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Dwayne Johnson vows that DC’s ‘Black Adam’ is coming soon LOS ANGELES - Comic book fans have been waiting almost 10 years to see Dwayne Johnson suit up as DC Universe antihero Black Adam. According to the man himself, they’re gonna have to wait a little bit longer. Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment recently, the star of the new action blockbuster Rampage revealed that production on the Black Adam feature likely wouldn’t start for another year. “The script came in, it’s great, we’re working on it,” Johnson teased. “If things come together in the way we anticipate them coming together, that feels like a 2019 movie.” (Watch the clip above.) Blame the delay, in part, on Marvel Studios. Since launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008’s Iron Man, the Disney-owned company has provided the model for how to construct a living, breathing, and always-evolving galaxy for its countless costumed-clad avengers. In contrast, its distinguished competition at DC has endured a number of false starts and dead ends, with a few hits (Wonder Woman) and several more misses (Green Lantern, Justice League). “Marvel is doing such an incredible job of universe building … and DC is doing a great job finding

the footing and tone of their movies,” Johnson said diplomatically. The success of Black Adam in particular hinges on finding the right tone. Debuting in 1945 as a nemesis for Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Shazam, the superstrong, superfast, and supersmart villain has also, at times, been an ally with an attitude. “It’s this phenomenal opportunity for us to nail the tone and make sure he’s badass,” Johnson says of how he hopes to represent Black Adam onscreen. “Also we have intrinsic DNA tied to a lot of other properties in DC.” The most obvious tie, of course, is to Shazam, who is being played by a bulked-up Zachary Levi in a adventure now being filmed and set for release on April 5, 2019. The original plan was for Black Adam to soar onscreen in that movie, but his cameo wound up getting dropped. “[Johnson] has been cast as Black Adam, but he’s not going to be featured in this film,” Shazam director David F. Sandberg recently told Film Riot. “There have been variations of the script … but now this is about Shazam.” (net)

Crazed Taylor Swift fan allegedly robbed a bank and drove to her R.I. house to give her the money

LOS ANGELES - Taylor Swift has long been dealing with obsessed fans and — just days after one was sentenced to 10 years’ probation for threatening to kill her — another one has this time robbed a bank in an attempt to impress her. NBC Connecticut reports that a 26year-old Derby, Conn., man named Bruce Rowley robbed a Webster Bank in Ansonia, Conn., on April 4, then proceeded to drive to Rhode Island, where the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer, 28, has a beach house in Watch Hill. It was on the way back, on April 5, that police saw his vehicle — a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee — and there was a pursuit that finally ended over the Connecticut border on I-95 after authorities used spike strips to flatten the suspect’s tires. While being transported to Ansonia,

he told police that he has a “crush” on the 10-time Grammy winner and wanted to impress her. So after he robbed the bank, he drove to her house and took some of the money he stole and threw it over her fence. He also claimed he tried to contact the singer, but she wasn’t home. (A spokesperson for the Ansonia Police Department has not yet responded to Yahoo’s request for comment.) Rowley, who was bitten in the arm by a Rhode Island State Police K9 when he was taken into custody, confessed to committing the robbery, after he was arrested, according to the police report. During the robbery — which he pulled off without show-

ing a weapon or making any threats — he didn’t wear a disguise and also seemed to drive his own car. Rowley has been charged with robbery in the second degree and larceny in the fourth degree. According to the news site, he remains in police custody until his May 8 court appearance, and a public defender is representing him. Swift hasn’t spoken out about this latest fan incident — and her rep hasn’t commented — but she has long been a target. In fact, also on Tuesday, there was a report that a transient tried to scale the wall of her Beverly Hills home and was arrested. And these are far from isolated events: In 2013, a “crazed fan” was arrested for trespassing on the Rhode Island property. The same guy later showed up at her New York City apartment — and was arrested again. We mentioned that a week ago, another man, this time from Kansas, received 10 years of probation for threatening to kill Swift. And then another stalker made it to the hallway outside the door of her NYC apartment last year. Stalking has certainly been a problem that Swift has experienced throughout her stardom. Amid all this drama, the songstress is enjoying one of the least dramafilled times in her personal life. She has been dating actor Joe Alwyn since last year and, according to reports, she may think he’s “the one.” They’ve been spending a lot of time in his native England and her homes in Manhattan and Nashville. (net)

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Syria: 500 Douma patients had chemical attack symptoms, says WHO

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The World Health Organization has said an estimated 500 people went to health facilities with “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals” after the attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in Syria at the weekend. “WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts and to deliver a comprehensive public health response,” Peter Salama, the WHO’s deputy director general for emergency

preparedness and response, said in a statement issued in Geneva. UN aid agencies do not have access to most of the enclave of eastern Ghouta, including Douma where the alleged attack occurred. The Syrian government has denied

responsibility. The WHO report adds to mounting evidence for the use of toxic gas in the attack, which killed at least 42 people and has raised the prospect of American airstrikes against forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Medics on the ground reported that hundreds of patients arrived on Saturday night in Douma – the last, besieged town that was under opposition control in the enclave of eastern Ghouta near Damascus – bearing symptoms of exposure to toxic chemicals. They said the symptoms, which included frothing at the mouth, suffocation, dilated and constricted pupils, corneal burns, central cyanosis (a blue tinge to the skin), and a chlorine-like odor, were consistent with exposure to an organo-phosphorus compound. Sarin gas is such a chemical. The attack appears to have prompted a surrender deal the following day by local rebels. Jaysh al-Islam, the dominant opposition

group in Douma, agreed to leave the town along with thousands of civilians for northern Syria, after weeks of saying they had no intention to agree to a deal that would lead to their forcible exile. Since then, thousands of the estimated 100,000 people still living in Douma have left on buses carrying them to the north. More are expected to leave on Wednesday. Douma was the last holdout in eastern Ghouta, after other rebel groups agreed to evacuate from other parts of the region, which was once the breadbasket of the capital but has been under siege for years and subjected to multiple chemical attacks in the past. The worst was in 2013, when more than 1,000 people died after the Syrian government launched attacks using nerve agent that also nearly prompted an American intervention in the war. The possibility of western intervention against Assad was heightened after Russia and its western opponents, the US, UK and France,

vetoed duelling resolutions at the security council over the latest atrocity, which sparked global condemnation. On Tuesday, the UN high commissioner for human rights said the world must react to the use of chemical weapons or risk dire consequences. “After decades when we thought we had successfully outlawed the use of chemical and biological weapons, the world is sitting idly by while their use is becoming normalised in Syria,” said Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. “This collective shrug to yet another possible use of one of the most ghastly weapons ever devised by man is incredibly dangerous.” (afp) News can also be heard in “Bali Image” at Global Radio FM 96.5 from 9.30 until 10.00 am. Listen to Global Radio FM at http:// globalfmbali.listen2myradio.com or live video streaming at http:// radioglobalfmbali.com and http:// ustream.tv/channel/global-fm-bali.


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Post-eruption, Jagasatru waterfall revives

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Govt asked not to squeeze out cockfight as part of culture

AMLAPURA - Undeniably, cockfight or whatever it is called has become one of the Balinese identities. Regardless of the element of betting money in it, many people consider if cockfight should be preserved because it is closely associated with the procession of religious rituals. Local government both Bali provincial and district/ municipal government are expected to provide a solution, not even ostracize like the current impression. “Tajen or tabuh rah (cockfight) is not wrong, but the element of gambling in it must be addressed. It is the same as football. If there is a betting element, it is not the game that must be dismissed,” said I Nyoman Pasek, a law practitioner from Karangasem who often addresses social issues. Pasek does not dismiss today’s cockfight as a culture is often misused by unscrupulous people to gain material advantages. When there is such condition, this man from Pidpid village, Abang subdistrict, is assessing the error is not in the arena of the cockfight but in the behavior of unscrupulous people. To free cockfighting from the behavior leading to gambling, he supported if the cockfight governance is regulated

through regional regulations. “However, in compiling the regional regulation, the analysis must be clear and mature. It is required an explanation concerning with the definition of gambling, the definition of speculation and other things having also been addressed related to the cockfight activity,” he cried. Pasek assessed that all this time there is a wrong mindset regarding the cockfight. It is identified as gambling whereas it is not entirely talking about speculation. There is definitely a sense of culture, tradition to the struggle that leads to business. Cockfight is different from gambling like dice and rolling ball which are completely based on the chancy. “Talking about cockfight, it must be viewed comprehensively. Then, when talking about the matter of chance, business also has the elements of chances,” he explained. Pasek hoped the stakeholders, especially in Bali, to take action in such a way that in the future the cockfight will no longer be considered illegal. Arrangement through regional regulation is considered the most appropriate answer to narrow the opportunity for people who want to benefit from the cockfight activities. “The law is made because there is a problem and so is the regional regulation. As part of culture, cockfight needs to be regulated so that it is not abused,” he concluded. (117)

AMLAPURA - Mount Agung eruption had caused East Duda village to be abandoned for evacuation by all the inhabitants even though the village in Selat subdistrict is located within a radius of 12 km from the top of the mountain. Slow but sure, after the eruption the conditions gradually improved. Jagasatru waterfall which previously would be developed into alternative tourism object also began to revive. Administratively, Jagasatru waterfall is located at Pateh hamlet, East Duda. Apart from Pateh hamlet, the waterfall is still very natural and can be reached from the Putung attraction located at Wates hamlet, East Duda. From Putung, it is about 1 km that must be reached on foot. Meanwhile, when reached from Pateh hamlet, it is only about 200 meters from the main road. But to reach it, both from Putung and from Pateh needs a slight struggle because the current road access is just a steep path that even tends to be dangerous. Road access is difficult but the beauty of Jagasatru waterfall is proportional to the sacrifice to achieve it. Although so far there are no facilities built, rest assured that visitors will not regret when visiting the object. Rumbling waterfalls making the air cooler will instantly relieve the sultry situation after passing through a difficult road. “Before the eruption, there had been many visitors. Lately, it began to recover even though it has not been as busy as before,” said Pasek Agung Wicaksana, 18, one of the village club members of East Duda, on Tuesday (Apr. 10). Agung Wicaksana acknowledged there are currently no facili-

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ties available for visitors. The path built by community through mutual assistance is not well organized yet. New facilities available are only in the form of parking lot where Putung has quite wide parking lot while at Pateh hamlet can only accommodate motorcycle. Pateh does not only present beautiful mountain scenery looking quite pristine, but also full of religious nuances. On the edge of the path before the waterfall, there is a shower sanctified by local people. The shower is usually used for a spot to melukat or purificatory rite before going down to the waterfall. The shower is often used by the community as a place in a series of tooth filing (metatah) ceremony. Though the melukat in the shower is not mandatory, many residents come to carry out the ritual. East Duda village has started to introduce or promote the Jagasatru waterfall since five years ago. Lately, the promotion has been utilizing information technology. Headman of East Duda, I Gede Pawana, said the potential of Jagasatru waterfall has also been introduced through the village website. “Now every day there are visitors coming, generally from Bali,” he said. East Duda village is now trying to organize the alternative tourist attraction that will be done gradually. In 2018, the village is going to widen the road followed with the arrangement at the location of the waterfall next year. As long as there is no touch of arrangement, visitors are still free. “The height of the waterfall is about 25 meters. We have an obsession to combine the existence of the waterfall with the potential Putung attractions,” said Pawana. (117)

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MAYA UBUD RESORT & SPA ACHIEVES TRAVELIFE GOLD CERTIFICATION

Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is delighted to announce that together with sister properties, Candi Beach Resort & Spa and Legian Beach Hotel, it is the proud recipient of a Travelife Gold Certificate. All three properties are key players in Bali’s tourism industry and this achievement represents an ongoing commitment to sustainability. Established in 2007, Travelife is a web-based certification system that enables hotels to monitor and self-access their sustainability performance. Through consultation

with multiple tourism stakeholders and academics, the whole system is based on a set of exacting guidelines. Travelife is now accepted as a credible tool within the global travel and tourism industry. The prestigious accolade acknowledges that each property has respectively taken measures to uphold suitability. This has been achieved through continued efforts to protect the environment and preserve the island’s unique cultural heritage. Other certification components include respecting the local

community and implementing fair employment practices as a business leader in Bali’s hospitality sector. Upon presentation, Mr. Peter Arya, in his capacity as joint owner of the three properties said, “It is indeed a great honour to be recognized by Travelife as this certification reinforces our long-term commitment to sustainability. Bali is a premier tourism destination and so it is crucial that we all join forces and take the necessary steps to maintain and enhance the island for the benefit of future generations.”

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Carolina Reaper pepper causes thunderclap headache, doctors say

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States with medical marijuana laws had fewer opioid prescriptions than states without such laws, new research finds.

Medical marijuana may reduce opioid use a little

KENTUCKY - Making medical marijuana available might help reduce opioid prescriptions, researchers reported Monday.

They found states that legalized the medical use of marijuana saw small reductions in opioid prescriptions for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Since opioid prescriptions are considered to be a major driver of the opioid abuse epidemic, the researchers said, medical marijuana laws could be a part of the solution. “State implementation of medical marijuana laws was associated with a 5.88 percent lower rate of opioid prescribing,” wrote Hefei Wen of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Jason Hockenberry of the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. “Marijuana is one of the potential non-opioid alternatives that can relieve pain at a relatively lower risk of addiction and virtually no risk of overdose,” they wrote in one of two reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers looked at the prescription records of people using Medicaid and also Medicare Part D – the prescription add-on plan for Medicare recipients. In the Medicare study, Wen and colleagues found

that states with medical marijuana laws had a more than 8 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions compared to states with no such laws. “We found that overall opioid prescribing in Part D was lower when states permit access to medical cannabis,” they wrote. “Prescriptions filled for all opioids decreased by 2.11 million daily doses per year from an average of 23.08 million daily doses per year when a state instituted any medical cannabis law,” they added. “Prescriptions for all opioids decreased by 3.742 million daily doses per year when medical cannabis dispensaries opened.” State and federal officials are looking for ways to reduce opioid deaths and to reduce the overuse of opioid prescriptions. The National Center for Health Statistics says 63,600 people died of drug overdoses in 2016. Opioids killed or helped kill 42,249 people in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999. There had been worries that marijuana use might be a gateway that moves people towards use of other drugs, including opiates, the researchers said. But their study doesn’t support that view. (net)

CAROLINA - The Carolina Reaper is the stuff of internet legend, from ghastly YouTube videos to testimonials in gourmet cooking magazines. Now this pepper, billed as the world’s hottest, has made it into a medical journal. Eating this fiery pepper can cause a “thunderclap” headache, doctors reported Monday. The headache was the result of an unusual blood vessel condition called reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS), doctors reported in the British Medical Journal’s Case Reports. They described the case of a 34-year-old man who ate a Carolina Reaper hot pepper in a contest. “His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one ‘Carolina Reaper,’ the hottest chili pepper in the world,” Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York, and colleagues wrote. “Then he developed an in-

tense headache,” they added. “The pain was excruciating and thus he came to the ER.” Thunderclap headaches are severe headaches and come on very fast. They can be a sign of a brain hemorrhage or a stroke, so doctors take them very seriously. Brain scans showed the pepper-eater wasn’t suffering from a stroke, but a major artery in his brain had narrowed. The medical team diagnosed RCVS. That’s never been diagnosed after eating hot peppers before, but Turkish doctors have reported a heart attack in a young man who took cayenne pepper pills. Hot peppers deliver capsaicin, the compound that gives them their “heat”. It can affect blood vessels. “Given the development of symptoms immediately after exposure to a known vasoactive substance, it is plausible that our patient had RCVS secondary to the ‘Carolina Reaper’,” Gunasekaran and colleagues wrote. (net)

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Ed Currie holds three Carolina Reaper peppers. The hot peppers may have caused a man’s “thunderclap” headache, doctors say.

