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Ubud, one of the favorite tourism place in Gianyar. The picture show the women in Ubud before entering a temple
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Drop zone, temporary solution for traffic jam in Ubud Gianyar (Bali Post)-
Experts are trying to find the solution to overcome the traffic problem in Ubud, Gianyar. Some of them agree that a drop zone is needed to avoid buses and other vehicles to stop and drop passengers anywhere they like. Currently, the main cause of traffic jam in Ubud is the lack of parking space and the vehicles that drop passengers everywhere. The problem was discussed on a meeting between the head of Gianyar
regency, Tjok Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, with all related officers in Gianyar. The meeting which is held in Dalem Puri Ubud, resulted in several solutions to solve the traffic
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MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s government is appealing for more help in its fight against powerful militants who have recently intensified their attacks. President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed said Monday it was unrealistic to expect the forces of an ill-equipped government to battle the al-Qaidalinked group al-Shabab. Ahmed compared al-Shabab’s attack on a Mogadishu hotel that killed more than 30 people last week to the violence against governments in Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. He said the world must give Somalia’s violence the same priority accorded to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which Washington considers to be a major threat. Al-Shabab carried out twin bombings in Uganda during the World Cup final, killing 76 people.
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problem in Ubud. In addition to make drop zone, there was also suggestion to make the Astina field in Ubud as parking area and giving ticket to the traffic violators. Ardana Sukawati also stated he
similar things. He said that the current traffic condition is because the lack of parking space, the lack of discipline, and the need of stricter rules. He also suggested that the sidewalk could be made equal with the road so the bus can park on the sidewalk. The head of the regency also emphasize the need of bus stop so it won’t drop off passengers anywhere they like. kmb16)
This photo released by the US Navy shows the burnt hull of a suspected pirate skiff drifting near the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland on April 2010 in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Bali News DKP requested to use beach cleaner for removing rubbish of Sanur Beach Denpasar (Bali Post)—
One of the tourist destinations owned by the Denpasar is Sanur Beach. The existence of this white sandy beach was categorized into a quite favorite tourist attraction among foreign and domestic tourists. Therefore, sanitation of the coastal area stretching in the east of Sanur Village should be given special attention. To maintain the sanitation of the beach, Denpasar Sanitation and Landscaping Services (DKP) was asked to use beach cleaner to clean off the rubbish in the area. This was conveyed by Denpasar Mayor I.B. Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra in the midst of turtle hatchling release in front of the Puri Santrian Hotel, Sanur, last Sunday (Aug 29). Mayor Rai Mantra assessed if it was only handled by humans, it would not cover the entire area. “Hopefully, DKP could provide beach cleaner to amass the rubbish carried away by water currents,” the mayor told the Head of DKP Denpasar, I Ketut Wisada. Not only that, the mayor also expected to perform a general cleaning at least once a month to keep the Sanur Beach clean all the times. The action was very important to inspire all people so they cared about environmental sanitation. Moreover,
tourism businesspeople made the beach as an invaluable asset to attract tourists. “Please also be scheduled a general cleaning, at least once a month,” the mayor Rai Mantra requested. In response to such request, Wisada confessed to have prepared beach cleaners especially used on the beach for collecting trashes on the sand. In the near future, the beach cleaners could be distributed, so that it could be used on the beach. “We have designed a beach cleaner that can help expedite the handling of garbage on the coastal area,” said Wisada last Sunday. In the meantime, the mayor considered the environmental issues, including the waste had to obtain spe-
cial attention. Moreover, Sanur area becoming a tourist attraction should give priority to the caring attitude towards the environment. Not only government that should be active, all components had to get involved in the efforts to preserve the environment. It was said, Denpasar having a small region remained to be haunted by environmental problem. For example, it encountered the problems of waste, garbage and other environmental issues requiring serious attention because the achievement of the development could not be seen from physical aspect only. “Please do no let this environmental preservation be neglected, just because of physical development,” said the number one man in Denpasar last Sunday. (kmb12)
As for plan of Jalan Legian repair, Government should provide parking lot Mangupura (Bali Post)—
Members of the Badung House asked the government to facilitate the provision of parking lot and ensure the availability of shuttle bus in the area of Jalan Legian and its surroundings. This would be followed up by the re-arrangement of Jalan Legian becoming the world class infrastructure. Head of Commission B of Badung House, Putu Parwata, last Sunday (Aug 29), said that one of the constraints of the re-arrangement for Jalan Legian was the parking problem. If complete re-arrangement of the road was undertaken, there would be traffic diversion and it would slightly hamper the economic growth in the local area. In the future, if Jalan Legian would have been well ordered, there should be no more parking problems using the road body. “If
the road has been planned in good concept it will create a beautiful environment and landscape. As consequence, it will also make tourists comfortable. However, this can only happen provided that the parking service has been well regulated and parking lot along the way is not allowed,” he said. For that purpose, the government should facilitate the provision of parking lot for Kuta and Legian area. Badung Regency Government should be able to release the land and build a multilevel parking lot around Legian. Meanwhile, the entrepreneurs having no parking spaces should be obliged to take advantage of the parking spaces determined. To realize it, the regency government was asked to work closely with communities and entrepreneurs. In addition to parking lots, Parwata also urged the government to maximize the shuttle bus. It in-
cluded regulating the flow of trucks transporting goods. “It aims to prevent the crowdedness of the road,” he said. Meanwhile, another member of Commission B, Wayan Puspa Negara, revealed that endeavor to beautify Jalan Legian had actually been pioneered a long time ago. Studies on the restructuring of Jalan Legian had even been made since 1997. Currently, the blue print of Jalan Legian had been prepared. “Model of beautification drawing of Jalan Legian has existed. So, we are just waiting for the implementation,” said I Wayan Puspa Negara. According to Puspa, breakthrough of Jalan Legian re-arrangement should not be delayed because it was worried that conditions of the existing roads would be quite chaotic, both in terms of infrastructure and awareness of road users. Hence, it needed re-arranging completely. (ded)
Avoid Breast Cancer Apply Self Checking Denpasar (Bali Post) –
Breast cancer is one of the death causes to female after cervical cancer and can be prevented from early stage. It can be done by self checking the breasts at least once in a month. The checking, according to dr. Ananto Sidohutomo, MARS, should be done routinely every month on the 7 th day from the 1 st day of your menstruation or on the same date for those who are menopause. During a seminar event on Cervical and Breast Cancers Early Prevention on Sunday (29/ 8), Ananto explained this checking. First step is by standing in front of the mirror half naked. Stand up straight with both hands on the sides of the body. Check the breasts and its surrounds also compare the two, “Normally there’ll be a slight different size. Breast feeding breasts tends to be bigger. The different size should never change.” Then see if there’s any lumps, or skin looked swollen, redden, pulled skin, nerve can be seen, spots like orange skin or wounds, “Aerola area or red part around the nipples need to be examined as well. Is it swollen, its color
gone lighter or darker, changing sizes to bigger or narrowing, or there are wounds and starting to bleed.” The nipples are also important, is it on a certain direction or pulled in, gives out liquid, blood and there’s a wound, “Do the same thing by turning around body to the right and left.” This checking was then continued with positioning hands on the waist with chest brought forward. See the curve of the breasts. Bring up the hand above the head and see if the breast is pulled up or not and is there a difference on its skin as stated. Then continue it by positioning the right hand on the side of the body, while index, middle and ring fingers of the left go through the armpit and the right arm to feel if there are any bumps, do the same thing to the left one as well. If a bump founded, Ananto suggested not all bumps are cancer although it will be great to be checked early, “If it’s still early stage, it can still be treated and the women won’t lose their breasts.” Not only women, a man can catch it too which are 1:100.000 scale. These kind of thing happened to males due to gene. (san)
Make Bali Free From Rubbish 2013 BTDC Held “Beach Clean Up” Nusa Dua (Bali Post) –
Bali Tourist Development Company (PT. Pengembangan Pariwisata Bali Persero), or more known as BTDC by other hotels and facilities around Nusa Dua tourism place, last Friday (27/8) held an activity of cleaning up especially in Nusa Dua beach area. This is to make “Bali Free from Rubbish 2013 reaching Bali Green Province” so can be continued for the future. BTDC Operational Director, Drs. IGK Purnaya, SH.Msi, who’s also Nusa Dua Tourism area manager, said BTDC is very supporting this program as they commit to always protect the environment from the first time. This was proved by some environment awards being given such as Pata Green Leaf from PATA year 1998 as BTDC commits to preserve environment, a kalpataru award from the Indonesian Government year 1999, a Green Globe 21 from Green Globe
Foundation independent institute who supervises environment problems internationally. Nusa Dua tourism area also was the first to get the green globe 21 certificate for resort category (2004-2009) and Tri Hita Karana Award (20062009), “This is an evidence of our consistency and seriousness also all stakeholder in Nusa Dua area will always protect the environment and support fully the program Bali Free from Rubbish.” To make that program happen, Purnaya explained it wasn’t only by cleaning up but also a Green Camp program in Nusa Dua such as guiding and socializing to elementary schools and people, free from plastic shopping bags, Reef Clean Up through Save Nusa Dua Coral Reef program, Tree Planting and more, “It is done in the same time and with the island of Bali’s people realization. This Island of Gods is hoped to be Bali Green Province.” (par)
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Badung Central Government Needs To Save Electricity Mangupura (Bali Post) –
The Badung Central Government electricity bill has reached IDR 5 Billion in the Mended Badung Regional Budget and Expenses Year 2010 which is hard to be corrected or lessen. Even corrected, the number is not significant. So to have an efficient fee, the central government has to save electricity. This was mentioned by Head of Badung House of Representative Commision C, I Nyoman Satria. It was revealed, last Sunday (29/8), that Badung Representatives are not going to correct that fee, “I already counted, and the correction will be no more than IDR 50 Million.” As its not significant, it became not a problem for the Representatives that the electricity bill increased IDR 4 Billion before the mended Budget. Besides that legislatives also hoped a left over fee
can be moved to Silpa (Fee left over, red), “If there’s left we bring it to Silpa.” Other things to be thought were the huge mended fee and it’s concentrated on one fee. Even forgiving how much is used for the electricity bill, yet Satria said, the Representatives are still reminding how important it is to save energy. All Regional Work Unit Area (SKPD) in Badung Region Governemnet have been “warned” to use electricity as needed.
