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Australian burger chain settles dispute with Crocodile Dundee actor SYDNEY - Australian burger chain Grill’d has paid A$20,000 ($15,640) to actor Paul Hogan and a charity to settle a dispute over the use of one the “Crocodile Dundee” actor’s most famous lines, his lawyer said on Thursday. Hogan filed a lawsuit against the restaurant group in the Federal Court in December, accusing Grill’d of “misleading or deceptive conduct” by associating themselves with the Hogan brand without consent. Grill’d had used a variation of the line “That’s not a knife...that’s a knife” from the 1986 movie “Crocodile Dundee” on the paper sleeves covering its knives. Hogan both co-wrote and starred in “Crocodile Dundee”, the tale of an Australian bushman at home in the outback who finds himself a fish out of water in New York. The movie was a commercial and critical hit, garnering the Australian actor a Golden Globe Award for best actor and an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. Hogan’s lawyer, Andrew Rich-

ardson, told Reuters that Grill’d had agreed to withdraw the controversial sleeves at all their outlets, pay Hogan A$10,000 for his legal costs, and donate another A$10,000 to the charity Cure Cancer Australia. “We are pleased to have settled this issue with Paul Hogan and proud to donate the money to Cure Cancer, and such a worthwhile cause,” Grill’d director Simon Crowe said in emailed statement. Hogan, a longtime supporter of Cure Cancer Australia, said the donation was chosen because cancer is one of the country’s leading causes of death. “We need to do everything we can to support Australia’s brilliant emerging scientists,” he said in a statement posted on the charity’s website. Hogan popped up in a spoof trailer for a remake of the original movie, alongside current Australian stars in Hollywood Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie, during Sunday’s U.S. Super Bowl. The ad was part of Tourism Australia’s multimillion dollar campaign in the United States. (rtr)

Robin Williams gestures during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association Cable summer press tour in Pasadena, California, U.S., July 30, 2009.

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Snow blankets Paris and northern France, transport disrupted

PARIS - Heavy snowfall across northern France overnight caused widespread travel disruption on Wednesday with hundreds of motorists spending the night in their cars and around 700 travellers sleeping in two Paris train stations. French authorities set up makeshift shelters at roadsides across the Paris region, near Orly airport to the south of the capital and at the Austerlitz and Montparnasse stations in the city. In all, around 1,500 people had to be sheltered between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Robin Williams’ death linked to rise in copycat suicides

Some flights were cancelled at Orly, according to the airport’s travel information. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said authorities had worked to prevent travel chaos as much as possible but that grit on roads was not effective with heavy dumpings of snow. “We’re facing an exceptional episode,” he told RTL radio, ward-

ing off calls to overhaul France’s transport network. “We’re not going to adapt our infrastructure for an exceptional occurrence, for two big snowfalls that happen every four or five years.” At least 15 cm of snow fell around the capital’s outlying suburbs, the biggest dump since 2013, the government said.

For children and the more adventurous, the weather was a godsend: some carted skis to the top of Montmartre, the steep hill in northern Paris where the Sacre Coeur is located, while impromptu snowball fights erupted on the way to schools. But mostly it caused disruption for tourists and commuters. The Eiffel Tower was shut to visi-

tors on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the heaviest snowfall, and Parisians were braced for several more days of snowstorms and freezing temperatures, with forecasts of -7 degrees centigrade on Thursday night. Regional train services were interrupted, leaving many commuters outside Paris stranded, while inner-city bus services were cancelled and some metro lines heavily disrupted. In L’Etang-la-Ville, a village 20 km west of Paris, people arrived at the station to find the tracks buried under snow and scant information on whether there would be any services.

“They’re saying the trains are running at a reduced speed. But they’re lying, there are no trains,” said IT technician Jean-Michel Blanchet, blaming weak investment in regional rail networks for a lack of snow-clearing equipment. (rtr) News can also be heard in “Bali Image” at Global Radio FM 96.5 from 9.30 until 10.00 am. Listen to Global Radio FM at http:// globalfmbali.listen2myradio.com or live video streaming at http:// radioglobalfmbali.com and http:// ustream.tv/channel/global-fm-bali.

LOS ANGELES - Suicide rates in the United States spiked almost 10 percent following the death in 2014 of actor Robin Williams, and spiked even more among men and those who ended their lives, like Williams, by suffocation, according to a study published on Wednesday.

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Australian actor Paul Hogan arrives during the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles, California, January 11, 2014.

The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, found that in the five months from August to December 2104 some 18,690 deaths by suicide were recorded - an increase of 9.85 percent from the expected number of cases for the period. Williams, the Oscar-winning star of “Good Morning, Vietnam” who was beloved for his humor, died in August 2014 at age 63 in a suicide that shocked fans worldwide. Authorities said he died of asphyxia after hanging himself at his home in northern California. An autopsy found that Williams was suffering from Lew body dementia, which causes a progressive decline

in mental ability. Suicides following Williams’ death rose by 12.9 percent in men aged 30-44, and the study found a 32 percent increase in the number of deaths from suffocation. Although the study could not prove a definitive link, it said there appeared to be a connection. Extensive media coverage of Williams’ death “might have proved the necessary stimulus for high-risk segments of the U.S. population (e.g. middle-aged men in despair) to move from suicidal ideation to attempt.” While the effects of widely reported celebrity suicides have previously been linked to increases

in the wider population, the study said media coverage of Williams’ suicide was particularly detailed and sensational and was amplified through social media. The suicide in 1994 of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, for example, appeared to have a minimal impact on suicide rates in his Seattle home town, partly because of more restricted reporting, the study said. “The media industry can positively or negatively influence imitation suicides,” the study said. “Popular news media headlines suggest that media guidelines for suicide reporting were not followed in the case of Mr. Williams.” (rtr)

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Improving quality of local beef

DENPASAR - Quality of local beef is much different when compared to that of imported beef. This matter causes hotel, restaurant and catering business in Bali to prefer the use of imported beef instead of local beef. However, the efforts to improve the quality of beef to be equal to that of imported beef can still be done. Thus, local market opportunities and the empowerment of local resources can be utilized by tourism sector.

A professor at Faculty of Agriculture, Udayana University, Prof. Dr. I Nyoman Sucipta, said that based on his experience on cattle post-harvest, improving the quality of local beef can be done by improving the texture of beef enzymatically by using plants containing papain and bromelain enzyme. Meanwhile, papain enzyme is usually obtained from papaya sap taken from young fruits and leaves, while bromelain can be obtained from pineapple flesh. “It’s commonly done, while some people use artificial papain enzymes,” said Prof. Sucipta, on Wednesday (Feb. 7). Prof. Sucipta said that imported beef is better than local beef. Aside from having been enriched with enzymes, the imported beef is also slaughtered at young age. This happens because the animals slaughter at younger age will have much better texture than the old ones. Meanwhile, breeders in Bali have a habit to sell their cattle at the optimum age with the optimum weight. This happens because the weight increase of Bali cattle is slower than imported cattle. “Bali cattle grow slowly because the breeders only take it as a sideline basis. In addition, their fodder is less nutritious due to the absence of concentrate use,” he said. An agriculture observer, Djaya Wirata, said that improving the quality of local beef is not difficult. Moreover, Bali has a university engaged in the field of animal husbandry, such as Faculty of Agriculture at Udayana University. Surely the livestock experts are available although the technology has not yet been

able to do so. “The government can send the experts or livestock scientists to study overseas about it (improving the quality of beef), although the application is not easy due to non-supportive climate. The government must involve practitioners or experts or experienced people in various activities to achieve maximum results,” he said. In addition, synergy with various stakeholders should also be done in an integrated manner. Thus, the purposes of the program can be realized to the fullest. “In essence, whatever we do must be integrated. It should not be carried out individually and pragmatically. We are often weak in building networks, so that outside parties will more quickly capture the opportunities available. In this case, the government is crucial in terms of creating a climate for all so that they can run in line with expectations, especially because Bali is very rich in resources. Now, it will highly depend on political will of the leaders to use it,” he concluded. (win)

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Local products must comply with standards

DENPASAR - Hotel management does not mind using local products. Moreover, it strongly supports the use of local products. However, some obstacles are often experienced so that the use of imported products becomes a preferred option. Chairman of the Indonesia Hotel General Manager Association (IHGMA) of Bali, Nyoman Astama, said the existence of tourism should accordingly provide direct benefits for local communities. It includes in the provision of food ingredients for guests staying at hotel. “It is time for local products to be supplied to hotels,” he said on Wednesday (Feb. 7) However, in providing food services for guests, the hotels must also meet the hygiene and sanitation standards as specified by relevant agencies. “We have regularly undergone a test every six months conducted by the Health Agency,” he said. He did not want to take any risks if there is problem with hygiene and sanitation. Surely, it will have bad impact on the tourism image of Bali and even Indonesia. In addition to the compliance with health standards, the compliance with ingredients for hotels should also meet the criteria. Quality of the ingredients must be in accordance with the specified criteria, the price is competitive or even lower if transferred to new supplier, so the continuity of

the ingredient supply will run sustainably. “Frequently, the first and second criteria can be met, but the availability of ingredients is not continuous. This is the problem,” he said. In compliance with established standards and quality, the suppliers should consult with government agencies on the national standard of Indonesian that should be used as reference. Policymakers should also provide assistance and regular training so that suppliers can improve the quality of the ingredients. With the presence of technological advancement, suppliers can also easily access information on ingredient standards that must be met in accordance with applicable regulations. Currently, 75-80 percent of hotels becoming the members of the IHGMA in Bali have been using local products, unless the products are not available. General Manager of The Vasini, Suartaya, said that local meat is cheaper in terms of price and the procurement can be carried out quickly. However, in terms of quality it still needs to be improved. According to him, to get a good meat quality, poultry breeding should be improved before slaughtering. For instance, their fodder and sanitation of their cage should well maintained et cetera. (kmb42)

After calming down all day, Mt. Agung exudes blast again

AMLAPURA - Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) released that the volcanic activities of Mount Agung decreased significantly. Throughout Tuesday (Feb. 6), the monitoring tool did not even record any activities of either earthquake or continuous tremor as it usually happened. The activities of the mountain with the altitude of 3,142 meters showed a slight increase on Wednesday (Feb. 7) marked by the occurrence of three times the blast. The first blast was recorded during the period of 00:00 to 06:00 with amplitude 13 mm for 40 seconds. During the period

were also recorded three shallow volcanic earthquakes, four deep volcanic earthquakes and one distant tectonic earthquake. The second blast was recorded in the period of 06:00 to 12:00. During which was recorded two times shallow volcanic earthquake with 12-15 mm amplitude for 20-25 seconds. Then, the third blast was recorded during the period of 12:00 to 18:00 with a 16-mm amplitude for 65 seconds. Though volcanic activities declined, Mount Agung remains in warning alert level to an estimated radius of 6 km from the top of the mountain. Re-emergence of the blast began to occur on Monday (Feb. 5)

after no volcanic activities were recorded for several days previously. Seismograph at Rendang village observation post, Rendang, on that day recorded blast and seismicity for several times. Head of the PVMBG, I Gede Suantika, acknowledged that volcanic activities of Mount Agung have decreased considerably. In terms of seismicity, volcanic activities of Mount Agung even decreased dramatically when compared to the period of December 2017. The re-occurrence of earthquake, according to him, is a natural thing considering the current status of Mount Agung remains in warning or level IV. “All this time, the tectonic earthquake

and micro earthquake centered at Batulompeh, Kubu. At the end of January, the number of seismicity greatly decreased. Within a few days, there is not even an earthquake monitored by the monitoring equipment,” he explained. Seeing the very drastic drop of seismicity, Suantika admitted there is a possibility that the status of Mount Agung is lowered. According to him, the level of seismicity is one of the parameters used in determining the decline of volcanic status. Besides, the possibility of Mount Agung to become normal is very large. The potential refers to other data like the deformation gauge known to no longer record any bubbles

on the body of Mount Agung. The body even tends to experience deflation. Similarly, percentage of volcanic gas emissions began to decline as well. The development of Mount Agung condition will be discussed in the evaluation meeting in the near future. Reduction of volcanic activities also affects the vegetation conditions on the slopes of Mount Agung. Secretary of the Mount Agung slope area brotherhood (Pasebaya), I Wayan Suara Arsana, said that currently the withering vegetation due to volcanic ashes has begun to grow. “Around the area of Pasar Agung Temple at Sebudi, trees have started to have green leaves,” he said. (117)

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INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT WIDHYA ASIH AND BALI LIFE FOUNDATION ORPHANAGE Friday February 9 11:00-15:00 Art for BARC Ubud Gallery, Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud 19:30-22:30 Friday Nights with Antonio Trio Siberia Restaurant Jln. Dropped 7 Denpasar 19:00-22:00 Kanda Jazz Night-Plaga Sangria Kanda Restaurant Jl. Kanda no 8A, Denpasar 19:00-22:00 Latin Fever Birdhouse Beach Club Jl.. Sugar Ayu, Sanur Saturday February 10 20:00-23:00 Night Moves at Potato Head Potato Head Beach Club Bali Badung 17:00-19:00 Sunset Salsa on the Beach Genius Cafe - Home to the Entrepreneur Beach Club Mertasari Beach, Sanur 16:00-17:00 Cupping is Believing Kofi Kultur Rum Sanur Creative hi Jalan Danau Poso no 51A, Sanur 10:00-17:00 Yoga & Ayurveda Chakra Yoga Shala Jl Chempaka Putih Br. Penestanan Kaja Ubud Sunday February 11 9:00-16:00 Entrepreneur First Step Workshop INBIS TOHPATI Jl. WR. Supratman, no 302 Denpasar 7:00-21:00 Sunday Funday! Genius Cafe- Home to the Entrepreneur Beach Club Mertasari Beach Sanur 14:00-16:00 Sooner Inspiring VOl4: Pimp your Arak Jalan Danau Poso no. 15 Sanur

Guests at InterContinental Bali Resort have once again made a significant contribution to support the lives of disadvantaged children through the Resort’s annual fundraising campaign to help Widhya Asih & Bali Life Foundation Orphanage. Every year, the Resort raises funds to purchase essential necessities for the children, such as clothing, toiletries and nutritious food. Widhya Asih is a Christian-based non-profit social agency in Bali that helps eliminate poverty through education. The Foundation manages six children’s homes around Bali. The children and young adults, ranging in age from 4 to 22, come from extremely impoverished families, or are the victims of violence or exploitation. Widhya Asih means “Knowledge

with Love.” By providing safe and hygienic living space, nourishing food, access to formal education, quality health care, and additional training in wholesome values and productive life skills, the Foundation teaches and helps impoverished people to break away from the cycle of poverty. Similar to Widhya Asih, Bali Life Foundation strives to provide love and care to those in Bali who are disillusioned and disadvantaged, with the aim of giving them hope, dignity and purpose. The home was built in November 2006 and the Bali Life family has grown steadily over the years, now housing 42 children from a variety of backgrounds and places in Indonesia. Bali Life recognises the need to provide the practical skills that the children need, which will allow each of them to find a good job when the time comes to leave. This has led to the development of a training workshop programme where the children learn English, IT, agriculture, cooking, music, art, dance and sport. InterContinental Bali Resort’s 2017 Christmas fundraising initiative was a joint hotel-guest activity in which hotel guests, visitors and staff were invited to contribute a minimum US$10 cash donation and take home a Christmas pouch as a memento of their support for the underprivileged children of Bali. The pouches, which were handmade by the children of Widhya Asih orphanage house, were displayed throughout the festive season next to Santa’s Corner at InterContinental Bali Resort. The children also made Christmas Stockings, which were purchased by the Resort and then placed in each of the rooms on Christmas Eve as a unique turn-down amenity. ­­­­Guests had the opportunity to see the children from Widhya Asih and Bali Life Foundation when the youngsters sang carols in the Lobby on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The amount of cash raised was matched by InterContinental Bali Resort, and a total donation of IDR 10.850.800 was presented to Widhya Asih and Bali Life Foundation on 1 and 2 February 2018. “All children deserve to have hope and a place to call home. Our ongoing commitment to raise funds for the foundation and interact with the children of the orphanage will help open doors to a better world for them in the future”, said Michael Koth, General Manager of InterContinental Bali Resort.”


