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Monday, June 11, 2018

Bollywood star Chopra apologises over ‘Quantico’ Hindu terror plot

The decades-long drive to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons For almost three decades, successive US presidents, other world leaders and the United Nations have tried in vain to pressure or cajole North Korea into scrapping its nuclear weapons programme. Now Donald Trump is set to meet its leader Kim Jong Un at an unprecedented summit on Tuesday in Singapore, in an attempt to reach a deal which eluded his predecessors. Here is a look at previous efforts:

NEW DELHI - Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra apologised Sunday after a furore over a US TV series that showed her uncovering a terror plot hatched by Indian Hindu nationalists. The episode of spy thriller “Quantico” showed Chopra’s character, an FBI agent named Alex Parrish, thwarting the plan and noticing one of the terrorists wearing a Hindu rosary. The terrorists had tried to frame Pakistanis for the attack planned ahead of a summit on Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory that arch-rivals India and Pakistan claim as their own. Kashmir has been a source of historical tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought two wars over it. The episode, aired on June 1, triggered outrage in India with many fans taking to social media to “shame” the Indian-born actress and calling her a “traitor”. Chopra, a former Miss World, said she was “a proud Indian and

that will never change”. “I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico,” Chopra, 35, wrote on Twitter. “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise.” ABC Studios, the producers of the crime drama, have also offered an apology while defending Chopra who is the lead actor of the show. “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it,” US media quoted the studio as saying in a statement. “The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably

stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.” Chopra has been trolled on Twitter since the telecast and a street protest was also held in New Delhi on Saturday by a fringe Hindu outfit that demanded she be sent to Pakistan as a punishment. (afp)

Priyanka Chopra attends the CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC on June 2, 2018 in Malibu, California.

Banderas: Hayek stayed mum on abuse ‘to protect us’ from Weinstein LOS ANGELES - Salma Hayek never told Antonio Banderas about the abuse to which she says Harvey Weinstein subjected her, according to the Spanish actor, who classes her a close friend. When he learned about it years after the pair had filmed the Weinstein-produced movie “Frida,” Banderas picked up the phone and called to ask her why she had never said anything.

She said she was “trying to protect us.” Hayek was one of the many alleged victims of the disgraced film producer, who had the power to make -- or break -- a career. She said he had harassed her for sexual favors and forced her to do a lesbian sex scene in “Frida.” “I’ve worked with Harvey Weinstein, he has produced films I have been in, but I was not aware” of the allegations,

Banderas told AFP in a telephone interview. “When the issue of Salma came up, the first thing I did was call her to ask, ‘Why didn’t you tell me anything?’” She told Banderas she was trying to protect herself and her friends, because she “knew he was a very powerful character and that if she said something to us and we confronted him, we would pay a very high price.”

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Mexican-born Hayek, writing in The New York Times last December, described Weinstein as a “monster” and detailed the tortuous filming of a movie that won her a best-actress Oscar. They would go on to work together in other films, including “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” and “Puss in Boots.” The Weinstein scandal first erupted last October, drawing in other big names in the enter-

tainment industry and leading to movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up. “I think it was bound to explode,” said the 57-year-old Banderas. “It’s unacceptable... These people should be brought before a jury.” In fact, Weinstein has been charged in another case in New York with rape and assault. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bail of $1 million. (afp)

- Agreed Framework North Korea joined the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) in 1985 but suspicions grew that it was cheating on the deal. In 1989, US satellite photos revealed a nuclear reprocessing plant at Yongbyon. Four years later, Pyongyang announced its intention to quit the NPT, prompting a dialogue with Washington. Under an agreement signed in October 1994 with the Clinton administration and dubbed the Agreed Framework, the North agreed to freeze and eventually dismantle existing nuclear plants, which could easily produce plutonium but which Pyongyang said were intended to produce electricity. The US in return pledged alternative energy in the form of 500,000 tonnes of fuel oil a year, plus the construction by 2003 of two proliferation-resistant lightwater reactors. Several oil shipments were delivered late due to hostility to the deal among Republicans in Congress and work on the reactors was delayed for years. The pact finally broke down in 2002 when the US accused the North of running a secret uranium enrichment programme. - Six-party talks The six-party talks, which began in 2003, were hosted by China and also grouped North and South Korea, Russia, Japan and the United States. Several rounds of talks culminated in September 2005 with a wideranging agreement. The North agreed to scrap its nuclear programme, rejoin the NPT and accept foreign nuclear monitors in exchange for food and energy aid -- plus the eventual normalisation of relations with the US and a peace deal formally ending the Korean War.

But talks quickly hit a snag when the US imposed restrictions on a Macau bank suspected of laundering money for North Korea. In October 2006, Pyongyang staged its first nuclear test. At a new round of talks in February 2007, members reached a deal for the North to freeze its nuclear programme in return for aid and the release of its funds in the Macau bank. Later that year, the North began shutting down its Yongbyon nuclear plant, removing thousands of fuel rods under the watch of US experts. In 2008, Pyongyang handed Washington voluminous details of its nuclear programme and blew up the Yongbyon cooling tower in front of foreign media. The Bush administration eased sanctions and removed the North from its State Sponsors of Terrorism list. But the two sides failed to agree procedures to verify disarmament and by the end of 2008, Pyongyang had restarted its programme and banned nuclear inspectors. The last round of six-party talks was held in December 2008, and the North in 2009 staged a series of missile tests along with its second nuclear test. In 2010, it showed a visiting US expert a n ew u r an iu m en r ich men t plant and light-water reactor at Yongbyon. Under an agreement announced on February 29, 2012, the Obama administration offered substantial food aid in return for a moratorium on uranium enrichment and missile testing and the return of nuclear inspectors to Yongbyon, leading to a restart of the sixparty talks. Just 16 days later, the North announced plans for a satellite launch, which went ahead in April, and the deal fell apart.(afp)

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In this June 27, 2008, file photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, the cooling tower of the Yongbyon nuclear complex is demolished in Yongbyon, North Korea. An unknown number of nuclear warheads. Stockpiles of plutonium and uranium. ICBMs. Weapons factories - and the scientists who work at them. The list of what it would take for the “complete denuclearization” of North Korea is long. North Korea has said it’s willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with a reliable security assurance and other benefits.


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Splendor of Mesuryak tradition at Bongan village TABANAN —Mesuryak tradition on Kuningan feast remains to take place lively. The tradition held every Kuningan Day returned to be held on Saturday (Jun. 9) at Bongan Gede hamlet, Bongan village, Tabanan.

The mesuryak procession began around 09:00 until 11:00 local time. Commenced with prayers at each house compound, it was continued with worship at Dalem Temple. After the prayers at village trinity temples, the prayers were held at the merajan (clan temple). It is meant to invoke salvation to God as well as the ancestors believed to be at home during the celebration of Galungan until Kuningan. The mesuryak then proceeded to bring all the ritual paraphernalia such as the offerings, including the one symbolizing the Raja Dewata (ancestors) to the front gate of each house compound. Furthermore, the elders chanted the prayers closed with mesuryak procession. Each family provided coins and banknotes. The money was thrown into the air and then grabbed by residents. Girls and boys were fighting for the money. From the observation, every Kuningan Day, about tens of millions

of rupiahs are dedicated by the citizens of Bongan Gede hamlet for the mesuryak tradition. Chief of Bongan Gede customary village, I Nyoman Parwata, said the tradition of mesuryak is passed down through generations at his hamlet. “Mesuryak aims to deliver the ancestral spirits back to heaven after coming down and participate in the celebration of Galungan with their descendants. After ten days, precisely on Kuningan feast we accompany our ancestors back to heaven. We escort them with happiness while cheering and throwing money into the air and then is contested by many people,” he said. The amount of money used in the mesuryak varies depending on the economic capacity of the citizens. This tradition has existed for generations and remains to be organized every six months (210 days) coinciding with Kuningan Day. (kmb28)

Hoping all hotel needs to be locally supplied

Salak, one of the local Balinese fruit

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MANGUPURA —Actually, hotels are not unwilling to use local products. They indeed want to use local products and get all the needs of hotels. The advantages of using local products are easy to get. However, local product has less competitive quality than imported products and hotel needs are not always available locally. So, the hotels are forced to import. Chairman of the Bali Hotel Association (BHA), Ricky Putra, said that overall the hotels use 75-80 percent of local products. In details, they consist of 80-85 percent of fruits, 85-90 percent of vegetables, nearly 100 percent of seafood and 50 percent of beef and goat while the rest is imported. These needs are not only supplied from local Bali but also from local Indonesia such as Sumatra and Java. Seafood is supplied from Bali especially South Bali like Nusa Dua and Jimbaran. Meanwhile, the vegetables are supplied from Bedugul, Petang,

Karangasem and Tabanan, but the supply is through vendors or partners. He recognized that meat remains to be imported because it has better quality like wagyu, beef and lamb. Meanwhile, a number of vegetables are also still imported such as broccoli and carrots. The use of local products is not without reason. Other than being easy to obtain, the use of local products is also one of the visions and missions of the BHA to help local farmers. “Based on BHA mission, we suggest every hotel to use as much as possible local products because their availability can be procured faster, and when needing additional supply can come faster. If all needs are available locally, we are very happy. We are getting easier and our chef is not confused waiting for the goods or if placing additional order. Meanwhile, the difficulty of importing is long and uncertain,”

he explained. However, he realized that in the passage many vendors or local partners remain to face constraints in terms of quality. “Yes, in the future more and more local vendors with local products will be better,” he said. He recognized that by degrees the quality of local products began to increase. With such quality improvement, some products formerly imported have now been supplied locally. For instance, wine was once 100 percent imported, but now only 50 percent is imported. “It also happens to vegetables. Moreover, almost all the development done for local products leads to a better direction,” he added. He hoped that more and more farmers produce the products needed by hotels accompanied with the improvement of quality and quality standards. “We hope the quality standards are continuous,” he concluded. (kmb42)

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Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Maria Ressa of the Philippines.

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Maria Ressa, Co-founder, CEO and Executive Editor of the online news site, Rappler. The award, made in Cascais, Portugal during the opening ceremony of the 70th World News Media Congress and 25th World Editors Forum, recognised Ms Ressa’s unwavering commitment to the values of a free press, as well as her determination to continue exposing stories of vital importance for democracy in the Philippines amidst intense pressure from the government and its supporters. “You don’t really know who you are until you’re forced to fight to defend it,” Ms Ressa said in her acceptance speech, delivered in front of over 700 publishers, CEOs and editors-in-chief from the global news industry. “Then every battle you win – or lose ... every compromise you choose to make … or to walk away from … all these struggles define the values you live by and, ultimately, who you are. We at Rappler decided that when we look back at this moment a decade from now, we will have done everything we could: we did not duck, we did not hide.” Since the 2016 election of President Rodrigo Duterte, Rappler has fallen victim to a deliberate and highly targeted online campaign by supporters of the controversial head of state that seeks to discredit the media organisation and drown out criticism. In parallel, Ms Ressa has been the target of an increasingly hostile, gender-targeted hate campaign designed to undermine her credibility and the legitimacy of Rappler’s reporting. Rather than retreating from the threats, she has become a vocal spokeswoman in denouncing online harassment and in warning of the negative effects for democracy of the increasing use of technology generally - and social media more specifically - to discredit professional journalism. Rappler is also currently facing a raft of judicial and legal cases, tax inspections and administrative investigations that have been brought by government agencies and officials who are actively pursuing the company in an attempt to close down its reporting. In the most high profile case, in January 2018 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked Rappler’s license of incorporation – a decision the company continues to fight. “We honour a genuinely courageous journalist, a dedicated media pioneer, and a true believer in the power that the craft of journalism can have,” said Dave Callaway, World Editors Forum president, editor and CEO of The Street in presenting the award. “We stand in solidarity with Maria Ressa and her news organisation as together they face immense pressures, deeply personal attacks, and orchestrated attempts to undermine the professionalism and credibility of a news brand that has captured the public imagination,” Mr Callaway continued.

“To the men and women of Rappler, this is your courage. You inspire me,” said Ms Ressa. “But this award goes beyond Rappler... It’s for all Filipino journalists … for the men and women in government … ALL the Filipinos who continue to fight for our values.”

“They have not backed away from publicly denouncing either the policies or the hate that has come as a result of their coverage, and Rappler has continued the reporting that was at the heart of the onslaught - for that we applaud them.” Maria Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for over 30 years, with a career spanning various media. As the bureau chief for CNN in Manila and Jakarta for nearly two decades she was a senior investigative reporter on terrorism in Southeast Asia. In 2005, Ms Ressa headed up the News and Current Affairs division of Philippine media company ABS-CBN, where for six years she worked to redefine journalism by combining traditional and innovative media models. Her interest and talents in technology and new media were an impetus for her becoming one of the founders and eventually the CEO of Rappler, a social news network that aims to inspire community engagement and fuel social change. It became one of the first websites in the Philippines to use online multimedia such as video, text, audio and photos,

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incorporating social media sites for distribution. Since the website launched in 2012, it has not only successfully brought people together, but has also become the target of growing hostility and attacks from the government and its supporters for coverage of topics considered sensitive by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration; from questioning the government’s handling of the drugs war and exposing police brutality, to human rights abuses and abuses of power. “We hope the Golden Pen deters those who seek to undermine media independence and the profession of journalism by showing the solidarity that the award represents,” said Mr Callaway. “When all else fails, we should know that we have each other to rely upon if we are to continue making the kind of impact, breaking the sort of stories, and shining our light into those dark corners in a way our communities have come to expect. The way Rappler has been doing, and will keep on doing.”


