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‘Gravity’ director Alfonso Cuaron turns to TV Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron was looking for an anti-”Gravity” follow up to his blockbuster space film, and he found it with a rare excursion into television. Cuaron and sci-fi auteur J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the “Star Trek” movies) are executive producers of “Believe,” a drama about a child whose supernatural powers put her and the world at risk.

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FILE - In this Sunday, March 2, 2014 file photo, Alfonso Cuaron poses in the press room with the award for best film editing for “Gravity” during the 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles.

The premise came to him while he waited during “the endless process of special effects” on “Gravity,” Cuaron said at a media event. “Well, first of all, I wanted to do something in which people were not floating,” Cuaron said, drawing laughs. “I wanted to do something more grounded, and we wanted to do it with real people, real locations,” he continued. “And I wanted to do something really exciting, but, at the same time, something that would be highly emotional.” He recounted sharing the idea with Abrams and his reaction: “Wow.” The pair met more than two decades ago and, Abrams said, “I’ve wanted to work with him desperately ever since. I was a huge fan of every movie that he made, and each one made

me more and more desperate to try and figure this out.” When Cuaron contacted him with the idea for “Believe,” Abrams said, it created the opportunity for him and his company, Bad Robot Productions. Johnny Sequoyah stars as Bo, a 10-year-old who appears to have won the special-gifts lottery at birth: She can levitate, has the power of telekinesis, can control nature and see the future. But she can’t control or understand her powers and is at risk from those who would use them to conquer Earth. Delroy Lindo co-stars as Bo’s protector, with Jack McLaughlin as a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate enlisted in the effort. The cast also includes Jamie Chung and Kyle MacLachlan. A preview airs at 10 p.m. EDT

Monday, with the show debuting in its 9 p.m. EDT Sunday slot March 16. Cuaron has dabbled lightly in TV in years past, but big-

Vince Vaughn brings comedy festival to Nashville Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Actor Vince Vaughn is bringing a new comedy festival to Nashville this spring with live tapings and stand-up acts to be held at the city’s music venues. Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Festival on May 15-18 will include comedians Aziz Ansari, Rodney Carrington and Dennis Miller among others. Comedian Marc Maron will do a live interview with Vaughn for Maron’s podcast and Chris Hardwick will shoot his late night Comedy Central talk show “@Midnight” from Nashville. Miller will perform at the historic Ryman Auditorium, while Demetri Martin is performing at Jack White’s Third Man Records.

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FILE - This Aug. 13, 2013 file photo shows Vince Vaughn at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif.

screen projects like “Gravity,” ‘’Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Children of Men” have been his focus.

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Malaysia launches terror probe over vanished jet

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He declined to offer details, say- the two passengers. The recording authorities were examining “the ings in the CCTV are now being KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror entire manifest”, but confirmed that investigated.” Flight MH370 had relayed no probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 the Federal Bureau of Investigation people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with sto- (FBI) was dispatching personnel to distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble. len passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones. Malaysia. “At the same time our own in- Both Malaysia’s national carrier “There is a distinct possibil- telligence has been activated, and and the Boeing 777-200 model used The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines ity the airplane did a turn-back, of course, the counter-terrorism on the route are known for their flight MH370 vanished from radar deviating from the course,” said units... from all the relevant coun- solid safety records. The flight went missing about early Saturday somewhere at sea Malaysia’s air force chief, General tries have been informed,” Hishammuddin said, refusing also to rule an hour after taking off from Kuala between Malaysia and Vietnam, Rodzali Daud, citing radar data. But Malaysia Airlines chief ex- out the possibility that the plane Lumpur, bound for Beijing. A total but stressed there was no evidence of 153 Chinese nationals were on ecutive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said may have been hijacked. of terrorism yet. board, and relatives camped out at Two European names -- given in the Boeing 777’s systems would Scouring CCTV clues the main international airport in reports as Austrian Christian Kozel have set off alarm bells. A Malaysian civil aviation of- China’s capital bemoaned the lack “When there is an air turn-back and Luigi Maraldi of Italy -- were listed on the passenger manifest the pilot would be unable to pro- ficial said authorities still so far of news Sunday. “The airline company didn’t but neither man boarded the plane ceed as planned,” he said, adding believe only two passengers had to Beijing, officials said. Both had authorities were “quite puzzled” used stolen passports and were ex- contact me, it was a friend,” a amining CCTV footage of them. middle-aged woman surnamed Nan their passports stolen in Thailand over the situation. “There are only two passengers told reporters, holding back tears, After it emerged that two people over the past two years. In Washington, a US administra- boarded the missing flight with sto- on record with false passports,” after finding out her brother-in-law tion official said authorities were len European passports, Malaysia’s department of civil aviation director was on the flight. “I can’t understand the airline transport minister Hishammuddin general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman aware of the passports issue. company. They should have con“We have not determined a Hussein said he was looking at four said. “We have CCTV recordings of tacted the families first thing,” she nexus to terrorism yet, although suspect passengers in all. it’s still very early and that’s by no means definitive. We’re still tracking the situation,” the official told AFP. One US Department of Homeland Security official told The Los Angeles Times: “Just because they (the passports) were stolen doesn’t mean the travellers were terrorists. “They could have been nothing more than thieves. Or they could have simply bought the passports on the black market.” Malaysian authorities also expanded their search for wreckage to the country’s west coast, and asked for help from Indonesia. Searches so far had concentrated on waters to the country’s east, in the South China Sea. A total of 40 ships and 22 aircraft from an array of countries including China and the US are now REUTERS/Zulfadhli Zaki involved in the hunt across the two Family members of those onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cry at a hotel in Putrajaya areas, officials said. on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

said. Malaysia Airlines insisted it was doing its best to keep relatives informed given the confusion surrounding the plane’s fate, and offered to fly anyone who wants to go to Malaysia to be closer to the search operation. But the carrier also said it was “fearing for the worst”, after Vietnamese boats reached the scene of two large oil slicks detected overnight. Search aircraft were deployed at first light Sunday to scour the sea but had nothing more to report yet, Vietnam’s army deputy chief of staff Vo Van Tuan told AFP. The search area has been expanded to 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 square miles), Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Department said. The search effort involves planes and vessels from several nations with rival maritime claims in the tense South China Sea, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. The US Navy has contributed a surveillance plane and a destroyer carrying two helicopters. The flight was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew. A US company based in Texas said 20 of its employees were among the missing passengers -- a dozen from Malaysia and eight from China. Thirty-eight Malaysians and seven Indonesians were aboard, as well as a range of other nationalities including Australian, Indian, American, Dutch, and French. If the worst is confirmed, it would be the second fatal crash in the nearly 20-year history of the popular Boeing plane. A 777-200 operated by South Korea’s Asiana Airlines skidded off the runway after hitting a sea wall in San Francisco last year, killing three people.


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Mangrove damage suspected to have sabotage element Bali Post

DENPASAR - Although PT Indonesia Power has admitted the contamination of mangrove in the entrance area to Benoa Harbor as a result of the company’s pipeline leakage, a suspicion still emerged if it was sabotage behind the contamination. A coastal environment observer, Dr. I Made Mangku, revealed a number of facts when contacted on Friday (Mar 7). Mangku said when the pipeline leakage occurred on January 25, 2014, he happened to be checking the mangrove having relations to the toll bridge (JDP—Ed). When coming down directly to location of the contamination, Mangku saw the officers of Indonesia Power handling the pipeline. The officers even said to have put a seal protection in order to block the oil from spreading more widely. “The pipeline connecting the tanker to the Indonesia Power at Pesanggaran was leaking in the middle. I’m wondering whether the leakage was serious or not. The officers said it was just a trickle. Since the pipeline has low pressure so there was no oil spray coming out or no spray of diesel MFO coming out, just a trickle. Even, it has been entirely taken and the officers could get two drums. Actually, it has been completed at that time, and everything has been clear, and I myself have checked to the middle

of the bridge and there was no more leakage from the pipeline,” said Mangku. At his suggestion anyway, the seal protector was finally taken out on the next day, namely on January 26. Unfortunately, the condition of mangroves being freed from the oil leakage only lasted until January 28. On January 29, similar kind of MFO emerged again and contaminated the mangrove plants. From this fact, Mangku suspected a deliberate sabotage by particular individual who disposed oil waste for personal gain. “I do not accuse, my suspicion is that it was intentionally dumped by unscrupulous individual or I do not know who has deliberately disposed the MFO into the forest again as if the Indonesia Power was the doer that committed such an action with the reason of leaking pipeline. In my mind, the Indonesia Power is actually taken advantage as scapegoat,” he said. Mangku added an indication if

MANGUPURA - The construction of water tunnel at Getasan village, Petang subdistrict, has been completed at the end of 2013. Unfortunately, the water supply is not available so it is unable to resolve the problem of water crisis at a number of rice field areas at Subak Babakan Bengkel, Carangsari village. “Indeed, the tunnel has been finished, but there has been no water supply. So, it will take some more steps in order the water can flow to the Subak Babakan Beng-

kel,” said the Head of Badung Highways and Irrigation Services (BMP), Ida Bagus Surya Suamba, accompanied by the Division Head of Irrigation AA Gde Dalem, Friday (Mar 7). He explained that to irrigate the Subak Babakan Bengkel at Carangsari, the water supply from Bangkung River should be drained to Ngongkong River first. From the Ngongkong River, the water would be channeled to Gerana River and to be further passed through a tunnel to get to the Subak Babakan Bengkel at

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KUTA - Hard Rock Hotel Bali hosted the first-ever socialization event by Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah Provinsi Bali (BPBD Prov. Bali; Disaster Management Agency in Bali Province) and Pusat Pengendalian Operasional Penanggulangan Bencana (Pusdalops Prov. Bali; Disaster Management Operational Control Center) in Badung Regency on Thursday, 6 March 2014. Held at the newly-refurbished Hall of Fame, the event was attended by more than 100 hoteliers, government executives, disaster management stakeholders and members of the press. members (staff) that the Hotel has its own 24/7 ready Emergency Response Team to respond to any emergency situation that may occur.” The audience was honored to have Dewa Made Indra, the Chief Executive of BPBD Prov. Bali to boost support for hotels, especially the ones situated within the danger zone. “We are here today to integrate our effort towards making Bali disaster ready. It is our

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responsibility to educate and facilitate the disaster management skills and know-how amongst the three elements; government, citizens and businesses,” said Bapak Dewa Made Indra.

Bapak I Gede Sudiarta, Head of Certification Team and also the Forum Chief of Disaster Risk Minimization in Bali Province, led the socialization with the audience attending the half-day

Calendar Event for March 5 through May 21, 2014 5 Mar Hari Urip 6 Mar Hari Patetegan 7 Mar Pengeradanan Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Kabayan Penebel Tabanan

The mangrove forest is contaminated by oil spil it was a deliberate committed by particular individual meant to kill the mangroves in the region. When the mangroves died, there would be no reason to maintain the mangrove forests around the Benoa Harbor.

Actually, the contaminated mangrove was the part of urban lungs. “The contaminated mangrove does not belong to the region of Forestry Agency, but to the harbor authority. My concern tends to be

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related to that matter, so there is a reason to reclaim for expanding the harbor area. It’s my suspicion, apparently there is such a motif when tracing all the facts,” he explained. (kmb32)

Carangsari. Thus, the step to be done at this time was to make the water tunnel from Bangkung River to Ngongkong River along approximately 450 meters. As planned, the traditional-style water tunnel would be worked on this year and in 2015 was expected to drain the water. In addition to the water tunnel, it would also be built a dam at the Bangkung River in 2015. The tunnel making from the Bangkung River to Ngongkong River was scheduled to be carried

out independently by the community of Subak Babakan Bengkel with government assistance. The water tunnel was estimated to cost IDR 800 million.”The regent of Badung has been determined that Subak Babakan Bengkel can have drained water in 2015,” said AA Dalem. Further, he said the water discharge to be drained on the tunnel would reach 150 liters per second to irrigate an area of 70 hectares in the Subak Babakan Bengkel. On that account, the water supply in Gerana River would be strived

not to diminish. Water crisis for irrigation in the region of Subak Babakan Bengkel has lasted for decades. Badung government itself had just stepped up apparent efforts to resolve the problem in 2013. One of the efforts was by building a water tunnel along 851 meters at Getasan village. The tunnel with the height of 120 centimeters and width of 80 centimeters has been completed in December 2013 with a budget of approximately IDR 3.6 billion from the Regional Budget of Badung. (kmb25)

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Hard Rock Hotel hosted disaster preparedness verification

BPBD and Pusdalops Prov. Bali introduced the new standards for hotels to be certified disaster-ready. Hard Rock Hotel Bali has participated in monthly tsunami evacuation drills since January 2013, organized by Balawista Kuta Beach. Andrew Khoo, M.I.H, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Bali addressed the audience during the event, “Preparedness assures our customers and band

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event. Businesses are expected to commence the necessary preparations according to the technical guide in order to be certified, which will start in mid-2014.

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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California establishes center for coffee study

Hotels expected to share profits with farmers

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DAVIS, California — University of California students who drink coffee to get through the day will soon be able to study the science behind the beverage: Next week the University of California, Davis will host a research conference run by its recently founded Coffee Center. The center is currently without a dedicated home, but the university hopes to formalize the research in coming years and eventually offer a major in coffee science, The Sacramento Bee reported Friday. J. Bruce German, director of the university’s Foods for Health Institute, says the conference is first step toward establishing a dedicated coffee research study center — similar to the school’s Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. “We think there is sufficient interest given the fact that so many people have consumed coffee so regularly across the world, for so long,” German said. “Coffee is not an insignificant contributor to the agricultural footprint.” The March 11 conference will cover topics such as the genetics of coffee, sustainability in coffee growing and the sensory perception of coffee drinkers. Coffee production and consumption have been growing in recent years, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts global production will reach 150.5 million bags this year. The International Coffee Association reports coffee is the most

widely traded tropical agricultural commodity and the largest food import in the United States. One of the center’s first steps will be to build and operate a greenhouse to grow coffee plants for research, German said. Researchers expect to focus on sustainability in every step along the coffee production chain, from land use to waste concerns. “What we’re looking to do is start a relationship with coffee and move knowledge of all aspects of coffee forward,” German said. “That knowledge will be driven by scientists and industry.” Currently the center is being funded by the university’s Foods for Health Institute, but German said he hopes the funding model will change through teaming up with the coffee industry. Ultimately, he expects the school will develop a coffee science major once there is funding for early stage research.

