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Time to Face the Music

Badung Officials Move

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establishments offering live music to be reclassified into a higher tax bracket imposing 12.5% tax charges on all sales. “These field check will be conducted during evening business hours and review facilities. If there is musical equipment for bands, then these places are nightclubs,” explained Darmawan. Darmawan estimates the introduction on the new regulations and enforcement surveys will take approximately one month to complete. He ed by

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2 Kuta Weekly 23 Feb - 29 Feb 2012 (273) News Corner Man eats heart attack

Man eats heart attack burger, suffers heart attack

A very real medical emergency has unfolded at a Las Vegas restaurant that offers "Bypass" burgers and "Flatliner" fries.

The doors to the Heart Attack Grill warn that eating off the menu may be hazardous to your health; and the warnings appear to have come true for one diner. A m a t e u r v i d e o h a s emerged showing a man being wheeled out of the Heart Attack Grill on a stretcher after a medical episode that restaurant employees say looked like, well, a heart attack. The eatery's owner Dr Jon Basso, who is not a medical doctor, says he thought it was a joke when a waitress told him a customer was sweating and shaking. "A nurse came to me and said 'Dr Jon, we've got a patient who's in trouble'. The gentleman

could barely talk. He was

"But even with our morbid

sweating, suffering", he told a local

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paramedics were summoned to the restaurant on Saturday evening and a man was indeed hospitalised. Since opening in October the restaurant has become infamous for its gut busting menu

and the scantily clad 'nurses' who serve the food. A single meal there can exceed 8,000 calories, and customers weighing in at over 350 pounds (159kg) eat for free.

the incident, fellow diners reportedly thought it was just another part of the

Dr

Basso says he heard

show.

the man is recuperating. His name

"I actually felt horrible for the gentleman because tourists were taking photos of him as if it were some type of a stunt", Dr Jon said, n't

and the medical condition he suffered weren't released.

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Kuta Weekly 23 Feb - 29 Feb 2012 (273) News Corner Aaliasj@kutaweekly.com BALI THE RIGHT WAY

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day again folks and lets rip for another run at the weekly. The footy

last weekend didn't end as well as I first thought and if the way the

GGreater Western Sydney played is any indication on how they are

planning to run this season, I'd say look out to the rest of the teams. I'm sure a heap of us got the desired craving fix and enjoyed watching the games with good friends. Being that it's that time of year again, I think we all should start looking at registering in our local footy tipping contests. I believe, as is usual, The “Kuta Townhouse” is running its

yearly contest with the addition of a new N.R.L tipping which is a first for the place. The powers that be have realized there are many people that frequent the many different places that telecast the N.R.L code and have agreed to get on board with a tipping comp for the same. One thing I will say is that the after party will be just as big, as is usual for the “Town Houses” and is well worth the nomination for the season. If I had to pick an N.R.L team it would have to be the Manly Sea Eagles, so let's see if they can hold the top spot in 2012. What a great time of year to be a resident of Bali. Get in to your local and get your name on the list for the 2012 season tipping. Shifting forward this week I did watch a funny episode unfold while kicking back at a haunt on the strip. As most of you know, or have seen the local council is, and has been renovating the main street of Kuta for some time and have gotten an excellent result in my book. There is one section of the road that has been completed for a while now, so I thought, I would take a position near there so as to not have to deal with the noise of construction etc etc, anyways there was a group of officials all looking at this particular section of road and measuring from one side to the other and deliberating on a game plan as by the looks of things they needed to get a service line under that section and after a while a few workers started scratching around and lifting road pavers exposing the substantial concrete footing underneath. Now these local worker guys had to smash it up and get their line in, then I'm guessing re-build the footing and re-lay the road, which is what they chipped away at. I watched these guys along with most of the other people in the place from time to time and saw they were slowly making progress demolishing this concrete and didn't seem to be too rushed or in a hurry to get it done as there was at least 100 metres of it that needed doing. They just plonked away, as they do, at the job basically. After a few hours of this, a group of Australian blokes that had been watching these blokes work, had thought it best that they showed the local boys how an Australian would get the job done and with this, one of them has put his beloved beer down, walked out to these guys, chest puffed out, rolled up his sleeves, taken another puff on his cigarette and proceeded to smash away with a pick axe at the heavy concrete footing. Sparks where flying, concrete was breaking with each swing and after about five minutes this idiot was out of breath and puffing like an old mally bull, and basically was now in need of a sit down under a shady tree to recover for a few days. He hands the pick back to one of the local workers and as best he can between gasping for breath and sweating like the proverbial, utters “that's how we do it in Australia” I don't exactly know what the local lads thought but I could see that they understood this f***witt wouldn't last for the duration of the contract, as working in a heavy humid environment requires a certain non rushed attitude. Anyways, our hero heads back to the bar and sits back down, and trembled through the rest of his beer before leaving with his mates. I have a feeling he would have laid down for a while to recover as soon as he returned to his hotel room. It was a very funny thing to witness. I went back to the same spot almost a week later and surprise surprise, the local crew had almost completed the project, pipe in place, concrete re-built and paving stones back in their place, all without breaking a sweat, and based on the monthly wage they get, id suggest a damn site cheaper than you could do it anywhere else in the world. When in Bali understand, these people work very hard for their coin and it's probably not best to try to show them how you think it should be done. Sit back, relax and enjoy your time here. Don't sweat the small stuff. Ok readers, that's it for me and issue 273, I hope the most of you stay safe, happy, healthy and always remember, The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Enjoy your week, ALIASJ……….

