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A look at a real man portrayed in ‘Monuments Men’

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DALLAS — As part of an Allied mission tasked with saving works of art during World War II, a homesick James Rorimer told his wife in a December 1944 letter from liberated Paris that he was working hard but worried about how much he was achieving. “But I’m here to save works of art and that is what really matters,” he wrote. Rorimer, then 39 and a curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, went on to carry out his mission successfully, helping to discover where works of art looted by the Nazis were tucked away across Europe. He was a leading figure in a group of 350 men and women from Allied countries attached to the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section. In the new movie “The Monuments Men,” Matt Damon portrays a character inspired by the real-life Rorimer, who died in 1966 at age 60. “He was fighting for the art,” said daughter Anne Rorimer. His contributions included helping discover works of art looted from German museums that were stored in Germany’s Heilbronn mines and helping to establish the Munich Collecting Point where works were received, processed and then restituted after the war. The Monuments Men included ar-

chitects, artists, curators and museum directors. The Harvard-educated Rorimer went on to become director of the Metropolitan Museum after the war. Robert Edsel, the Dallas-based author who wrote the book the movie is based on, said Rorimer was “always a whirlwind of activity.” One of Rorimer’s major feats was gaining the trust of Rose Valland, the French art expert who had been allowed to stay behind at Paris’ Jeu de Paume after the Nazis made it the base for their looting operation. Valland, who unbeknownst to the Nazis spoke German, managed to keep track of where the works — most stolen from Jewish families in France — were being sent. But Valland, who inspired the character played by Cate Blanchett, was not going to easily give up her information. Living in Nazi-occupied Paris had made her wary, even of her fellow country-

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A total of 34 of 67 hotels and restaurants located throughout the tourism area of Penelokan, Kintamani, are closed.

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This undated publicity photo provided by Sony Pictures Publicity shows actor Matt Damon in a scene from the Columbia Pictures film “The Monuments Men.” Damon portrays James Rorimer who was one of a group of men tasked with saving works of art during World War II. men, and she wanted to know that she was giving the information to someone who would help return the works to their rightful owners. “Valland’s watching everything that Rorimer’s doing,” said Edsel. “What evolves between the two of them is this dance ... She’s testing him. She’s trying to find out where his loyalties lie.”

Ghostwriter, lauded composer part after admission

TOKYO — The ghostwriter of famous musical scores credited to Mamoru Samuragochi says he saw no evidence the deaf Japanese composer was unable to hear. Samuragochi has been lauded as Japan’s Beethoven for composing music despite a severe hearing impairment. But he admitted Wednesday that he did not write “Hiroshima Symphony” and other works credited to him. Ghostwriter Takashi Niigaki said Thursday that he worked with Samuragochi for 18 years but got fed up and refused last year to continue the collaboration. Niigaki said he hopes to continue composing and performing despite the uproar. Japanese media reported that Olympic figure skater Daisuke Takahashi will use the Samuragochi arrangement “Sonatina for Violin” for his short program at the Sochi Olympics despite the disclosure that it was actually composed by Niigaki.

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Takashi Niigaki, ghost writer of well known deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi, a composer Japanese have likened to Beethoven for supposedly composing music despite a severe hearing impairment, answers a question during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

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Dozens of hotels and restaurants in Kintamani close

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BANGLI - A total of 34 of 67 hotels and restaurants located throughout the tourism area of Penelokan, Kintamani, are closed. Empty tourist arrival is suspected to become one of the causes for the closure of those hotels and restaurants. Even, among the surviving properties some of which are in sluggish condition. The Head of Bangli Revenue Service Ketut Riang said the closure of dozens of hotels and restaurants posing his taxpayers were alleged to have not been robust in the face of tariff war implemented by the hotel and restaurant businesses due to lonely tourist arrivals. In addition, many restaurants in the area went bankrupt because the magnificent views on offer to visitors were hampered by restaurant buildings established on the east side of the road. As a result, the restaurant established on the west side of the road could not enjoy the views so they no longer had an appeal. Riang had confidence that such condition denoted the real impact of the presence of many buildings proliferating

in the ravine border of the eastern side of the road. “Aside from tariff war, the bankruptcy of restaurants was also triggered by the establishment of buildings on the right side of the road from the Bangli direction,” said Riang. Though having been closed, a number of hotels and restaurants had not paid their hotel and restaurant tax (PHR). Riang said the tax arrears totally amounted to IDR 1 billion and had been admitted as the finding of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK). Based the rules, the tax arrears reached tens of years could be exempted through the legal instrument in the form of Regional Bylaw (Perda). The plan of making Regional Bylaw on the exemption, said Riang, was at issue in 2007. However, since there was

disagreement in the Legal Division, the exemption against the delinquent tax was stagnant so far and was not resumed. The Supreme Audit Agency, according to Riang, also gave the same advice. The uncollectible tax arrears should be exempted in accordance with the age of the receivables. “By all means, the exemption should comply with several criteria including whether the company is still in operation,” he said. Meanwhile, the tax arrears of surviving hotels and restaurants would be handled in collaboration with the attorney. All this time, various measures had been taken by the Bangli Revenue Service to collect the hotel and restaurant tax arrears. Even, since the year 2013, the Revenue Service had involved the attorney for charging tax arrears to the entrepreneurs that had not complied with their obligation. Unfortunately, despite being repeatedly charged, most owners denoting local businessmen could not have paid off their overall tax arrears. (ina)


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Accident involves junior high school student’s car Two killed, five seriously injured Bali Post

MANGUPURA - Similar traffic accident as involving AQJ, the youngest son of musician Ahmad Dhani, was also committed by a junior high school student of second grader with the initials RNW, 15, on Jalan Raya Lukluk, precisely in front of the Secretariat of Griya Gede Taman at Badung hamlet, Lukluk village, Mengwi, Wednesday morning (Feb 5). The accident killed two motorcyclists and seriously injured five others, where one of them was a 1.2-year old toddler. The accident occurred because the culprit was speeding from the north direction by driving black New CRV vehicle with license plate DK 658 AE and crashed into three motorcycles and one public transport moving from the opposite direction. The driver of Chevrolet public transport with license plate DK 1624 QQ becoming the victim of the accident, I Wayan Dirga, said that a few minutes before the incident he dropped a passenger. Suddenly, the New CRV vehicle slid from the north at high speed and crashed into two motorcycles existing in front of him. “Initially, I saw the CRV vehicle crashing into two motorcycles existing in the front,” he said. After that, the black luxury vehicle swerved to the east of the road and hit the muzzle of the public transport remaining to carry two passengers. “Right side door of my vehicle was crashed by the luxury car,” he said. Traffic Affairs Chief of Badung Police, I Wayan Sudita, said the accident started when the vehicle driven by RNW slid from the north to the south leading to her school at Tegal Jaya area, Dalung. Meanwhile, his private driver Hapit, 35, sat on the side seat. “Allegedly RNW

has insisted on driving the vehicle, whereas she has been with a driver in the vehicle. However, the driver was possibly afraid of the boss’s daughter, the driver just agreed what to be asked,” he said. Sudita said the student of junior high school of the second grader from Mengwi was alleged not to be adept yet at driving because the vehicle swerved and passed the midpoint of the road. However, she was still driving the vehicle at high speed, even overtaking two motorcycles in front of her. “Allegedly RNW was not adept yet because some witnesses saw if the new CRV vehicle swerved from the north,” he said. When arriving in front of the Secretariat of Griya Taman Gede Lukluk, said Unit Chief, the vehicle hit three motorcycles namely Honda Vario with license plate DK 8574 FQ ridden by I Wayan Epan Saputra, 22, from Perang Alas hamlet, Lukluk. Ironically, it also hit a Suzuki Shogun with license plate DK 5974 CZ ridden by Manap, 46, piggybacking his wife Nur Lila M, 40, who was holding her 1.2year old daughter named Nasilatul Mofiroh, from Gucialit village, Lumajang, East Java. “The vehicle hit three motorcycles and one vehicle,” he said. After that, the vehicle hit the muzzle of Chevrolet public transportation with license

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The police officer is showing the damage car which was involved in the accident plate DK 1624 QQ driven by I Wayan Dirga, 46, from Keranjung hamlet, Sembung village, Mengwi, and Yamaha Jupiter MX with license plate DK 6450 IG ridden by Putu Muliartha Yoga, 18, piggybacking his sister Ni Made Merta Dewi,14, resident of BTN Merta Anyar, Lukluk,” he said while adding that the CRV vehicle sustained damage to the right side body, front and rear tire, broken windshield and dented muzzle. Due to such accident, the Honda Vario motorcycle was seriously wrecked, while condition of two other motor vehicles was not as severe as the other vehicle. However, the rider of Honda Vario working as a security guard, I Wayan Epan Sapu-

tra, 22, died on the spot due to a broken rear head. “The incident claimed on victim, while the others suffered serious injuries and have been rushed to Badung Hospital, including a toddler who got injured in the forehead,” he explained. Meanwhile, a resident at the scene told there were no witnesses around the location seeing the chronological occurrence. It happened because the traffic condition was crowded. “However, after I heard banging noises, the residents flocked to the location. I saw some victims have been lying in the middle of the road. A victim bled much from the head to splatter on the road,” said one of the residents. (nik)

Fire at petrol station, two victims suffer burns Bali Post

DENPASAR - Residents in the vicinity of Jalan Tukad Pakerisan, Panjer, South Denpasar, were shocked by fire incident, Wednesday morning (Feb 5). The petrol station owned by Ida Bagus Keniten, 50, was almost totally burned out. As a result, two people, namely the local employee I Nyoman Sudita alias Ateng, 37, and customer Wayan Budiantara, 36, suffered burns. They were immediately rushed to Sanglah Hospital for treatment. Information gathered at the scene told if the

incident happened around 09:00 a.m. Starting when the victim Budiantara purchased petrol at the station. By riding a Honda Vario motorcycle with license plate DK2840 CK, he turned off the engine. Meanwhile, the employee filling in the petrol was Ateng. The filling of fuel had been done according to procedure. “Engine of the motorcycle is turned off,” said one of the residents at the scene. Once the tank was filled, there was a spill because it was full. Budiantara was not suspicious at all if his motorcycle would burn out. Once the ignition was turned on, a spark was

suddenly seen in the motorcycle. Quickly, the fire soared and grabbed two victims. Such sudden and unexpected incident caused residents who happened to purchase petrol at the location immediately gave a help. The other petrol station employees directly took the existing light fire extinguishers. In an instant, the fire could be extinguished. However, the two victims suffered serious enough burns. They were then rushed to Sanglah Hospital to get medical care. Other than both victims, ceiling of the petrol station also looked blazing, but only a little. “Fortunately, the fire could be

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quickly extinguished. Otherwise, the petrol station could explode,” he said. A number of officers of South Denpasar Police directly came to the scene to conduct further investigation. Several witnesses had been testified. So far, the officers were still investigating the cause of fire. Criminal Detective Chief of South Denpasar Police, Ngurah Yudhisthira, said both victims were being treated at Sanglah Hospital. Regarding the cause, his party remained to elaborate the investigation. “We are still investigating the cause of fire,” he said. (kmb21)

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Hard Rock win Travelers’ Choice Award IBP

KUTA - Hard Rock Hotel Bali announced that it has been named a winner in the Top 25 Hotels for Families in Indonesia category in the 2014 Travelers’ Choice® awards, coming in 16th out of 25. In the 12th year of the awards, the world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels. “We are very proud to be in this prestigious list once again. We could not thank our guests and reviewers enough for sharing the kind words and more importantly, inviting others to experience Hard Rock Hotel Bali. Situated in the heart of Bali’s renowned Kuta Beach, Hard Rock Hotel Bali is the perfect choice for families to be entertained day and night at Lil’ Rock Kids Club for kids aged 3 to 12 years old or TABU Family Entertainment Center for teenagers and family” said Andrew Khoo, M.I.H, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Bali. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe. “We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”

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Calendar Event for January 1 through February 26, 2014 1 Jan Buda Kliwon Matal, Kajeng Kliwon And Tilem Sasih Kenam Pura Desa Sukawati Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Gelgel Bebetin Pura Maspahit Sesetan Pura Padharman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih 11 Jan Tumpek Kandang Pura Desa Gianyar Pura Luhur Dalem Sagening Kediri Tabanan Pura Sang Hyang Tegal Tegalalang 15 Jan Purnama Sasih Kapitu Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Pura Puseh Manakaji Peninjauan Bangli Pura Taman Limut Pengosekan Mas Ubud Pura Benua Besakih Pura Gunung Rena Sidemen Karangasem Pura Pasek Gelgel Abadi Karangasem Pura Pucak Gunung Mangun Kubu Karangasem 16 Jan Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan 17 Jan Hari Bhatara Sri 21 Jan Anggara Kasih Prangbakat Pura Bukit Buluh Gunaksa Klungkung Pura Tirtha Sidamala Bebalang Bangli Pura Gunung Pangsong Lombok Pura Dalem Benawah Gianyar Pura Dalem Bitra Gianyar Pura Pura Hyang Haluh/Jenggala Besakih

Pura Tengkulak Tulikup Gianyar Pura Taman Sari Ubud Pura Penataran Badung

Pura Penataran Giri Purwo Tegal Delimo Banyuwangi Pura jala Sidhi amerta Juanda Surabaya

29 Jan Hari Siwaratri

19 Feb Buda Cemeng Kelawu Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran ped Nusa Penida Pura Gaduhan Jagat Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Kelungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Kedonganan Kuta Pura Guwa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih Pura Jati Ubud Pura Melanting Ubud Pura Dalem Peed Nusa Penida Pura Sad Kayangan Nusa Penida Pura Penataran Agung Gunung Karangasem

30 Jan Tilem Sasih Kepitu Pura Buana Kawan Besakih Pura Ulun Kulkul Besakih 31 Jan Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan 5 Feb Buda Kliwon Ugu Pura Dalem Tarukan Peninjauan Tembuku Bangli Pura Pemayun Banyuning Tengah Buleleng Pura Kayangan Tiga Seririt Buleleng Pura Agung Gunung Raung Taro Tegalalang 6 Feb Pura Dalem Puri Besakih 14 Feb Purnama Sasih Kawulu Pura Dalem Batur Bangli Pura Ida Ratu Pasek Besakih Pura Dalem Suci Sidemen Karangasem Pura Buana Kawan Besakih 15 Feb Tumpek Wayang & Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan Pura Majapahit Jembrana Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Pura Pedarman Dalem Sukawati Besakih Pura Pedarman Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarman Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarman Dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Pedarman Dinasti Dalem Besakih

21 Feb Hari Bhatara Sri 25 Feb Anggara Kasih Dukut Pura Dalem Batuyang Batubulan Pura Pasek Gelgel Mengening Kediri Tabanan Pura Pasek Undagi Krambitan Tabanan Pura Pucak Taman bedulu Gianyar Pura Puser Jagat Nusa Penida Pura Dalem Purwa Kawan Bangli Pura Desa Ketewel Gianyar 26 Feb Pura Agung Pasek gelgel Sibang Kaja Abian Semal Pura Dalem Samprangan Gianyar

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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Fat, tattoos: Mannequins get realistic makeover to taking care of the mannequins. That decade also started the trend of mannequins being made in the image of celebrities. The next decade or so ushered in an era of hyper realism, with mannequins showing belly buttons and even back spine indentations, says ChadMichael Morrisette, an expert in mannequin history. But by the late 1980s, the trend moved away from realistic mannequins and toward torsos or mannequins without faces. Now, retailers are doing another about-face. Saks Fifth Avenue, for instance, spent about a decade using mostly mannequins who were headless or faceless. But in the past two years, the luxury retailer has been showcasing more mannequins with hair, makeup and chiseled features.

