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Eruption of Mount Bromo Causes international temporary flight delays PAGE 8 AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED
An Egyptian demonstrator uses his mobile phone to take a picture of a burnt army tank during clashes in central Cairo on January 29, 2011 as thousands of anti-regime demonstrators continue to pour onto Cairo’s streets, demanding President Hosni Mubarak stand down the day after the veteran leader ordered the army to tackle the deadly protests.
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Cairo braces for sixth day of anti-Mubarak anger Agence France Presse
CAIRO – Crowds of protesters began massing in central Cairo for a sixth day of angry revolt against Hosni Mubarak’s regime Sunday amid increasing lawlessness, a rising death toll and a spate of jail breaks.
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Groups of protesters were seen heading steadily towards Tahrir square, epicentre of the biggest demonstrations to sweep the coun-
try in more than 30 years, where army tanks guarded key buildings. Troops manned checkpoints on roads into the square, frisking dem-
onstrators for weapons before allowing them in. Around 2,000 people, many of them sitting down and including families, were inside by midday (1000 GMT). Demonstrators chanted anti-Mubarak slogans with a group bearing an army officer in uniform high on their shoulders amid a good-tempered atmosphere far from the chaotic scenes of the past two days.
Army vehicles drove around the square with “No to Mubarak” spraypainted on their flanks in Arabic. With fears of insecurity rising and a death toll of more than 100, thousands of convicts broke out of the Wadi Natrun prison north of Cairo overnight after they overwhelmed guards. Eight inmates died in the mass escape. Continued on page 6
Train crash in Germany kills 10, injures 23 Associated Press Writer
BERLIN – A head-on collision between a cargo and a passenger train killed 10 people and injured 23 others in eastern Germany, police said Sunday. Authorities believe the death toll could rise in one of the country’s worst train accidents. The trains crashed in heavy fog late Saturday on a single-line track near the village of Hordorf, close to Saxony-Anhalt’s state capital Magdeburg. It’s about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Berlin, Germany’s capital. “The crash was so strong that
the passenger train was catapulted off the tracks onto a nearby field,” Armin Friedrich, the police officer in charge of the rescue efforts, said at a news conference in Hordorf. Continued on page 6
Police officers inspect the overturned engine of a passenger train after a train crash in Hordorf near Oschersleben, eastern Germany, Sunday morning, Jan 30, 2011.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Uncontrollable, Ubud Three more General Market Renovated Australian tourists infected by Legionnaire Gianyar (Bali Post) –
Mangupura (Bali Post)—
After nine Australian tourists were reported positive to Legionnaire disease, three more citizens of the Kangaroo Country were later declared to be positively contracted by the acute respiratory infections caused by Legionella pneumophilia bacterium. The data were revealed by the Bali Health Services. The Head of Bali Health Services, Nyoman Sutedja, stated that up to now, 14 foreign tourists were reported to have been infected by Legionnaire disease. They were 12 Australian tourists and respectively one New Zealand and French tourist. Previously, 11 foreigners were tested positive to the disease. They consisted of nine Australians, and respectively one Dutchman, and French. “We have asked the district/municipal health services to conduct a thorough investigation since the cases came into view. Then, report the progress of patients with acute respiratory tract in the working area of each service,” said Sutedja in front of tens of tourism stakeholders in Kuta on Saturday (Jan 29). According to Sutedja, his party had checked a number of tourist accommodation facilities in Bali, especially in Southern Bali. Unfortunately, the laboratory process to ensure the spread of the bacteria was time consuming. “Since its transmission is through water and air, it may have spread across Bali. Probably, it has also reached Lovina, Candi Dasa, or even Lembongan,” he said. Though it had attacked 14 foreigners, Sutedja ensured if there were currently no local residents who allegedly infected by the bacteria attacking the lungs. Bali Health Services had made a check and monitoring against the number of acute respiratory infections and pneumonia disease. ”We have to check the cases of acute respiratory infection in Bali, but there is no significant improvement. In 1996, it once appeared but causing no casualties,” he added. Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) of Bali
Chapter, Perry Markus, said that the spread of Legionella pneumophilia bacterium in Bali had not shown significant effect on the Bali tourism. Even, some travel agents had questioned about the matter to his party. “We have made coordination with the association of chief engineer and association of housekeeping in Bali for the handling the disease. Because, the two organizations serve as the front liners in that field,” he said. He had confidence if the associations and other tourism associations in Bali were serious about the issue of the disease soaring recently. Moreover, the clinical impact of the disease was not as severe as the bird flu or SARS. “We believe the government can handle this problem properly. When the bird flu, swine flu, and SARS outbreak came, the government could handle. So, I do believe the government can handle the disease better as well,” he said. The Indonesian Housekeeper Association (IHA) of Bali Chapter, Nyoman Sugiarta, said specifically the housekeeping had already maintained the sanitation of indoor and outdoor environment that could be controlled by the air conditioner. “We will coordinate this matter with the engineer to immediately conduct a thorough cleaning,” he said. Legionnaire disease first occurred in Philadelphia in 1976 with 182 cases and killed 29 people. Meanwhile, in Indonesia it once occurred in places such as Bali 1996 and Karawaci Tangerang in1999. Based on a survey conducted in 2001 on the water tower of cooling systems in hotels in Jakarta and Denpasar was found that 20 percent of the officers managing the water management of the cooling tower system ever contracted by the Legionella bacterium. (par)
This year 2011 Gianyar Government is planning to renovate the Ubud general market as the market located in the middle of booming Ubud is becoming uncontrollable. Moreover, as Ubud is said to be a cultural tourist destination, it needs a better supporting public facility. This was revealed during a meeting between public figures and Ubud market sellers with Gianyar Regent Tjok Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati in the renovation socialization at Ubud Head Sub District Office last Friday (28/1). The Regent to have come down and talked in the socialization was something new as he never came before being this the third socialization. The plan has been welcomed well however public figures requested the renovation to be done soon as this plan has been stated since 2009. “Hopefully this will be the last one and no more waiting,” Head of Padangtegal Village, Made Dana, stated. Besides that, the budget for this construction has been questioned. It is hoped a fund is already allocated and not only just a plan, as stated by Wayan Subali, Head of Ubud Kaja Environment. It is then stated that it will be funded by investment also
Ubud Market which is located in Gianyar Regency. from market’s kiosks and los rents. It is said there are 76 kiosks and 208 los in the market right now and in the renovation it will be added so it’ll total up to 83 kiosks and 211 los with each kiosk will be rented IDR 1.250.000 per month and for los IDR 400.000 per month. If Ubud market renovation funded by self-management, Gianyar government also needs fund to build a new one in Singakerta
which will be the temporary place for Ubud market sellers during the renovation. It is said end of year will be the latest to do so. According to consultant Ir. Gemuda, the concept of the renovated Ubud market won’t be far from being the culture village. The orientation will be inside, all buildings will be connected with corridors and those outside and sides will be closed by glasses as a display place. (kmb16)
Trans Sarbagita feared to take over portion of Pawiba Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Operation of the Sarbagita buses will have a negative impact on tourist transport business in Bali. Employers coalesced into the members of the Bali tourist transport association (Pawiba) worried if the operation of the mass transportation services connecting the city of Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan and passing through the main tourist areas would grab their business opportunity. “We are worried if the tourists would prefer to take mass transportation because its service passed through a number of tourist areas and the price offered will be cheaper,” said Chairman of the Pawiba Bali, Bagus Soediana on Friday (Jan 28). According to him, 130 entrepreneurs joined in the Pawiba with 900 lease vehicles and 2,500 buses would continue to improve their service to users, especially tourists, to
prevent the transition of tourist trends. “We do hope the Sarbagita transport services will only be provided to meet the transportation needs of local people in Bali and not take over the market share of tourist transport, although it passes through the tourist areas like Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan,” he said. Bagus Soediana also expected there would be no competition between the entrepreneurs of tourist transport and Sarbagita. Realization of the program to overcome the traffic congestion in Denpasar and surrounding areas would create mutualistic symbiosis relationship. Previously, the Head of Bali Transportation Services, Made Santa, hinted that Sarbagita buses attempted to move regularly within intervals of 15 minutes. It was intended to avoid the impression that public transport was not on time. The
purpose of establishing the Trans Sarbagita was to provide a modern, cheap, and economical transportation facility and to overcome the problems faced by the drivers of public transport so far. Communities were expected to use it as good as possible in order the number of vehicles on the route of Denpasar-Gianyar, Badung and Tabanan could be slightly reduced and traffic congestion could be avoided. In its operation, the government would take the drivers of public transport whose route eliminated when the Trans Sarbagita would be in operation. Later on, the public transport would be empowered as a feeder in the route branches and subbranches conveying passengers from residential housing to bust stop and vice versa. The government would subsidize the transport services so the fares would be cheaper. (par)
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Police Civil Service Troubles Recording Villas Mangupura (Bali Post) –
Badung Police Civil Service will coordinate with the Police and Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Group (PHRI) to create a MoU connecting to illegal villas. This MoU will be planned in the next few days and is one way to force down criminality in villas. Head of Badung Police Civil Service Operational and Control, IGAK Suryanegara, stated that this join work is to know specifically the guests data that are on each villas. Police is said to know more on which villa owners or guests coming which will ease up recording data on villas and much accurate. One of the troubles are if the transactions done overseas which means those villa owners/guests can straight away live/stay in the villa and so their data are not recorded straight away, “The police knows more about this. So we think with this join work recording data for the future will be better and to anticipate criminality that can happen.” Still connecting to illegal villas, until the end of January Suryanegara is still inventorying, “We have gone
to the field to check, but it’s hard to prove which one is illegal or not as the owners keep on changing.” Meanwhile, criminality in villas have invited worries to the Badung House of Representatives Commission A member, Wayan Regep. To him it needs clear action to handle illegal villas. Badung Government needs to be more serious on it and it is hoped there will be socializations on security standard to villa owners and even on permits. (kmb25)
The officers are inspecting the illegal villa which is being build in Badung regency
Indonesia imports 1.2 million Villa at Taman Tanda Robbed tons of rice in 2010 Tabanan, DenPost
Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The Indonesian government is considered incapable of carrying out a national agricultural policy related to selfsufficiency in rice. As proof, in last 2010 Indonesia was unable to perform the self-sufficiency in rice. Even, Indonesia remained to import the rice up to 1.2 million tons. Secretary General of the National Executive Board of the Indonesian Farmers Association (HKTI) of Prabowo Subianto version, Fadli Zon, revealed the matter when opening the Fourth Regional Council of HKTI Bali at Wisma Sabha Hall in the office of the Governor of Bali, Friday (Jan 28). According to Fadli Zon, Minister of Agriculture on one occasion said that Indonesia only imported about 600 thousand tons. To ensure the number,
the HKTI directly contacted the farmers’ organizations of Vietnam. In fact, according to the explanation of the Vietnamese farmers’ organization, the figure rose to 1.2 million tons. “It is a burden because the national agricultural policy of Indonesia has not exactly reached the right target. The increasing numbers of rice imports was indeed different from the data presented because it is highly related to political interest,” he said. Fadli Zon added that the increasing number of rice imports occurred because the government had less capability of doing a good rice management. Affirmed, the budget policy for the agricultural sector was not very supportive because the agricultural sector was only budgeted at IDR 16 trillion, or not more than 2 percent of the total National
The rice field in Bali. Indonesia imported 1.2 million tons of rice in 2010.
