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Flood water submerged Dewi Sri street on Kuta. The heavy rain that pouring last night make Dewi Sri and several street in Bali inundated with water.
Heavy rain fall
Kuta and Denpasar flooded Bali Post Mangupura – Kuta and Denpasar area was flooded due to the heavy rain pouring on Thursday, July 29th 2010. The flood happened on Dewi Sri through Seminyak area and made long traffic jam. Cars and motorcycle broke down trying to pass through the flooded road. Made Cakra, the local in the area, the flood started on 07.30 am and it was about half of meter high. He said that hotels
and restaurants throughout the place was acting quickly by clearing the basement to save their stuffs. The flood was not only happened on the road but also on several government offices through-
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BAGHDAD – An al-Qaidalinked group claimed responsibility Thursday for a bombing earlier this week targeting the Baghdad offices of a pan-Arab television station, describing the deadly attack that killed six people as a victory against a “corrupt channel.” A statement posted on the website of the Islamic State of Iraq said the operation was carried out by a “hero of Islam” and was intended to hit the “mouthpieces of the wicked and evil.” The Arabic-language news
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channel Al-Arabiya is one of the most popular in the Middle East but is perceived by insurgents as being pro-Western. A suicide bomber driving a minibus Monday drove through at least two checkpoints before pulling up to the front of the station’s Baghdad office and blowing himself and his vehicle up. “We take responsibility for targeting this corrupt channel, and we will not hesitate to hit any media office and chase its staffers if they insist on being a tool of war against almighty God and his prophet,” the announcement said. Continued on page 6
out Kuta. There were no damaged on the offices but the Legian village must rearranged the fish pond where a fishing competition will be held. Gde Wibawa, the head of Legian Village, said that the worst flood was happening on Legia area. “There were no casualties due to the flood but there were damage on housing and some belongings of the people,” he added. Wibawa said that the river was
already cleaned by the flood keep happening. This is because the water in upstream is too much so the river is overloaded. I Wayan Puspa Negara, the member of Badung House of Representative said that one of the main reasons why Kuta was flooded is the condition of the river on the area. The river is too shallow and the project to flow the water to the river is also not successful. Continued on page 6
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FILE - In July 26, 2010 file photo, Iraqi army soldiers stand near a massive crater outside the office of the Al-Arabiya television station after a suicide bomber driving a minibus struck in Baghdad, Iraq.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Traditional Arts Festival of MPU members in Mataram, Bali presents Siladri Priest and Shiva Lingam show TRADITIONAL Arts Festival of members of the Main Government Partners (MPU) will be held again. This art extravaganza involves a number of provinces belonging to the main government partners such as Bali, East Java, Central Java, Greater Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara out of 11 existing members. The even will be organized in NTB Art Center, Mataram taking place on July 31 and August 1, 2010. Division Head of Film Affairs, Bali Cultural Services, Ida Ayu Putri Masyeni accompanied by Section Head of Promotion and Cultural Performance, Ni Wayan Sulastriani, last Wednesday (Jul 28), said that in addition to the parade, the festival also organized a cultural parade. Envoy of Bali Province supported by eminent artist team as the result of upgrading in the Bali Arts Festival (BAF) appeared with two art compositions. On the parade, Balinese artists will show off Shiva Lingam presentation, while in the festival
it will be presented a fragmentary entitled Siladri Priest. Siladri Priest was a Balinese folklore filled with mystical elements representing rwa bhineda or elementary dualism concept. Strength of virtue character is portrayed by Siladri Priest and bad character is portrayed by Dayu Datu. However, the strength of dharma (truth) is always able to defeat the evil forces. Artistic composition of Shiva Lingam describes an aesthetic strength expressed in every single movement and the strains of gamelan music on this earth. Shiva
always emits and guides the thoughts, words, and deeds to always work and give a sense of beauty through the arts of offerings. Meanwhile, in the traditional arts festival held by the members of MPU, Bali always got the first champion. On the first festival in Bali, Bali art envoy could achieve the first champion, as well as on the second festival in Central Java, Bali was also the first champion. On the festival of this time, the art envoy of the island of the gods is also expected to achieve the first winner. (08)
Stealing 3 laptops of employer, a hair stylist arrested Denpasar (Bali Post)—
On account of having much debt, Ni Komang Suartika, 21, from Kubutambahan, Buleleng, confessed to have no other choice but committing a crime. Three laptops owned by her employer, Lim Maria Eva Natalia, a resident of Jalan Pulau Flores, Denpasar, were stolen by the suspect. However, the vice action of the suspect was finally revealed by West Denpasar Criminal Detective. The suspect was captured in her boarding house located around Jalan Raya Sesetan, South Denpasar, last Monday (Jul 23). Ironically, the suspect took the three laptops of victim away within a day. She burglarized the victim’s home twice. Firstly, the suspect entered at 3:00 pm Local Time, while the second one at 03:00 am. “We have arrested the suspect. However, we still make the more profound investigation,” said Chief Unit of Criminal Detective, Wayan Wesnawa, last Wednesday (Jul 28). When the suspects took action, she entered into the victim’s home at ease. The suspect had been a hair stylist at the victim’s beauty salon since three years ago. Moreover, the victim’s boarding house was close to the salon. “The suspect just needs to open the window and rub the victim’s laptops. It had been conducted twice within a day,” explained Wesnawa to journalists last Wednesday. Once she successfully burglarized three laptops, two of them were pawned. One laptop was pawned on Jalan Teuku Umar, Denpasar, at the price of IDR 900, 000, while another laptop was pawned on Jalan Pulau Tarakan, Denpasar, with the price of IDR 1 million. “The remaining one laptop is deliberately kept in her
rented room. And now, the evidence has been secured,” he said. From the result of temporary investigation, the suspect was desperate to steal the laptops of her employer because she had much debt. While working in the beauty salon of the victim, the suspect had debt in some places. “I was forced to steal, sir. I have much debt. And I used the pawning results to pay my debt and satisfy daily needs,” she admitted to investigators of West Denpasar Police. (kmb21)
Joint Team raid the LPG agents
Hundreds of damaged cylinders found Denpasar (Bali Post)—
To anticipate the occurrence of various effects due to expiration and destruction of gas cylinders of LPG sold by the agency in Denpasar, Joint Team of Denpasar Municipality held a raid to a number of LPG agents, last Wednesday (Jul 28). From the raid, the team coordinated by the civilian security guards (Trantib) and public order officers (Satpol PP) in cooperation with the Office of Industry and Trade as well as other relevant agencies encountered hundreds of 3-kg LPG cylinder in damaged condition and unfit for sale due to a potential hazard to consumers. In responding to these findings, Technical Implementer of the Head of Trantib and Satpol PP of Denpasar Nick Natha Wibawa said the raid denoted a form of anticipation by Denpasar Municipality to avoid any disasters often caused by gas cylinders. Nick who is also the Assistant I of Regional Secretary of Denpasar expected Pertamina to supervise the LPG agencies and provide a certificate stating the sale of LPG gas cylinders in each agent was safe for
the public. “Based on the results of raid to a number of agencies, we were quite surprised because it was found many damaged gas cylinders. We just took some samples having no label of National Standard of Indonesia (SNI) to be examined further about their safety,” said Nick Natha Wibawa. Out of thousands of gas cylinders stored in the warehouse of UD Lestari Jaya owned by Ni Made Nuratni, he said, his party took two LPG cylinders without SNI label. Apparently, one of those cylinders leaked. Meanwhile, the raid to another LPG dealer of Pertamina, namely PT Suman Gasindo Dewata, found 115 defective LPG cylinders. To that end, he called on the agents of LPG in order to check carefully before distributing them to consumers. By doing so, it was expected that gas cylinder would be completely safe. “We also expect the society to be more careful in buying gas, especially the 3-kg LPG,” he said. In the meantime, Director of PT Suman Gasindo Dewata located in South Denpasar on Jalan Danau Tempe, Wayan Suwardana, in accordance with the results of the agent meeting with Pertamina said that all products were safe. Meanwhile, he really did not know about any counterfeit cylinder. In 2007 all of gas cylinders of Pertamina were not equipped with SNI label. However, after frequent explosions and fire accidents allegedly caused by a false tube, since 2009 Pertamina had issued the gas cylinder with standard label. “We always alert to the existence of damage and leakage on the gas cylinders by reexamining them in detail after obtaining from Pertamina,” he said. Afterward, Suwardana added that his party has found and removed as many as 115 damaged and leaked cylinders and subsequently return it again to Pertamina in accordance with the
A foreign tourist dance accompanied by the Balinese dancer during the Tanah Lot Festival 2010.