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DENPASAR - Former Tourism, Post and Telecommunication minister Joop Ave was instrumental in advancing tourism in Indonesia, according to former tourism minister I Gede Ardika.

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In this Dec. 17, 2013 photo, David’s Bridal senior vice president Michele von Plato arranges a dress on a plus-size mannequin. David’s Bridal, the nation’s largest bridal chain, started changing its fit mannequins used to create gowns to reflect the average body.

Shibori: an ancient art now revamped and revisited Associated Press Writer

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This photo provided by Suzusan shows shibori lamp shades from the Suzusan Luminaires collection, Shizuku. Hiroyuki Murase, is the creative director at the Dusseldorf-based Suzusan and the 5th generation of a shibori-making family, that exemplifies both the 3-D possibilities of shibori and the bridge between traditional and new.

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NEW YORK — The mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover. Stores in the U.S. are using more realistic versions of the usually tall, thin, faceless mannequins in their windows and aisles. It’s part of retailers’ efforts to make them look more like the women who wear their clothes. That means not only adding fat and hair, but also experimenting with makeup, wigs and even poses. increasingly buying online, stores are see mannequins as a tool to entice shoppers to buy. Forty-two percent of customers recently polled by market research firm NPD Group Inc. say something on a mannequin influences whether they buy it. In fact, mannequins ranked just behind friends and family in terms of influence. “Mannequins are the quintessential silent sales people,” says Eric Feigenbaum, chair of the visual merchandising department at LIM College, a fashion college in New York City. The first ones were made of wax and melted in the heat and had details like human hair, nipples and porcelain teeth. By the 1960s, stores were investing in hair and makeup teams specifically devoted

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Wings Beachwear’s mannequins in Miami have flower tattoos. The mannequins at American Apparel’s downtown New York City store have pubic hair peeking through their lingerie. And at David’s Bridal, mannequins soon will get thicker waists, saggier breasts and back fat to mimic a more realistic shape. “This will give (a shopper) a better idea of what the dress will look like on her,” says Michele Von Plato, a vice president at the nation’s largest bridal chain. This comes after two decades of stores cutting back on mannequins to save money. Many have been using basic, white, headless, torsos that can cost $300 compared with the more realisticlooking ones that can cost up to $1,500. Now, as shoppers are

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NEW YORK — From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi’s and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft. “The stillness and beauty of it really centers me,” said Oriana DiNella, who recently launched her own Web-based shibori line, including linen tableware, pillows and throws — and large leather wall hangings — all made to order and hand-dyed in organic indigo. “It feels like a rebellion against the fashion movement, where everything seems so fast and disposable,” the New York-based designer explained. Shibori is slow. It takes time, and has been around since about the 8th century. The word comes from the Japanese shiboru, meaning “to wring, squeeze or press.” The technique involves twisting, tying, crumpling, stitching or folding fabric — usually silk or cotton — in various ways, transforming the two-dimensional material into a sculptural, three-dimensional form. This sculptural shape is then traditionally dyed, originally using indigo, although a huge variety of colors and dyes are now used. Sometimes, the same fabric is then twisted in some other way and then dyed again. When the wrappings are removed, the folds and creases where the fabric resisted the dye form distinctive crinkled textures and patterns. A sort of “memory on cloth,” Shibori also encompasses Issey Miyake’s revolutionary pleated clothing, fulling and felting, and other methods of transforming natural fabrics into 3-D shapes. The work of Hiroyuki Murase exemplifies both the 3-D possibilities of shibori and the bridge between traditional and new. Murase grew up in Arimatsu, Japan, where shibori has been done using traditional techniques for 400 years. Today, his array of Luminaires lampshades and haute couture fabrics, designed for the likes of Christian Dior, are the cutting edge of modern shibori.

“Joop Ave, who passed away at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore at the age of 79 on Wednesday, was one of the best sons of Indonesia with high enthusiasm and determination in advancing the world of tourism in the country,” Ardika stated, here on Thursday. He opined that Joop Ave’s death was a great loss to the country since he had been responsible for elevating the image of Indonesia in terms of tourism at an international level. Meanwhile, I Made Sukadana, a tourist guide in Bali, noted that Joop Ave can be called the father of Indonesian tourism because of the breakthrough he brought forth in advancing tourism in the country, particularly in Bali. “The management of Nusa Dua tourist resort that is now popular worldwide, is inseparable from the thoughts and contributions of Joop Ave,” Sukadana noted. Further, he added that Joop Ave was also one of the initiators of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue at Jimbangan area in Badung district.

Sukadana pointed out that during his last days at a villa in Kuta, Joop Ave took time off to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue restoration on August 23, 2013. Born in Yogyakarta on December 5, 1934, Joop Ave, who passed away in Singapore on February 5, was the former Minister of Tourism, Post and Telecommunications during the Fourth Development Cabinet. Mastering three foreign languages namely English, French, and German, he had also been active for 20 years in the field of protocol and as former Director General of Tourism in 1982. Before being appointed as Director General of Tourism in 1982, he served as Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs Department during the period 1978-1982. In addition to serving in the bureaucracy, he also has served as Chairman of the ASEAN Sub-Committee on Tourism from 1983 to 1986 and the PATA Board of Directors from 1984 to 1986.

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The file photo showed Joop Ave received Kriya Pusaka Award from First Lady, Ani Yudhoyono on 2009. Former Tourism, Post and Telecommunication minister Joop Ave was instrumental in advancing tourism in Indonesia, according to former tourism minister I Gede Ardika.

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In this Jan. 20, 2014 photo made available on Feb. 5, 2014, family and friends gather for the funeral of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff at the Gatton Baptist Church in Gatton, Australia. Bischoff and her teenage daughter who became ill and died within hours of each other while on vacation on the tourist island of Bali were probably killed by a form of food poisoning, a relative said Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014.

CANBERRA — An Australian woman and her teenage daughter who became ill and died within hours of each other while on vacation on the tourist island of Bali were probably killed by a form of food poisoning, a relative said Wednesday. Hospital nurse manager Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her 14year-old daughter, Yvana, from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland state, died last month less than a day after eating fish at a restaurant on the Indonesian island. Their bodies were returned to the Queensland capital, Brisbane, where autopsies were performed. The mother’s brother, Malcolm Bischoff, said forensic pathologists told the family Tuesday that preliminary results showed both died of scombroid poisoning. The poisoning is caused by high concentrations of histamine — a

compound that triggers allergic reactions — from bacteria in spoiling fish. Malcolm Bischoff said he accepted that conclusion, although he initially suspected foul play. “They said it’s a very rare thing to happen,” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It boils down to them being very unlucky.” “It’s an answer and it seems realistic, so I think we have to go with that because that’s all we have,” he said. The coroner’s office confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the family had been told the “possible causes of death” by forensic pathologists. However, testing had not yet been finalized, the statement said. The mother and daughter became ill in their room at a resort in East Bali on Jan. 3 after eating dinner. Both were dizzy, vomiting and had difficulty breathing. The mother died in an ambulance

on the way to a medical clinic early the next morning, and her daughter died in a clinic about three hours later. There were no other confirmed reports of serious illness at the time from the same restaurant. Steve Hambleton, president of the Australian Medical Association, said scombroid poisoning rarely caused serious illness. “People with asthma ... are more sensitive to histamine and that’s why probably in this case two people with mild asthma showed a very, very, severe reaction,” he told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. “Most people have a relatively mild illness. They show a rash, they show signs of flushing, palpitations, sometimes headaches, abdominal pains, sometimes a sense of anxiety — all of these things, they probably did experience, but their reaction went on to become much more serious,” he said.


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Thief burglarizes a house in Nusa Penida and Dawan

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SEMARAPURA - Theft crime proliferated again. At this time, it happened in Nusa Penida and Dawan. The thief burglarized a house owned by Yuni Sujarwati at Toya Pakeh village, Wednesday (Feb 5). The culprit took away tens of grams of gold jewelry. Meanwhile, in Dawan, precisely at Tengah hamlet, Gunaksa village, a resident named Nyoman Urip lost IDR 500,000. The theft case at Toya Pakeh was just realized when the victim was about to put important papers in the drawer of cupboard around 10:00 a.m. After opening the bag in the

drawer, apparently tens of grams of gold jewelry including gold necklace weighing 35 grams, five rings weighing 20 grams, 10 grams of two bracelets, 6 grams of three rings, gold

fraction of 8 grams to gold brooch whose weight was unknown vanished. The victim claimed to suffer a loss of IDR 45 million. Meanwhile, Nyoman Urip, an of-

ficer of local village office, realized if his house was ransacked by thief after seeing the window was open after going home from work at 2:30 p.m. In fact, his house was a mess and many cupboards were opened by force. At this situation, both victims respectively made a report to Nusa Penida Police and Banjarangkan Police. “When leaving the house, the doors and windows have been locked. But

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Housing project harms structure of Jinah River Bridge SEMARAPURA - Housing project located around the Jinah River continues to reap criticism. After accused of annexing the riparian and dredging riverbed, the developer is also considered to have disrupted the Jinah River Bridge. Bali Public Works had sent a reprimand letter to the developer because the developer built a road access right next to the bridge. Official letter of the Bali Public Works had been sent long time ago on November 20, 2013. The letter with the number 620/13947/DPU described that Bali Public Works had made observation around the Jinah River Bridge on the provincial road section from Takmung to Satra. Provincial government saw

there was an activity of road making at the side of the bridge. As a result, it disrupted the bridge wing and other bridge parts, including road drainage. The making of road body was feared to harm the bridge structure. Thus, the Bali Public Works sent reprimand letter to developer Dewa Made Sanjaya in order to immediately cease the activity and suggested to make coordination with the Highway Division of Bali Public Works. Copy of the letter signed in person by the Highway Division Head, I Nyoman Sumerta, was also forwarded to Klungkung Regent at that time, Head of Klungkung Public Works, Banjarangkan subdistrict head, Takmung headman, Satra

headman, Takmung hamlet chief and Kawan hamlet chief. However, at that time none of the officials in Klungkung took a stand. The reprimand letter emerged again after the property project around the Jinah River was at issue in the past four days. Besides, the making of road body was also caused the Takmung and Satra village boundary notice to be moved to the north side of the road. However, the Chief of Takmung customary village, Wayan Sukadana, when asked for his confirmation on Wednesday (Feb 5) said the removal had got permission from the village. Other than the construction of road body, information in the field also mentioned if the developer still

had a debt to Takmung customary hamlet because every person purchasing land in the area should contribute one percent of the total price of the land. Such levy was justified by Wayan Sukadana. According to him, it had been in accordance with the decision of meeting of Takmung customary hamlet. So far, the housing project in his territory had not paid the levies. However, he claimed not to know about the exact amount to be paid. “Regarding the levies, the Chief of Takmung customary hamlet knows it better,” he said. On the other hand, the Klungkung Municipal Police came down to the housing project on Wednesday to ensure there was no activity after the instruction of

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Deputy Regent Kasta when making site inspection a few days ago. Chief of the Municipal Police Nyoman Sucitra said the heavy equipment like excavator had stopped dredging the waterbed. Meanwhile, some workers remained to look stubborn where they were still working on the construction of revetment. In accordance with the instruction of deputy regent, all the project activities should temporarily be halted, and advised the developer to submit its permit. Besides, the deputy regent had also summoned the developer of property project. At that time, Sucitra said the developer would submit the permit. (kmb31)

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The project next to Jinah River Bridge

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Indians burn the leftover food after a wedding in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. New Delhi’s worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s pollution poster child.

Wide gap between New Delhi, Beijing smog policies

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NEW DELHI — Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s pollution poster child. On bad days in India’s congested capital, the air is so murky it slows traffic to a crawl. Conversations are punctuated with rasping coughs. Weak bands of sunlight filter through a grainy sky. Air monitoring sensors around the landlocked Indian capital have routinely registered levels of small airborne particles at “hazardous” levels in recent months — three to four times New Delhi’s own sanctioned limit, rivaling Beijing. While it’s uncertain which city has worse smog — there are various toxins to measure and methods differ, among other things — one thing is clear: China’s capital is taking steps to improve air quality but New Delhi hasn’t done much in recent years to tackle the problem, largely because there’s been little public outcry. Doctors overwhelmingly agree that more people in New Delhi are getting sick from the air pollution, although there is scant data to show it. Air pollution is proven to exacerbate chronic lung ailments, and there is mounting evidence it also leads to stress, coronary diseases and inflammation. “It seems incredible that the politicians and judges living in Delhi would not be worried about how their families and children are suffering from the bad air,” said Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, head of the Public Health Foundation of India. “People have to recognize

the extent of the damage happening. That’s where the outrage will come in. That’s when the action will happen.” This week, Reddy co-chaired the first meeting of a new Health Ministry committee, formed two months ago with academics, officials and health workers, tasked with recommending ways to protect the public from dirty air. Their report is due in a year. Comparing pollution levels between the two megacities, home to a combined 29 million people, seems natural given their iconic status representing Asia’s opportunity and growth. They both have gone through breakneck economic development that has transformed their landscapes within a generation, raising living standards but also spewing out loads of pollution. Decades of policies that favored economic decisions over environmental concerns have taken their toll. Cars now represent the middle-class dream for thousands digging out of poverty, and decades of booming construction has kicked up countless clouds of dust. There are various ways to measure pollution, but comparisons have generally focused on the microscopic particulate matter,

sometimes called black carbon or soot, which can lodge in a person’s lungs and fester over time. In New Delhi, levels of PM 10 — particulate matter that is 10 micrometers in size — have routinely bounced around 400 micrograms per cubic meter the past several months. That’s four times the city’s legal limit of 100, and well above the World Health Organization’s recommended limit of 20. In 2011, the average level rose to about 280. In Beijing, average annual PM 10 levels have declined to just above 100 last year, according to the Center for Science and Environment, a Delhibased research and advocacy group that crunched the official numbers. The Chinese capital is way ahead of its Indian counterpart in terms of in informing citizens about the dangers of pollution. Beijing has launched a health alert system that advises caution on smoggy days, and the term PM 2.5 — particles even smaller than PM 10 and considered more dangerous to health — has become a common part of the vocabulary among citizens, with many checking smartphone apps for the hourly readings.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea threatened Thursday to cancel a reunion later this month of Korean War-divided families because of upcoming U.S.-South Korean military drills, causing frustration in Seoul only one day after the rivals agreed on dates for the emotional meetings. The apparent about-face fits a pattern analysts say North Korea often follows of agreeing to things Seoul covets and then pulling back until Pyongyang gets what it wants — in this case a ratcheting down of the massive military drills by Seoul and Washington that are seen as a huge drain on impoverished North Korea’s military. The rival Koreas decided Wednesday to restart the family reunions, which haven’t been held since 2010, from Feb. 20-25. Before the agreement, many in Seoul were skeptical that Pyongyang would allow the reunions anytime soon because of its anger over the annual springtime military drills that are also scheduled later this month. Pyongyang calls the drills preparation for war, while the allies say the exercises are purely defensive. North Korea has a history of launching provocations and scrapping cooperation accords with South Korea to protest the allies’ springtime drills. The country used last year’s drills as a pretext for churning out near-daily threats, including vows of nuclear war against Seoul and Washington. It also canceled planned family reunions last September after accusing Seoul of preparing for war drills and other hostile acts. On Thursday, the North’s powerful National Defense Commission issued a statement warning that the reunions may not happen if South Korea goes ahead with the drills and continues slandering leader Kim Jong Un. “It would be a nonsense to hold reunions of families and relatives separated due to the past war while extremely dangerous nuclear war drills take place,” an unidentified spokesman for the commission’s policy department said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. The spokesman said North Korea “cannot help reviewing whether to implement” the accord on family reunions if “viciously defaming of our supreme leadership and groundless slandering of our system” continue. North Korea reacts with sensitivity to any perceived negative comments about its leadership, including in South Korea’s vibrant media.

