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REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT AFP PHOTO / DONG-A ILBO
A South Korean resident searches through debris of destroyed houses on Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea on November 24, 2010 after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells the day before. North Korea fired a deadly barrage of artillery shells onto a South Korean island on November 23 in one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, inciting global condemnation.
U.S. aircraft carrier heads for Korean waters Reuters INCHEON, South Korea – A U.S. aircraft carrier headed toward the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, a day after North Korea launched dozens of artillery shells on a South Korean island.
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The nuclear-powered USS George Washington, which carries 75 warplanes and has a crew of over 6,000, left a naval base south
of Tokyo on Wednesday morning and would join exercises with South Korea from Sunday to the following Wednesday, U.S. offi-
cials in Seoul said. “This exercise is defensive in nature,” U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement. “While planned well before yesterday’s unprovoked artillery attack, it demonstrates the strength of the ROK (South Korea)U.S. alliance and our commitment to regional stability through deterrence.”
China came under heavy pressure to rein in North Korea after its reclusive ally fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island, killing two South Korean soldiers and setting houses ablaze in the heaviest attack on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. Continued on page 6
Prince William to wed in April at historic abbey Agence France Presse
LONDON – Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry on April 29 next year at Westminster Abbey, the historic London church where his mother Diana’s funeral was held in 1997, royal officials announced Tuesday. The couple want to turn their wedding day into an international party in what is set to be the biggest royal event since Prince Charles and Diana married in 1981, aides said. William, second in line to the throne of 16 realms, including
Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is to tie the knot in the same church where the first king William was crowned in 1066 after the Norman conquest of England. “The venue has long associations with the royal family — it is in many ways the royal family’s church —
and of course with Prince William personally,” said Jamie LowtherPinkerton, the prince’s private secretary. “We know that the world will be watching on April 29, and the couple are very, very keen indeed that the spectacle should be a classic example of what Britain does best.” Continued on page 6
(FILES) A file photo taken on November 16, 2010, shows Britain’s Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton posing for photographers during a photocall to mark their engagement, in the State Rooms of St James’s Palace, central London.
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Thursday, November 25 , 2010
In keeping with global warming, dengue fever rampant
Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Uncertain climate change due to global warming is very supportive to infectious diseases such as dengue fever continuing to exist throughout the year. Previously, dengue fever was rampant during the rainy season, but now with the weather irregularity, the disease still dominates the infectious disease treated in hospital. For instance, the case occurred in Sanglah General Hospital. A.A. Ayu Yuli Gayatri, a functional medical staff in the Tropical Disease and Infection Division of Sanglah General Hospital said there were always some dengue fever patients treated in hospital every day. The number could reach 9 people per day. Then, the types of virus were different. Sometimes one type of virus attacked in the same period. “When there is dengue fever patient coming with symptoms of shock at the same time will come another patient with similar symptoms as well. It is depending on the type of virus,” said Yuli. Dengue fever diseases had already experienced some changes in clinical manifestation. Previously, it showed typical symptoms of red spots, now the symptoms of dengue fever caused by the virus were similar to the symptoms of other infectious diseases that were difficult to distinguish at first. Other than dengue fever, we
should also be alert to other infectious diseases such as diarrhea, measles, smallpox and eye disease. In hot temperatures, people were also susceptible to influenza. “Infectious diseases caused by virus usually resolve itself within a few days depending on one’s endurance,” said Yuli. For that purpose, maintaining health and stamina was very important in climate change like today. Intake of vitamin supplements, according to Yuli, needed to be done if the food we consumed did not meet the vitamin required by the body. “If we have consumed balanced healthy food, we do not need any additional vitamin intake. However, it is only required if the food consumed does not meet the requirement of vitamins. Do not forget to exercise such as by cycling,” said Yuli. Based on data in Sanglah General Hospital for November 2010, the average of new dengue fever patients per day reached 10 people.
According to Section Head of Outpatient Medical Care of Sanglah General Hospital, Ken Wirasandhi, in terms of fiver yearly pattern, the dengue fever patients treated in Sanglah General Hospital during 2010 went through a shift. In previous years, the culmination of dengue fever occurred in May, but in 2010 its culmination occurred twice, namely in May and June. The average of new dengue fever patients treated per day within the month was 25 to 30 people. “After that period, it had decreased from August to October. If in the previous year, namely in November, the dengue fever has started rising again. However, in this November 2010, it seems to have not shown an increase,” said Ken. Hot weather was expected to continue and not interrupted by rain. “If the hot weather continues, dengue fever will not increase. Differently, if it rains and then turns hot again, the case could rise,” added Ken. (san)
By the opening of ‘Serangan Island Festival
Environment Agency carries out socialization intensively By the implementation of “Serangan Island Festival” on November 26, the Denpasar Environment Agency and all ranks of the regional apparatus unit (SKPD) along with the entire community of Serangan Village continued to make consolidation and socialization. “It is for the fourth time we do this in order the implementation of festival can run smoothly,” said the Head of Denpasar Environment Agency, AA Sudarsana, after leading the event. A number of other officials present on Monday (Nov 22) consisted of Assistant II in charge of Development Affairs IGN Eddy Mulya, some experts from the Udayana University like Rumawan Salain and Wayan Griya, local legislator of Serangan Arya Saputra, Subdistrict Head or Village Head, entrepreneurs and
community leaders. As described by Sudarsana, intensive meeting held with the entire committee was meant to get an understanding and synergy to succeed the Serangan Island Festival where this year was for the second time. It was not much different from the previous year, where all activities aimed to raise the image of Serangan Island along with its treasure and potential. As consequence, it could develop into a favorite destination in the future as well as be capable of providing welfare for the people. However, its packaging was different, where the theme of this year highlighted the environment as major issue. The measure was in harmony with the hope of Mayor I.B. Rai D. Mantra to make Denpasar a Clean and Green City aside from supporting the program of Governor of Bali making Bali as a
Green Province. On the occasion, A.A. Sudarsana also questioned about the readiness of each regional apparatus unit and the parties involved as well as a few things becoming the notes of drawbacks in the implementation of last year as material of evaluation. Among others, it was about the readiness of parking lot, security, transportation including the presence of clean water and toilets as disclosed by Assistant II IGN Eddy Mulya. In addition, Eddy Mulya suggested the screening of documentary film on the Ancient Times of Denpasar. However, he regretted the implementation of an informal discussion last year could not run flourishingly where the speakers and subject matter had been ready, but only few participants attended it. To that end, he called for better coordination with the community so that people would attend every event enthusiastically.
Visiting survivors of Mount Merapi at refuge
Disaster results in poverty Disaster of Mount Merapi eruption kindles profound concern. The impact incurred is very sad. Communities around the Mount Merapi are really miserable as losing everything they have. Their properties no longer existed, but gratefully they could survive. Below, the journalist of Bali Post, Alit Purnata, carried his report on the condition of refugees after he had the opportunity to hand over the donations of readers of Bali Post and viewers of BaliTV, Sunday (Nov 21). CONVEYING donation of the readers of Bali Post and viewers of BaliTV consisting of three trucks of essential goods to the location of refugee camps was an unforgettable experience. It could be assumed as a noble journey. Three days in the car during November 20-22 was quite tiring, yet it then changed into a great relief after all donations could be dropped off at the posts of refugee. Anyhow, such donation of goods should reach the hands of those entitled to receive, namely the refugees who were forced to leave their home village that had been totally destroyed by hot clouds. The first evacuation destination headed for was the hamlet of Pasaranyar, Sumberrejo, Mertoyudan and Magelang. Previously, there were 246 people at this refuge, but most of them had returned to their village. Location of refugee camp here spread across 14 houses belonging to local residents. Refugees here came from the village of Stabelan, Tlogolele, Boyolali, Gemblongan, Srumbung, Gitaan and so on. Most of them were accommodated at the local village hall, especially those from Stabelan, Tlogolele and Boyolali Village. The refugees here ranged from toddlers to elder people. At the village hall, they slept circularly on the sides of the wall and only reposed a piece of mat. Scrolls of their properties were placed close to them. The elderly, chiefly grandmothers, looked very depressed. Their eyes stared blank while imagining their fate suddenly changed. Livestock and garden serving as their source of daily bread and butter had been damaged as burned by hot clouds. A grandmother haltingly admitted that she did not have anything else any. She claimed to have left her cows. “We are not allowed to go home by the officers,” she said. Refugees that were not allowed to return home were those whose village included in the ring 1 with the distance of 5-6 km from the peak of Mount Merapi. A young man admitted to have
submitted to his fate. ”We do not have anything else. If back to village, we will have nothing to do. Everything has been destroyed, sir,” he said. The second post was at PPS Shooting Field at Plumpungan, Magelang. Refugees had started to decrease. Originally, there were 2,028 people. When the aid was brought to this post, only 115 refugees were left considering that a few hours earlier, Sunday (Nov 21), a number of refugees preferred to leave the camp. Those who survived were from the villages located in ring 1 area. They came from the village of Serumbungan, Jeruk Agung and Sumaer. A member of the National Army mentioned that refugees insisted on going home to find feed for their cattle. “They looked bored living in refugee camps,” he said. It was unlike the case in the third post, namely at Muslimin Hall of Parimono Village, Mungkit Magelang. Here 584 people were accommodated originating from the hamlet of Gowok Sengi, Mungkit and Jombong Patent and Magelang. This shelter was a bit crowded as accommodating many toddlers namely up to 54. Coordinator of the post, Tri Sapdono, expressed his profound gratitude for the help extended by the readers of Bali Post and viewers of BaliTV. “Here, we indeed need basic food, but we do not know how long this condition will last considering that all refugees come from villages of ring 1 nearby the peak of Merapi,” he said. The passage passed through the disastrous areas of Merapi. It was a relatively remote area about 20 km where the impact of Merapi dust had been alarming. Plants turned withered and corrupted. Leaves of coconut tree depicted to be waving as in the song were no longer visible here. Coconut leaves looked wilted, while snake fruit and banana fell down and damaged. There had been a spread of large chilies bearing fruits had become withered, and they looked curly. Merapi disaster seemingly resulted in a broader impact than other disasters. Its eruption actually made the government programs were deviating, namely in the matter of poverty eradication. Now, thousands of families in the area around Merapi suddenly became severely poor households. It did not only kill some lives and livestock, but also the plants of local community. By and large, people could survive after a disaster because they were still able to eat because their garden remained to exist.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Bitten By Dog, Elementary Pupil Died Denpasar (Bali Post)-
