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Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — The sun has set on the “Twilight” franchise with one last blockbuster opening for the supernatural romance. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” sucked up $141.3 million domestically over opening weekend and $199.6 million more overseas for a worldwide debut of $340.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The finale ranks eighth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, and leaves “Twilight” with three of the top10 openings, joining 2009’s “New Moon” (No. 7 with $142.8 million) and last year’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” (No. 9 with $138.1 million). Last May’s “The Avengers” is No. 1 with $207.4 million. “Batman” is the only other franchise with more than one top-10 opening: last July’s “The Dark Knight

Rises” (No. 3 with $160.9 million) and 2008’s “The Dark Knight” (No. 4 with $158.4 million). Though “Twilight” still is a female-driven franchise, with girls and women making up 79 percent of the openingweekend audience, the finale drew the biggest male crowds in the series. Action-minded guys had more to root for in the finale as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner join in a colossal bat-

tle to end the story of warring vampires and werewolves. “Our male audience particularly has enjoyed this film,” said Richie Fay, head of distribution for Lionsgate, whose Summit Entertainment banner releases the “Twilight” movies. “With the action scenes in this one, we’re hoping the holdover business will reflect the fact that males have kind of found it out.” The movie also helped lift Lionsgate into the big

leagues among Hollywood studios. Paced by its $400 million smash with “The Hunger Games” and now the “Twilight” finale, Lionsgate surpassed $1 billion at the domestic box office for the first time. Some box-office watchers had expected the last “Twilight” movie to open with a franchise record the way the “Harry Potter” finale did last year with $169.2 million, the second-best domestic debut on the charts.

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on the music scene. “I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time,” he said. He also won favorite pop/ rock album for his platinumselling third album, “Believe.” He gave a stripped down, acoustic performance of “As Long As You Love Me,” then transitioned to the dance-heavy “Beauty and a Beat,” where Minaj joined him onstage, grinding with the teen for a few seconds. Minaj, who wore three different wigs and four outfits throughout the night, repeated her AMAs wins from last year, picking up trophies for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” She was in an all-white get-up, including fur coat and pink hair when she performed her new song “Freedom.” The scene was ghostly and snowy, as a choir — also in white — joined her onstage. One background singer stole the performance, belting semi-high notes as Minaj looked on. As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by Jenny McCarthy, who presented the award. “Wow. I feel violated right now,” he said, laughing.

“I did grab his butt,” McCarthy said backstage. “I couldn’t help it. He was just so delicious. So little. I wanted to tear his head off and eat it.” Bieber’s red and black outfit seemed to be the night’s theme, as Taylor Swift and Usher wore similar ensembles. Usher kicked off the three-hour show with green

laser lights beaming onstage as he performed a medley of songs, including “Numb,” ‘’Climax” and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” which featured a smoky floor and a number of backup dancers, as Usher jammed in all black, with the exception of his red shoes. He won favorite soul/R&B male artist.

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This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Kristen Stewart, left, and Robert Pattinson in a scene from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.”

Justin Bieber dominates at American Music Awards

America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Bieber’s wins included the show’s top award, artist of the year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the trophy, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake. “I wanted to thank you for always believing in me,” Bieber said, looking to his mom. The 18-year-old also won the honor in 2010. He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and asked that people continue to believe in him. Bieber and Nicki Minaj performed together — and separately — at the AMAs, and were both multiple winners. But another collaboration was the night’s most colorful performance: Korean rapper PSY and MC Hammer. Hammer joined the buzzed-about pop star for his viral hit “Gangnam Style.” PSY rocked traditional “Hammer” pants as they danced to his jam and to Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit.” Bieber won favorite pop/ rock male artist in the first award handed out at Sunday’s show and gave a shout-out to those who didn’t think he would last

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Environmental activists protested the management of Tahura Ngurah Rai by investor and asked Governor of Bali to revoke the permit. The protest by environmental activists also supported by legislative by issuing a recommendation to annul the permit.

Ignoring House recommendation

People can sue the governor

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Many critics given on the Governor’s “silent action” on the recommendation of Bali House regarding the renting of the mangrove forest. Not only the member of the house who give the critics but also from the Head of National Democrat Bali, IGK Manila. Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP

Justin Bieber accepts the award for artist of the year as he embraces his mom Pattie Malette at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.

He said that the governor is ignoring the wish of the people by continuing to give the permit for the rent of the mangrove forest. If this contin-

ues, the people can determine the action need to be done. “Bali House also can act if the governor didn’t pay attention on the recommendation,”

Manila said. He also very disappointed that the governor didn’t do anything on the recommendation. He urged the governor to

pay attention on the wish of the people in Bali. “Answer the recommendation and sit together with the parliament. Don’t be afraid with the recommendation,” manila explained. He added that Bali House must find the proper law to act on the ignorance of the governor and the people even can do clash action on the

governor. People power has a great strength, we can see it in Philippine. To anticipate it, the governor must act wisely and evoke the permit. “My suggestion is the governor must talk to the public and evoke the permit. Don’t be afraid to do it for the sake of the people,” Manila said. Manila also regretted the battery on the Head of Bali

Environment Watch (Walhi) Wayan “Gendo” Suardana by a group of people. “He actually an activist who care about the environment in bali. Why people do violent act on him,” he added. Manila urged the police to arrest the one who is responsible for it. This is needed to avoid similar case from happening in the future. (kmb29)


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Monument of Tamblang village overgrown by weeds Singaraja (Bali Post)—

only sober such as cutting the grass around the monument. The last grass cutting was made around August ahead of the anniversary of the Independence Day. “Formerly, the monument was not painted, but only roughly polished by cement. It was painted recently after receiving donation from the veteran families of Tamblang village,” he said. Sasdiawan expected that local government could disburse annual maintenance cost for the monument in Kubutambahan subdistrict. Other than at Tamblang village, similar struggle monuments were also built at Depeha, Tunjung and Tambakan in Kubutambahan subdistrict. The latter three monuments got less attention and were rarely maintained. “We do expect the government assistance and not just for this monument, but also for the other monuments in Kubutambahan subdistrict. They need adequate assistance from local government for the maintenance,” he explained. (kmb)

The neglected monument which is located in Tamblang Village, Buleleng

Water overflows onto Jalan Ahmad Yani Singaraja (Bali Post)—

The fairly heavy rain flushed a number of areas in the town of Singaraja on Sunday afternoon (Nov 18). Although it rained for a short time, the water overflowed onto a number of main roads in Singaraja due to a few culverts on the road. Even, some culverts were closed after the recent road improvement project. As monitoring of Bali Post, the main road of Jalan Ahmad Yani, Banyuasri village, Singaraja, was the most severely flooded due to the rain. On the right and left roadside, the level of water reached knee-deep of adults. As a result, the traffic flow of vehicles from and out of

the town was disturbed. Vehicles had to move slowly and tried to take turn when passing through the road body that was not flooded by rain water. Nevertheless, large vehicles were forced to cross a fairly deep puddle. To drain the puddle, people were trying to make a hole on the street connected to the existing sewer line. According to local resident, the rain water soaked the road body because there was no drain of rainwater into the sewer line on the roads ide. As a result, the puddles persisted and soaked the road body longer. Previously, there had been holes around the road body used to dispose rain-

water. However, after the recent road improvement project, the holes were invisible and estimated to have been buried by road elevation. Other than the closed drain, the road section indeed had minimal drains and they were of small size, so that they were unable to drain water when raining heavily. “In the past, there were some holes but very small, so that they could not drain water quickly. The holes are now covered by the project and diminish due to the recent road improvement,” said one of the residents. Similarly, the rainwater also overflowed onto the road section of Jalan

Pantai Lingga leading to Banyuasri Terminal. When it rained, the culverts were unable to accommodate a large volume of water, so it overflowed onto the road. Unfortunately, the flood water carried muddy rubbish that ultimately accumulated on the road body. Even, the muddy rubbish on the road exuded unpleasant smell that could interfere with the surrounding residents. “This culvert is usually taken advantage to dispose fish waste by fish mongers existing in the terminal. Now, this culvert has clogged up and the mud with stench spreads. We feel to be much aggrieved,” said a resident. (kmb)

Falling trailer truck

Denpasar-Gilimanuk road jammed Negara (Bali Post)-

The traffic around Denpasar-Gilimanuk last Saturday (17/11) afternoon totally jammed for a couple of kilometers as a trailer truck concrete carrier was being evacuated. It fell at Pangyangan turning point on the Denpasar – Gilimanuk road. The truck driven by Ariadi that was carrying 10 concretes weighting 3.5 tons each was evacuated by a crane. “If using a normal way it would be too heavy and its location is too steep. So we must use a crane to evacuate the truck,” one worker stated. The 25 tons crane coming from Denpasar caused both ways route closed caus-

ing one hour jam. Head of Pekutatan police, PC Komang Kardika, along with his officers coordinated the closing with Gilimanuk and Tabanan polices such as with Gilimanuk Harbour, Melaya, Negara and Mendoyo Polices to have some vehicles parked first to avoid any long traffic. One tourist from Klaten, Central Java, Yulius Adi, admitted disappointed with the traffic as he and his friends were in a rush. A number of tourist attractions weren’t also visited by a number of scheduled tours. “Yesterday in Ketapang (coming to Bali) was a long queue, now on the way home too in this route,” Adi explained. (kmb26)

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As concerned about the environment, the Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resort in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Jakarta held the Science Day program in the Hotel Santika Siligita, Saturday (Nov 3). The activity involving the students of SD Negeri 5 Benoa, South Kuta, elementary school was commenced with cleanup services on the Mengiat Beach and resumed by watching educational movies. Bali Island had also been famous for its beautiful beaches and exotic culture. “They all should be well maintained to persistently become an attraction,” he said. Through the activity, the Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts expected it could participate in mitigating the effect of global warming and providing knowledge to participants. By watching movies, they were taught to distinguish dry waste from wet waste. By all means, it was a very valuable lesson.

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Calendar Event for October 23 through November 27, 2012

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Santika Indonesia Holds Science Day “Global warming that changes the ecosystem of living beings has a great influence on the water availability on earth. That’s why we organize the Science Day and Science Film Festival with the theme of water,” said Corporate General Manager of PT Grahawita Santika, Guido Andriano, accompanied by Corporate Marketing Communication, Vivi Herlambang. Bali remained to become the option to hold the event. Aside from having been the destination of the world, the

Attention of the local government to struggle monument in Buleleng seems to remain low. Other than struggle monument at Patas village in Gerokgak subdistrict, similar monument at Tamblang village also looks to be neglected. The struggle monument at Rumada Square, Tamblang village, never gets government assistance at all since it was built in 2000. When the monument was established, it was only self-financed by the veterans of Tamblang village. As observation made on Sunday (Nov 18), the struggle monument built on the area of less than 100 square meters painted in moss green looked vile. Near the monument area, weeds were left to grow wild. Besides, the monument indicated some cracks because of its old age. More than that, right in front of the monument there was a disposal land of backfill, so that the vile impression was getting more visible. Treasurer II of the Panca Marga Youth (PPM) of Kubutambahan subdistrict, Nyoman Sasdiawan, recognized that maintenance of the struggle monument located in the Rumada Square could not have been carried out well. The maintenance carried out was

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Balinese Temple Ceremony Every Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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Facebook offering e-retailers sales tracking tool

Bali coastline threatened by abrasion

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc wants more credit for making online cash registers ring. Facebook will begin rolling out on Friday a new tool which will allow online retailers to track purchases by members of the social network who have viewed their ads.

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The tool is the latest of the new advertising features Facebook is offering to convince marketers that steering advertising dollars to the company will deliver a payoff. Facebook, with roughly 1 billion users, has faced a tough reception on Wall Street amid concerns about its slowing revenue growth. “Measuring ad effectiveness and outcomes is absolutely crucial to all types of businesses and marketers,” said David Baser, a product manager for Facebook’s ads business who said the “conversion measurement” tool has been a top customer request for a long time. The sales information that advertisers receive is anonymous, said Baser. “You would see the number of people who bought shoes,” he said, using the example of an online shoe retailer. But marketers would not be able to get information that could identify the people, he added.

The conversion tool is specifically designed for so-called direct response marketers, such as online retailers and travel websites that advertise with the goal of drumming up immediate sales rather than for longer-term brand-building. Such advertisers have long flocked to Google Inc’s Web search engine, which can deliver ads to consumers at the exact moment they’re looking for information on a particular product. But some analysts say there is room for Facebook to make inroads if it can demonstrate results. “The path to purchase” is not as direct on Facebook as it is on Google’s search engine, said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with research firm eMarketer. But she said that providing information about customer sales conversion should help Facebook make a stronger case to online retailers.

DENPASAR - The shorelines of Bali province have been badly affected by abrasion, with approximately 102.47 kilometres of the island`s 438.8 kilometre-long coastline being severely eroded, according to an official.

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In this photo illustration, a Facebook logo on a computer screen is seen through a magnifying glass held by a woman in Bern May 19, 2012.

Wii U: New console launches in a sea of gadgets Israeli government websites under mass hacking attack

Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — In the six years since the last major video game system launched, Apple unveiled the iPhone and the iPad, “Angry Birds” invaded smartphones and Facebook reached a billion users. In the process, scores of video game consoles were left to languish in living rooms alongside dusty VCRs and disc players. On Sunday, Nintendo Co. is launching the Wii U, a game machine de-

signed to appeal both to the original Wii’s casual audience and the hardcore gamers who skip work to be among the first to play the latest “Call of Duty” release. Just like the Wii U’s predecessor, the Wii, which has sold nearly 100 million units worldwide since 2006, the new console’s intended audience “truly is 5 to 95,” says Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America, the Japanese company’s U.S. arm. But the Wii U arrives in a new

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, people demonstrate the Nintendo’s Wii U GamePad and console in New York. Nintendo seeks to shake up gaming again with the Wii U touchscreen controller.

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world. Video game console sales have been falling, largely because it’s been so long since a new system has launched. Most people who wanted an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or a Wii already have one. Another reason: People in the broad 5-to-95 age range have shifted their attention to games on Facebook, tablet computers and mobile phones. U.S. video game sales last month, including hardware, software and accessories, totaled $755.5 million, according to the research firm NPD Group. In October 2007, the figure stood at $1.1 billion. The Wii U is likely to do well during the holiday shopping season, analysts believe —so well that shoppers may see shortages. But the surge could peter out in 2013. The Wii U is not expected to be the juggernaut that the Wii was in its heyday, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. The Wii outsold its competitors, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, in its first four years on sale, logging some 79 million units by the end of 2010. By comparison, IHS expects the Wii U to sell 56.7 million in its first four years. In the age of a million gadgets and lean wallets, the storied game company faces a new challenge: convincing people that they need a new video game system rather than, say, a new iPad.

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JERUSALEM - More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to name, but it was up and running after 10 minutes of downtime. Typically, there are a few hundred hacking attempts a day on Israeli sites, the ministry said. Attempts on defence-related sites have been the highest, while 10 million attempts have been made on the site of Israel’s president, 7 million on the Foreign Ministry and 3 million on the site of the prime minister. A ministry spokesman said while the attacks have come from around the world, most have been from Israel and the Palestinian territories. “The ministry’s computer division will continue to block the millions of cyber attacks,” Steinitz said. “We are enjoying the fruits of

our investment in recent years in developing computerized defence systems.” Steinitz has instructed his ministry to operate in emergency mode to counter attempts to undermine government sites. Both sides in the Gaza conflict, but particularly Israel, are embracing the social media as one of their tools of warfare. The Israeli Defense Force has established a presence on nearly every platform available while Palestinian militants are active on Twitter. “The war is taking place on three fronts. The first is physical, the second is on the world of social networks and the third is cyber,” said Carmela Avner, Israel’s chief information officer. Last month, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said cyberspace is the battlefield of the future, with attackers already going after banks and other financial systems. U.S. banks have been under sustained attack by suspected Iranian hackers thought to be responding to economic sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to negotiate over its nuclear program.

