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#MeToo fashion show opens with angel wing models, pig-faced men

NEW YORK - A fashion show inspired by the #MeToo social media campaign aimed at exposing sexual misconduct across the United States opened on Friday in New York with models sporting angel wings handcuffed to men in pig masks. Dressed in a floor-length black and white gown with leather trim and wings at her shoulders, Cheyenne Jacobs, 22, stopped at the end of the runway to declare herself a survivor of sexual abuse, giving the audience a brief account of being sexually assaulted in high school and raped in college. “I would like to take this moment as a stand of my healing, how far I’ve grown and also to say that this is not only a movement, not just stories, but we’re real people who have gone through real things,” she said. The #MeToo Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week was the brainchild of Myriam Chalek, creative director of fashion website American Wardrobe. “I don’t think this fashion show is going to change things overnight, but if it can be a step further then I guess I’ve done my part. A woman who has been empowered is a woman who is unstoppable,” Chalek told Reuters in an interview. To the pace of trendy music, women from several walks of life, some smiling and others more serious, first strutted down a runway to display their designer clothes, then reappeared handcuffed to male models wearing pink pig masks. Among them was Alicia Kozakiewicz, 29, who was abducted in 2002 near her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by a man who contacted her online, a case that made international headlines as one of the first such kidnappings of the internet age. (rtr)

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Amazon hires NBC executive Salke to run video studio

NEW YORK - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Friday said it has hired Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, to run its television and movie studio, ending months of limbo as its entertainment division switches from a lineup heavy on art-house fare to broader-appealing hits.

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A model presents creations during the #MeToo Fashion show during New York Fashion Week in New York, U.S., February 9, 2018.

Amazon has been without a permanent studio chief since October, when Roy Price resigned after a sexual harassment allegation. Price has contested the claim. Salke has overseen the development of comedies and dramas for NBC as president since 2011. She has been behind shows such as “This is Us,” “The Blacklist,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and previously was executive vice president of creative affairs at Twentieth Century Fox Television. Salke has “built an impeccable

reputation as a big leader who emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and teamwork,” Jeff Blackburn, Amazon’s senior vice president of business development and entertainment, said in a statement. Amazon’s video budget ballooned to an estimated $4.5 billion or more in 2017, and the company has said it plans to spend more this year. It is seeking content that can attract viewers to its Prime streaming and shopping service around the world. Salke’s biggest task may be managing Amazon’s blockbuster

bet on a television prequel to “The Lord of the Rings,” a leap away from the niche content the studio was used to producing. People familiar with the matter say the studio offered $250 million for the fantasy series’ rights alone last year. The bill will climb as Amazon invests in production and marketing for multiple seasons. “The bet Amazon is making is, ‘We need a programing exec who’s going to create content that people watch,’” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. (rtr)

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Myanmar says soldiers, police facing action over village killings

Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar’s security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a government spokesman said on Sunday, adding it was not related to a Reuters report on the incident. Reuters on Friday published a report laying out events that led up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men in the northern Rakhine village of Inn Din who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and soldiers. A Myanmar government spokesman, Zaw Htay, said that “action according to the law” would be taken against seven soldiers, three members of the police force and six villagers as part of an army investigation that was initiated before the Reuters report was published. The arrests were “not because of Reuters news. The investigation was being conducted even before Reuters news,” Zaw Htay said, adding that he was unable to specify what

action would be taken against the 16 people. On Jan. 10, the military said the 10 Rohingya men belonged to a group of 200 “terrorists” who had attacked security forces. Buddhist villagers attacked some of them with swords and soldiers shot the others dead, the military said, adding that it would take action against those involved. The military’s version of events is contradicted by accounts given to Reuters by Rakhine Buddhist and

Rohingya Muslim witnesses. Buddhist villagers reported no attack by a large number of insurgents on security forces in Inn Din. And Rohingya witnesses told Reuters that soldiers plucked the 10 from among hundreds of men, women and children who had sought safety on a nearby beach. Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine state and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts

by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

ARRESTED JOURNALISTS The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted the arrest of two of the news agency’s reporters. Myanmar citizens Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were detained on Dec. 12 for allegedly obtaining confidential documents. The police has said two police officers were also arrested. Prosecutors are seeking to charge Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, which dates back to the time of colonial British rule and carries a maximum 14-year prison sentence.

Asked about the evidence Reuters had uncovered about the massacre, spokesman Zaw Htay said on Thursday, before publication of the Reuters report: “We are not denying the allegations about violations of human rights. And we are not giving blanket denials.” If there was “strong and reliable primary evidence” of abuses, the government would investigate, he said. Continued to page 6

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Alert status for Mount Agung lowered

AMLAPURA - The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) lowered the alert status of Mount Agung from level IV (warning) to level III (watch) on Saturday (Feb. 10). The radius of estimated danger zone was also diminished from 6 km to 4 km from the crater.

During a press conference held at the Mount Agung Observatino Post in Rendang Village, Karangasem on Saturday (Feb. 10), Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM),

Ignatius Jonan, said that the decision to lower the status of Mount Agung from level IV to level III was based on observations over the past months that showed a continuous reduction on volcanic activity. “So, as of today the alert status of Mount Agung is officially lowered from warning to watch level, and the estimated danger radius has also been reduced from 6km to 4 km from the crater of the volcano”, he said. Jonan added that now that the alert level has been lowered, evacuees are expected to return to their home villages immediately so that daily activities and tourism can return to normal. The The

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ESDM has instructed the provincial and district governments to convey this information to all subdistrict heads, headmen or hamlet chiefs to let people know that they should return home now. Head of the PVMBG, Kasbani, added that based on the data from monitoring Mount Agung using several parameters over the last month, the frequency of eruptions has decreased significantly. According to Kasbani, Mount Agung last erupted on January 24, 2018. At that time, the maximum height of the eruption column reached 2,500 meters above the peak. Since then Mount Agung has not erupted again and the volume of the lava dome at the surface of the crater has not experienced any significant changes and remains at about 20 million cubic meters. Kasbani also said that general seismicity has also shown a decrease over the last month. There has been some seismic activity but the numbers are not significant. This indicates that magmatic movement is still occurring but at very low intensity. GPS measurement shows a relatively stagnant pattern, and tiltameter measurement shows a low-rate of inflation implying there is still pressure accumulation but not a significant amount. Gas measurement, explained Kasbani, show that magmatic activity is still ongoing. The ratio of CO2 or SO2 volcanic gases which reflect the intensity of magmatic activity show a trend towards reduction compared to November 2017. Monitoring through thermal satellite images also show a decrease in temperature on the surface of the lava dome, indicating a reduced magma flow rate to the surface. “There is still the potential for an eruption, but it would likely be quite small one like what we had predicted previsouly. This includes the potential for lava flows through river valleys from the upstream. Currently, potential hazards range from the falling of incandescent stone, gravel and sand to volcanic ash. However, these would only be within a radius of 4 km from the crater. Apparently, there are no residential areas within this radius, but if there are peopel who conduct activities there, they can stil do so but should remain alert”, he said. Head of the BNPB, Willem Rampangilei, explained that since the alert status has been lowered, provincial government officials, including BPBD Bali have been instructed to have all evacuees to their home villages. “We will immediately have these people returned home and immediately make repairs to any homes or infrastructure that have been damaged by the volcanic activities”, he explained. Deputy Regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Artha Dipa, stated the government will facilitate any evacuees wishing to return to their villages. Damaged roads will be repaired by the provincial government in cooperation with the central government. (kmb41)

Alert status of Mount Agung lowered

Thousands of evacuees remain in Klungkung

SEMARAPURA - The alert status for Mount Agung, was lowered from warning to watch on Saturday morning (Feb. 10). Similarly, the radius of the eruption danger zone was narrowed from six kilometers to four kilometers from the top of the mountain. Evacuees in the district of Klungkung including the many accommodated at Swecapura Stadium, Gelgel village were of course pleased with the news. They are all expected to return to their home villagers shortly. One 55 year-old evacuee from Bukit Galah, Selat named Ketut

Ganti, 55, said that he was obviously relieved to hear the news about the highest mountain in Bali. “We plan to go home tomorrow (Sunday Ed.)”, he said. Ganti and his family have been living in evacuation for 4 and half months starting on September 21, 2017 when the alert status for Mount Agung was raised to level IV warning. He has been wanting to go hoe for some time now. “We have been here for a long time and very rarely go home”, he said. The money from the sale of his livestock as run out and like may other Ganti has no source

of income at the moment. The government is expected to provide assistance to people in this position. “We hope that we will still be given attention when we leave the evacuation post”, he said. Another evacuee named Wayan Suastini from Sebudi village, Selat subdistrict, said that she will go back to her village with her neighbours. She is still waiting for further information from Pasubayan (brotherhood of Mount Agung slopes). “If the Pasubayan says it is is ok then we will go home. We heard that conditions in the village are safe

now”, she added. Chief Executive of the Klungkung Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Putu Widiada, explained that he evacuees have been informed about the latest developments of the Mount Agung. “SO far we have not received an reports of people having returned home. Apparently they are waiting for the latest progress report”, he said. This former head of the subdistrict of Banjarangkan confirmed that the district government is ready to provide continued assistance for any evacuees that do not

dare to go home. “According to the regent’s instructions, they are allowed to stay here if they want, but we will provide transportation for anyone who does want to go home”, he said. So far, there are still plenty of supplies at the stadium. However there are no plans to distribute food or anything else to evacuees to take home with them. “We have asked the regent what to do and are still waiting for instructions”, he said. According to the latest data, there are still 3,040 evacuees in Klungkung spread across some 30 villages. (kmb45)

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MONTH OF LOVE AND PROSPERITY CELEBRATION

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including Exotic Chocolate Body Scrub, sixty-minute stress release massage, flower bath completed with two glasses of sparkling wine and chocolates. This treatment is valid everyday throughout the month, priced at IDR 950,000++/ couple. On the Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2018, Seminyak Kitchen offers a romantic 4-course dinner that is priced at IDR 400,000++/

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Bolivia offers cultural diversity in carnival events

LA PAZ - Tradition, brotherhood and mayhem are the elements that bring the crowds to Bolivian carnivals, with each region of the country offering its own twist. These includes the traditional “comadres” in Tarija, the “folclorica” of Oruro, the “farandula” of Santa Cruz, the “Corso de Corso” in Cochabamba and the “Jisk’a Anata” in La Paz. In an interview with Xinhua, sociologist Mario Matos explained that anthropologists had found these cultural traditions stretching back through generations. Bolivia’s carnival celebrations began with the “Thursdays of compadres and comadres.” In Tarija,

people in every village met up in the houses of friends or family to exchange baskets full of fruit and sweets as presents. However, in the region of Oruro, the carnival from Feb. 9-12 is focused around the great parade of Socavon. On Saturday, at least 80,000 people, including musicians and dancers, mobilized along the streets while over 200,000 spectators watched on from the entrance to the city. “Each year, this city enters the spotlight of all Bolivia and a large part of the world, because the marvellous carnival of Oruro enters into full swing,” commented Matos.

Matos explained that the wild party of Oruro was declared in 2001 and was a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The folkloric groups, who come from across the country, prepare their parades and dances throughout the year. The Socavon march winds its way for several kilometers, before concluding at the church of the Virgin of Socavon, where it is honored with dancers in spectacular outfits. Matos told Xinhua that the 2018 edition would see the participation of over 60 folkloric groups, leading dances with names such as diablada, caporales, morenada,

suri-sicuris, llamerada, cullawada, waca-waca, pujllay and tinku. Other emblematic parties during the Bolivian carnival season happen in the eastern city of Santa Cruz where participants give free rein to their creativity. The carnival of the capital, La Paz, is another eagerly awaited event, with over 55 groups competing for the attention of the crowd. The Jisk’a Anata (“little party” in the Aymara language) will begin on Feb. 12, as one of the most important indigenous demonstrations of culture of the carnival season. Indigenous associations from different parts of the department of La Paz will come to take part in

the parade. Matos recalled that, back in the 1940s, the Monday of the carnival season was reserved for competitions of typical orchestras and national dances. Finally, the carnival of the central city of Cochabamba will take part in Feb. 17, where over 89 groups will take part, ranging from indigenous shows, military units and around a dozen beautifully decorated floats. The event called Corso de Corsos or Carnival of Concord closes Bolivia’s carnival season, bringing to an end a time dedicated to the country’s diversity in dance and music. (net)

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IGP Wahyuni encourages fellow cancer patients

BANGLI — Cancer becomes one of the most horrific and frightening diseases for most people. The disease dubbed as silent killer appears almost without preliminary symptoms but can lead to death. Not a few of those convicted of suffering cancer will despair and give up living the rest of their life. However, it is different from I Gusti Ayu Putu Wahyuni. This woman from Bebalang village, Bangli, remains vivacious to live her days despite being convicted of having suffered ovarian cancer since 2016. This 37-year-old woman even often motivates and encourages other cancer patients so as not to be discouraged in undergoing treatment and fighting cancer. Wahyuni said that she just knew of suffering ovary cancer about two years ago after having cystic removal surgery. Wahyuni admitted to never imagine that she would suffer from the deadly disease. Before she was convicted of suffering cancer, she regularly checked her health. Moreover, this midwife who is now in charge of the Public Health Division at the Bangli Health Agency also often provides counseling and motivation for patients coming to have medical checkup at public health center where she formerly work to fight cancer. “But apparently I suffer from this disease. When diagnosed with cancer, I was shocked. But since I have often given a motivation to patients wishing to have control, so I’m ready,” she explained. Further, Wahyuni added that to kill cancer cells in her body, she is required by doctor to undergo chemotherapy. Until now, she has had it for dozens of times with

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many side effects on her body. Since undergoing chemotherapy, this mother of one child experiences hair loss. Chemotherapy also causes the skin to become dry, darker and some other effects. Although many effects are felt on the body, according to Wahyuni, chemotherapy is one of the effective treatments that must be undertaken by cancer patients to get recovery. She acknowledged the public stigma about chemotherapy is still very horrible, especially for women as the effect can cause hair loss making women lose confidence. Besides, there is also a stigma that cancer patients will not have a long life expectation despite undergoing chemotherapy. She said the stigma is not entirely true. Cancer patients that cannot survive despite undergoing chemotherapy happen because most cancer just started to be treated after reaching advanced stage. In addition to undergoing chemotherapy, according to Wahyuni, the support of family and friends in the neighborhood around the residence and workplace is very important for the recovery of cancer patients. With the support of family and others around them, the cancer patients will feel to be needed and expected. “Cancer patients must also be at peace with themselves. Do not surrender,” she said. Most importantly, continued Wahyuni, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular medical checkup and early detection of cancer should be done. Thus, as soon as being known, it must be treated immediately. “Having got cancer, take treatment immediately and vivaciously. If we are healthy, we will be able to benefit others,” she concluded. (kmb40)

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The cultural dialogue entitled Traditional Games as Media of Strengthening Character and the National Identity in Puri Sasana Budaya.