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South Korean Lee Kyun-myoung, 93, right, talks with Red Cross members as he fills out application forms to reunite with his family members living in North Korea, at the Korea Red Cross headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.


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Tourist arrival to Trunyan diminishes

Sony lowers forecast to loss, trying to sell Vaio

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BANGLI - Tourist visits to Trunyan village, Kintamani, decreased due to bad weather in recent weeks. Such decline reached 65 percent. Aside from strong winds, high water overflow in the lake also hit the Lake Batur and surrounding areas.

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TOKYO — Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million). The company also said it’s cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. Some 3,500 of the job losses will be overseas and 1,500 in Japan. The Japanese electronics and entertainment maker, battered by stiff competition from Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and Apple Inc., the U.S. maker of the hit iPod and iPad, acknowledged it won’t be able to stop losing money in its Vaio PC or Bravia TV operations as it had repeatedly promised. Tokyo-based Sony Corp. said it will split off its moneylosing TV division and run it as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Sony is talking with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, which specializes in turnarounds and buyouts in manufacturing, to try to reach an agreement by the end of March to sell its PC business, both sides said in a statement. Sony declined to give a monetary estimate for the deal, saying the final agreement had not been reached. If the PC deal comes together, a new company will be established, both sides said. The maker of the Walkman portable recorder and SpiderMan movies kept its fiscal year sales projection unchanged at 7.7 trillion yen ($76 billion). But it lowered its profit forecast, noting it will post a loss, instead of the 30 billion yen ($295 million) profit expected in October. For the fiscal year ending in March 2013, Sony had recorded a 43 billion yen profit. Sony posted a 27 billion yen ($266 million) profit for the fiscal third quarter, helped by improved sales, especially of its smartphones, and the launch of the PlayStation 4 video-game console, in addition to the favorable exchange rate. The dollar has been trading at above 100 yen lately, up from 80 yen levels a year earlier. A weak yen is a boon for Japanese exporters such as Sony, rival Panasonic Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. by boosting the value of overseas earnings. It reported a 24 percent surge in quarterly sales to 2.41 trillion yen ($23.8 billion). Sony had suffered a loss of 10.8 billion yen in the OctoberDecember quarter of 2012. Restructuring the PC and TV operations will cost Sony 20 billion yen ($197 million) in expenses for the current fiscal year, and another 70 billion yen ($689 million) in fiscal 2014, it said. But it’s expected to bring annual fixed cost reductions of more than 100 billion yen ($984 million) from fiscal 2015.

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In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, file photo, an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange features a Twitter logo, in New York. Twitter Inc. reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Twitter shares dive on soft user growth

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SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter got a reality check Wednesday as the high-flying messaging company reported modest user growth during a quarter in which it lost $511 million. Twitter shares skidded more than 13 percent to $57.29 in after-market trades that followed its first quarterly earnings release since its stock market debut last year. The results showed revenues in the quarter that ended December 31 doubled from a year ago to a betterthan-expected $242.6 million. But, investors seemed unhappy that the average number of monthly users had climbed just 30 percent to 241 million when compared to the

same quarter a year earlier. Twitter released its first earnings report since a wildly successful stock offering, in what is being seen as a critical test for the popular messaging platform. The loss for the year for Twitter widened to $645 million from $79 million in 2012 even as revenues more than doubled to $664 million for the full year. Shares in Twitter soared from the offering price last November of $26, and analysts say that to sustain that momentum Twitter must prove it can grow and move toward profitability. “Twitter finished a great year with our strongest financial quarter to date,” said chief executive Dick Costolo said in the earnings release.

“We are the only platform that is public, real-time, conversational and widely distributed and I’m excited by the number of initiatives we have underway to further build upon the Twitter experience.” Twitter has fast become engrained in popular culture but must still convince investors of its business model. Twitter is expected to be able to reach profitability over time by delivering ads in the form of promoted tweets, and from its data analytics. “The problem is that there are some serious caveats for growth ahead and user metrics,” Jon Ogg of website 24/7 Wall Street wrote in a post about the earnings. “Twitter’s stock is so far getting a reality check.”

Finance Corp., said Wednesday. Speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, Butler said most of Africa’s subsoil resources have not been surveyed. Doing so, in a public way, would be useful to policy makers, investors and the public, helping to boost development, he said, according to prepared remarks. “There is yet an enormous amount of wealth left to discover,” he said. “Coupled with in-country train-

ing and institutional support, and the work of exploration companies, this initiative will unlock the true worth of Africa’s mineral endowment.” The World Bank , which calls accessible data on resources a “public good”, said it has already invested over $200 million in developing geological data for Africa over the past 10 years. Currently, it is supporting a comprehensive airborne geological survey of the entire country of Malawi.

World Bank to map Africa’s natural resources

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WASHINGTON - The World Bank plans to launch in July a $1-billion plan to map Africa’s natural resources with the aim of delineating more clearly the continent’s uncovered mineral wealth. The project, dubbed the Billion Dollar Map, “will unlock the true worth of Africa’s mineral endowment,” Tom Butler, mining specialist at the Bank’s private finance arm, the International

“The impact of unfavorable weather lately is very influential on the decline in the number of tourist visits to Trunyan village,” said the Division Head of Tourist Object Development, Bangli Culture and Tourism Agency, Wayan Bona, when met in his office, Wednesday (Feb 5). Bona explained that bad weather with strong winds that hit the region had caused the waves of water in Lake Batur, Kintamani, to become irregular. Travelers who wanted to cross through the waterways from the pier at Kedisan to Trunyan village turned anxious and reluctant to make the crossing. “Strong wind had caused the erratic waves of the lake water, so travelers are reluctant to cross through waterways,” he said. Besides, high flushing of rain lately also caused the overflowing condition of Lake Batur. Even, floodwater of the lake reaching a height of five meters made a number of homes located near the lake submerged.

The division head from Trunyan village said such condition was caused by the impact of bad weather at this time denoting the worst ever happened. Bona added that in normal weather the number of tourist visit, both domestic and foreign tourist, coming through the waterways to Trunyan village averagely reached a hundred people each day. However, since entering the rainy season, the tourist arrival was not as busy as usual. Even, some time ago no tourist was crossing due to high winds. Actually, there was alternative pathway to achieve the Trunyan tourist attraction namely by road. However, travelers were reluctant coming through the road. Apart from taking longer time, the overland leading to Trunyan village was also considered very vulnerable to pass because the condition of surrounding cliffs was unstable and prone to avalanche. The decline in tourist arrivals had an impact on the regionally generated revenue. At the same

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Tourist visits to Trunyan village, Kintamani, decreased due to bad weather in recent weeks. Such decline reached 65 percent. Aside from strong winds, high water overflow in the lake also hit the Lake Batur and surrounding areas.

time, it also affected the income of local people at the village. Income of the local communities sourced

from the selling of souvenir products. However, Bona assured that travelers visiting the village being

famous for its unique burial system would increase again when the weather improved. (ina)

Worry about H5NI virus to spread to Gianyar

Breeders ask for disinfectants Bali Post

GIANYAR - A number of breeders in the border region of Gianyar and Klungkung worried after the proliferation of avian influenza virus (H5N1) at Banjarangkan village, Klungkung. They asked the officers to spray against their livestock. Several breeders have visited the office of the Gianyar Subdistrict Livestock to ask for disinfectant in order to take precautions. The Head of Gianyar Livestock, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, I Made Raka, confirmed the matter, Wednesday (Feb 5). Other than bird flu, Gianyar was also alert in the case of dog bite at its border with Bangli, namely at Let area. There was information about dog bite case at Let worried to enter into Tampaksiring, Gianyar. “We’ve commissioned the officers to conduct surveillance at the borderline,” he said. The livestock officers in the Gianyar subdistrict had come down to make socialization as well as spray the livestock owned by residents at the border area. Some locations were admitted to have been sprayed by the officers to prevent and anticipate the spread of bird flu. “After reading in the media, we immediately instructed the officers to anticipate,” he said. Within the past few years, there had been no report on the monitoring result by field officer regarding the livestock that died suddenly. Previously there was information on sudden death of livestock in Payangan. However, it was not caused by bird flu virus, but only caused by weather making the condition of cattle bad and then died. (kmb16) IBP/File Photo

A number of breeders in the border region of Gianyar and Klungkung worried after the proliferation of avian influenza virus (H5N1) at Banjarangkan village, Klungkung. They asked the officers to spray against their livestock.


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Myanmar journalists hold banners as they protest for media freedom outside office of the Eleven Daily newspaper in Yangon, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Myanmar.

Myanmar arrests 5 journalists from private journal

BANGKOK — An ambitious rice buying program that Thailand’s ruling party hoped would uplift millions of its poor rural supporters may end up helping to bring down the increasingly cornered government. Hundreds of farmers from more than 10 provinces converged Thursday on the capital Bangkok to demand rice payments now overdue for several months after the policy caused ruinous losses. Some have blocked three main highways in the north and the west, while a few hundred in the ruling party’s northeastern heartland protested at a provincial government hall. With the help of populist policies such as the rice pledging scheme, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party won a landslide election victory in 2011. But it suffered a self-inflicted and crushing setback late last year by attempting to amnesty Yingluck’s elder brother Thaksin Shinwawatra so he could return to the kingdom without serving prison time for a corruption conviction. Ousted as prime minister in a 2006 coup, Thaksin is a polarizing figure, beloved in the countryside and loathed in the capital where military, palace and old money cliques have traditionally held sway over the nation. The rice crisis could not have come at a worse time for the government, which is reduced to a caretaker administration after street protests sparked by the amnesty law forced new elections. Official results of the Feb. 2 vote may not be announced for months after protesters in Bangkok prevented some polling places from functioning, requiring by-elections. The government is also assailed by numerous court cases and investigations that could result in it being deposed judicially. Now the ruling party faces the risk that the bedrock of its support, farmers, will turn against it. “We are going on the streets because we’re facing a dead-end,” said Sombat Roek-anan, a farmer from Ayutthaya province, a stronghold of the ruling Pheu Thai party. “The farmers used to be 100 percent behind the government before the rice scheme, but now it’s 50-50.”

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INDONESIA Forest degradation contributes to Manado’s flash flooding Antara

MANADO - The degradation of water catchment and forest coverage on Mount Mahawu in Minahasa and Tomohon District, North Sulawesi has become the major causes of flash floods affecting several North Sulawesi regions, an official stated. “There is only one thousand hectares of forest coverage area in Mount Mahawu. In fact, the area is a strategic place for water governance,” Head of Forestry of Minahasa District Administration Wenny Talumewo noted on Thursday. Areas beyond the forest coverage are converted to clove and coconut plantation, Talumewo added. The degrading forest coverage in the region will greatly impact the four major rivers flowing to Manado: Malalayang, Sario, Tikala and Tondano Rivers. “Flash floods that hit Manado recently were indeed caused by the high intensity rain in mid January. However, the degradation of forest coverage (on Mount Mahawu) has also been a major contributor to the floods,” Talumewo asserted.

Therefore, Talumewo pointed out that the local administration will improve the open green spaces to prevent flooding in the region. “We should maximize the conservation program in the headwaters and in the water catchment areas such as through tree replantation. Otherwise, the high intensity rain will trigger more floods again,” Talumewo explained. The Forestry Office of Minahasa is currently calculating the water catchment area over four rivers, which meet the sea in Manado, as a reference to the rehabilitation program. The area of Mount Mahawu covers three districts: Pineleng, Tombulu and Kota Manado. “Non-conservation land utilization such as forest encroachment put high pressure on the region. Aware-

ness among people and changes in behavior are necessary to save the remaining forest coverage,” Talumewo pointed out. Previously on January 15, flash floods swept through a number of districts and cities in North Sulawesi. The disaster resulted due to a combination of environmental and anthropogenic factors. The flash floods and landslides affected the cities of Manado and Tomohon, and the districts of Minahasa, North Minahasa, Southeast Minahasa, and Sangihe Islands. The flash floods and landslides led to at least 19 casualties and two reportedly missing. The disaster has displaced 40 thousand people and swept away thousands of houses and numerous vehicles.

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YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar has arrested four reporters and the chief executive officer of a private weekly journal for disclosing what it says are “state secrets” following publication of a story about the construction of a defense factory, state-run media reported. Yangon-based Unity journal quoted villagers as saying the sprawling factory in Pauk, a township in central Myanmar’s Magway region, was for production of chemical weapons — a claim the government decried as “totally baseless.” According to roadside vendors, police have taken all Jan. 25 editions of the journal off the shelves. State-run television reported the arrests Wednesday night. Myanmar only recently emerged from a half century of brutal military rule. Since a nominally civilian government was installed in 2011, it has implemented sweeping reforms, from releasing political prisoners to freeing up the press. But media watchdogs say that reporters still occasionally face intimidation and arrests, especially in rural areas, and that the climate

appears to be worsening. The journal’s CEO, Tin San, told The Associated Press just before his own arrest Saturday that the publication’s Pauk township reporter, Lu Maw Naing, had been hauled in the night before, apparently because of the article. Three hours later, three other reporters were taken in, according to Tin San’s nephew Aung Win Tun. State-run television said the detained had violated the 1923 State Secrets Act by entering a prohibited area and disclosing state secrets. Deputy information minister Ye

Htut could not be reached for comment. He has acknowledged in local media that it was a Defense Ministry factory, but denied links to chemical weapons. The claims are “totally baseless,” he told Irrawaddy, a Thailand-based online news site. “The journal only quotes local people,” Ye Htut said, defending the arrests of journalists following allegations that the government was starting to trample on newfound press freedoms. “It is a national security issue, and even a country like the U.S. would respond the same way on these matters.”