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To crack down on illegal guide

HPI Bali meets Ngurah Rai immigration

MANGUPURA — Responding to the allegation on the existence of illegal tour guides some time ago, the Indonesia Tour Guides Association (HPI) of Bali Chapter made a visit to first class Ngurah Rai Immigration Office on Monday (Apr. 9). The arrival of dozens of HPI members of Mandarin language division was to discuss about the illegal tour guide issues.

Latu market

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Agro market development plan not yet get approval MANGUPURA — The development plan of agro market in Abiansemal which had been launched by PD Pasar Badung local government-owned enterprise remains uncertain. The market planned to take advantage of the land at Kertha Sari or Latu Market has not been approved by the regent of Badung. President Director of PD Pasar Badung, I Made Sutarma, confirmed on Monday (Apr. 9) that the proposed agro market development has not received the approval from the number one person in Badung. “Well... we are still waiting for the direction from the regent. We have proposed the development plan of the agro market in 2017,” he said. According to him, the land of Latu Market has become a ‘seizure’ of many parties such as the proposal for the establishment of the elderly park, location of state junior high school (SMPN). “Everything is not certain as still waiting for the decision from the regent,” he said. Nevertheless, he will try to follow-up again the agro Market plan until it can be realized. Moreover, the management of Latu Market remains under the PD Pasar Badung, although it still suffers a loss all this time. “We will follow up again the proposal for the establishment of agro market,” he said. The atmosphere at Latu Market was observed to be quiet on Monday (Apr. 9). Shop-houses located

in this area looked to be tightly closed. This area is also still taken advantage as a parking lot for large trucks. Until now, the building stays unclear because two years ago the government promised to use the building for public area being useful for the community. One of the residents met at the location said the current status of the building remains unclear. However, there is information if the market will be used to build an elderly park. “It is said it will be taken advantage to build an elderly park but stays uncertain. Sorry, I do not know for sure what it will be used for,” said Yanto. He expected the building can be repaired immediately so that it can be functioned. It’s a pity if such a big building is abandoned. “It looks slipshod so that it must be functioned again. Otherwise, it is quite unfortunate to this large building,” he hoped. Head of the Badung Regional Development Planning Board (Bappeda), I Made Wira Dharmajaya, previously said it is still being discussed. However, he still does not know the direction of the utilization. The use of the building on the land of approximately one hectare must pass through a comprehensive study, so that later on the building is in accordance with the location and allocation. “Obviously, it remains under discussion and there must be a comprehensive study,” he said. (kmb27)

Chairman of the HPI Bali, I Nyoman Nuarta, when met after the meeting said the arrival of HPI members is meant to discuss on the allegation of illegal foreign guides recently. On the occasion, it requested that the case can be resolved by the immigration. Of course, it is to give deterrent effect to foreign guides. So, the legal culture in Indonesia does not seem to be paid by foreigners. “Our law seems to be capable of being purchased by foreigners,” he said. For that reason, through the meeting the immigration authorities are expected to continuously pay attention to such cases. All this time, the immigration office seems to give impression that it handles the report very slowly. In this case, the HPI Bali will also be involved in the supervision taskforce against foreigners. “We will be involved in the taskforce to secure foreigners in the future,” he concluded. He said that HPI Bali does not only pay attention

to foreigner issues in the Chinese language division, but also in other division. With the deterrent effect, hopefully the other foreigners will not conduct illegal guiding activities in Bali. In addition to discussing the previous cases, the meeting also discussed about the potential cases that may occur in other language divisions where the HPI Bali has 11 language divisions. “The potential use of foreign guide happens to Mandarin, Korean and Russian language division,” he explained. HPI Bali did not accuse the immigration office of committing negative things. However, his organization often hears there is negative issue in the field. To that end, his organization wanted to encourage the immigration office to result in positive image. “We want the immigration office to actualize these things,” he hoped. He added that so far the HPI members always work in accordance with the rules namely Regional Regulation No. 5/2016 stating that a person who can become a tour guide is Indonesian citizen. Secondly, they should get cultural education and competency tests. “In terms of procedures, the illegal tour guides have violated,” he said. Related to the meeting, the immigration authorities are not willing to provide information. Moreover, when asked for its confirmation they seemed reluctant to give comment on the issues of illegal tour guides. (kmb23)

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Indonesia Tour Guides Association (HPI) of Bali Chapter made a visit to first class Ngurah Rai Immigration Office.


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US warships sail through South China Sea amid escalating tensions with Beijing

BEIJING - A US aircraft carrier is sailing through the disputed South China Sea in a show of American force.

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Formerly, this harbor was known for the loading and unloading of timber and cement ships, within the past few years it has developed into a cruise ship harbor.

Often dropped in by cruise ships, Celukan Bawang Harbor improved

THE development of Celukan Bawang Harbor in Gerokgak subdistrict has been increasingly crowded. Formerly, this harbor was known for the loading and unloading of timber and cement ships, within the past few years it has developed into a cruise ship harbor. For many times, various kinds of medium- to large-capacity cruise ships begin leaning in the Celukan Bawang Harbor. This rapid development began to be addressed by harbor authority and local government. One of the discourses is the arrangement and extension of the pier to facilitate cruise ships when ‘anchoring’ here. Data on the arrival of cruise ships in Celukan Bawang Harbor from 2017 ago indicated there are seven times. From the arrivals, the number of foreign tourist visit to Buleleng is

recorded to reach 9,690 people with 5,911 crews. Entering this year, six cruise ships are scheduled to drop in at Celukan Bawang to make a stopover. From the arrival of the cruise ship, it transports 9,770 passengers and 7,642 crews. The cruise ship arrival is almost adjacent throughout last January where during which was recorded to reach three times of arrival. Two other arrivals occurred last March, and this month is scheduled to return another cruise ship that will lean in Celukan Bawang Harbor.

Since being visited by cruise ships, the Buleleng Tourism Office with tourism players coalesced into the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Buleleng facilitated thousands of tourists boarding in the cruise ships. While facilitating cruise ship passengers, the tourism office and PHRI offer tour packages to passengers for a visit to major destinations in North Bali. In addition to preparing accommodation and tour packages, the tourism office and tourism players in this region gave speech

to passengers or ship crews that were leaning in North Bali. This greeting was done by displaying traditional arts and interspersed with the introduction to the potential tourist attraction of Buleleng. Head of the Buleleng Tourism Office, Nyoman Sutrisna, said that all this time the cruise ships stopping by in the Celukan Bawang Harbor was not more than a day. This happens due to consideration of tourism agent and ship crews having not sold a tour package in Buleleng for more than a day. However, Sutrisna admitted that Celukan Bawang Harbor is increasingly known as a stopover for cruise ships. Certainly it is a positive prog-

ress to develop the tourism industry in the region. Moreover, the visit of thousands of tourists only lasting for one day has given a multiplier effect to tourism players. They consist of transportation, restaurant and souvenir shops in some tourist destinations included in the tour packages when receiving cruise ship guests. “Starting in 2017 and now the intensity of cruise ship arrivals have been increasing. From the arrival of previous ships, there are many impacts received by tourism players in our region. In the future, we are confident to be able to realize the development of cruise ship harbor in West Buleleng,” he explained. (mud)

Gamelan makers at Tihingan village

Believed to have existed in the age of Gelgel Kingdom

TIHINGAN village in Banjarangkan subdistrict, Klungkung, is initiated as a tourism village by Klungkung district. It is famous for its gamelan crafts. This home-

based business is believed to have existed since the days of the Gelgel Kingdom. Craft products made by gamelan makers have been able to penetrate foreign markets.

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This home-based business is believed to have existed since the days of the Gelgel Kingdom.

When entering the village bordering with Klungkung subdistrict, our eyes will see the nature remaining beautiful. Paddy fields still spread quite widely. They are cultivated with vegetables and garden balsam flowers. Row of buildings also looks neat. The front side is equipped with a small garden. The bustle is not too noticeable either despite being a path to a number of villages. A number of front houses are also equipped with a signpost. It shows a place of the making of Balinese gamelan instrument. One of them belongs to Ketut Suena at Tihingan hamlet. As soon as setting foot on a concrete courtyard, the eyes directly point to a set of gamelan placed in one room. The colors look shiny, golden and very bright. Some are also covered in red clothes so as not to be exposed to dust. In the back of the room, some people are busy cutting bamboo,

adjusting to some gamelan blade made from trawang. It will be arranged together to produces different tones. When played, it sounds very loud. In the corner of a brickwalled building, there is a man in the middle refining gamelan surface so as to look smooth with tools such as drawstring. He is Nyoman Alit. His task has become a routine since he was still in junior high school. “This is learned from parents to the making of gamelan, too,” he said on Tuesday (Apr. 10). The wages earned is based on wholesale system. Completion time of each section is uncertain, depending on the size and level of complexity. Such professions are also pursued by many other citizens, including younger generation. “More than a half work like this. Regeneration remains to run,” he said. On the sidelines of his busy life, Ketut Suena does not hesitate to

share his stories. His business has become the legacy from his grandfather and parents. In accordance with belief, gamelan craft has existed since the days of the Kingdom of Gelgel. “It has been a long time,” he said. The works produced are well known. The buyers are not only residents from other districts in Bali, but also have penetrated foreign market such as America, Japan, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and so forth. “Balinese gamelan is complete so many people are interested,” said this gray-haired man. The selling price is pursuant to the type of gamelan instrument. For instance, a set of gong kebyar gamelan costs around IDR 350 million. The bigger one can reach IDR 600 million. Every month, there is always an order. “Many people here are also making gamelan instruments,” he said. (sos)

In a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, providing a powerful display of military precision and efficiency. The nuclear-powered warship, leading a carrier strike group, was conducting what the US military called routine training in the strategic sea, which China claims almost in its entirety. The US is not alone in carrying out naval patrols in the strategic waterway, where Chinese, Japanese and some southeast Asian navies operate, possibly increasing tensions and risking accidents at sea. “We have seen Chinese ships around us,” Rear Admiral Steve Koehler, the strike group commander, said on board the threedecade-old carrier. “They are one of the navies that operate in the South China Sea but I would tell you that we have seen nothing but professional work out of the ships we have encountered.” Navies in the western Pacific, including China and nine southeast Asian countries, have been working on a code of unexpected encounters (CUES) at sea to avoid conflict. The USS Theodore Roosevelt’s presence in the South China Sea comes days after China’s massive air and naval drills in the area, in what some analysts described as an unusually large display of Beijing’s growing naval might. The US has criticised China’s

In the span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. apparent militarisation of manmade islands and carried out regular air and naval patrols to assert its right to freedom of navigation in stretches of the sea. “This transit in the South China Sea is nothing new in our planning cycle or in a reaction to that. It is

probably by happenstance that all that is happening at the same time,” said Mr Koehler, who gave a tour of the carrier to Philippine military officials and watched flight operations aboard the 100,000-tonne warship. “All of the operations that we

do in and around the South China Sea or any of the bodies of water we operate in, there is a function of international law and that is ultimately what we want to recognise,” he said. China has long objected to US military operations off its coasts,

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even in areas Washington insists are free to international passage. “They [China] certainly have the right to exercise off their coast like we do, nor are they necessarily in charge of our transit cycle, but our deployment’s been planned,” Mr Koehler said. (net)

Beached whale dies despite rescue efforts at Argentina resort

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Hundreds of people turned out to try to help a whale stranded on a beach in Argentina’s Mar del Plata resort.

BUENOS AIRES - A whale that ran aground on a beach in Mar del Plata, Argentina’s biggest seaside resort, has died despite rescue efforts to get it back into the sea. The eight-meter whale, which weighed around six tonnes (6,000 kilos or 13,200 pounds), ran aground on Saturday, prompting both locals and experts to try and save it in this coastal city some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires. But it died on Monday, suffering from “anemia and an infectious condition,” said Adrian Faiela, a

vet at Aquarium, one of Argentina’s main marine parks which is based in the city. Speaking to the official Telam news agency, he said the whale had damaged fins, “which suggests a pre-existing condition before it was beached.” Efforts to rescue it began immediately with experts bringing in a crane equipped with harnesses, and on Monday they tried to tow her into the water but it didn’t work. “I was happy when it moved its tailfins but afterwards we quickly realised these were reflexive mo-

ments just before death,” he said, shortly after the giant mammal died. “It was amazing how many people came to try to help,” local resident Karina Caputo told AFP. “They did their best, both regular people and lifeguards alike, and people from the prefecture also did everything, but in the end ... “ Rodrigo Gonzálvez, head of Mar del Plata’s civil defense unit, said marine experts from the city’s university “would take samples from the animal” and then remove it for disposal. (afp)


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BUSINESS Top BofA analyst is hanging the market’s woes on the Fed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. While conventional wisdom focuses on trade and inflation as sources of market tumult, Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, sees the Fed as the real source. The U.S. central bank has been on a course of policy tightening that began with a rate hike in December 2015 and accelerated in October 2017, when it started reducing the mammoth supply of bonds on its balance sheet. That second phase of the cycle has coincided with the S&P 500 falling about 1.5 percent year to date and twice briefly entering correction territory. “We believe the simple reason that risk assets are struggling in 2018 is the Fed,” Hartnett said in a note for clients. “Investors have been forced to acknowledge a tightening cycle is well underway.” That assertion comes even though the “tightening” has been pretty modest. The Fed targeted a capped balance sheet rolloff of $10 billion a month — $6 billion in Treasurys and $4 billion in in mortgage-backed securities — that will increase quarterly until it hits $50 billion in a year. Since the balance sheet operation started on Oct. 13, 2017, the total holdings have contracted from $4.51 trillion to $4.43 trillion — or just 1.8 percent. Treasurys have

shrunk 2.1 percent to $2.41 trillion, while MBS are down 0.7 percent to $1.75 trillion. While the market indeed has seen multiple peaks and valleys since the balance sheet runoff started, the S&P 500 on net is up 2.4 percent during that time, as of Monday’s open. Still, Hartnett sees an investing shift ahead. Sector winners during the Fed’s aggressive loosening were U.S. stocks, tech, corporate high-yield bonds in the U.S. and Europe and emerging markets. Losers were cash, commodities, government bonds and volatility plays. There will be a slow rotation ahead from the winners to the losers, Hartnett predicts. The pace of that switch will depend on how quickly earnings growth slows, and 2018 is expected to be both a blockbuster year for profits but also perhaps a top that will begin to unwind in 2019. “Peak positioning, peak profits, peak policy stimulus imply peak asset returns, and a trading mantra of sell-the-rip not buy-the-dip,” Hartnett wrote. In addition to the bond rolloff, the Fed also has hiked rates six times since the first one in nine years came in 2015. Markets expect at least two more increases in 2018. Hartnett estimates that global central banks have cut interest rates 712 times and purchased $12.2 trillion of assets since 2009. (afp)

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The globalized system that has transformed the world over the last generation is at risk of being completely dismantled amid aggressive turns toward protectionism, warned International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde during a speech at the Asia Global Institute in Hong Kong Wednesday. “That system of rules and shared responsibility is now in danger of being torn apart,” Lagarde said, referring to the multilateral trade order she said helped bring millions out of poverty. “This would be an inexcusable, collective policy failure.” The director’s sense of urgency stemmed from mounting fears of a trade war, prompted by President Donald Trump’s move to impose steep tariffs on all steel and aluminum imports coming into the U.S., which was swiftly met with retaliation from China and opprobrium from many other trading partners including the EU. Trade tit-for-tat To date, the two major economies have announced hundreds of billions of dollars worth of trade tariffs on each other’s key exports, a tit-for-tat standoff that experts say will only cripple growth and harm jobs. While the measures have yet

to be imposed, markets have been highly sensitive to developments in the trade rhetoric coming from both countries. Economists at the European Central Bank have warned that changes in global tariffs could lead to a contraction in world trade of up to 3 percent and a fall in global growth of up to 1 percent. “Governments need to steer clear of protectionism in all its forms,” Lagarde said. “History shows that import restrictions hurt everyone, especially poorer consumers.” Lagarde did add that countries had a responsibility to improve the trade system by examining their own practices. Trump’s broadside against China was based on claims of intellectual property (IP) theft and other unfair trade practices on the part of the world’s second-largest economy — and the president is not wrong. China is notorious for its IP theft and for what many

foreign investors and U.S. manufacturers lament as restrictive and discriminatory policies. Critical improvements, Lagarde explained, needed to include “better protecting intellectual property and reducing the distortions of policies that favor state enterprises.” Lagarde continued to be optimistic on global growth, describing an ongoing “strong upswing” on the back of positive growth forecasts for most economies. This is the time to engage in reforms, she stressed, as mounting challenges lay ahead. “There is new urgency because uncertainties have significantly increased — from trade tensions, to rising fiscal and financial risks, to more uncertain geopolitics,” she said. The managing director’s comments come ahead of the 2018 Annual Spring Meetings at the IMF from April 20 to 22. (afp)

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Yeh Mekoos, Spiritual Attraction at Soka Village

Once upon a time, try visiting Yeh Mekoos (springs with a loud voice) located at Soka customary village, Penebel, Tabanan. It is very close to Jatiluwih tourist attraction or about 50 km and about 1.5 hours’ drive from Denpasar. This tourist attraction exudes a positive aura, so it is often chosen as a spiritual destination.

