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Coastal abrasion in Buleleng increasingly serious
Inhabitants of the central Tunisia region of Sidi Bouzid demonstrate in front of the Government palace inTunis on January 23, 2011. They came from a poverty-stricken rural region where the crackdown against a wave of social protests in the final days of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 23year regime was at its harshest.
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Rural poor rally in Tunis, seeking change Reuters
TUNIS – Protesters from Tunisia’s poor rural heartlands demonstrated in the capital on Sunday to demand that the revolution they started should now sweep the remnants of the fallen president’s old guard from power. A week after Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi took the reins of an interim coalition following the overthrow of veteran strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, he and other former loyalists of the feared ruling party face mounting pressure to step down. For days, protesters have gathered at the premier’s office in Tunis, limited in numbers but tolerated by a police force wary of its own fate after Ben Ali and en-
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joying wider support among a population that is unused to free political expression. On Sunday, amid a weekend calm, hundreds of people who had
been driven to the capital in a “caravan of freedom” surrounded Ghannouchi’s building in central Tunis. Many were from Sidi Bouzid, the bleak central city where
the “Jasmine Revolution” was sparked a month ago by one young man’s suicide. “We are marginalised. Our land is owned by the government. We have nothing,” said Mahfouzi Chouki from near the city, which lies 300 km (200 miles) south of Tunis and a world away from the opulent coastal resorts favored by Ben Ali’s rapacious elite. Continued on page 6
Pope: Marriage is not an absolute right Associated Press Writer
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI told priests Saturday to do a better job counseling would-be spouses to ensure their marriages last and said no one has an absolute right to a wedding. Benedict made the comments in his annual speech to the Roman Rota, the Vatican tribunal that decides marriage annulments. An annulment is the process by which the church effectively declares that a marriage never took place. Benedict acknowledged that the problems that would allow for a marriage to be annulled cannot always be identified beforehand. But he said better pre-marriage counseling, which the Catholic Church
requires of the faithful, could help avoid a “vicious circle” of invalid marriages. He said the right to a church wedding requires that the bride and groom intend to celebrate and live the marriage truthfully and authentically. “No one can make a claim to the right to a nuptial ceremony,” he said. Benedict has used his annual speech to the Rota to impress on its members the indissolubility of marriage and that they should avoid the temptation of granting annulments on a whim. Last year, he urged the tribunal to work harder to encourage couples to stay together and not confuse “pastoral charity” with the need to uphold church law. Continued on page 6
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Pope Benedict XVI (R) shakes hands with a policeman as he arrives to greet Rome’s officials police headquarters during a private audience, at the Vatican, on January 21, 2011.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Australian travel gents question dispersion of LP in Bali Denpasar (Bali Post)—
A number of travel agents in Australia are beginning to question about the condition of Bali following the discovery of nine citizens who were tested positive to Legionnaire pneumonia (LP) virus. However, the Garuda Indonesia air carrier serving the route of Denpasar-Australia stated that the condition had not affected the number of their visits to the Island of the Gods. “They would like to know about the truth regarding to publication in a number of media in Australia. Naturally, they are also worried, but until now it has no impact on the arrival of tourists from the Kangaroo country,” said General Manager of Garuda Indonesia of Denpasar Branch Office, Jubi Prasetyo, Friday (Jan 21). According to him, the issuance of travel advisory by Australian Government intended to its citizens visiting the Island of the Gods to watch out did not cause any cancellations. Despite the discovery of a number of Australians tested positive to LP virus during their holiday in Bali drew serious attention of the country. “Although a number of markets or business partners of Garuda in Australia are already starting to ask information regarding to the
LP attacks, but the number of flight of Garuda from Denpasar to Australia and vice versa remain normal. There is no cancellation of flights,” he said. In the meantime, the owner of AWI Tour, Nyoman Kandia, separately revealed that the impact of LP virus in Bali did not influence the activities of tourists. Up to these days, the number of tourist visits, especially the Australian market to Bali, remained stable. A number of markets, including those being vulnerable to the influence of the issue, were not affected by the issue on LP virus. “Until now, there has been no decline in the number of tourist visits due to the LP issue, although there are a number of tourists wondering about the dispersion of LP as reported by some media,” he added. However, Kandia did hope, the government could take preventive
measures to curb the dispersion of the LP virus starting from the entrance of the airport until the dispersion within the community. By serious handling, the doubts of tourists against the LP issue in Bali could be answered. “As a spearhead of tourism perpetrator, we will also keep on providing the correct explanation about the real condition of Bali frankly and objectively,” he said. Bali Government Tourism Office noted that the arrival of Australian tourists to Bali during the period of January to November 2010 reached 585.140 people or an increase of 46.72 percent if compared to the same period in 2009 reaching 398.809 people. Their visit to the Island of the Gods for 11 months occupied the first place with percentage of 25.69 of the total visit amounting to 2,277,254 people. (par)
Corn harvest in Nusa Penida fails
Farmers suffer a loss of hundreds of thousands Semarapura (Bali Post)—
Although classified into expensive thing and highly expected by society, the rainy season does not always give a blessing for residents of Nusa Penida. As today, the prolonged rain causes the residents to suffer a loss up to hundreds of thousands of rupiahs because their corn plants underwent harvest failure due to inappropriate rainfalls. “Yes, we suffer a loss at the current corn harvest,” said a resident of Sebunipil Hamlet, Kutampi, Nusa Penida, Pan Iluh Tini, Saturday (Jan 22). For 30 are of land planted with corn, he usually produced at least 50 baskets of large-size corn. However, in the recent harvest he admitted to obtain 10 baskets only.
“Moreover, their size is small,” he said while adding that due to small and few harvest results, he found difficulty to get good seed of corn for cultivation in the next planting season. Besides, he also suffered a loss of hundreds of thousands of rupiahs. Today, the price of corn was IDR 3,000 per kilogram. It was mentioned, the crop failure was due to inappropriate rains, especially for the corn plant. When the corn began to bear fruit, it required a lot of water but it did not rain precisely. As a result, the corn was unable to grow properly. Conversely, when the water was not needed, it even rained. Other than causing the size of corn to grow smaller, the rain falling when the corn plants did not require water also caused the corn to perish.
Losses or harvest failure was also experienced by other corn farmers throughout the East Nusa Penida. The corn also known as producer of carbohydrate other than rice is now no longer reliable. Local residents admitted they had to do various things to get a job that could bring any results to meet their living needs. Additionally, other crops they cultivated such as cassava and others did not produce maximum tubers. “Yes, now we are entering a rather famine season in Nusa Penida. However, on the one hand, the rainy season makes the reservoir of local residents full of water. Hopefully, this could become a water reserve for the next season,” said another resident, Nengah Rana. (kmb20)
The silver products produce by craftsmen in Celuk, Gianyar, Bali.
Target of Bali’s export 2010 threatened to fumble Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Realization of Bali’s exports in the period of 2010 was threatened not to meet the target set by the Bali Industry and Trade Services. Until November 2010, the target at volume increase and value of export commodities was set at 5 percent but was only reached 1.6 percent. Head of Bali Industry and Trade Services, Gede Darmaja, admitted to find difficulty in meeting the export target for 2010 projected to increase by five percent from the year 2009. Many components of the commodity declined last year. Even, based on the data of the Bali’s export realization between January and November 2010 was recorded to face a decline in 25 export commodities. “Indeed, the data of December are not received from some regions. Hopefully, we can reach up to 5 percent in this December, although it’s quite difficult,” said Darmaja in Denpasar, Friday (Jan 21). According to Darmaja, the commodities undergoing the most significant decrease consisted of silver handicraft falling by 62.13 percent, and furniture decreased by 26.1 percent. In reality, the two export commodities provided significant value to the export of Bali. “The value of furniture exports in the period from January to No-
vember 2009 reached USD 38,362,481.13. However, at the same period in 2010, the realized export value was only USD 28,353,135.11,” he said. Darmaja added that silver and wood commodities were very influential to Bali’s export commodities as a whole. Not to mention that both main commodities were still experiencing difficulty in the supply of raw materials. “The problem lies in the amount of raw material getting more and more restricted. Moreover, some regions had tightened the selling policy of the raw materials, mainly wood,” he said. He claimed the government had tried to bring in wood supply from other regions, such as Kalimantan. “Government is also attempting to appeal the local wood crafters to use local wood species like albasia (Albazia falcata) because many crafters today remain to use teak,” he said. Anomalous weather condition within the past few months, assessed Darmaja, complicated the export process. The majority of export commodities took sea routes being vulnerable to weather disturbances. “There are some commodities whose shipment is suspended because of bad weather. Inevitably, the commodities exported declined in terms of volume and value,” he said. (par)
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Dengue Case Doubled Needs Strategy Changing Denpasar (Bali Post) –
In year 2010 the dengue case in Bali has significantly increased. It doubled from the previous year from only 5500 case to have gone 10.556 cases. “The increase reached two times of the 2009. It is very shocking,” Head of Bali Helath Agency, dr. Nyoman Sutedja, MPH mentioned when met last Friday (21/1). Even the death due to dengue have decreased, in 2010 the death reached 0,03% from the whole cases. According to Sutedja the increasing numbers were not purposely caused by Bali Mandara Health Insurance (JKBM) existence as it is easing health general checks and not to worry on hospitalize fee. Sadly for dengue cases most were focused in Sanglah Hospital as the main hospital compared to health community centers and regional/ city hospitals when actually JKBM services are suppose to be in health community centers then brought to Sanglah Hospital if it needs to be taken further. For that there’s a need to change strategy in handling dengue. Not only just to use health community centers but also in decreasing dengue cases. To increase health community center usage it needs guidance, “So Sanglah Hospital has the obligatory to guide city/regional hospitals and then city/regional hospitals will guide the health community centers. This is as
stated in Health Law no. 44.” The guidance is to teach/handling increasing cases of a disease. Meanwhile to increase services in health community centers, Bali government will fix laboratories services so blood tests on dengue patients can be done here, “Besides that there will be also a salary increase for health community center workers with the hope they can increase services and more active in treating patient.” To decrease dengue cases numbers, Larva Skilled Supervisor (Jumantik) was said to be the most efficient way in areas that have dengue cases increasing, “There are three areas in Bali that has an increase dengue cases which are Denpasar City, Badung and Gianyar.” Besides that, fogging on the areas with dengue needs to be effective, “If there is a case on one area then in a week it will be given fogging. Previously it’s in two weeks or more.” (kmb24)
Gone Two Days
Dutch Tourist Found at Yeh Kori Amlapura (Bali Post) –
After reported have gone two days since hiking Mount Agung last Tuesday (18/1) around 2 am local time, the Dutch tourist, Erix van den Burg (55) and his local guide Ketut Tison (18) in the end were found weak around Banjar Yeh Kori, Jungutan Village, Bebandem last Thursday (20/1) around 6 pm. Erix was found lying down in the roots of a huge tree located 1.400 meter above sea level on the Mount Agung south east slope. Selat Police Head Ketut Merta as permitted by Karangasem Polie, last Friday (21/1) confirmed the situation. Erix and Tison from Perangasri Village, Selat, were found by Selat Police SAR Team. A witness from the team stated they were calling out Erix name on the east slope of the mountain. Then Erix heard it and called out back. So in the end they found him in the middle of the forest. Erix felt content seeing the team
even though feeling weak and experiencing hypothermia. Erix stated his guide Tison did not know the way when they got separated by a group of three French tourists and their guide Ketut Merta. Being lost Erix kept on going but then his supplies were finished and his strength was weakening due to the very cold temperature. The evacuation succeeded at 7 pm local time on that Thursday. The wife of Erix who was in Singapore was then contacted. Erix was then brought to Denpasar. Erix and the three French tourists took off from their accommodation at Villa Disana Amed and hiked through pura Pasar Agung route at Sebudi Village. After hiking one hour, Erix stated that he was tired then decided to go down accompanied by Tison and the other three kept continuing hiking with Ketut Merta. Erix and Tison got lost and then reported to have gone the next day (Wednesday 19/1) to Selat Police Department. (013)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Uncertain Weather, Fisherman Off Their Jobs Alternate to Farming Tabanan, DenPost
The uncertain weather like strong winds, heavy rain and high waves lately have caused fishermen of Tabanan south beaches to get off their jobs for the while due to safety and not maximal results of fishing. “The fishermen who parked their boats weren’t because they quit their jobs, but because of the uncertain weather that’s been happening the last two weeks,” Head of Indonesia Fishermen Group (HNSI) Tabanan Branch, I Ketut Arsana Yasa, last Saturday (22/1) stated. The situation caused the fishermen to alternate their job to farming. For them this is not the first time to do it as they don’t only depend on fishing, but also farming while on land. Meanwhile the fishermen that’s met in Yeh Gangga Beach were fixing their fishing nets or cleaning their boats due to the condition now. They said they are use to this sort of situation. A fisherman explained, “This sort of uncertain weather, with the high waves in the sea, we are use to it so we took days off from fishing. Even though we force ourselves fishing, the results won’t be maximal so now it’s better to rest first.” (121)
Fishermen go home after cathcing fish. The uncertain weather like strong winds, heavy rain and high waves lately have caused fishermen of Tabanan south beaches to get off their jobs.