Budget amounting to IDR 1,200 trillion. “To optimize the agricultural sector, the budget should be increased, at least, to 15 percent. If the education sector is increased by 20 percent why should the agricultural sector be allocated less than 2 per cent?” he criticized while adding that the increasing budget in the agricultural sector was absolutely required considering that 5070 percent of Indonesian people had profession as farmers. Furthermore, this politician of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party also highlighted the policy in agricultural sector development that had not been integrated yet. He considered the government of Indonesia had not been able to integrate the agricultural policy. Fertilizer for agriculture, for example, was under the Ministry of Industry, irrigation under the Ministry of Public Works and marketing of agricultural products under the Ministry of Commerce. “Indonesia needs to learn from a number of countries that have implemented policies in an integrated national food security. Disintegrated policy is the cause of failure of government efforts to improve the agricultural sector. Not to mention the Indonesia’s agriculture which should face uncertain weather anomalies, increasingly decline in agricultural products, and the price of agricultural goods continuing to soar,” he said. (kmb13)
A villa at Banjar Taman Tanda, Candikuning Village, Baturiti became a victim of robbery last Friday (28/1). The guest from Jakarta and a retired army member who was staying there just knew it happened after some valuables were found missing around 7 am according to
Head of Baturiti Police AKP Gusti Putu Sudara. From the investigation, victim explained his watch, bracelet, cell phone and some cash were taken. Sudara suspected that the robbery happened the night before or during early morning, “This case is still being investigated further.” (121)
A Young Mother Arrested Alleged to Throw Her Baby Singaraja (Bali Post) –
The mother who threw her baby to the river of tourist destination Lovina, specifically in Banyualit, Kalibukbuk Village, Buleleng was at last captured by police from Singaraja City Police Crime Research Section. The woman named Luh Kompiang Sareni alias Luh Kompiang (24), Banyualit resident, still intensively investigated until Saturday (29/1). Head of Singaraja City Police, AKP Supardi Mahaputra, accompanied by the Head of Criminal Research Section First Inspector Made Agus Dwi Wirawan, explained the mother have admitted her acts and revealed that she is shamed of the baby as it is a result of a secret affair with someone who lives in the area too. It is stated the baby boy was born last Wednesday (26/1) around 8 am local time. The birth process was done by herself without anyone’s
help as Agus Wirawan stated, “The baby was then placed in Banyualit River. Even so, the mother felt worried and came back on 2 pm to see the baby and it is still alive.” After two days, Friday (28/1), the mother came back to see him again yet it was no longer there as it has been found unconscious or dead by residents and police. As told before, Banyualit was shocked by a founded baby boy in a river of the area last Friday (28/1). The baby was found first by Ketut Nariasih (65), a grandmother who lives near the river. At that time she was going to find something nearby the river, yet she smelt something rotten. After looking around, she found a baby’s body in the middle of the small running river. When it’s found, the baby smelt so bad and covered in worms. She then informed it to other residents which then forwarded to Singaraja City Police. (kmb15)
Monday, January 31, 2011
Tunisia’s leading Islamist to return from exile Reuters
TUNIS – A leading Tunisian Islamist was due to return from 22 years in exile on Sunday in one of the most powerful symbols to date of the change that has swept the country since protesters ousted its president this month. Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahda movement, has lived in London since he was exiled in 1989 by president Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali, who was toppled on January 14 by popular protests that have sent political tremors across the Arab world. “Our role will be to participate in realizing the goals of this peaceful revolution: to anchor a democratic system, social justice and to put a limit to discrimination against banned groups,” Ghannouchi told Reuters a day before his return. “The dictator has fallen and I want to be in the country,” he said. Ennahda, which likens its ideology to that of Turkey’s ruling AK Party, was the strongest opposition force in Tunisia before the crackdown that forced Ghannouchi out of the country. However, the Islamists did not appear to be a leading force in the wave of protests that toppled Ben Ali. It has yet to be seen whether Ghannouchi’s return can galvanise the party.
Protests have largely dried up in the last few days following the announcement of a new interim government purged of most of the remnants of Ben Ali’s regime. The security forces have sought to restore order to the capital, where confrontations between shopkeepers and protesters have indicated dwindling support for demonstrators from Tunisians who want life to return to normal. The interim government has yet to set a date for new elections. Ennahda officials have said the party will take part in parliamentary elections, and analysts say it could emerge as a major political force in the vote. However Ennahda will not nominate a presidential candidate and Ghannouchi, 69, has said he does not want to run for any public office. His movement, founded in 1981, is seen as moderate by experts on Islamist movements. Tunisia has imposed a secular order since independence from France in 1956. Habib Bourguiba, the independence leader and longtime president, considered Islam a threat to the state. Ben Ali eased restrictions on the Islamists when he seized power in 1987, before cracking down on them two years later. “We are taking part so we can move from a one-party system to a true multiparty system without corruption or oppression.”
AP Photo/Hassene Dridi
Students demonstrate in Tunis, Thursday Jan. 27, 2011. A government official says Tunisia’s prime minister is expected to announce the country’s second interim government since the ouster of the former dictator.
Myanmar Buddhist monks walk past Yangon’s regional parliament compound on January 28, 2011. Myanmar is “very concerned” about its fledgling parliament, ramping up security around the building in the country’s new capital of Naypyidaw as part of preparations for a grand opening next week, an official said. AFP PHOTO
Myanmar parliament to open, but army in control Associated Press Writer
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar is preparing to open its first session of parliament in more than two decades, a major step in the ruling military’s self-styled transition to democracy but one being carried out with little fanfare or public enthusiasm. There is muted hope that Monday’s convening of the new legislature will be a step, however small, in the right direction for a country that has seen the army rule with impunity since a 1962 coup ended the last legitimate parliamentary democracy. Still, with a quarter of the seats in the upper and lower houses reserved for the military and the remainder dominated by political parties loyal to the outgoing junta, there is little chance for an actual return of power to the people. The junta for years has been touting the convening of parliament as the penultimate step in its so-called roadmap to democracy, leaving only the task of having it elect a president. Current junta chief Senior Gen. Than Shwe, however, is expected to remain the country’s guiding force, no matter what position he holds in the new regime. While the general public is curious who may become head of state
— even though it is certain to be a prominent member of the junta — there appears to be little popular interest in parliament’s opening. Last November’s election and the widespread perception the junta cheated to ensure a victory by its proxies has done little to quell criticism that the road map is nothing more than army rule by a different name. Even the military has done little to highlight the simultaneous opening of the 440-seat lower house and 224-seat upper house in a massive new building in Naypyitaw, the remote city to which the capital was moved from Yangon in 2005. There are few if any of the propaganda billboards that normally trumpet momentous state occasions. Neither the press nor the foreign diplomatic community has been invited to attend, which is tantamount to saying “stay away.” While the credibility of the road map was long ago dismissed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
and her National League for Democracy party — which boycotted the polls and consequently was dissolved under a new election law — some antimilitary parties prefer to look at the bright side. They expressed optimism that despite being a minority, they will be able to make proposals and work for democratic changes within a legal framework that was previously absent. “Our experience of 20 years trying to make our voices heard from the streets hasn’t yielded any result. But this time I am optimistic that we can achieve something as we are going to talk in the parliament,” said Thein Nyunt, an elected representative and former leader of the National Democratic Force, a party formed by breakaway members of Suu Kyi’s NLD. Others, however, note that the combination of military and promilitary lawmakers can push through or block any legislation and constitutional amendments on their own. The pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Party combined with military appointees will account for 85 percent of seats in the lower house and 83 percent in the upper house.
Over 99 pct in Southern Sudan vote for secession Associated Press Writer
JUBA, Sudan – Southern Sudan’s referendum commission says more than 99 percent of voters in the south opted for secession according to the first official primary results released since the vote was held earlier this month. The head of the commission’s southern bureau, Justice Chan
Reec Madut, said Sunday in the region’s capital of Juba that voter turnout in the 10 states in the south was also 99 percent. He says more than 60 percent of eligible voters turned out in the country’s north, 58 percent of whom voted for secession. The chairman of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, said 99 percent of Sudanese voters in eight na-
tions also voted for secession. Final results from the referendum were scheduled to be announced in February.
