomed by the international com- products and services. Coordinating Minister for Ecomunity,” he said. Regarding Myanmar, Marty said nomic Affairs Hatta Rajasa meanASEAN foreign ministers would while said Indonesia was able to give three recommendations to include the equitable economic the ASEAN leaders with regard development issue for discussion to Myanmar s proposal to let it in the summit. “We have included the issue of assume the ASEAN chairmanship how the gap in economic developin 2014. The three recommendations ment among members could be state thatASEAN foreign ministers overcome,” he said. Two elements linked to equiwelcome positive developments in Myanmar in 2011, underline the im- table economic development are portance for Myanmar to maintain development of small and meand advance the momentum and dium businesses and overcoming that the positive developments and the gap in development among their followups would help create members. On the sidelines of the meetings conducive conditions for the processASEAN had to pass through to ofASEAN elitesASEAN community elements had held a blogger decide on Myanmar s proposal. “Actually based on a number conference. Indonesian minister of of meetings ASEAN s stand and communication and telecommuniimpression has been clear,” Marty cation Tifatul Sembiring said the two day conference was attended said. “The recommendations will be by 200 representatives from 10 discussed by theASEAN leaders at ASEAN member countries and the summit (tomorrow),” he said. was hoped to be able to deepen Regarding Timor Leste, Marty the relations betweenASEAN and said ASEAN foreign ministers its people to realize the goal of the welcomed its application forASE- regional organization as a peoplebased and-oriented organization. AN membership. Antara
Friday, November 18, 2011
ASEAN to discuss ۋYHPDLQWRSLFV Antara
NUSA DUA - Five main topics will be discussed in the 19th ASEAN three-day summit from November 17-19, 2011, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in his opening address on Thursday. In his speech to open the summit at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNCC), President Yudhoyono said the first topic of discussion was related to the strengthening of the three pillars of ASEAN community namely politics and security, economy, and social culture. “ We h a v e t o e n s u r e t h e achievement of the entire plan of action for the three pillars to complement each other in a balanced way before 2015,” the president said. The second topic, according to President Yudhoyono, was the strengthening of regional economic growth in order to stand against the volatility of the global economy. P r e s i d e n t Yu d h o y o n o e x pressed hope that ASEAN could ensure the realization of ASEAN connectivity master plan for interstate and inter-region connection. “With an effective connectivity, the interstate trade and investment will increase with an inclusive and sustainable economic growth,” the president noted. He said the third topic of discussion was the ASEAN ini-
tiative to play its major role in more effectively and efficiently arranging regional cooperation architecture. The fourth topic is about Southeast Asian and East Asian regional security and stability.
“ASEAN must always act proactively to engage in the solution of various residual issues that has been the limiting factor in the acceleration of ASEAN cooperation,” President Yudhoyono said.
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is greeted by Chinese ofﬁcials upon arrival at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Wen arrived on the resort island to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summit.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Kehen Temple IBP
Kehen Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple located in foothills, south part of Bangli Regency and it is about 45 Km from Denpasar town. Inside of this temple are, there is Panyimpenan Temple building keep 3 inscriptions which is relating to its contents and temple existence. It is strategically located in the high land, so we can see the beautiful view. It is a famous temple in Bali and many visitors from foreign country has visited it. The existence of the inscription at Kehen Temple can be explained as follows: Kehen Temple Inscription ‘A’ is mentioning the existence of 3 sanctums those are Hyang Api, Hyang Tanda, and Hyang Karimama Kehen Temple Inscription ‘B’ from 11 century is mentioning the empire functionary that is the Senapati Kuturan pu Kandara and it elaborate with the anathema words in oath The Inscription from 13 century (year 1204 M) is mentioning Hyang Kehen and Hyang Wukir. At the moment Hyang Kehen is equal to Kehen Temple and Hyang Wukir is Puncak Bukit Bangli Temple. It is one of Monarchic Temple, The temple
under the aegis of king while ceremony execution and construction is delivered to local countryside custom As a sanctum which is used as a altar (oath) for empire functionary who disloyal to his obligation will incur the Sapata or very horrible anathema. The function of Kehen Temple as sanctum in execution of oath ceremony is supported by the existence of a circumlocutory canister by 4 dragon tails which is called canister Sarpantaka. Nowadays, the canister is placed in a building in form of Gedong Worshiping supremacy Siwa God in the form of Eka Dasa Rudra utilizes to request the godsend to the good human life and universe for blessing of fertile life, secure, prosperous and peaceful. The structure of Kehen Temple yard is arranged to have a terrace and it shows the existence of tradition megalithic which is continued as a symbol from the existence of mount that is one of the fertility sources. The temple festival can be divided into 2 types those are Piodalan Ceremony which is executed every 6 month, that is on Wednesday Keliwon Sinta (Balinese Calendar) and Ngusaba Ceremony which is executed every 5 years.