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The object is located on the southern side, the edge of paddy field of the village. The landscape is very beautiful, consisting of stretches of rice terraces like Jatiluwih. The air is cool because it is rich with plants, so that exuding a lot of oxygen. This spiritual venue is right under the Soka’s parking lot approximately 50 meters from the village road. Unfortunately, the road to the object has not got any attention, so the terrain is quite difficult and steep. It is called Yeh Mekoos because it has a very loud voice over the sound of another river. Sometimes, the sounds are heard from long distance due to being swift and fast. So, the surrounding people call it Yeh Mekoos. Its large and clear water is not only used to irrigate paddy fields, but is also used to meet the clean water need of the community through the Municipality Waterworks (PDAM) in Tabanan. Yeh Mekoos is taken advantage as a place to melukat (physical and spiritual purificatory rite) by the Hindu community. Apart from the people of Tabanan, they are also often used by people from Badung, Denpasar and Buleleng. Yeh Mekoos is believed to have the quality of curing all kinds of diseases, mainly broken bones.

Therefore, when bathing, people will always put offerings. “Yeh Mekoos is also a beji (place to purify sanctified effigies) for the people of Soka village,” said Ni Nyoman Surini, the owner and operator. Surini admitted that Yeh Mekoos has not become a tourist attraction visited by many guests. So far, visitors are only people wishing to invoke healing that often take a bath or pray at this spring. As the means, people just bring along some offerings in the form of canang sari and pejati to do the purificatory rite. “People that are going to have purificatory rite or invoke a healing are not charged. They just put canang sari with unspecified sincere donation,” she added. On holy days such as kliwon, full moon, new moon and tumpek, Yeh Mekoos is crowded with people. The atmosphere will become more crowded on the piodalan or temple anniversary falling every six months precisely on Sunday (Redite Ukir), the day after Tumpek Landep. “Honestly, I have not seen any foreign tourists doing purificatory rite here. So far, they are only local people that usually come alone or with family and friends,” concluded Surini. (kmb)

Sangging, a Person Officiating in Tooth Filling Ritual

One of the obligatory ceremonies to be implemented by the Hindus in Bali is mapandes or tooth filing ceremony. The ceremony is conducted by a sangging or tooth filer symbolically chiseling the four upper incisors and two canines. Then, it is resumed with filing the teeth by using a saw filer, so that they become flat and neat. Dr.I Made Surada, a lecturer of State Hindu Dharma Institute (IHDN) Denpasar, said that sangging is person who has certain ability in the ceremony, such as making the offerings, bade tower, shrine building, sculpture, painting and others. People having the profession as sangging have already owned the skills. “To become a sangging, people have to go through a pawintenan or initiation rite according to the level of ceremony performed,” he said. A sangging is not only good at making the works, but also able to perform initiation rite (spiritually animate the work). Sangging is not only able to officiate over physically (sekala), but also psychically (niskala). “Sangging has to be able to chant mantra so that a sangging should have undergone a pawintenan at its spiritual teacher,” he said.

Temple priest and high priest usually also serve as sangging. In certain case, the sangging can also be assisted in the process of ceremony. At first, he consecrates the chisel, filer and gem with the meaning that the tooth to be filed will become brilliant. The palm-leaf manuscripts used as reference for this tooth-filing ceremony are the Tatwa Kala, Kala Puja Pati, Semaradahana and Tutur Sanghyang Yama. Lately, there is an official becoming a sangging. It is okay provided that it has undergone the initiation rite for the profession. Otherwise, it can only watch the procession because the ritual must be accompanied with mantra to be chanted. Without mantra, the procession will be the same as filing teeth at beauty salon or dental clinic. “Although the people are not high priests, they can also become a sangging as long as they have taken the initiation rite for the profession first,” he said. It is different from the case of tooth filing for dead people. The sangging will be assigned to its biological mother. This provision is carried in the Proktah palm-leaf manuscript. The tool used to file the teeth is rice knife commonly used in

earlier times. Otherwise, it can be replaced with lotus flower as the rice knife seems to be difficult to find. “Sangging having not undergone the initiation rite is believed to bring in an effect on the next descent,” he explained. He said that Hindu communities in Bali always organizes tooth filing ceremony for their sons and daughters after growing adult. This ceremony aims to control the influence of Shadripu (six enemies) in the children because their desire will give more opportunities to be teased. When this happens, it will infiltrate and have negative impact on their behavior. On that account, they are purified by tooth filing rite whose implementation comes with a set of offerings symbolizing the teeth. In the filing ritual for the six teeth, the ends symbolize Adharma (untruth) that are then filed to make them flat symbolizing dharma. By doing so, dharma remains to control of the life of children having undergone the ritual. Tooth filing is a ritual with the meaning to discover the true nature of human and release from the shackles of darkness or Shadripu effect in humans. Shadripu poses six enemies

arising from the nature of bad deeds in human, namely Kama (lust), Lobha (greed), Krodha (anger), Mada (arrogance), Moha (attachment) and Matsarya (jealousy). People can undergo the tooth filing ceremony when they physically have entered adolescent period. In girls, it can be done after getting the first menstruation and in boys after experiencing voice changes. This ritual is meant to remove impurities in the form of kala, bhuta, pisacas and raksasa in the sense that the

body and soul are overwhelmed by the Shadripu nature so as to find true nature of human. Another objective is also to get reunited with their father and mother having been in sacred realm, to avoid punishment in hell later on imposed by Lord Yama in the form of biting lower end of petung bamboo as stated in the Atma Prasangsa palm-leaf manuscript and parents can meet their obligations to their children so as to be genuine human. (kmb)


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Teachers and supporters continue their walk circling the state Capitol as protests continue over school funding, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Oklahoma City.

‘Momentum is on our side,’ Oklahoma teachers union leader declares with strike in ninth day

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma teachers carried their walkout over school funding and higher pay into a ninth day on Tuesday as the Republican party governor signed school revenue bills that fell short of their demands.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled legislature said it may be difficult to find more money after approving nearly $450 million in new taxes and other revenues since the walkout began on April 2 to help fund pay raises for teachers and boost spending. The strike has closed public schools serving about 500,000 of the state’s 700,000 students. Schools in the state’s largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, were shut on Tuesday and planned to close on Wednesday. A non-partisan poll released on Friday showed 72 percent of voters in Oklahoma, where teacher’s pay is near the bottom among U.S. states, supported the walkout. “Momentum is on our side,” said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, the state’s biggest teachers union. Governor Mary Fallin has already approved legislation that would raise teachers’ wages an average of $6,100, while teachers who packed the state Capitol on Tuesday want a $10,000 raise over three years. Saying that education funding was wrapped up,

Fallin signed a bill aimed at expanding revenues from Native American casinos and one that will raise about $20 million from internet sales taxes, her office said in a statement. Fallin also approved a bill that repealed a hotel tax, a measure that teachers wanted vetoed. A union spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment. Lawmakers also had blocked a union request to approve a bill to remove a capital gains tax exemption that educators said could bring an extra $100 million to state coffers. The Oklahoma strike comes amid a wave of action by teachers in states where budgets have been cut. A West Virginia strike last month ended with a pay raise for teachers. Teachers in Arizona, also seeking higher wages and more funding for education, were expected to protest on Wednesday to build support but not shut schools, local media reports said. Opponents of the tax rises say lawmakers could bolster education spending by cutting bureaucracy and waste rather than raising taxes. The non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Oklahoma’s inflation-adjusted per student funding fell by 28.2 percent between 2008 and 2018, the biggest reduction of any state. (net)

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Options for US military strike on Syria run the gamut, official says DAMASCUS - Options for U.S. retaliation against the Syrian government over an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held neighborhood near Damascus on Saturday run the gamut from light to heavy impact, according to a U.S. official. P r e s i d e n t D o n a l d Tr u m p , France’s President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May held phone conversations Tuesday discussing how the West should act in order to reinforce an international prohibition against chemical warfare. Macron on Tuesday evening said he wants “a strong and joint response” to the attack, saying that France would decide in the coming days alongside the U.S. and Britain. According to the U.S. official, one option being considered is striking at the Assad regime’s command and control headquarters for the Syrian military. Another option is striking at areas where the Assad regime houses its chemical weapons. Meanwhile, leading officials from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have requested access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack that

took place on a Syrian rebelheld neighborhood on Saturday. The request from the OPCW Technical Secretariat to the Syrian government was announced just as Russia was telling the U.N. Security Council it would put two draft resolutions on Syria to a vote on Tuesday, after rejecting a similar proposal from the U.S. following an angry debate at the council Monday. Trump has promised a “forceful” response to the alleged attack. The president discussed possible military action that could be taken during a meeting with military leaders on Monday. Options include limited military strikes, such as the Tomahawk missiles launched from a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Mediterranean targeting a Syrian airstrip almost exactly a year ago after an alleged chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib that killed more than 100 people. “We have a lot of options, militarily,” the president said after the meeting. “And we’ll be letting you know pretty soon -- probably after the fact.” Western leaders are mulling possible responses, including Macron and May. (net)

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Smoke rising after Syrian government airstrikes hit in the town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, Syria, April. 7, 2018.

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Indonesia`s scientific publications overtake Singapore

JAKARTA - Indonesia`s international scientific publications successfully overtook Singapore until April 2018, Research, Technology, and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir remarked here on Wednesday. “Until April 3, 2018, the number of Indonesia`s international scientific publications had reached 5,250, although in 2017, it was still ranked below Singapore,” Nasir noted. According to the minister, a count will be taken of the total number of scientific publications by the end of the year. In the previous year, Indonesia overtook Thailand in terms of the number of scientific publications, the first time in two decades. Meanwhile, of all scientific publications indexed in Scopus, Indonesia contributed 5,125; Singapore, 4,948; and Malaysia, totaling 5,999. “This year, we are targeting to

continue to increase the number of international publications in Indonesia,” the minister emphasized. He pointed out that the increase in the number of scientific publications could not be separated from the role of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Ministry`s Regulation No. 20 of 2017 on Lecturers` Professional Allowance and Professors` Honorary Allowance. The regulation necessitates professors to publish international scientific papers. If there is no scientific publication, there will be a temporary suspension of honorary benefits. In future, Nasir is optimistic that scientific publications would increase in addition to the number of citations. “The problem is that the number of publications is increasing, but the citations are less. Furthermore, we expect the number of publications and citations to increase,” he stated. (ant)

NUSA DUA - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi said that Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) proves Indonesia`s commitment to improve cooperation with the African countries. “For more than a year we have been working hard to prepare this forum. It shows Indonesia`s commitment to strengthen its love and cooperation with Africa,” the minister stated at the opening of the IAF at the Nusa Dua Bali Convention Center on Tuesday. Indonesia is eager to hold cooperation with the spirit of equality, care, and collaboration, which is sustainable and mutually beneficial. “You may be wondering why Indonesia initiated the IAF; the immediate answer is that Indonesia loves Africa. Our love for Africa is not only reflected in words but also in deeds,” Marsudi noted. She stressed that Indonesia wants to play a role and be a part of development in African countries, by studying the vision of Africa 2063 and monitoring the progress of the African Free-Trade Continent. The first day of IAF will consist of some panel of discussions between Indonesia and African countries on policy making and perspectives on strategic topics such as economic diplomacy, infrastructure development, financing facility initiatives, digital transformation, and strategic industries. On the second day (April 11), an

Indonesia-Africa Business Forum will be held to discuss important topics such as connectivity, digital economy, agriculture, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), SouthSouth and Triangular Cooperation, as well as the future of Indonesia-Africa economic relations. Throughout the forum, ministers, high-level officials, CEOs, bankers, and leaders of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Indonesia and African countries will discuss and exchange ideas. “I am glad that a number of Indonesian state-owned companies have participated in this forum, including Pertamina, PT INKA, PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT PAL, PT TIMAH, and many others,” Marsudi remarked. The foreign minister also welcomes the CEOs and business representatives from Africa, including Ethiopian Airlines, Topwide Ventures Limited, Africa Export-Import Bank, and Amirco Commercial Service. IAF is an event held for the first time by the Indonesian government as a platform to encourage concrete economic cooperation between Indonesia and African countries. IAF is in line with President Joko Widodo`s encouragement for Indonesia to enter non-traditional markets, especially Africa. The Indonesian government seeks to convert the proximity of Indonesia`s political relations with African countries to the proximity of economic relations. (ant)

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Communication ministry sends second warning letter to Facebook

JAKARTA - The Ministry of Communication and Informatics have sent a second written warning to Facebook on Tuesday over the misuse of personal data by a third party.

The letter, signed by Director General of Informatics Application Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, contained another warning to Facebook Indonesia to provide confirmation and explanation with regard to the issue of misuse of personal information by third party applications using Facebook`s platform. In a statement received Wednesday, the ministry has called on Facebook to give assurance on the protection of personal information in accordance with Regulation of Minister of Communication and Informatics No. 20 of 2016 on the Protection of Personal Information in Electronic Systems. Facebook, as an electronic system organizer, is obligated to meet the standards outlined in the regulation on the protection of personal information. With regard to applications or features developed by third parties, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics has called on Facebook to immediately provide the results of an audit of applications and features, developed by its partners. Written reports of the audit results are needed to evaluate potential problems arising from applications

and features developed by partners of Facebook, including the use of personal data taken by its partners. The ministry found additional company information that allegedly resembled Cambridge Analytica, such as CubeYou and AgregateIQ. Applications in the form of quizzes and personality tests were potentially used for abuse of personal data of Facebook users. To this end, the ministry has urged Facebook to close the application and/or quiz feature for personality tests to prevent potential abuse of personal data of its users in Indonesia. The Ministry of Communications and Informatics had earlier issued the first warning letter on Apr 5, which prompted Facebook to guarantee the protection of personal data, provide the results of the application audit plan and features developed by partners, and close the application or quiz feature associated with Cambrigde Anaytica Case. In response, the government has received two official letters from Facebook via three mails, but the Ministry of Communications and Informatics assessed that the explanation furnished was still inadequate and has yet to include data sought by the Indonesian government. Consequently, the steps and stages of compliance with legislation and regulations are carried out in protecting the rights of the people. (ant)

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Bottas (left) came off second best to Vettel (right).

