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LOS ANGELES — Ravi Shankar passed away in December before he could attend The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards celebration where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award. But the 91-year-old sitar master, Indian music promoter and friend to The Beatles got the call a few days before he passed away, and that meant everything to his family. “I was very excited to hear about the lifetime achievement award a week before my dad passed away, one day before he went into surgery,” Shankar’s daughter, Norah Jones, said in an email to The Associated Press a few hours before the ceremony. “He knew about it and was very happy, and also that he and my sister, Anoushka, were both nominated in the same category for a Grammy (this year) was a special thing as well. We all miss him and are very proud of him. I will forever be discovering and re-discovering his music from all walks of his long and amazing life.” Jones and Anoushka Shankar’s acceptance of their father’s award Saturday afternoon at the Wilshire Ebert Theatre in Los Angeles was one of many memorable moments in the ceremony honoring performers and non-performers alike. The crowd made a happy birthday video for Carole King, saluted husbandand-wife songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman on their 55th anniversary, and swooned as Charlie Haden paid tribute

to his wife and family. Shankar, singer-songwriter King and jazz bassist Haden were honored with lifetime achievement awards along with classical pianist Glenn Gould, who made his final public performance in the same theatre, blues guitarist Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Temptations and pop singer Patti Page, who like Shankar passed away in the last two months. Special merit awards also were handed out to non-performers. Chess Records founders Philip and Leonard Chess, husband-and-wife songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman, and former Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston won the Trustees Award given to non-performers. And MIDI developers Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith and ribbon microphone manufacturer Royer Labs won technical Grammys. Haden noted the importance of his family in his acceptance speech. “I thank my brother Jim for letting me listen to his jazz records,” Haden said. “I heard Charlie Parker and that changed my life forever.”

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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2009 file photo, Levon Helm performs with the Levon Helm band during the Heroes of Woodstock concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y. Elton John and Mumford & Sons will hit the Grammys stage to pay tribute to Levon Helm. For King, it was James Taylor who sent her down a new path. She noted in her video message he forced her to get up and sing one of her own songs in concert when she really didn’t see herself as a performer: “I guess he was right.” The Bergmans, who wrote “The Way We Were,” turned in a romantic acceptance speech, adding another special moment to a partnership that produced some of our most wellknown songs. “I just want to say this in public: I’m married to the most remarkable woman in the world,” Alan Bergman said. “Oh, cut it out,” Marilyn Berman responded.

Chris Brown crashes car while evading paparazzi

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Police in Beverly Hills say Chris Brown escaped injury after crashing his Porsche into a wall while being chased by paparazzi. Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said the collision occurred around noon Saturday. Brown told police that he lost control of his black Porsche during the chase. Hoshino said police will investigate the incident. He said he didn’t know whether the paparazzi in the pursuing vehicles have been identified. A call to Brown’s lawyer was not immediately returned. The crash came a day before the Grammy Awards, where Brown is up for best urban contemporary album.

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Acculturation coloring Chinese New Year celebration Antara

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FILE- In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation revocation hearing at the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles after prosecutors say they could not find credible evidence that Brown completed his community labor sentence stemming from the 2009 beating of his girlfriend Rihanna.

DENPASAR - Acculturation of Chinese and Hindu culture so strong coloring Chinese new year celebration in Dharmayana Vihara, Kuta, Badung Regency.

A fusion of two cultures look so obvious, from the attributes of a “penjor” or bamboo decoration with a typical day of Galungan at Vihara’s front door chime with light red coloured lanterns decorations and some form of offerings to the God. “The combination of the two elements of Chinese and Hindu culture has become a tradition in our temple and it’s the same with the rituals of Hindus,” said Chairman Dharmayana Vihara, Luih Berata, in Kuta, Sunday.

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Balinese perform a dragon dance during a parade as part of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

According to him, other than ‘penjor’, some of other typical attributes also used in vihara that located in the street of Kuta, for examples umbrellas, fruit arrangement that called Gebogan , and use of flowers offerings. Not only that, holy water also given after people finished their praying. The celebration of the lunar new year start since six in the morning.


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Development equality must refer to human development index

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Klungkung County and those in Southern Bali such as Badung, Denpasar and Gianyar. “At the moment, 40 percent of Bali’s population is categorized into low-income and poor. Even, those categorized into the mediumincome only earn IDR 1.2 million whereas to meet the current needs the income of IDR 2 million is not sufficient,” he said. He said it would become homework for next elected leader. “The provincial, county and municipal government should have synergy. It is not enough with the vision and mission in the province, but it is required a coordination between the provincial and county/municipal government. Therefore, the sectoral ego must be eliminated,” he said. (kmb27)

Officers demanded to reveal “Pratima” robbers

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Village Representatives (MMDP) demanded Police to reveal the pratima (religious statues) robbers in Jembrana’s temples which lately have kept on happening. Head of MMDP Jembrana, I Wayan Rayun, last Friday (8/2) explained that this situation have caused unease to a lot of people and it is hoped that the police could do something about it starting from catching the robber and secure the temples, also not only leave the public do everything when it’s also their responsibility to protect. Rayun have planned to visit Jembrana Police and a number of public also religious figures in tackling these cases that happened last 2012. “One of the suggested or alternative solutions would also be

stated such as the people around to stay every night (mekemit) in the temple,” Rayun explained. The same hope was also stated by the supervisior of Pura Luhur Rambut Siwi and Melaya. Post the robbery in the temples around Pekutatan, Rambut Siwi and Melaya, security has been strengthen every night where 12 people would mekemit every night at Pura Luhur and Pura Pentaran Rambut Siwi. Another supervisor, Gusti Made Sedana, hoped that the robber will be caught. Then there was one robber captured in Karangasem yet it was not the person. “We kept on confirming with Mendoyo Police yet there’s still no information,” Sedana stated. Secured

Meanwhile, priest of Pura

Dalem Candikusuma, Jro Mangku Nyoman Killa, also hoped that the robbers can be captured as there has been no security taking place since the incident. IN the afternoon he would join in protecting. So far, police is stated to have captured someone from Tuwed who is signaled to be the robber at Pura Taman, Candikusuma. It was stated a person was secured by police from a shop-house and the owner, AI, close the shop since. There were also a number of police officers supervising there yet they can’t give any explanation right now and up to Saturday (9/2) afternoon there hasn’t been any official explanation from Jembrana Police about the raid towards that shop. (kmb26)

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Archipelago International gears up for strong growth

Half of Archipelago new hotels in 2013 will be in the select service segment, the Jakarta, Indonesia based company noted, while 4 and 5 star hotels, which accounts for approximately 60% of Archipelago’s existing hotel rooms and over a third of Archipelago’s pipeline, will remain a high-priority market. New properties are expected to open in Bali, Balikpapan, Belitung, Bogor, Jakarta, Jambi, Jember, Kupang, Luwuk, Madiun, Mataram, Semarang, Solo and Surabaya, while Archipelagos Philippine joint venture, Filarchipelago Hospitality, will continue to expand its 5 star Crimson Hotels brand into the Philippines. Archipelago added that its new upscale lifestyle Alana brand will come to life with several openings such as in Seminyak, Bali and Surabaya helping to fuel the company’s growth.

A lecturer from the Udayana University, Prof. Dr. Wayan Ramantha, said the equalization of development of Northern and Southern Bali should be based on the Human Development Index (HDI), not on the achievement of economic growth reflected in the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP). as the level of spending and consumption having reached a decent standard of living. “To achieve this, the portion of regional budget of Bali Province should be directed to counties still experiencing imbalance. All this time, the regional budget is allotted evenly, so that the rich regions are getting richer while the poor ones are getting poorer,” he said. Prof. Ramantha advised that whoever would be elected to lead should think of the economic progress of Bali did not cling to the economic growth, but to the equity and economic stability. Equalization in terms of per capita income should be attempted between the people in Northern Bali such as the Buleleng, Jembrana, Karangsem and

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JAKARTA - Archipelago International, the hotel management company formerly known as Aston International, said it anticipates a solid year of openings and new hotel management agreements in 2013.

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“Medium and low-income in the North and East Bali should be improved because when talking about equality it should be seen in terms of the Community Development Index, not on the growth achieved. It can be started from improving public health, education and income,” said Prof. Ramantha in Denpasar, Thursday (Feb 7). According to him, the HDI was an indicator describing how the residents of an area had the opportunity to access the results of development as part of their rights in income, health, education and so on. The HDI value indicated how far the region had achieved the specified objectives namely the life expectancy of 85 years, basic education for all people without exception as well

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“After a record year in 2012 of openings, contract signings and amplified owner interest in development, we are entering 2013 wellpositioned for continued footprint growth in both the budget and the upscale segments,” Norbert Vas, Archipelago’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said in a statement. “Rising prosperity of the rapidly growing Indonesian middle classes and a digitally connected world are creating unprecedented demand for travel and new travel patterns, and we continue to be as upbeat as ever about our long-term growth,” Vas added. “Whether it’s manufacturing in Java, mineral resources from Kalimantan or outbound tourism from, Russia, India or China, Indonesia’s unprecedented raise amongst the global economies is spurring development and creating many exciting expansion opportunities for our business.”

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The buses are dropping of tourists in one of the tourism site in Bali.

Tourist transport system needs addressing Mangupura (Bali Post)—

Tourist transportation system urgently needs addressing. It is based on the consideration if the existing system is unable to provide comfort for users. A legislator of the Badung House, Wayan Suyasa, said on Friday (Feb 8) that traveling aimed to relax. By all means, Badung in particular and Bali in general as a world tourist destination should provide a sense of comfort for travelers, where one of which was the transport. He pointed out that tourist buses were considered not to provide a sense of comfort. It was visible from small space among the seats whereas physically the body size of travelers was larger and higher. Similarly, the interior design should also separate the driver and passenger space. This secretary of the PDI-P faction of the Badung House revealed that some drivers of tourist transport did not put on name card. Even, it did not display the logo and company

name on the body of vehicle or the name of tourist accommodation establishment. “Identity is actually a necessity so that users can feel safe and comfortable,” he said. Aside from the physical condition of vehicle, Suyasa also highlighted the management system and tourist transport services. At Ngurah Rai Airport, for example, tourists or passengers that just arrived should stand in a long queue while waiting for transport. On the contrary, many tourist vehicles gathered in another location causing excessive supply of tourist transport, but in another location it even lacked of vehicles. Related to the presence of freelance driver and tourist transport, Suyasa requested the relevant agencies to collect the data on a selective basis. Other than for the sake of traveler safety and convenience, the data collection would also facilitate the distribution of tourist transport so that they would not accumulate at a single point. (kmb25)

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Calendar Event for December 12 through December 27, 2013 12 Des B uda Keliwon Ugu Pura Dalem Tarukan Banjar Pulasari Desa Peninjoan Tembuku - Bangli Pura Pasek Gelgel Boading Kaba-kaba Tabanan Pura Pemayun Banyuning Tengah - Buleleng Pura Desa Kayangan Tiga Desa Bubunan S eririt - Buleleng Pura Agung Gunung Raung Banjar Taro Kaja T aro - Tegalalang Merajan Pasek Dangka Bungbungan 22 Des H ari Tumpek Wayang Pura Majapahit Jembrana Odalan Betara ratu Gede Celuk Sukawati Odalan Betara Ratu Wedyadari Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Denpasar Betara Ratu Alit dan Ratu Lingsir Singakerta Ubud Pura Pedarmaan Dalem Sukawati Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarmaan dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Pegatepan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pemrajan Agung Sulang Kec Dawan Klungkung

Merajan Pasek Bendesa Kori Agung Pengatepan Pura Pedarmaan Dinasti dalem sri Aji Kresna Kepakisan Pura Besakih (Dalem Klungkung) Pura Penataran Giri Purwa dan Pesraman Dusun Kuto Rejo Kendal Rejo Tegal Delimo Banyuangi 26 Des Buda Wage Kelawu Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting Desa Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Ped Nusa Penida Pura Pasek Gelgel Pangembungan Bongkase Abiansemal Pura Pasek Bendesa Reyang Gede Penebel Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Br. Jawa Tengah Buleleng Pura Gaduhan Jagat Desa Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Tegeh Mancawarna Sanding Tampaksiring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Klungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Desa Kedonganan Kuta Pura Goa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih

Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Pejeng Merajan Pasek Gelgel Songan Merajan Pasek Prateka Pekandelan Sidemen Merajan Pasek Prateka Taman Sari Sukasada Pura dadia Pasek Gelgel Sidemen Karangasem Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tampuagan, Tembuku, Bangli 27 Des Purnama Kepitu Pr. Benua Besakih. Pura Dalem Desa Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Suranadhi Lombok Pura Narmada Lombok Pura Segara Ampenan Lombok Mr Agung Dewa Agung Klungkung Ulah Sidemen Pura Gunungrene Sidemen - Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Ababi Mr. Pasek gelgel Tista Pura Gunung Gunung - Tianyar - Kubu - Karangasem Pura Pingit Klenting sari Banjar Sumberkelompok - Gerokgak - Singaraja Pura Payogan Agung Kutai Kartanegara

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


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Fewer New Year fireworks in polluted Beijing Associated Press Writer

Saturday fell 37 percent over the same period last year, from 410,000 cartons to just 260,000, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing figures from the city government. The city authorized 1,337 fireworks stands this year, down from 1,429 last year, and allowed 750,000 cartons of fireworks to go on sale, down from 810,000. The Beijing Daily, the city government’s official newspaper, carried appeals last week for residents to hold off on fireworks celebrations, saying not doing so would significantly worsen levels of PM2.5 particle pollution forecast to be in the hazardous zone. City environmental bureau readings showed levels well above 200 in most parts of the city Sunday, dangerous but still well below readings of more than 700 seen last month, when Beijing experienced 23 days of smog, up from 10 the previous January. Beijing was largely helpless in the face of the January smog, while schools canceled outdoor activities, some factories closed and government cars were ordered off the streets. Scores of people, especially the young and elderly, were treated at hospital for respiratory problems, elevated blood pressure, and heart complaints.

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A woman burns joss sticks while praying at Longhua Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Shanghai, China on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Last year’s fireworks display created a thick haze that sent 2.5 microgram pollution levels as high as 1,500. Beijing on Saturday night also saw just 25 injuries and 83 fire emergencies related to fireworks, down almost 29 percent and 45 percent, respectively, from last year. Beijing permits fireworks displays over a 16-day period surrounding the Lunar New Year, but largely restricts them to suburban areas outside the

densely populated city center. The holiday will continue through the week, with government and businesses shut down and millions of Chinese traveling to their home towns to visit family. Many foreign residents also leave the city, taking the opportunity to enjoy warmer weather in Southeast Asia or travel to Japan and South Korea for skiing holidays. Chinese leaders have made few public appearances in recent days, although state broadcaster said new

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping visited Saturday with policemen, subway construction workers, taxi drivers and street cleaners in Beijing to thank them for their service. Premier Wen Jiaobao, who has made a point of spending the holiday eve with workers and the poor, celebrated the last such occasion of his term in office with victims of earthquakes and landslides in western China, CCTV said. Wen steps down in March.

Canada. The Boston fire department said an 11-year-old boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday after being overcome as he sat in a running car to keep warm while his father was shoveling snow. The car exhaust pipe was covered by a snow bank, causing the fumes to collect in the vehicle. A little more than 11 inches (279 millimeters) fell in New York, but the city was “in great shape” and “dodged a bullet,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, predicting streets would be cleared by the end of the day. The New York region’s three major airports were up and running again by late morning after shutting down the evening before. But hundreds of drivers had abandoned their vehicles on New York’s Long Island, and even snowplows were getting stuck. Emergency workers used snowmobiles to try to reach stranded motorists, some of whom spent the night stuck in their cars. Richard Ebbrecht got stuck six or seven times on the Long Island Expressway and other roads. “There was a bunch of us Long Islanders. We were all helping each other, shoveling, pushing,” he said. He finally gave up and spent the night in his car. At daybreak,

he walked home. “I could run my car and keep the heat on and listen to the radio a little bit,” he said. “It was very icy under my car. That’s why my car is still there.” Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut closed roads to all but essential traffic. Some of the worst of the storm appeared to hit Connecticut, where even emergency responders found themselves stuck on highways

all night. Flooding was a concern along the coast, and some homes were evacuated in a couple of Massachusetts communities. Amtrak said the New York-Boston train route remained closed Saturday. At New York’s Fashion Week, women tottered on high heels through the snow to get to the tents to see designers’ newest collections.

