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OSLO - The man who confessed to the twin attacks that killed 93 people in Norway will be arraigned in court Monday and has requested an open hearing for his first appearance so that he can explain his massacre to the public. But prosecutors have asked that the court be closed to the public and media. They’ve also asked that Anders Behring Breivik be held for eight weeks, said Oslo District Court spokeswoman Irene Ramm. Breivik, 32, has confessed he was behind the bombing in downtown Oslo and shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital, but denies criminal responsibility. His lawyer Geir Lippestad told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that Breivik has requested to appear in a uniform during the hearing, but didn’t know what kind. Typically, the accused is brought to court every four weeks while prosecutors prepare their case, so a judge can approve his continued detention. In cases of serious crimes or where the defendant has admit-
ted to the charges, longer periods of detention are not unusual. The search for more victims continues and police have not released the names of the dead. But Norway’s royal court said Monday that those killed at the island retreat included Crown Princess MetteMarit’s stepbrother, an off-duty police officer, who was working there as a security guard. Court spokeswoman Marianne Hagen told The Associated Press that his name was Trond Berntsen, the son of MetteMarit’s stepfather, who died in 2008. Meanwhile, French police are searching the suspect’s father’s home Monday. About a dozen officers surrounded the house in Couranel in southern France, entering and leaving at irregular intervals. Continued on page 6
Farmers continue to lose
Grape of Buleleng lies in the brink of extinction GRADUALLY, the vineyards that had become the pride of Buleleng Regency will most likely disappear. This condition happens after the grape farmer in Banjar and Seririt Subdistrict one by one has converted their vineyards to rice fields. In the long run, the grape of Buleleng is feared to be extinct. A number of farmers in Banjar and Seririt admitted to have long abandoned their grape cultivation and they were now busy cultivating land for planting rice. They quibbled that grape was no longer a leading commodity that could prosper farmers in the region. Other than requiring high production costs,
price of the grape also continued to decline slowly. Even, in the rainy season, price could reach IDR 1,000 per kilogram. With such conditions, one by one grape growers followed the decision of their friends to go back to plant rice. Though the income gained from rice cultivation was still much smaller compared to the earnings of grape cultivation, in long-term the rice farming was still considered more profitable. “The future of grape is never clear though sometimes it can be more profitable than rice,” said a farmer of Banjar Village. Continued on page 6
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
SDN 3 Batubulan Building On Fire Security Wife Wounded Gianyar (Bali Post) –
Primary School SDN 3 Batubulan, Sukawati, Gianyar got burnt last Sunday (24/ 7) caused by a great fire destroying classrooms for grade 1-5. It is suspected causing loss of millions of rupiahs as remains of the school only left. In the incident, the school security, Hasan, with his wife, Ina, just came from the market around 7.45 am local time. As they got to their living place which is in the school’s dormitory, it is seen on fire already. Ina ran inside to save important documents yet she got burnt stated by her nephew Anto. Anto himself did not know the fire happened after Ina’s grandson, Farid, woke him up. It is suspected the fire came from the dormitory’s kitchen, went to the canteen up to the classrooms on
the south part. Locals of Banjar Tegal Tamu then hit their kulkul for warning and Gianyar also Badung fire brigades came to turn off the fire. Head of Batubulan Vilalge, I Dewa Made Oka Merta, stated the burnt building was actually on rehab from December year 2010 funded by DAK IDR 162 million, accompanied fund IDR 32 million and social help from Province IDR 115 million. Head of Gianyar Education, Sports and Youth Agency, I Gusti Ngurah Wijana, after accompanying Gianyar Regent seeing the location stated that the learning process will still keep on going at SMP Silacandra owned by Batubulan Village Foundation. And for the rehab will still be discussed further by the village also school officials with the Governor this Monday. (kmb16)
Youth Group Clash Two Dead, Four Wounded IBP/ist
The beautiful scenery of Nusa Penida Island.
Nusa Penida, White Stone Mine Still Exist Semarapura (Bali Post) –
White stones in Nusa Penida is being a favourite yet not only here but also at Bali main island as a number of temples and other buildings built using it such as the walls of Pura Luhur Lempuyang temple. The bad news is, now in Nusa Penida there are many miners of it according to Nusa Penida resident, Made Kasta, last Sunday (24/7). According to him one of the places is at Kutampi, many residents changed profession to being miners as there are not much work field in Nusa Penida itself. From the price, white stones now compete with other building materials as the 30x20x10 cm size could be IDR 3,000 a piece. “In Nusa Penida, almost all use this stone and its quality is no different from other kind of stones,” he explained. The many miners are now a matter of environmental issue, for that many asked Klungkung Government to act upon it by making regulations on it including for
Nusa Penida. For that Head of Klungkung Living Environment Office, Dewa Gede Oka Kusumajaya, stated that there is a punishment and fine for those who damages environment. “This mining of course is a good thing but we have to think of our safety and the environment’s safety too. For that we have kept trying to give guidance as it can’t be stopped just like that because this is about daily income too. Yet for the mining they have to always look at the environment, at least the mining is by terracing and not making holes or caves,” Kusumajaya suggested. (kmb20)
Denpasar (Bali Post)-
A bloody clash caused Denpasar City horrified as only a little matter has caused it. Abdul Rochmin (22) died in the scene and Gigih Prasetyo (23) died after taken to Sanglah Hospital while another four got wounded, Gunawan (18), Rachmat Effendi (17), Eddy (18) and Idrus, some still treated at Sanglah Hospital and others have gone home. Yet it is still unknown who have done this murder act. It was informed that the clash happened in Mahendradatta Street at the construction area of Hotel Quest San, Denpasar, last Sunday (24/7) around 1.30 am local time. The victims were on their motorbikes driving around, they have drunk alcohol drinks in Gianyar then they went to Kuta and lastly here. In this scene, they met another group
which’s suspected more tan them also on motorbikes and who ever starts it they were shouting at each other. Victim then ran away yet oppose chased them and took sharp weapons from their clothes. Sadly Abdul Rochim and Gigih couldn’t escape and stabbed several times. Others were severely bruised after being hit by helmets and stones. Denpasar Police and West Denpasr Police arrived after the incident and oppose have escaped. “Victims don’t know who they are. They met spontaneously here,” an officer explained. Now the case is still being investigated with the four wounded victims being questioned intensively. There is no official statement yet from the police on this case including from Denpasar Police Head of Public Relation section, APC IB Sarjana. (kmb21)
HIV/AIDS in Jembrana, Dominantly Spread by Café Girls Negara (Bali Post) –
From year to year, more and more Jembrana residents are caught by HIV/AIDS virus and has taken seriously by Jembrana House of Representatives as stated by one member Nyoman S. Kusumayasa last Sunday (24/7). He explained there will be a coordination meeting at Pekutatan Village Office this Monday (25/7) where it has its most victims and so there will be a discussion on it. Before, Health and Social Agency of Jembrana have reminded the people about AIDS which most likely spread through intercourses with café girls as Head of P3PKL Section of the Agency, dr. Putu Suekantara, last
Saturday (23/7) stated it is proved form the number of statements of the sufferers. Even so, the Agency has difficulties in finding theses girls as their mobility is high and would go from one place to another carrying the same profession. It is explained more and more people have visited the VCT (Voluntary, Counselling, Testing) clinic at Negara Hospital. VCT tests can’t be forced and has to be voluntary, which means more and more people have been aware of AIDS danger. In Jembrana, maximum sufferers live up to 5 years while the fastest in two weeks. The number of sufferers on data is in Jembrana 329 people and another 77 Jembrana residents who checked in Denpasar. (kmb26)
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Broken down sidewalk not improved yet Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The sidewalk on Jalan Gatot Subroto, exactly in front of the Lumintang City Park, collapsing last week as run over by hightonnage truck has not been improved yet hitherto. Moreover, it is a national road section connecting the main routes of JavaBali-Lombok. Considering the broken down sidewalk is very risky to trigger traffic accidents, a number of road users expected relevant agencies to quickly repair the public facility. “This condition potentially triggers a traffic accident. Supposedly, improvement to this broken down sidewalk can be given priority by government,” said one of the road users, Yuda Riyanto, to Bali Post, Sunday (Jul 24). Of course, the hope of road user was truly equitable considering the broken down sidewalk could potentially trigger a traffic accident on that busy road section. Based on observation of Bali Post, the chunks and paving stones of the sidewalk still scattered on the roadside. Even, a one-meter hole looked to gape without being posted with safety sign so that unsuspecting road users potentially fall into the pothole. Pedestrians passing through the sidewalk should also step aside to avoid the chunks of pavement materials. When contacted separately, the Head of Bali Public Works, Dewa Putu Punia Asa, confessed if his party even had not known about the broken down sidewalk. However, he promised to check the condition of the collapsed sidewalk. “Let me see first. I even do not know about it,” he said briefly. According to Punia Asa, to repair such broken sidewalk should
go through a long process. “Actually, there are a lot of obstacles. Perpetrator causing the collapse usually ran away. If this happens who will be responsible to improve it?” he complained. Are there any penalties for vehicle owner breaking down the sidewalk? According to him, he did not know about it. By and large, if public facilities were damaged because of negligence of road users, his party would make coordination in advance with police and Transportation Agency. “Related to the collapse of sidewalk on Jalan Gatot Subroto, we will also make coordination with the National Road Agency. We’ll check it this Monday,” he said while adding the status of Jalan Gatot Subroto was national road. As reported previously, a truck carrying chicken and pig feed weighing 30 tons foundered on the sidewalk in front of the Lumintang City Park, Denpasar, Sunday (Jul 17). Since the sidewalk was unable to hold such a heavy load, it then broke down and left a gaping hole with a length of about one meter that was very dangerous for road users passing through the area. (kmb13)
Six villages still need observing Mangupura (Bali Post)—
Two of six subdistricts in Badung Regency, namely Abiansemal and Petang, have been declared rabies-free. Badung Government also continues to pursue the target of Badung rabies-free by 2012. For this moment, a total of six villages in four subdistricts still require treatment and observation of rabies cases. Head of Badung Livestock, Fisheries and Maritime Agency, I Made Badra, Sunday (Jul 24) said that of the four subdistricts that had not been free from rabies, six villages still required treatment. The six villages were Jimbaran, Legian, Canggu, Cemagi, Lukluk and Kerobokan. According Badra, his
party continued to do everything possible so that the six villages could be completely addressed. In the treatment of rabies, his party admitted to have proposed a budget to Bali government where every village was boomed to receive as much as IDR 30 million to control rabies dog. This kind of handling was considered more effective. Furthermore, he said if until this December the bite case of rabies dog could no longer be encountered in the entire Badung Region, such condition was called to lead to rabies-free. And if Badung Regency could maintain the free case of rabies bite until mid 2012, Badung could be said to have been free from rabies. (kmb25)
A farmer is spraying his rice paddy with insectiside.