“We have taken steps, covering 64.144 km of the affected coastline, to tackle the problem,” Bali Environmental Agency (BLH) head I Nyoman Sujaya said here on Monday. BLH is cooperating with the local Public Work Office and Bali Penida River Board in its efforts to control the erosion of Bali`s coastline. “Plantation of mangroves along the beaches is one of the measures taken to prevent further abrasion of the shorelines,” Nyoman stated. “During the period from 2009 to 2012, about 250,000 trees have been planted over an area of 92.5 hectares,” he added. According to BLH data, nearly 20.8 percent of the 7,200 hect-

ares of coral reef in Bali waters have been damaged. “Despite the large area there is to be covered, the local administration has rehabilitated 360 hectares of coral reef in Balinese waters over the past three years,” Sujana said.

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The shorelines of Bali province have been badly affected by abrasion, with approximately 102.47 kilometres of the island`s 438.8 kilometrelong coastline being severely eroded, according to an official.

Energy minister calls on contractors to stay calm Antara

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Energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik met with several oil production sharing contractors here on Friday to give assurance following the dissolution of upstream oil and gas regulating agency BP Migas.

KUTA - Energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik met with several oil production sharing contractors here on Friday to give assurance following the dissolution of upstream oil and gas regulating agency BP Migas. He said he had to assure all oil and gas stakeholders, contractors from home and abroad that he had taken over all the tasks and functions of BP Migas so that they would remain calm. “Companies need not stop their activities as I have already taken over (all the tasks and functions of BP Migas),” he said. Among the contractors he met were from Medco, Indika, Efindo and some foreign companies. He said all the transition process is still underway and all contracts that have been signed would remain normal while preparations for negotiations for new contracts would also continue as they have already been under his control. He said no contract was illegal because what has been declared as illegal was only BP

Migas’ existence and not contract agreements. Regarding new contracts he said they would be signed by the minister of energy and mineral resources as the manager of former BP Migas. Jero said the meeting was one of the swift actions taken by the government to assure normal oil and gas company activities following the dissolution of BP Migas on November 13. “The income from oil and gas is recorded at Rp300 trillion a year or Rp1 trillion a day. So if the problem is ignored the state would lose,” he said. Following the dissolution of BP Migas following the ruling of the Constitutional Court stating that its existence was against the constitution President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued a presidential decree to hand over the tasks and functions of BP Migas to the ministry of energy and mineral resources. With regard to that Jero Wacik said that it would be furtehr improved while additional presidential decrees would also be issued to clear and strengthen regulations.


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South Denpasar Police arrest marijuana dealer Denpasar (Bali Post)—

The Rambut Siwi Temple in Jembrana

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After theft at Rambutsiwi

A grandiose exorcism ritual held Negara (Bali Post)—

The supporting devotees of Rambutsiwi Temple with the surrounding communities organized a grandiose exorcism ritual (pecaruan agung) on Sunday (Nov 18). Procession of the exorcism ritual comprising the pecaruan prayascita and sapuh awu was executed after the divine temple was rummaged by thieves causing many valuable items stored in the temple to vanish. Suenden added that all the people The ritual was officiated over by sanctified effigies). Chief of supporting devotees of becoming the supporting devotees Ida Pedanda Gede Oka Sidantha from Griya Taman Sari, Tibusambi the Rambutsiwi Temple, I Wayan of Rambutsiwi Temple expected the village, Yehembang, Mendoyo, Suenden, said the grandiose exor- thief stealing the temple sanctified Jembrana. The series of exorcism cism ritual was deliberately and effigy could be arrested by the auritual, among others, consisted of immediately organized considering thorities as the theft was considered Guru Piduka or apologies to Lord, in the temple would be organized to have been very detrimental to all pecaruan prayascita and sapuh awu a temple anniversary (piodalan) the Hindus in general. Moreover, (purification to temple area) as well within few days falling on No- the Rambutsiwi Temple posed one as Ngambe Ngulap and Pejaya- vember 28 or Buda Umanis Wuku of the Dang Kahyangan temples in Bali. (kmb26) jaya/pamasupati (purification to Perangbakat.

The operation of condition creation held by the ranks of South Denpasar Police on Jalan Kerta Dalem, Sidakarya, South Denpasar, Sunday morning (Nov 18), was successful. Aside from taking action against motorists failing to complete a number of papers, police also arrested a drug dealer named Ardianto Prakoso, 25, a resident of Jalan Dewi Sri 28, Kuta, Badung. The suspect was proved to bring along a roll of marijuana inserted into a cigarette pack. The suspect who worked as entertainer was arrested by police that organized the operation of condition creation. As usual, the ranks of South Denpasar Police undertook the operation at vulnerable points. Even, the operation was carried out early in the morning. One by one, the passing vehicle was stopped to examine its papers. Not to forget, police also searched the trunk of car or motorbike. At approximately 2:30 a.m., the suspect passed by riding a motorcycle. His motorcycle was also stopped. At that time, the suspect had shown suspicious gestures. He looked like being confused. “Our members did an examination on selective basis. The suspect was searched and found a roll of suspicious object inserted into his cigarette pack. Apparently, it was marijuana,” said the Chief of South Denpasar Police, Agus Tri Waluyo. For further investigation, the suspect was taken to the office

of South Denpasar Police. Having been examined, the suspect admitted if the illicit goods belonged to him. Additionally, he admitted to obtain the marijuana from his friend with initial AM. AM was from Surabaya but on holiday in Bali. “We also searched the room of the suspect and found the other illicit goods,” said the former Chief of the Ngurah Rai Airport Area Police. Chief Agus Tri Waluyo added that after preparing the preliminary investigation report, the case was then handed over to the Narcotics Unit of the Denpasar Metro Police. Therefore, continuation of the case would be developed by the Narcotics officers of the Denpasar Metro Police. “We’ve handed over the case to Denpasar Metro Police. Henceforth, they will handle the case,” he told reporters last Sunday. At separate location, the personnel of Narcotics Unit Chief of the Denpasar Metro Police, I Wayan Suarda, also arrested a suspected marijuana dealer on Saturday (Nov 17) at 10:00 p.m. The suspect named Bertoni Siswanto, 34, from Jakarta and living at Padang Kartika Housing Gang Maruti No. 18A Denpasar, was arrested at his home. The evidence seized from the suspect consisted of a wooden ashtray containing a roll of marijuana with gross weight of 0.58 gram and net weight of 0.37 gram as well as a cigarette box containing marijuana seed and leaf with net weight of 0.08 gram and two pieces of cigarette roll paper. (kmb21)

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Obama visits once-pariah state, Myanmar

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Buddhist monks march on a street in protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar.

Associated Press Writer

YANGON, Myanmar — President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Myanmar on Monday is meant to show America’s support for the country’s transition to democracy. The White House has cautioned that Obama’s trip to the former pariah state should not be viewed as a

“victory celebration” but as an opportunity to press for urgent action still needed in Myanmar. Notably, freeing

political prisoners and ending ethnic tension in remote areas. Myanmar was under military rule for a half-century until last year when a nominally civilian government took office and stunned the world with a rapid rush toward reforms. One of its early moves was to release Nobel laureate Aung San Suu

Kyi from house arrest and allow her to campaign for parliament. She now leads a small minority in a chamber filled with former military men. Suu Kyi’s enormous popularity stems in part from her father, independence hero Gen. Aung San, who was assassinated in 1948. Obama’s roughly six-hour visit

will be confined to Yangon, the main city where the military brutally crushed pro-democracy uprisings in the past, including a 2007 rally led by Buddhist monks and protests in 1988 led by student activists. During his trip, Obama will meet separately with reformist President Thein Sein and Suu Kyi.

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15 members of the Azzam family under the rubble. While the airstrikes relentlessly targeted militant rocket operations, Israeli gunboats unleashed a steady tattoo of heavy machine gun fire and shells at militant facilities on Gaza’s coastal road. The bloodshed was likely to raise pressure on Israel to end the fighting, even as it pledged to intensify the offensive by striking the homes of wanted militants. High numbers of civilian casualties in an offensive four years ago led to fierce criticism and condemnation of Israel. In all, 81 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, have been killed in the five-day onslaught and 720 have been wounded. Three Israeli

civilians have died from Palestinian rocket fire and dozens have been wounded.. President Barack Obama said he was in touch with players across the region in hopes of halting the fighting, while also warning of the risks of Israel expanding its air assault into a ground war. “We’re going to have to see what kind of progress we can make in the next 24, 36, 48 hours,” Obama said during a visit in Thailand. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urged the two warring parties to achieve an immediate cease-fire. He said he was heading to the region to appeal personally for an end to the violence, but no date was given in the U.N. statement for his arrival.

Israel strike kills 11 in Gaza, including children

Midwives shortage occur in Bali

Denpasar (Bali Post)-

The effort of Bali Government to increase health condition in the villages seems to be facing difficulties as there are still villages not having any midwives. They are needed for mother and baby health. The Head of Bali Health Agency, dr. Ketut Suarjaya, when contacted last Sunday (18/11) stated that Bali has around 716 villages and the midwives needed in one area is still in shortage. “More is needed as they have to share knowledge and going mobile in giving health services,” Suarjaya explained. Those villages are located in Karangasem, Buleleng and Klungkung such as at Kubu and Ban also Nusa Penida. Based on the Agency’s data, the number of doctors and nurses are outstanding especially in health community centers with 1068 doctors and 5331 nurses while midwives only reached 3891 which is still not enough. To help, those areas in need of midwife, the Agency planned to give aid by employing 40 PTT Midwives workers even though there are only 40 of them. “It’s not that the midwives don’t want to work it’s just a number of villages don’t have enough budget for midwives to work there,” Suarjaya continued. (san)

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An emergency rescue worker carries a child’s body found in the Daloo family house rubble following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli missile ripped through a two-story home in a residential area of Gaza City on Sunday, killing at least 11 civilians, including four young children and an 81-year-old woman, in the single deadliest attack of Israel’s offensive against Islamic militants. A similar scene unfolded elsewhere in the city early Monday, when an airstrike leveled two houses belonging to a single family, killing two children and two adults and injuring 42 people, including children, said Gaza heath official Ashraf al-Kidra. Rescue workers were frantically searching for 12 to

China’s Xi warns of unrest if graft not tackled Reuters

BEIJING - If corruption is allowed to run wild in China then the ruling Communist Party risks major unrest and the collapse of its rule, state media on Monday quoted Communist Party chief Xi Jinping as saying at one of his first major meetings since taking the role. In unusually blunt language, Vice President Xi, who assumes Hu Jintao’s job as head of state in March, said that graft was like “worms breeding in decaying

matter” -- an old Chinese phrase meaning “ruin befalls those who are weak”. “In recent years, some countries have stored up problems over time leading to seething public anger, civil unrest and government collapse -- corruption has been an important factor in all this,” state newspapers quoted Xi as telling a study session for the Politburo, the party’s second-highest decisionmaking body. “A great deal of facts tell us that the worse corruption becomes the

only outcome will be the end of the party and the end of the state! We must be vigilant!” Xi added. “Recently, our party has had serious discipline and legal cases of a despicable nature which has had a bad political effect and shocked people,” he said, without naming any of these incidents. The run up to this month’s party congress, at which a new generation of leaders was unveiled, was overshadowed by a scandal involving former political heavyweight Bo Xilai, once a contender for top leadership in the

world’s second-largest economy. Bo was expelled from the party this year and faces possible charges of corruption and abuse of power, while his wife was jailed for murdering a British businessman. Xi said that party members, especially those at senior levels, should not abuse their positions for personal gain, and that they were not above the law. Officials “must also strengthen their management and control over their relations and those who work with them”, Xi added.

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Newly-elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Xi Jinping speaks as he meets with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 15, 2012.


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BUSINESS South Korea, China, Japan to start free trade talks

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SEOUL — South Korea’s trade minister says South Korea, China and Japan will soon start talks for a free trade pact encompassing the three Asian economic powers. Bark Tae-ho said Monday that the decision to start talks will be officially announced Tuesday at the East Asia Summit in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Bark said the trade pact would help boost economic growth and pave the way for more stable political relationships in the region where China and Japan have been at odds over the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea. Relations between South Korea and Japan have also been strained by a territorial dispute. China and Japan are the world’s second and third biggest economies. South Korea is the 15th largest and home to giant companies such as Samsung. AP Photo

Chinese workers manufacture sports shoes at a shoe factory in Jinjiang in southeast China’s Fujian province Friday Nov. 9, 2012. Business for retailers, hotels, photo studios and other service industries is picking up as China limps out of its deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis. But exporters and manufacturers who drove its boom over the past decade are struggling.

China’s economy recovering but torrid growth over Associated Press

BEIJING — Zhang Hanzhong, who supplies locks for auto manufacturers, is part of a swath of China’s economy that is lagging in a two-speed recovery. Business for retailers, hotels, photo studios and other service industries is picking up as China limps out of its deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis. But exporters and manufacturers who drove its boom over the past decade are struggling. Zhang’s sales are down 20 percent with no rebound in sight, while labor costs are up. “The second half of the year is even harder than the first half,” said Zhang, who employs 60 people at his factory in Meizhou in Guangdong province near Hong Kong. China is recovering but the days of double-digit growth are gone. Faced with falling returns from a three-decade-old growth model fueled by exports and investment, Beijing is trying to rebalance the economy by promoting consumer spending, service industries and technology. It is a strategy that promises smaller but more sustainable gains. That could have global repercussions by dampening voracious demand for iron ore, industrial equipment and other imports

that drove growth for suppliers from Australia to Africa to Germany. “The world has to get used to the idea that China will grow at a 7 or 8 percent pace, and growth will be far less investment-intensive over the next decade,” said Mark Williams of Capital Economics. “So the projections for Chinese demand for commodities, capital goods, construction equipment and so on have to be revised down.’” The Communist Party has committed in broad strokes to growth based on consumer spending and innovation in its five-year development plan that runs through 2015. A report in February by the World Bank and a Chinese Cabinet think tank said that to achieve that, the government will need to make politically daunting changes including curbing the dominance of state companies. New leaders including General Secretary Xi Jinping who took power last week are under pressure to deliver on the party plans to overhaul the economy. But how far

they will go to rein in politically favored state companies and other vested interests is unclear. Growth slowed to a three-year low of 7.4 percent in the three months ending in September. That prompted concern the new leaders might feel compelled to boost spending on building bridges and other public works, setting back efforts to reduce reliance on investment. But retail sales and other indicators are improving, easing pressure for abrupt changes. This year’s growth is explosive by Western standards but well below the 14.1 percent that China racked up in 2007 on its way to passing Japan as the second-largest economy in 2009. Forecasters expected a Chinese recovery early this year. As the slump deepened, the International Monetary Fund and others cut growth forecasts for the year to below 8 percent — the weakest since the 1990s. Even after a recovery, they see it rising to only about 8.5 percent by 2014.

