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Domestic tourists are enjoying their time on Kuta Beach. A number of tourists looked to throng several natural tourist attractions such as Kuta and marine tourism in Tanjung Benoa during the Chinese New Year, on Monday, January 23, 2012
Celebration of Chinese New Year 2563
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The Island of the Gods known for its nature and cultural charm remains a favorite destination for thousands of domestic and foreign tourists who celebrated Chinese New Year 2563 on Monday (Jan 23). A number of tourists looked to throng several natural tourist attractions such as Kuta and marine tourism in Tanjung Benoa.
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“The number of visits drastically increased compared to normal days, only reaching 10,000 per day. Even today (Monday—
Ed), it reached 40,000 visitors,” said Chairman of the Indonesian Marine Tourism Association (Gahawisri) of Badung Chapter, Made Tromat, when contacted.
Recent unfavorable weather conditions did not discourage the interest of tourists to enjoy the water attractions. Evidently, there was an increase in tourist visit
dominated by domestic tourists and it had happened three days before the Chinese New Year. Such condition was predicted to continue up to the next two days. “Booming tourist visit has happened three days before the Chinese New Year. Of the many activities on offer, only parasailing lacked of enthusiasts because of the erratic winds,” he explained. Continued on page 6
Bali’s Tuna Exports Down 13 Percent To $76 Million Antara
DENPASAR - Bali province in the January-November 2011 period exported US$76.69 million worth of fresh and frozen tuna, down 13.27 percent from US$88.43 million in the same period 2010. The tuna exports fell by 20.01 percent in volume to 15,441.1 tons in the eleven months through November 2011 from 19,304 tons in the same period the year before, spokesman of the Bali provincial administration I
Ketut Teneng said on Monday. He said the tuna exports represented 16.59 percent of the province’s overall exports in the January-November 2011 period, making it the biggest foreign exchange earner among 11 types of aquatic products. The decline in tuna exports which mostly went to Japan was the result of extreme climate, he said. He said in the 2006-2010 period, Bali’s tuna exports rose by an average of 28.83 percent per year.
The ﬁsherman is collecting the tuna ﬁsh in Benoa Harbor
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Bali News Bale Garden Estate residents complain rubbish area Denpasar (Bali Post) â€“
The victims of the Shivaratri celebration are threated in the hospital in Tabanan Regency
Shivaratri celebration, rice festivity cause mass poisoned Tabanan (Bali Post)-
The Shivaratri Celebration at Baleagung Village, Kerambitan, ended sadly as a numEHURISXSLOVDQGDQXPEHURIDGXOWVWKDWDWHQDVL\DVD\HOORZULFHIHDVWZLWKVDOWHGÂżVK tomato sauce, uncooked long beans, cucumber, egg and saur) at Pura Dalem Prajapati ODVW0RQGD\ JRWSRLVRQHG)URPDOOWKHYLFWLPVDURXQGDPORFDOWLPHVL[SHRSOH had to be brought to Tabanan Hospital as their condition is worrying there two of them DUHFKLOGUHQDQGQRZKRVSLWDOLVHG The incident happened during a staying up all night of Siwaratri at the temple where after 1.30 am local time praying, a nasi yasa was given and everyone ate it together. After ÂżQLVKHG HYHU\RQH ZHQW KRPH yet two hours later a number of people experienced headache, diarrhoea and vomiting. Firstly most thought it was due to the night wind yet after one victim went to the hospital, a lot more went totalling 50 people vic-
timised where 30 of them were children. Quick help were given and it was found most of the adult that got poisoned was due to their colleagues or children brought the nasi yasa home. â€œVictims were mostly suspected to have caught food poisoning as they have the same symptoms,â€? Vice Director of the Hospital, dr. Luh Gede Sukardiasih, stated. One victim, Putri Prasanti (10), admitted when eating the rice it felt sour and smelt a bit
bad yet due to being hungry the 5th grade girl just ate it. Not long after that she vomited and felt headache. The same thing was also experienced by another girl, Winda Indriyani (11). Tabanan Vice Regent, Komang *HGH6DQMD\DFODULÂżHGWKLVLQcident was a huge incident and for that the medical treatment will be the governmentâ€™s responsibility. â€œAll is free, this is a disaster,â€? Sanjaya stated while visiting victims. (udi)
Bale Garden Estate residents at Tukad Balian Street, Renon are complaining about a rubbish area being placed near to the estate which give unfriendly smell and disturbs surroundings. A representative of the housing, Nicholay Aprilindo, in a letter sent to Bali Post Secretariat, revealed he felt unease with the containers being placed nearby the elite estate and have disturbed locals due to the pollution it resulted. Connected to the complain, the rubbish area manager, I Wayan Suarta, last Monday (23/1) admitted have managed it since a year ago yet the smell complain stated by the estate residents which is across the road from the area is not truly right as the rubbish he manages donâ€™t produce odour smells up to that distance. Suarta stated only these few days the rubbishes were not taken to Suwung TPA (Last Waste Area) due to the delays of
the rubbish trucks. â€œIf it has been going well again, there will be no more rubbishes piling up in this rubbish area which publically managed. This waste management has been officialised by Denpasar Mayor represented by the Secretary himself, Rai Iswara, a year ago,â€? Suarta explained. Suarta explained this area is for all rubbishes in Renon and also at Tjok Agung Tresna Street as the Cleanliness and Ground Agency (DKP) still has less workers to come here and collect it so Suarta were asked to manage it before being brought to TPA and it has proven that the piles brought to TPA became less after done so where those that can be used for compos can be separated. â€œThis is part of reaching Denpasar City program in independent waste management by public so rubbishes brought to TPA can be much less so some separation and combining are done first,â€? Suarta concluded. (kmb12)
Two inmates escape from Gianyar Prison Gianyar (Bali Post)â€”
A jailbreak case happened to Prison House of Gianyar on Monday (Jan 23). Two inmates comprising Kadek Waryana aka Kadek Bola, 23, from Kuta, Badung and Ngakan Putu Agus aka Ngakan Tison, 28, from Sala Hamlet, Pejeng, equally punished due to theft case escaped from prison. Based on information gathered, the two inmates escaped around 4:00 p.m. Local Time. It happened after the two inmates could exploit WKHZHDNQHVVHVRISULVRQRIÂżFHUV of the Gianyar Prison House. They escaped by leaping over the wall on the east side of the prison. Allegedly they ran away towards the Kampung Tinggi. The Head of Gianyar Prison House, Made Suwendra, when DVNHGIRUKLVFRQÂżUPDWLRQMXVWLÂżHG if two inmates of the prison house escaped. When they were running
away, all the inmates were given time to leave their cell for some 30 minutes for having dinner, a bath and worship. He did not think if the inmates strictly guarded so far could escape. When the two men fled, the Gianyar Prison House was being JXDUGHG E\ HLJKW RIÂżFHUV 7KH\ consisted of six security guards, a woman and a watchman, he explained. Incident of the jailbreak involving both inmates of the Gianyar Prison House was just known a few moments after they Ă€HG(YHQWKHSULVRQRIÂżFHUVKDG time to do a search and encountered them in the north of the prison. Due to lack of personnel to catch, both inmates finally managed to escape. â€œWe have been coordinating with police to re-capture both escapees,â€? he explained. (kmb16)
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Wednesday, January 25 , 2012
A number of disasters occurred in Badung during bad weather Mangupura (Bali Post)â€”
Hundreds of Hindus from throughout Bali pray in Besakih Temple during the Shivaratri celebration.
Shivaratri worship: Sustainability of customary village and press freedom Karangasem (Bali Post)â€”
Coinciding with the Shivaratri feast day, Sunday (Jan 22), hundreds of Balinese residents did worship together in a number of temples within the Besakih Temple complex in Karangasem. They said prayers before the Supreme God to beseech the safety of Bali and preservation of the press freedom and the press could be free from any suppression efforts. Similarly, it was also hoped the customary villages could be sustainable and none might be dissolved for the sake of sustainable Bali. Present on the occasion were the members of the Community Coalition for the Press Freedom and Human Rights as well as a number of members of the press community in Bali. Such joint worship took place in four temples namely in the Dalem Puri, Prajapati Hyangaluh, Basukian and Penataran Agung Temple at Besakih. It ran solemnly and was led by priest in the respective temple. Prayer of Balinese residents in the Dalem Puri Temple as the abode of the divine consort of the Lord Shiva namely Goddess Durga or Goddess Uma or Goddess Parvati was chaired by the local priest Jro Mangku Gusti Ngurah Kubayan. The local priest warmly appreciated the worship in the effort to invoke to God the survival and welfare of Bali, including the sustainability of the press freedom. In that regard, Jro Mangku Gusti Ngurah Kubayan expressed his short message that the truth would always win and he greatly supported the sustainable freedom of the press. â€œI agree the freedom of the press should EHXSKHOGRWKHUZLVHZHDOOZLOOÂżQG GLIÂżFXOW\Â´KHVDLGEULHĂ€\ Having invoked holy water in the Dalem Puri Temple, Balinese residents continued the worship to Prajapati Hyangaluh Temple. In the temple becoming the upstream of
cemetery of the Hindus throughout Bali, the Balinese residents also said the same prayers in order the press could maintain the sustainability of customary village. None of the customary villages in Bali might be dissolved for any reason. In that respect, the Balinese residents also hoped and prayed so the press could consistently struggle for maintaining and sustaining the customary village. A temple priest at Besakih, Jro Mangku Widiarta, supported the sustainable press freedom to realize the sustainable Bali. With the sustainability of the press freedom, he expected there would be no arbitrariness from any party. Similar expectation was conveyed by the priest of Basukian Temple, Jro Mangku Made Pinda, after leading the worship of Balinese residents in the Puseh Temple of the entire territory of Bali. Jro Mangku Made Pinda said his party always prayed for the sustainability of Bali and press freedom could be always well maintained because, according to him, so far the press had much helped the people and provided useful information.
