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Comedy-thriller ‘Thoroughbreds’ wows critics LOS ANGELES - Comedythriller “Thoroughbreds” may star two relative newcomers and an unknown director but it arrives in U.S. movie theaters on Friday to the kind of reviews enjoyed by veterans. The independent movie stars British-raised actresses Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke as upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut who rekindle a childhood friendship after years of growing apart. “Thoroughbreds” was originally a play written by first time feature film director Cory Finley. After reading the script, Cooke said, “I thought he was a woman because I’ve never read characters so good and fleshed out.” Taylor-Joy, 21, had a break-out

Danai Gurira, actress from Black Panther.

performance in 2015 horror film “The Witch,” while Cooke, 24, will next appear in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi adventure “Ready Player One.” The film also marks the final performance by American actor Anton Yelchin, who died in a 2016 accident in Los Angeles. He plays Tim, a hapless drug dealer whom the girls blackmail into becoming a hitman. The movie, first seen at the Sundance film festival, got an 89 percent approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Variety called director and writer Finley “astonishingly gifted” while the Daily Beast said the film was “terribly funny, wild as a hell and aggressively grotesque.” (rtr)

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‘Black Panther’ Tops ‘ A Wrinkle in Time’ in Disney-Dominant Weekend

LOS ANGELES - “Black Panther” remained superheroic in its fourth weekend at the North American box office with $41.1 million at 3,942 locations, easily topping the opening weekend of fantasy-adventure “A Wrinkle in Time” with $33.5 million at 3,980 sites, estimates showed Sunday.

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What had been pegged as a close contest among Disney titles for first place turned into a relatively easy victory for “Black Panther.” The Marvel title declined only 38 percent and generated the third-highest fourth weekend of all time, trailing only “Avatar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” With $562 million in 24 days, “Black Panther” is now the seventhhighest domestic grosser of all time. It’s the first film since “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to lead the North American box office for four straight weekends and it’s grossed $1.08 billion worldwide, 21st highest of all time. “A Wrinkle in Time” opened in line with Disney’s projections, which were slightly lower than the industry consensus. Critics were mostly un-

impressed with a 42 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave “Wrinkle” a B CinemaScore. The $100 million-plus budgeted film is depending on family audiences to support the film in the coming weeks to push it into profitability. A total of 37 percent of audiences gave “Wrinkle” an “excellent” rating with another 38 percent rating it “very good,” according to comScore/Screen Engine PostTrak. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, noted that the key 13-17 year-old demographic gave it an 83 percent combined score in those two categories. “That is very strong and makes sense with the PG rating, the subject matter and young people’s love for the book,” he added. Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 classic fantasy novel, “A Wrin-

kle in Time” stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The film follows a young girl (Reid), her step-brother (Deric McCabe), and a friend (Levi Miller) as they embark on a journey that spans time and space in search of her missing father. The weekend marks the first time in recent memory that films both led and directed by African-Americans have nabbed the first and second place spots at the box office. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” starring Daniel Kaluuya, led the box office its opening weekend in February 2017, with $33.3 million. The wide release of “Hidden Figures,” starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, opened at no. 1 in January of the same year with $22.8 million. (rtr)

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Dozens killed after plane ‘crashes into football pitch’ in Nepal

At least 50 people have been killed after a plane crashed and burst into flames in Nepal, an army spokesman has said. The US-Bangla Airlines aircraft was attempting to land at Kathmandu Airport when it veered off the runway and crashed into a nearby football pitch. Army spokesman Gokul Bhandaree said: “The chances of rescuing anyone (else) alive is slim now because the plane was badly burned.” A police official had previously said at least 38 people had died, 23 were injured and 10 were unaccounted for. According to reports, 67 passengers and four crew members were on board the plane, which is believed to have taken off from Dhaka in Bangladesh. People have been posting photos of thick smoke rising from the wreckage on social media. At least 20 people have been taken to hospital Hundreds of people stood by a nearby hill as rescue workers attended the scene. Amanda Summers saw the crash from the terrace of her home. She said: “It was flying so low

I thought it was going to run into the mountains.” Ms Summers said it was unclear if the plane had reached the runway when it landed. She added: “All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast.” The Bangladeshi airline operates a Boeing 737-800 and smaller Bombardier Dash Q-400 planes.An AP journalist who arrived at the scene soon after the crash saw the US-Bangla Airlines twin-propeller plane broken into several large pieces, with dozens of firefighters and rescue

workers clustered around the wreckage in a grassy field near the runway. Hundreds of people stood on a nearby hill, staring down at what remained of the Bombardier Dash 8. The plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land in Kathmandu, said Amanda Summers, an American working in Nepal. The crowded city sits in a valley in the Himalayan foothills. “It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains,” said Summers, who

watched the crash from the terrace of her home office, not far from the airport. “All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast.” Fire crews put out the flames quickly, perhaps within a minute, she said, though for a time clouds of thick, dark smoke rose into the sky above the city. The plane had circled the airport twice as it waited for clearance to land, Mohammed Selim, the airline’s manager in Kathmandu, told Dhaka-based Somoy TV station by telephone. US-Bangla Airlines operates Boeing 737-800 and smaller Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400 planes. The airline, part of US-Bangla Group, is based in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and flies to several domestic

and international destinations. The parent company is involved in a number of industries, including real estate, education and agriculture. Kathmandu’s airport has been the site of several deadly crashes. In September 2012, a Sita Air turboprop plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest hit a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 19 on board. (rtr) 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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Tourist destinations in Nusa Penida prone to accidents SEMARAPURA —Tourism has been developing rapidly in the district of Klungkung’s Nusa Penida in the last few years. The district government goal of attracting 478,169 tourists this year looks promising, however Nusa Penida is still haunted by the risk of accidents that seems to be quite high. Most of the tourist destinations on Nusa Penida are located on or near steep cliffs many of which are not secured with fences as they should be due to lack of funding. Head of the Klungkung Tourism Office, I Nengah Sukasta, explained on Sunday (Mar. 11) that according to the latest data, the islands known as “the Blue Paradice Islands” have some 15 official attractions, 10 of which are considered dangerous due to their geography. Along with stunning landscapes, Pasih Uwug (broken beach), Atuh, Melenteng, Devil Tear and Klingking all have high and steep cliffs. “They are scattered in a number of locations, but many are located in Nusa Gede”, he said. Most of these tourist attractions are not equipped with fences along the cliffs and local communities have not been very active in developing such security measures. Devil Tear had a fence installed by ASITA Bali and Bali Liang along 170 meters of the the total length of about 350 meters. “Actually, the community has played a role, but not as maximally as we hope, mainly because fencing is quite expensive. There has been some help from tourism businesses”, he added. This official from Semarapura Klod also added that a budget has been set aside for this in the amendment of the Regional Budget Plan (APBD-P) to be realized in 2019. “We cannot do anything now because the budget has already been allocated, but we have made a n amendment that can be put into effect next year”, he explained. IN order to prevent accidents in the meantime, warning signs will be put up in these locations. Both tourism businesses and police authorities are in support of this measure. “Warning signs have already been put up in some dangerous locations”, he said. Since the beginning of this year, three foreign tourists have fallen off cliffs in Nusa Penida. The first was Keren Tatarenko from Russia. The tragedy that occurred in Bunga Mekar village was due to the tourism having trouble navigating his motorcade on the gravel road and ended up falling 200 meters off the cliff to his death. Then two tourists from China named Wu Shanshem and Yang Lin were dragged into Devil Tears, Nusa Lembongan, by large waves whiel they were taking selfies. Luckily their lives were spared. Marine tourism has also claimed victims. A member of the Indonesian Army (TNI) named I Made N, Nisal Koushika Kotinkaduwa from Sri Lanka and Kostadin Kanavrov from Bulgaria went missing after taking part in spear fishing. Sukasta said that not all of these tragedies were due to a lack of security measures onsite, but sometimes are happen because tourists ignore warning signs. “Sometimes tourists ignore safety appeals”, he said. Klungkung House of Representatives legislator, I Made Jana, has also said that safety at tourist attraction needs to be seriously considered. Neglected security it is feared that similar accidents could occur in the future leading to more victimes and a negative impact on tourism. “If no preventative measures are taken, tourism could be negatively impacted”, he said. (kmb45)

Coinciding with Nyepi

Saraswati prayer conducted before six o’clock

DENPASAR —This year Nyepi and Saraswati day fall on the day (March 17) so the Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI)’s Bali Chapter has issued a circular about the timing of the two Hindu festivals. Celebrations of Saraswati day will be held on March 17 before 06:00, then startgin at 06:00 and for the following 24 hours, Nyepi will be celebrated as usual with the 4 abstinences. Division Head of Hindu Affairs in the Ministry of Religious Affairs for Bali Regional Office, Made Jendra, said in Denpasar on Sunday (Mar. 11) that the coinciding of this two holidays only happens once every few hundred years. “We call on all the Hindus to do their best to carry out the catur brata penyepian (four abstinences) while the prayers for Saraswati day should be made before 0:600 as mentioned in the circular that was made public”, he said. Head of Public Welfare Bureau in the Bali Regional Secretariat, AA Gede Geriya also expressed

his support of these guidelines. “This way the implementation of both Myepi and Saraswati can run smoothly”, he said. Previously, Chairman of the Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) of Bali Chapter, I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, had appealed to all schools in Bali to not celebrate Saraswati Day on a large scale. The celebration of the imparting of knowledge can instead simply be doen with the presentation of pejati oblations without accompanying gamelan. The Pejati can be prescribed by school attendants or people living around the school. “We from the religious council

have issued a circular regarding the coiincidence of Saraswati day and Nyepi. Because Nyepi day calls for a day –off school, it has been advised that schools not carry out large scale celebrations of Saraswati day or involve students coming into school for prayers”, he said. Sudiana emphsaised that prayers for Saraswati day should be doen before 06:00 because after 06:00 it is already Nyepi. “At dawn while the sun looks reddish in the east, devotees can carry out the Saraswati prayers and should be finished at 06:00”, he explained. (kmb32)

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BALI’S HEALING HOT SPRINGS

Hot springs are a rich source of sulphur and other minerals. This, combined with the heat of the water, results in calming effects on the mind and body, as well as tension-reducing, painkilling healing powers that have been used for thousands of years and are widely accepted as natural treatment options for various common ailments. The healing benefits of sulphur include the relief of skin disorders and irritations such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes caused by allergies. A soak in these bubbling hot waters is known to increase circulation and stimulate the immune system. It will also help your body relax, which benefits many aspects of your health, including sleeping patterns and nutrient assimilation. The relaxation promoted by the heat and buoyancy of the water also helps increase the range of motion of your muscles and joints, making the soaking beneficial for those suffering from arthritic pain. People with bronchial disorders also claim the combination of the steam and minerals provides breathing relief. Bali has no shortage of therapeu-

tic thermal waters, which bubble up in hot upwellings, and have long been revered by the local people. Blessed by spectacular scenery, these natural baths soothe, cure and easy away the body’s aches and pains. What better way is there to soak your tired bones and indulge in one of Earth’s natural remedies, after a long day of hiking, or as a holiday reward for months of hard work. Many people come to the village of Toya Bungkah, near Kintamani, to climb Mount Batur and then ease their aching limbs by bathing in the mineral waters, which are heated by the belly of the volcano, and bubble up beside the lake. There are two main spots here, the Batur Natural Hot Springs and Toya Devasya. The Batur Natural Hot Springs, run by the local community along with mountain treks and adventure tours, offers tranquil mineral pools resting on the edge of Lake Batur as well as a lakeside pier. This is a great spot to take in the majestic beauty of the lake against the backdrop of Mt Abang. The more modern Toya Devasya Resort enjoys the same eye-boggling views and has four pools of varying temperatures,

which – combined with the fresh mountain air – will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The best time to visit is in the early morning before the place gets too crowded. The sacred hot springs ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, close to Lovina Beach. Here, sulphurous hot water gushes out from the mouths of eight carved ‘naga’ (mythical, dragon-like serpents) into three pools at an enticing temperature of 38 degrees C. From the hottest, upper pool, the water overflows from the mouths of five more naga into the largest of the three pools. Adjacent is the third and smallest pool, into which healing water cascades from three-metrehigh spouts, at perhaps 200 kilos per minute to provide the ultimate back massage. There is a small temple at the spot where the water wells up from the ground. Again, if you want to beat the crowds, arrive before 10am, and be sure to remove your silver jewellery as the sulphur in the water will turn it black. The Tabanan Hot Springs in Penatahan Village, Penebel, sit on

the banks of the flowing Yeh Panas River, and are fed by healing water flowing off Mount Batukaru. Locally known as Yeh Panes or Air Panas Penatahan, this is one of a collection of hot springs around the village of Penebel, with magnificent rice terrace panoramas, approximate 13km from the main town of Tabanan. You can bathe in the main pool on the river’s edge or dip into one of the smaller pools that terrace up the hillside. Air Panas Angseri hot springs are located in the central highland district of Baturiti, Tabanan, approximately 5km northeast of Batukaru Temple. The site is locally run by the Angseri village administration. There is a main hot water swimming pool, and you’ll find a waterfall spilling down a steep foliage-lined cliff, offering a natural water massage. Alternatively, if you want to enjoy your hot spring bath in privacy and seclusion, you can opt for a private bath, of which there are several, bordered by rice fields and forests of bamboo. Off the beaten track and surrounded by rural beauty in the village of Mengesta, 10km from the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, the

hot springs of Belulang are said to be the hottest in Bali with temperatures reaching 40 degrees C. The pools are fed from water heated deep in the Earth’s crust that seeps up beneath the nearby Beji Temple. These waters are uniquely high in mineral concentration and sulphuric content, but without the strong sulphur smell. The springs are locally run by the villager administration. Finally, the hot springs of Banyuwedang in Northwest Bali are located right beside the beach. A concrete structure has been created to contain the spring-water and form a hot water pool, making this a popular bathing spot for local villagers. The neighbouring Mimpi Resort also offers hot spring-water pools, which are open to non-staying guests. From here, you can enjoy a spellbinding vista that extends across the gentle waters of Banyuwedang Bay to the lowland forests of the West Bali National Park. InterContinental Bali Resort’s unique brand concept ‘In the Know,’ is proud to offer insider Bali destination tips, as well as guided daytrips incorporating therapeutic soaks in the hot springs of your choice.