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In this Jan. 17, 2014 photo, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra answers questions during an interview with the foreign media at the office of Permanent Secretary for Defense on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Fittings vendor wait costumer in a traditional market in Jakarta, Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014. Indonesia’s economy grew at its slowest pace in four years in 2013 because of a slump in commodity exports and a slowdown in consumer spending.

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Corby could be released next week Associated Press

JAKARTA — An Australian woman convicted of smuggling marijuana into Indonesia in 2005 in a blaze of publicity will get her parole papers signed before Friday and be released soon after, the country’s justice ministry said Wednesday. Schapelle Corby was convicted of smuggling 4.2 kilograms (9 pounds) of the drug onto the resort island of Bali and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 2010, she asked for clemency, citing her poor mental state. Two years later, Indonesia’s president cut her sentence by five years. On Wednesday, Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin said Corby’s parole papers would be signed before Friday.

The minister’s spokesman said subsequent bureaucratic procedures would mean she would likely be released next week. Corby, 35, will have to stay in Bali and cannot return to Australia until 2017. Her case drew intense interest in Australia, whose media were focused on Indonesia following the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and an attack on its embassy in Jakarta in 2004. Many people questioned the fairness of the trial and the length of her sentence compared to some of those convicted in relation to the Bali bombings. At least two other Australians are on death row in Indonesian drug smuggling cases, and several are serving long prison terms.

Maid ‘tortured’ in Hong Kong weeps on leaving hospital Agence France-Presse

SRAGEN - An Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer left hospital Wednesday after a month, tearfully expressing the hope that her case would prevent future abuse of “small people like us”. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, was admitted to hospital in Sragen, on Indonesia’s main island of Java, in critical condition after returning from Hong Kong where she allegedly suffered months of abuse. As she left hospital, the maid said was feeling much better and wanted to get her “old life back”. But shortly afterwards she broke down in tears at a press conference. “I hope my case will be the last,” she told reporters. “I don’t want any more people to end up like me. So pitiful, the fate of small people like us.” Her alleged torture sparked angry protests by domestic workers in Hong Kong and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono even rang the maid to express sorrow over the “tragedy”. It renewed concern about the treatment of maids in the Asian financial hub following similar cases and criticism from rights groups. Sulistyaningsih’s employer has been arrested and charged with assaulting her, and the maid said Wednesday she wanted “justice”.

“I want my employer to be punished as severely as possible,” she said. She added she was ready to return to Hong Kong to help in the case against her employer but would never go back to the southern Chinese city to work. “I am ready to return to testify. What she did was unacceptable,” she said. The domestic worker said she could “laugh a bit more” and was feeling less stressed after a month of treatment, and hoped her life could return to normal. “I want my old life back. I want to go shopping at the mall, wear makeup, and return to school,” she said, before returning to her home village on Java with her family. Her lawyer Sarli Zulhendra said the family was exploring the possibility of helping with the legal process by teleconferencing so she would not have to go to Hong Kong. The maid’s former employer, 44year-old Law Wan-tung, was charged last month with assault relating to her treatment of Sulistyaningsih and her two previous Indonesian maids. A court in the former British colony heard that she turned household items, such as a mop, ruler and clothes hanger into “weapons”. Hong Kong is home to nearly 300,000 maids, mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines.


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Labuan Ampuak IBP

KLUNGKUNG - The Labuan Ampuak region is located at Pelilit Hamlet, Atuh Beach and Calung with the altitude of approximately 100 meters above sea level. The almost-perfect concept of

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Heat break road blues with tight win over Clippers

natural beauty known as the “Nyegara-Gunung” region offers the beautiful region surrounded by hills consisting of the Tunjuk Pusuh Hill, Nyahi Hill, Juntil Hill and others as well as the coastal region called the Titibehu spreading vastly in the Lombok Strait.

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LOS ANGELES — Miami cured its road woes with a 116-112 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, with Ray Allen hitting the clinching 3-pointer in the final minute of the showdown between NBA divisional leaders.

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Two other divisional leaders — Oklahoma City and San Antonio — also won, with the Thunder proving too good for an understrength Minnesota, while the Spurs needed double overtime to beat Washington for the 16th straight time. In another key game, Houston beat Phoenix to move above the Clippers and into fourth place in the Western Conference. Miami’s LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds while Allen had 15 points off the bench for the Heat, which had lost its previous five road games. This contest was the start of another six-game trip which will be interrupted by the All-Star break. Miami had not beaten the Clippers at Staples Center since 2007-08 but took a narrow victory this time despite Blake Griffin scoring a season-high 43 points with 12 rebounds for Los Angeles. Oklahoma City maintained its three-game lead atop the Western Conference by beating Minne-

sota 106-97. Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Reggie Jackson added 20 points and nine assists for the Thunder, which became the first team to reach 40 wins this season. They have won eight-straight home games and are 15-1 there against Western Conference teams. The Timberwolves were without Kevin Love and two other starters, and were led by Ricky Rubio’s 19 points. Houston’s Dwight Howard had 34 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Rockets past Phoenix 122108. James Harden added 23 points for the Rockets, who have won four successive games. Goran Dragic had 23 points and eight assists for the Suns, which fell into a tie with idle Golden State for second place in the Pacific Division. San Antonio’s Tim Duncan scored a season-high 31 points before fouling out in the second overtime, and the Spurs squeezed past Washington 125-118.

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, goes up for a dunk as Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen, center, defends and forward LeBron James, second from left, and forward Matt Barnes watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Nadal Recovering Well From Back Complaint, Tests Show Reuters

MADRID - Rafa Nadal is recovering well from the back problem that wrecked his Australian Open final last month and plans to start training again on Thursday in his native Mallorca, his team said on Tuesday. World number one Nadal lost to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the Melbourne final, preventing the Spaniard drawing level on 14 grand slam singles titles with American Pete Sampras. Nadal had more tests in Barcelona on Monday and his team said in a statement they were “satisfactory and showed favourable progress”. “The player began gym work today and a decision on when he is able to start competing again will depend on his adaptation on the court in coming days,” they added. Nadal is due to play in a clay event in Buenos Aires starting on Feb. 10, followed by a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, also on clay, and the hardcourt Masters events at Indian Wells and Miami. REUTERS/David Gray

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his men’s singles final match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2014.


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Madrid spank Atletico in Copa semifinal, Barca win

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MADRID — Real Madrid spoiled crosstown rival Atletico Madrid’s short honeymoon as Spanish leader by winning its Copa del Rey semifinal first leg, while Barcelona also took control of its series with a victory over Real Sociedad. Pepe, Jese Rodriguez, and Angel Di Maria all scored as Madrid won a bad-tempered crosstown derby 3-0 to humble Atletico on Wednesday, three days after it took the outright league lead, with only its second loss of the season and first in 23 matches. which leaves the attack depleted with David Villa also expected to be sidelined by injury. With Gareth Bale out for the second straight game and Cristiano Ronaldo strangely subdued, Di Maria capped a productive night with a goal from another deflected shot in the 73rd. It came just after Luka Modric cleared Diego Godin’s header off the goal-line for Atletico’s lone scoring opportunity. Madrid has yet to concede in eight domestic cup matches this season. “Everybody was fantastic, we did everything very well,” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said after Madrid took a page out of Atletico’s book and played with his pressure to keep the visitors from getting any time on the ball. “We showed we can excel in these types of contests.” Atletico’s first defeat since Octo-

ber came three days after it took over the league lead outright for the first time since 1996. “We didn’t come through and play the kind of game we wanted to. It’s unfortunate but there is still the return leg,” Atletico midfielder Koke said. Sociedad’s intentions were clear as the Basque side sat back and tried to weather Barcelona’s pressure and strike on the counter, but goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto kicked Carlos Vela’s shot as the Sociedad striker managed an attempt with Javier Mascherano dragging him to the ground. “It should have been a penalty, and it would have changed the whole outlook of the game,” Vela said. “When (the referee) gives Barcelona an extra hand, it’s nearly impossible to beat them.”

FIFA Boss Blatter Wants IOC Age Limit Scrapped Reuters

SOCHI, Russia - World soccer boss Sepp Blatter wants the International Olympic Committee to scrap its age limits for members, saying they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties. Changes implemented in the wake of the Salt Lake City Games bribery scandal mandate that IOC members must resign at 70 if they joined from 1999 onwards. Members who joined before 1999 have an age limit of 80. The 77-year-old Blatter, who has been an ex-officio IOC member since 1999 following his election to the FIFA presidency a year earlier, has yet to decide whether he will run for another term as head of world soccer’s governing body. The age limits apply only to individual, not ex-officio, IOC members. Blatter said FIFA had conducted its own study and found that age limits could be discriminatory and the IOC should scrap them. “We concluded that imposing an age limit is an act of discrimination. What needs to be changed can be done by a democratic way,” Blatter told an IOC session on Thursday. “Simply not elect a member not because of age but because they are not able to do the work,” the Swiss said. “It is not normal to impose age limits.”

ROME — Roma beat Napoli 3-2 in the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal on Wednesday thanks to a double from Ivory Coast forward Gervinho. The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinho’s opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. But Gervinho scored the winner two minutes from time. “In our league, ninety percent of the matches are played defensively but it’s good to play like this against strong players,” Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi said. “It’s good to see games like this, they’re an advert for football. “It wasn’t good for us mentally to concede a minute after the restart. But after they made it 2-2, we responded brilliantly. Another good game like tonight’s awaits us in Naples.” Napoli started the brighter but it was Roma which broke the deadlock in the 13th minute when Gervinho ran onto a delightful through-ball from Francesco Totti and rounded goalkeeper Pepe Reina before firing home from three meters. Strootman doubled Roma’s lead in the 32nd with a stunning rocket into the top right corner from

more than 30 meters. Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back for Napoli a minute into the second half as the ball deflected off Mehdi Benatia and goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis got his hands to it but could not prevent it from going in. It was the former Real Madrid striker’s 16th of the season. Substitute Dries Mertens leveled in the 70th, four minutes after coming off the bench, when he burst between two defenders and blasted an effort past De Sanctis. Gervinho secured the match for Roma when he collected Alessandro Florenzi’s pass and coolly slotted into the near side of goal. Udinese, which has eliminated both Milan teams, beat Fiorentina on Tuesday in a match which saw three wonderful goals. Antonio Di Natale broke the deadlock in the 36th minute with his first goal from open play since September but Juan Manuel Vargas smashed an effort in off the underside of the crossbar a minute from halftime. Substitute Luis Muriel scored a long-range winner for Udinese, which is hoping to reach the final for the first time since 1922. Both sides eliminated illustrious teams in the previous round. Napoli knocked out holder Lazio, while Roma defeated Juventus, which is on course for a third successive league title.

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Corinthians’ Alexandre Pato traded to Sao Paulo SAO PAULO — Brazilian club Corinthians says it has traded ex-AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato to rival Sao Paulo in exchange to former Brazil midfielder Jadson. Alexandre Pato was one of the players heavily criticized by Corinthians fans who invaded the team’s training center to protest last weekend. His agent told Brazilian media the striker didn’t feel safe anymore

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Napoli’s Christian Maggio, left, and AS Roma forward Gervinho of Ivory Coast challenge for the ball during an Italian Cup, semifinal first leg match, between AS Roma and Napoli at Rome’s Olympic stadium, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Beckham Launches Plan To Build Soccer Franchise In Miami

Real’s Pepe celebrates his goal during a semifinal first leg of Copa del Rey soccer derby match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014.

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Roma beats Napoli 3-2 in Italian Cup semi 1st leg

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Barcelona did its part to increase the chances of a clasico in the April 19 final by beating 10-man Sociedad 2-0 at the Camp Nou. Pepe spent much of the game riling up Atletico striker Diego Costa after putting Madrid ahead in the 17th minute at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium where his shot deflected off defender Emiliano Insua past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The hosts dominated the tetchy derby as Courtois made a string of first-half saves before Jese Rodriguez broke through in the 57th as the young striker continued his impressive season by using a quick touch to guide Angel Di Maria’s pass under the Belgium ‘keeper. Diego Costa’s frustrations got the better of him as a yellow card in the 61st means Atletico’s leading scorer will miss the return leg next week,

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and wanted to leave. Corinthians paid about 15 million euros to sign Alexandre Pato from AC Mlian in 2013 in what was one of the biggest transfers in the history of Brazilian football. The 24-year-old striker struggled, however, and never became a starter at the popular club. The 30-year-old Jadson was a member of Brazil’s squad that won the 2013 Confederations Cup, but he also had not been playing well recently.

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David Beckham discusses matters related to the ownership position he has with a proposed Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team, at a news conference in Miami, Florida February, 5, 2014.

MIAMI - Former England soccer captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday that he has exercised his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami, promising to make it “the people’s club.” The international soccer star said he looked forward to building a world-class team, as yet unnamed, during a Miami press conference alongside MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the mayor of Miami-Dade County. “I have worked for some of the biggest clubs in the world, and some of the greatest players in the world, and this is a dream,” said Beckham, dressed in a dark suit and tie to address a large media audience at a gleaming new bayfront art museum in the south Florida city. “This is an exciting time ... for myself, exciting time for my family and friends and partners, and something we are really looking forward to bringing to Miami,” Beckham added, to chants

of “We’re going to MLS,” from a group of fans calling themselves the “Southern Legion.” Beckham signed a shareholder agreement on Tuesday evening with his two partners, the British TV producer and creator of American Idol Simon Fuller, and Bolivianborn billionaire Marcelo Claure, founder of Miami-based Brightstar Corp, the world’s largest wireless distributor and the provider of global services to Apple Inc “We have a deal. We are three partners, David, myself and Simon, as of last night,” Claure said. Garber called the franchise decision a “historic day ... for soccer in America,” noting that Beckham, 38, was the first former player anywhere in the world to become the owner of a top league soccer team in modern times. Beckham’s commitment to MLS, dating back to 2007 when he joined the Los Angeles Galaxy, has had “an incredibly powerful impact on our sport and our league

in this country,” said Garber. His influence had set the stage to “tell the world that United States and Major League Soccer can compete with the rest of the world,” Garber added. He went on to praise Beckham for his work ethic, as well as his charity work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and for the group Malaria No More. He noted Beckham was headed to the Philippines next week for UNICEF to help with the relief effort after November’s Typhoon Haiyan. Beckham arrived in Miami fresh from having attended Sunday’s Superbowl in New Jersey, TV coverage of which featured an agile and scantily clad Beckham in an underwear commercial. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star retired as a player last May and holds a $25 million option in his MLS contract to start a new franchise. The option was officially exercised shortly before it expired on Dec. 31, Garber confirmed to Reuters.


