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Fifty eight foreign citizens from Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq that trying to seek asylum to Australia have been arrested and being put in Immigration’s house of detention on Jimbaran because they don’t have any legal documents.
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Sacked policeman hijacks tourist bus in Philippines Agence France-Presse MANILA - A disgruntled ex-policeman armed with an assault rifle hijacked a bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists including children in the Philippine capital on Monday, police said.
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The gunman boarded the bus in Manila’s historic tourist district in the morning and then released nine people throughout the day as he demanded that he get his job back and be allowed to speak to the media. Armed commandos were surrounding the vehicle as the hostage drama was aired live on national television, with footage showing some of the hostages peering out through the windows. The gunman, identified as former senior police inspector Rolando Mendoza, 55, was carrying an M-16 assault rifle, but no shooting was heard and there were no reports of any injuries among the hostages. As negotiators were brought in to try to end the standoff, Mendoza wrote threatening messages on white paper which he stuck to the glass door of the bus. “Big deal will start after 3.00
pm (0700 GMT) today,” one of the messages said, although police did not say what they thought he meant. When that deadline expired six hours into the crisis with no major new development, the suspect posted a new sign that read “media now” and demanded that he be able to speak with reporters on the scene. Mendoza was honoured by police chiefs in 1986 as one of the top 10 officers in the country. But he was discharged in 2008 for his alleged involvement in drug-related crimes and extortion, according to police. “He wants to be reinstated in the service,” Manila district police chief Superintendent Rodolfo Magtibay said. Another message Mendoza posted on the bus read: “Big mistake for big wrong decision”, apparently in reference to his sacking. Continued on page 6
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Four hostaged foreign tourists, three children and their mother (C), are escorted by negotiators (L and R) after their release from a bus after an ex-policeman armed with a highpowered assault rifle took hostage the tourist bus carrying more than 20 adults and children from Hong Kong in Manila on August 23, 2010 while another hostage (top L) looks out from the bus window.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Bali News Kuta, Sanur and Tanjung Benoa are tsunami red zone Development of local community capacity poses one of the components of the tsunami early warning system development. The aim is to ensure that communities in the tsunami disasterprone areas will get timely information and they can anticipate quickly and minimize the risk. German Technical Cooperation (GTZ-IS) has made close cooperation with the Bali Government to develop an early warning system and preparedness in order to achieve the good level of community awareness and preparedness. In addition, it is also intended to develop the message delivery mechanism of Bali Operational Control Center of Disaster Management to the people living in tsunami-prone areas, such as at the area of pilot project in Kuta, Sanur and Tanjung Benoa. However GTZ-IS considered the officers could not have performed their duties optimally as revealed by the Head of Bali Office of National Union, Politics and Public Protection (Kesbangpollinmas). To enhance the community’s knowledge, skills and awareness of the problems associated with the tsunami early warning system at the three target villages namely Sanur, Tanjung Benoa and Kuta, it had been established facilitator in last November 2009 serving to build coastal communities in order they could get connected to the Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS) and drove them to be always alert and prepared to deal with tsunami hazards in their surroundings. When opening the “Training of Facilitator (ToF) on the Development of Local Community Capacity in the Tsunami Early Warning System,” last Saturday (Aug 21) at Wisma Nangun
Kerti, Bedugul, the Head of Kesbangpollinmas Bali represented by the Unit Head of Bali Center for Operational Control of Disaster Management, Putu Anom Agustina, reminded the facilitators to improve the public knowledge about the dangers of earthquakes and tsunami, socialize the tsunami early warning system, direct the community in designing the evacuation plans, and direct the community in designing the community action plan against disasters. “Make the task as an opportunity for self-devotion selflessly and sincerely in the respective environments as a distinctive feature of the humanitarian tasks.” The ToF training aiming to revive and updating the ability and knowledge of facilitators was followed by 30 facilitators coming from the elements of Indonesian Red Cross, IDEP, Bali Center for Operational Control of Disaster Management,
SIBAD, and the people of Kuta, Sanur and Tanjung Benoa as well as teachers from schools in the area of the Red Zone Map of Tsunami Hazards, such as SD No. 1 and 2 state primary school of Tanjung Benoa, SMP No. 3 South Kuta state secondary school, SMP Wisata Sanur and SMP/SMU Kertha Pura Kuta senior high school. According to I Gede Sudiarta (GTZ Local Capacity Building Advisor), the meeting needed to be implemented because the facilitators still lacked for self-confidence in disseminating knowledge to the public so that the target of tasks assigned was less optimal. Meanwhile, this activity was held until last Sunday (Aug 22) performed outdoors or through camping method exchanging the experiences among the facilitators, book review, presentation and group discussion. (sua)
Fishing sector of Bali employee 72,006 labor forces Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Fisheries and Maritime Sector can become an alternative for the alleviation of unemployment. In Bali, this productive sector having great potential in 2009 was reported to have absorbed 72,006 labor forces. Similarly, the revenue generated was very significant. The high potential remaining to have not been cultivated made the fisheries sector to become alternative for the development of prospective business. That matter was expressed by the Head of Bali Fisheries and Maritime Services, Gusti Putu Nuriartha, when making a site inspection together with reporters to a number of catch-fish development centers and aquaculture to Benoa and Tabanan, last Sunday
(Aug 22). Gusti Nuriartha said the potential of fisheries sector in Bali would kept on developing through a partnership with entrepreneurs, including farmers in the matter of cultivation. Specifically for catch-fish belonging to tuna species, he said, Bali had made Japan as the major market. Even, from such pre-export process, Bali Provincel in 2009 was able to gain revenue reaching IDR 1.628 billion. The amount could potentially increase considering among the 51 existing entrepreneurs running the business in this sector 15 of them belonged to large-scale companies. Related to the potential of catch fish, especially tuna, Ivan Hans Jorgih from PT Itimas Surya said that Bali tuna had now become a superior commodity in Japan. “Un-
fortunately, in keeping with the decline in seawater temperature, the amount of tuna catches is now declining,” he said. Meanwhile, the Head of Tabanan Fisheries and Maritime, Nyoman Wirna Ariwangsa, accompanied by the Head of Public Relations of Bali Provincial Government, I Ketut Teneng, said that Bali included Tabanan Regency was intensively boosting the production level of fish cultivation. Other than being prospective in absorbing the labor forces, it was also potential to increase the farmers’ income. “We have obsession to increase the production at an average of four tons within year. It is in line with the target of the Bali Province,” he said during the site inspection to the catfish farms at Pitra, Jegu, Penebel. (044)
TRAINING OF FACILITATOR (ToF)
In development of local community capacity on tsunami early warning system Head of Bali Office of National Union, Politics and Public Protection (Kesbangpollinmas), Nyoman Silanawa, admitted to realize a safe condition and free from the threat of natural and non-natural disasters was not easy, but it should be pursued and maintained. Moreover, Indonesia as an archipelagic country surrounded by volcanic belt was very vulnerable to be hit by earthquake and tsunami. Indonesia ever experienced the tsunami disaster as in Aceh on last December 26, 2004. This was due to the lack of socialization and knowledge of the society about the early disaster warning particularly tsunami. Learning from such incident, the Indonesian government has committed to build an early warning system as a means to reduce the impact of disasters. As the first step, the government had launched the Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (Ina-TEWS) consisting of 18 sirens in 3 (three) separate areas, namely six sirens in Aceh, six sirens in Padang and other six sirens in Bali on last November 11, 2008. Furthermore, Bali lies very close to the collision zone between the India-Australia plate and Eurasian plate. These collision zones denote an area becoming the main source of local tsunamis being capable of kindling adverse impact. Bali can be little affected by the tsunami but also has the chance to experience the worst tsunami. Therefore, the establishment of the Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System consisting of six sirens in Bali has shown the Government’s endeavor to initiate the better preparedness activities in the face of future tsu-
namis. One of the strategic moves made by Bali Provincial Government in the management of disaster is by the establishment of the Bali Operational Control Center of Disaster Management (Pusdalops PB). This agency is a local control center becoming a part of the management system architecture of the national control system, especially in providing information for the protection of society that has been granted the authority to do the activation of the sirens as part of the Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS), where the main components of this early warning system poses a reliable and real time communication system used to ensure that people in tsunami-prone areas will get timely information and be able to anticipate quickly and minimize the risk. Therefore, the communication system had been built with the most up to date technology including the satellite technology. However, no matter how sophisticated the technology is, it will not be useful if it is not supported by capacity and adequate public preparedness. It becomes a major cornerstone of the training for the Ina-TEWS facilitators. They were trained as facilitators to help the community be ready to face the earthquake and tsunami. Evaluation conducted by the GTZ as government partners in building community capacity, among others, encountered that local Ina-TEWS facilitators had not been able to perform their tasks optimally. For that purpose, the current training was very important and refreshing the facilitators in the effort to update the information on the early warning system.
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Reminding “My Indonesia Now” Through Artworks Cagar Budaya Community, who are 2nd semester students of Fine Art Painting from Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar held an exhibition themed “Indonesia Ku Kini” (My Indonesia Now) at Dewa Nyoman Batuan Community of Artists, Pengosekan, Gianyar. The exhibition opened at 14th August 2010 reminded us by creating an artwork we can show our opinions, impressions and suggestions in celebrating Indonesia Independence Day on 17th August 2010. Just like Indonesia Ku Kini Exhibition Head of Committee, Ngakan Putu AAW, mentioned, “In this exhibition there are 22 candidates with 38 artworks.” This is quite a huge number and something special coming from these students who are still in their early steps in ISI Denpasar and as a painter. Besides the Head of Committee, the exhibition was also opened by Dean of the Art And Design Faculty ISI Denpasar, Dra. Ni Made Rinu, MSi and son of Dewa Nyoman Batuan also the manager of the place now, Putrayasa Batuan. Yet Rector Helper III of ISI Denpasar, Drs. I Made Subrata, M.Sn, who also represents Rector Prof. Drs. I Wayan Rai S, MA, gave his opening speech in a quite unique place. He stood besides a poster on elements of a painting that was placed there. His reason was simple, “We always start from the littlest things,” and so is in creating an artwork. Lines, shapes and symbols are bases to create an artwork which so a message can be said.
