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Ben McKenzie Cast in Iconic Role in Fox’s Batman Origin Series The O.C. star Ben McKenzie has landed the coveted role of a Detective James Gordon in Fox’s highly anticipated , Warner Bros. Television confirmed on Saturday. Go on, we’ll give you a moment to fangirl out. We’ll wait. Back? OK, let’s move on! The origin series will focus on a young Jim Gordon, who was played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s successful Batman trilogy, and the DC Comics Villain that made Gotham famous. The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller will serve as executive producer on the series.

After the casting news broke, McKenzie took to Twitter to assure Batman fans he wouldn’t let them down. “All I can promise is I will do my best not to screw this up,” he wrote. “Can’t wait to get to work.” Since saying goodbye to Ryan Atwood’s iconic white tanks and leather chokers when The O.C. ended in 2007, McKenzie starred in TNT’s critically acclaimed cop drama, Southland, which aired its series finale last year. Fun fact: McKenzie actually voiced Bruce Wayne/ Batman in Batman: Year One, the 2011

“I have never wavered in describing what he did to me,” Dylan said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life,” Farrow continued. She went on to say that his op-ed is the “latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years.” As for Allen’s claims that Mia is the one who brought the abuse accusations to light, Dylan is quick to refute this point. “It was a pediatrician who reported

the incident to the police based on my firsthand account,” Dylan explains. Dylan also took a moment to express her gratitude for the “outpouring of support” she has received from “survivors and countless others.” “If speaking out about my experience can help others stand up to their tormentors, it will be worth the pain and suffering my father continues to inflict on me.” She concluded by saying that she “won’t let the truth be buried” and she “won’t be silenced.” In the Times, Allen explains that when

Mia first accused him 21 years ago of child molestation during their “terribly acrimonious” breakup, he found the idea so “ludicrous” he didn’t even get himself a lawyer. “The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself,” Allen writes. “It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer.” He continued: “I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation.” Allen calls the location Dylan pinpoints where first instance of molestation allegedly occurred—the attic of Mia’s country house—”poorly chosen but interesting” because he is a “major claustrophobe.” He adds: “There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan.” Allen ended his piece by saying that this is his “final word” on the matter and “enough people have been hurt.” Dylan’s brother Moses came to Allen’s defense this week, telling People that it was their mother who poisoned them against their dad because she was angry that Allen was pursuing a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, one of Mia’s adopted children with ex-husband André Previn. Soon-Yi was reportedly around 19 at the time.

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animated film. At the 2014 Winter TCA Press Tour, Fox boss Kevin Reilly revealed some juicy details about the series, which he described as an “operatic soap” that will showcase “Gotham teetering on the edge.” Reilly teased that fanboys will see a bunch of familiar faces, including the Penguin, the Joker, Catwoman, and yes, Bruce Wayne. “Batman is in it, a young Bruce Wayne,” Reilly confirmed, adding that he’ll probably be “a young boy” around the age of 12 in the series. “This is all of the classic Batman characters.”

Dylan Farrow Responds to Woody Allen’s Op-Ed: “I Won’t Be Silenced”

Dylan Farrow is speaking out following Woody Allen’s New York Times op-ed, which was written in response to her column where she resurfaced decades-old allegations that Allen, her adoptive father, sexually molested her when she was 7. The 28-year-old slammed the famous filmmaker’s op-ed after he fully blamed ex-partner Mia Farrow for the accusations and said, several times, that he “did not molest Dylan.”

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Mercedes Corby, right, visits her sister, Schapelle, at Kerokoban Jail in Bali. An anti-drugs group said Sunday, Jakarta’s decision to parole Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby could put the “safety of our nation” at risk, as she prepared to leave prison on Bali.

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KEROBOKAN - An anti-drugs group said Sunday, Jakarta’s decision to parole Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby could put the “safety of our nation” at risk, as she prepared to leave prison on Bali. The 36-year-old, whose case has attracted huge attention in Australia, could be freed as early as Monday from Kerobokan prison on the tourist island after the decision to grant her early release. But Corby, arrested in 2004 entering Bali with marijuana stashed in her surfing gear, will walk straight into a media frenzy, with dozens of journalists camped out-

side Kerobokan and a bidding war for her first post-jail interview in full swing. Corby’s well-documented mental illness, steadfast proclamations of innocence and fight to be freed from prison earned her sympathy in Australia. However the view in Indonesia has been starkly different. On Sunday the National Movement

Against Narcotics (Granat) issued a strongly worded statement against the parole decision. “Granat protests parole being granted, even if it is the ‘right’ of the prisoner,” said Henry Yosodiningrat, chairman of the group which has long campaigned against Corby’s early release. “Crimes committed by Corby or other drug convicts -- they are crimes against the safety of our nation.” “The president should be sensitive to the public’s sense of justice, as the public will be the ones who will be hurt by this clemency shown to Corby.”

He said that five million Indonesians had become drug users or addicts “as a result of drug crimes like those committed by Corby”. Others urged the government not to grant parole in the run-up to Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin’s decision Friday, with a group of eight lawmakers presenting a letter of protest. When he announced Corby was getting early release Syamsuddin defended the decision, saying it was “not an act of generosity” but “a right regulated by law”. Farid Junaidi, Kerobokan prison governor, confirmed Sunday that the parole documents were en route

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from Jakarta to Bali and could arrive in the evening. If the documents do arrive late Sunday, Corby will still have to wait until the following day to complete procedural formalities during office hours before her release. Corby, who was originally jailed for 20 years but received several sentence cuts, will not be able to return to Australia immediately. Instead, she will have to remain in Indonesia until 2017 to fulfil the conditions of her parole. She is expected to stay with her sister Mercedes, who lives on Bali, down a tiny lane in the tourist strip of Kuta.


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Gunaksa pier project continues Bali Post

SEMARAPURA - The attitude of Klungkung government related to the Gunaksa pier project seems to have changed. This project is ascertained to go on and promised to operate in 2015. It was revealed by the Klungkung Regent, Nyoman Suwirta, in a press conference in his meeting room on Friday (Feb 7) after meeting with the Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Syarif Cicip Sutardjo in Jakarta recently. Such attitude looked different from the information at issue all this time if the pier will be reviewed again as the statement of the previous regent. Even, it is potentially relocated, if the study on the current location remains in doubt. Many parties consider the location inappropriate. “One time, our mindset can change when receiving an explanation from the right people. It is natural,” said the regent. He admitted the development of Gunaksa pier was a real dilemma. On the one hand, the project had spent hundreds of billions of rupiahs since the year 2008. Meanwhile on the other hand, its location was not considered appropriate. The regent claimed the support from central government was very great to immediately realize the pier. Similarly, the encouragement of Nusa Penida community was also great, so the review was cancelled. Even, the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs had prepared another budget valued at IDR 35 billion this year to complete the construction of breakwater. In the meantime, the Bali government also prepared a budget of

IDR 12 billion. Additionally, the road access construction was ascertained to be disbursed worth IDR 30 billion this year. Supposedly, the budget of road access from the Ministry of Transportation should have been disbursed last year. However, due to a doubt related to the land acquisition for the road access the disbursement was delayed. The regent asserted the land for the road access along 1.77 km had been prepared. Thus, the road access was ready to be built. Results of his meeting with the ministry would be followed up by meeting with the leadership of relevant regional working units (SKPD), Monday (Feb 10). Aside from finalizing the Gunaksa pier and road access construction, the meeting would also discussed about the land conversion plan of the former quarry. Currently there was a plan of making a land consolidation. However, the next step as the best solution was expected to be found in the meeting because lately many investors had flocked to Klungkung to build on the former quarry location. Even, there were investors claiming to have had tens to hundreds of hectares of land in

The damage Gunaksa Pier in Klungkung Regency the former quarry location. In addition, the normalization plan of Unda River should also be done immediately. To make it happen, the Klungkung government was asked to prepare 20 hectares of land with a river width of 100 meters by the Center for BaliPenida River Agency to be proposed to central government. Normalization plan had been initiated long time ago, but was

never realized. It was hampered by the difficulty regarding the land status in the former quarry remaining unclear. The Head of Environment Agency, Dewa Oka Kusuma Jaya, recently said that the normalization plan of Unda River had been followed up by the agency by preparing the review document for the Environmental Management Effort (UKL) and

Environmental Monitoring Effort (UPL) or the environmental impact analysis of the reservoir in the Unda River estuary. His party had received the initial draft of the environmental impact analysis, but it had not been completed. If the draft had been completed, then it just needed to determine the land struggle for the budget to central government. (kmb31)

Budiantara officially declared a suspect

DENPASAR - Investigation to the fire case occurred at the petrol station on Jalan Tukad Pakerisan, Panjer, South Denpasar, entered a new phase. After investigating witnesses and the crime scene, the investigators of the South Denpasar Police finally set Wayan Budiantara, 36, as a suspect. As the purchaser of petrol at the station, he was assessed to have committed negligence causing the fire. “Based on the results of provi-

sional investigation, it was found the initial evidence that the concerned (Budiantara—Ed) was named a suspect,” said the Chief of South Denpasar Criminal Detective Police, Ngurah Yudhisthira, Friday (Feb 7). He explained his party ensnared the suspect with Article 188 of the Criminal Code on negligence that caused a fire and explosion. Although having been set as the suspect, his party did not detain the suspect. He was imposed with

obligatory report because many evidences should be collected. “Results of the forensic laboratory have not been issued yet. We are still waiting for the result. Then, we must still look for evidence,” he said. In addition, his party had not conducted an examination against another victim who suffered burns, namely I Nyoman Sudita alias Ateng, 37. The victim was still undergoing medical treatment at Sanglah Hospital. “We have not

examined this victim because his health condition remains unstable. He is the key witness in the fire incident,” he explained. As the previous news, the residents around Jalan Tukad Pakerisan, Panjer, South Denpasar, was shocked by fire incident, Wednesday (Feb 5). The petrol station owned by Ida Bagus Keniten, 50, almost burned out in the fire. Two victims, namely I Nyoman Sudita alias Ateng, 37, and Wayan Budiantara, 36, suffered burns in

the incident. The fire incident was around nine o’clock in the morning. Originally, the victim Budiantara purchased petrol in the station, while the employee refueling was Ateng. It was unknown the Honda Vario motorcycle with license plate DK 2840 CK belonging to Budiantara emitted sparks. In an instant, the fire grabbed both victims. Fortunately, a number of residents rescued quickly and the two victims were rushed to Sanglah Hospital. (kmb21)

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JIMBARAN - Millions of flowers are sent as Valentine’s Day gifts every year, but Ayana is offering a floral bouquet of a different style: flowers for your skin, not your vase. And this is one Valentine’s Bouquet you will never forget.

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The Valentine’s bouquet spa package at Ayana

The package includes a flower petal foot wash; fruit and flower petal body scrub; lavender rose milk flower bath; aromatic petal massage; chocolate cake and iced tea served during the lavender rose milk flower bath; and a spa gift.

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

Pura Tengkulak Tulikup Gianyar Pura Taman Sari Ubud Pura Penataran Badung

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

29 Jan Hari Siwaratri

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

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

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

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


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what tobacco-free drug stores mean for e-cigarettes

Cigarettes have been sold in pharmacies for so long that we rarely contemplate the inherent contradiction: stocking the leading cause of preventable death next to prescriptions and vitamins. So when CVS announced its decision earlier this week to stop stocking tobacco products in order to establish itself as a committed health care provider, the news was on every front page. Immediately, competitor Walgreens flip-flopped on a statement it made last year about selling cigarettes and announced it was “evaluating” the possibility of dumping them. But analysts say the announcement is a manifestation of an existing trend, rather than the sign of a new one. CVS’s decision to forfeit $2 billion in revenue will have little impact on the industry, they say, and no impact on people smoking. Another competitor, Rite Aid, announced it’s sticking to tobacco for now, while other chains such as Dollar General just started selling cigarettes last year. Even if CVS did trigger a mass exodus of newly health conscious pharmacies from the tobacco market, it wouldn’t make much difference. Less than 4 percent of cigarettes are sold in pharmacies versus 16 percent in convenience stores, 21 percent in tobacco stores, and 48 percent in gas stations, according to market research from Euromonitor. The

US would also just be catching up to the rest of the world, where many countries consider selling cigarettes in pharmacies hypocritical. The sale of tobacco products in pharmacies is illegal in most of Canada, for example. If pharmacies stop stocking tobacco products, this “would simply bring the US into line with wider international tobacco distribution norms,” says Shane McGuill, Euromonitor’s tobacco expert. “Even if CVS inspires pharmacies to drop cigarettes en masse, it wouldn’t make much difference” The news is still bad for the US tobacco industry. CVS’s move is part of the overall “dwindling enthusiasm” for tobacco in the US, McGuill writes in a blog post. Cigarette sales fell 31 percent between 2003 and 2013 with no

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The Bali Villa Association alleged the mushrooming accommodation buildings, especially villas established on cliff edge, to have no permit.

Cliff edge villa proliferates

BVA alleges they have no permit Bali Post

signs of rebounding. With public smoking bans on the rise, brands have shifted to a “total tobacco” strategy, pushing snuff, snus, nicotine lozenges, and e-cigarettes. RJ Reynolds, the second-largest tobacco company in the US, offered a gracious statement in response to CVS’s decision. “We value the long-term relationship we had with CVS and respect their commercial decision,” a representative says in an email. “We will work with them as they transition out of the tobacco category in the

coming months.” But the company’s relationship with CVS likely isn’t entirely over. Like most tobacco companies, RJ Reynolds also makes e-cigarettes — which could potentially replace traditional cigarettes on CVS shelves. The pharmacy doesn’t sell e-cigarettes yet but says it is “monitoring” them — a common line from retailers as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dawdles on releasing regulations for how the products are marketed and sold. Like many

US pharmacies, CVS is pushing further into health care by adding in-store clinics and basic medical services. The company needs to know whether e-cigarettes fit this new image. If the FDA determines that e-cigarettes are safe and can be used as a smoking cessation aid, it’s likely that CVS will snap them up, and be more profitable as a result: e-cigarette sales doubled in 2013 to $1.5 billion, and are projected to surpass cigarette sales by as early as 2023, according to Bloomberg Industries.

Castaway likely suffering post-traumatic stress, says doctor Agence France Presse

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El Salvadoran castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga (L) is helped into a press conference in the Marshall Islands capital of Majuro on February 6, 2014

Majuro - A castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific appears to be suffering posttraumatic stress syndrome, a doctor said on Saturday, as officials confirmed he had been living in Mexico illegally. Jose Salvador Alvarenga, a fisherman from El Salvador, washed up on a remote Pacific atoll over a week ago, telling a remarkable story of floating 12,500 kilometres (8,000 miles) from Mexico in his 24-foot boat after the engine broke. He initially appeared to be in good spirits and reasonable health, but he has been in and out of hospital since being brought to the Marshall Islands capital Majuro last Monday. At a media conference on Thursday, the 37-year-old was sullen and uncomfortable, mumbling a short thank-you to people in the Marshalls before departing the venue clutching two men for support. Franklyn House, a retired American doctor working with the California-based Canvasback Missions group in the Marshall Islands, has observed and spoken with Alvarenga several times since his arrival,

although he is not the attending physician. Fluent in Spanish, House said he believes Alvarenga is suffering posttraumatic stress syndrome because of the change in his demeanour from Monday when he was engaged with doctors to being withdrawn on Thursday. “The first couple of days he was in the hospital, he was engaged and normal,” House told AFP. “Thursday he showed signs of post-traumatic stress.” A diplomat from El Salvador’s embassy in Japan, Diego Dalton, met with the castaway and “confirmed that the health of Mr Alvarenga is broken”, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement. “His physical condition has to improve for him to begin the return trip, which does not have a defined date,” it added. Despite the concern, the chief of medical staff at Majuro Hospital Kennar Briand said on Saturday evening that he was getting better. “His last blood tests were normal,” said Briand, who was briefed by his primary doctor. “He’s clearly improving. Based on the last assessment, he’s stable and no longer dehydrated.”

DENPASAR - The Bali Villa Association alleged the mushrooming accommodation buildings, especially villas established on cliff edge, to have no permit. Referring to the regulation on spatial plan, the government did not allow the establishment of building on cliff edge. “If there are people establishing on cliff edge, they are most likely to have no permit because it clearly violates the rules,” said Chairman of the BVA, Jero Mangku Wayan Suteja, when met on Friday (Feb 7). His party and joint team had not made any inspection yet to Southern Badung, such as Jimbaran and Pecatu. The area was assessed to have been crowded by tourist accommodations, either villas or hotels. “We encourage the joint team to go down to location in order to ascertain whether the accommodation buildings are licensed or not.