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Ngerebeg tradition of Munggu customary village Celebrates war victory

MANGUPURA — Hundreds of male citizens putting on customary clothes while carrying wooden sticks gathered around the Puseh and Desa Temple, Munggu customary village, Mengwi. They waited for the procession at the temple to finish. Later, they carried out the ngerebeg tradition or better known as mekotek.

Lombardy in Italy through the lens of “Call Me By Your Name”

IF you have seen the film “Call Me By Your Name”, a love story that takes place “somewhere in Northern Italy”, the likelihood is that it left you itching to experience the romance of the region for yourself. Although the tag line is vague we have pinpointed the locations in Lombardy in the northwest of Italy. This means all you need is three days to explore and be guided by the story of 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and his professor father’s 24-year-old graduate-student assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer) as it unfolds in various locations around this region. Crema Built along the river Serio, the city of Crema is dominated by its Duomo, a church built in the gothic style almost 700 years ago.

It rises out of “Duomo Square” and is surrounded by pretty terraced houses painted in rose pinks and soft yellows. Several major scenes in the film were shot in Crema including one shot in the Duomo Square, where Elio and Oliver awkwardly engage in conversation, before Oliver jumps on his bike and cycles off, leaving a slightly bewildered Elio in his wake. The Duomo Square looks particularly lovely when bathed in the soft glow of sunlight, and true to form locals on vintage bicycles meander gently over the cobbled floor.

Where to eat: There are several eateries dotted around the square, most with outdoor seating. At Trattoria Quin, a cosy restaurant with traditional furnishings and wooden beamed ceilings, try some deliciously light asparagus risotto as well as a local dish, Tortelli Cremaschi. The sweet filled pasta contains 16 special ingredients and had a unique chocolaty consistency. Lake Garda Lake Garda’s crystal blue water and crumbling ruins have long made it a popular holiday destination. Situated at the foot of the

Italian Alps, the vast lake covers 370m2 and its shoreline is divided between the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. One of Lake Garda’s most picturesque towns is Sirmione in the Lombardy region, which pre-dates the Roman era and contains a 13th century fortified stronghold, Scaliger castle, that looks out on to the lake. Only around 150 people live in the old town, which is dominated by narrow, cobbled streets, tourist shops and restaurants. Sirmione’s most famous landmark is the crumbling ruins of Grottoes of Catullus, which was a grand Roman villa in 1st century BC. The ruins are set in a serene backdrop of olive groves and rosemary bushes, overlooking the

translucent waters of Lake Garda. This is where Oliver, Elio and his father walk through the decaying arches towards the “hall of giants” and wade into the lake, where they discover a beautiful bronze Roman statue. The lake is called “Jamaica beach”, so named because the flat, overlapping rocks on the lakebed look like sand from afar. Oliver and Elio shake hands on this beach (via the broken arm of the bronze statue) and sparks fly. Where to eat: Il Girasole in the old own of Sirmione has a large outdoor seating area and serves delicious Italian cuisine at excellent prices. Try the five-course fish menu which includes a tangy plate of seafood carpaccio and a light and tasty pannacotta. (net)

“This ngerebeg tradition is a memorial of the victory attained by Mengwi kingdom in the war at that time. Until now, it has been inherited or commemorated with mekotek or ngerebeg,” said chief of Munggu customary village, I Made Rai Sujana, when met the Puseh and Desa Temple at local village on Saturday (Jun. 9). He also briefly recounted the tradition originated from the kingdom of Mengwi formerly located at Munggu, with the king Ida Cokorda Nyoman Sakti Munggu. When defending his territory in Blambangan, East Java, the King of Mengwi meditated at Dalem Kahyangan Wisesa Temple, Munggu, before his troops named ‘black crow’ departed precisely on Tumpek Kuningan. The victory or success of the troops is commemorated with the ngerebeg tradition. Chief of Munggu customary village added that initially ngerebeg was done with a spear. However, during the Dutch administration, the tradition was forbidden because it was thought to be holding a rebellion. For several times, this tradition was not organized, so there was an outbreak of disease that

could not be cured or gerubug. Finally, some traditional and religious leaders negotiated with the Dutch, and the ngerebeg tradition was allowed to be held again. However, the property used is not spear, but replaced with pulet wood. Thus, other than serving as victory memorial to the ‘black crow’ troops, the tradition is also believed to have a magical power as repellent of catastrophe. The tradition serves also a medium to unite the young people in each customary hamlet so that they will avoid negative deeds such as drugs, reckless speeding and others. This tradition is followed by almost all men from the 12 customary hamlets in the territory of Munggu customary village. While carrying a wooden stick of about 3.5 meters long, they walked around the village area. Upon arriving at some places, such as the crossroads and in front of the village trinity temples, they gather and unite the ends of the rods to form the pyramid. Occasionally, a man is seen climbing up to the pile of sticks, and after reaching the top of the pyramid, the piles of wooden sticks will fall down. (eka)

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The ngerebeg tradition or better known as mekotek.

More visitors prefer to cross at night

NEGARA - Homecomers of the Eid al Fitr prefer to cross at night. As consequent, the queue at night is quite crowded. On the contrary, it looks quiet at the daytime. Operations Manager of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry of Gilimanuk Harbor, Heru Wahyono, said on Saturday (Jun. 9) that homecomers tend to be quiet in the morning until noon. “Like last Friday, crowded homecomers came from the evening to the evening,” he explained. Even though being quite crowded, he said that entire vehicles coming from early morning to night on Friday (Jun. 8) were already able to get into the ship, so that in the next morning the situation at Gilimanuk Harbor has been deserted. According to him, homecomers prefer to travel in the afternoon or night and this happens every

year. Actually, if the travel in the morning until noon, they will not be trapped in queue because the harbor situation is quiet. Every year, he said that homecomers tend to choose to cross at night. However, for homecomers coming to the harbor during the day, the authority has provided a tent so as not to overheat. Related to the peak of homecoming traffic, based on experience in previous years the data on the number of vehicles entering the harbor is predicted to occur on day 4 to day 2 before the holiday. He estimated that most homecomers have not arrived yet because the data on vehicles entering the harbor have just increased. He said before there has been an increase in the past few days, no homecomers have returned home because the number of vehicles

entering the harbor remains stable. Therefore, his authority stays to anticipate if a drastic increase occurs in the number of incoming vehicle. He revealed when compared to last year, on the same day range ahead of the Eid al Fitr there has been an increase in the number of vehicles entering the harbor. To transport the vehicles and passengers on arrival, he said that so far the authority remains to impose a normal system for the ships both in terms of their operation and docking period. Until today, the loading and unloading time of the ships remains 32 minutes like on the normal days. However, if required, the loading and unloading time can be accelerated. From the information gathered on Friday night (Jun. 8), the queue of vehicles of homecomers,

both cars and motorcycles, had surpassed the parking area within the harbor. For the queue of cars has got to the parking maneuver in front of the harbor, while the motorcycles reached the highway tent in front of the harbor but was not fully occupied yet. Meanwhile, Chief of Jembrana Police, Yoga Widyatmoko, said that despite the increase in the number of vehicles, all can enter the Gilimanuk Harbor smoothly, especially during the morning until noon.

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Safeguarding of the homecoming traffic involves the security apparatuses such as police, military and customary village security guard (pecalang). Chief of Gilimanuk customary village, I Ketut Galung, said on Saturday (Jun. 9) his authority was asked to help

secure by the state-owned crossing company (ASDP). In the previous years, the homecoming security was only carried out by police, military and harbor security guards, but this year it involved the pecalang of Gilimanuk customary village. They are involved in the security at ticket booths and harbor area. Every day, there are ten people of pecalang involved to participate in securing the homecoming traffic. They are divided into two shifts where each shift consists of 5 people. In the letter, the ASDP requested ten people each day divided into two shifts and each shift will be on duty for 12 hours and consist of 5 people. They started to have been on duty since Saturday morning until the homecoming traffic is over. Meanwhile, their operations are borne by the ASDP. (kmb)


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Ngelawang on Kuningan Day

As environmental purification of negative energy Lars Hagberg / AFP

In this file photo taken on December 05, 2016 showing tweed employee Ryan Harris working inside the Flowering Room with medicinal marijuana at Tweed INC. in Smith Falls, Ontario.

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Ngelawang agung held on Kuningan feast involves the whole sanctified effigies of the village such as eight sacred barongs, ratu lingsir, ratu gede anom, ratu mas, ratu gede tameng and ratu gede alit.

EACH village has unique traditions denoting the heritage from their elders. Residents of Serokadan customary village, Susut, Bangli, for instance, routinely organize Ngelawang Agung or Barong Ngunya (gallivanting show) every Kuningan Day. Chief of Serokadan customary village, I Dewa Gede Oka, revealed that Ngelawang Agung is indeed held every Kuningan Day. It is different from ngelawang in general where the ngela-

wang agung held on Kuningan feast involves the whole sanctified effigies of the village such as eight sacred barongs, ratu lingsir, ratu gede anom, ratu mas, ratu gede tameng and ratu gede alit. “The ratu lingsir in particular is the oldest owned by the village. It is believed to have reached thousands of years. This tradition aims to purify the environment from negative energies,” he said. The procession of ngelawang agung, said Dewa Gede Oka, is held at 13:00 until the afternoon. It begins with a ceremony followed by the sacred barongs coming out simultaneously and the gather

somewhere. He explained the ngelawang agung is not implemented by visiting one home to another owned by residents, but runs to the ends of the village in accordance with the points of the compass. It starts from the north end, west end, south end and then resumed to the east end. By local people, this procession is called nyatur desa. “After doing nyatur desa, the eight sacred barongs gather in the middle (catus pata). Usually, the ngelawang agung is witnessed by the whole community around and outside the village,” he said. (nan)

Kuningan Day at temple of Panji village

Residents married outside the village hold naur sesaon ritual

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Residents that will do naur sesaon coincide with Tumpek Kuningan. At the same time, they held a ngebeken ceremony falling on Kuningan Day.

SINGARAJA — In addition to the uniqueness of prayer in the grave, the Kuningan celebration on Saturday (Jun. 9) in Buleleng was also filled by residents with naur sesaon ceremony. It must be performed by every Panji villager having got married outside the village or even with foreign citizens. This is a heritage set forth in the awig-awig (bylaws) of Panji customary village, Sukasada. Residents that will do naur sesaon coincide with Tumpek Kuningan. At the same time, they held a ngebeken ceremony falling on Kuningan Day. Both women and men undertake naur sesaon with ritual paraphernalia consisting of peras pejati in the innermost courtyard of the temple. The offerings are presented by local temple priests. After presenting them, the people presenting the offerings represented by men also gives donations and recorded directly by the village apparatus. Formerly it amounted to IDR 20,000 but currently it has been revised to IDR 30,000. Chief of Panji customary village, I Gusti Ketut Susila Darma, said the naur sesaon ceremony has been set forth in the local custom-

ary awig-awig. Anyone who has got married outside the village is forbidden to violate the norms having been enforced through generations. According to local belief, the citizens having not done the naur sesaon, the family concerned will experience negative things. He pointed out the negative thing can be suffering from illness to disharmonious of the family life. “Indeed, the evidence has never been seen, but local people have believed in the prohibition. If they dare to violate, the impact will be experienced by the family itself,” he said. According to Susila, the offerings or donations paid by every family getting married outside the Panji village will not incriminate every man. Behind the local norms (dresta), it is believed to be a medium of pleading guidance and mercy for every married person outside the village so that can live a harmonious life. “Although they have done the naur sesaon, our citizens believe that every piodalan (temple festival) on Tumpek Kuningan they should be coming to say prayers to invoke prosperity and harmony in the family relationship,” he explained. (kmb38)

Canada Senate passes bill legalizing recreational marijuana

OTTAWA - Canada’s Senate passed a bill Thursday legalizing recreational marijuana, moving it closer to becoming the first member of the Group of Seven nations to legalize the production, sale and consumption of the drug. Bill C-45, or the Cannabis Act, passed the Senate with 52 votes for, 30 against and one abstention after months of debate over the ramifications of legalization. The Cannabis Act will now go back to the House of Commons,

which passed the bill in November 2017 but needs to sign off on changes made by the Senate. Legalizing weed was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has admitted having smoked a joint with

friends “five or six times.” The initial timeline for legal pot sales called for it to be available by July 1, Canada’s national day, but fall now appears more likely. It would then be up to Canada’s provinces and territories to set up

distribution networks and enforcement. The sale of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Bill C-45 would allow individuals over the age of 18 to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use. Sales to anyone under 18 would be banned under federal law but

provinces and territories could set their own age limits. Statistics Canada has estimated that the market will be worth Can$5.7 billion ($4.5 billion US), based on last year’s consumption data. Uruguay approved the recreational usage of marijuana five years ago and nine US states have too but Canada will be the first G-7 country to do so. (afp)

US fears of ‘mystery weapon’ revived by new China diplomat cases HONG KONG - A US health alert issued for China over a mysterious illness has revived fears of a rumoured sonic weapon that first surfaced after a scare involving American diplomats and their families in Cuba two years ago. Staff who fell ill after hearing strange sounds are being examined by doctors at a consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, with several evacuated to the US and at least one diagnosed with brain trauma. The new cases eerily echo the odd noises and subsequent illnesses suffered by 24 US diplomats evacuated from Cuba since 2016, deepening a baffling medical enigma. But the incident also poses a diplomatic conundrum -- how to respond to what some fear may be a deliberate attack against Americans by shadowy

foes on Chinese soil. According to a New York Times report, US officials have privately raised questions about whether China, or Russia, might have separately or in tandem targeted the diplomats. Washington has so far taken care not to implicate Beijing, which has told US officials it is investigating the incident. “Until they are certain of the cause, it seems premature to make accusations,” said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “I don’t think the US is calling it an ‘attack’.” It is in stark contrast to the US handling of the Cuba case, when the State Department lashed out at Havana for failing to protect its diplomats. Washington expelled 15 Cuban

diplomats, arguing the authoritarian state must have either carried out the assaults or known who was behind them. President Donald Trump said he held Cuba responsible, although Havana denied any involvement. There are clear reasons for the US to avoid rocking the boat so readily this time. As a rising superpower, Beijing possesses significantly greater clout than impoverished Havana, with the cases coming at a precarious moment in US-China relations. Ongoing talks to avoid a fullblown trade war are balanced on a knife edge, and Beijing’s cooperation is likely to be key if hopes for North Korea’s denuclearisation ahead of next week’s summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un are to be realised. (afp)

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The mystery illness afflicting US diplomats in Guangzhou is similar to an earlier incident that prompted the evacuation of 24 people from the US embassy in Havana.