Regent Geredeg Warehouse Robbed Experiencing IDR 800 Million Loss Amlapura (Bali Post) –
Robbers are now ruling Karangasem and not seemed to see whose being targeted. After the house of former Karangasem Regent Drs. IG Sumantara, A.P. in Jeruk Manis, Karangasem robbed, now it’s the Arsa Buana Manunggal Company warehouse owned by recent Regent Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg, last Friday (21/1) morning in Kecicang, Karangasem turn being robbed. The robbers took gears from excavators causing the richest man in Karangasem experiencing IDR 800 million loss. Karangasem Police Public Relation Police Commissioner Wayan Wirata as permitted confirmed the report. As the report was received, a team of fast attack troops were then sent also
Head of Karangasem Police AKBP Ketut Onik Suirawan led his members to the crime scene. Robbers were suspected to go in from the south side of the warehouse that was not closed which is an unused iron gates. The robbers came in midnight and used the quiet situation. The warehouse is far from security post and without lights. The robbery was known after operator Pasek Dede (39) was about to turn on the excavator. When it’s about to be turned off, it won’t go off. When checked, turns out two pairs of sprocket (wheel spinner) priced IDR 600 million were gone. This was then reported to Geredeg’s brother Made Suantara (36), Komang Dana and Komang Kisid. The case was then forwarded to police. The other gears taken were
four spare parts each priced IDR 150 million that was taken from two Komatsu branded excavators year 1995 and 1997. Only two had its gears taken from the seven excavators there are there. The robbers also took a CPU and monitor digital display from one of the excavators. “We also found a crowbar. After bolt was opened, maybe they used this crowbar to take out the high priced spare parts,” Suantara explained. A police not to be named mentioned that the robbers are suspected to be more than three people because the spare parts can’t be taken out by one person. The police officer also suspected the robbers knows well the machines and was an order to be done, “It is unlikely to be sold in used items market.” (013)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Struggle after Irish PM quits as party leader Agence France Presse
DUBLIN – Four candidates Sunday launched a battle to lead Ireland’s governing party after troubled Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s quit the post after a series of crises forced him to announce snap polls. Micheal Martin, the foreign minister whose departure crippled Cowen’s authority, is the odds-on favourite to win the contest and take the Fianna Fall party into a general election which polls predict they will lose heavily. He is up against Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, Defence Minister Eamon O Cuiv and Trade Minister Mary Hanafin, who also wasted no time in declaring their candidature before the 1:00pm (1300 GMT) Monday deadline. Cowen stepped down Saturday after a week of political turmoil. Despite surviving a confidence vote among his party’s lawmakers on Tuesday, his authority had evaporated and was further damaged by a botched cabinet reshuffle that followed. The premier said he had quit so that Fianna Fail could be “free
from internal distractions” to fight the election slated for March 11. He said he was nonetheless staying on as prime minister to focus on getting key budget laws passed to cement an EU-IMF bailout to revive Ireland’s battered economy. However, Cowen’s government faces a confidence motion in parliament on Tuesday and the independent lawmakers on whom his coalition relies for a thin majority are threatening to turn against him too. That would trigger the dissolution of parliament and an election even earlier than the March 11 date he announced last week. “Taking everything into account, and having discussed the matter with my family, I have decided on my own counsel to step down as uachtarain (president) of Fianna Fail and leader of Fianna Fail,” Cowen told a hastily-arranged news conference in a cramped Dublin hotel room. “I will continue in my role as Taoiseach (prime minister) as I have before.” Martin, 50, had publicly called for Cowen to quit before Tuesday’s vote and stepped down from his foreign ministry brief afterwards.
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Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen (C) announces with Chief Whip John Curran (R) and Tanaiste Mary Coughlan (L) that he is resigning as leader of the Fianna Fáil party but will stay on as Prime Minister during a press conference at the Merrion hotel in Dubin, on January
Protesters push riot policemen during a demonstration in Algiers Saturday Jan. 22, 2011. About 300 people has defied a ban to attempt to hold the demonstration but were confronted by dozens of police armed with batons, and tear gas .
Police, demonstrators clash in Algerian capital Agence France Presse
ALGIERS – Algerian police clashed with pro-democracy protesters in the capital on Saturday, leaving multiple casualties, as they blocked a march on parliament that had fuelled fears of Tunisia-style unrest. The opposition said at least 42 people had been injured during the clashes, including two seriously. The interior ministry put the number of injured at 19, including 11 protestors or passers-by, and eight police. Said Sadi, the head of the opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), said that party spokesman Mohsen Belabbes was among the injured while the head of the party’s parliamentary group, Othmane Amazouz, had been arrested. Another of the party’s MPs, Arezki Aiter, was detained but released after an hour, the party said. Around 300 people had gathered for the rally, intending to march from the city’s Place de la Concorde to the parliament building, but they were quickly blockaded by police armed with batons and tear gas, which prevented the group from moving for six hours before it dis-
persed. While the interior ministry put the number of arrests at nine, Sadi said his party’s headquarters in the city’s main avenue had been besieged, describing himself as “a prisoner”. “We cannot wage a peaceful campaign when we are under siege,” he said, using a megaphone to address the crowd from a first-floor window. The protesters in the street below waved Tunisian as well as Algerian flags and shouted “A free Algeria, a democratic Algeria” in Arabic, and “Murder State”. An AFP journalist saw one of the party’s regional leaders, Reda Boudraa, bleeding from a head wound after being hit by a po-
lice baton. Boudraa was taken away in an ambulance with another injured protester. Said vowed the RCD would mount further protests, despite the government ban, saying his supporters were preparing “for the next demonstrations,” planned for February 9, anniversary of the state of emergency declared in 1992. A government statement, carried by APS Friday, said: “Citizens are asked to show wisdom and vigilance and not respond to possible provocation aimed at disturbing their tranquillity, peace of mind and serenity.” “Marches are not allowed in Algiers” under the state of emergency, the statement warned, adding that “all assemblies on public roads are considered a breach of public order”. The Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH) said Saturday the blanket government ban on peaceful protest could cause a social explosion in the North African country.
Portugal set to re-elect president, boost for reforms Reuters
LISBON – Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva looked certain to be re-elected on Sunday as people began voting in elections overshadowed by the eurozone crisis. Opinion polls showed Cavaco Silva, of the Social Democrats, getting an overwhelming 60 percent of the vote against 20 percent for his closest rival, Manuel Alegre of the ruling Socialists. Although his party is in opposition, Cavaco Silva’s re-election to the largely ceremonial post would provide a boost for the minority Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Socrates as it struggles to avoid an international bailout. The former economics professor, who was prime
minister from 1985 to 1995, is expected to reinforce Socrates’ drive to cut Portugal’s budget deficit through austerity measures. “Leading the country is in the hands of the next president and he has to have a strong voice. I believe the one I voted in has this strength,” said Magda Cardoso, a 60-year-old woman who voted early in the chilly morning in Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno district. She did not say for whom she cast her ballot. In recent months, Cavaco Silva has provided crucial support for government efforts to push through spending cuts and tax rises in order to avoid taking a bailout like Ireland and Greece. Although the president’s powers
are limited, he can dismiss the prime minister and dissolve parliament if he believes he has sufficient grounds. Should Portugal have to go the European Union and the International Monetary Fund for a rescue package, he could be under pressure from the opposition to do so. Portugal’s economic plight has been a big issue in the election campaign but excitement is muted. Many Portuguese are disillusioned because of lower salaries, higher taxes and rising unemployment, and turnout is expected to be low. Antonio Pinto, 48, a construction worker heading for breakfast in Lisbon’s main Avenida da Liberdade, was one of those who had decided not to vote.