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First test-tube hamburger ready

The world's first "test- tube" meat, a hamburger made from a cow's stem cells, will be produced this fall, Dutch scientist Mark Post told a major science conference.

Post's aim is to invent an efficient way to produce skeletal

muscle tissue in a laboratory that exactly mimics meat, and eventually replace the entire meat-animal industry. The ingredients for his first burger are "still in a laboratory phase," he said, but by fall "we e

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d fundamentally for millennia," he said. "There's been a blind spot in the science and technology community (of livestock production) as an easy target." Brown, who said he is funded by an American venture capital firm and has two start-ups in California, said he will devote the rest of his life to develop products that mimic meat but are made entirely from vegetable sources.

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100 Year Old Frenchman Sets Cycling Record

Frenchman Robert Marchand entered the cycling record books in the one-hour event on Friday, three months after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Marchand rode 24.251 kilometres around an indoor track to establish the first-ever hour performance in the 100- years-plus category. "I could have gone faster but I didn't want to," Marchand, who was given clearance by his cardiologist in France before making the attempt, at the International Cycling Union (UCI)

making the attempt, at the International Cycling Union (UCI) track in Aigle where he spent a

track in Aigle where he spent a week preparing. "I'm not playing at being a champion," he said. "I just wanted to do something for my 100th birthday." The UCI had already said

it would recognise the r e c o r d , m e a n i n g t h a t Marchand had to undergo a doping test after completing the event. An amateur road racer, Marchand competed in the Bordeaux-Paris race at the age of 90 when he completed the 600 kms in 36 hours. In the last few years, he has eased off, restricting himself to rides of less than 100 kilometres in a day. Marchand said his biggest challenge was getting used to riding on a track, something he last did in 1937.

Electric cigarette explodes in man's mouth

A Florida man trying to kick the smoking habit was puffing on an electronic cigarette when a faulty battery caused it to explode in his mouth, taking out some of his front teeth and a chunk of his tongue and severely burning his face, fire officials say.

"The best analogy is like it was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off,"

said Joseph Parker, division chief for the North Bay Fire Department. "The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire." Fire Chief Joseph Miller said the victim contacted the department to thank firefighters and told them he was recovering at a hospital in Mobile, Alabama, and anticipated being released later in the day. Officials have not publicly identified him, citing department

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commenting on the injury. Holloway was in his office at home when the device exploded, leaving behind burnt chair cushions, pictures, carpet and office equipment. Thomas Kiklas, co- founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said the industry knows of no problems with the cigarettes or batteries exploding.

Kicklas said the rigid, plastic cigarettes include a small battery and cartridge. The battery is designed to generate an electric charge when the device is inhaled. The charge sets off vapour in the cigarette tube. The nicotine-filled mist gives the taste and experience of smoking without the smoke.

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Being Short-Changed in Bali

Nearly Half of All Moneychangers in Bali are Unlicensed

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Tightrope walker to attempt first crossing of Niagara Falls

Canada agreed to allow a member of the Flying Wa l l e n d a f a m i l y o f daredevils to attempt a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls, clearing the way for the stunt some time during the summer.

Nik Wallenda, 33, secured support on the American side of the falls last September when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill giving him one year to perform the feat, which Wallenda says will be the first attempt in more than a

century. The board of Canada's Niagara Parks Commission voted unanimously to allow Wallenda to go ahead, reversing its earlier decision. "It's been a dream of mine since I was 6 years old," Wallenda said by telephone from Niagara,

where he had earlier attended the board meeting. "This was a dream many told me was impossible: two countries to change laws. I'm blessed, that's all I can say." T h e N i a g a r a P a r k s Commission also passed a motion barring a similar stunt more than once every 20 years. "This decision was approved in part in recognition of the role that stunting has played in the history and promotion of Niagara Falls," Janice Thomson, the chairwoman of the commission, said in a statement. "We have made it clear that this is a very unique one-time situation. It's not an everyday activity and will not be allowed to become an everyday activity." Wallenda, a seventh- generation member of the Wallenda family of circus performers who said he has been tightrope-walking since he was 2 years old, said he will be the

first person to ever cross directly over the falls. Past attempts took place further down the gorge, he said. "I'll be walking through the mist thrown off by the falls," he said, adding that although that may sound as though it would cause slippery conditions, his suede wire-walking shoes actually grip better when wet. He plans to rig a 2-inch- diameter wire rope between cranes on either side of the falls, some 1,800 feet apart, he said. The date has not been set, but is expected to be in the summer. He will continue to train on a full-scale high-wire rig on an airport runway in Pittsburgh, with simulated mist. "I've done walks farther and higher," he said. "This will be the most iconic."

London Olympics triggers record rent for home

A seven-bedroom house in London's upmarket Mayfair district will likely set a British record rent of 433,000 pounds per month as landlords cash in on demand for space during this summer's Olympic Games.

The house has a floor

space equivalent to three and

a half tennis courts spread

over three floors and includes a swimming pool, cinema and seven bathrooms. It can be also rented for 100,000 pounds a week. In addition to a six- bedroom flat near the Harrods

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homeowners considering letting out some or all of their properties, according to a survey by findaproperty.com last year. The luxury end of London's housing market has been buoyed by demand from overseas investors looking to shield their wealth from the euro zone crisis and Arab spring uprisings. Prices for the best homes rose 39.5 percent between March 2009 and last November, Knight Frank said. Renting homes was popular among certain wealthy individuals as it provided a greater level of privacy than a hotel, Scott said.

