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A farmer is trying
to salvage something from a destroyed rice field. Flood destroyed almost 9 hectares of rice field in Banjar Asem Village in Seririt District.
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Flooding destroy rice paddy in Seririt District Singaraja (Bali Post) –
Flood happened in Banjar Asem Village in Seririt District on Monday, April 25, 2011. The disasters made 9 hectares of rice field ruin because it covered with the mud from Banyu Laras River pass through the village.
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Based on the inspection yesterday, the rice field was completely destroyed. The mud drowned the yellowish paddy which is actually will be harvested in the next few days. Farmers are trying desperately to dig the mud to free their crops. A farmer, Ketut Darta, said that the big flood made their paddy badly damaged and some even can not be seen anymore because fully covered
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harvested. “I suffer a loss for more than 8 million rupiah. I can not do anything right now, I lost my entire paddy,” he cries. In addition to rice fields, the flood also washed away cattle of the local villagers. The people can not save their cattle because during the flood, the water was very high, almost 3 meters high. Nine houses are also badly damaged by the flood.
Afghan forces recapture 65 from Kandahar jailbreak Associated Press Writer
with mud. The rice fields which suffer the most are the one near the Banyu Laras River. “We can not harvest it anymore because the crops are badly damage. Some also washed away by the flood,” he added. According to Darta, if the flood didn’t happen, he will harvest the paddy next week. Some people even already want to but his rice. However, the disasters made it impossible to be
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Afghan forces have recaptured at least 65 of the prisoners who escaped from the south’s largest prison, the government said Tuesday as it scrambled to recover from the massive security
breach that allowed 480 inmates to be spirited out in a stunning jailbreak. Prison officials discovered early Monday morning that the convicts — nearly all of them Taliban militants — were missing from their cells, and then found the tunnel through which they appeared to
have made their getaway. The Taliban said the prison break was five months in the making, with diggers starting the tunnel from under a nearby house while they arranged for inmates to get cell keys so that they could open their cells on the night of the escape. The Kandahar provincial
Water and mud still covered the houses and yards. The victims already received food from Buleleng Government. Based on the information, f l o o d h a s h ap p e n e d s eve r a l times on the village. On the New Years Eve this year, the flood destroyed houses and the river bank almost 100 meters long. The condition made the people of the village move from their houses and stay in their relative house where it is more secure. This is because rain happen every day in the village and they afraid another flood will happen. (kmb/kmb15) governor’s office said that Afghan and international forces are working together to find the missing convicts and re-arrest them. It said the troops have already caught 65 and killed two who tried to resist. Authorities have biometric data on each prisoner, which aids in their identification, the statement said.But even if a sizable number of the convicts are recaptured, the already weak provincial government will likely continue to struggle to recover from the blow to its image. Continued on page 6
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
School buses of SMA 2 left unused at school yard Negara (Bali Post)—
The Head of Gianyar regency, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, left, and other officers inspect the natinal exam in the junior high school
Seven absent in national exam for junior high school in Gianyar Gianyar (Bali Post)—
Implementation of the national exam for secondary school (SMP) starting Monday (Apr 25) in Gianyar Regency ran smoothly. Seven participants were absent. Of these students, six were absent due to quitting school and another was sick as getting an accident some time ago. Meanwhile, implementation of the national exam in junior high school for the disable (SMP LB) in Gianyar was delayed nearly an hour. This could happen due to a technical error delivered by the school to the students attending the national exam, especially in terms of filling out the computer answer sheet. The school suggested crossing the correct answer. This method had been informed and practiced by the students of SMPLB. However, after receiving the questions and worksheets, it was even different. The students should encircle and discolor the answers assumed right. Additionally, the constraint faced by children having a mental retardation was in the matter of filling out their identity. In response to the problem, the school held an instant meeting. Ultimately, it was decided to teach them first how to fill out the worksheet by encircling the number of correct answers.
In the meantime, the Head of Gianyar Education Agency, I Gusti Ngurah Wijana, when asked for his confirmation related to the implementation of national exam in Gianyar said it was going well as a whole. Gianyar Regency got eight additional participants for SMPLB from the province. The total number of participants in the national exam for junior high school in Gianyar was 6,931 students. Of that number, seven participants were absent in the first day of the national exam. The seven students were spread in several schools such as SMP Dwijendra (2 students) and respectively one student in the SMPN 3 Ubud, SMP Kerta Budaya Mas, SMPN 1 Payangan, SMP Kerta Wisata Taro and SMP Santi Yoga, Pejeng. Even, one of the students who was absent due to quitting school, namely from SMP Kerta Wisata, reasoned if he joined his parents in the transmigration program, he explained.
Of the seven students who were absent, six quitted school and another from SMP Santi Yoga was sick on account of accident. “From the information provided by the school, the concerned student is now being treated in Sanglah Hospital,” he said. He would be given opportunity to take deferred exam. At the same time, the Regent of Gianyar, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, in the first day national exam for junior high school made a visit to see in person the implementation of national exam in SMP Wiyata Dharma, SMPN 1 Blahbatuh and SMP Swasta Blahbatuh. The regent hoped the implementation of national exam could run smoothly without a hitch. Ultimately, he also expected the students of Gianyar could achieve the highest score nationally like the achievement attained by one of the students of SMPN1 Gianyar last year. (kmb16)
After the termination of operational subsidies to school bus transport, four school buses belonging to SMAN 2 Negara senior high school are now left unused in the local school yard. One of the favorite schools in Jembrana was no longer applied school hours until 4:00 p.m. Local Time following the assessment made by the agency for regional development (Bappeda). So far, the four buses posing the assets of SMAN 2 Negara have never been used. The drivers operating the buses were laid off because the buses were no longer in use. Now, the students were allowed to ride a motorcycle by themselves. Earlier, the buses were subsidized by the Jembrana Regency Government for school transport but the budget allocation has now been discontinued. Similarly, the school hours formerly applied until 4:00 p.m. have been terminated since last February and so has the lunch at school. Headmaster of SMAN 2 Negara, I Nyoman Suandhia, when asked for his confirmation Monday (Apr 25) justified if the four school buses were no longer used and left at the school yard as they were school asset while waiting for new policy. The school authority was unable to continue because the subsidy had been withdrawn even though some 60 students actually wanted if the buses could be operated. “Thirty of them are students from Pekutatan and Mendoyo. They actually still need but cannot be
free of charge. This matter should be discussed as subsidy is no longer provided,” he explained. The former headmaster of SMA 1 Pekutatan senior high school added if he had a plan to summon the students’ parents and school committees to utilize the bus again. But, for the time being it should be suspended while waiting for the new academic year. Moreover, after riding a motorcycle to school was allowed, there were some students who fell down and had an accident. “There is student of third grade who was going to attend an exam was forced to wear slippers as he got accident when riding a motorcycle. That’s why we would like to think it again if there will be a plan to re-operate the school bus,” he concluded. Megumi waterworks installed in the school did not run as ever. On that account, the school had no choice but subscribed to Municipality Waterworks (PDAM). Previously the schools required eight buses to transport about 400 students per day, especially for the first and second grade. Meanwhile, the third grade students were picked up by their parents. In addition, SMA 2 no longer received subsidies for the students’ lunch and school hours were shortened. Although it was not as strict as before, this did not affect the discipline of students and teachers. The school having entered the second year as an independent category of pilot school (SRKM), according to him, would remain to enforce the discipline and personal development of the students. (kmb26)
The buses which are left on the yard.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Badung investment plan on toll road Regency Govt must make in depth studies Mangupura (Bali Post)—
Tourists are seen passing souvenir shops. Bali Government Tourism Office recorded that expenditure of the tourists from Superpower country reached USD 136.81-163.60 per day.