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Outgoing Portuguese president and candidate Anibal Cavaco Silva gestures next to his wife Maria after a speach on his last campaign rally in downtown Lisbon on January 21, 2011.
Monday, January 24, 2011
The Patra Bali Resort & Villas has new website IBP
KUTA - The Patra Bali Resort & Villas spend the time on the road to introduce new image of The Patra Bali Resort & Villas, www.patrabali.com. The Management & Staff take a great time to visit the supporter of the year 2010 during the time of conveys. The route of convoy will be to Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur and Denpasar area with maximum 20 cars. All cars have an attractive sticker at the back glasses and gold logo at their left & right side. During the convoy, they visit the travel agents & media and deliver a classical image photo to them who gave support during the year 2010. This time only visit 8 Travels Agents & 1 Media and after will deliver the classical image photo directly to the local agents & media who supported of the achievement. General Manager The Patra Bali Resort & Villas, Hakim Affan is the person who has the great idea to change the brand image of this resort through website. “Through this website we would like to give our customer a curiosity of resort lifestyle and the best holiday at The Patra Bali Resort & Villas. This campaign objective is to give the public awareness to visit our website before inspect the resort itself”, he said during the employee gathering. This awareness also will advertise in appointed media to attract our national and international customer. Visit The Patra Bali Resort & Villas by click, www.patrabali.com.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event forJanuary 3 through January 26, 2011 04 January Special Event at Tenganan Pegringsingan Usaba Sadha Main ritual of twelfth month commanced with temple annyversary celebration of Pura Accompanied by Gambang orchestra at 18.00 pm. Temple anniversary celebration at Pura Dalem Puri,Pura Ulun Kulkul, Pura Kiduling Kreteg, Pura Benua Kawan,Besakih complex,districk of Rendang,Karangasem regency 05 January Special Event at Tenganan Pegringsingan Usaba Sadha Main Ceremony held at Pura Jero when the whole temple adherents go praying to the temple in their finest traditional dress while Gambang orchestra cheeras the atmosphere at 17.00 pm. 06 January Special Event at Tenganan Pegringsingan Usaba Sadha Last ritual held at Pura Jero ended with procession of Deities back to Subak Pemaksan (the agricultural temple) at 18.00 pm. Followed by special event held for the elderly people of the village. 12 January Temple anniversary celebration at: * Pura Luhur Pucak Padang Dawa, Bangli village,distict of Baturiti, Tabanan Regency * Pura Silayukti,Padangbai village, district of manggis,Karangasem Regency * Pura Air Jeruk,South Beach of Sukawati Village,Gianyar Regency * Pura Dangin Pasar,Batuan Village, District of Sukawati.Gianyar regensy
* Pura Desa Lembeng,Ketewel village, District of Sukawati.Gianyar regency * Pura Penataran,Batuyang Village, District of Sukawati.Gianyar regency * Pura Budha Kliwon,Penatih Village, east of denpasar 19 January Temple anniversary celebrations at: * Pura Ratu Pasek Besakih (the mother temple) complex,distric of Rendang, Karangasem Regency * Pura Dalem Batur Village, distric of kintamani,Bangli regency 22 January Temple anniversary celebrations at: * Pura Dalem Tarukan,Bebalang village, South oe the town of bangli. * Pura Benua Kangin,Besakih (the mother temple complex)Karngasem Regensy * Pura Dalem,Pemuteran,Jelantik tojan Village,Klungkung regensy * Pura Pucak Sari,Gunung Sari Village,district of Penebel,Tabanan Regency. 26 January Temple anniversary celebrations at: * Pura Bandesa Mas Kepisah,Pedungan village, south of denpasar * Pura Pasar agung,Kaba-kaba village, district of kediri,Tabanan regency * Pura Dalem Petinget, Kerobokan village, district of kuta,Badung regency * Pura Dalem Pulasari,samprangan village, district of blahbatuh,Gianyar regency * Pura Natih,Banjar kalan,Batuan Village, District of Sukawati,Gianyar regency
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 “umbul-umbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Monday, January 24, 2011
News One dead as Bangladesh police fire at workers Agence France Presse
DHAKA – At least one person died and 20 were injured Sunday near Bangladesh’s capital after police fired rubber bullets at hundreds of labourers demanding a pay-hike, according to a local officer. Police chief Afzal Hossain said officers opened fire after workers vandalised a plant owned by a top pharmaceutical company at Siddhirganj, 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Dhaka. “There were 500 workers who were demanding steep pay hike and increased retirement benefits. They ransacked the factory and smashed some machinery, leading to police action,” he said. “Police fired rubber bullets from shot guns to break up the protest after they became violent. One of the workers was injured and later died in hospital. It was not clear
whether he was shot by rubber bullet,” he said. At least 20 people were also injured — at least half of them by rubber bullets, he added. The protest was first of its kind in the country’s booming drug industry. Bangladesh has nearly 200 phamaceutical firms, meeting around 95 percent of domestic demand for medicine. Despite the boom, many workers say they are not paid well and receive poor retirement benefits. Last month at least four garment workers were shot dead by police in the country’s southeastern port city of Chittagong. Bangladesh’s 4,500 garment factories, which produce clothes for retailers such as Wal-Mart, H&M and Levi Strauss, pay their three million workers a minimum 3,000 taka (43 dollars) a month.
Pope... From page 1 AP Photo/Arabian Navy via Yonhap
In this photo released by the Arabian Navy via Yonhap, South Korean naval special forces approach and board the South Korean cargo ship Samho Jewelry in a military operation in the Arabian Sea Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.
SKorea releases video of raid on hijacked ship Associated Press Writer
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea released a video Sunday of a dramatic raid by commandos on a hijacked ship in the Arabian Sea that rescued all 21 crew members and killed eight Somali pirates. The 4 1/2-minute video provided by the military shows parts of the pre-dawn raid Friday, which came a week after pirates seized the cargo ship and its crew of eight South Koreans, two Indonesians and 11 Myanmar citizens. The video shows South Korean commandos in a small boat readying to climb onto the freighter amid gunshots. The commandos are then seen trying to enter a door and then bringing out some hostages, with a navy helicopter shining searchlights on the vessel. Later, several captured Somali pirates are shown kneeling on the ship as South Korean soldiers carrying rifles stand nearby. The video, taken by a nearby South Korean destroyer, shows the 1,500-ton chemical carrier Samho Jewelry pockmarked with bullet holes. None of the crew members was injured except for the captain, who was shot in the stomach by a pirate but his condition is not life-threatening, according to South Korea’s military. In November, a South Korean-operated supertanker and its 24 crew — five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos — were freed after seven months of captivity amid reports that a record ransom of up to $9.5 million had been paid to Somali pirates.
Friday’s raid was a triumph for South Korea’s president and military. Both came under harsh criticism at home for being too slow and weak in their response to a North Korean attack in November on a South Korean island near disputed waters that killed two marines and two civilians. It came on the same day that Malaysia’s navy successfully rescued a chemical tanker and its 23 crew members from Somali pirates. Seven pirates were apprehended. Despite the two recent successful raids, the European Union Naval Force has said it will not follow suit because such raids could further endanger hostages. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, during which time piracy has flourished off its coast. There are now 29 vessels and 703 hostages being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia. The country lies next to one of the world’s most important shipping routes, which connects the Indian Ocean to the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
On Saturday, Benedict said priests had an important pastoral job to discern whether would-be spouses are prepared and able to enter into a valid marriage. “The church and society at large place too much importance on the good of marriage and the family founded on it to not make a
profound commitment to it pastorally,” Benedict said. The Vatican’s concern about marriage annulments is largely directed at the United States, which in 2006 had more annulment cases launched than the rest of the world combined.
Rural... From page 1 Demonstrators said they would not let the legacy of Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself alight in protest at poverty and oppression, end with Ben Ali’s flight to Saudi Arabia and the establishment of a government dominated by his lieutenants. “The people want this government to fall,” the chanted. “I WANT JUSTICE”
Amin Kahli, also from the Sidi Bouzid region, said he was honouring the memory not just of Bouazizi but of dozens who died facing down Ben Ali’s armed police on the streets. Kahli himself had lost a brother in the revolt, which stunned the world by felling an autocrat who had enjoyed solid backing from Western powers and fellow Arab leaders since he had eased out the first post-colonial president in 1987. “My brother was leaving home for work when a sniper shot him in the chest,” Kahli said. “He was only 21. I want justice for him and I want this government to fall.” Former members of Ben Ali’s RCD ruling party retain key ministries, notably interior, defense and foreign affairs. Politicians from small opposition parties previously tolerated under Ben Ali were allowed to join the government in less vital posts, such as higher education and regional development. Five such appointees quit the cabinet within a day of Ghannouchi forming it. Tunisians’ revolt has electrified millions across the Arab world who suffer similarly from high unemployment, rising prices and repressive rule, often by governments back by Western powers as a bulwark against radical Islam. Arab leaders have responded to such pressures by both concessions and police measures. In Yemen, the poorest Arab state, hundreds of students demonstrated on Sun-
day after the arrest of a woman who had led previous protests demanding a Tunisian-style uprising. CRIMES
In an emotional interview on state TV on Friday, Ghannouchi said he intended to retire from politics after organizing elections. But despite signs many Tunisians would like to see a return to calm, his words have failed to stem the protests. Ghannouchi also sought to distance himself from the former leader. He vowed to track him down and promised compensation for the families of victims of human rights abuses. Authorities have said they arrested 33 members of Ben Ali’s family for crimes against the state but have only named one of them — Imed Trabelsi, a nephew of Ben Ali’s wife Leila. “This revolt is not the Jasmine Revolution, because jasmine is a flower that anyone can just pick,” said Mohamed Ali Zdini, a Tunisian who lives in Italy. “This revolution is more like an olive tree, because it has deep roots and no one can uproot it.” Sunday was the last of three days of national mourning declared by the Ghannouchi government for the victims of the unrest that convulsed Tunisia for several weeks. Officials said on Saturday they would investigate the interior ministry’s role in the deaths of protesters and revise laws to prevent the rise of another strongman. Police themselves demonstrated in Tunis on Saturday to declare their innocence of crimes against the people and to portray themselves as victims. The interior minister has said 78 people had been killed since the start of the demonstrations in December, but the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights put the number at 117, including 70 killed by live fire.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Singapore remains main market for Riau’s export Antara
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Sundanese women parade cooked rice and food during the “Seren Taun” rice harvest festival in Sindang Barang village, Bogor district in Java island on January 22, 2011. Sundanese folks have embraced Islam religion hundreds of years ago but practice their ancient agrarian tradition of offering a slaughtered farm with parade of native food and rice to seek blessings from the spirits for the bountiful rice harvest in their upland village during the weeklong festivities.