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New York Fashion Week 2018

NEW YORK - New York Fashion Week begins this week, kicking off the month long runway extravaganza that sees the fashion industry relocate first to (mostly) Manhattan, followed by London, Milan and finally, Paris. As ever, the schedule has seen reshuffles and last minute shifts and there are set to be plenty of supermodel appearences and celebrity sightings throughout the week. New York Fashion Week actually began on February 5th - this season the men’s shows toggled on to the beginning of the week. The official women’s programme starts on 8th February, running until next Wednesday 14th, with the majority of designers unveiling their Au-

tumn/Winter ‘18 collections, which will land on store rails (and into our wardrobes) in the early Autumn. Though the label is no longer opening proceedings, all eyes will be on Calvin Klein. Helmed by Raf Simons, the collection is likely to combine a starry front row- the Kardashian- Jenners starred in the label’s recent underwear campaignwith Americana-tinged talking points; cowboy boots, vinyl-coated jackets and feather cocktail dresses have all been reimagined by Simons in the past. For the first time, Bottega Veneta is showing in New York, rather than Milan, its historic home. The move chimes with a store opening on

Madison Avenue and the launch of a New York capsule collection of accessories- expect a stellar runway, hotly tipped to include Gigi and Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Lauren Hutton, among others. The rest of the week sees Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and the usual closing extravaganza from NY stalwart, Marc Jacobs on the 14th. We’ve got our eye on Alexander Wang (10th), showing on this schedule for the last time before moving

the the CDFA’s June and December programme which fits better with its ‘buy-now-wear-now model’. And the #MeToo movement is being marked with a dedicated show on February 9th organised by campaigner Myriam Chalek - it’s likely to be a theme that is referenced in numerous shows this fashion month. What’s new this season?

Making its debut on the New York schedule is Juicy Couture. Yes, the label which dressed Nicole Ritchie, Paris Hilton, Coleen Rooney and more in velour tracksuits in the noughties is making a comeback under the creative direction of Jamie Mizrahi, the stylist who has masterminded red carpet strategies for Katy Perry, Riley Keough and more. Can it ever be cool again? Aussie label Alice McCall will also show for the first time - the label has gone from strength to strength in recent months - with Stella Maxwell fronting the SS18 campaign and being worn by celebrities from Beyonce to Kaia Gerber. Victoria Beckham, one of the week’s hot tickets, is eschewing a big runway show in favour of mini show presentations on the Upper East Side. Beckham is returning the the more intimate style shows she ran when her label first launched.

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Like Beckham, several labels are opting for a more casual setting, including Gabriela Hearst, Derek Lam and J.Mendel. Who’s doing it differently?

Victoria Beckham, one of the week’s hot tickets, is eschewing a big runway show in favour of mini show presentations on the Upper East Side. Beckham is returning the the more intimate style shows she ran when her label first launched. Like Beckham, several labels are opting for a more casual setting, including Gabriela Hearst, Derek Lam and J.Mendel. Some brands are abandoning a traditional ‘show’ environment altogether. Rodarte, who showed last season’s collection at Paris couture week in the summer, have this season forgone a physical showcase entirely, in favour of a lookbook style collection unveiling, featuring a pregnant Kirsten Dunst alongside a host of other notable names, and friends of the brand. (net)

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So far the registration of mangosteen orchards in Tabanan has not been completed because the requirements have not been completed by farmers.

Mangosteen orchard unqualified for requirements, Farmers may be unable to export

TABANAN — Indonesia’s mangosteen export to China has now been reopened. However, in order to export, the farmers’ mangosteen orchard must be registered. Unfortunately, although the harvest season is getting near, so far the registration of mangosteen orchards in Tabanan has not been completed because the requirements have not been completed by farmers. Division Head of Production and Horticulture Development at the Tabanan Agriculture Agency, I Wayan Suandra, said on Tuesday (Feb. 6) that Tabanan has 90 registered orchards. Unfortunately, this registration already expired in 2016 so they need renewal. Although it was delayed for a year, in 2018 a total of 90 mangosteen orchards have made renewal registration. However, this process has not been completed as hampered by incomplete requirements. This condition is feared to hamper farmers from exporting their mangosteen that will be harvested in February. “Completeness for examination in each group is not ready, especially the administration such as the standard operating procedures (SOP) and map of each group. Therefore, the mangosteen orchard has not received renewal registration,” explained Suandra. Tabanan currently has 90 registered orchards with varying areas. The orchards belong to several farmer groups namely the

Mengesta Sari Group (23), Tunas Mekar Group (20), Pala Sari Group (27) and Amerta Manik Group (20). These farmer groups are under one Gapoktan namely Mundeh Sari farmer groups alliance (Gapoktan) of Mundeh Kangin village, West Selemadeg. Suandra explained that in 2011 Tabanan only had 30 registered orchards and then increased to 50 in 2012 and increased again to 90 in 2013 until now. Farmers did not make renewal of their registration although it already expired in 2016. This happened because the central government no longer born the funding for the orchard registration that year. Due to high cost, farmers preferred not to register and that year the export of mangosteen to China has not been re-opened. “Now, the export has been reopened so the farmers regain their eagerness to submit their orchard certification. Actually, it has been done from 2017 but until now the requirements have not been complete,” said Suandra. Regarding the financing, it is carried out independently and mutual assistance among the members of Mundeh Kangin farmer group. Hopefully, the specified requirements can have been completed so that the renewal process of the orchard registration can be implemented and completed and the farmers can export their mangosteen in 2018. (kmb24)

SEMARAPURA — The intensity of rain flushing the area of Klungkung district has not impacted on the tourist visit to Nusa Penida islands. This is indicated by the room occupancy rate of hotels this month tending to be stable at 65 percent. “So far, there is not problem on crossing. It is not affected by weather condition,” said Secretary of the Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) of Klungkung, I Wayan Sukadana, on Tuesday (Feb. 6). He delivered that tourists staying overnight are dominated by Chinese guests. This happens due to the Lunar New Year celebration holiday. Meanwhile, the European guests are estimated to start arriving next April. “This tourism has a phase. Each country has a different holiday period,” he explained. In the same month of 2017, the room occupancy rate

touched 78 percent. This happened due to the absence of Mount Agung eruption. “The tourist visit has not fully recovered, unlike last year,” said this Director of Nusa Kertha Kosala (PDNKK) region-owned enterprise of Klungkung. Hotel’s room rate, he continued, has not been raised according to normal rates. If it is done, it is feared to affect the occupancy rate; especially in Nusa Penida, that is frequently taken advantage as a stopover object by tourists traveling in groups lately. “Commonly, the groups have owned a package. So, they just stop by in Nusa Penida. After that, they will be back and stay in another area. On the contrary, European tourists prefer to have their own individual trip so they can directly stay here,” he explained. To boost tourist arrivals, this man from Suana village, Nusa Penida, claimed to have intensified the promotion through website and travel agencies. “Our promotion keeps going on,” he added. (kmb45)

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The intensity of rain flushing the area of Klungkung district has not impacted on the tourist visit to Nusa Penida islands.


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Merchants urge realization of Sukawati Market revitalization

North Korea says no U.S. talks planned at Olympics as Pence heads for Seoul

GIANYAR — The rain accompanied with strong winds frequently occurred lately makes a number of merchants in Sukawati Market worried. Although the building looks sturdy from outside, when viewed carefully, many of the roofs have come off and leaked. Not infrequently, a number of blocks in the market leak during heavy rain. They cannot do much, just save the merchandise and place a small bucket to just hold the leaking water. The merchants also hoped local government through relevant agencies to immediately realize the renovation of the market buildings widely issued to be implemented this year. As reported by Ni Nyoman, 55, a merchant from Sukawati, since she has sold clothes for decades at Sukawati market, she never sees the building being renovated. “The building has been long enough, but remains strong. Only the roof experiences damages,” she explained. Similar opinion was conveyed by other merchants where they hoped the repair of the building will also restore the existing artistic values. “Do not be like this time. It gives chaotic impression in terms of arrangement and merchants are also allowed to peddle on the pavement,” he said. A number of merchants also suggested if the budget for repair is small, at least the repair can be focused on the leaked roof of the market building. On the contrary, if the building will be totally refurbished, they hoped they can still sell comfortably and safely. “Moreover, today the guests coming to shop are quiet or a little, unlike as ever

before,” said a merchant. Related to that matter, the Head of the Gianyar Industry and Trade Agency, Wayan Suamba, when asked for his confirmation said that revitalization of the Sukawati art market is still in the process of proposing to central government. “Currently, the budget is still being proposed by the Ministry of Trade to the Ministry of Finance through the budget B 99 2018. Hopefully, it can be realized this year,” he explained. As reported earlier, district government of Gianyar through the Industry and Trade Agency plans to revitalize the Sukawati art market by improving facilities and maintaining its existence in the face of competition against the mushrooming shops in Bali. As planned, the revitalization of the market having been famous for its various Balinese handicrafts will be carried out by using the state budget worth IDR 60 billion as well as fund assistance from the Gianyar regional budget (APBD). “Assistance fund

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Rescuers run out of a hotel during an aftershock after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. IBP/kmb

The merchants hoped the local government through relevant agencies to immediately realize the renovation of the market buildings. from APBD is worth IDR 15 billion, whole from the state budget worth IDR 60 billion,” he explained. Later, the physical building of the Sukawati art market will be adjusted to national

standards and still feature Balinese architectural style. Unfortunately, until now the clarity about this revitalization program has not got a green light. It is unknown when the workmanship will start. (kmb28)

Kidnapping of Bulgarian citizen has revenge motif

Masterminded by field coordinator of mass organization

DENPASAR — Bali Police released the disclosure of kidnapping case of George Jordanov, 47, a Bulgarian citizen, on Wednesday (Feb. 7). Related to the case, six people were designated as suspects and ten others as witnesses. Results of the investigation indicate if the motive of the case is revenge because in November 2017, the victim and his friends had persecuted one of the perpetrators. This case also involved the field coordinator and members of one of the mass organizations in Bali. Related to this case, the officers detained six perpetrators directly involved in the case, namely Joseph Ephraim Kiuk alias Ken, 29, Tihomir Asenov Danailov, 35, citizens of Bulgaria, Kemal Kapuci, 30, Turkish citizen, Yusten J. Kapitan, 29, Deti, Kahraman Midis alias Hiro, a Turkish citizen. Besides, police officers also arrested ten friends of the perpetrators for posing with the perpetrators after the kidnapping. They had initials KS, 38, BAZ, 31, OKN, 26, EB, 34, GW, 24, PAY, 34, SA, DLM, DDF and Kd. “We regret because this case also involves mass organization. Moreover, the idea of kidnapping was given by the field coordinator of the mass organization. Meanwhile, the

perpetrator’s video after the kidnapping was sent to a victim’s friend via WA, including the request of ransom. After that, the video was forwarded to the ambassador of Bulgaria,” said Director of Bali Police General Criminal Investigation, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, accompanied by Division Head of Partnership of Public Relations, Ismi Rahayu. Mahendra Jaya said that after receiving the report on Monday (Feb. 5), he immediately instructed the mobile detective team to investigate. Afterwards, police searched for the victim. Based on the data and information obtained and profiling of one of the perpetrators, Ken, he is a member of one of the mass organizations in Bali and was seen eating at the Turkey Kebab Restaurant on Jalan Dewi Sri, Legian, Kuta. After eating, Ken immediately left the restaurant. Furthermore, police conducted surveillance to Ken driving Toyota Innova vehicle who entered the area of the Air Force base around Ngurah Rai Airport, Tuban. “Our members immediately coordinated with the members of the Air Force Military Police, Tuban,” he said. The suspect Ken was arrested, and in the car was found two Turkish citizens, namely the suspect

Tihomir and Kemal. Furthermore, the three suspects were taken to the location where the victim was locked up, namely at a boarding house on Jalan Kampus Unud Gang Dispen I, Jimbaran, South Kuta, around 22:30 local time. “When found by our members, the victim was handcuffed and guarded by someone during the captivity,” he said. As the results of the examination against the perpetrators, Mahendra Jaya said that on Saturday (Feb. 3) at 21:30, the victim walked to a minimarket at Jalan Sunset Road, Kuta. When passing in front of Kebab Restaurant of the suspect, the victim encountered Ken. At that time, Ken asked the victim what he was doing there. Next, Ken hit the victim followed by his friends. The victim was then taken to one of the rooms behind the restaurant. At the same time, came Midis with a woman. Then, Midis asked what the victim was doing there. The victim answered that he bought cigarettes at the minimarket. After that, the victim was put into the car and his eyes were closed with a shirt. After a 10-minute journey, the car stopped and the victim’s eyes were opened. The victim saw a forest-like condition and was then locked up in a

boardinghouse. “This case was revealed two hours after it was reported. Afterward, it was followed up by the development and inspection carried out until yesterday (Tuesday—Ed),” he said. Having been investigated, the act of the suspect Ken with his friends purely took revenge. On October 25, 2017 at 11:00 local time, Midis aka Hiro from Turkey was intercepted by Jordanov (kidnapping victim) along with some friends on Jalan Sunset Road, Seminyak, Kuta. Next, Midis was forced to get into the car and asked for money EUR 20,000. Since he did not have such amount of money, Midis was beaten in the face to inflict a bruise. In addition, his wallet containing identity cards, credit cards, mobile phones and money worth IDR 4 million was taken. Again, Midis was asked for EUR 10,000, but he did not have. Hearing that, Midis was beaten and dropped off in the middle of a forest area in Tabanan. On December 13, 2017, Midis and Ken found the perpetrator swarming over him, V. Iliyanov and Jordanov at a homestay in Legian, Kuta. Meanwhile, another friend of Jordanov, T. Adzic, stayed at a villa on Jalan Dewi

Sri. A sharp weapon was found under the seat of his motorcycle. After that, they were taken to police station assisted by customary apparatus to be processed in Kuta Police Station. On the incident, Midis reported the case to Bali Police on February 6 with the report Number: LP / 48 / II / 2018 / SPKT. “Of course, we are still developing this case, including the investigation of the report,” he said. On the other hand, the lawyer of the suspects, Yanuar Nahak, also submitted if the case is purely revenge. However, he regretted such an act. “Actually if we talk legally, taking revenge with such an execution is wrong and not justified by the rule of law. As their legal counsel, I do not justify it,” he said. Yanuar said the incident was not due to mass organization movement or paid action, but spontaneity of taking revenge. He said the incident has nothing to do with the video of birthday celebration of one of the perpetrators that has gone viral. The perpetrator (Ken) was a member of a mass organization, but has been out and planned to establish a field coordinator of his own mass organization. However, he has not reported this to the leadership of the organization,” said Yanuar. (kmb36)

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Aftershocks rattle Taiwan as quake toll rises to 10, 58 missing