Farmers in hibernation Agricultural Agency sets working group Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Rapid conversion rate of productive agricultural land in Denpasar becomes a serious threat to the existence of agriculture in the capital of Bali Province. If the phenomenon keeps on continuing, there is a concern if the agriculture in Denpasar will come to ‘hibernation’ and the expectation to realize the food selfsufficiency will remain a dream or never come true. In response to such condition, Denpasar Municipality through the Agricultural Agency takes anticipative measures to establish a working group in some potential areas. When asked for his confirmation on Sunday (Jul 17), a legislator of Denpasar House, Wayan Suadi Putra, claimed to positively response the measure of Agricultural Agency to set a working group as an endeavor to stimulate the agricultural sector in Denpasar. He said that establishment of the working groups like the mushroom group in North Denpasar and cut
orchid group in Sidakarya, South Denpasar, was a positive innovation to empower farmers and stimulate the agricultural activities that were beginning to be left by society of Denpasar. “In my opinion, this working group is an effective measure to revive our agriculture. However, the establishment only is not enough. Agricultural Agency should also play an active role as foster father and provide space as well as marketing support after the harvest,” he suggested. Suadi Putra also expected the Agricultural Agency could provide an intensive training to enhance the skills of farmers. It should also be accompanied with provision of capital assistance for farmers to increase the added value of their agricultural products through a good post-harvest handling. In strengthening the market access of the products, the Agricultural Agency was also asked to team up with businessmen in Denpasar that would be ready
to help market and use the agricultural products yielded by these working groups. “There should be such a synergy to empower farmers in Denpasar,” he said. According to Suadi Putra, the training on cropping pattern developed so far had gone on pretty well. Nevertheless, he also requested in order farmers could be given special training related to packaging and preservation of agricultural products including postharvest processing. By doing so, it could increase the selling point of their agricultural products. For example, mushroom could not only be sold in raw condition but also be developed into new products like processed dried chilies, pepper and others sold in the form of powder. “No less importantly, farmers should be absolutely given guidance on entrepreneurship. On that account, they will not be easily tricked and not depend on others in marketing their products,” he reminded. (kmb25)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets senior gov’t official
Court officers stand guard outside court room 8282 at the central court in Oslo on July 25, 2011. A minute of silence was observed across Norway at midday , an hour before the confessed perpetrator was due in court for his attack on government buildings and the massacre on the youth camp of the Norwegian Labour Party where at least 93 were killed in Friday’s attacks in Norway.
Associated Press Writer
YANGON, Myanmar — Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with a senior Myanmar government official Monday for the first time since her release from house arrest. The official later described the talks as a “first step” toward further cooperation in the military-dominated country. Suu Kyi’s met for 80 minutes with Labor and Social Welfare Minister Aung Kyi at a government guest house. Aung Kyi said without elaborating that the two discussed the rule of law and ways to eliminate misunderstandings in the interests of the good of the country and the people. Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi, the country’s main opposition leader, has repeatedly asked for a dialogue with the government to solve the country’s political deadlock, which focuses on the military’s failure to establish democracy. However, previous such initiatives between the two sides have never gotten very far. Suu Kyi on Monday commented only that the meeting was in the in the interests of the people and the country. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a 1990 general election, but was barred from taking power by the army, which instead cracked down on political dissenters. Her party boycotted a fresh election held last November, charging it was undemocratic and unfair, a position echoed by the U.S. government and other critics. An elected civilian regime took office in March, but it is dominated by retired military figures, and operates under a constitution that ensures the military retains a dominant role. Last week, at a forum of Southeast Asian nations in Indonesia, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on Myanmar to open a AFP PHOTO / Soe Than WIN dialogue with the oppoDemocracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (L) sition and release politiand Myanmar Labour Minister Aung Kyi cal prisoners to win the (R) come to speak to the media after they trust of the international met for talks in Yangon on July 25, 2011. community.
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Govt sends police to Norway after horror attack Agence France Presse
A British police officer was in Norway Monday to liaise with police over weekend attacks which killed at least 93 people after it emerged the mass murderer claimed ties a far-right British group. At least seven people were killed in a car bomb blast outside government buildings in Oslo on Friday and, hours later, a further 85 were shot dead on the nearby island of Utoeya. One of those injured in the killing spree died in hospital on Sunday. Thousands attended a memorial service for the victims Sunday as Anders Behring Breivik, the selfconfessed author of the attacks, said he acted alone. “We do have a Metropolitan Police Service officer in Norway who is liaising with the Norwegian police,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman told AFP.
Before the attack, Behring Breivik wrote a 1,500 page manifesto, datelined London, in which he claimed his mentor was an Englishman called Richard, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. Behring Breivik said he was recruited by far-right extremists at a meeting in London in 2002 which was attended by eight people in all, according to the broadsheet. He boasted that he was one of up to 80 “solo martyr cells” recruited across Western Europe to topple governments tolerant of Islam, it said, adding that Scotland Yard was
now trying to establish if he had visited London in recent years. In the document signed “Andrew Berwick” — an anglicised version of his name — he named former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and Britain’s Prince Charles as “Category A” targets for promoting multiculturalism. The mass killer also spoke of being in touch with the far-right English Defence League. Foreign Secretary William Hague earlier warned that British security forces would struggle to counter a similar attack, although he said Al-Qaeda remained the “single biggest threat”. “It’s much harder in the case of a lone individual or a couple of people,” he told BBC’s Andrew Marr show. “That is much harder than combating a terrorist network.”
70% in Japan support PM’s nuclear-free future: poll Agence France Presse
Seventy percent of the Japanese public supports centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s policy to make the country nuclear free in future but most people still want him to quit, a poll said Sunday. The weekend survey conducted by Kyodo News agency showed 70.3 percent support Kan’s policy of ending nuclear power while 66.9 percent think the unpopular prime minister should leave office by the end of August. Kan said earlier this month that the country must gradually reduce its reliance on atomic power with the eventual goal of becoming nuclear-free, de-
spite fears that power shortages could slow an already limping economy. The premier, a one-time environmental activist, has said he wants to make clean energy sources a new “major pillar” of the energy mix of the world’s third biggest economy, which remains an export powerhouse. His remarks came four months after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima nuclear accident, the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago. The premier is under intense pressure to quit from political adversaries who accuse him of hav-
ing bungled Japan’s response to the tsunami which left around 22,000 people dead or missing. Kan’s scepticism about boosting nuclear power in the quake-prone island nation has also set him on a collision course with pro-nuclear lawmakers, both in the conservative opposition and within his own party. The earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant, which has suffered meltdowns, explosions and radiation leaks into the air, soil and sea. With two-thirds of Japan’s 54 reactors now shut, mostly for regular checks, the country is going through a power crunch in the sweltering summer months.