There’s also an art performance from the community, a short drama on the people’s voices. It started with two characters covered its face with money and sunglasses, a security and a captive just wearing a sarong. First one of those money covered face took a girl from the side of the stage. The girl was asked for a deal all the time by those two money covered face men. The captive then started to get up and read a poem about people’s voices. The captive went out of control and approached those money covered people. They panicked and called the security to take care of him. After all done, the security was then paid. To simplify, in the end it’s money. That is “My Indonesia Now”, seems like it. After the performance, it was continued by seeing the paintings and three installations in the main exhibition space. It’s so nice to enjoy the messages and suggestions through paintings. This is always one different experience especially coming from the younger generation. Many used the corruption as a
theme by symbolising it by a mouse (equals one corruptor) and also the 3 kg gas tubes. Like what’s painted by Pande Wayan Sugiarta, the gas tube was painted next to a time bomb. The painter seemed to equalised both things as these gas tubes seemed like bombs being sent to each resident’s houses. There’s also a painting titled “Tolong” which means “Help” by Ngakan Putu AAW, which shows the country’s symbol Garuda Pancasila (the garuda/hawk bird with the country’s ideology symbols from Pancasila’s statements in its body) falling and attacked by mice and also demons or some kind of reptiles. It seems the country has been calling for help to all of us to stop our inappropriate attitudes and no longer look over to Garuda and Pancasila as our ideology anymore. There are also competitions going on such as an Independence Day Celebration Competition on the 17/8 and also Model Drawing on the 19/8. All opened for public. The exhibition opens until 21/8/2010.(Savitri)
Construction Worker Sank in Masceti Beach Gianyar (Bali Post) –
A construction worker, Tuki (25) from Jember, who works at Banjar Medahan, Medahan Village, Blahbatuh Sub district, Gianyar last Sunday (22/8) was very unlucky. The man who just worked for 20 days in Made Eko Yudayana’s house was dragged by Masceti Beach flow and still not found until Sunday afternoon. The victim was dragged around 12.30 pm wita and at that time he was with his two friends Ibnu (25) and Dayat (25) who were also from Jember and working as bathing place construction workers in Masceti Beach. Komang, in law from victim’s boss
(Eko Yudayana) said that victim and his friends were not working on Sunday. The three said they are going to the beach at 10 am wita by walking, “All of a sudden there was news victim was dragged to the sea.” Information collected from location, at incident time there were lots of people looking for brushing stone but none of them knows victim was dragged. Head of Balawista, Made Bebas, mentioned even though he was there during the incident he was told there were two victims. Looking at the incident, Bebas then tried to go near the victims. Before the incident, the wave was okay. Victim itself was bath-
ing in the east of the Pura (temple), next to where previous incident victimizing three Bangli residents took place. When attacked by the wave, victim still seen half body and during that the second wave they did waved their hands and was gone after the third quite big wave. Head of Blahbatuh Police, Adjunct Police Commissioner Wayan Budayasa, mentioned after the incident the police coordinated with water Police to help its finidng. It is not known yet when victim will get out from the mid ocean. Workers are still looking at shores and also swimming down the sea. (kmb16)
Tourist Ship Cast Ashore, Harbor Administrator Inquires Awareness Amlapura (Bali Post) –
Unpredictable weather always hit the mid ocean. With the stranded Eka Jaya I leakage and stranded on Saturday (22/8) afternoon, Padangbai Harbor Administrator Made Sudiarta, on Sunday (22/8) stated even though the weather on the land seems good but ship captains should always be aware. Meteorology and Geophysical Office (BMG) forecasted not really high waves, yet there will be unexpected unfriendly ones in the mid ocean.
Sudiarta gave example, the cause to Eka Jaya I leakage is being hit by quite a high wave so around 5 miles from Padangbai, ship captain Sulito knew the 34 foreign tourist carrier to Gili terawangan tourist object in Lombok was leaking. Sulito was lucky to act quickly, took care of it and cast ashore in the nearest beach. This has caused 34 foreign tourists passengers of the unlucky ship saved in the east of Lepra Beach, Bugbug, a beach with deep canyon. From there they were then
evacuated with a Gili-Gili ship and Wahana Candidasa ship. Sudiarta mentioned, the early BMG information said the wave at Bali Strait reaches 0,5 to 1 meter high with a wind speed of 5-10 knot so the Harbor Administrator permitted the unlucky shop to depart. Although, in the mid ocean the 1 meter wave reached 2 meter and hit the ship yet not known it was leaking. Then after being hit by several waves, ship captain knows the ship is leaking. (013)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Minimize Rabies Spreading
Destroying Dogs, Resident Protested Semarapura (Bali Post) –
As many dog bites cases feared rabies positive, it’s not rare to see Klungkung residents protested the Husbandry, Fishery and Sea (PPK) Agency on destroying (Eliminate) dogs. Even there’s a resident protested a worker with a machete as his dog is being eliminated as well. This was confirmed by Head of Prevention, Illness Control and Medication Section of Klungkung PPK Agency, IB Juanida during dogs’ elimination, more important on street dogs in Semarapura Klod Kangin area not long ago. Although sometimes residents protest, IB Juanida mentioned, his agency will always do the elimination activity remembering to the dog bite cases in Klungkung Region keeps increasing. In one month, around 100 residents are bitten and it’s been hard to get anti rabies vaccination (VAR) as the stock been empty since three months ago in Klungkung. Also rabies spreads very quickly and almost all in Klungkung was bitten by rabies positive dogs and
through beach route, “Since 1st April 2010, at least eleven villages are rabies positive (based on lab tests). They are Takmung, Gelgel, Kamasan, Semarapura Klod, Tengah, Kauh, Selisihan, Pesinggahan, Pikat, Tangkas, and Tegak.” According to Juanida, the quickly spreading rabies was caused by residents not obeying fully on Bali Governor’s (Made Mangku Pastika) instruction on dog distribution between regions. With residents protesting, and threatening with machete, Task Implementer (Plt) Klungkung PPK Agency, Drh. Gusti Ngurah Badiwangsa confirmed it happened. Although the antipathy has been decreasing and residents started to realize the threatening rabies spreading is getting more dangerous, “Actually, then was a protest, now it’s the opposite. They are the ones that ask their area to have elimination.” Meanwhile, until now at least 4.000 dogs in Klungkung with positive rabies has been destroyed including some dogs at Semarapura Klod. (kmb20)
Semaraputra Klungkung Orphanage
Accommodate 90 Children, Needed Help Semarapura (Bali Post) –
Klungkung Region is the smallest region in Bali and has four sub districts and they are Klungkung, Dawan, Banjarangkan and Nusa Penida. This Region is known for its tourist objects such as Gili Kertagosa Garden, Wayang Kamasan painting, Goa Lawah and more. Yet Klungkung has another side, poverty and disabled people, as the existence of Semaraputa Orpahanage at Dewi Sartika Street 5 Klungkung. Built in 1984 by Klungkung Regent that time, dr. Cokorda Gede Agung, to his awareness of disabled people. Until now the orphanage built on a 40 acres land accommodates 90 disabled kids and normal kids from disadvantaged families. They are accommodated here in a hope that they can finish until High School (SMA). To fulfill its operational fee, it’s done by themselves by giving out proposals to government related institutions such as Klungkung Region Government and Social Department. “The children taken care in Social Department are only 70 children with IDR 3.000/kid/day. From Darmais Foundation was helped
IDR 1.500/day for 30 kids. Also from the Klungkung Government is around IDR 30 million through Region Budget and Expenses Year 2010. Also Incidental helps from Regional Development Bank (BPD) Year 2010 IDR 15 Million. The shortage is then covered by ourselves like selling our garden and husbandry products also canang (offering). That’s also if the result is good,” Head of Semaraputra Orphanage, Ni Made Gunasih, explained last Saturday (21/8). Gunasih admitted is hoping the residents’ participation to continue the orphanage operational that is now almost schooling all the orphan children from Elementary, Junior High to High School. Semaraputra usually finishes at least IDR 12 Million per month for the orphans consumption needs, electricity and water, “We don’t have permanent budget, either a deposit or others. For that, we hope for everyone’s participation.” Also in its limitation, the orphanage keeps giving its best to the orphan children such as giving special English language lesson and computer sessions in the afternoon. (kmb20)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Iran launches assault boats, warns don’t play with fire Agence France-Presse
TEHRAN - Iran kicked off mass production of two high-speed missile-launching assault boats on Monday, warning its enemies not to “play with fire” as it boosts security along its coastline. The inauguration of the production lines for the Seraj and Zolfaqar speedboats comes a day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled Iran’s home-built bomber drone, which he said would deliver “death” to Iran’s enemies. State news agency IRNA reported that Seraj (Lamp) and Zolfaqar (named after Shiite Imam Ali’s sword) speedboats would be manufactured at the marine industries complex of the ministry of defence. Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi opened the assembly lines, saying
the vessels would help strengthen Iran’s defence forces, IRNA said. “Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is relying on a great defence industry and the powerful forces of Sepah (Revolutionary Guards) and the army, with their utmost strength, can provide security to the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and Strait of Hormuz,” Vahidi said. He issued a stern warning to Iran’s foes. “The enemy must be careful of its adventurous behaviour and not play with fire because the Islamic
Republic of Iran’s response would be unpredictable,” IRNA quoted him as saying. “If enemies attack Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s reaction will not be restricted to one area. The truth of our defence doctrine is that we will not attack any country and that we extend our hand to all legitimate countries.” Iran’s arch-foes, the United States and Israel, have not ruled out taking military action over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme. Iran has in the past threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, choking off some 40 percent of tankershipped oil worldwide, in the event of a military attack. IRNA said Zolfaqar was a new generation missile-launching vessel
which can be used for patrol as well as for attack operations. “It is designed for quick assaults on ships and is equipped with two missile launchers, two machine guns and a computer system to control the missiles,” the report said. IRNA said Seraj, designed for a tropical climate, was also a swift assault vessel for use in the Caspian sea, the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, adding that it can fire rockets and also be used in stormy seas. “Seraj is a fast moving assault rocket launcher using sophisticated and modern technology,” Vahidi was cited as saying by IRNA. The launch of the production lines comes as Iran marks its annual “government week”, a period when it traditionally shows off its latest
technological achievements. State media said the drone, Karar (Assailant), can carry four stealth cruise missiles, two bombs of 250 pounds (115 kilos) each or a precision missile of 500 pounds (230 kilos). Tehran kicked off its week of military claims on Friday when it fired a surface-to-surface missile, named Qiam (Rising), with some more announcements expected over the next few days. The Islamic republic is also expected to test fire a third generation Fateh (Conqueror) 110 missile, after having already paraded a version with a range of 150 to 200 kilometres (90 to 125 miles). Iran recently took delivery of four domestically built Ghadir mini-submarines, a “stealth” vessel designed to operate in shallow waters such as the Gulf.