Meanwhile, Head of Badung Government Public Section, I Nengah Ngarta, mentioned this electricity bill included the whole area of the central government, starting from Regent Office, House of Representative Office, each SKPD and Badung Government Utility. As a saving step, Ngarta asked all SKPD to use electricity well, “We already asked each SKPD to save, if it’s time to go home lights and AC not needed should be switched off.” (ded)
Empowerment process required to make tourism benefits perceivable Denpasar (Bali Post)—
The data show that tourism sector can give contribution to the creation of job opportunities amounting to 7 percent in Indonesia. Regions having developed tourism indicate that welfare of the people is more likely to increase if compared to regions of less developed tourism. If poverty is still encountered in tourism regions, never blame the tourism sector. Additionally, it is not necessarily to leave tourism. To make tourism more beneficial for local communities, we need to increase the empowerment process on the quality of human resources and provide opportunities for people to work in this sector—of course should be armed with adequate skills. Thus, social welfare can be increased. These tips were conveyed by the Head of Human Resources Development Agency, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the RI, Prof. Dr. I Gde Pitana in the national seminar entitled ‘Tourism and Poverty Eradication’ in Udayana University, last Saturday (Aug 28). The seminar was organized by Faculty of Tourism, Udayana University in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to celebrate the 48th Dies Natalis of Udayana University. The event was inaugurated by Deputy Rector III of Udayana University, Prof. Dr. I Made Suastra accompanied by the Dean of Faculty of Tourism, I Putu Anom, and resumed with the book launching entitled Pariwisata Mengikis Kemiskinan (Tourism Alleviates Poverty) edited by Hengky Hermantoro et al., and a panel discussion with four speakers consisting of Hengky Hermantoro (Ministry of Culture and Tourism), I Nyoman Darma Putra (Faculty of Letters, Udayana University), IGA Oka Mahagangga (Faculty of Tourism), and I Wayan Suyadnya (doctoral candidate of a university in Germany). The seminar was attended by students, faculty and gen-
eral public of some 250 participants. Meanwhile, Udayana University is the first university in Indonesia opening the doctoral program on Tourism Studies. In other campuses, tourism program is the concentration offered in non-tourism studies. Sebagai a professor majoring in the field of tourism of Udayana University, Prof. Pitana encouraged the doctoral program of Tourism to produce academicians and studies on tourism that could help the state resolve the problems of poverty. Tourists rise, poverty declines
In his paper denoting the essence of the book on pro-people tourism, Darma Putra submitted the data of ten years, namely 1999-2009. They clearly showed that tourist arrival and poverty rates were positively correlated. “If the number of tourist visit goes up, poverty rates will decline,” said Darma Putra. To strengthen his argument, he showed the data of foreign tourists and the poverty rates nationally, and two of the regions respectively the North Sumatra and Bali. In 1999, the number of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia was 4.7 million and poverty rate was 47.49 million. Meanwhile, in 2009, foreign tourist arrivals increased to 6.4 million, while the poverty rate decreased to 32.53 million. Similarly, said Darma, comparable condition happened to Bali, too. In 1999, the number of foreign tourist was 1.3 million and the poverty rate was 257,800 people, while in 2009, the number of foreign tourists reached to 2.2 million, while the poverty rate decreased to 181,700 people. “When the visit of foreign tourists decreased due to terrorist attacks, the number of poverty in Bali rose,” said Darma, co-author the book entitled Tourism, Development and Terrorism in Bali (Ashgate, 2007). However, Darma immediately re-
minded that it was naive if the decline in poverty was said to have been entirely caused by tourism industry, at the same it was also wrong to ignore the contribution of tourism to poverty reduction. “Nationally, tourism could create job opportunities for about 6.5 million. It meant that such amount of residents could escape from (extreme) poverty,” Darma said. Darma acknowledged that statistical data issued by the Central Bureau of Statistics and other government sources were often considered to be abstract and did not accurately reflect the reality. In his presentation, he gave concrete examples namely the child creativity of a young hawker who sold kites at Tanah Lot tourist destination. Within a day, the vendor could sell 10-15 kites, costing at an average of IDR 50 thousand. About half (IDR 25 thousand) of them was profits. Within a month, total revenues obtained by the kite vendor approximately reached IDR 7.5 million. Everyone needs to actively and creatively take advantage of the opportunities in tourism. “If several tourists come, but people are lazy, not creative and always feel poor, the growth of tourism will be in vain or incapable of reducing or eradicate the poverty,” said Darma. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, I Made Kusumanegara, said that other than being capable of improving the quality of the community, tourism was also feared to impoverish the local communities. On that account, it was required a commitment, seriousness, social responsibility and high moral to develop the tourism in order to improve the quality of community’s life. “This seminar turns important in the efforts to produce a variety of thoughts on tourism development and poverty eradication,” he said. (08)
Farmers are seen working on the rice field. The farmers are facing difficulties because they don’t get any extra benefit on the increase of the rice price on the market
Market Rubbish heap Semarapura (Bali Post) -
Trophy Adipura Klungkung regency received every year, it has not fully impact on the preservation of cleanliness in Klungkung. For example Klungkung market. Trash seems to accumulate in thesouthern markets at the center of town, Sunday (29 / 8) yesterday. Garbage looks still piling up and not been handled up to officers at 9:10 pm. This Conditions, invite questions and complaints from residents of Klungkung. Moreover,not only garbage, the other problem in the senggol market was also in the form puddles of water into the nest wiggler,’ said the residents, Susena as he mentioned it clearly disturb-
ing the sights and beauty of the face of the city. When asked for confirmation, Head of cleaning and gardening services (DKP), Gusti Ngurah Wiratmaja claimed to have ordered the officers to carry l market waste clean up every morning. If it happens buildup until noon, he assumed it happened because the transporter truck full waste. ‘’We (DKP-red) are always trying to maximal handle the waste. We also sought to borrow two trucks at Public Work Service. Letters vehicle rental process was already approved by the regent. Stay follow up to the Public Works department,’ he said. (Kmb20)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Myanmar parties complain election fee too high AP
YANGON, Myanmar – Political parties challenging Myanmar’s ruling junta in the country’s first election in two decades said they can’t afford to compete in every constituency because of the exorbitant fees charged to register candidates. All candidates contesting the Nov. 7 elections are required to pay the Election Commission a fee of 500,000 kyat ($500) by Monday — a staggering sum in a country where the average schoolteacher’s monthly salary is $70. The junta is portraying the elections as a key step in shifting to civilian rule after five decades of military domination, but critics call them a sham and say the military shows little sign of relinquishing control. The system of registering candidates is one of many that critics point to as weighted in the junta’s favor. The junta announced the election date on Aug. 13 and gave parties just over two weeks to submit their candidate lists by the end of
the day Monday. Parties complained the deadline was too rushed to allow them to enlist potential candidates nationwide and that the registration fee was prohibitively expensive. One petitioned the junta to reduce the registration fee and extend the deadline but was ignored. Candidates are vying for a total of 1,162 seats, including 498 seats in Myanmar’s two-chamber Union Parliament and 664 seats spread among 14 regional parliaments. Parties typically pay candidate registration fees, but, because of a lack of funds, many say they have been forced to scale back the number of contenders making it impossible to effectively challenge to junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, or USDP, which is fielding a candidate for every seat available. The party of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is boycotting the election, which it says is undemocratic and unfair. Her National League for Democracy party won the last election in 1990 by a landslide, but the junta refused to honor the results.
(FILES)(L-R) Senior Adviser to the Afghan president Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, President Hamid Karzai and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) President Azizullah Lodin attend a meeting at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) compound in Kabul in this April 1, 2010 file photo. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai
Karzai criticizes anti-terror strategy AP
KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai renewed his criticism of coalition strategy in fighting Afghanistan’s stubborn insurgency, saying it has thus far produced nothing but civilian deaths.
In this photo taken March. 11, 2006, Myanmar’s top junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe, center, waves with his second-in-command Gen. Maung Aye, right, and third-ranking Gen. Thura Shwe Mann at Yangon international airport, Myanmar.
Meanwhile, a district chief from eastern Afghanistan was killed Monday by a bomb placed in his car that exploded as he was entering a government compound to attend a meeting of provincial security and political leaders. Insurgents had apparently planned for the bomb that killed Syad Mohammad Palawan to explode inside the governor’s compound in Nangarhar province’s capital of Jalalabad, said provincial police spokesman Ghafor Khan. Officials were meeting at the compound Monday to discuss strategies for battling the insurgency and improving governance in the volatile province. Khan said three of
Palawan’s bodyguards were wounded in the attack. Palawan’s district of Lal Pur lies on the mountainous border with Pakistan overlooking infiltration routes for Arab and other foreign fighters linked to al-Qaida and aided by Pakistani militants. Karzai’s sharp comments delivered Sunday fit a pattern of greater outspokenness by the Afghan leader as he appeals for support among the beleaguered Afghan public. In a meeting with visiting German Parliament speaker Norbert Lammert, Karzai said there was a “serious need” to alter strategy against the Taliban and other groups linked to al-Qaida, the presidential
office said. “There should be a review of the strategy in the fight against terrorism, because the experience of the last eight years showed that the fight in the villages of Afghanistan has been ineffective apart from causing civilian casualties,” Karzai was quoted as saying. Karzai’s statements come at a time when the Obama administration is ratcheting up pressure on the Afghan leader to do more to stamp out corruption. The Afghan government maintains that the U.S. should instead focus more on other fronts, including pressuring Pakistan to shut down insurgent sanctuaries. Last week, Karzai also criticized the U.S. plan to begin withdrawing troops starting next July and said the war on terror cannot succeed as long as the Taliban and their allies maintain safe havens in Pakistan.
North Korean leader Kim may be headed home AP
BEIJING – North Korean leader Kim Jong Il appeared Monday to be winding up a six-day visit to China that fueled speculation he was seeking aid and drumming up support for a succession plan involving his youngest son. Reporters have followed a train and a 35-vehicle motorcade — apparently used by the reclusive Kim — around several cities in northeast China since late Wednesday. Kim, 68, rarely leaves North Korea and when he does travels by special train. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency and Kyodo news agency from Japan both said Kim’s train had left Harbin, apparently for Tumen on the border with North Korea.
North Korea never announces Kim’s trips until after he returns home, and China has refused to say if he is in the country, even though a Japanese television station broadcast a grainy picture of him surrounded by security guards. Kim was reportedly accompanied by his son, Kim Jong Un, believed to be in his 20s. Many North Korea watchers predict the son will be appointed to a key party position at a ruling Workers’ Party meeting early next month — the first such gathering in decades — as part of a succession process. To pull off the event with sufficient fanfare, North Korea will need Chinese aid, particularly following the devastating floods that battered the country’s northwest this month, analysts said. Yonhap said Kim briefly stopped in
Mudanjiang on his way to Tumen, citing unidentified sources in the city. It said Kim visited Beishan park to pay his respect to a monument commemorating an anti-Japanese movement. The report said the park is also related to his father’s anti-Japanese guerrilla warfare but didn’t elaborate. After staying about one hour, Yonhap said Kim’s train began heading again to Tumen, where security was high Monday. A woman at the Jiang Nan Hotel 100 yards (meters) from the Tumen train station said the area was surrounded with police officers. Another woman working at the Xin Xianlu Hotel nearby said plainclothes police were stationed in her hotel. On the streets “there is a policeman almost every 5 meters,” she said.