AP Photo/Franck Robichon, Pool
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, second right, smiles as he holds a signed national jersey shirt with Japanese women’s national soccer team players Homare Sawa, second left, Aya Miyama, right, and head coach Norio Sasaki, left, at Kan’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Relaxed and Revamped IBP
SEMINYAK - The Seminyak represents the next era in the island’s evolving hospitality industry, having been completely redeveloped on the site formerly known as Resor Seminyak . This strategic location is blessed with direct access to the beach and is surrounded by some of Bali’s finest restaurants and boutiques. As a modern property with distinct Balinese design elements, The Seminyak totally anticipates the needs of today’s savvy travellers. The property is set within a charming landscape complete with tropical palms, waterways and traditionally thatched pavilions to provide a welcome escape from the outside world. The Seminyak is being launched just in time for the summer season and will offer a choice of accommodation options for couples, families and even small business groups. A collection of stylishly appointed guest rooms, suites and private villas are all part of a sophisticated resort environment. Most rooms have refreshing ocean views or look onto a delightful garden setting.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for July 9 through August 6, 2011 09 Jul Pura Catur Buana Sanding, Tampaksiring - Gianyar 10 Jul Pura Peninjoan
26 Jul Pura Puseh, Pura Desa Batua, Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Pasek Bendesa Kekeran Mengwi - badung Pura Manik Mas Besakih - Karangasem
Besakih - Karangasem
16 Jul Pura pasek Gelgel Kukuh,Marga - Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Dukuh Selemadeg - Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Mambang Selemadeg - Tabanan Pura Puseh, Pura Desa Guwang, Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Dalem Setra Batununggul Sewana,Nusa Penida Klungkung Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Ketewel - Gianyar 17 Jul Aci-aci Penaung Taluh di Penataran Besakih Karangasem Pura Gunung Kuripan Lombok Pura Tirta Besakih - Karangasem Pura Purnama Camenggaon,Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Amerta Jati Komplek ALRI, Cinere - Jakarta Sel. Pura Jagatnatha Singaraja Pura Dang Hyang Tulus Dewa Apuan,Susut - Bangli Pura Jagathitha Selong - Lombok Timur Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Gobleg,Banjar - Buleleng Pura Desa, Pura Puseh Batur, Kitamani - Bangli Pura Asah (Alas Arum) Batur,Kintamani - Bangli Pura Dalem Kedewatan Celuk,Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Agung Mandara Giri Gunung Semeru - Lumajang, Jatim Pura Pengubengan Besakih - Karangasem Penataran Agung Sukawati - Gianyar Pura Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah,Batur,Kintamani Bangli Merajan A. Puser Jagat Meranting Batukandik,Nusa Penida - Klungkung 23 Jul Merajan Pasek Gaduh Kayubihi - Bangli
30 Jul Pura Kepisah Sumerta - Denpasar Pura Pasek Gelgel Gerih, Abiansemal - Badung Pura Puncaksari Penarukan, Peninjoan- Bangli Pura Anteg Sari Br Dangin Pangkung, Kediri-Tabanan Pura Bangun Sakti Besakih - Karangasem Pura Pesimpangan Batur Pande Dangin Pangkung, Kediri Tabanan 01 Aug Odalan Ida Ratu Geng PenataranBesakih - Karangasem Ida Ratu Raja Puraus Mr. Saloding Besakih - Karangasem 03 Aug Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Kayuputih,Banjar Buleleng 05 Aug Pura Tirtaharum Tegalwangi - Bangli Pura Beratan Baturiti - Tabanan Pura Batu Klotok Lepang - Klungkung Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Wanasari - Tabanan Pura Pasek Tangguntiti Jakatebel - Tabanan Pura Pasek Bendesa Sangsit,Sawan - Buleleng Pura Dalem Waturenggong Tarokaja,Tegallalang - Gianyar Pura Ibu (Pura Kaja) Wanagiri Selemadeg - Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Tulikup - Gianyar Pura Mnik Bingin Ds Dukuh,Sidemen - Karangasem 06 Aug Pura Penataran Gana Bebalang - Bangli Pura Dalem Gede Banjar Pande - Bangli Pura Puncak Sari Abiansemal - Badung Pasek Dadia A. Sanak Sapta Resi Peteluan,Sidan - Gianyar Pura Puseh Penegil Darma Kubutambahan - Buleleng Pura Dalem Maya Br Teruna,Blahbatuh - Gianyar
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
News Thai prince’s second jet faces impounding: report Reuters
FRANKFURT - A German insolvency administrator was on Sunday quoted as saying he was considering impounding a second jet used by the Thai Crown Prince, reported German tabloid Bild am Sonntag. “We are considering further steps, including seizing the prince’s second plane,” the paper quoted insolvency administrator Werner Schneider as saying. German insolvency officials seized a Boeing 737 used by Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn almost two weeks ago to force the Thai government to repay a debt linked to a Bangkok road construction project. A court last week ruled the jet could be released upon payment of a 20 million euro deposit, an offer rejected by the Thai government, which maintains the jet is the personal property of the Prince and not the government. Bild am Sonntag said the prince had the second plane flown over to Munich to replace the first one.
Grape of Buleleng... From page 1
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Soldiers stand by a burned out military vehicle at the site of an attack in Aden, Yemen, Sunday July 24, 2011.
Car bomb in Yemen’s Aden kills 9 soldiers, injures 21 Reuters
ADEN/SANAA - A suicide bomber drove a booby-trapped car into an army checkpoint outside Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Sunday, killing at least nine soldiers and wounding 21 others, officials and medical sources said. The attack, which the government blamed on al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing, comes weeks after the army deployed security forces to surround the coastal city, which lies east of a shipping strait where some 3 million barrels of oil pass daily. The military has been trying to stop militants from slipping into Aden, after they seized several areas in the neighbouring province of Abyan in recent months and presented a rising challenge to military control. Unrest in the south has erupted as mass protests seeking to end President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year rule drag into a sixth
month, setting off sporadic clashes across the fractious and impoverished country. Saleh is convalescing in Riyadh after a bomb blast in his presidential compound in June. The Defense Ministry said the attacker, who also died in the explosion, hit a convoy at the checkpoint that had been headed to reinforce a military offensive on Abyan’s provincial capital of Zinjibar, which the army has been trying to recapture from militants for over a week. “The suicide attack by al Qaeda hit a convoy headed to Abyan ... the attacker died and his limbs were scattered around the area,” the min-
istry said in a mobile phone message sent to journalists in Yemen. The blast comes days after a car rigged with explosives blew up and killed a British ship surveyor in Aden, which officials said was a targeted attack against the longtime resident. Witnesses to the checkpoint attack on Sunday said they saw a car speed into a street cordoned off by armoured vehicles. It blew up, setting at least two of the vehicles ablaze as a cloud of smoke spread over the area. “The car crashed into a military armoured vehicle, which exploded and caught fire. The soldiers started shooting heavily,” a witness said.
A community leader at Petemon Village, Seririt Subdistrict, Sing Yen, said that most grape farmers were formerly sharecroppers or farmers contracting land from others. If price of the grape dropped, then farmers would suffer more loses, while landowners would remain lucky or risk-free. “Now, many farmers, including me, have changed profession to rice growers because grape is no longer promising in long term,” said this member of Buleleng House. In the meantime, the Head of Buleleng Agricultural and Livestock Agency, Putu Mertha Jiwa, said that land function conversion from vineyard to rice fields oc-
curred in Banjar and Seririt Subdistrict. In these two subdistricts, the total vineyard area converted to rice field was 14 hectares. In details, 5 hectares were in Banjar Subdistrict and 9 hectares in Seririt Subdistrict. Such clearing was undertaken because the vines had been old enough namely reaching 2 to 3 years. On the other hand, Mertha Jiwa recognized that production of those old vines would not be maximal. If the plants kept on growing they would yield less, but their maintenance cost would be the same as the young plants. “Rather than suffering a loss, it would be better for us to divert the vineyard to rice field,” he said. (ole)
Norway From page 1 The house is cordoned off, and reporters do not have access. The regional gendarme service confirmed the house was that of Anders Behring Breivik’s father but would not comment on the search operation. News reports have said Breivik’s father, Jens Breivik, has not been in touch with his son in many years. The attacks rattled Norway, a small and wealthy country unused to political violence, and known internationally as a peace mediator, prominent foreign aid donor and as home of the Nobel Peace Prize. Survivors of the camp shooting on the Utoya island described how a gunman dressed in a police uniform urged people to come closer and then opened fire, sending panicked youth fleeing into the water. Police say 86 people were killed. About 90 minutes earlier, a car bomb exploded in the government district in central Oslo, killing seven. More than 90 people were wounded, and others remain missing at both crime scenes.
Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, without citing sources, reported that Breivik told investigators that he had hoped to reach the island while former Prime Minister Harlem Brundtland was visiting the youth camp of Norway’s left-leaning Labor Party, but got there after she had left. Oslo police spokesman Henning Holtaas declined to comment on the report. Breivik laid out his extreme nationalist philosophy as well as his attack methods in a 1,500-page manifesto. It also describes how he bought armor, guns, tons of fertilizer and other bomb components, stashed caches of weapons and wiping his computer hard drive — all while evading police suspicion and being nice to his neighbors. Dr. Colin Poole, head of surgery at Ringriket Hospital in Honefoss northwest of Oslo, told The Associated Press that the gunman used special bullets designed to disintegrate inside the body and cause maximum internal damage. Poole said surgeons treating 16 gunshot victims have recovered no full bullets.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Residents return home As Indonesian volcano calms Associated Press Writer
TOMOHON - About 5,000 Indonesians who fled the eruption of Mount Lokon have returned to their villages as the volcano quieted down.
AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara
A motorist rides past wildfire in Muara, North Tapanuli, Sumatra island, Indonesia, on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Government negligence, rampant development and illegal land clearing often combined to spark wildfires in Indonesia that annually ravage thousands of acres of forest and could cover parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore in thick, noxious haze.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from the National Disaster Management Agency said the residents were sent back from shelters Sunday after authorities narrowed the danger zone from 2.2 miles to 1.8 miles around the volcano. He says 203 people remain in temporary shelters. The 5,741-foot (1,750-meter) mountain in north
Sulawesi province in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption last week, spewing hot ash and smoke. The only fatality was a woman who suffered a heart attack. Lokon is one of 129 active volcanos in Indonesia, which is prone to earthquakes and eruptions because of its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”
Indonesia green power steams ahead as economy booms Reuters
JAKARTA - Indonesia can’t get enough power to feed its booming economy and fortunately for Mochamad Sofyan, investors are lining up to invest billions of dollars in the country’s growing green power sector. Sofyan, head of the new and renewable energy division at state utility PLN, is busier than ever as an increasing number of foreign and local firms file into his office looking to invest in geothermal, hydro and biomass power projects. Solar is also gaining interest. Government programmes to speed investment in power projects, easier regulations and rapid economic growth are lures. Around a third of Indonesia’s 240 million people are without power supply, and projections are for generation capacity to nearly triple by 2020 to meet a severe power shortage. Rising investment in green power as well as coal and gas is part of a surge in foreign direct investment, up 21 percent on the year in the second quarter of 2011. “If I had enough time, I would be meeting investors every day,” Sofyan said in an interview at his office in south Jakarta, where a white board listed his many appointments. Two years ago, he received just two visits a month. Now, investors from the United States, Japan, Europe, South Korea and China line up for an appointment, he said.
Investors in green power include Itochu, Sumitomo and Marubeni of Japan, and Britain’s International Power. Earlier this month, the Indonesian government said French firms would invest about $2 billion in geothermal projects. Indonesia has pledged to cut the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, in part through boosting green power. It has plenty of clean energy bubbling away under the surface. The archipelago, along the Pacific Ring of Fire, is brimming with volcanoes and super-heated water that can be pumped from deep wells to drive steam turbines. At present, about 12 percent of Indonesia’s total energy mix comes from geothermal and hydro. By 2019, that is projected to grow to 18 percent, PLN says. Coal will remain as the top energy source, rising to about 60 percent of the energy mix by 2019 from less than 50 percent now. The challenge is vast. As of 2010, Indonesia’s generation capacity was 30,000 megawatts. For neighbouring Australia, with a tenth of the population, it is 51,000 MW. Two fast-track power programmes, each totalling 10,000 MW, have helped propel investment because of a government guarantee that PLN, the top power producer and sole distributor, will buy the electricity. The second and latest programme focuses on green power, with about half of the capacity set to come from renewables.
Other investments are going ahead outside the programme as well. All told, Sofyan said he expected an additional 6,000 MW from new geothermal projects by 2019 and another 6,100 MW from large and small hydro plants. Currently, about 1,200 MW comes from geothermal plants and 4,000 MW from large hydro. Despite the rush for green power in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, bureaucratic delays were hampering completion of power purchase agreements and other steps, such as permits to clear forested land, Sofyan said. “Some of the projects will be delayed two or three years. For geothermal projects we still have some problems,” he said, adding this meant the original 2014 completion date under the programme could now be stretched to 2017 for some projects. Investors have shown willingness to deal with delays and red tape. Swiss firm South Pole Carbon Asset Management has stepped up its interest in geothermal and hydro projects in Indonesia. Smaller projects, those less than 10 MW, were particularly attractive because a change of rules in late 2009 streamlined the approval process and sets a standard power payment, or feed-in tariff. “We have a deal with one project developer who wants to build more than 10 mini-hydro projects, each less than 10 megawatts,” Paul Butarbutar, South Pole’s country director for Indonesia, told Reuters in Jakarta.
Residents look on as Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash during an eruption in Tomohon in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province July 17, 2011. Mount Lokon continued erupting on Sunday, sending panicked villagers racing back to crowded government shelters, according to local media.
Government allocates IDR20 trillion for Aceh Antara
BANDA ACEH - Aceh province has received Rp20 trillion in development funds from the central government to expand and accelerate economic development, Aceh Deputy Governor Muhammad Nazar said. The assistance was part of efforts to develop Indonesia into the world‘s seventh largest economy, he said here on Sunday. He said the aid had been put in the plan for the expansion and acceleration of Indonesia‘s economic development until 2045, he said. “Of the total, Rp3.5 trillion has been used to build a hydro power plant in Peusangan, Central Aceh district. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015,” he said. He said the funds would also be used to build an international port at Krueng Geukuh, North Aceh dis-
trict, a Lampulo port in Banda Aceh, and Idi port, East Aceh district, as well as to finance a development project in the province‘s western coast. “God willing, the development projects will be started next year,” he said. He said the aid would also be used to build a rubber factory, palm oil industry and the agricultural sectors. Hopefully, Aceh would become an agro province and be able to speed up its economic growth in 2014 and 2015, he said. Therefore, he expressed his belief that Aceh endowed with fertile land and water sources would contribute to the Indonesian economic growth outside the oil and gas sector. “Hopefully, Aceh`s economic growth will reach seven to eight percent. The development projects will also reduce Aceh`s unemployment rate,” he said.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Bali Today Tourists increase Traffic jam happen in Ubud Antara
Gianyar – The increasing number of tourists visit Ubud in July 2011 is astonishing. Approximately 4,000 foreign tourists come to Ubud which is famous for its art and culture this month and the increase is 60% compare to the previous month. The Head of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) branch Gianyar, Dewa Arimbawa, said Monday, the high increase of tourists coming to Ubud will surely affect the traffic in the area. “Currently, there is no solution to overcome the traffic problem in Ubud,” he added. The Government is trying their best to solve the problem and soon, they will also offer another solution which is renovating Ubud Market. The Head of Public Work Department, I Nyoman Nuadi said that the fund is already prepared and the project will start immediately. Asked about the idea to
make Astina field as underground parking lot, Nuadi stated that the government is not considering it at the moment. Meanwhile the riot which happened in Bangli between the people of Songan Village and Kawan Village is not affecting the tourist’s visitation to Kintamani. The Head of PHRI branch Bangli, I Ketut Putranta, said “the number of tourists coming to Penelokan area in Kintamani is still stable. This is very good news for tourism businessmen in the area.” Previously, the businessmen are worried that the riot will make tourists afraid to go to the area and it would affect their business.