FILE - Southern Sudanese men line up to casts their votes at a polling center in Juba, Southern Sudan, in this Jan. 10, 2011 file photo.
AP Photo/Pete Muller, File
Activities Ayana Awarded Conde Nast Gold List Honors Monday, January 31, 2011
JIMBARAN - The New Year festivities may be winding to a close with only sore heads and new resolutions as mementoes, but Ayana Resort and Spa Bali is continuing the celebrations after being ranked among the world’s best hotels on the 2011 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. With an overall score of 91.1, AYANA was just one of four hotels in Indonesia to make the coveted list, which in its 17th year is one of the most prestigious compendiums of the best hotels, resorts and cruise lines on the planet. The list is based on the results of the magazine’s annual independent Readers’ Survey, which was completed by almost 26,000 voters. Entries are intended to reflect a property’s character and the unique guest experiences it offers, rather than a tick-list of its facilities. “Updated annually, it is a truly global tally of peerless travel experiences (and proves the mobility and discriminating tastes of our readers),” the magazine said in its January issue as it revealed the results.
Ayana General Manager Charles de Foucault expressed delight at receiving such high recognition for the second year running, maintaining Ayana’s listing from the 2010 Gold List. “Conde Nast Traveler readers are well-traveled, accustomed to luxury service, and have no tolerance for anything less than first-class. They demand innovation, reliability and the wow factor,” said Charles. “To be listed by such travelers among the world’s best hotels is a true honor for Ayana, reflecting our continued evolution since our rebranding to an independent property in 2009. Thank you to everyone for your support.” The Gold List results come shortly after Ayana was awarded Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort for the second year running at the World Travel Awards in November, and Asia ‘s Leading Luxury Villa (AYANA Villa). Other accolades in 2010 include being voted the #1 Spa Hotel in the World by Conde Nast Traveler readers, voted among the Top 20 Hotels for Value Overall by Travel + Leisure readers, and voted Indonesia ‘s Leading Independent Resort at the Indonesian Tourism Awards.
Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for February 1 through March 2, 2011 1 February AnggarKasih Tambir Dalem Puri Temple in Batuan - Sukawati Dalem Kediri Silakarang in Silakarang Singapadu - Gianyar Dalem Temple in Sukawati Village - Gianyar Dalem Temple in Singakerta Village - Ubud Gianyar Dalem Lemben in Ketewel - Sukawati Gianyar Paibon Pasek Tangkas in Peliatan - Ubud Puseh ngukuhin in Keramas - Gianyar Pemerajan Agung Ki Telabah in Tuakilang Tabanan Karang Buncing in Blahbatuh - Gianyar Dalem Bubunan in Seririt - Buleleng Desa Badung Temple in Denpasar Merajan Pasek Gelgel Gobleg in Turupinghe Banjar - Buleleng Luwur Pedengenan Bedha in Bongan Tabanan Merajan Dukuh Sebudi in Keramas - Gianyar Merajan Pasek Ngukuhin in Keramas - Gianyar Pucak Payongan in Kedewatan - Ubud Gianyar Tanah Kilap “ Griya Anyar” in Suwung Kawuh - Denpasar Selatan Selukat Temple in Keramas - Blahbatuh Gianyar Dalem Tampuagan in tembuku - Bangli Dalem Waturenggong in Desa Taro - Gianyar Dalem Bentuyung in Ubud - Gianyar Puseh Temple in Ubud - Gianyar Dalem Temple Peliatan Ubud - Gianyar 2 February Buda Umanis Tambir, Tilem Kawulu Sari Bankar Titih Kapal - Badung Ulun Kulkul (Aci Sarin Tahun) Besakih Karangasem Dalem Yang Taluh Sidemen Karangasem
Dalem Kangin Sidemen - Karangasem. 16 February Buda Keliwon Matal Puseh & Desa Temple Sukawati Village - Gianyar Merajan Agung Batuyang - batubulan Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Sawan - Buleleng Maspahit Temple Sesetan - South Denpasar Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran Tegalalang Panti Pasek Gaduh Sesetan - South Denpasar Merajan Pasek Kubayan Wangaya Gede Pedarman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih Karangasem 17 February Purnama Kesanga Penataran sasih Temple Pejeng - Gianyar Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah Batur Village Kintamani - bangli 26 February Tumpek Kandang Day Puseh Temple Gianyar City Luhur Dalem Sagening Kediri - Tabanan Merajan Pasek Gelge Tegal Gede - Badung 2 March Buda Wage Menail Dalem Tarukan LinggihCemenggaon Sukawati Gianyar Pasek Dangke Bambang - Bangli Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Puseh Menakaji Peninjoan - Bangli Merajan Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh - Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Agung Blangsinga Blahbatuh Gianyar Kawitan Gusti Celuk Celuk - Sukawati - Gianyar Baler Sada Temple Banjar Pemebatan, Kapal Mengwi
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbul-umbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Bangladesh beggars to be ‘paid’ during World Cup Agence France Presse
DHAKA – The mayor of Chittagong city in southern Bangladesh said Sunday that he would pay hundreds of beggars a daily wage to keep them off the streets during the cricket World Cup. Manzur Alam said that about 300 disabled beggars would be given 150 taka (two dollars) a day after the tournament’s opening ceremony on February 17 to compensate them for loss of earnings. “We want to keep them off the streets at least for two months during the World Cup. Bangladesh is a host of the prestigious event. A lot of tourists will be here and they don’t like to see beggars,” he told AFP. Alam said he would meet with beggars’ representatives on Wednesday to organise the payments and discuss other benefits such as free food and clothes. “We want to treat the issue as humanely as possible. Many of these beggars are disabled and many have families and their children studying in schools and colleges. So obviously, they must be compensated well,” he said. Excitement is building in impoverished Bangladesh as it prepares to co-host the cricket World
Cup along with India and Sri Lanka. Local sports fans are desperate to see their team play on home soil, and riot police have been called in to quell unrest in huge queues for tickets. The national side, captained by superstar all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, have enjoyed a recent improvement in form and hopes are high for success in group stage matches against major teams such as India and England. After the opening ceremony in Dhaka, the capital will hold six games and Chittagong will host two matches. According to a 2005 study, Bangladesh has about 700,000 beggars, with those in urban areas earning an average of 100 taka a day from donations.
In this photo taken on December 10, 2010, Bangladeshi workers cover the ground at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
premier, Ahmed Shafiq, but protesters dismissed the moves as too little, too late. Both men are stalwarts of Egypt’s all-powerful military establishment. Suleiman, 75, has spearheaded years of Egyptian efforts to clinch an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and tried so far in vain to mediate an inter-Palestinian reconciliation. Shafiq, 69, is respected by the Egyptian elite, even among the opposition, and has often been mooted as a potential successor to Mubarak. Egypt’s state-owned press adopted a new tone on Sunday, with the traditionally pro-Mubarak Al-Gomhouria touting “Change.” Al-Akhbar newspaper slammed senior ruling party member Ahmed Ezz, who until his resignation on Saturday, was considered number three in the country, blaming him for having “ruined everything.” Fresh riots Saturday, the fifth day of the revolt, left 22 people dead in the town of Beni Sueif, south of Cairo, where protesters tried to burn down a police station, witnesses and a security source said. Another three protesters died in Cairo and three police were killed in the Sinai town of Rafah, raising to at least 102 the number of people killed since the unrest erupted on Tuesday, including 33 on Saturday, according to medics. As Mubarak stood his ground, influential Arab cleric Yusuf al-
Qaradawi called on him to quit, in an interview with Al-Jazeera. Demonstrators chanted antiMubarak slogans with a group bearing an army officer in uniform high on their shoulders amid a good-tempered atmosphere far from the chaotic scenes of the past two days. “Leave Mubarak. Have pity on the people and get lost before the destruction spreads in Egypt,” said the Egyptian-born president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, who called the president “deaf, dumb and blind.” On Sunday, Egypt’s outgoing information minister Anas alFikki ordered the closure of Al Jazeera’s operations in Egypt after the pan-Arab satellite channel gave blanket coverage to the antigovernment riots. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem on Sunday that Israel is carefully watching developments in Egypt and its efforts are focused on maintaining the “stability and security” of the region. The Rafah crossing between southern Gaza and Egypt was closed on Sunday, a Palestinian official told AFP, saying Egyptian officials had left the border following the spiralling political unrest. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meanwhile called for “restraint, non-violence and respect for fundamental rights” in Egypt, addressing the African
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Cairo... From page 1 A security official said the facility held many Islamist political prisoners with the escaped inmates spilling out into nearby towns and villages. Prisoners also fled several other prisons across Egypt, the official said. Amid rampant pillaging in more than five days of deadly protests, many Egyptians believe that the police have deliberately released prisoners in order to spread chaos and emphasise the need for the security forces. At daybreak, groups of club-carrying vigilantes slowly left the streets that they had been protecting from rampant looting overnight amid growing insecurity as the Arab world’s most populous nation faced an uncertain future. Youths handed over to the army those they suspected of looting, with the police who had been fighting running battles with stone-throwing protesters in the first days of the demonstrations hardly visible. Many petrol stations are now running out of fuel, motorists said, and many bank cash machines have either been looted or are no longer working. Egyptian banks and the stock exchange have been ordered closed on Sunday. Embattled Mubarak on Saturday named military intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as his firstever vice president and also a new
Union summit that opened in Addis Ababa. The United States said Saturday that Mubarak should carry out “real reform” beyond a government reshuffle, as the US president met top aides on the crisis
and anti-Mubarak protests spread to US cities. President Barack Obama gathered his national security team at the White House for a session lasting just over an hour on latest developments in Egypt.