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NEST at Bask Gili Meno

THIS new underwater sculpture park is currently in the planning stage, and is slated to open in 2019, right off the shore of Gili Meno. It will be one of the highlights of BASK Gili Meno, and will offer you a hauntingly beautiful place to dive, with 48 life-size sculptures of human figures in various poses. The sculptures are the works of Jason deCaires Taylor, whose underwater sculptures can be found in various dive sites around the world, including the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and even in the Thames, back in his home country of Great Britain. Depicting a circle of 48 life-size figures, standing together and curled up on the ground, the piece is expected

to become covered in coral, making it a destination for divers to explore off the coast of the small island of Gili Meno between Bali and Lombok. The piece was created by Jason deCaires Taylor, a well-known underwater sculptor. His sculptures are found in places like the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and even in the Thames in his home country of Britain. The man-made reef has been placed in shallow water off a beach in Indonesia – and within swimming distance from a soon-tobe-completed beach club at BASK Gili Meno. BASK is a luxury resort that will be completed in 2019, which will have 87 villas. The island, which has a permanent population of just 500 people,

is known for its turtle population and its ecosystem. With its delicate environment, the sculpture is made from a pH neutral, environmentalgrade concrete and based on casts of real people. It is set up to become a home for corals, and according to a statement, within a year the ocean will turn it into a reef and will continue to grow over time. “First and foremost Nest is an environmental space. The figures are arranged in a circular formation as an echo of the circle of life, and they will soon teem with life. Soft corals and sponges should flourish quickly paving the way for delicate hard corals and a fully established reef”, said deCaires Taylor in a statement. (net)

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BAHRAIN - Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas will be heading to the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend with contrasting emotions after their intense battle for victory in Bahrain on Sunday. Vettel produced a masterclass in race management and composure in his Ferrari to take his second win in succession this season, eking out his soft tyres for 39 laps. Mercedes’ Bottas, meanwhile, admitted he ended the race “disappointed” not to have snatched victory from Vettel. And I suspect he will head to China for the race this weekend thinking it was a race that was his for the taking. Bahrain was an incredibly tense, nervy race between two teams and ultimately two drivers - which came right down to the wire on the last lap as Vettel just fended off Bottas’ attack to win.

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Did Bottas bottle it? I’ve been in situations like Bottas was in. In my case, it might not have been for a grand prix victory, but in any situation where a chance presents itself and you don’t take it, as a racing driver you can’t help but think of the missed opportunity. You relive the moment - in Bottas’ case the first corner of the last lap - and think, ‘What if I’d have dived down the inside?’ On balance, the Finn had a great

weekend in Bahrain. He outpaced team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying, which is no mean feat, and did a strong race to hunt down Vettel, managing his pace and tyres well throughout. Bottas is an extremely good driver, as I also mentioned in my column after the Australian Grand Prix. But I wonder if he lacks a killer instinct in wheel-to-wheel racecraft. If Vettel had been defending from Hamilton on the last lap - and certainly if he had been defending against either of the two Red Bulls - I’m sure he would have faced some sort of attack down the inside. Daniel Ricciardo has shown time and again that he is willing to lunge up the inside of anybody, none more notable than against Bottas in the US Grand Prix last year. In that race, Ricciardo threw the car down the inside from an unfathomable distance. At the first attempt, the Australian ran off the track and Bottas re-passed, but next time Ricciardo made it stick. Bottas had the chance to do the same to Vettel in Bahrain. Why Bottas should have gone for it I’m not a fan of big run-off areas

on these modern circuits, but one of the benefits is if you go into a corner too hot you can just run wide and return to the track. In many cases this is frustrating to watch as a fan, and the drivers also prefer the challenge of having gravel or barriers closer, where mistakes get punished. But if Bottas had committed down the inside he either would have emerged from Turn One with the lead and the win, or he would have gone in too deep and ended up having Vettel slide back underneath him and ultimately finished second. At least that way he would know he had given it a go. The only way such a move would end in tears is if he was halfhearted and stuck just a nose down the inside. That’s where collisions so often happen. Note how few times Ricciardo actually makes contact with another driver, despite his amazing overtaking bravado. He commits so heavily to his moves that they either come off, or he overshoots the corner too much and loses the place again. There’s so rarely a half-hearted attempt from him, and I’d say he’s the true master of the art. (net)

CALIFORNIA - If the latest rumors about the buzzed-about rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are to be believed, then the two most famous fighters in the world are poised to meet up in the Octagon. But the fight won’t look like anything you’re used to seeing in an eight-sided cage. According to Omar Al Raisi, editor of Dubai-based The Sports Journal, the fighters have agreed to a bout with a strict set of rules that ban kicks, take downs, knees and elbows. In another tweet, Al Raisi wrote that the fight will be copromoted by Mayweather Promotions, UFC and McGregor Entertainment. After Al Raisi’s report, former heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis seemed to confirm it. In another tweet, Al Raisi wrote that the fight will be copromoted by Mayweather Promotions, UFC and McGregor Entertainment. After Al Raisi’s report, former heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis seemed to confirm it. A separate report from CrisCyborg.com says that the UFC was set to announce McGregor’s return to the cage in Brooklyn last weekend. Then he went on a rampage and created a mountain of trouble for himself. So the rematch between Mayweather and McGregor may be on hold while McGregor’s legal situation is finalized. According to New York sentencing guidelines, he could face up to 11 years in prison for his two felony charges, but that seems unlikely. As Mayweather waits for his rival’s legal troubles to disappear, he’s just got to worry about staying alive. Early Monday morning, one of the boxer’s bodyguards was shot outside of a ritzy hotel in suburban Atlanta, and police say it was no accident. “We believe that [the shooter] was familiar with the group of vehicles that he targeted,” Atlanta Police Department spokesman D.T. Hannah said in a press conference. “The specific person [targeted] in that entourage or in that group of vehicles, we haven’t been able to determine.” (net)

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The fighters have agreed to a bout with a strict set of rules that ban kicks, take downs, knees and elbows.


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Sp rt Barcelona miracle will go down in Roman history

ROME - On an emotional night at the Stadio Olimpico, the Giallorossi’s coach, players and supporters combined to completely overwhelm Lionel Messi & Co. “Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected.” - ‘La Dolce Vita’ Nothing about modern-day Rome could be considered calculated or perfected. It is a sprawling, chaotic city in which it is a chore to get anything done. James Pallotta knows this better than most. The Roma president has been left bitterly frustrated by years trying to construct a new stadium for his club. The American has also

come under fire from some of the Giallorossi’s ultras due his compliance with the city prefect’s decision to divide the Curva Sud, while there has also been criticism over the continued sale of the club’s best players in order to meet Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. Late on Tuesday night, though, Pallotta was cheered on by hundreds of ecstatic fans as he emulated the protagonists from the Fellini classic ‘La Dolce Vita’ by taking a dip in a Roman fountain. It was the only possible response to what had unfolded just a couple of hours before at the Stadio Olimpico, where they had all been bound together in disbelief. Palotta had been one of 80,000 souls to have witnessed a miracle. Roma had beaten Barcelona 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the

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Danielle de Rossi and his teammate celebrate AS Roma victory against Barcelona

Champions League on away goals. Every single person inside the sold-out Stadio Olimpico was in state of shock. Roma defender Kostas Manolas could barely stand up. His head was spinning. He needed to sit down. He found a seat on the bench and tried to take a minute to make sense of what was happening around him. Thousands of fans were crying with joy. This was the greatest European night in Roma’s history. This was beyond belief. Particularly for Manolas. Six days previously he had put through his own net as Roma lost 4-1 at Camp Nou. Tonight, he had scored the decisive goal. He was overwhelmed with emotion. The tears began to flow. The Greek defender wanted no individual credit for his role in Roma’s remarkable comeback, though. This had been a collective effort, he insisted. “We have our crowd behind us, nobody can beat us,” he told Mediaset Premium immediately after full-time. “We need these fans to give us a push. If they always flock here in these numbers, Roma can become one of the best teams in Italy.” After Tuesday night, nobody would dispute such a claim. The supporters were still there, still singing, some 35 minutes after the full-time whistle. They were right to fully savour their moment of glory. Never before had Roma reached the last four of the Champions League and the fans played a pivotal part. Roma had been written off after the first-leg loss in Catalunya. The Gazzetta dello Sport had concluded, “Let’s not even talk about a ‘comeback’.” The fans believed, though, and they convinced club captain Daniele De Rossi that they could do the seemingly impossible. “I was almost moved to tears seeing the fans before the game,” the midfielder confessed, “and I told my teammates, ‘If they believe, we must do the same. “The very worst that could happen was not qualifying, the very worst. But the best...” Well, that was “something unthinkable”, as coach Eusebio Di Francesco had put it. He openly admitted that Roma needed “a miracle” to beat a side that remains undefeated in La Liga – but he produced one. Roma’s players had had their confidence rocked by Saturday’s 2-0 loss at home to Fiorentina but Di Francesco set about reminding him that last week’s 4-1 scoreline at Camp Nou had flattered the hosts. They had, in truth, beaten themselves, gifting their hosts three goals, while the referee had also denied them two clear penalties. “The first leg showed us Barcelona had a lot of quality, but not as much as a few years ago,” De Rossi acknowledged. However, in order to overcome this offensively weaker but defensively stronger Barcelona, they would need an aggressive game plan. De Francesco took care of that. Just two days before the return leg, the former Sassuolo coach

informed his players that they would be playing a completely untried and untested 3-4-1-2 formation, with Radja Nainggolan playing in behind Patrik Schick and Edin Dzeko. “All credit to the coach,” De Rossi enthused, “because he invented this formation two days ago, drilled it into our heads and it worked wonders.” He wasn’t wrong. Barca conceded as many goals in 90 minutes as they had in their seven previous outings in this season’s Champions League. Dzeko had led from the front, and right from the start, converting a stunning ball over the top from De Rossi after just three minutes of play, before winning the penalty from which his skipper doubled the hosts’ advantage. It was a personal triumph for the Bosnian, who had been offered a massive pay rise to move to Chelsea in January. He declined, though, because he wanted to play in the Champions League, having never before made it as far as the last eight. “Money doesn’t matter,” he beamed afterwards. And it didn’t at the Olimpico, as Roma bettered - or rather battered - a Blaugrana squad put together at a cost of €725m, almost three times the worth of the Roma panel. The Giallrossi swept Barca away with a tide of emotion. “We wanted it more,” Nainggolan claimed. The Belgian pointed out that Roma’s players and fans have long been dismissed as “losers”; it has only made them more united, more determined to prove everyone wrong. They did just that against Lionel Messi & Co., hassling and harrying them into submission. “If Barcelona don’t get to play the ball to feet and pass it around comfortably, they really struggle,” Alessandro Florenzi stated. Dzeko added: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Barcelona put in such difficulty.” However, they hadn’t just shown the greater desire, though, they had shown the greater quality. They had 17 shots on the Barca goal. Pallotta was right when he said that they had “dominated” the runaway Primera Division leaders. They were also rock solid at the back. Manolas, Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus were all immense, completely nullifying the threat posed by Barcelona’s front two, Luis Suarez and Messi. “To be honest, we never really felt it was at risk tonight, as Barcelona did nothing to cause us problems,” Florenzi claimed. “We put in the perfect performance. Tactically, we were a step above them.” Every single player had played their part in Roma’s win, including the substitutes, with Stephan El Shaarawy and Cengiz Under both using their pace and trickery to excellent effect in the closing 15 minutes. This had been a team effort, so it came as no surprise to see Di Francesco was waiting at the door with a hearty hug as each and every member of playing and coaching staff returned to the dressing room to begin the celebrations. (afp)

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Warriors Liverpool can win Champions League after overcoming City siege

It looked for a while like it could be a night of pain and suffering for Liverpool supporters. Boy, were they put through the wringer. The Etihad must have felt like a torture chamber at times as the Manchester City ‘thunderstorm’ swept over Jurgen Klopp’s men. But, when there’s an Egyptian King stood there, arms outstretched in front of the away end, the fear and the panic and the chewed fingernails don’t seem all that bad. Related Yes, Liverpool are into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in a decade, their love affair with this competition is well and truly back. And, having survived this, they’ll fear nothing. Not Real Madrid nor Bayern Munich, should they confirm their spots in Friday’s draw as expected, and certainly not Roma, who provided the real shock of the night in beating Barcelona . Mo Salah’s night will have been made complete by the incredible

news out of Italy. Is a reunion with his former club on the cards, perhaps? Once more, it was Salah who provided the decisive moment at a time when Liverpool needed him most. They had been stretched to breaking point during a first half in which City had thrown everything their way. They lived on their nerves, played poorly generally, and were indebted to the officials - and the woodwork - on at least one occasion. It was petrifying to watch at times. But City, who were brilliant in the first 45 minutes, had only Gabriel Jesus’ second-minute goal to show for their dominance. And here’s the rub, the bulk of the work in this tie was done in the first leg. Liverpool’s 3-0 advantage meant that an away goal here would change the world. And, 11 minutes into the second half, Salah provided it. His 39th of the season was the sweetest of all . It was like taking a pin to a balloon. Game over, tie over. Party time in the away end. Allez, Allez, Allez! Roberto Firmino rubbed salt into

City wounds 13 minutes from time with a finish of unerring quality. Win the tie? Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t even win on the night. They had a go, but by the time the final whistle came, it felt like an act of mercy. The manager finished the game in the stands, sent off at half-time for protesting at referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz . In the end, all the home fans had was their anger. And their plastic flags. They were streaming out long before the end. As for Jurgen Klopp, he could reflect on a performance of heart, character and, when it mattered, composure too. They may have been timid to begin with, but they puffed their chests out after the break. There were big performances all over. Dejan Lovren, in particular, was immense, a tower of strength at a time when his side needed exactly that. Alongside him, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent AlexanderArnold recovered from difficult starts, while Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner

‘Time to retire’ Messi’s wife trolled after Barca’s shock loss LIONEL Messi’s wife was targeted online with cheeky comments after Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League. Barca’s passage into the semifinals looked assured after they won the first leg 4-1. But last night they gave their worst performance this season at the Olympic Stadium and lost 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League quarter final second leg. Barca went out to goals by Edin Dzeko, a Daniele De Rossi penalty and a Kostas Manolas header. Messi played the whole match but was powerless to prevent the defeat. His wife Antonella Roccuzzo, who married Messi last summer, was targeted by trolls in the aftermath of the result. The 31-year-old model, who has three children with Messi, had posted a cute pic of her and her new son Ciro on Instagram. One said: “Worst Messi match. It’s time to retire!” While another added: “Messi is finished. He should retire from football.” One posted a very tongue in cheek comment: “How is your husband?” The defeat saw Barca knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for the third season in a row and derailed their hopes of winning the treble. Midfielder Sergio Busquets said: ““It’s a very tough night, a sad night and one to forget, we need to apologise to the fans for how we have fallen. “This is the toughest blow I’ve received in the

whole time I’ve been at Barca because of how it happened.” Five-times European champions Barcelona were also beaten 3-0 at the quarter-final stage last season at Juventus. “I would be lying if I said we could use this as a learning experience because last year we went out in a similar way,” added Busquets. “Our results in Europe in the last two years have been very bad, we have to change things if we want to win the Champions League again.” (afp)

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and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be proud of themselves. City asked question after question - their first-half performance was a masterclass - but by the end their will had gone. It is either a brave or a foolish man who writes off Liverpool in Europe. OK, it can seem cliched at times, and fans of rival clubs rarely appreciate the sentiment, but the sight of the cup with big ears really does bring out the best in this club. Call them premature, call them naïve, call them what you want, but Reds fans will be checking out Kiev flights and hotels after this. Who could blame them?