Spending of US tourists in Bali reach USD 136.8 per day Denpasar (Bali Post)—
US citizens are potential market for Bali amidst the slump of Japanese tourist visit to Bali after the tsunami. Bali Government Tourism Office recorded that expenditure of the tourists from Superpower country reached USD 136.81-163.60 per day. The Head of Bali Government Tourism Office, IB. Kade Subhiksu, said that the US citizens made Bali one of his favorite destinations. However, since it had not been maximally managed, so most of the 30 million people traveling overseas chose to travel to Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. “89.13 percent of the US tourists visiting Bali for a holiday, only a small portion came for business purposes. Their loyalty to Bali destination is the same as Japanese and Australian tourists,” said Subhiksu in Denpasar, Monday (Apr 25). During their stay on the Island of the Gods, they mostly (59.78 percent) preferred to stay in star hotels. Meanwhile, international destinations becoming their favorite were the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe,
Asia, Latin America and Canada. Especially to the Asia Pacific region, they preferred to choose Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Bangkok. “To capture the US incentive tourism market, businesspeople in Bali are necessary to make an approach to Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board. It means to plan a twin package market of Singapore and Bali to handle the MICE package,” he advised. An alternative program for Bali that could be offered to draw the US tourists, according to Subhiksu, could take advantage of the spiritual tourism including meditation, enlightenment on various local culture and wisdom, yoga, adventure tours that would provide a special attraction as they could see the natural beauty and diversity of flora and
fauna. Herdy D. Sayogha, one of the tourism perpetrators who actively pioneered new potential markets previously had expressed if the US market was formerly the leading market sending tourist visits to Bali. However, since the terrorist attack on September 11 devastating the Twin Towers (WTC), the number of tourists visit from the Uncle Sam country had decreased. Decline in the number of foreign tourist to Bali continued after the bomb blast in 2002 and even the number of tourist visits was at its nadir. “Bali is a favorite destination for the US tourism market. Bali often won the votes or direct election of the readers of leading travel magazines in the country of the Statue of Liberty,” he said. (par)
Badung Regency Government should conduct in-depth studies on the Nusa Dua-Benoa toll road development investment plan. Expectedly, the investment can be made gradually so as not to interfere with the development priorities in other sectors such as education, health, and poverty alleviation. It was disclosed by the Head of Commission C of Badung House, I GA Jaya Adhiputra, on Monday (Apr 25). He said at least there were three aspects that had to be considered before government implemented the investment. They consisted of legal compliance aspect, socioeconomic feasibility aspect and value protection aspect. “In terms of legal compliance aspect, government’s investment should refer to the Government Regulation No. 58/2005 and is arranged further in the Regulation of Minister of Home Affairs No. 13/2006 concerning with Fiscal Management. These legal instruments had set forth the justifiable investment for local government and investment inclusion of local government. In the Government Regulation No. 16/ 2010, section 3 (i), has also been stated that legislative gives approval to the plan of cooperation with third parties,” said the man familiarly addressed as Gung Jaya. In terms of socio-economic feasibility aspect, he said, government should take into account the cost-benefit of the investment. It was important because investments might not interfere with the cash flow and composition of regional budget although the toll road posed one of the solutions to reduce traffic
congestion in the region. Government should consider the risks that were likely to occur. On that account, in terms of the value protection aspect, there should be a rigid and binding agreement so the stocks invested would be safe from turmoil and fluctuations in the price level. Regarding to the investment value of the Badung Regency discoursed around 10-20 percent Gung Jaya stated that Badung Regency should choose the maximum value. In other words, at least the Badung Regency was ready to allocate the fund worth IDR 240 billion. The investment value of 20 percent at five institutions in the consortium was assessed to strengthen the bargaining position of the Badung Regency Government to take development policy and toll road management in the future. He explained if it had been agreed the consortium of four state-owned enterprises and Badung Regency Government would further establish a limited liability company (PT) in relation to financing the toll road development and management estimated to spend IDR 1.2 trillion. With the establishment of the PT, the investment worth IDR 1.2 trillion was not automatically deposited or there was possibility if the financing was made in stages. The fund could be paid at 50 percent first, and the rest was borrowed from parties outside the PT established by the consortium. “This is a gap that can be taken advantage by Badung to strengthen its position as a shareholder, so that we are not just a passive spectator in our own region,” he said. (kmb25)
Hospital and Puskesmas Got Injection The absorption of Mandara Bali Health Guarantee (JKBM) budget should focusing to the increase of hospital and puskesmas service. Besides this budget also can maximize to increase the professionalism of medical personnel so the referral process can be minimize. It is delivered by the Head of Publication and Documentation Division of Public Relation and Protocol Bali Ketut Teneng yesterday (24/4). “JKBM fund should advantage for empowering region health potential through the circle of JKBM fund absorb in certain region,” said him. Within much more fund ab-
sorbs by regency/city hospital and puskesmas, they should increase the service quality including the provision of healthy facilities and human resource program. According to him, BRSUD Tabanan which since early had invested supportive facility of medical service can be example in managing the stream of JKBM earning. Within proper absorption and great service, Tabanan people should happy to get treatment in his area. “Regency/city should take challenge to give best service to their people. Don’t let people going to another regency hospital including Sanglah Hospital,” said him.
If many patients got referral, JKBM fund of certain regency will go out so it will not effective anymore to strong the hospital. For those reasons, said him, the low JKBM fund regency should evaluate. In the other side JKBM program purposes to push regency/city in preparing proper medical service center and it gains the trust of the people. Bali government is support this program by allocating very big fund to serve people’s health. The low absorption JKBM fund of certain regency at least can covered by increasing management profession, proper medical facility, and increasing people’s service in puskesmas.
The Dewa Ruci junction at night. Badung Regency Government should conduct in-depth studies on the Nusa Dua-Benoa toll road development investment plan.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
After 500 die, Nigeria holds another election Associated Press Writer
UYO, Nigeria – Hundreds of poll workers fled their jobs and tens of thousands of displaced Nigerians had nowhere to cast ballots as gubernatorial elections went ahead Tuesday despite violence after the presidential poll earlier this month that left at least 500 people dead. The stability of Africa’s most populous nation is at stake as it concludes voting that began on April 9 with parliamentary elections. Hundreds perished in rioting across the country’s predominantly Muslim north when tallies from the April 16 presidential poll showed President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, had won. Mobs set fire to the hostels where young poll workers were staying, leaving at least 11 recent college graduates dead. Attahiru Jega, chief of Nigeria’s Independent Election Commission, paid tribute to those who died. “Some have paid the ultimate price for democracy and I am sure that I speak the minds of all Nigerians if I say that the nation will be eternally grateful to them,” he said. “One way of immortalizing them is to ensure that we complete the remaining elections successfully and not succumb to the designs of people who want to scuttle our collective aspiration for a strong, united and democratic country.” Some members of Nigeria’s
National Youth Service Corps vowed to return to duty Tuesday at polling stations as voters choose state leaders who control billions of dollars. But Yushau Shuaib, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said about 700 corps members already had been evacuated from their posts and would not be present for the voting. “I just left,” said a 25-year-old woman who had been serving in the northern state of Gombe as a poll worker. “Very few corps members are left in the state because we were not safe.” The one-year service program is mandatory for Nigerians who graduate from college before the age of 30, and rules prohibit them from speaking to the media. Corps members have been leading the team of election staff manning the polling stations. At stations where the corps members did not show up for duty Tuesday, other election staff took over the leadership of the polling station. Nigeria’s election days are national holidays and neighborhood polling stations are small with
Leaked files: Gitmo inmate informed on 123 others
AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA
Young men rumage among still smouldering goods at Kafanchan central market on April 25, 2011 in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, as they try to save anything that may have survived the arson attack last week in deadly post-poll violence.
only a few hundred voters registered. In the country’s oil-rich south, corps members came to voting stations but in Akwa Ibom state they sat without any election materials and there was no visible
sign of security. At one polling station at a school complex, the crowd shouted at election workers for being late, and party agents pushed and shoved each other. Gubernatorial opposition candidate John James Akpan
Udoedehe said he would only leave his own neighborhood under armed guard, fearing attacks on him and his family. Udoedehe has faced treason and murder charges in recent weeks, charges his lawyer describe as political smears.
Yemen opposition: deal could be finalized in days
Associated Press Writer
LONDON – Leaked U.S. military documents reveal that a Guantanamo Bay detainee was freed after informing on 123 other prisoners, despite concerns about the reliability of his evidence, a British newspaper reported Tuesday. The Guardian, The New York Times and El Pais are publishing details of more than 750 leaked U.S. military dossiers on terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo. They reveal that the detainees ranged from close associates of Osama bin Laden to seemingly innocent men held even though they were judged to pose little threat. The Guardian said the prolific informer, a Yemeni man captured in Pakistan in December 2001, gave detailed information about al-Qaida activity in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains and identified other detainees as militants. However, the documents also noted that the man often changed his story and said some of his claims could not be verified. Nonetheless the files praised his cooperation and show that he was recommended for release in 2008 and sent to Spain. The Guardian said his current whereabouts are unknown. The newspaper said the files also reveal that the U.S. believed an alleged al-Qaida operative suspected of bomb attacks in Pakistan was an informant for British intelligence. The leaked files — known as Detainee Assessment Briefs — describe the intelligence value of the detainees and whether they would be a threat to the U.S. if released. So far 604 detainees have been transferred out of Guantanamo while 172 remain. The Pentagon has condemned the publication of the documents, which it said were obtained illegally by the secret-spilling WikiLeaks website. The New York Times said it had obtained the files from another source and shared them with other news organizations. The Guantanamo files give details of al-Qaida planning and confirm that London’s Finsbury Park Mosque was considered a haven for extremists in the years before 2001, when it was a base for radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.
SANAA – The time and venue for the signing of a Gulf Arab deal that would see Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally resign could be announced by a Gulf envoy in the coming days, an opposition official said on Tuesday. Mohammed Basindwa told Reuters the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdullatif al-Zayani, is expected to visit Sanaa within a few days to finalize a power transfer plan that requires Saleh to step down 30 days after signing the deal. “We expect an arrangement and signing of a deal to be completed — the sooner the better,” he said. Asked if the GCC-brokered agreement could be signed within the next few days, he said, “Hopefully. It’s possible.” An opposition coalition of Islamists, leftists and Arab nationalists removed a key obstacle to implementing the deal when they agreed on Monday to participate in a transitional national unity government, reversing their initial refusal. Yemen’s Western and Gulf Arab allies have tried for weeks to mediate a solution to a three-month crisis in
which protesters, inspired by the toppling of leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, have taken to the street demanding an end to Saleh’s 32-year rule. Washington and neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia fear that a descent into further chaos or bloodshed in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state, long on the brink of collapse, would offer more room for al Qaeda’sYemenbased wing to operate in the country. It has used Yemen as a launchpad for at-
tempted attacks on U.S. and Saudi targets in the last two years. In the wake of daily mass protests and the defection of many army, tribal and political leaders, Saleh agreed in principle to the proposal by GCC foreign ministers to resign in exchange for immunity from prosecution for himself, his family and aides. Opposition officials told Reuters they finally agreed to the plan on Monday after receiving assurances from U.S.
