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People of Klungkung Regency pray after the clash between residents in Budaga and Kemoning. National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said police will conduct a thorough investigation into the recent clash between residents of two Bali villages and act based on existing rules against anyone who had broken the law in the incident.

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JAKARTA - National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said police will conduct a thorough investigation into the recent clash between residents of two Bali villages and act based on existing rules against anyone who had broken the law in the incident. He was referring to a clash between residents of Budaga and Kemoning villages in Semarapura

sub district, Klungkung Ditrict , Bali, on Saturday (Sept 17) following a dispute over the use of

two temples. The incident claimed local community leaders to disone life and caused injuries to tens cuss the incident. All parties had of people. agreed to seek a peaceful solution “The point is people should to the problem. have remained aware that if there is He said local authorities and a legal problem it should be settled the polices would make efforts to according to the law,� Timur said always establish good communiwhen met at the Presidential Palace cation with the parties involved in complex here on Monday. dispute, so that a similar incident The Indonesian Police Chief will not occur again. said a meeting had been held with Continued on page 6

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A total of 60 yachts have berthed in Lovina until Monday (Sep 19) in connection with the Sail Indonesia (Sail Wakatobi Bitong 2011).

SINGARAJA - A total of 60 yachts have berthed in Lovina until Monday (Sep 19) in connection with the Sail Indonesia (Sail Wakatobi Bitong 2011). As planned, participants of the Sail Indonesia will be welcomed with a variety of art attractions in Lovina, Tuesday (Sep 20). As long as the participants

of Sail Indonesia were in Buleleng, a number of art attractions will be presented in Lovina, such as the entertainment and typical arts of Buleleng community. In addition, it will also be accompanied with the handicraft exhibition showcasing various products made by crafters of Buleleng Regency. According to Cokorda Istri Ayu Dewi from the

Cinta Bahari Antar Nusa Foundation, until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, the participant of Sail Indonesia 2011 arriving in Lovina, Buleleng Regency, had reached 60 yachts. Every day, these participants would continue to arrive and then their voyage would be resumed to the next destination, namely the Island of Karimun Jawa (Central Java). (kmb15)


Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Bali News Representatives Suggest ‘Online Game’ Regulation Denpasar (Bali Post) –

With many kids seemed to got to crime due to online game, Denpasar House of Representatives asked the gov ernment to make a regulation connecting to its permit. Head of Commission D, Wayan Sugiarta, an education expert asked connected agency to create a regulation about its practice to minimise the bad affects from a game that caused school kids addicted and forgetting school stud ies. “Such as school times there shouldn’t be any pupils playing games, there should be limits such as age. Agency has to take action moreover these places only use Internet CafĂŠ Permit,â€? Sugiarta explained last Monday (19/9) when met in front of the House. Sugiarta admitted have received many complains from parents about online game businesses. The suggestion was welcomed positively by Head of Education, Youth and Sports Agency Dikmen Section, Wayan Supartha. “The golden triangle, parents, school and people has to be strengthening because if it’s only school then to minimise bad affects of these games won’t happen,â€? Supartha stated. All this time there have been

socialisations to pupils in school such as real understanding about the affects or causes. As told EHIRUH%DOL&KLOGUHQ-DLO /3$  was worried as Online Game got in to Denpasar with negative affects such as the two criminal case involved six children. For that it is asked there should be good supervision from government even the business itself. “We will coordinate well with education agency and online game businesse,� Head of LPA, Ni Nyoman Masni stated. (par)

Shot victim died Denpasar (Bali Post) –

The situation in Klungkung seemed to worry as Head of %DOL 3ROLFH 3XEOLF 5HODWLRQ Section, GPC Drs. Hariadi, on Monday (19/9) clarified that the victim died in a clash between Kemuning Village and %XGDJD9LOODJHZDVGXHWRD shot wound on the head. Yet it is not known yet where the bullet came from. Hariadi explained the police have done security as procedure where warning is given by shooting bullets to the air to clear up the clash and then police did a rekoset shooting where it’s to

the feet area yet that is using rubber bullet. Meanwhile the situation of the location seemed conducive while a number of Police officers also from Unit 6KDEDUD $UP\ DQG %ULPRE securing and supervising the area. It was then said so far police are investigating witness intensively in the investigation room. “There are around seven witnesses now including a witness suspected as provocateur. Until today there hasn’t been any accused yet,� Hariadi concluded. (kmb21)

Pedestrians Changed to Car Garage Bangli (Bali Post) –

%DQJOLÂśVMXVWLFHV\VWHPVHHPHG JRQH ZURQJ %HVLGHV WKH IDFLOLW\ construction for tourism in Kintamani couldn’t be handled, some pedestrians also changed t a car garage at Sidembunut as seen last Monday (19/9). A red Toyota Corola DX have parked here easily for a long time, with a rooftop made of polycarbonate. It seemed ironic as it is located RQWKHPDLQURDGIRU%DQJOL7HPbuku and never got warned by ofÂżFLDOV+HDGRI%DQJOL3ROLFH&LYLO Service, A.A. Suayadharma stated that his side did not know about WKDWDQGVRDVNHGKLVRIÂżFHUVWRGR DQREVHUYDWLRQ$OVRIRU%XLOGLQJ Permits, his side was never inYROYHGIURPWKHÂżUVWSODFH5HSRUWV use to came here after justice team comes down instead of involved in the surveying. “Although, the situation has start to change now where we do get involved in the survey. Hopefully violation can be minimised in the future,â€? SuryadThe sidewalk that is turn into car garage in Bangli harma stated. (kmb17)


KPPU: Taxi often applies zoning system rather than taximeter Denpasar (Bali Post)—

The Indonesian Fair Trade Commission (KPPU) assessed that most characters of taxi in the airport applied monopoly structure. Moreover, payment system of the taxi fare was often based on zones, namely farthest, medium and closest system. Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Fair Trade Commission, Sukarmi, VDLGLQWKHKHDULQJLQ.XWD%DGXQJ on Monday (Sep 19) the kind of monopoly practices carried out by the co-operative doubling as the airport authority was highly varied. According to him, so far the exisWHQFHRI.338ZDVVROHO\WRÂżJKWIRU what becoming the public rights and duties. When the market was opened, businesspeople would automatically come in and provide various options to consumers. On that account, the KPPU hoped there would be a variety of innovations making the business perpetrators attempt to capture the consumers. This practice is also applied in the business of taxi services at Ngurah Rai International airport. “Since the establishment of WKH&RPPLVVLRQZHÂżUVWFDPHLQWR Cengkareng,â€? he said.

%DVHG RQ WKH DXWKRULW\ RZQHG by the Commission, namely the law enforcement and provision of advice in connection with the taxi VHUYLFHVKHZRXOGÂżUVWPDNHSHUsuasive approach through provision of advice to evaluate the policy. “Visible impact in Cengkareng is the availability of many options. Actually, when the market is RSHQHG FRQVXPHUV GHÂżQLWHO\ UHDS WKHEHQHÂżWEHFDXVHDORWRIRSWLRQV could be obtained from the provision of services, in this regard, the taxi service,â€? he said. ,QWKHIXWXUHKHVDLGWKDW%DOLDV the world’s tourism gateway should at least provide a secured and comfortable taxi service facility as well as lot of choices for consumers. “If only RQHEXWH[FHOOHQWLVQRSUREOHP%XW if only one is available and shambling with expensive fare or providing sober facilities, for instance, it would surely be detrimental to consumers. However, when there is a mechanism of fair competition and open market, there will be a lot of options and innoYDWLRQODWHURQFDXVLQJWKHHIÂżFLHQF\ Of course, the rate will synergize with the matter of quality,â€? he said.

Meanwhile, based on the data released by the Commission, effective until 2010, there were six taxi RSHUDWRUV RSHUDWLQJ LQ %DOL IURP nine operators previously. Of the six operators so far, 2,000 units of vehicle had been in operation of the total quota amounting to 3,500 vehicles. The Commission admitted WKH1JXUDK5DL%DOL7D[L7UDQVSRUW Service Co-operative had its own uniqueness where among the 1,200 vehicles in operation were not only taxis like most other taxis, but also in the form transport leases operated in hotels with a maximal passenger capacity of 9 people . Even, the taxi fare set by the Ngurah Rai was a special rate. The rate was not based on taximeter but based on destinaWLRQ Ă€DWWDULII 7KHUDWHFKDUJHGE\ the airport taxi operator was indeed higher than if passengers used taxi with the meter. It happened because the tariff formula included the surcharge of waiting fee. “Through this activity, we try to gather inputs from stakeholders that are required by the Commission to perform analysis and take the right conclusions,â€? he concluded. (bit)

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Nusa Dua - Benoa Toll Road Project:

Forestry Agency makes site inspection to mangrove areas Mangupura (Bali Post)—

$VDIROORZXSRIWKHLVVXDQFHRISHUPLWE\0LQLVWHURI)RUHVWU\WKHWHDPRI%DOL)RUHVWU\$JHQF\RQ0RQGD\ 6HS  PDGH D VLWH LQVSHFWLRQ WR D QXPEHU RI PDQJURYH IRUHVW WKDW ZRXOGEHDIIHFWHGE\WKHWROOURDGSURMHFWDERYHWKHZDWHUVRI 1XVD'XD%HQRD7KHUHVXOWVRILQVSHFWLRQZRXOGEHXVHGDV the reference for the preparation of the Environmental Impact $VVHVVPHQW $PGDO GRFXPHQWZKLFKODWHURQZRXOGEHLVVXHG E\WKH%DOL(QYLURQPHQW$JHQF\ %/+  Head of Badung Highway Construction, Maintenance and Irrigation, IB Soerya, after the inspection said it was the follow up of the issuance of permit number: S.474/Menhut-IV/2011, dated September 8, 2011 regarding the Principle Permit on the Utilization of Mangrove Forest for the Nusa Dua –Ngurah Rai Airport – Benoa toll road project. The activity aimed to collect technical data used as fundamentals in the document preparation of environmental impact assessment. Regarding the mangrove for-

est area that would be affected by the project, IB Soerya could not explain in details because the mangrove area in Badung and Denpasar area lay in the authority of Bali Province. Meanwhile, its certain data could be found in the Bali Forestry Agency. Nevertheless, he said, according to the instruction of the Department of Forestry, the toll road project was asked to use minimal area of the mangrove forest. It was aimed at consistently maintaining the continuity of mangrove forests and their ecosystems. NPE


The dry riceďŹ eld in seen in Denpasar area. the water crisis also threatened the sustainability of farmers because their sown seeds could not be planted.

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National Logistical Kangin in water scarcity Supply Organization Stated Bali Rice Stock is Safe Denpasar (Bali Post)—

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As seen lately, dry season has caused some agriculture lands in Bali drying out as well with many fail harvest and losing hundred of millions rupiah. Besides that, a number of land also caught by pests such as wereng and tungro which admitted by responsible agency these appear due to season anomaly. This cause worry for food stock yet as stated by Head of Bali National Logistical Supply Organization (Bulog) Public Service Section, Wayan Suyasa, last Monday (19/9) Bali’s rice stock is safe. “It’s still filled and safe for the next 4-5 months even though some targets are not fulfilled,� Suyasa explained. It was stated Bali Bulog has the prognosis there are around 20,000 tonnes of rice yet with the Bali farmers unhulled rice is always above the Government’s Buying Price (HPP) caused Bulog couldn’t buy it all with only 270 tonnes bought. “This means Bali is producing and fulfilled

our needs yet the price is higher than Bulog standardise,� Suyasa continued. Looking at this condition, one of the anticipation for Bulog to fulfil the stock of routine needs such as those in poverty, natural disaster and Army, minimal 25 tonnes per year, is by importing it from other provinces with the mechanism that has been applied by the central government. Bulog have always tried to stabilise the prices in markets remembering the operation of the markets needs coordination with regional government. The price should be stabile as long as the rice distribution for people in poverty has more stock. “Until now the stock is fulfilling with 11,700 tonnes. I hope the public don’t feel any worry. If there is a shifting in the price the it Is part of the economic law and only happens on super quality rices while medium quality rice that is owned by Bulog still stabile,� Suyasa concluded. (bit)

Due to dam repair project at Kedewatan, three subak areas located at Peguyangan Kangin faced water scarcity. They consisted of Subak Lungatad, Subak Kedua and Subak Dalem. In addition, the water crisis also threatened the sustainability of farmers because their sown seeds could not be planted. Chief of Peguyangan Kangin Village, A.A. Made Sukarata, when PHWLQKLVRIÂżFHRQ0RQGD\ 6HS  FRQÂżUPHGWKHODFNRIZDWHUVXSSO\ during the repair project, so farmers were afraid of planting rice. His party had contacted the Chief of Subak Lungatad, Wayan Widia, in relation to the water crises. Farmers claimed not dare to plant rice seeds GXHWRQRZDWHUĂ€RZLQJLQWRWKHLU farmlandthoughtheseedsthatwould be planted were the assistance of Denpasar Municipality through the Denpasar Food Crops and Horticultural Agency. “According to subak chief, the seeds were received a month ago. Subak Lungatad was given soybean seed,whiletheSubakKeduagotcorn seeds.Sincethereisnowater,farmers do not dare to plant it. Even though it does not require water as much as

the rice, but growing crops still needs water,â€? he explained. Explained, so far the three subak areas were indeed only dependent on the river water from Kedewatan. Though there was Ayung River, the water was not adequate to supply the threesubakareas.“Itisimpossiblefor ustotakeupthewatertoPeguyangan Kangin as its location is more distant DQGWKHZDWHUĂ€RZKDVDOUHDG\EHHQ used by a number of subak in some other regions. Hence, despite getting theassistanceofseed, farmers areunable to plant them,â€? he explained. Due to the current water crisis, Sukarata said that farmers at Subak Kedua asked the distributed seed of corn to be replaced with soybean seeds. They reasoned that the corn would require more water than soybeans. Meanwhile,theHeadofDenpasar Food Crops and Horticultural Agency, Gede Ambara Putra, when asked IRUKLVFRQÂżUPDWLRQDGPLWWHGWKDWKLV SDUW\KDGWULHGWRÂżQGVROXWLRQVIRU the obstacles faced by farmers. One ofthemwaslobbiedthecommitment PDNHURIÂżFLDO 33. RI%DOL,UULJDtion and contractors handling the damproject.Thisefforthadbeenwell socialized to the community. “We did ask the implementation

of open and close system every 10 days. This request has been granted and the water has actually been drained once every 10 days for 36 hours. But lately, farmers thought it inadequate and so we re-coordinated XQWLOHYHQWXDOO\WKHZDWHUĂ€RZVFRXOG bedrainedevery10daysfor72hours. This applies for early September when the seeds began to be planted,â€? he explained. However, he claimed if his party could not ask more because the contractor was also pursued by the target until October 29, 2011. “We cannot just ask to drain the water continuously because it could affect the project on progress. To that end, by open and close system, we hope that farmers could continue to plant their seeds. In response to the farmers’ demand for seed replacement, we have strived to distribute the seeds as requested,â€? he said. Related to the procurement of the seeds, Ambara said that his party allocated a budget worth around IDR 400 million. Other than for procurement of crop seeds during the dam repair, the funds were also used for preparing the rice seeds when the irrigation was back to normal condition. SDU



Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Abbas presses Palestinian U.N. bid despite warnings Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. chief on Monday he would seek full membership for a Palestinian state at the United Nations, a move the United States and Israel warn could dash hopes of resuming peace talks. Abbas told U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon he would press ahead with plans to ask for a Security Council vote on Friday on Palestinian membership. Washington has threatened to veto any such move. Ban told Abbas he would send any application submitted to the Security Council and called for the Israelis and the Palestinians to resume talks “within a legitimate and balanced framework,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said. The Palestinian crisis has overshadowed this week’s meeting of the U.N. General Assembly and sparked hectic talks aimed at averting a confrontation that carries risks for the Palestinians, Israel and the United States.

Senior diplomats from the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- the Quartet of Middle East mediators -- are meeting throughout the week in hopes of finding a way forward. The Quartet has for months been trying to put together guidelines for future peace talks, thus far without result. A senior U.S. official described the talks as “productive” on Monday but said he could not predict whether they may succeed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to launch direct negotiations but has not made any concession on key issues the Palestinians say prevent talks from resuming. RISKY MOVES

Abbas, speaking to reporters on his plane to New York, acknowledged his decision could have repercussions for his Palestinian Authority, the fragile governmentin-waiting that depends on international financial aid for its survival in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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A resident, carring her child to school, walks past quake-damaged houses in Bhaktapur September 19, 2011.

Rescuers find more casualties of Himalayan quake Reuters

GUWAHATI, India - Air force helicopters flew rescue workers to a remote Himalayan region on Tuesday in search of survivors of a strong earthquake that killed dozens of people in India, Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks about his bid for Palestinian statehood recognition at the United Nations next week, during a televised speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 16, 2011.

Most of the casualties were near the epicenter of Sunday’s 6.9 magnitude quake that bucked roads and knocked down houses in the sparsely populated India state of Sikkim, popular with trekkers for its Buddhist monasteries and spectacular trekking. Landslides, rain and fog hampered rescue work for a second day, with high mountain passes to the worst affected region blocked by rocks and mud. But a break in the clouds allowed army helicopters to fly a few rescuers to Mangan,

a hard-hit small town ringed by snow-capped mountains near the epicenter. Hundreds of houses collapsed across the Himalayas, and villagers dug with their hands in the rubble in search of the missing. Soldiers found five more bodies in Sikkim on Tuesday. The quake killed at least 82 people. The Indian government confirmed 50 deaths in Sikkim and 18 in other states. At least seven people died in Nepal and seven more in Tibet.

With soil waterlogged after days of rain, fresh landslides blocked the main access to the state overnight, leaving many of the hundreds of rescue workers deployed from New Delhi unable to reach the worst-hit areas. For centuries a rarely visited Buddhist kingdom known for the world’s third highest peak on its border with Nepal called Kangchenjunga and glacial lakes, Sikkim joined India in 1975. With 600,000 residents, it is the least populated state and borders Bhutan, Tibet in China and Nepal. The state’s economy boomed in recent years as it opened up to tourism and trade with China. Residents say landslides are a threat to hastily built new buildings in its mountain towns.