DENPASAR - Insistence to hotel in order it is concerned with farmers continues to flow. In addition to halt the depletion of the agricultural land in Bali, it is also to improve the welfare of farmers. Even, the tourism practitioner, Ida Bagus Putu Astina, expected the hotel management to share profits with farmers. “Farmers also have a hand in the tourism sector. If hotels want to share the advantages, it is a positive one and farmers come to feel the impact of tourism in Bali,” said Astina. Not a few, added Astina, hotels and villas were built near rice fields. The overlay of green rice fields became the main attraction for foreign tourists as in Ubud and North Kuta. Farmers should get a blessing because of his hard work in working on the rice field. “If there is a concern of stakeholders in tourism, farmers will

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Three-year-old coffee trees are irrigated in a farm in Santo Antonio do Jardim February 7, 2014.

‘Holy grail of guitars’ among those in NY auction Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — The “holy grail

of guitars” is among the hundreds of rare and vintage acoustic guitars going on the auction block in New

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York next month. California collector Hank Risan is offering some of his musical instruments for auc-

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A 1893 Martin guitar in a “coffin” case is unveiled during a press preview, Wednesday March 5, 2014 in New York. The guitar is among a collection of 265 extremely rare guitars from a single individual that will auction at Guernsey’s on April 2 and 3.

tion by Guernsey’s on April 2 and April 3. The 265 pieces from his collection are considered among the finest of vintage guitars to come to auction in terms of rarity, original construction and condition, the auction house says. A wide range of makers are represented, including Gibson, Gretsch, Washburn, Stromberg and D’Angelico. The earliest instrument in Risan’s collection dates to 1840; the newest is a 2000 recreation of a 1930 Martin masterpiece, an OM-45 Deluxe. Both the re-creation and the original will be in the auction. “The OM-45 Deluxe is the holy grail of guitars,” Guernsey’s President Arlan Ettinger said. Only 14 were ever made. Among other highlights are a 1900 Manuel Ramirez Flamenco and a 1939 D’Angelico New Yorker. John D’Angelico was a guitar maker with a studio in Greenwich Village during the first half of the 20th century; his guitars have been described by some “as the Stradivarius of guitars,” Ettinger said.

Pre-sale estimates of the instruments were still being worked out Friday. Several previously celebrity-owned guitars also will be auctioned off: a 1941 Gibson SJ-200 played by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; a 1967 Gibson SJN Country Western used by Mick Jagger on his 1987 album “Primitive Cool”; and a 1959 Gibson J-200 that Eric Clapton once owned. The sale also includes a handful of mandolins, including a late 1920s Style 2221 Regal Superior crafted from Brazilian Rosewood with inlaid pearl vine inserts. “These are not simply handsomelooking, finely crafted objects. They are, first and foremost, musical instruments and were created to be played,” Risan, of Santa Cruz, is founder of the virtual Museum of Musical Instruments and CEO of Media Rights Technologies Inc. According to his website, his first guitar was a vintage Martin purchased when he was 16.

vivaciously work on their rice fields. Moreover, there is a training aid and assistance to improve their crop quality,” he said. It would be very nice if hotels directly got in touch with farmers. Meanwhile, if it was through government, said Astina, the bureaucracy sometimes was unrealistic and convoluted. “Leakage gaps can be covered so that farmers are not disappointed. Society can directly control and the possibility of leakage will be getting smaller. Moreover, each customary village has its owned

convention,” he said. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Farmers Union (HKTI) of Badung Chapter, I Nyoman Sujastra, said that his party attempted to organize a meeting by involving hotels, farmers and government. This effort aimed to encourage hotels in order they also paid attention to the fate of farmers in Bali. “Hopefully, it can be held next April. We are still waiting for the readiness of all parties who will be involved in the consultation meeting,” he added. (rah)

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Bali police secure election logistics distribution Antara

DENPASAR - Bali Waters Police will secure the election logistics distribution from main island to surrounding small islands including Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan of Klungkung District. “We have scheduled the distribution of logistics to three islands near Bali main island,” Director of the Bali Waters Police Senior Commissioner Tubuh Musyareh said on Sunday. The Police will deploy two ferries to evacuate the logistics and two patrol boats to guard the distribution. He said the distribution of boxes, letters and other necessities will use ferries from Padangbai Seaport of Karangasem District. “We will deploy the “Escape” and another patrol boat to guard the ferries from Padangbai,” Tubuh said.

He added the police personnel will be deployed inside the ferries when crossing the waters. “We will coordinate with Brigadier Mobile and Klungkung Waters Police as well as Sabhara unit,” Tubuh said. The Indonesian Police will also deploy two C-2 speedboats to patrol in Bali waters. The Police will operate the speedboat in Benoa Seaport of Denpasar and in Padangbai of Karangasem District. “The two boats will be used to secure the waters territorial in Bali,” Tubuh said. Indonesia will hold general and presidential elections respectively on April 9 and July 9, 2014. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed security officers including the Police and Indonesian Military to secure the logistics distribution and the process of elections.

Hindus celebrate day of science

DENPASAR - Hindu students throughout Bali commemorated the Birthday of Science and Technology on Saturday, locally called Saraswati Day, by holding prayers in their institutions. The students wore Balinese traditional costumes and followed religious rites from morning till afternoon during the special commemoration. Also, no teaching or learning activities were held in schools, as all students attended prayers. A number of junior and senior high and vocational school students continued holding prayers at the Jagatnata Grand Temple in the provincial capital Denpasar after the conclusion of rites in their schools. At the temple, they mingled with other Hindus. Prayers were accompanied by a recital of Hindu verses and traditional Balinese “gamelan” music. Saraswati Day is commemorated once every 210 days and marked by the presentation of “bebantenan”, which are decorations made from young coconut leaves as a symbol of service to God. The director of the religious science doctorate program of local state Hindu Dharma Institute in Denpasar, Dr I Ketut Sumadi, said Dewi (goddess) Saraswati was revered as a symbol of science. Dewi Saraswati has four hands holding a written palm leaf, representing efforts in pursuing knowledge, while the lotus symbolizes purity, “genitri” beads represent lifelong learning, and a musical instrument symbolizes science, which is beautiful and rhythmic. He said science was similar to clean water, which keeps flowing, so people must continue learning so they would have full authority over their lives, and not be selfish or arrogant, he said. This is the reason the statue of Dewi Saraswati is found in every school in Bali, he noted.

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Hindu students throughout Bali commemorated the Birthday of Science and Technology on Saturday, locally called Saraswati Day, by holding prayers in their institutions.


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SINGARAJA - Buleleng government is requested to immediately discipline the rampant illegal travel agencies operating in Buleleng. Most of the illegal travel agencies operating in Buleleng and other area in South Bali are from outside Bali. Similarly, their practice is considered to be highly detrimental to local travel agencies. In addition, such illegal travel agencies often diminish the rate of tour package sold to travelers. It was revealed in the Public Consultation Forum on the Regional Working Unit Work Plan (RKPD) in the IMACO building at the former Buleleng Harbor Pier, Friday (Mar 7). The forum was first held by the Buleleng Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) attended by tourism practitioners, SMEs, community leaders and NGOs. In the forum, Indah, one of the travel agency businesswomen re-

vealed the practice of illegal travel agency from outside Bali had rampantly operated since the past few years. Even, this practice was more prevalent due to technical agencies in charge did not dare to take action against these violations. In practice, the illegal travel agencies often sold tour package to tourist attractions in Bali including in Buleleng at cheap rates compared to licensed travel agencies. Lately,

this condition made the businesspeople with licensed travel agency become restless. “Often we find them operating in Bali and even in Buleleng, but their business has not been licensed. The rates of tour packages they sell are much cheaper, so it is obviously detrimental to local and licensed travel agencies,” she said. According to Indah, local government should take immediate ac-

tion by disciplining the unlicensed of travel agencies from outside of Bali. If they were left unchecked, surely they would cause serious problems and the travel agency business in Bali and Buleleng would be damaged as a result of the fraudulent practices. Even, if such a practice was neglected it could tarnish the image of Bali tourism especially when a problem arose on the journey to a tourist destination. In addition, since the government did not dare to take action against the illegal travel agencies, it would also be followed by local travel agencies in Bali for not submitting permission. “The government only dares to urge local travel agencies to submit

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County government requested to discipline illegal travel agencies Bali Post

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permission. In reality, the travel agencies from outside of the region are left not to submit their permit. We urge to promptly respond to this issue with an immediate follow-up. Otherwise, there is possibility if our colleagues of local travel agencies will not seek permission, so this will be detrimental to government,” he explained. Responding to the insistence, the Buleleng Culture and Tourism Agency could only hold the input. Clearly, the demand of the travel agency businesspeople should be followed up immediately. As initial effort, the Buleleng Culture and Tourism Agency would coordinate with relevant technical agency. (mud)

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PYONGYANG — North Koreans went to polling stations on Sunday to approve a new national legislature. The vote for the Supreme People’s Assembly is the first in five years and the first under leader Kim Jong Un. The last elections were held in March 2009, when 687 deputies were elected to the assembly. It is the most powerful body under North Korea’s constitution, but which in reality has little political power. Instead of choosing who they support, voters are given the choice of a yes or no for the single candidate on their ballot. Virtually all choose yes. Despite the lack of drama, the voting was being held in a holiday atmosphere, with national flags hoisted along the streets, women decked out in colorful traditional clothing and dancing

events held in parks, schools and riversides. Voting in authoritarian North Korea is considered to be obligatory. Outside observers say that this makes elections in North Korea an opportunity for the authorities to check up on the population and tighten control. Hyon Byong Chol, the chairman of a preparatory committee for one of the sub-districts in the election, called the vote “meaningful” because it is the first under Kim. “Through this election we will fully display the might of the single-hearted unity of our army and people who are firmly united behind our respected marshal,” he said. The Supreme People’s

Assembly usually runs fiveyear sessions. It meets only rarely, often only once a year. When it is not in session,its work is done by a smaller and more powerful body called the Presidium. Kim is also a candidate. State media announced that his constituency is a remote mountain area on the border with China. Mount Paekdu is venerated in North Korea’s official history as the birthplace of Kim Jong Il, although historians outside the country agree that he was born in the former Soviet Union. Election results are normally announced the following day. The new parliament was expected to meet next month. No date has been officially announced.

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A woman receives a ballot to vote to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea Associated Press Writer

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea’s rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow’s foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine’s new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists. The Russians have denied their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter

The tourists are enjoying their time in Bali. The illegal travel agencies often give bad service to the tourists so it must be discipline.

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Field jogging track transformed into motorcycle racing circuit Bali Post

NEGARA - The efforts to repair a number of football fields in some subdistricts, in fact, are not entirely used for sport or recreation. A number of fields altered for sports and recreation in the morning and afternoon are in fact abused at night. The pathway made from natural stone

encircling the football field is not only used to hang out at night. Recently, it is often used for illegal motorcycle racing circuit as seen at Dauhwaru Field, Negara, Thursday night (Mar 6). Though at some points had been fitted with lighting, the field located at Dauhwaru village was still utilized for dating site. Even, motorcycles could freely enter into to jogging track and allowed to

ride there. After 9:00 p.m., the situation was getting quite. The opportunity was taken advantage for motorcycle racing. Circular pathway actually intended for jogging track was used as a circuit for them. In once start, the pathway could accommodate up to three motorcycles. After that, they stepped on the clutch and the motorcycles started to speed.

Some residents around the location felt disturbed by the noisy sounds of the exhaust during the race. In addition to being close to home, the speeding action was also committed during resting time of residents. “They started after 09:00 p.m., we worry about the accident as the track is not too long,” said Ketut Sukadi, a resident who often passed through in the field. (kmb26)

trailed one military convoy Saturday afternoon from 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Feodosia to a military airfield at Gvardeiskoe north of Simferopol, over which a Russian flag flew. Some of the army green vehicles had Russian license plates and numbers indicating that they were from the Moscow region. Some towed mobile kitchens and what appeared to be mobile medical equipment. The strategic peninsula in southern Ukraine has become the flashpoint in the battle for Ukraine, where three months of protests sparked by

President Victor Yanukovych’s decision to ditch a significant treaty with the 28-nation European Union after strong pressure from Russia led to his downfall. A majority of people in Crimea identify with Russia, and Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet is based in Sevastopol, as is Ukraine’s. Vladislav Seleznyov, a Crimeanbased spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces, told AP that witnesses had reported seeing amphibious military ships unloading around 200 military vehicles in eastern Crimea on Friday night after apparently having crossed the Straits of Kerch,

which separates Crimea from Russian territory. “Neither the equipment, nor the paratroopers have insignia that identify them as Russian, but we have no doubt as to their allegiance,” Seleznyov said. The amphibious operation appeared to be one of the largest movements of Russian military forces since they appeared in Crimea a week ago. Seleznyov also said a convoy of more than 60 military trucks was spotted Saturday heading from Feodosia toward Simferopol, the regional capital. An AP reporter caught

up with the convoy and trailed it to a Russian-controlled airfield. In the rear of the vehicles, heavily armed soldiers could be seen, though none appeared to have identifying badges or insignia. Soldiers spat at the reporters following them. A small plane belonging to the Ukrainian border guards was fired on by “extremists” using automatic weapons as it flew near the administrative border of Crimea, but took evasive maneuvers and escaped unscathed, the Interfax news agency reported, quoting Ukrainian officials.

A convoy of military vehicles bearing no license plates travels on the road from Feodosia to Simferopol in the Crimea, Ukraine, Saturday, March 8, 2014. More than 60 military trucks bearing no license plate numbers was headed from the eastern city of Feodosia toward the city of Simferopol, the regional capital.

