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The women of ‘Ocean’s 8’ steal a big lead at the box office

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LOS ANGELES - The women of “Ocean’s 8” proved this weekend that they know how to steal the show -- and much more -- as the new heist flick took in an estimated $41.5 million in North American theaters. With an all-star cast led by ever-popular Sandra Bullock and supported by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Rihanna, the Warner Bros. film was Hollywood’s latest experiment -- after “Ghostbusters” -- in replacing an all-male cast with female stars. The result: one of the top 10 openings of the year so far, which also best three earlier “Ocean’s” editions. The film stars Bullock as Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean (originally played by George Clooney), as she assembles a gang of talented women to plan a seemingly impossible diamond heist from a glamorous gala in New York. In second place in the threeday weekend was last weekend’s

leader, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of the swashbuckling space pilot. The Disney film took in $15.2 million, roughly half its previous weekend’s total. Third spot went to “Deadpool 2” from 20th Century Fox, at $13.7 million. This latest in Marvel’s Xmen series stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Its worldwide ticket sales have surpassed $650 million. In fourth was a new film, “Hereditary,” at $13 million the best opening ever for the A24 production company. The horror film, about a family haunted after its matriarch dies, stars Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne. Its decent opening came in spite of an R-rating and less-than-glowing reviews, including a D+ from CinemaScore. (afp)

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Australian actress Cate Blanchett (L), rapper/actress Awkwafina (2nd from L), actress Sarah Paulson (3rd from L), actress Anne Hathaway (4th from L), actress Sandra Bullock (4th from R), actress Mindy Kaling (3rd from R), British actress Helena Bonham Carter (2nd from R) and singer/actress Rihanna (R) attend the World Premiere of OCEAN’S 8 June 5, 2018 in New York. OCEAN’S 8 will be released nationwide on June 8, 2018.

Robbie Williams to perform at World Cup opening ceremony

English musician Robbie Williams

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LONDON - British pop star Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday, the world football governing body FIFA and the singer’s representatives said. The award-winning singer formerly in the band Take That, who is best known for his hit single “Angels”, will sing alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina shortly before Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the World Cup at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. The 44-year-old said in a statement on Monday that performing at the World Cup was “a boyhood

dream” and it would be “an unforgettable show”. His song “Party Like a Russian” two years ago sparked controversy in Russia for promoting stereotypes about the country. It included lyrics about a leader who “alleviates the cash from a whole entire nation, takes loose change and builds his own space station”. Williams told fans on Twitter at the time that the song “is definitely not about (Russian President Vladimir) Putin”. Last year, he offered to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song

Contest in a jokey interview on Russian state-controlled Channel One television. Williams told Andrei Malakhov, the host of the show “Pust Govoryat” or “Let Them Talk”, in comments dubbed into Russian: “I’d like to represent Russia at Eurovision. Come on Russia, we can win!” Williams grinned as he made the offer, adding however that he could see his manager “has already got his head in his hands”. Former Brazil striker Ronaldo -- known as “O Fenomeno” -- will also be taking part in the opening ceremony, FIFA said. (afp)

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In this file photo taken on May 10, 2018 migrants stand on the deck of the French NGO’s ship Aquarius, a search and rescue ship run in partnership between “SOS Mediterranee” and Doctors without borders (MSF), as it approaches the Italian coast. Hundreds of people on board the Aquarius, were stranded on June 11, 2018 in the Mediterranean between Italy and Malta in a standoff between the two nations, with both refusing to allow the vessel to dock. Some 629 people, including pregnant women and scores of children, have been saved by SOS Mediterranee on June 10 and embarked aboard the French NGO’s ship, between Malta and Sicily waiting for a secure port.

Italy’s new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini engaged in a war of words with the Maltese government Friday after accusing the Mediterranean island of not doing its fair share to take in migrants. “The good God put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily,” said the nationalist Salvini, as a new wave of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean prepared to land in Italy. “It is not possible for Malta to say ‘no’ to any request for help,” he continued. Salvini’s comments came after Malta reportedly refused to come to the aid of a migrant rescue ship Seefuchs, which was stranded with 119 migrants onboard in the Mediterranean due to violent sea conditions. The ship had embarked on a mission coordinated by the Italian coastguard on Wednesday to rescue migrants aboard a dinghy in distress.

But after evacuating the dinghy, the Seefuchs was forced to call for assistance from a bigger vessel, unable to navigate in the deteriorating weather conditions without putting the migrants’ lives in danger. According to the German NGO Sea-Watch, which attempted in vain to assist the Seefuchs due to the adverse conditions, Valletta refused to offer assistance, apart from agreeing to accept medical evacuations by air. The Maltese government was quick to deny it had done anything wrong. “With regards to Search and Rescue, Malta acts in accordance to the international conventions that apply,” the government said

in a statement Friday evening. “Malta will continue to respect these conventions with respect to the Safety of Life at Sea (maritime treaty), as happened in this latest case and indeed in each case.” - 70 hours in rough seas

The Seefuchs was finally reached on Friday afternoon by a tanker and an Italian coast guard ship and is expected to dock at the port of Pozzallo in southern Sicily in the evening. The migrants on board were reportedly in a state of distress after spending 70 hours in rough seas. Another 232 migrants, on board the NGO ship Sea Watch 3 are also set to disembark in the southern

Italian state of Calabria Saturday morning after more than three days at sea. Unconvinced by Valletta’s statement, the bullish Salvini, issued a sharp response Friday evening. “Can our Maltese friends tell us how many ships carrying immigrants docked in their ports in 2018?” he said in a statement. “How many people landed, how many asylum applications were examined and how many accepted? Italy wants to solve problems, not create them.” Salvini -- who is also deputy prime minister -- has repeatedly promised to stop migrants arriving in Italy and speed up deportations. He accuses fellow EU nations of abandoning Italy in the struggle to deal with migrant arrivals, recently

announcing that Italy cannot be “Europe’s refugee camp.” The southern European nation has seen more than 700,000 migrants arrive on their shores since 2013. However, a controversial agreement between Italy’s former centre-left government and authorities and militias in Libya has triggered a decline in overall arrivals of some 75 percent since the summer of 2017. But so far this year Italian authorities have still registered more than 13,500 arrivals.(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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Seafood Brunch at Seasalt by Alila Seminyak

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Passengers disembark from a ship on arrival at the Surabaya port in East Java on June 11, 2018, as people travel to their hometowns to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Cities in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country empty out every year at the end of the holy month of Ramadan as people head to villages to celebrate Eid with their families.

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Gilimanuk terminal deserted of homecomers

NEGARA - Until day 6 of the Eid al Fitr holidays, the number of homecomers taking advantage of provincial inter-city bus services (AKAP) from Denpasar to Gilimanuk remains deserted. Head of the Gilimanuk Terminal, I Putu Buda, said on Sunday (Jun. 10) the situation remains the same as ordinary days. Similarly, there has not been a significant increase in passengers from Denpasar to Gilimanuk. He said that although the homecoming traffic to Gilimanuk Harbor occurs every year, the situation of terminal located opposite the harbor almost shows no changes or looks the same as on normal days.

Quiet atmosphere of Gilimanuk terminal even though on homecoming traffic, he said, has happened since the past few years. This is caused by a number of factors. Among others, the homecomers departing to the Java Island prefer to take inter-provincial bus directly from Denpasar. Alternatively, they also take a travel transport transporting right to their home village. In addition, many homecomers riding motorcycles also affect the loneliness

of the provincial inter-city transport services. Putu Buda also added that crowded situation at Gilimanuk Terminal happened on the homecoming traffic of approximately ten years ago. But gradually, the passengers that use transportation within the province of Denpasar-Gilimanuk are getting quieter up to this day. The drivers hoped there is an increase in passengers during the homecoming

backflow to Denpasar. Lately, he said that passengers are indeed deserted from Denpasar during the homecoming period, but during the backflow there is usually an increase in the number of passengers to Denpasar. From the monitoring at the Gilimanuk Terminal, the atmosphere seemed deserted with the AKDP buses waiting for passengers, as well as the drivers were sitting in the waiting room of the terminal. One of the drivers, Wayan Awe, said there was virtually no influence

on the number of passengers between going home or not. Moreover, from Denpasar he just got ten passengers last Sunday. “It’s the same as when going home or not,” he said. Meanwhile, the atmosphere of Gilimanuk Harbor that serves the crossing to Ketapang Harbor, Banyuwangi, East Java, also remains lonely of homecoming. Operations Manager of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry of Gilimanuk Harbor, Heru Wahyono, predicted the peak of homecoming traffic will occur on day 4 until day 2 before holiday. (120)

Day 6 of Eid al Fitr

Passengers through Ngurah Rai airport on the rise

MANGUPURA —Ahead of Eid al Fitr holidays, passengers departing through Ngurah Rai Airport began to turn crowded. Moreover, management of Angkasa Pura I, Ngurah Rai Airport, estimated that passenger surge would occur on Saturday (Jun. 9) and Sunday (Jun. 10). This was disclosed by the Head of Communication and Legal Section of Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie

Ahsanurrohim, on Sunday (Jun. 10). According to the data collected through the Integrated Eid al Fitr Transport Monitoring Post 2018 (1439 H) on the day 6 before holiday, Saturday (Jun. 9), the passengers through Ngurah Rai Airport began to increase. When compared to the same period of day 6 before holiday in 2017, the total movement of aircraft experienced a growth.

The aircraft movement experienced a growth of 15.03 percent, namely 444 aircrafts in 2018 while in 2017of the same period amounted to 386 aircrafts. The growth of passengers also experienced a growth of 15.93 percent namely amounting to 58,663 people in 2017 and showed an increase of 68,006 this year. From the beginning of the open-

ing of the Eid post 2018 until day 6, the total arrival of the aircraft has amounted to 630. This number increased by 4.48 percent compared to the same period in 2017 which only amounted to 603 aircrafts. As for departure, there is an increase of 672 or 7.35 percent when compared to 626 aircrafts in 2017. Meanwhile, the total passengers up to day 6 before holiday reached

97,080 or showed an increase of 2.65 percent when compared to last year (2017) only reaching 94,570 passengers. Nevertheless, the departures decreased by -1.73 percent from 98,054 passengers compared to 99,785 passengers in 2017. “There are two arrival aircrafts of extra flight, while departure only amounts to one flight,” he said. (kmb23)

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Gamma irradiation development discourse

Buleleng prepares companion fund of IDR 25 billion

The radius of the sun gets a smidge smaller during periods when the sun is most active, a new study reports.

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The sun shrinks a teensy bit when it’s feeling active

How big is the sun? Well, that depends on when you’re measuring.THE sun slightly shrinks and expands as it goes through a solar cycle, a roughly 11-year period of high and low magnetic activity, a new study finds. When the sun is the most active, its radius decreases by 1 or 2 kilometers, two researchers report in a paper accepted in the Astrophysical Journal. Given that the sun’s full radius is about 700,000 kilometers, that’s a tiny change. Unlike a planet, the sun has no solid surface, so defining the absolute size isn’t simple. “It’s a slippery concept: What does it mean, the radius of the sun?” says astronomer Jeff Kuhn of the University of Hawaii in Maui. One way of defining the sun’s width is based on how the brightness of the sun decreases from its center. In

2010, Kuhn and colleagues found no signs that the sun’s radius varied during the solar cycle, when based on brightness. But the new study considered a different benchmark called the seismic radius, which is measured via seismic waves that travel through the sun’s interior. Any shrinking or expanding of the sun will change

the frequency of those waves. That different yardstick has some advantages. “By using the seismic radius, we can measure more accurately,” says Alexander Kosovichev of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, who coauthored the paper with Jean-Pierre Rozelot of Université Côte d’Azur in Nice,

France. To tease out the seismic radius, the astrophysicists used 21 years’ worth of data on the waves’ frequencies collected by two spacecraft. The amount of expansion or contraction varied by depth: Some layers within the sun contracted while others expanded. But the final result was an overall decrease in seismic radius for a more active sun. The new measurement, however, is not a replacement for measuring the radius of the sun’s brightness. “I think that’s a separate question,” Kuhn says. The two measurements rely on

different techniques, and therefore probe different aspects of the sun’s behavior. Still, the sun’s seismic radius may help scientists understand the fluctuating strengths of magnetic fields at different depths within the sun, a potential cause of the shrinkage, says astrophysicist Sabatino Sofia, who is retired from Yale University. While there previously have been hints of variation in the sun’s seismic radius, the additional data “really confirms that during the activity cycle, the seismic radius of the sun is changing.” (net)

MELBOURNE - A little brain can be surprisingly good at nothing. Honeybees are the first invertebrates to pass a test of recognizing where zero goes in numerical order, a new study finds. Even small children struggle with recognizing “nothing” as being less than one, says cognitive behavioral scientist Scarlett Howard of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. But honeybees trained to fly to images of greater or fewer dots or whazzits tended to rank a blank image as less than one, Howard and colleagues report in the June 8 Science. Despite decades of discoveries, nonhuman animals still don’t get due credit outside specialist circles for intelligence, laments Lars Chittka of Queen Mary University of London,

who has explored various mental capacities of bees. For the world at large, he emphasizes that the abilities described in the new paper are “remarkable.” Researchers recognize several levels of complexity in grasping zero. Most animals, or maybe all, can understand the simplest level — just recognizing that the absence of something differs from its presence, Howard says. Grasping the notion that absence could fit into a sequence of quantities, though, seems harder. Previously, only some primates such as chimps and vervet monkeys, plus an African gray parrot named Alex, have demonstrated this level of understanding of the concept of zero (SN: 12/10/16, p. 22).