Furthermore, from the Basukian Temple becoming the origin of Besakih Temple, the Balinese residents resumed the worship to Penataran Agung Besakih. They also invoked in order the freedom of the press could always be maintained, customary village remained sustainable, while the devotees could be endowed with safety and could live their profession accordingly. Before the Padma Tiga shrine, the Balinese residents looked to worship very solemnly and hoped that all parties could clarify their mind and make introspection so they could ÂżJKWWRJHWKHUIRUWKHFUHDWLRQRIWKH press freedom and safeguard the customary village from any internal and external threat for the sake of sustainable Bali in a whole. The local temple priest, Jero Mangku Sueca, hoped all parties could seek the realization of the press freedom as well as the sustainability of customary village and Bali. â€œAll the parties should unite and pay devotion to Supreme God to make the sustainable Bali a reality,â€? he said. (08/wid)
A giant banyan tree toppled on Monday (Jan 23) and destroyed most of the buildings belonging to Penataran Sari Temple at Pangsan Village, Petang Subdistrict. The banyan tree with five meters in diameter was estimated to topple due to age. Head of the Badung Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), I Gusti Nyoman Adnyana, revealed on Monday (Jan 23) that there were no fatalities or injuries in the incident of the toppling banyan tree at Pangsan. Nevertheless, his party estimated the incident caused a damage of some 75 percent to the temple buildings. â€œWe are still inventorying the damage. Meanwhile, the loss is predicted to reach billions of rupiahs because it will include the cost of rituals,â€? said Adnyana. He explained the banyan tree toppled to the roots. It occurred around 11:30 a.m. Local Time. Allegedly, the tree toppled due to old age. The assumption was even getting stronger because there was no rain or strong wind at that time. Actually, it rained on the previous day. Until Monday afternoon, the BPBD Badung and local communities had not performed any cleanup service. Village authority was still invoking holy water and consulting the matter to holy priest when the cleaning process could begin. At different location, a heavy rain and strong wind caused the roof of building to fly. According to the Division Head of Emergency and Logistics, Putu Ngurah Thomas Yuniarta, such incident happened to a hotel on Jalan Uluwatu. Then, the flying roof toppled over the electrical wiring in the local area. Meanwhile, the office building of Kuta Headman almost caught fire on Monday afternoon. The fire was allegedly kindled by electrical short circuit. Kuta Headman, Wayan Daryana, said that before being on fire the local electricity once went out. Well, shortly after the electricity was on, a cloud of smokes and sparks of fire emerged. The spreading fire could be prevented due to the alertness of the firefighters who happened to be in charge in the office. At the end, the fire incident only burned the ceiling of meeting room. From the data of BPBD Badung, a landslide incident occurred previously in the area of Dalem Temple of Bebalang, Carangsari, Petang Subdistrict. As a result, parapet of the compound wall collapsed along 20 meters. It happened at around 11:00 p.m. Local Time, Saturday (Jan 21). Other than in Petang, the falling tree incident also occurred at three points in the area of BTDC, Nusa Dua, during a heavy rain and strong wind ensuing on Sunday (Jan 22). One of the falling shade trees toppled over a Suzuki Baleno car in the parking lot of Club Med. In whole, the Badung BPBD was still conducting an inventory of the damage caused by those incidents. (kmb25)
A tree fall down in Badung Regency due to the bad weather which was happening on Monday, January 23, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Iran slams EU oil embargo, warns could hit U.S. Reuters
TEHRAN/BRUSSELS - Iran accused Europeans on Monday of waging “psychological warfare” after the EU banned imports of Iranian oil, and President Barack Obama said Washington would impose more sanctions to address the “serious threat presented by Iran’s nuclear program.” The Islamic Republic, which denies trying to build a nuclear bomb, scoffed at efforts to choke its oil exports, as Asia lines up to buy what Europe scorns. Some Iranians also renewed threats to stop Arab oil from leaving the Gulf and warned they might strike U.S. targets worldwide if Washington used force to break any Iranian blockade of a strategically vital shipping route. Yet in three decades of confrontation between Tehran and the West, bellicose rhetoric and the undependable armory of sanctions have become so familiar that the benchmark Brent crude
oil price edged only 0.8 percent higher, and some of that was due to unrelated currency factors. “If any disruption happens regarding the sale of Iranian oil, the Strait of Hormuz will deﬁnitely be closed,” Mohammad Kossari, deputy head of parliament’s foreign affairs and national security committee, told Fars news agency a day after U.S., French and British warships sailed back into the Gulf. “If America seeks adventures after the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, Iran will make the world unsafe for Americans in the shortest possible time,” Kossari added, referring to an earlier U.S. pledge to use its ﬂeet to keep the passage open. In Washington, Obama said in a statement that the EU sanctions underlined the strength of the international community’s commitment to “addressing the serious threat presented by Iran’s nuclear program.” “The United States will continue to impose new sanctions to increase the pressure on Iran,” Obama said.
Prime Minister David Cameron gestures speaks on responsible capitalism and the economy in London on January 19, 2012.
Top European judge criticises PM Agence France Presse
The head of the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday criticised Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to reform the court, accusing the British government of pandering to the tabloid press.
An engineer looks at the Phase 4 and Phase 5 gas reﬁneries in Assalouyeh, south of Tehran, January 27, 2011.
Cameron is on Wednesday set to use a speech in Strasbourg -- where the court is based -- to call for sweeping changes following a string of cases where judgments made in Britain have been overhauled in Europe. But the British president of the court, Nicolas Bratza, wrote in The Independent that there had been a “sustained attack” from Britain, despite the fact that the court had
been “respectful” to British law. “Against this background, it is disappointing to hear senior British politicians lending their voices to criticisms more frequently heard in the popular press, often based on a misunderstanding of the court’s role and history, and of the legal issues at stake,” Bratza wrote. He said a 2005 judgment on prisoners’ voting rights “has been used as the
springboard for a sustained attack on the court and has led to repeated calls for the granting of powers of parliament to override judgments of the court against the UK, and even for the withdrawal of the UK from the Convention.” Britain holds the presidency of the Council of Europe until May and wants to use it to push through reforms to the European Court of Human Rights. The issue ﬂared up earlier this month when the court blocked Britain from extraditing radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan on the grounds that he would be tried using evidence obtained by torture.
Putin warns ethnic tensions risk tearing Russia apart Reuters
MOSCOW/KISLOVODSK, Russia - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, warning ethnic tensions could tear Russia apart, said on Monday he would toughen migration rules and keep a tight rein on Russia’s regions to prevent it following the Soviet Union into oblivion. In a newspaper article and an address in southern Russia, Putin used the danger of ethnic discord to call for limits on electoral reforms. “With the collapse of the country (the Soviet Union), we were on the edge -- and in some regions over the edge -- of civil war,” Putin wrote in Nezavisimaya Gazeta. “With great effort, with great sacriﬁce we were able to douse these
ﬁres. But that doesn’t mean that the problem is gone,” he wrote in the second of a series of articles promoting his leadership goals ahead of a March 4 presidential election. Putin, in power since 2000 and favored to win a six-year presidential term in March, described a Soviet-style vision of a country in which the rights of ethnic minorities would be respected but Russian language and culture would dominate. “The Russian people, the Russian culture is the glue holding together the unique fabric of this civilization,” Putin wrote. Putin is steering a ﬁne line between Orthodox Christian ethnic Russians, some of whom fear labor migration and higher birth rates among Russia’s Muslims, and eth-
nic tensions which could challenge his vision of a centralized, united, Russia. Thousands of nationalists have protested in Moscow over migration and state subsidies to the mostly Muslim North Caucasus, where an Islamist insurgency rooted in the Chechen wars persists. Comparing nationalism to a disease, Putin took aim at ethnic Russian nationalists, who have been among the 59-year-old prime minister’s most vociferous critics. “If a multiethnic society is infected by nationalism, it loses its strength and durability,” Putin wrote. “We need to understand what far-reaching effects can be caused by attempts to inflame national enmity and hatred.”
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during his visit to the Southern Peoples of Russia Forum in the town of Kislovodsk January 23, 2012.