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Gather in Bali in 2012!

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predicts that number to increase by 30% in 2012. Lolec is optimistic that MICE business to Bali in 2012 will remain unaffected by the ongoing global economic crisis. He also said that infrastructure projects now underway, such as the underpass

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Bali Golf and Country Club Closes

Bali Golf and Country Club at Nusa Dua Closes for Two Years for Revamp of Course and the Addition of Hotels and Villas

The Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright championship designed Bali Golf and Country Club (BGCC) at Nusa Dua closed on February 16, 2012 for an extended period during a revamping of the 18-hole course that will the golf links changed and the addition of villa and hotel

facilities. Due to the closure, some 403 employees of the BGCC have been paid severance pay and

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c o m p a n y, P T N a r e n d r a Interpasific Indonesia. Local press reports say

the employees have peacefully accepted the loss of employment based on the separation fees paid and a pledge to try to re-employ qualified former staff once the renovations are completed.

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construction are expected to take two years.

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royal wedding.
Mattel Inc, the U.S. maker of Barbie dolls, said
this week it will release a special two-doll set in April to
mark the one-year anniversary of Prince William and
Kate Middleton's wedding at Westminster Abbey.
The figures, part of Mattel's Barbie Collector
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HOROSCOPEPREDICTION 23Feb - 29Feb 2012

Aries Mar 20 - Apr 19 Recently you lost ground in certain important situations. Tempting as it is to try to recover your position, it simply isn't worth it. Things have changed, more than you know. Consequently, while the foundation may seem the same, it's not. If you still refuse to give up, at least ensure any arrangements are flexible.Aries

Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 While you understand the excitement of one particular individual about certain ideas and their desire to turn those ideas into lasting plans, you can't help but think they're being hasty. At other times that might be true. But now the pace demands fast action. Wait for even a day and the moment could be lost.Taurus

Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Infuriating as the underhand approach of one particular individual has been to pressing situations, in the long run you may thank them. Had discussions been more aboveboard, there wouldn't just have been conflicts, issues would have led to serious misunderstandings. Now these can be dealt with slowly and more discreetly.Libra

Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Nobody would blame you for feeling you've been taken advantage of. Certainly recent events benefited others while they cost you in some manner, personally, financially or even in terms of time or your reputation. Still, begin asking questions. What you learn could put the situation in an entirely different, and far more positive,Scorpio

Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 There's a difference between exciting ideas, which you have lots of, and every day, and inspiration. Last week's encounter between your ruler Mercury and Neptune began a cycle that will lead to a fresh perspective on many areas of your life. But especially in existing arrangements and those soon to come your way.Gemini

Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 The odds are good that even if you're not already aware of the New Moon, your instincts are telling you to slow down. This gives you a chance to reflect both on what should go and, equally, to consider the future and what's next. This period's just about reflection. Action comes later.Cancer

Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 Fortunately you're strong enough to stand up to those who disagree with your decisions. This will come in handy now, with your ruler the Sun meeting the intuitive Neptune. While what you sense may be completely at odds with the facts, should others challenge you, it won't upset you in the least.Leo

Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Even for you, as a quick-minded Virgo, certain situations are becoming more puzzling by the day. This has nothing to do with your capacity for analysis and everything to do with the extent of developments. Promising as these are, if you're to understand them, you'll need to trust your instincts over your intellect.Virgo

Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21

Few things frustrate you more than situations in which you've managed to get everything organised, then encounter last minute obstacles. Except now what appear to be obstacles are actually giving you an opportunity to rethink those plans. With so much changing so rapidly, you'll need to revise even the simplest of arrangements frequently.

Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 The current New Moon isn't just about a time of stillness and reflection, as is always the case. It's about reviewing certain of your priorities. While your circumstances have been considerably altered, you're basing plans on the past. Once you realise how very different things are, you'll begin making the necessary changes. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 Often obstacles are no more than that, hurdles that must be surmounted. However, those you're currently facing have more to do with changes in the actual circumstances you're dealing with. The first step, therefore, is to invest time in examining what's taking place and the impact of those developments on existing arrangements.

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Are the Balinese an Endangered Cultural Species?

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Acting the Goat in Bali

Sydney TV Report Shows Australian Tourist Behaving Badly in Bali

A less-than-positive image

of a segment of the Australian tourist visitors to Bali was painted by a 7News Sydney report that featured the head of Bali's Kerobokan prison issuing a

warning, telling Aussie visitors:

“Don't' bring the bad attitude to Bali.” The 7News report saw

Bowo Nariwono, who plays host to many Australians found guilty of crime at his prison in Bali, and others decry the sometimes- outrageous behaviour of “bule gila” or “crazy foreigners.” The film report also shows

short film clips of late night holidaymakers behaving badly while enjoying Bali's nightlife. According to 7News, 17 Australian were arrested in Bali last year, six for assault and four for drug offenses.

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Philippine Airlines Seeking to Fly Manila Denpasar (Bali) Three Times a Week Starting March 2012

c o r r e c t l y

announcing that they would commence flights between Manila and Denpasar, Bali in December 2010, Philippine Airlines (PAL) have once again declared their intention to fly that segment, this time commencing in March 2012. Businessmirror.com.ph quotes

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PAL President, Jaime Bautista, who confirms that flight permission has been requested for the Manila to Bali route from the relevant government agencies. Indonesia transportation officials have conducted technical inspections but have yet to issue the required permits. PAL already flies to Jakarta and plans to service its new Bali route with Airbus A320 aircraft. Initially the flights would operate three ing

times a week and most likely fly during evening hours to maximize the use of the airline's existing fleet of aircraft. www.balidiscovery.com

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Bali Temples

Many claim that there are actually more temples than homes in Bali. Strictly speaking, many temples are really shrines but the number of religious compounds in Bali is said to be over 10,000. Normally peaceful and uninhabited, Bali's temples transform into scenes of great activity and are ornately decorated during festivals with traditional dance performances, cockfighting and gambling. You'll find that each of Bali's temples is facing towards the mountains, the sea or sunrise.