The researchers first trained bees to visit a spot with either a Y-shaped maze or an upright display, both offering images with different numbers of elements, such as dark circles of different sizes. Some bees were trained to fly to the image with the lower numbers of objects, while other bees were taught to go to the higher-number image. The researchers offered the bees a sweet treat for the correct image, and a bitter quinine solution for a wrong answer. “I was fairly afraid of bees when I began working with them,” Howard says. But learning their ways convinced her that a lot of what humans mistake for aggression from a foraging bee buzzing around is usually “just curiosity.” (net)

Bees show some sense of the idea of zero, researchers say. Tests required the insects to choose between images with various numbers of dark shapes.

SINGARAJA — Buleleng has desire to build gamma irradiation to preserve agricultural products and it seems not just a discourse. As evidence, Buleleng starts preparing companion fund sourcing from the regional budget (APBD) worth IDR 25 billion. This great desire cannot be separated because the preservation of agricultural products is needed to maintain the quality and avoid losses that can be experienced by farmers because agricultural products during the harvest season cannot be optimally absorbed by the market. This was revealed by the Regent of Buleleng, Putu Agus Suradnyana (PAS), on Sunday (Jun. 10) on the sidelines of attending a healthy walk in order to disseminate the Bali gubernatorial election in Singaraja Town Public Park. Further, he said that gamma irradiation discourse emerged in line with the policy that will run the focus to address the problem of agriculture in a broad sense. Besides, Buleleng has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Atomic Energy Agency (BATAN) to use the results of research in developing the agricultural sector in the region. Building gamma irradiation is one of the few points setting forth in the MOU made by both parties. Following up on the matter, Buleleng is now pioneering to build gamma irradiation. From the initial preparation, his party has prepared a companion fund of IDR 25 billion. However, pursuant to the planning of central government, building a gamma irradiation costs IDR 100 billion. Such companion funds is expected to help central government realize the first gamma irradiation development in Buleleng. “It is under process and we have prepared a companion fund. At least, with this preparation we want that central government is serious to build gamma irradiation in our region,” he said. In addition to preparing a companion fund, Buleleng is now tasked to do feasibility study as a supporting document in the development of the gamma irradiation. The decision to compile this document was taken after Buleleng followed the Forum Group Discussion (FGD) with BATAN some time ago. From this forum, it was decided to arrange the development of the gamma irradiation itself. Armed with this feasibility study, the Agriculture Agency is assigned to calculate as well as make projection on the utilization of gamma irradiation to be built. It is important because, after all, the gamma irradiation in Buleleng is not just to cultivate agricultural products in North Bali, but also possible to accommodate the agricultural products from neighboring districts. “I have assigned the Agriculture Agency to calculate and compile this feasibility study. We are not talking about capability issues but capacity issues. Anyone using this gamma irradiation should be calculated, so the facilities we strive for will comply with the target and do not result in losses,” he explained. (kmb38)

Bees join an exclusive crew of animals that get the concept of zero

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Suwung landfill

23-year old youth create Simalu application

Reducing trash at Suwung landfill

DENPASAR — By his performance, this 23-year-old man looks simple. His hair is messy and wearing thick glasses. Unexpectedly, the man having full name of I Putu Aga Darma Winanda has created the Simalu application helping save garbage in cool manner. When encountered in the Kampong IT 2018 at the BCIC Tohpati recently, he said the application was created due to the emergence of flood disaster caused by water flow clogging due to garbage. According to him, people play an important role in protecting the environment including from flood disaster. To that end, people should have awareness to throw garbage in place. Unfortunately, throwing garbage in place does not necessarily resolve the problem. The presence of non-organic waste being difficult to decompose raises new problems namely at Suwung landfill starting to overload. To overcome the problem of non-organic waste, waste banks began to emerge. Waste bank is one of the efforts to handle the non-organic waste problem by way of recycling. The problems re-emerged when people are lazy

sorting waste. Realizing such condition, Aga as familiarly addressed makes the Simalu application, a cool way to save waste. People no longer need to be bothered by bringing a lot of waste to the waste bank. With this application, people simply need to open the application and select the nearest waste bank. People will also have money savings by saving garbage. The waste saved daily or monthly will be recorded digitally in the application. Different types of waste have their own prices. For example, plastic bottle waste is priced at IDR 14,000 per kilogram by a waste bank. It is meant to facilitate people to save the waste. “Every garbage bank is different, but the price is determined by them (waste banks). We just mediate the waste depositors and waste banks because so far they

just record manually. With this application, their transaction can be recorded digitally,” said the native man to Wangaya, Denpasar. After inputting the data, the waste will be picked up by the waste bank. So, it really makes the people easier. Up to now, there are six garbage banks joining in the Simalu application. In Kuta area, there is a waste bank, three in Denpasar, one in Gianyar and one in Buleleng. This application development process takes one year and was released in December 2017 in the Playstore. Currently, there is already 1.8 tons of waste collected. “Well... at least we have reduced the burden of waste at Suwung landfill because the waste entering the waste bank will be recycled,” said this IT program graduate from Udayana University. (kmb42)


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Umanis Kuningan

For relatives of Guatemala volcano victims, an agonizing wait

Some tourist objects thronged by residents BANGLI — A number of people take advantage of holiday moment to vacation with family by visiting tourist attractions in Bangli district as seen on Umanis Kuningan, Sunday (Jun. 10). As consequence, several tourist attractions were thronged by residents for a vacation. Based on observation, a number of water attractions, sacred bathing place and others were invaded by visitors. The tourist attractions visited by visitors include the Toya Devasya Kintamani, Penelokan, Beji Selati at Selati hamlet, Bunutin village, Bangli and Penglipuran traditional village. Tour Manager of Toya Devasya, I Wayan Mantik, revealed the number of visits on Umanis Kuningan increased significantly. They are dominated by local Balinese visitors up to 100 percent during the day. Foreign tourist visit also experienced an increase of 35 percent such as those from China. “The visit remains to be domi-

nated by local visitors of Bangli. So far, there has been no domestic visitor. Probably, they will make a visit during Eid holiday. Meanwhile, the European tourists are usually crowded when entering July-August,” he said. Explained Mantik, in addition to the increase in tourist visits, the holiday period also affects the villa’s occupancy. Although being not too much, it has started to receive room reservations since a few days ago. “Some guests have made reservations of villa,” he explained. Meanwhile, Division Head of Tourist Object Development at the Bangli Tourism Office, Wayan Bona, revealed that based

on observations made, almost all tourist objects in Bangli are visited by many tourists such as the Twin Hills, Kuning Waterfall including other water tourist attractions. “Increase in the tourist visits during the Galungan and Kuningan holidays are commonplace,” he explained. However, Bona continued, the tourist attraction of Terunyan village cemetery showed the highest drop in tourist visit. It happened due to a number of tourism facilities namely the dock at Kedisan and Terunyan is submerged by the overflowing water of Lake Batur. “The visit to Terunyan only amounts to dozens,” he said. (kmb41)

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This picture taken on June 8, 2018 shows Afghan peace activists shouting slogans in demand to an end to the war as they start their march from Helmand to Kabul in Ghazni province.

Some tourist objects thronged by residents.

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Draw young people to preserve endek

Denpasar Endek Ambassador returns to hold ‘Endek Lovers’ AMBASSADOR of endek clothes as an organization of young man loving the endek clothes in Denpasar continues to take the role of increasing the love of community, especially young people, to ikat clothes. The Denpasar Endek Ambassador has a number of work programs with the organization selected every year from school to college students. Endek Lover as one of the work programs returns to be held

this year. The agenda includes the way to draw the interests of young generations in woven ikat clothes. They are photography contest to fashion show involving general public, kindergarten, elementary, junior high and high school. “This year, we return to hold Endek Lovers event by featuring the theme of The Remarkable of Endek to attract children, young people to general public,” said Chairman of

Denpasar Endek Ambassador, I Putu Arik Alfian Wikancana, on Sunday (Jun. 10) in Denpasar. Furthermore, according to Alfian accompanied by Chairperson of the Endek Lovers Committee 2018, Luh Komang Utari Candra Laksmi, said that various competitions held like the photography contest is opened to the public with the theme of Stylish with Endek with the photo submission start-

Endek Lover as one of the work programs returns to be held this year.

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ing from May 22 to June 22, 2018 at 3rd Floor of Sewaka Dharma Building, Lumintang. “For further information on photography competition, the participants can contact to 0857-3946-8671 on behalf of Gung Putra,” he said. Meanwhile, the speech contest featuring Endek is Our Cultural Product is divided into two categories, namely Category A for junior high school and Category B for high school. The registration can be made on May 22 until June 8, 2018 at Sewaka Dharma Building, Lumintang. Then, coloring contest featuring The Remarkable of Endek is divided into two categories, namely kindergarten and elementary school for first to third grade. The registration can be made on May 22 to June 22 at 3rd Sewaka Dharma Building, Lumintang. Meanwhile, Fashion Show Contest is divided into five categories. They are Category A of third to sixth grade students of elementary school using endek uniforms adapted to their respective school uniforms, 50 percent of endek upper garment and 50 percent of school uniforms. Category B is for junior high school using Endek attires in the form of T-shirts or Polo Shirt with 30 percent of endek and 70 percent

plain clothes. High school category wears party dress made from endek or modified endek evening gown and general category with the age of 18-25 years old use endek attires and office style fashion of big size with the age of 18-25 years old. “In this fashion show, we try to involve various ages and circles with the theme of Endek for All Generations. By that way, we will be able to see various motifs and endek design from school students to office style,” he said, while expecting the Endek Lovers can provide a positive contribution in maintaining the legacy of ikat weaving in Bali especially in Denpasar City. Meanwhile, the Head of the Denpasar Industry and Trade Agency, Wayan Gatra, said the Endek Lover activities as a work program of the Endek Ambassador is meant to raise the quality of endek without forgetting the pattern in various innovations and creations both in terms of skill, entrepreneurship, entertainment and fashion development. “Implementation of this activity is meant to awaken the Balinese people, especially children, teenagers, and the general public in preserving endek,” said Gatra. (kmb)

Blistered and hungry: Afghans walk hundreds of kilometres for peace

ESCUINTLA - At an improvised morgue in the Guatemalan town of Escuintla, dozens of people stand around in an anguished daze, clutching photos of their loved ones, hoping to recover their bodies for burial. This small town, some 35 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Guatemala City, was nearly wiped off the map last Sunday by the violent eruption of the Fuego volcano and the crushing avalanches of earth, ash and glowing lava that followed. The eruption claimed at least 110 lives and left dozens missing, according to an official tally. And some 4,500 people have no homes to return to. “They are not animals, they are people,” said Boris Rodriguez, 24, who managed to recover a dozen corpses shortly after an avalanche devastated the village of San Miguel Los Lotes. Along with many other mourners, he is waiting for the bodies, still in the morgue, to be returned to family members for burial. But some families are losing patience as authorities conduct the methodical process of identifying bodies in the makeshift morgue set up in a local school. Dozens of the dead are being kept there. Rodriguez has been biding his time at the morgue since Monday. Almost a week after helping recover the corpses of 10 relatives, they have yet to be formally identified. “It is simply too painful to pull those bodies out and not be able to keep vigil over them,” he said, standing near a stack of coffins provided for families unable to afford one. The identification process is slow, involving DNA testing and interviews with relatives. So far, only 41 bodies have been formally identified, according to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences. (afp)

GHAZNI - Hobbled by blisters and stalked by hunger, dozens of Afghan protesters are marching hundreds of kilometres across the war-torn country demanding an end to the nearly 17-year conflict. Nine people began the weekslong anti-war march in May, but their numbers have since swollen to around 50, organisers say, as their demands for an end to fighting gain traction among ordinary Afghans increasingly fed up with years of bloodshed. The arduous journey began in the southern province of Helmand, a Taliban stronghold. The group hopes to reach the capital Kabul, some 700 kilometres (430 miles) away, before the end of the holy month of Ramadan this week where it plans to present a list of demands for peace to Afghan leaders. Among the protesters is Zaheer Ahmad Zindani, who was blinded in a roadside explosion several years ago that also killed his sister. “We are tired of this war and bloodshed,” Zindani told AFP as the group arrived in Ghazni, the

capital of the southeastern province of the same name, over the weekend. “Both sides should sit down for peace talks. We want a permanent and sustainable peace.” The group is also calling for a ceasefire -- but longer than the ones announced by the Afghan government and Taliban for the Eid holiday that follows Ramadan -- and a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. After weeks of walking along asphalt roads in the heat, sleeping under trees or in mosques, and weakened by fasting for Ramadan, the group is now within 200 kilometres of the Afghan capital. Initially ridiculed for their plan to walk to Kabul, the protesters now enjoy growing support as more Afghans pay attention to their cause and take to social media to cheer them on.

“Your every step gives us hope for peace, continue your march until we have peace,” Jamilurahman wrote on Facebook. A user called Hamidullah posted: “May Allah give you paradise for every step you take for peace. May peace prevail in every part of our country.” The march, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan, emerged out of a sit-in protest and hunger strike in the Helmand provincial capital Lashkar Gah. That demonstration, which began spontaneously after a car bomb attack in the city on March 23, triggered similar movements by war-weary Afghans around the country. But when the Taliban and security forces failed to heed their demands to stop fighting, some of the protesters decided to take their message directly to the country’s top leaders. (afp)

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Local residents and members of Mexico’s Tlatelolco Moles rescue team (R) take part in the search for victims in the ashcovered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 10, 2018, days after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano.