Cultural dialogue

Strengthening national characters through traditional games

SINGARAJA — Amidst the development of modern times, traditional games are increasingly marginalized. Moreover, many people have abandoned them. One of the reasons is the traditional nature, so children are reluctant to play them. Current children consider that playing traditional games is less prestigious or old-fashioned. Actually, traditional games can teach togetherness and build character through the understanding of noble values contained within. Meanwhile, the progress and the development of the times affect the mindset and community activities. This was revealed in the cultural dialogue entitled Traditional Games as Media of Strengthening Character and the National Identity in Puri Sasana Budaya on Wednesday (Feb. 7). The dialogue was held by Preservation Agency for Balinese Cultural Values and Buleleng Culture Agency. The dialogue presented three speakers namely the Head of the Buleleng Culture Agency, Putu Tastra Wijaya, humanist I Nyoman Arcana and Preservation Agency for Balinese Cultural Values, I Wayan Suca Sumadi. One of the resource persons, I Wayan Suca Sumadi, who is also Subdivision Head of Administration of Preservation Agency for Balinese Cultural Values, said that currently traditional games began to get eroded by technological advances. He admitted this situation cannot be underestimated because the progress of time also has negative impact. To that end, the traditional game needs to be rebuilt as a medium for strengthening the national character. By engaging learners, it can bring together and reinvent traditional games among the younger generation. After being resurrected, he

proposed the traditional games can be inserted into the syllabus as a teaching aid for teachers. “Traditional games contain a lot of values. One of which is the value of togetherness because I see today people having very poor togetherness. As the first step, we discuss how to build communication and this will be followed up with continued efforts. One of them is by inserting it into teaching materials at school,” he said. A humanist who is also lecturer, I Nyoman Arcana, said the game is a cultural element that has a functional existence. In terms of educational point of view, the world of play is only available in children intended to train smooth and coarse motor development, eliminate saturation, and channel excess energy. With regard to it, in the education teachers are recommended to educate with the motto ‘learning while playing.’ Currently, there are about 40 types of traditional and non-traditional games recorded and the application only reaches a small portion. He cited that Goak-Goakan is the native traditional game to Buleleng where younger generation has not been familiar with it. Actually, the game created by the King of Buleleng Ki Barak Panji Sakti containing significant meaning and has a history of struggle. “This traditional game contains many historical values that are certainly very good to be known by children. The game only played after Nyepi or Day of Silence can now be transformed into performing arts,” he said. On the other hand, the Head of the Buleleng Culture Agency, Putu Tastra Wijaya, said that traditional games as one of the tourist attractions can be staged to support the development of tourism industry. To cultivate cultural tourism, it is required a regulatory measure that can realize the integration of tourism with culture, so they are useful to various aspects of life. (kmb38)


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Climbing ancient volcano to explore Gria Cokelat

YOGYAKARTA — Residents of Nglanggeran village, Gunung Kidul district, Yogyakarta, are able to live from farming and managing tourism. The agricultural sector even becomes the main livelihood to be worked on, while tourism sector becomes the companion. Natural potential of mountains and plantations is creatively packed into a tourism package. Tour package of Nglanggeran village offers a climbing to the ancient volcano. By using a small car, tourists are invited to visit Nglanggeran reservoir and ends at Gria Cokelat (chocolate house). Secretary of local tourism awareness group (Pokdarwis), Sugeng Handoko, said that since the past few years, his group has limited the visiting guests. His group feared that many tourist visits will even damage the nature. Then, education tourism is increased. From the post one of the ancient volcano, tourists can see the city of Yogyakarta. There are 5 ancient volcanoes. Each point is provided with spots for taking pictures, resting seats and quotes to keep the environment. On the ancient volcano live a community group consisting of seven families, not more and less. At the next destination, namely the Nglanggeran Reservoir, tour-

ists can see the use of reservoir to irrigate plantations in the region. Although it is only a reservoir, from the location visitors can see the view of ancient volcano and the landscape below. From the reservoir, visitors can also see sunset. After that, visitors are taken to explore cacao and durian plantation and then make a visit to Gria Cokelat. It is a place where cocoa pods are processed into cacao or chocolate products. Gria Cokelat got assistance and guidance from Bank Indonesia. Previously, local residents only sell cocoa and process it into chocolate toffee. However, with the tool assistance and guidance from Bank Indonesia, Gria Cokelat is able to make chocolate powder with more modem packaging. A member of Nglanggeran tourism awareness group, Mursidi, said that to complete the tour package,

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul, South Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 10, 2018.

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Nglanggeran reservoir local residents also make homestay. There are a total of 87 homestays managed by local residents. “So,

we really empower the community,” he said. When the entourage of Bank Indonesia arrived, there

was also a group of school that rent the homestay and enjoyed holiday at Nglanggeran village. (kmb42)

Alert status of Mount Agung lowered to watch

1,669 evacuees leave Buleleng

SINGARAJA — About 1,669 Karangasem residents that fled at Tembok village and Les village, Tejakula, began preparing their homecoming. This followed the government’s decision to lower Mount Agung’s alert status from level IV (warning) to level III

(watch). Thousands of refugees, mostly from Ban village, surely return to their home village. Meanwhile, some other evacuees from Pengalusan and Pucang hamlet, Ban, as well as Dukuh village will remain in their refuge. This happens because their village is located in the

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Thousands of refugees, mostly from Ban village, surely return to their home village.

danger radius of the Mount Agung eruption namely four kilometers. Following the decision to decrease in the alert status of Mount Agung, Head of Mount Agung Evacuee Mitigation Taskforce in Buleleng district, Made Arya Sukerta, said on Saturday (Feb. 10) that his taskforce has coordinated with related agencies up to the ranks of government in Karangasem district. Besides, the village apparatus accommodating the refugees was also instructed to immediately inform the decline of the alert status of Mount Agung. At the same time, the evacuees were suggested to make preparation for their homecoming. Although they have been allowed to leave the refugee camps, until Saturday his agency did not receive any data on the evacuees that have returned to their village. “Social Agency, sub-districts and village apparatus including our taskforce have coordinated with headman of Ban to inform the decision of the alert status decline of Mount Agung and

pass the government instruction that evacuees are allowed to return to their respective village,” he said. According to Sukerta, local government together with relevant agencies such as Social Agency, Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) and Buleleng SAR Team will still facilitate if there are evacuees that will return to their hometown in a group. To facilitate it, the truck of BPBD and SAR has been prepared and just waiting if there is a request, then the government is ready to facilitate the homecoming of Mount Agung evacuees to their home village. Nevertheless, since most evacuees are carrying a motorcycle and car, they are sure to return home by private transport. “We still have fleet and if the evacuees come home in an entourage, we will facilitate them,” he explained. Sukerta estimated that some of approximately 1,669 people of Karangasem residents are still evacuating. The evacuees are mostly from Pengalusan hamlet, Pucang

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hamlet, Ban village as well as from Dukuh village. This happens because their territory is in danger radius of four kilometers from Mount Agung. “Certainly most of the refugees will go home and only a few will remain in the refuge. It happens because their region belongs to the danger radius of eruption impact so they are still waiting for further government instruction,” he said. As reported previously, the waves of Mount Agung evacuees fled to Buleleng from last September 2017. Since the eruption of Mount Agung, the number of evacuees has fluctuated and even reached tens of thousands of people. They are mostly accommodated in Tejakula, Kubutambahan, Sawan, Sukasada, Buleleng and Gerokgak subdistrict. In line with the development of Mount Agung status gradually lowered, the evacuees chose to return to Karangasem. Following the alert status reduction of Mount Agung to watch level, more evacuees are confirmed to leave their refugee camps in Buleleng. (kmb38)

N.Korea notes ‘warm talks’ with S.Korea’s Moon, no mention of summit invitation

SEOUL - North Korea’s state news agency said on Sunday its delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held “frank and candid” talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in but there was no mention of the North’s invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit. The delegation, the highestranking to visit the South, concludes its visit later on Sunday having charmed and intrigued the South Korean public, but still faces deep scepticism over the North’s sincerity towards improving relations. Any summit between the two still-officially warring Koreas would be a coup for Moon, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes. Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un, “courteously” handed over a personal letter from the North Korean leader to Moon during talks on Saturday and also told Moon of her brother’s “intention”, KCNA said, without elabo-

rating on what that was. South Korean officials have said Moon was invited to Pyongyang to speak with Kim Jong Un during the talks and lunch that Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday. Such a summit, if it came about, would mark the first time that leaders of the two Koreas have met since 2007. Moon and Kim Yo Jong will have another opportunity to talk when they attend the second and final performance by a visiting North Korean orchestra on Sunday evening in Seoul, a Blue House official said. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has left South Korea for Washington, said the United States, South Korea and Japan were in

complete agreement on isolating North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. “There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programme,” Pence told reporters during the return flight to the United States. A White House official said that, although Moon did not discuss the invitation with Pence on Saturday, the South Korean president made it very clear that only when North Korea actually starts to take steps to denuclearise would anyone even consider beginning to take the pressure off. (rtr)

BANGKOK - Around four hundred people gathered at a monument to democracy in the Thai capital on Saturday to urge the military government not to delay a national election planned later this year, in one of the biggest anti-junta demonstrations since the military took power in 2014. Elections to restore democracy have been postponed several times with November being latest date set by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was appointed by a military-backed legislature following a coup in 2014. But a change in the election law by parliament last month means the date almost definitely will be pushed back to early 2019, something that has fanned growing discontent among groups who are calling for a swift return to civilian rule. Authorities deployed fences around the Democracy Monument, forcing activists to gather only in the vicinity. Protesters held mock ballot boxes and signs saying: “Disgusted with dictatorship.” “The NCPO should hold elections in November 2018, not move it to February 2019,” a representative for the demonstration who goes by his Facebook name of Sasiphat Siri told the crowd. The junta is formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). “Mr. Prayuth, can you hear the people’s voices?” shouted another protestor. On Friday, police issued arrest warrants for four activists. One was arrested on Saturday morning, while the other three showed up at the protest on Saturday before turn-

ing themselves in to police after the demonstration ended peacefully. Small anti-junta, pro-election protests that began earlier this year have gained momentum in recent weeks with a variety of activities staged by different groups every week. However, these have been mostly confined to the capital. Earlier this week, the Puea Thai Party whose government was ousted in the 2014 coup, issued a statement defending the right of various groups to express their opinions peacefully. “Peaceful expression is the right of every citizen ... I strongly disagree with the actions of the police and those in power to try to impose ... charges against the groups,” Phumtham Wechayachai, the party’s secretary-general, said in an open letter on Monday. Political parties of all stripes have been urging the junta for months to lift a ban on campaigning and allow them to prepare for the general election. But senior government figures have said the time was not yet right to lift the ban, prompting criticism from rights groups and politicians that the junta wants to delay the vote and prolong its time in power. Parliament voted last month to extend the start date for a new election law by 90 days. The bill lays out rules for lower house elections and is one of four bills that need to take effect before the vote. The enactment date is critical in determining the election date as Thailand’s new constitution requires polls to take place within 150 days after electoral laws take effect. (rtr)

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Pro-democracy activists hold up placards during protest against junta near Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand February 10, 2018. The placard reads, “Stop Junta”.


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BUSINESS As France’s economy takes off, a new problem: labour shortages

PARIS - Business is booming for Sylvie Guinard, who runs French machine manufacturer Thimonnier. The problem is, she can’t find the enough staff – even in a country where millions of people are out of work. Guinard, who has a workforce of about 80, struggled for months to find the 10 engineers and technicians she needed to try to keep pace with an order book that rose by a third last year, and she still has two roles unfilled. What’s more, the situation’s even more desperate at her suppliers. “They just can’t find workers to make parts for us. I’ve got suppliers that are screwing up all my orders,” said Guinard, whose family-owned company near Lyon exports 85 percent of the machines it makes for the packaging industry. Thimonnier and its labour shortages are emblematic of the wider French manufacturing industry and, in turn, other Western countries like Germany and the United States where a strong economic rebound is outpacing the capacity of workforces. The situation is most stark in France as the labour shortages - a problem that also afflicts the construction, engineering and IT industries - come despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate that is currently 9.4 percent and has not dropped below 9 percent for six years. The reason for the simultaneous high unemployment and lack of workers is a massive skills mismatch. France simply does not produce enough of the skilled workers it now needs. That means that even as the country is enjoying its strongest growth in six years, the lack of skilled workers is creating production bottlenecks and snarling up supply chains, company executives told Reuters. That in turn is potentially capping how fast the economy can grow. More than a third of French manufacturing companies are operating at full capacity, the highest level since early 1990, while 40 percent report difficulties recruiting workers, a quarterly survey from the INSEE statistics office showed last month. In a sign of surging demand for labour, hiring on permanent contracts rose 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter to 48 percent, levels not seen since before the global financial crisis. As elsewhere in the West, wage pressures are building and many employers are resigned to having to raise salaries at some point. “There’s a real skills deficit because many young people have turned their back on the industrial sector,” said Guinard. “Bidding competition is going to set in, but it’ll be disastrous for industry because it’s already hard to get by with the hourly rates we have in France.”

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Grape pickers harvest fruit from the wines at the Domaine Pinson vineyard during the Chablis wine harvest in Chablis, France September 5, 2017. DANGLING PERKS Companies in France are moving to head this off by attracting skilled workers by other means, such as dangling long-term contracts, training and other perks. For pumps and valves maker Poclain Hydraulics, this involves helping to pay for childcare, offering concierge services and even getting a bus stop built at the company’s headquarters in an industrial park 55 km (34 miles) north of Paris. “It’s clear that the trend in France is towards wage pressure ... but for now it’s limited,” said Alain Everbecq, Poclain’s head of human resources. While he expected wage increases of about 2 percent this year, he said that could change when the company, which employs 2,400 worldwide and nearly 900 in France, reviews salaries in July. Pierre Vauterin, who runs Triumph Controls France, a small aircraft and rail components maker near Paris, said he faces direct competition for engineers and technicians from his much bigger clients, who can offer more generous overall packages. “I often hire young people, telling them that they’ll get more responsibilities than what they’d get starting at (airplane engine maker) SNECMA or Airbus,” he said, adding that they get training to build up their skills. HIRING, MARGINS Many employers have until now avoided moving to permanent contracts over fears that under France’s strict labour rules they would not be able to let workers go if business sours down the line. President Emmanuel Macron

helped ease those concerns with an overhaul of the labour code in September, his first major reform. However employers say it is largely booming client demand, rather than the labour reforms, that has pushed private sector hiring to record levels. While companies may be doing their utmost to avoid raising wages, eager to protect margins after years of weak growth, they may soon have no choice as competition among employers heats up, said Alain Roumilhac, head of ManpowerGroup in France, the U.S. staffing company’s biggest market. “Companies are very cautious about their margins. When we talk to clients, they say that if we can’t get the salary they planned on, then they would rather not hire,” he told Reuters. “But that can change if they realise business is better than expected, margins are improving and they’ve got flexibility to increase wages,” he said. Employers want to avoid following in the steps of Germany where the IG Metall union and the Suedwestmetall employers’ federation struck a deal this week for a 4.3 percent pay raise. Yet French companies have over the last decade tended to raise wages faster than in other euro zone countries, slowly but steadily eroding their competitiveness internationally. As the economy has picked up, wage growth has reached levels not seen since 2008, reaching 3.3 percent in the third quarter, according to the most recent data from the INSEE.