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Eni backs U.S. nuclear fusion firm formed by ex-MIT researchers

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Based on the experience on the Nyepi celebration in 2017, the peak load occurred at 490.5 MW

MILAN - Italian energy company Eni will conduct research with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and invest in a company created by former MIT scientists to produce energy from nuclear fusion. Fusion “is a goal that we are increasingly determined to reach quickly,” Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said in a statement. As part of its plans to reduce the use of carbon, Eni will make an initial investment of $50 million to acquire a significant stake in Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a company set up by former MIT researchers. “Eni will support CFS to

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during the day and 506.9 MW at night. When compared to

develop the first commercial power plant producing energy by fusion, a safe, sustainable, virtually inexhaustible source without any emission of pollutants and greenhouse gases,” Eni said. The Italian company will also carry out research with MIT on plasma physics, advanced fusion and electromagnetic technologies, it said. (rtr)

normal days, the highest peak load for Bali reaches 860 MW occurred in 2017.

Eni’s logo is seen in front of its headquarters in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy, April 27, 2016.

U.S. space companies aim to help Brazil rocket base lift off BRASILIA - U.S. companies eager to tap into the fast-growing market for low-cost satellite launches could become the first customers when Brazil’s Alcantara space center near the equator opens as a commercial spaceport, executives and Brazilian officials said.

Aerospace titans Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp in December visited the Alcantara space center, but the Brazilian space agency’s launch site is especially attractive to smaller firms because its equatorial location cuts fuel costs by a third. Still, Brazil’s aim of becom-

ing a hot new hub in the space industry will depend on negotiating a technology safeguards agreement (TSA) with the United States to protect sensitive American space launch and satellite technology. Without it, no U.S. rocket can blast off from the South American country.

Brazil wants to attract customers by marketing itself as the cheaper alternative to Kourou, the European spaceport in neighboring French Guiana, which mostly launches big satellites. Brazilian officials are hoping to complete a U.S. TSA this year that would facilitate the opening of the commercial spaceport. On Feb. 22, U.S. and Brazilian government representatives, along with space companies from both countries, held a conference call with a White House official who was asked whether the Trump administration would agree to a TSA with Brazil, according to a person on the call. “We are encouraged that Brazilian officials have expressed an interest in working more closely with the United States in the space sector,” a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council said. She gave no further details. The safeguard accord could be ready this year if the U.S. State Department gets negotiating permission, according to industry representatives. Tucson, Arizona-based Vector Launch Inc, which specializes in small rockets, appears eager to launch from the Brazilian site. The company wants to undercut big payload specialists like

billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX by launching so-called microsatellites from small rockets, cutting costs and wait time for clients. “Our vision is to launch hundreds of Vector rockets into orbit to satisfy the growing market for microsatellites,” said Vector Vice President Alex Rodriguez, who made a December visit to Alcantara coordinated by Boeing. “We are closer to the equator and have an excellent site for launching microsatellites,” said Brigadier Luiz Fernando Aguiar, coordinator of the Brazilian Air Force’s space program, comparing the Alcantara site with Kourou. Alcantara has radars, a runway and a seaport to unload equipment, along with plenty of open land to store rockets and build a liquid oxygen plant if needed, he said. A previous attempt at a U.S.Brazilian space partnership was scuttled in 2003 when the technology safeguards agreement faced resistance from the leftist government of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and was thwarted by Brazilian lawmakers. The new effort is expected to pass easily in a more conservative Brazilian Congress. (rtr)

An aerial view shows Brazil’s Alcantara space center in the city of Alcantara, Maranhao state, Brazil May 21, 2013.

Electricity consumption on Nyepi downs to 27 percent DENPASAR — The Nyepi Day falling on March 17 is estimated to reduce the electricity consumption by 27 percent. This decline in consumption happens because on Nyepi Balinese people do not use lighting (amati geni). In addition, some offices also turn off their computer and other machines. Deputy Manager of Communications and Environment Development of PLN Bali Distribution, I Gusti Ketut Putra, said the peak load occurred on Nyepi 2018 is predicted to reach 565.3 Mega Watt (MW) at night and

520.6 MW during the day. “This prediction is based on the peak load calculation on Nyepi celebration within the past 3 years,” he explained. Based on the experience on the Nyepi celebration in 2017, the

peak load occurred at 490.5 MW during the day and 506.9 MW at night. When compared to normal days, the highest peak load for Bali reaches 860 MW occurred in 2017. Meanwhile, the highest peak load in 2018 reaches 840.8 MW. “As

of March 7, 2018, the peak load reached 770 MW,” he added. On Nyepi, the utilization of the power plant is prioritized at Celukan Bawang and crossing energy from Java via submarine cables. Meanwhile, the utilization of Pesanggaran power plant is only a small part. Moreover, if there is no shortage of power, the PLTDG Pesanggaran diesel- and gas-fueled power plant will not be turned on.

On the Nyepi celebration, PLN of Bali Distribution will alert 750 personnel on duty for the period of March 16-18. In addition, the management will open a standby posts at 51 locations scattered from Gilimanuk to Karangasem. “For emergency services, we at the PLN also make cooperation with customary village assembly or local chief of customary village,” he added. (kmb42)

Suspected of stealing bank customer data

Three Turkish citizens arrested

MANGUPURA — Operations Team of Sub-Directorate III of Bali Police General Criminal Investigation revealed a case of bank customer data theft involving foreign nationals on Friday (Mar. 9). The perpetrators are three citizens of Turkey with the initials KT, MMA and KD. They were arrested in Canggu, Kuta Utara and Kuta. Spokesperson of Bali Police, Hengky Widjaja, said the arrest

was conducted around 00:15 local time led by Chief of SubDirectorate III, Komang Sudana. Initially, the team arrested KT and MMA at Mandiri ATM on Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu, North Kuta. They were arrested while skimming at the location. The arrest was immediately developed and the two perpetrators mentioned if they have another friend. Based on their admission the officers then ar-

rested KD at one of Goin’s hotels on Jalan Dewi Sartika, Kuta. “As testimonies of the suspects, they stole bank customer data. However, it remains under investigation related to the robbery at ATM in Kuta and South Kuta,” said Hengky, accompanied by Sudana. It should be noted that Bali Police and the ranks have revealed similar cases involving foreigners for several times.

By the end of January 2017, the members of the North Kuta Police arrested Turkish citizens with the initials EG, 47, and AOA, 36. Both suspects were alleged to have stolen ATM data of BNI at Canggu Mart, Echo Beach, on Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu. As the mode, the perpetrators took the data copy tool above the ATM box. In the meantime, the Cyber Crime team of Specific Crimi-

nal Investigation of Bali Police headed by Chief Unit Wisnawa Adiputra uncovered the case of bank consumer data breaking in committed by the suspects Boris Georgiev and Marian Bogidarof Serafinoff from Bulgaria. Police blocked three banks whose accounts were the most burglarized with a loss of IDR 1.8 billion more. Meanwhile, the suspect admitted to studying the crime in Germany. (kmb36)


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Japan PM, finance minister under fire over suspected cover-up of cronyism

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A boy climbs up a steep hillside in Chakmakul camp for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, February 8, 2018. Picture taken February 8, 2018.

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Jagatnatha Botanical Garden

Botanical Gardens have complete tree collections

NEGARA — By the end of this year, the Jagatnatha Botanical Garden starts to expand the collection of plants. A number of plants such as those intended for ritual and medicinal needs have begun to be brought in and planted. One of them is the collection of coconut trees. From a total of 25 species of coconut in the Botanical Gardens located near the civic center, ten rare species have been planted. There are monkey coconut, rangda coconut, chakra coconut, semulung coconut and others. Secretary of the Jembrana Environment Agency, Dewa Gede Ary Candra Wisnawa, said on Sunday (Mar. 11) that until now the Jag-

atnatha Botanical Garden is still collecting a number of plants to be planted. The number will be adjusted to the botanical garden area. In

addition to collecting by searching, the Botanical Gardens also provide the opportunity for community to inform about the plants needed,

mainly the endemic plants in need for ritual and medicine. He revealed the team from the Indonesia Science Institute (LIPI) and Bedugul Botanical Gardens will make a checking in the Jagatnatha Botanical Gardens to conduct exploration. After the exploration, it will be known the number of plants needed to be planted. Unlike the other Botanical Gardens in Bali,

though having not too broad area, the plants are placed thematically based on the purposes of traditional herbal medicine and ritual means. Currently its physical buildings with a number of facilities inside the botanical gardens have been completed. It just needs to be equipped with the collection of plants in accordance with the theme. (kmb26)

As for disconnection of Internet on Nyepi

Balinese Resident Brotherhood meets Chairman of PHDI Bali DENPASAR — The pros and cons of religious leaders and the government of Bali province regarding the termination of the internet network during the celebration of Nyepi Day on March 17 invites the concerns of some figures in Bali. To reduce the problem, Balinese Resident Brotherhood, met the Chairman of Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) Bali, Prof. IGN Sudiana, on Friday (Mar. 9) to know the subject matter regarding the emergence of the appeal adequately makes Balinese people and those of outside Bali

comment on the decision. Chairman I of Balinese Resident Brotherhood in charge of Spiritual Affairs (Parhyangan), Ketut Darmika, said the emergence of the agreement of religious leaders in Bali about the appeal on internet network termination on Nyepi Day (Mar. 17) is first proposed. If this is considered unfavorable, it should be re-evaluated. “We are all in the process of learning to the better. If there is a government policy or public institution disrupting the interests of the community, it surely becomes the task of Balinese Resi-

dent Brotherhood to criticize and find the best way out for the benefit of the community,” he said. Furthermore, all elements of the society should express their opinions politely to avoid additional problems. “Balinese Resident Brotherhood is vivaciously ready to escort the aspirations of the people wishing to achieve for the good,” he said. Meanwhile, Chairman of PHDI Bali, Prof. IGN Sudiana, said there is no other intention related to the decision agreed for Nyepi celebration this year. The decision aims to

encourage Hindus to be more solemn in carrying out their catur brata penyepian (four abstinences). The Hindus must be good examples in carrying out their religious obligations. Other religious figures in Bali fully support the implementation of the catur brata penyepian to be more solemn and focused. “I do not understand about internet. Please be ended the pro-cons about the release of the agreement with the religious leaders. Criticism and support for the mutual consent of religious figures related to the internet network termination

plan is commonplace. PHDI as a religious council just pleads to internet service providers to temporarily terminate just for 24 hours so the Hindus can more focuse on carrying out their religious obligations,” said this rector of the IHDN Denpasar. He added the joint agreement is also meant to prevent the circulation of hoax news such as what happened in Nyepi in 2017 having caused less favorable condition to the implementation of Nyepi in Bali. (win)

Myanmar builds military bases where Rohingya once lived and prayed - Amnesty

YANGON - After driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, Myanmar’s military is building bases where some of their homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery. A harsh security response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Aug. 25 sent members of the mostly stateless minority fleeing to Bangladesh and saw more than 350 villages destroyed by fire in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state. An Amnesty report published on Monday echoed previous ones by saying the remains of some of those villages - and some buildings not previously damaged - had been bulldozed. As well as rapid housing and road construction in the area, at least three new security facilities were under construction, the global human rights group said. In one case, Rohingya villagers who had remained in Myanmar were forcibly evicted to make way for a base, it said. “What we are seeing in Rakhine State is a land grab by the military on a dramatic scale,” Tirana Hassan, Amnesty’s crisis response

director, said in a statement. “New bases are being erected to house the very same security forces that have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya.” At least four mosques that had not been wrecked by fire have been destroyed, or had their roofing or other materials removed, since late December, a time when significant conflict was not reported in the area, Amnesty said. In one Rohingya village, satellite imagery showed buildings for a new border police post appearing next to where a recently demolished mosque had stood. Spokespeople for the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the military were not immediately available for comment. Myanmar officials have said villages were being bulldozed to make way for new homes for returning refugees. Myanmar has asked for “clear

evidence” to support the conclusion of the United Nations and others that ethnic cleansing has taken place in Rakhine. Myanmar and Bangladesh reached a deal in November to repatriate those who fled. Myanmar has said temporary camps to house returnees are ready, but the process has yet to start. Amnesty said Myanmar’s “reshaping” of the region where the Rohingya lived appeared to be designed to accommodate more security forces and non-Rohingya villagers, and could deter refugees from agreeing to return. “Rohingya who fled death and destruction at the hands of the security forces are unlikely to find the prospect of living in close proximity to those same forces conducive to a safe return,” the group said, “especially given the continuing lack of accountability for human rights violations.” (rtr)

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his close ally, Finance Minister Taro Aso, faced growing pressure on Monday over a suspected cover-up of a cronyism scandal that has dogged the premier for more than a year. Copies of documents seen by Reuters showed that references to Abe, his wife and Aso were removed from finance ministry records of the discounted sale of state-owned land to a school operator with ties to Abe’s wife, Akie. Abe, now in his sixth year in office, has denied that he or his wife did favours for the school operator, Moritomo Gakuen, and has said he would resign if evidence was found that they had. Excised references seen by Reuters did not appear to show that Abe or his wife intervened directly in the deal. Suspicion of a cover-up could slash Abe’s ratings and dash his hopes for a third term as leader of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Victory in the LDP September leadership vote would put him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier. The doubts are also putting pressure on Aso to resign. “It could shake confidence in the administration as a whole. I strongly feel responsibility as the head of administration,” Abe told reporters after the finance ministry reported on the altered documents.