Friday, November 18, 2011
BUSINESS Asian stocks waver as Europe crisis fears weigh Associated Press
NG K NG Asian stocks wavered on Thursday, looking for direction after a credit ratings agency warning that U.S. banks could be hit hard if urope’s debt crisis spreads beyond ¿QDQFLDOO\WURXEOHGFRXQWULHVOLNH*UHHFH Oil prices hovered above 102 per barrel, while the dollar rose against the yen and the euro. H o n g K o n g ’s H a n g S e n g dropped 0.9 percent to 18,793.28 w h i l e S o u t h K o r e a ’s K o s p i climbed 0.6 percent to 1,867.56. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was up 0.1 percent at 8,475 while mainland China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was flat at 2,467.67. Benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand and India fell. Australia’s S P AS 200 edged up 0.3 percent to 4,258.20. Europe’s sovereign debt crisis is “the big overhang on the market at the moment,” said Andrew Sullivan, principal sales trader at Piper Jaffray Asia Securities Ltd. in Hong Kong. “Until (investors) see Greece default and then everyone stares at the fallout and realizes that the world isn’t ending, or the eurozone comes up with a solid plan that is financed properly until one of those two options come out we’re not really going to see that overhang move away.” Asian markets were held back as fears in Europe heightened following a rise in the interest rate or yield on 10-year Italian government bonds to near 7 percent. That’s the level that eventually forced Greece, Ireland and Portugal to seek bailouts. It was a particular concern because Italy is considered to big to bail out. That was followed by a warning from Fitch Ratings, one of the big three credit rating agencies, that U.S. banks could be “greatly affected” if Europe’s debt crisis spreads beyond the affected countries. The developments on Wednesday drove up fears about the
global financial economy. “Contagion from the eurozone debt crisis is spreading quickly, threatening to turn a regional crisis into a global crisis,” strategists at Credit Agricole CIB said in a research note. Asian investors were also fretting about the financial health of property developers sparked by concerns about sliding prices in China’s once-buoyant real estate market, Sullivan said. Shares of South Korea’s Hynix Semiconductor Inc. rose 2.9 percent after a California jury determined it didn’t conspire with a rival chip-maker to fix prices to keep Rambus Inc. out of the market. Scandal-hit Japanese camera and medical equipment maker Olympus Corp. rose 3.2 percent even after its top shareholder, Nippon Life Insurance, said it was cutting its stake to 5 percent from 8 percent. The stock has lost four-fifths of its value since a scandal erupted over the concealment of huge losses. In New York on Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at 11,905.59, a loss of 1.6 percent, with most of the losses coming after the Fitch report was released. The Standard Poor’s 500 index fell 1.7 percent to 1,236.92. The Nasdaq composite lost 1.7 percent to 2,639.61. Benchmark crude for December delivery was down 48 cents at 102.12 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 3.22 to settle at 102.59 in New York on Wednesday. In currencies, the euro weakened to 1.3491 from 1.3512 late Wednesday in New York. The dollar strengthened to 77.02 yen from 76.94 yen.