BATAM - Singapore remains Riau Islands’ biggest export destination, buying up to 63.06 percent of the province’s overall exports which reach an average of US$6.82 billion a year, a lawmaker said. “Singapore is the main market for our export commodities because it lies close to Riau Islands,” House of Representatives (DPR) member Harry Azhar Azis said here on Saturday. The other main market for Riau Islands’ exports was Japan and the United States, he said without elaborating on the value of the province’s exports to the two countries. Meanwhile, Riau Islands’ imports from Singapore accounted for 62.32 percent of its overall imports which reached an average of US$19.7 billion a year, he
said. Malaysia and China were respectively listed as the second and third biggest suppliers of imported goods to Riau Islands, he said. Quoting data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Harry said the province’s exports grew by 10.95 percent per year. “The rupiah’s stable exchange rate has boosted Riau Islands’ exports,” he said. He said Riau Islands’ imports had continued to increase since the government declared the province’s Batam, Bintan and Karimun islands a free-trade zone in 2008. Riau Islands’ imports jumped to US$12.17 billion in 2008 from US$1.97 billion in 2007, while its exports rose to US$7.47 billion in 2008 from US$6.49 billion in 2007, he said. “In 2008 we recorded a trade deficit of US$4.7 billion,” he said.
IPW calls for probe of Antasari’s alleged orchestrated case Antara
JAKARTA - The Indonesian Police Watch (IPW) called on the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas Ham) to form a fact-finding team to probe the alleged orchestration of former anti-graft commission chief Antasari’s case. “We called for the establishment of a team to probe what was stated by former taxman Gayus HP Tambunan that police were afraid to investigate prosecutor Cirus Sinaga’s
case for fear it would uncover the fact that Antasari’s case had been fabricated,” IPW Presidium Chief Neta S Pane said here on Sunday. He said that if it was true that the
Antasari case had been engineered it meant that Antasar’s human rights had been violated. “If the allegation that Antasari’s case had been fabricated, he should be freed for the sake of the law,” Neta S Pane said. The IPW chairman said that the allegation of engineered case was an indication that might lead to the truth that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s government had made
lies to destroy its political rivals. “In this case, the Komnas Ham should immediately summon Gayus, Cirus, Comm.Gen. Susno Duadji, former police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri, Senior Commissioner Wiliardi and other police officers who were involved in the handling of the Antasari case,” Neta S Pane said. Gayus, following the court decision that sentenced him to seven
years in jail several days ago, made a statement which among others mentioned prosecutor Cirus in fabrication of the Antasari case. Antisari Azhar is a former chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) who was sentenced to 18 years in the murder case of Nasruddin Zulkarnaen, director of PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran. Cirus Sinaga is the public prosecutor who handled the Antasari case.
West Nusa Tenggara needs RP45 trillion in investments BI to focus on developing Antara
MATARAM - West Nusa Tenggara province needs Rp45 trillion in investments to achieve economic growth rate of 6-7 percent in 2014, an official said. “This means that we need at least Rp9 trillion in investment a year,” H.M. Nur Asikin Amin, second assistant to
the provincial government’s secretary, said here on Friday night. He said Rp1.5 trillion of the annual investment would originate from the regional budget and Rp7.5 trillion from medium and large scale companies. The private investment was expected to encourage the agriculture and mining sectors, he said. The presence of private invest-
ment would no doubt help the province reduce poverty and unemployment rates, he said. “Nearly 1 million of West Nusa Tenggara’s 4.4 million populations still live in poverty. Our unemployment rate currently stands at 5.8 percent. By encouraging medium scale companies to invest I believe they can create new job opportunities,” he said.
Government urged to review plan to limit subsidized fuel consumption Antara
JAKARTA - A lawmaker on Saturday urged the government to review its plan to limit the use of subsidized fuels in the country. “The government must review the plan,” member of the House of Representatives Commission VII
Ismayatun of the Indonesian Democratic Party - Struggle (PDIP) said at a discussion here on Saturday. The review must cover all aspects to ensure that the planned limitation of subsidized fuel consumption would meet the principles of justice and would not burden the public, she said. “The government also needs to
make a study of the categories of subsidized fuel consumers,” she said. Law No. 10 of 2010 on the 2011 State Budget requires the government to control the use of subsidized fuels consisting of gasoline, diesel oil and kerosene in stages to ensure that the subsidy will only go to those entitled to it.
banks’ capital, efficiency Antara
JAKARTA - Bank Indonesia (the central bank/BI) will focus on development of national banks in terms of capital and efficiency to improve their competitive edge and intermediary function, its governor said. The strengthening of bank-monitoring system and the intensification of banking industry through consolidation would remain a decisive factor to weather crisis amidst the increasingly fiercer global competition, BI Governor Darmin Nasution said at an annual meeting with bankers here Friday night. “The banking capital will likely be enough to encourage the national economy gradually. But I think the banks will not be strong enough to face crisis,” he said. Both the 1997/1998 monetary crisis and the 2007/2008 financial
crisis had sent important signals that fragile banking industry would inflict losses to the state and the central bank and in the end add to the people’s misery, he said. Bail-out funds might be needed at a time of crisis but experience showed that the funds created new complications in the economic, political and legal sectors, he said. “We need to have preventive system and strong capital defense. The idea has been discussed intensively by among others replacing bail-out paradigm with bail-in one. This means that banks themselves must have a buffer to deal with risks and upheavals if they are affected by crisis,” he said. The condition had shored up the central bank’s confidence that consolidation from the standpoint of capital and institution must be sped up, he said.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Bali Today Mangku Pastika: Steps have been done to stop legionella DENPASAR – Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika stated that the government has been carrying out the necessary steps to prevent the spread of legionella disease. “I had ordered all related departments to prevent the spread of the disease. The Health Department had carry out inspection and told the hotels to increase their cleanliness,” he added. After the coffee morning event with the officers of Bali, the governor said that the result of the examination stated that the legionella bacteria live on damp area such as swimming pool. There is no evidence yet that the disease can be transmitted from human to human but the tourists who contracted with the disease were living on the same place. Mangku Pastika explained that there is a possibility that the hotel didn’t preserve their sanitation and hygiene so the 11 tourists who stayed there infected by legionella. When asked about the travel advisory by Australian Government, the governor said that it is common for a government to ask their citizen who travel abroad to increase their awareness in case of disease of others.
“I have met the ambassador of Australia in Denpasar and explain the situation to him. After a brief discussion, the Australian Government agreed to revoke the travel advisory immediately,” Mangku Pastika said. From 11 tourists who are infected with legionella disease, nine of them are Australian and the rest are coming from the Netherlands and France. Most of the tourists stay in Bali for short period of time which is 7 to 10 days. Most of them are above 45 years old, the age considered prone to the disease. Legionella is an infection cause by the Legionella sp bacteria. The bacteria attack the lungs of the sufferer. The disease was found for the first time in Bali in 1976 and without the proper handling it could lead to the death of the sufferer.
Farming still potential in Bali DENPASAR – Farming is still a strategic business in Bali which highly depends on the development of tourism industry. I Gede Suarsa, the head of Bali Statistics Department, said that the high price of the product make farming is very potential for the Balinese. He added that the farming index in Bali is still above 100 which is very good. This is because the high income gained by the farmers in Bali. For the plants, Bali is still dominated by coconut, clove, and cacao. The production of those plants is increasing in the past few years. It shows that the number of area developed into farming area is also increasing from time to time. Gede Suarsa said that in the fruit commodities, orange, salacca, and
banana are the produce highly in Bali. However, the salacca is decreasing in the past few months. This condition is because the price of the fruit is very low so many salacca farmers turn their business into rice field. It also affected by the imported fruit from other countries or even other area in Indonesia. Many of the salacca from other province are better than the one in Bali. While in the vegetables area, onion, cabbage, tomato and long bean are the highest commodities compare to other. Suarsa explained that the production of the commodities are depend on the weather so during the harvest time, the farmers can get high revenue.
The abrasion which happen on one of the beach in BUleleng.
