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Japan heatwave kills 3, hospitalises more than 2,500 Agence France-Presse

Children play with water fountains in Tokyo on July 7, 2013. Tokyo’s temperature soared over 35 degree Celsius as the rainy season ended in the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced on July 6.

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TOKYO - Sweltering temperatures and scorching sunshine have killed three people and sent more than 2,500 to hospital across Japan in a week, the government said Tuesday. The mercury hit 39.1 Celsius (102.4 Fahrenheit) in Yamanashi in the centre of the country on Tuesday, while dozens of other spots recorded temperatures of 35 Celsius or more. A total of 2,594 people were hospitalised in the first week of July due to the effects of heat, with three of them dying, the fire and disaster management agency said in a report. More than 42 percent of them were aged 65 or older, the agency said. Incidents of children being hospitalised after outdoor school events were also recorded. News reports feature frequent reminders to drink plenty of fluids and avoid prolonged periods outdoors, in what has become a regular feature of the sticky summer months. The heat wave struck nationwide this week with high-pressure systems sitting over the Japanese archipelago, bringing an earlier than usual end to the rainy season.

Reclamation at Benoa Bay

Governor finally admitted issuing a decree Balinese people really become confused with Bali Governor Mangku Pastika statement about the reclamation of Benoa Bay. The first interview, Mangku Pastika stated not know anything about the reclamation. However, on Monday (8/7), Governor’s statement instead turned 180 degrees. He does not just know the plan, but acknowledged issued a decree (SK) on this reclamation plan.

Governor Pastika not explicitly answers the question of whether he already issued the reclamation decree or not. When interviewed after a meeting with legislative, Pastika seems to dodge reporters’ questions. He simply replied briefly when mowed questions regarding the release of the decree. “Yes it is true that the decree already issued. But we had already agreed on the closed meeting with legislative, the answered about the decree will be stated by Pak Cok Rat (Chairman of DPRD Bali - ed),’’ he said. When pressed again about the existing of the decree, Pastika give further details about it because it was he who issued and signed it. But, Pastika again dodged and told journalists that the problem will be answered by Cok Rat. ‘’Ask Cok Rat for this affairs (Governor Decree about reclamation - ed),’’ he said again. Continued on page 6

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Mangku Pastika answered question from journalists about reclamation decree on Benoa Bay. He finally admitted that he issued a decree on reclamation of Benoa Bay.


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Bali News Heavy rain, rubbishes complained Semarapura (Bali Post)-

The heavy rain in Klungkung have caused several rivers overloaded, one of them a river at Banjar Pegatepan, Gelgel, Klungkung. Moreover it overloaded on to streers as seen on Monday (8/7)and it brought rubbishes from the source. As told by a local, Ketut Murtika, this situation keep on happening during heavy rainand have been complaint as rubbishes keep on piling up out of nowhere. Locals have tried cleaning it up themselves as it would cause illness. He hoped that other locals would beware of this as the classic habit of throwing rubbish on the river still happening as it would grwo a lot of illness which would disadvantage people’s health moreover this river passes Pura Dasar Buana Gelgel which should be clean all the time. (kmb31)

Having no permit IBP/File

The empty vegetables market in Angsri, Tabanan

Dormant, Angsri Vegetable Market switches into warehouse Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Dormant projects left by the former Regent of Tabanan, Adi Wiryatama, continue to increase. The vegetable market at Tegeh hamlet, Angseri village, Baturiti subdistrict, does not operate optimally. Even, the project built around 2003 has been converted into a grocery warehouse and vehicle garage. The activity of vegetable trading is completely invisible. As observation of Bali Post on Sunday (Jul 7), the building on the area of nearly one hectare looked deserted. Only two stalls were occupied by traders. Even, they were not purely intended to sell vegetables, but taken advantage as storage of various groceries. “This market has been operating for a few months. Being deserted, many traders finally left the market,” said one of the residents met at location. Indeed, the market building located at the end of the road was quite wide, including the parking lot. It was designed to comprise several stalls separated with partition into tens of units. However, the trading activity was absolutely dormant. The traders storing grocery in the market were occasionally visited by buyers and they were mostly wholesale buyers. Meanwhile, the vegetable trading activities hardly existed. Instead, several stalls were used as transit for vegetable transport by farmers. More sadly, some stalls were taken advantage as car garage. “Since

there are no buyers, condition of the market turns quiet. It is only utilized by farmers as transit point for transporting their harvest,” said a local resident. Condition of some buildings in the market was poorly maintained. Even, they began to break down. As information, the traders rented the stall at IDR 100,000 per month. Although being quiet, the traders remained to survive because the stall rented was quite spacious to store their goods. The dormant vegetable market was widely criticized by a number of prominent figures in Tabanan. Former legislator of Tabanan House, Ketut Suwardiana, accused the vegetable market of being like a haunted house because it was not maintained. He also questioned about the budget spent on the project. “Project of the market spent considerable budget. But, it was neglected. How to account it?” criticized the former PDI-P politician. He suspected if the vegetable market project was just a trick to spend the budget. Similar criticism was also revealed

by a member of Commission II of the Tabanan House, Wirama Putra. This Golkar politician from Baturiti questioned about the commitment of the Tabanan government to maintain the regional assets. “It is a part of the asset, so that why it is neglected. How about the levies?” he criticized. Ideally, said Wirama, the assets of local government could be managed optimally so that the budget expended by regional government could be returned and then utilized for the improvement of infrastructure. Wirama worried if the dormant asset would burden the local budget. “We are really apprehensive. The project spending the budget is even neglected,” he protested again. According to Wirama, the county government should seek a breakthrough so that the dormant assets can increase the income, not even burden the budget. He also suspected if the project planning was not mature. Even, the project was made without a clear assessment. As a result, said Wirawan, the vegetable market was even dormant. (kmb30)

Backfill land venture at Selat village officially closed Singaraja (Bali Post)—

After all, personnel of the Public Order Officer (Satpol PP) of Buleleng County officially closed the backfill land venture at Bululada hamlet, Selat village, Sukasada subdistrict. The venture had no permit from the Integrated Licensing Office (KPT) of Buleleng County. The Head of Buleleng Public Order Officer, Putu Hartana, after the plenary session in the Buleleng House said on Monday (Jul 8) his personnel had closed by force the backfill land venture on Friday (Jul 5). Before closing, his party had checked to location. As a result, the businessman cited as the former legislator of Buleleng House excavated the hilly land owned by local residents at Bululada hamlet, Selat village. In addition, the checking was also carried out by monitoring the badly damaged road condition due to frequently passing laden vehicles. Moreover, after the implementation of the road paving project by the contractor, it was feared to disturb the quality of the project. “We’ve reprimanded it twice, while the excavation remains to operate so that the road is getting damaged. Therefore, we closed it because it has obviously harmed the road facility at the location,” he said. According to Hartana, the excavation had been really running for a long time. However, his party denied if the closing was said to be late. His party just knew after the case appeared in media. Hartana had approached the owner of backfill land venture and it claimed to be ready to submit the licensing and would just be re-operated after getting the license. “It is not too late because before sealing we must comply with the existing procedures. After the sealing, if there are any activities we will immediately take action and will close it again,” he explained. In a separate location, the Division Head of the Economic and Development Affairs, the Regional Secretary of Buleleng County, Made Budi Setiawan, said the backfill land venture at Bululada Hamlet, Selat village, had no licensing document. Not only that, Setiawan also revealed that his party did not know if there was a backfill land venture complained by residents. Nevertheless, his party handed over the case to the Public Order Officer of Buleleng County to enforce the rules against the investment proved to have violated. “We never issued any quarry permit and its document is not available,” he added. (kmb)

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Buahan village celebrates Nyepi Kasa tradition Bali Post

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A car passed a damage road at Jatiluwih, Tabanan. Inclusion of the Jatiluwih tourist attraction into the world cultural heritage (WBD) located in Penebel subdistrict has not been poised with infrastructural improvement. As evidence, public road at the tourist area remains in poor condition and has many potholes. It is not only complained, but such condition is also quite hazardous for travelers.

