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Investigating tons of fishes death

Team assigns to Lake Batur

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Since Sunday (Jun 19), dozens of tons of fish of various kinds and sizes instantly died on Lake Batur, Kintamani. At the moment, farmers and residents of Songan, Buahan and Kedisan Village as well as several other villages located on Batur lakeside were busy collecting dead fish as giving forth bad smell.

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To investigate the cause of their death, Bali Environment Agency (BLH), Bali Fishery Services, Bali House and a number of experts came down to Lake Batur. Laboratory Head of Bali Environment Agency, Gede Suarjana, told reporters. Scientifically, said Suarjana, pollution causing the death of fish on Lake Batur could not have been ascertained as no laboratory tests were made related to the pollution. “We have assigned a team of Bali Environment Agency, Bali House, Bangli Fishery Services as well as several experts to directly monitor the field conditions. Even, Bangli Regency has deployed a Task Force to evacuate the dead fish ashore,” he said. Even though there was no laboratory test, Suarjana said that similar cases once occurred three years ago but the number of dead fish was not as much as in the current incident. Temporary monitoring at location indicated the water color changed to whitish. Prior to the change, an earthquake occurred on Monday (Jun 20) morning. If water discoloration was caused by volcanic eruptions at the bottom of the lake, so it could nearly be ascertained that lack of oxygen would engulf fish and other animals or plants on the lake.

Japanese dancers spread enchantment AFICIONADOS of arts in Bali are obliged to reap valuable lessons from the seriousness of foreign artists in learning Balinese arts. Japanese artist, Ami Hasegawa, and friends who joined in the Basundhari Dance Studio, Japan, for example, were highly skilled in performing Balinese dance with comparable quality to the original Balinese dancers. Result of her seriousness reaped an amazement of BAF visitors when making performance in Wantilan Hall of Bali Art Center, Monday (Jun 20). At that night, Ami Hasegawa along with 11 other Japanese dancers was dancing accompa-

nied by the gong gede gamelan music played by musicians of Cendana Gamelan Studio belonging to famous comedian, I Ketut ‘Cedil’ Suanda. At least, four classical dances were staged in succession starting from Rejang Renteng, Pengaksama, Baris Kekupu and Wiranjaya Dance. Of the four dances, the Wiranjaya Dance composed by I Ketut Merdana in 1957 received the most enthusiastic applause from the audience. The dance depicting the journey of Nakula and Sahadewa to learn archery was presented by Mayumi Inoue and Mariko Inui at the ultimate session. Continued on page 6

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The Japanese artists performed classical dance of Bali during the Bali Art Festival.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bali News

Coalescing into Bali Liang

Meanwhile, in relation to the statement of Directorate General Firmansyah Rahim on listed-to-listed travel agencies of RI-China, the authority of Bali Laing through its Chairman, Hartono, issued a list of travel agencies becoming the members. According to Hartono, the thirtyone travel agencies were considered to have legal qualifications and competence to handle Chinese tourists spending holidays in Bali. “It is expected, there will be business contacts of listed-to-listed companies and tourists will no longer be handled by ilIBP/File legal travel agencies,” he Hartono, S.H said. He added that travel agencies coalesced into Bali Liang had competence, professionalism as well as legal legitimacy. “Let us unite in Bali Liang to increase Chinese tourist arrivals for the sake of our shared interest,” he said. The thirty-one travel agencies coalesced into Bali Liang are as follows:

1. Alam Bidadari Semesta Tours & Travel 2. Antar Budaya Cakrawala (ABC Tours) 3. Bahagia Dewata Wisata 4. Bali Bersama Prima Sakti (Bima Sakti) 5. Bali Cahaya Tours & Travel 6. Bali Jaya Citra (BJC) 7. Eka Jaya Bali Tours 8. Equator Bumi Servisindo (Djunardi) 9. Gajah Bali Wisata 10. Harum Indah Sari (HIS Tours) 11. Intrajasa Tamasya Era Wisata (Intra Wisata) 12. Jetwings Bali 13. Japan Travel Bureau Indonesia (JTB) 14. Khrisna Tohpati Perdana (KTP Tours) 15. Lion Mas Dinamika Express Tours 16. Maju Ika Jaya Tours 17. Millennium Globalindo Holiday (MG Travel) 18. Millennium Indo Wisata 19. Modernika Citra Wisata (Modern Tours) 20. Oleg Bali International (OBI Tours) 21. Penjor Tours 22. Prima Agung Wisata 23. Prima Indo Wisata 24. Rintis Wisata Utama Tours & Travel 25. Santa Bali Tours & Travel 26. Terimakasih Indonesia Tours & Travel 27. Tjendana Mandara Sakti 28. Varia Indo Perdana Indonesia (Varia Tour) 29. Valencia Intan Permata (VIP Tours) 30. Wung Lucky Perkasa Tours. (BTN/pal)

G to G in Attracting Chinese Tourists Central government, in this case the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, was also disturbed by the publication on the death case of Liu Yuan Yuan, a Chinese tourist who died when taking rafting adventure on Tukad Melangit River some time ago. Directorate General of Destination Development, Firmansyah Rahim, Thursday (Jun 9) told Bali Travel News (BTN) in Kartika Plaza Hotel that his party expected the case could be resolved because it would damage the reputation and image of Indonesian tourism abroad, particularly in China. “Frankly speaking, I do not know clearly about the problem. Obviously, the responsible party should be sentenced severely,” he said. Even, if it was then known the travel agency was illegal, local government should execute by means of its regional regulation. “Light or severe it will highly depend on the regulation itself,” he said. As for the death case, it could have been directed to the criminal domain. “I will clarify immediately about this matter with the Head of Bali Government Tourism Office,” he said

before the members of Bali Liang such as Eddy Sunyoto, Aseng Mulyadi and Atong Suhardiman. According to Atong, families of the victim and victim’s body were still in Bali. It had not been cremated yet for further legal process. “It’s a matter of legality, competency and the image of destination” said Atong. At the moment, he said, families of the victim Liu were preparing legal measures. As published in the previous edition, Liu Yuan Yuan died when taking rafting adventure on Melangit River handled

by Bakas Levi Rafting. Arrival of the Chinese tourist in Bali handled by Say Love Bali travel agency was finally known to be illegal. “On that account, we at the Central Government will now explore the possibility of cooperation in terms of Government to Government (G to G) where the authority of China should be issuing an official list. On that account, we will also issue a list of companies so there will be a listed-to-listed companies contact officially known by both parties,” he said. (BTN/pal)

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The Chinese tourists who visit Bali for their holiday

Prevent Bali Tourism Disappearing

Denpasar Stop Karaoke and Massage Permit Denpasar (Bali Post) –

The threat of Bali’s popularity in being a cultural tourism destination now starts to be realised by a number of sides as recent days more and more unrelated Bali value tourism sites

appear including in Denpasar itself. Attraction such as Barong and Rangda is quiet of its visitors while ironically night entertainment places like karaoke, pub and such things were filled. Not only that, massage places also started to

spread in completing it. Head of Denpasar Tourism Agency, Drs. Putu Budiasa, M.Si, when met at his office last Tuesday (21/6) confirmed that it’s happening but Bali’s culture tourism is still a priority. (kmb12)

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To cover booth rental expenses, craftsmen raise prices Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Though the booth rental in Bali Arts Festival 2011 increased, craftsmen stayed optimistic to get blessings in the grandiose rendezvous of the art and culture this year. One of the ways to respond the hike was by increasing the selling prices of products offered to cover the booth rental expenses. The 33rd BAF has been running almost for two weeks, but animation of the artists to show off their art and cultural creativity and appreciation seemed to have not been felt by visitors and exhibitors of craft products. Public interest in visiting the Bali Arts Festival to witness performances and other arts was not as enthusiastic as in the previous years. As consequence, this condition also had an impact on the craft product exhibitors. One of the exhibition booth tenants, Sugawati, an Endek fabric artisan, admitted the echo of BAF had not been sufficiently felt by community. Proved, until entering the second week of BAF 2011, her booth was visited by few visitors, whereas according to this exhibitor who had joined the BAF for nearly seven times confessed if her booth was always thronged by many visitors. Participating in BAF was positive, so she was constantly optimistic. “I am consistently optimistic because the impact of participating in BAF is very positive, especially to increase customers,” she said while arranging her craft products in her display rack. When asked whether the both rental was reasonable or not, she assessed it had become the decision of government. She was just complying with the rules stipulated. On the one hand, craftsmen wanted to exhibit their products to public. But on the other hand, they worried if their products could not draw the public atten-

tion. “We can only do one thing, namely covering the cost of booth rental by raising the selling price of products. But, the price we offer is relatively affordable,” she said. Nevertheless, Sugawati remained to have a hope. She and most of the other crafters hoped the products showcased would be more widely known by visitors and order would flood their outlets. “All excellent products are displayed in BAF, so many residents are taking advantage of this moment to find out their wished products without having to go far away to location of each craftsman,” she added. Related to various rental prices of the booth, the Head of Bali Cultural Services, Ketut Suastika, assessed if the expenses incurred by tenant was very reasonable. He said that booth rental had been stipulated in law where the booth beneath the building of Ardha Candra Amphitheater was IDR 6 million, under Ksiraarnawa IDR 2 million and outside IDR 1 million. “Such rental fee is excluding operational cost delivered to each tenant. If price in the field was indeed up to IDR 4 million or more, it has included the booth rental, electricity, sanitation and security,” said Suastika when contacted by Bali Post on Tuesday (Jun 21). During the implementation of BAF, the entire booths in BAF area amounting to some 165 units would be guarded closely by security officers for 24 hours. Other than safety, sanitation of the booth would also be well maintained. All costs of those activities were obtained from the rental fee charged to exhibitors. “The booth rental is reasonable, considering facilities acquired by tenant is not only the booth, but also electrical, safety and sanitation. Therefore, nothing should be complained any longer,” he concluded.