GM opens new plant for Chinese budget brand Baojun Associated Press

HONG KONG — General Motors Co. and its local Chinese partners have launched a second plant to make cars for its local discount brand Baojun, ratcheting up the battle for customers at the fast-growing lower end of the world’s biggest auto market. The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture opened the factory on Sunday in southwestern Guangxi province. GM and its partners have invested 8 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in the facility, which will be capable of turning out up to 400,000 vehicles a year. The joint venture is also building a powertrain factory at the plant that will be able to produce up to 400,000 engines annually. It’s scheduled to open in September 2013. The first car to roll off the plant’s production line was a Baojun 630 midsize sedan, one of two cars sold under the only-in-China badge. The 630 sells for about 63,000 yuan ($10,100) while the Le Chi mini car goes for about 40,000 yuan ($6,400). China surpassed the United States as the world’s biggest auto market by vehicles sold in 2009 but slowing sales growth has prompted global automakers to look for new ways to tap the faster-growing low end of the Chinese market in smaller cities and the countryside. In September, Nissan unveiled the second model from its new low-priced Chinese brand Venucia, a compact hatchback that will sell for as little as 67,800 yuan ($10,760). Honda has also launched a budget brand, Li Nian. The SAIC-GM-Wuling is focused on making mini-trucks and microvans.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tourism boats continue to operate amid lake subsides

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TABANAN — Receding lake water of the Ulun Danu Beratan at Candikuning village, Baturiti, due to dry season never discourages the interest of tourists to enjoy the area. As evidence, though the water level drops sharply, the activity of tourist boat remained popular, especially on weekend. Since midday, visitors that would like to enjoy the lake continued to flow. They mostly consisted of domestic tourists. A number of tourist boat services on offer made visitors linger at the location. “The atmosphere is fresh. Without sailing around the lake, I think the visit will be useless,” said Rini, 40, a visitor from Jakarta. This woman admitted when spending holiday in Bali she always made her time surround the Lake Beratan, let alone the weather was fine. Secretary of the Ulun Danu Beratan tourist attraction, Parwata, explained the receding lake water did not affect the number of tourist visits, including the activities of tourist boats. Moreover, the decline in the lake water remained to be quite normal. “During dry season, the water is receding, but still normal,” he said. Decline in the lake water was estimated to not exceed three meters so that tourist boat could still sail around the lake. However, the boat hull could not approach the lake verge because it would run aground.

The rates of tourist boat on offer were also relatively affordable. The rate of motorized boat was set at only IDR 140,000, while traditional boat at IDR 50,000. Typically, the tourist boat took passengers around the lake and sometimes they were taken to drop by the dock across the lake. According to Parwata, the decline in the lake surface was precisely taken advantage to improve the infrastructure. One of them was improvement of the bridge connecting to temple in the lake and the wall of bamboo cluster on the lakeside. “The improvement is intended to beautify the tourist attraction and the lake water happens to recede,” he said. He added the receding lake water was a common phenomenon during dry season. Moreover, the arrival of rainy season was predicted to delay. Conversely, when it rained the lake always overflowed and inundated the tourist area. Not infrequently, the overflowing lake water also flooded the estates belonging to local residents. (kmb30)

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Receding lake water of the Ulun Danu Beratan at Candikuning village, Baturiti, due to dry season never discourages the interest of tourists to enjoy the area. As evidence, though the water level drops sharply, the activity of tourist boat remained popular, especially on weekend.

Travelers in queue for a whole night Bali Post

Thousands of vehicles dominated by those of domestic travelers having spent weekend holiday on the island of Bali were forced to queue at Gilimanuk on Saturday night (Nov 17). Some travelers even had to overnight in order to get aboard.

JEMBRANA - Thousands of vehicles dominated by those of domestic travelers having spent weekend holiday on the island of Bali were forced to queue at Gilimanuk on Saturday night (Nov 17). Some travelers even had to overnight in order to get aboard. The harbor had begun to be thronged by cars and tourist buses since Saturday night and when getting into late night the number of vehicles soared. Only within an hour, the harbor parking lot had been entirely filled with cars and buses. The queue reached out of the harbor and kept on getting longer after trucks came in with private cars. In response to such condition, the officials separated the bus queue lane from private cars in front of the Gilimanuk terminal. Unluckily, such an effort was still unable to quickly reduce the queue. Even, the vehicle queue reached two kilometers from the ticket counter. Police officers controlling the queue took firm action to a number of vehicles breaching the queue by returning them to the last queue in the rear. Chief of Gilimanuk Marine

Police, Made Prihenjagat, was getting involved in regulating the traffic and asked the drivers to wait for the queue patiently. For several times, the officers had to stop vehicles that were about to break through to go into the harbor more quickly. The authority of crossing agency (ASDP) had actually prepared 27 vessels. However, due to excessive number of the incoming vehicles, they could not be entirely accommodated and had to queue. Until Sunday morning, the queue was still going on. Some travelers even had to wait for all night to get aboard. Adi, 27, one of the members in a traveler group from Solo, Central Java, claimed the tourist bus he traveled with had been in queue from 10:00 p.m. through 05:00 a.m. On the other hand, the Operations Manager of the ASDP Gilimanuk, Wahyudi Susianto, said the number of vessel did not guarantee to resolve the queue of tourist bus because each vessel could only transport a restricted number of buses. Each vessel could only carry 5 buses, while on Saturday night there were tens or even hundreds of buses in queue. (kmb26)


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Pro- and anti-gay protesters clash in Paris Associated Press Writer

PARIS — The controversial Ukrainian group Femen, whose topless members stage pranks to support gay rights, have taunted a march in Paris by Catholics who oppose France’s draft law to legalize gay marriage. The Catholic group Civitas organized Sunday’s march by several thousand people carrying pro-family banners. Several Femen activists turned up topless, chanted “in gay we trust” and sprayed white powder from bottles. That prompted several anti-gay marriage protesters to hit the Femen members and push them to the ground. On Saturday several thousand people took to the streets in cities across France to protest the draft law, which could see marriage and adoption legalized for homosexual couples early next year.

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Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide gestures after landing in a Soyuz capsule outside the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

Soyuz Spacecraft Makes Rare Night Landing with Station Crew

A Russian Soyuz space capsule made a rare nighttime landing in the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan early Monday, returning three astronauts to Earth after a four-month voyage to the International Space Station. A timing glitch forced the capsule to overshoot its intended landing site slightly by a few miles, but made an otherwise smooth touch down at 7:56 a.m. local time — one hour before sunrise — on Monday (Nov. 20), NASA officials said. Because of time zone differences it was still Sunday night at NASA’s space station Mission Control center in Houston.”The crew is home,” NASA spokesman Rob Navias said during landing commentary. Returning home on the Soyuz were NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. The trio launched toward the station in mid-July and spent 127 days in space during their mission. [Soyuz Lands Safely with Station Crew (Photos)] It was the first time in six years that a Soyuz spacecraft has landed at night, and only the fourth time in the 12-year history of Soyuz flights to the space station, Navias said. Some of the Soyuz’s landing activities occurred a few seconds late, causing it to overshoot its landing site, but Russian recovery teams were able to

compensate for the change during the descent, he added. Weather at the landing site was overcast and freezing, with temperatures of 12 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 11 degrees Celsius), though it felt like 0 degrees F (minus 17 degrees C) with the wind, Navias said. The Soyuz capsule landed on its side, a common configuration, and recovery teams were expected to work quickly to retrieve the astronauts due to the cold weather. Williams and her crew wore broad smiles after being extracted from their capsule. They sat in reclining seats under thick blankets to stay warm in the frigid cold before being moved to a inflatable medical tent for postlanding checks. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide launched into orbit in mid-July, with Williams becoming the second female commander of the station when she took charge earlier this year. Williams, an avid runner, became ran the first triathlon in space during the mission, which also featured three spacewalks and the first official cargo delivery by a robotic Dragon spacecraft built by the U.S. company

SpaceX. Williams, who commanded the station’s Expedition 33 mission, turned control of the outpost over to Ford on Saturday (Nov. 17). The command change marked the start of the station’s Expedition 34 mission by Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, who arrived at the station in late October. “I think we’ve left this ship in good shape and I’m honored to hand it over to Kevin,” Williams told Ford before presenting gifts to Expedition 34 crew in an emotional exchange. “As you can see, we have a great crew up her, us who are going home very shortly and the ones who are taking over. The ship’s in good hands.” After the Soyuz returning the Expedition 33 crew to Earth undocked from the space station on Sunday, Ford radioed NASA’s Mission Control center to say he was eager for his own mission. The Expedition 33 crew, he added “kept the ship in ship shape.” “It was a beautiful departure,” Ford said of the Soyuz undocking. “It was just beautiful to watch the ship fly away.”

Missing cat found 6 days after Indianapolis blast Associated Press Writer

INDIANAPOLIS — A missing family cat has been rescued from the ruins of a home near the center of the deadly Indianapolis house explosion. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the black cat named Gidget had been missing since the fiery blast late Saturday night. A federal investigator found Gidget on Friday hiding behind a couch in the home of her owners, Glenn and Gloria Olvey. Burris says the cat was scared but otherwise in good condition. The Olveys already had recovered their other three pets. The family lives next door to the house where the blast is believed to have originated. Glenn Olvey says the blast hurled him several feet and trapped him, his wife and one of their two teenage daughters when their roof collapsed. Shelters are housing several recovered pets.

Congo rebels advance to outskirts of Goma

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

INDONESIA Floods, landslides hit Banten

Antara BANTEN - Floods and landslides have hit several sub-districts in Lebak district, Banten province, damaging a number of houses, according to a local official. “There is no report of fatalities in the disaster,” said Muklis, the head of the Lebak disaster mitigation office, here on Monday. He noted that incessant heavy rains on Sunday triggered the floods and landslides. The disaster-affected sub-districts are Leuwidamar, Cimarga, Sobang and Lebak Gedong. Muklis stated that 70 houses were swept away and 100 others inundated, with floodwaters reaching a height of up to 50 cm. In Sobang and Lebak Gedong, 16 houses are still under threat of landslides, while nine have been damaged and three others almost destroyed. “Volunteers, military personnel and Red Cross officers have moved the victims, who have lost their houses, to safer areas,” Muklis said. The Lebak authorities have sent relief aid to the victims and also put the region’s emergency personnel on alert, because heavy rains are forecast to continue in the coming few weeks. A number of evacuation facilities, such as rubber boats and ambulances, have been kept ready in anticipation of emergency situations.

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The traditional vehicles of Indonesia, popularly known as “becaks”, which are basically pedicabs or tricycles, are rarely seen these days in the metropolitan city of Jakarta.

Becak must be Indonesia’s tourism icon Antara

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KINSHASA - Rebels in Congo, who U.N. experts say are backed by neighboring Rwanda, reached the outskirts of the eastern city of Goma on Sunday after pushing back government troops, despite U.N. peacekeepers firing back from helicopter gunships. The rebels, known as M23, are led by mutinying soldiers who rose up eight months ago, accusing the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government of failing to respect a 2009 peace agreement to integrate insurgents from a previous rebellion into the army. They have now fought four days of battles to come closer than ever to Goma, home to a million people, including hundreds of thousands of refugees who have converged there as the rebels advanced elsewhere, and are now fleeing again. Rebels have repeatedly said they do not plan to capture the city, which sits at the Rwandan border on the north shore of Lake Kivu in the foothills of mist-covered volcanoes. Goma is a provincial capital and headquarters of U.N. peacekeepers. Thousands of displaced people were abandoning camps in the north of the city to escape the advancing rebels, said Tariq Riebl, humanitarian program co-ordinator for Oxfam aid agency. Goma residents were trying to evacuate families, while trucks full of Congolese soldiers were seen leaving the city on Sunday. “The question now is, what does this (fighting) mean? Are M23 going to take Goma? Nobody knows,” he said. Colonel Vianney Kazarama, spokesman for the M23 rebels, said fighters had advanced to within two kilometers of Goma and would hold their position around five km outside the city. “We’re not going to take the airport, we are responding to an attack by the army ... We’re just doing this to break the capacity of the FARDC (Congolese army),” Kazarama told Reuters. “The situation remains under control,” he said later in a text message.

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An Indonesian youth plays under a large Palestinian flag during a Muslim protest against Israel’s attack on Gaza, in Jakarta, Indonesia Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

JAKARTA - The traditional vehicles of Indonesia, popularly known as “becaks”, which are basically pedicabs or tricycles, are rarely seen these days in the metropolitan city of Jakarta. Becaks cluttering the main streets of Jakarta were a common sight before 1994. After that, they were banned in the city because of their propensity to cause traffic jams. Cons equently, becaks are widely missed by people living in housing complexes situated away from the main roads, because of the lack of public transportation means in the small and narrow streets of the city. But these traditional vehicles are still a favourite in cities and towns across Java island and elsewhere. In the nation’s leading cultural city, Yogyakarta, which has numerous attractions and is the second most visited destination in Indonesia after Bali, the becak is being promoted as a tourism icon. The head of Yogyakarta`s tourism development office, Bambang Suwarmintarta, said

the becak would continue to exist as a means of public transport even as Yogyakarta develops as a metropolitan city. “The becak has had a positive impact on the development of Yogyakarta`s public civilization,” he noted. “The link between becak and the development of public civilization in Yogyakarta can be seen from several dimensions, namely becak as a mode of traditional transportation, becak drivers being responsible citizens of the city, and becak as the mover of economic activity,” Bambang pointed out. “In the city of Yogyakarta, which covers a total area of 30.5 sq km, becak has become the essential mode of transportation for the city’s people, especially for tourists who are keen to visit the cultural tourism sites,” he said. Yogyakarta’s cultural heritage includes, among other things, magnificent temples, ruins of palaces and monasteries, various traditions, cultural events, traditional folk and performing arts, and architecture. It is important to note that this is all part of the living culture of

Yogyakarta that colours the daily activities of local inhabitants. Due to its rich cultural heritage, Yogyakarta has long been known as the cradle of Javanese culture, which continues to attract domestic and foreign tourists every year. Foreign tourists visiting Yogyakarta admit that they love travelling around by becak because it is “fun and exciting”. Besides, the city’s becak drivers are friendly and always ready to take tourists around at reasonable fares. That is why, this traditional mode of transport has for years been a special attraction for foreign tourists. “I like travelling by becak every time I visit Yogyakarta because the drivers are friendly and never ask for unreasonably high fares,” said Marianne Lammers, a tourist from the Netherlands. The Dutch woman from the city of Haarlem said she had visited Indonesia several times and Yogyakarta was her favourite destination. Some tourists even want to buy becaks and take them to their home country as souvenirs.


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Perancak Dang Khayangan Temple IBP

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Perancak Temple is situated on the southern tip of Jembrana subdistrict, precisely at Perancak village. This temple is one of the Dang Khayangan temples (used to venerated Hindu sage) in Bali. It is closely related to some other similar temples in Jembrana such as the Rambutsiwi, Jati, Prapat Agung and Majapahit Temple. On the pilgrimage of Danghyang Nirartha or Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rauh from Java to Bali, he should show off his supernatural power against the king ruling the Tanjung Ketapang, Perancak with the title I Gusti Ngurah Rangsasa. According to Jro Mangku Nyoman Sadra, 72, the temple with anniversary falling every Buda Manis (Wednesday) Medangsia was inseparable from the pilgrimage of Danghyang Nirartha to Bali. Before he came to Jembrana, Perancak or Tanjung Ketapang was already in command by I Gusti Ngurah Rangsasa. When Nirartha arrived at Perancak through the estuary of Perancak directly overlooking the southern sea, the ruler of Perancak, Gusti Ngurah Rangsasa examined the capability of Danghyang Nirartha. As a new comer, he was asked to comply with the local rules. One of which, he had to worship him manifested through four large stone shrines that existed at the area. At that time, Ngurah Rangsasa asked to struggle while showing off supernatural power and it was met by Danghyang Nirartha. However, before accomplishing the worship, the stone shrines in use shattered. Ultimately, Ngurah Rangsasa recognized the supernatural power of Nirartha and the imperious character of the Perancak ruler vanished. Later on, Ngurah Rangsasa moved to the north under the hill. Due to his presence there, local people then named the area Sawe Rangsasa. According to local legend, the word sawe originating from the word sawa or soul refers to Gusti Ngurah Rangsasa, the former ruler of Perancak. So far, within the area of Perancak Temple stands a memorial chamber shrine used to venerate the descendants of Ngurah Rangsasa. Additionally, at the temple entrance of Perancak is set a pair of crocodile statue on the stairs. According to Jro Mangku Sadra who has been in service for 40 years, the statue described the situation of Perancak estuary at that time where the swamp area was still filled with dozens of crocodiles.