Sea sand theft stays rampant
Coastal abrasion in Buleleng increasingly serious SINCE the past three years, many beaches in Buleleng have always been slugged by big waves. As a result, the abrasion is getting more and more severe. The latest incident was the big waves slugging the beaches in Buleleng on Wednesday (Jan 12) and causing tens of hectares of rice fields to be eroded into the sea. The worst damage occurred in the coastal region of Bungkulan Village, namely at the Subak Sanghyang Ai and Subak Guliang. Since the past three years, the rice fields on the seaside of Bungkulan Village had been slugged by big waves for three times. Such tidal waves customarily ensued in the early months of the year, such as January to March. For three years, farmers at the Subak Sanghyang Ai and Subak Guliang had suffered a loss at least ten hectares of rice fields as eroded into the sea. Similar condition also ensued at other location. Estate land in the region of Pemaron Village, Buleleng, also vanished into the sea. A number of palm trees originally growing on the land had now disappeared as
eroded by the waves and swept away into the sea. Even, the beaches protected by revetment had ruined. Like at Sangsit and the surrounding area, the seaside revetment used to tackle the huge waves was even destroyed. The Head of Buleleng Public Works, Nyoman Gede Suryawan, admitted that coastal erosion in Buleleng had been getting worse. For several years, the abrasion was recorded to reach 48 kilometers of coastline. Of that amount, as much as about 35 kilometers had been addressed by making concrete and stone revetment. However, the rest was unable to be repaired because there was no budget for the abrasion prevention within this year. Meanwhile, the former Head of the Bali-Penida River Area, Jro Nyoman Ray Yusha, said the coastal erosion was not only happening in Buleleng. Almost all beaches in Indonesia suffered from abrasion. It was caused by global warming due to ice melting in the North Pole. But, in Buleleng the causes of abrasion were more complex. One of them was the rampant sea sand theft committed by local residents. In addition,
many residents remained to look for a lot of gravel scattered on the beach in the area of Tejakula. “Sand theft is still happening. It is proven that a lot of people stay to sell craft items made of sea sand,” he said. Nevertheless, according to Ray Yusha, the government could not directly blame the people who did the theft. According to him, local residents stole the sea sand because they want to meet their daily bread and butter. They were mostly poor people having no other job. “Well, the matter of indigent people should be resolved by government,” he said. Ray Yusha who often handled the abrasion prevention project when serving as the Head of the BaliPenida River Area said that government should address first the roots of the problem why people were still continuing to steal the sea sand. Government should immediately resolve poverty, especially among the coastal residents, for example by providing job opportunities. “If they have been prosperous, the theft of sea sand will no more occur. On that account, the rate of abrasion can be diminished,” he said. (ole)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Balinese Culture A Hidden Treasure of Children Heritage Today, children have unlimited choices of games. They have been pampered by modern games, ranging from Turtle Ninja, Kung Fu, war games and many more. These can make them stay for hours in front of television or computer. Yet, behind this ease and enjoyment, they lose some values like creativity and do not know they have traditional games. It is said so because there is a trend where children, both in urban and rural areas, begin to leave their traditional games. Many game options have been available in the form of CD, DVD, Internet and cartoon in television. Just by CD rental or buying the cheapest one and sitting down sweetly, they could enjoy the games they like best. If the games contain competition, they will compete against machine or some times against friends. Without realized, this may result in sight disorder where children should gaze the monitor and finally require thick glasses at earlier age. Advancement is not always bad. However, parents should control them to what extent those games could drive good impact. Before the presence of these modern games, there were many traditional games. They are no less interesting than the modern ones. Many children even find it attractive and make them creative. Art parade of Bali Arts Festival 2009 has shown the treasure of traditional games. This event is just like a kaleidoscope highlighting a variety of traditional games that ever existed within the life of
Balinese children. To play one of the games, children should first search for its materials by themselves at backyard or garden. Actually, it is here where the challenge of the games begins. Sometimes, they got injury because they are unable to use a knife properly. It did not matter as intriguing power has superseded it. Among the parade, there was a space intended for children world where they displayed some bizarre games like coconut shell clog, walking on stilts, pulling friend by the sheath of areca nut, pulling rope in-group and two-wheeled toy where its stick carried on shoulder. Meanwhile, the heavier one was gallivanting show by barong effigy. To play the coconut shell clog, for instance, they should keep their balance well. Standing on the tips of coconut shell is not easy. Moreover, they have to maintain the harmony of steps with the pulling of rope connected to each coconut shell. When the pull and steps can go harmoniously, the player can walk faster. Balance is also entailed in walking on stilts or tajog or egrang. This game is even riskier because the position of pedal is higher from the ground. However, when a player can operate these stilts properly it is more challenging and pleasant. The higher the pedal the more challenging it is. Walking on stilts looks like a walking long-legged heron. It would be more interesting when passing through a muddy or knee-deep watery road. These games are often put into competi-
tion related to traditional sports. Another game requiring cooperation is pulling the sheath of areca nut. If the bean of areca nut is used by grandfathers or grandmothers for ingredient of chewing betel, the sheath of it is used by their grandchildren to make ‘a pulling vehicle’. Yellow leaf signifies it has been mature. It is time for children to take it. They just need to leave out the ribs of leaf. The main rib is not cut as it will be used to pull. One child serves as passenger while another as driver who pulls the sheath. This role is exchanged so both can have an opportunity to enjoy the ‘comfort’ of this vehicle game. Children also put an interest in dancing barong gallivanting show. For them, it has been designed a smaller-sized barong. Therefore, before growing adult they have been introduced to art world of adult people. By performing gallivanting show like this, they will obtain experience and earn money. However, the emphasis here is not on the money, but on the experience and fun. Actually, there are more traditional games that once lived in midst of Balinese community. I hope that Bali Arts Festival have revealed them one by one so young generation can know their traditional heritages. Maybe, having watched or played modern games they could combine with the traditional ones they have. At least, the traditional can become an alternative, as all raw materials have been available at their surroundings. (BTN/punia)
Kikil Celeng Mekuah (Pork Knuckles in Spicy Sauce)
OVERVIEW: No part of the pig is wasted in Bali, knuckles cooked this way make a tasty dish with a melting texture. INGREDIENTS: 1.2 kg (2½ lb) pork knuckles, cut in 2.5 cm (1in) slices 2 tbsp oil 8 shallots, peeled and chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 2.5 cm (1in) ginger, peeled and chopped 2.5 cm (1in) fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped 10 candlenuts, chopped ¾ tsp coriander seeds, crushed 2.5 cm (1in) kencur, peeled and crushed 1 tsp dried shrimp paste 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed 2 salam leaves 1 tsp salt 2 cups chicken stock Large red chilies, fried shallots and basil to garnish PREPARATION: Bring 3 liters (12 cups) of lightly salted water to boil in a stockpot. Add knuckles, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 45 minutes until meat is three quarter cooked. Heat oil in heavy saucepan. Add all ingredients except chicken stock and sauté for about 2 minutes until spices change color. Pour chicken stock into saucepan, mix well and bring to the boil. Add cooked knuckles, mix well, bring back to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until knuckles are completely cooked. Garnish with sliced red chilies, fried shallots, and sprigs of fresh sliced lemon basil. (www.baliguide.com/
Monday, January 24, 2011
Penelokan is situated on the southern part of Batur Tengah Village of Kintamani District, around 20 km from the town of Bangli or some 63 km from Denpasar, the capital of Bali Province. Many guests, domestic or foreign choose this place so they can enjoy the cold but refreshing air of the mountainous land. Of course, while they taste the stunning views of the solid black lavas of Mount Baturâ€™s eruption in 1917 that devastated the surrounding village. Batur has scenic views and is part of Kintamani that is in the northern side of Bangli Regency. Penelokan (Look Out Point) is the best place to see the drooping jaws sceneries offered by Mount and Lake Batur. It is about 1,500 meters above sea level. Its temperature is at the average 22 degrees Celsius at noon and 16 degrees Celsius during the night. And we invite those adventurous to climb the mountain until reaching the peak. The crater seems to be a beautiful painting carved to the mountain. In addition to seeing the mountain, Batur also offers the charming Lake Batur with its clean water and the unique graveyard and Barong Brutuk of Trunyan Village that cannot be found anywhere else in Bali.
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BUSINESS Obama: Boost US competitiveness Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to energize the economy, President Barack Obama said Saturday he will use his State of the Union address to outline an agenda to create jobs now and boost American competitiveness over the long term. Heading quickly into re-election mode, Obama is expected to use Tuesday’s prime-time speech to promote spending on innovation while also promising to reduce the national debt and cooperate with emboldened Republicans. “I’m focused on making sure the economy is working for everybody, for the entire American family,” Obama said Saturday in an uncommon preview of his speech, offered up in an online video to his supporters late Saturday afternoon. The president announced that the economy would be the main topic of his speech, a nod to how important that issue is to the country’s standing and his own as well. At the halfway point of his term, Obama said the economy is on firmer footing than it was two years ago: it is growing again, albeit slowly, while the stock market is rising, and corporate profits are climbing. But with the unemployment rate stubbornly stuck above 9 percent, Obama will signal a shift Tuesday from shortterm stabilization policies toward ones focused on job creation and longer-term growth. Obama offered no details on specific proposals he will call for in his address, though he has offered hints in recent weeks. Perhaps the clearest came in an overlooked speech in North Carolina last month, one that will likely serve as a template of what the nation is about to hear. Obama said then that making the U.S. more competitive means investing in a more educated work force, committing more to research and technology, and improving everything from highways and airports to high-speed Internet. In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama also highlighted free trade as a way to increase U.S. exports and put Americans to work. “That’s how we’ll create jobs today,” Obama said. “That’s how we’ll make America more competitive tomorrow. And that’s how we’ll win the future.” Obama’s challenge will be to find the money and political will to spend it, at a time when he’s pledged to reduce spending and
tackle the mountainous debt. In his preview to supporters Saturday, Obama said he would emphasize fiscal restraint Tuesday, but didn’t go into detail, saying only that any spending cuts should be done in a “responsible way.” The president is under growing pressure to tackle the debt from the public and lawmakers, particularly some newly elected Republicans who ran on pledges to cut spending. Obama, too, has made spending cuts a priority, setting up a bipartisan fiscal commission which recommended tax hikes and cuts to entitlement programs — both efforts that would likely be a hard sell with the American people. Obama will speak Tuesday to a Congress changed both by Republican wins in the November election and the attempted assassination of one of its own. Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head two weeks ago during an event in her district in Tucson, Ariz. Since then, the president has appealed for more civility in politics, and in a nod to that ideal, some Democrats and Republicans will break with tradition and sit alongside each other in the House chamber Tuesday night. Obama hinted Saturday that he would build on that theme during the State of the Union, tying the country’s economic success to bipartisan cooperation. “We’re up to it, as long as we come together as a people_Republicans, Democrats, Independents_as long as we focus on what binds us together as a people, as long as we’re willing to find common ground even as we’re having some very vigorous debates,” Obama said. The White House sees competitiveness as a framework Republicans could support. GOP lawmakers traditionally have backed the types of trade deals and researchand-development efforts that Obama is promoting. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., appeared to give the president an opening when he said last week in a speech that “my advice to my colleagues is if the president is willing to do what we
would do anyway, then we should say yes.” Yet for all the talk of bipartisanship, Obama will deliver Tuesday’s address at a time when his White House is shifting into re-election mode. Obama plans to file papers to formally run for reelection around March, and several aides are moving to Chicago to run the 2012 campaign. Saturday’s video preview to supporters signaled a return to the campaign-style outreach Obama’s team mastered in 2008, and underscored his need to rally his base around his agenda. The White House is keenly aware that Obama’s re-election prospects likely hinge on the state of the economy. More than half of those questioned in a new Associated Press-GfK poll disapproved of how he’s handled the economy, and just 35 percent said it’s improved on his watch. Threequarters of those surveyed did say it’s unrealistic to expect noticeable improvements after two years. They said it will take longer. Obama’s preview Saturday focused exclusively on his domestic agenda, with no mention of foreign policy. Obama is, however, expected to frame his call for competitiveness in global terms, calling for a new Sputnik moment — a reference to the Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of the first satellite, ahead of the U.S. He intends to say the U.S. is again facing challenges from abroad, this time from fast-growing economies in China, India and throughout Southeast Asia. In his travels to Asia and during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s recent trip to Washington, Obama has said he’s been struck by the rapid rise of that region and the laser-like focus on competing in the global economy. “They are thinking each and every day about how to educate their work force, rebuild their infrastructure, enter into new markets,” Obama said in November, after wrapping up a 10-day Asia trip. “We should feel confident about our ability to compete, but we are going to have to step up our game.”