Train... From page 1 The front rows of the first passenger compartment were completely crushed and several seats were lying outside the train. The dark imprints of some of the bodies that had been removed could be seen on the white frosty ground next to the crash site. The noise of the collision was heard in Oschersleben village, more than four miles (about seven kilometers) away. “We are still speechless and shocked by the images and the level of destruction,” said Holger Hoevelmann, the interior minister of Saxony-Anhalt. The cause of the crash was under investigation, with experts looking at all possibilities, including technical failure and human error. Nearly 200 police and rescue workers were sent to the crash site. About 50 people were on the passenger train when the accident happened, police said. Most of the injured were so severely hurt that doctors fear the death toll could rise, he added. Chancellor Angela Merkel ex-
pressed her condolences, saying she too was shocked. “My thoughts are with the families of the victims,” Merkel said in a statement. The chancellor also thanked the many rescue workers for their immediate and tireless help. “I trust that everything will be done to find the cause of this horrible tragedy,” Merkel said. Two bodies have been identified, but police did not want to release their identities before informing relatives. A phone hotline was activated for family members and friends, and psychologists and ministers were on the scene to counsel rescue personnel. Police said they were having trouble identifying victims because most of them were not carrying any kind of ID with them when the accident happened. In 2006, 23 people were killed in a train accident in Emsland in northern Germany and 101 people died in 1998, when a high-speed train derailed near Eschede in LowerSaxony.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Floods hampering evacuation of 93 illegal immigrants Antara
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A buildings half buried under volcanic debris stands in Jumoyo, Magelang in Central Java on January 30, 2011. At least one hundred houses were swept away or buried by volcanic mudflow following heavy rains that carried debris from Merapi volcano. Disaster management officials said they had recorded 353 deaths and many of those were buried under fast-flowing torrents of boiling hot gas and rock that incinerated villages on the southern slopes when the volcano exploded on November 5, its biggest eruption in over a century.
KUPANG - Floods are hampering efforts to evacuate 93 illegal immigrants from Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan stranded on Naikliu beach which is separated by a river from Kupang, according to a city official. “We haven’t been able to evacuate them until now because the river is flooding and there’s no bridge. We have to wait until the river dries up and we can cross it by walking on its bed to reach Naikliu from Kupang,” said head of Kupang’s Immigration Office Silvester Sili Laba on Saturday. He added the East Nusa Tenggara police and International Organization for Migration (IOM) were trying to evacuate the illegal immigrants by land but floods still posed a problem and therefore officials had decided to evacuate them by sea.
“The officials are trying to evacuate them by the sea because the floods are not over yet,” he said, adding that the immigrants had been trapped on Naikliu beach for three days since January 27. The illegal immigrants were said to be on their way to seek asylum in Australia. There were also women and children in the group who had used a motorboat rented from a local fisherman to get to Australia. According to Sili Laba, the immigrants from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan had been trying to reach Australia illegally and they had made Kupang as the gate to reach Australia. High and strong waves had hit their boat and destroyed it. Officials in Kupang, he added, would establish contacts with the respective embassies to notify them of the incident. The deportation process for the immigrants would begin after the immigrants had been evacuated to Kupang.
Indonesia suspends rice, soybean duties to combat inflation Reuters
JAKARTA - Indonesia will suspend import duties on rice, soybeans and wheat as part of government efforts to fight inflation and the president warned about the global risks posed by scarce resources, as countries grapple with escalating food costs. Rising food prices across many parts of the world have been partly responsible for a number of protests in the last week and world leaders warned on Thursday they risked stoking more unrest and even war. Indonesia surprised markets this week by buying nearly 5 times as much rice as expected, lifting regional prices, and the measure to remove rice duty until its own harvest in March could signal it may be looking to stockpile more of the staple. Fresh demand from Indonesia and Bangladesh for rice is sending a worrying sign the region’s main staple may join a price surge for other grains, worsening Asia’s spiralling food inflation. Elsewhere, countries like Algeria are rushing to buy grains, a move seen heading off unrest over food prices as protests swept north Africa. Food price protests were seen as a major factor in the ousting of Indonesia’s long-term autocratic ruler Suharto in 1998, and investor worries over inflation at a 20-month high in December led to a sell-off in Indonesian markets this month. “Globally there is increasing pressure on governments, especially developing countries where food prices represents a higher proportion of their CPI basket, to implement some immediate measures to fight infla-
tion and avoid civil unrest,” said Chen Xin Yi, analyst at Barclays Capital. Southeast Asia’s biggest economy also suspended import duties for soybeans and wheat for all of 2011, but maintained duties on sugar despite high prices for the sweetener causing state firms to fail to buy any in recent tenders. Rising food prices, especially for rice and chillis, have been at the top of Indonesian policy makers’ agendas after they helped drive annual December inflation to near 7 percent, leading economists to call for rate hikes and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to ask people to start planting food at home. Yudhoyono told the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos that the next economic war could be over the race for scarce resources, due to the pressure on food, energy, water and resources, as the world population could top 9 billion by 2045. “They are trying everything to add commodity supply into the country,” said Wellian Wiranto, economist at HSBC. “It’s a good thing for inflation, to ease the bottleneck of domestic supply from overseas. But don’t depend on it too much to tame inflation.” Traders are speculating on what
other commodities may see import duties cut. The archipelago is reliant on imports of wheat, sugar and soy from Australia, Thailand and the United States, and occasionally buys rice if government stocks are low. Indonesia hasn’t seen food protests so far. Costs may have eased this month, but the price of rice — a staple for its 240 million population — is still high, partly because the main harvest has not yet started. Earlier this week, Indonesia’s state buying agency Bulog bought a hefty 820,000 tonnes of rice from Thai exporters for prompt shipment, traders and industry officials said. “Import duties for both soybean and wheat should return to normal levels of 5 percent each by January 2012,” Bambang Brodjonegoro, the head of the fiscal policy office at the finance ministry, told reporters. A soybean industry official said the duty cut would be good for many producers and consumers, although Indonesian farmers would be unhappy as it might harm domestic production. “We want the duty to stay zero,” said a wheat industry official. “Wheat is Indonesia’s second staple diet after rice. The farming industry will reject any further duty increases.” Higher wheat prices led Indonesia’s PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur , the world’s top noodle maker, to say this week it had lifted the price of its instant noodles by roughly 10 percent a pack, which could further push up domestic inflation.
VP asks minister to improve transportation safety procedures Antara
CILEGON - Vice President Boediono called on the Transportation Ministry to improve national transportation safety to reduce the number of accidents on land and at sea. “I urge the Minister of Transportation to improve the existing transportation safety procedures and to apply them soon,” Boediono said during a visit to the Krakatau Medika Hospital here Saturday. He said it seemed the existing transportation safety instruments needed to be upgraded or repaired and transportation safety procedures revised. The transportation minister, he said, must take immediate and concrete measures to prevent further losses of life due to transportation accidents. The Vice President also asked the ministry to continue searching for the still missing victims of Friday’s ferry fire in the Sunda Strait. Transportation safety issues had been discussed several times at the Vice President’s office, he said, adding that they needed immediate responses to prevent the occurrence of more accidents.
“We emphasize the importance of enforcing transportation safety procedures and all parties including passengers should obey the safety procedures,” he said. During his visit to victims of the ferry fire being treated at the hospital, Boediono said some hospitals and health centers had taken care of the victims appropriately, conform to the procedures and there were a sufficient number medical officers to treat the ferry fire victims who sustained lung, respiratory injuries and bone fractures. Jasa Raharja and Jamsostek (insurance agencies) were asked to give immediate service to the victims to ease the health cost. Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said some transportation safety procedures needed to be improved include the passenger flow and registration of public transportation. “All safety procedures for passenger have been accomplished and will be improved,” Freddy said, adding that the number of lifeboats and lifebuoys should be increased. The authorities were still conducting an investigation into the ferry fire to establish what had caused it, he said.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Bali Today Eruption of Mount Bromo
Causes international temporary flight delays Antara
MANGUPURA - The airlines serving the international destinations, especially to Australia, at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Thursday (Jan 27), was once delayed temporarily due to the eruption of Mount Bromo in East Java. Based on data of satellite, the authority of the airlines saw the eruption movement of the Mount Bromo led easterly and southerly or toward the Ngurah Rai airport.
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Hundreds of passengers to Perth, Australia are waiting in line to board the plane at international departure in Ngurah Rai International Airport. Not less than 13 airlines from international flights have to cancelled their flights to Indonesia on these last two days.
“On that account, the airlines of Australia decided to postpone their departure and landing from the Ngurah Rai because they received instructions from the air traffic control of the country,” said the Acting General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, Rachman Syafrie, Saturday (Jan 29). Meanwhile, at the same time, said Rachman, the flight of Garuda Indonesia serving the route to Australia remained active as usual. International flights which had delayed their departure from the country concerned were such as the airline of Australia, Singapore and Thailand whose numbers were 11 out of 21 units. “The air traffic control only decided temporarily to divert the flight from the airport of origin to avoid the eruption ash of Mount Bromo,” he said.
In the meantime, the activities of domestic flights serving the residents traveling to various regions in the country remained to run normally. “As a matter of fact, the domestic flight services are running normally. However, there is a decision of international flight such as the airlines from Australia to delay their flight as instructed by the airport traffic control concerned,” he said. Nevertheless, the flight activities in the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, were not significantly affected by the eruption. “Actually, the airport activities were not significantly affected by the recent eruption of Mount Bromo,” he said. Likewise, it was said that the total daily aircraft movements at the Ngurah Rai Airport amounted to 253 units, both domestic and international flights.