SKILLING UP Economist Alexandre Vincent at the COERexecode think-tank points to France’s vast pool of unskilled labour as the main reason France has shortages of workers while the unemployment rate tops 9 percent. “There’s a slice of the population that is very strikingly excluded from the labour market,” Vincent said, adding that France stood out among major economies for low employment rates for the unskilled. Even though companies are hiring at record levels, the vast pool of unskilled labour means the unemployment rate is unlikely to fall below 8 percent without sweeping reforms, according to the central bank and the International Monetary Fund. Triumph Controls France’s Vauterin, like other CEOs Reuters spoke to, said France’s main problem was that the education system was woefully ill-adapted to meeting companies’ needs. Well aware of the problem, Macron’s government outlined plans on Friday to make apprenticeships much more common, a move bosses say is desperately needed. The measures will make up one of three pillars of a broader reform due to be presented in April that will also overhaul unemployment insurance and professional training. The central bank frets that without such reforms the economy will struggle to grow any faster than the 1.9 percent it grew last year. But it will take time for the reforms to bear fruit. “These are mid-term answers whereas companies need to hire now,” Vincent said. (rtr)

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Galungan Day: Defeat Kalatiga, Strengthen Awareness

Galungan and Kuningan are feast days of the Hindus. Galungan falling every six months (210 days) or every Buda Kliwon Dungulan, Wednesday (Nov. 1), while Kuningan falls every Saniscara Kliwon Kuningan, Saturday (Nov. 11). In the Sundarigama palm-manuscript is mentioned that celebration of Galungan and Kuningan symbolizes the victory of dharma (truth) against adharma (untruth), the victory of Jayatiga against Kalatiga. Dr. I Ketut Sumadi, said the celebration of Galungan has started from the previous week namely with Sugihan Jawa ritual (Oct. 26) and Sugihan Bali (Oct. 27). While on Sunday (Oct. 29) is called penyekeban meaning the preparation of ritual paraphernalia. Raw materials are ripening so that they can be used to fill the ritual paraphernalia of Galungan. On Sunday, the Kalatiga comes down to tempt human life, so here is really the victory against the temptation of life in the local wisdom of Bali is better known as Sad Ripu (six enemies). Sad Ripu is the six enemies in human beings affecting humans into self-forgetfulness. It consists of kama (lust, desire), lobha (greed), krodha (anger), moha (confusion), mada (drunk) and matsarya (envy, jealousy). According to Dr. Sumadi, the coming down of temptations of life is a power, so that people need to be vigilant to see one’s self living with the environment. This is in accordance with the concept of microcosm (human body) and macrocosm (universe) that must be kept in balance. While on Monday is the Penyajahan Galungan as the time to prepare everything in more details related to ritual paraphernalia. On that account, it becomes a part of celebrating the victory of dharma against adharma. READ Nyambutin Ritual, first time baby’s feet touch the earth On Penyajaan Galungan, human

temptation level will be higher, so hopefully there is no temptation in preparing the ritual paraphernalia. The next day, on Tuesday (Oct. 31) is Penampahan Galungan where devotees start to purify themselves, so it is symbolized with slaughtering animal (pig or chicken). “In the context of philosophy, it is the time to do self-contemplation namely making self-awareness to be higher by stripping ourselves what we have ever done, the six things making us forgetful,” he explained. At that time, humans dispose of the lust of animalistic temptation into a divine nature, making nongood into good. Therefore, on the penampahan, other than making Balinese food like lawar delicacy, people also prepare ritual paraphernalia in the afternoon. One of the banten or oblations made is prayascita, as a symbol of self-purification carried out around 18:00-19:00. The ceremony is followed by all family members, so that everything can already feel free from temptation. In the afternoon of the penampahan day, devotees install penjor, meaning that humans can be aware of temptation at that time, so they start doing the seconds of independence. Installing penjor is the symbol of human independence from worldly temptations to achieve prosperity of life. It is an expression of gratitude for the prosperity bestowed by God. “As for banten, devotees prepare yellow-white food oblation symbolizing sanctity,” added Dr. Sumadi. He said that banten prayascita

symbolizes the expression of gratitude for the grace of God in the form of self-awareness, so that devotees can do a good job. It also results in happiness not only for oneself, but also for others. Penjor is symbolizing mountain where the deities abide. “At that time, God grants prosperity to his devotees,” he added. In the philosophy of Mount Agung, there are three dragons giving prosperity to their people. They are Basuki giving fertility, Ananta Boga providing endless feeding and Taksaka keeping the air circulation, so that human can survive as energized by the elements of fire, water and wind as the 3 elements causing human to live. On the penampahan, human can live quietly. On Galungan, humans carry out rituals in accordance with their respective abilities. Aside from saying

prayers at home, they also say prayers at clan temple, village trinity temple and universal temple. “Devotees also say prayers in other places such as sanctified water source, paddy field, and grave by putting food oblation along with side dish, water, coffee and cigarette,” he said. The offerings are addressed to dead parents who are still buried (before ritually cremated), so that people can feel relieved. At night, they can practice yoga and worship God in all its manifestations whether as generator, operator and destroyer. Destroyer is important in order that something useless could be restored to its origin, can be recycled to be useful. On Thursday (Nov. 2) or Umanis Galungan devotees offer banten penganyar or small banten to plead for guidance of God that Galungan ritual has been already

executed properly. “On Umanis Galungan human beings are given better enlightenment, so that getting sweeter filled with mutual forgiving activities or mutually visit relatives and friends to strengthen social ties,” he explained. On Sunday (Nov. 5) is the Pemacekan Agung, meaning that human beings should not be careless again after receiving enlightenment of God. On Monday (Nov. 6) is Somoribek Day, meaning that human beings really become strong until the next activity, according to the task and obligation. On Friday (Nov. 10) is the Penampahan Kuningan having the same process to boost awareness. Human beings may no longer get tempted by Kalatiga. They must strengthen the soul to overcome temptations of life. (kmb)

Mecakcakan Tradition at Sambirenteng Village Sambirenteng customary village in Tejakula, Buleleng, organized mecakcakan tradition, Saturday (Jan. 9). This heritage tradition is better known as cockfighting in the shrine of Sambirenteng village. This unique ritual took place solemnly and festively attended by all local villagers. Chief of Sambirenteng customary village, Jro Bendesa Nengah Mas, said that the mecakcakan is a tradition having been carried out from generation to generation. Actually this ceremony is a series of pecaruan (animal sacrifice) at local village.

The whole customary villagers are required to submit a rooster to the committee. If villagers do not submit a fighting rooster, it can be replaced with money. After that, the roosters of customary villagers are then pitted in the area of the village shrine. Uniqueness of this ritual lies in the cockfighting where watching people are not allowed to bet, so that this ritual is free from the impression of gambling. The losing rooster is slaughtered and cooked together to fill in the ritual oblations. The remaining will be enjoyed together through megi-

bung in the area of the Bale Agung temple. “This ritual is a heritage we’ve received and shall be held every year,” he said. According to Mas, from his predecessors the Mecakcakan ritual is held every entering the new moon in the seventh month of Balinese calendar (January). This ritual signifies the devotion of people to God having bestowed prosperity to universe, especially to Sambirenteng village. Besides, it also aims to maintain natural balance from various negative influences. (kmb)


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Merkel dodges question on Poland’s new Holocaust law

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined to comment on Saturday on a Polish law that imposes jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, saying she did not want to wade into Poland’s internal affairs.

The law would impose prison sentences of up to three years for using the phrase “Polish death camps” and for suggesting “publicly and against the facts” that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany’s crimes. “Without directly interfering in the legislation in Poland, I would like to say the following very clearly as German chancellor: We as Germans are responsible for what happened during the Holocaust, the Shoah, under National Socialism (Nazism),” Merkel said in her weekly video podcast. She was responding to a question from a student who had asked whether the new Polish law curbs freedom of expression.

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Israel and the United States criticized President Andrzej Duda for signing the bill into law this week. Israel says the law will curb free speech, criminalise basic historical facts and stop any discussion of the role some Poles played in Nazi crimes. A Polish government spokeswoman welcomed Merkel’s remarks, the PAP news agency reported. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will hold talks with Merkel in Berlin next week. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has clashed with the European Union and human rights groups on a range of issues since taking power in late 2015. It says the law is needed to ensure that Poles are recognised as victims, not perpetrators, of Nazi aggression in World War Two. More than 3 million of the 3.2 million Jews who lived in pre-war Poland were murdered by the Nazis, accounting for about half of all Jews killed in the Holocaust. Jews from across the continent were sent to be killed at death camps built and operated by Germans in occupied Poland - home to Europe’s biggest Jewish community at the time. (rtr)

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Israeli security forces examine the remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane near the village of Harduf, Israel February 10, 2018.

Israeli jet shot down after bombing Iranian site in Syria JERUSALEM - Anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranian-backed forces based across the border. The F-16, one of at least eight Israeli planes despatched in response to what Israel said was an Iranian drone’s incursion into its airspace earlier in the day, was hit by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile and crashed in northern Israel, an Israeli official told Reuters. Both pilots ejected and were injured, one critically. Israel then launched a second and more intensive air raid, hitting what it said were 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria, including Syrian air defence systems. Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group said the downing of the plane marked the “start of a new strategic phase” that would limit Israel’s ability to enter Syrian airspace. Iran’s involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad in a nearly 7-year-old civil war - including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights - has alarmed Israel, which has said it would counter any threat. But Israel and Syria signalled they were not seeking wider conflict, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed to military headquarters in Tel Aviv and the pro-Assad alliance pledged a strong response to any Israeli “terrorist action”.

“Israel seeks peace but we will continue to defend ourselves steadfastly against any attack against us or any attempt by Iran to establish itself against us in Syria,” Netanyahu said in a televised statement. Russia, whose forces began intervening on behalf of Assad in 2015, expressed its concern and urged both sides to exercise restraint and avoid escalation. Netanyahu said he had spoken by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and that they agreed Israel-Russia military coordination in regard to Syria would continue. Putin told Netanyahu in the phone call that there was a need to avoid any steps that would lead to a new confrontation in the region, Interfax news agency reported. A Western diplomat in the region said: “My impression is that it seems to be contained at this point. I don’t think anybody wants to escalate further.” A Pentagon spokesman said the United States fully supported Israel’s right to defend itself, and a State Department spokeswoman said the United States is “deeply concerned” about the “escalation of violence over Israel’s border.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is closely watching the “alarming” military escalation throughout Syria and calls on all sides to exercise restraint and work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence, a U.N. spokesman said. (rtr)

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refugee camp in Bangladesh on Saturday that the violence in northern Rakhine clearly amounted to ethnic cleansing but observers and monitors should be allowed into the area to establish evidence. The United States and the United Nations have called the military campaign against the Rohingya “ethnic cleansing”. Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations. (rtr)

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Chancellor Angela Merkel receives Valentine’s Day flowers from the Central Gardening Association at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 9, 2018.

There has been no official comment from the government following the publication of the report. Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, said he would raise the case of the two journalists during a meeting with the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Sunday. He told Reuters in a Rohingya

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Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia’s LGBT community

JAKARTA - Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalise same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. Fahd, 30, who had worked in public relations, said he had already given up hope that the police would provide him protection against Islamic fundamentalists who have fomented hostility towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in this Muslim-majority country, which is also the world’s third-largest democracy.

Police have stood by while vigilantes have stormed “gay sex parties”, and have themselves broken up gatherings at spas and hostels, charging some with violating strict pornography laws, and prompting many others to go underground. The authorities have also been clamping down online, blocking many LGBT sites or getting LGBT apps removed by host companies, including dating apps. Until now, homosexuality has not been regulated by law in Indonesia, except in the ultra-conservative Aceh province where Islamic law bans same-sex relations. But as lawmakers look to shore up conservative votes ahead of elections, parliament appears on the verge of revising the national criminal code to impose restrictions on same-sex relations and consensual sex between men and women outside marriage. Various drafts of the criminal code have appeared. The latest, though not necessarily the final one, seeks the prosecution of same-sex relations if an act is carried out in public, if there is evidence of abuse, or if a minor is involved. Unmarried co-habiting couples or those engaging in extramarital sex could be prosecuted only if there is a complaint from a close relative. Adultery is already a crime in Indonesia. Rights activists say the proposed rules could breach basic rights like privacy and could be subject to interpretation by vigilantes, the police and courts so that a party in someone’s home could be deemed a public event. “The police are not doing anything to protect us. In fact, they stand by and let things happen, almost as if they have a deal with the conservatives and vigilantes,” Fahd told Reuters by phone from Ottawa. “If they enact this new law, this kind of vigilantism will be out of control.” Fahd says he has been granted temporary residency in Canada and has a final immigration hearing in May. Cases before Canada’s Refugee Protection Division, where all refugee claims in the country are initially adjudicated, are private, said Immigration and Refugee Board spokeswoman Anna Pape. RELOCATE TO THAILAND?

Concord Consulting, a Jakarta-based risk consultancy, said in a recent report that Indonesia has much to lose from allowing homophobic attitudes to take hold of society, including potentially foreign investment, donor assistance, and vital tourism earnings. Travel websites aimed at LGBT holidaymakers indicate the gay scene remains vibrant on the resort island of Bali, the cornerstone of Indonesia’s tourism

industry. But some in the industry fear the new rules could deter gay travellers. “It will probably force them to go to places like Thailand instead of coming to Bali,” said the owner of a Bali guesthouse that caters to LGBT tourists. The foreign owner, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter, said he would try to relocate his business to Thailand. Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country, is home to a liberal LGBT scene and has launched marketing campaigns aimed at attracting gay tourists. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has a gothaibefree.com website aimed at LGBT travellers. It says the Thai people are tolerant and respectful of the LGBT community and also offers discounts for hotels and spas. In Indonesia that is far from the approach. A parliamentary commission drawing up changes to the Dutch colonial-era criminal code has been consulting with the public and taking the opinions of religious scholars, legal experts, and rights groups. Its deliberations come against a backdrop of rising antiLGBT rhetoric, including from senior officials, and a string of vigilante and police raids on places where gay people have gathered. “MENTAL ILLNESS”

A recent survey found that nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term ‘LGBT’ feel threatened by the community, while the Indonesian Psychiatric Association and the Health Ministry state in internal documents seen by Reuters that being LGBT is a mental illness. Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has branded homosexuality a national security threat on the basis that it “is a kind of modern warfare that undermines the country’s sovereignty”. Last month, 12 transgender women in Aceh were detained by police and forced to cut their hair and dress in ‘masculine’ clothes, sparking outrage from rights groups. Most political parties support the changes being proposed, particularly those that outlaw gay sex. “If someone dares to disagree, does that person want to risk not being elected again?” said Arsul Sani, a lawmaker from the United Development Party, an Islamic party, who has been involved in drafting revisions to the law. Most Indonesians adhere to a moderate form of Islam under an officially secular system, but there has been a rise of hardline, politicized Islam in recent years, and it has moved from the fringe to the centre of politics. Islamist groups led mass rallies last year to unseat the then governor of Jakarta, a Christian. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama had said political rivals were deceiving people by using a verse in the Koran to say Muslims should not be led by a non-Muslim. He apologised for the comments, but was later jailed for two years for blasphemy. Critics say the creeping Islamisation of politics is fostering moral conservatism as Indonesia heads into crucial provincial polls in June and a presidential election in 2019. “The hateful rhetoric against (the LGBT) community that is being cultivated seemingly for cynical political purposes will only deepen their suffering and create unnecessary divisions,” U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said when visiting Indonesia this week. He said he raised the issue with President Joko Widodo.