Today, a house can even be called a villa,” he said. He admitted the competition among the villas was getting tougher due to proliferation of villas in Bali, particularly in the areas favored by travelers like Badung and Gianyar. Even, the average annual growth reached 10 percent. “The competition will be getting tighter each year

due to its persistent growth. Among the rapid growth of villa, the most is seen in Badung and Ubud area,” he said. He mentioned that the number of villas in Bali was more than 1,200 units, where 700 villas were located in Badung and the rest scattered in Tabanan, Buleleng, Klungkung, Gianyar and other areas. “The

unlicensed villas are more than 10 percent,” he said. His party had urged the central government to immediately approve the National Villa Standardization having been designed to suppress the growth of illegal villa. At the moment, there had been no clear rules governing the existence of villa so that many villas still had no license. “We have encouraged the Ministry of Tourism to issue the National Villa Business Standardization,” he said. Meanwhile, the tourism expert from the Udayana University, Putu Anom, assessed the rampant illegal accommodation in Bali happened due to weak law

enforcement. Apparently the government carried out the mandate of the regional bylaw (Perda) and other rules half-heartedly so that it triggered the proliferation of illegal businesses. “If the government has commitment to enforce the rules, it must oversee the investors from the beginning of licensing process to the project implementation so the fraud can be minimized,” he said. He also assessed if the government issued the building permit application carelessly where it was often misused. As a result, some few building permits for private residence were even taken advantage for private villa. (kmb27)

The first born giraffe in Bali IBP

GIANYAR - Graceful, tall and handsome that is how most people describe him. This long necked beau was born at the beginning of the year in the most serene park setting in Bali. He was welcomed by his proud parents and the staff at Bali Safari & Marine Park (BSMP). The young male baby giraffe came into the world in the early morning of Thursday, 2nd January 2014, weighting 65 kg and standing 2 metres in height, making him the tallest baby in the world. This definitely was an intense moment as this baby was the first Giraffe ever born in Bali, and one of very few ever born in Indonesia. The mother, Sofi, a 4 year old who is part of a breeding program in Bali Safari and Marine Park. Sofi gave birth after a 15 months gestation and the baby was able to stand up within one hour after birth. The Giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal the adult can grow up to 5 to 6 meters height with approximately up to 2 tons in weight.

Tim Husband, Bali Safari & Marine Park’s Animal Curator stated,” This unique and fantastic animal is one of our finest exhibited animals. The new born baby giraffe is just one of the Parks many success stories, and it is a testament to Bali Safari & Marine Park’s continuous dedication, commitment to conservation and education. Breeding program like this have enabled Bali Safari & Marine Park to be listed as the only “A” class accredited park in Bali, it’s not just the planned births of many animals that lifts Bali Safari & Marine Park above other Zoos, it is also the care given by our vets and staff that makes us a leader in Bali. 2014 is going to be an interesting year for the park with many planned births going to happen through the year.” Bali Safari & Marine Park as a renowned conservation and education institution is also committed to continue support the growth population of endangered animals in Indonesia such as Bali Mynah, the Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Elephants, Banteng, Sun Bear, Binturong, Babyrussa, Asiatic Tapir, Orang-

utan, komodo, Slow Loris, Green peafowl, Electus parrot, just to name a few. Two lion cubs

Two new lion cubs were born on 28 January to mother Icha and they have been gaining weight steadily and growing on their mother’s milk. They will receive their first physical examination by the veterinarian staff of Bali Safari & Marine Park. These two cubs are still to be named and the lion keepers will be watching them closely to pick out names that best describe their character. Tim Husband stated, “We are very proud of our lions. We have the deepest gene pool of lions in Indonesia with 7 different blood lines. This means with careful breeding we will never have the problem of inbreeding. These cubs will in time become part of our breeding program and may even help other zoos better improve their blood lines. In the meantime these two bundles of fur need only to worry about growing up and being part of the pride at Bali Safari & Marine Park.

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Graceful, tall and handsome that is how most people describe him. This long necked beau was born at the beginning of the year in the most serene park setting in Bali.


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Thousands flee to Cameroon amid C.Africa violence Agence France Presse

Geneva - Nearly 9,000 people, mainly Muslims, have fled to Cameroon in just over a week to escape communal bloodshed in the Central African Republic, the United Nation’s refugee agency said Friday. In the past 10 days alone, 8,762 people have crossed into eastern Cameroon from strife-torn Central Africa, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba told reporters in Geneva.

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One of the food poisoning victim in Singaraja

After attending cremation ceremony

Whole hamlet residents sustain food poisoning Bali Post

SINGARAJA - Almost the whole residents of Pemaron hamlet, Patemon village, Seririt, became the victim of food poisoning. This incident occurred after local residents performed a mekinsan di geni or cremation ceremony at the public cemetery of Patemon village, Saturday (Feb 8). A total of 69 poisoning residents should be rushed to hospital. They spread in some hospitals such as the Shanti Graha Hospital (48 people), Parama Sidhi Hospital (7), Kerta Usadha Hospital (9) and Buleleng Hospital (5). Until this news was released, the victims of poisoning were still under treatment, and could possibly increase. At that time, the residents were getting involved in the cremation procession for the corpse of Gede Chandra. After the ceremony, residents were abuzz having lunch of wrapped rice around one o’clock in the afternoon. Then, the people having no reaction after lunch went home without any complaints. Arriving home around two o’clock in the afternoon, the poisoning symptoms started to hit the residents of Pemaron hamlet. One by one of them got dizzy, nausea, diarrhea and fell unconscious. One of the residents named Putu Mipa, 57, admitted that on the way home from the cemetery of Patemon, he did not feel any complaints. However, upon arriving

home he even got nausea and fainted. “I savored wrapped rice for lunch at Patemon cemetery. Then, after arriving home I’ve got nausea,” he said while lying in bed. Another victim, Nyoman Suwela, 71, got stomach ache and diarrhea after eating wrapped rice package with other residents. At that time, he ate wrapped rice with a side dish of fried chicken and noodles in the cemetery. After the procession, he was unwinding at the Pemaron cemetery and having lunch together. Upon arriving home, he got stomach ache and nausea. Similar condition was also experienced by Made Mangku, 53, a resident of Sibang hamlet, Patemon village, who was being treated at Shanti Graha Hospital. At that time, Made Mangku was in devotional work of playing gamelan to accompany the procession. He and colleagues also enjoyed the lunch package containing a side dish of fried noodles, shredded chicken and chili around one o’clock. He came home and then relaxed

at home, but he suddenly got a headache, nausea, body trembling and small bumps on the face like allergies. His family then brought him to hospital around three o’clock. Sri Wahyuni as Marketing and Public Relations at the Shanti Graha Hospital said that dozens of residents who suffered poisoning had been treated well. “Everything has been handled and the outpatients have been allowed to go home. Meanwhile, the patients needing observation are now being examined. Almost all residents showed the same complaints of poisoning, nausea and diarrhea. They are diagnosed of food poisoning,” he said. Luh Arsini, 45, the maker of wrapped rice, did not know if the rice she prepared had made Patemon villagers poisoning. She recognized that she begun to cook rice at three o’clock in the morning and then prepared and cooked the dishes around six o’clock. Ultimately she wrapped the rice containing side dish around ten o’clock. Arsini also mourned with other residents. He and other residents also savored the wrapped rice around one o’clock. She was also then rushed to hospital and fell limp at Shanti Graha Hospital. “I used to prepare wrapped rice, but this kind of incident is the first time,” she said weakly. (dgk)

Road at Moding hamlet severely damaged

“The majority of them are Muslims who say they feared for their safety,” she said, adding that the latest influx brought the number of Central African refugees in Cameroon to 20,000 since a coup last March. The violence spiralled out of control when the ex-rebels from the Seleka group that seized power went rogue and carried out atrocities against the Christian majority. The campaign of killings, rape and looting sparked revenge attacks by Christian vigilantes known as “anti-balaka” (anti-machete). Despite the presence of French and African peacekeeping troops, violence continues in the country, and has already forced about a quarter of the population of 4.6 million from their homes. Lejeune-Kaba said many of the new refugees in Cameroon had said they feared confrontations between the former Seleka and anti-Balaka militiamen in the capital and in other towns. Her comments came alongside news that a mob had

lynched a Muslim man Friday, hacking him to pieces after he fell off a crowded lorry taking frightened civilians out of Bangui. It was the second lynching in three days, after uniformed troops of the Central African army on Wednesday stabbed and stoned a Muslim man to death in an attack that drew strong reactions from the UN and France. “Muslims are leaving the country at every opportunity they get, and many are using trucks or whatever available means of transport they can find,” LejeuneKaba told AFP. She said a number of trucks that had brought in food aid to Bangui this week for the UN’s World Food Programme had come back across the Cameroonian border filled with fleeing civilians. The situation in Cameroon, which even before the current crisis had been hosting 92,000 Central African refugees, was meanwhile dire. “Living conditions are precarious for the new arrivals,” Lejeune-Kaba

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A convoy of lorries and taxis packed with Muslims fleeing Christian vigilantes heads north from Bangui on February 7, 2014

said, pointing out that more than 60 percent of them were children and many were staying out in the open. The UNHCR was working with the Cameroonian government to rehabilitate a camp site, and hoped to move many there by the end of

in the group. She pointed out that there are still some 17,000 refugees from other nations living in the strife-torn country and many -- especially the majority Muslim Chadians -- are eager to leave.

Egypt leftist leader to contest elections Associated Press Writer

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NEGARA - Country road at Moding Sari hamlet, Candikusuma village, Melaya subdistrict, has been damaged since the past three years. The asphalt overlaying the road has now come off and only leaves the gravel. As information from a number of residents on Friday (Feb 7), the 2-km road started to break down after passed through by heavy trucks. Those passing trucks transported various kinds of crops such as coconut and timber owned by residents. Even, the trucks hauling chicken were also found to cross because many chicken farms were established lately. Other than leaving the gravels, a number of potholes were also easily found at some points. Motorcyclist passing through the road should be extra careful so that they would not fall. One of the residents, Nyoman Mangku Sutama, 60, said the road was built about five years ago. Lately, its condition had been badly damaged and no longer resembled the asphalt. Another resident, Nengah Merta, 63, hoped the road could be repaired to make it smooth again. The connecting road was often passed through by residents as a shortcut. Local residents heard if the road would be fixed soon, but they did not know when it would be realized. (kmb26)

next week. Nearly 5,000 of those who had crossed into eastern Cameroon in the past 10 days were Central African nationals, Lejeune-Kaba said, but there were also some 3,500 Chadians and 1,500 Cameroonians

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FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, May 26, 2012, Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi comments on the Egyptian election result in a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO — A leading left-wing Egyptian politician announced on Saturday that he will contest upcoming presidential elections, set to be a tough battle for anyone squaring off against the country’s powerful army chief, expected to win a sweeping victory. Hamdeen Sabahi’s decision heats up an election slated for this spring, and opens a window of hope to the country’s largely disenchanted youth who rose up against two presidents in the past three years — first against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, then the Islamist Mohammed Morsi. “I have taken this personal decision to enter the presidential battle,” Sabahi roared among his supporters. “The revolution must reach power democratically and stand as one line against terrorism.” Sabahi, who finished an impressive third in the June 2012 presidential election, appeals to a range of liberal, leftist and secularminded Egyptians who reject both military and Islamist rule. He is seen as a political rookie, however. The announcement comes as a nationalist fervor grips the country, largely in support of

Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi. Critics of the military face strong intimidation. El-Sissi led the military coup that deposed Morsi last July after millions marched to demand his resignation. He has yet to publicly declare his intentions but the military has backed him. In previous TV appearances, Sabahi said he was holding off on his decision until elSissi decided whether he would run. But Saturday he said he would be a candidate in response to demands from the youth. Sabahi, founder of Popular Current group, was an opposition leader under Morsi. A journalist and sometimes actor, he has sent assuring messages to the military and el-Sissi supporters while disassociating himself from Morsi supporters and Mubarak loyalists. “There will be no tolerance to a corrupt regime and its symbols, not to Mubarak and not with the repressive regime of Morsi and his group,” he said. During the 2012 campaign, Sabahi saw a last-minute surge in popularity after campaigning on promises to help the poor that harkened back to the nationalist, socialist ideology of Gamel Abdel-Nasser, Egypt’s president from 1956 to 1970.


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India luxury car market accelerates despite downturn

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GREATER NOIDA - German giant Mercedes admits it was “a little surprised” when Indian customers snapped up 125 of its new top-ofthe-line S-Class luxury cars costing $250,000 apiece in just 16 days. India’s auto industry has skidded onto an icy patch and is set for a second straight year of decline, but one segment still accelerating is luxury cars. Analysts at India’s premier auto fair in the capital’s suburb of Greater Noida last week said for the “really rich”, economic downturns have a “negligible impact” on their luxury spending. The wealthy are much less sensitive to high interest rates and are more resilient overall to downturns, say analysts. “Luxury cars sales are still growing at 15-percent-plus year-on-year. For the next three years, segment growth is expected to continue at 15 percent upwards,” noted a report by the Confederation of Indian Industry and market research firm IMRB International. Sales have gone into overdrive for parts of the luxury auto segment. Daimler AG’s Mercedes Benz, for instance, saw sales rocket 32 percent year-on-year in India, despite punitive import tariffs. Still, “while we believe strongly in our product, we were a little surprised when we sold 125 S-Class cars in 16 days -- and this was to customers who bought them sight unseen”, Mercedes-Benz India chief executive Eberhard Kern said. The cars purchased were the Indian launch edition of Mercedes’ latest luxury S-Class sedan, priced

at 15.7 million rupees ($250,000). In sharp contrast, passenger car sales are set to slump close to 10 percent in this financial year to March 2014, forecasts the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), after years of growing around 30 percent. The market has been hit by high borrowing costs and receding consumer confidence amid economic growth of just 4.5 percent -- half the rate seen during India’s boom times. Big spenders But while India staggers from its worst downturn in a decade, previous years of rapid growth have created a new moneyed class who are buying prestige marques and keeping the segment above water. “Economic downturns have a negligible impact on luxury consumers... and income levels overall have been rising,” Shrawan Raja of Indian Autos Blog, an Indian motoring portal, told AFP. Although World Bank figures show 33 percent of the planet’s poorest call India home, the country also has minted 65 dollar billionaires, according to Forbes, and hundreds of thousands of dollar millionaires. A decade ago, the lone luxury car commonly spotted on India’s famously congested, potholed roads

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As an international tourist destination, Bali should pay attention and maintain the natural beauty, sanitation and environmental arrangement. Now, Bali is worth bearing the new title, namely the ‘Island of Billboards.’

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German giant Mercedes admits it was “a little surprised” when Indian customers snapped up 125 of its new top-of-the-line S-Class luxury cars costing $250,000 apiece in just 16 days. India’s auto industry has skidded onto an icy patch and is set for a second straight year of decline, but one segment still accelerating is luxury cars.

was Mercedes, the first premium carmaker to open shop in 1995. But now Audis, Jaguars, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Porches and other top badges regularly weave through traffic. The big spenders are top executives, ex-farmers who’ve sold property for vast sums to developers

and a younger, wealthy generation with different values from their frugal parents who shied away from “conspicuous consumption”, analysts say. “There has been an attitudinal change to spending money -- making this a more hospitable place for luxury automakers,” Anil Sharma,

senior research analyst at IHS Automotive consultancy, told AFP. India’s luxury car market is still tiny -- the total sold by the big luxury players in India, Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Jaguar LandRover, was 30,100. But that number is forecast to climb by 168 percent by 2018, according to consultancy IHS.

Probe after British bank customers’ details ‘sold on’ Agence France-Presse

LONDON - Britain’s data watchdog launched a probe Sunday after confidential files relating to Barclays Bank customers were allegedly stolen then sold on to rogue brokers. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it would be looking into the case this week, after it was revealed in The Mail on Sunday newspaper. The tabloid said highly sensitive information -- including bank cus-

tomers’ savings, earnings, insurance policies, mortgages health issues -- had found its way into the hands of “unscrupulous brokers”. The newspaper claimed such information was valuable on the black market because it allows individuals to be targeted in investment scams. The weekly said an anonymous whistleblower gave them a memory stick containing files on 2,000 Barclays customers. The man said it was a sample from a stolen database of up to 27,000 files, which he claimed

could be sold by salesmen for up to ’50 ($80, 60 euros) each. “We contacted the Information Commissioner and other regulators on Friday as soon as we were made aware,” a Barclays spokeswoman said. “Our initial investigations suggest this is isolated to customers linked to our Barclays Financial Planning business which we ceased operating as a service in 2011. “We will take all necessary steps to contact and advise those customers as soon as possible so that they

can also ensure the safety of their personal data. “This appears to be criminal action and we will co-operate with the authorities on pursuing the perpetrator.” A source at the British bank said it did not yet know in full what was on the memory stick. Each report is about 20 pages long, The Mail on Sunday said. All the customers had sought financial advice from Barclays, and gave their details during meetings with an advisor.