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Developing Denpasar tourism

Create a cultural tourism, not touristic culture Denpasar (Bali Post)—

As one of the tourism development areas, Denpasar City will be inseparable from the development of accommodation. To prevent the chaotic tourism development, the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) asked Denpasar Municipality to involve the association in the tourism development, especially in the city of Denpasar that is currently working to create cultural tourism rather than touristic culture. Related to this matter, Chairman of PHRI Denpasar, IB Sidharta Putra, said on Tuesday (Jun 21) that PHRI holding the hotel and restaurant industry was really necessary to team up with government because of mutual need, especially in the tourism development. He explained that government as the economic driver should help oversee the development of hotel sector as one of the tourism indicators in Bali. Denpasar Municipality definitely needed to make tourism zones including the zone for accommodation development. It was described that tourism zone in Denpasar should be clarified so the development of hotel sector would not turn chaotic. Furthermore,

Sidhartha said that tourism development in the city of Denpasar had to involve the association of tourism including PHRI such as in the development of city resort hotel. At least, PHRI Denpasar could also help provide a recommendation. Meanwhile, the Mayor of Denpasar, Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra, said that sustainability of hospitality industry should be considered jointly by government, including with PHRI, because the hotel potentials in Denpasar comprised two aspects namely resort and city hotel. Additionally, the development of tourism sector were indeed encouraging the emergence of less fair competition in the accommodation business. When coalescing

into PHRI Denpasar, local hoteliers should dare to compete fairly. “Professionalism without supported by regional potential and advantage is surely difficult, but if it can be a tremendous force, see supporting aspects and become superiority around it, of course tourism in Denpasar City will be sustainable,” he said. The mayor acknowledged that Bali had been known for the branding of its cultural tourism, not touristic culture. On that account, preserving Balinese culture should be undertaken jointly and responsibly. “To change behavior is difficult. But, through organization like PHRI it will become a comprehensive strength, particularly in building tourism,” he added.

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Bajra Sandhi Monument, one of the tourism site in Denpasar

Truck hauling stone crashes tank truck and motorcycle Goa Lawah road section afflicted by congestion Semarapura (Bali Post)—

A crash of truck hauling stones against tank truck occurred on Jalan Raya Goa Lawah (east of Goa Lawah Temple—Ed) on Tuesday (Jun 21). Additionally, the same truck also crashed a motorcycle that caused it to bounce into a gutter, including the rider. Luckily, there were no casualties in the accident. It only led to traffic congestion for more than two hours in the road section of Goa Lawah. A number of residents around the

scene said the accident occurred around 1:50 p.m. At that time, the truck hauling stones with police plate DK 9577 KJ driven by Ketut Sudana, 40, from Sukawati, moved from Karangasem direction (east) to the west. Speed of the truck was not more than 30 kilometers per hour. “My truck is heavy because hauling full of freight. So, it is impossible to move at higher speed,” said Sudana when asked for his confirmation. At that time, he admitted to transport stone freight from Butus,

Bebandem, Karangasem to Gianyar. At the scene, he confessed if he was about to take a cell phone stored on the dashboard around the wheel. “Suddenly, my vehicle had swerved to the right and crashed against the vehicle from the opposite direction,” he added while denying if he was driving the truck in drowsy state. The crashing tank truck had police plate DK 9520 F and was driven by Nyoman Narka, 50, from Batubulan, Gianyar. It moved from Klungkung (west) to Karangasem

(east). The tank was empty because it was going to take fuel at Manggis depot. “Suddenly the truck carrying stones took the right lane. I have tried to avoid, but front section of the truck still hit the body and rear wheel of the tank truck I drove,” said Narka who was also met at location. The collision made the rear section of the tank sink into the gutter at north side of the road. Due to moving at fairly high speed, the tank truck could turn back to the road. However, the rear axle was broken.

Meanwhile, the stone-laden truck had crashed a motorcycle, Honda Vario with police plate DK 5128 SS moving behind the tank truck. The motorcycle was ridden by Gede Parwata Gede, 40, from Manggis, Karangasem. “I was behind the tank truck then. Suddenly, I was crashed by the truck. As a result, I was attempting to avoid until finally tumbling into the gutter. My motorcycle was badly damaged. Thanks God, I could survive in the incident,” admitted Gede Parwata.


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International

Argentine president says she will seek re-election Associated Press Writer

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez announced on Tuesday that she will seek re-election, ending months of speculation about her political plans. In a nationally televised address, Fernandez told the nation, “We are once again going to go submit ourselves” to the vote. “I always knew what I had to do because I’ve always had a high sense of political responsibility and what must be done,” said Fernandez, who succeeded her late husband Nestor Kirchner in the presidency in 2007. Polls indicate Fernandez lacks majority support in Argentina, but might easily win re-election in the Oct. 23 first-round vote against a divided opposition. The president’s plans have been a subject of speculation due to rumored health issues and her public silence on her political future. In her speech Tuesday, the 58year-old president said she had planned on waiting closer to the end of the candidacy registration period before announcing. The candidate of the Peronist party will face challenges from Ricardo Alfonsin, the son of ex-President Raul Alfonsin, and fellow Peronist ex-President Eduardo Duhalde, among others. Fernandez’s first-round election

victory in October 2007 was widely attributed to the support of her popular husband, whom many Argentines credited with reviving the country after its 2001-2002 economic collapse. Fernandez, however, had already built a political career on her own terms, winning a legislative seat in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz in 1991 when her husband became the province’s governor. Fernandez later represented the remote province in the national Senate and Chamber of Deputies. Political analysts speculated after her presidential win that the power couple planned to alternate four-year terms in the Casa Rosada, the country’s presidential palace, thanks to Argentine laws letting presidents serve unlimited, non-consecutive terms. Argentine law does allow presidents to serve two consecutive terms. Such speculation ended in October 2010, when her husband died

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Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, center, Peru’s President-elect Ollanta Humala, left, and his wife Nadine Heredia wave to journalists at the government residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

of heart failure at age 60. Fernandez has since taken to wearing black at public events and delivering emotional homages to her late-husband. Her administration has had its rocky moments, most notably a nationwide strike that halted farm production in

Soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade march toward the Houses of Parliament during a homecoming parade in central London, on June 21, 2011. Senior army figures on Wednesday warned David Cameron not to “fall into the trap” of a hasty Afghan troop drawdown. AFP/Adrian Dennis

Military warns Cameron over Afghan drawdown Agence France Presse

LONDON – Senior army figures on Wednesday warned David Cameron not to “fall into the trap” of a hasty Afghan troop drawdown, a day after the premier scolded the military for claiming it was overstretched. Head of the army General Peter Wall cast doubt on Prime Minister Cameron’s 2015 deadline for the withdrawal of combat troops during an interview for a BBC documentary due to be aired Wednesday. “Whether or not it turns out to be an absolute timeline or more conditions-based approach nearer the time, we shall find out,” Chief of the General Staff Wall told the “Afghanistan: War Without End?” programme.

Meanwhile, former army chief Richard Dannatt urged Cameron not to be tempted to accelerate the withdrawal by US President Barack Obama’s expected announcement that 10,000 US soldiers are to be brought home. “Obama may wish to withdraw troops for his domestic political purposes but I am quite sure our prime minister will not fall into the same trap,” the former soldier told The Times. “He will not want to risk the investment in blood and treasure just for a domestic political agenda,” he added. Cameron reacted testily on Tuesday to an air force chief’s claims that fighting in Afghanistan and Libya was demoralising personnel, saying the army could continue its Libya operations for “as long as is necessary”.

2008 to protest government grain export tariffs. Fernandez had imposed the tariffs to try and force farmers to sell more of its production domestically and dampen rising food prices. The farm conflict handed the president a major loss after her own

vice president, Julio Cobos, cast the deciding vote in the Senate defeating the export tariff package. In her announcement Tuesday, Fernandez did not reveal whom she would choose as her vice presidential running mate.

Kerry, McCain push Libya resolution Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Two top senators on Tuesday unveiled a resolution giving President Barack Obama limited authority in the 3-month-old war against Libya, warning that the drastic step of cutting off funds for the military operation would be a lifeline to a weakened Moammar Gadhafi. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and John McCain of Arizona, the leading Republican on the Armed Services Committee, introduced the bipartisan resolution that would allow the mission to continue but would impose a one-year limit on the NATO-led operation, a period McCain said is “more than enough time to finish the job.” It also would prohibit American ground forces in Libya. The measure is a clear counter to efforts in the House to prohibit spending and effectively end the operation, a reflection of the growing Republican and Democratic anger toward Obama and his treatment of Congress. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said late Tuesday that the Republican rank and file would consider two possible resolutions — one mirroring the Senate measure by Kerry and McCain and another to remove U.S. forces from Libya except those involved in search and rescue, aerial refueling, intelligence and surveillance and noncombat missions. The Republicans would weigh the two at a meeting Wednesday. “We have no desire to damage the

NATO alliance, which has been a strong force for peace and stability in Europe and around the world,” Boehner said in a statement. “We know that soldiers, sailors and airmen from our allies have fought by our side for decades, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we honor their service. Still, the White House must not ignore its obligations to the American people and the laws of this country.”

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Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talk to the media about the Chinese government’s failure to cooperate in an ongoing Senate Armed Services Committee investigation into counterfeit parts in the Department of Defense supply chain, on Capitol Hill Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Washington.