Landmine Australian leaders haggle to form government after polls kills seven in Pakistan Agence France-Presse
PESHAWAR - A landmine exploded at a meeting of Pakistani tribal elders on Monday, killing seven people in the country’s northwestern badlands bordering Afghanistan, officials said. The blast took place in Khumas village about 10 kilometres (six miles) east of Parachinar, the capital of volatile Kurram tribal district, administrator Syed Musaddiq Shah told AFP. “Seven people were killed in a landmine blast,” Shah said. He said it was unclear whether the blast was an intended attack or whether the ordinance had exploded accidentally. Another administration official said seven people were injured in the blast, which occurred during a jirga, or meeting, between two tribes over a dispute about an office boy’s job at a public school built on common land. Kurram has for three years been a flashpoint for violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Shiites account for some 20 percent of Pakistan’s mostly Sunni Muslim population of 160 million. More than 4,000 people have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence between the groups since the late 1980s.
SYDNEY - Australia’s political leaders Monday began horse-trading with a handful of independent MPs in a bid to form government after a cliffhanger poll that delivered the first hung parliament in 70 years. Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who suffered a fierce voter backlash, and opposition leader Tony Abbott both launched talks on a coalition administration with three key independent lawmakers who will likely hold the balance of power. With both leaders claiming to have the mandate to lead a minority government, experts warned the nation’s future could hang in the balance for weeks or months, leaving stock and currency markets flat but cautious. “The results on the market show the market understands that stable government is continuing,” Gillard said, adding her Labor Party was best placed to form an effective and lasting coalition because it had won the popular vote. “What that means is that the majority of Australians wanted a Labor government,” she told reporters in Canberra ahead of face-to-face talks with the independents and the Greens party. Voters on Saturday turned on Gillard, who came to power in a party coup just two months ago, after a trouble-strewn campaign, stripping her of her strong majority. Abbott, who says Gillard’s government has lost its legitimacy, also arrived in Canberra to meet the three “kingmakers” — Bob Katter, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott — who are likely to decide who runs the nation. Labor and the opposition Liberal/ National coalition were each projected to take 73 seats in the 150-
seat parliament, short of the 76 needed to rule in their own right, state broadcaster ABC said. The independents — who all have past ties with Abbott’s party — vowed to stand “shoulder-toshoulder” to produce a stable government but kept their alliance options open as vote counting from Saturday’s poll continued. “I don’t have to pick a red team or a blue team, I don’t have to pick Julia or Tony,” said independent Rob Oakeshott, adding that he had spoken to both Gillard and Abbott by phone on Monday. “What I do have to do is find a way to work together to get a process in place where we can have confident parliament with a clear
majority.” The extraordinary weekend election has triggered unusual political turmoil in Australia. The vote heightens the surreal nature of the campaign after Gillard’s Labor deposed elected prime minister Kevin Rudd in June and then bungled a range of policy initiatives. The latest Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) tally gave her Labor Party 72 seats against 70 for Abbott’s conservative Liberal/National bloc, but the tallies kept shifting due to outstanding seats being too close to call. Labor suffered a negative swing of about 5.4 percent while the Greens enjoyed their best ever result as voters vented their frustra-
tion at the major parties’ lack of leadership on issues such as climate change, experts said. The environment-focused Greens party won one seat — and the new MP indicated a preference to support Labor in a coalition — while the AEC listed four seats as “doubtful”. Officials are counting two million postal and absentee votes, a process which could take 10 days to two weeks, but some experts warned it could be up to three months before a new government is formed. An expected fall in share prices failed to materialise but mining stocks gained ground on expectations that Gillard’s controversial resources tax — vehemently opposed by Abbott — will not proceed if he takes power.
AFP PHOTO/William WEST
Officials at the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) sort through voting papers as they recheck votes cast during Australia’s general elections, in Melbourne on August 23, 2010.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Aston Opens First Quest Hotel in Indonesia IBP
JAKARTA – Aston International launched its first affordable life-style 3 star Quest Hotel in the central Javanese City of Semarang. Strategically located in Semarang’s bustling Simpang Lima area, the Quest Semarang offers 155 meticulously designed rooms and suites, state of the art meeting facilities and a grand ballroom that suitable for large conferences or weddings. It is within minutes from Ahmad Yani airport as well as the Semarang’s central Tawang train station. Norbert Vas, VP Sales & Marketing Aston International commented, “The Quest Semarang is a unique hotel and a perfect ambassador product for the Quest brand as it combines the value of premium budget hotel with inspiring designs, creative hospitality concepts and state-of-the-art technology for travelers seeking a stylish yet unpretentious environment.”. Aston entered the Indonesian market in the late nineties and has an underlying portfolio consisting of 38 properties including hotels, condotels, resorts, serviced apartments and boutique villa resorts, of which 28 are operational and 10 under development due to open between now and 2011. Aston properties currently operate under the 5 star Grand Aston, 4 star Aston, 3 star Aston City and Quest and 2 star fave Hotel brands but the company is also developing Luxury Villa resorts under the Royal Kamuela and Kamuela labels as well as an eclectic selection of non standardized and unique boutique properties. With a proven track record of success, Aston has a very definitive vision of the future - to be universally recognized as the preferred hospitality management company in Asia Pacific.
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Consulate General of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.227 628
The Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No. 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.286 465
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France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485
Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735
The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506
HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada. RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 – 15 Fax : 226 363
Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775
Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690.
Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310
Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142.
Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Malaysian Muslim prayer hall hit in fresh attack Agence France-Presse
KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian Muslim prayer hall was vandalised Monday, police said, in the first incident since a spate of assaults on places of worship earlier this year that heightened ethnic tensions. Eleven churches and two Muslim prayer halls were pelted with Molotov cocktails, stones and paint in January, as a row raged over non-Muslims using the word “Allah” as a translation for “God”. In Monday’s incident, red paint was hurled on to the wall and window of a new prayer hall in the central state of Negri Sembilan, state police chief Osman Salleh told AFP. “We are still investigating the motive behind the incident,” he said, adding that it may merely have been a case of vandalism by “naughty kids”. “It might not be religiously or politically linked. I want the people to remain calm and not to over-react to this,” Osman said. Opposition lawmakers who visited the scene of incident condemned the attack, and said they hoped it did not cause problems in the area, which has a mix of Muslim Malays as well as ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities. “We hope it will not create any tension among the communities. This is something that we are worried about,” said state opposition chief Anthony Loke from the Democratic Action Party. “We hope the attack can be contained immediately,” Loke added. Religion and language are sensitive issues in multiracial Malaysia, which was hit by deadly race riots in 1969. Some 60 percent of the 28 million population are Muslim Malays, living alongside large ethnic Chinese and Indian communities. Two Muslim brothers were earlier this month sentenced to five years in
AFP PHOTO/ Saeed Khan
Shoppers browse the sales in connection with the upcoming Muslim Eid aL-Fitr festival in downtown Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2010. A Malaysian Muslim prayer hall was vandalised Monday, police said, in the first incident since a spate of assaults on places of worship earlier this year that heightened ethnic tensions. prison for firebombing a church in suburban Kuala Lumpur, which was the first targeted in the spate of attacks that shocked the nation in January. The trouble broke out after a court overturned a ban on non-Muslim Malaysians using the term “Allah” for
“God”. The government argued that the use of the word by Christians, who make up nine percent of the population, could cause confusion and encourage religious conversion, which is illegal for Malaysian Muslims.
Pakistan probes mob lynching of young brothers Agence France-Presse
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has launched a probe into the brutal lynching of two young brothers by a mob which was captured in graphic video footage, triggering a public outcry. Local television broadcast the video last week showing a mob in the eastern city of Sialkot beating two teenage boys with sticks and clubs as several policemen stood by and watched without taking any action. The badly-damaged bodies of the two youths were dragged on to a
trailer and then thrown on to the ground before being strung up on a nearby building, according to the footage which was apparently made on cell phone cameras. “The government learnt about this incident after the broadcast of the footage. We have ordered an inquiry into it,” Pervez Rasheed, spokesman for Pakistan’s Punjab province, told AFP. Rasheed said the two teenagers had quarrelled over a game of cricket with some people in the crowd who were chasing a gang of robbers and who then branded the “innocent” boys the thieves.
“The Punjab government has ordered an inquiry report within seven days and the Supreme Court has also ordered a separate investigation of the incident,” Rasheed said. “The culprits will be tried under terrorism laws and we will fulfill the duty of providing justice,” he said. Provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah said that all people identified in the mob would be treated as murderers. “All those who beat them and those who encouraged them will also be considered as the murderers,” Sanaullah told private Geo television.