A train which is believed to carry North Korean leader Kim Jong Il moves past Dongjingcheng, Heilongjiang
Bali Niksoma Boutique Beach Resort Celebrating the 7th anniversary IBP
LEGIAN - In celebrating the 7th anniversary of Bali Niksoma Boutique Beach Resort, Legian, Bali which falls on 10 September 2010 there are some activities have been and being conducted. The activities include but not limited to sport activities amongst the employees and affiliated companies, celebration of the hotel temple ceremony, social activities that focusing on charity for people under privilege, blood donation and environmental friendly activities such as beach cleaning, rare tree planting such as Badung tree, cendana (sandal wood) and majegau, and releasing baby turtle to the sea. The activities commenced on
24June with purification ceremony (mecaru) at the hotel and hotel temple festival (pujawali) on 26 June 2010. Sport activities include futsal amongst the affiliated companies, namely Bali Niksoma, 5asec Professional Dry Cleaning and Mozzarella Restaurant, and badminton involving employees of the resort and the affiliated companies. On 28 August 2010 employees of Bali Niksoma representing all departments conducted cleaning blitz around Legian village area and ended-up at the beach in front of this beachfront boutique resort. The activity was then proceeded with a blood donation program where employees of Bali Niksoma donated their blood for the people in need through the Bali Red Cross organization.
More than 45 pockets of blood are donated of 350cc each. Meanwhile, the baby turtle release will be done on Friday morning, 10 September 2010 at the beach in front of Bali Niksoma. There are 70 of baby turtles will be released to coincide with the 7th anniversary of this stylish and chic tropical beachfront boutique resort. “These activities are reflecting the implementation of Tri Hita Karana at Bali Niksoma; the three balancing substances that contribute to the harmony relations in our life. They are the harmony relation amongst mankind, between mankind and the environment and between mankind and the Almighty God”, explained by Nyoman Astama, resident manager of Bali Niksoma.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The New Sous Chef of Aston IBP
KUTA – Aston at Grand Kuta Hotel and Residence introduce its new team member, Harto Wijaya, who will create and deliver our selections of delectable dishes to our guest. He will oversee restaurant, lobby lounge, pool bar, in room dining, spa food and meeting services. Known for his creativity in the kitchen, Harto Wijaya joined the hotel in early of August 2010 as a Sous Chef. He has been cooking professionally for over 13 years and holds various qualifications, making him an excellent addition to the team. He started his career as a Cook at KJ club Restaurant and Café Surabaya and moved to Bali to continue his career at Seafood Laguna Ramayana Hotel, Bali Beach Golf Course, Gabah Restaurant Ramayana Hotel, Executive Chef in Adhijaya Hotel and as a Chef at SILQ Villa prior joining Aston At Grand Kuta. His love of culinary makes him
never stop being creative and exploring the art of food. Harto Wijaya will continue to share his culinary knowledge and enrich the Aston at Grand Kuta Hotel and Residence various dishes.
Temple Ceremony Calendar of Event (Sep 3- 23 2010) 4 h – “Tumpek Wayang”, day devoted to “Sanghyang Iswara”, the lord of puppeteers, when blessing ceremony is given to shadow – puppet play sets for proper function and magical power. Temple Festival at: - Pr.aspahit, Jembrana. - Pr. Panti Gelgel, Ds. Pangembungan, Sesetan, Badung. - Pedharman Dalem Sri Aji Kresna Kepakisan, Besakih. - Pedharman Dalem Sukawati, Besaih. - Pedharman Kaba-Kaba , Besakih. - Pedharman Dalem Bakas, Besakih. - Pr. Pedharman Mengwi, Besakih. - Pr. Penataran Giri Purwa, Ds. Kutarejo, Tegal Dalimo, Banyuwangi. 5th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Maospahit, Ds. Gerenceng Denpasar. 8th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Ulun Kulkul, Besakih. - Pr. Melanting, Ds. Camenggaon, Sukawati. - Pr. Penataran Agung, Teluk Padang, Karangasem. - Pr. Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Pangembungan, Bongkasa, abiansemal. - Pr. Pasek Bandesa, Ds. Riyang Gede, Penebel Tabanan. - Pr. Pasek Banjar Jawa, Buleleng. - Pr. Gaduhan Jagat, Ds. Singakerta, Ubud. - Pr. Masceti Tengah, Ds. Mancawarna, Tampaksiring. - Pr. Penataran Batulepang, Ds. Kamasan, Klungkung. - Pr. Paibon Pasek Gobleg, Ds. Kedonganan, Kuta - Pr. Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Songan, Batur,
Kintamani. - Pr. Pasanggerahan Agung, Ds. Bebandem, Karangasem. - Pr. Penataran Dalem Peed, Nusa Penida. - Mr.Pasek Perateka, Ds. Pekandelan, Sidemen, Karangasem. - Mr.Pasek Perateka Taman Sari, Sukasada. - Pr. Kawitan Jero Wenayu, Ds. Wenayu, Bedulu, Gianyar. - Pr. Jati, Ubud. - Pr. Gua, Besakih. 10th _ Temple Festival at: - Merajan Geriya Kebon – Tabanan. - Pr. Candi Gora, Ds. Tianyar, Karangasem. 14th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Puseh Jagat Dalem Dukut, Nusa Penida. - Pr. Dalem, Ds. Batuyang, Batubulan. - Pr. Pasek Magending, Kediri, Tabanan. - Pr. Pasek Undagi, Ds. Timpag, Kerambitan, Tabanan. - Pr. Desa + Pura Pucak, Br. Taman Bedulu, Gianyar. - Mr.Pasek Tangkas Kori Agung, Ds. Sulahan. - Mr.Pasek Padang Rata, Ds. Padang, Karangasem. - Pr. Telaga Sakti/Dalem Tarukan, Ds. Ambengan, Nusa Penida. - Pr. Dalem, Ds. Padangan, Pupuan, Tabanan. - Pr. Yogha, Br. Teba Jero, Kaba-Kaba, Kediri Tabanan. - Pr. Dalem Purwa, Br. Kawan, Bangli. 15th _ Temple Festival at: - Pr. Agung Pasek Gelgel, Ds. Sibang Kaja, abiansemal. - Pr. Dalem Samprangan, Gianyar. - Pr. Ds. Galiran, Bhakti Seraga, Buleleng.
Nunas tulung siki, Ajeg Bali, Suksme, Thousand of Residents Bringing God Penrajeg Besakih Gianyar (Bali Post) –
Thousands of Pura (Temple) Dalem Agung, Keramas Village, Blahbatuk Sub district, Gianyar on Sunday (29/8) yesterday followed a procession of bringing God Pengrajeg Besakih to Pura Dalem Agung. The procession is in preparation of several ceremonies which are Mamungkah, Mupuk Pedagingan (both to restore spiritual power of the temple), Ngenteg Linggih (ensure the stability of the spiritual power of the temple), Dirgayusa Gumi, Padudusan Agung and Ngusaba Dalem. The procession of bringing ida Pengrajeg and nuur Pakuluh in Besakih Temple held since 8 am wita. The procession goes on in Pura Penataran Besakih led by Priests from Geria Kumpul, Geria Ageng Keramas and Besakih Temple. The procession was also accompanied by sacred dances such as Rejang Desa and Baris Gede from children of Pura Dalem Agung Keramas. After that, thousands of the prayers came to welcome the God in the streets of Keramas Village. The Ceremony Manager, Ida Bagus Made Suarjana, mentioned the procession is one of the processes which peak will happen at 14th September 2010. For mapekelem to Gunung Agung and Batur Lake is at 5th September, Mekiis and mepekelem to the sea (6/9), mepada alit (small scale cleansing) (8/9), tawur agung procession and mapedanaan (9/9), Mepada agung (13/9). All the ceremonies will finish on 2nd October. This Pura Dalem is one of the pura Dalem Kahyangan Desa from four of them in this village. This Pura is lived by 800 Keramas Village residents, “They, men and women all come to bring God Pengrajeg.” The ceremony took the highest level as it’s been planned for a long time. Actually the last time it’s done has been 60 years ago. This ceremony, connecting to the renovation done to the temple, had a total fee of reaching IDR 1,8 Billion which was received from each prayers of the Pura as much as IDR 1 Million per family, donators and committee collecting fees. (kmb16)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
News Hong Kong police inspect Manila hostage bus AP
Guests prepare to take their seats prior to the start of the David Jones autumn winter 2010 fashion show
David Jones sex case widens AFP
SYDNEY (AFP) – Up to 16 women could take part in a 33 million US dollar sexual harassment case involving David Jones, Australia’s most exclusive department store, lawyers for the chief complainant said Monday. Publicist Kristy Fraser-Kirk is suing the top-end store and its former chief, Mark McInnes, over unwelcome advances which allegedly included placing his hand under her clothes and attempting to kiss her. The 27-year-old’s lawyers told the Federal Court that six more David Jones workers had come forward to support Fraser-Kirk’s claims and were expected to take part in the landmark suit, in addition to four already involved. Rachel Francois, Fraser-Kirk’s lawyer, said three other employees had also made complaints against other David Jones staff, while two former
staff of McInnes from another company had also come forward, making a total of 16. McInnes was not in court but he issued a statement shortly after the hearing insisting that he would strongly defend the new claims. “This is an intolerable position. These new allegations are unstated, unsourced and unsubstantiated,” said McInnes. “My lawyers have advised me that the correct place to respond is in the courtroom and I look forward to defending myself vigorously against these claims at the appropriate time.” Fraser-Kirk is seeking 37 million
Australian dollars (33 million US) in damages, making her case Australia’s largest ever sexual harassment claim. Francois said she wanted some matters in the case, including questions of morality and community standards, to be assessed by a jury. The hearing follows a weekend report that David Jones had offered Fraser-Kirk an out-of-court settlement. McInnes resigned in June after admitting behaving “in a manner unbecoming of a chief executive to a female staff member” at two functions earlier this year, but said last week he would vigorously contest FraserKirk’s allegations.
MANILA, Philippines – Hong Kong forensic experts on Monday inspected the bullet-peppered bus in which a hijacker killed eight tourists in Manila last week, as the Philippines worked to calm China’s outrage over the bloodshed. Anger has been rising in Hong Kong since the Aug. 23 carnage in which a disgruntled former Philippine police officer took the busload of tourists from the Chinese territory hostage in a bid to win his job back. Hong Kongers have blasted a failed rescue operation and botched negotiations that seemed to enrage the hostage taker, who was eventually killed by a police sharpshooter. Organizers said about 80,000 people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday, denouncing the Philippines and demanding justice for the dead. President Benigno Aquino III has ordered a thorough investigation into the crisis and the police response, and on Monday the Philippines allowed Hong Kong forensic experts to inspect the bus. “We want to appease them and show that we’re not hiding anything,” Philippine National Police spokesman Agrimero Cruz said. “This is a show of transparency.” Guided by Filipino investigators, the Hong Kong team used flashlights as they looked at the bloodied passenger compartment, taking pictures of bullet holes and shattered windows. Another checked the bus tires shot out by
police to prevent the hostage-taker from moving out of a police cordon. The Hong Kong investigators refused to talk to a throng of Chinese and Filipino journalists. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima met Hong Kong officials Monday to discuss the protocol for their investigation in Manila, while stressing that the Philippines still was in charge of the probe. Philippine investigators plan to question Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, who helped oversee the hostage negotiations, as well as journalists who interviewed hostagetaker Rolando Mendoza by phone during the drama, de Lima said. They may also travel to Hong Kong to talk to survivors of the nearly 12-hour standoff. The investigation will take two to three weeks to complete, and until then those involved will not be allowed to comment publicly, de Lima said. Still it is unclear if that will be enough to stem the anger in Hong Kong, which has discouraged its residents from traveling to the Philippines. About 140,000 Hong Kong tourists visit the Philippines yearly and hundreds have canceled planned trips. Concerns have also been raised about a possible backlash on the more than 100,000 Filipinos working in the territory, mostly as maids. Also Monday, Filipino anticrime activists placed flowers at the site of the carnage in a Manila park. One carried a wooden cross bearing the names of the slain hostages.