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No Plastic is Fantastic CURRENTLY, the concept of community-based tourism development is expected to be cultivated by all tourism components. It is believed it can maintain harmonious development due to synergy between tourism perpetrators and communities in maintaining the development process and minimizing the negative effects against cultural, social, natural or other aspect. This concept is now being developed by Ramia Adnyana, General Manager of Furama Villas & Spa located at Bindu Village, Mambal. ”We are trying to actively encourage people in driving the tourism business,” said Ramia recently. In addition to recruiting workers from local village, the hotel also took the local art troupes to appear in hotels, educated local labor to be a spa therapist, gave extension to the village about basic education and the environment. “If our guests would like to have

spa treatment, we just need to call local people who had been trained for that. Therefore, it establishes a close relationship between the hotel and local community,” he said. “Likewise, we introduce about the hazards of rubbish to elementary school children,” said Ramia. With the slogan ‘No Plastic is Fantastic,’ this activity was expected to arouse the awareness of community since early age. Such an action was quite successful as proved by significant decrease of rubbishes and other plastic around the village. In wider context, Ramia invited all potentials of Balinese people to join the measures so Bali would remain one of the leading tourist destinations in the world. “Moreover, Bali Travel News as one of the subsidiaries of Bali Post Media Group will organize Tri Hita Karana (THK) Nugraha or awards. Of course, this must be supported by all parties,” he concluded. (BTN/pal)

Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for May 25 through July 8, 2011 25 May Buda Pon Tolu Catur Temple Buwana Sanding Tampaksiring 26 May Wraspati Wage Tolu Peninjoan Temple Besakih - Karangasem 1 Jun Buda Keliwon Gumbreg Pasek Gelgel Kukuh Marga Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Dukuh Selemadeg Tabanan Puseh Guwang Village Sukawati Merajan Pasek Ketewel Ketewel Merajan Pangeran Tangkas Kuro Agung Jeroan Sading Dalem Setra Batu Nunggul Swana Nusa Penida 8 Jun Buda Paing Wariga Merajan Pasek Gaduh Kayubihi Bangli 11 Jun Tumpek Uduh/Pengatag Puseh / Village Temple Batuan Sukawati Pasek Bendesa Kekeran Mengwi Manik Mas Besakih - Karangasem 15 Jun Buda Wage Warigadean Kepisah Sumerta Denpasar Pasek Gelgel Gerih Abiansemal Badung Puncaksari Penarukan Peninjoan Bangli Bangun Sakti Besakih - Karangasem Antegsari Kaba-Kaba Kediri Tabanan Pesimpangan Batur Pande Kaba-Kaba Kediri Tabanan 17 Jun Sukra Umanis Warigadean Odalan Ida Ratu di Penataran Agung Besakih - Karangasem Odalan Ida Ratu Puraus Merajan Salonding Besakih 19 Jun Redite Pon Julungwangi Panti Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Banjar - Singaraja 21 Jun Anggar Kasih Julungwangi Tirtaharum Tegalwangi Bangli Pasek Tohjiwa Wanasari Tabanan Pasek Tangguntiti Jakatebel Tabanan Pasek Bendesa Sangsit Sangsit Buleleng Dalem Waturenggong Taro Tegalalang

Ibu (Pura Kaja) Wanasari Selemadeg Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Tulikup - Gianyar Manik Bingin Sidemen - Karangasem 22 Jun Buda Umanis Julungwangi Penetaran Gana Bebalang Bangli Dalem Gede Banjar Pande Bangli Puncaksari Sangeh Abiansemal - Badung Dadia Agung Pasek Sanak Sapta Resi Gianyar Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Tohjiwa Jakatebel Merajan Pasek Prateka Batusesa Mr. Jeroan Dauh Cemenggon Puseh Penegil Darma Kubutambahan Singaraja 30 Jun Wraspati Wage Sungsang Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung Desa Tangkas Klungkung Siang Kangin Tampuagan Tembuku Bangli Odalan Ida Ratu Mas Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Petemon Odalan Ida Bhatara Bang Tulus Dewa Besakih - Karangasem 6 Jul Buda Keliwon Dunggulan Wakika Temple Kupang, NTT Agung Girinatha Temple Sumbawa Besar NTB Dukuh Sakti Temple Dukuh Kediri-Tabanan Atambuananta Temple Kutamba NTT Webananta Temple Kupang, NTT Giripati Mulawarman Temple Pontianak Mustika Dharma Temple Cijantung I Jakarta Timur Mustika Dharma Kompleks Kopassus Cijantung Jakarta Timur 7 Jul Wraspati Umanis Dunggulan Watukaru Temple Tabanan Lempuyang Luhur Temple Karangasem Kentel Gumi Temple Klungkung Pasek Gaduh Temple Umadesa Kediri Tabanan Pasek Kubayan Temple Wangaya Gede Penebel Tabanan Merajan Pasek Temple Tohjiwa Tiyingan - Klungkung Merajan Pasek Gaduh Temple Umadesa 8 Jul Sukra Paing Dunggulan Ulun Suwi Temple Jimbaran - Badung Luhur Temple Cemenggon, Sukawati - Gianyar Pasek Ubung Temple Ubung - Denpasar

Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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Australia’s Qantas, Rolls-Royce settle over blast Agence France Presse

SYDNEY – Australian flag carrier Qantas Wednesday said it had reached a $100 million settlement with engine maker Rolls-Royce over a mid-air blast that forced the grounding of its entire A380 fleet. “Qantas has today reached an agreement with Rolls-Royce plc in relation to the QF32 incident,” the carrier said in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange. “The full settlement of Aus$95 million ($100 million) will be recognised in the FY11 result.” It followed a Qantas A380 plane making an emergency landing in Singapore in November last year due to a mid-air engine explosion. Qantas initially grounded all six of its Airbus superjumbos after the blast over Indonesia, which forced the plane to return to Singapore trailing smoke. Subsequent investigations pinpointed a manufacturing defect which caused fatigue cracking in an oil pipe, resulting in a fire and potentially catastrophic engine failure. Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Germany’s Lufthansa all used the

Trent 900 engine on A380 superjumbos and dozens of turbines had to be replaced. Qantas did not resume full A380 services until January this year, and the plane involved in the blast will remain out of commission until next February as it undergoes extensive repairs. The Australian carrier lodged a compensation case in the Federal Court of Australia following the incident, but said the settlement meant proceedings against RollsRoyce would be discontinued. “Qantas and Rolls-Royce have had a long and successful commercial partnership spanning several decades,” the airline said. “Qantas looks forward to a continued strong relationship with Rolls-Royce on the basis of the settlement announced today.” Battered by surging fuel prices and a string of natural disasters including an ash plume from Chile which forced widespread flight disruptions this week, Qantas has announced job cuts, cancelled plane orders and scaled back growth plans. Qantas has never suffered a fatal crash in the jet age.

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Northern Ireland police officers patrol in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Rioting began for the second night between Catholic and Protestant gangs.

Three shot in Belfast sectarian clashes Agence France Presse

BELFAST – A press photographer was shot in the leg and police were pelted with petrol bombs as sectarian violence between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast continued to rage on Wednesday. The Press Association photographer was taken to hospital after being hit in the lower leg, the British news agency reported. Earlier, two people were hospitalised after suffering from gunshot wounds, Northern Ireland police said Tuesday. The violence erupted Monday afAFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKW

A Qantas Boeing 747 takes off as airlines begin to clear the backlog of stranded passengers from Sydney International Airport on June 22, 2011.

Japanese dancers... From page 1 Although the dance originating from Panji Sakti Land of Buleleng had varied repertoire of dance with a high difficulty level, the two yellow-skinned dancers successfully ‘conquered’ the dance perfectly. This community of dancers from the Cherry Blossom country also showed off a fascinating presentation through classical Baris Kekupu Dance that was very rarely staged so only a few art lovers in Bali knew the existence of this dance. Originally, this dance was composed by (late) I Nyoman Kaler from Pagan Hamlet to accompany the pitri yajña procession in Geria Lebah. However, the dance performed by female dancers dressed in warrior (baris) equipped with butterfly’s

wing accessories had been revised and danced in person by Ni Ketut Arini in 1961. Documentation photograph of this classical dance could be seen in the book ‘Dance and Drama in Bali’ written by Walter Spies and Bearseil De Squt. Aside from presenting two classical dances, the community of Japanese dancers was also showing off Rejang Renteng dance denoting the rerejangan dance style of Nusa Penida, Klungkung and Pengaksama welcome dance. To refine the art presentation of Japanese artist, the Cendana Gamelan Studio filled the time gap by playing two gamelan creations, namely Bebarongan Ulinan displayed at the opening session and Pengecet Beratayasa. (ian)

Team assigns... From page 1 “Lacking of oxygen is the result of increasing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other types of metals. Then, increasing levels of SO2 triggered by high sulfur can poison fish and other living creatures on the lake,” he said while adding the case posed a natural phenomenon occurring suddenly and made living creatures difficult to get the oxygen completely. Suarjana also added the other causes of death to those fishes were possibly the low pH and increased acidity. This condition could also be caused by sewage pollution of the community, rotten fish feed coming from fish cages and so forth. As a result, phosphorus content increased sharply. “However, from field information received, it was possibly caused by volcanic explosion occurring at the bottom of the lake triggered by earthquake happening before the change in water color,” he said. (kmb13)

ter suspected Protestant gangs who support British rule in the province attacked homes overnight in Short Strand, a Catholic enclave in Protestant east Belfast, local officials said. The violence reignited late Tuesday as local television station UTV reported that a man was seriously ill in hospital after his skull was fractured by a breeze block. “It is probably the worst violence we have seen in that area for some considerable time,” said Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Police said the rioters threw petrol bombs, fireworks, bricks, stones and smoke bombs during the “major” outbreak of disorder, which involved between 400 and 500 people and lasted several hours.