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Anti-government protestors run away during clashes with Yemeni security forces, in Taiz, Yemen, Monday, April 25, 2011. Forces loyal to Yemen’s embattled president attacked protesters calling for his ouster in a southern city Monday, injuring dozens, according to an opposition activist.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
bvilla turns 10; birthday! Bali’s upscale lifestyle space, bvilla, turns 10 this year. To celebrate, bvilla held a birthday party for exclusively selected guests on April 8 at the bvilla+spa. More than 300 invitees from the industry and travel media enjoyed cocktails and acoustic live music during the evening’s stylish celebrations. In addition, to recognize this milestone occasion, on April 7, bvilla management presented an award to each staff member who has been with the property since opening. All staff are recognized as being key to bvilla’s success in becoming Bali’s most stylish place to b—in fact, in almost all guest reviews, the level of service is lavishly praised. And to reward its industry partners, bvilla presented awards to its three best-supporting travel agents. These are outstanding bvilla friends who have helped and continue to help make bvilla the success it is, as recognized by the management. (BTN/015)
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for March 21 through April 23, 2011 21 Mar Betara Turun Kabeh Ceremony Besakih - Karangasem Bukit Jati Temple Bangli Batur Temple Kalanganyar - Bangli Masceti Pejengaji Temple Tegallalang - Gianyar Dalem Temple Tangsud,Sukawati - Gianyar Penambangan Badung Temple Denpasar Lempuyang Madia Temple Karangasem Batur Temple Bangli Desa Temple Singakerta,Ubud - Gianyar Pasek Gelgel Temple Marga - Tabanan Gaduh Temple Ketapian, Sumerta - Denpasar Pasek Bendesa Temple Tuakilang - Tabanan Pasek Agung Temple Tatag Kelod,Peguyangan Denpasar Agung Pasek Bendesa Temple Tonja - Denpasar Pasek Gegel Angsri Temple Baturiti - Tabanan Pasek Gelgel Baleagung Temple Braban - Tabanan Dukuh Sakti Belatung Temple Timpag,KerambitanTabanan Puseh Dukuh Sakti Belatung Rendang - Karangasem Pitamaha Temple Palangkaraya - Kalimantan Tengah Candra Praba Temple Komplek Polri,JelambarJakarta Barat Agung Jagatnatha Temple Denpasar Pemerajan Agung Temple Puri Petak - Gianyar Dadya Agung Bendesa Tangkas Abiansemal - Badung Puseh Temple Sidemen - Karangasem Agung Giri Natha Temple Semarang - Center of Java 2 April Puseh Temple , Village Temple Sukawati Gianyar Pasek Gelgel-Bebetin Temple Sawan Buleleng Maspahit Temple Sesetan Denpasar Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Tegallalang Gianyar Panti Pasek Gaduh Temple Sesetan - Denpasar Pedarman Arya Kanuruhan Temple Besakih Karangasem 5 April Kahyangan Tiga Temple Batur Kintamani - Bangli Batur Temple Camenggaon, Sukawati Gianyar
Luhur Bhujangga Temple Canggu,Kuta Badung Kawitan Kayu Selem Temple Batur, Kintamani Bangli 12 April Puseh Temple , Desa Temple Gianyar Luhur Dalem Segening Temple Kediri Tabanan Sanghyang Tegal Temple Taro,Tegallalang Gianyar 16 April Dalem Tarukan Temple Cemenggon, Sukawati-Gianyar Penataran Dalem Ketut Temple Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Puseh Manakaji Temple Peninjoan - Bangli Kawitan Gusti Celuk Temple Mengwi Badung 20 April Segara Temple Lombok Island Dwijawarsa Temple Malang East Java Puncak Tinggah Temple Baturiti Tabanan Kawitan Batur Pande Tonja Temple Tonja - Denpasar Penyungsungan Pasek Tohjiwa Wanagiri,Selemadeg Tabanan Penataran Agung Temple Sidemen Karangasem Samuan Tiga Temple Bedulu Gianyar Kawitan Jati Luwih Bhujangga Jatiluwih Tabanan 21 April Dalem Taman Temple Peguyangan Denpasar 23 April Puri Agung Dalem Tarukan Pejeng,Tampaksiring Gianyar Rambut Siwi Temple Jembrana Batu Bolong Temple Canggu,Kuta Badung Pasek Temple Klaci,Tabanan Agung Pasek Temple Dauh Waru - Jembrana Ratu Pasek Temple Sangsit Buleleng Pasek Tangkas Temple Gede Tabanan Pedharman Batur Sari Ngiis Temple Jegu,Penebel Tabanan Desa Temple Banyuning Buleleng Srijong Temple Tabanan Puncak Mundi Temple Klumpu,Nusa PenidaKlungkung
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Chernobyl widows mourn as bell tolls 25 times Associated Press Writer
KIEV, Ukraine – Black-clad Orthodox priests sang solemn hymns, Ukrainians lit thin wax candles and a bell tolled 25 times for the number of years that have passed since the Chernobyl disaster as the world began marking the anniversary Tuesday of the worst nuclear accident in history. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill led the nighttime service near a monument to firefighters and cleanup workers who died soon after the accident from acute radiation poisoning. “The world had not known a catastrophe in peaceful times that could be compared to what happened in Chernobyl,” said Kirill, who was accompanied by Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and other officials. “It’s hard to say how this catastrophe would have ended if it hadn’t been for the people, including those whose names we have just remembered in prayer,” he
said in an emotional tribute to the workers sent to the Chernobyl plant immediately after one of its reactors exploded to try to contain the contamination. Tuesday’s service began at 1:23 a.m. (2123 GMT), the time of the blast on April 26, 1986, that spewed a cloud of radioactive fallout over much of Europe and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in the most heavily hit areas in Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia. The explosion released about 400 times more radiation than the U.S. atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. Hundreds of thousands
were sickened and once-pristine forests and farmland still remain contaminated. The U.N.’s World Health Organization said at a conference in Kiev last week that among the 600,000 people most heavily exposed to the radiation, 4,000 more cancer deaths than average are expected to be eventually found. Several hundred Ukrainians, mostly widows of plant workers and those sent in to deal with the disaster, came to Tuesday’s service to pay their respects to their loved ones and colleagues. Teary-eyed, they lit candles, stood in silence and crossed themselves to the sound of Orthodox chants.
Top organizer of India’s Commonwealth Games jailed Associated Press Writer
NEW DELHI – The spiraling investigation into India’s troubled Commonwealth Games landed its chief organizer behind bars on Monday — a long-anticipated arrest after months of allegations and cries of corruption over the event. India had hoped the two-week international sporting competition in October would highlight its rapid development and boost its role on the world stage. Instead, it was deeply embarrassed by accusations of graft, construction delays and cost overruns as the games’ budget bal-
New Delhi Commonwealth Games organizing committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, center, who was later fired from his job in January, arrives at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 25, 2011.
looned by billions of dollars beyond the $412 million price tag organizers initially estimated. Reports about filthy athletes’ accommodations, unfinished construction projects and security woes further battered the country’s image and encouraged scorn against the organizing committee chief, Suresh Kalmadi, who had promised a spectacle to rival the 2008 Beijing Olympics. On Monday, the Central Bureau of Investigation — the Indian equivalent to the FBI in the U.S. — took Kalmadi himself into custody after questioning him at its headquarters. The arrest came as little surprise amid the mounting inquiry, during which Kalmadi was fired as parliamentary secretary for the governing Congress Party. He had kept his organizing committee job while the investigation continued, but on Monday was suspended from Congress as the party sought to limit damage from his arrest. “Let there be no ambiguity,” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said, “appropriate, demonstrable and visible action will be taken.” Investigators said the 67-year-old Kalmadi — the highest-ranking official arrested in the probe — has been charged with conspiracy, accused of favoring a Swiss company in the purchase of equipment for timing and scoring events, bureau spokeswoman Dharini Mishra said. His aides Lalit Bhanot and V.K. Verma were arrested last month in the same case. The bureau said the government was bilked out of 1.41 billion rupees ($31 million), paid to Swiss Timing Ltd. for equipment available from a Spanish company for less. It said competition for the contract had been wrongfully restricted, with no clear criteria for selecting the winning bids and alleged coercion and threats against those making the final decision. It was not immediately clear if Swiss Timing was also accused of alleged wrongdoing. Swiss Timing and Olympics sponsor Omega are both subsidiaries of Swiss watchmaking giant Swatch Group. Swiss Timing is based in Corgemont, near the capital Bern, and says on its website it provides “official timekeeping services at the Olympic Games for the Swatch Group.” In addition, Swiss Timing adds, it “remains active on behalf of Group brands at numerous European and world championships and major multi-sport events” including the Commonwealth Games.
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In this 1986 photo shows the sarcophagus under construction over the 4th destroyed reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. On May 12, 1986, more than two weeks after the explosion, the leading Soviet daily newspaper Pravda published its first photograph from the site for the first time, shot three days earlier from a helicopter by Repik.
Kandahar jailbreak... From page 1 Adding to the feelings of insecurity, the prison break came less than two weeks after the Kandahar police chief was killed by a suicide bomber inside his heavily defended office compound. “How can we trust or rely on a government that can’t protect the police chief inside the police headquarters and can’t keep prisoners in the prison?” asked Islamullah Agha Bashir, who sells washing machines and other appliances in Kandahar city. “Last night while we were eating dinner I told my two sons not to go out as much because I am afraid that now when the morale of the Taliban is high, they will attack more.” In Kabul, officials started to piece through the details of the escape and place blame. Justice Minister Abibullah Ghalab sent a formal letter to President Hamid Karzai acknowledging that prison officials or guards likely acted as accomplices but also saying that Afghan and international security forces should have detected the
plot. “The escape of all the prisoners from one tunnel ... shows that collaborators inside the prison somehow provided an opportunity,” Ghalab said in the letter. However, he also noted that Afghan police searched the compound from which the tunnel originated about two and a half months before the prison break and he said that Canadian and American forces have been responsible for security improvements to the prison. A full investigation was under way. Kandahar city has been a major focus of the international troop surge over the past year, with NATO officials saying that establishing security there will be key to securing the region. Last summer, Afghan forces created a ring of checkpoints around the city and started pushing out into Taliban bed-down areas on its outskirts in a plan to establish the government’s authority before the rise in attacks that usually comes with warmer weather in the spring and summer.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
President questions Indonesian translation of “intellectual property rights” Antara
Jakarta - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Tuesday questioned the use of the Indonesian phrase “hak kekayaan intelektual” for the English words “intellectual property rights.” The president questioned the phrase in his opening address at the National Convention on Intellectual Property Rights (HKI) at the State Palace. According to the head of state, the word “property” in the phrase “intellectual property rights” should not be translated into the Indonesian language as “kekayaan” or riches.