Besakih Temple

(Mother Temple) Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali" Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all the Balinese temples. Named after the Dragon God believed to inhabit the mountain, it's said to be the only temple where a Hindu of any caste can worship. Eighteen separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups surround the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. The mountain top setting gives it an almost mystical quality. Steps ascend through split gates to the main courtyard where the Trinity shrines, dedicated to Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu, are wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings. There are are number of temples but many of their inner courtyards are closed to visitors. If travelling on your own, try reach Pura Besakih before 9am, when many tourist buses start to arrive, so that you can take in the lovely temple in the quiet Balinese morning.

spirits and intruders. The best time to see Tanah Lot is in the late afternoon when the temple is in silhouette.

Pura Tirta Empul

Built around a sacred spring, Tampak Siring. An inscription dates the spring all the way back to 926AD; and there are fine carvings and Garudas on the courtyard buildings. The temple and its two bathing spots have been used by the Balinese for over a thousand years for good health and prosperity; as the spring water really does have the power to cure! Regular purification ceremonies also take place here. Tampak Siring artists produce marvellous bone and ivory carvings. Both sites open daily. By public transport from Ubud, catch a bemo north to Tampaksiring from the junction in Bedulu, which is south-east of Ubud. A little off the main road in Tampaksiring is

Gunung Kawi with its group of large stone memorials cut into cliffs on either side of a picturesque river valley.

is believed to date from 11th century, one is of Bali's most impressive sights.

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Ulu Danu No less stunning is the mountain resort of Bratan, in Bedugul, and the
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No less stunning is the mountain resort of
Bratan, in Bedugul, and the magnificent Ulun Danu, an
inspiring place of worship that appears to rise out of
waters of Lake Bratan.
Goa Lawah Temple
The Bat Cave
Not for the faint-hearted. The Goa Lawah
Temple is located in a cave filled with thousands of bats
and is said to lead all the way to Besakih. Goa Lawah is
one of six temples open to the public and is revered as
Uluwatu Temple
a sacred site for Brahma. Located on the sputhr east
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waves of the Indian Ocean.
Dedicated to the spirits of the sea, the famous Pura
Luhur Uluwatu temple is an architectural wonder in
black coral rock, beautifully designed with spectacular
views. A popular place to view the sunset.
Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi
Tanah Lot Temple
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of the last priests to come to Bali from Java in the 16th
century. The temple stands on top of a huge rock,
surrounded by the sea and is one of Bali's most
important sea temples. Tanah Lot pays homage to the
guardian spirits of the sea.
Ancient rituals pay homage to the guardian
spirits of the sea. Poisonous sea snakes found in the
caves at the base of the rocky island are believed to be
guardians of the temple, standing virgil against evil
Very distinctive pagodas symbolising the
sacred mountain Mahameru, residence of the
Supreme God surrounded by a moat in this lovely
temple in Mengwi.
Originally dated from 1634, Taman Ayun has
been restored and enlarged in 1937. On its festival day
(odalan) hundreds of women come into the temple
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The world's hottest chilli pepper has a sting

There are super-hot chilli varieties. And then there's the s w e a t - i n d u c i n g , t e a r - generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpions.

With a name like that, it's not surprising that months of research by the experts at New Mexico's State University's Chile Pepper Institute

have identified the variety as the new hottest pepper on the planet. The golfball-sized pepper scored the highest among a handful

of chilli breeds reputed to be among

the hottest in the world. Its mean

heat topped more than 1.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale, while fruits from some individual plants reached two million heat units.

"You take a bite. It doesn't seem so bad, and then it builds and it builds and it builds. So it is

quite nasty," Paul Bosland, a renowned pepper expert and director of the chilli institute, said

of the pepper's heat.

R e s e a r c h e r s w e r e pushed by hot sauce makers, seed producers and others in the spicy foods industry to establish the average heat levels for super- hot varieties in an effort to quash unscientific claims of which peppers are actually the hottest. That's something that hadn't been done before, Bosland said.

"The question was, could the Chile Pepper Institute establish the benchmark for chilli heat? Chilli heat is a complex thing, and the

industry doesn't like to base it on just

a single fruit that's a record holder.

It's too variable," he said. The academic institute is based at the university's agriculture school and is partially funded by federal grants, as well as some industry groups depending on the

project. The team planted about 125 plants of each variety - the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, the Trinidad Scorpion, the 7-pot, the Chocolate 7-

pot and the Bhut Jolokia, which was a previous record-holder identified by the institute and certified by Guinness World Records in 2007. Randomly selected mature fruits from several plants within each variety were harvested, dried and ground to powder. The compounds that produce heat sensation - the capsaicinoids - were then extracted and examined. During harvesting, senior research specialist Danise Coon said she and the two students who were picking the peppers went through about four pairs of latex gloves.

record holders, there will be a run on seeds and plants," said Jim Duffy, a grower in San Diego who supplied the university with seeds for four of the super-hot varieties. Not even Duffy or the researchers would dare to pop a whole Trinidad Moruga Scorpion in their mouths, but there are plenty of videos on social networking sites where heat- loving daredevils have tried. The blood flow increases and the endorphins start flowing. Their faces turn red, the sweat starts rolling, their eyes and noses water and there's a fiery sensation that spreads across their tongues and down their throats.