US Northeast digs out from deep snow after storm

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BOSTON — A howling storm across the U.S. Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in up to 3 feet (0.9 meters) of snow Saturday, stranding drivers on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn’t open their doors. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. Airlines canceled more than 5,300

flights through Saturday. The three major airports serving New York City slowly reopened, but Boston’s Logan Airport was not expected to resume operations until late Saturday night. Flights were expected to be back on close to normal schedules on Sunday, though flight-tracking website FlightAware said 115 Sunday flights had been cancelled as of Saturday evening. At least eight deaths were blamed on the storm, including three in

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Pedestrians make their way down a road during whiteout conditions in Salisbury, Mass. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

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Bali officially has tourism promotion board Bali Post

DENPASAR - After receiving insistence from some circles, the Bali Government finally issued a Gubernatorial Regulation and Gubernatorial Decree on the establishment the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) Bali. The Head of Bali Government Tourism Office, IB Kade Subhiksu, mentioned the decree had been forwarded to Tourism Industry Association of Indonesia (GIPI) Bali to be followed up immediately.

BEIJING — The annual Lunar New Year fireworks barrage in Beijing was notably muted Sunday following government appeals to reduce the smoky celebrations after air pollution rose to near catastrophic levels over recent weeks. The holiday was also being celebrated in Vietnamese and Korean communities, and in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang, streams of residents offered flowers and bowed deeply before giant statues of national founder Kim Il Sung and his son and late leader Kim Jong Il. In Jakarta, Indonesia, where Chinese cultural observances had been suppressed before 1998, ethnic Chinese flocked to the city’s oldest temple to pray for health and success. China’s capital saw almost twice the number of smoggy days in January, with levels of small particle air pollution going off the charts at times. That prompted calls for restraint, along with a reduction in the number of licensed fireworks sellers and amount of fireworks on sale. The fusillades that began on Lunar New Year’s eve on Saturday night started later than usual but still grew to furious intensity at midnight. They also died out earlier than usual on Sunday morning and relatively few explosions were heard during the day. Setting off fireworks to celebrate renewal and ward off evil spirits is a traditional part of the celebration that marks China’s most important family holiday. Sales of fireworks from Tuesday to

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“Legally and officially, Bali has set up the BPPD with nine members based on the Gubernatorial Decree and Regulation. We have forwarded the decree to GIPI Bali to be followed up by forming the structure, such as choosing a chairman, secretary and treasurer,” said Kade Subhiksu when met in Denpasar. He said the establishment of promotion board in accordance with the mandate of Law No.10/2009 on Tourism involved the circles of tourism associations, academicians and airlines. Nine personnel selected posed the key policy makers in thinking about the program of tourism promotion. “Nine people were elected, where four of which are representatives of tourism associations, professionals (2 persons), academicians (2) and airline (1),” he said. Related to the inauguration of the BPPD management, Kade Subhiksu said it was enough with the issuance of the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree. “In the law, there is no inauguration and installment, so it is enough with the issuance of the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree and then starts working,” he said. Meanwhile, Chairman of the GIPI Bali, Ngurah Wijaya, when contacted he confirmed to have received the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree to be followed up by forming the organizational structure. “We have organized a meeting while waiting for some members who are still outside Bali. We just need several meetings to reach the same perception,” he said. He said the GIPI Bali would soon report the results of the BPPD formation to governor. “Once established, we will immediately report it to governor,” he said. As known, the establishment of Bali tourism promotion board ran slowly whereas Bali relying on the tourism sector should have an integrated promotion agency to support the growth of tourism on the Island of the Gods. Moreover, the Law No.10/2009 on Tourism mandated the local government through the Bali Government Tourism Office to facilitate the formation of two agencies namely the Tourism Industry Association of Indonesia (GIPI) and Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD). A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Nyoman Kandia, said that Bali as a world tourist destination was actually less observant if it was unable to immediately form the BPPD. Stakeholders of Bali tourism should immediately propose to government the establishment of the BPPD. “Bali must take action faster in promoting Bali tourism. Bali is Indonesia’s tourist entrance. Besides, the BPPD also poses a partner of local government and in the future it will play the role in increasing the tourist arrivals to Bali,” he said. (kmb27)

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Due to the absence of legal instrument governing the levy of foreign worker permit (IMTA) renewal, Bali lost revenue for two months at the beginning of the Regional Budget 2013 worth IDR 3 billion more.

Bylaw on foreign working permit not finished

Bali loses revenue worth IDR 3 billion

Bali Post

DENPASAR - Due to the absence of legal instrument governing the levy of foreign worker permit (IMTA) renewal, Bali lost revenue for two months at the beginning of the Regional Budget 2013 worth IDR 3 billion more. It was revealed in the coordination meeting between the special committee of regional bylaw draft on IMTA renewal with the Bali Revenue Service and Bali Manpower and Resettlement Agency in the Parliamentary Hall on Friday (Feb 8). The Head of Bali Revenue Service, Wayan Suarjana, said that based on the data of the Bali Manpower and Resettlement Agency the existence of foreign workers employed in various companies in Bali reached over 1,700 people. Each month, the company or agency employing the foreigners should pay a levy worth IDR 1 million per person. In the calculation, it could obtain IDR 20 billion per year. “Currently, we do not have a legal instrument to charge them,” he said. The levies that should have been collected, added Suarjana, ultimately could not be collected by Bali government though central government had handed over the authority to local government. Thus, Bali lost revenue from the levy

charged to companies employing foreign workers. If calculated until the end of February, the lost revenue reached IDR 2-3 billion. Meanwhile, Chairman of Special Committee of the meeting on foreign worker permit renewal of the Bali House, Gusti Putu Budiarta, conveyed the levies should have been able to be collected. However, the bylaw used as a legal instrument for the levy collection to foreign workers in Bali had not accomplished. “We will boost it and hopefully it could be accomplished next March,” he promised. This PDI-P politician doubling as a member of Commission II of the Bali House added that previously the levy of foreign workers in Bali was collected by central government. Therefore, all the funds went to central government while Bali got nothing. After the issuance of Law No.28/2009 and Government Regulation No.97/2012, central government handed over the whole authority to local government. “Unfortunately, we cannot have accomplished the legal instrument early in 2013 so that we lose some revenues,” he explained. The Head of Bali Revenue Service, Wayan Suarjana, added that if the legal instrument could be accomplished, it

would not apply retroactively. Thus, when the regulation completed the collection would be implemented. “If can be completed in March, the income can just be reported on the budget amendment 2013,” he concluded. Meanwhile, the functional official of work conveyor, Bali Manpower and Resettlement Agency, Ayu Pijaya Manila, said the government had designed a circular delivered to companies hiring foreign workers, immigration office issuing the limited residential permit and Bank BNI formerly serving as recipient of the BPKK putting it into state treasury. “We have delivered orally the issue and affirmed with circular,” she said. She added, Provincial Investment Board (BPMP) Bali also issued a statement provided for companies hiring foreign workers carrying that before the existence of regional bylaw on renewal of foreign worker permit (IMTA), companies were allowed not pay the levy because there was no legal instrument. However, the company had to pay it later when the regulations had been enforced. “Therefore, based on the statement, the company has a debt to be paid after the regulations enforced. Indeed, there were levies missing from January,” she said. (kmb29)


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The tourists are enjoying their time in Kuta. The growth of Bali tourism slowed down in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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Bali tourism growth slows down

Denpasar (Bali Post)—

The growth of Bali tourism slowed down in the fourth quarter of 2012. Contraction of this growth was affected by reduced occupancy rate in star hotels, namely on the average of 63.20 percent or slightly increased compared to the previous quarter reaching 62.22 percent. “Based on star classification, the occupancy rate of four-star hotels was indeed lower when compared to the previous quarter, from 64.62 percent to 63.12 percent,” said the Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Bali, Gede Suarsa, in Denpasar, Friday (Feb 8). According to him, the decline caused the slowing growth in the hotel subsector considering the four-star hotel had a great contribution to the creation of added value in hotel subsector. “The slowdown in the sector of trade, hotel and restaurant also gave contribution to the economic growth of Bali which only grew by 1.60 in the fourth quarter of 2012,” he said. Aside from this sector, the four other sectors also experiencing a slowdown were mining, processing industry, electricity, gas and drinking water (LGA), finance, leasing and services company. “Construction sector indeed gave the highest contribution during this period. The development of infrastructure in the context of APEC gave significant contribution to the economic growth of

Bali,” he said. He said the biggest contribution to the establishment of Bali’s economy was still dominated by Badung County at 25.46 percent and then followed by Denpasar at 20.98 percent. “The slowdown also occurred in the agricultural sector, such as in the estate and forestry subsector,” he said. It was explained the two sub-sectors respectively contracted by 5.16 percent and 1.36 percent, while livestock and fisheries sub-sector grew slowly by 1.02 percent and 0.74 percent. “The GRDP of Bali increased by 6.65 percent in 2012 compared to the year 2011. The increase occurred in all economic sectors with the highest growth in the construction sector amounting to 18.67 percent and the lowest in the agricultural sector namely 3.37 percent,” he said. He added the slowing down contribution of the agricultural sector was influenced by the increase in the role of the building sector, mining and quarrying, trade and services to the

GRDP of Bali. Meanwhile, an economic practitioner from the Udayana University, Dr. IGW Murjana Yasa, judged the economic growth rate of 6.65 percent was relatively high or exceeding the growth target announced reaching 6.57 percent. “However, the economy of Bali in 2012 was still haunted by the absolute poverty rate remaining high and the income inequality among the regions is progressively widening,” he affirmed. Not only that, a pretty good investment performance in 2012 was judged not to be followed by the role of trade, hotel and restaurant as well as services that even weakened including the weakening role of the agricultural sector. “Importantly, the economic growth this year (2013) is the import growth having the impact on slowing down multiplier effect in the regional revenue growth. To that end, if wishing to consolidate the economic growth in 2013, one of the very important aspects needing to control is the import,” he emphasized. (kmb28)

Bali Police alerted six social conflicts in Denpasar Denpasar (Bali Post)-

A consolidation gathering at Denpasar Police last Friday (8/2) had a number of alerts from Head of Bali Police, General Inspector PC Drs. Arif Wachyunadi. Besides securing the city, there are around six social conflicts happening here which should be taken attention which three actions should be taken. First, what can be done to cause the conflict stopped developing. Second, there has to be peace between the two sides. Lastly, what can be done to cause no more social conflicts appear in our society. Denpasar Police was also asked to finish cases that haven’t been revealed and maximal attention to each of their responsible areas as Denpasar is the capital of Bali that needs a security especially to the tourists there are. From what’s seen by Bali Post, the Denpasar Police also held a simulation in sending sniffer dogs also society security in tackling a demonstration. A personnel checking was also done, along with equipments and vehicles to see how ready these officers are to go do their duty. “This consolidation gathering is part of Indonesia Police Leaders Meeting in Jakarta with Bali Police,” Wachyunadi explained, “A conducive situation has to be created this 2014 as President Election will take place while in the near time, we (Bali’s society) have our governor election taking place. For that we have to secure so that this five year democratic event can be secure and safely done.” (kmb21)

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Tabanan (Bali Psot)-

The infrastructure of Tabanan seemed to keep on in a worry state. This time, the Ketut Mario Building seemed to have a no good public facilities as its walls full of vandalism, parts of it damaged, and its outdoor toilets almost collapsed along with its roofs. All windows were also missing, its wall paint peeling off, and ceilings had many spider webs as if no one is living there. Ironically the building kept being used for many regional activities. The worst condition happened to the toilet nearby the south entrance where its roof falling off. Even so the toilet is still bein used and most of it was market visitors parking nearby the building. Weirdly what got fixed were only its paving of the road that circled the place. “It has been a long time it is damaged, not sure why,” on resident stated last Friday (8/2). Head of Tabanan House of Representatives, Ketut “Boping” Suryadi has been worried of its condition as well when actually the plan to fix it has been discussed. Yet due to the city garden that wanted to be built first as the Regent and Central Government agreed. Which means to fix this building there has to be an agreement settled first. Based on the masterplan, Mario Building will be changed to a city activity space so it is one with the city garden to bring back the real use of it as the place for being creative and recreation. It is hoped that this would liven up the city. (kmb30)

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks during the Republican Committee Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military. “The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party. Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense. “Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, has been confirmed as secretary of state. CIA designate John Brennan and defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel are still awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation. Wyoming’s two U.S. senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso,

voted for Kerry’s confirmation. Both Enzi and Barrasso gave introductory speeches for Cheney Saturday night. Cheney said Hagel, a former Nebraska U.S. senator, was chosen because Obama “wants to have a Republican that he can use to take the heat for what he plans to do to the Department of Defense.” He said Obama’s plans are to allow severe cuts in U.S. defense spending, which would limit the capability of the U.S. military to respond to future foreign crises well after Obama has left office. “He is today ... establishing what limitations will be on future presidents,” Cheney said. Cheney noted that the security situation in the Middle East and North Africa has worsened under Obama’s watch with Iran actively pursuing nuclear weapons and

with turmoil in Egypt, Syria, Mali and elsewhere. “That part of the world is as dangerous now as it has ever been,” he said. The Obama administration’s response has been to pull back U.S. military presence and influence, resulting in rising mistrust of the U.S. from allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, he said. Despite Obama’s re-election victory, Cheney said he hopes Republicans can revive their political fortunes by holding to conservative principles. “I believe we’re all going to pull together, work hard, dig in and do what needs to be done,” he said. Cheney, who received a heart transplant about a year ago, appeared fit, although his voice turned hoarse on occasion during his half-hour speech.

CAIRO — A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world. Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered YouTube blocked for carrying the film, which he described as “offensive to Islam and the Prophet (Muhammad).” He made the ruling in the Egyptian capital where the first protests against the film erupted last September before spreading to more than 20 countries, killing more than 50 people. The ruling however can be appealed, and based on precedent, might not be enforced. A spokeswoman for YouTube’s parent company, Google, said in a statement that the firm had “received nothing from the judge or government related to this matter.” The 14-minute trailer for the movie “Innocence of Muslims” portrays Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as a religious fraud, womanizer and pedophile. It was produced in the United States by an Egyptian-born Christian who’s now a U.S. citizen. Egypt’s new constitution includes a ban on insulting “religious messengers and prophets.” Broadly worded blasphemy laws were also in effect under former President Hosni Mubarak prior to his ouster in a popular revolt two years ago. Similar orders to censor pornographic websites deemed offensive have not been enforced in Egypt because of high costs associated with technical applications. Blocking YouTube might be easier to enforce, though it also can be circumvented by active Internet users. Rights activists say Egypt’s ministry of communications and information technology has appeared unwilling to enforce such bans. The Cabinet spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment. Human rights lawyer Gamal Eid said the decision to ban YouTube stems in large part from a lack of knowledge among judges about how the Internet works. Activists say this has led to a lack of courtroom discussion on technical aspects of digital technology, leaving cases based solely on threats to national security and defamation of religion. “This verdict shows that judges’ understanding of technology is weak,” Eid said. “The judges do not realize that one wrong post on a website does not mean you have to block the entire website.” Eid, who is executive director at The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, said the government should file an appeal and make it clear to judges that, at most, only specific pages on websites should be blocked. His group released a statement saying that the decision to block YouTube is counterproductive, citing thousands of videos that seek to promote a better understanding of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on the website. Google declined requests to remove the video from the website last year, but restricted access to it in certain countries, including Egypt, Libya and Indonesia, because it said the video broke laws in those countries. At the height of the protests in September, YouTube was ordered blocked in several countries, including Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Egyptians log on to the Internet at a community center in front of a mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the videosharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.


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BUSINESS India can ‘recapture the magic’ of high growth Agence France-Presse

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A picture taken on January 15, 2013, shows banknotes of the “Eusko” Basque currency displayed during a press conference launching its circulation in the French Basque country, in Bayonne, southwestern France. The strength of the euro, the state of the global monetary system and controversy over a so-called “currency war” will dominate the economic stage at eurozone and G20 ministerial meetings this week.

‘Currency wars’ back on international agenda

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PARIS - The strength of the euro, the state of the global monetary system and controversy over a so-called “currency war” will dominate the economic stage at eurozone and G20 ministerial meetings this week. The currency issue has been revived by Japan and is beginning to cause concern in some quarters in Europe. France will raise the issue of the strengthening euro at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday. Then a meeting of G20 ministers is likely to focus on the big picture in Moscow on Friday and Saturday. Eurozone finance ministers, meeting as the Eurogroup in Brussels on Monday, hold their first session under their new president Jeroen Dijsselbloem of the Netherlands against a background of calmer conditions for their debt crisis. Dijsselbloem has taken over from Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg who chaired the meetings throughout the global financial crisis and then the eurozone debt turmoil. This meeting is not expected to take any decisions either on help to debtstricken Cyprus in the run-up to next

week’s presidential election there; or on the creation of a banking union, still the subject of intense negotiations. The main focus of discussion is likely to be the rise of the euro: French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici called last week for a debate on the euro’s exchange rate. France is worried that the strengthening euro makes eurozone exports look more expensive and could undermine government efforts to improve the competitive position of French industry and services. The Socialist administration is already grappling with weak growth and a big trade deficit. France wants the eurozone to arm itself with a policy for the foreign exchange rate. The external value of the euro should not be left to market forces of the moment, French President Francois Hollande has argued. Germany and the European Central

Bank however, are keen to nip the debate in the bud, arguing that the European currency is not over-valued. The ECB has statutory independence in managing monetary policy and its main obligation is to ensure price stability. While the exchange rate is one of many factors affecting inflationary pressures, any targeting of an exchange rate would potentially interfere with the money supply and therefore monetary policy. ECB president Mario Draghi was nevertheless cautious on Thursday about the strength of economic recovery in the eurozone. Many analysts saw his remarks as an attempt to talk down the rise of the euro. If so, he succeeded: the euro was being quoted at $1.33 at the end of the week having risen a few days earlier to the highest level for 14 months and above $1.37.

