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Franklin dances, sings at 69th birthday party PAGE 12
Lights off as ‘Earth Hour’ circles the globe IBP/ist
THe Big Ben is seen during the Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Lights went off around the world as landmark buildings and ordinary homes flipped their switches while the annual “Earth Hour” circled the planet.
Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES – Lights went off around the world as landmark buildings and ordinary homes flipped their switches while the annual “Earth Hour” circled the planet in what was dubbed the world’s largest voluntary action for the environment. In Paris a minute’s silence was observed for Japan as the city of light went dark, with illuminations switched off at the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral, City Hall, opera houses and many bridges, fountains and public places.
Sydney’s Opera House was the first of many global landmarks to go dark as the event got under way, as hundreds of millions of people prepared to follow suit to enhance awareness of energy use and cli-
mate change. Others in their turn included Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” stadium that hosted the 2008 Olympics, the London Eye ferris wheel, Times Square in New York and Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue.
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LONDON – Newspapers expressed disappointment on Sunday that the biggest protest in London since the 2003 demonstration against the Iraq war was overshadowed by the violence that erupted afterwards. More than a quarter of a million Britons marched peacefully through the capital to protest government austerity cuts on Saturday, but a group of demonstrators later went on the rampage, casting a blight on proceedings. They hurled fireworks and paint
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at police, attacked shops and the iconic Ritz Hotel, as well as occupying luxury food store Fortnum and Mason. The leftwing Observer weekly regretted that “the generally goodnatured mood was soured by violent and destructive attacks on symbols of wealth including the Ritz, banks and a luxury car dealers.” The Independent on Sunday asked: “Should we allow the violence of a tiny minority to detract from Britain’s biggest demonstration in eight years?” Continued on page 6
Many switched off their floodlighting, advertising signs and other illuminations for an hour from 8:30 pm local time. “The amount of power that’s saved during that time is not really what it’s about,” Earth
Hour co-founder and executive director Andy Ridley told AFP in Sydney, where the movement began in 2007. “What it is meant to be about is showing what can happen when people come together.” Ridley said a record 134 countries or territories were on board for this year’s event. Organizers also asked people to commit to an action, large or small, that they will carry through the year to help the planet. Continued on page 6
Protesters attack an ATM during a mass demonstration against government financial cuts in central London.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Bali News After Three Months
Sanglah Hospital Radiotherapy Equipment Functioned Again Tumours/cancer patients can be treated again this past three weeks in Sanglah Hospital after the failure of its radiotherapy equipment out source button fixed which controls the radiation light and the ranger bulb dose. As it takes time to fix it, at least 150 tumour/cancer patients have to wait for about three months. “Now the patients who need therapy can be treated again. Right now there are around 37 people treated per day,” Head of Sanglah Hospital Radiology Installation, dr. Nyoman Margiani, SpRad, stated when met in Sanglah Hospital a while ago. To protect patients and workers who work in this installation, Margiani always made sure the Hospital does per meter survey
sufficiently in making sure no leakage is happening, radiation test also for workers to use protection clothing. (san) IBP/ist
Caught On Fire, Head of Culture Agency’s House Singaraja (Bali Post)
A bad situation hit the Head of Buleleng Culture and Tourism Agency, Puja Astra, last Friday (25/3) as his house at Yudistira Street, Singaraja, was on fire around 8.30 am local time. The incident happened when the house is empty as Astra had an event to attend at Singaraja Arts Building (Gedung Kesenian Singaraja) while his wife and family attended a religious ceremony at a colleague’s house. Wayan Arta, Buleleng Hospital ambulance driver, who witnessed the incident, confirmed the fire came from the north part of the house causing resi-
dents around panicking as it starts to go to other nearby buildings of shops and houses. Luckily a fire brigade came quickly and 20 minutes later the fire was gone. He and other residents did try to turn off the fire with saved waters but the fire has gone bigger. When told that his house was on fire, Astra straight away went home. He found his has burnt and managed to turn off little fires. According to Astra, the fire came from a stove in the kitchen as his house is used for home industry in making cakes. Two rooms and a guest room has been burnt out causing IDR 100 million loss. (kmb15)
Tenganan Village, one of the tourism villages in Bali.
Bali Tourism Village, Needs Optimal Management Denpasar (Bali Post) –
The many developed tourism villages in Bali seemed not balanced with management of human resource, supporting facilities and synergy from all sides such as government, tourism leaders also the people itself. This has caused many of them unsuccessful being an independent tourist village and attracting visitors. “The development in Bali seemed very slow,” tourism practitioner, Nyoman Kandia, stated in Denpasar last Thursday (24/3). To Kandia, the Bali Province Government has to be more fo-
cused. Such thing becomes a trend and alternative tourist object to the tourist objects in South Bali. This condition could balance visits and decreasing urbanisation. “Especially for repeater guests, this became a trend. Now it’s just about how to sell and promote it,” he stated. He’s optimised this will increase the people’s income such as using the village itself as the management, using residents’ houses as accommodation, using agriculture local products as tourists needs and more. This should be led by a person who under-
stands the tourism condition of the area, not someone from outside, as those from inside knows its people, culture and the people’s character. Bali Tourism Agency has noted there are around 23 tourism villages developing in all Bali Regencies such as Baha, Bona, Mas, Peliatan, Celuk, Batuan, Ubud, Batubulan, Pengelipuran, Trunyan, Kamasan, Gegel, Tihingan, Tenganan, Tua Sidatapa, Tua pedawa, Tua Tigamasa, Tua Cempaga, Tua Banyuseri, Tua Sembiran, Tua Jula, Jati Luwih and Sangkaragung. (par)
Again, HIV Patient Died IBP/Ole
The burning house in BUleleng Regency
After four days passing by, another HIV patient aged 33 years old from Denpasar died last Friday (25/3) after treated two days in Sanglah Hospital. Until now it is noted 17 people have
died here with age between 30-40 years old. Based on the new HIV/AIDS cases estimation in Bali, it is suspected there are 7000 people who caught the virus.
The highest risk factor to catch it would be through sexual intercourse with 69 percent than other risk factors according to Head of Bali Health Agency, dr. Nyoman Sutedja. (san)
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Monday, March 28, 2011
Again, Bali wins best destination category Jakarta (Bali Post)—
This year, Bali re-gained the title as the best destination in Asia Pacific region. The award achieved for the sixth time was inseparable from the utmost efforts in maintaining the quality of tourism services in Bali. “One of the indicators of this endeavor is shown by the acquisition of the award as the best tourist destination in Asia Pacific,” said the Director General of Marketing, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Sapta Nirwandar, after receiving the plaque and trophy from the DestinAsian tourism magazine in the Sapta Pesona Building, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Jakarta, Friday (Mar 25). According to Sapta, the stable quality of Bali tourism encouraged tourists to come and come again to Bali, so that each year the number of foreign tourists visiting the destination continued to increase. “If the average visit to Bali last year reached 5,000 tourists per day, now it has increased to 7,000-7,500 tourists per day,” said Sapta. Sapta ensured that such a reality incurred because the world tourists’ confidence in Bali kept on increasing through the years. He did hope that local government and other stakeholders continued to encourage the growth of creativity in order tourism also engendered a multiplayer-effect for the community. “To be sure, our tourism icons will never fade,” said Sapta. Meanwhile, the Publisher and
Managing Director of the DestinAsian magazine, Ronald Liem, said the emergence of recent global financial crisis had an impact on the prudence of tourists to travel, while the AsiaPacific region always made them fascinated due to the existing diversity. “Hotel, resort and flight service are one of the best in the world because they have high standards. This condition makes tourists always encouraged to explore the Asia-Pacific region despite financial constraints,” he said. Previously, Bali also received an award as The Best Exotic Destination from the Luxury Travel Magazine based in London, England. In addition, Bali achieved two other awards for the category of best spa resorts in Asia-Pacific received by the Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali and The Legian. (son)
Getting interested to promote Nusa Penida via Bali Post iPad Semarapura (Bali Post)—
The Regent of Klungkung, Wayan Candra, wanted to promote continuously the potential of three sister islands consisting of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan as the icon of Klungkung Regency. Many natural potentials of Nusa Penida were worth selling to investors to be further developed. As a result, it is expected to improve the welfare of people on the islands. It was revealed by the Regent Candra when hosting the visit of Chief Editor of Bali Post Nyoman Wirata and Marketing Division of Bali Post doubling as the officer in charge of Bali Post iPad Diah Dewi in the official residential house of the Regent, Friday (Mar 25). At the moment, Candra claimed to have been seriously promoting the Nusa Penida. Many interesting locations had been visited by tourists and they were very potential to
be developed. “We have many good photographs or videos on the Nusa Penida. I think they are very wonderful if displayed in Bali Post iPad so they can be read by iPad users worldwide,” he said while welcoming positively the Bali Post iPad as a new product of Bali Post Media Group. Though it is only three months old, the Bali Post iPad has been published daily. At least, 15 million users worldwide can access it. The news or information displayed on the Bali Post iPad can be in the form of audio-video (radio and television) as well as news in newspapers format. “By means of iPad, promotion will be more efficient. It will better and make easier without the need to bring along many videos or printed photographs when offering the potential of Klungkung to investors,” he said after exploring the news featured on the Bali Post iPad. (kmb20)
The beautiful scenery of rice paddy in Bali. The development of tourism should not be at the expense of agricultural development and ecological preservation.