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Kerobokan Jail Build Praying Space for Buddhist Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Kerobokan Jail became more complete as now a Buddhist praying space has been inaugurated by the Badung Vice Regent Ketut Sudikerta, last Wednesday (28/7). The space use to be the children cells was named Cetya Dharma Metta. Head of Class II A Denpasar (Kerobokan) Jail, Siswanto, explained a praying space is a must as it is to complete the rights and obligations of a prisoner. A prisoner will get its rights of regulated rest; regulate freedom and remission if the prisoner has fulfilled its obligation to routinely pray, “Of course praying is a private right of a prisoner. Even though, we have to remind them to always remember God.” Cetya Dharma Metta will mean so much for the 13 Buddhist pris-
oners. All this time they have been praying at the cells block and also in pura (Balinese Hindu temple) with the Hindu prisoners. “We are thankful as now there’s a praying space for us,” a Buddhist prisoner whose name don’t want to be known stated. Cetya Dharma Metta used the children cells which positioned behind the assembly hall. As wihara (Buddhist temple) usually is, Cetya Dharma Metta also had statues of Buddha Sidharta Gautama and Goddess Kwam In. Not left out, there’s
also equipments hoped to give comfort for the prayers. Vice Regent Ketut Sudikerta welcome positively Cetya Dharma Metta as it is following the same path of the development program in Badung Region which was based by Tri Hita Karana (Balinese philosophy of maintaining harmonic connection with God, human and nature). With harmony in every aspect of life, it is hoped the prisoners will not repeat its mistakes for the second time. (015)
Hundreds of artists take part in Sanur Village Fetival 2010 Antara
Denpasar – Many kinds of traditional art and culture will be performed by hundreds of artists in the Sanur Village Festival (SVF) which will be held on August 4th through August 8th 2010. Ida Bagus Gede Sidharta Putra, the head of SVF committee, said “there will be many performances in the event and there will be also collaboration between many artists.” He explained that on Wednesday, August 4th 2010, there will be opening ceremony fol-
lowed by “Saha Nuhur” dance performance and wayang Cenkblong. Sidharta Putra said that “Saha Nuhur” is the theme of this year SVF which has a meaning to ask the spirit from God. There is great hope that the spirit will become the power to act on daily life On the next day, there will be performances by SMP (junior high school) Wisata and art group from Sanur Kaja village. On Friday, August 6th there will be wayang performance. On the next day there will be creation dance by Sanur Kauh village and
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Plastic Rubbish Damaged Gianyar Gianyar (Bali Post) –
The piling up plastic rubbish in Gianyar can be seen on roads after flooded by the heavy rain. Now it is felt that plastic rubbish are damaging the environment and the cause of the floods. It is piling even more, dangerous and hard to manage. These complain has been coming from a student during a letter competition written to the Regent last Sunday. In the letter, it is saying about saving environment from plastic rubbish by government should buy those rubbishes to be recycled. This is the same problem as the messy frangipanis on the roads. After recycled to a dupa (incense) the messiness was gone so the same thing should happen to plastic rubbishes. What’s more in making the plastics decomposing takes decades or even hundreds of years. Last Wednesday (28/7),
Gianyar Region Living Environment Organization (BLH) Duties Manager (Plt.) Wayan Artana, SH gave aspiration to the incoming suggestion given through the letter competition. However it needs deeper analysis if government is going to buy those rubbishes, “We are trying to research on how other places succeeded in taking care of the plastic rubbishes.” Artana added these rubbishes are everyone’s homework. To get it decompose with the soil it takes reaching thousands of years. If it’s decomposed the particles will pollute the soil and water. And so it needs deeper analysis on how to avoid these. In year 2011, Gianyar will try to minimalize plastic rubbishes. Some schools and mini markets that produced lots of plastics needs to be active in taking care of the environment from plastic rubbishes, he added. (kmb16)
on the last day there will be baleganjur collaboration performance. There will be also musical performances during the event such as by Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fussion, Tude, Tan Lioe Ie & Blues Poetic Musical, and others. There will be plant exhibition and biking throughout the city which are Sanur Village Cycling and Denpasar City Tour. There will be also competition such as Chef competition, Sanur Open Golf Tournament, Under Water Festival, Kite festival, Fishing Tournament, Photography Contest, and other activities.
Calonarang: The King, the Witch and the Priest At the beginning of 7th century, a Balinese prince becomes the king of Java, the great Erlangga. His mother, Mahendradatta, was a Javanese princess who ruled Bali with her Balinese husband, Dharmodayana, until the husband, suspecting her of practising evil magic, exiled her to the forest. When Erlangga’s father died, leaving Mahendradatta as a rangda or a widow, she conspired to use her band of pupils trained in the black arts to destroy Erlangga’s kingdom. Her chief grudge against Erlangga because of fancied insults to her beautiful daughter, Ratna Menggali – the noblemen of Daha had refused her in marriage for fear of her mother’s evil reputation. Calonarang (Erlangga’s mother who practising evil magic) went with her pupils to the cemetery and they prayed and danced in honour of Begawati, the deity of black magic, to help them destroy Daha. The goddes appeared and danced with them, granting her permission, warning the witch, however, to pre-
serve the center of the kingdom untouched. The witches danced at the crossroads and soon people fell in great numbers. Discovering the cause of the epidemic, Erlangga ordered his soldiers to go and kill the witch. They stole into her house while she slept and stabbed her in the heart , but Calonarang awoke unhurt and consumed the daring soldiers with her own fire. The witch went once more into the cemetery and danced with her pupils, dug out corpses, cutting them into pieces, eating the members, drinking the blood, and wearing the entrails as necklaces. Begawati appeared again and joined in the bloody banquet, but warned Calonarang to be careful. The witches danced once more at the crossroads and the dreadful epidemic ravaged the land, the vassals of Erlangga died before they could even bury the corpses they bore to the cemeteries. The desperate king sent for Mpu Bharada, the holy man from Lemah Tulis, the only living being who could vanquish the witch. Mpu Bharada planned his campaign carefully. He sent
Bahula, his young assistant, to ask for the witch daughter’s in marriage. Highly flattered, the mother gave her consent and after a happy and passionate honeymoon, Bahula learned from his wife the secret of Calonarang’s power. The possession of a little magic book which he stole and turned over to his master. The holy man copied it and had it returned before the disappearance could be noticed. The book was a manual of righteousness and had to be read backwards. The holy man was then able to restore life to those victims whose bodies had not yet decayed. Armed with the new knowledge, he accused the witch of her crimes, but she challenged him by setting an enormous Banyan tree on fire by a single look of her fiery eyes. Bharada foiled the enraged witch by restoring the tree, and she turned her fire against the holy man. Unmoved, he killed her with one of her own mantras, but she died in her monstrous form and Bharada, to absolve her of her crimes and enable her to atone for them, revived her, gave her human appearance, and then killed her again. (BTN/Doc)
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(FILES) In this file picture taken on April 22, 2008, Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby looks on during a ceremony inside Kerobokan prison in Denpasar. Corby has sumbitted a clemency appeal to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for a reduction in her 20-year jail sentence, an official said on July 29, 2010. The 33-year-old from the Gold Coast was convicted of trafficking 4.1 kilograms (nine pounds) of marijuana into Indonesia in 2005. She has always maintained her innocence and claims international smugglers placed the drugs in her luggage.
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Relatives search for bodies at Pakistan air crash Associated Press Writer
ISLAMABAD – Relatives desperate to find the bodies of loved ones joined emergency teams Thursday at the scene of Pakistan’s worstever plane crash, but recovery work was badly hampered by thick mud, rain and slippery hillsides. The Airbus A321 operated by local carrier Airblue crashed into hills overlooking the country’s capital, Islamabad, during stormy, monsoon weather, killing all 152 people on board. Wreckage was strewn over about a third of a square mile (onesquare kilometer) section of the forested slopes. The Civil Aviation Authority said the plane had been ordered to take an alternative approach to the runway, but had veered off course. Finding out why will be a key task of the investigation team, said Riazul Haq, director general of the agency. “The fact remains it flew where it should not have done,” he said. Army troops and civilian rescue workers searched a large stretch of the hills scorched by the crash, but the tough conditions slowed the pace of operations. Helicopters could not fly in the heavy rain and low clouds, said a spokesman for the Capital Development Authority, which helps deal with emergencies. An Associated Press Television News cameraman in the hills saw relatives of passengers working with soldiers and other rescuers at one
crash site, where the undercarriage of the jet had come to rest. They collected several body parts in small bags. Dozens of relatives and friends of those killed slept outside Islamabad’s largest hospital overnight, hoping to receive bodies. They were still there Thursday morning, hugging one another as their tears mixed with the heavy rain, but few corpses were released. The plane’s “black box” flight data recorders have yet to be recovered. Information extracted from them is needed to determine the cause of the crash. Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and other officials have said the government does not suspect terrorism. The plane was flying from Karachi, the country’s commercial capital. Even when the search is completed, it could take days to identify all the victims with DNA testing since most of the bodies were torn apart and burned in the crash, a grim scene described by rescue workers scouring the twisted metal wreckage. “There is nothing left, just piles
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Pakistani rescue workers and soldiers search at the site of the wreckage of a crashed passenger plane on the day after the accident in The Margalla Hills on the outskirts of Islamabad on July 29, 2010. Pakistan observed a day of mourning on July 29 for the 152 people killed in its worst aviation disaster, as a monsoon deluge delayed the search for the aircraft’s black box in hilly woodland.
and bundles of flesh. There are just some belongings, like two or three traveling bags, some checkbooks, and I saw a picture of a young boy. Otherwise everything is burned,”
UAE official: Japanese tanker was in a collision Associated Press Writer
TOKYO — A Japanese shipping company said it did not believe a wave caused an explosion aboard one of its tankers passing through the mouth of the Persian Gulf, but refused to speculate Thursday on what set
off the blast until it had more information. The incident aboard the M. Star supertanker happened shortly after midnight as it entered the Strait of Hormuz, heading out of the Gulf, Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said. Authorities on both sides of the
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In this photo released by the Emirates News Agency (WAM), damage is seen on the side of the ‘M. Star’ oil supertanker as it arrives at Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
narrow Strait of Hormuz dismissed suggestions of a deliberate strike, pointing instead to natural causes, such as an unusually strong wave that slammed into the side of the ship. The U.S. naval fleet that patrols the region said the cause of the blast remains unclear. A photo released by the Emirates state news agency WAM after the tanker arrived in Fujairah port for inspections showed a large, square-shaped dent beginning near the waterline on the rear starboard side of the ship’s hull. Mitsui said the explosion seemed to be caused by “an attack from external sources” while the tanker passed through Omani waters in the western part of the strategically vital waterway, a narrow chokepoint between Oman and Iran at the Gulf ’s mouth. “We do not think the cause of explosion was due to freak waves,” Mitsui spokeswoman Eiko Mizuno said in Tokyo. “Waves can capsize vessels, but not cause explosions.” A Japanese transport ministry official in charge of crisis management declined to comment Thursday.
rescue worker Murtaza Khan said. The crash was the latest tragedy to jolt a country that has seen thousands of deaths in recent years from al-Qaida and Taliban attacks.
The U.S. Embassy said at least two American citizens were on the plane, an Airbus A321, which was carrying 146 passengers and six crew members.
Thai court issues warrant for Thaksin Agence France Presse
BANGKOK – Thailand’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra in connection with allegations of false declaration of assets. “Thaksin failed to appear without notifying the court. His action shows an intention to escape,” said judge Thanan Wanagowit. “The case is pending until he can be arrested,” he added. Thai courts have issued a series of warrants for Thaksin for charges including terrorism — an accusation linked to violent street protests in April and May by his supporters within the anti-government “Red Shirt” movement. In the latest case, Thaksin faces allegations that he presented false asset declarations to the National Anti-Corruption Commission while in office. The former telecoms tycoon was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a prison jail imposed in absentia for corruption. Thaksin is idolised by many Red Shirts for his populist policies, including cheap healthcare and village funds, but Thailand’s elite see him as corrupt, authoritarian and a threat to the revered monarchy. In February,Thailand’s Supreme Court seized more than half of Thaksin’s 2.3-billion-dollar fortune
after ruling that he had abused his power for personal gain. Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation said Thursday it had forwarded cases against 25 people linked to the Red Shirt protests, including Thaksin, to the attorney general, recommending they be indicted for terrorism. At least 90 people died and some 1,900 were injured a series of street clashes between armed troops and demonstrators.
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Thailand’s Supreme Court has issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, seen here in 2009, in connection with allegations of false declaration of assets.