mohamed salah

Klopp had described City as “the best team in the world” ahead of this game, but Liverpool have now beaten them three times this season, and deservedly so. Do you think they’re worried about anyone else? Do you think Robert Lewandowski or Edin Dzeko scares them? Do you think Anfield will bow down to Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale? No chance! “European Royalty”, read the flag in the away end, and they’re ready to take their seat at the top table again. This was some night, some performance, some result. (net)

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sp rt Barcelona miracle will go down in Roman history

ROME - On an emotional night at the Stadio Olimpico, the Giallorossi’s coach, players and supporters combined to completely overwhelm Lionel Messi & Co. “Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected.” - ‘La Dolce Vita’ Nothing about modern-day Rome could be considered calculated or perfected. It is a sprawling, chaotic city in which it is a chore to get anything done. James Pallotta knows this better than most. The Roma president has been left bitterly frustrated by years trying to construct a new stadium for his club. The American has also

come under fire from some of the Giallorossi’s ultras due his compliance with the city prefect’s decision to divide the Curva Sud, while there has also been criticism over the continued sale of the club’s best players in order to meet Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. Late on Tuesday night, though, Pallotta was cheered on by hundreds of ecstatic fans as he emulated the protagonists from the Fellini classic ‘La Dolce Vita’ by taking a dip in a Roman fountain. It was the only possible response to what had unfolded just a couple of hours before at the Stadio Olimpico, where they had all been bound together in disbelief. Palotta had been one of 80,000 souls to have witnessed a miracle. Roma had beaten Barcelona 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the

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Danielle de Rossi and his teammate celebrate AS Roma victory against Barcelona

Champions League on away goals. Every single person inside the sold-out Stadio Olimpico was in state of shock. Roma defender Kostas Manolas could barely stand up. His head was spinning. He needed to sit down. He found a seat on the bench and tried to take a minute to make sense of what was happening around him. Thousands of fans were crying with joy. This was the greatest European night in Roma’s history. This was beyond belief. Particularly for Manolas. Six days previously he had put through his own net as Roma lost 4-1 at Camp Nou. Tonight, he had scored the decisive goal. He was overwhelmed with emotion. The tears began to flow. The Greek defender wanted no individual credit for his role in Roma’s remarkable comeback, though. This had been a collective effort, he insisted. “We have our crowd behind us, nobody can beat us,” he told Mediaset Premium immediately after full-time. “We need these fans to give us a push. If they always flock here in these numbers, Roma can become one of the best teams in Italy.” After Tuesday night, nobody would dispute such a claim. The supporters were still there, still singing, some 35 minutes after the full-time whistle. They were right to fully savour their moment of glory. Never before had Roma reached the last four of the Champions League and the fans played a pivotal part. Roma had been written off after the first-leg loss in Catalunya. The Gazzetta dello Sport had concluded, “Let’s not even talk about a ‘comeback’.” The fans believed, though, and they convinced club captain Daniele De Rossi that they could do the seemingly impossible. “I was almost moved to tears seeing the fans before the game,” the midfielder confessed, “and I told my teammates, ‘If they believe, we must do the same. “The very worst that could happen was not qualifying, the very worst. But the best...” Well, that was “something unthinkable”, as coach Eusebio Di Francesco had put it. He openly admitted that Roma needed “a miracle” to beat a side that remains undefeated in La Liga – but he produced one. Roma’s players had had their confidence rocked by Saturday’s 2-0 loss at home to Fiorentina but Di Francesco set about reminding him that last week’s 4-1 scoreline at Camp Nou had flattered the hosts. They had, in truth, beaten themselves, gifting their hosts three goals, while the referee had also denied them two clear penalties. “The first leg showed us Barcelona had a lot of quality, but not as much as a few years ago,” De Rossi acknowledged. However, in order to overcome this offensively weaker but defensively stronger Barcelona, they would need an aggressive game plan. De Francesco took care of that. Just two days before the return leg, the former Sassuolo coach

informed his players that they would be playing a completely untried and untested 3-4-1-2 formation, with Radja Nainggolan playing in behind Patrik Schick and Edin Dzeko. “All credit to the coach,” De Rossi enthused, “because he invented this formation two days ago, drilled it into our heads and it worked wonders.” He wasn’t wrong. Barca conceded as many goals in 90 minutes as they had in their seven previous outings in this season’s Champions League. Dzeko had led from the front, and right from the start, converting a stunning ball over the top from De Rossi after just three minutes of play, before winning the penalty from which his skipper doubled the hosts’ advantage. It was a personal triumph for the Bosnian, who had been offered a massive pay rise to move to Chelsea in January. He declined, though, because he wanted to play in the Champions League, having never before made it as far as the last eight. “Money doesn’t matter,” he beamed afterwards. And it didn’t at the Olimpico, as Roma bettered - or rather battered - a Blaugrana squad put together at a cost of €725m, almost three times the worth of the Roma panel. The Giallrossi swept Barca away with a tide of emotion. “We wanted it more,” Nainggolan claimed. The Belgian pointed out that Roma’s players and fans have long been dismissed as “losers”; it has only made them more united, more determined to prove everyone wrong. They did just that against Lionel Messi & Co., hassling and harrying them into submission. “If Barcelona don’t get to play the ball to feet and pass it around comfortably, they really struggle,” Alessandro Florenzi stated. Dzeko added: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Barcelona put in such difficulty.” However, they hadn’t just shown the greater desire, though, they had shown the greater quality. They had 17 shots on the Barca goal. Pallotta was right when he said that they had “dominated” the runaway Primera Division leaders. They were also rock solid at the back. Manolas, Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus were all immense, completely nullifying the threat posed by Barcelona’s front two, Luis Suarez and Messi. “To be honest, we never really felt it was at risk tonight, as Barcelona did nothing to cause us problems,” Florenzi claimed. “We put in the perfect performance. Tactically, we were a step above them.” Every single player had played their part in Roma’s win, including the substitutes, with Stephan El Shaarawy and Cengiz Under both using their pace and trickery to excellent effect in the closing 15 minutes. This had been a team effort, so it came as no surprise to see Di Francesco was waiting at the door with a hearty hug as each and every member of playing and coaching staff returned to the dressing room to begin the celebrations. (afp)

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Warriors Liverpool can win Champions League after overcoming City siege

It looked for a while like it could be a night of pain and suffering for Liverpool supporters. Boy, were they put through the wringer. The Etihad must have felt like a torture chamber at times as the Manchester City ‘thunderstorm’ swept over Jurgen Klopp’s men. But, when there’s an Egyptian King stood there, arms outstretched in front of the away end, the fear and the panic and the chewed fingernails don’t seem all that bad. Related Yes, Liverpool are into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in a decade, their love affair with this competition is well and truly back. And, having survived this, they’ll fear nothing. Not Real Madrid nor Bayern Munich, should they confirm their spots in Friday’s draw as expected, and certainly not Roma, who provided the real shock of the night in beating Barcelona . Mo Salah’s night will have been made complete by the incredible

news out of Italy. Is a reunion with his former club on the cards, perhaps? Once more, it was Salah who provided the decisive moment at a time when Liverpool needed him most. They had been stretched to breaking point during a first half in which City had thrown everything their way. They lived on their nerves, played poorly generally, and were indebted to the officials - and the woodwork - on at least one occasion. It was petrifying to watch at times. But City, who were brilliant in the first 45 minutes, had only Gabriel Jesus’ second-minute goal to show for their dominance. And here’s the rub, the bulk of the work in this tie was done in the first leg. Liverpool’s 3-0 advantage meant that an away goal here would change the world. And, 11 minutes into the second half, Salah provided it. His 39th of the season was the sweetest of all . It was like taking a pin to a balloon. Game over, tie over. Party time in the away end. Allez, Allez, Allez! Roberto Firmino rubbed salt into

City wounds 13 minutes from time with a finish of unerring quality. Win the tie? Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t even win on the night. They had a go, but by the time the final whistle came, it felt like an act of mercy. The manager finished the game in the stands, sent off at half-time for protesting at referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz . In the end, all the home fans had was their anger. And their plastic flags. They were streaming out long before the end. As for Jurgen Klopp, he could reflect on a performance of heart, character and, when it mattered, composure too. They may have been timid to begin with, but they puffed their chests out after the break. There were big performances all over. Dejan Lovren, in particular, was immense, a tower of strength at a time when his side needed exactly that. Alongside him, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent AlexanderArnold recovered from difficult starts, while Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner

‘Time to retire’ Messi’s wife trolled after Barca’s shock loss LIONEL Messi’s wife was targeted online with cheeky comments after Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League. Barca’s passage into the semifinals looked assured after they won the first leg 4-1. But last night they gave their worst performance this season at the Olympic Stadium and lost 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League quarter final second leg. Barca went out to goals by Edin Dzeko, a Daniele De Rossi penalty and a Kostas Manolas header. Messi played the whole match but was powerless to prevent the defeat. His wife Antonella Roccuzzo, who married Messi last summer, was targeted by trolls in the aftermath of the result. The 31-year-old model, who has three children with Messi, had posted a cute pic of her and her new son Ciro on Instagram. One said: “Worst Messi match. It’s time to retire!” While another added: “Messi is finished. He should retire from football.” One posted a very tongue in cheek comment: “How is your husband?” The defeat saw Barca knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for the third season in a row and derailed their hopes of winning the treble. Midfielder Sergio Busquets said: ““It’s a very tough night, a sad night and one to forget, we need to apologise to the fans for how we have fallen. “This is the toughest blow I’ve received in the

whole time I’ve been at Barca because of how it happened.” Five-times European champions Barcelona were also beaten 3-0 at the quarter-final stage last season at Juventus. “I would be lying if I said we could use this as a learning experience because last year we went out in a similar way,” added Busquets. “Our results in Europe in the last two years have been very bad, we have to change things if we want to win the Champions League again.” (afp)

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and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be proud of themselves. City asked question after question - their first-half performance was a masterclass - but by the end their will had gone. It is either a brave or a foolish man who writes off Liverpool in Europe. OK, it can seem cliched at times, and fans of rival clubs rarely appreciate the sentiment, but the sight of the cup with big ears really does bring out the best in this club. Call them premature, call them naïve, call them what you want, but Reds fans will be checking out Kiev flights and hotels after this. Who could blame them?

mohamed salah

Klopp had described City as “the best team in the world” ahead of this game, but Liverpool have now beaten them three times this season, and deservedly so. Do you think they’re worried about anyone else? Do you think Robert Lewandowski or Edin Dzeko scares them? Do you think Anfield will bow down to Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale? No chance! “European Royalty”, read the flag in the away end, and they’re ready to take their seat at the top table again. This was some night, some performance, some result. (net)

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International

Thursday, April 12, 2018

International

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Bottas (left) came off second best to Vettel (right).

Jolyon Palmer: Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas have contrasting emotions

NEST at Bask Gili Meno

THIS new underwater sculpture park is currently in the planning stage, and is slated to open in 2019, right off the shore of Gili Meno. It will be one of the highlights of BASK Gili Meno, and will offer you a hauntingly beautiful place to dive, with 48 life-size sculptures of human figures in various poses. The sculptures are the works of Jason deCaires Taylor, whose underwater sculptures can be found in various dive sites around the world, including the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and even in the Thames, back in his home country of Great Britain. Depicting a circle of 48 life-size figures, standing together and curled up on the ground, the piece is expected

to become covered in coral, making it a destination for divers to explore off the coast of the small island of Gili Meno between Bali and Lombok. The piece was created by Jason deCaires Taylor, a well-known underwater sculptor. His sculptures are found in places like the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and even in the Thames in his home country of Britain. The man-made reef has been placed in shallow water off a beach in Indonesia – and within swimming distance from a soon-tobe-completed beach club at BASK Gili Meno. BASK is a luxury resort that will be completed in 2019, which will have 87 villas. The island, which has a permanent population of just 500 people,

is known for its turtle population and its ecosystem. With its delicate environment, the sculpture is made from a pH neutral, environmentalgrade concrete and based on casts of real people. It is set up to become a home for corals, and according to a statement, within a year the ocean will turn it into a reef and will continue to grow over time. “First and foremost Nest is an environmental space. The figures are arranged in a circular formation as an echo of the circle of life, and they will soon teem with life. Soft corals and sponges should flourish quickly paving the way for delicate hard corals and a fully established reef”, said deCaires Taylor in a statement. (net)

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BAHRAIN - Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas will be heading to the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend with contrasting emotions after their intense battle for victory in Bahrain on Sunday. Vettel produced a masterclass in race management and composure in his Ferrari to take his second win in succession this season, eking out his soft tyres for 39 laps. Mercedes’ Bottas, meanwhile, admitted he ended the race “disappointed” not to have snatched victory from Vettel. And I suspect he will head to China for the race this weekend thinking it was a race that was his for the taking. Bahrain was an incredibly tense, nervy race between two teams and ultimately two drivers - which came right down to the wire on the last lap as Vettel just fended off Bottas’ attack to win.

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Did Bottas bottle it? I’ve been in situations like Bottas was in. In my case, it might not have been for a grand prix victory, but in any situation where a chance presents itself and you don’t take it, as a racing driver you can’t help but think of the missed opportunity. You relive the moment - in Bottas’ case the first corner of the last lap - and think, ‘What if I’d have dived down the inside?’ On balance, the Finn had a great

weekend in Bahrain. He outpaced team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying, which is no mean feat, and did a strong race to hunt down Vettel, managing his pace and tyres well throughout. Bottas is an extremely good driver, as I also mentioned in my column after the Australian Grand Prix. But I wonder if he lacks a killer instinct in wheel-to-wheel racecraft. If Vettel had been defending from Hamilton on the last lap - and certainly if he had been defending against either of the two Red Bulls - I’m sure he would have faced some sort of attack down the inside. Daniel Ricciardo has shown time and again that he is willing to lunge up the inside of anybody, none more notable than against Bottas in the US Grand Prix last year. In that race, Ricciardo threw the car down the inside from an unfathomable distance. At the first attempt, the Australian ran off the track and Bottas re-passed, but next time Ricciardo made it stick. Bottas had the chance to do the same to Vettel in Bahrain. Why Bottas should have gone for it I’m not a fan of big run-off areas

on these modern circuits, but one of the benefits is if you go into a corner too hot you can just run wide and return to the track. In many cases this is frustrating to watch as a fan, and the drivers also prefer the challenge of having gravel or barriers closer, where mistakes get punished. But if Bottas had committed down the inside he either would have emerged from Turn One with the lead and the win, or he would have gone in too deep and ended up having Vettel slide back underneath him and ultimately finished second. At least that way he would know he had given it a go. The only way such a move would end in tears is if he was halfhearted and stuck just a nose down the inside. That’s where collisions so often happen. Note how few times Ricciardo actually makes contact with another driver, despite his amazing overtaking bravado. He commits so heavily to his moves that they either come off, or he overshoots the corner too much and loses the place again. There’s so rarely a half-hearted attempt from him, and I’d say he’s the true master of the art. (net)

CALIFORNIA - If the latest rumors about the buzzed-about rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are to be believed, then the two most famous fighters in the world are poised to meet up in the Octagon. But the fight won’t look like anything you’re used to seeing in an eight-sided cage. According to Omar Al Raisi, editor of Dubai-based The Sports Journal, the fighters have agreed to a bout with a strict set of rules that ban kicks, take downs, knees and elbows. In another tweet, Al Raisi wrote that the fight will be copromoted by Mayweather Promotions, UFC and McGregor Entertainment. After Al Raisi’s report, former heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis seemed to confirm it. In another tweet, Al Raisi wrote that the fight will be copromoted by Mayweather Promotions, UFC and McGregor Entertainment. After Al Raisi’s report, former heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis seemed to confirm it. A separate report from CrisCyborg.com says that the UFC was set to announce McGregor’s return to the cage in Brooklyn last weekend. Then he went on a rampage and created a mountain of trouble for himself. So the rematch between Mayweather and McGregor may be on hold while McGregor’s legal situation is finalized. According to New York sentencing guidelines, he could face up to 11 years in prison for his two felony charges, but that seems unlikely. As Mayweather waits for his rival’s legal troubles to disappear, he’s just got to worry about staying alive. Early Monday morning, one of the boxer’s bodyguards was shot outside of a ritzy hotel in suburban Atlanta, and police say it was no accident. “We believe that [the shooter] was familiar with the group of vehicles that he targeted,” Atlanta Police Department spokesman D.T. Hannah said in a press conference. “The specific person [targeted] in that entourage or in that group of vehicles, we haven’t been able to determine.” (net)

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Teachers and supporters continue their walk circling the state Capitol as protests continue over school funding, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Oklahoma City.