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Czechs lift Davis Cup with victory over Spain

PRAGUE - The Czech Republic beat holders Spain 3-2 to win the Davis Cup for the first time as an independent nation when Radek Stepanek overcame Nicolas Almagro in four tough sets before a raucous home crowd on Sunday. Stepanek, who jumped over the net and triumphantly waved his arms to acknowledge the 14,580 fans packed into the arena, was hugged by team mates before going to his wife with tears rolling down his cheeks after clinching victory in the final rubber. His 6-4 7-6 3-6 6-3 win over Almagro meant the Czechs reclaimed the Davis Cup 32 years after Czechoslovakia won the trophy led by Ivan Lendl, who proudly watched this year’s final at the 02 arena with his former team mates. It also made the Czech Republic the first country to win the Davis Cup and Fed Cup team trophies for men and women respectively and the mixed Hopman Cup event in one year. “I was dreaming about it my whole life and now we’re stand-

ing here as Davis Cup champions, it’s amazing,” said Stepanek after clinching the 100th Davis Cup final. His success delighted a home crowd that had earlier been silenced when Spain’s world number five David Ferrer cruised to a 6-2 6-3 7-5 win over Tomas Berdych to level the final at 2-2 after the Czechs won a four-set doubles rubber on Saturday. Ferrer’s victory over sixth-ranked Berdych put Spain, who have dominated the event in recent seasons but were without injured former world number one Rafa Nadal, back in the hunt for a fourth Davis Cup crown in five years and sixth overall. SIZZLING STEPANEK The two Czech players have carried the team since 2007 but lost the only other time the country has ap-

peared in the final - a 5-0 drubbing by Spain in 2009 on the clay courts of Barcelona. The pair played in all the weekend’s matches but fatigue was not a factor for the effervescent 33year-old Stepanek, ranked 37th in the world, who used all his experience to unnerve the 11th-ranked Almagro in the Spaniard’s first final appearance. Stepanek, who became the first man aged 30 or above to win a decisive fifth rubber in 100 years and has plans to play Davis Cup again next year, broke Almagro to claim the first set. After missing a few chances to break his opponent at the end of the second set, Stepanek managed to force Almagro into several errors in the tiebreak which he won 7-0. The beginning of the third set

was tight but Almagro served well and managed to win it before Stepanek clinched the fourth to send the Czech fans into raptures as Queen’s “We are the Champions” blared through the loudspeakers. “I can’t describe what I’m feeling right now,” said an emotional

Stepanek. “I came on the court with the mindset that I had to stay calm, hungry, motivated and concentrate... I was playing very aggressively today. I wanted to be the one who was active, who was controlling the game and it paid off.”

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ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, right, presents Czech Republic’s Davis Cup team with a trophy after their victory over Spain in their Davis Cup finals tennis match in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Czech Republic defeated Spain 3-2 and gained the Davis Cup trophy.

Durant’s triple-double leads Thunder over Warriors

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Threetime NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant is determined to become known as more than a one-dimensional player. He took a big step in that direc-

tion Sunday night. Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 119-109. ‘’I really didn’t care, to be hon-

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Oklahoma City won 119-109.

est. If it came, then that’s cool. If it didn’t, then just keep playing,’’ Durant said. ‘’It feels good to get one. Now, I guess I’ve got a little monkey off my back. I can just go out there and play.’’ Durant has endured some growing pains this season trying to improve his floor game, with a bump in his assist numbers coinciding with an increase in his turnovers, too. He came in averaging four turnovers per game, the fourth-worst in the league. But after ending up with more turnovers than assists in each of his first five NBA seasons, Durant is starting to reverse that trend this season. He’s also grabbing about two more rebounds per game than any other time in his career. ‘’There’s going to be nights where I have to score 30. There’s going to be nights where I have to have seven or eight assists,’’ Durant said. ‘’So, I’m just trying to be an all-around player and just continue to help my team win.’’ Durant turned it over just twice in this one and pumped his right fist after he set up Kevin Martin’s 3-pointer with 4:57 to play for his 10th assist. The play also helped the Thunder hold on after Golden State cut a 21-point deficit to seven in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook scored 30 points and Martin had 23 off the

bench as Oklahoma City had a season-high 31 assists for the second straight game and a season high in points. Durant, Westbrook and Martin also combined for 22 assists. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points, and David Lee chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. ‘’Durant’s a pretty good passer to begin with and we decided we were going to load up a lot on him and Russell when they got the ball and make other guys beat us,’’ Lee said. ‘’The problem with loading up sometimes on him is that he’s 6-11 and can see over it and make passes. ‘’I always considered him a pretty unselfish player, considering the amount of talent he has to score the basketball. I don’t think that you would call him a selfish scorer by any means.’’ It looked for a while as though Durant might be stuck on nine assists - matching his previous career best from a double-overtime game against Denver during his rookie season in Seattle. Durant and Westbrook teamed up to score eight straight points late in the third quarter, with Westbrook’s 3-pointer from the top of the key extending Oklahoma City’s lead to 86-67. Durant had a chance to pick up his 10th assist before the end of

the third period, but instead kept the ball on a fast break and wound up with a three-point play that put the Thunder ahead 94-73. He started the fourth quarter on the bench, but got a chance to come back in when Oklahoma City’s reserves let the lead start slipping away. Coach Scott Brooks put his AllStars back in with 8:18 left, after Curry’s 3-pointer drew Golden State to 101-88. Nick Collison used a nifty touch pass off an offensive rebound to set up Serge Ibaka’s layup, and Durant assisted on Martin’s 3 on the next trip as Oklahoma City stemmed the tide. ‘’Some guys can just pass, some guys can just shoot, some guys can just rebound. Obviously, with Kevin, he can do many things on the floor and we always have to challenge him because we don’t know how good he will end up being,’’ Brooks said. Brooks said he doesn’t want Durant to become a passer, but rather a play-maker. ‘’Every year for the next 100 years, he’s going to be an MVP-type caliber player, and this is what MVP players do,’’ Brooks said. ‘’They make your team better, you win games and you do everything. You fill the stat sheet. ‘’You don’t want to be a guy that just scores 35 and the team doesn’t have success.’’


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Razor-sharp Pirlo holds the key for Juventus

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MILAN - Sampdoria beat neighbours Genoa 3-1 to end a run of seven straight defeats and Inter Milan fumed over referees as Serie A threw up a rash of red cards, own goals and another coaching victim on Sunday. Pescara coach Giovanni Stroppa, in charge for only 13 games, became the fifth coaching victim of the season after his side missed a penalty and had two players dismissed in a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Siena. Four players were sent off, three of them from Palermo, and two penalties were awarded as hosts Bologna beat the Sicilian side 3-0. Second-placed Inter Milan were rescued by a late own goal from Davide Astori as they drew 2-2 at home to Cagliari but were furious after having a stoppage-time penalty appeal turned down and had coach Andrea Stramaccioni sent off for dissent. The club declared a media silence, apart from president Massimo Moratti who gave an angry television interview to the Mediaset Premium television channel from his car as he left San Siro. “I can say that for three games in a row, we have had to deal with refereeing injustices, which have prevented us from getting the result,” he said. Two goals from Alberto Aquilani helped Fiorentina thrash Atalanta 4-1 in Florence to go third. Gonzalo Rodriguez and Luca Toni also scored as the hosts, a far cry from last season’s struggling outfit, chalked up their fifth win in a row.

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MILAN - Chelsea must find a way to subdue Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo in a Champions League clash on Tuesday which is likely to leave either the Serie A titleholders or European champions out of the competition. The 2006 World Cup winner now sports a beard which many feel gives him a resemblance to martial arts film star Chuck Norris, and he has been just as destructive as Juve’s guiding light in the past 18 months. that Pirlo, also instrumental in leading Italy to the Euro 2012 final, deserved to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Juventus’ problem is that their forwards are not always on hand to convert chances that Pirlo and his midfield create for them. New signing Sebastian Giovinco has failed to meet expectations since his move from Parma and Mirko Vucinic’s individualism continues to exasperate his team mates and the fans. Juventus, who went out in the group stage on their last Champions League appearance in 2009/10, have six points from four games in Group E, one less than Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk who visit winless Nordsjaelland. Chelsea will qualify if they win Tuesday’s match and Shakhtar will join them if they also win, leaving Juventus to contemplate the Europa League. However, a win for Juventus would leave them needing a point from their visit to Shakhtar in December to qualify, as they would edge Chelsea on the head-to-head record if the pair finished level on points.

Chelsea, who in t h e i r opening Champions League game squandered a 2-0 lead at home to Ju- ventus in a game that ended 2-2, cannot be eliminated on Tuesday but if they lose and Shakhtar win as expected, their fate will be out of their hands. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo (R) challenges Nordsjaelland’s Mikkel Beckmann during their Champions League Group E soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin November 7, 2012.

Galaxy and Houston to meet in repeat MLS final

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L.A. Galaxy and Houston Dynamo will meet in the MLS Cup final for the second straight year after clinching their Conference championships on Sunday. The Galaxy, featuring David Beckham in midfield, lost 2-1 in Seattle but a 3-0 first leg win last week that was enough AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Los Angeles Galaxy’s David Beckham waves after as he leaves the field after their win against the Seattle Sounders during an MLS Western Conference finals soccer game in Carson, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

to secure them a chance to defend their title on Dec. 1. Houston, with a 3-1 lead from their home leg, drew 1-1 in D.C. for a 4-2 aggregate win that books them their fourth final appearance in seven years. L.A. beat Houston 1-0 in last year’s final which, like this year’s, will be held at the Galaxy’s Home Depot Center. Backed by a passionate 44,575 crowd in the pouring rain at CenturyLink Field, the Sounders roared at the Galaxy from the outset and L.A. struggled to cope. Sounders striker Eddie Johnson had a goal harshly ruled out for offside in the 13th minute but moments later he put his team ahead. The former Fulham striker raced on to a long ball, bullied L.A. defender Omar Gonzalez away and lashed home a powerful first-time drive. Seattle needed two more goals to take the game into extra-time and they took a step towards that in the 57th minute with a brilliant diving header

from Zach Scott, who met a perfectly delivered Christian Tiffert corner at the near post. However, the Sounders were stunned when referee Mark Geiger awarded L.A. a penalty after an attempted cross from Robbie Keane struck the outstretched arm of Adam Johansson. The Seattle players argued the contact was not deliberate but Keane kept his cool from the spot and his 68th minute goal deflated the fans and a Sounders team that had felt they were close to a remarkable comeback. There were angry scenes after the final whistle with several Sounders players surrounding Geiger and their Cuban-born midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was sent off with a second yellow card. The Galaxy, who were without the injured Landon Donovan in attack, were certainly breathing a sigh of relief before being handed the Western Conference trophy. “Seattle are a good team, certainly

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Sampdoria win derby, Inter fume

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Pirlo’s importance was clear on Saturday as he sat out the Serie A match against Lazio through suspension and Juventus, who had scored 10 goals in their previous two games, stuttered to a goalless draw. Never the happiestlooking of characters with his long, droopy face, Pirlo’s favoured role as a deep-lying playmaker makes him something of a rarity in modern football. The 33-year-old, ever-present in their Champions League campaign to date, dictates the rhythm of the five-man Juventus midfield, floating exquisitely-timed 40 metre passes over the opposing backline or threading gaps in the defence. The Serie A champions have lost only twice in all competitions since Pirlo joined them at the start of last season from AC Milan where his own career had run into a dead end. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque suggested recently

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the better team today, but its about getting to the final and we did that,” said Keane. D.C. needed an early goal if they were to create any kind of real pressure for Houston but they struggled to develop chances against a wellmarshaled Dynamo defence. Chris Korb had a long-range effort saved by Houston keeper Tally Hall but it was Dynamo who grabbed the lead with a well-worked goal 12 minutes before the interval. Brad Davis weaved his way to the byline and pulled the ball back for Boniek Garcia, who made no mistake from close range. D.C. pushed forward after the break after bringing on returning Canadian playmaker Dwayne De Rosario but they lacked poise and invention until Branko Boskovic’s well taken solo effort. “We work hard, work together and do whatever it takes, I’m proud of this group of guys and we are excited to be back,” said influential midfielder Davis, who missed last year’s final due to injury.

Parma twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Udinese where 35-yearold Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring for the hosts with his eighth goal of the season. Defending champions Juventus, held 0-0 at home by Lazio on Saturday, lead with 32 points from 13 games. Inter are four points behind with Fiorentina and Napoli, who drew 2-2 with AC Milan on Saturday, a further point adrift. Sampdoria quickly took control of the derby when Andrea Poli turned in a deflected shot after 16 minutes. Genoa were desperately unfortunate to concede a second when goalkeeper Sebastien Frey saved Mauro Icardi’s drive at the near post, only for the ball to ricochet on to team mate Cesare Bovo and into the net from six metres. Genoa, who had won five of the last six derbies, pulled one back through Ciro Immobile in the 73rd minute and nearly equalised before teenager Icardi celebrated his Serie A debut by restoring Sampdoria’s two-goal lead. Genoa’s sixth defeat in a row left them bottom with nine points while Sampdoria climbed to 14th with 13 points. Palermo, who have won only twice this season, had goalkeeper Samir Ujkani, midfielder Edgar Barreto and substitute Carlos Labrin dismissed in the second half while Bologna’s Saphir Taider was also given his marching orders. Alberto Gilardino put Bologna ahead with a half-volley and Manolo Gabbiadini and Alessandro Diamanti converted penalties either side of halftime.

Wolfsburg recovery on track with win at Hoffenheim Reuters

BERLIN - VfL Wolfsburg’s new sports director Klaus Allofs enjoyed a successful debut as the 2009 Bundesliga champions won 3-1 at Hoffenheim on Sunday to continue their recovery under interim coach Lorenz-Guenther Koestner. Allofs joined this week after 13 years at Werder Bremen and sat on the bench next to Koestner, whose team have now won three out of four league games since he took over from sacked coach and sports director Felix Magath. Wolfsburg had been bottom of the table after only one win in their first eight games, but have rediscovered their form and team spirit since Koestner was installed as manager. Makoto Hasebe’s seventh minute header and Dutchman Bas Dost’s low diagonal drive in the 24th put Wolfsburg in the driving seat. A sizzling 25-metre free kick from Brazilian defender Naldo wrapped up the win that lifted the visitors away from the drop zone into 13th place on 14 points. Dost could have added another after he chased down a 30-metre Diego pass but his chip over goalkeeper Tim Wiese was cleared off the line by Matthieu Delpierre. The loss sees Hoffenheim trade places with Wolfsburg and move perilously close to the relegation zone just one point above Fortuna Dusseldorf who are 16th. Hoffenheim, level on 12 points with 15th-placed FC Nuremberg, managed to pull back a goal through Eren Derdiyok’s header in the 88th minute.

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Inter Milan forward Rodrigo Palacio, right, of Argentina, scores a goal as Cagliari Brazilian defender Danilo Avelar looks him during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Cagliari at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

Hughes sweats it out as clock ticks on QPR reign

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LONDON - As a player Mark Hughes never shirked a challenge nor backed away from confrontation. Dreaded by defenders throughout Europe, the Welshman enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a fighter. Rarely in his playing days, however, can the bellicose Hughes have encountered the enormity of challenge now facing him as he bids to cling on to his job as manager of rock-bottom Queen’s Park Rangers. Saturday’s home defeat to fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton left Hughes’s team as the only team in England’s four professional divisions without a win this season. It also left the manager squarely in the firing line. “HARRY COME AND SAVE US” read a placard held up by fans at Loftus Road, beseeching former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp to rescue the ailing West Londoners. Chants of “You’re only here for the money” rang out at the club’s Shepherd’s Bush stadium, accompanied by the more direct “Hughes Out”. The manger, though, remains defiant in the face of fans’ criticism. “I don’t run away from challenges, and this is a huge challenge,” he told reporters. “(The performance) was unacceptable. We have to take

AP Photo/Bogdan Maran

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes gestures during their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton at Loftus Road stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. it on the chin... it is my intention to see it through.” Most pertinent, though, has been club owner Tony Fernandes’s response. Usually publicly very supportive of his manager, the Malaysian airline tycoon took to Twitter in the wake of the defeat, but pointedly for once failed to back his man. “I

feel gutted,” wrote Fernandes, who also owns the Caterham Formula One motor racing team. “I have put my heart and soul into this with my other shareholders. And done all we can to give support to players and all management. I can only apologise to the QPR fans. We keep fighting.