International IMIGRATION Australian Consulate General Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Phone: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 221195 (General) +62 361 241120 (Immigration)
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HOSPITAL Denpasar There are 4 major hospitals usually used by foreigners Denpasar General Hospital (RSUP Sanglah), Kasih Ibu Hospital, Rumah Sakit Wongaya and Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada.
HOSPITAL Bangli Bangli General Hospital Jl. Kesumayuda 27, Bangli Phone : +62 366 91521 Gianyar
Royal Danish & Norwegian Mimpi Resort Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 070 The Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No. 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.286 465 France Consulate Agency Jalan Merta Sari Gang II No. 8 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.285 485 The Federal Republic of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang No 17 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.288 535 The Republic of Hungary Jalan By Pass No 219 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.287 701 Italian Consulate Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran, Bali Phone +62.361.701 005 Honorary Consulate of Mexico Jalan Mohamad Yamin 1 A, Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.223 266 Honorary Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta 127, Bali Phone +62.361.761 506 Honorary Consulate of Spain Komplek Istana Kuta Galleria Blok Vallet 2 No 11. Jalan Patih Jelantik Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.769 286 USA Consulate Agency Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 188 Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.222 426 Consulate General of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.227 628 Honorary Consulate of British Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20 Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.270 601 Swiss and Austria Consulate Jalan Patih Jelantik, Komplek Pertokoan Istana Galleria Phone +62.361.751 735 Honorary Consulate of Brazil Jalan Legian No. 186, Bali Phone +62.361.757 775 Honorary Consulate of Thailand Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 81, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.263 310 Embassy of India Jalan Raya Puputan Renon 42-44, Denpasar, Bali Phone +62.361.241 978 Honorary Consulate of Sweden anf Finland Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali Phone +62.361.282 223 Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Phone +62.361.752 520
RSUP Sanglah is the main provincial public hospital. Its facilities have improved since the emergency ward had been built in 1991. Difficult/critical cases would not become a problem anymore since it has complete equipments. It is located on Jl. Kesehatan Selatan 1 Sanglah Denpasar with : Phone : 227 911 â€“ 15 Fax : 226 363 Kasih Ibu Hospital is a private hospital which caters for less serious cases such as diarrhea, intestinal disorders, anemia, asthma and minor accidents. Kasih Ibu is also equipped to care for pregnant women. This hospital is located on Jl. Teuku Umar 120 Denpasar. Phone : 223 036 Fax : 268 690. Rumah Sakit Wongaya (Public Hospital; Psychiatric Unit) Jl. Kartini, Denpasar. Phone : 222 142. Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada , (Private) Jl. Sudirman No 50, Denpasar Phone : 227 560, 234 824 In relating with health, Bali also has insurance and medical evacuation company, that is: AEA International - SOS Assistance Bali. PT Abhaya Eka Astiti, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 24X, Kuta 80361. Phone : 755 768 Fax : 755 768 One thing that should be noted by tourists here is that the Blood Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh) Negative blood. Badung Bali Medical Clinics There are some medical clinics that are well known by foreigners in Bali. Some of them are western owned and operated : Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) provides excellent Primary Health Care & Emeregency Medical Services for tourists, traveler, and expatriate living in Bali. Emeregency Room, Ambulance, Clinic Services, Insurance & Medical Evacuations also available. Open 24 hours Phone : 761 2631. Located Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.100X, Kuta, Bali 80361 - Indonesia. http://www.bimcbali.com International SOS Clinic Bali Opened in 1999, offers International SOS members and visitors to Bali comprehensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency medical service. Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361, Bali - Indonesia Phone : 720 100 Fax : 721 919 E-mail : email@example.com ttp ://www.sos-bali.com Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic Jl Pratama No. 81 Phone : 771 324 Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta Phone : 753 268 Dental Clinic Dr Indra Guizot, Jl. Patimura 19, Denpasar Phone : 222 445, 234 375 DDS. Ritjie Rihartinah, Jl Pratama No. 81 Nusa Dua Phone : 771 324 Retno W. Agung, Jln. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.4A Br. Tamansari â€“ Sanur Phone : 288 501
Clinic Mas Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974573 Toyo Clinic Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 978078 Permata Bunda Clinic Jl. Patih Jelantik 50 X, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 942082 Ubud Clinic Jl Raya Ubud No.36 Campuhan, Ubud Phone : +62 361 974911 Gianyar General Hospital Jl. Ciung Wanara 2, Gianyar Phone : +62 361 943049 Karangasem Karangasem General Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai, Karangasem Phone : +62 363 21001 Klungkung Klungkung General Hospital Jl. Flamboyan 40-4, Klungkung Phone : +62 366 21371 Negara Negara General Hospital Jl. Gelar, Negara Phone : +62 365 41006 Tabanan Laboratorium Clinic Jl. Gunung semeru No. 8, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 819260 Mengwi Clinic Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai 46, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 880550 Darma Kerti Hospital Jl. Teratai 16, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 812359 Tabanan General Hospital Jl. Pahlawan 14, Tabanan Phone : +62 361 811027 Singaraja Prodia Clinic Jl. RA Kartini 12, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 24-516 Singaraja Hospital Jl. Ngurah Rai 30, Singaraja Bali 0362 - 22-573 Pet Clinics Kayumas: (0361) 226934 Sayang Binatang: (0361) 483121 Satwa Kertha Husada: (0361) 263018 Pantai Sindhu: (0361) 287518 Sidakarya: (0361) 724492 Pedungan: (0361) 720026
TAXIS Praja Taxi : (0361) 289090 Bali Taxi : (0361) 701111 Ngurah Rai Taxi : (0361) 724724 Pan Wirthi Taxi : (0361) 723366 Komotra Taxi : (0361) 758855
Friday, July 30, 2010
French couple in court in case of 8 dead newborns Associated Press Writer
VILLERS-AU-TERTRE, France – A French prosecutor recommended Thursday that charges be leveled against a couple detained after eight dead babies were discovered on their former property in northern France. A judicial official said the couple, in their mid-40s, are the parents of the dead babies. The corpses were found on two different parts of their property in Villers-au-Tertre, near the city of Lille. The official was not authorized to be publicly identified because the investigation is under way. The woman would face charges of manslaughter against minors less than 15 years old and her husband for failure to report a crime and concealment of corpses, prosecutor Eric Vaillain said in a statement. He planned a news conference later Thursday. The two were detained Wednesday, and French police escorted them to a court hearing in the city of Douai in the Nord region near the French border with Belgium. Police sealed the doors, gate and windows of the house where the remains of some of the babies were discovered. DNA tests are being conducted to establish for sure whether the couple are the parents, and autopsies are being conducted on the corpses to try to determine the cause of death. The investigation began after
the new owners of the house where the couple had lived found two bags of bones in the garden and plastic bags of bones in the garage. France has seen a string of cases in recent years of mothers killing their newborns and saving and hiding the corpses. In one case, Celine Lesage was sentenced in March to 15 years in prison after acknowledging in court that she killed six of her newborns, whose corpses were found in plastic bags in her basement in northwest France. Another Frenchwoman, Veronique Courjault, was convicted last year of murdering three of her newborn children. Her husband discovered two of the corpses in a freezer while the two were living in South Korea. During the trial psychiatrists testified that she suffered from a psychological condition known as “pregnancy denial.” Germany also has seen similar cases. In one, a woman was convicted of manslaughter in 2006 and sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies and burying them in flower pots and a fish tank in the garden of her parents’ home near the German-Polish border.
Al-Qaida From page 1 The massive blast blew out windows in the two-story Al-Arabiya building and left much of the interior in shambles, with doors hanging off their frames. None of the dead were employees of the network. While violence has dissipated in Iraq, attacks like Monday’s still happen with disturbing regularity. On Thursday, a suicide bomber drove a minibus into the main gate of an Iraqi army base near Saddam Hussein’s hometown, killing four soldiers and wounding 10, said police and hospital officials. It was in the latest strike against the nation’s fragile security forces as the U.S. military draws down its troops. The 7 a.m. attack took place in the town of Shurqat as soldiers were changing their shifts, according to one witness. Two of the four slain soldiers died after being rushed to a hospital for treatment, said Dr. Samir Issa. Ten others were also taken to the hospital in Shurqat, 155 miles (250 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad and just north of Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit. The area near Tikrit has long been a hotbed for insurgents who fought U.S. troops after Saddam was ousted in 2003. Seven years later, insurgents are increasingly targeting Iraqi security forces, as all but 50,000 U.S. troops prepare to leave the
country by the end of August. As part of a security agreement between the United States and Iraq, all American troops must leave Iraq by the end of 2011. Also Thursday morning, two road side bombs, targeting Iraqi army patrols exploded in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, killing two Iraqi soldiers and wounding eight others, police and hospital officials in the city said. And in the northern city of Mosul, a bomb attached to a police vehicle killed one policeman and injured two others, a police official in the city said. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Reporters are seen in front of the house where French police found the corpses of eight newborn babies, in Villers-au-Tertre, northern France, Thursday, July 29, 2010.
S. African tiger caught after 2 days on the run Associated Press Writer
JOHANNESBURG – The escaped Bengal tiger who captured headlines across South Africa has been found and returned home after a 2-day search, hungry and worse for the wear after a jump from the back of a moving truck, the tiger’s owners said Thursday. The owners of Panjo, a full-grown tiger, say tracker dogs found the cat’s scent late Wednesday in bush woodlands about 70 kilometers (40 miles) south of Johannesburg. The tiger was slightly hurt, evidently from jumping from a moving truck when it escaped Tuesday, an animal welfare group said. Police had warned residents of the neighborhood not to approach Panjo, though the owners said it was tame and had been hand-raised from a cub. The hunt attracted widespread publicity in South Africa where tigers are not a native species.
The tiger appeared not to have eaten since its escape. The captors offered it raw meat and milk to attract it toward them to put on a harness. “We felt relieved and very glad to see that Panjo was safe and sound and that no one harmed him,” said Justin Fernandes, 25, the son of Panjo’s owner, Goosey Fernandes. Panjo was found after one of the search dogs spotted it in the field near the Fernandes’ farm in the district of Groblersdal. “Approximately an hour after we gave the dogs a break from the search, one of the dogs got a good sense near our farm. When we shone our lights in the grass we saw Panjo’s eyes. We called him and when he heard our voices he started moving toward us slowly and greeted us,” Justin Fernandes told The Associated Press. Earlier searchers had used aircraft fitted with heat-seeking sensors to
help find the 17-month-old tiger. Isabel Wensel, an official with the South African Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said there was no evidence the tiger had attacked anyone. “If he was hungry he probably would have hunted chickens as I believe that is what they usually fed him,” Wensel said. Panjo had “a few scrapes” on its face and a foot from jumping out of the moving truck, she said. Wensel said the tiger might have followed its instincts as a wild animal if it had been confronted by humans. When found, the animal appeared frightened and bewildered and at first mock-charged its captors. “Panjo is a very large tiger so we can only imagine what he is capable of,” she said. “He was in a different environment to what he is used to and that always affects animal behavior.”