Gold industry upbeat despite consumer slump Agence France-Presse
Global economic uncertainty will fuel the current surge in investment demand for gold, even as record prices force a slump in the jewellery market, the World Gold Council (WGC) said Thursday. Global demand for gold was 1,054 tonnes in the three months to September, up 6.0 percent yearon-year -- equal to a record high of 57.7 billion in value terms, the WGC said in a report. The increase was driven by a 33 percent rise in investment demand, with gold offering a safe haven after a US sovereign debt downgrade, plunging global equity markets and the escalating eurozone crisis. The investment surge offset a 10 percent drop in jewellery demand during the quarter as gold prices hit a record 1,920 per ounce in September. “Investors across the globe sought to protect their wealth, diversify their risk and benefit from gold’s strong returns,” the WGC said in a report. “Given gold’s proven risk mitigation properties, it is likely
that investors will continue to seek protection from economic uncertainty, which shows no signs of abating,” Marcus Grubb, WGC’s investment managing director said. “Gold’s long-term fundamentals remain strong with a diverse and growing demand base, coupled with constrained supply-side activity,” Grubb added. The yellow metal, whose key drivers are investment and jewellery, is widely seen as a safe haven for cash in times of uncertain economic conditions and high inflation. September’s record price followed frenzied buying by investors, large funds and central banks around the world. But the high costs and near double-digit inflation saw demand in India -- the world’s largest gold consumer and importer -- fall 23 percent to 203.3 tonnes in the quarter to September, from 263.9 tonnes a year earlier. “Consumer confidence has been knocked by high domestic inflation, of near 10 percent,” WGC analysts Louise Street and Johan Palmberg, said in the report.
“This adversely affected jewellery demand, impacted disposable income levels and overall consumer sentiment.” High and volatile prices during India’s festive season, which peaks with the Hindu festival of Diwali in October, deterred customers, they added. China, where there is rising demand among an ever richer middle class for luxury goods, dominated growth in the quarter, with a 17 percent increase to 200.7 tonnes. Other Asian economies such as Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan also posted strong growth. The council expects India’s demand for gold to increase during its main wedding season, which runs from December to January. India’s successful monsoon this year is also likely to yield good crops and boost rural income, while easing high food inflation, the report said. “We look forward to periods of increased price stability which will result in Indian consumers being able to build gold purchases into their household budgets,” said Ajay Mitra, WGC’s managing director for Middle East and India.
Millionaires ask Congress: “Raise our taxes” Reuters
WAS INGT N - Nearly 140 millionaires asked a divided U.S. Congress on Wednesday to increase their taxes for the sake of the nation. “Please do the right thing,” the entrepreneurs and business leaders wrote President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, noting that they benefited from a sound economy and now want others to do so. “Raise our taxes.” The letter was signed by 138 members of “Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength.” The group was created a year ago during a failed bid to persuade Congress to end tax cuts for millionaires enacted under Republican former President George W. Bush. The group is now making the same request of a 12-member congressional “super commit-
tee,” which is struggling to reach a bipartisan deal to cut the deficit by at least 1.2 trillion over the next decade in order to help put the nation on sound financial footing. Obama and his fellow Democrats have been pushing for increased taxes to help do it. But Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, have said no, arguing that tax rises on the wealthy would kill jobs. “Patriotic Millionaires” reject such thinking. Eric Schoenberg, chairman of CampusWorks, Inc, a higher education technology company, said if Congress ended Bushera tax cuts it would affect him and his fellow millionaires in the group “about as much as a dead fly interrupts a picnic.” Schoenberg declined to estimate how many other millionaires agree with him, but told reporters, “There is a substan-
tial number of people who feel like we do.” Phil Villers, founder of Computervision Corp, said “Those of us who can afford it should step up. That is our message to the super committee. We hope they listen.” Schoenberg and Villers were among a group of about two dozen millionaires who held a news conference after attending a hearing on job creation chaired by Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva, head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The millionaires planned a busy day, with hopes to visit a number of lawmakers, including those on the super committee. “God bless them,” Grijalva said after the millionaires appeared before his caucus. “They are successful and they are wise.”
Friday, November 18, 2011
Sharon Stone announces 2 new roles Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES — Sharon Stone is taking on two very different roles: One in a Linda Lovelace biopic, and another online to welcome returning troops. The 53-year-old actress says she will play Lovelace’s mother in “Lovelace.” But before ﬁlming starts, the “Basic Instinct” star has another mission: She’s taking her ﬁrst steps into the world of social media with a Facebook page that welcomes returning military personnel home from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stone says her page will serve as a community bulletin board where people can not only thank the troops for their service, but offer them jobs, discounts, a helping hand and a warm welcome. “It’s very important that people know that their country is behind them,” Stone said in an interview. “With all of this negative chatter in the governmental races, we need to have our actual country say what they feel in loving, really vocal terms.” Stone said that with 38,000 military personnel heading home in the coming weeks, she hopes her We Welcome Home Our Troops page will be a positive place where troops can ﬁnd support. “I’d like to see like big stores like Kmart and Target offer 30 percent off for veterans,” she said. She hopes businesses seeking workers might also post on the page, along with “lots of thoughtful, understanding messages” from everyday citizens. Stone said she is planning to hold contests for veterans to attend movie premieres and other Hollywood events, “and I’m hoping that other celebrities will do the same.” Up next for the actress? She will be ﬁlming “The Mule,” a thriller set on the U.S.-Mexico border, before taking on the Lovelace story.