400,000 urged to evacuate as typhoon heads to Japan Agence France Presse

towards southwestern Japan at midday Tuesday and on course to hit the main island of Honshu on Wednesday, the weather agency said. The storm has already dumped 400 millimetres (16 inches) of rain over the past 24 hours on the southern province of Miyazaki. The agency warned of downpours over a wide area of the country on Wednesday, saying as much as 50 millimetres of rain could fall

in an hour. Footage broadcast by NHK showed roads in the western city of Kobe under water. The broadcaster said a further 23,000 people in western Japan have been advised to seek shelter away from possible flood and landslide areas. Japan was hit by Typhoon Talas earlier this month, leaving around 100 people dead or missing, mostly in the west of the country.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Japan have been warned to leave their homes as an approaching typhoon is bringing heavy rain and fears of landslides and flash flooding. Authorities in the central city of Nagoya on Tuesday advised 400,000 residents to evacuate because of worries that rivers might burst their banks, Jiji Press news agency said. The evacuation is not compulsory and it is not known how many people have heeded the advice. This file photo shows a vehicle driving down a flooded road in western Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people in Japan have been Typhoon Roke, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres (89 miles) an warned to leave their homes as an approaching typhoon is bringing heavy rain and fears of landslides and flash flooding hour near its centre, was churning




Wednesday, September 21, 2011


GrandmasHotels com

Present in Bali with First Class Nuance IBP

SEMINYAK - is a local chain and has not had a hotel property outside Bali. Its presence in Bali provides an elegant means of accommodation featuring the concept known as ‘First Class Feeling with Budget Rates’ but still considers the convenience of guests. With such a simple concept, it only provides the basic necessities required by a traveler such as comfortable bed, LCD TV with national and international channels, safety box, air conditioning, bathroom with hot and cold water as well as Free Wi-Fi in the room. There are no additional costs because guests do not have to pay for what they do not need in a room with a cozy bed atmosphere, or in what the so-called ‘Healthy Bed.’ is present in Bali because Bali poses a major tourist destination in Indonesia. The owning company

wants to develop its own brand by building GrandmasHotels in Bali through establishment of the first 5 hotels located in Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Jimbaran and Tuban of which construction will take place until 2013. Having reached the success with the branding through the 5 hotels, GrandmasHotels will then make expansion to other regions such as Surabaya and Jakarta aside from continuing the construction of five more hotels in Bali with the overall target of 1,000 rooms. Nowadays, a lot of 3-5 star hotels are available in Bali but only few 2 star hotels providing quality and convenience. It is this market share targeted by the hotel. The areas targeted for the investment are Seminyak, Legian, Tuban, Kuta and Jimbaran because they have become a very popular destination for tourists, especially domestic tourists. Additionally, each area has been supported by a lot of tourism facilities such as shopping center, restaurant,

art market, night life and beach. And each area has a different target market. Seminyak area, for instance, is generally favored by domestic and Australian tourists. This newly hotel chain is open widely for all market segments. As mentioned by the tagline of Grandmas Hotels: First Class Feeling with Budget Rates, the hotel is optimistic if Grandmas can compete against the other 2 star hotel properties in the same market because GrandmasHotels offers a comfortable stay at a very affordable price. In addition, it also implements dynamic pricing where if customers make a room reservation early through the website at, they will get a cheaper price. To initiate the existence of the GrandmasHotels, it has held the soft opening on September 15, 2011. The GrandmasHotels. com is located in Seminyak, precisely on Jalan Camplung Tanduk 99.

Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for August 31 through October 5, 2011 31 Aug Buda Umanis Tambir Sari Bankar Titih Temple Kapal 12 Sep Purnama Ketiga Gunung Sari Temple Lombok Pauman Bhujangga Tonja Denpasar Kawitan Arya Gajah Para Tianyar Karangasem Pedarman Arya Telabah Besakih Bukit Mentik Temple Gunung Lebah Batur Kintamani 14 Sep Buda Keliwon Matal Village Temple Sukawati Merajan Agung Batuyang - batubulan Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Temple Sawan - buleleng Maspahit Temple Sesetan - Denpasar Selatan Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran - Tegalalang Panti Pasek Gaduh Temple Sesetan Merajan Pasek Kubayan Wangaya Gede Pedarman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih 24 Sep Tumpek Kandang Puseh Temple Gianyar Luhur Dalem Sagening Kediri - Tabanan Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tegal Gede Badung 27 Sep Tilem Ketiga Ulun Kulkul Temple Ulun Kulkul Besakih 28 Sep Buda Wage Menail Tarukan Temple Cemenggaon Sukawati Mr. Pasek Dangke Bambang - Bangli Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Kaja - Gianyar Puseh Menakaji Temple Peninjoan - Bangli Merajan Agung Temple Blangsinga - Blahbatuh Kawitan Gusti Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Celuk Kapal Mengwi

4 Ock Anggar Kasih Perangbakat Bukit Buluh Temple Gunaksa - Klungkung Tirta Sudamala Temple Bebalang - Bangli Paibon Pasek Bendesa Sangsit - sawan - Buleleng Pasek Gelgel Temple Pangi Dawan - Klungkung Gunung Tengsong Lombok Dalem Benawah Temple Benawah - Gianyar Dalem Temple Bitra - Gianyar Dalem Temple Banyuning Timur - Buleleng Dalem Pauman Batan Getas Pauman Batan Getas Titih Denpasar Tengah Padang Tegalalang Merajan Pasek Gelgel Desa Sande - Pupuan Tabanan Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung Desa Adat Pagan Denpasar Hyangaluh/Jenggala Besakih Merajan Pasek Lurah Tutuan Gunaksa Mr. Pasek Gelgel Selulung Merajan Pasek Subrata Medahan Merajan Pasek Munggu Munggu Tengkulak Temple Tulikup - Gianyar Penataran Badung Ogang Sidemen 5 Ock Buda Umanis Perangbakat Puri Agung Dalem Tarukan Pejeng Tampak Siring Rambut Siwi Temple Jembrana Batu Bolong Temple Canggu - Kuta Pasek Marga Klaci Temple Tabanan Agung Pasek Temple Dauh Waru Jembrana Ratu Pasek Temple Sangsit Sawan - Buleleng Pasek Tangkas Darma R. Tabanan Village Temple Banyuning Buleleng Srijon Temple Tabanan Mr. Pasek Gelgel Lebah Pangkung Merajan Pasek Gelgel Patemon Tirta Anom Padang Sigi Sading - Tampak Siring Dadi Agung Pasek Bendesa Dukuh Manuaba Tegalalang Pedarmaan Batursari Ngilis Jegu Penebel Tabanan Puncak Mundi Nusa Penida

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.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011



Philippines maids ‘rescued’ IURP.DGKD‍ۋ‏NLQ Agence France Presse

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Emergency Ministry members work at the site of the Tupolev-134 plane crash outside the northern Russian city of Petrozavodsk June 21, 2011.

Drunken navigator shares blame in Russian jet crash Reuters

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- The carelessness of a lightly dr n en navigator contri ted to a plane crash people in R ssia in ne, investigators said in a report released on Monday

T h e Tu - 1 3 4 j e t p l o w e d into treetops, overturned and slammed into the ground while trying to land in fog at the airport in the northern city of Petrozavodsk, the first in a string of Russian air accidents in recent months. In its report, the Interstate Aviation Committee said the plane crashed because the crew had failed to abort the landing even though the pilot could not see lights and other markers on the ground as the jet descended. That error followed others made by crew members including the 50-year-old navigator, who “conducted the flight in a state of light alcoholic intoxication�, the report said.

He had a blood alcohol content of 0.081 percent, it said -- just over the legal limit for driving in Britain and many U.S. states, although Russia has a zero tolerance policy for drivers. The 45-year-old pilot was inclined to trust his longer-serving navigator, who had 25 years’ experience and had logged more than 13,000 hours on Tu-134 flights, said the Committee, which serves several ex-Soviet republics. The cockpit recording showed that the navigator displayed “heightened activity� in guiding the pilot’s actions minutes before the crash, saying: “Turn it faster, come on � and assuring him: “I’ll bring you in just right.� The navigator failed to tell the pilot to look out of the wind-

shield and search for markers at 140 meters (460 feet), and then failed to warn him at 110 meters (360 feet) that he must decide whether to land or pull up, the report said. The Tu-134 hit the treetops seconds later and then crashed on a roadside near the landing strip. Five of the 52 people aboard survived. The June 20 crash was followed by two crashes of smaller Antonov An-12 planes in July and August, which killed a total of 18 people. Then on September 7 a Yak-42 jet carrying players, coaches and staff of the Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv crashed after takeoff from the city of Yaroslavl, killing 44 of the 45 people aboard.