Heavy rain fall From page 1 Negara said that the water reservoir area in Kuta also decreased rapidly. Most of the area turned into housing. He urged the government to act to solve the problem immediately. Flood in Denpasar
The heavy rain which fell started on Wednesday, July 28 th through Thursday, July 29 th 2010 had created flood in several area in Denpasar. Denpasar Disaster Handling Department (BPBD) explained that approximately there were 12 areas flooded in
Denpasar. Houses were destroyed by the flood and traffic jam occurred in the flooded area. Bog flood was also happening last year in Denpasar but this year’s it was not that big. The flood was making the people panic and some even must evacuate their families because of the flood. Wa y a n B u d i w h o l i v e s i n Demak Street, Denpasar, said “the water started to enter the house at 1 am. We all were sleeping at that time.” Cattle were also washed away by the flood and
three cows were found dead by the search and rescue team. In addition to the Demak Street area, Padangasambian area was also flooded heavily. Two schools in the area, SDN 11 and SDN 13 Padangsambian was soaked with water. I.B.Udiyana, the head of BPBD, said that the department employee officers and five cars to handle the flood. “We already assist the victims at 5 am and we could reduce the flood by creating path for the water to flow to the rivers,” he added. (ded/ara)
AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN
A Royal Bengal tiger rests in an enclosure at the zoo in Dhaka on July 26, 2010. International Tiger Day is celebrated all over the world to raise awareness, funds and action for tiger conservation.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Hundreds attack Ahmadiyah mosque in Indonesia Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Indonesian police clashed with about 200 people Thursday as the mob tried to attack a mosque in West Java belonging to a minority Islamic sect.
AFP PHOTO/ ROMEO GACAD
An aerial photograph taken on July 5, 2010 shows an excavator building road that is cutting through a forest during development of palm oil plantation at the concession area of PT SMART, the palm oil unit of Sinar Mas in Ketapang district in West Kalimantan on Borneo island. Greenpeace made fresh allegations on July 29, 2010 that units of Indonesian paper and palm oil giant Sinar Mas are logging in high conservation-value forests including habitats of endangered orangutans.
Greenpeace makes fresh allegations against Indonesian firm Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Greenpeace made fresh allegations Thursday that units of Indonesian paper and palm oil giant Sinar Mas are clearing high conservation-value forests including habitats of endangered orangutans. Greenpeace Indonesia forest campaigner Bustar Maitar said new investigations showed Sinar Mas subsidiaries logging peat forests and orangutan habitats on Borneo island despite repeated promises to end such practices. “Our photos provide fresh evidence of Sinar Mas’s continued active clearance of remaining rainforests and deep peatlands,” he told AFP as the environmental group released a report on the issue. “Contrary to their claims of sustainability, land-clearing is still happening on the ground.” The allegations are the latest in a string of Greenpeace attacks on Sinar Mas, whose palm oil unit PT SMART has recently suffered the loss of major clients Unilever and Nestle over environmental concerns. “Sinar Mas is the leading palm oil producer in Indonesia. It is their duty to show the way and that’s the rea-
son why we have targeted them. We would be more than happy to stop this campaign,” Maitar said. In addition to sheltering critically endangered species like orangutans, high conservation-value forests are also rich stores of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Sinar Mas denies the Greenpeace allegations and SMART has promised to release an audit on August 10 to prove that its operations are sustainable. Indonesia is considered the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, mainly through deforestation, much of which is carried out illegally with the alleged connivance of officials and security forces. The Greenpeace report published Thursday says Sinar Mas, which is controlled by the Widjaja family headed by company founder Eka Tjipta Widjaja, is planning to aggressively target sensitive forests in Papua province. “Analysis by Greenpeace of areas targeted by Sinar Mas for oil palm development in Papua indicates that these areas contain 50 percent primary forest cover and significant areas of peatland,” it said.
“Its future expansion into rainforest areas and peatlands will further contribute to habitat loss and climate change.” SMART President Director Daud Dharsono said the company was in fact helping to preserve forests and species such as orangutans. “We are not responsible for clearing primary forests, which are the natural habitats for orangutans, and high conservation-value areas (HCV),” he said in a statement sent to AFP. “On the contrary, all our concession areas do not contain primary forests and we conserve high conservation-value areas, creating sanctuaries that will continue to preserve biodiversity.” A company statement said that forested areas in Greenpeace photographs of SMART concession areas showed that the firm was conserving high-value areas on the degraded land it owned or managed. Greenpeace earlier this month accused foreign firms like Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco of contributing to forest destruction and species loss in Indonesia by buying from paper and palm oil giant Sinar Mas.
The crowd hurled stones at an Ahmadiyah mosque in Manislor village in Kuningan district, leading to an hour-long conflict with police, said local general secretary of the Ahmadiyah sect, Nurahim. “About 200 people pelted stones at our mosque and clashed with the police for about an hour. It’s not clear yet who was the organiser of the mob,” Nurahim, who goes by one name, told AFP. “The police were able to secure the mosque and handle the people. The situation, however, is still tense now,” he said. Nurahim said the village’s 3,000 Ahmadiyah followers were ready to help the police if needed and were
not carrying out counter-attacks. “We had a similar experience before in 2007, in which our mosque and houses were attacked. A house was burned and several were damaged at the time,” Nurahim said. The Ahmadiyah sect, which claims 500,000 followers in Indonesia, believes that its founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the final prophet and not Mohammed, contradicting a central tenet of mainstream Islam. Indonesia’s top Islamic body issued a fatwa in 2008 describing the sect as “deviant”. Ahmadiyah, which many conservative Islamic leaders in the Muslim-majority nation describe as their enemy, has had a presence in the country since the 1920s.
Indonesian woman jailed for sheltering hotel bombers Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - An Indonesian woman was sentenced to three years in jail Thursday for sheltering and assisting terrorists involved in suicide bomb attacks on two Jakarta hotels last year. Putri Munawaroh, 21, was the only suspect to survive a ninehour shoot-out with police at her house in Central Java last September. Terror mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top and three other Islamist extremists including her husband were killed in the firefight. “The defendant was proven guilty of sheltering and assisting terrorists. The defendant is sentenced to three years in prison,” Judge Ida Bagus Dwiyantara said at the South Jakarta district court.
The twin attacks at luxury hotels in Jakarta on July 17 last year killed seven victims plus two suicide bombers. Thursday’s sentence was lighter than the prosecutors’ recommendation of eight years. “She received a shorter sentence because we considered her young age and she also has a baby. She didn’t provide assistance willingly,” Dwiyantara said. About 30 women wearing Islamic headscarves shouted “Allahu Akbar (God is greater)” and “the judge is an infidel” in court after the verdict was read out. Munawaroh’s lawyer, Achmad Michdan, said they would appeal against the decision. Noordin led a violent splinter faction of the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror network blamed for a string of attacks in Indonesia.
Australia’s Corby appeals for clemency from Indonesia Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA - Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has sumbitted a clemency appeal to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for a reduction in her 20-year jail sentence, an official said Thursday. A Supreme Court official said the appeal had been sent to Yudhoyono,
but refused to comment on an Australian media report that the court had recommended the sentence be slashed. “The Supreme Court forwarded Corby’s clemency appeal to the president on Monday. It’s up to the president to decide. I can’t give more details,” court official David Simanjuntak said.
The 33-year-old from the Gold Coast was convicted of trafficking 4.1 kilograms (nine pounds) of marijuana into Indonesia in 2005. She has always maintained her innocence and claims international smugglers placed the drugs in her luggage. Her lawyers say she should be released on humanitiarian grounds because of mental illness.
“I asked in the appeal for her to be freed as she isn’t guilty and she’s become psychotic. If you meet her now she’ll just laugh and won’t understand anything you say,” lawyer Iskandar Nawing said. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Australia supported the plea. “We have made it clear to Indonesia that if and when she formally made an
application of clemency to the president that we would support that,” he was quoted as saying by the ABC, Australia’s public broadcaster. “As appropriate, into the future we will continue to make it clear to Indonesia that we support the plea of clemency, but in the end it is a matter for Indonesian authorities and the president.”
Friday, July 30, 2010
Bali Today Bali fruit production affected by weather Antara Denpasar – The climate change as the effect of global warming has affected Bali fruit production such as mangosteen and rambutan which are among the most favorite export goods.
Courtesy of Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort Located at the very heart and soul of Bali’s thriving tourism industry and spreads 250 m long in front of Kuta beach overlooking Indian Ocean, Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort is the most exciting development to hit Bali
Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort Oasis in the Heart of Kuta IBP
KUTA - Located at the very heart and soul of Bali’s thriving tourism industry and spreads 250 m long in front of Kuta beach overlooking Indian Ocean, Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort is the most exciting development to hit Bali in a very long time and expected to revitalize Kuta beach and redefine the area well into the future. The project will incorporate three major components: The existing HARRIS resort Kuta together with the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort will be facilitated by a high-end retail hub to be known simply as the ‘beachwalk’. Together, Sheraton and Harris will cater to the needs of two distinct sectors of today’s travel market. Both hotels will deliver a signature brand of hospitality and operate under the banner of Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort. The “beachwalk” itself is a contemporary retail hub, which has been designed to respect Balinese art, culture and the island’s traditional way of life. Architecturally, this low-rise facility has been inspired by the gentle con-
tours of rice terraces that have been etched into the island’s rural landscape by generations of farmers. Built to international standards using locally sourced materials and recycled hardwoods, every effort will be taken to prevent the unnecessary cutting down of trees for the “beachwalk” structural and aesthetic development. With total investment of US$ 70 million and owned by Pt. Indonesian Paradise Island, they work closely with local government to re-arrange public pedestrian areas, planting greeneries and creating water fountains and ponds in the area. The beachwalk at Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort is set to become Bali’s premier destination that anticipates the everchanging leisure needs of today’s seasoned travellers while remains fully conscious of its integration with the surrounding environment From its unique eco-friendly design and relaxed ambience to the sheer sense of style that it will bring to Kuta, beachwalk is destined to be a multi-faceted pleasure space that endorses living life to the fullest. (kmb18)
Made Suweca, a farmer in Pakisan village in Buleleng regency, said that the number of fruits decreased in the last few month. The northern part of Bali is one of the main producers of tropical fruits which are usually harvested by the end of the year. However, the climate change could make the fruit decreased highly. Mangosteen from Buleleng is usually exported to Taiwan, China, and South Korea. Nyoman Dunia,
another farmoer, said, “We will have difficulties to fulfill the demand from abroad because the harvest is disturbed by the poor weather condition.” While orange can grow better in cold temperature such as in Kintamani, Bangli. Ketut Suta, one of the farmer in Kintamani, said “The orange production is still good because rain still fall sometimes in Kintamani.” Orange from Kintamani is fa-
mous in Bali but it is not being exported yet, the product is only o fulfill the local demand. The fruit has enter hotels in Bali and consumed by tourists. Putu Bagiada, the head of the export division in Bali Trade and Industrial Department, said that the number of fruit export in the early month in 2010 was increasing as much as 40%. The fruits exported were banana, papaya, rambutan, and salacca.