‘Momentum is on our side,’ Oklahoma teachers union leader declares with strike in ninth day

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma teachers carried their walkout over school funding and higher pay into a ninth day on Tuesday as the Republican party governor signed school revenue bills that fell short of their demands.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled legislature said it may be difficult to find more money after approving nearly $450 million in new taxes and other revenues since the walkout began on April 2 to help fund pay raises for teachers and boost spending. The strike has closed public schools serving about 500,000 of the state’s 700,000 students. Schools in the state’s largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, were shut on Tuesday and planned to close on Wednesday. A non-partisan poll released on Friday showed 72 percent of voters in Oklahoma, where teacher’s pay is near the bottom among U.S. states, supported the walkout. “Momentum is on our side,” said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, the state’s biggest teachers union. Governor Mary Fallin has already approved legislation that would raise teachers’ wages an average of $6,100, while teachers who packed the state Capitol on Tuesday want a $10,000 raise over three years. Saying that education funding was wrapped up,

Fallin signed a bill aimed at expanding revenues from Native American casinos and one that will raise about $20 million from internet sales taxes, her office said in a statement. Fallin also approved a bill that repealed a hotel tax, a measure that teachers wanted vetoed. A union spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment. Lawmakers also had blocked a union request to approve a bill to remove a capital gains tax exemption that educators said could bring an extra $100 million to state coffers. The Oklahoma strike comes amid a wave of action by teachers in states where budgets have been cut. A West Virginia strike last month ended with a pay raise for teachers. Teachers in Arizona, also seeking higher wages and more funding for education, were expected to protest on Wednesday to build support but not shut schools, local media reports said. Opponents of the tax rises say lawmakers could bolster education spending by cutting bureaucracy and waste rather than raising taxes. The non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Oklahoma’s inflation-adjusted per student funding fell by 28.2 percent between 2008 and 2018, the biggest reduction of any state. (net)

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Options for US military strike on Syria run the gamut, official says DAMASCUS - Options for U.S. retaliation against the Syrian government over an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held neighborhood near Damascus on Saturday run the gamut from light to heavy impact, according to a U.S. official. P r e s i d e n t D o n a l d Tr u m p , France’s President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May held phone conversations Tuesday discussing how the West should act in order to reinforce an international prohibition against chemical warfare. Macron on Tuesday evening said he wants “a strong and joint response” to the attack, saying that France would decide in the coming days alongside the U.S. and Britain. According to the U.S. official, one option being considered is striking at the Assad regime’s command and control headquarters for the Syrian military. Another option is striking at areas where the Assad regime houses its chemical weapons. Meanwhile, leading officials from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have requested access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack that

took place on a Syrian rebelheld neighborhood on Saturday. The request from the OPCW Technical Secretariat to the Syrian government was announced just as Russia was telling the U.N. Security Council it would put two draft resolutions on Syria to a vote on Tuesday, after rejecting a similar proposal from the U.S. following an angry debate at the council Monday. Trump has promised a “forceful” response to the alleged attack. The president discussed possible military action that could be taken during a meeting with military leaders on Monday. Options include limited military strikes, such as the Tomahawk missiles launched from a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Mediterranean targeting a Syrian airstrip almost exactly a year ago after an alleged chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib that killed more than 100 people. “We have a lot of options, militarily,” the president said after the meeting. “And we’ll be letting you know pretty soon -- probably after the fact.” Western leaders are mulling possible responses, including Macron and May. (net)

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Indonesia`s scientific publications overtake Singapore

JAKARTA - Indonesia`s international scientific publications successfully overtook Singapore until April 2018, Research, Technology, and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir remarked here on Wednesday. “Until April 3, 2018, the number of Indonesia`s international scientific publications had reached 5,250, although in 2017, it was still ranked below Singapore,” Nasir noted. According to the minister, a count will be taken of the total number of scientific publications by the end of the year. In the previous year, Indonesia overtook Thailand in terms of the number of scientific publications, the first time in two decades. Meanwhile, of all scientific publications indexed in Scopus, Indonesia contributed 5,125; Singapore, 4,948; and Malaysia, totaling 5,999. “This year, we are targeting to

continue to increase the number of international publications in Indonesia,” the minister emphasized. He pointed out that the increase in the number of scientific publications could not be separated from the role of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Ministry`s Regulation No. 20 of 2017 on Lecturers` Professional Allowance and Professors` Honorary Allowance. The regulation necessitates professors to publish international scientific papers. If there is no scientific publication, there will be a temporary suspension of honorary benefits. In future, Nasir is optimistic that scientific publications would increase in addition to the number of citations. “The problem is that the number of publications is increasing, but the citations are less. Furthermore, we expect the number of publications and citations to increase,” he stated. (ant)

NUSA DUA - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi said that Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) proves Indonesia`s commitment to improve cooperation with the African countries. “For more than a year we have been working hard to prepare this forum. It shows Indonesia`s commitment to strengthen its love and cooperation with Africa,” the minister stated at the opening of the IAF at the Nusa Dua Bali Convention Center on Tuesday. Indonesia is eager to hold cooperation with the spirit of equality, care, and collaboration, which is sustainable and mutually beneficial. “You may be wondering why Indonesia initiated the IAF; the immediate answer is that Indonesia loves Africa. Our love for Africa is not only reflected in words but also in deeds,” Marsudi noted. She stressed that Indonesia wants to play a role and be a part of development in African countries, by studying the vision of Africa 2063 and monitoring the progress of the African Free-Trade Continent. The first day of IAF will consist of some panel of discussions between Indonesia and African countries on policy making and perspectives on strategic topics such as economic diplomacy, infrastructure development, financing facility initiatives, digital transformation, and strategic industries. On the second day (April 11), an

Indonesia-Africa Business Forum will be held to discuss important topics such as connectivity, digital economy, agriculture, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), SouthSouth and Triangular Cooperation, as well as the future of Indonesia-Africa economic relations. Throughout the forum, ministers, high-level officials, CEOs, bankers, and leaders of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Indonesia and African countries will discuss and exchange ideas. “I am glad that a number of Indonesian state-owned companies have participated in this forum, including Pertamina, PT INKA, PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT PAL, PT TIMAH, and many others,” Marsudi remarked. The foreign minister also welcomes the CEOs and business representatives from Africa, including Ethiopian Airlines, Topwide Ventures Limited, Africa Export-Import Bank, and Amirco Commercial Service. IAF is an event held for the first time by the Indonesian government as a platform to encourage concrete economic cooperation between Indonesia and African countries. IAF is in line with President Joko Widodo`s encouragement for Indonesia to enter non-traditional markets, especially Africa. The Indonesian government seeks to convert the proximity of Indonesia`s political relations with African countries to the proximity of economic relations. (ant)

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Communication ministry sends second warning letter to Facebook

JAKARTA - The Ministry of Communication and Informatics have sent a second written warning to Facebook on Tuesday over the misuse of personal data by a third party.

The letter, signed by Director General of Informatics Application Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, contained another warning to Facebook Indonesia to provide confirmation and explanation with regard to the issue of misuse of personal information by third party applications using Facebook`s platform. In a statement received Wednesday, the ministry has called on Facebook to give assurance on the protection of personal information in accordance with Regulation of Minister of Communication and Informatics No. 20 of 2016 on the Protection of Personal Information in Electronic Systems. Facebook, as an electronic system organizer, is obligated to meet the standards outlined in the regulation on the protection of personal information. With regard to applications or features developed by third parties, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics has called on Facebook to immediately provide the results of an audit of applications and features, developed by its partners. Written reports of the audit results are needed to evaluate potential problems arising from applications

and features developed by partners of Facebook, including the use of personal data taken by its partners. The ministry found additional company information that allegedly resembled Cambridge Analytica, such as CubeYou and AgregateIQ. Applications in the form of quizzes and personality tests were potentially used for abuse of personal data of Facebook users. To this end, the ministry has urged Facebook to close the application and/or quiz feature for personality tests to prevent potential abuse of personal data of its users in Indonesia. The Ministry of Communications and Informatics had earlier issued the first warning letter on Apr 5, which prompted Facebook to guarantee the protection of personal data, provide the results of the application audit plan and features developed by partners, and close the application or quiz feature associated with Cambrigde Anaytica Case. In response, the government has received two official letters from Facebook via three mails, but the Ministry of Communications and Informatics assessed that the explanation furnished was still inadequate and has yet to include data sought by the Indonesian government. Consequently, the steps and stages of compliance with legislation and regulations are carried out in protecting the rights of the people. (ant)

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BUSINESS Top BofA analyst is hanging the market’s woes on the Fed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. While conventional wisdom focuses on trade and inflation as sources of market tumult, Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, sees the Fed as the real source. The U.S. central bank has been on a course of policy tightening that began with a rate hike in December 2015 and accelerated in October 2017, when it started reducing the mammoth supply of bonds on its balance sheet. That second phase of the cycle has coincided with the S&P 500 falling about 1.5 percent year to date and twice briefly entering correction territory. “We believe the simple reason that risk assets are struggling in 2018 is the Fed,” Hartnett said in a note for clients. “Investors have been forced to acknowledge a tightening cycle is well underway.” That assertion comes even though the “tightening” has been pretty modest. The Fed targeted a capped balance sheet rolloff of $10 billion a month — $6 billion in Treasurys and $4 billion in in mortgage-backed securities — that will increase quarterly until it hits $50 billion in a year. Since the balance sheet operation started on Oct. 13, 2017, the total holdings have contracted from $4.51 trillion to $4.43 trillion — or just 1.8 percent. Treasurys have

shrunk 2.1 percent to $2.41 trillion, while MBS are down 0.7 percent to $1.75 trillion. While the market indeed has seen multiple peaks and valleys since the balance sheet runoff started, the S&P 500 on net is up 2.4 percent during that time, as of Monday’s open. Still, Hartnett sees an investing shift ahead. Sector winners during the Fed’s aggressive loosening were U.S. stocks, tech, corporate high-yield bonds in the U.S. and Europe and emerging markets. Losers were cash, commodities, government bonds and volatility plays. There will be a slow rotation ahead from the winners to the losers, Hartnett predicts. The pace of that switch will depend on how quickly earnings growth slows, and 2018 is expected to be both a blockbuster year for profits but also perhaps a top that will begin to unwind in 2019. “Peak positioning, peak profits, peak policy stimulus imply peak asset returns, and a trading mantra of sell-the-rip not buy-the-dip,” Hartnett wrote. In addition to the bond rolloff, the Fed also has hiked rates six times since the first one in nine years came in 2015. Markets expect at least two more increases in 2018. Hartnett estimates that global central banks have cut interest rates 712 times and purchased $12.2 trillion of assets since 2009. (afp)

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The globalized system that has transformed the world over the last generation is at risk of being completely dismantled amid aggressive turns toward protectionism, warned International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde during a speech at the Asia Global Institute in Hong Kong Wednesday. “That system of rules and shared responsibility is now in danger of being torn apart,” Lagarde said, referring to the multilateral trade order she said helped bring millions out of poverty. “This would be an inexcusable, collective policy failure.” The director’s sense of urgency stemmed from mounting fears of a trade war, prompted by President Donald Trump’s move to impose steep tariffs on all steel and aluminum imports coming into the U.S., which was swiftly met with retaliation from China and opprobrium from many other trading partners including the EU. Trade tit-for-tat To date, the two major economies have announced hundreds of billions of dollars worth of trade tariffs on each other’s key exports, a tit-for-tat standoff that experts say will only cripple growth and harm jobs. While the measures have yet

to be imposed, markets have been highly sensitive to developments in the trade rhetoric coming from both countries. Economists at the European Central Bank have warned that changes in global tariffs could lead to a contraction in world trade of up to 3 percent and a fall in global growth of up to 1 percent. “Governments need to steer clear of protectionism in all its forms,” Lagarde said. “History shows that import restrictions hurt everyone, especially poorer consumers.” Lagarde did add that countries had a responsibility to improve the trade system by examining their own practices. Trump’s broadside against China was based on claims of intellectual property (IP) theft and other unfair trade practices on the part of the world’s second-largest economy — and the president is not wrong. China is notorious for its IP theft and for what many

foreign investors and U.S. manufacturers lament as restrictive and discriminatory policies. Critical improvements, Lagarde explained, needed to include “better protecting intellectual property and reducing the distortions of policies that favor state enterprises.” Lagarde continued to be optimistic on global growth, describing an ongoing “strong upswing” on the back of positive growth forecasts for most economies. This is the time to engage in reforms, she stressed, as mounting challenges lay ahead. “There is new urgency because uncertainties have significantly increased — from trade tensions, to rising fiscal and financial risks, to more uncertain geopolitics,” she said. The managing director’s comments come ahead of the 2018 Annual Spring Meetings at the IMF from April 20 to 22. (afp)

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Yeh Mekoos, Spiritual Attraction at Soka Village

Once upon a time, try visiting Yeh Mekoos (springs with a loud voice) located at Soka customary village, Penebel, Tabanan. It is very close to Jatiluwih tourist attraction or about 50 km and about 1.5 hours’ drive from Denpasar. This tourist attraction exudes a positive aura, so it is often chosen as a spiritual destination.

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The object is located on the southern side, the edge of paddy field of the village. The landscape is very beautiful, consisting of stretches of rice terraces like Jatiluwih. The air is cool because it is rich with plants, so that exuding a lot of oxygen. This spiritual venue is right under the Soka’s parking lot approximately 50 meters from the village road. Unfortunately, the road to the object has not got any attention, so the terrain is quite difficult and steep. It is called Yeh Mekoos because it has a very loud voice over the sound of another river. Sometimes, the sounds are heard from long distance due to being swift and fast. So, the surrounding people call it Yeh Mekoos. Its large and clear water is not only used to irrigate paddy fields, but is also used to meet the clean water need of the community through the Municipality Waterworks (PDAM) in Tabanan. Yeh Mekoos is taken advantage as a place to melukat (physical and spiritual purificatory rite) by the Hindu community. Apart from the people of Tabanan, they are also often used by people from Badung, Denpasar and Buleleng. Yeh Mekoos is believed to have the quality of curing all kinds of diseases, mainly broken bones.