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Razor-sharp Pirlo holds the key for Juventus

Reuters

MILAN - Sampdoria beat neighbours Genoa 3-1 to end a run of seven straight defeats and Inter Milan fumed over referees as Serie A threw up a rash of red cards, own goals and another coaching victim on Sunday. Pescara coach Giovanni Stroppa, in charge for only 13 games, became the fifth coaching victim of the season after his side missed a penalty and had two players dismissed in a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Siena. Four players were sent off, three of them from Palermo, and two penalties were awarded as hosts Bologna beat the Sicilian side 3-0. Second-placed Inter Milan were rescued by a late own goal from Davide Astori as they drew 2-2 at home to Cagliari but were furious after having a stoppage-time penalty appeal turned down and had coach Andrea Stramaccioni sent off for dissent. The club declared a media silence, apart from president Massimo Moratti who gave an angry television interview to the Mediaset Premium television channel from his car as he left San Siro. “I can say that for three games in a row, we have had to deal with refereeing injustices, which have prevented us from getting the result,” he said. Two goals from Alberto Aquilani helped Fiorentina thrash Atalanta 4-1 in Florence to go third. Gonzalo Rodriguez and Luca Toni also scored as the hosts, a far cry from last season’s struggling outfit, chalked up their fifth win in a row.

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MILAN - Chelsea must find a way to subdue Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo in a Champions League clash on Tuesday which is likely to leave either the Serie A titleholders or European champions out of the competition. The 2006 World Cup winner now sports a beard which many feel gives him a resemblance to martial arts film star Chuck Norris, and he has been just as destructive as Juve’s guiding light in the past 18 months. that Pirlo, also instrumental in leading Italy to the Euro 2012 final, deserved to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Juventus’ problem is that their forwards are not always on hand to convert chances that Pirlo and his midfield create for them. New signing Sebastian Giovinco has failed to meet expectations since his move from Parma and Mirko Vucinic’s individualism continues to exasperate his team mates and the fans. Juventus, who went out in the group stage on their last Champions League appearance in 2009/10, have six points from four games in Group E, one less than Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk who visit winless Nordsjaelland. Chelsea will qualify if they win Tuesday’s match and Shakhtar will join them if they also win, leaving Juventus to contemplate the Europa League. However, a win for Juventus would leave them needing a point from their visit to Shakhtar in December to qualify, as they would edge Chelsea on the head-to-head record if the pair finished level on points.

Chelsea, who in t h e i r opening Champions League game squandered a 2-0 lead at home to Ju- ventus in a game that ended 2-2, cannot be eliminated on Tuesday but if they lose and Shakhtar win as expected, their fate will be out of their hands. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo (R) challenges Nordsjaelland’s Mikkel Beckmann during their Champions League Group E soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin November 7, 2012.

Galaxy and Houston to meet in repeat MLS final

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L.A. Galaxy and Houston Dynamo will meet in the MLS Cup final for the second straight year after clinching their Conference championships on Sunday. The Galaxy, featuring David Beckham in midfield, lost 2-1 in Seattle but a 3-0 first leg win last week that was enough AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Los Angeles Galaxy’s David Beckham waves after as he leaves the field after their win against the Seattle Sounders during an MLS Western Conference finals soccer game in Carson, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

to secure them a chance to defend their title on Dec. 1. Houston, with a 3-1 lead from their home leg, drew 1-1 in D.C. for a 4-2 aggregate win that books them their fourth final appearance in seven years. L.A. beat Houston 1-0 in last year’s final which, like this year’s, will be held at the Galaxy’s Home Depot Center. Backed by a passionate 44,575 crowd in the pouring rain at CenturyLink Field, the Sounders roared at the Galaxy from the outset and L.A. struggled to cope. Sounders striker Eddie Johnson had a goal harshly ruled out for offside in the 13th minute but moments later he put his team ahead. The former Fulham striker raced on to a long ball, bullied L.A. defender Omar Gonzalez away and lashed home a powerful first-time drive. Seattle needed two more goals to take the game into extra-time and they took a step towards that in the 57th minute with a brilliant diving header

from Zach Scott, who met a perfectly delivered Christian Tiffert corner at the near post. However, the Sounders were stunned when referee Mark Geiger awarded L.A. a penalty after an attempted cross from Robbie Keane struck the outstretched arm of Adam Johansson. The Seattle players argued the contact was not deliberate but Keane kept his cool from the spot and his 68th minute goal deflated the fans and a Sounders team that had felt they were close to a remarkable comeback. There were angry scenes after the final whistle with several Sounders players surrounding Geiger and their Cuban-born midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was sent off with a second yellow card. The Galaxy, who were without the injured Landon Donovan in attack, were certainly breathing a sigh of relief before being handed the Western Conference trophy. “Seattle are a good team, certainly

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Sampdoria win derby, Inter fume

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Pirlo’s importance was clear on Saturday as he sat out the Serie A match against Lazio through suspension and Juventus, who had scored 10 goals in their previous two games, stuttered to a goalless draw. Never the happiestlooking of characters with his long, droopy face, Pirlo’s favoured role as a deep-lying playmaker makes him something of a rarity in modern football. The 33-year-old, ever-present in their Champions League campaign to date, dictates the rhythm of the five-man Juventus midfield, floating exquisitely-timed 40 metre passes over the opposing backline or threading gaps in the defence. The Serie A champions have lost only twice in all competitions since Pirlo joined them at the start of last season from AC Milan where his own career had run into a dead end. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque suggested recently

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the better team today, but its about getting to the final and we did that,” said Keane. D.C. needed an early goal if they were to create any kind of real pressure for Houston but they struggled to develop chances against a wellmarshaled Dynamo defence. Chris Korb had a long-range effort saved by Houston keeper Tally Hall but it was Dynamo who grabbed the lead with a well-worked goal 12 minutes before the interval. Brad Davis weaved his way to the byline and pulled the ball back for Boniek Garcia, who made no mistake from close range. D.C. pushed forward after the break after bringing on returning Canadian playmaker Dwayne De Rosario but they lacked poise and invention until Branko Boskovic’s well taken solo effort. “We work hard, work together and do whatever it takes, I’m proud of this group of guys and we are excited to be back,” said influential midfielder Davis, who missed last year’s final due to injury.

Parma twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Udinese where 35-yearold Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring for the hosts with his eighth goal of the season. Defending champions Juventus, held 0-0 at home by Lazio on Saturday, lead with 32 points from 13 games. Inter are four points behind with Fiorentina and Napoli, who drew 2-2 with AC Milan on Saturday, a further point adrift. Sampdoria quickly took control of the derby when Andrea Poli turned in a deflected shot after 16 minutes. Genoa were desperately unfortunate to concede a second when goalkeeper Sebastien Frey saved Mauro Icardi’s drive at the near post, only for the ball to ricochet on to team mate Cesare Bovo and into the net from six metres. Genoa, who had won five of the last six derbies, pulled one back through Ciro Immobile in the 73rd minute and nearly equalised before teenager Icardi celebrated his Serie A debut by restoring Sampdoria’s two-goal lead. Genoa’s sixth defeat in a row left them bottom with nine points while Sampdoria climbed to 14th with 13 points. Palermo, who have won only twice this season, had goalkeeper Samir Ujkani, midfielder Edgar Barreto and substitute Carlos Labrin dismissed in the second half while Bologna’s Saphir Taider was also given his marching orders. Alberto Gilardino put Bologna ahead with a half-volley and Manolo Gabbiadini and Alessandro Diamanti converted penalties either side of halftime.

Wolfsburg recovery on track with win at Hoffenheim Reuters

BERLIN - VfL Wolfsburg’s new sports director Klaus Allofs enjoyed a successful debut as the 2009 Bundesliga champions won 3-1 at Hoffenheim on Sunday to continue their recovery under interim coach Lorenz-Guenther Koestner. Allofs joined this week after 13 years at Werder Bremen and sat on the bench next to Koestner, whose team have now won three out of four league games since he took over from sacked coach and sports director Felix Magath. Wolfsburg had been bottom of the table after only one win in their first eight games, but have rediscovered their form and team spirit since Koestner was installed as manager. Makoto Hasebe’s seventh minute header and Dutchman Bas Dost’s low diagonal drive in the 24th put Wolfsburg in the driving seat. A sizzling 25-metre free kick from Brazilian defender Naldo wrapped up the win that lifted the visitors away from the drop zone into 13th place on 14 points. Dost could have added another after he chased down a 30-metre Diego pass but his chip over goalkeeper Tim Wiese was cleared off the line by Matthieu Delpierre. The loss sees Hoffenheim trade places with Wolfsburg and move perilously close to the relegation zone just one point above Fortuna Dusseldorf who are 16th. Hoffenheim, level on 12 points with 15th-placed FC Nuremberg, managed to pull back a goal through Eren Derdiyok’s header in the 88th minute.

AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

Inter Milan forward Rodrigo Palacio, right, of Argentina, scores a goal as Cagliari Brazilian defender Danilo Avelar looks him during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Cagliari at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

Hughes sweats it out as clock ticks on QPR reign

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LONDON - As a player Mark Hughes never shirked a challenge nor backed away from confrontation. Dreaded by defenders throughout Europe, the Welshman enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a fighter. Rarely in his playing days, however, can the bellicose Hughes have encountered the enormity of challenge now facing him as he bids to cling on to his job as manager of rock-bottom Queen’s Park Rangers. Saturday’s home defeat to fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton left Hughes’s team as the only team in England’s four professional divisions without a win this season. It also left the manager squarely in the firing line. “HARRY COME AND SAVE US” read a placard held up by fans at Loftus Road, beseeching former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp to rescue the ailing West Londoners. Chants of “You’re only here for the money” rang out at the club’s Shepherd’s Bush stadium, accompanied by the more direct “Hughes Out”. The manger, though, remains defiant in the face of fans’ criticism. “I don’t run away from challenges, and this is a huge challenge,” he told reporters. “(The performance) was unacceptable. We have to take

AP Photo/Bogdan Maran

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes gestures during their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton at Loftus Road stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. it on the chin... it is my intention to see it through.” Most pertinent, though, has been club owner Tony Fernandes’s response. Usually publicly very supportive of his manager, the Malaysian airline tycoon took to Twitter in the wake of the defeat, but pointedly for once failed to back his man. “I

feel gutted,” wrote Fernandes, who also owns the Caterham Formula One motor racing team. “I have put my heart and soul into this with my other shareholders. And done all we can to give support to players and all management. I can only apologise to the QPR fans. We keep fighting.


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Perancak Dang Khayangan Temple IBP

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Perancak Temple is situated on the southern tip of Jembrana subdistrict, precisely at Perancak village. This temple is one of the Dang Khayangan temples (used to venerated Hindu sage) in Bali. It is closely related to some other similar temples in Jembrana such as the Rambutsiwi, Jati, Prapat Agung and Majapahit Temple. On the pilgrimage of Danghyang Nirartha or Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rauh from Java to Bali, he should show off his supernatural power against the king ruling the Tanjung Ketapang, Perancak with the title I Gusti Ngurah Rangsasa. According to Jro Mangku Nyoman Sadra, 72, the temple with anniversary falling every Buda Manis (Wednesday) Medangsia was inseparable from the pilgrimage of Danghyang Nirartha to Bali. Before he came to Jembrana, Perancak or Tanjung Ketapang was already in command by I Gusti Ngurah Rangsasa. When Nirartha arrived at Perancak through the estuary of Perancak directly overlooking the southern sea, the ruler of Perancak, Gusti Ngurah Rangsasa examined the capability of Danghyang Nirartha. As a new comer, he was asked to comply with the local rules. One of which, he had to worship him manifested through four large stone shrines that existed at the area. At that time, Ngurah Rangsasa asked to struggle while showing off supernatural power and it was met by Danghyang Nirartha. However, before accomplishing the worship, the stone shrines in use shattered. Ultimately, Ngurah Rangsasa recognized the supernatural power of Nirartha and the imperious character of the Perancak ruler vanished. Later on, Ngurah Rangsasa moved to the north under the hill. Due to his presence there, local people then named the area Sawe Rangsasa. According to local legend, the word sawe originating from the word sawa or soul refers to Gusti Ngurah Rangsasa, the former ruler of Perancak. So far, within the area of Perancak Temple stands a memorial chamber shrine used to venerate the descendants of Ngurah Rangsasa. Additionally, at the temple entrance of Perancak is set a pair of crocodile statue on the stairs. According to Jro Mangku Sadra who has been in service for 40 years, the statue described the situation of Perancak estuary at that time where the swamp area was still filled with dozens of crocodiles.

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Czechs lift Davis Cup with victory over Spain

PRAGUE - The Czech Republic beat holders Spain 3-2 to win the Davis Cup for the first time as an independent nation when Radek Stepanek overcame Nicolas Almagro in four tough sets before a raucous home crowd on Sunday. Stepanek, who jumped over the net and triumphantly waved his arms to acknowledge the 14,580 fans packed into the arena, was hugged by team mates before going to his wife with tears rolling down his cheeks after clinching victory in the final rubber. His 6-4 7-6 3-6 6-3 win over Almagro meant the Czechs reclaimed the Davis Cup 32 years after Czechoslovakia won the trophy led by Ivan Lendl, who proudly watched this year’s final at the 02 arena with his former team mates. It also made the Czech Republic the first country to win the Davis Cup and Fed Cup team trophies for men and women respectively and the mixed Hopman Cup event in one year. “I was dreaming about it my whole life and now we’re stand-

ing here as Davis Cup champions, it’s amazing,” said Stepanek after clinching the 100th Davis Cup final. His success delighted a home crowd that had earlier been silenced when Spain’s world number five David Ferrer cruised to a 6-2 6-3 7-5 win over Tomas Berdych to level the final at 2-2 after the Czechs won a four-set doubles rubber on Saturday. Ferrer’s victory over sixth-ranked Berdych put Spain, who have dominated the event in recent seasons but were without injured former world number one Rafa Nadal, back in the hunt for a fourth Davis Cup crown in five years and sixth overall. SIZZLING STEPANEK The two Czech players have carried the team since 2007 but lost the only other time the country has ap-

peared in the final - a 5-0 drubbing by Spain in 2009 on the clay courts of Barcelona. The pair played in all the weekend’s matches but fatigue was not a factor for the effervescent 33year-old Stepanek, ranked 37th in the world, who used all his experience to unnerve the 11th-ranked Almagro in the Spaniard’s first final appearance. Stepanek, who became the first man aged 30 or above to win a decisive fifth rubber in 100 years and has plans to play Davis Cup again next year, broke Almagro to claim the first set. After missing a few chances to break his opponent at the end of the second set, Stepanek managed to force Almagro into several errors in the tiebreak which he won 7-0. The beginning of the third set

was tight but Almagro served well and managed to win it before Stepanek clinched the fourth to send the Czech fans into raptures as Queen’s “We are the Champions” blared through the loudspeakers. “I can’t describe what I’m feeling right now,” said an emotional

Stepanek. “I came on the court with the mindset that I had to stay calm, hungry, motivated and concentrate... I was playing very aggressively today. I wanted to be the one who was active, who was controlling the game and it paid off.”

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ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, right, presents Czech Republic’s Davis Cup team with a trophy after their victory over Spain in their Davis Cup finals tennis match in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Czech Republic defeated Spain 3-2 and gained the Davis Cup trophy.