HUALIEN - Scores of aftershocks hampered rescue efforts on Thursday as emergency personnel combed through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 10 people near Taiwan’s popular tourist city of Hualien. The coastal city of Hualien was hit by a magnitude 6.4 quake just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday that also injured 265 people. Four buildings collapsed, officials said, and about 58 people were still missing. Nervous residents endured more than 200 aftershocks, including a 5.7 quake late on Wednesday and smaller tremors early on Thursday. Aftershocks with a magnitude of at least 5.0 could rock the island over the next two weeks, the government said. “There were constant aftershocks so I didn’t really dare stay at home. The area around my house is actually not that bad, the houses are all OK but, because of the aftershocks, I don’t really want to stay there,” said Hualien resident Yang Yantin. A Reuters witness said people rushed out of a residential building and rescue workers looked up from piles of debris after another strong aftershock rattled the city at around 11 a.m. on Thursday (0300 GMT). Horns sounded to warn people

to leave buildings and chanting from groups of Buddhists could also be heard. It was initially feared as many as 150 people may have been missing in the rubble. The death toll had been put at seven overnight. Many of the missing were believed to be trapped in a 12-storey residential building that was tilting at a 45-degree angle. Tenants and their furniture were flung across their apartments in the damaged building. More than 600 soldiers and 1,300 police have been deployed to help with rescue efforts. The government said three mainland Chinese were among the dead. Chen Deming, president of China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, said the mainland was willing to assist with relief efforts, including sending teams to the island. Rescue workers used ladders and flash lights as they searched for survivors among the rubble on Thursday. More than 800 people sought

refuge in shelters overnight, many too scared to stay in their homes as aftershocks stirred panic. Hualien is home to about 100,000 people. Its streets were buckled by the force of the quake, with large cracks along major roads. “I’ve never actually experienced an earthquake before but I’d heard people say that there were often earthquakes here, so at first I didn’t really react, but later when all the lights started smashing - the floor was covered in glass - that is when I realised it was really serious,” said tourist Zhang Hongcong. Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers part of its territory, lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes. An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck nearby on Sunday. More than 100 people were killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, and some Taiwanese remain scarred by a 7.6 magnitude quake that was felt across the island and killed more than 2,000 people in 1999. (rtr)

SEOUL - North Korea has no intention of meeting U.S. officials during the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Friday, state media reported, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons programme. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who described North Korea as the world’s most tyrannical regime, arrived in South Korea on Thursday ahead of the opening ceremony in the mountain resort of Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily armed border with the reclusive North. The ceremony will also be attended by a senior delegation of North Korean officials, including the younger sister of leader Kim Jong Un and the North’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam. The sister, Kim Yo Jong, and other members of her entourage will travel by private jet to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport on Friday afternoon, North Korea informed the South on Thursday. The North’s delegation, including Kim Yo Jong, will also meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and have lunch with him on Saturday. “We have never begged for dialogue with the U.S. nor in the future, too,” the North’s KCNA news agency reported, citing Jo Yong Sam, a director-general at North Korea’s foreign ministry. “Explicitly speaking, we have no intention to meet with the U.S. side during the stay in South Korea ... Our delegation’s visit to South Korea is only to take part in the Olympics and hail its successful holding.” Pence said the United States

had not requested talks with North Korean officials, but left open the possibility of some contact. “But if I have any contact with them, in any context, over the next two days, my message will be the same as it was here today: North Korea needs to, once and for all, abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile ambition,” Pence told reporters as he left Japan. Earlier in the week, Pence said Washington would soon unveil “the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever”. South Korea wants to use the Olympics to re-engage with North Korea and open the way for talks to resolve one of the world’s most dangerous crises, in which U.S. President Donald Trump and Pyongyang have swapped bellicose threats of nuclear war. Hinting at more engagement with Pyongyang, Seoul said it would be open to discuss resuming tours to North Korea’s scenic Mount Kumgang once the security of tourists was guaranteed and conditions relating to North Korea’s nuclear programme were met. South Korean tours to the resort were closed after a South Korean tourist was shot by a North Korean guard there in 2008. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters that China saw the Olympics as a first step towards “everyday, uninterrupted” dialogue. All sides, not just the two Koreas, needed to work hard and dialogue between the United States and North Korea should be expanded for this to happen, Wang said. “You can’t have it that one person opens the door and another closes it,” he said. (rtr)

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses members of U.S. military services and Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) before he departs for South Korea, at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan February 8, 2018.


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Euro slips on German finance minister uncertainty

LONDON - The euro slipped against a stronger dollar on Wednesday, on disappointment over reports that the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), Martin Schulz, would not be taking over as finance minister for Europe’s biggest economy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD on Wednesday agreed to a coalition deal, taking the country closer to a new government after months of uncertainty that have unnerved allies and investors and investors alike. But although reports suggest that the SPD is likely to take the finance ministry, some investors were disappointed that the current mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, was slated to head up the ministry, and not Schulz. “There was speculation that Mr Schulz could be the next finance minister,” said DZ Bank currency strategist Soeren Hettler, in Frankfurt. “(In that scenario), Germany could be more flexible with regard to its financial situation and spend more money.” “Now we have some uncertainty and have to wait until things are clear,” he added. “For the euro, this is the most important thing ... The finance minister is the secondmost important for the government.” The euro, which had been trading higher on the day before the news, lost around 0.4 percent to trade at $1.2334. The dollar slipped back against the yen,

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Some Myths Related to Tanah Lot Attraction

Wall Street inches higher as volatility eases U.S. stocks crept higher on Wednesday as volatility eased and buyers returned to a market that is recovering from a record fall for the Dow Jones Industrial Average earlier this week. Gains were broad based, with ten of the 11 major S&P sectors higher. The industrial, financial and consumer discretionary stocks led advances on the S&P and the Dow. Boeing rose 2.7 percent, providing the biggest boost to the Dow and S&P. At 12:32 p.m. ET (1732 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 274.21 points, or 1.1 percent, at 25,186.98. The S&P 500 was up 19.78 points, or 0.73 percent, at 2,714.92, while the Nasdaq Composite was up 17.09 points, or 0.24 percent, at 7,132.97. The pivotal gauge of S&P 500 volatility, the VIX, opened at a relatively elevated 31 points, before slipping to 22.62. The VIX on Tuesday hit a more than two-and-a-half year high above 50, after trading, on average, below 20 for months. “What we’re seeing is an attempt at stabilization in U.S. equity prices following a very sharp selloff,” said Peter Kenny, senior market strategist at Global Markets Advisory Group in New York. “The very sharp rise in volatility that accompanied it has also settled back and the bottom line is that the economy remains very robust and corporate earnings are expected to grow. So we have a constructive landscape.” The move lower will provide investors with cheaper stock valuations that are closer to historical norms and will be constructive for the market in the long term, Kenny said. Traders are still braced for more volatility as they try to figure out if the swings of the past few days are the start of a deeper correction or just a temporary blip in the U.S. market’s nine-year bull run. A wild session on Tuesday had seen the Dow swing more than 1,100 points from peak to trough and ended with the benchmark S&P 500 recording its best day since just before President Donald Trump’s election in 2016. Trump, who has repeatedly praised Wall Street gains during his first year in office, on Wednesday dismissed recent market rout, saying stocks should not be falling amid strong economic news. Some investors, however, fear the market is over-stretched in the context of higher inflation and rising bond yields as central banks withdraw their easy money policies of recent years. The recent rout has wiped about $4 trillion off world equities. (rtr)

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handing back earlier gains, as investors remained cautious despite a recovery in stock markets, with many viewing the Japanese currency as undervalued. PROSPECT OF TIGHTENING A sharp decline in global share markets in recent days has had only a muted effect on the currency market, with traditional safe havens such as the yen and Swiss franc seeing only modest gains. While most analysts believe this week’s heavy selloff across stock markets has run its course for the moment, allowing volatility to abate a little, the prospect of monetary tightening across the globe remains a challenge for the long term, and supported the yen against the U.S. currency. The dollar traded as low as 108.92 yen before edging up to trade at 109.22 yen by 1220 GMT. The greenback had reached a high of 109.720 yen earlier in the day as

regional equities such as Japan’s Nikkei soared, taking their cue from a late rebound on Wall Street. But it drifted lower as the Nikkei, which rose as much as 3.4 percent, gave back most of its gains on anxiety over more weakness in U.S. share markets as U.S. stock futures fell during Asian trade. “Everybody in the world can see dollar/ yen is going to break lower at some point again and that the yen is going to make a move (higher) like the euro did and head back towards fair value, 30 seconds after the Bank of Japan even hints about tapering,” said Societe Generale macro strategist Kit Juckes, in London. The dollar was up 0.4 percent against a basket of six major currencies at 89.61, after reaching a two-week peak of 90.034 the previous day. The Swiss franc, a perceived safe haven along with the yen, was down half a percent against the dollar. (rtr)

Having a promenade together with partner to witness the beauty of Tanah Lot tourist attraction will surely be impressive. Moreover, walking hand in hand while passing through every sturdy coral rock will certainly bring in very sweet memories. Fading sunlight at the nightfall as if gave the spirit to strengthen the affection. Unfortunately, Tanah Lot retains a myth and taboo for couples taking their girlfriend of boyfriend to visit the place of worship. “Do not bring your girlfriend or boyfriend to Tanah Lot Temple” is the sentence often expressed by the elders on this Island of the Gods. Many Balinese people believe if unmarried couples have vacation or dating to Tanah Lot Temple will cause the relationship not to last longer or immediately break up. If the prohibition is violated, the relation-

ship with the boyfriend or girlfriend is believed not to last long. It will become not harmonious leading to be separated. Although being difficult to prove, believe it or not, Balinese people especially young couples strongly believe in the myth. They never want to bring their partner to Tanah Lot Temple. Merely walking in the area

of ??Tanah Lot area is commonly done by young couples. “The myth does not apply to married couples,” said Jero Niti, Public Relations of Tanah Lot attraction. In the current modern era, explained Jero Niti, the myth remains to be trusted by the Hindu community in Bali, unlike tourists coming to visit with girlfriend or boyfriend.

Does the myth also apply to them? “Tourists rarely care about it whether they are with a girlfriend or not. They certainly do not know whether they will break up or not,” she said. Another myth is related to the holy snake living in the coral cave. The snake is believed to be the guardian of the temple securing people away from the threat of evil and destruction. It is said if there will be a natural disaster or disaster, the snake will show a sign through the emergence of the king or queen of the red sea snake. Balinese people believe if this sacred snake often

moves to Tanah Lot temple at night to keep the purity of the temple. Meanwhile, there is also a myth of holy water serving as remedy for looking young. The spring is located beneath of the Tanah Lot Temple. The spring coming out of the temple wall is believed to make people ageless. Thus, many Balinese people wish to pray or just use the water to wash their face. “Although the story on the myth of Tanah Lot Temple continues to circulate, tourists continuously come to the attraction located at Beraban village, Kediri, Tabanan,” said Jero Niti. (kmb)

Tektekan, Used to Overcome Plague, Now Becomes Cultural Attraction

Each year ahead of the Nyepi (Day of Silence) celebration, there will a different atmosphere, especially at Kediri customary village, Tabanan. In other regions, ahead of the celebration may be graced with the making and parade of ogoh-ogoh (papier mâché demon) or bamboo cannon, but Kediri precisely holds cultural event in the form of Tektekan. It is named the Tektekan Kediri-Nangluk Merana. This event will take place for eleven days starting from March 17 through March 27, 2017 or on the Pengerupukan Day. The annual event will be packaged in a parade. Moreover, on March 25 and 26 this special event will be held in front of the Desa and Puseh Temple of Kediri customary village. In the meantime, the road closure will take place on March 27, 2017 where the route will reach the Kediri roundabout.

Chief of Kediri customary village, AAG Ngurah Panji Wisnu, explained that during the eleven days, the entire customary villagers of Kediri ranging from children to adults will go around the village while playing the sounds from a variety of sources. They are ranging from kulkul (bamboo split drum), gong or okokan (large cow bell). Some have even been modified with the accompaniment of bleganjur. “In total, there are seven hamlets at Kediri customary village that will take turns to go round from one hamlet to another hamlet existing is at our village,” he explained. Further, he said that tektekan tradition in the area of Kediri customary village is inherited from generation to generation. So far, there is no any record on the history of its origin. According to his ancestors, the tradition came together with

the outbreaks in Kediri. “At that time, many residents were experiencing sickness to death and they also faced harvest failure because their paddy fields were attacked by pests,” he said. Due to concerns over the calamity occurred at that time, community leaders and temple priests agreed to invoke guidance by praying at local Puseh Temple. At that time, they got a clue if the pandemic could be eliminated by means of sounds. Armed with this clue, the residents of Kediri came down and went around the village while playing tektekan for few days. Finally, it was proved that the plague attacking the customary village disappeared. Since then, the tektekan tradition has psychical function to dismiss plague. Its implementation cannot be predicted because it depends on the incidence of outbreak at

the village. With the changing of time or more precisely from 2014 the tektekan tradition began to be transformed into an entertainment art. Moreover, local villagers agreed to hold this tradition as annual attraction coinciding with the Hindus celebrating Nyepi.

During the execution of tektekan tradition at local customary village, the officials suggest road users to find alternative road section. “We’ve made coordination with police authority, especially on the security and traffic diversion,” he concluded. (kmb)


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Facing Trump’s demands, NATO to consider larger Iraq training mission

BRUSSELS - The United States is renewing pressure on its European NATO allies to establish a long-term train-and-advise mission in Iraq, diplomats said, reviving a divisive issue for an alliance wary after more than a decade in Afghanistan.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis sent a letter to NATO headquarters in January calling for a formal NATO mission to Iraq with a semi-permanent or permanent command to train Iraqi forces, according to five senior NATO diplomats. After a three-year war with Islamic State, Washington wants to ensure the militants do not re-emerge. While NATO does have trainers in Iraq already, they number less than 20. NATO defence ministers are expected to discuss the U.S. request in Brussels next week, with a possible decision at a summit in July. In his letter, Mattis left many details open but suggested developing military academies and a military doctrine for the Iraqi defence ministry, diplomats said. Other ideas cited by diplomats include bomb disposal training, maintenance of Soviet-era vehicles and medical training. “The United States is pushing hard for a NATO role in Iraq, not in a combat role, but for a long-term assignment,” said one senior NATO diplomat on condition of anonymity. “This looks suspiciously like another Afghanistan,” the diplomat said, referring to the long-running conflict where NATO is funding and training Afghan forces. “Few allies want that.” Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael declined to discuss whether Mattis had sent a letter to NATO but said: “The administration continues to look for ways allies can do more to counter terrorist organizations.” U.S. Navy Admiral James Foggo, commander of

NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy, visited Baghdad on Thursday and told Reuters he was there to discuss more support for Iraq, including a “centre of excellence” in explosives ordinance and language training. “NATO can do more, and I think, if you ask me, we should, but that decision is really up to the political leadership in Brussels,” Foggo said. NATO defence chiefs will provide ministers with a range of options for an Iraq mission, while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has discussed the issue with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who supports a mission, diplomats said. The U.S. push is also part of President Donald Trump’s demand that the Western alliance go beyond its core task of defending its territory and help stem Islamic militancy. Trump scolded allies last May at a summit in Brussels, warning of more attacks in Europe if NATO did not do more to stop militants. Even his predecessor Barack Obama sought a greater NATO role in the Middle East. Then, U.S. officials had raised the possibility of NATO taking over the running of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, as it did of the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan in 2003. The United States sees NATO’s long experience in Afghanistan as putting it in an ideal position to help build up Iraqi forces after recapturing territory taken by Islamic State. The United States has more than 5,000 troops in Iraq. But European allies fear being pulled into another open-ended foreign assignment that is costly, unpopular at home and potentially dangerous. In a gesture to Trump, the 29-nation alliance agreed last year to join the coalition. However, France and Germany insisted that the decision was mainly symbolic. (rtr)

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A technician makes a general check on a C-130 Hercules during the Real Thaw 2018 exercise at Air Base number 5 in Monte Real, Portugal February 6, 2018.

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Indonesia probes killing of Borneo orangutan

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Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan looks on ahead of a meeting at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 5, 2015.

