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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ tops Gotham Awards

This film image released by CBS FIlms shows Oscar Isaac in a scene from “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Istanbul landmark rekindles religious tensions

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Mexico confirm Herrera as World Cup finals coach

Thai protests ease as police lift key barricades

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Indonesian activists wear masks while protesting against the World Trade Organization meeting in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Indonesia is hosting the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference from Dec. 3 - 6.

The Coen brothers’ folk music tale “Inside Llewyn Davis” has won best film at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.

The win Monday night at a glitzy ceremony was an upset. The slavery epic “12 Years a Slave” is widely considered an Oscar front-runner and had a leading three Gotham nominations but didn’t take any awards. Best actor went to Matthew McConaughey for his performance in the HIV drama “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” Brie Lar-

sen took best actress for her performance in the foster care drama “Short Term 12.” Steve Buscemi presented a posthumous tribute to his “Sopranos” co-star James Gandolfini. The Gotham awards are presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project, an advocacy group for independent filmmakers. Awards are selected by juries.

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Speed factor killed ‘Fast and Furious’ star Walker Speed played a role in the onecar crash that killed “The Fast and the Furious” actor Paul Walker in Southern California on Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Walker, 40, was a passenger in the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames in the city of Santa Clarita on Saturday afternoon. “Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Deputy Mark Pope said the accident was under investigation and he did not know how fast the car was going. The Los Angeles Times identified the driver as Roger Rodas, 38, a friend of Walker’s who owned Always Evolving, an auto dealership and racing services company. The sheriff’s department would not confirm that. The company could not be reached for comment on Sunday. In a message on its Facebook page,

the company posted a message that said, “Thank you all for your condolences and prayers while we mourn the loss of our loved ones.” The blond-haired, blue-eyed Walker was in five of the six “The Fast and the Furious” films about illegal street racing and heists. A seventh installment was in development, according to Universal, the studio behind the franchise. Walker played law enforcement official Brian O’Conner in the movie series.

WTO’s global role hangs in the balance at Bali summit AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

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NUSA DUA - The WTO launches a frantic drive on Tuesday to salvage its floundering efforts to liberalise global trade at a summit laced with potential make-or-break implications for the body’s global influence.

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A girl places flowers at the scene of the car crash where actor Paul Walker was killed in the Santa Clarita area of Los Angeles December 1, 2013.

WTO chief Roberto Azevedo implored trade ministers to reach a modest agreement on key trade issues on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, in hopes it will keep alive a stumbling 12-year-old effort to slash international trade barriers. “It is there for the taking. It is a matter of political will,” Azevedo

said during an appearance ahead of the four-day summit’s opening at 3 p.m. (0700 GMT). In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Azevedo called the 159-member group’s gathering “the most important World Trade Organisation meeting in years”. “At stake is not only a package

of measures to boost the global economy... but also the role of the WTO and the multilateral trading system in global economic governance,” he said in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. In 2001, the WTO launched the “Doha Round” of talks in Qatar, seeking to overhaul the world trading system by setting a global framework of rules and tearing down barriers. Various estimates say it could create tens of millions of jobs and perhaps $1 trillion in new economic activity. But protectionist disputes be-

tween rich and poor countries -- as well as the WTO’s insistence that any accord be unanimous -- has made a deal elusive. Retreating for now from Doha’s lofty aims, the WTO has instead put forward a limited “Bali package” on specific issues. Azevedo hopes an agreement on that package can keep the Doha Round on life-support for a later push. But the Bali measures have hit snags, most notably India’s insistence that it be allowed to offer subsidies to its millions of poor farmers

to keep food prices down. “We can no longer allow the interests of our farmers to be compromised at the altar of mercantilist ambitions of the rich,” Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, who leads India’s delegation, was quoted as saying on Monday by Indian media. Many now see the troubled WTO effort as threatened by alternative regional pacts between major trading nations including the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pushed by Washington.

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HIV/AIDS threatens students

Schools urged to intensify AIDS and drug care group Bali Post

DENPASAR - Transmission of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali was very worrying. Since 1987 through July 2013, the total patient with HIV/AIDS in Bali reached 8,003 cases. Ironically, victim of the disease caused by the Human Immunology Virus (HIV) had extended to the age group of children and teenager. At least, 37 people from the age group of 5-14 years and 153 people from the age group of 15-19 years in Bali denoting the group of school age or student had been exposed to the deadly disease. In order to prevent the widespread transmission of HIV/AIDS among the students, schools were urged to intensify the AIDS and drug care group (KSPAN) activities in their respective school. An observer of education, Putu Sarjana, revealed the matter. According to Sarjana, the existence of AIDS and drug care group was actually very effective as a preventive measure to warn students about the hazards of HIV/AIDS. Considering the HIV/AIDS case was also often triggered by the use of unsterilized syringe other than free sex lifestyle, HIV/AIDS among students should also be coupled with the anti-drug movement. “I see a lot of schools in Bali have established the AIDS and drug care group. Hopefully, this activity can be functioned effectively for students to raise awareness of the hazards of HIV/AIDS and drugs so they are moved to avoid the behaviors with high risk of being infected by HIV/AIDS. The AIDS and drug care group must not be infertile or simply

becomes a complement to the extracurricular activities,” he said. Sarjana added the AIDS and drug care group was also very effective to be used as a medium of information for speeding up the dissemination of HIV/ AIDS and drug hazards, including raising the awareness of students so as not to extend the line of the HIV/AIDS and drug abuse victims among students. Later on, members of the AIDS and drug care group would be prepared as volunteers or peer educator which provided information for their schoolmates. “Considering the important role of the AIDS and drug care group, I hope it will be really empowered or it will not just exist. Moreover, HIV/ AIDS and drug hazards have become a serious threat to students considering

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KUTA - The staff members of the Bali Dynasty Resort have organized their own Charity Bazaar on Friday, 29 November 2013 to raise funds for the Bali Dynasty Charity Effort, supporting the education of children in a small hamlet in North Eastern Bali which the resort has sponsored since 2000. For the Charity Bazaar staff donated second hand clothes, books, bags, shoes

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Transmission of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali was very worrying. Since 1987 through July 2013, the total patient with HIV/AIDS in Bali reached 8,003 cases. Ironically, victim of the disease caused by the Human Immunology Virus (HIV) had extended to the age group of children and teenager. the number of HIV/AIDS case and drug abuse on the teenagers shows an increasing tendency,” he warned. Separately, Principal of SMAN 7 Denpasar high school, Ida Bagus Suyasaputra, claimed to agree if the existence of the AIDS and drug care group in schools was intensified to

prevent the rising cases of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. As an educator, he was deeply concerned with the HIV/AIDS case and drug abuse among children belonging to age group of 5-14 years and 15-19 years in Bali posing the age group of school student continuing to increase. “HIV/AIDS and drug abuse

are serious threats to the youth of nation. Through this AIDS and drug care group activity, we expect the students to be more aware of the HIV/AIDS and drug hazards so they are motivated to avoid the risky behaviors to be infected by the deadly disease,” he affirmed. (kmb13)

Banishes evil spirits by marching band parade “To generate a louder voice, we attempt to use the equipment of marching band around the village. Not bad, it is enough to attract the attention,” said I Gede Perama, coordinator of the marching band. Gede Perama mentioned that in line with the dynamics of life in the community a number of changes occurred to the ngedeblag procession held every year. They ranged from makeup to musical instrument utilized. In the past, our predecessors

and anything else they might be able to sell to their fellow staff members.

100% of the money raised went to the Charity Effort. The Charity Bazaar enables Bali Dynasty’s employees to demonstrate their caring for others by giving a little something to those less fortunate. The bazaar is scheduled to take place every quarter so should you have anything to donate please drop them off at reception.

Family Outing

To celebrate another successfull year and in appreciation to all the staff members and their families who have supported them throughout the year, the Bali Dynasty Resort held its’ annual Family Outing in November 2013 hosting over 1,040 employees and dependents over a 4 day period at the

Calendar Event for November 2 through December 11, 2013

Ngedeblag ritual at Kemenuh HUNDREDS of children and young people in spooky decoration by bringing palm leaves held a procession accompanied with sacred barong effigy. They played gamelan, bamboo split drum and household utensils to generate sounds. Besides, in the ngedeblag procession at Kemenuh customary village, Sukawati, Gianyar, was also involved a marching band to accompany the barong effigy in performing street show around the village, Monday (Dec 2).

Bali Dynasty Resort staff charity bazaar

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commonly used kitchen utensils and other tools such as a bucket or other secondhand goods. “We are confident the essence is that people try to generate rumbling noises. On the basis of such consideration, we take the liberty to use the equipment of marching band,” he said. Meanwhile, a customary figure of Kemenuh, IB Putu Alit, said that local community called the sacred procession by ngedeblag ritual. By parading the sanctified barong

effigy, they surrounded the village to neutralize any negative spirits. Hopefully, the residents could be protected from any natural disasters and disease outbreaks. The ritual had been held through generations every November to December. It was held during that period because it was considered a disastrous season such as the occurrence of floods, landslides, emergence of many flies or diseases. He added the ritual was also followed by parading a pair of

sanctified barong effigy around the village. Every time passing the end of the village, the pair of the barong would be consecrated. At the intersections, housewives welcomed the procession with the offerings. “Our people believe that nature was angry because humans had littered. On that account, residents begged for forgiveness and promised to always maintain the balance of nature,” he concluded. (dar)

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2 Nov Saniscara Keliwon Kuningan. Pura Taman Pule di Mas-Ubud. Pura Ularan di Takmung-Klungkung. Pura Bukitjati di Gulingan-Kawan Bangli. 6 Nov Buda Wage Langkir. Pura Tanah Lot Kediri Tabanan. Pura Bucabe Mas Ubud. Pura Puseh Desa Ganggang-Canggi Batuan. Pura Pasek Pertukangan Kediri-Tabanan. Pura Pasek Bendesa Gulingan Mengwi. Pura Masceti Desa Sanding-Tampak Siring. Puru Luwur Batur Pucangan Buahan-Tabanan. Odalan Alit di Pura Dalem Takuran di Cemenggoan Sukawati. Odalan Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih. Mr. Pasek Gelgel Silakarang. Pura Dalem Bangun Sakti Kapal. Pura Dalem Bias Muntig Ped-Nusa Penida. 10 Nov Redite Pon Medangsia. Pura Agung Pentilan Kesiman-Denpasar. Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kerambitan Tabanan. 11 Nov Soma Wage Medangsia. Pura Nataran Desa Getas Blahbatuh. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Aan-Klungkung. Pura Pasek Bakbakan Gianyar. 12 Nov Anggara Keliwon Medangsia. Pura Pesimpangan Geria Sakti Manuaba di Yogyakarta-Sumur Lampung Selatan. Pura Luwur Uluwatu Pecatu Kuta Selatan. Pura Penataran Agung Singakerta Ubud. Pura Andakasa Karangasem. Pura Gua Lawah Klungkung. Merajan Kawitan Arya Kubontubuh Gelgel Klungkung. Pura Taman Ayun Mengwi. Pura Suralaya Banda-Klungkung. Pura Dalem Senapati Bebalang-Bangli. Pura Gadung Blahbatuh Gianyar. Pura Pasek Lurah Tutuan. Pura Pasek Gadung Kerambitan Tabanan. Pura Dalem Tugu Gelgel Klungkung. Pura Dalem Banyuning Barat-Buleleng. Odalan Sepen di Pura Puseh. Pura Desa Cemenggaon-Sukawati. Pura Pusering Jagat Pejeng-Tampaksiring. Merajan Pasek Kubayan Mengwi. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Gegelang-Tabanan. Pura Geria Sakti (Dang Kahyangan) Tulikup Gianyar. Pura Dalem Dauh Ubud. 13 Nov Buda Umanis Medangsia. Pura Gede Perancak-Jembrana. Pura Dalem Dauma-Batuan Sukawati. Pura Nataran Kacangdawa-Klungkung.

Odalan Bhatara Gede Apol di Ubung Denpasar. Pura Puseh Brahmana Kamasan-Klungkung. Pura Kahyangan Jagat Dalem Purwa Denbantas Tabanan. Pura Dalem Sukehet Klungkung. Pura Dalem Muaspatih Guwang Sukawati. Pura Taman Tegalalang. Pura Desa Sanding-Tampaksiring. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa-Batanbuah-Kesiman. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Basangkawan. Pura Sahab Nusa Penida. Merajan Agung Gorokgak Dalem Sukawati. 14 Nov Wraspati Paing Medangsia. Pura Ulun Swi Kediri Tabanan. Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Bitra-Gianyar. 17 Nov Redite Keliwon Pujut. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran-Mengwi. 17 Nov Purnama Kelima. Aci-aci Penaung Bayu di Pura Batumadeg di Besakih. Pura Kentel Gumi di Batur Baangli. Pura Pedarman Agung, Satria Denpasar. Pura Pemerajan Agung - Pemecutan Denpasar. Ngusaba di Pura Kehen Bangli. Pura Desa Pemenang di Lombok. Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel di Sumerta Denpasar. Pura Pasek Gobleg di Kekeran Mengwi. Pura Suranadi di Lombok. Pura Puncak Bukit Tampak Siring. Pura Dalem Puri Agung Kintamani. Pura Dalem Agung Nongan Karangasem. Pura Dalem Ubung-Kupang Dukuh Penebel-Tabanan. Pura Dalem Balingkang Kintamani. Pr. Tampurhyang Pusat Kawitan Mahagota Catur Sanak di Songan Kintamani. Pura Dalem Pulasari Desa Bantas Sudaji Buleleng. Merajan Pasek Gelgel di Lebih. Merajan Pasek Gelgel di Tulamben. Pura Penyusungan Pasek Tohjiwa Selemadeg Tabanan. Pura Pasar Agung Besakih Sebudi Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tengkulak Kaja. Pura Suci Desa Tianyar Kubu Karangasem. Pura Bukit Mentik ring Gunung Lebah Desa Batur Kintamani. Pura Narmada di Lombok. Pura Segara di Ampenan Lombok. Pura Ularan di Seririt Buleleng. 24 Nov Redite Paing Pahang. Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran Mengwi. Pura Pasek Sandra Peguyangan Badung. 26 Nov Anggara Wage Pahang. Pura Batu Madeg (Meru Tumpang Sanga) di Besakih. Pura Hyang Tibha Batuan Sakah.

