Asia – A Week in Pictures January 30, 2011

January 31, 2011

Even though the world’s gaze is firmly focused on the events in Egypt and Tunisia, top stories continue to break in Asia. Last week during my morning call with Enny Nuraheni, our Indonesia Chief Photographer, she told there was a ferry on fire with hundreds on board, a train had crashed and Mount Bromo was spewing ash, all on the same day.  In Japan Mount Kirishima was erupting, thousands of birds culled to try to stop the spread of bird flu and the economy and government were under pressure.  But all Japanese worries were forgotten briefly as Japan beat Australia 1-0 in the AFC Asian Cup final in Doha. 


Volcanic lightning or a dirty thunderstorm is seen above Shinmoedake peak as it erupts, between Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures, in this photo taken from Kirishima city and released by Minami-Nippon Shimbun January 28, 2011. Ash and rocks fell across a wide swathe of southern Japan straddling the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima on Thursday, as one of Mount Kirishima’s many calderas erupted, prompting authorities to raise alert levels and call on for an evacuation of all residents within a 2 km (1.2 miles) radius of the volcano. REUTERS/Minami-Nippon Shimbun

Issei Kato’s picture of Prime Minister Kan addressing parliament is as frenetic as the politics themselves, while Kim Kyung-Hoon’s picture to illustrate the economy perfectly timed as the eye is drawn into the frame by all the elements that appear in to be in choreographed perfection. If the apocalypse is coming it is sure to come in one of two forms; the eruptions of fire, smoke and lightening or the eerie silence of spreading disease. We had two pictures giving us a sneak preview of our potential fate. A wonderful image of the sheer beauty of the power, energy, light and colour of Mount Kirishima erupting and the whisper of deadly fumes as fully masked workers with red and blue targets sprayed on their white overalls, cull the hapless birds.  


Workers wearing protection suits cull chickens at a poultry farm where the bird flu virus had been found in Miyazaki, southern Japan January 24, 2011. The Miyazaki prefecturalgovernment stepped up its efforts to fight bird flu on Monday, after it confirmed infections at a second local poultry farm and began culling about 410,000 chickens there the previous day, Kyodo news reports. REUTERS/Miyazaki prefectural government office


A woman (R) holding promotional leaflets stands on a street in Tokyo January 28, 2011. Japan’s core consumer prices fell 0.4 percent in December from a year earlier for a 22nd consecutive month, as slow wage growth andsluggish demand kept the country mired in deflation while the government grapples with heavy public debt. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon


Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan makes a key note speech during the start of regular parliament session at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo January 24, 2011. Japan’s prime minister, facing a divided parliament and doubts over his political survival, on Monday stepped up his campaign for a sales tax rise he argues is vital to pay for huge welfare costs in the fast-ageing society. The picture is taken with a slow shutter speed. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Fast approaching us is the start of the Lunar New Year, the Chinese zodiac sign of the Year of the Rabbit and what better way to prepare for it than to drop a white fluffy bunny into a tiger’s cage to encourage the tiger to develop its hunting instincts – a bad start to the year for one bunny.  Continuing on the rabbit theme I just couldn’t stop looking at Romeo (Bobby) Ranoco’s picture shot in Philippines of a man dressed as a rabbit swimming with fish in an aquarium to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. No matter how much I look I still cannot make a connection.  


A five-month-old tiger cub looks at a rabbit in Jiufeng Forest Zoo in Wuhan, Hubei province January 23, 2011. The rabbit was put in the enclosure as a training exercise for the tiger to stimulate its hunting instinct, local media reported.  REUTERS/Stringer


A professional diver wears a rabbit costume symbolizing the Year of the Rabbit as he swims inside a huge aquarium during a show at the Ocean Park in Manila January 28, 2011. The Lunar New Year begins on February 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

The Philippines had it’s share of troubles this week too.  A bomb blast on a bus killed five and wounded fourteen. Erik deCastro’s picture captures the grief of relatives mourning their loved ones, the ordinariness of their lives suddenly turned upside down. Equally sad was the accident that claimed the lives of 10 workers who fell from a building, their bodies hanging in the air tangled in the web of wire like limp puppets. And if that was not enough, Erik covered clashes between the police and residents protesting against the demolition of their homes to make way for a new road.


Relatives of a victim who was among those killed in a bus attack grieve outside a morgue in Pasay, Metro Manila January 26, 2011. The deadly bomb on the Manila bus appears similar to devices used recently on Mindanao island, a troubled region where Muslim separatists and Maoists guerrillas are active, the government said. No group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s blast. At least five people were killed and 14 were wounded in the blast in Makati’s financial hub on Tuesday.   REUTERS/Erik de Castro


Rescuers try to get to the bodies of construction workers hanging from a motorized elevator who were killed in an accident at a condominium building in the Makati financial district of Manila January 27, 2011. At least 10 construction workers were killed while one was critically wounded after falling off the unfinished building in Makati City on Thursday, Filipino rescuers said. REUTERS/Stringer 


Residents throw rocks as they battle police and a government demolition crew in San Juan, Metro Manila January 25, 2011. Local officials said 40 people were hurt after police and the government demolition crew clashed with residents in San Juan town on Tuesday. About 1,000 families lost their homes to the demolition due to an ongoing road project in the area.    REUTERS/Erik de Castro

In a strange coincidence three pictures from Thailand have similar content, people laying face down on the ground. One dead, one begging andone of soldiers doing physical exercise all of which seem to counter the claim that Thailand is the “land of smiles”. Growing tensions as political groups known as the yellow andred shirts begin to ramp up demonstrations and an increase in attacks in the restive south all putting pressure on the emerging economy of Thailand.