2 Russian pilots kidnapped in Darfur AP
KHARTOUM, Sudan – Gunmen in Darfur kidnapped two Russian pilots working for a company transporting food for international peacekeepers, Sudanese media reported Monday. Sudanese military spokesman Sawarmy Khaled said the pilots were kidnapped on Sunday in Nyala, the provincial capital of South Darfur province, and the army had surrounded the neighborhood where
they are believed to be held. The kidnapping comes just a month after another Russian helicopter pilot was abducted by janjaweed militiamen in Darfur after his helicpter was forced to land. The pilot, who also worked for the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeepers, was eventually recovered. In its account of Sunday’s kidnapping, the Sudanese daily al-Sahafa said three pilots were kidnapped as they left the Nyala airport heading for downtown.
Darfur has been in turmoil since February 2003, when ethnic African rebels took up arms against the Arabdominated Sudanese government in Khartoum, claiming discrimination and neglect. Khartoum is accused of retaliating by arming local nomadic Arab tribes and unleashing militias known as the janjaweed on civilian populations — a charge the government denies. The U.N. estimates 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced by the conflict.
Members of the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team take their position as a body lies on the steps of the bus during the assault on a bus with tourists being held hostage at Quirino Grandstand in Manila August 23, 2010.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thousands flee as Indonesian volcano erupts Agence France-Presse
KABANJAHE - An Indonesian volcano spewed a vast cloud of smoke and ash high into the air on Monday, disrupting flights and sending thousands more people into temporary shelters, officials said. Airlines were warned to avoid remote Mount Sinabung in northern Sumatra as it erupted for a second day after springing to life for the first time in four centuries. “It erupted again at 6:30 am (2330 GMT) and lasted about 15 minutes. The smoke and ash reached at least 2,000 metres (6,600 feet),” government volcanologist Agus Budianto said. The eruption was bigger than Sunday’s when 2,460-metre (8,100foot) Sinabung rumbled into action for the first time since 1600, adding its name to the list of 69 active volcanoes in the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago. Another 3,000 people arrived at temporary shelters on Monday, bringing the total in government care to 21,000, disaster management official Andes Mbaga said. Sixteen shelters have been set up to accommodate people who evacuated their villages as ash and stones fell around the fertile farming area early Sunday. Witnesses said a strong smell of sulphur filled the air and many people fled their homes on foot before receiving the order to evacuate. Authorities have ordered everyone within a sixkilometre (3.7-mile) “danger zone” to leave. Marsita Sembiring, a vegetable farmer, said she fled Sukanalu village
— which is about four kilometres from the volcano — with her husband and four children on Sunday. They spent the day at a shelter in the town of Kabanjahe, 20 kilometres from Sinabung, but returned to the village for the night to protect their home from looters. “We were in the shelter yesterday but came back late in the afternoon to our village because we were afraid that somebody would steal our belongings,” she said. “It also rained last night and we were sure that the volcano would become calmer, so we decided to stay overnight in our house.” But fresh eruptions Monday convinced her to take her family to safety again, she said. “This morning it erupted again. We panicked as the smoke was rising very high. I’m so worried that the smoke is poisonous,” the 41-year-old woman said. Aircraft were ordered to avoid the area and travellers to North Sumatra province were warned of possible delays, transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said. “It may affect flight traffic to and from the province. It all depends on the direction of the wind,” he told AFP. Several domestic flights had to be can-
Singapore investors invited to Biak Antara
BIAK - Investors from Singapore are invited to invest in the fisheries and tourism sectors in Biak Numfor district, Papua Province. The invitation was conveyed by Biak Numfor District Head Yusuf Melianus to visiting Singaporean ambassador to Indonesia, Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, at a bilateral meeting here on Monday. After the meeting, Ashok Kumar said he was still exploring cooperation possibilities with Biak Numfor district in the field of fisheries, agriculture, and tourism. “I will find out which business is promising before telling the investors in my country where to invest,” the Singaporean envoy said about his meeting with Yusuf Melianus. Concerning the fishery sector offered to Singapore’s investors, Ashok Kumar said the offer was attractive because Singapore had no fisheries and agriculture sectors. He admitted that his short visit to Biak was to meet with the dis-
trict head, in addition to inspecting a satellite, operated at the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) complex as part of a cooperation program with India. “In general, our visit to Biak is to obtain first hand information about investment cooperation opportunities in the fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors,” said the Singaporean envoy. Ashok Kumar and his entourage arrived at Frans Kaisiepo airport here on Monday morning for a one-day working visit. He then had a bilateral meeting with Yusuf Melianus at the latter’s office on Majapahit street, and on Monday evening Yusuf would host a dinner for Ashok Kumar. After the meeting, the Singaporean envoy took a few moments of his time to visit a Japanese cave, Paray Monument, and Air Force National Air Defense (Hanundas) radar site at Oridek in Tanjung Barari. On Tuesday morning Ashok Kumar and his entourage will leave Biak for Papua’s provincial city of Jayapora for a similar purpose.
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Indonesian residents wearing masks evacuate a village in the town of Tanah Karo in North Sumatra as Mount Sinabung erupts for a second straight day on August 30, 2010. Airlines were warned to avoid remote Mount Sinabung in northern Sumatra as the volcano spewed a vast cloud of smoke and ash high into the air for a second day after springing to life for the first time in four centuries on August 29.
celled on Sunday due to the smoke, he said. Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity. It has more active volcanoes than any other country. Television footage showed black smoke shooting up into the sky and lava overflowing from the crater as residents
fled the area in pickup trucks and cars. Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono said many residents in four affected villages fled on foot. “Many had left their homes even before they were evacuated. They said the volcano was spewing thick black smoke, small stones and sulphur,” Kardono said on Sunday.
“There’s little data on Mount Sinabung. The eruption took the experts by surprise. We don’t know when it might erupt again so, it’s best for people to stay away until the experts can determine when it’s safe to go home.” Earlier this month four people went missing after the 1,784-metre Mount Karangetang erupted on the island of Siau, North Sulawesi province.
Malaysia deports hundreds of Indonesian workers Antara
SAMARINDA - Malaysia has deported at least 144 Indonesian migrant workers amid the two countries’ soured relationship in the aftermath of the 13 August incident. Chief of Nunukan district’s port security Adjunct Commissioner Benny Catur Waluyo said here over the weekend that the deported migrant workers had arrived in the East Kalimantan port of Tunon Taka on August 26. Among the deportees were 26 women and four children, he said adding that the deportation had nothing to do with the two countries’ strained relationship. “They were deported because they had no legal working documents and passports. This is only a routine deportation,” he said. Indonesia and Malaysia’s bilateral ties are currently in a difficult situation after a Malaysian police boat trespassed on Indonesian waters on August 13. The Malaysian police had even arrested and kidnapped three Indonesian officers who were escorting some fishing boats belonging to
seven Malaysian fishermen who were caught red handed while poaching in Tanjung Berakit waters, Riau Islands Province. Malaysia is one of the main destinations of Indonesian job seekers. In the neighboring country, more than a million Indonesians are working in such sectors as construction projects and plantations. The Indonesian workers in Malaysia are not always treated humanely. Instead, some have reportedly been treated badly, not paid, and even become victims of human trafficking. The Indonesian Migrant Workers Union (SBMI) - East Java chapter, reported recently 18,641 Indonesians had become victims of human trafficking last year. “Almost every day, our migrant workers have become victim of human traffickers due to the East Java provincial government’s weak monitoring,” SBMI-East Java chapter’s Chairman Mohammad Cholily said. East Java was noted as the biggest sender of migrant workers to other countries, including Malaysia. More than 18 thousands of those
workers became victim of human traffickers as a result of the workers’ poor knowledge about overseas job placement procedures. The victims of this human trafficking ring were usually equipped with fake documents so that the SBMI activists got difficulties in handling their cases, he said. In July, a human trafficking case with five Balinese students as the victims had been disclosed to the public. Before their return to Bali on Monday, the girls were forced to work at an electric company in the Malaysian city of Penang since their arrival in April with low wages. According to the Indonesian Embassy’s Labor Attache Agus Trianto, the students were indeed victims of human trafficking activities. They arrived in Malaysia last April under a working contract between their school and a local employment recruiting official, named Samuel. They were promised internship at five-star hotels. Instead of being placed at the promised five-star hotels, they were brought to Penang from Kuala Lumpur to be employed at an electronic factory there, he said.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Bali Today Legian Kuta road to adopt Frankfurt Square Antara
DENPASAR - Kuta area in Bali will be developed along with the development of tourism in the island. The 1.5 kilometers of Legian road will be developed similar to the roads in Frankfurt Square, Germany. I Wayan Puspanegara, the member of Badung House of Representative, said “the road will be arranged starting from the crossroad of Melasti and Legian to the south until the Bemo Corners.” The arrangements will include drainage improvement on the sides of the road, and the installment of underground utility pipe for phone lines, fiber optic, and electrical lines.
“With the new development, there is great hope that the area will become a comfortable place for pedestrian, especially for tourists,” he added. The government uses the road on Frankfurt Square as a model. The road will use the best road material which is the combination of granite and natural stones, and also will added with beautiful road lamps and
garden benches. Puspanegara also said that the road on ground zero or the bomb explosion site will also replace with the new one. In order to avoid traffic jam, the project will be done after the Denpasar Sewerage Development Project (DSDP) program finish. “We don’t want to destroy the beautiful face of Kuta,” he said.