SOME DISSENTING VOICES

There are some dissenting voices as the legislative revisions are nudged forward, among them parliament deputy speaker Fahri Hamzah, who has been lobbying lawmakers and the government to apply the brakes. “I’m warning them on the dangers of criminalisation of our privacy too much. It endangers our future, our freedom and also our economy,” he told Reuters. “You don’t regulate the bedroom of the people.” He accused Widodo of being “weak on the issue” and, instead of speaking up, relying on the lobbying of liberal media and non-governmental organisations. Top officials, including the president, have said that while LGBT people should not face discrimination, Indonesia’s cultural and religious norms do not accept the LGBT movement. A presidential spokesman declined to comment, but a government representative involved in the deliberations said efforts were underway to protect privacy. “The state cannot enter the private realm. It can only get involved if what people do disturbs public order,” said Enny Nurbaningsih of the law and human rights ministry. Fahd, who is originally from East Java, says he has lost faith in the protection promised to the nation’s people in the Indonesian constitution. “I want the Indonesian government to see that we have our voice. It’s like I’m saying to them, ‘I don’t need you: there are other countries that accept me for who I am.’” (rtr)

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A group of Indonesian transvestites spend their time at a cafe in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 8, 2018. Picture taken February 8, 2018.


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Bali Ogoh-ogoh museum, coming to preserve balinese tradition MANGUPURA - Silence Day or Nyepi is a New Year’s celebration for the Hindus all over the world. Various activities are held to celebrate this New Year. Procession of the celebration starts from the melasti or melis or purificatory rite for ritual paraphernalia and sanctified effigies to source of water such as to the beach is also intended for purifying impurities contained in human and its mind so the implementation of Nyepi Day can run smoothly, until the Ngembak Geni on the following day. Interestingly, in the series of Nyepi Day there is Pengrupukan, falling one day before. On this day, people parade ogoh-ogoh or papier máché demon to expel all the bad forces that can affect the course of the Nyepi celebration. Ogoh-ogoh are made in various sizes and paraded around the village. The activity of parading ogoh-ogoh is a special attraction for tourists coming to Bali. Moreover, the ogoh-ogoh is also a thing that makes tourists amazed at the uniqueness of the arts owned by Bali. It is not enough to see ogoh-ogoh on Pengrupukan Day because Pengrupukan feast only takes place

once a year like the Nyepi day. To relieve the curiosity with the ogohogoh that actually exists only once in a year, in Bali there is now the ogoh-ogoh museum displaying various kinds of ogoh-ogoh. It is the Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum. The museum is a place dedicated to preserving one of the Balinese traditions namely the ogoh-ogoh. This place displays dozens of ogoh-ogoh from various regions in Bali especially Badung district. The Ogoh-Ogoh Bali is precisely located on Jalan Ayodhya, Pande hamlet, Mengwi, Badung. This Balinese ogoh-ogoh museum is located inside the complex of Manusa Yadnya Museum, in the west of the Taman Ayun attraction. It is clearly visible from the Taman Ayun because in front of it lies a banner that reads the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali Collection. This attraction is managed by an artist from Mengwi, I Ketut Nuada. He is a painter inside the compound of the Taman Ayun temple. Besides, he is the first person who had the idea to establish an ogoh-ogoh museum in Bali. For many years, I Ketut Nuada

has hunted ogoh-ogoh for collection at this location. Ultimately, after all collections have been obtained, he officially opened the ogoh-ogoh Bali in April 2012. With the museum, he would like to introduce more ogoh-ogoh figures to the world community as it cannot be found any time. However, it can only be found on the Caka New Year’s Eve in the series of Nyepi Day celebration where Balinese people make the ogoh-ogoh. In addition, the ogoh-ogoh is also one of the works of art covering many fields of the art such as sculpture, architecture, painting, decoration, music, dance et cetera. So, it is considered very important to immortalize some parts of it as an effort to participate in preserving Balinese culture. Existence of the museum makes the world community more familiar with Balinese culture. At the same time, it is also meant to support the interest and talent of Balinese young generation in the art creativity. Before visiting the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali means you have not completed your travel in Bali. Here are some collections of the ogoh-ogoh. (kmb)

Monday, February 12, 2018

International

Coleman dominates 60 metres but not close to world record

BOSTON - World outdoor silver medallist Christian Coleman stumbled slightly in his start, then slowed before the finish, as he missed setting a world record in the 60 metres, clocking 6.46 seconds at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday. The race was Coleman’s first since he ran a blazing 6.37 seconds last month, 0.02 seconds faster than the existing world record, but that time will not be ratified because electronic starting blocks were not present. “I just wanted to come out here and execute and make sure everything is go for next week,” the young American said. He will compete in the U.S. indoor championships/world trials next weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the rarefied air aids sprinters. That should give Coleman an even better chance of eclipsing compatriot Maurice Greene’s 20year-old record of 6.39 seconds. “I’m just looking forward to the competition,” said the 21-year-old Coleman, who also has an eye on March’s IAAF world indoor championships in Birmingham, England. Although the fast-starting Amer-

ican quickly pulled away from the field at Boston, he appeared to stumble a couple of steps into his race as he had in last month’s eyecatching race in Clemson, South Carolina. While he ran all the way to the finish in last month’s race, on Saturday he backed off the final 10 metres to save himself for the national championships next weekend. China’s Xie Zhenye finished second in 6.54 seconds with U.S. world 300 metres record holder Noah Lyles third in a personal best 6.57 seconds. Britain’s Chris O’Hare, preparing for the Commonwealth Games in April, set a Scottish national indoor record in winning the 1,500 in 3:37.03 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards ran the seventh fastest 300 metres, 32.10 seconds. Kenyan Edward Cheserek took the men’s 3,000 metres in 7:38.74 a day after running the second fastest indoor mile, 3:49.44. (rtr)

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Charlotte Kalla of Sweden celebrates after winning.

PYEONGCHANG - Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla got her tactics exactly right in Saturday’s Olympic women’s skiathlon as she made her break for gold, but coach Johan Granath was left on tenterhooks to see if her timing would pay off. Kalla, who was runner-up to Norway’s Marit Bjoergen in Sochi in 2014, made her break at the start of the final lap, opening up a lead that saw her cross the finish line 7.8 seconds ahead of her Norwegian rival to take the first gold of the Pyeongchang Winter Games. “The tactic was to take it easy on the freestyle part and try to be at the front of the field, and then go for it, either here in the stadium or where she did it,” Granath told Reuters. “You never know how a race will develop -- she could have easily had Marit or Krista (Parmakoski, who came third) with her, and then she would have had to go in the next hill, or the next hill,” he explained. Granath had no need to worry as Kalla was never in danger of being reeled in by Bjoergen, whose silver made her the first woman to win 11 medals at the Olympic Winter Games. “It felt that it was very controlled... we felt that nothing would happen on the freestyle part, so it was about keeping your powder dry for the skate-style part,” he said. The Swedish coach was also pleased with the performances of 20-year-old Ebba Andersson, who came fourth, and Stina Nilsson, who finished in tenth spot, and said that Kalla’s win would lift the whole team. “It give us an incredible energy in our cross-country camp, and really for the whole Olympic team. If gives us peace to work, and the girls realise that they are in good form.” Granath said. “Clearly, it boosts our self-confidence so that we can look forward with cautious optimism to future competitions.” (rtr)


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Sp rt Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Real and Atletico win

BARCELONA - Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad 5-2 in La Liga on Saturday to warm up for their Champions League clash with Paris St Germain in style. Atletico Madrid saw off Malaga 1-0 in a tight game to provisionally close the gap on leaders Barcelona to six points.

Real’s big victory over Sociedad took them third above Valencia but they trail Barcelona by 16 points as they turn their attention to the defence of their Champions League title against PSG at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. Zinedine Zidane rested Casemiro and Gareth Bale with one eye on that, but the Welsh winger’s replacement Lucas Vazquez took full advantage when he headed home Ronaldo’s cross after 49 seconds. Karim Benzema struck the post with a low effort as he failed to break his scoring drought, the French striker is now without a league goal since November, as Real pressed to add to their advantage. They did just that after 27 minutes when a brilliant turn by Asensio unlocked Sociedad’s defence and Marcelo crossed for Ronaldo to slam home from close range. Toni Kroos curled home the third from outside the area and Ronaldo headed home Luka Modric’s corner in a four-minute spell before the interval. The Portuguese forward completed his treble after Geronimo Rulli beat away substitute Bale’s long-range effort. Jon Bautista and Asier Illaramendi netted consolation goals for Real Sociedad. “Today from the first minute the team came out to play football, to keep the ball, to press the opponent and

steal it high up, and there was a big difference,” Real captain Sergio Ramos said. “Then in front of goal we were more accurate (than in recent games). I’d be lying to you if I said that we weren’t thinking about PSG. “Against them we play for our season, (here) we could have continued to press but we couldn’t keep up that rhythm for 90 minutes. We knew how to rest ourselves. “The objective was to gain confidence and that is what we did today.” In Malaga, second-placed Atletico went ahead almost instantly when Antoine Griezmann capitalised on Saul Niguez’s deflected strike falling at his feet close to goal. Jan Oblak saved a Roberto Rosales free kick in the second half as Atletico kept their opponents at bay to earn a narrow victory in typical fashion. Malaga, rooted to the bottom of the table, have picked up two points in their last eight games. “We started very strongly, taking advantage of our opponent being off balance and we could score a goal which put us ahead,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone told reporters. “It was an intense game, we were always putting the work in. We take with us a very important victory. “The team is rejuvenated, it still has enormous hope, that’s clear to see. Everyone has played a lot of minutes, that’s why we are where we are, because the team worked well.” Alaves continued their good form under Abelardo, winning 2-1 at fifth-place Villarreal to climb to 16th and seven points above the relegation zone while Eibar moved sixth thanks to a 1-0 win at Leganes as Ivan Ramis scored deep into stoppage-time. (rtr)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their fourth goal

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Aguero and De Bruyne lift City to new heights

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Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne celebrates after the match

Serie A tit-for-tat continues as Napoli go back on top

MILAN - Napoli continued their tit-for-tat battle with Juventus at the top of Serie A when they hit back to beat Lazio 4-1 on Saturday and return to the top of the table with their eighth league win in a row. AC Milan’s revival under Gennaro Gattuso showed no signs of stopping as they won 4-0 at SPAL, extending their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions, while Crotone and Atalanta splashed their way to a 1-1 draw. Napoli, who have 63 points from 24 games, moved one ahead of champions Juventus who briefly went top after beating Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday and have also won their last eight league games. The pattern was the same as the previous two weekends when Juventus played first, won and went top only to be pulled back by their rivals. Juventus will also play first for the next four rounds of matches, a situation which has drawn complaints from Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri. Third-placed Lazio dropped 16 points behind the leading pair after failing to capitalise on a flying start when defender Stefan de Vrij got between the Napoli defence to nudge Ciro Immobile’s cross past Pepe Reina in the third minute. The visitors looked dangerous until Jose Callejon sprung the offside trap to latch on to Jorginho’s inspired through ball and fire past Thomas Strakosha to level two minutes before halftime. Sarri was sent off for dissent shortly afterwards but his side ran riot in the

second half. Lazio defender Wallace put through his own goal before Mario Rui scored with a shot which deflected off Piotr Zielinski two minutes later and Dries Mertens added the fourth to repeat the scoreline in their previous meeting of the season. Patrick Cutrone, a Milan product who was preferred in the starting line-up to 38 million euro signing Andre Silva, put Milan ahead with a close-range goal in the second minute after SPAL goalkeeper Alex Meret parried Alessio Romagnoli’s header. The 20-year-old struck again in the 65th minute from another rebound before midfielder Lucas Biglia and substitute Fabio Borini completed the scoring, leaving Milan seventh on 38 points and behind Sampdoria on goal difference. “There is always something that needs improving, for example we suffered too much after the first goal,” said Gattuso, who took over in November for his first Serie A coaching role after Vincenzo Montella was sacked. Atalanta are a further point behind Milan after snatching a point in atrocious conditions on a rain-sodden pitch. Rolando Mandragora put Crotone ahead with 10 minutes left but Argentine defender Jose Luis Palomino equalised two minutes from time with his first Serie A goal since joining Atalanta from Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad last year. (rtr)

LONDON - Champions-elect Manchester City looked strangely out of sorts during the first 45 minutes of their Premier League clash with Leicester City. But after the break they were transformed as Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne put on an attacking masterclass to help the runaway leaders rout the 2016 champions 5-1. The Argentine scored four second-half goals to take his season’s tally to 21, while De Bruyne pulled the strings at the heart of City’s attacking orchestra, adding three assists in another flawless performance. The Belgian tore Leicester apart with an unrivalled range of short and long passing and will take some catching in the contest for the Premier League’s player of the year. Aguero is the fourth player -- after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Harry Kane -- to score 20-plus goals in four consecutive Premier League campaigns. De Bruyne, meanwhile, has registered more assists than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues since 2012. “Kevin is an amazing player so it’s good that he’s playing with us,” Aguero told Sky Sports. “I don’t know (which was my favourite goal) -- maybe the last one because it’s a long time since I scored from outside the box. We are happy, so we have to continue the same way now. Today was an important three

points. “Now we have Champions League, and the (Carabao Cup) final, so important games. We are close (to the title). We have more important games.” With the pair ably backed by a sensational supporting cast, including Leroy Sane, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, City have scored 20 more goals than the next-best attacking side, Liverpool, and amassed 16 points more than city rivals United, in second place. Hurtling towards the title in a style rarely seen before, Pep Guardiola’s side have been labelled by many the best to grace the Premier League. City have only 11 more matches to navigate en route to what would be their first championship since 2014 and also remain firmly in the hunt in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. “Hopefully we can fight for every game in all competitions. We can try and do absolutely everything,” Guardiola told the BBC. “But we can drop points, lose games, but as long as we are who we are. My advice for the players is not to think how many games are left, just to look to the next one. “Every time we dropped points this season, the next game we won, which is so important. Keeping that consistency is so important for us. If we are able to win the title it will be something special for us.” (rtr)

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scores their fourth goal to complete his hat-trick

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Neymar on target as PSG extend Ligue 1 lead

PARIS - Paris St Germain were made to wait as Neymar struck in the second half to earn a 1-0 win at Toulouse on Saturday that extended the Ligue 1 leaders’ advantage to 12 points. The Brazil forward struck in the 68th minute to put PSG on 65 points from 25 games with arch-rivals and second-placed AS Monaco on 53 after Stevan Jovetic inspired them to a 4-0 win at Angers. Olympique de Marseille are third on 52 after a 2-2 draw at St Etienne on Friday. Toulouse, who are 15th on 26 points and only one point above safety, held firm in the first half thanks to a spirited performance by keeper Alban Lafont. But like most of PSG’s opponents this season, they eventually

cracked even if coach Unai Emery had rested top striker Edinson Cavani ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 clash at Real Madrid. Neymar collected Angel Di Maria’s cross and found the back of the net as his curled shot was slightly deflected by Toulouse captain Issa Diop. He came close to doubling the tally 10 minutes later but his right-foot effort crashed on to the post. Neymar hit the woodwork again in the 80th when his shot struck Lafont’s crossbar as PSG finished strongly. In Angers, Monaco cantered to a routine win with a Ludovic Butelle own goal and two strikes by Jovetic. Defender Andrea Raggi completed the rout 19 minutes from time. (rtr)


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Sp rt Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Real and Atletico win

BARCELONA - Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad 5-2 in La Liga on Saturday to warm up for their Champions League clash with Paris St Germain in style. Atletico Madrid saw off Malaga 1-0 in a tight game to provisionally close the gap on leaders Barcelona to six points.