Complained, many potholes on road to Jatiluwih tourist attraction Bali Post

GIANYAR — Celebration of Nyepi Day (Day of Silence) in relation to the change of Caka Year in Bali has been a commonplace for Hindus. However, the residents of Buahan village, Payangan, Gianyar, have a different tradition. First date of the first month in Balinese calendar (Sasih Kasa) was celebrated by local customary village as Nyepi Day falling on Monday (Jul 8). Atmosphere of the customary village looked quiet. Meanwhile, the community beyond the Buahan village seemed to do their activities as usual. On the contrary, Buahan customary village looked like in a dead faint for a whole day because no activities could be seen at the markets, stalls and rice fields. In appropriate with local belief and tradition, the Nyepi Day was held at the beginning of New Year with the calculation based on the first date in the Balinese first month (Sasih Kasa). Among the villages existing in Payangan, only Buahan village performed the seclusion day. According to headman of Buahan, I Wayan Mudiarta, the Nyepi Day at Buahan village, coincided with the first date of Sasih Kasa, after the new moon. It was in contrast to the implementation of Nyepi Day in general celebrated on the day after Tilem Kesanga or first date of tenth month. Based on such calculation, the Nyepi at Buahan fell on Monday (Jul 8). Despite having its own calculation to determine the beginning of the New Year, the residents of Buahan remained to celebrate Nyepi Day in general. Therefore, the Buahan residents celebrated Nyepi twice a year. “Nyepi this year is even more special because it coincides with the temple anniversary in the Catur Buwana Temple at Buahan,” he explained. Considering the Nyepi coincided with temple anniversary, the residents could celebrate it more solemnly. Since the celebration took place at the same time as the other festivity, a number of residents working as employee should take day off. However, there were also some people who still had to come to work. His party also gave them flexibility with a number of conditions to be met. Among them, the motor vehicle should be placed on the village border, so that the residents were expected to initiate their departure on foot. Besides, they were not allowed to drop in at neighbor’s house along the journey. (kmb16)

TABANAN - Inclusion of the Jatiluwih tourist attraction into the world cultural heritage (WBD) located in Penebel subdistrict has not been poised with infrastructural improvement. As evidence, public road at the tourist area remains in poor condition and has many potholes. It is not only complained, but such condition is also quite hazardous for travelers. More sadly, the potholes have been taking place for almost 10 years and not been touched by any repair project. As a result, the entire asphalt layer flakes off. It only leaves the gravels. As observation made by Bali Post, the potholes looked to gape pretty widely. On average, it had the same condition, namely only left the gravels everywhere. Flaking asphalt of the road was estimated to happen due to age and lack of improvement whereas it was the only road access for domestic and foreign tourist group to enjoy the beauty of Jatiluwih. Since the road was damaged, the drivers should be extra careful when passing. Any carelessness would lead the vehicle to founder. According to residents, many tourist guides were frustrated with the condition of road to Jatiluwih because it was quite disturbing the comfort of tourists. “Many parties, especially the tourist guides, complain about the road condition to Jatiluwih. They often got complaints from their guests,” said Semarajaya, a local resident, Monday (Jul 8). The man doubling

as subak officer also claimed if the road damage at Jatiluwih had long taken place. However, there was no maximal improvement project. As a result, many gaping potholes were ignored. When it rained, they would form some puddles. He said the potholes on the road near his stall had been almost 10 years and not been patched, let alone be repaired. Actually, said Semarajaya, since being included into the world cultural heritage, the foreign tourist arrival at Jatiluwih kept on growing. “Unfortunately, the improvement of infrastructure, especially roads, remains minimal,” he protested. Ideally, he said with the status as the world cultural heritage, the infrastructure should be addressed totally. Thus, there was a significant change in the look of Jatiluwih. In reality, though having been included into the world cultural heritage by UNESCO for nearly two years, there had been no significant changes in the infrastructure. Other than tourist guides, the damaged road at Jatiluwih was also complained by local residents. They

should be careful when transporting their crops or driving a vehicle. “Without extra care, people especially motorists will surely fall when crossing the road potholes,” said Semarajaya. People hoped the predicate of the world cultural heritage could bring in a positive impact for residents, starting from the increase in economy to infrastructure improvement. After determination of the world cultural heritage, the residents just enjoyed the 50-percent tax relief given by the Tabanan County government. If calculated, such tax relief was too little because farmers averagely paid taxes around IDR 150,000-250,000 per year. In other words, the value of tax relief was very minimal compared to the value of such tourist attraction. The Highway Division Head of the Tabanan Public Works, Ketut Simbar, asserted that Jatiluwih road improvement project remained in the phase of preparing contract with the contractor. It reached along 2 kilometers. Patching project of the road was under preparation from the east. “The project is under preparation of contract,” he said briefly. (kmb30)

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People gathered during the silent day tradition at Buahan Village, Gianyar. Celebration of Nyepi Day (Day of Silence) in relation to the change of Caka Year in Bali has been a commonplace for Hindus. However, the residents of Buahan village, Payangan, Gianyar, have a different tradition.


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Tourists driving without driving license and documents

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Denpasar (Bali Post)The crossroad at Ubung which an underpass is possible to be made.

2013 Obey Operation held by Bali Traffic Police was responded straight away by North Kuta Traffic Police by targeting foreigners around Raya Kerobokan Street, Banjar Semer, Kerobokan, North Kuta, Badung last Saturday (6/7). The raid targets especially foreign drivers that kept on violating the traffic rules. In an hour at least 40 motorcycle users were found where six of them has no licenses and vehicle documents. One of them was 16 years old from South Africa fought to have the motorcycle not confiscated by the police as told by Head First Inspector Yanuar Rizal SH. After explaining of what the teenage has violated, it then under-

stood and went home. Other than two wheels vehicles, four wheels vehicles users mostly did not have the suitable driving license to drive in Indonesia but only in their origin. “What’s suitable here is an international driving license,” Rizal continued. Rizal explained that foreigners were targeted here as part of traffic disciplinary as a lot of them would be in Bali and violating rules such as no license, documents or even wearing a helmet. Bali is known to be a tourism area if this is let happen then it is no good. This kind of raid would keep on happening and there will be clear actions taken. Car rentals around Kuta will also get raided. (kmb21)

Price hike of staple food varies Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Transportation Agency assesses underpass at Ubung

Effect of the subsidized fuel price hike triggered the rising prices of basic needs. Based on observation of Bali Post in the Badung Market, the price hike varied. An owner of grocery stall, Heri, said the prices indeed showed a movement but remained at reasonable limit. However, the price of certain goods showed a sharp rise. According to him, the development of prices after the subsidized fuel price hike, such as the price of garlic, had decreased from IDR 9,000/kg to IDR 7,000/kg. However, the price of onion rose sharply. Right now, its price increased to IDR 60,000/kg from IDR 40,000 kg. According to him, most main groceries belonged to imported

commodities so that the price was not too affected by the domestic conditions. Meanwhile, Made Suryatmini, a grocery trader at Sanglah Market, claimed that some groceries experienced a price hike. For instance, the price of egg rose from IDR 1,000 to IDR 1,100 each. Meanwhile, the price of granulated sugar was IDR 12,000/kg and rice of Putri brand was IDR 9,000/kg. The Division Head of Cooperation and Protection of the Denpasar Industry and Trade, Jarot Agung Iswayudi, said the matter of raw materials in the market where the imported product was cheaper than that of local products should be seen in terms of the quality of the product. He acknowledged the need for onions still depended on the import because the local product was not adequate. (kmb)

Denpasar (Bali Post)— In fact, the successful construction of the underpass at the Dewa Ruci intersection in Kuta draws the interest of Denpasar Municipality. As planned, the Denpasar Municipality will also establish an underpass at the 4-way intersection of Jalan Cokroaminoto-Jalan Gatot Subroto (Gatsu) or 4-way intersection at Ubung. Reportedly, the underpass project will be used to resolve traffic jam frequently occurs at the intersection. The Head of Denpasar Transportation Agency, I Gede Astika, when asked for his confirmation on Monday (Jul 8) revealed if the project had not been final. In other words, the project feasibility was under assessment. “It is still being studied,” said Astika. Astika stated the underpass was planned to be built at the 4-way intersection of Jalan Gatot Subroto and Jalan Cokroaminoto. It would be intended to resolve the congestion often occurred at the Ubung intersection. “Such underpass plan remains under study phase prepared by consultants from

the Udayana University. For the time being, it stays in the phase of final report and has not been presented,” he explained. In the meantime, the traffic flow management along the Jalan Gatot Subroto frequently undergoing congestion remained in the assessment phase and would be discussed again with the central, provincial and county/ municipal government. “Traffic arrangement along the Jalan Gatot Subroto is highly required because the crowdedness is very disturbing. Jalan Gatot Subroto belongs to central government so

that the road widening lies in the authority of the National Roads Authority,” he said. Meanwhile, a member of Commission B of the Denpasar House, Wayan Suadi Putra, had the traffic flows at some points on Jalan Gatot Subroto changed. It was intended to resolve the frequent congestion in the region. “Reflecting from the traffic arrangement at Panjer, we ask for the same thing to be implemented on Jalan Gatot Subroto,” he said during the working meeting with the Transportation Agency, Monday. (kmb12)

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The crowded customers are seen on one of the traditional market in Denpasar


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Educational attaches visit ISI Denpasar Antara DENPASAR - A total of 15 educational attaches and 14 principals of Indonesian schools abroad visited the campus of Denpasar-based Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI Denpasar) on Monday.

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Two men making a traditional Balinese cake call Laklak during the art festival in Art Center, Denpasar, Bali.