NEW DELHI - India’s economy can “recapture the magic” and return to high-growth of seven-to-eight percent in the next couple of years, picking up from decade-low expansion, the finance minister said on Saturday. Earlier in the week, India’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) had projected that Asia’s thirdlargest economy will accelerate by five percent in the fiscal year ending in March -- its slowest rate in 10 years. “There are signs of an upturn that will take us to a high growth path,” Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters. “We will climb back to a growth rate of between six to seven percent next year and then between seven-and-eight percent in the year after,” he said. “We can recapture the magic of 2004-08. The average growth was 8.5 percent during that period,” he said. The finance minister disputed the CSO’s growth estimate of five percent for the current financial year as too low. “We believe growth will be closer to 5.5 percent,” Chidambaram said, as he unveiled a scheme to draw more investors into India’s growing stock market. The International Monetary Fund last week forecast India’s economy would post growth of 5.4 percent in the financial year ending in March. Last year, the economy grew by 6.2 percent but even that rate, while enviable by anaemic Western standards, is insufficient to create the jobs India needs to provide work for its ballooning population. An eight percent growth rate is imperative to generate jobs, Chidambaram said. “The measures we have taken... and will take in the coming days will put India onto the eight percent path,” said the minister, who is due to present the budget for the coming financial year at the end of the month. The Congress-led coalition government has introduced a string of measures since September to encourage foreign investment in key sectors and reduce subsidies, which have led to a ballooning fiscal deficit. India’s economy has slowed sharply due to high interest rates, Europe’s debt crisis and sluggish investment caused by domestic and overseas concerns about policy-making and corruption. On a positive note, Chidambaram said the CSO’s growth forecast was higher than a decade ago in 2002-03 when the economy grew at four percent. “I have no doubt in my mind that we will come out of this trough,” he said. As India gears up for national elections due in 2014, the government is under increasing pressure to kick-start the economy before facing voters.

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Master plan on real potential of each region to reduce inequality

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DENPASAR - Commitment of one of the Bali gubernatorial candidates, namely Puspayoga running with Sukrawan (PAS) who wanted to equalize the development based on county and municipality was well received by a number of people. Even, some economists provided a reference or inputs so that the commitment could genuinely be realized. Dr. IGW Murjana Yasa, for example, an economist from the Udayana University, said that one of the ways to realize the commitment was by creating a road map to reduce the inequalities in Bali. “At the moment, Bali is facing a macroeconomic problem where the income distribution tends to be imbalanced in the era of regional autonomy,” he said on Friday (Feb 8). The most obvious, he said, was the imbalance among the region of counties/ municipality and between the rural and urban areas. The cause was no other than different potential of each region due to differences in the ability of the region to accelerate the development. “A region that manages well and creatively the existing potential of development can evolve more rapidly than the other regions. It also happens to the disparity between rural and urban areas, where high urbanization rate causes the potential resources to shift to urban areas,” he explained. In the future, a good leader should be more concerned with the development of Bali. Placing Bali as the main core of development was then filled with a diversity of the economic potential owned by each county/municipality, unlike what happened today tending to be sectoral and regional ego oriented. As revealed by Murjana Yasa, another economist doubling as the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Warmadewa University, Gusti Ngurah Sanjaya, also said that master plan of the real potential owned by each region was one of the ways to realize the ideal. According to him, all this time the commitment of a leader to equalize the development was not a new thing, but had been classical through the times. However, it had not been fulfilled to date. Nevertheless, he surely welcomed the commitment of one of the candidate packages of the governor and deputy governor. “The efforts to equalize the development can be reached by making a master plan of the real potential of each region. Armed with this, the leader will leap integrally and measurably and involve all the parties as well as never discriminate based on ethnicity, sectoral and never act arrogantly,” he said. He added the master plan was thoroughly important considering the current condition of Bali seemed to have been messy in every field either in the field of construction, infrastructure, and other social aspects due to influences of arrogance, ethnocentrism, and inconsistence in enforcing the rules of leadership, minimizing bureaucratization and proximity to all society. “If the principle of equitable development in its broadest sense can be realized, then I have confidence Bali as a bijou island will be victorious. On the contrary, if the style of our leader is not professional, religious, polite and dignified, I am sure that time will tell if Bali will just leave a memory,” he said. (kmb28)

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The spirit of preserving local fruits showed the love to Bali because there were many local fruits becoming a pride of Balinese people.

Bylaw draft on local fruits protection being prepared

Bali Post

DENPASAR - Regional bylaw draft on local fruit protection has entered into serious formulation by involving various stakeholders, such as the special committee, academicians, agricultural observers, Customary Village General Assembly (MUDP), Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI), Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and related stakeholders, Friday (Feb 8) in the Bali Parliamentary Hall. Division Head of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of PHDI Bali, Made Raka Suarna, judged the legislation draft contained anxiety. “From the beginning to finish, the content of legislation draft is almost inappropriate. We cannot accept them comfortably. Hopefully, we can re-examine the existence of the legislation draft,” he said. Deputy Chairman of the MUDP Bali, Dewa Gede Ngurah Swasta, said the MUDP supported the spirit of preserving local fruits that showed the love to Bali because there were many local fruits becoming a pride of Balinese people. He reminded the regulation should bind and carry the obligation, prohibition and sanction. “This regional bylaw should be binding. It is unnecessary to make a regulation if it only suggests. Balinese people should be required to use local fruits in their ritual paraphernalia,” he said. Meanwhile, the PHRI supported the legislation draft where one of the contents required the tourism players mainly star hotels to serve local fruits. The investment development averagely reaching 70 percent led to tourism so that the potential of local fruit absorption was very high. Such potential should be worked on. “In Bali, there are 72,000 hotel rooms. If there is a synergy between the agriculture and tourism, it has a great potential,” said Chairman of the PHRI Badung, IGN Rai Suryawijaya. However, the PHRI asked for a guarantee on good quality, good price and continuity because so far the three aspects had become the obstacle. Then, Secretary of the PHRI Bali, Perry Markus, said the use

of local fruits should not only be obliged to hotels but also to all other tourist accommodations. Related to the obligation of tourism players to use local fruits as criteria in determining the hotel classification, the PHRI asked it should be synchronized with the rules of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism also governing the matter. In addition, the PHRI also highlighted the Article 72 regarding the administrative sanction stating that those violating the regulations could be charged with a 2-year imprisonment or a fine of IDR 2 billion. His party questioned about to whom the sanction would be imposed because it was unclear, whether to individual or institution. In line with the others, Chairman of the Indonesia Farmers Union (HKTI) Bali, Prof. Nyoman Supartha, said the regional bylaw draft on Local Fruit Protection still needed revising. Some chapters remained ambiguous to be understood, such as the scope of setting in Article 4 of the Regional Bylaw on Local Fruit Protection did not include the use of local fruits and processing. However, he greatly supported the establishment of the law protecting the agricultural products in Bali. “Armed with this regulation, local fruit growers cannot only produce the fruits, but also market the results in accordance with the market needs in Bali,” he said. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Special Committee of Regional Bylaw on Local Fruit Protection, Nyoman Sugawa Korry, appreciated many inputs obtained in the meeting. Later on, the inputs would be used to perfect the legislation on local fruit protection before it was passed. Other than inputs delivered in the meeting, the community was also given the opportunity to share their suggestions for legislation draft by writing a letter addressed to special committee. “A team of experts will receive the inputs obtained for the sake of improving the legislation on local fruit protection. Later on, we will re-examine it after the revision,” said the member of Commission II, the Bali House. (kmb29)


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German education minister quits in plagiarism case Associated Press Writer

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FILE – In this Dec. 17, 2002 file photo, Kashmiri man accused in the parliament attack Mohammed Afzal Guru, second right, is produced at a court in New Delhi, India. Afzal, convicted in the 2001 attack on India’s Parliament, has been hanged in an Indian prison, a senior Indian Home Ministry official said Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

India hangs man for 2001 attack on Parliament Associated Press Writer

NEW DELHI — A Kashmiri man convicted in a 2001 attack on India’s Parliament that left 14 people dead was hanged Saturday after a final mercy plea was rejected, a senior Indian Home Ministry official said. Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters that Mohammed Afzal Guru was executed early Saturday morning at New Delhi’s Tihar prison. “It was the law taking its course,” Singh said. Guru was given a Muslim burial in the prison compound, Press Trust of India news agency reported. His family in the India’s JammuKashmir state has demanded that his body be handed over, but that seems unlikely given the highly sensitive nature of the execution. Guru had been on death row since first being convicted in 2002. Subsequent appeals in higher courts were also rejected, and India’s Supreme Court set an execution date for October 2006. But his execution was delayed after his wife filed a mercy petition with India’s president. That petition, the last step in the judicial process, was turned down earlier this week. Several rights groups across India and political groups in Indian Kashmir have said that Guru did not get a fair trial. “Serious questions have been raised about the fairness of Afzal Guru’s trial,” Shashikumar Velath, Amnesty International India’s programs director, said in a statement.

“He did not receive legal representation of his choice or a lawyer with adequate experience at the trial stage. These concerns were not addressed.” Protests broke out Saturday in at least four parts of Indian Kashmir, including the northwestern town of Sopore, which was Guru’s home. Scores of protesters chanting slogans including “We want freedom” and “Down with India” defied a curfew and clashed with police and paramilitary troops, who opened fire. Four protesters sustained bullet wounds and one of them was in critical condition, a senior police officer said on customary condition of anonymity. Thousands of police and paramilitary troops fanned out across the state preparing for more protests and violence following the announcement of the execution. A curfew was also imposed in most parts of Indian Kashmir, and cable television channels were cut off in the region. About 30 Kashmiri students and anti-death penalty activists clashed with Indian police and right-wing Hindu groups in New Delhi. Most of the protesters were detained by the police. Police in Indian Kashmir on Saturday also detained several leaders

of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organization of separatist political and religious groups, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters. The group called for four days mourning in the disputed region and called Guru’s hanging “an attack on the collective conscience of the Kashmiri people.” “We appeal to the people to rise in one voice and protest this aggressive act so that it’s known to everyone that even if the heads of Kashmiris are cut, they’ll never bow under any circumstances,” the group said in a statement. The statement said that Indian Kashmir’s chief cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who also heads the separatist alliance, was detained in New Delhi and not allowed to travel to Srinagar, the main city of Indian Kashmir. Another top separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani, was also detained in the Indian capital, according to news reports. When Guru’s death sentence was handed down by India’s Supreme Court it sparked protests in Kashmir, and the state government has warned that his execution could destabilize the volatile Himalayan region.

BERLIN — Germany’s education minister resigned Saturday after a university decided to withdraw her doctorate, finding that she plagiarized parts of her thesis — an embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government as it prepares for elections later this year. Merkel said she had accepted “only with a very heavy heart” the resignation of Annette Schavan, who has been her education and research minister since 2005 and was considered close to the chancellor. Schavan’s resignation comes only two years after then-Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg lost his doctorate and quit when it emerged that he copied large parts of his doctoral thesis. Schavan said at the time she was “ashamed” of that affair. On Tuesday, an academic panel at Duesseldorf’s Heinrich Heine University voted to revoke Schavan’s doctorate following a review of her 1980 thesis, which dealt with the formation of conscience. The review was undertaken after an anonymous blogger last year raised allegations of plagiarism, which the minister denies. “I will not accept this decision and will file suit against it — I neither copied nor deceived in my dissertation,” she told reporters, speaking alongside Merkel at a brief news conference. “The accusations, as I have said over the past weeks and months, hurt me deeply.” Schavan made clear that she was going to prevent the issue turning into a festering problem for her party, and the government, as Germany gears up for parliamentary elections on Sept. 22 in which the conservative Merkel will seek a third term. Schavan, 57, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, announced her decision after returning from an official trip to South Africa during which, she said, she thought “thoroughly about the political consequences.” “If a research minister files a suit against a university, that of course places strain on my office, the ministry, the government and the CDU as well,” she said. “And that is exactly what I want to avoid.” Merkel offered lengthy praise of Schavan’s “exceptional” performance as a minister, adding that “at this time, she is putting her own personal well-being behind the common good.” Schavan will be replaced by Johanna Wanka, 61, the outgoing regional education minister in the state of Lower Saxony, Merkel said. That state’s conservative-led government narrowly lost a regional election to the center-left opposition last month. Doctorates are highly prized in Germany, where it is not unusual for people to insist on being referred to by their full academic title. Reflecting that tradition, Merkel — herself a doctor, as are several of her senior ministers — referred to Schavan’s successor by her full academic title, “Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka.”

5 reported dead in small plane crash in Belgium Associated Press Writer

CHARLEROI, Belgium — A small private plane crashed south of Brussels on Saturday, killing five members of a family including three small children, according to Belgian news reports. The plane had a problem on takeoff, immediately tried to return to the airport in Charleroi, but crashed beside the runway, the website of the newspaper Le Soir reported. According to the news website sudinfo.be, the victims were a 68year-old grandfather, his 39-year-old daughter-in-law, and his three grandchildren, aged 7, 6 and 3. The victims were from Brussels, and the children’s father was on his way to the airport, news reports said. The accident is reported to have taken place around 10 a.m. local time, 0900GMT. The airport has been closed until further notice, its website says. Photographs showed the plane to be partially disintegrated. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo expressed his condolences on Twitter, as did Didier Reynders, the country’s foreign minister. David Gering, a spokesman for Brussels South Airport, told the broadcaster RTBF that an investigation into the cause of the crash was under way. Charleroi is about 35 miles (60 kms) south of Brussels.

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INDONESIA Indonesia Islam leaders stir row over Chinese New Year Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - As Indonesia and other countries with Chinese diasporas welcome the Year of the Snake, some Islamic leaders have ignited a religious row by declaring the celebrations “haram” and off limits for Muslims. After decades of repression under the dictatorship of Suharto, who rose to power after a bloody purge of communists and Chinese in the late 1960s, Chinese-Indonesians are now accepted in mainstream society of the largely Muslim nation. Lunar New Year is also now a public holiday in Indonesia, where it is known as “Imlek”. But a local leader of the country’s top Muslim clerical body has declared the celebration “haram” (forbidden), saying its rituals are tied up with Buddhist practices, particularly those that take place in temples. “We cannot separate religion from culture, so we’re being cautious,” Zainal Arifin, head of the Indonesian Ulema Council in the city of Solo, told AFP. “And if it’s part of a religious ritual, we must not celebrate it. It’s the same case with Christmas and other religious celebrations.” The hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) said clerics would spread the message to Muslims through mosque loudspeakers, and warn Chinese-Indonesians not to invite Muslims to celebrations. But ethnic Chinese leaders say such comments about a traditional festival are illogical and a sign of outdated thinking in some Islamic organisations. “Chinese New Year is not a religious celebration and it’s especially not a Buddhist celebration,” said Andrew Susanto, president of the Chinese-Indonesian Youth Association. He said marking the Lunar New Year was no different to celebrating the new year in other cultures. “I don’t think that’s what most Indonesians think,” he said, adding the festivities have over time become an Indonesian tradition. Despite the cleric’s comments, a Javanese-style Lunar

New Year celebration was held in Solo last week, with thousands joining a procession akin to those commemorating Islamic holidays. Local monks released 888 songbirds and catfish -- eight being a lucky Chinese number -- and distributed cakes to the jovial crowd. Chinese-Indonesians make up around nine million of the nation’s 240 million people, most practising Christianity, Buddhism or Confucianism. Suharto, who ruled Indonesia with an iron fist for more than three decades until 1998, banned Chinese languages and symbols, and forced Chinese-Indonesians to change their names. His rule began after an antiCommunist purge in 1965-1966, in which at least 500,000 people considered communists or sympathisers -- many Chinese -were killed and others tortured. Rights activists say two million perished. Abdurrahman Wahid, an Islamic religious leader and politician who became the first elected president after Suharto stepped down, lifted the ban on Chinese culture in 2000, allowing ethnic Chinese to once again openly celebrate Lunar New Year. In Glodok -- Jakarta’s Chinatown which was reduced to rubble in the 1998 riots at the end of Suharto’s rule -- two Muslim women wearing headscarves soaked up the atmosphere, as vendors sold traditional red money envelopes and cobra oil to mark the Year of the Snake. “I’m Muslim, so I don’t myself take part in celebrations,” said one of the women, Widi Astudi, 37, as she visited a Buddhist temple Friday. “But Indonesia is a tolerant country, and the Chinese here are Indonesians, so there’s no harm in visiting the temples and appreciating how they celebrate.”