Therefore, when bathing, people will always put offerings. “Yeh Mekoos is also a beji (place to purify sanctified effigies) for the people of Soka village,” said Ni Nyoman Surini, the owner and operator. Surini admitted that Yeh Mekoos has not become a tourist attraction visited by many guests. So far, visitors are only people wishing to invoke healing that often take a bath or pray at this spring. As the means, people just bring along some offerings in the form of canang sari and pejati to do the purificatory rite. “People that are going to have purificatory rite or invoke a healing are not charged. They just put canang sari with unspecified sincere donation,” she added. On holy days such as kliwon, full moon, new moon and tumpek, Yeh Mekoos is crowded with people. The atmosphere will become more crowded on the piodalan or temple anniversary falling every six months precisely on Sunday (Redite Ukir), the day after Tumpek Landep. “Honestly, I have not seen any foreign tourists doing purificatory rite here. So far, they are only local people that usually come alone or with family and friends,” concluded Surini. (kmb)

Sangging, a Person Officiating in Tooth Filling Ritual

One of the obligatory ceremonies to be implemented by the Hindus in Bali is mapandes or tooth filing ceremony. The ceremony is conducted by a sangging or tooth filer symbolically chiseling the four upper incisors and two canines. Then, it is resumed with filing the teeth by using a saw filer, so that they become flat and neat. Dr.I Made Surada, a lecturer of State Hindu Dharma Institute (IHDN) Denpasar, said that sangging is person who has certain ability in the ceremony, such as making the offerings, bade tower, shrine building, sculpture, painting and others. People having the profession as sangging have already owned the skills. “To become a sangging, people have to go through a pawintenan or initiation rite according to the level of ceremony performed,” he said. A sangging is not only good at making the works, but also able to perform initiation rite (spiritually animate the work). Sangging is not only able to officiate over physically (sekala), but also psychically (niskala). “Sangging has to be able to chant mantra so that a sangging should have undergone a pawintenan at its spiritual teacher,” he said.

Temple priest and high priest usually also serve as sangging. In certain case, the sangging can also be assisted in the process of ceremony. At first, he consecrates the chisel, filer and gem with the meaning that the tooth to be filed will become brilliant. The palm-leaf manuscripts used as reference for this tooth-filing ceremony are the Tatwa Kala, Kala Puja Pati, Semaradahana and Tutur Sanghyang Yama. Lately, there is an official becoming a sangging. It is okay provided that it has undergone the initiation rite for the profession. Otherwise, it can only watch the procession because the ritual must be accompanied with mantra to be chanted. Without mantra, the procession will be the same as filing teeth at beauty salon or dental clinic. “Although the people are not high priests, they can also become a sangging as long as they have taken the initiation rite for the profession first,” he said. It is different from the case of tooth filing for dead people. The sangging will be assigned to its biological mother. This provision is carried in the Proktah palm-leaf manuscript. The tool used to file the teeth is rice knife commonly used in

earlier times. Otherwise, it can be replaced with lotus flower as the rice knife seems to be difficult to find. “Sangging having not undergone the initiation rite is believed to bring in an effect on the next descent,” he explained. He said that Hindu communities in Bali always organizes tooth filing ceremony for their sons and daughters after growing adult. This ceremony aims to control the influence of Shadripu (six enemies) in the children because their desire will give more opportunities to be teased. When this happens, it will infiltrate and have negative impact on their behavior. On that account, they are purified by tooth filing rite whose implementation comes with a set of offerings symbolizing the teeth. In the filing ritual for the six teeth, the ends symbolize Adharma (untruth) that are then filed to make them flat symbolizing dharma. By doing so, dharma remains to control of the life of children having undergone the ritual. Tooth filing is a ritual with the meaning to discover the true nature of human and release from the shackles of darkness or Shadripu effect in humans. Shadripu poses six enemies

arising from the nature of bad deeds in human, namely Kama (lust), Lobha (greed), Krodha (anger), Mada (arrogance), Moha (attachment) and Matsarya (jealousy). People can undergo the tooth filing ceremony when they physically have entered adolescent period. In girls, it can be done after getting the first menstruation and in boys after experiencing voice changes. This ritual is meant to remove impurities in the form of kala, bhuta, pisacas and raksasa in the sense that the

body and soul are overwhelmed by the Shadripu nature so as to find true nature of human. Another objective is also to get reunited with their father and mother having been in sacred realm, to avoid punishment in hell later on imposed by Lord Yama in the form of biting lower end of petung bamboo as stated in the Atma Prasangsa palm-leaf manuscript and parents can meet their obligations to their children so as to be genuine human. (kmb)


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US warships sail through South China Sea amid escalating tensions with Beijing

BEIJING - A US aircraft carrier is sailing through the disputed South China Sea in a show of American force.

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Formerly, this harbor was known for the loading and unloading of timber and cement ships, within the past few years it has developed into a cruise ship harbor.

Often dropped in by cruise ships, Celukan Bawang Harbor improved

THE development of Celukan Bawang Harbor in Gerokgak subdistrict has been increasingly crowded. Formerly, this harbor was known for the loading and unloading of timber and cement ships, within the past few years it has developed into a cruise ship harbor. For many times, various kinds of medium- to large-capacity cruise ships begin leaning in the Celukan Bawang Harbor. This rapid development began to be addressed by harbor authority and local government. One of the discourses is the arrangement and extension of the pier to facilitate cruise ships when ‘anchoring’ here. Data on the arrival of cruise ships in Celukan Bawang Harbor from 2017 ago indicated there are seven times. From the arrivals, the number of foreign tourist visit to Buleleng is

recorded to reach 9,690 people with 5,911 crews. Entering this year, six cruise ships are scheduled to drop in at Celukan Bawang to make a stopover. From the arrival of the cruise ship, it transports 9,770 passengers and 7,642 crews. The cruise ship arrival is almost adjacent throughout last January where during which was recorded to reach three times of arrival. Two other arrivals occurred last March, and this month is scheduled to return another cruise ship that will lean in Celukan Bawang Harbor.

Since being visited by cruise ships, the Buleleng Tourism Office with tourism players coalesced into the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Buleleng facilitated thousands of tourists boarding in the cruise ships. While facilitating cruise ship passengers, the tourism office and PHRI offer tour packages to passengers for a visit to major destinations in North Bali. In addition to preparing accommodation and tour packages, the tourism office and tourism players in this region gave speech

to passengers or ship crews that were leaning in North Bali. This greeting was done by displaying traditional arts and interspersed with the introduction to the potential tourist attraction of Buleleng. Head of the Buleleng Tourism Office, Nyoman Sutrisna, said that all this time the cruise ships stopping by in the Celukan Bawang Harbor was not more than a day. This happens due to consideration of tourism agent and ship crews having not sold a tour package in Buleleng for more than a day. However, Sutrisna admitted that Celukan Bawang Harbor is increasingly known as a stopover for cruise ships. Certainly it is a positive prog-

ress to develop the tourism industry in the region. Moreover, the visit of thousands of tourists only lasting for one day has given a multiplier effect to tourism players. They consist of transportation, restaurant and souvenir shops in some tourist destinations included in the tour packages when receiving cruise ship guests. “Starting in 2017 and now the intensity of cruise ship arrivals have been increasing. From the arrival of previous ships, there are many impacts received by tourism players in our region. In the future, we are confident to be able to realize the development of cruise ship harbor in West Buleleng,” he explained. (mud)

Gamelan makers at Tihingan village

Believed to have existed in the age of Gelgel Kingdom

TIHINGAN village in Banjarangkan subdistrict, Klungkung, is initiated as a tourism village by Klungkung district. It is famous for its gamelan crafts. This home-

based business is believed to have existed since the days of the Gelgel Kingdom. Craft products made by gamelan makers have been able to penetrate foreign markets.

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This home-based business is believed to have existed since the days of the Gelgel Kingdom.

When entering the village bordering with Klungkung subdistrict, our eyes will see the nature remaining beautiful. Paddy fields still spread quite widely. They are cultivated with vegetables and garden balsam flowers. Row of buildings also looks neat. The front side is equipped with a small garden. The bustle is not too noticeable either despite being a path to a number of villages. A number of front houses are also equipped with a signpost. It shows a place of the making of Balinese gamelan instrument. One of them belongs to Ketut Suena at Tihingan hamlet. As soon as setting foot on a concrete courtyard, the eyes directly point to a set of gamelan placed in one room. The colors look shiny, golden and very bright. Some are also covered in red clothes so as not to be exposed to dust. In the back of the room, some people are busy cutting bamboo,

adjusting to some gamelan blade made from trawang. It will be arranged together to produces different tones. When played, it sounds very loud. In the corner of a brickwalled building, there is a man in the middle refining gamelan surface so as to look smooth with tools such as drawstring. He is Nyoman Alit. His task has become a routine since he was still in junior high school. “This is learned from parents to the making of gamelan, too,” he said on Tuesday (Apr. 10). The wages earned is based on wholesale system. Completion time of each section is uncertain, depending on the size and level of complexity. Such professions are also pursued by many other citizens, including younger generation. “More than a half work like this. Regeneration remains to run,” he said. On the sidelines of his busy life, Ketut Suena does not hesitate to

share his stories. His business has become the legacy from his grandfather and parents. In accordance with belief, gamelan craft has existed since the days of the Kingdom of Gelgel. “It has been a long time,” he said. The works produced are well known. The buyers are not only residents from other districts in Bali, but also have penetrated foreign market such as America, Japan, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and so forth. “Balinese gamelan is complete so many people are interested,” said this gray-haired man. The selling price is pursuant to the type of gamelan instrument. For instance, a set of gong kebyar gamelan costs around IDR 350 million. The bigger one can reach IDR 600 million. Every month, there is always an order. “Many people here are also making gamelan instruments,” he said. (sos)

In a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, providing a powerful display of military precision and efficiency. The nuclear-powered warship, leading a carrier strike group, was conducting what the US military called routine training in the strategic sea, which China claims almost in its entirety. The US is not alone in carrying out naval patrols in the strategic waterway, where Chinese, Japanese and some southeast Asian navies operate, possibly increasing tensions and risking accidents at sea. “We have seen Chinese ships around us,” Rear Admiral Steve Koehler, the strike group commander, said on board the threedecade-old carrier. “They are one of the navies that operate in the South China Sea but I would tell you that we have seen nothing but professional work out of the ships we have encountered.” Navies in the western Pacific, including China and nine southeast Asian countries, have been working on a code of unexpected encounters (CUES) at sea to avoid conflict. The USS Theodore Roosevelt’s presence in the South China Sea comes days after China’s massive air and naval drills in the area, in what some analysts described as an unusually large display of Beijing’s growing naval might. The US has criticised China’s

In the span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. apparent militarisation of manmade islands and carried out regular air and naval patrols to assert its right to freedom of navigation in stretches of the sea. “This transit in the South China Sea is nothing new in our planning cycle or in a reaction to that. It is

probably by happenstance that all that is happening at the same time,” said Mr Koehler, who gave a tour of the carrier to Philippine military officials and watched flight operations aboard the 100,000-tonne warship. “All of the operations that we

do in and around the South China Sea or any of the bodies of water we operate in, there is a function of international law and that is ultimately what we want to recognise,” he said. China has long objected to US military operations off its coasts,

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even in areas Washington insists are free to international passage. “They [China] certainly have the right to exercise off their coast like we do, nor are they necessarily in charge of our transit cycle, but our deployment’s been planned,” Mr Koehler said. (net)

Beached whale dies despite rescue efforts at Argentina resort

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Hundreds of people turned out to try to help a whale stranded on a beach in Argentina’s Mar del Plata resort.

BUENOS AIRES - A whale that ran aground on a beach in Mar del Plata, Argentina’s biggest seaside resort, has died despite rescue efforts to get it back into the sea. The eight-meter whale, which weighed around six tonnes (6,000 kilos or 13,200 pounds), ran aground on Saturday, prompting both locals and experts to try and save it in this coastal city some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires. But it died on Monday, suffering from “anemia and an infectious condition,” said Adrian Faiela, a

vet at Aquarium, one of Argentina’s main marine parks which is based in the city. Speaking to the official Telam news agency, he said the whale had damaged fins, “which suggests a pre-existing condition before it was beached.” Efforts to rescue it began immediately with experts bringing in a crane equipped with harnesses, and on Monday they tried to tow her into the water but it didn’t work. “I was happy when it moved its tailfins but afterwards we quickly realised these were reflexive mo-

ments just before death,” he said, shortly after the giant mammal died. “It was amazing how many people came to try to help,” local resident Karina Caputo told AFP. “They did their best, both regular people and lifeguards alike, and people from the prefecture also did everything, but in the end ... “ Rodrigo Gonzálvez, head of Mar del Plata’s civil defense unit, said marine experts from the city’s university “would take samples from the animal” and then remove it for disposal. (afp)


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States with medical marijuana laws had fewer opioid prescriptions than states without such laws, new research finds.

Medical marijuana may reduce opioid use a little

KENTUCKY - Making medical marijuana available might help reduce opioid prescriptions, researchers reported Monday.

They found states that legalized the medical use of marijuana saw small reductions in opioid prescriptions for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Since opioid prescriptions are considered to be a major driver of the opioid abuse epidemic, the researchers said, medical marijuana laws could be a part of the solution. “State implementation of medical marijuana laws was associated with a 5.88 percent lower rate of opioid prescribing,” wrote Hefei Wen of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Jason Hockenberry of the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. “Marijuana is one of the potential non-opioid alternatives that can relieve pain at a relatively lower risk of addiction and virtually no risk of overdose,” they wrote in one of two reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers looked at the prescription records of people using Medicaid and also Medicare Part D – the prescription add-on plan for Medicare recipients. In the Medicare study, Wen and colleagues found

that states with medical marijuana laws had a more than 8 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions compared to states with no such laws. “We found that overall opioid prescribing in Part D was lower when states permit access to medical cannabis,” they wrote. “Prescriptions filled for all opioids decreased by 2.11 million daily doses per year from an average of 23.08 million daily doses per year when a state instituted any medical cannabis law,” they added. “Prescriptions for all opioids decreased by 3.742 million daily doses per year when medical cannabis dispensaries opened.” State and federal officials are looking for ways to reduce opioid deaths and to reduce the overuse of opioid prescriptions. The National Center for Health Statistics says 63,600 people died of drug overdoses in 2016. Opioids killed or helped kill 42,249 people in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999. There had been worries that marijuana use might be a gateway that moves people towards use of other drugs, including opiates, the researchers said. But their study doesn’t support that view. (net)

CAROLINA - The Carolina Reaper is the stuff of internet legend, from ghastly YouTube videos to testimonials in gourmet cooking magazines. Now this pepper, billed as the world’s hottest, has made it into a medical journal. Eating this fiery pepper can cause a “thunderclap” headache, doctors reported Monday. The headache was the result of an unusual blood vessel condition called reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS), doctors reported in the British Medical Journal’s Case Reports. They described the case of a 34-year-old man who ate a Carolina Reaper hot pepper in a contest. “His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one ‘Carolina Reaper,’ the hottest chili pepper in the world,” Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York, and colleagues wrote. “Then he developed an in-

tense headache,” they added. “The pain was excruciating and thus he came to the ER.” Thunderclap headaches are severe headaches and come on very fast. They can be a sign of a brain hemorrhage or a stroke, so doctors take them very seriously. Brain scans showed the pepper-eater wasn’t suffering from a stroke, but a major artery in his brain had narrowed. The medical team diagnosed RCVS. That’s never been diagnosed after eating hot peppers before, but Turkish doctors have reported a heart attack in a young man who took cayenne pepper pills. Hot peppers deliver capsaicin, the compound that gives them their “heat”. It can affect blood vessels. “Given the development of symptoms immediately after exposure to a known vasoactive substance, it is plausible that our patient had RCVS secondary to the ‘Carolina Reaper’,” Gunasekaran and colleagues wrote. (net)

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Ed Currie holds three Carolina Reaper peppers. The hot peppers may have caused a man’s “thunderclap” headache, doctors say.

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To crack down on illegal guide

HPI Bali meets Ngurah Rai immigration

MANGUPURA — Responding to the allegation on the existence of illegal tour guides some time ago, the Indonesia Tour Guides Association (HPI) of Bali Chapter made a visit to first class Ngurah Rai Immigration Office on Monday (Apr. 9). The arrival of dozens of HPI members of Mandarin language division was to discuss about the illegal tour guide issues.