The photo shows the street of Ubud area.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers Admire Kerthagosa
Foreign Ministers of ASEAN paid a visit to early historical relics belonging to Kingdom of Bali at Kerthagosa, Klungkung Regency. The visit was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RI, Marty Natalegawa, and coordinated by Dewa Made Juniarta Sastrawan serving as Director of Western Europe in Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Ministers of ASEAN paid a visit to early historical relics belonging to Kingdom of Bali at Kerthagosa, Klungkung Regency. The visit was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RI, Marty Natalegawa, and coordinated by Dewa Made Juniarta Sastrawan serving as Director of Western Europe in Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visit was received in person by the Regent of Klungkung I Wayan Chandra, King of Klungkung Ida Dalem Semaraputra, Head of Klungkung House AA Gede Anom, Deputy Head of Klungkung House AA Gede Sarjana and I Putu Gede Tika Winawan, elements of regional administration body (Muspida) as well as several other regional apparatus units. Some of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers who came were among others, Foreign Minister of Brunei, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah & HRH Pengiran Anak Isteri, Pengiran Anak Hajjah Zariah; of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), H.E Thongloun Sisoulith &
Mrs. Naly Sisoulith; of Malaysia, the Hon. Senator A. Kohilan Pillay; of Myanmar, HEU Wunna Maung Lwin; of Vietnam, Pham Gia Khiem; of ASEC, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan and Mrs. Alisa Pitsuwan. Entourage of the Foreign Ministers consisted of about 20 persons including Secretary of the Ministerial staff. The visit of ASEAN Foreign Ministers was begun with the visit to historic building of Kerthagosa. They were quite interested in the historic buildings denoting an early history of kingdom in Bali. Having visited Kerthagosa, the entourage was taken to see the typical painting craft at Kamasan, weaving craft, perforated coin and silversmiths. According to Dewa Made Juniarta Sastrawan, the visit of ASEAN Foreign Ministers to Klungkung was intended to show off to them that Klungkung was the center of kingdom in Bali and hub of art creativities in Bali. All arts scattered all over Bali genuinely came from Klungkung Regency because it was the center of ancient administration. (BTN/kmb)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sand Therapy on Kerobokan Beach, Buleleng If Kuta Beach has appropriate waves for playing surfing until enjoying the splendor of sunset, Sanur beach is good for canoeing while perceiving the warmth sunrise, so the Kerobokan Beach, Buleleng, is famous for its aura of that can cure diseases. “People here really believe there is a special virtual hospital care for the sick on Kerobokan Beach. Evidently, a lot of people could recover after having therapy in nature,” said Ni Made Sudiasih, an owner of grilled seafood restaurant on the beach. The area of such unspoiled beach is good and safe for visitors to take a shower. However, for those who especially want to have therapy will choose a special location, namely near a small and the only temple situated on the beach. The therapy is initiated by saying prayers in the temple. After that, bury the entire body except the head in the sand near the temple. “Local people believe that location (temple area) is a virtual
hospital,” explained Sudiasih. The longer buried, the faster illness will get recovery. However, during the burial of the body one should continue to invoke healing. After several hours, the sick should perform purificatory rite at local Beji or a spring sanctified by Hindu community in Bali. Such activity is carried out repeatedly. “Many people can recover after having natural therapies here. It can be seen from the number of people returning to the temple to pray as expression of their gratitude for having been bestowed with recovery,” she said. People taking advantage of the natural therapies are not only the locals, but also those coming from other villages, even some come from other regions like Denpasar, Badung, Karangasem, and Tabanan as well. Types of the diseases are like paralysis, sore bones and so on. The beach is situated at Kerobokan Village, Sawan Subdistrict, Buleleng Regency, or about
10 km to the east of Singaraja City. The beach is not much different from the other coast. It has black sand, strong wind and small ripples. It is more resembles a fishing beach rather than a tourist beach. Nevertheless, facilities such as restaurants and toilets have been available on the beach though they are still very simple. Although it has not well arranged yet, the dining atmosphere on this beach is very romantic and natural. Visitors can optionally be sitting on a chair, sitting relaxingly in tatami-style, or on the sand based on mats. Indeed, some parts of the sand on this beach are rather dirty because there is junk rubbish. However, specifically in the area where to eat is clean enough and the sand continues to be leveled to make it interesting and very natural landscape. It remains to be surrounded by verdant rice fields and trees growing locally that make us feel good. Familiarity with nature will happen when having a meal and a bird suddenly joins to eat. (BTN/015)
(Black Rice Pudding) OVERVIEW: Different versions of this Balinese snack are a great favorite with visitors to Bali.
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup black glutinous rice ¾ cup white glutinous rice 2 pandan leaves 5 cups water ½ cup palm sugar syrup 1½ cup freshly squeezed thick coconut milk
PREPARATION: 1. Rinse both lots of rice well for 2 minutes under running water. Drain 2. Put 5 cups water, both lots of rice and pandan leaf into heavy stockpot. Simmer over medium heat approximately 40 minutes. 3. Add palm sugar syrup and continue to cook until most liquid has evaporated. Season with a pinch of salt. Remove from heat and allow cooling. 4. Serve at room temperature, topped with freshly squeezed coconut milk. Helpful hints: As fresh coconut milk turns rancid fairly quickly, a pinch of salt is usually added to the milk to help preserve it for few hours. A more effective alternative is to cook the coconut milk with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch diluted in a little water: heat gently, stirring constantly for a couple of minutes. This coconut sauce will keep overnight. Milk made from instant powdered coconut will not turn rancid, although the flavor is not as good as fresh coconut milk. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Kusamba Beach Nusa Penida twice a day. The fisherman from Kusamba with the big boat and five crews can squire the material heavy as of 1,5 cargo ton to Nusa Penida. They can across the sea from Banjar Tri Buana, Banjar Bias Coastal and Kampung Island Coastal with 30 minutes until 2 hours time differences and it is depend to the type and transportation medium speed utilized. Beside of that, this boat can also squire the passengers who wish to enjoy the beautiful coral and the white sand coastal in the island cross of Bali . Segara Beach in Kusamba is especially for the Hindu ritual activities which are often conducted the activity of Nganyut in line with Ngaben Ceremony (Cremation Ceremony). We can also meet a fish market in this place which is usually held between 10 am until 4 pm. The strait between Bali and Nusa Penida Island is dwelt by a lot of fish, hence it is crowded by the white sail of fisherman boat decorates the sea around the Kusamba beach. At the west side of this coastal, especially in Banjar Batur, there are 40 families of fisherman as the traditional salt maker.
Bali is famous with its beaches. One of the beach that located on Klungkung regency is Kusamba Beach. Kusamba Beach is one of the favorite places of interest in Bali which is famous with the beautiful beach. The boat line with the outrigger belong to the fisherman from countryside are decorating the black sand unfolding along the coastal. Nusa Penida Island is across view which is only occupied by 40.000 people. Kusamba own the marvelous view with the splashing wave from the ocean and it is surrounded the tropical atmosphere with soft sea breeze. Name of Kusamba is factually not far from the struggle history of Balinese in fight against the Dutch colonist. During the war against the Dutch in Kusamba on 23-24 May 1849, the Balinese hero had succeeds to make afraid the Dutch soldier and had killed the Dutch key man - Letnan General Michiel. We can see the fisherman are looking after the prawn seed, send the rice, legume, fruits and other materials to
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
BUSINESS Asia watches and hopes U.S. will avoid debt “suicide” Reuters
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Monday, July 25, 2011. Clinton sought Monday to reassure financial markets in Asia and around the world that America’s economy is sound despite its current woes and the deadlock over the national debt.
Clinton says US economic model works despite woes Associated Press Writer
HONG KONG — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Monday to reassure financial markets in Asia and around the world that America’s economy is sound despite its current woes and the deadlock over the national debt. In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Clinton predicted a deal on the debt would be reached before the August 2 deadline to avoid an unprecedented default. She said the partisan debate over the debt ceiling was a fact of life in American politics. “The political wrangling in Washington is intense right now,” Clinton said. “But these kinds of debates have been a constant in our political life throughout the history of our republic. Sometimes they are messy ... but this is how an open and democratic society ultimately comes together to reach the right solution. So I am confident that Congress will do the right thing and secure a deal on the debt ceiling and work with President Obama to take steps necessary to improve our long-term fiscal outlook.” World financial markets are warily watching developments in Washington, and China, the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, is particularly concerned. Asian stocks were down early Monday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225, China’s Shanghai Composite Index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index each losing about 0.6 percent.