“It’s understood a number of shots were fired from both sides. Two males were taken to hospital with gunshot injuries to their legs,” a police statement said. One police officer suffered an eye injury after a number of attempts were made to “blind” police with laser pens, it said. Television cameras captured the scenes of unrest as groups of hooded men in camouflage clothing pelted police vehicles with stones. Belfast mayor Niall O Donnghaile, who is also a councillor for the republican Sinn Fein party, said it was a “tense and dangerous situation.”“They’ve hit homes with paint bombs, pipe bombs and petrol bombs. There’s a number of Short Strand residents who are injured and a number of homes have been damaged,” he added.

British teen arrested over CIA, US Senate hacking Agence France Presse

LONDON – British police working with the FBI arrested a 19-yearold man over attacks by a hacker group on businesses and government agencies including the CIA, US Senate and Sony, Scotland Yard said. The man, named in reports as Ryan Cleary, was detained on Mon-

day at a house in the suburban town of Wickford in Essex, in connection with a month-long global rampage by the Lulz Security group. He was being questioned Tuesday at a central London police station. “Yes, the arrest is in connection with the Lulz Security attacks. We believe this to be a significant arrest,” a police source confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity.


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Indonesian MPs demand protection for Gulf workers Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesian lawmakers on Tuesday urged the government to stop sending migrant workers to the Middle East, and especially Saudi Arabia, after the beheading of a maid who murdered her Saudi employer. Parliamentarians said the oilrich kingdom and other Gulf States should not benefit from cheap Indonesian labour until they agreed to protect workers’ basic rights. “We have asked the government to temporarily suspend sending Indonesian workers overseas, especially countries which refuse to sign an agreement which protects our workers’ rights,” deputy speaker Priyo Budi Santoso said. Several lawmakers called on Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and other key members of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s cabinet to resign over the treatment of migrant workers abroad. The uproar came after Riyadh beheaded an Indonesian maid on Saturday for murdering her Saudi employer. Ruyati binti Sapubi had been convicted of murdering Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid with a meat cleaver after being denied permission to leave the kingdom, according to Indonesian officials. Indonesia recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia for consultations on Monday and lodged a strong protest with the government in Riyadh, say-

ing the Saudi authorities had ignored normal consular protocols. Another 23 Indonesian migrant workers are on death row in Saudi Arabia, according to parliamentary labour commission member Rieke Dyah Pitaloka. “The suspension (of migrant labour to the Middle East) must be applied soon, especially to Saudi Arabia,” she told AFP. Dozens of protesters including Sapubi’s daughter protested outside the Saudi embassy in Jakarta to condemn the execution, carrying banners reading “Saudi is cruel and murderous”. Around 70 percent of the 1.2 million Indonesians working in Saudi Arabia are domestic helpers, according to officials. Sapubi’s case is the latest in a string of incidents involving Indonesian menial labourers in the Middle East. Indonesians were outraged in April when a Saudi court overturned the conviction of a Saudi woman who had been jailed for three years for allegedly torturing her Indonesian maid with scissors and a hot iron.

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An activist holds a banner reading “Saudi Arabia, is a criminal of humanity” during a protest against the execution of Indonesian migrant worker Ruyati outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta on June 21, 2011. Indonesian lawmakers urged the government to stop sending workers to Saudi Arabia after the beheading of its domestic helper convicted of murdering her Saudi employer.

Police to question Panji Gumilang on Thursday Antara

JAKARTA - Police plan to question Panji Gumilang, the chief of the Al Zaytun Islamic Boarding School in Indramayu, West Java, at the National Police Headquarters on Thursday. “He will be questioned tomorrow. We only want to find facts,” National Police chief intelligence Commissioner General Ito Sumardi said here on Wednesday. “It is the court that will decide whether or not he is guilty,” he said.

“If the legal facts are strong, let us wait for tomorrow with regard to his status,” he said. So far 13 witnesses have been questioned and investigators have planned to summon more witnesses. The police have conducted laboratory tests regarding originality of documents in connection with alleged forgery. If forgery of signatures was discovered police would move to other witnesses, he said. Police investigators need information from the Forensic Laboratory

Center and if it has come out further legal efforts will be taken, he said. Police conduct the investigation in connection with reports from the Indonesia Islamic State‘s (NII) former minister for production increase, Imam Supriyanto, on May 10, regarding alleged forgery and rumours linked to NII activities in Al Zaytun. If indications are found later that lead to activities against the legitimate government or other crimes individually or organized further legal steps would be taken.

Garuda Indonesia, Airbus in draft deal on 25 A320 jets Agence France-Presse

PARIS - Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and European plane maker Airbus said on Tuesday they had signed a memorandum of understanding on the sale of 25 A320 medium-haul jets, including 10 upgraded A320neos. The two companies said the jets will replace the Boeing 737 aircraft flown by Garuda’s low-cost unit, Citilink, a decision which could put even more pressure on the US aerospace giant to make up its mind

about the 737’s future. Boeing has said it expects to make a decision this year on the 737, the world’s biggest selling aircraft, with the choice between an upgrade, as with the A320neo, or a new plane, which is higher risk and very costly. “This aircraft will be very competitive because is fuel efficient,” Garuda head Emirsyah Satar said of the order, adding that the Indonesian market has huge potential. The A320neo is claimed to be 15-percent more fuel efficient than

its predecessor, with high-tech new engines making the difference. Airbus and Boeing have announced sales at the Paris Airshow of some 266 aircraft in the key medium-haul market dominated by the A320 and 737 series, with the A320neo accounting for 182. Analysts say the success of the A320neo demands some response from Boeing but the US company insists it will take its time to make the right decision on the 737’s future and that in any case its product is still the better plane.

Government urged to require imports to be certified Antara

JAKARTA - The Association of Indonesian Indigenous Businessmen (HIPPI) has asked the government to require imported goods to be certified as a way to protect local businesses. The organization‘s advisory board‘s expert, Dradjad Wibowo, said here on Tuesday Indonesian export products had so far also been required to be certified by the destination countries. “This is for protecting indigenous businessmen from assaults of imported products with low tariffs,” he said. He said certification is categorized as a non-tariff barrier and therefore negotiable. Dradjad said besides certification HIPPI also urged the government to immediately scrap regulations that require national businessmen to obtain various unnecessary permits so as to significantly undercut the high cost economy. He said these were things the

government could take to show that it sided with indigenous businessmen. He said HIPPI would also encourage local industries to increase the competitiveness of their products. In response to Dradjad‘s recommendations, HIPPI deputy general chairman Wawan Setiawan said he was ready to implement them. He said that HIPPI was serious in checking the flow of imported products into the country as part of efforts to improve national economy especially “for sectors under HIPPI coordination.” In view of that he said efforts need to be made by the government with regard to making policies that side fundamentally with domestic industries. Improving service and infrastructure must also become the main focus to support efforts to improve effectiveness of the industries and increase their productions.


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Bali Today PHRI Bali: Hotel must have certification certificate Antara

Denpasar – The Secretary of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Bali, Perry Markus, said that hotels in Bali will receive classification certificate in order to increase the quality of service for the tourists. “The classification is very important in order to give better service to the tourists stay in the hotel,” he added. In the “Socialization of Membership and Classification for Tourism Accommodation” event which was held by PHRI Denpasar, Perry said that the classification is the differentiation of tourism business which will be based on the physical shape, management and service. “The hotel classification is needed to give the best service to the guests. Without the certificate, the management and the service of the hotel is till doubtful,” Perry explained. He said that it also will be

easier to monitor the development of accommodation service in Bali.“This is very important to determine whether the hotel is suitable with the current type, five stars or lower. This includes the room rate,” he said. The certificate can also be used to punish the hotels that violate the regulation. Perry exclaimed “we expect that every hotel management must obey the tourism rule in Bali. The five stars hotel must sale the room with the proper price. They cannot lower the price during low season.” He admitted that currently, PHRI is lack of the people qualified as the

judge for the certification process. As matter of fact, the classification must be done promptly so the permit to operate the hotel can be given by the government. “The classification and re-classification is only can be done by PHRI,” Perry Markus explained. Meanwhile, the Mayor of Denpasar, Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra said that it is very important that the hotels don the classification and re-classification so the tourists coming to Bali receive the proper service. “The government hopes that PHRI should do the proper steps to make tourism industry in Bali better,” he added.

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The picture shows tourists sunbathing on Sanur beach. Hotels in Bali should have classification to give satisfaction service to guests.