It was never suspected by Komang Suardana (11) family, a resident from Banjar Gentong, Tegalalang, Gianyar, as the elementary pupil died of rabies symptoms. Suardana got in Sanglah Hospital on Tuesday (23/11) early morning and died at 9 am local time as he experienced seizure, hard swallowing and saliva overflowing mouth. Suardana’s father, Made Kontrak, when met explained that his son never told him that he was bitten by a dog. When he was brought to Gianyar Hospital because of hard breathing last Monday (22/ 11) then Suardana told his dad that he was bitten by a stray dog three months ago on the right calf. As Kontrak did not know so no VAR was received by his son and no treat-
ment to it either. Suardana got ill since three days ago and at first it is known he twisted his foot while playing football. His family then brought Suardana to a massager and after massaged, Suardana felt hard breathing so was brought to Gianyar Hospital on Monday (22/11) night. Still conscious, Suardana admitted he was bitten by a dog and then his condi-
tion got worse. He was then brought to Sanglah Hospital, “When brought to Sanglah, my son couldn’t swallow also his mouth was filled with bubbles and saliva coming out. He was also going mad and before he died his face turned blue.” Meanwhile according to Rabies Management Team Secretary at Sanglah Hospital, dr. Ken Wirasandhi, the patient treated did
have a history of being bitten by a dog three months ago on the right foot. Patient did not get any VAR and any treatment to the wound. On the same day in the afternoon, a patient from Seronggo Gianyar, Kadek Sudiarta (40), was brought from Gianyar Hospital to Sanglah Hospital around 12 pm local time with seizure condition. According to Sudiarta’s son, Kadek Agus, Sudiarta was bitten by a mouse around a week ago on the right hand, “While capturing a mouse at home, his right hand was bitten. My father did not get a VAR.” Two days before going in Sanglah, Agus explained that his fa-
ther fell off his motorcycle and all of a sudden had a seizure on Tuesday (23/11) morning. Agus admitted did not know if his father was ever bitten by a dog, “My father never told me if he was bitten by a dog or not.” Sudiarta is still treated at Nusa Indah Room on Tuesday. Not long ago, Head of Bali Health Agency, dr. Nyoman Sutedja, stated until now rabies spreading in Bali is still by dogs. Other possible animals such as mouse, cat and bat are still uncertain. Meanwhile suspect rabies patients that have died in Bali totaled up 107 with 46 positive rabies through laboratory tests. (san)
Denpasar-Fukuoka Suspected Misused Permit Clarified Join Work in Fish Flour Factory Sealed by Police Education Negara (Bali Post) –
Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Bali and Japan has a similarity in unique culture so their background eases join work in many things. This was said by Mayor IB Rai Mantra during a visit to Head of Non Profit Organization Fukuoka Japan, Furukawa San, with colleagues at the Mayor’s office on Tuesday (23/11). One of them revealed was how the two society can be willing and preserve to develop their traditional arts, “We in Bali has one of them, Bali Arts Festival that’s held every year.” Furukawa visit, who is a legislator also Fukuoka public figure, was a reply visit as City Secretary Rai Iswara and Mayor Rai Mantra visited Yanagawa also Fukuoka Japan before. In the discussion it is clarified again the several join work agendas that will be developed and to be realized especially in education. According to the Mayor there are many things that can be learned from the visitation to Japan, not only education but also the city arrangement also cleanliness. Not forgetting it, Mayor also informed in the end of 2010 Denpasar is holding three events such as Denpasar Festival also in celebrating New Year. Furukawa san mentioned his side is still concentrating in join working for education with Denpasar and there are still many sectors that can get involved. Furukawa San’s visit was accompanied by Kido Sensei, Anwar Martoharjo and the founder of NPO Bali-Fukuoka who’s also Denpasar City’s education representative IGK Pujawan MBA. (055)
Fish flour producing factory that just operated for two weeks at Munduk Manyar, Cupel Village on Tuesday (23/11) afternoon was sealed by Jembrana Police as it has misused permit also complained by local residents. Fast Attack troops led by Head of Criminal Research Third Unit Ipda Yoan Septi Hendri straight away went to location. At first workers got reports from residents complaining of bad smell from the factory that had its permit as an ice warehouse. It is suspected the factory was keeping rotten fishes. After being raid, it turned out the factory produces fish flour and the bad smell came from the waste
that was save on the back of the factory. According to some workers statements, those wastes will be thrown to the sea. After the raid, the producing machine activity keeps continuing so police then stopped it and seal the factory with police lines. According to workers who were most local residents they only just worked for two weeks in this Garam Dunia factory. This factory was an ice warehouse before. According to Dwi Susilo, the factory’s daily supervisor was employing 50 people. This factory is a part of a similar factory at Pengambengan Hosana Buana Tunggal (HBT) Company. One of the machines placed here produced
around 100 ton per day. For the fishes it did not all come from Pengambengan, some were from Java, “In HBT there were two machines and one was brought here. About the permits I don’t know, who knows is my boss.” Besides closing its operation, police also brought Susilo to the police station to be asked for further explanation. Meanwhile Jembrana Police Public Relation, AKP Ketut Suparta as permitted by Jembrana Police confirmed these residents’ complains and police will investigate the case by checking and making sure of the factory’s permits. Until Tuesday afternoon, the factory is still asked for statements. (kmb26)
Robbery Maddening Newest, IDR 435 Million Cash Taken Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Denpasar City society’s peace and order has lost its control as almost everyday a resident comes to the police station reporting a case such as having their house broke in, victim of a robbery, pickpockets, motorcycle robbed, car window breaking and more. The newest was a robbery that victimize Rangga Sembada (45) resident of Pura Demak, Perum Graha Malboro B IV/3, Denpasar. The victim had loss his items with nominal reaching IDR 435 Million which happened around Pulau Bungin Street, Denpasar on Sunday (21/11) at 7 pm local time. “Robber took victims items easily as the items were left in victim’s car without its doors locked,” a Denpasar Police worker explained last Tuesday (23/11). It was said victim parked his Suzuki Neo Baleno DK 143 BU on crime scene, without knowing, it turns out one of the car door was not locked yet while victim had left the car. Not long after that, victim came back and was really shocked that his items were already gone, “They were IDR 423 Million cash, BlackBerry phone, Flexi phone and Nexian phone.” In a separate place, a robbery case also happened at Hasanudin Timur Street No. 2, Denpasar where Gusti Ngurah Handahyana (24) work places was broke in by robbers around 4 am local time on Sunday (21/11). It is known the robber got in by breaking in through the bathroom’s ceiling which then went in to the work place and took IDR 1 Million from the drawer, “During the incident, victim was at his house in Banjar Bernasi, Buduk, Mengwi, Badung.” (kmb21)
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A Balinese woman harvests seaweed on the coast of Nusa Penida island located in Bali’s Klungklung district on November 22, 2010. Indonesia on November 22 declared the coral-rich waters around Bali — a popular scuba diving spot which is home to the giant Mola-Mola ocean sunfish — a protected zone. The Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Affairs and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with the assistance from USAID will implement conservation and sustainable resources management on the 20,000-hectare (49,500 acre) area around Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan islands to protect against destructive fishing, waste dumping and coral mining.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Obama pledges US to defend its ally South Korea AP
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the United States would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with South Korea after what the White House branded a provocative, outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor. Its options limited, the U.S. sought a diplomatic rather a military response to one of the most ominous clashes between the Koreas in decades.
President Barack Obama
“South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean war,” Obama said in his first comments about the North Korean shelling of a South Korean island early Tuesday. “And we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance.” Working to head off any escalation, the U.S. did not reposition any of its 29,000 troops in the South or make other military moves after North Korea fired salvos of shells into the island, setting off an artillery duel between the two sides. The president, speaking to ABC News, would not speculate when asked about military options. Obama called South Korean President Lee Myung-bak later Tuesday night, saying the U.S. would work with the international community to strongly condemn the attack that killed the two South Koreans and injured many more, the White House said. The White House said the two presidents agreed to hold combined military exercises and enhanced training in the days ahead to continue the close security cooperation
between the two countries. Obama assured Lee that “the United States stands shoulder to shoulder with our close friend and ally, the Republic of Korea,” the White House statement said. “President Obama said that North Korea must stop its provocative actions, which will only lead to further isolation, and fully abide by the terms of the armistice agreement and its obligations under international law,” the statement said. The U.S. has relatively few options when dealing with the Pyongyang government. Military action is particularly unappealing, since the unpredictable North possesses crude nuclear weapons as well as a huge standing army. North Korea exists largely outside the system of international financial and diplomatic institutions that the U.S. has used as leverage in dealing with other hostile countries, including Iran. North Korea has also resisted pressure from its major ally, China, which appears to be nervous about the signs of instability in its neighbor.
“We strongly condemn the attack and we are rallying the international community to put pressure on North Korea,” Obama said in the ABC interview, specifically citing the need for China’s help. Obama said every nation in the region must know “this is a serious and ongoing threat.” An administration official said Tuesday evening that U.S. officials in Washington and in Beijing were appealing strongly to China to condemn the attack by arguing that it was an act that threatened the stability of the entire region, not just the Korean peninsula. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Defense Secretary Robert Gates phoned South Korea’s defense minister to express sympathy for the deaths of two of the South’s marines in the artillery shelling of a small South Korean island and to express appreciation “for the restraint shown to date” by the South’s government, a Pentagon spokesman said. Obama called North Korea’s action “just one more provocative incident” and said he would consult with Lee on an appropriate response.