Durant’s triple-double leads Thunder over Warriors

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Threetime NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant is determined to become known as more than a one-dimensional player. He took a big step in that direc-

tion Sunday night. Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 119-109. ‘’I really didn’t care, to be hon-

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Oklahoma City won 119-109.

est. If it came, then that’s cool. If it didn’t, then just keep playing,’’ Durant said. ‘’It feels good to get one. Now, I guess I’ve got a little monkey off my back. I can just go out there and play.’’ Durant has endured some growing pains this season trying to improve his floor game, with a bump in his assist numbers coinciding with an increase in his turnovers, too. He came in averaging four turnovers per game, the fourth-worst in the league. But after ending up with more turnovers than assists in each of his first five NBA seasons, Durant is starting to reverse that trend this season. He’s also grabbing about two more rebounds per game than any other time in his career. ‘’There’s going to be nights where I have to score 30. There’s going to be nights where I have to have seven or eight assists,’’ Durant said. ‘’So, I’m just trying to be an all-around player and just continue to help my team win.’’ Durant turned it over just twice in this one and pumped his right fist after he set up Kevin Martin’s 3-pointer with 4:57 to play for his 10th assist. The play also helped the Thunder hold on after Golden State cut a 21-point deficit to seven in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook scored 30 points and Martin had 23 off the

bench as Oklahoma City had a season-high 31 assists for the second straight game and a season high in points. Durant, Westbrook and Martin also combined for 22 assists. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points, and David Lee chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. ‘’Durant’s a pretty good passer to begin with and we decided we were going to load up a lot on him and Russell when they got the ball and make other guys beat us,’’ Lee said. ‘’The problem with loading up sometimes on him is that he’s 6-11 and can see over it and make passes. ‘’I always considered him a pretty unselfish player, considering the amount of talent he has to score the basketball. I don’t think that you would call him a selfish scorer by any means.’’ It looked for a while as though Durant might be stuck on nine assists - matching his previous career best from a double-overtime game against Denver during his rookie season in Seattle. Durant and Westbrook teamed up to score eight straight points late in the third quarter, with Westbrook’s 3-pointer from the top of the key extending Oklahoma City’s lead to 86-67. Durant had a chance to pick up his 10th assist before the end of

the third period, but instead kept the ball on a fast break and wound up with a three-point play that put the Thunder ahead 94-73. He started the fourth quarter on the bench, but got a chance to come back in when Oklahoma City’s reserves let the lead start slipping away. Coach Scott Brooks put his AllStars back in with 8:18 left, after Curry’s 3-pointer drew Golden State to 101-88. Nick Collison used a nifty touch pass off an offensive rebound to set up Serge Ibaka’s layup, and Durant assisted on Martin’s 3 on the next trip as Oklahoma City stemmed the tide. ‘’Some guys can just pass, some guys can just shoot, some guys can just rebound. Obviously, with Kevin, he can do many things on the floor and we always have to challenge him because we don’t know how good he will end up being,’’ Brooks said. Brooks said he doesn’t want Durant to become a passer, but rather a play-maker. ‘’Every year for the next 100 years, he’s going to be an MVP-type caliber player, and this is what MVP players do,’’ Brooks said. ‘’They make your team better, you win games and you do everything. You fill the stat sheet. ‘’You don’t want to be a guy that just scores 35 and the team doesn’t have success.’’


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Pro- and anti-gay protesters clash in Paris Associated Press Writer

PARIS — The controversial Ukrainian group Femen, whose topless members stage pranks to support gay rights, have taunted a march in Paris by Catholics who oppose France’s draft law to legalize gay marriage. The Catholic group Civitas organized Sunday’s march by several thousand people carrying pro-family banners. Several Femen activists turned up topless, chanted “in gay we trust” and sprayed white powder from bottles. That prompted several anti-gay marriage protesters to hit the Femen members and push them to the ground. On Saturday several thousand people took to the streets in cities across France to protest the draft law, which could see marriage and adoption legalized for homosexual couples early next year.

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Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide gestures after landing in a Soyuz capsule outside the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

Soyuz Spacecraft Makes Rare Night Landing with Station Crew

A Russian Soyuz space capsule made a rare nighttime landing in the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan early Monday, returning three astronauts to Earth after a four-month voyage to the International Space Station. A timing glitch forced the capsule to overshoot its intended landing site slightly by a few miles, but made an otherwise smooth touch down at 7:56 a.m. local time — one hour before sunrise — on Monday (Nov. 20), NASA officials said. Because of time zone differences it was still Sunday night at NASA’s space station Mission Control center in Houston.”The crew is home,” NASA spokesman Rob Navias said during landing commentary. Returning home on the Soyuz were NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. The trio launched toward the station in mid-July and spent 127 days in space during their mission. [Soyuz Lands Safely with Station Crew (Photos)] It was the first time in six years that a Soyuz spacecraft has landed at night, and only the fourth time in the 12-year history of Soyuz flights to the space station, Navias said. Some of the Soyuz’s landing activities occurred a few seconds late, causing it to overshoot its landing site, but Russian recovery teams were able to

compensate for the change during the descent, he added. Weather at the landing site was overcast and freezing, with temperatures of 12 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 11 degrees Celsius), though it felt like 0 degrees F (minus 17 degrees C) with the wind, Navias said. The Soyuz capsule landed on its side, a common configuration, and recovery teams were expected to work quickly to retrieve the astronauts due to the cold weather. Williams and her crew wore broad smiles after being extracted from their capsule. They sat in reclining seats under thick blankets to stay warm in the frigid cold before being moved to a inflatable medical tent for postlanding checks. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide launched into orbit in mid-July, with Williams becoming the second female commander of the station when she took charge earlier this year. Williams, an avid runner, became ran the first triathlon in space during the mission, which also featured three spacewalks and the first official cargo delivery by a robotic Dragon spacecraft built by the U.S. company

SpaceX. Williams, who commanded the station’s Expedition 33 mission, turned control of the outpost over to Ford on Saturday (Nov. 17). The command change marked the start of the station’s Expedition 34 mission by Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, who arrived at the station in late October. “I think we’ve left this ship in good shape and I’m honored to hand it over to Kevin,” Williams told Ford before presenting gifts to Expedition 34 crew in an emotional exchange. “As you can see, we have a great crew up her, us who are going home very shortly and the ones who are taking over. The ship’s in good hands.” After the Soyuz returning the Expedition 33 crew to Earth undocked from the space station on Sunday, Ford radioed NASA’s Mission Control center to say he was eager for his own mission. The Expedition 33 crew, he added “kept the ship in ship shape.” “It was a beautiful departure,” Ford said of the Soyuz undocking. “It was just beautiful to watch the ship fly away.”

Missing cat found 6 days after Indianapolis blast Associated Press Writer

INDIANAPOLIS — A missing family cat has been rescued from the ruins of a home near the center of the deadly Indianapolis house explosion. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the black cat named Gidget had been missing since the fiery blast late Saturday night. A federal investigator found Gidget on Friday hiding behind a couch in the home of her owners, Glenn and Gloria Olvey. Burris says the cat was scared but otherwise in good condition. The Olveys already had recovered their other three pets. The family lives next door to the house where the blast is believed to have originated. Glenn Olvey says the blast hurled him several feet and trapped him, his wife and one of their two teenage daughters when their roof collapsed. Shelters are housing several recovered pets.

Congo rebels advance to outskirts of Goma

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

INDONESIA Floods, landslides hit Banten

Antara BANTEN - Floods and landslides have hit several sub-districts in Lebak district, Banten province, damaging a number of houses, according to a local official. “There is no report of fatalities in the disaster,” said Muklis, the head of the Lebak disaster mitigation office, here on Monday. He noted that incessant heavy rains on Sunday triggered the floods and landslides. The disaster-affected sub-districts are Leuwidamar, Cimarga, Sobang and Lebak Gedong. Muklis stated that 70 houses were swept away and 100 others inundated, with floodwaters reaching a height of up to 50 cm. In Sobang and Lebak Gedong, 16 houses are still under threat of landslides, while nine have been damaged and three others almost destroyed. “Volunteers, military personnel and Red Cross officers have moved the victims, who have lost their houses, to safer areas,” Muklis said. The Lebak authorities have sent relief aid to the victims and also put the region’s emergency personnel on alert, because heavy rains are forecast to continue in the coming few weeks. A number of evacuation facilities, such as rubber boats and ambulances, have been kept ready in anticipation of emergency situations.

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The traditional vehicles of Indonesia, popularly known as “becaks”, which are basically pedicabs or tricycles, are rarely seen these days in the metropolitan city of Jakarta.

Becak must be Indonesia’s tourism icon Antara

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KINSHASA - Rebels in Congo, who U.N. experts say are backed by neighboring Rwanda, reached the outskirts of the eastern city of Goma on Sunday after pushing back government troops, despite U.N. peacekeepers firing back from helicopter gunships. The rebels, known as M23, are led by mutinying soldiers who rose up eight months ago, accusing the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government of failing to respect a 2009 peace agreement to integrate insurgents from a previous rebellion into the army. They have now fought four days of battles to come closer than ever to Goma, home to a million people, including hundreds of thousands of refugees who have converged there as the rebels advanced elsewhere, and are now fleeing again. Rebels have repeatedly said they do not plan to capture the city, which sits at the Rwandan border on the north shore of Lake Kivu in the foothills of mist-covered volcanoes. Goma is a provincial capital and headquarters of U.N. peacekeepers. Thousands of displaced people were abandoning camps in the north of the city to escape the advancing rebels, said Tariq Riebl, humanitarian program co-ordinator for Oxfam aid agency. Goma residents were trying to evacuate families, while trucks full of Congolese soldiers were seen leaving the city on Sunday. “The question now is, what does this (fighting) mean? Are M23 going to take Goma? Nobody knows,” he said. Colonel Vianney Kazarama, spokesman for the M23 rebels, said fighters had advanced to within two kilometers of Goma and would hold their position around five km outside the city. “We’re not going to take the airport, we are responding to an attack by the army ... We’re just doing this to break the capacity of the FARDC (Congolese army),” Kazarama told Reuters. “The situation remains under control,” he said later in a text message.

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An Indonesian youth plays under a large Palestinian flag during a Muslim protest against Israel’s attack on Gaza, in Jakarta, Indonesia Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

JAKARTA - The traditional vehicles of Indonesia, popularly known as “becaks”, which are basically pedicabs or tricycles, are rarely seen these days in the metropolitan city of Jakarta. Becaks cluttering the main streets of Jakarta were a common sight before 1994. After that, they were banned in the city because of their propensity to cause traffic jams. Cons equently, becaks are widely missed by people living in housing complexes situated away from the main roads, because of the lack of public transportation means in the small and narrow streets of the city. But these traditional vehicles are still a favourite in cities and towns across Java island and elsewhere. In the nation’s leading cultural city, Yogyakarta, which has numerous attractions and is the second most visited destination in Indonesia after Bali, the becak is being promoted as a tourism icon. The head of Yogyakarta`s tourism development office, Bambang Suwarmintarta, said

the becak would continue to exist as a means of public transport even as Yogyakarta develops as a metropolitan city. “The becak has had a positive impact on the development of Yogyakarta`s public civilization,” he noted. “The link between becak and the development of public civilization in Yogyakarta can be seen from several dimensions, namely becak as a mode of traditional transportation, becak drivers being responsible citizens of the city, and becak as the mover of economic activity,” Bambang pointed out. “In the city of Yogyakarta, which covers a total area of 30.5 sq km, becak has become the essential mode of transportation for the city’s people, especially for tourists who are keen to visit the cultural tourism sites,” he said. Yogyakarta’s cultural heritage includes, among other things, magnificent temples, ruins of palaces and monasteries, various traditions, cultural events, traditional folk and performing arts, and architecture. It is important to note that this is all part of the living culture of

Yogyakarta that colours the daily activities of local inhabitants. Due to its rich cultural heritage, Yogyakarta has long been known as the cradle of Javanese culture, which continues to attract domestic and foreign tourists every year. Foreign tourists visiting Yogyakarta admit that they love travelling around by becak because it is “fun and exciting”. Besides, the city’s becak drivers are friendly and always ready to take tourists around at reasonable fares. That is why, this traditional mode of transport has for years been a special attraction for foreign tourists. “I like travelling by becak every time I visit Yogyakarta because the drivers are friendly and never ask for unreasonably high fares,” said Marianne Lammers, a tourist from the Netherlands. The Dutch woman from the city of Haarlem said she had visited Indonesia several times and Yogyakarta was her favourite destination. Some tourists even want to buy becaks and take them to their home country as souvenirs.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

BUSINESS South Korea, China, Japan to start free trade talks

Associated Press

SEOUL — South Korea’s trade minister says South Korea, China and Japan will soon start talks for a free trade pact encompassing the three Asian economic powers. Bark Tae-ho said Monday that the decision to start talks will be officially announced Tuesday at the East Asia Summit in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Bark said the trade pact would help boost economic growth and pave the way for more stable political relationships in the region where China and Japan have been at odds over the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea. Relations between South Korea and Japan have also been strained by a territorial dispute. China and Japan are the world’s second and third biggest economies. South Korea is the 15th largest and home to giant companies such as Samsung. AP Photo

Chinese workers manufacture sports shoes at a shoe factory in Jinjiang in southeast China’s Fujian province Friday Nov. 9, 2012. Business for retailers, hotels, photo studios and other service industries is picking up as China limps out of its deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis. But exporters and manufacturers who drove its boom over the past decade are struggling.

China’s economy recovering but torrid growth over Associated Press

BEIJING — Zhang Hanzhong, who supplies locks for auto manufacturers, is part of a swath of China’s economy that is lagging in a two-speed recovery. Business for retailers, hotels, photo studios and other service industries is picking up as China limps out of its deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis. But exporters and manufacturers who drove its boom over the past decade are struggling. Zhang’s sales are down 20 percent with no rebound in sight, while labor costs are up. “The second half of the year is even harder than the first half,” said Zhang, who employs 60 people at his factory in Meizhou in Guangdong province near Hong Kong. China is recovering but the days of double-digit growth are gone. Faced with falling returns from a three-decade-old growth model fueled by exports and investment, Beijing is trying to rebalance the economy by promoting consumer spending, service industries and technology. It is a strategy that promises smaller but more sustainable gains. That could have global repercussions by dampening voracious demand for iron ore, industrial equipment and other imports

that drove growth for suppliers from Australia to Africa to Germany. “The world has to get used to the idea that China will grow at a 7 or 8 percent pace, and growth will be far less investment-intensive over the next decade,” said Mark Williams of Capital Economics. “So the projections for Chinese demand for commodities, capital goods, construction equipment and so on have to be revised down.’” The Communist Party has committed in broad strokes to growth based on consumer spending and innovation in its five-year development plan that runs through 2015. A report in February by the World Bank and a Chinese Cabinet think tank said that to achieve that, the government will need to make politically daunting changes including curbing the dominance of state companies. New leaders including General Secretary Xi Jinping who took power last week are under pressure to deliver on the party plans to overhaul the economy. But how far

they will go to rein in politically favored state companies and other vested interests is unclear. Growth slowed to a three-year low of 7.4 percent in the three months ending in September. That prompted concern the new leaders might feel compelled to boost spending on building bridges and other public works, setting back efforts to reduce reliance on investment. But retail sales and other indicators are improving, easing pressure for abrupt changes. This year’s growth is explosive by Western standards but well below the 14.1 percent that China racked up in 2007 on its way to passing Japan as the second-largest economy in 2009. Forecasters expected a Chinese recovery early this year. As the slump deepened, the International Monetary Fund and others cut growth forecasts for the year to below 8 percent — the weakest since the 1990s. Even after a recovery, they see it rising to only about 8.5 percent by 2014.