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US job creation picks up in February

WASHINGTON - US job creation picked up pace in February after harsh weather depressed the numbers for two months, somewhat alleviating worries that economic growth had sputtered out during the winter. The economy generated 175,000 jobs last month, better than most analysts had expected given the persistence of severe storms, the Labor Department said Friday. The figure, which came after a series of poor indicators that had led economists to cut their forecasts, was still below the 200,000-plus level that would erase doubts about the economy’s strength. But, coupled with an upward revision to the December and

January figures that added another 25,000 jobs to the picture, the February achievement allowed many to believe that the main problem has been the extraordinarily cold and icy storms that have pummeled the eastern half of the US for months. “The extreme cold and snowy weather had a modest dampening effect on employment in February,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. “But growth still picked up more

than expected, suggesting the labor market could soon return to the solid pace established before the polar vortex dug in.” “There was a clear weather effect: 601,000 people said that weather prevented them from working -- 284,000 more than the average February,” said IHS Global Insight in a summary. Markets took the data in their stride. The dollar was flat against the euro and barely higher against

the yen and pound, and stocks were also little-changed, the S&P 500 adding just 0.05 percent. The unemployment level, based on a household survey, a separate set of numbers from the establishment survey on job creation, rose back to where it was in December, at 6.7 percent, after falling to 6.6 percent. In all, 10.5 million people remained unemployed across the country in February, slightly higher than January but down from 12.1 million a year ago. The establishment survey showed the private sector employed a net 162,000 more people last month, while government at all levels

boosted payrolls by 13,000. Job gains were strongest in professional and business services, and in education and health, while gains in manufacturing and construction were small. The establishment data suggested some of the impact of the harsh winter storms that have battered the country east of the Rocky Mountains. Average weekly hours worked fell to 34.2, compared with 34.5 a year ago. But average weekly earnings rose to a 2.2 percent gain yearover-year, a positive sign after having lagged other gains in the economy since the 2007-2009 recession.

Euro hits highest level against dollar since 2011 Associated Press

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An emergency phone at a tram stop stands next to the Euro sculpture in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, March 6, 2014. The euro has struck its highest level against the dollar for nearly two and a half years in the wake of the European Central Bank’s decision not to cut interest rates further.

LONDON — The euro has struck its highest level against the dollar for nearly two and a half years in the wake of the European Central Bank’s decision not to cut interest rates further. At one point Friday, the currency, which is used by 18 European Union countries, rose to $1.3917, its highest rate since it touched $1.4170 in October 2011. The currency backed off after a slightly stronger than anticipated U.S. jobs report for February. The 175,000 increase in payrolls was ahead of the consensus forecast in markets for a rise of about 150,000. As a result, analysts said the U.S. Federal Reserve would likely continue reducing its monetary stimulus, providing a fillip to the dollar. But analysts think the euro is on course to climb further over the coming days, largely as a result of Thursday’s decision by the ECB to not cut interest rates following a run of relatively upbeat economic data across the eurozone. For weeks, many traders had been predicting that the ECB would cut its key interest rate from the already record low of 0.25 percent to boost the muted economic recovery and prevent deflation, a debilitating bout of falling prices. However, after a rise in surveys of business activity and unexpectedly strong

0.3 percent growth in the final quarter of 2013, the ECB opted against further easing measures. “As a result the market judged that the prospects of further ECB monetary stimulus this cycle had diminished,” said Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank international. Europe’s single currency has been steadily rising from around $1.22 since the summer of 2012, when ECB President Mario Draghi said he would do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. With fewer traders thinking a breakup of the currency union was possible, the euro strengthened even though the eurozone’s economy lagged that of the United States. Some analysts think that an appreciating euro may eventually push the ECB to ease monetary policy. A stronger euro can weigh on inflation, which the ECB is trying to bring back up toward its goal of 2 percent. It is currently at just 0.8 percent. A rising currency can also make exports more expensive — and therefore less competitive on international markets. That could hurt economic activity and keep unemployment high. “A spike above the $1.40 level may well force the ECB to act,” said Derek Halpenny, an analyst at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

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Bali’s justice office welcomes Corby’s apology

DENPASAR - The Bali Justice and Human Rights Office welcomed the apology expressed by Mercedes Corby, sister of Schapelle Corby who was recently released on parole after serving over nine years in jail for drugs smuggling attempt. “I think it’s a good step and behavior,” Sunar Agus, the head of the office’s penitentiary division, said. However, despite the apology, the office will continue to evaluate Schapelle following her release on parole, he added. Sunar Agus said the apology did impact what had happened so far after Mercedes’ exclusive interview with Australia’s Channel Seven television station. The local justice office is drafting a report on Schapelle’s behavior

and activities since her release on parole, he noted. The report will be sent to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry in Jakarta, he said. Meanwhile, Mercedes Corby had previously apologized to the Indonesian government for her interview with Australia’s Channel Seven. “From the bottom of my heart, I am very sorry to the people of Indonesia if my interview on Australian TV caused unease,” Mercedes told

the press in Bali on Thursday. “I apologize if my words were disrespectful to Indonesia; I did not intend any disrespect. Our family is thankful and grateful that Schapelle is free on parole, and we thank the Indonesian government,” Schapelle’s elder sister said. Schapelle Leigh Corby, an Australian tourist, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International

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DENPASAR - The Bali public prosecutor’s office has again questioned chief of the provincial culture office I Ketut Suastika in a Rp6 billion graft case related to procurement of sound system and lighting at the Denpasar Art Center. “It is true I have just undergone questioning,” he said. He said the questioning this time is enough to name a suspect in the graft case. “I think it is enough,” he said. Haposan Sihombing, Suastika’s lawyer, said his client was questioned as a suspect in the case. “In the previous summons, he was questioned as a witness in the case against other suspect but this time he was questioned as a suspect,” he said. During the questioning, a team of investigators raised 14 questions to Suastika, Haposan said. But he declined to elaborate on the contents of the questions. Head of the Information and Law

Airport in October 2004. In 2012, she received a clemency from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that cut her sentence by five years on humanitarian grounds. She finally walked free under parole on February 10, 2014, from her jail in Bali, where she had spent two thirds of her prison term for drug smuggling. On Sunday, March 2, Channel Seven aired an exclusive footage of Schapelle Corby’s first days out of prison and an exclusive interview with Mercedes talking about her sister’s feelings. Mercedes in the 11-minute long interview claimed that Schapelle was innocent, suggesting she had

been set up. She questioned the origin of the marijuana carried by her sister. “We do not know where the marijuana came from. It could be from Indonesia,” Mercedes pointed out. Following the airing of Mercedes’ interview, Indonesian Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin, on March 4, said the government was evaluating whether Corby’s parole terms were violated by the interview her sister gave to the Australian television network. The minister said that it was possible that the result of the evaluation could lead to the revocation of the parole and lead to Schapelle Corby’s return to jail.

Section of the Bali Public Prosecutor’s Office Ashari Kurniawan confirmed the questioning against the chief of the provincial culture office. He said Suastika was questioned in connection with the graft case at the Art Center. The public prosecutor’s office has named two suspects in the graft case. The other suspect is acting chief of the Art Center Mantara Gandhi. The case came to light after the State Audit Board (BPK) found irregularities in the procurement of sound system, lighting and CCTV at the Art Center which led to a state loss of Rp6 billion. The Bali public prosecutor’s office has again questioned chief of the provincial culture office I Ketut Suastika (right) in a Rp6 billion graft case related to procurement of sound system and lighting at the Denpasar Art Center. IBP/Eka Adhiyasa

Two Australian Journalists deported Antara DENPASAR - Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. “They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali,” Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights

Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated on Friday. Adnyana noted that the journalists were Daniel William Sutton with passport number N9165845 and Nathan Mark Richter with passport number N7106563. Daniel is a reporter with Channel Australia, while Nathan is a freelance photographer. He explained that Daniel and Nathan

were caught while doing a news reporting and photography session without permission. They were caught while interviewing Schapelle Leigh Corby about her parole in Kuta, Bali on Wednesday, March 5, at 10 a.m., local time. “These activities were undertaken for commercial purposes, to sell the news and photos to Australian media, by using visa

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on arrival,” he pointed out. Adnyana added that they had arrived at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on Wednesday. According to Adnyana, visitors with visa on arrival were not permitted to work nor undertake any journalistic activity. They violated Article 122 in conjunction with Article 75 Law Number 6 of 2011 on Immigration.


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Japanese jet makes emergency landing in Honolulu

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INDONESIA Disaster mitigation drill

Navy to deploy four ship

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HONOLULU — A Japan Airlines flight bound for San Francisco carrying more than 170 people made an emergency landing at the Honolulu International Airport. The airport manager’s office says that the jetliner landed without incident around 1 p.m. Saturday. Airlines spokesman Yang Jian says the Boeing 787 had cockpit indicators showing engine trouble and made the emergency landing in Honolulu. Jian says none of the 160 passengers and 11 crew members was injured. He says that the cockpit indicators showed that oil pressure was down with an engine.

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China to tighten rules against pollution Associated Press

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A protester beats a drum and shouts slogans during an anti-nuclear plant demonstration in Tokyo, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Banging on drums and waving “Sayonara nukes” signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

Thousands protest ahead of Fukushima anniversary Associated Press Writer

BEIJING — China will tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air, the country’s top legislator said Sunday. Zhang Dejiang said in a report to the ceremonial legislature’s annual session that businesses were responsible for the environmental damage they caused and must be held to account. He said legal revisions were being prepared, but offered no specifics. Changes are also needed to strictly supervise emissions and control pollution at the source, Zhang said. January saw air pollution density readings of PM 2.5 particles exceeding 500 micrograms per cubic meter, about 20 times as high as considered safe by the World Health Organization. Heavy pollution has lingered over much of northern China through February and March, leading to increased hospitalizations for heart and breathing problems, and forcing schools to cancel outdoor events. Heavy smog has also been blamed for disrupting air transport and retarding the growth of crops by blocking out the sun. China has repeatedly emphasized the need to control pollution, but has been reluctant to enforce even those paltry measures already announced, largely out of a fear of social disruption and increasing the burden on an already slowing economy. Zhang’s 90-minute speech to the National People’s Congress is his only national address and is usually scrutinized for any sign of changes to China’s one-party Marxist-Leninist political system — something past leaders have ruled out entirely.

TOKYO — Banging on drums and waving “Sayonara nukes” signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. Participants at the demonstration, one of several planned across cities in Japan, said they would never forget the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster, the worst since Chernobyl. They also vowed to block a move by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to restart some of the 48 idled reactors and backpedal on the commitment by the previous government to aggressively reduce the nation’s reliance on nuclear power. Oil imports have soared since the disaster, hurting the economy. Katsutoshi Sato, a retired railway worker at the rally, was holding a fishing pole with a picture of a fish dangling at the end to highlight his worries about

radiation contaminating the rivers. “The protests are growing,” he said, noting he was taking part in his third anti-nuclear demonstration. “All kinds of people are joining, including families with kids.” Protests like Sunday’s have popped up across the nation over the last three years, as the usually docile and conformist Japanese begin to question the government’s assurances that nuclear power is safe. The movement has also drawn celebrities like Ryuichi Sakamoto, who shared

an Oscar for “The Last Emperor” score, and Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which exploded and underwent three core meltdowns, continues to spew radiation into the air and sea. Decommissioning is expected to take decades. Robert Geller, a seismologist at the University of Tokyo, said it was troubling that after three years there is no full explanation on what went wrong at Fukushima, and how to avoid a recurrence.

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Chinese police officers on motorized platforms ride past a blue sky scene of Tibet on a screen displayed on Tiananmen Square during a hazy day in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 9, 2014.

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Haze from forest and plantation fires reduced the visibility in Pekanbaru to around 50 and 70 meters on Sunday morning.

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PEKANBARU - Haze from forest and plantation fires reduced the visibility in Pekanbaru to around 50 and 70 meters on Sunday morning. “The weather today is very bad because of the thick haze. The government has set up a haze emergency task force and conducted cloud seeding to make rains, but, in fact, the haze in Riau is getting ticker,” Hendri, a motorist, said. A number of shops on Tuanku Tambusai road were closed due to the thick haze that could affect people’s health. Pekanbaru has been blanketed by haze over the last one month. Head of the Riau Haze Emergency Response Task Force Brigadier General Prihadi Agus Irianto said that fires had scorched a total of 13,009 hectares of forest and plantation areas in Riau over the past six weeks. The task force has managed to extinguish fires on 10,618 hectares of forest, plantations, and peatland areas, but most the the areas still produced smog. Of the 11,138 hectares of forest area that were razed by fires across the Riau province,

about 3,000 hectares were located inside the GSK-BB biosphere reserve, Brigadier General Prihadi Agus Irianto, the head of the Riau Haze Disaster Response Task Force, said in Pekanbaru in Riau on Tuesday (March 4). The Riau forest office’s head, Zulkifli Yusuf, recently said the biosphere reserve is now badly damaged due to human encroachment and fires. When visiting the biosphere reserve on Wednesday (March 5), Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan stated that 2,000 newcomers had encroached and set fires in the GSK-BB biosphere reserve. “Currently, about 2,000 people hailing from the North Sumatra province have encroached in the

biosphere reserve in the Riau province. They have cleared the forest area for oil palm plantation,” Minister Zulkifli said at the Roesmin Nurjadin air force base in Pekanbaru. The encroachment occurred in the biosphere reserve’s Core zone. “We strongly suspect that they were deliberately sent to Riau to encroach in the biosphere reserve,” he said. The task force, which has a total of 325 members, including 170 army officers, is trying to extinguish at least 12 hotspots detected in the biosphere reserve by dropping water bombs from four helicopters, including those belonging to Sinar Mas.

PADANG - The Indonesian Navy will deploy four Indonesian ships to participate in disaster mitigation drill “Mentawai Megathrus Disaster” to be held on March 17-23, 2014. “We will deploy the ships for Mentawai Megathrus Disaster mitigation drill in mid of March,” Commander of the Teluk Bayur Navy Base II Brigadier General Soedarmien Soedar said on Sunday. He said the four ships are on their way to Teluk Bayur Main Naval Base in Padang, West Sumatra, to take part in the drill. The Navy will also deploy speedster ship to join the disaster drill. The opening ceremony of disaster drill will be hedld in the Headquarter of Padang Naval Base on March 20, 2014. Director of Mentawai Megathrus Disaster Drill Colonel Koloay said the personnel have seriously made the preparations for the exercise. “The personnel had checked the related institutions and the needed equipments for the drill,” Koloay said.