ISI Denpasar Rector I Gede Arya Sugiartha who received his guests said on Tuesday that the visit was part of a coordination meeting organized by the local Department of Education and Culture. On the occasion, Arya Sugiartha explained the profile of ISI Denpasar and expressed hope to establish a better cooperation with the educational attaches and Indonesian schools abroad to improve the quality of the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Denpasar. He said the one-day visit to ISI Denpasar by the educational attaches and the overseas Indonesian schools principals was to find out the challenge and opportunity to establish cooperation. It was revealed during the visit that Balinese gamelan, an ensemble of musical instruments indigenous to the island of Bali, has spread to more than 200 countries around the world. Therefore, Arya Sugiartha said

it could be an opportunity of ISI Denpasar to develop the Balinese gamelan to other countries. Further, he expressed hope that the vision of ISI Denpasar as the “center of excellence” would soon be realized. He said ISI Denpasar has so far established cooperation with various universities at home and abroad, and would host academic exchanges with Nanjing University of the Arts in China. According to him the cooperation would benefit both parties with exchanges of lecturers, students and research, as well as performance collaborations, expected to be realized in 2013. ISI Denpasar, which is among the top 50 universities in Indonesia, welcomed 10 representatives of Nanjing University led by Guang Jian Hua recently. China and Indonesia are rich in cultural and art heritage, which could benefit greatly from the planned academic exchanges.

Asian Surfing Development Symposium 2013 concluded IBP KUTA - After three days of classroom training and seminars in Kuta, most of the 30 Asian Surfing Development Symposium 2013 attendees traveled out to beautiful Balangan Beach. They went there for two days of practical judging training and observation at the ASC sanctioned 6-star Billabong Pro Bali. The attendee list included men and women from Thailand, Australia, the Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and even Uruguay. Most of whom enrolled in both the ISA Judging and Officiating Course and the surfing development seminars that were presented by the ISA and the ASC during the 5-day program. As most were surfers with varying levels of prior judging experience, it was a welcome opportunity for them to gain practical experience at a real surfing competition under the direction of ASP Australasian Head Judge and ISA Judging Advisor Glen Elliott, as well as insights on how ASC surfing competitions are organized and run. “It was great to be able to put into practice what we had been learning about over the last couple of days so soon,” said Patricia Diaz from Uruguay. “Seeing the complete wave and how it forms and sections

is something you can’t see when watching a training video, so this has been an invaluable experience for me,” she added. On July 5th, the participants all received their official judging cards from Glen Elliot, who was very pleased being able to take the group to the beach, saying, “It was great to spend the final two days of the Asian Surfing Development Symposium on the beautiful beach of Balangan with the all-important practical judging sessions at this ASC 6-star competition. All of the judging course participants showed the necessary skills that are required to judge confidently and competently at the necessary standard that quality surfing competitions need. These skills are usually acquired over a long time and take a considerate amount of dedication.” In addition to the ISA Judging and Officiating course, some very important seminars were held that were specifically focused on growing and developing the sport of surfing in Asia, consistent with the ISA and the ASC’s missions. Summer Nelson from the ISA provided both an overview of the ISA’s goals as well as specific and detailed information on forming and nurturing National Governing Bodies for Surfing in developing countries, and included the ISA’s

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Summer Nelson (right) from the ISA and Glen Elliot provided both an overview of the ISA’s goals as well as specific and detailed information on forming and nurturing National Governing Bodies for Surfing in developing countries, and included the ISA’s ultimate goal of making surfing an Olympic sport someday.

ultimate goal of making surfing an Olympic sport someday. Other seminar courses included Events Management, Preparation and Logistics, the Role of Media and Marketing at Events, and the Roles of the ISA, ASP, and ASC, which were all geared towards provided

specific and useful information that will allow them to further develop their organizations and grow the sport of surfing in their countries. “This was a very good effort in our path for helping the development of surfing in Asia,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I am

looking forward to building the ISA membership in the region and continuing to support these events in the future. Asia is full of great locations for surfing, and we believe that surfing will continue to bring socio-economic benefits to the local populations.”


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3 rescued in bridge collapse amid China flooding Associated Press Writer

BEIJING - Rescuers in mountainous western China pulled three people from a raging river following a bridge collapse Tuesday amid heavy flooding that has forced thousands to evacuate their homes. Three cars and a delivery van fell into the torrent when the nearly 50-yearold Qinglian bridge broke apart just before noon in the city of Jiangyou in the western province of Sichuan, the local government said in a statement posted on its official website. It said an earlier report that a pair of passenger buses had plunged into the river was incorrect. The two-lane bridge was built in 1967 and a replacement span is under construction. China has been pouring resources into building infrastructure, but many older bridges and dams are of poor quality and urgently need repairs or replacement. China’s Civil Affairs Ministry announced Tuesday that flooding in Sichuan since Sunday has affected an area that is home to 360,000 people, damaging or destroying 300 homes, and forcing 6,100 to evacuate.

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The Las Vegas Strip skyline is seen as smoke continues to billow from the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Las Vegas.

Firefighters lose ground to 2 big Nevada wildfires Associated Press Writer

LAS VEGAS — Two mountain wildfires raged Tuesday in Nevada, where firefighters worked to gain the upper hand on a blaze near Las Vegas that kept hundreds of people from their homes and another southwest of Reno that jumped in size a day earlier. More than 750 firefighters, including 18 elite Hotshot crews, were battling the Carpenter 1 Fire some 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, said Jay Nichols, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Smoke from the 24-square-mile fire created a towering white cloud that stretched northeast, visible from downtown. The Clark County Department of Air Quality issued a health advisory that officials said would remain in effect today through Sunday. An influx of firefighters and equipment including bulldozers, seven helicopters, four air tankers and a DC-10 jet fire retardant bomber arrived in the area as crews in Arizona neared containment of a deadly blaze that killed 19 Hotshot firefighters near Yarnell on June 30 and another fast-moving fire in the state erupted farther south. Pinal County Deputy Chief Steve Henry said the new fire fueled by salt cedar trees along the San Pedro River bed outside the

remote community of Kearny had claimed a home and two other structures. It also threatened the local airport in the town of some 2,000 residents. Residents of a trailer park were evacuated as a precaution after the fire was reported about 5 p.m. Monday. It was unclear how it started. The Arizona Republic reported the fire had spread across 300 acres by late Monday. In northern Nevada, the Bison Fire in the Pine Nut Mountains straddling the Douglas and Lyon county lines nearly doubled in size Monday from a day earlier as it burned through tinder-dry brush, dead trees and pinion-juniper forests. By afternoon the fire was estimated at 17,500 acres, or more than 27 square miles. The mountain range also stretches into Carson City. Late in the day, fire officials closed popular back-country roads leading from the state capital into the mountains because of the fire’s path. The blaze broke out July 4 and firefighters initially hoped to have

it contained Monday. But those ambitions were dashed Sunday when strong winds fanned the fire into an inferno that pushed to the northeast and created a towering, swirling smoke plume seen for miles. No homes have been lost, but officials said several old structures burned in the Slater Mine area. More than 700 firefighters battled winds, low humidity and steep terrain to clear fire breaks through grass, pinion and juniper. Firefighters lost ground Monday on both of the Nevada fires, which each were about 15 percent contained. Fire managers expecting crews to spend a week on both fire lines. No injuries were reported in the southern Nevada fire and no structures burned in the fire since it started July 1 on the west side of Mount Charleston near Pahrump and quickly spread east into rugged terrain reachable only on foot. Officials said Monday that some $2.4 million had already been spent fighting the fire.

Captain of wrecked cruise ship on trial in Italy Associated Press Writer

GROSSETO, Italy - The trial of the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has begun in a theater converted into a courtroom in Tuscany to accommodate all the survivors and relatives of the 32 victims who want to see justice carried out in the 2012 tragedy. The sole defendant, Francesco Schettino, his eyes shaded by sunglasses and slipping in through a back door, made no comment to reporters as he arrived for his trial Tuesday on charges of multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing the shipwreck near the island of Giglio. His lawyer, Domenico Pepe, told reporters that, as expected, the judge was postponing the hearing due to an eight-day nationwide lawyers strike. Pepe said some 1,000 witnesses are expected to eventually testify. Many of them are expected to be from among the 4,2000 passengers and crew aboard the ship that struck a jagged reef off Giglio, took on water and capsized. Schettino has denied wrongdoing.

3rd Pamplona bull run finishes with no gorings Associated Press Writer

PAMPLONA, Spain - Thousands of people run alongside six fighting bulls through the narrow streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona in a speedy but goring-free third bull run of San Fermin festival. Navarra Hospital chief Javier Sesma said two people were taken to city hospitals for bruises sustained in a hectic event that lasted just under three minutes Tuesday. The 8 a.m. run is televised nationally and sees thrill-seekers race with fighting bulls and their guiding steers along a 930-yard (850-meter) route from a holding pen to Pamplona’s bull ring. The nine-day street partying festival became world famous with the 1926 publication of Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises.” It attracts tens of thousands of foreigners each year.