EU leaders to host Turkey’s Erdogan, the estranged uncle they can’t shut out BRUSSELS - European Union leaders are so discomfited by their relationship with Turkey these days that they relegated their summit next month to Varna, a Bulgarian Black Sea port, rather than hold it in Brussels. But despite their wariness over President Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down hard on critics at home and lashed out at the West, they need him too much to turn their backs. Turkish and European Union officials both expect an uneasy atmosphere at the summit on March 26. But the European hosts will have little choice but to hear Erdogan out as he asks for more money for Syrian refugees, a deeper customs union and progress in talks on letting Turks visit Europe without visas. Money is likely to be forthcoming, but little else. A senior EU official dealing with the matter said the bloc would grant Turkey a second 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) for schools, medical care and jobs training for the Syrians it hosts. But progress on visa-free travel and customs were both a “no-go”. On the one hand, European leaders have robustly criticised Turkey for what they see as rapid backsliding on democracy and human rights, especially during a crackdown in the wake of a failed coup in 2016. Some of Erdogan’s hostile rhetoric towards Europe last year, including comparing the

Dutch and German governments to Nazis, has been, for EU leaders, beyond the pale. But on the other hand, European countries still rely on Turkey as a NATO ally on Europe’s southern flank. And an EU deal with Erdogan that halted the mass influx of Syrian refugees into the bloc means the Turkish leader is like an estranged relative that you can’t disinvite from a family dinner, no matter how badly you think he has behaved. “You intensely dislike the person you have in front of you, but you just cannot do without him,” said Marc Pierini, a former EU ambassador to Turkey, now at the Carnegie Europe think-tank. Turkey says it is in Europe’s interest to be warm. “If the EU gives positive signals to Turkey, the more Turkey will do in terms of reforms,” said Ankara’s envoy to the European Union, Faruk Kaymakci. “But the more the EU isolates Turkey, the more inward-looking and nationalist it will turn,” he told reporters. A second senior EU official said Turkey had sought to have the summit in Brussels, but the bloc decided to hold it in Varna instead to lower its profile. Bulgaria, Turkey’s neighbour, has better relations with Ankara than some other EU states and holds the rotating EU presidency for the first half of 2018. (rtr)

JAKARTA - A critically endangered Borneo orangutan shot to death in Indonesia took 130 pellets from an air rifle, in addition to cuts and bruises, an official of a wildlife group said on Thursday. Indonesia has vast swathes of palm or coffee plantations growing on deforested land, and the year’s second such killing is the latest in a series officials often blame on plantation workers and farmers who encounter wildlife on their property.

“It had been blinded,” said Ramadhani, a habitat protection manager with the Center for Orangutan Protection, which made an X-ray examination of the dead animal. “We found 74 air rifle pellets lodged just in its head,” added Ramadhani, who uses only one name, like many Indonesians. “One hundred and thirty pellets are the largest number in the history of conflicts between orangutans and humans that have occurred in Indonesia,” the charity said on its website. Police said they were investigating the killing in East Kalimantan province and the perpetrators could face jail for up to five years. Police have arrested and charged two men in last month’s discovery of a Borneo orangutan shot and decapitated in the neighbouring province of Central Kalimantan. The suspects claim self-defence. Government teams have fanned out across Kalimantan, the habitat of orangutans, to train villagers how to deal with wildlife. The World Wide Fund for Nature estimates there are 104,700 Bornean orangutans, known for their broad faces and dark brown fur, left in the world.

organization that focuses on orangutan preservation and protection in Indonesia, including those in East Kalimantan. With an area of 13,565 hectares, the Lesan River Protected Forest is an important habitat for orangutans and a variety of rare and legally protected wildlife such as sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) and clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), according to COP Habitat Protection Program Manager Ramadhani. However, conservation efforts are sabotaged by palm oil companies, so the forested areas that should be the connecting corridors between HLSL and other orangutan habitats are running out. Hence, Ramadhani asserted that very serious efforts must be taken to maintain the remaining population of Bornean Orangutan. Local residents has found a male orangutan, aged between five and seven years, in critical condition in Teluk Pandan Village of East Kutai District, but the animal then died on Tuesday after being treated by Kutai National Park in Bontang. The body of the orangutan was moved from the national park on Sunday to the city of Bontang for an autopsy. During the autopsy conducted at the Pupuk Kaltim Hospital in Bontang city on Wednesday, the authority removed 48 bullets from the body of a dead orangutan. Ramadhani noted in a statement that an x-ray showed the presence of

some 130 bullets in the body of the dead orangutan, but the autopsy team managed to remove only some of them. “The autopsy has run for four hours, and 48 bullets were removed from the body,” Ramadhani remarked. The autopsy was conducted by the Bontang police and local officials of the Forestry and Environment Ministry. The bullets were fired all across the orangutan`s body, and 74 bullets were found in the head. The rest hit his arms, legs, and chest. In addition, the team also found several wounds and some 19 new injuries allegedly caused by sharp objects. Ramahdani said the orangutan allegedly died of inflammation from his old and new injuries. In May 2016, a similar case had occurred not far from the current location, but the case remained unsolved until now. Therefore, the Center for Orangutan Protection will work in coordination with the police and environment ministry to solve this case. Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has said the government would not hesitate to crack down on the perpetrators of the massacre of orangutans. “We are legally pushing for cases to be processed by law,” Nurbaya said to respond to the a carcass of a headless Bornean orangutan found floating in Kalahien River in South Barito, Central Kalimantan on January 15, 2018. (rtr/ant)

Deforestation

Environmental crimes such as illegal logging and conversion of rain forests into oil palm plantations are putting high pressure on ecosystems and the population of Bornean Orangutan, “Pongo pygmaeus morio”. Illegal logging, land-clearing and conversion activities are considered to be the greatest threats to the “Heart of Borneo”. Of particular concern is the conversion of natural forests to oil palm and timber plantations. As in many tropical areas around the world, Kalimantan rain forests are being cut and degraded for timber, palm oil, pulp, rubber and minerals, and as a result, the orangutan population continues to decline to near extinction. The results of a recent survey by the orangutan conservation agency, the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, noted that the orangutan population in the Lesan River Protected Forest (HLSL) continues to decline year by year. COP is a non-governmental

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 photo released by Center for Orangutan Protection (COP), Principal of COP Hardi Baktiantoro holds an x-ray showing air rifle pellets lodged in the head and body of an orangutan during its surgery in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. A male orangutan on the Indonesian part of Borneo died after being shot at least 130 times with an air gun, the second known killing of a critically endangered orangutan this year.

Home affairs minister scraps 51 regulations

JAKARTA - Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has scrapped 51 regulations to cut lengthy bureaucracy. “Today I scrapped 51 regulations of the home affairs minister that have hampered bureaucracy and led to lengthy bureaucracy. I think this is the initial phase since the Constitutional Court`s verdict

cannot cancel bylaws,” he said at a coordination meeting with governors, regional secretaries and the directorate general of national unity and politics from all over Indonesia on Wednesday. The regulations that have been scrapped are among others related to local administration, researches, micro small and medium business-

es, taxation, education and training, personnel affairs, disaster mitigation, spatial layout and licensing, communication and telecommunication, and national outlook. Tjahjo said the decision to scrap the regulations is relevant to directives from President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who wants the related government agencies to

ease investment licensing process in the country. The minister went on to say that he will soon revoke provisions on medium-term development plan for villages (RPJMD) to enable village heads to focus on rural assistance program. The meeting also discussed ways to optimize regions` role in

addressing radicalism, terrorism and natural disasters. Also present at the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, East Java Governor Soekarwo, South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo, and South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin. (rtr)


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International Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena.

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James sinks buzzer-beater to lift Cavs over Timberwolves

CLEVELAND - LeBron James resurrected Cleveland’s stagnant season, for one night at least, when he hit a game-winning buzzer-beater to lift the Cavaliers to a 140-138 overtime home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. After Cleveland called timeout in the backcourt with one second left, James caught a long pass near the foul line. Under pressure from Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler, the four-times league

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team’s recent woes were temporarily forgotten. “Coach (Tyronn) Lue called up a great play, Jeff Green gave me a heck of a pass and I just trusted my instincts and let it go,” James said in a courtside

ketball tonight and that’s all you could ask.” The win lifted the Cavaliers to 31-22, seven games behind the Eastleading Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers have struggled this season after making the NBA finals for the past three years, beating the Golden State Warriors once and losing to the same team the other two times. (rtr)

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MVP spun around and launched a fadeaway jumper from the top of the key over the top of the lunging defender. The ball caught nothing but net, sending the crowd into delirium as the

interview. The win helped ease the pressure on James and a team that was whipped by the lowly Orlando Magic the previous day. “It was a great win for us. We needed this after that tough loss last night to Orlando,” James continued. “They (Minnesota) shot 58 percent from the field and we were still able to get a win. We played Cavaliers bas-

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PYEONGCHANG - American Shaun White may have delivered a perfect halfpipe performance to qualify for the Pyeongchang Olympics but the two-time Olympic gold medallist said on Thursday the best was yet to come. The undisputed champion and poster boy for his sport for a decade, White surprisingly lost out on the medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, finishing fourth in the halfpipe. But he is now gearing up for his fourth Olympics with what he hopes will be his best performance yet. “After Sochi it was a nice eye opener for me,” he told reporters. “That bubble was kind of shattered and I had to say ‘what do I want to next’. The 31-year-old American, once

known as the ‘flying tomato’ for his shock of ginger hair, scored a perfect 100 to win at the U.S. Grand Prix in Snowmass, Colorado last month and earn qualification for Pyeongchang. “I don’t think we’ve seen my best run. Actually I know,” he said. “It’s like I said, it’s not just about one big trick, it’s about the whole run and I definitely have a couple of things in mind that I’ve been working on that I like to iron out and here’s the time to basically do it and try to put it in my run.” White has had a rocky preparation for the Games needing 62 stitches to his face after a horrific training crash in New Zealand late last year. He then skipped the X Games,

drained by an illness, after qualifying for the Olympics. “I took my time getting better and I feel great. Now I get the chance to show my best,” said White, adding his biggest challenge was not his fitness. “Honestly you know, the biggest hurdle to clear was just the mental game. Physically I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt before,” he said, seated at a news conference with the entire U.S. halfpipe team. “I feel more like I know who I am and I know my riding and my abilities. It’s just the kind of mental mindset of having won and then having to win after winning and win again after winning. “It is a great problem to have, but it’s finding that motivation, it’s finding that drive.” (rtr)

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U.S. snowboarder Shaun White waits in line during a breakdown of the chairlift at snowboard slopestyle training for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 3, 2014.


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Sp rt Arsenal new boys face early derby baptism of fire

LONDON - New Arsenal signings PierreEmerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will get an early taste of the north London derby atmosphere when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday. The pair enjoyed comfortable home debuts in last weekend’s 5-1 rout of Everton but their local rivals are sure to provide tougher opposition as the two teams continue their bids for Champions League qualification.

Spurs are fifth in the table, four points ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal, one behind fourth-placed Chelsea and two adrift of third-placed Liverpool with 12 games left. Arsenal outplayed Tottenham in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium in November but Spurs have every reason to be confident having soundly beaten second-placed Manchester United and drawn 2-2 at Liverpool in their last two games. Liverpool travel to St Mary’s on Sunday to face a Southampton side who ended a 12-match winless run in the league and climbed two points clear of the relegation zone with a 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion in their last match. Chelsea, meanwhile, will welcome bottom club West Brom to Stamford Bridge on Monday on the back of losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth and 4-1

away to Watford. The results prompted widespread speculation that manager Antonio Conte would be sacked, but it appears that Chelsea’s board are prepared to give the Italian time to arrest the champions’ slump. Another blip against West Brom, who have won only three times this season and sit four points from safety, would almost certainly put Conte back on the brink of losing his job. Leaders Manchester City have the chance to bounce back from being held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley when they host eighth-placed Leicester City on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side missed several good chances at Turf Moor and their gap at the top was cut to 13 points following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Riyad Mahrez is set to miss the match for Leicester as his stand-off with the club continues. The Algeria international is angry about not being allowed to join Manchester City during the January transfer window and has been absent from training sessions. Manchester United will hope to secure back-to-back wins when they visit another relegation-threatened team, Newcastle United, on Sunday. The Magpies are 16th, one point above the relegation zone, and have not won in four league matches, although they have been boosted by the loan signings of Kenedy from Chelsea and Islam Slimani from Leicester. (rtr)

Allardyce can get me firing again at Everton - Walcott

striker Theo Walcott said manager Sam Allardyce was the key factor in his decision to sign for the Merseyside club from Arsenal last month and believes the former England boss can extract the best out of him. Walcott, 28, hit the ground running at Everton and provided the assist for fellow forward Oumar Niasse’s leveller in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion. He then scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Leicester City. “Sam was one of the main reasons why I came to the club. I wanted a manager like that who could get the

best out of me,” Walcott told the club’s website (www.evertonfc.com). Walcott, who started six league games for Arsenal this season apart from playing five Europa League matches and four more in domestic cup competitions, said he could not turn down the opportunity to work with Allardyce. “I had that short stint with Sam with England and to see it now every day, the way the intensity of training is and how demanding it is has been great. I like to go into training every day and try to be better than the day before.” Everton are 10th in the league

with 31 points and go into Saturday’s home Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on the back of a 5-1 thumping by Arsenal but Walcott said Allardyce was working hard to turn things around. “Results will change. We need to make sure we are ready and focused for the weekend because we need to start getting some more points in order to be more comfortable,” he said. “There have been a few recent results like getting the draw against West Brom and then beating Leicester where we have seen improved performances but I have come here to push Everton on.” (rtr)

Sevilla outlast Leganes to reach Cup final BARCELONA - Sevilla recovered from a humiliating loss to Eibar by booking their place in the King’s Cup final for a second time in three seasons, beating Leganes 2-0 on Wednesday in a semi-final second leg to progress 2-1 on aggregate. Argentine midfielder Joaquin Correa struck the opening goal by slotting a loose ball into an empty net from close range in the 15th minute after Colombian forward Luis Muriel had burst into the area. Leganes produced one of the shocks of the competition by knocking out Real Madrid in the previous round and kept fighting but they struggled

to create decent openings, managing only one shot at goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who had conceded an embarrassing own goal in the first leg. Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella risked his reputation by playing a weakened team on Saturday against Eibar and his side were thrashed 5-1, but his gamble paid off as his side outlasted Leganes and Franco Vazquez smashed into the net from a tight angle in the 89th minute. Triple holders Barcelona visit Valencia on Thursday in the other semi-final with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg The winners will play Sevilla in the final on April 21. (rtr)

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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their fourth goal

Tottenham’s Pochettino backs Lamela to hit ‘real level’

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their second goal

REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino backed Erik Lamela to hit top form after the midfielder scored his first goal since returning from a hip injury that kept him out for over a year in Wednesday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Newport County. The Argentina international, who last found the net for his club in September 2016, struck the second goal after defender Dan Butler’s own goal to help Tottenham beat fourth-tier Newport in their fourth round replay at Wembley. “I think he is going to find it easy to recover his real level, or improve because he is more mature and you learn in a tough moment a lot. No doubt,” Pochettino said after the game. “Always it’s important to feel the net for offensive players and

for him to play 90 minutes. It’s an important feeling for him. It’s important because he’s an important player. Lamela underwent hip surgery last April before returning to the team in November. He has made 13 league appearances this season and two more in the FA Cup. The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Newport, only the second time he has done so this season. “Of course it was a massive problem, more than one year out. It’s never easy to come back and perform as he was before. But he loves football, and he loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic.” Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League with 49 points from 26 matches and take on sixth-placed north London rivals Arsenal on Saturday. (rtr)

Sevilla players celebrate with fans after the match

REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Action Images via Reuters/Tony O’Brien

Everton’s Theo Walcott with Everton manager Sam Allardyce after being substituted


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Sp rt Arsenal new boys face early derby baptism of fire

LONDON - New Arsenal signings PierreEmerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will get an early taste of the north London derby atmosphere when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday. The pair enjoyed comfortable home debuts in last weekend’s 5-1 rout of Everton but their local rivals are sure to provide tougher opposition as the two teams continue their bids for Champions League qualification.