“I apologise to all of the people.” Abe said he wanted Aso to make every effort to clarify all the facts and ensure such things do not happen again. Aso told a separate news conference that several officials at his ministry’s division in charge of the sale were involved in altering the documents to make them conform with testimony in parliament by the then-head of the division. “It has become clear that there was a cover-up and falsification,” opposition Democratic Party leader Yuichiro Tamaki told reporters. He said Aso should resign and parliament hold hearings on the matter. The 77-year-old Aso, who is also deputy premier and whose backing is vital for Abe, apologised for his ministry’s actions, but said that he had no intention of stepping down. The risk for Aso and Abe, experts said, is that the suspected cover-up does more damage than the land sale itself. “The cover-up is now a bigger issue than the original incident,” said Koichi Nakano, a professor at Sophia University. A finance ministry official said that 14 items had been altered in the documents after February last year - when the scandal broke - at the instruction of the ministry’s financial division to match testimony in parliament. (rtr)

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A protester holds a banner denouncing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a rally over a suspected cover-up of a cronyism scandal in front of Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan March 12, 2018.


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BUSINESS “No deal” Brexit could cost UK, EU companies 58 bln pounds -report LONDON - Companies in Britain and the European Union face an extra 58 billion pounds ($80 billion) in annual costs if there is a no-deal Brexit, with Britain’s vast financial sector set to be the worsthit industry, according to a report on Monday. Firms across the EU’s 27 countries other than Britain will have to pay 31 billion pounds a year in tariff and non-tariff barriers if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal, the report by Oliver Wyman management consultants and law firm Clifford Chance said. In return, British exporters to the EU will have to pay 27 billion pounds a year. “These increased costs and uncertainty threaten to reduce profitability and pose existential threats to some businesses,” the report said. Britain is due to leave the EU next year after voting in favour of ending more than four decades of political, economic and legal ties with the world’s largest trading bloc. In the absence of an agreement, trade between Britain and the other 27 EU members would default to World Trade Organization rules and tariffs, a sharp contrast to the access the UK has enjoyed as a member of the EU’s single market. Although Britain wants a deal, the government says it is preparing for any outcome, including the chance that Britain could crash out of the bloc without a deal. It has set aside 3 billion pounds to prepare for all eventualities. If Britain stays in a form of a customs union it would

reduce the costs for both sides by about half, the report said. However, Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out keeping Britain in an EU customs union because it would prevent the country from striking its own trade deals with fast-growing economies such as China and India. Monday’s report showed 70 percent of the extra costs in Britain from a no-deal Brexit would be shared by five industries: financial services, cars, agriculture and food and drink, consumer goods and chemicals and plastics. Financial services firms in Britain would suffer the biggest hit because, unlike some automotive and aerospace firms that can switch to domestic suppliers of components, they will have to set up new operations in the EU to continue serving clients. Goldman Sachs and UBS said last week they were starting to transfer some bankers to Frankfurt in preparation for Britain’s exit from the EU. The Bank of England has warned that about 10,000 finance jobs may leave Britain by the end of next year because of Brexit. However, top U.S. investment banks are currently planning to hire far more people in London than anywhere else in Europe. In the EU, the hardest hit sector would be the automotive sector, agriculture and food and drinks, chemicals and plastics, consumer goods and industrials, the report said. (rtr)

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Tourist Learn to Dance at Kakul Mas Studio, Batuan

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Batuan village, Sukawati, Gianyar, deserves to be called a cultural tourism village. In addition to having beautiful nature, this village also keeps ‘gold’ as a source of traditional arts remaining to be inherited until now. Moreover, the ancient heritage at Desa and Puseh Temple can be a special attraction. So it’s not mistaken if the artists, foreign researchers and foreign tourists throng this village.

A view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline in Malaysia February 7, 2018.

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Malaysia says EU palm oil curbs could weigh on France in fighter jet deal

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia, the world’s No.2 producer of palm oil, on Thursday said the European Union’s decision to curb imports of the commodity could impact France’s hopes of winning one of Asia’s biggest fighter jet deals. France’s Rafale jet, built by Dassault Aviation, had until recently been seen as the frontrunner in Malaysia’s plan to buy up to 18 new fighter planes in a deal potentially worth over $2 billion, but negotiations hit a snag after European lawmakers pushed to stop using palm oil in motor fuels. Malaysia said earlier this week that it would not shy away from a trade war and that it would respond with “might and tact” if the EU does not back down on curbing palm imports. “As you know, the jet fighters the French are looking at, the Rafale, are also competing with the Brits who have left the EU. So they have to take that into consideration (in relation to palm oil curbs),” Malaysia’s defence minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said at a news conference outside parliament. Britain’s BAE Systems has been on a consistent and public campaign for nearly a decade now to win the Malaysia contract, even establishing a regional office in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Hishammuddin’s latest statement raises hopes for BAE,

which looked to be on the backfoot after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that he had discussed the possible purchase of Rafale fighters with Francois Hollande during the then-French president’s visit in March last year. Both Dassault and BAE did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Southeast Asia’s thirdlargest economy could lose some $500 million in annual revenue if the EU goes ahead with its plan to crimp palm imports, analysts have estimated. The move also adds to the troubles of Prime Minister Najib, whose ruling coalition will rely heavily on the votes of over 600,000 palm oil plantation smallholders and their families in national polls that must be held by August. Hishammuddin

said Malaysia “cannot put a price tag” on the interests of the country and its people when negotiating bilateral deals. “So (to) those who want to have strong bilateral relations with us, do not just look at economic considerations separate from other considerations, especially when it come to defence because we do have other options,” he said. Malaysia has for several years been weighing France’s Rafale jet and the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by a European consortium including BAE, as it looks to replace its Russian MiG-29s - most of which are grounded. However, a decision has been delayed due to the upcoming national polls and a shift in Malaysia’s focus towards upgrading aerial surveillance capabilities. (rtr)

For instance, some students from Melbourne, Australia, some time ago visited this village. They are Balinese culture lovers deliberately coming to Kakul Mas Dance Studio to know and learn more about the Balinese classical dances. “There are 15 tourists with student status that learned to dance in our house (Kakul Mas Dance Studio),” said I Ketut Wirtawan, an artist and trainer who is also the successor of the studio. The students coming at that time, continued Wirtawan, have major in theater that want to deepen the Balinese arts, especially the art of gambuh operetta. The gambuh is a very complex ancient art, having the elements of motion art (dance), vocal and gamelan music. The most important is characterizations, so it is in accordance with their selected major. “The knowledge of Balinese dance is intended to enrich the theatrical studies they have,” he added. These students studied for ten days and practiced for 2.5 hours a day. They know the Kakul Mas Dance Studio from his father, the late I Ketut Kantor. One of their lecturers had learned mask dance directly from the late I Ketut Kantor. Their lecturer then sent the students to get the fundamentals of Balinese classical dance from the successor of the late I Ketut Kantor. These students did not only learn to dance, but also tried to express themselves by learn-

ing to dance, make a mask and know more about Balinese life. In practicing the dance, they are trained directly by Ketut Wirtawan, Wayan Artawa, Nyoman Juniati, Tut Nik and Wayan Darmawan. The class of making a mask is provided by Ketut Wirtawan. “Although the schedule is held by their campus, there are also students attending the program repeatedly on their personal account,” he said.

Kakul Mas Dance Studio which is also the home of I Ketut Wirtawan’s family is natural remaining to refer to the kosala-kosali (Balinese geomancy) rules, commonly used in the making of Balinese house. That’s why many foreign tourists often visit the house as a kind of tourist attraction. They come from various countries escorted by a tour guide. “There are always tourists making a visit here. They like to see traditional house as well as painting of

Batuan style,” said Wirtawan. Ketut Wirtawan is often taken advantage as an object when painting on canvas. Indeed, in the matter of painting, Batuan village remains the same as in the past, preserving the painting of Batuan style. Other than being one of the successors of Gambuh operetta, Wirtawan is still actively scratching on canvas or paper as it has become a habit. (kmb)

Giant Butterfly at Kemenuh Village The charm of giant barong butterfly of Sukawati attracts foreign tourists to visit Kemenuh village. The beautifully colored large wing span of these rare buttterflies have made The Kemenuh Butterfly Park the iconic tourist attraction of Kemenuh village. Kemenuh Butterfly Park also serves as a conservation area and as local tour guide Gusdek explained this butterfly is considered a rare sight as they only live for 5 days. There entire like cycle from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly takes about 2 months. The Kemenuh Butterfly Park consists of a main butterfly garden, an artificial waterfall decorated with a butterfly statue and artificial bridges, as well as a larvae breeding area and butterfly house. The larvae

breeding area serves as a shelter for the larvae before they become caterpillars as is only planted with erythrina trees and protected by a giant net. The larvae or worms hang out in the erythrina trees eating their leaves and will continue to do so until they become caterpillars and take refuge in their cocoons. The cocoons are then moved to the cocoon house to protect them from the rain. “Many cocoons perish during the rainy season, so we made this house to protect them”, said Gusdek. The butterflies also seek refuge in the cocoon house. Most of the visitors to the Kemnenuh Butterfly Park are foregin tourists. When Bali Post visited this tourist attraction, there were visibly more foreingers with only

about 5- 10 percent local tourirts. Gusdek added that most visitors are from Europe while Chinese tourists tend to come in groups. Hundreds of butterflies fill the park as as one enters the garden butterflies can be seen fluttering to and fro amongst the flowers. “This is like a giant butterfly house”, said an Arab tourist. After passing through the main garden, visitors arrive at the artificial waterfall. From there a coral path then leads to the breeding area and then the cocoon breeding area where the trees are filled with larvae and coccoon. The area is not too vaste so it is easy to see all the groungs. Upon leaving the area, two large butterflies were seen perched on the edge of their former coocoon indicating that they had just hatched. (kmb)


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For poor Venezuelans, a box of food may sway vote for Maduro CARACAS - A bag of rice on a hungry family’s kitchen table could be the key to Nicolas Maduro retaining the support of poor Venezuelans in May’s presidential election. For millions of Venezuelans suffering an unprecedented economic crisis, a monthly handout of a box of heavily-subsidized basic food supplies by Maduro’s unpopular government has offered a tenuous lifeline in their once-prosperous OPEC nation. The 55-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez introduced the so-called CLAP boxes in 2016 in a signature policy of his rule, continuing the socialist government’s strategy of seeking public support with cash bonuses and other giveaways. Now, running for re-election on May 20, Maduro says the CLAPs are his “most powerful weapon” to combat an “economic war” being waged by Washington, which brands him a “dictator” and has imposed sanctions. Mariana, a single mother who lives in the poor hillside neighborhood of Petare in the capital Caracas, says the handouts will decide her vote. “I and other women I know are going to vote for Maduro because he’s promising to keep giving CLAPs, which at least help fix some problems,” said the 30-year-old cook, who asked not to give her surname for fear of losing the benefit. “When you earn minimum

wage, which doesn’t cover exorbitant prices, the box helps.” Maduro’s rule since 2013 has coincided with a deep recession caused by a plunge in global oil prices and failed state-led economic policies. Yet the worse the economy gets, the more dependent some poor Venezuelans become on the state. Life in the South American country’s poor ‘barrios’ revolves around the CLAP boxes. According to the government, six million families receive the benefit, from a population of around 30 million people. Venezuelans, many of whom are undernourished, anxiously wait for their monthly delivery, and a thriving black market has sprung up to sell CLAP products. The government sources almost all the CLAP goods from abroad, especially from Mexico, since Venezuela’s food production has shriveled and currency controls restrict private imports. Critics, including Maduro’s main challenger for the May 20 vote, Henri Falcon, say the CLAPs are a cynical form of political patronage and are rife with corruption. Erratic supply and control of distribution by governmentaffiliated groups have sown resentment among others. “I can’t count on it. Sometimes it comes, sometimes not,” said Viviana Colmenares, 24, an unemployed mother of six struggling to get by in Petare. (rtr)

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks with his wife Cilia Flores during the welcoming ceremony of an ALBA alliance summit to mark fifth anniversary of the death of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela March 5, 2018.

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Chairs are seen on tables inside the Mill pub which former Russian inteligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia visited before they were found poisoned on a bench nearby in Salisbury, Britain, March 11, 2018.

British PM May weighs response to attack on former Russian double agent

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of Britain’s National Security Council on Monday to weigh how to respond to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy who passed secrets to British intelligence. Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4 when they were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury. May has warned that if Russia was behind the poisoning of Skripal, a former colonel in GRU military intelligence, then Britain will respond robustly. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack. The chairman of the British parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, said the attack looked like state-sponsored attempted murder and he expected May to blame Moscow. “Frankly I would be surprised if she did not point the finger at the Kremlin,” Tugendhat told BBC radio. He said Russia’s so-called oligarchs, who amassed fortunes as the Soviet Union crumbled and during President Vladimir Putin’s

18-year rule of Russia, should be denied entry to the luxuries of London and the West. British counter-terrorism police say a nerve agent - usually a small molecule based on phosphorus that interferes with the transmission of nerve signals - was used on Skripal and his daughter. But they have refused to specify which poison was used. “LONDONGRAD” If Russia is publicly accused of carrying out the attack, it would send already strained relations between London and Moscow to a new post-Cold War low, with potential repercussions for some Russian money in Britain. The Russian Foreign Ministry says London is whipping up antiRussian hysteria. The British capital has been dubbed “Londongrad” due to the large quantities of Russian money that have poured in since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. May last year said Putin was

seeking to undermine the West and the international order by meddling in elections. She promised to ensure corrupt money does not flow into Britain from Russia. Putin, who took over as Kremlin chief from Boris Yeltsin on the last day of 1999, has denied allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and says the West has repeatedly tried to undermine Russian interests. Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006, and in 2010 was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged for Russian spies. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also drew parallels between the poisoning of Skripal and the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. (rtr)

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A giant SOS carved into an oil palm plantation in Sumatra by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic to draw attention to the damage caused by deforestation to wildlife and indigenous people in Indonesia.