uta Station Hotel
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Strategic Location with Multifunctional Lifestyle Facilities KUTA area develops and has an interest in the economic activities so it requires the provision of hotel accommodation capable of serving them carefully. The market is remarkably competitive and every hotel offers affordable rates and services that are virtually the same. “The difference lies in our commitment of converting promise into reality with the presence of Kuta Station Hotel & Spa. The advantage of our hotel is the strategic location and no other hotels in Kuta offer the more complete lifestyle facilities, both for travelers and business professionals entailing a hotel with multifunctional facilities,” said Ariestra Prasetio, General Manager of the latest 3-star hotel under the Paradiso Group . Concept of the Kuta Station Hotel & Spa had been specially designed to become a 3-star hotel serving a
growing tourism business in the oasis of Kuta tourist resort, including for the circle of the government, private companies and the MICE both for domestic and foreign markets. Located right in the heart of Kuta and Bali’s busiest tourist destination, it is just 50 meters from the amazing white sandy Kuta Beach and very close to Kuta Square shopping center. Of course, it is within easy reach to all major attractions in the area of Kuta. This comfortable hotel has 132 rooms consisting of Superior, Deluxe and Family room with standard amenities including a large swimming pool that stretches throughout the hotel grounds, kids pool, playground, meeting room, pool bar, Railway Bar & Restaurant, restaurant with the open air concept graced with nightly live music entertainment, Jalanidi Spa, Gym, Paradiso Bowling & Bil-
liard and Dee Jay Club. Ariestra, having a wealth of experience for more than 18 years in the hotel industry in the regions across Indonesia and various international hotel chains and companies, added that Paradiso Hotel Group entered the Indonesian market in 1996 and had become a leading hospitality management company in Bali with the rapid growth of business network. Paradiso Hotel Group currently operates the Kuta Paradiso Hotel, Legian Paradiso Hotel, Seminyak Paradiso Hotel and its parent company also operates a shopping complex named Kuta Center and Kuta Square as well as several other properties. With the existing track of record, it is evident that the Paradiso Hotel Group has a deﬁnite future vision --to be recognized as the best hotel management company in Indonesia.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for January 4 through 26, 2012 4 Jan Buda Paing Wariga Merajan Pasek Gaduh Kayubihi Bangli. 7 Jan Tumpek Uduh/Pengatag Pura Puseh/Pura Desa Batuan Sukawati Pura Pasek Bendesa Kekeran Mengwi Pura Manik Mas Besakih. 8 Jan Purnama Kepitu Ngusaba Ngaed Pr. Benua - Besakih Pura Dalem Desa Camenggaon - Sukawati Pura Suranadhi Lombok Pura Narmada Lombok Pura Segara Ampenan Lombok Mr Agung Dewa Agung Klungkung Sidemen Karangasem Pura . Merajan Pasek Gelgel Ababi Mr. Pasek gelgel Tista Pura di Gunung - Tianyar Kubu - Karangasem. Pura Pingit Klenting sari Gerokgak - Singaraja Pura di Gunung - Tianyar Tianyar Merajan Pasek Gelgel Ababi Mr. Pasek gelgel Tista Pura di Gunung - Tianyar Kubu - Karangasem Pura Pingit Klenting sari Gerokgak - Singaraja Pura Payogan Agung Kutai Kartanegara. 11 Jan Buda Wage Warigadean. Pura Kepisah Sumerta Denpasar Pura Pasek Gelgel Pura Pasek Gelgel Pura Puncaksari Penarukan Peninjoan Bangli Pura Bangun Sakti Besakih Pura Antegsari Kaba-Kaba Kediri Tabanan Pura Pesimpangan Batur Pande Kaba-Kaba Kediri Tabanan 13 Jan Sukra Umanis Warigadean Odalan Ida Ratu di Penataran Agung Besakih
Odalan Ida Ratu Puraus Merajan Salonding Besakih. 15 Jan Redite Pon Julungwangi Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Banjar Singaraja. 17 Jan Anggar Kasih Julungwangi Pura Tirtaharum Tegalwangi Bangli Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Wanasari Tabanan Pura Pasek Tangguntiti Jakatebel Tabanan Pura Pasek Bendesa Sangsit Buleleng Pura Dalem Waturenggong Taro Tegalalang Pura Ibu (Pura Kaja) Wanasari Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Tulikup Pura manik Bingin Sidemen. 18 Jan Buda Umanis Julungwangi Pura Penetaran Gana Bebalang Bangli Pura Dalem Gede Banjar Pande Bangli Pura Puncaksari Sangeh Abiansemal Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Sanak Sapta Resi Sidan Gianyar Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Jakatebel Merajan Pasek Prateka Batusesa Odalan di Mr. Jeroan Dauh Cemenggon Pr. Puseh Penegil Darma Kubutambahan Singaraja. 23 Jan Tilem Kepitu Aci Petahuan Pura Ulun Kulkul Besakih Ngusaba Buluh Pura Benua Kawasan Besakih. 26 Jan Wraspati Wage Sungsang Pura Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung Desa Tangkas Klungkung Pr. Siang Kangin Tampuagan Tembuku Bangli Odalan Ida Ratu Mas Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Petemon Merajan Pasek Gelgel MelinggihGelgel Melinggih Odalan Ida Bhatara Bang Tulus Dewa Besakih
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long ﬂags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Gunmen kill 15 Philippine â€ŤŰ‹â€ŹVKHUPHQPLOLWDU\ Agence France Presse
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Italian Navy scuba divers return after working on the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
2 more bodies found, fuel removal to begin on ship Associated Press Writer
ROM Nudged gently by the tides off Tuscany, the capsi ed Costa Concordia has been deemed stable enough on its rocky perch for salvagers to begin pumping fuel oil from its giant tanks as early as Tuesday. The cruise liner, its hull gashed by a reef and pocked by holes blasted by divers searching for the missing, yielded two more bodies Monday, 10 days after the accident. The corpses of two women were found in the luxury linerâ€™s Internet cafe, now 55 feet (17 meters) underwater. Tables, desks, elegant upholstered armchairs and cabinets bobbed in the sea as divers guided the furniture out of the holes to clear space for their exploration inside. So far, the bodies of 15 people have been found, most of them in the submerged portion of the vessel, while 17 others remain unaccounted for.Authorities said earlier reports that an unregistered Hungarian woman had called friends from the ship beIRUHLWĂ€LSSHGRYHUWXUQHGRXWWREH groundless. The Concordia rammed a reef and capsized Jan. 13 off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio as it was carrying 4,200 passengers and crew on a Mediterranean cruise. Salvage experts received the green light Monday to start pumping fuel soon from the double-lined tanks of the Concordia. The weekslong fuelremoval operation aims to avert a possible environmental catastrophe in the waters off Giglio, part of a protected seven-island marine park.
2IÂżFLDOVVDLGWKHSXPSLQJZRXOG be carried out as divers continue the search for the missing since instrument readings have determined the Concordia was not at risk of sliding into deeper waters and being swallowed by the sea. â€œThe ship is stable,â€? said Franco Gabrielli, head of the national civil protection agency. â€œThere is no problem or danger that it is about to drop onto much lower seabed.â€? 0HDQZKLOHDQRLO\ÂżOPZDVVSRWted about 300 yards (meters) from the FDSVL]HGYHVVHOE\RIÂżFLDOVĂ€\LQJLQD helicopter and by residents of Giglio, *DEULHOOLÂśVRIÂżFHVDLG6DPSOHVZHUH being analyzed, but preliminary observations indicated the slick is a light oil and not from heavy fuel inside the Concordiaâ€™s tanks. Absorbent panels put around the area seem to have at least partially absorbed the oil, authorities said. The shipâ€™s Italian captain, Francesco Schettino, is under house arrest near Naples, facing possible charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his vessel while some people were still aboard. He has insisted that he was coordinating rescue operations from a lifeboat and then from shore. The shipâ€™s operator, Costa Crociere SpA, has distanced itself from
the captain, contending he made an unauthorized detour from the shipâ€™s authorized route. Schettino, however, has reportedly told investigators WKDW &RVWD RIÂżFLDOV UHTXHVWHG WKDW he sail close to Giglio in a publicity move. In a statement issued late Monday, Costa said it would refund passengers the full cost of the cruise and reimburse all travel and any medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident. Schettinoâ€™s lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, told reporters Monday that tests on urine and hair samples showed KLV FOLHQW ZDV QRW XQGHU WKH LQĂ€Xence of alcohol or drugs before the crash. Prosecutors are not allowed to discuss the investigation while it is under way and it was impossible WRFRQÂżUPWKHUHSRUW Despite earlier fears, officials said the crippled cruise ship, with a 230-foot (70-meter) gash in its hull, is not expected to roll off its rocky seabed perch and be swallowed by the sea. An Italian geologist on Giglio monitoring the shipâ€™s movements said the Concordia was not so much moving as â€œresponding to the tides.â€? â€œIt is moving at the rate of about one or two millimeters an hour,â€? Nicola Casagli told Sky TV TG24.
*XQPHQKDYHNLOOHG3KLOLSSLQHÂżVKHUPHQDQGZRXQGHGWKUHH others in a sea attack by suspected local rivals, according to the military. 7KHÂżVKHUPHQZHUHNLOOHGE\PHQDUPHGZLWKDVVDXOWULĂ€HVRIIWKH insurgency-torn southern island of Basilan on Monday, regional military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Randolph Cabangbang told AFP. Âł7KH\YLFWLPV ZHUHÂżVKLQJRQDQRWKHUJURXSÂśVWXUIÂ´&DEDQJEDQJ told AFP in a telephone interview. He said the authorities had ruled out the potential involvement of Islamist militants or Muslim guerrillas, who are also active in Basilan. 3ROLFH KDYH LGHQWLÂżHG VHYHUDO VXVSHFWV DQG DUUHVWV DUH H[SHFWHG shortly, Cabangbang said, adding that a military unit was ordered to provide security for police investigators. â€œThe suspects are heavily armed,â€? he added. The victims were all residents of the southern city of Pagadian, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) to the northeast, and were attacked as soon as their three boats approached the tiny island of Sibago, off Basilanâ€™s east coast. 2WKHUÂżVKHUPHQLQWKHDUHDODWHUGLVFRYHUHGWKHVKRRWLQJDQGWRRN the three wounded victims to hospital, Cabangbang said. 7KHERGLHVRIWKHGHDGÂżVKHUPHQZHUHWDNHQEDFNWR3DJDGLDQ he added.
Nigeriaâ€™s Boko Haram killed SHRSOHVLQFHUHSRUW Reuters
AB JA - The Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed at least 935 people since it launched an uprising in 2009, including more than 250 LQWKHÂżUVWZHHNVRIWKLV\HDU+XPDQ5LJKWV:DWFKVDLGRQ7XHVGD\ Boko Haram, which means â€œWestern education is sinfulâ€? in the Hausa language spoken in northern Nigeria, is loosely modeled on Afghanistanâ€™s Taliban. It has claimed responsibility for bombing churches, police stations, military facilities, banks and beer parlors in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. The sect focuses its attacks mostly on the police, military and government, but has recently increased its attacks on Christian institutions. ,WVD\VLWLVÂżJKWLQJHQHPLHVZKRKDYHZURQJHGLWVPHPEHUVWKURXJK violence, arrests or economic neglect and corruption.