Real’s big victory over Sociedad took them third above Valencia but they trail Barcelona by 16 points as they turn their attention to the defence of their Champions League title against PSG at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. Zinedine Zidane rested Casemiro and Gareth Bale with one eye on that, but the Welsh winger’s replacement Lucas Vazquez took full advantage when he headed home Ronaldo’s cross after 49 seconds. Karim Benzema struck the post with a low effort as he failed to break his scoring drought, the French striker is now without a league goal since November, as Real pressed to add to their advantage. They did just that after 27 minutes when a brilliant turn by Asensio unlocked Sociedad’s defence and Marcelo crossed for Ronaldo to slam home from close range. Toni Kroos curled home the third from outside the area and Ronaldo headed home Luka Modric’s corner in a four-minute spell before the interval. The Portuguese forward completed his treble after Geronimo Rulli beat away substitute Bale’s long-range effort. Jon Bautista and Asier Illaramendi netted consolation goals for Real Sociedad. “Today from the first minute the team came out to play football, to keep the ball, to press the opponent and

steal it high up, and there was a big difference,” Real captain Sergio Ramos said. “Then in front of goal we were more accurate (than in recent games). I’d be lying to you if I said that we weren’t thinking about PSG. “Against them we play for our season, (here) we could have continued to press but we couldn’t keep up that rhythm for 90 minutes. We knew how to rest ourselves. “The objective was to gain confidence and that is what we did today.” In Malaga, second-placed Atletico went ahead almost instantly when Antoine Griezmann capitalised on Saul Niguez’s deflected strike falling at his feet close to goal. Jan Oblak saved a Roberto Rosales free kick in the second half as Atletico kept their opponents at bay to earn a narrow victory in typical fashion. Malaga, rooted to the bottom of the table, have picked up two points in their last eight games. “We started very strongly, taking advantage of our opponent being off balance and we could score a goal which put us ahead,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone told reporters. “It was an intense game, we were always putting the work in. We take with us a very important victory. “The team is rejuvenated, it still has enormous hope, that’s clear to see. Everyone has played a lot of minutes, that’s why we are where we are, because the team worked well.” Alaves continued their good form under Abelardo, winning 2-1 at fifth-place Villarreal to climb to 16th and seven points above the relegation zone while Eibar moved sixth thanks to a 1-0 win at Leganes as Ivan Ramis scored deep into stoppage-time. (rtr)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their fourth goal

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Aguero and De Bruyne lift City to new heights

REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne celebrates after the match

Serie A tit-for-tat continues as Napoli go back on top

MILAN - Napoli continued their tit-for-tat battle with Juventus at the top of Serie A when they hit back to beat Lazio 4-1 on Saturday and return to the top of the table with their eighth league win in a row. AC Milan’s revival under Gennaro Gattuso showed no signs of stopping as they won 4-0 at SPAL, extending their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions, while Crotone and Atalanta splashed their way to a 1-1 draw. Napoli, who have 63 points from 24 games, moved one ahead of champions Juventus who briefly went top after beating Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday and have also won their last eight league games. The pattern was the same as the previous two weekends when Juventus played first, won and went top only to be pulled back by their rivals. Juventus will also play first for the next four rounds of matches, a situation which has drawn complaints from Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri. Third-placed Lazio dropped 16 points behind the leading pair after failing to capitalise on a flying start when defender Stefan de Vrij got between the Napoli defence to nudge Ciro Immobile’s cross past Pepe Reina in the third minute. The visitors looked dangerous until Jose Callejon sprung the offside trap to latch on to Jorginho’s inspired through ball and fire past Thomas Strakosha to level two minutes before halftime. Sarri was sent off for dissent shortly afterwards but his side ran riot in the

second half. Lazio defender Wallace put through his own goal before Mario Rui scored with a shot which deflected off Piotr Zielinski two minutes later and Dries Mertens added the fourth to repeat the scoreline in their previous meeting of the season. Patrick Cutrone, a Milan product who was preferred in the starting line-up to 38 million euro signing Andre Silva, put Milan ahead with a close-range goal in the second minute after SPAL goalkeeper Alex Meret parried Alessio Romagnoli’s header. The 20-year-old struck again in the 65th minute from another rebound before midfielder Lucas Biglia and substitute Fabio Borini completed the scoring, leaving Milan seventh on 38 points and behind Sampdoria on goal difference. “There is always something that needs improving, for example we suffered too much after the first goal,” said Gattuso, who took over in November for his first Serie A coaching role after Vincenzo Montella was sacked. Atalanta are a further point behind Milan after snatching a point in atrocious conditions on a rain-sodden pitch. Rolando Mandragora put Crotone ahead with 10 minutes left but Argentine defender Jose Luis Palomino equalised two minutes from time with his first Serie A goal since joining Atalanta from Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad last year. (rtr)

LONDON - Champions-elect Manchester City looked strangely out of sorts during the first 45 minutes of their Premier League clash with Leicester City. But after the break they were transformed as Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne put on an attacking masterclass to help the runaway leaders rout the 2016 champions 5-1. The Argentine scored four second-half goals to take his season’s tally to 21, while De Bruyne pulled the strings at the heart of City’s attacking orchestra, adding three assists in another flawless performance. The Belgian tore Leicester apart with an unrivalled range of short and long passing and will take some catching in the contest for the Premier League’s player of the year. Aguero is the fourth player -- after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Harry Kane -- to score 20-plus goals in four consecutive Premier League campaigns. De Bruyne, meanwhile, has registered more assists than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues since 2012. “Kevin is an amazing player so it’s good that he’s playing with us,” Aguero told Sky Sports. “I don’t know (which was my favourite goal) -- maybe the last one because it’s a long time since I scored from outside the box. We are happy, so we have to continue the same way now. Today was an important three

points. “Now we have Champions League, and the (Carabao Cup) final, so important games. We are close (to the title). We have more important games.” With the pair ably backed by a sensational supporting cast, including Leroy Sane, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, City have scored 20 more goals than the next-best attacking side, Liverpool, and amassed 16 points more than city rivals United, in second place. Hurtling towards the title in a style rarely seen before, Pep Guardiola’s side have been labelled by many the best to grace the Premier League. City have only 11 more matches to navigate en route to what would be their first championship since 2014 and also remain firmly in the hunt in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. “Hopefully we can fight for every game in all competitions. We can try and do absolutely everything,” Guardiola told the BBC. “But we can drop points, lose games, but as long as we are who we are. My advice for the players is not to think how many games are left, just to look to the next one. “Every time we dropped points this season, the next game we won, which is so important. Keeping that consistency is so important for us. If we are able to win the title it will be something special for us.” (rtr)

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scores their fourth goal to complete his hat-trick

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Neymar on target as PSG extend Ligue 1 lead

PARIS - Paris St Germain were made to wait as Neymar struck in the second half to earn a 1-0 win at Toulouse on Saturday that extended the Ligue 1 leaders’ advantage to 12 points. The Brazil forward struck in the 68th minute to put PSG on 65 points from 25 games with arch-rivals and second-placed AS Monaco on 53 after Stevan Jovetic inspired them to a 4-0 win at Angers. Olympique de Marseille are third on 52 after a 2-2 draw at St Etienne on Friday. Toulouse, who are 15th on 26 points and only one point above safety, held firm in the first half thanks to a spirited performance by keeper Alban Lafont. But like most of PSG’s opponents this season, they eventually

cracked even if coach Unai Emery had rested top striker Edinson Cavani ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 clash at Real Madrid. Neymar collected Angel Di Maria’s cross and found the back of the net as his curled shot was slightly deflected by Toulouse captain Issa Diop. He came close to doubling the tally 10 minutes later but his right-foot effort crashed on to the post. Neymar hit the woodwork again in the 80th when his shot struck Lafont’s crossbar as PSG finished strongly. In Angers, Monaco cantered to a routine win with a Ludovic Butelle own goal and two strikes by Jovetic. Defender Andrea Raggi completed the rout 19 minutes from time. (rtr)


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International

Bali Ogoh-ogoh museum, coming to preserve balinese tradition MANGUPURA - Silence Day or Nyepi is a New Year’s celebration for the Hindus all over the world. Various activities are held to celebrate this New Year. Procession of the celebration starts from the melasti or melis or purificatory rite for ritual paraphernalia and sanctified effigies to source of water such as to the beach is also intended for purifying impurities contained in human and its mind so the implementation of Nyepi Day can run smoothly, until the Ngembak Geni on the following day. Interestingly, in the series of Nyepi Day there is Pengrupukan, falling one day before. On this day, people parade ogoh-ogoh or papier máché demon to expel all the bad forces that can affect the course of the Nyepi celebration. Ogoh-ogoh are made in various sizes and paraded around the village. The activity of parading ogoh-ogoh is a special attraction for tourists coming to Bali. Moreover, the ogoh-ogoh is also a thing that makes tourists amazed at the uniqueness of the arts owned by Bali. It is not enough to see ogoh-ogoh on Pengrupukan Day because Pengrupukan feast only takes place

once a year like the Nyepi day. To relieve the curiosity with the ogohogoh that actually exists only once in a year, in Bali there is now the ogoh-ogoh museum displaying various kinds of ogoh-ogoh. It is the Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum. The museum is a place dedicated to preserving one of the Balinese traditions namely the ogoh-ogoh. This place displays dozens of ogoh-ogoh from various regions in Bali especially Badung district. The Ogoh-Ogoh Bali is precisely located on Jalan Ayodhya, Pande hamlet, Mengwi, Badung. This Balinese ogoh-ogoh museum is located inside the complex of Manusa Yadnya Museum, in the west of the Taman Ayun attraction. It is clearly visible from the Taman Ayun because in front of it lies a banner that reads the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali Collection. This attraction is managed by an artist from Mengwi, I Ketut Nuada. He is a painter inside the compound of the Taman Ayun temple. Besides, he is the first person who had the idea to establish an ogoh-ogoh museum in Bali. For many years, I Ketut Nuada

has hunted ogoh-ogoh for collection at this location. Ultimately, after all collections have been obtained, he officially opened the ogoh-ogoh Bali in April 2012. With the museum, he would like to introduce more ogoh-ogoh figures to the world community as it cannot be found any time. However, it can only be found on the Caka New Year’s Eve in the series of Nyepi Day celebration where Balinese people make the ogoh-ogoh. In addition, the ogoh-ogoh is also one of the works of art covering many fields of the art such as sculpture, architecture, painting, decoration, music, dance et cetera. So, it is considered very important to immortalize some parts of it as an effort to participate in preserving Balinese culture. Existence of the museum makes the world community more familiar with Balinese culture. At the same time, it is also meant to support the interest and talent of Balinese young generation in the art creativity. Before visiting the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali means you have not completed your travel in Bali. Here are some collections of the ogoh-ogoh. (kmb)

Monday, February 12, 2018

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Coleman dominates 60 metres but not close to world record

BOSTON - World outdoor silver medallist Christian Coleman stumbled slightly in his start, then slowed before the finish, as he missed setting a world record in the 60 metres, clocking 6.46 seconds at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday. The race was Coleman’s first since he ran a blazing 6.37 seconds last month, 0.02 seconds faster than the existing world record, but that time will not be ratified because electronic starting blocks were not present. “I just wanted to come out here and execute and make sure everything is go for next week,” the young American said. He will compete in the U.S. indoor championships/world trials next weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the rarefied air aids sprinters. That should give Coleman an even better chance of eclipsing compatriot Maurice Greene’s 20year-old record of 6.39 seconds. “I’m just looking forward to the competition,” said the 21-year-old Coleman, who also has an eye on March’s IAAF world indoor championships in Birmingham, England. Although the fast-starting Amer-

ican quickly pulled away from the field at Boston, he appeared to stumble a couple of steps into his race as he had in last month’s eyecatching race in Clemson, South Carolina. While he ran all the way to the finish in last month’s race, on Saturday he backed off the final 10 metres to save himself for the national championships next weekend. China’s Xie Zhenye finished second in 6.54 seconds with U.S. world 300 metres record holder Noah Lyles third in a personal best 6.57 seconds. Britain’s Chris O’Hare, preparing for the Commonwealth Games in April, set a Scottish national indoor record in winning the 1,500 in 3:37.03 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards ran the seventh fastest 300 metres, 32.10 seconds. Kenyan Edward Cheserek took the men’s 3,000 metres in 7:38.74 a day after running the second fastest indoor mile, 3:49.44. (rtr)

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Charlotte Kalla of Sweden celebrates after winning.

PYEONGCHANG - Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla got her tactics exactly right in Saturday’s Olympic women’s skiathlon as she made her break for gold, but coach Johan Granath was left on tenterhooks to see if her timing would pay off. Kalla, who was runner-up to Norway’s Marit Bjoergen in Sochi in 2014, made her break at the start of the final lap, opening up a lead that saw her cross the finish line 7.8 seconds ahead of her Norwegian rival to take the first gold of the Pyeongchang Winter Games. “The tactic was to take it easy on the freestyle part and try to be at the front of the field, and then go for it, either here in the stadium or where she did it,” Granath told Reuters. “You never know how a race will develop -- she could have easily had Marit or Krista (Parmakoski, who came third) with her, and then she would have had to go in the next hill, or the next hill,” he explained. Granath had no need to worry as Kalla was never in danger of being reeled in by Bjoergen, whose silver made her the first woman to win 11 medals at the Olympic Winter Games. “It felt that it was very controlled... we felt that nothing would happen on the freestyle part, so it was about keeping your powder dry for the skate-style part,” he said. The Swedish coach was also pleased with the performances of 20-year-old Ebba Andersson, who came fourth, and Stina Nilsson, who finished in tenth spot, and said that Kalla’s win would lift the whole team. “It give us an incredible energy in our cross-country camp, and really for the whole Olympic team. If gives us peace to work, and the girls realise that they are in good form.” Granath said. “Clearly, it boosts our self-confidence so that we can look forward with cautious optimism to future competitions.” (rtr)


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Merkel dodges question on Poland’s new Holocaust law

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined to comment on Saturday on a Polish law that imposes jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, saying she did not want to wade into Poland’s internal affairs.

The law would impose prison sentences of up to three years for using the phrase “Polish death camps” and for suggesting “publicly and against the facts” that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany’s crimes. “Without directly interfering in the legislation in Poland, I would like to say the following very clearly as German chancellor: We as Germans are responsible for what happened during the Holocaust, the Shoah, under National Socialism (Nazism),” Merkel said in her weekly video podcast. She was responding to a question from a student who had asked whether the new Polish law curbs freedom of expression.

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Israel and the United States criticized President Andrzej Duda for signing the bill into law this week. Israel says the law will curb free speech, criminalise basic historical facts and stop any discussion of the role some Poles played in Nazi crimes. A Polish government spokeswoman welcomed Merkel’s remarks, the PAP news agency reported. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will hold talks with Merkel in Berlin next week. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has clashed with the European Union and human rights groups on a range of issues since taking power in late 2015. It says the law is needed to ensure that Poles are recognised as victims, not perpetrators, of Nazi aggression in World War Two. More than 3 million of the 3.2 million Jews who lived in pre-war Poland were murdered by the Nazis, accounting for about half of all Jews killed in the Holocaust. Jews from across the continent were sent to be killed at death camps built and operated by Germans in occupied Poland - home to Europe’s biggest Jewish community at the time. (rtr)

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Israeli security forces examine the remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane near the village of Harduf, Israel February 10, 2018.