GM opens new plant for Chinese budget brand Baojun Associated Press

HONG KONG — General Motors Co. and its local Chinese partners have launched a second plant to make cars for its local discount brand Baojun, ratcheting up the battle for customers at the fast-growing lower end of the world’s biggest auto market. The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture opened the factory on Sunday in southwestern Guangxi province. GM and its partners have invested 8 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in the facility, which will be capable of turning out up to 400,000 vehicles a year. The joint venture is also building a powertrain factory at the plant that will be able to produce up to 400,000 engines annually. It’s scheduled to open in September 2013. The first car to roll off the plant’s production line was a Baojun 630 midsize sedan, one of two cars sold under the only-in-China badge. The 630 sells for about 63,000 yuan ($10,100) while the Le Chi mini car goes for about 40,000 yuan ($6,400). China surpassed the United States as the world’s biggest auto market by vehicles sold in 2009 but slowing sales growth has prompted global automakers to look for new ways to tap the faster-growing low end of the Chinese market in smaller cities and the countryside. In September, Nissan unveiled the second model from its new low-priced Chinese brand Venucia, a compact hatchback that will sell for as little as 67,800 yuan ($10,760). Honda has also launched a budget brand, Li Nian. The SAIC-GM-Wuling is focused on making mini-trucks and microvans.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tourism boats continue to operate amid lake subsides

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TABANAN — Receding lake water of the Ulun Danu Beratan at Candikuning village, Baturiti, due to dry season never discourages the interest of tourists to enjoy the area. As evidence, though the water level drops sharply, the activity of tourist boat remained popular, especially on weekend. Since midday, visitors that would like to enjoy the lake continued to flow. They mostly consisted of domestic tourists. A number of tourist boat services on offer made visitors linger at the location. “The atmosphere is fresh. Without sailing around the lake, I think the visit will be useless,” said Rini, 40, a visitor from Jakarta. This woman admitted when spending holiday in Bali she always made her time surround the Lake Beratan, let alone the weather was fine. Secretary of the Ulun Danu Beratan tourist attraction, Parwata, explained the receding lake water did not affect the number of tourist visits, including the activities of tourist boats. Moreover, the decline in the lake water remained to be quite normal. “During dry season, the water is receding, but still normal,” he said. Decline in the lake water was estimated to not exceed three meters so that tourist boat could still sail around the lake. However, the boat hull could not approach the lake verge because it would run aground.

The rates of tourist boat on offer were also relatively affordable. The rate of motorized boat was set at only IDR 140,000, while traditional boat at IDR 50,000. Typically, the tourist boat took passengers around the lake and sometimes they were taken to drop by the dock across the lake. According to Parwata, the decline in the lake surface was precisely taken advantage to improve the infrastructure. One of them was improvement of the bridge connecting to temple in the lake and the wall of bamboo cluster on the lakeside. “The improvement is intended to beautify the tourist attraction and the lake water happens to recede,” he said. He added the receding lake water was a common phenomenon during dry season. Moreover, the arrival of rainy season was predicted to delay. Conversely, when it rained the lake always overflowed and inundated the tourist area. Not infrequently, the overflowing lake water also flooded the estates belonging to local residents. (kmb30)

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Receding lake water of the Ulun Danu Beratan at Candikuning village, Baturiti, due to dry season never discourages the interest of tourists to enjoy the area. As evidence, though the water level drops sharply, the activity of tourist boat remained popular, especially on weekend.

Travelers in queue for a whole night Bali Post

Thousands of vehicles dominated by those of domestic travelers having spent weekend holiday on the island of Bali were forced to queue at Gilimanuk on Saturday night (Nov 17). Some travelers even had to overnight in order to get aboard.

JEMBRANA - Thousands of vehicles dominated by those of domestic travelers having spent weekend holiday on the island of Bali were forced to queue at Gilimanuk on Saturday night (Nov 17). Some travelers even had to overnight in order to get aboard. The harbor had begun to be thronged by cars and tourist buses since Saturday night and when getting into late night the number of vehicles soared. Only within an hour, the harbor parking lot had been entirely filled with cars and buses. The queue reached out of the harbor and kept on getting longer after trucks came in with private cars. In response to such condition, the officials separated the bus queue lane from private cars in front of the Gilimanuk terminal. Unluckily, such an effort was still unable to quickly reduce the queue. Even, the vehicle queue reached two kilometers from the ticket counter. Police officers controlling the queue took firm action to a number of vehicles breaching the queue by returning them to the last queue in the rear. Chief of Gilimanuk Marine

Police, Made Prihenjagat, was getting involved in regulating the traffic and asked the drivers to wait for the queue patiently. For several times, the officers had to stop vehicles that were about to break through to go into the harbor more quickly. The authority of crossing agency (ASDP) had actually prepared 27 vessels. However, due to excessive number of the incoming vehicles, they could not be entirely accommodated and had to queue. Until Sunday morning, the queue was still going on. Some travelers even had to wait for all night to get aboard. Adi, 27, one of the members in a traveler group from Solo, Central Java, claimed the tourist bus he traveled with had been in queue from 10:00 p.m. through 05:00 a.m. On the other hand, the Operations Manager of the ASDP Gilimanuk, Wahyudi Susianto, said the number of vessel did not guarantee to resolve the queue of tourist bus because each vessel could only transport a restricted number of buses. Each vessel could only carry 5 buses, while on Saturday night there were tens or even hundreds of buses in queue. (kmb26)


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South Denpasar Police arrest marijuana dealer Denpasar (Bali Post)—

The Rambut Siwi Temple in Jembrana

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After theft at Rambutsiwi

A grandiose exorcism ritual held Negara (Bali Post)—

The supporting devotees of Rambutsiwi Temple with the surrounding communities organized a grandiose exorcism ritual (pecaruan agung) on Sunday (Nov 18). Procession of the exorcism ritual comprising the pecaruan prayascita and sapuh awu was executed after the divine temple was rummaged by thieves causing many valuable items stored in the temple to vanish. Suenden added that all the people The ritual was officiated over by sanctified effigies). Chief of supporting devotees of becoming the supporting devotees Ida Pedanda Gede Oka Sidantha from Griya Taman Sari, Tibusambi the Rambutsiwi Temple, I Wayan of Rambutsiwi Temple expected the village, Yehembang, Mendoyo, Suenden, said the grandiose exor- thief stealing the temple sanctified Jembrana. The series of exorcism cism ritual was deliberately and effigy could be arrested by the auritual, among others, consisted of immediately organized considering thorities as the theft was considered Guru Piduka or apologies to Lord, in the temple would be organized to have been very detrimental to all pecaruan prayascita and sapuh awu a temple anniversary (piodalan) the Hindus in general. Moreover, (purification to temple area) as well within few days falling on No- the Rambutsiwi Temple posed one as Ngambe Ngulap and Pejaya- vember 28 or Buda Umanis Wuku of the Dang Kahyangan temples in Bali. (kmb26) jaya/pamasupati (purification to Perangbakat.

The operation of condition creation held by the ranks of South Denpasar Police on Jalan Kerta Dalem, Sidakarya, South Denpasar, Sunday morning (Nov 18), was successful. Aside from taking action against motorists failing to complete a number of papers, police also arrested a drug dealer named Ardianto Prakoso, 25, a resident of Jalan Dewi Sri 28, Kuta, Badung. The suspect was proved to bring along a roll of marijuana inserted into a cigarette pack. The suspect who worked as entertainer was arrested by police that organized the operation of condition creation. As usual, the ranks of South Denpasar Police undertook the operation at vulnerable points. Even, the operation was carried out early in the morning. One by one, the passing vehicle was stopped to examine its papers. Not to forget, police also searched the trunk of car or motorbike. At approximately 2:30 a.m., the suspect passed by riding a motorcycle. His motorcycle was also stopped. At that time, the suspect had shown suspicious gestures. He looked like being confused. “Our members did an examination on selective basis. The suspect was searched and found a roll of suspicious object inserted into his cigarette pack. Apparently, it was marijuana,” said the Chief of South Denpasar Police, Agus Tri Waluyo. For further investigation, the suspect was taken to the office

of South Denpasar Police. Having been examined, the suspect admitted if the illicit goods belonged to him. Additionally, he admitted to obtain the marijuana from his friend with initial AM. AM was from Surabaya but on holiday in Bali. “We also searched the room of the suspect and found the other illicit goods,” said the former Chief of the Ngurah Rai Airport Area Police. Chief Agus Tri Waluyo added that after preparing the preliminary investigation report, the case was then handed over to the Narcotics Unit of the Denpasar Metro Police. Therefore, continuation of the case would be developed by the Narcotics officers of the Denpasar Metro Police. “We’ve handed over the case to Denpasar Metro Police. Henceforth, they will handle the case,” he told reporters last Sunday. At separate location, the personnel of Narcotics Unit Chief of the Denpasar Metro Police, I Wayan Suarda, also arrested a suspected marijuana dealer on Saturday (Nov 17) at 10:00 p.m. The suspect named Bertoni Siswanto, 34, from Jakarta and living at Padang Kartika Housing Gang Maruti No. 18A Denpasar, was arrested at his home. The evidence seized from the suspect consisted of a wooden ashtray containing a roll of marijuana with gross weight of 0.58 gram and net weight of 0.37 gram as well as a cigarette box containing marijuana seed and leaf with net weight of 0.08 gram and two pieces of cigarette roll paper. (kmb21)

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Obama visits once-pariah state, Myanmar

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Buddhist monks march on a street in protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar.

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YANGON, Myanmar — President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Myanmar on Monday is meant to show America’s support for the country’s transition to democracy. The White House has cautioned that Obama’s trip to the former pariah state should not be viewed as a

“victory celebration” but as an opportunity to press for urgent action still needed in Myanmar. Notably, freeing

political prisoners and ending ethnic tension in remote areas. Myanmar was under military rule for a half-century until last year when a nominally civilian government took office and stunned the world with a rapid rush toward reforms. One of its early moves was to release Nobel laureate Aung San Suu

Kyi from house arrest and allow her to campaign for parliament. She now leads a small minority in a chamber filled with former military men. Suu Kyi’s enormous popularity stems in part from her father, independence hero Gen. Aung San, who was assassinated in 1948. Obama’s roughly six-hour visit

will be confined to Yangon, the main city where the military brutally crushed pro-democracy uprisings in the past, including a 2007 rally led by Buddhist monks and protests in 1988 led by student activists. During his trip, Obama will meet separately with reformist President Thein Sein and Suu Kyi.

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15 members of the Azzam family under the rubble. While the airstrikes relentlessly targeted militant rocket operations, Israeli gunboats unleashed a steady tattoo of heavy machine gun fire and shells at militant facilities on Gaza’s coastal road. The bloodshed was likely to raise pressure on Israel to end the fighting, even as it pledged to intensify the offensive by striking the homes of wanted militants. High numbers of civilian casualties in an offensive four years ago led to fierce criticism and condemnation of Israel. In all, 81 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, have been killed in the five-day onslaught and 720 have been wounded. Three Israeli

civilians have died from Palestinian rocket fire and dozens have been wounded.. President Barack Obama said he was in touch with players across the region in hopes of halting the fighting, while also warning of the risks of Israel expanding its air assault into a ground war. “We’re going to have to see what kind of progress we can make in the next 24, 36, 48 hours,” Obama said during a visit in Thailand. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urged the two warring parties to achieve an immediate cease-fire. He said he was heading to the region to appeal personally for an end to the violence, but no date was given in the U.N. statement for his arrival.

Israel strike kills 11 in Gaza, including children

Midwives shortage occur in Bali

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The effort of Bali Government to increase health condition in the villages seems to be facing difficulties as there are still villages not having any midwives. They are needed for mother and baby health. The Head of Bali Health Agency, dr. Ketut Suarjaya, when contacted last Sunday (18/11) stated that Bali has around 716 villages and the midwives needed in one area is still in shortage. “More is needed as they have to share knowledge and going mobile in giving health services,” Suarjaya explained. Those villages are located in Karangasem, Buleleng and Klungkung such as at Kubu and Ban also Nusa Penida. Based on the Agency’s data, the number of doctors and nurses are outstanding especially in health community centers with 1068 doctors and 5331 nurses while midwives only reached 3891 which is still not enough. To help, those areas in need of midwife, the Agency planned to give aid by employing 40 PTT Midwives workers even though there are only 40 of them. “It’s not that the midwives don’t want to work it’s just a number of villages don’t have enough budget for midwives to work there,” Suarjaya continued. (san)

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An emergency rescue worker carries a child’s body found in the Daloo family house rubble following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli missile ripped through a two-story home in a residential area of Gaza City on Sunday, killing at least 11 civilians, including four young children and an 81-year-old woman, in the single deadliest attack of Israel’s offensive against Islamic militants. A similar scene unfolded elsewhere in the city early Monday, when an airstrike leveled two houses belonging to a single family, killing two children and two adults and injuring 42 people, including children, said Gaza heath official Ashraf al-Kidra. Rescue workers were frantically searching for 12 to

China’s Xi warns of unrest if graft not tackled Reuters

BEIJING - If corruption is allowed to run wild in China then the ruling Communist Party risks major unrest and the collapse of its rule, state media on Monday quoted Communist Party chief Xi Jinping as saying at one of his first major meetings since taking the role. In unusually blunt language, Vice President Xi, who assumes Hu Jintao’s job as head of state in March, said that graft was like “worms breeding in decaying

matter” -- an old Chinese phrase meaning “ruin befalls those who are weak”. “In recent years, some countries have stored up problems over time leading to seething public anger, civil unrest and government collapse -- corruption has been an important factor in all this,” state newspapers quoted Xi as telling a study session for the Politburo, the party’s second-highest decisionmaking body. “A great deal of facts tell us that the worse corruption becomes the

only outcome will be the end of the party and the end of the state! We must be vigilant!” Xi added. “Recently, our party has had serious discipline and legal cases of a despicable nature which has had a bad political effect and shocked people,” he said, without naming any of these incidents. The run up to this month’s party congress, at which a new generation of leaders was unveiled, was overshadowed by a scandal involving former political heavyweight Bo Xilai, once a contender for top leadership in the

world’s second-largest economy. Bo was expelled from the party this year and faces possible charges of corruption and abuse of power, while his wife was jailed for murdering a British businessman. Xi said that party members, especially those at senior levels, should not abuse their positions for personal gain, and that they were not above the law. Officials “must also strengthen their management and control over their relations and those who work with them”, Xi added.

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Newly-elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Xi Jinping speaks as he meets with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 15, 2012.


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Facebook offering e-retailers sales tracking tool

Bali coastline threatened by abrasion

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc wants more credit for making online cash registers ring. Facebook will begin rolling out on Friday a new tool which will allow online retailers to track purchases by members of the social network who have viewed their ads.

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The tool is the latest of the new advertising features Facebook is offering to convince marketers that steering advertising dollars to the company will deliver a payoff. Facebook, with roughly 1 billion users, has faced a tough reception on Wall Street amid concerns about its slowing revenue growth. “Measuring ad effectiveness and outcomes is absolutely crucial to all types of businesses and marketers,” said David Baser, a product manager for Facebook’s ads business who said the “conversion measurement” tool has been a top customer request for a long time. The sales information that advertisers receive is anonymous, said Baser. “You would see the number of people who bought shoes,” he said, using the example of an online shoe retailer. But marketers would not be able to get information that could identify the people, he added.

The conversion tool is specifically designed for so-called direct response marketers, such as online retailers and travel websites that advertise with the goal of drumming up immediate sales rather than for longer-term brand-building. Such advertisers have long flocked to Google Inc’s Web search engine, which can deliver ads to consumers at the exact moment they’re looking for information on a particular product. But some analysts say there is room for Facebook to make inroads if it can demonstrate results. “The path to purchase” is not as direct on Facebook as it is on Google’s search engine, said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with research firm eMarketer. But she said that providing information about customer sales conversion should help Facebook make a stronger case to online retailers.

DENPASAR - The shorelines of Bali province have been badly affected by abrasion, with approximately 102.47 kilometres of the island`s 438.8 kilometre-long coastline being severely eroded, according to an official.

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In this photo illustration, a Facebook logo on a computer screen is seen through a magnifying glass held by a woman in Bern May 19, 2012.

Wii U: New console launches in a sea of gadgets Israeli government websites under mass hacking attack

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NEW YORK — In the six years since the last major video game system launched, Apple unveiled the iPhone and the iPad, “Angry Birds” invaded smartphones and Facebook reached a billion users. In the process, scores of video game consoles were left to languish in living rooms alongside dusty VCRs and disc players. On Sunday, Nintendo Co. is launching the Wii U, a game machine de-

signed to appeal both to the original Wii’s casual audience and the hardcore gamers who skip work to be among the first to play the latest “Call of Duty” release. Just like the Wii U’s predecessor, the Wii, which has sold nearly 100 million units worldwide since 2006, the new console’s intended audience “truly is 5 to 95,” says Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America, the Japanese company’s U.S. arm. But the Wii U arrives in a new

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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, people demonstrate the Nintendo’s Wii U GamePad and console in New York. Nintendo seeks to shake up gaming again with the Wii U touchscreen controller.