Bali... From page 1 Behind the large number of tourist visits during the Chinese New Year, his party acknowledged if there were still many obstacles to face. One of them was related to the road infrastructure leading to location of the water recreation. Many potholes could be found on the road surface to the tourist area. â€œIn terms of the number of visit, it is very crowded. However, there remain some obstacles in public facilities such as the road is still narrow and having potholes as well as big on the roadside,â€? he explained. Such condition, Tromat said, triggered complains from tourists or tour guides. Additionally, the trees along the road leading to the tourist areas ZHUHDOVRFRPSODLQHGDVGLVUXSWLQJWKHWUDIÂżFĂ€RZVRIODUJHEXVHVFRQYH\ing tourists. â€œSeeing their enthusiasm to visit, we do hope the local government could be more responsive to resolve the complaints. If being unable to repair, SOHDVHUHSDLUWKHSRWKROHÂżUVWVRDVQRWWRDJJUDYDWHWKHGDPDJHDQGFDQ minimize the complaint of tourists,â€? he hoped. Crowded vehicles conveying holidaymakers were also seen on Kuta %HDFKÂł6LQFHWKH&KLQHVH1HZ<HDUWKHWUDIÂżFĂ€RZRIYHKLFOHVWR.XWD Beach and Jalan Raya Kuta has been rather crowded due to the surge of foreign tourist visits such as from China, Japan,Australia as well as domestic tourists,â€? he added. $QXPEHURIUHGĂ€DJVVLJQLI\LQJWKHZDWHUVZHUHGDQJHURXVDQGIRUELGGHQWRVZLPRUVXUIDQG\HOORZDQGUHGĂ€DJVLJQLI\LQJVDIHDUHDVWRGR activities were seen to have been installed in some places. It was intended to avoid unwanted incidents due to unfavorable weather. (par)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Government looks set to cut subsidized fuel consumption Antara
JAKARTA - The government looks set to limit the use of subsidized fuel oils and implement an oil-to-gas conversion program starting on April 1 despite protests from a number of organizations and lawmakers. To carry out the program the government has allocated Rp965 billion from the 2012 state budget and other sources. The funds will be used to build infrastructure to provide liquid gas for vehicles (LGV) and compressed natural gas (CNG). Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said on Monday (Jan 16) the government was considering to increase the amount of funds. “The Rp965 billion in funds is quite large for our needs. But we are prepared to increase it to ensure the success of the program.” He said the existing funds were enough to carry out the initial phase of the conversion program, including construction of infrastructures for LGV and CNG programs and fuel gas subsidy. The extra funds for the program were likely to originate from bailout funds from state-owned companies and ﬁscal stimulus program using unspent budget funds, he said. “We are preparing extra funds for more speciﬁc programs. The matter is still under discussion and will soon be decided,” he said.
The government`s plan stems from its intention to reduce its fuel oil subsidy burden and is part of a program to replace fuel oil entirely with gas in the medium-term. Under the program, the government expects the use of CNG for an estimated 44 thousand cars will reduce subsidized premium gasoline by 0.18 million kiloliters and the use of liqueﬁed gas for 250 thousand public and private cars would reduce 0.23 million kiloliters of subsidized premium gasoline. The program requires official cars, private cars and executiveclass taxis to use non-subsidized fuel oils, while public transport cars, motorcycles and non-executive class taxis are allowed to use subsidized fuel oils. But Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik was pessimistic that the 2012 subsidized fuel limitation program will achieve the target of lowering subsidized premium gasoline consumption by 6.21 million kiloliters. “It will be good if we can achieve
50 percent of the target of lowering subsidized premium gasoline by 6.21 million kiloliters. But we will always try to achieve 100 percent of the target,” he said at a working meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission VII on energy affairs on Monday (Jan 16). The implementation of the program would face many obstacles so that the target would be difﬁcult to achieve, he said. The target included reduction of subsidized premium gasoline consumption by 5.8 million kiloliters for private four-wheel vehicles in Java and Bali starting April 1, 2012. The plan to restrict the use of subsidized fuels has drawn mixed reactions from the parliament with House of Representatives (DPR) members at odds over the plan. At a hearing with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry on Monday (Jan 16) the Democratic Party and the Golkar Party declared their support for the plan. House Commission VII Chairman Teuku Riefky Harsya of the Democrat Party said the government and the DPR were obliged to carry out the 2012 budget law which required the government to implement the subsidized premium gasoline limitation program as of April 1, 2012.
A worker displays sand containing tin ore at a private company in Indonesia’s Pangkal Pinang province December 15, 2011. From 2009 until April 2011, benchmark prices for tin, mainly used in soldering for electronics, more than tripled to a record high above $33,000 a tonne, which meant hefty proﬁts for the welter of smelters on the Bangka-Belitung islands, the world’s largest tin-producing region.
Naval ships of russian Legal and Human Rights Minister SDFLۋFیHHWYLVLW6XUDED\D VXHGE\FRUUXSWHUWR.RPQDV+$0 Antara
JAKARTA - A group of naval ships of the Russian Paciﬁc ﬂeet paid a working visit to Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya, East Java, on January 19-22, 2012. The group included big antisubmarine ship “Admiral Panteleev”, rescue tug Fotiy Krylov and big sea tanker “Boris Butoma”, with Captain First Rank A.V.Saprykin as the group`s commanding ofﬁcer, the Russian embassy in Jakarta said in a press statement issued on Monday. The group was on its way to Vladivostok from Adens bay where they combated sea piracy near Somali coasts. Naval ships of the Russian Paciﬁc ﬂeet successfully accomplished their mission: they ensured secure navigation for civil vessels in that area and seized a number of pirates groups, the statement said. Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Alexander A.Ivanov, Military Attach of the Russian Federation Vladimir F.Afanasenkov, and the
commanding ofﬁcer of the group of the Russian naval ships paid courtesy calls to Commandment of the Eastern Fleet of the Indonesian Navy and Surabaya Mayor Ir. T.Rismaharini. They also held meetings with representatives of the Surabaya Naval Military Base,Navy Marines Division, Surabaya military institutes and the city administration. The Russian naval ships were visited by groups of Indonesian students and local civilians. During the naval ships anchorage in Surabaya a joint antipiracy military drill took place. Several groups consisted of Russian and Indonesian Navy Marines practiced in taking by storm a captured trade vessel. Besides, the ships from both sides made a joint maneuvering and tested radio interconnection. All the events were held in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding which are traditional for relations between the Navies of two countries, the statement said.
JAKARTA - Minister of Legal and Human Rights Affairs Amir Syamsudin has been sued by corrupter Hasan Basri to the National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) for his decision on a remission of moratorium and provisional exemption of a condemned corrupter. “The summons and indictment were sent on Friday,” Hasan Basri`s lawyer Roni Sekedang said in Jakarta Sunday. Roni said Hasan Basri has been sentenced to ﬁve years in jail for the corruption of an environmental impact analysis (Amdal). Roni said copies of the summons and indictment have already been sent to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and commission III of the House of Representatives for legal affairs. Hasan Basri`s lawyers said the minister of legal and human rights affairs has obstructed the rights of every condemned person for a remission and conditional exemption under Law No 12 of 1995 on correctional institutions.
Roni said his client was supposed to be conditionally freed on January 10, 2012, because he has carried out one third of his prison term on August 18, 2011, and carried out an additional ﬁve months substitute term. But several days after a change of position of the minister of legal and human rights affairs from Partrialis Akbar to Amir Syamsudin, the new ofﬁcial issued Decision No M.HH16.PK.01.05.04 dated November 1, 2011, on conditional freedom which has yet to be carried out. Roni said the decision of November 16, 2011 was supposed to follow a legal regulation of higher level, because a conditional exemption is still referring to Presidential Regulation No 28 of 2006 on amendment to government regulation No 32 of 1999 on conditions and order of the rights of people for community guidance and legal and human rights ministerial regulation No M.01.PK.04-10 of 2007 on conditions and order of assimilation, conditional freedom, leave pending freedom, and conditional leave. The decision issued by Amir
Syamsudin may also cancel Hasan Basri`s rights for conditional exemption issued by the minister of legal and human rights affairs whose position was previously held by Patrialis Akbar under decision of the minister of legal and human rights affairs no PAS-81.PK.01.05.06 of 2011 on conditional exemption which has yet to be implemented. Roni said the decision issued by Amir Syamsudin is retroactively effective, while actually must be effective for those who have not enjoyed a conditional exemption. “Whereas our client, Hasan Basri, has already carried out the conditional exemption,” Roni said. Roni said Hasan Basri`s revocation of his right for conditional exemption was against existing procedures, because it has been ﬁled not from below, namely correctional facility, East Kalimantan legal and human rights affairs regional ofﬁce, and Directorate General of Correctional Facilities, and not based on decision of the minister of legal and human rights affairs no 01.PK.04.10 of 2007.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Bali Today Biyu Kukung Ritual to Deify Rice When travelling in Bali, please do not be surprised if you happen to encounter a handful of rice embellished with beautiful flowers resembling a girl. It is a biyu kukung ritual procession as a way of Hindu society in Bali to venerate the universe when the rice is having anthesis. â€œThe rice is decorated in phallus shape, and then given a ritual to deify the rice. Having got the blessing from the Supreme God it is revered as the Goddess Sri, symbolizing the prosperity and well-being,â€? said Jero Mangku Ketut Arthana. Biyu kukung ritual is usually performed after the rice has fully grown as the result of pollination through the intercourse of the sun and water,â€™ where the seed dwells in the womb of soil and grows as the babyâ€™ of rice. This ceremony also indicates if the harvest will be coming soon. After embellishing the rice, it is then put on a special bamboo shrine. Furthermore, after the harvest the rice was brought home and dried. Later, it is given another ritual and kept in the rice granary. The rice (grain) will be taken pursuant to necessity. According to Jero Mangku Arthana, ritual along the process of rice cultivation consisted of several stages. And the biyu kukung ritual posed a prayer of farmers in Bali addressed to the Lord Surya to ask for his blessing and protection for the newbornâ€™s life in the womb of soil. On that account, the rice eaten every day was not just inanimate object, but already had the power. â€œVerily the cooked rice from the grain is believed to have a spirit because it is accompanied by ceremony each time,â€? he explained. (BTN/0 5)
Fishermen are trying to go to the sea despite the bad weather condition.
Fishermen alert as ocean wave rises again Tabanan (Bali Post)â€”
Fishermen on the south coast of Tabanan were back in alert condition. ithin four days to come, the ocean waves were predicted to rage, even estimated to reach meters. Such condition was triggered by the emergence of swirling strong winds in the south of Bali. During the alert FRQGLWLRQDOOÂżVKHUPHQZHUHDVNHGWRVDYHWKHLUERDWVDQGNHHSWKHPDZD\IURPEHDFKVLGH Chairman of the Fishermen Association of Indonesia (HNSI) of Tabanan Chapter, Ketut Yasa Arsana aka Sadam, said that based on the reports of weather forecast from Monday until next Friday (Jan 27), the weather in the south of Bali was predicted to worsen. On that account, all fishermen were asked to alert. Even, they were called upon to save their boat away from the shore. â€œThe wave is estimated to rage again. So, all WKHÂżVKHUPHQPXVWDOHUWÂ´KHVDLG on Monday (Jan 23).