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In this photograph taken on February 8, 2013, Muslim women Widi Astuti (L) and Lusi Kusuma (R) visit a Buddhist temple in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta as minority Chinese-Indonesians celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Indonesian police arrest seven for baby trafficking Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesian police said Thursday they had arrested seven women involved in an alleged child trafficking ring suspected of selling dozens of babies since the 1990s, some of them in Singapore. “We arrested seven women involved in buying and selling babies in early January in West Jakarta,” city police spokesman Rikwanto told AFP. “They included midwives and we think there are more people in-

volved. Based on interrogations, we believe this ring has been operating since the 90s.” Rikwanto, who goes by one name, said that police suspected babies plucked from Indonesian hospitals and given false identities were listed on the manifests of several flights to Singapore and were likely being sold there. “Our investigation has found that the women would buy the babies from poor mothers, promising financial incentives and telling them the babies would

live better lives with wealthier families,” he said. The suspects bought the babies for between $1,500 and $2,000 depending on their “beauty and health condition” and sold them for up to $8,250, with boys fetching higher prices, Rikwanto said. Police last month investigated an advertisement offering two babies for sale at $1,000 each on the popular auction and shopping website Tokobagus.com. Rikwanto said the two investigations were not connected.

of the state and so they cannot be dealt with by one institution.” He said what they said was only a tactic to break the state`s power. In view of that he hoped all institutions including Polri, TNI and the government would unity to eradicate terrorism in the country. In the past week BNPT has staged a an anti-terrorism joint exercise in Palu attended by hundreds of TNI and Polri members to increase coordination and capabilities. The exercise included fight in

an open field, defusing explosives, releasing hostages, handling victims and onlookers in an anti-terrorist operation. Code-named “Latin III” the exercise was the first held outside Java. Sulawesi has been considered vulnerable to terrorism such as in Poso district and Makassar city. Mbai hoped through the exercise forces could get a clearer picture of various aspects in terrorism fight for finding the best method to deal with it.

Terrorists seeking to break army-police unity Antara

PALU - The chief of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Ansyaad Mbai, said terrorists were seeking to break the military- police unity to weaken the power of law enforcers. After closing an anti-terrorism exercise here on Saturday Mbai said that terrorists had stated that their only enemy was Polri (police) or Densus 88 (police anti-terrorist unit) and asked the military (TNI) to stay away. He said “terrorists are the enemy


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This temple was founded in the fifteenth century AD by Pedanda Bawu Rawuh or Danghyang Nirartha from Majapahit Kingdom, East Java. The Tanah Lot Temple is located at sea or separated from the mainland. Around the temple, there are also several small and big temples such as the Pekendungan Temple. Below and in the west, there are sources of fresh water becoming the holy water to the Hindus. Tanah Lot Temple is situated at Beraban Village, Kediri Subdistrict, approximately 13 km from the town of Tabanan. This destination has been completed with adequate parking lot. During the low tide, visitors can directly get to the court of the temple to pray. Below the temple lie several caves where some black-white sea snakes live. These snakes are very tame and may not be disturbed. If the tide goes up, this temple will look like a floating boat in the water. At Tanah Lot, we can witness the emergence of full moon at night and sunset on the west horizon. Both equally offer amazing attraction to see.

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DALLAS — Dallas’ Shawn Marion scored a season-high 26 points as the Mavericks thrashed Golden State 116-91 on Saturday to hand the Warriors their fourth-straight defeat. O.J. Mayo added 19 for Dallas, who led by 27 points in the second quarter to quickly put an end to the contest. In other games, Denver notched its ninth straight win by beating Cleveland, Sacramento proved it is hard to beat at home by downing Utah, Detroit edged a tight one against Milwaukee and Philadelphia was too good for Charlotte. Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points as the Mavericks avenged two losses to the Warriors earlier in the season. Golden State’s Stephen Curry had 18 points on 8-of-23 shooting but lacked support. The Denver AP Photo/LM Otero

Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo (32) scores during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 116-91.

Nuggets’ 111-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers put the team on its longest winning streak since the 2004-05 season. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and Kenneth Faried added 17 for the Nuggets. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points, but was plagued by foul trouble. The Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak was halted and they still haven’t won four in a row since LeBron James left for Cleveland three years ago. Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and Marcus Thornton had 24 as the Kings defeated the Utah Jazz 120-109. It was a boisterous crowd of 16,193 that was chanting “Sacramento!” just before tipoff in support of the Kings, who could be sold and move to Seattle next season. The Kings enjoyed the sup-

port, having come off a recent dismal road trip that contributed to a run of eight losses in nine games. Alec Burks had a career-high 24 points for the Jazz. Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva hit a 3-pointer with 9.7 seconds left, then Rodney Stuckey sealed the win with two free throws to give the Pistons a 105-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. With the scores tied, the Pistons worked the ball to Villanueva, who got it at the top of the key and swished a 3. On the Bucks’ next possession, Jennings fired up a 31-foot 3-point attempt with 3.2 seconds left. Stuckey’s two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining were the final margin. Philadelphia’s Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in the 76ers’ 87-76 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Vettel upbeat on Red Bull reliability Sebastian Vettel says he leaves the first winter Formula 1 test of 2013 feeling more comfortable with Red Bull’s reliability than he had 12 months earlier. The reigning world champion believes his team will be better prepared for its latest title defence after a relatively smooth start to its running with the RB9. Asked how his feelings compared to the same point in 2012, Vettel replied: “A little bit better, because I think last year we had some issues with the reliability. “It seems that we’ve done our homework well.”I don’t think we can really say anything about the performance yet.” Vettel suspects the forthcoming Barcelona tests will reveal more about the cars’ pace, though he doubts any real conclusions can be drawn before the first race. “People run more and probably start playing around more [at Barcelona], so I think if you keep your eyes open, you might start to understand things a little better there,” he said. “But at the moment we’re focusing on ourselves and understanding our car. “Surely within the next two tests we’ll know a little bit more both about ourselves and about the others, but then again Australia is a very different track with different conditions. “I reckon Barcelona is going to be a little bit cooler here and cooler than Australia so it might be difficult to get a heads-up before the start of the season.”

VINA DEL MAR, Chile - Rafa Nadal overcame a slow start to beat Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-2 and advance to the third round of the Chilean Open with his first singles victory in seven months on Wednesday. Nadal lost his serve in the first

game but quickly hit back, taking command of the match and winning the first set in 50 minutes at the Pacific resort city of Vina del Mar. The French Open champion seemed surprised when Delbonis took a 2-0 lead, but with some fierce shots he put things in their place. The former world number one

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal gestures after winning his men’s singles match against France’s Jeremy Chardy at the Chilean Open tennis tournament in Vina del Mar city February 9, 2013.

began to vary his game and showed greater mobility in a one-sided second set which he wrapped up in 38 minutes. “I feel happy to be playing singles again. It’s been an important day for me,” Nadal told local television after the match. “Thanks for supporting me. I’d never dreamed of a comeback like this,” he added in front of an ecstatic crowd. “It was a tough start. Federico played really well and forced me to run a lot”. Nadal took advantage of four of his eleven chances to break Delbonis’s serve. The Spanish left-hander had been out with a knee injury since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June. “I’m happy the knee responded well,” Nadal added. In the quarter finals, Nadal will play against the winner of Thursday’s match between Spaniards Albert Montanes and Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The 26-year-old Nadal, whose plan to resume at the end of 2012 was delayed due to illness, will continue playing on his favourite clay surface at two other Latin American events this month, the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo next week and the Mexico Open in Acapulco from Feb. 25.


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Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic, of Montenegro celebrates after he scored during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Fiorentina at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

Juventus beats Fiorentina 2-0 in Serie A Associated Press Writer

MILAN — Defending champion Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 in the Serie A on Saturday to extend its advantage at the top of the table to five points after second-placed Napoli drew 1-1 at Lazio. Mirko Vucinic gave Juventus the lead in the 20th minute with a powerful effort under the bar following a poor clearance by Gonzalo Rodriguez. Alessandro Matri doubled Juve’s lead shortly before the break, scoring his third successive goal in unusual circumstances, as the striker’s boot had already fallen off before he struck the ball. “My boot fell off just before the goal, as someone had trodden on the back of my foot,” Matri said. “I scored in my socks. Oh well, it turned out for the best.” Juventus coach Antonio Conte and defender Leonardo Bonucci were sitting out bans for insulting a referee. The result was a timely boost for Juventus, three days before its Champions League match at Celtic. In Rome, Lazio started the brighter and broke the deadlock after 11 minutes. Abdoullay Konko raced down the right

flank before crossing for Sergio Floccari to chest down and pick his spot, firing home from 10 yards. Stefano Mauri had to go off injured after accidentally stepping on the ball while celebrating and spraining his ankle. Floccari, who has scored five in his past six matches, could have doubled Lazio’s lead but his fierce effort thumped off the post. Edinson Cavani also hit the woodwork, when his header from a Juan Camilo Zuniga cross, crashed off the underside of the crossbar, bounced onto the line and out to safety. Lazio had the ball in the back of the net again five minutes after the restart but Giuseppe Biava was clearly offside. Napoli rescued a point three minutes from time with a spectacular volley from Hugo Campagnaro. There was still time for Floccari to

again hit the woodwork, heading Antonio Candreva’s cross onto the bar as both sides strove for the winner. While Napoli lost ground on Juve, it remained six points ahead of thirdplaced Lazio. “It’s a really important point,” Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri said. “It’s not easy to win against Lazio. They hit us hard right from the beginning and several of my players didn’t start on the right foot. For that reason, it wasn’t easy to come out with a positive result. “I don’t know what was going through the players’ heads. But several only arrived yesterday after playing for their countries, some after travelling from other continents and I think that counted more than anything else. Lazio had less (players back from international duties) and it was playing at home. They came off negative results and they started better than us.”

LONDON - Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, who is being treated for alcohol addiction in a United States clinic, has been moved to a hospital intensive care unit but should be able to resume rehabilitation treatment soon, his ex-team mate Gary Mabbutt said on Sunday. “Unfortunately Paul had a very bad reaction to the detox and the clinic decided that as a precaution it was best to transfer him to hospital... where he went into intensive care so they could monitor him 24/7,” Mabbutt told Sky Sports. “I spoke to Paul’s medical team this morning here in the UK, they have spoken to Paul and he’s recovering from the situation and hopefully will be back into the clinic soon and continuing with his rehab,” the former Tottenham captain added. The 45-year-old Gascoigne, who has struggled with alcoholism since playing for clubs including Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers, had travelled to the U.S. willingly for treatment, his management company said this week. “A lot of the time the media make him out to be a celebrity drunk,” Mabbutt added. “That isn’t the case - Paul has some serious illnesses that have to be addressed. “He asked for help on Monday and by Monday afternoon he was on a plane out to Arizona to a clinic that specialises in dealing with Paul’s specific problems.” Former England team mate Gary Lineker tweeted early on Sunday: “Gazza is struggling, Let’s hope he can hang on in there.”

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City have 10 percent chance for title, says Mancini Reuters

LONDON - Manchester City’s lethargic 3-1 defeat at Southampton, where Gareth Barry scored an inexplicable own goal, means the champions have only a 10 percent chance of retaining their title, manager Roberto Mancini said on Saturday. Premier League leaders Manchester United can extend their advantage over second-placed City to 12 points with 12 games left if they win at home to Everton on Sunday. City made up eight points with six matches left last term to beat United to the title on goal difference. “Now we have 10 percent (chance) maybe. I don’t think United believe that we can recover 12 points,” the Italian told ESPN. “They (Southampton) deserved to win. We didn’t play well, we conceded a goal that I have never seen in my life.” Barry’s own goal, which made it 3-1 and gave Mauricio Pochettino his first win for 15th-placed Southampton, was as strange as they come, with the midfielder passing an innocuous ball across the box into the net with Joe Hart beaten. Goalkeeper Hart had dropped his own clanger for the second goal when Rickie Lambert’s shot somehow went through his defences for Steven Davis to prod in. Southampton, who upset fans by sacking popular coach Nigel Adkins last month, had gone ahead through Jason Puncheon after City’s midfield and makeshift defence again looked lax. Usual centre backs Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic were out injured while striker Carlos Tevez was missing due to family reasons. “I think they understand that they played really bad. Worst game in two or three years maybe,” Mancini added. “Clearly we are missing Vinny, Nastasic and we have some players that are not in good form, play really bad without strength and personality.”

Ronaldo grabs Real hat-trick ahead of United tie

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Ghana soccer player Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, left top, fight’s for the ball against Mali Mahamadou N’Diaye, right, during their African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

Mali beats Ghana 3-1 to finish 3rd in African Cup

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MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo warmed up in style for Wednesday’s Champions League showdown with former club Manchester United by claiming a hat-trick and an assist as Real Madrid crushed Sevilla 4-1 in La Liga on Saturday. The Portuguese forward, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real from United in 2009, set up Karim Benzema to open the scoring from close range in the 18th minute at a festive Bernabeu stadium. Ronaldo doubled the home side’s lead with a powerful leftfoot strike from the edge of the area eight minutes later and added his second in the 46th minute after a blunder in the Sevilla defence. The 28-year-old completed his treble in the 59th minute when he started and finished a swift break to chalk up the 21st hat-trick of his career and his 17th in La Liga. Ronaldo took his tally for the season to 24 league goals, 10 behind top scorer Lionel Messi of Barcelona. “We have a phenomenon (in Ronaldo). I cannot recall anything like it,” Real director and former club great Emilio Butragueno told Canal Plus television. “It seems normal for him to score three goals and we continue to enjoy his performances.” Real forward Gonzalo Higuain was sent off midway through the second half for a second yellow card but it did little to sour the party atmosphere ahead of United’s visit in a last-16 first leg tie. Ronaldo was substituted to a rousing ovation shortly before Higuain’s dismissal and Sevilla’s misery was compounded with 10 minutes left when Hedwiges Maduro picked up a second yellow. Substitute Manu del Moral pulled a goal back for the Andalusians three minutes from time. Third-placed Real’s victory trimmed the deficit on Atletico Madrid in second spot to four points ahead of the visit of their city rivals to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday (2000 GMT).

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — Mali defeated Ghana 3-1 to finish third in the African Cup of Nations on Saturday, overcoming the Black Stars for the second consecutive year in the consolation match. Striker Mahamadou Samassa opened the scoring with a header in the 21st minute, captain Seydou Keita added to the lead with a close-range shot in the 48th, and Sigamary Diarra sealed the victory in stoppage time, ending Mali’s emotional campaign. Kwadwo Asamoah scored for Ghana in the 82nd. Ghana midfielder Wakaso Mubarak missed a penalty kick early in the second half, his first miss in four spotkicks at this African Cup. Last year, Mali beat Ghana 2-0 in the consolation match. It entered this year’s tournament with players saying they were motivated to bring joy to fans enduring political instability and fighting back home. “I’m proud and very happy. The players worked hard for this bronze medal,” Mali coach Patrice Carteron said. “For a nation like

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Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini reacts as he watches his team play against Southampton during their English Premier League soccer match at St Mary’s stadium, Southampton, England, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

Mali, this is a fantastic result.” Saturday’s loss at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium added even more disappointment to Ghana, which reached the semifinals the last four times but was leaving without the title again. Ghana was relegated to the third-place match after losing the semifinal to Burkina Faso in a penalty shootout. The Black Stars won the last of their four titles in 1982. “The players did so well getting to the semifinals,” Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah said. “It’s disappointing but the group is young and given the same opportunity in the future they will do well because they will be more experienced.” Mali was trying to make it to the final for the first time in more than 40 years, but its hopes of a first title ended after a 4-1 defeat to Nigeria in the semis. Its best campaign remains a runner-up finish in 1972. The Malians dedicated this latest uplifting campaign to their conflict-torn home country, where French troops are fighting Islamist extremists. Samassa scored with a diving

header from near the penalty spot after a breakaway on the left side, and former Barcelona player Keita netted his third goal of the tournament with an easy shot from close range after a cross from the right. Keita scored again in the 72nd but the goal was called off because of offside. Ghana pulled one closer near the end with a long-range leftfooted shot that curled to fool Mali goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite, who was his team’s hero in the penalty shootout against host South Africa in the quarterfinals. Diarra closed the scoring in the third minute of stoppage time, firing a left-footed shot into the far corner after beating Ghana defenders to a long ball inside the area. Ghana had a chance to get on the board early in the second half after the referee called a handball inside the Mali box, but Mubarak sent his shot from the spot way over the crossbar. The Espanyol midfielder entered the match as one of the tournament’s leading scorers with four goals along with Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike, who will play in Sunday’s final if he recovers from an injury.