Bali produces 150,000 tons of seaweed in 2010 Antara
DENPASAR - The Indonesian island resort of Bali has been able to produce 150,000 tons of seaweed in 2010 or increased by 42.8 percent from 105,000 tons in the previous year. “The 150,000 tons of seaweed were harvested from a cultivation area of 707.7 hectares, covering the waters of Nusa Penida in Klungkung district, Kutuh Beach in Badung district, Benoa, Denpasar, and Bukti Beach in Buleleng district which serve as seaweed development centers in Bali,” local Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Office spokesman Gusti Putu Nuriatha said here on Saturday. He said the seaweed production centers in Bali had a great potential but unfortunately a small part of it has been used.
Gusti Putu Nuriatha said the coastal areas of Nusa Penida, a small island located around 19 miles southeast of Bali, had endangered seaweed of spinosum type found nowhere else around the world. Local people started to know that spinosum was endangered seaweed after researchers from the Bogor-based Institute of Agriculture and the Denpasar-based Udayana University conducted researches on the seaweed in Nusa Penida’s coastal area sometime ago. “In the future the endangered species of spinosum seaweed can be developed optimally to increase its production by 353 percent in the next five years,” Gusti Putu Nuriatha said. Therefore he has provided the Nusa Penida farmers with 295 units of seaweed drying equipment.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Balinese Culture Textile from Bali enter international market Antara
DENPASAR – Textile and textile products from Bali are highly demanded by the customers abroad so it is often exported to various countries all around the world. The head of Documentation and Publication Division in Bali Government, said “many textiles and textile products exported abroad started from regular textiles to sou-
The photo shows clothes from Bali calls Songket.
venirs made from textiles.” He added that Bali’s textiles are very unique and it attract the attention the customers abroad and in Indonesia. Actually, the process to make the unique textiles is very complicated especially the craftsmen in Bali use non machines sewing tools (ATBM). They do all the production process manually. The craftsmen especially in the villages use the simple tools to create many kinds of fabrics and products such as endek, bebali, songket, and keeling. “Some of the fabrics and products are exported abroad,’ Teneng said. He explained that often many of the clothes are decorated with beads so they become even more interesting. According to Teneng, Bali exported 5,008,144 meters worth $7.9 million during January through November 2010 period. The revenue gained from textiles export was increasing 34% compare to the similar period in 2009 which was $5.9 million. Bali was also exporting 10.65 million of garment products worth $102 million in 11 months of 2010. The island was also exporting textile and textile products worth $294,534 during January through November 2010 period. It decreased 36% compare to the previous year which was $336,630. From the data, textile and textile products play important role in the number of non-oil and gas export of Bali. The total number of Bali non-oil and gas export in January through November 2010 was $469.92 million. The number increased 1.6% compare to the similar period in 2009 which was $462.5 million.
(Clear Tripe Soup) OVERVIEW: This is usually served with sambel tomat as a contrasting condiment. The sugar cane is used to help soften the tripe rather than to add any sweetness to the soup. INGREDIENTS: 600 gr beef tripe, cleaned and washed well 3 liter water 1 liter beef stock 1 cup beef spice paste 5 cm sugar can stem, split lengthwise (optional) 2,5 cm ginger, peeled and sliced lengthwise 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar 200 gr giant white radish, peeled and diced in 1 cm cubes 5 sprigs celery leaf chipped 1 tbsp fried shallots PREPARATION: Rinse tripe well under running water until very clean. Bring water to boil in a large pan, add tripe and simmer until soft approx 1 hour. Strain water and cool tripe in ice water. Cut in pieces approx 2,5 cm x 1cm. Bring beef, beef spice paste, sugar cane, ginger, garlic and vinegar to boil. Add tripe and radish. Simmer until vegetables are soft. Garnish with celery leaf and fried shallots.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Tampak Siring Temple IBP
Tirta Empul Temple or Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring water temple located in Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar regency and it is about 39 km eastwards from Denpasar town. It is set in the dale and encircled by the hill. In the west side of this temple, there is an Indonesian President palace which has been found by the first president. The name of Tirta Empul is loaded in a inscription which is kept at Sakenan Temple, Manukaya village, Sub district of Tampak Siring, about 3 km from Tirta Empul Temple. In this inscription, the Tirta Empul is named by the Tirta Ri Air Hampul and then the name has changed into Tirta Hampul and finally become the Tirta Empul. Tirta Ri air hampul is meaning the water emerge or the holy pool (Petirthan) which is the water emerge from the land. The wellspring emerges from the land is believed that it is the infinite creation. According to the history, that, that this water source is arranged and sanctified by king
Indrajayasinghawarmadewa in the year 882 Saka (960 M). He has given the name with Tirta ri air hampul. The data is loaded in the inscription that is located at Sakenan Temple. Besides of the above epigraphy data, in Tirta Empul Temple is also found the archaeology omission like Colossus Yoni, Arca Lion, Tepasana and Tirta Empul Pool. According to papyrus of Usana Bali narrated that Tirta Empul is created by Bhatara Indra (Sun Deity) when bearing arms against the king where his palace is located in Bedahulu Countryside. He is known as a very miraculous king, which he can lose or show suddenly, therefore he is named by Mayadenawa. Because of its miracle, he becomes the arrogance and expressing himself as a god. The Mayadenawa King owns the assistant (Patih) which is called Kalawong. They prohibit the people to do the Yadnya (praying to the god) so that is often happened the natural disaster, disease epidemic, agriculture fail and finally miserable life society. Finally Betara Indra (one of Hindu God) gives battle against the kings that happened in Tampak Sir-
ing and then the Mayadenawa is gone to the wall and disappear. King Mayadenawa has also created poisonous pools which can the team of Bathara Indra die and faint after drinking this water. Then Bathara Indra stick the weapon of Umbul-
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BUSINESS Fight to finish on US-South Korea trade pact Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON – With US President Barack Obama and his main foes both embracing a trade pact with South Korea, opponents are racing against the clock to regain momentum while supporters are leaving nothing to chance. Obama, delivering his annual State of the Union address, pressed lawmakers to act “as soon as possible” on the trade agreement which would lift 95 percent of tariffs between the United States and the fourth-largest Asian economy. His stance marked a rare point of agreement with the rival Republican Party which swept November elections and have pressed Obama to go further by moving ahead as well on pending trade deals with Colombia and Panama. Han Duck-Soo, the South Korean ambassador to Washington who has spent months persuading lawmakers and business leaders to back the deal with his country, said he was “definitely confident” that the two legislatures will approve it. He said that negotiations were complete and that a final text would be ready soon. US Trade Representative Ron Kirk has set a goal of ratification by July when the European Union will enter its own trade pact with South Korea. The South Korea deal was first drafted under former president George W. Bush and Obama opposed it as a senator. But Obama says the revised pact would support 70,000 US jobs and believes a concerted effort to boost exports can revitalize the US economy. Former opponents including the Ford Motor Co. and United Auto Workers labor union support the pact as renegotiated by the Obama administration as it gives more time for the United States to end tariffs on South Korean cars. But the AFL-CIO, the largest US labor confederation, and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen have vowed to fight the pact, which they argue would primarily benefit corporations. A group of left-leaning South Korean lawmakers, along with labor and farm activists, visited Washington in late January to counter their government’s advocacy of the trade agreement and form common cause with US opponents. While US policymakers say
the trade pact would boost a key alliance, the visiting lawmakers warned it could also breed resentment against the United States — particularly among South Korea’s farmers. “This agreement would only further polarize Korean society so that people will suffer more and more and a very small portion of society will get richer,” said Kang Ki-Kab, a farmer turned lawmaker from the Democratic Labor Party. Chun Jung-Bae, a lawmaker of the main opposition Democratic Party, called for a “mass uprising” in South Korea against the pact but said it was also critical to stop ratification in the US Congress. “If this agreement gets passed in the United States that will have a great impact in Korea. If it doesn’t, then we see that as a very positive step toward stopping this agreement,” Chun said. The agreement also faces opposition from US lawmakers in ranching states who want South Korea to buy more beef. Seoul has pushed back after the beef dispute triggered major protests in 2008. US critics of free trade agreements question if exports themselves would create jobs. Instead, they want more pressure on China to revalue its currency which they believe is artificially undervalued. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, “will continue to make the case that it is a mistake to pursue the same kind of trade deals that ballooned our trade deficit and led to massive job loss,” said a spokeswoman, Meghan Dubyak. A number of Democrats campaigned on trade criticism in November’s election but lost to Republicans, who traditionally have been more supportive of free trade deals. However, a number of the newly elected Republicans come from the right-wing populist Tea Party movement, some of whose members are deeply skeptical about international agreements. Christopher Wenk, senior director for international policy at the US Chamber of Commerce, said that the business federation saw “strong bipartisan support” for the Korea free trade deal but was talking with all new lawmakers. “Obviously we are not taking anyone for granted. We are going to be reaching out to them aggressively, one by one,” Wenk said.
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Participants read documents as they take part in the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting at the Davos’ Congres Center on January 29, 2011 in Davos. Some 2,500 political and industry leaders are gathered in the small alpine village for the forum, which ends on January 30.