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Philosophical Messages in Kertha Gosa Paintings

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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May holds a press conference at the end of the second day of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. Canada hosted the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie.

After rollercoaster week, May faces Brexit showdown

After a rollercoaster week of Brexit rows within her government and with Brussels, British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Tuesday seek to avoid another setback in a long-awaited showdown with parliament. MPs in the House of Commons will vote on a string of amendments to a key piece of Brexit legislation that could force the government’s hand in the negotiations with the European Union. Over 12 hours of debate on Tuesday and Wednesday, May will seek to overturn changes made by the unelected House of Lords to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which sets the legal framework for Brexit. Flashpoints include proposals to increase the power of parliament to decide on the final Brexit deal, and others seeking to keep Britain closely aligned with the EU’s economy after it leaves the bloc. May this weekend said the Lords had gone “far beyond” their scrutiny role in trying to amend the bill to “tie the government’s hands in the negotiations”, and urged MPs

to overturn the changes. The Conservative government is seeking to overturn 14 of the 15 Lords amendments and appears confident of success on most of them. One in danger of not being overturned is the so-called meaningful vote amendment, which would give parliament the power to decide what to do if it rejects the final Brexit deal. The government may also lose a vote on membership of the EU’s customs union, but this may not have much practical impact due to the way it is drafted. Another on joining the European Economic Area (EEA) -- the single market -- will likely fall because the main opposition Labour party opposes it. - Eurosceptics worried The very fact that such discus-

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sions are being held, however, is viewed by those who favour a “softer” Brexit that momentum is on their side. They point out that talk of staying economically aligned to the EU was widely dismissed just a year ago. Eurosceptics who want a clean break with the EU, in which Britain has its own independent trade policy free of European rules, are increasingly worried. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was secretly recorded this week saying that while Brexit would happen, “the risk is that it will not be the one we want”. He implied that May might not have the “guts” to be a tough negotiator with Brussels, and that US President Donald Trump may have done a better job.

Brexit Secretary David Davis also reportedly threatened to resign over plans to avoid customs checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland. He objected to a fall-back plan that would see Britain remain aligned to EU customs rules if the problem could not be solved through a wider trade deal or with the use of technology. Eurosceptics fear the so-called “backstop” would tie Britain to the bloc indefinitely, and May inserted a time-limit at Davis’s request -only for it to be swiftly knocked back by Brussels. - May’s position ‘perilous’ As May presides over a divided government and country, and with no overall parliamentary majority, every part of the Brexit process has been bumpy. But this week’s turmoil reflects an increasingly febrile atmosphere

in Westminster, as pressure builds for a deal by October ahead of Britain’s withdrawal in March next year. There is a sense among both eurosceptics and pro-Europeans that crunch time is fast approaching. The Sunday Times newspaper reported that eurosceptics unhappy with May’s direction were considering trying to oust her once the EU (Withdrawal) Bill goes through parliament. Pro-European MPs wary of destabilising the situation may hold their fire this week as a result. They will have the opportunity to press the case for customs and single market membership in two other bills due in the Commons within weeks. “The prime minister’s position is quite perilous at the moment, and it may be that people think, well, she’s got enough problems,” a Conservative MP said this week.(afp)

Kertha Gosa in Klungkung has been known as a heritage of the royal period. Until now it remains well maintained. The building features a classic atmosphere. There are a number of stories contained in the paintings mounted on the ceiling. What are they? The name of Kertha Gosa has been very famous not only in Balinese society, but also overseas. The historical heritage located in the south of Puputan Klungkung Monument becomes one of the tourist destinations in Klungkung. When coming in, the classic atmosphere can be felt intensely. The Kertha Gosa building in the northeast corner still shows its taksu or divine vibration. Its foundation is made from hard sand stone. The poles of the building with a palm fiber roof covered with carvings give the impression of the past time. Gold leaf color of some painting has looked to fade but still looks beautiful. They are no less beautiful when compared to the carvings of today. In the center of the building, there are carved table and chairs. According to the story, during the kingdom era it is believed to be the venue for discussion on everything related to security situation, prosperity and justice of kingdom region in Bali. Besides, this pavilion served as a venue of meeting for the subordinate kings throughout Bali held every full moon of the fourth month in Balinese calendar (October). Here the royal officials provided direction and decisions based on considerations of the circumstances and needs. When observed further, the ceiling of this building is filled with paintings. They have very distinctive colors. Additionally, they look natural with a touch of color of the rocks. Aside from offering very classic nuance, it contains meaningful philosophy. All of them are displayed in plots. Its beauty and uniqueness can draw the attention of many visiting tourists. They are quite curious about the meaning contained therein. A tour guide, I Putu Gede Alex Sanjaya Putra, said the paintings have existed since the beginning of the building. One by one is

explained based on the existing references. At the bottom plot, the story tells about Tantri Kandaka, the 1001-night stories whose essence is about all the deceit in society. The second and third plots carry about the Atma Presangsa, depicting the suffering of the souls in Hell found by Bima Sena (second son of the Pandavas) on his way to find out the souls of his father and mother. The fourth plot is about the eagle seeking amrita (holy water of life), taken from Adi Parwa, a story that illustrates how difficult it is to earn a living in the world. Meanwhile, the fifth plot tells about palelindon (forecast and meaning of earthquakes). The sixth and seventh plots tell about Bima Sena when meeting with divine and celestial deities and fighting to save the souls of his father and mother. Meanwhile, the eighth plot tells about the heaven of the souls and the ninth plot about the god who serves as the keeper of the balance of the four points of the compass of the world. “This painting becomes one of the tourist attractions,” explained Sanjaya Putra, not long ago. Right in the middle of this building area is the Taman Gili. Local community is more familiar with the name of Balai Kambang (literally means ‘the floating pavilion’) surrounded by a fish pond with water lilies. To get there, visitors should explore some steps that also show the old impression. This building has many poles. The carving is similar to the ones in the Kertha Gosa. This also draws the attention of visitors as intrigued by the story of the paintings on the ceiling. Near the brick-using foundation building, there is a small note explaining the meaning of the paintings. The first plot from below tells the story about the destiny of a person predetermined by the day of birth. The second plot depicts the story of Pan Berayut, a fairy tale about the couple having 18 children. As for the third to sixth plot tell about the story of Sutasoma, the work of renowned poet, Mpu Tantular during the reign of King Hayam Wuruk in Majapahit in 1365. (kmb)

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BAF 40 Officially Opened on June 23

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The 40th Bali Arts Festival (BAF) 2018 will take place on June 23 – July 21 at Denpasar Art Center with the theme of Teja Dharmaning Kauripan that means ‘the Fire as the Spirit of Creation.’ The craft exhibition is expected to keep the quality and price and they must showcase original product of Bali.

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This was conveyed by the Head of the Bali Trade and Industry Agency, Putu Astawa, in the Workshop of BAF 40 Craft Exhibition Participants, at Ksiraarnawa Building, Denpasar Art Center, Tuesday (May 22).

Astawa also confirmed that in the craft exhibition this year, all the crafters must include a price tag on the products on display. This is to minimize the naughty craftsmen who seek much profit to certain visitors. In addition, he also added that it is not allowed to provide discounts to attract visitors. This year, there are 215 craft exhibition booths and he hoped there is no competition among the exhibitors. “Never feel that other merchants are the competitors, but make partnership with them. If we do not have a product that consumers search, try to find in other craftsmen. We must support each other,” he hoped. (kmb)


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A handout photo taken by Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore on June 10, 2018

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shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arriving at Singapore International airport in Singapore.

Find the leader: Kim’s cat-and-mouse journey to Singapore

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SINGAPORE - North Korea’s capacity for distraction and sleight of hand was on show Sunday as leader Kim Jong Un flew to Singapore for his summit with US President Donald Trump. No fewer than three aircraft made their way to Singapore from Pyongyang airport, a facility that frequently sees fewer than three international flights a day. One of them was the ageing Soviet-made Ilyushin-62 that is Kim’s personal jet -- officially known as “Chammae-1”, or Goshawk-1, after the North’s

national bird but perhaps more memorably dubbed “Air Force Un”. But while Singapore is well within its range, questions have been raised about its reliability and Kim, it turned out, was not on board. Instead he flew on an Air China Boeing 747. According to flight tracking website Flight-

radar24, it took off using flight number CA122, a standard designation for the airline’s route from Pyongyang to Beijing. In midair it changed its callsign to CA061 and headed south. In Singapore its high-profile passenger was met by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with Kim, who

wore a dark lapel-less suit. Kim was driven into the city-state in a convoy of more than 20 vehicles, including an ambulance, with North Korean television cameramen film ing his progress through the sunroofs. Hundreds of Singaporeans lined the streets to capture images of their own of his black Mercedes Benz stretch limousine with tinted windows -- not normally allowed in Singapore, even

for the country’s prime minister. Reporters and photographers packed the pavements outside the St Regis hotel where Kim was to stay. Covers had been hung over the driveway and hotel security brought out additional potted plants to obstruct the view of the lobby. Aside from three official photographs released by the Singapore government, there had been no public sighting of Kim nearly two hours after he landed. (afp)

Singapore deports two S. Korea media staff

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Journalists and onlookers watch the motorcade carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) arriving at the St. Regis hotel ahead of the USNorth Korea summit in Singapore on June 10, 2018.

SINGAPORE - Two South Korean media staff have been deported after being arrested for illegally entering the North Korean ambassador’s residence in Singapore, police said Sunday. Some 3,000 journalists have descended on Singapore for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. Singapore is notorious for the strictness with which it enforces law and order, while South Korean media are known for their persistence. The pair, two men aged 42 and 45 who both worked for Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) News, were held on Thursday and accused of criminal trespass. They were given a “stern warning” before being expelled on Saturday, police said in a statement soon after North Korean leader Kim landed in the city-state.

Two others with them -- another KBS staffer and an interpreter for the group -- were found not to have not committed any offence. Huge security has been deployed for the summit, with parts of the city-state in virtual lockdown. Police repeated a warning that journalists who break Singapore’s laws will “not be accredited, and thus will not be able to cover, the summit between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)”. In 2015 a man was shot dead by police when he tried to crash through a security barrier near the Shangri-La Hotel, which had been hosting a security summit attended by then-US defence secretary Ashton Carter. Drugs were subsequently found inside the car and authorities ruled out terrorism. (afp)

Riau - Two Vietnamese boats suspected of illegally fishing in Natuna have been seized by the Indonesian Navy. The captain of Bung Tomo-357 navy ship, Col Amrin, told Antara here on Saturday the two Vietnamese ships were seized following a chase when the Navy spotted three ships illegally entering Indonesian waters, around 1.40 pm on Wednesday. “While patrolling we saw three foreign fishing boats and we tried to drive them away and later caught two of them,” he said. Amrin said he ordered his men to check the two boats -- BV5743TS 40 GT with Tung as its skipper and ten crew and BV0627TS 40 GT with Pung as its skipper and three crewmen on board -- but found no fish. He said he believed the intruders had come for fishing because they were throwing their nets into the water when they were caught. “The boats carried no documents,” he added. Amrin said the seizure of the foreign boats showed the commitment of the Western Fleet Command to the eradication of illegal activities in the sea.(ant)

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The Maldives delegation reacts after being voted out during the election of five non-permanent members of the Security Council, Friday, June 8, 2018 at United Nations headquarters.