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Gascoigne in intensive care for monitoring, Mabbutt says Reuters

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Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic, of Montenegro celebrates after he scored during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Fiorentina at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

Juventus beats Fiorentina 2-0 in Serie A Associated Press Writer

MILAN — Defending champion Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 in the Serie A on Saturday to extend its advantage at the top of the table to five points after second-placed Napoli drew 1-1 at Lazio. Mirko Vucinic gave Juventus the lead in the 20th minute with a powerful effort under the bar following a poor clearance by Gonzalo Rodriguez. Alessandro Matri doubled Juve’s lead shortly before the break, scoring his third successive goal in unusual circumstances, as the striker’s boot had already fallen off before he struck the ball. “My boot fell off just before the goal, as someone had trodden on the back of my foot,” Matri said. “I scored in my socks. Oh well, it turned out for the best.” Juventus coach Antonio Conte and defender Leonardo Bonucci were sitting out bans for insulting a referee. The result was a timely boost for Juventus, three days before its Champions League match at Celtic. In Rome, Lazio started the brighter and broke the deadlock after 11 minutes. Abdoullay Konko raced down the right

flank before crossing for Sergio Floccari to chest down and pick his spot, firing home from 10 yards. Stefano Mauri had to go off injured after accidentally stepping on the ball while celebrating and spraining his ankle. Floccari, who has scored five in his past six matches, could have doubled Lazio’s lead but his fierce effort thumped off the post. Edinson Cavani also hit the woodwork, when his header from a Juan Camilo Zuniga cross, crashed off the underside of the crossbar, bounced onto the line and out to safety. Lazio had the ball in the back of the net again five minutes after the restart but Giuseppe Biava was clearly offside. Napoli rescued a point three minutes from time with a spectacular volley from Hugo Campagnaro. There was still time for Floccari to

again hit the woodwork, heading Antonio Candreva’s cross onto the bar as both sides strove for the winner. While Napoli lost ground on Juve, it remained six points ahead of thirdplaced Lazio. “It’s a really important point,” Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri said. “It’s not easy to win against Lazio. They hit us hard right from the beginning and several of my players didn’t start on the right foot. For that reason, it wasn’t easy to come out with a positive result. “I don’t know what was going through the players’ heads. But several only arrived yesterday after playing for their countries, some after travelling from other continents and I think that counted more than anything else. Lazio had less (players back from international duties) and it was playing at home. They came off negative results and they started better than us.”

LONDON - Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, who is being treated for alcohol addiction in a United States clinic, has been moved to a hospital intensive care unit but should be able to resume rehabilitation treatment soon, his ex-team mate Gary Mabbutt said on Sunday. “Unfortunately Paul had a very bad reaction to the detox and the clinic decided that as a precaution it was best to transfer him to hospital... where he went into intensive care so they could monitor him 24/7,” Mabbutt told Sky Sports. “I spoke to Paul’s medical team this morning here in the UK, they have spoken to Paul and he’s recovering from the situation and hopefully will be back into the clinic soon and continuing with his rehab,” the former Tottenham captain added. The 45-year-old Gascoigne, who has struggled with alcoholism since playing for clubs including Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers, had travelled to the U.S. willingly for treatment, his management company said this week. “A lot of the time the media make him out to be a celebrity drunk,” Mabbutt added. “That isn’t the case - Paul has some serious illnesses that have to be addressed. “He asked for help on Monday and by Monday afternoon he was on a plane out to Arizona to a clinic that specialises in dealing with Paul’s specific problems.” Former England team mate Gary Lineker tweeted early on Sunday: “Gazza is struggling, Let’s hope he can hang on in there.”

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City have 10 percent chance for title, says Mancini Reuters

LONDON - Manchester City’s lethargic 3-1 defeat at Southampton, where Gareth Barry scored an inexplicable own goal, means the champions have only a 10 percent chance of retaining their title, manager Roberto Mancini said on Saturday. Premier League leaders Manchester United can extend their advantage over second-placed City to 12 points with 12 games left if they win at home to Everton on Sunday. City made up eight points with six matches left last term to beat United to the title on goal difference. “Now we have 10 percent (chance) maybe. I don’t think United believe that we can recover 12 points,” the Italian told ESPN. “They (Southampton) deserved to win. We didn’t play well, we conceded a goal that I have never seen in my life.” Barry’s own goal, which made it 3-1 and gave Mauricio Pochettino his first win for 15th-placed Southampton, was as strange as they come, with the midfielder passing an innocuous ball across the box into the net with Joe Hart beaten. Goalkeeper Hart had dropped his own clanger for the second goal when Rickie Lambert’s shot somehow went through his defences for Steven Davis to prod in. Southampton, who upset fans by sacking popular coach Nigel Adkins last month, had gone ahead through Jason Puncheon after City’s midfield and makeshift defence again looked lax. Usual centre backs Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic were out injured while striker Carlos Tevez was missing due to family reasons. “I think they understand that they played really bad. Worst game in two or three years maybe,” Mancini added. “Clearly we are missing Vinny, Nastasic and we have some players that are not in good form, play really bad without strength and personality.”

Ronaldo grabs Real hat-trick ahead of United tie

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Ghana soccer player Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, left top, fight’s for the ball against Mali Mahamadou N’Diaye, right, during their African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

Mali beats Ghana 3-1 to finish 3rd in African Cup

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MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo warmed up in style for Wednesday’s Champions League showdown with former club Manchester United by claiming a hat-trick and an assist as Real Madrid crushed Sevilla 4-1 in La Liga on Saturday. The Portuguese forward, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real from United in 2009, set up Karim Benzema to open the scoring from close range in the 18th minute at a festive Bernabeu stadium. Ronaldo doubled the home side’s lead with a powerful leftfoot strike from the edge of the area eight minutes later and added his second in the 46th minute after a blunder in the Sevilla defence. The 28-year-old completed his treble in the 59th minute when he started and finished a swift break to chalk up the 21st hat-trick of his career and his 17th in La Liga. Ronaldo took his tally for the season to 24 league goals, 10 behind top scorer Lionel Messi of Barcelona. “We have a phenomenon (in Ronaldo). I cannot recall anything like it,” Real director and former club great Emilio Butragueno told Canal Plus television. “It seems normal for him to score three goals and we continue to enjoy his performances.” Real forward Gonzalo Higuain was sent off midway through the second half for a second yellow card but it did little to sour the party atmosphere ahead of United’s visit in a last-16 first leg tie. Ronaldo was substituted to a rousing ovation shortly before Higuain’s dismissal and Sevilla’s misery was compounded with 10 minutes left when Hedwiges Maduro picked up a second yellow. Substitute Manu del Moral pulled a goal back for the Andalusians three minutes from time. Third-placed Real’s victory trimmed the deficit on Atletico Madrid in second spot to four points ahead of the visit of their city rivals to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday (2000 GMT).

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — Mali defeated Ghana 3-1 to finish third in the African Cup of Nations on Saturday, overcoming the Black Stars for the second consecutive year in the consolation match. Striker Mahamadou Samassa opened the scoring with a header in the 21st minute, captain Seydou Keita added to the lead with a close-range shot in the 48th, and Sigamary Diarra sealed the victory in stoppage time, ending Mali’s emotional campaign. Kwadwo Asamoah scored for Ghana in the 82nd. Ghana midfielder Wakaso Mubarak missed a penalty kick early in the second half, his first miss in four spotkicks at this African Cup. Last year, Mali beat Ghana 2-0 in the consolation match. It entered this year’s tournament with players saying they were motivated to bring joy to fans enduring political instability and fighting back home. “I’m proud and very happy. The players worked hard for this bronze medal,” Mali coach Patrice Carteron said. “For a nation like

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Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini reacts as he watches his team play against Southampton during their English Premier League soccer match at St Mary’s stadium, Southampton, England, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

Mali, this is a fantastic result.” Saturday’s loss at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium added even more disappointment to Ghana, which reached the semifinals the last four times but was leaving without the title again. Ghana was relegated to the third-place match after losing the semifinal to Burkina Faso in a penalty shootout. The Black Stars won the last of their four titles in 1982. “The players did so well getting to the semifinals,” Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah said. “It’s disappointing but the group is young and given the same opportunity in the future they will do well because they will be more experienced.” Mali was trying to make it to the final for the first time in more than 40 years, but its hopes of a first title ended after a 4-1 defeat to Nigeria in the semis. Its best campaign remains a runner-up finish in 1972. The Malians dedicated this latest uplifting campaign to their conflict-torn home country, where French troops are fighting Islamist extremists. Samassa scored with a diving

header from near the penalty spot after a breakaway on the left side, and former Barcelona player Keita netted his third goal of the tournament with an easy shot from close range after a cross from the right. Keita scored again in the 72nd but the goal was called off because of offside. Ghana pulled one closer near the end with a long-range leftfooted shot that curled to fool Mali goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite, who was his team’s hero in the penalty shootout against host South Africa in the quarterfinals. Diarra closed the scoring in the third minute of stoppage time, firing a left-footed shot into the far corner after beating Ghana defenders to a long ball inside the area. Ghana had a chance to get on the board early in the second half after the referee called a handball inside the Mali box, but Mubarak sent his shot from the spot way over the crossbar. The Espanyol midfielder entered the match as one of the tournament’s leading scorers with four goals along with Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike, who will play in Sunday’s final if he recovers from an injury.


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This temple was founded in the fifteenth century AD by Pedanda Bawu Rawuh or Danghyang Nirartha from Majapahit Kingdom, East Java. The Tanah Lot Temple is located at sea or separated from the mainland. Around the temple, there are also several small and big temples such as the Pekendungan Temple. Below and in the west, there are sources of fresh water becoming the holy water to the Hindus. Tanah Lot Temple is situated at Beraban Village, Kediri Subdistrict, approximately 13 km from the town of Tabanan. This destination has been completed with adequate parking lot. During the low tide, visitors can directly get to the court of the temple to pray. Below the temple lie several caves where some black-white sea snakes live. These snakes are very tame and may not be disturbed. If the tide goes up, this temple will look like a floating boat in the water. At Tanah Lot, we can witness the emergence of full moon at night and sunset on the west horizon. Both equally offer amazing attraction to see.

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DALLAS — Dallas’ Shawn Marion scored a season-high 26 points as the Mavericks thrashed Golden State 116-91 on Saturday to hand the Warriors their fourth-straight defeat. O.J. Mayo added 19 for Dallas, who led by 27 points in the second quarter to quickly put an end to the contest. In other games, Denver notched its ninth straight win by beating Cleveland, Sacramento proved it is hard to beat at home by downing Utah, Detroit edged a tight one against Milwaukee and Philadelphia was too good for Charlotte. Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points as the Mavericks avenged two losses to the Warriors earlier in the season. Golden State’s Stephen Curry had 18 points on 8-of-23 shooting but lacked support. The Denver AP Photo/LM Otero

Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo (32) scores during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 116-91.

Nuggets’ 111-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers put the team on its longest winning streak since the 2004-05 season. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and Kenneth Faried added 17 for the Nuggets. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points, but was plagued by foul trouble. The Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak was halted and they still haven’t won four in a row since LeBron James left for Cleveland three years ago. Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and Marcus Thornton had 24 as the Kings defeated the Utah Jazz 120-109. It was a boisterous crowd of 16,193 that was chanting “Sacramento!” just before tipoff in support of the Kings, who could be sold and move to Seattle next season. The Kings enjoyed the sup-

port, having come off a recent dismal road trip that contributed to a run of eight losses in nine games. Alec Burks had a career-high 24 points for the Jazz. Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva hit a 3-pointer with 9.7 seconds left, then Rodney Stuckey sealed the win with two free throws to give the Pistons a 105-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. With the scores tied, the Pistons worked the ball to Villanueva, who got it at the top of the key and swished a 3. On the Bucks’ next possession, Jennings fired up a 31-foot 3-point attempt with 3.2 seconds left. Stuckey’s two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining were the final margin. Philadelphia’s Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in the 76ers’ 87-76 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Vettel upbeat on Red Bull reliability Sebastian Vettel says he leaves the first winter Formula 1 test of 2013 feeling more comfortable with Red Bull’s reliability than he had 12 months earlier. The reigning world champion believes his team will be better prepared for its latest title defence after a relatively smooth start to its running with the RB9. Asked how his feelings compared to the same point in 2012, Vettel replied: “A little bit better, because I think last year we had some issues with the reliability. “It seems that we’ve done our homework well.”I don’t think we can really say anything about the performance yet.” Vettel suspects the forthcoming Barcelona tests will reveal more about the cars’ pace, though he doubts any real conclusions can be drawn before the first race. “People run more and probably start playing around more [at Barcelona], so I think if you keep your eyes open, you might start to understand things a little better there,” he said. “But at the moment we’re focusing on ourselves and understanding our car. “Surely within the next two tests we’ll know a little bit more both about ourselves and about the others, but then again Australia is a very different track with different conditions. “I reckon Barcelona is going to be a little bit cooler here and cooler than Australia so it might be difficult to get a heads-up before the start of the season.”

VINA DEL MAR, Chile - Rafa Nadal overcame a slow start to beat Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-2 and advance to the third round of the Chilean Open with his first singles victory in seven months on Wednesday. Nadal lost his serve in the first

game but quickly hit back, taking command of the match and winning the first set in 50 minutes at the Pacific resort city of Vina del Mar. The French Open champion seemed surprised when Delbonis took a 2-0 lead, but with some fierce shots he put things in their place. The former world number one

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began to vary his game and showed greater mobility in a one-sided second set which he wrapped up in 38 minutes. “I feel happy to be playing singles again. It’s been an important day for me,” Nadal told local television after the match. “Thanks for supporting me. I’d never dreamed of a comeback like this,” he added in front of an ecstatic crowd. “It was a tough start. Federico played really well and forced me to run a lot”. Nadal took advantage of four of his eleven chances to break Delbonis’s serve. The Spanish left-hander had been out with a knee injury since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June. “I’m happy the knee responded well,” Nadal added. In the quarter finals, Nadal will play against the winner of Thursday’s match between Spaniards Albert Montanes and Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The 26-year-old Nadal, whose plan to resume at the end of 2012 was delayed due to illness, will continue playing on his favourite clay surface at two other Latin American events this month, the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo next week and the Mexico Open in Acapulco from Feb. 25.


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FILE – In this Dec. 17, 2002 file photo, Kashmiri man accused in the parliament attack Mohammed Afzal Guru, second right, is produced at a court in New Delhi, India. Afzal, convicted in the 2001 attack on India’s Parliament, has been hanged in an Indian prison, a senior Indian Home Ministry official said Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

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NEW DELHI — A Kashmiri man convicted in a 2001 attack on India’s Parliament that left 14 people dead was hanged Saturday after a final mercy plea was rejected, a senior Indian Home Ministry official said. Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters that Mohammed Afzal Guru was executed early Saturday morning at New Delhi’s Tihar prison. “It was the law taking its course,” Singh said. Guru was given a Muslim burial in the prison compound, Press Trust of India news agency reported. His family in the India’s JammuKashmir state has demanded that his body be handed over, but that seems unlikely given the highly sensitive nature of the execution. Guru had been on death row since first being convicted in 2002. Subsequent appeals in higher courts were also rejected, and India’s Supreme Court set an execution date for October 2006. But his execution was delayed after his wife filed a mercy petition with India’s president. That petition, the last step in the judicial process, was turned down earlier this week. Several rights groups across India and political groups in Indian Kashmir have said that Guru did not get a fair trial. “Serious questions have been raised about the fairness of Afzal Guru’s trial,” Shashikumar Velath, Amnesty International India’s programs director, said in a statement.

“He did not receive legal representation of his choice or a lawyer with adequate experience at the trial stage. These concerns were not addressed.” Protests broke out Saturday in at least four parts of Indian Kashmir, including the northwestern town of Sopore, which was Guru’s home. Scores of protesters chanting slogans including “We want freedom” and “Down with India” defied a curfew and clashed with police and paramilitary troops, who opened fire. Four protesters sustained bullet wounds and one of them was in critical condition, a senior police officer said on customary condition of anonymity. Thousands of police and paramilitary troops fanned out across the state preparing for more protests and violence following the announcement of the execution. A curfew was also imposed in most parts of Indian Kashmir, and cable television channels were cut off in the region. About 30 Kashmiri students and anti-death penalty activists clashed with Indian police and right-wing Hindu groups in New Delhi. Most of the protesters were detained by the police. Police in Indian Kashmir on Saturday also detained several leaders

of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organization of separatist political and religious groups, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters. The group called for four days mourning in the disputed region and called Guru’s hanging “an attack on the collective conscience of the Kashmiri people.” “We appeal to the people to rise in one voice and protest this aggressive act so that it’s known to everyone that even if the heads of Kashmiris are cut, they’ll never bow under any circumstances,” the group said in a statement. The statement said that Indian Kashmir’s chief cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who also heads the separatist alliance, was detained in New Delhi and not allowed to travel to Srinagar, the main city of Indian Kashmir. Another top separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani, was also detained in the Indian capital, according to news reports. When Guru’s death sentence was handed down by India’s Supreme Court it sparked protests in Kashmir, and the state government has warned that his execution could destabilize the volatile Himalayan region.