SOS carved into Indonesian palm oil plantation to highlight impact on people and wildlife

BANGKOK - A Lithuanian artist has carved a giant SOS message into an Indonesian palm oil plantation to draw attention to the damage done by deforestation. Ernest Zacharevic curated the ‘Save our Souls’ project as part of a campaign on the impact palm oil plantations have on tribal communities and endangered species such as the orangutan. “We, as consumers, are so detached from the source of our commodities that we are no longer able to see the consequences of our daily choices,” Zacharevic told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email. “I wanted to communicate the magnitude of the problem.” The giant SOS signal, which he completed last month, runs for about a half-kilometre inside a

plantation in North Sumatra, and can be seen from the air. The land will be replanted with native tree species, he said. Environmentalists say landclearing for agricultural plantations in Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, is responsible for forest destruction. Forest cover has dropped by nearly a quarter since 1990, according to World Bank data.

Zacharevic’s SOS comes amid growing pressure on corporations to adopt sustainable practices. PepsiCo and British cosmetics firm Lush have committed to ending the use of palm oil - which is found in products from soap to cereal - or ensuring their supply is ethical. Last month, consumer goods giant Unilever said it had laid bare its palm oil supply chain to boost

transparency. Indonesia has been a focus of global efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the deforestation of swampy, carbon-rich peatlands to make way for plantations for industries such as palm oil, pulp and paper. These forests are often in remote areas long inhabited by indigenous peoples, who might not have documents proving ownership or be able to contest land acquisitions in the resource-rich Southeast Asian nation.. The forests are also home to dwindling wildlife populations. There are only about 14,600

orangutans remaining in the wild in Sumatra, conservationists estimate. The Splash and Burn campaign - a play on the slash and burn method used to clear forests for plantations - is supported by the Sumatran Orangutan Society, a charity, and Lush. “We are all contributing to the destructive effects of unsustainable palm oil, whether it is by consuming products or supporting policies that affect the trade,” Zacharevic said. “This project is an effort to appeal to the consciousness of a wider audience.”(rtr)

Indonesia`s foreign policy yet to tap science diplomacy JAKARTA - Science diplomacy remains untouched in Indonesia`s foreign policy, according to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). While opening a workshop on Science Diplomacy here on Monday, deputy for Social Sciences and Humanities Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti reiterated that despite the challenges posed in bringing

about a change in science diplomacy in the nation and world, it is important to change the science itself globally. At the global level, Pudjiastuti pointed to a “multi stress zone” in Africa, Asia, South America, and parts of Europe. Water, demographic, coastal, hunger, and even security conflicts are challenges

that are yet unresolved despite being discussed globally by scientists. Science diplomacy is not new, but it has not been viewed as being important in the decision-making process in countries. The South China Sea conflict in which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has, since the 70s, conducted subtle diplomacy is one example

of unresolved issues in the world. There is a strong foundation that raises the momentum for rapid developments in the field of science and technology and the freedom of ideas can be accepted in diplomacy. According to Pudjiastuti, the important aspect is that science diplomacy, which is a non-ideological diplomatic approach, coupled with

the freedom of ideas can be applied to a certain level and become a basis to conduct foreign policy. Speaking in connection with the nuclear issue involving the United States and Russia, Pudjiastuti opined that raising awareness on science and technology would help to more ably defuse and resolve the conflict.(ant)


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Djokovic suffers ‘weird’ loss to qualifier at Indian Wells CALIFORNIA - Novak Djokovic produced a puzzling performance as the former world number one lost to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Sunday. On his return from right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a pale shadow of his former self as he went down 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1 to make a quick exit from a tournament he has won five times. “It felt like the first match I have ever played on the tour, very weird,” he told reporters. “I just completely lost rhythm, everything, struggled a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks.” Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon last year and returned in January’s Australian Open where he lost in the fourth round. He had surgery in Switzerland shortly after that. “I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly but at the same time just didn’t feel good at all,” he added. “Nerves were there. I made so many unforced errors.” Djokovic’s performance in the final set against the world’s 109th-ranked player on centre court raised some eyebrows, with four-times grand slam champion Jim Courier saying the Serb had “capitulated”. “The question marks surrounding his defeat today will only grow larger,” Courier said in commentary on the Tennis Channel. “We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn’t react the right way in this match. That is as head scratching as anything you’ll see.” Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed by left-handed Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain at 2-2 in the second set the previous day. The top seed fended off a set point in the tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6(6). “It’s been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back

Garlic Lane Shopping Street MANGUPURA - Garlic Lane shopping street is named after a restaurant of the same name on Jalan Sahadewa, one of the out-ofthe-way and narrow side streets off Legian’s main roads. This 200mlong route provides you with a lot of variety, comprising art shops, DVD stores, fashion boutiques, woodcarving galleries and others. The lane forms part of regular shopping walks through Legian, connecting the restaurant-lined Jalan Padma and the Merta Nadi Art Market on

Jalan Melasti. Most consider the Garlic Lane shopping street scene to be better than Kuta’s and it’s the first street you can conveniently walk to from the end of Poppies Lane after leaving the beach. By virtue of not being on the main road, you can often find better bargains here. Souvenir items are pretty much the same variety as any other art market in Bali: paintings, woven and batik table runners, miniature Balinese mask fridge magnets from IDR 25,000 (USD 2) and more. Some

shops offer fixed (but reasonable) prices, while others are simply places to put your Bali bargaining skills to the test. Several shops such as Kirara Art & Craft stay open until late at night, while others close right after sunset. DVD shops such as Bali Gong and 4 Tune 8 sell pirated discs of the latest movie releases, and My Shop sells anything from embroidered baseball caps, NBA team singlets and cheap sunglasses, some at only IDR 100,000 (USD 7.50) a pair. (net)

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) during his second round match against Taro Daniel (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Daniel won the match. the next day,” said Federer. “In the night-time, the ball is much more deader. The surface doesn’t react so much.” Frenchman Gael Monfils survived a match point before beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 7-5 in a contest that had only one break. Isner, the 15th seed, frittered away seven break points, while Monfils converted one of his three opportunities, which proved

enough. Yuki Bhambri of India pulled off a surprise when he toppled ninth-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4. Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st seed Edmund 6-4 6-4, while Luxemburg’s 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5. In late action, Croat second seed Marin Cilic beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-5

6-3, while Canadian Milos Raonic defeated 17-year-old compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-4. “I was attacking when I had my chances and controlling most of the times the points,” said Cilic. “I didn’t serve too good today but overall I’m pleased.” The tournament also lost Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who withdrew through illness. (rtr)

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Sebastien Ogier won Rally Guanajuato Mexico for the fourth time on March 11 to recapture the lead of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship as compatriot Sebastien Loeb finished fifth on his WRC return.

chicane in the final Power Stage, in which he had been second fastest. Neuville gained an additional bonus point as a result of Ogier’s demotion out of the top five in the stage, leaving the rally winner on 56 and his Belgian rival on 52 after three rounds. The next rally is Corsica on April 5-8. (rtr)


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Rashford seeks no reassurance over Man United role

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford does not need verbal assurance from his manager about his importance to the team and said he is not worried despite limited time on the pitch in the current Premier League campaign. Rashford scored both goals for United in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool in what was his first league start since the game against Burnley in December. “The manager doesn’t have to (speak to me),” the 20-year-old told the club’s website. “When you’re younger than I am and you are learning the game you do need it (reassuring words). But from my experiences I understand that’s part of the game. “In football you are going to be up, you’re going to be down. The most important thing is sticking together as a squad. “Everyone turns up every day for training, we all work hard, we all do the necessary things. We’re all in it together. Sometimes you are in the team, sometimes you are not.” Rashford has made 27 league appearances this season, coming off the bench 13 times. His two goals against Juergen Klopp’s side took his league tally to six. “If it (dropping to the bench) happens again you will probably deal with it better than the first time it happened to you. It is just another experience,” the England international said. United moved to 65 points and

five points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool with the victory. Jose Mourinho’s side trail runaway leaders Manchester City by 13 points with eight games left in their campaign. Pogba Manchester United are uncertain about midfielder Paul Pogba’s availability for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 clash with Sevilla, manager Jose Mourinho said after the Frenchman missed their 2-1 Premier League win over Liverpool at the weekend. Pogba was ruled out after picking up an injury in the team’s final training session before the match and Mourinho is awaiting information on whether he can shake off the knock in time for the visit of the Spanish side. “I don’t know,” Mourinho told British media when asked about Pogba’s availability for the second leg of their last 16 match. “The injury? It was contact with a player in the last minute of the training session.

Poor attendances at Arsenal home games a worry for Wenger

Greece vows ‘bold decisions’ on soccer after PAOK boss enters field armed

“If I finished the session one minute before it wouldn’t have happened,” the Portuguese manager added. United’s record signing Pogba has been criticised for his performances this season and Mourinho benched the 24-yearold for their goalless draw at Sevilla in the first leg last month. Pogba came on as a substitute early in that game after midfielder Ander Herrera pulled up injured. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini returned to action against Liverpool to boost Mourinho’s midfield options against Sevilla. The Belgium international has been out since January after undergoing minor knee surgery. “I want to praise every player but Marouane Fellaini had to go to knee surgery,” Mourinho said. Fellaini replaced goalscorer Marcus Rashford in the 70th minute. “To return ahead of time, he did fantastic work to recover outside the club with the people who have his trust. He arrived to train a couple of days ago and made himself available.”(rtr)

ATHENS - Greece’s sports minister promised to take ‘bold decisions’ on Monday after the owner of soccer team PAOK went onto the pitch while apparently armed to protest over a disallowed goal during a match with another Greek team, AEK. Ivan Savvides, one of Greece’s richest men, walked onto the pitch during an interruption in the match on Sunday night in Thessaloniki when referee Georgios Kominis disallowed a goal from PAOK’s Fernando Varela in the 89th minute. Until then the match had been a goalless draw. Savvides, who was accompanied onto the pitch by bodyguards, wore a holster on his waist containing what appeared to be a revolver, though he did not remove it during the ensuing fracas. The referee finally allowed the goal about two hours later, state TV reported. Images of “persons entering sports grounds armed” harm PAOK and soccer in general, Greek Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Georgios Vassiliadis said in a written statement on Monday. “Such extreme phenomena call for bold decisions,” he said, without elaborating. Greece’s state broadcaster ERT said one option being considered was suspending first division fixtures. “We will not allow anybody to deter us from this path, even if tough decisions are required in consultation with UEFA,” Vassiliadis said. Savvides was born in Georgia of Greek heritage and is a former member of the Russian parliament. He has holdings in assets ranging from Thessaloniki port to tobacco and media companies. Greek soccer fixtures are frequently marred by violence. A derby between PAOK and Olympiakos Piraeus was called off last month after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was hit by a roll of paper thrown from the stands. Authorities say they are committed to cleaning up the sport.(rtr)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is worried by an apparent dip in attendance at the Emirates stadium in recent weeks but said he is confident the team will do “absolutely everything” to win back their fans. British media reports said there were thousands of empty seats in Arsenal’s 3-0 Premier League win over Watford on Sunday despite the club selling 59,131 tickets, just short of their total capacity of 59,867 seats. The stadium was a lot emptier in the 3-0 league defeat by Manchester City earlier this month although freezing conditions could have kept fans away on that day. Wenger acknowledged that empty seats were a concern. “Of course I worry because I want our fans to be behind our team and be happy,” Wenger told Standard Sport. “But after what Tottenham’s Son Heung-min celebrates scoring their third goal

Intimenews via REUTERS

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South Korea coach hopes sparkling Son doesn’t lose his fizz SEOUL - With seven goals in his last four games Son Heungmin is enjoying a purple patch for Tottenham Hotspur but South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong hopes the prolific forward keeps his powder dry for this summer’s World Cup. Son took his tally to 12 league goals for the season by scoring a double on Sunday as the London club came from behind to beat Bournemouth 4-1. The 25-year-old has also netted four times in this season’s Champions League and twice in the FA Cup. His goals prompted Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to say on Sunday: “Son is having a fantastic season, the best season since he arrived”. While his flurry of goals are going down well in North London, there are concerns

Russian-born Greek businessman and owner of PAOK Salonika, Ivan Savvides (C), pictured with what appears to be a gun in a holster, enters the pitch after the referee annulled a goal of PAOK during their soccer match against AEK Athens in Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece, March 11, 2018. Picture taken March 11, 2018.