"People actually get a crack-like rush," Duffy said. "I know the people who will eat the hottest stuff to get this rush, but they've got to go through the

to get this rush, but they've got to go through the "The capsaicin kept penetrating the

"The capsaicin kept penetrating the latex and soaking into the skin on our hands. That has never happened to me before," she said.

Chilli peppers of the same variety can vary in heat depending on environmental conditions. More stress on a plant - hotter temperatures or less water, for example - will result in hotter fruit. The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion's new notoriety is already making waves in the industry and among those who love their hot, spicy foods. "As with all the previous

pain." Pepper experts said there are a handful of people who are crazy enough to subject themselves to the pain, but the rest just want to try out these super-hot peppers on their friends or make killer hot sauce - and it doesn't take a whole pepper to do that. More bang for the buck is how Bosland describes it. He said a family could buy two of the super-hot peppers to flavour their meals for an entire week.

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is they're not only the hottest in the

world, but they're also some of the most flavourful peppers, Duffy

said.

" Yo u c a n m a k e a barbecue sauce or a hot sauce at

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amounts of these peppers and it will be so darn addictive that you won't want to put your spoon down," he said. "You'll want to eat and eat and eat."

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Wozniacki loses respect for Navratilova

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki hit back at Martina Navratilova on Monday for claiming that the Dane had never deserved to be top of the tennis rankings.

Wozniacki also suggested she has lost respect for Navratilova, regarded by many as the greatest woman player ever, implying that her TV commentating sought to stir things up and that it would be better to "think a little bit." "I would never say Martina was number one when there was no-one playing," Wozniacki said, "or that she was the best when no- one was playing. That would be disrespectful." Her comment was an echo of Navratilova's remarks at an Australian Open press conference, in which the 55-year-old legend said: "Clearly nobody feels Wozniacki is a true number one." Navratilova, whose 18 Grand Slam singles titles were achieved when the women's game had less depth, also criticised the modern ranking system which placed Wozniacki at the top for 68 weeks.

This places too much emphasis on the quantity of wins rather than their quality, Navratilova said, suggesting fellow Czech Petra Kvitova, Wimbledon

champion and winner of five other titles last year, should have become number one instead. When Wozniacki was asked if she had lost respect as a result of some of the remarks made about her on television, she reacted immediately.

made about her on television, she reacted immediately. "I think I have to be honest, lost

"I think I have to be honest, lost a little bit of respect. Because I respect what they have achieved," she said, referring to players of a previous era who are now commentators. "She (Navratilova) won so many Grand Slams, her touch was unbelievable. Martina Hingis was unbelievable as well - for me my favourite player. "But I think they should respect players that are playing now as well. Because they know how hard it is. You don't just wake up and say okay I want to win this tournament, and it just happens like this." Wozniacki reacted almost

as strongly when asked about Navratilova's comment that it was Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka who now formed the game's best rivalry. "They always have to make comments, and that's what they get paid for - to be commentators, because they

are not playing any more. And they need to stir everything up," Wozniacki said. "When I was number one they needed to make a story so in the beginning when I was coming up they were saying I was the next big thing. "Then when I had been there for a while and it got

they said she

hasn't won a Grand Slam - because and because and because. "Soon it will be if Victoria (Azarenka) loses a match, 'how could she lose a match?'" Wozniacki lost her world number one ranking to Azarenka three weeks ago, and is seeded three in defence of the Dubai Open title this week, behind the Belarussian and the Czech. Kvitova has since withdrawn with a virus, and Wozniacki should play Azarenka in the semi-finals on Friday.

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Pies could lose Macaffer for 2012 Collingwood has had its worst fears confirmed about midfielder
Pies could lose Macaffer for 2012
Collingwood has had its
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Jack lauds balanced Swans leadership group

A g g r e s s i v e S y d n e y midfielder Kieren Jack believes the two new additions to the club's leadership group will give the Swans an advantage across the park in 2012.

The Swans announced on Tuesday defensive duo Nick Smith and Ted Richards would be

probably take charge of the defence when players like myself and Jarred and Ryan O'Keefe can't get down there because we're involved in the midfield heavily. "That's really important. You want to make sure you've got leaders across the ground and we think that with the nine that we've got we've got a good spread and a good mix with some

told reporters. "We think we've got a good spread of players experience-wise, position-wise all over the ground and we're looking forward to hopefully these players helping drive the

club cultures on and off the field for 2012." Richards, who joined the Swans in 2006 after playing just 33 games in four years at Essendon, said it

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highlight to be involved. "For a while there I was thinking I might not even be playing footy last year," Richards said. "Being in the leadership group is great but I know why I got in there, and that's by doing my role every week. "This is going into my 12th year and there's been a lot of ups and downs over the way." L o n g m i r e said their additions were consistent with the Swans' leadership structure, started in 2005 when they named six co-captains to replace Stuart Maxfield.

"We don't have any preconceived idea of numbers, it's not about that for us," Longmire said.