27 Nov Buda Keliwon Pahang. Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Baturiti Tabanan. Pura Silayukti Padangbai-Karangasem. Pura Aer Jeruk Sukawati. Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan-Sukawati. Pura Penataran di Batuyang-Batubulan. Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel-Sukawati. Pura Pasek Bendesa Dukuh-Kediri-Tabanan. Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati Gianyar. Pura Kresek Banyuning-Buleleng. Pura Puseh di Bebandem-Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Kubayan-Gaji. Merajan pasek Gelgel Jeroan Abang-Songan. Merajan Pasek Subrata Temaga. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Bungbungan. Pura Sad Kahyangan Batu Medahu Swana Nusa Penida. Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih-Denpasar. Pura Penataran Dukuh Nagasari Bebandem Karangasem. Pura Pasek Bendesa Tagtag Paguyangan. Pura Pulasari Sibang Gede Abiansemal. Pura Batur Sari Ubud. Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati. 2 Dec Soma Keliwon Krulut. Pura Pasel Gelgel Kekeran Mengwi Badung. Merajan Pasek Subadra Kramas-Gianyar. 7 Dec Tumpek Krurut. Pura Pasek Gelgel Br Tengah Buleleng. Pura Dalem Pemuteran di Desa Jelantik Tojan Klungkung. Pura Pedarmaan Bhujangga Waisnawa di Besakih. Pura Taman Sari Desa Gunungsari Penebel - Tabanan. Pura Dalem Tarukan di Bebalang Bangli. Pura Benua Kangin Besakih. Pura Merajan Kanginan (Ida Betara Empu Beradah) di Besakih. 8 Dec Redite Umanis Merakih. Pura Parangan Tengah Banjar Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Nusa Penida. Pura Dalem Celuk Sukawati - Gianyar. 11 Dec Buda Wage Merakih. Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah - Pedungan - Denpasar Selatan. Pura Natih Banjar Kalah - Batubulan. Pura Desa Silakarang - Singapadu. Pura dalem Petitenget - Kerobokan - Kuta. Pura Dalem Pulasari - Samplangan - Gianyar. Pura Kubayan - Kepisah - Pedungan - Denpasar - Selatan. Pura Pasek gelgel Banjar Tanahpegat - Tabanan. Pr. Paibon Banjar Bengkel - Sumerta - Denpasar. Pura Pasek Lumintang - Denpasar. Pr. Panti Penyarikan Medahan - Sanding - Tampaksiring. Pr. Pasar Agung Banjar Dauh Peken - Kaba-kaba - Tabanan.

Waterbom Park Bali. The family outing is to show our appreciation to all the families of the employees who give their physical and moral support to our team members. Without happy employees we would not have happy guests and that is why so much emphasis is placed on our employees who we all know are our biggest asset.

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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Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future Associated Press Writer

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NUSA DUA - Multilateral trade is bound to fail if there is no agreement reached at during the ninth World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia.

NEW YORK — Amazon is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less — via a self-guided drone. Amazon.com Inc. says it’s working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project but it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations. The project was first reported by CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night, hours before millions of shoppers turned to their computers to hunt bargains on Cyber Monday, usually the busiest Internet shopping day of the year. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in the interview that while his octocopters look like something out of science fiction, there’s no reason they can’t be used as delivery vehicles. Bezos said the drones can carry packages that weigh up to five pounds (2.25 kilograms), which covers about 86 percent of the items Amazon delivers. The drones the company is testing have a range of about 10 miles (16 kilometers), which Bezos noted could cover a significant portion of the population in urban areas. Bezos told “60 Minutes” the project could become a working service in four or

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five years. Unlike the drones used by the military, Bezos’ proposed flying machines won’t need humans to control them remotely. Amazon’s drones would receive a set of GPS coordinates and automatically fly to them, presumably avoiding buildings, power lines and other obstacles. Delivery drones raise a host of concerns, from air traffic safety to homeland security and privacy. There are technological and legal obstacles, too —similar to Google’s experimental driverless car. How do you design a machine that safely navigates the roads or skies without hitting anything? And, if an accident occurs, who’s legally liable? Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. But technology entrepreneur and futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that “technology has always been a double edged sword.” “Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also was used to burn down our villages,” says Kurzweil.

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This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs.

Volvo to test self-driving cars Associated Press Writer

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Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design at Volvo Car Group, speaks to the media in front of a Volvo Concept Coupe at the media preview for the Tokyo Motor Show at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

STOCKHOLM — Swedish-based Volvo Car Group has joined the race to develop self-driving cars, saying it plans to build 100 such vehicles in a pilot project. The Chineseowned automaker said Monday it will test its “autonomous” cars on 30 miles (50 kilometers) of selected roads in the Swedish city of Goteborg, starting in 2017. In what it called “the world’s first largescale autonomous driving pilot project,” Volvo said the vehicle would assume all driving functions, though the driver “is expected to be available for occasional control.” Parking would be fully automated, allowing the driver to leave the vehicle as it finds a vacant spot to park by itself. Autonomous driving is still a long way off for legal and technical reasons but increasingly possible by equipping cars with cameras and computers.

“Multilateral trade will be vulnerable if there are no agreements made during the meeting and the WTO’s policies are questioned,” Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said. Moreover, after 12 years of the Doha rounds not resulting in anything, the WTO’s member countries are expected to reach an agreement in Bali this time, Gita added. “The Doha Rounds have been going on for 12 years and it would not work if the final agreement is not made here in Bali,” said Gita. Gita further stated that so far there had been countries, whose agreements should have been resolved without prior approval, but there was also an agreement that states must do so as a whole. Indonesia as the event’s host is obliged to bridge the interests of the poor, developing and developed countries through the Bali Package, which contains three main issues. “The Least Developed Countries’

bargaining issue has been agreed upon by 159 member countries,” said Gita. Indonesia will push for one of the points agreed upon in the Bali Package if the ninth WTO Ministerial Meeting faces another deadlock. The Bali Package contains several points in the favor of Trade Facilitation, Agriculture and the Least Developing Countries. Some things that have been agreed upon the Least Developed Countries’ negotiations during the WTO General Council in Geneva include Simplified Rules of Origin, Waiver Services, Duty Free Quota Free and Market Access to Cotton.Heavier negotiations are still going on to finish the whole Bali Package. But the points on agriculture and trade facilitation are still need to be deliberated upon. Under these conditions, the negotiations for the Bali package settlement proposals must have been completed in Geneva, and in the end brought to Bali so that a decision by 159 ministers can be taken.

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Indonesian Minister of Trade Gita Wiryawan pose for journalists after bilateral meeting with Peruvian Minister on the sidelines of the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

WTO urges member Developing countries urge WTO state’ parliament to agreement on food security use political influence Antara

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KUTA - The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Deputy Director General Karl Brauner has appealed to the parliaments of member states to use their political influence during the WTO ministerial conference, which will be held in Bali from Dec. 3 to 6. “I hope that your parliament will use its political influence here,” he said at the WTO parliament conference in Kuta, Bali, on Monday. Under the leadership of Director General Roberto Azevedo, the WTO had ensured a transparent discussion on international trade policies, he said. “WTO is open to criticism including complaints about the green room, whose members are elected ambiguously and secretly,” Brauner stated.

He further added that such patterns had been abandoned. “Any time we hold a discussion, we involve 200 people by showcasing concepts transparently and allowing them to review any revision word by word.” The pattern of interaction among the WTO members in the past was not as good as now. “Those sitting in the WTO in Geneva work hard every day. We work even on Saturdays and Sundays,” Brauner stated. It is very likely that the WTO ministerial conference will agree to poor countries’ demand of being allowed to export and import different commodities, except armaments. The four-day WTO parliament conference, which will open on Tuesday, will be attended by 163 lawmakers and researchers from member countries.

NUSA DUA - Developing countries in the G-33 (Group of 33) have urged World Trade Organization (WTO) members to reach an agreement on food security proposals submitted earlier. “In this meeting, there is deep disappointment among the members of the G-33 that the deadline to limit export subsidies by 2013 has passed. That means an agreement can no longer be reached in Bali,” Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan noted here on Monday. After the WTO’s negotiations in Bali, the G-33 members stressed that it was important to maintain the momentum of the ninth ministerial meeting, which saw progress in several difficult and sensitive areas. “These proposals are important, given the increasing volatil-

ity in global food prices,” Gita added. The role of the WTO is to ensure that the multilateral trading system functions in a manner that is fair to every nation, thereby promoting global economic certainty. “The G-33 agreed to reforms in agriculture, and the Doha Development Agenda talks included reducing trade barriers to improve the productivity and competitiveness of millions of farmers in developing countries,” he noted. In the pursuit of agricultural sector reforms, the meeting also stressed the need for agreement on the Special Products and Special Safeguards Mechanism to ensure that developing countries are adequately protected. “We want to further the negotiations initiated by the Doha round by balancing the interests of all member countries in the

agriculture sector. We would like to see these negotiations proceed towards becoming WTO regulations,” added Gita Wirjawan. The G33 is a group of developing countries that coordinates on trade and economic issues. It includes Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Bolivia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, South Korea, Madagascar and Mauritius. In addition, the group includes Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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BANGLI - Prevalence rate of dengue in Bangli County increases. Based on data from the Bangli Health Agency, until early December of this year the number of dengue patients reached 73 people compared to the same period last year only reaching 50 people. Allegedly, the increase occurred due to influence of weather anomalies in recent times. The Head of Bangli Health Agency, Wayan Sudiana, admitted on Sunday (Dec 1) that there were an increasing case of dengue patients. Previously, the dengue cases in Bangli reached 5 cases (2012) and then increased to 21cases (2013). Dengue cases in Public Health Center I Tembuku increased from 2 cases to 9 cases, in Public Health Center II Tembuku increased from 5 cases (2012) to 11 cases (2013), Public Health Center I Susut increased from 5 cases to 9 cases, in Public Health Center II Susut even decreased from 9 cases to 4 cases, while in Public Health Center VI Kintamani increased from 1 case to 3 cases. “From a total of 12 Public Health Centers in Bangli County, the prevalence rate of dengue increases from 50 cases to 73 cases,” said Sudiana.

Sudiana added the most infected Bangli residents had lived in Denpasar or those averagely had a high mobility to Denpasar. Nevertheless, to anticipate the dengue outbreak in Bangli, the Health Agency claimed to have performed preventive measures in the community. The agency, said Sudiana, had also made mosquito nest eradication (PSN) through fogging to a number of areas suspected to get rampantly infected by dengue. Not only that, his party also always urged the public to proactively keep the environment clean all the time, especially by draining the cistern and water reservoirs around the house. “The community was also requested to drain all puddles,” said the man who served as the Acting Director of the Bangli Hospital. (ina)

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A man doing fogging to eradicate mosquito nest and preventing dengue outbreak. Prevalence rate of dengue in Bangli County increases. Based on data from the Bangli Health Agency, until early December of this year the number of dengue patients reached 73 people compared to the same period last year only reaching 50 people.

Given uncertainty, thousands of Galiran Market traders fret SEMARAPURA - Relocation schedule for thousands of traders in Galiran Market stays unclear up to now. This condition makes traders confused and restless. Reportedly, the traders would be relocated on Monday (Dec 2). So, the traders were busy to bring their goods to the new market building. However, apparently all the entrances into the market were still locked. So, all traders were upset and demanded the clarity for the relocation schedule to the official from relevant authorities. Met around the Galiran Market, traders claimed to have received information from other traders that they would be transferred from temporary market at Galiran Terminal to the new building on Monday. Such news brought in fresh air for traders. They could not wait any longer to sell at the new location because the current location was often muddy and dirty, especially during rainy season as today. One of the traders, Nyoman Resning, demanded the Klungkung Regency on Monday to issue an official schedule when they could occupy the new building. “We do not know for sure, sir. It is just heard from fellow traders and there has been no official schedule from relevant agency,” said another trader,

Dewi Purnamaningsih. However, this kitchen spice traders chose to still sell at the previous place. When moving, she worried about losing customers who had been familiar with her location. But, if she should move, she claimed to be willing as long as there was a clear schedule and the new location was certain as well. Meanwhile, a number of other traders such as Aji Syamsul, Made Reni and Gede Darmawan looked to come back after moving their merchandise to the new location. “The entrance gates at the new market are still locked. Reportedly, the relocation is made today, but the door is still closed,” she said disappointedly. Surprisingly, a number of officials who were asked for their confirmation related to the relocation seemed to mutually leave the responsibility. The Head of Public Works, AA Ngurah Agung, said on Monday that his party had handed over the building of Galiran Market to Klungkung government to be further delivered to the Cooperatives, SMEs and Industry and Trade Agency. “It has been handed over to local government. Now, there are regional secretary, assistant and Industry and Trade Agency. For relocation issue, simply ask to them,” he said with a high tone. The Head of Cooperative, SMEs, Industry and Trade Agency, Komang

Darma Suyasa, confirmed on Monday there was no handover from local government. He admitted to be only as the user of the new building, so his party was still waiting for the handover from county government. With such condition, he also claimed not to know when the traders would move to the new building. The new policy could be done if all administration matters related to the construction of Galiran Market to the data had been received by his party from the reoperation team handling the relocation where it was chaired by regional secretary. “Before being transferred, the Galiran Market must be inaugurated first,” he said. However, he did not know when the Galiran Market would be inaugurated. He suggested asking for the information to regional secretary of Klungkung. Regional secretary of Klungkung, Ketut Janapria, when asked for his confirmation on the issue was still not willing to give information about the relocation of traders. He admitted to consolidate first with the Head of Public Works as well as the Head of Cooperative, SMEs, Trade and Industry Agency on Tuesday (Dec 3). “Now, I’m still in the Dalem Temple of Pikat-Pangi for attending a grandiose ritual. I’ll consolidate it first tomorrow (Tuesday—Ed),” he said. (kmb31)

Forty thousand residents of Karangasem illiterate

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AMLAPURA - Deputy Regent of Karangasem Made Sukerana and Division Head of Non-Formal Education admitted that Karangasem had 40,000 illiterate residents, Monday (Dec 2). The age of illiterate residents was 24 years and over. That figure, said Sukerana, was based on data of Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in 2012. The number of illiterate residents was the highest in Bali. Subawa said that his party was summoned by central government related to the large amount of illiterate population. “The illiteracy of 40,000 is categorized into remarkably high. Most of the illiterate people are from rural or mountainous areas in Kubu subdistrict, Karangasem, while the remaining people are from Bebandem,” he said. Subawa had confidence there was no illiteracy of 24 years and under. However, from observation with the National Children Foundation (LAB) Denpasar, a number of children from Pedahan Kaja and surrounding hamlets were also experiencing illiteracy. Aside from living at home village, some others migrated to become a porter in the Badung Market, sell souvenir on Kuta Beach and beg. Although being illiterate or unable to read and write, they could distinguish the denominations of IDR 100,000 or IDR 20,000.

Deputy Regent Sukerana admitted the begging illiterate children or adults, or the illiterate adults in the mountains as in Kubu subdistrict could still distinguish the value of money. For example, if they should get a share of IDR 100,000 but they were given as much as IDR 20,000, it could be responded by axe. Related to the reduction of illiteracy, it had been held a program such as returning child labor to school. However, of the 150 child laborers returning to school for learning, added Deputy Regent Sukerana, only 10 people could survive. In addition to such program, his party also organized the working and learning package A, B and C respectively equivalent to elementary, junior high and high school as well as the functional literacy programs. Recognized by Sukerana, the area of Kubu subdistrict was the contributor to the high enough dropout rate. The cause of they dropped out of school was they preferred making money to learning at school and the other reason was that their school was quite far from their home. Other than poverty, the lack of paved road also triggered their dropout. “At my childhood, walking to school along 5 km has become a commonplace, but now children are even unwilling to walk for 4 km. So, the road infrastructure is still important, aside from the provision of clean water,” he said. (013)

Anti-government protesters wave Thai national flags after they toppled barricades near the Government House in Bangkok December 3, 2013. Thai police said on Tuesday they would not stand in the way of protesters battling to seize the prime minister’s office and city police headquarters, focal points of demonstrations aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Thai protests ease as police lift key barricades Associated Press

BANGKOK — Anti-government protesters crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the Thai prime minister’s office and the city police headquarters without resistance from police Tuesday. Police used cranes to remove concrete slabs and barbed wire barricades on a road leading to the police headquarters after agreeing to let the protesters into the building. After bitterly resisting them with tear gas and rubber bullets since Saturday, police also stood by as protesters removed the barriers to the prime minister’s office and walked through on Tuesday. The unexpected reversal of strategy by the government suggests it no longer wants to confront the protesters after three days of clashes that have left three people dead and more than 230 injured and raised concerns about the country’s stability. Government officials did not comment on the developments, and it was not clear if this would provide more than a lull to the violence and the crippling political deadlock that undermines Thailand’s democracy, economy and tourism. After breaching the barriers on the road, the protesters milled outside the gates of the prime minister’s office, known as Government House, and made no attempt to go through the gray gates of the sprawling compound. “This is a victory for us. This is a victory for the protesters,”

said Kusol Promualrat, wearing a military camouflage green jacket, standing in front of the gate. The police pulled back “because they know that if this doesn’t stop more people will get hurt, more people will die.” On Monday night, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban told his supporters to storm the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau, one of the main buildings they have vowed to seize as part of a campaign to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. At the same time, Yingluck told a news conference that while she is willing to do anything it takes to end the violent protests, she cannot accept Suthep’s demand to hand power to an unelected council. Yingluck was elected with an overwhelming majority in 2011, and many observers see the protest-

ers’ demand as unreasonable if not outlandish. In some of the worst clashes since the protests began last week, on Monday protesters commandeered garbage trucks and bulldozers, and tried to ram concrete barriers at the Government House and other offices. Police repelled them by firing tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets, as protesters shot back explosives from homemade rocket launchers. The protesters, mostly middleclass Bangkok supporters of the opposition Democrat Party, accuse Yingluck of being a proxy for her elder brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He was deposed in a 2006 military coup but remains central to Thailand’s political crisis, and is a focal point for the protester’s hatred.