A dead body of a villager lies on the ground as Thai security personnel inspect the site at an attack in the southern Pattani province January 24, 2011. Insurgents shot a Muslim villager in an another attack in Thailand’s restive deep south, police said. REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom


A disabled man begs in central Bangkok January 24, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj


Thai policemen do push-ups as they get ready to secure the area around the Government house as supporters of yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy rally in Bangkok January 28, 2011. Thai “yellow shirt” demonstrators returned to Bangkok’s streets, threatening a prolonged protest if the government failed to revoke an agreement with Cambodia aimed at solving a long-running border dispute.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Worthy of a mention is India that celebrated Republic Day, a day which also marks the anniversary of the Gujarat earthquake that claimed the lives of  20,000 people when a quake that lasted two minutes destroyed 400,000 homes. Many have still not been rebuilt and residents claim they still suffer from the effects of the quake. Amit Dave’s picture of a ghost like figure leaving her temporary shelter serving to act as a reminder of those who died and those who continue to suffer.


Lakshmi Ben Bhatia, 92, an earthquake survivor, walks out from her temporary tin tent, at Anjar town in the western Indian state of Gujarat January 25, 2011. Ten years after the devastating quake in Gujarat, survivors say they continue to suffer due to a lack of rehabilitation by state authorities.  REUTERS/Amit Dave


India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels in front of the Presidential Palace during the full-dress rehearsal for the “Beating the Retreat” ceremony in New Delhi January 28, 2011. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations and is held every year on January 29. REUTERS/B Mathur

The Australian Open came to a close with Serbia’s Djokovic beating Britain’s Murray. One of the toughest news picture jobs to do is stand at the back of any set piece story especially a trophy presentation “just in case” something happens; after all we all want to shoot the money shot. Well that position has paid dividends for Melbourne based Mick Tsikas, not only for the presentation of the Men’s trophy but the Women’s too.


Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds his trophy as he poses for photographers after beating Andy Murray of Britain during their men’s singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 30, 2011. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas


Photographers take pictures of Kim Clijsters of Belgium holding her trophy after she won Li Na of China in their women’s singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 29, 2011.        REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Lastly my self indulgence, pictures included just because I like them. Masood’s great picture of congratulation after the opening of parliament in Kabul, Danish’s picture of onions being sorted, a story that got him a beating, Mian’s picture of leggy fashion (can’t see this being worn in the streets of Karachi) and a man being grabbed by the throat as he demonstrates over the shooting of two men by a US official,  the roller coaster story of Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho – an amazing picture shot through the window of his car by Tyrone Siu, the picture of captain of the rescued South Korean freighter Samho Jewelry, I cant imagine why the authorities allowed this picture to be taken when the poor man has so many pipes coming out of him! Bea’s Bizarre picture of Garuda air crew bobbing about in a swimming pool as part of their training and finally the simple but wonderful cityscape shot by Bazuki in KL.


Members of the Afghan parliament congratulate each other after an inauguration ceremony in Kabul January 26, 2011. Afghan President Hamid Karzai opened parliament on Wednesday, ending a standoff with lawmakers, but setting the stage for a longer battle against an assembly he has long ignored. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood


Women labourers work in an onion field in Pimpalgaon, about 215 km (133 miles) north of Mumbai January 23, 2011. Onions are base ingredients for almost all Indian dishes. Soaring prices of the vegetable have helped dislodge Indian state governments in the past, and rising food costs often spark street protests in a country where over 40 percent of the 1.2 billion population lives on under $1.25 per day.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui


Models present creations by Pakistani Iqra Fashion Institute during Pakistan Fashion Week in Islamabad January 29, 2011. The event runs from January 27 to 30. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed


Supporters of the political party Tehreek-e-Insaf scuffle with police blocking them from reaching the U.S. embassy, during  protest against the accused killing of Pakistanis by a U.S. consulate employee during a demonstration in Islamabad, January 28, 2011. A Pakistani court on Friday ruled that a U.S. consulate employee would remain in police custody for six days for interrogation, after he was accused of killing two men in a shootout in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed


Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho and his daughter Florinda Ho, sit in a car as they leave the house of Chan un-Chan, his third wife, in Hong Kong January 27, 2011. Ho has sued family members in a bid to recover billions of dollars of assets in another bizarre U-turn to a feud over the ailing tycoon’s empire.   REUTERS/Tyrone Siu


Medical team members wheel Seok Hae-kyun, the seriously injured captain of the rescued South Korean freighter Samho Jewelry, into an ambulance upon his arrival at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul January 29, 2011, before he is taken to a hospital. Seok came to South Korea by a special ambulance jet from Oman on Saturday after he was injured by a Somali pirate during South Korean commandos’ operation to rescue the 11,500-ton chemical carrier on January 21. The vessel and its 21 crew members was seized by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea on January 15. REUTERS/Newsis


Flight attendant trainees swim during an aircraft emergency evacuation drill at Garuda Indonesia Training centre in Jakarta January 25, 2011.  REUTERS/Beawiharta


A general view the Bukit Bintang shopping district in the Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur January 26, 2011.  REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad




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