BERLIN — Germany’s education minister resigned Saturday after a university decided to withdraw her doctorate, finding that she plagiarized parts of her thesis — an embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government as it prepares for elections later this year. Merkel said she had accepted “only with a very heavy heart” the resignation of Annette Schavan, who has been her education and research minister since 2005 and was considered close to the chancellor. Schavan’s resignation comes only two years after then-Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg lost his doctorate and quit when it emerged that he copied large parts of his doctoral thesis. Schavan said at the time she was “ashamed” of that affair. On Tuesday, an academic panel at Duesseldorf’s Heinrich Heine University voted to revoke Schavan’s doctorate following a review of her 1980 thesis, which dealt with the formation of conscience. The review was undertaken after an anonymous blogger last year raised allegations of plagiarism, which the minister denies. “I will not accept this decision and will file suit against it — I neither copied nor deceived in my dissertation,” she told reporters, speaking alongside Merkel at a brief news conference. “The accusations, as I have said over the past weeks and months, hurt me deeply.” Schavan made clear that she was going to prevent the issue turning into a festering problem for her party, and the government, as Germany gears up for parliamentary elections on Sept. 22 in which the conservative Merkel will seek a third term. Schavan, 57, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, announced her decision after returning from an official trip to South Africa during which, she said, she thought “thoroughly about the political consequences.” “If a research minister files a suit against a university, that of course places strain on my office, the ministry, the government and the CDU as well,” she said. “And that is exactly what I want to avoid.” Merkel offered lengthy praise of Schavan’s “exceptional” performance as a minister, adding that “at this time, she is putting her own personal well-being behind the common good.” Schavan will be replaced by Johanna Wanka, 61, the outgoing regional education minister in the state of Lower Saxony, Merkel said. That state’s conservative-led government narrowly lost a regional election to the center-left opposition last month. Doctorates are highly prized in Germany, where it is not unusual for people to insist on being referred to by their full academic title. Reflecting that tradition, Merkel — herself a doctor, as are several of her senior ministers — referred to Schavan’s successor by her full academic title, “Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka.”

5 reported dead in small plane crash in Belgium Associated Press Writer

CHARLEROI, Belgium — A small private plane crashed south of Brussels on Saturday, killing five members of a family including three small children, according to Belgian news reports. The plane had a problem on takeoff, immediately tried to return to the airport in Charleroi, but crashed beside the runway, the website of the newspaper Le Soir reported. According to the news website sudinfo.be, the victims were a 68year-old grandfather, his 39-year-old daughter-in-law, and his three grandchildren, aged 7, 6 and 3. The victims were from Brussels, and the children’s father was on his way to the airport, news reports said. The accident is reported to have taken place around 10 a.m. local time, 0900GMT. The airport has been closed until further notice, its website says. Photographs showed the plane to be partially disintegrated. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo expressed his condolences on Twitter, as did Didier Reynders, the country’s foreign minister. David Gering, a spokesman for Brussels South Airport, told the broadcaster RTBF that an investigation into the cause of the crash was under way. Charleroi is about 35 miles (60 kms) south of Brussels.

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INDONESIA Indonesia Islam leaders stir row over Chinese New Year Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - As Indonesia and other countries with Chinese diasporas welcome the Year of the Snake, some Islamic leaders have ignited a religious row by declaring the celebrations “haram” and off limits for Muslims. After decades of repression under the dictatorship of Suharto, who rose to power after a bloody purge of communists and Chinese in the late 1960s, Chinese-Indonesians are now accepted in mainstream society of the largely Muslim nation. Lunar New Year is also now a public holiday in Indonesia, where it is known as “Imlek”. But a local leader of the country’s top Muslim clerical body has declared the celebration “haram” (forbidden), saying its rituals are tied up with Buddhist practices, particularly those that take place in temples. “We cannot separate religion from culture, so we’re being cautious,” Zainal Arifin, head of the Indonesian Ulema Council in the city of Solo, told AFP. “And if it’s part of a religious ritual, we must not celebrate it. It’s the same case with Christmas and other religious celebrations.” The hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) said clerics would spread the message to Muslims through mosque loudspeakers, and warn Chinese-Indonesians not to invite Muslims to celebrations. But ethnic Chinese leaders say such comments about a traditional festival are illogical and a sign of outdated thinking in some Islamic organisations. “Chinese New Year is not a religious celebration and it’s especially not a Buddhist celebration,” said Andrew Susanto, president of the Chinese-Indonesian Youth Association. He said marking the Lunar New Year was no different to celebrating the new year in other cultures. “I don’t think that’s what most Indonesians think,” he said, adding the festivities have over time become an Indonesian tradition. Despite the cleric’s comments, a Javanese-style Lunar

New Year celebration was held in Solo last week, with thousands joining a procession akin to those commemorating Islamic holidays. Local monks released 888 songbirds and catfish -- eight being a lucky Chinese number -- and distributed cakes to the jovial crowd. Chinese-Indonesians make up around nine million of the nation’s 240 million people, most practising Christianity, Buddhism or Confucianism. Suharto, who ruled Indonesia with an iron fist for more than three decades until 1998, banned Chinese languages and symbols, and forced Chinese-Indonesians to change their names. His rule began after an antiCommunist purge in 1965-1966, in which at least 500,000 people considered communists or sympathisers -- many Chinese -were killed and others tortured. Rights activists say two million perished. Abdurrahman Wahid, an Islamic religious leader and politician who became the first elected president after Suharto stepped down, lifted the ban on Chinese culture in 2000, allowing ethnic Chinese to once again openly celebrate Lunar New Year. In Glodok -- Jakarta’s Chinatown which was reduced to rubble in the 1998 riots at the end of Suharto’s rule -- two Muslim women wearing headscarves soaked up the atmosphere, as vendors sold traditional red money envelopes and cobra oil to mark the Year of the Snake. “I’m Muslim, so I don’t myself take part in celebrations,” said one of the women, Widi Astudi, 37, as she visited a Buddhist temple Friday. “But Indonesia is a tolerant country, and the Chinese here are Indonesians, so there’s no harm in visiting the temples and appreciating how they celebrate.”

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In this photograph taken on February 8, 2013, Muslim women Widi Astuti (L) and Lusi Kusuma (R) visit a Buddhist temple in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta as minority Chinese-Indonesians celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Indonesian police arrest seven for baby trafficking Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesian police said Thursday they had arrested seven women involved in an alleged child trafficking ring suspected of selling dozens of babies since the 1990s, some of them in Singapore. “We arrested seven women involved in buying and selling babies in early January in West Jakarta,” city police spokesman Rikwanto told AFP. “They included midwives and we think there are more people in-

volved. Based on interrogations, we believe this ring has been operating since the 90s.” Rikwanto, who goes by one name, said that police suspected babies plucked from Indonesian hospitals and given false identities were listed on the manifests of several flights to Singapore and were likely being sold there. “Our investigation has found that the women would buy the babies from poor mothers, promising financial incentives and telling them the babies would

live better lives with wealthier families,” he said. The suspects bought the babies for between $1,500 and $2,000 depending on their “beauty and health condition” and sold them for up to $8,250, with boys fetching higher prices, Rikwanto said. Police last month investigated an advertisement offering two babies for sale at $1,000 each on the popular auction and shopping website Tokobagus.com. Rikwanto said the two investigations were not connected.

of the state and so they cannot be dealt with by one institution.” He said what they said was only a tactic to break the state`s power. In view of that he hoped all institutions including Polri, TNI and the government would unity to eradicate terrorism in the country. In the past week BNPT has staged a an anti-terrorism joint exercise in Palu attended by hundreds of TNI and Polri members to increase coordination and capabilities. The exercise included fight in

an open field, defusing explosives, releasing hostages, handling victims and onlookers in an anti-terrorist operation. Code-named “Latin III” the exercise was the first held outside Java. Sulawesi has been considered vulnerable to terrorism such as in Poso district and Makassar city. Mbai hoped through the exercise forces could get a clearer picture of various aspects in terrorism fight for finding the best method to deal with it.

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PALU - The chief of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Ansyaad Mbai, said terrorists were seeking to break the military- police unity to weaken the power of law enforcers. After closing an anti-terrorism exercise here on Saturday Mbai said that terrorists had stated that their only enemy was Polri (police) or Densus 88 (police anti-terrorist unit) and asked the military (TNI) to stay away. He said “terrorists are the enemy


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BUSINESS India can ‘recapture the magic’ of high growth Agence France-Presse

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A picture taken on January 15, 2013, shows banknotes of the “Eusko” Basque currency displayed during a press conference launching its circulation in the French Basque country, in Bayonne, southwestern France. The strength of the euro, the state of the global monetary system and controversy over a so-called “currency war” will dominate the economic stage at eurozone and G20 ministerial meetings this week.

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PARIS - The strength of the euro, the state of the global monetary system and controversy over a so-called “currency war” will dominate the economic stage at eurozone and G20 ministerial meetings this week. The currency issue has been revived by Japan and is beginning to cause concern in some quarters in Europe. France will raise the issue of the strengthening euro at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday. Then a meeting of G20 ministers is likely to focus on the big picture in Moscow on Friday and Saturday. Eurozone finance ministers, meeting as the Eurogroup in Brussels on Monday, hold their first session under their new president Jeroen Dijsselbloem of the Netherlands against a background of calmer conditions for their debt crisis. Dijsselbloem has taken over from Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg who chaired the meetings throughout the global financial crisis and then the eurozone debt turmoil. This meeting is not expected to take any decisions either on help to debtstricken Cyprus in the run-up to next

week’s presidential election there; or on the creation of a banking union, still the subject of intense negotiations. The main focus of discussion is likely to be the rise of the euro: French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici called last week for a debate on the euro’s exchange rate. France is worried that the strengthening euro makes eurozone exports look more expensive and could undermine government efforts to improve the competitive position of French industry and services. The Socialist administration is already grappling with weak growth and a big trade deficit. France wants the eurozone to arm itself with a policy for the foreign exchange rate. The external value of the euro should not be left to market forces of the moment, French President Francois Hollande has argued. Germany and the European Central

Bank however, are keen to nip the debate in the bud, arguing that the European currency is not over-valued. The ECB has statutory independence in managing monetary policy and its main obligation is to ensure price stability. While the exchange rate is one of many factors affecting inflationary pressures, any targeting of an exchange rate would potentially interfere with the money supply and therefore monetary policy. ECB president Mario Draghi was nevertheless cautious on Thursday about the strength of economic recovery in the eurozone. Many analysts saw his remarks as an attempt to talk down the rise of the euro. If so, he succeeded: the euro was being quoted at $1.33 at the end of the week having risen a few days earlier to the highest level for 14 months and above $1.37.

NEW DELHI - India’s economy can “recapture the magic” and return to high-growth of seven-to-eight percent in the next couple of years, picking up from decade-low expansion, the finance minister said on Saturday. Earlier in the week, India’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) had projected that Asia’s thirdlargest economy will accelerate by five percent in the fiscal year ending in March -- its slowest rate in 10 years. “There are signs of an upturn that will take us to a high growth path,” Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters. “We will climb back to a growth rate of between six to seven percent next year and then between seven-and-eight percent in the year after,” he said. “We can recapture the magic of 2004-08. The average growth was 8.5 percent during that period,” he said. The finance minister disputed the CSO’s growth estimate of five percent for the current financial year as too low. “We believe growth will be closer to 5.5 percent,” Chidambaram said, as he unveiled a scheme to draw more investors into India’s growing stock market. The International Monetary Fund last week forecast India’s economy would post growth of 5.4 percent in the financial year ending in March. Last year, the economy grew by 6.2 percent but even that rate, while enviable by anaemic Western standards, is insufficient to create the jobs India needs to provide work for its ballooning population. An eight percent growth rate is imperative to generate jobs, Chidambaram said. “The measures we have taken... and will take in the coming days will put India onto the eight percent path,” said the minister, who is due to present the budget for the coming financial year at the end of the month. The Congress-led coalition government has introduced a string of measures since September to encourage foreign investment in key sectors and reduce subsidies, which have led to a ballooning fiscal deficit. India’s economy has slowed sharply due to high interest rates, Europe’s debt crisis and sluggish investment caused by domestic and overseas concerns about policy-making and corruption. On a positive note, Chidambaram said the CSO’s growth forecast was higher than a decade ago in 2002-03 when the economy grew at four percent. “I have no doubt in my mind that we will come out of this trough,” he said. As India gears up for national elections due in 2014, the government is under increasing pressure to kick-start the economy before facing voters.

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DENPASAR - Commitment of one of the Bali gubernatorial candidates, namely Puspayoga running with Sukrawan (PAS) who wanted to equalize the development based on county and municipality was well received by a number of people. Even, some economists provided a reference or inputs so that the commitment could genuinely be realized. Dr. IGW Murjana Yasa, for example, an economist from the Udayana University, said that one of the ways to realize the commitment was by creating a road map to reduce the inequalities in Bali. “At the moment, Bali is facing a macroeconomic problem where the income distribution tends to be imbalanced in the era of regional autonomy,” he said on Friday (Feb 8). The most obvious, he said, was the imbalance among the region of counties/ municipality and between the rural and urban areas. The cause was no other than different potential of each region due to differences in the ability of the region to accelerate the development. “A region that manages well and creatively the existing potential of development can evolve more rapidly than the other regions. It also happens to the disparity between rural and urban areas, where high urbanization rate causes the potential resources to shift to urban areas,” he explained. In the future, a good leader should be more concerned with the development of Bali. Placing Bali as the main core of development was then filled with a diversity of the economic potential owned by each county/municipality, unlike what happened today tending to be sectoral and regional ego oriented. As revealed by Murjana Yasa, another economist doubling as the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Warmadewa University, Gusti Ngurah Sanjaya, also said that master plan of the real potential owned by each region was one of the ways to realize the ideal. According to him, all this time the commitment of a leader to equalize the development was not a new thing, but had been classical through the times. However, it had not been fulfilled to date. Nevertheless, he surely welcomed the commitment of one of the candidate packages of the governor and deputy governor. “The efforts to equalize the development can be reached by making a master plan of the real potential of each region. Armed with this, the leader will leap integrally and measurably and involve all the parties as well as never discriminate based on ethnicity, sectoral and never act arrogantly,” he said. He added the master plan was thoroughly important considering the current condition of Bali seemed to have been messy in every field either in the field of construction, infrastructure, and other social aspects due to influences of arrogance, ethnocentrism, and inconsistence in enforcing the rules of leadership, minimizing bureaucratization and proximity to all society. “If the principle of equitable development in its broadest sense can be realized, then I have confidence Bali as a bijou island will be victorious. On the contrary, if the style of our leader is not professional, religious, polite and dignified, I am sure that time will tell if Bali will just leave a memory,” he said. (kmb28)

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The spirit of preserving local fruits showed the love to Bali because there were many local fruits becoming a pride of Balinese people.