British expert says banks need major revamp Agence France-Presse
LONDON – Britain’s banks need major reforms as their failure to manage risks had been “spectacular,” the chair of the Independent Commission on Banking said on Saturday. Economist John Vickers, who heads a body reviewing whether to split banks’ investment and retail entities, said taxpayers should not have to provide “a generous safety net” to stop banks from collapsing. “For the most part, retail customers have no effective alternative to their banks for vital financial services, and hence there is an overriding economic, social and political imperative to avert any disruption to the continuous provision of those services,” Vickers said. “The task is to find better ways of ensuring this, if possible, while allowing unsuccessful individual institutions to fail safely,” he said in a speech at the London Business School. “Ultimately, financial risks have to be borne, and in a market system they should not be borne by the taxpayer
providing a generous safety net.” Vickers is a former chief economist of the Bank of England who served on the Bank?s Monetary Policy Committee from 1998 to 2000. He was then head of the Office of Fair Trading until 2005. “If the probability and/or impact of bank failure particularly of retail service provision can be reduced by forms of separation between banking activities, then so too might capital requirements,” he said. “If so, the case for structural reform might be greater the higher is the cost of bank capital.” Just six banks control almost 90 percent of all deposits in Britain, a far higher figure than in Germany or the United States. The fear that British banks have become “too big to fail” was fuelled by the financial crisis when the government had to bail out Royal Bank of Scotland, Northern Rock and the Lloyds banking group. The commission is due to publish interim proposals in April, with a final report to follow in September.
Facebook to unveil financials, raises $1.5 billion Reuters
SEATTLE – Facebook is preparing to open its books this year or early in 2012 to give investors a glimpse into the financial workings of the world’s No. 1 social network, after it sealed an oversubscribed $1.5 billion round of financing led by Goldman Sachs. The financing, $1 billion of which is from Goldman Sachs’ overseas clients and $500 million from Goldman itself and Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, gives the company a projected value of $50 billion, setting the stage for what could be one of the largest initial public offerings next year. Facebook, founded in a Harvard dorm room in 2004, said it would begin to file public financial reports no later than April 30, 2012, in a statement detailing the new investment. United States securities regulations require companies with more than 499 shareholders to disclose financial information whether they are publicly traded or not. Facebook expects to exceed that number some time this year. The new funding was organized by investment bank Goldman Sachs, which raised $1 billion from nonU.S. investors in a fund that Facebook said was oversubscribed. Goldman Sachs originally pitched
the investment to U.S. investors, but switched focus to overseas clients as concerns grew that intense media coverage surrounding the offering could run afoul of U.S. securities laws. Initial projections from Goldman Sachs in documents circulated to potential investors earlier this month indicated it was looking to raise up to $1.5 billion. Facebook said it made a “business decision” to limit the offering to $1 billion, without explaining further. It said it had no immediate plans for using the money raised. The company earned $355 million in net income in the first nine months of 2010 on revenue of $1.2 billion, according to a document distributed by Goldman Sachs to potential investors earlier this month, the only source of financial data on the company. In December, Digital Sky Technologies, Goldman Sachs and some funds managed by Goldman invested $500 million in Facebook. Facebook has more than 500 million users and is challenging big Web businesses like Google Inc and Yahoo Inc for users’ time online and for advertising dollars. Investors are increasingly eager to buy shares of Facebook and other fast-growing Internet social networking companies on private exchanges.
Monday, January 24, 2011
‘The King’s Speech’ is top film at producer awards
Zsa Zsa Gabor out of hospital after leg amputation Reuters
Zsa Zsa Gabor
LOS ANGELES – Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has been released from the hospital eight days after she had her right leg amputated, her spokesman said on Saturday. Gabor’s release from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles came more than a week ahead of schedule, said her publicist, John Blanchette, who added that doctors were pleased with her progress. The 93-year-old star of 1950s films “Moulin Rouge” and “Lili,” had her leg amputated on January 14 because of a gangrene infection after hip replacement surgery in July. Blanchette said Gabor’s husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, reported that “she has been feisty, yelling at nurses and at him. Everything is back to normal.”
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – “The King’s Speech” claimed the crown for best film at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday, knocking off Golden Globes best drama winner and presumed Oscar front-runner “The Social Network.” The film also beat out nominees “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “The Fighter,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The Town,” “Toy Story 3,” and “True Grit.”
LOS ANGELES – A ballet psycho-thriller isn’t the typical boxoffice juggernaut, but as Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” hit the $75 million mark during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Fox Searchlight received its most detailed breakdown of who is fueling the season’s surprise hit: Women (big surprise!). About 55 percent of the audience is female (17-34 is the sweet spot), and many are bringing their boyfriends and husbands along. Women are giving the film a B+ on CinemaScore; men are a bit less enthusiastic with a B, but that is considered great for a horror/ thriller. People in small cities. After opening in 18 theaters, “Swan” upped its theater count from about 1,550 to 2,328 and extended into smaller communities, turning in top performances in Butte, Mont., Guleph, Ont., Columbus, Ga., Houma, La., and Bangor, Maine. The $13 million-budgeted film is doing especially well in French Canada and heavily Hispanic San Antonio, even though Searchlight initially didn’t spend much there. And big-city types, too. The top-performing theater in the U.S. is the Regal Union Square in New York, where “Swan” will soon become its third-highest grosser of all time, behind only “Avatar” and “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace” ($1.7 million each). Other top cities include Boston, Seattle and Chicago. But not really. L.A.’s Arclight Hollywood is the No. 2 theater overall for “Swan,” but Searchlight says the film hasn’t overperformed in the broader Los Angeles market.
How high can Swan fly? After her best drama actress win at the Golden Globes, Natalie Portman is a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination, which should send the film past $100 million and possibly toward the ranks of “Juno” ($143.5 million) and “Slumdog Millionaire” ($141.3 million), Searchlight’s highest-grossing films. Says Searchlight’s Sheila DeLoach, “It has become the movie people have to see.”
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How “Black Swan” will reach the $100 million mark Reuters
The PGA awards, hosted by filmmaker Judd Apatow at the Beverly Hilton, are part of the steady stream of ceremonies leading up to the Academy Awards. “The Social Network,” which stars Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, appeared to be on the fast track to a best picture Oscar after dominating honors from top critics groups and winning the Golden Globe last week. But Saturday’s win solidified a spot as an Academy Award contender for “The King’s Speech,” which features Golden Globe best actor winner Colin Firth playing Queen Elizabeth II’s father, George VI, as he tries to overcome a debilitating stammer. The Producers Guild followed the lead of the Oscars last year and doubled its best-picture field to 10 movies. In other PGA categories, Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” won for best animated feature and the chronicle of modern education “Waiting for Superman” took top documentary honors.On the television side, AMC’s “Mad Men” won for best drama series for the third straight year, and ABC’s “Modern Family” won best comedy, beating out previous two-time winner “30 Rock.” HBO’s “The Pacific” won for best TV movie or miniseries, and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” won for top live entertainment or reality show. Actress Amy Adams arrives on the red carpet for the 68th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 16, 2011.
Winfrey promises to spill family secret Monday Associated Press Writer
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Actress Natalie Portman poses with her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for her role in “Black Swan” at the 68th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2011.
LOS ANGELES – Oprah Winfrey has staged many a family reunion on her talk show. But on Monday’s episode, she promises, the drama will be about her. Winfrey told viewers Thursday that she will have a reunion of her own on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She wouldn’t say with whom — only that it involves something she’s learned about recently and is known to only a few people close to her. “I thought I’d seen it all. But this, my friends, is the miracle of all miracles,” Winfrey says in a promotional spot for the show. The word “miracle” appears on screen, reinforcing her pronouncement. “I was given some news that literally shook me to my core. This time, I’m the one being reunited,” she said. “I was keeping a family secret for months, and on Monday you’re going to hear it straight from me.” Her production company, Harpo, declined to provide further details Friday. Given Winfrey’s tangled family history, the possibilities for her reunion are many. She was born to unmarried teenagers, Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee, and raised at various times by a grandmother, her mother, and her
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FILE - In this May 3, 2010 file photo, Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala in New York.
father and stepmother in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Tennessee, according to Winfrey and various biographies. However, Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized 2010 biography of Winfrey alleges that Vernon Winfrey isn’t Oprah’s biological father. Kelley also claims that she discovered the actual father’s identity but was keeping it secret until Winfrey learns the truth herself. More in Entertainment As a teen-
ager, Oprah Winfrey gave birth to a son who died shortly afterward. That chapter of her life was revealed after a family member sold the story to a tabloid in 1990, and Winfrey was said to have felt betrayed. Using her Chicago-based show to disclose a new wrinkle in her personal history allows her to keep other media from getting hold of it first. Winfrey has proved herself a master at milking family reunion drama, celebrity and otherwise, on her syndicated talk show that’s in its 25th and final season. This month, she launched a cable channel, OWN. She reunited more than 100 members of the Osmonds. She brought together both the screen family from “The Sound of Music” and descendants of the real-life members of the musical Von Trapp family portrayed in the film. After decades apart, singer Seal and his foster sister were reunited on Winfrey’s show. There was also the memorable reunion involving Clemantine and Claire Wamariya, sisters who escaped the Rwandan genocide and later immigrated to America without knowing if their parents had survived. They learned they had, but it wasn’t until they were onstage with Winfrey that the sisters saw their mother and father again.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Japan rocket ferrying supplies to space station Associated Press Writer
This handout photo released by the World Wide Fund (WWF) Nepal on January 23, shows a collar-fitted wild tiger making its way into the forest after it was released at Bardia National Park. AFP/HO/WWFN
Nepal uses satellites to track rare tiger Agence France Presse
KATHMANDU – An injured wild tiger that strayed into a tourist resort in Nepal has been moved to a new home in the jungle and fitted with a satellite collar so its progress can be tracked, the government said. The tiger, an adult male, was captured after it wandered into the resort on the outskirts of the Chitwan national park in southern Nepal, a major tourist attraction, and nursed back to health by park authorities. It was then driven about 600 kilometres (400 miles) with a team of vets and conservationists in a specially constructed trailer to the remote jungles of Bardia in western Nepal, where it was released on Saturday. The tiger, named Namobuddha by park authorities, has been fitted with a special collar carrying a GPS tracking system that will allow scientists to monitor how well it adapts to its new home. The government said the initiative, carried out with the help of experts from WWF, would also help to im-
prove understanding of how the endangered animals behave in the wild. “This translocation — the first of its kind in Nepal — is a concrete example of our commitment to saving wild tigers using the best science available,” said Deepak Bohara, minister of forest and soil conservation. The project is part of Nepal’s efforts to double its population of Royal Bengal tigers, which once roamed the country’s southern plains in large numbers but have been depleted by poaching and the destruction of their habitat. A WWF survey
carried out in 2008 found just 121 adult tigers of breeding age in the country. Krishna Acharya, Nepal’s head of national parks and wildlife conservation, said Bardia was an ideal home for the animal because it of its vast size, available prey and relatively low levels of poaching. “Nepal is one of the countries in the world where the prospect of doubling the tiger population is quite good, if tigers are given enough space, prey and proper protection,” he added. Experts say poverty and political instability in Nepal have created ideal conditions for poachers who kill the animals for their skin, meat and bones, which are highly valued in Chinese traditional medicine. The WWF says tigers are in serious danger of becoming extinct in the wild. During the last 100 years their numbers have collapsed by 95 percent, from 100,000 in 1900 to only around 3,200 tigers, its says.