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BUSINESS Britain says hopes US will honour G7 commitments on trade

Britain urged the United States to honour commitments made at the G7 summit, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Monday even after US President Donald Trump rejected a joint communique in a bitter spat over trade tariffs. “The communique was agreed by all the parties who attended the G7 and we fully intend to honour it. We would hope that the US will similarly honour the commitments that they have made,” he said. May was due to address the British parliament about the summit at 1430 GMT. The summit in Canada ended in farce and a renewed threat of trade war on Saturday after Trump rejected an attempt to write a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host. The joint communique that was thrashed out over two days of negotiations vowed that members would reform multilateral oversight of commerce through the World Trade Organization (WTO) and seek to cut tariffs. “We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible. We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies,” it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements. Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the US market if they retaliate to steep tariffs he has imposed on steel and

aluminium imports. The joint communique was published online before Trump tweeted his disapproval after comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!” Trump tweeted. “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak.” Trudeau had told reporters that Trump’s decision to invoke national security to justify US tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium was “insulting” to Canadian veterans who had stood by their US allies in conflicts dating back to World War I. “Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around,” he said.(afp)

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Definitely Tabanan people have been very familiar with the art of tektekan. As one of the traditional arts of Kerambitan subdistrict, it is often displayed lately in the festival activities such as in the annual the Kerambitan Festival. The tektekan art itself is derived from a simple musical instrument made of bamboo sticks combined with a number of other traditional musical instruments. Nevertheless, it is capable of presenting a beautiful art performance, a noble culture developing well and still well maintained until now. Originally, this tektekan in particular served to repel bhuta kala when people consider if the village was attacked by plague, and is paraded one day before Nyepi Day. In keeping with the passage of time, it increasingly accentuates on the creativity of the art, gradually the tektekan gamelan itself develops to have different functions or additional use. Tektekan originally functioned to neutralize plague now becomes a gamelan accompaniment to drama theatrical art known as Tektekan Calonarang. At one of the villages in Kerambitan sub-district, namely Penarukan village, the tradition of Tektekan Calonarang is displayed on piodalan or temple festival at Dalem and Puseh Temple of local village. Besides, the staging of tektekan can also be used to pay vows of the

community. “Tektekan Calonarang does not use alive human as corpse, but more focuses on the anger or the mother Ratna Manggali who sees her daughter being treated badly. Ultimately, she takes advantage of her supernatural power to spread diseases. This can be neutralized with tektekan sounds,” said headman of Penarukan, I Putu Rai Suteja, not long ago. Tektekan Calonarang is performed every festival at Puseh and Dalem Temple for one hour. He said that in 1967, Kerambitan subdistrict area was attacked by disease outbreaks so that people had the initiative to sound the potluck tools like split bamboo drum or kentongan. After that, the epidemic of the disease subsided, and it is believed the ngerebeg tradition is efficacious to eliminate the plague. A figure of Puri Anyar Palace also sees that it has the potential to be promoted into the art, and sustains the royal tourism. Then, all the art figures were summoned and they established an art troupe collaborated with staging of Calonarang along with Rangda and Barong.

Forerunner in the formation of the Tektekan Calonarang at Penarukan involved three villages namely Kerambitan (for the dancers), Celuk hamlet, Sudimara (gamelan players) and Penarukan village (rangda and barong). Since at that time Celuk village and Sudimara village was sepa-

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rated by a river without a bridge, so when rainy season arrived, a flood in the river made them unable to cross. As a result, the order to make a performance was submitted to Penarukan and Kerambitan. In the next development, because the dancers in Kerambitan have

been old, finally the art troupe was bequeathed to Penarukan covering the dancers, gamelan players as well as the barong and rangda. At the end in 1967 was then established the tektekan troupe at Penarukan Kaja under dancer coordinator of Ketut Kamijana. (kmb)

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as HSBC’s head of retail banking and wealth management. After some strong profitable years under Gulliver’s before his retirement, HSBC earnings plunged in 2016 on huge writedowns and restructuring charges. However, they rebounded strongly last year, in part thanks to a strong Asian performance. The bank had in 2015 set out a plan to axe 50,000 jobs and exit non-core markets, as it also navigated a series of damaging probes into HSBC operations. Prior to his departure, Gulliver said that HSBC would likely switch 1,000 jobs to Paris from London owing to Britain’s departure from the European Union due next year. HSBC, founded in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 1865, sees its focus firmly in Asia, although it has been based in Britain since 1992. Shares in HSBC were trading down 0.8 percent at 724.30 pence following Flint’s update, while London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 0.7 percent overall.(afp)

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Tektekan Calonarang of Penarukan Village, Only Staged on Pujawali at Dalem and Puseh Temple

(Front row L-R) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, (back row L-R), Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and British Prime Minister Theresa May pose for a family photo of the G7 Outreach during the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018.

HSBC’s new chief executive said Monday he wanted a return to growth for the banking giant after a huge restructuring that saw the lender exit numerous markets and axe tens of thousands of jobs. John Flint, who replaced Stuart Gulliver in February, said he plans to invest $15-17 billion (12.7-14.4 billion euros) primarily in growth and technology projects. “After a period of restructuring, it is now time for HSBC to get back into growth mode,” Flint said in a statement. “In the next phase of our strategy we will accelerate growth in areas of strength, in particular in Asia and from our international network.” Flint said that over the next two years, the bank aims to deliver mid-single digit growth in revenue and low to mid-single digit growth in operating expenses. He added that the updated strategy involves turning around its US business and to increase its share of the home loans market in the UK. Flint was promoted to the top job after serving

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Nampin or chewing betel leaves is one of the traditions that remains strong amongst Balinese elders. According to one respected elder named Ni Ketut Darma, who still chews betel leaves everyday, tradtionally the ingredients for betwel chewing are kept in a special betel nut box called pabuan or pecanangan. “When we use this box at home we call it pabuan, but when we serve guests we call this penginangan, using more refined language” she explained. According to Grandma Darma, the betel nut box is made of wood in the long side shape where it generally consists of some compartments containing lime, betel leaves, gambier, betel nut, betel nut mortar and pestle or panyawisan, small knife, and caket (used to halve areca nut). She said that in the past the betel nut box was the first thing to be served to guests who came or when visiting other people’s homes. “Presenting betel nut box and nampin has become a tradition in the life of Ba-

linese people, until now this tradition remains to be implemented especially by parents like me,” she said. She added the betel nut box is not only served at home, but also at temple with a different designation. At temple, it is called pacanangan, functioned as the offerings presented to deities. Pabuan and pacanangan is basically not the same. Pabuan served at home usually contains lime, gambier, betel leaf, betel nut, betel nut mortar and pestle, small knife, and caket, while the pecanangan at temple has the same contents with additional ingredients like thread, money and fruits. When asked about how she feels when doing nampin, she just claimed to be accustomed to doing it. Men and women of her age usually do it. It is tasteless but the lips feel abrasive. It feels nothing due to the mixture with lime. “Our lips are abrasive, but I have been accustomed to the taste,” she said. (kmb)


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Opposites, rivals, heirs, negotiators: Trump and Kim SINGAPORE - The summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will be among the most improbable diplomatic encounters in history, featuring principals who could not be more different -- but who also share some surprising similarities. Trump was the oldest US president ever to take office when he was sworn in a little over 500 days ago, and will turn 72 on Thursday. The North Korean leader is still in his mid-thirties and remains among the world’s youngest heads of government, but has already been in power for more than six years. The chosen heir -- once his elder half-brother fell from grace -- Kim was groomed for years to take his place at the top of Pyongyang’s political pyramid. And in a one-party state where according to rights groups tens of thousands languish in political prison camps, he has no need to fret about re-election or tomorrow’s headlines -- or to respond to them on Twitter. In contrast, Trump reached the White House via a career in property development and reality television, followed by an unprecedentedly populist presidential campaign that upended the US political establishment. And although he is his country’s Supreme Leader, Kim does not hold the title of President. That

is reserved for his grandfather, the North’s founder Kim Il Sung, despite his death in 1994. - Family values But the two leaders also share some parallels. Both grew up in luxury, went into the family business and have appointed trusted relatives to key positions. Dynastic descent from Kim Il Sung is the basis for Kim’s personal legitimacy -- Pyongyang’s propaganda promotes the similarities between them in looks, mannerisms and even handwriting. His sister Kim Yo Jong has emerged as one of his closest aides. She acted as his envoy to the Winter Olympics in the South, spent almost the whole of his first summit with the South’s Moon Jae-in at his side, and accompanied him to China to meet President Xi Jinping. Yo Jong is in Singapore with her brother, having flown on a separate aircraft to preserve the family bloodline in case of disaster. Trump’s father Frederick Christ Trump was a self-made property developer. The president has ap-

pointed his daughter Ivanka as an assistant and her husband Jared Kushner is a close adviser, while his son Donald Jr was part of his election campaign. Both Kim and Trump are unbending in their demands for loyalty. In the month starting February 28 Trump sacked or lost the services of his White House communications director Hope Hicks, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, national security adviser HR McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin. Kim recently appointed a new director of the military’s powerful General Political Bureau described as a “highly trusted” lieutenant, and has established his authority over both the ruling Workers’ Party and the military by ruthlessly purging potential rivals. The most senior victim was his uncle and mentor Jang Song Thaek, who was executed in 2013 -- denounced by state media as “despicable human scum” and proclaimed guilty of a variety of colourful crimes and political sins. (afp)

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A handout photo taken by Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore on June 11, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump (R) shaking hands with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) following his visit to The Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, in Singapore.

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Waking up the neighbours: Indonesia’s Ramadan alarm clocks

Most of Jakarta is fast asleep at 2:00 am, but for Fajar Ramadin and his pint-sized comrades it’s time to wake up the neighbourhood. The motley group of children yell and bang on tambourines and drums as they roam the quiet streets of Indonesia’s capital on a mission to stir sleeping residents for a pre-dawn meal.

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A tourist vessel passes a bridge showing a graffiti reading ‘Bullet for Google’ in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district on May 22, 2018.

Berlin talks aim to revive stalled Ukraine peace process

Ukraine and Russia’s foreign ministers meet their German and French counterparts on Monday in a renewed bid to resolve the smouldering civil war in eastern Ukraine as Moscow seeks to end Western sanctions. The Ukraine conflict, half-forgotten by the West amid other crises and its own divisions, has claimed over 10,000 lives and still sees daily clashes between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces. President Vladimir Putin last Thursday warned that any military “provocations” while Russia hosts the football World Cup would have “very severe consequences for Ukraine as a state”. The UN Security Council condemned “continuous violations of the ceasefire” and “the tragic humanitarian situation” on the frontline, and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons. The UN resolution last week was written by France with support from Germany -- the core EU powers that brokered the poorly observed 2015 Minsk peace agreement -- and was adopted unanimously, including by Russia. After over a year on the back burner as the French, Germans and Russians headed to the polls in 2017 and 2018, Paris, Berlin and Moscow have now turned their focus back on Ukraine ahead of its own elections next year. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who is hosting the meeting, predicted “tough” talks. “The implementation of the Minsk accords stalled for too long -- at the expense of the people in eastern Ukraine, who wish for nothing more ardently than peace,” he told the daily Bild. “I have no illusions -- the new start will be difficult. The interests and standpoints of Ukraine and Russia are far apart in many areas.” His French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Friday that “the credibility of the current peace process is at stake”, given a daily death toll and deteriorating humanitarian situation. The Berlin meeting is an attempt to restore dialogue between the two sides, which blame each other for the ongoing conflict, and to discuss the more distant goal of a blue-helmet UN peacekeeping force.(afp)

It is Ramadan and millions across the world’s biggest Muslimmajority nation are abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking or sex during daylight hours. The morning meal, known as Sahur, can be crucial to making it through until sunset without food or drink. “Sahur! Sahur! Please wake up sir, madam!” hollers the 20-strong group of kids, aged seven to 15. It’s music to the ears of dozens of other children who stream out of their houses to join in, adding the thump of empty paint cans and water jugs to the ensemble. “This tradition has been around for a long time -- every kid is happy to do it,” said 13-year-old Ramadin. “I like it because this not only entertains people, but also helps them wake up for the pre-dawn meal.” Their entertainment value is probably a matter of debate. But many of the kids are part of a Koran study group run by the local mosque which has given its blessing to this midnight madness. Complaining would be futile. “They are indeed noisy, but it helps me wake up on time,” offers local

resident Rosimah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. “We are used to it -- happens every year,” she added. Smartphone alarms and digital clocks have seen this wake-up tradition gradually decline over the years. But it is still found across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago - especially in smaller communities -- which is home to about 260 million people. Nearly 90 percent are Muslim. Similar wake-up traditions are also practised in some other Muslim nations during Ramadan, which ends in mid-June. Most of the Jakarta group’s members are known as local troublemakers so conscripting them into religious service is a win-win situation for the neighbourhood -- and the mosque. “Many of these kids have dropped out of school. Some never even went to school. They are unemployed and became street children who cause trouble,” Alvanali Panji Prasetyo, an Islamic teacher and group leader, told AFP. “Thanks to God, the kids are starting to change their attitude after joining the group.”(afp)

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In this photograph taken early on May 19, 2018, youths sing and bang on improvised drums as they walk around their neighborhood to wake up residents for Sahur, the pre-dawn meal eaten before the start of the fasting day throughout the holy month of Ramadan, in Jakarta. Most of Jakarta is fast asleep at 2:00 am, but for Fajar Ramadin and his pint-sized comrades it’s time to wake up the neighbourhood. The motley group of children yell and bang on tambourines and drums as they roam the quiet streets of Indonesia’s capital on a mission to stir sleeping residents for a pre-dawn meal.

Vice president Demand for NTT tour packages increases: Asita jusuf kalla attends

KUPANG - East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (Asita) Chairman Abed Frans pointed to the high demand for tour packages to the province in the run-up to the Eid al-Fitr 2018 holidays. “The Lebaran holidays are a peak season, especially to Labuan Bajo, which has the Komodo National Park destination,” he noted here on Sunday. Frans explained that it had yet to calculate the total number of requests for tour packages from various operators covered by ASITA, but he believes the demand has increased drastically. Owner of the company that serves the Flobamor Tour travel had noted that the demand for tour packages from June to July 2018 has reached eight groups.