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MADRID — Real Madrid spoiled crosstown rival Atletico Madrid’s short honeymoon as Spanish leader by winning its Copa del Rey semifinal first leg, while Barcelona also took control of its series with a victory over Real Sociedad. Pepe, Jese Rodriguez, and Angel Di Maria all scored as Madrid won a bad-tempered crosstown derby 3-0 to humble Atletico on Wednesday, three days after it took the outright league lead, with only its second loss of the season and first in 23 matches. which leaves the attack depleted with David Villa also expected to be sidelined by injury. With Gareth Bale out for the second straight game and Cristiano Ronaldo strangely subdued, Di Maria capped a productive night with a goal from another deflected shot in the 73rd. It came just after Luka Modric cleared Diego Godin’s header off the goal-line for Atletico’s lone scoring opportunity. Madrid has yet to concede in eight domestic cup matches this season. “Everybody was fantastic, we did everything very well,” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said after Madrid took a page out of Atletico’s book and played with his pressure to keep the visitors from getting any time on the ball. “We showed we can excel in these types of contests.” Atletico’s first defeat since Octo-

ber came three days after it took over the league lead outright for the first time since 1996. “We didn’t come through and play the kind of game we wanted to. It’s unfortunate but there is still the return leg,” Atletico midfielder Koke said. Sociedad’s intentions were clear as the Basque side sat back and tried to weather Barcelona’s pressure and strike on the counter, but goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto kicked Carlos Vela’s shot as the Sociedad striker managed an attempt with Javier Mascherano dragging him to the ground. “It should have been a penalty, and it would have changed the whole outlook of the game,” Vela said. “When (the referee) gives Barcelona an extra hand, it’s nearly impossible to beat them.”

FIFA Boss Blatter Wants IOC Age Limit Scrapped Reuters

SOCHI, Russia - World soccer boss Sepp Blatter wants the International Olympic Committee to scrap its age limits for members, saying they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties. Changes implemented in the wake of the Salt Lake City Games bribery scandal mandate that IOC members must resign at 70 if they joined from 1999 onwards. Members who joined before 1999 have an age limit of 80. The 77-year-old Blatter, who has been an ex-officio IOC member since 1999 following his election to the FIFA presidency a year earlier, has yet to decide whether he will run for another term as head of world soccer’s governing body. The age limits apply only to individual, not ex-officio, IOC members. Blatter said FIFA had conducted its own study and found that age limits could be discriminatory and the IOC should scrap them. “We concluded that imposing an age limit is an act of discrimination. What needs to be changed can be done by a democratic way,” Blatter told an IOC session on Thursday. “Simply not elect a member not because of age but because they are not able to do the work,” the Swiss said. “It is not normal to impose age limits.”

ROME — Roma beat Napoli 3-2 in the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal on Wednesday thanks to a double from Ivory Coast forward Gervinho. The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinho’s opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. But Gervinho scored the winner two minutes from time. “In our league, ninety percent of the matches are played defensively but it’s good to play like this against strong players,” Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi said. “It’s good to see games like this, they’re an advert for football. “It wasn’t good for us mentally to concede a minute after the restart. But after they made it 2-2, we responded brilliantly. Another good game like tonight’s awaits us in Naples.” Napoli started the brighter but it was Roma which broke the deadlock in the 13th minute when Gervinho ran onto a delightful through-ball from Francesco Totti and rounded goalkeeper Pepe Reina before firing home from three meters. Strootman doubled Roma’s lead in the 32nd with a stunning rocket into the top right corner from

more than 30 meters. Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back for Napoli a minute into the second half as the ball deflected off Mehdi Benatia and goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis got his hands to it but could not prevent it from going in. It was the former Real Madrid striker’s 16th of the season. Substitute Dries Mertens leveled in the 70th, four minutes after coming off the bench, when he burst between two defenders and blasted an effort past De Sanctis. Gervinho secured the match for Roma when he collected Alessandro Florenzi’s pass and coolly slotted into the near side of goal. Udinese, which has eliminated both Milan teams, beat Fiorentina on Tuesday in a match which saw three wonderful goals. Antonio Di Natale broke the deadlock in the 36th minute with his first goal from open play since September but Juan Manuel Vargas smashed an effort in off the underside of the crossbar a minute from halftime. Substitute Luis Muriel scored a long-range winner for Udinese, which is hoping to reach the final for the first time since 1922. Both sides eliminated illustrious teams in the previous round. Napoli knocked out holder Lazio, while Roma defeated Juventus, which is on course for a third successive league title.

Reuters

Corinthians’ Alexandre Pato traded to Sao Paulo SAO PAULO — Brazilian club Corinthians says it has traded ex-AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato to rival Sao Paulo in exchange to former Brazil midfielder Jadson. Alexandre Pato was one of the players heavily criticized by Corinthians fans who invaded the team’s training center to protest last weekend. His agent told Brazilian media the striker didn’t feel safe anymore

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Napoli’s Christian Maggio, left, and AS Roma forward Gervinho of Ivory Coast challenge for the ball during an Italian Cup, semifinal first leg match, between AS Roma and Napoli at Rome’s Olympic stadium, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Beckham Launches Plan To Build Soccer Franchise In Miami

Real’s Pepe celebrates his goal during a semifinal first leg of Copa del Rey soccer derby match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014.

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Roma beats Napoli 3-2 in Italian Cup semi 1st leg

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Barcelona did its part to increase the chances of a clasico in the April 19 final by beating 10-man Sociedad 2-0 at the Camp Nou. Pepe spent much of the game riling up Atletico striker Diego Costa after putting Madrid ahead in the 17th minute at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium where his shot deflected off defender Emiliano Insua past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The hosts dominated the tetchy derby as Courtois made a string of first-half saves before Jese Rodriguez broke through in the 57th as the young striker continued his impressive season by using a quick touch to guide Angel Di Maria’s pass under the Belgium ‘keeper. Diego Costa’s frustrations got the better of him as a yellow card in the 61st means Atletico’s leading scorer will miss the return leg next week,

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and wanted to leave. Corinthians paid about 15 million euros to sign Alexandre Pato from AC Mlian in 2013 in what was one of the biggest transfers in the history of Brazilian football. The 24-year-old striker struggled, however, and never became a starter at the popular club. The 30-year-old Jadson was a member of Brazil’s squad that won the 2013 Confederations Cup, but he also had not been playing well recently.

REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

David Beckham discusses matters related to the ownership position he has with a proposed Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team, at a news conference in Miami, Florida February, 5, 2014.

MIAMI - Former England soccer captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday that he has exercised his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami, promising to make it “the people’s club.” The international soccer star said he looked forward to building a world-class team, as yet unnamed, during a Miami press conference alongside MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the mayor of Miami-Dade County. “I have worked for some of the biggest clubs in the world, and some of the greatest players in the world, and this is a dream,” said Beckham, dressed in a dark suit and tie to address a large media audience at a gleaming new bayfront art museum in the south Florida city. “This is an exciting time ... for myself, exciting time for my family and friends and partners, and something we are really looking forward to bringing to Miami,” Beckham added, to chants

of “We’re going to MLS,” from a group of fans calling themselves the “Southern Legion.” Beckham signed a shareholder agreement on Tuesday evening with his two partners, the British TV producer and creator of American Idol Simon Fuller, and Bolivianborn billionaire Marcelo Claure, founder of Miami-based Brightstar Corp, the world’s largest wireless distributor and the provider of global services to Apple Inc “We have a deal. We are three partners, David, myself and Simon, as of last night,” Claure said. Garber called the franchise decision a “historic day ... for soccer in America,” noting that Beckham, 38, was the first former player anywhere in the world to become the owner of a top league soccer team in modern times. Beckham’s commitment to MLS, dating back to 2007 when he joined the Los Angeles Galaxy, has had “an incredibly powerful impact on our sport and our league

in this country,” said Garber. His influence had set the stage to “tell the world that United States and Major League Soccer can compete with the rest of the world,” Garber added. He went on to praise Beckham for his work ethic, as well as his charity work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and for the group Malaria No More. He noted Beckham was headed to the Philippines next week for UNICEF to help with the relief effort after November’s Typhoon Haiyan. Beckham arrived in Miami fresh from having attended Sunday’s Superbowl in New Jersey, TV coverage of which featured an agile and scantily clad Beckham in an underwear commercial. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star retired as a player last May and holds a $25 million option in his MLS contract to start a new franchise. The option was officially exercised shortly before it expired on Dec. 31, Garber confirmed to Reuters.


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KLUNGKUNG - The Labuan Ampuak region is located at Pelilit Hamlet, Atuh Beach and Calung with the altitude of approximately 100 meters above sea level. The almost-perfect concept of

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Heat break road blues with tight win over Clippers

natural beauty known as the “Nyegara-Gunung” region offers the beautiful region surrounded by hills consisting of the Tunjuk Pusuh Hill, Nyahi Hill, Juntil Hill and others as well as the coastal region called the Titibehu spreading vastly in the Lombok Strait.

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LOS ANGELES — Miami cured its road woes with a 116-112 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, with Ray Allen hitting the clinching 3-pointer in the final minute of the showdown between NBA divisional leaders.

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Two other divisional leaders — Oklahoma City and San Antonio — also won, with the Thunder proving too good for an understrength Minnesota, while the Spurs needed double overtime to beat Washington for the 16th straight time. In another key game, Houston beat Phoenix to move above the Clippers and into fourth place in the Western Conference. Miami’s LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds while Allen had 15 points off the bench for the Heat, which had lost its previous five road games. This contest was the start of another six-game trip which will be interrupted by the All-Star break. Miami had not beaten the Clippers at Staples Center since 2007-08 but took a narrow victory this time despite Blake Griffin scoring a season-high 43 points with 12 rebounds for Los Angeles. Oklahoma City maintained its three-game lead atop the Western Conference by beating Minne-

sota 106-97. Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Reggie Jackson added 20 points and nine assists for the Thunder, which became the first team to reach 40 wins this season. They have won eight-straight home games and are 15-1 there against Western Conference teams. The Timberwolves were without Kevin Love and two other starters, and were led by Ricky Rubio’s 19 points. Houston’s Dwight Howard had 34 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Rockets past Phoenix 122108. James Harden added 23 points for the Rockets, who have won four successive games. Goran Dragic had 23 points and eight assists for the Suns, which fell into a tie with idle Golden State for second place in the Pacific Division. San Antonio’s Tim Duncan scored a season-high 31 points before fouling out in the second overtime, and the Spurs squeezed past Washington 125-118.

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, goes up for a dunk as Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen, center, defends and forward LeBron James, second from left, and forward Matt Barnes watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Nadal Recovering Well From Back Complaint, Tests Show Reuters

MADRID - Rafa Nadal is recovering well from the back problem that wrecked his Australian Open final last month and plans to start training again on Thursday in his native Mallorca, his team said on Tuesday. World number one Nadal lost to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the Melbourne final, preventing the Spaniard drawing level on 14 grand slam singles titles with American Pete Sampras. Nadal had more tests in Barcelona on Monday and his team said in a statement they were “satisfactory and showed favourable progress”. “The player began gym work today and a decision on when he is able to start competing again will depend on his adaptation on the court in coming days,” they added. Nadal is due to play in a clay event in Buenos Aires starting on Feb. 10, followed by a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, also on clay, and the hardcourt Masters events at Indian Wells and Miami. REUTERS/David Gray

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his men’s singles final match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2014.


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Myanmar journalists hold banners as they protest for media freedom outside office of the Eleven Daily newspaper in Yangon, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Myanmar.

Myanmar arrests 5 journalists from private journal

BANGKOK — An ambitious rice buying program that Thailand’s ruling party hoped would uplift millions of its poor rural supporters may end up helping to bring down the increasingly cornered government. Hundreds of farmers from more than 10 provinces converged Thursday on the capital Bangkok to demand rice payments now overdue for several months after the policy caused ruinous losses. Some have blocked three main highways in the north and the west, while a few hundred in the ruling party’s northeastern heartland protested at a provincial government hall. With the help of populist policies such as the rice pledging scheme, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party won a landslide election victory in 2011. But it suffered a self-inflicted and crushing setback late last year by attempting to amnesty Yingluck’s elder brother Thaksin Shinwawatra so he could return to the kingdom without serving prison time for a corruption conviction. Ousted as prime minister in a 2006 coup, Thaksin is a polarizing figure, beloved in the countryside and loathed in the capital where military, palace and old money cliques have traditionally held sway over the nation. The rice crisis could not have come at a worse time for the government, which is reduced to a caretaker administration after street protests sparked by the amnesty law forced new elections. Official results of the Feb. 2 vote may not be announced for months after protesters in Bangkok prevented some polling places from functioning, requiring by-elections. The government is also assailed by numerous court cases and investigations that could result in it being deposed judicially. Now the ruling party faces the risk that the bedrock of its support, farmers, will turn against it. “We are going on the streets because we’re facing a dead-end,” said Sombat Roek-anan, a farmer from Ayutthaya province, a stronghold of the ruling Pheu Thai party. “The farmers used to be 100 percent behind the government before the rice scheme, but now it’s 50-50.”

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INDONESIA Forest degradation contributes to Manado’s flash flooding Antara

MANADO - The degradation of water catchment and forest coverage on Mount Mahawu in Minahasa and Tomohon District, North Sulawesi has become the major causes of flash floods affecting several North Sulawesi regions, an official stated. “There is only one thousand hectares of forest coverage area in Mount Mahawu. In fact, the area is a strategic place for water governance,” Head of Forestry of Minahasa District Administration Wenny Talumewo noted on Thursday. Areas beyond the forest coverage are converted to clove and coconut plantation, Talumewo added. The degrading forest coverage in the region will greatly impact the four major rivers flowing to Manado: Malalayang, Sario, Tikala and Tondano Rivers. “Flash floods that hit Manado recently were indeed caused by the high intensity rain in mid January. However, the degradation of forest coverage (on Mount Mahawu) has also been a major contributor to the floods,” Talumewo asserted.

Therefore, Talumewo pointed out that the local administration will improve the open green spaces to prevent flooding in the region. “We should maximize the conservation program in the headwaters and in the water catchment areas such as through tree replantation. Otherwise, the high intensity rain will trigger more floods again,” Talumewo explained. The Forestry Office of Minahasa is currently calculating the water catchment area over four rivers, which meet the sea in Manado, as a reference to the rehabilitation program. The area of Mount Mahawu covers three districts: Pineleng, Tombulu and Kota Manado. “Non-conservation land utilization such as forest encroachment put high pressure on the region. Aware-

ness among people and changes in behavior are necessary to save the remaining forest coverage,” Talumewo pointed out. Previously on January 15, flash floods swept through a number of districts and cities in North Sulawesi. The disaster resulted due to a combination of environmental and anthropogenic factors. The flash floods and landslides affected the cities of Manado and Tomohon, and the districts of Minahasa, North Minahasa, Southeast Minahasa, and Sangihe Islands. The flash floods and landslides led to at least 19 casualties and two reportedly missing. The disaster has displaced 40 thousand people and swept away thousands of houses and numerous vehicles.