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in Seoul that they may dry up before the Koreans face Germany, Mexico and Sweden in Group F of the World Cup in June. “No player can maintain his best form all season long,” Yonhap News quoted coach Shin as saying on Monday, as he announced a 23-man squad for upcoming friendlies against Northern Ireland and Poland. “I’m really worried that Son’s form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically fatigued.” Son, who has scored 20 goals in 61 games for Korea, will be expected to shoulder the attacking burden in Russia, whether he plays out wide on the left like he does with Spurs, or in a more central role. Wherever he plays,

Shin said he had to make sure he gets the rest of the team to play to Son’s strengths. At the other end of the pitch, Shin defended his decision to include five defenders from K League champions Jeonbuk Motors despite the side leaking goals recently. “I think it’s unfortunate that Jeonbuk have given up so many goals despite having these national team-caliber players,” he said. “As far as I am concerned, they will still be competitive internationally because they’ve been picked for the national team on a consistent basis.” South Korea play Northern Ireland in Belfast on March 24 before taking on the Poles in Chorzow three days later.(rtr)

happened in that week (against City) it’s a bit understandable. “We are in a job where we have to get the fans on our side and do absolutely everything to achieve it. That’s what we want to do.” Arsenal are sixth in the league with 48 points and face an uphill task to qualify for next season’s Champions League by finishing in the top four. “I don’t know how much negativity is out there. I focus on my job. I think I’ve shown in 22 years that I can do that, that I’ll respect everyone’s opinion and focus on my job with total commitment,” Wenger said. Their hopes of participating in Europe’s elite competition next season hinge on winning the Europa League. Arsenal beat AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg of their last 16 clash and take on the Italians at home on Thursday.(rtr)


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Rashford seeks no reassurance over Man United role

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford does not need verbal assurance from his manager about his importance to the team and said he is not worried despite limited time on the pitch in the current Premier League campaign. Rashford scored both goals for United in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool in what was his first league start since the game against Burnley in December. “The manager doesn’t have to (speak to me),” the 20-year-old told the club’s website. “When you’re younger than I am and you are learning the game you do need it (reassuring words). But from my experiences I understand that’s part of the game. “In football you are going to be up, you’re going to be down. The most important thing is sticking together as a squad. “Everyone turns up every day for training, we all work hard, we all do the necessary things. We’re all in it together. Sometimes you are in the team, sometimes you are not.” Rashford has made 27 league appearances this season, coming off the bench 13 times. His two goals against Juergen Klopp’s side took his league tally to six. “If it (dropping to the bench) happens again you will probably deal with it better than the first time it happened to you. It is just another experience,” the England international said. United moved to 65 points and

five points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool with the victory. Jose Mourinho’s side trail runaway leaders Manchester City by 13 points with eight games left in their campaign. Pogba Manchester United are uncertain about midfielder Paul Pogba’s availability for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 clash with Sevilla, manager Jose Mourinho said after the Frenchman missed their 2-1 Premier League win over Liverpool at the weekend. Pogba was ruled out after picking up an injury in the team’s final training session before the match and Mourinho is awaiting information on whether he can shake off the knock in time for the visit of the Spanish side. “I don’t know,” Mourinho told British media when asked about Pogba’s availability for the second leg of their last 16 match. “The injury? It was contact with a player in the last minute of the training session.

Poor attendances at Arsenal home games a worry for Wenger

Greece vows ‘bold decisions’ on soccer after PAOK boss enters field armed

“If I finished the session one minute before it wouldn’t have happened,” the Portuguese manager added. United’s record signing Pogba has been criticised for his performances this season and Mourinho benched the 24-yearold for their goalless draw at Sevilla in the first leg last month. Pogba came on as a substitute early in that game after midfielder Ander Herrera pulled up injured. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini returned to action against Liverpool to boost Mourinho’s midfield options against Sevilla. The Belgium international has been out since January after undergoing minor knee surgery. “I want to praise every player but Marouane Fellaini had to go to knee surgery,” Mourinho said. Fellaini replaced goalscorer Marcus Rashford in the 70th minute. “To return ahead of time, he did fantastic work to recover outside the club with the people who have his trust. He arrived to train a couple of days ago and made himself available.”(rtr)

ATHENS - Greece’s sports minister promised to take ‘bold decisions’ on Monday after the owner of soccer team PAOK went onto the pitch while apparently armed to protest over a disallowed goal during a match with another Greek team, AEK. Ivan Savvides, one of Greece’s richest men, walked onto the pitch during an interruption in the match on Sunday night in Thessaloniki when referee Georgios Kominis disallowed a goal from PAOK’s Fernando Varela in the 89th minute. Until then the match had been a goalless draw. Savvides, who was accompanied onto the pitch by bodyguards, wore a holster on his waist containing what appeared to be a revolver, though he did not remove it during the ensuing fracas. The referee finally allowed the goal about two hours later, state TV reported. Images of “persons entering sports grounds armed” harm PAOK and soccer in general, Greek Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Georgios Vassiliadis said in a written statement on Monday. “Such extreme phenomena call for bold decisions,” he said, without elaborating. Greece’s state broadcaster ERT said one option being considered was suspending first division fixtures. “We will not allow anybody to deter us from this path, even if tough decisions are required in consultation with UEFA,” Vassiliadis said. Savvides was born in Georgia of Greek heritage and is a former member of the Russian parliament. He has holdings in assets ranging from Thessaloniki port to tobacco and media companies. Greek soccer fixtures are frequently marred by violence. A derby between PAOK and Olympiakos Piraeus was called off last month after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was hit by a roll of paper thrown from the stands. Authorities say they are committed to cleaning up the sport.(rtr)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is worried by an apparent dip in attendance at the Emirates stadium in recent weeks but said he is confident the team will do “absolutely everything” to win back their fans. British media reports said there were thousands of empty seats in Arsenal’s 3-0 Premier League win over Watford on Sunday despite the club selling 59,131 tickets, just short of their total capacity of 59,867 seats. The stadium was a lot emptier in the 3-0 league defeat by Manchester City earlier this month although freezing conditions could have kept fans away on that day. Wenger acknowledged that empty seats were a concern. “Of course I worry because I want our fans to be behind our team and be happy,” Wenger told Standard Sport. “But after what Tottenham’s Son Heung-min celebrates scoring their third goal

Intimenews via REUTERS

REUTERS/Ian Walton

South Korea coach hopes sparkling Son doesn’t lose his fizz SEOUL - With seven goals in his last four games Son Heungmin is enjoying a purple patch for Tottenham Hotspur but South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong hopes the prolific forward keeps his powder dry for this summer’s World Cup. Son took his tally to 12 league goals for the season by scoring a double on Sunday as the London club came from behind to beat Bournemouth 4-1. The 25-year-old has also netted four times in this season’s Champions League and twice in the FA Cup. His goals prompted Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to say on Sunday: “Son is having a fantastic season, the best season since he arrived”. While his flurry of goals are going down well in North London, there are concerns

Russian-born Greek businessman and owner of PAOK Salonika, Ivan Savvides (C), pictured with what appears to be a gun in a holster, enters the pitch after the referee annulled a goal of PAOK during their soccer match against AEK Athens in Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece, March 11, 2018. Picture taken March 11, 2018.

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in Seoul that they may dry up before the Koreans face Germany, Mexico and Sweden in Group F of the World Cup in June. “No player can maintain his best form all season long,” Yonhap News quoted coach Shin as saying on Monday, as he announced a 23-man squad for upcoming friendlies against Northern Ireland and Poland. “I’m really worried that Son’s form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically fatigued.” Son, who has scored 20 goals in 61 games for Korea, will be expected to shoulder the attacking burden in Russia, whether he plays out wide on the left like he does with Spurs, or in a more central role. Wherever he plays,

Shin said he had to make sure he gets the rest of the team to play to Son’s strengths. At the other end of the pitch, Shin defended his decision to include five defenders from K League champions Jeonbuk Motors despite the side leaking goals recently. “I think it’s unfortunate that Jeonbuk have given up so many goals despite having these national team-caliber players,” he said. “As far as I am concerned, they will still be competitive internationally because they’ve been picked for the national team on a consistent basis.” South Korea play Northern Ireland in Belfast on March 24 before taking on the Poles in Chorzow three days later.(rtr)

happened in that week (against City) it’s a bit understandable. “We are in a job where we have to get the fans on our side and do absolutely everything to achieve it. That’s what we want to do.” Arsenal are sixth in the league with 48 points and face an uphill task to qualify for next season’s Champions League by finishing in the top four. “I don’t know how much negativity is out there. I focus on my job. I think I’ve shown in 22 years that I can do that, that I’ll respect everyone’s opinion and focus on my job with total commitment,” Wenger said. Their hopes of participating in Europe’s elite competition next season hinge on winning the Europa League. Arsenal beat AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg of their last 16 clash and take on the Italians at home on Thursday.(rtr)


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Djokovic suffers ‘weird’ loss to qualifier at Indian Wells CALIFORNIA - Novak Djokovic produced a puzzling performance as the former world number one lost to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Sunday. On his return from right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a pale shadow of his former self as he went down 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1 to make a quick exit from a tournament he has won five times. “It felt like the first match I have ever played on the tour, very weird,” he told reporters. “I just completely lost rhythm, everything, struggled a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks.” Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon last year and returned in January’s Australian Open where he lost in the fourth round. He had surgery in Switzerland shortly after that. “I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly but at the same time just didn’t feel good at all,” he added. “Nerves were there. I made so many unforced errors.” Djokovic’s performance in the final set against the world’s 109th-ranked player on centre court raised some eyebrows, with four-times grand slam champion Jim Courier saying the Serb had “capitulated”. “The question marks surrounding his defeat today will only grow larger,” Courier said in commentary on the Tennis Channel. “We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn’t react the right way in this match. That is as head scratching as anything you’ll see.” Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed by left-handed Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain at 2-2 in the second set the previous day. The top seed fended off a set point in the tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6(6). “It’s been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back

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Jalan Melasti. Most consider the Garlic Lane shopping street scene to be better than Kuta’s and it’s the first street you can conveniently walk to from the end of Poppies Lane after leaving the beach. By virtue of not being on the main road, you can often find better bargains here. Souvenir items are pretty much the same variety as any other art market in Bali: paintings, woven and batik table runners, miniature Balinese mask fridge magnets from IDR 25,000 (USD 2) and more. Some

shops offer fixed (but reasonable) prices, while others are simply places to put your Bali bargaining skills to the test. Several shops such as Kirara Art & Craft stay open until late at night, while others close right after sunset. DVD shops such as Bali Gong and 4 Tune 8 sell pirated discs of the latest movie releases, and My Shop sells anything from embroidered baseball caps, NBA team singlets and cheap sunglasses, some at only IDR 100,000 (USD 7.50) a pair. (net)

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) during his second round match against Taro Daniel (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Daniel won the match. the next day,” said Federer. “In the night-time, the ball is much more deader. The surface doesn’t react so much.” Frenchman Gael Monfils survived a match point before beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 7-5 in a contest that had only one break. Isner, the 15th seed, frittered away seven break points, while Monfils converted one of his three opportunities, which proved

enough. Yuki Bhambri of India pulled off a surprise when he toppled ninth-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4. Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st seed Edmund 6-4 6-4, while Luxemburg’s 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5. In late action, Croat second seed Marin Cilic beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-5

6-3, while Canadian Milos Raonic defeated 17-year-old compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-4. “I was attacking when I had my chances and controlling most of the times the points,” said Cilic. “I didn’t serve too good today but overall I’m pleased.” The tournament also lost Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who withdrew through illness. (rtr)

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Sebastien Ogier won Rally Guanajuato Mexico for the fourth time on March 11 to recapture the lead of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship as compatriot Sebastien Loeb finished fifth on his WRC return.

chicane in the final Power Stage, in which he had been second fastest. Neuville gained an additional bonus point as a result of Ogier’s demotion out of the top five in the stage, leaving the rally winner on 56 and his Belgian rival on 52 after three rounds. The next rally is Corsica on April 5-8. (rtr)


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For poor Venezuelans, a box of food may sway vote for Maduro CARACAS - A bag of rice on a hungry family’s kitchen table could be the key to Nicolas Maduro retaining the support of poor Venezuelans in May’s presidential election. For millions of Venezuelans suffering an unprecedented economic crisis, a monthly handout of a box of heavily-subsidized basic food supplies by Maduro’s unpopular government has offered a tenuous lifeline in their once-prosperous OPEC nation. The 55-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez introduced the so-called CLAP boxes in 2016 in a signature policy of his rule, continuing the socialist government’s strategy of seeking public support with cash bonuses and other giveaways. Now, running for re-election on May 20, Maduro says the CLAPs are his “most powerful weapon” to combat an “economic war” being waged by Washington, which brands him a “dictator” and has imposed sanctions. Mariana, a single mother who lives in the poor hillside neighborhood of Petare in the capital Caracas, says the handouts will decide her vote. “I and other women I know are going to vote for Maduro because he’s promising to keep giving CLAPs, which at least help fix some problems,” said the 30-year-old cook, who asked not to give her surname for fear of losing the benefit. “When you earn minimum

wage, which doesn’t cover exorbitant prices, the box helps.” Maduro’s rule since 2013 has coincided with a deep recession caused by a plunge in global oil prices and failed state-led economic policies. Yet the worse the economy gets, the more dependent some poor Venezuelans become on the state. Life in the South American country’s poor ‘barrios’ revolves around the CLAP boxes. According to the government, six million families receive the benefit, from a population of around 30 million people. Venezuelans, many of whom are undernourished, anxiously wait for their monthly delivery, and a thriving black market has sprung up to sell CLAP products. The government sources almost all the CLAP goods from abroad, especially from Mexico, since Venezuela’s food production has shriveled and currency controls restrict private imports. Critics, including Maduro’s main challenger for the May 20 vote, Henri Falcon, say the CLAPs are a cynical form of political patronage and are rife with corruption. Erratic supply and control of distribution by governmentaffiliated groups have sown resentment among others. “I can’t count on it. Sometimes it comes, sometimes not,” said Viviana Colmenares, 24, an unemployed mother of six struggling to get by in Petare. (rtr)

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks with his wife Cilia Flores during the welcoming ceremony of an ALBA alliance summit to mark fifth anniversary of the death of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela March 5, 2018.

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Chairs are seen on tables inside the Mill pub which former Russian inteligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia visited before they were found poisoned on a bench nearby in Salisbury, Britain, March 11, 2018.