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Bitter Taste of Balinese Palm Sugar Palm sugar (brown sugar) makers at Besan Village, Dawan, Klungkung, have difficulty to get raw materials or wine seepage of coconut tree. It happens because within the past few days, in Klungkung, particular at Besan, it always rains. Actually, before Galungan and Kuningan the demand for brown sugar (also called Balinese sugar) increases. The price rises as well. During rainy season, sugar makers only ac uire a small amount of wine. â€œSimilarly, we do not dare to climb coconut trees, because it is slippery,â€? said sugar maker from Dawan, Nengah Koyog, at his home. According to Koyog and his wife, Nengah Yasa, they would get much sap of coconut tree during dry season. Climbing the coconut tree was not too worrisome because the trunk was dry. On that account, every day the sugar maker could harvest wine for two times, in the morning and afternoon. However, during rainy season, they could only climb once. Even, it highly depended on the condition of coconut trees. In dry season, a tree could produce 2 liters of wine. â€œBut, in rainy season it only produces a little, nearly 1 liter,â€? said Koyog. However, the 65-year old man admitted if he no longer dared to climb because he was already old enough. Activity to slit into the bud of coconut tree for collecting its sap or wine had now been continued by his son, Nengah Sutarna. In normal condition, Koyog said, the wine obtained from nine coconut trees in his backyard reached up to 25 liters taken twice daily (morning and afternoon). Results of the wine seepage were directly boiled and could produce 4 kilogram of brown sugar. â€œBefore Galungan and Kuningan, the price is rising. If previously was only IDR 13,000 per kilogram, now it reaches IDR 15,000 per kilogram,â€? said Koyog who also collected sugar product of the surrounding residents.(BTN)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Balinese Culture NASI GORENG (Fried Rice) OVERVIEW: There are about as many different ways of preparing Nasi Goreng in Bali, as there are cooks. The only constant ingredient is rice; everything else is determined by the cookâ€™s taste or the availability of ingredients. Please be certain to use only cold rice, as warm rice will stick to the wok.
Kintamani Tourism in Danger of Being Left Behind The Bali Post reports that a number of factors, ranging from aggressive street vendors to territorial disputes between competing tour guides, are having a deleterious effect on tourism at the volcano-rimmed community of Kintamani, with tourist numbers declining from year to year. The regent of Bangli, Made Gianyar, has expressed his grave concerns on how best to restore tourism in Kintamani. Admitting that Kintamani as a tourism destination in Bali is in decline, the Regent fears Kintamani is under threat of â€œbeing left hindâ€? in Baliâ€™s growing tourism industry. Made Gianyar says a degree of serious-mindedness is needed from all members of the community to restore WKHJORU\RI.LQWDPDQL+LVRIÂżFHLVDWWHPSWLQJWRLPSRVHRUGHUDQGUXOHVDW.LQWDPDQLDQHIIRUWWKDWZLOOQRW succeed unless supported by the public. Attention, he says, is needed on small items such as the way small souvenir sellers operate, the behavior of local guides and physical repairs of tourism objects. If the people of Kintamani will work to repair the image of their area, he believes that the hilltop community that provides une ualled views of a still-active volcano can be restored to its former glory.
INGREDIENTS: 6 tbsp oil 6 shallots, peeled, halves length wise and sliced 6 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 200 gr (6 Â˝ oz) chicken meat, sliced 150 gr (5 oz) medium size shrimp, peeled Âź small white cabbage, shredded 4 eggs, beaten 2 tbsp sambal tomat 700 gr (1 Â˝ lb) cold cooked rice 2 tsp salt 1 tsp sliced birdâ€™s eye chilies 2 tbsp fried shallot PREPARATION: 1. Heat vegetable oil in wok or heavy fry pan until very hot. 2. Add shallots and garlic and fry for 1 minute until golden yellow. 3. Add chicken and shrimp and fry for 1 minute, and then add cabbage and fry for 1 minute. Add sambal and mix well. 4. Add eggs and continuously stir for 30 seconds before adding rice and salt. Increase to very high heat and fry for 3 more minute, stir continuously. 5. Add chilies, mix well and serve immediately, garnished with fried shallots. Note: Throughout Bali there are as many different ways of preparing Nasi Goreng as there are ingredients of chefâ€™s.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
LES Waterfall is located in Les village, 38 kilometer south to Singaraja, in the north Bali. The waterfall is overlooking green hills and untouched nature. The height is about 30 meters. In addition, Les Village is also famous for its very amazing beach with its magniďŹ cent underwater world view. Located some 90 kilometers north of Denpasar, Les is blessed with a majestic waterfall and rich underwater scenery at its beach. The best way to reach Les is by rented or private car or motorcycle, so visitors can stop where they want to take photos. The shortest route from Denpasar to Les is through Gianyar and Kintamani, where visitors can stop to enjoy the wonderful Lake Batur and mountain views while sipping hot Balinese coffee outside Pura Puncak Panulisan, a temple. The waterfall is about 1 kilometer from the villageâ€™s main road. Visitors can park at the entrance gate, where a few shops sell snacks and souvenirs, before walking along a path to an open area next to a wide river, with a small stream of water and huge rocks. After crossing the river, a similar footpath leads to the waterfall. The 30-meter-high waterfall has a perfect slope so the water from the river jumps from one rock to another before eventually hitting the bottom of the land more gently. Visitors can stand under the waterfall and enjoy the sensation of a natural massage of the water pounding on their head, neck and back while trying to become one with the surroundings and listening to the great voice of the waterfall.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
BUSINESS Starbucks expanding beer, wine sales this year Reuters
S ATTL - Starbucks Corp , which sells the coffee that helps many Americans get wound up for their day, is offering more of their customers a way to wind down. The worldâ€™s biggest coffee chain plans to sell beer and wine in as many as 12 cafes in Atlanta and Southern California by the end of the year, as it expands beyond its well-known coffee. Starbucks introduced those beverages to a Seattle cafe in October 2010. It now sells beer and wine, as well as evening snacks like cheese plates, flatbread and desserts, in ÂżYH6HDWWOHDUHDVWRUHVDQGLQRQH cafe in Portland, Oregon. Beer sells for 5 and wine prices range from 7 to 9. The company, which is testing beer and wine sales in Spain, previously announced plans to bring the new â€œadultâ€? beverages to as many as seven Chicago-area cafes by the end of 2012. Mondayâ€™s news about the addition of California and Georgia cities to the beer and wine test prompted thousands of comments on social media site Twitter from people excited about the companyâ€™s plans. But some restaurant experts told Reuters that selling alcoholic beverages could anger community groups and complicate the companyâ€™s operations. The new business opportunity may not outweigh the headaches, said Bob Goldin, executive vice SUHVLGHQW DW FRQVXOWLQJ ÂżUP7HFKnomic, pointing to possible opposition from people who live near the FDIHV GLIÂżFXOWLHV REWDLQLQJ OLTXRU licenses and alcohol laws that vary from state-to-state. â€œI think it creates more problems than it may be worth,â€? Goldin said. Clarice Turner, Starbucksâ€™senior vice president of U.S. operations, told Reuters that many other restaurants sell beer and wine and that Starbucks is no stranger to venturing into new territory. â€œItâ€™s just a natural place for people to connect and unwind,â€? Turner said. She added that the company had carefully chosen the roughly 25 U.S. cafes that will be selling alcohol in the afternoon and evenings and that it has no plans to offer beer
People walk past the Starbucks outlet on 47th and 8th Avenue in New York in this June 29, 2010 ďŹ le photo. Starbucks Corp plans to begin selling beer, wine and more upscale food in a small number of cafes in Atlanta and Southern California by the end of this year as it explores an expansion beyond morning coffee and afternoon pick-me-ups. Picture taken June 29, 2010. and wine in all of its 17,000 cafes around the world. uick-service restaurant chains in the United States are adding morning and late-night menus and extending food and drink options in an effort to boost sales. Starbucks, Burger King and Sonic Corp are among the chains experimenting with alcohol sales. California-based industry watchdog Alcohol Justice has criticized the moves by Starbucks and Burger King, which offers beer at some of its new Whopper Bar restaurants. â€œThe more places that open, the more risk there is of alcohol-related harm,â€? said Sarah Mart, the groupâ€™s director of research, pointing to underage drinking. Seattle-based Starbucks recently completed a restructuring and has been reporting some of the restaurant industryâ€™s strongest
sales growth. Starbucksâ€™ shares closed down about 1.7 percent to 47.34, ahead RILWVTXDUWHUO\ÂżQDQFLDOUHSRUWRQ Thursday, but remain up more than 40 percent from a year ago. Starbucks also plans to open juice bars in the United States this year, a move some analysts said is more compatible with its main business. Some experts said the chain may be wisest to stick to its knitting. Edward Jones analyst Jack Russo said restaurant chains hisWRULFDOO\KDYHKDGGLIÂżFXOW\PRYLQJ into new meal time slots. He would rather Starbucks focus on its core breakfast and lunch businesses by coming out with new drinks and tastier food. â€œIâ€™d prefer to see the company be more focused. You canâ€™t be all things to all people,â€? Russo said.