Governor... From page 1 Is it true that there is a decree on this matter? When asked about it, Pastika admitted that he had issued a decree. But, again Pastika didn’t want to explain more about the decree, including the irregularities surrounding the issuance of the decree. Mangku Pastika’s reluctance to explain further on this decree have raise questioned among journalists. Governor makes an impression that he tries to cover-up the information about reclamation decree on Benoa Bay. However, Pastika denied that. “Nothing is covered up. I already told that there is a decree,” he said. Mangku Pastika reaction about the reclamation plan is certainly making public more confuse about this issue. Previously on various occasions, Pastika claimed that he did not know there’s reclamation plan. “I don’t know yet,’’ said Pastika when answering questions on Thursday (27/6) about the reclamation plan. (kmb29)


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British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, meets Wimbledon winner Andy Murray in front of No 10 Downing Street in London, Monday, July 8, 2013. Murray is the first Briton to win the men’s singles title for 77 years.

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Wimbledon title a springboard to more slams - Murray Reuters LONDON - Andy Murray is getting a taste for grand slam titles and believes crushing Novak Djokovic to end Britain’s interminable wait for a men’s champion at Wimbledon will be a springboard to take his career to the next level. The 26-year-old became a national hero on Sunday when a 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory on a baking Centre Court meant the nation could finally stop talking about Fred Perry who won his third Wimbledon title in 1936. Murray’s stunning performance was hailed by everyone from politicians, movie stars and fellow sportsmen, as well as the millions who watched his landmark victory, but the Scot will not be milking the plaudits for long. After attending the Wimbledon ball on Sunday he was planning to celebrate with his sizeable entourage, including coach Ivan Lendl on Monday, then, after a week of rest and relaxation it will be back to the grind. “I know what it feels like to lose in finals, in a Wimbledon final, but now I know what it feels like to win and that’s certainly a lot better and it’s worth putting in the hard work for,” Murray told Reuters on Monday at the All England Club. “I didn’t know last year that it was worth it because I had never won a grand slam before until the

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U.S. Open last year. “After that you realise the hours you put in training, preparing and working on the practise court, it’s all worth it. “So I hope this is a springboard for me and I will use it for my advantage.” Murray, who now holds two of the grand slams and Olympic gold, was already a member of the exclusive All England Club but when he walked in on Monday after “a few hours sleep” he did so with Wimbledon champion as a new title. It is quite an upgrade and the realisation of what he achieved the on a momentous Sunday for British sport was slowly sinking in, but only after watching a few TV replays. “The last game was something that stands out but I had to watch it a few times to remember what actually happened because when I came off the court I had no recollection of that game,” a relaxed Murray said. “I had no recollection of the last few points in it at all. It was just a crazy way to finish the game and I

didn’t think it would have happened for me any other way. “For everyone watching it needed to be like that to make it more special.” Murray had the whole country on edge as Djokovic saved three championship points in a row before Murray kept his nerve to engineer a fourth which he converted to spark wild celebrations. His reaction to victory was a dazed walkabout on Centre Court before climbing into the stands to hug his support group, girlfriend and mother Judy. Last year’s Olympic gold was memorable but Murray said winning Wimbledon was the pinnacle. “I think it’s number one, it’s different from the Olympics,” he said. “I think winning Olympic gold within sport is a huge thing but winning Wimbledon within tennis is the pinnacle and I don’t think I will ever top that.” Murray beat Djokovic in the Olympic semi-finals and said that result had fuelled his belief that he could be the Serbian world number one again on the biggest day of his career. “I spoke with Ivan the night before and we spoke about tactics and I watched my match against Novak in the Olympics semi-final from last year,” Murray, whose decision to hire Lendl as coach 18 months ago has proved an inspired one.

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France — Chris Froome’s Sky team manager vows the star rider will never be left exposed again in his bid to win the Tour de France for the first time. Froome successfully defended the yellow jersey on a ferociously tough mountain stage on Sunday and will wear it when the race resumes for Stage 10 on Tuesday following a rest day. The fact Froome had to defend the jersey alone on Sunday’s ninth stage — because all of his teammates had been left behind — offers hope to rivals like two-time champion Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck that Sky may be vulnerable. If they can isolate Froome again further on in the race, he will be more tired and may not be able to respond. “We’ve learnt some lessons, valuable lessons, to take into the rest of the race,” Sky manager Dave Brailsford said Monday. “But I’m not going to spell it out. I’m not going to go into the details of the changes we’re going to make.” Froome’s key teammate is Richie Porte, a 28-year-old Australian who won the Paris-Nice stage race in March. He was unable to help Froome on Stage 9 and badly wants to make amends. “It was absolute war,” he said. “Am I going to have another bad day like that? I hope not.” Contador, the Tour winner in 2007 and ‘09 who was stripped of his title the following year for doping, is already looking ahead to getting another crack at Froome in the mountains on Sunday. “I will try and do something,” Contador said. “If you don’t think you can succeed then you never will. So we have to take a few risks.” Sunday’s 15th stage is the next big climbing trek and features a 20.8-kilometer (12.9-mile) ascent up to Mont Ventoux. A few days later, riders face three straight days of mountain torture in the high Alps. “Throughout my career I’ve found my best form in the third week,” the 30-year-old Contador said. The Spaniard takes heart from winning the Spanish Vuelta last year, a race in which Froome finished about 10 minutes behind in fourth overall. “People can speculate and look at my previous performances however they like, but I look at that Vuelta in that I was running on fumes. I was in survival mode,” Froome said. “If people want to make comparisons that’s up to them, but I don’t feel I was at my best.”

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The pack with Spain’s Alejandro Valverde, front, Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best young rider’s white jersey, and Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, climbs Hourquette d’Ancizan pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013.


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FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file picture, Bayern’s Mario Gomez celebrates after scoring during the German Soccer Cup (DFB Pokal) semi final match between FC Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg, in Munich, southern Germany.

Bayern agrees to sell Mario Gomez to Fiorentina Associated Press Writer

MUNICH — Bayern Munich has agreed to sell Germany striker Mario Gomez to Italian club Fiorentina. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reached a deal with Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle on Monday, with contracts to be finalized and signed in the coming days, the Bundesliga club announced on its website. “It was Mario Gomez’s wish to leave Bayern in the direction of Florence. We’ve now granted his wish,” Rummenigge said. Gomez said he had mixed feelings over the move. “This is a fundamental step for my career,” he said. “It’s upsetting to leave so many friends and a squad like this but I love football and I love to play. Fiorentina is a squad that plays very attacking football.” Gomez joined Bayern from Stuttgart for a then-Bundesliga record fee of up to 35 million euros ($45 million) in 2009. Bild and Kicker both reported Fiorentina will pay Bayern 20 million euros ($26 million) for the 27-year-old forward. Bild says the Italian side will pay 16 million euros ($20.6 million) up front, with the rest to follow later. Hours after Bayern’s announcement, Fiorentina released a statement saying that talks over Gomez’s transfer “are at an advanced stage,” adding that “Fiorentina directors will meet with their counterparts

at Bayern to finalize the remaining details” on Tuesday. Gomez scored 112 goals in 172 games for Bayern. “With that he made a major contribution to two German titles and two German Cup wins. The highlight, of course, was the Champions League win and the treble last season,” Rummenigge said. “I want to thank him for his performances for Bayern. On behalf of the club I wish him lots of luck and success in Florence.” Injury ruled Gomez out of Bayern’s opening games to last season, and he was unable to reclaim a regular starting place due to Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic’s good performances and coach Jupp Heynckes’ policy of rotation. Bayern has made no secret of its wish to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund and Gomez reportedly felt a move away from the club was his only way of ensuring regular action ahead of the World Cup next year. Gomez scored 25 goals in 58 appearances for Germany.

Ronaldo wants to retire at Real Madrid: Perez Reuters

MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play out the rest of his career at Real Madrid, club president Florentino Perez said in an interview on Monday. The Portugal forward and former World Player of the Year has a contract with the Spanish giants until 2015 but media speculation has linked the 28-year-old with a possible move away from the Bernabeu. “The person who wants to retire at Real Madrid is Ronaldo, and Real want him to retire here too,” Perez, who has just been returned for another four-year term as president, told broadcaster Univision in quotes carried in the Spanish media. “There haven’t been any negotiations (on a new deal) because he is on holiday. Be in no doubt, Cristiano will retire here because he wants to. Just as (Zinedine) Zidane and other great players have done.” Real have presented two new signings as they start to rebuild under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, with playmaker Isco and

defender Dani Carvajal brought in from Malaga and Bayer Leverkusen respectively. The nine-times European champions have been linked with a possible bid for Wales and Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale, but Perez played down the speculation. “He is a great player that belongs to a club we are very friendly with,” he said. “But we haven’t made any offer.” While Real are reportedly close to landing Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi, the future of Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain remains uncertain. The 25-year-old said he wanted to leave the Bernabeu at the end of last season and he has been linked with interest from Arsenal. “We don’t want him to go,” Perez said. “Furthermore, no one from Arsenal has been here to make any type of offer, not for 27 million euros, or anything.” Real return to start pre-season training on July 15 and play their first warm up match away to Bournemouth, six days later.