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DENPASAR - Regional bylaw draft on local fruit protection has entered into serious formulation by involving various stakeholders, such as the special committee, academicians, agricultural observers, Customary Village General Assembly (MUDP), Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI), Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and related stakeholders, Friday (Feb 8) in the Bali Parliamentary Hall. Division Head of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of PHDI Bali, Made Raka Suarna, judged the legislation draft contained anxiety. “From the beginning to finish, the content of legislation draft is almost inappropriate. We cannot accept them comfortably. Hopefully, we can re-examine the existence of the legislation draft,” he said. Deputy Chairman of the MUDP Bali, Dewa Gede Ngurah Swasta, said the MUDP supported the spirit of preserving local fruits that showed the love to Bali because there were many local fruits becoming a pride of Balinese people. He reminded the regulation should bind and carry the obligation, prohibition and sanction. “This regional bylaw should be binding. It is unnecessary to make a regulation if it only suggests. Balinese people should be required to use local fruits in their ritual paraphernalia,” he said. Meanwhile, the PHRI supported the legislation draft where one of the contents required the tourism players mainly star hotels to serve local fruits. The investment development averagely reaching 70 percent led to tourism so that the potential of local fruit absorption was very high. Such potential should be worked on. “In Bali, there are 72,000 hotel rooms. If there is a synergy between the agriculture and tourism, it has a great potential,” said Chairman of the PHRI Badung, IGN Rai Suryawijaya. However, the PHRI asked for a guarantee on good quality, good price and continuity because so far the three aspects had become the obstacle. Then, Secretary of the PHRI Bali, Perry Markus, said the use

of local fruits should not only be obliged to hotels but also to all other tourist accommodations. Related to the obligation of tourism players to use local fruits as criteria in determining the hotel classification, the PHRI asked it should be synchronized with the rules of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism also governing the matter. In addition, the PHRI also highlighted the Article 72 regarding the administrative sanction stating that those violating the regulations could be charged with a 2-year imprisonment or a fine of IDR 2 billion. His party questioned about to whom the sanction would be imposed because it was unclear, whether to individual or institution. In line with the others, Chairman of the Indonesia Farmers Union (HKTI) Bali, Prof. Nyoman Supartha, said the regional bylaw draft on Local Fruit Protection still needed revising. Some chapters remained ambiguous to be understood, such as the scope of setting in Article 4 of the Regional Bylaw on Local Fruit Protection did not include the use of local fruits and processing. However, he greatly supported the establishment of the law protecting the agricultural products in Bali. “Armed with this regulation, local fruit growers cannot only produce the fruits, but also market the results in accordance with the market needs in Bali,” he said. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Special Committee of Regional Bylaw on Local Fruit Protection, Nyoman Sugawa Korry, appreciated many inputs obtained in the meeting. Later on, the inputs would be used to perfect the legislation on local fruit protection before it was passed. Other than inputs delivered in the meeting, the community was also given the opportunity to share their suggestions for legislation draft by writing a letter addressed to special committee. “A team of experts will receive the inputs obtained for the sake of improving the legislation on local fruit protection. Later on, we will re-examine it after the revision,” said the member of Commission II, the Bali House. (kmb29)


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The growth of Bali tourism slowed down in the fourth quarter of 2012. Contraction of this growth was affected by reduced occupancy rate in star hotels, namely on the average of 63.20 percent or slightly increased compared to the previous quarter reaching 62.22 percent. “Based on star classification, the occupancy rate of four-star hotels was indeed lower when compared to the previous quarter, from 64.62 percent to 63.12 percent,” said the Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Bali, Gede Suarsa, in Denpasar, Friday (Feb 8). According to him, the decline caused the slowing growth in the hotel subsector considering the four-star hotel had a great contribution to the creation of added value in hotel subsector. “The slowdown in the sector of trade, hotel and restaurant also gave contribution to the economic growth of Bali which only grew by 1.60 in the fourth quarter of 2012,” he said. Aside from this sector, the four other sectors also experiencing a slowdown were mining, processing industry, electricity, gas and drinking water (LGA), finance, leasing and services company. “Construction sector indeed gave the highest contribution during this period. The development of infrastructure in the context of APEC gave significant contribution to the economic growth of

Bali,” he said. He said the biggest contribution to the establishment of Bali’s economy was still dominated by Badung County at 25.46 percent and then followed by Denpasar at 20.98 percent. “The slowdown also occurred in the agricultural sector, such as in the estate and forestry subsector,” he said. It was explained the two sub-sectors respectively contracted by 5.16 percent and 1.36 percent, while livestock and fisheries sub-sector grew slowly by 1.02 percent and 0.74 percent. “The GRDP of Bali increased by 6.65 percent in 2012 compared to the year 2011. The increase occurred in all economic sectors with the highest growth in the construction sector amounting to 18.67 percent and the lowest in the agricultural sector namely 3.37 percent,” he said. He added the slowing down contribution of the agricultural sector was influenced by the increase in the role of the building sector, mining and quarrying, trade and services to the

GRDP of Bali. Meanwhile, an economic practitioner from the Udayana University, Dr. IGW Murjana Yasa, judged the economic growth rate of 6.65 percent was relatively high or exceeding the growth target announced reaching 6.57 percent. “However, the economy of Bali in 2012 was still haunted by the absolute poverty rate remaining high and the income inequality among the regions is progressively widening,” he affirmed. Not only that, a pretty good investment performance in 2012 was judged not to be followed by the role of trade, hotel and restaurant as well as services that even weakened including the weakening role of the agricultural sector. “Importantly, the economic growth this year (2013) is the import growth having the impact on slowing down multiplier effect in the regional revenue growth. To that end, if wishing to consolidate the economic growth in 2013, one of the very important aspects needing to control is the import,” he emphasized. (kmb28)

Bali Police alerted six social conflicts in Denpasar Denpasar (Bali Post)-

A consolidation gathering at Denpasar Police last Friday (8/2) had a number of alerts from Head of Bali Police, General Inspector PC Drs. Arif Wachyunadi. Besides securing the city, there are around six social conflicts happening here which should be taken attention which three actions should be taken. First, what can be done to cause the conflict stopped developing. Second, there has to be peace between the two sides. Lastly, what can be done to cause no more social conflicts appear in our society. Denpasar Police was also asked to finish cases that haven’t been revealed and maximal attention to each of their responsible areas as Denpasar is the capital of Bali that needs a security especially to the tourists there are. From what’s seen by Bali Post, the Denpasar Police also held a simulation in sending sniffer dogs also society security in tackling a demonstration. A personnel checking was also done, along with equipments and vehicles to see how ready these officers are to go do their duty. “This consolidation gathering is part of Indonesia Police Leaders Meeting in Jakarta with Bali Police,” Wachyunadi explained, “A conducive situation has to be created this 2014 as President Election will take place while in the near time, we (Bali’s society) have our governor election taking place. For that we have to secure so that this five year democratic event can be secure and safely done.” (kmb21)

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Egypt court orders YouTube blocked for a month

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Tabanan (Bali Psot)-

The infrastructure of Tabanan seemed to keep on in a worry state. This time, the Ketut Mario Building seemed to have a no good public facilities as its walls full of vandalism, parts of it damaged, and its outdoor toilets almost collapsed along with its roofs. All windows were also missing, its wall paint peeling off, and ceilings had many spider webs as if no one is living there. Ironically the building kept being used for many regional activities. The worst condition happened to the toilet nearby the south entrance where its roof falling off. Even so the toilet is still bein used and most of it was market visitors parking nearby the building. Weirdly what got fixed were only its paving of the road that circled the place. “It has been a long time it is damaged, not sure why,” on resident stated last Friday (8/2). Head of Tabanan House of Representatives, Ketut “Boping” Suryadi has been worried of its condition as well when actually the plan to fix it has been discussed. Yet due to the city garden that wanted to be built first as the Regent and Central Government agreed. Which means to fix this building there has to be an agreement settled first. Based on the masterplan, Mario Building will be changed to a city activity space so it is one with the city garden to bring back the real use of it as the place for being creative and recreation. It is hoped that this would liven up the city. (kmb30)

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks during the Republican Committee Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Cheney criticizes Obama nominees in Wyoming speech Associated Press Writer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military. “The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party. Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense. “Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, has been confirmed as secretary of state. CIA designate John Brennan and defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel are still awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation. Wyoming’s two U.S. senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso,

voted for Kerry’s confirmation. Both Enzi and Barrasso gave introductory speeches for Cheney Saturday night. Cheney said Hagel, a former Nebraska U.S. senator, was chosen because Obama “wants to have a Republican that he can use to take the heat for what he plans to do to the Department of Defense.” He said Obama’s plans are to allow severe cuts in U.S. defense spending, which would limit the capability of the U.S. military to respond to future foreign crises well after Obama has left office. “He is today ... establishing what limitations will be on future presidents,” Cheney said. Cheney noted that the security situation in the Middle East and North Africa has worsened under Obama’s watch with Iran actively pursuing nuclear weapons and

with turmoil in Egypt, Syria, Mali and elsewhere. “That part of the world is as dangerous now as it has ever been,” he said. The Obama administration’s response has been to pull back U.S. military presence and influence, resulting in rising mistrust of the U.S. from allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, he said. Despite Obama’s re-election victory, Cheney said he hopes Republicans can revive their political fortunes by holding to conservative principles. “I believe we’re all going to pull together, work hard, dig in and do what needs to be done,” he said. Cheney, who received a heart transplant about a year ago, appeared fit, although his voice turned hoarse on occasion during his half-hour speech.

CAIRO — A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world. Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered YouTube blocked for carrying the film, which he described as “offensive to Islam and the Prophet (Muhammad).” He made the ruling in the Egyptian capital where the first protests against the film erupted last September before spreading to more than 20 countries, killing more than 50 people. The ruling however can be appealed, and based on precedent, might not be enforced. A spokeswoman for YouTube’s parent company, Google, said in a statement that the firm had “received nothing from the judge or government related to this matter.” The 14-minute trailer for the movie “Innocence of Muslims” portrays Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as a religious fraud, womanizer and pedophile. It was produced in the United States by an Egyptian-born Christian who’s now a U.S. citizen. Egypt’s new constitution includes a ban on insulting “religious messengers and prophets.” Broadly worded blasphemy laws were also in effect under former President Hosni Mubarak prior to his ouster in a popular revolt two years ago. Similar orders to censor pornographic websites deemed offensive have not been enforced in Egypt because of high costs associated with technical applications. Blocking YouTube might be easier to enforce, though it also can be circumvented by active Internet users. Rights activists say Egypt’s ministry of communications and information technology has appeared unwilling to enforce such bans. The Cabinet spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment. Human rights lawyer Gamal Eid said the decision to ban YouTube stems in large part from a lack of knowledge among judges about how the Internet works. Activists say this has led to a lack of courtroom discussion on technical aspects of digital technology, leaving cases based solely on threats to national security and defamation of religion. “This verdict shows that judges’ understanding of technology is weak,” Eid said. “The judges do not realize that one wrong post on a website does not mean you have to block the entire website.” Eid, who is executive director at The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, said the government should file an appeal and make it clear to judges that, at most, only specific pages on websites should be blocked. His group released a statement saying that the decision to block YouTube is counterproductive, citing thousands of videos that seek to promote a better understanding of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on the website. Google declined requests to remove the video from the website last year, but restricted access to it in certain countries, including Egypt, Libya and Indonesia, because it said the video broke laws in those countries. At the height of the protests in September, YouTube was ordered blocked in several countries, including Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Egyptians log on to the Internet at a community center in front of a mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the videosharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.


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Fewer New Year fireworks in polluted Beijing Associated Press Writer

Saturday fell 37 percent over the same period last year, from 410,000 cartons to just 260,000, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing figures from the city government. The city authorized 1,337 fireworks stands this year, down from 1,429 last year, and allowed 750,000 cartons of fireworks to go on sale, down from 810,000. The Beijing Daily, the city government’s official newspaper, carried appeals last week for residents to hold off on fireworks celebrations, saying not doing so would significantly worsen levels of PM2.5 particle pollution forecast to be in the hazardous zone. City environmental bureau readings showed levels well above 200 in most parts of the city Sunday, dangerous but still well below readings of more than 700 seen last month, when Beijing experienced 23 days of smog, up from 10 the previous January. Beijing was largely helpless in the face of the January smog, while schools canceled outdoor activities, some factories closed and government cars were ordered off the streets. Scores of people, especially the young and elderly, were treated at hospital for respiratory problems, elevated blood pressure, and heart complaints.

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A woman burns joss sticks while praying at Longhua Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Shanghai, China on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Last year’s fireworks display created a thick haze that sent 2.5 microgram pollution levels as high as 1,500. Beijing on Saturday night also saw just 25 injuries and 83 fire emergencies related to fireworks, down almost 29 percent and 45 percent, respectively, from last year. Beijing permits fireworks displays over a 16-day period surrounding the Lunar New Year, but largely restricts them to suburban areas outside the

densely populated city center. The holiday will continue through the week, with government and businesses shut down and millions of Chinese traveling to their home towns to visit family. Many foreign residents also leave the city, taking the opportunity to enjoy warmer weather in Southeast Asia or travel to Japan and South Korea for skiing holidays. Chinese leaders have made few public appearances in recent days, although state broadcaster said new

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping visited Saturday with policemen, subway construction workers, taxi drivers and street cleaners in Beijing to thank them for their service. Premier Wen Jiaobao, who has made a point of spending the holiday eve with workers and the poor, celebrated the last such occasion of his term in office with victims of earthquakes and landslides in western China, CCTV said. Wen steps down in March.

Canada. The Boston fire department said an 11-year-old boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday after being overcome as he sat in a running car to keep warm while his father was shoveling snow. The car exhaust pipe was covered by a snow bank, causing the fumes to collect in the vehicle. A little more than 11 inches (279 millimeters) fell in New York, but the city was “in great shape” and “dodged a bullet,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, predicting streets would be cleared by the end of the day. The New York region’s three major airports were up and running again by late morning after shutting down the evening before. But hundreds of drivers had abandoned their vehicles on New York’s Long Island, and even snowplows were getting stuck. Emergency workers used snowmobiles to try to reach stranded motorists, some of whom spent the night stuck in their cars. Richard Ebbrecht got stuck six or seven times on the Long Island Expressway and other roads. “There was a bunch of us Long Islanders. We were all helping each other, shoveling, pushing,” he said. He finally gave up and spent the night in his car. At daybreak,

he walked home. “I could run my car and keep the heat on and listen to the radio a little bit,” he said. “It was very icy under my car. That’s why my car is still there.” Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut closed roads to all but essential traffic. Some of the worst of the storm appeared to hit Connecticut, where even emergency responders found themselves stuck on highways

all night. Flooding was a concern along the coast, and some homes were evacuated in a couple of Massachusetts communities. Amtrak said the New York-Boston train route remained closed Saturday. At New York’s Fashion Week, women tottered on high heels through the snow to get to the tents to see designers’ newest collections.

US Northeast digs out from deep snow after storm

Associated Press Writer

BOSTON — A howling storm across the U.S. Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in up to 3 feet (0.9 meters) of snow Saturday, stranding drivers on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn’t open their doors. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. Airlines canceled more than 5,300

flights through Saturday. The three major airports serving New York City slowly reopened, but Boston’s Logan Airport was not expected to resume operations until late Saturday night. Flights were expected to be back on close to normal schedules on Sunday, though flight-tracking website FlightAware said 115 Sunday flights had been cancelled as of Saturday evening. At least eight deaths were blamed on the storm, including three in

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Pedestrians make their way down a road during whiteout conditions in Salisbury, Mass. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

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Bali officially has tourism promotion board Bali Post

DENPASAR - After receiving insistence from some circles, the Bali Government finally issued a Gubernatorial Regulation and Gubernatorial Decree on the establishment the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) Bali. The Head of Bali Government Tourism Office, IB Kade Subhiksu, mentioned the decree had been forwarded to Tourism Industry Association of Indonesia (GIPI) Bali to be followed up immediately.

BEIJING — The annual Lunar New Year fireworks barrage in Beijing was notably muted Sunday following government appeals to reduce the smoky celebrations after air pollution rose to near catastrophic levels over recent weeks. The holiday was also being celebrated in Vietnamese and Korean communities, and in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang, streams of residents offered flowers and bowed deeply before giant statues of national founder Kim Il Sung and his son and late leader Kim Jong Il. In Jakarta, Indonesia, where Chinese cultural observances had been suppressed before 1998, ethnic Chinese flocked to the city’s oldest temple to pray for health and success. China’s capital saw almost twice the number of smoggy days in January, with levels of small particle air pollution going off the charts at times. That prompted calls for restraint, along with a reduction in the number of licensed fireworks sellers and amount of fireworks on sale. The fusillades that began on Lunar New Year’s eve on Saturday night started later than usual but still grew to furious intensity at midnight. They also died out earlier than usual on Sunday morning and relatively few explosions were heard during the day. Setting off fireworks to celebrate renewal and ward off evil spirits is a traditional part of the celebration that marks China’s most important family holiday. Sales of fireworks from Tuesday to

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“Legally and officially, Bali has set up the BPPD with nine members based on the Gubernatorial Decree and Regulation. We have forwarded the decree to GIPI Bali to be followed up by forming the structure, such as choosing a chairman, secretary and treasurer,” said Kade Subhiksu when met in Denpasar. He said the establishment of promotion board in accordance with the mandate of Law No.10/2009 on Tourism involved the circles of tourism associations, academicians and airlines. Nine personnel selected posed the key policy makers in thinking about the program of tourism promotion. “Nine people were elected, where four of which are representatives of tourism associations, professionals (2 persons), academicians (2) and airline (1),” he said. Related to the inauguration of the BPPD management, Kade Subhiksu said it was enough with the issuance of the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree. “In the law, there is no inauguration and installment, so it is enough with the issuance of the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree and then starts working,” he said. Meanwhile, Chairman of the GIPI Bali, Ngurah Wijaya, when contacted he confirmed to have received the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree to be followed up by forming the organizational structure. “We have organized a meeting while waiting for some members who are still outside Bali. We just need several meetings to reach the same perception,” he said. He said the GIPI Bali would soon report the results of the BPPD formation to governor. “Once established, we will immediately report it to governor,” he said. As known, the establishment of Bali tourism promotion board ran slowly whereas Bali relying on the tourism sector should have an integrated promotion agency to support the growth of tourism on the Island of the Gods. Moreover, the Law No.10/2009 on Tourism mandated the local government through the Bali Government Tourism Office to facilitate the formation of two agencies namely the Tourism Industry Association of Indonesia (GIPI) and Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD). A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Nyoman Kandia, said that Bali as a world tourist destination was actually less observant if it was unable to immediately form the BPPD. Stakeholders of Bali tourism should immediately propose to government the establishment of the BPPD. “Bali must take action faster in promoting Bali tourism. Bali is Indonesia’s tourist entrance. Besides, the BPPD also poses a partner of local government and in the future it will play the role in increasing the tourist arrivals to Bali,” he said. (kmb27)

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Due to the absence of legal instrument governing the levy of foreign worker permit (IMTA) renewal, Bali lost revenue for two months at the beginning of the Regional Budget 2013 worth IDR 3 billion more.