Denpasar Economic Outlook 2011:
Tourism may not sacrifice ecology and agricultural sector Economic development relying on tourism sector is indeed important. However, the development should not be at the expense of agricultural development and ecological preservation. It was revealed in the Denpasar Economic Outlook held by the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) Undiknas University in cooperation with the Denpasar Municipality and Bisnis Bali newspaper (Bali Post Media Group), Friday (Mar 25). AGRICULTURE along with agrarian culture of Balinese people poses the pillar of the ecological sustainability of Bali. If this pillar has a problem, tourism will ultimately come to an end. Prof. Dr. I Nyoman Rai, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Farmers (HKTI) of Bali Chapter, said that the war of interests between economic principles with ecological foundation and principle of sustainable agriculture had to be addressed with the formulation of clear policy by the
Denpasar Municipality. This should be done in order to maintain the ecological resources as guarantee for the sustainable carrying capacity of natural resources as well as the capital buffers of economic development. Furthermore, the economic development targeted at the growth of statistical figures as an indication of successful development had to be reviewed and synchronized with variable of ecological preservation and agrarian cultural preservation of Balinese people. The facts had shown that development simply relying on the dominance of tourism industry made the economy of Bali distraught when security turmoil occurred. Such condition indicated that economic development would be meaningless if only emphasized on the acquisition or achievement of the quantitative growth through a row of figures or statistical data alone. “Just like constructing a storey building, if the main foundation or piles (agri-
culture and agrarian people of Bali) are not reinforced, no matter how many stories it will be built and no matter how luxurious the architecture (tourism) will look, sooner or later it will only lead to breakdown,” said Rai. Besides, it was also said that Bali and Denpasar City should be able to reduce their dependence on the agricultural products from outside. Currently, Bali and Denpasar were highly dependent on the movement and rate of the economic perpetrators from outside Bali, ranging from daily necessities to the ingredients of religious activity or religious ceremony. “In a normal situation, it does not really matter because it can be purchased as long as there is money. However, it would become a problem when the situation goes abnormal, such as congestion, especially bombing, so the availability of commodities turns scarce or disappears from the market,” added Rai. (dwi)
Monday, March 28, 2011
Merkel alliance braces for German state poll disaster Agence France Presse
BERLIN – Germans began voting Sunday in a key state election in which Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party risks losing power in its wealthy heartland, after the Japan nuclear crisis overshadowed the campaign. Merkel’s conservatives have ruled BadenWuerttemberg in southwestern Germany since 1953, but anger over her nuclear power policy as well as decisions on Libya and the euro suggest voters could punish her Christian Democrats. Beyond a crushing blow to morale in Berlin, a defeat could make it even harder for Merkel to pass legislation in the Bundesrat upper house of parliament and prompt fresh calls for her to shore up her rightist credentials. A poll released Friday suggested a potential coalition of Social Democrats and the resurgent Greens were poised to unseat Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their coalition partner, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP). The survey by the independent TNS Emnid institute showed the opposition with 48 percent of the vote in a state that is home to industrial giants Daimler and
Porsche, versus 43 percent for state premier Stefan Mappus’s ruling alliance. This would mark a debacle for Merkel, 56, after drubbings in North RhineWestphalia in May and Hamburg in February, with three more state polls to come this year. “Losing power in BadenWuerttemberg would be the worst defeat yet for Merkel as party leader,” wrote the weekly Die Zeit. Calling Japan’s crisis with its Fukushima plant a “turning point”, Merkel suspended for three months an earlier decision to extend the lifetime of Germany’s nuclear reactors. Four of them are based in Baden-Wuerttemberg. She also temporarily shut off the seven oldest reactors pending a safety review. Nuclear power is unpopular in Germany, but polls indicated that voters saw Merkel’s zigzagging as an electoral ploy: it has cost her support while boosting the anti-nuclear Green party. “The CDU thought that a state which is doing so well could not be lost, but Mappus might just manage it,” the centre-left daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung said. “People’s fear of nuclear power is at the core of Mappus’ fear of defeat.”
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 25, 2011. EU leaders wrap up a two day summit on Friday focusing on the situation in Libya, the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and new financial measures they hope will contain the debt crisis that has rocked the continent for more than a year.
Tsunami victims search for their family photos in a room with personal belongings salvaged from the ruins in Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan March 26, 2011.
Huge jump in radiation inside Japan nuclear plant Associated Press Writer
TOKYO – Radioactivity in contaminated water in one reactor unit at a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant tested 10 million times higher than normal, forcing the evacuation of workers and again delaying efforts to bring the complex under control, the plant’s operator said Sunday. The air in Unit 2, meanwhile, measured 1,000 millisieverts per hour — four times the limit of 250 millisieverts deemed safe by the government, Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Takashi Kurita told reporters. Word of the startling jump in radioactivity came as TEPCO struggled to pump the contaminated water from four troubled units at the overheated Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, 140 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo. The reading was so high that the worker measuring the levels fled before taking a second reading, officials said. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, or NISA, had warned Saturday that radioactivity
inside the units was rising fast and that extracting the radioactive water was a priority. The discovery of radioactive water leaking into one or more units at the six-reactor complex has been a major setback in the urgent mission to get the plant’s crucial cooling system back up and operating more than two weeks after a massive earthquake and tsunami. The magnitude-9 quake off Japan’s northeast coast March 11 triggered a tsunami that barreled onshore and disabled the Fukushima plant, complicating a humanitarian disaster that has killed more than 10,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The official death toll stood at 10,489 on Sun-
day, with more than 16,620 people missing, police said. The final death toll was expected to top 18,000. Since the quake and tsunami, nuclear workers have raced to cool down the overheating plant as radiation made its way into food, seawater and even tap water supplies as far away as Tokyo. Officials said the discovery Thursday of highly radioactive pools of water in some of the units led to suspicions that radiation was leaking due to a possible breach. Two workers were being treated at a hospital for possible burns sustained from wading into the contaminated water. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, speaking Sunday on TV talk shows, said the exact source wasn’t clear yet but radioactive water is “almost certainly” seeping from a reactor core. Workers were scrambling Sunday to remove the contaminated water from several units and find a safe place to store it, TEPCO officials said.
Israeli airstrike kills 2 Gaza militants Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM – Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian rocket squad in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing two militants as the military prepared to activate a new defense system to shoot down incoming rockets. Islamic Jihad, a militant group that frequently attacks Israel, confirmed two members were killed in the airstrike, while a third was critically wounded. The group did not specify whether they were in the process of launching rockets. Gaza militants, including Islamic Jihad and the territory’s Hamas rulers, had said over the weekend that
they would halt their fire if Israel did. It was not clear whether they were reneging on that pledge or whether the air strike hit a rogue group of militants ignoring the cease-fire overture. A spokesman for Gaza’s Hamasrun interior ministry, Ihab Ghussein, accused Israel of seeking to perpetuate the violence. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had “no interest” in escalating things. “But we won’t hesitate to employ the might of the military against those who would attack our citizens,” Netanyahu added in remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Weeks of stepped-up rocket and mortar attacks have drawn fears of renewed war and led to new calls in Israel for the military to deploy the $200 million Iron Dome anti-rocket system. The Israeli military said the system should begin operating on Sunday near Beersheba, southern Israel’s largest city. A second antimissile battery will be deployed in another large southern city, Ashdod, the military added, without specifying an exact date. The Israeli-developed system uses cameras and radar to track incoming rockets and is supposed to shoot them down within seconds of their launch.
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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Israeli Defence Ministry on Jan. 6, 2010, purporting to show a rocket fired by the Iron Dome system during a test fire somewhere in southern Israel.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Spa Uluwatu introduces Pevonia Botanica IBP
JIMBARAN - Spa Uluwatu at InterContinental Bali Resort is now combining the world’s leading professional spa skin care brand, Pevonia Botanica, with its renowned Spa treatment program. The treatments at Spa Uluwatu have an underlying oceanic theme that is perfectly balanced by Pevonia Botanica which utilises rich, pow-
erful natural, botanical and marine ingredients derived from nature. The unique spa concept developed by Spa Uluwatu at InterContinental Bali Resort offers several carefully and specifically designed treatments which feature healing and beauty treatments with nurturing properties for the body, mind and spirit. The highest quality therapeutic massage, spa body therapies and Pevonia’s botanical
and marine facials make Spa Uluwatu a luxurious, restorative oasis not just to pamper but also help to de-stress, and rejuvenate with age-defying science and skin care expertise. “The collaboration with Pevonia Botanica is set to redefine Spa Uluwatu as a leading force in Bali’s evolving wellness industry,” commented Mr Phil Riley, General Manager of InterContinental Bali Resort. “Pevonia Botanica is introducing a green pathway to skin health and rejuvenation, which is in line with our own philosophy on environmental responsibility. Together we will ensure our spa experiences are unsurpassed in every possible way.” The spa menu includes a selection of specialized treatments that integrate the finest products, carefully chosen to restore and relax. Treatment highlights include, but are not limited to, Body Wraps using Moor Mud; Green Coffee and Waterlily Hydration Wrap as well as a variety of treatments using 2011 AsiaSpa Award-winning Men’s Line products.
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.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Swiss police: 4 killed in avalanche; 1 missing Associated Press Writer
GENEVA – An avalanche buried a group of French skiers in southern Switzerland Sunday, killing four people and leaving one missing, Swiss police said. The death toll climbed from three after one person died at a local hospital, the Swiss news agency SDA quoted police as saying. Five others were injured.