Philippine diplomats helped two Filipina maids slip out of the home of a UHODWLYHRIGHSRVHG/LE\DQOHDGHU0RDPHU.DGKDÂżDIWHUWKHZRPHQDVNHG for a “rescueâ€?, according to the foreign ministry. 7KHSDLUOHIWWKHKRXVHRIRQHRI.DGKD¿œVQHSKHZVDQGZHUHSLFNHGXS by embassy staff who were in position in two vehicles, ministry spokesman Raul Hernandez said on Tuesday. Staff from the Philippine mission in Tripoli brought the two women to 7XQLVLDZKHUHWKH\ZHUHZDLWLQJIRUDĂ€LJKWEDFNWR0DQLODKHDGGHG In a statement, he said: “Diana Jill Rivera and Mary Ann Ducos met up with an embassy team who waited in two cars near the residence where they worked. They left the residence without bringing with them any of their belongings.â€? The Filipino ambassador to Tripoli said the two women worked for a .DGKDÂżQHSKHZEXWLWZDVXQFOHDUIURPKLVUHSRUWZKHUHLQ/LE\DWKHUHVFXH was carried out, Hernandez told AFP. “They and their families had asked the Philippine government’s assistance for their rescue and repatriation,â€? he added. 7ZRRWKHU)LOLSLQDPDLGVHPSOR\HGE\DQRWKHU.DGKDÂżUHODWLYHKDYHWROG the embassy in Tripoli that they did not wish to be repatriated, Hernandez said. In March, the Philippines said it received reports that four Filipina maids ZRUNLQJIRUDUHODWLYHRI.DGKDÂżZHUHDVNLQJWREHDOORZHGWRJRKRPHEXW their employer had refused. As of late August, around 1,600 Filipinos were still believed to be in Libya, many of them nurses treating casualties of the months-long uprising DJDLQVW.DGKDÂż About nine million Filipinos work around the world, earning more money in a wide range of skilled and unskilled sectors abroad than they could in their impoverished homeland.

Girl says she was held, raped in Brazil men’s jail Associated Press Writer

RIO DE JANEIRO A 14-year-old girl has told police she was held and rapedforfourdaysbyinmatesafterbeingtakeninsideamen’sprisoninnorthern Brazil. The girl escaped early Saturday and sought help from a jail guard, who took her to the police, said FabianoAmazonas, head of the juvenile division of police in Para state. The director of Heleno Fragoso prison and 19 other people working there between Friday night and Saturday morning have been fired, Aycha Nunes, spokeswoman for the Para prison system, said. The decision became official Monday. The teenager has testified she was drugged, beaten and taken by a woman alongwithtwootherteenagersintotheprison,whichis26miles(42kilometers) fromthestatecapital,Belem.Amazonassaidhebelievesthegirlwastakenintothe prison by someone intending to charge prisoners money to have sex with her. “She said she was abused by several inmates inside the prison, but managed to escape,� he said. Investigators are trying to determine who took the teenager into the prison, who allowed her entry, who participated in the alleged assault, and whether there were other girls involved.

Police... From page 1 Earlier, the Klungkung s police station had seized d tens of sharp weapons and molotov cocktails after the clash between residents of Budaga and Kemoning villages n Saturday (Sept 17). The villagers fough over the use of Pura Dalem , Setra and Prajapati temples. Klungkung s Deputy Police Chief Commissioner I Gde Suwahyu said in Semarapura SROLFH KDG FRQÂżVFDWHG VZRUGV crowbars, spikes and molotov

cocktails that were used by the FRQĂ€LFWLQJSDUWLHV7KHLQFLGHQW killed a villager named Ketut Ariaka (56). Meanwhile, Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika said he believed provocateurs had been behind that clash. The former Bali police chief also regretted the clash, saying it had brought disaster. “Why were these people so stupid to ÂżJKW DQG KXUW HDFK RYHU RYHU D temple,â€? he said.

Indonesia Today


Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Sports minister ready to go if replaced Antara


Indonesian customs officers inspect illegal logs placed inside containers at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok port on September 20, 2011. Custom authorities foiled the shipment of 18 containers of illegal logs valued at 258,824 USD for export to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The shipment was declared as furniture parts and houseware. The operation is part of a renewed drive “Green Customs Initiative” in support of the governments anti-illegal logging campaign to protect Indonesia’s forests.

JAKARTA - Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng said he was ready to accept the consequences if he was on the list of cabinet members to be replaced in a reshuffle. “The President has the right to evaluate and change his cabinet ministers according to the rules. The task of ministers is only to work well,” he said after a working meeting with House Commission X here on Monday. He said as one of the cabinet ministers he had always worked well and focused on carrying out his programs. “If the President wishes to evaluate the performance of his ministers it is up to him. That is indeed his authority,” he said. Andi who is also known as a politician from the ruling Democrat Party said all cabinet ministers had signed a working contract with President Susilo Bambang Yud-

hoyono and so they were all ready in case the President would replace them or move them because that was the President`s prerogative. He said he was not worried about the bribery case at his office which is now being handled by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The KPK had so far named four suspects in the case, namely Wafid Muharram who is a sports ministry`s secretary, Mindo Rosalina Manullang, marketing director of PT Anak Negeri, Muhamad El Idris, marketing director of PT Duta Graha Indah and Muhammad Nazaruddin, former treasurer of the ruling Democrat Party. “With regard to the bribery case in the SEA Games Athlete Building project I have already given my explanation to the KPK,” Andi said. Andi Mallarangeng and Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar are rumored as being on the list of ministers to be evaluated.

Government to allocate Rp99 trilion for main armament systems Antara

JAKARTA - The government will allocate Rp99 trillion for the maintenance and purchase of main armament systems until 2014, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said. The budget allocation for the main armament systems was one of the topics discussed at a limited cabinet meeting led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Monday, Purnomo said. “This is a national program which is directly coordinated by the

President,” he said. The limited meeting was the fourth of its kind to discuss a wide range of issues related to main armament systems. Purnomo said the meeting also discussed the final draft list of armaments which became the

government`s priority to buy or produce them soon. Among the armaments that were high on the list of the government`s priorities were submarines and patrol ships for the Navy, assault and combat helicopters and transport helicopters for the Army, he said. The government would also determine funding sources to finance the maintenance and purchase of main armament systems, he said adding the funding sources could be the state budget, domestic loans or foreign loans.

Ministry, statistics agency produce different data on population Antara

JAKARTA - The Home Affairs Ministry and the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) have different data on the country`s population number, a minister said. “Based on the home affairs ministry`s data, Indonesia`s population is 259,940,857, but according to the BPS, up to December 31, 2010, it reached only 237,440,363,” Home affairs Minster Gamawan Fauzi told a hearing with the House`s Commission II on state administrative affairs here on Monday.

He said the differences in population data had occurred in 33 provinces in Indonesia. The minister said the ministry`s data were still provisional and still needed updating after the completion of the electronic identity (e-ID) card program in 2012. He said of the 259,940,857 population number, some 7,078,538 were found by the ministry to have dual ID card numbers. The minister said the local governments had been asked to check residents who had dual ID card numbers.

He said the government also had set up a high-level committee to manage and supervise the procurement and strengthening of the main armament systems. “The high-level committee is led by Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin while its members come from the Defense Ministry, the Finance Ministry, Bappenas (National Development Planning Agency), BPKP (Finance and Development Comptroller), LKPP (Government Procurement Regulatory Body) and

several internal auditing units at relevant ministries,” he said. National Development Planning Minister Armida Alisjahbana who is also Bappenas chief said the government had decided to allocate Rp99 trillion for main armament systems under the medium-term national development plan of 2010-2014. The budget fund consisted of Rp32.5 trillion for the maintenance of main armament systems and Rp66.5 trillion for capital expenditure, she said.

Indonesia, Japan air force explore cooperation posibilities Antara

JAKARTA - The Indonesian and Japanese air forces have agreed to explore possibilities for cooperation in various fields. The agreement emerged following a meeting between Indonesian Air Force Chief of Dtaff Marshal Imam Sufaat and his Japanese counterpart General Shigeru Iwasaki here on Monday. In the closed-door meeting, Imam Sufaat raised the possibility of exchange of cadets and officers between the two countries. In response to it, General Shigeru said

there would be further talks at middle and top levels. Further talks also needed to be done in the future on joint training between the two countries` air forces. Besides exploring the possibilities of cooperation, the two air force leaders also exchanged appreciation for the aid the two countries had given to each other during natural disasters. Imam Sufaat expressed appreciation to Japan for its post-tusnami aid to Aceh in 2004 and General Shigeru for Indonesia`s assistance to Japan follwing the recent tsunami there.



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bali Today Number of US tourists to Bali up 25.58 percent Antara


So far the agricultural products were still often underestimated, so that it had an impact on the lower selling prices in the market. Therefore, it was required a thinking how to market the product appropriately, including the selection of a reliable market.