From Silayukti Temple to reassure the world Silayukti Temple situated at Padangbai Village, Manggis, Karangasem, is categorized into kahyangan jagat or universal temple. This temple is dedicated for a place of worship to all Hindu devotees in Bali and outside Bali. According to the book/proposal issued by the restoration committee of the temple, the temple nestled on the hilltop in the north of Padangbai Harbor serves as a sanctum for the worship of Ida Sang Hyang Widhi or Supreme God in His manifestation as Sang Hyang Jagat Karana becoming the source of reassuring the world. Based on purana or existing lontar manuscript, it is from this location Mpu Kuturan invoked instruction on how to realize the social life of Balinese society to become peaceful and prosperous through his yoga since his arrival in Bali. Previously, Balinese people encountered depression, among others, caused by differences of view and interpretation of the faith diversity. King of Bali Udayana W a r m a d e w a - S r i Gunapriyadarmapattni designated Mpu Kuturan to re-organize the Balinese socio-religious life. From this point, the Balinese was unified and its tranquility was re-organized into an autonomous village administrative system known as Desa Pakraman based on three-pillared harmonic concept, namely Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (God), humans and the earth (environment). It was emphasized that relationship of the three should be harmonious. Harmony would happen if men as perpetrators and executors
could maintain the six sources of welfare called sad kertih. They comprised atma kertih (soul), wana kertih (forest), danu kertih (lake), segara kertih (sea), jagat kertih (universe) and jana kertih (human). It was the implementation of the three causes of harmony, namely the Tri Hita Karana concept. The question, could we still have maintained the sad kertih rigidly and correctly based on clear concepts (silayukti)? Concept of Mpu Kuturan remained relevant to the present time in Bali and even possibly throughout the ages. Nowadays, Bali ha been known throughout the world. Among others, it is caused by good architecture, social organization and environment based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana.
The concept on Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in the Hindu teaching, according the book of restoration committee, has single existence. Vedic scripture calls it Brahman or Tat or Sat standing for the essence. One of the Vedic slokas or couplet of Sanskrit verse mentions Indram mitram varunam vadantyagnim ahur atho divyah sasupamo garutman, ekam sad vipra bahudha yaman vadantyagnim yaman matarsvanam ahuh ekam evaadvutyam Brahman. It means that the wise calls Indra, Mitra, Varuna and he lit the Aghni garutman with a beautiful wing. There is only one God but wise men call him by many elegant names such as Aghni, Yama and Matariswam. He is the only God and second to none. (BP)
Bali continues eliminating stray dog amid protest Antara
DENPASAR - The Bali provincial administration kept on killing stray dog despite international protests, spokesman for the administration I Ketut Teneng said Teneng added that the decision to maintain the stray dog elimination policy was aimed at preventing the spread of rabies spread by these dogs. Apart from killing the dogs, he argued, the Bali authorities had also vaccinated pet dogs. Up till now some 977,461 stray dogs had been killed, and 348,069 dogs vaccinated. Cases of dog bite in Bali since the rabies outbreak had reached 25,531 in 2008. The number of dog bite cases had raised demand for anti-rabies vaccines. Up till now, Bali province had spent 23,031 vials of the vaccines, and still has 15,582 more available ready for use.
Teneng said the Bali administration’s action in dealing with stray dogs may eliminate rabies there in 2012. The Bali provincial administration has allocated Rp16.07 billion from its own budget for rabies eradication this year. The funds are channeled through the regional animal husbandry and animal health offices, and other activities. Of the total of Rp16.07 billion, Rp3.38 billion would be used for operational activities, health care and prevention of infectious diseases. Despite mass dog culls aimed at preventing rabies outbreaks threatening the tourist industry in Bali, the incidence of canine disease on the resort island has continuously increased. Since August 2009, the number of districts affected by the potentially fatal disease had more than tripled after first appearing in two districts in November last year.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Balinese Culture Candung leaf with peanut:
Exploring the past green delight
A simple thesaurus with huge benefits People reading Balinese manuscripts known as lontar occasionally find slight difficulties especially in the matter of lexicons. This happens because the manuscripts often use synonyms and they do not belong to common words. Nevertheless, such difficulty may not become a hindrance to learn the ancient heritages being rich in knowledge. There is always a solution to resolve the problem. As other languages, Balinese language also has thesaurus known as Dasa Nama. One of the books carrying about it is a simple 67page book written by I Made Gambar who deeply involves in Balinese ancient manuscripts. Based on lexicons obtained from several lontars he successfully classified the field into six categories such as name of birds, name of trees, things or animals, homograph, Old Javanese and ingredients of ritual. As a matter of fact, the book resembles to a thesaurus, though not arranged alphabetically. It is a BalineseBalinese word equivalence that does not give the meaning with explanation. Uniquely, it tends to provide equivalent meaning belonging to uncommon vocabularies usually found in vernacular language. For readers who would like to learn more about Balinese herbal, this thesaurus will be very helpful. In addition, it can enrich the Balinese vocabulary. For instance, in Balinese herbal manuscript, there is a word lenge (red rice). It is not common to daily Balinese language that usually uses baas barak. Secondly, equivalences of hibiscus (pucuk—common word) are wirakusuma, landa para, sumara, jakusuma, tundapala, raktajuma, warangbang, waribang, wangewarih
and jaya kesuma. Other than thesaurus, it also carries homograph. For example, the word antara can have English equivalence to the words (1) leak, (2) good, (3) smart, (4) sky, (5) soul, and (6) intermediate. The word antara is often found used as word formation in making Balinese individual names like Budiantara and Sujaantara. Hopefully, this book could help young generation or whoever wishing to learn more about Balinese ancient manuscripts. They actually cover many aspects of life ranging from herbal healing (Taru Pramana, Rukmini Tattwa etc.), architecture (Asta Kosala Kosali), agriculture (Shri Tattwa/Darmaning Pemaculan), astrology (Wariga
Dewasa), afterlife (Atma Prasangsa), medical code of ethic (Usada Kalimosada) and many more. As the treasure of indigenous wisdom, the lontar manuscripts have provided rich inspirations to spa treatment especially in terms of boreh ingredients, Balinese massage as well as elegant design to villa and hotel properties. By learning more ancient manuscripts, it will be obtained more and more inspirations and if combined with modern science and technique will engender unique and elegant products. Last but not least, let’s preserve and learn them. Do not let them be obsolete in keeping with the times without an opportunity to learn them! (BTN/punia)
In countryside life, many vegetables grow at the surroundings. Some are cultivated, while some others grow wildly. At a glance, life looks easier as many ingredients can be obtained without necessity to spend money. For instance, candung or bijou taro is a species of taro ordinarily growing wet land and uncultivated. Size of its leaf is small and has purple stalk. Its leaf can be made into vegetable serving added with peanut and winged bean (kecipir). This one is a past treasure of Balinese food rarely known by current generation.
Ingredients: 1 handful candung leaf, 100gr peanut and 3 pieces of winged bean (cut short crosswise) Spices: 6 cloves shallot, 3 cloves garlic, 1 small chili, 2 candlenut, 1 slice ginger, 1 slice turmeric, 1 slice aromatic ginger, 1 stalk lemongrass (finely sliced), Others: 1 tsp water of tamarind paste, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp grated coconut, 1000ml water Method: · Cleanse the candung leaf and drain well. · All spices are ground finely. Then, boil the water and put the whole candung leaf into the water along with peanut and winged bean. Wait until they are half- done. · Add the ground spices, salt and water of tamarind paste and stir it constantly. Wait until the candung leaf turning tender and the peanut cooked. · Take out and serve while it stays warm. (BTN/ punia)
(Spice Paste For Vegetables)
INGREDIENTS: 175 gr shallots, peeled and chopped 150 gr cloves garlic, peeled & chopped 450 gr laos, peeled and thinly sliced 4 tsp coriander seeds 175 gr fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced 250 gr large red chilies, seeded & chopped 40 gr bird’s-eye chilies 100 gr kencur roots, peeled and chopped 5 tsp dried shrimp paste 150 ml Coconut oil 1 tsp salt 1¼ tsp black pepper ground 4 ea salam leaf, whole 3 ea stalk lemon grass, bruised
PREPARATION: 1. Combine all ingredients except salam leafs and Lemon grass, salt and water in food processor and grind coarsely. 2. Place ground ingredients in heavy saucepan, add remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat for approximately 60 minutes or until water is evaporated and marinade changes to golden color. (www.baliguide.com/balifood) C.045 ibp
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Gitgit Waterfall is a beautiful tourist destination in north part of Bali. Gitgit waterfall is located in the plateau area with the height about 35 meters and it is surrounded by tropical tree and emits the constantly natural water debit during the year. Waterfall voice around the charming nature was amazing and it was the separate attraction which can be enjoyed by each visitor who comes to visit. There are some plantations protecting the rain forest around the waterfall and in this place we often met the wild monkey to get the water from this waterfall. Gitgit Waterfall is one of the famous tourist destinations in Bali which is located in Gitgit countryside, Sukasada sub district and about 10 Km from Singaraja Town or about 70 Km from Denpasar. It is set at height land about 300 meters above sea level. Beside of Gitgit, there is another important spot point like the monument for hero struggle of Singaraja resident who dead on the battle against the Dutch colonialist. This monument is called Bhuwana Pangkung Bangka. This Monument is extant monument and idol of people struggle action against the Dutch colonization. This monument is located in Gitgit countryside and Sukasada sub district and about 17 Km from Singaraja Town . It is situated on the hill bank. The facilities are available at Gitgit Waterfall is consisted of the parking area, restaurant and art shop. It is not far from the waterfall place, there is a place for taking a rest while enjoy the beauty panorama of rice terrace and Buleleng Beach. In order to visit the Gitgit waterfall, all visitors will follow the walkway down until the spot point. This road is one of the omissions in Dutch era where the local resident uses it to access other regions. On 1975, this waterfall is opened as tourist destinations in north part of Bali . Since it is appointed as a tourist destination in Bali, many tourists from domestic and foreign countries visits this waterfall and Bali Singaraja Lovina Tour is one of the famous tours in Bali visit this place.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
BUSINESS Obama wants to ‘keep pushing’ on economy Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Sunday he wants to “keep on pushing” the economy to keep a fragile recovery on track but also pay more attention to getting debt and deficits under control. In an interview with NBC News, Obama said the sluggish economy combined with heavy debt will force “some very tough decisions” for his administration. “We’re going to be have to do two things at once. We’ve got to keep on pushing to grow the economy. But we’ve also on the medium term and the long term have to get control of our deficit,” Obama said. “And it would be ideal where we didn’t have to worry about one and could just focus on the other. But, you know, this generation, it’s fallen
on our shoulders to make some very tough decisions.” His comments came days after official figures showed US economic growth slowed to a pace of 1.6 percent in the second quarter, suggesting the recovery was sputtering. “We anticipated that the recovery was slowing,” Obama said. “The economy is still growing, but it’s not growing as fast as it needs to. I’ve got things right now in — before Congress that we should move immediately... We should be passing legislation that helps small businesses get credit that eliminates capital gains taxes so that they have more incentive to invest right now.” The president said there are “a whole host of measures we could take, no single element of which is a magic bullet but cumulatively can start continuing to build momentum for the recovery.”