Koloay said the drill will be joined by foreign and local institutions. “The Navy will also deploy Main Defense Systems Equipments including hospital vessel KRI Soeharso-990,” he said. Besides, the drill will also involve C-130 Hercules, CN-235 and Cassa of the Indonesian Air Force to perform aerial photos. “There will be eight helicopters of the Indonesian Military, Police, and National Search and Rescue Agency to join the drill,” Koloay added. Mentawai megathrust is an area located in west of Sumatra that has biggest earthquake source. The magnitude of earthquake in Mentawai subduction zone can reach more than eight on the Richter Scale with a long quake period. The drill is held to prepare the officers in Indonesia and surround countries in mitigating the disaster. Indonesia is located in ring of fire which has three tectonic plates such as Eurasia, Indo Australia, and Pacific.


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Federer, Nadal, Murray advance at Indian Wells

Penatahan Hot Spring

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TABANAN - This hot spring is located at Penatahan Village, Penebel Subdistrict, approximately 13 km from the town of Tabanan and 34 km north of Denpasar. It offers beautiful natural scenery on the right and left side with the backdrop of amazing terraced rice fields. The hot spring is perched right on the banks of Yeh Ho River. Local people call the hot spring by Yeh Panes. Based on the results of research in the laboratory of the Department of Health, the hot spring is very good for bathing because it contains sulfur and other minerals. It is excellent for curing light skin diseases.

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INDIAN WELLS, California — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka won their opening matches Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open. Federer, the four-time champion seeded seventh, beat French qualifier Pail-Henri Mathieu. The Swiss star was coming off his 78th career title last week in Dubai. “It’s important to win,” he said. the end, eight double faults, I give 6-1, 7-5, and fourth-seeded Maria “It’s a lot different from Dubai. You him an opportunity to win a lot of Sharapova opened her title defense have to force a bit more, but I’m free points,” Nadal said. with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Julia satisfied.” In a late match, the top“I was a little bit scared for the Goerges. Fifth-seeded Angelique seeded Nadal rallied to beat Radek back. I am not feeling 100 percent Kerber dropped out, falling 2-6, Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. confident with my serve. But prob- 7-6 (5), 6-4 to Maria-Teresa Torro“He is not the right player to play ably that match is going to help me Flor. Aleksandra Wozniack also against in the first round,” Nadal said. understand that I can start to serve beat No. 15 Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 1-6, “He’s not the right player because normal again.” The fifth-seeded 7-6 (5). Murray reached the final what you want to find in the first Murray topped Lukas Rosol 4-6, in 2009, but has mostly struggled round is rhythm and against him ev- 6-3, 6-2, and the third-seeded in the event. ery point is different. He goes quick to Wawrinka, playing for the first time “I think it’s important sometimes the net. They don’t give you that few since winning the Australian Open, to think about it, because when games to find your rhythm, to find a beat Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-5. you’re not expecting it to happen way that you want to play.” Kevin Anderson and Tommy and then it does, that’s when it can Nadal is 41-6 in his 10 appear- Haas also moved into the third kind of take you by surprise and you ances here and has made it to the round. Anderson spoiled two-time might panic a little bit or worry,” semifinals or better for the past tournament champion Lleyton He- Murray said. “But I don’t feel like eight years. But he said worries witt’s bid for his 600th career match (that happened) today. I was a set about his back affected his serve win, topping the Australian 7-6 (5), and a break down. I got broken three during the 2-hour, 24-minute con- 6-4. Haas, who will be 36 on April times in a row the end of the first test. “With my serve I was doing 3, rolled to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over set, beginning of the second. I just nothing. When that happens, the Jeremy Chardy. kind of kept going and found a way opponent is able to play more agIn women’s play, top-seeded Na to win, which is always the most gressive, play more confident and in beat Chinese compatriot Zheng Jie important thing.”

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Radek Stepanek, of the Czech Republic, during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif.

Spurs beat Magic 121-112, win 6th straight Associated Press Writer

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Orlando Magic forward Maurice Harkless, left, shoots against San Antonio Spurs forwards Tiago Splitter, of Brazil, and Kawhi Leonard, right, during the first half on an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 30 points, Manu Ginobili added 24 and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a lethargic performance to beat the Orlando Magic 121-112 on Saturday night. Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, Tiago Splitter scored 14, Danny Green 12 and Tim Duncan had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs (46-16) extended their winning streak to six games. Tobias Harris scored 23 points, Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Arron Afflalo had 17 points for Orlando (19-45), who were swept in the season series. Coming off the emotional high of a 111-87 victory over Miami two nights earlier in an NBA Finals rematch, San Antonio appeared listless against the Southeast Division’s last-place team.

Led by former Spurs player and assistant Jacque Vaughn, the Magic gave his former team a tense evening before San Antonio closed it out late. Ginobili lured E’Twaun Moore into hitting his right triceps, as he rose for an off-balance, fallaway, 14-foot jumper. The Argentine guard made the free throw to complete the three-point play and give San Antonio a 114-104 lead with 2:34 remaining. Leonard followed with a breakaway dunk off a turnover and Parker nailed a 3-pointer to put the Spurs up 119-104 with just under 2 minutes left. At Milwaukee, Bradley Beal scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Washington Wizards avoid blowing a 28-point lead and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-107. Washington opened a 71-43

lead in the second quarter, but the Bucks cut the deficit to 104101 on a pair of free throws by Ersan Ilyasova with 2:13 to go. Beal then scored on a driving layup and hit a baseline 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 109-101 lead with two minutes left, which it held on to for its eighth win in nine games. Blake Griffin had 27 points and eight rebounds, Chris Paul added 19 points, including a lead-taking layup in the final minute, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-108 for their season-high seventh straight victory. The Pacific Divisionleading Clippers got 13 points and 12 rebounds from DeAndre Jordan, and 17 points from Matt Barnes on the eve of his 34th birthday. DeMarre Carroll scored 19 points in Atlanta’s 14th loss in 15 games and sixth in a row.


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Stuttgart fires Schneider, hires Stevens as coach Associated Press Writer

Valladolid’s Italian midfielder Fausto Rossi celebrates scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Barcelona at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, Spain on Saturday March 8, 2014.

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MILAN — AC Milan lost 1-0 at Udinese in the Italian league on Saturday and failed to boost its confidence for the Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid next week. Antonio Di Natale scored the only goal in the 66th minute, finishing off a great team move by Udinese. “We’re disappointed,” Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said. “You’re never happy when you lose and certainly more so when certain mistakes could have been avoided. The lads tried tonight and gave what they could but we need to be more clinical in front of goal. “We have to keep in mind our good performances and not forget all that we have done well up until now. It’s a football match on Tuesday and we can win it, we are convinced. Everyone saw the first leg and we have to pick up from that performance.” Milan remained provisionally 10th after its second successive league defeat. Udinese moved to 13th with its first win in four matches. “It’s a fantastic victory against a great club like Milan,” Di Natale said. Being International Women’s Day, he dedicated the win to his wife “and all the women.” Milan enjoyed the best opportunities in the first half and forced teenage goalkeeper Simone Scuffet into several fine saves, notably denying Giampaolo Pazzini from close range with one hand. Cristian Zapata should have given Milan the lead moments earlier but headed a corner wide after being left unmarked at the far post. Scuffet also made a superb diving save shortly after halftime to parry Robinho’s header from point-blank range. Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati — who made his league debut when Scuffet was only two years old — pulled off a brilliant save to deny Roberto Pereyra early on. Udinese improved after the break and took the lead when Pereyra released Bruno Fernandes, who crossed for an unmarked Di Natale to slot home. Substitute Mario Balotelli blasted over the bar shortly afterwards for Milan, while Allan curled an effort narrowly past the top corner for Udinese.

Barcelona loses 1-0 at Valladolid before City game AP Photo/Israel L. Murillo

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Vitesse make it three wins in row to go second Reuters

Vitesse Arnhem won a third successive league game by beating NAC Breda 2-1 away on Saturday to move within five points of leaders and reigning Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam. Goals from Zakaria Labyad and Mike Havenaar in the first 25 minutes took Vitesse up to second place on 52 points above Twente Enschede, who have 49 and like Ajax play on Sunday. PSV Eindhoven extended their fine run to six straight wins as they stayed fourth on 47 points after Jurgen Locadia’s 50th minute strike gave them a 1-0 home win over Utrecht. Heerenveen rose to sixth place with 43 points after their league leading Iceland striker Albert Finnbogason scored his 23rd goal of the season in a 3-0 home win over PEC Zwolle. Guus Hupperts netted twice as Roda JC Kerkrade won only their second game since new coach Jon Dahl Tomasson took charge in December by beating fellow strugglers NEC Nijmegen 3-1.

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AC Milan’s Giampaolo Pazzini, top, jumps over his teammate Robinho as he reaches for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Milan at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy, Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014.

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona’s title defense took a blow when it stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Valladolid, missing the chance to move top of the Spanish standings on Saturday ahead of its Champions League clash with Manchester City at Camp Nou. Atletico Madrid took advantage of Barcelona’s latest slip by winning 2-0 at Celta Vigo courtesy of David Villa’s two goals in a three-minute span to move ahead of Barcelona and level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the standings. Once the league pacesetter, Barcelona has won just two of its last seven away league games and trails its title rivals by one point before Madrid hosts Levante on Sunday. Lionel Messi was the only Barcelona player who looked sharp, while his teammates were plagued by uncharacteristic passing errors and again proved brittle at the back. Valladolid outplayed the defending champions early and midfielder Fausto Rossi netted the winner in the 17th minute. The relegation-threatened side then did well to protect three points against the star-studded visitors for the remainder. After its strong start this season under first-year coach Gerardo Martino, Barcelona has dropped points in five of the last nine rounds. “As long as it is mathematically possible we will keep fighting,” said Martino, whose team visits Madrid in two weeks. “We are not in our best form, and we have to rediscover it within 15 days. We are worried because the league title is being decided right now.” Before the clasico, however, Martino will have to regroup his team against City on Wednesday. Barcelona will be looking to protect its 2-0 lead in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Valladolid started the round in the drop zone, but the big win — only its fifth in 27 rounds — provisionally pulled it out of danger. “It’s an incredible result,” said Rossi, who was at Valladolid on loan from Juventus. “All together we can save this team.” Also, last-place Real Betis gave a boost to its slim hopes of staying up by beating Getafe 2-0 in Seville, while Villarreal lost 2-0 at Granada to falter in the race for fourth place. After Barcelona lost 3-1 at Real Sociedad in its last league away match, Martino aligned his best 11 available without Andres Iniesta, who didn’t travel with the team for undisclosed personal reasons. Even so, Barcelona lacked its regular cool composure from the start and failed to dominate possession until it was trailing in the score. Holding midfielder Sergio Busquets, usually so sure with the ball, erred on three passes before the 25-minute mark. By that time Valladolid had threatened Barcelona’s area and taken the lead when Rossi finished off a rebound after both his first attempt and Javi Guerra’s follow-up had hit defenders. Messi’s solo effort saved by goalkeeper Diego Marino in the 10th was all the visitors could muster in the first half hour. Messi, who showed no signs of his apparent vomiting from Argentina’s 0-0 draw against Romania this week, used a burst of speed to break free in the 48th, only to be denied again by Marino. Messi got little help. Neymar had a quiet match and sailed his only scoring chance over the bar before he was substituted.

STUTTGART, Germany — Stuttgart has fired Thomas Schneider and appointed former Schalke coach Huub Stevens in his place. The Bundesliga club says on its website that the 41-yearold Schneider, who replaced the sacked Bruno Labbadia last August, was being released “with immediate effect” along

with assistant coaches Alfons Higl and Tomislav Maric. Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home with bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig was not enough to save Schneider after a run of eight successive Bundesliga defeats. Dutchman Stevens, 60, will take over Monday. Stuttgart is level on points with Hamburger SV in the relegation playoff place with ten games remaining in the season.

Chelsea extend Spurs’ misery at Stamford Bridge Reuters

LONDON - Chelsea have not lost at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for 24 years and that amazing record never looked in any danger on Saturday as a woeful defensive performance by the visitors saw them thrashed 4-0. Chelsea jumped a provisional seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after Spurs imploded by conceding all four goals in the last 34 minutes at Stamford Bridge with defensive mistakes playing a part in every one. Samuel Eto’o put Chelsea ahead after a slip by defender Jan Vertonghen in the 56th, an Eden Hazard penalty four minutes later doubled their lead and two late strikes by substitute Demba Ba helped preserve the hosts’ long unbeaten run against Spurs who have not won at Stamford Bridge since February 1990. Fifth-placed Tottenham played the last half-hour with 10 men after their French defender Younes Kaboul was sent off for bundling Eto’o over in the penalty area with the score at 1-0 and after that there was only one winner. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who has presided over 75 unbeaten home league matches in his two spells in charge of the club, said they stayed calm as Spurs dominated the first half. “The reality in the first half was that they had control but they didn’t scare us and when the opposition has control and don’t scare you you are calm and you wait for your best moment of the game because for us the best moment always comes. “We changed our structure in the second half and our game was more connected,” he added. “You can say the first goal was a mistake by Vertonghen, but the way Eto’o read the mistake was fantastic and the way he put it through the goalkeeper’s legs was amazing and after that we had complete control and it was easy.” SPURS CAPITULATE

Although Chelsea are now seven points clear at the top, and nine points ahead of fourth-placed Manchester

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, Saturday March 8, 2014.

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City who have three games in hand, Mourinho said the title was not guaranteed. “I would rather be in Manchester City’s place. We could win all our last nine games and not win the title if they win their last 12,” he said. Eto’o, who will be 33 on Monday, was a late addition to the starting lineup after Fernando Torres limped off in the warm-up. He celebrated his 300th career goal by bending over the corner flag like an old man, a nod to controversy about his age after Mourinho made some private comments that were published. “That was very funny, I understood the joke,” said Mourinho who last month said in a recorded off-guard mo-

ment that he had no strikers to rely on and joked about Eto’o’s real age. Three minutes later a fine pass from Chelsea captain John Terry found Hazard who squirted the ball to Eto’o. Kaboul tangled with the striker and referee Michael Oliver signalled a penalty which Hazard duly converted. Kaboul will be suspended from Tottenham’s league match against Arsenal in next weekend’s North London derby. Chelsea substitute Ba scored twice in the dying minutes as Tottenham’s defence imploded, putting away an Oscar pass for the first and latching on to an ill-conceived headed back pass from Kyle Walker for the second which completed Tottenham’s misery.