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US Navy deploys new surveillance aircraft to Japan

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Washington - The US Navy has deployed sophisticated surveillance aircraft to Japan, officials said Monday, amid rising tension over China’s territorial claims in the region. Two P-8A Poseidon patrol jets departed Jacksonville, Florida on Friday and arrived later at Kadena air base in Okinawa, in a move that was planned before Beijing declared an air defense zone last month covering disputed islands in the East China Sea, a navy official told AFP. “This was scheduled for a long time,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s a rotational deployment.” Four more Poseidon aircraft are due to deploy at Okinawa later this month, the official said. The assignment to Japan marks the first mission for the new plane, which is replacing the propellerdriven P-3 Orion aircraft that dates back to the 1960s. The P-8A planes, converted Boeing 737s equipped with advanced radar and anti-ship missiles, are designed to hunt submarines and track other vessels at sea. On November 23, China announced an expanded air defense identification zone and said aircraft would have to submit flight plans before entering the area, home to disputed islands in the East China Sea. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States have each

sent planes into the zone without informing the Chinese, signalling their refusal to recognize Beijing’s declaration. After sending in two B-52 bombers last week, the US military has kept up “routine” military flights in the area but there has been no hostile response from China, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters Monday. “The Chinese reaction to our operations has been normal,” Warren said. “We haven’t changed our operational tempo,” he added. The deployment of the P-8 aircraft came as US Vice President Joe Biden set out Sunday on a trip to Asia which will include a visit to Beijing, where he will discuss the spike in regional tensions. Senior US officials said Biden would convey Washington’s “concerns” about China’s air defense zone and seek clarity regarding its intentions. While military flights have gone ahead as planned, the US State Department has advised American commercial airlines to observe China’s demand for advance notice of aircraft entering the zone. China and Japan have been locked in a mounting territorial argument over the island chain known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. Although taking no position on the sovereignty dispute, Washington says it would uphold its defense treaty with Japan in the event of a conflict.

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DDG 1000, the first of the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt Class of multimission guided missile destroyers, is pictured at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine November 21, 2013.


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DENPASAR - Garuda Indonesia’s flight services to the Komodo Airport in East Nusa Tenggara and Bima in West Nusa Tenggara will help promote tourism in the two provinces, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said on Monday.

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An investor stands in front of the stock price monitor at a private securities company Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Shanghai, China. Asian stock markets outside Japan mostly slid Tuesday as investors awaited a slew of U.S. economic data this week to gauge when the Federal Reserve will start reducing its monetary stimulus.

Britain to upgrade growth forecasts in budget update

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LONDON - Britain’s economy will grow faster than expected as it outpaces the neighbouring eurozone, finance minister George Osborne is expected to reveal in a budget update this week. Osborne will deliver his so-called autumn statement before parliament at 1115 GMT on Thursday, when he will also stick to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government’s deficit-slashing strategy. Britain is enjoying a solid economic recovery thanks to a booming property market and rebounding consumer expenditure despite ongoing state austerity. “In the autumn statement I will say the job is not yet done because we have got to make sure we go on taking the difficult decisions to secure the recovery,” Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne said on Sunday. The key Conservative minister pledged to deliver a “responsible recovery”, playing down the prospect of any major tax giveaways or spending commitments. Osborne has already unveiled plans to overhaul energy levies in a bid to lower household bills. The move was aimed at countering a pledge from the opposition Labour

party to freeze electricity and gas prices, should it win a general election due in mid-2015. The Confederation of British Industry, which represents employers, has called on Osborne to support business investment and overhaul business rates. Alongside Thursday’s update, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) watchdog is set to upgrade its forecasts for growth and borrowing. Six months ago, the OBR cut its 2013 economic growth forecast, blaming the impact of the eurozone debt crisis. Gross domestic product (GDP) was expected to grow by just 0.6 percent this year, followed by 1.8 percent in 2014 and 2.3 percent in 2015. Since March, however, the nation’s economic recovery has strengthened with third-quarter growth of 0.8 percent -- the fastest rate in more than three years. “With the economy expanding at its fastest pace in thirteen quarters, George Osborne will no doubt enjoy

delivering his autumn statement this time around,” Daiwa economist Emily Nicol told AFP. “The growth forecasts of just 0.6 percent in 2013 and 1.8 percent in 2014 published by the OBR just six months ago seem bound to be revised up, to around 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent respectively.” The 17-member eurozone is meanwhile predicted to shrink 0.4 percent this year, before rebounding to grow 1.1 percent in 2014 and 1.7 percent in 2015, according to recent European Commission forecasts. Nicol added that firmer British growth would increase taxation revenues and curb the deficit further. Recent data showed that state borrowing fell in October, boosted by rising property taxation revenues as a result of recovering house prices. The government is likely to undershoot its £120-billion borrowing target in the current 2013/2014 financial year, which runs from April to March.

Australia central bank keeps rates on hold Agence France-Presse

SYDNEY - Australia’s central bank held interest rates at their record 2.50 percent low Tuesday, saying the effects of earlier cuts had still to be fully felt. The Reserve Bank of Australia kept rates on pause for a fourth consecutive month, as widely expected, after a series of cuts designed to stimulate the economy as its decadelong Asia mining boom cools. Governor Glenn Stevens said the board judged “that the setting of monetary policy remained appropriate”. “The easing in monetary policy that has already occurred since late 2011 has supported interest-sensitive spending and asset values,” he said. “The full effects of these decisions are still coming through, and will be for a while yet.” The bank considered the econo-

my to be growing “a bit below trend over the past year” while the unemployment rate has edged higher. “This is likely to persist in the near term, as the economy adjusts to lower levels of mining investment,” Stevens said “Further ahead, private demand outside the mining sector is expected to increase at a faster pace, though considerable uncertainty surrounds this outlook.” He added that there had been an improvement in indicators of household and business sentiment recently, “but it is still unclear how persistent this will be”. The Australian dollar fell to a two-day low of 90.68 US cents after the comments, with the bank warning the currency was still “uncomfortably high”. “A lower level of the exchange rate is likely to be needed to achieve balanced growth in the economy,” Stevens said.

“I am optimistic that the Garuda flight services to Labuhan Bajo’s Komodo Airport in East Nusa Tenggara and Bima in West Nusa Tenggara can help develop tourism in the two provinces,” the minister noted. She said Garuda Indonesia, which is the national flag carrier, should continue to make a breakthrough by opening new routes to other regions, which have short runways. “Garuda can help develop the potential of remote areas in Indonesia by opening up new routes, which will also attract tourist visits,” Mari pointed out. Mari noted that remote areas in the country had a variety of po-

tential for tourism, but they were yet to be developed because of a lack of air transportation. “But with Garuda spreading its wings to areas with smaller airports in the country, I am sure that tourism in these areas will progress a lot,” the minister noted. Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia President Director Emirsyah Satar stated that Garuda will open up new flight routes to as many remote areas as possible in the country. “Garuda will use ATR 72-600 planes with sophisticated technology to reach the areas which have small airports,” Emirsyah said.

Garuda Indonesia President Director Emirsyah Satar (right) stated that Garuda will open up new flight routes to as many remote areas as possible in the country. ANTARA FOTO/Yudhi Mahatma

Kayu Vianna spends weekend at Balian IBP KUTA - Quiksilver’s newest team rider, 16-year-old Kayu Vianna from Canggu, spent his weekend up at Balian on Bali’s north west coast taking part in a high performance surf training camp offered by The Art of Surfing-Bali, hoping to pick up some pointers on how to get one up on the growing pack of highly competitive Indonesian grommets. The intensive three day camp saw Kayu joining a small group of six other surfers from different countries (Australia, Russia, Finland, the Philippines) and differing level’s of ability to go through specific and targeted surf training regimes such as Surf Yoga, Video Analysis, Surf Specific Fitness Training, and also Surf Safety Rescue Techniques and Basic CPR Courses. Kayu was by far the youngest of the group, but arguably the best surfer in the group. But what he found out was that there is a lot more to being a pro surfer than just the technical side of how to make better turns and other maneuvers. Getting the body into tip-top condition through Yoga and Surf Specific Training as well as eating the right food is critical, but it’s no walk-in-the-park. Learning how and when to rescue drowning swimmers and injured surfers as well as how to administer CPR is also part of being a good surfer, as well as learning how to be a team player by participating in a Tag Team competition. IBP/Courtesy of Tim Hain

Quiksilver’s newest team rider, 16-year-old Kayu Vianna from Canggu, spent his weekend up at Balian on Bali’s north west coast taking part in a high performance surf training camp.


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Most complex work on Syria chemicals ‘still lies ahead’

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Norway’s King Harald (R) and Queen Sonja, with the Byzantine era monument of Hagia Sophia in the background, pose as they tour in the old town in Istanbul November 7, 2013.

Istanbul landmark rekindles religious tensions Agence France Presse

Istanbul - Perched on the tip of Istanbul’s historic peninsula, Hagia Sophia -- with its spectacular dome, elegant curves and towering minarets -- is an iconic sight for millions of tourists visiting the city each year. The 1,500-year-old complex overlooking the Bosphorus is at the heart of a bitter dispute over its fate after Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc called for it to be converted back into a Muslim place of worship. His comments, though not official policy, have added to concerns over what critics say is the government’s increasing efforts to impose Islamic values on secular Turkish society. And the Byzantine monument could become a political hot potato for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking to shore up flagging support among conservative Muslims ahead of elections next year. Hagia Sophia, which in Greek means “Holy Wisdom”, was built in the sixth century and served as an Orthodox church for centuries -- and as the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople -- before being converted to a mosque by the Ottomans in the 1400s. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic, declared it a museum in 1934 and it opened the following year. “We are looking at a sad Hagia Sophia, but hopefully we will see it smiling again soon,” Arinc said

earlier this month. Greece, whose territory was once part of the Ottoman empire and is often at odds with Turkey over religious issues, reacted furiously, saying such comments offended the religious feelings of millions of Christians. Mihail Vasiliadis, editor-inchief of Istanbul-based Greek daily Apoyevmatini, says Hagia Sophia is an important symbol for the entire Orthodox Christian community. “There are some who have been seeing a sad Hagia Sophia for more than 500 years and they are the ones who want to see it returned as a church,” he told AFP. Istanbul’s tiny Greek community, which numbers just a few thousand, is already irked over the issue of Ankara’s insistence on reciprocal steps from Athens to improve their religious rights. “There is no need to add salt to the wound,” Vasiliadis said. Last month, Greece flatly rejected the idea of reviving two mosques in Athens in return for the reopening of an Orthodox clergy school in Turkey. Two other churches that also bear the name Hagia Sophia have recently been turned into mosques in Turkey. There are already an estimated

83,000 mosques across the country -- up around seven percent since Erdogan took office 11 years ago. Istanbul itself has around 3,000, including the stunning 17th century Blue Mosque just a short distance from Hagia Sophia. For devout Muslims, however, opening Hagia Sophia for worship is also about paying a homage to Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the Ottoman emperor who turned it into a mosque following the conquest of Constantinople and joined the first prayers in 1453. The nationalist Islamist Great Union Party (BBP) has staged several demonstrations to seek a repeal of the ban on Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site encompassing the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of old Istanbul. Armed with a land registry certificate dated 1936 that describes the complex as a mosque, BBP deputy leader Bayram Karacan claimed that its conversion into a museum was illegal. “The fact that Hagia Sophia is a museum has never been accepted by the Turkish people... restoring it as a mosque would be akin to reclaiming sovereignty over it,” Karacan said.

The Hague - The top UN official charged with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile on Monday warned that the most difficult part of its mission in the conflict-ridden country still lay ahead. onal Plan Calls for Removing Syria Chemical Weapons in Months The Wall Street Journal Meanwhile, a top Syrian official has urged countries “to start acting” to help Damascus comply with its obligations to help destroy its arsenal, including providing armoured vehicles and equipment. Speaking at an annual meeting of member states of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Sigrid Kaag said although Syria’s ability to make chemical weapons “has been rendered inoperable... the most complex and challenging work still lies ahead”. “The removal of Syria’s chemical agents for destruction outside of its territory will require tremendous coordination and collective effort,” Kaag told delegates at a five-day meeting of the 190 member states of the world’s chemical watchdog. A joint team of UN and OPCW inspectors have inspected all but one of Syria’s chemical weapons-producing sites and the OPCW has said that Damascus’ entire stockpile of more than 1,000 tonnes of chemical weapons has been placed under seal. Despite “significant milestones” already achieved by the joint UN-OPCW team, which has been in Syria since early October, challenges remained, Kaag told delegates. The shifting security situation in Syria -- where nearly 126,000 people have been killed since the brutal conflict broke out 33 months ago, according to latest NGO figures -- was a major obstacle facing inspectors, she said. Kaag said although the inspection team was working hard to achieve deadlines, there were “a number of factors outside the joint mission’s control to adversely impact... our ability to achieve objectives within mandated timelines.” For example, a recent customs strike in Beirut delayed the arrival of materials needed in Damascus by several days, she said. The OPCW earlier this month adopted a final roadmap for ridding Syria of its arsenal of more than 1,000 tonnes of dangerous chemicals by mid-2014. According to this roadmap, “priority” weapons have to be removed from Syria by December 31 and destroyed by the end of March 2014, and the rest by mid-2014. Under the plan, resources for packaging and handling the chemical materials would be sent to 12 chemical storage sites by December 13 after which the chemicals would be taken to Latakia, Syria’s main port on the Mediterranean, and shipped out by February 5, a diplomatic source previously told AFP. The OPCW on Saturday said the US has offered to destroy Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons on a vessel at sea through a process of hydrolysis. It added that 35 commercial companies have expressed an interest in destroying lower priority, less dangerous weapons. According to a US-Russia deal that headed off US military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Syria is to destroy its chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

WTO’s global role... From page 1 Those “offer no substitute for global agreements and global rules” such as the Doha Round that take into account the interests of the world’s poorest countries, Azevedo wrote. He said the consequences of failure in Bali would be “grave” at a time of world economic uncertainty. Ministers will be focussing in Bali on agricultural subsidies, proposals to simplify customs procedures, and measures to aid least-developed countries. Past WTO ministerial conferences have been accompanied by violent antiglobalisation protests. In Bali on Tuesday, about 400 protesters called for the WTO to be disbanded in a demonstration organised by agricultural and fisheries NGOs from several countries. Holding a coffin symbolising the trade body, they marched on a government office complex in Bali’s capital Denpasar shouting “TPP, no! Shut down WTO, NOW!” “WTO is the source of hunger in this world, the loss of jobs for many farmers,” said Hendry Saragih, one of the organisers. “It is the destroyer of the global food system and benefits only industries that come from industrialised countries.” There was no violence, however, and tight security promised to keep any demonstrations far from the conference venue. Indonesia’s Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan, chair of the conference, said his counterparts seemed “optimistic” about a deal. “This is probably the best chance that we have of striking a deal among all 159 countries. Let ourselves not be held hostage to divergence between one another,” he said.