China may scrap death penalty for some economic crimes Agence France-Presse
BEIJING - China may eliminate capital punishment for some economic crimes as it moves to curb use of the death penalty in a country believed to execute more people than the rest of the world combined. China’s National People’s Congress will this week consider an amendment to the nation’s criminal law that will take 13 offences off the list of 68 crimes now punishable by death, state-run Xinhua news agency said Monday. According to Amnesty International, China executes more people each year than the rest of the world put together, but the exact number remains a closely guarded state secret. China has taken measures in recent years to rein in the use of capital punishment, including requiring the country’s supreme court to review all such sentences before they are carried out. Most executions are carried out for violent crimes such as murder and robbery, the China Daily reported last month, but drug trafficking and some corruption cases also are punishable by death. Xinhua said crimes that may become exempt from capital punishment include tax fraud and “fraudulent activities involving financial bills”. Other offences including smuggling of cultural relics, precious
metals and rare animals may also be wiped off the list. “Considering China’s current economic and social development reality, appropriately removing the death penalty from some economy-related non-violent offences will not negatively affect social stability nor public security,” legislator Li Shishi was quoted as saying by Xinhua. The move would “better protect human rights”, the report said. Of the 68 current capital crimes in China, 44 do not involve violent acts. The draft amendment will also aim to forbid the death penalty against convicted criminals aged 75 years or more, the China News Service said. In a report earlier this year, Amnesty said the number executed in China was “believed to be in the thousands”, compared with 2009’s second-ranked executioner Iran, which the rights group said carried out at least 388 last year. Firing squads have traditionally been used in Chinese executions, however in recent years the state has increasingly adopted lethal injections. The amendment will be read during this week’s session of the parliament’s standing committee, its key law-making body. Draft laws are typically read several times before being adopted.
Sacked... From page 1 Philippine authorities said 22 tourists from Hong Kong were originally on board the bus, along with the local driver and two other Filipinos. Seven of the tourists, including three children and an elderly man, as well two Filipinos, were released in various stages throughout the day. It was not immediately clear why they were released, but the police spokesman on the scene, chief inspector Erwin Margarejo, said it showed the talks were having results. “It is a sign that the negotiations resulted in something good,” he said adding that Mendoza’s attitude was “courteous”. Mendoza also allowed police to bring in food — fried chicken and other meals from a local fast food chain — to the hostages. Joseph Tung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, said the tourists on the bus were aged between four and 72. They were on a three-day tour and were scheduled to return to Hong Kong late Monday. “We have never had anything like this before — we are very much concerned,” Tung said in Hong Kong.
It was not clear whether Mendoza had released all the children on board, or whether there were still others being held hostage. Television footage showed some of the adult hostages looking tensely out from behind the bus curtains, but showing no signs of being injured. The bus was parked in front of a grandstand at Rizal Park, a popular tourist destination just a few blocks from police headquarters. As the crisis dragged on, police called in Mendoza’s brother, who is also a police officer, to help in the negotiations. Monday’s bus hijack recalled a similar hostage-taking in 2007, when a troubled civil engineer armed with a grenade took over a bus and held 30 children but freed them after a 10-hour standoff with police. The 2007 drama took place near Manila city hall, just off Rizal Park. Monday’s hostage-taking came hours after a South Korean man was killed in a separate attack on a vehicle by gunmen elsewhere in Manila. Police said the incidents were not related.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Journalists rally to show sympathy over killed colleague Antara
AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO
An Indonesian rice vendor takes a nap at his shop in Jakarta on August 22, 2010. Indonesia’s president said earlier this week that he wants Southeast Asia’s biggest economy to stop being a “caged tiger” and unleash annual growth of nearly eight percent by 2014.
JAKARTA - Tens of journalists staged a rally at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout here on Sunday in a show of sympathy with their colleague killed in a clash between two warring groups in Tual, Southeast Maluku, the day before. They urged the police to thoroughly investigate the killing of Ridwan Salamun, a news contributor for SUN TV, in the clash. Ridwan died on his way to hospital after one of the conflicting groups attacked him. He suffered from hack wounds on his neck and back. “The police must have the guts to look into the case thoroughly by bringing the culprits to justice,” chairman of the Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI) Imam Wahyudi said on Sunday. The killing of Ridwan was an attempt to deprive the public of truth, he said. During the rally, the journalists from both print and electronic media unfurled banners which among others read “The Death of Freedom of the Press”, “Investigate Ridwan’s Death Thoroughly” and “Journalists Win.” They later placed flowers on a bier as a gesture of their concern about the killing of Ridwan and encircled the welcome monument. They concluded their rally by saying prayers for late Ridwan.
RI propose date for border talks with Malaysia Antara
JAKARTA - Indonesia has proposed a date for talks on border issues with Malaysia and is waiting for a response from Kuala Lumpur, Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said. The foreign ministry had taken the initiative after receiving a presidential directive on Sunday on the need to speed up the settlement of pending border issues with Malaysia and other neighboring countries, Marty said here Monday. Speaking to reporters after launching a program titled Youth Envoys 2010, the minister said last week he had contacted his Malaysian counterpart on the planned establishment of an Indonesian-Malaysian Joint Ministerial Commission in September or November. But after receiving the presidential
directive on Sunday night, he had sent a message to Malaysia proposing a date for talks to resolve pending border demarcation issues, Marty said without mentioning the date. Now Indonesia was waiting for Malaysia’s response on the proposed date. Marty said Indonesia was also scheduled to hold meetings on border issues with other neighboring countries such as The Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Palau. “We will exchange ratification instruments on border issue with Singapore on August 30, Thailand on
Alcoholic brew kills eight in Indonesia: police Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Eight people died after drinking moonshine alcohol in Indonesia’s capital, police said Monday. The victims, all men, succumbed to poisoning after drinking the toxic beverage they had bought from a shop in South Jakarta on Saturday night, police spokesman Boy Rafli said. “The last victim died today in hospital,” he said. The shopkeeper who made the “lethal” brew had been arrested, he added. Twenty-five people including four foreigners died from methanol-laced palm wine last year on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, while 13 were killed in similar fashion in Yogyakarta earlier this year.
September 1-2, and with Vietnam, the Philippines and Palau in the next few months,” the foreign minister said. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had renewed his request for immediate sea border talks with Malaysia to prevent the recurrence of recent border incidents. “There is a need for an agreement on the demarcation lines between Indonesia and Malaysia,” the President said at a gathering to break the fast with Democrat Party cadres at his Puri Cikeas Indah residence in Bogor, West Java, on Sunday (Aug 22). Yudhoyono said the geographical location of Indonesian waters was highly vulnerable to claims by other countries as Indonesia bordered on seven countries and thus, Indonesia must continue to prioritize diplomacy
in settling border problems with its neighbors. Last August 13, three Indonesian fisheries officers were arrested and later taken to Malaysia by a Malaysian police boat crew who had intercepted their boat on their way to Batam Island while escorting a Malaysian fishing boat that had been caught poaching in Indonesian waters. The Malaysian police later freed the Indonesian fisheries officers in exchange for the release of the Malaysian fishermen. Indonesian protesters step on Malaysian flag posters during an anti-Malaysia protest in Jakarta on August 23, 2010 following the arrest of three Indonesian maritime officers over an apparent border dispute.
AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO
Photographic exhibition on Australian support for Indonesia’s Independence IBP
BANDUNG – The Australian embassy is holding a photographic exhibition retracing Australia’s role in support of Indonesia’s long and difficult struggle for independence at the Museum of the Asian-African Conference in Bandung. The exhibition, Indonesia’s struggle for Independence: The Australian Connection was officially opened on 5 August 2010 and will run until 31 August 2010. As part of this exhibition, the Embassy hosted a screening of the documentary Indonesia Calling produced by Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens in 1946. This film tells the story of blockade led by Australian workers of Dutch ships. The exhibition will also feature a discussion of the life of Australian Molly Bondan detailed in her books ‘’In Love with a Nation” and ‘’Spanning a Revolution”. In Love with a Nation is a collection of Molly;s writings in which she reflects on a
number of remarkable events in contemporary Indonesian history. Meanwhile Spanning a Revolution tells the story of her Indonesian husband, Mohammad Bondan’s achievement in the service of his nation. The photographic exhibition retracing Australia’s role in and support for Indonesia’s are divided into four parts; Australian troop support for Indonesia’s independence, defence of independence by Indonesians in Australia, popular support in Australia, and Australian government support. These photographs of Indonesians and Australians working together in a common cause are a reminder of the solid foundation on which the Indonesia-Australia relationship was established. Memories and friendships from this period have endured. The bilateral relationship between the two nations is at an historic high, where Australia has taken their strategic cooperation to a new level. (kmb18)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Bali Today Bali receive an award
As “The Best Leisure Destination in Asia Pacific” Antara
DENPASAR – The head of Bali Tourism Department, Ida Bagus Subhiksu, said that Bali once again receive an award as “The Best Leisure Destination in Asia Pacific”. “The award is given by a tourism magazine based in Hong Kong, Business Travelers Asia Pasific,” he added. Subikshu said that the award will be given on September 10th 2010 in Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong. “We wanted the Governor to go to Hong Kong and receive the award on the behalf of Bali. The governor can speak Mandarin fluently and he also can promote Bali there,” Subhiksu explained. The award is the second one received by Bali this year. Subhiksu said that Bali also re-
ceived an award as the “World Best Island in Asia 2010” by Travel and Leisure Magazine based in New York. The similar award was also given to Bali in 2007 but on the next year, the predicate was given to Galapagos Island in Ecuador. Subhiksu said that Four Season Hotel in Jimbaran was also received an award as the “World Best Hotel Spa in Asia 2010”. The vari-
ous awards received by Bali and its tourism could develop the tourism industry in the island. “The Eat, Pray, Love (EPL) movie starred by Julia Roberts also affected Bali’s tourism. The movie promotes Bali to anyone who watches it,” Subhiksu said. However, many things need to be improved in Bali to support tourism such as the road which often caused traffic jam.