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AC Milan loses 1-0 at Udinese in Italian league

Stuttgart fires Schneider, hires Stevens as coach Associated Press Writer

Valladolid’s Italian midfielder Fausto Rossi celebrates scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Barcelona at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, Spain on Saturday March 8, 2014.

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MILAN — AC Milan lost 1-0 at Udinese in the Italian league on Saturday and failed to boost its confidence for the Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid next week. Antonio Di Natale scored the only goal in the 66th minute, finishing off a great team move by Udinese. “We’re disappointed,” Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said. “You’re never happy when you lose and certainly more so when certain mistakes could have been avoided. The lads tried tonight and gave what they could but we need to be more clinical in front of goal. “We have to keep in mind our good performances and not forget all that we have done well up until now. It’s a football match on Tuesday and we can win it, we are convinced. Everyone saw the first leg and we have to pick up from that performance.” Milan remained provisionally 10th after its second successive league defeat. Udinese moved to 13th with its first win in four matches. “It’s a fantastic victory against a great club like Milan,” Di Natale said. Being International Women’s Day, he dedicated the win to his wife “and all the women.” Milan enjoyed the best opportunities in the first half and forced teenage goalkeeper Simone Scuffet into several fine saves, notably denying Giampaolo Pazzini from close range with one hand. Cristian Zapata should have given Milan the lead moments earlier but headed a corner wide after being left unmarked at the far post. Scuffet also made a superb diving save shortly after halftime to parry Robinho’s header from point-blank range. Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati — who made his league debut when Scuffet was only two years old — pulled off a brilliant save to deny Roberto Pereyra early on. Udinese improved after the break and took the lead when Pereyra released Bruno Fernandes, who crossed for an unmarked Di Natale to slot home. Substitute Mario Balotelli blasted over the bar shortly afterwards for Milan, while Allan curled an effort narrowly past the top corner for Udinese.

Barcelona loses 1-0 at Valladolid before City game AP Photo/Israel L. Murillo

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Vitesse make it three wins in row to go second Reuters

Vitesse Arnhem won a third successive league game by beating NAC Breda 2-1 away on Saturday to move within five points of leaders and reigning Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam. Goals from Zakaria Labyad and Mike Havenaar in the first 25 minutes took Vitesse up to second place on 52 points above Twente Enschede, who have 49 and like Ajax play on Sunday. PSV Eindhoven extended their fine run to six straight wins as they stayed fourth on 47 points after Jurgen Locadia’s 50th minute strike gave them a 1-0 home win over Utrecht. Heerenveen rose to sixth place with 43 points after their league leading Iceland striker Albert Finnbogason scored his 23rd goal of the season in a 3-0 home win over PEC Zwolle. Guus Hupperts netted twice as Roda JC Kerkrade won only their second game since new coach Jon Dahl Tomasson took charge in December by beating fellow strugglers NEC Nijmegen 3-1.

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AC Milan’s Giampaolo Pazzini, top, jumps over his teammate Robinho as he reaches for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Milan at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy, Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014.

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona’s title defense took a blow when it stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Valladolid, missing the chance to move top of the Spanish standings on Saturday ahead of its Champions League clash with Manchester City at Camp Nou. Atletico Madrid took advantage of Barcelona’s latest slip by winning 2-0 at Celta Vigo courtesy of David Villa’s two goals in a three-minute span to move ahead of Barcelona and level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the standings. Once the league pacesetter, Barcelona has won just two of its last seven away league games and trails its title rivals by one point before Madrid hosts Levante on Sunday. Lionel Messi was the only Barcelona player who looked sharp, while his teammates were plagued by uncharacteristic passing errors and again proved brittle at the back. Valladolid outplayed the defending champions early and midfielder Fausto Rossi netted the winner in the 17th minute. The relegation-threatened side then did well to protect three points against the star-studded visitors for the remainder. After its strong start this season under first-year coach Gerardo Martino, Barcelona has dropped points in five of the last nine rounds. “As long as it is mathematically possible we will keep fighting,” said Martino, whose team visits Madrid in two weeks. “We are not in our best form, and we have to rediscover it within 15 days. We are worried because the league title is being decided right now.” Before the clasico, however, Martino will have to regroup his team against City on Wednesday. Barcelona will be looking to protect its 2-0 lead in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Valladolid started the round in the drop zone, but the big win — only its fifth in 27 rounds — provisionally pulled it out of danger. “It’s an incredible result,” said Rossi, who was at Valladolid on loan from Juventus. “All together we can save this team.” Also, last-place Real Betis gave a boost to its slim hopes of staying up by beating Getafe 2-0 in Seville, while Villarreal lost 2-0 at Granada to falter in the race for fourth place. After Barcelona lost 3-1 at Real Sociedad in its last league away match, Martino aligned his best 11 available without Andres Iniesta, who didn’t travel with the team for undisclosed personal reasons. Even so, Barcelona lacked its regular cool composure from the start and failed to dominate possession until it was trailing in the score. Holding midfielder Sergio Busquets, usually so sure with the ball, erred on three passes before the 25-minute mark. By that time Valladolid had threatened Barcelona’s area and taken the lead when Rossi finished off a rebound after both his first attempt and Javi Guerra’s follow-up had hit defenders. Messi’s solo effort saved by goalkeeper Diego Marino in the 10th was all the visitors could muster in the first half hour. Messi, who showed no signs of his apparent vomiting from Argentina’s 0-0 draw against Romania this week, used a burst of speed to break free in the 48th, only to be denied again by Marino. Messi got little help. Neymar had a quiet match and sailed his only scoring chance over the bar before he was substituted.

STUTTGART, Germany — Stuttgart has fired Thomas Schneider and appointed former Schalke coach Huub Stevens in his place. The Bundesliga club says on its website that the 41-yearold Schneider, who replaced the sacked Bruno Labbadia last August, was being released “with immediate effect” along

with assistant coaches Alfons Higl and Tomislav Maric. Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home with bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig was not enough to save Schneider after a run of eight successive Bundesliga defeats. Dutchman Stevens, 60, will take over Monday. Stuttgart is level on points with Hamburger SV in the relegation playoff place with ten games remaining in the season.

Chelsea extend Spurs’ misery at Stamford Bridge Reuters

LONDON - Chelsea have not lost at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for 24 years and that amazing record never looked in any danger on Saturday as a woeful defensive performance by the visitors saw them thrashed 4-0. Chelsea jumped a provisional seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after Spurs imploded by conceding all four goals in the last 34 minutes at Stamford Bridge with defensive mistakes playing a part in every one. Samuel Eto’o put Chelsea ahead after a slip by defender Jan Vertonghen in the 56th, an Eden Hazard penalty four minutes later doubled their lead and two late strikes by substitute Demba Ba helped preserve the hosts’ long unbeaten run against Spurs who have not won at Stamford Bridge since February 1990. Fifth-placed Tottenham played the last half-hour with 10 men after their French defender Younes Kaboul was sent off for bundling Eto’o over in the penalty area with the score at 1-0 and after that there was only one winner. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who has presided over 75 unbeaten home league matches in his two spells in charge of the club, said they stayed calm as Spurs dominated the first half. “The reality in the first half was that they had control but they didn’t scare us and when the opposition has control and don’t scare you you are calm and you wait for your best moment of the game because for us the best moment always comes. “We changed our structure in the second half and our game was more connected,” he added. “You can say the first goal was a mistake by Vertonghen, but the way Eto’o read the mistake was fantastic and the way he put it through the goalkeeper’s legs was amazing and after that we had complete control and it was easy.” SPURS CAPITULATE

Although Chelsea are now seven points clear at the top, and nine points ahead of fourth-placed Manchester

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, Saturday March 8, 2014.

AP Photo/Bogdan Maran

City who have three games in hand, Mourinho said the title was not guaranteed. “I would rather be in Manchester City’s place. We could win all our last nine games and not win the title if they win their last 12,” he said. Eto’o, who will be 33 on Monday, was a late addition to the starting lineup after Fernando Torres limped off in the warm-up. He celebrated his 300th career goal by bending over the corner flag like an old man, a nod to controversy about his age after Mourinho made some private comments that were published. “That was very funny, I understood the joke,” said Mourinho who last month said in a recorded off-guard mo-

ment that he had no strikers to rely on and joked about Eto’o’s real age. Three minutes later a fine pass from Chelsea captain John Terry found Hazard who squirted the ball to Eto’o. Kaboul tangled with the striker and referee Michael Oliver signalled a penalty which Hazard duly converted. Kaboul will be suspended from Tottenham’s league match against Arsenal in next weekend’s North London derby. Chelsea substitute Ba scored twice in the dying minutes as Tottenham’s defence imploded, putting away an Oscar pass for the first and latching on to an ill-conceived headed back pass from Kyle Walker for the second which completed Tottenham’s misery.


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Federer, Nadal, Murray advance at Indian Wells

Penatahan Hot Spring

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TABANAN - This hot spring is located at Penatahan Village, Penebel Subdistrict, approximately 13 km from the town of Tabanan and 34 km north of Denpasar. It offers beautiful natural scenery on the right and left side with the backdrop of amazing terraced rice fields. The hot spring is perched right on the banks of Yeh Ho River. Local people call the hot spring by Yeh Panes. Based on the results of research in the laboratory of the Department of Health, the hot spring is very good for bathing because it contains sulfur and other minerals. It is excellent for curing light skin diseases.

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INDIAN WELLS, California — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka won their opening matches Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open. Federer, the four-time champion seeded seventh, beat French qualifier Pail-Henri Mathieu. The Swiss star was coming off his 78th career title last week in Dubai. “It’s important to win,” he said. the end, eight double faults, I give 6-1, 7-5, and fourth-seeded Maria “It’s a lot different from Dubai. You him an opportunity to win a lot of Sharapova opened her title defense have to force a bit more, but I’m free points,” Nadal said. with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Julia satisfied.” In a late match, the top“I was a little bit scared for the Goerges. Fifth-seeded Angelique seeded Nadal rallied to beat Radek back. I am not feeling 100 percent Kerber dropped out, falling 2-6, Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. confident with my serve. But prob- 7-6 (5), 6-4 to Maria-Teresa Torro“He is not the right player to play ably that match is going to help me Flor. Aleksandra Wozniack also against in the first round,” Nadal said. understand that I can start to serve beat No. 15 Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 1-6, “He’s not the right player because normal again.” The fifth-seeded 7-6 (5). Murray reached the final what you want to find in the first Murray topped Lukas Rosol 4-6, in 2009, but has mostly struggled round is rhythm and against him ev- 6-3, 6-2, and the third-seeded in the event. ery point is different. He goes quick to Wawrinka, playing for the first time “I think it’s important sometimes the net. They don’t give you that few since winning the Australian Open, to think about it, because when games to find your rhythm, to find a beat Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-5. you’re not expecting it to happen way that you want to play.” Kevin Anderson and Tommy and then it does, that’s when it can Nadal is 41-6 in his 10 appear- Haas also moved into the third kind of take you by surprise and you ances here and has made it to the round. Anderson spoiled two-time might panic a little bit or worry,” semifinals or better for the past tournament champion Lleyton He- Murray said. “But I don’t feel like eight years. But he said worries witt’s bid for his 600th career match (that happened) today. I was a set about his back affected his serve win, topping the Australian 7-6 (5), and a break down. I got broken three during the 2-hour, 24-minute con- 6-4. Haas, who will be 36 on April times in a row the end of the first test. “With my serve I was doing 3, rolled to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over set, beginning of the second. I just nothing. When that happens, the Jeremy Chardy. kind of kept going and found a way opponent is able to play more agIn women’s play, top-seeded Na to win, which is always the most gressive, play more confident and in beat Chinese compatriot Zheng Jie important thing.”

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Radek Stepanek, of the Czech Republic, during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif.

Spurs beat Magic 121-112, win 6th straight Associated Press Writer

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Orlando Magic forward Maurice Harkless, left, shoots against San Antonio Spurs forwards Tiago Splitter, of Brazil, and Kawhi Leonard, right, during the first half on an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 30 points, Manu Ginobili added 24 and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a lethargic performance to beat the Orlando Magic 121-112 on Saturday night. Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, Tiago Splitter scored 14, Danny Green 12 and Tim Duncan had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs (46-16) extended their winning streak to six games. Tobias Harris scored 23 points, Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Arron Afflalo had 17 points for Orlando (19-45), who were swept in the season series. Coming off the emotional high of a 111-87 victory over Miami two nights earlier in an NBA Finals rematch, San Antonio appeared listless against the Southeast Division’s last-place team.

Led by former Spurs player and assistant Jacque Vaughn, the Magic gave his former team a tense evening before San Antonio closed it out late. Ginobili lured E’Twaun Moore into hitting his right triceps, as he rose for an off-balance, fallaway, 14-foot jumper. The Argentine guard made the free throw to complete the three-point play and give San Antonio a 114-104 lead with 2:34 remaining. Leonard followed with a breakaway dunk off a turnover and Parker nailed a 3-pointer to put the Spurs up 119-104 with just under 2 minutes left. At Milwaukee, Bradley Beal scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Washington Wizards avoid blowing a 28-point lead and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-107. Washington opened a 71-43

lead in the second quarter, but the Bucks cut the deficit to 104101 on a pair of free throws by Ersan Ilyasova with 2:13 to go. Beal then scored on a driving layup and hit a baseline 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 109-101 lead with two minutes left, which it held on to for its eighth win in nine games. Blake Griffin had 27 points and eight rebounds, Chris Paul added 19 points, including a lead-taking layup in the final minute, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-108 for their season-high seventh straight victory. The Pacific Divisionleading Clippers got 13 points and 12 rebounds from DeAndre Jordan, and 17 points from Matt Barnes on the eve of his 34th birthday. DeMarre Carroll scored 19 points in Atlanta’s 14th loss in 15 games and sixth in a row.


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Navy to deploy four ship

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HONOLULU — A Japan Airlines flight bound for San Francisco carrying more than 170 people made an emergency landing at the Honolulu International Airport. The airport manager’s office says that the jetliner landed without incident around 1 p.m. Saturday. Airlines spokesman Yang Jian says the Boeing 787 had cockpit indicators showing engine trouble and made the emergency landing in Honolulu. Jian says none of the 160 passengers and 11 crew members was injured. He says that the cockpit indicators showed that oil pressure was down with an engine.