He said the right word in Bahasa for the word “property” was “kepemilikan” or “possession” so that the phrase “intellectual property rights” should be translated as “hak kepemilikan intelektual” instead of “hak kekayaan intelektual.” The president said that in conceptual terms the word “kepemilikan” was more appro-
Cancer vaccine creator Ian Frazer visits Indonesia Antara
Jakarta - Professor Ian Frazer, creator of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer will visit Indonesia from 25 to 28 April 2011, the Australian Embassy here in its official website said. Frazer will conduct screenings of the “Catching Cancer” documentary at universities in Jakarta and Surabaya as well meet with Indonesian scientists and researchers. “I am proud to welcome Professor Frazer to Indonesia. His work demonstrates the scientific excellence we have in Australia and I hope his efforts will inspire Indonesian researchers and medical scientists as well as strengthen research collaboration and people to people links with Australia,” said Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty. Screenings of the documentary will be held on Tuesday 26 April at University of Indonesia, Jakarta and Wednesday 27 April at Airlangga University, Surabaya. Government officials, members of the medical profession, university
students and researchers will have the opportunity to attend the screening as well as participate in discussions with Professor Frazer. Professor Ian Frazer is the Director of the Diamantina Institute. He is the creator of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, the first vaccine designed to stop a cancer. He was named Australian of the Year in 2006 for his development of the HPV cervical cancer vaccine. Professor Frazer teaches immunology to undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Queensland. He was recently made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In February 2011, the Australian Government released a landmark study,‘Excellence in Research for Australia‘ which found the majority of Australian research units were rated at or above world standard. Areas of excellence included cardiovascular medicine and haematology, oncology and carcinogenesis, immunology, medical physiology, pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences and clinical sciences.
priate to prevent somebody`s intellectual possession from being stolen by somebody else. But the president left it to the linguists and lawyers to decide which term - Hak Kekayaan Intelektual or Hak Kepemilikan Intelektual - was more correct for Intellectual Property Rights. “Anyway, I wholly leave it to the linguists and lawyers,” Presi-
dent Yudhoyono said when opening the National Convention on Intellectual Property Rights. The convention was organized by the ministry of law and human rights in observance of World Intellectual Property Day which falls on April 26. The event was also attended by among others Chairman of the People‘s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Taufik Kiemas, Supreme Court (MA) Chief Harifin A Tumpa, Attorney General Basrief Arief and a number of cabinet ministers. April 26th is observed annually as World
Intellectual Property Organization Day (WIPO Day). This year the theme is: “Designing for Future” and coincides wit the half century of Indonesia`s first regulation on intellectual property rights, namely Law No. 21/1961 on Trade Brand. During the event, the justice and human rights minister presented awards to several figures and institutions considered having significant contribution in promoting and protecting intellectual property rights in Indonesia.
Negotiations for MV Sinar Kudus crew‘s release still going on Antara
Jakarta - PT Samudera Indonesia is still continuing to negotiate the release of its MV Sinar Kudus‘ 20 crew members held hostage by Somalian pirates, a minister said. The government kept monitoring communication be-
tween the ship‘s owner and the pirates, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said at the Presidential Palace here on Monday. “The effort to handle the crew members is still going on, and so is communication between the ship`s owner and the pirates,” he said. Marty said the government con-
tinued to monitor any developments including options that had originally been planned to release the hostages. MV Sinar Kudus carrying nickel ore was hijacked by Somalian pirates off the coast of East Africa while on its way to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, last March.
Flash floods inundate tens of houses in Lahat Antara
Lahat, S Sumatra - Flash floods in Tanjungsakti Pumi sub-district, Lahat regency, South Sumatra, had flooded scores of home in Negeri Kaya village with the flood waters reaching one meter and forced residents to evacuate. The flash floods on Monday came from the overflowed Manna river, not only inundated tens of houses in Negeri Kaya village, Pulau Panggung, but also forced the villagers to evacuate to higher ground. “The floods came at 4 pm, inundating 35 houses with the flood waters reaching one meter high, especially in Negeri Kaya village, Tajungsakti Pumi sub-district, and practically all our residents had evacuated,” Negeri Kaya village chief said. He said before the rain fell, heavy rain hit the area for about four hours followed by the overflowing of Manna river inundating the houses.
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Fireworks explode above downtown Jakarta’s Welcome Monument during a special ceremony kicking off the 200-day countdown to the SEA Games in Jakarta, Indonesia,Monday, April 25, 2011.The 26th Southeast Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia in November 2011.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Bali Today Magoak-goakan before Going to War
The tight inspection is carry out by the police in the entrances of Bali. As seen on the picture, police officers inspect a car entering Bali.
Bali Police alert on electric bomb Antara
Denpasar – The Head of Bali Police Department, General Inspector Hadiatmoko said that the department is on the highest level of alert even tough here is no indication that there is electrical bomb found in Bali. “All precincts in Bali have carried out search operation regularly and until now, there is no bomb found in the island. Hopefully the situation will go on like this,” he added. Hadiatmoko told all personnel to stay alert especially in the entrances to Bali. “Currently, high alert still applied in every entrance of Bali. We put 2/3 of the force or 6,700 personnel to secure the doors to Bali and other vital objects such as tourist sites and entertainment places,” he ex-
plained. He hoped that there will be no bomb terror in the future because it will be devastating to Bali that relay on tourism. It will be great lost for the people so Hadiatmoko urged everyone to report to the police if they see something suspicious. ”I pray that there will be no more victims of bomb explosion in Bali and I also hope the society help the duty of the police by giving information,” he said. Previously, there was rumor
that there will be bomb explosions in some areas in Bali. The rumor also said that the bomb enter Bali through the three kilograms of gas tubes which is modified into electric bomb. The rumors had been spreading since 19 suspects of book bomb arrested by the police. They were arrested in Jakarta and from the preliminary investigation, Bali is one of their target. The police department act by carry out search operation in order to prevent the terrorists and bomb entering Bali.
To mark the pinnacle of the 407th anniversary of Singaraja City falling on Wednesday (Mar 30) was held the magoak-goakan colossal dance presented by the youth of Singaraja. Magoak-goakan attraction can not be separated from the history of Singaraja City founded by Anglurah Pandji Sakti. Magoak-goakan is originated from the folk games of Buleleng that supposedly highly favored by Pandji Sakti. Before attacking the Blambangan Kingdom in East Java, Pandji Sakti had time to play games or magoakgoakan with his soldiers. The games were made to kindle the spirits of soldiers who was called Laskar Goak (Crow Forces). The game was played by 20 men from his army. During the game, every soldier was given the chance to become the gowak or leading crow. If he can catch the tail of the crow then the soldier would get anything that they want such as food, houses, and even woman. It was given to the King Pandji Sakti to his soldier. In the end of the game, it came the King’s turn. During the game, Pandji Sakti managed to get the tail of the line of crow so that he could express his wishes to the crow. “Ratu Anglurah, what do you want I will give you,” said the crow. Panji Sakti requested that the soldiers could attack Blambangan vigorously. At that time, the Crow Forces replied enthusiasti-
cally by imitating the voice of a crow:”Goak ...., goak goak ...” meaning they were already well prepared to conduct the attacks. The King Pandji Sakti needed to carry out the game because Blambangan was a great kingdom which had powerful army. It was said that some soldiers of Blambangan could not be killed using regular sword or any other sharp object. The condition made the King must prepare the correct strategy and also increased the spirit of his soldier and one of them was by conducting the magoak-goakan game. The traditional dance is actually only being performed during special occasion such as before the celebration of Nyepi Day and only exist in Panji Village, around 6 km southern of Singaraja. The name megoak-goakan is taken from the name of the crow which is the main theme of the play. Before, the dance was done to increase the spirit of the soldier before going to war. It played an important role during the war at Bali olden time. However, nowadays, magoak-goakan becomes one of the performances to attract tourists in Singaraja. The unique game attracts the attention of the domestic and foreign tourists. Even, the dance is also performed during big event such as Bali Art Festival and other. It is noe become the trademark of tourism in Singaraja. Bali is famous with its culture and M
Caterpillar Should Eliminate Naturally The Head of Integrated Pest Control from PostGraduate Agroecotechnology Agriculture Faculty Udayana Denpasar Prof Dr Wayan Supartha said the caterpillar destroying should use natural way like pathogens. “In nature caterpillar has natural predator from predator category, parasitoid, and pathogens. This effort should applied to keep ecology balance in Bali,” said him in Denpasar yesterday. In the seminar about caterpillar control in Bali, he said, all of caterpillar enemies can develop to lessen the improvement of rapid caterpillar growth in Bali. “Instead using chemical substance, we should better using their natural enemies because it generates effective result, and ecology balance,” said him. He said Bali Government now keeping effort to destroy the caterpillars which were spreading in Bali. While the researcher of caterpillar from Post-Graduate Program FP Udayana Dr. Putu Sudirta said the most effective predator of the caterpillar is parasitoid. He said the parasitoid comes from word “parasite”
and “oid”. It is pointing an organism like parasite which is living from the loss of other organism. “We can use the caterpillar itself to kill other caterpillar. So we hope Agriculture and Crop Office Bali can instruct the people to catch the caterpillar as much as they can then bring the caterpillars to the Laboratory of Udayana University,” said him. “Now people should not scare to the caterpillar”, said him, “catch the caterpillar as much as they can then bring them to Lab Unud.” The caterpillars injected parasite then they will release again randomly in entire Bali. “The parasite caterpillar looks like caterpillar but they will eat other caterpillar. This parasite will be adaptive in accord with caterpillar population. If the caterpillar amount was overload so the parasite will work bigger,” said him. Because of those reasons, said Sudirta, he pleased the people to catch the caterpillar as much as they can then bring the caterpillars to Unud Denpasar. “The natural enemies like predator also can develop massively then we can release them back to the nature,” said Sudirta.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Regent challenges Bangli Tourism Office Change junks of Kintamani tourism into gold Bangli (Bali Post)—