“Other operators, with an overseas market for foreign tourists, are also busy in serving tour requests that have trickled in,” he added. Furthermore, Frans revealed that most requests for travel packages to tourist destinations he received were to the Flores, Sumba, and Alor Islands. He stated that the local operators were encountering various difficulties in handling the surge in requests for tour packages during this peak season, including providing adequate ships for tourists, especially to cater to the demand for tours to Labuan Bajo, Komodo Island. “Currently, the shortage of this vessel is a problem, as all of them are in operation. Moreover, an agency was compelled to decline a tour request, as there was no boat to rent,” he stated.(ant)

conference in japan JAKARTA - Vice President Jusuf Kalla left for Japan here on Sunday evening to attend the 24th International Conference on “Asian Future” in Tokyo. He is scheduled to meet over dinner with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and other Asian countries` leaders on Monday evening as part of the conference agenda. On Tuesday Kalla will deliver a keynote speech on the Future of Asia. He is also scheduled to receive courtesy calls of Viet-

namese prime minister Truong Hoa Binh, New Zealand`s minister of economic development David Parker and the chairman of the Japan-Indonesia Association, Yasuo Fukuda. The annual forum organized by Nikkei is also attended by Malaysian prime minister Mahathir bin Mohammad, Korean deouty prime minister Kim DongYeon, Vietnam`s deputy prime minister Truong Hoa Binh and Singapore`s deputy prime ministet Teo Chee Hean.(ant)


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Jimbaran Corner

MANGUPURA - The Jimbaran Corner is a dining and shopping complex that opened in 2011 and which added a modern touch to the shopping scene within the beach resort area. The ‘corner’ is hard to miss on drives towards the famous seafood café-lined Jimbaran Bay, and is right next to the Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Suites. Its arcades are lined with notable boutiques and some luxury fashion brands, together with popular dining outlets such as Chocolate Café, Grocer & Grind, and Topeng Restaurant. Inside, you will also find a wine shop, a number of jewellery stores, a L’Occitane spa and beauty shop and fashion and lifestyle boutiques such as Vinoti Living, Kapal Laut Jewellery, Atlas South Sea Pearls. Being air conditioned throughout makes for a cosy shopping experience and a great retreat from the heat of the day. (net)

Bulgari Boutique

MANGUPURA - The only Bulgari shop in Bali, the Bulgari Boutique at the Bulgari Resort and Residences presents genuine designer pieces from the brand’s sterling jewellery collection, limited edition timepieces, accessories, and fragrances. It also presents a special collection of resort wear and exotic fabrics unique to this destination, such as loom-woven silk brocades and intricate batik pieces. An adjoining pavilion showcases exquisite art and craft pieces sourced from Bali and other neighbouring destinations in Indonesia, such as carvings, ceramic ware, hand-woven textiles, jewellery in traditional designs and a whole collection dedicated to local crafts. Normally on the higher end of the price range, some of the carefully selected items here are unique to this store. (net)

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Vettel claims 50th win and goes top in title race MONTREAL - Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix. The four-time champion German drove his Ferrari with near flawless aplomb to convert his 54th pole position into a triumphant afternoon ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and determined Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was third for Red Bull. Vettel’s third victory this season lifted him to 121 points ahead of Hamilton on 120 after seven races, ending the defending four-time champion’s hopes of a recordequalling seventh win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he won from pole for the last three years. It was Ferrari’s first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years.

It was also Vettel’s second win in Canada where he won in 2013 for Red Bull. Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who clocked the fastest lap at the end, managed to resist a late charge from Hamilton in the closing laps and retain fourth place ahead of the Englishman who extended his record points-scoring run to 32 races. Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari. German Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber. “Perfect is a good way to describe this,” said a delighted Vettel.

“I said yesterday that this place means a lot to Ferrari and to have a race like this is unbelievable. “After a long stretch here without a Ferrari win, I looked around and the people are so very happy. It means a lot. There’s a long way to go in the season so I am not

bothered about the title now, but it’s a good side affect for me.” He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari. (afp)

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Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.

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Spain’s tennis player Rafael Nadal listens to Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo during a press conference at the Paris city hall on June 11, 2018, a day after he won his 11th French Open title in Roland Garros and 17th grand slam title.

PARIS - When Rafael Nadal broke down in tears on the Roland Garros podium on Sunday as 15,000 people, plus a smattering of Hollywood heavyweights, stood and honoured his staggering 11th French Open triumph, it was enough to make his desperate rivals weep. The 32-year-old Spaniard had wrapped up his 17th major, taken his career earnings beyond the $100 million mark and extended his record in Paris to 86 wins and just two defeats. It also intensified the headache facing tennis’ highly-rated but woefully under-performing next generation. How do you solve a problem like Nadal? Or Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray for that matter? Since Nadal won his first major at Roland Garros in 2005, the ‘Big Four’ have claimed 48 of the past 53 Grand Slam titles. In their careers, 36-year-old Federer has 20 majors, Nadal 17, Djokovic 12 and Murray three. Stan Wawrinka, it should not be forgotten, also has three Slams although his name is usually an absentee when it comes to such number-crunching. Nadal’s victory on Sunday meant that the last seven Slams have been shared between players who are 30 and over. Furthermore, world number one Nadal has a record 32 Masters 1000 titles, Djokovic 30, Federer, 27, and Murray 14. Such is their dominance that former world number one Marat Safin, a two-time major winner, told reporters at the French Open that he would not be surprised to see Nadal and Federer “play until they are 40”. Nadal has not put a time limit on how much longer he intends to keep playing, no doubt wary of the ravages of his injury-hit career which have forced him to sit out nine Slams to rest either his knees or wrists. “I am 32. That’s how I feel. You can’t fight against the age and you can’t fight against the watch. The watch keep going always,” he said. “I am just trying to keep enjoying, and I am going to keep playing until my body resists, and my happiness is still high playing tennis. (afp)


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Sadio Mane was the ‘quiet kid’ with the superstar talent

DAKAR — One fan thumped his chest with his fist. Another raised a Senegalese flag high in the air. Around them, hundreds of others shouted, jumped and darted about in wild celebration. Sadio Mane had scored. It didn’t matter that Mane’s goal was for Liverpool, not Senegal. Nor that his club would lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. “He’s our leader,” said Samba Ndiaye, 27, who wore a $5 knockoff “Mane” Liverpool jersey to the Champions League final viewing party at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. “He scores, but he also does things on the field that no one else does. He can make the difference.” Mane, who left a rural village in southern Senegal as a teenager to find international stardom in Europe, hopes to defy the odds again at the World Cup in Russia. Senegal has waited 16 years since its World Cup debut, when the 2002 team famously defeated defending champion France on the way to a quarterfinal finish. Now, the West African nation is expecting its shy 26-year-old superstar to take Senegal to even greater heights. While Mane’s club career sparkles — he’s the highest-scoring Senegalese player in Premier

League history — national team results have been mixed. He impressed at the 2012 Olympics, missed the penalty that sent highly rated Senegal home from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in a shootout in the quarterfinals, then bounced back to help his country qualify for Russia. Senegal plays Poland, Japan, and Colombia in Group H at the World Cup, which Mane described as “a tough group.” He downplays talk of being the main man for Senegal, which is captained by midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate. “The main man all the time is the team, so for us the collective is more important,” Mane said. The 5-foot-8 winger also said he doesn’t feel pressure. “Honestly, I don’t know the word pressure, because football is my job. I always enjoy it,” he said. Mane was a scrawny 15-yearold boy when he joined Generation Foot, a Senegalese academy whose partnership with Metz in

France gives top prospects a shot at European soccer. He showed speed and skill in his tryout. But Mady Toure, Generation Foot’s founder and president, also liked Mane’s focus. “He was so sure of himself,” Toure said in an interview with The Associated Press outside the national stadium in Dakar after a recent game. “Sadio’s success doesn’t surprise me.” Mane’s determination also saw him succeed despite his father’s threats. In an emotional 2017 interview with former French international William Gallas, Mane said his father was furious at him for playing soccer while ignoring school. He was 18 when he left Dakar for Metz in northeast France on a trainee contract. Only the best earn pro deals, the rest go home. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, he arrived with a groin injury and had to either play through the pain or have surgery. “He was really limited by it. It

had to be fixed,” said Toure, who regularly visited Metz and urged Mane to get surgery. Mane recovered and spent several months training with the Metz reserve team. Soon, the senior squad coaches took notice. “His technique, his attacking, his passing were rare for a player of his age,” Patrick Hesse, who was the Metz assistant coach, said in a telephone interview. “His first touch is perfect. His control, his speed. It was incredible.” Kevin Diaz, a Metz midfielder at that time, said Mane impressed during his first practice with the first team. He described Mane’s speed as “supersonic.” Mane’s professional debut was Jan. 14, 2012, when he came on as a substitute for Diaz. That Metz side also featured a young Kalidou Koulibaly, Mane’s French-born teammate with Senegal. Mane had a strong performance at the 2012 London Games and transferred to Red Bull Salzburg. He moved to Southampton in 2014, and to Liverpool two years later, where he has been outstanding. But club success, even scor-

ing in a Champions League final, won’t matter to the Senegalese if the World Cup ends badly. “During the last African Cup, he was the leader, but something was missing,” said Yannick Mandaba, a soccer analyst for Senegalese channel 2STV, which hosted the viewing party. “But with the season he just had, it’s official he is the leader of the team.” Mandaba, a former professional goalkeeper in France who also works at Dakar’s Sacre-Coeur academy, noted that Mane is “a quiet kid.” Mane is often described like that — quiet, shy, humble. He’s not timid, but he’s also probably not the guy to give the halftime speech. Hesse, the former assistant at Metz, still keeps up with Mane’s career and feels there’s much more to come. “I love following him. Each time he changes clubs, he improves,” Hesse said. “At Liverpool, he’s reached another dimension. He scored at Salzburg, he scored at Southampton, he’s scoring at Liverpool, he scored in the Champions League. He’s still improving. He’s 26. He’s not finished.”(ap)

Prospect of 2022 Qatar World Cup jumping to 48 teams fading

MOSCOW — The prospect of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar growing to 48 teams faded Sunday after a discussion of the thorny issue was pulled from the agenda for FIFA’s annual congress. Plans for a feasibility study were put on hold after Qatar World Cup head Hassan Al-Thawadi addressed the ruling council of world football’s governing body and FIFA President Gianni Infantino said agreement from the Gulf nation is a “precondition.” Having previously said he was keen on an adding 16 teams, Infantino is now casting doubt on the possibility of further disrupting preparations for the Qatar tournament. The FIFA Congress, which features up to 211 football federations, will now have no say in the number of teams at the tournament in Qatar. Infantino said there would be no

change in the number of finalists once qualifying begins, which is likely in early 2019. “The final decision is that the council will decide,” Infantino said after Sunday’s council meeting in Moscow. “But obviously it cannot decide this without the agreement with the hosts of Qatar. That’s a precondition obviously.” Qatar is building eight stadiums to host the Middle East’s first World Cup and 12-14 venues would be required to accommodate 48 teams. That would only realistically be possible if Qatar shared hosting duties, which is problematic because its Middle East neighbors severed ties with Qatar in a diplomatic dispute last year and because it would be a significant change from the plans FIFA voters agreed to in 2010. The Qatar World Cup schedule has already been changed, with the tour-

nament moved from its usual JuneJuly slot to November-December due to the fierce summer heat. FIFA is already committed to a 48-team World Cup in 2026 and the South American confederation of 10 nations formally asked Infantino in April to fast-track the expansion. Infantino has toned down his initial enthusiasm over the concept, with little sign of support away from CONMEBOL. “It’s really premature to discuss about any of the details about it,” Infantino said. “The FIFA administration will discuss with the hosts and then we will see. For the moment what there is, is a World Cup with 32 teams being played.” Regardless of the number of teams playing in Qatar, the way all 211 men’s national sides are seeded in qualifying is being reconfigured.

‘Welcome to Russia,’ Putin tells WCup fans, teams MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin is welcoming soccer teams and fans to Russia for the World Cup, saying the tournament will be thrilling and memorable. “For our country, it’s a great joy and honor to receive representatives from the massive footballing family,” Putin said in a video statement released Saturday. He promised “a real celebration - filled with sporting

passion and strong emotions.” Putin added “I hope that you will have lasting memories, not only of the matches of the best teams and the skills of the players, but also of your acquaintance with Russia - its distinctive culture, unique history and rich character and her hospitable, sincere and friendly people.” He concluded in English, saying “Welcome to Russia.”(ap)

In this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the storms surrounding the Kremlin before Putin officially declares the tournament open June 14.

AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

In this May 5, 2018 photo, a giant image of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, adorns a tower in Doha, Qatar. At a time when the U.S. hopes to exert maximum pressure on Iran, a regional bloc created by Gulf Arab countries to counter Tehran looks increasingly more divided ahead of the anniversary of the diplomatic crisis in Qatar.