Indonesia wins UN council seat along with Germany, Belgium UNITED NATIONS — Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting Jan. 1 and will join the U.N.’s most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak announced the results of the secret ballot vote in the 193-member world body to loud applause. The four countries running without opposition all received over 180 votes. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation and has been on the council three times previously. It defeated the Maldives, a small Indian Ocean island nation which has never served on the council, by a vote of 144-46. Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters afterward that her country will work on the council to promote peacekeeping and peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and U.N. development and environmental protection goals for 2030. Indonesia will also make

“combatting terrorism and radicalization through developing a global comprehensive approach that addresses their root causes” a priority, she said. The Security Council has five permanent members — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — and 10 members elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms. Five countries are elected every year. Winning a seat on the Security Council is a pinnacle of achievement for many countries because it gives them a strong voice in matters dealing with international peace and security ranging from conflicts in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan to the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and attacks by extremist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida. Candidates for non-permanent seats are chosen by regional

groups, and Indonesia and the Maldives were in a contest for the Asia-Pacific group’s seat. Belgium and Germany, which have each served on the council five times previously, were elected from the Western European and Others group of nations known as WEOG. Israel, which was facing an uphill struggle in a three-way race for two WEOG seats, dropped out last month saying it “decided to postpone its candidacy.” Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters Friday the result was “a fantastic outcome” that showed “the high degree of trust” from other nations. “We now want to live up to this trust,” he said. “We want to be a strong voice for peace in the Security Council, but above all, we want a multilateral world order for the

future,” Maas said. “We will not shy away, but rather stand firm in the face of difficult decisions. We want to contribute to conflict resolution and crisis prevention.” South Africa, which has been on the council twice, was elected from the Africa group. South Africa’s Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told reporters her country was “honored and humbled” for the support and announced that its two years on the council will be dedicated “to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, our icon, and his commitment to peace.” She said that to mark the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth this year, the General Assembly will hold “a peace summit” in September where South Africa will unveil a statue that will remain at the U.N. to honor him. Sisulu, the daughter of antiapartheid activist Walter Sisulu who was imprisoned at Robben Island with Mandela, said South Africa will use its seat on the

Security Council to advocate for peaceful settlement of disputes and ensure “that we address the root causes of problems,” especially in Africa. “We believe peace can’t be achieved without participation of women,” she said, stressing that South Africa will insist that “a gender perspective” is included in all Security Council resolutions. The Dominican Republic was elected from the Latin America and Caribbean group, and the country’s Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado thanked the region for allowing the Caribbean nation “to achieve our aspiration to be a member of the Security Council” for the first time. “ We h o p e t o p r o m o t e a n agenda centered on the peace, security and development of our countries,” Maldonado said. “We accept a greater responsibility with this election to promote the defense of human rights.”(ap)


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Carlo Showroom

DENPASAR - Carlo Showroom is one of the longstanding interior design firms and boutiques located on Jalan Danau Poso. It showcases the innovative home décor items of Carlo Pessina, an Italian designer and long-time Sanur resident. The showroom features the unconventional design alternatives of furniture, particularly in the use of exotic tropical materials, from bamboo, seashells and coconut. Some in the collection feature the unique use of the latter material as finishing for the designs, while others incorporate more innovative and exotic varieties. There are beds, cabinets, credenzas, chairs, and even smaller décor items that you could purchase to take home, such as bowls, boxes, ice buckets, lamps, trays and photo frames. (net)

Tyson Fury won his first fight in two and a half years after four rounds.

Rumah Fair Trade Indonesia

RUMAH Fairtrade Indonesia on the main Sanur bypass is a shop that sells fair trade products from all over Indonesia. Inside are displays filled with organic cosmetics, oils, bowls, statues, jewellery, shawls, organic food, bags and pictures that you can purchase, knowing that the money goes to a good cause, supporting local producers. The items come from many places across Indonesia, with a great variety such as wooden crafts, statuettes, bowls and utensils, organic soaps and personal spa products, recycled items made from discarded plastics and unwanted household items, and even fresh organic produce that can be purchased on prior request. (net)

Tyson Fury: Briton beats Sefer Seferi in comeback fight

MANCHESTER - Tyson Fury’s return to boxing after a 32-month absence ended in farcical fashion when opponent Sefer Seferi was pulled out of the contest after four rounds at Manchester Arena. Former world champion Fury had danced his way to the ring and spent the opening two rounds posturing, with little action in the ring. After a fight in the crowd caused a distraction, the Briton - who was warned for playing up to the crowd in the second round - began to punch with more menace, landing a solid right hook to the temple.

That was as intense as it got, and when Seferi’s camp brought an end to the bout, some fans threw objects from the stands. Fury’s return ended 924 days of inactivity following his stunning win over Wladimir Klitschko to land the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles. Among those present at ringside were celebrities such as former

footballer Paul Gascoigne and chef Gordon Ramsay. But when Fury’s music played after the fourth round, the mood turned hollow as a crowd of about 15,000 emptied. Fury said it felt “fantastic” to be back after battling depression, losing his boxing licence and facing a period of ineligibility while

a UK Anti-Doping investigation played out. He will return to the ring on 18 August in Belfast, where he is likely to face a stiffer test. “I’ll be better next time. I’ll have more rounds and fight a better opponent,” said Fury. “I learned two and a half years is a long time to be out. I’ll take my career very seriously this time and enjoy every moment.” Fury has had a colossal fall from grace and is now focused on claiming

world titles he believes are “rightfully” his, and which he never lost in the ring. Losing seven stone from a peak of 27 stone during his time out of boxing has garnered positive headlines, but this return will be quickly forgotten. There was little time to see if he has retained any of the sublime footwork which set him apart from his peers, and little chance to see the ringcraft which bamboozled Klitschko. (net)

Pain in the rifle butt: Thiem blasts Austrian military service

PARIS - French Open finalist Dominic Thiem on Friday described being forced to complete national service with the Austrian military as “a pain in the arse”. Thiem was called up at the end of 2014 when he was 21 under Austrian law which requires all men to serve six months in the forces.

Due to his position as a professional sportsman, he was allowed to complete just four weeks. “I’m not a big fan of the military service. It was a pain in the arse these three, four weeks, seriously,” said Thiem after beating Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-5, 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 on Friday to reach his first Grand Slam final. “I was privileged on this one

because I’m an athlete. I only had to do four weeks, and the others have to stay six months there. “But still it was not helpful for my start of the next tennis season. In general, I didn’t like it.” When Thiem returned to the tour at the start of 2015, he slumped to opening round losses in Auckland and the Australian Open. (afp)

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Argentine soccer fans write stadium anthems

Like father, like son: Tim Weah hopes for soccer success

Of course, Tim Weah credits a parent for his fast rise in soccer. Mom, not his famous dad. “She’s had a huge impact on where I’m at now,” the 18-year-old American midfielder said. “She taught me the basics. She pushed me. She was my first coach, intramural coach when I was in Florida. That’s where I really started playing.” Clar Weah was more interested in running as a personal activity but guided Tim’s soccer education. Her husband, George Weah, was the 1995 FIFA Player of the Year and was sworn in as Liberia’s president in January. “He would just give me little pointers,” Tim Weah said. “He was more of the chill parent, just sitting back, relaxing, enjoying his time. He gave me some key pointers, some really important pointers that I use ... like an easy way to score would be to shoot across the goal. He taught me that, and now I use that a lot. Just simple cutting moves, just changing the point of direction where you’re going — stuff that he did when I was playing.” Tim Weah made his senior team debut in March with Paris SaintGermain, dad’s club from 1992-95, and after the Ligue 1 title was clinched got his first start last month on the final day of the season. He scored a hat trick against Paraguay last fall in the round of 16 at the Under-17 World Cup, made his U.S. national team debut in March against Paraguay, then scored against Bolivia on Memorial Day. He’s part of the American team playing Saturday against World Cup-bound France in Lyon, facing a Les Bleus roster that includes PSG colleagues Kylian Mbappe, Presnel Kimpembe and Alphonse Areola. “I have some teammates on France, so that would be great scoring against them,” Weah said. Tim was born in Brooklyn at a time his dad commuted from Europe to New York between games. The family moved in 2004 to the Pembroke Pines, Florida — a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, then in 2006 to the Rosedale section of Queens, New York, near the Nassau County border. Tim stayed for eight years, then relocated to Paris to join PSG’s academy. He doesn’t have a recollection of watching dad play. “But as I got older I started to go on the internet and explore and figure out who he was,” he said. Weah is part of a young American roster brought in following the end of the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. With interim coach Dave Sarachan looking toward 2022, the group includes 18-year-old Josh Sargent, 19-year-old Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, 20-year-old Cameron CarterVickers and 22-yearold Matt Miazga. (ap)

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In this March 14, 2018, file photo, Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah smiles as he trains before the French League One soccer match between PSG and Angers at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France.

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BUENOS AIRES — The San Lorenzo soccer team has just scored the decisive goal to qualify for the Libertadores Cup. But in the stands behind one of the goals, fans of the Argentine team barely notice. In those seats, reserved for the most passionate followers, nobody is paying much attention to the match. Under a sea of the team’s blue and red banners, so many that they make it almost impossible to see the pitch, the fans dance, jump and sing. They play trumpets and crash cymbals and chant pop songs with the lyr-

ics changed, turning them into odes to their team. Carolina Rutkoweski waves her arms and shakes her hips as she sings: “San Lorenzo, what I feel I can’t explain / I’ll be with you always / Because the blue and red runs in my soul,” to the music of Luis Fonsi’s hit “Despacito.” “You feel the football match in your body, through your veins. No need to watch it,” says the 44year old woman with her young son at her side, both dressed in blue and red San Lorenzo shirts, at halftime of the game

against another Argentine team, Chacarita. San Lorenzo is not a powerhouse like Boca Juniors or River Plate, but its fan base is known for its talent in rewriting local hit songs, turning them into stadium anthems. Despite intense rivalries that sometimes turn violent, other teams acknowledge San Lorenzo’s creativity and often adapt the chants for their own cheers. Only weeks before the start of the World Cup, San Lorenzo fans have written a new song for the Argentine national team,

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Brazil’s forward Neymar attends Brazil’s training session at Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna, Austria, on June 9, 2018, on the eve of their friendly football match against Austria.

Neymar set for start as Spain, France labour in warm-ups

Neymar is set to make his first start since February in Brazil’s final World Cup warm-up on Sunday as he battles for full fitness after Cristiano Ronaldo touched down in Russia with European champions Portugal. And as the clock ticks down to Thursday’s World Cup opener in Moscow between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, fancied teams France and Spain failed to impress in their final friendlies. Neymar, who broke a bone in his foot in February, made an explosive return to action against Croatia in Liverpool last weekend, scoring a stunning goal in a 2-0 win for the five-time world champions after coming on as a substitute. The Paris Saint-German star declared himself “80 percent” fit and Sunday’s runout in Vienna should leave him fully primed for Brazil’s opener against Switzerland on June 17. Brazil coach Tite is approaching Sunday’s game with a certain amount of trepidation. “Emotionally, this match could be the most difficult,” he said. “That’s because it falls one week before our first World Cup game, and there’s a risk of injury, of a loss of confidence.” Although Neymar has trained normally this week, he may not play the full 90 minutes in Vienna, according to the Selecao’s doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar. Drawn in Group E, Brazil, who are second behind defending world champions Germany in the FIFA rankings, will

face Costa Rica and Serbia after Switzerland. Ronaldo’s Portugal arrived on Saturday to begin final preparations for a campaign that pits them against arch-rivals Spain in Group B. The European champions play their Iberian neighbours in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city Sochi in the opening match for both nations on Friday. - Ronaldo welcome Ronaldo and his compatriots received a traditional Russian welcome during a bread and salt ceremony upon arrival at their team base camp in Kratovo, a leafy village 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Moscow. Fernando Santos’s side will need no reminding of the importance of their opening match against Spain, after a 4-0 defeat by Germany in Brazil four years ago set the tone for a dismal group stage exit. The winner on June 15 at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium will be in pole posi-

tion to come out on top in a group that also includes Morocco and Iran. The top two teams from each group qualify for the last 16. The Spaniards laboured to a narrow 1-0 victory against Tunisia on Saturday at their base in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. Iago Aspas scored the only goal for the 2010 champions against fellow World Cup qualifiers Tunisia seven minutes from the end. France looked flat in a 1-1 draw against the United States in Lyon on Saturday, despite an improved performance from Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Julian Green gave the US, who failed to qualify for Russia, the lead on the stroke of half-time but Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe equalised for the hosts. Pogba had been jeered a week ago in a 3-1 victory over Italy but it was his pass that teed up Mbappe to save face for the Euro 2016 finalists in a match they were expected to win. (ap)

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In this May 1, 2018 photo, musicians from the School of Wooden Planks, a name in honor of the wooden bleachers in many stadiums, create new songs for the fans of the San Lorenzo soccer team and Argentina’s national team, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. San Lorenzo is not a powerhouse like Boca Juniors or River Plate, but its fan base is known for its clever and talent in rewriting local hit songs, turning them into stadium anthems.

hoping it will become as popular with players and audience as the one sung in stadiums during the last World Cup, a put-down to host country Brazil based on a melody by Creedence Clearwater Revival that went “Oh Brazil, tell me how it feels.” “San Lorenzo’s songs tell a story, it’s not just throwing together some lines that rhyme,” said Sergio Peljhan, one of the chant’s writers. “In soccer culture there are battle songs, they’re like a call to arms. But our songs don’t have many insults or references to drugs. Our intention is to celebrate, not to inspire violence.” San Lorenzo achieved some renown in 2013 when one of its fans, an Argentine cardinal called Jorge Mario Bergoglio, became Pope. Then it shot to fame again when soccer fans chanted its soccer-themed version of “Despa-

cito,” composed by a small group of devotees called “Escuela de Tablones” (“School of Wooden Planks”), in honor of the wooden seats in many stadiums. The chant went viral on social media and then was taken up by stadium crowds in Spain, Portugal, Italy, South Korea, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador. Surprised by the phenomenon, Fonsi thanked San Lorenzo: “You were the first to take ‘Despacito’s melody and turn it into an anthem to cheer on your team.” The new song was recorded by the Wooden Planks in a house outside Buenos Aires and was released last month. The song is based on “Échame la culpa,” another track by Fonsi. Wooden Planks said they contacted the Puerto Rican singer’s recording label and it agreed to let them record the soccer-themed version.(ap)


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Like father, like son: Tim Weah hopes for soccer success