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INDONESIA Airport development budget to be raised

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LABUAN BAJO - The Ministry of Transportation will continue to increase the airport development budget, particularly for the Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, Deputy Transportation Minister Bambang Susantono said. “We will continue to ramp up our budget program for the development of transportation infrastructure, especially at the airport in Labuhan Bajo,” Bambang said, during his address at the Garuda Indonesia flight “Explore” at Komodo airport on

Tuesday. He noted that the Ministry of Transportation was responsible for improving airport infrastructure through a carefully thought out plan. “The development will take place in stages in order to make the results and quality perfect,” Bambang pointed out. According to him, all airports in Indonesia would be repaired or reconstructed in stages in order to provide better services to the public. “Soon a new building project at the Komodo Airport will be completed, which will have a

major impact on services related to the community and tourists who visit Labuhan Bajo,” Bambang said. He added that the new route of the Garuda Indonesia to Komodo airport in East Nusa Tenggara and Bima in West Nusa Tenggara would also have a positive impact on the development of tourism in the two areas. “I am optimistic that more domestic and foreign tourists will visit Labuan Bajo and Bima following the commencement of Garuda’s new flight to these two destinations,” Bambang said.

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More domestic and foreign tourists will visit Labuan Bajo and Bima following the commencement of Garuda’s new flight to these two destinations.

Indonesian in Thailand asked to avoid mass rally sites Antara

JAKARTA - Indonesia’s Embassy in Bangkok issued a statement on Tuesday, urging all Indonesians living in Thailand to avoid mass rally locations, such as near the Democracy Monument, the Government Complex, the Government House and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Indonesians in Thailand are expected to be more aware about the situation where they live and are asked to stay indoors unless they need to venture out for something urgent,” the statement said. Indonesians residing in Thailand have also been urged to immediately contact the embassy in Bangkok if they face any trouble as a result of the ongoing mass rallying in Thailand. Thousands of protesters have held series of demonstrations in front of government buildings since Novem-

ber demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down. The protests started after Yingluck’s political party proposed a bill, which would allow the Prime Minister’s brother and former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return home from exile in London without having to face jail sentence. Thaksin was sentenced to two years in jail for corruption in 2008. Responding to these protests, Prime Minister Yingluck has called for negotiations with the protesters. Up till now, the protests are still continuing.

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and produced an average of 15,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day net to Hess in the first three quarters of the year. The sale is being conducted under two separate agreements with the joint venture. Hess Corp. said Monday that it will use proceeds from the sale to continue buying back shares under an existing $4 billion program. The deal is expected to close in 2014’s first quarter.

Hess selling Indonesia assets for $1.3 billion NEW YORK — Energy company Hess is selling its Indonesia assets to a joint venture between PT Pertamina and PTT Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. for $1.3 billion. Hess has been shifting away from refining and toward exploration and production. As part of that plan, it’s selling off some assets. The Indonesia assets were included in that plan. The assets are off Indonesia’s coast

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A volunteer gives food to dogs that are abandoned by their owners in a village that has been evacuated following the eruption of Mount Sinabung, in Mardingding, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. About 15,000 people have been evacuated from 17 villages on the slope of Mount Sinabung after authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level last week.


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Yamaha MotoGP team ‘must improve every area’

Turtle Breeding at Deluang Sari

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Deluang Sari, a little delta overgrown by mangrove forests with coastal white sand and calm waves, is situated overlooking the sea recreation center of Benoa Harbor. Since it has an intact ecological system, clean beaches and lush mangrove forests, this place was then developed for breeding sea turtles. At low tide, we can get there on foot in the sidelines of the mangrove trees of Tanjung Benoa, while at high tides we have to cross by boat from Benoa Harbor for about 10 minutes. Aside from seeing turtle breeding, visitors coming here can also see different types of fighting cocks, animals and wild birds as well as a small temple, As a tourist destination, this small island has also been equipped with restaurants, souvenir shops and animal attractions.

Yamaha must “improve every area” in order to match MotoGP rival Honda in 2014, according to the Yamaha Motor Racing’s managing director Lin Jarvis. Yamaha lost out to Honda by eight points in the fight for the 2013 manufacturers’ crown, while Honda’s Marc Marquez beat Yamaha’s two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo by just four points in this year’s title fight. And while Jarvis believes Lorenzo’s injuries and a mid-season dip contributed to those deficits, he says Yamaha must find all-round gains in order to keep the pace with Honda. “We see it as a successful season: we didn’t win the championship at the end of the year, which was unfortunate, but we only lost it by four points,” Jarvis told MotoGP.com. “It has not been easy: we started with a one-two in the first race and then had a bit of a dip, followed by the injuries of Jorge mid-season in Assen and then again at the Sachsenring. That really was the turning point for the season “In terms of bike performance, we won the same number of grands prix as Honda, so I would say it

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was a really even match and an equal challenge and championship. “[2014] is going to be a tough battle again - in my opinion it will be Honda vs Yamaha and Marquez vs Lorenzo again. “With the bike, we have got to improve every area because we know our competitors will be doing the same. “We have just got to be on top of our game and have the riders in good health, fully motivated.” Jarvis said he had been especially pleased with Yamaha’s end to 2013, as Lorenzo won five times over the final seven races to take the title fight to the wire. “Of course we prefer to be first, but second and such a good performance is great,” he added. “Over the entire year, we won nine grands prix: eight by Jorge and one by [Rossi] Valentino in Assen, coming back to success with Yamaha. “We were especially happy with the end of the season because we won five of the last seven races. “We [were not] able to take the title but we will be back next year.”

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Yamaha’s MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain races during the second free practice session ahead of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia, November 8, 2013.

Nets’ Pierce has broken hand, out 2-4 weeks Associated Press Writer NEW YORK — Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injuryplagued Brooklyn Nets.

The team said Monday that Pierce had been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his right, shooting hand. He was hurt Friday in the first half of a loss at Houston. Pierce has struggled badly in his first sea-

son in Brooklyn, but the disappointing Nets can hardly afford another injury. They just got back Brook Lopez but have still been playing without Deron Williams and key reserves Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry. Pierce is averaging 12.4 points.

Indian Boxing Federation’s suspension to continue

Associated Press Writer

Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) shoots as Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) defends during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Portland won 108-98.

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NEW DELHI — The Indian Boxing Federation’s suspension will not be lifted as it has failed to call fresh elections needed for it to return to the international fold. The International Boxing Association (AIBA), the sport’s world body, told The Associated Press by email it has “worked to try and find a way forward for boxing in India” but the process has become difficult due to problems among various factions of the IBF. The IBF was suspended last December for not following proper election procedures when it elevated previous president Abhay Singh Chautala to chairman of the body. It is also no longer recognized by India’s sports ministry. The AIBA had set a Wednesday deadline to organize new elections, but the IBF looks set to miss the deadline.


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Mexico confirm Herrera as World Cup finals coach Reuters

MEXICO CITY - Mexico have confirmed Miguel “Piojo” Herrera will coach the national squad at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year. The team’s fourth coach since September, Herrera led Mexico to victory in last month’s intercontinental playoff against New Zealand, which they won 9-3 on aggregate.

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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, Mexico’s head coach Miguel Herrera gestures after defeating Finland 4-2 in a friendly soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in San Diego. Herrera was confirmed as Mexico head coach for the Brazil World Cup 2014.

The stocky former national team defender’s appointment, a foregone conclusion after his success in the playoff, was announced after a Mexican Football Federation (FMF) board meeting on Monday. “In the meeting, the proposal was put forward for Miguel Herrera as national team coach with the appointment of Ricardo Pelaez as sporting director,” national teams general manager Hector Gonzalez Inarritu said. Herrera, whose previous appointment in mid-October was only for the two-leg playoff, will take up the job at the end of the Mexican Apertura championship on Dec. 15. Mexican daily El Universal reported on its sports website (www.centraldeportiva.com) that the FMF planned to have Herrera stay on until the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It quoted Gonzalez Inarritu as saying: “We want a good preparation for the World Cup. You know the contracts are without an end date, we like continuity.” Mexico fired Jose Manuel de la Torre in September following a

loss to Honduras, and his successor, Fernando Tena, stepped down after a defeat to the United States in their next qualifier. Victor Vucetich took over for the final two group games before being replaced by Herrera. Herrera’s club America, the defending champions, reached the semi-finals with a 1-1 draw at their Azteca home against UANL Tigres on Sunday. America went through on the away goals rule having drawn 2-2 at UANL in the first leg and will meet Toluca. CLOSE CALL

The 45-year-old, known affectionately as Piojo (louse), a nickname common in Latin America for a small boy or man, took charge after Mexico came within minutes of missing out on the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990. Mexico, a traditional powerhouse in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North and Central America and the Caribbean), had underperformed in the region’s six-nation final qualify-

ing group. Three coaches were sacked as Mexico’s hopes of reaching Brazil faded with poor results, especially at the Azteca. The top three teams - United States, Costa Rica and Honduras - booked automatic berths while Mexico and Panama were vying for fourth spot and the intercontinental playoff. On the final day, Mexico were in fourth place, three points ahead of Panama, who had the better goals record. Mexico lost 2-1 at Costa Rica, meaning a Panama victory at home to the United States would have sent them through to the finals for the first time. Panama led the United States 2-1 going into added time only to concede two goals in less than three minutes and lose 3-2, allowing Mexico to secure fourth place and enter the playoff against Oceania winners New Zealand. Vucetich, in charge for the last two games, was sacked and Herrera appointed.

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Ronaldo injury free and ready to return to action Reuters

MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a muscle strain and is ready to return to action, the Real Madrid and Portugal forward said on Monday. Ronaldo damaged a hamstring in Real’s La Liga match at Almeria on Nov. 23 and missed last week’s Champions League win over Galatasaray and Saturday’s La Liga success against Real Valladolid. “I no longer have an injury,” Ronaldo said at an awards ceremony in Madrid. “I have been fine for a couple of days,” added the 28-year-old, who has been on scintillating form this season. “We preferred not to push things against Valladolid but I will be there for the next game for sure.” Ronaldo netted 14 goals in his

last seven appearances for club and country before his injury and is one of the favourites to scoop the FIFA Ballon d’Or when the footballer of the year award is announced next month. The former Manchester United man was the last player to win in 2008 before Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi took the next four. “I am on good form,” Ronaldo said. “It’s possible that it is the best start to the season of my career but the past few years have also been very good.” Real’s next match is a King’s Cup last 32, first leg at third-tier Olimpic de Xativa on Saturday and they play at FC Copenhagen in the Champions League the following Tuesday. The nine-times European champions are already through to the last 16 as Group B winners.

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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Nov.19, 2013.

Italy and Juventus star Pirlo out until new year Associated Press Writer

TURIN, Italy — Juventus and Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo is expected to be sidelined until the new

year with damaged knee ligaments. Pirlo limped out of Sunday’s 1-0 win over Udinese after just 13 minutes. Juventus says Pirlo underwent tests on Monday which revealed he

has “a second-degree lesion to the collateral medial ligament in his right knee.” The club has not revealed how long Pirlo will be out for, but an

injury of this type normally takes at least a month to recover from. Juventus plays Bologna, Sassuolo and Atalanta in the Italian league before the winter break

LONDON - Roy Hodgson is sanguine about the regular injury bulletins he will receive between now and next May but the England manager may pay extra attention to Wayne Rooney’s wellbeing. When fit and focussed Rooney is unquestionably England’s key man and probably the first name Hodgson will write on his World Cup squad list for the June 12-July 13 finals in Brazil. Yet injuries and disciplinary problems have meant that the 28year-old, apart from Euro 2004, has not made an impact at major tournaments. He flopped at the 2006 World Cup after recovering from a foot injury, missed several games in the

ill-fated qualification campaign for Euro 2008 through injury and was ineffective and moody in South Africa in 2010. At the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine, Rooney was suspended for two games after being sent off in the final qualifier, although he did score against Ukraine to help England reach the quarter-finals where they lost to Italy. It is hardly a roll of honour for the 28-year-old but if Hodgson’s England are to make any impact in Brazil, Rooney firing on all cylinders as he is doing at present will be vital. “I’m very fortunate in that we’ve got senior players, of which he’s one, who do have a big influence,” Hodgson told reporters at

a news conference to announce the Football Association’s new four-year partnership with Mars Chocolate. “A Wayne Rooney in this sort of form would be very good. IN-FORM ROONEY

“He was no problem at all in the Euros. Our problem in the Euros was that unfortunately he had been suspended and when he came to us, he was training when the rest of them were playing matches. He was desperate to play. “Unfortunately, when we did throw him in, you would say that he didn’t live up to his reputation.” Rooney has scored 11 goals so far this season, including one in

each of the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. He also netted both goals in United’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Hodgson could be excused if he wanted to wrap Rooney in cotton wool, but knows that he will just have to keep his fingers crossed like many other international managers. “It’s damned early for me,” said Hodgson, who will fly to Brazil on Tuesday for Friday’s World Cup draw. “If you can give me the same guarantees in April and May. He is playing excellent at the moment, he really is playing so well and I have no reason to believe why that shouldn’t continue week after week, match after match, all the way up to the

World Cup. “But we are all aware it can change. Therefore, I do tend to adopt a bit of a sanguine attitude towards it all. “Before the Euros we put a group of players together who we thought ‘this looks quite useful’ then we lost three or four of them before we kicked off. That is always a risk. “So when Daniel (Sturridge) gets injured now I suppose in one way I am sorry he can’t play, but another part of me thinks ‘better now than later.’” Sturridge earned a ticking off from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers when he declared himself fit to play for England against Germany in a friendly last month despite a dead leg.

and also has a crucial final Champions League group match at Galatasaray. Pirlo has been instrumental in Juventus winning the past two Serie A titles.

Use of pyrotechnics on rise in English football

Hodgson won’t sweat on Rooney medical bulletins

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FC Copenaghen’s Nicolai Jorgensen, challenges for the ball with Juventus Andrea Pirlo, right, during the Champions League, Group B, soccer match between Juventus and FC Copenhagen at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. AP Photo/Massimo Pinca

LONDON — Children as young as 8 years old have smuggled pyrotechnics into stadiums for use by adults, according to a study by English football authorities that shows the use of flares and smoke bombs is on the rise. The Premier League, Football League and The Football Association have launched a campaign about the danger of pyrotechnics, with 86 percent of supporters surveyed saying they were concerned for their safety at matches. Figures show that while there were only eight incidents of pyrotechnic use in the 2010-11 season across the English leagues and cup competitions, the number rose to 172 in the 2012-13 season. There were 96 incidents between August and October this season. During a Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham on Oct. 20, a linesman was struck by a lit smoke canister thrown from the stand.