Yoga Festival, Yoga Village and SVF 2010 IBP
DENPASAR - Various tourism events are held at the village of Sanur. One of them is the Sanur Village Festival (SVF) constituting an annual event to revive the tradition existing in the eastern coastal part of Denpasar. In every organization of SVF, the yoga becomes a routine activity. Nowadays yoga has turned to a routine activity in Sanur. There are two yoga practitioners always accompanying you there namely Ida Bagus Candi and Ida Bagus Sutama. They pioneered this activity lovingly, so the “yoga asana” has truly attached to the people of Sanur and its member has reached more than three hundred. Their yoga club is known by the name “Seger Oger” or literally stands for very fine in Balinese language. Presence of the Seger Oger is really able to rekindle the event of Sanur Village Festival presenting a variety of programs ranging from mass yoga, laughter yoga and yoga art performances becoming the color of the identity of the Sanur Village Festival from year to year. In the fifth Sanur Village Festival taking
place on August 4-8, Seger Oger yoga club comes again and invites all yoga lovers to participate, so the moment could build the image of Sanur as “Village of Yoga.” In these activities, Seger Oger will offer a Morning & Afternoon Yoga program namely daily yoga exercise led by instructor from Seger Oger or guest instructor, both nationally and internationally in two sessions namely in the morning and afternoon at 06:30-08:00 am and 17:00 to 18:00 pm Local Time. Then there is also a Yoga Workshop held every day by opening a yoga class for families, yoga for kids, yoga for beginners, yoga for health and healing, and fun yoga. Meanwhile, the yoga workshops will be held at 8:30 to 10:00 am. In the meantime, there is also yoga collaboration namely inviting various groups to build creativity and harmony. For example, it is built with the community of musicians, photography, painter, or dancer and mass yoga namely a yoga exercise en masse held on the last day as the culmination of the festival by inviting students, general public and yoga group to participate. (BTN/BB)
People practicing Yoga in the Sanur Beach. In every organization of SVF, the yoga becomes a routine activity.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Stunning Okokan attraction conjures up spectators Bali Post
TABANAN - Tanah Lot Art Festival (TLAF) 2010 has entered the third day. Last Wednesday (Jul 28), was held several attractions such as Legong Dance presented by the art envoy from Pandak Customary Village, Slonding art by Batugaing Kaja Hamlet, Beraban Village, Okokan show by Kediri Customary Village, Angklung Kebyar by the village of Abian Tuwung Customary Village, Bebarongan show by Suralaga Customary Village and Snow Group. One of the attractions winning the applause of spectators was okokan attraction. It was an instrument resembling to large size cow bell made of wood and used as a means of communication by community groups dwelling at remote villages. The
smaller one is commonly known as kroncongan mounted on a tree to drive away the animals destroying the coconut crops and also as necklace of livestock (cattle and buffalo). The okokan attractions itself took the start at Wantilan Hall of Pakendungan Temple and made a parade toward the front of Penyawang Temple. Okokan constituting the peculiar art of Tabanan is widely performed on welcoming guests. The shape and sound having typical characteristic makes Okokan directly be invaded by visitors. When arriving in front of the Penyawang Temple, the okokan showed another fragmentary accompanied by some female dancers. “I have never seen such amazing performances. This is really fantastic,” confessed one of the visitors, last Wednesday. (122)
Loloh don cemcem: A Heritage of Sweet Sour Herbal Drink Balinese farmers formerly had many small groups handling the activities in the rice field. They consisted of planting group, harvest group, conveyer group moving rice from the field to home and others. To quench the thirst during the activities, the housewives usually made simple drinks for them. One of their favorite herbal drinks is the extract of young cemcem leaf known as loloh don cemcem. Its leaf resembles to that of ambarella (Spondias dulcis). In brief, this herbal drink is made from cemcem leaf, palm sugar, salt, chili and water. First of all, the cemcem leaf and chili are ground finely and then added with some water. Strain them and put into a clean glass. Then, add salt and palm sugar and stir them thoroughly. Optionally, it can also be added with the flesh of young coconut to enrich the flavor. Have a nice try on this herbal drink! (BTN/punia) Denpost/Dirga Yusha
Okokan performance at Tanah Lot Festival 2010.
Bali’s Vehicle and Licensing Department to Go On Line Denpasar - In order to increase the road tax revenues and enhance vehicle security, the Bali GOvernment plans to introduce an on-line vehicle and license registration system to replace the current system which, by all accounts, is plagued by middlemen and non-official fees. The information gathered stated that the new eSamsat system is targeted to end the presence of middle-men while providing a safe and efficient service to the public. Explaining the move, Governor
Pastika said, “We want to give the best service to the public with zero fixers (middlemen) in the Samsat online system.” The governor added that the e-Samsat system is a part of Bali’s e-government program to adopt technology as a means of improving service to the public. While no firm date has been set for the introduction of the E-Samsat system, the governor has declared “it must be in operation this year.”
agement Agency said that Bali’s administrators would transform Bali into a green province via holistic solutions to pollution problems. Chief among these problems is the minimization of waste and recycling programs. Bali is seeking to bring about behavioral change among island residents through education, the establishment of new customs and the creation of a clean-green culture. Part and parcel of the greening of Bali is a renewed emphasis on Bali’s agricultural base by halting the loss of productive farming lands to other uses. Rp. 1 billion (US$111,000) has been allocated to this end from provincial budgets with additional support promised from the UNWTO and United Nations.
Bali’s governor once again declared his desire to see Bali become green and environmentally friendly. Lending further gravitas to the governor’s pledge, Made Pastika said he intends to see Bali be green by 2013. Calling his pledge a “challenge for all Bali citizens,” Pastika said the island’s commitment to environmentalism is underlined by Bali’s selection as host for a United Nations World Tourism Organization environmentally friendly program earlier in the year. Leading on from the governor’s call to action, AA Gede Alit Sastrawan of the Bali Environmental Man-
Artists of Undiksha and ISI Organize Joint Exhibition A total of 30 artists from Ganesha Education University (Undiksha) Singaraja and the Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) Denpasar organized a joint exhibition at Hanna Artspace, Ubud. These young artists showed off their best creative scratch artworks on canvas in various styles and techniques of visual arts. The exhibition taking the theme “Exploration” was opened last Saturday (Jul 24) and lasted until August 8, 2010. In accordance with the theme, the exhibition highlighted the paintings being capable of showing the discoveries, ideas, concepts, discourses and aesthetic quality, as well as independence of the artists in reading the present context. As academic artists, their creative scratch art displayed more works with fine touch of contemporary style. Works of the artists tended to be present in figurativerealistic style earnestly attempting to reveal various phenomena of contemporary arts in a variety of scratch flavors filled with complex meaning and message of morality. Hardiman serving as the curator of the exhibition hoped that through the exhibition those works en masse would be able to establish a communicative communication among the two higher education institutions, namely ISI Denpasar and Undiksha Singaraja, for the sake of strengthening the efforts in preserving the common values and developing the arts and cultural treasures in years to come. (BTN/015)
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Beratan Lake is a shallow lake with the high caldera about 1231m above sea level and it is located at Bedugul, the famous tourist destinations in Bali. This lake have wide 3,8 km2 and also its deepness is up to 22 meters. The water volume in this lake is about 0,049 km3, so Beratan Lake is the closed lake. Tourist can access the Beratan Lake through the dock which have been provided or desist around Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. In this place, the visitor can do various activities like doing recreation to look around in dock or do the other outdoor activities. The various water recreation activities can also be conducted here, for example riding the boat motorize to circle the lake, parasailing, canoeing with the traditional boat, banana boating, water skiing, and others. Fishing activities are also available in this places for who one love fishing in the lake. Beratan Lake is situated in the plateau area with cool atmosphere surround it. It is an ideal place for relaxation while enjoy the beautiful panorama of lake. The accommodations are also available in this area where is the perfect place for overnight stay, resting and enjoy the beautiful panoramic of lake with the Ulun Danu Temple as a magnificence. The small scale of agriculture activities are likely Dari kiri.....,gugiek,agus conducted kapten masih kecil,mang around this lake and canalit be perceived at the same time circle around it. If we encircle it, we can take photo(tengah),gustra (cari kutu) graph with the beautiful background view or make the picture sketch face in painting mini studio at the lakeside with a short time as a souvenir. http://2.bp.blogspot.com
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BUSINESS German ‘jobs miracle’ stalls Indonesia overtakes Thailand in car sales as unemployment rises Agence France-Presse
BERLIN - Germany’s unemployment rate rose slightly in July, official figures showed Thursday, a blip in what has become known as a “jobs miracle” as Europe’s top economy powers its way out of recession. The federal labour office said that 7.6 percent of the workforce was unemployed in July, up from 7.5 in June, while the total number of people out of work rose 39,000 to 3.19 million. Stripped of seasonal effects skewing the figures, however, the
adjusted number of jobless fell 20,000 from June, the labour office said, compared with a projected drop of 19,000 according to analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires. The head of the labour agency, Frank-Juergen Weise,
said: “The German economy is still on an upward trend, the situation on the labour market has improved further.” Germany is leaving behind its worst recession in more than six decades last year when output slumped by nearly five percent. However, due partly to statesponsored shortened working hours, the feared spike in unemployment did not take place, with the rate going up to 8.2 percent. Some had predicted that the 10 percent mark would be breached.