Of course, Tim Weah credits a parent for his fast rise in soccer. Mom, not his famous dad. “She’s had a huge impact on where I’m at now,” the 18-year-old American midfielder said. “She taught me the basics. She pushed me. She was my first coach, intramural coach when I was in Florida. That’s where I really started playing.” Clar Weah was more interested in running as a personal activity but guided Tim’s soccer education. Her husband, George Weah, was the 1995 FIFA Player of the Year and was sworn in as Liberia’s president in January. “He would just give me little pointers,” Tim Weah said. “He was more of the chill parent, just sitting back, relaxing, enjoying his time. He gave me some key pointers, some really important pointers that I use ... like an easy way to score would be to shoot across the goal. He taught me that, and now I use that a lot. Just simple cutting moves, just changing the point of direction where you’re going — stuff that he did when I was playing.” Tim Weah made his senior team debut in March with Paris SaintGermain, dad’s club from 1992-95, and after the Ligue 1 title was clinched got his first start last month on the final day of the season. He scored a hat trick against Paraguay last fall in the round of 16 at the Under-17 World Cup, made his U.S. national team debut in March against Paraguay, then scored against Bolivia on Memorial Day. He’s part of the American team playing Saturday against World Cup-bound France in Lyon, facing a Les Bleus roster that includes PSG colleagues Kylian Mbappe, Presnel Kimpembe and Alphonse Areola. “I have some teammates on France, so that would be great scoring against them,” Weah said. Tim was born in Brooklyn at a time his dad commuted from Europe to New York between games. The family moved in 2004 to the Pembroke Pines, Florida — a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, then in 2006 to the Rosedale section of Queens, New York, near the Nassau County border. Tim stayed for eight years, then relocated to Paris to join PSG’s academy. He doesn’t have a recollection of watching dad play. “But as I got older I started to go on the internet and explore and figure out who he was,” he said. Weah is part of a young American roster brought in following the end of the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. With interim coach Dave Sarachan looking toward 2022, the group includes 18-year-old Josh Sargent, 19-year-old Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, 20-year-old Cameron CarterVickers and 22-yearold Matt Miazga. (ap)

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In this March 14, 2018, file photo, Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah smiles as he trains before the French League One soccer match between PSG and Angers at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France.

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BUENOS AIRES — The San Lorenzo soccer team has just scored the decisive goal to qualify for the Libertadores Cup. But in the stands behind one of the goals, fans of the Argentine team barely notice. In those seats, reserved for the most passionate followers, nobody is paying much attention to the match. Under a sea of the team’s blue and red banners, so many that they make it almost impossible to see the pitch, the fans dance, jump and sing. They play trumpets and crash cymbals and chant pop songs with the lyr-

ics changed, turning them into odes to their team. Carolina Rutkoweski waves her arms and shakes her hips as she sings: “San Lorenzo, what I feel I can’t explain / I’ll be with you always / Because the blue and red runs in my soul,” to the music of Luis Fonsi’s hit “Despacito.” “You feel the football match in your body, through your veins. No need to watch it,” says the 44year old woman with her young son at her side, both dressed in blue and red San Lorenzo shirts, at halftime of the game

against another Argentine team, Chacarita. San Lorenzo is not a powerhouse like Boca Juniors or River Plate, but its fan base is known for its talent in rewriting local hit songs, turning them into stadium anthems. Despite intense rivalries that sometimes turn violent, other teams acknowledge San Lorenzo’s creativity and often adapt the chants for their own cheers. Only weeks before the start of the World Cup, San Lorenzo fans have written a new song for the Argentine national team,

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Brazil’s forward Neymar attends Brazil’s training session at Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna, Austria, on June 9, 2018, on the eve of their friendly football match against Austria.

Neymar set for start as Spain, France labour in warm-ups

Neymar is set to make his first start since February in Brazil’s final World Cup warm-up on Sunday as he battles for full fitness after Cristiano Ronaldo touched down in Russia with European champions Portugal. And as the clock ticks down to Thursday’s World Cup opener in Moscow between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, fancied teams France and Spain failed to impress in their final friendlies. Neymar, who broke a bone in his foot in February, made an explosive return to action against Croatia in Liverpool last weekend, scoring a stunning goal in a 2-0 win for the five-time world champions after coming on as a substitute. The Paris Saint-German star declared himself “80 percent” fit and Sunday’s runout in Vienna should leave him fully primed for Brazil’s opener against Switzerland on June 17. Brazil coach Tite is approaching Sunday’s game with a certain amount of trepidation. “Emotionally, this match could be the most difficult,” he said. “That’s because it falls one week before our first World Cup game, and there’s a risk of injury, of a loss of confidence.” Although Neymar has trained normally this week, he may not play the full 90 minutes in Vienna, according to the Selecao’s doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar. Drawn in Group E, Brazil, who are second behind defending world champions Germany in the FIFA rankings, will

face Costa Rica and Serbia after Switzerland. Ronaldo’s Portugal arrived on Saturday to begin final preparations for a campaign that pits them against arch-rivals Spain in Group B. The European champions play their Iberian neighbours in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city Sochi in the opening match for both nations on Friday. - Ronaldo welcome Ronaldo and his compatriots received a traditional Russian welcome during a bread and salt ceremony upon arrival at their team base camp in Kratovo, a leafy village 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Moscow. Fernando Santos’s side will need no reminding of the importance of their opening match against Spain, after a 4-0 defeat by Germany in Brazil four years ago set the tone for a dismal group stage exit. The winner on June 15 at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium will be in pole posi-

tion to come out on top in a group that also includes Morocco and Iran. The top two teams from each group qualify for the last 16. The Spaniards laboured to a narrow 1-0 victory against Tunisia on Saturday at their base in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. Iago Aspas scored the only goal for the 2010 champions against fellow World Cup qualifiers Tunisia seven minutes from the end. France looked flat in a 1-1 draw against the United States in Lyon on Saturday, despite an improved performance from Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Julian Green gave the US, who failed to qualify for Russia, the lead on the stroke of half-time but Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe equalised for the hosts. Pogba had been jeered a week ago in a 3-1 victory over Italy but it was his pass that teed up Mbappe to save face for the Euro 2016 finalists in a match they were expected to win. (ap)

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In this May 1, 2018 photo, musicians from the School of Wooden Planks, a name in honor of the wooden bleachers in many stadiums, create new songs for the fans of the San Lorenzo soccer team and Argentina’s national team, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. San Lorenzo is not a powerhouse like Boca Juniors or River Plate, but its fan base is known for its clever and talent in rewriting local hit songs, turning them into stadium anthems.

hoping it will become as popular with players and audience as the one sung in stadiums during the last World Cup, a put-down to host country Brazil based on a melody by Creedence Clearwater Revival that went “Oh Brazil, tell me how it feels.” “San Lorenzo’s songs tell a story, it’s not just throwing together some lines that rhyme,” said Sergio Peljhan, one of the chant’s writers. “In soccer culture there are battle songs, they’re like a call to arms. But our songs don’t have many insults or references to drugs. Our intention is to celebrate, not to inspire violence.” San Lorenzo achieved some renown in 2013 when one of its fans, an Argentine cardinal called Jorge Mario Bergoglio, became Pope. Then it shot to fame again when soccer fans chanted its soccer-themed version of “Despa-

cito,” composed by a small group of devotees called “Escuela de Tablones” (“School of Wooden Planks”), in honor of the wooden seats in many stadiums. The chant went viral on social media and then was taken up by stadium crowds in Spain, Portugal, Italy, South Korea, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador. Surprised by the phenomenon, Fonsi thanked San Lorenzo: “You were the first to take ‘Despacito’s melody and turn it into an anthem to cheer on your team.” The new song was recorded by the Wooden Planks in a house outside Buenos Aires and was released last month. The song is based on “Échame la culpa,” another track by Fonsi. Wooden Planks said they contacted the Puerto Rican singer’s recording label and it agreed to let them record the soccer-themed version.(ap)


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Carlo Showroom

DENPASAR - Carlo Showroom is one of the longstanding interior design firms and boutiques located on Jalan Danau Poso. It showcases the innovative home décor items of Carlo Pessina, an Italian designer and long-time Sanur resident. The showroom features the unconventional design alternatives of furniture, particularly in the use of exotic tropical materials, from bamboo, seashells and coconut. Some in the collection feature the unique use of the latter material as finishing for the designs, while others incorporate more innovative and exotic varieties. There are beds, cabinets, credenzas, chairs, and even smaller décor items that you could purchase to take home, such as bowls, boxes, ice buckets, lamps, trays and photo frames. (net)

Tyson Fury won his first fight in two and a half years after four rounds.

Rumah Fair Trade Indonesia

RUMAH Fairtrade Indonesia on the main Sanur bypass is a shop that sells fair trade products from all over Indonesia. Inside are displays filled with organic cosmetics, oils, bowls, statues, jewellery, shawls, organic food, bags and pictures that you can purchase, knowing that the money goes to a good cause, supporting local producers. The items come from many places across Indonesia, with a great variety such as wooden crafts, statuettes, bowls and utensils, organic soaps and personal spa products, recycled items made from discarded plastics and unwanted household items, and even fresh organic produce that can be purchased on prior request. (net)

Tyson Fury: Briton beats Sefer Seferi in comeback fight

MANCHESTER - Tyson Fury’s return to boxing after a 32-month absence ended in farcical fashion when opponent Sefer Seferi was pulled out of the contest after four rounds at Manchester Arena. Former world champion Fury had danced his way to the ring and spent the opening two rounds posturing, with little action in the ring. After a fight in the crowd caused a distraction, the Briton - who was warned for playing up to the crowd in the second round - began to punch with more menace, landing a solid right hook to the temple.

That was as intense as it got, and when Seferi’s camp brought an end to the bout, some fans threw objects from the stands. Fury’s return ended 924 days of inactivity following his stunning win over Wladimir Klitschko to land the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles. Among those present at ringside were celebrities such as former

footballer Paul Gascoigne and chef Gordon Ramsay. But when Fury’s music played after the fourth round, the mood turned hollow as a crowd of about 15,000 emptied. Fury said it felt “fantastic” to be back after battling depression, losing his boxing licence and facing a period of ineligibility while

a UK Anti-Doping investigation played out. He will return to the ring on 18 August in Belfast, where he is likely to face a stiffer test. “I’ll be better next time. I’ll have more rounds and fight a better opponent,” said Fury. “I learned two and a half years is a long time to be out. I’ll take my career very seriously this time and enjoy every moment.” Fury has had a colossal fall from grace and is now focused on claiming

world titles he believes are “rightfully” his, and which he never lost in the ring. Losing seven stone from a peak of 27 stone during his time out of boxing has garnered positive headlines, but this return will be quickly forgotten. There was little time to see if he has retained any of the sublime footwork which set him apart from his peers, and little chance to see the ringcraft which bamboozled Klitschko. (net)

Pain in the rifle butt: Thiem blasts Austrian military service

PARIS - French Open finalist Dominic Thiem on Friday described being forced to complete national service with the Austrian military as “a pain in the arse”. Thiem was called up at the end of 2014 when he was 21 under Austrian law which requires all men to serve six months in the forces.

Due to his position as a professional sportsman, he was allowed to complete just four weeks. “I’m not a big fan of the military service. It was a pain in the arse these three, four weeks, seriously,” said Thiem after beating Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-5, 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 on Friday to reach his first Grand Slam final. “I was privileged on this one

because I’m an athlete. I only had to do four weeks, and the others have to stay six months there. “But still it was not helpful for my start of the next tennis season. In general, I didn’t like it.” When Thiem returned to the tour at the start of 2015, he slumped to opening round losses in Auckland and the Australian Open. (afp)

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A handout photo taken by Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore on June 10, 2018

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Find the leader: Kim’s cat-and-mouse journey to Singapore

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SINGAPORE - North Korea’s capacity for distraction and sleight of hand was on show Sunday as leader Kim Jong Un flew to Singapore for his summit with US President Donald Trump. No fewer than three aircraft made their way to Singapore from Pyongyang airport, a facility that frequently sees fewer than three international flights a day. One of them was the ageing Soviet-made Ilyushin-62 that is Kim’s personal jet -- officially known as “Chammae-1”, or Goshawk-1, after the North’s

national bird but perhaps more memorably dubbed “Air Force Un”. But while Singapore is well within its range, questions have been raised about its reliability and Kim, it turned out, was not on board. Instead he flew on an Air China Boeing 747. According to flight tracking website Flight-

radar24, it took off using flight number CA122, a standard designation for the airline’s route from Pyongyang to Beijing. In midair it changed its callsign to CA061 and headed south. In Singapore its high-profile passenger was met by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with Kim, who

wore a dark lapel-less suit. Kim was driven into the city-state in a convoy of more than 20 vehicles, including an ambulance, with North Korean television cameramen film ing his progress through the sunroofs. Hundreds of Singaporeans lined the streets to capture images of their own of his black Mercedes Benz stretch limousine with tinted windows -- not normally allowed in Singapore, even

for the country’s prime minister. Reporters and photographers packed the pavements outside the St Regis hotel where Kim was to stay. Covers had been hung over the driveway and hotel security brought out additional potted plants to obstruct the view of the lobby. Aside from three official photographs released by the Singapore government, there had been no public sighting of Kim nearly two hours after he landed. (afp)

Singapore deports two S. Korea media staff

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Journalists and onlookers watch the motorcade carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) arriving at the St. Regis hotel ahead of the USNorth Korea summit in Singapore on June 10, 2018.