A new formula that rewards teams for playing more games was approved Sunday, and it takes effect in July ranking after the World Cup in Russia. The current system in place since 1993 lets teams boost their status by avoiding friendly games. Now, teams will gain or lose points from their existing points total with each result. Even more weight will be given to competitive games over friendlies. “The new formula (is) more intuitive and accurate, eliminating the potential for ranking manipulation,” FIFA said. Germany is the top-ranked team when the World Cup kicks off Thursday in Moscow. Before the tournament starts, FIFA will be deciding the host of the 2026 World Cup. The council rubber-stamped the participation of Morocco and the joint United StatesCanada-Mexico bid in the ballot on

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Wednesday. The North America bid has the edge after scoring 4 overall on a 0-to5 scale in the FIFA inspection panel’s reports. Morocco scored 2.7, with three parts of the proposals labeled “high risk” — notably the lack of stadiums and hotels. It is likely only 206 football federations will vote after Kosovo officials told FIFA they will not attend the election meeting after the sudden death of federation president Fadil Vokkri, a former Yugoslavia international, at age 57. Ghana has kept its right to vote, despite risking a FIFA suspension for government interference in how the national football body is run. Football in Ghana is in turmoil after a television documentary this week broadcast footage of officials taking cash payments from undercover reporters posing as businessmen.(ap)


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Sadio Mane was the ‘quiet kid’ with the superstar talent

DAKAR — One fan thumped his chest with his fist. Another raised a Senegalese flag high in the air. Around them, hundreds of others shouted, jumped and darted about in wild celebration. Sadio Mane had scored. It didn’t matter that Mane’s goal was for Liverpool, not Senegal. Nor that his club would lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. “He’s our leader,” said Samba Ndiaye, 27, who wore a $5 knockoff “Mane” Liverpool jersey to the Champions League final viewing party at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. “He scores, but he also does things on the field that no one else does. He can make the difference.” Mane, who left a rural village in southern Senegal as a teenager to find international stardom in Europe, hopes to defy the odds again at the World Cup in Russia. Senegal has waited 16 years since its World Cup debut, when the 2002 team famously defeated defending champion France on the way to a quarterfinal finish. Now, the West African nation is expecting its shy 26-year-old superstar to take Senegal to even greater heights. While Mane’s club career sparkles — he’s the highest-scoring Senegalese player in Premier

League history — national team results have been mixed. He impressed at the 2012 Olympics, missed the penalty that sent highly rated Senegal home from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in a shootout in the quarterfinals, then bounced back to help his country qualify for Russia. Senegal plays Poland, Japan, and Colombia in Group H at the World Cup, which Mane described as “a tough group.” He downplays talk of being the main man for Senegal, which is captained by midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate. “The main man all the time is the team, so for us the collective is more important,” Mane said. The 5-foot-8 winger also said he doesn’t feel pressure. “Honestly, I don’t know the word pressure, because football is my job. I always enjoy it,” he said. Mane was a scrawny 15-yearold boy when he joined Generation Foot, a Senegalese academy whose partnership with Metz in

France gives top prospects a shot at European soccer. He showed speed and skill in his tryout. But Mady Toure, Generation Foot’s founder and president, also liked Mane’s focus. “He was so sure of himself,” Toure said in an interview with The Associated Press outside the national stadium in Dakar after a recent game. “Sadio’s success doesn’t surprise me.” Mane’s determination also saw him succeed despite his father’s threats. In an emotional 2017 interview with former French international William Gallas, Mane said his father was furious at him for playing soccer while ignoring school. He was 18 when he left Dakar for Metz in northeast France on a trainee contract. Only the best earn pro deals, the rest go home. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, he arrived with a groin injury and had to either play through the pain or have surgery. “He was really limited by it. It

had to be fixed,” said Toure, who regularly visited Metz and urged Mane to get surgery. Mane recovered and spent several months training with the Metz reserve team. Soon, the senior squad coaches took notice. “His technique, his attacking, his passing were rare for a player of his age,” Patrick Hesse, who was the Metz assistant coach, said in a telephone interview. “His first touch is perfect. His control, his speed. It was incredible.” Kevin Diaz, a Metz midfielder at that time, said Mane impressed during his first practice with the first team. He described Mane’s speed as “supersonic.” Mane’s professional debut was Jan. 14, 2012, when he came on as a substitute for Diaz. That Metz side also featured a young Kalidou Koulibaly, Mane’s French-born teammate with Senegal. Mane had a strong performance at the 2012 London Games and transferred to Red Bull Salzburg. He moved to Southampton in 2014, and to Liverpool two years later, where he has been outstanding. But club success, even scor-

ing in a Champions League final, won’t matter to the Senegalese if the World Cup ends badly. “During the last African Cup, he was the leader, but something was missing,” said Yannick Mandaba, a soccer analyst for Senegalese channel 2STV, which hosted the viewing party. “But with the season he just had, it’s official he is the leader of the team.” Mandaba, a former professional goalkeeper in France who also works at Dakar’s Sacre-Coeur academy, noted that Mane is “a quiet kid.” Mane is often described like that — quiet, shy, humble. He’s not timid, but he’s also probably not the guy to give the halftime speech. Hesse, the former assistant at Metz, still keeps up with Mane’s career and feels there’s much more to come. “I love following him. Each time he changes clubs, he improves,” Hesse said. “At Liverpool, he’s reached another dimension. He scored at Salzburg, he scored at Southampton, he’s scoring at Liverpool, he scored in the Champions League. He’s still improving. He’s 26. He’s not finished.”(ap)

Prospect of 2022 Qatar World Cup jumping to 48 teams fading

MOSCOW — The prospect of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar growing to 48 teams faded Sunday after a discussion of the thorny issue was pulled from the agenda for FIFA’s annual congress. Plans for a feasibility study were put on hold after Qatar World Cup head Hassan Al-Thawadi addressed the ruling council of world football’s governing body and FIFA President Gianni Infantino said agreement from the Gulf nation is a “precondition.” Having previously said he was keen on an adding 16 teams, Infantino is now casting doubt on the possibility of further disrupting preparations for the Qatar tournament. The FIFA Congress, which features up to 211 football federations, will now have no say in the number of teams at the tournament in Qatar. Infantino said there would be no

change in the number of finalists once qualifying begins, which is likely in early 2019. “The final decision is that the council will decide,” Infantino said after Sunday’s council meeting in Moscow. “But obviously it cannot decide this without the agreement with the hosts of Qatar. That’s a precondition obviously.” Qatar is building eight stadiums to host the Middle East’s first World Cup and 12-14 venues would be required to accommodate 48 teams. That would only realistically be possible if Qatar shared hosting duties, which is problematic because its Middle East neighbors severed ties with Qatar in a diplomatic dispute last year and because it would be a significant change from the plans FIFA voters agreed to in 2010. The Qatar World Cup schedule has already been changed, with the tour-

nament moved from its usual JuneJuly slot to November-December due to the fierce summer heat. FIFA is already committed to a 48-team World Cup in 2026 and the South American confederation of 10 nations formally asked Infantino in April to fast-track the expansion. Infantino has toned down his initial enthusiasm over the concept, with little sign of support away from CONMEBOL. “It’s really premature to discuss about any of the details about it,” Infantino said. “The FIFA administration will discuss with the hosts and then we will see. For the moment what there is, is a World Cup with 32 teams being played.” Regardless of the number of teams playing in Qatar, the way all 211 men’s national sides are seeded in qualifying is being reconfigured.

‘Welcome to Russia,’ Putin tells WCup fans, teams MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin is welcoming soccer teams and fans to Russia for the World Cup, saying the tournament will be thrilling and memorable. “For our country, it’s a great joy and honor to receive representatives from the massive footballing family,” Putin said in a video statement released Saturday. He promised “a real celebration - filled with sporting

passion and strong emotions.” Putin added “I hope that you will have lasting memories, not only of the matches of the best teams and the skills of the players, but also of your acquaintance with Russia - its distinctive culture, unique history and rich character and her hospitable, sincere and friendly people.” He concluded in English, saying “Welcome to Russia.”(ap)

In this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the storms surrounding the Kremlin before Putin officially declares the tournament open June 14.

AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

In this May 5, 2018 photo, a giant image of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, adorns a tower in Doha, Qatar. At a time when the U.S. hopes to exert maximum pressure on Iran, a regional bloc created by Gulf Arab countries to counter Tehran looks increasingly more divided ahead of the anniversary of the diplomatic crisis in Qatar.

A new formula that rewards teams for playing more games was approved Sunday, and it takes effect in July ranking after the World Cup in Russia. The current system in place since 1993 lets teams boost their status by avoiding friendly games. Now, teams will gain or lose points from their existing points total with each result. Even more weight will be given to competitive games over friendlies. “The new formula (is) more intuitive and accurate, eliminating the potential for ranking manipulation,” FIFA said. Germany is the top-ranked team when the World Cup kicks off Thursday in Moscow. Before the tournament starts, FIFA will be deciding the host of the 2026 World Cup. The council rubber-stamped the participation of Morocco and the joint United StatesCanada-Mexico bid in the ballot on

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Wednesday. The North America bid has the edge after scoring 4 overall on a 0-to5 scale in the FIFA inspection panel’s reports. Morocco scored 2.7, with three parts of the proposals labeled “high risk” — notably the lack of stadiums and hotels. It is likely only 206 football federations will vote after Kosovo officials told FIFA they will not attend the election meeting after the sudden death of federation president Fadil Vokkri, a former Yugoslavia international, at age 57. Ghana has kept its right to vote, despite risking a FIFA suspension for government interference in how the national football body is run. Football in Ghana is in turmoil after a television documentary this week broadcast footage of officials taking cash payments from undercover reporters posing as businessmen.(ap)


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MANGUPURA - The Jimbaran Corner is a dining and shopping complex that opened in 2011 and which added a modern touch to the shopping scene within the beach resort area. The ‘corner’ is hard to miss on drives towards the famous seafood café-lined Jimbaran Bay, and is right next to the Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Suites. Its arcades are lined with notable boutiques and some luxury fashion brands, together with popular dining outlets such as Chocolate Café, Grocer & Grind, and Topeng Restaurant. Inside, you will also find a wine shop, a number of jewellery stores, a L’Occitane spa and beauty shop and fashion and lifestyle boutiques such as Vinoti Living, Kapal Laut Jewellery, Atlas South Sea Pearls. Being air conditioned throughout makes for a cosy shopping experience and a great retreat from the heat of the day. (net)

Bulgari Boutique

MANGUPURA - The only Bulgari shop in Bali, the Bulgari Boutique at the Bulgari Resort and Residences presents genuine designer pieces from the brand’s sterling jewellery collection, limited edition timepieces, accessories, and fragrances. It also presents a special collection of resort wear and exotic fabrics unique to this destination, such as loom-woven silk brocades and intricate batik pieces. An adjoining pavilion showcases exquisite art and craft pieces sourced from Bali and other neighbouring destinations in Indonesia, such as carvings, ceramic ware, hand-woven textiles, jewellery in traditional designs and a whole collection dedicated to local crafts. Normally on the higher end of the price range, some of the carefully selected items here are unique to this store. (net)

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Vettel claims 50th win and goes top in title race MONTREAL - Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix. The four-time champion German drove his Ferrari with near flawless aplomb to convert his 54th pole position into a triumphant afternoon ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and determined Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was third for Red Bull. Vettel’s third victory this season lifted him to 121 points ahead of Hamilton on 120 after seven races, ending the defending four-time champion’s hopes of a recordequalling seventh win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he won from pole for the last three years. It was Ferrari’s first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years.

It was also Vettel’s second win in Canada where he won in 2013 for Red Bull. Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who clocked the fastest lap at the end, managed to resist a late charge from Hamilton in the closing laps and retain fourth place ahead of the Englishman who extended his record points-scoring run to 32 races. Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari. German Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber. “Perfect is a good way to describe this,” said a delighted Vettel.

“I said yesterday that this place means a lot to Ferrari and to have a race like this is unbelievable. “After a long stretch here without a Ferrari win, I looked around and the people are so very happy. It means a lot. There’s a long way to go in the season so I am not

bothered about the title now, but it’s a good side affect for me.” He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari. (afp)

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Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.

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Spain’s tennis player Rafael Nadal listens to Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo during a press conference at the Paris city hall on June 11, 2018, a day after he won his 11th French Open title in Roland Garros and 17th grand slam title.

PARIS - When Rafael Nadal broke down in tears on the Roland Garros podium on Sunday as 15,000 people, plus a smattering of Hollywood heavyweights, stood and honoured his staggering 11th French Open triumph, it was enough to make his desperate rivals weep. The 32-year-old Spaniard had wrapped up his 17th major, taken his career earnings beyond the $100 million mark and extended his record in Paris to 86 wins and just two defeats. It also intensified the headache facing tennis’ highly-rated but woefully under-performing next generation. How do you solve a problem like Nadal? Or Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray for that matter? Since Nadal won his first major at Roland Garros in 2005, the ‘Big Four’ have claimed 48 of the past 53 Grand Slam titles. In their careers, 36-year-old Federer has 20 majors, Nadal 17, Djokovic 12 and Murray three. Stan Wawrinka, it should not be forgotten, also has three Slams although his name is usually an absentee when it comes to such number-crunching. Nadal’s victory on Sunday meant that the last seven Slams have been shared between players who are 30 and over. Furthermore, world number one Nadal has a record 32 Masters 1000 titles, Djokovic 30, Federer, 27, and Murray 14. Such is their dominance that former world number one Marat Safin, a two-time major winner, told reporters at the French Open that he would not be surprised to see Nadal and Federer “play until they are 40”. Nadal has not put a time limit on how much longer he intends to keep playing, no doubt wary of the ravages of his injury-hit career which have forced him to sit out nine Slams to rest either his knees or wrists. “I am 32. That’s how I feel. You can’t fight against the age and you can’t fight against the watch. The watch keep going always,” he said. “I am just trying to keep enjoying, and I am going to keep playing until my body resists, and my happiness is still high playing tennis. (afp)


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Opposites, rivals, heirs, negotiators: Trump and Kim SINGAPORE - The summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will be among the most improbable diplomatic encounters in history, featuring principals who could not be more different -- but who also share some surprising similarities. Trump was the oldest US president ever to take office when he was sworn in a little over 500 days ago, and will turn 72 on Thursday. The North Korean leader is still in his mid-thirties and remains among the world’s youngest heads of government, but has already been in power for more than six years. The chosen heir -- once his elder half-brother fell from grace -- Kim was groomed for years to take his place at the top of Pyongyang’s political pyramid. And in a one-party state where according to rights groups tens of thousands languish in political prison camps, he has no need to fret about re-election or tomorrow’s headlines -- or to respond to them on Twitter. In contrast, Trump reached the White House via a career in property development and reality television, followed by an unprecedentedly populist presidential campaign that upended the US political establishment. And although he is his country’s Supreme Leader, Kim does not hold the title of President. That

is reserved for his grandfather, the North’s founder Kim Il Sung, despite his death in 1994. - Family values But the two leaders also share some parallels. Both grew up in luxury, went into the family business and have appointed trusted relatives to key positions. Dynastic descent from Kim Il Sung is the basis for Kim’s personal legitimacy -- Pyongyang’s propaganda promotes the similarities between them in looks, mannerisms and even handwriting. His sister Kim Yo Jong has emerged as one of his closest aides. She acted as his envoy to the Winter Olympics in the South, spent almost the whole of his first summit with the South’s Moon Jae-in at his side, and accompanied him to China to meet President Xi Jinping. Yo Jong is in Singapore with her brother, having flown on a separate aircraft to preserve the family bloodline in case of disaster. Trump’s father Frederick Christ Trump was a self-made property developer. The president has ap-

pointed his daughter Ivanka as an assistant and her husband Jared Kushner is a close adviser, while his son Donald Jr was part of his election campaign. Both Kim and Trump are unbending in their demands for loyalty. In the month starting February 28 Trump sacked or lost the services of his White House communications director Hope Hicks, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, national security adviser HR McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin. Kim recently appointed a new director of the military’s powerful General Political Bureau described as a “highly trusted” lieutenant, and has established his authority over both the ruling Workers’ Party and the military by ruthlessly purging potential rivals. The most senior victim was his uncle and mentor Jang Song Thaek, who was executed in 2013 -- denounced by state media as “despicable human scum” and proclaimed guilty of a variety of colourful crimes and political sins. (afp)

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A handout photo taken by Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore on June 11, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump (R) shaking hands with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) following his visit to The Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, in Singapore.