“Of course, countries in this region are grappling with challenges,” Clinton said. “But we are bullish on Asia’s future. And while the United States is facing its own challenges, make no mistake: We are bullish on America’s future, too.” Clinton appealed to China and others not to lose faith in the American economic model, which she said is resilient and has recovered from numerous past crises. “America remains an ‘opportunity society,’” she said, “a country of possibility and mobility where a brilliant idea hatched in a college dorm room or a product invented in a garage can find a global market and grow into a multibillion-dollar company.” She urged Asia to embrace open and fair economic policies that have propelled growth in the past. Because of those principles, “every time in history when the United States has experienced a downturn we have overcome it,” she said. Clinton called on nations around the world to play by the same rules, ending protectionism and easing other trade barriers as well as combating corruption and defending in-
tellectual property rights. “All who benefit from open, free, transparent and fair competition have an interest and a responsibility to follow its rules,” she said. “Enough of the world’s commerce takes place in developing nations that leaving them out of the rulesbased system would render that system unworkable — and ultimately that would impoverish everyone.” Her speech in Hong Kong was delivered at the tail end of a 12-day, around-the-world diplomatic tour that began in Europe but has focused on Asia for the past week. Clinton arrived in this former British colony late Sunday after three days in Bali, Indonesia, where she attended a regional security forum at which North Korea and tensions in the South China Sea topped the agenda. Before Monday’s address, Clinton met with senior officials from Hong Kong’s government. Afterward, she will drive to Shenzhen in southern mainland China for talks with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo. Clinton will return to Washington later Monday.
SINGAPORE - Bewildered Asian officials could only watch and hope for the best on Monday after U.S. lawmakers failed to break a debt impasse that threatens to trigger a default and up-end global financial markets. Asia, which holds close to $3 trillion in U.S. government debt, has a powerful vested interest in Washington finding a workable compromise. Policymakers and economists contacted by Reuters were confident that lawmakers would strike a last-minute deal to avert a crisis. Investors in Asia took a defensive stance, although there was no evidence of the sort of panic selling that some politicians in Washington had feared. Stocks slipped while the Swiss franc rose and gold hit a record high. But with just eight days left before August 2, when the Treasury Department has estimated it will run short of money to pay all of its bills, the worry level was rising. “Those in direct charge of reserves operations must be more nervous than before, but nobody thinks Americans will choose suicide when they have known solutions,” said a senior official at the Bank of Korea, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, when asked about the breakdown in the U.S. debt talks, said only: “I will be watching the situation.” Asian sources said the U.S. debt troubles were primarily political, not economic. Finding a solution was a matter of mustering political will rather than securing rescue funding, which can be far more complicated, as Greece’s recent difficulties showed. “They will definitely reach a compromise,” said Xia Bin, an academic adviser to the People’s Bank of China. “Don’t worry too much about it. China is the largest foreign owner of U.S. government debt, with $1.16 trillion as of May, so a vote of confidence from Beijing carries significant weight. A senior Indian government official said the Obama administration and lawmakers must be well aware of the consequences for global markets of failing to reach a deal. “If you look at the world markets, they are jittery though they have not nose-dived, perhaps reflecting hope of a solution,” the Indian official said. Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan said a protracted debt ceiling debate adds uncertainty to the global economy. “With the global recovery and confidence still fragile, it’s in everyone’s interests that U.S. policymakers work toward a speedy resolution of these issues,” Swan said in an email to Reuters. Congress has set the U.S. government’s borrowing limit at $14.3 trillion, but Treasury has already tapped that amount and needs more money to meet its obligations. Republicans want an agreement on spending cuts before they authorize more borrowing. Democrats want to see a mix of lower spending and higher taxes. Ratings agencies have warned that even if Congress raises the debt ceiling and averts a default, they may still strip the United States of its AAA credit rating, the highest possible, if lawmakers fail to agree on deeper long-term budget cuts. A lower credit rating could raise borrowing costs not only for the U.S. government but also for other countries, companies and consumers because U.S. Treasuries are the benchmark by which many loans are measured. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking in Hong Kong, said she was confident Congress would secure a debt deal and “work with President Obama to take steps to improve our long-term fiscal outlook. Ethan Harris, co-head of global economic research at Bank of AmericaMerrill Lynch, said he expected a temporary increase in the debt ceiling with the promise of up to $4 trillion in deficit reductions to be finalized six months later. “The base case scenario can be summarized as ‘appease and delay’ — appease the rating agencies and the market with the beginnings of a large plan, but in actuality delay the crisis further into the future,” Harris said. Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist at Prudential Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey, said the U.S. Treasury may have a bit of wiggle room on the August 2 deadline because tax revenues had exceeded expectations. But that would buy a few days, not weeks.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
‘Captain America’ knocks Harry from No. 1 spot Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES — In a battle of summer movie heroes, Captain America topped Harry Potter this weekend at the box office. Paramount Pictures’ “Captain America: The First Avenger” opened at No. 1 with $65.8 million, according to Sunday studio estimates. The Marvel Comics superhero adventure sets up next summer’s all-star blockbuster “The Avengers.” Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final installment in the boy-wizard franchise, dropped to the second spot. It made just over $48 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $274.1 million. Don Harris, head of distribution for Paramount, said “Captain America” exceeded expectations. He figured it would do the same sort of business as “X-Men: First Class,” which opened with $55.1 million in June. “It looked to me, when I saw the marketing on the movie and then saw ‘Captain America,’ like a throwback movie. It reminded me a little bit of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ It had a little bit of a ‘Raiders’ feel to it, which is one of the best movies of all time,” Harris said. “People embrace the look of the character. The character is a little bit like Iron Man — he didn’t have a lot of special weapons to himself, he just was a pretty interesting character. “For it to be the fifth of five superhero
movies for the summer, it looks like we got to save the best for last,” he said. Internationally, “Captain America: The First Avenger” opened only in Italy with $2.8 million. It will begin playing in 23 international markets next weekend, including the United Kingdom, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Korea. “Harry Potter” dropped 72 percent from its record-setting opening of $169.2 million last weekend. That was expected, though: Even Warner Bros. executives acknowledged that these movies are front-loaded in terms of audience turn-out. And as box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com pointed out, this final “Potter” picture made $43 million in its first midnight showings alone. “‘Harry Potter’ did what it’s going to do,” Dergarabedian said. “Even trying to keep up with that pace, that level, is really tough.” The strong showing of “Captain America” made sense, he said. Every superhero movie that’s come out this year has opened at No. 1.
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Chris Evans, star of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” waves to photographers at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 19, 2011. The film is to be released on Friday, July 22.
Quaids claim corruption keeping them in Canada Associated Press Writer
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An unidentified woman leaves a floral tribute outside the residence of singer Amy Winehouse in Camden Square, north London, Sunday, July 24, 2011.
Family visits Amy Winehouse home, greets mourners Associated Press Writer
LONDON — Amy Winehouse’s father greeted mourners laying flowers outside her north London home on Monday, only hours before police promised to release a post mortem on her death. Mitch Winehouse thanked people for coming to lay bouquets, messages and handwritten notes. He also thanked photog-
raphers and camera crews covering the event. “This means so much to my family,” he said. The 27-year-old singer died Saturday afer publicly struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for years. Police have said the cause of her death is being treated as “unexplained,” and have said speculation that she might have suffered an overdose is “inappropriate.” Police said a post-mortem is expected Monday afternoon.
LOS ANGELES — Randy Quaid says he would like to return to the United States one day, but he and his wife still fear they are being persecuted by California prosecutors and tabloid media. Although U.S. officials recently refused to seek extradition of the actor and his wife from Canada to face felony vandalism charges in Santa Barbara, Calif., authorities in the coastal town say they’ll still have the couple arrested if they return to the states. The Quaids, who have missed several court appearances in the case, claim they are the victims of corrupt forces and are demanding an investigation. “I feel like we’ve been driven out of the country and that the door’s been slammed behind us,” Quaid told The Associated Press in a phone interview from British Columbia on Friday. “And for what, these phony little trespassing, vandalism charges? Santa Barbara can sleep better tonight knowing the Quaids are out of their hair.” The couple’s current trouble began in September 2010, when they were arrested for causing more than $5,000 damage at a hillside home they were renting.
It was the second bout of trouble for the couple in Santa Barbara. Months earlier the pair resolved a case in which they also missed several court appearances related to charges they defrauded an innkeeper; the case against the actor was dropped, but his wife was placed on probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor. After the new arrest, they say they waited weeks to see if they would
be charged. On Oct. 16, two days before they were charged — when a prosecutor says they had been notified to appear — the Quaids traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia. Days later, they were arrested by Canadian police because of the California case. Quaid sought asylum, claiming he was being hunted by “Hollywood star-whackers” who had killed his friends David Carradine and Heath Ledger.
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward, File
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2010 file photo, actor Randy Quaid, left, and his wife Evi are shown outside their lawyer’s office in Vancouver, Canada.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
McDonald’s supersize Olympics plan upsets health groups Reuters
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A worker for the IAA, Israel’s Antiquities Authority holds a gold bell found in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 24, 2011.