Malaysian court rejects Anwar lawsuit against Mahathir AFP
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s highest court on Wednesday rejected opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s final bid to sue former premier Mahathir Mohamad for calling him gay. Anwar lodged the defamation case in 2006, demanding nearly 30 million dollars in damages after Mahathir said he could not have allowed his former deputy to become prime minister because he was a homosexual. Anwar, who served as deputy premier to Mahathir until he was sacked in 1998 and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges that were widely seen as politically motivated, has said the comment was “false and malicious”. The case was rejected by the High Court in 2007 and the Appeals Court last year struck out an appeal. Anwar filed another appeal saying the judgment should have been made in the official Malay language, and not English. “It is a disappointing decision,” Anwar’s counsel Sankara Nair told AFP after the Federal Court ruled that the judge has the discretion to
use either language. The court also ordered Anwar to pay 70,000 ringgit (22,320 dollars) in legal costs, a decision the counsel described as was “worrying”. “This is definitely a setback (for Anwar to clear his name) and the punitive decision to impose the cost would be a deterrent on him to proceed with his 10 other defamation suits against ruling figures,” said Sankara. The other suits lodged against government figures also relate to innuendos over his sexuality. The 63-year-old opposition leader is currently on trial on new sodomy charges, after a 25-year-old former aide claimed the pair had illicit sexual relations. Anwar could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted. The opposition leader has insisted that the latest charges are another conspiracy to destroy his career. His original 1998 sodomy conviction was later overturned and he was freed after serving six years in jail. Anwar reinvented himself as the leader of a resurgent opposition, scoring stunning gains in 2008 elections but suffering setbacks since as his three-party alliance has been plagued by infighting.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (L) listens to his wife Wan Azizah Ismail (R)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Ayana launches new family holiday package JIMBARAN - AYANA Resort and Spa Bali has launched a new Family Holiday Package while extending an existing Eat Pray Love promotion due to popular demand, as the property prepares for continued strong bookings into 2011. AYANA’s ‘Eat Pray Love Bali’ package has proved popular following the release of the Hollywood blockbuster starring Julia Roberts, and quickly became the resort’s #1 selling package on its website. As a result, AYANA has extended the travel deadline from December 2010, until 30 June 2011. The rates remain unchanged, with rooms starting at US$298++ per night and villas at US$580++. “Many travelers have been inspired by the book and movie to create their own ‘Eat Pray Love’ experience in Bali ,” said General Manager Charles de Foucault. “Our package combines spa, yoga, romantic dining and a tour to Ubud, to bring elements of this story to life for our guests. We are delighted with the response and the positive exposure this film has produced for Bali ’s unique culture and attraction as a holiday destination.” Meanwhile, AYANA has also created the perfect family holiday: recreation for the kids; relaxation for the grown-ups. Enjoy spa pampering, gourmet dining and the opportunity to relax poolside, content in the knowledge that the little ‘uns are being entertained, stimulated and having the time of their lives with cultural and craft activities, yoga, and a 77-hectare resort to explore.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Events for November 12 through 24, 2010 13th _ ”Tumpek Uduh/Pengatag” the day conduct prayers as a manifestation of worship of Bhatara Sangkara fertility god who created the plants. Temple Festival at: - Pr. Puseh + Desa, Ds. Batuan, Sukawati. - Pr. Bandesa, Ds. Kekeran, Mengwi. - Pr. Manik Mas, Besakih. - Pr. Bhujangga Wesnawa, Ds. Gumberih, Jembrana.
17th _ Temple Festival At: - Pr. Persimpangan Batur Pande, Ds. Dangin Pangkung, Kaba-kaba, Kediri-Tabanan. - Pr. Kepisah, Ds. Sumerta, Denpasar. - Pr. Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Gerih, Abiansemal. - Pr. Pucak Sari, Ds. Penarukan, Peninjaoan, Bangli. - Pr. Bangun Sakti, Besakih. - Pr. Anteg Sari, Ds. Dangin Pangkung, Kaba-kaba, Tabanan.
18th _ Temple Festival at: - Mr. Selonding, Besakih. 19th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Ida Ratu Geeng, Besakih.
21th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Panti Pasek Gelgel Gobleg, Ds. Kayu Putih, Kec. Banjar, Buleleng. - Pr. Bebengan Tanjung – Lombok. - Pr. Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Kekeran, Mengwi. - Pr. Dalem Balingkang, Ds. Benawah, Gianyar. - Pr. Linggar-Lombok. - Pr. Majapahit, Ds. Monang-Maning, Denpasar. 23rd _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Tirta Harum, Ds. Tegal Wangi, Bangli. - Pr. Beratan, Ds. Baturiti.
Pr. Batu Kelotok, Ds. Gelgel, Klungkung. Pr. Tohjiwa, Ds. Wanasari, Tabanan. Pr. Pasek Tangguntiti, Ds. Jakatebel, Tabanan. Pr. Pasek Bendesa, Ds. Sangsit, Sawan Buleleng. Pr. Dalem Waturenggong, Ds. Taro Kaja, Tegallalang. Pr. Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Tulikup, Gianyar. Pr. Ibu/Pr. Kaja Wanagiri, Ds. Selemadeg, Tabanan. Pr. Dadia Bandem, Ds. Sibangkaja, Badung. Pr. Manik Bingin, Ds. Dukuh, Sidemen, Karangasem. Pr. Dalem Tarukan/PGSDT – Br. Lateng Sibangkaja. Pr. Panti Dalem Pulasari/PGSDT, Ds. Jagapati, Badung. Pr. Desa, Ds. Negara, Sukawati. Pr. Batur Sari, Ds. Camenggaon, Sukawati. Mr.Tutuan, Ds. Galiran, Buleleng. Pr. Agung Manasa Sinabun – Buleleng. Pr. Badung Pengastulan, Buleleng. Pr. Dadia Pasek Dalem Gaduh Cempak Putih, Ds. Mayong, Buleleng. Pr. Kawitan Ki Pasek Kubayan – Ds. Bondalem, Buleleng. Pr. Panti Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Bukian, Payangan, Gianyar.
24th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Dalem Maya, Ds. Blahbatuh, Gianyar. - Pr. Penataran Gana, Ds. Bebalang, Bangli. - Pr. Dalem Gede, Br. Pande, Bangli. - Pr. Puncak Sari, Ds. Sangeh, Abiansemal. - Pr. Dadia Agung sapta Rsi, Br. Pateluan, Sidan, Gianyar. - Pr. Pasek Tohjiwa, Ds. Jakatebel, Tabanan. - Mr. Pasek Parateka, Ds. Batusesa. - Pr. Jeroan Dauh, Ds. Camenggaon, Sukawati.
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbul-umbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Thursday, November 25 , 2010
29 miners believed dead after second NZealand blast Agence France Presse
GREYMOUTH, New Zealand – All 29 men missing in a New Zealand mine were presumed dead Wednesday after a “horrific” second blast tore through the colliery, plunging the country into mourning.
File picture shows a weeping Amanda Knox (L) being helped during her murder trial in 2009 in Perugia
Appeal starts in British student sex-murder case Agence France Presse
PERUGIA, Italy – The appeal trial of Amanda Knox over the sex-murder of a British student in Italy gets underway on Wednesday, as prosecutors seek a harsher sentence and Knox’s family protests her innocence. Knox, 23, was sentenced to 26 years in prison last year for killing Meredith Kercher in the cottage they shared in the medieval city of Perugia as part of what prosecutors described as a gruesome, drug-fuelled sexual assault. “We believe that if the judges and the jury take a look at just the evidence and what we’re bringing up in the appeal it’s a nobrainer and they will let Amanda go,” her mother, Edda Mellas, said on British television this
Prince William... From page 1 April 29 is also the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, whose first name Middleton shares. The wedding costs — the church service, music, flowers, decorations, reception and honeymoon — are to be paid by the royal family and the Middletons, with the government meeting the security and transport costs, in a bid to ease public concerns as Britain faces harsh economic austerity measures. Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the day, the first Friday after the Easter weekend, would be marked with a special public holiday. “The wedding of Kate and William will be a happy and momentous
week. Her father Curt Knox told channel ITV1: “I look at it as this is a point that is Amanda’s next chance to be found innocent, which she is.” But Italian prosecutors have said they will seek a longer sentence for Knox if the conviction is upheld by the Perugia appeals court. Knox’s then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years for the 2007 murder, is appealing at the same time. An Ivorian man, Rudy Guede, who fled Perugia and was arrested in Germany, has also been jailed for the murder. Wednesday’s hearing is expected to be technical in nature and the appeal trial proper is set to start next month, lasting possibly into next year. occasion. We want to mark the day as one of national celebration — a public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day,” he said. Wednesday’s press urged workers to make the most of the break. The Mail predicted that millions would “celebrate the ‘people’s royal wedding’ with street parties... and a holiday that could run for 11 days.” The date and venue were announced a week after the 28-yearolds revealed their engagement, capping a romance that began at the University of St Andrews nearly eight years earlier. The couple could be taking a risk with the weather. April is renowned as a rainy month, with bookmakers giving odds of 5/ 4 there will be showers on the day, as there were for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in June 1953.