Agricultural products underestimated

Selling price always low Bali Post

DENPASAR - So far the agricultural products were still often underestimated, so that it had an impact on the lower selling prices in the market. Therefore, it was required a thinking how to market the product appropriately, including the selection of a reliable market. An agricultural observer, AA Ngurah Mayun Wirajaya, Monday (Sep 19) confirmed that many agricultural products had high market opportunities whose demand and purchasing price were too high. It proved that not all agricultural products were cheap. Among them, there were products that had high selling price, especially the commodities rarely cultivated and had the EHQH¿WIRUSXEOLFLQWHUHVWOLNHWKH products that could be processed into traditional foods, snacks and drinks preferred by consumers. For instance, vegetables that were rarely traded in public places, like squash, could be processed into soup or salad. This vegetable was very interested in the lower and

upper-class society. Even, many restaurants required this type of vegetable but the supply was very rare. “The market will determine the salability of the agricultural products. Even, the market was also largely determines the selling price of the commodity. If the marketing is reliable, then the price will also be high,” he said. Mayun asserted that farmers were still lacking of the access to markets. To that end, the businesses perpetrators in the agricultural sector should help them. At least, they served as a foster father for the farmers. Other than being able to change the mindset of farmers, it was also able to develop the agricultural commodities

required by consumers and had high prices. “We think farmers are rarely able to access the potential markets. In other words, farmers were rarely able to market their products directly to high-class consumers. Therefore, we hope the companies or individuals who are able and reliable to market the agricultural products become a foster father for the farmers,” he said. Meanwhile, in separate place, Chairman of the Bali Farmers and Fishermen Group (KTNA), Made Suparsa, recently said that farmers should not only oriented in the planting activities to get various commodities but in limited number or volume. (bit)

DENPASAR - As many as 49,989 US tourists visited Bali in the January-July 2011 period or up 25.58 percent compared to the number in the same period last year which was recorded at only 39,806, an official said. “Most of them visited Bali through Ngurah Rai airport with direct flights from their country. Only 1,835 people came to the Paradise Island by sea,” head of the Bali office of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Ir Gede Suarsa said here Monday. Suarsa said in 2010, 59,815 tourists from the US visited Bali or an increase from only 35,625 in the previous year. The US is among ten countries which supply the biggest numbers of tourists to Bali after Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, France and Britain. He said the US contributed 3.15 percent of the total number of foreign tourists to the Island of Gods which was recorded at 1.58 million for seven months in 2011, an increase of 10.60 percent compared to the same period in the previous year which amounted to only 1.43 million people. In 2011, Bali set a target of inviting 2.6 million to 2.8 million foreign tourists or bigger than the number in 2010 which totaled 2.57 million people. Suarsa pointed out that of the ten countries contributing the biggest number of tourists, the number of visitors from nine countries increased significantly. He added the nine countries are the US and Australia whose number of tourists increased by 26.58 percent, China (11.63 percent), Malaysia (19.27 percent), Taiwan (1.41 percent), South KOrea (0.54 percent), Singapore (30.97 percent), France (7.18 percent) and Britain (8.49 percent). The only country whose number of tourists coming to Bali dropped is Japan. As many as 141,743 Japanese tourists visited Bali in the first seven months in 2010 and the number declined to 104,788 people in the same period in 2011, Suarsa said.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Balinese Culture

Community - Based Conservation in Bali It is generally accepted that each nation of the world, have their own history, which depends on the local situation and condition, as proved by their archeological and historical remains. In this connection, Indonesia for example, has so many interesting monuments, which could be found nearly in the whole of the archipelago namely in Sumatera, Java, Bali, Sulawesi and Eastern Indonesian Island. Among them are belonged to prehistoric and historic period, which consist of movable and immovable monuments, and made of tangible and intangible material. Based on the function when the monuments were discovered, our monuments could be classified into two groups namely the dead monuments, which were not used any more by local people. The second one is the living monuments, which until now is still used for religious purpose by the local people as seen in Bali. It is a matter of facts that only a very few of our monuments have been removed to the government museum to protect them from further deterioration. The facts mean that most of them are still in its original places, standing alone struggle against all kind of dangers, which are

coming from environment and human activities. Indonesian governments are aware to protect our archaeological remains, because of its values for: 1). Reconstructing our national from the very early time covering the live of our ancestors; 2). Increasing and strengthening our cultural identity as the basic foundation for our development plans facing the forthcoming modern world; 3). Increasing cultural appreciation and responsibility for the young generations through the education systems; 4). Supporting cultural tourism and cultural diplomacy to build up a peaceful world based on cultural understanding. It should be very easy to understand that not any nations would like to lose their national cultural roots and so it is a national task to protect the archaeological heritage. This important task is not only because of its value as mentioned above, but actually also due to a number of factors which could damage the monuments, namely: 1). The very old age of the monuments; 2). The natural effect such as climate, humidity, etc; 3). Human activities e.g. graffiti, vandalism, illegal excavation etc; 4). Modernization, industrialization and

development project; 5). Tourism facilities etc Now it should be very clear that any archaeological protection trough preservation and conservation should be regarded: 1). To protect the monuments as a national cultural property bearing national pride; 2). To protect the archeological environment for keeping the beauty and the attractions of the monuments as a unity of ecosystems; 3). To keep the cultural values of the monuments in their people mind forever. Facing the problem of archeological protections in Indonesia, the Dutch have issued Monuments Ordinance (Monumenten Ordonnantie, Stb. No. 238, 1931), which is not suitable any more for us, and then recently our government have declared the new one called Law Concerning Items of Cultural Property (Undang- undang No.5, 1992 tentang Benda Cagar Budaya). In our modern world today, not any nations would like to sacrifice their culture, because it is very natural to have the national spirit, which have been built through a very long history. Each nation should regard their national spirit as the very important power for today and facing the future. (BTN/Doc)

UDANG PANTUNG KUNING (Lobster in Yellow Sauce) OVERVIEW: A real gourmet treat from Bali, this could also be made with huge prawns. In Bali, coconut chunks are roasted directly on charcoal, then the charred skin scrapped off and the flesh grated for making the coconut milk. INGREDIENTS: 4 sml lobsters, weighing about 500 gr each or 1 kg large prawns 5 cups water 2 lemongrass, bruised 2 fragrant lime leaves 4 cups coconut milk few drops white vinegar fried shallots to garnish SPICE PASTE: 5 red chilies, seeded and chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 7 shallots, peeled and chopped 5 cm fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped 5 cm ginger, peeled and chopped 4 candlenuts 1 ½ tsp coriander ½ tsp dried shrimp paste toasted 1 sml tomato, peeled and seeded 2 tbsp oil 1 ½ tbsp tamarind pulp 1 salam leaf 1 lemon grass, bruised PREPARATION: Prepare spice paste by grinding or blending all ingredients except oil, tamarind, salam leaf and lemongrass. Heat oil, add spice paste and all other ingredients. Cook over moderate heat for about 5 minutes, then cool. Wash lobsters and leave whole. Bring water to the boil, add lobsters and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lobsters, plunge in iced water for 1 minutes, then drain and remove meat. Return shells to the pot of water, keeping lobster meat aside. Add spice paste, lemongrass, lime leaves and vinegar to the water with the shells and simmer until 4 cups of stock remain. Add coconut milk and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain stock and return to pan. Add lobster and simmer for 1 minute. Serve garnished with fried shallots and accompanied by white rice. Helpful hints: if using prawns instead of lobster, peel the raw prawns and put prawns shells 4 cups of water. Simmer for 5 minutes, then combine this stock with coconut milk, prawns and all other ingredients, simmering until cooked. (



Wednesday, September 21, 2011



Penelokan IBP

Penelokan is situated on the southern part of Batur Tengah Village of Kintamani District, around 20 kms from the town of Bangli or some 63 km from Denpasar, the capital of Bali Province. Many guests, domestic or foreign choose this place so they can enjoy the cold but refreshing air of the mountainous land. Of course, while they taste the stunning views of the solid black lavas of Mount Batur’s eruption in 1917 that devastated the surrounding village. Batur has scenic views and is part of Kintamani that is in the northern side of Bangli Regency. Penelokan (Look Out Point) is the best ppalce to see the drooping jaws sceneries offered by Mount and Lake Batur. It is about 1,500 meters above sea level. Its temperature is at the average 22 degress Celcius at noo and 16 degress Celcius during the night. And we invite those adventurous to climb the mountain until reaching the peak. The crater seems to be a beautiful painting carved to the mountain. In addition to seeing the mountain, Batur also offers the charming Lake Batur with its clean water and the unique graveyard and Barong Brutuk of Trunyan Village, that cannot be found anywhere else in Bali.