Vague image of Kintamani tourism is triggered by a variety of social issues, starting from the act of hawkers forcing tourists to buy their goods up to blackmail against tourists in the Lake Batur. Kindled by these acts, the Regent of Bangli Made Gianyar challenged the Bangli Government Tourism Office on Monday (Apr 25) to change the junks of Kintamani tourism into gold mines. It was said, so far the hawkers remained a scourge for the advancement of tourism and so did the frequent blackmail. These two
junks hampered the aspiration to promote the local tourism. To that end, his party gave a deadline of two years to the Tourism and Industry Services in order they could change the junks paid half an eye into gold. By doing so, the tourism expected to be one of the backbones for producing the regionally generated revenue (PAD) could begin to materialize. So far, the hawkers had been considered a junk and sentenced ugly by tourists as well as tourism perpetrators of Bali. Hopefully, it could be improved within the next two years. If now the hawkers chased tourists, how about
The beautiful scenery of Kintamani
in two years to come? Even, the tourists would chase the hawkers. “Our challenge is how to make those hawkers no longer chase tourists. On the contrary, when visitors come to Kintamani they will feel incomplete without taking photograph or meet them,” he said. So far, Kintamani reaping criticism and obstacles is actually a long pent-pearl. As a matter of fact, Kintamani is the region first known in the eyes of tourists compared to other tourist destinations in Bali. It is indicated by the art pavilion heritage of the great literati Sutan Takdir Alisyahbana at Toya Bungkah, Kintamani. Popularity of Kintamani has been increasingly complete with the rhymes composed by Ebiet G. Ade, a national ballad pop singer, expressing his admiration when he saw little girls peddling rings in Kintamani. The two figures actually very much admired Kintamani, but later on such a name progressively disappeared. Therefore, to revive or regain the fame, it required the innovation and creativity of local officials. “I want the Bangli official could give me surprise when hearing their achievement. I do not want if the official inaugurated 17 days ago could only show off an average or mediocre accomplishments. If he only makes mediocre achievement I will definitely evaluate him based on integrity fact that had been signed,” he promised. (kmb17)
SIAP MEPANGGANG (Grilled Chicken)
OVERVIEW: This is one of Bali’s most traditional dishes and plays an important role in many ceremonies. SIAP MEGORENG: (Fried Chicken) This is one of Bali’s most traditional dishes and plays an important role in many ceremonies. INGREDIENTS: 4 baby chickens, each 400 gr (13 oz) 1 cup chicken spice paste 2½ cup coconut milk 3¼ cups chicken stock 4 stalks lemon grass, bruised 4 salam leaves 2 lemon leaves 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed PREPARATION: Cut along the backbone of chicken, open butterfly style and flatten. Heat heavy saucepan, add spice paste and sauté for 2 minute over low heat. Add, chicken stock, lemon grass, salam leaves, lemon leaves and bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add coconut cream, bring to boild, season with salt and pepper. Add chickens and simmer until three-quarters cooked, turning chicken frequently. Remove from fire and cool chicken in the sauce to room temperature. Remove chicken from sauce and dry well in open airy place for 30 minutes. Grill over charcoal until dark golden brown. Grilled chicken tastes best when served with peanut sauce, steamed rice and vegetables.
Helpful hints : The chickens can be simmered in coconut milk and then deep-frozen until required. Be sure to dry them thoroughly after defrosting, either in an airy place or in front of a fan, before frying. C.045 ibp
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Sakenan Temple The temple of Sakenan is located in the island of Serangan, well-known like island of the turtle. Located in the southern part of Bali, the island of the turtle is one of the point more preferred to practice surf. The temple obstruct-will be packed by three days by the people who use the traditional suits of Balinese. constructed in the thirteenth century by a Hindus priest which is, “Dang Hyang Dwijendra” in a small island closely together of the port of Benoa and the Nusa Dua. As usual, the religious ritual will at- a day before it is Galungan redecorated taktract portions of foreign visitors. The ing under the white clothes and replaced with ritual will provide an opportunity with- the yellow clothes, symbolizing the prosperout precedent for the foreign travellers to ity. In spite of the persistent crisis, Bali conthe witness how the local Hindu follow- tinues being more the preferred destination ers make their ritual. The local Hindu fol- of the tourism of the world due to its abunlowers will walk, to say the prayers in the dance of the culture and the natural beauty. procession and will cross the ocean in boat The day of Kuningan offers one of the supeloaded before reaching the temple of rior attractions of the tourism of Bali. Sakenan. To the Hindu followers of BaTo reach the temple, you can go in boat linese, the day of Kuningan is a time for or cars If you go in car or bici, you pass a the commemoration because the ancestors bridge that binds to the island of Serangan return to the sky after dwelling in the and the south of Denpasar. It takes the imEarth by ten days and when the opinion pulsion you from around 15 minutes to of Balinese is thankful to the Gods by its reach the temple. Now, the east of Kuta mercy to the human races. can be reached through a way in approxiEach village in Bali will celebrate mately 15 minutes. Now day the road to Kuningan in magnificent style, with several reach the temple has been larger, you can parts of the island of Bali carrying out go to sakenan by cars until the side of the festivales colorful. The post of bamboo or temple. But around the way you will feel the locally called “penjor”, that has been a very bad smell. But now days the elevated in the front of the door of the en- goverment already fixed that thing, and trance of each compound of the house since begin to repair the area.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
BUSINESS Samsung C&T to invest US$150 mln in RI solar power ANTARA
Jakarta - Samsung C&T of South Korea plans to invest US$150-200 million in Indonesia‘s solar power plant with a capacity of 50 MW. “The Samsung C&T president has expressed commitment that the company is very serious about developing solar energy in Indonesia,” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa said following a meeting with Samsung C&T President and CEO Shin Kim here on few days ago. To develop the project, Samsung C&T was expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with Indonesia‘s PT Land and state electricity company PT PLN in Bali in May 2011 on the occasion of South Korea-Indonesia ministers meeting, he said. Amir Sambodo, special assistant to the coordinating minister for economic affairs said Samsung C&T was planning to invest US$150-200 million in a solar power plant on the assumption the project would cost US$3 million per megawatt. To that end, the company had applied for a permit to conduct a feasibility study on the
grounds the solar power plants developed by PLN in 10 different places in Indonesia now had a maximum capacity of 1 megawatt, he said. Amir said Samsung was exploring the possibility of developing a special area for solar power plant in Java, Bali or other islands having the capacity to develop a power plant with a capacity of 50 MW, he said. The Korean company was in the process of applying for a permit to the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, the Industry Ministry, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Investment Coordinating Board, he said. (*)
Aussie dollar hits 29-year peak; Seoul shares shine Reuters SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Australian dollar hit a fresh 29-year high and South Korea’s benchmark share index touched another record intraday high on Monday, suggesting investors were still eager to embrace risk and higher-yielding assets. Commodities pushed higher with spot gold hitting a record high of $1,517.71 an ounce and U.S. silver futures scaling a 31-year peak. The dollar edged up 0.1 percent against a basket of currencies to 74.086 (.DXY), but remained within sight of a trough of 73.735 struck last week, its lowest since August 2008. The dollar rose 0.4 percent against the yen to 82.22 yen, supported by dollar-buying by Japanese importers and as traders took aim at stop-loss dollar buying orders said to be lurking near 82.50 yen. “The market is thin today because London is closed today, and people are basically just trying to trigger stops,” said a trader at a Japanese bank, referring to Easter Monday holidays across much of Europe. Markets are looking to a news conference by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday after the bank’s two-day policy meeting to see how the central bank plans to exit from its super-easy monetary policy. Traders are also nervously watching Greece after newspaper reports that it is considering extending maturities on its sovereign debt as one option for a possible restructuring. Most Asian stock markets were sluggish as they reopened after the long Easter weekend, but South Korea’s benchmark stock index clawed above a
peak scaled last week and hit another record intraday high. The benchmark index was last up 0.9 percent at 2,217.59 (.KS11). Japan’s benchmark Nikkei share average dipped 0.1 percent (.N225), but gains in shippers helped temper losses. Japan’s Nikkei business daily reported at the weekend that earnings sharply rebounded at three major marine transport companies in the year that ended on March 31. Mitsui OSK Lines (9104.T) rose 2 percent, Nippon Yusen (9101.T) gained 1.3 percent and Kawasaki Kisen (9107.T) added 0.7 percent. “The shippers’ gains are straightforward. The expectations for good results reflect strong demand in the global economy and they suffered relatively little damage from the March earthquake,” said Naoki Fujiwara, a fund manager at Shinkin Asset Management. The Australian dollar, which tends to attract buying when the global economy is doing well and commodity prices rise, touched a 29-year high of $1.0777. It later trimmed its gains to stand at $1.0735, little changed on the day. U.S. crude futures oil rose as violence in Syria and Yemen escalated over the weekend, stirring fears of supply disruptions from the Middle East and North Africa. NYMEX crude for June delivery edged up 30 cents a barrel to $112.59. U.S. 10-year Treasuries were little changed in price to yield 3.396 percent, down about 1 basis point from late U.S. trade on Thursday. The U.S. Treasury market was closed on Friday for a U.S. holiday. Stock markets in Australia and Hong Kong were closed on Monday for a holiday
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The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is on display at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in New York. Nissan Motor Co. will resume taking U.S. reservations for its Leaf electric car on May 1, Nissan Americas Chairman Carlos Tavares said Wednesday.