Select traders were given the information, the paper claimed, and from December 2012 to September 2013, some victims were persuaded to buy rare earth metals that did not exist. An ICO spokesman said: “It’s crucial that people’s personal information is properly looked after. “We’ll be working with The Mail on Sunday this week to get further details of what has happened here, as well as working with the police.” The ICO can slap fines of up to ’500,000 on organisations that fail to protect private data.

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Bali becomes an ‘Island of Billboards’ Bali Post

As an international tourist destination, Bali should pay attention and maintain the natural beauty, sanitation and environmental arrangement. Now, Bali is worth bearing the new title, namely the ‘Island of Billboards.’ HAVE a look at along the major roads and strategic locations. They are now adorned with billboards of various sizes. Badung having the area of Kuta and Nusa Dua looks the most vibrant with billboards and some of them are alleged to be installed without permit. It is then followed by Denpasar. The beauty of Denpasar City becomes chaotic because each corner is mushroomed by billboards. Even, a number of large billboards at some strategic locations are no longer used. This condition makes the urban area look chaotic and disorganized. Up to these days, the number of outdoor billboards in Denpasar reaches 4,294 units. They consist of 2,408 units of billboard, 1,607 units of neon box and 279 units of vehicle. Of the three types of billboard, the tax value is estimated to reach IDR 5.9 billion. The Head of Denpasar Municipal Po-

lice, IB Alit Wiradana, not long ago said that on Jalan Teuku Umar his party had dismantled 47 of 70 billboards, while the 23 other billboards were still in the contract period. Even, he said that more than ten billboards with unknown owner had been immediately dismantled as well. According to an academician Putu Sarjana, such condition was unsuitable for Bali as it looked vile. Moreover, it was also filled with the proliferation of illegal billboards. The Sanitation and Landscaping Agency (DKP) should proactively and decisively discipline them. Besides, those billboards were haphazardly installed in tourist areas, affirmed Putu Sarjana. He considered that all this time the Sanitation and Landscaping Agency as well as other relevant agencies were weak to discipline them whereas such condition was widely criticized and complained by people. “For example, many banners or

billboards owned by mass organization are scattered everywhere and installed in the area of privacy. What is their benefit or contribution to the community?” he asked. Likewise, the entrepreneurs having permit installed large-sized billboards accompanied with poor arrangement and omission made the appearance of Denpasar and Southern Badung look shabby. Based on the aesthetic of a region, the Sanitation and Landscaping Agency should dismantle decisively any illegal billboards. “The Sanitation and Landscaping Agency is powerless to do the demolition. The installation of banners, flags and billboards has been governed by the existing rules. If an area must be sterile from billboards, no billboard may be installed there,” said Sarjana. Meanwhile, in addressing the proliferation of illegal billboards, a lecturer of the Bali Tourism Institute (STP Nusa Dua), Eka Mahadewi, said that all parties should refer to the Sapta Pesona or sevencharm principle where one of which set about beauty. Too many billboards would interfere with the beauty as hampering the visibility. (nik/rah)

NEGARA - The Tirta Empul Ulu Temple is located within the area of West Bali National Park (TNBB), right on the roadside of Denpasar-Gilimanuk. Located on the Penginuman Beach, it is a strategic place where the tip of Java Island is visible. The temple whose pujawali or anniversary falls on full moon of the fifth month in Balinese calendar (around October) still looks quite beautiful and exudes serene atmosphere as sits under big trees. Every day, many hordes of tame monkeys can still be encountered around the temple. the temple spreading across an area of around one hectare, many devotees come and say the temple spreading across an area of around one hectare, many devotees come and say prayers not just for invoking safety and health. They also perform purificatory rite or melukat in three freshwater springs located on the West of the temple. According to a temple attendant, Nengah Kembar Winada, the temple was built around 1990. One of the priests discovering the temple, Mangku Gede Linggih, got divine inspiration and found the existence of a well or spring on beach. Despite the spring located in the sea sand, the water emanating does not taste salty but fresh. Based on the inspiration, it was then established a simple shrine (using tree branches) at several locations. Until now, the temple had complete buildings funded by the donations from devotees who did purificatory rite and had a vow. He said the temple priest Mangku Gede Linggih who found the temple site has passed away. As the successor, he was replaced by his wife Jro Mangku Lingsir Mangku Sumpang living in Gilimanuk. Meanwhile, Winada added that every full moon, there were always devotees coming from all over Bali and even from Java. They all came to do purificatory rite directly on the beach. But at high tides, the temple attendant had taken holy water for purificatory rite from the three springs and kept it in the temple area. Having performed the purificatory rite, devotees entered into the three temple areas. Devotees said prayers at the shrine located in the innermost courtyard. Here lay a number of three-tiered meru shrines as well as the shrine respectively dedicated for the veneration of the Lord Kasiap, Balian and Lord Lumajang. In the meantime, on the west area outside the main building and few meters from the three springs sat a shrine. It was used to venerate Goddess Ayu Giri Putri Dapdapsari. Then, on the north side could be found a shrine located rather far away with a complete building. Here, according to Winada, was venerated the Goddess Ayu Mas Melanting. During the visit, a number of devotees, mostly from outside Jembrana, came to say prayers. They delivered various invocations, some of which related to recovery from illness, while some others asked for a job opportunity. The three springs used for purificatory rite were arranged by means of concrete manholes at three sites which were adjacent to one other. It was the holy water used for the purificatory rites. “The water of each well tastes different, namely bitter and plain but not salty,” he explained. (kmb)


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South African’s Qaeda kidnappers ‘will not execute him’ Agence France Presse

Japan’s nuclear re-start bogged down in safety checks and paperwork Reuters

TOKYO - Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan’s nuclear industry, shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster almost three years ago. It’s proving a hard slog. A new, more independent regulator is in place, asking difficult questions and seeking to impose tougher safety rules on powerful utilities that were largely their own masters for the past 50 years. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) was created in 2012 and set new safety guidelines in July last year. It now has four teams vetting reactors at nine nuclear power stations on a list of those seeking to re-start. A deadline to complete the checks has been missed as the NRA is still asking for reams of information. No one is able to predict when the first of 48 reactors will be turned back on. The delays are biting the utilities which are having to spend billions of dollars to import fossil fuels to keep the power on, pushing Japan into a record trade deficit and risking undermining Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s polices to end years of stagnant growth. “All the utilities are in a similar situation and, unless outstanding issues are resolved, we can’t judge that they are in compliance with the standards,” Tomoya Ichimura, an NRA director, told Reuters.

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The regulator and staff from the utilities and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, a leading supplier of nuclear plant equipment, are ploughing through mountains of paperwork on the technical specifications of reactors and their vulnerability to natural disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami that knocked out the Fukushima Daiichi station in March 2011. All lack experience in carrying out such detailed safety checks because of the lax regime that existed before Fukushima. “Only the framework of the safety criteria was decided, not the details, so the dialogue between the NRA and power companies to work out the specifics is taking time,” said Seiichi Nakata, Project Leader, Department of Policy, Communication and International Affairs at the Japan Atomic Industry Forum.

And once the checks are done, reactors must undergo planned inspections, which took as long as two months under the previous regime, as well as get the go-ahead from local authorities before they can be turned back on. The plants are being treated as if they have just been built and are seeking certification to start operating for the first time. Interviews with utility and nuclear industry staff, regulators and government officials reveal a climate of uncertainty, frustration and long hours. A taskforce of some 90 NRA inspectors dispatch orders and requests to hundreds of staff from regional utilities seconded to the capital and camped out for months in business hotels near the regulator’s headquarters. As many as 2,800 staff at Mitsubishi Heavy are involved in dealing with utilities’ requests on specifications and other data, the company said.

Sanaa - Al-Qaeda militants who kidnapped a South African teacher in Yemen last year will not execute him despite their deadline for receiving $3 million (2.2 million euros) in ransom expiring Saturday, a mediator said. Pierre Korkie, 56, was abducted along with his wife in Yemen’s second city Taiz in May by members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Korkie’s wife Yolande was freed last month with the help of the mediator from one of Yemen’s powerful tribes and returned home. Korkie, who is in poor health, “is still alive and the prospect of his being executed is excluded,” the mediator told AFP, adding that he was in contact with the kidnappers. He said the situation remained very delicate, adding: “They cannot free the hostage without the ransom.” The kidnappers had previously set a deadline of January 17 to free Korkie, threatening to kill him if they did not get the money, but then extended it for three weeks. The mediator said Saturday that “if the South African authorities demonstrate that they are prepared to respond to the demands of the kidnappers, then we can ask that the extension be prolonged.” But according to a family statement “Yolande confirms that the South African government made it clear to her that it does not pay ransom for kidnapped citizens.” The Korkies said they had not heard from the kidnappers by late Saturday. In Johannesburg on Friday, Yo-

lande Korkie again pleaded with the abductors for mercy. She said her husband, who suffers from a hernia, is too ill to survive the rigours of his captivity. “Pierre is an innocent and honest person who served the poor people through his teaching,” she said in a video recording, after greeting Al-Qaeda in Arabic, thanking them for treating her with respect. “My two children and I miss him terribly. He was just an ordinary man from South Africa,” she said, flanked by the couple’s teenage son and daughter. “He is gravely ill and he will not survive captivity.” This week the charity negotiating his release said the kidnappers had broken off contact, accusing it of stealing the ransom money. The group believed that South African Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, who had travelled to Yemen to appeal for Korkie’s release, had brought the money, although this was denied by the South African government. The couple had lived and worked in Yemen for four years. Hundreds of people have been abducted in Yemen in the past 15 years, nearly all of them by disgruntled tribesmen who freed their hostages unharmed after short periods of captivity. The hostages are used as bargaining chips in disputes with the central government. But AQAP, which is regarded by Washington as the global jihadist network’s most dangerous affiliate, has brought a new, more threatening twist to the kidnappings.

Iran says warships sailing towards U.S.: agency Reuters

DUBAI - An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. vessels in the Gulf, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported on Saturday. “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message,” the agency quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying. Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy’s northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via “waters near South Africa”, Fars reported. Fars said the plan was part of “Iran’s response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf.” The Fars report, which carried no details of the vessels, could not be confirmed independently. In Washington, a U.S. defense

official, speaking on condition of anonymity, cast doubt on any claims that the Iranian ships were approaching U.S. maritime borders. But the official added that “ships are free to operate in international waters.” The United States and its allies regularly stage naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to ensure freedom of navigation in the waterway through which 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil exports passes. U.S. military facilities in the region include a base for its Fifth Fleet in the Gulf Arab kingdom of Bahrain. Iran sees the Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence there. Iranian officials have often said Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, if it came under military attack over its disputed nuclear program, and the Western war games are seen in the region as an attempt to deter any such move.

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INDONESIA Team searching fishermen missing in Indonesia-PNG border waters Antara

JAYAPURA - A team consisting of members of the navy, Basarnas (national search and rescue agency) and the local community are searching for five fishermen who are still missing after being caught by PNG DF (defense forces) on Thursday. The commander of the XIth Naval Base in Merauke, Papua, Brigadier General Buyung Lalana said when contacted by Antara over the issue confirmed on Sunday that the search effort is still continuing. He said the Basarnas has deployed one of its ships while the navy and local people used speed boats in the effort. “The XIth Naval Base is also preparing naval ship KRI BOA in case it would be needed,” he said. He said the operation is quite difficult as waves are high. He said he would meet five other

fishermen who managed to escape, who are now already in the city, in the evening in connection with the incident. “We will hear directly from them about the chronology of the event,” he said. It was reported on February 6, ten fishermen from Merauke while looking for sea cucumber in a coral cluster on the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border were caught by fully armed PNG DF personnel and their boat and belongings were burned. The 10 fishermen who are villagers of Lampu Satu, Merauky, were then

ordered to swim to the beach around five kilometers away. At around 8pm local time five of them managed to reach the coast but five others failed and their fact was not known until now. The missing fishermen are known as Alexander Coa, Ferdinando Coa, Roby Rahail, Joni Kaize and Zulkfikar Saleh. Those who managed to reach a naval post on the coast are Anton Kanez Bazik-bazik, Yakobus G Mahuze, Silvester Ku Basik-basik, Marselinus Maya Gebze and Andreas Mahuze.

“Press strengthen me”: President Yudhoyono Antara

BENGKULU - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono praised the press at the National Press Day here on Sunday saying that it has helped make him remain strong and not tempted by power and not to be careless when making policies. “The press is often cynical and unfriendly to me. There is no day without criticism and condemnation, no day without rumors about me and my family. But behind them all there has also been a blessing. By being continuously criticized I have even been able to stay on and not to be tempted to misuse my power and carelessly issue policies,” he said in his speech at the event. President Yudhoyono attended the National Press Day flanked by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono. The event was also attended by national press figures and cabinet members. President Yudhoyono said many leaders who were anti-criticism, silenced opposition and critical press had have only been thrown off their position by the people. He said that press freedom was a prerequisite for people’s sovereignty and democracy but on the other hand it also requires full responsibility. President Yudhoyono on the occasion was given a title of “a friend of the press” presented by chairman of the

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President Yudhoyono accompanied by First Lady, Ani Yudhoyono during National Press Day celebration on Sunday. Press Council, Bagir Manan. On the occasion Bagir Manan said that press freedom is indeed a prerequisite for people’s sovereignty and democracy but he also warned about its side effect. In spite of its side effect he expressed appreciation to President Yudhoyono’s efforts to support press freedom. “President Yudhoyono has helped grow, preserve and maintain press free-

dom,” he said. The general chairman of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI), Margiono, on the occasion also expressed appreciation to President Yudhoyono’s contribution to press development so far. “Because of your big attention to the press, care and good communication with us we have agreed to give you a title of ‘friend of the press’,” he said.

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Adi Sutjipto Airport to relocate to Kulon Progo Antara

JAKARTA - The Transportation Ministry has agreed to the relocation of Adi Sutjipto airport to Kulon Progo in Yogyakarta, hoping the construction of the new airport will soon be realized, a senior official said. “All procedures have been made. What remains to be done is coordination between airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I and the Yoyakarta local government,” Air Transportation Director General Herry Bakti said. The director general said there was earlier a problem being faced in deciding the location because of the presence of an iron ore factory there. But it was reported that the problem had been settled with a win-win solution. He said that the new Kulon Progo airport which would replace Adi Sutjipo airport was expected to start operation by 2017. Herry Bakti said that the Ministry of Transportation had issued a permit for PT Angkasa Pura I while the airport operator had also submitted supportive administrative data on the project. Documents which were submitted included topography survey results, studies on soil texture and flight safety around the airport location. The location permit will be used as the basis for land clearance. Recently, PT Angkasa Pura I said it will build an international airport in the regency of Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta. General Manager of the state airport operator Andi G Wirson said land clearing for the airport project is to be carried out in 2014. “The main reason for planning to build a new airport in Kulon Progo is that Yogyakarta’s Adi Sutjipto airport could no longer handle growing number of air travelers to and from the district,” Andi told the Kulon Progo district legislative assembly at a meeting here on Thursday. The choice of Kulon Progo was also based on recommendation of international and local consults, which have carried out feasibility study on the project, he said. In the first phase the airport would have a runway of 3,000 meters long enough to accommodate wide bodied aircraft, he said. Also included in the project is an Airport City which will have hotel, airport hospital, and other facilities, he said. In cooperation with state railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), an airport railway would be built to facilitate transport to the airport. The facilities are expected to help boost economic development in the district, he said.


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DENPASAR - The main harbour of Bali which located about 6 km to the south of Denpasar. It caters the needs of local and international sea journey. This harbour has become the home base different cruises (Bali Hai Cruises, Bounty Cruises, Mabua, Wakalouka, etc) towards the eastern islands, and international yacht races are frequently organized here.

