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Bamboo points way to green construction in Indonesia's Bali ...

by Staff Writers
Sibang Kaja, Indonesia (AFP) June 10, 2012

Strong, light and cheaper than steel poles, bamboo is ubiquitous across Asia as scaffolding.

So much so that in recognition of the material's versatility, the Indonesian island of Bali has made it an emblem of sustainable construction, replacing buildings of concreteand steel with far greener alternatives.

An entire school, luxury villas and even a chocolate factory are the latest structures to rise from bamboo skeletons as the plant's green credentials and strength are hailed.

The factory, which opened last year and produces organic drinking chocolate and cocoa butter, is the latest in a string of buildings on the island, including homes and businesses, to be built ofbamboo.

Erected in the village of Sibang Kaja between the resort island's smoggy capital Denpasar and the forests of Ubud, the factory is the initiative of specialty food firm Big Tree Farms, which claims the 2,550-square-metre (27,500-square-foot) facilit…

LA ESPERANZA DE VENEZUELA: Esta sí es LA FOTO de la marcha al CNE ...

junio 10, 2012 1:13 pm

Si existe alguna duda del gentío multicolor que se lanzó a las calles de Caracas a acompañar a Henrique Capriles a inscribirse ante el Consejo Nacional Electoral, esta foto la disipa.

Foto: La Fuerza Jóven


Mango bites: A party for the king of fruits

TNN | Jun 11, 2012, 05.46AM IST

BANGALORE: Scrumptious, juicy, fleshy - the king of fruits made for a mouthful and a heartful for many a mango lover of the city. Sunday's Mango Party at Ranga Shankara was the 10th edition of the annual event.

The king was present in all its avatars , with the organizers having made it mandatory that every participating family had to come with a kg of the fruit.

baneshan, langara, rathnagiri, khudadad, rajgiri and sugar baby. Not to miss the popular badami and raspuri.

Mango Party is Ranga Shankara's way of celebrating summer. The theatre invites people every year to join the party by bringing in a kg of the fruit.

"Mango is a social fruit and Ranga Shankara believes that it is best savoured only when had in groups and with family. I used to eat 12 mangoes every day," said Arundhati Nag, founder of Ranga Shankara.

The fruit, in its various avatar, were dipped in a pool of water before making for th…

Spanish banks to get bailout. Spain left holding the bag. ...

Markets may not be impressed with Europe's latest rescue of Spanish banks, because the bailout will increase the liabilities of the Spanish government by up to €100 billion. 

By Kelly Evans, / June 10, 2012

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a press conference at the Moncloa Palace, in Madrid, Sunday, June 10, 2012. Spain became the fourth and largest country to ask Europe to rescue its failing banks, a bailout of up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) that increases the liabilities of Spain itself.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

Picasso once described art as “a lie that makes us realize truth.” The same might be said about the art of European policy-making at the moment.

European officials shouldn’t be surprised if their latest unveiling—a rescue plan for Spain’s troubled banks—fails yet again to impress markets or resolve the continent’s crisis. After all, whatever the package of up to €100 billion in loans might do to calm fears about Spain’s banks for the time…

Peru, Bolivia and Chile: Old border disputes die hard and keep gas exports on hold ...

APRIL 10, 2009

Peru’s maritime border dispute with Chile, which is being decided by the International Court of Justice at The Hague, has sparked a war of words between Bolivia and Peru and exposed how geopolitical disputes dating back to a late-19th century war can disrupt energy investments and even force governments to fall as was the case in Bolivia in October 2003.

A map showing the maritime dispute between Peru and Chile. The blue line is the actual border and the red one is what Peru claims.

President Evo Morales, who said that Peru’s maritime claim with Chile could put in jeopardy his country´s chances of ever getting an outlet to the Pacific Ocean, made fun of President Alan Garcia’s weight. Contrarily, the Peruvian foreign ministry called Morales “a demagogue” and “anti-Peruvian.”

The old geopolitcal dispute with Bolivia and Chile has reinforced nationalist calls in Peru that it should not sell LNG to Chile when South America’s first liquefaction plant comes online in 2010.

Some a…

Perú y Chile muestran madurez democrática frente a litigio marítimo ...

Chile, Perú

Así lo señaló el representante del bloque europeo, Hans Alldén, quien valoró que los mandatarios de ambos países abordaran el diferendo marítimo y se comprometieran a respetar dicho fallo.