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Actors Ahmad Akbarzadeh and Tahereh Esfahani are shown in a scene from the ﬁlm “Dog Sweat” in this undated publicity photograph obtained on November 16, 2011.
“Dog Sweat” shows secret life of rebellious Iranians Reuters
LOS ANGELES - Iranian-American ﬁlmmaker Hossein Keshavarz’s directorial debut, “Dog Sweat,” has won recognition at world ﬁlm festivals, but it will never be seen in his homeland. That’s because the tale of rebellious youth was shot underground in Iran with Keshavarz stealing scenes in public places, ﬁlming in private homes, then placing his ﬁlm on a computer hard drive, putting it in a backpack and leaving the country. “There’s no (Iranian) theater that would show this,” said Keshavarz, a graduate of Columbia University’s ﬁlm program. “Dog Sweat”, which opens in U.S. movie theaters on Friday, is the name of a type of liquor that can be bought on the Iranian black market in a country where alcohol is forbidden. In the movie, it is a metaphor about a diverse group of young people looking for pleasure in a country where so much is prohibited. A gay man is forced into
an arranged marriage. An unmarried couple cannot ﬁnd a place to be alone. A female musician isn’t allowed to pursue a career due to her gender. Nearly 70 percent of Iran’s roughly 80 million people are under the age of 35, and while Keshavarz was raised in the United States, he said he returns frequently to Iran. “You go to the movie theaters and you never see anything that reﬂects our lives. Something as simple as having drinks with
your friends and talking, meeting up in a restaurant, meeting up in a cafe. People are really insistent on living their lives freely,” he said. The subject matter seen in “Dog Sweat” is forbidden in Iran. The government prefers movies that represent an idealized version of the country -- a place without gay men and women and where members of the opposite sex mix only if married. A typical ﬁlm production involves submitting a screenplay to the censorship board. They will either reject it or return it with notes. Once it’s been approved, production can begin. But no movie is released without the board’s ﬁnal approval. “We did not go through any board,” laughed Keshavarz. “We shot the ﬁlm underground. It really was by any means necessary.”
Winehouse wrote full 3rd CD, planned supergroup Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — Amy Winehouse had written all the songs that were to appear on her third album. She even picked out song titles. But music producer Salaam Remi said the soul singer, who died over the summer, was not rushing to release that new material, instead planning to drop a jazz album ﬁrst with a “supergroup” including ?uestlove of the Roots. “She had written down everything she wanted to do,” Remi said Tuesday. Only two of the tracks Winehouse wrote were recorded and appear on her compilation album, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” out Dec. 5 in the United Kingdom, and a day later in America.
Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. Her body was found at her London home July 23. Remi, who worked on the singer’s two albums, “Frank” and “Back to Black,” produced most of the upcoming CD, saying Winehouse was a perfectionist when it came to composing music. “She was taking her time with it, and at the end of the day all of her songs are somewhat autobiographical, so she had to live through something, then get out of it and then look back at it to be able to write about it,” he said. “Who knows what will happen in the future with that,” he said o f the songs she penned. Remi held a press listening for “Lion-
ess” on Tuesday. The 12-track set features covers and stripped-sounding versions of released Winehouse songs, with some completed in one take. Before her third album would come out, Remi said, Winehouse wanted to record with Roots drummer ?uestlove and saxophone player Soweta Kinch. “There were a bunch of other names bouncing around,” Remi said. This image provided by Universal Republic Records shows artwork for Amy Winehouse’s posthumous compilation album titled “Lioness: Hidden Treasures.” The album is expected to be released on Dec. 5, 2011.
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This photo provided by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, taken Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, shows four baby Solomon Island leaf frogs. born Nov. 20 at the zoo in Washington.