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Bode Miller of the US, pictured during men’s slpine skiing downhill training session, at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, on February 8, 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympics

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Sochi - Records tumbled on the first day of medal action at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday as organisers breathed a sigh of relief after a dazzling opening ceremony hailed as a success around the world. Under picture-perfect blue skies US snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg took the first gold in the inaugural men’s slopestyle event but two veterans stole the headlines. Forty-year-old Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the joint highest medal winner in Winter Olympics history with his victory in the sprint while compatriot Marit Bjoergen, 33, became her country’s most successful female Olympian with victory in the skiathlon. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands led a Dutch clean sweep in the men’s 5,000 metres speed skating on a day when five gold medals were due to be handed out. A glittering opening ceremony on Friday took the focus off the litany of concerns that have dogged the run-up to the Olympics -- a project championed by President Vladimir Putin -- including Russia’s gay rights record and security. Thousands of fireworks exploded above the Fisht stadium on the Black Sea coast during a event that won gushing praise at home

and abroad, despite an early mishap when one of the Olympic rings failed to morph from a snowflake. “We missed this for so many years... a pride for our country, a feeling for her power, unity and greatness. Yesterday, we felt it,” the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily said. “It was a great and overwhelming ceremony. I am proud of what we have done,” said the head of the Sochi organising committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, adding that Putin had also declared himself “satisfied” with the result. He also defended the choice of triple Olympic gold medal winning ice skater Irina Rodnina to light the Olympic cauldron, after last year she tweeted a picture of US President Barack Obama with a banana, condemned by activists as a racist gesture. “Irina Rodnina is one of

the most respected Olympic athletes. The Olympics are not about politics,” he said. Organisers brushed off the rings mishap, admitting that they covered up the glitch on Russian state television by quickly inserting footage of the segment they had recorded days earlier. In an episode that highly amused anti-Kremlin Russian bloggers, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev appeared to nod off just before the Games were declared open. One picture doing the rounds on Twitter showed just a black square with the slogan: “The Olympics through the eyes of Medvedev.” Even the foreign press, which have been hugely critical of Russia in the run-up to the Games, heaped praised on the ceremony, with Britain’s Daily Mail saying it marked Russia’s “revival as a post-Soviet powerhouse”. Putin, who spearheaded the successful bid in 2007, welcomed more than 40 other heads of state and leaders for the ceremony, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Marvin Williams has been so hot the last three games that he didn’t let an air ball bother him. With Utah leading by seven in the fourth quarter against the reigning NBA champs, the Jazz forward released a 22-foot jumper that wasn’t close. The Jazz came right back to the unfazed Williams and his back-to-back 3-pointers sparked Utah to a 94-89 win over the Miami Heat. ‘’I can’t think of a bigger win than this one,’’ said Williams, who scored 23 points. Trailing 87-79 after Williams’ shots, the Heat used a 10-4 run to draw within two points after Ray Allen made a 3 from the corner with 46 seconds to play. Rookie Trey Burke, who had 13 points, rose up and drained the clutch 19-foot jump shot to beat the shot clock and Gordon Hayward’s free throw clinched the win for the Jazz, who have beat the Heat at home three straight times. Burke has said he hit the classic rookie ‘’wall’’ that often plagues first-year players after they’ve played 35-40 games. Shooting just over 30 percent the past three games, his teammates and coaches have encouraged him to keep shooting. ‘’They come to me and tell me to play with confidence. ‘Don’t think about it. Just play freely.’ That’s what I did tonight,’’ said Burke, who had a penchant for big shots as the AP Player of the Year at Michigan last season. Dwyane Wade had 19 points for the Heat, who missed their last four shots from the field to thwart

their comeback bid. LeBron James was 4 of 13 from the field for 13 points, his lowest scoring total since he had 13 points in a 104-88 win over Atlanta on Nov. 19. ‘’There’s nobody that can stop LeBron from scoring the basketball, but we tried to slow him down collectively as a team and I think we did pretty good,’’ Williams said. Hayward nearly had his first triple-double with nine points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while often guarding Wade and James. Richard Jefferson had 14 and Alec Burks had 12 points for the Jazz, who snapped their four-game losing streak in front of a frenzied crowd. James subbed in with 7:54 to play and his team trailing 77-70 and the Heat looked poised for a comeback as they also reached the penalty with 6:51 to play. But James missed his only two field goal attempts of the fourth quarter and was 2 of 4 from the line. The young Jazz, who entered the game with worst record in the Western Conference, relied on their two veterans down the stretch until Burke’s big shot. Williams, who averages 9.9 points, has scored 67 points in his last three games and made 5 of 8 from beyond the arc in this one. After his air ball, Williams made a pair of 3-pointers - the last shot just beating the shot clock after Jefferson dove to the floor to gather a loose ball and flip it to Utah’s hot hand. ‘’He just found somebody open and I was able to get away from Chris Bosh. I just threw it up there and was able to beat the clock and it went in,’’ Williams said.

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LeBron Jamnes #6 of the Miami Heat handles the ball against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena on February 08, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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the spot kick past midfielder Gabi Fernandez, who had to defend the net with all three changes already made. To make matters worse, Atletico midfielder Tiago Cardoso was carried off with a leg injury after he received a hard tackle midway through the second half. “We don’t look for excuses,” Simeone said. “The only way we know how to continue forward in the same fashion that got us here is to keep on working. What concerns me most about today is Tiago.” Barcelona trails Atletico and Madrid by three points before it visits Sevilla on Sunday. Bale seemed particularly eager to take charge with Ronaldo out, and he was helped to start the scoring by defender Jose Dorado’s bad decision-making and even poorer execution. Dorado unwisely tried to dribble around Bale instead of passing to a nearby teammate. The Wales winger pounced on his clumsy touch to steal the ball, press forward unchallenged, and coolly chip helpless goalkeeper

Sergio Asenjo. Bale then used a burst of speed to leave behind Jaume Costa on the right flank before crossing for Benzema, whose short-range volley hit Asenjo before landing in the net. Villarreal, however, didn’t wilt and Gaspar drilled the ball inside the far corner of the goalframe to halve the deficit before halftime. Madrid lost left back Marcelo to injury when he gingerly walked off the pitch in the 18th, and his replacement, Fabio Coentrao, didn’t return after halftime, apparently due to injury. Alvaro Arbeloa took his place. Jese ran onto Angel Di Maria’s incisive pass before he slipped the ball around Asenjo with a sly touch using the outside of his

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BARCELONA, Spain — Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez each scored and set up goals for Karim Benzema in a 4-2 win over Villarreal on Saturday, giving the powerhouse a share of the Spanish league lead after Atletico Madrid stumbled to a 2-0 loss at Almeria. With leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo serving the first of a three-game suspension, Bale stepped up by opening in the seventh minute at the Santiago Bernabeu before he crossed for Benzema’s first goal in the 25th. without him.” Also, Valencia rolled over bottom-side Real Betis 5-0 as it continued to show its turnaround under coach Juan Pizzi, while Rayo Vallecano broke a run of six home losses by humbling 10-man Malaga 4-1 to move to within two points of safety. Atletico failed to rebound from its 3-0 Copa del Rey defeat at Madrid on Wednesday as it lost for just the second time in 23 league matches in this campaign. It has dropped seven points in the last five rounds. Almeria stifled its attack and a pair of mistakes by back-up goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia, starting for the injured Thibaut Courtois, doomed Diego Simeone’s side. After Almeria forward Aleix Vidal’s shot came off both posts, Aranzubia let Jose “Verza” Garcia’s cross fall over his head in the 80th. The veteran goalie compounded that in the 86th by losing the ball to Jonathan Zongo’s pressure and earning a questionable red card as he dove to recover the ball. Verza slotted

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema from France celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at the Bernabeu stadium stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. right boot to make it 3-1. Again Villarreal wasn’t done, and Dos Santos bent his leftfooted free kick over the barrier, but Jese steered a Madrid counterattack before squaring for Benzema to fire home and secure the three points.

BERLIN — Bayern Munich overcame a difficult start to beat Nuremberg 2-0 in the Bavarian derby and restore its 13-point advantage in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Borussia Dortmund routed Werder Bremen 5-1. Nuremberg struck the crossbar through Hiroshi Kiyotake in the fourth minute and forced several saves from Manuel Neuer before Mario Mandzukic scored with the visitors’ first real chance in the 18th. Mario Goetze sent David Alaba through on the left, and the Bayern defender crossed for Mandzukic to get ahead of his marker and convert. The Croatian striker then crossed for Philipp Lahm to effectively seal the result in the 49th, ensuring Bayern stretched its league record unbeaten run to 45 games. “It’s a quality that Bayern scores one goal from one chance,” Nuremberg coach Gertjan Verbeek said. “The momentum was then gone. The first half cost us a lot of energy and the belief wasn’t quite as strong. After the quick second goal it was practically impossible.” Nuremberg was dealt two early blows when striker Daniel Ginczek and defender

Timmy Chandler went off with injuries. The club said Ginczek was ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing the cruciate ligament in his right knee, while Chandler tore a meniscus in his left knee, keeping the United States defender out for eight to 10 weeks. The home side was lucky not to go further behind in the 32nd. Arjen Robben struck the post from a free kick, Thomas Mueller struck the crossbar from the rebound and Mandzukic’s follow up was blocked. Robben also struck the post in the second half. “I quickly saw why Bayern has only won once in Nuremberg in the last six years,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. “Nuremberg played with a lot of aggression and intensity. They attacked very quickly and had two or three clear chances. It was easier for us after the second goal.” Two goals each from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Robert Lewandowski, and another from Manuel Friedrich, ensured Dortmund stayed 17 points behind Bayern in third. Levent Aycicek scored Bremen’s 89th-minute consolation on his Bundesliga debut. Bremen coach Robin Dutt is coming under increasing pressure after the club’s worst start to a Bundesliga

Blatter ready to stand for Govt corrects football World fifth term as FIFA president Cup hooligan blunder

Sepp Blatter says he is ready to stand for reelection as FIFA president in 2015, extending his stay at the top of the football ladder to five terms. The 77-year-old Swiss was expected to step aside after his fourth mandate ended next year, but he has now said he is willing to run for a fifth term if he is approached by the world governing body’s members. “I’m in good health and I don’t see why I should think about stopping work now,” he told RTS on Friday. “If the member associations ask me to be a candidate I wouldn’t say no.” Blatter was speaking in Sochi, where he is attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics as a member of the IOC. But the travel and workload involved in his role

does not deter him from thinking of standing for a mandate which would take him well into his 80s. “In terms of human rights, an age limit is discrimination,” Blatter added. The only person to announce his candidacy before now is Jerome Champagne, Blatter’s former advisor, who unveiled his bid for the presidency at a press conference in London in January. However, Champagne admitted he doesn’t feel he can beat the Swiss if the current president runs once more. “Frankly, I don’t know if Mr. Blatter will run or not,” he said at his candidacy launch. “Do I think I can beat him? No, I don’t think so. He is somebody of great relevance.”

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London - The government has corrected a blunder in which it barred 2,500 of England’s most notorious football hooligans from just the opening day of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a newspaper said Sunday. Police Minister Damian Green signed a legal document that would have left them “free to cause mayhem”, The Mail on Sunday said, had one of his team not later spotted the error. The statutory instrument forces known hooligans to surrender their passports between certain dates. It initially said the travel ban would start on June 2 -- 10 days before the opening ceremony -- and end on June 13, rather than July 13.

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After Villarreal’s Mario Gaspar struck in the 43rd, Jese took what proved to be Madrid’s winner in the 64th before Villarreal forward Giovani Dos Santos curled in a free kick in the 69th. Jese found Benzema for his double in the 76th. If any Madrid supporters were worried how their team would fare without Ronaldo and his league-leading 22 goals, they needn’t have as Carlo Ancelotti’s side extended its unbeaten streak to 23 games in all competitions. Instead of struggling, Benzema recorded his 12th and 13th league goals, Bale provided more arguments he was worthy of his world-record transfer, and the 20year-old Jese gave Madrid’s fans more hope they have finally found their next homegrown star. “It’s great to be back on the pitch and get a goal and an assist as well,” Bale, who had missed two games with a leg injury, said. “(Cristiano) is obviously missed. He is the world’s best player. We knew we had to do the job

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The tournament’s first full day of matches are on June 13, with England’s campaign opening with their match against Italy the following day. The instrument was put before parliament on January 29. Officials at the Home Office interior ministry then noticed the blunder. The corrected version, entitled The Football Spectators (2014 World Cup Control Period) (Amendment) Order 2014, was laid before parliament on Thursday. “An amendment order was drafted immediately,” a spokesman was quoted as saying. The amendment’s explanatory note says it is “to correct an erroneous reference to 13th June 2014 as being the date of the last match... “when in fact the correct date is 13th July 2014”.

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Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic of Croatia, left, and Bayern’s Philipp Lahm celebrate their side’s second goal during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between 1.FC Nuremberg and Bayern Munich in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

season since 1974-75. Dutt took over last summer from Thomas Schaaf, who had been in charge for 14 years. Lewandowski fired inside the far corner in the 26th and Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 in the 41st, when he skipped past several defenders before shooting beyond Raphael Wolf. The unmarked Friedrich scored three minutes into the second half, Mkhitaryan crowned the win in the 62nd by curling the ball inside the far post after a delightful back-heel from Marco Reus, and Lewandowski claimed his second in the 85th, when he rounded the goalkeeper and fired through a defender’s legs. Midfielder Nuri Sahin referred to the confidence-boost the victory would give the side. “The game was a lot of fun and when we have fun, then such results come out of it,” Sahin said. “This big win is very important for us.” Bayer Leverkusen consolidated second place with a 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday. Also, Wolfsburg beat Mainz 3-0, bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig lost 3-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim. Braunschweig appears to be doomed after slumping to its 14th defeat of the season, Wolfsburg bounced back from two straight defeats and boosted its chances of European football next season, and Freiburg was left to rue missed chances against Hoffenheim, for which Anthony Modeste equalized five minutes from time. H a m b u r g e r S V, t h e o n l y Bundesliga club to have played every season, edged closer to its first relegation with its sixth consecutive loss, a 3-0 defeat at home to Hertha Berlin in the late game. “It’s going to be brutally difficult until the 34th (last) matchday,” said Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler, who saved Hertha striker Adrian Ramos’ penalty in the 15th, only for Sami Allagui to score from the resulting corner. Ramos scored with a header eight minutes later, and the Colombian striker claimed his league-leading 14th goal in the 39th. Hamburg players were jeered by angry fans after fulltime. “We have to live with it,” said Hamburg captain Heiko Westermann, whose side remains second from bottom, four points above Braunschweig.

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AC Milan’s Adel Taarabt controls the ball during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Napoli at San Paolo stadium in Naples February 8, 2014.

Higuain helps Napoli shoot down spirited Milan

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ROME - Gonzalo Higuain shot Napoli to within three points of second-placed AS Roma after scoring twice in an entertaining 3-1 home victory over AC Milan in Serie A on Saturday. The Argentine striker is second behind Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi in the Serie A scoring charts with 12 for the season. Higuain’s glancing header 11 minutes after the break and tap-in eight minutes from time moved Rafael Benitez’s side up to 47 points in third place. Napoli are three behind Roma, who have a game in hand and await the Rome derby with Lazio on Sunday, but 12 behind leaders and champions Juventus. “I need to praise the team because with the midweek match against Roma (in the Italian Cup semi-finals) and this one tonight, against two good sides, we played with an intensity and quality I would like to see all season,” said Benitez. “Competing in the Champions League, the cup and the league all at the same time with a new team is not easy and I think that we still have a lot of room to grow.” The win was Napoli’s first in four Serie A games and well deserved despite Adel Taarabt opening the

scoring with a superb solo goal seven minutes into his Milan debut. Gokhan Inler levelled four minutes later with a long range shot that fortuitously deflected over Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati. “The game started badly for us, but the team reacted strongly,” said goalscorer Higuain. “I am convinced we are on the right track. We have played well recently and not had the luck, but we’ve always showed character. I am happy we got the win against a great side.” Milan stay in 10th on 29 points after their first league defeat under Clarence Seedorf, who took over the side on January 16. Napoli are three points ahead of Fiorentina, who beat 12th-placed Atalanta 2-0 thanks to a stunning 16th-minute free kick from Slovenia international Josip Ilicic and a smart solo effort from Rafal Wolski four minutes from time. Udinese moved a point behind Atalanta in 13th after a 3-0 victory over Chievo. Antonio Di Natale scored his third goal in as many games nine minutes after the break, Bruno Fernandes added a second in the 74th minute and Ghana international Emmanuel Agyemang Badu hit the third with four minutes to go.