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China to tighten rules against pollution Associated Press

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A protester beats a drum and shouts slogans during an anti-nuclear plant demonstration in Tokyo, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Banging on drums and waving “Sayonara nukes” signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

Thousands protest ahead of Fukushima anniversary Associated Press Writer

BEIJING — China will tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air, the country’s top legislator said Sunday. Zhang Dejiang said in a report to the ceremonial legislature’s annual session that businesses were responsible for the environmental damage they caused and must be held to account. He said legal revisions were being prepared, but offered no specifics. Changes are also needed to strictly supervise emissions and control pollution at the source, Zhang said. January saw air pollution density readings of PM 2.5 particles exceeding 500 micrograms per cubic meter, about 20 times as high as considered safe by the World Health Organization. Heavy pollution has lingered over much of northern China through February and March, leading to increased hospitalizations for heart and breathing problems, and forcing schools to cancel outdoor events. Heavy smog has also been blamed for disrupting air transport and retarding the growth of crops by blocking out the sun. China has repeatedly emphasized the need to control pollution, but has been reluctant to enforce even those paltry measures already announced, largely out of a fear of social disruption and increasing the burden on an already slowing economy. Zhang’s 90-minute speech to the National People’s Congress is his only national address and is usually scrutinized for any sign of changes to China’s one-party Marxist-Leninist political system — something past leaders have ruled out entirely.

TOKYO — Banging on drums and waving “Sayonara nukes” signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. Participants at the demonstration, one of several planned across cities in Japan, said they would never forget the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster, the worst since Chernobyl. They also vowed to block a move by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to restart some of the 48 idled reactors and backpedal on the commitment by the previous government to aggressively reduce the nation’s reliance on nuclear power. Oil imports have soared since the disaster, hurting the economy. Katsutoshi Sato, a retired railway worker at the rally, was holding a fishing pole with a picture of a fish dangling at the end to highlight his worries about

radiation contaminating the rivers. “The protests are growing,” he said, noting he was taking part in his third anti-nuclear demonstration. “All kinds of people are joining, including families with kids.” Protests like Sunday’s have popped up across the nation over the last three years, as the usually docile and conformist Japanese begin to question the government’s assurances that nuclear power is safe. The movement has also drawn celebrities like Ryuichi Sakamoto, who shared

an Oscar for “The Last Emperor” score, and Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which exploded and underwent three core meltdowns, continues to spew radiation into the air and sea. Decommissioning is expected to take decades. Robert Geller, a seismologist at the University of Tokyo, said it was troubling that after three years there is no full explanation on what went wrong at Fukushima, and how to avoid a recurrence.

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Chinese police officers on motorized platforms ride past a blue sky scene of Tibet on a screen displayed on Tiananmen Square during a hazy day in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 9, 2014.

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Haze from forest and plantation fires reduced the visibility in Pekanbaru to around 50 and 70 meters on Sunday morning.

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PEKANBARU - Haze from forest and plantation fires reduced the visibility in Pekanbaru to around 50 and 70 meters on Sunday morning. “The weather today is very bad because of the thick haze. The government has set up a haze emergency task force and conducted cloud seeding to make rains, but, in fact, the haze in Riau is getting ticker,” Hendri, a motorist, said. A number of shops on Tuanku Tambusai road were closed due to the thick haze that could affect people’s health. Pekanbaru has been blanketed by haze over the last one month. Head of the Riau Haze Emergency Response Task Force Brigadier General Prihadi Agus Irianto said that fires had scorched a total of 13,009 hectares of forest and plantation areas in Riau over the past six weeks. The task force has managed to extinguish fires on 10,618 hectares of forest, plantations, and peatland areas, but most the the areas still produced smog. Of the 11,138 hectares of forest area that were razed by fires across the Riau province,

about 3,000 hectares were located inside the GSK-BB biosphere reserve, Brigadier General Prihadi Agus Irianto, the head of the Riau Haze Disaster Response Task Force, said in Pekanbaru in Riau on Tuesday (March 4). The Riau forest office’s head, Zulkifli Yusuf, recently said the biosphere reserve is now badly damaged due to human encroachment and fires. When visiting the biosphere reserve on Wednesday (March 5), Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan stated that 2,000 newcomers had encroached and set fires in the GSK-BB biosphere reserve. “Currently, about 2,000 people hailing from the North Sumatra province have encroached in the

biosphere reserve in the Riau province. They have cleared the forest area for oil palm plantation,” Minister Zulkifli said at the Roesmin Nurjadin air force base in Pekanbaru. The encroachment occurred in the biosphere reserve’s Core zone. “We strongly suspect that they were deliberately sent to Riau to encroach in the biosphere reserve,” he said. The task force, which has a total of 325 members, including 170 army officers, is trying to extinguish at least 12 hotspots detected in the biosphere reserve by dropping water bombs from four helicopters, including those belonging to Sinar Mas.

PADANG - The Indonesian Navy will deploy four Indonesian ships to participate in disaster mitigation drill “Mentawai Megathrus Disaster” to be held on March 17-23, 2014. “We will deploy the ships for Mentawai Megathrus Disaster mitigation drill in mid of March,” Commander of the Teluk Bayur Navy Base II Brigadier General Soedarmien Soedar said on Sunday. He said the four ships are on their way to Teluk Bayur Main Naval Base in Padang, West Sumatra, to take part in the drill. The Navy will also deploy speedster ship to join the disaster drill. The opening ceremony of disaster drill will be hedld in the Headquarter of Padang Naval Base on March 20, 2014. Director of Mentawai Megathrus Disaster Drill Colonel Koloay said the personnel have seriously made the preparations for the exercise. “The personnel had checked the related institutions and the needed equipments for the drill,” Koloay said.

Koloay said the drill will be joined by foreign and local institutions. “The Navy will also deploy Main Defense Systems Equipments including hospital vessel KRI Soeharso-990,” he said. Besides, the drill will also involve C-130 Hercules, CN-235 and Cassa of the Indonesian Air Force to perform aerial photos. “There will be eight helicopters of the Indonesian Military, Police, and National Search and Rescue Agency to join the drill,” Koloay added. Mentawai megathrust is an area located in west of Sumatra that has biggest earthquake source. The magnitude of earthquake in Mentawai subduction zone can reach more than eight on the Richter Scale with a long quake period. The drill is held to prepare the officers in Indonesia and surround countries in mitigating the disaster. Indonesia is located in ring of fire which has three tectonic plates such as Eurasia, Indo Australia, and Pacific.


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US job creation picks up in February

WASHINGTON - US job creation picked up pace in February after harsh weather depressed the numbers for two months, somewhat alleviating worries that economic growth had sputtered out during the winter. The economy generated 175,000 jobs last month, better than most analysts had expected given the persistence of severe storms, the Labor Department said Friday. The figure, which came after a series of poor indicators that had led economists to cut their forecasts, was still below the 200,000-plus level that would erase doubts about the economy’s strength. But, coupled with an upward revision to the December and

January figures that added another 25,000 jobs to the picture, the February achievement allowed many to believe that the main problem has been the extraordinarily cold and icy storms that have pummeled the eastern half of the US for months. “The extreme cold and snowy weather had a modest dampening effect on employment in February,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. “But growth still picked up more

than expected, suggesting the labor market could soon return to the solid pace established before the polar vortex dug in.” “There was a clear weather effect: 601,000 people said that weather prevented them from working -- 284,000 more than the average February,” said IHS Global Insight in a summary. Markets took the data in their stride. The dollar was flat against the euro and barely higher against

the yen and pound, and stocks were also little-changed, the S&P 500 adding just 0.05 percent. The unemployment level, based on a household survey, a separate set of numbers from the establishment survey on job creation, rose back to where it was in December, at 6.7 percent, after falling to 6.6 percent. In all, 10.5 million people remained unemployed across the country in February, slightly higher than January but down from 12.1 million a year ago. The establishment survey showed the private sector employed a net 162,000 more people last month, while government at all levels

boosted payrolls by 13,000. Job gains were strongest in professional and business services, and in education and health, while gains in manufacturing and construction were small. The establishment data suggested some of the impact of the harsh winter storms that have battered the country east of the Rocky Mountains. Average weekly hours worked fell to 34.2, compared with 34.5 a year ago. But average weekly earnings rose to a 2.2 percent gain yearover-year, a positive sign after having lagged other gains in the economy since the 2007-2009 recession.

Euro hits highest level against dollar since 2011 Associated Press

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An emergency phone at a tram stop stands next to the Euro sculpture in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, March 6, 2014. The euro has struck its highest level against the dollar for nearly two and a half years in the wake of the European Central Bank’s decision not to cut interest rates further.

LONDON — The euro has struck its highest level against the dollar for nearly two and a half years in the wake of the European Central Bank’s decision not to cut interest rates further. At one point Friday, the currency, which is used by 18 European Union countries, rose to $1.3917, its highest rate since it touched $1.4170 in October 2011. The currency backed off after a slightly stronger than anticipated U.S. jobs report for February. The 175,000 increase in payrolls was ahead of the consensus forecast in markets for a rise of about 150,000. As a result, analysts said the U.S. Federal Reserve would likely continue reducing its monetary stimulus, providing a fillip to the dollar. But analysts think the euro is on course to climb further over the coming days, largely as a result of Thursday’s decision by the ECB to not cut interest rates following a run of relatively upbeat economic data across the eurozone. For weeks, many traders had been predicting that the ECB would cut its key interest rate from the already record low of 0.25 percent to boost the muted economic recovery and prevent deflation, a debilitating bout of falling prices. However, after a rise in surveys of business activity and unexpectedly strong

0.3 percent growth in the final quarter of 2013, the ECB opted against further easing measures. “As a result the market judged that the prospects of further ECB monetary stimulus this cycle had diminished,” said Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank international. Europe’s single currency has been steadily rising from around $1.22 since the summer of 2012, when ECB President Mario Draghi said he would do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. With fewer traders thinking a breakup of the currency union was possible, the euro strengthened even though the eurozone’s economy lagged that of the United States. Some analysts think that an appreciating euro may eventually push the ECB to ease monetary policy. A stronger euro can weigh on inflation, which the ECB is trying to bring back up toward its goal of 2 percent. It is currently at just 0.8 percent. A rising currency can also make exports more expensive — and therefore less competitive on international markets. That could hurt economic activity and keep unemployment high. “A spike above the $1.40 level may well force the ECB to act,” said Derek Halpenny, an analyst at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

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Bali’s justice office welcomes Corby’s apology

DENPASAR - The Bali Justice and Human Rights Office welcomed the apology expressed by Mercedes Corby, sister of Schapelle Corby who was recently released on parole after serving over nine years in jail for drugs smuggling attempt. “I think it’s a good step and behavior,” Sunar Agus, the head of the office’s penitentiary division, said. However, despite the apology, the office will continue to evaluate Schapelle following her release on parole, he added. Sunar Agus said the apology did impact what had happened so far after Mercedes’ exclusive interview with Australia’s Channel Seven television station. The local justice office is drafting a report on Schapelle’s behavior

and activities since her release on parole, he noted. The report will be sent to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry in Jakarta, he said. Meanwhile, Mercedes Corby had previously apologized to the Indonesian government for her interview with Australia’s Channel Seven. “From the bottom of my heart, I am very sorry to the people of Indonesia if my interview on Australian TV caused unease,” Mercedes told

the press in Bali on Thursday. “I apologize if my words were disrespectful to Indonesia; I did not intend any disrespect. Our family is thankful and grateful that Schapelle is free on parole, and we thank the Indonesian government,” Schapelle’s elder sister said. Schapelle Leigh Corby, an Australian tourist, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International

Culture office head questioned over graft case Antara

DENPASAR - The Bali public prosecutor’s office has again questioned chief of the provincial culture office I Ketut Suastika in a Rp6 billion graft case related to procurement of sound system and lighting at the Denpasar Art Center. “It is true I have just undergone questioning,” he said. He said the questioning this time is enough to name a suspect in the graft case. “I think it is enough,” he said. Haposan Sihombing, Suastika’s lawyer, said his client was questioned as a suspect in the case. “In the previous summons, he was questioned as a witness in the case against other suspect but this time he was questioned as a suspect,” he said. During the questioning, a team of investigators raised 14 questions to Suastika, Haposan said. But he declined to elaborate on the contents of the questions. Head of the Information and Law

Airport in October 2004. In 2012, she received a clemency from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that cut her sentence by five years on humanitarian grounds. She finally walked free under parole on February 10, 2014, from her jail in Bali, where she had spent two thirds of her prison term for drug smuggling. On Sunday, March 2, Channel Seven aired an exclusive footage of Schapelle Corby’s first days out of prison and an exclusive interview with Mercedes talking about her sister’s feelings. Mercedes in the 11-minute long interview claimed that Schapelle was innocent, suggesting she had

been set up. She questioned the origin of the marijuana carried by her sister. “We do not know where the marijuana came from. It could be from Indonesia,” Mercedes pointed out. Following the airing of Mercedes’ interview, Indonesian Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin, on March 4, said the government was evaluating whether Corby’s parole terms were violated by the interview her sister gave to the Australian television network. The minister said that it was possible that the result of the evaluation could lead to the revocation of the parole and lead to Schapelle Corby’s return to jail.

Section of the Bali Public Prosecutor’s Office Ashari Kurniawan confirmed the questioning against the chief of the provincial culture office. He said Suastika was questioned in connection with the graft case at the Art Center. The public prosecutor’s office has named two suspects in the graft case. The other suspect is acting chief of the Art Center Mantara Gandhi. The case came to light after the State Audit Board (BPK) found irregularities in the procurement of sound system, lighting and CCTV at the Art Center which led to a state loss of Rp6 billion. The Bali public prosecutor’s office has again questioned chief of the provincial culture office I Ketut Suastika (right) in a Rp6 billion graft case related to procurement of sound system and lighting at the Denpasar Art Center. IBP/Eka Adhiyasa

Two Australian Journalists deported Antara DENPASAR - Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. “They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali,” Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights

Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated on Friday. Adnyana noted that the journalists were Daniel William Sutton with passport number N9165845 and Nathan Mark Richter with passport number N7106563. Daniel is a reporter with Channel Australia, while Nathan is a freelance photographer. He explained that Daniel and Nathan

were caught while doing a news reporting and photography session without permission. They were caught while interviewing Schapelle Leigh Corby about her parole in Kuta, Bali on Wednesday, March 5, at 10 a.m., local time. “These activities were undertaken for commercial purposes, to sell the news and photos to Australian media, by using visa

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on arrival,” he pointed out. Adnyana added that they had arrived at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on Wednesday. According to Adnyana, visitors with visa on arrival were not permitted to work nor undertake any journalistic activity. They violated Article 122 in conjunction with Article 75 Law Number 6 of 2011 on Immigration.