Police said there was now no chance of finding anyone alive, confirming the country’s worst mining accident in nearly a century and prompting anguished scenes as distraught relatives wept, shouted and collapsed to the floor. “There was another explosion at the mine. It was extremely severe,” superintendent Gary Knowles told reporters. “Based on expert evidence I have been given... it is our belief that no one has survived and everyone has perished.” Knowles said the explosion, whose cause was unknown, ripped through the Pike River coal mine at 2:37 pm (0137 GMT) on Wednesday, five days after the initial blast trapped the 29 men including two Australians and two Britons. The victims of the blasts ranged from a 17-year-old on his first shift to a 62-year-old veteran. High levels of toxic and combustible gases had stopped rescuers entering the mine in a remote area of New Zealand’s South Island. “I was at the mine myself when this actually occurred and the blast was horrific, just as severe as the first blast and we’re currently now moving into recovery phase,” Knowles said. District mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the incident was the “darkest hour” of New Zealand’s rugged West Coast region, a centre of the country’s burgeoning mining industry based on exports to Asia. “It’s unbelievable. This is the West
U.S... From page 1 President Barack Obama, woken up in the early hours to be told of the artillery strike, said he was outraged but declined to speculate on possible U.S. military action. However, in a telephone call with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Obama pressed the North to stop its provocative actions. The U.S.-led U.N. Command said it had asked North Korea for talks to try to reduce tension on the divided peninsula. “We’re in a semi state of war,” South Korean coastguard Kim Dong-jin told Reuters in the port city of Incheon where many residents of Yeonpyeong island fled in panic as the bombardment triggered a fire storm. The bombardment nagged at global markets, already unsettled by worries over Ireland’s debt problem and looking to invest in less risky markets. But South Korea’s markets, after sharp falls, later started to rebound. “If you look back at the last five years when we’ve had scares, they
Coast’s darkest hour. It doesn’t get worse than this,” Kokshoorn said. He added that grief-stricken families, who have suffered an agonising five-day wait for a rescue that never came, were angry that the dangerous gases had been allowed to build up again. “They don’t know what to do. They just sobbed openly, just fell to the floor. There were people just shouting out, anger,” Kokshoorn said. “The cause was the build-up over the last five days of the gases again and they noticed this this morning. A lethal mixture ignited the entire mine,” he added. Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee announced a series of inquiries aimed
at finding out the cause of the mine disaster and preventing any repeat. New Zealand lost 19 miners in 1967 but the last accident on this scale was in 1914, when 43 died in a gas explosion at a mine in Huntly on New Zealand’s North Island. Stop-start rescue efforts had earlier inched forward when a bore hole into the mine finally broke through, revealing a toxic cocktail of dangerous gases with little oxygen. A remote-controlled robot — the second such device after an earlier one broke down — also travelled about a kilometre (half-a-mile) into the mine and found the helmet of one of the only two survivors, with its headlight still lit.
The entrance to the Pike River Coal mine in New Zealand. were all seen as buying opportunities. The rule among hedge funds and long-only funds is that you let the market sell off and watch for your entry point to get involved,” Todd Martin, Asia equity strategist with Society Generale in Hong Kong, said. Despite the rhetoric, regional powers made clear they were looking for a diplomatic way to calm things down. South Korea, its armed forces technically superior though about half the size of the North’s one-million-plus army, warned of “massive retaliation” if its neighbor attacked again. But it was careful to avoid any immediate threat of retaliation which might spark an escalation of fighting across the Cold War’s last frontier. “My house was burned to the ground,” said Cho Soon-ae, 47, who was among 170 or so evacuated from the island of Yeonpyeong on Thursday. “We’ve lost everything. I don’t even have extra underwear,” she said weeping, holding on to her sixthgrade daughter, as she landed at the port of Incheon. South Korea was conducting military drills in the area at the time but said it had not been firing at the North.
It later said it would resume those drills once the situation stabilized. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called on China, the impoverished North’s only powerful ally, to help rein in the hermit state. China has long propped up the Pyongyang leadership, worried that a collapse of the North could bring instability to its own borders and also wary of a unified Korea that would be dominated by the United States, the key ally of the South. In a clear prod to Beijing during a visit to the Chinese capital, U.S. North Korea envoy Stephen Bosworth said: “We call on all members of the international community to condemn the DPRK’s (North Korea’s) acts and to make clear that they expect the DPRK to cease all provocations and implement its denuclearization commitments.” On Tuesday, Obama said he would urge China to tell Pyongyang “there are a set of international rules they must abide by.” Beijing said it had agreed with the United States to try to restart talks among regional powers over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Jakarta concerned over North-south Korea armed clash
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A tourist stands at a view point overlooking Mount Bromo volcano (back L) as it emits a column of steam from its crater in the Pasuruan district of East Java province on November 24, 2010.
Indonesia issues eruption alert for second volcano Agence France Presse
JAKARTA - Indonesia on Tuesday issued a “red alert” for an eruption at Mount Bromo volcano in eastern Java, less than a month after Mount Merapi volcano killed more than 300 people. “We raised the status of Bromo to the highest red alert level at 3:30 pm (0830 GMT) today. There’s a chance of an eruption soon,” government volcanologist Surono told AFP. Bromo started rumbling on November 8 and plumes of white smoke and ash were rising from the crater of the 2,329 metre (7,640foot) peak on Tuesday, according to a government website. Anyone within three kilometres
(two miles) of the volcano — which lies about 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Surabaya — were urged to move to safer ground. Unlike Merapi, however, the countryside around Bromo is not densely populated as it lies within the Bromo-
Iraqi envoy meets with MPR chairman Antara
Jakarta - Iraqi Ambassador to Indonesia Ismieal Shaffeq Muhsin visited Chairman of the People‘s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Taufiq Kiemas at the MPR building here on Tuesday. Ismieal said the visit was aimed at introducing himself to the MPR chairman as the new Iraqi ambassador to Indonesia. He attached significance to the relations between the two countries where Muslims make up the majority groups. While describing Indonesia as Iraq‘s old brother, he said relations between the two nations were related not merely to the economic sector but also to the cultural
sector and people-to-people contact. “I come to Indonesia to invite the country to forge the relations as well as to inform it of the latest developments in Iraq,” he said. The relations between the two nations had existed since the 1950s. Both nations had pursued close cooperation in many fields but the attempt was hampered by negative happenings in Iraq, he said. The current security conditions in Iraq which are far better than before offered business and investment opportunities to Indonesian businessmen, he said. In response, the MPR chairman said the Indonesian people were very thankful to the Iraqi government‘s trust in Indonesia to maintain the close relations.
Tengger-Semeru National Park. The volcano last erupted in 2004, killing two people. It is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes and is a popular spot for tourists and day trippers. It is the youngest cone in the vast Tengger caldera, a “volcanic complex” which dates back about 820,000 years. Officials earlier raised the death toll from Mount Merapi, in central Java, to 322 people since it began erupting on October 26. “Rescuers found many bodies in
the incinerated area of Cangkringan,” disaster management official Agam Ferdatama said, updating the previous toll of 309 dead. More than 130,000 people are living in emergency shelters, well down on the 320,000 at the height of the disaster, although the volcano’s threat level remains on the maximum “red alert”. Merapi killed around 1,300 people in 1930 but experts say its latest eruptions were its biggest since 1872.
JAKARTA - Indonesia has expressed deep concern over the armed clash between North Korea and South Korea on Yeonpyeong island that has claimed lives. Indonesia urges the two sides to immediately stop the hostility and to restraint themselves maximally to avoid increasing tension, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in a press statement issued here on Tuesday evening. Marty said the Indonesian government underlined the importance of resuming the six-party talks by South Korea, North Korea, the United States, Russia, China and Japan to discuss all aspects relating to creation of peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula. North Korea fired artillery to Yeonpyeong island close to the maritime border between North and South Korea triggering a firefight. North Korea did not recognize the border considering it as being determined unilaterally by the US after the 19501953 Korean War ended with a truce. Three marine battles occured in the region in 1999 and South Korea had blamed North Korea for its attack that had sank South Korean warship in March this year. In its statement to North Korea‘s state news agency KCNA as quoted by South Korea‘s Yonhap the North Korean supreme military command has accused South Korea of starting the tension by firing the North. Efforts to reduce tension between the two countries triggered by North Korea‘s controversial nuclear program through the six-party talks ended in 2008. North Korea left the forum in April 2009 and five months later it announced that it had reached the final stage of utanium enrichment program which is an important step ahead of making a nublear bomb.
Govt to restrict manpower export to Saudi Arabia Antara
Jakarta - Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said on Tuesday the government would restrict the dispatch of migrant workers to Saudi Arabia in light of the recent instances of violence against and maltreatment of Indonesian maids in that country. Speaking at a seminar titled “Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace” at the Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta, the minister said the government would only send people with specific skills to overseas jobs. “We will temporarily restrict the sending of migrant workers to Saudi
Arabia by implementing tighter selection of workers to be sent to the country,” Muhaimin said. He did not deny that the restrictive policy was a step short of a moratorium on or a halt to the dispatch of manpower to Saudi Arabia. “We are ready to cease dispatching workers to Saudi Arabia. However the issuance of such policy must be supported by a thorough investigation of the happenings and other related aspects such as insurance for the workers,” Muhaimin said. Meanwhile, over the short term , the manpower ministry would make sure that the process to recruit migrant workers also included efforts to make
them fully ready for their jobs. He also promised to prepare better training programs for the workers including about legal protection system in the host country. “We will also strictly supervise the issuance of training certificates for the workers. The requirement that people intending to work overseas have to go through a 200-hour training course must be implemented,” he said. “We will also appoint more labor attaches at Indonesian embassies abroad such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia who will attend to our migrant workers` interests there,” Muhaimin said.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Bali Today Ngelawar: From Togetherness with Love to Flavor Each region in Indonesia has different delicacy pursuant to surrounding environment providing the ingredients and tradition maintained. Bali, for instance, has lawar. It has been renowned and tasted by the tongue of foreign tourists. Hot spices supported by a variety of tubers and thinly-chopped vegetables like the young coconut shell, string bean, grated coconut or young papaya will kindle the appetite from the beginning until the end. Then, chopped meat such as pork, beef, chicken, duck or others are used as the main ingredient, and it gives the name of the lawar itself. This lawar delicacy is over and over again introduced in every occasion of traditional culinary event. At villages, the ngelawar (preparation of lawar) tradition is begun by togetherness. Villagers usually slaughter a pig or the like and prepare the dishes collectively for special occasions such as personal lifecycle rituals or temple anniversary. From early in the morning, they have been ready to go by bringing along with a sharp knife. Few moments later, the chopping boards turn crowded sounding tek...tek…tek…tek and goes on. Some prepare spices and vegetables, while the others slice thinly the meat in use. In essence, the pebat or kitchen department is very busy. Meanwhile, when celebrating the Galungan and Kuningan festivity, Balinese people (Hindu) may join the collective slaughter known as mepatung while food preparation is undertaken individually. This has something to do with slightly different tastes and interests. The food
is prepared for filling some oblations other than for consumption. Their food habitually consist of lawar, satay, komoh (clear soup), urutan (sausage), skin crackers, tum (chopped meat mix with spices and then steamed) and so forth. Other tradition remains to be maintained is ngejot or presenting food gift to neighbor and relatives. Though they equally have the same delicacy, it is intended to maintain social relationship and exchange the food as theirs may have different tastes. Similarly, family members will also visit relatives where parent or grandparent comes from. To share the happiness with the ancestral souls, at least family will also bring along sagi offering and be presented to them in the home platform shrine at bale dangin or eastern pavilion. Today, probably many people are very busy as they must be in charge to work. However, there are always people offering their services by providing ready-to-serve lawar. It is variedly packed in nice bamboo basket containing particular number of satay, lawar and serapah (grated coconut with meat). On that account, people will not be busy to prepare it in case of organizing an event or socio-religious activity. When making a visit to Bali, it also a good opportunity for you try these delicacies. At least, try the lawar as it has been identical to Balinese cuisine. Seemingly, your visit to Bali would be incomplete without ‘pampering’ your tongue by this delicacy. Of course, it will enrich your culinary adventure, too! (BTN/ punia)
Damping Gallery to exhibit Naya’s works Antara Ubud – Damping Gallery in Ubud, Gianyar will hold exhibition by Wayan Naya entitled “Sukma Rupa”. The exhibition will be held on November 26 through December 5 2010. There will be 31 works by the Wayan Naya which will be exhibited and it will be officially opened by Bali’s Vice Governor, Anak Agung Ngurah Puspayoga on Friday, November 26. Wayan Naya explained that he was learning how to paint to Mangku Made Bartha since the third grade. “Since I was little, I learn many arts from the artist on Kutuh Kaja area. I also learn from I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and Ida Bagus Made Poleng,” he added. Like all the local people in Bali, Naya also must take part in the local rituals and activities and it give him imagination in creating his works. For that reason, the work of Naya often about the daily lives of the Balinese filled with rituals, cultures, art performances, and others. “I really like to observe and take part in the activities and then want to draw it on the canvas,” Naya said. Meanwhile, the owner of Damping Gallery, Wayan Sutarma, said that Naya has great talent in painting. “The talents of Naya convince us to exhibit his works in the gallery. We choose 31 of his finest works which are created in the last ten years,” he added.