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Waking up the neighbours: Indonesia’s Ramadan alarm clocks

Most of Jakarta is fast asleep at 2:00 am, but for Fajar Ramadin and his pint-sized comrades it’s time to wake up the neighbourhood. The motley group of children yell and bang on tambourines and drums as they roam the quiet streets of Indonesia’s capital on a mission to stir sleeping residents for a pre-dawn meal.

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A tourist vessel passes a bridge showing a graffiti reading ‘Bullet for Google’ in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district on May 22, 2018.

Berlin talks aim to revive stalled Ukraine peace process

Ukraine and Russia’s foreign ministers meet their German and French counterparts on Monday in a renewed bid to resolve the smouldering civil war in eastern Ukraine as Moscow seeks to end Western sanctions. The Ukraine conflict, half-forgotten by the West amid other crises and its own divisions, has claimed over 10,000 lives and still sees daily clashes between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces. President Vladimir Putin last Thursday warned that any military “provocations” while Russia hosts the football World Cup would have “very severe consequences for Ukraine as a state”. The UN Security Council condemned “continuous violations of the ceasefire” and “the tragic humanitarian situation” on the frontline, and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons. The UN resolution last week was written by France with support from Germany -- the core EU powers that brokered the poorly observed 2015 Minsk peace agreement -- and was adopted unanimously, including by Russia. After over a year on the back burner as the French, Germans and Russians headed to the polls in 2017 and 2018, Paris, Berlin and Moscow have now turned their focus back on Ukraine ahead of its own elections next year. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who is hosting the meeting, predicted “tough” talks. “The implementation of the Minsk accords stalled for too long -- at the expense of the people in eastern Ukraine, who wish for nothing more ardently than peace,” he told the daily Bild. “I have no illusions -- the new start will be difficult. The interests and standpoints of Ukraine and Russia are far apart in many areas.” His French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Friday that “the credibility of the current peace process is at stake”, given a daily death toll and deteriorating humanitarian situation. The Berlin meeting is an attempt to restore dialogue between the two sides, which blame each other for the ongoing conflict, and to discuss the more distant goal of a blue-helmet UN peacekeeping force.(afp)

It is Ramadan and millions across the world’s biggest Muslimmajority nation are abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking or sex during daylight hours. The morning meal, known as Sahur, can be crucial to making it through until sunset without food or drink. “Sahur! Sahur! Please wake up sir, madam!” hollers the 20-strong group of kids, aged seven to 15. It’s music to the ears of dozens of other children who stream out of their houses to join in, adding the thump of empty paint cans and water jugs to the ensemble. “This tradition has been around for a long time -- every kid is happy to do it,” said 13-year-old Ramadin. “I like it because this not only entertains people, but also helps them wake up for the pre-dawn meal.” Their entertainment value is probably a matter of debate. But many of the kids are part of a Koran study group run by the local mosque which has given its blessing to this midnight madness. Complaining would be futile. “They are indeed noisy, but it helps me wake up on time,” offers local

resident Rosimah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. “We are used to it -- happens every year,” she added. Smartphone alarms and digital clocks have seen this wake-up tradition gradually decline over the years. But it is still found across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago - especially in smaller communities -- which is home to about 260 million people. Nearly 90 percent are Muslim. Similar wake-up traditions are also practised in some other Muslim nations during Ramadan, which ends in mid-June. Most of the Jakarta group’s members are known as local troublemakers so conscripting them into religious service is a win-win situation for the neighbourhood -- and the mosque. “Many of these kids have dropped out of school. Some never even went to school. They are unemployed and became street children who cause trouble,” Alvanali Panji Prasetyo, an Islamic teacher and group leader, told AFP. “Thanks to God, the kids are starting to change their attitude after joining the group.”(afp)

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In this photograph taken early on May 19, 2018, youths sing and bang on improvised drums as they walk around their neighborhood to wake up residents for Sahur, the pre-dawn meal eaten before the start of the fasting day throughout the holy month of Ramadan, in Jakarta. Most of Jakarta is fast asleep at 2:00 am, but for Fajar Ramadin and his pint-sized comrades it’s time to wake up the neighbourhood. The motley group of children yell and bang on tambourines and drums as they roam the quiet streets of Indonesia’s capital on a mission to stir sleeping residents for a pre-dawn meal.

Vice president Demand for NTT tour packages increases: Asita jusuf kalla attends

KUPANG - East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (Asita) Chairman Abed Frans pointed to the high demand for tour packages to the province in the run-up to the Eid al-Fitr 2018 holidays. “The Lebaran holidays are a peak season, especially to Labuan Bajo, which has the Komodo National Park destination,” he noted here on Sunday. Frans explained that it had yet to calculate the total number of requests for tour packages from various operators covered by ASITA, but he believes the demand has increased drastically. Owner of the company that serves the Flobamor Tour travel had noted that the demand for tour packages from June to July 2018 has reached eight groups.

“Other operators, with an overseas market for foreign tourists, are also busy in serving tour requests that have trickled in,” he added. Furthermore, Frans revealed that most requests for travel packages to tourist destinations he received were to the Flores, Sumba, and Alor Islands. He stated that the local operators were encountering various difficulties in handling the surge in requests for tour packages during this peak season, including providing adequate ships for tourists, especially to cater to the demand for tours to Labuan Bajo, Komodo Island. “Currently, the shortage of this vessel is a problem, as all of them are in operation. Moreover, an agency was compelled to decline a tour request, as there was no boat to rent,” he stated.(ant)

conference in japan JAKARTA - Vice President Jusuf Kalla left for Japan here on Sunday evening to attend the 24th International Conference on “Asian Future” in Tokyo. He is scheduled to meet over dinner with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and other Asian countries` leaders on Monday evening as part of the conference agenda. On Tuesday Kalla will deliver a keynote speech on the Future of Asia. He is also scheduled to receive courtesy calls of Viet-

namese prime minister Truong Hoa Binh, New Zealand`s minister of economic development David Parker and the chairman of the Japan-Indonesia Association, Yasuo Fukuda. The annual forum organized by Nikkei is also attended by Malaysian prime minister Mahathir bin Mohammad, Korean deouty prime minister Kim DongYeon, Vietnam`s deputy prime minister Truong Hoa Binh and Singapore`s deputy prime ministet Teo Chee Hean.(ant)


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BUSINESS Britain says hopes US will honour G7 commitments on trade

Britain urged the United States to honour commitments made at the G7 summit, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Monday even after US President Donald Trump rejected a joint communique in a bitter spat over trade tariffs. “The communique was agreed by all the parties who attended the G7 and we fully intend to honour it. We would hope that the US will similarly honour the commitments that they have made,” he said. May was due to address the British parliament about the summit at 1430 GMT. The summit in Canada ended in farce and a renewed threat of trade war on Saturday after Trump rejected an attempt to write a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host. The joint communique that was thrashed out over two days of negotiations vowed that members would reform multilateral oversight of commerce through the World Trade Organization (WTO) and seek to cut tariffs. “We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible. We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies,” it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements. Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the US market if they retaliate to steep tariffs he has imposed on steel and

aluminium imports. The joint communique was published online before Trump tweeted his disapproval after comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!” Trump tweeted. “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak.” Trudeau had told reporters that Trump’s decision to invoke national security to justify US tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium was “insulting” to Canadian veterans who had stood by their US allies in conflicts dating back to World War I. “Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around,” he said.(afp)

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Definitely Tabanan people have been very familiar with the art of tektekan. As one of the traditional arts of Kerambitan subdistrict, it is often displayed lately in the festival activities such as in the annual the Kerambitan Festival. The tektekan art itself is derived from a simple musical instrument made of bamboo sticks combined with a number of other traditional musical instruments. Nevertheless, it is capable of presenting a beautiful art performance, a noble culture developing well and still well maintained until now. Originally, this tektekan in particular served to repel bhuta kala when people consider if the village was attacked by plague, and is paraded one day before Nyepi Day. In keeping with the passage of time, it increasingly accentuates on the creativity of the art, gradually the tektekan gamelan itself develops to have different functions or additional use. Tektekan originally functioned to neutralize plague now becomes a gamelan accompaniment to drama theatrical art known as Tektekan Calonarang. At one of the villages in Kerambitan sub-district, namely Penarukan village, the tradition of Tektekan Calonarang is displayed on piodalan or temple festival at Dalem and Puseh Temple of local village. Besides, the staging of tektekan can also be used to pay vows of the

community. “Tektekan Calonarang does not use alive human as corpse, but more focuses on the anger or the mother Ratna Manggali who sees her daughter being treated badly. Ultimately, she takes advantage of her supernatural power to spread diseases. This can be neutralized with tektekan sounds,” said headman of Penarukan, I Putu Rai Suteja, not long ago. Tektekan Calonarang is performed every festival at Puseh and Dalem Temple for one hour. He said that in 1967, Kerambitan subdistrict area was attacked by disease outbreaks so that people had the initiative to sound the potluck tools like split bamboo drum or kentongan. After that, the epidemic of the disease subsided, and it is believed the ngerebeg tradition is efficacious to eliminate the plague. A figure of Puri Anyar Palace also sees that it has the potential to be promoted into the art, and sustains the royal tourism. Then, all the art figures were summoned and they established an art troupe collaborated with staging of Calonarang along with Rangda and Barong.

Forerunner in the formation of the Tektekan Calonarang at Penarukan involved three villages namely Kerambitan (for the dancers), Celuk hamlet, Sudimara (gamelan players) and Penarukan village (rangda and barong). Since at that time Celuk village and Sudimara village was sepa-

New HSBC boss eyes return to growth after restructure

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rated by a river without a bridge, so when rainy season arrived, a flood in the river made them unable to cross. As a result, the order to make a performance was submitted to Penarukan and Kerambitan. In the next development, because the dancers in Kerambitan have

been old, finally the art troupe was bequeathed to Penarukan covering the dancers, gamelan players as well as the barong and rangda. At the end in 1967 was then established the tektekan troupe at Penarukan Kaja under dancer coordinator of Ketut Kamijana. (kmb)

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as HSBC’s head of retail banking and wealth management. After some strong profitable years under Gulliver’s before his retirement, HSBC earnings plunged in 2016 on huge writedowns and restructuring charges. However, they rebounded strongly last year, in part thanks to a strong Asian performance. The bank had in 2015 set out a plan to axe 50,000 jobs and exit non-core markets, as it also navigated a series of damaging probes into HSBC operations. Prior to his departure, Gulliver said that HSBC would likely switch 1,000 jobs to Paris from London owing to Britain’s departure from the European Union due next year. HSBC, founded in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 1865, sees its focus firmly in Asia, although it has been based in Britain since 1992. Shares in HSBC were trading down 0.8 percent at 724.30 pence following Flint’s update, while London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 0.7 percent overall.(afp)

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Tektekan Calonarang of Penarukan Village, Only Staged on Pujawali at Dalem and Puseh Temple

(Front row L-R) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, (back row L-R), Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and British Prime Minister Theresa May pose for a family photo of the G7 Outreach during the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018.