Singapore ramps up measures to cool property market Agence France-Presse
SINGAPORE - Singapore on Monday announced fresh anti-speculation measures to cool its private property market as the city-state’s doubledigit economic growth keeps upward pressure on demand. Owners who sell houses and apartments less than three years after buying them will have to pay a duty of three percent of the resale value — a measure previously applicable to transactions within one year of the purchase. For buyers with at least one outstanding loan, the minimum cash down payment was raised from five to 10 percent of valuation, while the maximum amount a bank can lend was capped at 70 percent, down from 80 percent. The balance of the purchase price can be taken from pension savings. The measures, which take immediate effect, are designed to discourage “flipping” — buying properties on easy credit with low cash down payments, and then reselling them quickly for profit. They were announced as a traditional lull in the property market in August was about to come to an end. “The government’s objective is to ensure a stable and sustainable property market where prices move in line with economic fundamentals,” said a joint statement from the central bank and ministries of finance and national development. Properties in land-scarce Singapore are now among the most expensive in Asia, boosted in large part by the building of two massive casino complexes
that opened this year. A typical three-bedroom suburban apartment of around 100 square metres (1,076 square feet) that will be ready for occupancy in only two or three years now costs at least a million US dollars. Latest available government data showed property prices rose 5.3 percent quarter-on-quarter in the AprilJune period, albeit slower than the 5.6 percent jump in the March quarter. Even during the recession last year, private property prices rose 1.8 percent despite government measures to dampen the market. Analysts expect the property market to stay strong in light of the economy’s projected expansion of 13-15 percent for 2010, which would make Singapore the world’s fastest growing major economy this year. The credit environment, with lending rates on home loans below one percent in some cases, is another factor boosting buyer sentiment. The government said the latest announcement was necessary to avert a potential property meltdown should the global economic recovery stall, which would have an impact on Singapore’s trade-dependent economy. If growth falters and the market corrects, “Property buyers could face capital losses, with implications on their own finances and the economy as a whole,” the government said. Chua Yang Liang, head of regional research with Jones Lang LaSalle, expects property prices to rise two to three percent on a quarterly basis with the introduction of the new measures.
A businessman walks in front of the Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo on August 30, 2010.
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Japan announces 920 billion yen stimulus package Agence France-Presse
TOKYO - Japan on Monday announced plans for a stimulus package worth around 920 billion yen (11 billion dollars) as it looks to safeguard a fragile recovery and curb the impact of a strong yen. The package will be financed by reserve funds, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said, but he added that the government would consider compiling an additional budget if necessary. “We decided on the basic plan (of the stimulus) comprising employment, investment, education” and regulatory reform, Kan said. The package would be given final approval on September 10, he said, before being implemented later that month. The announcement followed the Bank of Japan’s move on Monday to extend a multi-billion-dollar loan programme in a bid to curb the strength of the yen, but the currency moved higher, with markets unimpressed. The decision came after an emergency meeting called in response to strong pressure from officials to curb the yen’s rise and support an economy mired in deflation, after the unit hit a 15-year high against the dollar last week. Fears for the health of the global economy have increased in recent weeks, and US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke on Friday vowed to act if “unexpected developments” further threaten the shaky US recovery. BoJ governor Masaaki Shirakawa returned to Tokyo on Sunday after cutting short a trip to the United States by
one day for the hastily convened gathering. In its second loan expansion since March, the bank said it would offer 10 trillion yen (118 billion dollars) in sixmonth low interest loans in addition to 20 trillion yen from December’s threemonth loan scheme. Domestic financial institutions will therefore be able to borrow a total of 30 trillion yen from the central bank for maximum of six months against pooled collateral, at the rate of 0.1 percent. The move would help lower interest rates in the market place with a view to easing the yen’s strength, said the bank, which left its key rate unchanged at 0.1 percent. With the government due to outline a new stimulus package on Tuesday, “the bank believes that the monetary easing measure, together with the government’s efforts, will be effective in further ensuring Japan’s economic recovery.” However, markets took a dim view of the widely expected steps, with the yen strengthening to below 85 against the dollar and the Nikkei index paring back earlier three percent gains to close up 1.76 percent. The economic impact of the decision will be “close to zero,” Macquarie Bank economist Richard Jerram told
Dow Jones Newswires. “It’s largely a charade.” “Investors had completely factored in the announced steps”, said RuiXue Xu, rates strategist at RBS Securities Japan. Shirakawa said that Monday’s emergency meeting was held because “weak US economic indicators have continued, which led to the yen’s strength and falls in share prices.” However, analysts say the BoJ, which has kept rates at 0.1 percent since the height of the financial crisis, has little room for manoeuvre. Japan has long relied on its export sector for economic growth, but the strong yen poses a threat to the overseas profits. The country remains under pressure to safeguard its fragile recovery, with weak gross domestic product growth of an annualised 0.4 percent in the second quarter pointing to a slowdown. And dreary consumer price data Friday cast a darker shadow over the government’s goal of ending deflation in the fiscal year starting April 2011. Core consumer prices eased 1.1 percent in July, the 17th consecutive monthly fall. Persistent deflation prompts consumers to defer purchases in the hope of further price falls and deters corporate capital spending.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
‘Last Exorcism’ comes first at North American box office Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES - New release “The Last Exorcism,” a gruesome documentary-style horror movie, beat out competitors for the North American box office top spot this weekend, preliminary figures showed Sunday. The movie, directed by Daniel Stamm and coproduced by Eli Roth, a director known for his bloody thrillers, follows a disillusioned minister supposedly filming his last exorcism for a documentary. The new release took 21.3 million dollars in its first weekend in US and Canadian theaters, according to preliminary figures from Exhibor Relations, beating out another newcomer “Takers.” The crime action, starring Hayden Christensen, singers Chris Brown and T.I., and Idris Elba, follows the exploits of a group of professional thieves who take on one last job. It took 21 million dollars in box office receipts over the weekend, pushing last week’s number one move, old school action flick “The Expendables” to the number three spot. “Expendables,” Sylvester Stallone’s film about a group of weathered mercenaries out to topple a South American dictator, earned 9.5 million dollars in its third week in theaters. Down one spot to number four was “Eat, Pray, Love,” Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel about a divorcee’s
jaunt to Italy, Indonesia and India, starring Julia Roberts. It earned seven million dollars in its third week of release. Staying put at number five was “The Other Guys,” the latest Will Ferrell slapstick comedy, about two mismatched police officers paired on a high-profile crime investigation. It earned an estimated 6.6 million dollars. Down four places to number six was “Vampires Suck,” a send-up of the “Twilight” series of heart throbmeets-horror films, which took 5.3 million dollars after debuting last week at the number two spot. After spending last week at ninth place, blockbuster “Inception” jumped back up two places to number seven, showing the movie’s staying power with audiences. The mindbending flick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as an expert infiltrator of people’s dreams, took 5.1 million dollars over the weekend to bring its seven week earnings to 270.7 million dollars. “Nanny McPhee Returns,” the sequel to a popular kid’s film starring British actress Emma Thompson in the title role, stayed put at number eight, earning 4.7 million dollars, while Jennifer Aniston’s latest romantic comedy “The Switch” slipped two spots to number nine with earnings of 4.65 million dollars. Rounding out the top 10 was summer horror spoof “Piranha 3D,” which slipped four places after debuting last week and took in 4.3 million dollars.
Cast members from the comedy “Mad Men” pose in the press room after the show won outstanding comedy series during the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Drama series ‘Mad Men’ wins at Emmy awards Agence France Presse
LOS ANGELES - The television series “Mad Men” won the best drama series award at the 62nd annual Emmy Awards late Sunday while “Modern Family” dethroned “30 Rock” as the best comedy show. “Mad Men,” which tells the story of an advertising agency in the 1960s, won the outstanding drama series award for the third year in a row. “Modern Family,” which makes fun of the everyday life of three American families, emerged as the top winner for outstanding comedy series. Television movie “Temple Grandin,” about a woman who triumphed over autism, also did well, boosting the standing of its producer, the Home Box Office cable television network. The movie swept three prizes: Claire Danes won for lead actress in a movie or miniseries; Julia Ormond won supporting actress; and David Strathairn won the supporting actor award. Hollywood’s glitterati were out in force Sunday to fete television’s finest performances, with
actress Edie Falco nabbing one of the first coveted statuettes of the evening. The evening at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater got underway with Falco, an alumna of the hit show “The Sopranos” winning away top acting honors for her starring turn in the show “Nurse Jackie,” a dark comedy in which she depicts a drugabusing hospital worker. “This is just the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in the history of this ceremony,” a flabbergasted Falco told the audience. “I’m not funny!” As the comedy “Modern Family” won the top prize in the genre, Ryan Murphy scooped an
Madonna rejects Malawian’s bid to see adopted girl: media Agence France Presse
CAPE TOWN - Pop superstar Madonna will not allow a man who claims to be the biological father of her adopted Malawian daughter to see the four-year-old, a South African newspaper reported on Sunday. James Kambewa, 26, who is working as a waiter in Durban, had hoped to meet Mercy whom the wealthy star adopted last year but Madonna’s spokeswoman Barbara Charone said the child’s father was not known. “The extended family members had no knowledge of a father. The village leadership had no knowledge of a father... the mother was raped and left,” the Sunday Times quoted Charone as saying. Mercy was controversially adopted from an orphanage by the 52-year-old pop star after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned a lower court that blocked the placement. She is Madonna’s sec-
ond adopted Malawian child. “There was a three-week window between the oral arguments (in court) and the decision, when the man could have made his claim. Again nothing,” said Charone. “Moreover, the Ministry of Gender has recommended that it would be in the child’s best interest not to engage with anyone claiming to be a parent or guardian.” The court listed Mercy’s biological father as unknown and said that she was born in January 2006 to a 14-year-old mother who died days after giving birth. Kambewa vowed last year to fight the adoption bid, saying media reports had alerted him to the child whom he thought had also died with her mother, with whom he said he had a relationship. The age of consent in Malawi is 14. He told the Sunday Times earlier this month that he was happy the star was looking after Mercy but hoped to meet her one day.
Emmy for directing “Glee,” another popular situation comedy show. “Glee,” which entered the award season with 19 nominations, picked up a total of only two statuettes. In addition to Murphy, Jane Lynch won for supporting actress for playing in the show a supercompetitive cheerleading coach. Producer Tom Hanks’ and Steven Spielberg’s epic World War II miniseries “The Pacific” got the prize for outstanding mini-series. The production made the HBO cable television network the most prominent in the event, with 101 nominations this year. The show covers the exploits of young American soldiers proudly defending their nation after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Kyra Sedgwick won her first Emmy, for actress in a drama series, playing a tough Los Angeles policewoman in TNT’s drama series “The Closer.”