Israeli jet shot down after bombing Iranian site in Syria JERUSALEM - Anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranian-backed forces based across the border. The F-16, one of at least eight Israeli planes despatched in response to what Israel said was an Iranian drone’s incursion into its airspace earlier in the day, was hit by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile and crashed in northern Israel, an Israeli official told Reuters. Both pilots ejected and were injured, one critically. Israel then launched a second and more intensive air raid, hitting what it said were 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria, including Syrian air defence systems. Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group said the downing of the plane marked the “start of a new strategic phase” that would limit Israel’s ability to enter Syrian airspace. Iran’s involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad in a nearly 7-year-old civil war - including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights - has alarmed Israel, which has said it would counter any threat. But Israel and Syria signalled they were not seeking wider conflict, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed to military headquarters in Tel Aviv and the pro-Assad alliance pledged a strong response to any Israeli “terrorist action”.

“Israel seeks peace but we will continue to defend ourselves steadfastly against any attack against us or any attempt by Iran to establish itself against us in Syria,” Netanyahu said in a televised statement. Russia, whose forces began intervening on behalf of Assad in 2015, expressed its concern and urged both sides to exercise restraint and avoid escalation. Netanyahu said he had spoken by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and that they agreed Israel-Russia military coordination in regard to Syria would continue. Putin told Netanyahu in the phone call that there was a need to avoid any steps that would lead to a new confrontation in the region, Interfax news agency reported. A Western diplomat in the region said: “My impression is that it seems to be contained at this point. I don’t think anybody wants to escalate further.” A Pentagon spokesman said the United States fully supported Israel’s right to defend itself, and a State Department spokeswoman said the United States is “deeply concerned” about the “escalation of violence over Israel’s border.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is closely watching the “alarming” military escalation throughout Syria and calls on all sides to exercise restraint and work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence, a U.N. spokesman said. (rtr)

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refugee camp in Bangladesh on Saturday that the violence in northern Rakhine clearly amounted to ethnic cleansing but observers and monitors should be allowed into the area to establish evidence. The United States and the United Nations have called the military campaign against the Rohingya “ethnic cleansing”. Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations. (rtr)

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Chancellor Angela Merkel receives Valentine’s Day flowers from the Central Gardening Association at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 9, 2018.

There has been no official comment from the government following the publication of the report. Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, said he would raise the case of the two journalists during a meeting with the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Sunday. He told Reuters in a Rohingya

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Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia’s LGBT community

JAKARTA - Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalise same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. Fahd, 30, who had worked in public relations, said he had already given up hope that the police would provide him protection against Islamic fundamentalists who have fomented hostility towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in this Muslim-majority country, which is also the world’s third-largest democracy.

Police have stood by while vigilantes have stormed “gay sex parties”, and have themselves broken up gatherings at spas and hostels, charging some with violating strict pornography laws, and prompting many others to go underground. The authorities have also been clamping down online, blocking many LGBT sites or getting LGBT apps removed by host companies, including dating apps. Until now, homosexuality has not been regulated by law in Indonesia, except in the ultra-conservative Aceh province where Islamic law bans same-sex relations. But as lawmakers look to shore up conservative votes ahead of elections, parliament appears on the verge of revising the national criminal code to impose restrictions on same-sex relations and consensual sex between men and women outside marriage. Various drafts of the criminal code have appeared. The latest, though not necessarily the final one, seeks the prosecution of same-sex relations if an act is carried out in public, if there is evidence of abuse, or if a minor is involved. Unmarried co-habiting couples or those engaging in extramarital sex could be prosecuted only if there is a complaint from a close relative. Adultery is already a crime in Indonesia. Rights activists say the proposed rules could breach basic rights like privacy and could be subject to interpretation by vigilantes, the police and courts so that a party in someone’s home could be deemed a public event. “The police are not doing anything to protect us. In fact, they stand by and let things happen, almost as if they have a deal with the conservatives and vigilantes,” Fahd told Reuters by phone from Ottawa. “If they enact this new law, this kind of vigilantism will be out of control.” Fahd says he has been granted temporary residency in Canada and has a final immigration hearing in May. Cases before Canada’s Refugee Protection Division, where all refugee claims in the country are initially adjudicated, are private, said Immigration and Refugee Board spokeswoman Anna Pape. RELOCATE TO THAILAND?

Concord Consulting, a Jakarta-based risk consultancy, said in a recent report that Indonesia has much to lose from allowing homophobic attitudes to take hold of society, including potentially foreign investment, donor assistance, and vital tourism earnings. Travel websites aimed at LGBT holidaymakers indicate the gay scene remains vibrant on the resort island of Bali, the cornerstone of Indonesia’s tourism

industry. But some in the industry fear the new rules could deter gay travellers. “It will probably force them to go to places like Thailand instead of coming to Bali,” said the owner of a Bali guesthouse that caters to LGBT tourists. The foreign owner, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter, said he would try to relocate his business to Thailand. Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country, is home to a liberal LGBT scene and has launched marketing campaigns aimed at attracting gay tourists. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has a gothaibefree.com website aimed at LGBT travellers. It says the Thai people are tolerant and respectful of the LGBT community and also offers discounts for hotels and spas. In Indonesia that is far from the approach. A parliamentary commission drawing up changes to the Dutch colonial-era criminal code has been consulting with the public and taking the opinions of religious scholars, legal experts, and rights groups. Its deliberations come against a backdrop of rising antiLGBT rhetoric, including from senior officials, and a string of vigilante and police raids on places where gay people have gathered. “MENTAL ILLNESS”

A recent survey found that nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term ‘LGBT’ feel threatened by the community, while the Indonesian Psychiatric Association and the Health Ministry state in internal documents seen by Reuters that being LGBT is a mental illness. Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has branded homosexuality a national security threat on the basis that it “is a kind of modern warfare that undermines the country’s sovereignty”. Last month, 12 transgender women in Aceh were detained by police and forced to cut their hair and dress in ‘masculine’ clothes, sparking outrage from rights groups. Most political parties support the changes being proposed, particularly those that outlaw gay sex. “If someone dares to disagree, does that person want to risk not being elected again?” said Arsul Sani, a lawmaker from the United Development Party, an Islamic party, who has been involved in drafting revisions to the law. Most Indonesians adhere to a moderate form of Islam under an officially secular system, but there has been a rise of hardline, politicized Islam in recent years, and it has moved from the fringe to the centre of politics. Islamist groups led mass rallies last year to unseat the then governor of Jakarta, a Christian. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama had said political rivals were deceiving people by using a verse in the Koran to say Muslims should not be led by a non-Muslim. He apologised for the comments, but was later jailed for two years for blasphemy. Critics say the creeping Islamisation of politics is fostering moral conservatism as Indonesia heads into crucial provincial polls in June and a presidential election in 2019. “The hateful rhetoric against (the LGBT) community that is being cultivated seemingly for cynical political purposes will only deepen their suffering and create unnecessary divisions,” U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said when visiting Indonesia this week. He said he raised the issue with President Joko Widodo.

SOME DISSENTING VOICES

There are some dissenting voices as the legislative revisions are nudged forward, among them parliament deputy speaker Fahri Hamzah, who has been lobbying lawmakers and the government to apply the brakes. “I’m warning them on the dangers of criminalisation of our privacy too much. It endangers our future, our freedom and also our economy,” he told Reuters. “You don’t regulate the bedroom of the people.” He accused Widodo of being “weak on the issue” and, instead of speaking up, relying on the lobbying of liberal media and non-governmental organisations. Top officials, including the president, have said that while LGBT people should not face discrimination, Indonesia’s cultural and religious norms do not accept the LGBT movement. A presidential spokesman declined to comment, but a government representative involved in the deliberations said efforts were underway to protect privacy. “The state cannot enter the private realm. It can only get involved if what people do disturbs public order,” said Enny Nurbaningsih of the law and human rights ministry. Fahd, who is originally from East Java, says he has lost faith in the protection promised to the nation’s people in the Indonesian constitution. “I want the Indonesian government to see that we have our voice. It’s like I’m saying to them, ‘I don’t need you: there are other countries that accept me for who I am.’” (rtr)

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A group of Indonesian transvestites spend their time at a cafe in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 8, 2018. Picture taken February 8, 2018.


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BUSINESS As France’s economy takes off, a new problem: labour shortages

PARIS - Business is booming for Sylvie Guinard, who runs French machine manufacturer Thimonnier. The problem is, she can’t find the enough staff – even in a country where millions of people are out of work. Guinard, who has a workforce of about 80, struggled for months to find the 10 engineers and technicians she needed to try to keep pace with an order book that rose by a third last year, and she still has two roles unfilled. What’s more, the situation’s even more desperate at her suppliers. “They just can’t find workers to make parts for us. I’ve got suppliers that are screwing up all my orders,” said Guinard, whose family-owned company near Lyon exports 85 percent of the machines it makes for the packaging industry. Thimonnier and its labour shortages are emblematic of the wider French manufacturing industry and, in turn, other Western countries like Germany and the United States where a strong economic rebound is outpacing the capacity of workforces. The situation is most stark in France as the labour shortages - a problem that also afflicts the construction, engineering and IT industries - come despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate that is currently 9.4 percent and has not dropped below 9 percent for six years. The reason for the simultaneous high unemployment and lack of workers is a massive skills mismatch. France simply does not produce enough of the skilled workers it now needs. That means that even as the country is enjoying its strongest growth in six years, the lack of skilled workers is creating production bottlenecks and snarling up supply chains, company executives told Reuters. That in turn is potentially capping how fast the economy can grow. More than a third of French manufacturing companies are operating at full capacity, the highest level since early 1990, while 40 percent report difficulties recruiting workers, a quarterly survey from the INSEE statistics office showed last month. In a sign of surging demand for labour, hiring on permanent contracts rose 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter to 48 percent, levels not seen since before the global financial crisis. As elsewhere in the West, wage pressures are building and many employers are resigned to having to raise salaries at some point. “There’s a real skills deficit because many young people have turned their back on the industrial sector,” said Guinard. “Bidding competition is going to set in, but it’ll be disastrous for industry because it’s already hard to get by with the hourly rates we have in France.”

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Grape pickers harvest fruit from the wines at the Domaine Pinson vineyard during the Chablis wine harvest in Chablis, France September 5, 2017. DANGLING PERKS Companies in France are moving to head this off by attracting skilled workers by other means, such as dangling long-term contracts, training and other perks. For pumps and valves maker Poclain Hydraulics, this involves helping to pay for childcare, offering concierge services and even getting a bus stop built at the company’s headquarters in an industrial park 55 km (34 miles) north of Paris. “It’s clear that the trend in France is towards wage pressure ... but for now it’s limited,” said Alain Everbecq, Poclain’s head of human resources. While he expected wage increases of about 2 percent this year, he said that could change when the company, which employs 2,400 worldwide and nearly 900 in France, reviews salaries in July. Pierre Vauterin, who runs Triumph Controls France, a small aircraft and rail components maker near Paris, said he faces direct competition for engineers and technicians from his much bigger clients, who can offer more generous overall packages. “I often hire young people, telling them that they’ll get more responsibilities than what they’d get starting at (airplane engine maker) SNECMA or Airbus,” he said, adding that they get training to build up their skills. HIRING, MARGINS Many employers have until now avoided moving to permanent contracts over fears that under France’s strict labour rules they would not be able to let workers go if business sours down the line. President Emmanuel Macron

helped ease those concerns with an overhaul of the labour code in September, his first major reform. However employers say it is largely booming client demand, rather than the labour reforms, that has pushed private sector hiring to record levels. While companies may be doing their utmost to avoid raising wages, eager to protect margins after years of weak growth, they may soon have no choice as competition among employers heats up, said Alain Roumilhac, head of ManpowerGroup in France, the U.S. staffing company’s biggest market. “Companies are very cautious about their margins. When we talk to clients, they say that if we can’t get the salary they planned on, then they would rather not hire,” he told Reuters. “But that can change if they realise business is better than expected, margins are improving and they’ve got flexibility to increase wages,” he said. Employers want to avoid following in the steps of Germany where the IG Metall union and the Suedwestmetall employers’ federation struck a deal this week for a 4.3 percent pay raise. Yet French companies have over the last decade tended to raise wages faster than in other euro zone countries, slowly but steadily eroding their competitiveness internationally. As the economy has picked up, wage growth has reached levels not seen since 2008, reaching 3.3 percent in the third quarter, according to the most recent data from the INSEE.

SKILLING UP Economist Alexandre Vincent at the COERexecode think-tank points to France’s vast pool of unskilled labour as the main reason France has shortages of workers while the unemployment rate tops 9 percent. “There’s a slice of the population that is very strikingly excluded from the labour market,” Vincent said, adding that France stood out among major economies for low employment rates for the unskilled. Even though companies are hiring at record levels, the vast pool of unskilled labour means the unemployment rate is unlikely to fall below 8 percent without sweeping reforms, according to the central bank and the International Monetary Fund. Triumph Controls France’s Vauterin, like other CEOs Reuters spoke to, said France’s main problem was that the education system was woefully ill-adapted to meeting companies’ needs. Well aware of the problem, Macron’s government outlined plans on Friday to make apprenticeships much more common, a move bosses say is desperately needed. The measures will make up one of three pillars of a broader reform due to be presented in April that will also overhaul unemployment insurance and professional training. The central bank frets that without such reforms the economy will struggle to grow any faster than the 1.9 percent it grew last year. But it will take time for the reforms to bear fruit. “These are mid-term answers whereas companies need to hire now,” Vincent said. (rtr)

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Galungan Day: Defeat Kalatiga, Strengthen Awareness