Bankers play contrite, offer olive branch at Forum Reuters
DAVOS – Top bankers adopted a softer tone after high-level meetings at the World Economic Forum on Saturday, thanking governments for shoring up the financial system in the hope of avoiding tighter regulation. But, in a reminder of the problems banks still face after absorbing billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in bailouts, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said financiers needed to show real thanks by changing their behavior. After kicking off the debate at the Forum’s annual meeting with an attack on regulation, bankers took a different tack on Saturday at a meeting with finance ministers, emphasizing their wish to help create jobs and boost growth. “I think it was a very constructive meeting and a meeting where we recognized that a lot has changed,” Barclays’ Chief Executive Bob Diamond, who acted as the co-chair of the bankers this week, told a Davos panel discussion on Saturday. “But an awful lot has changed in the last three years and we should say ‘thank you’ to the central banks, to the finance ministers, to the regulators because banks are operating in a safer and sounder financial system.” Lagarde, who was on the same panel, was quick to respond.
“The best way for the banking sector to say ‘thank you’ would be to actually have good financing of the economy, sensible compensation systems in place and reinforcement of their capital,” she said to laughter and applause. The mood in the chic Alpine village soured at the start of the forum, when Goldman Sach chief operating officer Gary Cohn accused rulemakers of pushing risk toward the unregulated financial sector by putting an excessive burden on banks. Tension rose when JP Morgan’s boss Jamie Dimon, one of the few U.S. bank bosses to survive the crisis, publicly clashed with French President Nicolas Sarkozy for putting more regulation on the agenda of the G20, which Sarkozy now chairs. Sarkozy lashed out, telling Dimon that banks had done things which “defied common sense” and were wrong to resist more regulation. “If people present me as obsessed with regulation, it’s because there is a need for regulation,” he said. But bankers opted for a more conciliatory tone when they met finance ministers, central bankers including European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet and regulators at a close-door gathering on Saturday morning that formally concluded deliberations on financial regulation.
Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann said the mood at the meeting had been good and Prudential Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam, the other informal spokesman of the bankers’ group, called the session “a good meeting of minds.” “I think it was more upbeat than I expected,” said Howard Davies, a former chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority who also attended the meeting. “There was no kind of sense of ‘let’s have an argument about overregulation, too much capital, banks are being beaten up or whatever’. It was more ‘how do we ensure coordination ?’” Congressman Barney Frank, also present at the meeting, said that contrary to 2006, there was now a recognition among bankers that policymakers need to regulate the sector, and probably venture into the “shadow banking” system at some point. Yet, although accepting that regulation is here to stay, bankers asked for a quick and consistent implementation of the many requirements that are being imposed on them, especially for banks that are operating across many countries. “There is a need to rapidly end this phase of regulatory uncertainty and to know that ... there is a level playing field and that the rules are equally implemented,” said Federico Ghizzoni, chief executive of Italy’s biggest bank UniCredit.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sundance film takes aim at US gender inequality Agence France Presse
PARK CITY, Utah – A documentary at this year’s Sundance film festival takes aim at gender inequality in the United States and the distorted image of women in the media. “Miss Representation,” the directorial debut of actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, peers through the glass ceiling with a wide range of women, including political and media figures who would seem to have broken through it. The film is in competition at the Sundance independent film festival here in the US state of Utah, with prizes to be announced later on Saturday. It features dozens of interviews with American women from all walks of life — including Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice — who discuss the gender barriers they have faced and ways to lift them. “Some of them were actually frightened to say something, they were afraid of losing their job. That shows this fear that we have in America, the fear we women have of speaking our mind,” Newsom told AFP. “Hopefully I’m encouraging other women and men to have a voice and stand up for
women’s rights, which are human rights,” she added. The film includes several statistics showing that gender inequality is worse in the United States than in much of the rest of the world. “We’re 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures, ranked behind Rwanda, Haiti, Cuba, Afghanistan and Iraq,” Newsom says. “It’s humiliating. We should be learning from them. We think we’re so great, but we’re not,” says the actress, who is married to Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco and now lieutenant governor of California. Women continue to make more than 20 percent less than men, an income gap that has changed little in recent years, according to the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Newsom says the problem is rooted in “capitalism taken to an extreme, without an element of public service and without an element of including women. It’s also a little bit of greed.” She singles out the media for flooding magazine covers and television screens with images that she says reduce women to their outward appearance and bombard the audience with unrealistic standards of beauty.
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From left to right, actor and award presenter Colin Firth, actress and award presenter Helena Bonham Carter, center, and director and feature film award nominee Tom Hooper pose in the press room at the 63rd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.
‘King’s Speech’ gets new Oscars boost Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES – British historical drama “The King’s Speech” got a new boost in the race for Oscars glory on Saturday, as its director won a key prize in a weekend of Hollywood awards.
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Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, in Park City, Utah.
Tom Hooper got the top gong for outstanding directorial achievement at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) show, seen as a key indicator of prospects for success at next month’s glittering Academy Awards. The winner of the DGA award has gone on to win the Oscar for best director on all but six times since 1948. Hooper’s movie starring Colin Firth as the stammering King
George VI has gained momentum as Hollywood’s awards season progresses, and he was up against the directors of four other Oscar frontrunners for the DGA award. He notably beat David Fincher, director of Facebook movie “The Social Network,” which was an early favorite for awards glory but which lost ground as the weeks and awards shows go on. Others in the running for the DGA
had been Darren Aronofsky for balletthemed drama “Black Swan,” Christopher Nolan for high-tech thriller “Inception,” and David O. Russell for boxing movie “The Fighter.” The films are all up for best film Oscar, along with Western remake “True Grit,” arm-amputating “127 Hours,” gay parenting movie “The Kids are Alright,” Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone” and animated blockbuster “Toy Story 3.” But the understated British movie, also starring Helena Bonham Carter and Australian Geoffrey Rush as the kind’s voice coach, appears increasingly like the film to beat.
Hopkins seeks the ‘devil’ inside, in new film Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES – British actor Anthony Hopkins gets to battle with the devil in his latest movie, a film in which he plays a possessed priest — but insists it’s good to face up to one’s inner demons. In “The Rite” the veteran star plays Father Lucas, tasked with teaching a young US priest studying exorcism in Rome about Good and Evil — but who ends up needing the devil cast out of himself. The film, which opened in the United States on Friday, is based on the book “The Making of a Modern Exorcist” by American author Matt Baglio, and is directed by Mikael
Hafstrom. “It was not the exorcism itself that drew me to it. You don’t make films about subjects, you make films about characters. It’s a coming-of-age story about finding yourself, finding your way in life,” Hafstrom said. Seventy-three year-old Hopkins, whose past thriller roles include notably Dr. Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs,” said he read a lot of books to prepare for the clerical role. “I wanted to make this priest a real human being, in part by making him impatient and irascible. I didn’t want to play him as a soft kind of one-dimensional man,” he told reporters at a Beverly Hills hotel.
His character is initially skeptical about the “truth” sought by California priest Michael Kovac (played by Irish actor Colin O’Donoghue), who eventually has to save Father Lucas in a powerful exorcism scene. “The power of Michael Kovak is that he has a deep faith. But he believes in the truth. Anything that is extremely fundamental which knows the truth is something to be wary of,” says Hopkins. “That’s where the devil resides, I assume.” But he quoted psychoanalyst Carl Jung as calling for a facing up to one’s demons. “Jung said: ‘If you don’t face your shadows, then you’ll be ripped to pieces.’ Confronting the shadow in yourself is healthy.”
Anthony Hopkins arrives at the world premiere of New Line Cinema’s “The Rite,” in Hollywood, California.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Humans may have left Africa earlier than thought Associated Press Writer
In this Jan. 28, 1986 file photo, the space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center. AP Photo/Bruce Weaver, File
Challenger: 25 years later, a still painful wound Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Modern humans may have left Africa thousands of years earlier than previously thought, turning right and heading across the Red Sea into Arabia rather than following the Nile to a northern exit, an international team of researchers says. Stone tools discovered in the United Arab Emirates indicate the presence of modern humans between 100,000 and 125,000 years ago, the researchers report in Friday’s edition of the journal Science. While science has generally accepted an African origin for humans, anthropologists have long sought to understand the route taken as these populations spread into Asia, the Far East and Europe. Previously, most evidence has suggested humans spread along the Nile River valley and into the Middle East about 60,000 years ago. “There are not many exits from Africa. You can either exit” through Sinai north of the Red Sea or across the straits at the south end of the Red Sea, explained HansPeter Uerpmann of the Center for Scientific Archaeology of Eberhard-Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany.
“Our findings open a second way which, in my opinion, is more plausible for a massive movement than the northern route,” he said in a telephone briefing. Because of the different climate at the time, Arabia was moister and would have been a grassland with plenty of animals for prey, he added. And the lower sea levels at that time meant that the narrow point at the southern end of the Red Sea would have separated Africa and Arabia by between one-half and 2 1/2 miles, said Adrian G. Parker of Oxford Brookes University in England. That should not have been a difficult crossing for people used to dealing with east African lakes and rivers where they used rafts or boats, Uerpmann said. The techniques used to make the hand axes, scrapers and other tools found at Jebel Faya in Sharjah Emirate suggest they were produced by people coming from somewhere else, said Anthony E. Marks of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, adding that there are similar tools made about that time in East Africa. “If these tools were not made by modern man, who might have made them?,” Marks asked. “Could Neanderthals have made them?”