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continue their preparations for the 2012 season on Friday with preseason cup matches against St Kilda and Geelong.

with preseason cup matches against St Kilda and Geelong. joining the nine-strong leadership group after impressing

joining the nine-strong leadership group after impressing in the club's big games in the past two

years. With the bulk of the current group - including co- captains Adam Goodes and Jarred McVeigh - spending most of their time either up front or patrolling the midfield, Jack applauded the decision to give extra responsibility to the club's two strongest defenders. "I think it's really important you have some key leaders at all ends of the ground," he said. "Ted and Nick will

youth coming through. "They're two blokes who are really keys in the backline and have been for a number of years now. "Ted and Nick are really consistent performers on the field and two really important players in our structure." Richards and Smith join Jude Bolton, Ryan O'Keefe, Rhyce Shaw and Jarred Moore, as well as Jack, Goodes and McVeigh, as coach John Longmire's go to men on the pitch.

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One in 8 U.S. voter registrations are faulty

More than 1.8 million dead people are listed as active U.S. voters and about 2.75 million people have active registration in more than one state, the Pew Center on the States reported

South Carolina's ID law in December, arguing it discriminated against minority voters.

The Pew report did not identify voter fraud as a problem,

saying the inefficiencies could lead to "the perception that they (elections) lack integrity or could

Ask Martha

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Dear Martha,

The result of this outdated and inefficient registration system is that one in eight U.S. voter registrations is invalid or markedly

be

susceptible to fraud."

 

MOVING ON One reason for voter registration trouble is that Americans frequently change voting districts, the report said. About one in eight Americans moved during the 2008 and 2010 election years. Up to 25 percent of young Americans move each year, it said.

A study Pew conducted

inaccurate, according to the research by the non-partisan think tank.

U.S. electoral systems "are plagued with errors and inefficiencies that waste taxpayer dollars, undermine voter confidence, and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections," the report said.

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Largely paper-based voter registration "has not kept pace with advancing technology and a mobile society."

Largely paper-based voter registration "has not kept pace with advancing technology and a mobile society." The report ahead of the November general elections comes as states across the

country, in contentious moves,

transaction, such as new or updated registration. C a n a d a spends less than 35 cents to process registrations and 93 percent of its population is registered. Canada uses modern technology for registration and

d a t a - m a t c h i n g m e t h o d s common in the private sector, the report said. The Pew study was carried out by RTI International,

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research institute. RTI used a database maintained by Catalist LLC, a Washington processor of voter information.

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AFL punts priority pick

The AFL will scrap its priority draft pick system and replace it with a newer version which makes it much harder for clubs to gain extra selections.

The overhaul is partly aimed at removing suspicions that clubs tank for extra picks. Under the outgoing system, a club which earned 16 premiership points (four wins) or fewer in a season was given an extra pick before the second round of the national draft. If a club earned 16 points or fewer in consecutive years they were awarded an extra selection before the draft's first round.

Under the new system, which will come into effect this year, a more complicated formula will be used, which takes into account premiership points,

will be used, which takes into account premiership points, p e r c e n t

p e r c e n t a g e , f i n a l s appearances and injury rates for a club over several seasons. The new formula will make it more unlikely a club will be granted a priority pick after just one poor season, or that a pick will be given before the first round of a draft. AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson says the rule changes are partly aimed at eradicating any suspicion that clubs sometimes tanked late in seasons for extra draft picks.

Anderson says while the league did not believe tanking had occurred, they want to remove any doubt among fans. "There's no doubt there is an unhealthy obsession in some quarters with the whole idea that there could be tanking," he said. "Part of the rationale is to deal with that, but only part of the rationale." Anderson says the league also wants to move closer to having an uncompromised national draft. He says the AFL has already taken steps in that direction in recent years, such as by changing the father-son system, so that clubs which want to draft the sons of former players now had to be part of a draft bidding system.

Reds rake likely to miss 'Tahs clash

Queensland hooker Saia Faingaa is set to miss Saturday night's season-opening S u p e r R u g b y grudge match with NSW due to an ankle injury.

Faingaa failed to

train with the Reds on Monday afternoon at

B a l l y m o r e

understudy James Hanson now poised to go head-to-head with Wallabies rake Tatafu Polota-Nau. Coach Ewen McKenzie wanted all his players to train at 100 per cent in the first session of the week to prove their readiness

w i t h

for the brutal interstate battle expected at ANZ Stadium.

Hanson started just two

matches in the Reds' charge to the 2011 title but his impact off the

b e n c h i m p r e s s e d Wallabies coach Robbie Deans who included the

23-year-old in his initial 40-man Test squad. Faingaa's blow would also give versatile prop-hooker Albert Anae

a chance to make just his

second Super Rugby appearance from the bench. Fellow Test forward Scott Higginbotham shrugged off a back complaint to train on Monday and is well in the mix to start despite failing to play in the Reds' two trial wins over the Brumbies (27-20) and Western Force.

two trial wins over the Brumbies (27-20) and Western Force. The fact Faingaa, who strained ankle

The fact Faingaa, who strained ankle ligaments in the Cairns trial against the Brumbies on February 11, failed to take the field is a clear sign the 16-Test hooker must bide his time.

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Partner's main source of happiness around the globe

Nearly two-thirds of married couples and people with a significant other say their partner is the most important source of happiness in their lives, according to a new global poll released on Valentine's Day.