The International Wing in Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar.
Targeting 5 million tourist visits
Governor initiates medical tourism Denpasar (Bali Post)—
In the upcoming 2015, Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika targeted the number of foreign tourist visits to Bali to reach 5 million people. Although the realization of the target was adequately hard considering the condition of road infrastructure in Bali at this moment was not optimal, the number one man in Bali said that target of 5 million foreign tourist visits in 2015 was not something grandiose. “The target is not grandiose. Traffic congestion and crowds only happen in Kuta, Nusa Dua and Ubud. Meanwhile, Bali has a lot of tourist destinations. Every nook and cranny of Bali is magnificent and beautiful,” said Governor Mangku Pastika on Tuesday (Nov 23). According to Mangku Pastika, the current development and crowds of tourism only happened in southern Bali. In fact, the tourism potential spreading throughout Bali evenly, namely in the eastern, northern and western part of Bali, had not been worked on optimally. “To realize the target of foreign tourists visit reaching up to 5 million, the tourism development should be distrib-
uted evenly between Southern Bali and other regions,” he said. On that occasion, Mangku Pastika also revealed his aspiration to build an international standard health facility. To support the rapid growth of Bali tourism featuring the concept of cultural tourism, he judged it was the right time for Bali to work on medical tourism holding no less great potential. “We have worked on ecotourism. Now, it is time for Bali to work on medical tourism,” he said while adding that his party was very serious to realize such a plan. In the 2011 Regional Budget, he said, Bali Provincial Government would design a medical tourism devel-
opment. If there were no constraints, Bali Provincial Government would have allocated a budget for the purpose in the fiscal year 2012. “In the 2012 Regional Budget, government will allocate a budget of IDR 100 billion for the project of medical tourism,” he said. According to him, the opportunities in medical tourism sector had been taken by neighboring countries like Singapore and Malaysia. Many Indonesian citizens traveled while taking medical services. “It would be better if we can also offer the same product. While on holiday, they can seek treatment or health checkup,” he said. (kmb13)
Fighting Fire with Tiny Trickles of Water The growing threat of fire in Denpasar is not being addressed through the installation of sufficient fire hydrants. What’s more, only 35% of the wholly inadequate total of 267 fire hydrants in Bali’s capital city are functionally functional. Reported in the Bali Post, the chief of the Disaster Relief Agency for Bali (BPBD), I Made Sudana Satrigraha, said the large number of non-functioning hydrants
is due to inadequate water supply feeding the hydrant system. At present, firemen are forced to draw water from properly functioning hydrants - sometimes over a great distance, or via emergency pumps drawing water from local surface sources. Satrigraha also confirmed that the fittings on 12 hydrants have been recently replaced to make fire-hose fittings compatible with the hydrants that
were originally installed in the 1970s. Denpasar currently has an armada of 21 fire trucks, ranging from large trucks to smaller vehicles able to penetrate the many small side streets of the capital. Said Satrigraha: “If I look at our armada, I think the size is sufficient. What’s needed is better maintenance and additional equipment to be placed on the existing fleet of fire trucks.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Inhabitant of Bangli request coffee seed To reforest the dry land Bangli – The people in Abang Batundinding Village in Kintamani, Bangli asked coffee seed to the local government in order to be planted in the area. I Wayan Muliana, the head of the village, said “the 195 hectare of deserted land is suitable to plant coffee.” The coffee could protect the people from land slide as well as returning the condition of the soil. The coffee farming can also increase the welfare of the society in the area. According to Muliana, the village needs 195,000 plants in order to reforestation the area. The plant that can grow well in the area is the 795 variety of coffee plant. “The nature supports the development of coffee plant in the area. This can be seen on the plants that were planted before. Most of the coffee plants plated by the locals in the area grow very well. We want to develop the plant but we having trouble in finding the good seed,” Muliana explained. In addition to the dry land, Muliana stated that the villagers are also in difficulties to find clean water for their daily needs. Currently, the locals use cubang or a container to place rain water to fulfill the need of clean water. Some people are also buying water with the price of 200,000 rupiah per truck.
“Currently, we only have 300 cubang for the whole village and that it not enough. We need another 95 cubang to accommodate the need of clean water for the villagers,” he explained. The number of poor family in the village is also very high. Muliana
said that currently, there are 223 families that are considered to be poor and they yet to receive any assistance from the government. “The government should give their funding to the right people, the one who need their help dearly,” he added.
SATE LILIT (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.
KUAH SIAP (Chicken Stock) INGREDIENTS: 5 kg chicken bones, chopped in 2.5 cm (1 in) pieces 1½ cups chicken spice paste 1 stalk lemon grass, lightly bruised 3 fragrant lime leaves 2 salam leaves 1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds 1 tsp black peppercorns, coarsely crushed 2 large red chili whole 1 tsp salt PREPARATION: Rinse bones until water is clear, place in large saucepan with cold water to cover and bring to boil over high heat. Drain and discard water, wash bones again under running water. Return bones to the stockpot, cover with fresh water and return to the boil. Reduce heat and remove scum with a ladle. Add all ingredients and simmer stock gentle for 4 – 5 hours, removing scum as it accumulates. It is important not to cover the stockpot during cooking, as it will make the stock cloudy. Strain stock, cool and store in small containers in the deep freezer.
To make beef, duck and pork stock, follow the same amounts but reduce simmering time for pork to 2 hours. This recipe makes about 3 liters of stock.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Museum Bali ON the eastern side of the historic Puputan Square in Denpasar is the Museum of Bali, built by the Dutch in 1932. The original collection was put together with the assistance of a German painter. Well apportioned exhibition halls display an excellent collection of Balinese artifacts from prehistoric to contemporary times, including weapons, dance costumes, Ming ceramic, cloth and paintings. museum bali denpasarThe Museum Bali, built by the Dutch government in 1932, presents an excellent survey of Balinese art from prehistoric times to the early 20th century. Items range from Neolithic stone implements, Metal Age sarcophagi, and Buddhist and Hindu bronzes through a fine variety of modern woodcarvings and paintings, to ceremonial masks and ukurs-human 4tfigies made from silver and Chinese coins’ used in death rituals. The architecture of the museum combines the two principal edifices in Bali: the temple and the palace. The split gate, the outer”and in-
ner courtyards and kulkul (“alarm drum”) tower are characteristic of the temple. Opposite the kulkul stands an elevated pavilion once used in palaces as a lookout for a prince viewing his lands. The main building with its wide, pillared veranda resembles the Karangasem palaces of East Bali, where the porch once served ministers and authorities who had an audience with the raja. The windowless building on the right reflects the Tabanan palace style of West Bali, while the brick building on the left belongs to the northern palace style of Singaraja, making the museum a true monument to Bali. A permanent exhibition of modern Balinese painting and wood carving may be seen at the Art Center at Abiankapas on the edge of the city. This grandiose complex includes a large dance arena and a sales room. Exhibitions, dances, and recitations of classical literature are organized by the center. A calendar of events is available. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
BUSINESS Stocks drop on Korean tension and euro-zone woes Reuters
NEW YORK – Stocks sank on Tuesday as investors dumped risky assets on escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula and as euro-zone debt worries mounted. South Korea warned of retaliation if North Korea took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired artillery shells at a South Korean island, in one of the heaviest attacks in the area since the Korean War ended in 1953. The iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund (EWY.P) fell 5.4 percent. The unexpected flare-up increased investor anxiety. The CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX), Wall Street’s fear gauge, rose 12.3 percent, its largest daily percentage gain in more than three months. Jeff Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial in Boston, said the news reminded traders how easily markets can be disturbed by geopolitics. “As we move into 2011, (U.S. President Barack) Obama is going to be a lot less focused on domestic policy — where we have gridlock — and more focused on foreign policy, and confronting some of these regimes. That might mean higher geopolitical risk premiums going forward,” Kleintop said. Ireland’s unsteady situation hurt the euro, which also had contributed to the slump in stocks. The equity market’s tight link to the euro has broken of late but resurfaces in times of turmoil. Investors remain concerned about a widening debt crisis on the continent. The European Union urged Ireland to adopt an austerity budget on time to unlock promised EU/IMF funding, while Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen rebuffed calls for a snap election and insisted the budget would go ahead as planned on December 7. An index of U.S.-traded shares of Irish companies (.BKIE) fell 4.9 percent. “Now we have sovereigns in trouble being bailed out by essentially supersovereigns,” U.S. economist Nouriel Roubini told Reuters Insider. “But there’s not going to be anybody coming from Mars or the moon to bail out the IMF or the euro zone.” The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) lost 142.21 points, or 1.27 percent, to 11,036.37. The Standard & Poor’s 500 (.SPX) fell 17.11 points, or 1.43 percent, to 1,180.73. The Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) dropped 37.07 points, or 1.46 percent, to 2,494.95. Declining stocks far outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a ratio of about 7 to 2, while on the Nasdaq, three stocks fell for every share that rose.