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SINGARAJA - Buleleng government is requested to immediately discipline the rampant illegal travel agencies operating in Buleleng. Most of the illegal travel agencies operating in Buleleng and other area in South Bali are from outside Bali. Similarly, their practice is considered to be highly detrimental to local travel agencies. In addition, such illegal travel agencies often diminish the rate of tour package sold to travelers. It was revealed in the Public Consultation Forum on the Regional Working Unit Work Plan (RKPD) in the IMACO building at the former Buleleng Harbor Pier, Friday (Mar 7). The forum was first held by the Buleleng Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) attended by tourism practitioners, SMEs, community leaders and NGOs. In the forum, Indah, one of the travel agency businesswomen re-

vealed the practice of illegal travel agency from outside Bali had rampantly operated since the past few years. Even, this practice was more prevalent due to technical agencies in charge did not dare to take action against these violations. In practice, the illegal travel agencies often sold tour package to tourist attractions in Bali including in Buleleng at cheap rates compared to licensed travel agencies. Lately,

this condition made the businesspeople with licensed travel agency become restless. “Often we find them operating in Bali and even in Buleleng, but their business has not been licensed. The rates of tour packages they sell are much cheaper, so it is obviously detrimental to local and licensed travel agencies,” she said. According to Indah, local government should take immediate ac-

tion by disciplining the unlicensed of travel agencies from outside of Bali. If they were left unchecked, surely they would cause serious problems and the travel agency business in Bali and Buleleng would be damaged as a result of the fraudulent practices. Even, if such a practice was neglected it could tarnish the image of Bali tourism especially when a problem arose on the journey to a tourist destination. In addition, since the government did not dare to take action against the illegal travel agencies, it would also be followed by local travel agencies in Bali for not submitting permission. “The government only dares to urge local travel agencies to submit

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County government requested to discipline illegal travel agencies Bali Post

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permission. In reality, the travel agencies from outside of the region are left not to submit their permit. We urge to promptly respond to this issue with an immediate follow-up. Otherwise, there is possibility if our colleagues of local travel agencies will not seek permission, so this will be detrimental to government,” he explained. Responding to the insistence, the Buleleng Culture and Tourism Agency could only hold the input. Clearly, the demand of the travel agency businesspeople should be followed up immediately. As initial effort, the Buleleng Culture and Tourism Agency would coordinate with relevant technical agency. (mud)

Associated Press Writer

PYONGYANG — North Koreans went to polling stations on Sunday to approve a new national legislature. The vote for the Supreme People’s Assembly is the first in five years and the first under leader Kim Jong Un. The last elections were held in March 2009, when 687 deputies were elected to the assembly. It is the most powerful body under North Korea’s constitution, but which in reality has little political power. Instead of choosing who they support, voters are given the choice of a yes or no for the single candidate on their ballot. Virtually all choose yes. Despite the lack of drama, the voting was being held in a holiday atmosphere, with national flags hoisted along the streets, women decked out in colorful traditional clothing and dancing

events held in parks, schools and riversides. Voting in authoritarian North Korea is considered to be obligatory. Outside observers say that this makes elections in North Korea an opportunity for the authorities to check up on the population and tighten control. Hyon Byong Chol, the chairman of a preparatory committee for one of the sub-districts in the election, called the vote “meaningful” because it is the first under Kim. “Through this election we will fully display the might of the single-hearted unity of our army and people who are firmly united behind our respected marshal,” he said. The Supreme People’s

Assembly usually runs fiveyear sessions. It meets only rarely, often only once a year. When it is not in session,its work is done by a smaller and more powerful body called the Presidium. Kim is also a candidate. State media announced that his constituency is a remote mountain area on the border with China. Mount Paekdu is venerated in North Korea’s official history as the birthplace of Kim Jong Il, although historians outside the country agree that he was born in the former Soviet Union. Election results are normally announced the following day. The new parliament was expected to meet next month. No date has been officially announced.

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A woman receives a ballot to vote to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea Associated Press Writer

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea’s rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow’s foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine’s new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists. The Russians have denied their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter

The tourists are enjoying their time in Bali. The illegal travel agencies often give bad service to the tourists so it must be discipline.

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Field jogging track transformed into motorcycle racing circuit Bali Post

NEGARA - The efforts to repair a number of football fields in some subdistricts, in fact, are not entirely used for sport or recreation. A number of fields altered for sports and recreation in the morning and afternoon are in fact abused at night. The pathway made from natural stone

encircling the football field is not only used to hang out at night. Recently, it is often used for illegal motorcycle racing circuit as seen at Dauhwaru Field, Negara, Thursday night (Mar 6). Though at some points had been fitted with lighting, the field located at Dauhwaru village was still utilized for dating site. Even, motorcycles could freely enter into to jogging track and allowed to

ride there. After 9:00 p.m., the situation was getting quite. The opportunity was taken advantage for motorcycle racing. Circular pathway actually intended for jogging track was used as a circuit for them. In once start, the pathway could accommodate up to three motorcycles. After that, they stepped on the clutch and the motorcycles started to speed.

Some residents around the location felt disturbed by the noisy sounds of the exhaust during the race. In addition to being close to home, the speeding action was also committed during resting time of residents. “They started after 09:00 p.m., we worry about the accident as the track is not too long,” said Ketut Sukadi, a resident who often passed through in the field. (kmb26)

trailed one military convoy Saturday afternoon from 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Feodosia to a military airfield at Gvardeiskoe north of Simferopol, over which a Russian flag flew. Some of the army green vehicles had Russian license plates and numbers indicating that they were from the Moscow region. Some towed mobile kitchens and what appeared to be mobile medical equipment. The strategic peninsula in southern Ukraine has become the flashpoint in the battle for Ukraine, where three months of protests sparked by

President Victor Yanukovych’s decision to ditch a significant treaty with the 28-nation European Union after strong pressure from Russia led to his downfall. A majority of people in Crimea identify with Russia, and Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet is based in Sevastopol, as is Ukraine’s. Vladislav Seleznyov, a Crimeanbased spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces, told AP that witnesses had reported seeing amphibious military ships unloading around 200 military vehicles in eastern Crimea on Friday night after apparently having crossed the Straits of Kerch,

which separates Crimea from Russian territory. “Neither the equipment, nor the paratroopers have insignia that identify them as Russian, but we have no doubt as to their allegiance,” Seleznyov said. The amphibious operation appeared to be one of the largest movements of Russian military forces since they appeared in Crimea a week ago. Seleznyov also said a convoy of more than 60 military trucks was spotted Saturday heading from Feodosia toward Simferopol, the regional capital. An AP reporter caught

up with the convoy and trailed it to a Russian-controlled airfield. In the rear of the vehicles, heavily armed soldiers could be seen, though none appeared to have identifying badges or insignia. Soldiers spat at the reporters following them. A small plane belonging to the Ukrainian border guards was fired on by “extremists” using automatic weapons as it flew near the administrative border of Crimea, but took evasive maneuvers and escaped unscathed, the Interfax news agency reported, quoting Ukrainian officials.

A convoy of military vehicles bearing no license plates travels on the road from Feodosia to Simferopol in the Crimea, Ukraine, Saturday, March 8, 2014. More than 60 military trucks bearing no license plate numbers was headed from the eastern city of Feodosia toward the city of Simferopol, the regional capital.

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California establishes center for coffee study

Hotels expected to share profits with farmers

Associated Press Writer

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DAVIS, California — University of California students who drink coffee to get through the day will soon be able to study the science behind the beverage: Next week the University of California, Davis will host a research conference run by its recently founded Coffee Center. The center is currently without a dedicated home, but the university hopes to formalize the research in coming years and eventually offer a major in coffee science, The Sacramento Bee reported Friday. J. Bruce German, director of the university’s Foods for Health Institute, says the conference is first step toward establishing a dedicated coffee research study center — similar to the school’s Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. “We think there is sufficient interest given the fact that so many people have consumed coffee so regularly across the world, for so long,” German said. “Coffee is not an insignificant contributor to the agricultural footprint.” The March 11 conference will cover topics such as the genetics of coffee, sustainability in coffee growing and the sensory perception of coffee drinkers. Coffee production and consumption have been growing in recent years, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts global production will reach 150.5 million bags this year. The International Coffee Association reports coffee is the most

widely traded tropical agricultural commodity and the largest food import in the United States. One of the center’s first steps will be to build and operate a greenhouse to grow coffee plants for research, German said. Researchers expect to focus on sustainability in every step along the coffee production chain, from land use to waste concerns. “What we’re looking to do is start a relationship with coffee and move knowledge of all aspects of coffee forward,” German said. “That knowledge will be driven by scientists and industry.” Currently the center is being funded by the university’s Foods for Health Institute, but German said he hopes the funding model will change through teaming up with the coffee industry. Ultimately, he expects the school will develop a coffee science major once there is funding for early stage research.

DENPASAR - Insistence to hotel in order it is concerned with farmers continues to flow. In addition to halt the depletion of the agricultural land in Bali, it is also to improve the welfare of farmers. Even, the tourism practitioner, Ida Bagus Putu Astina, expected the hotel management to share profits with farmers. “Farmers also have a hand in the tourism sector. If hotels want to share the advantages, it is a positive one and farmers come to feel the impact of tourism in Bali,” said Astina. Not a few, added Astina, hotels and villas were built near rice fields. The overlay of green rice fields became the main attraction for foreign tourists as in Ubud and North Kuta. Farmers should get a blessing because of his hard work in working on the rice field. “If there is a concern of stakeholders in tourism, farmers will

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Three-year-old coffee trees are irrigated in a farm in Santo Antonio do Jardim February 7, 2014.

‘Holy grail of guitars’ among those in NY auction Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — The “holy grail

of guitars” is among the hundreds of rare and vintage acoustic guitars going on the auction block in New

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York next month. California collector Hank Risan is offering some of his musical instruments for auc-

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A 1893 Martin guitar in a “coffin” case is unveiled during a press preview, Wednesday March 5, 2014 in New York. The guitar is among a collection of 265 extremely rare guitars from a single individual that will auction at Guernsey’s on April 2 and 3.

tion by Guernsey’s on April 2 and April 3. The 265 pieces from his collection are considered among the finest of vintage guitars to come to auction in terms of rarity, original construction and condition, the auction house says. A wide range of makers are represented, including Gibson, Gretsch, Washburn, Stromberg and D’Angelico. The earliest instrument in Risan’s collection dates to 1840; the newest is a 2000 recreation of a 1930 Martin masterpiece, an OM-45 Deluxe. Both the re-creation and the original will be in the auction. “The OM-45 Deluxe is the holy grail of guitars,” Guernsey’s President Arlan Ettinger said. Only 14 were ever made. Among other highlights are a 1900 Manuel Ramirez Flamenco and a 1939 D’Angelico New Yorker. John D’Angelico was a guitar maker with a studio in Greenwich Village during the first half of the 20th century; his guitars have been described by some “as the Stradivarius of guitars,” Ettinger said.

Pre-sale estimates of the instruments were still being worked out Friday. Several previously celebrity-owned guitars also will be auctioned off: a 1941 Gibson SJ-200 played by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; a 1967 Gibson SJN Country Western used by Mick Jagger on his 1987 album “Primitive Cool”; and a 1959 Gibson J-200 that Eric Clapton once owned. The sale also includes a handful of mandolins, including a late 1920s Style 2221 Regal Superior crafted from Brazilian Rosewood with inlaid pearl vine inserts. “These are not simply handsomelooking, finely crafted objects. They are, first and foremost, musical instruments and were created to be played,” Risan, of Santa Cruz, is founder of the virtual Museum of Musical Instruments and CEO of Media Rights Technologies Inc. According to his website, his first guitar was a vintage Martin purchased when he was 16.

vivaciously work on their rice fields. Moreover, there is a training aid and assistance to improve their crop quality,” he said. It would be very nice if hotels directly got in touch with farmers. Meanwhile, if it was through government, said Astina, the bureaucracy sometimes was unrealistic and convoluted. “Leakage gaps can be covered so that farmers are not disappointed. Society can directly control and the possibility of leakage will be getting smaller. Moreover, each customary village has its owned

convention,” he said. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Farmers Union (HKTI) of Badung Chapter, I Nyoman Sujastra, said that his party attempted to organize a meeting by involving hotels, farmers and government. This effort aimed to encourage hotels in order they also paid attention to the fate of farmers in Bali. “Hopefully, it can be held next April. We are still waiting for the readiness of all parties who will be involved in the consultation meeting,” he added. (rah)

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Bali police secure election logistics distribution Antara

DENPASAR - Bali Waters Police will secure the election logistics distribution from main island to surrounding small islands including Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan of Klungkung District. “We have scheduled the distribution of logistics to three islands near Bali main island,” Director of the Bali Waters Police Senior Commissioner Tubuh Musyareh said on Sunday. The Police will deploy two ferries to evacuate the logistics and two patrol boats to guard the distribution. He said the distribution of boxes, letters and other necessities will use ferries from Padangbai Seaport of Karangasem District. “We will deploy the “Escape” and another patrol boat to guard the ferries from Padangbai,” Tubuh said.

He added the police personnel will be deployed inside the ferries when crossing the waters. “We will coordinate with Brigadier Mobile and Klungkung Waters Police as well as Sabhara unit,” Tubuh said. The Indonesian Police will also deploy two C-2 speedboats to patrol in Bali waters. The Police will operate the speedboat in Benoa Seaport of Denpasar and in Padangbai of Karangasem District. “The two boats will be used to secure the waters territorial in Bali,” Tubuh said. Indonesia will hold general and presidential elections respectively on April 9 and July 9, 2014. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed security officers including the Police and Indonesian Military to secure the logistics distribution and the process of elections.