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Market Share Toyota decrease over Tsunami effect IBP

DENPASAR - The share of Toyota in Bali during January - May period was decreased comparing to the same period on the 2010. The low sale volume was happened not because the costumers shift their intention to another brand, it is because the tsunami effect. According to Branch Manager Auto2000 Denpasar Faris Henky Irawan according to his data, the Toyota’s market plunge on 2011 with only 28.4 percent to share. The figure was down around 1.5 percent compared to the same period last year. He stated that during the 5 months period, Toyota experienced shortage on its stock because Toyota plants in Japan closed during and post tsunami. ‘’Our stock shortage happened amid the effect of tsunami and earth quake that shattered Japan not long ago,’’ he said. During the period, he admitted that Toyota only have limited stock while customer demand still very high. This shortage not only happened on Toyota, almost all brands from Japan experienced the same problem. He explained that on this year, Toyota sales quite bad. During January - April period, Toyota sales on

average only reached 600 units for all the variants. ‘’The plunge went deeply in May because we only sold 380 units. This condition can’t be avoided because Toyota didn’t have stock to meet customers demand,’’ added Faris. But, he hoped that the condition will be back to normal in July. He al-

ready have positive signal from Japan that Toyota supply will go back to normal. On normal condition, Auto2000 have supply of 100 cars every month. During the low season, he said that Toyota focused on after sales service and pampering the customers with discount on service. (kmb18)

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: Social art from Denpasar City, Joged dance by Sekaa Joged Madu Suara, Banjar Pekandelan Pemecutan kelod village, Denpasar City : 11.00 – 13.00 : Ayodya stage : Performance of Province of West Japa (Pendidikan Indonesia University) : 11.00 – 13.00 : Wantilan : Performance of Malay dance group Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan, Pekan Baru Riau : 16.00 – 18.00 : Wantilan : New creation angklung kebyar exhibition featuring Sekaa Angklung sta Kencana Mas Ubud Gianyar regency : 20.00 – 23.00 : Open stage Institut Seni Indonesia : Performance of Suku Dinas Kebudayaan , North Jakarta : 20.00 – 22.00 : Wantilan : Contemporary art presented by Sanggar Kami Nari Lingkungan Muncan Kapal Badung regency : 20.00 – 22.00 : Ksirarnawa Building : Women gong kebyar exhibition featuring Sekaa Gong Wanita Dharma Kanti Desa Sobangan Mengwi Badung regency and representative of Tabanan regency : 20.00 – 23.00 : Open stage Ardha Candra


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Balinese Culture

Role of society in archeological protection Archeological protection through maintenance, preservation and conservation, even through reconstruction as well, has turned to be an international problem not only today, but actually in the future. Such matters were indicated by the activities of UNESCO as an international institution, who concerned with the most important of world cultural heritage e.g. archeological remains. UNESCO have done a lot of excellent work, which need a reasonable budgets, expert, equipment etc. and the best example is the safeguarding of Brobudur temple. As the UNESCO member, our governments are concerned and responsible to protect our monuments for our national interest, such as Brobudur temple. Based on the development of archaeological studies and the related studies especially in field of archaeological protection, now such problems is a technical matter and besed on scientific consideration. Facing such problem , Indonesian government have done a number of works e.g the safeguarding of borobudur tample {in cooperation with {UNESCO}, Prambanan tample ,Demak mosque, and other tamples in Bali namely Pura Besakih ,Pura Mengening , Pura

Pegulingan , Pura Taman Sari etc. In this case, our government as one of the ASEAN countries have carried out a coordinate programmers through SPAFA (Sub project of archaeology and fine art) to find out the effective ways and means dealing with the problems of archaeological protection . Discussing the archaeological protection in Bali, it should be remembered that Bali, even a very small island, but has a lot of archaeological monuments, which most of them belonged to living monuments. Among them are a number of Hindu tample, spreated nearly in the whole island, as well as Hindu stastues, inscription etc. As the holy monuments for Balinese society, so the Balinese have the responsibility to take care their monuments as their religious function Officially, archaeological protection in Bali is done by Bali Office for Preservation of archaeological and Historical Heritage (Kantor Bali Suaka pening-gelang Sejarah dan Purbakala Bali) in coordialnation and corporation with the local government and local people as well. This office have done a lot of archaeological reconstruction, but not yet covered the whole of

them, because of the limited budgets etc. In case of protecting the archaeological monuments in Bali, Bali Office for Preservation of archaeological and Historical Heritage has given a technical guidance to the local people for reconstructing their monuments and financial support as well. As the governments have a very limited budget for these works, and as the owner of the living monuments, so the Balinese people have their religious tasks and responsibility to protect sacred monuments. In Bali generally each village have three village temples named Pura Kyayangan Tiga e.g Pura Puseh,Pura Desa (sometime combined with Pura Bale Agung ) and Pura dalem. Among them are belonged to archaeological monuments and frequently in these temple a number of archaeological monuments are preserved such as statues, inscription etc. It is important to note here that the unity of the Balinese society is tightly bounded by the village temples and social organization. Based on religious reasons, actuality Balinese society has a strong spirit to keep their monuments in a well condition as holy monuments. (IBP/Doc)

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Purple Yam Syrup: Good to Help Rejuvenation Purple yam is not only delicious to eat, but also interesting to be made into a beverage in the form of syrup. Aside from being fresh, this purple syrup also contains an anti-oxidant substance helping rejuvenate the bodily cells, so that you will look younger. The fruit which is also high in potassium has B6, vitamin C, and fiber, so the yam is very good for you. There are two types of purple yam: the Filipino “ube” or “ubi”, which has darker, rougher-looking skin. It grows on a vine above the ground, so is quite different from regular yams. This vegetable is a major crop and food source in the Philippines. It is also made into a powder which is then used in Filipino desserts. The Purple Okinawan Sweet Potato is grown underground and is similar to Western sweet potatoes and yams. From the outside the purple yam / sweet potato looks the same, but cut one open and you’ll know the difference! These yams are wonderful boiled, steamed, or baked alongside regular yams and sweet potatoes. The great advantages gained from the plant are deriving the people to produce to product from the purple yam. One of them is purple yam juice crated in the western part of Bali. This traditional drink is usually consumed by the people of Jembrana, and often served for guests of Jembrana Regency Government. Indeed, this kind of syrup is produced by housewives group coalesced into PKK from Penyaringan Village, Mendoyo, Jembrana. “At least, there are five groups making syrup of purple yam in Jembrana,” said Dwik Irawati, one of the syrup makers when met in the arena of Bali Arts Festival 2011 who participated in the culinary festival at the Art Center Denpasar on Sunday (Jun 12). According to Dwik, the purple yam syrup had obtained license and trade mark, so it was widely sold in stalls and supermarkets. The syrup made without preservatives could last up to 14 days in cold temperatures. Meanwhile, ingredients used to make the purple yam syrup consisted of yam, sugar, salt, water and lemon juice. Then, the tools required for the preparation were blender, pans, strainer, spatula, stove and sterile bottle. For preparation, first of all, cleanse finely the purple yam and peel it off. Then, chop, add water and blend it. Furthermore, strain and add sugar, salt, and cook the batter in a saucepan. Stir it until slightly thickening. After that, chill and put it into sterilized bottle. Now, it is ready to be served. To make it more delicious, you can optionally add lime and ice cubes. The drink can become other option for those who like healthy and refreshing drink. (BTN/015)

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Belega and Bona Village IBP

Belega village is inclusive of Subdistrict of Blahbatuh of Area Regency Gianyar, while Bona orchard represents the region of Belega village. Very withdrawing from this Belega village, this village is famous and known as the center of bamboo crafting, for example in the form of: chair, bed, decorative desk, cupboard and other goods. While Bona village as center crafting from palm leaf and the kecak dance. Almost every day Belega and Bona

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BUSINESS China allows Yuan foreign direct investment Agence France-Presse

BEIJING - China has formalized rules allowing foreign firms to use yuan raised overseas to make investments in the country, a report said Wednesday, as part of moves to internationalize its currency.

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A picture taken on June 16, 2011 in Reims, eastern France, shows a pack of “Steak Country” frozen hamburgers, manufactured by the French company SEB. The world’s top economies will try on Thursday to overcome differences and honour pledges to crack down on food price spikes which are again hitting consumers and fuelling unrest.

G20 faces food commodities fight Agence France-Presse

PARIS - The world’s top economies will try on Thursday to overcome differences and honour pledges to crack down on food price spikes which are again hitting consumers and fuelling unrest. A surge in agricultural commodities prices in 2007-2008 that triggered riots in some countries over food price rises led to a commitment by the Group of 20 nations to contain price volatility. But the G20 nations are still divided on key issues, such as clamping down on speculation, even though this is again a hot issue with food commodity prices hitting new highs and helping fuel the Arab Spring revolts. “It will be difficult to wring out an agreement,” French Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire conceded last week. But he warned that nothing less than “avoiding the 21st century becoming a century of hunger in the world” will be at stake when G20 agriculture ministers sit down in Paris on Thursday. France has made limiting speculation and reining in markets a centrepiece of its G20 presidency, and said it will accept no fudges on key issues. On Thursday “it will be white smoke or black smoke, there won’t be half-measures,” vowed Le Maire. France would like to see the in-

troduction of limits on the participation of purely financial actors on the agricultural commodity markets, and ensure traders are required to hold at least a portion of what they trade. Countries such as the United States, Britain, Australia and Brazil are concerned that such limits could crimp futures and derivatives markets, which are increasingly vital to farmers and processors. Another dispute focuses on increasing transparency on agricultural commodities production and stocks, with a proposal to create a global information network to boost reporting of key data. The paucity of information is widely seen as fuelling speculation, but countries such as China and India are still reluctant to share information they view as important to national security, diplomats said. “If countries among the G20 continue to view their stocks, their production, their crops information as if they are nuclear weapons, we will continue to have volatility,” OECD chief Angel Gurria said last week. “We have to create transparency.” The 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has led calls for greater market transparency to reduce volatility. The draft of the action plan to be debated by ministers on Thursday includes a proposal to set up an Agricultural Market Information Service into which G20 countries would feed harmonized data.

A trial scheme will permit overseas companies to use Chinese currency raised offshore to set up companies, make acquisitions, increase stakes in subsidiaries and provide loans, the China Business News said, citing a central bank statement. They will be banned from investing in certain industries, the report said, without providing details. The statement appeared to have been removed from the central bank’s website on Wednesday. The statement marks the first time China has issued specific rules on Yuan -denominated foreign direct investment in the country and analysts said it would encourage wider use of the currency overseas.