HSBC’s new chief executive said Monday he wanted a return to growth for the banking giant after a huge restructuring that saw the lender exit numerous markets and axe tens of thousands of jobs. John Flint, who replaced Stuart Gulliver in February, said he plans to invest $15-17 billion (12.7-14.4 billion euros) primarily in growth and technology projects. “After a period of restructuring, it is now time for HSBC to get back into growth mode,” Flint said in a statement. “In the next phase of our strategy we will accelerate growth in areas of strength, in particular in Asia and from our international network.” Flint said that over the next two years, the bank aims to deliver mid-single digit growth in revenue and low to mid-single digit growth in operating expenses. He added that the updated strategy involves turning around its US business and to increase its share of the home loans market in the UK. Flint was promoted to the top job after serving

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Nampin or chewing betel leaves is one of the traditions that remains strong amongst Balinese elders. According to one respected elder named Ni Ketut Darma, who still chews betel leaves everyday, tradtionally the ingredients for betwel chewing are kept in a special betel nut box called pabuan or pecanangan. “When we use this box at home we call it pabuan, but when we serve guests we call this penginangan, using more refined language” she explained. According to Grandma Darma, the betel nut box is made of wood in the long side shape where it generally consists of some compartments containing lime, betel leaves, gambier, betel nut, betel nut mortar and pestle or panyawisan, small knife, and caket (used to halve areca nut). She said that in the past the betel nut box was the first thing to be served to guests who came or when visiting other people’s homes. “Presenting betel nut box and nampin has become a tradition in the life of Ba-

linese people, until now this tradition remains to be implemented especially by parents like me,” she said. She added the betel nut box is not only served at home, but also at temple with a different designation. At temple, it is called pacanangan, functioned as the offerings presented to deities. Pabuan and pacanangan is basically not the same. Pabuan served at home usually contains lime, gambier, betel leaf, betel nut, betel nut mortar and pestle, small knife, and caket, while the pecanangan at temple has the same contents with additional ingredients like thread, money and fruits. When asked about how she feels when doing nampin, she just claimed to be accustomed to doing it. Men and women of her age usually do it. It is tasteless but the lips feel abrasive. It feels nothing due to the mixture with lime. “Our lips are abrasive, but I have been accustomed to the taste,” she said. (kmb)


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Umanis Kuningan

For relatives of Guatemala volcano victims, an agonizing wait

Some tourist objects thronged by residents BANGLI — A number of people take advantage of holiday moment to vacation with family by visiting tourist attractions in Bangli district as seen on Umanis Kuningan, Sunday (Jun. 10). As consequence, several tourist attractions were thronged by residents for a vacation. Based on observation, a number of water attractions, sacred bathing place and others were invaded by visitors. The tourist attractions visited by visitors include the Toya Devasya Kintamani, Penelokan, Beji Selati at Selati hamlet, Bunutin village, Bangli and Penglipuran traditional village. Tour Manager of Toya Devasya, I Wayan Mantik, revealed the number of visits on Umanis Kuningan increased significantly. They are dominated by local Balinese visitors up to 100 percent during the day. Foreign tourist visit also experienced an increase of 35 percent such as those from China. “The visit remains to be domi-

nated by local visitors of Bangli. So far, there has been no domestic visitor. Probably, they will make a visit during Eid holiday. Meanwhile, the European tourists are usually crowded when entering July-August,” he said. Explained Mantik, in addition to the increase in tourist visits, the holiday period also affects the villa’s occupancy. Although being not too much, it has started to receive room reservations since a few days ago. “Some guests have made reservations of villa,” he explained. Meanwhile, Division Head of Tourist Object Development at the Bangli Tourism Office, Wayan Bona, revealed that based

on observations made, almost all tourist objects in Bangli are visited by many tourists such as the Twin Hills, Kuning Waterfall including other water tourist attractions. “Increase in the tourist visits during the Galungan and Kuningan holidays are commonplace,” he explained. However, Bona continued, the tourist attraction of Terunyan village cemetery showed the highest drop in tourist visit. It happened due to a number of tourism facilities namely the dock at Kedisan and Terunyan is submerged by the overflowing water of Lake Batur. “The visit to Terunyan only amounts to dozens,” he said. (kmb41)

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This picture taken on June 8, 2018 shows Afghan peace activists shouting slogans in demand to an end to the war as they start their march from Helmand to Kabul in Ghazni province.

Some tourist objects thronged by residents.

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Draw young people to preserve endek

Denpasar Endek Ambassador returns to hold ‘Endek Lovers’ AMBASSADOR of endek clothes as an organization of young man loving the endek clothes in Denpasar continues to take the role of increasing the love of community, especially young people, to ikat clothes. The Denpasar Endek Ambassador has a number of work programs with the organization selected every year from school to college students. Endek Lover as one of the work programs returns to be held

this year. The agenda includes the way to draw the interests of young generations in woven ikat clothes. They are photography contest to fashion show involving general public, kindergarten, elementary, junior high and high school. “This year, we return to hold Endek Lovers event by featuring the theme of The Remarkable of Endek to attract children, young people to general public,” said Chairman of

Denpasar Endek Ambassador, I Putu Arik Alfian Wikancana, on Sunday (Jun. 10) in Denpasar. Furthermore, according to Alfian accompanied by Chairperson of the Endek Lovers Committee 2018, Luh Komang Utari Candra Laksmi, said that various competitions held like the photography contest is opened to the public with the theme of Stylish with Endek with the photo submission start-

Endek Lover as one of the work programs returns to be held this year.

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ing from May 22 to June 22, 2018 at 3rd Floor of Sewaka Dharma Building, Lumintang. “For further information on photography competition, the participants can contact to 0857-3946-8671 on behalf of Gung Putra,” he said. Meanwhile, the speech contest featuring Endek is Our Cultural Product is divided into two categories, namely Category A for junior high school and Category B for high school. The registration can be made on May 22 until June 8, 2018 at Sewaka Dharma Building, Lumintang. Then, coloring contest featuring The Remarkable of Endek is divided into two categories, namely kindergarten and elementary school for first to third grade. The registration can be made on May 22 to June 22 at 3rd Sewaka Dharma Building, Lumintang. Meanwhile, Fashion Show Contest is divided into five categories. They are Category A of third to sixth grade students of elementary school using endek uniforms adapted to their respective school uniforms, 50 percent of endek upper garment and 50 percent of school uniforms. Category B is for junior high school using Endek attires in the form of T-shirts or Polo Shirt with 30 percent of endek and 70 percent

plain clothes. High school category wears party dress made from endek or modified endek evening gown and general category with the age of 18-25 years old use endek attires and office style fashion of big size with the age of 18-25 years old. “In this fashion show, we try to involve various ages and circles with the theme of Endek for All Generations. By that way, we will be able to see various motifs and endek design from school students to office style,” he said, while expecting the Endek Lovers can provide a positive contribution in maintaining the legacy of ikat weaving in Bali especially in Denpasar City. Meanwhile, the Head of the Denpasar Industry and Trade Agency, Wayan Gatra, said the Endek Lover activities as a work program of the Endek Ambassador is meant to raise the quality of endek without forgetting the pattern in various innovations and creations both in terms of skill, entrepreneurship, entertainment and fashion development. “Implementation of this activity is meant to awaken the Balinese people, especially children, teenagers, and the general public in preserving endek,” said Gatra. (kmb)

Blistered and hungry: Afghans walk hundreds of kilometres for peace

ESCUINTLA - At an improvised morgue in the Guatemalan town of Escuintla, dozens of people stand around in an anguished daze, clutching photos of their loved ones, hoping to recover their bodies for burial. This small town, some 35 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Guatemala City, was nearly wiped off the map last Sunday by the violent eruption of the Fuego volcano and the crushing avalanches of earth, ash and glowing lava that followed. The eruption claimed at least 110 lives and left dozens missing, according to an official tally. And some 4,500 people have no homes to return to. “They are not animals, they are people,” said Boris Rodriguez, 24, who managed to recover a dozen corpses shortly after an avalanche devastated the village of San Miguel Los Lotes. Along with many other mourners, he is waiting for the bodies, still in the morgue, to be returned to family members for burial. But some families are losing patience as authorities conduct the methodical process of identifying bodies in the makeshift morgue set up in a local school. Dozens of the dead are being kept there. Rodriguez has been biding his time at the morgue since Monday. Almost a week after helping recover the corpses of 10 relatives, they have yet to be formally identified. “It is simply too painful to pull those bodies out and not be able to keep vigil over them,” he said, standing near a stack of coffins provided for families unable to afford one. The identification process is slow, involving DNA testing and interviews with relatives. So far, only 41 bodies have been formally identified, according to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences. (afp)

GHAZNI - Hobbled by blisters and stalked by hunger, dozens of Afghan protesters are marching hundreds of kilometres across the war-torn country demanding an end to the nearly 17-year conflict. Nine people began the weekslong anti-war march in May, but their numbers have since swollen to around 50, organisers say, as their demands for an end to fighting gain traction among ordinary Afghans increasingly fed up with years of bloodshed. The arduous journey began in the southern province of Helmand, a Taliban stronghold. The group hopes to reach the capital Kabul, some 700 kilometres (430 miles) away, before the end of the holy month of Ramadan this week where it plans to present a list of demands for peace to Afghan leaders. Among the protesters is Zaheer Ahmad Zindani, who was blinded in a roadside explosion several years ago that also killed his sister. “We are tired of this war and bloodshed,” Zindani told AFP as the group arrived in Ghazni, the

capital of the southeastern province of the same name, over the weekend. “Both sides should sit down for peace talks. We want a permanent and sustainable peace.” The group is also calling for a ceasefire -- but longer than the ones announced by the Afghan government and Taliban for the Eid holiday that follows Ramadan -- and a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. After weeks of walking along asphalt roads in the heat, sleeping under trees or in mosques, and weakened by fasting for Ramadan, the group is now within 200 kilometres of the Afghan capital. Initially ridiculed for their plan to walk to Kabul, the protesters now enjoy growing support as more Afghans pay attention to their cause and take to social media to cheer them on.

“Your every step gives us hope for peace, continue your march until we have peace,” Jamilurahman wrote on Facebook. A user called Hamidullah posted: “May Allah give you paradise for every step you take for peace. May peace prevail in every part of our country.” The march, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan, emerged out of a sit-in protest and hunger strike in the Helmand provincial capital Lashkar Gah. That demonstration, which began spontaneously after a car bomb attack in the city on March 23, triggered similar movements by war-weary Afghans around the country. But when the Taliban and security forces failed to heed their demands to stop fighting, some of the protesters decided to take their message directly to the country’s top leaders. (afp)

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Local residents and members of Mexico’s Tlatelolco Moles rescue team (R) take part in the search for victims in the ashcovered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 10, 2018, days after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano.


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Gamma irradiation development discourse

Buleleng prepares companion fund of IDR 25 billion

The radius of the sun gets a smidge smaller during periods when the sun is most active, a new study reports.

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The sun shrinks a teensy bit when it’s feeling active

How big is the sun? Well, that depends on when you’re measuring.THE sun slightly shrinks and expands as it goes through a solar cycle, a roughly 11-year period of high and low magnetic activity, a new study finds. When the sun is the most active, its radius decreases by 1 or 2 kilometers, two researchers report in a paper accepted in the Astrophysical Journal. Given that the sun’s full radius is about 700,000 kilometers, that’s a tiny change. Unlike a planet, the sun has no solid surface, so defining the absolute size isn’t simple. “It’s a slippery concept: What does it mean, the radius of the sun?” says astronomer Jeff Kuhn of the University of Hawaii in Maui. One way of defining the sun’s width is based on how the brightness of the sun decreases from its center. In

2010, Kuhn and colleagues found no signs that the sun’s radius varied during the solar cycle, when based on brightness. But the new study considered a different benchmark called the seismic radius, which is measured via seismic waves that travel through the sun’s interior. Any shrinking or expanding of the sun will change

the frequency of those waves. That different yardstick has some advantages. “By using the seismic radius, we can measure more accurately,” says Alexander Kosovichev of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, who coauthored the paper with Jean-Pierre Rozelot of Université Côte d’Azur in Nice,

France. To tease out the seismic radius, the astrophysicists used 21 years’ worth of data on the waves’ frequencies collected by two spacecraft. The amount of expansion or contraction varied by depth: Some layers within the sun contracted while others expanded. But the final result was an overall decrease in seismic radius for a more active sun. The new measurement, however, is not a replacement for measuring the radius of the sun’s brightness. “I think that’s a separate question,” Kuhn says. The two measurements rely on

different techniques, and therefore probe different aspects of the sun’s behavior. Still, the sun’s seismic radius may help scientists understand the fluctuating strengths of magnetic fields at different depths within the sun, a potential cause of the shrinkage, says astrophysicist Sabatino Sofia, who is retired from Yale University. While there previously have been hints of variation in the sun’s seismic radius, the additional data “really confirms that during the activity cycle, the seismic radius of the sun is changing.” (net)

MELBOURNE - A little brain can be surprisingly good at nothing. Honeybees are the first invertebrates to pass a test of recognizing where zero goes in numerical order, a new study finds. Even small children struggle with recognizing “nothing” as being less than one, says cognitive behavioral scientist Scarlett Howard of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. But honeybees trained to fly to images of greater or fewer dots or whazzits tended to rank a blank image as less than one, Howard and colleagues report in the June 8 Science. Despite decades of discoveries, nonhuman animals still don’t get due credit outside specialist circles for intelligence, laments Lars Chittka of Queen Mary University of London,

who has explored various mental capacities of bees. For the world at large, he emphasizes that the abilities described in the new paper are “remarkable.” Researchers recognize several levels of complexity in grasping zero. Most animals, or maybe all, can understand the simplest level — just recognizing that the absence of something differs from its presence, Howard says. Grasping the notion that absence could fit into a sequence of quantities, though, seems harder. Previously, only some primates such as chimps and vervet monkeys, plus an African gray parrot named Alex, have demonstrated this level of understanding of the concept of zero (SN: 12/10/16, p. 22).

The researchers first trained bees to visit a spot with either a Y-shaped maze or an upright display, both offering images with different numbers of elements, such as dark circles of different sizes. Some bees were trained to fly to the image with the lower numbers of objects, while other bees were taught to go to the higher-number image. The researchers offered the bees a sweet treat for the correct image, and a bitter quinine solution for a wrong answer. “I was fairly afraid of bees when I began working with them,” Howard says. But learning their ways convinced her that a lot of what humans mistake for aggression from a foraging bee buzzing around is usually “just curiosity.” (net)

Bees show some sense of the idea of zero, researchers say. Tests required the insects to choose between images with various numbers of dark shapes.