By homecoming season, Bali Strait to be alert Bali Post
NEGARA - As in the previous years, on entering the homecoming season the Gilimanuk Harbor would be crowded by long queues caused by private vehicles. Peak of the queues waiting for the entry into the ships is estimated to occur during seven days before the holiday. Means of sea transportation becomes an important aspect to support the smoothness of the transportation services. Harbor master of Gilimanuk, Dewa Nyoman Kari, when contacted recently said that the shipping authority from the beginning had anticipated the flows of homecoming especially vigilance. A number of shipping businessmen providing services in the Gilimanuk-Ketapang crossing were required to repair their ships before the crossing route would be crowded by passengers on the period of seven days before and after the Idul Fitri holiday. “Hopefully, seven days before the holiday all ships should be ready and no single ship is under docking process anymore,” he said. At the moment, Dewa Kari added, out of 28 ships operated there were five ships under docking process, such as Marina Pratama, Nusa Makmur, Darma Rucita, Labita Safina and Peri I. His party expected that all the docking ships could have been operated in the upcoming peak season of the homecoming. Apart from the factor of water transport,
Bali Post/Eka Adhyasa
Journalists in Bali put their signatures on a banner as a gesture of their support for campaigns against the attack on journalists. Tens of journalists in Bali staged a rally on Sunday in a show of solidarity with their colleague who was killed in a clash between two warring groups in the eastern Indonesian area of Tual the day before.
Bali journalists urge for end to violence against the press Antara
DENPASAR - Tens of journalists in Bali staged a rally on Sunday in a show of solidarity with their colleague who was killed in a clash between two warring groups in the eastern Indonesian area of Tual the day before. They put their signatures on a banner as a gesture of their support for campaigns against the attack on journalists. “We will send the signatures and refusal of violence against journalists and request for probe into the killing of Sun TV news contributor Ridwan Salamun to the National Police chief and the Press Council for a follow-up,” Rofiqi Hasan, chairman of the Denpasar chapter of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), said. The banner was later put up on the
front corner of the Sun TV bureau on Jl. Diponegoro in Denpasar. The journalists denounced the killing of Ridwan Salamun. Ridwan died on his way to hospital after one of the conflicting groups attacked him. He suffered from hack wounds on his neck and back. In related developments, tens of journalists also staged a rally at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Jakarta on Sunday in a show of sympathy with late Ridwan Salamun. They urged the police to thoroughly investigate the case and bring the culprits to justice. The killing of Ridwan was an attempt to deprive the public of truth, chairman of the Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI) Imam Wahyudi said on Sunday.
Fish production may reach 2,880 tons in next 4 year Antara
The Gilimanuk harbor that located on Jembrana regency, Bali Island. As in the previous years, on entering the homecoming season the Gilimanuk Harbor would be crowded by long queues caused by private vehicles. another factor being difficult to be predicted was the weather. Although the span of Bali Strait was not too far but the weather in the sea dividing the island of Java and Bali was difficult to predict. All the times the harbormaster made coordination with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to anticipate the adverse weather condition. “We emphasize to the helmsman to be vigilant and give priority to passenger safety. Coordination of
weather with BMKG was very important to estimate and anticipate when the weather is bad,” he said. On the other hand, Chief of Gilimanuk Harbor Police (KP3), Putu Suartha, said to anticipate the increasing passengers during the homecoming season of this year his party planed to immediately coordinate with other relevant agencies at the harbour so that homecomers could feel more comfortable and the services provided would be maximal, too. (sur)
TABANAN - The Tabanan regency administration will raise its fish farming sector to 2,880 tons in the next four years. “We will try to increase our fish farming by 353 percent in the 20102014 period, or from 1,095 tons to 3,975 tons,” Head of Tabanan regency marine and fishery affairs agency I Nyoman Wirna Ariwangsa said. In the meantime, this year’s production would be raised by 20 percent, Ariwangsa said. In addition, Ariwangsa added, the income of the fish farmers and fishermen, and employment in the fishery and marine sectors were also expected to increase. With regard to the vision of the Ministry of Marine and Fishery Affairs,
in making Indonesia the world’s biggest marine and fishery producer by 2015, the government had made a firm commitment. “The Tabanan regency administration by way of the Marine and Fishery Affairs Agency had made a commitment to support the vision by making a production contract which had been signed by the Tabanan Regency, Bali governor, and the Ministry of Marine and Fishery Affairs,” he said, adding that the fresh water fish farming commodities which will be developed include nila fish, carps, lele, and gurami fish. In addition, as an area bordering with the Indonesian Ocean, Tabanan regency has a 35 kilometers long coast line extending from Nyanyi Coast in Kediri regency, in the east to the west in Yeh Leh coast in Selemadeg Barat regency.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Balinese Culture Yeh Pulu Relief:
Description of Life in Bali Ancient Kingdom Bali is a bijou island, but the content of traditional values, arts, history and culture is not as small as the area. Artistic heritage, history and culture almost spread throughout the nine regencies and city existing on the Island of the Gods. The search on the heritage, arts and cultural relics of this time is to Yeh Pulu Relief. Relief of the ancient rock stone is located at the Bedulu (Bedahulu) Village, Blahbatuh Subdistrict, Gianyar Regency. Location to Tampaksiring and Kintamani is only about 40 minutes drive from Denpasar City. The entrance to the tourist attraction of holy water is not far from the main road east of Goa Gajah Temple, to the right, into the village street. Visitors should be careful because there are many road junctions without a clue heading for the object of Yeh Pulu Relief, or ask the way to local residents. The monument in the form of relief becoming the main attraction to tourists, especially foreign tourists, was discovered in 1925 by a courtier or Ubud Royal family. The name was taken from the barrel (or
container of rice in the past) located at the central axis of purified water nestling in the west of the relief. The word yeh in Balinese language means water and pulu means a barrel. The appeal of this monument is not only because of the uniqueness of relief sculpture immortalized on the rock stone wall of the hill, but also due to the spread of rice field view along the two-hundred-meters and the sound of clinking water on the left-right path to location is always neatly trimmed and maintained sustainably, emanating a natural beauty. With such a natural atmosphere, the clear and the sharpness of splashing water are always flowing along the trench making the ambience around this object really peaceful and enchanting. On that account, it is not mistaken if the niches (caves) in southern relief suspected as the hermitage of the last Balinese ancient King before the collapse of Bali to Majapahit administration in 1343. Relief with magical nuance and meaningful is 25 meters long and 2 meters high. Many researches
conducted by experts from home and overseas to recognize the implicit meaning behind the wall relief of the rock cliffs on the hills. As consequence, it drove many commentaries and analysis to uncover the mystery behind the veil of the true meaning of the relief. Overall, the theme of this story recounts the life in the forest atmosphere and daily life in the ancient kingdom of Bali. In addition to the Balinese classical carvings, this monument also has niches of Bedahulu Royal Hermitage before his death against the army of the Majapahit kingdom in 1343 AD. Yeh Pulu Relief poses one of the many historical classical monuments of Bali originating in ancient Bali (14th century AD) retaining full knowledge of art, which until now is still sustainable and be cared by the members of Subak, as one of the classical organizations that in particular organizes farmers and manage all aspects of rice field cultivation. For tourists who would like to visit this object first should purchase admission ticket of the object, at IDR 6,000 for adult and IDR 3,000 for child. (BTN/014)
(Minced Seafood Satay) Overview: This probably the most delicious satay you will ever encounter. The delicate flavors of the shrimp and fish are greatly improved if you can find spears of fresh lemongrass to use as skewers, and if you can cook them over a fire of coconut husks rather than charcoal. Nonetheless, even with wooden skewers and a standard charcoal grill, you will have people coming back more.
Ingredients: 600 gr skinned boneless snapper fillet 1 cup freshly grated coconut or 1½ cups moistened desiccated coconut ½ cup seafood spice paste 5 fragrant lime leaves, chopped 1 tsp black peppercorns, finely crushed 1 tsp salt 3-5 bird’s eye chilies, very finely chopped 2 tbsp palm sugar Lemon grass or satay skewers
Preparation: 1. Mince fish fillet very finely in a food processor or with a chopper. 2. Add all other ingredients & mix well. 3. Mould a heaped tablespoon full of this mixture around a wooden skewer or over trimmed stalks of lemon grass and grill over charcoal until golden brown.
Note: This recipe won’t work with frozen fish. (www.baliguide.com/balifood) C.045 ibp
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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Bali is famous with its beaches. One of the beach that located on Klungkung regency is Kusamba Beach. Kusamba Beach is one of the favorite places of interest in Bali which is famous with the beautiful beach. The boat line with the outrigger belong to the fisherman from countryside are decorating the black sand unfolding along the coastal. Nusa Penida Island is across view which is only occupied by 40.000 people. Kusamba own the marvelous view with the splashing wave from the ocean and it is surrounded the tropical atmosphere with soft sea breeze. Name of Kusamba is factually not far from the struggle history of Balinese in fight against the Dutch colonist. During the war against the Dutch in Kusamba on 23-24 May 1849, the Balinese hero had succeeds to make afraid the Dutch soldier and had killed the Dutch key man - Letnan General Michiel. We can see the fisherman are looking after the prawn seed, send the rice, legume, fruits and other
materials to Nusa Penida twice a day. The fisherman from Kusamba with the big boat and five crews can squire the material heavy as of 1,5 cargo ton to Nusa Penida. They can across the sea from Banjar Tri Buana, Banjar Bias Coastal and Kampung Island Coastal with 30 minutes until 2 hours time differences and it is depend to the type and transportation medium speed utilized. Beside of that, this boat can also squire the passengers who wish to enjoy the beautiful coral and the white sand coastal in the island cross of Bali . Segara Beach in Kusamba is especially for the Hindu ritual activities which are often conducted the activity of Nganyut in line with Ngaben Ceremony (Cremation Ceremony). We can also meet a fish market in this place which is usually held between 10 am until 4 pm. The strait between Bali and Nusa Penida Island is dwelt by a lot of fish, hence it is crowded by the white sail of fisherman boat decorates the sea around the Kusamba beach. At the west side of this coastal, especially in Banjar Batur, there are 40 families of fisherman as the traditional salt maker.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
BUSINESS Japan PM, central bank governor discuss economy Agence France-Presse
TOKYO - Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa spoke by phone to discuss the economic impact of a strong yen, officials said Monday, but did not address possible intervention. Speculation had mounted over the past week that the pair would meet to discuss the recent strength of the yen, as government officials attempted to talk the currency’s strength down through so-called “verbal” intervention. However on Monday, Kan and Shirakawa “exchanged views on the economic and financial situation including foreign exchange moves,” chief cabinet secretary Yoshito Sengoku told reporters. Kan and Shirakawa “agreed that it is extremely important to maintain close communication between the government and the Bank of Japan,” said Sengoku. But the pair did not address foreign exchange intervention, he added. Many investors anticipated stronger government pressure on the central bank to do more to lift the economy, such as further monetary easing, dealers said. The yen rose after the meeting, which was taken as a signal that To-
kyo will refrain from monetary easing for now. The dollar stood at 85.32 yen during Tokyo afternoon trade, falling from 85.63 in New York Friday. The safe-haven yen has strengthened beyond the levels assumed earlier by many exporters, who are anxious about its rise. For every one-yen rise in the currency’s value against the dollar, companies can lose tens of billions of yen earned overseas when repatriated, threatening a sector that Japan depends on to offset its weak domestic picture. Monday’s meeting followed the dollar’s recent fall to a 15-year low of 84.72 yen, stoking concerns over the domestic currency’s strength and its negative impact on an export-led recovery. Sengoku said the government has not yet seen any reason to comment on recent foreign exchange rates, while hinting that Kan was ready to hold a meeting with Shirakawa again if necessary.