“This policy on Yuan-denominated foreign direct investment is a significant stride towards making the Yuan an international currency,” Deutsche Bank economist Ma Jun was quoted saying. The rules are expected to accelerate the issue of Yuan-denominated bonds and other forms of Yuan financing in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, Ma added. A growing pool of investors has piled into Yuan in a bid to capitalize on the currency’s expected appreciation, but there are limited investment outlets for the cash. The People’s Bank of China will review Yuan-denominated foreign investment projects on a case-bycase basis, the report said.

Beijing in recent years has relaxed limits on the convertibility of the Yuan in its push for greater use of the currency abroad. The country has signed currency swap arrangements with several nations and launched trials for Yuan trade settlement with a number of mainly Southeast Asian countries. Yuan-related financial products have also boomed in Hong Kong, which has been acting as a test bed for Beijing’s ambitious goal to turn the unit into a global currency. In 2009, China approved using the Yuan to settle cross-border trade with Hong Kong and last year it relaxed rules to allow non-financial foreign firms to issue Yuan-denominated bonds.

Fed ponders next move amid economic distress signs Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON - US Federal Reserve policymakers met Tuesday amid signs of weakness in the world’s biggest economy that are clouding prospects for withdrawal from a massive stimulus. The central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) was debating an eventual exit strategy from the support it has extended since the 2008 financial meltdown. The Fed will have pumped more than $2.3 trillion into the economy between late 2008 and June 30 by buying securities on the markets. Financial markets keenly awaited the conclusion of the twoday FOMC meeting Wednesday, hoping to parse its policy statement and a news conference with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke for clues on the direction of interest rates. “Ben Bernanke will face harder questions on Wednesday than he did at his first press conference on April 27, with growth signals coming in weak, inflation signals uncomfortably high, and financial markets still worried about the

eurozone sovereign debt crisis,” said IHS Global Insight analysts Patrick Newport and Nigel Gault. A change in near-zero interest rates was essentially ruled out. Since December 2008, the Fed has kept its key target interest rate between zero and 0.25 percent in an effort to boost economic growth, and has promised repeatedly to leave it there for “an extended period.” Most experts anticipate the FOMC will signal that the Fed’s $600 billion asset purchase program, or quantitative easing, dubbed QE2, will end as scheduled by June 30, and no other QE program will be announced. “The economy has not deteriorated enough to require QE3 and for this reason we believe that the losses in the greenback could be limited as the end of quantitative easing boosts the dollar,” said Kathy Lien at GFT. The Fed was also expected to confirm it will continue to reinvest principal payments from mortgage holdings into longer-term Treasury securities.

Eventually, it will have to withdraw the record stimulus to prevent a potential inflation spiral that would violate its mandate of maintaining price stability. The only news on the US economic calendar Tuesday highlighted the challenges facing policymakers to boost sustainable growth. Sales of previously owned US homes fell 3.80 percent in May to a six-month low amid persistent financing problems in the depressed sector, the National Association of Realtors said. The weak housing sector has been a “big reason” for the sluggish US economic recovery, Bernanke said in early June. “The recovery will have to proceed without the help of housing which is going to make it more difficult to really ramp up growth for any extended period of time,” said Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors.“The Fed understands that job growth will not be robust, which is just another reason that Mr Bernanke wants to keep the pedal to the metal as long as possible.”


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Lohan tells magazine house arrest lets her reflect Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK – Being under house arrest seems to have an upside for Lindsay Lohan. The 24year-old actress says that since being confined to her 3,000square-foot home in Venice Beach, Calif., she’s caught up on movies and TV shows, stayed out of the public eye and, most important, had time to finish decorating her house and patio. “I probably wouldn’t have done it had I not been home,” Lohan says in an interview in Life & Style magazine, on newsstands Friday. Lohan is serving house arrest on a 120-day jail sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drunken driving case by taking a necklace without permission from a jewelry store in January. She began serving her sentence last month, and is expected to serve about 35 days. Lohan says that while not ideal, she treasures these moments alone in her home. “There are so many things you can do,”

she says. “It’s a nice way to just be reading scripts and focusing on what I’m going to do next.” But Lohan says she cannot wait to resume doing things that she had taken for granted, like walking in the neighborhood, going shopping or dining out. Her recent request to leave her home to attend her brother’s 16th birthday party was denied, she says, which “bummed her out.” In the interview, Lohan also addresses criticism that she got off easy with house arrest by saying it’s a common punishment. She says it’s a better alternative to a 12-by-8-foot jail cell at the Lynwood facility. “It’s a scary place and a place that I don’t wish on anyone,” she says. Lohan says she’s anxious to get started on the community service portion of her sentence. “I want to finish that so I can work in August and September,” she says. Lohan claims that she no longer drinks, but falls short of saying she’ll stay out of nightclubs. “I don’t think you should ever say never,” she says.

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U.S. actor Richard Gere, center, arrives at the Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Gere is on a six-day visit in the county to promote his photo exhibition and tour Buddhist temples.

Richard Gere voices Tibet concern at Seoul exhibition Agence France Presse

SEOUL – Hollywood star Richard Gere on Wednesday voiced concern at what he called torture and killing in Tibet, during a visit to South Korea to promote an exhibition of photos he took in the Himalayan territory. Gere said some of the images in the exhibition illustrated what he called the political oppression faced by his “Tibetan brothers and sisters”. The “Pretty Woman” and “Chicago” actor is a longtime campaigner for the rights of Tibetans and a vocal critic of the Chinese

government’s treatment of Tibetan independence activists. “I think it’s impossible to look at these photographs and not realise the extraordinary suffering of the Tibetan people,” he said. One photo shows several drawings depicting the torture of Tibetan nuns by Chinese authorities. Gere

said he found the drawings on the wall of a convent in Dharamshala, the Indian city where Tibet’s government in exile is based. He said he took the photograph in 1998 or 1999. “The same kind of torture, the same kind of deaths... in Chinese prisons in Tibet are still taking place today,” said Gere, who appeared before Congress early this month to urge greater US support for Tibetan rights. The actor, a convert to Buddhism, on Tuesday toured the Jogye temple in central Seoul, the headquarters of the religion’s biggest sect in South Korea, with his wife and son.

Bollywood veteran Bachchan in new action film Agence France Presse

MUMBAI – Veteran Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan may be nearing 70 but he hopes that his new action film will prove he still has what it takes to beat the bad guys. The 68-year-old, best known for classics such as “Sholay” (Sparks) and “Deewaar” (Wall) in the 1970s, plays a gangster in “Bbuddha... Hoga Tera Baap” (Your Dad’s Ancient), which hits screens on July 1. “The Big B,” as he is widely known to fans, sings, dances and fights his way through the film in a similar way to his “angry young man” characters of old. The only difference now, he jokes, is that he’s just an “angry man.” “It’s always

difficult to do action at this age but thanks to technology in cinema, life has become much easier but still you need your basic energy,” he told reporters in Mumbai recently. “I don’t go out and do things that will make me feel young, except the regular gymnasium regime, yoga and eating the right food.” Bachchan, who retains a faithful, fanatical band of followers in India and across the world, has been a mainstay of Hindi-language cinema for the last five decades. But his longevity is all the more remarkable given that he nearly died in an accident on the set of the film “Coolie” in 1982 and the resulting operation and blood transfusion led to him contracting cirrhosis of the liver. The teetotal actor has been in

and out of hospital for check-ups ever since, including on his 66th birthday in 2008, sparking concerns among fans and vigils at the hospital where he was treated. “Bbuddha” is co-produced by Bachchan’s own AB Corporation Limited (ABCL) at a reported cost of 100 million rupees ($2.2 million). The company co-produced Bachchan’s 2009 film “Paa” (Father) in which he played a child with a rapid-ageing disease opposite his real-life son, Abhishek. Bachchan’s production company struggled with debt in the 1990s and he even had to mortgage his house. But with age, he says, he realised the wisdom of taking smaller, rather than large risk projects.

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File photo of Indian Bollywood film actor Amitabh Bachchan, who hopes that his new action film will prove he still has what it takes to beat the bad guys.


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Tokyo, the megacity that works Agence France Presse

TOKYO – On a satellite image of the Earth at night, there is no brighter spot. Greater Tokyo, home to an astonishing 35 million people, is by far the biggest urban area on the planet. The most amazing thing about it, say its many fans, is that it works. Although Tokyo dwarfs the other top megacities of Mumbai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and New York, it has less air pollution, noise, traffic jams, litter or crime, lots of green space and a humming public transport system. American writer Donald Richie, who first came to Tokyo in 1947 and recently published the coffee table book “Tokyo Megacity”, has dubbed Japan’s massive capital and primary city the “livable megalopolis”. Many visitors marvel at the politeness and civility that, along with the nation’s wealth, have helped Tokyo avoid the pitfalls of other big cities that have become polluted, noisy and dangerous urban nightmares. Amid the neon-lit street canyons, thoroughfares for millions every day, small shrines and quaint neighbourhoods survive as oases of tranquility, largely shielded from blights such as graffiti and vandal-

ism. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, a correspondent recently celebrated the ballet-like choreography of up to 2,500 people moving across Shibuya’s massive “scramble crossing” every time the pedestrian lights turn green. In the fashion centre, and elsewhere in the pulsating megacity, “despite so much humanity inhabiting such a confined space, there’s rarely a collision, sharp elbow, shoulder-brush or unkind word,” wrote the correspondent, John M. Glionna. On Tokyo’s noodle bowl of subways, a rapid and efficient system with a smartcard pay system, most commuters respect rules of courtesy, switch their mobile

phones to silent and take their rubbish home to recycle it. Streets are rarely choked with cars because most city-dwellers don’t have one, in part because they would have to own or rent a permanent parking space for it, in part because buses, trains or bicycles are viable alternatives. Despite its bestin-class sense of order, Tokyo also has a buzz and a pulse, with cutting-edge and quirky youth fashion, design, architecture and cultural offerings that keep setting trends in Asia and beyond. France’s Michelin Guide has crowned Tokyo as the world’s culinary capital, awarding it the highest number of stars, more than Paris.