British PM May weighs response to attack on former Russian double agent

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of Britain’s National Security Council on Monday to weigh how to respond to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy who passed secrets to British intelligence. Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4 when they were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury. May has warned that if Russia was behind the poisoning of Skripal, a former colonel in GRU military intelligence, then Britain will respond robustly. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack. The chairman of the British parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, said the attack looked like state-sponsored attempted murder and he expected May to blame Moscow. “Frankly I would be surprised if she did not point the finger at the Kremlin,” Tugendhat told BBC radio. He said Russia’s so-called oligarchs, who amassed fortunes as the Soviet Union crumbled and during President Vladimir Putin’s

18-year rule of Russia, should be denied entry to the luxuries of London and the West. British counter-terrorism police say a nerve agent - usually a small molecule based on phosphorus that interferes with the transmission of nerve signals - was used on Skripal and his daughter. But they have refused to specify which poison was used. “LONDONGRAD” If Russia is publicly accused of carrying out the attack, it would send already strained relations between London and Moscow to a new post-Cold War low, with potential repercussions for some Russian money in Britain. The Russian Foreign Ministry says London is whipping up antiRussian hysteria. The British capital has been dubbed “Londongrad” due to the large quantities of Russian money that have poured in since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. May last year said Putin was

seeking to undermine the West and the international order by meddling in elections. She promised to ensure corrupt money does not flow into Britain from Russia. Putin, who took over as Kremlin chief from Boris Yeltsin on the last day of 1999, has denied allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and says the West has repeatedly tried to undermine Russian interests. Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006, and in 2010 was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged for Russian spies. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also drew parallels between the poisoning of Skripal and the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. (rtr)

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A giant SOS carved into an oil palm plantation in Sumatra by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic to draw attention to the damage caused by deforestation to wildlife and indigenous people in Indonesia.

SOS carved into Indonesian palm oil plantation to highlight impact on people and wildlife

BANGKOK - A Lithuanian artist has carved a giant SOS message into an Indonesian palm oil plantation to draw attention to the damage done by deforestation. Ernest Zacharevic curated the ‘Save our Souls’ project as part of a campaign on the impact palm oil plantations have on tribal communities and endangered species such as the orangutan. “We, as consumers, are so detached from the source of our commodities that we are no longer able to see the consequences of our daily choices,” Zacharevic told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email. “I wanted to communicate the magnitude of the problem.” The giant SOS signal, which he completed last month, runs for about a half-kilometre inside a

plantation in North Sumatra, and can be seen from the air. The land will be replanted with native tree species, he said. Environmentalists say landclearing for agricultural plantations in Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, is responsible for forest destruction. Forest cover has dropped by nearly a quarter since 1990, according to World Bank data.

Zacharevic’s SOS comes amid growing pressure on corporations to adopt sustainable practices. PepsiCo and British cosmetics firm Lush have committed to ending the use of palm oil - which is found in products from soap to cereal - or ensuring their supply is ethical. Last month, consumer goods giant Unilever said it had laid bare its palm oil supply chain to boost

transparency. Indonesia has been a focus of global efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the deforestation of swampy, carbon-rich peatlands to make way for plantations for industries such as palm oil, pulp and paper. These forests are often in remote areas long inhabited by indigenous peoples, who might not have documents proving ownership or be able to contest land acquisitions in the resource-rich Southeast Asian nation.. The forests are also home to dwindling wildlife populations. There are only about 14,600

orangutans remaining in the wild in Sumatra, conservationists estimate. The Splash and Burn campaign - a play on the slash and burn method used to clear forests for plantations - is supported by the Sumatran Orangutan Society, a charity, and Lush. “We are all contributing to the destructive effects of unsustainable palm oil, whether it is by consuming products or supporting policies that affect the trade,” Zacharevic said. “This project is an effort to appeal to the consciousness of a wider audience.”(rtr)

Indonesia`s foreign policy yet to tap science diplomacy JAKARTA - Science diplomacy remains untouched in Indonesia`s foreign policy, according to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). While opening a workshop on Science Diplomacy here on Monday, deputy for Social Sciences and Humanities Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti reiterated that despite the challenges posed in bringing

about a change in science diplomacy in the nation and world, it is important to change the science itself globally. At the global level, Pudjiastuti pointed to a “multi stress zone” in Africa, Asia, South America, and parts of Europe. Water, demographic, coastal, hunger, and even security conflicts are challenges

that are yet unresolved despite being discussed globally by scientists. Science diplomacy is not new, but it has not been viewed as being important in the decision-making process in countries. The South China Sea conflict in which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has, since the 70s, conducted subtle diplomacy is one example

of unresolved issues in the world. There is a strong foundation that raises the momentum for rapid developments in the field of science and technology and the freedom of ideas can be accepted in diplomacy. According to Pudjiastuti, the important aspect is that science diplomacy, which is a non-ideological diplomatic approach, coupled with

the freedom of ideas can be applied to a certain level and become a basis to conduct foreign policy. Speaking in connection with the nuclear issue involving the United States and Russia, Pudjiastuti opined that raising awareness on science and technology would help to more ably defuse and resolve the conflict.(ant)


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BUSINESS “No deal” Brexit could cost UK, EU companies 58 bln pounds -report LONDON - Companies in Britain and the European Union face an extra 58 billion pounds ($80 billion) in annual costs if there is a no-deal Brexit, with Britain’s vast financial sector set to be the worsthit industry, according to a report on Monday. Firms across the EU’s 27 countries other than Britain will have to pay 31 billion pounds a year in tariff and non-tariff barriers if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal, the report by Oliver Wyman management consultants and law firm Clifford Chance said. In return, British exporters to the EU will have to pay 27 billion pounds a year. “These increased costs and uncertainty threaten to reduce profitability and pose existential threats to some businesses,” the report said. Britain is due to leave the EU next year after voting in favour of ending more than four decades of political, economic and legal ties with the world’s largest trading bloc. In the absence of an agreement, trade between Britain and the other 27 EU members would default to World Trade Organization rules and tariffs, a sharp contrast to the access the UK has enjoyed as a member of the EU’s single market. Although Britain wants a deal, the government says it is preparing for any outcome, including the chance that Britain could crash out of the bloc without a deal. It has set aside 3 billion pounds to prepare for all eventualities. If Britain stays in a form of a customs union it would

reduce the costs for both sides by about half, the report said. However, Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out keeping Britain in an EU customs union because it would prevent the country from striking its own trade deals with fast-growing economies such as China and India. Monday’s report showed 70 percent of the extra costs in Britain from a no-deal Brexit would be shared by five industries: financial services, cars, agriculture and food and drink, consumer goods and chemicals and plastics. Financial services firms in Britain would suffer the biggest hit because, unlike some automotive and aerospace firms that can switch to domestic suppliers of components, they will have to set up new operations in the EU to continue serving clients. Goldman Sachs and UBS said last week they were starting to transfer some bankers to Frankfurt in preparation for Britain’s exit from the EU. The Bank of England has warned that about 10,000 finance jobs may leave Britain by the end of next year because of Brexit. However, top U.S. investment banks are currently planning to hire far more people in London than anywhere else in Europe. In the EU, the hardest hit sector would be the automotive sector, agriculture and food and drinks, chemicals and plastics, consumer goods and industrials, the report said. (rtr)

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Tourist Learn to Dance at Kakul Mas Studio, Batuan

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Batuan village, Sukawati, Gianyar, deserves to be called a cultural tourism village. In addition to having beautiful nature, this village also keeps ‘gold’ as a source of traditional arts remaining to be inherited until now. Moreover, the ancient heritage at Desa and Puseh Temple can be a special attraction. So it’s not mistaken if the artists, foreign researchers and foreign tourists throng this village.

A view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline in Malaysia February 7, 2018.

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Malaysia says EU palm oil curbs could weigh on France in fighter jet deal

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia, the world’s No.2 producer of palm oil, on Thursday said the European Union’s decision to curb imports of the commodity could impact France’s hopes of winning one of Asia’s biggest fighter jet deals. France’s Rafale jet, built by Dassault Aviation, had until recently been seen as the frontrunner in Malaysia’s plan to buy up to 18 new fighter planes in a deal potentially worth over $2 billion, but negotiations hit a snag after European lawmakers pushed to stop using palm oil in motor fuels. Malaysia said earlier this week that it would not shy away from a trade war and that it would respond with “might and tact” if the EU does not back down on curbing palm imports. “As you know, the jet fighters the French are looking at, the Rafale, are also competing with the Brits who have left the EU. So they have to take that into consideration (in relation to palm oil curbs),” Malaysia’s defence minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said at a news conference outside parliament. Britain’s BAE Systems has been on a consistent and public campaign for nearly a decade now to win the Malaysia contract, even establishing a regional office in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Hishammuddin’s latest statement raises hopes for BAE,

which looked to be on the backfoot after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that he had discussed the possible purchase of Rafale fighters with Francois Hollande during the then-French president’s visit in March last year. Both Dassault and BAE did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Southeast Asia’s thirdlargest economy could lose some $500 million in annual revenue if the EU goes ahead with its plan to crimp palm imports, analysts have estimated. The move also adds to the troubles of Prime Minister Najib, whose ruling coalition will rely heavily on the votes of over 600,000 palm oil plantation smallholders and their families in national polls that must be held by August. Hishammuddin

said Malaysia “cannot put a price tag” on the interests of the country and its people when negotiating bilateral deals. “So (to) those who want to have strong bilateral relations with us, do not just look at economic considerations separate from other considerations, especially when it come to defence because we do have other options,” he said. Malaysia has for several years been weighing France’s Rafale jet and the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by a European consortium including BAE, as it looks to replace its Russian MiG-29s - most of which are grounded. However, a decision has been delayed due to the upcoming national polls and a shift in Malaysia’s focus towards upgrading aerial surveillance capabilities. (rtr)

For instance, some students from Melbourne, Australia, some time ago visited this village. They are Balinese culture lovers deliberately coming to Kakul Mas Dance Studio to know and learn more about the Balinese classical dances. “There are 15 tourists with student status that learned to dance in our house (Kakul Mas Dance Studio),” said I Ketut Wirtawan, an artist and trainer who is also the successor of the studio. The students coming at that time, continued Wirtawan, have major in theater that want to deepen the Balinese arts, especially the art of gambuh operetta. The gambuh is a very complex ancient art, having the elements of motion art (dance), vocal and gamelan music. The most important is characterizations, so it is in accordance with their selected major. “The knowledge of Balinese dance is intended to enrich the theatrical studies they have,” he added. These students studied for ten days and practiced for 2.5 hours a day. They know the Kakul Mas Dance Studio from his father, the late I Ketut Kantor. One of their lecturers had learned mask dance directly from the late I Ketut Kantor. Their lecturer then sent the students to get the fundamentals of Balinese classical dance from the successor of the late I Ketut Kantor. These students did not only learn to dance, but also tried to express themselves by learn-

ing to dance, make a mask and know more about Balinese life. In practicing the dance, they are trained directly by Ketut Wirtawan, Wayan Artawa, Nyoman Juniati, Tut Nik and Wayan Darmawan. The class of making a mask is provided by Ketut Wirtawan. “Although the schedule is held by their campus, there are also students attending the program repeatedly on their personal account,” he said.

Kakul Mas Dance Studio which is also the home of I Ketut Wirtawan’s family is natural remaining to refer to the kosala-kosali (Balinese geomancy) rules, commonly used in the making of Balinese house. That’s why many foreign tourists often visit the house as a kind of tourist attraction. They come from various countries escorted by a tour guide. “There are always tourists making a visit here. They like to see traditional house as well as painting of

Batuan style,” said Wirtawan. Ketut Wirtawan is often taken advantage as an object when painting on canvas. Indeed, in the matter of painting, Batuan village remains the same as in the past, preserving the painting of Batuan style. Other than being one of the successors of Gambuh operetta, Wirtawan is still actively scratching on canvas or paper as it has become a habit. (kmb)

Giant Butterfly at Kemenuh Village The charm of giant barong butterfly of Sukawati attracts foreign tourists to visit Kemenuh village. The beautifully colored large wing span of these rare buttterflies have made The Kemenuh Butterfly Park the iconic tourist attraction of Kemenuh village. Kemenuh Butterfly Park also serves as a conservation area and as local tour guide Gusdek explained this butterfly is considered a rare sight as they only live for 5 days. There entire like cycle from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly takes about 2 months. The Kemenuh Butterfly Park consists of a main butterfly garden, an artificial waterfall decorated with a butterfly statue and artificial bridges, as well as a larvae breeding area and butterfly house. The larvae

breeding area serves as a shelter for the larvae before they become caterpillars as is only planted with erythrina trees and protected by a giant net. The larvae or worms hang out in the erythrina trees eating their leaves and will continue to do so until they become caterpillars and take refuge in their cocoons. The cocoons are then moved to the cocoon house to protect them from the rain. “Many cocoons perish during the rainy season, so we made this house to protect them”, said Gusdek. The butterflies also seek refuge in the cocoon house. Most of the visitors to the Kemnenuh Butterfly Park are foregin tourists. When Bali Post visited this tourist attraction, there were visibly more foreingers with only

about 5- 10 percent local tourirts. Gusdek added that most visitors are from Europe while Chinese tourists tend to come in groups. Hundreds of butterflies fill the park as as one enters the garden butterflies can be seen fluttering to and fro amongst the flowers. “This is like a giant butterfly house”, said an Arab tourist. After passing through the main garden, visitors arrive at the artificial waterfall. From there a coral path then leads to the breeding area and then the cocoon breeding area where the trees are filled with larvae and coccoon. The area is not too vaste so it is easy to see all the groungs. Upon leaving the area, two large butterflies were seen perched on the edge of their former coocoon indicating that they had just hatched. (kmb)


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Japan PM, finance minister under fire over suspected cover-up of cronyism

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A boy climbs up a steep hillside in Chakmakul camp for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, February 8, 2018. Picture taken February 8, 2018.