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Jones earns T&T point, Honduras punish Haiti Reuters

Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones struck a superb 73rd minute equaliser to earn his country a 2-2 draw with El Salvador while Honduras defeated Haiti 2-0 in CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B games on Monday. The outstanding Rodolfo Zelaya scored twice for El Salvador and almost grabbed a spectacular winner in what was a pulsating, entertaining encounter at New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena. Trinidad and Tobago grabbed the lead in the 11th minute when Keon Daniel burst through the middle of the El Salvador defence and confidently slotted home. El Salvador, playing at high-tempo and making good use of the flanks, drew level 10 minutes later with a magnificent curling 25-yard free-kick from Zelaya. Rafael Burgos hit the post for the Salvadorians four minutes before the interval but

they went ahead in the 69th minute when Zelaya met a perfect cross from Darwin Ceren with a fine diving header. The lead lasted just four minutes before striker Jones took a long ball down on his chest, broke goalwards and fired in a powerful left foot shot. Both sides continued to pile forward and Zelaya almost had a hat-trick and the winner with an acrobatic effort that was tipped over the bar by Trinidad keeper Jan Michael Williams. In the later group game Haiti, fresh from last month’s friendly draw with Italy and narrow 2-1 loss to Spain, paid the price for their lack of sharpness in the final third. Honduras took the lead in the fourth minute with Mario Martinez breaking from midfield and slipping the ball inside to Rony Martinez who fired home. Haiti played plenty of positive attacking football but too often their moves broke down near the penalty area or ended with hasty finishing. One of their best chances came in the 20th minute when Jeff Louis crossed to an unmarked Leonel Saint Preux but the striker leaned back and blasted over the bar. The Hondurans rode their luck a little in the second half but made sure of the win with 12 minutes remaining when Marvin Chavez finished off a low cross from Bryan Beckeles. Tuesday sees the start of Group C action with Costa Rica against Cuba and hosts the United States against Belize in Portland.

Armenian Mkhitaryan joins Dortmund for 27.5 million euros Reuters

BERLIN - Champions C league runners-up Borus s Dortmund have Borussia paid 27.5 million euros ($35.38 milinternational lion) to buy Armenian Armee attacking midfielder midfield d Henrikh MkhiShakhtar Donetsk, the taryan from Shak k Ukraine side said oon n Tuesday. Donetsk and Borussia “Shakhtar Done e on Henrikh have settled all matters m transfer to the German Mkhitaryan tran n fee is 27.5 club. Transfer Traa millionn euros,” Shakhtar said in i a statement on t h e i r w e b s i t e ( w w w.

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Barca agree to sell Spain’s Villa to Atletico Reuters

MADRID - Atletico Madrid reached an agreement to sign Spain striker David Villa from Spanish champions Barcelona on Monday, in what could be one of the bargain deals of the closed season. The 31-year-old, Spain’s all-time leading scorer, will move for a fee of up to 5.1 million euros ($6.55 million) with Barca reserving 50 percent of the rights over any future transfer. Atletico will pay 2.1 million euros this season, a further 2 million if the player continues to play at the Calderon in the 2014/15 season, and another one million if he extends his contract to 2016, Barca said in a statement. “The agreement and the signing of Villa as a new player at Atletico will be formalised after the player has taken a medical,” Atletico said on their Twitter feed. The arrival of young Brazil forward Neymar at the Nou Camp had threatened to push Villa even further out of the reckoning in Tito Vilanova’s side, after a season where he struggled to hold down a regular first team place. With the World Cup finals looming in Brazil next year, Villa will be keen to make sure he is playing regular football at the highest level. The signing is something of a coup for King’s Cup winners Atletico, who were looking for a replacement for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao after he left to join big-spending Monaco. Atletico finished third in La Liga last season and qualified for the Champions League groups stage, but the cash-strapped club looked to be at the back of the queue as Villa was linked with interest from clubs in England. Villa has played for Sporting Gijon, Real Zaragoza and Valencia, who he left for Barcelona in 2010 for 40 million euros. He scored 48 goals in 119 games with the Catalans, including one in the Champions League final against Manchester United in 2011, and helped them win two La Liga titles. At international level, he helped Spain win Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, finishing as the side’s top scorer at both tournaments. He missed Euro 2012 as he recovered from a broken leg suffered in the Club World Cup at the end of 2011, but remains his country’s all-time leading scorer with 56 goals from 92 appearances. One of his first official games for Atletico could be against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup next month.

shakhtar.com) Mkhitaryan, capped 37 times by Armenia, had an impressive season as he helped Shakhtar win the Ukraine league title and reach the Champions league last 16 where they were knocked out by Dortmund. “We are delighted that we got a fantastic new signing for the attacking midfield role in Henrikh Mkhitaryan,” BVB sporting director Michael Zorc told Dortmund’s website (www.bvb.de). Mkhitaryan, who scored 46 goals in 106 games after joining Shakhtar in 2010, is Dortmund’s third signing of the close season following the arrivals of Sokratis and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2012 file phot t Henrik Mkhitaryan of photo, Shakhtar Donetsk challenges Sha a for the t ball during a group E Champions League soccer Cha a match matc c against Chelsea FC at Donbas Donb b Arena stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine.

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Spain’s David Villa controls the ball during their Confederations Cup Group B soccer match against Tahiti at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro June 20, 2013.


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Horse riding at Canggu Beach IBP CANGGU - Horseback riding while looking at Canggu Beach panorama is really absorbing. Accompanied by the four-legged animal, you can feel the unique ambience of the Island of the Gods. Terraced field planted with verdant paddy as well as graced with farmers’ activity becoming the essence of Balinese culture can be seen with naked eye. Activities of rural community always give peaceful and real views to the eye. Not to mention, the wild life of small animals such as lizards, dragonflies and birds will be able to make visitors closer to nature and enrich the experience. All of these charms can only be enjoyed in the Canggu Horse Riding located in the area of Canggu tourist resort, precisely at Jalan Nelayan 29 Canggu Tua hamlet, Kuta - Badung. A total of 18 horses belonging to the age of 1015 years will strongly deliver every rider around the village and beautiful beach area. There are at least three beaches that can be explored, starting from Batu Bolong Beach, Brawa to Petitenget Beach being crowded with surfing activities. Amazing sunset on the beach can be seen while enjoying the riding activity. Canggu Horse Riding offers two package tours namely 1 hour and 1.5 hours package. Both packages equally offer the same routes featuring the verdant beauty of rice fields, villages and tranquil beach. Walking along the beach freely, turn at ease and passing on the estuary will become a very wonderful experience. For those having a hobby of this kind may take a round for five times. Travelers who frequently take the horse riding package are those from Australia, England, France and Singapore. However, during school IBP/File Photo Horseback riding while looking at Canggu Beach panorama is really absorbing. Accompanied by the four-legged animal, you holidays and feast days, the package is favored can feel the unique ambience of the Island of the Gods. by domestic tourists.


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Aceh quake displaces 52.113 people Antara

JAKARTA - As many as 52.113 people in Bener Meriah and Central Aceh districts are still displaced after seven days the 6.2 Rithcer scale quake hit the area, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said here on Tuesday. “There are 19.984 people from Bener Meriah still displaced, and 32.129 others from Central Aceh,” he said. The displaced people were temporarily accommodated in 70 camps and other displaced people set up tents independently in the backyards and home gardens. Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah has been conducting emergency response in the area from 3 - July 17 and he said it could be extended as it needed. The agency has so far recorded death toll as many as 39 people due to the strong quake, with eight people were found dead in Bener Meriah. It is less one person than the previous data reported at 40 because of double counting by the local administration in Central Aceh. Meanwhile, the damaged houses reached 16.019 units, of which 6.178 homes were seriously damaged, 3.061 houses with medium damaged, and 6.780 homes with minor

damage. The agency also reported about 626 public facilities were destroyed include health centers and other 50 units of health care building, 148 units of mosque, 313 units of school, 77 units of office and 17 units of doctor’s residence. “People in the area urgently need tents, blankets, food, cloth gloves, mattresses and clean water,” Sutopo said. The 6.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Aceh province on Tuesday (July 2) at 2.37 p.m Western Indonesia Time. The epicenter of the quake was located at 4.70 degrees of Northern Latitude and 96.61 degrees of Eastern Longitude or 35 kilometers southwest of Bener Meriah District at the depth of 10 kilometers. The quake did not have the potential to cause tsunami, according to the head of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

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A shopkeeper arranges the display at a shop that sells Muslim headscarfs at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 8, 2013. Muslims in Indonesia will start the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

President holds dialogue Riau ends haze emergency response with Aceh quake victims Antara

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BANDA ACEH - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at Ketol subdistrict in Central Aceh district on Tuesday held a dialog with the victims of last week’s devastating earthquake. In the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and several cabinet ministers, the head of state arrived at 10.15 am local time at Ketol subdistrict which bore the brunt of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that jolted the districts of Bener Meriah and Central Aceh last Tuesday. To the quake victims, President Yudhoyono asked them to remain calm and patient in face of the disaster that may happen anytime without warning. President Yudhoyono said he had instructed the national Search and Rescue Board, the National Defense Forces and the National Police to continue to search for other missing victims in Central Aceh district. At least 40 people were killed after the earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale rocked the two

districts on July 2. By Sunday 12 people were still missing and 150 others were being treated for serious injuries. The quake also damaged 2,432 houses seriously and 3,380 houses lightly. In the cabinet meeting in Jakarta on Monday, the president instructed his ministers to speed up the emergency responses and reconstruction processes following the natural disaster. Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah earlier said that he was grateful to the central government for its quick response to the disaster. “The Aceh government is thankful to the central government for its quick reaction by sending relief aid to the affected area, including the visit by a number of ministers a day after the quake struck the area. We are also thankful to the commander of the Iskandar Muda regional military command and the chief of the Aceh provincial police and their ranks and files who have helped victims,” he said.