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Agro market development plan not yet get approval MANGUPURA — The development plan of agro market in Abiansemal which had been launched by PD Pasar Badung local government-owned enterprise remains uncertain. The market planned to take advantage of the land at Kertha Sari or Latu Market has not been approved by the regent of Badung. President Director of PD Pasar Badung, I Made Sutarma, confirmed on Monday (Apr. 9) that the proposed agro market development has not received the approval from the number one person in Badung. “Well... we are still waiting for the direction from the regent. We have proposed the development plan of the agro market in 2017,” he said. According to him, the land of Latu Market has become a ‘seizure’ of many parties such as the proposal for the establishment of the elderly park, location of state junior high school (SMPN). “Everything is not certain as still waiting for the decision from the regent,” he said. Nevertheless, he will try to follow-up again the agro Market plan until it can be realized. Moreover, the management of Latu Market remains under the PD Pasar Badung, although it still suffers a loss all this time. “We will follow up again the proposal for the establishment of agro market,” he said. The atmosphere at Latu Market was observed to be quiet on Monday (Apr. 9). Shop-houses located

in this area looked to be tightly closed. This area is also still taken advantage as a parking lot for large trucks. Until now, the building stays unclear because two years ago the government promised to use the building for public area being useful for the community. One of the residents met at the location said the current status of the building remains unclear. However, there is information if the market will be used to build an elderly park. “It is said it will be taken advantage to build an elderly park but stays uncertain. Sorry, I do not know for sure what it will be used for,” said Yanto. He expected the building can be repaired immediately so that it can be functioned. It’s a pity if such a big building is abandoned. “It looks slipshod so that it must be functioned again. Otherwise, it is quite unfortunate to this large building,” he hoped. Head of the Badung Regional Development Planning Board (Bappeda), I Made Wira Dharmajaya, previously said it is still being discussed. However, he still does not know the direction of the utilization. The use of the building on the land of approximately one hectare must pass through a comprehensive study, so that later on the building is in accordance with the location and allocation. “Obviously, it remains under discussion and there must be a comprehensive study,” he said. (kmb27)

Chairman of the HPI Bali, I Nyoman Nuarta, when met after the meeting said the arrival of HPI members is meant to discuss on the allegation of illegal foreign guides recently. On the occasion, it requested that the case can be resolved by the immigration. Of course, it is to give deterrent effect to foreign guides. So, the legal culture in Indonesia does not seem to be paid by foreigners. “Our law seems to be capable of being purchased by foreigners,” he said. For that reason, through the meeting the immigration authorities are expected to continuously pay attention to such cases. All this time, the immigration office seems to give impression that it handles the report very slowly. In this case, the HPI Bali will also be involved in the supervision taskforce against foreigners. “We will be involved in the taskforce to secure foreigners in the future,” he concluded. He said that HPI Bali does not only pay attention

to foreigner issues in the Chinese language division, but also in other division. With the deterrent effect, hopefully the other foreigners will not conduct illegal guiding activities in Bali. In addition to discussing the previous cases, the meeting also discussed about the potential cases that may occur in other language divisions where the HPI Bali has 11 language divisions. “The potential use of foreign guide happens to Mandarin, Korean and Russian language division,” he explained. HPI Bali did not accuse the immigration office of committing negative things. However, his organization often hears there is negative issue in the field. To that end, his organization wanted to encourage the immigration office to result in positive image. “We want the immigration office to actualize these things,” he hoped. He added that so far the HPI members always work in accordance with the rules namely Regional Regulation No. 5/2016 stating that a person who can become a tour guide is Indonesian citizen. Secondly, they should get cultural education and competency tests. “In terms of procedures, the illegal tour guides have violated,” he said. Related to the meeting, the immigration authorities are not willing to provide information. Moreover, when asked for its confirmation they seemed reluctant to give comment on the issues of illegal tour guides. (kmb23)

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Indonesia Tour Guides Association (HPI) of Bali Chapter made a visit to first class Ngurah Rai Immigration Office.


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Post-eruption, Jagasatru waterfall revives

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Govt asked not to squeeze out cockfight as part of culture

AMLAPURA - Undeniably, cockfight or whatever it is called has become one of the Balinese identities. Regardless of the element of betting money in it, many people consider if cockfight should be preserved because it is closely associated with the procession of religious rituals. Local government both Bali provincial and district/ municipal government are expected to provide a solution, not even ostracize like the current impression. “Tajen or tabuh rah (cockfight) is not wrong, but the element of gambling in it must be addressed. It is the same as football. If there is a betting element, it is not the game that must be dismissed,” said I Nyoman Pasek, a law practitioner from Karangasem who often addresses social issues. Pasek does not dismiss today’s cockfight as a culture is often misused by unscrupulous people to gain material advantages. When there is such condition, this man from Pidpid village, Abang subdistrict, is assessing the error is not in the arena of the cockfight but in the behavior of unscrupulous people. To free cockfighting from the behavior leading to gambling, he supported if the cockfight governance is regulated

through regional regulations. “However, in compiling the regional regulation, the analysis must be clear and mature. It is required an explanation concerning with the definition of gambling, the definition of speculation and other things having also been addressed related to the cockfight activity,” he cried. Pasek assessed that all this time there is a wrong mindset regarding the cockfight. It is identified as gambling whereas it is not entirely talking about speculation. There is definitely a sense of culture, tradition to the struggle that leads to business. Cockfight is different from gambling like dice and rolling ball which are completely based on the chancy. “Talking about cockfight, it must be viewed comprehensively. Then, when talking about the matter of chance, business also has the elements of chances,” he explained. Pasek hoped the stakeholders, especially in Bali, to take action in such a way that in the future the cockfight will no longer be considered illegal. Arrangement through regional regulation is considered the most appropriate answer to narrow the opportunity for people who want to benefit from the cockfight activities. “The law is made because there is a problem and so is the regional regulation. As part of culture, cockfight needs to be regulated so that it is not abused,” he concluded. (117)

AMLAPURA - Mount Agung eruption had caused East Duda village to be abandoned for evacuation by all the inhabitants even though the village in Selat subdistrict is located within a radius of 12 km from the top of the mountain. Slow but sure, after the eruption the conditions gradually improved. Jagasatru waterfall which previously would be developed into alternative tourism object also began to revive. Administratively, Jagasatru waterfall is located at Pateh hamlet, East Duda. Apart from Pateh hamlet, the waterfall is still very natural and can be reached from the Putung attraction located at Wates hamlet, East Duda. From Putung, it is about 1 km that must be reached on foot. Meanwhile, when reached from Pateh hamlet, it is only about 200 meters from the main road. But to reach it, both from Putung and from Pateh needs a slight struggle because the current road access is just a steep path that even tends to be dangerous. Road access is difficult but the beauty of Jagasatru waterfall is proportional to the sacrifice to achieve it. Although so far there are no facilities built, rest assured that visitors will not regret when visiting the object. Rumbling waterfalls making the air cooler will instantly relieve the sultry situation after passing through a difficult road. “Before the eruption, there had been many visitors. Lately, it began to recover even though it has not been as busy as before,” said Pasek Agung Wicaksana, 18, one of the village club members of East Duda, on Tuesday (Apr. 10). Agung Wicaksana acknowledged there are currently no facili-

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ties available for visitors. The path built by community through mutual assistance is not well organized yet. New facilities available are only in the form of parking lot where Putung has quite wide parking lot while at Pateh hamlet can only accommodate motorcycle. Pateh does not only present beautiful mountain scenery looking quite pristine, but also full of religious nuances. On the edge of the path before the waterfall, there is a shower sanctified by local people. The shower is usually used for a spot to melukat or purificatory rite before going down to the waterfall. The shower is often used by the community as a place in a series of tooth filing (metatah) ceremony. Though the melukat in the shower is not mandatory, many residents come to carry out the ritual. East Duda village has started to introduce or promote the Jagasatru waterfall since five years ago. Lately, the promotion has been utilizing information technology. Headman of East Duda, I Gede Pawana, said the potential of Jagasatru waterfall has also been introduced through the village website. “Now every day there are visitors coming, generally from Bali,” he said. East Duda village is now trying to organize the alternative tourist attraction that will be done gradually. In 2018, the village is going to widen the road followed with the arrangement at the location of the waterfall next year. As long as there is no touch of arrangement, visitors are still free. “The height of the waterfall is about 25 meters. We have an obsession to combine the existence of the waterfall with the potential Putung attractions,” said Pawana. (117)

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Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is delighted to announce that together with sister properties, Candi Beach Resort & Spa and Legian Beach Hotel, it is the proud recipient of a Travelife Gold Certificate. All three properties are key players in Bali’s tourism industry and this achievement represents an ongoing commitment to sustainability. Established in 2007, Travelife is a web-based certification system that enables hotels to monitor and self-access their sustainability performance. Through consultation

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community and implementing fair employment practices as a business leader in Bali’s hospitality sector. Upon presentation, Mr. Peter Arya, in his capacity as joint owner of the three properties said, “It is indeed a great honour to be recognized by Travelife as this certification reinforces our long-term commitment to sustainability. Bali is a premier tourism destination and so it is crucial that we all join forces and take the necessary steps to maintain and enhance the island for the benefit of future generations.”

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Dwayne Johnson vows that DC’s ‘Black Adam’ is coming soon LOS ANGELES - Comic book fans have been waiting almost 10 years to see Dwayne Johnson suit up as DC Universe antihero Black Adam. According to the man himself, they’re gonna have to wait a little bit longer. Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment recently, the star of the new action blockbuster Rampage revealed that production on the Black Adam feature likely wouldn’t start for another year. “The script came in, it’s great, we’re working on it,” Johnson teased. “If things come together in the way we anticipate them coming together, that feels like a 2019 movie.” (Watch the clip above.) Blame the delay, in part, on Marvel Studios. Since launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008’s Iron Man, the Disney-owned company has provided the model for how to construct a living, breathing, and always-evolving galaxy for its countless costumed-clad avengers. In contrast, its distinguished competition at DC has endured a number of false starts and dead ends, with a few hits (Wonder Woman) and several more misses (Green Lantern, Justice League). “Marvel is doing such an incredible job of universe building … and DC is doing a great job finding

the footing and tone of their movies,” Johnson said diplomatically. The success of Black Adam in particular hinges on finding the right tone. Debuting in 1945 as a nemesis for Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Shazam, the superstrong, superfast, and supersmart villain has also, at times, been an ally with an attitude. “It’s this phenomenal opportunity for us to nail the tone and make sure he’s badass,” Johnson says of how he hopes to represent Black Adam onscreen. “Also we have intrinsic DNA tied to a lot of other properties in DC.” The most obvious tie, of course, is to Shazam, who is being played by a bulked-up Zachary Levi in a adventure now being filmed and set for release on April 5, 2019. The original plan was for Black Adam to soar onscreen in that movie, but his cameo wound up getting dropped. “[Johnson] has been cast as Black Adam, but he’s not going to be featured in this film,” Shazam director David F. Sandberg recently told Film Riot. “There have been variations of the script … but now this is about Shazam.” (net)

Crazed Taylor Swift fan allegedly robbed a bank and drove to her R.I. house to give her the money

LOS ANGELES - Taylor Swift has long been dealing with obsessed fans and — just days after one was sentenced to 10 years’ probation for threatening to kill her — another one has this time robbed a bank in an attempt to impress her. NBC Connecticut reports that a 26year-old Derby, Conn., man named Bruce Rowley robbed a Webster Bank in Ansonia, Conn., on April 4, then proceeded to drive to Rhode Island, where the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer, 28, has a beach house in Watch Hill. It was on the way back, on April 5, that police saw his vehicle — a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee — and there was a pursuit that finally ended over the Connecticut border on I-95 after authorities used spike strips to flatten the suspect’s tires. While being transported to Ansonia,

he told police that he has a “crush” on the 10-time Grammy winner and wanted to impress her. So after he robbed the bank, he drove to her house and took some of the money he stole and threw it over her fence. He also claimed he tried to contact the singer, but she wasn’t home. (A spokesperson for the Ansonia Police Department has not yet responded to Yahoo’s request for comment.) Rowley, who was bitten in the arm by a Rhode Island State Police K9 when he was taken into custody, confessed to committing the robbery, after he was arrested, according to the police report. During the robbery — which he pulled off without show-

ing a weapon or making any threats — he didn’t wear a disguise and also seemed to drive his own car. Rowley has been charged with robbery in the second degree and larceny in the fourth degree. According to the news site, he remains in police custody until his May 8 court appearance, and a public defender is representing him. Swift hasn’t spoken out about this latest fan incident — and her rep hasn’t commented — but she has long been a target. In fact, also on Tuesday, there was a report that a transient tried to scale the wall of her Beverly Hills home and was arrested. And these are far from isolated events: In 2013, a “crazed fan” was arrested for trespassing on the Rhode Island property. The same guy later showed up at her New York City apartment — and was arrested again. We mentioned that a week ago, another man, this time from Kansas, received 10 years of probation for threatening to kill Swift. And then another stalker made it to the hallway outside the door of her NYC apartment last year. Stalking has certainly been a problem that Swift has experienced throughout her stardom. Amid all this drama, the songstress is enjoying one of the least dramafilled times in her personal life. She has been dating actor Joe Alwyn since last year and, according to reports, she may think he’s “the one.” They’ve been spending a lot of time in his native England and her homes in Manhattan and Nashville. (net)

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Syria: 500 Douma patients had chemical attack symptoms, says WHO

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The World Health Organization has said an estimated 500 people went to health facilities with “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals” after the attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in Syria at the weekend. “WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts and to deliver a comprehensive public health response,” Peter Salama, the WHO’s deputy director general for emergency

preparedness and response, said in a statement issued in Geneva. UN aid agencies do not have access to most of the enclave of eastern Ghouta, including Douma where the alleged attack occurred. The Syrian government has denied

responsibility. The WHO report adds to mounting evidence for the use of toxic gas in the attack, which killed at least 42 people and has raised the prospect of American airstrikes against forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Medics on the ground reported that hundreds of patients arrived on Saturday night in Douma – the last, besieged town that was under opposition control in the enclave of eastern Ghouta near Damascus – bearing symptoms of exposure to toxic chemicals. They said the symptoms, which included frothing at the mouth, suffocation, dilated and constricted pupils, corneal burns, central cyanosis (a blue tinge to the skin), and a chlorine-like odor, were consistent with exposure to an organo-phosphorus compound. Sarin gas is such a chemical. The attack appears to have prompted a surrender deal the following day by local rebels. Jaysh al-Islam, the dominant opposition

group in Douma, agreed to leave the town along with thousands of civilians for northern Syria, after weeks of saying they had no intention to agree to a deal that would lead to their forcible exile. Since then, thousands of the estimated 100,000 people still living in Douma have left on buses carrying them to the north. More are expected to leave on Wednesday. Douma was the last holdout in eastern Ghouta, after other rebel groups agreed to evacuate from other parts of the region, which was once the breadbasket of the capital but has been under siege for years and subjected to multiple chemical attacks in the past. The worst was in 2013, when more than 1,000 people died after the Syrian government launched attacks using nerve agent that also nearly prompted an American intervention in the war. The possibility of western intervention against Assad was heightened after Russia and its western opponents, the US, UK and France,

vetoed duelling resolutions at the security council over the latest atrocity, which sparked global condemnation. On Tuesday, the UN high commissioner for human rights said the world must react to the use of chemical weapons or risk dire consequences. “After decades when we thought we had successfully outlawed the use of chemical and biological weapons, the world is sitting idly by while their use is becoming normalised in Syria,” said Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. “This collective shrug to yet another possible use of one of the most ghastly weapons ever devised by man is incredibly dangerous.” (afp) News can also be heard in “Bali Image” at Global Radio FM 96.5 from 9.30 until 10.00 am. Listen to Global Radio FM at http:// globalfmbali.listen2myradio.com or live video streaming at http:// radioglobalfmbali.com and http:// ustream.tv/channel/global-fm-bali.

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