SINGAPORE - Two South Korean media staff have been deported after being arrested for illegally entering the North Korean ambassador’s residence in Singapore, police said Sunday. Some 3,000 journalists have descended on Singapore for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. Singapore is notorious for the strictness with which it enforces law and order, while South Korean media are known for their persistence. The pair, two men aged 42 and 45 who both worked for Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) News, were held on Thursday and accused of criminal trespass. They were given a “stern warning” before being expelled on Saturday, police said in a statement soon after North Korean leader Kim landed in the city-state.

Two others with them -- another KBS staffer and an interpreter for the group -- were found not to have not committed any offence. Huge security has been deployed for the summit, with parts of the city-state in virtual lockdown. Police repeated a warning that journalists who break Singapore’s laws will “not be accredited, and thus will not be able to cover, the summit between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)”. In 2015 a man was shot dead by police when he tried to crash through a security barrier near the Shangri-La Hotel, which had been hosting a security summit attended by then-US defence secretary Ashton Carter. Drugs were subsequently found inside the car and authorities ruled out terrorism. (afp)

Riau - Two Vietnamese boats suspected of illegally fishing in Natuna have been seized by the Indonesian Navy. The captain of Bung Tomo-357 navy ship, Col Amrin, told Antara here on Saturday the two Vietnamese ships were seized following a chase when the Navy spotted three ships illegally entering Indonesian waters, around 1.40 pm on Wednesday. “While patrolling we saw three foreign fishing boats and we tried to drive them away and later caught two of them,” he said. Amrin said he ordered his men to check the two boats -- BV5743TS 40 GT with Tung as its skipper and ten crew and BV0627TS 40 GT with Pung as its skipper and three crewmen on board -- but found no fish. He said he believed the intruders had come for fishing because they were throwing their nets into the water when they were caught. “The boats carried no documents,” he added. Amrin said the seizure of the foreign boats showed the commitment of the Western Fleet Command to the eradication of illegal activities in the sea.(ant)

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The Maldives delegation reacts after being voted out during the election of five non-permanent members of the Security Council, Friday, June 8, 2018 at United Nations headquarters.

Indonesia wins UN council seat along with Germany, Belgium UNITED NATIONS — Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting Jan. 1 and will join the U.N.’s most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak announced the results of the secret ballot vote in the 193-member world body to loud applause. The four countries running without opposition all received over 180 votes. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation and has been on the council three times previously. It defeated the Maldives, a small Indian Ocean island nation which has never served on the council, by a vote of 144-46. Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters afterward that her country will work on the council to promote peacekeeping and peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and U.N. development and environmental protection goals for 2030. Indonesia will also make

“combatting terrorism and radicalization through developing a global comprehensive approach that addresses their root causes” a priority, she said. The Security Council has five permanent members — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — and 10 members elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms. Five countries are elected every year. Winning a seat on the Security Council is a pinnacle of achievement for many countries because it gives them a strong voice in matters dealing with international peace and security ranging from conflicts in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan to the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and attacks by extremist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida. Candidates for non-permanent seats are chosen by regional

groups, and Indonesia and the Maldives were in a contest for the Asia-Pacific group’s seat. Belgium and Germany, which have each served on the council five times previously, were elected from the Western European and Others group of nations known as WEOG. Israel, which was facing an uphill struggle in a three-way race for two WEOG seats, dropped out last month saying it “decided to postpone its candidacy.” Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters Friday the result was “a fantastic outcome” that showed “the high degree of trust” from other nations. “We now want to live up to this trust,” he said. “We want to be a strong voice for peace in the Security Council, but above all, we want a multilateral world order for the

future,” Maas said. “We will not shy away, but rather stand firm in the face of difficult decisions. We want to contribute to conflict resolution and crisis prevention.” South Africa, which has been on the council twice, was elected from the Africa group. South Africa’s Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told reporters her country was “honored and humbled” for the support and announced that its two years on the council will be dedicated “to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, our icon, and his commitment to peace.” She said that to mark the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth this year, the General Assembly will hold “a peace summit” in September where South Africa will unveil a statue that will remain at the U.N. to honor him. Sisulu, the daughter of antiapartheid activist Walter Sisulu who was imprisoned at Robben Island with Mandela, said South Africa will use its seat on the

Security Council to advocate for peaceful settlement of disputes and ensure “that we address the root causes of problems,” especially in Africa. “We believe peace can’t be achieved without participation of women,” she said, stressing that South Africa will insist that “a gender perspective” is included in all Security Council resolutions. The Dominican Republic was elected from the Latin America and Caribbean group, and the country’s Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado thanked the region for allowing the Caribbean nation “to achieve our aspiration to be a member of the Security Council” for the first time. “ We h o p e t o p r o m o t e a n agenda centered on the peace, security and development of our countries,” Maldonado said. “We accept a greater responsibility with this election to promote the defense of human rights.”(ap)


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Philosophical Messages in Kertha Gosa Paintings

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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May holds a press conference at the end of the second day of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. Canada hosted the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie.

After rollercoaster week, May faces Brexit showdown

After a rollercoaster week of Brexit rows within her government and with Brussels, British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Tuesday seek to avoid another setback in a long-awaited showdown with parliament. MPs in the House of Commons will vote on a string of amendments to a key piece of Brexit legislation that could force the government’s hand in the negotiations with the European Union. Over 12 hours of debate on Tuesday and Wednesday, May will seek to overturn changes made by the unelected House of Lords to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which sets the legal framework for Brexit. Flashpoints include proposals to increase the power of parliament to decide on the final Brexit deal, and others seeking to keep Britain closely aligned with the EU’s economy after it leaves the bloc. May this weekend said the Lords had gone “far beyond” their scrutiny role in trying to amend the bill to “tie the government’s hands in the negotiations”, and urged MPs

to overturn the changes. The Conservative government is seeking to overturn 14 of the 15 Lords amendments and appears confident of success on most of them. One in danger of not being overturned is the so-called meaningful vote amendment, which would give parliament the power to decide what to do if it rejects the final Brexit deal. The government may also lose a vote on membership of the EU’s customs union, but this may not have much practical impact due to the way it is drafted. Another on joining the European Economic Area (EEA) -- the single market -- will likely fall because the main opposition Labour party opposes it. - Eurosceptics worried The very fact that such discus-

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sions are being held, however, is viewed by those who favour a “softer” Brexit that momentum is on their side. They point out that talk of staying economically aligned to the EU was widely dismissed just a year ago. Eurosceptics who want a clean break with the EU, in which Britain has its own independent trade policy free of European rules, are increasingly worried. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was secretly recorded this week saying that while Brexit would happen, “the risk is that it will not be the one we want”. He implied that May might not have the “guts” to be a tough negotiator with Brussels, and that US President Donald Trump may have done a better job.

Brexit Secretary David Davis also reportedly threatened to resign over plans to avoid customs checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland. He objected to a fall-back plan that would see Britain remain aligned to EU customs rules if the problem could not be solved through a wider trade deal or with the use of technology. Eurosceptics fear the so-called “backstop” would tie Britain to the bloc indefinitely, and May inserted a time-limit at Davis’s request -only for it to be swiftly knocked back by Brussels. - May’s position ‘perilous’ As May presides over a divided government and country, and with no overall parliamentary majority, every part of the Brexit process has been bumpy. But this week’s turmoil reflects an increasingly febrile atmosphere

in Westminster, as pressure builds for a deal by October ahead of Britain’s withdrawal in March next year. There is a sense among both eurosceptics and pro-Europeans that crunch time is fast approaching. The Sunday Times newspaper reported that eurosceptics unhappy with May’s direction were considering trying to oust her once the EU (Withdrawal) Bill goes through parliament. Pro-European MPs wary of destabilising the situation may hold their fire this week as a result. They will have the opportunity to press the case for customs and single market membership in two other bills due in the Commons within weeks. “The prime minister’s position is quite perilous at the moment, and it may be that people think, well, she’s got enough problems,” a Conservative MP said this week.(afp)

Kertha Gosa in Klungkung has been known as a heritage of the royal period. Until now it remains well maintained. The building features a classic atmosphere. There are a number of stories contained in the paintings mounted on the ceiling. What are they? The name of Kertha Gosa has been very famous not only in Balinese society, but also overseas. The historical heritage located in the south of Puputan Klungkung Monument becomes one of the tourist destinations in Klungkung. When coming in, the classic atmosphere can be felt intensely. The Kertha Gosa building in the northeast corner still shows its taksu or divine vibration. Its foundation is made from hard sand stone. The poles of the building with a palm fiber roof covered with carvings give the impression of the past time. Gold leaf color of some painting has looked to fade but still looks beautiful. They are no less beautiful when compared to the carvings of today. In the center of the building, there are carved table and chairs. According to the story, during the kingdom era it is believed to be the venue for discussion on everything related to security situation, prosperity and justice of kingdom region in Bali. Besides, this pavilion served as a venue of meeting for the subordinate kings throughout Bali held every full moon of the fourth month in Balinese calendar (October). Here the royal officials provided direction and decisions based on considerations of the circumstances and needs. When observed further, the ceiling of this building is filled with paintings. They have very distinctive colors. Additionally, they look natural with a touch of color of the rocks. Aside from offering very classic nuance, it contains meaningful philosophy. All of them are displayed in plots. Its beauty and uniqueness can draw the attention of many visiting tourists. They are quite curious about the meaning contained therein. A tour guide, I Putu Gede Alex Sanjaya Putra, said the paintings have existed since the beginning of the building. One by one is

explained based on the existing references. At the bottom plot, the story tells about Tantri Kandaka, the 1001-night stories whose essence is about all the deceit in society. The second and third plots carry about the Atma Presangsa, depicting the suffering of the souls in Hell found by Bima Sena (second son of the Pandavas) on his way to find out the souls of his father and mother. The fourth plot is about the eagle seeking amrita (holy water of life), taken from Adi Parwa, a story that illustrates how difficult it is to earn a living in the world. Meanwhile, the fifth plot tells about palelindon (forecast and meaning of earthquakes). The sixth and seventh plots tell about Bima Sena when meeting with divine and celestial deities and fighting to save the souls of his father and mother. Meanwhile, the eighth plot tells about the heaven of the souls and the ninth plot about the god who serves as the keeper of the balance of the four points of the compass of the world. “This painting becomes one of the tourist attractions,” explained Sanjaya Putra, not long ago. Right in the middle of this building area is the Taman Gili. Local community is more familiar with the name of Balai Kambang (literally means ‘the floating pavilion’) surrounded by a fish pond with water lilies. To get there, visitors should explore some steps that also show the old impression. This building has many poles. The carving is similar to the ones in the Kertha Gosa. This also draws the attention of visitors as intrigued by the story of the paintings on the ceiling. Near the brick-using foundation building, there is a small note explaining the meaning of the paintings. The first plot from below tells the story about the destiny of a person predetermined by the day of birth. The second plot depicts the story of Pan Berayut, a fairy tale about the couple having 18 children. As for the third to sixth plot tell about the story of Sutasoma, the work of renowned poet, Mpu Tantular during the reign of King Hayam Wuruk in Majapahit in 1365. (kmb)

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BAF 40 Officially Opened on June 23

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The 40th Bali Arts Festival (BAF) 2018 will take place on June 23 – July 21 at Denpasar Art Center with the theme of Teja Dharmaning Kauripan that means ‘the Fire as the Spirit of Creation.’ The craft exhibition is expected to keep the quality and price and they must showcase original product of Bali.

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This was conveyed by the Head of the Bali Trade and Industry Agency, Putu Astawa, in the Workshop of BAF 40 Craft Exhibition Participants, at Ksiraarnawa Building, Denpasar Art Center, Tuesday (May 22).

Astawa also confirmed that in the craft exhibition this year, all the crafters must include a price tag on the products on display. This is to minimize the naughty craftsmen who seek much profit to certain visitors. In addition, he also added that it is not allowed to provide discounts to attract visitors. This year, there are 215 craft exhibition booths and he hoped there is no competition among the exhibitors. “Never feel that other merchants are the competitors, but make partnership with them. If we do not have a product that consumers search, try to find in other craftsmen. We must support each other,” he hoped. (kmb)


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Ngelawang on Kuningan Day

As environmental purification of negative energy Lars Hagberg / AFP

In this file photo taken on December 05, 2016 showing tweed employee Ryan Harris working inside the Flowering Room with medicinal marijuana at Tweed INC. in Smith Falls, Ontario.

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Ngelawang agung held on Kuningan feast involves the whole sanctified effigies of the village such as eight sacred barongs, ratu lingsir, ratu gede anom, ratu mas, ratu gede tameng and ratu gede alit.

EACH village has unique traditions denoting the heritage from their elders. Residents of Serokadan customary village, Susut, Bangli, for instance, routinely organize Ngelawang Agung or Barong Ngunya (gallivanting show) every Kuningan Day. Chief of Serokadan customary village, I Dewa Gede Oka, revealed that Ngelawang Agung is indeed held every Kuningan Day. It is different from ngelawang in general where the ngela-

wang agung held on Kuningan feast involves the whole sanctified effigies of the village such as eight sacred barongs, ratu lingsir, ratu gede anom, ratu mas, ratu gede tameng and ratu gede alit. “The ratu lingsir in particular is the oldest owned by the village. It is believed to have reached thousands of years. This tradition aims to purify the environment from negative energies,” he said. The procession of ngelawang agung, said Dewa Gede Oka, is held at 13:00 until the afternoon. It begins with a ceremony followed by the sacred barongs coming out simultaneously and the gather

somewhere. He explained the ngelawang agung is not implemented by visiting one home to another owned by residents, but runs to the ends of the village in accordance with the points of the compass. It starts from the north end, west end, south end and then resumed to the east end. By local people, this procession is called nyatur desa. “After doing nyatur desa, the eight sacred barongs gather in the middle (catus pata). Usually, the ngelawang agung is witnessed by the whole community around and outside the village,” he said. (nan)

Kuningan Day at temple of Panji village

Residents married outside the village hold naur sesaon ritual

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Residents that will do naur sesaon coincide with Tumpek Kuningan. At the same time, they held a ngebeken ceremony falling on Kuningan Day.