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the spot kick past midfielder Gabi Fernandez, who had to defend the net with all three changes already made. To make matters worse, Atletico midfielder Tiago Cardoso was carried off with a leg injury after he received a hard tackle midway through the second half. “We don’t look for excuses,” Simeone said. “The only way we know how to continue forward in the same fashion that got us here is to keep on working. What concerns me most about today is Tiago.” Barcelona trails Atletico and Madrid by three points before it visits Sevilla on Sunday. Bale seemed particularly eager to take charge with Ronaldo out, and he was helped to start the scoring by defender Jose Dorado’s bad decision-making and even poorer execution. Dorado unwisely tried to dribble around Bale instead of passing to a nearby teammate. The Wales winger pounced on his clumsy touch to steal the ball, press forward unchallenged, and coolly chip helpless goalkeeper

Sergio Asenjo. Bale then used a burst of speed to leave behind Jaume Costa on the right flank before crossing for Benzema, whose short-range volley hit Asenjo before landing in the net. Villarreal, however, didn’t wilt and Gaspar drilled the ball inside the far corner of the goalframe to halve the deficit before halftime. Madrid lost left back Marcelo to injury when he gingerly walked off the pitch in the 18th, and his replacement, Fabio Coentrao, didn’t return after halftime, apparently due to injury. Alvaro Arbeloa took his place. Jese ran onto Angel Di Maria’s incisive pass before he slipped the ball around Asenjo with a sly touch using the outside of his

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BARCELONA, Spain — Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez each scored and set up goals for Karim Benzema in a 4-2 win over Villarreal on Saturday, giving the powerhouse a share of the Spanish league lead after Atletico Madrid stumbled to a 2-0 loss at Almeria. With leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo serving the first of a three-game suspension, Bale stepped up by opening in the seventh minute at the Santiago Bernabeu before he crossed for Benzema’s first goal in the 25th. without him.” Also, Valencia rolled over bottom-side Real Betis 5-0 as it continued to show its turnaround under coach Juan Pizzi, while Rayo Vallecano broke a run of six home losses by humbling 10-man Malaga 4-1 to move to within two points of safety. Atletico failed to rebound from its 3-0 Copa del Rey defeat at Madrid on Wednesday as it lost for just the second time in 23 league matches in this campaign. It has dropped seven points in the last five rounds. Almeria stifled its attack and a pair of mistakes by back-up goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia, starting for the injured Thibaut Courtois, doomed Diego Simeone’s side. After Almeria forward Aleix Vidal’s shot came off both posts, Aranzubia let Jose “Verza” Garcia’s cross fall over his head in the 80th. The veteran goalie compounded that in the 86th by losing the ball to Jonathan Zongo’s pressure and earning a questionable red card as he dove to recover the ball. Verza slotted

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema from France celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at the Bernabeu stadium stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. right boot to make it 3-1. Again Villarreal wasn’t done, and Dos Santos bent his leftfooted free kick over the barrier, but Jese steered a Madrid counterattack before squaring for Benzema to fire home and secure the three points.

BERLIN — Bayern Munich overcame a difficult start to beat Nuremberg 2-0 in the Bavarian derby and restore its 13-point advantage in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Borussia Dortmund routed Werder Bremen 5-1. Nuremberg struck the crossbar through Hiroshi Kiyotake in the fourth minute and forced several saves from Manuel Neuer before Mario Mandzukic scored with the visitors’ first real chance in the 18th. Mario Goetze sent David Alaba through on the left, and the Bayern defender crossed for Mandzukic to get ahead of his marker and convert. The Croatian striker then crossed for Philipp Lahm to effectively seal the result in the 49th, ensuring Bayern stretched its league record unbeaten run to 45 games. “It’s a quality that Bayern scores one goal from one chance,” Nuremberg coach Gertjan Verbeek said. “The momentum was then gone. The first half cost us a lot of energy and the belief wasn’t quite as strong. After the quick second goal it was practically impossible.” Nuremberg was dealt two early blows when striker Daniel Ginczek and defender

Timmy Chandler went off with injuries. The club said Ginczek was ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing the cruciate ligament in his right knee, while Chandler tore a meniscus in his left knee, keeping the United States defender out for eight to 10 weeks. The home side was lucky not to go further behind in the 32nd. Arjen Robben struck the post from a free kick, Thomas Mueller struck the crossbar from the rebound and Mandzukic’s follow up was blocked. Robben also struck the post in the second half. “I quickly saw why Bayern has only won once in Nuremberg in the last six years,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. “Nuremberg played with a lot of aggression and intensity. They attacked very quickly and had two or three clear chances. It was easier for us after the second goal.” Two goals each from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Robert Lewandowski, and another from Manuel Friedrich, ensured Dortmund stayed 17 points behind Bayern in third. Levent Aycicek scored Bremen’s 89th-minute consolation on his Bundesliga debut. Bremen coach Robin Dutt is coming under increasing pressure after the club’s worst start to a Bundesliga

Blatter ready to stand for Govt corrects football World fifth term as FIFA president Cup hooligan blunder

Sepp Blatter says he is ready to stand for reelection as FIFA president in 2015, extending his stay at the top of the football ladder to five terms. The 77-year-old Swiss was expected to step aside after his fourth mandate ended next year, but he has now said he is willing to run for a fifth term if he is approached by the world governing body’s members. “I’m in good health and I don’t see why I should think about stopping work now,” he told RTS on Friday. “If the member associations ask me to be a candidate I wouldn’t say no.” Blatter was speaking in Sochi, where he is attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics as a member of the IOC. But the travel and workload involved in his role

does not deter him from thinking of standing for a mandate which would take him well into his 80s. “In terms of human rights, an age limit is discrimination,” Blatter added. The only person to announce his candidacy before now is Jerome Champagne, Blatter’s former advisor, who unveiled his bid for the presidency at a press conference in London in January. However, Champagne admitted he doesn’t feel he can beat the Swiss if the current president runs once more. “Frankly, I don’t know if Mr. Blatter will run or not,” he said at his candidacy launch. “Do I think I can beat him? No, I don’t think so. He is somebody of great relevance.”

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London - The government has corrected a blunder in which it barred 2,500 of England’s most notorious football hooligans from just the opening day of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a newspaper said Sunday. Police Minister Damian Green signed a legal document that would have left them “free to cause mayhem”, The Mail on Sunday said, had one of his team not later spotted the error. The statutory instrument forces known hooligans to surrender their passports between certain dates. It initially said the travel ban would start on June 2 -- 10 days before the opening ceremony -- and end on June 13, rather than July 13.

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Bayern Munich wins derby to march on in Bundesliga

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After Villarreal’s Mario Gaspar struck in the 43rd, Jese took what proved to be Madrid’s winner in the 64th before Villarreal forward Giovani Dos Santos curled in a free kick in the 69th. Jese found Benzema for his double in the 76th. If any Madrid supporters were worried how their team would fare without Ronaldo and his league-leading 22 goals, they needn’t have as Carlo Ancelotti’s side extended its unbeaten streak to 23 games in all competitions. Instead of struggling, Benzema recorded his 12th and 13th league goals, Bale provided more arguments he was worthy of his world-record transfer, and the 20year-old Jese gave Madrid’s fans more hope they have finally found their next homegrown star. “It’s great to be back on the pitch and get a goal and an assist as well,” Bale, who had missed two games with a leg injury, said. “(Cristiano) is obviously missed. He is the world’s best player. We knew we had to do the job

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The tournament’s first full day of matches are on June 13, with England’s campaign opening with their match against Italy the following day. The instrument was put before parliament on January 29. Officials at the Home Office interior ministry then noticed the blunder. The corrected version, entitled The Football Spectators (2014 World Cup Control Period) (Amendment) Order 2014, was laid before parliament on Thursday. “An amendment order was drafted immediately,” a spokesman was quoted as saying. The amendment’s explanatory note says it is “to correct an erroneous reference to 13th June 2014 as being the date of the last match... “when in fact the correct date is 13th July 2014”.

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Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic of Croatia, left, and Bayern’s Philipp Lahm celebrate their side’s second goal during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between 1.FC Nuremberg and Bayern Munich in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

season since 1974-75. Dutt took over last summer from Thomas Schaaf, who had been in charge for 14 years. Lewandowski fired inside the far corner in the 26th and Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 in the 41st, when he skipped past several defenders before shooting beyond Raphael Wolf. The unmarked Friedrich scored three minutes into the second half, Mkhitaryan crowned the win in the 62nd by curling the ball inside the far post after a delightful back-heel from Marco Reus, and Lewandowski claimed his second in the 85th, when he rounded the goalkeeper and fired through a defender’s legs. Midfielder Nuri Sahin referred to the confidence-boost the victory would give the side. “The game was a lot of fun and when we have fun, then such results come out of it,” Sahin said. “This big win is very important for us.” Bayer Leverkusen consolidated second place with a 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday. Also, Wolfsburg beat Mainz 3-0, bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig lost 3-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim. Braunschweig appears to be doomed after slumping to its 14th defeat of the season, Wolfsburg bounced back from two straight defeats and boosted its chances of European football next season, and Freiburg was left to rue missed chances against Hoffenheim, for which Anthony Modeste equalized five minutes from time. H a m b u r g e r S V, t h e o n l y Bundesliga club to have played every season, edged closer to its first relegation with its sixth consecutive loss, a 3-0 defeat at home to Hertha Berlin in the late game. “It’s going to be brutally difficult until the 34th (last) matchday,” said Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler, who saved Hertha striker Adrian Ramos’ penalty in the 15th, only for Sami Allagui to score from the resulting corner. Ramos scored with a header eight minutes later, and the Colombian striker claimed his league-leading 14th goal in the 39th. Hamburg players were jeered by angry fans after fulltime. “We have to live with it,” said Hamburg captain Heiko Westermann, whose side remains second from bottom, four points above Braunschweig.

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AC Milan’s Adel Taarabt controls the ball during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Napoli at San Paolo stadium in Naples February 8, 2014.

Higuain helps Napoli shoot down spirited Milan

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ROME - Gonzalo Higuain shot Napoli to within three points of second-placed AS Roma after scoring twice in an entertaining 3-1 home victory over AC Milan in Serie A on Saturday. The Argentine striker is second behind Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi in the Serie A scoring charts with 12 for the season. Higuain’s glancing header 11 minutes after the break and tap-in eight minutes from time moved Rafael Benitez’s side up to 47 points in third place. Napoli are three behind Roma, who have a game in hand and await the Rome derby with Lazio on Sunday, but 12 behind leaders and champions Juventus. “I need to praise the team because with the midweek match against Roma (in the Italian Cup semi-finals) and this one tonight, against two good sides, we played with an intensity and quality I would like to see all season,” said Benitez. “Competing in the Champions League, the cup and the league all at the same time with a new team is not easy and I think that we still have a lot of room to grow.” The win was Napoli’s first in four Serie A games and well deserved despite Adel Taarabt opening the

scoring with a superb solo goal seven minutes into his Milan debut. Gokhan Inler levelled four minutes later with a long range shot that fortuitously deflected over Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati. “The game started badly for us, but the team reacted strongly,” said goalscorer Higuain. “I am convinced we are on the right track. We have played well recently and not had the luck, but we’ve always showed character. I am happy we got the win against a great side.” Milan stay in 10th on 29 points after their first league defeat under Clarence Seedorf, who took over the side on January 16. Napoli are three points ahead of Fiorentina, who beat 12th-placed Atalanta 2-0 thanks to a stunning 16th-minute free kick from Slovenia international Josip Ilicic and a smart solo effort from Rafal Wolski four minutes from time. Udinese moved a point behind Atalanta in 13th after a 3-0 victory over Chievo. Antonio Di Natale scored his third goal in as many games nine minutes after the break, Bruno Fernandes added a second in the 74th minute and Ghana international Emmanuel Agyemang Badu hit the third with four minutes to go.


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DENPASAR - The main harbour of Bali which located about 6 km to the south of Denpasar. It caters the needs of local and international sea journey. This harbour has become the home base different cruises (Bali Hai Cruises, Bounty Cruises, Mabua, Wakalouka, etc) towards the eastern islands, and international yacht races are frequently organized here.

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Bode Miller of the US, pictured during men’s slpine skiing downhill training session, at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, on February 8, 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympics

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Records fall on golden day in Sochi Agence France Press

Sochi - Records tumbled on the first day of medal action at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday as organisers breathed a sigh of relief after a dazzling opening ceremony hailed as a success around the world. Under picture-perfect blue skies US snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg took the first gold in the inaugural men’s slopestyle event but two veterans stole the headlines. Forty-year-old Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the joint highest medal winner in Winter Olympics history with his victory in the sprint while compatriot Marit Bjoergen, 33, became her country’s most successful female Olympian with victory in the skiathlon. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands led a Dutch clean sweep in the men’s 5,000 metres speed skating on a day when five gold medals were due to be handed out. A glittering opening ceremony on Friday took the focus off the litany of concerns that have dogged the run-up to the Olympics -- a project championed by President Vladimir Putin -- including Russia’s gay rights record and security. Thousands of fireworks exploded above the Fisht stadium on the Black Sea coast during a event that won gushing praise at home

and abroad, despite an early mishap when one of the Olympic rings failed to morph from a snowflake. “We missed this for so many years... a pride for our country, a feeling for her power, unity and greatness. Yesterday, we felt it,” the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily said. “It was a great and overwhelming ceremony. I am proud of what we have done,” said the head of the Sochi organising committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, adding that Putin had also declared himself “satisfied” with the result. He also defended the choice of triple Olympic gold medal winning ice skater Irina Rodnina to light the Olympic cauldron, after last year she tweeted a picture of US President Barack Obama with a banana, condemned by activists as a racist gesture. “Irina Rodnina is one of

the most respected Olympic athletes. The Olympics are not about politics,” he said. Organisers brushed off the rings mishap, admitting that they covered up the glitch on Russian state television by quickly inserting footage of the segment they had recorded days earlier. In an episode that highly amused anti-Kremlin Russian bloggers, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev appeared to nod off just before the Games were declared open. One picture doing the rounds on Twitter showed just a black square with the slogan: “The Olympics through the eyes of Medvedev.” Even the foreign press, which have been hugely critical of Russia in the run-up to the Games, heaped praised on the ceremony, with Britain’s Daily Mail saying it marked Russia’s “revival as a post-Soviet powerhouse”. Putin, who spearheaded the successful bid in 2007, welcomed more than 40 other heads of state and leaders for the ceremony, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Marvin Williams has been so hot the last three games that he didn’t let an air ball bother him. With Utah leading by seven in the fourth quarter against the reigning NBA champs, the Jazz forward released a 22-foot jumper that wasn’t close. The Jazz came right back to the unfazed Williams and his back-to-back 3-pointers sparked Utah to a 94-89 win over the Miami Heat. ‘’I can’t think of a bigger win than this one,’’ said Williams, who scored 23 points. Trailing 87-79 after Williams’ shots, the Heat used a 10-4 run to draw within two points after Ray Allen made a 3 from the corner with 46 seconds to play. Rookie Trey Burke, who had 13 points, rose up and drained the clutch 19-foot jump shot to beat the shot clock and Gordon Hayward’s free throw clinched the win for the Jazz, who have beat the Heat at home three straight times. Burke has said he hit the classic rookie ‘’wall’’ that often plagues first-year players after they’ve played 35-40 games. Shooting just over 30 percent the past three games, his teammates and coaches have encouraged him to keep shooting. ‘’They come to me and tell me to play with confidence. ‘Don’t think about it. Just play freely.’ That’s what I did tonight,’’ said Burke, who had a penchant for big shots as the AP Player of the Year at Michigan last season. Dwyane Wade had 19 points for the Heat, who missed their last four shots from the field to thwart

their comeback bid. LeBron James was 4 of 13 from the field for 13 points, his lowest scoring total since he had 13 points in a 104-88 win over Atlanta on Nov. 19. ‘’There’s nobody that can stop LeBron from scoring the basketball, but we tried to slow him down collectively as a team and I think we did pretty good,’’ Williams said. Hayward nearly had his first triple-double with nine points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while often guarding Wade and James. Richard Jefferson had 14 and Alec Burks had 12 points for the Jazz, who snapped their four-game losing streak in front of a frenzied crowd. James subbed in with 7:54 to play and his team trailing 77-70 and the Heat looked poised for a comeback as they also reached the penalty with 6:51 to play. But James missed his only two field goal attempts of the fourth quarter and was 2 of 4 from the line. The young Jazz, who entered the game with worst record in the Western Conference, relied on their two veterans down the stretch until Burke’s big shot. Williams, who averages 9.9 points, has scored 67 points in his last three games and made 5 of 8 from beyond the arc in this one. After his air ball, Williams made a pair of 3-pointers - the last shot just beating the shot clock after Jefferson dove to the floor to gather a loose ball and flip it to Utah’s hot hand. ‘’He just found somebody open and I was able to get away from Chris Bosh. I just threw it up there and was able to beat the clock and it went in,’’ Williams said.