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Mexico confirm Herrera as World Cup finals coach Reuters

MEXICO CITY - Mexico have confirmed Miguel “Piojo” Herrera will coach the national squad at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year. The team’s fourth coach since September, Herrera led Mexico to victory in last month’s intercontinental playoff against New Zealand, which they won 9-3 on aggregate.

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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, Mexico’s head coach Miguel Herrera gestures after defeating Finland 4-2 in a friendly soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in San Diego. Herrera was confirmed as Mexico head coach for the Brazil World Cup 2014.

The stocky former national team defender’s appointment, a foregone conclusion after his success in the playoff, was announced after a Mexican Football Federation (FMF) board meeting on Monday. “In the meeting, the proposal was put forward for Miguel Herrera as national team coach with the appointment of Ricardo Pelaez as sporting director,” national teams general manager Hector Gonzalez Inarritu said. Herrera, whose previous appointment in mid-October was only for the two-leg playoff, will take up the job at the end of the Mexican Apertura championship on Dec. 15. Mexican daily El Universal reported on its sports website (www.centraldeportiva.com) that the FMF planned to have Herrera stay on until the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It quoted Gonzalez Inarritu as saying: “We want a good preparation for the World Cup. You know the contracts are without an end date, we like continuity.” Mexico fired Jose Manuel de la Torre in September following a

loss to Honduras, and his successor, Fernando Tena, stepped down after a defeat to the United States in their next qualifier. Victor Vucetich took over for the final two group games before being replaced by Herrera. Herrera’s club America, the defending champions, reached the semi-finals with a 1-1 draw at their Azteca home against UANL Tigres on Sunday. America went through on the away goals rule having drawn 2-2 at UANL in the first leg and will meet Toluca. CLOSE CALL

The 45-year-old, known affectionately as Piojo (louse), a nickname common in Latin America for a small boy or man, took charge after Mexico came within minutes of missing out on the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990. Mexico, a traditional powerhouse in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North and Central America and the Caribbean), had underperformed in the region’s six-nation final qualify-

ing group. Three coaches were sacked as Mexico’s hopes of reaching Brazil faded with poor results, especially at the Azteca. The top three teams - United States, Costa Rica and Honduras - booked automatic berths while Mexico and Panama were vying for fourth spot and the intercontinental playoff. On the final day, Mexico were in fourth place, three points ahead of Panama, who had the better goals record. Mexico lost 2-1 at Costa Rica, meaning a Panama victory at home to the United States would have sent them through to the finals for the first time. Panama led the United States 2-1 going into added time only to concede two goals in less than three minutes and lose 3-2, allowing Mexico to secure fourth place and enter the playoff against Oceania winners New Zealand. Vucetich, in charge for the last two games, was sacked and Herrera appointed.

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Ronaldo injury free and ready to return to action Reuters

MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a muscle strain and is ready to return to action, the Real Madrid and Portugal forward said on Monday. Ronaldo damaged a hamstring in Real’s La Liga match at Almeria on Nov. 23 and missed last week’s Champions League win over Galatasaray and Saturday’s La Liga success against Real Valladolid. “I no longer have an injury,” Ronaldo said at an awards ceremony in Madrid. “I have been fine for a couple of days,” added the 28-year-old, who has been on scintillating form this season. “We preferred not to push things against Valladolid but I will be there for the next game for sure.” Ronaldo netted 14 goals in his

last seven appearances for club and country before his injury and is one of the favourites to scoop the FIFA Ballon d’Or when the footballer of the year award is announced next month. The former Manchester United man was the last player to win in 2008 before Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi took the next four. “I am on good form,” Ronaldo said. “It’s possible that it is the best start to the season of my career but the past few years have also been very good.” Real’s next match is a King’s Cup last 32, first leg at third-tier Olimpic de Xativa on Saturday and they play at FC Copenhagen in the Champions League the following Tuesday. The nine-times European champions are already through to the last 16 as Group B winners.

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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Nov.19, 2013.

Italy and Juventus star Pirlo out until new year Associated Press Writer

TURIN, Italy — Juventus and Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo is expected to be sidelined until the new

year with damaged knee ligaments. Pirlo limped out of Sunday’s 1-0 win over Udinese after just 13 minutes. Juventus says Pirlo underwent tests on Monday which revealed he

has “a second-degree lesion to the collateral medial ligament in his right knee.” The club has not revealed how long Pirlo will be out for, but an

injury of this type normally takes at least a month to recover from. Juventus plays Bologna, Sassuolo and Atalanta in the Italian league before the winter break

LONDON - Roy Hodgson is sanguine about the regular injury bulletins he will receive between now and next May but the England manager may pay extra attention to Wayne Rooney’s wellbeing. When fit and focussed Rooney is unquestionably England’s key man and probably the first name Hodgson will write on his World Cup squad list for the June 12-July 13 finals in Brazil. Yet injuries and disciplinary problems have meant that the 28year-old, apart from Euro 2004, has not made an impact at major tournaments. He flopped at the 2006 World Cup after recovering from a foot injury, missed several games in the

ill-fated qualification campaign for Euro 2008 through injury and was ineffective and moody in South Africa in 2010. At the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine, Rooney was suspended for two games after being sent off in the final qualifier, although he did score against Ukraine to help England reach the quarter-finals where they lost to Italy. It is hardly a roll of honour for the 28-year-old but if Hodgson’s England are to make any impact in Brazil, Rooney firing on all cylinders as he is doing at present will be vital. “I’m very fortunate in that we’ve got senior players, of which he’s one, who do have a big influence,” Hodgson told reporters at

a news conference to announce the Football Association’s new four-year partnership with Mars Chocolate. “A Wayne Rooney in this sort of form would be very good. IN-FORM ROONEY

“He was no problem at all in the Euros. Our problem in the Euros was that unfortunately he had been suspended and when he came to us, he was training when the rest of them were playing matches. He was desperate to play. “Unfortunately, when we did throw him in, you would say that he didn’t live up to his reputation.” Rooney has scored 11 goals so far this season, including one in

each of the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. He also netted both goals in United’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Hodgson could be excused if he wanted to wrap Rooney in cotton wool, but knows that he will just have to keep his fingers crossed like many other international managers. “It’s damned early for me,” said Hodgson, who will fly to Brazil on Tuesday for Friday’s World Cup draw. “If you can give me the same guarantees in April and May. He is playing excellent at the moment, he really is playing so well and I have no reason to believe why that shouldn’t continue week after week, match after match, all the way up to the

World Cup. “But we are all aware it can change. Therefore, I do tend to adopt a bit of a sanguine attitude towards it all. “Before the Euros we put a group of players together who we thought ‘this looks quite useful’ then we lost three or four of them before we kicked off. That is always a risk. “So when Daniel (Sturridge) gets injured now I suppose in one way I am sorry he can’t play, but another part of me thinks ‘better now than later.’” Sturridge earned a ticking off from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers when he declared himself fit to play for England against Germany in a friendly last month despite a dead leg.

and also has a crucial final Champions League group match at Galatasaray. Pirlo has been instrumental in Juventus winning the past two Serie A titles.

Use of pyrotechnics on rise in English football

Hodgson won’t sweat on Rooney medical bulletins

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FC Copenaghen’s Nicolai Jorgensen, challenges for the ball with Juventus Andrea Pirlo, right, during the Champions League, Group B, soccer match between Juventus and FC Copenhagen at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. AP Photo/Massimo Pinca

LONDON — Children as young as 8 years old have smuggled pyrotechnics into stadiums for use by adults, according to a study by English football authorities that shows the use of flares and smoke bombs is on the rise. The Premier League, Football League and The Football Association have launched a campaign about the danger of pyrotechnics, with 86 percent of supporters surveyed saying they were concerned for their safety at matches. Figures show that while there were only eight incidents of pyrotechnic use in the 2010-11 season across the English leagues and cup competitions, the number rose to 172 in the 2012-13 season. There were 96 incidents between August and October this season. During a Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham on Oct. 20, a linesman was struck by a lit smoke canister thrown from the stand.


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Turtle Breeding at Deluang Sari

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Deluang Sari, a little delta overgrown by mangrove forests with coastal white sand and calm waves, is situated overlooking the sea recreation center of Benoa Harbor. Since it has an intact ecological system, clean beaches and lush mangrove forests, this place was then developed for breeding sea turtles. At low tide, we can get there on foot in the sidelines of the mangrove trees of Tanjung Benoa, while at high tides we have to cross by boat from Benoa Harbor for about 10 minutes. Aside from seeing turtle breeding, visitors coming here can also see different types of fighting cocks, animals and wild birds as well as a small temple, As a tourist destination, this small island has also been equipped with restaurants, souvenir shops and animal attractions.

Yamaha must “improve every area” in order to match MotoGP rival Honda in 2014, according to the Yamaha Motor Racing’s managing director Lin Jarvis. Yamaha lost out to Honda by eight points in the fight for the 2013 manufacturers’ crown, while Honda’s Marc Marquez beat Yamaha’s two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo by just four points in this year’s title fight. And while Jarvis believes Lorenzo’s injuries and a mid-season dip contributed to those deficits, he says Yamaha must find all-round gains in order to keep the pace with Honda. “We see it as a successful season: we didn’t win the championship at the end of the year, which was unfortunate, but we only lost it by four points,” Jarvis told MotoGP.com. “It has not been easy: we started with a one-two in the first race and then had a bit of a dip, followed by the injuries of Jorge mid-season in Assen and then again at the Sachsenring. That really was the turning point for the season “In terms of bike performance, we won the same number of grands prix as Honda, so I would say it

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was a really even match and an equal challenge and championship. “[2014] is going to be a tough battle again - in my opinion it will be Honda vs Yamaha and Marquez vs Lorenzo again. “With the bike, we have got to improve every area because we know our competitors will be doing the same. “We have just got to be on top of our game and have the riders in good health, fully motivated.” Jarvis said he had been especially pleased with Yamaha’s end to 2013, as Lorenzo won five times over the final seven races to take the title fight to the wire. “Of course we prefer to be first, but second and such a good performance is great,” he added. “Over the entire year, we won nine grands prix: eight by Jorge and one by [Rossi] Valentino in Assen, coming back to success with Yamaha. “We were especially happy with the end of the season because we won five of the last seven races. “We [were not] able to take the title but we will be back next year.”

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Yamaha’s MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain races during the second free practice session ahead of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia, November 8, 2013.

Nets’ Pierce has broken hand, out 2-4 weeks Associated Press Writer NEW YORK — Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injuryplagued Brooklyn Nets.

The team said Monday that Pierce had been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his right, shooting hand. He was hurt Friday in the first half of a loss at Houston. Pierce has struggled badly in his first sea-

son in Brooklyn, but the disappointing Nets can hardly afford another injury. They just got back Brook Lopez but have still been playing without Deron Williams and key reserves Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry. Pierce is averaging 12.4 points.

Indian Boxing Federation’s suspension to continue

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Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) shoots as Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) defends during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Portland won 108-98.

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NEW DELHI — The Indian Boxing Federation’s suspension will not be lifted as it has failed to call fresh elections needed for it to return to the international fold. The International Boxing Association (AIBA), the sport’s world body, told The Associated Press by email it has “worked to try and find a way forward for boxing in India” but the process has become difficult due to problems among various factions of the IBF. The IBF was suspended last December for not following proper election procedures when it elevated previous president Abhay Singh Chautala to chairman of the body. It is also no longer recognized by India’s sports ministry. The AIBA had set a Wednesday deadline to organize new elections, but the IBF looks set to miss the deadline.


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Norway’s King Harald (R) and Queen Sonja, with the Byzantine era monument of Hagia Sophia in the background, pose as they tour in the old town in Istanbul November 7, 2013.

Istanbul landmark rekindles religious tensions Agence France Presse

Istanbul - Perched on the tip of Istanbul’s historic peninsula, Hagia Sophia -- with its spectacular dome, elegant curves and towering minarets -- is an iconic sight for millions of tourists visiting the city each year. The 1,500-year-old complex overlooking the Bosphorus is at the heart of a bitter dispute over its fate after Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc called for it to be converted back into a Muslim place of worship. His comments, though not official policy, have added to concerns over what critics say is the government’s increasing efforts to impose Islamic values on secular Turkish society. And the Byzantine monument could become a political hot potato for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking to shore up flagging support among conservative Muslims ahead of elections next year. Hagia Sophia, which in Greek means “Holy Wisdom”, was built in the sixth century and served as an Orthodox church for centuries -- and as the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople -- before being converted to a mosque by the Ottomans in the 1400s. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic, declared it a museum in 1934 and it opened the following year. “We are looking at a sad Hagia Sophia, but hopefully we will see it smiling again soon,” Arinc said

earlier this month. Greece, whose territory was once part of the Ottoman empire and is often at odds with Turkey over religious issues, reacted furiously, saying such comments offended the religious feelings of millions of Christians. Mihail Vasiliadis, editor-inchief of Istanbul-based Greek daily Apoyevmatini, says Hagia Sophia is an important symbol for the entire Orthodox Christian community. “There are some who have been seeing a sad Hagia Sophia for more than 500 years and they are the ones who want to see it returned as a church,” he told AFP. Istanbul’s tiny Greek community, which numbers just a few thousand, is already irked over the issue of Ankara’s insistence on reciprocal steps from Athens to improve their religious rights. “There is no need to add salt to the wound,” Vasiliadis said. Last month, Greece flatly rejected the idea of reviving two mosques in Athens in return for the reopening of an Orthodox clergy school in Turkey. Two other churches that also bear the name Hagia Sophia have recently been turned into mosques in Turkey. There are already an estimated

83,000 mosques across the country -- up around seven percent since Erdogan took office 11 years ago. Istanbul itself has around 3,000, including the stunning 17th century Blue Mosque just a short distance from Hagia Sophia. For devout Muslims, however, opening Hagia Sophia for worship is also about paying a homage to Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the Ottoman emperor who turned it into a mosque following the conquest of Constantinople and joined the first prayers in 1453. The nationalist Islamist Great Union Party (BBP) has staged several demonstrations to seek a repeal of the ban on Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site encompassing the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of old Istanbul. Armed with a land registry certificate dated 1936 that describes the complex as a mosque, BBP deputy leader Bayram Karacan claimed that its conversion into a museum was illegal. “The fact that Hagia Sophia is a museum has never been accepted by the Turkish people... restoring it as a mosque would be akin to reclaiming sovereignty over it,” Karacan said.