Papers... From page 1 “Ritzkrieg,” screamed the front page of the rightwing Mail on Sunday, above a picture of black-clad, masked rioters hurling metal tables at the windows of the hotel. The Sunday Express feared the violence did not bode well for next month’s wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, which will see huge crowds on the streets. “Violence at march sparks new fears for Royal Wedding,” it warned. “Is this what April 29 will be like?”
Some tried to focus on the march itself, which the Independent on Sunday said was “a warning that the coalition parties will pay the ultimate price that can be exacted in a democracy if they do not ensure that the burden is more equitably borne.” The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, which came to power last May, has introduced stinging public sector cuts to tackle a record deficit.
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The search for the missing victim was called off for the night due to dangerous conditions, police said. The incident happened on the 12,200-foot (3,730-meter) Mont Velan in the Pennine Alps near the Swiss-Italian border. All members of the group of 11 on a back-country ski trip were French, nine equipped with snowshoes and two with crosscountry skis. Local police spokesman Jean-Marie Bornet said earlier that at least three of the dead were buried by the avalanche. Rescuers were alerted shortly after noon by one member of the group who was able to free himself, Bornet said. A vast search operation that included helicopters was launched. Switzerland’s N a t i o n a l Av a l a n c h e C e n t e r warned of a “considerable” risk of snowslides in the region Saturday. In January 2010, six people died in an avalanche in another region, Diemtigtal, and a doctor who went to help was swept away in a second avalanche.
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In this picture taken from a helicopter, rescue workers search for ten persons hit by an avalanche near Bourg-St-Pierre, southern Switzerland, Saturday, March 26, 2011.
South Korea sends 27 North Koreans home Reuters
SEOUL – South Korea repatriated on Sunday 27 North Koreans whose boat drifted into the South’s waters last month, the South’s Red Cross said, ending a row which threatened to further damage relations between the two Koreas. Four North Koreans who had also been aboard the fishing boat decided to stay in the South, prompting the diplomatic dispute. The North Koreans were sent home across the disputed western sea border a day after the first anniversary of the sinking of a South Korean warship near the border, an incident which seriously escalated tensions. The group was placed aboard a South Korean naval vessel and
then, near the border, transferred onto the wooden fishing boat on which they made their way into the South’s waters. The Red Cross said a North Korean patrol ship escorted the boat once it crossed the sea border. The fishing boat, with 31 North Koreans aboard, had been sailing south off the peninsula’s west coast when it entered South Korean territory. After the four passengers decided to defect, authorities in the North accused Seoul of forcing them to remain against their will. Both sides, technically still at war as the 1950-53 Korean war only ended with a truce, not a peace treaty, later agreed to the repatriation of the 27. But their return had been postponed by weather condi-
tions and technical problems with the boat. Inter-Korean relations sank to their lowest level in decades last year after the sinking in March of the Cheonan, blamed by Seoul on the North, and the North’s shelling of an island near the sea border. The North denies any involvement in the sinking of the naval vessel and says the shelling incident was prompted by South Korean behavior during a military exercise. Both North and South Korea have since renewed calls for dialogue. But a first attempt at talks broke down in February, dealing a setback to plans to resume international disarmament talks with the North
Ridley said Earth Hour, organized by global environment group WWF, this year would also focus on connecting people online so they could inspire each other to make commitments to help protect the environment. In Australia, organizers said an estimated 10 million people, nearly half the population, took part, with Sydney Harbour Bridge another of the landmarks to go dark. Hong Kong’s neon waterfront dimmed, while in Singapore all decorative lights were switched off and noncritical operational lights lowered at Changi Airport for an hour. In Japan, which is reeling from a huge earthquake and tsunami that struck this month, several thousand people and a hotel-turnedevacuation center in the northeast marked Earth Hour. In Russia some 30 cities joined in, from PetropavlovskKamchatsky, the most easterly city on the Kamchatka peninsula, through Moscow to Murmansk in the far north. Moscow turned off floodlighting on more than 70 buildings and bridges, including the 540-meter (1,780-foot) television tower and the 32storey Moscow State University building. In Athens monuments being darkened included the Acropolis, the parliament building, the presidential palace and the temple of Poseidon near the city. In Italy, more than 200 towns and cities took part. The Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum in Rome all turned off their lights for an hour. Lights went out in 52 Romanian cities, where concerts and candle-light marches were organized. In Bucharest, dozens of people cycled through the
city center before gathering in George Enescu square. In the United States, parts of Boston’s and Chicago’s skyline turned dark as many buildings joined the event. The participating landmarks in Chicago included the Merchandise Mart, Wrigley Building, NBC tower, Chicago Theater and Navy Pier among others. At Los Angeles International Airport, tall gateway pylons that glowed solid green just before the event went dark. The pylons now use special light fixtures that consume 75 percent less electricity than the previous lamps. The historic Long Beach hotel Queen Mary turned off its exterior lights and guests had been asked to turn off their nonessential stateroom lights. Also dark was the famous Ferris wheel on Santa Monica’s pier. In Argentina, Buenos Aires switched off the spotlight on its landmark Obelisk. In South Africa the Grammy award winning group Soweto Gospel choir along with other local musicians treated hundreds of people to a free candlelight concert in the township of Soweto. Music fans waved lit candles while others used their cellphones to light up the stage. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon backed Earth Hour, urging people to celebrate the shared quest to “protect the planet and ensure human wellbeing.” “Let us use 60 minutes of darkness to help the world see the light,” he said. Ridley said he never expected the Earth Hour movement to become so large. “We didn’t imagine right at the beginning... it would be on the scale that it is now. And the fact that it is so cross cultural, beyond borders and race and religion,” he said.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Indonesia assembly called off amid chaotic scenes Reuters
JAKARTA - Indonesia edged closer to facing FIFA sanctions when a scheduled assembly to organise the soccer association’s first leadership election in four years descended into chaos and was cancelled on Saturday.
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Transjakarta Bus passing slowly between the people that enjoying a car free day for sporting and biking at Hotel Indonesia Circle on Sunday, March 27, 2011. Until now the car free day were held in several roads at Jakarta. People crowded the roads to doing their weekend activities.
Indonesia airport foils smugglers with 40 pythons Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA – Indonesian airport officials said they had foiled an attempt by two Kuwaitis to smuggle 40 pythons in their luggage. Suspects Yaqub Ebrahim and Ali Hasan were caught Friday at Jakarta’s international airport as they tried to carry the sedated serpents onto an Emirates Airlines flight to
Dubai. “From many foiled cases, people often use the flights to Dubai to smuggle illegal animals,” Salahudin Rafi, operational and technical director at airport operator Angkasa Pura II, said in an emailed statement to AFP. He said the suspects usually sedated the animals so officers could not detect them.
“For the sake of flight safety and security, no animals are allowed to be brought onto aircraft without permission and special handling. Especially pythons, which are considered as wild animals,” Rafi said. The two suspects were questioned by airport authorities and the pythons were taken to the animal quarantine centre at the airport.
Indonesia awaits approval on Thai-Cambodia mission Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA – Indonesia said Thursday that an ASEAN plan to send Indonesian military observers to the disputed Thai-Cambodia border had stalled as it awaited approvals from Bangkok and Phnom Penh. At a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta last month, Thailand and Cambodia agreed to accept Indonesian observers to a flashpoint section of the border where heavy fighting erupted in February. ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan hailed the agreement as a “historic day” for the 10-nation block, but more than a month later the observer teams remain in Jakarta and Thailand’s military now says they are not needed. “We’re still waiting for further approvals from both countries before
we can proceed to go to the area,” Indonesian foreign ministry spokeswoman Kusuma Habir told AFP. The observers had not received their operating orders and did not even know where they would be posted or for how long, she added. “We hope that we will receive their approvals as soon as possible,” Habir said. Thailand’s army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, said Wednesday the observers were not wanted in the disputed area near an 11thcentury temple because it was too dangerous and they would only complicate matters. Prayut said the Thai defence ministry, armed forces and military commanders rejected the idea of outside monitors, but conceded it was up to the government to decide. A Thai government spokesman denied however that there had been any change in Bangkok’s position,
and said a joint border committee would be convened to iron out the details of the observers’ mission. Cambodia insisted on Thursday the delay was being caused solely by Thailand. Foreign ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said the Cambodian government had already sent all the necessary paperwork to Indonesia. “For Cambodia, there is no problem. We have immediately responded to all Indonesian letters involving the TOR (Terms of Reference),” he told AFP. “Cambodia has already agreed to the locations and timing (for the observers). If Thailand does not want the observers, Cambodia accepts them unilaterally,” he said. Thailand and Cambodia have each accused the other of starting the border clashes, which erupted around the Hindu temple of Preah Vihear.
The Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) called off the congress after opponents of chairman Nurin Halid, who was jailed in 2007 for misusing funds but continued to run the organisation from his cell, claimed they had been stripped of voting rights. Around 20 members of a reformist group stormed the meeting in the Sumatran city of Pekanbaru after finding they were not on the list of 100 delegates eligible to vote on the election process, forcing the event to be cancelled within minutes. The PSSI maintain the protesters did not have voting rights to begin with and felt the only course of action was to call off the congress after just 20 minutes as it was impossible to continue. The organisation’s general-secretary Nugraha Besoes explained to a hastily arranged media conference that PSSI, FIFA and the Asian governing body (AFC) representatives agreed to halt the con-
gress after a brief consultation. “It is impossible to continue the congress,” Nugraha told reporters. “What we all saw there is embarrassing for the organisation and the country.” Nugraha added that it was down to FIFA to decide “what to do next” and hoped the world governing body would not punish them too severly for the commotion. Association officials, along with FIFA representative Frank van Hattum and AFC secretarygeneral Alex Soosay, were on their way to the venue when they witnessed the row taking place. “When they saw the situation in front of the hotel, they said that we couldn’t hold the meeting under these conditions. We had to cancel it,” Nugraha said, without indicating when a new general assembly would take place. “That’s when we decided to turn back and return to the airport and hold a meeting there.”