RIMâ€™s new leader raises doubts among investors Reuters
TORONTO/LONDON - The new leader at Research In Motion on Monday dismissed talk of drastic change at the BlackBerry maker, a declaration seized on by impatient investors who say Thorsten Heins has only 12 to 18 months to turn RIM around. Takeover talk, swirling around RIM for months, picked up steam as Heins took the helm at a once-dominant smartphone company that now struggles to compete. But RIMâ€™s shares tumbled more than 8 percent as investors wondered whether Heins could reverse RIMâ€™s decline. â€œI donâ€™t think that there is some drastic change needed. We are evolving ... but this is not a seismic change,â€? said Heins, who joined RIM in DQGSUHYLRXVO\VHUYHGDVDFKLHIRSHUDWLQJRIÂżFHU RIMâ€™s co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the men who engineered RIMâ€™s rise, resigned on Saturday after intense investor pressure. Their presence had been seen as a big obstacle to a possible sale of the company, although Heins insisted that was not an option he was considering. Shareholders and analysts have grown impatient in recent months and calls for Lazaridis and Balsillie to step aside had reached a crescendo. RIM has lost market share and market value after being comprehensively outplayed by Silicon Valley tech giants Apple and Google. â€œIf Thorsten really believes that there are no changes to be made, he will be gone within 15 to 18 months. He will be a transitional CEO and this will be a transitional board,â€? said Jaguar CEO VicAlboini, who leads an informal group of 16 RIM shareholders calling for a radical restructuring. The group holds a little less than 10 percent of RIMâ€™s stock. Lazaridis and Balsillie - two of RIMâ€™s three largest shareholders with more than 5 percent each - will remain board members, while Lazaridis will also head a newly created innovation committee. Their new roles suggest continuity was a goal in the transition. Critics have called for a new leader who can rejuvenate both the design and operational sides of the business, or prepare it for sale to one of a raft of rumored buyers. Heins, a former Siemens AG executive, said during a conference call on Monday that he would hone rather than abandon current strategy at RIM, which after years of massive growth needed to start operating like a mature business, not a startup. The new CEO, who scored his last major promotion as RIM was shedding some 2,000 jobs last June, said no further job cuts were currently planned and that with RIMâ€™s 1.5 billion in cash he had no ualms in spending on the right projects. â€œIf I have a great strategic project or a good business case I can go to the board anytime and ask for approval for additional investment and the moneyâ€™s in the bank to do this,â€? he said. Analysts were cautious. â€œPeople may have been a little disheartened that he was defending the current RIM strategy,â€? said Morgan Stanley analyst Ehud Gelblum. â€œI think (investors) might have wanted to hear a mea culpa.â€? â€œPeople would have been happier hearing we are on the wrong pathâ€™. We didnâ€™t hear a lot of talk about change.â€? Jaguarâ€™s Alboini criticized the retention of Balsillie and Lazaridis on RIMâ€™s board and called for several other board members to step down before RIMâ€™s mid-year annual meeting. â€œIf weâ€™re wrong, prove us wrong,â€? Alboini said in an interview, referring to the group of shareholders who support his view. â€œThis group is not going anywhere. This is just putting RIM in a position where it might be able to get back into the game. Itâ€™s early days.â€? Barbara Stymiest, a former banking and exchange executive, will replace Lazaridis and Balsillie as the chair of the board. Stymiest, D5,0ERDUGPHPEHUIRUÂżYH\HDUVLVDOVRYLHZHGDVDQLQVLGHU tied to the old regime. Heinsâ€™ immediate concerns are to generate sales of RIMâ€™s current lineup of BlackBerry 7 touchscreen devices, deliver on a promised software upgrade for its PlayBook tablet computer by February, and rally RIMâ€™s troops to launch the next-generation BlackBerry 10 phones later this year.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Federal judge will determine Golden Globesâ€™ future A LITTLE more than a week after handing out Golden Globes to show business elite, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their longtime collaborators will begin a trial to determine which group controls broadcast rights to the popular awards ceremony. The decision will alter the future of the glitzy gala and whether it will remain on NBC or, for the ďŹ rst time in 17 years, appear on another network. If the association prevails, it may mean an end to its relationship with dick clark productions, the company that brought the Globes back to network television after a scandal threatened its future. The partnership also helped transform the show into one of the biggest events in Hollywoodâ€™s crowded awards season. It would also give the association of roughly 85 foreign journalists a chance to reposition the show on its own terms for the ďŹ rst time in nearly 30 years. The trialâ€™s scheduled opening on Tuesday in a Los Angeles federal court comes just nine days after nearly 17 million viewers tuned in to the show, which featured barbs from host Ricky Gervais and a potential bump in Oscar momentum for ďŹ lms such as â€œThe Artistâ€? and actor George Clooney. U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz has already been presented thousands of pages of documents and evidence to decide the case, and he will hear live testimony from a number of current HFPA members, executives and possibly from Dick Clark himself. The extensive documents ďŹ led in the case include minutes of board meetings dating back to
the early 1980s. CBS CEO Les Moonves, who has said he wanted to bid on the Globes, is also expected to testify next week. Matz ruled Monday that he must testify in person and not by videoconference as he had hoped. An attorney for Moonves said the executive had wanted to testify electronically because he is in the midst of meetings and preparing decisions on shows and a board of directors meeting. Matz said he didnâ€™t want to give Moonves special treatment. Matz urged attorneys to streamline their questioning during a hearing Monday, saying they had framed the issues well in their ďŹ lings. Audiences of the past two Globes awards shows didnâ€™t notice it, but the HFPA and its producers, also known as dcp, have waged a bitter legal war since November 2010 over who has the right to negotiate broadcast deals for the Globes. The association contends dcp improperly negotiated a deal keeping the Globes on NBC until 2018, a move that also guarantees the company the right to work on the show until then. The association claims it was blindsided by the deal and had received assurances throughout 2010 from dcp that it wasnâ€™t negotiating a new broadcast deal. However, the company claims it had the right to pursue the NBC extension. The disputed NBC deal is worth more than $150 million, court records show. The deal reflects what big business the Globes have become, not only for Hollywood studios hoping to get boosts for their ďŹ lms, TV shows and stars, but also for fourth-place NBC and the showâ€™s organizers.
FILE- In this ďŹ le ďŹ lm publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, left, and Berenice Bejo portrays Peppy Miller in a scene from â€œThe Artist.â€? AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, FILE
Oscar prospects span the century as noms near Prospective Academy Awards nominees have pretty much every decade of the last century covered, from the World War I epic â€œWar Horseâ€? through modern times with the family drama â€œThe Descendants.â€? In between at Tuesday morningâ€™s nominations are such contenders as the 1920s and â€˜30s tales â€œThe Artistâ€? and â€œHugo,â€? the 1950s movie-making story â€œMy Week with Marilyn,â€? the 1960s Deep South drama â€œThe Help,â€? the 1970s Cold War thriller â€œTinker Tailor Soldier Spyâ€? and the Margaret Thatcher chronicle â€œThe Iron Lady,â€? spanning decades from her youth in World War II through her 1980s and â€˜90s career as Britainâ€™s prime minister. The Oscar nominations will be announced by Jennifer Lawrence at a 10-minute, predawn ceremony at the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The best-picture prize on Oscar night could become a tussle between the top ďŹ lms at the Golden Globes: best drama recipient â€œThe Descendants,â€? starring George Clooney as a Hawaii father trying to keep his family together after a boating accident puts his wife in a coma; and best musical or comedy winner â€œThe Artist,â€? with Jean Dujardin as a silent-movie star whose career crumbles as talking pictures take over. Clooney and Dujardin, who won the lead-actor Globes in their respective categories, are likely best-actor nominees at the Oscars. Another performer with strong prospects is Globe dramatic actress
winner Meryl Streep as Thatcher in â€œThe Iron Lady.â€? Two-time Oscar winner Streep would pad her record as the most-nominated actress, raising her total to 17 nominations, ďŹ ve more than Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who are tied for second-place. Also in the running: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer as Mississippi maids in â€œThe Helpâ€?; Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier in â€œMy Week with Marilynâ€?; Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in â€œJ. Edgarâ€?; Glenn Close as a woman masquerading as a male butler in â€œAlbert Nobbsâ€?; Brad Pitt as Oakland Aâ€™s general manager Billy Beane in â€œMoneyballâ€?; and Michael Fassbender as a sex addict in â€œShame.â€?
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Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford, right, speaks as Festival Director John Cooper, left, and Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, center, look on during a press conference at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.
THE Sundance Institute and Women In Film are working together to track female ďŹ lmmakers who are showing their work at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and plan to use the data to increase womenâ€™s presence in all areas of ďŹ lmmaking. The aim of the joint effort, announced Monday, is to â€œinitiate a real hard look at why this constant lack of parity seems to exist in terms of the amount of women working in ďŹ lm and media and the amount of men,â€? said Cathy Shulman, president of Women in Film. â€œWhat does it really mean and why is it happening, and instead of talking about it every year as a fact, start to see if we could be part of a solution.â€? Keri Putnam, president of the Sundance Institute, said the organizations
were motivated by statistics that show that only 5 percent of the top 250 ďŹ lms last year were directed by women. That ďŹ gure hasnâ€™t changed since 1998. Female filmmakers are better represented at Sundance, where 27 percent of the ďŹ lms presented were made by women. Catherine Hardwicke, who made her directorial debut at Sundance in 2003 with â€œThirteenâ€? and went on to direct the ďŹ rst â€œTwilightâ€? installment, said that despite the $400 million success of that ďŹ lm, â€œit still was not easy for me to get meetings on movies.â€? â€œIt still took me about a year and half to get my next movie made, and I had to take a salary cut,â€? she said. By tracking the progress and challenges of female filmmakers participating in Sundance programs
this year, the Sundance Institute and Women In Film hope to discover the pitfalls that prevent gender parity in ďŹ lm and television and devise means of overcoming them. â€œWeâ€™re going to get real-life data,â€? Shulman said, â€œand we are going to formulate a vision ultimately to support, within the scope of both institutes, programs this challenge to change these, at this point, boring lack of positive statistics and make a difference.â€? Women In Film and the Sundance Channel are holding events at the festival to discuss the work of female ďŹ lmmakers. Lauren GreenďŹ eld, whose documentary â€œThe Queen of Versailles,â€? opened the festival, will appear at the panels on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting Earth Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving eruption.
This colorized NASA image, taken Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows a ﬂare shooting out of the top of the sun.