Prague’ residents ride their bicycles during a public transport strike on June 16, 2011.

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On your bike for commuter tax benefits in Europe Reuters

BRUSSELS - Getting paid for going to work may sound too good to be true, but it’s part of an increasingly popular scheme for commuters across Europe. Employers in Belgium, the Netherlands and other European countries are rewarding staff if they come to work on a bicycle, paying them for every kilometre they cycle, all in an effort to promote environmentalism, not to mention a healthier lifestyle. In Belgium, cycling commuters are being paid 20 euro cents(29 U.S. cents) per kilometre, where as those in the Netherlands can earn 15 cents and participants in Britain up to 20 pence (32 U.S. cents) per mile (1.6 km) — all of it tax-free. In Belgium, a popular cycling nation

and home to five-time Tour de France and Giro D’Italia winner Eddie Merckx, finance ministry figures show that more than 270,000 people took part in the scheme last year, up from 140,000 in 2006. Last year, that meant the Belgian tax man paid out 43 million euros ($62 mln) to those who bill for cycling to work. “Higher oil prices and environmental awareness contribute to having more cyclists on the road,” said Dieter Snauwaert, coordinator of the bike-to-work scheme of the Flemish cyclists’ union in Belgium. One of the most successful corporate proponents has been Belgian discount supermarket chain Colruyt, which launched the policy four years ago and now has 2,100 participants. Colruyt provides employees who live up to 7 km away from work with a bicycle and takes care of maintenance.

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Pedestrians cross a road in front of the Shibuya station in Tokyo on June 21, 2011. Tokyo dwarfs the other top megacities of Mumbai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and New York, it has less air pollution, noise, traffic jams, litter or crime, lots of green space and a humming public transport system.

China’s ‘solar city’ rushes to catch power boom Associated Press Writer

itself as a renewable energy center in 2002 after the success of Yingli Green Energy Co., a local startup founded in 1987 that grew into a major supplier of solar panels. City leaders officially declared Baoding a “Clean Energy City” in 2006. Today, Baoding has two government research labs and 170 companies that produce clean power equipment. They include Zhonghang Huiteng Windpower Equipment Co., one of the biggest makers of wind turbine blades. Other fields targeted by Baoding for development include batteries and power transmission. Baoding’s clean energy companies had 45 billion yuan ($7 billion) in revenue last year, according to the city government. It says the local industry should grow by 30 percent a year through 2016.

BAODING, China – Solar panels jut out of streetlights in China’s self-proclaimed Clean Energy City. Tiny wind turbines twirl atop public buildings. Schools are due to teach students about “green living.” In the scramble to profit from demand for clean energy, this city southwest of Beijing is promoting itself as a manufacturing center for solar, wind and other gear by transforming into a living showcase of environmental technology. “Baoding is following a path of ecological civilization,” a deputy mayor, Zhou Xingshi, told a group of visiting reporters. Baoding illustrates the intensity of Chinese government efforts to profit from rising global demand for clean energy. Communist leaders are promoting solar, wind and hydropower to curb surging demand for imported oil and gas and see technology exports as a route to cleaner growth and higher-paid jobs. Chinese utility companies are required to install wind turbines and Beijing has promised to pay part of the cost of solar equipment — a strategy that is driving the rapid growth of Baoding and other supply centers. China led the world in clean energy investment last year at $54.4 billion, up 39 percent from 2009, according to a March report by the Pew Charitable Trust. Worldwide, investment rose 30 percent to $243 billion. AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan Baoding, 90 miles (150 kilo- In this Monday June 20, 2011 photo, a worker assembles meters) from the Chinese capi- mechanic parts of a wind turbine at a factory of Guodian tal in the table-flat farmland of United Power Technology Co., Ltd., in Baoding, in northHebei province, started billing ern China’s Hebei province.


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Promoted Granada coach handed four-match ban Reuters

MADRID - The coach of newly promoted Granada will have to watch the first four La Liga matches from the stands after being sent off in the second division play-off final, the Spanish football federation said in a statement. Fabriciano Gonzalez Penelas, ‘Fabri’, was dismissed in the 88th minute of Saturday’s second leg for protesting a decision by one of the referee’s assistants, leaving his

technical area, grabbing him with both arms and entering the field of play. Granada drew 1-1 away to Elche on Saturday to win the play-off final on the away goals rule after having drawn the first leg 0-0. The Andalucian club return to the top-flight after a 35-year absence having won consecutive promotions from the Spanish third tier and the second divisions. They went up with Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano.

Sunderland agree terms for South Korean striker Ji Reuters

SEOUL - Striker Ji Dong-won is set to become the latest South Korean to join the English Premier League after his KLeague club Chunnam Dragons said on Wednesday they had agreed terms with Sunderland. The 20-year-old, who was part of the South Korean squad that finished third in the Asian Cup in January, would travel to Sunderland to complete a medical before the end of the month, the Dragons said on their w e b s i t e (www.dragons.co.kr). “Ji Dong-won’s AFP PHOTO/PARK JI-HWAN South Korea’s U-23 player Ji Dong-Won (R) transfer will inevitably leave a big hole jumps for the ball with Jordan’s Yaser in our roster. But for Alrawashdeh (L) during the 2012 London the sake of the Olympic Asian qualifying match in Seoul June player’s future and 19, 2011. South Korea won the match 3-1. for the development of Korean football, we decided to allow his move,” a statement said on Wednesday. The Dragons said the player would sign a three-year contract with Sunderland, who finished 10th last season after a disappointing run towards the end of the season, but did not reveal the transfer fee. South Korean media estimated the fee would be 3.8 billion Korean won ($3.5 million) for the player, who will look to match the achievements of compatriots Park Ji-sung at champions Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers’s Lee Chung-yong. Ji is currently with the South Korean under-23 squad preparing for the second-leg of their 2012 Olympic qualifier against Jordan on Thursday. The Koreans lead 3-1 from the first leg. “I had the impression that Sunderland really wanted me,” the Yonhap news agency quoted Ji as saying. “I know there will be stiff competition for playing time, and my goal is to become the player that the team wants me to be in six months. I am also looking forward to playing against Ji-sung and Chung-yong, whom I both admire.” If he completes the move Ji will compete against Frazer Campbell and Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan for a place in attack for Sunderland. The Korean has looked impressive with his technical ability and eye for goal at international level where he has scored six times in 11 appearances. ($1 = 1075.400 Korean Won)

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(FILES) This file picture taken on May 18, 2011 shows former FC Porto’s coach Andre VillasBoas smiling as he celebrates their victory at the end of the UEFA Europa League final football match FC Porto vs SC Braga at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Chelsea appoint ‘outstanding’ Villas-Boas as coach Agence France Presse

LONDON – Chelsea have appointed FC Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager in a record-breaking deal, a club statement announced on Wednesday. The 33-year-old, who emerged as the front runner for the job after resigning as Porto coach on Tuesday, has signed a three year contract. Villas-Boas not only becomes the youngest ever Premier League manager but also the most expensive coaching appointment ever after Chelsea paid Porto £13.3 million (15 million euros, $21.35m) to trigger the release clause in VillasBoas’s contract. Chelsea described Villas-Boas who led Porto to a domestic double and Europa League glory last season, as “the outstanding candidate for the job”. “He is one of the most talented young managers in football today and has already achieved much in a relatively short space of time,” the club said. They added: “His ambition, drive and determination matches that of Chelsea and we are confident Andre’s leadership of the team will result in greater successes in major domestic and European competitions.” Villas-Boas, who replaces Carlo Ancelotti, is returning for a second spell at Stamford Bridge, having work as an asistant and scout under his mentor, Jose Mourinho. Chelsea, trophyless last season, noted:

“Andre will bring his coaching experience back to a club he is already very familiar with, having previously worked here for three years. “He has always been highly regarded at Chelsea and everyone here looks forward to welcoming him back and working with him.” British media reports suggest Chelsea are paying Villas-Boas, who is their seventh manager in eight years, a salary of £4.5 million a year. One of his first moves as the new Blues boss could be to sign Porto’s star striker Falcao, the £25million-rated Colombian who netted the only goal in Porto’s Europa League win over Sporting Braga in Dublin. On Tuesday the way had been cleared for Villas-Boas to move back to London after he sent the club a fax informing them of his decision to join Chelsea. Turkey coach Guus Hiddink had also been linked with a return to Chelsea, where he won the FA Cup as a caretaker manager in 2009. Wednesday’s announcement brings to an end Chelsea owner Ro-

man Abramovich’s search for the man he perceives as the right one to end the club’s recent trophy drought and crucially deliver Chelsea a long awaited first Champions League title. Villas-Boas, who cut his coaching teeth under Sir Bobby Robson at Porto in 1993, served under Mourinho at Porto, then following ‘the Special One’ to Chelsea and later Inter Milan. The Porto-born Villas-Boas was appointed manager of Academica in 2009 with the club then bottom of the Portuguese league. He led them to an 11th-place finish and a cup semi-final. In 2010 he joined Porto, winning the Portuguese SuperCup in his first term, and then the treble this year. Porto were unbeaten in the league last season with 27 wins in 30 matches, becoming only the second Portuguese club to finish a league season unbeaten, after Benfica in 1972-73. Porto have acted quickly to fill the void left by Villas-Boas by naming assistant coach Vitor Pereira as his successor.