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Jagatnatha Botanical Garden

Botanical Gardens have complete tree collections

NEGARA — By the end of this year, the Jagatnatha Botanical Garden starts to expand the collection of plants. A number of plants such as those intended for ritual and medicinal needs have begun to be brought in and planted. One of them is the collection of coconut trees. From a total of 25 species of coconut in the Botanical Gardens located near the civic center, ten rare species have been planted. There are monkey coconut, rangda coconut, chakra coconut, semulung coconut and others. Secretary of the Jembrana Environment Agency, Dewa Gede Ary Candra Wisnawa, said on Sunday (Mar. 11) that until now the Jag-

atnatha Botanical Garden is still collecting a number of plants to be planted. The number will be adjusted to the botanical garden area. In

addition to collecting by searching, the Botanical Gardens also provide the opportunity for community to inform about the plants needed,

mainly the endemic plants in need for ritual and medicine. He revealed the team from the Indonesia Science Institute (LIPI) and Bedugul Botanical Gardens will make a checking in the Jagatnatha Botanical Gardens to conduct exploration. After the exploration, it will be known the number of plants needed to be planted. Unlike the other Botanical Gardens in Bali,

though having not too broad area, the plants are placed thematically based on the purposes of traditional herbal medicine and ritual means. Currently its physical buildings with a number of facilities inside the botanical gardens have been completed. It just needs to be equipped with the collection of plants in accordance with the theme. (kmb26)

As for disconnection of Internet on Nyepi

Balinese Resident Brotherhood meets Chairman of PHDI Bali DENPASAR — The pros and cons of religious leaders and the government of Bali province regarding the termination of the internet network during the celebration of Nyepi Day on March 17 invites the concerns of some figures in Bali. To reduce the problem, Balinese Resident Brotherhood, met the Chairman of Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) Bali, Prof. IGN Sudiana, on Friday (Mar. 9) to know the subject matter regarding the emergence of the appeal adequately makes Balinese people and those of outside Bali

comment on the decision. Chairman I of Balinese Resident Brotherhood in charge of Spiritual Affairs (Parhyangan), Ketut Darmika, said the emergence of the agreement of religious leaders in Bali about the appeal on internet network termination on Nyepi Day (Mar. 17) is first proposed. If this is considered unfavorable, it should be re-evaluated. “We are all in the process of learning to the better. If there is a government policy or public institution disrupting the interests of the community, it surely becomes the task of Balinese Resi-

dent Brotherhood to criticize and find the best way out for the benefit of the community,” he said. Furthermore, all elements of the society should express their opinions politely to avoid additional problems. “Balinese Resident Brotherhood is vivaciously ready to escort the aspirations of the people wishing to achieve for the good,” he said. Meanwhile, Chairman of PHDI Bali, Prof. IGN Sudiana, said there is no other intention related to the decision agreed for Nyepi celebration this year. The decision aims to

encourage Hindus to be more solemn in carrying out their catur brata penyepian (four abstinences). The Hindus must be good examples in carrying out their religious obligations. Other religious figures in Bali fully support the implementation of the catur brata penyepian to be more solemn and focused. “I do not understand about internet. Please be ended the pro-cons about the release of the agreement with the religious leaders. Criticism and support for the mutual consent of religious figures related to the internet network termination

plan is commonplace. PHDI as a religious council just pleads to internet service providers to temporarily terminate just for 24 hours so the Hindus can more focuse on carrying out their religious obligations,” said this rector of the IHDN Denpasar. He added the joint agreement is also meant to prevent the circulation of hoax news such as what happened in Nyepi in 2017 having caused less favorable condition to the implementation of Nyepi in Bali. (win)

Myanmar builds military bases where Rohingya once lived and prayed - Amnesty

YANGON - After driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, Myanmar’s military is building bases where some of their homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery. A harsh security response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Aug. 25 sent members of the mostly stateless minority fleeing to Bangladesh and saw more than 350 villages destroyed by fire in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state. An Amnesty report published on Monday echoed previous ones by saying the remains of some of those villages - and some buildings not previously damaged - had been bulldozed. As well as rapid housing and road construction in the area, at least three new security facilities were under construction, the global human rights group said. In one case, Rohingya villagers who had remained in Myanmar were forcibly evicted to make way for a base, it said. “What we are seeing in Rakhine State is a land grab by the military on a dramatic scale,” Tirana Hassan, Amnesty’s crisis response

director, said in a statement. “New bases are being erected to house the very same security forces that have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya.” At least four mosques that had not been wrecked by fire have been destroyed, or had their roofing or other materials removed, since late December, a time when significant conflict was not reported in the area, Amnesty said. In one Rohingya village, satellite imagery showed buildings for a new border police post appearing next to where a recently demolished mosque had stood. Spokespeople for the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the military were not immediately available for comment. Myanmar officials have said villages were being bulldozed to make way for new homes for returning refugees. Myanmar has asked for “clear

evidence” to support the conclusion of the United Nations and others that ethnic cleansing has taken place in Rakhine. Myanmar and Bangladesh reached a deal in November to repatriate those who fled. Myanmar has said temporary camps to house returnees are ready, but the process has yet to start. Amnesty said Myanmar’s “reshaping” of the region where the Rohingya lived appeared to be designed to accommodate more security forces and non-Rohingya villagers, and could deter refugees from agreeing to return. “Rohingya who fled death and destruction at the hands of the security forces are unlikely to find the prospect of living in close proximity to those same forces conducive to a safe return,” the group said, “especially given the continuing lack of accountability for human rights violations.” (rtr)

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his close ally, Finance Minister Taro Aso, faced growing pressure on Monday over a suspected cover-up of a cronyism scandal that has dogged the premier for more than a year. Copies of documents seen by Reuters showed that references to Abe, his wife and Aso were removed from finance ministry records of the discounted sale of state-owned land to a school operator with ties to Abe’s wife, Akie. Abe, now in his sixth year in office, has denied that he or his wife did favours for the school operator, Moritomo Gakuen, and has said he would resign if evidence was found that they had. Excised references seen by Reuters did not appear to show that Abe or his wife intervened directly in the deal. Suspicion of a cover-up could slash Abe’s ratings and dash his hopes for a third term as leader of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Victory in the LDP September leadership vote would put him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier. The doubts are also putting pressure on Aso to resign. “It could shake confidence in the administration as a whole. I strongly feel responsibility as the head of administration,” Abe told reporters after the finance ministry reported on the altered documents.

“I apologise to all of the people.” Abe said he wanted Aso to make every effort to clarify all the facts and ensure such things do not happen again. Aso told a separate news conference that several officials at his ministry’s division in charge of the sale were involved in altering the documents to make them conform with testimony in parliament by the then-head of the division. “It has become clear that there was a cover-up and falsification,” opposition Democratic Party leader Yuichiro Tamaki told reporters. He said Aso should resign and parliament hold hearings on the matter. The 77-year-old Aso, who is also deputy premier and whose backing is vital for Abe, apologised for his ministry’s actions, but said that he had no intention of stepping down. The risk for Aso and Abe, experts said, is that the suspected cover-up does more damage than the land sale itself. “The cover-up is now a bigger issue than the original incident,” said Koichi Nakano, a professor at Sophia University. A finance ministry official said that 14 items had been altered in the documents after February last year - when the scandal broke - at the instruction of the ministry’s financial division to match testimony in parliament. (rtr)

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A protester holds a banner denouncing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a rally over a suspected cover-up of a cronyism scandal in front of Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan March 12, 2018.


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Eni backs U.S. nuclear fusion firm formed by ex-MIT researchers

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Based on the experience on the Nyepi celebration in 2017, the peak load occurred at 490.5 MW

MILAN - Italian energy company Eni will conduct research with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and invest in a company created by former MIT scientists to produce energy from nuclear fusion. Fusion “is a goal that we are increasingly determined to reach quickly,” Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said in a statement. As part of its plans to reduce the use of carbon, Eni will make an initial investment of $50 million to acquire a significant stake in Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a company set up by former MIT researchers. “Eni will support CFS to

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during the day and 506.9 MW at night. When compared to

develop the first commercial power plant producing energy by fusion, a safe, sustainable, virtually inexhaustible source without any emission of pollutants and greenhouse gases,” Eni said. The Italian company will also carry out research with MIT on plasma physics, advanced fusion and electromagnetic technologies, it said. (rtr)

normal days, the highest peak load for Bali reaches 860 MW occurred in 2017.

Eni’s logo is seen in front of its headquarters in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy, April 27, 2016.

U.S. space companies aim to help Brazil rocket base lift off BRASILIA - U.S. companies eager to tap into the fast-growing market for low-cost satellite launches could become the first customers when Brazil’s Alcantara space center near the equator opens as a commercial spaceport, executives and Brazilian officials said.

Aerospace titans Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp in December visited the Alcantara space center, but the Brazilian space agency’s launch site is especially attractive to smaller firms because its equatorial location cuts fuel costs by a third. Still, Brazil’s aim of becom-

ing a hot new hub in the space industry will depend on negotiating a technology safeguards agreement (TSA) with the United States to protect sensitive American space launch and satellite technology. Without it, no U.S. rocket can blast off from the South American country.

Brazil wants to attract customers by marketing itself as the cheaper alternative to Kourou, the European spaceport in neighboring French Guiana, which mostly launches big satellites. Brazilian officials are hoping to complete a U.S. TSA this year that would facilitate the opening of the commercial spaceport. On Feb. 22, U.S. and Brazilian government representatives, along with space companies from both countries, held a conference call with a White House official who was asked whether the Trump administration would agree to a TSA with Brazil, according to a person on the call. “We are encouraged that Brazilian officials have expressed an interest in working more closely with the United States in the space sector,” a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council said. She gave no further details. The safeguard accord could be ready this year if the U.S. State Department gets negotiating permission, according to industry representatives. Tucson, Arizona-based Vector Launch Inc, which specializes in small rockets, appears eager to launch from the Brazilian site. The company wants to undercut big payload specialists like

billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX by launching so-called microsatellites from small rockets, cutting costs and wait time for clients. “Our vision is to launch hundreds of Vector rockets into orbit to satisfy the growing market for microsatellites,” said Vector Vice President Alex Rodriguez, who made a December visit to Alcantara coordinated by Boeing. “We are closer to the equator and have an excellent site for launching microsatellites,” said Brigadier Luiz Fernando Aguiar, coordinator of the Brazilian Air Force’s space program, comparing the Alcantara site with Kourou. Alcantara has radars, a runway and a seaport to unload equipment, along with plenty of open land to store rockets and build a liquid oxygen plant if needed, he said. A previous attempt at a U.S.Brazilian space partnership was scuttled in 2003 when the technology safeguards agreement faced resistance from the leftist government of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and was thwarted by Brazilian lawmakers. The new effort is expected to pass easily in a more conservative Brazilian Congress. (rtr)

An aerial view shows Brazil’s Alcantara space center in the city of Alcantara, Maranhao state, Brazil May 21, 2013.

Electricity consumption on Nyepi downs to 27 percent DENPASAR — The Nyepi Day falling on March 17 is estimated to reduce the electricity consumption by 27 percent. This decline in consumption happens because on Nyepi Balinese people do not use lighting (amati geni). In addition, some offices also turn off their computer and other machines. Deputy Manager of Communications and Environment Development of PLN Bali Distribution, I Gusti Ketut Putra, said the peak load occurred on Nyepi 2018 is predicted to reach 565.3 Mega Watt (MW) at night and

520.6 MW during the day. “This prediction is based on the peak load calculation on Nyepi celebration within the past 3 years,” he explained. Based on the experience on the Nyepi celebration in 2017, the

peak load occurred at 490.5 MW during the day and 506.9 MW at night. When compared to normal days, the highest peak load for Bali reaches 860 MW occurred in 2017. Meanwhile, the highest peak load in 2018 reaches 840.8 MW. “As

of March 7, 2018, the peak load reached 770 MW,” he added. On Nyepi, the utilization of the power plant is prioritized at Celukan Bawang and crossing energy from Java via submarine cables. Meanwhile, the utilization of Pesanggaran power plant is only a small part. Moreover, if there is no shortage of power, the PLTDG Pesanggaran diesel- and gas-fueled power plant will not be turned on.

On the Nyepi celebration, PLN of Bali Distribution will alert 750 personnel on duty for the period of March 16-18. In addition, the management will open a standby posts at 51 locations scattered from Gilimanuk to Karangasem. “For emergency services, we at the PLN also make cooperation with customary village assembly or local chief of customary village,” he added. (kmb42)

Suspected of stealing bank customer data

Three Turkish citizens arrested

MANGUPURA — Operations Team of Sub-Directorate III of Bali Police General Criminal Investigation revealed a case of bank customer data theft involving foreign nationals on Friday (Mar. 9). The perpetrators are three citizens of Turkey with the initials KT, MMA and KD. They were arrested in Canggu, Kuta Utara and Kuta. Spokesperson of Bali Police, Hengky Widjaja, said the arrest

was conducted around 00:15 local time led by Chief of SubDirectorate III, Komang Sudana. Initially, the team arrested KT and MMA at Mandiri ATM on Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu, North Kuta. They were arrested while skimming at the location. The arrest was immediately developed and the two perpetrators mentioned if they have another friend. Based on their admission the officers then ar-

rested KD at one of Goin’s hotels on Jalan Dewi Sartika, Kuta. “As testimonies of the suspects, they stole bank customer data. However, it remains under investigation related to the robbery at ATM in Kuta and South Kuta,” said Hengky, accompanied by Sudana. It should be noted that Bali Police and the ranks have revealed similar cases involving foreigners for several times.