In a combo of pictures taken on August 21, 2010 a man stands (L) next to a tiny black and white panel to have his picture taken and displayed including the animated image of a girl through an iPhone application at the famous spot of Kanichi and Omiya in Atami, southwest of Tokyo and the resulting image is showed (R) on the screen of an iPhone AFP PHOTO/Kazuhiro NOGI
Japan resort a hot spot for men with virtual girlfriends Agence France Presse
ATAMI, Japan - Long a favourite of lovers and honeymooners, a Japanese beach town with fading sparkle has found a new tourism niche in the wired age by drawing young men and their virtual girlfriends. One recent sweltering summer’s day, a tour bus from Tokyo pulled up at a sun-kissed beach at Atami, a Pacific coast resort southwest of the metropolis, and disgorged more than a dozen excited, iPhone-clutching young men. The determined youngsters, paying scant attention to the bikini-clad girls frolicking on the sand, instead headed straight for a bronze statue that depicts Kanichi and Omiya, a couple from an old love story set in Atami. The focus of the men’s attention — and of their smartphone cameras — was a tiny black and white square, a two-dimensional barcode that, thanks to “augmented reality” (AR) software, brought to life the object of their desire. “Look, it’s like I’m in a snapshot with her,” said Shu Watanabe, 23, as he showed off his iPhone display, featuring himself next to the image of a doe-eyed cartoon character named Rinko, a smiling high school girl. Rinko may only be digital, but try telling that to Watanabe or the legions of other fans of “Love Plus”, a dating sim or simulation game that is played on handheld Nintendo DS consoles and also boasts AR applications for iPhones. Its creators, Konami Digital Entertainment, have long thrilled young men obsessed
with high-tech, manga and anime, known as “otaku”, by letting them chase virtual girls in the alternative universe of their digital dreams. The hit videogame made headlines when a 27-year-old Japanese man known only as “Sal 9000” staged a tuxedo wedding late last year, which was watched by thousands online, with his favourite cartoon girl, Nene Anegasaki. But in the latest edition, game makers have gone a step further and teamed up with the very real city of Atami, an onsen or hot spring town 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the Japanese capital. They have selected 13 romantic locations which can be overlaid with images of Rinko or her teenage friends Manaka and Nene, who have all swapped their usual sailor-style school uniforms for casual summer wear. Local souvenir shops in the resort town have caught on and capitalised on the love-struck new clientele, selling Love Plus-themed souvenirs, from good-luck charms to steamed buns and fish sausages.
The local Ohnoya hotel even offers traditional rooms to the unusual couples, which feature two sets of futon beds and another barcode panel that allows the men to visualise their girlfriends in a flattering summer kimono. Love Plus, released only on the Japanese market, has become the country’s most popular dating game since its release last September, selling nearly 430,000 copies, according to research firm Enterbrain. The secret is that the dating game goes a step beyond the genre’s usual boy-meets-girl script and asks players to build long-term relationships. “In conventional love games, you went up stages to make a virtual girl fall in love with you, so that she would accept you as a boyfriend or express her love for you,” said Konami spokesman Kunio Ishihara. “But players of Love Plus are in a scenario where they are a high school boy who is already dating one of the virtual girls. The goal is to see how good you can be to her and to build a relationship.”
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
In Venice, traditional materials unite architectural worlds Agence France Presse
VENICE, Italy- Rwanda, a first-time presence at the Venice architectural Biennale, is shining the spotlight on the use of traditional techniques and materials in design and architecture. The strategy is seen as an essential way to safeguard traditional culture and national identity in the nation traumatized by the 1994 genocide. Rwanda’s modest exhibition at the Biennale opening Sunday shows how centuries-old weaving techniques and natural fibers can be used to create necklaces or shoes, how ash and cow dung can decorate modern walls and how alternatives to paper can be used in handmade books. “Today, before we throw away vegetable fibers we have to think again,” Josephie Malonza of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology told a seminar Saturday at Rwanda’s pavilion. The featured speaker at the seminar, prominent Burkina Faso architects Francis Kere, accused the North of “putting us under pressure by saying that what we have is primitive.” Africans have alternatives to air-conditioning, and mud is a material that is perfectly adapted to the African situation, he said. “There’s no insurance (against damage or destruction). People
just band together and in seven days they will rebuild” a mud structure ruined by rain, Kere said. While Rwanda wants to preserve natural building techniques, Czech architect Martin Rajnis wants to import them from poor countries, picking up ideas from travels to the “third and even the fourth world, among the native people untouched by civilization.” Rajnis has developed a vision dubbed Natural Architecture based on the natural world of indigenous peoples, plants and animals. He masterminded the Czech and Slovak pavilion, which draws the visitor in under a canopy of randomly arranged pine planks. Inside is an installation entirely in unfinished wood taking the visitor along walkways and past multilayered creations, some twisting into spirals, others formed into cones and domes inspired by natural forms. Claiming that “architecture is undergoing a crisis,” Rajnis says modern buildings “no longer satisfy people. It is necessary to start to create differently: instead of design and aesthetics to take inspiration from the deeper laws of nature.” Light years away from natural building materials is the acrylic meshwork fitted with microprocessors and sensors that the Biennale visitor will find at Canada’s pavilion.
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A visitor admires “Natural Architecture”, an exhibition at the Czech and Slovakian pavilion at the Biennale Giardini in Venice on August 27, 2010 during the opening of the 12th Architecture Biennale whose theme is “People Meet in Architecture”.
Child health at risk from non-prescription drugs: study Agence France Presse
LISBON – Many parents give their children too large or frequent doses of non-prescription medicines for fever, coughs and colds, putting their health at risk, according to an Australian study released Monday. “Many children are being put at
risk by parents? over-use of widelyavailable over the counter medicines for fever, coughs and colds,” concluded the study by University of Sydney researchers presented at a conference of the International Pharmaceutical Federation. “We were surprised and concerned to find that some people
Many parents give their children too large or frequent doses of nonprescription medicines for fever, coughs and colds, putting their health at risk, according to an Australian study released Monday.
thought that medicines must be safe because you can buy them without prescription”, said Rebekah Moles, who headed up the study of 97 parents and day care centre employees. “Taking all the scenarios together, 44 percent of participants would have given an incorrect dose, and only 64 percent were able to measure accurately the dose they intended to give”, said Moles. Only 14 percent managed the fever scenario correctly. The noted that 48 percent of calls in 2008 to the New South Wales Poi-
sons Information Centre, which receives all out of hours calls from around Australia, concerned accidental overdose in children, with 15 percent needing hospitalisation. Australia is unlikely to be a special case, the researchers said, and they believe that the inappropriate use of children’s medicines is widespread throughout the world. “It is vital that parents worldwide should understand the proper usage of medicines so that they do not continue to put their children’s health at risk,” said Moles.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Mourinho and Real flop in Mallorca stalemate Agence France Presse
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AC Milan’s Brazilian forward Pato (C) shoots and score his second goal during their Serie A football match AC Milan vs Lecce at San Siro Stadium, in Milan on August 29, 2010.
Mixed start for Serie A giants Milan and Juve Agence France Presse
ROME - It was a mixed bag on the opening weekend of the Serie A season for two of Italy’s giants as Juventus were shocked by Bari while AC Milan crushed Lecce 4-0. Coming into this season on the back of their worst ever campaign, Juventus have spent big in their bid to get back to the top of Serie A. Last season’s seventh-placed finish and missing out on the Champions League sent fear through Juve’s bosses, who responded by opening the chequebook. Nine new players, amongst them five Italy internationals, were testament to new coach Luigi Delneri’s intent and yet the team that was defeated 1-0 at Bari appeared to have made no progress since last season. Juve began with seven Italy internationals in their starting line-up but their modest opponents dominated from the off. Abdelkader Ghezzal had a oneon-one with Juve goalkeeper Marco Stoari as Juve’s static, flat defence failed to cope with the run from deep. Stoari saved but he could do nothing about Massimo Donati’s spectacular curler two minutes from the break. Bari came the closer to scoring after the restart with Donati again hitting an effort from distance
that this time went just the wrong side of the upright. It wasn’t just that Juve lost, their first opening day reverse in 28 years, but they were clearly second best, not that Delneri saw it that way. “We’re just starting the championship, we had some difficulties but we also created some good things,” he said. “We need to get Amauri and (Vincenzo) Iaquinta back, they’re players who give us more of a physical presence in attack. “But for sure we need to improve our play and our concentration. Their goal came from a quicklytaken free-kick and an experienced team can’t be surprised in this way.” It was quite another story for Milan who enjoyed a stroll against their promoted visitors. Pato opened the scoring on 16 minutes with a finely-taken cross shot and Thiago Silva prodded home a scramble in the box at a corner soon afterwards. Ronaldinho teed up Pato for the third before the half-hour mark,
the Brazilian youngster beating the offside trap, rounding Antonio Rosati and slotting into the empty net. Veteran Filippo Inzaghi’s last minute fourth was merely the icing on the cake. However, the pressure is now on for Milan, who completed a great weekend following the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Club president Silvio Berlusconi, the Italy Prime Minister, has told coach Massimiliano Allegri that he must win the title. “We’ve signed a great player and of course that means we’ve taken a big step forwards,” said Allegri. “It’s normal that now our aim is to win the scudetto, but it was before as well. It’s a good thing he’s arrived.” If there was a down side for Milan, though, it was that striker Marco Borriello, whose first team place is certain to be taken by Ibrahimovic, couldn’t hide his personal disappointment. “I’ll have to evaluate my future, I’m getting squeezed out and I’m in the prime of my career,” he said.
MADRID - Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid career began on a low note with a disappointing 0-0 draw at Real Mallorca that did little to suggest his team can dethrone current champions Barcelona. Portuguese coach Mourinho and his proven track record have Madrid fans excited about winning silverware after a two-year barren spell but his team failed to convince, lacking cohesion and creativity. Mourinho gave five players their Real debuts in his first match at the helm but they could not break down a resolute Mallorca side managed by Real old boy Michael Laudrup. Real scored 102 goals last season under Manuel Pellegrini but they could not muster one for Mourinho in his managerial bow, with Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain missing three good chances. “It is important to defend well and score when you are not at your best and we are far from our best,” explained Mourinho. “We defended well but didn’t score despite having five or six clear chances and that was decisive.” Madrid trail Barcelona, who crushed Racing Santander 3-0 on Sunday, by two points, putting more pressure on the first home match of the season against Osasuna when the Santiago Bernabeu will expect a more polished display. Spain World Cup star David Villa had a much more enjoyable debut than Mourinho, scoring a fine goal as Barcelona began their title defence with a resounding 3-0 win at Racing Santander. “He (Villa) is happy because he hadn’t scored at El Sardinero (Racing’s stadium) and really wanted to,” said goalkeeper Victor Valdes. “It is always good to start with three points and will help to calm us.” Former Inter coach Mourinho gave debuts to Argentine winger Angel di Maria — a 25 million-euro capture from Benfica — teenager Sergio Canales and veteran Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho. Up front Mourinho deployed Higuain as a lone striker with
Cristiano Ronaldo, di Maria and Canales offering support from midfield and down the flanks. Ronaldo, wearing the number seven shirt following the departure of Raul, almost broke the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark, firing a shot wide after a neat touch from di Maria. On 26 minutes Higuain, top scorer last season, appeared to be nudged off balance by Ruben Rocha when clean through on goal and the stumbling Argentine saw the chance go begging. Mallorca coach Laudrup was also enjoying his first game in charge but had to wait until the 40th minute before his team carved open a decent chance. A neat passing move ended in Uruguayan Gonzalo Castro drilling a shot wide of Iker Casillas’s goal. Victor headed over from close range to give Real a scare in the second half and after an hour Mourinho introduced Karim Benzema and German midfielder Mesut Ozil for his debut. Higuain was denied by Dudu Aouate shortly after with the Mallorca goalkeeper taking the ball off the Argentine’s toes. Mourinho introduced a fifth debutant when German international Sami Khedira came on 20 minutes from time in the final throw of the dice. Higuain was denied by Aoute again, however, and Mallorca held on to frustrate Mourinho. Barcelona were much more convincing, with summer signing Villa — a 40 millon-euro purchase from Valencia — heading in his first league goal in Barca’s colours. Argentine Lionel Messi had opened the scoring on three minutes with a neat chip for his 131st club goal to surpass Brazilian great Rivaldo in Barca’s goalscoring hall of fame. Andres Iniesta, scorer of Spain’s winning goal in the World Cup final, scored a sublime second with a side-footed volley before international team-mate Villa struck.