Wednesday, September 21, 2011


BUSINESS Brazil seeks to help Europe via IMF Reuters

SAO PAULO - Brazil will propose that it and other large emerging market countries make billions of dollars in new funds available to the International Monetary Fund as a way to help ease the crisis in the euro zone, an official said on Monday. Finance Minister Guido Mantega will make the proposal at a meeting of the BRICS group later this week in Washington, the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The BRICS bloc of large emerging markets also includes Russia, India, China and South Africa. “Giving more funds to the IMF looks like one of the more attractive options available for us to help Europe,� the official said. Brazil could make up to $10 billion of its own money available to help Europe through various channels, including the IMF or by making bond purchases, the official said. B r a z i l ’s c o n t r i b u t i o n b y itself would almost certainly be too small to make a major difference in Europe’s growing debt crisis. Yet a coordinated effort that includes China and R u s s i a , i n p a r t i c u l a r, c o u l d have greater impact at a time when investors are looking to large, growing emerging markets with high foreign reserves as a potential source of help. Consensus toward such a c o n c e r t e d r e s c u e e ff o r t a p peared to be growing on Monday. Russia’s Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told reporters that countries that hold substantial reserves may assist in bailing out the euro zone’s debt-ridden states “on certain conditions. BRICS countries are already buying European debt through the European Financial Stability Facility, Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico reported Monday. Mantega had previously proposed that BRICS countries

e n g a g e i n c o o r d i n a t e d p u rchases of European bonds, but that idea met with resistance from other members of the group who were wary of buying risky assets or doubted they had enough financial firepower to help. The IMF could provide a “saferâ€? vehicle for a coordinated effort, the official said. The proposal would satisfy two imperatives for Brazil. Additional funds might be too late to save Greece from default, but they could help insulate other troubled economies on the periphery of Europe -- namely Portugal and Spain, which have large investments in Brazil, the official said. A greater financial participation at the IMF could also eventually enhance Brazil’s power at the Washington-based lender. Officials in President Dilma Rousseff ’s government have said they see the crisis in Europe and the United States as an opportunity for Brazil to push for a greater role in global affairs for themselves and BRICS countries generally. One way for the BRICS countries to make more funds available could be through the IMF’s “New Arrangements to Borrowâ€? -- a kind of crisis fund that currently has about $591 billion available, according to the IMF’s website. Brazil has been approached by troubled European countries to buy their sovereign debt directly, the RIÂżFLDO VDLG EXW LQWHUQDO UHJXODtions mean that it can only use its roughly $350 billion in foreign reserves to buy high-quality assets. A spokesman for Brazil’s finance ministry was not immediately available for comment.


An Indian customer purchases vegtables from a roadside stall in New Delhi on September 20, 2011. India’s benchmark wholesale price index -- the closest watched cost-of-living monitor -- hit a 13-month-peak of 9.78 percent in August. Overall, India’s ination is the highest of any large global economy. A rash of interest rate rises has dampened consumer demand in a range of sectors from cars to property, and could hit spending as India’s festive season reaches its peak with the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, in October.

S&P cuts Italy ratings one notch, outlook negative Reuters

Standard and Poor’s downgraded its unsolicited ratings on Italy by one notch to A/A-1 and kept its outlook on negative, a major surprise that threatens to add to concerns of contagion in the debt-stressed euro zone. The single currency skidded over half a cent to $1.3606 after 6 3VDLGWKHFXWUHĂ€HFWHGLWVYLHZ of Italy’s weakening economic growth prospects. Italy’s fragile governing coalition and policy differences within parliament will likely limit the government’s ability to respond decisively to the challenging domestic and external macroeconomic environment, the agency said. “In our opinion, the measures included in and the implementation timeline of Italy’s National Reform Plan will likely do little to boost Italy’s economic performance, particularly against the backdrop RIWLJKWHQLQJÂżQDQFLDOFRQGLWLRQV DQGWKHJRYHUQPHQWÂśVÂżVFDODXVWHU-

ity program,â€? said S&P. The move from S&P came as a surprise as the market had thought Moody’s was more likely to downJUDGH,WDO\ÂżUVW0RRG\ÂśVODVWZHHN said it would take another month to decide on its action. The downgrade came as Greece struggles to meet demands from lenders for yet more austerity measures. “It’s just more of the same negative news,â€? said Stephen Roberts, a senior economist at Nomura in Sydney. “It only adds to the contagion risk over Greece and has encourDJHGWKHĂ€LJKWWRVDIHW\LQPDUNHWV here,â€? he added, pointing to a sharp fall in the Australian dollar on the news. S&P 500 futures also dropped 0.7 percent and early hopes for a bounce in Asian shares on Tuesday looked to be still-born now. European stocks had already slid on Monday, while yields on Italian and Spanish bonds rose sharply on fears of a Greek de-

fault, compounded by the failure RI (8 ÂżQDQFH PLQLVWHUV WR DJUHH new steps to resolve Europe’s debt crisis at weekend talks. International lenders told Greece on Monday it must shrink its public sector and improve tax collection to avoid running out of money within weeks as investors spooked by political setbacks in Europe dumped risky euro zone assets. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos held what Greece termed “productive and substantiveâ€? talks E\WHOHSKRQHZLWKVHQLRURIÂżFLDOV of the European Union and International Monetary Fund after promising as much austerity as necessary to win a vital next instalment of aid. Before the talks, which will resume on Tuesday evening after meetings of experts through the day, the IMF representative in Greece spelled out steps Athens must take to secure the 8 billion euro loan payment it needs to pay salaries and pensions next month.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011



Play about Prop 8 makes its Broadway debut Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — A play based on last year’s federal court fight over California’s gay marriage ban made its Broadway debut on Monday night with an all-star cast, only hours after a federal judge decided to unseal the trial’s video recordings. Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s play “8’’ was born, in part, by frustration that Proposition 8 backers had succeeded in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to bar broadcast of the landmark case.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file

FILE - In this June 14, 2011 file photo, actor Cheyenne Jackson attends amfAR New York’s Inspiration Gala celebrating Men’s Style at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Jackson will star in a new play by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black about the legal battle over same-sex marriage in California.

During the trial, former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson and attorney David Boies — best known as adversaries who represented opposing sides in the disputed 2000 presidential election — put on a powerfully clear argument in favor of gay marriage. Prop. 8 was eventually ruled unconstitutional in August 2010. The case is under appeal. Black, a member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, wrote his play using the trial transcript, firsthand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. “It was extraordinary,” Joe Mantello, who directed the reading, said afterward. “The actors really threw themselves in it. It was mind blowing.” The play was performed as a onenight-only reading at the Eugene

Dolores Hope, wife of Bob Hope, dies at 102 Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Dolores Hope, the sultry-voiced songstress who was married to Bob Hope for 69 years and sometimes sang on his shows for U.S. troops and on his television specials, has died at age 102. Hope family spokesman Harlan Boll said Hope died Monday of natural causes at home in Los Angeles. He did not elaborate. “Both the entertainment world and the church have lost a woman of profound faith, gifted musical talent and dedication,” said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. “The death of Dolores Hope leaves a huge void in Southern California.” Bob Hope died at age 100 on July 27, 2003. At her 100th birthday party, Dolores Hope appeared little changed: Her white hair was richly coiffed, her skin smooth and her voice deep and warm. She was brought to the party in a wheelchair

but was alert and happy as she greeted old friends and posed for photographs. Hope mused, “I thought it was going to be just another birthday.” In 1933, when Bob Hope was appearing in his first Broadway show, “Roberta,” his friend and fellow cast member George Murphy persuaded him to visit the Vogue Club to “hear a pretty girl sing.” She was Dolores Reade, a dark beauty whose singing of “It’s Only a Paper Moon” entranced the young comedian. “I’ll never forget what a wonderful singer she was,” said Rip Taylor. “In fact, that’s how Bob and Dolores met. It seems to me that they were always laughing.” Hope returned every night and soon he was escorting her to her hotel after her shows. They married Feb. 19, 1934, and she quit nightclubs to join his vaudeville act. Then she retired. “Bob was the hot thing in New York then,” she recalled in 1997. “I thought I’d better stay home and take care of Bob.”

O’Neill Theatre starring Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Anthony Edwards, Bradley Whitford, John Lithgow, Cheyenne Jackson, Campbell Brown, Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner and Larry Kramer, among others. The mood was festive and no mention was made of the latest judge’s decision on stage. The 21 actors read from binders that contained the script and sat in director’s chairs on stage. The only props were the flags of California and the United States and a video monitor that played anti-gay marriage political ads. One odd note was struck inadvertently right at the beginning: The proscenium was decorated like a Mormon temple — the legacy of the show that usually plays in the space, “The Book of Mormon.”

Freeman portrayed Boies, Lithgow played Olson, Whitford played proProp 8 attorney Charles Cooper and Bob Balaban played the judge. The other actors played various plaintiffs, witnesses and experts. Celebrities spotted in the audience included newscasters Brian Williams and Barbara Walters, and actress Fran Drescher. At the end of the reading, the cast invited the real Olson and Boies onto the stage, as well as the four plaintiffs: Sandy Stier (played by Barkin), Kris Perry (Lahti), Paul Katami (Jackson) and Jeff Zarrillo (Matt Bomer). “I thought it was great,” said Boies afterward. “It’s a little bit humbling to see Morgan Freeman up there and a little bit worrisome — now my clients are going to want him and not me.” Boies said the judge’s decision to release the video of the trial wouldn’t harm the play’s prospects. “Having all of these ways of expressing this issue is important. Theater has a way of reaching people and I think the people who did this did a terrific job of boiling down a three-and-a-half week trial down to 70 or 80 minutes.”