The Hague - The top UN official charged with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile on Monday warned that the most difficult part of its mission in the conflict-ridden country still lay ahead. onal Plan Calls for Removing Syria Chemical Weapons in Months The Wall Street Journal Meanwhile, a top Syrian official has urged countries “to start acting” to help Damascus comply with its obligations to help destroy its arsenal, including providing armoured vehicles and equipment. Speaking at an annual meeting of member states of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Sigrid Kaag said although Syria’s ability to make chemical weapons “has been rendered inoperable... the most complex and challenging work still lies ahead”. “The removal of Syria’s chemical agents for destruction outside of its territory will require tremendous coordination and collective effort,” Kaag told delegates at a five-day meeting of the 190 member states of the world’s chemical watchdog. A joint team of UN and OPCW inspectors have inspected all but one of Syria’s chemical weapons-producing sites and the OPCW has said that Damascus’ entire stockpile of more than 1,000 tonnes of chemical weapons has been placed under seal. Despite “significant milestones” already achieved by the joint UN-OPCW team, which has been in Syria since early October, challenges remained, Kaag told delegates. The shifting security situation in Syria -- where nearly 126,000 people have been killed since the brutal conflict broke out 33 months ago, according to latest NGO figures -- was a major obstacle facing inspectors, she said. Kaag said although the inspection team was working hard to achieve deadlines, there were “a number of factors outside the joint mission’s control to adversely impact... our ability to achieve objectives within mandated timelines.” For example, a recent customs strike in Beirut delayed the arrival of materials needed in Damascus by several days, she said. The OPCW earlier this month adopted a final roadmap for ridding Syria of its arsenal of more than 1,000 tonnes of dangerous chemicals by mid-2014. According to this roadmap, “priority” weapons have to be removed from Syria by December 31 and destroyed by the end of March 2014, and the rest by mid-2014. Under the plan, resources for packaging and handling the chemical materials would be sent to 12 chemical storage sites by December 13 after which the chemicals would be taken to Latakia, Syria’s main port on the Mediterranean, and shipped out by February 5, a diplomatic source previously told AFP. The OPCW on Saturday said the US has offered to destroy Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons on a vessel at sea through a process of hydrolysis. It added that 35 commercial companies have expressed an interest in destroying lower priority, less dangerous weapons. According to a US-Russia deal that headed off US military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Syria is to destroy its chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

WTO’s global role... From page 1 Those “offer no substitute for global agreements and global rules” such as the Doha Round that take into account the interests of the world’s poorest countries, Azevedo wrote. He said the consequences of failure in Bali would be “grave” at a time of world economic uncertainty. Ministers will be focussing in Bali on agricultural subsidies, proposals to simplify customs procedures, and measures to aid least-developed countries. Past WTO ministerial conferences have been accompanied by violent antiglobalisation protests. In Bali on Tuesday, about 400 protesters called for the WTO to be disbanded in a demonstration organised by agricultural and fisheries NGOs from several countries. Holding a coffin symbolising the trade body, they marched on a government office complex in Bali’s capital Denpasar shouting “TPP, no! Shut down WTO, NOW!” “WTO is the source of hunger in this world, the loss of jobs for many farmers,” said Hendry Saragih, one of the organisers. “It is the destroyer of the global food system and benefits only industries that come from industrialised countries.” There was no violence, however, and tight security promised to keep any demonstrations far from the conference venue. Indonesia’s Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan, chair of the conference, said his counterparts seemed “optimistic” about a deal. “This is probably the best chance that we have of striking a deal among all 159 countries. Let ourselves not be held hostage to divergence between one another,” he said.

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INDONESIA Airport development budget to be raised

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LABUAN BAJO - The Ministry of Transportation will continue to increase the airport development budget, particularly for the Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, Deputy Transportation Minister Bambang Susantono said. “We will continue to ramp up our budget program for the development of transportation infrastructure, especially at the airport in Labuhan Bajo,” Bambang said, during his address at the Garuda Indonesia flight “Explore” at Komodo airport on

Tuesday. He noted that the Ministry of Transportation was responsible for improving airport infrastructure through a carefully thought out plan. “The development will take place in stages in order to make the results and quality perfect,” Bambang pointed out. According to him, all airports in Indonesia would be repaired or reconstructed in stages in order to provide better services to the public. “Soon a new building project at the Komodo Airport will be completed, which will have a

major impact on services related to the community and tourists who visit Labuhan Bajo,” Bambang said. He added that the new route of the Garuda Indonesia to Komodo airport in East Nusa Tenggara and Bima in West Nusa Tenggara would also have a positive impact on the development of tourism in the two areas. “I am optimistic that more domestic and foreign tourists will visit Labuan Bajo and Bima following the commencement of Garuda’s new flight to these two destinations,” Bambang said.

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More domestic and foreign tourists will visit Labuan Bajo and Bima following the commencement of Garuda’s new flight to these two destinations.

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JAKARTA - Indonesia’s Embassy in Bangkok issued a statement on Tuesday, urging all Indonesians living in Thailand to avoid mass rally locations, such as near the Democracy Monument, the Government Complex, the Government House and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Indonesians in Thailand are expected to be more aware about the situation where they live and are asked to stay indoors unless they need to venture out for something urgent,” the statement said. Indonesians residing in Thailand have also been urged to immediately contact the embassy in Bangkok if they face any trouble as a result of the ongoing mass rallying in Thailand. Thousands of protesters have held series of demonstrations in front of government buildings since Novem-

ber demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down. The protests started after Yingluck’s political party proposed a bill, which would allow the Prime Minister’s brother and former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return home from exile in London without having to face jail sentence. Thaksin was sentenced to two years in jail for corruption in 2008. Responding to these protests, Prime Minister Yingluck has called for negotiations with the protesters. Up till now, the protests are still continuing.

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and produced an average of 15,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day net to Hess in the first three quarters of the year. The sale is being conducted under two separate agreements with the joint venture. Hess Corp. said Monday that it will use proceeds from the sale to continue buying back shares under an existing $4 billion program. The deal is expected to close in 2014’s first quarter.

Hess selling Indonesia assets for $1.3 billion NEW YORK — Energy company Hess is selling its Indonesia assets to a joint venture between PT Pertamina and PTT Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. for $1.3 billion. Hess has been shifting away from refining and toward exploration and production. As part of that plan, it’s selling off some assets. The Indonesia assets were included in that plan. The assets are off Indonesia’s coast

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A volunteer gives food to dogs that are abandoned by their owners in a village that has been evacuated following the eruption of Mount Sinabung, in Mardingding, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. About 15,000 people have been evacuated from 17 villages on the slope of Mount Sinabung after authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level last week.


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DENPASAR - Garuda Indonesia’s flight services to the Komodo Airport in East Nusa Tenggara and Bima in West Nusa Tenggara will help promote tourism in the two provinces, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said on Monday.

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An investor stands in front of the stock price monitor at a private securities company Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Shanghai, China. Asian stock markets outside Japan mostly slid Tuesday as investors awaited a slew of U.S. economic data this week to gauge when the Federal Reserve will start reducing its monetary stimulus.

Britain to upgrade growth forecasts in budget update

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LONDON - Britain’s economy will grow faster than expected as it outpaces the neighbouring eurozone, finance minister George Osborne is expected to reveal in a budget update this week. Osborne will deliver his so-called autumn statement before parliament at 1115 GMT on Thursday, when he will also stick to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government’s deficit-slashing strategy. Britain is enjoying a solid economic recovery thanks to a booming property market and rebounding consumer expenditure despite ongoing state austerity. “In the autumn statement I will say the job is not yet done because we have got to make sure we go on taking the difficult decisions to secure the recovery,” Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne said on Sunday. The key Conservative minister pledged to deliver a “responsible recovery”, playing down the prospect of any major tax giveaways or spending commitments. Osborne has already unveiled plans to overhaul energy levies in a bid to lower household bills. The move was aimed at countering a pledge from the opposition Labour

party to freeze electricity and gas prices, should it win a general election due in mid-2015. The Confederation of British Industry, which represents employers, has called on Osborne to support business investment and overhaul business rates. Alongside Thursday’s update, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) watchdog is set to upgrade its forecasts for growth and borrowing. Six months ago, the OBR cut its 2013 economic growth forecast, blaming the impact of the eurozone debt crisis. Gross domestic product (GDP) was expected to grow by just 0.6 percent this year, followed by 1.8 percent in 2014 and 2.3 percent in 2015. Since March, however, the nation’s economic recovery has strengthened with third-quarter growth of 0.8 percent -- the fastest rate in more than three years. “With the economy expanding at its fastest pace in thirteen quarters, George Osborne will no doubt enjoy

delivering his autumn statement this time around,” Daiwa economist Emily Nicol told AFP. “The growth forecasts of just 0.6 percent in 2013 and 1.8 percent in 2014 published by the OBR just six months ago seem bound to be revised up, to around 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent respectively.” The 17-member eurozone is meanwhile predicted to shrink 0.4 percent this year, before rebounding to grow 1.1 percent in 2014 and 1.7 percent in 2015, according to recent European Commission forecasts. Nicol added that firmer British growth would increase taxation revenues and curb the deficit further. Recent data showed that state borrowing fell in October, boosted by rising property taxation revenues as a result of recovering house prices. The government is likely to undershoot its £120-billion borrowing target in the current 2013/2014 financial year, which runs from April to March.

Australia central bank keeps rates on hold Agence France-Presse

SYDNEY - Australia’s central bank held interest rates at their record 2.50 percent low Tuesday, saying the effects of earlier cuts had still to be fully felt. The Reserve Bank of Australia kept rates on pause for a fourth consecutive month, as widely expected, after a series of cuts designed to stimulate the economy as its decadelong Asia mining boom cools. Governor Glenn Stevens said the board judged “that the setting of monetary policy remained appropriate”. “The easing in monetary policy that has already occurred since late 2011 has supported interest-sensitive spending and asset values,” he said. “The full effects of these decisions are still coming through, and will be for a while yet.” The bank considered the econo-

my to be growing “a bit below trend over the past year” while the unemployment rate has edged higher. “This is likely to persist in the near term, as the economy adjusts to lower levels of mining investment,” Stevens said “Further ahead, private demand outside the mining sector is expected to increase at a faster pace, though considerable uncertainty surrounds this outlook.” He added that there had been an improvement in indicators of household and business sentiment recently, “but it is still unclear how persistent this will be”. The Australian dollar fell to a two-day low of 90.68 US cents after the comments, with the bank warning the currency was still “uncomfortably high”. “A lower level of the exchange rate is likely to be needed to achieve balanced growth in the economy,” Stevens said.

“I am optimistic that the Garuda flight services to Labuhan Bajo’s Komodo Airport in East Nusa Tenggara and Bima in West Nusa Tenggara can help develop tourism in the two provinces,” the minister noted. She said Garuda Indonesia, which is the national flag carrier, should continue to make a breakthrough by opening new routes to other regions, which have short runways. “Garuda can help develop the potential of remote areas in Indonesia by opening up new routes, which will also attract tourist visits,” Mari pointed out. Mari noted that remote areas in the country had a variety of po-

tential for tourism, but they were yet to be developed because of a lack of air transportation. “But with Garuda spreading its wings to areas with smaller airports in the country, I am sure that tourism in these areas will progress a lot,” the minister noted. Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia President Director Emirsyah Satar stated that Garuda will open up new flight routes to as many remote areas as possible in the country. “Garuda will use ATR 72-600 planes with sophisticated technology to reach the areas which have small airports,” Emirsyah said.

Garuda Indonesia President Director Emirsyah Satar (right) stated that Garuda will open up new flight routes to as many remote areas as possible in the country. ANTARA FOTO/Yudhi Mahatma

Kayu Vianna spends weekend at Balian IBP KUTA - Quiksilver’s newest team rider, 16-year-old Kayu Vianna from Canggu, spent his weekend up at Balian on Bali’s north west coast taking part in a high performance surf training camp offered by The Art of Surfing-Bali, hoping to pick up some pointers on how to get one up on the growing pack of highly competitive Indonesian grommets. The intensive three day camp saw Kayu joining a small group of six other surfers from different countries (Australia, Russia, Finland, the Philippines) and differing level’s of ability to go through specific and targeted surf training regimes such as Surf Yoga, Video Analysis, Surf Specific Fitness Training, and also Surf Safety Rescue Techniques and Basic CPR Courses. Kayu was by far the youngest of the group, but arguably the best surfer in the group. But what he found out was that there is a lot more to being a pro surfer than just the technical side of how to make better turns and other maneuvers. Getting the body into tip-top condition through Yoga and Surf Specific Training as well as eating the right food is critical, but it’s no walk-in-the-park. Learning how and when to rescue drowning swimmers and injured surfers as well as how to administer CPR is also part of being a good surfer, as well as learning how to be a team player by participating in a Tag Team competition. IBP/Courtesy of Tim Hain

Quiksilver’s newest team rider, 16-year-old Kayu Vianna from Canggu, spent his weekend up at Balian on Bali’s north west coast taking part in a high performance surf training camp.


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BANGLI - Prevalence rate of dengue in Bangli County increases. Based on data from the Bangli Health Agency, until early December of this year the number of dengue patients reached 73 people compared to the same period last year only reaching 50 people. Allegedly, the increase occurred due to influence of weather anomalies in recent times. The Head of Bangli Health Agency, Wayan Sudiana, admitted on Sunday (Dec 1) that there were an increasing case of dengue patients. Previously, the dengue cases in Bangli reached 5 cases (2012) and then increased to 21cases (2013). Dengue cases in Public Health Center I Tembuku increased from 2 cases to 9 cases, in Public Health Center II Tembuku increased from 5 cases (2012) to 11 cases (2013), Public Health Center I Susut increased from 5 cases to 9 cases, in Public Health Center II Susut even decreased from 9 cases to 4 cases, while in Public Health Center VI Kintamani increased from 1 case to 3 cases. “From a total of 12 Public Health Centers in Bangli County, the prevalence rate of dengue increases from 50 cases to 73 cases,” said Sudiana.

Sudiana added the most infected Bangli residents had lived in Denpasar or those averagely had a high mobility to Denpasar. Nevertheless, to anticipate the dengue outbreak in Bangli, the Health Agency claimed to have performed preventive measures in the community. The agency, said Sudiana, had also made mosquito nest eradication (PSN) through fogging to a number of areas suspected to get rampantly infected by dengue. Not only that, his party also always urged the public to proactively keep the environment clean all the time, especially by draining the cistern and water reservoirs around the house. “The community was also requested to drain all puddles,” said the man who served as the Acting Director of the Bangli Hospital. (ina)

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A man doing fogging to eradicate mosquito nest and preventing dengue outbreak. Prevalence rate of dengue in Bangli County increases. Based on data from the Bangli Health Agency, until early December of this year the number of dengue patients reached 73 people compared to the same period last year only reaching 50 people.