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WASHINGTON — Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians may eventually have no safe haven left on the globe because of a triple threat of worsening scourges, a new study predicts. Scientists have long known that amphibians are under attack from a killer fungus, climate change and shrinking habitat. In the study appearing online Wednesday in the journal Nature, computer models project that in about 70 years those three threats will spread, leaving no part of the world immune from one of the problems. Frogs seem to have the most worrisome outlook, said study lead author Christian Hof of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Center in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, federal scientists in
the United States are meeting in St. Louis this week to monitor the situation and ﬁgure out how to reverse it. Several important U.S. amphibian species — boreal toads in the Rocky Mountains and the mountain yellow legged frog in the Sierra Nevada Mountains — are shrinking in numbers, said zoologist Steve Corn, who is part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative. The western U.S. has the problem worse than the East. About one-third of the world’s amphibian species are known to be threatened with extinction, and 159
species already have disappeared, a 2008 international study found. “It’s no fun being a frog,” said prominent biodiversity conservationist Stuart Pimm of Duke University, who wasn’t part of Hof’s study or the USGS effort. “They are getting it from all three different factors.” Hof’s study was the ﬁrst to look at projections of the three threats by geography and see if they overlap. While they overlap some, it’s not nearly as much as expected. The wide distribution of threats leaves no refuge for amphibians. The strongest threats seem to be where the most species of amphibians live, concentrating the potential loss of diversity, said Hof and Ross Alford, an amphibian expert at James Cook University in Australia, who wasn’t part of the research.
Friday, November 18, 2011
‘Skyward Sword’ taking ‘Zelda’ to new heights Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES — Link is getting a workout. Unlike the buttonmashing pursuits in previous installments of the popular Nintendo Co. franchise, “Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” is asking players to ﬂick their wrists, wave their arms and move their hands with the gesture-recognizing Wii controller in order to guide spritely adventurer Link along an epic quest to ﬁnd childhood sweetheart Zelda. While the Wii iteration of the previous “Zelda” console game, “Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess,” included some simplistic motion controls five years ago, “Skyward Sword” is pushing the physicality further by employing the more precise Wii MotionPlus technology to serve as such weapons and tools as Link’s sword, bugcatching net, harp and slingshot. “It’s going to feel like a brand new experience for everyone, regardless of their experience with the series, and I hope that they’ll all enjoy it very much,” said Japanese game producer Eiji Aonuma, who has worked on the 25-year-old “Zelda” franchise for the past 14 years. He spoke
through a translator during a recent interview in Los Angeles. Aonuma compared the motion control of “Skyward Sword,” out Nov. 20, to the three-dimensional graphics of “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,” which revolutionized the series when it was released for the Nintendo 64 console in 1998 by transforming the mythical land of Hyrule from a mysterious mazelike 2-D labyrinth into a fantastical 3-D realm. In “Skyward Sword,” Link descends from a ﬂoating city to such locales as a dense forest, mammoth volcano and sprawling desert in search of Zelda, while encountering mind-bending puzzles, well-armored baddies and time-ﬂipping crystals along the way. Instead of a horse or a train, Link has a giant crimson bird to help him get around this time. Aonuma said the more physical take on “Zelda” isn’t merely a fad. He teased the motion-control scheme would likely be used on a future “Zelda” title for the Wii U, the highdeﬁnition Wii successor Nintendo unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year that features the ability to use a new touchscreen controller in tandem with a Wii Remote.
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In this video game image released by Nintendo Co., a scene is shown from, “Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.”
Swiss exhibition works to help information junkies Associated Press Writer
The Libyan war, the Greek debt crisis and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal have all been rich fodder this year for news junkies -- but is today’s information overload healthy? A Swiss clinic has set out to help those who feel overwhelmed by such excess with an unusual exhibition that runs until July 15, 2012 at the Museum for Commu-
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nication in Bern. On arrival the visitor walks into a darkened room with 12,000 books lined up on shelves, in an illustration of the sheer amount of information individuals are bombarded with on a daily basis. The exhibition explains that if all the inhabitants of the Earth came together to process all the data released worldwide, they would each
File photo showing customers in an internet cafe. A new exhibition at the Museum of Communcations in Bern, Switzerland is raising awareness about the amount of information individuals are bombarded with on a daily basis and its impact on mental health.
have to read about 12,000 books a day. “In principle, communication is important and can be something that gives pleasure, but nowadays there is a ﬂood of information,” said museum director Jacqueline Strauss. She likens it to food. “You can eat too much, you can always eat the same thing (...). That’s not good, but if you have a healthy and balanced diet, that is pleasurable and comfortable.” An average person can read a 350-page book in a day if they have nothing else to do, according to experts from Bern University who participated in the exhibition.