SINGARAJA — In addition to the uniqueness of prayer in the grave, the Kuningan celebration on Saturday (Jun. 9) in Buleleng was also filled by residents with naur sesaon ceremony. It must be performed by every Panji villager having got married outside the village or even with foreign citizens. This is a heritage set forth in the awig-awig (bylaws) of Panji customary village, Sukasada. Residents that will do naur sesaon coincide with Tumpek Kuningan. At the same time, they held a ngebeken ceremony falling on Kuningan Day. Both women and men undertake naur sesaon with ritual paraphernalia consisting of peras pejati in the innermost courtyard of the temple. The offerings are presented by local temple priests. After presenting them, the people presenting the offerings represented by men also gives donations and recorded directly by the village apparatus. Formerly it amounted to IDR 20,000 but currently it has been revised to IDR 30,000. Chief of Panji customary village, I Gusti Ketut Susila Darma, said the naur sesaon ceremony has been set forth in the local custom-

ary awig-awig. Anyone who has got married outside the village is forbidden to violate the norms having been enforced through generations. According to local belief, the citizens having not done the naur sesaon, the family concerned will experience negative things. He pointed out the negative thing can be suffering from illness to disharmonious of the family life. “Indeed, the evidence has never been seen, but local people have believed in the prohibition. If they dare to violate, the impact will be experienced by the family itself,” he said. According to Susila, the offerings or donations paid by every family getting married outside the Panji village will not incriminate every man. Behind the local norms (dresta), it is believed to be a medium of pleading guidance and mercy for every married person outside the village so that can live a harmonious life. “Although they have done the naur sesaon, our citizens believe that every piodalan (temple festival) on Tumpek Kuningan they should be coming to say prayers to invoke prosperity and harmony in the family relationship,” he explained. (kmb38)

Canada Senate passes bill legalizing recreational marijuana

OTTAWA - Canada’s Senate passed a bill Thursday legalizing recreational marijuana, moving it closer to becoming the first member of the Group of Seven nations to legalize the production, sale and consumption of the drug. Bill C-45, or the Cannabis Act, passed the Senate with 52 votes for, 30 against and one abstention after months of debate over the ramifications of legalization. The Cannabis Act will now go back to the House of Commons,

which passed the bill in November 2017 but needs to sign off on changes made by the Senate. Legalizing weed was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has admitted having smoked a joint with

friends “five or six times.” The initial timeline for legal pot sales called for it to be available by July 1, Canada’s national day, but fall now appears more likely. It would then be up to Canada’s provinces and territories to set up

distribution networks and enforcement. The sale of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Bill C-45 would allow individuals over the age of 18 to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use. Sales to anyone under 18 would be banned under federal law but

provinces and territories could set their own age limits. Statistics Canada has estimated that the market will be worth Can$5.7 billion ($4.5 billion US), based on last year’s consumption data. Uruguay approved the recreational usage of marijuana five years ago and nine US states have too but Canada will be the first G-7 country to do so. (afp)

US fears of ‘mystery weapon’ revived by new China diplomat cases HONG KONG - A US health alert issued for China over a mysterious illness has revived fears of a rumoured sonic weapon that first surfaced after a scare involving American diplomats and their families in Cuba two years ago. Staff who fell ill after hearing strange sounds are being examined by doctors at a consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, with several evacuated to the US and at least one diagnosed with brain trauma. The new cases eerily echo the odd noises and subsequent illnesses suffered by 24 US diplomats evacuated from Cuba since 2016, deepening a baffling medical enigma. But the incident also poses a diplomatic conundrum -- how to respond to what some fear may be a deliberate attack against Americans by shadowy

foes on Chinese soil. According to a New York Times report, US officials have privately raised questions about whether China, or Russia, might have separately or in tandem targeted the diplomats. Washington has so far taken care not to implicate Beijing, which has told US officials it is investigating the incident. “Until they are certain of the cause, it seems premature to make accusations,” said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “I don’t think the US is calling it an ‘attack’.” It is in stark contrast to the US handling of the Cuba case, when the State Department lashed out at Havana for failing to protect its diplomats. Washington expelled 15 Cuban

diplomats, arguing the authoritarian state must have either carried out the assaults or known who was behind them. President Donald Trump said he held Cuba responsible, although Havana denied any involvement. There are clear reasons for the US to avoid rocking the boat so readily this time. As a rising superpower, Beijing possesses significantly greater clout than impoverished Havana, with the cases coming at a precarious moment in US-China relations. Ongoing talks to avoid a fullblown trade war are balanced on a knife edge, and Beijing’s cooperation is likely to be key if hopes for North Korea’s denuclearisation ahead of next week’s summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un are to be realised. (afp)

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The mystery illness afflicting US diplomats in Guangzhou is similar to an earlier incident that prompted the evacuation of 24 people from the US embassy in Havana.


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Ngerebeg tradition of Munggu customary village Celebrates war victory

MANGUPURA — Hundreds of male citizens putting on customary clothes while carrying wooden sticks gathered around the Puseh and Desa Temple, Munggu customary village, Mengwi. They waited for the procession at the temple to finish. Later, they carried out the ngerebeg tradition or better known as mekotek.

Lombardy in Italy through the lens of “Call Me By Your Name”

IF you have seen the film “Call Me By Your Name”, a love story that takes place “somewhere in Northern Italy”, the likelihood is that it left you itching to experience the romance of the region for yourself. Although the tag line is vague we have pinpointed the locations in Lombardy in the northwest of Italy. This means all you need is three days to explore and be guided by the story of 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and his professor father’s 24-year-old graduate-student assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer) as it unfolds in various locations around this region. Crema Built along the river Serio, the city of Crema is dominated by its Duomo, a church built in the gothic style almost 700 years ago.

It rises out of “Duomo Square” and is surrounded by pretty terraced houses painted in rose pinks and soft yellows. Several major scenes in the film were shot in Crema including one shot in the Duomo Square, where Elio and Oliver awkwardly engage in conversation, before Oliver jumps on his bike and cycles off, leaving a slightly bewildered Elio in his wake. The Duomo Square looks particularly lovely when bathed in the soft glow of sunlight, and true to form locals on vintage bicycles meander gently over the cobbled floor.

Where to eat: There are several eateries dotted around the square, most with outdoor seating. At Trattoria Quin, a cosy restaurant with traditional furnishings and wooden beamed ceilings, try some deliciously light asparagus risotto as well as a local dish, Tortelli Cremaschi. The sweet filled pasta contains 16 special ingredients and had a unique chocolaty consistency. Lake Garda Lake Garda’s crystal blue water and crumbling ruins have long made it a popular holiday destination. Situated at the foot of the

Italian Alps, the vast lake covers 370m2 and its shoreline is divided between the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. One of Lake Garda’s most picturesque towns is Sirmione in the Lombardy region, which pre-dates the Roman era and contains a 13th century fortified stronghold, Scaliger castle, that looks out on to the lake. Only around 150 people live in the old town, which is dominated by narrow, cobbled streets, tourist shops and restaurants. Sirmione’s most famous landmark is the crumbling ruins of Grottoes of Catullus, which was a grand Roman villa in 1st century BC. The ruins are set in a serene backdrop of olive groves and rosemary bushes, overlooking the

translucent waters of Lake Garda. This is where Oliver, Elio and his father walk through the decaying arches towards the “hall of giants” and wade into the lake, where they discover a beautiful bronze Roman statue. The lake is called “Jamaica beach”, so named because the flat, overlapping rocks on the lakebed look like sand from afar. Oliver and Elio shake hands on this beach (via the broken arm of the bronze statue) and sparks fly. Where to eat: Il Girasole in the old own of Sirmione has a large outdoor seating area and serves delicious Italian cuisine at excellent prices. Try the five-course fish menu which includes a tangy plate of seafood carpaccio and a light and tasty pannacotta. (net)

“This ngerebeg tradition is a memorial of the victory attained by Mengwi kingdom in the war at that time. Until now, it has been inherited or commemorated with mekotek or ngerebeg,” said chief of Munggu customary village, I Made Rai Sujana, when met the Puseh and Desa Temple at local village on Saturday (Jun. 9). He also briefly recounted the tradition originated from the kingdom of Mengwi formerly located at Munggu, with the king Ida Cokorda Nyoman Sakti Munggu. When defending his territory in Blambangan, East Java, the King of Mengwi meditated at Dalem Kahyangan Wisesa Temple, Munggu, before his troops named ‘black crow’ departed precisely on Tumpek Kuningan. The victory or success of the troops is commemorated with the ngerebeg tradition. Chief of Munggu customary village added that initially ngerebeg was done with a spear. However, during the Dutch administration, the tradition was forbidden because it was thought to be holding a rebellion. For several times, this tradition was not organized, so there was an outbreak of disease that

could not be cured or gerubug. Finally, some traditional and religious leaders negotiated with the Dutch, and the ngerebeg tradition was allowed to be held again. However, the property used is not spear, but replaced with pulet wood. Thus, other than serving as victory memorial to the ‘black crow’ troops, the tradition is also believed to have a magical power as repellent of catastrophe. The tradition serves also a medium to unite the young people in each customary hamlet so that they will avoid negative deeds such as drugs, reckless speeding and others. This tradition is followed by almost all men from the 12 customary hamlets in the territory of Munggu customary village. While carrying a wooden stick of about 3.5 meters long, they walked around the village area. Upon arriving at some places, such as the crossroads and in front of the village trinity temples, they gather and unite the ends of the rods to form the pyramid. Occasionally, a man is seen climbing up to the pile of sticks, and after reaching the top of the pyramid, the piles of wooden sticks will fall down. (eka)

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The ngerebeg tradition or better known as mekotek.

More visitors prefer to cross at night

NEGARA - Homecomers of the Eid al Fitr prefer to cross at night. As consequent, the queue at night is quite crowded. On the contrary, it looks quiet at the daytime. Operations Manager of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry of Gilimanuk Harbor, Heru Wahyono, said on Saturday (Jun. 9) that homecomers tend to be quiet in the morning until noon. “Like last Friday, crowded homecomers came from the evening to the evening,” he explained. Even though being quite crowded, he said that entire vehicles coming from early morning to night on Friday (Jun. 8) were already able to get into the ship, so that in the next morning the situation at Gilimanuk Harbor has been deserted. According to him, homecomers prefer to travel in the afternoon or night and this happens every

year. Actually, if the travel in the morning until noon, they will not be trapped in queue because the harbor situation is quiet. Every year, he said that homecomers tend to choose to cross at night. However, for homecomers coming to the harbor during the day, the authority has provided a tent so as not to overheat. Related to the peak of homecoming traffic, based on experience in previous years the data on the number of vehicles entering the harbor is predicted to occur on day 4 to day 2 before the holiday. He estimated that most homecomers have not arrived yet because the data on vehicles entering the harbor have just increased. He said before there has been an increase in the past few days, no homecomers have returned home because the number of vehicles

entering the harbor remains stable. Therefore, his authority stays to anticipate if a drastic increase occurs in the number of incoming vehicle. He revealed when compared to last year, on the same day range ahead of the Eid al Fitr there has been an increase in the number of vehicles entering the harbor. To transport the vehicles and passengers on arrival, he said that so far the authority remains to impose a normal system for the ships both in terms of their operation and docking period. Until today, the loading and unloading time of the ships remains 32 minutes like on the normal days. However, if required, the loading and unloading time can be accelerated. From the information gathered on Friday night (Jun. 8), the queue of vehicles of homecomers,

both cars and motorcycles, had surpassed the parking area within the harbor. For the queue of cars has got to the parking maneuver in front of the harbor, while the motorcycles reached the highway tent in front of the harbor but was not fully occupied yet. Meanwhile, Chief of Jembrana Police, Yoga Widyatmoko, said that despite the increase in the number of vehicles, all can enter the Gilimanuk Harbor smoothly, especially during the morning until noon.

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Safeguarding of the homecoming traffic involves the security apparatuses such as police, military and customary village security guard (pecalang). Chief of Gilimanuk customary village, I Ketut Galung, said on Saturday (Jun. 9) his authority was asked to help

secure by the state-owned crossing company (ASDP). In the previous years, the homecoming security was only carried out by police, military and harbor security guards, but this year it involved the pecalang of Gilimanuk customary village. They are involved in the security at ticket booths and harbor area. Every day, there are ten people of pecalang involved to participate in securing the homecoming traffic. They are divided into two shifts where each shift consists of 5 people. In the letter, the ASDP requested ten people each day divided into two shifts and each shift will be on duty for 12 hours and consist of 5 people. They started to have been on duty since Saturday morning until the homecoming traffic is over. Meanwhile, their operations are borne by the ASDP. (kmb)


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Splendor of Mesuryak tradition at Bongan village TABANAN —Mesuryak tradition on Kuningan feast remains to take place lively. The tradition held every Kuningan Day returned to be held on Saturday (Jun. 9) at Bongan Gede hamlet, Bongan village, Tabanan.