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Serena in tears after Wimbledon win Agence France Presse

LONDON – Defending champion Serena Williams broke down in tears as she made an emotional Wimbledon return on Tuesday while Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova barely broke sweat. Four-time winner Williams, watched by US pop superstar Diana Ross and England’s Ashes-winning cricketers in the Royal Box, battled past Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in what was only her third match in 11 months. “I usually don’t cry. It’s been so hard, I never dreamt I’d be here,” said Williams. The great American was sidelined for 11 months after her 2010 Wimbledon triumph. She suffered a foot injury caused by stepping on broken glass at a German restaurant before needing emergency surgery to remove blood clots on her lungs, an incident Williams described as being on her death bed. “I just wanted to win at least one match here and since I’m not playing doubles it was a really big win for me. “To be able to come back at Wimbledon is pretty awesome, I didn’t expect to play or do anything,” added seventh-seed Williams, who next tackles Romania’s Simona Halep. Six-time men’s champion Federer, chasing Pete Sampras’s record of seven titles, cruised to a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-2 win over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Thirdseeded Federer, who next faces France’s Adrian Mannarino, suffered a shock quarter-final exit against Tomas Berdych last year, but never looked in trouble against tournament debutant Kuskushkin. The Swiss star fired down 12 aces and unleashed 53 winners in his quickfire Centre Court win. “It was very windy and the con-

ditions were tough,” said Federer, the holder of a record 16 Grand Slam titles. “It’s always nervewracking playing your first match on Centre Court because you don’t get the chance to practice at the start of the tournament. But it was a matter of playing solid.” Second seed Djokovic, playing for the first time since Federer ended his 43-match winning run in the French Open semi-finals, was equally untroubled needing just 80 minutes to defeat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-1, 6-1. “When this streak ended in Paris, it was kind of a relief because it’s been a very successful five or six months for me, but very long as well and exhausting,” said Australian Open champion Djokovic. Fifth seed Maria Sharapova, the 2004 champion, powered past Russian Anna Chakvetadze 6-2, 6-1 and next faces either British wildcard Laura Robson or Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Sharapova believes she can win another All England Club title. “It would be a wonderful achievement. I’m really happy to be playing something that I really love,” she said. China’s French Open champion Li Na also won her opener with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3

win over Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva. Third seed Li, the first Asian to win a Grand Slam singles title in Paris, next faces either Germany’s Sabine Lisicki or Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the last 32. Three-time finalist Andy Roddick eased into the second round with a 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 over German qualifier Andreas Beck, while former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro beat Flavio Cipolla 61, 6-4, 6-3. John Isner ensured there would be no repeat of his historic Wimbledon marathon against France’s Nicolas Mahut as the American won their first round rematch 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 7-6 (8/6). Isner and Mahut had played the longest match in tennis history — lasting 11 hours and five minutes and spread over three days — when they met at the same stage at Wimbledon 12 months ago.

Serena Williams of the US reacts after defeating France’s Aravane Rezai in their first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. AP Photo/Sang Tan

Timberwolves introduce Ricky Rubio New suits mean no more Associated Press Writer

MINNEAPOLIS – For two years, Minnesota Timberwolves fans have been tantalized by the myth of Ricky Rubio. Rubio’s Spanish league games were rarely on television in the Twin Cities, so they watched grainy YouTube highlights — a behindthe-back pass here, a nifty dribble there — to get their fix. The air of mystery only seemed to increase the hype. The 20-year-old point guard held his first press conference in Minnesota on Tuesday, looking to pull back the curtain and introduce himself to the fans who have so eagerly anticipated his arrival. “I was so comfortable over there, but Minnesota makes me feel comfortable too,” Rubio said. “(The Timberwolves) supported me, they were happy about my things, my winnings, in Barcelona, and I was like, oh, they want me over there. I feel that love over there. I want to give back that love.” The Timberwolves drafted Rubio

in 2009 with the fifth overall pick, but a large buyout with his Spanish team at the time coupled with Rubio’s desire to stay home and work on his game kept him from immediately heading to the NBA. It was a delicate negotiation at times, and president of basketball

operations David Kahn, assistant GM Tony Ronzone, European scout Pete Philo and coach Kurt Rambis all chipped in to show Rubio and his family that coming to smallmarket Minnesota and playing for the struggling Timberwolves was the right move. “Yeah, I feel like they really want me,” Rubio said. “It giving me confidence to play over here, play for them. It helped me a lot. I’m so glad those guys are working over here with the Timberwolves because they are really good (people) and I felt like I’m at home.” Kahn said the Wolves staff tried to make it a point since drafting him to make Rubio comfortable with them, which would ease the transition to a new culture, new city and new game. “I think that it is important to develop relationships and to demonstrate not only to him but to his entire family how important we felt he could be to us and how much we believed in him even back then in terms of his future as an NBA player,” Kahn said.

records in swimming Associated Press Writer

ROME – Swimming’s worldrecord drought has reached 18 months, and as next month’s world championships in Shanghai draw nearer the sport’s close-knit community is starting to wonder when it will be broken. “I think the whole swimming world has to get ready not to see another world record in the men’s sprints for a long time,” said Serbian butterfly specialist Milorad Cavic, the closest challenger to Michael Phelps’ record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. How long? According to Cavic and others, a decade. The reason, of course, can be traced back to the ban on rubberized bodysuits at the beginning of last year. Since swimmers were forced to wear textiles again, no world records have been broken in an Olympic-size 50meter pool. The only world records set at all since Jan. 2010 came at the shortcourse worlds in Dubai in December:

two from American standout Ryan Lochte, plus relay victories by Russian men and Chinese women. But the sport prefers to measure itself in the longer pool. A staggering 43 world records were set at the last long-course worlds in Rome two years ago, and overall between 2008 and 2009 — the rubberized suit era — there were more than 200 records set over long- and shortcourse. The feeling from many swimmers and coaches is that there may only be a select few records in Shanghai, and quite possibly none at all in the men’s events. That’s because men have been penalized more under the new rules, with their suits limited to jammers covering the waists down to the knees, while women’s suits stretch from the shoulders to the knees. “I think it would have been better to go back 15 months, not 10 years,” said Italian swimmer Massimiliano Rosolino, who has won 60 medals.


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Petrov feels like a new man this year Vitaly Petrov has said he feels like a new man this year, with his debut season blues now firmly a thing of the past. The Russian faced a fight to keep hold of his seat at Renault for this season, after an inconsistent rookie campaign in 2010 that witnessed some very public errors.

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Vitaly Petrov (10) of Russia from Lotus Renaud GP in heavy rain in the hairpin, at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on June 12, 2011 during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix race.

Pedrosa out of Assen, Aoyama in at Repsol Honda REPSOL Honda has confirmed that Dani Pedrosa will not be fit to ride in this weekend’s Dutch TT at Assen - and that Hiroshi Aoyama will take his place at the factory HRC team. Pedrosa will miss his third race in succession after breaking his collarbone in a controversial clash with Aoyama’s Gresini Honda team-mate Marco Simoncelli, at Le Mans last month. Simoncelli - like Repsol riders Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso - is already a full factory HRC rider, but Aoyama usually steers only a satellite spec RC212V. Speaking before the rider switch was officially confirmed, Aoyama’s team manager Fausto Gresini said: “Hiroshi Aoyama will probably have the chance to race at Assen on the factory machine and we are very pleased with that. It is another sign of the close working relationship we have with HRC and we are sure that for Hiroshi Aoyama it will be a worthwhile experience.” 2009 250cc world champion Aoyama, a MotoGP best of fourth

in the wet of Jerez earlier this year, will be replaced at Gresini by HRC test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi. Pedrosa had only just solved numbness problems in his left arm, caused by a plate inserted to heal a broken left collarbone last October, when he broke the right collarbone in his tangle with Simoncelli.

The Spaniard, runner-up in last year’s championship and winner of this year’s Estoril event, has since undergone two surgical procedures. Pedrosa’s next opportunity to return will be at the Italian Grand Prix on July 3, but he has already slipped to fifth in the championship, 55 points from Stoner.

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Hiroshi Aoyama of Japan, corners his San Carlo Honda during the MotoGP motorcycle race during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone racetrack on June 12, 2011 near Northampton.

However, having started his second year in Formula 1 with a podium in Australia, Petrov says that his experience this time out is totally different. “From one year to another year, it is like a switch that turns off something in your mind,” said Petrov, at an event to mark the opening of the revamped Hethel test track at Group Lotus’ headquarters. “You start to be closer to the team, and the team starts to follow you - and helps you to be on top. You can work together to be on the top and be friends with them. We talk on the phone and they say there is nothing that I have to get sorted. “I feel like I am at home and they support me all the year. This is maybe why the results are here this year.” Petrov’s improvement in form this year has earned big praise from former F1 stars Nigel Mansell and Jean Alesi – who are in no doubt about the extent that the Russian has improved. Mansell said: “Vitaly has done a fantastic job under a lot of duress

this year. I can see great things from him, going up against big names like Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull. “You may think that the best you can do is finish seventh, and I had that upwards for seven years in F1, but if you are there, you are ready to pick up when things go wrong. So don’t be surprised if he doesn’t surprise himself and win a race this year. That would be fantastic.” Alesi added: “Straight away this year, we have been very impressed. Straight away he was on the podium and he surprised everybody. “Everybody expected Vitaly to be more competitive because he has not yet big experience, but the jump he made from last year to this year is huge – and the position he took in Melbourne was not by luck. “Many times in F1 there is an accident and three cars go away, but this podium was done by his own capacity.” Petrov welcomed the praise heaped on him – and said he would be foolish to rule out the possibility of a race win.


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