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Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Stefan Reinartz, right, heads the ball with Valencia’s Roberto Soldado, left, during their group E Champions League soccer match at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.
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LONDON - Newcastle United’s owner Mike Ashley’s bitter-sweet relationship with fans suffered another low last week with his stadium renaming plans, but his waning popularity could improve if the unbeaten team halt the Manchester City juggernaut on Saturday. The Eastlands clash (1500 GMT) pits the only two remaining unbeaten sides in the Premier League against each other with leaders City already five points clear of second-placed Manchester United after 11 games. Newcastle have provided the surprise storyline of the season by sitting third on 25 points with seven wins and four draws. Their resurgence under manager Alan Pardew has been a rare highlight since Ashley’s turbulent reign began in 2007. He has overseen the return and then resignation of club hero Kevin Keegan among a succession of managers, the on-off sale of the club as well as relegation from and then promotion back to the Premier League. Newcastle’s impressive start had diverted some of the attention away from Ashley,
who found himself squarely back in the firing line when he announced his intention to rename their St James’ Park stadium, their home since 1892, with his sporting goods brand. The ‘Toon Army’ fans packing the away end on Saturday are certain to voice their disapproval, although the shouts of discontent against Ashley will die down if Pardew can find a way to quell free-scoring City’s fire. It is the first in a series of three big tests for Newcastle, who follow the City clash with a visit to face Manchester United at Old Trafford the following week before hosting Chelsea in early December. Saturday’s game is a battle between the Premier League’s top scorers -- City have hit 39 -- and the division’s stingiest defence -- Newcastle have conceded just eight times. While Manchester United will hope Newcastle can take at least a point at City, Alex Ferguson’s side head for Wales to face a Swansea City (1730) team adapting well to the top flight. Swansea, nicely placed in mid-table in their first season back with the elite since 1983, are proving tough customers at the Liberty stadium, unbeaten in five games and conceding just once.
MADRID - Valencia have the chance to prove La Liga is more than just a battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona when Jose Mourinho’s juggernaut heads to the Mestalla on Saturday (2100 GMT). Mourinho’s Real have been irresistible in racking up 10 consecutive wins in all competitions and have opened a three-point lead over second-placed Barcelona with three matches to go before the pair meet in the ‘clasico’ at the Bernabeu on Dec. 10. The clashes between the world’s two richest clubs by income are generally the key to the league title but third-placed Valencia are one of the few clubs that could have a say in the championship. Unai Emery’s team have finished third the last two seasons, albeit over 20 points short of second place, and are four points adrift of Real after 11 matches. They held champions Barca to a 2-2 draw at the Mestalla in September and have a point to prove after being humiliated 6-3 at home by Real last season. “It will be a difficult game to win because they are a team who have taken on board their coach’s ideas even more from last time,” Valencia stalwart David Albelda told reporters. “We could be facing the strongest Madrid side of the
Mourinho era ... but good runs have to end some day.” Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from helping Portugal qualify for Euro 2012, emphasised the importance of keeping Barca at arm’s length. POINTS CUSHION
“If we don’t beat Valencia or Atletico Madrid (next week) we aren’t going to be able to play Barca safe in the knowledge that we have a cushion in case we lose,” he told sports daily AS. “We are doing well, we are better than last year, we are maturing and we want to continue this way.” Ronaldo and Alvaro Arbeloa returned from international duty with minor problems but coach Mourinho could give new sign-
ing Nuri Sahin more game time after the Turkey midfielder made his injury-delayed debut in a 7-1 hammering of Osasuna last time out. Unbeaten Barca are at home to 16th-placed Real Zaragoza on Saturday (1900) and after a draw at Athletic Bilbao two weeks ago the champions are in the unfamiliar position of having to hang on the coat-tails of their arch rivals. Pep Guardiola’s side have lacked spark in some of their recent games and have appeared reliant on La Liga’s leading scorer Lionel Messi to lift them. The World Player of the Year, who is still only 24, will take to the Nou Camp eight years and three days after making his firstteam debut for Barca at Porto in a friendly.
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FILE - This is a Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 ﬁle photo showing a general view of the stadium ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James’ Park, Newcastle, England, .