Smartphones to make up over half of Asian sales by 2015 Agence France-Presse
SINGAPORE - Smartphones will make up over half of Asian mobile phone sales by 2015, with 477 million units likely to be sold, an industry report said Monday. Consultancy Frost and Sullivan said smartphones would account for 54 percent of the Asia-Pacific mobile market in five years, up sharply from five percent in 2009. The sharp take-up rate for smartphones will be a huge revenue boost for telecom operators as it means a surge in demand for data services, the consultancy said. Smartphones are high-end mobile devices providing faster access to data connections such as e-mail and Internet browsing than so-called feature phones, which have less computing ability. Subscribers usually pay more for mobile data services, translating into
higher average revenue per user (ARPU) for operators keen to make up for flat or declining earnings growth from feature phones. “Smartphones are critical to every operator’s mobile broadband business case, as a smartphone user’s ARPU typically increased by 25 to 100 percent after adoption depending on the market,” said Marc Einstein, the consultancy’s industry manager. “The Asia-Pacific market is particularly interesting for smartphones as there has been significant uptake in emerging markets like China, India and Indonesia, even among prepaid users,” he said in the report. Apple’s phenomenally popular iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, a favourite with corporate users, are largely credited with sparking consumer interest in smartphones in the last few years.
AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT
In this picture taken on August 17, 2010, Thai commuters walk along the construction site of a walkway linking a metro line to a new bus mass transportation system.
Thai economy posts 9.1 percent second-quarter growth Agence France-Presse
BANGKOK - The Thai economy grew 9.1 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2010 as strong exports cushioned the blow from violent street protests that hit the key tourism sector, data showed Monday. The strong performance was seen as raising the odds of Thailand’s central bank increasing interest rates again when it meets later this week, following its first hike in almost two years in July. Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded for a third straight quarter compared with a year earlier, but at a slower pace than the breakneck growth of 12.0 percent seen in January-March, a government agency said. On a seasonally adjusted ba-
sis, GDP expanded 0.2 percent in April-June from the previous quarter, after a 3.3 percent rise in January-March, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board. The Thai economy has remained relatively resilient following two months of mass opposition protests, which paralysed parts of Bangkok and sparked violence that left 91 people dead, ending in a bloody army crackdown in May. The better-than-expected secondquarter result was largely thanks to robust overseas demand for Thaimade goods, such as cars. The country is striving to become a regional hub for automobile production, with foreign makers such as Toyota operating factories in the kingdom.
Exports soared 41.8 percent in the second quarter of 2010 in dollar terms, on the back of a global economic recovery, the figures showed. Household spending expanded by a robust 6.5 percent as consumers splurged on cars and electrical goods. But growth in the hotel and restaurant industry slowed to just 0.2 percent as the political unrest scared off foreign tourists. Speculation is now growing that the Bank of Thailand may lift official borrowing costs for a second straight month when policymakers meet on Wednesday. In July the central bank raised interest rates for the first time since 2008 — by 25 basis points to 1.5 percent — saying that the economic impact of the “Red Shirt” anti-government protests had been relatively limited.
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A Chinese construction engineer surpervises work at a section of the road under construction in Kigali on August 11, 2010 . Rwanda’s capital is changing from a sleepy backwater where most things closed at 9:00 pm to a future Singapore with gleaming office blocks and all-night shopping.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Jolie to star in romantic film set in Bosnian war: UNHCR Agence France Presse
SARAJEVO – Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has announced she is to star in a romantic film to be shot in the Balkans, as she made a surprise visit to Sarajevo. “Upon leaving Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday, Angelina Jolie stated that she will be in the region working on a film this fall,” said the UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, for whom Jolie works as a goodwill ambassador. “The film is a love story set during the Bosnian war of 1992-1995, focusing on a couple who meet on the eve of the war and the effect the war has on their relationship,” it said. Jolie stressed that the film would not carry any political messages and added that the cast would be drawn from the different ethnic groups of the former Yugoslavia. According to national radio, Jolie will act in the film and direct it as well. Earlier the star called on Bosnian leaders to speed up the return of thousands of refugees from the brutal 1990s civil war. “I hope
that there?ll soon be practical steps to improve these people?s lives,” Jolie was quoted as saying in the UNHCR statement. Jolie — whose visit coincides with the release in Europe of her new spy thriller “Salt” — last visited Bosnia Hercegovina in April with her husband, movie heartthrob Brad Pitt. She hailed the adoption by the Bosnian parliament in June of a new strategy for returning all internally displaced people in the country by 2014, the UNHCR said. “The political leaders have shown a spirit of compromise in getting this far. Now it needs a little more urgency,” added Jolie. Jolie also met the Muslim and Croat representatives of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, Haris Silajdzic and Zeljko Komsic, to discuss the refugee issue, Silajdzic’s cabinet said in a statement. The 1992-1995 war left 100,000 people dead and 2.2 million refugees and displaced persons in Bosnia. Some 113,000 people are still displaced or unable to return to their homes, according to the UNHCR.
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In this photo issued by the Bosnian Presidency Press Office, U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, center, shakes hands with Haris Silajdzic, left, a Muslim member of the Bosnian tripartite Presidency.
‘Avatar’ returning to theaters Friday Agence France Preese
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – James Cameron is inviting moviegoers to take an extended tour of Pandora. The writer-director of “Avatar” is hoping fans will come back to the fictional planet to see 9 minutes of new footage when “Avatar: Special Edition” arrives
in 3-D theaters on Friday. Cameron says the new footage is sprinkled throughout the film and includes a dramatic action scene showing a hunt for one of Pandora’s fantastical animals. A special-edition DVD with the new footage will be released in November. “Avatar” has earned $2.7 billion in box-office revenue worldwide.
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In this film publicity image released by 20th Century Fox, the character Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, and the character Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington are shown in a scene from, ‘Avatar.’
Cast members of “The Expendables” Jason Statham, right, Dolph Lundgren, center, and Sylvester Stallone wait to be interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010.
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Stallone’s ‘Expendables’ stays at box office top Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES - Old school action flick “The Expendables” beat back a challenge from horror-parody “Vampires Suck” to claim the top spot for a second week at North America’s weekend box office, industry estimates showed Sunday. Sylvester Stallone’s film about a group of weathered mercenaries out to topple a South American dictator was the most popular movie, adding about 16.5 million dollars in ticket sales to last week’s 35.5 million. “Vampire Suck,” a send-up of the “Twilight” series of heart throbmeets-horror films, debuted at 12.2 million dollars in ticket sales. Third place went to “Eat, Pray, Love,” Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel about a divorcee’s jaunt to Italy, Indonesia and India starring Julia Roberts. It earned 12 million dollars in its second week of release, according to industry tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. In fourth place was the debut of the urban comedy “Lottery Ticket” starring rappers Ice Cube and Bow Wow, about a recent high school
graduate who wins a massive jackpot but can’t immediately cash the ticket. It earned 11.1 million dollars. Fifth place went to “The Other Guys,” the latest Will Ferrell slapstick comedy, about two mismatched police officers paired on a high-profile crime investigation. It earned an estimated 10.1 million dollars in ticket sales. Another summer horror spoof “Piranha 3D,” grossed a touch over 10 million dollars in its debut, for sixth place. The debut film “Nanny McPhee Returns” the sequel to a popular kid’s film starring British actress Emma Thompson in the title role,
earned the seventh place spot with 8.3 million dollars in ticket sales. Eighth place went to the debut romantic comedy “The Switch” starring Jennifer Aniston, about a woman who stumbles upon love despite her plans to become a single mom via artificial insemination. It sold 8.1 million dollars in tickets. Sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” was ninth with 7.7 million dollars, while “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” fell five places in its second week and took tenth place, with about five million dollars in movie tickets sold.
Woody Allen praises Carla Bruni’s acting Agence France Presse
ROME – US film director Woody Allen praised French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s acting after working with her on a movie he is shooting in Paris. “She was very professional, she interpreted the role... so well that each and every frame shot will appear in the movie, nothing will be cut,” Allen told Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera in an interview posted on its website Saturday. Bruni-Sarkozy plays a tour guide at the Rodin Museum in “Midnight in Paris”, a romantic comedy starring French actress Marion Cotillard and US actor Owen Wilson that is set to be released in 2011. Allen, who is still shooting the movie in Paris, said Bruni-Sarkozy’s husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, showed up on the set to see and hear his wife act. “Like all other non-staff he had to settle for staying at the side of the set,” Allen said. “We gave him a headset to hear the lines Carla was saying... he was very satisfied,” Allen added.