Ireland bailout worth 85 billion euros: report Agence France Presse
DUBLIN - The international bailout of Ireland will provide 85 billion euros (113.7 billion dollars) of capital to help shore up its public finances and ailing banks, local broadcaster RTE reported Tuesday. Irish banks were to raise their capital reserves from eight to 12 percent as the European Union and International Monetary Fund sought to reassure depositors in the Irish financial system and prevent a flight of money out of the country. Funding for this was to come from the 85-billion-euro bailout, with the remainder to be used to help fund the government’s everyday running. In return for the capital injection, the Irish government was to take an increased share in two of the worst-hit banks. According to RTE, the government was to take a 99.9 percent stake in Allied Irish Banks (AIB) and to become majority stakeholders in the
Bank of Ireland, which is currently 36 percent state owned. The size of Irish banks was to be reduced by selling off blocks of loans with investors to be offered a losssharing arrangement with the government. Ireland has suffered a major banking crisis following the collapse of a property bubble that has seen prices plummet by more than 50 percent. AIB, which is already partly stateowned, was rocked last Friday when it revealed customer deposits had plunged 13 billion euros since January. Bank of Ireland warned two weeks ago that annual profits will slump by 35-40 percent this year on falling revenues and the cost of state guarantees at the retail lender. The IMF was expected to issue a formal letter of intent detailing the final arrangements to the Irish government next week.
Traders gather around the General Motors trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange November 18, 2010.
Argentina invites IMF mission, a first since 2006 Agence France Presse
BUENOS AIRES - The International Monetary Fund will be sending its first team of experts to Argentina since 2006 to help reform the way its consumer price index is calculated, Economy Minister Amado Boudou said Tuesday. The team will work with Argentina’s National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC), an office currently under fire for allegedly underestimating the inflation rate. “We have asked the IMF for technical assistance for the design of a nationwide price index, which would result in a jump in the quality of Argentine statistics,” Economy Minister Amado Boudou told reporters. The government of President Cristina Kirchner estimates an inflation rate of around 11 percent for 2010. Private economists, how-
ever, believe the real rate is around 20 to 25 percent. Argentina is appealing to the IMF for help because of its “accumulated experience in this area,” Boudou said. INDEC Director Ana Maria Edwin said that the IMF experts will begin arriving in the first half of December to start work meetings. IMF spokesman Nicolas Eyzaguirre confirmed the Argentine request. “We are currently in contact with the authorities on planning the missions,” Eyzaguirre said. The announcement comes less than one month after the death of former president Nestor Kirchner — the current president’s husband — who died of a heart attack at the age of 60 and is remembered as the man who kicked out the hated IMF. Argentines widely blamed IMF-ordered economic belt tightening measures for
country’s 1999-2002 financial meltdown. Elected in April 2003, Kirchner inherited a nation discredited by international lenders after it had defaulted on the payment of more than 100 billion dollars of debt. Kirchner blamed the IMF for Argentina’s economic woes, paid off much of the country’s debt and managed to sign a renegotiation deal in 2005, which some creditors agreed to sign. In January 2006 Nestor Kirchner paid off Argentina’s debt with the IMF — some 9.5 billion dollars — and cut links with the Fund. The IMF mission “is positive news because it is an attempt at normalizing the statistics on prices,” said Marina dal Poggetto with Bein & Asociados management consultants. “Today there are no trustworthy inflation statistics, and this has an effect, for example, in salary negotiations,” she told AFP.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Dwayne Johnson back to action-hero mode in “Faster” Reuters
LOS ANGELES – “Faster” is stripped for action without a moment wasted on unnecessary dialogue, exposition or nuances. It starts the moment Dwayne Johnson’s archetypical character Driver sprints out of prison after 10 years in stir and doesn’t stop until a bullet penetrates the brainpan of the last bad guy. Directed by George Tillman Jr., “Faster” possesses the white-heat fervor of ’70s exploitation movies with a refreshing emphasis on actual stunts involving cars, weapons and actors who buffed up in the gym for months. No sissy CGI stuff here. (Okay, it’s minimal.) This is a guy’s movie, where the female characters are as tough as the men. One woman celebrates her wedding with target practice out in the desert. She hits everything she aims at and doesn’t even bother to take off the wedding dress. So while some family members may frolic Thanksgiving weekend with young wizards, a fairy-tale princess, a romcom or a musical, guys will watch football — or take in “Faster.” This counter-programing might actually work. The CBS Films release gets a head start on the holiday by opening Wednesday. Johnson, formerly The Rock, says
goodbye to his Disney period to return to the kind of raw action that made his name. He plays a man so single-minded that a simple ‘hello’ would be a distraction. When Driver races out of prison, he means to gun down one by one the men who killed his brother 10 years ago. That he and his brother had robbed a bank and were relaxing with their loot in what they believed was a safe house along with the rest of the gang is beside the point. In the moral universe of Faster, everyone is wretched and corrupt. Just some are more so. Driver has something of a conscience. He refuses to pull a trigger when an innocent person gets between him and his target. Anyone not on his to-do list also fails to interest him. Only as time wears on — the film spans five days — he becomes aware that the list is incomplete. Roaming the California desert from Bakersfield into Nevada and back, he attracts a following. A police detective, the Cop (Billy Bob Thornton), only days from retirement, draws the assignment after the
Taylor Swift poses with the award for country favorite female artist backstage at the 38th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles.
first murder to the disgust of his partner (Carla Gugino). Little wonder: Cop is a junkie. Then someone hires a professional assassin, the Killer (newcomer Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a Brit who sees hunting humans as a new kind of extreme sport where he might test himself physically and mentally. Each suspense or action sequence in Joe and Tony Gayton’s screenplay manages to fill a viewer in on motivations and back stories. These are all done with an economy of purpose. Childhood abuse, bad cops, drug addiction, wrong choices, wrong crowds, underachievement and, in one case, overachievement — all these issues feed into the action on screen. You wouldn’t want to accuse “Faster” of having a sense of humor but it has enough a sly wit for a killer to be stalking another killer while talking to his therapist on a hands-free mobile. Then the therapist suddenly to ask: “Are you off your meds?” The movie itself may be off its meds, but for all its mash-up of pulpfiction types and situations, it never completely forsakes logic. A killing or confrontation may be outrageous but never implausible. Stunts with cars may be wild but never violate the laws of physics.
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Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of “Faster” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, on november 22, 2010.
Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban set for Oprah’s Oz show Reuters
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Taylor Swift tackles 4 continents on 2011 tour Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Taylor Swift will be hitting the road again in early 2011 with an ambitious schedule that includes 19 countries on four continents. Swift announced plans for an 87date tour in a news release Tuesday that includes six stadium dates in the United States. The tour kicks off Feb. 9 in Singapore, then moves on to sev-
eral European dates in March. The U.S. leg starts May 27 in Omaha, Neb. Swift will then hit Australia and New Zealand later in the year. The 20-year-old is one of music’s top concert draws, selling out all 107 dates on her wildly successful Fearless Tour in 2009-10. Swift’s latest album, “Speak Now,” sold more than 1 million copies in its first week of release — the best debut for an album since 2005.
SYDNEY - Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have been confirmed as the first two Aussie stars to appear on the Sydney editions of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” being taped here on December 14. Hugh Jackman and wife Deborah Lee Furness, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Cate Blanchett and Jon Bon Jovi, who is touring here, as well as other “local heroes” are also being tipped to appear, although no other guests have yet been confirmed. Kidman and Urban will also appear on “Oprah” on November 30, in a “teaser” episode, as will a number of Aussies who’ll tell Winfrey and her 300 audience members what they can expect on “Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure,” when they depart a week later for their eight-day trip. On the same show one more audience member will win a last-minute ticket to join the trip. That person will initially be flown to Perth in Western Australia before meeting up with the rest of the “Oprah” travel party in Sydney. But it appears that another major production has beaten “Oprah” Down Under. Contestants in “The Amazing Race,” and host Phil Keoghan, were spotted “racing” around Sydney Monday, according to local blogs and fan sites, with an overnight trip to the outback town of Broken Hill their next destination.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
NASA says Earth’s lakes are warming Agence France Presse
WASHINGTON – The Earth’s largest lakes have warmed up over the past 25 years in response to climate change, the US space agency said Tuesday, announcing the first such global study of its kind. Scientists Philipp Schneider and Simon Hook of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California used satellite data to measure the surface temperature of 167 lakes around the world, NASA said. “They reported an average warming rate of 0.81 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, with some lakes warming as much as 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit per decade,” NASA said in a statement. “The results were consistent with the expected changes associated with global warming,” it said. Researchers found the “largest and most consistent area of warming was northern Europe,” while the “warming trend was slightly weaker in southeastern Europe, around the Black and Caspian seas and Kazakhstan,” NASA said. “The trends increased slightly farther east in Siberia, Mongolia and northern China.” The southwestern United States experienced “slightly higher” trends than the Great Lakes region, while the tropics and midlatitudes of the Southern Hemisphere showed “weaker” warming, NASA said. “Our analysis provides a new, independent data source for assess-
ing the impact of climate change over land around the world,” said Schneider, lead author of the study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. “The results have implications for lake ecosystems, which can be adversely affected by even small water temperature changes.” NASA selected bodies of water that were at least 193 square miles (500 square kilometers) or larger, and had significant amounts of water away from the shoreline so that land temperature changes did not interfere with measurements. This NASA Aqua satellite image released in 2004 shows the deep blue waters of the Caspian Sea. The Earth’s largest lakes have warmed up over the past 25 years in response to climate change, the US space agency said Tuesday, announcing the first such global study of its kind.