Government sets tax receipt target for 2011 at Rp708 trillion Antara
MAKASSAR - The Directorate General of Taxation has targeted tax receipts in 2011 to contribute Rp708 trillion to the state revenues estimated at more than Rp1,000 trillion. The tax receipts will represent 70 percent of the overall state revenues this year, Director General of Taxation Fuad Rahmani said here on Friday. He said he was optimistic the target can be achieved owing to the people‘s growing awareness to pay taxes. Head of the South, West and Southeast Sulawesi Provincial Office of the Directorate General of Taxation Angin Prayitno meanwhile said the people‘s awareness to submit annual tax returns (SPT) in the three provinces was still low, with 61.79 percent of 610,661
registered taxpayers in 2009 submitting their annual tax returns. He said tax receipts in three provinces in the year up to March 2010 reached Rp775 billion and rose to Rp942 billion in the same period this year compared to the target of Rp6.99 trillion for this year. The tax receipts in the first three months of 2009 consisted of income tax on non-oil/non-gas commodities worth Rp470.8 billion, value added tax and luxury sale tax Rp285.2 billion and other taxes Rp15.5 billion. In the year to March 2011, state revenues from income tax on nonoil/non-gas commodities increased to Rp579.1 billion, value added tax and luxury sale tax Rp343 billion and other taxes Rp16.7 billion. Angin expressed optimism the target of tax receipts for 2011 could be achieved owing to the people‘s growing awareness to pay taxes.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Bali Today To support MSEs, Bali needs to build a Trade Center Bali Post
DENPASAR - Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs), especially in the handicraft sector, need to have a clear strategy in the era of free market and global competition. Bali as a showcase of the world trades becomes a strength for MSE perpetrators to determine strategies in facing the challenges. Availability of trade center will better support the growth of MSEs on the Island of the Gods. The matter was revealed in the interactive dialogue on the development of SME competitiveness as well as strategies to cope with free trades and penetrate free markets organized by PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM) of Bali Chapter, a state-owned enterprise helping fund the micro-finance institution, held on Friday (Mar 25). Serving as keynote speaker in the dialogue was the CEO of Bali Post Media Group (KMB), Satria Naradha. In marketing the handicraft products, said Satria Naradha, perpetrators of MSEs could take advantage of the moment during peak seasons of tourist visits to Bali by organizing industrial exhibition as implemented in several countries including Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Of course, it should be supported by regency/municipality government. “It should be put into a calendar of events and organized regularly every year. Although Bali has had the Bali Arts Festival (BAF), this moment is only intended for business to seize domestic market, or even just for a night market,” he said. According to him, the annual event held to accommodate the local artisans in marketing their products should become an international event. Though having no sophisticated technology, Bali had a magnificent cultural and artistic value that was not owned by any other country in the world. On that
account, Bali could remain competitive in the global market. “So far, marketing has become a common constraint to craftsmen, so those who understand about marketing become well known. John Hardi, for instance, is not skillful in silver works, but he is able to see the opportunities and involve deeply in the domain properly,” he said. MSE perpetrators in Bali should take advantage of the existing high technology to market their products to the world without having to spend expensive cost. “Hopefully, this kind of dialogue will not only be a discourse until this point, but should be organized sustainably,” he observed. Director of PMN, Parman Nataatmadja, was optimistic if local products could compete against foreign countries such as China through the values of cultural arts flourishing in Indonesia. “Indonesia, particularly Yogyakarta, Central Java and Bali, has a great potential that is not possessed by other countries. Such a potential is much cultivated by SMEs. On that account, this potential needs to get attention and encouragement to grow properly,” he said. Nataatmadja stated that existence of trade center and culture-based creative industries developing in each region could reach the corners of the world provided that the quality and promotion of local craftsmen products should be increased. ”This dialogue poses the first
measure we do to support the SME development in Indonesia, especially in Bali,” he added. On that occasion, the Head of Bali Industry and Trade Services, Gede Darmaja, stated that global economic condition had been getting better, especially in the U.S. Of course, it affected positively the purchasing power of foreign consumers. Bali Industry and Trade Services had been doing a coaching so the perpetrators of export business could conduct the appropriate measure for the development of their business in terms of human resources, labor discipline, service and enhance creativity in order foreign consumers were more interested to buy the products marketed. “Target markets worldwide are getting better as well. However, its promotion needs to be well intensified. Countries that currently have not sufficiently reached by our promotion have high market opportunities,” he said. In the face of global market, Bali does not need to worry because commodities such as statues and various kinds of souvenirs that have been touched by skilled hands of the artists and craftsmen of Bali will remain to exist. At the moment, Darmaja recognized that no other countries producing sculptures and other kinds of souvenirs as deeply involved by artisans of Bali. (par)
Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs), especially in the handicraft sector, need to have a clear strategy in the era of free market and global competition.
Bayung Gede Village as Tourism Pilot Project Bayung Gede Village, Kintamani subdistrict, Bangli Regency, is developed into a tourism pilot project 2010. “Previously, we have already made comprehensive studies on various aspects and is now determined to be a pilot project of community-based tourism 2010,” said Village Chief of Bayung Gede I Wayan Suwela, recently. He added, since the village was declared as a pilot project, his party received the help and facilities from the National Program for Community Empowerment (PNPM). Bayung Gede Village is one of 11 villages in Indonesia developed into a pilot
project for community-based tourism. Meanwhile, Udayana University has performed various studies in relation to the project since 2005 concerning with several aspects of Bayung Gede Village. “Previously Bayung Gede Village was just as a backup, but having been reviewed by a team from central government, our village were finally selected,” he explained. Similarly, he mentioned that the basic reason on the selection of Bayung Gede Village as tourism pilot project 2010 was stated in the letter from the Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare No. 10.13.834/KMD/D/VII/ V/2010. With the publication of the
letter, it meant in the development of community-based cultural tourism of Bayung Gede, the government would allocate a fund worth IDR 2.5 billion. The main factor of Bayung Gede Village selected as a pilot project, according to Suwela, was caused by a unique tradition owned by the village prevailing a prohibition to newlywed couple. In the village, the couple recently married is not allowed to enter into the home yard and not regarded as residents of the Bayung Gede Village before paying tumbakan (a kind of dowry) submitted to the village in the form of two bulls and undertaking particular fasting.
In addition, the newlywed couple was required to make a procession called penyekeban (maturation) by living in a small shack at the end of the local village. In addition to this unique tradition, Bayung Gede also has a system of government practiced from time immemorial called saih nembelas system. This traditional government system, continued Suwela, ran the administration chaired by a leader managing the local temples and traditional village. “With this traditional leadership system, the residents of our village remain well united up to these
days,” he said. Regarding to livelihood, he explained that since 2005 most local residents had relied on the crops obtained from planting citrus, while previously they only cultivated cassava and gogo rice variety planted on non-irrigated field. In the meantime, for the management of Bayung Gede Village as a tourism pilot project, Suwela added, his party would establish a committee. “In years to come, this committee will manage the assistance obtained and at the same time build the tourism at Gede Bayung Village,” he concluded. (BTN/BB)
Monday, March 28, 2011
Bali Governor: international airport will be built in Buleleng Antara
SINGARAJA – Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika stated that the plan to build an international airport in Buleleng as well as the supporting system such as free way will be carried out for sure. It is needed to make the development of Bali balance between the north and the south. “If the development is not balanced then there will be a wide social gap and could lead to bigger problem,” the governor added. The statement was said during a discussion with the head of village and other related officers in Buleleng Regency. Mangku Pastika said that the plan is to build a freeway started in Badung Regency to Soka in Tabanan Regency and will end in Seririt in Buleleng Regency. According to the Governor the planning is already finish and will be carried out immediately. “Without mega project such as airport and roads, Buleleng will not develop whether from its economical side nor the welfare of the society,” he added. For that reason, the government is planning to develop tourism in Buleleng and eastern part of Bali such as Karangasem. In the discussion was also present the Vice Governor AA Ngurah Puspayoga, the vice regent of Buleleng, Made Arga Pinatih, and
the member of Bali House of Representative, Agus Suradnyana, Kariasa Adnyana and Tutik. Agus Suradnyana who is from Buleleng, said that there are seven priorities in developing Bali and one of them is building an international airport in Buleleng. The plan is lareday being coordinated with Indonesian Development
Planning Department. Regarding the increasing number of cafes in the regency, the governor asked Buleleng Government to stop the operation of the entertainment places. “There are many negatives effect from the cafes and one of them is the spread of HIV/AIDS,” the governor explained.
Cekuh (Kencur) Zedoary (Kaemferia galanga) is sometimes erroneously known as lesser galangal. This ginger like root has a unique, camphor flavor and should be used sparingly. Wash it and if you are fussy (most Balinese cooks aren’t), scrape off the skin before using. Dried sliced kencur or kencur powder can be used as a substitute. Soak dried sliced in boiling water for 30 minutes, use 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of powder for 1 inch fresh root. If not available replace quantity given with half ginger and half laos (galangal). (www.baliguide.com/balifood)
Ikan Lele (Catfish)
OVERVIEW: The whiskered catfish, though not an attractive looking creature, tastes excellent when cooked in this fashion.
Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika confirmed that Bali will build another airport on Buleleng regency to balance the north - south of bali’s development.
1 catfish weighing 350g 1 tsp salt 1tsp black peppercorn crushed 2 tbsp freshly squeezed limejuice 1-cup spice paste for seafood 2 cups coconut milk 1 stalk lemon grass, bruised
PREPARATION: Season catfish with salt, pepper and limejuice and marinate for 30 minutes. Deep fry fish over medium heat for 10 minutes until crispy. While the fish is marinating, combine all remaining ingredients in saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until coconut milk breaks apart and sauce becomes oily and clear rather than creamy. Pour the sauce over the fried fish and serve.
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Monday, March 28, 2011
Rambut Siwi Temple IBP
Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali located in Negara regency, west part of Bali. It is a beautiful Hindu shrine set in the cliff bank with wide Indian Ocean just in front of the temple. This temple has been renovated and moved to the top of hill for better location of worshiping to the god. Rambut Siwi Temple or local people call Pura Rambut Siwi is supported by the local resident including the maintenance, ceremony and other activities. The local believe that every temple in Bali keep secret of holy including Rambut Siwi Temple. This temple owns the representative temple building which is set beside of main road from Denpasar to Gilimanuk. We can see all cars driven by local Hindu people will stop for a while in this temple for worshiping to get the god bless of securing during the journey. It is the same local people do at other temples in Bali like Gua Lawah and Pulaki Temple. The main temple located in cliff bank and blessed by the breathtaking view of the Indian
Ocean. From the top of the cliff, we can see the old temple building on the ground and just in front of the ocean. Meanwhile the beautiful panorama of the blue Indian Ocean will add the impression of your experience. It is opened for tourist destination in west part of Bali and the right place to visit during your vacation in this island. Rambut Siwi Temple is one of big temple in Bali located in Yeh Embang Kangin countryside, Mendoyo district and Jembrana regency. It is about 2.5 hours drives from Denpasar town go to the west part of Bali or 45 minutes drive from Negara town. This temple is daily taken care by a group of community which is called â€˜Pangemponâ€™ come from Pekutatan district. It is simple way to reach this temple from Denpasar and just follow the main road to Gilimanuk. On the way to Gilimanuk, in particular of entering the regency of Jembrana area, you will find out a temple in the left side where most of the cars stop. Rambut Siwi Temple is visited by many tourists and it is one of the tourist destinations in Bali or Places of Interest in Bali.
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BUSINESS ECB close to liquidity deal for troubled banks: source Reuters
FRANKFURT – The European Central Bank is putting the finishing touches on a new facility that will give troubled euro zone banks liquidity over a longer time frame, throwing a lifeline to Ireland’s ailing banks. A euro zone central banking source told Reuters on Saturday that the plan will initially be “tailor made for Irish banks” and was likely to be announced next week to dovetail with the results of fresh stress tests on the country’s lenders. “This will replace the ELA (Emergency Liquidity Assistance) that is currently being provided by the Irish central bank,” the source said speaking on the condition of anonymity. “It will probably be similar to the SMP (ECB bond buy programme) in the sense there will be no fixed time frame on it; if you had put a 5or 10-year deadline on it these people may have been tempted to ignore the problem until the end date was approaching.” He added that although it would initially be tailored for Irish banks, it would subsequently be available euro zone wide. It would be under the control of the ECB’s Governing Council which would set the conditions attached to the loans on a case by case basis. An EU-IMF bailout last year has failed to resolve Ireland’s banking crisis and after an outflow of deposits and with other banks unwilling to lend to them, Irish lenders remain dependent on the central bank for their day-to-day operations. The six domestic banks are estimated to have outstanding loans of around 150 billion euros ($210 bil-
lion) from the ECB and Ireland’s own central bank at the end of February. Around 70 billion euros was made available under the Irish central bank’s ELA. Ireland’s new government, elected on a mandate to renegotiate the bailout, has been in talks with the ECB for weeks to try and secure medium-term funding for its banks and this facility should provide some comfort to the markets when the results of the stress tests are published on March 31. The tests, agreed as part of the EU-IMF bailout, are expected to show that Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks, Irish Life & Permanent and EBS Building Society will need around 25 billion euros, a Reuters survey of analysts showed. The EU-IMF bailout set aside 35 billion euros for Ireland’s banks. The Irish Independent newspaper reported on Saturday that the stress tests would reveal a capital hole smaller than the 35 billion euros earmarked. Without citing any sources, the newspaper said that Allied Irish Banks, which has been effectively nationalized by the state, may need more than 10 billion euros, Bank of Ireland would need under 5 billion euros while Irish Life & Permanent and EBS Building Society would need single billion sums.
Fed’s Bullard sees risks with “extended period” phrase Reuters
FRANKFURT – Lengthening the “extended period” of low U.S. interest rates could encourage a liquidity trap, a top Federal Reserve official said on Saturday. St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard was commenting on the Fed’s promise to keep interest rates low for an “extended period” to blunt the effect of recession. “The conventional wisdom policy response to a negative shock is to promise a longer ‘extended period’,” St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said, according to slides he was due to present in Marseille, France on Saturday. “This may work — but it may
also encourage a liquidity trap outcome,” he added in the slides, part of a presentation entitled ‘Reducing Deflationary Risk in the U.S.’. “A better policy response to a negative shock is to expand the QE program,” he added, referring to the quantitative easing, which he said have been successful in the United States and Britain. Bullard, who is a not a voting member on the Fed’s policy setting panel this year, is viewed as a centrist on the spectrum of supporters or opponents of aggressive Fed actions to boost the economy. The global economic recovery is continuing, Bullard said, adding: “During the recovery process, economies are susceptible to further negative shocks.”
U.S. bumps up Q4 growth, seen slowing in early 2011 Reuters
WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the fourth quarter, the government said on Friday, but signs of softer consumer and business spending may slow its momentum in early 2011. Another report showed consumers in March were their most downbeat in over a year as food and gasoline prices jumped. Gross domestic product rose at an annualized rate of 3.1 percent, the Commerce Department said in its final estimate, revised up from 2.8 percent. The consumer sentiment report added to some recent economic data — excluding employment and manufacturing — that suggested growth in the first three months of 2011 would at best match the fourthquarter pace, or slow. “It is encouraging that the economy did a little better than initially reported, but first-quarter GDP is shaping up to be on the soft side,” said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania. According to Sweet, data so far suggests growth in the first three months of 2011 was between 2.5 percent and 3 percent. Rising fuel prices, boosted by unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, are largely blamed for the expected pullback in growth, although economists expect it will be temporary. As yet, no big impact on the U.S. economy is expected from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Friday said he was not concerned the disaster in Japan would hurt the U.S. recovery. “Assuming that oil prices stabilize and fall a little and that Japanese reconstruction and recovery will begin in the next few months, this softness in growth is likely to be shortlived,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index on consumer sentiment fell to 67.5 this month, the lowest since November 2009, from 68.2 in early March and 77.5 in February. Inflation expectations over the next 12 months were unchanged from the preliminary March survey, but well above February’s levels, suggesting consumers still expected
The U.S. economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the fourth quarter, the government said on Friday, but signs of softer consumer and business spending may slow its momentum in early 2011. price rises to accelerate. The Federal Reserve so far views the high food and energy prices as transitory, but Chairman Ben Bernanke said he would act to ensure an inflationary psychology does not take root. Several Fed officials on Friday described the economy as being on a firmer footing and said the U.S. central bank was unlikely to extend its $600 billion government bond buying program when it ends on June. U.S. financial markets were little moved by the data, although stocks pushed higher on Oracle Corp’s, upbeat outlook. Government debt prices fell, while the dollar rose against a basket of currencies. Economists had expected GDP growth, which measures total goods and services output within U.S. borders, to be raised to a 3.0 percent pace. The economy expanded at a 2.6 percent rate in the third quarter. For all of 2010, it grew 2.9 percent. The higher fourth-quarter growth estimate reflected stronger business inventory accumulation and spending. Business inventories increased $16.2 billion, instead of the $7.1 billion estimated last month. That was still a sharp step down from the third quarter’s $121.4 billion rise. Inventories lopped off a smaller 3.42 percentage points from GDP growth, instead of 3.70 percentage points. Excluding inventories, the economy grew at an unrevised 6.7 percent pace, the fastest rise in domestic and foreign demand since 1998. Domestic purchases grew at a 3.2 percent rate. Businesses are expected to have stepped up restocking of their shelves in the first quarter, which should see inventories make a positive contribu-
tion to growth. Business investment was lifted by spending on equipment and software, as well as on structures. Government data on Thursday showed a drop in business spending plans for a second straight month in February, indicating a softening in business investment. Still, Oracle, the world’s thirdlargest software-maker, forecast solid sales this quarter. The government also reported on Friday that corporate profits increased 3.3 percent in the fourth quarter after rising 0.2 percent in the prior period. Economists said solid profits should encourage businesses to step up hiring. For the whole of 2010, corporate profits grew 20.4 percent, the most since 2004. Consumer spending — which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity — grew at a 4.0 percent rate in the fourth quarter instead of 4.1 percent. It was still the fastest in four years and acceleration from the third quarter’s 2.4 percent rate. “The surge in food and energy prices has almost entirely offset the big boost to real spending we anticipated from the payroll tax cut,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics in Toronto, referring to part of a broad tax cut plan introduced by the Obama administration. After adding to growth, trade was expected to become a drag in the first quarter as imports picked up again. Government spending subtracted from GDP growth in the fourth quarter, a status quo that was expected to prevail in the near-term as the boost from the $814 billion stimulus package wanes.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Franklin dances, sings at 69th birthday party Associated Press Writer
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‘X-Men’ star Jackman keen on Bollywood move Agence France Presse
MUMBAI – Hollywood heartthrob Hugh Jackman said Friday he was keen to work in Bollywood — and gyrated to a song-and-dance sequence with Indian megastar Shah Rukh Khan to prove it. The Australian-born actor danced with Khan in Mumbai at the close of Asia’s largest entertainment convention, where they shared centre stage with Bollywood producer Karan Johar. Jackman, star of the “X-Men” movies, said that while few Americans may have seen a Bollywood film, “they all know about your film industry.” “Indian cinema is growing every year. I hope to do a Bollywood movie someday,” Jackman told a packed audience. Jackman and Khan said that India’s film industry had changed in recent years, with large foreign film studios such as Disney, Paramount, Fox and
Warner distributing and producing films in India. “Movies like ‘Monsoon Wedding’ and Oscar-winner ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ have enhanced India’s image further,” Jackman, who is touring India with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, said. News Corp top executive James Murdoch, who also attended the conference on Wednesday, called India’s media industry a “sleeping tiger” as a report forecast the sector would double its revenues to nearly $30 billion by 2015. The report by consultancy firm KPMG said India’s media and entertainment industry grew 11 percent in 2010 to post revenues of 652 billion rupees ($14.54 billion). India’s media industry has bounced back from the global financial downturn but experts say foreign investment in radio, directto-home and print media companies is relatively low, compared with developed countries.