TOKYO – A Japanese rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station successfully lifted off from a remote island Saturday on a mission designed to help fill a hole left by the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle program. The unmanned rocket — Japan’s second flight to the space station — was ferrying nearly 6 tons of food, water, clothing and experimental equipment to the astronauts in orbit aboard the international project involving 15 nations. The rocket also was carrying cargo for NASA. After docking with the space station, dropping off its cargo and being loaded up with waste material, the rocket’s transfer vehicle, named “Kounotori2,” will be detached and burn itself up upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere. Kounotori means white stork in Japanese. Applause broke out at the control center on Tanegashima Island as officials announced that the launch phase was a success. Tracking was switched to a center in Guam as the vehicle moved rapidly away from Japan. Kounotori2 is expected to reach the space station on Jan. 27. JAXA, Japan’s space agency, hopes the project will help it build expertise for similar low-cost ferrying missions and push forward manned flights of Japan’s own. Cargo missions for the International Space Station have become more important now that the United States has scaled back its ability to launch supplies. Since 2009, the station has been manned by six astronauts, but keeping them fed and supplied has become a bigger challenge because of the retirement of the U.S. space shuttles. NASA is linking up with commercial companies to launch future cargo
expeditions. JAXA officials say they are studying the possibility of reconfiguring the Kounotori vehicle — which is about the size of a large passenger bus — for manned flight. Japan’s space program has yet to attempt manned flight. Japan has a module attached to International Space Station that can be used by astronauts, but has relied on the United States to get them there. A Russian Soyuz is to take the next Japanese astronaut to the space station in May. Japan sent cargo on its first unmanned carrier to the international station in 2009. Money, more than technology, is generally seen as Japan’s biggest hurdle. JAXA’s budget for last year was 180 billion yen ($2 billion), about one-fourteenth of what the U.S. spends on space exploration and less than half of what the EU spends, according to Japanese government estimates.
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The H-2B Launch Vehicle No. 2 blasts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the southern Japanese island of Tanegashima on Saturday Jan. 22, 2011.
Internet exhausting addresses, but no IPocalypse Agence France Presse
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With about seven billion people on the planet, a web-naming protocol doesn’t allow for everyone to have a gadget with its own online address. A situation compared to not having enough telephone numbers for everyone.
PALO ALTO, California – The Internet is running out of addresses. With everything from smartphones to Internet-linked appliances and cars getting online, the group entrusted with organizing the Web is running out of the “IP” numbers that identify destinations for digital traffic. The touted solution to the problem is a switch to a standard called IPv6 that allows trillions of Internet addresses, while the current IPv4 standard provides a meager four billion or so. “The big pool in the sky that gives addresses is going to run out in the next several weeks,” said Google engineer Lorenzo Colitti, who is leading the Internet giant’s transition to the new standard. “In some sense, we are driving toward a wall. We have to do something, and IPv6 is the only real long-
term solution.” The pool in the sky is a fast-draining reservoir of IP addresses maintained by the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN has been calling for a change to IPv6 for years but websites and Internet service providers have been clinging to the old standard since the birth of the Internet. “One of the reasons it has taken so long to change is that there is no obvious advantage or killer application for IPv6,” Colitti said. The number of addresses that IPv6 allows for amounts to 340 “undecillion” (followed by 36 zeroes); enough for a trillion people to each be assigned trillions of IP numbers, according to ICANN chief Rod Beckstrom. “I guess if we could somehow link an IP address to every atom, we might begin to run into
problems,” Beckstrom said of IPv6 during an interview in his office in the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto. “As far as thinking about the number of objects that humans own and use, we are pretty safe.” With about seven billion people on the planet, the IPv4 protocol doesn’t allow for everyone to have a gadget with its own online address. The situation has been equated to not having enough telephone numbers for everyone. Once the supply of IPv4 addresses ICANN distributes to the five regional centers around the world are gone, computers and other gadgets might have to start sharing instead of having unique identifying numbers. “You will start to share with your neighbors, and that causes problems because applications can’t distinguish you apart,” Colitti said. “If your neighbor ends up in a blacklist, you will too.”
Monday, January 24, 2011
Fergie confident of United staying power Agence France Presse
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Barcelona’s forward Pedro Rodriguez (L) vies with Racing Santander’s goalkeeper Toño (R) during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Racing on January 22, 2011 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.
Barcelona go seven points clear of Real Agence France Presse
MADRID – Champions Barcelona went seven points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish first division on Saturday as goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta sealed a 3-0 home win over Racing Santander. Barcelona had lost 3-1 to Real Betis in their midweek Kings Cup match - although they reached the semi-finals 6-3 on aggregate - but got off to the perfect start with Spanish winger Pedro netting his 11th league goal after just 90 seconds on Saturday. Barcelona then coasted to their 14th consecutive league win and maintained their flawless away record with a ninth win on the road. Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid are now under pressure to close the gap back to four points when they host Real Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. “Scoring in the
second minute helped us settle and this is an important win,” said Barcelona striker David Villa. “We are delighted and it is important for us to be top. Now we have to wait and see if we are lucky and Real Madrid fail to win (against Real Mallorca).” Barca went ahead after just 90 seconds against Racing with Messi playing a wall pass with Villa before chipping goalwards for Pedro to chest the ball in from close range. It was a nightmare start for Racing but the visitors almost equalised with Markus Rosenberg forcing a diving save from Victor Valdes on the quarter hour mark.
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom – Sir Alex Ferguson saw Manchester United maintain their impressive unbeaten start to the season and claimed his club has the depth and experience to hold onto their position at the top of the Premier League. A Dimitar Berbatov hattrick, with additional goals from Ryan Giggs and Nani, eased United to an emphatic 5-0 victory over Birmingham and allowed Ferguson to take key players such as Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs out of the fray to rest for matches ahead. United’s next match is a rearranged fixture at Blackpool on Tuesday — a game for which Rio Ferdinand (groin) and Michael Carrick, who injured his ankle in the first half against Birmingham are both doubtful — although the United manager believes his in-form team can cope. “It helps our goal difference, no doubt about that,” said Ferguson of a victory which extends United?s unbeaten run to 22 league games this season, 27 dating back to last term. “We have some tough games ahead of course. Hopefully the players can grasp the nettle. They have good experience, we’ve
got the squad and hopefully we can manage all the games ahead. “I was pleased with a good team performance. What helps is you score the early goal, getting a goal after a minute, they have to open up. It’s a different perspective you have to face and we capitalised on that. “It was a good scoreline at half-time and I was able to take Patrice Evra off, gave him a break by bringing on Fabio, and take Ryan Giggs off which was important because we have a big game on Tuesday.” Giggs turned in an eye-catching display, which featured a goal, on the weekend that the 37year-old has declared that he wishes to spend at least one more season playing for the only club of his illustrious career. “Ryan Giggs can easily play another year,” said Ferguson. “He’s as fresh as a daisy, we look after him the right way and he manages himself the right way. Being able to take him off was a bonus.” However, Berbatov — who has now scored 18 goals this season, 17 in the league, including three hat-tricks — was the real star of United?s performance. His pairing with Wayne Rooney looks particularly explosive at present although the England forward continues his modest goal production.
Villa, Adriano and captain Carles Puyol all missed good chances before Villa won a penalty on 33 minutes by tricking Brazilian defender Henrique, who is on loan at Racing from Barcelona, with some quick footwork. Messi converted the spotkick for his 19th league goal of the season as Barca went in 2-0 at the interval. The hosts scored again on 56 minutes with Spain star Iniesta watching his deflected shot swerve in. Valencia moved a point above Villarreal into third with a 90th minute winner from Aritz Aduriz clinching a thrilling 4-3 win over nine-man Malaga.
Australia and South Korea make Asian Cup semis Doha - Australia and South Korea both needed extra-time goals to overcome holders Iraq and Iran 1-0 respectively on Saturday and book their places in the Asian Cup semi-finals. A 117th-minute strike from Harry Kewell at Al Sadd Stadium put the Socceroos into the last four for the first time and a showdown with Uzbekistan for a place in the final awaits on Tuesday. South Korea will face East Asian neighbours Japan on the same day after substitute Yoon Bit Ga-Ram hit their winner in the 105th minute, as the two-time champions stepped up their drive for a first title since 1960. With the exception of surprise package Uzbekistan, all of the semifinalists played at last year’s World
Cup in South Africa and their experience and pedigree have come to the fore in Doha. Galatasaray’s Kewell was Australia’s hero, meeting a pinpoint cross from Matt McKay and angling his header past Iraqi goalkeeper Mohammed Kassid to settle a match that could have gone either way. It avenged their 3-1 loss to Iraq in the group stage four years ago, when the war-torn country went on to win their first ever continental crown. “It’s definitely a great achievement, even though we went into extra time,” said Australia’s German coach Holgier Osieck. “We showed great character in this game. It was delightful for the coach to watch. Basically, we should have done it in the regular 90 minutes. Iraq
played better in extra time.” Iraq coach Wolfgang Sidka, who is also German, was disappointed not to kill off the game and stay in the tournament. “Certainly we are disappointed. But the way we played was 100 percent okay,” he said. “We created more chances in extra time and it was a very exciting fight for both teams.” Former Liverpool and Leeds star Kewell was in the thick of the action and had several chances before calmly converting his header as the clock ticked down. He said Australia deserved to win. “They made it hard. It was a great game to play in but we would have preferred not to go into extra time. It was a job well done. I’m proud of the boys and we deserve to be in the semi-finals,” he said.