Spurs are fifth in the table, four points ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal, one behind fourth-placed Chelsea and two adrift of third-placed Liverpool with 12 games left. Arsenal outplayed Tottenham in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium in November but Spurs have every reason to be confident having soundly beaten second-placed Manchester United and drawn 2-2 at Liverpool in their last two games. Liverpool travel to St Mary’s on Sunday to face a Southampton side who ended a 12-match winless run in the league and climbed two points clear of the relegation zone with a 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion in their last match. Chelsea, meanwhile, will welcome bottom club West Brom to Stamford Bridge on Monday on the back of losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth and 4-1

away to Watford. The results prompted widespread speculation that manager Antonio Conte would be sacked, but it appears that Chelsea’s board are prepared to give the Italian time to arrest the champions’ slump. Another blip against West Brom, who have won only three times this season and sit four points from safety, would almost certainly put Conte back on the brink of losing his job. Leaders Manchester City have the chance to bounce back from being held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley when they host eighth-placed Leicester City on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side missed several good chances at Turf Moor and their gap at the top was cut to 13 points following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Riyad Mahrez is set to miss the match for Leicester as his stand-off with the club continues. The Algeria international is angry about not being allowed to join Manchester City during the January transfer window and has been absent from training sessions. Manchester United will hope to secure back-to-back wins when they visit another relegation-threatened team, Newcastle United, on Sunday. The Magpies are 16th, one point above the relegation zone, and have not won in four league matches, although they have been boosted by the loan signings of Kenedy from Chelsea and Islam Slimani from Leicester. (rtr)

Allardyce can get me firing again at Everton - Walcott

striker Theo Walcott said manager Sam Allardyce was the key factor in his decision to sign for the Merseyside club from Arsenal last month and believes the former England boss can extract the best out of him. Walcott, 28, hit the ground running at Everton and provided the assist for fellow forward Oumar Niasse’s leveller in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion. He then scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Leicester City. “Sam was one of the main reasons why I came to the club. I wanted a manager like that who could get the

best out of me,” Walcott told the club’s website (www.evertonfc.com). Walcott, who started six league games for Arsenal this season apart from playing five Europa League matches and four more in domestic cup competitions, said he could not turn down the opportunity to work with Allardyce. “I had that short stint with Sam with England and to see it now every day, the way the intensity of training is and how demanding it is has been great. I like to go into training every day and try to be better than the day before.” Everton are 10th in the league

with 31 points and go into Saturday’s home Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on the back of a 5-1 thumping by Arsenal but Walcott said Allardyce was working hard to turn things around. “Results will change. We need to make sure we are ready and focused for the weekend because we need to start getting some more points in order to be more comfortable,” he said. “There have been a few recent results like getting the draw against West Brom and then beating Leicester where we have seen improved performances but I have come here to push Everton on.” (rtr)

Sevilla outlast Leganes to reach Cup final BARCELONA - Sevilla recovered from a humiliating loss to Eibar by booking their place in the King’s Cup final for a second time in three seasons, beating Leganes 2-0 on Wednesday in a semi-final second leg to progress 2-1 on aggregate. Argentine midfielder Joaquin Correa struck the opening goal by slotting a loose ball into an empty net from close range in the 15th minute after Colombian forward Luis Muriel had burst into the area. Leganes produced one of the shocks of the competition by knocking out Real Madrid in the previous round and kept fighting but they struggled

to create decent openings, managing only one shot at goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who had conceded an embarrassing own goal in the first leg. Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella risked his reputation by playing a weakened team on Saturday against Eibar and his side were thrashed 5-1, but his gamble paid off as his side outlasted Leganes and Franco Vazquez smashed into the net from a tight angle in the 89th minute. Triple holders Barcelona visit Valencia on Thursday in the other semi-final with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg The winners will play Sevilla in the final on April 21. (rtr)

Action Images via Reuters/Tony O’Brien

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their fourth goal

Tottenham’s Pochettino backs Lamela to hit ‘real level’

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their second goal

REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino backed Erik Lamela to hit top form after the midfielder scored his first goal since returning from a hip injury that kept him out for over a year in Wednesday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Newport County. The Argentina international, who last found the net for his club in September 2016, struck the second goal after defender Dan Butler’s own goal to help Tottenham beat fourth-tier Newport in their fourth round replay at Wembley. “I think he is going to find it easy to recover his real level, or improve because he is more mature and you learn in a tough moment a lot. No doubt,” Pochettino said after the game. “Always it’s important to feel the net for offensive players and

for him to play 90 minutes. It’s an important feeling for him. It’s important because he’s an important player. Lamela underwent hip surgery last April before returning to the team in November. He has made 13 league appearances this season and two more in the FA Cup. The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Newport, only the second time he has done so this season. “Of course it was a massive problem, more than one year out. It’s never easy to come back and perform as he was before. But he loves football, and he loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic.” Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League with 49 points from 26 matches and take on sixth-placed north London rivals Arsenal on Saturday. (rtr)

Sevilla players celebrate with fans after the match

REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Action Images via Reuters/Tony O’Brien

Everton’s Theo Walcott with Everton manager Sam Allardyce after being substituted


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International Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena.

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James sinks buzzer-beater to lift Cavs over Timberwolves

CLEVELAND - LeBron James resurrected Cleveland’s stagnant season, for one night at least, when he hit a game-winning buzzer-beater to lift the Cavaliers to a 140-138 overtime home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. After Cleveland called timeout in the backcourt with one second left, James caught a long pass near the foul line. Under pressure from Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler, the four-times league

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team’s recent woes were temporarily forgotten. “Coach (Tyronn) Lue called up a great play, Jeff Green gave me a heck of a pass and I just trusted my instincts and let it go,” James said in a courtside

ketball tonight and that’s all you could ask.” The win lifted the Cavaliers to 31-22, seven games behind the Eastleading Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers have struggled this season after making the NBA finals for the past three years, beating the Golden State Warriors once and losing to the same team the other two times. (rtr)

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MVP spun around and launched a fadeaway jumper from the top of the key over the top of the lunging defender. The ball caught nothing but net, sending the crowd into delirium as the

interview. The win helped ease the pressure on James and a team that was whipped by the lowly Orlando Magic the previous day. “It was a great win for us. We needed this after that tough loss last night to Orlando,” James continued. “They (Minnesota) shot 58 percent from the field and we were still able to get a win. We played Cavaliers bas-

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PYEONGCHANG - American Shaun White may have delivered a perfect halfpipe performance to qualify for the Pyeongchang Olympics but the two-time Olympic gold medallist said on Thursday the best was yet to come. The undisputed champion and poster boy for his sport for a decade, White surprisingly lost out on the medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, finishing fourth in the halfpipe. But he is now gearing up for his fourth Olympics with what he hopes will be his best performance yet. “After Sochi it was a nice eye opener for me,” he told reporters. “That bubble was kind of shattered and I had to say ‘what do I want to next’. The 31-year-old American, once

known as the ‘flying tomato’ for his shock of ginger hair, scored a perfect 100 to win at the U.S. Grand Prix in Snowmass, Colorado last month and earn qualification for Pyeongchang. “I don’t think we’ve seen my best run. Actually I know,” he said. “It’s like I said, it’s not just about one big trick, it’s about the whole run and I definitely have a couple of things in mind that I’ve been working on that I like to iron out and here’s the time to basically do it and try to put it in my run.” White has had a rocky preparation for the Games needing 62 stitches to his face after a horrific training crash in New Zealand late last year. He then skipped the X Games,

drained by an illness, after qualifying for the Olympics. “I took my time getting better and I feel great. Now I get the chance to show my best,” said White, adding his biggest challenge was not his fitness. “Honestly you know, the biggest hurdle to clear was just the mental game. Physically I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt before,” he said, seated at a news conference with the entire U.S. halfpipe team. “I feel more like I know who I am and I know my riding and my abilities. It’s just the kind of mental mindset of having won and then having to win after winning and win again after winning. “It is a great problem to have, but it’s finding that motivation, it’s finding that drive.” (rtr)

REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White waits in line during a breakdown of the chairlift at snowboard slopestyle training for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 3, 2014.


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Facing Trump’s demands, NATO to consider larger Iraq training mission

BRUSSELS - The United States is renewing pressure on its European NATO allies to establish a long-term train-and-advise mission in Iraq, diplomats said, reviving a divisive issue for an alliance wary after more than a decade in Afghanistan.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis sent a letter to NATO headquarters in January calling for a formal NATO mission to Iraq with a semi-permanent or permanent command to train Iraqi forces, according to five senior NATO diplomats. After a three-year war with Islamic State, Washington wants to ensure the militants do not re-emerge. While NATO does have trainers in Iraq already, they number less than 20. NATO defence ministers are expected to discuss the U.S. request in Brussels next week, with a possible decision at a summit in July. In his letter, Mattis left many details open but suggested developing military academies and a military doctrine for the Iraqi defence ministry, diplomats said. Other ideas cited by diplomats include bomb disposal training, maintenance of Soviet-era vehicles and medical training. “The United States is pushing hard for a NATO role in Iraq, not in a combat role, but for a long-term assignment,” said one senior NATO diplomat on condition of anonymity. “This looks suspiciously like another Afghanistan,” the diplomat said, referring to the long-running conflict where NATO is funding and training Afghan forces. “Few allies want that.” Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael declined to discuss whether Mattis had sent a letter to NATO but said: “The administration continues to look for ways allies can do more to counter terrorist organizations.” U.S. Navy Admiral James Foggo, commander of

NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy, visited Baghdad on Thursday and told Reuters he was there to discuss more support for Iraq, including a “centre of excellence” in explosives ordinance and language training. “NATO can do more, and I think, if you ask me, we should, but that decision is really up to the political leadership in Brussels,” Foggo said. NATO defence chiefs will provide ministers with a range of options for an Iraq mission, while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has discussed the issue with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who supports a mission, diplomats said. The U.S. push is also part of President Donald Trump’s demand that the Western alliance go beyond its core task of defending its territory and help stem Islamic militancy. Trump scolded allies last May at a summit in Brussels, warning of more attacks in Europe if NATO did not do more to stop militants. Even his predecessor Barack Obama sought a greater NATO role in the Middle East. Then, U.S. officials had raised the possibility of NATO taking over the running of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, as it did of the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan in 2003. The United States sees NATO’s long experience in Afghanistan as putting it in an ideal position to help build up Iraqi forces after recapturing territory taken by Islamic State. The United States has more than 5,000 troops in Iraq. But European allies fear being pulled into another open-ended foreign assignment that is costly, unpopular at home and potentially dangerous. In a gesture to Trump, the 29-nation alliance agreed last year to join the coalition. However, France and Germany insisted that the decision was mainly symbolic. (rtr)

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A technician makes a general check on a C-130 Hercules during the Real Thaw 2018 exercise at Air Base number 5 in Monte Real, Portugal February 6, 2018.

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Indonesia probes killing of Borneo orangutan

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Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan looks on ahead of a meeting at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 5, 2015.

EU leaders to host Turkey’s Erdogan, the estranged uncle they can’t shut out BRUSSELS - European Union leaders are so discomfited by their relationship with Turkey these days that they relegated their summit next month to Varna, a Bulgarian Black Sea port, rather than hold it in Brussels. But despite their wariness over President Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down hard on critics at home and lashed out at the West, they need him too much to turn their backs. Turkish and European Union officials both expect an uneasy atmosphere at the summit on March 26. But the European hosts will have little choice but to hear Erdogan out as he asks for more money for Syrian refugees, a deeper customs union and progress in talks on letting Turks visit Europe without visas. Money is likely to be forthcoming, but little else. A senior EU official dealing with the matter said the bloc would grant Turkey a second 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) for schools, medical care and jobs training for the Syrians it hosts. But progress on visa-free travel and customs were both a “no-go”. On the one hand, European leaders have robustly criticised Turkey for what they see as rapid backsliding on democracy and human rights, especially during a crackdown in the wake of a failed coup in 2016. Some of Erdogan’s hostile rhetoric towards Europe last year, including comparing the

Dutch and German governments to Nazis, has been, for EU leaders, beyond the pale. But on the other hand, European countries still rely on Turkey as a NATO ally on Europe’s southern flank. And an EU deal with Erdogan that halted the mass influx of Syrian refugees into the bloc means the Turkish leader is like an estranged relative that you can’t disinvite from a family dinner, no matter how badly you think he has behaved. “You intensely dislike the person you have in front of you, but you just cannot do without him,” said Marc Pierini, a former EU ambassador to Turkey, now at the Carnegie Europe think-tank. Turkey says it is in Europe’s interest to be warm. “If the EU gives positive signals to Turkey, the more Turkey will do in terms of reforms,” said Ankara’s envoy to the European Union, Faruk Kaymakci. “But the more the EU isolates Turkey, the more inward-looking and nationalist it will turn,” he told reporters. A second senior EU official said Turkey had sought to have the summit in Brussels, but the bloc decided to hold it in Varna instead to lower its profile. Bulgaria, Turkey’s neighbour, has better relations with Ankara than some other EU states and holds the rotating EU presidency for the first half of 2018. (rtr)

JAKARTA - A critically endangered Borneo orangutan shot to death in Indonesia took 130 pellets from an air rifle, in addition to cuts and bruises, an official of a wildlife group said on Thursday. Indonesia has vast swathes of palm or coffee plantations growing on deforested land, and the year’s second such killing is the latest in a series officials often blame on plantation workers and farmers who encounter wildlife on their property.

“It had been blinded,” said Ramadhani, a habitat protection manager with the Center for Orangutan Protection, which made an X-ray examination of the dead animal. “We found 74 air rifle pellets lodged just in its head,” added Ramadhani, who uses only one name, like many Indonesians. “One hundred and thirty pellets are the largest number in the history of conflicts between orangutans and humans that have occurred in Indonesia,” the charity said on its website. Police said they were investigating the killing in East Kalimantan province and the perpetrators could face jail for up to five years. Police have arrested and charged two men in last month’s discovery of a Borneo orangutan shot and decapitated in the neighbouring province of Central Kalimantan. The suspects claim self-defence. Government teams have fanned out across Kalimantan, the habitat of orangutans, to train villagers how to deal with wildlife. The World Wide Fund for Nature estimates there are 104,700 Bornean orangutans, known for their broad faces and dark brown fur, left in the world.

organization that focuses on orangutan preservation and protection in Indonesia, including those in East Kalimantan. With an area of 13,565 hectares, the Lesan River Protected Forest is an important habitat for orangutans and a variety of rare and legally protected wildlife such as sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) and clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), according to COP Habitat Protection Program Manager Ramadhani. However, conservation efforts are sabotaged by palm oil companies, so the forested areas that should be the connecting corridors between HLSL and other orangutan habitats are running out. Hence, Ramadhani asserted that very serious efforts must be taken to maintain the remaining population of Bornean Orangutan. Local residents has found a male orangutan, aged between five and seven years, in critical condition in Teluk Pandan Village of East Kutai District, but the animal then died on Tuesday after being treated by Kutai National Park in Bontang. The body of the orangutan was moved from the national park on Sunday to the city of Bontang for an autopsy. During the autopsy conducted at the Pupuk Kaltim Hospital in Bontang city on Wednesday, the authority removed 48 bullets from the body of a dead orangutan. Ramadhani noted in a statement that an x-ray showed the presence of

some 130 bullets in the body of the dead orangutan, but the autopsy team managed to remove only some of them. “The autopsy has run for four hours, and 48 bullets were removed from the body,” Ramadhani remarked. The autopsy was conducted by the Bontang police and local officials of the Forestry and Environment Ministry. The bullets were fired all across the orangutan`s body, and 74 bullets were found in the head. The rest hit his arms, legs, and chest. In addition, the team also found several wounds and some 19 new injuries allegedly caused by sharp objects. Ramahdani said the orangutan allegedly died of inflammation from his old and new injuries. In May 2016, a similar case had occurred not far from the current location, but the case remained unsolved until now. Therefore, the Center for Orangutan Protection will work in coordination with the police and environment ministry to solve this case. Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has said the government would not hesitate to crack down on the perpetrators of the massacre of orangutans. “We are legally pushing for cases to be processed by law,” Nurbaya said to respond to the a carcass of a headless Bornean orangutan found floating in Kalahien River in South Barito, Central Kalimantan on January 15, 2018. (rtr/ant)

Deforestation

Environmental crimes such as illegal logging and conversion of rain forests into oil palm plantations are putting high pressure on ecosystems and the population of Bornean Orangutan, “Pongo pygmaeus morio”. Illegal logging, land-clearing and conversion activities are considered to be the greatest threats to the “Heart of Borneo”. Of particular concern is the conversion of natural forests to oil palm and timber plantations. As in many tropical areas around the world, Kalimantan rain forests are being cut and degraded for timber, palm oil, pulp, rubber and minerals, and as a result, the orangutan population continues to decline to near extinction. The results of a recent survey by the orangutan conservation agency, the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, noted that the orangutan population in the Lesan River Protected Forest (HLSL) continues to decline year by year. COP is a non-governmental

Center for Orangutan Protection via AP

In this Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 photo released by Center for Orangutan Protection (COP), Principal of COP Hardi Baktiantoro holds an x-ray showing air rifle pellets lodged in the head and body of an orangutan during its surgery in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. A male orangutan on the Indonesian part of Borneo died after being shot at least 130 times with an air gun, the second known killing of a critically endangered orangutan this year.