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world. Video game console sales have been falling, largely because it’s been so long since a new system has launched. Most people who wanted an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or a Wii already have one. Another reason: People in the broad 5-to-95 age range have shifted their attention to games on Facebook, tablet computers and mobile phones. U.S. video game sales last month, including hardware, software and accessories, totaled $755.5 million, according to the research firm NPD Group. In October 2007, the figure stood at $1.1 billion. The Wii U is likely to do well during the holiday shopping season, analysts believe —so well that shoppers may see shortages. But the surge could peter out in 2013. The Wii U is not expected to be the juggernaut that the Wii was in its heyday, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. The Wii outsold its competitors, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, in its first four years on sale, logging some 79 million units by the end of 2010. By comparison, IHS expects the Wii U to sell 56.7 million in its first four years. In the age of a million gadgets and lean wallets, the storied game company faces a new challenge: convincing people that they need a new video game system rather than, say, a new iPad.

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JERUSALEM - More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to name, but it was up and running after 10 minutes of downtime. Typically, there are a few hundred hacking attempts a day on Israeli sites, the ministry said. Attempts on defence-related sites have been the highest, while 10 million attempts have been made on the site of Israel’s president, 7 million on the Foreign Ministry and 3 million on the site of the prime minister. A ministry spokesman said while the attacks have come from around the world, most have been from Israel and the Palestinian territories. “The ministry’s computer division will continue to block the millions of cyber attacks,” Steinitz said. “We are enjoying the fruits of

our investment in recent years in developing computerized defence systems.” Steinitz has instructed his ministry to operate in emergency mode to counter attempts to undermine government sites. Both sides in the Gaza conflict, but particularly Israel, are embracing the social media as one of their tools of warfare. The Israeli Defense Force has established a presence on nearly every platform available while Palestinian militants are active on Twitter. “The war is taking place on three fronts. The first is physical, the second is on the world of social networks and the third is cyber,” said Carmela Avner, Israel’s chief information officer. Last month, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said cyberspace is the battlefield of the future, with attackers already going after banks and other financial systems. U.S. banks have been under sustained attack by suspected Iranian hackers thought to be responding to economic sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to negotiate over its nuclear program.

“We have taken steps, covering 64.144 km of the affected coastline, to tackle the problem,” Bali Environmental Agency (BLH) head I Nyoman Sujaya said here on Monday. BLH is cooperating with the local Public Work Office and Bali Penida River Board in its efforts to control the erosion of Bali`s coastline. “Plantation of mangroves along the beaches is one of the measures taken to prevent further abrasion of the shorelines,” Nyoman stated. “During the period from 2009 to 2012, about 250,000 trees have been planted over an area of 92.5 hectares,” he added. According to BLH data, nearly 20.8 percent of the 7,200 hect-

ares of coral reef in Bali waters have been damaged. “Despite the large area there is to be covered, the local administration has rehabilitated 360 hectares of coral reef in Balinese waters over the past three years,” Sujana said.

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The shorelines of Bali province have been badly affected by abrasion, with approximately 102.47 kilometres of the island`s 438.8 kilometrelong coastline being severely eroded, according to an official.

Energy minister calls on contractors to stay calm Antara

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Energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik met with several oil production sharing contractors here on Friday to give assurance following the dissolution of upstream oil and gas regulating agency BP Migas.

KUTA - Energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik met with several oil production sharing contractors here on Friday to give assurance following the dissolution of upstream oil and gas regulating agency BP Migas. He said he had to assure all oil and gas stakeholders, contractors from home and abroad that he had taken over all the tasks and functions of BP Migas so that they would remain calm. “Companies need not stop their activities as I have already taken over (all the tasks and functions of BP Migas),” he said. Among the contractors he met were from Medco, Indika, Efindo and some foreign companies. He said all the transition process is still underway and all contracts that have been signed would remain normal while preparations for negotiations for new contracts would also continue as they have already been under his control. He said no contract was illegal because what has been declared as illegal was only BP

Migas’ existence and not contract agreements. Regarding new contracts he said they would be signed by the minister of energy and mineral resources as the manager of former BP Migas. Jero said the meeting was one of the swift actions taken by the government to assure normal oil and gas company activities following the dissolution of BP Migas on November 13. “The income from oil and gas is recorded at Rp300 trillion a year or Rp1 trillion a day. So if the problem is ignored the state would lose,” he said. Following the dissolution of BP Migas following the ruling of the Constitutional Court stating that its existence was against the constitution President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued a presidential decree to hand over the tasks and functions of BP Migas to the ministry of energy and mineral resources. With regard to that Jero Wacik said that it would be furtehr improved while additional presidential decrees would also be issued to clear and strengthen regulations.


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Monument of Tamblang village overgrown by weeds Singaraja (Bali Post)—

only sober such as cutting the grass around the monument. The last grass cutting was made around August ahead of the anniversary of the Independence Day. “Formerly, the monument was not painted, but only roughly polished by cement. It was painted recently after receiving donation from the veteran families of Tamblang village,” he said. Sasdiawan expected that local government could disburse annual maintenance cost for the monument in Kubutambahan subdistrict. Other than at Tamblang village, similar struggle monuments were also built at Depeha, Tunjung and Tambakan in Kubutambahan subdistrict. The latter three monuments got less attention and were rarely maintained. “We do expect the government assistance and not just for this monument, but also for the other monuments in Kubutambahan subdistrict. They need adequate assistance from local government for the maintenance,” he explained. (kmb)

The neglected monument which is located in Tamblang Village, Buleleng

Water overflows onto Jalan Ahmad Yani Singaraja (Bali Post)—

The fairly heavy rain flushed a number of areas in the town of Singaraja on Sunday afternoon (Nov 18). Although it rained for a short time, the water overflowed onto a number of main roads in Singaraja due to a few culverts on the road. Even, some culverts were closed after the recent road improvement project. As monitoring of Bali Post, the main road of Jalan Ahmad Yani, Banyuasri village, Singaraja, was the most severely flooded due to the rain. On the right and left roadside, the level of water reached knee-deep of adults. As a result, the traffic flow of vehicles from and out of

the town was disturbed. Vehicles had to move slowly and tried to take turn when passing through the road body that was not flooded by rain water. Nevertheless, large vehicles were forced to cross a fairly deep puddle. To drain the puddle, people were trying to make a hole on the street connected to the existing sewer line. According to local resident, the rain water soaked the road body because there was no drain of rainwater into the sewer line on the roads ide. As a result, the puddles persisted and soaked the road body longer. Previously, there had been holes around the road body used to dispose rain-

water. However, after the recent road improvement project, the holes were invisible and estimated to have been buried by road elevation. Other than the closed drain, the road section indeed had minimal drains and they were of small size, so that they were unable to drain water when raining heavily. “In the past, there were some holes but very small, so that they could not drain water quickly. The holes are now covered by the project and diminish due to the recent road improvement,” said one of the residents. Similarly, the rainwater also overflowed onto the road section of Jalan

Pantai Lingga leading to Banyuasri Terminal. When it rained, the culverts were unable to accommodate a large volume of water, so it overflowed onto the road. Unfortunately, the flood water carried muddy rubbish that ultimately accumulated on the road body. Even, the muddy rubbish on the road exuded unpleasant smell that could interfere with the surrounding residents. “This culvert is usually taken advantage to dispose fish waste by fish mongers existing in the terminal. Now, this culvert has clogged up and the mud with stench spreads. We feel to be much aggrieved,” said a resident. (kmb)

Falling trailer truck

Denpasar-Gilimanuk road jammed Negara (Bali Post)-

The traffic around Denpasar-Gilimanuk last Saturday (17/11) afternoon totally jammed for a couple of kilometers as a trailer truck concrete carrier was being evacuated. It fell at Pangyangan turning point on the Denpasar – Gilimanuk road. The truck driven by Ariadi that was carrying 10 concretes weighting 3.5 tons each was evacuated by a crane. “If using a normal way it would be too heavy and its location is too steep. So we must use a crane to evacuate the truck,” one worker stated. The 25 tons crane coming from Denpasar caused both ways route closed caus-

ing one hour jam. Head of Pekutatan police, PC Komang Kardika, along with his officers coordinated the closing with Gilimanuk and Tabanan polices such as with Gilimanuk Harbour, Melaya, Negara and Mendoyo Polices to have some vehicles parked first to avoid any long traffic. One tourist from Klaten, Central Java, Yulius Adi, admitted disappointed with the traffic as he and his friends were in a rush. A number of tourist attractions weren’t also visited by a number of scheduled tours. “Yesterday in Ketapang (coming to Bali) was a long queue, now on the way home too in this route,” Adi explained. (kmb26)

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As concerned about the environment, the Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resort in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Jakarta held the Science Day program in the Hotel Santika Siligita, Saturday (Nov 3). The activity involving the students of SD Negeri 5 Benoa, South Kuta, elementary school was commenced with cleanup services on the Mengiat Beach and resumed by watching educational movies. Bali Island had also been famous for its beautiful beaches and exotic culture. “They all should be well maintained to persistently become an attraction,” he said. Through the activity, the Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts expected it could participate in mitigating the effect of global warming and providing knowledge to participants. By watching movies, they were taught to distinguish dry waste from wet waste. By all means, it was a very valuable lesson.

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Santika Indonesia Holds Science Day “Global warming that changes the ecosystem of living beings has a great influence on the water availability on earth. That’s why we organize the Science Day and Science Film Festival with the theme of water,” said Corporate General Manager of PT Grahawita Santika, Guido Andriano, accompanied by Corporate Marketing Communication, Vivi Herlambang. Bali remained to become the option to hold the event. Aside from having been the destination of the world, the

Attention of the local government to struggle monument in Buleleng seems to remain low. Other than struggle monument at Patas village in Gerokgak subdistrict, similar monument at Tamblang village also looks to be neglected. The struggle monument at Rumada Square, Tamblang village, never gets government assistance at all since it was built in 2000. When the monument was established, it was only self-financed by the veterans of Tamblang village. As observation made on Sunday (Nov 18), the struggle monument built on the area of less than 100 square meters painted in moss green looked vile. Near the monument area, weeds were left to grow wild. Besides, the monument indicated some cracks because of its old age. More than that, right in front of the monument there was a disposal land of backfill, so that the vile impression was getting more visible. Treasurer II of the Panca Marga Youth (PPM) of Kubutambahan subdistrict, Nyoman Sasdiawan, recognized that maintenance of the struggle monument located in the Rumada Square could not have been carried out well. The maintenance carried out was

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Balinese Temple Ceremony Every Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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LOS ANGELES — The sun has set on the “Twilight” franchise with one last blockbuster opening for the supernatural romance. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” sucked up $141.3 million domestically over opening weekend and $199.6 million more overseas for a worldwide debut of $340.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The finale ranks eighth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, and leaves “Twilight” with three of the top10 openings, joining 2009’s “New Moon” (No. 7 with $142.8 million) and last year’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” (No. 9 with $138.1 million). Last May’s “The Avengers” is No. 1 with $207.4 million. “Batman” is the only other franchise with more than one top-10 opening: last July’s “The Dark Knight

Rises” (No. 3 with $160.9 million) and 2008’s “The Dark Knight” (No. 4 with $158.4 million). Though “Twilight” still is a female-driven franchise, with girls and women making up 79 percent of the openingweekend audience, the finale drew the biggest male crowds in the series. Action-minded guys had more to root for in the finale as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner join in a colossal bat-

tle to end the story of warring vampires and werewolves. “Our male audience particularly has enjoyed this film,” said Richie Fay, head of distribution for Lionsgate, whose Summit Entertainment banner releases the “Twilight” movies. “With the action scenes in this one, we’re hoping the holdover business will reflect the fact that males have kind of found it out.” The movie also helped lift Lionsgate into the big

leagues among Hollywood studios. Paced by its $400 million smash with “The Hunger Games” and now the “Twilight” finale, Lionsgate surpassed $1 billion at the domestic box office for the first time. Some box-office watchers had expected the last “Twilight” movie to open with a franchise record the way the “Harry Potter” finale did last year with $169.2 million, the second-best domestic debut on the charts.

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on the music scene. “I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time,” he said. He also won favorite pop/ rock album for his platinumselling third album, “Believe.” He gave a stripped down, acoustic performance of “As Long As You Love Me,” then transitioned to the dance-heavy “Beauty and a Beat,” where Minaj joined him onstage, grinding with the teen for a few seconds. Minaj, who wore three different wigs and four outfits throughout the night, repeated her AMAs wins from last year, picking up trophies for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” She was in an all-white get-up, including fur coat and pink hair when she performed her new song “Freedom.” The scene was ghostly and snowy, as a choir — also in white — joined her onstage. One background singer stole the performance, belting semi-high notes as Minaj looked on. As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by Jenny McCarthy, who presented the award. “Wow. I feel violated right now,” he said, laughing.

“I did grab his butt,” McCarthy said backstage. “I couldn’t help it. He was just so delicious. So little. I wanted to tear his head off and eat it.” Bieber’s red and black outfit seemed to be the night’s theme, as Taylor Swift and Usher wore similar ensembles. Usher kicked off the three-hour show with green

laser lights beaming onstage as he performed a medley of songs, including “Numb,” ‘’Climax” and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” which featured a smoky floor and a number of backup dancers, as Usher jammed in all black, with the exception of his red shoes. He won favorite soul/R&B male artist.

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This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Kristen Stewart, left, and Robert Pattinson in a scene from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.”

Justin Bieber dominates at American Music Awards

America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Bieber’s wins included the show’s top award, artist of the year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the trophy, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake. “I wanted to thank you for always believing in me,” Bieber said, looking to his mom. The 18-year-old also won the honor in 2010. He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and asked that people continue to believe in him. Bieber and Nicki Minaj performed together — and separately — at the AMAs, and were both multiple winners. But another collaboration was the night’s most colorful performance: Korean rapper PSY and MC Hammer. Hammer joined the buzzed-about pop star for his viral hit “Gangnam Style.” PSY rocked traditional “Hammer” pants as they danced to his jam and to Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit.” Bieber won favorite pop/ rock male artist in the first award handed out at Sunday’s show and gave a shout-out to those who didn’t think he would last

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Environmental activists protested the management of Tahura Ngurah Rai by investor and asked Governor of Bali to revoke the permit. The protest by environmental activists also supported by legislative by issuing a recommendation to annul the permit.

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Many critics given on the Governor’s “silent action” on the recommendation of Bali House regarding the renting of the mangrove forest. Not only the member of the house who give the critics but also from the Head of National Democrat Bali, IGK Manila. Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP

Justin Bieber accepts the award for artist of the year as he embraces his mom Pattie Malette at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.

He said that the governor is ignoring the wish of the people by continuing to give the permit for the rent of the mangrove forest. If this contin-

ues, the people can determine the action need to be done. “Bali House also can act if the governor didn’t pay attention on the recommendation,”

Manila said. He also very disappointed that the governor didn’t do anything on the recommendation. He urged the governor to

pay attention on the wish of the people in Bali. “Answer the recommendation and sit together with the parliament. Don’t be afraid with the recommendation,” manila explained. He added that Bali House must find the proper law to act on the ignorance of the governor and the people even can do clash action on the

governor. People power has a great strength, we can see it in Philippine. To anticipate it, the governor must act wisely and evoke the permit. “My suggestion is the governor must talk to the public and evoke the permit. Don’t be afraid to do it for the sake of the people,” Manila said. Manila also regretted the battery on the Head of Bali

Environment Watch (Walhi) Wayan “Gendo” Suardana by a group of people. “He actually an activist who care about the environment in bali. Why people do violent act on him,” he added. Manila urged the police to arrest the one who is responsible for it. This is needed to avoid similar case from happening in the future. (kmb29)


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