US director Woody Allen (L) talks with French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and US actor Owen Wilson (C) in July 2010 in Paris during the shooting of Allen’s latest movie “Midnight in Paris”.
Tourists on a horse drawn carriage pass a damaged building in Intramuros in Manila on August 22, 2010. Much of the architecture that made it one of Asia’s most intriguing cities was destroyed during World War II, when US bombs rained down to oust the occupying Japanese forces. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS
Historic Manila seeks to tempt tourists
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Expedition aims to create high-tech map of ‘Titanic’ wreck Agence France Presse
MONTREAL - A high-tech expedition sets out from Canada Sunday to create a detailed map of the wreckage of the Titanic, nearly a hundred years after the fabled ship sank in the Atlantic killing 1,500 people. Organizers said the expedition would use sonar technology and high-resolution optical video and imaging to document the wreck site, in what arguably will be the most technologically-advanced scientific expedition to Titanic ever mounted. Christopher Davino, president of RMS Titanic, said in a statement that the goal is to “create the most detailed portrait of Titanic’s wreck site to date.” The team of experts, he said, “will be using some of the most advanced technology available to
create a portrait of the ship unlike any that has been created before — virtually raising Titanic and sealing her current state forever in the minds and hearts of humanity.” The mission was to set out from St John’s, Newfoundland, and will provide real-time video and photo updates on Facebook and Twitter during a more than 20-day expedition. Other images and information will be found on the mission’s website, www.expeditiontitanic.com. The Titanic, a luxury passenger ship once thought to be unsinkable, hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912 and sank in the early morning of April 15, 1912, killing 1,500 people. After decades of searching, the wreckage of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 some four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the surface of the sea.
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MANILA – In the shadows of an ancient cathedral in the Philippine capital, wilting horses attached to carriages shelter from the tropical sun as their drivers try to interest the few tourists milling around. Hawkers exhibit sombreros, fans and rosaries on the pavement nearby but few buyers are in sight — a depressingly familiar scenario for Manila’s historic tourist district centred on the colonial Spanish walled city of Intramuros. Tourists generally skip old Manila in their rush to Boracay and some of the the Philippines’ other tropical islands, but the new government of President Benigno Aquino is hoping to entice them to linger a little longer. “Intramuros should be the top tourist attraction in Manila,” Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim, who has been in the post since June, told AFP in a recent interview. “We should build museums, we have so many beautiful artefacts that are sitting in warehouses, it’s almost criminal that they’re going to waste and that they’re deteriorating.” The Southeast Asian archipelago’s cultural history includes three centuries as a Spanish colony that ended
in 1898, followed by nearly half a century under US rule. But Manila, which was once dubbed the “Pearl of the Orient”, is now better known for its sprawling slums and widespread poverty than its architectural and cultural riches. Much of the architecture that made it one of Asia’s most intriguing cities was destroyed during World War II, when US bombs rained down to oust the occupying Japanese forces. Efforts by post-war architects to rebuild Manila’s ruined churches were not a success because they lacked experience and technology, according to Paulo Alcazaren, architect and founder of the Heritage Conservation Society. “The conservation during that pe-
riod was pretty primitive. They tried to replicate the original stone with concrete blocks and cement,” he said. Nevertheless, nuggets of historical gold can still be found in old Manila. Among them is the shell of Intramuros, built by the Spanish rulers as their walled enclave and where they executed Philippine revolutionary hero Jose Rizal. Another is the Romanesque-Byzantine Manila Cathedral, which was originally constructed in 1581 and then rebuilt six times after being destroyed by earthquakes, fires and bombing. Nearby the Spanish-era San Augustin Cathedral is guarded at the entrance by Chinese lion statues, a legacy of the Philippines’ long history of immigrants from China.
The wreck of Titanic is seen on the picture. A high-tech expedition sets out from Canada to create a detailed map of the wreckage of the Titanic
China’s ZTE wins European mobile network contract Agence France Presse
File photo shows a ZTE low-cost solar-powered mobile phone. Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE has won a 254-million-dollar contract to build a mobile network in Hungary, reflecting the company’s growing strength in Europe, a report said Monday.
BEIJING – Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE has won a 254-million-dollar contract to build a mobile network in Hungary, reflecting the company’s growing strength in Europe, a report said Monday. ZTE had made a breakthrough in Europe this year, chief executive Shi Lirong told the Financial Times, even as the United States tries to limit market access by Chinese telecom firms on national security grounds. Under the agreement expected to be formally announced Monday, ZTE will build a mobile network for as many as 4.5 million customers of Norway-based telecom services provider Telenor in Hungary, the news-
paper said. “Virtually all European operators have shortlisted us now.... That has happened over the course of this year,” Shi said. ZTE said it expected several other large contracts from European operators to come through over the next couple of months. The deal comes after ZTE rolled out a Wimax network for Telefonica in Spain and built and upgraded mobile networks for Dutch operator KPN and other Telenor affiliates, the report said. ZTE and its Chinese rival Huawei have been trying to boost their presence in the United States, despite opposition from US lawmakers concerned about possible threats to national security. Huawei is currently bidding to sell equipment needed for
the expansion of Sprint Nextel’s wireless broadband network. If approved, it would mark the first time Huawei has sold equipment to a large US telecommunications operator, though it has made sales to smaller US companies, the newspaper said previously. US lawmakers have reportedly asked the White House to scrutinise the bid due to concerns including the company’s possible close ties to the Chinese army and the Revolutionary Guards in Iran. Huawei, founded by a former People’s Liberation Army engineer, was forced in 2008 to abandon a joint 2.2-billion-dollar bid for US technology firm 3Com due to security concerns.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Allegri praises young centre-backs Agence France Presse
Manchester United’s Nani (R) and Fulham’s Johnathan Greening (L) vie during their Premiership match at home to Fulham at Craven Cottage football stadium, London on August 22, 2010. The match ended 2-2.
ROME - AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes the future is bright for the club’s defence. The back four has always been a traditional strength among Milan teams over the last 20 years, dating back to the days of Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta but in the last couple of seasons, Milan have struggled, not least due to the often injury-induced inavailability of Alessandro Nesta. However, following the penalty defeat after a 0-0 draw with Juventus in the Berlusconi Trophy at the San Siro on Sunday night, Allegri paid tribute to Thiago Silva, 25, and new Greek signing from Genoa Soktratis
Papastathopoulos, 22. “In central defence Thaigo Silva and Papastathopoulos did well but also the rest of the defence played well,” he said before also expressing his satisfaction with Ronaldinho’s condition. “Ronaldinho is a player who has all the physical qualities to do well and (Sunday night) he showed he can have a positive effect on our season.” The 43-year-old coach also expressed his pleasure at the developpment of Nigerian forward Nnamdi Oduamadi. “In attack Oduamadi worked hard. It wasn’t easy for him to play his first match at the San Siro (but) I’m happy and satisfied with what he did on the pitch.” Milan begin their campaign on Sunday at home to newly promoted Lecce.
Ballack back for Bayer, but unsure of Germany spot AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza
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Fergie fears United could regret Fulham frustration Agence France Presse
LONDON - Sir Alex Ferguson conceded Manchester United could live to regret their frustrating 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Nani’s late penalty miss denied Ferguson’s side the opportunity to establish a 3-1 lead with six minutes remaining and was punished when Fulham defender Brede Hangeland headed home an equaliser in the 89th minute. United manager Ferguson admitted his side hardly deserved to claim all three points after failing to build on Paul Scholes’s low drive that gave the visitors a 12th minute lead and paid credit to Fulham’s resilience in fighting back. But Ferguson believes Nani’s penalty, which was saved by Fulham keeper David Stockdale, proved to be the turning point and expressed his surprise the Portugal winger had taken the kick when Ryan Giggs was on the pitch. And, with Chelsea already in fine form after winning their first two matches 6-0, Ferguson knows losing touch with the champions at this early stage could be costly. “You don’t want to be dropping silly points and we dropped silly points here,” he said. “We can’t escape that. There was an opportunity to go 3-1 ahead with three minutes left and we didn’t take it. “I don’t think we deserved to be in front at 2-1 but when you get the opportunity to seal the game with that penalty you should be taking it. “It was a missed opportunity I feel and it galvanised them, got the crowd up and they scored the equaliser in the end. In fairness to
them they were the better team in the second half. “When we got that second goal I thought we’ve escaped here. To miss a penalty kick to make it 3-1, you’re throwing two points away there I’m afraid. “I thought Ryan should have taken it. In the last game we played against Tottenham at home Ryan scored two penalty kicks and Nani was on the pitch the same day.” Wayne Rooney missed the game because of illness but Ferguson expects the England striker to return next week when West Ham visit Old Trafford. “Wayne has a virus,” he said. “The problem is he turned up on Saturday with it and he had no chance in 24 hours. “If it has been a Thursday or Friday we may have been able to patch him up. Sometimes these viruses are 24 hour things and that could have been the case but there was no attempt to see if he could recover from this.” In Rooney’s absence, Javier Hernandez was partnered with Dimitar Berbatov and the United manager believes the Mexican will make a bigger impact when his team-mates familiarise themselves with his style of play. Ferguson said: “Javier was bright and had two great strikes in the first
half. He threatened with his pace and we have used his pace a bit better. “There were moments when we could have threaded a pass through but took the option of passing out wide. We’ll have to use that part of him more.” Stockdale’s penalty save capped an excellent all round performance from the reserve keeper who was once again included after regular number one Mark Schwarzer was ruled out because of injury. Schwarzer remains a target for Arsenal, although the Gunners failure to increase their initial two million pounds offer for the Australian when they lodged a second bid for the player last week incensed the Craven Cottage club. Fulham manager Mark Hughes insists Schwarzer’s departure is by no means assured. “It’s not a foregone conclusion,” Hughes said.”The boy’s not fit at the moment. He trained on Saturday, went out with the physios and felt discomfort, so he was never an option. “We’re all aware of Arsenal’s interest. He’s an outstanding goalkeeper and they obviously feel they have an issue with their goalkeeper. “I just want to protect my football club and make sure that we don’t weaken or lessen our squad with any departures.”