Home affairs minister scraps 51 regulations

JAKARTA - Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has scrapped 51 regulations to cut lengthy bureaucracy. “Today I scrapped 51 regulations of the home affairs minister that have hampered bureaucracy and led to lengthy bureaucracy. I think this is the initial phase since the Constitutional Court`s verdict

cannot cancel bylaws,” he said at a coordination meeting with governors, regional secretaries and the directorate general of national unity and politics from all over Indonesia on Wednesday. The regulations that have been scrapped are among others related to local administration, researches, micro small and medium business-

es, taxation, education and training, personnel affairs, disaster mitigation, spatial layout and licensing, communication and telecommunication, and national outlook. Tjahjo said the decision to scrap the regulations is relevant to directives from President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who wants the related government agencies to

ease investment licensing process in the country. The minister went on to say that he will soon revoke provisions on medium-term development plan for villages (RPJMD) to enable village heads to focus on rural assistance program. The meeting also discussed ways to optimize regions` role in

addressing radicalism, terrorism and natural disasters. Also present at the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, East Java Governor Soekarwo, South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo, and South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin. (rtr)


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Euro slips on German finance minister uncertainty

LONDON - The euro slipped against a stronger dollar on Wednesday, on disappointment over reports that the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), Martin Schulz, would not be taking over as finance minister for Europe’s biggest economy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD on Wednesday agreed to a coalition deal, taking the country closer to a new government after months of uncertainty that have unnerved allies and investors and investors alike. But although reports suggest that the SPD is likely to take the finance ministry, some investors were disappointed that the current mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, was slated to head up the ministry, and not Schulz. “There was speculation that Mr Schulz could be the next finance minister,” said DZ Bank currency strategist Soeren Hettler, in Frankfurt. “(In that scenario), Germany could be more flexible with regard to its financial situation and spend more money.” “Now we have some uncertainty and have to wait until things are clear,” he added. “For the euro, this is the most important thing ... The finance minister is the secondmost important for the government.” The euro, which had been trading higher on the day before the news, lost around 0.4 percent to trade at $1.2334. The dollar slipped back against the yen,

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Some Myths Related to Tanah Lot Attraction

Wall Street inches higher as volatility eases U.S. stocks crept higher on Wednesday as volatility eased and buyers returned to a market that is recovering from a record fall for the Dow Jones Industrial Average earlier this week. Gains were broad based, with ten of the 11 major S&P sectors higher. The industrial, financial and consumer discretionary stocks led advances on the S&P and the Dow. Boeing rose 2.7 percent, providing the biggest boost to the Dow and S&P. At 12:32 p.m. ET (1732 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 274.21 points, or 1.1 percent, at 25,186.98. The S&P 500 was up 19.78 points, or 0.73 percent, at 2,714.92, while the Nasdaq Composite was up 17.09 points, or 0.24 percent, at 7,132.97. The pivotal gauge of S&P 500 volatility, the VIX, opened at a relatively elevated 31 points, before slipping to 22.62. The VIX on Tuesday hit a more than two-and-a-half year high above 50, after trading, on average, below 20 for months. “What we’re seeing is an attempt at stabilization in U.S. equity prices following a very sharp selloff,” said Peter Kenny, senior market strategist at Global Markets Advisory Group in New York. “The very sharp rise in volatility that accompanied it has also settled back and the bottom line is that the economy remains very robust and corporate earnings are expected to grow. So we have a constructive landscape.” The move lower will provide investors with cheaper stock valuations that are closer to historical norms and will be constructive for the market in the long term, Kenny said. Traders are still braced for more volatility as they try to figure out if the swings of the past few days are the start of a deeper correction or just a temporary blip in the U.S. market’s nine-year bull run. A wild session on Tuesday had seen the Dow swing more than 1,100 points from peak to trough and ended with the benchmark S&P 500 recording its best day since just before President Donald Trump’s election in 2016. Trump, who has repeatedly praised Wall Street gains during his first year in office, on Wednesday dismissed recent market rout, saying stocks should not be falling amid strong economic news. Some investors, however, fear the market is over-stretched in the context of higher inflation and rising bond yields as central banks withdraw their easy money policies of recent years. The recent rout has wiped about $4 trillion off world equities. (rtr)

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handing back earlier gains, as investors remained cautious despite a recovery in stock markets, with many viewing the Japanese currency as undervalued. PROSPECT OF TIGHTENING A sharp decline in global share markets in recent days has had only a muted effect on the currency market, with traditional safe havens such as the yen and Swiss franc seeing only modest gains. While most analysts believe this week’s heavy selloff across stock markets has run its course for the moment, allowing volatility to abate a little, the prospect of monetary tightening across the globe remains a challenge for the long term, and supported the yen against the U.S. currency. The dollar traded as low as 108.92 yen before edging up to trade at 109.22 yen by 1220 GMT. The greenback had reached a high of 109.720 yen earlier in the day as

regional equities such as Japan’s Nikkei soared, taking their cue from a late rebound on Wall Street. But it drifted lower as the Nikkei, which rose as much as 3.4 percent, gave back most of its gains on anxiety over more weakness in U.S. share markets as U.S. stock futures fell during Asian trade. “Everybody in the world can see dollar/ yen is going to break lower at some point again and that the yen is going to make a move (higher) like the euro did and head back towards fair value, 30 seconds after the Bank of Japan even hints about tapering,” said Societe Generale macro strategist Kit Juckes, in London. The dollar was up 0.4 percent against a basket of six major currencies at 89.61, after reaching a two-week peak of 90.034 the previous day. The Swiss franc, a perceived safe haven along with the yen, was down half a percent against the dollar. (rtr)

Having a promenade together with partner to witness the beauty of Tanah Lot tourist attraction will surely be impressive. Moreover, walking hand in hand while passing through every sturdy coral rock will certainly bring in very sweet memories. Fading sunlight at the nightfall as if gave the spirit to strengthen the affection. Unfortunately, Tanah Lot retains a myth and taboo for couples taking their girlfriend of boyfriend to visit the place of worship. “Do not bring your girlfriend or boyfriend to Tanah Lot Temple” is the sentence often expressed by the elders on this Island of the Gods. Many Balinese people believe if unmarried couples have vacation or dating to Tanah Lot Temple will cause the relationship not to last longer or immediately break up. If the prohibition is violated, the relation-

ship with the boyfriend or girlfriend is believed not to last long. It will become not harmonious leading to be separated. Although being difficult to prove, believe it or not, Balinese people especially young couples strongly believe in the myth. They never want to bring their partner to Tanah Lot Temple. Merely walking in the area

of ??Tanah Lot area is commonly done by young couples. “The myth does not apply to married couples,” said Jero Niti, Public Relations of Tanah Lot attraction. In the current modern era, explained Jero Niti, the myth remains to be trusted by the Hindu community in Bali, unlike tourists coming to visit with girlfriend or boyfriend.

Does the myth also apply to them? “Tourists rarely care about it whether they are with a girlfriend or not. They certainly do not know whether they will break up or not,” she said. Another myth is related to the holy snake living in the coral cave. The snake is believed to be the guardian of the temple securing people away from the threat of evil and destruction. It is said if there will be a natural disaster or disaster, the snake will show a sign through the emergence of the king or queen of the red sea snake. Balinese people believe if this sacred snake often

moves to Tanah Lot temple at night to keep the purity of the temple. Meanwhile, there is also a myth of holy water serving as remedy for looking young. The spring is located beneath of the Tanah Lot Temple. The spring coming out of the temple wall is believed to make people ageless. Thus, many Balinese people wish to pray or just use the water to wash their face. “Although the story on the myth of Tanah Lot Temple continues to circulate, tourists continuously come to the attraction located at Beraban village, Kediri, Tabanan,” said Jero Niti. (kmb)

Tektekan, Used to Overcome Plague, Now Becomes Cultural Attraction

Each year ahead of the Nyepi (Day of Silence) celebration, there will a different atmosphere, especially at Kediri customary village, Tabanan. In other regions, ahead of the celebration may be graced with the making and parade of ogoh-ogoh (papier mâché demon) or bamboo cannon, but Kediri precisely holds cultural event in the form of Tektekan. It is named the Tektekan Kediri-Nangluk Merana. This event will take place for eleven days starting from March 17 through March 27, 2017 or on the Pengerupukan Day. The annual event will be packaged in a parade. Moreover, on March 25 and 26 this special event will be held in front of the Desa and Puseh Temple of Kediri customary village. In the meantime, the road closure will take place on March 27, 2017 where the route will reach the Kediri roundabout.

Chief of Kediri customary village, AAG Ngurah Panji Wisnu, explained that during the eleven days, the entire customary villagers of Kediri ranging from children to adults will go around the village while playing the sounds from a variety of sources. They are ranging from kulkul (bamboo split drum), gong or okokan (large cow bell). Some have even been modified with the accompaniment of bleganjur. “In total, there are seven hamlets at Kediri customary village that will take turns to go round from one hamlet to another hamlet existing is at our village,” he explained. Further, he said that tektekan tradition in the area of Kediri customary village is inherited from generation to generation. So far, there is no any record on the history of its origin. According to his ancestors, the tradition came together with

the outbreaks in Kediri. “At that time, many residents were experiencing sickness to death and they also faced harvest failure because their paddy fields were attacked by pests,” he said. Due to concerns over the calamity occurred at that time, community leaders and temple priests agreed to invoke guidance by praying at local Puseh Temple. At that time, they got a clue if the pandemic could be eliminated by means of sounds. Armed with this clue, the residents of Kediri came down and went around the village while playing tektekan for few days. Finally, it was proved that the plague attacking the customary village disappeared. Since then, the tektekan tradition has psychical function to dismiss plague. Its implementation cannot be predicted because it depends on the incidence of outbreak at

the village. With the changing of time or more precisely from 2014 the tektekan tradition began to be transformed into an entertainment art. Moreover, local villagers agreed to hold this tradition as annual attraction coinciding with the Hindus celebrating Nyepi.

During the execution of tektekan tradition at local customary village, the officials suggest road users to find alternative road section. “We’ve made coordination with police authority, especially on the security and traffic diversion,” he concluded. (kmb)


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Merchants urge realization of Sukawati Market revitalization

North Korea says no U.S. talks planned at Olympics as Pence heads for Seoul

GIANYAR — The rain accompanied with strong winds frequently occurred lately makes a number of merchants in Sukawati Market worried. Although the building looks sturdy from outside, when viewed carefully, many of the roofs have come off and leaked. Not infrequently, a number of blocks in the market leak during heavy rain. They cannot do much, just save the merchandise and place a small bucket to just hold the leaking water. The merchants also hoped local government through relevant agencies to immediately realize the renovation of the market buildings widely issued to be implemented this year. As reported by Ni Nyoman, 55, a merchant from Sukawati, since she has sold clothes for decades at Sukawati market, she never sees the building being renovated. “The building has been long enough, but remains strong. Only the roof experiences damages,” she explained. Similar opinion was conveyed by other merchants where they hoped the repair of the building will also restore the existing artistic values. “Do not be like this time. It gives chaotic impression in terms of arrangement and merchants are also allowed to peddle on the pavement,” he said. A number of merchants also suggested if the budget for repair is small, at least the repair can be focused on the leaked roof of the market building. On the contrary, if the building will be totally refurbished, they hoped they can still sell comfortably and safely. “Moreover, today the guests coming to shop are quiet or a little, unlike as ever

before,” said a merchant. Related to that matter, the Head of the Gianyar Industry and Trade Agency, Wayan Suamba, when asked for his confirmation said that revitalization of the Sukawati art market is still in the process of proposing to central government. “Currently, the budget is still being proposed by the Ministry of Trade to the Ministry of Finance through the budget B 99 2018. Hopefully, it can be realized this year,” he explained. As reported earlier, district government of Gianyar through the Industry and Trade Agency plans to revitalize the Sukawati art market by improving facilities and maintaining its existence in the face of competition against the mushrooming shops in Bali. As planned, the revitalization of the market having been famous for its various Balinese handicrafts will be carried out by using the state budget worth IDR 60 billion as well as fund assistance from the Gianyar regional budget (APBD). “Assistance fund

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Rescuers run out of a hotel during an aftershock after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. IBP/kmb

The merchants hoped the local government through relevant agencies to immediately realize the renovation of the market buildings. from APBD is worth IDR 15 billion, whole from the state budget worth IDR 60 billion,” he explained. Later, the physical building of the Sukawati art market will be adjusted to national

standards and still feature Balinese architectural style. Unfortunately, until now the clarity about this revitalization program has not got a green light. It is unknown when the workmanship will start. (kmb28)

Kidnapping of Bulgarian citizen has revenge motif

Masterminded by field coordinator of mass organization

DENPASAR — Bali Police released the disclosure of kidnapping case of George Jordanov, 47, a Bulgarian citizen, on Wednesday (Feb. 7). Related to the case, six people were designated as suspects and ten others as witnesses. Results of the investigation indicate if the motive of the case is revenge because in November 2017, the victim and his friends had persecuted one of the perpetrators. This case also involved the field coordinator and members of one of the mass organizations in Bali. Related to this case, the officers detained six perpetrators directly involved in the case, namely Joseph Ephraim Kiuk alias Ken, 29, Tihomir Asenov Danailov, 35, citizens of Bulgaria, Kemal Kapuci, 30, Turkish citizen, Yusten J. Kapitan, 29, Deti, Kahraman Midis alias Hiro, a Turkish citizen. Besides, police officers also arrested ten friends of the perpetrators for posing with the perpetrators after the kidnapping. They had initials KS, 38, BAZ, 31, OKN, 26, EB, 34, GW, 24, PAY, 34, SA, DLM, DDF and Kd. “We regret because this case also involves mass organization. Moreover, the idea of kidnapping was given by the field coordinator of the mass organization. Meanwhile, the

perpetrator’s video after the kidnapping was sent to a victim’s friend via WA, including the request of ransom. After that, the video was forwarded to the ambassador of Bulgaria,” said Director of Bali Police General Criminal Investigation, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, accompanied by Division Head of Partnership of Public Relations, Ismi Rahayu. Mahendra Jaya said that after receiving the report on Monday (Feb. 5), he immediately instructed the mobile detective team to investigate. Afterwards, police searched for the victim. Based on the data and information obtained and profiling of one of the perpetrators, Ken, he is a member of one of the mass organizations in Bali and was seen eating at the Turkey Kebab Restaurant on Jalan Dewi Sri, Legian, Kuta. After eating, Ken immediately left the restaurant. Furthermore, police conducted surveillance to Ken driving Toyota Innova vehicle who entered the area of the Air Force base around Ngurah Rai Airport, Tuban. “Our members immediately coordinated with the members of the Air Force Military Police, Tuban,” he said. The suspect Ken was arrested, and in the car was found two Turkish citizens, namely the suspect