Taylor estate will earn dollars from scents Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Elizabeth Taylor’s last acting job was about a decade ago, but her lucrative line of fragrances will likely keep her estate smelling great long after her passing. Her perfume brand, White Diamonds, remains a best-seller, and combined with other brands Passion and Passion for Men, Taylor’s scents brought in an estimated $69 million at retail worldwide last year, according to tracking firm Euromonitor International. While that’s down about a fifth compared to two years earlier, a wave of recollections and renewed interest in her movies could provide a short-term boost to sales. Experts say anywhere from 4 to 15 percent of sales likely flows through to Taylor’s estate in the form of licensing royalties. Taylor, who died Wednesday at age 79, ac-
tively promoted her brands. But White Diamonds, introduced in 1991 has become so popular, with an estimated $61 million in sales, that it is considered to have crossed over from celebrity status to mainstream perfume. “This is beyond just Elizabeth Taylor at this point,” said Michael Stone, the chief executive of brand licensing agency The Beanstalk Group. “That’s why I think the fragrance will survive her death.” Cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden Inc. remains her exclusive fragrance partner with a license through October 2022, according to its annual report, and can renew the deal in 20-year increments at its discretion. Celebrity beauty products endorsed by stars such as Taylor, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and Usher made up 22 percent of the company’s $1.1 billion in revenue last year.
NEW YORK – Aretha Franklin proved her voice is still divine at 69 as she gave a brief but rousing performance at a swank birthday party in her honor. Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, music mogul Clive Davis, Bette Midler and Gayle King were among the celebrities on hand to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul on Friday night at a latenight birthday party at a Central Park Hotel. “It’s a fabulous moment,” said Franklin, showing off her noticeably thinner frame in a flowing white and gold gown as she sat at a table with several gifts. Bennett, who called Franklin “one of a kind” was one of those who came with a present — and his was unique. “I also paint, so she knows about that,” he said. “A long time ago, she said, ‘I’d love to have you do a painting of me,’ and I remembered that, and when I heard I was coming here, I just knocked off a quick sketch tonight and gave it to her tonight.” More than 100 friends and family gathered to celebrate Franklin, who just a few months ago underwent surgery for an ailment she has declined to disclose. In recent weeks, she’s made more public appearances and is set to resume her stage performances in May. At the party, Franklin seemed full of energy, greeting guests and dancing to the music. Franklin wasn’t billed as the evening’s entertainment. Instead, she had other acclaimed musicians on hand to perform for her: jazz musician Roy Ayers, singer Nnenna Freelon, and Tito Puente Jr. all gave mini-concerts at the soiree. But after former Temptations frontman Dennis Edwards serenaded her with a couple of riveting songs, she joined him and they both sang “The Way We Were.” Afterward, Edwards and the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Franklin, and she cut her birthday cake. The Detroit native planned to stay in New York for at least a day more, but don’t expect much more celebrating for Franklin. “I will be in a horizontal position tomorrow, all day!” she said.
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Aretha Franklin celebrates her 69th birthday, in New York, Friday, March 25, 2011.
Bret Michaels sues Tony Awards over 2009 mishap Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Bret Michaels sued CBS Broadcasting and the organizers of the Tony Awards on Friday over a 2009 mishap that resulted in him being hit in the head by a set piece, claiming the accident contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. The Poison frontman’s lawsuit claims he continues to deal with effects from the injury and brain bleeding that left him hospitalized last year. “Through his sheer
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FILE - In this June 7, 2009 file photo, Bret Michaels, right, and C.C. DeVille of the band Poison perform with the cast of ‘Rock of Ages’ at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in New York.
will to live, to see his children grow up, Michaels was able to survive this trauma,” his lawsuit states. Michaels and Poison performed at the Tony Awards in June 2009 and the singer suffered a busted lip and broken nose when he was whacked by a piece of scenery. He claims show organizers never explained that the set would be changing after the band performed, “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” He also claims the show could have prevented the incident from airing, but chose not to. Footage of the accident quickly became a viral hit on the Internet, and Michaels’ lawsuit claims clips have been viewed more than 27 million times on YouTube. Michaels was hospitalized in April 2010 and doctors found he had a brain hemorrhage and he later suffered a warning stroke, which the musician says nearly killed him. “Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented,” the lawsuit states. CBS declined comment and has a policy not to respond to lawsuits outside of court. Phone and e-mail messages left for spokespeople for the Tony Awards were not immediately returned Friday evening. Within days of the accident, Michaels expressed dismay that Tony organizers hadn’t shown more concern about the incident. “The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret’s head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings,” Michaels’ attorney Alex Weingarten wrote in a statement. He said Michaels tried to resolve the court without filing a case but was unsuccessful. “They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do,” Weingarten wrote. His lawsuit does not state how much he is seeking to recover, although it states the injury hurt his ability to perform at later shows.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Archaeologists discover saber-toothed vegetarian Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Surprised scientists have discovered the remains of a saber-toothed vegetarian. The leaf-crunching animal — about the size of a large dog — lived 260 million years ago in what is now Brazil, researchers report in Friday’s edition of the journal Science. Its upper canine teeth were nearly 5 inches long.
This undated handout image provided by the journal Science shows the skull of Tiarajudens eccentricus. Surprised scientists have discovered the remains of a saber-toothed vegetarian. The leaf-crunching animal lived 260 million years ago in what is now Brazil.
Such large teeth are more often the mark of a meat-eating animal, used to capture and kill prey. The enormous canines were likely used by the plant-eating animals to fight each other or protect against predators, said research leader Juan Carlos Cisneros of the University of Piaui in northeastern Brazil. For example, they might have fought for territory, resources or females, like the modern musk deer, which also have a pair of large, tusklike teeth, he said via email. “These situations are extremely important for the survival of an indi-
vidual and the success of a species,” he said. Discovering animals like this “shows us how nature is extremely creative in providing solutions for several life tasks.” In addition to its saber shaped fangs, the newly discovered animal named Tiarajudens eccentricus (teeAH-ruh-HOO-denz ek-SIN-trik-us) had rows of teeth on the roof of its mouth for chewing, the researchers said. The lower jaw was incomplete, but they expect it would have had similar rows of teeth. Tiarajudens was part of a group of animals known as anomodonts, some-
times called “mammal-like reptiles” and a major plant eater of their time. The discovery provides novel insights into early tooth differences in these ancient animals and the evolution of plant eating and its complex social interactions, commented Joerg Froebisch of Humboldt University in Berlin, who was not part of Cisneros’ research team. The evolution of saber teeth is exceedingly uncommon in plant-eating animals, said Froebisch, calling the canines in the Brazilian anomodont “extraordinary.” He said the animal seems to belong to a new, unusual group of anomodonts that lived on the ancient southern supercontinent now called Gondwana. Before drift formed the present continents, Gondwana included what is now Antarctica, South America, Africa, Madagascar and Australia.