Dom, 10/06/2012 - 18:03

Los gobiernos de Perú y Chile muestran “madurez democrática” al expresar que respetarán el fallo que emita la Corte Internacional de La Haya sobre el diferendo marítimo, destacó el representante del bloque europeo, Hans Alldén.

El diplomático se refirió así a las declaraciones brindadas por los presidentes de Perú, Ollanta Humala y de Chile, Sebastián Piñera, durante la IV Cumbre de la Alianza del Pacífico, que se realizó en la ciudad chilena de Antofagasta.

Alldén valoró que los mandatarios de Perú y Chile realizaran un alto en dicha cumbre para reunirse y tratar de manera particular sobre el diferendo marítimo y comprometerse a respetar dicho fallo.

“Nosotros valoramos estas declaraciones porque se reduce además el riesgo de algún tipo de conflicto cuando se emita el …

Prosecutors investigate Vatican Bank mafia link ...

Anti Mafia prosecutors have asked the secretive Vatican Bank to disclose details of an account held by a priest in connection with a money laundering and fraud investigation, it emerged on Sunday.

Father Treppiedi, 36, was serving as a priest in Alcamo, near Trapani, said to be the richest parish on the Mafia's island stronghold of Sicily

By Nick Pisa in Rome

10:25PM BST 10 Jun 2012

The official request was made more than a month ago but so far the Vatican Bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, has refused to disclose any records of the account held by father Ninni Treppiedi – who is currently suspended from serving as a priest.

Investigators want to know more about vast sums of money that are said to have passed through his account to establish if they were money laundering operations by on the run Mafia Godfather, Matteo Messina Denaro.

The reports emerged in the Italian media and came just two weeks after the head of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was sacked ami…


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PAKISTAN: Pamper your palate as juicy and tangy mangoes hit market ...

Monday, June 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Almost every one of us waits for summer so we pamper our palate with juicy and tangy mangoes. So, the wait is over as yummy and mouth-watering fruit has landed in the markets of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. It has a special delight to peel off and have a bite of ripe mango, post-lunch or in hot afternoon.

From ‘Sindhri’ to ‘Malda’ and ‘Langra’, different varieties of the pulpy fruit are seen filled in most of the racks in any fruit shop besides the vendors roaming around to sell the delicious fruit. But owing to high prices, the mango is currently unaffordable for low-income class, though privileged ones are fully enjoying the bites of the `king of fruits’.

The fruit is priced from Rs 80 to 120 per kilogramme; however it is on downward trend as peak season is approaching after mid-June. Nowadays, the mangoes’ variety available in markets is coming from Sindh, as the production from Punjab gardens is yet to hit the market to help further reduce prices.

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The villa’s owner, an interior designer, made ample use of a durable Brazilian teak wood called cumaru for the furniture, custom-made arched doors and windows, flooring and ceilings. Some floors are tile…


10 June 2012Last updated at 17:51 GMT

Euro 2012: Spain 1-1 Italy
By Ben Smith BBC Sport

Cesc Fabregas salvaged a point for Spain as the champions began the defence of their European title with a pulsating encounter in Gdansk.

The Barcelona midfielder fired in after a clever pass by David Silva as Spain came from a goal down against Italy to draw the opening match of Group C.

Substitute Antonio Di Natale had given Italy a deserved lead on the hour mark.

Spain might have snatched all three points but Fernando Torres spurned a succession of late chances.

Danny MillsFootball Analyst

"The Italians in the first half were exceptional. Tactically they got it right and they made Casillas make four good saves. After they scored, Spain pushed on a bit more and upped their tempo. Both teams had chances to win and it was a thoroughly entertaining game. A draw is a fair result. If the Italians continue to play this well and get through the group they really could be a threat."

The result en…

ROLAND GARROS: Nadal se molestó porque pararon la final ...

Por EFE / París /

Los responsables del torneo de Roland Garros reconocieron hoy que Rafael Nadal le molestó parar la final. “Rafa estaba descontento" cuando se decidió parar la final, pero "no es una decisión que tome un jugador, tampoco los dos jugadores, sino yo", dijo el árbitro Steffan Fransson

El tenista español se enfrentaba al serbio Novak Djokovic. (Foto: EFE)

Domingo, 10 Junio 2012 14:42

Los responsables del torneo de Roland Garros reconocieron hoy que al español Rafael Nadal le molestó parar la final cuando acababa de poner fin a una racha de ocho juegos a cero del serbio Novak Djokovic.