PEKANBARU - Riau Province has ended forest fire and haze emergency response and is currently entering a transitional period for recovery. “Since July 6, the emergency status has been revoked, and now is the transitional period for recovery,” Agus Wibowo, a spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB)’s Haze Emergency Response Task Force, said here on Tuesday. The Indonesian government had declared an emergency response status for Riau as of June 21 due to forest, peatland and plantation fires that had produced haze blanketing parts of Sumatra Island, Singapore and Malaysia. The task force is currently trying to extinguish fires in Siak, Bengkalis and Dumai Districts, Riau Province. The NOAA 18 Satellite detected only three fire hotspots early this week. “The task force’s focus is on Chevron area in Duri now. All helicopters and members of the Marine have been directed there,” he said. Around 2,000 members of the rapid reaction unit will return to Jakarta on June 21, 2013. Vice Governor of Riau Mambang Mit has expressed his ap-

preciation to those being involved in the fight against the fires, particularly personnel of the BNPB, the Agency for the Development and Application of Technology (BPPT), the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and the National Police (Polri). Meanwhile, the Police of Riau have arrested 23 suspects in connection with forest and peat land fires in the province. Spokesperson of the Riau Police Command, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Hermansyah, said recent-

ly that two more suspects had been arrested following reports from local people making the number of the suspects to reach 23 who are all now under police detention. The last two suspects namely Ham, arrested in Tanjung Leba Village, Bukit Batu Subdistrict of Bengkalis and BA, arrested in Sang Kemang Village, Koto Gasib Subdistrict of Siak District. The 23 suspects have allegedly caused forest and land fires in 15 areas located in some districts in the Riau Province.


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BUSINESS IMF offers eurozone roadmap for growth and jobs Agence France-Presse

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A Singapore Airlines (SIA) stewardess stands next to a display of the new Singapore Airlines First Class seat during their next generation cabin product launch in Singapore on July 9, 2013. SIA on July 9 unveiled new seats and other in-flight amenities as part of a sweeping upgrade of its cabins amid intensifying competition in the industry.

Singapore Airlines upgrades cabins Agence France-Presse SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Tuesday unveiled new seats and other in-flight amenities in all classes as part of a sweeping upgrade of its cabins in an attempt to stay competitive. Passengers on selected flights between Singapore and London will be the first to experience the improved seats and entertainment system, wider TV screens and other improvements, it said in a

statement. SIA said it will spend nearly $150 million on improved cabin amenities on an initial eight Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline is battling strong competition from Asian and Middle Eastern carriers, and on the economy side from budget airlines, which have grown in number in Asia. Like other airlines its net profit has been hurt by the sluggish global economy, which has hit both passenger and cargo demand, as well as high oil prices.

“The investment programme will be extended as the new products are introduced on Airbus A350 aircraft scheduled for delivery in the years ahead,” the airline said. The airline said it worked with top global design firms to give passengers more comfort and luxury, including longer and more luxurious beds in first class and additional personal space in economy. SIA on May 30 announced it will buy 30 Airbus and 30 Boeing aircraft in an order worth more than $17 billion.

China’s June inflation rises to 2.7 percent Associated Press BEIJING — China’s inflation rose in June but was well below the government’s target in a sign of weak demand amid an economic slowdown. Consumer prices rose 2.7 percent over a year earlier, up from May’s 2.1 percent gain but below the 3.5 percent official target for the year, the government reported Tuesday. The June figure was driven by a 4.9 percent rise in food costs. Pressure for prices to rise is relatively low in China because of weak demand, excess production capacity in many in-

dustries and lower costs for raw materials and components. June prices were unchanged from May levels, and the uptick in the inflation rate was due to comparison with unusually low prices last year, according to Alaistair Chan of Moody’s Analytics. “The inflationary environment in China remains largely nonexistent,” Chan said in a report. “Non-food inflation is low, reflecting a large output gap and lack of policy stimulus.” Economic growth slowed to 7.7 percent in the first quarter of this year from the previous quarter’s 7.9 percent. Some fore-

casters say it could dip below 7 percent in coming quarters due to government efforts to cool a credit boom and weak demand for Chinese exports. Producer prices declined 2.7 percent in June compared with a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics reported. That was driven by an 8.5 percent fall in the price of goods from the mining industry and weaker costs for other industrial raw materials. “This trend will continue through to year end, judging by the government’s signals and the outlook for global growth,” said Chan of Moody’s.

BRUSSELS - The International Monetary Fund on Monday hailed the progress achieved by the eurozone over the past year in tackling its crisis, but said it needs to do more to sustainably boost growth and employment. “Policy actions over the past year have addressed important tail risks and stabilised financial markets,” the IMF wrote in a new report. The report was released in Brussels, where IMF chief Christine Lagarde was attending a meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss the release of fresh aid to Greece. “Nevertheless, the centrifugal forces across the euro area remain serious and are pulling down growth everywhere,” the fund warned. “Concerted policy actions to restore financial sector health and complete the banking union are essential” and “deeper structural reforms throughout the euro area remain instrumental to raise growth and create jobs,” it wrote. The European Central Bank in particular, which with its controversial OMT bond-buying programme had helped restore calm to the financial markets, should continue to play a major role, the IMF argued. “While monetary policy alone cannot address underlying weaknesses in bank balance sheets, it can provide additional funding to avert a further contraction in credit until the more comprehensive actions to restore banking system health take hold,” it said. And given weak growth and subdued inflation, “more monetary easing will likely be necessary to support demand,” it said. The ECB has cut its interest rates to new all-time lows, but the bank’s president Mario Draghi has suggested that borrowing costs could go even lower if the situation warranted. “Further policy rate cuts ... would support demand across the euro area and address deflationary pressures,” the IMF said.


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Egypt army kills at least 50 in Cairo clashes Associated Press Writer CAIRO - Egypt was rocked by its deadliest day since its Islamist president was toppled by the military, with more than 50 of his supporters killed by security forces as the country’s top Muslim cleric raised the specter of civil war. The military found itself on the defensive after the bloodshed, but the interim president drove ahead with the army’s political plan. He issued a swift timetable late Monday for the process of amending the Islamist-backed constitution and set parliamentary and presidential elections for early 2014. The killings further entrenched the battle lines between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who was removed by the military July 3 after a year in office following mass demonstrations by millions of Egyptians. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood called for an uprising, accusing troops of gunning down protesters, while the military blamed armed Islamists for provoking its forces. The shootings began during a pro-

test by about 1,000 Islamists outside the Republican Guard headquarters where Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, was detained last week. Demonstrators and members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood said troops descended on them and opened fire unprovoked as they finished dawn prayers. “I was in the last row praying. They were firing from the left and right,” said Nashat Mohammed, who had come from southern Egypt to join the sit-in and was wounded in the knee. “We said, ‘Stop, we’re your brothers.’ They shot at us from every direction.” After a battle lasting about three hours, at least 51 protesters were killed and 435 wounded, most from live ammunition and birdshot, emergency services chief Mohammed

Sultan told to the state news agency. At a nationally televised news conference, Army Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said police and troops came under “heavy gunfire” at around 4 a.m. and attackers on rooftops opened fire with guns and Molotov cocktails. A soldier and two policemen were killed, and 42 in the security forces were wounded, eight critically, he said. While he said troops had a right to defend the facility, Ali did not directly explain how the protester deaths occurred. He expressed condolences but offered no apologies for the deaths. A collection of video of the clashes provided by the military to Egyptian TV showed protesters on rooftops lobbing projectiles at troops below, including firebombs and toilet seats. It also showed some armed protesters firing at close range at the troops, but it did not show what the military did. It was also not clear at what time in the fighting the videos were shot. It included aerial views of the clashes. Several witnesses from outside the protest said the gunfire started

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Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

when troops appeared to move on the camp. University student Mirna el-Helbawi told The Associated Press that she watched from her 14th floor apartment overlooking the scene, after she heard protesters banging on

Japan sees risks in China’s stance in island spats

metal barricades, a common battle cry. El-Helbawi, 21, said she saw troops and police approaching the protesters, who were lined up on the street behind a make-shift wall. The troops fired tear gas, the protesters responded with rocks, she said.