Galungan and Kuningan are feast days of the Hindus. Galungan falling every six months (210 days) or every Buda Kliwon Dungulan, Wednesday (Nov. 1), while Kuningan falls every Saniscara Kliwon Kuningan, Saturday (Nov. 11). In the Sundarigama palm-manuscript is mentioned that celebration of Galungan and Kuningan symbolizes the victory of dharma (truth) against adharma (untruth), the victory of Jayatiga against Kalatiga. Dr. I Ketut Sumadi, said the celebration of Galungan has started from the previous week namely with Sugihan Jawa ritual (Oct. 26) and Sugihan Bali (Oct. 27). While on Sunday (Oct. 29) is called penyekeban meaning the preparation of ritual paraphernalia. Raw materials are ripening so that they can be used to fill the ritual paraphernalia of Galungan. On Sunday, the Kalatiga comes down to tempt human life, so here is really the victory against the temptation of life in the local wisdom of Bali is better known as Sad Ripu (six enemies). Sad Ripu is the six enemies in human beings affecting humans into self-forgetfulness. It consists of kama (lust, desire), lobha (greed), krodha (anger), moha (confusion), mada (drunk) and matsarya (envy, jealousy). According to Dr. Sumadi, the coming down of temptations of life is a power, so that people need to be vigilant to see one’s self living with the environment. This is in accordance with the concept of microcosm (human body) and macrocosm (universe) that must be kept in balance. While on Monday is the Penyajahan Galungan as the time to prepare everything in more details related to ritual paraphernalia. On that account, it becomes a part of celebrating the victory of dharma against adharma. READ Nyambutin Ritual, first time baby’s feet touch the earth On Penyajaan Galungan, human

temptation level will be higher, so hopefully there is no temptation in preparing the ritual paraphernalia. The next day, on Tuesday (Oct. 31) is Penampahan Galungan where devotees start to purify themselves, so it is symbolized with slaughtering animal (pig or chicken). “In the context of philosophy, it is the time to do self-contemplation namely making self-awareness to be higher by stripping ourselves what we have ever done, the six things making us forgetful,” he explained. At that time, humans dispose of the lust of animalistic temptation into a divine nature, making nongood into good. Therefore, on the penampahan, other than making Balinese food like lawar delicacy, people also prepare ritual paraphernalia in the afternoon. One of the banten or oblations made is prayascita, as a symbol of self-purification carried out around 18:00-19:00. The ceremony is followed by all family members, so that everything can already feel free from temptation. In the afternoon of the penampahan day, devotees install penjor, meaning that humans can be aware of temptation at that time, so they start doing the seconds of independence. Installing penjor is the symbol of human independence from worldly temptations to achieve prosperity of life. It is an expression of gratitude for the prosperity bestowed by God. “As for banten, devotees prepare yellow-white food oblation symbolizing sanctity,” added Dr. Sumadi. He said that banten prayascita

symbolizes the expression of gratitude for the grace of God in the form of self-awareness, so that devotees can do a good job. It also results in happiness not only for oneself, but also for others. Penjor is symbolizing mountain where the deities abide. “At that time, God grants prosperity to his devotees,” he added. In the philosophy of Mount Agung, there are three dragons giving prosperity to their people. They are Basuki giving fertility, Ananta Boga providing endless feeding and Taksaka keeping the air circulation, so that human can survive as energized by the elements of fire, water and wind as the 3 elements causing human to live. On the penampahan, human can live quietly. On Galungan, humans carry out rituals in accordance with their respective abilities. Aside from saying

prayers at home, they also say prayers at clan temple, village trinity temple and universal temple. “Devotees also say prayers in other places such as sanctified water source, paddy field, and grave by putting food oblation along with side dish, water, coffee and cigarette,” he said. The offerings are addressed to dead parents who are still buried (before ritually cremated), so that people can feel relieved. At night, they can practice yoga and worship God in all its manifestations whether as generator, operator and destroyer. Destroyer is important in order that something useless could be restored to its origin, can be recycled to be useful. On Thursday (Nov. 2) or Umanis Galungan devotees offer banten penganyar or small banten to plead for guidance of God that Galungan ritual has been already

executed properly. “On Umanis Galungan human beings are given better enlightenment, so that getting sweeter filled with mutual forgiving activities or mutually visit relatives and friends to strengthen social ties,” he explained. On Sunday (Nov. 5) is the Pemacekan Agung, meaning that human beings should not be careless again after receiving enlightenment of God. On Monday (Nov. 6) is Somoribek Day, meaning that human beings really become strong until the next activity, according to the task and obligation. On Friday (Nov. 10) is the Penampahan Kuningan having the same process to boost awareness. Human beings may no longer get tempted by Kalatiga. They must strengthen the soul to overcome temptations of life. (kmb)

Mecakcakan Tradition at Sambirenteng Village Sambirenteng customary village in Tejakula, Buleleng, organized mecakcakan tradition, Saturday (Jan. 9). This heritage tradition is better known as cockfighting in the shrine of Sambirenteng village. This unique ritual took place solemnly and festively attended by all local villagers. Chief of Sambirenteng customary village, Jro Bendesa Nengah Mas, said that the mecakcakan is a tradition having been carried out from generation to generation. Actually this ceremony is a series of pecaruan (animal sacrifice) at local village.

The whole customary villagers are required to submit a rooster to the committee. If villagers do not submit a fighting rooster, it can be replaced with money. After that, the roosters of customary villagers are then pitted in the area of the village shrine. Uniqueness of this ritual lies in the cockfighting where watching people are not allowed to bet, so that this ritual is free from the impression of gambling. The losing rooster is slaughtered and cooked together to fill in the ritual oblations. The remaining will be enjoyed together through megi-

bung in the area of the Bale Agung temple. “This ritual is a heritage we’ve received and shall be held every year,” he said. According to Mas, from his predecessors the Mecakcakan ritual is held every entering the new moon in the seventh month of Balinese calendar (January). This ritual signifies the devotion of people to God having bestowed prosperity to universe, especially to Sambirenteng village. Besides, it also aims to maintain natural balance from various negative influences. (kmb)


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Climbing ancient volcano to explore Gria Cokelat

YOGYAKARTA — Residents of Nglanggeran village, Gunung Kidul district, Yogyakarta, are able to live from farming and managing tourism. The agricultural sector even becomes the main livelihood to be worked on, while tourism sector becomes the companion. Natural potential of mountains and plantations is creatively packed into a tourism package. Tour package of Nglanggeran village offers a climbing to the ancient volcano. By using a small car, tourists are invited to visit Nglanggeran reservoir and ends at Gria Cokelat (chocolate house). Secretary of local tourism awareness group (Pokdarwis), Sugeng Handoko, said that since the past few years, his group has limited the visiting guests. His group feared that many tourist visits will even damage the nature. Then, education tourism is increased. From the post one of the ancient volcano, tourists can see the city of Yogyakarta. There are 5 ancient volcanoes. Each point is provided with spots for taking pictures, resting seats and quotes to keep the environment. On the ancient volcano live a community group consisting of seven families, not more and less. At the next destination, namely the Nglanggeran Reservoir, tour-

ists can see the use of reservoir to irrigate plantations in the region. Although it is only a reservoir, from the location visitors can see the view of ancient volcano and the landscape below. From the reservoir, visitors can also see sunset. After that, visitors are taken to explore cacao and durian plantation and then make a visit to Gria Cokelat. It is a place where cocoa pods are processed into cacao or chocolate products. Gria Cokelat got assistance and guidance from Bank Indonesia. Previously, local residents only sell cocoa and process it into chocolate toffee. However, with the tool assistance and guidance from Bank Indonesia, Gria Cokelat is able to make chocolate powder with more modem packaging. A member of Nglanggeran tourism awareness group, Mursidi, said that to complete the tour package,

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul, South Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 10, 2018.

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Nglanggeran reservoir local residents also make homestay. There are a total of 87 homestays managed by local residents. “So,

we really empower the community,” he said. When the entourage of Bank Indonesia arrived, there

was also a group of school that rent the homestay and enjoyed holiday at Nglanggeran village. (kmb42)

Alert status of Mount Agung lowered to watch

1,669 evacuees leave Buleleng

SINGARAJA — About 1,669 Karangasem residents that fled at Tembok village and Les village, Tejakula, began preparing their homecoming. This followed the government’s decision to lower Mount Agung’s alert status from level IV (warning) to level III

(watch). Thousands of refugees, mostly from Ban village, surely return to their home village. Meanwhile, some other evacuees from Pengalusan and Pucang hamlet, Ban, as well as Dukuh village will remain in their refuge. This happens because their village is located in the

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Thousands of refugees, mostly from Ban village, surely return to their home village.

danger radius of the Mount Agung eruption namely four kilometers. Following the decision to decrease in the alert status of Mount Agung, Head of Mount Agung Evacuee Mitigation Taskforce in Buleleng district, Made Arya Sukerta, said on Saturday (Feb. 10) that his taskforce has coordinated with related agencies up to the ranks of government in Karangasem district. Besides, the village apparatus accommodating the refugees was also instructed to immediately inform the decline of the alert status of Mount Agung. At the same time, the evacuees were suggested to make preparation for their homecoming. Although they have been allowed to leave the refugee camps, until Saturday his agency did not receive any data on the evacuees that have returned to their village. “Social Agency, sub-districts and village apparatus including our taskforce have coordinated with headman of Ban to inform the decision of the alert status decline of Mount Agung and

pass the government instruction that evacuees are allowed to return to their respective village,” he said. According to Sukerta, local government together with relevant agencies such as Social Agency, Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) and Buleleng SAR Team will still facilitate if there are evacuees that will return to their hometown in a group. To facilitate it, the truck of BPBD and SAR has been prepared and just waiting if there is a request, then the government is ready to facilitate the homecoming of Mount Agung evacuees to their home village. Nevertheless, since most evacuees are carrying a motorcycle and car, they are sure to return home by private transport. “We still have fleet and if the evacuees come home in an entourage, we will facilitate them,” he explained. Sukerta estimated that some of approximately 1,669 people of Karangasem residents are still evacuating. The evacuees are mostly from Pengalusan hamlet, Pucang

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hamlet, Ban village as well as from Dukuh village. This happens because their territory is in danger radius of four kilometers from Mount Agung. “Certainly most of the refugees will go home and only a few will remain in the refuge. It happens because their region belongs to the danger radius of eruption impact so they are still waiting for further government instruction,” he said. As reported previously, the waves of Mount Agung evacuees fled to Buleleng from last September 2017. Since the eruption of Mount Agung, the number of evacuees has fluctuated and even reached tens of thousands of people. They are mostly accommodated in Tejakula, Kubutambahan, Sawan, Sukasada, Buleleng and Gerokgak subdistrict. In line with the development of Mount Agung status gradually lowered, the evacuees chose to return to Karangasem. Following the alert status reduction of Mount Agung to watch level, more evacuees are confirmed to leave their refugee camps in Buleleng. (kmb38)

N.Korea notes ‘warm talks’ with S.Korea’s Moon, no mention of summit invitation

SEOUL - North Korea’s state news agency said on Sunday its delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held “frank and candid” talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in but there was no mention of the North’s invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit. The delegation, the highestranking to visit the South, concludes its visit later on Sunday having charmed and intrigued the South Korean public, but still faces deep scepticism over the North’s sincerity towards improving relations. Any summit between the two still-officially warring Koreas would be a coup for Moon, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes. Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un, “courteously” handed over a personal letter from the North Korean leader to Moon during talks on Saturday and also told Moon of her brother’s “intention”, KCNA said, without elabo-

rating on what that was. South Korean officials have said Moon was invited to Pyongyang to speak with Kim Jong Un during the talks and lunch that Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday. Such a summit, if it came about, would mark the first time that leaders of the two Koreas have met since 2007. Moon and Kim Yo Jong will have another opportunity to talk when they attend the second and final performance by a visiting North Korean orchestra on Sunday evening in Seoul, a Blue House official said. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has left South Korea for Washington, said the United States, South Korea and Japan were in

complete agreement on isolating North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. “There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programme,” Pence told reporters during the return flight to the United States. A White House official said that, although Moon did not discuss the invitation with Pence on Saturday, the South Korean president made it very clear that only when North Korea actually starts to take steps to denuclearise would anyone even consider beginning to take the pressure off. (rtr)

BANGKOK - Around four hundred people gathered at a monument to democracy in the Thai capital on Saturday to urge the military government not to delay a national election planned later this year, in one of the biggest anti-junta demonstrations since the military took power in 2014. Elections to restore democracy have been postponed several times with November being latest date set by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was appointed by a military-backed legislature following a coup in 2014. But a change in the election law by parliament last month means the date almost definitely will be pushed back to early 2019, something that has fanned growing discontent among groups who are calling for a swift return to civilian rule. Authorities deployed fences around the Democracy Monument, forcing activists to gather only in the vicinity. Protesters held mock ballot boxes and signs saying: “Disgusted with dictatorship.” “The NCPO should hold elections in November 2018, not move it to February 2019,” a representative for the demonstration who goes by his Facebook name of Sasiphat Siri told the crowd. The junta is formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). “Mr. Prayuth, can you hear the people’s voices?” shouted another protestor. On Friday, police issued arrest warrants for four activists. One was arrested on Saturday morning, while the other three showed up at the protest on Saturday before turn-

ing themselves in to police after the demonstration ended peacefully. Small anti-junta, pro-election protests that began earlier this year have gained momentum in recent weeks with a variety of activities staged by different groups every week. However, these have been mostly confined to the capital. Earlier this week, the Puea Thai Party whose government was ousted in the 2014 coup, issued a statement defending the right of various groups to express their opinions peacefully. “Peaceful expression is the right of every citizen ... I strongly disagree with the actions of the police and those in power to try to impose ... charges against the groups,” Phumtham Wechayachai, the party’s secretary-general, said in an open letter on Monday. Political parties of all stripes have been urging the junta for months to lift a ban on campaigning and allow them to prepare for the general election. But senior government figures have said the time was not yet right to lift the ban, prompting criticism from rights groups and politicians that the junta wants to delay the vote and prolong its time in power. Parliament voted last month to extend the start date for a new election law by 90 days. The bill lays out rules for lower house elections and is one of four bills that need to take effect before the vote. The enactment date is critical in determining the election date as Thailand’s new constitution requires polls to take place within 150 days after electoral laws take effect. (rtr)

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Pro-democracy activists hold up placards during protest against junta near Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand February 10, 2018. The placard reads, “Stop Junta”.


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Bolivia offers cultural diversity in carnival events

LA PAZ - Tradition, brotherhood and mayhem are the elements that bring the crowds to Bolivian carnivals, with each region of the country offering its own twist. These includes the traditional “comadres” in Tarija, the “folclorica” of Oruro, the “farandula” of Santa Cruz, the “Corso de Corso” in Cochabamba and the “Jisk’a Anata” in La Paz. In an interview with Xinhua, sociologist Mario Matos explained that anthropologists had found these cultural traditions stretching back through generations. Bolivia’s carnival celebrations began with the “Thursdays of compadres and comadres.” In Tarija,

people in every village met up in the houses of friends or family to exchange baskets full of fruit and sweets as presents. However, in the region of Oruro, the carnival from Feb. 9-12 is focused around the great parade of Socavon. On Saturday, at least 80,000 people, including musicians and dancers, mobilized along the streets while over 200,000 spectators watched on from the entrance to the city. “Each year, this city enters the spotlight of all Bolivia and a large part of the world, because the marvellous carnival of Oruro enters into full swing,” commented Matos.