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N W RK - When Michael Phelps scaled the peak of lympic achievement at Beijing in 200 only one thing spoiled his view from the top. As he surveyed all below him, he instantly reali ed the only way forward was down. For a man who had just achieved the seemingly impossible by scooping up an unprecedented eight gold medals in Beijing with a gruelling training regime and ruthless determination, it was an unfathomable concept. Without hesitation, the American immediately declared he would compete at London 2012 even though he was unsure about how many events he would swim or how he would find a new goal. He ruled out an attempt at nine gold medals. Then he ruled out trying to match his haul of eight from Beijing. London would have to be less, although how less remains a mystery. With a little over eight months to go before London, Phelps is still keeping everyone guessing about what the magic number will be this time, partly because he himself remains u n s u r e . â€œ I t â€™s n o t g o i n g to be eight events,â€? he told Reuters in an exclu-
sive interview marking the launch of his appointment as the new global face of head&shoulders antidandruff shampoo. â€œBut it is going to be a challenging program and itâ€™s going to be a program where we think we can be m o s t s u c c e s s f u l . We â€™ r e just trying to work towards that now. Trying to crunch the numbers is almost a mute exercise for Phelps now anyway. With 14 gold medals already in his keeping, he is already the most successful Olympian of all time. The only unresolved question is how far in front he will finish. His biggest problem since Beijing has been finding the motivation to get out of bed before
dawn every day and churn through the thousands of laps he needs to stay at his peak. A global sporting icon, he has already amassed a fortune through his endorsements, including his new deal to front head&shoulder â€™s â€œWash in Confidenceâ€? campaign, so fame and money cannot motivate him to plunge into the water. â€œIt hasnâ€™t been easy,â€? Phelps told Reuters this week in a candid interview. â€œFor me to be able to do something I have to be able to give 100 percent and over the past few years, I have to be honest, I havenâ€™t given 100 percent. â€œThat has shown in my results and there have been lots of times when I just didnâ€™t want to do it anymore.â€?
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on Monday, called for a 50-50 split of basketball related income between the owners and players and would have provided for a 72-game season to start on Dec. 15. The National Basketball Players Association also said it would no longer continue in collective bargaining and would dissolve the union to become a trade association in order to pursue legal action against the NBA. A shift from the negotiating table to the courts sets the stage for a potentially lengthy battle with the entire NBA season hanging in the balance. The NBA, which claims it lost 300 million last season with 22 of its 30 teams in the red, locked out players on July 1. Players, who received 57 percent of basketball income in the previous contract, also are at odds with the owners over rules governing contracts and free agency.
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Mercedes tries 2012-style exhaust MERCEDES has followed Williams in experimenting with a 2012-style exhaust during the ﬁnal day of the Abu Dhabi young driver test. After running for two days with a 2011 exhaust, the team has put on a new system to gather data for next year’s car. Like the Williams exhaust, it is angled up
in a way that could increase the airﬂow to the rear wing, generating more downforce. “It’s something that we want to start getting back into,” said Brawn during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend. “The car will be testing next week with our ﬁrst interpretation of what the regula-
tion will be. “This is compromised because we’re fitting it around the existing car, but we’re removing he effect of the blown exhaust to see how the car will work without that.” Sam Bird is continuing at the wheel for a third day.
Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany steers his car during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.13, 2011. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
MotoGP relaxes testing regulations for 2012 MotoGP has relaxed its testing rules for 2012 to allow teams unlimited use of their race riders during in-season running. This year, race riders have been allowed only two days on which to test machinery outside of the ofﬁcial IRTA tests that take place sporadically during the season. As a result, test riders such as Kosuke Akiyoshi (Honda) and Franco Battaini (Ducati) have completed most of the work during the season, with varying results. However, a statement issued by motorcycling
racing’s governing body the FIM on Thursday said that all riders would now be allowed to test, subject to a limit on the
number of tyres being imposed. The statement read: “It was agreed that with effect from 2012 private testing of MotoGP class machines may be carried out by any rider, sub-
ject to a limit on the total number of tyres being supplied by the ofﬁcial MotoGP tyre supplier. Final details will be conﬁrmed at the next GPC meeting in December.” The new test rules will also cover running taking place for the remainder of this year. Among the other rule changes agreed upon are a spec brake disc size of 320mm for bikes not running under CRT rules and a mandate that all bikes must carry brake lever protection.
Honda MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso of Italy rides a Tec3 Yamaha during a practice session at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia November 8, 2011.