Nissan recalls 271,000 SUVs on steering risk Reuters
DETROIT – Nissan Motor Co Ltd recalled nearly 271,000 older-model Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 SUVs in North America due to the chance that road salt and water could collect to cause a loss of steering, U.S. safety regulators said. Affected in the United States and Canada are about 225,650 Pathfinders from model years 1996 to 2004 and about 45,330 Infiniti QX4 SUVs from model years 1997 to 2003. The recall affects Pathfinders and QX4s in Canada and 20 cold-weather U.S. states where road salt is used to keep roads clear of snow and ice. Road salt and melted snow can collect in
the strut housing and may cause corrosion that could lead to difficulty in steering and even loss of steering, which could cause a crash, regulators said. Nissan will inform customers of the recall be mid-May, and its dealers will inspect and fix the issue free of charge. No injuries have been reported due to this issue and there is a report of an accident that was caused by it, but Nissan said that report could not be confirmed as linked to the corrosion issue. Nissan said their tests have indicated that only a small portion of the recalled vehicles are expected to need repair. Inspection at Nissan dealers should take a half hour to an hour but repair or replacement will take longer, said a Nissan spokesman.
Inflation jitters interrupt Wall Street rally Reuters
NEW YORK – In the lightest volume session of the year, U.S. stocks fell on Monday after a lowered outlook from Kimberly-Clark increased concerns about higher commodity costs squeezing profits in coming quarters. About 5.4 billion shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, below the daily average of 7.74 billion. Kimberly-Clark (KMB.N) fell 2.7 percent to $64.24 after it cut the low end of its full-year outlook because the costs of pulp and other goods rose more than twice as much as it had expected. The threat of rising commodity costs will remain in the spotlight for one of the busiest weeks of earnings, with 180 S&P 500 companies set to report this week, including other major consumer names like Procter & Gamble (PG.N) and Colgate-Palmolive (CL.N). “That is going to be the next thing that happens — the forward guidance is going to start to become impacted because of higher prices,” said Ken Polcari, managing director of ICAP Equities in New York. “This non-existent inflation that (the Federal Reserve) keeps talking about is elusive,
because there clearly is much more inflation than they care to admit at the moment.” Kimberly-Clark, maker of Kleenex tissue and Huggies disposable diapers, is among companies highly vulnerable to rising commodity costs because its products contain oil-based materials and paper. The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) dropped 26.11 points, or 0.21 percent, to end at 12,479.88. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (.SPX) shed 2.13 points, or 0.16 percent, to 1,335.25. But the Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC) gained 5.72 points, or 0.20 percent, to close at 2,825.88. Johnson Controls Inc (JCI.N) fell 2.8 percent to $39.60 after the company, one of the world’s largest auto suppliers, said its fiscal third-quarter results would be hit by a drop in car production following Japan’s massive earthquake last month. [ID:nN25139917] Japan’s earthquake has disrupted the supply of auto parts and forced auto companies to idle plants. Through Monday, 75 percent of the 151 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported results have beaten analysts’ expectations. That is just above the average over the past four quarters but well above the average of 62 percent since 1994, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Eminem to release EP with rapper Royce da 5’9" Associated Press Writer
DETROIT – Eminem and Royce da 5’9" are back recording together more than a decade after the Detroit rappers first joined forces. The pair, who met at a concert in their home city in 1997 and worked together under the name Bad Meets Evil, announced Monday that they’re coming out with an EP of new material in June. One of the songs they recorded in the late 1990s, called “Bad Meets
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FILE - This May 19, 2009 shows Eminem performing at the Sound Board theater located inside the MotorCity Casino, Hotel in Detroit. Eminem plans to release an EP of new material he recorded with fellow Detroit rapper Royce da 5’9'.
Evil,” appeared on Eminem’s major label debut, “The Slim Shady LP.” According to a news release distributed Monday by Interscope Records, the rappers pursued solo careers after their initial work together and became embroiled in a feud. In the years since, Eminem’s career has reached superstar levels with tens of millions of records sold and Grammy and Academy Award wins. Royce da 5’9" also has seen success, but on a much smaller scale, with three of his albums charting in the R&B/hip-hop category. The two mended fences, however, following the shooting death of their mutual friend and fellow rapper Proof in 2006. “Royce and I started hanging out again and inevitably that led us back into the studio,” Eminem said in a statement. “At first we were just seeing where it went without any real goal in mind, but the songs started to come together crazy, so here we are.” Royce da 5’9" said he was “excited to see this project come to fruition considering the long lapse in time between when we worked before and now.” The new material will be released June 14 on Shady/Interscope Records. Mr. Porter, who is a member of Eminem’s rap group D12, was a producer on the EP. Interscope said its title will be unveiled “soon.” And, for the record, Royce da 5’9" is the Bad half of the duo, and Eminem is the Evil.
Pre-wedding poll shows support for royals Agence France Presse
LONDON – As preparations step up for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, an opinion poll has shown two-thirds of British people believe the country is better off because of the royal family. However, only 37 percent said they were “genuinely interested and excited” by Friday’s nuptials. In bright sunshine, thousands of tourists in London took advantage of the Easter Monday holiday to flock to Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to see the two focal points of the wedding. There was a bustling scene around the Abbey as technicians prepared equipment for the world’s media. A 10-foot (three-metre) camera platform was being erected and dozens of TV reporters were already broadcasting to a global audience. Opposite Buckingham Palace, a temporary stand has been built housing 22 glass-fronted TV studios, its facade painted green so that it blends in with the trees. The prospect of the wedding appears to have given a boost to the royal family’s popularity, with 63 percent of those questioned in the ICM survey for The Guardian saying Britain would be worse off without the mon-
archy. And three-quarters of the 1,003 adults questioned believe the royal wedding will give the country “a strong feel good factor”, although only one third of respondents said they were “genuinely interested and excited” by the marriage. With hundreds of thousands of people expected to line the wedding route, forecasters said days of unseasonably hot weather could give way to cloudier and cooler weather, meaning the wedding could be hit by showers. “At the moment, it is looking like temperatures will probably be a little bit above average and there is a risk of heavy showers,” said Helen Rossington, senior forecaster at MeteoGroup. Big screen televisions will relay all the day’s action to an anticipated 220,000 viewers in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square with champagne,
Pimm’s, wedding cake and a band all laid on to keep the party swinging. Organisers have urged those watching on the giant televisions to enter the spirit by turning up in their best wedding hats. The British media pored over the guest list, noting that while football star David Beckham — who befriended William during England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup — was invited, there is definitely no place for Sarah Ferguson. The absence of the ex-wife of Queen Elizabeth’s second son, Prince Andrew, will make the wedding a bittersweet occasion for their daughters Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, who will be attending. Also among the 1,900-strong congregation at Westminster Abbey will be “Mr Bean” actor Rowan Atkinson, a good friend of William’s father Prince Charles.
Lindsay Lohan out of jail after rollercoaster day Reuters
LOS ANGELES – Lindsay Lohan was briefly jailed again on Friday after a rollercoaster day in which a judge downgraded her jewelry theft charge, but sentenced the actress to four months behind bars for violating her probation. Looking confused and distressed, Lohan — who was locked up for two weeks last summer — was taken immediately to jail from court after a day-long preliminary hearing on charges that she stole a $2,500 gold necklace from a store in January. The “Mean Girls” actress was ordered to stand trial on June 3 but the jewelry charge was reduced to a misdemeanor from a more serious felony, and will cut to one year her maximum time behind bars if eventually convicted. Los Angeles judge Stephanie Sautner, however, felt the evidence on Friday suggested Lohan intended to steal the jewelry. She therefore ruled Lohan had violated her probation for a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession incident, and sentenced her to 120 days jail and 480 hours community service in a morgue and women’s prison. Lohan’s lawyer filed an immedi-
ate appeal and Lohan’s camp scrambled to post $75,000 bail and secure her release from custody pending an appeal hearing. She was released late on Friday after about five hours, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website. Lohan, 24, has strenuously denied that she deliberately walked out of a Los Angeles store wearing a necklace without paying. Her lawyer on Friday argued that she was distracted and absent-minded when she left with the item around her neck. Lohan’s assistant returned it to police after news leaked that a search warrant was to be served on Lohan’s house. “There is a lot of hoopla surrounding Ms. Lohan, but at the end of the day, relatively speaking, this is not particularly serious as grand thefts go,” Lohan’s lawyer Shawn Holley said. “This is a necklace ... that was returned 10 days later.” But judge Sautner did not buy the defense argument. “I see the intent here and I see the level of brazenness with ‘let me see what I can get away with’,” Sautner said. “She thumbs her nose at the court, she walks into court with FU on her fingernails,” Sautner said, referring to an appearance last year by Lohan in another case.
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A guest on his way to a wedding stops and buys souvenirs from a stall selling memorabilia for the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton, in London, on April 25, 2011. Britain’s Prince William is to marry his fiancee Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Study justifies closing airports in volcano event Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – The disruptive closing of some European airports after last year’s volcanic eruption in Iceland was the right thing to do and may have saved lives, a new study concludes.
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FILE This 2010 file photo shows a boundary marker which defines the area of the ANZAC Battlefield according to the Treaty of Lausanne, in Gallipoli, western Turkey.