Tihomir and Kemal. Furthermore, the three suspects were taken to the location where the victim was locked up, namely at a boarding house on Jalan Kampus Unud Gang Dispen I, Jimbaran, South Kuta, around 22:30 local time. “When found by our members, the victim was handcuffed and guarded by someone during the captivity,” he said. As the results of the examination against the perpetrators, Mahendra Jaya said that on Saturday (Feb. 3) at 21:30, the victim walked to a minimarket at Jalan Sunset Road, Kuta. When passing in front of Kebab Restaurant of the suspect, the victim encountered Ken. At that time, Ken asked the victim what he was doing there. Next, Ken hit the victim followed by his friends. The victim was then taken to one of the rooms behind the restaurant. At the same time, came Midis with a woman. Then, Midis asked what the victim was doing there. The victim answered that he bought cigarettes at the minimarket. After that, the victim was put into the car and his eyes were closed with a shirt. After a 10-minute journey, the car stopped and the victim’s eyes were opened. The victim saw a forest-like condition and was then locked up in a

boardinghouse. “This case was revealed two hours after it was reported. Afterward, it was followed up by the development and inspection carried out until yesterday (Tuesday—Ed),” he said. Having been investigated, the act of the suspect Ken with his friends purely took revenge. On October 25, 2017 at 11:00 local time, Midis aka Hiro from Turkey was intercepted by Jordanov (kidnapping victim) along with some friends on Jalan Sunset Road, Seminyak, Kuta. Next, Midis was forced to get into the car and asked for money EUR 20,000. Since he did not have such amount of money, Midis was beaten in the face to inflict a bruise. In addition, his wallet containing identity cards, credit cards, mobile phones and money worth IDR 4 million was taken. Again, Midis was asked for EUR 10,000, but he did not have. Hearing that, Midis was beaten and dropped off in the middle of a forest area in Tabanan. On December 13, 2017, Midis and Ken found the perpetrator swarming over him, V. Iliyanov and Jordanov at a homestay in Legian, Kuta. Meanwhile, another friend of Jordanov, T. Adzic, stayed at a villa on Jalan Dewi

Sri. A sharp weapon was found under the seat of his motorcycle. After that, they were taken to police station assisted by customary apparatus to be processed in Kuta Police Station. On the incident, Midis reported the case to Bali Police on February 6 with the report Number: LP / 48 / II / 2018 / SPKT. “Of course, we are still developing this case, including the investigation of the report,” he said. On the other hand, the lawyer of the suspects, Yanuar Nahak, also submitted if the case is purely revenge. However, he regretted such an act. “Actually if we talk legally, taking revenge with such an execution is wrong and not justified by the rule of law. As their legal counsel, I do not justify it,” he said. Yanuar said the incident was not due to mass organization movement or paid action, but spontaneity of taking revenge. He said the incident has nothing to do with the video of birthday celebration of one of the perpetrators that has gone viral. The perpetrator (Ken) was a member of a mass organization, but has been out and planned to establish a field coordinator of his own mass organization. However, he has not reported this to the leadership of the organization,” said Yanuar. (kmb36)

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Aftershocks rattle Taiwan as quake toll rises to 10, 58 missing

HUALIEN - Scores of aftershocks hampered rescue efforts on Thursday as emergency personnel combed through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 10 people near Taiwan’s popular tourist city of Hualien. The coastal city of Hualien was hit by a magnitude 6.4 quake just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday that also injured 265 people. Four buildings collapsed, officials said, and about 58 people were still missing. Nervous residents endured more than 200 aftershocks, including a 5.7 quake late on Wednesday and smaller tremors early on Thursday. Aftershocks with a magnitude of at least 5.0 could rock the island over the next two weeks, the government said. “There were constant aftershocks so I didn’t really dare stay at home. The area around my house is actually not that bad, the houses are all OK but, because of the aftershocks, I don’t really want to stay there,” said Hualien resident Yang Yantin. A Reuters witness said people rushed out of a residential building and rescue workers looked up from piles of debris after another strong aftershock rattled the city at around 11 a.m. on Thursday (0300 GMT). Horns sounded to warn people

to leave buildings and chanting from groups of Buddhists could also be heard. It was initially feared as many as 150 people may have been missing in the rubble. The death toll had been put at seven overnight. Many of the missing were believed to be trapped in a 12-storey residential building that was tilting at a 45-degree angle. Tenants and their furniture were flung across their apartments in the damaged building. More than 600 soldiers and 1,300 police have been deployed to help with rescue efforts. The government said three mainland Chinese were among the dead. Chen Deming, president of China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, said the mainland was willing to assist with relief efforts, including sending teams to the island. Rescue workers used ladders and flash lights as they searched for survivors among the rubble on Thursday. More than 800 people sought

refuge in shelters overnight, many too scared to stay in their homes as aftershocks stirred panic. Hualien is home to about 100,000 people. Its streets were buckled by the force of the quake, with large cracks along major roads. “I’ve never actually experienced an earthquake before but I’d heard people say that there were often earthquakes here, so at first I didn’t really react, but later when all the lights started smashing - the floor was covered in glass - that is when I realised it was really serious,” said tourist Zhang Hongcong. Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers part of its territory, lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes. An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck nearby on Sunday. More than 100 people were killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, and some Taiwanese remain scarred by a 7.6 magnitude quake that was felt across the island and killed more than 2,000 people in 1999. (rtr)

SEOUL - North Korea has no intention of meeting U.S. officials during the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Friday, state media reported, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons programme. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who described North Korea as the world’s most tyrannical regime, arrived in South Korea on Thursday ahead of the opening ceremony in the mountain resort of Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily armed border with the reclusive North. The ceremony will also be attended by a senior delegation of North Korean officials, including the younger sister of leader Kim Jong Un and the North’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam. The sister, Kim Yo Jong, and other members of her entourage will travel by private jet to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport on Friday afternoon, North Korea informed the South on Thursday. The North’s delegation, including Kim Yo Jong, will also meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and have lunch with him on Saturday. “We have never begged for dialogue with the U.S. nor in the future, too,” the North’s KCNA news agency reported, citing Jo Yong Sam, a director-general at North Korea’s foreign ministry. “Explicitly speaking, we have no intention to meet with the U.S. side during the stay in South Korea ... Our delegation’s visit to South Korea is only to take part in the Olympics and hail its successful holding.” Pence said the United States

had not requested talks with North Korean officials, but left open the possibility of some contact. “But if I have any contact with them, in any context, over the next two days, my message will be the same as it was here today: North Korea needs to, once and for all, abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile ambition,” Pence told reporters as he left Japan. Earlier in the week, Pence said Washington would soon unveil “the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever”. South Korea wants to use the Olympics to re-engage with North Korea and open the way for talks to resolve one of the world’s most dangerous crises, in which U.S. President Donald Trump and Pyongyang have swapped bellicose threats of nuclear war. Hinting at more engagement with Pyongyang, Seoul said it would be open to discuss resuming tours to North Korea’s scenic Mount Kumgang once the security of tourists was guaranteed and conditions relating to North Korea’s nuclear programme were met. South Korean tours to the resort were closed after a South Korean tourist was shot by a North Korean guard there in 2008. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters that China saw the Olympics as a first step towards “everyday, uninterrupted” dialogue. All sides, not just the two Koreas, needed to work hard and dialogue between the United States and North Korea should be expanded for this to happen, Wang said. “You can’t have it that one person opens the door and another closes it,” he said. (rtr)

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses members of U.S. military services and Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) before he departs for South Korea, at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan February 8, 2018.


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New York Fashion Week 2018

NEW YORK - New York Fashion Week begins this week, kicking off the month long runway extravaganza that sees the fashion industry relocate first to (mostly) Manhattan, followed by London, Milan and finally, Paris. As ever, the schedule has seen reshuffles and last minute shifts and there are set to be plenty of supermodel appearences and celebrity sightings throughout the week. New York Fashion Week actually began on February 5th - this season the men’s shows toggled on to the beginning of the week. The official women’s programme starts on 8th February, running until next Wednesday 14th, with the majority of designers unveiling their Au-

tumn/Winter ‘18 collections, which will land on store rails (and into our wardrobes) in the early Autumn. Though the label is no longer opening proceedings, all eyes will be on Calvin Klein. Helmed by Raf Simons, the collection is likely to combine a starry front row- the Kardashian- Jenners starred in the label’s recent underwear campaignwith Americana-tinged talking points; cowboy boots, vinyl-coated jackets and feather cocktail dresses have all been reimagined by Simons in the past. For the first time, Bottega Veneta is showing in New York, rather than Milan, its historic home. The move chimes with a store opening on

Madison Avenue and the launch of a New York capsule collection of accessories- expect a stellar runway, hotly tipped to include Gigi and Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Lauren Hutton, among others. The rest of the week sees Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and the usual closing extravaganza from NY stalwart, Marc Jacobs on the 14th. We’ve got our eye on Alexander Wang (10th), showing on this schedule for the last time before moving

the the CDFA’s June and December programme which fits better with its ‘buy-now-wear-now model’. And the #MeToo movement is being marked with a dedicated show on February 9th organised by campaigner Myriam Chalek - it’s likely to be a theme that is referenced in numerous shows this fashion month. What’s new this season?

Making its debut on the New York schedule is Juicy Couture. Yes, the label which dressed Nicole Ritchie, Paris Hilton, Coleen Rooney and more in velour tracksuits in the noughties is making a comeback under the creative direction of Jamie Mizrahi, the stylist who has masterminded red carpet strategies for Katy Perry, Riley Keough and more. Can it ever be cool again? Aussie label Alice McCall will also show for the first time - the label has gone from strength to strength in recent months - with Stella Maxwell fronting the SS18 campaign and being worn by celebrities from Beyonce to Kaia Gerber. Victoria Beckham, one of the week’s hot tickets, is eschewing a big runway show in favour of mini show presentations on the Upper East Side. Beckham is returning the the more intimate style shows she ran when her label first launched.

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Like Beckham, several labels are opting for a more casual setting, including Gabriela Hearst, Derek Lam and J.Mendel. Who’s doing it differently?

Victoria Beckham, one of the week’s hot tickets, is eschewing a big runway show in favour of mini show presentations on the Upper East Side. Beckham is returning the the more intimate style shows she ran when her label first launched. Like Beckham, several labels are opting for a more casual setting, including Gabriela Hearst, Derek Lam and J.Mendel. Some brands are abandoning a traditional ‘show’ environment altogether. Rodarte, who showed last season’s collection at Paris couture week in the summer, have this season forgone a physical showcase entirely, in favour of a lookbook style collection unveiling, featuring a pregnant Kirsten Dunst alongside a host of other notable names, and friends of the brand. (net)

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So far the registration of mangosteen orchards in Tabanan has not been completed because the requirements have not been completed by farmers.

Mangosteen orchard unqualified for requirements, Farmers may be unable to export

TABANAN — Indonesia’s mangosteen export to China has now been reopened. However, in order to export, the farmers’ mangosteen orchard must be registered. Unfortunately, although the harvest season is getting near, so far the registration of mangosteen orchards in Tabanan has not been completed because the requirements have not been completed by farmers. Division Head of Production and Horticulture Development at the Tabanan Agriculture Agency, I Wayan Suandra, said on Tuesday (Feb. 6) that Tabanan has 90 registered orchards. Unfortunately, this registration already expired in 2016 so they need renewal. Although it was delayed for a year, in 2018 a total of 90 mangosteen orchards have made renewal registration. However, this process has not been completed as hampered by incomplete requirements. This condition is feared to hamper farmers from exporting their mangosteen that will be harvested in February. “Completeness for examination in each group is not ready, especially the administration such as the standard operating procedures (SOP) and map of each group. Therefore, the mangosteen orchard has not received renewal registration,” explained Suandra. Tabanan currently has 90 registered orchards with varying areas. The orchards belong to several farmer groups namely the

Mengesta Sari Group (23), Tunas Mekar Group (20), Pala Sari Group (27) and Amerta Manik Group (20). These farmer groups are under one Gapoktan namely Mundeh Sari farmer groups alliance (Gapoktan) of Mundeh Kangin village, West Selemadeg. Suandra explained that in 2011 Tabanan only had 30 registered orchards and then increased to 50 in 2012 and increased again to 90 in 2013 until now. Farmers did not make renewal of their registration although it already expired in 2016. This happened because the central government no longer born the funding for the orchard registration that year. Due to high cost, farmers preferred not to register and that year the export of mangosteen to China has not been re-opened. “Now, the export has been reopened so the farmers regain their eagerness to submit their orchard certification. Actually, it has been done from 2017 but until now the requirements have not been complete,” said Suandra. Regarding the financing, it is carried out independently and mutual assistance among the members of Mundeh Kangin farmer group. Hopefully, the specified requirements can have been completed so that the renewal process of the orchard registration can be implemented and completed and the farmers can export their mangosteen in 2018. (kmb24)

SEMARAPURA — The intensity of rain flushing the area of Klungkung district has not impacted on the tourist visit to Nusa Penida islands. This is indicated by the room occupancy rate of hotels this month tending to be stable at 65 percent. “So far, there is not problem on crossing. It is not affected by weather condition,” said Secretary of the Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) of Klungkung, I Wayan Sukadana, on Tuesday (Feb. 6). He delivered that tourists staying overnight are dominated by Chinese guests. This happens due to the Lunar New Year celebration holiday. Meanwhile, the European guests are estimated to start arriving next April. “This tourism has a phase. Each country has a different holiday period,” he explained. In the same month of 2017, the room occupancy rate

touched 78 percent. This happened due to the absence of Mount Agung eruption. “The tourist visit has not fully recovered, unlike last year,” said this Director of Nusa Kertha Kosala (PDNKK) region-owned enterprise of Klungkung. Hotel’s room rate, he continued, has not been raised according to normal rates. If it is done, it is feared to affect the occupancy rate; especially in Nusa Penida, that is frequently taken advantage as a stopover object by tourists traveling in groups lately. “Commonly, the groups have owned a package. So, they just stop by in Nusa Penida. After that, they will be back and stay in another area. On the contrary, European tourists prefer to have their own individual trip so they can directly stay here,” he explained. To boost tourist arrivals, this man from Suana village, Nusa Penida, claimed to have intensified the promotion through website and travel agencies. “Our promotion keeps going on,” he added. (kmb45)

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The intensity of rain flushing the area of Klungkung district has not impacted on the tourist visit to Nusa Penida islands.


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Improving quality of local beef

DENPASAR - Quality of local beef is much different when compared to that of imported beef. This matter causes hotel, restaurant and catering business in Bali to prefer the use of imported beef instead of local beef. However, the efforts to improve the quality of beef to be equal to that of imported beef can still be done. Thus, local market opportunities and the empowerment of local resources can be utilized by tourism sector.