Hindus celebrate day of science

DENPASAR - Hindu students throughout Bali commemorated the Birthday of Science and Technology on Saturday, locally called Saraswati Day, by holding prayers in their institutions. The students wore Balinese traditional costumes and followed religious rites from morning till afternoon during the special commemoration. Also, no teaching or learning activities were held in schools, as all students attended prayers. A number of junior and senior high and vocational school students continued holding prayers at the Jagatnata Grand Temple in the provincial capital Denpasar after the conclusion of rites in their schools. At the temple, they mingled with other Hindus. Prayers were accompanied by a recital of Hindu verses and traditional Balinese “gamelan” music. Saraswati Day is commemorated once every 210 days and marked by the presentation of “bebantenan”, which are decorations made from young coconut leaves as a symbol of service to God. The director of the religious science doctorate program of local state Hindu Dharma Institute in Denpasar, Dr I Ketut Sumadi, said Dewi (goddess) Saraswati was revered as a symbol of science. Dewi Saraswati has four hands holding a written palm leaf, representing efforts in pursuing knowledge, while the lotus symbolizes purity, “genitri” beads represent lifelong learning, and a musical instrument symbolizes science, which is beautiful and rhythmic. He said science was similar to clean water, which keeps flowing, so people must continue learning so they would have full authority over their lives, and not be selfish or arrogant, he said. This is the reason the statue of Dewi Saraswati is found in every school in Bali, he noted.

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Hindu students throughout Bali commemorated the Birthday of Science and Technology on Saturday, locally called Saraswati Day, by holding prayers in their institutions.


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DENPASAR - Although PT Indonesia Power has admitted the contamination of mangrove in the entrance area to Benoa Harbor as a result of the company’s pipeline leakage, a suspicion still emerged if it was sabotage behind the contamination. A coastal environment observer, Dr. I Made Mangku, revealed a number of facts when contacted on Friday (Mar 7). Mangku said when the pipeline leakage occurred on January 25, 2014, he happened to be checking the mangrove having relations to the toll bridge (JDP—Ed). When coming down directly to location of the contamination, Mangku saw the officers of Indonesia Power handling the pipeline. The officers even said to have put a seal protection in order to block the oil from spreading more widely. “The pipeline connecting the tanker to the Indonesia Power at Pesanggaran was leaking in the middle. I’m wondering whether the leakage was serious or not. The officers said it was just a trickle. Since the pipeline has low pressure so there was no oil spray coming out or no spray of diesel MFO coming out, just a trickle. Even, it has been entirely taken and the officers could get two drums. Actually, it has been completed at that time, and everything has been clear, and I myself have checked to the middle

of the bridge and there was no more leakage from the pipeline,” said Mangku. At his suggestion anyway, the seal protector was finally taken out on the next day, namely on January 26. Unfortunately, the condition of mangroves being freed from the oil leakage only lasted until January 28. On January 29, similar kind of MFO emerged again and contaminated the mangrove plants. From this fact, Mangku suspected a deliberate sabotage by particular individual who disposed oil waste for personal gain. “I do not accuse, my suspicion is that it was intentionally dumped by unscrupulous individual or I do not know who has deliberately disposed the MFO into the forest again as if the Indonesia Power was the doer that committed such an action with the reason of leaking pipeline. In my mind, the Indonesia Power is actually taken advantage as scapegoat,” he said. Mangku added an indication if

MANGUPURA - The construction of water tunnel at Getasan village, Petang subdistrict, has been completed at the end of 2013. Unfortunately, the water supply is not available so it is unable to resolve the problem of water crisis at a number of rice field areas at Subak Babakan Bengkel, Carangsari village. “Indeed, the tunnel has been finished, but there has been no water supply. So, it will take some more steps in order the water can flow to the Subak Babakan Beng-

kel,” said the Head of Badung Highways and Irrigation Services (BMP), Ida Bagus Surya Suamba, accompanied by the Division Head of Irrigation AA Gde Dalem, Friday (Mar 7). He explained that to irrigate the Subak Babakan Bengkel at Carangsari, the water supply from Bangkung River should be drained to Ngongkong River first. From the Ngongkong River, the water would be channeled to Gerana River and to be further passed through a tunnel to get to the Subak Babakan Bengkel at

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KUTA - Hard Rock Hotel Bali hosted the first-ever socialization event by Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah Provinsi Bali (BPBD Prov. Bali; Disaster Management Agency in Bali Province) and Pusat Pengendalian Operasional Penanggulangan Bencana (Pusdalops Prov. Bali; Disaster Management Operational Control Center) in Badung Regency on Thursday, 6 March 2014. Held at the newly-refurbished Hall of Fame, the event was attended by more than 100 hoteliers, government executives, disaster management stakeholders and members of the press. members (staff) that the Hotel has its own 24/7 ready Emergency Response Team to respond to any emergency situation that may occur.” The audience was honored to have Dewa Made Indra, the Chief Executive of BPBD Prov. Bali to boost support for hotels, especially the ones situated within the danger zone. “We are here today to integrate our effort towards making Bali disaster ready. It is our

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responsibility to educate and facilitate the disaster management skills and know-how amongst the three elements; government, citizens and businesses,” said Bapak Dewa Made Indra.

Bapak I Gede Sudiarta, Head of Certification Team and also the Forum Chief of Disaster Risk Minimization in Bali Province, led the socialization with the audience attending the half-day

Calendar Event for March 5 through May 21, 2014 5 Mar Hari Urip 6 Mar Hari Patetegan 7 Mar Pengeradanan Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Kabayan Penebel Tabanan

The mangrove forest is contaminated by oil spil it was a deliberate committed by particular individual meant to kill the mangroves in the region. When the mangroves died, there would be no reason to maintain the mangrove forests around the Benoa Harbor.

Actually, the contaminated mangrove was the part of urban lungs. “The contaminated mangrove does not belong to the region of Forestry Agency, but to the harbor authority. My concern tends to be

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related to that matter, so there is a reason to reclaim for expanding the harbor area. It’s my suspicion, apparently there is such a motif when tracing all the facts,” he explained. (kmb32)

Carangsari. Thus, the step to be done at this time was to make the water tunnel from Bangkung River to Ngongkong River along approximately 450 meters. As planned, the traditional-style water tunnel would be worked on this year and in 2015 was expected to drain the water. In addition to the water tunnel, it would also be built a dam at the Bangkung River in 2015. The tunnel making from the Bangkung River to Ngongkong River was scheduled to be carried

out independently by the community of Subak Babakan Bengkel with government assistance. The water tunnel was estimated to cost IDR 800 million.”The regent of Badung has been determined that Subak Babakan Bengkel can have drained water in 2015,” said AA Dalem. Further, he said the water discharge to be drained on the tunnel would reach 150 liters per second to irrigate an area of 70 hectares in the Subak Babakan Bengkel. On that account, the water supply in Gerana River would be strived

not to diminish. Water crisis for irrigation in the region of Subak Babakan Bengkel has lasted for decades. Badung government itself had just stepped up apparent efforts to resolve the problem in 2013. One of the efforts was by building a water tunnel along 851 meters at Getasan village. The tunnel with the height of 120 centimeters and width of 80 centimeters has been completed in December 2013 with a budget of approximately IDR 3.6 billion from the Regional Budget of Badung. (kmb25)

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BPBD and Pusdalops Prov. Bali introduced the new standards for hotels to be certified disaster-ready. Hard Rock Hotel Bali has participated in monthly tsunami evacuation drills since January 2013, organized by Balawista Kuta Beach. Andrew Khoo, M.I.H, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Bali addressed the audience during the event, “Preparedness assures our customers and band

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event. Businesses are expected to commence the necessary preparations according to the technical guide in order to be certified, which will start in mid-2014.

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


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LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron was looking for an anti-”Gravity” follow up to his blockbuster space film, and he found it with a rare excursion into television. Cuaron and sci-fi auteur J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the “Star Trek” movies) are executive producers of “Believe,” a drama about a child whose supernatural powers put her and the world at risk.

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FILE - In this Sunday, March 2, 2014 file photo, Alfonso Cuaron poses in the press room with the award for best film editing for “Gravity” during the 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles.

The premise came to him while he waited during “the endless process of special effects” on “Gravity,” Cuaron said at a media event. “Well, first of all, I wanted to do something in which people were not floating,” Cuaron said, drawing laughs. “I wanted to do something more grounded, and we wanted to do it with real people, real locations,” he continued. “And I wanted to do something really exciting, but, at the same time, something that would be highly emotional.” He recounted sharing the idea with Abrams and his reaction: “Wow.” The pair met more than two decades ago and, Abrams said, “I’ve wanted to work with him desperately ever since. I was a huge fan of every movie that he made, and each one made

me more and more desperate to try and figure this out.” When Cuaron contacted him with the idea for “Believe,” Abrams said, it created the opportunity for him and his company, Bad Robot Productions. Johnny Sequoyah stars as Bo, a 10-year-old who appears to have won the special-gifts lottery at birth: She can levitate, has the power of telekinesis, can control nature and see the future. But she can’t control or understand her powers and is at risk from those who would use them to conquer Earth. Delroy Lindo co-stars as Bo’s protector, with Jack McLaughlin as a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate enlisted in the effort. The cast also includes Jamie Chung and Kyle MacLachlan. A preview airs at 10 p.m. EDT

Monday, with the show debuting in its 9 p.m. EDT Sunday slot March 16. Cuaron has dabbled lightly in TV in years past, but big-

Vince Vaughn brings comedy festival to Nashville Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Actor Vince Vaughn is bringing a new comedy festival to Nashville this spring with live tapings and stand-up acts to be held at the city’s music venues. Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Festival on May 15-18 will include comedians Aziz Ansari, Rodney Carrington and Dennis Miller among others. Comedian Marc Maron will do a live interview with Vaughn for Maron’s podcast and Chris Hardwick will shoot his late night Comedy Central talk show “@Midnight” from Nashville. Miller will perform at the historic Ryman Auditorium, while Demetri Martin is performing at Jack White’s Third Man Records.

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He declined to offer details, say- the two passengers. The recording authorities were examining “the ings in the CCTV are now being KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror entire manifest”, but confirmed that investigated.” Flight MH370 had relayed no probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 the Federal Bureau of Investigation people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with sto- (FBI) was dispatching personnel to distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble. len passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones. Malaysia. “At the same time our own in- Both Malaysia’s national carrier “There is a distinct possibil- telligence has been activated, and and the Boeing 777-200 model used The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines ity the airplane did a turn-back, of course, the counter-terrorism on the route are known for their flight MH370 vanished from radar deviating from the course,” said units... from all the relevant coun- solid safety records. The flight went missing about early Saturday somewhere at sea Malaysia’s air force chief, General tries have been informed,” Hishammuddin said, refusing also to rule an hour after taking off from Kuala between Malaysia and Vietnam, Rodzali Daud, citing radar data. But Malaysia Airlines chief ex- out the possibility that the plane Lumpur, bound for Beijing. A total but stressed there was no evidence of 153 Chinese nationals were on ecutive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said may have been hijacked. of terrorism yet. board, and relatives camped out at Two European names -- given in the Boeing 777’s systems would Scouring CCTV clues the main international airport in reports as Austrian Christian Kozel have set off alarm bells. A Malaysian civil aviation of- China’s capital bemoaned the lack “When there is an air turn-back and Luigi Maraldi of Italy -- were listed on the passenger manifest the pilot would be unable to pro- ficial said authorities still so far of news Sunday. “The airline company didn’t but neither man boarded the plane ceed as planned,” he said, adding believe only two passengers had to Beijing, officials said. Both had authorities were “quite puzzled” used stolen passports and were ex- contact me, it was a friend,” a amining CCTV footage of them. middle-aged woman surnamed Nan their passports stolen in Thailand over the situation. “There are only two passengers told reporters, holding back tears, After it emerged that two people over the past two years. In Washington, a US administra- boarded the missing flight with sto- on record with false passports,” after finding out her brother-in-law tion official said authorities were len European passports, Malaysia’s department of civil aviation director was on the flight. “I can’t understand the airline transport minister Hishammuddin general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman aware of the passports issue. company. They should have con“We have not determined a Hussein said he was looking at four said. “We have CCTV recordings of tacted the families first thing,” she nexus to terrorism yet, although suspect passengers in all. it’s still very early and that’s by no means definitive. We’re still tracking the situation,” the official told AFP. One US Department of Homeland Security official told The Los Angeles Times: “Just because they (the passports) were stolen doesn’t mean the travellers were terrorists. “They could have been nothing more than thieves. Or they could have simply bought the passports on the black market.” Malaysian authorities also expanded their search for wreckage to the country’s west coast, and asked for help from Indonesia. Searches so far had concentrated on waters to the country’s east, in the South China Sea. A total of 40 ships and 22 aircraft from an array of countries including China and the US are now REUTERS/Zulfadhli Zaki involved in the hunt across the two Family members of those onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cry at a hotel in Putrajaya areas, officials said. on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

said. Malaysia Airlines insisted it was doing its best to keep relatives informed given the confusion surrounding the plane’s fate, and offered to fly anyone who wants to go to Malaysia to be closer to the search operation. But the carrier also said it was “fearing for the worst”, after Vietnamese boats reached the scene of two large oil slicks detected overnight. Search aircraft were deployed at first light Sunday to scour the sea but had nothing more to report yet, Vietnam’s army deputy chief of staff Vo Van Tuan told AFP. The search area has been expanded to 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 square miles), Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Department said. The search effort involves planes and vessels from several nations with rival maritime claims in the tense South China Sea, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. The US Navy has contributed a surveillance plane and a destroyer carrying two helicopters. The flight was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew. A US company based in Texas said 20 of its employees were among the missing passengers -- a dozen from Malaysia and eight from China. Thirty-eight Malaysians and seven Indonesians were aboard, as well as a range of other nationalities including Australian, Indian, American, Dutch, and French. If the worst is confirmed, it would be the second fatal crash in the nearly 20-year history of the popular Boeing plane. A 777-200 operated by South Korea’s Asiana Airlines skidded off the runway after hitting a sea wall in San Francisco last year, killing three people.

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