SINGARAJA — Buleleng has desire to build gamma irradiation to preserve agricultural products and it seems not just a discourse. As evidence, Buleleng starts preparing companion fund sourcing from the regional budget (APBD) worth IDR 25 billion. This great desire cannot be separated because the preservation of agricultural products is needed to maintain the quality and avoid losses that can be experienced by farmers because agricultural products during the harvest season cannot be optimally absorbed by the market. This was revealed by the Regent of Buleleng, Putu Agus Suradnyana (PAS), on Sunday (Jun. 10) on the sidelines of attending a healthy walk in order to disseminate the Bali gubernatorial election in Singaraja Town Public Park. Further, he said that gamma irradiation discourse emerged in line with the policy that will run the focus to address the problem of agriculture in a broad sense. Besides, Buleleng has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Atomic Energy Agency (BATAN) to use the results of research in developing the agricultural sector in the region. Building gamma irradiation is one of the few points setting forth in the MOU made by both parties. Following up on the matter, Buleleng is now pioneering to build gamma irradiation. From the initial preparation, his party has prepared a companion fund of IDR 25 billion. However, pursuant to the planning of central government, building a gamma irradiation costs IDR 100 billion. Such companion funds is expected to help central government realize the first gamma irradiation development in Buleleng. “It is under process and we have prepared a companion fund. At least, with this preparation we want that central government is serious to build gamma irradiation in our region,” he said. In addition to preparing a companion fund, Buleleng is now tasked to do feasibility study as a supporting document in the development of the gamma irradiation. The decision to compile this document was taken after Buleleng followed the Forum Group Discussion (FGD) with BATAN some time ago. From this forum, it was decided to arrange the development of the gamma irradiation itself. Armed with this feasibility study, the Agriculture Agency is assigned to calculate as well as make projection on the utilization of gamma irradiation to be built. It is important because, after all, the gamma irradiation in Buleleng is not just to cultivate agricultural products in North Bali, but also possible to accommodate the agricultural products from neighboring districts. “I have assigned the Agriculture Agency to calculate and compile this feasibility study. We are not talking about capability issues but capacity issues. Anyone using this gamma irradiation should be calculated, so the facilities we strive for will comply with the target and do not result in losses,” he explained. (kmb38)

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Suwung landfill

23-year old youth create Simalu application

Reducing trash at Suwung landfill

DENPASAR — By his performance, this 23-year-old man looks simple. His hair is messy and wearing thick glasses. Unexpectedly, the man having full name of I Putu Aga Darma Winanda has created the Simalu application helping save garbage in cool manner. When encountered in the Kampong IT 2018 at the BCIC Tohpati recently, he said the application was created due to the emergence of flood disaster caused by water flow clogging due to garbage. According to him, people play an important role in protecting the environment including from flood disaster. To that end, people should have awareness to throw garbage in place. Unfortunately, throwing garbage in place does not necessarily resolve the problem. The presence of non-organic waste being difficult to decompose raises new problems namely at Suwung landfill starting to overload. To overcome the problem of non-organic waste, waste banks began to emerge. Waste bank is one of the efforts to handle the non-organic waste problem by way of recycling. The problems re-emerged when people are lazy

sorting waste. Realizing such condition, Aga as familiarly addressed makes the Simalu application, a cool way to save waste. People no longer need to be bothered by bringing a lot of waste to the waste bank. With this application, people simply need to open the application and select the nearest waste bank. People will also have money savings by saving garbage. The waste saved daily or monthly will be recorded digitally in the application. Different types of waste have their own prices. For example, plastic bottle waste is priced at IDR 14,000 per kilogram by a waste bank. It is meant to facilitate people to save the waste. “Every garbage bank is different, but the price is determined by them (waste banks). We just mediate the waste depositors and waste banks because so far they

just record manually. With this application, their transaction can be recorded digitally,” said the native man to Wangaya, Denpasar. After inputting the data, the waste will be picked up by the waste bank. So, it really makes the people easier. Up to now, there are six garbage banks joining in the Simalu application. In Kuta area, there is a waste bank, three in Denpasar, one in Gianyar and one in Buleleng. This application development process takes one year and was released in December 2017 in the Playstore. Currently, there is already 1.8 tons of waste collected. “Well... at least we have reduced the burden of waste at Suwung landfill because the waste entering the waste bank will be recycled,” said this IT program graduate from Udayana University. (kmb42)


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Passengers disembark from a ship on arrival at the Surabaya port in East Java on June 11, 2018, as people travel to their hometowns to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Cities in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country empty out every year at the end of the holy month of Ramadan as people head to villages to celebrate Eid with their families.

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Gilimanuk terminal deserted of homecomers

NEGARA - Until day 6 of the Eid al Fitr holidays, the number of homecomers taking advantage of provincial inter-city bus services (AKAP) from Denpasar to Gilimanuk remains deserted. Head of the Gilimanuk Terminal, I Putu Buda, said on Sunday (Jun. 10) the situation remains the same as ordinary days. Similarly, there has not been a significant increase in passengers from Denpasar to Gilimanuk. He said that although the homecoming traffic to Gilimanuk Harbor occurs every year, the situation of terminal located opposite the harbor almost shows no changes or looks the same as on normal days.

Quiet atmosphere of Gilimanuk terminal even though on homecoming traffic, he said, has happened since the past few years. This is caused by a number of factors. Among others, the homecomers departing to the Java Island prefer to take inter-provincial bus directly from Denpasar. Alternatively, they also take a travel transport transporting right to their home village. In addition, many homecomers riding motorcycles also affect the loneliness

of the provincial inter-city transport services. Putu Buda also added that crowded situation at Gilimanuk Terminal happened on the homecoming traffic of approximately ten years ago. But gradually, the passengers that use transportation within the province of Denpasar-Gilimanuk are getting quieter up to this day. The drivers hoped there is an increase in passengers during the homecoming

backflow to Denpasar. Lately, he said that passengers are indeed deserted from Denpasar during the homecoming period, but during the backflow there is usually an increase in the number of passengers to Denpasar. From the monitoring at the Gilimanuk Terminal, the atmosphere seemed deserted with the AKDP buses waiting for passengers, as well as the drivers were sitting in the waiting room of the terminal. One of the drivers, Wayan Awe, said there was virtually no influence

on the number of passengers between going home or not. Moreover, from Denpasar he just got ten passengers last Sunday. “It’s the same as when going home or not,” he said. Meanwhile, the atmosphere of Gilimanuk Harbor that serves the crossing to Ketapang Harbor, Banyuwangi, East Java, also remains lonely of homecoming. Operations Manager of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry of Gilimanuk Harbor, Heru Wahyono, predicted the peak of homecoming traffic will occur on day 4 until day 2 before holiday. (120)

Day 6 of Eid al Fitr

Passengers through Ngurah Rai airport on the rise

MANGUPURA —Ahead of Eid al Fitr holidays, passengers departing through Ngurah Rai Airport began to turn crowded. Moreover, management of Angkasa Pura I, Ngurah Rai Airport, estimated that passenger surge would occur on Saturday (Jun. 9) and Sunday (Jun. 10). This was disclosed by the Head of Communication and Legal Section of Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie

Ahsanurrohim, on Sunday (Jun. 10). According to the data collected through the Integrated Eid al Fitr Transport Monitoring Post 2018 (1439 H) on the day 6 before holiday, Saturday (Jun. 9), the passengers through Ngurah Rai Airport began to increase. When compared to the same period of day 6 before holiday in 2017, the total movement of aircraft experienced a growth.

The aircraft movement experienced a growth of 15.03 percent, namely 444 aircrafts in 2018 while in 2017of the same period amounted to 386 aircrafts. The growth of passengers also experienced a growth of 15.93 percent namely amounting to 58,663 people in 2017 and showed an increase of 68,006 this year. From the beginning of the open-

ing of the Eid post 2018 until day 6, the total arrival of the aircraft has amounted to 630. This number increased by 4.48 percent compared to the same period in 2017 which only amounted to 603 aircrafts. As for departure, there is an increase of 672 or 7.35 percent when compared to 626 aircrafts in 2017. Meanwhile, the total passengers up to day 6 before holiday reached

97,080 or showed an increase of 2.65 percent when compared to last year (2017) only reaching 94,570 passengers. Nevertheless, the departures decreased by -1.73 percent from 98,054 passengers compared to 99,785 passengers in 2017. “There are two arrival aircrafts of extra flight, while departure only amounts to one flight,” he said. (kmb23)

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Italy, Malta in diplomatic spat over migrant arrivals

LOS ANGELES - The women of “Ocean’s 8” proved this weekend that they know how to steal the show -- and much more -- as the new heist flick took in an estimated $41.5 million in North American theaters. With an all-star cast led by ever-popular Sandra Bullock and supported by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Rihanna, the Warner Bros. film was Hollywood’s latest experiment -- after “Ghostbusters” -- in replacing an all-male cast with female stars. The result: one of the top 10 openings of the year so far, which also best three earlier “Ocean’s” editions. The film stars Bullock as Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean (originally played by George Clooney), as she assembles a gang of talented women to plan a seemingly impossible diamond heist from a glamorous gala in New York. In second place in the threeday weekend was last weekend’s

leader, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of the swashbuckling space pilot. The Disney film took in $15.2 million, roughly half its previous weekend’s total. Third spot went to “Deadpool 2” from 20th Century Fox, at $13.7 million. This latest in Marvel’s Xmen series stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Its worldwide ticket sales have surpassed $650 million. In fourth was a new film, “Hereditary,” at $13 million the best opening ever for the A24 production company. The horror film, about a family haunted after its matriarch dies, stars Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne. Its decent opening came in spite of an R-rating and less-than-glowing reviews, including a D+ from CinemaScore. (afp)

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Australian actress Cate Blanchett (L), rapper/actress Awkwafina (2nd from L), actress Sarah Paulson (3rd from L), actress Anne Hathaway (4th from L), actress Sandra Bullock (4th from R), actress Mindy Kaling (3rd from R), British actress Helena Bonham Carter (2nd from R) and singer/actress Rihanna (R) attend the World Premiere of OCEAN’S 8 June 5, 2018 in New York. OCEAN’S 8 will be released nationwide on June 8, 2018.

Robbie Williams to perform at World Cup opening ceremony

English musician Robbie Williams

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LONDON - British pop star Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday, the world football governing body FIFA and the singer’s representatives said. The award-winning singer formerly in the band Take That, who is best known for his hit single “Angels”, will sing alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina shortly before Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the World Cup at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. The 44-year-old said in a statement on Monday that performing at the World Cup was “a boyhood

dream” and it would be “an unforgettable show”. His song “Party Like a Russian” two years ago sparked controversy in Russia for promoting stereotypes about the country. It included lyrics about a leader who “alleviates the cash from a whole entire nation, takes loose change and builds his own space station”. Williams told fans on Twitter at the time that the song “is definitely not about (Russian President Vladimir) Putin”. Last year, he offered to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song

Contest in a jokey interview on Russian state-controlled Channel One television. Williams told Andrei Malakhov, the host of the show “Pust Govoryat” or “Let Them Talk”, in comments dubbed into Russian: “I’d like to represent Russia at Eurovision. Come on Russia, we can win!” Williams grinned as he made the offer, adding however that he could see his manager “has already got his head in his hands”. Former Brazil striker Ronaldo -- known as “O Fenomeno” -- will also be taking part in the opening ceremony, FIFA said. (afp)

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In this file photo taken on May 10, 2018 migrants stand on the deck of the French NGO’s ship Aquarius, a search and rescue ship run in partnership between “SOS Mediterranee” and Doctors without borders (MSF), as it approaches the Italian coast. Hundreds of people on board the Aquarius, were stranded on June 11, 2018 in the Mediterranean between Italy and Malta in a standoff between the two nations, with both refusing to allow the vessel to dock. Some 629 people, including pregnant women and scores of children, have been saved by SOS Mediterranee on June 10 and embarked aboard the French NGO’s ship, between Malta and Sicily waiting for a secure port.

Italy’s new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini engaged in a war of words with the Maltese government Friday after accusing the Mediterranean island of not doing its fair share to take in migrants. “The good God put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily,” said the nationalist Salvini, as a new wave of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean prepared to land in Italy. “It is not possible for Malta to say ‘no’ to any request for help,” he continued. Salvini’s comments came after Malta reportedly refused to come to the aid of a migrant rescue ship Seefuchs, which was stranded with 119 migrants onboard in the Mediterranean due to violent sea conditions. The ship had embarked on a mission coordinated by the Italian coastguard on Wednesday to rescue migrants aboard a dinghy in distress.

But after evacuating the dinghy, the Seefuchs was forced to call for assistance from a bigger vessel, unable to navigate in the deteriorating weather conditions without putting the migrants’ lives in danger. According to the German NGO Sea-Watch, which attempted in vain to assist the Seefuchs due to the adverse conditions, Valletta refused to offer assistance, apart from agreeing to accept medical evacuations by air. The Maltese government was quick to deny it had done anything wrong. “With regards to Search and Rescue, Malta acts in accordance to the international conventions that apply,” the government said

in a statement Friday evening. “Malta will continue to respect these conventions with respect to the Safety of Life at Sea (maritime treaty), as happened in this latest case and indeed in each case.” - 70 hours in rough seas

The Seefuchs was finally reached on Friday afternoon by a tanker and an Italian coast guard ship and is expected to dock at the port of Pozzallo in southern Sicily in the evening. The migrants on board were reportedly in a state of distress after spending 70 hours in rough seas. Another 232 migrants, on board the NGO ship Sea Watch 3 are also set to disembark in the southern

Italian state of Calabria Saturday morning after more than three days at sea. Unconvinced by Valletta’s statement, the bullish Salvini, issued a sharp response Friday evening. “Can our Maltese friends tell us how many ships carrying immigrants docked in their ports in 2018?” he said in a statement. “How many people landed, how many asylum applications were examined and how many accepted? Italy wants to solve problems, not create them.” Salvini -- who is also deputy prime minister -- has repeatedly promised to stop migrants arriving in Italy and speed up deportations. He accuses fellow EU nations of abandoning Italy in the struggle to deal with migrant arrivals, recently

announcing that Italy cannot be “Europe’s refugee camp.” The southern European nation has seen more than 700,000 migrants arrive on their shores since 2013. However, a controversial agreement between Italy’s former centre-left government and authorities and militias in Libya has triggered a decline in overall arrivals of some 75 percent since the summer of 2017. But so far this year Italian authorities have still registered more than 13,500 arrivals.(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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