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Manchester United’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Birmingham City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on January 22, 2011.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Federer equals Connors’ mark at Australian Open Associated Press Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia – Defending champion Roger Federer matched a Grand Slam record which magnifies his extraordinary consistency over eight years, while Francesca Schiavone established a record for endurance in a women’s singles match. Day 7 at Melbourne Park was a day of new marks for the majors. Federer equaled Jimmy Connors’ mark for consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals appearances when he beat Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. The 16-time Grand Slam winner has now reached the quarterfinals at 27 majors in a row since 2004. Connors reached the quarterfinals in 27 consecutive majors he entered between 1973 to 1983 — although he missed 13 Grand Slam tournaments during that period either through injury or because he didn’t travel to Australia. French Open champion Schiavone established a Grand Slam women’s record later Sunday, needing 4 hours, 44 minutes to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in a fourth-round
match. Schiavone saved six match points, then converted on her third match point in the longest match at a major in terms of time in the Open era. The longest previous women’s match in a Grand Slam tournament was here last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-3 in a match lasting 4:19. The 30-year-old Italian battled exhaustion but, “at the end, you have something more, always.” “Was for me, fantastic,” she said. “When you’re in a situation like this, every point is like a match point. You have to keep going. You know that physically you’re tired. Mentally just keep going.” Kuznetsova said the match was so long she was forgetting the score or who should serve. Schiavone said it wasn’t quite
that bad for her, “but I was watching the clock, and I say — ‘Bravo, Francesca, you are tough!” Schiavone will meet top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals. Shortly after, 2008 champion Maria Sharapova lost 6-2, 6-3 to Andrea Petkovic, who had a relatively easy run into the fourth round when Venus Williams retired after just four minutes in their third-round match. Petkovic will now take on China’s Li Na in the quarterfinals. “Maria is such a great champion, it’s just two or three points and she comes back, and she started playing so well in the last couple of games, so I was a little nervous,” Petkovic said. “But I am happy I closed it out in the end.”
Holyfield, Williams fight ruled no-contest Associated Press Writer
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – It wasn’t the fight anyone the Greenbrier Resort expected Saturday night, especially Evander Holyfield and Sherman Williams. The 48-year-old Holyfield (43-10-2) was cut in the second round when Williams’ head made contact just above Holyfield’s left eye. The four-time heavyweight champion came out for the third round, and Williams (34-11-2) staggered him with several overhand punches. Before the fourth round could, the start the fight was stopped and rule a no-contest. Holyfield didn’t protest the decision. “(Williams) fought the way he should have,” Holyfield said. “I understood what he was doing. He was trying to get his head low to stand me up and open me up.” Holyfield said Williams received several warnings about leading with his head in the fight, which was originally scheduled for Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 9 but was moved to the posh resort in the West Virginia hills. “He was warned several times in that short amount of time. He didn’t have to (use his head).” Holyfield still hopes to unify the heavyweight championships. “I’ll just have to make an adjustment,” Holyfield said. “I’ve had 11 setbacks (counting Saturday’s no-contest) but I don’t quit. I’ll shake it off and I’ll be back.” Holyfield mentioned the possibility of a rematch with Williams after the bout. Holyfield landed the first big punch of the fight, a straight left to Williams’ face in the first, but was countered soon after and flustered near the end of the round by a flurry of Williams’ blows. The capacity crowd rose to its feet in the third round when Williams resumed his attack. Holyfield staggered into the ropes and nearly went to the canvas, but was able to regain his balance. Holyfield again faced a series of punches from Williams to end the third, and appeared almost relived when the fight was stopped. Holyfield’s next scheduled fight is in Denmark on March 5 against Brian Neilsen. That bout is now in jeopardy while the former undisputed
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Roger Federer of Switzerland serves against Tommy Robredo of Spain during their round four men’s singles match on the seventh day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 23, 2011.
Griffin dominates in Clippers’ win over Warriors Associated Press Writer
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Evander Holyfield, left, hits Sherman “The Tank” Williams in the second round of a boxing match at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. cruiserweight champion takes time to let the gash above his eye heal. “There’s a good chance (the fight in Denmark does not happen),” Holyfield said. After the fight, 38-year-old Williams, who hadn’t fought since a late 2009 unanimous-decision loss to Manuel Charr, said he would be open to taking Holyfield’s spot in Denmark.
LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute to cap a 30-point effort, tied a career high with 18 rebounds and established another with eight assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 113-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. The Clippers won for the 12th time in 17 games and extended their home winning streak to seven — their longest since a seven-game stretch during the 2004-05 season. Eric Gordon scored 23 points, all of them before a bruised lower back temporarily forced him out of the game with 4:44 left in the third quarter and Los Angeles leading 77-67. Baron Davis had just seven points and six assists in 28 minutes against his former club after getting in early foul trouble. Gordon, the Clippers’ leading scorer, collided in the air with center Andris Biedrins after driving the lane for an attempted layup and landed hard on his back. He spent several anxious moments on the floor, then made both of his free throws and played another 17 seconds before going to the dressing
room for treatment. He missed almost 14 minutes while getting treatment, then returned for the final 2:45. Stephen Curry had 32 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Warriors, who squandered a chance to win five straight for the first time since a six-game stretch three seasons ago. Point guard Monta Ellis, who entered Saturday third in the NBA in points and steals, and first in minutes played, had 17 points and four assists in 42 minutes after spraining his left ankle in the final minute of a 119-112 overtime win against Sacramento on Friday night. Trailing by 10 after Davis’ 3pointer with 5:05 to play, the Warriors pulled even with a 13-3 run, capped by Dorell Wright’s two free throws with 1:11 left. But Griffin hit his clutch 3-pointer with 46.5 seconds to go and Randy Foye made five of six free throws in the final 24.5 seconds to help close it out. Griffin, the only player to start and appear in all 43 games for the Clippers, powered them to a 65-56 halftime lead with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Solberg considers IRC return
Pedrosa expects equality at Honda Dani Pedrosa says there will be no development hierarchy among the three works Honda riders this year, and expects equal status for himself, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso. Pedrosa has been seen as Honda’s priority rider in recent years, when he was paired first with Nicky Hayden, then Andrea Dovizioso. But the arrival of 2007 world champion Stoner on a third factory Honda this season will provide a new challenge for the Spaniard, especially as Stoner’s former Ducati boss Livio Suppo is already in place at Honda in a senior marketing role. Asked by the official MotoGP website if he expected one rider to emerge as the leader in Honda’s de-
velopment efforts, Pedrosa said he anticipated absolute equality. “This question is a little more for HRC but, okay, in principle during the pre-season things are tested and when the first race comes I suppose that the things that have been tested and chosen will be given to the riders, all of them,” he said. He insisted the addition of Stoner would make no difference to Honda’s working methods, saying the team would operate “the same as last year but with one more rider.”
Pedrosa is currently recovering from winter surgery on the collarbone he injured in a Motegi practice crash. He admitted that the first 2011 test at Sepang next month would be as much about assessing his fitness as developing the bike. “I am encouraged, because November and December were tough, there were a lot of problems and I was not well, but as you start to improve and see that the feeling is better, you are automatically encouraged,” he said. “I know that I will not be at 100 per cent in the first test but if I can control the bike well I will be happy. For me this is like a personal test to see how I am.”
Mayor: Melbourne should give up F1 AUSTRALIAN Grand Prix start 2010Melbourne’s lord mayor Robert Doyle believes the city should not seek to renew its deal to host the Australian Grand Prix after it expires in 2015. The future of the race has been in question for several years, amid concerns over the level of state funding it requires and the losses the event has recently made. In a column in today’s Herald Sun newspaper, Doyle argued that while the benefits of holding the grand prix since 1996 had been huge, the financial situation was now becoming untenable. He listed four possibilities for the future: that “F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone will pick up his bat and ball and go home” and give the date to another nation; that Ecclestone
will insist on a night race and the event moves “to a purpose-built track either at Avalon or Noble Park, or possibly elsewhere Sydney or Perth”; that Albert Park is upgraded and continues to host the race; or that Melbourne decides to walk away from F1 - which Doyle reckons could be the best option for the city. “The big stumbling block ... is the cost to the Victorian taxpayer,” Doyle wrote. “In 1996 when the race was a combination of a four-day event and corporate sponsorship was far more generous than it is today, the race still needed to be underwritten by about $1.7 million. Last year it was $50 million. “Fast forward to 2015, the year the franchise ends. Though the documented benefits for the city may include hundreds of millions of dol-
lars of advertising value, tens of millions of dollars of local revenue, an event that will draw between 250,000 and 300,000 people over three days will come at a cost that will approach 70 million taxpayer dollars. “It is the old argument: pay up front but get many times the value of the upfront payment in downstream economic benefits. “For most events that formula is persuasive. But $70 million?” He concluded: “The fourth and final possibility must be faced. I know of no city that has voluntarily walked away from a grand prix, but could Melbourne be the first? “The final possibility is that we decide that it has been 20 fantastic years, the benefits to the city and the state have been enormous, but the cycle has run its course.
Petter Solberg says he would be in a much better position to fight for victory if he returned to an Intercontinental Rally Challenge round with Peugeot. Solberg was forced to retire from the Monte Carlo Rally after his 207 S2000 was halted by an alternator failure after the final stage on the IRC opener. The 2003 World Rally champion has now been linked to an entry on the Tour de Corse, IRC round three in May. “If I do Corsica, I would have a very good idea of the car set-up for dry asphalt,” said Solberg. “This was the problem for me in Monte Carlo - we had done nothing in these conditions, no work at all. “In the test, we had worked like
hell in the full rain, the fog and the snow, but nothing in the snow. It took time for me to find the right settings with the car. The other [Peugeot] guys were running a full asphalt specification of car, but mine was always a little bit softer. “I would like to do some more, but we have to see. It was great fun to come and drive the car, great to drive for a team and just to worry about the driving and none of the financial things.” Solberg also praised the IRC series, adding: “It’s a great atmosphere around here, really friendly and good guys. And the competition is tough, you know drivers like [Juho] Hanninen are right at the top level and would be in the WRC.”
Petter Solberg drive his Peugeot during Monte Carlo 2011 rally