The solar ﬂare occurred at about 11 p.m. EST Sunday and will hit Earth with three different effects at three different times. The biggest issue is radiation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado. The radiation is mostly a concern for satellite disruptions and astronauts in space. It can cause communication problems for polartraveling airplanes, said space weather center physicist Doug Biesecker. Radiation from Sunday’s ﬂare arrived at Earth an hour later and will likely continue through Wednesday. Levels are considered strong but other storms have been more severe. There are two higher levels of radiation on NOAA’s storm scale — severe and extreme — Biesecker said. Still, this storm is the strongest for radiation since May 2005.
Study: Stem cells may aid vision in blind people Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES — Two legally blind women appeared to gain some vision after receiving an experimental treatment using embryonic stem cells, scientists reported Monday. While embryonic stem cells were ﬁrst isolated more than a decade ago, most of the research has been done in lab animals. The new results come from the ﬁrst tests in humans for a vision problem. Researchers caution the work is still very preliminary. “This study provides reason for encouragement, but plans to now get such a treatment would be premature,” said stem cell expert Paul Knoepﬂer of the University of California, Davis, who had no role in the research. Last summer, each patient was injected in one eye with cells derived from embryonic stem cells at the University of California, Los Angeles. One patient had the “dry” form of age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness. The other had a rare disorder known as Stargardt
disease that causes serious vision loss. There’s no cure for either eye problem. After four months, both showed some improvement in reading progressively smaller letters on an eye chart. The Stargardt patient, a graphic artist in Los Angeles, went from seeing no letters at all to being able to read ﬁve of the largest letters. However, experts said the improvement of the macular degeneration patient might be mostly psychological, because the vision in her untreated eye appeared to get better too. Both patients remain legally blind despite their improvements, said experts not connected with the study. “One must be very careful not to overinterpret the visual beneﬁt,” said Vanderbilt University retina specialist Dr. Paul Sternberg, who is also the president-elect of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The ﬁndings were published online Monday by the journal Lancet. This early test was meant to study whether the stem cell therapy was safe in people and not whether it would improve vision. Scientists at UCLA and Advanced Cell Technology, which funded the work, said they were pleased that there have been no signs of rejection or abnormal growth months after the procedure. Embryonic stem cells can transform into any cell of the body. Scientists are hoping to harness embryonic stem cells to create a variety of replacement tissues for transplant, but their use has been controversial because human embryos have to be destroyed to harvest the cells.
The radiation — in the form of protons — came ﬂying out of the sun at 93 million miles per hour. “The whole volume of space between here and Jupiter is just ﬁlled with protons and you just don’t get rid of them like that,” Biesecker said. That’s why the effects will stick around for a couple days. NASA’s ﬂight surgeons and solar experts examined the solar ﬂare’s expected effects and decided that the six astronauts on the International Space Station do not have to do anything to protect themselves from the radiation, spokesman Rob Navias said. A solar eruption is followed by a one-two-three punch, said Antti Pulkkinen, a physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Catholic University. First comes electromagnetic radiation, followed by radiation in the form of protons.
Then, ﬁnally the coronal mass ejection — that’s the plasma from the sun itself — hits. Usually that travels at about 1 or 2 million miles per hour, but this storm is particularly speedy and is shooting out at 4 million miles per hour, Biesecker said. It’s the plasma that causes much of the noticeable problems on Earth, such as electrical grid outages. In 1989, a solar storm caused a massive blackout in Quebec. It can also pull the northern lights further south. But this coronal mass ejection seems likely to be only moderate, with a chance for becoming strong, Biesecker said. The worst of the storm is likely to go north of Earth. And unlike last October, when a freak solar storm caused auroras to be seen as far south as Alabama, the northern lights aren’t likely to dip too far south this time, Biesecker said. Parts of New England, upstate New York, northern Michigan, Montana and the Paciﬁc Northwest could see an aurora but not until Tuesday evening, he said.
Brain scans spot early signs of dyslexia Reuters
CHICAGO - Instead of waiting for a child to experience reading delays, scientists now say they can identify the reading problem even before children start school, long before they become labeled as poor students and begin to lose conﬁdence in themselves. Although typically diagnosed during the second or third grade of school - around age 7 or 8 - a team from Children’s Hospital Boston said they could see signs of the disease on brain scans in children as early as 4 and 5, a time when studies show children are best able to respond to interventions. “We call it the dyslexia paradox,” said Nadine Gaab of the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Children’s, whose study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Gaab said most children are not diagnosed until third grade, but interventions work best in younger children, hopefully before they begin to learn to read. “Often, by the time they get a diagnosis, they usually have experienced three years of peers telling them they are stupid, parents telling them they are lazy. We know they have reduced self esteem. They are really struggling,” Gaab said in a telephone interview. Her study builds on an emerging understanding of dyslexia as a problem with recognizing and manipulating the individual sounds that form language, which is known as phonological processing. In order to read, children must map the sounds of spoken language onto speciﬁc letters that make up words. Children with dyslexia struggle with this mapping process.
An undated image of the human brain taken through scanning technology.
“The beauty is spoken language can present before written language so people can look for symptoms,” said Dr. Sally Shaywitz, a director of the Center for Dyslexia and Creativity at Yale University. Signs of early dyslexia might include difﬁculty with rhyming, mispronouncing words or confusing similar-sounding words. “Those are all very early symptoms,” Shaywitz said. Dyslexia affects roughly 5 percent to 17 percent of all children and up to 1 in 2 children with a family history of the disorder will struggle with reading, have poor spelling and experience difﬁculty decoding words.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Villarreal end poor run with victory over Gijon Reuters
MADRID - 9LOODUUHDOUHFRUGHGWKHLUÂżUVWZLQLQVHYHQJDPHVDQGFOLPEHG out of the relegation zone with a 3-0 La Liga win at home to fellow strugglers Sporting Gijon on Monday. Marco Ruben and Borja Valero netted two goals in two minutes and Bruno Soriano struck in added time for the 2006 Champions League semiÂżQDOLVWV Villarreal, whose campaign has been wrecked by injuries to key players, made the breakthrough in the 57th minute at their Madrigal stadium when Ruben battled through a crowd of defenders and slotted past Juan Pablo. Valero added a second in the 59th when he found space outside the penalty area and lashed a powerful drive into the corner of the net before Soriano FXUOHGDVXSHUEVKRWLQWRWKHWRSFRUQHULQWKHÂżUVWPLQXWHRIDGGHGWLPH With half the season played, Villarreal are 17th on 19 points, ahead of 18th-placed Granada on goal difference after the Andalusian club were beaten 3-0 at Espanyol on Saturday. ,WZDVDÂżUVWZLQIRU9LOODUUHDOFRDFK-RVH)UDQFLVFR0ROLQDZKR was promoted from the B team last month after the sacking of Juan Carlos Garrido. Gijon, who barely threatened the Villarreal goal, are 19th on 18 points, six ahead of bottom side Real Zaragoza, who drew 0-0 at Levante on Sunday.
Spain federation takes no action on alleged Pepe stamp Reuters
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Manchester Cityâ€™s Mario Balotelli, left talks to Tottenham Hotspurâ€™s Scott Parker as he recives treatment after fouling him during their English Premier League soccer match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Jan. 22, 2012.
Balotelli charged with violent conduct
MADRID - The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) will take no action against Real Madrid defender Pepe for his alleged stamp on Barcelona forward Lionel Messiâ€™s hand in Wednesdayâ€™s Kingâ€™s Cup TXDUWHUÂżQDOÂżUVWOHJ The RFEF announced the decision after a meeting on Monday, meaning the Portuguese international is free to play in this Wednesdayâ€™s return leg at the Nou Camp. The 28-year-old Pepe, left out for Sundayâ€™s 4-1 La Liga victory at home to Athletic Bilbao, denied intentionally treading on Messiâ€™s hand ZKLOHWKH:RUOG3OD\HURIWKH<HDUZDVVLWWLQJRQWKHĂ€RRUDOWKRXJK he was widely condemned in local media. The RFEFâ€™s decision came the same day Englandâ€™s FA charged Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli with violent conduct following an incident in Sundayâ€™s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur. ,WDOLDQ%DORWHOOLDSSHDUHGWRVWDPSRQWKHKHDGRI6SXUVPLGÂżHOGHU Scott Parker but the referee took no action. The Pepe incident, caught from several different angles by televiVLRQFDPHUDVZDVDSSDUHQWO\PLVVHGE\RIÂżFLDOVDQGWKHUHIHUHHGLG not mention it in his match report.
LONDON - Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent conduct following an incident in Sundayâ€™s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, the FA said on Monday. Balotelli appeared to stamp on the head of Spurs midfielder Scott Parker but referee Howard Webb took no action and the Italian scored the stoppagetime penalty which sealed Cityâ€™s 3-2 win.
Balotelli, who could be banned for four matches, has until 1800 GMT on Wednesday to appeal. If he decides to appeal he would be available for the League Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool on Wednesday but if
the appeal failed he could face an even longer suspension. City defender Joleon Lescott will not face any action for an incident during the same game when he clashed with Spurs defender Younes Kaboul.
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In this photo taken Wednesday Jan. 18, 2012, Real Madridâ€™s Pepe from Portugal, left looks down at F.C. Barcelonaâ€™s Lionel Messi from Argentina a moment before stamping on his hand as Jose Maria Callejon, centre protests to the referee after receiving a yellow card for his foul on Messi.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Celtics crush ice-cold Magic Reuters
AP Photo/Vivek Prakash,Pool
Belgiumâ€™s Kim Clijsters celebrates a point win over Denmarkâ€™s Caroline Wozniacki during their quarterďŹ nal at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.