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Japan’s nuclear re-start bogged down in safety checks and paperwork Reuters

TOKYO - Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan’s nuclear industry, shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster almost three years ago. It’s proving a hard slog. A new, more independent regulator is in place, asking difficult questions and seeking to impose tougher safety rules on powerful utilities that were largely their own masters for the past 50 years. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) was created in 2012 and set new safety guidelines in July last year. It now has four teams vetting reactors at nine nuclear power stations on a list of those seeking to re-start. A deadline to complete the checks has been missed as the NRA is still asking for reams of information. No one is able to predict when the first of 48 reactors will be turned back on. The delays are biting the utilities which are having to spend billions of dollars to import fossil fuels to keep the power on, pushing Japan into a record trade deficit and risking undermining Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s polices to end years of stagnant growth. “All the utilities are in a similar situation and, unless outstanding issues are resolved, we can’t judge that they are in compliance with the standards,” Tomoya Ichimura, an NRA director, told Reuters.

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The regulator and staff from the utilities and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, a leading supplier of nuclear plant equipment, are ploughing through mountains of paperwork on the technical specifications of reactors and their vulnerability to natural disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami that knocked out the Fukushima Daiichi station in March 2011. All lack experience in carrying out such detailed safety checks because of the lax regime that existed before Fukushima. “Only the framework of the safety criteria was decided, not the details, so the dialogue between the NRA and power companies to work out the specifics is taking time,” said Seiichi Nakata, Project Leader, Department of Policy, Communication and International Affairs at the Japan Atomic Industry Forum.

And once the checks are done, reactors must undergo planned inspections, which took as long as two months under the previous regime, as well as get the go-ahead from local authorities before they can be turned back on. The plants are being treated as if they have just been built and are seeking certification to start operating for the first time. Interviews with utility and nuclear industry staff, regulators and government officials reveal a climate of uncertainty, frustration and long hours. A taskforce of some 90 NRA inspectors dispatch orders and requests to hundreds of staff from regional utilities seconded to the capital and camped out for months in business hotels near the regulator’s headquarters. As many as 2,800 staff at Mitsubishi Heavy are involved in dealing with utilities’ requests on specifications and other data, the company said.

Sanaa - Al-Qaeda militants who kidnapped a South African teacher in Yemen last year will not execute him despite their deadline for receiving $3 million (2.2 million euros) in ransom expiring Saturday, a mediator said. Pierre Korkie, 56, was abducted along with his wife in Yemen’s second city Taiz in May by members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Korkie’s wife Yolande was freed last month with the help of the mediator from one of Yemen’s powerful tribes and returned home. Korkie, who is in poor health, “is still alive and the prospect of his being executed is excluded,” the mediator told AFP, adding that he was in contact with the kidnappers. He said the situation remained very delicate, adding: “They cannot free the hostage without the ransom.” The kidnappers had previously set a deadline of January 17 to free Korkie, threatening to kill him if they did not get the money, but then extended it for three weeks. The mediator said Saturday that “if the South African authorities demonstrate that they are prepared to respond to the demands of the kidnappers, then we can ask that the extension be prolonged.” But according to a family statement “Yolande confirms that the South African government made it clear to her that it does not pay ransom for kidnapped citizens.” The Korkies said they had not heard from the kidnappers by late Saturday. In Johannesburg on Friday, Yo-

lande Korkie again pleaded with the abductors for mercy. She said her husband, who suffers from a hernia, is too ill to survive the rigours of his captivity. “Pierre is an innocent and honest person who served the poor people through his teaching,” she said in a video recording, after greeting Al-Qaeda in Arabic, thanking them for treating her with respect. “My two children and I miss him terribly. He was just an ordinary man from South Africa,” she said, flanked by the couple’s teenage son and daughter. “He is gravely ill and he will not survive captivity.” This week the charity negotiating his release said the kidnappers had broken off contact, accusing it of stealing the ransom money. The group believed that South African Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, who had travelled to Yemen to appeal for Korkie’s release, had brought the money, although this was denied by the South African government. The couple had lived and worked in Yemen for four years. Hundreds of people have been abducted in Yemen in the past 15 years, nearly all of them by disgruntled tribesmen who freed their hostages unharmed after short periods of captivity. The hostages are used as bargaining chips in disputes with the central government. But AQAP, which is regarded by Washington as the global jihadist network’s most dangerous affiliate, has brought a new, more threatening twist to the kidnappings.

Iran says warships sailing towards U.S.: agency Reuters

DUBAI - An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. vessels in the Gulf, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported on Saturday. “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message,” the agency quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying. Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy’s northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via “waters near South Africa”, Fars reported. Fars said the plan was part of “Iran’s response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf.” The Fars report, which carried no details of the vessels, could not be confirmed independently. In Washington, a U.S. defense

official, speaking on condition of anonymity, cast doubt on any claims that the Iranian ships were approaching U.S. maritime borders. But the official added that “ships are free to operate in international waters.” The United States and its allies regularly stage naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to ensure freedom of navigation in the waterway through which 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil exports passes. U.S. military facilities in the region include a base for its Fifth Fleet in the Gulf Arab kingdom of Bahrain. Iran sees the Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence there. Iranian officials have often said Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, if it came under military attack over its disputed nuclear program, and the Western war games are seen in the region as an attempt to deter any such move.

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INDONESIA Team searching fishermen missing in Indonesia-PNG border waters Antara

JAYAPURA - A team consisting of members of the navy, Basarnas (national search and rescue agency) and the local community are searching for five fishermen who are still missing after being caught by PNG DF (defense forces) on Thursday. The commander of the XIth Naval Base in Merauke, Papua, Brigadier General Buyung Lalana said when contacted by Antara over the issue confirmed on Sunday that the search effort is still continuing. He said the Basarnas has deployed one of its ships while the navy and local people used speed boats in the effort. “The XIth Naval Base is also preparing naval ship KRI BOA in case it would be needed,” he said. He said the operation is quite difficult as waves are high. He said he would meet five other

fishermen who managed to escape, who are now already in the city, in the evening in connection with the incident. “We will hear directly from them about the chronology of the event,” he said. It was reported on February 6, ten fishermen from Merauke while looking for sea cucumber in a coral cluster on the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border were caught by fully armed PNG DF personnel and their boat and belongings were burned. The 10 fishermen who are villagers of Lampu Satu, Merauky, were then

ordered to swim to the beach around five kilometers away. At around 8pm local time five of them managed to reach the coast but five others failed and their fact was not known until now. The missing fishermen are known as Alexander Coa, Ferdinando Coa, Roby Rahail, Joni Kaize and Zulkfikar Saleh. Those who managed to reach a naval post on the coast are Anton Kanez Bazik-bazik, Yakobus G Mahuze, Silvester Ku Basik-basik, Marselinus Maya Gebze and Andreas Mahuze.

“Press strengthen me”: President Yudhoyono Antara

BENGKULU - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono praised the press at the National Press Day here on Sunday saying that it has helped make him remain strong and not tempted by power and not to be careless when making policies. “The press is often cynical and unfriendly to me. There is no day without criticism and condemnation, no day without rumors about me and my family. But behind them all there has also been a blessing. By being continuously criticized I have even been able to stay on and not to be tempted to misuse my power and carelessly issue policies,” he said in his speech at the event. President Yudhoyono attended the National Press Day flanked by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono. The event was also attended by national press figures and cabinet members. President Yudhoyono said many leaders who were anti-criticism, silenced opposition and critical press had have only been thrown off their position by the people. He said that press freedom was a prerequisite for people’s sovereignty and democracy but on the other hand it also requires full responsibility. President Yudhoyono on the occasion was given a title of “a friend of the press” presented by chairman of the

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President Yudhoyono accompanied by First Lady, Ani Yudhoyono during National Press Day celebration on Sunday. Press Council, Bagir Manan. On the occasion Bagir Manan said that press freedom is indeed a prerequisite for people’s sovereignty and democracy but he also warned about its side effect. In spite of its side effect he expressed appreciation to President Yudhoyono’s efforts to support press freedom. “President Yudhoyono has helped grow, preserve and maintain press free-

dom,” he said. The general chairman of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI), Margiono, on the occasion also expressed appreciation to President Yudhoyono’s contribution to press development so far. “Because of your big attention to the press, care and good communication with us we have agreed to give you a title of ‘friend of the press’,” he said.

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JAKARTA - The Transportation Ministry has agreed to the relocation of Adi Sutjipto airport to Kulon Progo in Yogyakarta, hoping the construction of the new airport will soon be realized, a senior official said. “All procedures have been made. What remains to be done is coordination between airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I and the Yoyakarta local government,” Air Transportation Director General Herry Bakti said. The director general said there was earlier a problem being faced in deciding the location because of the presence of an iron ore factory there. But it was reported that the problem had been settled with a win-win solution. He said that the new Kulon Progo airport which would replace Adi Sutjipo airport was expected to start operation by 2017. Herry Bakti said that the Ministry of Transportation had issued a permit for PT Angkasa Pura I while the airport operator had also submitted supportive administrative data on the project. Documents which were submitted included topography survey results, studies on soil texture and flight safety around the airport location. The location permit will be used as the basis for land clearance. Recently, PT Angkasa Pura I said it will build an international airport in the regency of Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta. General Manager of the state airport operator Andi G Wirson said land clearing for the airport project is to be carried out in 2014. “The main reason for planning to build a new airport in Kulon Progo is that Yogyakarta’s Adi Sutjipto airport could no longer handle growing number of air travelers to and from the district,” Andi told the Kulon Progo district legislative assembly at a meeting here on Thursday. The choice of Kulon Progo was also based on recommendation of international and local consults, which have carried out feasibility study on the project, he said. In the first phase the airport would have a runway of 3,000 meters long enough to accommodate wide bodied aircraft, he said. Also included in the project is an Airport City which will have hotel, airport hospital, and other facilities, he said. In cooperation with state railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), an airport railway would be built to facilitate transport to the airport. The facilities are expected to help boost economic development in the district, he said.


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India luxury car market accelerates despite downturn

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GREATER NOIDA - German giant Mercedes admits it was “a little surprised” when Indian customers snapped up 125 of its new top-ofthe-line S-Class luxury cars costing $250,000 apiece in just 16 days. India’s auto industry has skidded onto an icy patch and is set for a second straight year of decline, but one segment still accelerating is luxury cars. Analysts at India’s premier auto fair in the capital’s suburb of Greater Noida last week said for the “really rich”, economic downturns have a “negligible impact” on their luxury spending. The wealthy are much less sensitive to high interest rates and are more resilient overall to downturns, say analysts. “Luxury cars sales are still growing at 15-percent-plus year-on-year. For the next three years, segment growth is expected to continue at 15 percent upwards,” noted a report by the Confederation of Indian Industry and market research firm IMRB International. Sales have gone into overdrive for parts of the luxury auto segment. Daimler AG’s Mercedes Benz, for instance, saw sales rocket 32 percent year-on-year in India, despite punitive import tariffs. Still, “while we believe strongly in our product, we were a little surprised when we sold 125 S-Class cars in 16 days -- and this was to customers who bought them sight unseen”, Mercedes-Benz India chief executive Eberhard Kern said. The cars purchased were the Indian launch edition of Mercedes’ latest luxury S-Class sedan, priced

at 15.7 million rupees ($250,000). In sharp contrast, passenger car sales are set to slump close to 10 percent in this financial year to March 2014, forecasts the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), after years of growing around 30 percent. The market has been hit by high borrowing costs and receding consumer confidence amid economic growth of just 4.5 percent -- half the rate seen during India’s boom times. Big spenders But while India staggers from its worst downturn in a decade, previous years of rapid growth have created a new moneyed class who are buying prestige marques and keeping the segment above water. “Economic downturns have a negligible impact on luxury consumers... and income levels overall have been rising,” Shrawan Raja of Indian Autos Blog, an Indian motoring portal, told AFP. Although World Bank figures show 33 percent of the planet’s poorest call India home, the country also has minted 65 dollar billionaires, according to Forbes, and hundreds of thousands of dollar millionaires. A decade ago, the lone luxury car commonly spotted on India’s famously congested, potholed roads

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German giant Mercedes admits it was “a little surprised” when Indian customers snapped up 125 of its new top-of-the-line S-Class luxury cars costing $250,000 apiece in just 16 days. India’s auto industry has skidded onto an icy patch and is set for a second straight year of decline, but one segment still accelerating is luxury cars.

was Mercedes, the first premium carmaker to open shop in 1995. But now Audis, Jaguars, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Porches and other top badges regularly weave through traffic. The big spenders are top executives, ex-farmers who’ve sold property for vast sums to developers

and a younger, wealthy generation with different values from their frugal parents who shied away from “conspicuous consumption”, analysts say. “There has been an attitudinal change to spending money -- making this a more hospitable place for luxury automakers,” Anil Sharma,

senior research analyst at IHS Automotive consultancy, told AFP. India’s luxury car market is still tiny -- the total sold by the big luxury players in India, Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Jaguar LandRover, was 30,100. But that number is forecast to climb by 168 percent by 2018, according to consultancy IHS.

Probe after British bank customers’ details ‘sold on’ Agence France-Presse

LONDON - Britain’s data watchdog launched a probe Sunday after confidential files relating to Barclays Bank customers were allegedly stolen then sold on to rogue brokers. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it would be looking into the case this week, after it was revealed in The Mail on Sunday newspaper. The tabloid said highly sensitive information -- including bank cus-

tomers’ savings, earnings, insurance policies, mortgages health issues -- had found its way into the hands of “unscrupulous brokers”. The newspaper claimed such information was valuable on the black market because it allows individuals to be targeted in investment scams. The weekly said an anonymous whistleblower gave them a memory stick containing files on 2,000 Barclays customers. The man said it was a sample from a stolen database of up to 27,000 files, which he claimed

could be sold by salesmen for up to ’50 ($80, 60 euros) each. “We contacted the Information Commissioner and other regulators on Friday as soon as we were made aware,” a Barclays spokeswoman said. “Our initial investigations suggest this is isolated to customers linked to our Barclays Financial Planning business which we ceased operating as a service in 2011. “We will take all necessary steps to contact and advise those customers as soon as possible so that they

can also ensure the safety of their personal data. “This appears to be criminal action and we will co-operate with the authorities on pursuing the perpetrator.” A source at the British bank said it did not yet know in full what was on the memory stick. Each report is about 20 pages long, The Mail on Sunday said. All the customers had sought financial advice from Barclays, and gave their details during meetings with an advisor.

Select traders were given the information, the paper claimed, and from December 2012 to September 2013, some victims were persuaded to buy rare earth metals that did not exist. An ICO spokesman said: “It’s crucial that people’s personal information is properly looked after. “We’ll be working with The Mail on Sunday this week to get further details of what has happened here, as well as working with the police.” The ICO can slap fines of up to ’500,000 on organisations that fail to protect private data.