North Korea, China sign new economic cooperation accord Agence France-Presse SEOUL - North Korea signed a new accord on economic and technical cooperation with China on Thursday, state media said as the impoverished communist country struggles to recharge its faltering economy. The accord was signed in Pyongyang between the North’s foreign trade minister Ri Ryong-Nam and Chinese ambassador to Pyongyang Liu Hongcai, the official Korean Central News Agency said,
without disclosing details. China is the North’s sole major ally and its main supplier of energy and food. The two sides have signed a series of agreements on cooperation in economic, technological and other fields. Reports say China is considering offering the North more economic aid if it agrees to return to sixnation nuclear disarmament talks chaired by Beijing. The new accord came after a Chinese delegation led by assistant foreign minister Hu Zhengyue vis-
ited Pyongyang. The trip comes amid high tensions in the region over the sinking of a South Korean warship near the disputed inter-Korean border with the loss of 46 lives. North Korea vehemently denies any role in sinking the Cheonan corvette in March. US and South Korean forces Wednesday wrapped up a four-day naval and air exercise — the first in a series — which they said was intended to warn the North against further attacks.
JAKARTA - Indonesia has hit the fast lane in terms of auto sales and has overtaken Southeast Asian pace-setter Thailand for the first time, according to a Nikkei survey from the first six months of the year. Officials and auto executives attending the 18th Indonesia International Motor Show in Jakarta told AFP the outlook for sales in the archipelago of 240 million people had never been brighter. “Since late 2009 and early 2010, all auto brands and producers have been trying to increase production capacity in Indonesia” to meet demand, industry ministry official Budi Darmadi said. “Compared to other countries in the region, we have the fastest growth of car sales.” Sales peaked in Indonesia at 600,000 units in 2008 but slumped 20 percent last year due to the global financial turmoil. This year’s figures are expected to top 700,000 for the first time, ahead of Thailand. The Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) said auto sales in Indonesia jumped 76 percent to 370,206 vehicles in the first half of 2010, driven by strong demand for minivans with engine outputs of 1.5 liters. Sales in Thailand rose 54 percent to 356,692 units during the same period, according to the Nikkei survey released Wednesday.
China denies forcing foreign firms to transfer technology Agence France-Presse BEIJING - Beijing on Thursday denied US charges that it forces foreign firms to hand technology over to Chinese rivals as the price of entry to its huge market, saying its policies are in line with global rules. “Countries around the world have taken a lot of measures to encourage technology innovation,” a commerce ministry official, who declined to be named, told AFP. “The Chinese policies are in line with relevant WTO rules.” The comments were in response to a US Chamber of Commerce report this week that accused China of abusing the allure of its vast market to push foreign companies to transfer their latest technologies to Chinese competitors. This was a “blueprint for
technology theft on a scale the world has never seen before”, the report said. The chamber’s report is the latest in a chorus of complaints by foreign businesses and governments over perceived unfair policies and market restrictions in the world’s third-largest economy. US Trade Representative Ron Kirk joined the fray on Wednesday, responding to the chamber’s complaints by saying Washington planned to push Beijing on the issue. “That is going to be one of the top items that we continue to engage China on,” Kirk told reporters in Washington. China committed at highlevel Sino-US talks in May that its innovation policies would be nondiscriminatory, protect foreign intellectual property rights (IPR), and ensure open markets and trade,
according to Washington. Beijing also pledged to leave the terms and conditions of technology transfer and other proprietary information to individual enterprises, Kirk’s deputy Demetrios Marantis said earlier this month. China launched its “indigenous innovation” campaign in 2006, officially to encourage the development of domestic technology and reduce its reliance on foreign know-how. The commerce ministry official said the push did not discriminate against foreign companies and pledged China would protest IPR. Tensions flared after Beijing issued rules late last year under the innovation campaign that were widely seen by foreign businesses as squeezing them out of the government’s multi-billion-dollar procurement market.
Concerns over indigenous innovation extended to security encryption rules, domestic patent laws and preferential policies for domestic companies, the US Chamber of Commerce report said. Foreign complaints about China’s market policies, particularly the indigenous innovation campaign, have intensified in recent months. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said during a visit to China last week that European companies were increasingly worried about doing business in China, singling out the technology policy and IPR protections. Recent surveys by both the European and American chambers of commerce in China expressed similar concerns, with members saying they were increasingly pessimistic about the future of doing business in the country.
Some 1.18 million new vehicles were sold in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore during the period, it said. This was an increase of 41 percent and put the industry on track to surpass the 2008 sales record of 2.09 million units for the six key Southeast Asian markets. The news will be music to the ears of Toyota executives — Japanese cars account for about 80 percent of sales in these countries. Multipurpose models like Toyota’s Avanza — a four-door family hatchback — make up 30 percent of total sales in Indonesia, Nikkei said. “Indonesia may hit its first million annual car sales in the next two years,” industry analyst Suhari Sargo said. Sargo said more and more Indonesians would trade in their motorcycles for cars as wealth was more evenly distributed outside the economic centre of Java island. “But before it can achieve more well-balanced wealth distribution, the government must improve infrastructure such as roads,” he said. Gunadi Sindhuwinata, the chief of prominent distributor Indomobil, said most vehicles were purchased through credit so low interest rates were crucial. “Considering the country’s population of 240 million, sales of 700,000 units a year doesn’t mean much,” Sindhuwinata said. Indonesia weathered the global liquidity crunch and is forecasting growth of around 5.7 percent this year, among the fastest in the G20 group of rich and developing countries. Its potential has caught the eye of Japanese carmaker Nissan, which plans to invest 20 million dollars in its Indonesian assembly plant to double production capacity to 100,000 cars from 50,000. “Today we have about five percent market share. This is far below our potential,” chief executive Carlos Ghosn said while visiting Jakarta in June. Mercedes-Benz booked remarkable growth although competition in the luxury segment was tough, Mercedes-Benz Indonesia chief executive Rudi Borgenheimer said. “Our sales have increased about 46 percent to June this year compared to the same period last year. I’m very proud,” he said. “Per capita income has risen. More people can afford cars now compared to when I came to this country four years ago.” Rising car sales may be good news for some, but residents of the traffic-choked Indonesian capital could be forgiven for hoping the additional vehicles end up on other cities’ roads.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Hollywood Foreign Press gives away $1.5 million Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving away money. The group behind the Golden Globe Awards presented $1.5 million in grants to nonprofit film organizations at a star-
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FILE - In this June 30, 2010 file photo, US actress Eva Longoria poses during the presentation of a new refrigerator in Madrid.
studded luncheon Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel. Eva Longoria Parker helped HFPA president Philip Berk hand out checks to film schools and groups that support film promotion and preservation. The actress acknowledged she was slightly star-struck as she read from a script to present the various checks. “This is hard for me, this teleprompter, because Nicole Kidman is sitting right behind it,” Parker said as she struggled with the transparent panels that flanked the podium. She decided to read from the screen away from Kidman’s table. Kidman was among the stars who accepted the grants on stage, along with Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, Ryan Phillippe, John Slattery, Matthew Fox, Aaron Sorkin, Carla Gugino, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Annette Bening. Recipients included Outfest, FilmAid International, the Museum of Modern Art, American Cinematheque, the American Film Institute, Inner-City Arts and 11 universities. Berk says HFPA has given more than $12 million in grants to date. The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented Jan. 16.
Daniel Craig stars in Hollywood’s first Millennium Trilogy Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES – British actor Daniel Craig will star in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Hollywood’s first adaptation of one of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s record-setting Millennium Trilogy, a Sony Pictures official said. The newest James Bond impersonator will play journalist-sleuth Mikael Blomkivst in the upcoming production, a version of which has already been filmed in Sweden, a Sony studio spokesman said. Craig, 42, will start working on on the film in a few months, once he and co-star Harrison Ford finish shooting “Cowboys and Aliens,” said the spokesman. He said David Fincher, who has directed “Seven,” “Zodiac,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” will be directing “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Entertainment media said Craig could also star in the following two Millennium flicks: “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.” Sweden’s production company Yellow Bird and director Niels Arden Oplev have already filmed the trilogy, which opened in Europe late last year. News of Craig’s next project coincided with online retail giant
Amazon’s announcement that the Millennium Trilogy had made Larsson the first author to sell more than one million books in Amazon’s Kindle electronic bookstore, since its 2007 launch. Larsson, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo, died suddenly of a heart attack at age 50 in 2004, one year before the first of his trilogy novels hit the stands in Sweden.
Rapper Eminem performs ‘Not Afraid’ at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010.
Eminem leads album chart for fifth week Reuters
LOS ANGELES – Eminem ruled the U.S. pop album chart for a fifth week on Wednesday, fending off a strong debut from fellow rapper Rick Ross. Eminem’s “Recovery” sold 187,000 copies during the week ended July 25, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its total stands at almost 1.7 million. Ross’ fourth album “Teflon Don” followed at No. 2 with 176,000, ending an unbroken string of No. 1 debuts for his previous releases. His last set, 2009’s “Deeper Than Rap,” arrived with 158,000. A week ago industry observers had projected that Ross had a good shot at a No. 1 debut. However, “Recovery” held on strongly with a small 14% weekly sales decline. Chalk that up in part to its sale pricing at Target and Best Buy and the continued popularity of its single “Love the Way
Sasha Grey eyes role in Rob Lowe drama Reuters
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British actor Daniel Craig, pictured on July 24, will star in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Hollywood’s first adaptation of one of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s recordsetting Millennium Trilogy, a Sony Pictures official said.
You Lie.” It reigns atop the Digital Songs chart for a fifth straight week. Sheryl Crow’s “100 Miles From Memphis” debuted at No. 3 with 55,000 copies. The singer/songwriter’s last effort, “Detours,” debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 92,000 in 2008; she has yet to claim a No. 1 album. The “Kidz Bop Kids” series continues its profitable run on the Billboard 200 as “Kidz Bop 18” bounces in at No. 5 with 43,000. The Jonas Brothers’ soundtrack to their Disney Channel TV series
“Jonas L.A.” surfs in at No. 7 with 32,000. The trio’s previous studio album, “Lines, Vines and Trying Times,” debuted at No. 1 a year ago with 247,000 copies. As for the rest of the top 10, Drake’s “Thank Me Later” slipped one to No. 4 (47,000); Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” was also down one, to No. 6 (39,000); the “Now 34” compilation jumped four to No. 8 (27,000); Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” rose two to No. 9 (25,000); and Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” was up three to No. 10 (24,000). Overall album sales totaled 5.3 million units, up 2% from the previous week and down 15% from the year-ago period. Year-to-date album sales stand at 169.7 million, down 12% compared with the same total at this point last year.
LOS ANGELES – Sasha Grey, the adult-film star who headlined Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” is in negotiations to join the cast of “I Melt With You,” a low-budget drama featuring Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven. The story follows a group of college buddies (Jane, Lowe and Piven) who, now as adults, look within themselves and find emptiness when they have their annual summer reunion. They resurrect a pact they vowed to live, die and kill by. Grey will play a character named Raven, described as a free spirit who helps one of the men realize that nirvana can only be achieved by death. Mark Pellington (“Arlington Road”) will direct from a script he wrote with Glen Porter. Shooting begins in northern California next month.