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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal shoots the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match against Mallorca at the Iberostar stadium in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Battling Aussies edged out by mighty Argentina Agence France Presse
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Tennis players, from left, Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters and Rafael Nadal participate in Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 in New York.
Federer, Clijsters, Venus spice first-day Open lineup Agence France Presse
NEW YORK - Defending women’s champion Kim Clijsters, 16-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and Venus Williams will provide the first-day fireworks when the US Open begins on Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Belgian second seed Clijsters, whose past two US Open appearances in 2005 and last year have resulted in her only Grand Slam crowns, will open against Hungary’s 104th-ranked Greta Arn. Federer begins his quest for a seventh consecutive US Open final and his sixth title in seven years on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts against Argentina’s 94th-rated Brian Dabul. The 29-year-old Swiss superstar lost to another Argentine foe, Juan Martin Del Potro, in last year’s US Open final, but Del Potro will not be defending his crown due to a wrist injury. Reigning Australian Open champion Federer has shrugged off critics who say he is past his prime since his run of 23 Grand Slam semi-finals in a row was stopped at the French Open quarter-finals by Robin Soderling, a fifth-seeded Swede who could play Federer in the US Open quarter-finals. “At times I took it as a compliment,” Federer said. “I was No. 2 in the world and winning one or two Slams a year and I was on the downslide. You can’t really take
it too seriously to be quite honest. “You can’t win 12 tournaments every season. That’s clear for me. I spoiled myself by playing so well. If it’s two or four or six it’s still a good season depending on how well you are feeling, how you are evolving as a player.” US third seed Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion with US Open titles in 2000 and 2001, will open against Italy’s 65th-ranked Roberta Vinci. Williams won their only prior match in this year’s third round at Miami. Williams’s younger sister, world number one Serena Williams, will not be competing due to a right foot injury that has required surgery. Serena won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles but has been nagged all year by injuries. While Serena Williams will not be on the court, the line judge she screamed at last year during a profanity-laced ti-
rade, Shino Tsurubuchi, will be back on the sidelines serving as a match official at this year’s US Open. In a semi-final against Clijsters, Serena Williams was called for a foot fault that sparked her to threateningly approach Tsurubuchi, who went to the umpire to report a code violation that saw Williams lose on a penalty point. Tsurubuchi will rotate between men’s and women’s matches as any other line judge at the year’s final Grand Slam event. The only former US Open men’s champions in this year’s field aside from Federer will both be in action Monday as well. Australian 32nd seed Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 winner, will face 107th-ranked Frenchman PaulHeri Mathieu while US ninth seed Andy Roddick, the 2003 champion, will meet France’s 78thranked Stephane Robert.
IZMIR – Battling Australia, who squeezed past Jordan in their world basketball championship opener, gave world number one Argentina a mighty fright on Sunday before being edged out 74-72. After an enthralling first three quarters, the two sides went point for point in the final period. Australia were ahead with 6min 30sec remaining but when Louis Scola (31 points) sunk two free throws with 8.8sec remaining it looked over for the Aussies. But Joseph Ingles (22 points) was on hand to knock in a missed three-pointer by Patrick Mills with 3.5sec remaining and Australia sensed they had a chance. Argentina failed to clear the ball, giving Australia one shot with 3.1sec on the clock. But it was not to be for Australia with the final shot from Adam Gibson going astray. “It has always been an honour to play against Argentina,” said Australia coach Brett Brown. “They are a well trained team like us. I am very disappointed to lose the game but I am pleased with the performance of my players.” Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez tipped Australia for a big future in the sport. “I believe that Australia will be the next Argentina. They are young and they have a very passionate coach. Except for the last five minutes, Australia played better than us.” In the same Group A, Germany created the upset of day when they held off Serbia in overtime. After cruising through their opening victory over Angola on Saturday, Serbia showed few signs of missing captain Nenad Krstic and Milos Teodosic, both currently suspended for their involvement in a brawl during a warm-up game against Greece. But Sunday was a different case as they found themselves facing a more worthy opponent in Germany.
Both teams held the lead for significant periods of the game with neither team able to gain significant ground over the other. In the end the only thing that could separate the two teams was a period of overtime with scores tied 69-69 at the fulltime buzzer. The game remained tight in overtime and it was only a missed layup in the final five seconds by Serbia that saw Germany prevail 82-81, with the jubilation all too clear on the players’ faces. In Group C action, China managed to secure their first victory of the tournament against Ivory Coast, winning 83-73. Yi Jianlian and Wang Shipeng combined for 51 points as Bob Donewald’s team scored timely baskets to end a number of big runs by Ivory Coast. “We were focused after an emotional loss yesterday (89-81 against Greece),” said Donewald. “This young team likes to fight and make their country proud. We are making progress.”Turkey also created something of a surprise result, beating Russia 65-56. The Russians, who had little problem in overcoming Puerto Rico on the opening night had little to challenge a powerful Turkish outfit who were able to build on a vocal home crowd. In Group D, France continued on from their upset win over champions Spain by easily overcoming Lebanon 86-59. Spain were also able to record their first victory, defeating New Zealand 101-84. Team USA continued their bid to return to world glory, with coach Mike Krzyzewski again giving his whole squad court time in their 99-77 victory over Slovenia. USA team member Kevin Love said that before the game they talked about how they “needed to pressure the guards and pack the paint. We did it well.” USA’s main threat in Pool B play, Brazil, also continued their winning ways, holding off Tunisia 80-65.
Australia’s David Andersen (l) vies with Argentina’s Luis Scola (R) during the preliminary round match between Argentina and Australia at the FIBA World Basketball Championships at Kadir Has arena in Kayseri on August 29, 2010.
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Tusday, August 31, 2010
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Pedrosa wins Indy MotoGP, Lorenzo in third Agence France Presse
INDIANAPOLIS - Dani Pedrosa seized the lead on the seventh lap and then fended off a fierce challenge to post his third MotoGP win of the season Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Spain’s Pedrosa covered the 28-lap, 118.048km circuit on his Honda in 47 minutes, 31.615 seconds while American Ben Spies, who began the race on the pole, finished second in 47:35.190. Pedrosa said he was pleased with his ride and the way he handled the hot temperatures on Sunday. “It was very, very warm out there. You know, you didn’t cool down in the 45 minutes you’re out there,” said Pedrosa. “The track was slippery, the bike always starts to be very greasy. So many crashes because of the bumps and the track temperature. “It was very important to be focused in every corner and make no mistake with the bumps, especially at the end when the tires are more damaged.” Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, who won the race here last year, had his worst finish of the year when he placed third. Lorenzo, well on his way to a world championship, finished over 12 seconds behind the winner in a bid for his eighth victory of the year. Tragedy struck during the first race of the day at the Indianapolis Speedway when 13-year-old racer Peter Lenz died after crashing and
being run over by another young competitor. Lorenzo saw Pedrosa gain some ground in the series. With six races remaining, Lorenzo has accumulated 251 points. Pedrosa is second at 183 and Italian Andrea Dovizioso is third with 126. Spies, starting on the pole for the first time in his rookie season, held the lead for six laps. Pedrosa completed an inside pass on the front straightaway of lap seven and slowly pulled away from the American. His biggest advantage was 5.622 seconds after the 19th lap. “We can’t complain,” said Spies. “We had a good start and led some laps. Didn’t set the world on fire, but we had a good pace. It just wasn’t fast enough.” Sunny skies and a temperature of 92 degrees Fahrenheit greeted the riders at the start of the race. On the opening lap, Dovizioso rode his Honda from fourth to second place with Nicky Hayden dropping to third. Pedrosa passed Hayden on the
next lap. Marco Melandri of Italy crashed on the third lap when Lorenzo, who had started second, slipped to fourth. Pedrosa passed Dovizioso for second in turn one of the fourth lap and from then on he and Spies battled for the lead. The Spaniard trailed Spies by .888 seconds after four laps, cut the difference on each of the next two laps before moving ahead. His lead after seven laps was .015 and steadily grew on 10 consecutive laps. He had the fastest lap of the race on lap at one minute, 40.896 seconds. “I must not be disappointed, but I’m not happy with my ride,” said Lorenzo, who had finished first or second in every race this year. “I didn’t feel so good with my physical condition. The third lap I was tired and I was not able to make the same pace as in practice.” Lorenzo also discussed the tough track conditions.
Hamilton ecstatic after Spa victory LEWIS Hamilton declared himself ‘ecstatic’ after taking a dominant Belgian Grand Prix win at SpaFrancorchamps.
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McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with his trophy after winning the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in SpaFrancorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia placed second, and Renault driver Robert Kubica of Poland finished third.
The McLaren driver won for the third time in 2010, moving himself into a four-point championship lead over Mark Webber, who finished second, after a dominant drive in changeable weather conditions. “I am so happy, so grateful to be in this position,” said Hamilton. “If you have things like that in a race like that it can be a lottery. “To come out on top, even facing a difficult situation - and one I was blessed to get away with, I am so happy, so ecstatic.” Hamilton said that he had feared the worst when he slid off the track at Rivage on slick tyres on lap 35, just after a second rain shower of the race had begun. Fortunately for him, he kept his car moving, just skimming the tyre wall on the edge of the gravel trap without doing his McLaren any damage. “The conditions were really tricky when it started to rain,” he added. “I was losing temperature in the tyres and not knowing how hard to push. I braked late and locked a wheel and went wide in Turn 8. “I made it all the way out to the wall and just clipped it with the edge of my wing. I was fortunate to get away with that, it was so slippery out there - there was nothing you could do, just tip-toe around. “Overall the team did a remarkable job this weekend, constantly pushing. In some places we were not as fast as these guys [Webber and Robert Kubica], but it’s great that when we are close we can maximise it. I am so happy to be up here.” Hamilton had hoped to finish the race behind the safety car, so as to preserve his lead during the latter stages. He said that the final few laps required a huge amount of concentration. “I was hoping the safety car would stay out longer. Fortunately though, it stopped raining and the track got better. “In the end I was nursing car home, bringing it home in one piece, and just concentrating on keeping small gap between myself and Mark. It’s good.”
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Dani Pedrosa, of Spain, celebrates with the trophy after winning the Indianapolis MotoGP motorcycle race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010.