Given uncertainty, thousands of Galiran Market traders fret SEMARAPURA - Relocation schedule for thousands of traders in Galiran Market stays unclear up to now. This condition makes traders confused and restless. Reportedly, the traders would be relocated on Monday (Dec 2). So, the traders were busy to bring their goods to the new market building. However, apparently all the entrances into the market were still locked. So, all traders were upset and demanded the clarity for the relocation schedule to the official from relevant authorities. Met around the Galiran Market, traders claimed to have received information from other traders that they would be transferred from temporary market at Galiran Terminal to the new building on Monday. Such news brought in fresh air for traders. They could not wait any longer to sell at the new location because the current location was often muddy and dirty, especially during rainy season as today. One of the traders, Nyoman Resning, demanded the Klungkung Regency on Monday to issue an official schedule when they could occupy the new building. “We do not know for sure, sir. It is just heard from fellow traders and there has been no official schedule from relevant agency,” said another trader,

Dewi Purnamaningsih. However, this kitchen spice traders chose to still sell at the previous place. When moving, she worried about losing customers who had been familiar with her location. But, if she should move, she claimed to be willing as long as there was a clear schedule and the new location was certain as well. Meanwhile, a number of other traders such as Aji Syamsul, Made Reni and Gede Darmawan looked to come back after moving their merchandise to the new location. “The entrance gates at the new market are still locked. Reportedly, the relocation is made today, but the door is still closed,” she said disappointedly. Surprisingly, a number of officials who were asked for their confirmation related to the relocation seemed to mutually leave the responsibility. The Head of Public Works, AA Ngurah Agung, said on Monday that his party had handed over the building of Galiran Market to Klungkung government to be further delivered to the Cooperatives, SMEs and Industry and Trade Agency. “It has been handed over to local government. Now, there are regional secretary, assistant and Industry and Trade Agency. For relocation issue, simply ask to them,” he said with a high tone. The Head of Cooperative, SMEs, Industry and Trade Agency, Komang

Darma Suyasa, confirmed on Monday there was no handover from local government. He admitted to be only as the user of the new building, so his party was still waiting for the handover from county government. With such condition, he also claimed not to know when the traders would move to the new building. The new policy could be done if all administration matters related to the construction of Galiran Market to the data had been received by his party from the reoperation team handling the relocation where it was chaired by regional secretary. “Before being transferred, the Galiran Market must be inaugurated first,” he said. However, he did not know when the Galiran Market would be inaugurated. He suggested asking for the information to regional secretary of Klungkung. Regional secretary of Klungkung, Ketut Janapria, when asked for his confirmation on the issue was still not willing to give information about the relocation of traders. He admitted to consolidate first with the Head of Public Works as well as the Head of Cooperative, SMEs, Trade and Industry Agency on Tuesday (Dec 3). “Now, I’m still in the Dalem Temple of Pikat-Pangi for attending a grandiose ritual. I’ll consolidate it first tomorrow (Tuesday—Ed),” he said. (kmb31)

Forty thousand residents of Karangasem illiterate

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AMLAPURA - Deputy Regent of Karangasem Made Sukerana and Division Head of Non-Formal Education admitted that Karangasem had 40,000 illiterate residents, Monday (Dec 2). The age of illiterate residents was 24 years and over. That figure, said Sukerana, was based on data of Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in 2012. The number of illiterate residents was the highest in Bali. Subawa said that his party was summoned by central government related to the large amount of illiterate population. “The illiteracy of 40,000 is categorized into remarkably high. Most of the illiterate people are from rural or mountainous areas in Kubu subdistrict, Karangasem, while the remaining people are from Bebandem,” he said. Subawa had confidence there was no illiteracy of 24 years and under. However, from observation with the National Children Foundation (LAB) Denpasar, a number of children from Pedahan Kaja and surrounding hamlets were also experiencing illiteracy. Aside from living at home village, some others migrated to become a porter in the Badung Market, sell souvenir on Kuta Beach and beg. Although being illiterate or unable to read and write, they could distinguish the denominations of IDR 100,000 or IDR 20,000.

Deputy Regent Sukerana admitted the begging illiterate children or adults, or the illiterate adults in the mountains as in Kubu subdistrict could still distinguish the value of money. For example, if they should get a share of IDR 100,000 but they were given as much as IDR 20,000, it could be responded by axe. Related to the reduction of illiteracy, it had been held a program such as returning child labor to school. However, of the 150 child laborers returning to school for learning, added Deputy Regent Sukerana, only 10 people could survive. In addition to such program, his party also organized the working and learning package A, B and C respectively equivalent to elementary, junior high and high school as well as the functional literacy programs. Recognized by Sukerana, the area of Kubu subdistrict was the contributor to the high enough dropout rate. The cause of they dropped out of school was they preferred making money to learning at school and the other reason was that their school was quite far from their home. Other than poverty, the lack of paved road also triggered their dropout. “At my childhood, walking to school along 5 km has become a commonplace, but now children are even unwilling to walk for 4 km. So, the road infrastructure is still important, aside from the provision of clean water,” he said. (013)

Anti-government protesters wave Thai national flags after they toppled barricades near the Government House in Bangkok December 3, 2013. Thai police said on Tuesday they would not stand in the way of protesters battling to seize the prime minister’s office and city police headquarters, focal points of demonstrations aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Thai protests ease as police lift key barricades Associated Press

BANGKOK — Anti-government protesters crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the Thai prime minister’s office and the city police headquarters without resistance from police Tuesday. Police used cranes to remove concrete slabs and barbed wire barricades on a road leading to the police headquarters after agreeing to let the protesters into the building. After bitterly resisting them with tear gas and rubber bullets since Saturday, police also stood by as protesters removed the barriers to the prime minister’s office and walked through on Tuesday. The unexpected reversal of strategy by the government suggests it no longer wants to confront the protesters after three days of clashes that have left three people dead and more than 230 injured and raised concerns about the country’s stability. Government officials did not comment on the developments, and it was not clear if this would provide more than a lull to the violence and the crippling political deadlock that undermines Thailand’s democracy, economy and tourism. After breaching the barriers on the road, the protesters milled outside the gates of the prime minister’s office, known as Government House, and made no attempt to go through the gray gates of the sprawling compound. “This is a victory for us. This is a victory for the protesters,”

said Kusol Promualrat, wearing a military camouflage green jacket, standing in front of the gate. The police pulled back “because they know that if this doesn’t stop more people will get hurt, more people will die.” On Monday night, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban told his supporters to storm the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau, one of the main buildings they have vowed to seize as part of a campaign to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. At the same time, Yingluck told a news conference that while she is willing to do anything it takes to end the violent protests, she cannot accept Suthep’s demand to hand power to an unelected council. Yingluck was elected with an overwhelming majority in 2011, and many observers see the protest-

ers’ demand as unreasonable if not outlandish. In some of the worst clashes since the protests began last week, on Monday protesters commandeered garbage trucks and bulldozers, and tried to ram concrete barriers at the Government House and other offices. Police repelled them by firing tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets, as protesters shot back explosives from homemade rocket launchers. The protesters, mostly middleclass Bangkok supporters of the opposition Democrat Party, accuse Yingluck of being a proxy for her elder brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He was deposed in a 2006 military coup but remains central to Thailand’s political crisis, and is a focal point for the protester’s hatred.

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US Navy deploys new surveillance aircraft to Japan

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Washington - The US Navy has deployed sophisticated surveillance aircraft to Japan, officials said Monday, amid rising tension over China’s territorial claims in the region. Two P-8A Poseidon patrol jets departed Jacksonville, Florida on Friday and arrived later at Kadena air base in Okinawa, in a move that was planned before Beijing declared an air defense zone last month covering disputed islands in the East China Sea, a navy official told AFP. “This was scheduled for a long time,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s a rotational deployment.” Four more Poseidon aircraft are due to deploy at Okinawa later this month, the official said. The assignment to Japan marks the first mission for the new plane, which is replacing the propellerdriven P-3 Orion aircraft that dates back to the 1960s. The P-8A planes, converted Boeing 737s equipped with advanced radar and anti-ship missiles, are designed to hunt submarines and track other vessels at sea. On November 23, China announced an expanded air defense identification zone and said aircraft would have to submit flight plans before entering the area, home to disputed islands in the East China Sea. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States have each

sent planes into the zone without informing the Chinese, signalling their refusal to recognize Beijing’s declaration. After sending in two B-52 bombers last week, the US military has kept up “routine” military flights in the area but there has been no hostile response from China, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters Monday. “The Chinese reaction to our operations has been normal,” Warren said. “We haven’t changed our operational tempo,” he added. The deployment of the P-8 aircraft came as US Vice President Joe Biden set out Sunday on a trip to Asia which will include a visit to Beijing, where he will discuss the spike in regional tensions. Senior US officials said Biden would convey Washington’s “concerns” about China’s air defense zone and seek clarity regarding its intentions. While military flights have gone ahead as planned, the US State Department has advised American commercial airlines to observe China’s demand for advance notice of aircraft entering the zone. China and Japan have been locked in a mounting territorial argument over the island chain known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. Although taking no position on the sovereignty dispute, Washington says it would uphold its defense treaty with Japan in the event of a conflict.

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DDG 1000, the first of the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt Class of multimission guided missile destroyers, is pictured at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine November 21, 2013.


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NUSA DUA - Multilateral trade is bound to fail if there is no agreement reached at during the ninth World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia.

NEW YORK — Amazon is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less — via a self-guided drone. Amazon.com Inc. says it’s working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project but it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations. The project was first reported by CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night, hours before millions of shoppers turned to their computers to hunt bargains on Cyber Monday, usually the busiest Internet shopping day of the year. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in the interview that while his octocopters look like something out of science fiction, there’s no reason they can’t be used as delivery vehicles. Bezos said the drones can carry packages that weigh up to five pounds (2.25 kilograms), which covers about 86 percent of the items Amazon delivers. The drones the company is testing have a range of about 10 miles (16 kilometers), which Bezos noted could cover a significant portion of the population in urban areas. Bezos told “60 Minutes” the project could become a working service in four or

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five years. Unlike the drones used by the military, Bezos’ proposed flying machines won’t need humans to control them remotely. Amazon’s drones would receive a set of GPS coordinates and automatically fly to them, presumably avoiding buildings, power lines and other obstacles. Delivery drones raise a host of concerns, from air traffic safety to homeland security and privacy. There are technological and legal obstacles, too —similar to Google’s experimental driverless car. How do you design a machine that safely navigates the roads or skies without hitting anything? And, if an accident occurs, who’s legally liable? Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. But technology entrepreneur and futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that “technology has always been a double edged sword.” “Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also was used to burn down our villages,” says Kurzweil.

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This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs.

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Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design at Volvo Car Group, speaks to the media in front of a Volvo Concept Coupe at the media preview for the Tokyo Motor Show at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

STOCKHOLM — Swedish-based Volvo Car Group has joined the race to develop self-driving cars, saying it plans to build 100 such vehicles in a pilot project. The Chineseowned automaker said Monday it will test its “autonomous” cars on 30 miles (50 kilometers) of selected roads in the Swedish city of Goteborg, starting in 2017. In what it called “the world’s first largescale autonomous driving pilot project,” Volvo said the vehicle would assume all driving functions, though the driver “is expected to be available for occasional control.” Parking would be fully automated, allowing the driver to leave the vehicle as it finds a vacant spot to park by itself. Autonomous driving is still a long way off for legal and technical reasons but increasingly possible by equipping cars with cameras and computers.

“Multilateral trade will be vulnerable if there are no agreements made during the meeting and the WTO’s policies are questioned,” Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said. Moreover, after 12 years of the Doha rounds not resulting in anything, the WTO’s member countries are expected to reach an agreement in Bali this time, Gita added. “The Doha Rounds have been going on for 12 years and it would not work if the final agreement is not made here in Bali,” said Gita. Gita further stated that so far there had been countries, whose agreements should have been resolved without prior approval, but there was also an agreement that states must do so as a whole. Indonesia as the event’s host is obliged to bridge the interests of the poor, developing and developed countries through the Bali Package, which contains three main issues. “The Least Developed Countries’

bargaining issue has been agreed upon by 159 member countries,” said Gita. Indonesia will push for one of the points agreed upon in the Bali Package if the ninth WTO Ministerial Meeting faces another deadlock. The Bali Package contains several points in the favor of Trade Facilitation, Agriculture and the Least Developing Countries. Some things that have been agreed upon the Least Developed Countries’ negotiations during the WTO General Council in Geneva include Simplified Rules of Origin, Waiver Services, Duty Free Quota Free and Market Access to Cotton.Heavier negotiations are still going on to finish the whole Bali Package. But the points on agriculture and trade facilitation are still need to be deliberated upon. Under these conditions, the negotiations for the Bali package settlement proposals must have been completed in Geneva, and in the end brought to Bali so that a decision by 159 ministers can be taken.

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Indonesian Minister of Trade Gita Wiryawan pose for journalists after bilateral meeting with Peruvian Minister on the sidelines of the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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KUTA - The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Deputy Director General Karl Brauner has appealed to the parliaments of member states to use their political influence during the WTO ministerial conference, which will be held in Bali from Dec. 3 to 6. “I hope that your parliament will use its political influence here,” he said at the WTO parliament conference in Kuta, Bali, on Monday. Under the leadership of Director General Roberto Azevedo, the WTO had ensured a transparent discussion on international trade policies, he said. “WTO is open to criticism including complaints about the green room, whose members are elected ambiguously and secretly,” Brauner stated.

He further added that such patterns had been abandoned. “Any time we hold a discussion, we involve 200 people by showcasing concepts transparently and allowing them to review any revision word by word.” The pattern of interaction among the WTO members in the past was not as good as now. “Those sitting in the WTO in Geneva work hard every day. We work even on Saturdays and Sundays,” Brauner stated. It is very likely that the WTO ministerial conference will agree to poor countries’ demand of being allowed to export and import different commodities, except armaments. The four-day WTO parliament conference, which will open on Tuesday, will be attended by 163 lawmakers and researchers from member countries.

NUSA DUA - Developing countries in the G-33 (Group of 33) have urged World Trade Organization (WTO) members to reach an agreement on food security proposals submitted earlier. “In this meeting, there is deep disappointment among the members of the G-33 that the deadline to limit export subsidies by 2013 has passed. That means an agreement can no longer be reached in Bali,” Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan noted here on Monday. After the WTO’s negotiations in Bali, the G-33 members stressed that it was important to maintain the momentum of the ninth ministerial meeting, which saw progress in several difficult and sensitive areas. “These proposals are important, given the increasing volatil-

ity in global food prices,” Gita added. The role of the WTO is to ensure that the multilateral trading system functions in a manner that is fair to every nation, thereby promoting global economic certainty. “The G-33 agreed to reforms in agriculture, and the Doha Development Agenda talks included reducing trade barriers to improve the productivity and competitiveness of millions of farmers in developing countries,” he noted. In the pursuit of agricultural sector reforms, the meeting also stressed the need for agreement on the Special Products and Special Safeguards Mechanism to ensure that developing countries are adequately protected. “We want to further the negotiations initiated by the Doha round by balancing the interests of all member countries in the

agriculture sector. We would like to see these negotiations proceed towards becoming WTO regulations,” added Gita Wirjawan. The G33 is a group of developing countries that coordinates on trade and economic issues. It includes Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Bolivia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, South Korea, Madagascar and Mauritius. In addition, the group includes Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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DENPASAR - Transmission of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali was very worrying. Since 1987 through July 2013, the total patient with HIV/AIDS in Bali reached 8,003 cases. Ironically, victim of the disease caused by the Human Immunology Virus (HIV) had extended to the age group of children and teenager. At least, 37 people from the age group of 5-14 years and 153 people from the age group of 15-19 years in Bali denoting the group of school age or student had been exposed to the deadly disease. In order to prevent the widespread transmission of HIV/AIDS among the students, schools were urged to intensify the AIDS and drug care group (KSPAN) activities in their respective school. An observer of education, Putu Sarjana, revealed the matter. According to Sarjana, the existence of AIDS and drug care group was actually very effective as a preventive measure to warn students about the hazards of HIV/AIDS. Considering the HIV/AIDS case was also often triggered by the use of unsterilized syringe other than free sex lifestyle, HIV/AIDS among students should also be coupled with the anti-drug movement. “I see a lot of schools in Bali have established the AIDS and drug care group. Hopefully, this activity can be functioned effectively for students to raise awareness of the hazards of HIV/AIDS and drugs so they are moved to avoid the behaviors with high risk of being infected by HIV/AIDS. The AIDS and drug care group must not be infertile or simply

becomes a complement to the extracurricular activities,” he said. Sarjana added the AIDS and drug care group was also very effective to be used as a medium of information for speeding up the dissemination of HIV/ AIDS and drug hazards, including raising the awareness of students so as not to extend the line of the HIV/AIDS and drug abuse victims among students. Later on, members of the AIDS and drug care group would be prepared as volunteers or peer educator which provided information for their schoolmates. “Considering the important role of the AIDS and drug care group, I hope it will be really empowered or it will not just exist. Moreover, HIV/ AIDS and drug hazards have become a serious threat to students considering

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KUTA - The staff members of the Bali Dynasty Resort have organized their own Charity Bazaar on Friday, 29 November 2013 to raise funds for the Bali Dynasty Charity Effort, supporting the education of children in a small hamlet in North Eastern Bali which the resort has sponsored since 2000. For the Charity Bazaar staff donated second hand clothes, books, bags, shoes

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Transmission of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali was very worrying. Since 1987 through July 2013, the total patient with HIV/AIDS in Bali reached 8,003 cases. Ironically, victim of the disease caused by the Human Immunology Virus (HIV) had extended to the age group of children and teenager. the number of HIV/AIDS case and drug abuse on the teenagers shows an increasing tendency,” he warned. Separately, Principal of SMAN 7 Denpasar high school, Ida Bagus Suyasaputra, claimed to agree if the existence of the AIDS and drug care group in schools was intensified to

prevent the rising cases of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. As an educator, he was deeply concerned with the HIV/AIDS case and drug abuse among children belonging to age group of 5-14 years and 15-19 years in Bali posing the age group of school student continuing to increase. “HIV/AIDS and drug abuse

are serious threats to the youth of nation. Through this AIDS and drug care group activity, we expect the students to be more aware of the HIV/AIDS and drug hazards so they are motivated to avoid the risky behaviors to be infected by the deadly disease,” he affirmed. (kmb13)

Banishes evil spirits by marching band parade “To generate a louder voice, we attempt to use the equipment of marching band around the village. Not bad, it is enough to attract the attention,” said I Gede Perama, coordinator of the marching band. Gede Perama mentioned that in line with the dynamics of life in the community a number of changes occurred to the ngedeblag procession held every year. They ranged from makeup to musical instrument utilized. In the past, our predecessors

and anything else they might be able to sell to their fellow staff members.