Ancient bell found in Jerusalem Old City sewer Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM — A tiny golden bell pulled after 2,000 years from an ancient sewer beneath the Old City of Jerusalem was shown Sunday by Israeli archaeologists, who hailed it as a rare find. The orb half an inch (one centimeter) in diameter has a small loop that appears to have been used to sew it as an ornament onto the clothes of a wealthy resident of the city two millennia ago, archaeologists said. When Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities Authority shook it Sunday, the faint metallic sound was something between a clink and a rattle. The bell’s owner likely “walked in the street, and somehow the golden bell fell from his garment into the drainage channel,” Shukron said. The relic was found last week. Shukron said it was the only such bell to be found in Jerusalem from the Second Temple period, and as such was a “very rare” find. The Second Temple stood from about 515 B.C. until A.D. 70.
The biblical Book of Exodus mentions tiny golden bells sewn onto the hem of the robes of Temple priests, along with decorative pomegranates. The artisans in charge of making the priestly clothes and implements, according to the Bible, “made bells of pure gold, and attached the bells around the hem of the robe between the pomegranates.” It was not know whether this bell was attached to a priestly garment. It is engraved with a pattern of circular channels starting at the top.
The bell was found inside the Old City walls, a few paces from the site of the Jewish Temples — the sacred compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The compound is home to the AlAqsa Mosque and the goldencapped Islamic shrine known as the Dome of the Rock. The excavation of the sewer is part of the City of David excavations in the oldest section of Jerusalem, which lies just outside the current city walls and underneath the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. In the past, Palestinians have objected to Israeli excavations in that area. The sewer, which Jewish rebels are thought to have used to flee the Roman legionnaires who razed Jerusalem and its Temple in A.D. 70, is set to open to the public later this summer.
LONDON - London was failing in its pledge to create the healthiest Olympics ever, health groups said, after McDonald’s fast-food chain said it was to build its biggest and busiest restaurant in the world to serve the Games next summer. The largest of its planned four temporary restaurants in the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, will seat more than 1,500 people, while a total of 1.75 million burger and chips meals expected to be served during the 29 days of competition. The previous Labour government had pledged to use the Olympics to get two million more Britons to adopt an active lifestyle to try to battle obesity. “Given many countries in the developed world, and some in the developing world, are facing a major problem with obesity, it is unfortunate that McDonalds are
major sponsors at the 2012 London Olympics,” the doctors’ professional organisation, the British Medical Association, said in a statement on Thursday. “The BMA does not believe individuals should stop buying McDonalds but we need to get the message across that these products should be seen as very rare treats.” Grahame Morris, who sits on parliament’s health committee, said in a statement: “Given the huge public health issues of childhood obesity, it is legitimate to question whether having the world’s biggest McDonald’s at the Olympic Park is sending an appropriate message to our young people.” McDonald’s is a long-standing official Olympic sponsor with an exclusive deal that ensures it is the only branded restaurant in the park. Two of the Olympic restaurants will be open to the public, and the other two will be in the athletes’ village and media centre.
Chinese medicine could treat Parkinson’s: HK study Agence France Presse
Traditional Chinese medicine is prepared at a shop in Hong Kong. The herb-based medicinal approach may be effective in battling certain symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and lessening side effects from the drugs used to treat the condition, according to a new study
Chinese medicine may be effective in battling certain symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and lessening side effects from the drugs used to treat the condition, according to a new study. Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University said Gouteng, a traditional Chinese herb used to treat hypertension, helped patients better communicate and made them less prone to depression and sleeping difficulties. “There is no cure for Parkinson’s right now, but the study showed Chinese medicine can help treat the dis-
ease,” a university spokesman told AFP Thursday. Parkinson’s is a progressive motor-system disorder which usually affects people over the age of 50, although it can strike earlier, often causing severe symptoms including body trembling, stiffness and loss of balance. The condition is usually treated with a drug called levodopa, which the brain converts into dopamine to relieve the symptoms, but it can also cause nausea and hallucinations. The Baptist University study found that patients who took Gouteng together with levodopa experienced fewer side effects from the drug while showing a marked improvement in their communication skills.
Li Min, an associate professor who led the study, said the findings could also help boost the profile of Chinese medicine. “They provide not only pharmacological proof of the efficacy of Gouteng in treating Parkinson’s disease, but will also help promote the effectiveness and safety of Chinese medicine to the international medical arena,” she said. Li — whose team has applied for a US patent — told the South China Morning Post that she expects the herb would start being used to treat the disease after the second phase of the study in 2013.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
N’Zogbia set to sign for Aston Villa Aston Villa’s new manager Alex McLeish is set to make his second major signing by bringing in winger Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan in a £9.5million deal. The Press Association reported that the fee for the former Newcastle player had finally been agreed between the two clubs, but there had as yet been no official confirmation of the deal from either club. N’Zogbia was expected to hold talks over personal terms and undergo a medical once the deal has been officially rubber-stamped between the clubs. McLeish has been keen to bring in a new wide player after the sale of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. The Scottish coach has long been an admirer of N’Zogbia and nearly signed him when in charge of Birmingham, only for the deal to collapse at the last minute over a disagreement on his personal terms. The Frenchman will be reunited with his former Newcastle team-mate goalkeeper Shay Given, who last week became McLeish’s first signing of the summer in a move from Manchester City.
Uruguay players raise the trophy and celebrate at the end of the 2011 Copa America football tournament final against Paraguay held at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. Uruguay defeated Paraguay 3-0 on Sunday to win a record 15th Copa
Forlan leads Uruguay to record 15th Copa America Agence France Presse
Uruguay defeated Paraguay 3-0 on Sunday to win a record 15th Copa America with striker Diego Forlan grabbing two goals to take his international tally to 31 and complete an incredible family story. Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez, the player of the tournament, was also on target as Uruguay claimed a first continental crown since 1995 and broke their all-time Copa title tie of 14 which they held with Argentina. For Forlan, it was an emotional triumph as he followed his father and grand-father into the record books as a Copa America winner. “This really means a lot for me because my grand-father won it, my father won it and now I have also done it,” said the former Manchester United striker, who took his international tally to 31 goals, a record he now holds with Hector Scarone. “Three generations have won this trophy. The name of Forlan will stay in history.” Suarez opened the scoring in the 12th minute when his drive took a deflection off Dario Veron and left goalkeeper Justo Villar wrong-footed. Atletico Madrid star Forlan added the second three minutes from the interval when Egidio Arevalo cleverly intercepted the ball to release the veteran attacker who confidently buried a left-footed strike. It was Forlan’s first goal in 13 matches as Uruguay, who knocked out hosts Argentina in the quarterfinals, were in cruise control at
River Plate’s famous Estadio Monumental. Suarez added: “We really wanted this. We are a united group and we deserved it. We had to fight like crazy to win this and we’ve achieved something great.” Captain Diego Lugano said the win was a triumph for the whole of his country. “I’m really proud of the way we played and the way we did it. You cannot imagine how I feel. We’ve made a lot of people very happy.” Uruguay, who were World Cup semi-finalists in 2010, dominated the first half while Paraguay, who had reached the final without winning a game, were desperately short of ideas and inspiration. They had been fortunate not to have been a goal down as early as the second minute, needing Villar to pull off a sensational, point-blank save to keep out a bullet header from Diego Lugano. Paraguay, the champions in 1953 and 1979, had defeated Brazil and Venezuela in penalty shoot-outs in both the quarter-finals and semi-fi-
nals after the games ended 0-0 in extra-time. But they came close to pulling a goal back in the 54th minute when Nelson Valdez crashed a right-foot volley off the crossbar with Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera getting a slight touch to deflect the ball towards the woodwork. Just moments earlier, Suarez had muscled his way down the left, but his cutback for Forlan dropped just inches behind the Atletico Madrid man as he closed down on goal. Paraguay again looked dangerous when Ivan Piris charged down the right flank before crossing to Christian Riveros whose flick was saved by Muslera. Uruguay remained in a positive frame of mind, bringing on prolific Napoli striker Edinson Cavani for Alvaro Pereira after 65 minutes. Cavani then teed-up Sebastian Eguren 10 minutes later but Villar pulled off a one-handed save despite being off-balance. Forlan then hit his 31st international goal in the last minute after being set-up by Cavani and Suarez.