3 big developments make AIDS outlook more hopeful Associated Press Writer
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A crescent Saturn appears nestled within encircling rings in this Cassini spacecraft image provided by NASA on November 23, 2010. Clouds swirl through the atmosphere of the planet and a barely visible Prometheus orbits between the planet’s main rings and its the thin F ring. Saturn’s moon Prometheus appears as a speck above the rings near the middle of the image. This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from about 3 degrees below the ringplane.The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera on Sept. 14, 2010, and was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.6 million miles, or 2.6 million kilometers, from Saturn and at a sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 100 degrees.
In the nearly 30 years the AIDS epidemic has raged, there has never been a more hopeful day than this. Three striking developments took place Tuesday: U.N. officials said new HIV cases are dropping dramatically worldwide. A study showed that a daily pill already on pharmacy shelves could help prevent new infections in gay men. And the pope opened the way for the use of condoms to prevent AIDS. “I don’t know of a day where so many pieces are beginning to align for HIV prevention and treatment, and frankly with a view to ending the epidemic,” said Mitchell Warren, head of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, a nonprofit group that works on HIV prevention research. “This is an incredibly opportune moment and we have to be sure we seize it.” President Barack Obama said the groundbreaking research on the AIDS drug “could mark the beginning of a new era in HIV prevention.” The U.N. report said that new cases dropped nearly 20 percent over the last decade and that 33.3 million people are living with HIV now. “We can say with confidence and conviction that we have broken the trajectory of the AIDS pandemic,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe in Geneva. Health officials credit part of the decline to wider condom use, and on Tuesday, in a historic shift in church teachings, the Vatican said that using a condom is a lesser evil than infecting a sexual partner with HIV. Condoms remain the best weapon against AIDS, and the new prevention pill is not the chemical equivalent. But scientists called it a true breakthrough. The pill, Gilead Science’s Truvada, is already used to treat people with HIV. A threeyear global study found that daily doses cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men when given with condoms, counseling and other prevention services. The drug lowered the chances of infection by 44 per-
cent, and by 73 percent or more among men who took their pills most faithfully. Researchers had feared the pills might give a false sense of security and make men less likely to use condoms or to limit their partners, but the opposite happened — risky sex declined. The results are “a major advance” that can help curb the epidemic in gay men, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, AIDS prevention chief at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But he warned they may not apply to people exposed to HIV through male-female sex, drug use or other ways. Studies in those groups are under way. Because Truvada is already on the market, the CDC is rushing to develop guidelines for doctors who want to use it to prevent HIV, and urged people to wait until those are ready. As a practical matter, price could limit use. The pills cost $5,000 to $14,000 a year in the United States, but roughly $140 a year in some poor countries where they are sold in generic form.
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FILE - In a May 2006 file photo, Gilead Sciences Inc. Chief Executive John Martin holds a Truvada pill bottle in a lab in Foster City, Calif. Scientists have an exciting breakthrough in the fight against AIDS.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Milan, Marseille through, Arsenal made to wait Agence France Presse PARIS - AC Milan and Marseille reached the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, but Arsenal’s hopes of joining them are in the balance following a shock defeat at Sporting Braga. Seven-time champions Milan were made to work hard before emerging from their trip to Auxerre with a 2-0 victory that secured second place in Group G behind Real Madrid. The French side had procured all the clear-cut chances until Zlatan Ibrahimovic blasted Milan ahead in the 64th minute, with substitute Ronaldinho curling home in injury time to complete the victory. “We were under heavy pressure at the start of the match and we felt a little bit trapped inside our penalty area, but everything finished well,” said Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. Real made sure of top spot in the group and continued their unbeaten record in this season’s competition by thrashing Ajax 4-0 in Amsterdam. Karim Benzema broke the deadlock by side-footing into the roof of the net in the 36th minute, with full-back Alvaro Arbeloa doubling the Spanish side’s lead with a long-range rocket just before half-time. A second-half brace from Cristiano Ronaldo, the second a penalty, set the seal on a comfortable victory, but Real had Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos sent off for two bookable offences late on. Both players received their second cautions for time-wasting and will now miss Real’s final group game at home to Ajax. French champions Marseille had earlier secured their place in the knockout round with an impressive 3-0 win at Spartak Moscow. Beaten 1-0 in the reverse fixture in Septem-
ber, Marseille had to win to make sure of second place in Group F and they assumed control of proceedings in the 18th minute through a smart turn and finish by Mathieu Valbuena. Valbuena’s France international colleague Loic Remy made it 2-0 nine minutes into the second half, before Brandao fired into the bottom-right corner to rubber-stamp Marseille’s progress. Spartak saw Brazilian striker Welliton dismissed between Marseille’s second and third goals after an altercation with OM centre-back Souleymane Diawara. “It is important for the club,” said Marseille coach Didier Deschamps. “I am a very, very satisfied coach this evening, both with how we played and the result.” In the other group fixture, a youthful Chelsea side came from a goal down to win 2-1 at home to Slovakians MSK Zilina and preserve their 100 percent record in this season’s competition. Two late goals from Matheus saw Arsenal slump to a 2-0 defeat at Braga that means Arsene Wenger’s side must beat Partizan Belgrade in their final group match to be sure of reaching the next stage. Arsenal had a strong penalty appeal turned down after Carlos Vela went down in the penalty area under a challenge by Alberto Rodriguez and within
minutes Mateus had scampered through to put the hosts ahead. The Brazilian striker crashed home his second in injury time, and Arsenal’s disappointment was compounded by the sight of captain Cesc Fabregas limping off with an apparent hamstring injury. “What is the fifth official doing if he can’t see that?” said Wenger of the penalty incident. “It’s an absolutely useless system. Other than that, it was a difficult game against a team that used all the tricks to slow the game down.” Shakhtar Donetsk won 3-0 at Partizan and are now virtually assured of a place in the next phase. Roma produced the performance of the night to come back from 2-0 down to beat last season’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich 3-2 at Stadio Olimpico. Two goals from in-form Mario Gomez had put Bayern on course for victory, but well-worked strikes by Marco Borriello and Daniele De Rossi drew Roma level before Francesco Totti netted the winner with an 84th-minute penalty. “It wasn’t easy, especially in the first half, but the players were magnificent,” beamed Roma coach Claudio Ranieri. Roma now trail already-qualified Bayern by three points in Group E and will progress if they avoid defeat at CFR Cluj, who lost 1-0 at Basel, in their final group game.
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Milan’s Brazilian forward Ronaldinho (R) is congratuled by his teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match Auxerre versus AC Milan on November 23, 2010 at the Abbe Deschamps stadium in Auxerre.
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Chelsea’s Manager Carlo Ancelotti looks on from the touchline during the game against MSK Zilina during their UEFA Champions League group F match at Stamford Bridge, in London, on November 23, 2010.
Ancelotti warning after Chelsea scrape win Agence France Presse
LONDON – Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti warned his side would struggle to win the Champions League if there was any repeat of their lacklustre first half performance in a 2-1 win over MSK Zilina. Chelsea were forced to come from behind after conceding a shock early goal to the Slovakian minnows, second-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda eventually clinching first place in Group F for Ancelotti’s men. The win came as welcome relief to Chelsea, who had suffered a traumatic week after consecutive Premier League defeats and lingering uncertainty about the popular Ancelotti’s future at the club. Ancelotti however insisted his side could forget about lifting the Champions League at Wembley next May if they reproduced the dismal form of the opening 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. “It was a difficult game because we didn’t start the game well,” said Ancelotti. “We had a good reaction in the second half, with more intensity and good play, and plenty of opportunities to score. “But if we play like we did in the first half, it’s impossible to win the Champions League.” Needing only a point to be assured of topping the group, Ancelotti fielded an experimental starting line-up featuring several of the club’s young prospects including Josh McEachran, Jeffrey Bruma and Gael Kakuta. However Ancelotti was swift to wheel out
Chelsea’s old guard at half-time, yanking the anonymous Kakuta in favour of Ivorian international Salomon Kalou, who promptly set up Sturridge’s equaliser. “I was upset because we didn’t play well,” Ancelotti said. “We were not playing well. We changed the intensity of play in the second half. “This was the difference. We’d played too slow in the first half and gave them the opportunity to control their defensive position. “We didn’t play in that first half. We had no intensity or tempo. We changed things immediately in that second half and our behaviour changed.” Ancelotti meanwhile brushed off questions about his Chelsea future, which had been called into doubt in the wake of the club’s decision to sack his assistant Ray Wilkins. “I spoke yesterday about this (speculation over his future) and now we want to play football,” he said, attempting to draw a line under the questioning. Chelsea talisman Didier Drogba said he hoped Tuesday’s win — which maintained the club’s 100 percent start to the Champions League — would help quell speculation surrounding Ancelotti. “The manager made it clear that he is here and I think we have to focus on the games, on the results,” Drogba told Sky Sports. “We have to try to resolve our problems because we are not playing well.” Drogba said Ancelotti’s future had not been a topic of discussion amongst Chelsea’s players.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Soderling keeps alive Tour Finals challenge Agence France Presse
LONDON - Swedish fourth seed Robin Soderling defeated Spain’s David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 on Tuesday to keep alive his bid to reach the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals. Soderling and Ferrer had both lost their opening Group B matches in the prestigious end-of-year event at London’s O2 Arena, so the loser of this clash was almost certain to be eliminated. It is the former French Open finalist who remains in with a chance of reaching the last four if he can beat Roger Federer in the last round of group matches on Thursday. However, Soderling’s win also meant Federer needs a victory from that game to be sure of qualifying himself, so the Swede won’t be overly confident of making it through just yet. Soderling said: “It was an okay match. I served very well, especially in the first set. But it was a close match, two really tough sets. I’m lucky that I won. “I still feel that I have a lot of things that I can improve. Hopefully I can do that. This was a really important win. Now at least I have the chance to make it to the semis.” Ferrer, the seventh seed and 2007 Tour Finals runner-up, will face Andy Murray knowing his fate is all but sealed already. He added: “I tried to do my best. I fought to win the second set. But Robin played better than me and he had more chances all match. He
served really well.” After playing each other five times already this year, these two could have been forgiven for being sick of the sight of each other. Soderling had the slight edge with three wins and he arrived in London full of confidence after his victory at the Paris Masters earlier this month lifted him to a career-high fourth in the world rankings. The 26-year-old has often thrived in indoor events but he had been well below par during a comprehensive defeat against Murray on Sunday. He was back to something like his best this time. Following Federer’s sublime display against Murray earlier in the day, this was a rather more prosaic encounter. The opening stages of the first set were comprised mostly of gruelling baseline rallies, so it was something of a surprise when Ferrer saved a break point in the sixth game by flicking a fine volleyed winner. That was a rare moment of artistry in a hard-fought but uninspiring set which Soderling took when he con-
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Sweden’s Robin Soderling plays against Spain’s David Ferrer in their men’s singles match during the Barclays ATP World Tour Tennis Finals in London on November 23, 2010. Soderling won 7-5, 75. verted the third of three set-points on Ferrer’s serve with a superb forehand winner down the line. Soderling was starting to find his range with that booming forehand now and, after missing a break point at the
start of the second set, he pressured Ferrer into more mistakes as he broke in the sixth game. To his credit, Ferrer kept going and from 5-2 down he recovered to level the set after breaking Soderling as the
Swede served for the match. But, just as a comeback seemed on the cards, Ferrer sprayed a forehand wide to give Soderling a match-point which he gleefully accepted thanks to another error from the Spaniard.