By the end of January 2017, the members of the North Kuta Police arrested Turkish citizens with the initials EG, 47, and AOA, 36. Both suspects were alleged to have stolen ATM data of BNI at Canggu Mart, Echo Beach, on Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu. As the mode, the perpetrators took the data copy tool above the ATM box. In the meantime, the Cyber Crime team of Specific Crimi-

nal Investigation of Bali Police headed by Chief Unit Wisnawa Adiputra uncovered the case of bank consumer data breaking in committed by the suspects Boris Georgiev and Marian Bogidarof Serafinoff from Bulgaria. Police blocked three banks whose accounts were the most burglarized with a loss of IDR 1.8 billion more. Meanwhile, the suspect admitted to studying the crime in Germany. (kmb36)


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Tourist destinations in Nusa Penida prone to accidents SEMARAPURA —Tourism has been developing rapidly in the district of Klungkung’s Nusa Penida in the last few years. The district government goal of attracting 478,169 tourists this year looks promising, however Nusa Penida is still haunted by the risk of accidents that seems to be quite high. Most of the tourist destinations on Nusa Penida are located on or near steep cliffs many of which are not secured with fences as they should be due to lack of funding. Head of the Klungkung Tourism Office, I Nengah Sukasta, explained on Sunday (Mar. 11) that according to the latest data, the islands known as “the Blue Paradice Islands” have some 15 official attractions, 10 of which are considered dangerous due to their geography. Along with stunning landscapes, Pasih Uwug (broken beach), Atuh, Melenteng, Devil Tear and Klingking all have high and steep cliffs. “They are scattered in a number of locations, but many are located in Nusa Gede”, he said. Most of these tourist attractions are not equipped with fences along the cliffs and local communities have not been very active in developing such security measures. Devil Tear had a fence installed by ASITA Bali and Bali Liang along 170 meters of the the total length of about 350 meters. “Actually, the community has played a role, but not as maximally as we hope, mainly because fencing is quite expensive. There has been some help from tourism businesses”, he added. This official from Semarapura Klod also added that a budget has been set aside for this in the amendment of the Regional Budget Plan (APBD-P) to be realized in 2019. “We cannot do anything now because the budget has already been allocated, but we have made a n amendment that can be put into effect next year”, he explained. IN order to prevent accidents in the meantime, warning signs will be put up in these locations. Both tourism businesses and police authorities are in support of this measure. “Warning signs have already been put up in some dangerous locations”, he said. Since the beginning of this year, three foreign tourists have fallen off cliffs in Nusa Penida. The first was Keren Tatarenko from Russia. The tragedy that occurred in Bunga Mekar village was due to the tourism having trouble navigating his motorcade on the gravel road and ended up falling 200 meters off the cliff to his death. Then two tourists from China named Wu Shanshem and Yang Lin were dragged into Devil Tears, Nusa Lembongan, by large waves whiel they were taking selfies. Luckily their lives were spared. Marine tourism has also claimed victims. A member of the Indonesian Army (TNI) named I Made N, Nisal Koushika Kotinkaduwa from Sri Lanka and Kostadin Kanavrov from Bulgaria went missing after taking part in spear fishing. Sukasta said that not all of these tragedies were due to a lack of security measures onsite, but sometimes are happen because tourists ignore warning signs. “Sometimes tourists ignore safety appeals”, he said. Klungkung House of Representatives legislator, I Made Jana, has also said that safety at tourist attraction needs to be seriously considered. Neglected security it is feared that similar accidents could occur in the future leading to more victimes and a negative impact on tourism. “If no preventative measures are taken, tourism could be negatively impacted”, he said. (kmb45)

Coinciding with Nyepi

Saraswati prayer conducted before six o’clock

DENPASAR —This year Nyepi and Saraswati day fall on the day (March 17) so the Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI)’s Bali Chapter has issued a circular about the timing of the two Hindu festivals. Celebrations of Saraswati day will be held on March 17 before 06:00, then startgin at 06:00 and for the following 24 hours, Nyepi will be celebrated as usual with the 4 abstinences. Division Head of Hindu Affairs in the Ministry of Religious Affairs for Bali Regional Office, Made Jendra, said in Denpasar on Sunday (Mar. 11) that the coinciding of this two holidays only happens once every few hundred years. “We call on all the Hindus to do their best to carry out the catur brata penyepian (four abstinences) while the prayers for Saraswati day should be made before 0:600 as mentioned in the circular that was made public”, he said. Head of Public Welfare Bureau in the Bali Regional Secretariat, AA Gede Geriya also expressed

his support of these guidelines. “This way the implementation of both Myepi and Saraswati can run smoothly”, he said. Previously, Chairman of the Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) of Bali Chapter, I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, had appealed to all schools in Bali to not celebrate Saraswati Day on a large scale. The celebration of the imparting of knowledge can instead simply be doen with the presentation of pejati oblations without accompanying gamelan. The Pejati can be prescribed by school attendants or people living around the school. “We from the religious council

have issued a circular regarding the coiincidence of Saraswati day and Nyepi. Because Nyepi day calls for a day –off school, it has been advised that schools not carry out large scale celebrations of Saraswati day or involve students coming into school for prayers”, he said. Sudiana emphsaised that prayers for Saraswati day should be doen before 06:00 because after 06:00 it is already Nyepi. “At dawn while the sun looks reddish in the east, devotees can carry out the Saraswati prayers and should be finished at 06:00”, he explained. (kmb32)

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BALI’S HEALING HOT SPRINGS

Hot springs are a rich source of sulphur and other minerals. This, combined with the heat of the water, results in calming effects on the mind and body, as well as tension-reducing, painkilling healing powers that have been used for thousands of years and are widely accepted as natural treatment options for various common ailments. The healing benefits of sulphur include the relief of skin disorders and irritations such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes caused by allergies. A soak in these bubbling hot waters is known to increase circulation and stimulate the immune system. It will also help your body relax, which benefits many aspects of your health, including sleeping patterns and nutrient assimilation. The relaxation promoted by the heat and buoyancy of the water also helps increase the range of motion of your muscles and joints, making the soaking beneficial for those suffering from arthritic pain. People with bronchial disorders also claim the combination of the steam and minerals provides breathing relief. Bali has no shortage of therapeu-

tic thermal waters, which bubble up in hot upwellings, and have long been revered by the local people. Blessed by spectacular scenery, these natural baths soothe, cure and easy away the body’s aches and pains. What better way is there to soak your tired bones and indulge in one of Earth’s natural remedies, after a long day of hiking, or as a holiday reward for months of hard work. Many people come to the village of Toya Bungkah, near Kintamani, to climb Mount Batur and then ease their aching limbs by bathing in the mineral waters, which are heated by the belly of the volcano, and bubble up beside the lake. There are two main spots here, the Batur Natural Hot Springs and Toya Devasya. The Batur Natural Hot Springs, run by the local community along with mountain treks and adventure tours, offers tranquil mineral pools resting on the edge of Lake Batur as well as a lakeside pier. This is a great spot to take in the majestic beauty of the lake against the backdrop of Mt Abang. The more modern Toya Devasya Resort enjoys the same eye-boggling views and has four pools of varying temperatures,

which – combined with the fresh mountain air – will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The best time to visit is in the early morning before the place gets too crowded. The sacred hot springs ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, close to Lovina Beach. Here, sulphurous hot water gushes out from the mouths of eight carved ‘naga’ (mythical, dragon-like serpents) into three pools at an enticing temperature of 38 degrees C. From the hottest, upper pool, the water overflows from the mouths of five more naga into the largest of the three pools. Adjacent is the third and smallest pool, into which healing water cascades from three-metrehigh spouts, at perhaps 200 kilos per minute to provide the ultimate back massage. There is a small temple at the spot where the water wells up from the ground. Again, if you want to beat the crowds, arrive before 10am, and be sure to remove your silver jewellery as the sulphur in the water will turn it black. The Tabanan Hot Springs in Penatahan Village, Penebel, sit on

the banks of the flowing Yeh Panas River, and are fed by healing water flowing off Mount Batukaru. Locally known as Yeh Panes or Air Panas Penatahan, this is one of a collection of hot springs around the village of Penebel, with magnificent rice terrace panoramas, approximate 13km from the main town of Tabanan. You can bathe in the main pool on the river’s edge or dip into one of the smaller pools that terrace up the hillside. Air Panas Angseri hot springs are located in the central highland district of Baturiti, Tabanan, approximately 5km northeast of Batukaru Temple. The site is locally run by the Angseri village administration. There is a main hot water swimming pool, and you’ll find a waterfall spilling down a steep foliage-lined cliff, offering a natural water massage. Alternatively, if you want to enjoy your hot spring bath in privacy and seclusion, you can opt for a private bath, of which there are several, bordered by rice fields and forests of bamboo. Off the beaten track and surrounded by rural beauty in the village of Mengesta, 10km from the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, the

hot springs of Belulang are said to be the hottest in Bali with temperatures reaching 40 degrees C. The pools are fed from water heated deep in the Earth’s crust that seeps up beneath the nearby Beji Temple. These waters are uniquely high in mineral concentration and sulphuric content, but without the strong sulphur smell. The springs are locally run by the villager administration. Finally, the hot springs of Banyuwedang in Northwest Bali are located right beside the beach. A concrete structure has been created to contain the spring-water and form a hot water pool, making this a popular bathing spot for local villagers. The neighbouring Mimpi Resort also offers hot spring-water pools, which are open to non-staying guests. From here, you can enjoy a spellbinding vista that extends across the gentle waters of Banyuwedang Bay to the lowland forests of the West Bali National Park. InterContinental Bali Resort’s unique brand concept ‘In the Know,’ is proud to offer insider Bali destination tips, as well as guided daytrips incorporating therapeutic soaks in the hot springs of your choice.


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Comedy-thriller ‘Thoroughbreds’ wows critics LOS ANGELES - Comedythriller “Thoroughbreds” may star two relative newcomers and an unknown director but it arrives in U.S. movie theaters on Friday to the kind of reviews enjoyed by veterans. The independent movie stars British-raised actresses Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke as upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut who rekindle a childhood friendship after years of growing apart. “Thoroughbreds” was originally a play written by first time feature film director Cory Finley. After reading the script, Cooke said, “I thought he was a woman because I’ve never read characters so good and fleshed out.” Taylor-Joy, 21, had a break-out

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performance in 2015 horror film “The Witch,” while Cooke, 24, will next appear in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi adventure “Ready Player One.” The film also marks the final performance by American actor Anton Yelchin, who died in a 2016 accident in Los Angeles. He plays Tim, a hapless drug dealer whom the girls blackmail into becoming a hitman. The movie, first seen at the Sundance film festival, got an 89 percent approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Variety called director and writer Finley “astonishingly gifted” while the Daily Beast said the film was “terribly funny, wild as a hell and aggressively grotesque.” (rtr)

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‘Black Panther’ Tops ‘ A Wrinkle in Time’ in Disney-Dominant Weekend

LOS ANGELES - “Black Panther” remained superheroic in its fourth weekend at the North American box office with $41.1 million at 3,942 locations, easily topping the opening weekend of fantasy-adventure “A Wrinkle in Time” with $33.5 million at 3,980 sites, estimates showed Sunday.

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What had been pegged as a close contest among Disney titles for first place turned into a relatively easy victory for “Black Panther.” The Marvel title declined only 38 percent and generated the third-highest fourth weekend of all time, trailing only “Avatar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” With $562 million in 24 days, “Black Panther” is now the seventhhighest domestic grosser of all time. It’s the first film since “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to lead the North American box office for four straight weekends and it’s grossed $1.08 billion worldwide, 21st highest of all time. “A Wrinkle in Time” opened in line with Disney’s projections, which were slightly lower than the industry consensus. Critics were mostly un-

impressed with a 42 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave “Wrinkle” a B CinemaScore. The $100 million-plus budgeted film is depending on family audiences to support the film in the coming weeks to push it into profitability. A total of 37 percent of audiences gave “Wrinkle” an “excellent” rating with another 38 percent rating it “very good,” according to comScore/Screen Engine PostTrak. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, noted that the key 13-17 year-old demographic gave it an 83 percent combined score in those two categories. “That is very strong and makes sense with the PG rating, the subject matter and young people’s love for the book,” he added. Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 classic fantasy novel, “A Wrin-

kle in Time” stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The film follows a young girl (Reid), her step-brother (Deric McCabe), and a friend (Levi Miller) as they embark on a journey that spans time and space in search of her missing father. The weekend marks the first time in recent memory that films both led and directed by African-Americans have nabbed the first and second place spots at the box office. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” starring Daniel Kaluuya, led the box office its opening weekend in February 2017, with $33.3 million. The wide release of “Hidden Figures,” starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, opened at no. 1 in January of the same year with $22.8 million. (rtr)

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Dozens killed after plane ‘crashes into football pitch’ in Nepal

At least 50 people have been killed after a plane crashed and burst into flames in Nepal, an army spokesman has said. The US-Bangla Airlines aircraft was attempting to land at Kathmandu Airport when it veered off the runway and crashed into a nearby football pitch. Army spokesman Gokul Bhandaree said: “The chances of rescuing anyone (else) alive is slim now because the plane was badly burned.” A police official had previously said at least 38 people had died, 23 were injured and 10 were unaccounted for. According to reports, 67 passengers and four crew members were on board the plane, which is believed to have taken off from Dhaka in Bangladesh. People have been posting photos of thick smoke rising from the wreckage on social media. At least 20 people have been taken to hospital Hundreds of people stood by a nearby hill as rescue workers attended the scene. Amanda Summers saw the crash from the terrace of her home. She said: “It was flying so low

I thought it was going to run into the mountains.” Ms Summers said it was unclear if the plane had reached the runway when it landed. She added: “All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast.” The Bangladeshi airline operates a Boeing 737-800 and smaller Bombardier Dash Q-400 planes.An AP journalist who arrived at the scene soon after the crash saw the US-Bangla Airlines twin-propeller plane broken into several large pieces, with dozens of firefighters and rescue

workers clustered around the wreckage in a grassy field near the runway. Hundreds of people stood on a nearby hill, staring down at what remained of the Bombardier Dash 8. The plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land in Kathmandu, said Amanda Summers, an American working in Nepal. The crowded city sits in a valley in the Himalayan foothills. “It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains,” said Summers, who

watched the crash from the terrace of her home office, not far from the airport. “All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast.” Fire crews put out the flames quickly, perhaps within a minute, she said, though for a time clouds of thick, dark smoke rose into the sky above the city. The plane had circled the airport twice as it waited for clearance to land, Mohammed Selim, the airline’s manager in Kathmandu, told Dhaka-based Somoy TV station by telephone. US-Bangla Airlines operates Boeing 737-800 and smaller Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400 planes. The airline, part of US-Bangla Group, is based in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and flies to several domestic

and international destinations. The parent company is involved in a number of industries, including real estate, education and agriculture. Kathmandu’s airport has been the site of several deadly crashes. In September 2012, a Sita Air turboprop plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest hit a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 19 on board. (rtr) 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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