Bin Hammam vows to overturn FIFA’s lifetime ban Associated Press Writer
LONDON — Mohamed bin Hammam vowed to overturn his bribery conviction and lifetime ban from soccer on Sunday, calling the decision an act of “revenge” by FIFA and its president, Sepp Blatter. “The ban for life, that shows how much these people are angry, how much they are full of revenge,” bin Hammam told the BBC’s Sportsweek radio program. FIFA imposed the ban on Saturday after finding the suspended Asian Football Confederation president guilty of bribery allegations in his campaign to unseat Blatter as head of the sport’s world governing body, just months after he helped secure 2022 World Cup hosting rights for his tiny Gulf homeland of Qatar. The scandal led to bin Hammam abandoning his campaign for the FIFA presidency and ultimately led to the veteran executive committee member becoming the most senior official convicted of corruption in the governing body’s 107-year history. Bin Hammam, who was not present at the hearing, denies the allegations, and plans to clear his name by launching several appeals, including at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. “The first step for me is the appeals committee of FIFA which is another kangaroo court,” he said. “Then after that when we go to CAS things are going to be much improved. At that time I think FIFA will not have the full stage themselves. “Then I should go to the civil courts in Switzerland where we have full confidence to make the necessary justice.” Bin Hammam added that FIFA has yet to outline the charges against him. “We wrote to FIFA about 10 days back asking them what are the accusations against Bin Hamman because so far there are no accusations known to us,” he said. “Surprisingly, after some days, maybe one or two days before the trial, FIFA wrote back to my lawyers, telling them you will be know the accusations on the 22nd (July). From that we knew that FIFA has already taken (the decision), they just wanted the platform to announce it.” The Qatari also said he will not resign from his FIFA post. “I am not resigning, I am not going to resign. I will quit with the final say of Switzerland,” he said.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Ex-NBA player Wright’s death remains a mystery Associated Press Writer
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Yellow jersey of overall leader, Australia’s Cadel Evans celebrates on the podium on the famous Champs-Elysees avenue after he won the 2011 Tour de France cycling race on July 24, 2011.
Low-profile Evans claims spectacular Tour win Reuters
PARIS - Cadel Evans might not be the most sparkling rider, yet he won the most spectacular Tour de France in years. Evans barely attacked during the three-week competition but his resilience, combined with Alberto Contador’s failure and the Schleck brothers’ errors, allowed him to become the first Australian to win the most famous cycling race. Although fully deserved, Evans’s triumph has a transitional feel. The BMC rider is, at 34 years and five months, the oldest cyclist to win the Tour since 1923 and is highly unlikely to start a long-term reign. Knowing it was one of his last chances to win the Tour after two runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2008, the 2009 world champion left nothing to chance. “We rode every stage like a one-day race, as if it were the last stage,” his BMC team manager John Lelangue said. In a tricky first week, BMC, with classics riders such as George Hincapie and Manuel Quinziato used to jostling for position in the
peloton, were often riding in front of the pack to protect their leader from potential crashes and Evans escaped unhurt. “We were often criticised for pulling the pack but we wanted to be in front to stay safe,” Lelangue explained. Despite the most miserable weather on the Tour de France in years, Evans managed to stay safe throughout while several outside contenders such as Belgian Jurgen van den Broeck and Briton Bradley Wiggins crashed out early in the race. Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov’s career ended in a ditch in one of many massive pileups to mar the Tour and concerns
over the race’s safety threatened to overshadow the action. Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland and Spain’s Juan Antonio Flecha were hit by a French TV car and although they escaped with bruises, the accident was waiting to happen. “They’re definitely trying to make the racing look more spectacular for the spectators, and to the detriment of our safety at times,” Briton David Millar told Reuters before the incident. “It’s the way it goes, the organisers push the limits until they pass them and we’re getting quite close to passing the limits of what is reasonable. I think there might need to be a rethink.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In the year since Lorenzen Wright’s decomposing body was found in a secluded field in southeast Memphis, his mother has kept pressing authorities to find whoever killed the former NBA player. Deborah Marion has repeatedly visited and called the Memphis Police Department for answers about her son’s shooting death, though authorities have very few. “We are a long way from solving this crime,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said last week. Marion said: “I will never lose hope until I’m dead and buried.” But mistakes have hurt the case, which remains unsolved since Wright, 34, was found dead July 28, 2010. Wright’s relatives and friends have complained a missing person’s report wasn’t taken seriously. It was 10 days before his body was found, complicating the investigation because evidence was left to deteriorate in a swampy field at the height of summer. A 911 call made from Wright’s cell phone soon after he was last seen by his family was botched by dispatchers. A small reward of $6,000 — less than the $8,000 offered by a family and animal rights groups for a missing pit bull named Kapone — has yielded just 28 Crime Stoppers tips. Armstrong acknowledged the reward and the number of tips were low for such a high-profile case. Marion filed a $2 million lawsuit Wednesday, accusing suburban authorities in Germantown and Collierville of messing up the emergency call and the missing person’s report. Officials in both municipalities have declined comment. Marion said the police departments involved did not take enough responsibility. “It’s like they were just passing the ball from court to court,” Marion said of the agencies. The slender, athletic Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA teams as a forward and center over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009. He also played high school and college ball in Memphis, where he was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father’s involvement as a coach in summer leagues. His death was immediately met with grief and calls for justice. Hundreds went to the crime scene off a back road that he often drove. A memorial service and vigil were held in the FedEx Forum arena, attended by NBA players and politicians.
French tennis player Simon triumphs under Hamburg roof Agence France Presse
French fifth seed Gilles Simon collected his ninth career title when he defeated Spanish claycourt specialist Nicolas Almagro, the third seed, 6-4, 46, 6-4 under the roof here on Sunday. The 26-year-old Simon, who had also won in Sydney in January, had knocked out top seeded compatriot Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals and will rise to 11 in the world when the new rankings are released on Monday. “I had to play my best tennis to win such a tough final,” said Simon, after his fourth victory in three sets at the tournament. The bad weather in the German city meant that the roof over the Rothenbaum Tennis Centre was closed as Simon became the first Frenchman since Henri Leconte 25 years ago to win the title.
France’s Gilles Simon celebrates with his trophy after defeating Nicolas Almagro of Spain in their final match at the ATP Rothenbaum tennis tournament in Hamburg, northern Germany. Simon won the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Stoner beats Lorenzo to MotoGP at Laguna Seca Casey Stoner stretched his championship lead back up to 20 points by chasing down and beating title rival Jorge Lorenzo in the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Polesitter Lorenzo had resisted huge pressure from Hondas for the majority of the race, but had to yield to the flying Stoner with six laps to go. In the opening laps, Lorenzo’s Yamaha had had all four factory-spec Hondas on its tail, until Marco Simoncelli crashed his Gresinirun bike out of fifth, and works rider Andrea Dovizioso started falling away in fourth. It was Dani Pedrosa who chased Lorenzo at first, but as the Spaniard’s pace started dropping off around half-distance, Stoner sliced past his team-mate with a bold move into the Corkscrew. Stoner then set off after Lorenzo, who held on until lap 26 before the Honda got a better exit from the final corner and swept past on the outside approaching Turn 1.
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From left, Jorge Lorenzo, of Spain; Casey Stoner, of Australia; and Dani Pedrosa, of Spain, celebrate after finishing U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP world championship motorcycle race Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Hamilton hailed controlled aggression LEWIS Hamilton believes his aggressive style and reputation were key factors in a superb victory at the Nurburgring. The Briton, who equaled Stirling Moss’ record of 16 grands prix wins in Germany, said harnessing his typical aggression had helped him triumph over Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber as the trio remained locked in battle for the duration of the race. “Driving lap after lap within tenths of each other was about real perfection,” Hamilton said, “and with my aggressive style, I felt the moves I made were some
of the most precise I have pulled in a while. “Being able to drive with your head all the time and getting it just right is massively satisfying. I was in a good space, and days like this pay off more than you could imagine.” Hamilton said victory was made all the more special by the pressure he and McLaren have been under lately, but that both parties need to replicate such performance on a consistent basis. “Every win is special, but with the emotion, effort and all the energy the team
put into the car and the effort they put in, it just couldn’t feel better.”Coming into this weekend I said I would take it one race at a time. To win is massively positive for us, but there is a long way to go and it is about getting consistency. “If I say something now it could be a disaster, as the next race is going to be very, very hard. We are back in the fight though, and I hope we can carry this forward and keep the momentum going.”
McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car winning the Formula One German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring circuit, Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 24, 2011. AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Despite Stoner’s pre-race pessimism about his long-run pace, he flew thereafter, pulling away to take his fifth win of 2011 - and his first since Silverstone - in commanding style. Pedrosa dropped back in third, while Ben Spies recovered from a bad start to bring the second Yamaha through to fourth in his home race, ahead of Dovizioso. The Ducatis finished nose to tail in sixth and seventh, as Nicky Hayden followed Valentino Rossi closely all the way. Alvaro Bautista had chased them until crashing his Suzuki at Turn 2. Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha), Hector Barbera (Aspar Ducati) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Ducati) filled the top 10, with Edwards’ team-mate Cal Crutchlow crashing early on.