Matos explained that the wild party of Oruro was declared in 2001 and was a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The folkloric groups, who come from across the country, prepare their parades and dances throughout the year. The Socavon march winds its way for several kilometers, before concluding at the church of the Virgin of Socavon, where it is honored with dancers in spectacular outfits. Matos told Xinhua that the 2018 edition would see the participation of over 60 folkloric groups, leading dances with names such as diablada, caporales, morenada,

suri-sicuris, llamerada, cullawada, waca-waca, pujllay and tinku. Other emblematic parties during the Bolivian carnival season happen in the eastern city of Santa Cruz where participants give free rein to their creativity. The carnival of the capital, La Paz, is another eagerly awaited event, with over 55 groups competing for the attention of the crowd. The Jisk’a Anata (“little party” in the Aymara language) will begin on Feb. 12, as one of the most important indigenous demonstrations of culture of the carnival season. Indigenous associations from different parts of the department of La Paz will come to take part in

the parade. Matos recalled that, back in the 1940s, the Monday of the carnival season was reserved for competitions of typical orchestras and national dances. Finally, the carnival of the central city of Cochabamba will take part in Feb. 17, where over 89 groups will take part, ranging from indigenous shows, military units and around a dozen beautifully decorated floats. The event called Corso de Corsos or Carnival of Concord closes Bolivia’s carnival season, bringing to an end a time dedicated to the country’s diversity in dance and music. (net)

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IGP Wahyuni encourages fellow cancer patients

BANGLI — Cancer becomes one of the most horrific and frightening diseases for most people. The disease dubbed as silent killer appears almost without preliminary symptoms but can lead to death. Not a few of those convicted of suffering cancer will despair and give up living the rest of their life. However, it is different from I Gusti Ayu Putu Wahyuni. This woman from Bebalang village, Bangli, remains vivacious to live her days despite being convicted of having suffered ovarian cancer since 2016. This 37-year-old woman even often motivates and encourages other cancer patients so as not to be discouraged in undergoing treatment and fighting cancer. Wahyuni said that she just knew of suffering ovary cancer about two years ago after having cystic removal surgery. Wahyuni admitted to never imagine that she would suffer from the deadly disease. Before she was convicted of suffering cancer, she regularly checked her health. Moreover, this midwife who is now in charge of the Public Health Division at the Bangli Health Agency also often provides counseling and motivation for patients coming to have medical checkup at public health center where she formerly work to fight cancer. “But apparently I suffer from this disease. When diagnosed with cancer, I was shocked. But since I have often given a motivation to patients wishing to have control, so I’m ready,” she explained. Further, Wahyuni added that to kill cancer cells in her body, she is required by doctor to undergo chemotherapy. Until now, she has had it for dozens of times with

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many side effects on her body. Since undergoing chemotherapy, this mother of one child experiences hair loss. Chemotherapy also causes the skin to become dry, darker and some other effects. Although many effects are felt on the body, according to Wahyuni, chemotherapy is one of the effective treatments that must be undertaken by cancer patients to get recovery. She acknowledged the public stigma about chemotherapy is still very horrible, especially for women as the effect can cause hair loss making women lose confidence. Besides, there is also a stigma that cancer patients will not have a long life expectation despite undergoing chemotherapy. She said the stigma is not entirely true. Cancer patients that cannot survive despite undergoing chemotherapy happen because most cancer just started to be treated after reaching advanced stage. In addition to undergoing chemotherapy, according to Wahyuni, the support of family and friends in the neighborhood around the residence and workplace is very important for the recovery of cancer patients. With the support of family and others around them, the cancer patients will feel to be needed and expected. “Cancer patients must also be at peace with themselves. Do not surrender,” she said. Most importantly, continued Wahyuni, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular medical checkup and early detection of cancer should be done. Thus, as soon as being known, it must be treated immediately. “Having got cancer, take treatment immediately and vivaciously. If we are healthy, we will be able to benefit others,” she concluded. (kmb40)

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The cultural dialogue entitled Traditional Games as Media of Strengthening Character and the National Identity in Puri Sasana Budaya.

Cultural dialogue

Strengthening national characters through traditional games

SINGARAJA — Amidst the development of modern times, traditional games are increasingly marginalized. Moreover, many people have abandoned them. One of the reasons is the traditional nature, so children are reluctant to play them. Current children consider that playing traditional games is less prestigious or old-fashioned. Actually, traditional games can teach togetherness and build character through the understanding of noble values contained within. Meanwhile, the progress and the development of the times affect the mindset and community activities. This was revealed in the cultural dialogue entitled Traditional Games as Media of Strengthening Character and the National Identity in Puri Sasana Budaya on Wednesday (Feb. 7). The dialogue was held by Preservation Agency for Balinese Cultural Values and Buleleng Culture Agency. The dialogue presented three speakers namely the Head of the Buleleng Culture Agency, Putu Tastra Wijaya, humanist I Nyoman Arcana and Preservation Agency for Balinese Cultural Values, I Wayan Suca Sumadi. One of the resource persons, I Wayan Suca Sumadi, who is also Subdivision Head of Administration of Preservation Agency for Balinese Cultural Values, said that currently traditional games began to get eroded by technological advances. He admitted this situation cannot be underestimated because the progress of time also has negative impact. To that end, the traditional game needs to be rebuilt as a medium for strengthening the national character. By engaging learners, it can bring together and reinvent traditional games among the younger generation. After being resurrected, he

proposed the traditional games can be inserted into the syllabus as a teaching aid for teachers. “Traditional games contain a lot of values. One of which is the value of togetherness because I see today people having very poor togetherness. As the first step, we discuss how to build communication and this will be followed up with continued efforts. One of them is by inserting it into teaching materials at school,” he said. A humanist who is also lecturer, I Nyoman Arcana, said the game is a cultural element that has a functional existence. In terms of educational point of view, the world of play is only available in children intended to train smooth and coarse motor development, eliminate saturation, and channel excess energy. With regard to it, in the education teachers are recommended to educate with the motto ‘learning while playing.’ Currently, there are about 40 types of traditional and non-traditional games recorded and the application only reaches a small portion. He cited that Goak-Goakan is the native traditional game to Buleleng where younger generation has not been familiar with it. Actually, the game created by the King of Buleleng Ki Barak Panji Sakti containing significant meaning and has a history of struggle. “This traditional game contains many historical values that are certainly very good to be known by children. The game only played after Nyepi or Day of Silence can now be transformed into performing arts,” he said. On the other hand, the Head of the Buleleng Culture Agency, Putu Tastra Wijaya, said that traditional games as one of the tourist attractions can be staged to support the development of tourism industry. To cultivate cultural tourism, it is required a regulatory measure that can realize the integration of tourism with culture, so they are useful to various aspects of life. (kmb38)


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Alert status for Mount Agung lowered

AMLAPURA - The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) lowered the alert status of Mount Agung from level IV (warning) to level III (watch) on Saturday (Feb. 10). The radius of estimated danger zone was also diminished from 6 km to 4 km from the crater.

During a press conference held at the Mount Agung Observatino Post in Rendang Village, Karangasem on Saturday (Feb. 10), Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM),

Ignatius Jonan, said that the decision to lower the status of Mount Agung from level IV to level III was based on observations over the past months that showed a continuous reduction on volcanic activity. “So, as of today the alert status of Mount Agung is officially lowered from warning to watch level, and the estimated danger radius has also been reduced from 6km to 4 km from the crater of the volcano”, he said. Jonan added that now that the alert level has been lowered, evacuees are expected to return to their home villages immediately so that daily activities and tourism can return to normal. The The

Mount Agung

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ESDM has instructed the provincial and district governments to convey this information to all subdistrict heads, headmen or hamlet chiefs to let people know that they should return home now. Head of the PVMBG, Kasbani, added that based on the data from monitoring Mount Agung using several parameters over the last month, the frequency of eruptions has decreased significantly. According to Kasbani, Mount Agung last erupted on January 24, 2018. At that time, the maximum height of the eruption column reached 2,500 meters above the peak. Since then Mount Agung has not erupted again and the volume of the lava dome at the surface of the crater has not experienced any significant changes and remains at about 20 million cubic meters. Kasbani also said that general seismicity has also shown a decrease over the last month. There has been some seismic activity but the numbers are not significant. This indicates that magmatic movement is still occurring but at very low intensity. GPS measurement shows a relatively stagnant pattern, and tiltameter measurement shows a low-rate of inflation implying there is still pressure accumulation but not a significant amount. Gas measurement, explained Kasbani, show that magmatic activity is still ongoing. The ratio of CO2 or SO2 volcanic gases which reflect the intensity of magmatic activity show a trend towards reduction compared to November 2017. Monitoring through thermal satellite images also show a decrease in temperature on the surface of the lava dome, indicating a reduced magma flow rate to the surface. “There is still the potential for an eruption, but it would likely be quite small one like what we had predicted previsouly. This includes the potential for lava flows through river valleys from the upstream. Currently, potential hazards range from the falling of incandescent stone, gravel and sand to volcanic ash. However, these would only be within a radius of 4 km from the crater. Apparently, there are no residential areas within this radius, but if there are peopel who conduct activities there, they can stil do so but should remain alert”, he said. Head of the BNPB, Willem Rampangilei, explained that since the alert status has been lowered, provincial government officials, including BPBD Bali have been instructed to have all evacuees to their home villages. “We will immediately have these people returned home and immediately make repairs to any homes or infrastructure that have been damaged by the volcanic activities”, he explained. Deputy Regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Artha Dipa, stated the government will facilitate any evacuees wishing to return to their villages. Damaged roads will be repaired by the provincial government in cooperation with the central government. (kmb41)

Alert status of Mount Agung lowered

Thousands of evacuees remain in Klungkung

SEMARAPURA - The alert status for Mount Agung, was lowered from warning to watch on Saturday morning (Feb. 10). Similarly, the radius of the eruption danger zone was narrowed from six kilometers to four kilometers from the top of the mountain. Evacuees in the district of Klungkung including the many accommodated at Swecapura Stadium, Gelgel village were of course pleased with the news. They are all expected to return to their home villagers shortly. One 55 year-old evacuee from Bukit Galah, Selat named Ketut

Ganti, 55, said that he was obviously relieved to hear the news about the highest mountain in Bali. “We plan to go home tomorrow (Sunday Ed.)”, he said. Ganti and his family have been living in evacuation for 4 and half months starting on September 21, 2017 when the alert status for Mount Agung was raised to level IV warning. He has been wanting to go hoe for some time now. “We have been here for a long time and very rarely go home”, he said. The money from the sale of his livestock as run out and like may other Ganti has no source

of income at the moment. The government is expected to provide assistance to people in this position. “We hope that we will still be given attention when we leave the evacuation post”, he said. Another evacuee named Wayan Suastini from Sebudi village, Selat subdistrict, said that she will go back to her village with her neighbours. She is still waiting for further information from Pasubayan (brotherhood of Mount Agung slopes). “If the Pasubayan says it is is ok then we will go home. We heard that conditions in the village are safe

now”, she added. Chief Executive of the Klungkung Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Putu Widiada, explained that he evacuees have been informed about the latest developments of the Mount Agung. “SO far we have not received an reports of people having returned home. Apparently they are waiting for the latest progress report”, he said. This former head of the subdistrict of Banjarangkan confirmed that the district government is ready to provide continued assistance for any evacuees that do not

dare to go home. “According to the regent’s instructions, they are allowed to stay here if they want, but we will provide transportation for anyone who does want to go home”, he said. So far, there are still plenty of supplies at the stadium. However there are no plans to distribute food or anything else to evacuees to take home with them. “We have asked the regent what to do and are still waiting for instructions”, he said. According to the latest data, there are still 3,040 evacuees in Klungkung spread across some 30 villages. (kmb45)

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#MeToo fashion show opens with angel wing models, pig-faced men

NEW YORK - A fashion show inspired by the #MeToo social media campaign aimed at exposing sexual misconduct across the United States opened on Friday in New York with models sporting angel wings handcuffed to men in pig masks. Dressed in a floor-length black and white gown with leather trim and wings at her shoulders, Cheyenne Jacobs, 22, stopped at the end of the runway to declare herself a survivor of sexual abuse, giving the audience a brief account of being sexually assaulted in high school and raped in college. “I would like to take this moment as a stand of my healing, how far I’ve grown and also to say that this is not only a movement, not just stories, but we’re real people who have gone through real things,” she said. The #MeToo Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week was the brainchild of Myriam Chalek, creative director of fashion website American Wardrobe. “I don’t think this fashion show is going to change things overnight, but if it can be a step further then I guess I’ve done my part. A woman who has been empowered is a woman who is unstoppable,” Chalek told Reuters in an interview. To the pace of trendy music, women from several walks of life, some smiling and others more serious, first strutted down a runway to display their designer clothes, then reappeared handcuffed to male models wearing pink pig masks. Among them was Alicia Kozakiewicz, 29, who was abducted in 2002 near her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by a man who contacted her online, a case that made international headlines as one of the first such kidnappings of the internet age. (rtr)

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Amazon hires NBC executive Salke to run video studio

NEW YORK - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Friday said it has hired Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, to run its television and movie studio, ending months of limbo as its entertainment division switches from a lineup heavy on art-house fare to broader-appealing hits.

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A model presents creations during the #MeToo Fashion show during New York Fashion Week in New York, U.S., February 9, 2018.

Amazon has been without a permanent studio chief since October, when Roy Price resigned after a sexual harassment allegation. Price has contested the claim. Salke has overseen the development of comedies and dramas for NBC as president since 2011. She has been behind shows such as “This is Us,” “The Blacklist,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and previously was executive vice president of creative affairs at Twentieth Century Fox Television. Salke has “built an impeccable

reputation as a big leader who emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and teamwork,” Jeff Blackburn, Amazon’s senior vice president of business development and entertainment, said in a statement. Amazon’s video budget ballooned to an estimated $4.5 billion or more in 2017, and the company has said it plans to spend more this year. It is seeking content that can attract viewers to its Prime streaming and shopping service around the world. Salke’s biggest task may be managing Amazon’s blockbuster

bet on a television prequel to “The Lord of the Rings,” a leap away from the niche content the studio was used to producing. People familiar with the matter say the studio offered $250 million for the fantasy series’ rights alone last year. The bill will climb as Amazon invests in production and marketing for multiple seasons. “The bet Amazon is making is, ‘We need a programing exec who’s going to create content that people watch,’” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. (rtr)

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Myanmar journalists take part in a demonstration demanding the of release detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, in Pathein, Ayeyarwady Division, Myanmar February 11, 2018.

Myanmar says soldiers, police facing action over village killings

Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar’s security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a government spokesman said on Sunday, adding it was not related to a Reuters report on the incident. Reuters on Friday published a report laying out events that led up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men in the northern Rakhine village of Inn Din who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and soldiers. A Myanmar government spokesman, Zaw Htay, said that “action according to the law” would be taken against seven soldiers, three members of the police force and six villagers as part of an army investigation that was initiated before the Reuters report was published. The arrests were “not because of Reuters news. The investigation was being conducted even before Reuters news,” Zaw Htay said, adding that he was unable to specify what

action would be taken against the 16 people. On Jan. 10, the military said the 10 Rohingya men belonged to a group of 200 “terrorists” who had attacked security forces. Buddhist villagers attacked some of them with swords and soldiers shot the others dead, the military said, adding that it would take action against those involved. The military’s version of events is contradicted by accounts given to Reuters by Rakhine Buddhist and

Rohingya Muslim witnesses. Buddhist villagers reported no attack by a large number of insurgents on security forces in Inn Din. And Rohingya witnesses told Reuters that soldiers plucked the 10 from among hundreds of men, women and children who had sought safety on a nearby beach. Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine state and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts

by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

ARRESTED JOURNALISTS The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted the arrest of two of the news agency’s reporters. Myanmar citizens Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were detained on Dec. 12 for allegedly obtaining confidential documents. The police has said two police officers were also arrested. Prosecutors are seeking to charge Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, which dates back to the time of colonial British rule and carries a maximum 14-year prison sentence.

Asked about the evidence Reuters had uncovered about the massacre, spokesman Zaw Htay said on Thursday, before publication of the Reuters report: “We are not denying the allegations about violations of human rights. And we are not giving blanket denials.” If there was “strong and reliable primary evidence” of abuses, the government would investigate, he said. Continued to page 6

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Myanmar Says Soldiers, Police Facing Action Over Village Killings

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Myanmar Says Soldiers, Police Facing Action Over Village Killings

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