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As an international tourist destination, Bali should pay attention and maintain the natural beauty, sanitation and environmental arrangement. Now, Bali is worth bearing the new title, namely the ‘Island of Billboards.’ HAVE a look at along the major roads and strategic locations. They are now adorned with billboards of various sizes. Badung having the area of Kuta and Nusa Dua looks the most vibrant with billboards and some of them are alleged to be installed without permit. It is then followed by Denpasar. The beauty of Denpasar City becomes chaotic because each corner is mushroomed by billboards. Even, a number of large billboards at some strategic locations are no longer used. This condition makes the urban area look chaotic and disorganized. Up to these days, the number of outdoor billboards in Denpasar reaches 4,294 units. They consist of 2,408 units of billboard, 1,607 units of neon box and 279 units of vehicle. Of the three types of billboard, the tax value is estimated to reach IDR 5.9 billion. The Head of Denpasar Municipal Po-

lice, IB Alit Wiradana, not long ago said that on Jalan Teuku Umar his party had dismantled 47 of 70 billboards, while the 23 other billboards were still in the contract period. Even, he said that more than ten billboards with unknown owner had been immediately dismantled as well. According to an academician Putu Sarjana, such condition was unsuitable for Bali as it looked vile. Moreover, it was also filled with the proliferation of illegal billboards. The Sanitation and Landscaping Agency (DKP) should proactively and decisively discipline them. Besides, those billboards were haphazardly installed in tourist areas, affirmed Putu Sarjana. He considered that all this time the Sanitation and Landscaping Agency as well as other relevant agencies were weak to discipline them whereas such condition was widely criticized and complained by people. “For example, many banners or

billboards owned by mass organization are scattered everywhere and installed in the area of privacy. What is their benefit or contribution to the community?” he asked. Likewise, the entrepreneurs having permit installed large-sized billboards accompanied with poor arrangement and omission made the appearance of Denpasar and Southern Badung look shabby. Based on the aesthetic of a region, the Sanitation and Landscaping Agency should dismantle decisively any illegal billboards. “The Sanitation and Landscaping Agency is powerless to do the demolition. The installation of banners, flags and billboards has been governed by the existing rules. If an area must be sterile from billboards, no billboard may be installed there,” said Sarjana. Meanwhile, in addressing the proliferation of illegal billboards, a lecturer of the Bali Tourism Institute (STP Nusa Dua), Eka Mahadewi, said that all parties should refer to the Sapta Pesona or sevencharm principle where one of which set about beauty. Too many billboards would interfere with the beauty as hampering the visibility. (nik/rah)

NEGARA - The Tirta Empul Ulu Temple is located within the area of West Bali National Park (TNBB), right on the roadside of Denpasar-Gilimanuk. Located on the Penginuman Beach, it is a strategic place where the tip of Java Island is visible. The temple whose pujawali or anniversary falls on full moon of the fifth month in Balinese calendar (around October) still looks quite beautiful and exudes serene atmosphere as sits under big trees. Every day, many hordes of tame monkeys can still be encountered around the temple. the temple spreading across an area of around one hectare, many devotees come and say the temple spreading across an area of around one hectare, many devotees come and say prayers not just for invoking safety and health. They also perform purificatory rite or melukat in three freshwater springs located on the West of the temple. According to a temple attendant, Nengah Kembar Winada, the temple was built around 1990. One of the priests discovering the temple, Mangku Gede Linggih, got divine inspiration and found the existence of a well or spring on beach. Despite the spring located in the sea sand, the water emanating does not taste salty but fresh. Based on the inspiration, it was then established a simple shrine (using tree branches) at several locations. Until now, the temple had complete buildings funded by the donations from devotees who did purificatory rite and had a vow. He said the temple priest Mangku Gede Linggih who found the temple site has passed away. As the successor, he was replaced by his wife Jro Mangku Lingsir Mangku Sumpang living in Gilimanuk. Meanwhile, Winada added that every full moon, there were always devotees coming from all over Bali and even from Java. They all came to do purificatory rite directly on the beach. But at high tides, the temple attendant had taken holy water for purificatory rite from the three springs and kept it in the temple area. Having performed the purificatory rite, devotees entered into the three temple areas. Devotees said prayers at the shrine located in the innermost courtyard. Here lay a number of three-tiered meru shrines as well as the shrine respectively dedicated for the veneration of the Lord Kasiap, Balian and Lord Lumajang. In the meantime, on the west area outside the main building and few meters from the three springs sat a shrine. It was used to venerate Goddess Ayu Giri Putri Dapdapsari. Then, on the north side could be found a shrine located rather far away with a complete building. Here, according to Winada, was venerated the Goddess Ayu Mas Melanting. During the visit, a number of devotees, mostly from outside Jembrana, came to say prayers. They delivered various invocations, some of which related to recovery from illness, while some others asked for a job opportunity. The three springs used for purificatory rite were arranged by means of concrete manholes at three sites which were adjacent to one other. It was the holy water used for the purificatory rites. “The water of each well tastes different, namely bitter and plain but not salty,” he explained. (kmb)


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Thousands flee to Cameroon amid C.Africa violence Agence France Presse

Geneva - Nearly 9,000 people, mainly Muslims, have fled to Cameroon in just over a week to escape communal bloodshed in the Central African Republic, the United Nation’s refugee agency said Friday. In the past 10 days alone, 8,762 people have crossed into eastern Cameroon from strife-torn Central Africa, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba told reporters in Geneva.

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One of the food poisoning victim in Singaraja

After attending cremation ceremony

Whole hamlet residents sustain food poisoning Bali Post

SINGARAJA - Almost the whole residents of Pemaron hamlet, Patemon village, Seririt, became the victim of food poisoning. This incident occurred after local residents performed a mekinsan di geni or cremation ceremony at the public cemetery of Patemon village, Saturday (Feb 8). A total of 69 poisoning residents should be rushed to hospital. They spread in some hospitals such as the Shanti Graha Hospital (48 people), Parama Sidhi Hospital (7), Kerta Usadha Hospital (9) and Buleleng Hospital (5). Until this news was released, the victims of poisoning were still under treatment, and could possibly increase. At that time, the residents were getting involved in the cremation procession for the corpse of Gede Chandra. After the ceremony, residents were abuzz having lunch of wrapped rice around one o’clock in the afternoon. Then, the people having no reaction after lunch went home without any complaints. Arriving home around two o’clock in the afternoon, the poisoning symptoms started to hit the residents of Pemaron hamlet. One by one of them got dizzy, nausea, diarrhea and fell unconscious. One of the residents named Putu Mipa, 57, admitted that on the way home from the cemetery of Patemon, he did not feel any complaints. However, upon arriving

home he even got nausea and fainted. “I savored wrapped rice for lunch at Patemon cemetery. Then, after arriving home I’ve got nausea,” he said while lying in bed. Another victim, Nyoman Suwela, 71, got stomach ache and diarrhea after eating wrapped rice package with other residents. At that time, he ate wrapped rice with a side dish of fried chicken and noodles in the cemetery. After the procession, he was unwinding at the Pemaron cemetery and having lunch together. Upon arriving home, he got stomach ache and nausea. Similar condition was also experienced by Made Mangku, 53, a resident of Sibang hamlet, Patemon village, who was being treated at Shanti Graha Hospital. At that time, Made Mangku was in devotional work of playing gamelan to accompany the procession. He and colleagues also enjoyed the lunch package containing a side dish of fried noodles, shredded chicken and chili around one o’clock. He came home and then relaxed

at home, but he suddenly got a headache, nausea, body trembling and small bumps on the face like allergies. His family then brought him to hospital around three o’clock. Sri Wahyuni as Marketing and Public Relations at the Shanti Graha Hospital said that dozens of residents who suffered poisoning had been treated well. “Everything has been handled and the outpatients have been allowed to go home. Meanwhile, the patients needing observation are now being examined. Almost all residents showed the same complaints of poisoning, nausea and diarrhea. They are diagnosed of food poisoning,” he said. Luh Arsini, 45, the maker of wrapped rice, did not know if the rice she prepared had made Patemon villagers poisoning. She recognized that she begun to cook rice at three o’clock in the morning and then prepared and cooked the dishes around six o’clock. Ultimately she wrapped the rice containing side dish around ten o’clock. Arsini also mourned with other residents. He and other residents also savored the wrapped rice around one o’clock. She was also then rushed to hospital and fell limp at Shanti Graha Hospital. “I used to prepare wrapped rice, but this kind of incident is the first time,” she said weakly. (dgk)

Road at Moding hamlet severely damaged

“The majority of them are Muslims who say they feared for their safety,” she said, adding that the latest influx brought the number of Central African refugees in Cameroon to 20,000 since a coup last March. The violence spiralled out of control when the ex-rebels from the Seleka group that seized power went rogue and carried out atrocities against the Christian majority. The campaign of killings, rape and looting sparked revenge attacks by Christian vigilantes known as “anti-balaka” (anti-machete). Despite the presence of French and African peacekeeping troops, violence continues in the country, and has already forced about a quarter of the population of 4.6 million from their homes. Lejeune-Kaba said many of the new refugees in Cameroon had said they feared confrontations between the former Seleka and anti-Balaka militiamen in the capital and in other towns. Her comments came alongside news that a mob had

lynched a Muslim man Friday, hacking him to pieces after he fell off a crowded lorry taking frightened civilians out of Bangui. It was the second lynching in three days, after uniformed troops of the Central African army on Wednesday stabbed and stoned a Muslim man to death in an attack that drew strong reactions from the UN and France. “Muslims are leaving the country at every opportunity they get, and many are using trucks or whatever available means of transport they can find,” LejeuneKaba told AFP. She said a number of trucks that had brought in food aid to Bangui this week for the UN’s World Food Programme had come back across the Cameroonian border filled with fleeing civilians. The situation in Cameroon, which even before the current crisis had been hosting 92,000 Central African refugees, was meanwhile dire. “Living conditions are precarious for the new arrivals,” Lejeune-Kaba

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A convoy of lorries and taxis packed with Muslims fleeing Christian vigilantes heads north from Bangui on February 7, 2014

said, pointing out that more than 60 percent of them were children and many were staying out in the open. The UNHCR was working with the Cameroonian government to rehabilitate a camp site, and hoped to move many there by the end of

in the group. She pointed out that there are still some 17,000 refugees from other nations living in the strife-torn country and many -- especially the majority Muslim Chadians -- are eager to leave.

Egypt leftist leader to contest elections Associated Press Writer

Bali Post

NEGARA - Country road at Moding Sari hamlet, Candikusuma village, Melaya subdistrict, has been damaged since the past three years. The asphalt overlaying the road has now come off and only leaves the gravel. As information from a number of residents on Friday (Feb 7), the 2-km road started to break down after passed through by heavy trucks. Those passing trucks transported various kinds of crops such as coconut and timber owned by residents. Even, the trucks hauling chicken were also found to cross because many chicken farms were established lately. Other than leaving the gravels, a number of potholes were also easily found at some points. Motorcyclist passing through the road should be extra careful so that they would not fall. One of the residents, Nyoman Mangku Sutama, 60, said the road was built about five years ago. Lately, its condition had been badly damaged and no longer resembled the asphalt. Another resident, Nengah Merta, 63, hoped the road could be repaired to make it smooth again. The connecting road was often passed through by residents as a shortcut. Local residents heard if the road would be fixed soon, but they did not know when it would be realized. (kmb26)

next week. Nearly 5,000 of those who had crossed into eastern Cameroon in the past 10 days were Central African nationals, Lejeune-Kaba said, but there were also some 3,500 Chadians and 1,500 Cameroonians

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FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, May 26, 2012, Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi comments on the Egyptian election result in a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO — A leading left-wing Egyptian politician announced on Saturday that he will contest upcoming presidential elections, set to be a tough battle for anyone squaring off against the country’s powerful army chief, expected to win a sweeping victory. Hamdeen Sabahi’s decision heats up an election slated for this spring, and opens a window of hope to the country’s largely disenchanted youth who rose up against two presidents in the past three years — first against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, then the Islamist Mohammed Morsi. “I have taken this personal decision to enter the presidential battle,” Sabahi roared among his supporters. “The revolution must reach power democratically and stand as one line against terrorism.” Sabahi, who finished an impressive third in the June 2012 presidential election, appeals to a range of liberal, leftist and secularminded Egyptians who reject both military and Islamist rule. He is seen as a political rookie, however. The announcement comes as a nationalist fervor grips the country, largely in support of

Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi. Critics of the military face strong intimidation. El-Sissi led the military coup that deposed Morsi last July after millions marched to demand his resignation. He has yet to publicly declare his intentions but the military has backed him. In previous TV appearances, Sabahi said he was holding off on his decision until elSissi decided whether he would run. But Saturday he said he would be a candidate in response to demands from the youth. Sabahi, founder of Popular Current group, was an opposition leader under Morsi. A journalist and sometimes actor, he has sent assuring messages to the military and el-Sissi supporters while disassociating himself from Morsi supporters and Mubarak loyalists. “There will be no tolerance to a corrupt regime and its symbols, not to Mubarak and not with the repressive regime of Morsi and his group,” he said. During the 2012 campaign, Sabahi saw a last-minute surge in popularity after campaigning on promises to help the poor that harkened back to the nationalist, socialist ideology of Gamel Abdel-Nasser, Egypt’s president from 1956 to 1970.


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what tobacco-free drug stores mean for e-cigarettes

Cigarettes have been sold in pharmacies for so long that we rarely contemplate the inherent contradiction: stocking the leading cause of preventable death next to prescriptions and vitamins. So when CVS announced its decision earlier this week to stop stocking tobacco products in order to establish itself as a committed health care provider, the news was on every front page. Immediately, competitor Walgreens flip-flopped on a statement it made last year about selling cigarettes and announced it was “evaluating” the possibility of dumping them. But analysts say the announcement is a manifestation of an existing trend, rather than the sign of a new one. CVS’s decision to forfeit $2 billion in revenue will have little impact on the industry, they say, and no impact on people smoking. Another competitor, Rite Aid, announced it’s sticking to tobacco for now, while other chains such as Dollar General just started selling cigarettes last year. Even if CVS did trigger a mass exodus of newly health conscious pharmacies from the tobacco market, it wouldn’t make much difference. Less than 4 percent of cigarettes are sold in pharmacies versus 16 percent in convenience stores, 21 percent in tobacco stores, and 48 percent in gas stations, according to market research from Euromonitor. The

US would also just be catching up to the rest of the world, where many countries consider selling cigarettes in pharmacies hypocritical. The sale of tobacco products in pharmacies is illegal in most of Canada, for example. If pharmacies stop stocking tobacco products, this “would simply bring the US into line with wider international tobacco distribution norms,” says Shane McGuill, Euromonitor’s tobacco expert. “Even if CVS inspires pharmacies to drop cigarettes en masse, it wouldn’t make much difference” The news is still bad for the US tobacco industry. CVS’s move is part of the overall “dwindling enthusiasm” for tobacco in the US, McGuill writes in a blog post. Cigarette sales fell 31 percent between 2003 and 2013 with no

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The Bali Villa Association alleged the mushrooming accommodation buildings, especially villas established on cliff edge, to have no permit.

Cliff edge villa proliferates

BVA alleges they have no permit Bali Post

signs of rebounding. With public smoking bans on the rise, brands have shifted to a “total tobacco” strategy, pushing snuff, snus, nicotine lozenges, and e-cigarettes. RJ Reynolds, the second-largest tobacco company in the US, offered a gracious statement in response to CVS’s decision. “We value the long-term relationship we had with CVS and respect their commercial decision,” a representative says in an email. “We will work with them as they transition out of the tobacco category in the

coming months.” But the company’s relationship with CVS likely isn’t entirely over. Like most tobacco companies, RJ Reynolds also makes e-cigarettes — which could potentially replace traditional cigarettes on CVS shelves. The pharmacy doesn’t sell e-cigarettes yet but says it is “monitoring” them — a common line from retailers as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dawdles on releasing regulations for how the products are marketed and sold. Like many

US pharmacies, CVS is pushing further into health care by adding in-store clinics and basic medical services. The company needs to know whether e-cigarettes fit this new image. If the FDA determines that e-cigarettes are safe and can be used as a smoking cessation aid, it’s likely that CVS will snap them up, and be more profitable as a result: e-cigarette sales doubled in 2013 to $1.5 billion, and are projected to surpass cigarette sales by as early as 2023, according to Bloomberg Industries.

Castaway likely suffering post-traumatic stress, says doctor Agence France Presse

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El Salvadoran castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga (L) is helped into a press conference in the Marshall Islands capital of Majuro on February 6, 2014

Majuro - A castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific appears to be suffering posttraumatic stress syndrome, a doctor said on Saturday, as officials confirmed he had been living in Mexico illegally. Jose Salvador Alvarenga, a fisherman from El Salvador, washed up on a remote Pacific atoll over a week ago, telling a remarkable story of floating 12,500 kilometres (8,000 miles) from Mexico in his 24-foot boat after the engine broke. He initially appeared to be in good spirits and reasonable health, but he has been in and out of hospital since being brought to the Marshall Islands capital Majuro last Monday. At a media conference on Thursday, the 37-year-old was sullen and uncomfortable, mumbling a short thank-you to people in the Marshalls before departing the venue clutching two men for support. Franklyn House, a retired American doctor working with the California-based Canvasback Missions group in the Marshall Islands, has observed and spoken with Alvarenga several times since his arrival,

although he is not the attending physician. Fluent in Spanish, House said he believes Alvarenga is suffering posttraumatic stress syndrome because of the change in his demeanour from Monday when he was engaged with doctors to being withdrawn on Thursday. “The first couple of days he was in the hospital, he was engaged and normal,” House told AFP. “Thursday he showed signs of post-traumatic stress.” A diplomat from El Salvador’s embassy in Japan, Diego Dalton, met with the castaway and “confirmed that the health of Mr Alvarenga is broken”, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement. “His physical condition has to improve for him to begin the return trip, which does not have a defined date,” it added. Despite the concern, the chief of medical staff at Majuro Hospital Kennar Briand said on Saturday evening that he was getting better. “His last blood tests were normal,” said Briand, who was briefed by his primary doctor. “He’s clearly improving. Based on the last assessment, he’s stable and no longer dehydrated.”