T Turkish police fifire water cannon to prevent park protest Reuters

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In this Juy 1, 2013 photo, Chinese surveillance ship, rear center, sails near Uotsuri island in Japanese, or Diaoyu Dao in Chinese, the biggest island in the disputed Senkaku Islands, or Diaoyu Islands.

Associated Press Writer TOKYO - Japan on Tuesday criticized China for trying to resolve territorial conflicts with shows of force that increase the risk of dangerous clashes and said North Korea appeared to have entered a “new phase” toward producing better long-range missiles while improving its nuclear weapons program. Tokyo is particularly concerned by China’s activities in waters around islands that both countries claim, according to the Ministry of Defense’s annual report, which is a yearly snapshot of what Japan perceives to be its major security issues. The islands dispute has strained relations between Japan and China. For months, ships from both countries

have regularly patrolled around the small island group called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyutai in China. Though no military clashes have occurred, the cat-and-mouse game has raised fears of escalation between the Asian powers. The report said Chinese aircraft and surveillance ships affiliated to China’s maritime law enforcement agencies have repeatedly intruded into Japanese territorial waters and airspace and added that a Chinese naval ship directed its fire-control radar at Japanese destroyer in January, a move that could be seen as preparation for an attack. “China has attempted to change the status quo by force based on its own assertion which is incompatible with the existing order of international law,” the report said. “There is a concern over its future direction.”

The annual report was the first issued under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He took office late last year and has been a strong advocate of bolstering Japan’s military and taking a hawkish position toward China. On North Korea, which Japan sees as another major security challenge for the region, the report said Pyongyang’s third nuclear test - last February - and its launch of a long-range rocket in December last year suggest it might be making considerable progress on both fronts. The report said North Korea appears to be pursuing research and development for deploying existing ballistic missiles, extending the range of its missiles and converting to solid fuel propulsion, which makes missiles easier to move around and harder to detect and destroy.

ISTANBUL - Turkish police fired teargas and water cannon on Monday at protesters who tried to defy a closure order and enter an Istanbul park at the center of protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Gezi Park was only open for a few hours after Istanbul’s governor allowed people back in, following often violent protests last month against plans to redevelop the area, when riot police ordered it shut ahead of a planned rally. Hundreds of people were forced to leave before the start of the protest organized by the Taksim Solidarity group of political parties and non-governmental organizations opposed to the redevelopment. Police then intervened with water cannon to break up a crowd of several thousand marching along Istanbul’s main pedestrian shopping street towards Taksim Square where the park is located. Clashes between police and protesters continued late into the evening in the Taksim area, with police firing repeated volleys of teargas at small pockets of demonstrators who fled down side streets. Shortly before midnight (2100 GMT) the park was once again opened to the public, even as isolated clashes continued on nearby streets, broadcaster NTV and other media reported.


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Health

International

Former Mexican president Fox urges marijuana legalization Reuters

AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

In this Tuesday, May 7, 2013 photo, visitors to Tiananmen Gate wear masks during a day of heavy pollution in Beijing. Air pollution significantly shortens people’s life expectancy, according to a study published Tuesday that says bad air shortened the lives of 500 million people in north China by an average of more than five years.

Study: Air pollution cut northern China lifespans Associated Press Writer

BEIJING — A new study links heavy air pollution from coal burning to shorter lives in northern China. Researchers estimate that the half-billion people alive there in the 1990s will live an average of 5½ years less than their southern counterparts because they breathed dirtier air. China itself made the comparison possible: for decades, a now-discontinued government policy provided free coal for heating, but only in the colder north. Researchers found significant differences in both particle pollution of the air and life expectancy in the two regions, and said the results could be used to extrapolate the effects of such pollution on lifespans elsewhere in the world. The study by researchers from China, Israel and the United States was published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While previous studies have found that pollution affects human health, “the deeper and ultimately more important question is the impact on life expectancy,” said one of the authors, Michael Greenstone, a professor of environmental economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “This study provides a unique setting to answer the life expectancy question because the (heating) policy dramatically alters pollution concentrations for people who appear to be of otherwise identical health,” Greenstone said in an email. “Further, due to the low rates of migration in China in this period, we can know people’s

exposure over long time periods,” he said. The policy gave free coal for fuel boilers to heat homes and offices to cities north of the Huai River, which divides China into north and south. It was in effect for much of the 1950-1980 period of central planning, and, though discontinued after 1980, it has left a legacy in the north of heavy coal burning, which releases particulate pollutants into the air that can harm human health. Researchers found no other government policies that treated China’s north differently from the south. The researchers collected data for 90 cities, from 1981 to 2000, on the annual daily average concentration of total suspended particulates. In China, those are considered to be particles that are 100 micrometers or less in diameter, emitted from sources including power stations, construction sites and vehicles. The researchers estimated the impact on life expectancies using mortality data from 1991-2000. They found that in the north, the concentration of particulates was 184 micrograms per cubic meter — or 55 percent — higher than in the south, and life expectancies were 5.5 years lower on average across all age

ranges. The researchers said id the difference in life fe expectancies was almost entirely due to an increased incidence of deaths classified as carardiorespiratory — those ose from causes that have ave previously been linked ed to o air quality, including ng heart heart disease, stroke, lung cancer anceer and respiratory illnesses. Total suspended particulates articuulates include fine particulatee matter maatter called PM2.5 — particles articlles with diameters of noo more moore than 2.5 micrometers. PM2.5 PM22.5 is of especially greatt health heaalth concern because it can an penp etrate deep into the lungs, ungs, but the researchers lackedd the data to analyze those tiny particles partticles separately. The authors said their eir research reesearch can be used to estimate ate the thhe effect of total suspended particulates articuulates on other countries and timee periods. Their analysis suggests sts that t every additional 100 micrograms gram ms of parr ticulate matter per cubic in the bic meter m atmosphere lowers lifee expectancy exppectancy at birth by about three years. ears.

SAN FRANCISCO - Former Mexican President Vicente Fox took his crusade to legalize marijuana to San Francisco on Monday, joining pot advocates to urge the United States and his own country to decriminalize the sale and recreational use of cannabis. Fox met for three hours with the advocates, including Steve DeAngelo, the Oakland-based executive director of California’s largest marijuana dispensary, and former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively, who hopes to create a Seattle-based pot brand now that Washington state has legalized recreational use. Legalization, Fox told reporters after the meeting, is the only way to end the violence of Mexican drug cartels, which he blamed on America’s war on drugs. “The cost of the war is becoming unbearable - too high for Mexico, for Latin America and for the rest of the world,” Fox said in English. Every day, he said, 40 young people are killed in drug-related violence. Fox’s position on legalizing drugs

has evolved over time since the days when he cooperated with U.S. efforts to tamp down production in Mexico during his 2000-2006 presidential term. He has been increasingly vocal in his opposition to current policies, backing two prior efforts to legalize marijuana in Mexico. Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has opposed legalization. But he recently said that he would consider world opinion on the matter, particularly in light of recent voter-approved initiatives to legalize marijuana in Washington state and Colorado for recreational use. In San Francisco on Monday, Fox said he had signed on to attend and help develop an international summit later this month in Mexico to strategize a path to end marijuana prohibition. Participants scheduled to attend the three-day meeting starting July 18 in San Cristobal include an American surgeon, the dean of Harvard’s School of Public Health and a Mexican congressman who plans to introduce a bill to legalize marijuana in Mexico this summer, Fox said.

Mariah Carey hospitalized for shoulder injury Associated Press Writer

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— Mariah Mar Carey is foor a shoulder infor star’s sttar’ representasinger siinge went to the inn New Ne York late dayy after injuring af herself hersself while filming a music mussic video. v Her rep Monday r adds a that “doctors “doctorrs reset re her shoulder” and that “she “shhe is fine.” Carey was filming a video for a remix version of her song “#Beautiful” “#Beaut iful with rapper Young Jeezy. The video was being bbein directed by her husband, Nick Cannon. The Th singer will still perform Saturday with wit h the th New York Philharmonic in Central Park. Paark. this year. Carey will release a new w album alb “#Beautiful” features Grammy-winning Gram G R&B singer Miguel and has at No. h peaked p 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100 10 0 chart. ch

Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File

FILE - In this May 24, 2013 201 file 2 photo, singer Mariah C Care Carey performs Morning America” on ABC’s “Good Mornin ng A in Central Park in New York. York Carey is Y in the hospital for a shou shoulder ulde injury.