The mesuryak procession began around 09:00 until 11:00 local time. Commenced with prayers at each house compound, it was continued with worship at Dalem Temple. After the prayers at village trinity temples, the prayers were held at the merajan (clan temple). It is meant to invoke salvation to God as well as the ancestors believed to be at home during the celebration of Galungan until Kuningan. The mesuryak then proceeded to bring all the ritual paraphernalia such as the offerings, including the one symbolizing the Raja Dewata (ancestors) to the front gate of each house compound. Furthermore, the elders chanted the prayers closed with mesuryak procession. Each family provided coins and banknotes. The money was thrown into the air and then grabbed by residents. Girls and boys were fighting for the money. From the observation, every Kuningan Day, about tens of millions

of rupiahs are dedicated by the citizens of Bongan Gede hamlet for the mesuryak tradition. Chief of Bongan Gede customary village, I Nyoman Parwata, said the tradition of mesuryak is passed down through generations at his hamlet. “Mesuryak aims to deliver the ancestral spirits back to heaven after coming down and participate in the celebration of Galungan with their descendants. After ten days, precisely on Kuningan feast we accompany our ancestors back to heaven. We escort them with happiness while cheering and throwing money into the air and then is contested by many people,” he said. The amount of money used in the mesuryak varies depending on the economic capacity of the citizens. This tradition has existed for generations and remains to be organized every six months (210 days) coinciding with Kuningan Day. (kmb28)

Hoping all hotel needs to be locally supplied

Salak, one of the local Balinese fruit

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MANGUPURA —Actually, hotels are not unwilling to use local products. They indeed want to use local products and get all the needs of hotels. The advantages of using local products are easy to get. However, local product has less competitive quality than imported products and hotel needs are not always available locally. So, the hotels are forced to import. Chairman of the Bali Hotel Association (BHA), Ricky Putra, said that overall the hotels use 75-80 percent of local products. In details, they consist of 80-85 percent of fruits, 85-90 percent of vegetables, nearly 100 percent of seafood and 50 percent of beef and goat while the rest is imported. These needs are not only supplied from local Bali but also from local Indonesia such as Sumatra and Java. Seafood is supplied from Bali especially South Bali like Nusa Dua and Jimbaran. Meanwhile, the vegetables are supplied from Bedugul, Petang,

Karangasem and Tabanan, but the supply is through vendors or partners. He recognized that meat remains to be imported because it has better quality like wagyu, beef and lamb. Meanwhile, a number of vegetables are also still imported such as broccoli and carrots. The use of local products is not without reason. Other than being easy to obtain, the use of local products is also one of the visions and missions of the BHA to help local farmers. “Based on BHA mission, we suggest every hotel to use as much as possible local products because their availability can be procured faster, and when needing additional supply can come faster. If all needs are available locally, we are very happy. We are getting easier and our chef is not confused waiting for the goods or if placing additional order. Meanwhile, the difficulty of importing is long and uncertain,”

he explained. However, he realized that in the passage many vendors or local partners remain to face constraints in terms of quality. “Yes, in the future more and more local vendors with local products will be better,” he said. He recognized that by degrees the quality of local products began to increase. With such quality improvement, some products formerly imported have now been supplied locally. For instance, wine was once 100 percent imported, but now only 50 percent is imported. “It also happens to vegetables. Moreover, almost all the development done for local products leads to a better direction,” he added. He hoped that more and more farmers produce the products needed by hotels accompanied with the improvement of quality and quality standards. “We hope the quality standards are continuous,” he concluded. (kmb42)

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Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Maria Ressa of the Philippines.

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Maria Ressa, Co-founder, CEO and Executive Editor of the online news site, Rappler. The award, made in Cascais, Portugal during the opening ceremony of the 70th World News Media Congress and 25th World Editors Forum, recognised Ms Ressa’s unwavering commitment to the values of a free press, as well as her determination to continue exposing stories of vital importance for democracy in the Philippines amidst intense pressure from the government and its supporters. “You don’t really know who you are until you’re forced to fight to defend it,” Ms Ressa said in her acceptance speech, delivered in front of over 700 publishers, CEOs and editors-in-chief from the global news industry. “Then every battle you win – or lose ... every compromise you choose to make … or to walk away from … all these struggles define the values you live by and, ultimately, who you are. We at Rappler decided that when we look back at this moment a decade from now, we will have done everything we could: we did not duck, we did not hide.” Since the 2016 election of President Rodrigo Duterte, Rappler has fallen victim to a deliberate and highly targeted online campaign by supporters of the controversial head of state that seeks to discredit the media organisation and drown out criticism. In parallel, Ms Ressa has been the target of an increasingly hostile, gender-targeted hate campaign designed to undermine her credibility and the legitimacy of Rappler’s reporting. Rather than retreating from the threats, she has become a vocal spokeswoman in denouncing online harassment and in warning of the negative effects for democracy of the increasing use of technology generally - and social media more specifically - to discredit professional journalism. Rappler is also currently facing a raft of judicial and legal cases, tax inspections and administrative investigations that have been brought by government agencies and officials who are actively pursuing the company in an attempt to close down its reporting. In the most high profile case, in January 2018 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked Rappler’s license of incorporation – a decision the company continues to fight. “We honour a genuinely courageous journalist, a dedicated media pioneer, and a true believer in the power that the craft of journalism can have,” said Dave Callaway, World Editors Forum president, editor and CEO of The Street in presenting the award. “We stand in solidarity with Maria Ressa and her news organisation as together they face immense pressures, deeply personal attacks, and orchestrated attempts to undermine the professionalism and credibility of a news brand that has captured the public imagination,” Mr Callaway continued.

“To the men and women of Rappler, this is your courage. You inspire me,” said Ms Ressa. “But this award goes beyond Rappler... It’s for all Filipino journalists … for the men and women in government … ALL the Filipinos who continue to fight for our values.”

“They have not backed away from publicly denouncing either the policies or the hate that has come as a result of their coverage, and Rappler has continued the reporting that was at the heart of the onslaught - for that we applaud them.” Maria Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for over 30 years, with a career spanning various media. As the bureau chief for CNN in Manila and Jakarta for nearly two decades she was a senior investigative reporter on terrorism in Southeast Asia. In 2005, Ms Ressa headed up the News and Current Affairs division of Philippine media company ABS-CBN, where for six years she worked to redefine journalism by combining traditional and innovative media models. Her interest and talents in technology and new media were an impetus for her becoming one of the founders and eventually the CEO of Rappler, a social news network that aims to inspire community engagement and fuel social change. It became one of the first websites in the Philippines to use online multimedia such as video, text, audio and photos,

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incorporating social media sites for distribution. Since the website launched in 2012, it has not only successfully brought people together, but has also become the target of growing hostility and attacks from the government and its supporters for coverage of topics considered sensitive by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration; from questioning the government’s handling of the drugs war and exposing police brutality, to human rights abuses and abuses of power. “We hope the Golden Pen deters those who seek to undermine media independence and the profession of journalism by showing the solidarity that the award represents,” said Mr Callaway. “When all else fails, we should know that we have each other to rely upon if we are to continue making the kind of impact, breaking the sort of stories, and shining our light into those dark corners in a way our communities have come to expect. The way Rappler has been doing, and will keep on doing.”


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Bollywood star Chopra apologises over ‘Quantico’ Hindu terror plot

The decades-long drive to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons For almost three decades, successive US presidents, other world leaders and the United Nations have tried in vain to pressure or cajole North Korea into scrapping its nuclear weapons programme. Now Donald Trump is set to meet its leader Kim Jong Un at an unprecedented summit on Tuesday in Singapore, in an attempt to reach a deal which eluded his predecessors. Here is a look at previous efforts:

NEW DELHI - Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra apologised Sunday after a furore over a US TV series that showed her uncovering a terror plot hatched by Indian Hindu nationalists. The episode of spy thriller “Quantico” showed Chopra’s character, an FBI agent named Alex Parrish, thwarting the plan and noticing one of the terrorists wearing a Hindu rosary. The terrorists had tried to frame Pakistanis for the attack planned ahead of a summit on Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory that arch-rivals India and Pakistan claim as their own. Kashmir has been a source of historical tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought two wars over it. The episode, aired on June 1, triggered outrage in India with many fans taking to social media to “shame” the Indian-born actress and calling her a “traitor”. Chopra, a former Miss World, said she was “a proud Indian and

that will never change”. “I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico,” Chopra, 35, wrote on Twitter. “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise.” ABC Studios, the producers of the crime drama, have also offered an apology while defending Chopra who is the lead actor of the show. “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it,” US media quoted the studio as saying in a statement. “The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably

stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.” Chopra has been trolled on Twitter since the telecast and a street protest was also held in New Delhi on Saturday by a fringe Hindu outfit that demanded she be sent to Pakistan as a punishment. (afp)

Priyanka Chopra attends the CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC on June 2, 2018 in Malibu, California.

Banderas: Hayek stayed mum on abuse ‘to protect us’ from Weinstein LOS ANGELES - Salma Hayek never told Antonio Banderas about the abuse to which she says Harvey Weinstein subjected her, according to the Spanish actor, who classes her a close friend. When he learned about it years after the pair had filmed the Weinstein-produced movie “Frida,” Banderas picked up the phone and called to ask her why she had never said anything.

She said she was “trying to protect us.” Hayek was one of the many alleged victims of the disgraced film producer, who had the power to make -- or break -- a career. She said he had harassed her for sexual favors and forced her to do a lesbian sex scene in “Frida.” “I’ve worked with Harvey Weinstein, he has produced films I have been in, but I was not aware” of the allegations,

Banderas told AFP in a telephone interview. “When the issue of Salma came up, the first thing I did was call her to ask, ‘Why didn’t you tell me anything?’” She told Banderas she was trying to protect herself and her friends, because she “knew he was a very powerful character and that if she said something to us and we confronted him, we would pay a very high price.”

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Mexican-born Hayek, writing in The New York Times last December, described Weinstein as a “monster” and detailed the tortuous filming of a movie that won her a best-actress Oscar. They would go on to work together in other films, including “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” and “Puss in Boots.” The Weinstein scandal first erupted last October, drawing in other big names in the enter-

tainment industry and leading to movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up. “I think it was bound to explode,” said the 57-year-old Banderas. “It’s unacceptable... These people should be brought before a jury.” In fact, Weinstein has been charged in another case in New York with rape and assault. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bail of $1 million. (afp)

- Agreed Framework North Korea joined the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) in 1985 but suspicions grew that it was cheating on the deal. In 1989, US satellite photos revealed a nuclear reprocessing plant at Yongbyon. Four years later, Pyongyang announced its intention to quit the NPT, prompting a dialogue with Washington. Under an agreement signed in October 1994 with the Clinton administration and dubbed the Agreed Framework, the North agreed to freeze and eventually dismantle existing nuclear plants, which could easily produce plutonium but which Pyongyang said were intended to produce electricity. The US in return pledged alternative energy in the form of 500,000 tonnes of fuel oil a year, plus the construction by 2003 of two proliferation-resistant lightwater reactors. Several oil shipments were delivered late due to hostility to the deal among Republicans in Congress and work on the reactors was delayed for years. The pact finally broke down in 2002 when the US accused the North of running a secret uranium enrichment programme. - Six-party talks The six-party talks, which began in 2003, were hosted by China and also grouped North and South Korea, Russia, Japan and the United States. Several rounds of talks culminated in September 2005 with a wideranging agreement. The North agreed to scrap its nuclear programme, rejoin the NPT and accept foreign nuclear monitors in exchange for food and energy aid -- plus the eventual normalisation of relations with the US and a peace deal formally ending the Korean War.

But talks quickly hit a snag when the US imposed restrictions on a Macau bank suspected of laundering money for North Korea. In October 2006, Pyongyang staged its first nuclear test. At a new round of talks in February 2007, members reached a deal for the North to freeze its nuclear programme in return for aid and the release of its funds in the Macau bank. Later that year, the North began shutting down its Yongbyon nuclear plant, removing thousands of fuel rods under the watch of US experts. In 2008, Pyongyang handed Washington voluminous details of its nuclear programme and blew up the Yongbyon cooling tower in front of foreign media. The Bush administration eased sanctions and removed the North from its State Sponsors of Terrorism list. But the two sides failed to agree procedures to verify disarmament and by the end of 2008, Pyongyang had restarted its programme and banned nuclear inspectors. The last round of six-party talks was held in December 2008, and the North in 2009 staged a series of missile tests along with its second nuclear test. In 2010, it showed a visiting US expert a n ew u r an iu m en r ich men t plant and light-water reactor at Yongbyon. Under an agreement announced on February 29, 2012, the Obama administration offered substantial food aid in return for a moratorium on uranium enrichment and missile testing and the return of nuclear inspectors to Yongbyon, leading to a restart of the sixparty talks. Just 16 days later, the North announced plans for a satellite launch, which went ahead in April, and the deal fell apart.(afp)

AP Photo/Xinhua, Gao Haorong, File

In this June 27, 2008, file photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, the cooling tower of the Yongbyon nuclear complex is demolished in Yongbyon, North Korea. An unknown number of nuclear warheads. Stockpiles of plutonium and uranium. ICBMs. Weapons factories - and the scientists who work at them. The list of what it would take for the “complete denuclearization” of North Korea is long. North Korea has said it’s willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with a reliable security assurance and other benefits.

Edition Monday,June 11, 2018 | Internasional Bali Post  

Headline : The Decades-Long Drive To Rid North Korea Of Nuclear Weapons

Edition Monday,June 11, 2018 | Internasional Bali Post  

Headline : The Decades-Long Drive To Rid North Korea Of Nuclear Weapons

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