Also on board are Zander Eckhouse (“Huge”) as Grey’s idealistic writer boyfriend, Abhi Sinha as a medical student, and Areielle Kebbel as a young hostess. For Grey, a major name in the
adult film world, “Melt” continues her path toward the mainstream acting world. Soderbergh audaciously made her the centerpiece of his 2009 movie, and the actress received solid notices for her dramatic debut.
Friday, July 30, 2010
‘Welfare robots’ to ease burden in greying Japan Agence France Presse
TOKYO - Robotic wheelchairs, mechanical arms and humanoid waiters are among the cutting-edge inventions on show at a robotics fair in Japan, a country whose population is ageing rapidly.
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A house maid shaped guide robot, developed by Saitama University’s professor Yoshinori Kobayashi, delivers giveaway chocolates to the guests during a demonstration at the Robotech exhibition in Tokyo on July 29, 2010.
To ease the burden in a nation with one of the world’s highest life expectancies, engineers have come up with technologies to make life easier for the elderly and disabled, and their caregivers. A new robot wheelchair developed at Saitama University near Tokyo doesn’t need to be propelled manually by the user or pushed by a caregiver but can instead automatically move besides a walking person. “Imagine if you enter a store having somebody push your wheelchair,” said one of the researchers, Yoshinori Kobayashi, assistant professor for information science and technology at the university.
“Your relationship with him or her may not look equal to a store clerk or onlookers. You would fail to be treated as an independent person.” The wheelchair is fitted with a camera and sensors that detect both the caregiver and obstacles ahead to safely guide the vehicle, which can also be stopped or overridden with a joystick by the person in the wheelchair. Kobayashi, pointing at a shortage of caregivers in Japan, said the team is working on a system that would allow more than one automated wheelchair to follow a caregiver at the same time. Another innovation to make life
easier for the disabled is the “RAPUDA” robotic arm, a “portable manipulator” being developed by Woo-Keun Yoon of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Patients who are largely paralysed but can move some part of their body, such as a fingertip, a toe, or their neck, will be able to control the arm and utilise its reach and strength. The arm can be attached to wheelchairs, tables and other objects and extended to up to one metre (three feet) to pick up objects, helping improve quality of life for the disabled, said Yoon. “It’s important that you can have tea when you want to, or pick up what you like in a shop,” Yoon said. “Otherwise you have to ask people many times... and end up saying ‘thank you’ many times and exhausting yourself.”
Shanghai constant source of new mysteries for writer been published in French, with the newspaper Le Monde serialising the short stories. In Germany, he has already sold the film rights SHANGHAI - For author Qiu Xiaolong, each visit back to his hometown Shanghai reveals new for “Don’t Cry Tai Lake” and a Chinese publisher mysteries for him to grapple with as he tries to translated three of his books — although censors demanded Shanghai be identified as “City H” make sense of a changing China in his books. Since his last visit in October, Qiu’s beloved throughout. One of Shanghai’s most perceptive chroniclers, Bund — the city’s neoclassical riverfront — has had a facelift, new Metro lines snake beneath the Qiu sees China through the eyes of someone who city and the massive World Expo grounds have grew up during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution risen up. The global aspirations of the “Pearl of from 1966 to 1976. His first writing may have been the Orient” parallel the success of the 57-year-old a self-criticism he said he ghost-wrote for his father, US-based writer, whose international following is who was branded “black” for being a businessman growing thanks to his unique blend of suspense, and too weak at the time to put pen to paper. His persecutors were allegedly poor “red” workers. poetry and history. One of Qiu’s recurring themes is how China’s “So many things are happening in China. You just come back and you find things to write about,” economic reforms have flipped the hierarchy of he said in an interview. Qiu has been busy keep- red and black. He plays with this idea in real life ing pace. His first short story collection, “Years too, proudly wearing a black t-shirt from of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai”, will be released Barcelona bookstore “Negra y Criminal” (Black in English in September, and his seventh Inspec- and Criminal). Another red tee-shirt in his suitcase simply says tor Chen novel “Don’t Cry Tai Lake” will follow. Although written in English, both have already “communist” — but his wife forbade him from wearing that one to the Expo, he said, laughing. At the World’s Fair, between visits to the US, Shanghai and North Korean pavilions, he chatted with older Shanghainese, who said they had returned four or five times despite long lines and relatively expensive 24-dollar tickets. “They told me they have never been abroad and they may never go abroad. So that makes a huge difference for them,” he said. “A reader suggested to me that Inspector Chen should chase a criminal through the World Expo because it’s like a maze,” he said. Inspector Chen is a poet asAFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZ signed to police work upon graduBooth girls wearing cosplay outfits enjoy a break between ation, whose deductions are often two performances during the 8th annual China Digital Enterdriven by verses drifting through tainment Expo and Conference (ChinaJoy), in Shanghai on his head. July 29, 2010.
Last month was the hottest June ever recorded on Earth, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday, amid global climate warming worries.
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Scientists say global warming is continuing WASHINGTON – Scientists from around the world are providing even more evidence of global warming, one day after President Barack Obama renewed his call for climate legislation. “A comprehensive review of key climate indicators confirms the world is warming and the past decade was the warmest on record,” the annual State of the Climate report declares. Compiled by more than 300 scientists from 48 countries, the report said its analysis of 10 indicators that are “clearly and directly related to surface temperatures, all tell the same story: Global warming is undeniable.” Concern about rising temperatures has been growing in recent years as atmospheric scientists report rising temperatures associated with greenhouse gases released into the air by industrial and other human processes. At the same time, some skeptics have questioned the conclusions. The new report, the 20th in a series, focuses only on global warming and does not specify a cause. “The evidence in this report would say unequivocally yes, there is no doubt,” that the Earth is warming, said Tom Karl, the transitional director of the planned NOAA Climate Service. Deke Arndt, chief of the Climate Moni-
toring Branch at the National Climatic Data Center, noted that the 1980s was the warmest decade up to that point, but each year in the 1990s was warmer than the ’80s average. That makes the ’90s the warmest decade, he said. But each year in the 2000s has been warmer than the ’90s average, so the first 10 years of the 2000s is now the warmest decade on record. The new report noted that continuing warming will threaten coastal cities, infrastructure, water supply, health and agriculture. “At first glance, the amount of increase each decade — about a fifth of a degree Fahrenheit — may seem small,” the report said. “But,” it adds, “the temperature increase of about 1 degree Fahrenheit experienced during the past 50 years has already altered the planet. Glaciers and sea ice are melting, heavy rainfall is intensifying and heat waves are becoming more common and more intense.” Last month was the warmest June on record and this year has had the warmest average temperature for January-June since record keeping began, NOAA reported last week.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Marseille wins French Champions Trophy Agence France Presse
RADES - League champions Marseille won France’s Champions Trophy when they beat their biggest rivals Paris St Germain 5-4 on penalties here on Wednesday after the match ended goalless. After a tepid 90 minutes the game went straight to spot-kicks. PSG’s Peguy Luyindula missed the very first kick but goalkeeper Gregory Coupet kept out Lucho Gonzalez to leave it level at 4-4 after five kicks.
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Kevin Alston #30 of the MLS All-Stars controls the ball against Nani #17 of Manchester United during the MLS All Star Game at Reliant Stadium on July 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.
Ludovic Giuly then missed the first extra kick leaving Marseille’s Edouard Cisse to seal the first silverware of the season. The annual curtain raiser to the domestic season between the Ligue 1 winners and the French Cup winners - PSG beat Monaco in the final this year - was some way below the intensity usually shown when these two sides meet in spite of the encouragement of a 55,000 crowd at the November 7 Stadium. The first half was particularly grim with neither side able to con-
jure even a hint of a chance. The tempo picked up slightly in the second half when Hatem Ben Arfa came on as a 61st minute replacement for Mathieu Valbuena. The French under-21 international, who has been linked with a number of clubs including Newcastle United and AC Milan as cash-strapped Marseille attempt to raise some revenue, looked keen to impress potential suitors. Four minutes after coming on he went within a whisker of putting Didier Deschamps’ side ahead, his
30-metre drive just sliding the wrong side of the upright. Two minutes from time Luyindula turned well inside the area but put his shot centimetres over the bar. Marseille almost snatched it when Taye Taiwo’s shot deflected off PSG’s Leyti N’Diaye and on to the post but it was not enough to stop the match from going to penalties. The Champions Trophy is often played outside France in order to boost the image of French football abroad. Last year’s curtain-raiser was played in Quebec.
Red Devils rout MLS All-Stars Agence France Presse
HOUSTON - English Premier league giants Manchester United capped off their North American exhibition tour by routing the MLS AllStars 5-2 on Wednesday. Federico Macheda had two early goals, Javier Hernandez, of Mexico, scored in his debut for the Red Devils. Darron Gibson and Tom Cleverley added goals for Manchester United who are gearing up for the start of the Premier League season next month. Macheda scored twice in the first 13 minutes, quickly dashing the MLS team’s spirit and silencing the crowd of 70,728. The MLS team was fortunate as the score could have been worse because the Red Devils played without several top players. Houston Dynamo player Brian Ching had a goal and an assist for the overmatched MLS squad. The sellout crowd was the largest for an MLS All-Star game since the first
one in 1996 drew 78,416 to Giants Stadium. Manchester City
Shay Given blocked two penalty shootout kicks and Manchester City beat Club America 4-1 in the tiebreaker after the teams played to a 11 draw in the exhibition game Wednesday. Emmanuel Adebayor, Silva Jo, Vladimir Weiss and Patrick Vieira made Manchester City a perfect four for four on the penalty kicks. Pardo Pavel had Club America’s only successful penalty kick. Adebayor scored the only goal of the first half in the 36th minute and Club America’s Enrique Esqueda tied (47th) it early in the second half. Manchester City improved to 2-2 on its exhibition tour of the United States.
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Marseille’s players hold the Trophee des Champions (Champions Trophy) after beating Paris on July 28, 2010 at the Rades stadium in Tunis. Marseille won 5-4 after penalty shots.