Lopez scores 32 as Nets break 3-game losing streak
Ward has no losses but Aussie foe has no worries
Associated Press Writer
Agence France Presse
NEWARK, N.J. – Brook Lopez scored a season-high 32 points and the New Jersey Nets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 107-101 overtime victory over the slumping Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Devin Harris added 23 of his 27 points in the second half, Kris Humphries had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Anthony Morrow had five of his 13 points in overtime in New Jersey’s first home game in 10 days. Jamal Crawford had 21 points, and Josh Smith added 20 for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and seven of nine after a 6-0 start. Joe Johnson scored 16 points and Al Horford had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lopez, Harris and Morrow combined to score the Nets’ 14 points in overtime. Harris also took a charge on a drive by Smith when the Hawks trailed by four points with 22.3 seconds to go. Lopez gave the Nets a 95-93 lead with a basket inside on the opening possession of overtime, and Harris drove the lane for a basket after Johnson missed in close. Lopez stretched the lead to 98-93, making a free throw with 3:31 to play. Atlanta got within three points twice, the last time on two free throws by Horford with 1:21 remaining. On the ensuing possession, Harris took a pass from Lopez on the left side at the top of the key and swished a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 103-97. The Hawks never got closer than four the rest of the way. The only chance Atlanta had to trim the lead below four was when Smith came at Harris in transition, but Harris stood his ground and took the charge. Harris made a free throw a second later, and Morrow hit three more down the stretch. Atlanta, which trailed the entire second half, tied the game at 93 with a late five-point run. The spurt featured a 3-pointer by Crawford with a minute to play and two free throws with 20.3 seconds to go by Johnson, who AP Photo/Bill Kostroun was fouled under the basket by Travis Outlaw. The Nets had a chance to win the game in regulation but New Jersey Nets’ Kris Humphries, Harris’s jumper from the top of the key bounced off the rim. left, pokes the ball from Atlanta Before the game, Nets coach Avery Johnson announced Hawks’ Jason Collins during the that sixth man Terrence Williams would miss two games after second quarter of an NBA basketrepeatedly breaking team rules. The coach wouldn’t discuss ball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 specifics, but said Williams has been fined a couple of times, in Newark, N.J. and the message hasn’t sunk in.
OAKLAND, California – Cameroonborn Australian fighter Sakio Bika has adopted a “no worries” attitude for his Saturday showdown with unbeaten Andre Ward for the World Boxing Association super middleweight title. Ward, 22-0 with 13 knockouts, will defend his crown before hometown supporters against Bika, 28-4 with two drawn and 19 knockouts. As a replacement for the injured Andre Dirrell in what was to have been a Super Six tournament bout, Bika would swipe one of that event’s top prizes if he upsets the US fighter to claim his first world title. “I’m very confident that I will win this fight,” Bika said. “I will have the WBA world championship belt around my waist. “I’m happy to be fighting in Andre Ward’s hometown. It doesn’t matter where I fight because all of my career I have fought for my country and will continue to do that no matter where the fight takes place.” Ward, a 2004 Olympic champion, has already secured a semi-final berth in the Super Six event but wants to send a message to his future foes by knocking out Bika, something no opponent has ever done. “Sakio has never been stopped. It would be great to get a stoppage in this fight,” Ward said. “Bika will come full steam ahead with wild punches. He tends
to get frustrated and react. I?ll know how to adjust and what I need to do.” Bika, nicknamed “The Scorpion”, fought for Cameroon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and stayed in Australia to launch his professional career. Bika earned his first world title fights in 2006 but came up short twice, settling for a draw in Germany against German Markus Beyer in a fight stopped by an accidental head-butt and losing a unanimous decision to British southpaw Joe Calzaghe at Manchester. “When we presented this fight to Sakio, he didn’t even ask where it was. All he wanted to know was how soon he could get in the ring with Ward,” said Bika’s promoter, Oscar de la Hoya. “That’s the sign of a true warrior and we have every confidence that he has got the style, power and determination to win.” Bika, 31, is coming off a disqualification loss last July in Las Vegas to Jean Paul Mendy for hitting the unbeaten Frenchman while he was down. The Super Six semi-finals will feature Ward, Jamaican-born former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, Germany’s Arthur Abraham and Britain’s Carl Froch. Abraham and Froch will fight for the WBC crown on Saturday in Helsinki. “There have been many twists and turns but we are still here and ready,” Ward said. “We started out on the tournament and we plan to see it through.”
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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Jamal runs hot as India and China bag tennis titles Agence France Presse GUANGZHOU - World champion Maryam Jamal comfortably defended her 1,500m Asian Games title on Tuesday as Somdev Devvarman and Peng Shuai delivered tennis gold to India and China. The Ethiopian-born Jamal, running for Bahrain, lived up to her top billing on the track to win a slow-paced race she never looked like losing with Vietnam’s Truong Thanh Hang a shock silver medallist. Jamal said she planned to bid for a golden double, as she did at the last Games in Doha four years ago.
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(L-R) Betlhem Desalegn Balayneh of the United Arab Emirates, Ruriko Kubo of Japan, Inam al-Sudani of Iraq, Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain and Zhang Liqiu of China compete in the women’s 800m heats in the athletics competition at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 24, 2010.
Barrichello expects ‘aggressive’ design Agence France Presse
Rubens Barrichello says he is excited about the ‘aggressive’ design approach that Williams is taking to its 2011 car, though he stopped short of predicting that the team will take a big step forward next season. It was recently announced that the veteran Brazilian would stay with Williams for a second year, and Barrichello is optimistic about what he has seen of next season’s car so far. “I feel good. I feel that the team is doing a good job on what they’re doing for next year,” he said. “It’s an aggressive style - the approach for next year’s car seems to be quite aggressive, which is good. I’m up for it, I like it.” But asked if he was feeling confident about Williams gaining ground in 2011, Barrichello replied: “We can never say that, because if you talked to every team right now they would sell you a winning car for next year. “It’s a bit on the fantasy side right now. Some [new cars] are going better, some are going even better. “But
ours in the tunnel seems to be going okay. We just need to keep our feet on the ground and work with it.” Barrichello added that he was very satisfied with the progress Williams had made during 2010. Although the team did not manage to get back onto the podium and was only sixth in the constructors’ championship, Barrichello felt Williams’ performance strides were
greater than the results suggested. “I think the turnaround was after Istanbul, where we sort of got to the bottom of the problem,” he said. “There was a change in the characteristic of the downforce coming onto the car, so we had to change the windtunnel for that, and it made it better. After that it was an improvement all the way through - bang, bang, bang.
“I will compete in the 800m and I want to win another gold medal,” she said. “I did it four years ago and I want to defend it for me and Bahrain. I’m still the best in the world.” Her success was Bahrain’s third gold in Guangzhou, far behind dominant table-toppers China who equalled their final tally of 165 from Doha in 2006 with four more days of action still to go. South Korea are next up on 64 while Japan has 34. All but 11 of the 45 countries and territories taking part have now managed to climb the podium. With men’s world champion Youssef Saad Kamel failing to qualify for the final, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Shaween claimed 1,500m gold ahead of Iran’s Sajad Moradi. Another Baharini, Kenyan-born Tareq Mubarak Taher, defended his 3,000m steeplechase title while China’s Li Yanfeng won the women’s discus and South Korea’s Jung Soon-Ok was crowned women’s long jump champion. Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim cleared 2.27 metres to take the men’s high jump title. It was India’s Devvarman who took top honours at the Aoti tennis Centre, upsetting Uzbek ATP stal-
wart Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-2 in the men’s tennis final. Devvarman had already won the doubles title when he teamed with Sanam Singh on Monday and was ecstatic. “It’s beyond my expectations,” said the 25-year-old, who is the first man in 24 years to win a singles and doubles gold at the same Games. “I just came over here to do my best. I am happy to win for my country.” Peng Shuai convincingly kept the women’s gold medal in Chinese hands when she also clinched her second title of the Guangzhou Asiad. Peng, who had linked up with Li Na to win the women’s team event, claimed a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova in front of a packed house. “It’s a wonderful memory to win two golds,” said Peng, the world 71. “We don’t get too many opportunities to get together and play tennis. Here we had coaches, men’s players, women’s players and the home crowd cheering for us. It was a big advantage.” Taiwan now has 12 titles after claiming three roller sport gold while cyclist Hsiao Mei-yu won the 100 kilometre women’s individual road race.