And nearly half of all singles yearn above all else to find a sweetheart, with about 45 percent saying finding a partner would bring them the greatest happiness. "What strikes us when we look at the data is that you have this majority of global citizens who are really looking at home for happiness," said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs, which conducted the survey in 24 countries. South Africa reported the highest levels of domestic bliss, with 82 percent of settled South Africans saying nothing could make them happier than their

partner. Japanese and South Korean couples were at the other end of the scale. Nearly half said they would hesitate to say their partner was the single best thing in

hesitate to say their partner was the single best thing in their lives, although they conceded

their lives, although they conceded that he or she was the source of at least some of their happiness. For many couples, about 38 percent globally, the best thing about their relationship was the sex, according to the poll. This was especially true for Brazilians. Nearly 60 percent said that nothing could make them happier than having a good sex life. But the Japanese, South Koreans and Britons tended to value other qualities in their partner. Only 15 percent of Japanese ranked their sex lives above all else as a source of contentment. Single people in the same three countries also reported a resilient independence, with only a third or less of single Japanese, South Koreans and the Britons ying

s a y i n g f i n d i n g someone to settle down with was the most important step in their search for happiness. Single Indonesians were the most preoccupied with finding a mate. Nearly 70 percent said nothing could make them happier, followed by 57 percent of Turks and 56 percent of Mexicans. But even among couples who lived together, the poll found signs of restlessness with slightly more than a quarter of people in such relationships saying that finding someone else to be with would make them happiest of all. Ipsos interviewed 21,248 in an online survey in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. Fifty-nine percent of the people surveyed said they were married or living with their partner, while 41 percent said they were not.

Cognac of Napoleon's army for sale with collection

A Dutch antique trader is selling his collection of over 5,000 unopened bottles of Cognac and other liquors, which he claims is the biggest of its kind.

The most precious bottle in Bay van der Bunt's collection, which is valued at 6 million euros (4.9 million pounds), dates back to 1795 and was a Cognac taken by Napoleon's army on campaign for the officers. Van der Bunt estimates that bottle is worth between 100,000 and 150,000

euros. H o w e v e r , a n y o n e interested in that particular bottle may be disappointed: he does not want to sell his bottles one by one, but would prefer to sell the entire collection, which was started by his great grandfather in 1880, to a single buyer by the end of this year. "We are aiming at a wealthy Russian or Chinese buyer, because we think people from these countries are willing to spend their money on this," said Bart Laming, who is handling the

publicity for the sale. Van der Bunt wants to sell his collection to someone with a passion for liquor, but also wants a buyer who is prepared to keep the bottles unopened rather than savouring their contents. "In this respect we certainly are afraid that a potential buyer would empty some of them," Laming said. "We will screen potential buyers to minimise that risk".

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Reserve boss to face the music

Martin

Parkinson is pretty sure in which country he resides.

But the man who also sits on the Reserve Bank board last week told a Senate estimates

committee reckons there's a few Australians who reckon their home address is somewhere in the suburbs of Athens.

"I do think the whole mind

set is overdone. It's almost as if most Australians think we live in Greece," he said. "We don't. We actually have an incredibly bright future ahead of us."

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bright future - led by the mining sector - contributed towards the Reserve Bank's decision to leave interest rates on hold at its most recent meeting.

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highlights just how large the difference is between Australia and Greece. It is a comparison of how Greece and Australia did through the two biggest economic dislocations of the past century - the Great Depression (1929 to 1934) and the Great Recession (which started in 2008). Through the Great Depression the Australian economy went into freefall. Unemployment up to 33 percent. Australia's economy was 16 percentage points smaller in

IMF forecasting that growth to accelerate over the coming two years. By 2013, the value of economic output in this country will be about a fifth larger than it was back in 2008. Now let's head to Greece. The Greek economy has shrunk by more than eight percentage points since 2008, will be smaller again next year and the IMF does not forecast out far enough to find a year in which it will return to its 2008 level. For the debt fetishists out there, note that Greece's net government debt is 153 percent of GDP while in Australia it hit almost eight percent last year. That is the price being paid by Greeks and the Greece by austerity, poor policy decisions of the past, bad policy decisions of today and lenders who are not prepared to accept losses for their own mistakes. It's not just Greece which did better through the Great Depression than through the Great Recession. Nobel laureate and New York Times' columnist Paul Krugman has highlighted how Britain did better in the 1930s than it has through the 2000s. There are now the best part of 2.7 million Britons unemployed, with a third of those without a job through the past

year. As Dr Parkinson told Australians, cheer up! "Yes we have a multi- speed economy at the moment and there are some parts that face significant challenges but Australians have a lot to be optimistic about," he said.

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1931 than it was in 1929. It took six years for the economy to return to the size it was when the global economy collapsed. Over in Greece it too was hit hard by the Great Depression. However, it did much better than Australia. Economic output had returned to 1929 levels by 1932. By 1934, when Australia was just making it back to where it was in 1929, the Greek economy was 10 percentage points larger than it was six years earlier. Move forward to the current day. The Australian economy today is 10 percentage points larger than it was in 2008, with the

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Crocker buoyed by Burgess' potential

South Sydney's Michael Crocker is confident fellow co-captain Sam Burgess can become one of

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forwards to ever grace the NRL following the Englishman's swashbuckling return against St George Illawarra

on Saturday.

Burgess, who has been sidelined since round seven of last season with a serious ankle injury, was at his rampaging best against the Dragons, scoring two tries in the Rabbitohs' 18-12 defeat in the Charity Shield at the Olympic stadium. Crocker, who has played alongside the likes of Petero Civoniceva, Steve Price, Sam Thaiday and Adrian Morley during his time with Queensland, Australia and Sydney Roosters, believes the 23-year-old can reach similar heights to those

champions of the game. "I think Sam can be good as any of them," Crocker said. "He needs to be smart

ever full preseason he's done," he said. "His body has matured now. He's very strong and he's very excited to be back. He knows he's done the hard work and now just wants to stay out on the park." C r o c k e r has also been impressed with the attitude and form of rookie half-back Adam Reynolds, who appears to have won the race to wear the number seven shirt against Sydney Roosters in round one. "He was excellent at the weekend against the Dragons," Crocker said. "He's a good talker and the more he plays, the more he's going to build up his combination with Sutts (five-eighth John Sutton) and that will be better for us.