In Turkey, surveyors map a WWI battlefield Associated Press Writer
ISTANBUL – The World War I battlefield of the Gallipoli campaign, where throngs gather each April to remember the fallen, is a place of lore, an echo of ancient warfare that took place on the same soil. Now researchers are mapping dugouts, trenches and tunnels in the most extensive archaeological survey of a site whose slaughter helped forge the identity of young nations. Armed with old maps and GPS technology, the experts from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand have so far discovered rusted food cans, unused bullets and their shell casings, and fragments of shrapnel, Ottomanera bricks with Greek lettering, ceramic rum flagons of Allied soldiers and glass shards of beer bottles on the Turkish side. They announced early findings ahead of annual commemorations on the rugged peninsula on Sunday and Monday. The chief aim is to gain a detailed layout of a battlefield whose desperate trench warfare, with enemy lines just a few dozen meters (yards) apart in some places, has been recounted in films, books and ballads, acquiring a legendary aura in the culture of its combatants. “It will hasten a broader understanding of what went on at Gallipoli,” Richard Reid, a researcher and author of the book “Gallipoli 1915” said of the government-funded investigation. “It will help us as nations that are always interested in trying to preserve what heritage we have.” There is heightened interest in the battle, especially among Turks who are showing more pride in their past, buoyed by economic and diplomatic advances after decades of internal strife. Australia and New Zealand mark the occasion with a national holiday on Monday, holding dawn services and closing off downtown areas for marches of veterans of all conflicts. Before dawn on April 25, 1915, an Allied expedition under British command landed at Gallipoli on the Aegean Sea in a bid to reach Istanbul and open a sea route to Russia, an ally whose troops were wilting on the eastern front. But Ottoman armies, allied with Germany, dug in and forced their adversaries to withdraw after a nine-month campaign. About 44,000 Allied soldiers died, and at least twice as many perished on the Turkish side. Hundreds of thousands more were wounded or suffered debilitating fever, diarrhea and dysentery.
The hard, sharp particles of volcanic ash blasted high into the air could have caused jet engines to fail and sandblasted airplane windows to the point where it would be impossible to see out, according to a study led by Sigurdur Gislason of the University of Iceland. “We showed that the airport closures were justified,” said co-author Susan Stipp of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Their research was being published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The eruptions began April 14, 2010, with an explosive blast at
Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAHlah-yer-kuhl) volcano, and ash continued to spew for weeks. The event forced most countries in northern Europe to shut their airspace between April 15-20, grounding more than 100,000 flights and an estimated 10 million travelers worldwide. The shutdown cost airlines more than $2 billion. If the ash particles were sucked into jet engines they could have melted onto the whirling blades, causing the engine to fail, the report said. And there was a high risk of scouring the surface of the plane, according to the researchers who
conducted tests on samples of the ash. Even two weeks of vigorous stirring of the ash failed to round off the edges of the particles, leaving them sharp and hard enough to turn an airplane window opaque if encountered at high speed, the study said. The report recalled the case of a British Airways 747 that flew into an ash cloud over Indonesia in 1982, in which all four engines failed and the pilot reported the windows were sandblasted. In that case the pilot was able to restart some of the engines and managed to make an emergency landing by peering out through a 2-inch clear area in a side window.
Smoke and ash bellow from Eyjafjallajokull volcano as it is seen from Hvolsvollur, Iceland in 2010. One year after the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, more than 70 airlines took part in a simulation on Wednesday to prepare for another ash cloud closing European airspace.
Push to spur more drugs for deadly rare diseases Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Every other week, 7-year-old twins Addison and Cassidy Hempel have an experimental medicine injected into their spines in hopes of battling a rare, fatal disease. And it’s their mom who made that possible. From her home in Reno, Nev., Chris Hempel persuaded scientists to share their research and managed to get the government to sign off on her daughters’ unusual experiment. Hempel says getting help to fight a rare disease shouldn’t
be so hard. But it’s a huge challenge to generate drug company interest in the expensive testing of medicines for diseases so rare — like her girls’ Niemann-Pick Type C — that the market is only a few hundred or few thousand people a year. There are treatments for just 200 of the roughly 7,000 rare diseases, illnesses that affect fewer than 200,000 people, often far, far fewer. Yet add those diseases together, and more than 20 million Americans have one. Now a movement is beginning to spur more rare-disease treat-
ments: The National Institutes of Health this fall will open a center to speed genetic discoveries into usable therapies, doing some of the riskiest early-stage research in hopes companies then will step in. A new International Rare Diseases Research Consortium is pushing for at least 200 more treatments by 2020, in part by pooling the work of far-flung scientists and families. Rather than starting from scratch, the Food and Drug Administration is pointing the way for manufacturers to “repurpose” old drugs for new use against rare diseases, publishing a list of those
deemed particularly promising. And bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the Senate, called the Creating Hope Act, would offer drug makers another financial incentive — a voucher promising fast FDA evaluation of their next blockbuster drug in return for developing a therapy for a rare or neglected disease that disproportionately affects children. It’s unclear what the prospects for passage are. “We have to give drug companies a reason to go into this market,” says Nancy Goodman of Kids v Cancer, a group push-
ing the legislation. Her son Jacob died at age 10 from a type of brain cancer that has no good treatment. “My kids may not be curable, but they are treatable,” adds Hempel, the Nevada mom. “ W h o ’s g o i n g t o t a ke t h i s over?” Pharmaceutical giants are starting to show some new interest in rare diseases, traditionally a niche market for small biotech companies. The practical reason: Blockbusters are drying up, says Dr. Ed Mascioli of Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest drug company.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Manchester City’s Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko (C) vies with Blackburn Rovers’ U.S defender Jermaine Jones (L) and Blackburn Rovers’ Senegalese forward Mame Biram Diouf during the English Premier League football match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City at Ewood Park, Blackburn, northwest England on April 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES
Dzeko goal powers Man City past Blackburn in Premiership game Agence France Presse
BLACKBURN, United Kingdom – Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini backed Edin Dzeko to become a regular scorer after the £27 million forward hit his first Premier League goal. Dzeko’s second-half strike gave City a 1-0 win over struggling Blackburn on Monday and a four-point lead over Tottenham in the race to secure the fourth and final qualifying place for next season’s Champions League. “It will do his confidence the power of good,” said Mancini of a player who had failed to find the target since his move from German side Wolfsburg in January. “Edin is a fantastic striker. He had some problems because he hasn’t played more games in the past and had some difficulties because he didn’t score. “But he deserved to score what was a very important goal for us. Yes, I have had to speak to him. It has not been easy for him because he hasn’t been playing and he hasn’t scored in the league. “For a striker it’s difficult when he cannot score.” Dzeko, who scored after com-
ing on as a second-half substitute, was delighted with breaking his Premier League goal duck. “I’m very happy that this goal helped my team to win the game,” he said. “Sometimes it’s difficult. I’m not the first who didn’t make the best start but I’m happy because I scored and helped the team.” The end of Dzeko’s drought came just just two days after Chelsea’s £50 million man Fernando Torres had finally opened his Blues account against West Ham. “Torres scored a lot of goals at Liverpool and changed clubs, I’m happy for him too because I know what the pressure is,” he said. “Now we have to look at the fu-
Iniesta dreaming of Wembley final showdown Agence France Presse
MADRID – Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is already dreaming of a Champions League final tussle at Wembley even as his side prepared for their semi-final against old rivals Real Madrid. “I am dreaming of going out there at Wembley. We must think only of going over (to Madrid for Wednesday’s first leg) and scoring some goals and then in the return our fans will drive us on to Wembley,” Iniesta told a news conference. “It would be the cherry on the cake to land another two titles,” said Iniesta, in reference to a league title as good as retained and a potential Champions League success to follow on from previous triumphs in 1992, 2006 and 2009. “We have to fight to the finish,” he stressed, in the knowledge that Real are desperate for a 10th European crown having just given coach Jose Mourinho his first Spanish silverware in the shape of last week’s King’s Cup win over the Catalan club. Barca, with their honed highspeed passing game, would normally be rated as favourites as Mourinho tries to mould Real in what is his first season with the
club. If they do come through they will face either 2009 final victims Manchester United or Germany’s Schalke on May 28. But Iniesta admits that his side cannot be complacent patricularly after their King’s Cup loss, sealed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s extra-time header. “We must concentrate on our own game, try to keep it tight at the back and attack well to try to get the win, score some goals to ensure the first leg leaves us with an advantage,” said Iniesta. “Every match is different - this one will be too, as will the second leg,” added Iniesta, forecasting a pair of “intense” affairs. He concluded that Barca would continue to play the game their way with a certain flair, knowing that if they did have to claw back a first leg deficit they would always have the home second leg to do so. But, even with the away leg up first, “our intention is to go out and win - that’s the only way we know how.” UEFA has cleared Iniesta for the game despite allegations he allegedly incurred a yellow card deliberately in the quarter-final home leg against Shakhtar Donetsk. He missed the return away to the Ukrainians but has a disciplinary clean slate for Wednesday.
ture - it is a new beginning for me and for City.” Mancini wants City to qualify for the Champions League in style by winning all five of their remaining Premier League games. City and fifth-placed Tottenham will meet at Eastlands on May 10 in what could be a crucial game. But Mancini hopes to have secured the club’s Champions League spot by then after targeting five wins out of five between now and the end of the season. “We have another five games and we shall try to win all five,” said the City manager. “Tottenham at this moment are four points behind us but every game is difficult and anything can happen.”
Alves own-goal pushes Almeria closer to drop Agence France Presse
MADRID – An own goal by keeper Diego Alves gave Real Zaragoza a 1-0 win over Almeria on Monday which moved them out of the relegation zone but left their opponents firmly rooted to the foot of La Liga. Both teams went into the game on the back of poor runs but the situation was more worrying for bottom side Almeria who had lost their last four games. Zaragoza were creating the better openings but in-form keeper Alves was blocking ev-
erything that came at him. Braulio Rodriguez and Ander Herrera had several good chances saved by the Brazilian shot stopper. Angel Lafita then shot weakly with just the keeper to beat and Nicolas Bertolo was denied by the post. Eventually Zaragoza found the back of the net in the 70th minute but it was thanks to a dose of misfortune that Alves did not deserve. A Gabi Fernandez shot came back off the woodwork and hit the shoulder of the keeper before going in. Almeria almost equalised but Carlos Garcia hit the post and the result means they are now 10 points
from safety with five games to go. “It was a typical match between two teams which were fighting for their future. We struggled more than we should have done and strangely enough after we scored was when we suffered most,” said Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre. Almeria coach Roberto Olabe admitted that his team just had to keep going. “We have to be professional, honest and be loyal to those who have believed in us,” he said. “In the first few minutes of the game we were alright but our own desire and the pressure ended up working against us. We didn’t take our time and rushed things.”