Bylaw on foreign working permit not finished

Bali loses revenue worth IDR 3 billion

Bali Post

DENPASAR - Due to the absence of legal instrument governing the levy of foreign worker permit (IMTA) renewal, Bali lost revenue for two months at the beginning of the Regional Budget 2013 worth IDR 3 billion more. It was revealed in the coordination meeting between the special committee of regional bylaw draft on IMTA renewal with the Bali Revenue Service and Bali Manpower and Resettlement Agency in the Parliamentary Hall on Friday (Feb 8). The Head of Bali Revenue Service, Wayan Suarjana, said that based on the data of the Bali Manpower and Resettlement Agency the existence of foreign workers employed in various companies in Bali reached over 1,700 people. Each month, the company or agency employing the foreigners should pay a levy worth IDR 1 million per person. In the calculation, it could obtain IDR 20 billion per year. “Currently, we do not have a legal instrument to charge them,” he said. The levies that should have been collected, added Suarjana, ultimately could not be collected by Bali government though central government had handed over the authority to local government. Thus, Bali lost revenue from the levy

charged to companies employing foreign workers. If calculated until the end of February, the lost revenue reached IDR 2-3 billion. Meanwhile, Chairman of Special Committee of the meeting on foreign worker permit renewal of the Bali House, Gusti Putu Budiarta, conveyed the levies should have been able to be collected. However, the bylaw used as a legal instrument for the levy collection to foreign workers in Bali had not accomplished. “We will boost it and hopefully it could be accomplished next March,” he promised. This PDI-P politician doubling as a member of Commission II of the Bali House added that previously the levy of foreign workers in Bali was collected by central government. Therefore, all the funds went to central government while Bali got nothing. After the issuance of Law No.28/2009 and Government Regulation No.97/2012, central government handed over the whole authority to local government. “Unfortunately, we cannot have accomplished the legal instrument early in 2013 so that we lose some revenues,” he explained. The Head of Bali Revenue Service, Wayan Suarjana, added that if the legal instrument could be accomplished, it

would not apply retroactively. Thus, when the regulation completed the collection would be implemented. “If can be completed in March, the income can just be reported on the budget amendment 2013,” he concluded. Meanwhile, the functional official of work conveyor, Bali Manpower and Resettlement Agency, Ayu Pijaya Manila, said the government had designed a circular delivered to companies hiring foreign workers, immigration office issuing the limited residential permit and Bank BNI formerly serving as recipient of the BPKK putting it into state treasury. “We have delivered orally the issue and affirmed with circular,” she said. She added, Provincial Investment Board (BPMP) Bali also issued a statement provided for companies hiring foreign workers carrying that before the existence of regional bylaw on renewal of foreign worker permit (IMTA), companies were allowed not pay the levy because there was no legal instrument. However, the company had to pay it later when the regulations had been enforced. “Therefore, based on the statement, the company has a debt to be paid after the regulations enforced. Indeed, there were levies missing from January,” she said. (kmb29)


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Development equality must refer to human development index

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A lecturer from the Udayana University, Prof. Dr. Wayan Ramantha, said the equalization of development of Northern and Southern Bali should be based on the Human Development Index (HDI), not on the achievement of economic growth reflected in the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP). as the level of spending and consumption having reached a decent standard of living. “To achieve this, the portion of regional budget of Bali Province should be directed to counties still experiencing imbalance. All this time, the regional budget is allotted evenly, so that the rich regions are getting richer while the poor ones are getting poorer,” he said. Prof. Ramantha advised that whoever would be elected to lead should think of the economic progress of Bali did not cling to the economic growth, but to the equity and economic stability. Equalization in terms of per capita income should be attempted between the people in Northern Bali such as the Buleleng, Jembrana, Karangsem and

Klungkung County and those in Southern Bali such as Badung, Denpasar and Gianyar. “At the moment, 40 percent of Bali’s population is categorized into low-income and poor. Even, those categorized into the mediumincome only earn IDR 1.2 million whereas to meet the current needs the income of IDR 2 million is not sufficient,” he said. He said it would become homework for next elected leader. “The provincial, county and municipal government should have synergy. It is not enough with the vision and mission in the province, but it is required a coordination between the provincial and county/municipal government. Therefore, the sectoral ego must be eliminated,” he said. (kmb27)

Officers demanded to reveal “Pratima” robbers

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Village Representatives (MMDP) demanded Police to reveal the pratima (religious statues) robbers in Jembrana’s temples which lately have kept on happening. Head of MMDP Jembrana, I Wayan Rayun, last Friday (8/2) explained that this situation have caused unease to a lot of people and it is hoped that the police could do something about it starting from catching the robber and secure the temples, also not only leave the public do everything when it’s also their responsibility to protect. Rayun have planned to visit Jembrana Police and a number of public also religious figures in tackling these cases that happened last 2012. “One of the suggested or alternative solutions would also be

stated such as the people around to stay every night (mekemit) in the temple,” Rayun explained. The same hope was also stated by the supervisior of Pura Luhur Rambut Siwi and Melaya. Post the robbery in the temples around Pekutatan, Rambut Siwi and Melaya, security has been strengthen every night where 12 people would mekemit every night at Pura Luhur and Pura Pentaran Rambut Siwi. Another supervisor, Gusti Made Sedana, hoped that the robber will be caught. Then there was one robber captured in Karangasem yet it was not the person. “We kept on confirming with Mendoyo Police yet there’s still no information,” Sedana stated. Secured

Meanwhile, priest of Pura

Dalem Candikusuma, Jro Mangku Nyoman Killa, also hoped that the robbers can be captured as there has been no security taking place since the incident. IN the afternoon he would join in protecting. So far, police is stated to have captured someone from Tuwed who is signaled to be the robber at Pura Taman, Candikusuma. It was stated a person was secured by police from a shop-house and the owner, AI, close the shop since. There were also a number of police officers supervising there yet they can’t give any explanation right now and up to Saturday (9/2) afternoon there hasn’t been any official explanation from Jembrana Police about the raid towards that shop. (kmb26)

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JAKARTA - Archipelago International, the hotel management company formerly known as Aston International, said it anticipates a solid year of openings and new hotel management agreements in 2013.

Denpasar (Bali Post)—

“Medium and low-income in the North and East Bali should be improved because when talking about equality it should be seen in terms of the Community Development Index, not on the growth achieved. It can be started from improving public health, education and income,” said Prof. Ramantha in Denpasar, Thursday (Feb 7). According to him, the HDI was an indicator describing how the residents of an area had the opportunity to access the results of development as part of their rights in income, health, education and so on. The HDI value indicated how far the region had achieved the specified objectives namely the life expectancy of 85 years, basic education for all people without exception as well

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The buses are dropping of tourists in one of the tourism site in Bali.

Tourist transport system needs addressing Mangupura (Bali Post)—

Tourist transportation system urgently needs addressing. It is based on the consideration if the existing system is unable to provide comfort for users. A legislator of the Badung House, Wayan Suyasa, said on Friday (Feb 8) that traveling aimed to relax. By all means, Badung in particular and Bali in general as a world tourist destination should provide a sense of comfort for travelers, where one of which was the transport. He pointed out that tourist buses were considered not to provide a sense of comfort. It was visible from small space among the seats whereas physically the body size of travelers was larger and higher. Similarly, the interior design should also separate the driver and passenger space. This secretary of the PDI-P faction of the Badung House revealed that some drivers of tourist transport did not put on name card. Even, it did not display the logo and company

name on the body of vehicle or the name of tourist accommodation establishment. “Identity is actually a necessity so that users can feel safe and comfortable,” he said. Aside from the physical condition of vehicle, Suyasa also highlighted the management system and tourist transport services. At Ngurah Rai Airport, for example, tourists or passengers that just arrived should stand in a long queue while waiting for transport. On the contrary, many tourist vehicles gathered in another location causing excessive supply of tourist transport, but in another location it even lacked of vehicles. Related to the presence of freelance driver and tourist transport, Suyasa requested the relevant agencies to collect the data on a selective basis. Other than for the sake of traveler safety and convenience, the data collection would also facilitate the distribution of tourist transport so that they would not accumulate at a single point. (kmb25)

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Half of Archipelago new hotels in 2013 will be in the select service segment, the Jakarta, Indonesia based company noted, while 4 and 5 star hotels, which accounts for approximately 60% of Archipelago’s existing hotel rooms and over a third of Archipelago’s pipeline, will remain a high-priority market. New properties are expected to open in Bali, Balikpapan, Belitung, Bogor, Jakarta, Jambi, Jember, Kupang, Luwuk, Madiun, Mataram, Semarang, Solo and Surabaya, while Archipelagos Philippine joint venture, Filarchipelago Hospitality, will continue to expand its 5 star Crimson Hotels brand into the Philippines. Archipelago added that its new upscale lifestyle Alana brand will come to life with several openings such as in Seminyak, Bali and Surabaya helping to fuel the company’s growth.

“After a record year in 2012 of openings, contract signings and amplified owner interest in development, we are entering 2013 wellpositioned for continued footprint growth in both the budget and the upscale segments,” Norbert Vas, Archipelago’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said in a statement. “Rising prosperity of the rapidly growing Indonesian middle classes and a digitally connected world are creating unprecedented demand for travel and new travel patterns, and we continue to be as upbeat as ever about our long-term growth,” Vas added. “Whether it’s manufacturing in Java, mineral resources from Kalimantan or outbound tourism from, Russia, India or China, Indonesia’s unprecedented raise amongst the global economies is spurring development and creating many exciting expansion opportunities for our business.”

Calendar Event for December 12 through December 27, 2013 12 Des B uda Keliwon Ugu Pura Dalem Tarukan Banjar Pulasari Desa Peninjoan Tembuku - Bangli Pura Pasek Gelgel Boading Kaba-kaba Tabanan Pura Pemayun Banyuning Tengah - Buleleng Pura Desa Kayangan Tiga Desa Bubunan S eririt - Buleleng Pura Agung Gunung Raung Banjar Taro Kaja T aro - Tegalalang Merajan Pasek Dangka Bungbungan 22 Des H ari Tumpek Wayang Pura Majapahit Jembrana Odalan Betara ratu Gede Celuk Sukawati Odalan Betara Ratu Wedyadari Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Denpasar Betara Ratu Alit dan Ratu Lingsir Singakerta Ubud Pura Pedarmaan Dalem Sukawati Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarmaan dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Pegatepan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pemrajan Agung Sulang Kec Dawan Klungkung

Merajan Pasek Bendesa Kori Agung Pengatepan Pura Pedarmaan Dinasti dalem sri Aji Kresna Kepakisan Pura Besakih (Dalem Klungkung) Pura Penataran Giri Purwa dan Pesraman Dusun Kuto Rejo Kendal Rejo Tegal Delimo Banyuangi 26 Des Buda Wage Kelawu Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting Desa Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Ped Nusa Penida Pura Pasek Gelgel Pangembungan Bongkase Abiansemal Pura Pasek Bendesa Reyang Gede Penebel Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Br. Jawa Tengah Buleleng Pura Gaduhan Jagat Desa Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Tegeh Mancawarna Sanding Tampaksiring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Klungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Desa Kedonganan Kuta Pura Goa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih

Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Pejeng Merajan Pasek Gelgel Songan Merajan Pasek Prateka Pekandelan Sidemen Merajan Pasek Prateka Taman Sari Sukasada Pura dadia Pasek Gelgel Sidemen Karangasem Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tampuagan, Tembuku, Bangli 27 Des Purnama Kepitu Pr. Benua Besakih. Pura Dalem Desa Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Suranadhi Lombok Pura Narmada Lombok Pura Segara Ampenan Lombok Mr Agung Dewa Agung Klungkung Ulah Sidemen Pura Gunungrene Sidemen - Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Ababi Mr. Pasek gelgel Tista Pura Gunung Gunung - Tianyar - Kubu - Karangasem Pura Pingit Klenting sari Banjar Sumberkelompok - Gerokgak - Singaraja Pura Payogan Agung Kutai Kartanegara

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


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LOS ANGELES — Ravi Shankar passed away in December before he could attend The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards celebration where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award. But the 91-year-old sitar master, Indian music promoter and friend to The Beatles got the call a few days before he passed away, and that meant everything to his family. “I was very excited to hear about the lifetime achievement award a week before my dad passed away, one day before he went into surgery,” Shankar’s daughter, Norah Jones, said in an email to The Associated Press a few hours before the ceremony. “He knew about it and was very happy, and also that he and my sister, Anoushka, were both nominated in the same category for a Grammy (this year) was a special thing as well. We all miss him and are very proud of him. I will forever be discovering and re-discovering his music from all walks of his long and amazing life.” Jones and Anoushka Shankar’s acceptance of their father’s award Saturday afternoon at the Wilshire Ebert Theatre in Los Angeles was one of many memorable moments in the ceremony honoring performers and non-performers alike. The crowd made a happy birthday video for Carole King, saluted husbandand-wife songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman on their 55th anniversary, and swooned as Charlie Haden paid tribute

to his wife and family. Shankar, singer-songwriter King and jazz bassist Haden were honored with lifetime achievement awards along with classical pianist Glenn Gould, who made his final public performance in the same theatre, blues guitarist Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Temptations and pop singer Patti Page, who like Shankar passed away in the last two months. Special merit awards also were handed out to non-performers. Chess Records founders Philip and Leonard Chess, husband-and-wife songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman, and former Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston won the Trustees Award given to non-performers. And MIDI developers Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith and ribbon microphone manufacturer Royer Labs won technical Grammys. Haden noted the importance of his family in his acceptance speech. “I thank my brother Jim for letting me listen to his jazz records,” Haden said. “I heard Charlie Parker and that changed my life forever.”

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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2009 file photo, Levon Helm performs with the Levon Helm band during the Heroes of Woodstock concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y. Elton John and Mumford & Sons will hit the Grammys stage to pay tribute to Levon Helm. For King, it was James Taylor who sent her down a new path. She noted in her video message he forced her to get up and sing one of her own songs in concert when she really didn’t see herself as a performer: “I guess he was right.” The Bergmans, who wrote “The Way We Were,” turned in a romantic acceptance speech, adding another special moment to a partnership that produced some of our most wellknown songs. “I just want to say this in public: I’m married to the most remarkable woman in the world,” Alan Bergman said. “Oh, cut it out,” Marilyn Berman responded.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Police in Beverly Hills say Chris Brown escaped injury after crashing his Porsche into a wall while being chased by paparazzi. Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said the collision occurred around noon Saturday. Brown told police that he lost control of his black Porsche during the chase. Hoshino said police will investigate the incident. He said he didn’t know whether the paparazzi in the pursuing vehicles have been identified. A call to Brown’s lawyer was not immediately returned. The crash came a day before the Grammy Awards, where Brown is up for best urban contemporary album.

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Acculturation coloring Chinese New Year celebration Antara

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FILE- In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation revocation hearing at the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles after prosecutors say they could not find credible evidence that Brown completed his community labor sentence stemming from the 2009 beating of his girlfriend Rihanna.

DENPASAR - Acculturation of Chinese and Hindu culture so strong coloring Chinese new year celebration in Dharmayana Vihara, Kuta, Badung Regency.

A fusion of two cultures look so obvious, from the attributes of a “penjor” or bamboo decoration with a typical day of Galungan at Vihara’s front door chime with light red coloured lanterns decorations and some form of offerings to the God. “The combination of the two elements of Chinese and Hindu culture has become a tradition in our temple and it’s the same with the rituals of Hindus,” said Chairman Dharmayana Vihara, Luih Berata, in Kuta, Sunday.

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Balinese perform a dragon dance during a parade as part of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

According to him, other than ‘penjor’, some of other typical attributes also used in vihara that located in the street of Kuta, for examples umbrellas, fruit arrangement that called Gebogan , and use of flowers offerings. Not only that, holy water also given after people finished their praying. The celebration of the lunar new year start since six in the morning.

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