Comet-hunting spacecraft shuts down after 12 years Associated Press Writer
DENVER – NASA ordered its comet-hunting Stardust probe to burn its remaining fuel on Thursday, setting off a sequence that shut down the spacecraft after a 12-year career. Stardust had finished its main mission in 2006, sending particles from a comet to Earth. It took on another job last month, photographing a crater on
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FILE - This file artist rendering of the Stardust spacecraft encountering the bright halo of dust and gas surrounding a shimmering comet released by NASA.
an asteroid. It accomplished one last experiment on Thursday, firing its thrusters until its last hydrazine fuel was gone. The length of that burn, a little under 2 1/2 minutes, will tell engineers exactly how much fuel was left so they can see how accurate their calculations were. That in turn will help with the design and operation of future probes. Spacecraft don’t carry fuel gauges because they don’t work in zero gravity. It will take a few days to analyze the fuel data, said Jim Neuman, a mission operations manager for Lockheed Martin, which built and operated the probe at its complex south of Denver. Engineers gave Stardust the order to begin its final burn at 4:41 p.m. MDT. Once the fuel was gone, the probe lost its ability to keep its antennas pointed toward Earth, and the control room lost radio contact at 5:33 p.m. “Like saying goodbye to a friend,” said Allan Cheuvront, the Stardust program manager for Lockheed Martin, who has worked on the probe since 1996, when it was in the detailed design stage. He paused, fighting back tears. “It’s been an amazing spacecraft. It’s done everything we asked, it’s done it perfectly.” Since launching in 1999, Stardust has traveled 3.5 billion miles. In 2004, it flew through a cloud of dust and gas enveloping the Wild 2 comet, capturing tiny samples. Those were sent back to Earth for study in 2006, via a parachute-equipped canister. NASA then recycled Stardust, sending it past the Tempel 1 comet last month to photograph a crater left by a projectile launched by another space probe, Deep Impact. If Stardust executed all of its final orders as expected, it put itself in “safe mode,” turning most of its systems off, about 1 1/2 hours after the last command was sent. With no fuel, Stardust can’t keep its solar panels aimed at the sun, and once its batteries are drained it will shut down for good. Stardust will be left in an orbit around the sun. Engineers project that in the next 100 years, Stardust won’t get any closer than 1.7 million miles of Earth’s orbit or 13 million miles of Mars’ orbit.
In this video game image released by Nintendo, a scene is shown from, ‘AR Games.’
Review: Solid Nintendo 3DS could use fresher games Associated Press Writer
Whether you’re watching a Hollywood action movie in an IMAX theater or college hoops on a 3-D TV, there’s no denying the wow factor of current 3-D technology. And the trend isn’t lost on video-game companies — particularly Sony, which has been trumpeting the 3-D environments of recent PlayStation 3 games like “Killzone 3.” Still, big-screen 3-D isn’t for everybody: Those of us with poor vision will probably never adjust to wearing 3-D glasses on top of our prescription specs. That’s why Nintendo’s announcement last year that it had created eyeglassesfree 3-D was greeted with such enthusiasm. And its 3DS portable game machine ($250) lives up to the hype, creating a convincing illusion of a third dimension beyond its 3.5-inch screen. The most dazzling demonstration, which comes installed on the device, is
“AR Games.” (“AR” stands for “augmented reality.”) Place a card on a table, point the 3DS cameras at it — and a dragon bursts out of the flat surface. To shoot targets on the dragon, you have to move yourself around the card to find different angles. You can also take 3-D photos and add a variety of effects. Or you can incorporate your friends’ images into “Face Raiders,” which morphs them onto a fleet of floating, whirling attack helicopters. Like “AR Games,” it’s simple, but offers a promising glimpse of what we might expect from future 3DS software. Nintendo has assembled a solid but derivative lineup of 18 games ($40 each) to accompany the launch of the hardware. Almost all of them are based on familiar franchises, including Nintendo’s own “Pilotwings Resort,” a lighthearted flying game, and “Nintendogs + Cats,” a lovable pet simulator.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Messi shines, but US rally for Argentina draw Agence France Presse
England’s midfielder Frank Lampard celebrates scoring a penalty during their Euro 2012, group G qualifying match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. England won 2-0.
England cruise past woeful Wales in Euro qualifier Agence France Presse
LONDON – Fabio Capello lavished praise on Jack Wilshere after the teenage midfielder anchored England to a comfortable win over Wales with a performance that belied his tender years. The Arsenal youngster had played only 52 minutes of international football prior to Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wales, a result which put England back on track to qualify for next summer’s Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine. While goals from Frank Lampard and Darren Bent secured a straightforward three points, it was the assured performance of the 19-year-old Wilshere that left Capello reaching for the superlatives. “It’s incredible, the performance of this player during this season,” Capello enthused. “He improved in a short space of time, incredible.” Wilshere has nailed down a regular starting place at Arsenal this season, and impressed during the Gunners Champions League exit to Barcelona. The youngster now appears to be well on his way to becoming a first choice in England’s midfield, where he worked in tandem with Lampard on Saturday in front of Scott Parker in the holding role. Capello said he had discussed Wilshere’s improvement with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and both coaches were surprised at his rapid development. “I spoke with Arsene and Arsene told me the same thing — incredible. He plays like a player of 28, 29 years with 35 or 40 caps,” Capello said. “The good players always improve.” Wilshere meanwhile mod-
estly played down the praise directed his way. “This is the sort of thing you want to hear. But at my age, I’m only 19, there are still big players like Steven Gerrard to come back,” Wilshere said. “I just have to work hard for my club and see if the manager picks me for internationals.” Capello meanwhile brushed off suggestions that the victory had vindicated his controversial decision to reinstate John Terry as permanent captain at the expense of the injured Rio Ferdinand. “Why? Against you? It’s my job guys. It’s normal. It’s my job,” Capello said. “When you win you are the best, when you lose you are ...” He also declined the invitation to single out Terry for special praise, instead highlighting the contribution of Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, whose movement and pace was a constant thorn in the side of the Welsh defence. “All the players played well. But I think some players played very well. Ashley Young played very well. This year he has been a really good player. He played well in Denmark, he played well this evening,” Capello
said. Capello was also pleased with the display of Parker, the in-form West Ham midfielder who many felt was unlucky to have been overlooked by the Italian for his World Cup squad last year. “Scott played very well,” Capello said. “The position, he won back a lot of balls, in every moment he was in a good position in front of the back four.” Capello meanwhile played down the significance of the tactical tweak that saw Parker shield the back four with Wilshere and Lampard pushed up behind a front three of Young, Bent and Wayne Rooney. “I prepared this style for Wales but we can change the style because English players are really good, they can play different styles,” Capello said. “But the real style is 9-1. Because you need to defend and you need to go forward.” The only blemish on an otherwise positive afternoon for Capello was a needless 37th-minute booking for Rooney which rules the striker out of their next qualifier, against Switzerland at Wembley in June. “I know, I told him he will miss the next game, it’s not good news for us,” Capello said.
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey – Lionel Messi dazzled, and Argentina dominated, but the United States still eked out a 1-1 draw in a friendly international football match. Teenager Juan Agudelo scored in the 59th minute to give the spirited hosts the surprising draw. Esteban Cambiasso put Argentina ahead in the 42nd minute after Messi made a scintillating run and passed through the legs of US captain Carlos Bocanegra. US goalkeeper Tim Howard stopped Angel Di Maria’s initial shot, but Cambiasso fired home the rebound. “It was pretty unbelievable,” Bocanegra said. “This guy (Messi) - I mean, my legs weren’t that far open, and he just pops through. And I’m going, ‘Really?’” Bocanegra wasn’t the only US player who couldn’t help admiring Messi even as he tried to stop him. “You watch him on TV and you think, it’s impossible. How does he do that?” Howard said. “And then you see that he’s here for real
and it’s just breathtaking, even as a top-level professional, as we are. “It’s breathtaking because you can’t figure out how he’s doing some of these things.” The match was played before 79,800 spectators at New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets. After Argentina’s dominance of the first half, US fans were energized by manager Bob Bradley’s switch to a more attacking style. Agudelo, 18, came on for the second half and scored his second goal in three international appearances. It followed a swinging corner kick by Landon Donovan and a initial header attempt by Bocanegra that was saved by Argentine goalkeeper Mariano Andujar. Most of the night, however, belonged to Argentina and Messi — Barcelona’s two-time world footballer of the year. Wearing gloves and a long-sleeved shirt under his jersey on the cold New Jersey night, Messi zigzagged around US defenders as if they were standing still, and threatened almost every time he touched the ball.
Klose has sights on record Agence France Presse
BERLIN – Two more goals at international level against Kazakhstan on Saturday has brought Miroslav Klose to within seven goals of the German record currently held at 68 by legendary striker Gerd Muller. And the 32year-old Polish-born marksman said after the 4-0 win that he was bent on catching and even passing the man known simply in his heyday as “The Bomber.” “Now that I am so close naturally I want to move past him,” said Klose after winning his 107th cap in the Euro 2012 qualifier. “I have already spoken to Gerd about it and he told me he wouldn’t be angry with me if I take away his record.
“He even told me he would be happy for me. In any case he will always be The Bomber and no-one can take that away from him.” Muller’s 68 goals were scored between 1967 and 1974 including the winner in the 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the 1974 World Cup final in Munich. That proved to be his last goal for the national side Klose has scored in his last six games for Germany and if he plays in the friendly against Australia on Tuesday he will move up alongside Jurgen Klinsmann as the second most capped player for Germany with 108 caps. He doubts, however, that he will ever pass record cap holder Lothar Matthaus who played 150 times for his country.