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FILE — In this Jan. 16, 2011 file photo, Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta reacts after scoring a goal against Malaga during their Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Giants of football don’t agree that Barcelona is the greatest team in history, at least not yet.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Nuggets fend off elimination Associated Press Writer
DENVER – The spark plugs energized the Denver Nuggets. Ty Lawson scored a career playoff-high 27 points and fellow speedy point guard Raymond Felton hit four clutch free throws in the final 23 seconds to help Denver beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-101 on Monday night as the Nuggets avoided a first-round sweep. The series resumes Wednesday night with Game 5 in Oklahoma City. “This is the biggest game of my life,” Lawson said. “I just wanted to come out and just play strong.” The Nuggets still face a huge challenge in trying to become the first NBA team ever to overcome a 3-0 series deficit, but they finally found a formula for beating their nemesis, and Lawson was front and center. “He was great in the pick and roll,” Kevin Durant said. “He made some tough shots. Ty’s a great scorer. He can do a lot in that pick and roll.” Danilo Gallinari (18 points) and J.R. Smith (15) also hit clutch shots down the stretch for Denver, which had lost five straight times to Oklahoma City this month before finally figuring out All-Stars Durant and Russell Westbrook and their amazing supporting cast. “J.R., he had a bunch of big 3s, Gallo started knocking down 3s,” Lawson said. “When they do that, it stretches the court, so it’s easier for me to attack. When they knock down shots, they make me a lot bet-
ter.” In denying the Thunder their first playoff series win since moving from Seattle in 2008, the Nuggets went to the hoop better than they had all series, spread the court better and relied on the smooth touch of Gallinari, who totaled just 13 points in the previous two games but finished with 18 Monday night to counter Durant’s 31 points and Westbrook’s 30 points — on 30 shots. For the first time all series, nobody really stepped up to help the Thunder’s All-Star duo. The Nuggets also started doing something they hadn’t been able to since trading away All-Star Carmelo Anthony along with Chauncey Billups: hit their free throws — at least enough of them. Despite shooting just 31 of 44 from the stripe, the Nuggets sank eight straight during one key stretch in the fourth quarter as they grabbed control and then sank 6 of 8 in the final 23 seconds. “That’s been our Achilles’ heel this whole series,” said Lawson, who sank all nine of his foul shots.
“I’m comfortable. I’ve played in big games, so I embrace the opportunity.” Felton’s pair of free throws with 23 seconds left gave Denver a 10096 lead and snapped Oklahoma City’s 9-1 run. Westbrook’s layup made it a two-point game again and Felton was fouled again, this time missing one of two shots, leaving the Nuggets ahead 101-98 with 15 seconds left. Westbrook misfired a 26-footer with 8 seconds left, and Lawson sank two free throws for a seemingly safe 103-98 lead, but Durant swished a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left, making it a two-point game again. After a timeout, Felton was fouled with 3.5 seconds remaining and missed his first free throw before sinking his second. Westbrook’s desperation 3-pointer was off-target. “We kept fighting,” Durant said. “That’s one thing we can take out of this. We kept fighting. We were down nine with a minute and a-half left, cut it down to two and it was a free-throw game from there. Those guys make some big shots.”
I can beat Nadal again, insists Soderling Agence France Presse
ESTORIL, Portugal – Two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling insisted on Monday he has the confidence to defeat Rafael Nadal once again on the Spanish superstar’s favourite claycourt surface. “He’s a great player, especially on clay,” the world number five Swede said Monday as he prepared for a second-round start in his debut at the Estoril claycourt tournament. “But you have to go to the court thinking that you have a chance. Otherwise, what’s the point? Nadal is the best on clay ever but he can be beaten. You just have to play your best tennis and have some luck.” Soderling famously beat Nadal in the fourth round of the French Open in 2009, paving the way for a final appearance against Roger Federer which the Swiss won. Since that breakthrough, Soderling has become a regular member of the world’s top five and reached the French Open final again last year where he lost to Nadal. Soderling will be playing this week after missing the Monte Carlo event to let Achilles tendon and knee injuries clear. His claycourt season debut last week in Barcelona ended in failure when he lost in the second round to eventual semi-finalist Ivan Dodig of Croatia. But the Swede does not feel he’s in a race against time with the Madrid and Rome Masters looming before the May 22 start of the French Open. “I wanted to play in Monte Carlo but I wasn’t ready. The clay season is long and now I’m injury-
free. I feel ready to play well. This will be a tough tournament with a lot of guys who can win. “But I’m feeling good with my game and I’ve had two and a half weeks of practice on the clay. I have to be counted among the favourites,” said the Swede. The 26-year-old backed world number three Federer to do well on clay this season. “He is always among the guys who can win events,” he said.
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Swedish Robin Soderling hits a return to Croatian Ivan Dodig during their match of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament Conde de Godo on April 20, 2011 in Barcelona.
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Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith (5) shoots a three point shot against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half in game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 25, 2011, in Denver. Denver beat Oklahoma 104-101. Oklahoma leads the series 3-1.
Getafe president confirms sale to Dubai group Agence France Presse
GETAFE, Spain – Getafe president Angel Torres on Monday confirmed the sale to the Spanish top flight club to Royal Emirates Group, which is chaired by a member of Dubai’s ruling AlMaktoum family. “The decision to sell the club is because, logically, the more years that you are in the first division, the greater the risk of getting into debt. It is difficult to compete in this league,” he told a news conference. “Each year that you are in the first division you get into more debt, we could not put more money, the banks were not lending to us, so we had to go out and look for investors,” he added. Getafe, founded in 1945, has only been in Spain’s top flight since the 2004-05 season. The club finished sixth last season but are languishing in 14th place in the 20-club league this term, four points above the relegation zone.
Torres said he managed to negotiate an increase in the club’s annual budget to 65 million euros from the current 45 million euros with the new owners so as to be able to recruit new players. He said the club’s name and symbol would remain the same and the jobs of the 140 people who depend directly on the club would be maintained. Royal Emirates Group announced Thursday it had signed a deal to buy the club for between 70 and 90 million euros. It said the “purchase contract” was signed in Dubai by Torres and its managing director, Kaiser Rafiq. But the finality of the deal was cast into doubt on Friday when Torres told reporters at Madrid airport on his return from Dubai that Getafe had “not yet been sold”. “First I have to inform the board of all the things that were done, then I will give a news conference.” Two other Spanish clubs have been bought by Gulf-based buyers over the past year.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Bautista aiming for Estoril return Alvaro Bautista is aiming to return to MotoGP at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix after almost six weeks out through injury. The Suzuki rider broke his left leg after crashing in practice for the season-opening grand prix in Qatar, and was replaced by John Hopkins in Spain earlier this month. However, following three operations on his broken femur, the former 125cc world champion now believes he is ready to return to the track in time for the opening practice session at Estoril - after which his condition will be evaluated again. “I have been working very hard to be back in time for Estoril and I believe I will be able to take part in the race,” said the Spaniard. “I know it will be difficult, but I think the sooner I can
get on the bike the more it will aid my total recovery and help my way to full fitness. “I have travelled over 2700 miles with many journeys to the hyperbaric chamber in Madrid to assist with my healing - I have been there so many times I could close my eyes and go without problems. “I have now finished the rehabilitation phase and started on the physical preparation; this involves a lot of swimming, cycling and other
fitness programmes to build up the strength so I can ride again. “It is going to be really tough, but I am totally focused on being on the GSVR in Portugal, it’s all I can think about at the moment and that is my first goal. After that we’ll see what happens and take everything one step at a time.” Long-time Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki is on standby to compete at Estoril if Bautista is declared unfit to race.
Vettel: Staff stability key for new deal Sebastian Vettel says that Red Bull Racing securing the future of key team personnel like Adrian Newey was vital for him electing to remain at the outfit for the next few years. The world champion announced on the eve of this season that he had extended his contract until the end of 2014 - as part of a series of moves that included around 50 senior personnel at the outfit also signing new contracts. In an interview with Italian magazine Autosprint, Vettel confirmed that having the commitment of key staff – including Newey – played a vital role in his decision to remain on board. “Yes, but not only about Adrian,”
he said, when asked if he sought guarantees about Newey’s commitment. “It’s difficult to plan for the future; you never know what can happen. “Perhaps when I go back to the hotel I fall down the stairs, break a leg, and don’t win anymore races this year. Touch wood, but anything can happen. “Adrian is one of the most important people in the team, but you ask about everyone - how many years are left in their contracts, whether they are happy, etc. I wanted to lengthen my contract, but not in a completely different team.” Vettel’s decision to commit to Red Bull Racing brought a swift end to speculation linking him with a switch to Ferrari – although the issue is
likely to be resurrected over the next few years. “Ferrari? If I talk about it so often, it’s because I’m often asked about it,” he explained when queried about the ongoing rumours. “In fact, there are two reasons: first of all Ferrari is something special, as I’ve said many times. The second reason is that I have to reply to whoever asks me about it. It’s a self-feeding situation. “For me Ferrari is a legend: one day it would be an honour for me to have my name on the list of Ferrari drivers. But that doesn’t mean I want to go there now: I’m happy where I am and this is why I’ve renewed for a couple of seasons.”
Indian track titled Buddh International The newly-constructed track that will host India’s inaugural Formula 1 race will carry the name Buddh International Circuit. The title was confirmed during a launch event in India today at which the track’s logo was unveiled. “The name ‘Buddh International Circuit’ has been chosen with reference to the area where the racetrack is situated - Gautam Budh Nagar district (near Greater Noida). Because of its location, naming the circuit ‘Buddh International Circuit’ was a logical choice for the company,” said a statement from the organisers.The 3.194-mile, 16-turn track will hold its first grand prix on 30 October this year.
Published on Apr 26, 2011