100% of the money raised went to the Charity Effort. The Charity Bazaar enables Bali Dynasty’s employees to demonstrate their caring for others by giving a little something to those less fortunate. The bazaar is scheduled to take place every quarter so should you have anything to donate please drop them off at reception.

Family Outing

To celebrate another successfull year and in appreciation to all the staff members and their families who have supported them throughout the year, the Bali Dynasty Resort held its’ annual Family Outing in November 2013 hosting over 1,040 employees and dependents over a 4 day period at the

Calendar Event for November 2 through December 11, 2013

Ngedeblag ritual at Kemenuh HUNDREDS of children and young people in spooky decoration by bringing palm leaves held a procession accompanied with sacred barong effigy. They played gamelan, bamboo split drum and household utensils to generate sounds. Besides, in the ngedeblag procession at Kemenuh customary village, Sukawati, Gianyar, was also involved a marching band to accompany the barong effigy in performing street show around the village, Monday (Dec 2).

Bali Dynasty Resort staff charity bazaar

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commonly used kitchen utensils and other tools such as a bucket or other secondhand goods. “We are confident the essence is that people try to generate rumbling noises. On the basis of such consideration, we take the liberty to use the equipment of marching band,” he said. Meanwhile, a customary figure of Kemenuh, IB Putu Alit, said that local community called the sacred procession by ngedeblag ritual. By parading the sanctified barong

effigy, they surrounded the village to neutralize any negative spirits. Hopefully, the residents could be protected from any natural disasters and disease outbreaks. The ritual had been held through generations every November to December. It was held during that period because it was considered a disastrous season such as the occurrence of floods, landslides, emergence of many flies or diseases. He added the ritual was also followed by parading a pair of

sanctified barong effigy around the village. Every time passing the end of the village, the pair of the barong would be consecrated. At the intersections, housewives welcomed the procession with the offerings. “Our people believe that nature was angry because humans had littered. On that account, residents begged for forgiveness and promised to always maintain the balance of nature,” he concluded. (dar)

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2 Nov Saniscara Keliwon Kuningan. Pura Taman Pule di Mas-Ubud. Pura Ularan di Takmung-Klungkung. Pura Bukitjati di Gulingan-Kawan Bangli. 6 Nov Buda Wage Langkir. Pura Tanah Lot Kediri Tabanan. Pura Bucabe Mas Ubud. Pura Puseh Desa Ganggang-Canggi Batuan. Pura Pasek Pertukangan Kediri-Tabanan. Pura Pasek Bendesa Gulingan Mengwi. Pura Masceti Desa Sanding-Tampak Siring. Puru Luwur Batur Pucangan Buahan-Tabanan. Odalan Alit di Pura Dalem Takuran di Cemenggoan Sukawati. Odalan Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih. Mr. Pasek Gelgel Silakarang. Pura Dalem Bangun Sakti Kapal. Pura Dalem Bias Muntig Ped-Nusa Penida. 10 Nov Redite Pon Medangsia. Pura Agung Pentilan Kesiman-Denpasar. Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kerambitan Tabanan. 11 Nov Soma Wage Medangsia. Pura Nataran Desa Getas Blahbatuh. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Aan-Klungkung. Pura Pasek Bakbakan Gianyar. 12 Nov Anggara Keliwon Medangsia. Pura Pesimpangan Geria Sakti Manuaba di Yogyakarta-Sumur Lampung Selatan. Pura Luwur Uluwatu Pecatu Kuta Selatan. Pura Penataran Agung Singakerta Ubud. Pura Andakasa Karangasem. Pura Gua Lawah Klungkung. Merajan Kawitan Arya Kubontubuh Gelgel Klungkung. Pura Taman Ayun Mengwi. Pura Suralaya Banda-Klungkung. Pura Dalem Senapati Bebalang-Bangli. Pura Gadung Blahbatuh Gianyar. Pura Pasek Lurah Tutuan. Pura Pasek Gadung Kerambitan Tabanan. Pura Dalem Tugu Gelgel Klungkung. Pura Dalem Banyuning Barat-Buleleng. Odalan Sepen di Pura Puseh. Pura Desa Cemenggaon-Sukawati. Pura Pusering Jagat Pejeng-Tampaksiring. Merajan Pasek Kubayan Mengwi. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Gegelang-Tabanan. Pura Geria Sakti (Dang Kahyangan) Tulikup Gianyar. Pura Dalem Dauh Ubud. 13 Nov Buda Umanis Medangsia. Pura Gede Perancak-Jembrana. Pura Dalem Dauma-Batuan Sukawati. Pura Nataran Kacangdawa-Klungkung.

Odalan Bhatara Gede Apol di Ubung Denpasar. Pura Puseh Brahmana Kamasan-Klungkung. Pura Kahyangan Jagat Dalem Purwa Denbantas Tabanan. Pura Dalem Sukehet Klungkung. Pura Dalem Muaspatih Guwang Sukawati. Pura Taman Tegalalang. Pura Desa Sanding-Tampaksiring. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa-Batanbuah-Kesiman. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Basangkawan. Pura Sahab Nusa Penida. Merajan Agung Gorokgak Dalem Sukawati. 14 Nov Wraspati Paing Medangsia. Pura Ulun Swi Kediri Tabanan. Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Bitra-Gianyar. 17 Nov Redite Keliwon Pujut. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran-Mengwi. 17 Nov Purnama Kelima. Aci-aci Penaung Bayu di Pura Batumadeg di Besakih. Pura Kentel Gumi di Batur Baangli. Pura Pedarman Agung, Satria Denpasar. Pura Pemerajan Agung - Pemecutan Denpasar. Ngusaba di Pura Kehen Bangli. Pura Desa Pemenang di Lombok. Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel di Sumerta Denpasar. Pura Pasek Gobleg di Kekeran Mengwi. Pura Suranadi di Lombok. Pura Puncak Bukit Tampak Siring. Pura Dalem Puri Agung Kintamani. Pura Dalem Agung Nongan Karangasem. Pura Dalem Ubung-Kupang Dukuh Penebel-Tabanan. Pura Dalem Balingkang Kintamani. Pr. Tampurhyang Pusat Kawitan Mahagota Catur Sanak di Songan Kintamani. Pura Dalem Pulasari Desa Bantas Sudaji Buleleng. Merajan Pasek Gelgel di Lebih. Merajan Pasek Gelgel di Tulamben. Pura Penyusungan Pasek Tohjiwa Selemadeg Tabanan. Pura Pasar Agung Besakih Sebudi Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tengkulak Kaja. Pura Suci Desa Tianyar Kubu Karangasem. Pura Bukit Mentik ring Gunung Lebah Desa Batur Kintamani. Pura Narmada di Lombok. Pura Segara di Ampenan Lombok. Pura Ularan di Seririt Buleleng. 24 Nov Redite Paing Pahang. Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran Mengwi. Pura Pasek Sandra Peguyangan Badung. 26 Nov Anggara Wage Pahang. Pura Batu Madeg (Meru Tumpang Sanga) di Besakih. Pura Hyang Tibha Batuan Sakah.

27 Nov Buda Keliwon Pahang. Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Baturiti Tabanan. Pura Silayukti Padangbai-Karangasem. Pura Aer Jeruk Sukawati. Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan-Sukawati. Pura Penataran di Batuyang-Batubulan. Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel-Sukawati. Pura Pasek Bendesa Dukuh-Kediri-Tabanan. Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati Gianyar. Pura Kresek Banyuning-Buleleng. Pura Puseh di Bebandem-Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Kubayan-Gaji. Merajan pasek Gelgel Jeroan Abang-Songan. Merajan Pasek Subrata Temaga. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Bungbungan. Pura Sad Kahyangan Batu Medahu Swana Nusa Penida. Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih-Denpasar. Pura Penataran Dukuh Nagasari Bebandem Karangasem. Pura Pasek Bendesa Tagtag Paguyangan. Pura Pulasari Sibang Gede Abiansemal. Pura Batur Sari Ubud. Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati. 2 Dec Soma Keliwon Krulut. Pura Pasel Gelgel Kekeran Mengwi Badung. Merajan Pasek Subadra Kramas-Gianyar. 7 Dec Tumpek Krurut. Pura Pasek Gelgel Br Tengah Buleleng. Pura Dalem Pemuteran di Desa Jelantik Tojan Klungkung. Pura Pedarmaan Bhujangga Waisnawa di Besakih. Pura Taman Sari Desa Gunungsari Penebel - Tabanan. Pura Dalem Tarukan di Bebalang Bangli. Pura Benua Kangin Besakih. Pura Merajan Kanginan (Ida Betara Empu Beradah) di Besakih. 8 Dec Redite Umanis Merakih. Pura Parangan Tengah Banjar Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Nusa Penida. Pura Dalem Celuk Sukawati - Gianyar. 11 Dec Buda Wage Merakih. Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah - Pedungan - Denpasar Selatan. Pura Natih Banjar Kalah - Batubulan. Pura Desa Silakarang - Singapadu. Pura dalem Petitenget - Kerobokan - Kuta. Pura Dalem Pulasari - Samplangan - Gianyar. Pura Kubayan - Kepisah - Pedungan - Denpasar - Selatan. Pura Pasek gelgel Banjar Tanahpegat - Tabanan. Pr. Paibon Banjar Bengkel - Sumerta - Denpasar. Pura Pasek Lumintang - Denpasar. Pr. Panti Penyarikan Medahan - Sanding - Tampaksiring. Pr. Pasar Agung Banjar Dauh Peken - Kaba-kaba - Tabanan.

Waterbom Park Bali. The family outing is to show our appreciation to all the families of the employees who give their physical and moral support to our team members. Without happy employees we would not have happy guests and that is why so much emphasis is placed on our employees who we all know are our biggest asset.

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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Indonesian activists wear masks while protesting against the World Trade Organization meeting in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Indonesia is hosting the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference from Dec. 3 - 6.

The Coen brothers’ folk music tale “Inside Llewyn Davis” has won best film at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.

The win Monday night at a glitzy ceremony was an upset. The slavery epic “12 Years a Slave” is widely considered an Oscar front-runner and had a leading three Gotham nominations but didn’t take any awards. Best actor went to Matthew McConaughey for his performance in the HIV drama “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” Brie Lar-

sen took best actress for her performance in the foster care drama “Short Term 12.” Steve Buscemi presented a posthumous tribute to his “Sopranos” co-star James Gandolfini. The Gotham awards are presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project, an advocacy group for independent filmmakers. Awards are selected by juries.

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Speed factor killed ‘Fast and Furious’ star Walker Speed played a role in the onecar crash that killed “The Fast and the Furious” actor Paul Walker in Southern California on Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Walker, 40, was a passenger in the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames in the city of Santa Clarita on Saturday afternoon. “Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Deputy Mark Pope said the accident was under investigation and he did not know how fast the car was going. The Los Angeles Times identified the driver as Roger Rodas, 38, a friend of Walker’s who owned Always Evolving, an auto dealership and racing services company. The sheriff’s department would not confirm that. The company could not be reached for comment on Sunday. In a message on its Facebook page,

the company posted a message that said, “Thank you all for your condolences and prayers while we mourn the loss of our loved ones.” The blond-haired, blue-eyed Walker was in five of the six “The Fast and the Furious” films about illegal street racing and heists. A seventh installment was in development, according to Universal, the studio behind the franchise. Walker played law enforcement official Brian O’Conner in the movie series.

WTO’s global role hangs in the balance at Bali summit AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

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NUSA DUA - The WTO launches a frantic drive on Tuesday to salvage its floundering efforts to liberalise global trade at a summit laced with potential make-or-break implications for the body’s global influence.

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A girl places flowers at the scene of the car crash where actor Paul Walker was killed in the Santa Clarita area of Los Angeles December 1, 2013.

WTO chief Roberto Azevedo implored trade ministers to reach a modest agreement on key trade issues on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, in hopes it will keep alive a stumbling 12-year-old effort to slash international trade barriers. “It is there for the taking. It is a matter of political will,” Azevedo

said during an appearance ahead of the four-day summit’s opening at 3 p.m. (0700 GMT). In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Azevedo called the 159-member group’s gathering “the most important World Trade Organisation meeting in years”. “At stake is not only a package

of measures to boost the global economy... but also the role of the WTO and the multilateral trading system in global economic governance,” he said in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. In 2001, the WTO launched the “Doha Round” of talks in Qatar, seeking to overhaul the world trading system by setting a global framework of rules and tearing down barriers. Various estimates say it could create tens of millions of jobs and perhaps $1 trillion in new economic activity. But protectionist disputes be-

tween rich and poor countries -- as well as the WTO’s insistence that any accord be unanimous -- has made a deal elusive. Retreating for now from Doha’s lofty aims, the WTO has instead put forward a limited “Bali package” on specific issues. Azevedo hopes an agreement on that package can keep the Doha Round on life-support for a later push. But the Bali measures have hit snags, most notably India’s insistence that it be allowed to offer subsidies to its millions of poor farmers

to keep food prices down. “We can no longer allow the interests of our farmers to be compromised at the altar of mercantilist ambitions of the rich,” Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, who leads India’s delegation, was quoted as saying on Monday by Indian media. Many now see the troubled WTO effort as threatened by alternative regional pacts between major trading nations including the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pushed by Washington.

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