Tony Bennett celebrates 85th with all-star concert Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Tony Bennett makes 85 look like the new 55. The legendary crooner celebrated his milestone birthday with a star-studded concert at the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday, looking youthful and spry as he performed for more than an hour without taking so much as a water break. He danced, told jokes, and sang duets with Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Alejandro Sanz for a capacity crowd that included Robert De Niro and Katie Couric. “I think it is amazing. He is amazing. This just goes to tell you nobody under 85 can complain about jack,” said Whoopi Goldberg, who was also in attendance. “Don’t tell me you are tired. I don’t want to hear it. Tony Bennett can sing a cappella in the Met.” Former President Bill Clinton kicked off the evening’s festivities. He said he and his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also in attendance, have been long time fans of Bennett’s music and art (Bennett is a painter as well). “Tony Bennett has become part of our lives. Something special. Something different. An artist in so many ways,” Clinton said. Bennett, whose actual birthday was Aug. 3, then took to the stage and performed hits such as “The Best is Yet to Come,” ‘’Everybody Loves a Winner,” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” He dedicated “The Good Life” to his good friend, Lady Gaga. “I’ve been singing 50 years — I will be honest, 60 years — and I love it,” said Bennett. Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Crow attend Tony’s 85th birthday gala in New York, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011


You can’t reinvent the burger; you can remake it Associated Press Writer

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This Sept. 13, 2011 photo shows Anthony Guarino Jr., a seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology, demonstrating an early earthquake warning system in Pasadena, Calif.

US scientists testing earthquake early warning Associated Press Writer

PASADENA, Calif. — Elizabeth Cochran was sitting in her office when her computer suddenly sounded an alarm. Beep. Beep. Beep. A map of California on her screen lit up with a red dot, signaling an earthquake had struck. A clock next to the map counted down the seconds until shock waves fanning out from the epicenter north of Los Angeles reached her location in Pasadena: 5-4-3-2-1. Right on cue, Cochran felt her chair quiver ever so slightly from a magnitude-4.2 that rumbled through Southern California on Sept. 1. “If I hadn’t known it was an earthquake, I would have thought it was a truck going by,” she said.

After years of lagging behind Japan, Mexico and other quake-prone countries, the U.S. government has been quietly testing an earthquake early warning system in California since February. Cochran belongs to an exclusive club of scientists who receive a heads up every time the state shakes. The alert system is still crude and messages are not yet broadcast to residents or businesses. With more testing and funding, researchers hope to build a public warning system similar to the Japanese that has been credited with saving lives during the

March 11 magnitude-9 disaster. Since earthquakes are unpredictable, supporters of early warning say it’s the next best thing to prepare people and the commercial sector before the ground rocks. Even a 5-second advance notice can be precious, they contend. “You want to get under a sturdy table before things start falling off the wall,” said University of California, Berkeley seismologist Richard Allen, a project participant. “We don’t want people to start running out of buildings.” Early warning is designed to sense the first pulses of energy after a fault breaks and estimate the magnitude based on limited information. This is possible because of the different speeds at which seismic waves travel.

NEW YORK — When Wendy’s decided to remake its 42-yearold hamburger, the chain agonized over every detail. A pickle chemist was consulted. Customers were quizzed on their lettuce knowledge. And executives went on a cross-country burger-eating tour. The result? Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy, named after late Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas. The burger — with extra cheese, a thicker beef patty, a buttered bun, and hold the mustard, among other changes — will be served in restaurants starting Monday. “Our food was already good,” said Denny Lynch, a Wendy’s spokesman. “We wanted it to be better. Isn’t that what long-term brands do? They reinvent themselves.” For Wendy’s Co., based in Dublin, Ohio, reinvention is critical. That’s why executives at the 6,600-restaurant chain spent the past two and a half years going over burger minutiae during an undertaking they call Project Gold Hamburger. That included deciding whether to switch from white

onions on its burgers to red (they did), to change the fat/lean ratio of the meat (they didn’t), or to go with plain or crinkled pickles (they picked crinkled.) Wendy’s is trying to boost lackluster sales and fight growing competition from much bigger rival McDonald’s on one end and expanding fast-casual chains like Five Guys on the other. Part of the problem is that Americans in the economic downturn are being pickier about how they spend their dining-out dollars. But the biggest issue is that Wendy’s, which hadn’t changed its burger since the chain began in 1969, let its food offerings get stale while competitors updated their menus. Still, it can be risky to tweak an old favorite. The past is littered with examples of this, including New Coke and Clear Pepsi, which were pulled from store shelves because customers didn’t like them. Wendy’s itself stumbled a few years ago when it rolled out breakfast foods. The company now says its mistake was offering omelets and pancakes, which aren’t conducive to eating on the go.

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In this Sept. 15, 2011 photo, Liz Shires, Wendy’s research and development laboratory coordinator, works on cooking two hamburger patties for the new Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Cheeseburger in the lab at the company’s international headquarters in Dublin, Ohio.

Study: Whooping cough vaccination fades in 3 years Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA — The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its effectiveness after just three years — a lot faster than doctors believed — and that could help explain a recent series of outbreaks in the U.S. among children who were fully vaccinated, a study suggests. The study is small and preliminary, and its authors said the results need to be confirmed through more research. Nevertheless, the findings are likely to stir debate over whether children should get a booster

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Nurse Susan Peel draws whooping cough vaccination before giving an injection to a student at Inderkum High School, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in Sacramento, Calif.

shot earlier than now recommended. “I was disturbed to find maybe we had a little more confidence in the vaccine than it might deserve,” said the lead researcher, Dr. David Witt, chief of infectious disease at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, Calif. Witt presented his findings Monday at the American Society for Microbiology conference in Chicago. The study was done in California, where whooping cough vaccinations are a hot-button issue. The state had a huge spike in whooping cough cases last year, during which more than 9,100 people fell ill and 10 babies died. California schools have turned away thousands of middle and high school students this fall who haven’t gotten their booster shot. Government health officials recommend that children get vaccinated against whooping cough in five doses, with the first shot

at age 2 months and the final one between 4 and 6 years. Then youngsters are supposed to get a booster shot around 11 or 12. That means a gap of five to eight years. Witt’s study looked at roughly 15,000 children in Marin County, Calif., including 132 who got whooping cough last year. He found that youngsters who had gone three years or more since the last of their five original shots were as much as 20 times more likely to become infected than children who had been more recently vaccinated. The largest number of cases was in children 8 to 12 years old. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease that in rare cases can be fatal. It leads to severe coughing that causes children to make a distinctive whooping sound as they gasp for breath.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011



Mandanda tells ailing Marseille to wake up Marseille captain Steve Mandanda pulled no punches here Monday, berating his teammates for not trying hard enough to reverse the club’s freefall to the foot of the French league. Mandanda was speaking 24 hours after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to league leaders Lyon deepened the 2010 champions’ woes to leave them 11 points behind Lyon and winless after six games. “What’s certain is that we are not putting in the effort to get out of this position, both in training and in matches. We have to make more of an impact, show more willing, more aggression,â€? said the France international. “As for the title, we can completely forget about it for the time being, if we don’t you’ll think I’m just taking the mickey...â€? he told local media. “Today we don’t scare any team.â€? Mandanda defended Didier Deschamps, dismissing the notion WKDW WKH XQGHU ÂżUH 0DUVHLOOH FRDFK KDG ORVW WKH FRQÂżGHQFH RI WKH FKDQJLQJURRPÂł:HÂśYHZRQZLWKKLPZHÂśUHH[SHULHQFLQJGLIÂżFXOW times with him, we’ll get out of this with him.â€? Deschamps himself conceded his team’s plight hurt him deeply and the man who captained France to the 1998 World Cup title appealed to his team’s “character, self-esteem and prideâ€?. “To pull ourselves out of this we need a great deal of “moral and mental strength,â€? insisted Deschamps after a meeting with the Marseille board who offered him their full support. “I’m a believer, I’m not giving up,â€? Deschamps said ahead of Marseille’s midweek date with newly promoted Evian, who unlike their illustrious rivals on Wednesday have managed one win and are placed in midtable with seven points, four more than hapless Marseille. AP Photo/Sang Tan

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri, right, gets away from Fulham’s Clint Dempsey during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage, London, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

Man City plan more investment close to home Reuters

MANCHESTER, England - Big-spending Manchester City aim to develop home-grown talent DVWKH\VHHNWRFRQIRUPWR(XURSHDQÂżQDQFLDOIDLUSOD\UXOHVDQGVXEPLWWHGSODQVRQ0RQGD\ IRUDWUDLQLQJFHQWUHWKH\EHOLHYHZLOOEHWKHEHVWLQWKHZRUOG Since being taken over by Sheikh Mansour three years ago, City have spent more than 600 million pounds ($947 million) on building a team that is among the favourites for the Premier League title. That level of spending is unsustainable in the long-term though, the club says, DQG ZRXOG DOVR EH GLIÂżFXOW XQGHU European governing body UEFA’s QHZ ÂżQDQFLDO IDLU SOD\ UXOHV WKDW aim to stop reckless spending on wages and transfer fees. City believe the proposed training complex near their Etihad Stadium will be better than those such as AC Milan’s renowned Milanello and will produce top players for club and country. “We know that youth development has to be at the heart of this club. Investment in the transfer market has helped us reach a cer-

tain level, to stay there will take investment in player development, welfare and top-class facilities,â€? chief football operations officer Brian Marwood told reporters. “Everybody is getting quite conFHUQHGDERXWÂżQDQFLDOIDLUSOD\LWÂśV not just us. We are quite comfortable in terms of the work we have done to date, we know we still have a huge amount of work still to do before we conform. “This is part of that process -- develop your own home-grown talent is a big part of what we do.â€? The rules say spending cannot exceed revenue from TV rights, gate receipts, competition prize money and sponsorship. Clubs that do not conform face expulsion from European competition. Having just HPEDUNHGRQWKHLUÂżUVWFDPSDLJQLQ the elite Champions League, the last

thing City want is to fall foul of those rules. Spending on infrastructure and youth development do not count as expenditure under the regulations. City could not give details of the cost of the project which includes a 7,000-seater stadium for youth matches, 15 full-size pitches and accommodation on an 80-acre site. It submitted the plans to the city council on Monday and said it expected to get a decision by the end of the year. The club is hopeful of getting the green light as the project includes commitments to providing community facilities. Project consultant Nick Smith, who said City had done their research at clubs like Barcelona andArsenal as well as training centres for non-soccer clubs such as the LALakers and New York Giants, added it would be “the world’s best training facility.�

Hernandez to return to training Agence France Presse Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is set to resume training this week after avoiding serious injury in a late tackle by Ashley Cole LQ6XQGD\ÂśVGHIHDWRI&KHOVHDWKHSOD\HUÂśVDJHQWKDVFRQÂżUPHG Eduardo Hernandez said the Mexican international had suffered no more than a “bumpâ€? after the challenge by Cole which left United manager Alex Ferguson demanding a red card. Ferguson had initially stated Hernandez was likely to be sidelined for two weeks following Cole’s tackle. However, scans have revealed no serious damage, the striker’s agent said. “Nothing, it’s just a bump, nothing more,â€? said Eduardo Hernandez. “It looked like (his absence) was longer, they were looking for a fracture, that’s why they ran those tests on him. “I expect him to be training without incident on Wednesday.â€?



Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Davis joins GreenEdge cycling team Agence France Presse

Allan Davis, the Commonwealth Games road race champion and former Tour Down Under winner, has become the latest Australian to sign for the nascent GreenEdge team, it was announced Tuesday. Although he won bronze on a tough world road championships course in Geelong, Australia last year, the Queensland sprinter failed to make the cut for the road world championships being held in Copenhagen this week. Davis, however, has the 2012 Olympic Games within his sights and aims to work his way back into the team ahead of London. “The style of race that we should have at the Olympics suits me,� Davis said in a GreenEdge statement. “I was third at the World Championships last year, fifth in 2004, despite getting tangled up with another rider a few hundred metres from the finish line, and twelfth in my second year as a professional in 2003. “So I’d be silly not to try and get a good result in these sorts of races.� He added: “It’s a privilege to ride for your country, so the first step in achieving my goals at the Olympics and World Championships is to get the results needed to be selected for the team.� Currently in his second year with Astana, which did not fulfil a pledge to allow him to race the Tour de France in July, Davis is set to sit down with GreenEdge at the end of the season to plan his 2012 campaign. GreenEdge are set to become the first Australian-registered team in the elite peloton and hope to acquire a UCI ProTour licence in order to compete in the 2012 season -- which should be helped by the signing of top names so far. Matthew Goss, who won Milan-Sanremo in March while riding for HTC-Highroad, has signed for the team MRLQLQJIHOORZ$XVWUDOLDQV-DFN%REULGJH6LPRQ*HUUDQV Cameron Meyer, Travis Meyer, Stuart O’Grady, Robbie 0F(ZHQ %DGHQ &RRNH 0DWW :LOVRQ 6LPRQ &ODUNH DQG Leigh Howard.

AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic

Novak Djokovic of Serbia kneels on the court after an injury during his World Group Davis Cup semiďŹ nals tennis match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

Novak Djokovic: Back injury is not serious Associated Press Writer

BELGRADE, Serbia — Novak Djokovic says the back muscle injury that forced him to quit his Davis Cup match is not serious but requires rest. He tried to play through the pain Sunday DJDLQVW-XDQ0DUWLQGHO3RWURLQWKHVHPL¿QDOV%XWWKHWRSUDQNHG6HUEVWRSSHGGXULQJWKH VHFRQGVHWVHQGLQJ$UJHQWLQDWRWKH'DYLV&XS¿QDODJDLQVW6SDLQ


Allan Davis, seen here in 2010, the Commonwealth Games road race champion and former Tour Down Under winner, has become the latest Australian to sign for the nascent GreenEdge team

“Not as serious as we have thought,â€? Djokovic said Monday. “It’s a partial rupture of a back muscle that deserves rest.â€? Djokovic skipped Friday’s opening singles because of lingering back problems following his victory over Rafael Nadal in the U.S. 2SHQ ÂżQDO %XW DIWHU ORVLQJ the opening set 7-6 (5) against Del Potro, Djokovic fell from pain during the third game of the second set. Djokovic said he may have to skip his next tournaments in China next month — the Shanghai Masters and China 2SHQLQ%HLMLQJÂł,KRSH,ZLOO

recover by then,â€? Djokovic said. “Anyway, I won’t risk the worsening of the injury and that’s why it is hard to predict for how long I will rest.â€? Djokovic said he has never had this kind of back problem. “I carried the injury since the U.S. Open,â€? Djokovic said. “It gradually got worse through the tournament, and I IHOWVKDUSSDLQLQWKHÂżQDOV´ “Luckily for me, I managed to hold on and to survive that fourth set and win the tournament,â€? Djokovic added. “I came here quite late, and I could not get ready.â€? Djok-

ovic beat Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7  LQWKH862SHQÂżQDO for his sixth consecutive win over the Spaniard, including WKH:LPEOHGRQÂżQDODQGKLV third major title this season. He entered the Davis Cup weekend with a 64-2 record. One of those losses came when he quit with a sore shoulder against Andy MurUD\LQWKH&LQFLQQDWLÂżQDOODVW month. Djokovic also lost to Roger Federer in the French 2SHQVHPLÂżQDOV'MRNRYLFUHportedly is planning to marry longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic before the new season starts.




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ro ready to change Rossi riding id position Valentino Rossi thinks that adjusting his riding position might be one of the next avenues for Ducati to explore as it strives to get its bike on the pace. The seven-time MotoGP champion has T onl one podium to show for his maiden only Ducati season so far, despite a string of maD j changes to the bike including bringing jor fforward the 2012 chassis and switching tto a part-aluminium frame at Aragon last eek weekend. The latter change was inconclusive, with fee Rossi feeling the bike had improved slightly, but ble to finish 10th in the race amid tyre issues only able ollo and following a pitlane start. ow he is wondering whether his riding posiNow sho be next on Ducati’s list - suggesting tion should that he is getting less straightline speed out of bi than predecessor Casey Stoner had. the bike We’r losing in some quite strange areas,” “We’re R saidd Rossi. “For example, compared to Stoner

AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

MotoGP Yahama rider Valentino Rossi of Italy waves to the crowd after the qualifying practice at the Motorland racetrack in Alcaniz, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. The Aragon Motorcycle Grand Prix will take place Sunday.

5HQDXOWFRQ‫ۋ‬GHQWRIUHVXUJHQFH 5HQDXOWFRQ‫ۋ‬GHQWRIUH RENAULT may have endured a challenging 2011 campaign after falling away from the podium-finishing pace that it started the season with, but team principal Eric Boullier says he has reason to feel genuinely optimistic that the team can return to form next year. Boullier says his confidence for the future is based on the fact that Renault has managed to arrest its decline this year with recent updates to the car pushing it back into regular Q3 contention after a mid-season struggle. With further updates set to be added to the R31 at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, and the team now benefiting from a mid-season windtunnel upgrade, Boullier thinks

his outfit has the potential once again to push itself nearer the front of the grid. “To be transparent with you, my first little happiness this year was that we were capable of producing a car at the beginning of the season that was able to fight for podiums,” Boullier said, when asked by AUTOSPORT about his feelings on Renault’s current plight. “That means that at home we have enough engineering and know-how to produce something good. “Now, we understand why we could not catch up on the development speed, but I am confident that next year we will again be delivering a good car. “And, on top of this, we have isolated different parameters that will make us better – and clearly delivering much better now in 60 per cent [scale windtunnel]. So I am very positive to be honest.” Renault has made solid progress after delivering an aggressive update programme since the German GP in July – although the biggest steps have come in the last few events. Boullier says that a further improvement should come in Singapore this weekend – with parts that failed to be ready in time for the last race in Italy being available this time. “We didn’t bring the full upgrade we had planned for Italy because of production reasons, which means the biggest upgrade parts will be in Singapore,” he explained. “I don’t know how much they will be worth, but two tenths [of a second] maybe. They will also change the way that we have to set up the car, so they could be worth even more.”

we are a lot slower on the straights, with the same bike as we had from the first test. “We need to understand this because maybe this riding position is more suitable for the shorter and smaller rider than the taller rider like me or like Nicky [Hayden]. We have to understand if we can improve it.” Rossi said his issues with the riding position were clear to see on television. “I don’t feel very comfortable on the bike, so we’ve already thought of something to move the weight and if you look at me on the television, I don’t ride like in the past,” he said. “It’s quite clear from outside.” He admitted that Ducati did not seem to be getting closer to resolving its issues so far. “We worked in a lot of different ways but it looks like we didn’t fix a lot,” said Rossi. “We continued to be quite slow. Apart from some good races we are not consistent, and it looks like we haven’t fixed the problem.”

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