BERLIN – Midfield star Michael Ballack made his return to the Bundesliga on Sunday to help Bayer Leverkusen open their season with a 2-0 win at Dortmund, but admitted he is playing for his Germany place. The 33-year-old is back in the Bundesliga after four years in the Premier League with Chelsea after an ankle injury ruled him out of last month’s World Cup, where Germany finished third. Having lost the captaincy to Philipp Lahm, Ballack admits he is not sure he will be included in the Germany squad for next month’s Euro 2012 qualifiers with national coach Joachim Loew set to name his squad on Friday. “I’m still not 100 percent, but I think I will be part of the team,” said Ballack after his Bundesliga return. Despite running Leverkusen’s midfield, he played no hand in the two goals by Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta and Brazil’s Renato Augusto.
Leverkusen struck early as Barnetta netted in the 19th-minute before Renato Augusto struck the second just three minutes later to give Leverkusen the three points. Earlier, VfB Stuttgart suffered a shock defeat by Mainz when their Tunisia striker Sami Allagui, who was making his debut, opened the scoring in the 26th-minute as he planted his shot in the left corner to stun Stuttgart. Fellow debutant and striker Morten Rasmussen of Denmark then scored the second just two minutes after the half-time break as the home side took the three points. On Saturday, Hoffenheim got their season off to a flying start when they destroyed Werder Bremen 4-1 to set the early pace. A late goal by ex-Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy gave Hamburg three points and sealed a 2-1 win over ten-man Schalke 04 on Saturday night after Royal Blues defender Benedikt Hoewedes was sent off after an hour.
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Leverkusen’s Michael Ballack, left, and Dortmund’s Patrick Owomoyela challenge during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sharapova returns to Tokyo for Pan Pacific Open Agence France Presse
TOKYO - Defending champion Maria Sharapova will return to Tokyo next month, spearheading the star-studded Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament, organisers said on Monday. Twenty-seven players out of the current world top 30 will take part in the two-million-dollar hard court tournament from September 26 to October 2, with only Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams and Justine Henin missing. Sharapova captured her first WTA singles and doubles titles at the 2003 Japan Open, and also won her first professional title on the ITF Circuit series in Gunma, north of Tokyo, a year earlier. The Russian heart-throb has won four titles in Tokyo out of her 22 WTA titles, including the Japan Open twice and the 2005 Pan Pacific. Last year, Sharapova put an end to a long lay-off caused by a shoulder injury by winning her first title since Amelia Island in April 2008, beating Jelena
Jankovic of Serbia in the final. Along side world number one Serena Williams, the singles field includes former Pan Pacific champions Elena Dementieva of Russia, the Beijing Olympic gold medallist who won here in 2006. Other former champions are Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm, the winner in 1995, and Dinara Safina of Russia, the winner in 2008. Both picked up a wild card. Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, who caused a sensation
by reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon, will make their Japan debuts.
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates match point in her semifinal match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on day six of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open on August 14, 2010 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
IOC: Many countries interested in youth games Associated Press Writer
SINGAPORE – The International Olympic Committee says up to 17 countries have expressed interest in hosting future Youth Olympics, including the United States and others from Africa and Latin America. The inaugural youth winter games will be held in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012 and the summer games in Nanjing, China in 2014. Lillehammer, Norway, which hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics, is the only city that has expressed an interest in hosting the 2016 winter games, and has until November to submit a formal bid, the IOC said. The IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli said Saturday that an African and Latin American country as well as “some cities in the United States” have expressed interest in hosting the event in 2018 and beyond, but would not name them. “We have had discussions with the
USOC (U.S. Olympic Committee) and some cities in the U.S. who have the idea for the winter or summer games,” Felli said. “One day, they would like to come with a bid.” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the IOC is emphasizing the use of existing facilities to make the youth event more attractive to cities with smaller budgets. “It gives them a chance to participate, to take part in the whole Olympic ideal,” Adams said. “That is why there is interest from cities which would probably never have thought of getting involved and could never see themselves as serious contenders for staging an Olympic event.” IOC President Jacques Rogge praised the Singapore games as it reached the halfway point of the 12day event. Education programs, including talks with elite athletes, have been popular with the youngsters. Fans have taken to the new sports like 3-on-3 basketball.
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Robin Reynolds of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal at the Women’s 400-Meter Run Finals at the Youth Olympic Games held on Saturday Aug. 21, 2010 in Singapore.
“So far everything is going smoothly and we’ve been very pleased with the organization, the competition and the non-sport activities,” Rogge said in a statement. “While it is impossible to provide a full assessment of the games until after they’re over, so far we are very satisfied.” American athletes had their best day of the games Saturday, winning two golds, a silver and a bronze. China leads the games with 20 golds and 33 medals overall. Russia is second with 15 golds and 32 overall, while South Korea has seven golds. Tang Yi of China has been the star of the games so far. The 17-year-old has won six of her country’s 11 swimming golds. The IOC said the popularity of the games is reaching well beyond Singapore. The Youth Olympics’ YouTube channel, part of a broad social media campaign, has had 2.8 million hits. That’s higher than the traffic for the 2010 Vancouver Games. The Youth Olympics has 3,500 followers on Twitter and a popular Facebook page. Organizers from Innsbruck, who plan to host the 2012 winter Youth Olympic with 1,050 athletes from 70 countries, said the Singapore games have given them confidence. “It’s taken some pressure off us because now we know it can work,” said Peter Bayer, chief executive of Innsbruck 2012. Felli said the IOC had concerns that many venues this week were far from full — despite all tickets having been sold. “You have some sessions where people are coming in the morning and watching for a while and then leaving and they don’t come for the afternoon and evening session. That is something of a disappointment,” Felli said. “But it was much fuller last night than the beginning of the week, so they are working on that to bring more people in.”
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Valuev out for six months with injury Agence France Presse
BERLIN - Russian giant and former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev will take six months off boxing to recover from a bone problem which could threaten his career, his doctor said on Sunday. The 37-year-old, who lost his WBA title to Britain’s David Haye last November, will have an operation on his left shoulder and right hand next month which will keep him out of boxing for at least six months. Valuev boxes out of the
German Sauerland stable and last fought in Nuremberg against Haye. “He can’t train for half a year, Nikolai’s joints and bones are already damaged,” boxing doctor Walter Wagner told Sunday’s edition of German daily Bild. When asked about a possible return to the ring, the doctor was cautious. “We will see in 2011, his health is what counts,” he said. Valuev, who weighs 150kgs and measures 2.13m tall, has won 50 of his 53 fights, including 34 knock-outs.
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Loeb takes step towards seventh world title Agence France Presse TRIER, Germany - France’s Sebastien Loeb, the defending and six-time world champion, on Sunday won the Rally of Germany for the eighth time. Loeb finished 51.3 seconds ahead of Spain’s Dani Sordo, with fellow Frenchman Sebastien Ogier in third, in a podium cleansweep for the Citroen C4 car.
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French driver Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena celebrate victory in the the ADAC Rally inTrier, southern Germany on August 22, 2010.
Hamilton ready to renew challenge LEWIS Hamilton says he is ready to restart his bid for a second F1 title following the summer shutdown. Hamilton lost his championship lead to Mark Webber in the Hungarian Grand Prix, while McLaren has also slipped behind Red Bull in the race for the constructors’ championship. Following the summer shutdown, McLaren has worked hard on improving its car ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix and Hamilton admitted that the break had given the team time to reflect on where it needs to improve. “Although it’s been great for the whole team to have had the factory shutdown and a well-deserved holiday, I think we’re all really looking forward to getting back into the title fight,” he said. “The break gave us some valuable thinking time to consider how to improve our car for the remainder of the season – and we head into these two races not only optimistic of some better results, but also of stronger pace for the rest of the year.” Hamilton added that the team
was confident that it wouldn’t suffer a repeat of the problems it encountered at the Hungaroring when racing resumes. “For this year, too, I head to Spa off the back of a disappointing non-finish in Hungary,” he said. “We’ve investigated the causes, and think we’ve identified the reason and are confident that
it shouldn’t happen again. “Personally, I think Spa is one of the ‘great’ Formula 1 tracks, and one I’d really love to win. I’ll be going flat-out to try and get us back into the hunt again in Belgium, and it would be fantastic if we could take home another win at the end of the weekend.”
“It was a perfect weekend for Citroen in a place that is very important for us,” said team boss Olivier Quesnel. “To win eight times here is incredible.” The victory was Loeb’s fifth this season and 59th in his rallying career, and nudges him closer to a seventh consecutive world title. “It is a rally where we have always enjoyed success,” said Loeb. “I was very comfortable with the car, everything worked well and so another one in Germany. It’s brilliant. In a rally Loeb led from beginning to end, Ford works team driver JariMatti Latvala finished fourth while Citroen privateer Petter Solberg completed the top five places. Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena now have 191 points in the drivers’ championship, 58 points clear of their closest rival, Ogier. Sordo had pressed Loeb hard on the opening day but on Saturday’s stage 11 admitted that he would settle for second which he duly achieved, securing an impressive podium for Citroen. “Everyone is impressed with what Seb has done, he is going to be champion for the seventh time and he won here for the eighth time,” said Sordo. “I can see that he is going quickly, that he takes risks, that he brakes hard and that he always has a little something extra. “If we can win the constructors’ title in France that would be fantastic for Citroen.” The next rally will be held in Japan on September 10-12 followed by Loeb’s home rally in Alsace, France at the start of October. “Another two victories would be great because the end of the championship is beginning to close in on us,” said Loeb. “But the key thing is to win the title before the end of the season. I am not too greedy but if I can win the Alsace rally as well, then that would be even better.”