DENPASAR - The Bali Villa Association alleged the mushrooming accommodation buildings, especially villas established on cliff edge, to have no permit. Referring to the regulation on spatial plan, the government did not allow the establishment of building on cliff edge. “If there are people establishing on cliff edge, they are most likely to have no permit because it clearly violates the rules,” said Chairman of the BVA, Jero Mangku Wayan Suteja, when met on Friday (Feb 7). His party and joint team had not made any inspection yet to Southern Badung, such as Jimbaran and Pecatu. The area was assessed to have been crowded by tourist accommodations, either villas or hotels. “We encourage the joint team to go down to location in order to ascertain whether the accommodation buildings are licensed or not.

Today, a house can even be called a villa,” he said. He admitted the competition among the villas was getting tougher due to proliferation of villas in Bali, particularly in the areas favored by travelers like Badung and Gianyar. Even, the average annual growth reached 10 percent. “The competition will be getting tighter each year

due to its persistent growth. Among the rapid growth of villa, the most is seen in Badung and Ubud area,” he said. He mentioned that the number of villas in Bali was more than 1,200 units, where 700 villas were located in Badung and the rest scattered in Tabanan, Buleleng, Klungkung, Gianyar and other areas. “The

unlicensed villas are more than 10 percent,” he said. His party had urged the central government to immediately approve the National Villa Standardization having been designed to suppress the growth of illegal villa. At the moment, there had been no clear rules governing the existence of villa so that many villas still had no license. “We have encouraged the Ministry of Tourism to issue the National Villa Business Standardization,” he said. Meanwhile, the tourism expert from the Udayana University, Putu Anom, assessed the rampant illegal accommodation in Bali happened due to weak law

enforcement. Apparently the government carried out the mandate of the regional bylaw (Perda) and other rules half-heartedly so that it triggered the proliferation of illegal businesses. “If the government has commitment to enforce the rules, it must oversee the investors from the beginning of licensing process to the project implementation so the fraud can be minimized,” he said. He also assessed if the government issued the building permit application carelessly where it was often misused. As a result, some few building permits for private residence were even taken advantage for private villa. (kmb27)

The first born giraffe in Bali IBP

GIANYAR - Graceful, tall and handsome that is how most people describe him. This long necked beau was born at the beginning of the year in the most serene park setting in Bali. He was welcomed by his proud parents and the staff at Bali Safari & Marine Park (BSMP). The young male baby giraffe came into the world in the early morning of Thursday, 2nd January 2014, weighting 65 kg and standing 2 metres in height, making him the tallest baby in the world. This definitely was an intense moment as this baby was the first Giraffe ever born in Bali, and one of very few ever born in Indonesia. The mother, Sofi, a 4 year old who is part of a breeding program in Bali Safari and Marine Park. Sofi gave birth after a 15 months gestation and the baby was able to stand up within one hour after birth. The Giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal the adult can grow up to 5 to 6 meters height with approximately up to 2 tons in weight.

Tim Husband, Bali Safari & Marine Park’s Animal Curator stated,” This unique and fantastic animal is one of our finest exhibited animals. The new born baby giraffe is just one of the Parks many success stories, and it is a testament to Bali Safari & Marine Park’s continuous dedication, commitment to conservation and education. Breeding program like this have enabled Bali Safari & Marine Park to be listed as the only “A” class accredited park in Bali, it’s not just the planned births of many animals that lifts Bali Safari & Marine Park above other Zoos, it is also the care given by our vets and staff that makes us a leader in Bali. 2014 is going to be an interesting year for the park with many planned births going to happen through the year.” Bali Safari & Marine Park as a renowned conservation and education institution is also committed to continue support the growth population of endangered animals in Indonesia such as Bali Mynah, the Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Elephants, Banteng, Sun Bear, Binturong, Babyrussa, Asiatic Tapir, Orang-

utan, komodo, Slow Loris, Green peafowl, Electus parrot, just to name a few. Two lion cubs

Two new lion cubs were born on 28 January to mother Icha and they have been gaining weight steadily and growing on their mother’s milk. They will receive their first physical examination by the veterinarian staff of Bali Safari & Marine Park. These two cubs are still to be named and the lion keepers will be watching them closely to pick out names that best describe their character. Tim Husband stated, “We are very proud of our lions. We have the deepest gene pool of lions in Indonesia with 7 different blood lines. This means with careful breeding we will never have the problem of inbreeding. These cubs will in time become part of our breeding program and may even help other zoos better improve their blood lines. In the meantime these two bundles of fur need only to worry about growing up and being part of the pride at Bali Safari & Marine Park.

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Graceful, tall and handsome that is how most people describe him. This long necked beau was born at the beginning of the year in the most serene park setting in Bali.


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Gunaksa pier project continues Bali Post

SEMARAPURA - The attitude of Klungkung government related to the Gunaksa pier project seems to have changed. This project is ascertained to go on and promised to operate in 2015. It was revealed by the Klungkung Regent, Nyoman Suwirta, in a press conference in his meeting room on Friday (Feb 7) after meeting with the Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Syarif Cicip Sutardjo in Jakarta recently. Such attitude looked different from the information at issue all this time if the pier will be reviewed again as the statement of the previous regent. Even, it is potentially relocated, if the study on the current location remains in doubt. Many parties consider the location inappropriate. “One time, our mindset can change when receiving an explanation from the right people. It is natural,” said the regent. He admitted the development of Gunaksa pier was a real dilemma. On the one hand, the project had spent hundreds of billions of rupiahs since the year 2008. Meanwhile on the other hand, its location was not considered appropriate. The regent claimed the support from central government was very great to immediately realize the pier. Similarly, the encouragement of Nusa Penida community was also great, so the review was cancelled. Even, the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs had prepared another budget valued at IDR 35 billion this year to complete the construction of breakwater. In the meantime, the Bali government also prepared a budget of

IDR 12 billion. Additionally, the road access construction was ascertained to be disbursed worth IDR 30 billion this year. Supposedly, the budget of road access from the Ministry of Transportation should have been disbursed last year. However, due to a doubt related to the land acquisition for the road access the disbursement was delayed. The regent asserted the land for the road access along 1.77 km had been prepared. Thus, the road access was ready to be built. Results of his meeting with the ministry would be followed up by meeting with the leadership of relevant regional working units (SKPD), Monday (Feb 10). Aside from finalizing the Gunaksa pier and road access construction, the meeting would also discussed about the land conversion plan of the former quarry. Currently there was a plan of making a land consolidation. However, the next step as the best solution was expected to be found in the meeting because lately many investors had flocked to Klungkung to build on the former quarry location. Even, there were investors claiming to have had tens to hundreds of hectares of land in

The damage Gunaksa Pier in Klungkung Regency the former quarry location. In addition, the normalization plan of Unda River should also be done immediately. To make it happen, the Klungkung government was asked to prepare 20 hectares of land with a river width of 100 meters by the Center for BaliPenida River Agency to be proposed to central government. Normalization plan had been initiated long time ago, but was

never realized. It was hampered by the difficulty regarding the land status in the former quarry remaining unclear. The Head of Environment Agency, Dewa Oka Kusuma Jaya, recently said that the normalization plan of Unda River had been followed up by the agency by preparing the review document for the Environmental Management Effort (UKL) and

Environmental Monitoring Effort (UPL) or the environmental impact analysis of the reservoir in the Unda River estuary. His party had received the initial draft of the environmental impact analysis, but it had not been completed. If the draft had been completed, then it just needed to determine the land struggle for the budget to central government. (kmb31)

Budiantara officially declared a suspect

DENPASAR - Investigation to the fire case occurred at the petrol station on Jalan Tukad Pakerisan, Panjer, South Denpasar, entered a new phase. After investigating witnesses and the crime scene, the investigators of the South Denpasar Police finally set Wayan Budiantara, 36, as a suspect. As the purchaser of petrol at the station, he was assessed to have committed negligence causing the fire. “Based on the results of provi-

sional investigation, it was found the initial evidence that the concerned (Budiantara—Ed) was named a suspect,” said the Chief of South Denpasar Criminal Detective Police, Ngurah Yudhisthira, Friday (Feb 7). He explained his party ensnared the suspect with Article 188 of the Criminal Code on negligence that caused a fire and explosion. Although having been set as the suspect, his party did not detain the suspect. He was imposed with

obligatory report because many evidences should be collected. “Results of the forensic laboratory have not been issued yet. We are still waiting for the result. Then, we must still look for evidence,” he said. In addition, his party had not conducted an examination against another victim who suffered burns, namely I Nyoman Sudita alias Ateng, 37. The victim was still undergoing medical treatment at Sanglah Hospital. “We have not

examined this victim because his health condition remains unstable. He is the key witness in the fire incident,” he explained. As the previous news, the residents around Jalan Tukad Pakerisan, Panjer, South Denpasar, was shocked by fire incident, Wednesday (Feb 5). The petrol station owned by Ida Bagus Keniten, 50, almost burned out in the fire. Two victims, namely I Nyoman Sudita alias Ateng, 37, and Wayan Budiantara, 36, suffered burns in

the incident. The fire incident was around nine o’clock in the morning. Originally, the victim Budiantara purchased petrol in the station, while the employee refueling was Ateng. It was unknown the Honda Vario motorcycle with license plate DK 2840 CK belonging to Budiantara emitted sparks. In an instant, the fire grabbed both victims. Fortunately, a number of residents rescued quickly and the two victims were rushed to Sanglah Hospital. (kmb21)

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JIMBARAN - Millions of flowers are sent as Valentine’s Day gifts every year, but Ayana is offering a floral bouquet of a different style: flowers for your skin, not your vase. And this is one Valentine’s Bouquet you will never forget.

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Calendar Event for January 1 through February 26, 2014 IBP/File

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The Valentine’s bouquet spa package at Ayana

The package includes a flower petal foot wash; fruit and flower petal body scrub; lavender rose milk flower bath; aromatic petal massage; chocolate cake and iced tea served during the lavender rose milk flower bath; and a spa gift.

Fire at Panjer petrol station Bali Post

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

Pura Tengkulak Tulikup Gianyar Pura Taman Sari Ubud Pura Penataran Badung

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

29 Jan Hari Siwaratri

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

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

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

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


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Ben McKenzie Cast in Iconic Role in Fox’s Batman Origin Series The O.C. star Ben McKenzie has landed the coveted role of a Detective James Gordon in Fox’s highly anticipated , Warner Bros. Television confirmed on Saturday. Go on, we’ll give you a moment to fangirl out. We’ll wait. Back? OK, let’s move on! The origin series will focus on a young Jim Gordon, who was played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s successful Batman trilogy, and the DC Comics Villain that made Gotham famous. The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller will serve as executive producer on the series.

After the casting news broke, McKenzie took to Twitter to assure Batman fans he wouldn’t let them down. “All I can promise is I will do my best not to screw this up,” he wrote. “Can’t wait to get to work.” Since saying goodbye to Ryan Atwood’s iconic white tanks and leather chokers when The O.C. ended in 2007, McKenzie starred in TNT’s critically acclaimed cop drama, Southland, which aired its series finale last year. Fun fact: McKenzie actually voiced Bruce Wayne/ Batman in Batman: Year One, the 2011

“I have never wavered in describing what he did to me,” Dylan said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life,” Farrow continued. She went on to say that his op-ed is the “latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years.” As for Allen’s claims that Mia is the one who brought the abuse accusations to light, Dylan is quick to refute this point. “It was a pediatrician who reported

the incident to the police based on my firsthand account,” Dylan explains. Dylan also took a moment to express her gratitude for the “outpouring of support” she has received from “survivors and countless others.” “If speaking out about my experience can help others stand up to their tormentors, it will be worth the pain and suffering my father continues to inflict on me.” She concluded by saying that she “won’t let the truth be buried” and she “won’t be silenced.” In the Times, Allen explains that when

Mia first accused him 21 years ago of child molestation during their “terribly acrimonious” breakup, he found the idea so “ludicrous” he didn’t even get himself a lawyer. “The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself,” Allen writes. “It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer.” He continued: “I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation.” Allen calls the location Dylan pinpoints where first instance of molestation allegedly occurred—the attic of Mia’s country house—”poorly chosen but interesting” because he is a “major claustrophobe.” He adds: “There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan.” Allen ended his piece by saying that this is his “final word” on the matter and “enough people have been hurt.” Dylan’s brother Moses came to Allen’s defense this week, telling People that it was their mother who poisoned them against their dad because she was angry that Allen was pursuing a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, one of Mia’s adopted children with ex-husband André Previn. Soon-Yi was reportedly around 19 at the time.

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animated film. At the 2014 Winter TCA Press Tour, Fox boss Kevin Reilly revealed some juicy details about the series, which he described as an “operatic soap” that will showcase “Gotham teetering on the edge.” Reilly teased that fanboys will see a bunch of familiar faces, including the Penguin, the Joker, Catwoman, and yes, Bruce Wayne. “Batman is in it, a young Bruce Wayne,” Reilly confirmed, adding that he’ll probably be “a young boy” around the age of 12 in the series. “This is all of the classic Batman characters.”

Dylan Farrow Responds to Woody Allen’s Op-Ed: “I Won’t Be Silenced”

Dylan Farrow is speaking out following Woody Allen’s New York Times op-ed, which was written in response to her column where she resurfaced decades-old allegations that Allen, her adoptive father, sexually molested her when she was 7. The 28-year-old slammed the famous filmmaker’s op-ed after he fully blamed ex-partner Mia Farrow for the accusations and said, several times, that he “did not molest Dylan.”

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Mercedes Corby, right, visits her sister, Schapelle, at Kerokoban Jail in Bali. An anti-drugs group said Sunday, Jakarta’s decision to parole Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby could put the “safety of our nation” at risk, as she prepared to leave prison on Bali.

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KEROBOKAN - An anti-drugs group said Sunday, Jakarta’s decision to parole Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby could put the “safety of our nation” at risk, as she prepared to leave prison on Bali. The 36-year-old, whose case has attracted huge attention in Australia, could be freed as early as Monday from Kerobokan prison on the tourist island after the decision to grant her early release. But Corby, arrested in 2004 entering Bali with marijuana stashed in her surfing gear, will walk straight into a media frenzy, with dozens of journalists camped out-

side Kerobokan and a bidding war for her first post-jail interview in full swing. Corby’s well-documented mental illness, steadfast proclamations of innocence and fight to be freed from prison earned her sympathy in Australia. However the view in Indonesia has been starkly different. On Sunday the National Movement

Against Narcotics (Granat) issued a strongly worded statement against the parole decision. “Granat protests parole being granted, even if it is the ‘right’ of the prisoner,” said Henry Yosodiningrat, chairman of the group which has long campaigned against Corby’s early release. “Crimes committed by Corby or other drug convicts -- they are crimes against the safety of our nation.” “The president should be sensitive to the public’s sense of justice, as the public will be the ones who will be hurt by this clemency shown to Corby.”

He said that five million Indonesians had become drug users or addicts “as a result of drug crimes like those committed by Corby”. Others urged the government not to grant parole in the run-up to Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin’s decision Friday, with a group of eight lawmakers presenting a letter of protest. When he announced Corby was getting early release Syamsuddin defended the decision, saying it was “not an act of generosity” but “a right regulated by law”. Farid Junaidi, Kerobokan prison governor, confirmed Sunday that the parole documents were en route

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from Jakarta to Bali and could arrive in the evening. If the documents do arrive late Sunday, Corby will still have to wait until the following day to complete procedural formalities during office hours before her release. Corby, who was originally jailed for 20 years but received several sentence cuts, will not be able to return to Australia immediately. Instead, she will have to remain in Indonesia until 2017 to fulfil the conditions of her parole. She is expected to stay with her sister Mercedes, who lives on Bali, down a tiny lane in the tourist strip of Kuta.

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