Germany’s striker Miroslav Klose celebrates after the EURO 2012 qualifying match Germany vs Kazakhstan in the southern German city of Kaiserslautern.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Top tennis seeds Nadal, Wozniacki advance Agence France Presse
MIAMI – Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki lived up to expectations as both advanced with ease at the $9 million Miami WTA and ATP Masters tournament. Nadal, on the quest for his first trophy since October in Tokyo, overpowered Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4 while Wozniacki beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 7-6 (9/7). World number one Nadal has yet to win a Miami title, finishing runnerup in 2005 to Roger Federer and three years later to Nikolay Davydenko. His win over Nishikori followed one at Wimbledon last year. “It was one of those first rounds you don’t want to see,” said the Spaniard. “I’m very happy about how I played today — I was at a high level tonight. “The feeling was better than last week, so that’s important. The serve worked very well at the end of the match.” World number three Federer notched another match win and another career milestone through a straight-sets win over Radek Stepanek. The third-seeded Swiss defeated the Czech 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round. Seventh seed Tomas Berdych fought past Spain’s Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-1, 6-7 (4/7), 6-0. But there was no joy for Andy Roddick, who became the second Miami title holder
in as many years to exit in an opening match. The American eighth seed, who has been troubled by a low-grade illness for a month, was ambushed by Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Germany’s Philipp Petzschner upset 10th-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4. French 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the third round as he beat Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 63, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, while former top-10 player Mikhail Youzhny crushed Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun 6-1, 6-0. In women’s action, fourth seed Samantha Stosur put out Lucie Safarova 6-0, 7-6 (7-1) while sixth seed Jelena Jankovic defeated Klara Zakopalova 7-5, 6-1. There was also an opening victory for 16th seed Maria Sharapova, a winner over German Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-0. China’s Peng Shuai upset 11th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, hammering the Russian 6-3, 6-1.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain serves against Kei Nishikori of Japan during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Nadal, on the quest for his first trophy since October in Tokyo, overpowered Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4.
Griffin leads Clippers over Raptors 94-90 Perkins takes ‘hero’ Hoy’s Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Chris Kaman added 17 points and 12 boards, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Toronto 94-90 on Saturday night to hand the Raptors their fourth straight loss. The Clippers had lost their previous five meetings with the Raptors by an average of 17.4 points. Eric Gordon, who missed his first 11 shots in Friday’s 112-104 loss to the Lakers, had 17 points after getting into early foul trouble, and Mo Williams finished with just nine points after scoring a season-high 30 against the two-time defending champions. Ed Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who ended a 1-4 road trip in which they fell behind by more than 40 points to both Denver and Golden State. Jose Calderon, who sat out the second half of Friday’s 138-100 loss to the Warriors because of a strained left hamstring, was back in the starting lineup against the Clippers and scored 16 points in 34 minutes. Raptors leading scorer Andrea Bargnani was scratched because of an ankle problem. In Friday night’s 138-100 loss at Golden State, Bargnani scored just seven points in 27 1-2 minutes after averaging 23.3 over his previous six games. The Raptors, who set a franchise
record for most points allowed in a half by surrendering 84 in the first 24 minutes against the Warriors, led the Clippers 44-43 at intermission. They went up by as many as 10 with 8:27 remaining before the Clippers pulled ahead 85-82 with a 15-2 run capped by Kaman’s layup off an offensive rebound with 3:21 left. Toronto regained the lead at 8887 on a layup by Davis with 1:58 to go, but Griffin got it back for good with a dunk, and Gordon hit the Clippers’ first 3-pointer of the game with
a minute left to put Los Angeles ahead 92-88. Williams helped sealed the win with a pair of free throws. Fourth-year Toronto forward Julian Wright, averaging 14.4 minutes in his first season with Toronto and upset about his limited playing time, spent the entire game on the bench in uniform after refusing to report into Friday’s game in the third quarter with the Raptors being blown out by the Warriors. He wasn’t suspended, but did apologize to his teammates.
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Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin dunks the ball on an alleyoop pass from Mo Williams against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 26, 2011.
world keirin crown Agence France Presse
APELDOORN, Netherlands – Shane Perkins of Australia pipped Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain to win the men’s keirin title at the world track cycling championships Saturday. Perkins, who finished second in the sprint tournament last year, claimed his maiden senior title at the championships after several years of seeing fellow compatriots top the podium. Hoy finished second in the sixman final after launching a late surge, with Teun Mulder finishing third to give the hosts their first medal of the competition. It means Hoy, a triple Olympic champion in Beijing in 2008, will walk away from the championships without a gold medal for the first time in many years. Perkins, meanwhile, was ecstatic at having beaten the Scot, his “hero” when he was a junior track rider. But the Australian admitted he had to dig deep to ward off some threatening tactics on the part of the British contingent, which also included Matthew Crampton. “It’s my first world championship title, so I’m ecstatic,” said
Perkins. “For quite a few years I’ve felt like the odd one out (in the team), missing out on the world titles, so now to get one is really great.” Perkins led from the front throughout, and when the motorpaced derny pulled off with three laps to go the Australian refused to get pushed out of the way by his opponents as the race burst into life. “It all went pretty fast. Matt Crampton took the front, and then Chris came round to try and trap me in a bit and then have a go,” added Perkins. “I stayed pretty calm, pushed Chris out a bit, pushed him into the wind which gave me a bit of a run-out to Matt Crampton. “With 200 metres to go I gave it everything I could, and here we are. It was pretty tough out there ... to beat Sir Chris Hoy is absolutely fantastic. He was my hero when I was up and coming.” Despite his failure to strike gold this week, winning bronze behind champions France and Germany in the team sprint and being pushed out of the sprint semis by compatriot Jason Kenny, Hoy said he has been proud of his performances this week.
Monday, March 28, 2011
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Vettel takes commanding Australia win SEBASTIAN Vettel opened his title defence with a comfortable victory in an Australian Grand Prix that proved intriguing, but not did deliver the level of incident predicted with the new DRS overtaking system and Pirelli tyres. Lewis Hamilton coped with a broken floor on his McLaren to take second, but the star of the race was Renault’s Vitaly Petrov, who made the most of an excellent start and a fine race drive thereafter to take his maiden podium in third.
Sebastian Vettel celebrate his victory in Australian Grand Prix
Sauber duo disqualified from Australia SAUBER drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi have been disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix over a technical infringement. Perez, making his grand prix debut, had finished in a strong seventh position, one place ahead of his Japanese team-mate Kobayashi. After the race, however, the race stewards excluded both cars over the infringement of technical rules 3.10.1 and 3.10.2. The infringement occurred in the uppermost rear wing element. Article 3.10.1 reads: “Any bodywork more than 150mm behind the rear wheel centre line which is between 150mm and 730mm above the reference plane, and between 75mm and 355mm from the car centre line, must lie in an area when viewed from the side of the car that is situated between 150mm and 350mm behind the rear wheel centre line and between 300mm and 400mm above the reference plane. When viewed from the side of the car no longitudinal cross section may have more than one section in this area. “Furthermore, no part of this section in contact with the external air stream may have a local concave radius of curvature smaller than 100mm. “Once this section is de-
fined, ‘gurney’ type trim tabs may be fitted to the trailing edge. When measured in any longitudinal cross section no dimension of any such trim tab may exceed 20mm.” 3.10.2 states: “Other than the bodywork defined in Article 3.10.9, any bodywork behind a point lying 50mm forward of the rear wheel centre line which is more than 730mm above the reference plane, and less
than 355mm from the car centre line, must lie in an area when viewed from the side of the car that is situated between the rear wheel centre line and a point 350mm behind it.” The exclusion of the Sauber drivers means Ferrari’s Felipe Massa is elevated to seventh, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi, and Force India duo Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta.
While the top three made it to the finish on two stops, three-stop plans consigned Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Mark Webber (Red Bull) to fourth and fifth - though this was better than Alonso might have expected after falling to ninth at the first corner. Jenson Button was only sixth for McLaren after being penalised for an incident with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Vettel tore away from the field in the opening stages, leading by three seconds after just two laps, with Hamilton and Webber holding second and third. Petrov had made an excellent start to blast through to fourth, with Button and Alonso going wide at Turn 1 as they went three-abreast with the Renault, allowing Massa to slip ahead of Button and leaving Alonso right down in ninth by the time he got off the kerbs and grass. Alonso made very swift progress past Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and was soon catching Massa and Button whose battle for fifth place was frantic. With his DRS making little difference, Button tried all kinds of creative lines to get ahead the Ferrari, with no success until lap 10, when he went around the outside into the fast right-left Turn 11/12 at the end of the back straight, but had to take to the escape road and cut the second part of the corner to complete it. That would lead to a drivethrough penalty, while Alonso im-
mediately pounced and passed Massa into Turn 13 as the Brazilian regained momentum after his nearmiss with Button. Before he took his penalty, Button had a brief battle with Vettel, who had made a relatively early pitstop on lap 14 and emerged behind the Briton. Hamilton had whittled the Red Bull’s lead down to 1.5s by then, but staying out two laps later before his first tyre stop cost the McLaren time to the leader rather than being an advantage - as even after having to battle past Button around the outside of Turn 4, Vettel was 6.5s clear of Hamilton once both were back up to speed. That gap rapidly grew to 12s over the next stint - and the reason became clear when sparks started shooting out from under the McLaren, the front part of its floor having become detached and started rubbing on the ground. Aside from a trip over the Turn 1 grass, Hamilton did a remarkable job to keep his car both on the road and near the lead pace - though his chances of pressuring Vettel were over and the German cruised to an ultimately comfortable victory. Webber could not keep up with the top two and by half-distance was 26s adrift and only just ahead of Petrov and Alonso. Both the Red Bull and Ferrari chose to make three pitstops, while Petrov - like Vettel and Hamilton - changed tyres just twice.
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