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – For many, no single word evokes as much pain. A quarter-century later, images of the exploding space shuttle still signify all that can go wrong with technology and the sharpest minds. The accident on Jan. 28, 1986 — a scant 73 seconds into flight, nine miles above the Atlantic for all to see — remains NASA’s most visible failure. It was the world’s first high-tech catastrophe to unfold on live TV. Adding to the anguish was the young audience: School children everywhere tuned in that morning to watch the launch of the first schoolteacher and ordinary citizen bound for space, Christa McAuliffe. She never made it. McAuliffe and six others on board perished as the cameras rolled, victims of stiff O-ring seals and feeble bureaucratic decisions. It was, as one grief and trauma expert recalls, “the beginning of the age when the whole world knew
what happened as it happened.” “That was kind of our pilot study for all the rest to come, I think. It was so ghastly,” said Sally Karioth, a professor in Florida State University’s school of nursing. The crew compartment shot out of the fireball, intact, and continued upward another three miles before plummeting. The free fall lasted more than two minutes. There was no parachute to slow the descent, no escape system whatsoever; NASA had skipped all that in shuttle development. Space travel was considered so ordinary, in fact,
that the Challenger seven wore little more than blue coveralls and skimpy motorcycle-type helmets for takeoff. In a horrific flash, the most diverse space crew ever — including one black, one Japanese-American and two women, one of them a Jew — was gone. The name of NASA’s second oldest shuttle was forever locked in a where-were-you moment. “You say ‘Challenger’ and then we see that figure of smoke in the sky,” said Karioth, who teaches death and dying classes. There has been a growing list of calamities since then.
This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows the Jebel Faya rockshelter from above, looking north, showing eboulis blocks from roof collapse and the location of excavation trenches.
Sedatives used to free whale from fishing line Associated Press Writer
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In this Dec. 2010 photo provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a disentanglement team works to cut free more than 150 feet of rope entangled around a North Atlantic right whale off the coast of Daytona Beach, Fla.
ATLANTA – Researchers have a new tactic to save endangered whales tangled in fishing line: Get them to calm down with sedatives shot from a dart gun so they can pull closer and cut the potentially fatal gear away. The method was used Jan. 15 off the Florida coast to free a young North Atlantic right whale from about 50 feet of line wrapped through its mouth and around its flippers. A satellite monitor attached to the whale during the rescue attempt this month shows it survived. “It’s a big step for us,” said Michael Moore, a senior research specialist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts
who was on the rescue team. The same team has tried the technique during one other rescue of a free-swimming whale. Wildlife authorities for years have tried different ways to save whales tangled in gear that cuts their flesh, restricts feeding and causes infection and starvation. It’s a major threat to the 300 to 400 critically endangered North Atlantic right whales that remain. They generally migrate seasonally from the Lower Bay of Fundy in Canada during the summer to calving grounds off the Florida coast in the fall and winter. At least two North Atlantic right whales are known to have died from entanglement between 2005 to 2009,
although 28 were observed tangled in that same period. Experts say those numbers only include dead or tangled whales that have been spotted, meaning other whales may die unseen. “It’s a very slow, painful death,” said Michael Walsh, associate director of the Aquatic Animal Health Program at the University of Florida. The former SeaWorld veterinarian helped develop the sedative mixture. Once tangled whales are found, rescue teams generally tie boats and buoys to lines trailing from the animal to slow it down and restrict its movement. Crews then use pole-mounted knives to cut off entangling gear.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Dortmund restore 11 points lead
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Japanese players celebrate after winning the 2011 Asian Cup at Khalifa Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on January 29, 2011. Japan beat Australia 1-0 in the final football match to win fourth Asian Cup title.
Japan edge Australia 1-0 to win Asian Cup Agence France Presse
DOHA – Tadanari Lee scored an extra-time winner as Japan edged Australia 1-0 to win a pulsating Asian Cup final and become the most successful team in the competition’s history. The unmarked substitute sent a stunning left-foot volley past the diving Mark Schwarzer in the 109th minute to hand his country their fourth title at the continental showcase, a feat no-one else has achieved. The win, following their successes in 1992, 2000 and 2004, carried the added bonus of an automatic place at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil — the traditional World Cup warm-up tournament. It followed a deadlocked match at 90 minutes that sent the game into extra-time, with penalties looking likely until Lee worked his magic to shatter Australia’s dream of their firstever silverware. “It is a great victory. We have a really great team. They were united and won the title against such strong opponents,” said Japan’s Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who singled out Lee for praise. “I knew he would do it. What is great about this team is that players, who started on the bench, could produce results on the pitch.” Australia’s German coach Holger Osieck was proud of his players, despite the agonising defeat. “You can imagine how disappointed we are to come second because we had our opportunities. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convert them,” he said. “But I’m very proud of the players, their performance and their attitude over the tournament, I’m full of credit. I
feel very sorry for the boys that they didn’t get the reward for their efforts.” Both teams had scored 13 times before the final and Australia looked most likely to add to that. Harry Kewell had the first shot on target in the opening minute, an ambitious long-range drive that didn’t trouble Eiji Kawashima. Schwarzer, who surpassed Alex Tobin to set a new record for the most capped Socceroo ever on his 88th appearance, also found himself in action at the other end. The 38-year-old, though, had Keisuke Honda’s half-chance easily covered. Australia were stronger with Japan missing the spark of Shinji Kagawa, who broke a bone in his foot in their penalty shoot-out win over South Korea in the last four. They should have gone ahead on 15 minutes when Brett Holman whipped a low cross into the area but the stretching Carl Valeri failed to connect. In a dangerous period for Japan, Tim Cahill’s header forced a desperate one-handed save from Kawashima moments later as the Socceroos upped the ante. Osieck’s side had only conceded one goal before the final and Japan were struggling to penetrate their defence, working hard to build attacks
only to see them break down too easily. As they did in the first half, Australia came out after the break with real verve and almost took the lead on 49 minutes when Luke Wilkshire’s cross hit the bar and Cahill tried to bundle in the rebound. Australia claimed a goal but it was not given and replays showed the ball did not cross the line. Japan also had their chances, with Yuto Nagamoto turning Wilkshire inside-out and delivering a perfect cross to Shinji Okazaki, whose header skimmed just past the post. It was anyone’s game, and Kewell should have done better on 71 minutes when he had just the keeper to beat, but Kawashima stuck out his right boot to save a certain goal. Fatigue crept in as the game stretched to extra-time and Kewell was replaced by Robbie Kruse, who almost made a dream start with Kawashima tipping his header onto the bar. But it was Lee who ultimately stole the glory, with the dangerous Nagamoto finding him unmarked at the back post and the 25-year-old cleanly hitting his volley for his first international goal. “I kept talking to myself, saying ‘I’ll be a hero. I’ll be a hero’ before I went onto the pitch,” said Lee. “I could score a goal in the end and I’m really happy.”
MUNICH - Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-0 victory at Wolfsburg. Jurgen Klopp’s side, held to a 1-1 home draw by second-bottom Stuttgart last weekend, made the perfect start when Lucas Barrios put them ahead with just two minutes on the clock. Nuri Sahin added a second five minutes before half-time and Mats Hummels rounded off the triumph in the 71st minute as Dortmund restored their 11-point advantage at the top. Bayern Munich came from behind to defeat Werder Bremen 3-1 and move up to third. Per Mertesacker scored at both ends, first putting Bremen ahead in the 47th minute and then firing Bayern in front in the 75th after Arjen Robben had equalised. Miroslav Klose then sealed the win for Louis van Gaal’s side as they moved up to their highest league position of the season. Lewis Holtby’s first-half goal was enough to push Mainz back into fourth place in the Bundesliga after they held on for a narrow 1-0
win against Kaiserslautern. Holtby scored the game’s only goal in the 23rd minute, giving Thomas Tuchel’s team their first victory of the year. Coming off a 2-0 defeat at second division Duisburg in the German Cup quarter-finals, Kaiserslautern have now collected just one victory in their last five games to remain just three points from the drop zone. Timmy Simons scored one and set up another for Almog Cohen as Nurnberg earned a 2-0 victory over 10-man Hamburg. Gojko Kacar saw red for the visitors in the 69th minute. Charles Takyi scored twice and substitute Florian Bruns added another from the penalty spot as St Pauli climbed out of the relegation places with a 3-0 victory over Cologne. Isaac Vorsah grabbed the only goal after four minutes as Hoffenheim claimed a narrow away win over Schalke. Bayer Leverkusen moved five clear of Hannover with an impressive 2-0 win on Friday night. First-half strikes from Arturo Vidal and Simon Rolfes were enough to seal the points.
Ten men Milan extend their lead MILAN - Ten-man AC Milan extended their lead at the top of Serie A to seven points thanks to a spirited 2-0 win over Catania. The Rossoneri played most of the second half with one man less after Mark van Bommel was sent off for a second booking in only his second game for the club. But they still managed to win with goals from Robinho in the 58th minute and Zlatan Ibrahimovic five minutes from the end. Catania spent much of the second period camped in the Milan half, but there was no way through as the league leaders displayed
why they are at the top of the table with a resolute victory. Libor Kozak inspired Lazio to a 2-0 victory over Fiorentina to move the Biancoceleste up to second in the Serie A table. The Czech striker scored two goals in four second-half minutes to earn Eduardo Reja’s side only their second win of 2011 and lift them above Napoli into second place, setting up a mouth-watering clash with leaders AC Milan on Tuesday. Without the suspended Mauro Zarate, it was up to Kozak to lead Lazio’s assault on three points and he rose to the occasion.