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YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar has arrested four reporters and the chief executive officer of a private weekly journal for disclosing what it says are “state secrets” following publication of a story about the construction of a defense factory, state-run media reported. Yangon-based Unity journal quoted villagers as saying the sprawling factory in Pauk, a township in central Myanmar’s Magway region, was for production of chemical weapons — a claim the government decried as “totally baseless.” According to roadside vendors, police have taken all Jan. 25 editions of the journal off the shelves. State-run television reported the arrests Wednesday night. Myanmar only recently emerged from a half century of brutal military rule. Since a nominally civilian government was installed in 2011, it has implemented sweeping reforms, from releasing political prisoners to freeing up the press. But media watchdogs say that reporters still occasionally face intimidation and arrests, especially in rural areas, and that the climate

appears to be worsening. The journal’s CEO, Tin San, told The Associated Press just before his own arrest Saturday that the publication’s Pauk township reporter, Lu Maw Naing, had been hauled in the night before, apparently because of the article. Three hours later, three other reporters were taken in, according to Tin San’s nephew Aung Win Tun. State-run television said the detained had violated the 1923 State Secrets Act by entering a prohibited area and disclosing state secrets. Deputy information minister Ye

Htut could not be reached for comment. He has acknowledged in local media that it was a Defense Ministry factory, but denied links to chemical weapons. The claims are “totally baseless,” he told Irrawaddy, a Thailand-based online news site. “The journal only quotes local people,” Ye Htut said, defending the arrests of journalists following allegations that the government was starting to trample on newfound press freedoms. “It is a national security issue, and even a country like the U.S. would respond the same way on these matters.”

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In this Jan. 17, 2014 photo, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra answers questions during an interview with the foreign media at the office of Permanent Secretary for Defense on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Fittings vendor wait costumer in a traditional market in Jakarta, Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014. Indonesia’s economy grew at its slowest pace in four years in 2013 because of a slump in commodity exports and a slowdown in consumer spending.

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Corby could be released next week Associated Press

JAKARTA — An Australian woman convicted of smuggling marijuana into Indonesia in 2005 in a blaze of publicity will get her parole papers signed before Friday and be released soon after, the country’s justice ministry said Wednesday. Schapelle Corby was convicted of smuggling 4.2 kilograms (9 pounds) of the drug onto the resort island of Bali and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 2010, she asked for clemency, citing her poor mental state. Two years later, Indonesia’s president cut her sentence by five years. On Wednesday, Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin said Corby’s parole papers would be signed before Friday.

The minister’s spokesman said subsequent bureaucratic procedures would mean she would likely be released next week. Corby, 35, will have to stay in Bali and cannot return to Australia until 2017. Her case drew intense interest in Australia, whose media were focused on Indonesia following the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and an attack on its embassy in Jakarta in 2004. Many people questioned the fairness of the trial and the length of her sentence compared to some of those convicted in relation to the Bali bombings. At least two other Australians are on death row in Indonesian drug smuggling cases, and several are serving long prison terms.

Maid ‘tortured’ in Hong Kong weeps on leaving hospital Agence France-Presse

SRAGEN - An Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer left hospital Wednesday after a month, tearfully expressing the hope that her case would prevent future abuse of “small people like us”. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, was admitted to hospital in Sragen, on Indonesia’s main island of Java, in critical condition after returning from Hong Kong where she allegedly suffered months of abuse. As she left hospital, the maid said was feeling much better and wanted to get her “old life back”. But shortly afterwards she broke down in tears at a press conference. “I hope my case will be the last,” she told reporters. “I don’t want any more people to end up like me. So pitiful, the fate of small people like us.” Her alleged torture sparked angry protests by domestic workers in Hong Kong and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono even rang the maid to express sorrow over the “tragedy”. It renewed concern about the treatment of maids in the Asian financial hub following similar cases and criticism from rights groups. Sulistyaningsih’s employer has been arrested and charged with assaulting her, and the maid said Wednesday she wanted “justice”.

“I want my employer to be punished as severely as possible,” she said. She added she was ready to return to Hong Kong to help in the case against her employer but would never go back to the southern Chinese city to work. “I am ready to return to testify. What she did was unacceptable,” she said. The domestic worker said she could “laugh a bit more” and was feeling less stressed after a month of treatment, and hoped her life could return to normal. “I want my old life back. I want to go shopping at the mall, wear makeup, and return to school,” she said, before returning to her home village on Java with her family. Her lawyer Sarli Zulhendra said the family was exploring the possibility of helping with the legal process by teleconferencing so she would not have to go to Hong Kong. The maid’s former employer, 44year-old Law Wan-tung, was charged last month with assault relating to her treatment of Sulistyaningsih and her two previous Indonesian maids. A court in the former British colony heard that she turned household items, such as a mop, ruler and clothes hanger into “weapons”. Hong Kong is home to nearly 300,000 maids, mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines.


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Tourist arrival to Trunyan diminishes

Sony lowers forecast to loss, trying to sell Vaio

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BANGLI - Tourist visits to Trunyan village, Kintamani, decreased due to bad weather in recent weeks. Such decline reached 65 percent. Aside from strong winds, high water overflow in the lake also hit the Lake Batur and surrounding areas.

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TOKYO — Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million). The company also said it’s cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. Some 3,500 of the job losses will be overseas and 1,500 in Japan. The Japanese electronics and entertainment maker, battered by stiff competition from Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and Apple Inc., the U.S. maker of the hit iPod and iPad, acknowledged it won’t be able to stop losing money in its Vaio PC or Bravia TV operations as it had repeatedly promised. Tokyo-based Sony Corp. said it will split off its moneylosing TV division and run it as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Sony is talking with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, which specializes in turnarounds and buyouts in manufacturing, to try to reach an agreement by the end of March to sell its PC business, both sides said in a statement. Sony declined to give a monetary estimate for the deal, saying the final agreement had not been reached. If the PC deal comes together, a new company will be established, both sides said. The maker of the Walkman portable recorder and SpiderMan movies kept its fiscal year sales projection unchanged at 7.7 trillion yen ($76 billion). But it lowered its profit forecast, noting it will post a loss, instead of the 30 billion yen ($295 million) profit expected in October. For the fiscal year ending in March 2013, Sony had recorded a 43 billion yen profit. Sony posted a 27 billion yen ($266 million) profit for the fiscal third quarter, helped by improved sales, especially of its smartphones, and the launch of the PlayStation 4 video-game console, in addition to the favorable exchange rate. The dollar has been trading at above 100 yen lately, up from 80 yen levels a year earlier. A weak yen is a boon for Japanese exporters such as Sony, rival Panasonic Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. by boosting the value of overseas earnings. It reported a 24 percent surge in quarterly sales to 2.41 trillion yen ($23.8 billion). Sony had suffered a loss of 10.8 billion yen in the OctoberDecember quarter of 2012. Restructuring the PC and TV operations will cost Sony 20 billion yen ($197 million) in expenses for the current fiscal year, and another 70 billion yen ($689 million) in fiscal 2014, it said. But it’s expected to bring annual fixed cost reductions of more than 100 billion yen ($984 million) from fiscal 2015.

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In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, file photo, an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange features a Twitter logo, in New York. Twitter Inc. reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Twitter shares dive on soft user growth

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SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter got a reality check Wednesday as the high-flying messaging company reported modest user growth during a quarter in which it lost $511 million. Twitter shares skidded more than 13 percent to $57.29 in after-market trades that followed its first quarterly earnings release since its stock market debut last year. The results showed revenues in the quarter that ended December 31 doubled from a year ago to a betterthan-expected $242.6 million. But, investors seemed unhappy that the average number of monthly users had climbed just 30 percent to 241 million when compared to the

same quarter a year earlier. Twitter released its first earnings report since a wildly successful stock offering, in what is being seen as a critical test for the popular messaging platform. The loss for the year for Twitter widened to $645 million from $79 million in 2012 even as revenues more than doubled to $664 million for the full year. Shares in Twitter soared from the offering price last November of $26, and analysts say that to sustain that momentum Twitter must prove it can grow and move toward profitability. “Twitter finished a great year with our strongest financial quarter to date,” said chief executive Dick Costolo said in the earnings release.

“We are the only platform that is public, real-time, conversational and widely distributed and I’m excited by the number of initiatives we have underway to further build upon the Twitter experience.” Twitter has fast become engrained in popular culture but must still convince investors of its business model. Twitter is expected to be able to reach profitability over time by delivering ads in the form of promoted tweets, and from its data analytics. “The problem is that there are some serious caveats for growth ahead and user metrics,” Jon Ogg of website 24/7 Wall Street wrote in a post about the earnings. “Twitter’s stock is so far getting a reality check.”

Finance Corp., said Wednesday. Speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, Butler said most of Africa’s subsoil resources have not been surveyed. Doing so, in a public way, would be useful to policy makers, investors and the public, helping to boost development, he said, according to prepared remarks. “There is yet an enormous amount of wealth left to discover,” he said. “Coupled with in-country train-

ing and institutional support, and the work of exploration companies, this initiative will unlock the true worth of Africa’s mineral endowment.” The World Bank , which calls accessible data on resources a “public good”, said it has already invested over $200 million in developing geological data for Africa over the past 10 years. Currently, it is supporting a comprehensive airborne geological survey of the entire country of Malawi.

World Bank to map Africa’s natural resources

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WASHINGTON - The World Bank plans to launch in July a $1-billion plan to map Africa’s natural resources with the aim of delineating more clearly the continent’s uncovered mineral wealth. The project, dubbed the Billion Dollar Map, “will unlock the true worth of Africa’s mineral endowment,” Tom Butler, mining specialist at the Bank’s private finance arm, the International

“The impact of unfavorable weather lately is very influential on the decline in the number of tourist visits to Trunyan village,” said the Division Head of Tourist Object Development, Bangli Culture and Tourism Agency, Wayan Bona, when met in his office, Wednesday (Feb 5). Bona explained that bad weather with strong winds that hit the region had caused the waves of water in Lake Batur, Kintamani, to become irregular. Travelers who wanted to cross through the waterways from the pier at Kedisan to Trunyan village turned anxious and reluctant to make the crossing. “Strong wind had caused the erratic waves of the lake water, so travelers are reluctant to cross through waterways,” he said. Besides, high flushing of rain lately also caused the overflowing condition of Lake Batur. Even, floodwater of the lake reaching a height of five meters made a number of homes located near the lake submerged.

The division head from Trunyan village said such condition was caused by the impact of bad weather at this time denoting the worst ever happened. Bona added that in normal weather the number of tourist visit, both domestic and foreign tourist, coming through the waterways to Trunyan village averagely reached a hundred people each day. However, since entering the rainy season, the tourist arrival was not as busy as usual. Even, some time ago no tourist was crossing due to high winds. Actually, there was alternative pathway to achieve the Trunyan tourist attraction namely by road. However, travelers were reluctant coming through the road. Apart from taking longer time, the overland leading to Trunyan village was also considered very vulnerable to pass because the condition of surrounding cliffs was unstable and prone to avalanche. The decline in tourist arrivals had an impact on the regionally generated revenue. At the same

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Tourist visits to Trunyan village, Kintamani, decreased due to bad weather in recent weeks. Such decline reached 65 percent. Aside from strong winds, high water overflow in the lake also hit the Lake Batur and surrounding areas.

time, it also affected the income of local people at the village. Income of the local communities sourced

from the selling of souvenir products. However, Bona assured that travelers visiting the village being

famous for its unique burial system would increase again when the weather improved. (ina)

Worry about H5NI virus to spread to Gianyar

Breeders ask for disinfectants Bali Post

GIANYAR - A number of breeders in the border region of Gianyar and Klungkung worried after the proliferation of avian influenza virus (H5N1) at Banjarangkan village, Klungkung. They asked the officers to spray against their livestock. Several breeders have visited the office of the Gianyar Subdistrict Livestock to ask for disinfectant in order to take precautions. The Head of Gianyar Livestock, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, I Made Raka, confirmed the matter, Wednesday (Feb 5). Other than bird flu, Gianyar was also alert in the case of dog bite at its border with Bangli, namely at Let area. There was information about dog bite case at Let worried to enter into Tampaksiring, Gianyar. “We’ve commissioned the officers to conduct surveillance at the borderline,” he said. The livestock officers in the Gianyar subdistrict had come down to make socialization as well as spray the livestock owned by residents at the border area. Some locations were admitted to have been sprayed by the officers to prevent and anticipate the spread of bird flu. “After reading in the media, we immediately instructed the officers to anticipate,” he said. Within the past few years, there had been no report on the monitoring result by field officer regarding the livestock that died suddenly. Previously there was information on sudden death of livestock in Payangan. However, it was not caused by bird flu virus, but only caused by weather making the condition of cattle bad and then died. (kmb16) IBP/File Photo

A number of breeders in the border region of Gianyar and Klungkung worried after the proliferation of avian influenza virus (H5N1) at Banjarangkan village, Klungkung. They asked the officers to spray against their livestock.