"I really like his attitude. He works really hard in training, his defence is good. He is a proper angry little half-back.”

defence is good. He is a proper angry little half-back.” and keep learning his game and

and keep learning his game and playing patient football but the more he's out there the more he is going to do that." Burgess has struggled with injuries throughout his career having to go under the knife to cure shoulder and ankle issues. His first two years with the Rabbitohs have seen him spend plenty of time in the physios' room, but Crocker has been impressed with how he is shaping up for the new campaign. "This has been the first

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Aussie greats outraged by Ponting axe

Former Test stars Matthew Hayden and Darren Lehmann have both e x p r e s s e d t h e i r disappointment at the end of Ricky Ponting's glittering one-day international career.

Ponting said he does not expect to add to his 375 one-day games for Australia after being dropped from the national squad on Monday. The former captain said he accepted the selectors' decision, which came after he made five single-figure scores in a row in the tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. But the decision incensed Hayden, a World Cup winner under Ponting in 2003 and 2007, and Lehmann, who played with Ponting in the 1999 and 2003 triumphs. Hayden said on Twitter:

"Ricky Pontings Omission from the National 1 Day side is an outrage!" .

"I remain speechless!" The burly Queenslander

crowd," he tweeted. Cricket Australia chief executive James

S u t h e r l a n d s a i d

despite the inglorious end to Ponting's ODI career, he would be r e m e m b e r e d a s possibly the best

limited overs player the nation has had. "I think his career is incomparable in one-day cricket,"

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reporters in Sydney. "Five World Cups, four finals, three championships and two as

captain, plus all the runs and special feats in the field.

"I just can't think of a

player that has made a greater contribution and been a better one-day cricketer, particularly in the big moments."

one-day cricketer, particularly in the big moments." was not the only one of Ponting's former team-mates

was not the only one of Ponting's former team-mates to express surprise at dumping, with Lehmann suggesting the 37- year-old should at least have been given the chance to say farewell in Friday's one-dayer against Sri Lanka in Hobart. "Ricky Ponting is an absolute champion, and should have played in Hobart this weekend in front of his home

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Smith, did not think the white card

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reduction in yellow cards that result in a 10- minute 'sin bin' for the

offender. "But it gives us another resource that we can use for an item that may not meet a red card threshold," Smith said.

W a r a t a h s coach Michael Foley supported the introduction of the white card. "I think anything that helps tidy up that judicial process, makes it slicker, is a good thing," he said. "I see only positives in

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The white card will allow referees to refer to a citing commissioner alleged incidents like biting and gouging that on field officials might not have seen. "I think it will assist us in removing incidents from the game that the IRB and SANZAR are trying to remove and clean up the game in terms of foul play," referee Andrew Lees said.

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Sunday@11.00amand3.30pm
SydneyvWellington@2.30pm
ODI:
SUNDAY SUNDAY
GoldCoastvMelbVictory@4.30pm
NewZealandvSouthafrica
PerthvBrisbane@6.35pm
SaturdayandWednesday@8.30am
Port Port Adelaide Adelaide v v Carlton Carlton @ @ 12.00noon 12.00noon
SUNDAY
OneDaySeries:Final
FRIDAY
Blues v Crusaders @ 2.30pm
Brumbies v Force@4.30pm
SATURDAY
Bulls v Sharks @1.00am
Chiefs v Highlenders @2.30pm
Waratahs v Reds @4.30pm
Stormers v Hurricanes @11.00pm
SUNDAY
Lions v Cheetahs @1.00am
MelbHeartvCentralCoast@4.00pm
Carlton Carlton v v Adelaide Adelaide @ @ 1.15pm 1.15pm
SouthAustraliavTasmania
Saturday11.00am
PREMIER
Adelaide Adelaide v v Port Port Adelaide Adelaide @ @ 2.20pm 2.20pm
LEAGUE
6 Nation Rugby
SATURDAY
Ireland v Italy @ 9.00pm
England v Wales @ 11.30pm
SUNDAY
Scotland v France @ 10.30pm
CARLING CUP
Final
Cardiff City v Liverpool
Sunday@ 11.30pm
UFC144
Featuring
EdgarvHenderson
Sundayfrom11.00am
SATURDAY
Chelsea v Bolton @10.50pm
Newcastle v Wolve @10.55pm
SUNDAY
Man City v Blackburn @1.25am
Norwich City v Man Utd @9.15pm
Arsenal v Tot Hotspurs @9.15pm
Stoke v Swansea City @11.00pm
TUESDAY & THURSDAY
10pm - Midnight
Smirnoff Vodka or
Gilbeys Gin
35 k
TUESDAY&THURSDAY
4pm 10pm
BINTANGS 18000rp
HEINEKEN 20000rp
TUESDAY & THURSDAY
10pm - midnight
Jim Beam or
Johnnie Walker Red
35 k
WITH MIXER
WITH MIXER
M O NDAY
Yellow band
from 9.00pm
THURSDAY & SUNDAY
Jasutine Acoustic
@ 9.00pm
FRIDAY
“Parantos” Trio Batak
@ 9.00pm
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