Activities

International

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Bali Hyatt “Celebrating Our People” IBP

Bali Hyatt recently showed appreciation for its most valuable resource: its people. “Celebrating Our People” is an annual global Hyatt event dedicated to all the employees of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts around the world. At Bali Hyatt, the “Celebrating Our People” event commenced on 9 June and ended on 21 June 2013, and featured a number of activities including cultural preservation such as “Banten” and lawar making competitions. There was also sporting competitions in the form of table tennis, pocopoco, canoeing, volleyball, billiards, basketball, ladies arm wrestling, darts and futsal. Bali Hyatt staff also actively participated in other activities such as a painting contest, blood donation and 4-in-1 activities (a cooking competition, cocktail-making competition, table setting competition and product knowledge quiz). We have also invited a Balinese Hindu priest to present spiritual guidance. Bali Hyatt management had a chance to serve an early breakfast

for our employees who worked the night shift. As part of Hyatt’s commitment to the community, Bali Hyatt also carried out a social visit to disadvantaged families in Gianyar and Tampaksiring, to present donations from the hotel’s management as well as its employees. The opening day of the week of festivities was announced by a balloon release. The day was a wonderful opportunity for children to have fun as they joined in several exciting games and competitions. During the event, some door prizes were also raffled off. The final night of the special week on 21 June 2012, was enlivened with a variety of food stalls, door prizes, live music and a special Balinese comedy show at the Rinjani Hall, Bali Hyatt.

IBP/Courtesy of Bali Hyatt

Calendar Event for July 10 through August 10, 2013 10 Jul Buda Kliwon Ugu Pura Dalem Tarukan - Pulasari Peninjauan Tembuku Bangli Pura Pasek Gelgel Boading Kaba Kaba Tabanan Pura Pemayun Banyuning Tengah Buleleng Pura Desa Bubunan Seririt Buleleng Pura Agung Gunung Raung Tarokaja Taro Tegallalang 17 Jul Buda Paing Wayang Pura Dang Khayangan Dalem Dukuh Kuda Sekaan Bangli 20 Jul Tumpek Wayang Pura Majapahit Jembrana Bathara Ratu Gede Celuk Sukawati Bathara Ratu Widyadari Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Denpasar Bathara Ratu Allit lan Ratu Lingsir Singakerta Ubud Pura Pedarman Dalem Sukawati Besakih Pura Pedarman Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarman Kaba Kaba Besakih Pura Pedarman Dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Dadya Agung Pasek Gelgel Pegatepan Gelgel klungkung Pura Pemerajan Agung Sulang Dawan Klungkung Pura Padharman Dinasti Dalem Sri Aji Kresna Kepakisan Besakih ( Dalem Klungkung ) Pura Penataran dan Pasraman Kuta Rejo , Kendal Rejo Tegal Delimo Banyuwangi Pura Jala Sidhi Amerta Juanda Surabaya 22 Jul Purnama Sasih Kasa Aci-aci Penaung Taluh Penataran Agung Besakih Pura Tirta Besakih Pura Purnama Cemangon Sukawati Pura Amrta Jati Kompleks ALRI Pangkalan Jati Jakarta Selatan Pura Jagatnatha Kota Singaraja Pura Dang Hyang Tulus Dewa Desa ApuanSusut-Bangli Pura Jagatdhita Selong-Lombok Timur Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel Gobleg-Banjar

Buleleng Pura Puseh Batur Kintamani Pr. Asah (Alas Harum) Dusun Batur Kintamani Pura Dalem Kedewatan Celuk-Sukawati Pura Agung Mandara Giri Gunung SemeruLumajang Jawa Timur Pura Pengubengan Besakih Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati Pura Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah-Batur Kintamani Mr. Agung Puser Jagat Meranting Batu Kanding-Nusa Penida Pura Luhur Candi Narmada Tanah Kilap Desa PemogaN Denpasar Selatan Pura Panca Tirta Sido Luhur Bakanheni Lampung Selatan Pura Ponjok Batu Tejakula Buleleng 24 Jul Buda Wage Kelawu Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Ped Nusa Penida Pura Pasek Pengembungan Bongkasa Abiansemal Pura Pasek Bendesa Reyang Gede Penebel Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Banjar Jawa Banjar Jawa Tengah Buleleng Pura Gaduhan Jagat Desa Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Tegeh Mancawarna Sanding Tampaksiring Pura Penataran Batupelang Kamasan klungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Kedonganan Kuta Pura Guwa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih Odalan Ida Ratu Pucak Pameneh/Bukit Kiwa Tengen Penataran Agung Besakih Pura Jati Ubud Pura Melanting Ubud Pura Dalem Peed Nusa Penida Pura Sad Kahyangan Penida Desa Sakti Nusa Penida

Pura Penataran Agung Anyar Liligundi Bebandem Karangasem 30 Jul Anggar Kasih Dukut Pura Dalem Batuyang Batubulan Pura Dalem Pasek Gelgel Mengening Kediri Tabanan Pura Pasek Undagi Timpag Kerambitan Tabanan Pura Desa/ Pura Pucak Banjar Taman Bedulu Gianyar Pura Puser Jagat,Dalem Dukut, Puri Sukun Nusa Penida Pura Dalem Purwa Banjar Kawan Bangli Pura Desa Ketewel Sukawati 31 Jul Buda Umanis Dukut Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel Sibangkaja Abiansemal Pura Dalem Samprangan Gianyar Pura Paiobon Dukuh Segening Serongga Kelod Gianyar 4 Aug Redite Kliwon Watugunung Pura Penataran Agung Mahagotra Tirta Harum Srisrengga Desa Nyalian Banjarangkan Klungkung 6 Aug Tilem Sasih Kasa Pura Dalem Seme Jawa Desa Kukuh Marga Tabanan 10 Aug Hari Raya Saraswati Pura Pasek Tangkas - Gempinis Dalang Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel - Sayan Bongkasa Abiansemal Pura Watugunung Bima Pura Agung Jagat Karana Surabaya Pura Aditya Jaya - Rawamangun Jakarta Timur Pura Pemaksan Banyuning Timur Buleleng Pura Agung Wira Lokha Natha Cimahi Jawa Barat Pura Dadia Agung Bendesa Tangkas Kori Agung Pusat Gerih Desa Gerih Abiansemal Badung Pura Kawitan Bendesa Aban Baturning Desa Mambal Abiansemal

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.


I N T E R N A T I O N A L

Entertainment

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ciara still searching for Ciara on ‘Ciara’ Associated Press Writer

The lead single from Ciara’s self-titled fifth album, “Body Party,” is an oozing, seductive R&B track that deserves rousing applause — especially when the 27-year-old matches the song with daring and sensual dance moves that scream Janet Jackson, Aaliyah and others that have come before her, as she did at the recent BET Awards.

AP Photo/Epic Records

This CD cover image released by Epic Records shows “Ciara” by Ciara, releasing on July 9, 2013.

The bedroom groove is easily the best of the 11 tracks that make up “Ciara.” There are others that shine, too: The bouncy “Livin’ It Up,” one of two songs to feature Nicki Minaj, has an empowering feel; the mid-tempo “Read My Lips” is appealing and Ciara’s sweet tone rides nicely over the semi-electronic beat of “Overdose.” Still, the album doesn’t feel special. While it’s much better than her last two releases — the weak “Fantasy Ride” and the subpar “Basic Instinct” — the album is made up of fillers that have you still wondering what kind of singer Ciara is. Like her past records, “Ciara” isn’t cohesive, and instead, sporadic — some hits here, satisfactory work there, but overall, mediocrity reigns. The album, out on Epic Records, is her first album since leaving LaFace Records, her home since she released her multi-platinum 2004 debut, the explosive “Goodies.” She had hits from that album and its follow-up, “Ciara: The Evolution,” but she hasn’t established her own style

Singer Randy Travis in critical condition in Texas Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Country music singer Randy Travis was in critical condition Monday night at a Texas hospital, a day after he was hospitalized for heart problems. A news release from the singer’s publicist said the 54-yearold Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas and was in critical condition Monday evening. Travis was being treated for viral cardiomyopathy (kahr-dee-oh-my-OP-uhthee), a heart condition caused by a virus, according to his publicist, Kirt Webster. The Mayo Clinic website says the disease weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it to the rest of the body. It can lead to heart failure. Treatments range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart transplants. The illness is a continuation of a tough run for Travis after a handful of recent high-profile appearances, including a performance during the Country Music Association Festival’s nightly concert series and George Jones’ funeral. Long a popular figure in country music, the North Carolina-born singer has been trying to put his life back together after a series of embarrassing public

incidents involving alcohol. Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January following his arrest last year when he was found naked after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am. Travis was sentenced to two years of probation, fined $2,000 and given a 180-day suspended jail sentence. He was

required to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility and complete 100 hours of community service. The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer rode his alternately mellow and majestic voice to stardom in the 1980s and ‘90s with hits like “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses.”

Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File

FILE - In this June 7, 2013 file photo, Randy Travis performs on day 2 of the 2013 CMA Music festival at the LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. Travis has been hospitalized in Texas with viral cardiomyopathy.

or sound in the near-decade she’s been on the scene. Ciara, the person, is still searching for Ciara, the singer. Ciara kicked-off her new album with three different singles — “Sweat,” ‘’Sorry” and “Got Me Good” — that now don’t appear on “Ciara,” a sign of her creative struggles. The album features producers and songwriters like Rodney Jerkins, Mike WiLL Made-It, Livvi Franc and Future, her rapper-boyfriend who co-wrote and co-produced “Body Party.” Hopefully, he can be the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis to her Janet — or she can find someone else to fill that slot.

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