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Thief burglarizes a house in Nusa Penida and Dawan

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SEMARAPURA - Theft crime proliferated again. At this time, it happened in Nusa Penida and Dawan. The thief burglarized a house owned by Yuni Sujarwati at Toya Pakeh village, Wednesday (Feb 5). The culprit took away tens of grams of gold jewelry. Meanwhile, in Dawan, precisely at Tengah hamlet, Gunaksa village, a resident named Nyoman Urip lost IDR 500,000. The theft case at Toya Pakeh was just realized when the victim was about to put important papers in the drawer of cupboard around 10:00 a.m. After opening the bag in the

drawer, apparently tens of grams of gold jewelry including gold necklace weighing 35 grams, five rings weighing 20 grams, 10 grams of two bracelets, 6 grams of three rings, gold

fraction of 8 grams to gold brooch whose weight was unknown vanished. The victim claimed to suffer a loss of IDR 45 million. Meanwhile, Nyoman Urip, an of-

ficer of local village office, realized if his house was ransacked by thief after seeing the window was open after going home from work at 2:30 p.m. In fact, his house was a mess and many cupboards were opened by force. At this situation, both victims respectively made a report to Nusa Penida Police and Banjarangkan Police. “When leaving the house, the doors and windows have been locked. But

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when going home, the house suddenly fell apart,” said Urip. Spokesperson of Klungkung Police, I Made Sudanta, said that police were elaborating the reports of residents. Allegedly the culprits were different because they occurred at two locations simultaneously. “The culprits in both cases are still being investigated,” said Sudanta. (kmb31)

Housing project harms structure of Jinah River Bridge SEMARAPURA - Housing project located around the Jinah River continues to reap criticism. After accused of annexing the riparian and dredging riverbed, the developer is also considered to have disrupted the Jinah River Bridge. Bali Public Works had sent a reprimand letter to the developer because the developer built a road access right next to the bridge. Official letter of the Bali Public Works had been sent long time ago on November 20, 2013. The letter with the number 620/13947/DPU described that Bali Public Works had made observation around the Jinah River Bridge on the provincial road section from Takmung to Satra. Provincial government saw

there was an activity of road making at the side of the bridge. As a result, it disrupted the bridge wing and other bridge parts, including road drainage. The making of road body was feared to harm the bridge structure. Thus, the Bali Public Works sent reprimand letter to developer Dewa Made Sanjaya in order to immediately cease the activity and suggested to make coordination with the Highway Division of Bali Public Works. Copy of the letter signed in person by the Highway Division Head, I Nyoman Sumerta, was also forwarded to Klungkung Regent at that time, Head of Klungkung Public Works, Banjarangkan subdistrict head, Takmung headman, Satra

headman, Takmung hamlet chief and Kawan hamlet chief. However, at that time none of the officials in Klungkung took a stand. The reprimand letter emerged again after the property project around the Jinah River was at issue in the past four days. Besides, the making of road body was also caused the Takmung and Satra village boundary notice to be moved to the north side of the road. However, the Chief of Takmung customary village, Wayan Sukadana, when asked for his confirmation on Wednesday (Feb 5) said the removal had got permission from the village. Other than the construction of road body, information in the field also mentioned if the developer still

had a debt to Takmung customary hamlet because every person purchasing land in the area should contribute one percent of the total price of the land. Such levy was justified by Wayan Sukadana. According to him, it had been in accordance with the decision of meeting of Takmung customary hamlet. So far, the housing project in his territory had not paid the levies. However, he claimed not to know about the exact amount to be paid. “Regarding the levies, the Chief of Takmung customary hamlet knows it better,” he said. On the other hand, the Klungkung Municipal Police came down to the housing project on Wednesday to ensure there was no activity after the instruction of

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Deputy Regent Kasta when making site inspection a few days ago. Chief of the Municipal Police Nyoman Sucitra said the heavy equipment like excavator had stopped dredging the waterbed. Meanwhile, some workers remained to look stubborn where they were still working on the construction of revetment. In accordance with the instruction of deputy regent, all the project activities should temporarily be halted, and advised the developer to submit its permit. Besides, the deputy regent had also summoned the developer of property project. At that time, Sucitra said the developer would submit the permit. (kmb31)

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The project next to Jinah River Bridge

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Indians burn the leftover food after a wedding in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. New Delhi’s worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s pollution poster child.

Wide gap between New Delhi, Beijing smog policies

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NEW DELHI — Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s pollution poster child. On bad days in India’s congested capital, the air is so murky it slows traffic to a crawl. Conversations are punctuated with rasping coughs. Weak bands of sunlight filter through a grainy sky. Air monitoring sensors around the landlocked Indian capital have routinely registered levels of small airborne particles at “hazardous” levels in recent months — three to four times New Delhi’s own sanctioned limit, rivaling Beijing. While it’s uncertain which city has worse smog — there are various toxins to measure and methods differ, among other things — one thing is clear: China’s capital is taking steps to improve air quality but New Delhi hasn’t done much in recent years to tackle the problem, largely because there’s been little public outcry. Doctors overwhelmingly agree that more people in New Delhi are getting sick from the air pollution, although there is scant data to show it. Air pollution is proven to exacerbate chronic lung ailments, and there is mounting evidence it also leads to stress, coronary diseases and inflammation. “It seems incredible that the politicians and judges living in Delhi would not be worried about how their families and children are suffering from the bad air,” said Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, head of the Public Health Foundation of India. “People have to recognize

the extent of the damage happening. That’s where the outrage will come in. That’s when the action will happen.” This week, Reddy co-chaired the first meeting of a new Health Ministry committee, formed two months ago with academics, officials and health workers, tasked with recommending ways to protect the public from dirty air. Their report is due in a year. Comparing pollution levels between the two megacities, home to a combined 29 million people, seems natural given their iconic status representing Asia’s opportunity and growth. They both have gone through breakneck economic development that has transformed their landscapes within a generation, raising living standards but also spewing out loads of pollution. Decades of policies that favored economic decisions over environmental concerns have taken their toll. Cars now represent the middle-class dream for thousands digging out of poverty, and decades of booming construction has kicked up countless clouds of dust. There are various ways to measure pollution, but comparisons have generally focused on the microscopic particulate matter,

sometimes called black carbon or soot, which can lodge in a person’s lungs and fester over time. In New Delhi, levels of PM 10 — particulate matter that is 10 micrometers in size — have routinely bounced around 400 micrograms per cubic meter the past several months. That’s four times the city’s legal limit of 100, and well above the World Health Organization’s recommended limit of 20. In 2011, the average level rose to about 280. In Beijing, average annual PM 10 levels have declined to just above 100 last year, according to the Center for Science and Environment, a Delhibased research and advocacy group that crunched the official numbers. The Chinese capital is way ahead of its Indian counterpart in terms of in informing citizens about the dangers of pollution. Beijing has launched a health alert system that advises caution on smoggy days, and the term PM 2.5 — particles even smaller than PM 10 and considered more dangerous to health — has become a common part of the vocabulary among citizens, with many checking smartphone apps for the hourly readings.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea threatened Thursday to cancel a reunion later this month of Korean War-divided families because of upcoming U.S.-South Korean military drills, causing frustration in Seoul only one day after the rivals agreed on dates for the emotional meetings. The apparent about-face fits a pattern analysts say North Korea often follows of agreeing to things Seoul covets and then pulling back until Pyongyang gets what it wants — in this case a ratcheting down of the massive military drills by Seoul and Washington that are seen as a huge drain on impoverished North Korea’s military. The rival Koreas decided Wednesday to restart the family reunions, which haven’t been held since 2010, from Feb. 20-25. Before the agreement, many in Seoul were skeptical that Pyongyang would allow the reunions anytime soon because of its anger over the annual springtime military drills that are also scheduled later this month. Pyongyang calls the drills preparation for war, while the allies say the exercises are purely defensive. North Korea has a history of launching provocations and scrapping cooperation accords with South Korea to protest the allies’ springtime drills. The country used last year’s drills as a pretext for churning out near-daily threats, including vows of nuclear war against Seoul and Washington. It also canceled planned family reunions last September after accusing Seoul of preparing for war drills and other hostile acts. On Thursday, the North’s powerful National Defense Commission issued a statement warning that the reunions may not happen if South Korea goes ahead with the drills and continues slandering leader Kim Jong Un. “It would be a nonsense to hold reunions of families and relatives separated due to the past war while extremely dangerous nuclear war drills take place,” an unidentified spokesman for the commission’s policy department said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. The spokesman said North Korea “cannot help reviewing whether to implement” the accord on family reunions if “viciously defaming of our supreme leadership and groundless slandering of our system” continue. North Korea reacts with sensitivity to any perceived negative comments about its leadership, including in South Korea’s vibrant media.

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South Korean Lee Kyun-myoung, 93, right, talks with Red Cross members as he fills out application forms to reunite with his family members living in North Korea, at the Korea Red Cross headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.


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Fat, tattoos: Mannequins get realistic makeover to taking care of the mannequins. That decade also started the trend of mannequins being made in the image of celebrities. The next decade or so ushered in an era of hyper realism, with mannequins showing belly buttons and even back spine indentations, says ChadMichael Morrisette, an expert in mannequin history. But by the late 1980s, the trend moved away from realistic mannequins and toward torsos or mannequins without faces. Now, retailers are doing another about-face. Saks Fifth Avenue, for instance, spent about a decade using mostly mannequins who were headless or faceless. But in the past two years, the luxury retailer has been showcasing more mannequins with hair, makeup and chiseled features.

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DENPASAR - Former Tourism, Post and Telecommunication minister Joop Ave was instrumental in advancing tourism in Indonesia, according to former tourism minister I Gede Ardika.

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In this Dec. 17, 2013 photo, David’s Bridal senior vice president Michele von Plato arranges a dress on a plus-size mannequin. David’s Bridal, the nation’s largest bridal chain, started changing its fit mannequins used to create gowns to reflect the average body.

Shibori: an ancient art now revamped and revisited Associated Press Writer

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This photo provided by Suzusan shows shibori lamp shades from the Suzusan Luminaires collection, Shizuku. Hiroyuki Murase, is the creative director at the Dusseldorf-based Suzusan and the 5th generation of a shibori-making family, that exemplifies both the 3-D possibilities of shibori and the bridge between traditional and new.

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NEW YORK — The mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover. Stores in the U.S. are using more realistic versions of the usually tall, thin, faceless mannequins in their windows and aisles. It’s part of retailers’ efforts to make them look more like the women who wear their clothes. That means not only adding fat and hair, but also experimenting with makeup, wigs and even poses. increasingly buying online, stores are see mannequins as a tool to entice shoppers to buy. Forty-two percent of customers recently polled by market research firm NPD Group Inc. say something on a mannequin influences whether they buy it. In fact, mannequins ranked just behind friends and family in terms of influence. “Mannequins are the quintessential silent sales people,” says Eric Feigenbaum, chair of the visual merchandising department at LIM College, a fashion college in New York City. The first ones were made of wax and melted in the heat and had details like human hair, nipples and porcelain teeth. By the 1960s, stores were investing in hair and makeup teams specifically devoted

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Wings Beachwear’s mannequins in Miami have flower tattoos. The mannequins at American Apparel’s downtown New York City store have pubic hair peeking through their lingerie. And at David’s Bridal, mannequins soon will get thicker waists, saggier breasts and back fat to mimic a more realistic shape. “This will give (a shopper) a better idea of what the dress will look like on her,” says Michele Von Plato, a vice president at the nation’s largest bridal chain. This comes after two decades of stores cutting back on mannequins to save money. Many have been using basic, white, headless, torsos that can cost $300 compared with the more realisticlooking ones that can cost up to $1,500. Now, as shoppers are

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NEW YORK — From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi’s and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft. “The stillness and beauty of it really centers me,” said Oriana DiNella, who recently launched her own Web-based shibori line, including linen tableware, pillows and throws — and large leather wall hangings — all made to order and hand-dyed in organic indigo. “It feels like a rebellion against the fashion movement, where everything seems so fast and disposable,” the New York-based designer explained. Shibori is slow. It takes time, and has been around since about the 8th century. The word comes from the Japanese shiboru, meaning “to wring, squeeze or press.” The technique involves twisting, tying, crumpling, stitching or folding fabric — usually silk or cotton — in various ways, transforming the two-dimensional material into a sculptural, three-dimensional form. This sculptural shape is then traditionally dyed, originally using indigo, although a huge variety of colors and dyes are now used. Sometimes, the same fabric is then twisted in some other way and then dyed again. When the wrappings are removed, the folds and creases where the fabric resisted the dye form distinctive crinkled textures and patterns. A sort of “memory on cloth,” Shibori also encompasses Issey Miyake’s revolutionary pleated clothing, fulling and felting, and other methods of transforming natural fabrics into 3-D shapes. The work of Hiroyuki Murase exemplifies both the 3-D possibilities of shibori and the bridge between traditional and new. Murase grew up in Arimatsu, Japan, where shibori has been done using traditional techniques for 400 years. Today, his array of Luminaires lampshades and haute couture fabrics, designed for the likes of Christian Dior, are the cutting edge of modern shibori.

“Joop Ave, who passed away at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore at the age of 79 on Wednesday, was one of the best sons of Indonesia with high enthusiasm and determination in advancing the world of tourism in the country,” Ardika stated, here on Thursday. He opined that Joop Ave’s death was a great loss to the country since he had been responsible for elevating the image of Indonesia in terms of tourism at an international level. Meanwhile, I Made Sukadana, a tourist guide in Bali, noted that Joop Ave can be called the father of Indonesian tourism because of the breakthrough he brought forth in advancing tourism in the country, particularly in Bali. “The management of Nusa Dua tourist resort that is now popular worldwide, is inseparable from the thoughts and contributions of Joop Ave,” Sukadana noted. Further, he added that Joop Ave was also one of the initiators of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue at Jimbangan area in Badung district.

Sukadana pointed out that during his last days at a villa in Kuta, Joop Ave took time off to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue restoration on August 23, 2013. Born in Yogyakarta on December 5, 1934, Joop Ave, who passed away in Singapore on February 5, was the former Minister of Tourism, Post and Telecommunications during the Fourth Development Cabinet. Mastering three foreign languages namely English, French, and German, he had also been active for 20 years in the field of protocol and as former Director General of Tourism in 1982. Before being appointed as Director General of Tourism in 1982, he served as Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs Department during the period 1978-1982. In addition to serving in the bureaucracy, he also has served as Chairman of the ASEAN Sub-Committee on Tourism from 1983 to 1986 and the PATA Board of Directors from 1984 to 1986.

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The file photo showed Joop Ave received Kriya Pusaka Award from First Lady, Ani Yudhoyono on 2009. Former Tourism, Post and Telecommunication minister Joop Ave was instrumental in advancing tourism in Indonesia, according to former tourism minister I Gede Ardika.

Relative blames food poisoning for 2 Bali deaths Associated Press

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In this Jan. 20, 2014 photo made available on Feb. 5, 2014, family and friends gather for the funeral of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff at the Gatton Baptist Church in Gatton, Australia. Bischoff and her teenage daughter who became ill and died within hours of each other while on vacation on the tourist island of Bali were probably killed by a form of food poisoning, a relative said Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014.

CANBERRA — An Australian woman and her teenage daughter who became ill and died within hours of each other while on vacation on the tourist island of Bali were probably killed by a form of food poisoning, a relative said Wednesday. Hospital nurse manager Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her 14year-old daughter, Yvana, from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland state, died last month less than a day after eating fish at a restaurant on the Indonesian island. Their bodies were returned to the Queensland capital, Brisbane, where autopsies were performed. The mother’s brother, Malcolm Bischoff, said forensic pathologists told the family Tuesday that preliminary results showed both died of scombroid poisoning. The poisoning is caused by high concentrations of histamine — a

compound that triggers allergic reactions — from bacteria in spoiling fish. Malcolm Bischoff said he accepted that conclusion, although he initially suspected foul play. “They said it’s a very rare thing to happen,” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It boils down to them being very unlucky.” “It’s an answer and it seems realistic, so I think we have to go with that because that’s all we have,” he said. The coroner’s office confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the family had been told the “possible causes of death” by forensic pathologists. However, testing had not yet been finalized, the statement said. The mother and daughter became ill in their room at a resort in East Bali on Jan. 3 after eating dinner. Both were dizzy, vomiting and had difficulty breathing. The mother died in an ambulance

on the way to a medical clinic early the next morning, and her daughter died in a clinic about three hours later. There were no other confirmed reports of serious illness at the time from the same restaurant. Steve Hambleton, president of the Australian Medical Association, said scombroid poisoning rarely caused serious illness. “People with asthma ... are more sensitive to histamine and that’s why probably in this case two people with mild asthma showed a very, very, severe reaction,” he told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. “Most people have a relatively mild illness. They show a rash, they show signs of flushing, palpitations, sometimes headaches, abdominal pains, sometimes a sense of anxiety — all of these things, they probably did experience, but their reaction went on to become much more serious,” he said.