"Rafa estaba descontento" cuando se decidió parar la final, pero "no es una decisión que tome un jugador, tampoco los dos jugadores, sino yo", dijo el árbitro de la final Steffan Fransson, quien precisó que Djokovic había comentado que la pista estaba resbaladiza.

El jugador español se quejó porque antes había pedido que se detuviera el partido y…


En video: Capriles explica las diferencias entre sus propuestas “y las del otro candidato” ...

Publicado el 10 de jun de 2012 7:14 pm | 0 comentarios

Foto:REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

(Caracas, 10 de junio. Noticias24) El candidato presidencial Henrique Capriles Radonski, durante su discurso en la Plaza Caracas, lugar establecido luego de haber recorrido de aproximadamente 10.4 kilómetros se dirigió a todos los ciudadanos que lo acompañaron en su recorrido.

Video: Globovisión junio 2012

‪Manifestó que quiere ser“el primer servidor público del país”, tras reiterar que plantea “una Venezuela unidad y no como el otro candidato que proyecta que se pongan la franela de un color”.‬ ‪”El otro candidato plantea que la suerte de Venezuela depende de él, yo les propongo que la suerte de Venezuela dependa de todos”, sentenció.‬ En este mismo contexto, señaló que “el otro candidato sugiere una Venezuela dividida, Capriles les proyecta una Venezuela unida” asimismo, destacó que su contrincante propone un país de violencia, mientras que él plantea una Venezuela de paz y tranquilidad. “El ot…

LA NUEVA VENEZUELA: Capriles llegó al CNE para inscribir formalmente su candidatura a la Presidencia de la República ...

Publicado el 10 de jun de 2012 7:17 pm |

Foto: Captura de Globovisión 10 de junio de 2012

(Caracas, 10 de junio – Noticias24).- Luego de un discurso de 20 minutos aproximadamente frente a miles de simpatizantes en la Plaza Caracas, el candidato presidencial Henrique Capriles Radonski llegó al Consejo Nacional Electoral para inscribir formalmente su aspiración a la primera magistratura.

Los dirigentes de las toldas políticas que respaldan la opción de Capriles Radonski presentaron los recaudos para validar la suma de dichas fuerzas de cara a los comicios del 7 de octubre.


One of the busiest sports weekends in recent memory saw many glorified sports franchises bite the dust this weekend.

Some will be back for a rematch, while others will never compete again....

I'LL HAVE ANOTHER won't be back on the Track...

BOSTON CELTICS probably wont compete together again....

MANNY PACQUIAO will be back ...

Congrats to the winners and here's to the comebacks !

From Tennis to golf to Soccer to Horse racing to Basketball this has truly been a great weekend for sports !!!

From Las Vegas to the Philippines, Shock Over Pacquiao Loss ...


 By MARK MCDONALD | June 10, 2012, 4:31 AM 

HONG KONG — The undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley won a controversial upset over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines on Saturday night in Las Vegas, scoring a split decision that brought Pac-Man’s Filipino fans, celebrity supporters and even other boxers onto Twitter to express their outrage.

Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks guard, called the decision “disappointing.” The singer Miley Cyrus echoed her father’s advice with this tweet: “When you knock em out, you don’t need no judge!” Khloé Kardashian Odom said of the outcome, “This is crazy!”

Lennox Lewis, the former undisputed heavyweight champion, said, “Bradley has heart and a good chin but was outclassed on this one.This fight wasn’t close.” In another tweet, Lewis called the decision “unbelievable,” “disgraceful” and “another stain on boxing.”

“This is nuts,” Bob Arum, the promoter of the fight, told reportersafterward. “People don’t know what they’re watching anymore. I’m going…

PAKISTAN: Mango processing unit starts its operations



By Our Correspondent
Published: June 10, 2012

The hot water treatment plant will enable Pakistan to export its mangoes to new markets.

KARACHI: In a major development for mango exports of the country, one of the biggest hot water treatment plants of mangoes in the world has started its operations in Karachi that will help in finding new important markets for exports.

Speaking at the launch ceremony on Saturday, Pakistan Hortifresh Processing Private Limited Chief Executive Babar Khan Durrani said that the hot water treatment plant will enable Pakistan to export its mangoes to new markets.

The new countries include South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Iran, Lebanon and Jordon while Australia is expected to soon approve imports as they recently inspected the …