Clijsters dethrones Wozniacki, Federer plays 1,000 match Reuters
MELBOURNE - Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the Australian Open by big-hitting Belgian Kim Clijsters on Tuesday, ensuring the womenâ€™s game will have a new number one by the HQGRIWKH\HDUÂśVÂżUVWJUDQGVODP&OLMVWHUVKDVVDLGWKLVZLOOEHKHUODVWVHDVRQRQ7RXUDQGIHZ rivals will be shedding any tears after her dismantling of o niacki suggested she could dominate ZRPHQÂśVWHQQLVIRU\HDUVWRFRPH With Wozniackiâ€™s demise, three women can now lay claim to the crown - Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka. While Roger Federer has no chance of reclaiming his number one ranking from Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park, the Swiss continues his quest for a fifth Australian Open title against Juan Martin del Potro in the TXDUWHUÂżQDOV Federer, playing his 1,000th tour level match and 31st consecutive JUDQGVODPTXDUWHUÂżQDOKDVUDFHG WKURXJKWKHGUDZVRIDUEXWZLOOÂżQG the towering Argentine a stiffer test on Rod Laver Arena. Del Potro beat the Swiss to win his only grand slam title at the 2009 U.S. Open before a wrist injury sent him spiralling down the world rankings. BRAIN BOILING HEAT
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Wozniackiâ€™s hopes of winning a first grand slam with a 6-3 7-6 win on another sweltering day at Melbourne Park. The 28-year-old Belgian bounced around the court with abandon, and if the ankle she turned sickeningly over against Li Na in the last round was bothering her it did not show. $IWHUDRQHVLGHGÂżUVWVHW:R]QLacki looked down and out at 5-2 in the second but drew on all of her UHVHUYHVWRÂżJKWEDFNDQGWDNHLWWRD tiebreak. The comeback only served to delay the inevitable, however, as the Belgian took the decider 7-4, VHDOLQJ YLFWRU\ RQ KHU ÂżUVW PDWFK point with a forehand volley. Âł,WGHÂżQLWHO\GLGQÂśWIHHOOLNHEHLQJ up a set and 5-2,â€? Clijsters said in a courtside interview. â€œI was happy to get through and not go to a threesetter because itâ€™s so hot.â€? While Azarenka has a reputation for getting hot under the collar and letting her emotions get the best of her, the Belarusian showed her composed
side against Polandâ€™s Agnieszka 5DGZDQVNDLQWKHLUTXDUWHUÂżQDO Despite going a set down, Azarenka kept control to pole-axe Radwanska in the second set and grind out the third for a 6-7 6-0 6-2 win. â€œI think I am a different player right now, especially mentally-wise,â€? Azarenka said. â€œToday I really tried WRIRUJHWDERXWWKHÂżUVWVHWDQGVWDUW IURP]HURDQGUHDOO\ÂżJKWKDUG â€œI think thatâ€™s the toughest thing out there. Especially when the weather is tough. Your mind is ERLOLQJ DQG LWÂśV GLIÂżFXOW WR WKLQNÂ´ Rafa Nadal will miss the worst of the Melbourne Park heat when he faces Czech Tomas Berdych in the evening session. The Spaniard has gone out of the tournament at this stage for the last two years and will put his battered body to the test against Berdych, who was booed mercilessly after his fourth round win for refusing to shake hands with Nicolas Almagro.
The Boston Celtics forced the Orlando Magic into a franchise-worst offensive performance in 87-56 rout on Monday, despite the home team missing several key players. Setting an all-time Magic low for points and field goals, visiting Orlando (11-5) were held to just 20 second-half points and 24 percent shooting. Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass led Boston with 19 points each. But the Celtics leaned on their defense in the absence of point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed his third straight game with a sprained wrist, and Ray Allen, out with a sore ankle. The Celtics were also without injured reserves Mickael Pietrus, Chris Wilcox and Keyon Dooling. Guard Avery Bradley started in place of Rondo and filled in nicely. â€œHis defense was great,â€? Boston coach Doc Rivers told reporters. â€œOffensively weâ€™re not running a lot of point guard stuff with him. Really, Paul (Pierce) is the point guard on offense.â€? Dwight Howard managed 18 points and 14 rebounds but he made just four of his 15 shots and was the only Magic player to reach double figures scoring. Frustration boiled over for Howard in the third quarter when he got into a shoving match with Jermaine Oâ€™Neal and both big men received technical fouls. â€œItâ€™s a physical game and Iâ€™m going to be physical,â€? Oâ€™Neal said. Boston (7-9) led by 10 at halftime but took control by outscoring Orlando 41-20 in the second half. Kevin Garnett added 14 points, 10 rebounds and five steals for the Celtics who have now won three of four following a five-game slide. The Magic, who entered the game having won six of seven, made a season-high 25 turnovers during a forgettable night.
Aubameyang shines, &KDPDNKPLVâ€ŤŰ‹â€ŹUHV Reuters MALABO - Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced one of the best individual performances at the Nations Cup so far during the co-hostsâ€™ 2-0 win over Niger in Libreville on Monday. By contrast, Morocco marksman Marouane Chamakh PLVÂżUHGPLVVLQJDNH\HDUO\FKDQFHDVKLVZDVWHIXOWHDPVOXPSHG to a shock 2-1 defeat against North African rivals Tunisia in the second half of a Group C double bill. Aubameyang, sporting a Mohican hairstyle reminiscent of Brazilian forward Neymar, opened the scoring and was involved in all of Gabonâ€™s attacking moves against a rough-tackling Niger VLGH PDNLQJ WKHLU GHEXW DW WKH ÂżQDOV 3UHVLGHQW$OL %RQJR ZDV among a packed 45,000 crowd at Librevilleâ€™s newly built stadium DV*DERQVWDJHGLWVÂżUVWJDPHVIROORZLQJPDWFKHVLQ(TXDWRULDO Guinea over the weekend. The pitch, which turned into a mudbath during a November friendly against Brazil, held up well although there was still embarUDVVPHQWIRUWKHRUJDQLVHUVZKHQWKHVWDGLXPHPSWLHGDIWHUWKHÂżUVW game, leaving Morocco and Tunisia to play in an empty arena. A similar exodus occurred after Equatorial Guinea had played /LE\DLQWKHÂżUVWKDOIRIDGRXEOHELOORQWKHWRXUQDPHQWÂśVÂżUVW day on Saturday. None of the four teams in action on Monday played at the World Cup in South Africa, a reminder that several of the continentâ€™s top teams, including Nigeria and Cameroon, failed to qualify. Aubameyang, the son of a former Gabon captain, quickly had WKHFURZGRQLWVIHHWZLWKVRPHVWHSRYHUVQHDUWKHFRUQHUĂ€DJ although there was nothing fancy about his opening goal. The 22-year-old forward, raised at AC Milan and now at St Etienne after short loan spells at several European clubs, ghosted in at the back post to squeeze home a header after Niger goalkeeper Daouda Kassaly misjudged a cross. A diving header from the St Etienne striker on the stroke of halftime set up the second goal as Kassaly made a brilliant save but the rebound fell perfectly for Stephane Nguema to net from close range
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Raikkonen back behind the wheel Reuters
Kimi Raikkonen’s Formula One comeback picked up speed in Valencia on Monday when the Finn, returning with Lotus, tested a grand prix car for the ﬁrst time since 2009. The “Iceman”, 2007 world champion with Ferrari and winner of 18 races with the Italian team and McLaren, is returning to Formula One this season after two years in the world rally championship. Lotus, formerly Renault, said in a statement that the 32-year-old aimed to drive as many laps as possible in the two days at the Spanish circuit to get acquainted with his new team and reacclimatise himself with a Formula One car. They issued a picture of Raikkonen on his ﬁrst lap in the two-year-old Renault R30 - painted in Lotus’s black-and-gold livery - at the Ricardo Tormo track. “It was nice to get back in the car,” Raikkonen, who will be one of six champions on the grid this season, told Sky Sports television at the circuit. “It was quite a few years since I have driven
last time, so of course it takes a little while to get used to it. But the main driving, braking, turning and normal things doesn’t take many laps. “Of course to start learning about the car and the team and tyres and everything, that will take time,” he said. Raikkonen’s new Lotus car will be launched on the team’s website (www. lotusf1team.com) on Feb. 5 before the ﬁrst ofﬁcial test of the season at the Jerez track in southern Spain starts on Feb. 7. Teams are not allowed to test up-todate cars outside of ofﬁcial sessions
which meant Raikkonen could drive only an older machine using demonstration tyres. The season starts in Australia on March 18. “The day went pretty much as we planned, which is great,” said trackside engineer Alan Permane in a team statement. “Kimi was on the pace we expected straight away. He completed around 300km, going through three sets of tyres. It leaves us with four sets for tomorrow, meaning we can run a bit longer. “We worked on getting him comfortable in the car, giving him a feel for the setup changes, and helping him get to know his engineers,” added Permane. “It’s always great to work with a top driver who is not just quick, but professional, and Kimi has all of those characteristics. His feedback is excellent, his requests are concise and to the point. We’re looking forward to a good season with him.”
Jorge Lorenzo sure Valentino Rossi is not fading yet Valentino Rossi has not passed his peak and is still capable of returning to the forefront of MotoGP, insists his former team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. After leaving Yamaha for Ducati in 2011, Rossi endured his ﬁrst ever win-less season at world championship level. But Lorenzo, who was Rossi’s Yamaha team-mate from 2008-10, dismissed any suggestion that the Italian seven-time MotoGP champion’s career was in decline.
“There’s no age limit,” Lorenzo told Gazzetta dello Sport. “[Carlos] Checa at 39 in superbikes is in his top form. Valentino is 33, he hasn’t weakened.” Lorenzo suggested that Rossi’s problem was not that his talent was fading, but that MotoGP was now so competitive it was harder to pull off good results on a difﬁcult bike than it had been in the past. “Today in MotoGP there are many strong riders,” Lorenzo said. “To win you
need a great feeling with your bike.” The Spaniard thinks Ducati faces a tough task to close the gap on Honda and Yamaha in 2012, but sees no reason why it cannot eventually rediscover titlewinning form. “It’s an unknown quantity,” said Lorenzo of Ducati. “It won’t be easy to reach Yamaha and Honda, but Ducati beat them in the past. It’s a small factory but with a lot of technology and a great rider in Valentino.”
Italian Ducati rider Valentino Rossi, center, steers his kart during a kart exhibition race on ice in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.
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