A professor at Faculty of Agriculture, Udayana University, Prof. Dr. I Nyoman Sucipta, said that based on his experience on cattle post-harvest, improving the quality of local beef can be done by improving the texture of beef enzymatically by using plants containing papain and bromelain enzyme. Meanwhile, papain enzyme is usually obtained from papaya sap taken from young fruits and leaves, while bromelain can be obtained from pineapple flesh. “It’s commonly done, while some people use artificial papain enzymes,” said Prof. Sucipta, on Wednesday (Feb. 7). Prof. Sucipta said that imported beef is better than local beef. Aside from having been enriched with enzymes, the imported beef is also slaughtered at young age. This happens because the animals slaughter at younger age will have much better texture than the old ones. Meanwhile, breeders in Bali have a habit to sell their cattle at the optimum age with the optimum weight. This happens because the weight increase of Bali cattle is slower than imported cattle. “Bali cattle grow slowly because the breeders only take it as a sideline basis. In addition, their fodder is less nutritious due to the absence of concentrate use,” he said. An agriculture observer, Djaya Wirata, said that improving the quality of local beef is not difficult. Moreover, Bali has a university engaged in the field of animal husbandry, such as Faculty of Agriculture at Udayana University. Surely the livestock experts are available although the technology has not yet been

able to do so. “The government can send the experts or livestock scientists to study overseas about it (improving the quality of beef), although the application is not easy due to non-supportive climate. The government must involve practitioners or experts or experienced people in various activities to achieve maximum results,” he said. In addition, synergy with various stakeholders should also be done in an integrated manner. Thus, the purposes of the program can be realized to the fullest. “In essence, whatever we do must be integrated. It should not be carried out individually and pragmatically. We are often weak in building networks, so that outside parties will more quickly capture the opportunities available. In this case, the government is crucial in terms of creating a climate for all so that they can run in line with expectations, especially because Bali is very rich in resources. Now, it will highly depend on political will of the leaders to use it,” he concluded. (win)

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DENPASAR - Hotel management does not mind using local products. Moreover, it strongly supports the use of local products. However, some obstacles are often experienced so that the use of imported products becomes a preferred option. Chairman of the Indonesia Hotel General Manager Association (IHGMA) of Bali, Nyoman Astama, said the existence of tourism should accordingly provide direct benefits for local communities. It includes in the provision of food ingredients for guests staying at hotel. “It is time for local products to be supplied to hotels,” he said on Wednesday (Feb. 7) However, in providing food services for guests, the hotels must also meet the hygiene and sanitation standards as specified by relevant agencies. “We have regularly undergone a test every six months conducted by the Health Agency,” he said. He did not want to take any risks if there is problem with hygiene and sanitation. Surely, it will have bad impact on the tourism image of Bali and even Indonesia. In addition to the compliance with health standards, the compliance with ingredients for hotels should also meet the criteria. Quality of the ingredients must be in accordance with the specified criteria, the price is competitive or even lower if transferred to new supplier, so the continuity of

the ingredient supply will run sustainably. “Frequently, the first and second criteria can be met, but the availability of ingredients is not continuous. This is the problem,” he said. In compliance with established standards and quality, the suppliers should consult with government agencies on the national standard of Indonesian that should be used as reference. Policymakers should also provide assistance and regular training so that suppliers can improve the quality of the ingredients. With the presence of technological advancement, suppliers can also easily access information on ingredient standards that must be met in accordance with applicable regulations. Currently, 75-80 percent of hotels becoming the members of the IHGMA in Bali have been using local products, unless the products are not available. General Manager of The Vasini, Suartaya, said that local meat is cheaper in terms of price and the procurement can be carried out quickly. However, in terms of quality it still needs to be improved. According to him, to get a good meat quality, poultry breeding should be improved before slaughtering. For instance, their fodder and sanitation of their cage should well maintained et cetera. (kmb42)

After calming down all day, Mt. Agung exudes blast again

AMLAPURA - Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) released that the volcanic activities of Mount Agung decreased significantly. Throughout Tuesday (Feb. 6), the monitoring tool did not even record any activities of either earthquake or continuous tremor as it usually happened. The activities of the mountain with the altitude of 3,142 meters showed a slight increase on Wednesday (Feb. 7) marked by the occurrence of three times the blast. The first blast was recorded during the period of 00:00 to 06:00 with amplitude 13 mm for 40 seconds. During the period

were also recorded three shallow volcanic earthquakes, four deep volcanic earthquakes and one distant tectonic earthquake. The second blast was recorded in the period of 06:00 to 12:00. During which was recorded two times shallow volcanic earthquake with 12-15 mm amplitude for 20-25 seconds. Then, the third blast was recorded during the period of 12:00 to 18:00 with a 16-mm amplitude for 65 seconds. Though volcanic activities declined, Mount Agung remains in warning alert level to an estimated radius of 6 km from the top of the mountain. Re-emergence of the blast began to occur on Monday (Feb. 5)

after no volcanic activities were recorded for several days previously. Seismograph at Rendang village observation post, Rendang, on that day recorded blast and seismicity for several times. Head of the PVMBG, I Gede Suantika, acknowledged that volcanic activities of Mount Agung have decreased considerably. In terms of seismicity, volcanic activities of Mount Agung even decreased dramatically when compared to the period of December 2017. The re-occurrence of earthquake, according to him, is a natural thing considering the current status of Mount Agung remains in warning or level IV. “All this time, the tectonic earthquake

and micro earthquake centered at Batulompeh, Kubu. At the end of January, the number of seismicity greatly decreased. Within a few days, there is not even an earthquake monitored by the monitoring equipment,” he explained. Seeing the very drastic drop of seismicity, Suantika admitted there is a possibility that the status of Mount Agung is lowered. According to him, the level of seismicity is one of the parameters used in determining the decline of volcanic status. Besides, the possibility of Mount Agung to become normal is very large. The potential refers to other data like the deformation gauge known to no longer record any bubbles

on the body of Mount Agung. The body even tends to experience deflation. Similarly, percentage of volcanic gas emissions began to decline as well. The development of Mount Agung condition will be discussed in the evaluation meeting in the near future. Reduction of volcanic activities also affects the vegetation conditions on the slopes of Mount Agung. Secretary of the Mount Agung slope area brotherhood (Pasebaya), I Wayan Suara Arsana, said that currently the withering vegetation due to volcanic ashes has begun to grow. “Around the area of Pasar Agung Temple at Sebudi, trees have started to have green leaves,” he said. (117)

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INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT WIDHYA ASIH AND BALI LIFE FOUNDATION ORPHANAGE Friday February 9 11:00-15:00 Art for BARC Ubud Gallery, Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud 19:30-22:30 Friday Nights with Antonio Trio Siberia Restaurant Jln. Dropped 7 Denpasar 19:00-22:00 Kanda Jazz Night-Plaga Sangria Kanda Restaurant Jl. Kanda no 8A, Denpasar 19:00-22:00 Latin Fever Birdhouse Beach Club Jl.. Sugar Ayu, Sanur Saturday February 10 20:00-23:00 Night Moves at Potato Head Potato Head Beach Club Bali Badung 17:00-19:00 Sunset Salsa on the Beach Genius Cafe - Home to the Entrepreneur Beach Club Mertasari Beach, Sanur 16:00-17:00 Cupping is Believing Kofi Kultur Rum Sanur Creative hi Jalan Danau Poso no 51A, Sanur 10:00-17:00 Yoga & Ayurveda Chakra Yoga Shala Jl Chempaka Putih Br. Penestanan Kaja Ubud Sunday February 11 9:00-16:00 Entrepreneur First Step Workshop INBIS TOHPATI Jl. WR. Supratman, no 302 Denpasar 7:00-21:00 Sunday Funday! Genius Cafe- Home to the Entrepreneur Beach Club Mertasari Beach Sanur 14:00-16:00 Sooner Inspiring VOl4: Pimp your Arak Jalan Danau Poso no. 15 Sanur

Guests at InterContinental Bali Resort have once again made a significant contribution to support the lives of disadvantaged children through the Resort’s annual fundraising campaign to help Widhya Asih & Bali Life Foundation Orphanage. Every year, the Resort raises funds to purchase essential necessities for the children, such as clothing, toiletries and nutritious food. Widhya Asih is a Christian-based non-profit social agency in Bali that helps eliminate poverty through education. The Foundation manages six children’s homes around Bali. The children and young adults, ranging in age from 4 to 22, come from extremely impoverished families, or are the victims of violence or exploitation. Widhya Asih means “Knowledge

with Love.” By providing safe and hygienic living space, nourishing food, access to formal education, quality health care, and additional training in wholesome values and productive life skills, the Foundation teaches and helps impoverished people to break away from the cycle of poverty. Similar to Widhya Asih, Bali Life Foundation strives to provide love and care to those in Bali who are disillusioned and disadvantaged, with the aim of giving them hope, dignity and purpose. The home was built in November 2006 and the Bali Life family has grown steadily over the years, now housing 42 children from a variety of backgrounds and places in Indonesia. Bali Life recognises the need to provide the practical skills that the children need, which will allow each of them to find a good job when the time comes to leave. This has led to the development of a training workshop programme where the children learn English, IT, agriculture, cooking, music, art, dance and sport. InterContinental Bali Resort’s 2017 Christmas fundraising initiative was a joint hotel-guest activity in which hotel guests, visitors and staff were invited to contribute a minimum US$10 cash donation and take home a Christmas pouch as a memento of their support for the underprivileged children of Bali. The pouches, which were handmade by the children of Widhya Asih orphanage house, were displayed throughout the festive season next to Santa’s Corner at InterContinental Bali Resort. The children also made Christmas Stockings, which were purchased by the Resort and then placed in each of the rooms on Christmas Eve as a unique turn-down amenity. ­­­­Guests had the opportunity to see the children from Widhya Asih and Bali Life Foundation when the youngsters sang carols in the Lobby on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The amount of cash raised was matched by InterContinental Bali Resort, and a total donation of IDR 10.850.800 was presented to Widhya Asih and Bali Life Foundation on 1 and 2 February 2018. “All children deserve to have hope and a place to call home. Our ongoing commitment to raise funds for the foundation and interact with the children of the orphanage will help open doors to a better world for them in the future”, said Michael Koth, General Manager of InterContinental Bali Resort.”


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Australian burger chain settles dispute with Crocodile Dundee actor SYDNEY - Australian burger chain Grill’d has paid A$20,000 ($15,640) to actor Paul Hogan and a charity to settle a dispute over the use of one the “Crocodile Dundee” actor’s most famous lines, his lawyer said on Thursday. Hogan filed a lawsuit against the restaurant group in the Federal Court in December, accusing Grill’d of “misleading or deceptive conduct” by associating themselves with the Hogan brand without consent. Grill’d had used a variation of the line “That’s not a knife...that’s a knife” from the 1986 movie “Crocodile Dundee” on the paper sleeves covering its knives. Hogan both co-wrote and starred in “Crocodile Dundee”, the tale of an Australian bushman at home in the outback who finds himself a fish out of water in New York. The movie was a commercial and critical hit, garnering the Australian actor a Golden Globe Award for best actor and an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. Hogan’s lawyer, Andrew Rich-

ardson, told Reuters that Grill’d had agreed to withdraw the controversial sleeves at all their outlets, pay Hogan A$10,000 for his legal costs, and donate another A$10,000 to the charity Cure Cancer Australia. “We are pleased to have settled this issue with Paul Hogan and proud to donate the money to Cure Cancer, and such a worthwhile cause,” Grill’d director Simon Crowe said in emailed statement. Hogan, a longtime supporter of Cure Cancer Australia, said the donation was chosen because cancer is one of the country’s leading causes of death. “We need to do everything we can to support Australia’s brilliant emerging scientists,” he said in a statement posted on the charity’s website. Hogan popped up in a spoof trailer for a remake of the original movie, alongside current Australian stars in Hollywood Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie, during Sunday’s U.S. Super Bowl. The ad was part of Tourism Australia’s multimillion dollar campaign in the United States. (rtr)

Robin Williams gestures during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association Cable summer press tour in Pasadena, California, U.S., July 30, 2009.

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Snow blankets Paris and northern France, transport disrupted

PARIS - Heavy snowfall across northern France overnight caused widespread travel disruption on Wednesday with hundreds of motorists spending the night in their cars and around 700 travellers sleeping in two Paris train stations. French authorities set up makeshift shelters at roadsides across the Paris region, near Orly airport to the south of the capital and at the Austerlitz and Montparnasse stations in the city. In all, around 1,500 people had to be sheltered between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Robin Williams’ death linked to rise in copycat suicides

Some flights were cancelled at Orly, according to the airport’s travel information. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said authorities had worked to prevent travel chaos as much as possible but that grit on roads was not effective with heavy dumpings of snow. “We’re facing an exceptional episode,” he told RTL radio, ward-

ing off calls to overhaul France’s transport network. “We’re not going to adapt our infrastructure for an exceptional occurrence, for two big snowfalls that happen every four or five years.” At least 15 cm of snow fell around the capital’s outlying suburbs, the biggest dump since 2013, the government said.

For children and the more adventurous, the weather was a godsend: some carted skis to the top of Montmartre, the steep hill in northern Paris where the Sacre Coeur is located, while impromptu snowball fights erupted on the way to schools. But mostly it caused disruption for tourists and commuters. The Eiffel Tower was shut to visi-

tors on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the heaviest snowfall, and Parisians were braced for several more days of snowstorms and freezing temperatures, with forecasts of -7 degrees centigrade on Thursday night. Regional train services were interrupted, leaving many commuters outside Paris stranded, while inner-city bus services were cancelled and some metro lines heavily disrupted. In L’Etang-la-Ville, a village 20 km west of Paris, people arrived at the station to find the tracks buried under snow and scant information on whether there would be any services.

“They’re saying the trains are running at a reduced speed. But they’re lying, there are no trains,” said IT technician Jean-Michel Blanchet, blaming weak investment in regional rail networks for a lack of snow-clearing equipment. (rtr) News can also be heard in “Bali Image” at Global Radio FM 96.5 from 9.30 until 10.00 am. Listen to Global Radio FM at http:// globalfmbali.listen2myradio.com or live video streaming at http:// radioglobalfmbali.com and http:// ustream.tv/channel/global-fm-bali.

LOS ANGELES - Suicide rates in the United States spiked almost 10 percent following the death in 2014 of actor Robin Williams, and spiked even more among men and those who ended their lives, like Williams, by suffocation, according to a study published on Wednesday.

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Australian actor Paul Hogan arrives during the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles, California, January 11, 2014.

The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, found that in the five months from August to December 2104 some 18,690 deaths by suicide were recorded - an increase of 9.85 percent from the expected number of cases for the period. Williams, the Oscar-winning star of “Good Morning, Vietnam” who was beloved for his humor, died in August 2014 at age 63 in a suicide that shocked fans worldwide. Authorities said he died of asphyxia after hanging himself at his home in northern California. An autopsy found that Williams was suffering from Lew body dementia, which causes a progressive decline

in mental ability. Suicides following Williams’ death rose by 12.9 percent in men aged 30-44, and the study found a 32 percent increase in the number of deaths from suffocation. Although the study could not prove a definitive link, it said there appeared to be a connection. Extensive media coverage of Williams’ death “might have proved the necessary stimulus for high-risk segments of the U.S. population (e.g. middle-aged men in despair) to move from suicidal ideation to attempt.” While the effects of widely reported celebrity suicides have previously been linked to increases

in the wider population, the study said media coverage of Williams’ suicide was particularly detailed and sensational and was amplified through social media. The suicide in 1994 of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, for example, appeared to have a minimal impact on suicide rates in his Seattle home town, partly because of more restricted reporting, the study said. “The media industry can positively or negatively influence imitation suicides,” the study said. “Popular news media headlines suggest that media guidelines for suicide reporting were not followed in the case of Mr. Williams.” (rtr)

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