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Accident involves junior high school student’s car Two killed, five seriously injured Bali Post

MANGUPURA - Similar traffic accident as involving AQJ, the youngest son of musician Ahmad Dhani, was also committed by a junior high school student of second grader with the initials RNW, 15, on Jalan Raya Lukluk, precisely in front of the Secretariat of Griya Gede Taman at Badung hamlet, Lukluk village, Mengwi, Wednesday morning (Feb 5). The accident killed two motorcyclists and seriously injured five others, where one of them was a 1.2-year old toddler. The accident occurred because the culprit was speeding from the north direction by driving black New CRV vehicle with license plate DK 658 AE and crashed into three motorcycles and one public transport moving from the opposite direction. The driver of Chevrolet public transport with license plate DK 1624 QQ becoming the victim of the accident, I Wayan Dirga, said that a few minutes before the incident he dropped a passenger. Suddenly, the New CRV vehicle slid from the north at high speed and crashed into two motorcycles existing in front of him. “Initially, I saw the CRV vehicle crashing into two motorcycles existing in the front,” he said. After that, the black luxury vehicle swerved to the east of the road and hit the muzzle of the public transport remaining to carry two passengers. “Right side door of my vehicle was crashed by the luxury car,” he said. Traffic Affairs Chief of Badung Police, I Wayan Sudita, said the accident started when the vehicle driven by RNW slid from the north to the south leading to her school at Tegal Jaya area, Dalung. Meanwhile, his private driver Hapit, 35, sat on the side seat. “Allegedly RNW

has insisted on driving the vehicle, whereas she has been with a driver in the vehicle. However, the driver was possibly afraid of the boss’s daughter, the driver just agreed what to be asked,” he said. Sudita said the student of junior high school of the second grader from Mengwi was alleged not to be adept yet at driving because the vehicle swerved and passed the midpoint of the road. However, she was still driving the vehicle at high speed, even overtaking two motorcycles in front of her. “Allegedly RNW was not adept yet because some witnesses saw if the new CRV vehicle swerved from the north,” he said. When arriving in front of the Secretariat of Griya Taman Gede Lukluk, said Unit Chief, the vehicle hit three motorcycles namely Honda Vario with license plate DK 8574 FQ ridden by I Wayan Epan Saputra, 22, from Perang Alas hamlet, Lukluk. Ironically, it also hit a Suzuki Shogun with license plate DK 5974 CZ ridden by Manap, 46, piggybacking his wife Nur Lila M, 40, who was holding her 1.2year old daughter named Nasilatul Mofiroh, from Gucialit village, Lumajang, East Java. “The vehicle hit three motorcycles and one vehicle,” he said. After that, the vehicle hit the muzzle of Chevrolet public transportation with license

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The police officer is showing the damage car which was involved in the accident plate DK 1624 QQ driven by I Wayan Dirga, 46, from Keranjung hamlet, Sembung village, Mengwi, and Yamaha Jupiter MX with license plate DK 6450 IG ridden by Putu Muliartha Yoga, 18, piggybacking his sister Ni Made Merta Dewi,14, resident of BTN Merta Anyar, Lukluk,” he said while adding that the CRV vehicle sustained damage to the right side body, front and rear tire, broken windshield and dented muzzle. Due to such accident, the Honda Vario motorcycle was seriously wrecked, while condition of two other motor vehicles was not as severe as the other vehicle. However, the rider of Honda Vario working as a security guard, I Wayan Epan Sapu-

tra, 22, died on the spot due to a broken rear head. “The incident claimed on victim, while the others suffered serious injuries and have been rushed to Badung Hospital, including a toddler who got injured in the forehead,” he explained. Meanwhile, a resident at the scene told there were no witnesses around the location seeing the chronological occurrence. It happened because the traffic condition was crowded. “However, after I heard banging noises, the residents flocked to the location. I saw some victims have been lying in the middle of the road. A victim bled much from the head to splatter on the road,” said one of the residents. (nik)

Fire at petrol station, two victims suffer burns Bali Post

DENPASAR - Residents in the vicinity of Jalan Tukad Pakerisan, Panjer, South Denpasar, were shocked by fire incident, Wednesday morning (Feb 5). The petrol station owned by Ida Bagus Keniten, 50, was almost totally burned out. As a result, two people, namely the local employee I Nyoman Sudita alias Ateng, 37, and customer Wayan Budiantara, 36, suffered burns. They were immediately rushed to Sanglah Hospital for treatment. Information gathered at the scene told if the

incident happened around 09:00 a.m. Starting when the victim Budiantara purchased petrol at the station. By riding a Honda Vario motorcycle with license plate DK2840 CK, he turned off the engine. Meanwhile, the employee filling in the petrol was Ateng. The filling of fuel had been done according to procedure. “Engine of the motorcycle is turned off,” said one of the residents at the scene. Once the tank was filled, there was a spill because it was full. Budiantara was not suspicious at all if his motorcycle would burn out. Once the ignition was turned on, a spark was

suddenly seen in the motorcycle. Quickly, the fire soared and grabbed two victims. Such sudden and unexpected incident caused residents who happened to purchase petrol at the location immediately gave a help. The other petrol station employees directly took the existing light fire extinguishers. In an instant, the fire could be extinguished. However, the two victims suffered serious enough burns. They were then rushed to Sanglah Hospital to get medical care. Other than both victims, ceiling of the petrol station also looked blazing, but only a little. “Fortunately, the fire could be

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quickly extinguished. Otherwise, the petrol station could explode,” he said. A number of officers of South Denpasar Police directly came to the scene to conduct further investigation. Several witnesses had been testified. So far, the officers were still investigating the cause of fire. Criminal Detective Chief of South Denpasar Police, Ngurah Yudhisthira, said both victims were being treated at Sanglah Hospital. Regarding the cause, his party remained to elaborate the investigation. “We are still investigating the cause of fire,” he said. (kmb21)

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Hard Rock win Travelers’ Choice Award IBP

KUTA - Hard Rock Hotel Bali announced that it has been named a winner in the Top 25 Hotels for Families in Indonesia category in the 2014 Travelers’ Choice® awards, coming in 16th out of 25. In the 12th year of the awards, the world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels. “We are very proud to be in this prestigious list once again. We could not thank our guests and reviewers enough for sharing the kind words and more importantly, inviting others to experience Hard Rock Hotel Bali. Situated in the heart of Bali’s renowned Kuta Beach, Hard Rock Hotel Bali is the perfect choice for families to be entertained day and night at Lil’ Rock Kids Club for kids aged 3 to 12 years old or TABU Family Entertainment Center for teenagers and family” said Andrew Khoo, M.I.H, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Bali. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe. “We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”

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Calendar Event for January 1 through February 26, 2014 1 Jan Buda Kliwon Matal, Kajeng Kliwon And Tilem Sasih Kenam Pura Desa Sukawati Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Gelgel Bebetin Pura Maspahit Sesetan Pura Padharman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih 11 Jan Tumpek Kandang Pura Desa Gianyar Pura Luhur Dalem Sagening Kediri Tabanan Pura Sang Hyang Tegal Tegalalang 15 Jan Purnama Sasih Kapitu Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Pura Puseh Manakaji Peninjauan Bangli Pura Taman Limut Pengosekan Mas Ubud Pura Benua Besakih Pura Gunung Rena Sidemen Karangasem Pura Pasek Gelgel Abadi Karangasem Pura Pucak Gunung Mangun Kubu Karangasem 16 Jan Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan 17 Jan Hari Bhatara Sri 21 Jan Anggara Kasih Prangbakat Pura Bukit Buluh Gunaksa Klungkung Pura Tirtha Sidamala Bebalang Bangli Pura Gunung Pangsong Lombok Pura Dalem Benawah Gianyar Pura Dalem Bitra Gianyar Pura Pura Hyang Haluh/Jenggala Besakih

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19 Feb Buda Cemeng Kelawu Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran ped Nusa Penida Pura Gaduhan Jagat Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Kelungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Kedonganan Kuta Pura Guwa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih Pura Jati Ubud Pura Melanting Ubud Pura Dalem Peed Nusa Penida Pura Sad Kayangan Nusa Penida Pura Penataran Agung Gunung Karangasem

30 Jan Tilem Sasih Kepitu Pura Buana Kawan Besakih Pura Ulun Kulkul Besakih 31 Jan Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan 5 Feb Buda Kliwon Ugu Pura Dalem Tarukan Peninjauan Tembuku Bangli Pura Pemayun Banyuning Tengah Buleleng Pura Kayangan Tiga Seririt Buleleng Pura Agung Gunung Raung Taro Tegalalang 6 Feb Pura Dalem Puri Besakih 14 Feb Purnama Sasih Kawulu Pura Dalem Batur Bangli Pura Ida Ratu Pasek Besakih Pura Dalem Suci Sidemen Karangasem Pura Buana Kawan Besakih 15 Feb Tumpek Wayang & Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan Pura Majapahit Jembrana Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Pura Pedarman Dalem Sukawati Besakih Pura Pedarman Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarman Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarman Dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Pedarman Dinasti Dalem Besakih

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


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DALLAS — As part of an Allied mission tasked with saving works of art during World War II, a homesick James Rorimer told his wife in a December 1944 letter from liberated Paris that he was working hard but worried about how much he was achieving. “But I’m here to save works of art and that is what really matters,” he wrote. Rorimer, then 39 and a curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, went on to carry out his mission successfully, helping to discover where works of art looted by the Nazis were tucked away across Europe. He was a leading figure in a group of 350 men and women from Allied countries attached to the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section. In the new movie “The Monuments Men,” Matt Damon portrays a character inspired by the real-life Rorimer, who died in 1966 at age 60. “He was fighting for the art,” said daughter Anne Rorimer. His contributions included helping discover works of art looted from German museums that were stored in Germany’s Heilbronn mines and helping to establish the Munich Collecting Point where works were received, processed and then restituted after the war. The Monuments Men included ar-

chitects, artists, curators and museum directors. The Harvard-educated Rorimer went on to become director of the Metropolitan Museum after the war. Robert Edsel, the Dallas-based author who wrote the book the movie is based on, said Rorimer was “always a whirlwind of activity.” One of Rorimer’s major feats was gaining the trust of Rose Valland, the French art expert who had been allowed to stay behind at Paris’ Jeu de Paume after the Nazis made it the base for their looting operation. Valland, who unbeknownst to the Nazis spoke German, managed to keep track of where the works — most stolen from Jewish families in France — were being sent. But Valland, who inspired the character played by Cate Blanchett, was not going to easily give up her information. Living in Nazi-occupied Paris had made her wary, even of her fellow country-

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A total of 34 of 67 hotels and restaurants located throughout the tourism area of Penelokan, Kintamani, are closed.

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This undated publicity photo provided by Sony Pictures Publicity shows actor Matt Damon in a scene from the Columbia Pictures film “The Monuments Men.” Damon portrays James Rorimer who was one of a group of men tasked with saving works of art during World War II. men, and she wanted to know that she was giving the information to someone who would help return the works to their rightful owners. “Valland’s watching everything that Rorimer’s doing,” said Edsel. “What evolves between the two of them is this dance ... She’s testing him. She’s trying to find out where his loyalties lie.”

Ghostwriter, lauded composer part after admission

TOKYO — The ghostwriter of famous musical scores credited to Mamoru Samuragochi says he saw no evidence the deaf Japanese composer was unable to hear. Samuragochi has been lauded as Japan’s Beethoven for composing music despite a severe hearing impairment. But he admitted Wednesday that he did not write “Hiroshima Symphony” and other works credited to him. Ghostwriter Takashi Niigaki said Thursday that he worked with Samuragochi for 18 years but got fed up and refused last year to continue the collaboration. Niigaki said he hopes to continue composing and performing despite the uproar. Japanese media reported that Olympic figure skater Daisuke Takahashi will use the Samuragochi arrangement “Sonatina for Violin” for his short program at the Sochi Olympics despite the disclosure that it was actually composed by Niigaki.

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Takashi Niigaki, ghost writer of well known deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi, a composer Japanese have likened to Beethoven for supposedly composing music despite a severe hearing impairment, answers a question during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Empty of visitors

Dozens of hotels and restaurants in Kintamani close

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BANGLI - A total of 34 of 67 hotels and restaurants located throughout the tourism area of Penelokan, Kintamani, are closed. Empty tourist arrival is suspected to become one of the causes for the closure of those hotels and restaurants. Even, among the surviving properties some of which are in sluggish condition. The Head of Bangli Revenue Service Ketut Riang said the closure of dozens of hotels and restaurants posing his taxpayers were alleged to have not been robust in the face of tariff war implemented by the hotel and restaurant businesses due to lonely tourist arrivals. In addition, many restaurants in the area went bankrupt because the magnificent views on offer to visitors were hampered by restaurant buildings established on the east side of the road. As a result, the restaurant established on the west side of the road could not enjoy the views so they no longer had an appeal. Riang had confidence that such condition denoted the real impact of the presence of many buildings proliferating

in the ravine border of the eastern side of the road. “Aside from tariff war, the bankruptcy of restaurants was also triggered by the establishment of buildings on the right side of the road from the Bangli direction,” said Riang. Though having been closed, a number of hotels and restaurants had not paid their hotel and restaurant tax (PHR). Riang said the tax arrears totally amounted to IDR 1 billion and had been admitted as the finding of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK). Based the rules, the tax arrears reached tens of years could be exempted through the legal instrument in the form of Regional Bylaw (Perda). The plan of making Regional Bylaw on the exemption, said Riang, was at issue in 2007. However, since there was

disagreement in the Legal Division, the exemption against the delinquent tax was stagnant so far and was not resumed. The Supreme Audit Agency, according to Riang, also gave the same advice. The uncollectible tax arrears should be exempted in accordance with the age of the receivables. “By all means, the exemption should comply with several criteria including whether the company is still in operation,” he said. Meanwhile, the tax arrears of surviving hotels and restaurants would be handled in collaboration with the attorney. All this time, various measures had been taken by the Bangli Revenue Service to collect the hotel and restaurant tax arrears. Even, since the year 2013, the Revenue Service had involved the attorney for charging tax arrears to the entrepreneurs that had not complied with their obligation. Unfortunately, despite being repeatedly charged, most owners denoting local businessmen could not have paid off their overall tax arrears. (ina)

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