Celtic, Ajax in nightmare Champions League starts Agence France Presse
PARIS - Former European champions Celtic and Ajax were battling for Champions League survival on Wednesday after enduring nightmare starts to their qualifying campaigns. Celtic, with Neil Lennon taking charge of his first European tie, saw his Scottish side slump to a 3-0 defeat to Sporting Braga in Portugal in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie. Ajax, four-time winners of Europe’s premier club tournament and coached
by former Tottenham boss Martin Jol, were held 1-1 at home by PAOK Athens. Braga, who won all but one game and conceded just six times at home in their run to second place in the Portuguese league last season, were ahead in the 25th minute against Celtic. Alan Silva converted a penalty after South Korean international Ki Sung-Yeung blocked a cross in the box with his arm.
Braga, playing in the Champions League for the first time after finishing behind title winners Benfica in the Portuguese championship last season, doubled their lead in the 76th minute when Nigerian defender Uwa Elderson Echiejile headed in a corner. Brazilian substitute Nascimento Matheus scored a sensational freekick from 35 yards in the 88th minute to leave Celtic with a mountain to climb at Parkhead in the return next week.
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Gregory van der Wiel (L) of Ajax is competing with Vladimir Ivic(R) of Paok, on July 28, 2010 during the first match of the third final of the Champions League in Amsterdam.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Stosur, Radwanska oust qualifiers in WTA event Agence France Presse
STANFORD - Australian top seed Samantha Stosur and Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday by ousting qualifiers. Stosur defeated American Christina McHale 6-1, 7-5 in her first match at the 700,000dollar hardcourt event after an opening-round bye while Radwanska eliminated Ukranian Olga Savchuk 7-6 (7/4), 6-2. The match was Stosur’s first since reaching No. 5 in the world. “The high ranking feels good,” Stosur said. “It was a goal for me to get to No. 10. Once I got to that point, all of a sudden I moved up to No. 5. To have another big jump like that so soon is really pleasing. “It’s not like I have changed anything dramatically overnight. It’s just a combination of everything that I have been doing over the past few years and now it’s all coming together.
“Once you produce some good results, it instills more belief. But I haven’t changed anything in my game. I have still been working on the same things, just getting better at them.” In the night match, Russian second seed Elena Dementieva rallied to b e a t J a p a n ’s K i m i k o D a t e Krumm 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Awaiting Stosur in Friday’s fight for a semi-final spot will be Belgian seventh seed Yanina Wickmayer, who beat Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-4.
Radwanska, who needed three sets to get past South African Chanelle Scheepers in her opener, will next face either Israeli sixth seed Shahar Peer or Russian Maria Kirilenko.
Christina Mchale returns a shot against Samantha Stosur of Australia during Day 2 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University on July 28, 2010 in Stanford, California.
Rockets not fearful over Yao retirement reports Agence France Presse
HOUSTON - Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, who missed this entire 2009-2010 season after surgery to repair his broken left foot, says he might have to consider retiring from basketball.”If the foot injury does not heal next season, I might choose to call it quits,” Yao told Chinese reporters, according to the Houston Chronicle. Rockets officials were not worried, noting Yao returned to court workouts in late May and has been undergoing practice sessions at the team’s arena. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey saying Yao is on pace to be ready for the start of training camp on September 25 and that Yao, who went to China to attend charity events, expects to play in NBA pre-season games in China. “Yao Ming is working diligently on his return and has consistently
received positive feedback at each of his scheduled medical checkups,” Morey said in a statement. “He is currently participating in on-court basketball workouts and we continue to expect him to be ready for the start of training camp.” In June, 29-year-old Yao told the newspaper his foot felt well, adding, “Everything is positive. Day by day, week by week, I can feel it is getting stronger.” Yao is set to be paid 17.686 million dollars in the last season of his contract with the Rockets, but he has struggled with bone injuries in each of his past five seasons and said he was unsure at what level he would perform. Yao, who has averaged 19.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in his NBA career, has lost weight and improved his fitness, impressing Rockets owner Leslie Alexander last month in a workout.
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Basketball player and Houston Rockets center Yao Ming watches a basketball show as he takes part in a promotion event for Yao Foundation Charity Tour, in Beijing on July 25, 2010.
“Yao looks great,” Alexander told the Chronicle. “He lost a lot of weight. He’s practicing hard. He is able to do what he wants to do. He looks like he’s in great health, which is the best you can ask for.” Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images/AFP
Emotional Maradona lashes out at ‘treason’, ‘lies’ Agence France Presse
a starring role. “When we were in mourning, Bilardo was working in BUENOS AIRES - Diego the shadows to get nme fired,” he Maradona has accused Argentina said. football chief Julio Grondona of Maradona, who took charge in lying and team manager Carlos October 2008, has been replaced for Bilardo of treason in a bitter tirade the time being by national Underagainst the two men he believes 20 coach Sergio Batista who will plotted his sacking as national lead the team for the August 11 coach. “Grondona lied to me. friendly against the Republic of Bilardo betrayed me,” said an Ireland in Dublin. Before the emotional Maradona in his first meeting with Grondona, Maradona, news conference since his colourful whose final game in charge was last and controversial reign as Argentina month’s 4-0 World Cup quarter-final coach came to an abrupt end on defeat by Germany, had made it Tuesday.“Grondona, in the dressing plain he wanted to stay as long as room after we had been knocked out he could keep his staff. of the World Cup in South Africa, “I really want to stay, but it told me in front of witnesses and the depends on Grondona,” Maradona players that he was very happy with said at the weekend. “If they touch AFP PHOTO/Maxi Failla my work and that he wanted me to Argentina’s ex team coach Diego a hair of one of my guys, even the carry on. “On our return to Maradona speaks during a press masseur or the kitman, I’m going. Argentina, things started to take on conference in Ezeiza, province of “I want to continue the adventure a bizarre twist and on Monday I met Buenos Aires on July 28, 2010. but not with (just) anyone. I chose with Grondona. these people. I want to continue “After five minutes, he told me working with them.” that he wanted me to continue, but that seven of my Media reports suggest that Grondona had vetoed that technical staff could not stay. When he told me this, he wish, triggering the end of Maradona’s 18-month spell in was saying that he didn’t want me to carry on in the job. charge. The decision to dump Maradona has not been “He knows that it is impossible for me to stay as coach entirely popular in Argentina with the public now engaging without my colleagues.” in the blame game. Maradona also hit out at Bilardo who was coach of the Apart from Grondona, the main target is Bilardo. 1986 World Cup winning team in which Maradona played “He (Bilardo) is behind all of this, there is no doubt about it,” said a close colleague of Maradona who wished to remain anonymous.
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Emotional Massa braced for Hungary return
Agence France Presse BUDAPEST - Felipe Massa returns to the Hungaroring, where he suffered a high-speed horror crash 12 months ago, determined to stage an emotional reunion with the medical staff and marshalls who saved his life. The Brazilian’s Ferrari careered off the track at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix after he was struck on his helmet by a part which flew off Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car in qualifying. He spent over a week in a coma suffering from a skull fracture and battled to save his sight in one eye. He also missed the rest of the season. “Going back to Budapest will be a very special weekend for me, for reasons which you can all appreciate as it was there, just over a year ago, that I was seriously injured,” said Massa. “My first meeting when I arrive at the Hungaroring circuit will be with all the marshals and medical staff who did such a very good job of carefully getting me out of the cockpit. “I want to thank these people, with whom I now feel a special bond.” Massa arrives in Hungary with the controversy over last weekend’s German Grand Prix still engulfing the Ferrari team. Massa was leading at Hockenheim when he slowed to al-
low teammate Fernando Alonso to pass and go on to win the race. Ferrari denied invoking team orders but the team was fined 100,000 dollars for breaching sporting regulations and ordered to appear before the World Motor Sport Council to explain the incident. A resolute Alonso insists he still has a great feeling from his victory in Hockenheim. Former double world champion Alonso commended his team for their efforts and was adamant that their one-two victory was nothing more than they deserved. “All wins are special,” wrote Alonso on Ferrari’s official website. “Winning is a great feeling and that was the case in Hockenheim, especially when I think of the huge workload undertaken by everyone at Maranello to achieve this fantastic
one-two finish. “No one ever gave up and I know how pleased they were to see two Ferraris cross the line ahead of all our rivals. “For over a month now we have been saying that we had to get back to winning at least once before the summer break and finally, we did it. “We did not have much luck in some races and, because of unusual incidents, we did not pick up the points we deserved. “There was a slight feeling of frustration with this lack of results, but at last in Germany, for once we had a normal race on a weekend when we had no problems whatsoever and the result was there for all to see.” Alonso is expecting another strong result from his team this weekend in Budapest. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE
Yamaha keen for Brno decision YAMAHA boss Lin Jarvis has revealed that he is hopeful of being in a position to finalise the team’s 2011 MotoGP line-up by the time the season resumes at Brno next month. Both Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are out of contract at the end of the current season and while Lorenzo is hotly tipped to stay where he is, rumours continue about where Rossi’s future lies – with the multiple champion widely expected to make a switch to Ducati to replace the departing Casey Stoner. With no riders currently signed to the factory team for 2011, talks are ongoing to finalise Yamaha’s lineup and Jarvis said he was keen to see everything signed and sealed before the Czech race. “The proposal has been made and I would say things are at a good point,” he told the Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport. “We would like everything to be agreed for Brno so we can announce the 2011 team.” While Rossi is expected to move on, the Italian has an offer on the table to remain with Yamaha but has yet to give the team a definitive answer on his future plans. “I can’t give details on negotiations but the offer we have made is perfectly acceptable,” Jarvis added. “That is our view.” Should Rossi, or indeed Lorenzo for that matter, elect to move on next season, current Tech 3 rider Ben Spies would be given the chance to make the move into the full factory team after an impressive debut season with the satellite team which has included the best finish for a non-factory rider after he took third at Silverstone. “If one of our two riders leave, then he will be in the team,” Jarvis continued. “We believe we will have a winning team in 2011.” The issue of riders isn’t the only thing Yamaha needs to confirm for next season, with the issue of sponsor-
ship being tied into the line-up that the team fields. FIAT has been title sponsor of the factory team since 2007 but if Rossi leaves, Jarvis admitted it is likely that the Italian car manufacturer will follow suit. “It depends on the answer we get from Valentino,” he said. “We already have a contract with Petronas for 2011 and could increase their effort and space on the bike. We are also talking with other companies outside motorcycling but we aren’t worried. “This will be the third step and the priority is to sort the team.”
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Jorge Lorenzo of Spain steers his Fiat Yamaha on the finish line of the US Grand Prix in Laguna Seca, California, July 25, 2010.
Ferrari’s Brazilian driver Felipe Massa reacts on the podium of the Hockenheimring circuit on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, after the Formula One German Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Spanish driver Fernando Alonso won the race ahead of Ferrari’s Brazilian driver Felipe Massa and Red Bull’s German driver Sebastian Vettel.