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AC Milan Brazilian forward Robinho celebrates after he scored during the Serie A soccer match between Catania and AC Milan, in Catania, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Griffin leads Clippers past Bobcats Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Randy Foye added 21 points in his third straight start for the injured Eric Gordon and the Los Angeles Clippers extended their home winning streak to eight with a 103-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. The Clippers matched the 199293 squad for the longest home winning streak since the franchise moved from San Diego to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 season. Griffin had his 38th double-double of the season and 32nd in 33 games, shooting 11 for 23 in 41 minutes. Center DeAndre Jordan had just four points and four rebounds in 26 minutes after getting into early foul trouble. The Clippers are 8-5 in January with one game remaining, and have clinched their first winning month since November 2009 (8-6). They won for the first time in three games since Gordon, their leading scorer, chipped a bone in his right wrist a week ago in a 113-109 victory over Golden State. The injury is expected to sideline him for about a month. Stephen Jackson and reserve Gerald Henderson each scored 14
points for Charlotte. The Bobcats are tied with Philadelphia for seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of Milwaukee. Griffin led Los Angeles to a 5742 halftime lead with 19 points and eight rebounds, offsetting 14 points by Jackson. The Clippers missed their first five shots from 3-point range before Foye and Ryan Gomes connected 30 seconds apart during a 16-2 run that extended a two-point lead to 52-36 with 2:55 left in the half. The Clippers, who were 11 for 29 on 3-pointers, got two from Gomes and one from Foye at the end of a 16-5 run that opened up a 76-51 lead with 5:13 left in the third quarter. Coach Vinny Del Negro had all of his starters on the bench at the start of the fourth with a 23-point cushion, and the Bobcats used that
opportunity to go on a 12-0 run that sliced it to 83-72 with 7:38 remaining. The last basket came when Clippers Jordan accidentally tipped the ball into the wrong basket after a missed layup by Kwame Brown. But the Bobcats got no closer, as Baron Davis scored eight of his 12 points during a 1:19 span to help seal the Clippers’ eighth victory in 12 games. Griffin tried to put an exclamation point on the win, but clanged a dunk with 4:31 to play after getting an alley-oop feed from Davis.
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin dunks the ball during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Li Na puts Chinese tennis on the map Agence France Presse
MELBOURNE – Li Na’s memorable achievement in becoming Asia’s first Grand Slam finalist put Chinese tennis firmly on the map at the Australian Open, and made her a big winner despite defeat to Kim Clijsters. Li led Saturday’s final against the world number three, before Clijsters switched tactics to close out a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory for her fourth Grand Slam title, and her first outside the US Open. Mother-of-one Clijsters, 27, had gone into the tournament as the firm favourite in the absence of injured defending champion Serena Williams, and she duly delivered with a gutsy and intelligent win over Li. But if “Aussie Kim” — Clijsters’ Australian nickname since her previous engagement to Lleyton Hewitt — was a popular winner, the funny and charming Li equally won hearts on her way to the runner-up spot. Meanwhile Saturday’s final received blanket media coverage in China, despite tennis’s relatively low profile, prompting Li to dream of a Russian-style boom in the world’s most populous nation. “I hope after three to five years maybe China will be like Russia and have many players coming through,” she said. Russia had 18 women in the singles draw at Melbourne, while China had just three: Li, Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai. China’s tennis chief hailed Li as a “pioneer” and drew comparisons with basketball superstar Yao Ming and idolised hurdler Liu Xiang, as the Wuhan native’s face adorned major Chinese newspapers and websites. In a further boost, Peng also reached the fourth round, the second year in a row that two Chinese players had made the last 16. But if Li and Peng came out with their reputations enhanced, the tournament was not so positive for Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Russian Vera Zvonareva, the world number one and two. Wozniacki remains without a major title, leaving her fending off questions about her right to be considered
the world’s best player, and Zvonareva slipped to the third ranking behind Clijsters, her conqueror in the semifinals. The 20-year-old Wozniacki had a strange tournament, winning her first five matches easily before coming unstuck against Li after holding a match point in their semi-final. However, Wozniacki will be best remembered for her playful press conferences as, stung by journalists’ taunts that her appearances were “boring”, she made up a story that she’d been attacked by a kangaroo.
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Haas, Mickelson tied for lead; Tiger falters Associated Press Writer
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Li Na of China gestures during her womens singles final against Kim Clijsters of Belgium on the thirteenth day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2011. Clijsters won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
SAN DIEGO – The way Phil Mickelson likes to play golf, he didn’t have much fun Saturday at Torrey Pines. Based on how he needs to play the South Course, Phil was thrilled. Mickelson gave up on his swashbuckling style by playing it safe in the Farmers Insurance Open, making eight pars and a birdie on the back nine for a 4-under 68 that gave him a share of the lead with Bill Haas. “This course doesn’t reward you for taking on any challenge,” Mickelson said. “Any my more conservative approach into the greens, albeit boring, has led me to be on top of the leaderboard.” He was joined by Haas, who kept one shot ahead of Mickelson for most of the back nine until his wedge hopped hard on the firm green and went just over the back on the par-5 18th. He missed a 4-
foot par putt and had to settle for a 1-under 71. They were at 12under 204, a stroke ahead of Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson, who each made eagle on the 18th. Tiger Woods, who has not lost at Torrey Pines in seven years, was nowhere to be found. His start to a new season brought out a familiar result. Just like so much last year, Woods goes into a final round out of contention on a course where he once dominated. Woods made bogey from the second fairway with a wedge in his hand, and his day didn’t improve. He shot a 2-over 74, ending his streak of 21 straight rounds at par or better on the South Course in a tour event. “I did not play well at all today,” said Woods, who was eight shots behind. “It was a struggle all day, and I finally found something at 16. But 15 holes already had gone by, so that was pretty frustrating.”
Monday, January 31, 2011
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
Djokovic wins Australian Open title, beats Murray Associated Press Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic won his second Australian Open title, breezing past Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to extend Britain’s near 75-year drought in men’s singles Grand Slams. Djokovic also won the 2008 Australian title. Murray has lost three Grand Slam finals, also falling to Roger Federer in the 2008 U.S. Open and 2010 Australian Open. The Scot hasn’t won a set in a Grand Slam final. Last year, Murray cried after his loss to Federer. They weren’t immediately visible this year, but the hurt may have been just as bad after he lost seven straight games through the end of the first set and into the second and never appeared to be in the match. The last British man to win a Grand Slam singles title was Fred Perry in the 1936 U.S. Open — more than 270 majors ago. Murray and Djokovic, each 23 and born a week apart, are good friends and often practice together. At the coin flip before the match, Djokovic smiled broadly for photos while Murray looked fidgety and nervous. After the match, the two hugged, then Djokovic threw his racket, his shirt and then his shoes into the crowd. The roof was closed at Rod Laver Arena for most of the day due to 100-degree temperatures, but was opened just before the match started and after the weather had cooled significantly. Trailing 5-4, Murray doublefaulted to lead off the 10th game of the first set. Then he hit a backhand
into the net after a 39-hit point. Murray challenged the final point of the set when he thought his forehand stayed in on the backline, but Djokovic walked away with the set in 59 minutes. Djokovic held serve on four straight points to open the second set, then went up 2-0 when he again broke Murray’s service, finishing off the point when Murray’s attempted drop shot was returned crosscourt for a winner. Murray had five unforced errors in the first two games. The Serb went up 3-0, then continued his domination in the next game, breaking Murray in four straight points to go up 4-0 and held for 5-0, his seventh straight game win. Murray finally stopped the streak with an ace on game point to trail 5-1, then broke Djokovic in the next game to cut it to 5-2. Murray appeared to be having problems with his eyes, blinking often and rubbing them on changeovers and often during points. That didn’t help in the next game when he again dropped serve and lost the second set in 40 minutes, Djokovic establishing set point with a memorable crosscourt winner off
a near-impossible shot from Murray. The third set started with Murray’s second break of Djokovic’s service in the match, but Djokovic ensure that Murray’s advantage was short-lived by breaking him in the next game. After an unforced error wide, Murray pounded his fist and yelled out in disgust. Things didn’t improve for Murray, who held off six break points before Djokovic prevailed on the seventh in the fourth game, hitting a backhand down the line to pass a stretching Murray. Djokovic pumped his fist and let out a loud yell in celebration. That, too, was shortlived, when Murray broke back in the next game to pull to 3-2, then held through two break points to level the set at 3. Late in the match, Murray appeared to clutch his lower back after a low return on the baseline. Djokovic soon broke serve again and then served it out. Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 5-3, ending a three-match streak for Murray.
Bradley beats Alexander with unanimous decision Associated Press Writer
PONTIAC, Mich. – Timothy Bradley’s fists and head-butts got the best of Devon Alexander. Bradley defended his WBO 140-pound title and took Alexander’s WBC belt, winning a unanimous technical decision after the fight was stopped in the 10th round Saturday night at the Silverdome. “I’m ruthless,” said Bradley, refusing to apologize for leading with his head. “I’m reckless.” The ringside doctor ruled Alexander couldn’t keep his left eye open and halted the fight at 1:59 of the 10th after an accidental head-butt. “I couldn’t see, so they had to stop the fight,” Alexander said. Bradley (27-0) handed Alexander (211) his first loss in the biggest fight
for each rising star. “If that’s the best in the world, that’s weak,” Bradley said. Both fighters took a risk by taking a bout either could lose, but the payoff could be huge. The 27-year-old Bradley took a step toward a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. down the road, but WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan could be his next opponent. “I would love a chance with Floyd Mayweather,” Bradley said. “I think I’ve got to take Amir Khan out next, then there will be no doubt who the best 140-pounder is in the world.” Bradley’s camp said earlier in the week that it would welcome a fight with Khan, if the time was not right for a bout with Mayweather or Pacquiao. “Khan is probably No. 1
on the list,” Bradley said. “The key name on the list down the road is Manny Pacquiao.” HBO, though, has a rematch clause in the contract to put Bradley, of North Palm Springs, Calif., back in the ring with the 23-yearold St. Louis southpaw. “I want a rematch with Timmy Bradley,” Alexander said. HBO executive Kery Davis isn’t sure the cable network will exercise its option. “We haven’t made a decision,” he said. In a fight that had to be tough to score with each fighter throwing flurries of punches, the judges all had Bradley ahead in the bout — 97-93, 96-95 and 98-93 — when it was suddenly halted because Alexander’s left eye was burning so much he couldn’t open it.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a point during his mens singles match against Andy Murray of Britain on the final day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 30, 2011.